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À la volonté du peuple

For the past four years. We have been hearing the people sing. The Tea Party sung on the size of government. The Arab Spring sung with peaceful and violent revolutions to remove dictators. The Occupy Movement sung about the out cry of mixing corporations and government and the divide on the rich and poor. A new song is being heard for the rights of gays. Lets hope this song will spread and sung by all people.

What will come out with all this signing? Change. What will cause this change? Revolution. The world is on the brink of global revolution. Do we know will this revolution bring? Will it bring freedom or tyranny? Will it bring it equality or separation? Will the song be about peaceful or violent revolution?

No matter what happens. The people will always sing.


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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Current Events, Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Communicate to your constituents the right way.

A few weeks ago there was concern that the new NASA budget would cut the James Webb Telescope from the budget. Like any concerned citizen I sent an email to my representatives and tell them to support the James Webb Space Telescope. My representatives where Congressman Rick Larson, Senator Patty Murray, and Senator Maria Cantwell. I told them that the billion dollar telescope is needed for America because we don’t have a vision anymore without the shuttles now. It created American jobs and shows America can be a leader for science, so that we will not be 2nd place to the Europeans or the Russians.

The first Email I got back is from Senator Patty Murray.

Dear Mr. Evans:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for the James Webb Space Telescope. I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this matter.

The views of Washingtonians are very important to my work. I will keep your thoughts in mind, and I encourage you to stay in touch. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

It’s a ok reply. I would love to see a better response than the typical copy paste letter. At least she mentions my subject.

Now lets look at Maria Cantwell’s:

Dear Mr. Evans,

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on federal spending. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

Government has a responsibility to spend taxpayers’ dollars wisely, but it also has a responsibility to provide certain services and guarantees to the American people. I take both of these very seriously. To ensure that we have the ability to maintain our infrastructure, defend our borders, educate our children, and more, it is imperative that we keep our financial house in order.

It is critical that we carefully evaluate all spending proposals that come before the U.S. Congress; we have to focus on investing taxpayer dollars wisely.  In this time of economic crisis, I believe it is especially important that Congress prioritize those measures that will foster long-term economic growth. We must reinvest in our education system, in our workers, in our nation’s infrastructure and in the development of clean energy technologies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. By making these important investments today and helping revitalize our economy, we can leave our children with prosperity not debt.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee I will continue to work with President Obama and with my colleagues to draft legislation that strikes the right balance in how we collect and spend federal tax dollars so we can leave more than debt to the next generation. I understand that this issue is especially important to you; be assured that I will keep your views in mind as we craft legislation.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter.  You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents.  If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

What the hell? Did they even read my letter? I never talked about federal spending. I was talking about NASA’s future with the James Webb Telescope and why as Americans that we need to save it.

If Maria is like this what is Rick is like?

Dear Adam:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about the proposed cut in funding to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the termination of funding for the James Webb Space Telescope. I appreciate hearing from you and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

As you may know, H.R. 2596, the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Act of 2012, passed the House Appropriations Committee on July 13 of this year. Under the proposed funding bill, NASA would receive $16.8 billion in FY2012 funding, a $1.6 billion cut from FY2011 levels. In addition, the James Webb Space Telescope program would be terminated.

I share your commitment to space exploration and enhanced research and development programs, and am disappointed that our federal budget does not sustain continued support for this program. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind when this bill comes to the House floor for a vote, as well as in the future if further legislation regarding space exploration and research is proposed.

Again, thank you for sharing you concerns with me. In the future, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding this or any other issue of importance to you.
Sincerely,

Rick Larsen
United States Representative
Washington State, 2nd District

…..

I am speechless.

Rick and his team has shown me that they have the skills to communicate with their constituents. This is how every representative we elect should communicate. A good representative needs to be close to their constituents almost personal matter. They truly understand what I meant and feel about the James Webb Telescope and my vision of a better NASA.

Rick you have my respect.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Cosmos, Current Events, Government, Politics

 

It’s been 10 years since 9/11

I know some of you may not like my thoughts on this situation, but they are mine and it needs to be explained.

As America morns the 10th anniversary of the terrorists attacks. Has really anything good have come out of this? The war started when I just beginning my senior year in high school and now I am 27 years old graduated from college and married for 2.5 years. What did we get out of this? Two wars bleeding the US economy and her people. With the death of Osama Bin Laden a few months back. I don’t see any slowing down on the war on terrorism nor any goals in sight.

9/11 lead me into fear and to hatred. This was the reason why I became an Republican. I wanted revenge and if launching invasions to prevent another US attack is needed. What did we create? We created more suffering and more enemies. Yep, Yoda was right.

There is an estimated 73,530 – 1,173,600 casualties since 9/11 (Civilian, military, and insurgents). Was those numbers worth it to avenge the 3,000 who died on 9/11?

Serj Tankian sums it up in this video of these glorious ten years.

What was the other result on 9/11? Without 9/11 we won’t have Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and many more “New Atheists” being much open about the dangers of faith.  I can surely see the dangers of faith on 9/11. 19 hijackers believer they are following Allah’s will to kill the infidels.  Their faith is as strong as the Christians who believe their god saved the survivors of 9/11 and help lead to the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and the like.

“Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where’s the harm? September 11th changed all that. Revealed faith is not harmless nonsense, it can be lethally dangerous nonsense. Dangerous because it gives people unshakeable confidence in their own righteousness. Dangerous because it gives them false courage to kill themselves, which automatically removes normal barriers to killing others. Dangerous because it teaches enmity to others labelled only by a difference of inherited tradition. And dangerous because we have all bought into into a weird respect, which uniquely protects religion from normal criticism. Let’s now stop being so damned respectful!” — Richard Dawkins

Another great video about this:

Also remember the victims of this horrible event. 3,000 people died on one day due to faith and ideology.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Current Events, Ethics & Morality, Religion

 

This really disgust me.

I thought America was over this whole thing with discrimination against atheists.  Well I thought wrong with morning with the news of a high school soon to be graduate. Damon Fowler sent an email to his school to stop with its plan to have prayer at a high school graduation ceremony. He threaten to contact the ACLU to stop the school if they continue their plans. Damon told the school that the prayer violates the establishment  clause under our Constitution. He is an atheist and one of possible four atheists in a city of over 12,000. Still he maybe a minority, but he believe he still has rights. Let me post his full story.

My graduation from high school is this Friday. I live in the Bible Belt of the United States. The school was going to perform a prayer at graduation, but due to me sending the superintendent an email stating it was against Louisiana state law and that I would be forced to contact the ACLU if they ignored me, they ceased it. The school backed down, but that’s when the shitstorm rolled in. Everyone is trying to get it back in the ceremony now. I’m not worried about it, but everyone hates me… kind of worried about attending graduation now. It’s attracted more hostility than I thought.
My reasoning behind it is that it’s emotionally stressing on anyone who isn’t Christian. No one else wanted to stand up for their constitutional right of having freedom of and FROM religion. I was also hoping to encourage other atheists to come out and be heard. I’m one of maybe three atheists in this town that I currently know of. One of the others is afraid to come out of the (atheist) closet.
Though I’ve caused my classmates to hate me, I feel like I’ve done the right thing. Regardless of their thoughts on it, basically saying I am ruining their fun and their lives, I feel like I’ve helped someone out there. I didn’t do this for me or just atheists, but anyone who doesn’t believe in their god that prayer to Yahweh may affect.
Moral of the story: though the opposition may be great, majority doesn’t necessarily mean right. Thank you for reading. Wish me luck at graduation.
EDIT: Well, it hit the fan a couple hours ago. They’ve already assembled a group of supporters at a local church and called in the newspaper. I’ve had to deactivate my Facebook account and I can’t reason with any of them. They refuse to listen. The whole town hates me, aside from a few closet atheists that are silently supporting, which I don’t blame them looking at what I’ve incited here. Thanks for the support though.
If anyone would like to offer support, the superintendent is who I emailed and the school’s website is mpsb.us
Thanks for the support. It’s really helping. This has just gotten sickening.
Edit: I’ve had requests for my Facebook info… I don’t mind giving that out at all. Damon Fowler – Bastrop, LA. I could use all of the support I can get. Not sure if this link will work: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001146281052

It is sadden to see his fellow community make Damon an outcast due to he beliefs and rights. According to information from this brother. Damon’s parents are religious as well, so his parents are banning Damon from using any form of communication and trying to get Damon to reverse his decision. Now his brother is planning to pick him up and move him to Texas because Damon’s town is too dangerous to live in.

Also the local paper and news channel is not helping Damon because they clearly supported the Christian students and teachers.

What do students think of Damon? Well lets look at a video of his graduation practice he attended:

Damon is under his rights under Engel v. Vitale which banned official school prayers. Prayer is a religious activity and is a violation of the establishment clause.

You Christians and other religions who  maybe in the majority, but you have no right to tell us to sit down, shut up,  and deal with it. What if the current majority religion becomes an minority? Do you want to be like us who has to sit down, shut up, and deal with it?

I urge my readers to support Damon and his struggles. Here are some links to support Damon:

The Support Damon Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Damon/103714833051042

Support the Freedom From Religion Foundation and also it has contacts of all the school officals.:
http://ffrf.org/news/action/controversy-over-prayer-at-graduation-in-bastrop-la/

Oh? Morehouse Parish School board are you ready to get sued?

 
 

Waterboarding

About a few times a week I go to cagle.com to look at some political cartoons. There was a couple of cartoons that shocked me.

Here are the two:


We have people in America who believe that we need to mentally destroy some people in order to gather information. Is that really ethical? Does waterboarding really gather information. If all that really worked why did it take ten years to capture Osama Bin Laden?

This is the United States of America. For years we have preached that we are not tortures and do not do any evil like our enemies has. Yet, that is hypocrisy. We have been torturing people for years and it was mostly secretly. The United States is not the good guys. We are now the bad guys because we thought in order to fight the bad guys we must become the bad guys.

Here is some video of people who were waterboarded:

Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens:

Conservative Talk Show Host Madcow:

Is this the America we want to support?

 
 

Osama Bin Laden (1957-2011)

(1957-2011)

I didn’t get the news about his death until late last night. Just finished playing a couple of hours of Borderlands. I got on my computer to check Facebook, email and the news. I normally go to my favorite political forum to see if anything new has posted. I saw the post that Osama Bin Laden is dead. I thought that can not be true, so I went to the Drudge Report and confirmed it.

I was only starting my senior year at high school when 9/11 attacks happen.  It was a very shocking and scary day for me. Now going on ten years with the war on terrorism. Osama Bin Laden became a legend during that time. Bush sent troops to two wars. We went through two presidents at the time. The collapse of the American economy and the American dream.  We almost forgot about him during those ten years. That all ended last night.

At first I was extremely happy of this news. We got the man who led and financed a mission that killed 3,000 Americans. For once America has gotten justice. I told my wife about the news and she was happy and we both went to the living room to watch the news. We saw that the whole United States is happy. There were joyous crowds outside the White House and at Ground Zero. Those crowds remind me of photos of VE-Day and VJ-Day at the end of WWII.

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”

~~Gautam Buddha

I saw a clip on MSNBC of a reporting talking to college age girls and the girls acted like this was a New Years Eve party. She was happy, dancing, and it seemed liked she was hoping there was some alcohol around.  That scene told me something about these people. They are extremely happy for a death of a human being.

For some of you who many not know me as well. I support the Buddhist philosophy. That philosophy states that killing another sentient being is wrong.  This should sad day or a day not to be sad or happy. We killed a man to try to end our hatred of a man who did a bad thing. Supporting the death and being happy hurts my karma and our national karma. There is no such thing as an evil person. We killed a guy who may change for the better. Now it’s too late.

Will the death of this man will end the war? Will this death will make us happy in the long run? The answer for both of these questions will be no. Osama Bin Laden’s death will not end the war. There are many others out there who follow the teachings of Osama Bin Laden who will continue to follow his teachers and kill more people. His death is only a temporary happiness.  We Americans have short-term memory. We will be happy for a week or more and forget about the death of Osama Bin Laden. Another attack or another sad and anger full event will happen in our future.

“I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.”
~~ Ernesto “Che” Guevara, d. October 9, 1967

Che supposedly said that too his assassin before this death during his capture by Bolivia security forces.  What did Che meant when he said this? He will die, but the message of communism will never end.  Osama Bin Laden is dead, but his idea of an pan-Islamic state still lives on with his followers.  People will always be replaceable.

With the onset of his death one or more people will replace him and take the lead. The leading contender to be the figure-head of al-Qaeda will be Ayman al-Zawahiri.  al-Zawahiri has always been the brains of the terrorist organization. He does not have the charisma as Osama Bin Laden, but he has the brains to conduct extreme missions to cause terror to the west.

One thing about al-Qaeda that it is not a structured organization.  al-Qaeda is more like the hacker group anonymous. Each cell of al-Qaeda plans, funds, and conducts the attacks, so by killing the idea  that killing Osama will stop al-Qaeda. This is what makes al-Qaeda so dangerous. It’s a hydra that can not be killed.

“A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.”

~~ Frederick Douglas

Now with the death of Osama Bin Laden is in our past. What about our future? Well we have completed our mission with Operation Enduring Freedom. We kick out the Taliban and al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan, we killed or captured more of al-Qaeda’s lesser leadership, and we killed the main prise Osama Bin Laden. The best thing to do now is for us to leave. Mission accomplished and time to go home. Yet, I am being very too optimistic.  We will be still in Afghanistan almost forever like East Asia and Europe.

Afghanistan is still mostly ruled by tribal elders and not by central government.  Taliban are still there fighting against us. Those are good reasons to stay and finish what we started, but those are only temporary. So why are we going to stay there for very long time? It is because Afghanistan is a key state that borders next too Iran. According to the United States, Iran is one of our biggest enemies. If something does happen for us to go into Iran. The United Stats has two ways to enter Iran through land. Afghanistan is important for a good political power base for the US. Afghanistan is a land locked nation that is surrounded by six states and it includes the big three Iran, China, and Pakistan. Last year Popular Science reported that Afghanistan is a rare Earth mineral gold mine worth over a trillion dollars. That news clear points why the United States is going to stay in Afghanistan for a every long time.

I really hope that we do leave and send our troops home. It started when I was a senior at high school and I really hope that US troops are not there when my kid starts high school. I hope people who the American people will give up there hate and thrust of revenge so we don’t keep on fighting a perpetual war. I want to see compassion in everyone so no one would have to kill anyone. This will help America to stop creating so many wars just to stop a few people who will cause the deaths of thousands more.

Remember 73,530 – 1,173,600 people suffered (injured or killed) just to get or kill one guy and his message.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Current Events