Friday, March 31, 2006

Condi Finally Admits Screw Ups (that We Already Knew)

Let me see if I get this right?

During a tour to Blackburn, England, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted to thousands of errors made in the War in Iraq. But she defends the overall strategic decision to remove Iraq from Saddam Hussein’ s deadly stranglehold.

I see. Hmmm…

Let’s look at this issue another way, shall we?

You go to the hospital with vicious pain in your side. The doctor tells you after running numerous tests, that you have a liver tumor. However, it is not fatal and it can be excised by performing a delicate operation immediately. You trust what the doctor is saying. After all he is the doctor, no?

Now you’re lying on the operating table, waiting to be sedated and eventually cured of this cancer. But the doctor enters and announces that instead of delicate medical instruments, he is going to use a pickaxe and a buzz saw to operate on you. With maniacal glee, he forcefully ties you down to the table. He gives you no anesthesia before hacking into you. He does remove the tumor, though killing you in the process.

We’re not going to be nitpicky here, are we?

Would you call the “overall strategic decision” to remove the tumor successful, despite the “thousands of errors” made during the operation?

No. I didn’t think so.

Neither do I.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Latinos, Represent with Dignity!

I want to get a serious point across to some of my readers who have e-mailed me recently critiquing my coverage of the Immigration Protests breaking out in the US.

I am in no way condoning violence, cheating or shaming. I believe that only people who truly deserve government assistance should get it, especially single mothers with children, the elderly and the handicapped. I believe that those that are physically able to work should work.

I believe that people of Spanish heritage should strive to be the best they can be through education, including learning the English language. While there is nothing wrong with speaking Spanish, it should not be used as a crutch or an excuse. It is embarrassing to hear some of my fellow Spanish speakers thumb their nose at the idea of learning the English language. People, this is America, and we speak English here.

I do not represent the total of the Latin-American opinion. Nor am I swayed by stupid anti-white or anti-American arguments that have been erroneously stamped Latino Issues. I think for myself and present the issues fairly and with common sense.

While the tradition of the protest march is deeply rooted within the history of America, the Immigration protests should be carried out in peace and within the letter law. It is the only way Latinos will get heard and receive the respect we have earned.

I have never and will never condone the burning of the flag of the United States of America. It is a disgrace to see this happening on the news.

My heritage is Puerto Rican and with all pride, dignity, thankfulness and respect, American by birth and by the grace of God.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

So You Want to be Wealthy?

First of all, it is important to define exactly what wealth is, which is easy in general terms and nearly impossible in specific terms.

What is wealth?

Wealth is simply goods and services which people desire. For example, money is a good, which its service to you is what you desire. Unavoidably, this means that wealth means different things to different people. A man with an entire library of hip-hop music might consider himself wealthy. I, in the same position, would be looking to trade the hip-hop library away for some heavy metal and punk rock CDs. When I accomplish the trade, I might consider myself wealthy. So how does a person become wealthy? By being able to produce more and more goods and services per capita. In order to do this, businesses and entrepreneurs must invest in capital.

What is capital?

Capital is any good, which aids in the production of further goods or services. Equipment, machinery, education, etc are all capital goods, and purchasing them is a capital investment.

What is capital investment?

When businesses and entrepreneurs invest in capital, they are doing so with an eye towards increasing productivity, which is what makes us all wealthier.

Workers working with machinery command higher wages than workers who must use their bare hands, and business owners profit from it as well.

When Americans first started investing in farm equipment we went from being a nation that was 90% agricultural to a largely industrial one. Nowadays, people are talking about the withering industrial base without realizing that we are actually producing more with fewer workers, which is exactly the point (although very recently this trend has been a bit erratic).

Summing It Up

The way to wealth is by investing in capital to increase productivity.

Any person who wants to pull him/herself out of poverty, or just get richer than they already are, should also look to vote against any tax, law or regulation, which impedes capital accumulation.

You don’t have capital to invest? Check out this post and find a way to secure capital for investment in your future. There is no easy way. It’ll take work and time to do this.

However, it’s not impossible.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

US Customs fails “Dirty Bomb” Test!

I don't recall ever reading one Latino name on the list of terrorists that bought down the World Trade Center. Those on the list were Arab/Muslim illegal foreigners that killed 2000 plus Americans on Sept. 11th, 2001.

If my memory serves me right, I don't recall an American dying of a bad taco, a badly fertilized lawn or a mispicked strawberry.

In the meantime, some American Senators and citizens are breathing hellfire and damnation towards illegal Mexicans, Columbians, Hondurans and other South and Central American Latinos. They came here to do what? They provide cheap labor on farms and in chicken and cattle slaughterhouses!

These people are not terrorists like Moussaoui and his ilk.

In fact, a poll shows that the same illegal immigrants Congress seems to be hell bent on banishing,
may be good for America's economy.

If we're not careful, while Latino-haters are focusing on innocuous human beings trying to make a cheap dollar to feed their families, Muslim extremists are busy at work trying to bring our nation to her knees.

For crying out loud! Zacarias Moussaoui admitted yesterday he was supposed to commandeer a fifth plane with Robert Reid, and fly it into the White House!

Hello? Anyone home??

With the failure of the US Customs to detect materials used to make dirty bombs and allowing them to enter the US, maybe we, as a nation, should take a deep breath and re-evaluate our priorities.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Monday, March 27, 2006

Why Did Moussaoui Suddenly Admit to Terrorism?

Simple. He wants to die. In the extremist Islamic belief, he would die a hero martyr. He wants the glory and the open arms of Allah. If we excute this man, he would be guarenteed a place in Allah's "heaven", according to his belief.

He does not, however, want a sentence of life in prison. There would be no glory in getting raped, beaten and tortured by American inmates for years to come.

That is why he is practically taunting the judge, prosecution and jury. He's daring them to kill him.

This man needs to live.

Answering Some Charges on Illegal Immigration

The following is a partial convesation I had with someone who is against illegal immigrants (and could not answer my charges):

You make some charges that sound righteous but you fall short.

1. You said:
All this stuff about Amnesty periods and Guest worker programs will constantly be a downfall and they need to be stopped. If illegal immigrants were not here doing jobs like picking lettuce and strawberries, then the farm owners would be forced to pay American Citizens to do the job and they would have to pay more money per hour to do it.

My question: Why didn't American citizens do just that when the jobs were available? I'll tell you why. Because no one, not even you, at our age will go work at minimum wages to do back breaking work for long hours. We can make the same amount or more working at Burger King or 7-11.

It's just not going to happen. Farming conglomerates are not going to pay decent wages because there is too much competition with other conglomerates, plus insurance and other things they must pay out according to labor laws. The overhead costs too much money to make it financially feasable.

What you're going to see is what we saw in the Dust Bowl era - an exodus into the big cities near by. What this amounts to is, if these dislocated farmers and workers don't find jobs in the city:

  • a major stress on unemployment insurance.
  • stress out an already failing Federal budget.
  • the government will pass on the "savings" to us through new local, state and Federal tax laws which turns into less money in our pockets at the end of the tax year.
  • Property taxes will skyrocket, as counties will have to build new schools to accommodate new students.

I can continue listing the cons, but you get the point, I hope.

2. You said: But illegals can do it because they get paid under the table and get welfare, food stamps, healthcare, subsidized housing, and legal aid paid for by the state and federal government. If they were not here, we would not have millions of people that are on Welfare.

This is absolutely and categorically false.

Illegal immigrants are illegal by definition. In order to get government benefits, an applicant has to be an American citizen. That means the applicant must have a US certified birth certificate, a state ID and a social security card. In order to get an SS card, you have to be paying into the system. If they are illegal, immigrants cannot get government assistance because they are "getting paid under the table" and not paying taxes into the system.

Make up your mind, either they are illegal or not?

They reason we have millions on welfare is that those American citizens are:

  • losing their jobs because of the recession
  • too damn lazy to take a lower paying job. Why should they? They make more money sitting at home collecting welfare for free!

In Michigan alone, the jobless rate is at 300,000! You cannot tell me, short of providing proof, that all of those are illegal immigrants.

Illegal immigration, like it or not is a necessary evil for the above-mentioned reasons and more. The problems are not the illegal immigrants. It is the politicians who are creating a crisis to incite their constituents and redirect their focus from the real issue: the current American recession.

Republican politicians know their jobs are in jeopardy in the coming elections. They know that their constituents are pissed off at them for not doing anything about their constituents loss of jobs to overseas countries.

Republican politicians know that people like you are against anyone with color trying to make a dollar. And people like you eat it up because people like you are reactionary rather than taking the time to think issues through.

America is not in a recession because we lack farming jobs for Americans. American companies (Dell, Ford, GM, Hoover, Timken Steel, etc) are closing down plants in America and sending the jobs overseas, where it is cheaper to operate. Illegal immigrants are just the scapegoats and you're feeding on the political propaganda that satisfies your personal prejudices.

What we American should do as a whole is demand those jobs we are losing to India, Pakistan and China, back to America. However, that's not going to happen because it's easier to blame the illegal immigrants than actually doing something real about it like admitting it was a huge mistake voting Republican all these years and voting them out NOW!

Finally, the same politicians that allowed our jobs to be taken overseas are re-elected into office on an “illegal immigrant” platform. Its the same propaganda model that worked for GW in 2004 and the same propaganda model that worked for Hitler in the pre-WW II years.

And America is falling for it... again.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Stick it to the Man... Get Educated!

Get the money you need!
Latinos, we’re the next big thing! We’re the next new wave! Our people are moving up and out. However, the only thing that Latinos all over the US are lacking is an education. I’m going to get to brass tactics quickly. Don’t say you don’t have money to get your degree. YOU don’t need it. It is available to you. It’s waiting for you to grab it. I’m going to tell you how to get it.

Matthew Lesko is insane but he knows where to get the money you need… for free! All you have to do is work it. Go get it. Read it and turn your dreams into the next big thing!

It worked for me. I had a piss poor job as a Corrections Officer. It was dead end with no future and no money. I bought Mr. Lesko’s book and got the money I needed to pay for my second career in Network Administration and Web Design.

I am no better than you. I was from the streets of New York City, my family was dysfunctional and I didn’t have a clue what to do.

But using the information contained in this book, I made it out, so can you.

I don’t know Mr. Lesko nor am I getting anything for giving him props. This is simply good advice from this Latino to my raza. We’re the future. Let’s take advantage of it, the right way, ¡coño!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Senator Clinton's Political Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

Denouncing the current bill that would make the illegal presence of an immigrant in the United States – a civil offense – a felony, Senator Hillary Clinton stated,

“It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself."

Pause there for a minute.

Senator Hillary Clinton citing… the Bible?

I’m not, let’s say, enthusiastic about the current White House administration. At this point, in view of the current presidential popularity polls, even Dan Quayle doesn’t look too shabby. However, I can’t see how a person, a staunch feminist and no friend of the Christian Coalition, could even fill her mouth with the name of Jesus Christ?

Wait a minute. Now I see it.

Senator Clinton is a potential 2008 presidential candidate. Latinos are the new majority minority in America. Eighty percent of the Latino population affiliate themselves with Christianity. Could it be that Senator Clinton is trying to fish for the Latino vote by invoking the name of Christ? Say it isn’t so, Hillary!

Senator Clinton, a piece of advice, if you will. Drop the Biblical references when defending the Latino immigrants (and Latinos in general). We can smell a hypocrite a mile away. The one thing we hate is a hypocrite, especially one that would use the Lord’s Name for political gain. You have our attention already and quite possibly our vote.

Don’t screw it up.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

It's Not My Kid

Yesterday, on the Today's show, producers set up a situation where a little girl would be “kidnapped” in full public view in a wholesome suburban New York town to test how its suburban citizens would react? The answer is downright appalling.

here to watch the video. Barf bags will be passed out shortly afterwards.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Are You Unemployable?

IIn today’s business economy, you are either valuable or replaceable in the eyes of your employer. If you’re valuable, that simply means you can make money for your company. You are like King Midas, everything you’re involved in turns to gold. You’re always on the ball, always on the bleeding edge and you’ve got it. It is not easy to keep your skill set fresh like the morning dew. It takes considerable work. After all, it is work.

You can sell hotdogs and root beer from a cart on the corner of 51st and Lexington Avenue. It’s just the best darn hotdog and root beer this side of Midtown Manhattan. And you got it. Your customers just love throwing their money into your pockets.

In contrast, if you are a sour old puss that could careless about your job, no one will care for your job either. Guess what, kiddo? You’ re unemployable. You will be replaced… and forgotten.

It’s up to you how to make it work for you. Or you can live life standing in line from time to time waiting for your personal block of tasty government cheese.

Take a long and good look at this picture. The ball's in your court.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

One Step Ahead of the Herd

You belong to one of two groups of workers. You are both a mover and shaker or you are a whiner and complainer. Which of the two is your private business. The movers and shakers of your company go up the corporate ladder swiftly, get most of the perks and take vacations to Jamaica. The whiners and complainers never go any further than the coffee machine. That is where all the other losers gather to complain and whine about the go-getters. Their lives are filled with angst, regret and sometimes hate. Year after year, they do the same drudgework like drones in a beehive. People in this group are replaceable and often are. I mean, who wants to hang around people like that, especially at work? Not me and certainly not you.

I am a go-getter. I see what I want and I go for it, often times successfully. However, it did not come naturally. It took patience, change and lots of studying. Life is short, why settle for anything less than the best? Wouldn't you agree?

I am going to share with you a few of the books I used to reconstruct myself. This little bit of info will show you how the big boys (and girls) do it. With persistence and practice, you will do it, too.

The Rules of Work by British author, Richard Templar is the first of several books I will introduce to you (if you haven't read yet). This 219 page book is a must if you want to climb that ladder and make more money doing the very thing you love to do. Eye opening revelations that teach its readers the difference between those that stay on the porch and those that run ahead of the pack.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rock and Roll Goes... Boink?

The Sex Pistols' one and only album
Last night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio inducted Black Sabbath(Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward), New York City’s own, Blondie (Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Debbie Harry, Frank Infante, Chris Stein, Gary Valentine), Southern rock legends, Lynyrd Skynyrd (Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant, Leon Wilkeson), the kings of British punk rock, the Sex Pistols (Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious) and… jazz immortal, Miles Davis.

Miles Davis? Huh?

What does Miles Davis have to do with rock and roll? About as much as AC/DC has to do with jazz… absolutely nothing. Maybe next year, they’ll induct salsa king, Hector LaVoe? Why? After all, he was Latino and we have to represent! It’s equal opportunity, isn’t it? Of course it is. Glad you see it my way.

In a bit of un-PC tiff, Debbie Harry disallowed two of the original members of Blondie to play with her last night. In 1998, two original band members opposed the re-grouping of Blondie without them. Frank Infante and Nigel Harrison sued to stop the reunion as well as asking for $1 million for financial misconduct. Winning the legal blitz, Harry and Co. went on to record remarkably unmemorable music. Yawn.

Perhaps, classic rock stations worldwide will start playing half of Blonde’s songs? Better yet, let’s forget 60 plus year old Harry altogether. Now there’s a smashing idea.

The Sex Pistols, in typical rebel fashion, boycotted the whole event stating:
Next to the SEX PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table or $15,000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organization selling us a load of old famous.

Congradulations. If you voted for us, I hope you noted your reasons. Your anonymous as judges. but your still music industry people. Were not coming. Your not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem is a real SEX PISTOL.

What exactly is a "shit stem"? I'm afraid to google it.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Bizarro English

Growing up and around Spanish speakers was not conducive to learning to speak English properly, especially in New York City. I had to battle the Spanglish accent and slang when structuring sentences, enunciating words and writing grammatically correct. Man, I practiced and practiced until all vestiges of the NY/Spanglish accent were banished from my tongue. See, I was told that if I spoke English properly and had a college education, I would go places. I wanted to go places. So far, it is very true.

Incidentally, if this offends you, I do not apologize. This blog is about truth and not about political correctness.

Now, in my late 30's, I have witnessed the habit of American companies taking American jobs and outsourcing them overseas. Cheap labor... 'nuff said. In the meantime, Americans are losing jobs by leaps and bounds. Some people, after working decades, become homeless.

I sometimes do tech contract work and I receive quite a few calls soliciting my talent with computers. What does this have to do with English? A lot... read on.

Many times, I receive calls from foreign recruiters for American companies and I can not, for the life of me, understand a darn thing they are saying! The accents are so thick and their grasp of English is so butchered, it is absolutely exasperating. It is like speaking with Charlie Brown's teacher, Mrs. Donovan! "Mwa-mwa-mwa!"

Get this. These recruiters get angry with me after I have asked them, for the nth time, to repeat themselves. They have the audacity to ask me if I understand English? (This is where I start to mentally repeat "Rubber baby buggy bumpers" to calm my nerves...)

Folks, we must say no to Bizarro English. Either they learn to speak it correctly or do not bother doing business with us.

God forbid if companies start sending telemarketing jobs overseas. Heaven help us.

Wait as minute! They have!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Put a Lid on It!

One thing is to post on boards. You get to say whatever you want (according to the TOS of that particular board) and get away with it (only your ISP and administrator of any board you post can see your IP address) because you post under a pseudonym. At the end of your particular rant, you just log off and disappear on that side of the computer monitor. No fuss, no muss.

However, it’s not like that in the real world. In the real world, we loud mouths have to be very careful how we choose our words. Even so, we are bound to offend somebody. We will offend someone even if we did not mean to do so. In all the wise and deep philosophical books I have ever read, the one reoccurring theme that delicately weaves itself throughout, is this: KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! After many years of ranting and debate, I finally realized this bit of information is absolutely one of the wisest proverbs I have come across.

Listen, no one wants to hear what we have to say. We have copious volumes of treasure in our hearts and minds that no one wants. Why? Most people don’t like the truth. Most people don’t want to change for the better. Change is hard (for the lazy). That’s what it means when the Bible says: “Give not that which is holy (treasures) to the dogs, nor throw your pearls (treasures) to the swine; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and then turn and attack you.” Pretty straightfoward if you ask me.

There really isn’t a need for arguments. Just nod, smile, say, “I hear you” and walk away. That doesn’t mean you agree. It just means that you’ve heard the completely stupid thing they have just spewed and you don’t care for it. Of course, keep that to yourself. No matter how many times you try to clean up a pig, they will always return to the mud. You don’t have the time or energy to try to convince the idiot that s/he is as flaky as they come.

If you absolutely have to exercise your right to freedom of speech, start a blog or join an Internet posting board, make everybody’s life miserable and get it out of your system. It’s the best therapy out there and cheap to boot.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

View From the Sidewalk

I came across View From the Sidewalk as I was doing some research to make ACLAL a better place for my readers. Here is a professional, married family man with children and they are homeless in Greenboro, NC.

The stark reality is that this can happen to anyone of us, no matter what station in life we may find ourselves.

NOT PR0N, damn it!

Filled with intrigue, mystery and addiction, NotPr0n is the Net's (and possibly the world's) hardest riddle. This is not for the feint hearted or the apathetic web surfer.

And while the site's creator asks that no hint be given, I will give just one and only one: From page one, nothing is what it seems.

Fair warning: This site is extremely addictive. You may get fired, lose your spouse or significant other, or fail to maintain proper hygiene. You might even lose interest in sex.

You've been warned...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Taxing Your Flab

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
And you're working for no one but me. - Taxman, The Beatles

There’s a trend in recent years that goes something like this: medical research concludes that product X is bad for Americans. American politicians, in consideration for what’s best for the country, enact sin taxes on product X. This is supposed to protect their constituents from early death due to the ingestion of product X.

In other words, if you smoke, drink and spend too much gasoline, you’ll be taxed above and beyond the normal federal, state and local taxes. If you’re too fat and travel by airplane, you have to pay for two fares. You may ask, “What’s wrong with that?”

The latest “health warning” alerts American parents that soda pop is causing obesity in our school age children. The World Health Organization, PETA and other “health conscious” activist groups have mobilized against anything food they deem “fast and unhealthy”. They are urging politicians to place sin taxes on anything from Twinkies to soda pop. PETA says that you and I should be taxed
“eight cents per pound of meat and fish”. Senators in California, Nebraska and New York are jumping on the health nut bandwagon.

Let me make something clear. I advocate good health. I absolutely do not advocate making politicians rich and special interest groups dictating our lifestyles.

I wonder when they’ll tax the air we breathe? Opps! I think I just gave someone an

Karma Bites Racism in the Saddle

I was reading an article in this month’s edition of National Geographic. It says that the whole human race may be descendants of Africans. Yes, I said all of us. According to this new DNA study, so far, every sample scientists have tested include the DNA marker that originated in Africa. What a hoot! If this study is correct, every goose-stepping, hood wearing, Confederate flag flying, NRA card carrying, conservative voting racist is in some way… African.

I love karma. I really do.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Back In The Saddle!

Good afternoon! I've finally got around to doing this "work" again. Hopefully we can spend time together again berating the idiots that inhabit the planet earth, both civilized and savage. In the meantime, cheers!