Open Letter to Congress

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2012 by Vasilieos

Dear Members of Congress,

I am a recent college graduate, a full-time worker, and a voter. I am writing this letter because of the sheer exasperation I feel when thinking about the state of our government.  I am in pure awe about what has happened recently. There are a few issues I have with your recent actions.

My first issue is with the Congress’ handling of the SOPA/PIPA issue. These bills were something that the American public, silicone valley entrepreneurs, and civil libertarians did not want. Yet you were persuaded by big corporate “donations”, namely from the MPAA and the RIAA, to go forth with these disgusting bills in the name of “cyber-defense”. What’s interesting is that very few of you even know what DNS is. Thanks to large internet sites, namely Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit, as well as a huge push by the public, these disgusting bills were defeated.  In this situation all of you were united. You were clearly in opposition to the will of the American public.

My next issue came in December of 2011 with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. I realize that passing a bill authorizing certain nation defense strategies is important, however what was appalling was the part of the bill that authorized the arrest and detention of American citizens on American soil indefinitely. Both parties supported this. This is horrible. It shows your utter contempt for those you serve. This abomination passed; hurriedly and with little media attention.

What angers me the most is the partisan bickering that happens the rest of the time. Congress, namely the Republican party, held the nation hostage last summer. It refused to sign a budget deal and then nearly made the United States default. At the last minute a deal was struck. The damage was done though. The United States’ credit rating is no longer AAA. Investors may be getting  nervous about our abilities to pay our debts if this continues, which I’m sure it will over the summer. Another instance is currently playing out in regards to the Student Loan interest rate. Neither side refuses to deal with the other. Thousands of students depend on those loans staying low, myself included. If you allow those rates to go up, the already anemic spending students can afford will totally dry up. They will put off other major purchases, such as houses, cars, marriages, etc. You all claim to want to see the United States continue to be the greatest country this world has ever seen, yet your actions suggest otherwise. You, members of Congress, are putting these United States of America on a path to national suicide.

Keep it up Congress,

A concerned voter

Tea Party

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2011 by Vasilieos

What does a run-of-the-mill Atheistic libertarian think of them(me)? Its a good question. When I first heard of them around tax day 09 my initial thought was “Cool, a libertarian third party! Let’s see how they grow and evolve.” Their ideas were good: Small government and personal liberty. Now…now its a different story.

Their leaders are people like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. These politicians are not libertarians. They are populists that hijacked the Republican party. They put ideology before practicality. They would rather see our nation fall than allow us to borrow another dime. I honestly hope that Speaker Boehner succeeds in talking sense to these people, because the Democrats nor President Obama will be able to. We’re crossing the River Styx, people, and if the Tea Party has its way we’ll be in Tartarus come August 2nd.

So let’s wish Speaker Boehner the best of luck because he’s our last hope.

Oh you…Bill Maher

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2011 by Vasilieos

I thought I could relate to Bill Maher. I really did. You know, him being a rational Atheist and myself being a rational Atheist. I never fully agree with Maher but I believe I could get along with him. I was in for a surprise, I stumbled upon  this link on a major Atheist blog. Apparently he believes that vaccines are evil. Fuck, without vaccines we’d still have to deal with smallpox, malaria, and polio.

In Maher’s rush to be a skeptic he’s been deluded into questioning the very medicine that keeps most Americans alive. Seriously. He believes that the Flu vaccine causes Alzheimer’s. He would prefer that NO ONE has their children vaccinated. Polio, Spanish flu, etc? yea he’d have them back.

Ugh, the stupidity of such thought. I’ve had the flu vaccine and damned near every other vaccine available. I’m relatively healthy (that damned Crohn’s doesn’t make things easy though) and never once did I refuse to take vaccines because I thought they caused my Crohn’s. What did? Hell if I know. All I know is it’s an auto-immune disease of the colon and that there is no cure. So I just have one thing to say to you Maher…

Get your head out of your ass.

Its okay when I lie.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2011 by Vasilieos

Me? hahah absolutely not! No. I’m talking about politicians. Especially the one in the White House.

Oh President Obama, you promised this country peace. You said Iraq was a dumb war and you always showed how you were against it. And, for a while, (stupidly) I believed you. You railed and railed and said that Afghanistan was the war that should have been fought, not Iraq. So, here we are. In 2011. HOPEFULLY we will be done with Iraq by year’s end and a phased withdrawal of Afghanistan should start. But, you lied.

Now the US is getting involved in a civil war against Mommar Ghaddafi. My question to you is, Mr. President, where is the authorization from Congress for such a war? The War Powers act limited you for 60 days and those 60 days are up. I expected you to get one. But what do you do instead, you continue. You fire those who are against your opinion.  You sicken me. When Bush wanted to invade Iraq, he went to Congress and received permission. You just ignore them. No, you’re worse. You claim to be a constitutional lawyer and seek Congress’ support in everything. Yet, you avoid them entirely to fight war in Libya. Make up your mind. Be with the Constitution or against it. But the Constitutionality of the war doesn’t anger me as much as his way of fighting it.

He’s waffling on this. This is a war the US could end in a week. All it would take is a massive air raid and precision guidance munitions from B-52s and other weapons. But no,what does he do? He lets the Europeans handle it all. They are extending this war because they don’t have the capacity to end it quickly.

In closing, I’ll say this. I give the president credit for his handling of Osama. But he’s a coward in Libya. He has American money being wasted, American hardware being destroyed, and civilians being killed because he doesn’t want to end it.

He’s a joke.

V

 

GOP candidates for 2012 part 1

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 by Vasilieos

I figured I should do one of these. I’m only focusing on the GOP because the Democratic candidate will be Obama.

Mitt Romney – A Mormon hailing from the State of Utah. Ex-governor and former Presidential Candidate. His positions (which you can easily find) make me cringe. Not so much the atheist part of me, he was quoted as saying that he would not mesh religion and politics. I’m heavily trouble by this man as a Libertarian though. First of all, there is his stance on guns. He supported the Assault Weapons ban (None of the weapons that were barred are “assault weapons”, but I’ll go into that at a later date), the Brady Bill, and a State-level form of the Assault Weapons ban. That alone tells me he doesn’t care about the Second Amendment.

Romney claimed that “So I’m a hunter and believe in Second Amendment rights, but I also believe that assault weapons are not needed in the public population”. Who the hell are you to tell me what I “need” and don’t “need”? A lot of people don’t need three or four houses, or five or six cars, but there is no issue with that. I hate any politician who tells me what I need. I know what I need, they do not.

But then there are this man’s beliefs about LGBT issues. I’ll put it simply mein damen und herren, if you’re in the LGBT community he doesn’t care about you. Not one bit.

I could go on and on about why I utterly hate this man, but I wont. The mere thought of him being elected to the most powerful position on this planet makes me want to move to Sweden, or some other Scandinavian country.

HAHAHAHAHAHHA

Guns.

Posted in Guns with tags , , , on May 23, 2011 by Vasilieos

As I sit here and think about an e-book I just read I try and figure out what people have against guns. Their arguments against guns and why guns (or handguns at least) should be banned. First I’m gonna state the obvious. The Bill of Rights is exactly that. A Bill of Rights, things that American Citizens are entitled to. Not a list of needs. Now, I’m not gonna sit here and refute each and every point. Just some that I find ridiculous. Like this one, where people claim that criminals use Assault rifles (Ar-15s, AK-47/74s, SCARs, etc)

Nationally, “assault weapons” were used in 1.4% of crimes involving firearms and 
0.25% of all violent crime before the enactment of any national or state “assault 
weapons” ban

Think about it. That’s .25% of all violent crimes committed. A statistical dead end. Not an issue.

And here’s another discussing the UK’s near total ban on guns

 Over the last century, the British crime rate was largely unchanged. In the late 
nineteenth century, the per capita homicide rate in Britain was between 1.0 and 1.5 per 
100,000. In the late twentieth century, after a near ban on gun ownership, the homicide 
rate is around 1.4. This shows that the homicide rate does not vary with either the level 
of gun control or gun availability

So, violent crime does not drop after guns are (lets be honest here) banned. What’s the point? To make people feel safe? Screw that, I’d much rather be safe.

And there are people that believe that private citizen ownership of firearms do not prevent crimes, well here’s something that will make you think.

 Every year, people in the United States use guns to defend themselves against 
criminals an estimated 2,500,000 times – more than 6,500 people a day, or once every 13 
seconds.

and….

 Of the 2,500,000 times citizens use guns to defend themselves, 92% merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare 
off their attacker.

and if you think that only police should have guns, keep this in mind.

 11% of police shootings kill an innocent person - about 2% of shootings by citizens 
kill an innocent person

That’s right. you are 5 times more likely to be killed by a cop defending himself than a private citizen defending himself.  Well, I’m gonna end this soon. before I do however, I just have one final argument. The police are not obligated to protect an individual. Not at all. In The Case of Warren V. District of Columbia Metropolitan police department, the court found that: courts have without exception concluded that when a municipality or other governmental entity undertakes to furnish police services, it assumes a duty only to the public at large and not to individual members of the community.’

Here’s some quotes to finish this blog post off. From our VP Joe Biden: “Banning guns is an idea whose time has come.

And some others such as the ACLU (They have a very misleading name as private firearm ownership is a civil liberty)

“We urge passage of federal legislation ... to prohibit ... the private ownership and 
possession of handgun

And I’ll end this with a quote from George Orwell

The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they 
cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his 
bedroom.  That rifle, hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or laborer’s 
cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.

Trust me, there’s plenty more information available and I’ve got the link right here. No bullshit just facts and their sources for your own reference. So go check it out. Read it. Become aware, then go out to a range and shoot a gun. You may find it to be incredibly relaxing (I know I do)

V

PS: Here’s the link. http://gunfacts.info/pdfs/gun-facts/5.1/gun-facts-5.1-screen.pdf

Thats http://www.gunfacts.info if you want to download it

It’s late. Preview for tomorrow

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2011 by Vasilieos
That rifle, hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or laborer’s 
cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there - George Orwell.

if you can't guess what I will be ranting about tomorrow, it will be about the second amendment.