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Hi everybody. Just wanted to jump on this evening and make a few points about the recent events that transpired in Tucson and the after effect on both Sarah Palin and the government as a whole.

We’ll do Palin first. She is in full damage control now and to be honest, I don’t feel very sorry for her. She has been quick to attack the “toxic” rhetoric used against her in the past, saying it has no place in politics yet now in the aftermath of this tragedy, she releases a YouTube statement saying that the very rhetoric she has called a low blow in the past has always been going on and no one should be held to task for it. This is yet another example of a politician or political hopeful openly being hypocrites without even trying to hide it. She is quick to mention your first amendment rights but when these rights were being used against her politically she couldn’t go one day without complaining about how unfair they were and how they had no place in politics. When her opponents brought up her family, something that is well within their first amendment rights to do, she called it a low blow and said it had nothing to do with politics. Now, though, its ok because an incident of her using questionable rhetoric is being thrown in her face.

Let’s be honest here. Again I state that Sarah Palin and anything she said or says has nothing to do with the shooting. It was a case of a disturbed person lashing out at the world. No one, Democrat or Republican was the driving force behind this act. The funny thing is though, now we all get to watch our leaders and the media sources aligned with them on each side, dance around like puppets, doing their best to look like they are taking the high ground as they politicize the shooting in their attacks on the other side politicizing the shooting! Anyone else see the stupidity here?

The really scary thing , though, is this. We all can see what they each are trying to do yet despite the fact it’s so plainly obvious, the vast majority of sheep/people who hear it will actually fall for it! When Rush Limbaugh spends a half hour ranting about how the Democrats are out of line for attacking Palin for her rhetoric, at the same time repeating his view that they are using the shooting as a political tool, and then the VERY NEXT DAY he spends half his show saying the Democrats SUPPORT THE SHOOTING??? That statement is him blatantly using something as a political tool that 24 hours earlier he was criticising others for using as a political tool. F@#$ing hypocrite!

Now here at thechange23.wordpress.com, when I say I am fair and balanced, unlike FoxNews I mean it. The Democrats side of the fence has been no better. I looked at the now infamous “bullseye” map on Palin’s page. It’s a picture of the United States with crosshairs painted over the districts she was referring to as winnable political targets. The map I saw had no individual picture of a person, just targets over the districts in question. The fact that the Democrats would try to connect Palin to this shooting in a negative way, or try to fault her for it is both ridiculous and, honestly, kind of makes them look like they are so afraid of her that they’ll do anything to slander her.

So in conclusion, I hope what you’ve been able to take from this blog is the following; All of our leaders should be ashamed of themselves for not only politicizing a tragedy that claimed the life of an innocent 9-year-old child, but for both trying to blame the others for doing it and in the process of making the accusations, doing exactly what they are accusing the other side of. It’s right there in front of your eyes people. Wake up.

Well this should seriously piss off anyone who is a resident of Illinois and disturb those residents of other states that are in debt. Illinois today passed the following tax hikes

  • Temporarily raising the personal income tax rate to 5%, from 3%.
  • Temporarily hiking corporate income taxes to 7%, from 4.8%.
  • Imposing a moratorium on new programs with spending growth capped at 2% per year, with the exception of increased school aid of more than $700 million.
  • The House postponed a vote on increasing the tobacco tax to $1.99 per pack, up from 98 cents. And lawmakers defeated a proposal to borrow $8.75 billion to clear the current stack of unpaid bills.

    The state’s Senate also approved a measure allowing the state to borrow $3.7 billion for the fiscal 2011 pension payment. The House approved this debt issuance last May.

  • I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculous this is. Illinois and its leaders are PROVEN to be amongst the most corrupt, underhanded mismanagers of tax dollars this country has seen in a long time. They have a not only consistent, but completely transparent record of screwing over the residents of their state to line their own pockets. Former Governor George Ryan sits in jail for fraud and racketeering amongst other charges. Rod Blagojevich is currently in the aftermath of trying to sell President Obama’s Senate seat after he took office.

    Its persistence was documented  Sept. 7, 2006 by the Chicago Sun-Times, which reported that at least 79 current or former Illinois, Chicago or Cook County elected officials had been found guilty of a crime by judges, juries or their own pleas since 1972. The paper provided this tally of the tarnished: three governors, two other state officials, 15 state legislators, two congressmen, one mayor, three other city officials, 27 aldermen, 19 Cook County judges and seven other Cook County officials.

  • So after this laundry list of scumbags have been busted again and again, they now are openly saying, with a smile on their faces , that YOU are going to pay to fix it. business as usual in our screwed up state and as usual, the sheep of a populace in this state, much like others in this country, will now go out and work their butts off to pay for something a bunch of rich, corrupt leaders did and in the end their efforts will most likely be for naught. What good does it do to hike taxes when we all know its only a matter of time until the next leader is arrested and charged once he falls out of political favor with his cronies? When you consider our little problem from that angle, you logically have to come to the realization that what they are really saying is “our last group of schemes didn’t work so were gonna rob you even more to fix it.”
  • WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Get out, protest, call your congressman and bitch and moan. Who cares if they don’t like it. THEY WORK FOR YOU!…….This is just another sad, sad example of where our country is going and for those of you who have just accepted it remember this…..there will always be an endgame and the more broken things become the quicker its going to get here.
  • Rush Limbaugh just keeps proving me right. Yesterday I wrote how he was, once again, being a hypocrite for saying the Democrats were using the recent shooting to political advantage as HE USED IT to rip them. This is typical behavior for Rush. Never satisfied with being part of the crowd he has proven time and time again that he will say anything to get your ear. Today was no different as he stated the following on his show.

    “What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country . . . he knows that . . . the Democrat party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame. He knows if he plays his cards right, he’s just a victim. . . . This guy clearly understands he’s getting all the attention and he understands he’s got a political party doing everything it can, plus a local sheriff doing everything that they can to make sure he’s not convicted of murder – but something lesser.”

    Notice how he subtly says in there that the Democrats support someone who just gunned down a senator and a child. Anybody with any reason, despite their political views, knows that neither political party has any support for Jared Loughner, the shooter. As usual though, instead of trying to show the good points of the political view he supports, Rush feels the need to try to drag down his opponents due to the fact he’s incapable of garnering your support by speaking honestly and about facts. If you look at his statement for what it is you will see that he is doing the exact thing he was crying about the Democrats doing yesterday. He is trying to use this shooting for political purposes.

    Rush, I admit Keith Olberman and all the MSNBC cronies are just as bad, but if you want those of us with a brain to listen to you, give up these lowbrow tactics. They bring nothing but shame on your name and reputation and completely take away any credibility you once had. At the same time if you don’t mind that those who are mentally weak enough for you to influence with disgraceful and underhanded tactics are your most loyal supporters, well that pretty much says all there is to say about you as a person.

    Today as I was reading the news I came across no less than 5 different articles concerning current politicians coming out and calling for the “toning down” of the often toxic and inflammatory rhetoric that regularly comes out of our politicians mouths. I for one find it sad and somewhat disturbing that it took an innocent woman being shot in the head, a 9-year-old having her life ended, for them to realize this was a problem. In typical fashion though, our leaders continue to show that they are incapable of recognizing a problem until that problem blows up in their faces.

     Much like health care, the economy, and many other issues, this situation is just another example of how little the leadership cares about anything that doesn’t affect their poll numbers. Let’s think for a second…..do any of us think, had this shooting not happened, that we would have heard any politician calling for the removal of the irresponsible rhetoric that regularly comes out of Washington? I am absolutely certain that had this event not taken place that you would be able to close this page right now, open any of the major news sites, and find something really inappropriate that one politician had said about another.

     This shows a dangerous and serious flaw not only in the thinking of our leaders but the thinking of us, the public. As time continues to pass and more issues that affect the American people pop up in the future we are going to need foresight, both from our leaders and from the public, when electing our representatives and making decisions that affect millions. When there is an election going on, we need people who want to get elected on the basis of their ability, not on the basis of how bad they can make their opponent look. If we continue to be accepting of this type of thinking in the future, the United States will one day crumble under the weight of one of these problems when it does blow up.

     The time has come for the public to sacrifice their own ego and push for what’s right as a mass in the first place and take responsibility for the future NOW as opposed to when it’s too late. The days of us always doing what feels best needs to be replaced with us as a whole doing what’s right. There’s always a grey area, I agree, but in the end we all know right from wrong. We need to start acting like it before we are mourning more people and talking about another problem that was obvious before the tragedy.

    Morning. This morning, online, there was an article written by Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. Now I don’t read Mr. Cohen on a regular basis and also don’t know a whole lot about him personally so please keep in mind my statements in the following blog refer only to his view in this article and not him in totality. In his article Mr. Cohen states “A 22-year-old man, already hallucinating on the Internet, making no sense in his classes and booted from school for his strange ways, can buy such a killing device almost on the spot. If he is crazy, then so are we.” Sorry sir but I respectfully disagree with you on the following basis. The Constitution of this country gives us the right to bear arms. Obviously this right does not include the right to use those arms to harm innocent people. Jared Loughner was a disturbed person and yes, in a sense, the system failed us by allowing such a dangerous person to attain such a weapon. That being said though, the vast majority of us gun owners in this country use them responsibly and just because one maniac went far beyond reason in his use of guns doesnt lump us in with him just because we allow them in society. Stating that we are as crazy as this disturbed individual because we allow the weapons that he used both irresponsibly, and not for the purpose they were meant is akin to stating that we are all as irresponsible as a drunk driver who kills a family because we allow people to buy cars. There are many dangerous things in society, many items that if used in the wrong way, can be harmful for others. That’s why there are rules. Most of us follow these rules. Jared Loughner did not due to his obviously damaged mental state.If we start to restrict access to this or that because one out of a thousand people use it irresponsibly, we wouldn’t be allowed to possess anything Mr Cohen! A mother smothers her child with a pillow because she is disturbed, no more pillows for anyone?

    Im sure you see my point and though I agree there should be better systems in place to be aware of when a possibly dangerous person has access to a weapon they can hurt others with, the way you ended you article, with the statement “the gun did it” is ridiculous and in my opinion you making excuses for people’s actions. If a psychotic student stabs his teacher with a pencil did the “pencil do it?” No the person did. So in essence I wanted to blog that I agree we need to be more careful about who gets what but lets not start taking the cowardly action of blaming inanimate objects for the actions that are taken with them by human beings. As you stated, It’s the 21st century and human beings need to start taking responsibility for their own actions and not always be looking for a reason it’s not our fault as people when we do something bad.

    Hi all. I was prompted to write this particular blog after reading an article on CNN today speaking of how mental health is the weakest link in our health care system. This article also questioned out loud if this latest shooting by someone who clearly has serious mental health issues may have been prevented if there were better treatment options available. What this article focused on was the fact that the Arizona shooter, Jared Loughner, had been openly having mental issues for some time and how this has been the case in dozens of shootings in the past year or two. In Jareds case, one of the examples cited in the article was that a few years back, the community college that he was attending required him to provide documentation that “he was not a danger to himself or others” before they would allow him to return to class. Sadly, measures such as this rarely have any positive effect and it obviously did nothing to alert the proper people of the danger of this individual. The Virgina Tech shootings are another recent memory case of a similar disturbed individual who gave many signs he was close to snapping but, without any system to identify these types of problems or bring attention to them, these warnings often go unheard.

    Now what I just said does nothing, at least in my mind, to make excuses for these people’s horrible actions. Mentally ill or not, they still have proven to be a danger to all of us. It’s just when you see these disturbed people popping up with such regularity as we have over the past few years, you have to wonder if there isn’t a better way to possibly identify these situations before they occur so we don’t have to bury another 9-year-old girl. The situation last September at the Discovery channels building was another example of an obviously disturbed person, who had made threatening statements in the past, snapping. His name was James J. Lee. A Web site run by Mr. Lee, SaveThePlanetProtest.com, was established in January 2008. The Web site complains that the Discovery Channel produces programs about the environment for profit, not for humanitarian reasons. Not only did he complain about this but he believed the channel should stop encouraging any more procreation by the human race. When he had the hostages he was threatening to kill them if the channel didnt push more shows on sterilization of the human race. Again, an obviously disturbed person.

    I was interested in writing about this particular topic for one other reason. For those of you who don’t know me personally, I have personal experience with the mental health options available in this country as I have had struggles of my own. I am a diagnosed Bi Polar sufferer and only in the last few years, with the help of an amazing doctor in the St Louis area named Phillip Chu, have I been able to see the light of the world again. Over the years, I went to more than a few doctors and counselors and often got the idea that they were just guessing what was wrong with me. One told me “I just needed to be happier” right after I was telling her about suicidal thoughts. Another diagnosed me as schizophrenic after meeting and talking to me for all of 5 minutes. Afterward she gave me a medication to take that immediately had me violently vomiting for hours. These examples don’t even count the times I simply could not afford to regularly go to a counselor or psychiatrist as was suggested by a doctor because I was uninsured and states have been shutting down mental health facilities first every time they need to slash their budget.

    Now all that being said, my situation improved because I came across a doctor, through my repeated search for someone to be able to help me figure out how to get my issues under control, that really took the time to not just look for a quick fix but find a permanent solution for me. The medication he prescribes me has changed my life and my friends and family see the difference as night and day. I was lucky though. Many don’t have the support system of family and friends that I had and for those people sometimes by the time others recognize somethings wrong with them it’s too late. Just another problem we should be spending money on as opposed to landing probes on comets and analyzing Mars dirt….just my opinion.

    Ok I am usually against hate speech but I feel the need to fire one-off at what is possibly the worst group of people ( I use that term loosely) walking around the Earth. Westboro Baptist Church( they’re not really a church) should be drug into the forest by the general public. What kind of person, claiming to support God, would thank God for dead soldiers? What kind of people would protest the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed by a madman? These guys show their ignorance by trying to take what God claims is his. Romans 12:19 in the Bible states “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

    That being said, even if this “church” felt the need to see vengeance taken out on someone, if they were truly religious they would follow the word of the God that they supposedly follow. They do not. Why you ask? Because they are not a church, they are a hate group. They are no different from the Klu Klux Klan was when they were lynching people because of the color of their skin. Scum of this type does not deserve freedom of speech, as they only use it to spread hate. Complete cowards, they lack intelligence to argue their views with facts so they must use the lowest common denominator….hate. Spineless, they attack only the dead and those who cannot defend themselves or the living who are too wise to lower themselves to their level. If the media in this country had any integrity at all, believed in doing things the right way for the people, they would refuse to give these lowlifes even one second of coverage no matter what their actions.

    Westboro Baptist is an insult to free speech. They are an insult to any church that has the name Baptist in it. Stand up people. Stand up for what is right and when these pieces of s**t come to your town, gather everyone you know and all people you see of good moral fabric and stop these people from insulting the memories of good people fallen. They are cowards and without the ability to hurt others in their times of sorrows they will fade away.

    Cowards. Pure and simple.

    Morning gang. I wanted to take a few moments today to reflect on what we are spending our tax dollars on. During a time when unemployment is very high and many if not all states are in serious debt it seems to me that a reality check is needed in the priorities we have placed on what we spend our money on. I got to thinking about this after reading an article this morning detailing how the state of California is in the hole by like 25 billion dollars. That being said, California is hardly the only state with this dilemma. I live in Illinois and our state leaders are talking about a 75% state income tax increase, and with the corruption that has been proven to exist in this state that’s a hard number to swallow. They screw it up, we pay for it. Doesnt seem very fair to me.

    When looking over the federal budget, it just seems to me that while things such as space exploration and defense are things we need that we may be prioritising these things a little too high. Space exploration and what on other planets, and in other galaxies, is interesting and all that but what good is that doing us now as a whole? Does it really do us any good to know these facts( and most of what we find out is theory not fact) if the planet WERE ON is going under? Here’s an example….( and thanks to FoxNews for the information)

    Stifled by legislative bottlenecks, NASA will be forced to continue an already defunct rocket program until March, costing the agency half a billion dollars while adding more hurdles to the imminent task of replacing the space shuttle.

    Constellation is the umbrella program that includes the Ares I, the rocket NASA has been building to replace the space shuttle as means of transport to and from the International Space Station, as well as other spacecraft that would have been capable of performing a variety of missions. President Obama cancelled Constellation last year, but thanks to congressional delays and inaction, the program simply won’t die — and it’s costing big bucks.

    A large portion of the estimated $500,000,000 NASA will spend on the canceled rocket in the next few months — $165 million of it — will be paid to Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, toward the development of a solid-rocket first stage for the Ares I the rocket. However, with the cancellation of the Constellation program as part of the President’s new NASA plan, signed into law in October, there are doubts that the technology will ever be used, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

    So, in essence, we are going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars, during a time when people are out of work, schools are going underfunded and fuel and other prices are rising to ridiculous levels our leaders are going to piss away all that money for what? So we can fund something we are never going to use? Are we in that good of shape financially that we can just throw money away on “maybe” projects while the people who work and keep this country going go without things they need for their families? People should be outraged by this and trust me, there are many other NASA related projects that cost just as much with only extremely long-term results possible. Again, I’m not saying cut the whole project out but at the same time, what good does all this exploration of outer space do when the people ON THE PLANET are struggling. Seems illogical and irresponsible to me. Take care of our backyard before we going looking for additional property.

    NASA is hardly the only government agency being irresponsible during these tough times though. According to the Pentagons own list, The United States has close 1,000 military bases worldwide. 1,000?? Are we at war with the whole freaking planet? I understand we have to have some strategically placed bases and forces but this seems a little over the top to me. The Department of Defense budget for 2011 is 708  BILLION DOLLARS. Wow….I can’t really say more than that. Are we in that much constant danger? What good does all this defense do if what we are defending is collapsing? If we continue at this rate, we’re going to wind up like North Korea….a massive military protecting a dirt poor, starving nation. Dont think it cant happen. Empires such as ours have come and gone over the years and America is not immune to the cycles of history.

    Those are just a few thoughts that came to mind. See you all later and have a great day. If you have a job.:)

    The recent shooting of an Arizona congresswoman got me thinking about the scope of political ads we all saw this past election cycle. Let me be frank and upfront in saying that I absolutely DO NOT believe Sarah Palin was intending to incite this kind of violence with one of her websites showing “crosshairs” over the face of Democratic opponents this past election cycle. Those of you who read me often know that I personally cannot stand Mrs. Palin or anything that she stands for but to somehow attempt to connect her to this tragedy by a madman is unfair and kind of a low blow. That being said, I DO believe that the politicians in this country should take a moment, in the wake of this terrible act, to reflect on the effect that their ads and their words have on the general populace, a mass of people who I think we can all agree is becoming more volatile over time. Politicians, in their ads, and in their statements regularly lie, misquote and misrepresent the positions of their opponents. During past elections I have heard politicians imply that their opponent “hates America”, “doesn’t care about dead soldiers” and “wants to decide if someone is too old to live”. These are all outrageous statements. I think most of you would agree that despite their political positions on certain issues, there is not a single elected official that “hates America”. I’m sure you would also agree that none of our elected leaders looks kindly on dead soldiers.

    The problem here though is that you have so many politicians spewing hate and negativity about their opponents as opposed to offering logic and reason to prove why their ideas are better. You then top that off with shock jocks like Rush Limbaugh, people who stand to profit by causing tense conflict between citizens of varying political views, and what you wind up with is a growing amount of both hate and tension between our citizens. Then, you sprinkle in a taste of the members of our society that are, for lack of a better term, insane and you wind up with a very dangerous and unstable environment. Again, I have no doubt that the shooter in yesterdays incident was out of his mind and if you take the time to look up any of  his YouTube videos, you will see he’s off his rocker, but these people are going to continue to exist as they always have and people in the public eye, especially those involved in politics and leadership, have a responsibility to not add fuel to the fire.

    I truly feel bad for Sarah Palin that her name is now going to be lumped into this and her tactics on her website called into question, but at the same time this happening to her as a result of this tragedy is ironic with her being a major contributor to this environment of hate. She can deny she is, but putting crosshairs over the face of a political opponent, even if done only as a political tactic, sends a hateful and terrible message. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t have seen her people pull the pictures off her website at a time coinciding with this shooting. She is not alone in her actions and hopefully the leaders of this country and those in the public eye will take the time to think about using positivity and reason as a motivating factor for garnering support as opposed to making their opponents look as bad as they possibly can or using tactics meant to scare the American people. Many of us are smart enough to see through it but those who have completely lost their minds aren’t. Theres more and more of those people every day.

    Good morning folks. I am awake a little early today and thought I’d drop some brain activity on you. While looking over the news sites this morning, reading about the tragic shooting of a congresswoman yesterday, I came across an article on the main page of CNN titled “Snooki not trying to be a role model”. Hahahahah…sorry I had to laugh. Has the world gone mad? Why would this girl, mainly a partying moron famous for, I guess, being one of the personalities on the show Jersey Shore, think anyone would look at her as a role model? What exactly has this girl done, or what does she do that causes her to be famous or people to care what she thinks? Now admittedly, I know very little about this young lady and I plan to keep it that way but this article reminded me in a major way of how brain-dead our society has become when people like Snooki(LOL, sorry what a stupid name) are celebrities? As I checked out the article (I wanted some knowledge before I wrote about her) I came to find out exactly what I had thought. Shes just some girl who is on a reality TV show who gets drunk a lot. Wow. That’s certainly someone I want to spend precious hours of my life listening to and watching (cmon seriously?). This reminded me of another reality moron named Spencer, who I believe is that guy from The Hills, another reality show. A year or so ago I was watching David Letterman and he was a guest. He told Letterman that he charges like $50,000 dollars just to show up somewhere because “he’s Spencer”?! I sat and purely enjoyed when Letterman sat there and laughed and laughed at him, asking “Why would anyone pay YOU to show up anywhere?”

    It’s scary that people’s lives in this country and worldwide have become so empty that they follow shows showing other peoples lives so religiously, creating a celebrity status for someone who, in essence, DOES NOTHING BUT LIVE! Are our lives that sad? That we have to follow 20 something drunks and celebrity wannabees as entertainment? What ever happened to being entertained by, oh I don’t know, people with a talent?

    Now I know that maybe this post doesn’t have any kind of intellectual base and I usually pride myself on trying to have meaning in what I write, but when I go to a major news site and see this Snooki story listed as the 7th or 8th headline during a time when we are fighting a war, the economy is collapsing, congresswomen are being shot, and healthcare debate is close to causing civil war I am just blown away that there is enough of a viewership to even publish a story like that. Then again, our media is pretty much just a bunch of money hungry sensationalists so I suppose I shouldnt be surprised. Ok that’s all I have for right now, I promise I’ll write again later today about something that is 60 or 70 clicks higher on the intelligence scale than “Snooki”………wow….