Thursday, November 29, 2012

Get ready....say good-bye to the Internet as we now know it.

For the record, my love affair with computers and the Internet dates back to 1986 when a friend gave me an IBM XT PC with massive 20-meg. hard-drive (yes, 20-meg) and a 5.25 inch floppy drive. It sat in my office for six months because I didn't have a clue how to use it or what to do with it. At the time, I thought it would take me forever to fill-up the 20-meg hard-drive 

One day my friend, Mark (Thank-you Mark Ziminsky for being so persistent) pops in my office, sees the computer sitting there gathering dust and says, "Dale, if you aren't going to use that thing, I'll take it back." I told Mark I didn't know how to use it, and he proceeded to show me and teach me DOS (the basic disc operation system that underlies Windows, even today). With Mark's help, I became quite proficient in the use of DOS, so much so that when Windows 1.0 appeared on the scene, I was resistant to adopting it because I was doing just fine with DOS, thank-you very much!

Finally, with the arrival of Windows 3.0 in 1990, I slowly transitioned to Windows. A year earlier, I had signed on to Compuserve, the first online service to connect to the web. There wasn't much to connect to other than forums, bulletin boards, etc. There were no fancy websites with streaming music or videos in 1989.

I also remember the introduction of Realplayer in 1995, when I tuned into its initial test broadcast from Seattle. The quality was really bad, but then again, we were dealing with dial-up and really slow speeds at the time. Honestly, I didn't think Realplayer as an idea would last, but now looking back, it was the forerunner of our Pandora,  Spotify, Netflix and Hulu. 

So with that background info, I want to remind you (not that you need reminding) that the Internet has grown and prospered without the help or funding or regulation of governments. The Internet is self-regulating which means that no one has to ask for permission to launch a website, and no government can tell network operators how to do their jobs. The Internet (the world-wide web) is a permissionless society. 

But as I stated in an earlier post last May, the United Nations organization, ITU, wants to take over the Internet. In their 200-page proposal, they want to charge you for sending emails overseas (sort of a tax, so they can make some money off of you). Also, if any internet traffic is routed through countries like Russia, Iran, China, etc., they want the ability to eavesdrop or block internet access. This is the same UN that can't even control nuclear weapons, yet they want to control the Internet. (See article by L. Gordon Crovitz "The U.N.'s Internet Sneak Attack" in the Wall Street Journal for more background info).

The U.N. wants control over the Internet so they can make money off of everyone using it as well as control what information is transmitted. They want to tax firms like Google and Facebook which eventually would mean that you, the user would also be taxed or have to start paying Google or Facebook a user fee. 

My fear (and it is a well-founded one) is that the Obama administration will once again lead from behind and capitulate, giving in to the U.N. and allowing it to control the Internet. Why? Because in the name of multiculturalism, Obama believes that the U.S.'s values of freedom, democracy, and freedom of speech, etc. are no better than any other countries' values, including North Korea, Iran, or Russia. 

Far too many liberals, including Obama himself, believe that government should be able to censor and sanction speech in order to keep people "in line." This is the same political correctness that prevails on most of our university campuses today (just ask someone like Ann Coulter who is banned from a number of university campuses). 

I sadly predict that we are about to see the end of the Internet as we know it. This news will probably be greeted with cheers and cause for celebration by most liberals and leftist professors as well as the Hollywood crowd. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hillary's Conflict Resolution 101 in the Middle East Is a Waste of Time

This morning as I was at the gym exercising, I'm thinking about the ceasefire agreement that was "hammered" out by Hillary Clinton, Egypt, Hamas & Israel. Does this really mean that we're going to see peace in the Middle East? Don't bet on it. Any peace agreement brokered by Hillary and Mohammed Morsi of Egypt isn't worth the paper it's written on. 

Personally, I would've thought the great arbiter of peace and Nobel prize winner, Barack Obama, would put some skin in the game, show up and get both sides to stop this warfare. But instead, he sends a woman out to do a man's job--Hillary Clinton. 

For Hillary, this is a win-win, because this is nothing more than a "dog and pony show" designed to give the illusion of having secured a "peaceful" settlement to this conflict. Even if it's artificial, fragile and lasts for only a few days, she gets a pass on the whole Benghazi-gate thing where Congress has a series of questions to ask her, for which she hasn't given any straight answers. 

7 yrs ago, Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, hoping for Peace
For the record, seven years ago, in full view of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza, dismantling every settlement and withdrawing every soldier. I was there in 2005 shortly after Israel's handover of the Gaza Strip and friends of mine in Israel said it was a waste of time--that it would not bring peace, and they were right. 

What did occur was that Hamas built up strength in the Gaza strip and they have been building up an arsenal of missiles which they get from Iran. This cease-fire does nothing but give them more time to prepare for another assault on Israel. 
Bus-bombing in Tel Aviv
Even today, as I arrived home from the gym and checked the news, here's the latest headline in USA Today:  
11:23AM EST November 24. 2012 - TEL AVIV — A bus bombing in this seaside city Wednesday appears to be strengthening the Israeli public's support for a ground offensive in Gaza.
A cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas went into effect later Wednesday, but many Israelis say they don't believe it will provide a long-term solution to the rain of rockets into their territory or to renewed acts of terrorism.
"We know that the situation is bad," said Tel Aviv resident Daniel Ramzi, 25, referring to the 8-day-old escalation of hostilities with Gaza. "There's no end. After what happened today, I think that most Israelis think now that we should go in," he said, referring to a possible ground offensive in Gaza.
A Peace Treaty Only Brings Peace When One Side Is Defeated in War
This latest cease-fire agreement with Hamas was a mistake. Israel needs to go in with a ground offensive and wipe Hamas out-completely. They need to defeat Hamas and re-take the Gaza Strip. 
Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepting the Japanese
surrender in Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2, 1945.
Here's a bit of wisdom that I learned from listening to Rush Limbaugh years ago--you can't have peace until your enemy is defeated. You can't sign a peace agreement that is worth anything until one side has been defeated, surrenders and comes to the table willing to sign a meaningful treaty.

Where Would We Be Today If We Had Signed a Peace Agreement with Germany without Defeating Them?
Where would we be today if we had signed a peace agreement with the Germans without defeating them? We'd probably be living under the Nazi Swastika flag. Or, what would life be like for us if we had signed a peace treaty with Japan without having defeated them? Do you really think that Japan would have stopped all its aggression? The ONLY way we came out of WWII with any peace and hope for the future was because Japan and Germany had both been defeated! 
Every peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is a waste of time until the Palestinians are totally defeated, and give up their thirst to drive Israel into the Mediterranean Sea. Even now, Hamas still believes that Israel shouldn't exist and they are planning their next offensive on Israel.
The next time, and it will arrive in a few days or weeks, Israel needs to go in on a ground offensive and completely destroy Hamas and it's leaders, as well as all their weapons, drive the Palestinians out of Gaza Strip, retaking control of this territory and buffer between Israel and Egypt. Then, Israel might be able to sign a peace agreement with Hamas which would really have some meaning and lasting value.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

When we are truly thankful, we admit our need for His help & strength

In the classic western movie Shenandoah, Jimmy Stewart stars as Charlie Anderson, a Virginian farmer trying to keep his family out of the Civil War.
With one empty place set for his dead wife and his children gathered around the supper table, Charlie begins a litany they obviously have heard before: "Now your mother wanted all of you raised as good Christians, and I might not be able to do that thorny job as well as she could, but I can do a little something about your manners."
He gestures that they all should bow their heads and continues: "Lord, we cleared this land, we plowed it, sowed it, and harvested it. We cooked the harvest. We wouldn't be here, we wouldn't be eatin', if we hadn't done it all ourselves. We worked dog-boned hard for every crumb and morsel, but we th
Through the course of the movie, we see one tragedy after another strike the Anderson clan: the youngest son is mistaken for a soldier and captured, another son and his wife are murdered by marauders, and a third son is shot by an over-zealous sentry. When we next see Mr. Anderson at the supper table, there are four more empty places as he begins his ritual prayer. But this time we hear his voice quiver and break as the awful realization comes upon him that he is not in control, that he is not the master of his own destiny. His voice trails off as he finishes the words "if we hadn't done it all ourselves."
He stops, gets up, and walks away, a proud man, broken and stripped of his pride, knowing that he needs to turn to the Lord, but not yet ready to fall on his knees and ask for God's help.
This Thanksgiving is a time for us to not only offer up thanks to God for all his many blessings, but to also ask for His help and strength. When we are truly thankful, we are also admitting our dependence on the One who is the source of our strength, blessings, health, and life itself. Without Him, we would not be taking another breath.

I pray that you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving. 
1 Chronicles 16:7-15  7 On that day David gave...this song of thanksgiving to the LORD: 8 Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. 9 Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. 10 Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD. 11 Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. 12 Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, 13 you children of his servant Israel, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones. 14 He is the LORD our God. His justice is seen throughout the land. 15 Remember his covenant forever— the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

How'd we get in this mess of gender confusion, animal rights & unisex bathrooms?

On many college campuses  around the country and in some corporations, there are unisex bathrooms. The Fox TV series, Ally McBeal, introduced the American viewing audience to gender neutral bathrooms.

How did we get here? How did we get to the place where there is a concerted effort to blur the lines between the sexes, where women are competing with men to be Marines, firemen, and soon, NFL quarterbacks and Navy Seals?

How'd we get to this place?  

How did we get to the place where there is not only an attempt to blur the gender lines so that we no longer have male and female, but trans-gender individuals who are demanding their acceptance in the workplace and in whatever bathroom they choose to use?

How did we get to the place where there is an effort to blur the lines of species so that we as humans are now at the mercy of animals or rodents. In the eyes of some (PETA, animal-rights activists), we as human beings have no more right to existence than a sea turtle, spotted owl, the American Burying Beetle, or the California Tiger Salamander? (This is why I choose not to watch Animal Planet which is nothing more than a subtle propaganda push for the animal rights’ movement.) 

The animal-rights whackos believe that there is nothing special about the human species and that we have no more right to existence than a chicken. Theodor W. Adorno (German philosopher) writes: 
 “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.” 
This should be an affront to any rational human being to trivialize and compare the Holocaust where more than six million Jews were exterminated to the killing of animals for food.

The key to understanding all of this is found in the Garden in Genesis 1.

It all goes back to the Garden. On the 6th day of creation, in Genesis 1:25 (ESV)
25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 
Notice that it clearly says that God made all the creatures of the earth according to their OWN kind. In other words, they did NOT transition from one form into another, they were created distinctly according to their own kind, so that a dog has always been a dog, a lizard has always been a lizard, a whale has always been a whale, an owl has always been an owl, etc.

Now we come Genesis 1:26 which is the key to understanding all that matters regarding species, dominance, equality, etc.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 
We are told that God made man in His own image. We are made in the image and likeness of God. God then went on to say that man would have dominion (authority, dominance, rights) over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the livestock and over every creeping thing on the earth. You will never see or hear this on the Animal Planet channel because they don’t want you to know that you are special, having been created in the image of God.

Here's what happens when we turn our backs on God and no longer believe in Genesis 1-2:

When we turn our backs on God and no longer believe in the Genesis account of creation, we begin to lose sight of our uniqueness, created in God’s image, created to know God and to reflect his glory in our lives. 
When we lose sight of our God-given purpose, we fall prey to all the false philosophies in the marketplace of ideas including: 
  • Those animal rights’ activists who would have us believe that we are nothing special.
  • We fall prey to those who would tell us that there is NO difference between the sexes, that everything should be gender neutral, that we can choose to be male, female, or whatever we want to be. 
  • Female bodybuilder
  • We succumb to arguments of equality that would pit women against men, even to the point of wanting to break into every area of male dominance, including NFL football or the Navy Seals.
My Final Thoughts on Animal Rights:

My final thoughts for this post are that the animal-rights movement is an outgrowth of rebellion against God and what we read in Genesis 1-2. Our confusion over gender-roles and attempts to blur the lines is one more example of our brokenness and alienation from God. When we lose sight of our significance as being loved and accepted by God just the way we are, we fall prey to other philosophies and lifestyles in an attempt to gain the love and attention we so desperately seek.

You and I were created to know God and have a relationship with Him. He created us in His image to be the dominant creature here on earth, not to be in a subordinate role or subservient to all the other creatures on the planet. My two cute dogs, Ellie & Charlie, can’t have a relationship with God and they were not created in the image of God. They are beautiful creatures, deserving of my love and tender care, but I am still their owner and master. 

According to God, my dogs and no other animals will ever have a right to sue me or anyone else—unless that right is conferred upon them by human beings—and if that happens, then I rest my case. By the mere fact that we HAVE the ability to CONFER  a right to an animal reveals who has the dominance and the God-given authority. It is man, and man alone, who is created in God’s image.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Do Animals Have Rights? Can Your Dog or Cat Sue You?

Recently, I saw a disturbing commercial airing on Hulu with kids promoting Animal Rights. I love animals as much as the next guy. In fact, as I write this, one of my two rescued dogs, Ellie (a Jack Russell-Rat Terrier mix) is resting on my lap. My two dogs are completely spoiled, and they are showered with love and affection every day. But having said that, I am opposed to Animal Rights, because it is antithetical to the Biblical account in Genesis. More on that in my next post.

Here's a sample animal rights' video targeting children and probably being shown in our public schools:

Flawed logic of the Animal Rights' movement
Animal Rights activists believe that you are no more special than a rat, or a cat, or a dog, or a chicken. They don't believe in a dominant species, and their argument is the same that was used for racism, one which I heard in my college Black History class years ago. It goes like this: If you believe as the Bible says that man is the head of the woman, and that the woman descended from the man, then you believe that the woman is inferior to the man; consequently, you must also believe that one race is superior and others are inferior,  therefore you are a racist because you believe in the superiority of the white race. Now, they've taken that one step further: You must also believe that one species is dominant over another and that man should be the dominant species in the world. There is no dominant species, and man is no better than any other species. 

That's how the reasoning goes, and logically, it's flawed from the start. First off, just because I believe that man is the head of the woman, and that according to Genesis the woman descended from man, that is no way means that she is inferior. She is created in the image of God and has a different role but it is not one that where she is any less of an equal to the man. The new definition of equality which has gained a foothold in our society thanks to feminism says that to be "equal", you have to be the same and be able to do the same things. In other words, a woman is not equal to a man until she can sign-up for the Navy Seals, or quarterback an NFL team. Once again, flawed logic. Equality means that we are equal in the eyes of God but we don't necessarily have the same function. My children do not make the house payment or pay the property taxes, yet they are equal in the eyes of God. Again, I'll discuss this a bit more in my next post.

Animal Rights activists have their own law schools, their own law review, etc. Does that mean that my two dogs can now sue me? Does it mean that my dogs can take me to court if they don't get their daily treats or their daily walk? Can my dogs divorce me as their master? What's up with that?

Here's what I believe about animal rights. Animals ONLY have rights that we as human beings confer on them. My dogs can't confer rights on anything, except by peeing and marking their territory. Other than that, they don't seem to want to confer any right to our cat, Vive, so she can sleep in our bed at night. What's up with that?  Maybe Vive needs a cat lawyer?

When I hear people talking about animal rights, I realize how far we have fallen as a nation and a people. We have too much time on our hands to concern ourselves with such trivial matters when there are people in places like North Korea who are being starved and tortured. These same people have NO concern whatsoever over the thousands of unborn babies that are killed and aborted every year. They won't lose any sleep over one single unborn child that is aborted; however, they will expend incredible amounts of energy and resources to save some chickens or rats or spotted owls or abused pigs. Am I condoning the abuse of animals--NO. But I also believe that as a society we have misplaced priorities. Because we've turned our back on God, we no longer value those who are created in the image of God, other human beings. More on that in my next post.

If you want to become an Animal Rights' Lawyer, here's a listing of resources where you can begin your education:
                                                   UCLA Animal Law Program

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Theme Park Dedicated to Toilets and the Crap That Goes In Them

This is one for Ripley's "Believe-It-Or-Not." Before you die, there is one place you've got to visit. It's a theme park that rivals Disneyworld. I'm talking about the "world's first toilet theme park" in South Korea. On display are Roman-style loos, European bedpans, and ancient Korean flush toilets as well as fun facts about poop. 

This theme park is the idea of the former mayor of Suwon, Sim Jae-Duck. He led a crusade to clean up the country's (and the world's) commodes. The story goes that the mayor was actually born in the toilet of his parent's house, and he has created the world's only toilet-shaped house, and founded the World's Toilet Association (are you a member yet?). 
The mayor was on a crusade for proper plumbing and clean toilets which are still a rarity in many parts of the world. I remember visiting Nigeria where we came upon a Mobil gas station. It looked modern and very much like a Mobil station that you would find in the states. But the shocker was that the bathrooms (if one could call them that) were two separate walls, one for men and one for women. You would walk around the wall and come upon an open area with piled up excrement from previous customers (by now, you're probably getting sick and saying TMI, "too much information!"). There were NO toilets--all you were left to do was just squat and go about your business, all the while holding your nose to avoid the stench that made you want to gag.  

This theme park also has a serious message because several exhibits are intended to raise awareness of public toilets and sanitation in the developing world.

Sim probably spoke for many when he said the toilet was also a place for serious contemplation. "The toilet is not merely a place for excretion. It can save humankind from diseases," he reportedly told delegates at a meeting of the World Toilet Association, which he founded in 2007.

And if you've ever seen the open sewers in the third world or squatted over a hole in the ground, or faced a pile of excrement that posed as a gas station restroom, then you can appreciate the importance of Sim's message and maybe the need for a toilet theme park. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My crystal ball was cracked; sobering thoughts from Alexis deTocqueville...

Turns out my "expert analysis" was NOT so expert after all. My crystal ball was cracked. I've set it out to be picked up by the trash man. Turns out I was completely wrong, and the polls were right. Congratulations to Obama & Co. for pulling out a decisive win which was carefully planned and executed. To win a second term in this economy and after doing virtually nothing is a stunning victory!!
Am I depressed? For the moment, YES. Am I sad? Yes, for the moment.

I fear for our nation and our future. I fear for the future of my kids and grandchildren. Will I get over this state of depression? Of course, because Jesus is still on the throne, reigning and ruling. He is Lord Over All, regardless of an election. My life and future is in His hands.

I am reminded of the children of Israel being carried off in slavery from their homes and their land to Babylon. For them, it was a very dark day, but God was still in control. The Invisible Hand of God was at work preparing their future destiny and He is orchestrating his will and good pleasure at this moment, even in the midst of what I see as a defeat.

For today, I leave you with the words of Alexis de Tocqueville who prophetically described yesterday's election victory for Obama 170 yrs ago, and its implications for us today:

Tocqueville explained in greater detail that the tyranny that most endangers free societies is a soft tyranny: 
It is the gradual imposition of and acquiescence to radical egalitarianism, which is disguised as democratic and administrative utilitarianism. It is the belief in the infinite ability and capacity of elected officials to perfect life and in a vast, neutral administrative state to ensure its proper regulation.
When the people denuded of spirit and exceptional-ism  dependent on the government for their welfare, the democracy gradually transitions into a powerful administrative state. "Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. 
That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like  that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood, but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood; it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think nothing but rejoicing. 
For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances; what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living? Thus it every day renders the exercise of the free agency of man less useful and less frequent; it circumscribes the will within a narrower range and gradually robs a man of all the uses of himself. The principal of equality has prepared men for these things; it has predisposed men to endure them and often to look on them as benefits" (II, 318-19).
This is where we find ourselves today. De Tocqueville was a prophet and didn't even know it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Send in the Clowns

On election eve, I predict that Mitt Romney will win by a wide-margin. I don’t care about the polls which are rigged by the media to depress the Republican turnout.

Sarah Palin at a Tea Party bus stop in Phoenix, AZ
Here’s why Romney will win—because the Tea Party still exists and the same Tea Party folks that flocked to the polls in 2010 for the biggest sea-change election since WWII, will once again show up on Tuesday. They are just as angry, probably more so because now they get a chance to vote Obama out of office.

Also, the evangelical vote is flying under the radar and not even being considered, but I predict that MORE evangelical Christians will show up at the polls than in 2008 when we were forced to hold our nose and vote for John McCain. Obama has alienated many Christians with his stance on gay marriage, his emphasis on abortion, his mandate that religious institutions have to give out birth control pills, and his continual “dissing” of Israel. All of these are reasons why evangelicals will show up en masse to send Obama on a permanent golf vacation.  

Now on to my post for today: “Send in the Clowns” 
  • It was a You Tube video's fault.
  • It was a spontaneous mob.
  • It was Clinton’s fault.
  • It was Gen. Dempsey’s fault
  • It was Gen. David Pattraeus’ fault
  • It  was the CIA’s fault.
  • It was the State Dept’s fault
  • It was Leon Panetta’s fault 
  • It's the fog of war's fault....
Damage inside burnt U.S. consulate bldg. in Benghazi on Sept. 13.
The President along with Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, David Pattraeus, the CIA and the State Dept. are all part of a cover-up. Hillary has blamed all the confusion on the “fog of war.” But we know that Obama was informed of the initial attack within 80-min. (11pm Libyan time).

For over two weeks, the President blamed non-existing events (a YouTube video which no one had ever seen) as well as a spontaneous gathering of demonstrators. He even spoke at the UN two weeks after this event and blamed the YouTube video six times during his speech and never once referred to this as a terrorist attack.

For the past 40 yrs., we’ve made a big deal about Watergate as the political scandal for the ages, but Watergate is a misdemeanor when compared with Benghazi-gate where 4 Americans were killed—needlessly, and then the sacrilege of a political cover-up to protect this President and keep the American people in the dark so he could win re-election.

Reminds me of the lyrics to a Stephen Sondheim song: “SEND IN THE CLOWNS”

The clowns: VP Joe Biden, Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta,  UN Ambassador
Susan Rice, Gen. Dempsey, Gen. Patreaus, Hillary & Obama
Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Where are the clowns?
Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can't move...
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.
Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours.
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
Sure of my lines...
No one is there.
Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want...
Sorry, my dear!
And where are the clowns
Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here. 
Yes, we’ve already got the clowns, thanks to Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, Gen. Patreaus, Gen. Dempsey, Susan Rice, the CIA, the State Dept.—they’re already here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

My thoughts on the long gas lines & the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy...

Besides offering up prayers for those who were severely affected by Sandy, here are some of my observations....

President Obama meeting with Chris Christie
President Obama appeared with Gov. Chris Christie who was effusive in his praise of Obama to the point of saying that the presidential election didn't even matter. But what got my attention were the comments made by the drive-by media concerning Obama's appearance. "He looks so presidential." That was what you heard on every network and cable news outlet, "Obama looks so presidential!" Well, if being alongside Chris Christie and spending an hour or so surveying the storm damage makes him look presidential, what did he look like on Monday or Tuesday of this week? Or last week? Last month? Did Obama look Presidential when he appeared on David Letterman or MTV, or with Jay-Z?

President Obama has declared that EPA regulations and clean-air regulations will be waived so that gas supplies can be expedited to the storm ravaged areas (See "Rules Bent As Gasoline Hard To Get After Sandy"). By doing this, Obama is basically acknowledging that these regulations add to the cost of gasoline and hamper its production and delivery and are not as necessary as we are led to believe. There are long gas lines with people waiting in line for 6-hrs. Gasoline is a precious commodity with many gas stations closed and "no gas" signs displayed everywhere. So here's my question for President Obama: 
Why aren't you mandating and streamlining every effort so that clean-energy can be produced and made available to everyone in this disaster area? Why aren't you doing everything you can to hasten the production of wind and solar energy for this ravaged region? If they can't get gasoline which is produced by the dirty oil industry, why not use this crisis as an opportunity to help everyone in the affected area to get some clean energy--maybe solar or wind energy.
Long gas lines in NJ--pix taken on Thursday, Nov. 1
I'm sure most of you reading this would much rather have clean energy made available to you so you don't have to wait in long lines for that "dirty" energy called gasoline, which by the way is produced by Big Oil companies who are polluting the environment. Let's use this crisis as an opportunity to wean ourselves off of gas and start using alternative fuels. Isn't that what the President's been telling us for the past 4 yrs? Here' his golden opportunity to put up or shut up!
Long gas lines in NJ on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Finally, Obama said yesterday that he was going to streamline government so that those affected by Sandy could get through to someone on the phone and that he would cut much of the red tape. To which, Romney has responded that this is what he wants to do every day as President--cut the red tape and regulations which drive up the price of gas, and slow its production and delivery and make government so ineffective. 

Obama wants to reduce the federal regulations for a few weeks because of those in dire need of help, but Romney wants to reduce the federal regulations permanently because we ALL are in dire need of help.

When all is said and done, which guy looks presidential and speaks with concern for all Americans? Obama or Romney? Cast your vote next Tuesday for the one who wants to reduce government regulation and make more gas and energy available as well as more jobs which will lift people out of poverty and dependence on food stamps. Cast your vote for the one who wants to reduce spending, cut the national debt and give us a balanced budget. If you want your 401-k to grow along with your present income, and the value of your home, then vote for Mitt Romney. Cast your vote for the one who wants to keep America  strong and safe by providing a strong military and once again, making America a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. Vote for Mitt Romney.