Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Discussions

We start this bi-monthly Sunday week with Senator Ted Cruz that stated, the Obama/Clinton policies aren't working. We discuss The prisoner exchange of a POW held in the past five years and does it send a bad message to other quasi-military organizations for negotiations. We have the firing of the VA administrator over the veteran affairs scandal of health coverage benefits to Veterans. 

The Tea Party Senator, Mr. Ted Cruz, started this week by calling the GOP leaders a bunch of grey beards, bowing their heads, too afraid to take a stand and draw a line. The Republican Senator, stated that Secretary Clinton policies for the economy won't help the people that need help the most. He spoke that Hispanics, blacks, poor and single women are suffering over Obama Medical Care Act referred to as Obama Care. Cruz reference to a young lady of an unknown race, coming to him with a big hug, stating that the medical act is hurting her family. She explained to Cruz, she is separated from her husband and have six children. The women said she is working par time in five jobs to make end meet. Cruz referenced that this is what this country should be focusing on helping, to obtain that American dream.


PEANUT OPINION REPLY: Senator Cruz, one could argue that the American dream to get married and have a family and a sustainable future is ideal to the average person. In reality, it cost over five hundred thousand dollars, to have and raise one child in America. The numbers if calculated by (17) years or 204 months divided by 500 Grand, one child will cost $2450 a month for a household, health care, food, utilities, car and gas, education and clothing. A person would have to make at least make over $30,000 a year after taxes to afford one child. Ideally, this women whom decided to have six children at her unknown income level, wasn't prepared for the unexpected life circumstances. To blame politics on a person own decision is just uneconomic and unrealistic. Remember, the debate for taxes was for people whom made over 500 Grand in salary per year; should pay a little more in taxes to compensate society. So, this women's income should be ideally around $ 204,480 after taxes, still underneath the cap for Obama Care and to receive that affordable tax relief.

A prisoner exchange was conducted between the militant army called the Taliban and an American soldier captured during the war in Afghanistan. Republican have moaned but not cry out the President for making the exchange. Mostly they are calling for a Constitutional balk made by the President for not seeking a consensus with Congress for the prisoner exchange. The POTUS has to confer with congress for 30 days in advance before an exchange of prisoners between warring nations; unless circumstances of the prisoner release is detrimental to the health of the POW. The POTUS, can make the exchange without the notification of Congress. President Obama, sought out the Department of Defense and Justice Department, before making the deal. Senator,Ted Cruz says it sends a wrong message to other militant organizations of the price to exchange prisoners from terrorist organization. What do you think?

PEANUT OPINION REPLY: War is war and in today's world, the concept of a singular country declaring war isn't ideal nor the luxury of identifying the enemy. Weapon technology and personal conflict has allowed groups of people to declare personal war against the United States and its Allies. The Taliban is one of many of those well armed groups, that utilize guerrilla warfare tactics to impose their issues and declare war. Regardless of the country these organizations may fortify or hold position, to ignore a group whose attacks has caused for a military response; they should be perceived as a military organization and treated as such. In that regard, in the history of the tradition of the United States, to leave a soldier behind would've been unacceptable. As all military agreements in the past war conflicts rather it is Germany of WWII or the Taliban of 911. The exchange of POW has always been a mutual benefit to both sides of the warring parties, in the efforts to bring their country men/women home.
The President accepted the resignation of the VA top Administrator over the health care coverage/uproar for wounded or ill veterans waiting for treatment. It stems from a veteran, whom was delayed coverage, that passed away awaiting to receive that medical care in Arizona. After the investigation it was revealed, cover ups, corruption and systematic management integrity, were the backbone to some of the problems. The retired multiple Army Star General with the three bronze star medalist and wounded war veteran stepped down. The republican cheered as they were able to force the resignation of yet another Obama select.

PEANUT OPINION: The problems of the VA Hospitals and its medical system, has long been a not so spoken problem for every Senator, in every State. As long as they were receiving the allocated funding from the federal government to operate. The shortage of medical staff, patient post war/service care from physical wounds to mental illness, as in post traumatic stress disorders or PTSD, all have been swept under the rug for generations, both on the Democratic and Republican aisle of Congress. As a veteran, myself, the problem isn't to simply swap out the head of the administration, as to a band-aid to a open sucking chest wound. The problem must be uprooted and treated from the trenches of the organization itself. It may require a revamping of the complete process and the removal of people, whom go along to get along instead of performing their job. Why not allow the military, itself to treat its own as if they were still active in the military. Every approved applicant veteran to receive a military health care identification card, along with the military to acquisition the VA medical facilities in the community as military grounds.

Final Thought: Politicians and political columnist can debate all day long about the release of a prisoner, but one fact remains some obviously clear. If it was their son or daughter being held in captivity with a sword to their throats, the outcry for a response to do anything would be enormous. I am surprised the debate of gun control, hence the California college shooting have gone on deaf ears for gun activist. Of course the debate for mental disease regulations are forever climbing. The question I ask: How do you know when the human brain has had enough conflict in its life to snap or be declared mental. I mentioned in a story last year, regarding the human emotional button. Every person has that button and once its pushed too many times, its might be hard to unstick the button from the chaos. The trance of seeing red and only blood in the wake of countless victims being injured or even killed. We as a people must try to protect each other and treat each other as we would want to be treated. Perhaps in time, even if we become disappointed about a situation, a person can say, at least they heard my voice and addressed my concerns to the utmost of their ability. Treatment of peace toward others always diffuses the reaction of pain and hurt.

Written by J-S 


Graph and pics as they appear

Economic graph by wikipedia, Picture of POW by VOA, Picture of VA Secretary and the Gun Laws by State by The Guardian 




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Do You Own Stuff, Made by Slaves in 2014?

Do you  own stuff made by slaves in 2014? Do you even care where it came from? how it was made and by whom! If you don't then you probably should skip this blog reading for today. If you do care, then I will continue and I thank you for your time. Slave labor has continued to hinder the progress in developing countries; while at the same time hindering the educational development of the people whom are in bondage.

Imagine this: You take a trip to a far away land, only to discover that the people are flying car planes in the air, communication devices are just simple 3D images that appear from your mouth as you speak. Oh and now you can teleport around the world from your diner table chair. This is all possible because you went to work, for that company, whom makes millions of dollar, EVERY DAY, but you get paid entry level pay of $12.25 an hour. Sounds messed up, don't it.


Today we have children in other parts of the world that don't even make the $7.25, that protesters were chanting this past summer for higher pay.  What we choose to buy presents a choice between supporting slave-labor or supporting those who fight against it. Slavery has been in existence throughout recorded history. Yet today, when it is finally illegal in every country, there are more slaves than ever. There are over twenty-seven million men, women, and children worldwide in bondage. Though it's easy to deem slavery as something foreign and intangible, the truth is that we interact with it every day whether we realize it or not. We have products that we buy, and pass it around not thinking about what it took to make it. Below is a video produced by Youth Ending Slavery.  If you want to see how many slaves work for YOU, take this challenge survey called Slavery Footprint. I dare you to find out.

Please Consume with Care!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Human Sex Slavery (Trafficking)

In the many countries including the United States, the kidnapping and selling of women are still continuing. The international police, human trafficking division has been working with world leaders to buckle down on these crimes of human rights. Forced prostitution preys on the voiceless and marginalized, constituting a global crime that goes largely unnoticed.
At any given moment, an estimated 2.4 million people are victims of human trafficking. Nearly half are being used for commercial sex. Below is a documentary called,  Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. It is a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leon, Somali-land, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. sponsored and produced by the WORLD 9. Please support, the people and the work and link onto www.halftheskymovement.org. Please support the movement!



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