My ignition switch turned off, oh my!

New Key design allows only one key ring, dead center to the shaft so any extra weight or force won't exert a twisting effect

This goads me to no end, all the hype over GM’s ignition switch (so-called) defect. Out of 1.6 million cars with this suspected switch problem, 31 have been ‘blamed’ for causing crashes that killed 12 people in the past 10 years. Mathematically, that’s .0019 percent divided by 10 = .00019 percent per year. You’re more likely to win the lottery than have your GM ignition switch ‘cause’ your car to crash.

And let the grandstanding begin. Senator Clair McCaskill, D., Mo, chairman of the consumer protection committee, says, “We have to get to the bottom of this. We need to find out who (at GM) dropped the ball and put millions of Americans at risk.”

Never mind operator error, overloading the key ring with junk or bumping the key with your knee. Never mind the fact you weren’t wearing a seat belt. Never mind the fact that you can’t drive a car without power steering and power brakes. Never mind the fact that you don’t think to look down and check your key position when your car quits running as you’re barreling down the road, drunk on your ass.

Sure, the key should not turn to the “accessory” or “off” positions while you’re driving, but come on, people, this doesn’t ‘cause’ the car to crash. The driver causes the car to crash. When the car quits, a normal reaction from a conscientious driver would be to twist the key to restart the engine. The simple act of returning the key to the ‘on’ position will reignite the ignition without having to crank the starter. Another sensible reaction would be to steer to the shoulder, put the transmission in neutral (or park) and crank the starter. Power steering and power brakes are not required to safely operate a car. It just takes more effort on the driver’s part, especially at low speeds. Also, power brakes have a ‘reserve’ vacuum supply and/or accumulator pressure to facilitate power braking should the engine die.

I loved it when I heard on the news that the snow storm and slick roads caused a car to crash into the Platte River during rush hour. 10,000 cars drove that very same road that morning, and they didn’t end up in the river. The driver caused the car to crash.

Hey, I’m just a sad as anyone when a life is lost in a car crash. My condolences go out to the families. What makes me sadder is that ‘personal responsibility’ goes out the window when people start playing the ‘blame game.’ Is this truly a safety issue? No. It’s a money issue. Lawyers are lining up to cash in. Settlements are being dished out like Halloween candy. The government is fining GM some $25 million. Now there’s a criminal investigation. And while everyone is screaming foul over the 12 people who died, cigarette companies keep killing Americans at a rate approaching 1,400 per day. None of this makes any sense to me.

So the pigs are at the trough again, scarfing down the slop and excreting pig poop in the name of ‘national safety.’ And that’s American Pork, my friends.

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More Gun Control? – Really?

And this is going to save lives? By making assault weapons illegal? What are we thinking? Criminals don’t care about the law. If they did, they wouldn’t be criminals. They’ll get their guns; they’ll kill people with their guns. That’s the way it is.

Case in point: Have you ever been driving down the highway at the speed limit when some yahoo goes whizzing by you doing ninety? That guy doesn’t care about the law. If he did, he’d be doing the speed limit. He wouldn’t be crashing and killing people. So tell me, is the solution to lower the speed limit? Won’t that save lives? NO! That yahoo is still going to speed, he’s still going to crash and kill people while we law-abiding drivers are driving slower and taking longer to get where we’ve got to go.

That’s punishing the lawful for the sins of the lawless. Where’s the common sense in that?

Keep in mind, assault weapons don’t kill people. Crazy people kill people. There is no way to legislate these senseless mass murders out of existence short of the Minority Report. If you look crazy, we’ll punish you before you do something crazy. Isn’t that what background checks are supposed to do now, somehow weed out crazy people and refuse them a gun? And who makes the determination? A doctor? A judge? No. A clerk conducting the background check. Good luck with that.

On the issue of smaller magazines: Less bullets means the crazy person just has to take an extra second to change clips. And even if large-capacity magazines are outlawed, you can bet outlaws will be the ones who have them.

We send representatives to Congress to run our country, not our lives. These guys can’t even come up with a budget to save our country, but they sure are quick to jump on a bandwagon for more gun control. The result is more punishment for those of us who obey the law.

That’s pig-slop in the pen, my friends.

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Debunking Obama – The Keystone Pipeline

Obama has been blamed for killing the Keystone Pipeline project, costing Americans 50,000 plus jobs and higher prices at the gas pumps, when, in fact, Nebraska legislators (bipartisan) rejected the proposed route of the Keystone XL project through the Sand Hills area over the Ogallala Aquifer for environmental concerns. Most people don’t know the Keystone Pipeline from Canada to Oklahoma and Illinois already exists and is in operation. It has suffered 30 leaks so far, some of which have yet to be cleaned up, so these environmental concerns have merit. On the advice of the Department of State and the EPA, Obama ordered environmental impact statements on 14 alternate routes. Republicans in congress, in an effort to give Obama a black eye over this issue, passed a bill in Dec 2011 to force him to approve the application for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days or reject it. That didn’t allow enough time for the EPA to approve a new route so he was forced to reject it until further notice. Now he looks like the bad guy in all this.

Fact: The southern route of the Keystone XL pipeline is already under construction from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.

Fact: Halting the northern route from Canada to Steele City, Nebraska, did not cost Americans 50,000 to 100,000 jobs. The Department of State estimates it will take upwards of 6,000 temporary workers to supply and build the XL leg, and 20 full-time jobs to operate it.

Fact: The new timeline to start construction on the XL is projected for mid 2013.

Fact: The Keystone Pipeline will not bring down the cost of gasoline for American drivers. Oil companies sell oil to the highest bidder, and so far China has expressed the most interest in buying this oil from Canada. However, after reading the next fact, you may not want this oil anywhere near your car’s engine.

Fact: The oil (tar sands oil) is the dirtiest oil on earth, and Canada will pipe it across America’s heartland to Texas ports where it will be sold and shipped to China, Japan, and any other oil hungry countries. Remember, Canadians and the First Nations of British Columbia rejected the pipeline running across their territories to their ports, sighting the same environmental concerns. This dirty oil is harder and costlier to refine, thus it’s better suited for other uses than gasoline.

Fact: Mitt Romney has been saying that if he’s elected he’ll get the Keystone Pipeline project going again to create jobs and lower the price of gasoline for all Americans.

Now that you know the facts, you know Mitt Romney is just oinking in his pig pen. And that’s American Pork, my friends.

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Obama or Romney – Who will it be?

Romney or Obama

Who will it be?

My mail-in ballot has arrived. I now must make a choice before November 6th. During the campaigns, I’ve listened to the speeches and commercials and debates. I’ve done my research so I won’t form opinions based on rhetoric, spin, misleading claims, and flat-out lies. Each candidate is guilty of all the aforementioned dirty politics, twisting facts to meet their own agendas. It’s a pig sty of slop that’s hard to digest.

Simply put: Romney will reduce taxes for everyone by 20% but eliminate deductions so the government doesn’t lose revenue (which is slight-of-hand tax policy). He’ll balance the budget by making government smaller, reduce the federal workforce, and still create 12 million new jobs in four years. (He has a crystal ball.) He’ll kill Obamacare so insurance companies can regain control over our health care. He’ll reverse Roe v Wade, sending desperate women back into the hands of back-alley butchers, and return 716 Billion dollars to the health care providers who rip off Medicare.

Obama has failed to do some of what he promised during his campaign. Not for lack of trying. He’s had to battle against Republican filibusters and “The Pledge.” He gets the blame for the gridlock in Congress because he won’t compromise his values in favor of the rich by loading more debt on the backs of the middle class and elderly. Obama inherited two unfunded wars, had to save GM and a million jobs, shore up the failing banks who caused the collapse of the housing market and put millions of Americans out of their homes. Paying for these screw-ups, as well as a stimulus check for everyone, added another five trillion to the deficit. Obama gets the blame for that, too. He can’t get Congress to pass a budget. He can’t get Congress to put a limit on the deficit. We lost our 3A credit rating. He’s trying to fix the economy with his hands hogtied because the Republicans want the White House back. They will sacrifice anything and anyone to discredit Obama.

I now have to look past all this slop to decide which man I believe has the best chance of getting Congress to act on these issues. If Obama is reelected, it’ll be business as usual. He’ll face the same problems he’s battled the last four years, trying to work with a Republican Congress who wants him to fail. And he will fail again. It’s inevitable. And America will continue to suffer. Forget that he got Bin Laden, forget that he got us out of Iraq, forget that the stock market has recovered, that unemployment is going down, and forget that he’s the only President in history who was successful at reforming health care. But I can’t forget that I AM better off now than I was four years ago.

Still, as much as it pains me to say it, Romney may have better luck dealing with our dysfunctional Congress. Only Cngress can change the tax codes, the laws, and the spending, not the president, and our so-called representatives are well entrenched in their gluttonous ways. Our taxes won’t go down. My tax deductions are safe. Women won’t be forced back into the shadows. My health insurance company won’t be able to drop me, and I won’t get a voucher for my Medicare (when the time comes). Maybe he can get Congress to pass a budget, limit our deficit, and get our 3A credit rating back. Maybe not. Obama certainly cannot get it done, through no fault of his own.

So Romney will get my vote…on default.

Four years from now, when Romney has also failed to reduce the deficit, failed to create 12 million jobs, failed to fix the economy, failed to secure our boarders, failed to defend our embassies, and failed to stop the gun violence on our streets, then we can cry foul and call him a failure for not keeping his promises.

And by then, Obama will be retired and living in Hawaii. Good for him. He knows the truth. Congress is the problem. They are the pigs at the trough, slurping up the slop and getting fat and rich in the process. Romney has some hard lessons to learn about running off at the mouth.

That’s American Pork, my friends.

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Fiasco in Florida

Rally for Justice

I’ve tried to keep my mouth shut about the killing of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. What happened on that rainy night in Florida is really none of my business, but the more I think about it, the more I realize it is everyone’s business. Everyone who watches over their neighborhood to keep their fellow residents safe, everyone who peeps out their widows to keep an eye on their neighbors’ homes and properties, everyone who sees suspicious activity and calls the cops, everyone who thinks they should be their brother’s keeper, God forbid them to actually do something to protect their community…or ultimately themselves.

Common sense dictates what happened that night. George, driving through his gated community on his way to the store, spots a suspicious person in the area, stops and calls police. Trayvon runs. George gets out of his car and tails him to see which way he’s going so the police might catch him. They tell him not to follow the suspect, so George returns to his truck, where the blindside assault takes place because Trayvon is appalled at George’s audacity for following him, suspecting him of criminal activity, or calling the cops on him. Whatever the reason, for sticking his nose in Trayvon’s business, George deserved a bashed in skull, a broken nose, and a beatdown.

George finds himself on the ground, dazed and bloody, fists pummeling him. Fight or flight instincts kick in. Trayvon is on top of George, so flight is out of the question. He screams for help, but no one comes to his aid. The gun he legally carries is his only recourse, and as consciousness starts slipping away, as well as rational thought of the consequences of using the gun, he gets off a shot into Trayvon, not with the intent to kill him, but to end the beating. One bullet guided by fate or the hand of God, no one knows, takes Trayvon’s life.

The cops question George for five hours, determine it was self defense, and release him without charges. That sets off a firestorm of criticism and demands for justice and Zimmerman’s arrest. So in comes a hot shot special prosecutor with a second degree murder charge. This has to happen, you understand, to stem the possibility of violence in the streets, rioting, the burning and looting of stores, the beating of innocent drivers trapped in blocked intersections. George has got to pay for protecting himself. It’s for the good of the community, as a whole.

So let this be a lesson to you, or any civic-minded citizen who even thinks of volunteering to serve their community or insert themselves into a dangerous situation to help the police nab a suspicious person. If things go wrong, that same community is going to lynch you. No good deed goes unpunished.

And that’s American Pork, my friends.

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Is it any Wonder?

I’m not here to say that Robert Bales is guilty of the massacre of 16 men women and children in Afghanistan. And I’m not saying they died because of some kind of vendetta against Afghans in general. The point I want to make here is that the attitudes and actions of the Afghans against Americans is bound to create a breeding ground for revenge killings.

Think about how hard it must be for our soldiers to watch the Afghans run amok in the streets demanding “Death to America.” Our soldiers have to sit back and watch Afghans burn our flags. They have to box and bury their fellow soldiers, advisors, and the civilian contractors and aid workers who were killed trying to help Afghans build better lives for themselves. Is it any wonder that more soldiers haven’t fought back, gone rogue, and started blasting away?

They have the firepower and the manpower to mow them down by the hundreds. But they don’t. They tolerate the bad treatment, the disrespect, and the animosity. They persevere in helping the un-helpable, because our soldiers are honorable men and women, sent to a godforsaken land to do a thankless job.

Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan had the nerve, the audacity to say the bad behavior of the Americans must come to an end. He wants us to get out of his country. Our honorable men and women are, in his eyes, the bad guys. But did he reprimand, chastise, or condemn the bad behavior of his people, those who rioted in the streets, killed our people in the name of Allah, and murdered each other, as well? No. Not a word was spoken against his people and their bad behavior.

So we have to ask ourselves, did one US soldier take enough of this two-faced abuse? Did he reach his breaking point after three tours in Iraq, only to be sent to Afghanistan for more of the same? How many tours of duty can we force on our soldiers and expect them NOT to go rogue and start blasting away? American Pork isn’t surprised the massacre happened. There’s no mystery as to why it happened. It’s just a miracle it hasn’t happened more often.

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The Bullshit behind the Barbarism

The KoranThe latest outbreak of butchery in Afghanistan should serve to bolster our resolve to wash our hands of these heathens. We’ve all heard what happened. Afghan garbage collectors working on the Bagram Air Base witnessed soldiers throwing books into a fire pit. One Afghan recognized a Koran and jumped into the flames to save it. “The Americans are burning our holy books.” This set off a wave of rioting across the country and the killing of US soldiers, high ranking military advisors, and many more of their own. At last count, 29 Afghans and six Americans are dead. All this butchery over a burned book? What kind of bullshit is that?

And here it comes, folks. Afghans have nearly bankrupted our country, taken thousands of American lives, and stabbed us in the back at every turn, but this time they’ve gone too far. Their outrage over the burned Koran would be justified if those soldiers had gathered in the street and lit the Muslim holy book on fire in a deliberate act of disrespect to their religion, similar to the way Afghans gather in their streets and burn our American flags in flagrant disrespect for us, but that’s not how the Koran came to be burned.

This Koran was among 1,652 books, some also religious in nature, that were once in the Parwan detention library where militant-terrorist prisoners (the Taliban – our enemy) had access to them. Afghan interpreters discovered the detainees had written messages inside these books, in the margins, and passed them around to each other. Some of these messages were benign while others were written in a language that the interpreters could not say for sure didn’t constitute a threat. For everyone’s safety, the decision was made to destroy the books. The soldiers who trucked them to the fire pit were on a simple work detail and had no clue to the nature of the trash they were hauling.

This Koran burning was not a deliberate act of disrespect, but still, Muslim leaders around the world are calling for the public hanging of the soldiers involved, the “criminals,” and their commanders, but not a single Muslim has voiced a demand to punish the militants who had defaced the holy books in the first place. Just the Americans. Just the soldiers who put their lives on the line every day for the Afghans’ right to burn our flag in their streets.

The enemy of our enemy is not our friend…

Yet our top military leaders and even President Obama have publically apologized to these heathens in hopes of thwarting further violence. It’s not possible. Barbarians don’t understand the concept of peace and tolerance and freedom. They want blood, by golly, in the name of their God, and they’re going to get blood. American blood.

But we’ll continue to send them our young men and women (who come back in boxes or in pieces), give them our money, (while we go broke), build their highways (as ours crumble), and feed their masses, (while their farmers grow 90% of the world’s opium).

When will we learn that we can’t help those who don’t want our help? When are we going to crawl out of the pigsty and say we’ve had enough disrespect? I say leave them to their barbarism. Let them butcher each other. Oink, oink.

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Pro-lifers, tell me, what’s the solution?

Thumbs up for the Pro-life vote

Just the other day, a woman put Mitt Romney on the spot during a town hall meeting in Kalamazoo Michigan and demanded he take a stand on the abortion issue. His response: “We need people who recognize that pro-life is the way to go, and we’re getting more and more people joining our cause as time goes on. I’m a pro-life person, and I’ll be a pro-life president.”

Exactly what does this mean in real-life terms?

I hear it all the time: “Repeal Roe v Wade. Stop abortion now. We are a nation of baby killers.” Pro-lifers stand on their soap boxes and spew this kind of rhetoric time and time again, but not a one that I’ve heard, or heard of, or could find on the Internet, claims to have a solution to the problem of unwanted pregnancies.

A normal person would assume that Romney and Pro-lifers want things to go back to the way they were before Roe v Wade, when desperate women were forced into the hands of back alley butchers to get an abortion. Back to a time when both she and her doctor could be incarcerated for decades should it be discovered they’d aborted an unwanted pregnancy. Back to a time when women used coat hangers to do it to themselves.

Is this what Mitt Romney would have women do?

Abortion isn’t anything new. It goes back to Roman and Greek Empires where it was practiced freely. And the pros and cons have been debated ever since, by nearly every nation and every creed. In the United States, the death rate from illegal abortions created the need for anti-abortion laws to restrain women from subjecting themselves to a procedure that put their lives in such serious peril. Not to protect the fetuses, mind you, but to protect women from their own desperation.

What is the alternative to going backward in history? Should we force women to have unwanted children? Should we incarcerate and/or institutionalize these pregnant women to wait out the gestation period under state supervised medical care until the baby is born? Strip them of their rights as we strip any felon’s rights? Make them do things they don’t want to do?

Is this what Mitt Romney would have us do to our women, our teenage daughters?

And what about the unwanted children born into this system? Statistics range in the millions. According to the National Adoption Clearinghouse 500,000 people are waiting to adopt children. Should the state go into the business of adopting out babies, distributing babies? Or should the state set up a huge network of foster homes and orphanages? Who is going to pay for all this? We can’t even afford to educate the wanted and loved children we already have.

So then exactly what does Mitt Romney mean by his pro-life rhetoric? Remember, he was Pro-choice during his gubernatorial race in Massachusetts. Why the flip-flop now? Because he thinks he’ll get more votes from the pro-life movement than from the pro-choice people. He’s taking this stand for his own personal gain, not to protect unborn babies or women’s rights.

He’s a classic example of American Pork in action.

For those of you who want to know, here is a link to Roe v Wade, the actual rulings by the three judges. Don’t read the syllabus, read the words of the men who took on this debate and had nothing personal to gain by doing something about the problem of unwanted pregnancies. You’ll find no rhetoric here: Roe v Wade

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Our President is not a Whipping Post

I don’t know about you, but as an American, I am sick to death of hearing the Republican candidates and talk show hosts bash our President. Barack Obama was duly elected by the majority of the people, and he deserves the respect his office affords. He’s not to blame for the financial crisis, the housing market meltdown, the unemployment rate. He’s not to blame for the health care fiasco. He’s not America’s whipping post.

Everyone who points the finger at him and cries “Obamacare”, for example, doesn’t understand how the system works. Obama had a vision for this country, to eradicate the worst insurance company practices perpetrated against the American people. This is nothing new. Since the early 20th century, Presidents have been trying to reform our health care system, but they couldn’t get Congress to act against their most lucrative financial supporters. Obama did.

However, it was Congress who made health care reform into an 1100 page fiasco. I took the time to read it (well, most of it). Did you? Nearly every paragraph has references to ten other paragraphs; it’s next to impossible to follow. Congress convoluted health care so badly that everybody hates something about it, but guess who gets the bad rap for it:

Our President, Barack Obama.

This blame-game makes for great talk radio and debate fodder, to wit Glenn Beck. If it wasn’t for freedom of speech, this guy would be in prison for treason. He bashes the President. He bashes the country. He preaches our doom and how he’s been warning everyone for the past two years that the Obama administration is going to bring us to our knees. He sells a lot of books to people who will mosey up to his pig trough and gobble up the slop. Dan Caplis is another arm-chair politician who professes to know what’s best for this country. He calls our President “weak” and demeaning to the world. If he’s so damn smart, why doesn’t he run for President? Because he can make more money sitting behind a radio mike and bashing the man who has stepped up to take the whippings for health care, the bailouts, and the stimulus package that so horribly failed.

Was his stimulus package his failure? Congress passed the law to give us all some spending money. To get the economy going. I got my check. I spent it. Did anyone here send their check back to the government and tell them “no thanks?”

Congress, not Barack Obama, bailed out the banks and the auto makers. Of course they did. Big money begets big favors. He agreed to the bailouts because his advisors told him countless jobs would be saved. Countless retirement accounts would be salvaged. Mine was. Were the bailouts a failure? Not for me, but ask Beck. Ask Caplis. Ask the Republican presidential wannabes. They have the answer. The bailouts were a failure; blame it on Obama.

Congress is the pig in the room, folks. And we are the ones who put them there, so lay the blame where it belongs. Whip them and not our President. That’s American Pork.

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This CBS Poll is a Joke

CBS

Come on! “Do you feel the country is headed in the wrong direction?” What kind of question is that if not over-the-top sensationalism? It assumes that the country IS headed in the wrong direction, so when 75% of Americans answered yes, anyone with a shred of common sense should conclude the answer is subjective. An unemployed person’s vision of where the country is headed has to be different than an investment banker on Wall Street. A housewife, a single mom, a homeless drunk, a retiree, a factory worker, and an entrepreneur would all have different expectations from our government. Thus anything that works against those expectations would garnish a ‘yes’ answer and completely ignore the facts.

If you don’t want to buy health insurance and the government is going to force you to buy it, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you are an investment banker and Congress is about to stick you with tougher regulations, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you are a general in the army and you’re about to be pulled out of a combat zone, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you’re a senior citizen listening to talk about cutting entitlements, the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The list of examples is endless, I’m sure, so this CBS Poll is actually meaningless. However, it gets one’s blood pressure up and the blame finger wagging. Never mind that seniors just got a 3.7% raise. Never mind that our troops are finally pulling out of Iraq. Never mind that Federal, State, and City governments are being forced to trim their budgets to operate within their means. Never mind that health insurance companies can’t deny you coverage anymore. Never mind that retail businesses are booming and consumers are spending more than ever. Never mind that the stock market has recovered more of its losses than experts predicted. This list of examples is endless, as well.

I’m fed up with Obama being blamed for everything that’s wrong in the eyes of the 75%. Fifty four percent of those polled said he doesn’t deserve to be President for another term. Never mind that he’s the only President who succeeded in any kind of health care reform. Never mind that he bailed out the banks and the auto industry and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs (and last I heard over 90% of that money has been paid back). Never mind that he got Osama bin Laden, Never mind that he’s ended the war in Iraq. And for everything the 54%ers say he’s failed to do, don’t forget he’s up against a Republican congress determined to undermine him at every turn in hopes of pissing off enough voters and regaining the White House in the next election.

So CBS, your poll is a joke. But worse, it’s a sham perpetrated on us for the sake of journalistic sensationalism. I’m sick and tired of all the whining. And for those doing all the whining (Occupy Wall Streeters included) move to another country so the rest of us don’t have to listen to it.

Oink Oink. And that’s American Pork.

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