Osama bin Laden has been reported dead, and reports say that the United States has the body. I will update with more information as it’s reported.
President Obama is scheduled to speak at 10:30 ET. Whether or not it will be about bin Laden has yet to be revealed.
According to Fox News, Osama bin Laden was killed last week by US missile strikes.
CNN reports that bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals earlier today, confirmed earlier in president Obama’s address to the nation.
TRANSCRIPT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.“
That, in a nutshell folks, is the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. It’s a right that
every United States citizen has, including you. A right that allows a person to defend him/herself using firearms. One I whole-heartedly support.
Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but many liberal presidential administrations have tried to regulate the Second Amendment to the point of near non-existence. It’s been a fight between the liberals and conservatives for a long time. The right wing says we need our guns to defend ourselves against intruders and tyrannical government, the left says “guns kill people, get rid of them”.
Though many tactics have been used over the years by each side to try to implement their policies on gun control, there’s one group that has crossed the line. The Obama administration is that group.
The story is a bit convoluted, so I’ll start at the beginning.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is a drug war going on in Mexico. The Mexican drug cartels are killing hundreds of innocent people every week in a turf war of drastic proportions. Many of the weapons used in this southern war include military-grade machine guns, grenades and ammunition; though some of these weapons were acquired from countries like Guatemala and Nicaragua, most come from the United States, verified via serial number.
The cartels have grown so powerful that the Mexican government and law enforcement have been rendered powerless. The nefarious cartels have even begun invading the United States, coercing American teens and street gangs to become hitmen and distributors for their enterprises.
I mention the Mexican drug war because it’s the newest reason for arguing in favor of tighter gun control laws here in the States. Supposedly, the cartels have been coming across the US border to buy their guns from small, privately owned gun stores. At least that’s what president Obama told America.
Here’s the quote, via Fox News
“More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our border,” president Obama said in February 2009.
Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in a gun store. I’ve never seen military-grade weapons or grenades for sale. The ATF would have a field day with any privately owned store that attempted to sell such items.
As it turns out, our illustrious president told a bold-faced lie. And thanks to Wikileaks, we now know the truth.
Leaked cables revealed that not only did the Obama administration know where the weapons came from prior to the public statement from the president, but proved that it was our own government who sold them. The Department of Defense and the State Department were the “mom and pop” gun stores who sold military-grade weapons to Mexico.
Weapons that are now in the hands of ruthless killers.
President Obama wasn’t the only individual who was in on the lie. US Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew the score too.
Of course the Obama administration will argue that they didn’t sell the guns directly to the cartels, but to the Mexican government; the bottom line is they lied to the American people about selling the weapons in the first place. This is an administration that simply cannot be trusted.
The big question is: Why isn’t the Obama administration being held accountable?
Not only for their lies, but for their actions. Our government knowingly sold guns to a government that lacks security and is rife with corruption. Now those guns are being used by criminals to commit unspeakable acts against innocent people. And those acts are rapidly migrating north of the US/Mexico border.
But it’s a crime for United States citizens to sell guns across state lines.
Maybe Obama has loftier goals than just disarming American citizens and depriving us of our Second Amendment rights.
Why else would he provide a means to attack innocent Mexican citizens, let alone his fellow countrymen?
I visited Mexico once when I was a little kid. My dad, brothers, sister and I were down in southern
California one summer visiting my uncle who lived in Anaheim, when my dad got this adventurous notion and declared that he’d like to see another country.
So off we went, to the land of awesome burritos and the birthplace of dollar Corona beers.
When we arrived at the border crossing, just south of San Diego, we all thought it was so cool that we were going to be in another country. We were going to be the envy of our classmates, who we’d presumed had never been out of their own neighborhoods, much less the United states. The border guard checked my dad’s driver’s license and in a few quick seconds, we arrived in Tijuana.
My father stopped just inside the border to get his bearings, and almost immediately we were approached by a Mexican fellow who began furiously washing our windshield with a newspaper. Dad tried to politely explain that we didn’t need our windshield washed, but the guy just continued, and when he was done, he held out his hand and smiled. We gave him a dollar, he nodded in thanks, and moved on to the next sucker.
Then came the tour guides. In case you didn’t know, almost everyone at the US/Tijuana border is a tour guide. We had at least four people approach our car, telling us they could take us to see all the sites that their beautiful country had to offer.
All this seemed a little strange to us Americans. When the last of the tour guides left, dad turned the car around and we headed back the United States. We’d seen enough. It was actually kind of scary being in another country for the first time, considering the experience we’d all just had.
This was back in the mid 1980s, when Mexico had a government that could halfway control its citizens. While we were there, we didn’t witness any kidnappings or drug deals. There weren’t gangs of cartel members with AK-47’s trying to carjack us or force us into being mules.
But all that has changed.
If you’ve turned on the news at any time in the last couple years, you know about the drug wars going on south of the US border. Hundreds of innocent people are being killed every week by the cartels, who have almost created a state of anarchy in a once peaceful country.
So what. That’s happening in Mexico, not here.
Nice attitude, Zippy.
But you’re wrong.
According to an article I read on AOL news today, the Mexican drug cartels are invading our country en masse as I write this post. While the government is busy arguing the politics surrounding illegal immigration, Mexican gangsters are growing marijuana in our national parks, and setting up intricate interstate drug trafficking routes that span the country. Drug intelligence officials say that cartels have infiltrated at least 230 cities across the US.
Along with the drugs, these cartels bring cash. Tons of it.
And it’s burning a hole in their collective pocket.
To get rid of some of that blood money, these cartels are hiring American teenagers to be hitmen for them. They’re paying American gangs to be their distribution networks. And they’re buying more guns. Military-issue assault rifles to be exact.
“Holy crap. This is an epidemic. Call out the National Guard! Let’s get some soldiers to the border to stop this RIGHT NOW!”
Hold on there, Rambo. We can’t do that. Most of our troops are overseas fighting for oil, instead of being here at home protecting American citizens. And while the cat’s away, the mice will play.
So, you may be wondering, has Washington even noticed?
Of course they have. Don’t you have any faith in our corrupt political leaders?
They noticed enough to say that according to federal standards, the Mexican cartels’ actions don’t
If over 34,000 dead Mexican citizens, who died because of the violence just beyond our southern border, doesn’t qualify as an emergency, I don’t know what does. And now that crap is migrating north, into our own backyards. Even more of a reason to be alarmed.
Our government isn’t even worried about the cartels per se. They’re only worried about the illegal flow of weapons into Mexico. Well they won’t have to worry about that much any more, because the cartels have obviously found a new home. One with free medical benefits, food stamps, free housing, and more new customers than you can shake a stick at.
I can see only one solution to this problem. And it needs to be implemented immediately.
Bring our troops home and have them seal off the borders. Send our soldiers into Mexico to help quell the violence that will one day overrun our country.
We would be better off helping our neighbors than occupying a country that doesn’t want our assistance.
Heck, it’s even been rumored that Hezbollah, a militant Muslim extremist group, is using Mexican drug smuggling routes to enter the United States.
So where do you think we should focus our efforts?
Ok, all of you commercial watchers and reality show addicts. Whose slogan is that?
I’ll give you a hint. They make light bulbs. And microwaves. Even refrigerators.
Last hint: This company was bailed out by the government with taxpayer money, sent thousands of high-paying jobs overseas, and made $14 billion in profits it 2010.
Oh! Oh! Pick me! I know!
The answer to today’s question is General Electric, more commonly known as G.E. Founded in 1892, the now multi-billion dollar conglomerate produces common household appliances, as well as engines for fighter and commercial jets. They also *ahem* designed the leaking nuclear reactors for the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant.
As if you didn’t already know that.
“Ok Sonny Jim, since you’re writing about them, they must be inherently evil. What did they do? Help the Nazis? Fund terrorism? Conduct electrical experiments on blind lambs?”
Worse. They took food out of the mouths of millions of Americans. By not paying one red cent in taxes in 2010. In fact, G.E. and its legion of tax lawyers managed to finagle a $3.2 billion tax credit out of the American government last year.
They didn’t pay anything in 2009 either. And it was all perfectly legal.
“What the hell?”
It seems that if you want to avoid paying taxes in America, but still sell your goods to its citizens, all you have to do is hire a bunch of lawyers, then move half of your operations overseas. In effect, they hung around until the going got tough. Right before the recession hit, they laid off 21,000 workers, dumped a bunch of toxic waste, and skipped town.
This is where things get really stupid. After leaving a gaping hole in America’s economy and its workforce, CEO of General Electric Jeffery Immelt, was appointed by president Obama to become our nation’s “job czar”, for lack of a better term. Gee, that wasn’t premeditated or anything.
“Here ya go, Jeff. I know you bailed on America in her time of need, and I’d like to reward you for your cowardly efforts. You think maybe we could get Taiwan to train the Marines, you know, to save a couple bucks?”
Our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves.
I’ve been saying for years that America needs to refer back to the KISS way of doing business (that’s Keep It Simple Stupid for those of you who don’t know). Every corporation and individual should pay a flat percentage when it comes to taxes. There would be no more loopholes or confusing tax law. We could close down the IRS (please keep your applause to a minimum) and retrain the agents to be useful government employees. And extraordinarily wealthy companies like G.E. would be held accountable when April rolled around.
It’s only fair.
They say that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes.
Well, only one if you’re rich.
So, like many of you, I too went through an “I’m gonna be a poker star” phase. A phase wherein Rounders was my favorite movie. I played for hours at a time, and my wife hated it. It was a thrill to win a freeroll tournament, beating thousands of other players and raking in a whopping $15. I was on my way to being the next Johnny Chan!
I never deposited any real money though. I was always too chicken. I bet Johnny was in the beginning too.
But today, I found out my “chicken-ness” may have been a good thing.
Apparently the executives for three of the top online poker sites were indicted on fraud and money laundering charges today. Pokerstars, Full Tilt, and Absolute Poker are now on the chopping block for allegedly pretending the money that US players deposited was used to make phony purchases from faux vendors that they owned, in order to skirt US banking laws.
Here’s some quick background info. on how the laws of online gambling work in this country.
There’s a little thing called the UIGEA, or Safe Port Act of 2006, which limits online gambling activities. How keeping ocean ports safe has anything to do with internet slot machines, I have no idea, but that’s how we roll here in the States. Anyway, what UIGEA does is disallows US banks to process payments either to or from online gambling sites.
Since 2006, poker lobbyists have argued that poker is a game of skill (I can attest to this), not chance, and therefore should not fall under UIGEA’s guidelines. Many of our nation’s top lawyers agree with this statement, too. But there are people in Congress who don’t. Thus, the LAPD-style, Rodney King-reminiscent arrests today.
That last sentence may or may not be true. I watch a lot of COPS. Clearly, I am easily confused.
This being said, under the law, it’s unclear whether or not it is legal for US citizens to gamble online. It’s still up for debate.
Considering all of the above info., here is where things get a little wonky.
The United States was sued by Antigua in 2007 for violating a World Trade Organization treaty they had with the country, by not allowing people in the US to access their online gambling sites. Antigua said that it wasn’t fair that people in the US could gamble in casinos, but not patronize their businesses by gambling online. Japan and the EU were kinda PO’d about it too, because they also run online gambling websites that people in the US weren’t supposed to access.
Here’s the kicker: Antigua won. The World Trade Organization found that the US had acted illegally.
Yet here we are in 2011, with a failing world economy, and we are actually arresting the people who run the most profitable online poker sites in the world. And these sites are operated off-shore. It’s not like there’s some dude who runs a multi-million dollar online poker site from his mom’s basement in Rhode Island.
I visited each of the three sites, and instead of the homepage, there’s big, bold print from the FBI and DOJ, stating that the domain names had been seized. And anybody who bets online could be arrested too, the notice menacingly conveyed. The FBI and DOJ logos were proudly displayed at the top, you know, to make it official.
I just tried to access the sites again a minute ago, but they’ve been taken offline.
What gives them the right to do that?
“Well, they were laundering money and defrauding banks…”
Nope. I don’t think they were. They didn’t have to. There are plenty of online processors that aren’t based in the US, that processed US credit cards without a second thought. The money was then transferred from them to the poker sites, so the player could fund his/her account.
There is, however, something I forgot to mention.
The government is also suing these three sites for $3 billion.
“And he picked up his hammer and saw.”
The government wouldn’t infringe on the rights of its citizens for mere money. Would it?
It’s not just the money. It’s money and control. It was illegal for them to stop us from patronizing those sites, so they found a way around it. The people who had money in their poker accounts don’t even know if they will get it back.
The government is trying to bluff their way into a settlement, and show us citizens just who has the power to say what’s what. If this case goes to court, the poker boys are gonna win. Antigua did.
And Poker Stars, Full Tilt, and Absolute Poker have way more money than Antigua.