Archive for April, 2009

Philip Markoff Clean cut killer.

April 21, 2009

Sure, he may not be the killer; we convicted Scott Peterson with a lot less real evidence just because he was a creep, but the internet IP information, and video surveillance should be enough.

Did he do it? …  yes.

Privileged kids preying on sex workers who advertise on internet, what a shock, I sure he kicked small dogs as a kid as well.

Why? The truth be told, people are not nice. Most people will do completely reprihensible things if they know they will not be caught. There is a small segment of the population, that will draw the line for a moral high ground, despite whether they will be caught or not, but that is a very small segment of the population.

Markoff grew up with good looks and privilege a lethal combination. Good looks provides the perception of good honest, and nice (it’s just an impression), the cold dark interior is completely unknown even to spouses or spouses to be. Especially men, who are able to live a life (compartmentalized and self justification, means they can commit any action and justify to themselves, and compartmentalize it from others like a nice innocent fiancé and medical school).

The take home is the following. We don’t know people. We don’t know our own parents, spouses, children (Columbine anyone?). We just live in hope, hope our kids turn ok, hope our parents aren’t psychos, or spouses are normal, not serial killing doctors, we just don’t bother to figure out the other person, their motivation, their hidden desires, their true intentions.

The second take home, is the Craig’s list provides anonymity that serial psychopaths and other sexual predators are seeking. It could be under aged children, it could be down on their luck sex workers, but the anonymity part is what predators are seeking. Amazing how we can hunt down, tigers, lions, sharks and other man eating species, but we turn the eye on humans the prey on other humans (go to Africa and become desensitized to the violence). The illusion is the social conditioning and social rules will protect us from ourselves. Man when left to his own devices, will commit horrendous deeds, when and only when he thinks he can get away. Most of us are so well conditioned we will get caught (spending a night in prison is something I rather no deal with), we don’t even bother to plot.

Is he any different from Catholic priests who knew that they could molest with impunity, that their bishops and Pope would turn the other eye?  The only thing that sexual predators will understand is cold hard bars of a cell and their sense of entitlement allows them to objectify and dehumanize their victims.

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Less Geithner and more Susan Boyle

April 21, 2009

Amazing how fickle the American public can be, the nation that can cast more votes for a hip Indian American teen with numerous hair dos, than it does for a President facing unpredecented budget deficit and unemployment.

Why the fascination with pop culture and the complete disdain for our financial and economic leaders?

First, most American’s are resigned the state and federal government is owned and bought by lobbyists, Chinese manufacturers, the Saudi oil money, labor unions, corrupt Wall Street investments banks, Indian Casinos and the like.

Second, with oppressive news of corporate greed, there is never an end on how Wall Street greedsters will ask for government bailout and use funds for extravagant excesses in the face of Joe the Plumber and the working stiffs who work 70-80 hours a week without taking their hard earned vacation time who subsidize these reckless and irresponsible lifestyles of the rich and federally subsidized because too big to fail (meaning they give to much to corrupt politicos in campaign finance to be allowed to fail.)

Third, as our 401k dreams, our kids hard earned college fund went into flames, we still want to hold on to our dreams. If a 47 unemployed singer who took two years to take care of her ailing mother, can dream, why can’t we dream?

Dreams, or beliefs is the most powerful opiate in the world. It can make reasonable men, into suicidal martyrs, it can turn a nation of social networkers, whose voice will be heard (the trillion calls, faxes, emailes and text messages on the original financial bailout “no” vote into a single voice of unity, we believe in the dream. We believe in the opportunity for the people who matter, who just need that one break. We believe in reality tv, not because it is real, but because it reflects the challenges and hardships we overcome everyday. We all had dreams to be special and every day, someone told us to be reasonable, told us to settle, told us the cold reality that we could not make a living doing what we enjoy the most, to settle for praticial occupations and put all our savings and money in real estate or our magic retirement/college saving account and found out the same people who created this financial mess got guaranteed bonuses for underperformance guaranteed by our so called stewards of Banking in DC, while we do without car repairs, buying in bulk to save money, pay outrageous bank fees, and sometimes postponing necessary medical procedures because we can’t afford them now.

We have all suffered from this economic downturn. We have had friends and family lose jobs, we have had to make tough financial sacrifice, watch our savings evaporate, watch as our taxes increase and our schools cut teaching positions, and see how we get nickle and dimed by our credit card companies. We have to do more work as companies are forced to do more with less and a federal government that lives in the bubble, the print more money and business as usual bubble.

Deep down, we know that our dreams are more important than any government bail out or Wall Street initiative. When we look in the mirror and decide, just like Susan Boyle, today is the day, I make will a difference, I will matter, I will take a chance and become a professional singer and follow my dream … anything is possible, and in America everything is always possible.

Taxation without representation

April 19, 2009

Tea Party and Taxation without Representation

In an era where Democrats and Obama are spending money at an obscene amount … California has an increase in sales tax at the same thousands of qualified school teachers are getting pink slips … brings the question of taxation without representation. Only the fool, believes that our so called democracy is a democracy. It belongs to the lobbyist and the attorneys that make up our legislators at the state and federal level. The biggest insult is when government officials, the media elite critize our right to question taxation when our nation was founded on two simple principles (stealing land from the Indians and later the foolish Mexicans and revolting against taxation without representation).

Taxation is based on medival times where the king demanded payment for protection, and we accuse the mob of the only one with this scheme. At least our local government mirror the local economy, they have to cut back when the make less money, no magic way of printing money or fabricating pork bills like our federal “theives” I mean legislators.

Is there is a solution … Really there are two solutions. One is to allow this mockery of democracy to continue to the tipping point, where this no more meaningful private employment in our now second class nation, or to reduce federal and state government now and forever. The responsibility of the people is to make sure their hard earned money stays in their community, stays in their local economy. We sure don’t need people who make decisions in their DC bubble to tell us what is better for our schools, our highways or community.

Gen X and the love hate relationship with money

April 17, 2009

Notes Money:

In an era of baby boomers, AIG greedsters, and government bailout of too big to fail financial fraudstutions
it is easy to think as money as the root of all evil. Money is not even worth the paper, and or
nickel that is printed on.

1. For Gen X, life is about the customer experience. We demand the best bang/value for our buck, and
having more money, that will not add to our instant gratification, is not a priority. We are the first
generation that had access to more credit than we will ever be able to pay off in a lifetime.

2. Majority of the so called leaders (visible ones, with money, are morally bankrupt. In a
society of corrupt CEOs, celebrities that go bankrupt after making millions in the entertaiment
industry or athletics, we see as money as the problem.

3. Our Internet/ Cable news forum has really, really developed some warped thinking. From CNBC to FOX News
CNN, and google news, Yahoo news, twitter, we have too much information that has very little
impact on making solid decisions on our day to day life.

4. Money is not the problem, the lack of appreciation of hard work, the true gift of love
without a monetary component, the intinsic value of saving and investing one’s hard earned income
in one’s in business, personal development, education, or community is discarded in our 24 hours news
cycle driven culture.

5. Gratitude is a foreign concept for Gen-X young adults. We were the original latch key kids,
while our parents worked hard for their Beamers, Merchez, and vacation homes, we were 10 times more
likely to get material and monetary gifts than the love and attention we truely craved or the family sitting
in conversation over a dinner table for an entire uninterrupted hour.