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Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 05:08 PM PST

Proposal: Calamity Tax

by FogBelter

In light of the West Virginia "Liberty Spill" I have been thinking about how we regulate industry in the United States, and how the current approach is failing the American People, Environment, and, frankly, Business.  Not all Business is irresponsible in terms of its maintenance of hazardous materials and the facilities that store them, but those who are are a costly threat to the United States, its People's health, and the perception of industry.  We, as Citizens, forget that the only reason any Business exists in the United States is because our US Government accepts their Articles of Incorporation, or provides them with Business Licenses that allows the business to exist.  Wrap your head around this for a minute ... doing Business in the United States, like driving, is a Privilege, not a Right. And for extending the Privilege of doing business, the Citizens should expect businesses to comply with regulations, not dodge them.  My suggestion for industries that deal in hazardous materials is a Calamity Tax.  

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"Everybody talks about the weather but nobody seems to do anything about it."

Charles Dudley Warner - Hartford Courant of Connecticut August 27, 1897

In my experience, the same could be said about corruption in the Philippines.  Corruption has been endemic in the Philippines since the Spanish Era, and affects every level of Philippine Society.  Under the Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, corruption was elevated to a fine art ... but, it seems, at long last the Filipino people are ready to confront Typhoon Pork-Barrel
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Because of this:

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.
Freedom, Liberty, Peace, and Justice have lost their meaning in the United States of America.

Let us remind ourselves of just a few  things the American People can no longer do with a confidence of safety, and assurance of survival for themselves or loved ones:

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Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 12:30 AM PDT

The "Don't Knows"

by FogBelter

In the immortal words of Wes ("Scoop") Nisker of KFOG:

"If you don't like the news ... go out and make some of your own."

I was musing about the Progressives in Congress leaking the names of Democrats that are against a Robust Public Option so they could be reasoned with, while commenting on Huffington Post, and commenter Cyndy Keith mentioned the "Stand with Dr Dean" website was tracking where Senators and Congressmen stood on the Public Option.  Upon visiting Dr. Dean's site I was happy to see that no Congressional Democrat was on Record as a "No" ... good news, right? But there was another question asked that was a little disturbing:

Supports the choice of public Healthcare option? Don't know

Below is a list of Democratic Representatives that are currently showing as "Don't Know" in terms of the Public Option on Dr. Dean's website:

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On December 4, 2006, Lance Corporal Daniel Smith of the US Marines was convicted of raping a 23 year-old Filipina, known as "Nicole", in the back of a van in Subic, Philippines while three other Marines cheered him on.  The conviction carries a forty-year prison sentence for Smith, but the sentence of the victim, "Nicole", since the start of her ordeal is worse, and tragically reflects the tradition of Philippines- US relations on these types of issues.  

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On Thursday the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, retreated on the 1993 Kono Statement which acknowledged that during WWII the Imperial Japanese Military pressed women in occupied territories into prostitution as "Comfort Women".  This abandonment of the truth under pressure from Japanese Ultra-Nationalists carries the same stench as that borne by Holocaust deniers.  During WWII the forces of Japan, in their self proclaimed "Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere", were vicious and brutal to the natives of their occupied lands.  The Japanese soldier was raised to believe that Japanese were gods, and those outside of Japan existed only to serve or be destroyed.  The Rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March are just a couple of examples of the contempt that the Japanese Military had for non-Japanese.  That the Prime Minister would now say that the "Comfort Women" of the Japanese Military were compensated contractors as opposed to victims of sexual torment by coercion is ludicrous and, more so, dishonorable for a man of Abe's position.      

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