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Being a business theatre producer has allowed Brian the opportunity to meet and work with some very fascinating people from a variety of backgrounds which, in turn, has helped shape his knowledge and his opinions. His blog will not always be political, it will be about a lifetime of subjects, and nothing is off limits. “Few people have original thoughts, we are shaped by the people we know and meet” he says.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Arizona Immigration Law

If you think the Arizona Immigration Law is encroaching on peoples rights, watch the two videos below. You might have a different opinion about what the Federal Government is failing to do.

Channel 2 in Atlanta knows why Arizona passed SB 1070

According to the Border Patrol the public is being mislead as to WHO is coming into the US from Mexico. This IS THE TRUTH as reported by WSBTV in Atlanta.

Video 1

Video 2

And for the benefit of those who doubt this report, this is not a FOX channel, it is an ABC affiliate, one of the rare mainstream local media who has the courage to tell the truth.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shirley Sherrod firing!

There is not much on which I agree with Mitch Albom but he did hit on something this week that I have not heard from any other radio talk show host. I usually listen to Albom while driving home from a meeting until he and Kenny Brown start trying to talk over each other and then I switch to a music station.

However, this week they managed to not yell over each other and Mitch brought forth an excellent point. I know Albom is not a fan of bloggers when they attempt to play journalists. Let me say from the onset, a journalist I am not. My blog is strictly my opinion, whether it is formed by the truth or my misguided idea of the truth, it is strictly my opinion.

In the case of Shirley Sherrod being fired because of the video that was placed by Andrew Breitbart on his website as legit journalism, I agree with Albom. The problem is Andrew Breitbart, not Fox News, or MSNBC, or the White House, or even the NCAAP, although I think they all acted irrationally with typical knee jerk reaction. As John Wayne used to say, "You have to shoot first and ask questions later."

Well, that might have worked in the Wild West but not in 2010. Everything should be checked for validity, especially if it is picked up from the internet buteven more so with the advent of digital video with every laptop being able to edit it and distort the facts. Anything can be taken out of context and manipulated to represent itself as something totally different.

Just ask any politician, they are masters at distorting the truth and using it in their commercials to either paint an opponent falsely or make themselves look like heroes. Ask the news media, they are some of the biggest offenders of only showing portions of a video to make their point because they know that if they showed the entire video, people would know the truth about their agendas. The news media are the originators of editing to fit their agenda.

The guy to blame is Andrew Breitbart. Plain and simple. He knew this video would falsely paint Shirley Sherrod as a racist and there would be consequences to it. He is the one who should be under the watchful eyes of the public. His alleged credentials as a journalist blogger should be revoked and he should be fired. Plain and simple.

That is my opinion and I take a stand with Mitch Albom on this one. Your comments are always welcomed.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Democratic Heritage (Shhhh)

While driving around, I notice and attempt to read most political signs. I enjoy their good and sometimes terrible designs. Some standout and are a good read at a glance at 45 mph. Some are so poorly designed that you would have to be stopped in order to read them, let alone figure out what the mean. And what is with the colors? Does anyone actually look at them before going to print?

Signs for judges, State Senators, Congressmen (Oops, Congresspeople - got to be PC - LOL) County Commissioners, etc... The one thing I have noticed most of all is that just about all Republican Candidates state right on their signs that they are Republican. Democrats seemed to have left the fact that they are Democrats off many signs. Why? (I am sure that if you look hard enough, you will find some signs touting Democrat heritage so don't waste your time writing me about it.)

It seems to me that if you are proud of what your party has accomplished, you should be screaming it from the rooftops. If I were a Democrat or a Republican, I would be proud of my connection to either party. As an Independent, and I am, I would share that information in hopes to attract voters.

Are Democrats ashamed of their heritage or their stand? Are Obama's policies failing them? Is Obama's penchant for Socialism and Marxism giving them heartburn? Did they purposely leave off their Democratic lineage?

My guess is YES!

They may want to contribute to the confusion of the elections by not identifying themselves as Democrats hoping that they will get votes from a voting public that is not aware of who is with which party. (Yes, I know the ballot will eventually identify their party affiliation but it may be too late by then.)

That is my stand and opinion.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Obama's Immigration Agenda

Shame, shame, shame. I heard today that the Obama Administration, through the inJustice Department, filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona's sb1070.

I find this action to be completely unacceptable of the Federal Government. This is an absolute waste of taxpayers money. If this doesn't bring down this administration, we all deserve what we are in for next because this is just the beginning of the end as we know it. I wouldn't be surprised if they had some liberal federal judge in the wings waiting to rule the law unconstitutional.

It is OK for Obama to disregard the constitution when it benefits his agenda but he then claims racial profiling of Arizona's law is unconstitutional. What crap.

This is the most outrageous act of bigotry and corruption to date. This has got to stop. The recklessness of this administration should have every citizen in the country upset, unless you are an illegal immigrant. But if you are an illegal, you should be worried because the reason you came here is going away and fast.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer created a legal defense fund to fight the Federal Government. Her office says Brewer already has received about $10,000 in unsolicited donations from more than 40 states.

To contribute to the fund, contact her office for instructions.
The Honorable Jan Brewer
Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Telephone (602) 542-4331

The Federal Government, Obama, Holder et all have got to be stopped. Help.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Declaration of Independence

Always a great read and it should be mandatory for all immigrants to be able to read and understand it. Below is the text and signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton