I wasn’t going to weigh in on the shooting in Tucson, AZ because… Use your voice like a BIG BOY!!!

I wasn’t going to weigh in on the shooting in Tucson, AZ because everyone and their grandmother are expressing condolences, so what’s one more right? Every expression counts, don’t ever believe your voice need not be heard. Anytime something like this happens we all need to rally with those affected and against those that caused the action, like that dipshit Jared Lee Loughner. Compassion is a strong emotion, with the proper intention compassion can have a great effect. So with genuine sincerity, my condolences, and willful compassion, go out to all those affected by this tragedy.

I wasn’t going to weigh in on the shooting in Tucson, AZ because the blogosphere is already abuzz with enough reaction and commentary. F@%k that! Every single writer, speaker, blogger or whatever you call yourself, you have a voice and it needs to be heard. We cannot be silent when something so heinous happens. We cannot brush it aside as “just another incident, just another loony tunes freak accident, these things happen all the time.”

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This Morning….

Found in various spots on the internet, author unknown

This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

I then took a shower in the clean water provided by a municipal water utility.

After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Political Correctness, Tell It Like It Is?

…at least that’s what His Holiness is saying.

The Dalai Lama was recently in the Czech capital at a conference on Human Rights issues in Asia. He was asked what he thought of political correctness.

With a look not often found on His Holiness’ face, puzzled, he asked “what do you mean?” This threw the audience into laughter, but His Holiness still looked puzzled and repeated fervently “what do you mean?”

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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize?

Just a quick post on this. While I don’t wholeheartedly agree he hasn’t done anything to deserve it, I think the panel in Oslo might be onto something. I believe the premise behind that he WILL do something is the reason he won. And I think that’s what those of us that voted for him hoped. I fully believe in Obama, and I think this is just the thing to help push him farther toward creating better relationships with the world and encouraging all of us to live better lives for all of humanity, not just Americans. We’ll see though won’t we? Optimism folks, keep it in your hearts, pessimism will do nothing but bring us down.

My First Dissapointment with Obama

From The Wall Street Journal

The Obama Administration may think its decision to cold shoulder the Dalai Lama on the Tibetan leader’s upcoming trip to Washington is smart politics. But if the leader of the free world doesn’t stand up for religious freedom, who will?

The news broke earlier this week when an Obama aide told the Tibetans that the President wants to meet Chinese leaders before he meets the Dalai Lama. This is par for the course for an Administration that gave only lackluster support to Iran’s democrats and has made conciliatory overtures to Putin’s Russia and Kim Jong Il’s North Korea.

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Obama HUD appointee used tax dollars for Zen lessons (huh?)

Ed. Note- Didn’t April Fools Day pass? Anyone know anything else about this?

From The Washington Times

Mercedes Marquez, a woman President Obama has appointed to a prominent federal housing position, is being mocked by conservative bloggers for paying a Zen Buddhist priest thousands of dollars from her post at the Los Angeles Housing Department.

Ms. Marquez was quoted by the Los Angeles Times in 2007 supporting payments to a priestess named Norma Wong for “management training that includes teaching breathing with sphincter control, learning ‘how to stand’ and playing with wooden sticks.”

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Correction RE: Religious Rights Assumption of Obama’s Remarks

Religious Right bloggers and news agencies seem to only be quoting part of the overall statement Obama made recently, which is in it’s entirety below. We know they despise the things he stands for and the fact that he is pushing for the country to be a level playing field for everyone. We are called the “melting pot” of the World for a reason, people know they can come here and not only live peacefully but succeed if they put their all into it.

Rarely do I engage in American politics here on Precious Metal, but I am sick of the way our President is being painted by those that have screwed this country up in the first place. He’s just trying to clean up their mess and they can’t stand the fact there’s a change happening in this country. While he is no savior, President Obama is doing the best he can to freshen the air from a steaming pile of dung that was left for him. Onto the quote…

“One of the great strengths of the United States,” the President said, “is … we have a very large Christian population — we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

Yes We Can, Yes We Did, Yes We Will!

A wise man once said the following words. That same wise man will be inaugurated today as our 44th President of the United States of America. History has been made folks, but it is just the beginning. I believe Barack Obama can continue to make history as he rights many of the wrongs and creates a more positive environment in our political process as well as the lives of those in America and abroad. He’s made some heavy promises, and while I want to say he can get them done, he may not right away. Those changes could be a miracle in the making though, just look at what this man has accomplished already!

Yes We Can (speech from New Hampshire primary and put to music by Will.I.Am

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change. (We want change.)
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea: Yes We Can.