Friday, January 28, 2011

protest riot in cairo egypt

Cairo is on fire and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is nearing the end of his reign

In Breaking news Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in a last ditch attempt to save his ass has dissolved his Cabinet. For the first time since the protest started on Tuesday the Egyptian army has been deployed into Cairo to control the unrest. The citizens of Egypt are sick of the 30 year reign of absolute power by Hosni Mubarak and his corrupt and depriving Government. The Egyptians are sick of rigged elections and systemic poverty.

The protest in Egypt have officially reached a tipping point in favor of the Egyptian people. You know Mubarak is pulling out all the stops when he is deploying the army and firing his entire cabinet. Mubarak now has to be careful of a coup d'etat, anyone of his ex cabinet members can take advantage of his weakness.

I predict if Egypt goes the way of Tunisia we all better hold onto our pants because the whole middle east will fall like Domino's. The people in Iran will have renewed hope that they too can make a change with their corrupt government.

Aljazeera - Curfew fails to stop Egypt protests

Ny Times - Mubarak Orders Ministers to Resign but Backs Armed Response to Egypt Protests

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Do you like the Color-coded threat system we have? It's getting replaced this week.

Say goodbye to the old Color-coded threat system, come tomorrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will introduce a new threat system. We have been using the Color-coded system for nine years now and it has come under a lot of criticism from both sides. Complaints have been that the old system was to broad of a threat alert, another words the system should of been more specific to certain areas or places with threats. The old Color-coded system was also accused of being used for political gains in order to scare citizens into rallying behind the President. The color coded system consist of five levels the lowest being green and then red for a severe alert.

The new system will have more specific threat alerts for exactly where the threat is thought to be. Not just a general threat for the entire country when they know it's in New york or else where. Republican Rep. Peter King from New york said

"Though the system served a valuable purpose in the terrible days and months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, it was clearly time for the current color-coded system to be replaced with a more targeted system," King said. "I know they have been working on this for a long time. It sounds to me like the changes they are proposing make sense. We will have to wait and see how they implement this new, more targeted system. I expect the biggest challenge for DHS will be balancing the need to provide useful and timely information with the need to protect sensitive information."

From Rep. Kings comments I would say that he is on board with changes and thinks they make sense in regards to being more specific. What do you think of the old threat system?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Net Worth of the U.S. Presidents: From Washington to Obama - The Atlantic

I love information like this, it gives you a great perspective on American History. President George Washington's net worth would be equivalent to $525 Million today. When you look at it like that things don't seem to be so out of control with our society. That's why it's important to know and understand your history so you can put things into context.

Monday, January 24, 2011

America lets get serious about our Debt

When are we going to realize that we are in serious need of tough fiscal decisions. Their is no more time for political pandering to be played by either side anymore. When you listen to Democrats and Republicans speak about cutting our national debt or deficit you hear about cuts in education, health care, and investment in infrastructure. You will never hear about cuts in military spending, Medicare or Social Security which account for the vast majority of our annual deficit. We also pay $170 billion a year for the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that's not including the $667 billion a year we already spend on our military alone. Oh yea we also have to pay a little bit of interest on our $14 Trillion dollars in debt. Is your head spinning yet ?

If a good majority of the European nations are on the brink of financial collapse what makes us different? We are $14 trillion in debt, are economy is growing at a slower pace and Americans are living longer which is putting strains on Health Care and Social Security. What am I missing, why do we think we are different? I think we need more up front and honest politicians like Governer Chris Christie from New Jersey. You might not agree with what he has to say but at least it's an open honest debate of the facts.

Cnn - Running the country on 8 cents a day by 2020