Category Archives: politics

Read the Jerry Sandusky Grand Jury Indictment

It’s mind boggling how the media today is all about opinion and so little about fact reporting and journalism. I finally came across the actual text of Jerry Sandusky’s indictment text here (http://www.wltx.com/news/pdf/Sandusky-Grand-Jury-Presentment.pdf) and have downloaded and attached it to this post so that it remains available.

Sandusky Grand Jury Presentment

I think everyone should read the indictment, understand that everything in it may also not be true (until proven), and arrive at their own judgement. My opinion is below:

Sandusky needs to get the full force of the law and public opinion coming down on him. However, I think it’s pretty clear that Joe Paterno should go. As bad as I fee about his career ending this way, he knew what was going on (to a large extent) and was too smug in his situation to call it out. That might even be excusable if it was about some sort of bribe that someone took. But this was about raping young kids, which in many people’s mind is akin to murder. That’s too much to accept. Think about yourself in that situation. Would you continue to work, socialize and associate with a person who you have more that a suspicion of being a serial pedophile?

And the same goes for a lot of other people at Penn State and specially in the football program. I think the big house needs to be cleaned up big time, maybe even put on a hold.

Also, keep in mind that all you (me included) tax payers out there are going to be paying to settle all the law suits coming Penn State’s way. Thank you to all who made that little boost to the legal economy possible!

PS: I am a Penn State alum and I feel sad for all the students, teachers, staff, alumni and fans/supporters of Penn State who will lose because of the criminal and because of those who to various extents and in various ways allowed a criminal to get this far with his crimes. The lion is weeping and it will take a lot of work to restore its pride!

CNN – No Ron Paul

Dec 16 was the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Ron Paul supporters organized a massive fund raiser and raised over $6 million dollars which happens to be a record for a single day for any candidate in the history of the US.

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Huge news you would think.

Ron Paul is anti-Bush, anti-war, has no special interests to please, a clean and consistent record and is corruption free… not the typical politician such as Giuliani, Romney or Clinton. Without the help of mainstream media and infact without even his own participation, over $6 million dollars have been raised for him. You would think this news is all over the media and he would be given coverage for many hours atleast today, the day he made the record.

But hell no, CNN is busy covering Pam Anderson’s boobies (or was it her 2 month marriage… they’re fabulous babe but you know what I mean? :-).  At one point during the afternoon, there was a little link up there but disappeared within the hour.

MSNBC was slightly better. They had an inconspicuous little link for a long time on the website… but Sanjay was the main attraction of the day… WTF???

How can I believe that a single honest journalist works in these organizations when there has been no effort to bring forward the most important news of the day or even this entire election so far. The fools in Fox get a memo that tells them what to do but you guys in CNN are self motivated… fucking over-achievers.

 Anyway, maybe it’s all for the better… piss more people off and you might just create the tipping point that lazy Americans need to kick Bush and his cronies along with his followup acts Guiliani and Romney out…

 Here’s Ron Paul’s website: http://www.ronpaul2008.com 

And here’s a word of wisdom from Kent Snyder, Ron Paul’s campaign chairman

“Mainstream media is behind the times… maybe 2 or 3 years behind”

Think about that… it’s before You Tube or Digg were around… damn they’re fuckin’ dinosaurs

Check him out, donate and spread the word… Peace

Why people like Noam Chomsky are not on TV

No one is better at telling it than he, himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cceC3DeFcY

As for Jeff Greenfield, Producer of Nightline, please shut up and dont try to be an intellectual when you are not.

Young, Bright, Indian but…

Bobby Jindal is elected the youngest governor of Louisiana. He’s of Indian origin. He looks bright and refreshing.

People are willing to break out of their shells and support a candidate an atypical candidate… that’s cool too (off course the disaster called Kathleen Blanco provided her own fall).

I dont fall for labels and havent read too much about his politics and his stands on issues but DAMN…. why did he have to be republican… war supporting one at that.

 http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN2029227220071021

The US Constitution is broken (What the Founding Fathers could not see)

This is a direct quote from the US constitution.  

“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it.  If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.”

Yes, the constitution does provide the president the authority to veto a bill and send it back to the congress. The veto can then be overridden only by a two-third majority in the house where the bill originated.

This is an article about Separation of Powers (a term attributed to Montesquieu). Keep in mind that Separation of Powers is a very different concept than Separation of Church and State and one that is not so straightforward. It is not a perfect system and it has often been argued that a combined Executive and Legislative might be better.

I believe that Bush has exploited the Separation of Powers framework to assume a dictatorial role, while the Legislative has been handicapped, even now, when the democrats have a majority in both houses, to a point where it is unable to pass any meaningful piece of legislation.

So why is so much power vested in one man who is a part of the Executive when the main role of that branch is executing the orders of the Legislative? And given the strong connection that the Executive can have with one party, isn’t this the perfect opportunity for the president to override the basic intent of the constitution when it created the Legislative?

In effect a minority in the house + the president is turning out to be far more powerful than a majority. Is this not a broken system?

Were the framers of the constitution just not able to comprehend that there could be wide and complete disregard of principals on which the it was founded? Or could they not see the deep rooted corruption and fear of persecution that exists among republicans and prevents them from standing up to the president? I think not.

They did provide many checks and balances and yes they created the Judiciary which was meant to interpret the laws and provide a check for both the Executive and Legislative through judicial review.

However, they did not cater for is the complicity of “We the people” in the gross undermining of law and the system of checks and balances. Public opinion plays a huge role in what is deemed lawful and often, consciously or unconsciously will determine its interpretation. Polls don’t mean much but the fact that 24% of the people still approve of Bush’s role as president is something the founding fathers could not have anticipated. We might be screaming and shouting on blogs and going to Ron Paul gatherings but unfortunately a lot of Americans do not realize how serious the implications of the acts of the Bush government are. A lot of them do but have chose to ignore those acts, or in effect have suspended their constitutional rights under the guise of “more pressing problems to be solved”. It’s almost a cliche now but so relevant:

“Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither” – Ben Franklin

This has happened often in times of national crisis like the Great Depression, or the Vietnam War. But now, the motivations of the people who support Bush are very different and have nothing to do with sacrifice and everything to do with strong misguided fears. What those fears are, is a topic in itself and I dont want to get into it at this time… but Bush has used race, nationalism and the fear of a changing world to divert their attention from real issues. Those people are not innocent however, and are fully to blame for allowing this to happen.

Shame on them for letting down the basic principals of liberty and life laid down by the Founding Fathers… they did not see you coming.

The South

I keep going back to this once in a while… it’s brilliant and funny. The writer is pissed that the 2004 GOP convention was in NYC… Lots of great facts too.

http://fuckthesouth.com/

ISAFF Seattle 2007 Closes

After 5 days of great movies and a great effort by a lot of people, ISAFF Seattle 2007 came to a close on 7th Oct (also happened to be my birthday). Hats off to all the people who worked hard to make this possible. I got to watch a few movies and enjoyed them a lot. You can see my reviews of a few of the ealier movies here.

The last movie was “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama”… here’s what I thought about it.

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, Rick Ray (5/5)

The festival directors had definitely kept the best for the last. The show closed with this great eye-opener, and was followed by a long Q & A session with the director of the movie, Rick Ray, and a pretty interesting (and a little funny too) and passionate group of people. It was great to have the director  of the movie right there.

First, about the movie. According to Rick, the movie’s inspiration started with him being approached with a chance to get an audience with the Dalai Lama. He was offcourse delighted by that and thus started the journey. The movie explores his preparation for the meeting and spends a lot of time providing the context and history of Tibet starting from the the Dalai Lama before the current one. It was very interesting to learn about his childhood and how he was selected to be the next Dalai Lama. The real eye opener for me was the role of China in Tibet. The extent of the oppression and blatant disregard for human rights and sovereignty of Tibet was a surprise for me. I knew that Tibet has, for a very long time, been occupied by the Chinese who have caused the Dalai Lama and thousands (maybe millions) to be displaced from their homeland. I didn’t know that this goes back to the 1950s. And that over a million people have been killed during this period. Think about it, a million people killed for defending their rights to a free and respectful life in their own country.

Essentially the Dalai Lama runs a government in exile from Dharamsala, in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. So there was a lot of footage and information about the Chinese occupation of Tibet which was very informative and disconcerting. However, that is not what the movie is about. It is really an introduction to the Dalai Lama. A closeup of his, about habits, his personality and what he stands for. Let me tell you, he is a very funny guy. He is modern and in step with technology and current social norms. He is also very practical and candid. He will cut through the bullshit that is the life of most of today’s political leaders and get to the point. Rick captured this really well in this movie.

Finally the movie gets to the point where Rick meets the Dalai Lama and asks him 10 questions. There is no lightning , no divine intervention, no prophetic voice thundering down from the heavens. Just a simple monk giving practical and genuine answers to the complicated questions that are posed to him. Ironically, the movie, through its description of how great and important the Lama is, succeeded in making him more personable to me.

At one part of the movie, Rick talks about how rich “Brahmin’s” dont have smiles on their face where as poor people, where ever he encounters them, do. So those poor people they are happier. As someone else pointed out in the Q & A session, not all Brahmin’s are rich. Yes I think they have benefitted from exploitation of socially lower classes over thousands of the years but that is a separate discussion and for Rick to assert that is an over simplification. Also the movie did not at all get into the Chinese side of the story. I dont think they have much of a case here but it would have been fair to touch upon that.

Anyways, the movie was followed by a long Q & A session… there were questions about a lot of things like

“Does Dalai Lama feel any regret about involving the CIA in the struggle against the Chinese?”

 “What does the average person in China think about the occupation?”

“How does China reconcile the fact that they are a communist country and they have installed their own Panchen Lama after denying the authority of the Dalia Lama to do that?” – btw, you can read more about this here.

 And here is Dalai Lama’s website…