Sunday, July 14, 2013

Obama Explained......Worth a Read!!!

"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation...

One is by sword...  The other is by debt."

John  Adams 1826
 Obama Explained......Worth a Read!!!
Maureen Scott is an ardent American patriot who was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and retired to Richmond, VA, in 2000. Free from the nine-to-five grind of writing for employers and clients, she began writing political commentary to please her and express her convictions. Our Pledge of Allegiance, a military band playing the National Anthem, and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, inspire her passion and views. Her life is guided by a firm belief that truth is the most important virtue.
 
 
The Architect of Destruction
By Maureen Scott

Obama appears to be a tormented man filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps, because, as a child, he grew up harboring an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. that was instilled in him by his family and mentors. It seems to have never left him.

It is not the color of his skin that is a problem in America.

Rather it is the blackness that fills his soul and the hollowness in his heart where there should be abiding pride and love for this country.

Think: Have we ever heard Obama speak lovingly of the U.S. or its people, with deep appreciation and genuine respect for our history, our customs, our sufferings and our blessings? Has he ever revealed that, like most patriotic Americans, he gets "goose bumps" when a band plays "The Star Spangled Banner," or sheds a tear when he hears a beautiful rendition of "America the Beautiful?" Does his heart burst with pride when millions of American flags wave on a National holiday - or someone plays "taps" on a trumpet? Has he ever shared the admiration of the military, as we as lovers of those who keep us free, feel when soldiers march by?
 
It is doubtful because Obama did not grow up sharing our experiences or our values. He did not sit at the knee of a Grandfather or Uncle who showed us his medals and told us about the bravery of his fellow troops as they tramped through foreign lands to keep us free. He didn't not have grandparents who told stories of suffering and then coming to America, penniless, and the opportunities they had for building a business and life for their children.

Away from this country as a young child, Obama didn't delight in being part of America and its greatness. He wasn't singing our patriotic songs in kindergarten, or standing on the roadside for a holiday parade and eating a hot dog, or lighting sparklers around a campfire on July 4th as fireworks exploded over head, or placing flags on the grave sites of fallen and beloved American heroes.

Rather he was separated from all of these experiences and doesn't really understand us and what it means to be an American. He is void of the basic emotions that most feel regarding this country and insensitive to the instinctive pride we have in our national heritage. His opinions were formed by those who either envied us or wanted him to devalue the United States and the traditions and patriotism that unites us.
 
He has never given a speech that is filled with calm, reassuring, complimentary, heartfelt statements about all the people in the U.S. Or one that inspires us to be better and grateful and proud that in a short time our country became a leader, and a protector of many. Quite the contrary, his speeches always degenerate into mocking, ridiculing tirades as he faults our achievements as well as any critics or opposition for the sake of a laugh, or to bolster his ego. He uses his Office to threaten and create fear while demeaning and degrading any American who opposes his policies and actions.
 
A secure leader, who has noble self-esteem and not false confidence, refrains from showing such dread of critics and displaying a cocky, haughty attitude.

Mostly, his time seems to be spent causing dissension, unrest, and anxiety among the people of America, rather than uniting us (even though he was presented to us as the "Great Uniter"). He creates chaos for the sake of keeping people separated, envious, aggrieved and ready to argue. Under his leadership Americans have been kept on edge, rather than in a state of comfort and security. He incites people to be aggressive toward, and disrespectful of, those of differing opinions. And through such behavior, Obama has lowered the standards for self-control and mature restraint to the level of street-fighting gangs, when he should be raising the bar for people to strive toward becoming more considerate, tolerant, self-disciplined, self-sustaining, and self-assured.

Not a day goes by that he is not attempting to defy our laws, remove our rights, over-ride established procedures, install controversial appointees, enact divisive mandates, and assert a dictatorial form of power.
·         Never has there been a leader of this great land who used such tactics to harm and hurt the people and this country.
·         Never have we had a President who spoke with a caustic, evil tongue against the citizenry rather than present himself as a soothing, calming and trustworthy force.
·         Never, in this country, have we experienced how much stress one man can cause a nation of people - on a daily basis!
Obama has promoted the degeneration of peace, civility, and quality of cooperation between us. He thrives on divisiveness, dividing and tearing us down rather than building us up. He is the Architect of the decline of America, and the epitome of a Demagogue.

© Maureen S
 
 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Truth and Fiction - Can Technology Help First Americans Break Free from Stereotype and be Heard? - Lisa Cooper

 
In America today, the general imagery and perception of the Native American has changed very little. In a recent TED talk, Nancy Marie Mithlo drew our attention to the fact that this fictitious imagery of the Native American still has a firm hold on American perceptions. She labeled these perceptions the ‘Americana Indian’, to distinguish between these false images and portrayals and the reality of the modern day Native American. Such perceptions undoubted continue to cause problems for the community, but in recent years, with the advent and ease of access to the internet and mobile communications, could embracing the use of technology play a fundamental part in helping Native American communities join their voices and be heard, and thus go some way towards breaking down and laying to rest such archaic and stereotypical images from the American psyche?

Current Trends in American Technology Use
In general, technology use around the world has vastly increased in the last few years or so, and that trend is set to continue, especially in the US. With the recent advent of mobile tablets and ipads, there are predictions that these devices in particular will be increasing in use, with around 44% of homes owning a tablet device of some description currently. This has increased by about 1% in two years. Further more, consumers in America are becoming more tech savvy, and with a number of new devices and upcoming tech having being showcased earlier this year in Las Vegas, the market looks to be going from strength to strength. This is all well and good, but how do Native Americans fit into this picture? There is no doubt of the benefits being able to access mobile technology and the internet can have when it comes to organization and communication between communities, but there are still a number of barriers in the way for First Americans, especially those in the more rural areas of the country or on reservations.

The Barriers to Access
In 2009, it was estimated that around 39% of rural or reservation based Native Americans had access to a telephone line, compared with 94% in urban areas. A detailed paper on the divide in technology and access to it studies this issue more closely, and also that of maintaining the preservation of Native American culture and lands while attempting to bridge this divide. Infrastructure then, is one problem. Another is financial. Many Native American communities are on or below the poverty line. This makes saving and meeting everyday needs difficult enough - the added cost of a tablet or smartphone is likely to be well out of reach for many. Most tablets, for example retail at around the $200 mark for the cheaper varieties. Supposing this is affordable, there are still additional services that are often necessary for such devices, such as financial protection in the event of theft or damage, and so on. That said, the prices of these devices will steadily drop as newer models are released, meaning that the playing field will be leveled somewhat as technology continues to develop.

Accessibility for the Future?
Interestingly, back in 1994, Congress commissioned a study on the use of technology by Native Americans, and how this could impact the strength and reach of communities and activists. The study found that many official Native American bodies and communities were quick to embrace the internet especially, along with mobile communications as a whole, and the proposed measures to enable this empowerment to continue. Many communities are still waiting for this empowerment. The main problem is still the disparity in service for native Americans, especially broadband services. A study from 2009 shows there is a huge gap in access for many communities, especially those on reservations. As mentioned, this is in part due to logistics of phone lines, but also the cost. Again, for many poorer communities, this will be a luxury that is simply not attainable. The internet has shown that time and time again voices can be heard around the world and draw attention to injustice or issues that communities face. Provided Native American communities can find ways to overcome the current obstacles placed in front of them when it comes to technology access, then more attention can be drawn to these problems. That said, and perhaps ironically, more widespread access may be required to draw further attention to the eligibility problem in the first place. Either way, technology can only be of benefit to Native American communities in the long run, and that's what makes access to it so fundamental.