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Friday, October 31, 2014

I voted today, early voting on 10.31.14

It was a smooth process!  I asked Google, “Where do I vote today” – it responded with the address of Marsh Lane Baptist Church on Royal at Marsh Ln, that is where I went.

Had a nice conversation with the folks in the line and inside the voting room, I sought permission from the precinct Judge to take pictures and here are a few.  It was all efficient… within a few minutes it was all done.

Outside the building,   I talked to people if they went straight party line or chose the individuals – the answer was pleasant – all the 14 people responded that they chose to vote individually.  That’s how it should be, voting for the individual and that takes time to go through the entire list, if you chose party, it is just one single click.  I hope it is a trend!  How did you vote?

Among the biggies, I voted Wendy, Alameel – democrats and Marchant – a Republican and then for the state representative and senator I went with Democrats but among judges, went with the Republicans I knew, others went democrat. I was surprised with a page full of names of only Democrat judges on the ballot without contest; the same was with Republican judges on some pages.  That easy?
I have always shared who I voted. We don’t need to play games to be politically correct, you are who you are, and I am who I am and we need to learn to accept each other. If someone does not like you for the way you voted, and don’t want to be friends, their friendship was shallow anyway, and I say good riddance.

Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, food and foreign policy. He is commentator on Fox News and syndicated Talk Radio shows and a writer at major news papers including Dallas Morning News and Huffington Post.  All about him is listed in several links at and his writings are at and 10 other blogs. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Republican no more, going independent

It was written on 10/30/2014

Republican No More

It is one of the most difficult decisions of my life to quit being a Republican. The more people I talk to, the more confident I feel that the GOP has completely lost the anchor values it was built upon and the extremists have crept in and ruined it beyond repair.   I have written over a hundred pieces about this, and all of them are listed in the links at and

Finally, I have chosen to go independent. I am an American, and my loyalty is to America, and not the party. I am not a Republican anymore,  nor will I be a Democrat. There are enough independents out there who choose the candidates based on the good they can do for America, all of America and not just a segment of America, I would rather be free than bounded by party politics.  
Why did I choose to go independent?

I have been debating about remaining with Republican party ever since Bush and his cronies lied to the American Public about WMD, sacrificed over 5000 American men and women for no good reason,   and in the process terrorized and killed nearly half a million innocent Iraqi’s and Afghans.

If an individual wraps bombs to his waist and kills a busload of people, we rightfully call him a terrorist; however, if a head of a Democratic nation wraps missiles on our jets and bombs hundreds of thousands of people, we let him hide behind the word “war”, as if it makes him less of a terrorist." 

The debates in mid-term 2006 elections and again in 2008 were shameful.  There was no Republican in the forefront who would talk about peace – everyone was eager to bomb and terrorize others; it was sickening to hear McCain, Romney and the other insignificant men and women in the Presidential debates. They wanted Americans to support them based on hating and harming someone or the other, it was demoralizing to hear them all.  How can we fall for such stupidity? Have we lost our ability to see through the destruction they were causing to America?

Millions of Americans lost their jobs causing thousands of divorces, home, and business foreclosures, people lost insurance and several died for lack of it. Half a million innocent foreigners were massacred for no good reason, and thousands of women were put on the street to sell flesh.  Thanks to the immorality caused by our president.  The Middle East was a pretty stable region except for the Israel Palestine conflict – the Bush invasion gave birth to every damned conflict and the evil we see in the ISIS.

The Nation had a surplus when Clinton left, and in 8 years Bush screwed America by piling up $10 Trillion in the budget deficit.  Yuck, there was no accountability for the wrongdoing.

I shudder at the thought of Romney Presidency, he was too eager to Bomb Iran, too anxious to please his buddies Netanyahu and McCain. Of course, he had nothing to lose and does not give a flip about the 47% of the Americans. He would have completed the destruction of America that Bush had left unfinished.  There would have been massive unemployment, divorces, home and business foreclosures, increased crime rate and an unbearable budget deficit.

Yet there was no significant dissent among Republicans, what do I take – that Republicans are war, mongers? They are a bunch of gutless obedient conformists, and I am not, and don’t belong there.

I was sick of being a lone ranger in peace meetings, interfaith meetings, and other community service meetings, peace talks are anathema to the Republicans and rarely do you find them in peace meetings.

They don’t know nothing about biology or mathematics or polls and have made the dumbest remarks about these issues.

They are opposed to same-sex marriages – opposed to women making their own decisions about abortion. Do they know the meaning of liberty? I mean the hotheads representing the party, and not the good for nothing conformists.

The turning point was when Republicans voted against equal pay for women. That was gutsy, and I hope the women will remember that.

They claim to stick to the constitution which is the biggest joke of the century and goes to prove their hypocrisy. Facebook is loaded with their bigotry- check out the postings of Republicans undermining the president indiscreet language.

This week, they are showing their loyalty to a foreign leader over our president, that is disgustingly unpatriotic. Shame on them.

This president has pulled the nation from the doldrums, despite the blatant opposition of Mitch McConnell and ugly acts of Ted Cruz and his racist father, blatantly going against him by declaring that he will oppose every bill Obama proposes and shutting down the government. Did any of the Republicans question that racist father Cruz who wanted to send Obama to Kenya; did anyone tell him to go to Cuba instead? Shame on us to give a pass to these radicals.

Thank God for Obama, gas prices are down and the average service person can afford to pay for a tank full of Gas. Unemployment will be low and by the time Obama is done he would have fully restored the economic prosperity that Americans enjoyed during the Clinton era, to be continued by another Clinton.   Obama will also leave a legacy of updated roads and bridges to last for two more decades.

We have to be open to immigration; this nation was built on immigrants. Sometimes the stinky Republican attitudes ( if the majority of Republicans did not approve that attitude, they did not condemn it either) and demonstrators at the border makes me wish, that the Native Americans had put an electric fence around America to prevent Columbus and his hordes from illegally entering America.

Most of the mistakes made by our government are when the house, senate, and the administration are all from the same party.  If we can wise up for the sake of America, and give the Senate to Democrats and house to Republicans, but not give them big majorities, the SOB’s will become arrogant.  Let them fight over the bills, debate extensively than slam dunk with a majority or go against each other. In the end, they will make good decisions for America with the checks and balances we build, it is in our hands.

Finally, I have chosen to go independent. I am an American, and my loyalty is to America, and not the party. I am neither a Republican nor will be a Democrat. There are enough independents out there who choose the candidates based on the good they can do for America, all of America and not just a segment of America, I would rather be free than bounded by party politics.

References, links to my articles on Obama, Romney, and some of the many stupid things

Republicans have said will all be at  and

More below


  • “I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you… rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.” Rick Santorum
  • "Some girls rape easy.”  Roger Rivard
  • “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down” Todd Akin
  • "As president, I will create 12 million new jobs.” –and within 45 minutes he said this, ”Government does not create jobs. The government does not create jobs.” – Mitt Romney 
  • “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency,” according to an audio recording of his comments provided to CNN. […]” Lindsey Graham,
  • “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” ~ George W. Bush
  • “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann
  • ”Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
  • “I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.” ~ Mitt Romney
  •  ”The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” ~ Pat Robertson ( do you remember a similar statement from a Saudi Cleric? He thought if women drive, they would become Lesbians - How stupid are these guys!
  •   “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” ~ George W. Bush
  •  “Abortion Leads To Cancer, Birth Defects, And Everything  Else” – Richard Burgess
  • Evolution Is (Still) Out To Get Jesus” – Marco Rubio
  • “Good Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.” ~ Jerry Falwell
  • “How did [the Holocaust] happen? Because God allowed it to happen… because God said, ‘My top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.’ Hagee
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  • Quiz- How Republican or Democrat are you?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Warning to Terrorists - the BIG red poster

The acronyms SOB, AH, BS and others are certainly uncouth, but they effectively communicate a purposeful message, hence I made that choice.  The Warning poster to Terrorist is a double edged sword and is at the bottom - the big red poster.

The following comments have been received against the poster below. 

  1. sometimes your brain goes on strike I guess”,
  2. “Don’t jeopardize”
  3. “Who gave you the authority to represent Muslims?”
  4.  “Not appropriate and safe for you in today's hostile environment.”
  5.  “this is a mindless drivel”
  6. “You are not qualified to speak for Islam”
  7.  “Do you think your severe warning will have any darn effect on these fanatics”
  8. I second it”
  9. “it is appropriate response”.

In a learning environment, good thoughts and concrete ideas are developed with criticism and feedback; here is why this kind of response is needed. 

  1. Don't bark at the religion for the acts of bad guys. Punishment is set for bad acts, to restore the trust in a given society. When a Rapist is running around in a neighborhood, everyone is apprehensive, but when the guy is caught and nailed, peace of mind is restored in the neighborhood. Instead of catching the guy, if we blame his raising, his family, his religion, his race or nation, and his imam, rabbi, pastor or pundit – we will not restore peace. I intend to aggressively communicate this idea, the right idea, and intend to speak at various law enforcement agencies as well as religious institutions.  
  2. The criminal ought to know that he will be punished; we will not allow the poor alibi of religion, not at all. The Law enforcement and the media people also need to get this in their heads, the purpose of investigations and chasing the bad guys is to restore trust and not to aggravate by barking at a non-entity like Religion. The more you bark at criminal’s religion, race or ethnicity, the worse it gets. You cannot shoot, kill, hang, beat or bury the religion, then why bark at it?
  3. 72 Virgins are promised. Both the terrorists and the communicators of the problem (Media and Politicians) to the world at large have gotten it wrong. The poor guy needs to be outraged at the recruiters that he was duped, and there are no 72 virgins waiting for him, instead the SOB will rot in Jail if we Americans get him, or killed mercilessly if he is caught by the opposite party. No Geneva conventions will be observed by either the terrorist or his chasers.  The Media needs to stop the BS of propagating the falsity with nothing to back up in the Qur'an. 
  4. Both the criminal and the law enforcement (coupled with the media and politicians) must be aware that it is the Sin, and not the sinner we are after. The clarity should prevent us from being unjust.  We should not be abusive in disciplining or punishing the wrong doer. As a civil society, we cannot become the very evil we want to eradicate. 
  5. We should seek the criminal to lead us to the source of recruiting material and the recruiters by mitigating his punishment. 
  6. The Challenge to “read the right translation/interpretation” of Qur'an applies to both the criminal and the law enforcement. I am certain, the criminal will become a genuine repenter, and the law enforcement will not buy or propagate the dished out non-sense in the market or bark irrelevantly.

This is the right time to forge peace to the society in general, and American society in particular by boldly and loudly getting people to get the message, and i.e.,

I am being assertive, never has any Muslim or other communicated this so clearly and it is time we do that, thank God for the opportunities he has blessed us with to find solutions.   If I don't, no one will speak, and I sincerely hope many of us to speak up, do it on your own or join me.

It is time we separate the evil from good.

Bottom line is to free Islam and Muslims from the stupid stereotyping, and focus on punishing the bad guys and restoring trust in the society. 

You SOB, you are the damned murderer, you messed up the peace, and your ass will nailed big time. 

Don’t give me the BS about your job, childhood, parents, kids, siblings, spouse, imam, rabbi, pastor or the pundit. You did it and you'll pay for it.

I am not stupid to buy in your argument that your religion made you do that, and then bark at the religion endlessly. AH, you are the bad guy and you are going to pay for it. I am here to restore justice in the society and not be detracted and scream at your religion like a stupid ass. I can hang you, shoot you, bury you and beat you up to restore justice and trust in the society, and that is my goal

 Note: Mr. Terrorist, I don't condemn you, it is your sin I condemn. If you claim to be a Muslim, just remember, those guys who recruited you, and cheated you with  false promises of Hoories and virgins in paradise were dead wrong. There is no such thing nor is it mentioned in Qur'an, instead you will rot in jail for life. Would you turn in your recruiters for cheating you? Would you read the correct translations of Qur'an, we might minimize your sentence? 

This should be the attitude of Law enforcement
Authorized by Mike Ghouse, World Muslim Congress.

Thank you


Mike Ghouse

(214) 325-1916 text/talk  
Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, food and foreign policy. He is commentator on Fox News and syndicated Talk Radio shows and a writer at major news papers including Dallas Morning News and Huffington Post.  All about him is listed in several links at and his writings are at and 10 other blogs. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Republicans V Democrats

Liberals contribution to America

Conservatives v. Progressives

First of all, it really should be Conservatives V. Progressives.  Indeed, they are two forces that pull and push the society to stay put or move forward. Yester year’s progressives are today’s conservatives.  In social terms, it means the acceptance of un-married couples “living together” by an average conservative was a liberal idea 50 years ago, and 10 years from now acceptance of GLBT community without reluctance would be a conservative ideal.  

Both are essential to maintain a continuous equilibrium in a given society.  |

If conservatives had won the full battle – we would still be thinking the world would be flat; we would not have allowed modern medicine to save lives; we would not have allowed newer delicious foods that we enjoy today or even allowed the movies to flourish and would have lived in caves.  

On the other hand if Liberals had won the full battle – we would have fallen out of the orbit of the earth; individualism (me, me and me) would have taken over to the detriment of family, community and societies;  and we would have had a society that goes nuts with no regulations.

Neither of them will ever win the full battle, there is always going to be a give and take to accommodate the overwhelming majority of moderates, who see the value in both conservatism and progressivism.

What has been short in supply is the voice of moderates and the peace makers.

I have chosen to be a passionate moderate, who would assert the values that work for all of us; the conservatives, progressives and the rest of us, who make up 90% of the society, any society. Where do you stand?

Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, food and foreign policy. All about him is listed in several links at and his writings are at and 10 other blogs. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Should I remain a Republican?

This is has been one of most difficult decisions for me. I was hoping to find anchors to hang on to the Republican Party – it is a good party, but sadly taken over by extremists. I did not take the time to become active in the party machinery to make a point and do my share of work in fixing the rogue elements or at least speak out against the bad guys and go on the record.

I have been a Republican since 1984, but since 2006, I have not heard any republican who can talk peace, all they want to do is bomb, kill and destroy – they are not builders anymore. They always hate someone or the other. You rarely find them in interfaith gathering… or peace meetings. They have voted against equal pay for women – and how can women vote for these guys? They are anti-many things… is there a hope that we will have some sensible guy among them to lead?

I am the kind who believes in freedom of speech, you mind your own business, let me mind my own, but let's be responsible for keeping the societal balance in tact, I believe in responsible capitalism, where we do not take advantage of things for our gains at the cost of others and the environment. Let me not be a pain in the butt for you, nor should you be one to me. I am against Republican prejudices towards others.

Can a Republican share what is good about the current GOP? I have written over two dozen pieces how good it “was” or “is” in theory, but is it good and practical now? Is the party in sync with the public sentiment of inclusiveness?

Mike Ghouse

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Are Republicans really conservative?

Are Republicans conservative?

Thanks to the Supreme Court for upholding women's rights

Thanks to the SC for upholding the rights of women to make their personal health care decision with the guidance from family and Doctors. Government has no Goddamn business in interfering in personal liberties, the SC is the only hope for America and it has usually supported the conservative values of liberty and one's right to eat, wear and believe whatever the hell one wants to, as long as he or she does not mess others' space, food and loved ones..

Conservatism is about holding on dearly to the values enshrined in our constitution - that of liberty and justice for all. Many a Republicans pose themselves as conservatives, but are hell bent on restricting freedom of women, freedom of speech (even Hannity) against equal pay for women, they are against freedom of religion, against glbt communities right to marry each other, and liberty of Citizens, they are against abortion even in the case of incest and rape.
Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, food and foreign policy. All about him is listed in several links at and his writings are at and 10 other blogs. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rolling Stones | Obama, one of the most successful Presidents

Once again, as a nation, we need to be rational, and acknowledge the greateness of our President and not cheapen ourselves because we are Republican, or something else. Let's be honest and give credit to the man.

Mike Ghouse

President Obama graces the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

In the mag, Nobel Prize- winning economist Paul Krugman wrote an amazing piece in defense of President Obama’s presidency.

Mainstream media is often quick to point out President Obama’s perceived failures during his tenure, so it’s refreshing to see a publication highlight his many accomplishments — especially because President Obama’s approval rating is currently the lowest it’s ever been (according to CNBC).

Krugman declares President Obama as one of the “one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history” and acknowledges the harsh and often unfair criticism he endures.
Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history. His health reform is imperfect but still a huge step forward – and it’s working better than anyone expected. Financial reform fell far short of what should have happened, but it’s much more effective than you’d think. Economic management has been half-crippled by Republican obstruction, but has nonetheless been much better than in other advanced countries. And environmental policy is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.

I’ll go through those achievements shortly. First, however, let’s take a moment to talk about the current wave of Obama-bashing. All Obama-bashing can be divided into three types. One, a constant of his time in office, is the onslaught from the right, which has never stopped portraying him as an Islamic atheist Marxist Kenyan. Nothing has changed on that front, and nothing will.
There’s a different story on the left, where you now find a significant number of critics decrying Obama as, to quote Cornel West, someone who ”posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.” They’re outraged that Wall Street hasn’t been punished, that income inequality remains so high, that ”neoliberal” economic policies are still in place. All of this seems to rest on the belief that if only Obama had put his eloquence behind a radical economic agenda, he could somehow have gotten that agenda past all the political barriers that have con- strained even his much more modest efforts. It’s hard to take such claims seriously.

Finally, there’s the constant belittling of Obama from mainstream pundits and talking heads. Turn on cable news (although I wouldn’t advise it) and you’ll hear endless talk about a rudderless, stalled administration, maybe even about a failed presidency. Such talk is often buttressed by polls showing that Obama does, indeed, have an approval rating that is very low by historical standards.

But this bashing is misguided even in its own terms – and in any case, it’s focused on the wrong thing.

As far as that low approval rating is concerned, Krugman attributes most of it to the President’s accomplishments and efforts towards the betterment of the American people.

Yes, Obama has a low approval rating compared with earlier presidents. But there are a number of reasons to believe that presidential approval doesn’t mean the same thing that it used to: There is much more party-sorting (in which Republicans never, ever have a good word for a Democratic president, and vice versa), the public is negative on politicians in general, and so on. Obviously the midterm election hasn’t happened yet, but in a year when Republicans have a huge structural advantage – Democrats are defending a disproportionate number of Senate seats in deep-red states – most analyses suggest that control of the Senate is in doubt, with Democrats doing considerably better than they were supposed to. This isn’t what you’d expect to see if a failing president were dragging his party down.

More important, however, polls – or even elections – are not the measure of a president. High office shouldn’t be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better. Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.

Paul goes on to discuss President Obama’s impact on the economy, healthcare reform, national security, financial reform, and the environment. It’s a lengthy read, but it really helps shift things into perspective.
[via The YBF]

Friday, October 10, 2014

President Obama Is The Best Economic President In Modern Times

My fellow Republicans are irrational people, their dishonesty will prevent them from giving credit to the president - which is giving credit to Americans who have jobs and doing well. Shame on them.
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mage Credit:
A new economic report, published by on September 6, 2014, clearly shows that President Obama is the best economic president in modern times. It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact, based on all of typical the economic indicators, including jobs, investments, growth and expansion, even the rate of inflation. In all of these areas President Obama’s record outperforms that of every other modern president, including conservative idol, Ronald Reagan.

Under President Obama’s leadership, the unemployment rate has now decreased to 6.1 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2007, when the economy began gushing jobs under the failed leadership of then president George W. Bush.

Typically, republicans have tried to detract from the president’s accomplishments. When it comes to the falling unemployment rate, they claim that it is somehow related to large numbers of people just dropping out of the workforce. This would almost be believable if the economy wasn’t creating new jobs at a rate that coincides perfectly with the falling employment rate, but it is. There have been six consecutive months with more than 200,000 new jobs created, with only a slight dip in that number in August. Additionally, there have been 63 straight months of economic expansion and more than two solid years of manufacturing expansion.
In order to satisfy Obama’s conservative critics, Forbes compared the economy under President Obama to that of Ronald Reagan, who the GOP often touts as the best economic president of our times. It’s no surprise to discover that even with many additional obstacles in his path, Forbes concluded that:
“President Obama’s administration has outperformed President Reagan’s in all commonly watched categories.”
In order to complete the analysis, Forbes interviewed Bob Deitrick, CEO of Polaris Financial Partners. The company’s newsletter is reported to be one of the most reliable authorities on economic performance in the country. Here’s what Deitrick had to say about President Obama’s job creation record, when compared to that of President Reagan.
“President Reagan has long been considered the best modern economic President. So we compared his performance dealing with the oil-induced recession of the 1980s with that of President Obama and his performance during this ‘Great Recession.’
As this unemployment chart shows, President Obama’s job creation kept unemployment from peaking at as high a level as President Reagan, and promoted people into the workforce faster than President Reagan.
President Obama has achieved a 6.1% unemployment rate in his 6th year, fully one year faster than President Reagan did. At this point in his presidency, President Reagan was still struggling with 7.1% unemployment, and he did not reach into the mid-low 6% range for another full year. So, despite today’s number, the Obama administration has still done considerably better at job creating and reducing unemployment than did the Reagan administration.
We forecast unemployment will fall to around 5.4% by summer, 2015. A rate President Reagan was unable to achieve during his two terms.”
According to Forbes, this is not only the best private sector job growth in modern history:
“This is the best private sector jobs creation performance in American History.”
Deitrick also made it clear that President Obama has not achieved this reduction in unemployment because of a shrinking workforce, but in spite of it.
“What’s now clear is that the Obama administration policies have outperformed the Reagan administration policies for job creation and unemployment reduction. Even though Reagan had the benefit of a growing Boomer class to ignite economic growth, while Obama has been forced to deal with a retiring workforce developing special needs. During the 8 years preceding Obama there was a net reduction in jobs in America. We now are rapidly moving toward higher, sustainable jobs growth.”
As a final note, President Obama has managed to outperform Ronald Reagan in all of these areas, while at the same time, reducing the national debt. On the other hand, Reagan greatly expanded the debt, and still failed to achieve in eight years, what President Obama has achieved in only six.