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What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Our Problems Lie in Our History

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:16:00 +0000

We share a 21st Century spirit;
veiled by 17th Century priests
We have a 21st Century dollar
in the claws of 18th Century beasts
We are a 21st Century people
drawn into 19th Century lines
(How we) gonna tackle 21st Century troubles
with those 20th Century minds.

A Lot of Things I Did Not Build On My Own

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:20:00 +0000

President Obama reminded us all last week that it takes a village to raise a business. "You didn't build that" became an immediate rallying cry for his opponent. The President intimated that we all need some government and there is truthiness in his tenet. Government is like salt, without it, things can go bad pretty quick; but too much ruins the whole dish.  Everyone else can argue over the recipe and how much governemnt we need or like. I would just like to go on record as admitting that there are a lot of things that I did not build.

I did not build the I-35W bridge that collapesed in Minneapolis back in 2007.
I did not build the levees in New Orleans.
I did not build the stock market bubble in the 80s.
I did not build the dot com bubble of the 90s.
I did not build the housing bubble of the 2000s.
I did not build the asset bubble that follwed.
I did not build the banks too big.
I did not build a war on drugs.
I did not build the war on the middle class.
I did not build a worhtless solar panel company just to steal tens of millions of dollars from Americans.
I did not "build" Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, or Operation Fast and Furious.
I did not build a system that tripled my health insurance premiums in 5 years while trying to save me from the doubling of my healthcare costs over 10 years.

While our President can take some time to slap Uncle Sam on the back for building our interstate highways; keep in mind those highways and bridges are 60 or 70 years old.  Many are in disrepair and unsafe--as are hundreds of the nation's levees.

President Obama menitoned the internet and how the government helped give rise to the world wide web. The internet seems new--at least to the old farts in power. Yes, the defense department, through it's advanced research projects division, encouraged and built ARPANET; which led, kind of, to today's internet. That was 40 years ago.

It should not be a crime to admit that we need each other; at least a little now and then. Even the presidential challenger, Gov. W. Mitt Romney, needs others. Heck, he needs a whole team of accountants just to do his taxes. (and another team to sit on them)  Nor does it turn a person into some right-wing zealot to point out that many times government makes things worse or creates entirely new problems when our dear uncle sees a crisis he can't let go to waste.  Take healthcare (please !), where Uncle Sam warned me that if he didn't do anything my costs would double in 10 years--which is not that far above the real inflation rate anyway.  The big health insurers "donate" their "contributions" to Congress, Congress passes a law requiring everyone to buy health insurance; and my monthly premium nearly triples in 4 years.  Thank heavens Congress saved me from 7% inflation by sucking tens of millions of dollars in bribe money form my health insurer, so my health insurer could triple my price in 4 years. 

Uncle Sam has baked up some good stuff over the years; but lately his recipes all seem a bit salty.

The Quantum Mechanics of Heaven

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 15:17:00 +0000

is the Universe is Consciousness.
We are creatures of time.
There are no things, only tendencies,
entanglements and frequencies.
What you feel, you will find.
Choose your world; I'll choose mine.

I Changed My Name to Gulfstream

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 12:02:00 +0000

If I changed my name to Gulfstream
Would my congressman hear me?
I stopped by his office,
But he won’t see you for free.
Then I tried to dial him on the phone
But, he wouldn’t take my call.
So I changed my name to Gulfstream and fooled ‘em all.

My name is Gulfstream Boeing Carlyle,
Have you met my sons?
My eldest, here, is Exxon-Mobile
And him we just call Guns
My youngest standing over there is
Morgan-Stanly Blackstone Chase and
little Lockheed Northrop Grumman's
bought his first congressman at eight.
My girls Sallie and Fannie Mae--well
---they can bend your ear
But since I changed my name to Gulfstream
Can’t keep Congress out of here.
Since I changed my name to Gulfstream
Can’t keep Congress out of here.

Politicians at my beck and call
they vote just how I say.
I tell them pass that bill tomorrow,
and they say "How about today?"
I go to all their fancy parties,
man I've had myself a ball
Since I changed my name to Gulfstream I fooled 'em all.

Oh, there it is

Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:45:00 +0000

Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,”

This, of course, leads to the inevitable question......How high was this guy when he stashed his weed?

2,700 years to find it? Damn, that's a good hiding spot. The story says they found 789 grams. I did the math. That's almost 2 pounds of reefer. You know that guy was pissed for a long, long time.

"Sonofabich, where did I put my big bag of weed?????"

Actually they say it was a giant stash that was buried next to a caucasion man, a shaman or maybe a guru Which only goes to prove how racist things are. I mean, here's a white guy with two pounds of marijuana, and it takes the authorities how long to find him? 2,700 years !

Pity the Fool

Thu, 01 May 2008 17:15:00 +0000

My best friend asked me to explain the democratic party nominating disaster. I tried but she said it was taking too long, and to sum it up. Here is a story from the AP by NEDRA PICKLER about a party leader switching sides to Obama. Towards the end of the piece, we find a pretty good rundown of the DNC's "process"Obama now trails her by just 16 superdelegates, 247-263. This week, he picked up 11 superdelegates, including three add-on delegates named by the Illinois Democratic Party, while she netted three.Superdelegates are nearly 800 elected leaders and Democratic Partyofficials who aren't bound by the outcome of state contests and can cast their ballot for any candidate at the national convention. They are especially valuable in this race since neither Clinton nor Obama can win enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination through state-by-state elections.Obama now leads in the delegate count overall 1735.5 to 1597.5 forClinton. A candidate needs 2,025 delegates to win the nomination. About 230 superdelegates remain undecided, and about 60 more will be selected at state party conventions and meetings throughout the spring. Other party leaders are encouraging superdelegates to pick a side by late June to prevent the fight from going to the national convention in August.Don't feel bad if it still sounds ridiculous. It is ridiculous. But it is even more pathetic than it is ridiculous. Further it should be noted that this onus on the position of the Superdelegates was created by the Superdelegates themselves, when they designed the system of apportioning the plain delegates in each state rather than a winner take all plan. You know, a winner take all vote, like the Electoral Votes in the actual Presidentail election? The problem with a system like that, is that there is less chance for a tight race. Sure the 2000 election was super close and there have been a few like that over our 200+ years but for the most part, our Presidential elections have been fairly decisive and conclusive. We have the idea of the Electoral College and the Electoral votes to thank for that.Can you imagine if the President was elected the way the Democrats are trying to decide their candidate? How does the concept of a Presidential Superdelegate sound to you? You know, someone who is smarter than you and can make these big decisions better than you. Sounds like a nightmare to me.Could a Party be more condescending, down to its very core? My God, the Democratic leaders freely admit that the idea of the Superdelegate is a brilliant plan. They defend it openly; because they fear and freely admit that if left to a simple vote, their children, the people who consider themselves Democrats, the followers of Dean and Co., might choose a circuis clown or a comdedian as the candidate.THEY THINK YOU ARE STUPID / THEY THINK YOU ARE STUPID / THEY THINK YOU ARE STUPID They think you are an idiot and they are willing to stand up in front of God and everybody and say it outloud. You almost have to admire their gall, and pity those so feeble as to follow these leaders. [...]

In a Better World

Wed, 30 Apr 2008 03:29:00 +0000

Think back, about a decade ago; President Bill Clinton is enduring the impeachment hearings, lying under oath--but just about sex, and introducing the world to the new term "presidue". The same Democratic Party could have taken the high road and booted their wayward dress-stainer in chief from office.

Republicans would have cheered and pranced a dandy prance, but Independents would have been very impressed with the Democrats, and guess who would have been our President for about a year? Yup, Al Gore. Now imagine, if you can, America gets the chance to see what a President Gore could do, and come the election in 2000, we would have been able to make a more informed decision. Maybe Gore would have been a disaster as President, maybe he would have been incredible; but either way we would have had a larger body of work with which to judge the then incumbant President Al Gore. Whether you believe he is a genius or just another grunt serving the planetary masters, the outcome in 2000 would have been anything but the tie that it was, and America would have been better for it.

Maybe Gore still would have lost in 2000. Maybe he wouldn't have picked Lieberman as his Veep following Clinton's impeachment and removal. but if he does a Democratic Ticket of Lieberman / Obama sound about right now? Remember, Lieberman would be running as the "incumbant" following 16 dreamy years of Democratic Presidents. Maybe Gore would have won 2000 and lost to either W. Bush or McCain in 2004. Or maybe he would have beaten them both and now who would the Republicans have left to run?

The Democrats are still wearing the stain from the Clinton years. Their inability to elevate the Office of President and the Character of the Nation above their thirst for power and the immediate desires of their party cost us all; in unimaginable, and sometimes-like this little day dream "fun-imaginable" ways. But the Democrats stuck with President Bill Clinton and now they are stuck with his wife.

Hillary Clinches Democratic Nomination

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 17:31:00 +0000

Party time in Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton completed her sweep of large states last night. Putting the grand prize of 158 delegates from the Keystone State into her win column. Coming on the heels of victories in Ohio, Texas, California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the big double digit win in this key battle ground state pushed the Senator from New York over the top. She now has 1745 delegates, well over 100 more than the 1628 needed to win her party's nomination; and almost 500 more than her rival Senator Barack Obama.Hillary took advantage of the remake of the Democratic primary. She designed her campaign to showcase her strength in November against the Republicans. Hillary focused her campaign on the large, battle ground states, like Ohio, and Florida; two states which decided the last two presidential elections. She went "all in" in the big states a Democrat must win this November, and won 8 out of 9 states with more than 90 delegates. losing only Senator Obama's home state of Illinois.After Super Tuesday she held a commanding lead in delegates over Senator Obama, but she cautioned that the immediate road ahead was full of small assured victories for her opponent. Sure enough Senator Obama made a game of the race, pulling within a dozen or so delegates with victories in fairly large states like Wisconsin, Maryland and Virginia coupled with numerous wins in smaller states. But Senator Clinton's strong wins in Ohio and Texas broke Obama's momentum, gave her separation and got her close. Last night, Pennsylvania put her over the top. Howard Dean, head of the Democrat Party, called Senator Clinton and congratulated her on a strong campaign and assured her the the entire party would be ready, come the fall, to back her one hundred percent against John "McCheney". Dean should be remembered as the man who saved the Democrats from themselves. Presiding over what could have been a maelstrom of discord in his party the last year, Howard Dean, showed courage and wisdom when he struck down the party's rules of apportioning delegates in each state in favor of the winner take all standard that holds sway in November. Last fall, Dean argued successfully that the primary should reflect the general election, so that their party would be assured of having a winning candidate in the onrushing November contest."Have we learned nothing from the last two Presidential elections?" Dean asked the Demorcratic luminaries in 2007. "We need a system that assuers we will win the Electoral College. The future of this country is too important to continue making the same mistakes as we did in 2000 and 2004. The popular vote? We should win that easily, but we must be sure we win the necessary Electoral votes. Changing our method of delegate allocation to a system that better reflects the general election and the Electoral landscape will mean we field the best candidate for the race we must win."Dean also bruised a lot of egos, almost 800, among the elite Democrats this January when he eliminated the position of "Super Delegate" at the convention. "The very idea of a super delegate goes against everything this country and this party stand for. To think one should have as much say as tens of thousands of voters is simply egotistical at the least, and tyranical in the end. We shall have a vote, everyone who wishes to vote will get one vote, we will count the votes and the winner will beat the Republican in November." With that Dean launched himself into the stratosphere of his party's history.The Democrats tried once again to sabatoge themselves when many in the party wanted to penalize Michigan and Florida for moving their primaries in front of the big Super Tuesday show-down. Dean held party elders at bay for months and then, with whisps of white smoke, following the voting on Super Tuesday, Dean stepped in and brokered a deal,[...]

No Slave to the Big Red Phone

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 14:39:00 +0000

It's 3 a.m. and at The White House, the big red phone is ringing.

As President I would refuse to be a slave to the Big Red Phone. When I am President, I'll just let the damn machine pick up:

Hello, you’ve reached The White House. Please listen to the following menu and make your selection. Please listen carefully, as some of our options have changed.

If you are calling because Bill Clinton gave you this number and told you this was the special “Presidential Booty Line”, press 1.

If you are a global terrorist or with a major terrorist organization and prepared to launch an attack against America or American interests, please press 2 and leave your threat, demand, or bitch at the tone.

If you are a Conspiracy Theorist or believe Dick Cheney remotely piloted the jets on 9-11, You can press 3 if you want to, but we already know who you are and now that you’ve been on the line long enough for us to trace the call, we know where you are too.

If you are a co-dependent, religious fanatic, bent on returning the world to some mythical glory day when your fairy tale ruled the known world, get your imam’s permission, before pressing 4.

If you are a schizophrenic, religious zealot bent on facilitating the return of your messiah, listen closely and a little voice will tell you which number to press.

If you are calling to bitch about illegal wire tapping by federal authorities it will not be necessary to leave a message as we have already logged your complaint, and all other comments from your cell phone conversations. You may press 5 repeatedly. It will not route your call anywhere, but it may make you feel a little better.

If you are a Congressional Paige and are cornered in the men’s room by one or more current members of the House or Senate, press 6 and keep your hands and feet inside your stall at all times. Hang tight, help is on the way.

Please press 7 if you thought you were a schizophrenic religious zealot, but your messiah has not yet told you which button to press.

If you are with a corporation, or foundation seeking to change American policy through lobbying efforts, press 8 and you can use our automated system to make your donation to democracy. The President will call you back once your donations have reached the "Platinum Patriot" level.

If this is China, press 9, we'll call you back immediately.

Simple Math

Mon, 21 Apr 2008 02:42:00 +0000

"Will I make a difference?""

The truth is that every one makes a difference. Scientists, activists, capitalists and communists. Every suicide bomber, every person who was killed by a suicide bomber; a drunken, abusive parent; an absent parent who was just too self centered to place their child's needs ahead of their own; each and every one of them made as much of a difference as Einstein, Oppenheimer, or any person who you care to name.

Sure the great scientists and thinkers have advanced our species, and built some pretty neat things. However, the true costs of the negative individual’s actions, our collective neglect, the price paid by humankind, by the planet, by each of us are incalculable. Who can know what the victims of the road side blast would have accomplished. Which of us could say the child who was beaten by his parents and wound up arrested at 14 never to recover a decent life, would not, given the proper encouragement, have grown to become the next Shakespeare or perhaps invented the warp drive? Maybe this is why we do not have the flying cars we were promised as children.

Each of us makes a difference, just by our mere existence. How we choose to wield this knowledge determines whether we make a positive or negative impact on our world. Put everything down for a second and think. Harming someone else results in changing or removing entirely their possible contribution—their difference--to human-kind. Simple math tells us this is a negative and diminishing endeavor.

The Imam, or whatever title is preferred at the Madras, who teaches a young boy to blow himself up and erase as many Jews as possible, spotlights the power of hatred. You are only gaining enemies when you utilize children as suicide/homicide bombers. Anyone who can open their eyes and ears is sickened by your abuse of children. Before any angry asshole ties one more explosive vest to his neighbor’s kid, why don't they ask the Japanese how well the Kamikaze idea worked out? Better yet, lift your head up, take a step back and just look around your neighborhood. How have decades of terrorism/suicide/homicide worked out? What does Palestine look like today compared to 50 years ago? What does Iran look like after 25 or 30 years of religious crack pots running the show?

We can never be certain of what the suicide-child might have grown up to be. What might the middle east look like if all those victims of suicide terrorism were still with us? Maybe that's what happened to the future Iraqi Thomas Jefferson. Who knows what the fifteen year old serving time for assault—just like he learned from dear old dad—might have become.

We diminish ourselves, our present and our future when we subtract one another from the equation.

“Will I make a difference?”

“You already have”.

The Big Comeback

Sun, 02 Mar 2008 22:42:00 +0000

Listeing to the major American media outlets, one would think Obama has a giant lead over Hillary. "Time to quit", "Give it up Hil" the headlines cry; day after day after day. The press having been reduced, by their own devices, to mere cheerleaders for the canidate of Hope, have turned their backs to the woman who married the man FROM Hope.

Both candidates have large contingents of delegates lined up. Counting the Superdelegates, 795 Party insiders who also have a say in the nomination process, Hillary trails Barack by 96 delegates. That's a little over 3% difference between them. Obama is winning the popular vote by a margin of 925,000 votes, out of almost 20 million cast so far. That translates into a lead of about 4.7% in popular votes for Senator Obama. Hillary leads the race to wine and dine the Superdelegates, currently swaying 57% of the 423 who have publicly announced their support for a lead of 241-182 amongst the Democratic Party elite.

That hardly looks like a landslide for Obama. What the heck are all those pundits talking about? I swear, from Olberman to O'reily, those people get themselves all carried away. Now, it is true, that Obama has won several primaries in a row, ask the New England Patriots what good a winning streak is. Further it is also a fact that if things continue the way they are going, Obama will break the 2025 finish line and Hillary will fall short. If Hillary continues to win 47% of the delegates, as she has so far, it is unlikely she would carry the 60+% of the Superdelegates like she has so far. But, if she can pick it up just a little bit and win half of the remaining delegates and maintains her near 60% favorability among the insiders, both candidates could break the 2025 mark. Of course, none of this even takes into account Michigan and Florida. This might be fun after all.

The point is, that if Hillary can sway just a few more people than she has been, she has a very good chance to still win the nomination. Then we'll be treated to stories of her great comeback and the media can fawn over their new star. "How did you do it?" They'll ask her in interviews, hourly, "How did you overcome such a big deficit?" She'll crow. "I've been fighting uphill battles my whole life. I'm no stranger to adversity and challenge." And the media will be all stunned that such a thing could have happened, but still plenty pleased to lead a new cheer.

Honestly, I have no stakes in their race; but should Hillary make a comeback, it would not be the giant statistical feat she'll be given credit for by the same talking heads telling us Obama is a lock.

Cleaning Up

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 12:38:00 +0000

A friend said she thought it was a waste of time and money for Congress to interview Roger Clemens or to bother with the steroids issue at all. I could not not disagree more strongly.

We have been asleep for way too long. The time to awaken is now. We must free our national past-time from the clutches of this horrible, life consuming beast. Perhaps, we have already crossed the line and there is no return. However, our duty to the future demands that we rise, now, as one; stand up and proudly declare our message. Sing it from the roof tops, shout it in the streets. "Get Bud Selig and Major League Baseball out of steroids, NOW!"

We Americans love our drugs, we are all about drugs. We wake up to drugs, we wake up with drugs. We stay awake with drugs, we take drugs to help us sleep. Most of our citizens over 50 have a small basket somewhere in their kitchen, overflowing with prescription bottles. Some of them have their children come over and sort through all the bottles, carefully placing a pill from each into a special container with seven small compartments marked Monday through Sunday.

During the work day, we gulp down Guarana, Ginseng and Mountain Dew to stay awake while we day-dream of "Happy Hour". The whistle sounds and we race to the nearest drug dealer, to down a few frosty ones, or maybe a shot or two, while we wait out rush hour traffic. Once home we have dinner, maybe a little soomething afterwards to soothe us from a tough day, and then; any number of pills are jumping off the shelf and over the counter, begging to help us sleep.

Our seniors are on various drugs, our adults are gobbling down prescriptions like candy and the kids all have ADD, which, of course is treatable with prescriptions. Better living through chemistry, the American way. Hell, even our fast food is more chemical than food.

Steroids? Their user pool may be relatively small compared to our entire population, but we must remain vigilant and not allow a soul-sucking, ugly intruder like Major League Baseball to obtain a beachhead in one of our communities. We are striving for a brighter tomorrow, one where chemistry unites us in our daily quest to better ourselves. There is no place for Bud Selig, and what's left of the formerly wonderful sport he inherited, in our progressive, evolved future. We must be strong and kick Major League Baseball out of steroids, lest we risk infecting our entire Vyoxx Americana.
Our Mirapex Destiny demands our sentry.


Gold Medal in Gall

Sun, 10 Feb 2008 04:19:00 +0000

China is afraid the Olympic athletes might speak their mind. Not to worry, much like they did with the Nazis, (see picture from 1938 with the British football team giving the Nazi salute) the British Olympic Association has caved to the demands of totalitarians. The BOA has required their Olympic athletes to agree to the Chinese code of silence on all things political or be expelled from the games. Truth is cause for removal from the park. "Sorry folks, the moose out front should have told you".

Mon, 21 Jan 2008 15:56:00 +0000

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Choosing Your Religion 2

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 15:42:00 +0000

Teddy Bear NightmareA few weeks ago I said that no God should need a gun. No God would need some idiot earthling to run interference for him (or her), or prepare the way, nor even hasten God's (re)-arrival.A few days after that, the Sudan made world headlines because they wanted to kill a teacher who allowed her pupils to name a class teddy bear Muhammad. Everyone should know the story by now, and today I read Leonard Pitts' Fundamentalists Threatened by a Teddy Bear, in which he provides a nice capsule of Gillian Gibbons' ordeal. Pitts then makes a delightful seque and pins the blame right where it belongs; on religious fundamentalists. Rigid doctrinaires, he calls them.Throughout her ordeal, she has maintained that she respects Islam and has asked that people not think ill of the faith because of this. Which is exactly right. Islam is not the problem. Fundamentalism, however, is. And that, as we should know from our own experience, is a mindset that is not confined to one faith.To the contrary, every faith has them, these rigid doctrinaires who would sacrifice their very humanity for the fool's gold of theological purity, these people so eager to live the literal law of their holy books that they miss the point of those holy books, shedding compassion, kindness and plain common sense along the way.Quick to condemnWorse, they are always literal about the wrong things, always literal about passages in holy writ that they feel empower them to punish, judge, ostracize and condemn. Never literal about the passages that require them to give, forgive, serve and stand humble.As I said, it's a failing common to fundamentalists, but that failing has seldom been more galling than here. We are, after all, talking about Sudan, a nation that was embroiled in civil war almost constantly from the time it gained independence in 1956 until a peace treaty was signed in 2005. More than two million people died in that war, more than four million were displaced.And then there is Darfur, the western region where four years of government-backed genocide has left an estimated 200,000 people deadSomewhere in amongst the throngs of protesting mulsims, the multitudes marching in the Sudanese streets; someone in the crowd of thousands had to have wondered, "gee, wasn't it the kids who voted to name the teddy bear Muhammad?" "Shouldn't the ones who presented the name Muhammad for the bear and the ones who cast their ballots for that name be held to account?" Well, maybe they are too young, or maybe they are not, but does it fall to a foreigner, a woman from England to correct these youngsters in the ways of their own religion? Do the parents bear any responsibility in this matter? How about the Islamic religious faculty at the school?Really what the latest sadness in Sudan shows us, is just another episode where humans inately blame someone else for their own failings. It was not an English woman's job to teach these children about their own religion. Blaming her because your kids, did not know something that you should have taught them - about your own religion - is just a cop out. From: Choosing Your Religion 11-8-2007:Religion does not divide us. Religious bureaucrats, with their ceremonies, and their claims of doctrinal exclusivity divide us. They divide us for their own power and profit. Their attempted religiofication of humankind's spritual quest, trying to turn our own sacred pilgrimage into their next holy war, that's what divides us.Conquer yourself and not the world.-descartes [...]

Life is Not a Highway, it's a Turnpike

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 02:37:00 +0000

...and every day, you get to pay the toll.The American Congress has, for decades, spent the country into oblivion. We stagger on the brink of national bankruptcy today because the federal government spends more and more money every year. Our Congress has become a fixed political class; entrenched elites unaccountable for their graft, greed and corruption.The American government takes in record amounts of tax revenue, yet every budget our Congress passes puts us farther and farther in the hole. You can blame Bush and his Wars. You can blame Bush for never vetoing any Congressional spending package. You can blame the Congressional spenders who wrote the budgets. You can blame the American electorate who voted themselves into this mess. You can blame anyone you like, but we are where we are.So where are we?Well, we are at a place where we spend over 400 billion dollars every year just to pay interest on our debt. Thats 1.1 Billion dollars per day. Add that to Bush's two Wars at a cool average of maybe 150 billion per year or roughly 400 million per day and you get, well you get pretty mad. Taking a more personal angle, every single day of our lives; each and every one of us, regardless of age (and actually the youngest of us will end up paying even more as our debt continues to climb)--all 300 million of us, will pay the federal government about 3 dollars and 60 cents--every day, now--just to cover the interest on our national disgrace, I mean national debt. Add to that the buck and a half we each have to chip in every single day for the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, that's like 5 bucks per day from each of America's 300 million citizens.So every day, all 365 of them per year and for every year onto the forseeable horizon, a single mom with her two year old will be robbed of 10 dollars. A husband and wife with two jobs and two kids? That's 20 dollars, every day, out of their budget, just for interest on our Country's debt and the financial front end of two wars. Imagine a nursing home, and every day some crazy Uncle shows up and steals 5 bucks from every widow, widower, grandmother and grandfather in the place, plus he snags 5 to 20 dollars from each of the nurses and custodians on his way out. Then he makes his rounds, through the offices and homes of America. Sort of like Santa Claus, or Robin Hood, except in reverse; and our Crazy Uncle does this every damn day.Five dollars per day, 35 dollars per week, 150 dollars per month, $1,825.00 per year from every single American. Almost $7,500.00 per year out of a family of four's pocket, just to pay for interest on our debt and to fund the wars. The five bucks a day from each and every one of us does NOT include any of the remaining taxes we all pay, it's just the cover charge at Club America.When is enough, enough? Isn't it time we had an intervention with our Crazy Uncle? When he shows up tomorrow and hits each of us up for our 5 bucks, maybe we should finally listen to Nancy Reagan, and just say no. [...]

Our New Virtual Memory

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 13:21:00 +0000

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left holdin'

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 16:50:00 +0000

Each generation should be made to bear the burden of it's own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the exspense of other generations James Madison


Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations. Ron Paul

Ron Paul Revolution

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 14:36:00 +0000

We don’t get our rights because we’re gays or women or minorities; we get our rights, from our Creator as individuals.
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Choosing Your Religion

Fri, 09 Nov 2007 03:04:00 +0000

"What if we picked the wrong religion, and every week we're just making God madder and madder."
-Homer Simpson

God, does not need a gun. Why would any God want you to kill me because I didn’t believe in him? What would he care? He might be sorry I missed out, but in the end (or at least the end of me) he is still God and I am, well…not. Unbelievers are no threat to any real God.

I read a message on a flying pig, it said "All Religions Divide Us." That's not exactly right--in fact, our religions, at their heart should unite us. We are all seeking, we are all striving, we all knocking on the door. What divides us are religious bureaucracies. Cadres of men telling us they are closer to God than we are. Holding up their version of the holy book, proclaiming "within this book are all the answers, all the truth...there is no truth outside of this book."

"The readiness for self sacrifice is contingent on an imperviousness to the realities of life. He who is free to draw conclusions from his individual experience and observation is not usually hospitable to the idea of martyrdom. All active mass movements strive, therefore, to interpose a fact proof screen between the faithful and the realities of the world. They do this by claiming that the ultimate and absolute truth is already embodied in their doctrine and that there is no truth nor certitude outside it." --Eric Hoffer

Sound like anyone you know? Maybe those crazy Islam-o-nazis on the news, maybe that televangelist you just zapped past on the TV?

Religion does not divide us. Religious bureaucrats, with their ceremonies, and their claims of doctrinal exclusivity divide us. They divide us for their own power and profit. Their attempted religiofication of humankind's spritual quest, trying to turn our own sacred pilgrimage into their next holy war, that's what divides us.

"I shall tell you a great secret my friend.
Do not wait for the last judgment,
it takes place every day." --Albert Camus

Going Nuclear On Us

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 12:47:00 +0000

Every day, via email, we receive numerous warnings of impending financial disaster. The dollar is dying, the housing market is crashing, oil is either going to hit 100 dollars a barrel or drop below 40, and all within the next few days. Problem is, we have all been getting these messages for a decade or so now. 3 or 4 years before the slowdown in housing, gurus were warning us of impending catastrophe, and ushering us to their website where for 85 or 100 dollars we could subscribe to their newsletter and be privy to all future prognostications.Is 1,000 days really a warning? If you think so, then please send $300 for my new market strategery report, entitled: "The Comeback in Real Estate". You'll also get my global climate study; "How to Survive the Coming Ice Age". Finally, if you sign up before Sunday at midnight Eastern Daylight Time, I'll send you my hillarious blockbuster Hollywood Report: "Sean Penn Loves America Again". All three are "5 Star" locks, although the Ice Age might take more than a few years to get here.Sure real estate is a downer right now. But aside from a special I saw on Discovery Channel about the Japanese building an island to put a new airport on, no one is making land anymore. So do not get too depressed if your real estate holdings are shaky right now. Banks, Builders and Borrowers over did it for the last few years, and now the ones who under appreciated the risks, the ones who made bad choices are facing the music. If too many of these B,B&Bs go belly up, then we may have further market discomfort, but in all likelihood 3 years of over-zealous home building and buying will not bring down the Republic. This is just markets in action. The bankers will either curl up into the fetal position and suck their thumbs, or realize that they are bankers, and bankers loan money, that's what they do.On the world stage, why would any foreign nation, for instance China, want to drop all of the dollars they own and put us in a financial tailspin? Without Americans, who is going to buy all their stuff? Dear Mr Hu(ever); Good luck finding another coutnry full of hundreds of millions of suckers willing to borrow money to buy all the things your country is making. Hell, we don't even care if the goods you are sending us are poisonous. We're talking about the nation who thought is was a jim-dandy notion to put more chemicals, like lead, into our gasoline so we could drive faster and not have to listen to the motor knocking. A little anit-freeze in my toothpaste? Big friggin' deal. Oh, but remember, do not mess with our dogs. The poison in the dog food, that was a bad move. We have heard that you executed a bureaucrat over the matter, and for the most part I think we have forgiven you for your over zealous capitalism. Maybe we should outsource the oversight of our government to China.How about axis of evil, the middle east and all the other countries who hate us? Well, if America ceased, the global demand for oil would plummet. The price of oil would plummet. How attractive is 5 Euros a barrel to the Saudis? The Iranian government can barely keep their country running with oil at $75 a barrel. Once their initial joy at our demise wears off, they'll still be stuck with each other, and without the Great Satan to hate on, what's a starry eyed mullah to do? [...]

It's not that tough

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 11:53:00 +0000


If we have reached the point in Iraq where their government, their Congress, is full of lazy, conniving, two faced blow-hards; then I think we really can consider bringing the troops home. The Iraqi Congress went ahead and took August off, to me that's a sign that they are ready. Their head pooh-bah even publicly stated that we could leave any time and they would be fine. He was probably just playing to his constituency, trying to drum up a little Iraqi pride, but never the less, someone needs to remind the Iraqis and the communists in our press that when a country, hosting our military, asks us to leave, we do so rather quickly.

Hope for Ron Paul

Tue, 31 Jul 2007 01:58:00 +0000

Wandering through the poll numbers at Real Clear Politics. Multiplying and dividing the candidates, it occurs to the observer that 25% of the support is behind candidates who have yet to declare, and more than 25% are either undecided or backing one of the "second tier" candidates. Although if you really consider things, the entire Republicn field seems to be second tier right now.

Good Luck to Ron Paul. A TRUE Conservative.
Otherwise, the best we might hope for from the Republicans is a Thompson / Romney ticket. Think they could compete with Hillary/Obama?

When People Refuse to be Terrorized

Mon, 30 Jul 2007 04:00:00 +0000

Before you give up, or worse yet, allow your Congressperson to surrender. Read Amir Taheri's latest. Remember that as bad as our media love to portray Iraq, we are far from losing. Also remember that we are fighting terrorists around the world. And actually we might be winning. The Saudis have been semi-serious in fighting terrorists, mostly because the terrorists came back home and in a feisty mood. In Afghanistan the world is actually united in support of the new government. Iran, well, Iran is still Iran, but they have plenty of their own internal troubles right now. In Iraq more and more citizens are turning against the foreign terrorists--no matter what John Kerry says the foreign terrorists are not our soldiers, but Al Qeada who make no qualms about the importance Iraq holds for them.

The remnants of Al Qaeda make no secret of their belief that Iraq today represents the principal battlefield between their nihilistic vision and a world they wish to destroy.

Al Qaeda's ideology has already been defeated in many places- from Algeria and Egypt to Central Asia and The Philippines, and passing by the Gulf and the Indo-Pakistani subcontinent. It is still thriving in some remote parts of Afghanistan but has little hope of scoring any significant victory.

Thus, it is only in Iraq that it hopes to stay alive and, if and when its adversaries lose heart, achieve the victory that has eluded it everywhere else.

What if Al Qaeda is starting to lose in Iraq as well?

In our own dumb luck, American way, we may have struck upon a new and better way. With the stead fast support of the second President Bush and the resources of America, the Iraqi people have begun "standing up" in new and important ways. This comes only after we handed control of our Legislature to the Democrats who ran on the "Iraq Sux, Bush Sux, vote for us we'll get us out of Iraq" platform. Now maybe the actual fear of our leaving them hanging out to dry again drove some of the Iraqis to begin turning in the terrorists. Maybe it's just a coincidence. But the combination of the surge and the new surge in Iraqi pride has the foreign terrorists in Iraq on their heels. Now so long as our idiot Congress does not surrender, we might just all make it out of here alive.