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An "Old Army Vet" and liberal, qua liberal, with a passion for open inquiry in a neverending quest for truth unpoisoned by religious superstitions. Per Voltaire: "He who can lead you to believe an absurdity can lead you to commit an atrocity."
What we have to fear isn't just fear
This friend of a friend of a friend is not a "bad" man. And that is the problem today, the one we need to be terrified of. It's not badness, necessarily. It's much more serious: it's profoundly stupid ignorance.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011(2 comments)
Our first responsibility is to accept it
That ringing in our ears isn't tinnitus; it's our consciences reminding us of a moral fact: Even if the matter of culpability has been diluted by millions of others who also cast the ballots, we must share the blame, when there's blame that ought to be borne.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011(4 comments)
Paul Newman explains the Republican Party.
"What we've got hee-ah is "fail-yah to com-municate.'" That infamous line from Paul Newman's 1967 movie, Cool Hand Luke, has so many applications, especially when the follow-up line is "Some men you just can't reach."
Wednesday, June 8, 2011(2 comments)
What sort of relationship are you looking for?
When it comes to those we hire with our votes, we shouldn't be pondering whether he or she would make a wonderful neighbor, perhaps someone we'd like to socialize with, become fast buddies with. Can that person do the "job," will he or she represent our best interests?
Tuesday, June 7, 2011(1 comments)
Have you ever had a bronchial infection?
Have you ever had a bronchial infection? A severe recession can be like that: requiring a heavy dose of government intervention. The "Great Recession" we experienced in the last years of the Bush administration required, but did not get from either the Bush or the Obama administrations, an adequately heavy dose of government intervention in the form of federal economic stimulus. What we got was too weak and too brief.
Saturday, June 4, 2011(6 comments)
The question is: Are you completely nuts? Are we?
Here's a rude fact of life that's sure to upset: Not all opinions are equal. It's why we consult those members of our society who have demonstrated and met certain standards of proficiency in the given subject matter. Or . . . at least why we should consult those members of our society who have demonstrated and met certain standards of proficiency in the given subject matter.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011(5 comments)
This is a test, but oh it is such an important one
It matters . . . a great deal, a very great deal, that you scroll over the comments made by U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, to highlight them, then hit the Ctrl-C on your keyboard, to paste them into a document that can be easily and immediately referenced.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
In Memoriam to Memorial Day
I no longer stand when the National Anthem is played. It is an abject lie. We are not the "home of the brave." Fewer than three percent of Americans bear the burden of defending on the ground any part of the ground we walk upon. And virtually none care to draw a cent from their personal accounts to help pay the tab.
Worse than December 7, 1941
They have now come for the Trade Unionists. They, including everyone who votes for them, have declared war upon us all! We either stand up . . . or we lay down with the pigs, to also eat their slop.
Have we all gone nuts
Mr. Jones! George Bush was president. Hank Paulson was his Treasury Secretary. And when the country's financial roof collapsed in 2008, Mr. Paulson penned a 3-page bill that was in effect naught but an extortion note, "Hand me all your cash in unmarked 20's; $850 BILLION!
Friday, September 24, 2010(2 comments)
On choosing friends, lovers and associates
How else can it be read than that those voting GOP in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008 supported those heinous, absolutely shameful policies? How else can it be read than that those so voting in those elections felt: "Screw the uniformed fools who stepped forward to serve the country"? And how else can it be read than that those who retained friendships with those who so voted did not also agree with those sentiments?
Friday, September 10, 2010(7 comments)
What a foul stew we're concocting
"It's hard to overstate how destructive the economic ideas offered earlier this week by John Boehner. He proposes two things: large tax cuts for the wealthy that would increase the budget deficit while doing little to support the economy, and sharp spending cuts that would depress the economy while doing little to improve budget prospects. Fewer jobs and bigger deficits -- the perfect combination.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010(10 comments)
Conservatives and conservatism's book burning madness
Conservatives are frightened little people whose base fears require they place in subjugation all who they fear might pose some threat to their senses of order . . . as if one could ever hold back the tides of change and progress, regardless whatever might could be summoned to the task.
Don't let Republican games turn into Republican gains!
How do Republicans propose setting the fiscal house more to order? By gutting Social Security, Medicare, and by adding a 2 percent sales tax that the least among us pay on food, not by closing a single loop hole the wealthy and the corporations enjoy.
Sunday, August 22, 2010(4 comments)
The 'CRITICAL' difference between private and public in public services
They're there to make money and any way they can cut corners means they make more money." "In the public sector, the security of the prison is job one," he added. "This kind of security breach, that would just be a serious, major breakdown. That's not always the case with private companies.
I'm looking for a word
why the presumption the model is somehow by necessity, in every instance, that which ought to prevail? What should we call those who are blind to the all too obvious evidence there is no validity to the presumption the private, for-profit model is by necessity, in every instance superior to what the government can do?
While you were looking elsewhere, your church and the corporations were setting you up
This past April, a highly conservative federal appeals court ruled against the Federal Communications Commission's right and authority to regulate Internet rates and practices. (Retrace to the beginning of the preceding sentence, and ponder as you proceed how your relatives' and neighbors' Republican leanings and votes will, not may, cost you money and the freedom to use the Internet!
Sunday, August 1, 2010(6 comments)
I need some help here. Actually, we all do.
"Opponents say that it could prevent smaller American companies from drilling offshore at all due to concerns about the cost of an accident."
Let's pretend for a moment that we're all adults here.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010(8 comments)
Telling the facts isn't always the same as telling the truth.
However this may seem as though it's about Shirley Sherrod, until a few days ago, the National Director for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and how she happened to be fired from that post, this is actually about us, and the way we use facts and how we respond to stories that include them. The watchword is "beware."
I found out why we're neck deep in doo-doo
In addition to the report of one person in the Detroit area perishing from hyperthermia, I learned that the Free Press stories that on July 5 garnered the most readership were, from No. 10 to the champion Numero Uno:
Every Republican ad airing in the state is an effort to outdo his or her challenger on the basis by being "the true conservative," and not some "liberal," with "liberal" being employed as the most tawdry epithet in the English language.
Sunday, May 30, 2010(117 comments)
A few things have just got to be said.
There exists no record that even one illegal alien ever took a job that belonged to an American. You can be the registered owner of your car. You can hold title to your house. No one owns a job.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Breathing Republican fumes
The Republican argument against raising the cap hinges on the incomprehensible proposal that by insisting a company bear full liability for damages it causes, it will squeeze out of the drilling business smaller companies that would not be able to pay for the damages they caused.
Saturday, April 10, 2010(1 comments)
The Mother Lode in the Upper Big Branch Mine
Massey's Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine tragedy brings the core question conservatives ask us to ignore front and center: What role has government to play in the regulation of a society's otherwise private affairs?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010(14 comments)
How damned stupid do you have to be, to be a conservative voter?
How many of the family members who are now without one of their family members remain so inclined to vote for less government, smaller government, not quite so intrusive government? This isn't to suggest any really were, but if any were . . . how about it today?
Really, view this Columbus-Dispatch vid of your friends
Do not pass this one by. Turn your volume up, at least so you can hear the comments coming from the Republican crowd. Your "friends," your neighbors. Actually view the 2-minute video from the Columbus-Dispatch newspaper; especially at the 1-minute mark.
Sunday, March 14, 2010(95 comments)
The Texas Board of Education: America's Taliban.
Who are these educational experts, deciding what will be in the textbooks that more than half of America's school children learn from? The list is composed of clowns. But, if clowns are supposed to be funny, this group is Freddy Krugerish terrifying.
Wisconsin's conservative Paul Ryan eats organic
The interview question put to the Republican congressman was what he thought of Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign. The Republican's reply said much, much more about where he and his GOP colleagues are coming from than anything he could possibly have intended. His reply: "I eat organic."
Friday, February 26, 2010
Largemouth bass have swallowed the bait, hook, line, sinker, & boat.
One of their characteristics is a mean disposition, among other fish they're not the dumbest. But they're still just plain, tiny-brained, stupid fish, and like Republican voters, conservatives (no discernable difference, any longer), and the tea baggers, they're known to swallow just about anything. They prey on anything that's smaller and dumber than they are, including plastic worms.
Saturday, February 13, 2010(3 comments)
I want to know, just what the hell have we become?
On July 4, 1776, 56 men signed their name to a document that was in effect an indictment of treason against the Crown, and that would have led directly to their being hanged or shot, had their bold and brave effort failed. I am embarrassed and ashamed of who we have too much become.
Thursday, February 11, 2010(1 comments)
Dipping into the Whackoe-mole Sauce
Ya can't use your seed corn to make tortillas this afternoon and expect to have corn on the cob next year. Or, more technically, though not much more, you cannot spend the same dollar twice.
Thursday, February 11, 2010(3 comments)
America's tenth decile, the "sitting around guys."
Without knowing it, a business model decision that weighs costs with benefits is the Fortune 500 type of decision every young, urban core, gang-banger made, as do all prospective members to the gang.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
It's a noose, not a bow-tie.
It's the federal judiciary, most particularly . . . no, quintessentially, it's all about THE SUPREME COURT. It, and it alone, decides EVERYTHING that will matter to the corporatist.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The 14% solution, and all that jazz.
Democrats working with Republicans suggests some computerized confection of one of the funniest (to me) Seinfeld episodes with Dancing with the Stars. Either because Elaine does not know the steps, or because she refuses to follow the script is exactly what the Republicans have been doing, ever since the Obama inaugural.
Saturday, February 6, 2010(83 comments)
Refusing The Call; Will selfish Seniors hand over the USA's future to China?
Based on the treasure we're stealing from our youth during those final months and days, the evidence suggests very few believe as much as they say they do. Deuteronomy 30:19 commands us to "choose life." It doesn't say to throw every last buck into the sewer, trying to avoid what's going to be the conclusion anyway.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010(3 comments)
Friday Night Smackdown - A Sign of the Times
"If a family today cannot afford . . . how much health care insurance will they be able to buy with a $5,000 tax credit that comes into play during the next tax filing year, and after they've spent $15,000 the previous year for health insurance?"