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Archive for the month “July, 2012”

It Must Be Global Warming !?!

We have all kinds of things falling from the skies these days.  The most recent oddity was a falling Queen over London.  Can we next expect U.S. Senators McCain, Lugar and Brown,  those Republican “daredevils” who joined up with the DNC and “didn’t know” about the Congressional letter opposing gun-control signed by their fellow Republicans, to parachute into the Super Bowl next year?  That would be a real “stroke” of genius to some.

The Pyramid of Disaster

The Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines a citizen as “a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection.”  That’s good for starters.  But what really makes a citizen?  Personally, I believe that a person who serves his country, whether in the military or as a peace officer or as an EMT or as a teacher/educator or as a psychotherapist aiding others, is a citizen.  I further believe that a true citizen votes in elections, even when the choices are unpalatable.  Today, unfortunately, we see the three cornerstones that inevitably lead to totalitarianism rearing their ugly “heads”:  APATHY, DEPENDENCY and A MISPLACED SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT.  This is a Pyramid of Disaster.  We see this not only in the United States but worldwide.  There are those out there who thrive on this pyramid, and promote it wherever they can.  It is up to individuals to resist these impulses and become active in constructive ways within the system.  Violence is not the answer.  Violence is a cop-out.  Thinking for one’s self may be harder for some than picking up a rock, but the results are more gratifying and fruitful.

Dredging Up Drudge

I must take this opportunity to admonish the “clipping service,” otherwise known as The Drudge Report.  We took notice that the current Drudge site lists no fewer than 15 links focused on the Colorado shooter, but virtually none talking about the unfortunate victims.  Most Drudge viewers use the “clipping service” to launch to other legitimate news-gathering organizations.  One could just as easily access these sites by searching the original urls.  The Drudge Report is also the site that helped stick us with Mitt Romney, the weakest Republican Presidential candidate since Dole and McCain.

Can We Get on to the Real Affairs of State, Yet?

The Los Angeles Times just ran a story straight out of The Lancet, the official publication of the British medical establishment.  The Lancet is a highly respected medical journal.  We now know that as many people are dying worldwide from lack of exercise as do from smoking.  I find this ironic, here in my own hometown.  Our local university recently strung a huge banner, reminding all passersby that this particular Ivory Tower is a non-smoking establishment.  The real corker is that the banner, the size of the Hindenberg, was strung across city property, a city in which smoking is legal.  It is truly unfortunate when folks fail to discern the difference between a rule and a law.  We understand there is a certain pharmaceutical company that produces a prescription drug to get “the folks” off of nicotine which, incidentally, has been shown, in some cases, to produce heart attacks.  We understand that Ivory Towers across the United States receive monies from these “friendly” pharmaceutical companies for being right proper cheer leaders for “the team.”   I recall a time when universities promoted “Academic Excellence.”   Personally, I like to walk my dogs and enjoy a good double-Maduro cigar when I arrive home.

The United States of America Is Not Las Vegas!

I viewed the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, convened in the Russell Office Building in Washington, D.C.  What I heard gave me a headache.  The Senators and those testifying before the Committee revealed their true colors.  All code talk aside, I was able to see, in my opinion, the “good guys” and the “clueless foot-peddlers.”  The Committee was discussing the impact of Dodd-Frank financial regulations on “us guys.”  I found that Senators Thune and Lugar came off well, posing their questions in a way that showed concern for “us guys.”  What I got out of the whole affair is that the banks have been playing three coin monte at the American public’s expense.  Why don’t we just cut to the chase:  make futures and commodities trading illegal.  Today we have Wall Street brokers playing the odds on our stuff.  Corn futures are affected because of ethanol mandates.  This gets the bigwigs all a twitter.  To the point, America is not for sale!

General Dempsey Ain’t Listening, Romney

 

CNS News recently asked the presumptive Republican candidate for President, Mr. Mitt Romney, his stand on illegal immigration.  The mainstream media missed the point ONCE AGAIN.  Mr. Romney says he would allow YOUNG illegal aliens to join the U.S. Army as a trade-off for their bad (and illegal) behavior.  Perhaps it is time for Mr. Romney to take a chill pill and talk to those military folk out there before he speaks so carelessly.  General Dempsey, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  is on the spot.  He should respond, as a military commander, to this notion fostered by the sycophants who currently surround Mr. Romney.  Perhaps it is time for the leadership of both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party to go back to the “drawing board” on their respective nominees.

Faith (Not Hope) And a Whole Load of Logia

Life is like war.  One has to have faith that the outcome will be achieved.  Life is difficult.  Life is unfair.  Life is GOOD.  Life, like war, requires persistence, recollection and faith.  Logia comes in various types:  in life, passion, compassion and commitment come into play.  In war, well, things such as patriotism, passion, and “the objective” come into view.  There is an interplay here.  People are people.  And people want to be free and to live their lives in their own way. as long as they don’t bring the house down.   We as people need to cooperate, but not collectively.  We in the United States are individuals, not automatons.  When, and if, war comes between our great country and those who would strip us of our freedoms, these knaves will ultimately fail.  They lack Faith.  One can “hope” for a new car, a new refrigerator, a new-and-better turkey baster, but one cannot replace Faith.  A great man once said:  “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  He was right on target.  God bless America.

We the People

News! Snews!

 

Computer algorithms are now producing much of the news Americans see today, according to AFP reporter Rob Lever.  As a former newspaper editor back in the “stone age,” I find this development abhorrent.  Will we next see 24/7 “commentators” with iPads sticking out of their foreheads while wearing retro day-glow fashions made in “nations” promoting slave labor!?!

NAACP Didn’t Like Martin Luther King, Jr., Either

Mitt Romney was recently booed at a NAACP function.  Mr. Romney should not take this to heart.  Martin Luther King, Jr., was also booed by this same organization some years ago.  In one instance, Mr. King had to be ushered off the stage of a NAACP confab by security men.  This incident, by the way, occurred “up North,” not “down South.”  It should also be noted that Martin Luther King, Sr., was a Republican.  What can we derive from all this?

How to address a rough crowd.

Attack Iran?

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Iranian position paper

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