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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:03 pm    Post subject: A new view at what is wrong  Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

an on line pal posted this meme on facebook.
needless to say it pissed me off.
and seeing as it's dead on topic, i thought i'd post my response here.

here's the back and forth that precedes my rant:

AuntMarty Moo: There's a huge amount of irony here, Diego. Huge.

alon: But its kinda true, which is the sad part. The Brits have the same problem.

AuntMarty Moo: And plenty of individuals as well.

scrutney: so some poor sonuvabitch with a guilt complex so thick you could squeeze it like a lemon, composes a meme redolent with self righteous humility and it's supposed to do what?
make me embarrassed to be an american?
or is it supposed to make me think?
well ya know what?
i thought about it:

i really don't give a shit how the rest of the world views america.

alon: Maybe so. But its sad to think all our billions of economic aid goes to waste because of our arrogance.

(warning, this threatens to be a long post)

alon, that's the first thing i thought too.
but i just wrote it off as a symptom of my swell headed exceptionalism.

imagine...(♪♫there's no heaven♪♫)...and when you're done imagining the unobtainable pscho babble, let's give the world a giant kumbaya bunny hug, about which the plaintive voiced former mop-top from liverpool was flailing his listeners....try this on for size.

imagine that the world is a train with one hundred cars (it's easy if you try) and an engine, churning out bazillions of tons of hydrocarbons...no that's stupid...all the passengers would be dead...forget that.

so imagine the hundred railroad cars, powered by...thomas the tank engine

in the first two cars, the occupants are dressed in evening clothes, tearing a pheasant or two and gorging themselves on the delicacies of the world, washing them down with vintage champagne and lighting cigars with thousand dollar bills. the privileged class, enjoying their privileges.

in the next 98 cars?
unimaginable squalor, malnourished children, disease infested, impoverished but humble peasants, enjoying the train ride as best they can.

question: how long is this hell bound train going to continue it's journey, undisturbed?

the answer? as long as no one opens the door between the front two cars and the back 98, every thing is hunky dory...
but open that door, even a crack...and all hell breaks loose.

i would posit that the door was opened in the early 1980's with the advent of satellite television, and was further wedged open with the world wide net, several years later.
add the smart phone into the mix and you've got a door flung wide and a discontented rabble, instead of a thrifty working class (merry christmas mr. potter)...you've got pitchforks and torches at the portal with an angry mob wielding them.

delivered to their smart phones, all day every day is an unceasing stream of the 2%, wallowing in the wages of the rapine of of mother earth...and images of the kardashian family aren't helping either...not one little bit.

that's why the word hates us.
not because we're smug or exceptional.
but because we've got it and they want it.

so the next time you see a meme that says the word hates us because americans are lording it about the planet, telling people what to do and how to live their lives...
...cry bullshit.

we've got it, they want it and they're not going to rest until they get it.

it's as simple as that.
(♪♫ imagine all the people, living for today, ay, ay, ayyyy, ay, ay ay.♪♫)

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeppers...we are soooooo screwed:

sing it...♪♫ we are the world,
we are the children♪♫

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the continuing facebook rant, part II:

batten down the hatches...another long one:

now let's imagine a bit further.

down the street from my house lives, the unexceptional bif.
bif's an okay guy. but bif has a problem.

all the world's troubles rest uneasily on bif's shoulders.
but worry not, my friends.
bif's got the solution.

actually, he has several solutions.

he's going to rail and rant, that we use too much energy and that we're slowly poisoning our planet.

bif wants us to change our wasting ways, so he lobbies washington to force us to change our light bulbs to those swirly things that we all pretty much hate. you know the ones, the glow of which gives our spouse that sickly, greenish hue…making us wonder; just what the hell did we see in them in the first place?

bif is proud too. smugly satisfied that he drives the latest hybrid model and has those butt ugly and heinously expensive, solar panels on the roof of his house. and bif can’t understand why the rest of us don’t.

bif doesn’t like religion either. he’s particularly annoyed by christianity and he wants to excise any semblance of it from anything his tax dollars go to support.

and if bif doesn’t cotton to christianity, he’s a waaaaay over the top on his views of judaism, although he’d never put it that way.
he’d put it this way:

“the israelis stole the land they occupy from the palestinians and are butchering them into…what? subservience? submission? who cares? they’re butchering them. that’s what matters.”

but when it comes to other religions, bif shows amazing tolerance.
because they are the religions of the dispossessed, that somehow legitimizes them.

and the dispossed?
well, he wants to take your money and give it to them. Not with the simple (and vaguely honorable) “stand and deliver” of a highway man. no that would be theft.

no bif wants it in weekly installments, and he wants to give it to the government (that paragon of fiscal responsibility) so they can dole it out as they see fit.

and bif spends his day composing myopic memes, chock-a-block, half truth infested, sanctimonious, bumper sticker slogans, showing how f*cked up the other guy on the street is…the guy who lives (strangely enough) in the house on my right. we’ll call him skip.

skip made his money the old fashioned way; he earned it. and with god’s help, he’s going to keep it.

naturally, skip lives in the nicest house on the block (the one with the yard gnome, mooning the world, in his flower bed.)
every morning, skip gets down on his knees, before a just and loving god and prays for the guidance that he’ll spend the rest of the day ignoring.

after his morning devotions, skip dresses in knee britches and a three corner hat and spends the remainder of the a.m., cleaning his guns.

right around one o’clock, skip heads to the office, where he whiles away the afternoon, bilking the less fortunate out of what little they have.

old skipper’s motto?:
“let the hungry eat the poor.”

at the end of the day ( and no, not that pious, bullshit ‘end of the day’, the punditocracy uses when they want to impress us with the depth of their thought process…i mean ‘the end of the day’ as in, ya know…night) after skip has sated his porcine lust for acquisition, he drives home in the biggest, ugliest, gas guzzling, hydro-carbon spewing, s.u.v. his ill-gotten wealth can obtain.

upon arrival, he’s waited on hand and foot, by a cadre of poorly paid, barely literate, undocumented, whatevers, from wherever the hell they come from. who cares? certainly not skipper…he’s too busy knocking back four fingers of single malt, while attempting to deny women the right to choose, gridlocking the government, putting god back in the classroom, suppressing the vote and wallowing in the dubious pleasures his latest 7 digit bonus check has bestowed upon him.

strange neighborhood i live in, isn’t it?
but that’s the neighborhood in which we all reside.
the facebook nation.

where the world is black and white and we all read fifty shades of gray.
yep…the twitter elite, summing up their vacuous thoughts in 155 characters or less.

where pointing the finger of blame is infinitely more interesting than finding a middle ground upon which we can all meet and hash out our myriad differences.

this country is as f*cked up as a soup sandwich.
and what do we do with facebook?( which could arguably become a tool more powerful than any of us can imagine)…i’ll tell you what we do:
argue, accuse, castigate, disparage, retreat.

oh yeah…and memes, we post a lot of memes.

obviously, skip and bif don’t exist, except in the minds of their respective opponents.

but when, if ever, did the truth of a thing stop us from believing whatever the hell we want?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Patrice Lewis is outraged by what once-great nation has become

Along with the rest of America – well, at least the folks who aren’t slack-jawed by Hollywood’s entertainment drivel – I’ve become more and more concerned about the direction our nation is heading. We have lost the motivation and vision that originally defined what made us great and become a nation of takers seeking handouts and freebies from an increasingly socialist government.

This decline is especially poignant as my husband and I prepare to launch our first child into the world as a young adult. Like any “growly bear” mother, I worry about her safety. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about her character, work ethic, or faith.

The decline of America my children will face can be illustrated by two particular concerns: education and entitlements.

Regarding schools, the U.S. has managed to do the most amazing thing. We once had the greatest educational system on the planet, a system that taught even the poorest among us and which brought children to levels that far surpassed many college graduates today. Consider the one-room schoolhouses of pioneering days, which taught students how to be literate, critical thinkers who then built America into a world power of agriculture, technology, medicine and science.

But once the federal government got its grimy paws involved, test scores plunged and immorality not only increased but was actively celebrated. Schools no longer were answerable to parents, either in matters of curricula or discipline. If a parent complained, he was marginalized and told he was the “only one” to have an issue. Bullies were rewarded, peer pressure became the driving behavioral force, discipline became nonexistent, and academic excellence went down the toilet. What an accomplishment!

Proof? Employers are having a hard time filling vacancies in their businesses because graduates are too ignorant to read, write and speak in an educated and civilized manner. William Ellet, an adjunct professor teaching writing at Brandeis International Business School, notes, “Recruiters and companies are saying, ‘Send us a writing sample, and if you don’t meet our standards for communication, we are not hiring you.’”

(To be fair, many parents worked hand-in-glove with this decline, unquestioningly turning over their children to the schools to raise and then browbeating teachers when Johnny failed his math test because he didn’t study. The blame runs both ways.)

I know of no other country in the civilized world – with the exception of despotic regimes – where education has been so actively and deliberately dumbed down and which seems to take pride in the production of stupid, uneducated, unaware and ignorant citizenry.

Entitlements in all their many forms are another factor that is forcing America toward disaster. Our government actively encourages, requires, or even tricks what were once a proud and independent people into taking food stamps and other forms of welfare. Entitlements do nothing more than train people to be powerless, lazy, corrupt and to take no responsibility whatever for their own behavior.

Obamacare, of course, is the most recent and greatest entitlement of all. The latest proof of this is an advertisement so humiliating, so disgusting and so repellent that at first I thought it HAD to be a joke.

I refer to the advertising series put out by Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Progress Now campaign. The vast majority of these ads feature 20-something crowds doing juvenile, dangerous, or otherwise irresponsible things … because, what the heck, it’s not like they have to pay for the results. Obamacare will do that for them. Thanks Obamacare!

An especially telling and revolting ad depicts a couple named Susie and Nate who are “hot to trot.” Susie is gloating, Nate is smirking. The ad copy says, “OMG, he’s hot! Let’s hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control. My health insurance covers the pill, which means all I have to worry about is getting him between the covers. I got insurance. Now you can too. Thanks Obamacare!”

A tiny asterisk at the bottom of the ad reminds us, “The Pill doesn’t protect you from STDs, condoms and common sense do that.”

Um, common sense? Where is the common sense in this scenario? Where is the “common sense” in rutting with strangers?

Now think about it. Does this advertisement paint America in a positive light? Does it show the world that America is a nation of self-controlled, responsible and ethical people? Of course not. Instead we appear as immoral, shallow buffoons who can be “hot to trot” because the government pays for our irresponsible sex lives. Whoo-hoo!

Which begs the question, who thought of these ads? What brilliant advertising manager concluded that appealing to a woman’s Inner Slut was somehow ennobling and dignified? Is this what’s supposed to convince us that Obamacare is something that will raise America to additional greatness?

Our enemies look at things like this and laugh at us. They recognize rot from within when they see it.

Let’s face it: America is becoming the laughingstock of the world. It’s not just our government and our politicians that are earning the disdain of other nations; it’s also our personal behaviors, attitudes and ethics (or lack thereof). When I saw that advertisement, my face burned with the humiliation that this – THIS – now represents America.

We have become the subject of scorn on the international scene. We are viewed as nothing more than overweight lazy welfare bums who stare into their tiny smartphone screens while walking into walls or ditches. We are seen as irresponsible sex addicts whose appetite for hookups results in millions of unwanted children, abortions and cases of disease. We are perceived as uneducated illiterate morons whose greatest intellectual pleasure comes from viewing “Dancing With the Stars” or other mindless drivel.

The sad part is, the rest of the world doesn’t see the pockets of greatness that linger in America. They’re not aware of the patriotic, hardworking citizens who quietly and without fuss keep our services and resources reliable and available. They don’t meet the children (often educated at home or in private schools) who are literate, polite, hard-working and responsible.

Why not? Because highlighting these people would shame the degenerate, unsettle the immoral and embarrass the ignorant. Instead the “hot to trot” sluts are endorsed and celebrated. No wonder we’re a laughingstock.

How can we recover America’s greatness? How can we reverse the course of destruction? I’m all ears.


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A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to "win in the end" in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials.

"Tea Party forces will still win in the end," Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party "will triumph just by hanging on long enough" as Americans are getting fed up by "our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government."

The article, "Why The Tea Party Isn't Going Anywhere," was first published in the journal Democracy, and later reprinted in The Atlantic.
Despite the fact that Democrats, the mainstream media, and the Republican establishment again were predicting the "demise of the Tea Party" immediately after the government shutdown ended, Skocpol doesn't believe so.

"But we have heard all this before," she writes. "The Tea Party’s hold on the GOP persists beyond each burial ceremony."

Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson published a book in 2011 that "showed how bottom-up and top-down forces intersect to give the Tea Party both leverage over the Republican Party and the clout to push national politics sharply to the right."

"At the grassroots, volunteer activists formed hundreds of local Tea Parties, meeting regularly to plot public protests against the Obama Administration and place steady pressure on GOP organizations and candidates at all levels," they found. "At least half of all GOP voters sympathize with this Tea Party upsurge."

Though Skokpol and Williamson have their typical biases and describe the Tea Party movement as a "radical" one that may not like minorities--without any evidence of that assertion--they acknowledge that "even though there is no one center of Tea Party authority—indeed, in some ways because there is no one organized center—the entire gaggle of grassroots" and outside groups that support the movement "wields money and primary votes to exert powerful pressure on Republican officeholders and candidates."

Skocpol observes that the "Tea Party clout has grown in Washington and state capitals" because "Americans are also losing ever more faith in the federal government." In addition, "most legislators and candidates are Nervous Nellies," and they have seen the Tea Party defeat establishment Republicans like Charlie Crist in Florida in 2010 and David Dewhurst in Texas in 2012 in addition to knocking off incumbent Republican Sens. Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN).

"That grabs legislators’ attention and results in either enthusiastic support for, or acquiescence to, obstructive tactics," Skocpol writes.

She writes how powerfully someone like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) resonates with the Tea Party. She noted that he was able to direct House Republicans to pressure House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to demand that President Barack Obama and Democrats fund the government except for Obamacare.

Skocpol notes that it will not be easy to defeat the Tea Party.

"For one, at least three successive national election defeats will be necessary to even begin to break the determination and leverage of Tea Party adherents," Skocpol writes. She concedes that Tea Partiers will not "stand down easily or very soon."
Skocpol notes "moderate Republicans" do not have as much power in Washington or in state capitals and points to Cruz as being "very well positioned to garner unified Tea Party support in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries." The Chamber of Commerce will reportedly spend $50 million to wage war against the Tea Party, along with Karl Rove's American Crossroads; Skocpol believes unless those groups defeat the Tea Party, it may well win many permanent victories.

"During the last election cycle, no far-right candidate ever consolidated sustained grassroots Tea Party support, as those voters hopped from Rick Perry to Herman Cain to Newt Gingrich to Rick Santorum," Skocpol writes. "But this time, Cruz may very well enjoy unified and enthusiastic grassroots Tea Party support from the beginning of the primary election season."
Skocpol also sends a warning to Democrats who think that the Tea Party will fade because of a few bad polls.

"Once the October 2013 shutdown ended in supposed total victory for President Obama and his party, many Democrats adopted a cocky swagger and started talking about ousting the House GOP in 2014," Skocpol writes. However, she warns that "a clear-eyed look shows that Tea Party remains powerful and has achieved victories that continue to stymie" Democrats and their statist agenda.



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