America in all its Glory

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

What a gorgeous shot of Mabry Mill in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia). Such a peaceful, serene setting.

Sitting on the edge of the water. Taking a worm and baiting it on the hook of a line that is attached to a long, thin tree branch. Gently "cast" the line into the water. Now to sit quietly, watching the dragonflies skip across the surface of the calm water. Listening to the frogs calling to one another. All the thoughts of your daily life are no longer with you - all you are thinking about at this moment is the beauty of the trees, where they simply meld into the banks of the water.

Who cares if you ever get a nibble on your line. Just to enjoy this moment that you will never live again. That is life!

Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant should never have happened!!!

Read my posting under Illegal Immigrants.

A quote from President Theodore Roosevelt addressed on immigration in 1907:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Saturday, December 29, 2007



A most thought provoking article! Everyone should read this - it helps to simplify our government at work. While most people feel that our government has strayed from what our forefathers intended for our Nation, this will make you think twice - not about what our forefathers intended, but just how closely the government in the 1800's were working to remove freedoms from the lower classes, just as they do today.

The People's Army

Monday, December 10, 2007

Press Secretary Perino joined the "Dumb as a Box of Rocks" club!!

JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, during a press conference, Press Secretary Dana Perino was ask a question about the Cuban Missle Crisis and Bay of Pigs. Her response was that she did not know anything about them! Where did this person who works in the office of the highest position in the United States get her education? Geez, this was taught in our required educational system. Not having gone to college, I have no idea if this is covered in the history classes at that level.

But there is absolutely no excuse for ANYONE who went to school in the United States of America to not know what the Cuban Missle Crisis/Bay of Pigs was all about. Especially if you work in the White House Administration!!! Dana Perino is a perfect example of the "No Child Left Behind". She obviously fell through the cracks! I would love to read something written by her. Bet her sentence structure and possibly her spelling are lacking as well!!

Check it out at Perino: I Didn't Know What The Cuban Missile Crisis Was Be sure to read the responses to the article. They are priceless!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

How do the Military families feel about Dubya?

In the Huffington Post today, is an article regarding the feelings of Military families about GWB. Great reading. But the comments make for much more interesting reading. Check it out at The Huffington Post - Majority Of Military Families Disapprove Of Bush, Handling Of War

While all the media will report is how Dubya has the full support of anyone in the military, this tells the true story!

Funny, how Dubya has managed to put the media in his pocket and refuse to allow the media to film the return of our soldiers who have died in this war. And when he has any media event where he discusses the war, he only allows people in who are 100% Bushie fans.

This is an administration that has totally undermined all that was good about our Constitution and twisted everything to their own benefit.

My, how Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and others who signed the Constitution as well as past Presidents who stood for all of the Constitution must be rolling over in their graves.

Funny how it has taken only one man to make a mockery of the highest office in the land.

With every dishonest thing that GWB does, I keep thinking the US cannot sink any lower, but he just proves me wrong. I wonder what the bottom is? I wonder how much lower we will sink before he is out of office?

AND, I wonder what this nation will be like with a new Administration in office. Will they be able to undo all of the wrongs in their 4 years of office? If not, will they not be re-elected for their failure to do so in 4 years? People will need to understand that what Bush has done, he did not do in his first 4 years. So it should not be expected for any new administration to be able to fix this mess in 4 years.

Think in terms of bad habits. You don't develop bad habits instantly. It takes time for a bad habit to become a part of you. And you don't undo bad habits quickly. That takes time.

I have no idea who will be our next President. And our options are not the best to pick from (what, is this the best our nation has to offer? Unbelievable!). But we do need to be patient if our next administration is going to try to fix this mess.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Here lies Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children, in charge.)

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned, but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a Band-Aid to a student - but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals got better treatment than their victims. Good is evil; evil is good. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and promptly was awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm a Victim. Not many attended his funeral, because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass it on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

~ Rev. ARCHIE WILSON, Alta Loma ~

I found this on Huffington Post - just think what a wonderful world it would be if everyone were like Hal Taussig.

MEDIA, Pa. — Travel company operator Hal Taussig buys his clothes from thrift shops, resoles his shoes and reads magazines for free at the public library.

The 83-year-old founder of Untours also gives away all of his company's profits to help the poor _ more than $5 million since 1999. He is content to live on Social Security.

Taussig takes a salary of $6,000 a year from his firm, but doesn't keep it. It goes to a foundation that channels his company's profits to worthy causes in the form of low-interest loans. (About seven years ago, the IRS forced him to take a paycheck, he said, because they thought he was trying to avoid paying taxes by working for free.)

If he has money left at the end of the month in his personal bank account, he donates it.

At a time of the year when many people are asked to give to the poor, Taussig provides a model for year-round giving.

"I could live a very rich life on very little money. My life is richer than most rich people's lives," said Taussig. "I can really do something for humanity."

His decision to give away his wealth stems from a moment of clarity and freedom he felt when he wrote a $20,000 check _ all of his money back in the 1980s _ to a former landlord to buy the house they were renting. It didn't work out, but the exhilaration of not being encumbered by money stuck with him.

"It was kind of an epiphany," he said. "This is where my destiny is. This is what I was meant to be."

He and his wife, Norma, live simply, in a country house in suburban Philadelphia that's nearly a century old, with two bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. It is neither luxurious nor sparse, but a comfortable home filled with photos and knickknacks with wraparound views of trees and clothes drying on a clothes line. To cut energy use and help the environment, they don't own a dryer.

Norma Taussig uses a wheelchair after suffering a stroke years ago. They have been married for 61 years and have three children, five grandkids and five great-grandchildren.

Taussig said his marriage improved when he and his wife decided in the 1970s to keep separate bank accounts. His wife lives on Social Security and savings from her job as a school district secretary and later as an employee of Untours travel. Her salary never went above $30,000 a year.

Taussig said the house _ purchased for $41,000 in 1986 and owned by his wife _ is paid for and so is her 12-year-old Toyota Corolla. Taussig has his bike for transportation, which he faithfully rides to and from work every day, three miles round trip.

He calls consumerism a "social evil" and "corrupting to our humanity" because of what he said is the false notion that having more things leads to a richer life.

"Quality of life is not the same as standard of living," he said. "I couldn't afford (to buy) a car but I learned it's more fun and better for your health to ride a bike. I felt I was raising my quality of life while lowering my standard of living."

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, met Taussig through a network of social-minded businesses and describes him as "a humble guy _ not your typical CEO."

While big corporations give away more money than Taussig, Cohen said, the donation could be "one-half of 1 percent of profits while Hal gave away $5 million and that's 100 percent of his profits."

In 1999, Untours won the $250,000 Newman's Own/George Award for corporate philanthropy, given by actor Paul Newman and the late John F. Kennedy Jr., publisher of the now-defunct George magazine. The awards event was held in New York City but Taussig balked at paying the city's high hotel prices. He stayed at a youth hostel while he donated the quarter-million-dollar award to his foundation.

Kennedy's reaction to his hostel stay? "He stared at me blankly," Taussig said.

The Untours Foundation loans money to groups or businesses at around the inflation rate. The current loan rate is 3.7 percent. The foundation's tax filing shows total assets of $1.8 million in 2005, the latest record available, of which $1.6 million went to 38 groups or firms. Hal Taussig is the president, and his wife is the vice president. They don't get salaries.

"I try to make the poor into capitalists," Taussig said. "They should be self-sustaining. You give them money and they run out and you have to give more. But if you give them a way to make a living, it's like teaching them how to fish rather than giving them fish."

Equal Exchange, a cooperative that buys mainly coffee, tea and cocoa from farmers around the world at "fair trade" prices and conditions, has received $70,000 from Untours. Untours bought preferred shares of the cooperative and gets paid a 5 percent annual dividend, which is put back into the foundation.

Equal Exchange buys crops of poor farmers, such as those growing coffee in the Piuran mountains of Peru, at prices above market rates, said Alistair Williamson, investment coordinator for Equal Exchange in West Bridgewater, Mass. The coffee is roasted and distributed by the co-op.

"Somewhere on the hillsides of Peru, families are inching their way out of desperate, desperate poverty," Williamson said.

He said the for-profit co-op's message reflects that of social-minded businesses like Untours: "You can make a buck, and you can be decent."

~ Deborah Yeo ~

Sunday, October 28, 2007

It is unnecessary for so many homes to be lost in So. Cal. fires!

While I have a small bit of empathy for those who have lost their homes in the So. Cal. fires, I also have even more disdain for them.

Let me fill the rest of the country in on what these homeowners have done. The canyons and hillsides of So. Cal. are nothing more than chaparral - dry chaparral ripe for Santa Ana conditions (low humidity, high temperatures and fierce winds). Yet people want to buy/build in these areas - mostly for the view, but also for the prestige of living in these so called rich enclaves. They do so knowing that every summer we have no rain and what turned to a lovely shade of green during our rainy season (which is very short-lived here) will dry out and become fodder for fires.

Then the fires come and burn them out. They shed their tears and then hold out their hands to FEMA for assistance - to rebuild their home right back in the same place. They may be lucky for several years, but eventually, the fires will ravage the area again and the cycle starts all over again. Then the rainy season comes and there is the danger of landslides in their area.

I live in the flatlands of So. Cal. I choose to do so because I am in no danger of losing my house to fires during the Santa Ana conditions (unless my crazy neighbor sets fire to their house accidently). I am also not in any danger of flooding or landslides. I do not feel that any view/prestige is worth the loss of my personal property.

As a lower middle-income family, I will be subsidizing the monies FEMA hands out to these high income families to rebuild their mini-mansions. Is this right for me to help them rebuild when I use common sense and they will never have to subsidize me? I do not think so.

From what I am hearing on the news, it sounds like insurance companies are wising up and are going to be refusing to take on homeowners who continue to build/live/rebuild in these areas. Good. Maybe this is what it will take for these homeowners to finally use some common sense in selecting where they will live.

If you could see the huge homes that are built in our mountain resorts, these homes are second homes for the rich in the LA area. When you hear of the loss of homes in the mountain areas, the majority of these homes are people who live there 365 days a year. For them, I have sympathy, but not for the homes that were lost that are 2nd homes. These people still have the main residence to live in.

EVERYONE needs to use their good judgement in deciding where to buy/build. And cities should cease allowing developers to build in these fire prone areas. Sometimes they need to consider what is best versus the almight $$$.

Sit up and take notice!!

This was in my local newpaper on Friday. While our firefighters are to be commended for their heroism in fighting fires, sadly what is indicated in this letter to the editor is all too true.

The majority of firemen in California make double their normal income in overtime in a year. I am not speaking out of the blue. A member of my family is a fireman, so I am fully aware of what goes down in the fire departments.
Firefighters pad pay

One of my employees has volunteered at a local foothills fire department for several years - with the hope that some day he would be accepted into the department.

He expresses a genuine passion for serving the community.

He was called in by the department Monday, to assist with the mountain fires. After arriving for duty, there was a heated interdepartmental argument to the effect that he would be taking precious overtime from the paid firefighters.

He was subsequently sent home.

With fires raging all around us it appears that our "public servants" are more concerned about padding their paychecks than about our safety.

When qualified volunteers are turned away due to self-serving interests at the taxpayers expense, it's time to seriously re-evaluate how our fire departments are organized.


When you see the firemen out "passing the boot" for donations to help the widows of firemen, does it never cross your mind to wonder why? The firemen in California make good money and have great benefits. If my husband should pass away, if I took a boot to the California fire stations, do you think they would contribute to my financial welfare? Maybe a few token $$s (and by a few token, I am talking probably raking in only $100 all told).

People have put firemen up on pedestals to the point that they cannot see beyond sound reasoning.

Do not get me wrong. I appreciate all their work. But I think everyone should use their heads and face the reality that they are greedy beyond anyone's reckoning.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fires in California - and Idiot Smokers!!!

Here is a fine article by Patt Morrison on the Huffington Post today.
Cigarette Butts and Buttheads in a Time of Fire

Posted October 25, 2007 | 09:52 AM (EST)
Truly, I did not think we made 'em that dim any more.

Driving out of a Los Angeles hillside neighborhood this week, I stopped for a red light. In the car in front of me, the driver was smoking, languidly hanging his cigarette hand out of the window between puffs.

The wind was up and dry leaves were stirring. I watched his cigarette hand the way the fellow in the crow's nest on the Titanic must have watched the looming iceberg.

And then he dropped the burning cigarette butt in the street.

I was, as the English say, gobsmacked. The radio was reporting more acreage, more homes chewed up by fire. The sun was being caramelized by the haze of smoke. The ash was blowing in wisps off my windshield wipers. And this man flicked a lighted cigarette out of his car.

I leaped out of my car and hurried to stomp on the smoldering butt, grinding it out in the street. ''Are you nuts?'' I told him loudly -- my voice was shaking from the astonishment at what I'd just seen. ''The state is burning up around here, and you toss out a lighted cigarette? That's how these fires start! Be careful!''

He responded with some obscene insults. Then the light changed.

It's a misdemeanor in California to toss a lighted cigarette or cigar or match like that, but the cops I called told me they couldn't do anything -- they had to see it happening.

Something of the same happened to me in February, in stopped traffic on a major freeway. A man dropped his burning cigarette out of his truck. When I told him that he'd get a ticket if the CHP saw him, he answered that they'd let him off -- he was a sheriff's deputy.

I wonder about that deputy now. Has he been out directing traffic as people evacuate their smoky neighborhoods? Does he live in Canyon Country or Santa Clarita, and is his own home threatened by fire?

And what do you suppose he'd say to some man who tossed away the glowing cigarette butt that started the fire that burned down his house?
And here are some of the responses to her post.
I volunteer twice per month for the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway program, picking up trash next to a local freeway in the LA area. We don't even bother picking up cigarette butts, as they are too small and way too numerous.

It is not at all uncommon to encounter a circular burned patch in the freeway landscaping, 1 to 2 feet in diameter, with a burned-out butt in the center. So if you try and tell me that lit butts don't cause fires, I'll call you a liar to your face.

Anyone who throws any kind of trash, burning or otherwise, out of their vehicle is an irresposible jerk, and a criminal.

CA Vehicle Code Section 23111 - No person in any vehicle and no pedestrian shall throw or discharge from or upon any road or highway or adjoining area, public or private, any lighted or nonlighted cigarette, cigar, match, or any flaming or glowing substance.

Too bad it isn't enforced. :-(

Maybe now is the time, with the fires fresh on our minds, to lobby the CHP and other agencies to allow reporting of license plate numbers of violators. They allow this for suspected drunk drivers, surely the potential devastation and economic damage from fires would justify this as well?

If that doesn't happen, I'd like to see someone put up a website where citizens could post plate numbers and pictures of violators and their vehicles.

Please note that the first draft of this post contained much more colorful language than what you see above, but that would never have seen the light of day.
posted 12:37 pm on 10/25/2007
It's actually a very neat trick: you toss out the butt yet inside the car the asshole remains.

posted 12:20 pm on 10/25/2007
Not to mention it takes approx 50 to 60 years for the butt to biodegrade.
posted 11:54 am on 10/25/2007
Bronceye sounds like the guy at our local gas station who was told to put out his cigarette while filling his kerosene can. He demostarated to the attendant how harmless the butt was by dropping it into the can. Both spent a month in the burn center.
posted 11:50 am on 10/25/2007
A cigarette butt won't start a fire, eh? That sure isn't what the insurance investigators told my parents when some idiot who had been renting their vacation home burned the house down after flipping his butts into the bushes around the house (which had a non-smoking rule for renters in the first place). My family learned the hard way that burning cigarette butts can most definitely cause a fire, and if that University of Minnesota study is so well regarded, you might want to share it with some of the people whose job it is to investigate the causes of house fires for a living.
posted 11:44 am on 10/25/2007
"Try to start a fire with a cigarrette butt. It won't happen."


"Granolas seem to over-react."

Huh? Cigarettes set fire to other material. Hundreds of people die each year in fires that are accidentally started by cigarettes.

I can only speculate on why you personally are unable to start a fire with another fire.
posted 11:35 am on 10/25/2007
I have seen more than one fire started with a dropped cigarette. Helps if you're in the desert and there's a serious wind. Like in Cali, say.

Glad you stomped it out. Glad you didn't get shot. And even though he cussed you out, you'll be in that driver's head next time he hangs his butt out a car window. (sorry, couldn't resist)
Patt, Patt, Patt..You poor misguided fool. You are thinking about others again. What did I tell you? America is the land of "It's all about me, me, me." If you tell someone that they are doing something wrong or harmful to others...that makes YOU the bad guy, not them. This guy was right to yell obscenities, you actually told him he is ignorant...and he wishes to remain ignorant of his own ignorance. I mean, come on, why should he care? He can barel put two and two together much less worry about starting another fire, besides, someone else would put it out. Right?

For homework, I want you to watch 24 hours of any reality TV show to quickly learn this ignorant selfishness that you obviously lack. You are thinking about consequences of people's actions, and this country has neither the time nor patience for that. Remember, we have a president and administration where there are no consequences. Now, please, go to the mall, remember, drive, preferably a large SUV, and buy something completely frivolous. And please, start thinking about yourself...everyone else is doing it.
posted 11:23 am on 10/25/2007

I have seen people smoking and using cell phones while pumping gas! Each one alone can ignite the whole gas station..

Disclaimer: I am not self-righteously against smoking.. Far from it..I think smoking is a disproportionately singled out addiction.
posted 11:23 am on 10/25/2007

Katrina was a crisis for the poor. Now we have a crisis for the wealthy. Hmmm let's see how the differences pan out.

posted 11:22 am on 10/25/2007
Try to start a fire with a cigarrette butt. It won't happen. The University of Minnesota, about 20m yrs. or so ago tried it under controlled conditions. I camp a lot and I can't get a campfire going with a butt. You try it and tell us of any conflagration that ensues. Granolas seem to over-react. You would have a better chance of starting a fire by running in a pair of courderoy pants.
posted 10:53 am on 10/25/2007
Strange, we here in Washington have had several fires that were traced to lighted cigarette butts thrown from cars. And we are not usually known for our dry arid conditions and Santa Ana winds. If you can't start a campfire with a cigarette butt, you need drier tinder. And quit making excuses for your nasty habits, both smoking and leaving your butts all over the place.
posted 11:31 am on 10/25/2007
at the very least, its disgusting litter.
posted 11:39 am on 10/25/2007
this time of year, grassfires are started here in Texas on a regular basis by cigarette butts tossed out a window. Its fairly commonplace to drive down the highway and see patches of burnt earth ...

Bush Aministration's Rose Colored Glasses!!

I know I have been away for awhile - certainly not due to lack of important news!

But I just could not overlook this dandy piece by Andy Stern on the Huffington Post.
Rose Garden Colored Glasses
Posted October 25, 2007 | 10:06 AM (EST)

Earlier this week, the administration tried again to justify its astonishing veto of the popular SCHIP bill. Although the bipartisan bill will make healthcare benefits available to about 10 million children, the White House thinks we would be helping the wrong kids.

Now I confess that when we're talking about making sure children can get routine check ups, dental care and emergency medical treatment, I am not sure how to identify the right kids from the wrong.

However, if you share the president's belief that we should only consider protecting the health of the children at the very, very bottom, there's a silver lining. According to the official White House Oct. 23 press release on the SCHIP veto, "Over half the families in America are not poor."

That's right. There's a high standard for you.

Straight from the folks who thought Brownie did "a heck of a job," we now can take comfort in the fact that according to the White House, "There are a lot of things you can say about half the families in America. Half of them aren't poor."

It's hard not interpret this as another sign of an administration that is profoundly out of touch with the lives of working people all around this country. But maybe what we've got here is a glass-half full kind of guy celebrating his milestones where he can find them. After all - a little cockeyed optimism at the White House probably brightens some of the darker headlines these days.

So donning our Rose Garden colored glasses, here's some other good news from the Bush administration:

* More than half of all the homes in this country have not been foreclosed on--yet.
* More than half of the residents of New Orleans were not permanently displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
* More than half of Halliburton executives haven't been indicted.
* More than half of the polar ice caps are still in place.
* More than half of Americans who don't have health insurance probably won't get sick today.
* More than half of college graduates won't have to declare bankruptcy immediately because of their student loan debt.
* More than half of oil company executives can still afford to fill their cars' gas tanks
* More than half the nations of the world still return our phone calls.

With this kind of good news, it's no surprise that well more than half of Americans are counting the days until the Bush administration is no more.

Andy Stern is the president of the 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America
And here are some of the priceless responses!
The wealthiest half depend on the poorest half to keep shopping so the Economy does not crash.
posted 12:31 pm on 10/25/2007
*More than half of Alaska is still free from oil drilling

*More than half of the border fence--still hasn't been built yet

*More than half of our troops haven't returned in body bags

It's really scary how much fun this is--I suppose we've all decided that levity is the only way to deal with this disaster of a President.
posted 12:19 pm on 10/25/2007
"Over half the families in America are not poor or in concentration camps or gas ovens and only half the people is southern California are on fire and half the service-people come home from war without external wounds that are covered by medical and only half of those will die from radioactive munitions exposure and less than half of them will ever know why half of their babies are deformed so severely that half of them die before they leave the hospital .Further only half the black male population is in prison and only half of them were smoking pot and half the people in the White house are not traitors and half of the people that are traitors are named Cheney and the rest are on the housekeeping staff.
posted 12:16 pm on 10/25/2007
It is precisely 453 days until George Bush is GONE! If ya want the minutes and seconds, ask Thom Hartmann, he knows! See, WE ARE COUNTING THE DAYS! I like your line, Nosybear. "Figures lie and liars figure..." That some of the parents of children who could have been covered by SCHIP are better off than others does not mean they should lack healthcare! Some places here in the U.S. require a high income to even survive. The one truly IGNORED fact is that there would not be homelessness, hungry working poor, or poverty if capitalists paid enough wages in keeping with costs of living here. That THE capitalist motive needs many to be poor cements the servant/slave classes that they require to maintain economic dominance and control. Elementary, my dears. This is a funny post! Sometimes appealing to humor can enlighten some people. Thanks, Peace
posted 12:08 pm on 10/25/2007
collapse rbspickles
Good did this imbecile EVER get in a position of power....let alone the MOST powerful position in the world? I am exhausted trying to keep up with his insane, inane views. And I also agree, NO HILLARY!!! Enough is enough for crying out loud. I say, vote EVERY incumbent out and put all fresh blood in...'cept of course the computerised voting machines will make sure that would NEVER happen.

God, I need a drink :(
posted 11:59 am on 10/25/2007
And the saddest statisic: only two percent of Americans are the richest people in the world.

Now that's where more governmental assistance is so badly needed.
posted 11:33 am on 10/25/2007
Considering that half of Americans did not vote for George Bush in 2000, this means that our President represents only those who voted for him. I hope that none of those voters need health care for seriously ill children.
posted 11:32 am on 10/25/2007
Thank you, Andy, for your endorsement of John Edwards -- from the more than half of Democrats who do not want Hillary Clinton to be our nominee.
posted 11:25 am on 10/25/2007
I can't wait until my wrist is fully recovered after surgery so I can type without pain.

Boy do I have a few things to say!!!!

Starting with this administrations's "good news" about Mr. Bush's draconian veto on behalf of those pesky uninsured children.

In the meantime, my best to all,

posted 11:20 am on 10/25/2007
no, no, you got it wrong. Bush says half glass full. Half of all Americans can speak English good.
posted 11:17 am on 10/25/2007
More than half of US citizens have not been wiretapped
more than half of us are not in Iraq

Gee,I feel better already
posted 10:56 am on 10/25/2007
More great news: Half of all Americans make above median income!

Maybe that's where the Chimp got his statistic. Figures lie and liars figure but it's much easier to lie to the numerically illiterate.
posted 10:43 am on 10/25/2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

He's the Man, er . . . . . the idiot!!

"Childrens do learn," Bush tells school children.

Wed Sep 26, 2:03 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Offering a grammar lesson guaranteed to make any English teacher cringe, President George W. Bush told a group of New York school kids on Wednesday: "Childrens do learn."

Bush made his latest grammatical slip-up at a made-for-TV event where he urged Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, the centrepiece of his education policy, as he touted a new national report card on improved test scores.

The event drew New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings plus teachers and about 20 fourth and fifth graders from P.S. 76.

During his first presidential campaign, Bush -- who promised to be the "education president" -- once asked: "Is our children learning?"

On Wednesday, Bush seemed to answer his own question with the same kind of grammatical twist.

"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured," he said.
It is hard to hard to believe that after 8 years and countless hours spent educating this man on how to speak, he is still an idiot.

And people wonder why those against Bush feel he is not and never has been smart enough to be a leader of any country, much less the most powerful nation in the world. And they just don't get why the rest of us KNOW that he is nothing more than a puppet and it is others in the Bush Administration who is pulling the strings and feeding him what to say and do.