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I Just Want You To Love Me

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 9:50 PM

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I just want you to love me, I'm your government,

I just want you to love me, I'll take care of everything.

If you need food, or need TV,

just leave everything to me,

no need to think,

have a drink,

now I told you not to think,

I'll help you buy that car,

you can't go very far,

no need for you to slave,

My love is cradle to the grave.

I just want you to love me, I'm your government,

I just want you to love me, I'll take care of everything.

If you get yourself a little ill,

I'll give you a little pill,

No need for you to decide,

I'll choose how long you ride,

now don't worry that I'll be cruel,

Have I ever lied to you?

remember what you learned in school,

big government is really cool.

I just want you to love me, I'm your government,

I just want you to love me, I'll take care of everything.

The founding Fathers never knew,

the dreams I have planned for you,

your kids wont have to wait,

For I'll gladly educate.

Look to me - I am the way,

you'll get goodies and the rich will pay.

What is truth?

no need to know,

you'll need my love

if you want to grow

the price is high,

if you dare say no.

I just want you to love me. I'm your government.


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Soylent Green is PEOPLE!! Of course, they'll only feed you the ones who dare get ill, injured, or intelligent.

Sam, I just posted this link on another thread...http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24834.htm

Apparently to Mr. Green, President Obama is too conservative for his palate. I personally find it difficult to not see this article as satire.

-- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 10:12 PM

that's the irony of it, mickel. i'd love to see it composed to music.

keep up the good work, sam.

truly inspired. pretty dark, though.

-- Posted by tiney56 on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 10:39 PM

Great column, Sam. Those that worship the government obviously will have trouble facing the truth of it. :-)

-- Posted by MrsSmith on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 7:45 AM

I did not know it,

Sam's a fine poet.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 8:36 AM

Sam version is more original and funny. Sorry reformedrightwinger, you just don't cut it.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 5:01 PM

Still, the thought is unoriginal.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 5:11 PM

It's a lot better than anything you've ever come up with!

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 6:09 PM

Gearjammer,

Got another lyric for you,

We, the sweet, kind health insurors of 2010,

Added huge premium increases today with spin.

If you are a healthy young adult, just add half again,

For everyone else, cash the paycheck, mail it in.

That's right, in ELEVEN STATES -- Private Health INsurance Company premiums were increased sharply today.

In at least one state, 50% increase for healthy young adults.

And in the Blair House Health Care Summit, one genius Republican congressman declared he did not believe the Congressional Budget Office's figures on total savings to result from the proposed Health Care Reform Bill reported out of the House.

HE DOES NOT BELIEVE THOSE NUMBERS.

He did admit he believes all the other numbers from the CBO, just chooses not to believe these, because his sponsors in the insurance industry don't want him to believe them.

And since they are funding his election campaigns, by golly, as a good Republican, he will follow orders from the man with the checkbook, which is sure to get fatter.

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Reminds me of a hree-Part question I had asked yesterday.

Part One -- How is it the only administration which appointed people to help plan federal spending and budget reduction -- was successful?

Part Two -- Why is it the people who claim to be fiscally responsible can't do anything but run up $11-TRILLION in federal debt -- and never attempt to plan for reduced spending and budget reduction?

Part Three -- Why is it that a president who brings in some of the same proven fiscal conservatives to plan budget reductions and federal spending controls is totally wrong in GOP eyes?

By the way, boys and girls, I'm still waiting for your lists of police departments and sheriff's offices where you can receive volunteer training and help hold down public expenses.

Darn I forgot, the one super-patriot has to work and support a family.

Funny, I don't remember my three kids starving when I finished an 80-hour week in my businesses and went out to ride patrol for 20 hours.

But then, for certain some of you uber-conservatives are working 90-120 hour weeks, which would make it difficult to volunteer.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 7:28 PM

The first sign of losing a political argument...ridicule your opponent.

Hook, line, sinker. And we caught only three toadies this time.

-- Posted by Mickel on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 8:52 PM

Hi there hank

I still want to know did you ever beat the dispatcher even with your thousands of hours of range time? :)

I've done some checking, the top of the line Colt Python was never called a leadcutter, you are simply confused about the brand and model.

-- Posted by boojum666 on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 8:57 PM

You keep dreamin' friend. To be honest it would take a lot of Alice's blue little pills to find Carl or Hank in a winning argument.

I would stipulate that you make very many compelling points...but you also have a very distinguished list of attacks notched on your belt.

And you're welcome for the encouragement.

-- Posted by Mickel on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 9:28 PM

Sam, I should not be shocked that you would write a good conservative rap. Thanks for making me smile.

-- Posted by CandyKilroy on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 9:42 PM

He must have taken the Bill Clinton course on passing blame and got straight A's.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 1:15 PM

And a liberal democrat party comrade.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 1:38 PM

You two are cute together.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 1:41 PM

I've noticed a very disturbing trend here, liberals are always bringing up, or trying to live in, the past. I wonder, do you liberals only notice what's behind you when you walk or drive? Kind of dangerous, don't you think. Any dialogue with the liberals, and you get the rehashed version of Reagan, the Bush years, mix in a little Nixon for good measure. Heck while were at it, lets throw in racial segregation, slavery, and the mistreatment of the semi-native peoples.

There is no action for the present or vision for the future with liberalism. Anymore, liberalism seems merely be a hope and a dream that the past will somehow change to their liking and change today's realities.

That, and any disagreement with a liberal, is conveniently call hatred.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 3:33 PM

Yes Guillermo, we are trying to conserve (save). We are trying to save a way of life the utilizes mankind's quest to excel. If people want a Cadillac (car, health care, house etc.), some one will build and deliver a Cadillac to the consumers liking. Some will desire a Chevrolet (again car, health care, house, etc.) and the same will happen. People will work (produce) and prepare (educate) themselves to acquire the goods and services they desire. It's called capitalism, or to capitalize.

Under your system, we would ALL have to settle for a, say, Smart Car. One size fits all, plain jane. What would be the desire for prepare one self to if that's all you get. Your system, though based on total equality, goes against mans desire.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 4:31 PM

I'd say I won the argument since Iggy can't debate with logic.

Senior Loud, are we to take you seriously?

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 11:55 PM

Guillermo is trying to mold himself in the image of Dear Leader. Petulant, insulting, arrogant, and I have a feeling the same thing happens to Guillermo, that happens to Obama.

Whenever Obama meets with anyone, anywhere for almost any reason, Obama finds that he is the least qualified and the least experienced guy in the room. You know that is the case with Guillermo.

Oh yeah - that is a Rush Limbaugh quote, so you can save the diatribe that Rush said it first. Yet another example of how Rush agrees with me.

Guillermo, you would not know a hypocrite if it swam up and bit you on the dingus. You worship hypocrites, you study and follow hypocrites, and soon, you'll be a walking study in hypocracy. Producing nothing and demanding allot for it.

Spain is now in it's death throes economically, and Guillermo would love to see the US follow suit. He dreams of the day when the USA falls, and Guillermo dreams of the day when he can tell each of you how to walk - talk - shoot - sh&% - eat and think.

It is difficult, but necessary, to try and understand the mindset of the left, it is hate based thinking of political and social parasites, and I am being kind.

We on the right are trying to deal with the hypocrites on our side of the spectrum. I personally have called for every Republican that took a single dime of the poisonous slush fund money to resign. You on the left never expect your side act honestly, so I never hear you admit to the phoniness, lies, treachery, deception, theft, and so on from your side of the isle.

Just like the global warming lies you and your ilk spread for almost two decades. The trillions of dollars in money wasted, earned by honest citizens, their efforts lost in a leftist political fraud.

And you want to lecture us. You are a funny guy Guillermo, in a sad and pathetic way. Listening to you is like watching a homeless drunk guy pee on himself. My side of the isle wants to truly help the homeless guy, by getting the guy to help himself. Your side excuses his actions, blames Bush, and uses the poor guy as a prop.

Your side is losing. You've cost us plenty, and you damn near brought down this country. You'd like us to become the has-been whining cowardly state that Spain has become. But you underestimated the American people Guillermo, and in the end, you are going to have to get a real job someday. That will be wonderful to see, as you're not qualified to do anything but spread untruth, maybe a career as a manure spreader is in your future.

On second thought, you need to have common sense ... even to spread manure.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 9:14 AM

And Senior Loud, even those who know history and doomed to repeat it. It's mankinds curse.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 10:47 AM

Why do people come to America in the first place?

-- Posted by orville on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 11:54 AM

Guillermo,

Funny, I don't recall mentioning anything about your Spanish heritage. If I did I apologize.

So enlighten us Iggy, what is your "system"? Are all your arguments for and against capitalism and socialism been a lie? Do you really stand for anything? Are you even a student in Lincoln? Or are you just a simple noise maker wanting to be noticed.

Your name calling and put downs aside, your a piss ant.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 3:39 PM

Guillermo,

Were you not the one who just a few weeks ago called profits immoral? Just how does a capitalistic system work, if profits are immoral? You may actually have a point on the socialistic half of our economy, but thats all we can see of your argument because of your hatred of capitalism and its fuel, profits.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 4:22 PM

Any opposition of leftist liberalism is hatred. Very old and tired, Senior Loud. Also very original. The rest is just incoherent babbling. Boring.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 5:54 PM

The Bible says profit is immoral? If your talking about the Words of Deuteronomy, 15:1-3, you are not to charge interest to the poor and fellow Israelites (only). I happen to agree, we shouldn't be charging interest to the poor. Also the book of Deuteronomy states all debt to the Israelites is to be forgiven on the 7th year.

Deuteronomy 15:4-5 tell us there will be no poor people, for God will bless us if we obey every one of his commands. Which we failed.

Now I direct you, Sir Guillermo, to Proverbs 14:23-24, NLT 2nd Edition.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 6:11 PM

Very very good Little Guillermo, I am impressed by your use of Google search. Hopefully this brings you a step closer.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 8:07 PM

And in a few months, when real scientists check the math, they'll say "oops, nevermind".

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 9:26 PM

Guillermo,

The profiteering you speak of if directly aimed and those who loan money, I think God does frown upon that. Yes, the LOVE (LUST) for money (wealth, possessions, prestige, power and etc.) IS the root of all evil. I think we all see that. We are in agreement there, why should their be a retort?

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 9:36 PM

Guillermo,

Yes, sadly, I must agree with you on this one as well. The success of our economy, as well as our own personal financial success, is based on how much we can borrow. I am self-employed, I started out by using my own cash. I haven't had a credit card since 2004. My own personal motto is, "if I don't have the cash, I can't afford it".

As for reformedrightwinger and Senior Loud, I am talking about actual climatologist who combed the data and found the errors in much of the data in what is now know as "Climategate". By suing actual data, observations, versus the data presented by the global warming alarmist, hypothetical data, the lies were exposed. Which is why anything that come from the pop climatologist should be looked at very skeptically.

Just to let you know rrw and SL, I haven't listened to Rush Limbaugh in several years, and I don't like or listen to Glen Beck. Hopefully this will clear up any confusion the 2 of you have.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 7:46 AM

rrw,

Here is a list, scrutinize as many as you like.

http://www.oism.org/pproject/

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 2:30 PM

5 out of over 31,000, boy you will believe anything.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 3:46 PM

Here you go rrw,

http://www.carlineconomics.com/archives/...

http://www.uoguelph.ca/~rmckitri/researc...

http://tomnelson.blogspot.com/search/lab...

And what isn your source that says 35 out of 31000 are climatologists?

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 4:18 PM

Despite all the evidence coming out that shows data was in fact manipulated by the warming crowd, you are right, the world is dramatically warming and we are all going to die. Someday.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 5:17 PM

Sam, Boo, and company.

Some day even Neo-Cons will wake up.

I recorded and section-by-section watched most of the CSPAN broadcast of the Health summit.

McCain and his buddies each used the same two tired slogans 6-to-20 times each during the day.

---"Start Over" and "Step by Step."

The one GOP big mouth declared that while he accepted Congressional Budget Office numbers as accurate and politically neutral on all other matters and had done so for years -- he refuses to accept CBO numbers on the Health Care Reform Bill passed by the house.

Hypocrisy at the outer limits.

Meanwhile, insurers in eleven states announced huge increases in health care policy premiums -- 50% in one case for healthy young adults.

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By the way, saw the Neo-Cons Boogie Man on CNN this afternoon.

Aside from being a multi-billionaire who left Hungary after WWII, worked to pay for a top education at the London School of Economics, and coming to the U.S. flat broke to build one of the great personal fortunes of our era.

--He has donated more than $500-Million to charity in 120+ countries, personally donated the maximum of $50,000 to the Obama inauguration program.

-- He strongly disagrees with the bank bail out, saying since the American Taxpayers were basically recapitalizing these banks, the administration should have done as several other countries have and Nationalize those banks.

"That would have stopped these criminal bonuses to managers who recklessly and willfully risked their stockholders' equity in the pursuit of personal profit."

He laughed at the idea of China's COMMUNIST regime.

"They have state controlled capitalism on steroids and unless we get our act together, we will be in trouble."

His final point, President Obama has made a start on rebuilding U.S. prestige abroad by sitting and discussing ideas and problems with other leaders.

The world's leaders were totally sick of irrational lectures from Bush and Cheney.

Obama's biggest weakness -- "He believes in the power of logic and reason to bridge differences."

"The problem is with today's Republicans and many of the world's dictators, logic and reason are not within their understanding.

The final concept -- ELIMINATE INCOME TAX, CAPITAL GAINS and many other taxes, with a national value added tax of 5-14%.

Apparently including business expenses.

Farmer buys equipment -- he pays VAT.

Factory buys parts -- pays VAT.

Sounded like the typical Billionaire willing for working people to pay the same tax as rich folks. The only problem -- most of the working folks' purchases are daily necessities, which take most of their income.

The rich man's necessities consume a tiny percentage of his income.

With VAT, he can take most of his income, buy an estate on a tropical island, buy boats, airplanes, food, clothing, 20-year-old Scotch, 100 year old French wines outside the U.S. -- and pay no VAT.

This fellow does not strike me as a very good Socialist as some claim.

Nationalized banks are restricted from profit making, leaving the profits for private investors.

Guess which one Soros is?

Cutting out all Income Tax and imposing up to 14% Value Added Taxes would mean those making the least would pay a much higher share of VAT taxes from every dollar of their income.

While the Billionaires would pay a micro-fractional amount.

Now, Sam, I need someone to explain how it is that the man some claim controls Obama, did not get his ideas on nationalizing the "bail out" banks acted on by his "puppet."

That one action would have created a financial world where Soros could have increased his wealth expotentially within four years.

It would appear that Soros is not the poster boy for Socialism and he clearly does not control the President.

Who's the Neo-Con boogy man starting in March?

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 9:41 PM

rrw and Guillermo,

It is a consensus, global warming is occurring.

Are you will to do your part? Give up your cars, they contribute to global warming, to do less would make you a hypocrite. Remove your HVAC system from your house, they contribute to global warming, to do less would make you a hypocrite. Completely remove all electricity from your homes, it contributes to global warming, to do less would make you a hypocrite. Do not eat any meat from animals, they contribute to global warming, to do less would make you a hypocrite. Do not eat any food that comes from a farm, they contribute to global warming, to do less would make you a hypocrite. Do not live in a home constructed of any man made or man grown materials, that contributes to global warming, to do less would make you a hypocrite. Do not create children, they will contribute to global warming, to do less would make your a hypocrite. Do not read any material written on paper, that contributes to global warming, to do less would make you a hypocrite. Do not travel by any means, for that contributes to global warming, to do less would make you a hypocrite. Do not, do not, do not...

I, on the other hand, with a fully functioning brain (?), do not believe this nonsense, and will continue to live my life as my needs demand.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 10:14 PM

Obama hank, B Hussein Obama.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 8:59 AM

All the liberal bs is fun to respiond to but still no one wants to address the fact that WE CAN"T AFFORD IT. WE ARE BROKE!!!

-- Posted by hankherndon on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 9:43 AM

Hey Backassward Hank,

What we are as a nation is financially pained.

We are not broke, and are in fact a long way from broke.

But, we are spending more now on interest on the DDD debt, than we are on education.

Far more than we are as a nation on Health Care.

Except for the Bush Dynasty's waste through 24 years of the Reagan/Bush era and the DDD crowd -- we would not have a national debt.

The waste of endless wars under the Bushes could have been avoided and $25-TRILLION PLUS could have gone toward highways, bridges, schools, teachers salaries, First Responders' equipment/pay and retirements and Health Care.

My grandkids will be paying for the combined Bush dynasty waste.

As will your grandkids and the grandkids of every person writing on these GAZETTE blogs.

We're stuck, because a warring traditionw within one family made it happen.

Gawd knows, Ronald Reagan was a genuine dim bulb, but some of his major backers were not. They were not Neo-Cons, just conservatives -- and even then could honestly be termed progressive in some areas.

They controlled Reagan's utterances, except when he disregarded staff and allowed impromtu press conferences which invariably embarrassed him and his administration.

They could not prevent him from being a genuinely, warm, decent and amiable human being.

I personally loved that we would be the only two people at his campaign hotels having one drink with dinner -- and stopping there.

Every night, at least 50% of the crowd was drunk before 10 p.m., but the candidate went to bed with his wife, absolutely sober.

And he woke up every morning, without a hangover.

The Bush's were and are another story, in several ways. DubYah was a falling down drunk for decades. We had a genuinely pickled brain in the White House, being lead around by the nose by his Vice President.

Shotgun Cheney is a whole different species in his own right. The orginal Loose Cannon and Lip.

Turned the art of Federal Treasury Raiding into a precise, profitable science and Olympic Sport.

This past year seems to have confused himself for Rush and Beck.

Probably to draw attention away from the massive Halliburton/KBR/Blackwater theft of federal TRILLIONS, not even counting what Halliburton is taking and expects to take from the Iraqi oil fields.

By the way, has anyone noticed --Days after leaving the hospital with a "heart procedure" performed, William Jefferson Clinton, flew out to Chile to help arrange for earthquake relief as the Chilean government needs it?

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 5:44 PM

CHUNKY,

All other little details aside -- such as Fairbanks, Alaska being warmer on New Years than a lot of lower 48 areas.

The Pacific Island nations rapidly shrinking, as are the Florida Keys, many of the Carribbean Islands and miles of low-lying barrier islands and low-lying coastal marshes, wetlands and plains disappearing.

By the way, I have Carolina coastal property just inland in the safe Hurricane Hazard Zone Three where insurance is available.

That property used to be 50-60 miles from Salt Water. Today -- the Salt Water has managed to get within 30-40 miles, 25 miles along one stream.

Alligators which were restricted by cold weather to Southern South Carolina and Georgia -- are now common at Myrtle Beach.

One state park is a regular "Gator Walk" paradise.

Those sub tropical gators can now be found north of Wilmington, NC --in the estuaries and swamps of Camp Lejuene -- adding a whole new dimension to the Marine's combat training.

Cadre offers training in how to defend against Gators.

If global warming is hokum, someone needs to advise those gators.

Otherwise, congressmen going skinny dipping in the D.C. tidal basin (a la uberconservative Wilbur Mills with Fannie Fox, the Argentine Bombshell) may discover an entirely unwanted diversion.

"Be careful about strolling along the Elipse during late evenings. These new night crawlers can be rather aggressive. Apparently trained by Gloria Steinem."

Just ignore all that.

How do you explain that in a period of less than 200 years, modern industrial man has burned, combusted, wiped out a major portion of the earth's known fossil fuel deposits.

Deposits which required millions of years to develop.

Within 500 years of the invention of the steam engine -- 99% of the earth's fossil fuels will be gone -- according to the most generous estimates.

The realistic people are saying 300 years.

You explain how that much combustion exhaust can enter the atmosphere without impacting climate and global temperatures.

I've looked at it from every angle. remembering the good ol' days of Pittsburgh, Gary, IN, South Chicago, Johnston, Pa and other steel-making cities with skies totally blacked out before noon most days.

Acid rains from coal burning destroying most of New England and S.E. Canada's forests.

You show scientific data that proves those fossil fuel emissions have not and do not impact the climate.

I can remember standing on the North Rim of Grand Canyon and seeing into California to the west, and the mountains around Jerome and Prescott to the southwest.

Even with the clearest winter conditions, the view has been cut in half, California no longer exists from the North Rim and the Central Arizona mountains are long gone.

An that has been the situation for 30 years.

In 1973, flying out of DFW, crossing into the Texas Panhandle toward Salt Lake City, the brown smog from southern California totally obscured the horizon at 35,000 feet.

Explain how that did and does not impact climate.

China and India are pouring smoke into the atmosphere with increasing volume. They admit it is impacting their people's health and the climate.

If a bunch of those hated Chinese and Indians can understand it -- what is wrong with a bunch of self-proclaimed intelligent Americanos?

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 2:29 AM

Financially pained!!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMFAO!!!!! That's as rich as "it depends on what the definition of is, is."

-- Posted by hankherndon on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:13 AM

Hey Backassward Henri,

There is a certain Nebraskan - some fellow named Warren over at Omaha who sort of disagrees with your financial expertise.

But then with your genius, you must be four times richer than Buffet and his friend Bill Gates combined.

Obviously, you must be much smarter as well as being a better businessman -- because you have managed to stay below the media radar and no one has ever heard of you.

Can't imagine why.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 5:05 PM

Hank,

Who hates Indians?

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 9:41 AM

You are right Hank. Money means you are smarter than history and everyone else.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 10:09 AM

Hey HerndonHank,

There is a certain Nebraskan - some fellow named Warren over at Omaha who sort of disagrees with Obama's financial expertise.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/heal...

But then with your genius, you must be four times richer than Buffet and his friend Bill Gates combined.

Obviously, you must not be much smarter as well as not being a better businessman -- because you have managed to stay below the media radar and no one has ever heard of you.

I can imagine why.

-- Posted by boojum666 on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 6:26 PM

Hey Boo,

One small detail you are missing.

You, Backassward Henri, Chunky, Jose, Leo, Mrs. Smith, Kilroy and the other neo-cons on here keep telling the world that anyone who disagrees with them is a raving lunatic socialist/Nazi/communist/bleeding heart liberal.

I'm still waiting for one of you super patriots to step up to the plate and enter volunteer training with a local law enforcement operation, or start doing something other than accuse others of all manner of sins and failings.

Some one of the Neo-Con jokers keeps flapping his jaw about this doddering old timer.

Any or all of you have my offer. Get ready to fly and meet me by 7 a.m. any Monday morning-- and stick with me through midnight, get up again at 5 a.m. and stick with me until midnight, get up again at 5 a.m. and hang in until midnight, up at 5 a.m. Thursday and I'll get you to an airport for the "Red Eye" headed toward your home between 9 p.m. and midnight. So you can can be home early Friday.

I'll provide the rental cars between air connections, you boys pay your other expenses.

You see Boo, I ain't trying to show up on any radar screens, blaming everyone who disagrees with me politically for my failure to produce as a human being.

Sam and I disagree politically.

We can both live with that.

I have a long-haul driving friend who is trying to get into a 2003-2008 big rig to accept an Owner-Operator contract. Sam says he might know where an owner-operator has a rig -- So maybeso the two of us can work together to help a man he doesn't know and I have spent maybe six hours with in my life.

That's what is all about, giving a good man a "hand up" and maybe helping an older owner-operator get fair value from his last big rig.

Two working men can be helped.

It won't cost Sam anything but a little time, the same for me.

Frankly, that "Floats my boat, real well."

Yeah, I work long hours to make money.

I also use the profits for what I want to devote them to.

At my age, with my offspring all well educated and successfully pursuing their lives, I don't have to provide for them -- So there are others who can use a hand up.

Having tried retirement three times and failing miserably with all three attempts -- I just work to achieve what is important now.

And that does not include kowtowing to incompetent politicians.

My immediate families' and my lady's families' share of the $11-TRILLION federal debt left by DubYah and the Draft Dodgers is somewhere beyond $6-Million.

Any of you with close family ties with 40 people are in the same boat.

How many of you can afford to pay off principal and interest on that $11-TRILLION?

The really bad part -- is while piling his $7-TRILLION of increased debt atop his daddy's $4-TRILLION -- good ol' DubYah got us bogged down in two totally mismanaged wars, to add to his father's record for getting us into wars.

Maybe we can arrange for him to put on his Jet Jock's pressure suit and prance around another carrier's flight deck -- just for Auld Lang Syne.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 8:36 PM

Hank,

I do not recall calling anyone who disagrees with me a "raving lunatic socialist/Nazi/communist/bleeding heart liberal". I call them wrong.

Does manning a food pantry and new donated clothing closet to feed and cloth the poor count towards my volunteerism? Have you done your part?

I can not match you financially, nor do I care to.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 8:53 PM

Chunky, Hank is a delusional pauper living at a home on our dime if you haven't figured that one out yet.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 8:27 AM

Hank, I don't believe I've called any of you names...aside from lib.

My day already runs from 5AM to 11PM most of the time...I am a full-time employee, commute 2 hours a day, volunteer at a non-profit, and have kids still at home. If you've money enough to have retired even once, you obviously don't donate enough.

Pres Bush did spend more money than we wanted...but we may be very glad to have 2 fronts on Iran soon.

Of course, Pres Obama has managed to spend an awful lot more money than Bush...and he's insisting on everlasting entitlement programs instead of wars that end. The costs will go forever...or at least until they bankrupt our country.

Those of us that can add up $$, and love our country...we do miss Pres. Bush. At least he didn't mess up 100% of the time.

And he could talk without a teleprompter...

-- Posted by MrsSmith on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 12:25 PM

I'll bet he knew how to pronounce corpsman.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 1:27 PM

What a dork. He wears a WWII vintage helmet and I wear a joker hat. You wear a handi-helmet and Hank wears depends. We are all individual in our own way.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 2:46 PM

They are afraid to leave academia and join the real world where people work for a living. Or in Ward Churchill's case they are afraid to even do their own work in academia.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 2:56 PM

ball_o_fire,

What does Derrr mean?

You are right in pointing out that some right wingers fear the intellegentsia just as some on the left fear religion. What does it matter if they do, are they not entitled to their opinions? Is it not more likely that more professors are Liberal because that is a field that is more attractive to Liberals? Wait, haven't we had this debate several times?

Senior,

I find it intersting that in cross posting you point out that my questioning your language skills was not insulting yet still managed to ding your self esteem. Btw, why would sounding like a Nigerian be offensive, I know only a few Nigerians but if they are representative of the culture I don't think that should be taken as an insult they are very nice people.

Is it your contention then that anyone you feel is a Con-Bot is not intelligent and needs a Liberal or at least a centrist with extremely radical ideas like you to help them run their lives?

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 3:13 PM

The sky isn't falling, it's Algore's gravitas.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 3:33 PM

ball_o_fire,

In fact I am upset by your perpetuation of stereotypes and your insensitivity. I am not mad at you, just saddened that while a Liberal such as yourself, If you don't qualify yourself as a Liberal I apologize in advance for mislabeling, often makes arguments against bigotry and hatred, you feel that those with cognitive disabilities are not worthy of that protection and are an easy target for a poor attempt at humor. You have shown much about your personality and values.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 3:33 PM

I disagree reformedrightwinger. First I would disagree that he intended his remark as satire for there was no indication it was meant so, there had been no other leading discussion that would lead it to be interpreted as satire. Second, how would one use a comment like that as satire? I really see no way to interpret that remark as anything other than disparagement. Do you interpret it in a different manner? I would really like an explanation how that would be ok.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:14 PM

ball_o_fire

Why would I come at you? I don't even know you other than observing your questionable value system. Since your defense of your, in my opinion, indefensible comment is to challenge me to fight, I am forced to assume that you are not worth speaking with. Take it easy!

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:24 PM

Ball o Fire is to Corky thatcher as Gilly is to arrogant.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:25 PM

Yes Joe I would imagine it could be like that although I'm not sure what a waterhead is.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:25 PM

hankherndon,

You mean that Corky Thatcher is a personality trait of ball_o_fire? That would indeed be an intersting spectacle. You do know how analogies work right?

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:31 PM

I am saying ball o fire ain't got nothing on this Corky Thatcher kid.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:38 PM

From the Urban Dictionary;

"A person with mental health problems, ie downs syndrome, or retard for the lay person."

POTUS gave this repulsive term credibility;

"Leno asked about the upcoming Presidential pooch and called it a 'waterhead'. Mr. Obama laughed and said he didn't want a 'waterhead tripping around the WH', and indicated clumsiness with his fingers. "Waterhead" is a slang term for people with Down's syndrome and a synonym for retarded"

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:48 PM

Now I know why the bingo crowd calls hank waterhead when he enters the room on his jazzychair.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:51 PM

Whether or not she asked for it Gilly depends on how she was dressed. Don't you know anything on your campus throne?

-- Posted by hankherndon on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 4:59 PM

Guillermo,

What FAKE Outrage are you describing here? So far as I can tell I am the only one upset by this language, much that that fact saddens me. Is my stance against the perpetuation of stereotypes and the denigration of a large percentage of the population not valid because I don't hold all the same political beliefs as you? The really sad point is that this embarrasment comes a day after the campaign to end the r-word of which you all seem oblivious.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 5:22 PM

Since Sam/s original blog was about love, here is another "love" story about Republicans. Makes me wonder if a contribution is really in order. Facts unchecked by me, just sayin'...

http://www.aolnews.com/the-point/article...

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 9:42 PM

There was a time -- Long, long ago.

Republican was a term of honor.

A person of total moral committment, fervent belief in every person and every creature's dignity and right to respect.

A person who believed and practiced honesty and integrity in business, civic and religious life.

A person who respected his/her life partner, parents, children, neighbors, friends and the general community.

A person, who when two days drive from home, would take a collection bag and pick up trash from the roadside for an hour at any rest stop -- because while he needed the exercise, wanted it to produce some good.

A person who rose before dawn, worked five and six 10-hour days weekly, but arrived home eager to join the children for a game of "work up," or just to toss the football around or shoot hoops.

Or maybe take everyone to a favorite fishing spot to drown some worms and then have a cookout.

A person, who was first in line at the enlistment station December 8, 1941 and accepted substndard, even primitive housing to secure education and become the first member of his family to earn a university degree.

Incredibly, he had found a true woman to keep house within 800 to 1,000 sq. ft. of "migrant camp type housing," manage their two "boomer" children -- before they were boomers -- and work a 50-hour week in town to supplement his GI bill check and part-time job.

The best part of all -- they were best friends with other Republican and Democratic families living and working around them -- who were all cut from the same cloth.

Being Republican demanded a little extra effort for the community, the helpless and underprivileged.

Being a Republican meant hiring carefully and paying above the standard scale. Having a good clean supply of ice water, ice tea and cold watermelon at the edge of the field in summer for the hired hands.

Being Republican meant taking the tractor mower to the school yard in late August and mowing the grass, repairing the pump and dumping lime into the outhouses' pit toilets.

Being Republican meant hauling a truckload of coal for the school house supply, repairing and replacing grates in the big potbelly stove.

Being Republican meant having respect earned from those who disagreed politically.

Being Republican meant being humiliated by Warren Harding's "Teapot Dome Scandal," which was all about stealing Big Money from Uncle Sam.

Being Republican did not allow for divorce, bankruptcy or turning your back on the less fortunate in the community.

Being Republican meant walking anywhere with pride and honor.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 2:00 AM

Your conbots are no better or no less blind than liberalbots controlled by forces compelling them to believe in idealism over realism.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 8:53 AM

One thing can be said about these religious conservatives. In these troubled economic times they want to reign in spending while the liberals want to run us into the ground to grow government dependence. I am a very conservative member of the Republican party who doesn't have a religious bone in my body. You can still belong and not believe. I'd rather put up with a little preachiness than a lot of undisciplined tax and spend more than you tax idealism any day.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 9:18 AM

And you think libbots can think for themselves? They think we blew up the world trade center for the love of all that is good!!

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 10:10 AM

A couple of responses,

ball_o_fire,

Thank you for your apology. However I am still concerned by the overal attitute that it is still appropriate to continue to denigrate those with cognitive disabilities I just want people to think before they speak. As for assuming you are a Liberal I thought I was clear in apologizing in advance, unlike many here I try to not label anyone with something they wouldn't label themselves as. Such as when you called me a Con-bot, whatever that is.

Guillermo,

Your characterization of me seems a little harsh in my opinion, what have I ever said that "lump(ed)every person who disagrees with you (me) into the liberal-intellectual-terrorists-who-hate-America category." As a person with advanced degrees I'm pretty sure I could qualify myself as "intellectual" if I wanted, but I would rather just be a regular person. I don't recall ever saying anything that could be contrued as my believing that people who don't agree with me hate America, but perhaps I have. But as I've observed most people who post here, you included, seem not to be interested in reality rather they would like to name call and belittle each other over minor points.

reformedrightwinger, Senior Lout, ball_o_fire, et al.

I have noticed that several you and possibly other people claim they are moderate or centrist yet always confine your attacks to Republicans or Conservatives. These facts throw doubt on your claims. As I've often discussed with Mike, I would just like to see people being more liberal in their thought and less Liberal.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 10:13 AM

Senior Loud,

I apologize for my typo, I didn't mean to call you a Lout but mistyped. Although maybe Freud was right. I try to be fair and only refer to people in the manner they refer to themselves and have complained of others callling names.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 10:16 AM

I will speak for the libs then. They are nuts who think we blew up the trade centers to propagate a war for oil. Where have you been??

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 10:29 AM

Trust me. He won't be taking very many guns even if he does pass some stupid law. Trust me.

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 11:52 AM

"Or maybe it would be like a White House Official using the term "f***ing retards?" Would you possibly call that disparaging SW? -- Posted by Joe Buck on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, 4:44 PM"

Don't know about others but to me the White House Chief of Staff's remark was meant to be 150% disparaging.

To the LIBERAL zealots he was addressing after WH staff has spent hours trying to reason with them.

Old Rahm has one awesome value to the President, he will call a shovel a ******* ***** right in the shovel's face.

--------------------------------------------

"I can't speak for the libs, but I believe that the so called fiscal conservative libertarians make up a large portion of the 9/11 inside job crowd. Go ask many of the followers of Ron Paul (aka Teabaggers) what they think happened."

-- Posted by ball_o_fire on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 10:27 AM"

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"I will speak for the libs then. They are nuts who think we blew up the trade centers to propagate a war for oil. Where have you been??

-- Posted by hankherndon on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 10:29 AM"

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Fireball and Backassward Henri,

You sure must have a different kind of Tea Party Bagger in your towns.

Without exception every one I've encountered in about ten states this past year has been at least a partially deranged, off-center, ultra-right wing reactionary.

Even my former Computer repairman, is so far to the right, he would not dare operate a vehicle in the outside lane of Red Mountain Highway in Colorado. He would be about 12 lanes out over nothing but thin mountain air. [Can't say pure mountain air, cause that doesn't exist anymore, anywhere.

--------------------------------

Just saw the final fatalities figures for taking the heavily fortified, fanatically defended MarJah stronghold ---- THIRTEEN TOTAL NATO, U.S. and Afghan military deaths.

We lost more than that at each of several of Rummie's idiot frontier outposts in any one concentrated attack.

Just shows how totally superb our people are when they are properly equipped, armed and supported.

The converted Abrams Tank minefield plow and the 25-ton armored personnel carriers clearly earned their cost.

Let's hear someone scream about how awful this president is for insisting the military develop effective strategy with all civilian agencies and the Afghans and Pakistans.

Creating effective tactics based on common sense equipment to get the job done and protect our people.

Tragically, we are having a full military honors funeral here for a local guy killed by an IED while ferrying medical supplies to Afghan clinics with a thin-skin truck.

An American kid named Joe. Serving to finance his education. No great local football hero. Hunting and fishing were his passions, along with dirt bikes.

Just don't look for any local enemies -- there are none.

However, he is still dead -- permanently.

Helping reclaim territory sacrificed so Iraq could get all the attention.

----------------------------------------

Oh yes, Miz Sary is pitching a TV show about Alaska now.

Made quite a stir around Hollywood's big Hospitality Houses for the celebs, apparently centered around the Oscars.

Each of the sponsors show off their products and services and hand out presents to the various celebs hoping to work out endorsement deals.

Seems Miz Sary strolled through several Hospitality Houses, loading up a rather large bag with the more expensive "samples" before anyone even offered her a single gift.

Don't you know the home folks in Alaska are just plumb proud!!

----------------------------------------

Yeah, these folks do have entertainment value.

But at $11-TRILLION in debt, kind of a stiff cover charge for the show.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 3:16 PM

Our government works best when we govern from the middle--when the Republican Party and Democratic Party starts working constructively together, then, and only then, will we continue onward toward "a more perfect union".

Neither the far left nor the far right is immune from abuse of power.

Common fear based lies out there.

The "birthers"--does anyone honestly believe John McCain would have let Obama win the election if Obama was born anywhere outside the US? Beyond that, does anyone believe Hillary (and Bill) would have let Obama win the Democratic nomination if Obam were born out of the US?

Obama is a Muslim? Get real, see above.

Obama is a socialist? Please study what a true socialist advocates. There are plenty of industiralized nations who have nationalized medicine, last I read the US is 17th in the quality of care we recieve behind many countries with a nationalized medicine option. Effectively, death panels have existed for years within the present insurance industry, which is vigorously funding anti national health care.

And the recent rate increases being proposed, some approaching 50%, are yet another clear indication we must enact healthcare reform in this country.

The recent exposure of the Republican Party's fear based campaign plans for this falls general election should give pause to fear based obstructionist actions of the national Republican Party, before voting for either parties canidates, try to discern that canidates willingness to vote for the best solutions, rather than the party line.

I support work/education for welfare benefits (limited to no more than 5 years and limiting child benefits to no more than 2 children for lifetime). Real, honest disability is a seperate case, but job retraining should be utilized whenever possible in such cases.

I support denying any government aid to residents of other countries, those here legally should pay a "5-10% Privilige to work in the US tax", those here illegally should be deported immediately. (the preceding would increase tax revenue, save government spending on "Illegals", and freeing up jobs for American citizens.

In general, support reducing welfare to the point that it is only a survival grant which would be an incentive to those availing themselves to the aid to utilize their talents and get a real job.

Example, food stamps are ok, but they should not be accepted for soda, candy bars, chewing gum, ice, preprepared bakery goods, white bread excepted, good for store brand/generic saltines, but not Ritz type crackers, store brands/generic but not name brands (no Del Monte, Green Giant, Sara Lee, Betty Crocker, etc.).

Leave a woman's right to choose between her, her spiritual director, and her doctor. Churches should spend their money on educating their members to their moral code, not spending pac money to defeat political issues they with which they disagree. Freely "render unto Caesar what is Casesar's, and unto God what is God's." No greater support of seperation of Church and state can be found. Jesus was a wise man, he refused to participate in the political process in a public manner, rather he submitted to it. (And he threw out the Pharisees who had developed their own political careers.)

If we keep restricting others personal rights with our laws, we all lose more of our freedom which has been fought for so valiantly over the last 200+ years. And if we base the government on the religous beliefs of one group over another, then we have become something much worse that creeping socialism, we are then threatened with creeping fascism--and that is much more of a scary scenario to me than national medicine ever could be.

-- Posted by ontheleftcoast on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 6:01 PM

"""Only"---- THIRTEEN TOTAL NATO, U.S. and Afghan military deaths."

Great! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! Unless of course one of those killed is someone we really care about! WHEN WE SHOULD BE THE HELL OUT OF THERE! What did someone say earlier? 100,000 troops to bomb the hell out of 15 dudes in a cave, learning how to sew bombs in their panties?

-- Posted by Joe Buck on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 3:51 PM"""

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"15 dudes in a cave...."

Jose, I'm sure anyone of those 100,000 guys getting shot at, dodging IED's daily and trying to clean out a half-million or more tough, lifetime fighting men who were in on the "whupping up" on the entire Soviet military might,---- would be plumb thrilled to have you come and show them how to dig those fifteen dudes out of that one cave.

Suggest you pack a good lunch, it might take until 3 or 4 p.m. if you start before 7 a.m.

Look at the suicide fighter numbers who remained in MarJah and did their job and died.

Plus the 60 civilians they held as shields.

After you personally "Whup up" on those Fifteen Dudes,you might ask some of our guys burying bodies at MarJah how it feels to pick up pieces of babies sacrificed by your "fifteen dudes."

Jose, you just might give 30 seconds consideration to the FACT -- if DDD had let our guys and the NATO forces finish the jobon Al Qaeda and the Taliban originally instead of sending them on his personal family vendetta into Iraq -- There would be about 5,000 Americans and probably a half-million Afghanistanis, Iraqis and Pakistanis alive today, who did not volunteer to be "collateral damage" so DubYah could strut around in his pressure suit.

Gen. George Patton always wore those Bone Grip 45s with his dress uniform and dressed for effect -- effectively.

BUT -- Gen. Patton was a legitimate seasoned combat soldier against the Villistas in Mexico with BlackJack Pershing before WWI and in the trenches during WWI, repeatedly decorated by Pershing.

From Casablanca to Tangiers, Sicily, up the Italian Boot, across France and Germany in WWII-- Patton usually was with his front line troops or was standing by the road greeting them as they drove forward.

One of my boyhood heroes came home from serving with Patton in Sicily and again in t hat 30-mile per day dash across Europe.

He admitted being "slightly concerned" about getting sent onto the tip of the advance charging toward Meinz -- until he came around a hill 20 miles ahead of the main force and there was Patton yelling for him to "..get the lead out."

Patton earned the right to display those bone handles anytime he wished.

What was that truly memorable factoid about DubYah and the Air National Guard Houston unit.

Oh yeah, he cut out before his time was up.

Do you suppose he wore that pressure suit when he went AWOL?

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Sat, Mar 6, 2010, at 6:29 PM

Navy Petty Officer, PO2 (Petty Officer, Second Class)

EOD2 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Second Class)

"MIKE MONSOOR"

April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2009

Mike Monsoor, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor last week, for giving his life in Iraq, as he jumped on, and covered with his body, a live hand grenade, saving the lives of a large group of Navy Seals that was passing by!

~

During Mike Monsoor's funeral, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, in San Diego, California ... the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse, and lined up on each side of Mike Monsoor's casket, were his family members, friends, fellow sailors, and well-wishers.

The column of people continued from the hearse, all the way to the grave site.

What the group didn't know at the time was, every Navy Seal (45 To Be Exact) that Mike Monsoor saved that day were scattered through-out the column!

~

As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket down the column of people to the grave side. The column would collapse ... which formed a group of people that followed behind.

~

Every time the rosewood casket passed a Navy Seal, he would remove his gold trident pin from his uniform, and slap it down hard, causing the gold trident pin to embed itself into the top of the wooden casket!

Then the Navy Seal would step back from the column and salute!

~

Now for those who don't know what a trident pin is, here is the definition!

After one completes the basic Navy Seals program which lasts three weeks, and is followed by Seal qualification training, 15 more weeks of training, necessary to continue improving basic skills and to learn new tactics and techniques, required for an assignment to a Navy Seal Platoon.

After successful completion, trainees are given their Naval Enlisted Code, and are awarded the Navy Seal trident pin. With this gold pin they are now officially Navy Seals!

It was said, that you could hear each of the 45 slaps from across the cemetery!

By the time the rosewood casket reached the grave site, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from the 45 trident pins that lined the top!

cid:3.3347854836@web113614.mail.gq1.yahoo.com

[Question of the day:

Was Mike Mansoor a Democrat or Republican? Conservative-Moderate or Liberal politically?

Protestant, Catholic, Jewish or Muslim?

Does anyone really thinks it matters.

He is an American Hero.

The men who honored him are American Heroes.

Nothing else counts.

This was a fitting end to an eternal send-off for a Warrior Hero!

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Sat, Mar 6, 2010, at 10:26 PM

Jose, Joe Buck --

We buried "Biker Joe" here this week.

An ocean of tears, from Joe's young buddies he taught to ride their first bicycles, mopeds and pint-sized dirt bikes safely.

From his old scoutmaster and the guys in his old troop who shared a trip to Philmont out by Cimarron, NM.

From a whole raft of seniors Joe would help with heavy lifting around their places, always refusing payment -- his big frame did appreciate homemade fruit pie.

Joe wasn't valedictorian, but was on the Principals honor list routinely and probably carried more books, supplies and equipment for teachers than any other three students.

We all knew he tried college, but his head wasn't fully wrapped around it, so he signed up for the Army. Most of us were unaware he was less than impressed with the "regular Army" at first -- until decided to go AIRBORNE.

That's when his family saw Joe "simply explode" into being 100% soldier. "Don't cry for my brother, my personal hero Joe," his brother said.

"He had seen what those savages over there had done to women and girl children. He knew what they would do to American women and girls if given a chance. He was proud of what he was doing there -- so he was taking medical supplies out to a village clinic on an off-duty day."

For the first time, most of the town learned Biker Joe had married on his last leave before going overseas.

An old grade and high school friend, with two small children, whose "ex" had abandoned them.

Joe went to help with repairs to her trailer and as always, helped.

They married quietly at his church.

She and the kids moved into his parent's big home and his mother insists they'll stay, "Until she finds someone, which is what Joe wants."

Joe Buck,

No one who has helped carry wounded to an aid station, or seen the horror, has any illusions.

No one hates war any more than men who have experienced it.

But with the experience of 9/11, some of us went through the white-hot anger years and are well into the cold, determined anger phase until the job is done.

Sunshine patriots aren't of much use when the funnel clouds get on the ground and stay.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Thu, Mar 11, 2010, at 6:10 AM

When the Democrats controlled the House:

From the 95th to 98th Congresses (1977-84),

There were eight self-executing rules comprising exactly ONE percent of the 857 total rules granted.

During Speaker Tip O'Neill's (D-Mass.) final term in the 99th Congress, there were 20 self-executing rules (12 percent).(Most to secure passage of legislation sought by Pres. Reagan, with members of his own party opposing.)

During Rep. Jim Wright's (D-Texas) only full term as Speaker, in the 100th Congress, there were 18 self-executing rules (17 percent).

They reached a high point of 30 under Speaker Tom Foley (D-Wash.) during the final Democratic Congress, the 103rd, for 22 percent of all rules.

When Republicans took power in 1995:

Under Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.);

There were 38 and 52 self-executing rules in the 104th and 105th Congresses (1995-1998), making up 25 percent and 35 percent of all rules, respectively.

Under Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) there were 40, 42 and 30 self-executing rules in the 106th, 107th and 108th Congresses (22 percent, 37 percent and 22 percent, respectively)- for a 30.3 per cent average.

Nancy Pelosi has been speaker for some time now, the possible use of the self executing rule getting the Health Care Reform bill past the conservative blockade, will be the first of her tenure. So far her average is ZERO.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 5:57 PM


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