Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tales of the "Drive About" FIVE Being Thankful



On this day of giving thanks across my county, let me add my meager gratitude's as well.
I am thankful for my wife of 41 years and her great tolerance of our difference in temperaments.
...for my children which have added so much to my life




...for my country and my freedoms there in to say and do and travel and be dang near anything I want
...for the land I live in from, sea to shining sea and for all the people in between who voted for and seized the future rather than the past




...for all the beauties of life and God's grace that give eyes and soul to see them




...and for the insight that this is not all there is.
For these I give Thanks.
P.S.
I also give thanks to spellcheck which makes my writting look not too ignorant.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tales of the "Drive About" FOUR : Name That



Name this Star Wars character.
Addendum:
How about Admiral Ackbar?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tales of the "Drive About" THREE....Blow


Oklahoma Windmills

Are these machines made in America?
Do we export "wind dollars" to pay for them?



Old Style California Windmills

How long must a windmill generator function before its utility erases the invested carbon cost to make it, transport it, and set it up?



Palm Springs Wind Field

Dead birds, dead bats, all a feast for the ground scavengers who then become more locally prolific. Pollution Free?



Lots of smaller ones? A few large ones?
What's the life span of a windmill?
Why are oil men so interested in wind power?
Show me the money trail!


New Mexico Twirlers


My brother, the Oklahoma rural electric company CEO, notes that when he needs electricity the most, under a very hot August high pressure dome, the wind does not blow. Making it is one thing. Transporting it is another. Saving it for a windless day?

Tales of the "Drive About":TWO....Don't Tread On Me



The flag above was flying by a small New Mexico cafe high on the Great Divide of America.
In their forties, fifties maybe, dressed in ball caps (one said 'Idaho' across the front) and old denim jackets eating their pie and drinking coffee, the conversation went something like this (Parts are gone, couldn't hear it all):
Can you beleive all the hate.....black man for sure....Obama won't get much done...want to help make him fail.... somthing like war ...for sure....Militias are recruiting like the devil......gad damn fools....McVeigh was just the first...I feel sorry for Oklahoma...that's really where it started you know...yes ....man it was....those teddy bears on that fence...Pogo....yes....if it weren't for the winters, I'd just stay up here....why AK-47s...good for nothin else....those old fools...stupid f***s...want some of my apple pie....
Then they noticed that I seemed to be listening, turned their heads and lowered their voices.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tales of the "Drive About": ONE

On The Road, nope can't use that one, let's see, OK, during my drive about...that's it tales of the "drive about". Sounds kind of Aussie like, but what the hey.



So I huff and I puff my way with two bags and a computer up the flight of stairs to our second floor hotel room. Look at the view, she says. I do like she says. That's what I do you know, what she says that is.

The view to the East is of two mountains. The one over the bougainvillea (red flowers) is Mount San Jacinto.



The one between the fan palm fronds is Mount San Gorgonio.
Sometime 36 to 38 years ago I climb to the top of both of these mountains. They are about 10,000 and 11,000 feet. She and I backed packed up and spent the night on each of these peaks. I always did delight in following her up the trail when she was wearing her short shorts.
It is only 1,200 feet here at the hotel and we are both resting a bit before we go back down the one flight of stairs and get the rest of the baggage.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Principals Committee Principles

The Principals Committee sounds like something a school Superintendent put together to discuss academic and discipline problems at all the schools within a district. But alas it is even more sinister than that.

Yes, I'm supposed to be on a "drive about" headed towards the Very Large Array telescope in New Mexico, and locations West. Family priorities however have delayed the start of such and thus I am here venting about the world I live in.

Yes, the "Principals Committee" is not what it sounds like. Little is these days, at least to these jaded old ears. Irony is of course that principal and principle are homophones (and to my conservative constituency those aren't same sex telephones). The mnemonic, "The Principal is my Pal" has almost always guided me to a correct usage of the two words, but in this case the problem may be that the principals have trouble with the principles.

NYT Monday, Nov. 10

"WASHINGTON — The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials. "
.............
"In 2006, for example, a Navy Seal team raided a suspected militants’ compound in the Bajaur region of Pakistan, according to a former top official of the Central Intelligence Agency. Officials watched the entire mission — captured by the video camera of a remotely piloted Predator aircraft — in real time in the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorist Center at the agency’s headquarters in Virginia 7,000 miles away."
...............
" The 2004 order identifies 15 to 20 countries, including Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and several other Persian Gulf states, where Qaeda militants were believed to be operating or to have sought sanctuary, a senior administration official said. "
.............
"Administration officials said that Mr. Bush’s approval had paved the way for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to sign an order — separate from the 2004 order — that specifically directed the military to plan a series of operations, in cooperation with the C.I.A., on the Qaeda network and other militant groups linked to it in Pakistan.
Unlike the 2004 order, in which Special Operations commanders nominated targets for approval by senior government officials, the order in July was more of a top-down approach, directing the military to work with the C.I.A. to find targets in the tribal areas, administration officials said. They said each target still needed to be approved by the group of Mr. Bush’s top national security and foreign policy advisers, called the Principals Committee."

The entire story in context maybe found at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/washington/10military.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&th&emc=th

I'm not surprised at this. Only surprise is, that they were able to keep it out of the papers and off the cable news. What I want to know is does it have Congressional oversight. Invading other countries, even the sh** a** ones is an act of war, actually it is: AN ACT OF WAR! Last time I remember reading the Constitution, that was the responsibility of Congress. Now you might say I am quibbling. I mean, I want our enemies attacked and destroyed anywhere in the world, but not necessarily at any cost. If it cost us our Constitution to protect our Constitution then that is not acceptable That is to say, if the Principals destroy our Constitution why then are they any different from others trying to destroy our Constitution? Er, that is, it seems that would be a bad Principle for the Principals to follow. Would it not?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What Next?


What's Next?

Tuesday night was a vindication of 30 years worth of personal and professional effort.
I slept late Wednesday morning. I was exhausted from the tension.
Then I find that even on this day of triumph, I'm accused of being an ignorant racist. Should never try for satire on a blog I guess.

Now that the election is over, so am I. Well, for a while that is. I'm taking a sabbatical. OK, it is a vacation. Going out to New Mexico to the VLA for a time and then over to the Heard Museum in Arizona. After that I'm headed to the Agua Mansa cemetery in California to visit Louis Robidoux's grave and then his mill site. Then to Laws, California and its RR museum and up to the lava fields where Captain Jack and his Modocs fought. A few days later I'll be at Newport Beach to stay at the Hotel named for Sylvia Beach, the Paris bookseller. After that, time with my family in Springfield Or. and then, dang it, I'll turn around and come home. Slowly I think.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama Picks Terrorist's Son As Chief Of Staff


This is the guy.

I just couldn't help that headline. I know it is bad, but it is TRUE. I love it!
The following is done with my tongue firm clamped between my teeth and in my cheek.
So I guess ole John McCain was on to something and didn't even really know it.
Pallin should have know this!



Obama Starts Shaping His Team, Offers Rahm Emanuel Top Spot
By MARK MOONEYNov. 5, 2008

"President-elect Barack Obama has asked Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., seen here conferring with Obama in 2006, to serve as White House chief of staff.(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)
Obama offered the job of chief of staff to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, ABC News' Jake Tapper reported today.
Emanuel, a veteran of President Clinton's administration and a close political ally of Obama's from Chicago, hasn't immediately given his answer.
Obama likes that Emanuel knows policy, knows politics and knows Capitol Hill and has told associates that he knows Emanuel will "have his back," ABC News' chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos said of the offer. ..."
Whole story:http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=6188783&page=1



Of course Emanuel is the Jewish ballet dancing son of a known Irgun Terrorist!
"Emanuel was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1959. His father, the Jerusalem-born Benjamin M. Emanuel, is a pediatrician and was a member of the Irgun, a militant Zionist group treated as a terrorist organization during British rule.[3][4][5][6] His mother, Martha Smulevitz, worked as an X-ray technician; she was the daughter of a local union organizer,[1] and would herself become a civil rights activist; she was also once the owner of a Chicago-area rock and roll club.[6] The two met in Chicago in the 1950s.[7] Emanuel's older brother, Ezekiel, is a noted oncologist and bioethicist, and his brother, Ari, is a high-powered talent agent in Los Angeles and inspired Jeremy Piven's character Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage.[1] Rahm himself is also the inspiration for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing.[1] He also has a younger sister named Shoshanna, fourteen years his junior.[1]
When his family lived in Chicago, he attended Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, a Jewish day school. After his family moved to Wilmette, he attended public school: Romona School, Wilmette Junior High School, and New Trier High School.[7] Emanuel was encouraged by his mother to take ballet lessons as a boy and is a "graduate of the Evanston School of Ballet". He won "a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet" but turned this down to attend Sarah Lawrence College, a liberal arts school with a strong dance program.[8][1] He graduated from college in 1981, and went on to receive a master's degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. While still a student at Sarah Lawrence, he joined the congressional campaign of David Robinson of Chicago."
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahm_Emanuel



I guess all my Republican friends were Right (pun intended), Obama didn't wait long to show his true colors (pun intended) and trot out Rahm Emanuel.



Wait a minute, Emanuel, isn't that just a jewish spelling of the Christian word Emmanuel?
"...they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
Well how about Rahm, after all he is the son of a know Terrorist, Rahm must have a hidden meaning.
Try, "..."The merciful", or "compassionate one" ..." No Way!
You mean Barrack chose as his first appointment a guy named, "The merciful, compassionate one, God with us"?
Well, it has got to be some kind of deceit, Right? (pun intended)
Good Lord what will the guy do next?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Society Yearns for Good and Simple Things






"On the earthen floors of their rounded hogans, Navajo artists sift colored sand to depict the four seasons of life and time. Their ancestors have been doing this for centuries. They draw these sand circles in a counter-clockwise progression, one quadrant at a time, with decorative icons for the challenges of each age and season. When they near the end of the fourth season, they stop the circle, leaving a small gap just to the right of its top. This signifies the moment of death and rebirth, what the Hellenics called ekpyrosis. By Navajo custom, this moment can be provided (and the circle closed) only by God, never by mortal man. All the artist can do is rub out the painting, in reverse seasonal order, after which a new circle can be begun. Thus, in the Navajo tradition, does seasonal time stage its eternal return."






The Fourth Turning:



In Summary:




"A Crisis arises in response to sudden threats that previously would have been ignored or deferred, but which are now perceived as dire. Great worldly perils boil off the clutter and complexity of life, leaving behind one simple imperative: The society must prevail. This requires a solid public consensus, aggressive institutions, and personal sacrifice. "

"People support new efforts to wield public authority, whose perceived successes soon justify more of the same. Government governs, community obstacles are removed, and laws and customs that resisted change for decades are swiftly shunted aside. A grim preoccupation with civic peril causes spiritual curiosity to decline. A sense of public urgency contributes to a clampdown on “bad” conduct or “anti-social” lifestyles. People begin feeling shameful about what they earlier did to absolve guilt. Public order strengthens, private risk-taking abates, and crime and substance abuse decline. Families strengthen, gender distinctions widen, and child rearing reaches a smothering degree of protection and structure. The young focus their energy on worldly achievements, leaving values in the hands of the old. Wars are fought with fury and for maximum result."

"Eventually, the mood transforms into one of exhaustion, relief, and optimism. Buoyed by a newborn faith in the group and in authority, leaders plan, people hope, and a society yearns for good and simple things. "


---Description of the (then) upcoming Forth Turning by Strauss and Howe 1996


Tomorrow we begin again.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I've Been Tagged!
Stranded on a desert island I've been tagged by Trixies Home for this meme.
First off, the rules:
You are stranded on a desert island for an indefinite amount of time. You can bring along five food items and are allowed one sentence to justify your decision. It is an island so assume plentiful fish, coconuts, and sea salt. Storage is not an issue, as you also have a large solar powered refrigerator.
Play along, tag who you want, and link back!

Assuming that there is no limit on volume and that the refrigerator has a freezer, I would choose the following.

1. Delmonico beef steaks: Can be cooked several ways, or turned into jerky for convenience.

2. Bisquick: Can be used many different ways with just water or coconut juice for breads or beer and will make grease gravy with the steak juice..

3. Tony Chachere's seasoning: makes anything palatable.

4. Apples: Food, raw or cooked, plus cider.

5.Twinkies: If I am alone no else would eat them.


Crushed Leviathan , Carol , BB-Idaho Ya'll are tagged.

As part of an Automated Meter Reading/Advanced Metering Infrastructure



"As part of an Automated Meter Reading/Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMR/AMI) solution, cities can move away from manual utility meter reading or drive-by solutions to digital meters that link wirelessly to a central network - saving time and cost while improving customer service and ability to accurately monitor and control valuable resources.
Lower operating costs - Fewer personnel required in the field, lowering transportation, insurance, and medical costs. Detailed data uncovers problems quickly and reduces fraud.
Encourage conservation - Customers can see their usage at any time, helping conservation efforts, and quickly detecting water leaks or faulty thermostats so corrective action can be quickly taken.
Improve customer service and satisfaction - Utilities can pinpoint system problems - leaks or outages - before customers report them, reducing downtime.
Reduce customer complaints - High-quality, real-time data increases billing accuracy, eliminating estimated bills, and unpleasant surprises for customers.
High-speed wireless broadband access with Tropos and its MetroMesh Solution partners are being used to centralize meter reading, achieve significant cost savings and meet conservation goals. Some examples include:
Corpus Christi, Texas expects to save $30 million over the next 20 years with their AMR system for gas and water
Anderson, Indiana expects to save $18 million over the next 15 years with their AMR/AMI system
Burbank, California has completed an assessment phase and is installing a pilot program to create a smart electrical grid which is targeted at reducing peak load and response time to address outages solution, cities can move away from manual utility meter reading or drive-by solutions to digital meters that link wirelessly to a central network - saving time and cost while improving customer service and ability to accurately monitor and control valuable resources.
Lower operating costs - Fewer personnel required in the field, lowering transportation, insurance, and medical costs. Detailed data uncovers problems quickly and reduces fraud.
Encourage conservation - Customers can see their usage at any time, helping conservation efforts, and quickly detecting water leaks or faulty thermostats so corrective action can be quickly taken.
Improve customer service and satisfaction - Utilities can pinpoint system problems - leaks or outages - before customers report them, reducing downtime.
Reduce customer complaints - High-quality, real-time data increases billing accuracy, eliminating estimated bills, and unpleasant surprises for customers.
High-speed wireless broadband access with Tropos and its MetroMesh Solution partners are being used to centralize meter reading, achieve significant cost savings and meet conservation goals. Some examples include:
Corpus Christi, Texas expects to save $30 million over the next 20 years with their AMR system for gas and water
Anderson, Indiana expects to save $18 million over the next 15 years with their AMR/AMI system
Burbank, California has completed an assessment phase and is installing a pilot program to create a smart electrical grid which is targeted at reducing peak load and response time to address outages."
NOW THE REST OF THE STORY:
"Utilities are becoming more aggressive about collecting money from delinquent customers, leading to a surge in service shutdowns just as economic woes are pushing up the number of households falling behind on bills...."
"
The number of shutoffs could rise further, as new technologies such as digital meters make it easier for utilities to cut off late-paying customers.
Digital meters allow power companies to do things remotely that previously required sending out work crews. For example, utilities can take meter readings wirelessly and switch a customer's power off or on without having to send a crew to a house. They also can use a "service limiter" feature to cut power flows to a trickle until customers pay up. Utilities are installing millions of these meters across the U.S.
Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International of Rosemead, Calif., currently disconnects late-paying customers owing as little as $30, but that could drop lower in the future. That usually would be a money-losing proposition, because it requires a crew to be sent out to disconnect service manually. But the company is in the process of installing 5.3 million digital meters, at a cost of $1.63 billion, which will allow remote, wireless shutoffs, making it economical to take action even for tiny amounts owed. In a recent filing with regulators it said it could adopt "rigid enforcement" of payment rules in the future for those owing less than $30. It hypothesized it could cut off an additional 129,000 people a year.
Lynda Ziegler, senior vice president of customer service at SoCal Edison, said the utility doesn't have enough wireless meters to support a policy change yet. She added that notification requirements mean it still could take nearly three months to sever a delinquent account. But she said the utility may seek authority from the Public Utilities Commission in the future to act more quickly or to convert certain customers to prepaid service because "one of the struggles people have is catching up when they get behind."
The ease with which utilities can use digital meters to cut off service has alarmed some consumer advocates. "Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should do it," said Irwin Popowsky, head of the Office of Consumer Advocate in Pennsylvania. "From my perspective, they're creating a reason to not have smart meters."
Of course they will use a protocol, or equation in their computerized system to determine who is cut off and why. So none of the human beings at the utility will have the vaguest notion as to why you are disconnected. Perhaps it might be that your name is on the TSA no-fly list or your voter registration doesn't match letter for letter with you bank account or some random cosmic ray has changed you into a female or male on the computer, so you don't match what the computer/computers believe you to be. Perhaps if you don't pay that monthly rental for the heart-lung machine to which you are permanently attached then they can tap you bank account which brings your balance down so low that the electric utility doesn't get paid and they cut off the juice to the machine. Of course you will have a digital cable connected phone that only works when the electricity is on so you can't call them. Even if you did call them, your utility access code was in your computer which isn't working anyway because the VISTA program won't allow you access to the computer if your electric bill isn't paid because Microsoft is the major stock holder of the utility.
Vote Obama!

Nov. 5, 2008: What Kind Of America Shall It Be?


Eight years ago Tuesday I was at special committee meeting to decide data elements for a National Post-secondary Education Data Report. The meeting ran until 7 p.m. and was scheduled to start up at 7 a.m. the next morning. We were a small group and we were meeting in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.. It was a really swanky place, but had a bunch of "small" room clustered on one floor that used to house the servants the guest brought along with them. That was where we were housed. As it turned out the Mayflower was the site of the DNC's scheduled Victory Party. The VIPs were in one closed access ballroom and the worker bees were in a more open access, cash bar, free food, ballroom. So after dinner, three other data geeks and I wandered into the Worker Bee Party. Man everybody was feeling good. About 9 p.m., the Democrats decided they had won and paired up and went towards private places. My little group continued to graze the cheese and crackers and bummed a couple or four of "open" bottles of wine from the cash bar as it closed up.

We were still watching the big screen TVs when things began to get hinky. All of a sudden Bush had won. Then maybe he didn't. Maybe they tied.
The open wine attracted a half dozen of 40 type worker bees that had not paired up and we kind of created a "group" of moaning, pissing, cussing, Democrats.
This went on until 11:00 when the clean up staff swept us out into the hall. The hard core, went into the Hotel Bar and I went up to bed. I Turned on the TV to hear the latest while I got ready for bed. I shouldn't have ought to have done that. At 12:30 I got dressed and went down to the bar so as to have company during this morbid wait. At 1 a.m. the bar was supposed to close. It didn't. There we were a dozen hard core DNC staff, a few errant Democrats form wherever, the hotel cleaning staff, the night doorman, the night desk people etc.. At 3 a.m. I gave it over to history and went to bed.


In 2004 I went to a watch party at a neighbors. It was over quicker.


Even with the corruption and death involved America chose the path of Cheney and Bush again.



Now here we are in 2008. Wife and I will most probably watch the election returns alone this time.
We expect the best and fear the worst.
All I know for sure is that what ever happens, America will NOT wake up on November 5th and say, oh well, maybe next time.
This is a definitive historical moment.
From here forward we will not be the same.

















Sunday, November 2, 2008

Vote Our Values: False Witness In Jesus' Name


Are You A Values Voter?


First, view this video:



Rousing and Magnificent Propaganda!


Then ponder the "Law":


Exodus 23:1"Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness."


Deuteronomy 19:18 "The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against his brother,Deuteronomy 19:17-19 (in Context)"


Psalm 27:12 "Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.Psalm 27:11-13 (in Context) "


Then read their position on Obama /McCain.


BARACK OBAMA
Protecting Infants born alive: Opposes (A False Witness)

Prohibiting Partial Birth Abortion: Opposes (A False Witness)

Constitutional Right to Abortion: Supports ( It is the Constitutional Law of The United States)

Nominate Pro-Life Supreme Court Justices: Opposes (assumed)

Teaching Homosexuality in Public Schools: Supports (False Witness)

Federal Protection of Traditional Marriage: Opposes (False Witness)

Homosexual Adoption: Supports


JOHN MCCAIN
Protecting Infants born alive: Supports

Prohibiting Partial Birth Abortion: Supports

Constitutional Right to Abortion: Opposes (If So, he would not be able to take the oath of office. except with his fingers crossed)

Nominate Pro-Life Supreme Court Justices: Supports

Teaching Homosexuality in Public Schools: Opposes

Federal Protection of Traditional Marriage: Supports

Homosexual Adoption: Opposes


Christian?

Is it Christian to knowingly swear False Witness on four out seven positions held by a man and ignore the reality of one? Is it Christian to lie to yourself to such an extent that you believe you own lies?



Is it Christian not to pay taxes and yet demand that your position become the law of the land?

Here is what they are doing.


"Show this Video at your Church!7,000+ Churches have downloaded in 10 days!It's estimated that several million Christians will watch the video this Sunday at Churches across America!
How can I show this video in my Church?Call your Pastor today and tell him that your Church needs to show this video on Sunday morning! We need to inspire others to VOTE VALUES on November. 4th! Then proceed to download the high-resolution video."


"Is it Legal to show the Video in Church?Yes. This video does not violate 501-c3 laws because it does not endorse a political candidate. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate there are more concerning issues at stake during this election other than gas prices and the economy."


Orwell really had the "Double Think" thing down did he not.
Who's Values are these really?
Thanks to http://eruditeredneck.blogspot.com/ for the source and information
Addendum:
My daughter has sent me an antidote for all of the soul pollution above. Check it out:



Saturday, November 1, 2008

Obama Want's To Bring All Of America Together! (BAH!)


Source below:


Some people just Never want to be Together! Obama is wrong about one thing, he will not heal the divide between the two Americas. Why because it is a divide between two types of humans.

It is a divide between incompatible temperaments or personality. In every race, in every culture, in every country you will find the great divide.


Here is an example from the NYT:


Japan Fires General Who Said a U.S. ‘Trap’ Led to the Pearl Harbor Attack

By NORIMITSU ONISHI
Published: October 31, 2008
TOKYO — A high-ranking Japanese military official was dismissed Friday for writing an essay stating that the United States had ensnared Japan into World War II, denying that Japan had waged wars of aggression in Asia and justifying Japanese colonialism.




There are history books in conservative Japanese schools that claim Japan won WWII, and never did any of the things the did in WWII. All that is American and Chinese propaganda. That's all crazy, right?


Who hasn't heard all about "Holocaust Deniers"?


What Democrat recently hasn't hung their head in wonder at the weird stupidity of the hard rights's hatreds of Obama?


What Republican has not been aghast at the suggestion that we "Share The Wealth!"?


They are Lost and We are Found!


The World is truly Them and Us.


The more sophisticated of "Them" or is it "Us" say well I don't like their "philosophies", or "ideologies", their "viewpoint" or whatever euphemisms. Bullshit, they just don't like that kind of person.

What kind of person is that you say? Well that's easy it is those like "Them".


I blogged in general about this on October 9th:



There are serious and real difference in those humans who call themselves Democrats and those who call themselves Republicans. For real guys. They are not like us!


Ask Dick Armey one of the Republican leaders of the 1990 Republican "Revolt": "... more interesting is Armey's non-apology apology the following day, when he told reporters he was simply making a broader point about liberals' wrong-headedness. "If you were a southern Anglo Baptist liberal, I promise you I would say you were not well educated and probably not a very deep thinker, because that's what liberals are," he said. "Liberals are, in my estimation, just not bright people. They don't think deeply, they don't comprehend, they don't understand a partial derivative, they have a narrow educational base as opposed to the hard scientists." (Washington Post September 25, 2002)


Now Armey is not a dumb guy. He is an academician, and has worked with "Liberals" his whole life. But this is what he believes them to be. Being a "Liberal" most of the time I don't quite recognize myself in Armey's description however.


You see we can not come together! We can't even work together. At best we may be able to work around each other in both senses of the word. That hard core 20% and their interbred 30% leaner's are not going to join us in celebration. So our hard core 20% and 30% interbreds shouldn't even think that they will come around. They won't.


The Pakistanis have a saying: It is all about Zar, Zan, aur Zamiin : Land, Women, and Gold.

You need Women to make more like you and land to live on and provide for you and fight from and gold to fund it all.


Class warfare ? You betcha baby. It always has been. It is either them or us. Don't ever trust Them and don't betray Us. No Kum By Ya. They/Us can't be changed. There will be no conversions.


On November 2nd I'm going to my doctor and up my meds. Not because I'm wrong to rant like this, no not at all, but because no matter what happens all I can do is rant. So, better to be a mellow fellow than sprout like a dragon's tooth.
Image Source: Armoured men sprouting from the dragon's teeth. Ancient Greece sand sculpture on Great Yarmouth beach, Norfolk. by StewieD http://flickr.com/photos/17553537@N00/203697485/
Thanks Stewie perfect shot needed.