News &raquo

[17 Sep 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Snark Fest! News and Blues

Death Penalty: Rick Perry is now a front runner for the GOP presidential nomination. He has carried out 234 death penalty executions in the state of Texas and leads the pack for “hang ‘em high” justice. Now the life of Duane Edward Buck is on the line. His trial was tainted by racial innuendos and he is on Texas death row with the clock ticking in last minute appeals. If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I abhor the death penalty as being …

Politics &raquo

[15 Sep 2011 | 8 Comments | ]
The Disgrace of American “Hoovervilles”

Many comparisons have been made between the Great Depression of the 1930′s and the Great Recession of  2008 (and still continuing).   The biggest difference, however,  in both of these difficult times in American history has been the presence of a “social safety net” created over the last 60 or 70 years.    As a result of this, you don’t see  soup lines that stretch out over several city blocks, although food pantries report desperately low levels of basic supplies; you don’t see large populations of the homeless sleeping on the …

Politics &raquo

[13 Sep 2011 | 17 Comments | ]
Rick Perry Loses Independent Voter Support

It’s beginning to look like the Republicans‘ latest “knight in shining armor”, Rick Perry, loses some of his shine when exposed to the bright camera lights.   In fact, after the drubbing given to him by his Republican cohorts during last night’s debate, Perry must be feeling like he’s got a gigantic burr on his Texas-sized  saddle.   Welcome to the real world of national politics, Mr. Perry.  Guess what;  you’re not in Texas anymore.  Frankly, we’re all getting a little tired of hearing about what a wonderful job he …

Politics &raquo

[12 Sep 2011 | 20 Comments | ]
West Wing Story: Rumble of Dems and GOP!

Republicans: The Dems won’t have their day Tonight
Democrats:The GOP won’t have their way Tonight
Republicans: The Democrats they grumble, “Fair fight”
But if they start a rumble, We’ll rumble ‘em Right
Democrats: We’re gonna hand ‘em a surprise Tonight
Republicans: We’re gonna cut ‘em down to size Tonight
Democrats: We said “Okay no rumpus, No tricks.” But just in case they jump us, We’re ready to mix Tonight!
Republicans: Well, they began it! Democrats: Well, they began it- Both: And we’re the ones to stop ‘em once and for all, Tonight!

 Honestly children, you need to stop this bickering, get down to business and work this out! This country needs solutions, not school yard bullying in government. Job …

Politics &raquo

[10 Sep 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Jon Kyl Threatens to Quit Super-Committee (Already?)

In these uncertain times,  Americans are constantly being barraged with a litany of statistics and polling results about one thing or another.  In fact, the polling data is so pervasive that it is often questionable whether the polls are simply reflecting public opinion or whether they are actually helping to form public opinion.   Regardless of the general merits or drawbacks of opinion polling, there is one poll in particular that shows unwavering and consistent results over time.  This is the poll that measures the American public’s near-universal disdain for Congress in particular, and politicians in …

Politics &raquo

[6 Sep 2011 | 15 Comments | ]
Bachmann on Downhill Slide

Sometimes you just have to laugh as fate plays its hand toward the unjust. For a while, things seemed to be going quite well for the two-hand-waving Michele Bachmann, all cheery, smiling, and sounding more literate than Sarah Palin.  There were moments at rallies when she actually appeared to be a GOP contender for the presidential race. And then the truth about the counseling center she owns with her husband came out.  
Bachmann doesn’t like that phrase, “coming out.” No, she and her husband counsel their Gay clients to “Pray …

Politics &raquo

[4 Sep 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
GOP Polls Show That Mitt Romney is “Toast”

There is nothing quite as amusing as watching the Republicans “eat their own young” in public .  After all, it was only a few weeks ago that ex-governor Mitt Romney was leading in his Party’s polls, well ahead of the ultra-conservative Tea Party wackos, such as Bachmann,  Santorum, Gingrich and Cain.  At that time, it seemed as if the Republican Party had begun to come to it’s senses and was inclined to support a presidential candidate who actually stood a chance of winning over some Democrats and independent voters.  Romney’s  great …

Business, Environment &raquo

[2 Sep 2011 | 20 Comments | ]
Sustainable Farming

In the mid 90′s I was on a trip, driving through the states of Indiana and Illinois. I saw miles and miles of corn fields. It got to the point that I thought they would never end. But it was a beautiful sight, America at its finest. At some point I began to notice that there were signs along these corn fields and farmlands. They were designated as being owned by corporations. I had not been paying attention to this most important issue. Corporations had bought farmlands. The family-owned farms …

Economics &raquo

[1 Sep 2011 | 15 Comments | ]
High Unemployment Is Here To Stay

The U.S. economy is on a treadmill these days, and it doesn’t look like things are going to get much better any time soon.   The latest numbers on U.S. manufacturing activity, plus the weekly employment figures only confirm that the economy is still in the doldrums.  Both of these indices showed almost no change from prior periods, and give a clear signal that America is headed into an extended period of  extremely slow growth; perhaps 1% or less.  Without a healthy growth rate in the 5% to 6% range, the economy …

Politics &raquo

[29 Aug 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
America May Face a Dire “Day After” Future

Several years ago, the American film industry produced a movie entitled “The Day After“.  The basic theme of the film was how dramatically and quickly human life would change after the holocaust of a nuclear war.  In a very graphic manner, it showed how American society would soon descend into chaos and anarchy once it was deprived of all the basic supplies and services that we all take for granted.  It would not take long before moral values were discarded, and the “law of the jungle” took hold.  The power …

Politics &raquo

[26 Aug 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Texas Cowboy Rick Perry: Executioner

Texas Governor Rick Perry has developed an unsavory notch to his belt of achievements. He has had the death penalty implemented over 230 times, which is more than any other governor in the country.  I will give this one caveat: He has commuted the death sentences of 31 inmates. Of those, 28 involved cases of of those who were juveniles at the time of sentencing. Hold your applause, please. These commutations were done grudgingly by Perry after the Supreme Court ruled that states could not execute those who were younger …

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