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December 16, 2010, 4:51 pmHow Stimulus Works
It is a slow day in the small Minnesota town of Marshall, and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.
A rich tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, lays a $100 bill on the desk and says he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs before selecting one for the night.
1. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
2. The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
3. The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Farmer's Co-op.
4. The guy at the Farmer's Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.
5. The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.
6. The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves town.
No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looks to the future with a lot more optimism.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Stimulus works.
December 16, 2010, 4:47 pmGranny's Weapon Of Choice
This news story was just too good not to post. It appears that a youngster decided he was going to take advantage of granny. Not today. Granny pulled out her weapon of choice.
Grandmother 762 826
Confront 583 638
Criminal 980 985
Beating 555 665
Fryingpan 115 501
November 17, 2010, 7:44 pmHeroes
Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials ... such as the apple that William Tell never shot, the ride that Paul Revere never finished, the flag that Barbara Frietchie never waved.
Gerald White Johnson (1890 - 1980)
November 17, 2010, 7:29 pmThe Ignorant Man
The ignorant man always adores what he cannot understand.
Cesare Lombroso (1836-1909)
February 14, 2010, 5:02 pmLife Is Like Art
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
Samuel Butler ( 1835-1902)
February 14, 2010, 4:07 amThe Majority Wrong?
The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong.
Morality knows nothing of geographical bouondaries or distinction of race.
The Evanescences of Evil
The Republican form of government is the highest form of government; but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature - a type nowhere at present existing.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
State Tamperings with Money Banks
Herbert Spencer - (1829-1903)
Last Edited: February 14, 2010, 4:08 am
February 13, 2010, 12:22 pmDon't Let Anyone Steal Your Spirit - Sinbad
There are times when we find ourselves at odds with someone. It may be that our only choices are to get caught up in the situation or walk away. The ego tells us we must prove we are right. If we walk away, the other person will win. The ego keeps us from recognizing there is another choice. Whatever situation confronts us, we must recognize our right to be at peace. The need to be right and meet discord head on begins within. It is a need that stems from feelings of powerlessness, unworthiness and a lack of love. When we have peace in our hearts and minds, we draw peace into our lives. When discord and disharmony present themselves, we can stand firm. When we let go of the need to prove to ourselves, nothing and no one can disturb the quiet and peace of our minds.
I Am Rightfully Peaceful
Acts of Faith
January 17, 2010, 6:48 pmLite Humor
And then the fight started.......
My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels.
She asked, "What's on TV?"
I said, "Dust."
And then the fight started...
My husband and I are watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" while we were in bed....I turned to him and said, "Do you want to have sex?"
"No, " he answered.
I then said, "Is that your final answer?"
He didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, "Yes."
So I said, "Then i'd like to phone a friend."
And then the fight started...
December 11, 2009, 3:19 pmDivine Inheritance
All you have to do to receive your divine inheritance is to change your old way of thinking.
John Randolph Price
There is this thing going around. If you are not careful, it will attach itself to you. When it does, it will drain you of everything you have. It will suck you dry and leave you to die. This thing is called the spirit of the Do-Do. It attacks your brain. It can drive you insane. It never lets you rest. It is constantly telling you what to do. Do this! Do that! Do it quick! Do it now! Do it again! You should Do it! Yeah, go ahead Do it! You'll feel smart after you Do-it! Do it....Do it!
There is only one way to rid yourself of the Spirit of the Do-Do. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and repeat one hundred times:
Creator what would you have me do?
December 11, 2009, 10:05 amTrue Power
True Power comes through cooperation and silence.
If your spiritual philosophy is not moving you to the state of peace, health, wealth, and love your spirit desires you need a new spiritual philosophy.
One's work may be finished someday but one's education, never.
Alexander Dumas, the Elder
The determination to outwit one's situation means that one has no models, only object lessons.
August 26, 2009, 6:50 amSenator Ted Kennedy Has Passed
Condolences to the Kennedy family.
Ted Kennedy, the last surviving brother of America's leading political dynasty, has died of a brain tumour at the age of 77.
Edward Kennedy was the senior US senator from Massachusetts and a liberal stalwart of the Democratic party. At the time of his death he was the third longest serving senator of all time.
"Edward M Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply, died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port (Massachusetts)," the Kennedy family said in a statement.
"We've lost the irreplaceable centre of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever."
The US president, Barack Obama, called Kennedy "the greatest United States senator of our time", praising his work on civil rights, health and improving the economic wellbeing of all Americans.
He thanked Kennedy for "his wise counsel in the senate" and his support in last year's presidential race.
Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer in May 2008.
Like his two assassinated brothers – President John Kennedy and the presidential candidate Robert Kennedy – he had been expected to scale great political heights.
But his career was significantly blighted by the Chappaquiddick incident of 1969 in which the car he was driving ran off a bridge and plunged into the water, killing Mary Jo Kopechne.
Kennedy's death marks the twilight of a political dynasty and deals a blow to Democrats as they seek an overhaul of the healthcare system, one of Kennedy's personal goals.
John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and their brother, Senator Robert Kennedy, was fatally shot while campaigning for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination. The fourth brother, Joe Kennedy, was a pilot killed in the second world war.
When Ted Kennedy first took the Senate seat previously held by John in 1962 he was seen as something of a political lightweight who owed his ascent to his famous name.
Yet during his near half-century in the chamber Kennedy became known as one of Washington's most effective senators, crafting legislation by working with lawmakers and presidents of both parties and finding unlikely allies.
At the same time he held fast to liberal causes deemed anachronistic by the centrist "New Democrats" and was a lightning rod for conservative ire.
He helped enact measures to protect civil and labour rights, expand healthcare, upgrade schools, increase student aid and contain the spread of nuclear weapons.
"There's a lot to do," Kennedy told Reuters in 2006. "I think most of all it's the injustice that I continue to see and the opportunity to have some impact on it."
After Robert Kennedy's death, Ted was expected to waste little time in vying for the presidency. But then came Chappaquiddick. Kopechne drowned after crash on the Massachusetts resort island after a night of partying.
Kennedy's image took a major hit after it emerged he had failed to immediately report the accident to authorities. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and received a suspended sentence.
Kennedy eventually ran for his party's presidential nomination in 1980 but lost to the incumbent president, Jimmy Carter.
His presidential ambitions thwarted, Kennedy devoted himself to the Senate, where he was the moving force behind several important pieces of legislation on social issues, such as a rise in the minimum wage.
Kennedy's endorsement in the 2008 Democratic primary – much to the disappointment of Hillary and Bill Clinton – was seen as a huge boost to Obama's campaign. Obama said that as president he benefited from Kennedy's "encouragement and wisdom" even as the senator battled brain cancer.
Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, said Kennedy would be "mourned not just in America but in every continent".
The US Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said it was "the thrill of my lifetime" to work with Kennedy. "Senator Kennedy's legacy stands with the greatest, the most devoted, the most patriotic men and women to ever serve in these halls ... The liberal lion's mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die."
Tributes came from across the political spectrum – testimony to his ability to form close bonds with political opponents. The former first lady Nancy Reagan said: "Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family. In recent years Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend. I will miss him."
Orrin Hatch, Republican senator from Utah, said: "Today America lost a great elder statesman, a committed public servant and leader of the Senate. And today I lost a treasured friend. Ted Kennedy was an iconic, larger than life United States senator whose influence cannot be overstated. Many have come before and many will come after, but Ted Kennedy's name will always be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the United States Senate and the work completed within its chamber."
- Mark Tran and Lee Glendinning
- guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 26 August 2009
Last Edited: August 26, 2009, 7:14 am
August 26, 2009, 6:46 amHead In The Sand
And to stick our head in the sand and pretend that we are somehow safer if we do not know or to pretend we are somehow safer if we limit our options seems to me not only foolish but actually dangerous.
Last Edited: August 26, 2009, 6:56 am
August 25, 2009, 10:48 amOne Man's Thought On Happiness
There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball,
And that is to have a clear conscience, or none at all.
August 24, 2009, 9:53 amMoney Money Money
O money, money, money, I am not necessarily one of those who think thee holy,
But I often stop to wonder how thou canst go out so fast when thou comest in so slowly.
August 24, 2009, 9:42 amNote To The Common Person
The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of.
The League of Nations and the Democratic Idea. (1921)