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This essay will be a controversial look at our 16th, and supposedly best, President Abraham Lincoln, and a case for the legal right of states to leave the union. Though at face value this may seem offensive to some, I ask only that you try to understand the arguments presented here and at least try to see where I'm coming from. Thank you. Consider if you will a fictional … more
A good way to achieve real prosperity in America is to invest money in local businesses, instead of the multi-national conglomerates of this world. This book shows some ways to do it. First of all, forget about the usual method, that of buying shares in a local store. The vast majority of investors are "unaccredited," and for a local store to legally offer shares … more
As Ken Burns explains in his remarkable 6 hour presentation "Prohibition" when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect on January 17, 1920 no one was quite sure how it all was going to play out. The road that led to the passage of the Volstead Act in 1919 had been a long and arduous one. The American Temperance Society had been calling for such a law for nearly a century. Through an unlikely … more
"Trash is nothing less than the lens of our lives, our priorities, our failings, our secrets and our hubris." This observation from author Edward Humes in the opening pages of "Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash" certainly struck a chord with me when I first read it. But after carefully reading and considering "Garbology" in its entirety I must confess that … more
RabidChihuahua posted a Quick Tip about Pink Floyd.
November 09, 2012
I don't think Pink Floyd is bad by any stretch, but I think they're really overrated. Some of their material is magnificent (like songs off the "Animals" album), but some others have been played to death on the radio (like "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Another Brick in the Wall"). A lot of the songs that get the most radio … more
"For eight decades Americans have endured a system that all but banned 98 percent of us from investing in the local half of the economy. Few of us even noticed, let alone judged it an abomination. Why did it matter that our life savings went exclusively into global business while our communities fell apart?.......The wall cutting off 98 percent of the U.S. public from the other half of the economy … more
Take a look around at the sad state of our nation. In the 100 years since the self-proclaimed "progessive" Woodrow Wilson was President of these United States Americans have slowly but surely been ceding their rights and liberties to the state. The "masterminds" in our government, those who are so cock-sure that they know what is best for the rest of us, have been systemically … more
Would have been a fantastic show overall if not for that slut M.I.A. Still, at 53, Madonna was still entertaining and the show had some good moments. Recommend checking it out on youtube whenever you get the chance.
This committed liberal has just become a Tea Party convert more conservative than Elmer Fudd. Yes, I’m talking about the half-time disgrace of Super Bowel XLVI featuring a panting 53-year-old who’s sell-by-date expired 20 years ago. When she did those middle-aged squats I could hear her knees crack. And who ever heard of Mathangi Arulpragasam? Sounded foreign to me. She proved she was … more
BaronSamedi3 posted a Quick Tip about Barack Obama.
January 13, 2012
I like that Obama is a charismatic guy with real credentials, a working brain, and a natural ability to lead. But he was a better candidate than a President. I like him better than the last guy and better than the field of Republican nominees. But Obama has reversed or voted against every major change I wanted him to make. We can't blame George W. Bush for Obama's bad choices when Obama himself reversed … more
While our leaders in both political parties have been bickering over a national energy policy for the past 30 years we Americans have been squandering energy at an alarming rate. Bigger cars, bigger houses and more gadgets are the recipe for disaster. This is our fault and not just the politicians. Despite what we Americans may say we don't seem to give a damn about future generations. Energy conservation … more
Latest word from New Jersey is that the Governor is reconsidering his decision not to enter the 2012 presidential race — and he says he will let top Republican donors know within days about his plans, As far as I am concerned this would be awesome. He is the right man at the right time to stand up to this President and his corrupt administration. Christie is a man of vision and courage who is willing … more
drifter51 posted a Quick Tip about U.S. Economy.
September 20, 2011
Despite a myriad of problems that would sink most nations the U.S. ecomony has remained remarkably resiliant. As much as the politicians of both political parties would like to control it what it generally comes down to are the individual decisions made by families and individuals all over this nation.
The Tea Party’s extremism and intemperance are beginning to catch up with it. No one should be foolish enough to believe a poll or two is anything but a snapshot in time. Yet when different polls begin to reflect the same thing, a wise man might begin to think something interesting is starting to happen. As reported in TPM (a liberal blog) … more
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have." ---Thomas Jefferson Truer words were never spoken. Tea Party members and their supporters know this instinctively. We are seeing it happen right now before our very eyes. Members of the Tea Party are not wild-eyed radicals as they as being portrayed … more
There's just no doubt about it. The incidence of problem and pathological gambling in this country has been on the rise for quite some time now. The emerging problem was chronicled quite well a decade and a half ago in Robert Goodman's 1996 book "The Luck Business: The Devastating Consequences and Broken Promises of America's Gambling Explosion". In that book … more
I love public libraries and would keep them around if I were in charge. That may sound like a common statement, but in my case it's quite a generous compliment. I'm one of those heartless, evil libertarians rightists keep saying are unpatriotic and leftists keep saying are racist. (And no, I'm not especially unpatriotic or racist. I can see the angle on the first one because … more
woopak_the_thrill posted a Quick Tip about Memorial Day.
May 27, 2011
Memorial Day is another opportunity to sit down with family and friends; a time to enjoy company and perhaps even to indulge in delicious food. However, please remember that for some families it can be difficult; it is a time to indeed remember and a time for reflection. Please remember those people who have given up their lives so that we can enjoy this time … more
Madpenguin posted a Quick Tip about Memorial Day.
May 27, 2011
This is a day that actually means a lot more to me than barbecues and family get togethers. I have lost a few friends who I served with in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the last 7 years, I always take a long private moment of silence on this day.