Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October 31- Trick-or-Treat, Halloween, Reformation Day...

Heh... Religion, by any other name, is still little more than cheap tricks and "self-deception". So, 500 years after Martin Luther posted a proto-blog on the doors of a Catholic Church, what's new?

Hint; it's got to do with tourism. {rollin'eyes'n'grinning} ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Equivocally Agree

Impermanence


A Ghost Trapped in his mind
Laying firmly on towards some chance of escape
Wanting nothingness
Before and After waking

A Ghost Lost in his mind
Glaring fiercely at any who would help
Declaration of sanctity
of Choices made for free

Poison set in when the launch was set
Shadows entered dreams
Incomplete
But certainty wins by its Nature

The Frost Concealing the Wind
Open sources encouraging Fear
Mutinous internals can't help him now
Profligacy of contempt

The Frost Encircling Hope
Cold fractals of fears and joy
Intermingling opposites
Everything making sense concurrently

Nothing is Everything
Said the man with the Life pouring from his face
Children abandoned by those who Love them
Nothing is Everything
Is Anything He decides to make of It

Maybe later the Spring

(Please don't ask.))

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

McSame as the Old Boss

We've all heard about McCain the War Hero. Well, we've heard it from the hero's perspective, anyhow, and it's an awesome story of one man's struggle to overcome the Enemy for the sake of his country. To resist the Other in defense of our Own.

Want to read what those who knew him then and throughout his years since returning from Vietnam have to say about John McCain, American Hero?

From Rolling Stone online
Make-Believe Maverick
A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty

By TIM DICKINSON Posted Oct 16, 2008 7:00 PM

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This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.

In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.

[Grab a Cuppa for the Next 9 Pages :)]


Thanks for the link to this story, Tonya. While some of it reads politically motivated in opposition to what McCain's camp would have us believe, for the most part it rings true for the kind of person who would reach his status in my country's Society. The facts and the record back up this version of this candidate more so than any mythologizing.

{sigh} Sad but true.

Friday, October 03, 2008

McCain's Tax Plan: "Now, that's crazy."

I started this post when I first found that Darwin's Dagger had posted a link to Obama Tax Cut. Sehr kuhl! Alas, I've been back in one o' those funkin' funks where my brain tries repeatedly to kill me, even though I know it's not Life that sucks, just my lack of control of said brain.

Yah, I know. T.M.I....

'Tany rate, this morning I found a NYTimes online article on Da (Money) Man, Warren Buffett. How do the two tie together?

...As far back as 2003, Mr. Buffett had warned that the complex securities at the center of today’s troubles — once so profitable, but now toxic — were “financial weapons of mass destruction.” These securities were engineered by the math quants on Wall Street, and in the interview Mr. Buffett expressed his disdain: “Beware of geeks bearing formulas.”

To help pay for the rescue, the government should raise taxes on the wealthy, Mr. Buffett suggested. “I’m paying the lowest tax rate that I’ve ever paid in my life,” he said. “Now, that’s crazy.”

[Buffett may not say it, but I've no problem repeating, OBAMA '08!!!]
Emphasis is mine.

Getting back to Darwin's pointy post; commenter Mickey links to the CATO Institute site and a decent, though, of course, near sighted article explaining some of the pitfalls of the Income Tax.

NOTHING is one-sided. Government has GOT TO BE based on objective and statistically accurate information, though. Individuals will prove how exceptional they really are by thriving in an environment which is managed in order to to benefit the Whole of any nation, or the whole at large.

More power to 'em! Just don't make the rest of us suffer for someone else's success. 'S'all I'm sayin'.

Obama '08!