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The Purpose Of Republican Presidential Debates Is To Spur Good People To Action—They Are Telling You Just How Mean They Are

I watched the Republican debate this evening.

It was a very bad program—Lousy characters and an awful script.

I realize it was a poor use of my time to watch this debate.

Though this poor decision making on my part would only matter if folks trusted the judgment of bloggers in any case.

I’m hesitant to use my blog to attack these Republican candidates each day, as they are interchangeable with a thousand other race baiting, health care destroying, job killing, fear mongering politicians who could be up on that stage instead. There are so many more hopeful things in life to discuss.

The debate was like a game show where the contestants answer each question in the form of a hate speech.

The most important thing about Santourm, Romney, Gingrich & Paul is that they are up there, and they are saying for all to hear who they are and what they are about.

At that point it is up to each of us to make sure that one of these folks does not become President.

More significantly, it is up to each of us to help create a nation where people like these are not viable candidates for the highest office in the land.

The work of freedom and a more hopeful nation is up to each of us. The point of these Republican debates is to spur good people to action.

There they are up on the stage spewing hate and talking about making the rich richer.

What are you going to do about it?

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Republicans Attack Romney For His Predatory Anti-Worker Business Practices—Everybody For Themselves In Every Respect

It is simply amazing how quickly Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have engaged in bashing the predatory business practices of Mitt Romney.

(Above–Mitt Romney. Photo by Brian Rawson-Ketchum.)

I can’t imagine that any of the loyal base of the Republican Party would be open to arguments based on that terrible evil of class warfare.

Never would such good upright people succumb to such arguments.

While Governor Romney has engaged in predatory practices that have enriched him on the backs of the people he has had a large hand in laying off , you’d think leading Republicans would have enough loyalty to the power of money in the United States to let it go unaddressed.

Nope. Mr. Gingrich and some of his fellow Republicans are loyal to the party in the sense that are loyal first of all to themselves. These folks understand the Republican message quite well.

Here is a link to the video released by a super pac allied with Newt Gingrich that talks about layoffs at hand of Governor Romney and Bain Capital. It is quite a video–Well worth your 28 minutes.

Perry Dorrell at the great Texas political blog Brains & Eggs has written on this subject as well. 

January 12, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Gingrich The Latest To Wade Into The Republican Far Right Tar Pit Of Oblivion

Newt Gingrich is currently the  leading anybody-but-Romney choice of far-right Republican extremists.

At first it was Donald Trump who held this position.

Then Michelle Bachmann.

Then Rick Perry.

Then Herman Cain. 

And now, as mentioned above, it is Mr. Gingrich’s turn.

This all reminds me of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

At the La Brea Tar Pits back in Ice Age times, a creature would fall in the sticky tar and start to sink.

Another creature would see this vulnerability and leap in expecting an easy meal.

That predatory beast would sink as well.

They are all leaping in—One after another after another.

If Governor Romney is nominated by Republicans , how will he be able to withstand the pressures within his party to govern from the extreme right? Mr. Romney rarely score above 25%  in polls. What will he have to do to win over a voter base that will support anybody at all to avoid backing Mr. Romney? Already Mr. Romney has gone back on his own health care plan from Massachusetts.

(At the top of the post—A 1921 illustration of the Tar Pits by Charles R. Knight. A Giant Sloth has been trapped in the pit while foolish snarling Sabre Tooth Tigers think they are going to get fed. Above are some California Condors who can maybe –blissfully unaware of how rough a future they are going to have— swoop down for some sinking flesh. )  

(Below–Elephants–of one kind or another–have been lured into a pit of no return for many years. Here is a post I wrote in 2009 about a big fossil find at the Tar Pits and about if the DNA of Ice Age beasts should be used to someday bring them back.) 

November 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rick Perry’s Fed Up!—“The Last Warning Sign To The Danger That Lies Ahead.”

Above is a cup of coffee, a piece of carrot cake and a copy of Fed Up!–Our Fight To Save America From Washington. I took this picture a few hours ago.

As my friend and fellow Texas blogger Steve Wichard wrote when I posted this picture on Facebook—“So you are having something warm, something sweet and something nauseating.”

Steve could not be more wrong.

This is a great book.

You can tell it is a great work from the divine glare you see on this book written by self-anointed prophet Rick Perry.  This book is bathed in light for pointing the way out of our national troubles.

Here is what Newt Gingrich wrote in the introduction to Fed Up!—

” I wish this book never had to be written. It almost came too late. America is recklessly accelerating toward economic disaster. Fed Up! may be the last warning sign to the danger that lies ahead.”

It sure was nice of Mr. Gingrich to write such nice things about somebody to be running for President against in 2012—Assuming the Gingrich campaign makes it as far as 2012.

Just imagine that this solution to our national woes is available for just $21.99 and is explained in only 220 pages. Everything is so simple!

Though would true prophet charge anything at all?

I guess Governor Perry supports even a privatization of salvation.

Here is what it says in Matthew 7:15— “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

While the coffee and the carrot cake are now gone, I’ve only completed the introduction, Governor Perry’s brief preface, and the first 3 pages of Fed Up!

I want to read the book over a few weeks so I can savor every word.

The Governor starts off by the preface saying–” I grew up in Paint Creek, Texas. If you can’t find it on a map I won’t be surprised.”

It seems Mr. Perry was already assessing the geography skills of Texas students after the deep education budget cuts of the recent legislative session.

I’m certain this book will provide me with a number of blog posts over the next few weeks.

If the book does provide me with some blog posts, I might well be the only person who gains anything of use by reading Fed Up!

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Many Feel Aliens Have Visited Us And Are Walking Among Us—Maybe Aliens Would Do A Better Job Taking Care Of The Earth

According to a Reuters poll, one-in-five people in the world believe that aliens have arrived on Earth and are walking around the planet disguised as humans.

In the United States, almost one-in-four believe this to be true.

From the poll—

“Those who believe that “alien beings have come to earth and walk amongst us in our communities disguised as us” (20%) are more likely to be men (22%) compared to women (17%), under the age of 35 (25%) compared to those aged 35-54 (16%) and those over the age of 55 (11%) and those more likely to be higher educated (22%) compared to those who are lower or middle educated (19%). There is virtually no difference in terms of income level (lower 22%, higher 20% or middle 19%) and marital status (married 19% versus other 21%).”

I won’t commit one way or another as to if I am one of these aliens. All I’ll say is that enslaving the human population and draining the Earth’s oceans is on my agenda. I’ll be blogging about these concerns soon.

Scientist Stephen Hawking has recently said that we should not be making efforts to contact aliens.

Here is some of what Dr. Hawking says

“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

Here is what Scientific American magazine said about Dr. Hawking’s views.

From Scientific American—

“A species that masters the difficulty of space travel would certainly seem to have the brain power to mine its own resources without having to travel tens of light years (at least) to ravage our home. If Mars had dense forests of mahogany trees and bountiful oceans of bluefin tuna, would it really be worth the expense to mount an expedition just to raze and fish the planet? Even the most environmentally insensitive among us would have to concede that the hundreds of billions of dollars needed just for a round-trip to Mars could be better spent to, say, develop the technology to harvest trees sustainably or to cultivate bluefin tuna on farm.”

I can just see some Native Americans sitting on a beach in the 15th-century. They are saying that people who could come across the great waters could surely find enough gold to meet their needs instead of sailing around the earth and killing people in the pursuit of gold.

Less exciting than aliens coming to take our planet from us, are the prospects for life in places other than the Earth in own solar system.

Here is a list from Wired magazine of the five most likely places in the solar system where life might be found.

There might be some microbes or even some fish type creatures in our solar system. I hope that proof of life in the solar system is found while I’m still living. I’d like to know the answer to this question.

A great book to learn about the solar system is The Grand Tour–A Traveler’s Guide To The Solar System by Ron Miller and William Hartmann.

As Dr. Hawking worries about what aliens might do to the Earth, maybe we should treat the Earth better as human beings. The Earth is a lot more than just people. Maybe if we are such poor keepers of the planet, we should be replaced by other beings.

Maybe aliens will come to wipe us out under the assertion that if we are not removed, we will destroy the Earth. Maybe the Earth is more important than human beings.

The Earth was here before we were here and it will be here after we are gone.

Here are facts about the Earth from National Geographic.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment