Sunday, November 2, 2014

Turn off the ads...I already voted

We mailed in our ballots last weekend. It feels good to have voted, but one thing doesn't feel good. The ads don't stop. If only there were some way to turn them off!

I get four to 10 e-mails a day from my party. All of them do the same hing. They try to get me to give money. It's some urgent matter or some deadline or some crisis and we can win or prevent it if you only click on the link and send us a contribution.

I think they should know that ll of these get summarily deleted without being read. It's jut too much. If I received one a week with a REAL issue, I would look at it and give it consideration. But, this obvious "boiler room" operation of impersonal automatically generated tripe doesn't deserve my time let alone my money. I don't care how good the intent.

Then there are the mailings. They keep coming even though I can't do anything about my vote now. Like the e-mails, these go into the trash without a glance.

And, of course, there are the TV commercials. Thank heaven for the recorder that allow us to fast forward through them. Most aren't worth anything when trying to make up your mind and are especially irritating after voting.

Don't get me wrong. I take voting very seriously. Just not all the tripe that goes with it. As they say,

YOU CAN'T SOLVE STUPID, BUT YOU CAN VOTE IT OUT.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Going to vote? You should

If you don't vote, they win. Who are "they"? Anyone who is not "you". Your ideas lose when you don't get out and support the candidates who espouse the same views. You can bet that they are out there voting for people who don't share your views.

So get out there. Get your friends and neighbors out there. Don't let them win!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Seculaarism -- What do you think?

http://time.com/3404633/richard-dawkins-atheism-air-force-secular-rights/

Take a look at this article. I am not secular.But for many considerations, I don't take a person's religion into account. The one exception is radicalism or extremism from any religious or non=religions group. The article contends that the secular need to come out into the open and let their views be known. That's OK, as long as they don't fall into that "extreme" group and try to force their religious beliefs on me. Like race, I don't think religion belong in our political lives. It should be a non=issue just as the color of your skin should be irrelevant. Sure, my religious belief in Jesus colors my political thinking (pun not intended) by making me more concerned about the less fortunate in our society. But, I don't force my religious beliefs on anyone in an effort to become more like Jesus in my life. And, I think that should be the norm in all political discussion. Rather than insisting on a particular belief, we should insist on a particular character in people, regardless of their religious beliefs. I think that the real fight should be against extremism in any form or by any group.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Scottish Vote

Scotland has voted to remain with the UK. The significant point for me is not whether they chose to leave or stay in the UK, but the fact that over 80% of the eligible voters actually voted. Good for them. I wish the U.S. could garner that type of turn out on both sides for a national election.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Enjoy Labor Day 2014

Enjoy your day off!

Consumer spending is a major driver if the U.S. economy. Some say as much as 70% of the economy is based on consumerism. In order to spend like that, people have to have good paying jobs with benefits.

Hey, 1%! Are you listening. By being excessively greedy, you are hurting yourselves. You don't create jobs. The other 99% create jobs by buying the products you produce. By moving jobs overseas, you hurt yourselves in the long run. Get smart.

Enough ranting, now get out there and enjoy this Labor Day, those of you in the U.S. You earned it!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rick Perry undeterred by indictment...duh!

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/undeterred-perry-head-early-voting-states

Even as he faces a two felony charges for abuse of power at home in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is undeterred and plans to continue courting national voters ahead of his expected 2016 presidential run.
Why would you expect any different? The people who back Perry don't read the news, and, if they do, don't believe anything that the far right talking heads don't tell them.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Why in the USA?

Police used tear gss in Ferguson (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/gov-declares-emergency-imposes-curfew-ferguson). This should not be necessary in the US. If you saw this picture, you would think some war-torn area or third world country -- not a midwestern suburb. Each American person, including the police, should be looking at this situation and saying, "not in my country!"

The is justified protest and then there are the thugs who take advantage of unrest for their own benefit. We need to be past the situation where a young black man is shot down for the color of his skin. On the other side, we need to tend to that small group of people who loot and burn the very neighborhoods that are the center of the unrest. We need fewer pictures like this one and more pictures like the young black men protecting stores in their neighborhood from that minority of rioters.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Corporations are people? Tax them like me!

If corporations are people, why not tax them like me? Make them pay the same tax rate I do -- of course for their profits, not mine. Give them the same deductions I get -- no, employees are NOT dependents. Treat them the same in tax law as me. Get rid of all those corporate tax loopholes and deductions. Treat them like every other American Person and make sure that I get every deduction that they get. After all, if they are an American Person like me, then they should be treated like me.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

They didn't make it ...

... the words parents, relatives, friends dread to hear. Let us remember all the brave souls who have fought in wars for this country. Those who made it and especially those who did not.

And let us also remember those killed in this country by gun violence and ask the simple question in both cases ...

... when is it enough.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Republicans Rush to the Right

CPAC Christie, in other words, bears no meaningful resemblance to New Jersey Christie.
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It's primary season for Republicans--and silly season for every sensible American Person--as the Republicans rush to the right in their attempt to prove to the big money that they are more conservative than the next guy. It's sad that they can't just be themselves, but the need to bow down to the big money conservative fat cats outweighs any ethical considerations in their rush to get elected. CPAC has just concluded with most contenders for the Republican vote showed up and bowed down to the rich conservative contributors. It would be funny if it weren't so impactful on our governing process. The influence of money on our political process is shameful. Politicians are more influenced by political contributions than anything else and the people who blindly follow large contributors while driving themselves into poverty are sad.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

B.C. sure has it right (sorry for the pun) when it comes to Washington. Nothing, it seems can be compromised or moderated. Everything is taken to extremes, especially for the Tea Party. They seem to be hell=bent on blaming everything on Obama whether it makes sense or not. They take it to the point where they are willing to harm the country if it means "hurting" Obama.