Wednesday, January 03, 2007

THE DAWN of HOPE



Here's wishing you all a happy, prosperous, peaceful New Year.

I felt a shift yesterday on my way to a meeting. A shift in my own consciousness, and the words came very loudly: "This is finished. You are now free." I'll expound on what this means later, but I feel that a dark cloud has lifted and hell is over.

This is a thought universe. Consider the material world as the clay which the artist works with, to make of it something beautiful or ugly. We need not fear material things, which are neither good nor bad in the moral sense. There seems to be no active force for evil — outside of human beings themselves. Humans alone can have either evil intentions — resentments, malevolence, hate and revenge — or good intentions — LOVE and GOODWILL. This is God: the energy of love. We can make something beautiful out of the clay of our lives. It's up to us. But avoid fear as you would a plague.

Shed peace, not discord, wherever you go. Try to be part of the cure for every situation rather than part of the problem. Try to ignore evil, rather than to actively combat it. (This diminishes it.) Always try to build up, never to tear down.

We hope 2007 will be a year of peace and love in your homes and throughout the world.

May each of us endeavor to express compassion, understanding, integrity and honesty in all our dealings with our fellow man and in all our activities.

If we are wrong, if we have made a mistake or offended anyone, let us admit it promptly, ask for forgiveness and make amends.

Let us keep Love (God) foremost in our thoughts and prayers, pray daily for guidance, and be willing to take
whatever human footsteps we need to take to improve our lives, our relationships, our fnancial situations, our talents, our mental and physical health.

"Progress is the Law of God," and we pray that you experience much progress in your daily lives throughout the New Year and always.

Wishing you a MOST HAPPY, PEACEFUL AND FRUITFUL NEW YEAR!

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. Prayer is focusing so completely on the good, that good becomes all you see. We have to become willing to put on a new pair of glasses and adopt a new point of view.
Fear = False Evidence Appearing Real. Love (God) casts out fear.

This is an open thread. I will add to this post later today.

734 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:04 AM

    British Gary said...

    FOX REPORTER SAYS BUSH USED COCAINE LIVE ON
    AIR... RAW ACQUIRING CLIP... DEVELOPING....


    Well thats not going to look good.

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  2. The Prof asks:

    Is Kwanzaa over? Did I miss it again?

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  3. I'll repost my last comment as this new thread was started after I'd posted it;

    Worf "Fish pie...? :| "

    What's with the long face? Fish pie is delicious. Chop up fresh pieces of smoked Haddock, Cod and Salmon, add a couple of handfuls of peeled King Prawns and smother with a home-made Taw Valley Cheddar cheese sauce. Cover with creamy mashed potatoes (mashed potatoes with single cream and a knob of butter). Grate some of the remaining Cheddar cheese over the mashed potato and bake in the oven at 190Celsius for 30 minutes.

    You can have that with a Bailey's coffee (then add single cream poured gently down the back of a spoon into the coffee) so the cream floats on top of the coffee.

    How's that?


    Worf "What we did last night was retaliation for locking out our bloggers. They can say what they want, but if we get locked out, they get locked out. Fair is fair."

    Damn right! I think anyone should be locked out if they abuse the terms of this blog too. You don't enter somebody's house and then insult them.


    As for Bush, [Worf "not going to look good"]

    just what does it take to impeach a pResident? Man I hope he really did take cocaine recently, because his ass is TOAST with the family values absolutists if he did! And wouldn't it explain a great many things eh?

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  4. Anonymous9:33 AM

    BG, sorry. The recipe just doesn't sound like anything I'd want to eat, or even be in the same room while its being made.

    Sorry. But fish pie?

    :D

    Can't I just have a hamburger?

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  5. Anonymous9:34 AM

    If Bush did coke recently, while being President, there is no force in the world that will keep him from immediate impeachment and possbile jail time.

    He will be finished.

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  6. Okay, here's what happened. I told my girlfriend to listen to Worf regarding whose posts to delete. She has my password.

    She deleted the posts Worf told her to.

    I think Worf did the right thing. Although those posts did not seem particularly offensive to me, we are trying to make a point:

    WHENEVER MY BLOGGERS ARE LOCKED OUT OF MY OWN BLOG, POSTS WILL BE DELTED UNTIL WE CATCH THE CRIMINAL.

    For my part, I do not believe Freedom Fan is guilty of locking people out. I've known him for a long time.

    So glad to hear from you British Gary. Please apologize to your wife for taking you away — and for the racy sheet of photos that came with your DVDs.

    xoxo

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  7. BG - that recipe sounds delicious.

    Is this cocaine story possibly true???

    I wonder if it's a right-wing ploy to get Bush out of power quickly, so the party stands a chance in 2008...

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  8. Next revelation:

    I don't know if this is a joke or not, I went over to Das Speigel and there was no mention of it, but it may be hushed for legal reasons at the moment...?

    http://www.worldreports.org/news/
    38_paulson_and_cheney_s

    U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY HENRY M. PAULSON HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN EUROPE [Germany]

    SENTENCING INFLICTS EXTREME DISGRACE UPON THE UNITED STATES GENERALLY

    U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY SEIZED AND BROUGHT BEFORE 'AD HOC' TRIBUNAL IN GERMANY ON A SUBPOENA HANDED OUT BY THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE [OR 'WORLD COURT'] ON CHARGES OF MONEY-LAUNDERING, NON-PAYMENT OF THE WANTA $4.5 TRILLION AND FOR MISAPPROPRIATION AND/OR DIVERSION OF COLOSSAL $ SUMS.

    VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY LIKEWISE AT THE RECEIVING END OF PARALLEL SUBPOENA FOR SIMILAR CRIMINAL OFFENCE(S).

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  9. Anonymous9:57 AM

    Sorry to bust your "cocaine dreams", but Kiran Chetry was obviously referring to Kitty Kellys unauthorized biography of Bush.

    Bush DID'NT use cocaine "on air".

    Chetry claimed "on air" that he'd admitted such in a book...

    Also, in regard to your derision of TT's blog, he HAS limited discussion to "team members" only. However since HE is the ONLY team member no one can post there EXCEPT HIM, even I and FF are not able to.

    Secondly, I have not limited posting on my blog either, so your delusions of being "excluded" are completely unfounded.

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  10. Lydia "So glad to hear from you British Gary. Please apologize to your wife for taking you away — and for the racy sheet of photos that came with your DVDs."

    LOL. The hols are over and the missus was disappointed when too close for comfort wasn't a porno. She misconstued the title when she opened the wrong envelope first! You've nothing to apologise for, other than TCFC was not a porno, and I don't think you should apologise for that! It was funny. So are the TCFC discs - my wife enjoyed them as much as I did.

    What's with Americans and hamburgers.....? And does hamburger mean beefburger or is a hamburger made from pork? I'm confused (again)

    I really don't know if the story of Bush/cocaine is true, just saw a header in Raw Story and it looks promising. Hope of hope, what a start to a new year that would be!

    Lydia "I wonder if it's a right-wing ploy to get Bush out of power quickly, so the party stands a chance in 2008..."

    hmmmmm...I think Cheney is the architect of the majority of the malfeasance in America which the RW will know only too well, he did stack the administration with neocons during the presidential transition after all. So they'd want to get rid of him first and had the opportunity when;
    1. he shot someone
    2. Rummy resigned
    3. the ISG called for a change

    Given that Bush is a frat boy who has an addictive weakness (alcohol) AND he's taken cocaine before AND he's arrogant/drunk on power he probably thinks he's invulnerable. He has the ego to believe this so why wouldn't he?

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  11. Anonymous9:59 AM

    How Ironic, that Germany is now our moral superior.

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  12. Volt "Sorry to bust your "cocaine dreams", but Kiran Chetry was obviously referring to Kitty Kellys unauthorized biography of Bush."

    Then why is Raw Story talking about a video....?

    Oh I see, its a reporter talking about Bush using cocaine - realised what he/she just said, pauses during on-air delivery of the report and this is what the video is of.

    Are you implying that because it's unauthorised it is fabricated? It may not necessarily be so.....is this a reference to the pResidents use of cocaine that we all already knew about, or a more recent event?

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  13. Anonymous10:11 AM

    Voltron said.

    Also, in regard to your derision of TT's blog, he HAS limited discussion to "team members" only. However since HE is the ONLY team member no one can post there EXCEPT HIM, even I and FF are not able to.

    Lol.

    Is that what passes for free speech with TT?

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  14. Worf, if the Leo Wanta stuff is true, it will really help your economy and mine (since Britain is not part of the Euro). This concerns about 70 trillion dollars according to the report, gained from illegal dealings during the Reagan Admin to financially ruin Russia.

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  15. if he's the only team member and he can only have discussions with team members then discussion IS going to be rather limited Volt.....LOL

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  16. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Kitty Kelly's "biography" was written a few years ago. (2004) It caused some uproar during that years elections.
    (The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty)

    Regarding it's veracity, she also wrote a book on the british royals which REALLY wasn't taken well by your national side.

    She's also made statements regarding Clinton that their side denies as well...

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  17. Anonymous10:25 AM

    I believe TT did that in response to Lydia's request that he remove some posts Johnny made.

    He obviously doesn't have time or doesn't want to have to moderate posts and that was probably the quickest and easiest solution to the problem.

    There has been no posting by anyone there since the afore mentioned incident.

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  18. Volt "Regarding it's veracity, she also wrote a book on the british royals which REALLY wasn't taken well by your national side."

    Most people here by FAR think the Royals should go. We're fed up with them - sick to the teeth in fact. As ambassadors for Britain they are utter failures. Only the Queen has any semblance of dignity and she's getting on a bit now. And she was caught picking her nose while driving her Range Rover with her finger buried up to the first knuckle!

    Top that with Fergie's topless romps with a Texan, Andrews humiliating formal dinner act of tossing a knob of butter on a knapkin so high that it sticks to the ceiling, Phillips immortal 'slitty-eyed' diatribe during a really important formal visit to China, Edward's other half admitting to a reporter in disguise (it was a trap) that Cherie Blair is 'disgusting' to look at, Harry was photographed wearing a Nazi uniform at a party (we still hold memorial days here with veterans from the war), Anne who cares more for horses than human beings and Charlie every time he opens his mouth just about sums up the worth of the Windsors. People here are calling for the abolishment of the monarchy.

    The Plantagonets could not have been any worse.....

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  19. THIS IS HILARIOUS!!

    BG wrote: "Only the Queen has any semblance of dignity and she's getting on a bit now. And she was caught picking her nose while driving her Range Rover with her finger buried up to the first knuckle!"

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  20. Anonymous10:40 AM

    They also don't seem very open to anyone discussing their german heritage...LOL

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  21. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Whatever happened to Koo Stark?
    She was a hottie!

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  22. Anonymous10:48 AM

    Well, gotta run. Have fun...

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  23. Anonymous10:49 AM

    VOLTRON: said...

    He obviously doesn't have time


    Really?

    He sure seems to have plenty of time to spend in here.

    Guess its selective time management, huh?

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  24. Anonymous10:55 AM

    My guess is he, or his "friend" have nothing to say to each other.

    Like most neocon trolls, they all think the exact same thoughts, so theres not much to say. And like I said yesterday, they're not happy unless they're making someone miserable.

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  25. http://www.lifeisajoke.com/pictures427_html.htm

    She's been a nose-picker all her life. This was taken years before the Range Rover incident. Both made headlines all over the world. The picture is NOT false!

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  26. Anonymous10:58 AM

    Bad teeth and now nose pickers.



    We have people like that here too Gary.

    They're called hillbillies.

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  27. Worf "Like most neocon trolls, they all think the exact same thoughts, so theres not much to say. And like I said yesterday, they're not happy unless they're making someone miserable."

    Exactly - authoritarian followers with absolutist 'morality' where the ends justify the means.


    you didn't answer my question - is a hamburger beef or pork? Because if it's beef (which I think it is) why call it a hamburger?

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  28. Anonymous11:07 AM

    Well it looks like Clif was right last night.

    It looks like Bush is going to try and send 20,000 more troops into Iraq as targets for the insurgency.

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  29. Lydia, great post and great pictures. I think 98% of the time not fighting evil or stooping to their level is the answer, the other 2% of the time evil needs to be challenged and fought lest it grow like the Nazi's did when unchecked.

    The hard part is having the wisdom to discern the difference, certain evil can never be won over to the side of good it knows only destroying others or being destroyed itself, sometimes destroying the evil and slaying the dragon is the solution, but that small exception to what you say does not in any way disprove what you say if anything it strengthens it because ALL rules and laws have exceptions.

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  30. Anonymous11:09 AM

    Last night on NBC Jim Miklaszewski reported that an administration offical admitted the decision was a political one.

    Imagine sending 20,000 young people into a war zone to up your own political image.

    And idiots like FF and TT think Bush is a "good man".

    I've got news for them.

    He's not.

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  31. Anonymous11:09 AM

    Well said Mike.

    As BG would say, "here here".

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  32. I was about to ask how humiliating would you find it if your nation had hillbillies as ambassadors but you already have worse, they're your leaders........so in Britain we have hillbillies for ambassadors and leaders who follow hillbillies who lead America.

    I need a drink.

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  33. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Gary,

    I don't know if this is true or not, but it is something I've read.

    Evidently in Germany many decades ago, A german officer went into a cafe in Hamburg and ordered a steak. The proprietor was out of steak at the time and did'nt think it wise to deny the officer. They took scraps of beef they had laying around and ground them up and formed them into a steak like patty.

    So although it is beef, it's called a "Hamburger" for its hometown origins... ie: 'hamburg'-er.

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  34. Anonymous11:13 AM

    BG said...

    you didn't answer my question - is a hamburger beef or pork? Because if it's beef (which I think it is) why call it a hamburger?

    Well BG, as far as I know the word originated from its city of origin, Hamburg Germany.

    They ate something in Germany called, "Hamburg Steak". In the 1800's when Germans migrated to America they brought the meal with them, and sometime in the early 1900's the name morphed into "Hamburger".

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  35. Anyone see that Nardeli the CEO of Home Depot got the axe for excessive compensation, its sinful that these thieves can somehow think they deserve 100s millions and even billions of dollars of compensation.

    the CEO's should get the SAME percentage of stock options as the lowest paid worker, everyone should share equally in the wealth, including regular workers and shareholders.

    this notion that only the high level executives deserve to share in the spoils and get to carve up and have a slice of the pie is dispicable, its criminal in fact.

    Bush suports only the wealthy, his disdain for the poor and middle class could not be more evident.

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  36. Anonymous11:15 AM

    The term frankfurter comes from the city of Frankfurt, where I guess they ate a sausage on a bun.

    Where the term "hot dog" came from however I am not certain.

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  37. Anonymous11:15 AM

    I know that I'd gladly eat some hamburgers today and pay for them next tuesday....

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  38. Anonymous11:17 AM

    Actually Voltron, thats right, except the hamburg steak was a common dish in Hamburg in the 1800's.

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  39. Mike

    hear hear

    3 cheers,

    hip hip *hooray*
    hip hip *hooray*
    hip hip *hooray*

    for he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good felllllooooooooow, and so say all of us.

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  40. Anonymous11:22 AM

    "...CEO's should get the SAME percentage of stock options as the lowest paid worker, everyone should share equally in the wealth, including regular workers and shareholders..."
    -Mike

    Should EVERYONE even the lowest paid worker also be required to share equally in the LIABILITYS AND LOSSES of the company?, Should they be required to make equal financial investments in the company?

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  41. Another interesting article I read recently stated that Coal fired power plants produce the same nuclear by[products that could possibly be converted to nuclear weapons as nuclear power plants.

    So in light of that does that mean GWB would issue an edict banning Iran from having Coal fired power plants.

    another interest illustration of GWB's hippocrissy is the fact he offered to build nuclear powerplants for India yet denys then to Iran.

    now dont get me wrong, I would rather not see Iran have nuclear weapons, but its a bit of a stretch to unequivocally state that they are making nuclear weapons with no evidence at all when they are claiming they want nuclear power plants, Bush further muddies his position by offering to build India's nuclear plants for them, doing nothing about North Korea's nuclear weapons and saying NOTHING about countries building coal fired power plants which reportedly can produce the same nuclear weapons grade material as nuclear power plants.

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  42. I love this, it's how I manage to read most of Clifs posts (just kidding Clif)

    Bivelee it or not, rcesrhaeers at Cmabrigde hvae dirvoseced taht the oredr of ltteers in a wrod deson't rlaley matter. The olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pclae. Eevn if the rset are tolatly julebmd up you can sitll raed it. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn barin deos not raed ecah lteter invuddilialy, but inesatd renisgoecs the wrod as a wlohe.

    So terhe you hvae it. You mhigt hvae thgohut taht yuor biran wdulon't be wroikng perplory atfer all the Chsimrats and New Yaer celinratobes, but tihs autalcly manes taht yoru biran is wkonrig pfretecly nolralmy. Cnogrtaulatoins!

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  43. Mike "coal fired power plants which reportedly can produce the same nuclear weapons grade material as nuclear power plants."

    How on earth did you come to believe this nonsense?

    Coal is not radioactive other than a small amount of C14 isotope but I wouldn't worry about that! It's a long way from Plutonium.....

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  44. You show me one CEO of a large fortune 500 company that shares in the losses, those thieves get paid millions and millions even when the company does terrible and loses money.

    many of these CEO's should be in jail for manipulating quarterly earnings or doing contrived stock buy backs to boost earnings so their options come into the money and they can make millions.

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  45. No BG, coal is not radioactive, but from what I read, the byproducts of burning it are.

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  46. Anonymous11:38 AM

    C14 (carbon 14) exists in everything, and diminishes with time. Coal probably begins with a vast amount anyway.

    It's the source of the technology and science of "carbon dating", Or determining when an object first existed. (like dinosaurs, or egyptian pottery or whatever)

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  47. It stated that in a book and an online article, they both clearly stated that nuclear weapons could be made from materials from coal fired power plants.

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  48. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Now I do gotta run, I'm late...LOL

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  49. LOL I KNOW what Carbon 14 is Volt!

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  50. Coal is carbon and sulphur. The byproducts of burning coal are;

    Burn carbon in the presence of oxygen and you get C + O2 = CO2 (carbon dioxide) hence coal powered stations are notorious for global warming.

    Burn sulphur in the presence of oxgen and you get S + O2 = SO2 (sulphur dioxide) nasty but not radioactive. This dissolves in water (in clouds) to form SO2 + H2O = H2SO4 (I've not balanced the equation for simplicities sake) which is sulphuric acid and is responsible for the acid rain associated with coal powered stations. Nasty, bad for marble and limestone buildings and trees, but not radioactive.

    To build nuclear weapons you must have weapon-grade materials (U-235 or Pu - Plutonium). These are not present in coal. What article are you referring to - I'd like to read it.

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  51. Anonymous11:55 AM

    THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, all of us are saddened by the news that former President Gerald R. Ford passed away last night. I spoke with Betty Ford. On behalf of all Americans Laura and I extend to Mrs. Ford and all President Ford's family our prayers and our condolences.

    President Ford was a great man who devoted the best years of his life in serving the United States. He was a true gentleman who reflected the best in America's character. Before the world knew his name, he served with distinction in the United States Navy and in the United States Congress.

    As a congressman from Michigan, and then as Vice President, he commanded the respect and earned the good will of all who had the privilege of knowing him. On August 9, 1974, he stepped into the presidency without ever having sought the office. He assumed power in a period of great division and turmoil. For a nation that needed healing and for an office that needed a calm and steady hand, Gerald Ford came along when we needed him most.

    During his time in office, the American people came to know President Ford as a man of complete integrity who led our country with common sense and kind instincts.

    Americans will always admire Gerald Ford's unflinching performance of duty and the honorable conduct of his administration, and the great rectitude of the man himself.

    We mourn the loss of such a leader, and our 38th President will always have a special place in our nation's memory.

    President Ford lived 93 years, and his life was a blessing to America. And now this fine man will be taken to his rest by a family that will love him always, and by a nation that will be grateful to him forever.

    May god bless Gerald Ford.

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  52. Well the original place I read it was in a Book called "The Oil Factor"

    after reading that I googled it and found several articles that supported what the author had said.

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  53. The reason I brought it up was because it was shocking news to me.

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  54. Anonymous12:00 PM

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  55. bbq

    Go tell it to Ann Coulter. You are on the wrong blog.

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  56. I Googled the oil factor and couldn't find anything relating to nuclear weapons. Have you got a link?

    I love debunking junk science.

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  57. No Gary, it was a great book and I was skimming it for a second time a few nights ago and came across that, so i thought i'd throw it out for discussion today

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  58. the "Oil Factor" is more about Energy than Nuclear weapons although it does delve into politics and investing as well, its a good read and fairly short, only about 200 pages.

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  59. Mike, go here for a laymans view of the nuclear cycle and you'll soon see why a coal station cannot supply nuclear weapons-grade material;

    http://www.world-nuclear.org/education/nfc.htm

    Think of it this way, if coal stations could, Iran and other countries wouldn't be building nuclear power stations given the risks.....even light water nuclear reactors cannot create weapons-grade nuclear material which is why Europe offered Iran a light-water reactor as an incentive to cease enrichment. Coal powered stations don't have a chance.

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  60. Anonymous12:19 PM

    Who's Ann Coulter?

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  61. Gary from what i read, they sais coal and nuclear power plants could generate the material that could later be enriched with centrifuges to weapons grade material.................thats what i read at least, i dont have that good of an understanding of how the process works but the book and article said the materials COULD be enriched to weapons grade materials.

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  62. Mike, don't believe everything you read in books, see Ann Coulter for evidence.

    Who was the author, anyone from the IAEA? I doubt it. Probably a fear-mongering quack out to make a quick buck.

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  63. Well Gary I have to admit that bit about coal shocked me and i figured i'd look into it further and bring it up on here, but the author is a very interesting and intelligent person, and my impression is he opposes the Neo Cons and their folly.

    still you are right he could very well be incorrect.

    his Name is Stephen Leeb!

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  64. BG, is Britain going to pull out of Iraq any time soon, you guys have to see that it is hopeless there and more death is all than can result in staying there.

    GWB is the only one who actually believes in staying there and even then i think he believes it will save his failed legacy and he wont have to admit failure.

    that Fool would rather send 10 million troops to their deaths than admit failure.

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  65. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Gary,

    Again, who is Ann Coulter?

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  66. Anonymous12:41 PM

    Do you Brits still drink a cup of tea with your pinkies extended?

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  67. oh look there is intelligent discussion going on so the trolls are trying to hijack the thread.

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  68. Professor Stephen B. Leeb of electrical engineering and computer science.......this Leeb?

    Hardly Professor of Atomic/Nuclear Physics or IAEA calibre.

    Doesn't bode well for him, I'd need to see his book or a related article where he's discussing the atomic/molecular components that are, in his opinion, contributing to the nuclear cycle from the coal cycle.

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  69. Mike "BG, is Britain going to pull out of Iraq any time soon, you guys have to see that it is hopeless there and more death is all than can result in staying there."

    We see it alright Mike, it's Bliar who is hellbent on kissing Bush's ass. We never wanted in and had the greatest pre-war protests in the world. Our opinion has only solidified since then. Will we leave? Not while Bliar is in charge. We can't remove him from power any more than you can Bush - for the same reasons.

    There is talk of withdrawing troops late in 2007/early 2008 from Iraq but keeping troops in Afghanistan for generations. I think Bliar intends to train troops on the frontline like Thatcher did in Northern Ireland. I'm not kidding. Warfare in this manner - when deaths are relatively few - are seen by politicians as the best form of training. They are probably right but I think training does not justify murder. The antithesis to this returns to authoritarian thinking and this is what Thatcher and Blair most certainly are - authoritarians.

    Both are despised in this country.

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  70. Anonymous1:02 PM

    0.Intelligent...LOL...LOL

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  71. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Once again Mr. Mike is wrong...he's always getting his fanny handed to him!

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  72. Anonymous1:17 PM

    bbq said...


    Again, who is Ann Coulter?


    A more accurate question would be "what" is Ann Coulter.

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  73. Mike,I cant believe you are really as stupid as you write.Thank god you're not smart enough or ambitious enough to run a company,for certain they would be out of business quickly.

    Mike says,"CEO's should get the same percentage of stock as the lowest paid employee." Why? The janitor whose only risk in coming to work is fighting traffic should reap the same rewards as the man who makes the decisions that keep the janitor working.Also,"everyone should share equally in the wealth."
    Communism has never worked Mike!In Mike world a ditch digger should make the same as a CEO or doctor or a computer geek should make the same as the CEO of Home Depot.Mike,you are really an idiot.

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  74. Yes thats him BG, he only mentioned what i said in one little paragraph at the end of a chapter, he didnt go into much detail about it, if you want i'll post the paragraph from his book this evening.

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  75. It is interesting Dolty Boy got over his getting caught lying about somebody else's son, and what HE had said about his non-son,

    Why do repugs lie about SO MUCH?

    His "goodbye" lasted so long, he seems a true repugnant, flip flopping just like Bush ET AL HAS DONE FOR YEARS.

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  76. Anonymous1:21 PM

    Tell us another bedtime story crusty.

    Tell us the one about how you guys "honor the sacrifice of the troops".

    I love that one.

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  77. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Or I know, tell us about how we are "spreading democracy" in Iraq.

    Thats one of my favorites.

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  78. Ellison To Be Photographed With Koran Owned By Thomas Jefferson

    Conservatives have repeatedly argued that Muslim Rep.-elect Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) decision to take an unofficial swearing-in photograph with his hand on the Koran was un-American.

    Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) warned last month that “if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran.” Talk show host Dennis Prager said Ellison’s act “undermines American civilization.”

    In a symbolic decision showing how misguided this argument is, Ellison has chosen to take his photograph with a personal copy of the Koran once owned by Thomas Jefferson:

    Jefferson’s copy is an English translation by George Sale published in the 1750s; it survived the 1851 fire that destroyed most of Jefferson’s collection and has his customary initialing on the pages. This isn’t the first historic book used for swearing-in ceremonies — the Library [of Congress] has allowed VIPs to use rare Bibles for inaugurations and other special occasions.

    Jefferson was a champion of religious tolerance. His 1777 Draft of a Bill for Religious Freedom states…

    …that our civil rights have no dependance on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry; that therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages to which, in common with his fellow citizens, he has a natural right.

    In an ironic twist, the Washington Post reports that Virgil Goode “represents Jefferson’s birthplace” of Albemarle County, Virginia, but had no comment on Ellison’s book choice

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  79. Anonymous1:23 PM

    I hear theres a new one coming out in the series too.

    Something about how 20,000 more troops is going to save Iraq.

    That one sounds like a keeper.

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  80. Anonymous1:25 PM

    Rusty,

    You are correct.

    Anybody who thinks a frigging janitor should make the same as a doctor is mentall retarded....Mike is stupid!

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  81. Lying and spinning again I see Rusty I Never said Janitors should get the same amount of stock options as CEO's what I did say was that they should be awarded the same amount as a percentage of their salary for example if CEO make 400,000 he should get the same 1% od salary in stock options as the 40,000 worker.

    And I never said they should receive the same compensation that is a dirty troll lie.

    But answer me this O Genius if these wonder CEO's are taking such risks how is it that complete failures that have performed terribly and lost their companies money can STILL make 100sof millions i see no risk i see a culture of entitlement were the good and bad CEO's both devour the pie and worker and shareholder expense like pigs at the trough regardless of performance.

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  82. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Anyone notice Fords funeral?

    All the people coming out by the tens of thousands, lining the streets, crying, waving, saluting?

    Of course, I imagine that at Bush's funeral, people will also file out by the thousands, of course only to throw rotten eggs.

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  83. Mike "Yes thats him BG, he only mentioned what i said in one little paragraph at the end of a chapter, he didnt go into much detail about it, if you want i'll post the paragraph from his book this evening."

    Definitely, bear in mind it's coming up to half past nine in the evening here.

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  84. Anonymous1:27 PM

    And I imagine the only salute he'll be getting will be the middle finger salute.

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  85. Anonymous1:27 PM

    Or as its more commonly referred to as, "the Bird".

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  86. Worfeus notice how the little liars have NOTHING intelligent to say, so they blatently lie and try to imply i'm saying a janotor should make the same as a CEO or doctor,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,look how desperate the pathetic little brutes are!

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  87. you can read it tomorrow then BG.

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  88. Administration official: Surge "more of a political decision than a military one."

    Of course it was, the war is not an intelligent military decision, lying about intelligence is NEVER an intelligent military decision, lying about false connections of an attack is not an intelligent military idea, and lying about the progress of a war to hide how bad it is going is NEVER an intelligent military option, but when was Bush ever accused of being TOO intelligent?

    They lied about the intell

    they lied about mission accomplished

    they lied about connections between Iraq and 9-11

    they lied about being greeted as liberators

    they lied about the cost of the war

    they lied about how long it would take to win

    they lied about the insurgency in 2004-2005

    they lied about it becoming a civil war

    they lied about HOW BAD the war had become in 2006,

    so why should anybody be surprised when they would LIE about the pending escalation of troops into a failed war.

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  89. Anonymous1:30 PM

    Mike is a janitor, obviously, that's why he wants to be paid the same.

    Mike, if you would've gone to college, but I doubt it, could have made something out of your godforsaken life.

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  90. Anonymous1:30 PM

    Hey Clif,

    Shouldn't you post some more quotes from Jesus and the Bible in between your typical hateful and slanderous dialogue?

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  91. Exactly Right Clif, a political decision is all it is, the flunky in chief is too stubborn to admit he is wrong and is a failure.

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  92. Anonymous1:31 PM

    What I really notice Mike, is how not ONE of them can muster enough gumption to address the headlines.

    I BET they want to talk about CEO salaries.

    Because God knows they don't want to talk about the war in Iraq.

    Thats what I noticed.

    Not ONE word about Iraq.

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  93. They LIED and 3004 US soldiers Died.

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  94. Anonymous1:31 PM

    Because they know they're wrong.

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  95. They lied and 22,032 soldiers were wounded.

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  96. Anonymous1:33 PM

    Hey Voltron, shouldn't you post some quotes to defend your boy on Iraq?

    In between your mindless babblings?

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  97. They lied and 10,107 soldiers were wounded to bad they had to be medivaced from combat.

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  98. Worf "Of course, I imagine that at Bush's funeral, people will also file out by the thousands, of course only to throw rotten eggs."

    Here's a poem that over one and a half centuries old that's been handed down in my family...

    I wish I was a little egg way up in a tree
    A-sitting in my little nest as rotten as I could be
    I wish that you would come along and stand beneath that tree
    And I would up and burst myself and cover thee with me

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  99. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Gee, BBG sounds an awful lot like clippy.

    Guess its just a coinkydink.

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  100. Anonymous1:35 PM

    Middle finger salute insinuates the f-word, a no-no.

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  101. Anonymous1:35 PM

    I love that little poem Gary.

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  102. Dolty how about telling us HOW many showers you non-son takes each day, and how many times he changes his clothes?

    BTW do you watch?

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  103. Worf said "What I really notice Mike, is how not ONE of them can muster enough gumption to address the headlines.

    I BET they want to talk about CEO salaries.

    Because God knows they don't want to talk about the war in Iraq.

    Thats what I noticed."

    yep they want to do EVERYTHING possible to wrench things to slandering the bloggers personally.

    Look at Volt Clif posts and article about the war with nothing offensive or directed at anyone personally at all and Volt immediately pops in with a personal attack trying to imply Clif isposting hateful dialog.

    why dont you tell that to your sockpuppets spewing the hatespeak here Volt, or better yet why dont you take them back to your failed blog.

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  104. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Uhhh, genius.


    You just can't spell it out. You're not precluded from referring to it.

    So go "F" yourself.

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  105. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Well worf,

    While you guys get agitated and claim that WE seem to think all of you believe the exact same things, You guys seem to have no problem thinking WE all believe the same things.

    The debate here has NEVER been between individuals and ideas, but more between YOUR strawman and OUR strawman.

    I've stated MANY times I don't like EVERYTHING Bush has done, and the things I do like, he hasn't done right.

    Yet somehow I'm still his puppet...

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  106. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Censoring foul language is fine by me.

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  107. Looks like Fascist Fan threw in the towel so Volt is coming in off the bench to obfuscate and hijack the thread.

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  108. Wuffy,if 20,000 more are going its a perfect time for you and Mike to show you two are the true patriots you espouse to be.

    You can show your support for the military by signing up as a non-combatant.

    Just think you and Mike could go to Irag,boost the morale of the troops with you witty repartee.I mean you two could be a couple open anti-war soldiers,hell,I bet you'd get more coverage then Cindy what ever the hell her name is.

    Think about it,the timing could'nt be more perfect,the majority of the country is fed up with Iraq,Bush wants 20,000 more troops,you and Mike run down sign up,demand to go to Iraq,when you get there you guys stage anti-war protest....better yet go on a hunger strike,with the body fat you two porkers have you could last a long time.

    Can we count on you at this critical junction,will you show that you are a Red,White and Blue American? Will you wuffy?

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  109. Anonymous1:40 PM

    Nice Clif, I'm SURE Jesus approves.

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  110. Anonymous1:40 PM

    Mikey, try READING the damn blog. I made NO remarks about Clif until HE brought me into it.

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  111. Bush has lied about MOST of his pathetic loser life, which his daddy had to get people to clean up for 60 years.

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  112. Clif, fancy you stating that authoritarians lied......

    Who'd have thought an authoritarian would, for political reasons, deliberately lie to their own countrymen and the rest of the world? And that authoritarian followers would defend these lies by not questioning their authoritarian leaders?

    This is shocking *thud*

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  113. Cheney even LIED about shooting a man in the face when he was drinking.

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  114. because you still support him like a puppet, any smart repug would be distancing themselves fromthe Fool in Chief as fast as they can run to salvage their partys chance in 2008, not you guys you claim to be against everything GWB stands for with the exceptions of a few things yet support him unwaveringly.

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  115. Anonymous1:42 PM

    No genius.

    If you support the war, which you have done in here religiously for the last year, then now would be the perfect time for you to put your money where your mouth is, and sign on for the big mission.

    You support the war with your mouth.

    Your big, fat mouth.

    Now support it with your body.


    So we can count on you, right?

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  116. Anonymous1:42 PM

    Let us all know where you're going to be stationed, and we'll send you some freakin brownies or something.

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  117. Crusty could you ever think YOU should be the assclown who goes boy?

    Bet you ain't got the balls eh son?

    What are the Odds of you ever going?

    Bet it is zero son.

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  118. Anonymous1:43 PM

    Free speech is wrong when it offends someone, or speaks in sexual language that's sinful.

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  119. Anonymous1:43 PM

    Language about your gay people is acceptable

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  120. Well dolty boy, I just reposted WHAT you said son.

    he is NOT your son, bet you never ever adopted him so legally he is NOT your son

    YOUR the one who posted he took 3 showers a day, and changed his clothes several times a day boy, I just reposted it .

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  121. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Well crusty?

    When is your deployment date for the war you support?

    Thats not a peace sign on your helmet, is it soldier?

    We are here to "help" the Iraqi people son, because inside every Iraqi, is an American.....trying to get out.

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  122. BTW crusty what is the odds of Bush ever winning in Iraq?

    1,000,000 to 1, and that is being generous boy.

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  123. You sound mad Volt may i suggest you calm down and focus on the war and the guy you allegedly disagree with yet still blindly support like a good little minion.

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  124. bbq sending people to their deaths based on a LIE is much worse than the word FUCK ever was son.

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  125. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Just as I thought.

    All mouth and no man-up.

    Consider Crusty like his leader, Bush.

    He's a J.A.C.

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  126. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Just Another Cheerleader.

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  127. the sock puppet said "Free speech is wrong when it offends someone, or speaks in sexual language that's sinful."

    well lets start by deteting you and Rusty because you are the most offensive people(S) here.

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  128. Anonymous1:48 PM

    Ra Ra Ra

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  129. Anonymous1:48 PM

    Clif,

    Watch it, boy

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  130. Personally I would much prefer to see the word fuck everyday than have to read about MORE deaths in an illegal war.

    I would prefer to see another one of Janet Jackson's breast on TV instead of fighting and people dying for Bush's lie.

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  131. “If we surge and it doesn’t work,it’s hard to imagine what we do after that.” — Fredrick Kagan, the “intellectual architect” of the Iraq escalation. 4:40 pm | Comment (1)

    Filed under:
    Posted by Nico at 4:40 pm

    Permalink | Comment (1)

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  132. Anonymous1:50 PM

    Big Bitch Queen said....

    Clif,

    Watch it, boy


    Watch it?

    Thats about all you and your kind are doing about the war in Iraq, isn't it?

    Watching it.

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  133. what is sinful is your asinine assertion that a word is a sin, BUT killing people based on a LIE is not.

    Nothing is as bad as sending 150,000 US troops to kill Iraqi's based on a lie and keeping them there for years resulting in somewhere around 750,000 total deaths,

    that is the real sin asswipe.

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  134. Anonymous1:52 PM

    I wouldn't mind seeing Janet Jacksons breast any day.

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  135. McCain On Iraq War: ‘This Issue Isn’t Going To Be Around In 2008′
    In the February ‘07 issue of Vanity Fair, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is quoted telling a group of conservatives last October that the Iraq war “isn’t going to be around in 2008.”

    According to Vanity Fair, an audience member told McCain, “The war’s the big issue. Some kind of disengagement — it’s going to have to happen. It’s a big issue for you…in 24 months.” McCain responded:

    “I do believe this issue isn’t going to be around in 2008. I think it’s going to either tip into civil war … ” He breaks off, as if not wanting to rehearse the handful of other unattractive possibilities. “Listen,” he says, “I believe in prayer. I pray every night.” And that’s where he leaves his discussion of the war this morning: at the kneeling rail.

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  136. bbq is the same brain dead human who posts with the sock puppet name clippy, he uses the same terminology and empty threats

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  137. Worf "I love that little poem Gary."

    Cute isn't it?

    Here are some more gems from my ancestors;

    The elephant is a funny bird,
    it flys from bough to bough,
    it builds it's nest in a rhubarb tree,
    and whistles like a cow.


    Little wobin wedbwest,
    sat upon a fistle,
    and every time it twied to move,
    it gave a little whistle.


    Little miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
    looking all lost and forlorn,
    it wasn't the spider that sat down beside her,
    but little boy blue with his horn.


    I went to the stailway ration,
    I saw a bark and it dogged at me,
    so I picked up a street,
    out of a stone,
    and nearly necked it's nock in.

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  138. Mike,why do you have such a problem with someone making money?

    Here's a news flash...America was founded on capitalism.If you do it better,faster,cheaper at a lower cost then the next guy,you win..period!

    I love you lazy bastards who never accomplished anything,dont have the ambition or drive to accomplish anything,yet want to share the money someone else busted their ass to make.

    You friggin left wing loons are always looking for a handout,be it welfare,foodstamps,free health care,equal pay for less work and so on and so on.

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  139. Anonymous1:55 PM

    So Crusty?

    Whats it gonna be?

    Are you gonna suit up and go in on the war you've been supporting with your mouth, or are you just gonna sit on the sidelines in here, with your Pom Poms?

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  140. Anonymous1:56 PM

    Those are cute Gary..

    Here... lemme see if I can remember that one from my youth...

    "there was a young man from nantucket......

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  141. Crusty spewing capitalism form a gutless punk who rigs the bet for the goons in Las Vegas?

    They do not believe in equal opportunity than Bush does.

    they believe is stealing as much as they can and have fooles like you top RIG they system so they can.

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  142. BTW crusty when YOU gonna sign up and really support the war son?

    Bet the odds of that are even slimmer than Bush winning in Iraq.

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  143. Bet crusty is another gutless chicken hawk repugnant little puss who lacks the balls to go HIMSELF

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  144. look at that, even John McCaine cant say anything positive about Iraq, he chooses to take the 5th because he doesnt want a stupid comment coming back to bite him come election time.......................maybe you trolls should take a lesson from him.

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  145. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Of course he is Clif.

    He's sitting here, "cheering" on the war, shaking his little pom poms like the rest of them.

    But God forbid he suits up and gets in the game.

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  146. Just think wuffy,you and Mike showing your support for the troops by signing up.

    You two go over there dressed as the Andrews Sisters.I think there where three of them so maybe you can get Clif to go with you....just think Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy!!! Wow

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  147. BET none of the gutless repug punks here ever is gonna suit up in uniform and serve, it ain't the gutless repugnant way, they prefer others to do their fighting.

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  148. Anonymous2:01 PM

    Maybe they are taking odds Clif on how long old Crusty the Clown can cheer on this war, before coming to grips with reality, downing a bottle of Seagrams and swallowing his 357.

    I'll take 6 months on the pool.

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  149. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Clif,

    Cool down now, You lost your temper there, young man.

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  150. Crusty it is YOUR turn son,

    YOU want the war boy,

    GO FIGHT IT SON.

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  151. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Listen to poor dumb Crusty.

    Talking about me and Mike, two OPPONENTS of the war, signing up for it, while he, a PROPONENT of the war, sits on the sidelines in his cheerleader costume and little pom poms.

    RA RA RA.

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  152. bbq go join the service boy.

    get your self some of it son.

    Go fight the war you pimp here for boy, otherwise STFU gutless.

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  153. Anonymous2:05 PM

    Well it fits.

    Bush was afraid to play football in College, so he put on a skirt and joined the girls on the Cheerleading squad.

    It makes sense that lil Crusty the Clown is likewise, nothing more than a sissy little cheerleader.

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  154. Clif,you should see all the bets we rigged today.Damn,it was beautiful,all those idiots just willing to throw thier dollars at us.You could walk around picking money up off the floor.
    I love the smell of money in the morning.

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  155. Cause you repugnant trolls are just gutless war pimps son, if you ain't got the bvalls to fight a war you cheer lead for.

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  156. Anonymous2:07 PM

    Clif,

    Mike and Worf are on their way over, to give you a back rub,,,,Cliffy now keep that "johnson" in your pants

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  157. Hell,Clif,come on to Vegas we'd even be willing to take that welfare check of yours.

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  158. You repugnant broke back morons should be the FIRST gutless repugnant foole to join up asking to be part of the Idiot in Chief's surge.

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  159. Capitalism......aint it wonderful!!!!

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  160. Well crusty enjoy the emptiness of money son.

    I would rather have enough to support my daughters and survive with out selling my soul son, but to each their own boy.

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  161. Anonymous2:09 PM

    my name is Crusty and I love to cry,

    I cheer the war and watch them die.

    But if they ask me to join the fray.

    I'll piss my pants and run away.



    GO TEAM GO!

    RA RA RA.

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  162. Clif,come on to Vegas...I'll get Circ tickets for the Mrs. and the munchkin.

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  163. BTW crusty when YOU gonna sign up son?

    BBQ proly would be willing to share your foxhole if you Promise NOT to TELL son.

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  164. Dollar Dethroned By Red Ink

    Will Congress allow President Bush to waste another year on his Iraq misadventure while serious problems overwhelm the United States?

    During 2006 while the US government focused on the deteriorating situation in Iraq, the US dollar declined sharply against many currencies. By December China’s central bank was expressing its concern that the massive US trade deficit could lead to a run on the dollar and to an international financial crisis.

    Since WW II the US dollar has been the world’s reserve currency, the currency in which oil is billed and international trade accounts are settled.

    The low US saving rate means that Washington’s budget deficits must be financed by foreign lenders, who are awash in US Treasury bonds. The massive US trade deficit means that foreigners acquire US assets as payment for US consumption of goods made abroad.

    Foreigners are worried about their large dollar holdings, because there is no indication that the US can reduce either deficit. The war against Iraq has run up the US budget deficit, and the practice of US corporations of producing offshore for their US markets has increased the US trade deficit. Every time a US company moves its production abroad, domestic output is turned into imports.

    China has indicated that it will continue to accumulate dollars, but at a slower rate by trading some of the dollars for other currencies.

    On December 18 Iran announced that it will cease to use the US dollar as reserve currency.

    On December 28 United Arab Emirates, a close US ally, announced that the weakening US dollar has caused its central bank to move some of its foreign exchange reserves from dollars to Euros.

    The decisions of foreign central banks to reduce the rate at which they acquire dollars implies higher US interest rates at a time when the US economy is slowing, making it difficult for the Federal Reserve to ease monetary policy and more expensive for the US to borrow.

    If foreigners take the next step and begin dumping their dollar holdings, there is nothing the US government can do to avert the catastrophe. Washington must take steps before it is too late.

    The only timely solution is to reduce the US budget deficit. This requires Congress to cut spending or raise taxes or both. Raising taxes on a weakening economy is not a good idea. As entitlements
    (Social Security and Medicare) comprise most of nondefense spending, the easiest step for Congress to take is to stop funding Bush’s pointless war. With less red ink to be financed, there would be less pressure on the dollar.

    It is possible that Washington has waited too long to address the dollar problem. If 2007 brings recession to the US, the rise in the budget deficit from the loss of tax revenues could offset deficit reduction achieved by ending the war.

    Many economists offer false solutions. We hear, for example, that a weaker dollar will lead to more exports and a reduction in the US trade deficit. This “solution” overlooks the impact of offshoring. With so many US brand name manufactures now produced offshore, there is less for the US to export. Some economists still believe that the gap can be filled by the export of services, but offshoring has also taken its toll on professional services. The US cannot simultaneously offshore the production of goods and services and reduce its trade deficit.

    Other economists still think that the Federal Reserve can rescue the dollar by raising interest rates, thus making US Treasuries more attractive to foreigners. However, the US economy shows many signs of weakening. By stifling growth or provoking recession, higher interest rates can simply generate more red ink that must be financed by foreign borrowing, thus increasing the pressure on the dollar.

    The US cannot afford the Iraq war, and it cannot afford the distraction from the serious economic problems that a war-obsessed government has permitted to accumulate. Offshoring is destroying the ladders of upward mobility that made America an opportunity society.

    Economists, in their commitment to offshoring, offer “solutions” that conceal offshoring’s real impact on Americans. For example, we are told that education is the solution to “America’s competitiveness problem.”

    People who advance the education solution are obviously unfamiliar with the character of US job growth in the 21st century and with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ predictions of the areas of job growth over the next decade.

    The problem America faces is not a lack of educated people, but a lack of jobs for educated people. In the 21st century, the US economy has been able to create net new jobs only in domestic services, such as waitresses, bartenders and health and social services. The vast majority of these jobs do not require a college education, and they do not produce tradable goods and services that could be exported or substituted for imports. Income inequality is worsening as CEO pay soars while median income stagnates.

    This new year will be the fifth year that the American people will have let President Bush commit their country to an illegitimate war that cannot be won. Will the US extract itself from Bush’s misadventure and address its real problems, or will the dollar’s decline bring new economic hardships

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  165. BBQ said "Clif,

    Mike and Worf are on their way over, to give you a back rub,,,,Cliffy now keep that "johnson" in your pants"



    BBQ said "Free speech is wrong when it offends someone, or speaks in sexual language that's sinful."

    so talking out of both sides of your mouth again aye sockpuppet, by your own words it appears you should get flushed little troll.

    I say its time to flush the little trolls all they are doing is insulting people and burying the thread.

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  166. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Crusty the Clown said...

    I love the smell of money in the morning


    Well that makes sense.

    Most money is covered in urine, fecal matter and semen.

    3 scents ole Crusty most likely is quite used to smelling in the morning.

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  167. Better grab some MORE dollars crusty, cause they are losing some of their value boy.

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  168. Anonymous2:13 PM

    my name is Crusty and I love to cry,

    I cheer the war and watch them die.

    But if they ask me to join the fray.

    I'll piss my pants and run away.

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  169. Who you guys like tonight? Notre Dame or LSU? Clif,do you think there's a chance that game is fixed?

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  170. ignore the trolls lets just talk right around the little fools.

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  171. Anonymous2:14 PM

    What war are you referring to?

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  172. Sorry I've been gone so long. We've been busy planning, with trepidation, that we are going home. And the trepdiation has just put me in a funk where I dont feel like writing or interacting with people except the ones I absolutely have too. I just dont feel like doing anything but going home and seeing my son. I dont even give a shit about the mission anymore. It's the same shit day after day and has been for 13 months. So, once you've been here for that long you should be allowed to go home...you shouldnt have to stay longer.

    We see today that the plan calls for beefing up Baghdad and Anbar province and they are calling for extending units already in those areas and calling others up sooner. We've already been extended to do a 14 month tour and we're thinking it might turn into 16.

    My wife and I have been planning this great disney trip with our son when we get back...we're putting all planning on hold until we get the final word within the next couple of weeks. It looks like all of our hopes could possibly be destroyed.

    16 month tour for nothing. We havent accomplished a fucking thing out here but getting more people killed. Sen McCain and Liebermann stopped by a few weeks ago and I just wanted to ask them one question but since I wasnt from their state I wasnt allowed to go. Bahy and Lugar will probably never show up. The Senators were apparently not pleased with the fact that we've lost a high number of people and equipment. "With all due respect Senators, What the FUCK do you expect? I know your NeoCon friends told you it was going to be a walk in the park but you would think you would have figured out it wasnt by now."

    We're still packing up like we're leaving in a month or so...but only time will tell. We havent sent anything away yet.

    How many more Americans are they willing to sacrifice to score a pyrrhic domestic political victory? I dont know. I'm sick of the politics that I cant say anything about, and I'm sick of the situtation that I cant do anything about. Suicides and attempted suicides are increasing and if they extend us MORE I dont expect it will get much better. We're doing the job that a unit twice our size should be doing and there doesnt seem to be an end in sight at this point. I can understand why there would be a propensity to want to end your life. I'm not a suicide person...if I get sent away from here it will be for homicide. I'll just start shooting random Iraqis because they piss me off with their stink, their apathy, their two-facedness. Maybe we're being too nice? We need to become the common enemy for the Sunni and SHia to unite around.

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  173. Clif did you see those articles I posted on the last blog about China shifting the tax burden onto foreign companies, looks like they are getting set to let the Yuan rise.

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  174. Anonymous2:17 PM

    Hey Marcus.

    Wish you were here.

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  175. Anonymous2:18 PM

    I wonder whatever happened to Big Kay who is a pain in the State of Maine.....driven away by the "Boogie Man".

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  176. Wuffy,do you and Mike plan to continue your vows of celibacy in 07?

    I seem to remember you two talking back and forth to each other over the holidays how neither of you needed a woman in your life.

    I wonder if Mike will again be sending a dozen roses to his right hand on Valentines Day.

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  177. Time to Flush the trolls!!!

    They just locked Clif out.

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  178. Marcus, Glad your ok buddy!

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  179. Anonymous2:22 PM

    None of your business Crusty.

    But if you really want to know, let us know when you're gonna put down the Pom Poms, stop "cheering" on the war from the sidelines, and take your worthless carcus over there so guys like Marcus, who are worth something, can come home.

    Please share with us that revelation, and I'll elaborate on you stupid question.

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  180. Time to Flush the losers!!!!!!!!!

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  181. Anonymous2:23 PM

    Mike

    Go flush your toilet.

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  182. Anonymous2:23 PM

    Mike, is Clif really locked out?


    CLIF! Email me if you're banned from posting!

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  183. Anonymous2:23 PM

    Clif,

    Stop being naughty..boy

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  184. YES HE IS, THE DIRT BAGS LOCKED HIM OUT!

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  185. these scum think they rule the blog, look at them mockingly posting insults under multiple alias's and locking people out these losers dont believe in Freedom of speech, they are as foul as they come.

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  186. Anonymous2:27 PM

    Nobody is locked out...Mike is full of shit...Mike is an instigator from day 1 and should be banned from the Internet...and I mean NOW

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  187. I still have the page with ;

    Comments have been disabled on this post.

    On the screen

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  188. Anonymous2:27 PM

    Well, if Clif is locked out Mike, you know the rules.

    Not ONE right wing post for the rest of the night for each time they lock one of us out.

    Please have Clif email me.

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  189. Anonymous2:28 PM

    We might just have to shut crusty's big fat mouth tonight.

    What a shame.

    He was shaking his little pom poms so well.

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  190. Anonymous2:29 PM

    Ok Clif. Thats what I was looking for.

    BBQ. Crusty. Voltron.

    Say goodnight boys.

    Cause your big mouths are shut for the rest of the night.

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  191. I have switched ISP and web broser so I could post again, BUT have not flushed the screen with me being blocked yet.

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  192. he lost your e-mail, if you can e-mail him or else i'll forward it to him a little later when i get a chance.

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  193. Marcus, you're down alright....

    "I'll just start shooting random Iraqis because they piss me off with their stink, their apathy, their two-facedness."

    That's a good way to ensure a one-way ticket to prison and you'll see a lot less of your son for the rest of your life.
    What do you expect? You're part of an invading force and are resented as much as you'd resent an invading force in America.


    "Maybe we're being too nice?"

    Not from the documentaries I've seen and from what you've written in this blog earlier....your problem is exactly the opposite.


    "We need to become the common enemy for the Sunni and SHia to unite around."

    A perfect way to ensure you'll leave Iraq in a coffin and all your friends/wife/coalition forces.


    You're not making sense because you're rightfully upset. You're one of the lucky ones Marcus. You have your arms, legs, face and life. So does your wife.

    Focus on one day at a time rather than one month ahead - like expert climbers do when they get into difficulties - focus on little steps rather than the bigger picture. That way you'll have lots of little 'victories' that will increase your morale and help you cope with the stress. Because what I'm reading here is (understandable) stress Marcus. Small steps is the best way to deal with it.

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  194. Lydia I do not have a print screen function in the web browser I was using, BUT I have saved the web page, so I will e mail that to you.

    I guess the trolls really DO not want to debate the War they cheer lead for.

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  195. Anonymous2:40 PM

    They just don't get it do they Clif?

    Each time they lock ONE of us out, they are ALL locked out for the rest of the night.

    Silence us once, cheat just once, and we silence them for the rest of the night.

    Hear that mr BBQ?

    You're not gonna say one more word in here tonight.

    Not one.

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  196. look at BBQ insulting and poking at a soldier serving in the war he cheers from his keyboard.............it doesnt get much worse or more pathetic than that.

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  197. What is BBQ still doing here worfeus he is one of them also, reread HIS posts, he is the same sock puppet as clippy is.

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