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Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 01:08 PM PDT

Willard Romney’s Shocking Admission!

by Daddeeo

Willard Romney is on record as saying that he believes that anyone receiving public assistance from the government should have to work in order to receive that government assistance.  In other words, if you work at some kind of job, it’s ok for the government to give you food stamps, childcare, daycare, healthcare, public housing, whatever.  

You work at some kind of job, and the government will provide you with those basic services.  But think about that for a moment.   That’s the whole idea behind good ol’, classic, 1930’s - style “socialism”!  Willard Romney, that severest of all conservatives, finally admits that socialism isn’t such a bad thing after all.  In return for work, the government will give you social services.

And in presuming to teach you the value of the work ethic, he would have the government assume the role of a parent rather than that of a freely elected, democratic governing body of peers.  Talk about ‘invasive government!’

And in saying all that, poor Willard assumes the shape of a pretzel, with his head up his tail end, forming a truly ‘unmitigated disaster’.  How can anyone take this idiot seriously?

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In the process of separating Church and State, we have also separated ourselves from God.  We have taken God completely out of the equation.  That’s why so many in the Middle East think we’re an evil, Godless nation.  If the U.S. were a theocracy, the Ten Commandments would be the law of the land.  They would be enforceable in a court of law.  But they are not.

If the Ten Commandments are taken out of government, then they must exist in the hearts of the governed, and in the hearts of legislators and judges.  But they do not.

The mortgage meltdown was caused by violating the commandment against bearing false witness.  Rising gas prices at the pump are the result of the covetousness and greed of the Wall Street crowd, the futures traders.

Big business is proud of its spirit of competition, but when some players refuse to recognize the existence of rules and refuse to be bound by any at all, no game can be played, and the result is chaos and the endless discord we see around us.

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Thanks to by buddy Hank for asking me what I think about the way we behaved in respect to Libya.  He set me to thinking, and here’s what I came up with.

We’re pretty much winding down our military role, and we’re on our way out now, and that’s good.  As for why we went in the way we did in the first place, that’s another story.  We abandoned all hope in diplomatic efforts, and chose instead to use gunboat diplomacy.  Now that our role in the hostilities is diminishing, I think we need to add a strong, skillful, outgoing and adroit diplomat into the mix.  

In retrospect, such a diplomat should have been the first responder in a crisis like this, rather than going in first with bullets and bombs, and then later seeing how we can deal with the people we’ve bombed, shot up and otherwise offended.  That’s what we should have done.  What we should do now, as we are planning to withdraw our military forces, is to replace the military effort, the gunboat diplomacy, with vigorous humanitarian and diplomatic efforts.  We must not leave a vacuum behind, but we must fill that space with true and skillful peacemakers, not with more dogs of war.  

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Thanks to by buddy Hank for asking me what I think about the way we behaved in respect to Libya.  He set me to thinking, and here’s what I came up with.

We’re pretty much winding down our military role, and we’re on our way out now, and that’s good.  As for why we went in the way we did in the first place, that’s another story.  We abandoned all hope in diplomatic efforts, and chose instead to use gunboat diplomacy.  Now that our role in the hostilities is diminishing, I think we need to add a strong, skillful, outgoing and adroit diplomat into the mix.  

In retrospect, such a diplomat should have been the first responder in a crisis like this, rather than going in first with bullets and bombs, and then later seeing how we can deal with the people we’ve bombed, shot up and otherwise offended.  That’s what we should have done.  What we should do now, as we are planning to withdraw our military forces, is to replace the military effort, the gunboat diplomacy, with vigorous humanitarian and diplomatic efforts.  We must not leave a vacuum behind, but we must fill that space with true and skillful peacemakers, not with more dogs of war.  

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What do we mean by the term ‘anti-Christ’?  Consider the word itself.  The prefix ‘anti’ means to be against, to stand in opposition to.  Therefore, if a Christian speaks words that contradict the teachings of Jesus Christ, and who acts in a manner that is clearly in opposition to the many examples Jesus Christ has given us, then that person is, by definition, of the anti-Christ.  So, it stands to reason that the anti-Christ is a Christian who says or does things that contradict the express teachings and examples of Jesus Christ Himself.

The Radical Christian Fundamentalists take the description further.  They say that this anti-Christ will be a public figure, possibly a religious or political leader of some kind.  The anti-Christ will be one who is mistakenly seen by many as being a peacemaker, one who clothes himself or herself in the robes of Divine approval, a preacher perhaps.  With all that in mind, let’s look at a possible candidate.

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The American people are concerned about the possibility that the USDA is going to grant permission for Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa to be grown in the U.S. without assuring us that the GMO product will not spread uncontrollably, and thus contaminate other natural crops.

We think that the decision-making process has been rushed, and that approval could happen without sufficient research being done on the risk this alfalfa poses to organic and other non-genetically-modified crops.  

Should the USDA Approve Monsanto's genetically modified (GMO) Roundup Ready alfalfa for planting in the U.S. without further study, it would present a real danger of contaminating other organic and non-GMO alfalfa.

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Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 04:25 PM PST

Big Government Is Not The Problem

by Daddeeo

One case that people who complain about the incompetence of ‘big government’ almost always bring up is the DMV. But what they are really complaining about is the inability of the staff to do the job efficiently.  OK! Stop right there!

The problem has nothing whatsoever to do with the size of the government.  It has to do with the abilities and intentions of the people who are working in the government or, in this case, in the DMV.  It’s not a design problem.  It’s a personnel problem.

Republicans say that we must have either social programs that benefit all citizens alike but might increase the size of our government, or total Darwinian Capitalism where only the strongest survive.  They say its either-or, that we can’t have a bit of both.  But that’s just their opinion.  There are many examples of successful compassionate capitalism in smaller countries.  We know it can work.

Obviously, it’s not the size of the government that is the problem here.  It’s the vision and intent of the individuals running that government that are the problem.  Clearly, it’s a personnel problem, not a system design flaw.

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Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM PST

What We Should Be Telling Eric Cantor

by Daddeeo

Listen up, Eric.  After months of debate over the Health Insurance bill, you want to talk about it some more.  You want to play out the same stupid, obstructionist game plan that the American people have clearly said they want STOPPED.
That’s a very stupid idea, Eric.

Let me say it again, Eric.  Please pay attention.  After engaging in two years of obstructionist behavior, you still haven’t gotten the message.  I’ll repeat it.  Please try to catch it this time.  

The American people, at least the 97% percent that I’m a part of, see your behavior as just so much more of the same gridlock and obstructionism that We the American people have already said WE DO NOT WANT.  We’ve said it a million times, Eric.  When will it sink in?  We’re all tired of a congress that obstructs legislation instead of moving the process forward.  We don’t want any more gridlock.  That’s one reason why I say that your idea to tear the bill apart is downright stupid.

Here’s another reason.

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Everyone gets angry.  It’s a universal human emotion.  Newborns express frustration and anger.  Three-year old children express anger, as do teenagers and fully-grown adults.

Psychology and child development studies show that each age and developmental stage has is own characteristic way of expressing anger.  We even know what these behaviors look like, because they’ve been described in countless psychology, child development, and education books and periodicals.  Dr. Spock and Jean Piaget are often quoted in this regard.

If we take a close look at the way some members of the present Congress have expressed their anger, we will see that their behavior, that is to say the manner in which they express their anger, does not match the adult behavioral model.  There it is!  The toxic and hostile atmosphere in Washington is the direct result of the inability of some members of Congress to express their anger and frustration as a normal, healthy adult.  So . . . .

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM PST

They’re Both Right

by Daddeeo

BOTH President Obama AND his angry, vocal critics on the Left (Schumer, Weiner, Sanders, Dean et al) are both right.

President Obama did the wise and prudent thing.  More than that, he did the truly just and compassionate thing for a lot of people.  And through it all, he kept blind emotion out of politics.  He was backed into a corner, and he did what needed to be done at this critical juncture.

However, the angry Left is also right, BUT, they should have been doing all of this angry protesting 18 months ago.  OK.  It’s here at last.  We’re getting a little noise out of our guys, FINALLY!  It’s about time!!  And while the voices may be coming from the far left, they are speaking for the vast majority of the American people whose incomes are not in the top 2%.

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History has a funny way of looping back on itself.  For example, our Founding Fathers were faced with a terrible problem––the problem of taxation without representation.   A hot issue at the time, it made a lot of people very mad.  Today we face another terrible problem––representation without taxation.  

The problems are mirror images of each other.  One is as bad as the other. Representation without taxation is just as wrong as taxation without representation.  The pendulum has swung completely the other way.

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Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 09:57 AM PDT

A Petition. Ask until you receive!

by Daddeeo

As I was signing the latest CREDO petition, I took advantage of the opportunity to add a personal message.  As I was writing my personal message, it occurred to me that my response could also be framed as a petition.  It was, after all, addressed directly to our elected legislators and candidates, and it asks a pertinent question that deserves a prompt answer.  It’s a petition for a clear and direct answer to a direct question.

I took a break from my writing to watch Countdown (10/6/10), and I heard Keith talk about how we need to spread our message and engage the voters, and that it could happen on a people-to-people level.  Rachel also mentioned the same topic.  Well, that’s exactly what a grass roots petition drive can do.

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