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   The United States vs. pirates, and who’s the President, Thomas Jefferson?  As a former U.S. Navy sailor, I know one of the primary missions is to keep the sea lanes open, and it appears now that a U.S. ship has been attacked and the pirates have taken the Captain hostage, that the United States is finally going to do something about the criminal enterprise that has been going on unchecked for years. My hope is that we don’t just deal with getting Captain Phillips back, but put the time and effort into eradicating these menaces of the high seas and making sure other ships that move through that area can do so with safety and security.  No matter what, you figure there is a Hollywood movie about this whole situation in the works; I just hope they don’t try to get Johnny Depp to play the lead pirate.  
    I watched the Michael J. Fox interview last night on "Larry King Live" and his strength and optimism really touched me. I hope his message of optimism is heard loud and clear especially during these hard economic times; because no matter the situations we face we have the ability to control how we feel and think about it, and if we believe we can do something then we are half way to success, but if you have a negative attitude then you have lost before you even begin.
    I saw on MSNBC this morning where Karl Rove called Vice President Joe Biden a liar, for sharing an anecdote about a meeting he had with then President Bush. I guess it is only fitting because as the old adage goes "it takes one to know one" and we certainly know that Rove is one of the biggest liars America has ever had.  Which reminds me, when will we hear his testimony to Congress?  I hope soon, and I hope he is investigated and then criminally prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, because he was the mastermind behind turning our nation’s justice system into a political attack machine and his miscarriages of justice can go unchecked no longer!
    I want to apologize for my mis-spellings and other mistakes I made yesterday, and times before, I promise to do better in the future and will spell Chia Pet correctly from now on.  I have been quoting Karl Marx as the PHILOSOPHER OF THE WEEK, and would now like to put in my two cents.  In my humble opinion, I think Marx was a genius and a visionary.  His assessment of the situations that the working class faced is right on. I agree with his opinions on religion and the dangers of capitalism; however I find his solutions to these problems to be way to idealistic and utopian.  For the same reasons we can never allow ‘Free Market Capitalism’ to go unchecked, we cannot be a socialist or communist country either.  Both ideals assume you can trust people to do what is best, and reality has always shown that is not the case.  Communism creates a world without ambition and competition, which are two fundamentals we need for growth and prosperity.  Capitalism unchecked creates greed and avarice that if unchecked grinds the little people under its weight and reduces a persons worth to nothing more than a sum at the bottom of a tally sheet.  That is why a middle path that recognizes both sides and both ideals is what we should be politically striving for and only through compromise can we make this country and the rest of the world work for everyone.  I wish you all a great weekend and until Monday goodbye...

Originally posted to OBAMA AND ME on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 11:39 AM PDT.

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