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Does PBS stiff Bernie?
Last night was the third opportunity for us to learn about candidates for president from PBS, our PUBLICLY SUPPORTED NETWORK. This supposedly means a network that reflects the views of every segment ...
boguseconomist 05/23/2015 24 12 - -
Logic?
Just a tiny question: If someone is against spending more money to help Israelis and that makes him anti-Israel, then what do we call Republicans who are against spending money to help American ...
boguseconomist 05/15/2015 5 1 - -
Continuing the Pledge Break
As I have written numerous times, the Pledge of Allegiance may well be the most sarcastic paragraph our children have ever been convinced (or coerced) into reciting. First, make no mistake - it is ...
boguseconomist 04/15/2015 3 2 - -
Capitalism is successful.
Before one can tell whether something is working right, we have to ask what it's supposed to do. I maintain capitalism is doing exactly what it was designed to do and is doing it well. One mistake ...
boguseconomist 02/11/2015 6 6 - -
Gutless
We're hearing grumbles from he "left" about Barack Obama. He speaks well, but he isn't following up on his rhetoric to combat the corporate takeover of America, the rental of the Congress and the ...
boguseconomist 09/07/2014 13 1 - -
Another Modest Proposal
The vexing problem of thousands of children daring to seek what was promised on the Statue of Liberty in the radical, commie-socialist poem of Emma Lazarus ("Give me your tired, your poor, your ...
boguseconomist 07/20/2014 4 - - -
Patriotism Test for Memorial Day
This will be a shortie. The test I propose is a measure of true as opposed to phony patriotism fed to the American public on this solemn holiday honoring our fallen men and women in the battle to ...
boguseconomist 05/23/2014 6 5 - -
This is the Question
In the thousands of posts discussing what's wrong with America and more thousands pointing fingers in all directions, I'd like to clear up one important point, on which most of the other arguments ...
boguseconomist 04/23/2014 5 - - -
Of Shooting and Ships
Now that the great state of Florida has posted another Trayvon Martin version of justice, it might be helpful to attempt pinning the blame where it belongs - on us. We haven't been speaking to ...
boguseconomist 02/20/2014 5 2 - -
America's Game
Since what Stephen Colbert calls the "Superb Owl" is over and Seattle is still drinking some of the nation's best beer, I nevertheless feel it may be time to ask whether football is truly America's ...
boguseconomist 02/03/2014 13 19 - -
The Apple and the Worm
Picture an apple named "America" on a shelf. Most objective observers have declared it rotten. Fewer than one in five citizens trust its integrity. Although it looks OK, it's no longer firm and ...
boguseconomist 01/17/2014 4 6 - -
Keeping Track of 1984
In 1948, a visionary writer named George Orwell imagined a world of the future and it didn't look good. Despite it seeming so far away, he reversed the last two digits and titled the book "1984" and ...
boguseconomist 12/31/2013 5 9 - -
The Dim Dynasty
The uproar over Phil lRobertson's identification of sexual love with solely what goes underneath one's underpants has, as usual, missed the point. What the Lead Duck of the Dynasty said was ...
boguseconomist 12/22/2013 3 3 - -
What if.......
We've gotten really good at bitching. On the KOS, naturally, we specialze in pointing out the mutitude of hypocrisies that constitute the myths of the even playing field, the beneficial invisible ...
boguseconomist 12/13/2013 2 2 - -
Are We Wal-Mart?
We've all seen them. The pictures of masses of cowding, shoving people battling to get the cashmere sweaters on sale for only $39.95. The mobs clutching at their oversized packages of 70" television ...
boguseconomist 11/29/2013 110 115 4 -
A Fair Question
Are you proud of America? As a citizen, this is a question you should be happy to answer. After all, you've been told that this is the greatest nation on the face of the earth, the land ...
boguseconomist 11/22/2013 4 - - -
Flying North for the Winter
Like a dim duck flying north for the winter, the Republican Party is having a real problem assessing blame for its droopy showing on election day.
boguseconomist 11/14/2013 3 3 - -
Freedom from Religion
This is one of those facile headlines that everyone from anti-God fanatics to thoughtful Constitutional students bring up when talking about the First Amendment. It's based on the premise that the ...
boguseconomist 11/04/2013 14 15 - -
A tiny diary
When I was young and America was much newer, my kids pestered me and my wife to allow them to do something because "all the other kids do it." We'd smile and explain, "but you are not the other kids."
boguseconomist 10/29/2013 13 9 - -
Time for Change? I hope not.
In my judgment, the United States has never been riper for a change of government in its history. By "change," I don't necessarily mean a new set of legislators or another face in the White House. I ...
boguseconomist 10/27/2013 23 16 - -
A word about teachers..
There seems to be two types of stories about teachers. One, appearing regularly, tells about a teacher who puts his or her life at risk to protect students from someone else with a gun - as in Sandy ...
boguseconomist 10/22/2013 11 6 - -
Allegiance to what?
The last poll I saw gave the positive opinion of the Congress of the United States at a little over twenty percent. In other words, almost eighty out of a hundred citizens of this Republic think ...
boguseconomist 10/11/2013 5 1 - -
Thanks, Ted Cruz
For years, I've been trying to come up with a new word. Often,I've come close, only to find that someone has beaten me to it and, worse, written something far better using the word than I could have ...
boguseconomist 09/26/2013 4 7 - -
An "F" for The Bogus
I like to excel in what I do. Accordingly, when I make a mistake, I like to make the kind of error that causes total strangers to howl with glee and emit expressions like, "What an asshole!" or "Now ...
boguseconomist 09/20/2013 10 - - -
An Explanation
In my last diary, I wrote about Elon Musk and closed with the sentence: "God, I hope he succeeds." As most of my friends know, I am an atheist. How, then, can this idiot ask for divine ...
boguseconomist 09/06/2013 9 2 - -
The Tesla Torpedo?
Zero to 60 in a little over four seconds. Consumer Reports raves about it. Motor Trend's Car of the Year. Large wating lists as stock prices rise. In short, Elon Musk sems to have come up with ...
boguseconomist 09/03/2013 16 22 - -
The Prophets of Stupid
Most recently, I've been spending some time wondering how a PFC who was diagnosed with a gender disorder, who possibly was a victim of fetal alcohol syndrome and who was clearly a disturbed person ...
boguseconomist 08/23/2013 66 49 2 -
If it were Snowdenski?
Just imagine the following scenario: A minor member of the Politburo decides that the work he is being asked to do for the Kremlin is in violation of the Russian constitution. Torn by conscience, he ...
boguseconomist 07/17/2013 41 5 - -
J'accuse
I've written many blogs about the abuses corporate capitalism has perpetrated against our country and the definitely outmoded concept that all people are created equal. We've seen companies like ...
boguseconomist 07/12/2013 2 4 - -
The IRS, the Tea Party and Us...
Say the words "Tea Party" and the image in our minds is not Boston harbor in 1775. Nor should it be the image of Simon Legree chasing Eliza across the ice. As a matter of fact, there are some things ...
boguseconomist 06/27/2013 1 1 - -
The Reason for our Unhappiness
In 2008, America rejoiced. My wife and I were in France and witnessed the happiness of the throngs of visitors and natives alike at the "Au revoir, Bush" signs that appeared on walls and in windows.
boguseconomist 06/23/2013 9 2 - -
First things first.
I'bve written countless diaries about the United States turning into a country concerned only with money and controlled by corporate interests who care far more about net worth than human worth. ...
boguseconomist 06/18/2013 3 10 - -
Good for the Goose
Senator Rand Paul is upset. The scandal of certain folks in the IRS targeting Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status has gotten the Senator to the point that he's screaming for justice ...
boguseconomist 05/16/2013 2 1 - -
Do as I Say...
Let's check off some of the things this country is "all about," according to popular rumor: 1.A respect for our fellow man. 2.An appreciation of the finer things in life. 3.A high standard of ...
boguseconomist 05/09/2013 13 13 - -
Murder- personal and corporate
When two brothers (be sure to include "of Chechan origin") committed the incredibly stupid and completely insane act of random murder in Boston, America rose up in horror, vowing to hunt the killers ...
boguseconomist 04/20/2013 8 15 - -
The Villain of the Piece(2)
I've been busy looking for villains, as many of us have been. Likewise, the majority also has mostly agreed that corporate America - not the old capitalism of small business, but the new. modern ...
boguseconomist 03/25/2013 1 - - -
Good luck, Francis.
Habemus papem. Well, the Catholics do, and he seems to be a great choice. Humble, down-to-earth, seemingly a really nice guy. However, as much as I would like to predict a successful pontificate,
boguseconomist 03/14/2013 12 1 - -
Right Makes Might
Johnny comes home with a note from the teacher saying that Johnny cheated on a test. When asked, Johnny admits doing this, but tells his daddy he did it trying to get good marks, which he, Daddy, ...
boguseconomist 03/03/2013 1 1 - -
A Pledge - to what?
"I pledge allegiance to the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands." These words were written by Christian Socialist Francis Bellamy, in 1892. He had been forced to leave ...
boguseconomist 02/15/2013 6 3 - -
The Pursuit of Prosperity
We're just going to have to run harder. A new survey published in Forbes magazine lists the happiest countries in the world and America isn't even in the top ten. It wasn't a small survey, ...
boguseconomist 01/25/2013 2 1 - -
A Poem For Our Times
A while ago, I wanted to see if I could write a poem that offended both the ultra-liberals and the ultra-conservatives, but still contained enough truth that could open a discussion about what I ...
boguseconomist 01/18/2013 2 1 - -
O Ye of Little Faith
There was a kid in my high school who was probably the strongest person I knew. His name was Matthew. Being black in the 1940s in a small New Jersey town wasn't a bed of roses, but no one ever had a ...
boguseconomist 01/15/2013 12 53 2 -
Life Without Texas?
The movement to pry the state of Texas from the unwelcome embrace of the United States is, according to some news reports, gaining strength. If they do, one city, Austin, is talking about prying ...
boguseconomist 01/11/2013 279 42 - -
How to Tell Conservatives From CAPAC
In the labelistic frenzy that besets our country from time to time, surely none can rival the tags "liberal" and "conservative" - except the universal epithet "idiot" that's bestowed with equal ...
boguseconomist 12/28/2012 5 1 - -
Merry Whatever
December is a one-track month. Everything seems to be on hold for the first 24 days with all the talk about the 25th. We briefly ackowledge Pearl Harbor Day, a mass shooting or two and a constipated ...
boguseconomist 12/23/2012 4 4 - -
K dump
This is just a short Christmas wish: Please tell the press flack who is no doubt getting huge sums of money for putting Kim Kardashian's name in front of us every day that we give up. We promise to ...
boguseconomist 12/20/2012 8 - - -
A Defense of Scrooge
Before the seasonal madness that we have manufactured as a substitute for what once was a religious holiday begins, I feel it would be a public service to present a defense of the anti-Christmas ...
boguseconomist 11/30/2012 51 41 - -
Post-Turkey Reflections
With Black Friday insanity currently gripping what's left of the American psyche and the battle over a California Christmas display heading for the courts, I have to question the fundamental premise ...
boguseconomist 11/23/2012 7 2 - -
Shades of Gray
The latest scandal of the week is General John Allen, who allegedly exchanged “flirtatious” e-mails with a wealthy socialite who has a sexy twin sister and who got intimidating e-mails from the ...
boguseconomist 11/17/2012 4 1 - -
Food For More Thought
I've been chattering about the meaninglessness of the words "liberal" and "conservative" for years. Now, here's another log for the fire: Find a real, dyed-in-the-wool, rock-ribbed Republican who's ...
boguseconomist 11/13/2012 3 1 - -
In case you didn't read this....
I came across this article from the Los Angeles Times by David Lazarus and felt it was a must for everyone to read. It shows clearly the mind-set of the people who are trying to run the United ...
boguseconomist 10/23/2012 4 - - -
The Biggest Unasked Question
We've sat through three "debates" now and come away with the usual sports-type reaction about who "won" and who "lost" and who landed the best "punches" or who "bobbed and weaved" or "scored." My ...
boguseconomist 10/20/2012 3 - - -
Next! Waiting in Line as Metaphor
Few of us haven't had the experience of waiting in line. Whether in a snaking parade outside a stadium or at an airport, supermarket or bank, we've waited. We've all had the experience of seeing ...
boguseconomist 10/19/2012 1 1 - 1
I Told You So.....
On Oct. 1, I wrote a dairy that said, "Jim Lehrer of PBS will be the moderator, although what he will moderate remains a secret. The chances of any real conflict Wednesday evening is slim and the ...
boguseconomist 10/03/2012 5 1 - 41
My Basic Question
Millions of Americans will be listening to and watching the meeting between Barack Obama and Willard Romney in order to find out what, if anything, they have in mind for the United States from now ...
boguseconomist 10/01/2012 2 - - 46
The End of the Silence of the Lambs
The Republicans have kicked off the latest attempt to snatch defeat from the shoe-filled mouths of its candidates for Prez and Vice-Prez by leveling a charge that has always worked in the past - ...
boguseconomist 09/21/2012 3 5 - 83
Here We Go Again
The nation is divided. Many states are against any federal interference in the private lives of individuals. They consider the government an enemy of freedom. Some of their citizens openly call for ...
boguseconomist 09/08/2012 21 1 - 110
Our Myth of Evil
When you hear the word "evil," what comes to mind? Osama bin Laden? Dick Cheney? Bank of America? The CIA? Vladimir Putin? Raoul Castro? Whoever or whatever it may be, I'm here to question your ...
boguseconomist 08/25/2012 11 1 - 48
IDGAS
Old people generally take a long time to embrace new technologies. It took me five years before I felt comfortable tacking LOL on an e-mail, to say nothing of the more exaggerated ROFL and the ...
boguseconomist 08/16/2012 4 3 - 50
A Nation of Idiots
Before you go looking for your shotgun (or, more likely, AK-47). let me explain the title of the diary. I have just finished a two-hour tour of the internet, including the Kos, and stopped counting ...
boguseconomist 08/08/2012 60 55 1 862
What's in a Game?
You remember games. Tag, Hide and Seek, Stickball- things like that. A bunch of kids get together and agree on some loose rules and proceed to have fun. Fun - there's another thing you may remember. ...
boguseconomist 07/31/2012 3 3 - 25
Bad News is Good
On Yahoo today, I noticed two adjacent items in the section they laughingly describe as "news." The first noted the slowest growth in economic activity in a year - well under the 2% forecast. The ...
boguseconomist 07/27/2012 13 10 - 153
Is Scopes Dead?
Yesterday, in the birthstate of the Scopes "Monkey" trial of the 1920's, Tennessee struck again, this time in the town of Murphreeboro. Judge Todd Campbell gave the final approval for occupancy of ...
boguseconomist 07/19/2012 2 2 - 162
That's rich!
Two items have tickled us this week. One is the fulminating fervor of Harry Reid and assorted other lightweights on both sides of the political aisle about U.S. Olympic uniforms being made in - China!
boguseconomist 07/14/2012 3 1 - 37
Recipe for Survival
It's hard to read or listen to any media outlet (except perhaps those belonging to Rupert Murdoch) without being regaled about greed. Kossacks are well aware of this, of course, being convinced that ...
boguseconomist 06/30/2012 5 2 - 22
Heads They Win...
KISS. Keep it simple, stupid. That seems to be the motto, not only of the "conservative" campaign on behalf of the ninety-nine percent, but also the "liberal" response. The truth, friends, is that ...
boguseconomist 06/21/2012 15 2 - 49
An Unpleasant Possibility
Union leaders and volunteers in Wisconsin are scratching their heads while pondering why Scott Walker - the representative of union-busting corporate America - walked away with his seat intact ...
boguseconomist 06/08/2012 87 77 2 742
You might be a Socialist if........
Jeff Foxworthy made a great deal of money and quite a bit of sense when he wrote his best-selling "You Might be a Redneck if..." (for instance...."you and your dog used the same tree." These days, ...
boguseconomist 06/01/2012 5 3 - 63
Game Time
I thought, in the middle of deep thinking and grave debates about the condition of the country, it might be fun to have a game to test people's take on political and human values. The game goes like ...
boguseconomist 05/20/2012 8 - - 41
We're Number 37!!!!!
In a country where being the best is drilled into our heads, especially by the most patriotic citizens (with the greatest number of flag pins in their lapels), it must come as a terrible shock to ...
boguseconomist 05/11/2012 14 7 - 149
Who Are We?
The world is fascinated by the current trial of confessed mass-murderer Anders Breivik, whose actions in Norway touched off an explosion of emotions almost as violent as the bomb Breivik detonated ...
boguseconomist 04/27/2012 38 14 1 186
Ever Since Eve.....
....got talked into sharing that apple with Dumb Old Adam, everybody and his brother have been gunning for the snake. The snake, BTW, earned the wrath of the garden's owner by leading the ...
boguseconomist 04/03/2012 1 2 - 40
Playing with Words
In countless diaries, people have bickered about liberals and conservatives without defining either. I have contributed to this by muddying the waters and have been duly called to task for ...
boguseconomist 03/21/2012 4 1 - 25
The opposite of "Conservative?"
Before you say, "Liberal," hold on for a minute. I've just been reading still another set of arguments about who's the most conservative of the four Republican candidates and whether President ...
boguseconomist 03/16/2012 26 2 - 100
Tomlinson for President?
Ever heard of Homer Tomlinson? No? Well, his is an interesting and instructive story. The Rev. Tomlinson was the 1952, 1960, 1964, and 1968 Presidential nominee of the Theocratic Party. He ...
boguseconomist 03/13/2012 3 2 - 46
My Oh My, Another Curse
Since my last diatribe about bigness, I've been examining the various curses our fair republic has been and is being exposed to, not least of which is the Rick Santorum brand of Americanism. Actually,
boguseconomist 03/02/2012 2 - - 29
The Patron, the Prostitute and the Pimp
In every U.S. state but one, prostitution is a big no-no. However, as in many other professions, there is a strict hierarchy ranging from the vendors dismissedly called "two-bit" to the millionaire ...
boguseconomist 02/16/2012 36 18 - 354
The Curse of Big
In a recent TV examination of why Germany is the strongest economy in Europe, it was brought out that the heart of the German economy is the small, family-run business. It examined the work ethic of ...
boguseconomist 02/10/2012 27 44 1 242
Sin City
The latest news from Iraq seems to indicate that we have failed to bring a peaceful democracy to the region. The Sunni and Shia factions are still mad at each other, the Christians are being singled ...
boguseconomist 01/23/2012 3 1 - 34
The unasked question
For every candidate, Republican or Democrat, there is a question that, to my knowledge, has not been asked in any "debate," press conference or interview. We have heard every candidate, including ...
boguseconomist 01/14/2012 3 1 - 71
The Whole (and only)Truth
Pick up a newspaper - any newspaper - and you're liable to find a story about some fundamentalist Muslim blowing him/herself up to score a point about the superiority of one version of Islam over ...
boguseconomist 12/26/2011 2 - - 54
Win Some, Lose Some
This week marked the deaths of two opposite personalities. Kim Jon Il, the reclusive leader of North Korea went to his reward only a few days after Vaclav Havel, the leader of Checkoslovakia's ...
boguseconomist 12/19/2011 9 8 - 99
Liz's Jewels
"I never, never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I'm here to take care of them and to love them. When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home."
boguseconomist 12/16/2011 35 11 - 281
It's "its."
Sometimes I get so sick of griping about hypocritical politicians, I feel like just turning off the switch and griping about something more specific. After all, hypocrisy among politicians is a very ...
boguseconomist 12/10/2011 72 28 - 236
Thanksgetting
It's only fair. If we're going to have a holiday where we can give thanks for the stuff others have given us, we can damn well have one where we can accept thanks for trying to stop those who ...
boguseconomist 11/23/2011 1 1 - 23
God - again
In Detroit, Michigan, thousands are gathering to restore God to our "Baal-based" country. The forces of Satan, apparently, are about to take over, thanks to humanists, leftists, socialists, atheists ...
boguseconomist 11/12/2011 22 14 - 139
Hands Up
Cheer up. There is hope in the world. Who says so? The NRA. Yes, the National Rifle Association has a message for you besides the one about guns not killing people. I got it as an enclosure with a ...
boguseconomist 10/28/2011 1 1 - 25
Onward, Christian Soldiers
When Sir Arthur Sullivan (yes, the Sullivan of Gilbert and Sullivan) wrote what is arguably Christianity's most famous hymn, he must have been thinking of some other religion. As I have read ...
boguseconomist 10/22/2011 15 5 - 76
Write On, Write Off
This one is going to be unpopular. I know this because in the past, I've written diaries that deviated from the accepted Kossack take on things, and I've gotten slammed for it. However, with the ...
boguseconomist 10/06/2011 9 - - 68
Waiting for the Girthquake
If you go by the newspapers and the breathless mainstream media, the most important announcement in history, aside from the Second Coming, will be the decision by New Jersey governor Chris Christie ...
boguseconomist 10/03/2011 22 - - 100
One More Down
Well, folks, here we go again. For the second time in very recent memory, a terrorist has been killed by U.S. armed forces, thus striking a "severe blow" to Al-Qaeda and allegedly further weakening ...
boguseconomist 09/30/2011 11 1 - 39
9/11 for Fun and Profit
Like most of you, I sat through at least five "salutes" to the brave and innocent victims of the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. I saw dozens of people srtruggling to control their ...
boguseconomist 09/13/2011 2 2 - 21
Home Grown Wisdom Translated
Sometimes, we say things often enough that they become true by repetition. If we do this long enough, the thing becomes part of our folklore and goes into the books as Homegrown Wisdom, which is ...
boguseconomist 07/17/2011 4 - - 28
The Invisible Hand
Well, dang! Just when I thought I'd gotten a handle on the whole free-market thing, they went and changed the rules on me. You see, the way those smooth guys on Fox explained it, when you have ...
boguseconomist 06/28/2011 6 1 - 42
The Valley of the Wolves
In a web article from CNN entitled "The No-Vacation Nation," it was pointed out that American workers have less time off with more strings attached when they do than any other industrial nation on ...
boguseconomist 05/27/2011 11 7 - 60
Mine, All Mine
The first independent study of the disaster that killed 29 miners in West Virginia- a 113-page report produced by an independent team of investigators appointed by former West Virginia Gov. Joe ...
boguseconomist 05/19/2011 4 8 - 49
Do as I say...
Down the street from our condo, there's a business. On the porch of that business - the one facing a well-travelled street - is a sign that prohibits loitering except on business and warns the ...
boguseconomist 05/15/2011 7 1 - 73
In Praise of The Donald
There is little doubt that Donald Trump would be the perfect candidate to lead the Republican Party in their quest for presidential and congressional control in 2012. This man has virtually ...
boguseconomist 04/10/2011 11 4 1 53
Holy Smoke
Terry Jones, whose latest Christ-like gesture was to preside at a Florida burning of the Koran, is probably chortling in his sleep over the murder of several U.N. workers in Pakistan in protest of ...
boguseconomist 04/01/2011 5 - - 17
The Role of God
As we repeatedly see the tragedy of the Japanese earhtquake and tsunami - just as we saw the tragedy of the Haitian earthquake, the Indonesian tsunami and the various other "natural" disasters ...
boguseconomist 03/24/2011 11 2 - 61
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