The silence and solitude of animals

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

 By John O’Donohue

http://books.google.com/books?id=bhiA59X4vyoC&dq=john+o+donohue+anam+cara&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=CVEFTL-rDIeoNpWk5Ts&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false

The animals are more ancient than us.

The animals are more ancient than us. They were here for millennia before humans surfaced on the earth. Animals are our ancient brothers and sisters. They enjoy a seamless presence – a lyrical unity with the earth. Animals live outside in the wind, in the waters, in the mountains, and in the clay. The knowing of the earth is in them. The Zen-like silence and thereness of the landscape is mirrored in the silence and solitude of animals.

Animals know nothing of Freud, Jesus, Buddha, Wall Street, the Pentagon, or the Vatican. They live outside the politics of human intention. Somehow they already inhabit the eternal.

The Celtic mind recognized the ancient belonging and knowing of the animal world. The dignity, beauty, and wisdom of the animal world was not diminished by any false hierarchy or human arrogance.

Somewhere in the Celtic mind was a grounding perception that humans are the inheritors of this deeper world. This finds playful expression in the following ninth-century poem.

The scholar and his cat, Pangur Bán

(from the Irish by Robin Flower)

I and Pangur Ban my cat,
‘Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
‘Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.

‘Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur’s way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

‘Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
‘Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.

Musica

Tuck & Patti – Tears of Joy (including Mad Mad Me)

http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Maz+2010/30039357

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99 Responses to “The silence and solitude of animals”

  1. blessedistruth Says:

    Carrying on a conversation
    Looking in your eyes
    The words they seem to pass us by
    You know as well as I

    How many kinds of tribulation
    Must a friend endure
    The years they leave a man unsure
    Of when to beg when he is poor

    Oh baby, how I love you
    Mad as I think you are
    Guess you think I’m crazy too
    But mad mad me I love you

    Oh baby, how I love you
    Mad as I think you are
    Guess you think I’m crazy too
    But mad mad me I love you

    Carrying on in a world of silence
    Your eyes aflame to me
    They jump and burn and make me see
    How much to you I want to be

    Oh baby, how I love you
    Mad as I think you are
    Guess you think I’m crazy too
    But mad mad me I love you

    Well baby, how I love you
    Mad as I think you are
    Guess you think I’m crazy too
    But mad mad me I love you

    I said mad mad me I love you

  2. blessedistruth Says:

    Maria Muldaur – Lay Baby Lay (Lay Lady Lay)

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/MB-Lgah9/Maria_Muldaur_-_Lay_Baby_Lay__.html

  3. blessedistruth Says:

    Bill and I are watching Greta.

    And there was a blurb about Eric Holder.

    Bill asked in disgust, “Can that guy step on his dick anymore?!”

    LOL!

    I honestly don’t know what that means.

  4. blessedistruth Says:

    More Maria Muldaur

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/broGRGvg/Maria_Muldaur_-_My_Tennessee_M.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/7ZRtayI7/Maria_Muldaur_-_Three_Dollar_B.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/EfrGtLvq/Maria_Muldaur_-Any_Old_Time.html

  5. blessedistruth Says:

    The “Human Rights” Activists with Ties to Genocide

    Jun 01, 2010 02:01 pm | Discover The Networks

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7544

    The Turkish “human rights” group that organized the latest flotilla to Gaza — which resulted in at least 9 deaths — has longstanding ties to Hamas, al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Saddam Hussein.

    [….]

    In January 2009, IHH head Bülent Yildirim met with Khaled Mash’al, chairman of Hamas’ political bureau in Damascus, and Mash’al thanked Yildirim for the support of his organization.

    In November 2009 IHH activist Izzat Shahin transferred tens of thousands of American dollars from IHH to the Islamic Charitable Society (in Hebron) and Al-Tadhamun (in Nablus), two of Hamas’ most important front groups posing as “charitable societies.”

    In early 2010, IHH collaborated with the Free Gaza Movement to organize a six-ship flotilla of Muslim and anti-Israel activists who would sail (from points in Greece, Crete, Ireland, and Turkey) to Gaza for the purpose of breaking Israel’s naval blockade (which had been established to prevent Hamas from importing weaponry from Iran and other allies abroad).

    On April 7, 2010, IHH leader Bülent Yildirim had told a press conference in Istanbul that the forthcoming flotilla would represent a “test” for Israel.

    He warned that Israeli opposition to the initiative would be viewed as “a declaration of war” against the countries whose activists were aboard the ships.

    The flotilla embarked on its journey toward Gaza in late May of 2010.

    For several days, Israel issued warnings that the ships would not be permitted to reach Gaza without first submitting to an inspection of their cargoes.

    But the crews of the vessels refused to comply; thus Israeli commandos intercepted the flotilla in the early morning hours of May 31.

    The IHH-affiliated activists responded violently, attacking the commandos with knives, clubs and pistol fire.

    In the melee that ensued, nine activists were killed and seven Israeli soldiers were wounded.

  6. blessedistruth Says:

    June 01, 2010 — Officials make case for Ohio needing an immigration law similar to Arizona

  7. blessedistruth Says:

    Art Laffer on How Taxes Impact Economy

    http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4215528/art-laffer-on-how-taxes-impact-economy/

    Art Laffer: I’m Concerned Long Run About Inflation

    http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4215526/art-laffer-im-concerned-long-run-about-inflation/

  8. blessedistruth Says:

    Art Laffer appeared on Fox & Friends this morning talking about debt and deficits.

    Basically, he said Reagan and Clinton good. George W. Bush and Obama bad.

    That is way too simplistic and really doesn’t help our understanding of how we got into this mess and how we can fix it.

    More on that in a bit.

  9. blessedistruth Says:

    Exactly how indebted one is is important, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole picture. Any family in America can tell you that.

    For example, if you looked at how much debt my husband and I held when we purchased our AZ home in 2007 versus how much debt we held when we purchased our NY home in 1998, you’d see we’re carrying a lot more debt now than then.

    But that really doesn’t tell you very much unless you also look at respective levels of income, savings, equity, etc.

    The same holds true for our larger American family, We the people. When we speak of our nation-state holding unsustainable levels of debt, we’re really talking about every citizen in this great nation.

    As far as I know, there are two ratios we have to look at very closely and over time.

    The first is “deficit-to-gdp ratio” or “US Federal Deficit As Percent Of GDP in United States.”

    Obviously if you run a deficit every year you will add to total debt. i.e., you’re not paying down the debt. My husband and I aren’t debt free, far from it, but our debt is “sustainable.”

    What worries a lot of Americans is that our deficits are too high every year and so “unsustainable.”

    See the following:

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/federal_deficit_chart.html

    Federal Deficit As Pct GDP

    Fiscal Years 1980 to 2011 Year GDP-US

    $ billion Federal Deficit -fed
    pct GDP

    1980 2788.1 2.65 a
    1981 3126.8 2.53 a
    1982 3253.2 3.93 a
    1983 3534.6 5.88 a
    1984 3930.9 4.72 a
    1985 4217.5 5.03 a
    1986 4460.1 4.96 a
    1987 4736.4 3.16 a
    1988 5100.4 3.04 a
    1989 5482.1 2.78 a
    1990 5800.5 3.81 a
    1991 5992.1 4.49 a
    1992 6342.3 4.58 a
    1993 6667.4 3.83 a
    1994 7085.2 2.87 a
    1995 7414.7 2.21 a
    1996 7838.5 1.37 a
    1997 8332.4 0.26 a
    1998 8793.5 -0.79 a
    1999 9353.5 -1.34 a
    2000 9951.5 -2.37 a
    2001 10286.2 -1.25 a
    2002 10642.3 1.48 a
    2003 11142.1 3.39 a
    2004 11867.8 3.48 a
    2005 12638.4 2.52 a
    2006 13398.9 1.85 a
    2007 14077.6 1.14 a
    2008 14441.4 3.18 a
    2009 14258.2 9.91 a
    2010 14623.9 10.64 b
    2011 15299 8.28 b

    Legend:

    a – actual reported
    b – budgeted estimate in US fy11 budget

    There’s a very important distinction to be made here. Notice that during the Clinton years we actually had a few good years where we ran surpluses instead of defcits.

    But look at the total debt. It kept going up even when we ran surpluses!

    And that was okay. Because Clinton grew the economy, i.e., he grew the pie.

    Obama, on the other hand, seems to believe that he can tax and spend us back to prosperity.

    The second is “debt-to-gdp ratio.”

    This is the one that’s got everybody really worried about our future economic viability.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    US Will Hit 94% Debt to GDP Ratio Next Year, Surpassing the Level Where Debt Starts Reducing Economic Growth

    http://www.georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/01/us-will-hit-94-debt-to-gdp-ratio-next.html

    Ambrose-Evans Pritchard notes:

    Fitch expects the combined state and federal debt to reach 94pc of GDP next year, up from 57pc at the end of 2007.

    Federal interest costs will reach 13pc of revenues, meaning that an eighth of all taxes will go to service debt.

    57pc at the end of 2007 (George W. Bush)

    versus

    94pc of GDP next year (Barack H. Obama)

    That should scare you.

    So Art Laffer does us a disservice with his simplistic explanations.

    The American people are smart. We get it.

    Just the facts.

    More later.

  10. blessedistruth Says:

    Federal Debt As Pct GDP

    Fiscal Years 1980 to 2011 Year GDP-US

    $ billion Gross Public Debt -fed
    pct GDP

    1980 2788.1 32.56 a
    1981 3126.8 31.91 a
    1982 3253.2 35.10 a
    1983 3534.6 38.96 a
    1984 3930.9 40.00 a
    1985 4217.5 43.23 a
    1986 4460.1 47.65 a
    1987 4736.4 49.62 a
    1988 5100.4 51.02 a
    1989 5482.1 52.12 a
    1990 5800.5 55.74 a
    1991 5992.1 61.17 a
    1992 6342.3 64.09 a
    1993 6667.4 66.17 a
    1994 7085.2 66.23 a
    1995 7414.7 67.08 a
    1996 7838.5 66.66 a
    1997 8332.4 64.97 a
    1998 8793.5 62.84 a
    1999 9353.5 60.47 a
    2000 9951.5 57.02 a
    2001 10286.2 56.46 a
    2002 10642.3 58.52 a
    2003 11142.1 60.88 a
    2004 11867.8 62.18 a
    2005 12638.4 62.77 a
    2006 13398.9 63.49 a
    2007 14077.6 63.99 a
    2008 14441.4 69.15 a
    2009 14258.2 83.29 a
    2010 14623.9 94.27 b
    2011 15299 98.99 b

    Legend:

    a – actual reported
    g – ‘guesstimated’ projection by usgovernmentspending.com
    b – budgeted estimate in US fy11 budget

    Again, this should scare you.

    2001 10286.2 56.46 a
    2002 10642.3 58.52 a
    2003 11142.1 60.88 a
    2004 11867.8 62.18 a

    2005 12638.4 62.77 a
    2006 13398.9 63.49 a
    2007 14077.6 63.99 a
    2008 14441.4 69.15 a

    2009 14258.2 83.29 a
    2010 14623.9 94.27 b
    2011 15299 98.99 b

    There are any number of interpretations of these data.

    But, obviously, we’re going in the wrong direction.

  11. blessedistruth Says:

    Heirs of Nazi victim to sell restituted Klimt

    Painting by Gustav Klimt returned to heirs of Jewish woman killed in Holocaust to go on sale at Christie’s in London in June, expected to fetch $20-26 million

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3895519,00.html

    Image

    http://www.4shared.com/photo/vQfbQnnw/frauenbildnis.html

  12. blessedistruth Says:

    Linda Chavez is a horse’s arse!

    “Ugly face of populism”

    http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100602/OPINION06/100528047/1006

    Pearce is a nasty piece of work.

    In the e-mail to supporters on citizenship, Pearce forwarded a supporter’s view that the bill might be deemed sexist, but that “we need to target the mother.

    … Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.”

    When asked by a reporter what he thought of the language, Pearce said he didn’t see anything wrong with it.

    And it wasn’t the first time Pearce said or did something unsavory.

    When a photograph of Pearce with a local neo-Nazi surfaced in 2007, he claimed not to know the fellow’s affiliation.

    He made the same defense in 2006 when he sent out an e-mail to supporters that included an attachment from a white supremacist organization.

    She neglects to mention:

    Arizona lawmaker circulated white separatist e-mail

    Updated 10/12/2006

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-10-12-race-supremacy_x.htm

    Republican Rep. Russell Pearce has apologized for e-mailing the article from the West Virginia-based National Alliance.

    But that hasn’t stopped criticism from all directions, including state GOP leaders.

    (Character assassination. Nothing more.)

  13. blessedistruth Says:

    I’ll be posting some popular songs in the next little while.

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/R9rqXTVy/Enya_-_Watermark_-_02_-_Cursum.html

  14. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/XVLckIkF/Victor_Jara_-_02_-_El_Cigarrit.html

  15. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/-482XcgQ/Jack_Jones_-__Fly_Me_To_The_Mo.html

  16. blessedistruth Says:

    I know this isn’t a “song” but it’s just so funny!

    http://www.4shared.com/video/bZWfeXhp/bee.html

  17. blessedistruth Says:

    Electric Flag & Buddy Miles – Them changes

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/S4_sG_w1/Electric_Flag__Buddy_Miles_-_T.html

  18. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/TtWA0KGj/Victor_Jara_-_01_-_El_Arado.html

  19. blessedistruth Says:

    God’s Only Daughter

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/UegazG-d/Melanie_Safka_-_Gods_Only_Daug.html

  20. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/VgQQ1ecl/01-Mio_Bello_Bello_Amore.html

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    This “song” goes well with original post above.

    And it’s old. It’s so old.

    Fernando Ortega – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/5M9quUII/Fernando_Ortega_-_Let_All_Mort.html

  22. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/h1t80bzA/01_Andean_Sikuri.html

  23. blessedistruth Says:

    Ojitos Verdes

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/Bh2IoMcG/Victor_Jara_-_06_-_Ojitos_Verd.html

  24. blessedistruth Says:

    I just had a great idea!

    I’ve stated before that my husband would rather hire Mexicanos and that I would rather teach them.

    I say let’s do a swap.

    These retirees who really don’t like America anyway.

    They should go to Mexico.

    In return we grant amnesty to the illegal immigrants who are already here.

    Because we really can’t afford both groups.

    Now there’s a plan!

    So to my elders I say.

    Give up your American citizenship!

    And make room for immigrants who will be much better Americans than you are.

  25. blessedistruth Says:

    loreena mckennitt the mask and the mirror playlist

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Loreena+McKennitt+The+Mask+and+Mirror/13370451

  26. blessedistruth Says:

    See also:

    http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/what-is-it-you-wish-from-me-good-lady-respect-she-answered/

    Marrakesh Night Market

    They’re gathered in circles
    the lamps light their faces
    The crescent moon rocks in the sky
    The poets of drumming
    keep heartbeats suspended
    The smoke swirls up and then it dies

    (CHORUS)Would you like my mask?
    would you like my mirror?
    cries the man in the shadowing hood
    You can look at yourself
    you can look at each other
    or you can look at the face of your god

    The stories are woven
    and fortunes are told
    The truth is measured by the weight of your gold
    The magic lies scattered
    on rugs on the ground
    Faith is conjured in the night market’s sound

    (CHORUS)

    The lessons are written
    on parchments of paper
    They’re carried by horse from the river Nile
    says the shadowy voice
    In the firelight, the cobra
    is casting the flame a winsome smile

  27. blessedistruth Says:

    Wake up!

    talking heads fear of music

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/May+2010+new+experiment/29251059

  28. blessedistruth Says:

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  30. blessedistruth Says:

    June 02, 2010 — Gov. Jan Brewer looks forward to showdown with Pres. Obama over Ariz. immigration law

  31. blessedistruth Says:

    June 02, 2010 — Brewer on reflects on her battles so far as governor of Arizona

  32. blessedistruth Says:

    June 02, 2010 — Arizona State Rep. John Kavanagh says law will be enforced regardless of what happens in Washington

  33. blessedistruth Says:

    June 1, 2010

    The Gaza Flotilla’s Skirmish At Sea Diverted Attention From Hezbollah’s Weapons Imports

    Dr. Walid Phares

    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.6361/pub_detail.asp

    But the more ominous development this flotilla is camouflaging is a real land fleet bringing missiles and advanced weapons to Hezbollah from Syria to the Bekaa Valley.

    Over the past weeks reports have abounded about Iranian long-range missiles shipped via Syria to Hezbollah and satellite images have shown terror bases in the vicinity of Damascus growing under Baathist protection.

    As soon as the attention of the international community began to focus on the flow of strategic weapons to Hezbollah, the “brotherhood of regimes” unleashed the Gaza flotilla across the Mediterranean.

    Seasoned geopolitical experts would rationally link the move to create an incident off the coasts of Gaza with the move to equipping Hezbollah with lethal missiles.

    In the end we’re looking at two flotillas, the maritime one in the south being only a decoy for the land fleet to achieve its goal of war preparations, in the north.

  34. blessedistruth Says:

    June 02, 2010 — Dennis Miller weekly appearance on Bill O’Reilly aired on June 2nd, 2010.

  35. blessedistruth Says:

    You gotta watch Miller Time all the way to end.

    Great Stuff!

  36. blessedistruth Says:

    F.P.I.C. — B.I.O.B.

    (Finger Pointer In Chief — Blame It On Bush)

    http://whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/06/02/gulf-spill-follows-obama-to-pittsburgh/

    [….] the White House belief in the continued potency of running against Bush — even as it approaches the 18th month of its presidency.

    “As November approaches, leaders in the other party will campaign furiously on the same economic argument they’ve been making for decades,” Obama said. “Fortunately, we don’t have to look back too many years to see how it turns out. They gutted regulations, and put industry insiders in charge of industry oversight.

    And despite all their current moralizing about the need to curb spending, this is the same crowd who took the record $237 billion surplus that President Clinton left them and turned it into a record $1.3 trillion deficit.”

    (Oh really?! More on that in a bit.)

    But this theme, White House officials concede, was largely lost in the extensive media focus on the oil spill – and another faltering effort by BP to cap the spewing well.

    But GOP Minority Leader John Boehner seized upon the speech, calling it empty and un-presidential.

    “If the President is truly serious about helping our economy and saving our kids and grand-kids from even more unconscionable debt, he should call on House and Senate Democrats to offer a budget that cuts spending right now to help create jobs,” Boehner said.

    “With a national debt now at $13 trillion, Americans are demanding fiscal sanity and real leadership from Washington.

    The president diminishes the Office of the President when he resorts to straw man arguments that willfully mis-characterize the views of others.

    All of the President’s talk of post-partisanship, reaching out, and finding common ground reminds us that the country deserves better than his hyper-partisan speech today.”

  37. blessedistruth Says:

    Had some of my “facts” wrong yesterday. Sorry.

    Thought I was looking at total debt, in fact I was looking at total GDP.

    That doesn’t change the ratios, the percentages.

    Anyway, I wanted to fact-check Obama’s latest B.I.O.B.

    Federal Deficit Chart

    Fiscal Years 1993 to 2011

    [Year] [GDP-US $ billion] [Federal Deficit -total $ billion]

    1993 6667.4 255.05 a
    1994 7085.2 203.19 a
    1995 7414.7 163.95 a
    1996 7838.5 107.43 a

    1997 8332.4 21.89 a
    1998 8793.5 -69.28 a
    1999 9353.5 -125.60 a
    2000 9951.5 -236.24 a

    2001 10286.2 -128.24 a
    2002 10642.3 157.75 a
    2003 11142.1 377.59 a
    2004 11867.8 412.73 a

    2005 12638.4 318.34 a
    2006 13398.9 248.19 a
    2007 14077.6 160.94 a
    2008 14441.4 458.55 a

    2009 14258.2 1412.68 a
    2010 14623.9 1555.58 b
    2011 15299 1266.68 b

    Legend:
    a – actual reported
    b – budgeted estimate in US fy11 budget

  38. blessedistruth Says:

    2000 9951.5 -236.24 a (Clinton’s last year)

    2009 14258.2 1412.68 a (Obama’s first year)

    Basically, Obama is comparing Clinton’s last year with his own first year. Because, of course, it’s all Bush’s fault.

    There has been a lot already written about who’s to blame for FY 2009.

    To be fair, you could blame Bush for a portion of FY 2009 deficit, but certainly not the whole thing.

    But what else would you expect from our Finger-Pointer-In-Chief?

  39. blessedistruth Says:

    “Total Public Debt Outstanding” — A Tale of Two Presidents

    (not to be confused with “Gross Public Debt”)

    http://www.zimbio.com/All+American+Investor/articles/93/Total+Public+Debt+Outstanding+Tale+Two+Presidents

    •Public debt outstanding January 20, 1993–4,188,092,107,183.60
    •Public debt outstanding January 19, 2001–5,727,776,738,304.64
    •Under the Clinton administration Public debt increased by $1,539 Trillion

    •Public debt outstanding January 19, 2001–5,727,776,738,304.64
    •Public debt outstanding January 20, 2009–10,626,877,048,913.08
    •Under the Bush administration Public debt increased by $4,899 Trillion

    ***

    The United States “Total Public Debt Outstanding” is now over $13 Trillion.

    http://wallstcheatsheet.com/breaking-news/the-us-is-now-over-13-trillion-in-debt/?p=12099/

  40. blessedistruth Says:

    A Tale of Three Presidents

    Eight Years

    •Under the Clinton administration Public debt increased by $1,539 Trillion

    •Under the Bush administration Public debt increased by $4,899 Trillion

    Since Inauguration Day 2009

    13,000,000,000,000

    less

    10,626,877,048,913

    approx.

    2,373 Trillion in 17 months (Obama)

  41. blessedistruth Says:

    SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON FOX 10 ARIZONA MORNING 6-3-10

  42. blessedistruth Says:

    48% — 52%

    Rasmussen Obama Approval

  43. blessedistruth Says:

    Election 2010: Missouri Senate

    Missouri Senate: Blunt 45%, Carnahan 44%

    Rasmussen

  44. blessedistruth Says:

    Obama’s ‘Chicago Way’ Plunders the Private Sector

    A Commentary By Michael Barone

    Thursday, June 03, 2010

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_michael_barone/obama_s_chicago_way_plunders_the_private_sector

    Obama could not have risen so far so fast without a profound understanding of the Chicago Way.

    And he has brought the Chicago Way to the White House.

    One prime assumption of the Chicago Way is that there will always be a bounteous private sector that politicians can plunder endlessly.

    Chicago was America’s boomtown from 1860 to 1900, growing from nothing to the center of the nation’s railroad network, the key nexus between farm and factory, the headquarters of great retailers and national trade associations.

    The Mayors Daley have maintained Chicago’s centrality in commerce by building and expanding O’Hare Airport and by fostering a culture of crony capitalism with the city’s big employers and labor unions.

    Chicago survived depression and recessions to thrive once again.

    Sure, small businesses and some outfits lacking political connections fell by the wayside.

    But the system seems to go on forever.

    So it’s natural for a Chicago Way president to assume that higher taxes and a hugely expensive health care regime will not make a perceptible dent in the nation’s private sector economy.

    There will always be plenty to plunder.

    Crony capitalism also comes naturally to a Chicago Way president.

    Use some sweeteners to get the drug companies and the docs to sign onto the health care plan.

    If the health insurers start bellyaching, whack them a few times in public to make them go along.

    Design a financial reform that Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase can live with even while you assail “Wall Street fat cats.”

    The big guys will understand that you have to provide the voters with some political theater while you give them what they want.

    As for the little guys, well, hey, in Chicago we don’t back no losers.

    If in the process you’ve written legislation full of glitches and boondoggles, well, they can be fixed later.

  45. blessedistruth Says:

    Hillary’s revealing tax gaffe

    http://blogs.reuters.com/james-pethokoukis/2010/06/02/hillarys-revealing-tax-gaffe/

    Clinton’s tax analysis is perfectly reflective of the counter-reformation against the global tax revolution launched in the 1980s.

    According to this economic cosmology, tax burden is really a secondary or tertiary economic factor.

    Bill Clinton raised income taxes in the early 1990s, after all, and the U.S economy roared.

    Of course, liberal Democrats are talking about increasing taxes far beyond what Clinton did– such as imposing a value-added tax — to deal with the exploding budget deficit.

    At the very least, as Clinton’s comments indicate, Democrats believe America’s wealthy still aren’t paying their fair share.

    But that is just wrong-headed for several reasons.

  46. blessedistruth Says:

    http://twitter.com/JimPethokoukis

    FTC: Let’s tax consumer electronics 5% to pay for subsidies to Old Media

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/how_not_to_save_news_2g7IgzaZNuwuZU80CVcQ7M

    (There goes my blood pressure, again!)

  47. blessedistruth Says:

    From above NY Post article

    To its credit, the FTC does ask how to pay for all this.

    So the staffers speculated about what I’ll dub the iPad tax

    — a 5 percent surcharge on consumer electronics

    to raise $4 billion for news.

    They also consider a tax on broadcast spectrum and even on advertising.

    Most dangerous of all, the FTC considers

    a doctrine of “proprietary facts,”

    (What the hell does that mean?!)

    as if anyone should gain the right to restrict the flow of information just as the information is opening it up.

    Copyright law protects the presentation of news but no one owns facts — and if anyone did, you could be forbidden from sharing them.

    How does that serve free speech?

  48. blessedistruth Says:

    Financial Reform Scorecard: Flash Points Divide House, Senate Bills

    http://industry.bnet.com/financial-services/10009646/financial-reform-scorecard-flash-points-divide-house-senate-bills/

    Federal Reserve

    House:

    Fed oversight would be expanded to include systemically risky nonbank financial firms, but its authority over consumer protection would be transferred to the newly created CFPA.

    In another check on its power, the GAO would have broad authority to audit the agency.

    Emergency lending to financial firms would also be limited to $4 trillion

    (although that’s considerably more than the agency handed out to prop up Wall Street during the financial crisis).

    Senate:

    Along with retaining its traditional role overseeing bank holding companies and state-chartered banks, the Fed would supervise systemically important nonbank financial firms and have authority to dismantle large, ailing companies.

    The bill also requires the GAO to conduct a one-time audit of the Fed to determine which financial institutions borrowed money from the agency under its emergency lending programs.

    Background:

    The Senate bill is friendlier to the Fed, but both measures would significantly boost the agency’s authority.

    White House opposition to giving Congress more oversight over the Fed could persuade House lawmakers to drop or water down the GAO audit provision.

  49. blessedistruth Says:

    The Story of Israel

    By Glenn Beck

    Transcript

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,593910,00.html

    Videos

  50. blessedistruth Says:

    A

    B

    C

    D

  51. blessedistruth Says:

    BY LINDA BENTLEY | JUNE 2, 2010

    Still seeking an explanation for Obama’s SSN 042-68-4425

    The SSA neither issues Connecticut SSNs to Hawaiian residents nor does it ‘recycle’ dead people’s SSNs

    http://www.sonorannews.com/archives/2010/100602/frntpg_ObamaSSN.html

    Sonoran News contacted a congressional aide to ask if elected representatives, upon being elected and placed on the U.S. taxpayer-funded payroll, were required to fill out Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

    The instructions accompanying Form I-9 provide answers about the purpose of the form and when it should be used.

    According to those instructions, “All employees (citizens and noncitizens) hired after November 6, 1986, and working in the United States must complete Form I-9.”

    No exceptions are noted.

    After contacting Member Services for the U.S. House of Representatives, the aide said she was told members are not required to fill out a Form I-9.

    She was told the reason the House does not require a Form I-9 from its members is because the Constitution requires anyone who runs for a seat in the House to be a U.S. citizen for a minimum of seven years.

    And, when a person runs for office, they must file proof with their state’s election office that they meet the requirements of the office.

    However that does not appear to be the case.

    If it were, Roger Calero, a Nicaraguan national and convicted felon, wouldn’t have been able to appear on the ballot as the Socialist Worker’s Party candidate for president of the United States in numerous states.

    No one appears to be responsible for certifying, under penalty of perjury, that he has examined one document from List A or one each from List B and C, and that the documents presented appear genuine and relate to the candidate, who simply signs a document swearing to be eligible.

    There is no apparent law or written policy that exempts members of Congress or other elected officials on taxpayer-funded payrolls from filling out a Form I-9.

    Sonoran News continues to seek answers regarding Obama’s fraudulent use of another person’s SSN, the use of which has been cemented in with his fraudulently created Selective Service registration.

  52. blessedistruth Says:

    Date: 06-01-10

    Host: George Noory

    Guests: Kevin D. Randle

    Investigator and author Kevin Randle discussed UFO reports from around the world and throughout the ages, including Roswell, Kecksburg, and Shag Harbour.

    In 1950, Frank Scully published the book Behind the Flying Saucers that first brought attention to purported UFO crashes in such places as Aztec, NM, and Paradise Valley, AZ.

    But a reporter for True Magazine in 1952 so thoroughly debunked UFO crashes in the public’s mind that investigators ignored such cases for quite a few years afterward, Randle noted.

    One of the earliest UFO cases he researched was an account from 840 AD in France in which a mob was about to stone a group of people, who were said to come down from “cloud ships.”

    In one newspaper account, witnesses who were shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean in 1862, described seeing an object crash into a cliff.

    They went to the site and saw giant-sized corpses, though Randle suspects this could have been a tall tale.

    Other newspaper accounts described a UFO crash that occurred in Nebraska in the 1880’s.

    The wreckage was too hot to get near, but tiny ears were reportedly found.

    Interestingly, Randle said he was not able to find any newspaper reportage for the Aurora, Texas UFO crash of 1897 in which an alien was allegedly buried at a cemetery, and so he believes this crash was probably a hoax.

    Predating Roswell by six years, was an incident in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, originally investigated by Len Stringfield.

    It involved a Reverend who was summoned to pray over the bodies of three alien crash victims.

    Randle also talked about his investigations into the Roswell case, and his interviews with various players such as Glenn Dennis, Frank Kaufmann, and Walter Haut.

  53. blessedistruth Says:

    More Like This:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&search_filter=0&search_sort=video_date_uploaded&suggested_categories=27&search_query=kevin+randle+roccky99

  54. blessedistruth Says:

    Jefferson Airplane – Early Flight

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/zy-tBJKY/Jefferson_Airplane_-_Early_Fli.html

  55. blessedistruth Says:

    Jesus Christ Superstar (film)

    Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1973 American film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name, based on the conflict between Judas and Jesus in the last weeks before the crucifixion of Jesus.

    The film was directed by Norman Jewison.

    Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were nominated for two Golden Globe Awards in 1974 for their portrayals of Jesus and Judas, respectively.

    Though it attracted criticism from some religious groups, the film was generally well received.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Christ_Superstar_(film)

    Soundtrack

    The soundtrack for the film was released on vinyl by MCA Records in 1973. It was re-released on CD in 1993 and in 1998.

    Track listing

    Side one

    1.”Overture” – 5:26
    2.”Heaven on Their Minds” – 4:22
    3.”What’s the Buzz/Strange Thing Mystifying” – 4:26
    4.”Then We Are Decided” – 2:32
    5.”Everything’s Alright” – 3:36
    6.”This Jesus Must Die” – 3:45

    Side two

    7.”Hosanna” – 2:32
    8.”Simon Zealotes/Poor Jerusalem” – 6:28
    9.”Pilate’s Dream” – 1:45
    10.”The Temple” – 5:26
    11.”Everything’s Alright (reprise)”/”I Don’t Know How to Love Him” – 3:55
    12.”Damned for All Time/Blood Money” – 4:37

    Side three

    1.”The Last Supper” – 7:12
    2.”Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)” – 5:39
    3.”The Arrest” – 3:15
    4.”Peter’s Denial” – 1:26
    5.”Pilate and Christ”/”Hosanna (reprise)” – 2:57
    6.”King Herod’s Song (Try it and See)” – 3:13

    Side four

    7.”Could We Start Again Please?” – 2:44
    8.”Judas’ Death” – 4:38
    9.”Trial Before Pilate (Including the Thirty-Nine Lashes)” – 6:47
    10.”Superstar” – 3:56
    11.”The Crucifixion” – 2:40
    12.”John Nineteen: Forty-One” – 2:20

    Musica

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/zuoSEkhJ/Jesus_Christ_Superstar_-_Entir.html

  56. blessedistruth Says:

    En Espanol

    Video

    Jesus Christ SuperStar 1973

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4167488966746463581#

  57. blessedistruth Says:

    This seems to work. And I think it’s in English.

    http://video.mail.ru/mail/mikhail-in7/_vfavorites/2795.html

  58. blessedistruth Says:

    Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 Soundtrack

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Jesus+Christ+Superstar+1973/29109544

  59. blessedistruth Says:

    (CNN) — Robot submarines steered a new cap to BP’s ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday in the company’s latest attempt to rein in the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

    The cap was placed atop the pipe before 10 p.m., but oil and gas continued to spew as engineers attempted to adjust it.

  60. blessedistruth Says:

    This might be a good thread for updates on BP’s latest efforts.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2527411/posts

  61. blessedistruth Says:

    To: rosettasister

    They have to secure the valve to the pipe before they can close it off.

    28 posted on Thursday, June 03, 2010 7:56:43 PM by calex59

  62. blessedistruth Says:

    BP Oil Spill Live Feed Update: BP-modified Cut and Cap Top Hat Oil Spill Containment Method

    http://www.vigilantpress.com/bp-oil-spill-live-feed-update-bp-modified-cut-and-cap-top-hat-oil-spill-containment-method/1579.html

  63. blessedistruth Says:

    http://new.khastv.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=21219&storytopic=4

    After cutting the leaking pipe today, BP plans to put a cap over it. It is a move this long–time welder said will fail.

    Lucky said the cap will not work because he said it would be like trying to plug a hose with running water which as you can see is not working out too well.

    “When you are trying to put something over that kind of pressure it is just going to blow it off,” Lucky said.

    Lucky has come up with his own solution. He suggests securely latching a pipe into the wellhead. A valve on top would allow control over oil flow thereby allowing engineers to stop it from going into the ocean.

    “It will just have an empty pipe to come up in and they can start loading barges it is just that simple,” said Lucky.

  64. blessedistruth Says:

    METAIRIE, La. — BP was trying to put a lid on the Gulf oil gusher.

    Live video showed that an inverted funnel-like cap slightly wider than a severed pipe was being maneuvered into place Thursday night over the oil spewing from a busted well.

    However, the gushing oil made it very difficult to tell if the cap was fitting well.

    BP officials did not immediately return requests for comment.

    A rubber seal on the inside will attempt to keep oil from escaping, although engineers acknowledge some crude will still come out.

  65. blessedistruth Says:

    Live video showed an inverted funnel-like cap slightly wider than a pipe being manoeuvred into place over the oil spewing from the busted well.

    However, the gushing oil made it very difficult to tell if the cap was fitting well.

    BP spokesman Toby Odone said he had no immediate information on whether the cap was successfully attached.

    A rubber seal on the inside will attempt to keep oil from escaping, though engineers acknowledge some crude will still come out.

  66. blessedistruth Says:

    An effort to slice off the pipe with a precision diamond-edged cutter failed Wednesday, forcing BP to settle for a rougher cut of the pipe made with shears.

    The more primitive cut means that a rubber seal will not be as tight as previously hoped, meaning a dome won’t completely contain the spill, said U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government’s response manager.

    Nevertheless, Allen called Thursday’s news “extremely important.”

  67. blessedistruth Says:

    HiTech RedNeck had us in stitches last night!

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2527411/replies?c=62

    To: MOgirl

    An effort to slice off the pipe with a precision diamond-edged cutter failed Wednesday, forcing BP to settle for a rougher cut of the pipe made with shears.

    The more primitive cut means that a rubber seal will not be as tight as previously hoped, meaning a dome won’t completely contain the spill, said U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government’s response manager.

    Nevertheless, Allen called Thursday’s news “extremely important.”

    62 posted on 06/03/2010 8:36:23 PM PDT by rosettasister

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    To: rosettasister

    Gakk, this actually does sound like they were expecting to press a cone to the circular edge of a precisely cut pipe. This does not even rise to the level of red neck engineering. Just clamp a big ole rubber hose over it and git er done already.

    66 posted on 06/03/2010 8:45:18 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))

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    To: rosettasister

    Hello,

    Back to the reality of all of this, I wish that I had the ability to fully grasp what has been attempted, and failed, and what may be attempted as we move forward. I don’t. All I know is that my family loves this area and visit there at least once a year. It is where we plan to retire. My heart is broken for the people and the wildlife.

    I so hope (I still use that word, still know what it really means, but, it is beginning to bug me) that all will work out fine.

    My prayers to all in the Gulf Coast,

    MOgirl

    69 posted on 06/03/2010 8:56:17 PM PDT by MOgirl (STAND)

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  68. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2527497/replies?c=55

    To: Cold Heat

    Humm, so basically the line is covered with frost. That does complicate things.

    55 posted on 06/03/2010 11:58:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))

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    To: HiTech RedNeck

    “Humm, so basically the line is covered with frost. That does complicate things.”

    No. The line isn’t covered with anything. The hydrates form after the oil/gas exits from the well and cools down. Which, unfortunately, is inside the pipe, and will thus cause blockage. So the pipe has to be heated and/or a solvent (methanol) added to prevent hydrate formation—both of which options are built into the Top Hat and riser line from it.

    93 posted on 06/04/2010 4:42:54 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog

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  69. blessedistruth Says:

    June 4 (Reuters) –

    BP Plc.’s (BP.L) (BP.N) containment cap over its stricken Gulf of Mexico well is now collecting about 1,000 barrels per day, the top U.S. official overseeing the cleanup effort said on Friday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0411150820100604

    The collection rate is a small portion of the 19,000 barrels per day that the U.S. government has estimated could be gushing from the well,

    *** but it should increase as BP closes vents to trap more oil ***

    Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told reporters in a conference call.

    “Sometime later today we’ll probably be able to get … an approximation of how much oil we are capturing,” Allen said.

  70. blessedistruth Says:

    This Freeper thread might be a good one to stay updated on BP’s latest efforts.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2527497/posts?q=1&;page=115#115

  71. blessedistruth Says:

    BP’s Cap Is Recovering Gulf Oil, May Get 90% of Leak

    ***

    Dear God, let it be true!

  72. blessedistruth Says:

    Oil is still visibly leaking from the containment cap — it’s visible on the underwater video feed.

    But that’s expected to improve throughout the course of the day

    *** as crew close the vents on the device ***

    and fully deploy it.

    Right now, it’s producing what Allen called “a rough estimate” of about 1,000 barrels a day of oil.

    That number is expected to go up.

    The relatively good news was tempered by a sense of panic in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama as officials in those states began to grapple with the oil heading their way.

  73. blessedistruth Says:

    VENICE, LA (CNN) — Venice, Louisiana (CNN) —

    Oil is being siphoned from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico to the surface, where it’s flowing on board a ship, BP said Friday.

    The news comes after the oil company lowered a cap over the ruptured well Thursday night.

    On Friday, BP was planning

    to close four vents atop the containment cap,

    through which oil was still gushing into the Gulf.

    The company hoped very little oil would escape once the vents were shut, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said.

    He said he was optimistic that the “cut and cap” operation, which hit a snag earlier in the week, will be successful.

    “I think it should work,” he said.

  74. blessedistruth Says:

    Asking the right questions about eligibility

    Joseph Farah

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=161977

    [….]

    How is it possible that with the media in virtual lockstep agreement that the eligibility question has been settled the American people continue to express doubts?

    How is it that those doubts are growing with each succeeding poll?

    I think I know the answer.

    Americans aren’t as dumb as they look.

    While a shockingly sizable percentage of Americans are easily led and manipulated, there is still a healthy number who recognize when they are being sold a bill of goods.

    What do these polls suggest?

    They suggest the media are totally out of touch with the American heartland – yes, even Fox News.

    I need to remind you there is only one news agency in America that has actively pursued this story from the beginning.

    That news agency is mine – WND.

    And we’ve paid a price for sticking with it.

    We’ve been demeaned, disparaged, scorned, jeered and derided.

    Yet, it is the rest of the media that have missed the mark.

    It is the rest of the media that have accepted at face value the assertions of a politician.

    It is the rest of the media that have failed to question America’s leaders.

    It is the rest of the media that have abdicated their watchdog role on the most important public policy and constitutional issue there could be – the eligibility of the president.

    They have pretended they know the president is eligible when they don’t.

    They have mocked those who merely ask for proof.

    This poll shows the chickens have come home to roost – and that is not a good sign for either Barack Obama or his many media cronies.

    (Some of “them” have concluded that rooting out the truth would be too disruptive to a nation already teetering on the brink. But there should be a concerted effort by state legislatures to keep this from happening again. Let’s face it, none of us truly knows what exactly Obama is hiding. Only that he’s hiding a lot. And whatever it is, would not necessarily make him ineligible. But would be hugely embarrassing and maybe even criminal.)

  75. blessedistruth Says:

    48% — 52%

    Rasmussen Obama Approval

  76. blessedistruth Says:

    California Governor – Republican Primary Field Whitman 51, Poizner 25 Whitman +26

    Pennsylvania Senate – Sestak vs. Toomey Rasmussen Reports Toomey 45, Sestak 38 Toomey +7

    Connecticut Governor – Foley vs. Malloy Rasmussen Reports Malloy 44, Foley 35 Malloy +9

    Connecticut Governor – Foley vs. Lamont Rasmussen Reports Lamont 36, Foley 38 Foley +2

    Iowa Senate – Grassley vs. Conlin PPP (D) Grassley 57, Conlin 31 Grassley +26

    Real Clear Politics

  77. blessedistruth Says:

    June 03, 2010 — Arizona lawman on Gov. Brewer’s meeting with president

  78. blessedistruth Says:

    AmericanSolutions — June 03, 2010

    In a speech to the Mackinac Policy Conference, Newt Gingrich challenges Michiganders to embrace real change or continue to decay.

    He also outlines a series of bold solutions to create jobs and prosperity in Michigan.

    (Speaking of Solutions, Gingrich has some ideas on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. More on that later.)

  79. blessedistruth Says:

    Helen Krieble — The “Red Card” solution

    The Big Question: What should immigration reform look like?

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/99765-the-big-question-what-should-immigration-reform-look-like

    Michelle D. Bernard, president & CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum, said:

    Last week, the Independent Women’s Forum and the Supreme Court Institute of the Georgetown University Law Center co-hosted a discussion about Arizona’s new immigration law, it’s constitutionality, and the impact it may have on the nation.

    (http://iwf.org/events/show/65.html).

    Based upon comments attributed to one of our panelists, Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks, USA, at the conclusion of each panel discussion, we asked our panelists whether the passage of Arizona’s new immigration law is the Obama Administration’s and Congress’s Birmingham?

    In asking this question, our intent was to remind our panelists and the audience that Bull Connor’s Birmingham was a tipping point that forced the federal government to do something about protecting the civil rights of millions of Americans.

    Thus, while not a perfect analogy, in drawing upon Bull Connor’s bigotry, we wanted to know whether our panelists believed that Arizona’s new immigration law would force our nation’s policy makers to finally come up with a solution to our nation’s immigration problem.

    (http://wwwcspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/05/20/HP/A/33300/Independent+Womens+Forum+Panel+on+Arizonas+Immigration+Law.aspx.

    The consensus among our speakers was that there is a real need for immigration reform on many levels, but that coming to an agreement as to what to do and how to do it will not be easy.

    Yet, this is not an excuse for the Administration or Congress not to act.

    The President and Congress must come together to pass a border security bill that will reassure Americans “including those in border states like Arizona” that the federal government is in control of the border and is willing and able to enforce all laws that meet constitutional muster.

    As long as the federal government fails to enforce existing federal immigration laws and pass a border security bill, other states will take matters into their own hands and pass similar laws to what we see in Arizona.

    [….]

    Our federal government has wholly failed to enforce our federal immigration laws and the result has been catastrophic.

    Finally, policy makers should look for a free market solution to illegal immigration and border security issues like the “Red Card” solution proposed by Helen Krieble and many Hispanic entrepreneurs.

    (http://redcardsolution.com.)

    The Red Card solution is a border control and non-immigrant work program that doesn’t call for amnesty and doesn’t require citizenship.

    The proposed program would allow non-immigrant workers to enter the United States in one of two ways:

    (1) as non-immigrant workers; or

    (2) as immigrants applying for citizenship.

    This solution “introduces private management of a non-immigrant worker program, powerful incentive for [illegals] already in the U.S. to go outside our borders, apply for legal admission, and eliminate the open border problem.”

    A solution like this, coupled with true border security and enforcement of existing federal immigration laws may well eliminate the numbers of illegals entering the country.

    All of the above could give Americans the confidence that our government actually works.

    The real question is whether policy makers have the courage to act now rather than waiting until after the 2010 mid-term elections.

  80. blessedistruth Says:

    No, the real question is whether Obama really cares about the safety of Arizonans and so secures our border.

    or

    Obama really just wants the Hispanic (Latino) voting bloc. And so plays politics with the lives and livelihoods of Arizonans.

    Granting illegals voting privileges is a non-starter.

    But don’t kid yourselves, that’s why Obama and Dems won’t secure border. They’re playing let’s make a deal.

    Obama is dangerous to Arizonans.

  81. blessedistruth Says:

    SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON FOX NEWS 6-3-10

  82. blessedistruth Says:

    Why the U.S. Must Stand by Israel

    Thursday , June 03, 2010

    By Glenn Beck

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,593965,00.html

    EXCERPT

    Oh Glenn, you’ll just defend Israel no matter what. Zionist!

    I’m not defending Israel because I hate the Palestinians. I love the truth.

    Look, I’m just as sick of being the world’s policeman as you are.

    I don’t want to send tanks over or get boots on the ground.

    They’ve been warring forever and they’re going to be warring forever and I’m sick of trying to sort it all out.

    So this isn’t about a suicide pact where we defend Israel no matter what they do.

    Let’s not make this about them or about our frustrations with all of the endless fighting.

    Let’s make it about right or wrong.

    I said last night that Israel is like us. I think they are.

    Think of how amazing it is, that this little postage stamp of a country is able to remain the one beacon of freedom in a region filled with dictators, thugs and theocracies.

    Tell me the last time two truly free societies engaged in a war.

    I don’t know if that’s ever happened.

    And, as Cass Sunstein graciously pointed out, there’s never been a famine under nations that have capitalism and freedom.

    So why wouldn’t we stand up for a country more like us?

    And I’m not playing the world’s game that we’re all the same, everyone deserves a trophy and America is like everyone else.

    It’s not the truth.

  83. blessedistruth Says:

    Hugh Hewitt interviews CK

    Charles Krauthammer on the president’s Israeli response

    http://hughhewitt.com/transcripts.aspx?id=d159f13a-a2e9-4fb3-a14d-95a530dc82a3

    HH: Now you’ve already said that it is because of the withdrawal of the umbrella that Israel’s critics feel so emboldened.

    But what do you make of people like, for example, Peter Beinart, a very well-respected, very established supporter of Israel, blasting Israel in the aftermath of the flotilla even before, as far as I can see, the videos came out.

    Within 24 hours, people were unwilling, long standing, traditional supporters of Israel, unwilling to wait here, Charles.

    I can’t believe it, but what’s going on?

    CK: Well, I mean, there are a lot of people who, let me say, that are rather weary of supporting the right and the good and the just here, with the unrelenting opposition from of course the Arab world, Islamic world, from the European and American left.

    Particularly if you’re on the left, as Beinart is and others are, you’ve got to choose.

    You know, do you really want to go into your cocktail parties and your dinners and have to actually spend the evening defending an extremely unpopular cause?

    Or would you rather acquiesce to the general zeitgeist of piling on Israel and taking the side, essentially, of parties who have declared themselves, like Hamas and like others, to have no use for Israel?

    I mean, there is a great movement, even among, particularly in the European left, of declaring that the whole creation of Israel was in and of itself either a mistake or a crime, and needs to be undone.

    We’re not speaking about a two state solution these people want on the left.

    It’s the one state solution, and it doesn’t include Israel.

    HH: That’s very dispiriting, Charles, because…

    CK: Well, it is, but if that’s where you want to go, I mean, if you’re on the left, and that’s who you hang out with, that’s the way you go.

    HH: But that would mean even intellectuals like Beinart cannot see the obvious problem with allowing any ship to go to Gaza. It’s insane.

    They can’t let ships freely enter Gaza.

    CK: It’s quite obvious, isn’t it? Didn’t we have a blockade on Cuba in October, 1962?

    HH: Well, we wouldn’t let the Taliban receive convoys without checking them right now.

    CK: Correct.

    HH: I don’t care if they said they were…it’s just nuts.

    CK: And do you think the Turks would allow a procession of vehicles carrying “humanitarian aid” on the way to the Kurds in the interior of Turkey?

  84. blessedistruth Says:

    Forcing the rich pay higher taxes is a self defeating way to restore fiscal solvency

    http://blogs.reuters.com/james-pethokoukis/2010/06/03/where-barry-ritholtz-questions-my-tax-analysis/

    The post referenced earlier states a few things:

    1) there is research that shows combined taxes on the rich are at the point when higher rates will bring in lower tax revenues;

    2) to balance the budget, tax rates on the rich would have to skyrocket; and

    3) the top 1 percent of tax returns pay 40 percent of all income taxes (as of 2007.)

    Certainly I think if you put all that together it makes the case that forcing the rich pay higher taxes is a self defeating way to restore fiscal solvency.

    Indeed, there is also research that shows cutting spending is a better way to balance the budget than raising taxes.

    (It is less harmful to economic growth.)

    Moreover, the track record of countries cutting debt though austerity is not good.

  85. blessedistruth Says:

    GREGG: “13 IS AN UNLUCKY NUMBER, ESPECIALLY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS”

    U.S. National Debt Hits $13 Trillion

    http://gregg.senate.gov/news/press/release/?id=5d0979b7-0b6d-4827-8a08-8f26477f039b

    June 2, 2010

    Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, today commented on the U.S. Treasury report that shows U.S. national debt has reached $13 trillion for the first time in history.

    “Thirteen is certainly an unlucky number, especially for our children and grandchildren who will be left to dig out of trillions of dollars worth of debt.

    The situation will only grow increasingly dire, as the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress have put the country on a path to double today’s national debt burden by 2020.

    This dangerous and unsustainable level of debt cannot continue without bankrupting our country, and I urge the majority to slow its explosion of spending and borrowing before it is too late.”

  86. blessedistruth Says:

    Strategic visionary Jim Channon discussed how to build Global Social Intelligence through various principles, as well as breakthroughs that will guide our planet toward a brighter future.

    Modern is not necessarily better– cherry pick from the past, he suggested.

    For instance, wood can be a more appealing material to build a home with than concrete or steel, Channon remarked, adding that his “eco-homestead of the future” houses 12 other people, as extended families can create a more robust experience.

    One of the biggest and most important shifts is for people to see the Earth as paradise, and for humanity to recognize its global unity, he said.

    A number of breakthroughs could be accomplished by reassigning the military to handle various tasks, including reforestation, cleaning the water sheds, recycling the flotsam in the sea, protecting the coral reefs and inland water ways, as well as monitoring pollution from space-based platforms, he continued.

    “We’re not saving the Earth– we’re saving the biosphere,” Channon explained.

    Other breakthroughs he presented included

    the government decentralizing into bioregions, web-based democracies

    (I guess I like the sound of that?)

    as well as recognizing there is life beyond our solar system and building a starport to prepare for them.

    “We want to go past success to significance,” Channon commented.

    He also touched on his background in remote viewing while in the US Army, and noted that he’ll be a speaker at the upcoming Remote Viewing Conference in Las Vegas.

  87. blessedistruth Says:

    More Like This:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&search_filter=0&search_sort=video_date_uploaded&suggested_categories=24&search_query=%22jim+channon%22+zmegamanix

  88. blessedistruth Says:

    santana supernatural

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/May+2010+nik/29916031

  89. blessedistruth Says:

    Don’t Explain

    Obama told Netanyahu: Go Home, Don’t Explain From Here

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137838

    Behind the scenes, it was Obama officials who caused the turnabout.

    Globes cites sources in both Jerusalem and Washington who say that Obama officials gave a clear message to Netanyahu’s people:

    “Don’t come.”

    Officials in both Washington and Jerusalem deny that this was the case.

    Some sources said that it was precisely the high-profile nature of the visit that scared the Americans.

    The White House did not wish Obama to be seen sharing the stage with the leader of the country that was under international attack for having “attacked peace activists.”

    Netanyahu, for his part, was looking forward to explaining to the world from Washington that the violent activists on the boat in question were “terror activists” with ties to Hamas and Al-Qaeda,

    *** who attempted to lynch the minimally-armed soldiers ***

    as they rappelled down down their helicopter.

    ***

    Barry follows the wrong side, yet again.

    God forbid he should actually LEAD.

  90. blessedistruth Says:

    Proud to be labeled a neo-con (in fact, proud to be associated with Ileana)

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/LF04Ak01.html

    While neo-conservatives were warning darkly about the geopolitical consequences for the administration of any distancing from Israel’s position, the Lobby’s leaders and their friends in US Congress focused more on defending Israel’s version of the pre-dawn incident that took place on Monday some 100 kilometers off Gaza’s coast.

    They insisted, among other things, that the Israeli commandos who carried out the operation, armed only with paintball rifles and handguns, acted in self-defense after coming under attack from passengers brandishing iron bars, knives and other crude weapons.

    “Israeli soldiers had every right to defend their lives against a lynch mob attacking them with knives and clubs,” said Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

  91. blessedistruth Says:

    We report. You decide.

    Three well dressed men were going to kill friends and family members of contactee Alex Collier

    http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/three-well-dressed-men-were-going-to-kill-friends-and-family-members-of-contactee-alex-collier/

  92. blessedistruth Says:

    Commenting over here this morning.

    http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/three-well-dressed-men-were-going-to-kill-friends-and-family-members-of-contactee-alex-collier/#comment-65403

  93. blessedistruth Says:

    Commenting over here this morning.

    http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/three-well-dressed-men-were-going-to-kill-friends-and-family-members-of-contactee-alex-collier/#comment-65441

  94. blessedistruth Says:

    Top Searches

    moon and stars, condor, kate bush never for ever, extraterrestrial, chile

    I’m trying to figure out a way to combine these terms into one post.

    Shouldn’t be too hard?!

  95. blessedistruth Says:

    Commenting over here this morning.

    http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/three-well-dressed-men-were-going-to-kill-friends-and-family-members-of-contactee-alex-collier/#comment-65470

  96. blessedistruth Says:

    Commenting over here this morning.

    http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/three-well-dressed-men-were-going-to-kill-friends-and-family-members-of-contactee-alex-collier/#comment-65494

  97. blessedistruth Says:

    Come to Arizona!

    New Thread:

    https://blessedistruth.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/page-springs-fish-hatchery/

  98. Will le Fey Says:

    “the silence of animals”

    WHAT?

    i hear them calling to each other.

    Also, you’ve never been around a dog.

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