Thursday, January 26, 2012


Check out this recent study:

I know a number of people who are conservative who don't fit this profile at all, and it is enough to cause me to wonder about the validity of the study.

On the other hand, these results might be a validation of John Stuart Mill, who famously said "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative."

The study may have just proven to be a confirmation of something we have known for a long time.



Monday, January 23, 2012


Thursday, January 19, 2012



"And I would want this to continue—more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago was having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that he should have been, so that we know who his associations and his pals represented and what went into his thinking." - Sarah Palin, just the other day, talking about how she hopes the Republican presidential field does not shrink to just one candidate.

I find this to be quite amusing, because in hindsight it is pretty easy to see that a large part of the GOP's problem four years ago was that SHE was not carefully vetted. McCain had quite a track record, and the GOP knew exactly what it was getting with McCain. This is little more than self-promotion and self-aggrandizing on her part.

She just refuses to stay out of the spotlight, but that's O.K. It provides lots of great fodder for the late-night comedians.

Monday, January 16, 2012



Sunday, January 15, 2012


The following was found at a Facebook site, and it looks like something that has been passed around the internet via e-mails. But I still enjoy it. 8-)
So, you’re a Republican who hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following:

1. Do not use Medicare.

2. Do not use Social Security

3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.

4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.

5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt.

6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.

7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.

8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.

9. Do not use public restrooms.

10. Do not send your kids to public schools.

11. Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors.

12. Do not live in areas with clean air.

13. Do not drink clean water.

14. Do not visit National Parks.

15. Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.

16. Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines.

17. Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds.

18. Do not walk or run on sidewalks.

19. Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball and tennis courts.

20. Do not seek shelter facilities or food in soup kitchens when you are homeless and hungry.

21. Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job.

22. Do not apply for food stamps when you can’t feed your children.

23. Do not use the judiciary system for any reason.

24. Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.

25. Do not apply for any Pell Grants.

26. Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars.

27. Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.

28. Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA.

29. Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service.

30. Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.

31. Do not listen to tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems.

32. Do not apply for federal housing.

33. Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military.

34. Do not swim in clean rivers.

35. Do not allow your child to eat school lunches or breakfasts.

36. Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.

37. Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.

38. Do not use your cell phone or home telephone.

39. Do not buy firearms that wouldn’t have been developed without the support of the US Government and military. That includes most of them.

40. Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat.

41. Do not apply for government grants to start your own business.

42. Do not apply to win a government contract.

43. Do not buy any vehicle that has been inspected by government safety agencies.

44. Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc…by the Consumer Protection Agency.

45. Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.

46. Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care.

47. Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college.

48. Do not apply for unemployment benefits.

49. Do not use any electricity from companies regulated by the Department of Energy.

50. Do not live in homes that are built to code.

51. Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars.

52. Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…

53. Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.

54. Do not use public libraries.

55. Do not use the US Postal Service.

56. Do not visit the National Archives.

57. Do not visit Presidential Libraries.

58. Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government.

59. Do not apply for loans from any bank that is FDIC insured.

60. Do not ask the government to help you clean up after a tornado.

61. Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to provide a subsidy to help you run your farm.

62. Do not take walks in National Forests.

63. Do not ask for taxpayer dollars for your oil company.

64. Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions.

65. Do not seek medical care from places that use federal dollars.

66. Do not use Medicaid.

67. Do not use WIC.

68. Do not use electricity generated by Hoover Dam.

69. Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

70. Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.

71. Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.

72. Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in.

73. Do not visit historic landmarks.

74. Do not visit fisheries.

75. Do not expect to see animals that are federally protected because of the Endangered Species List.

76. Do not expect plows to clear roads of snow and ice so your kids can go to school and so you can get to work.

77. Do not hunt or camp on federal land.

78. Do not work anywhere that has a safe workplace because of government regulations.

79. Do not use public transportation.

80. Do not drink water from public water fountains.

81. Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws.

82. Do not expect to own your home, car, or boat. Government organizes and keeps all titles.

83. Do not expect convicted felons to remain off the streets.

84. Do not eat in restaurants that are regulated by food quality and safety standards.

85. Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation.

86. Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States.

87. Do not apply for a patent when you invent something.

88. Do not adopt a child through your local, state, or federal governments.

89. Do not use elevators that have been inspected by federal or state safety regulators.

90. Do not use any resource that was discovered by the USGS.

91. Do not ask for energy assistance from the government.

92. Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher.

93. Do not go to a beach that is kept clean by the state.

94. Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.

95. Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.

96. Do not attend a state university.

97. Do not see any doctor that is licensed through the state.

98. Do not use any water from municipal water systems.

99. Do not complain when diseases and viruses, that were once fought around the globe by the US government and CDC, reach your house.

100. Do not work for any company that is required to pay its workers a livable wage, provide them sick days, vacation days, and benefits.

101. Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes.

102. Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance.
103. Don't let your preschoolers attend Head Start.

The fact is, we pay for the lifestyle we expect.

Without taxes, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder. America would be a third world country. The less we pay, the less we get in return.

Americans pay less taxes today since 1958 and America is ranked 32nd out of 34 of the top tax paying countries. Chile and Mexico are 33rd and 34th.

The Republicans are lying when they say that we pay the highest taxes in the world and are only attacking taxes to reward corporations and the wealthy and to weaken our infrastructure and way of life. So next time you object to paying taxes or fight to abolish taxes for corporations and the wealthy, keep this quote in mind.

Otherwise, you are unwitting or willing dupes for the wealthy 1% who want no part of you except your compliance.

Heh! I enjoy that. Of course the nutters would just turn around and use it to say "See? The government has its fingers in way too many pies!"

To which I would say "Do you really think we need to get rid of it all?"

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Sunday, January 08, 2012


Hmmmm. How does this work for so many of our nation's born-again right wing Christian Republicans who view Reagan as a god?

Maybe before they clamor too much more about putting Reagan on Mount Rushmore, or putting him on the dime in place of Franklin D. Roosevelt, or naming more and more things after him... they should take a look at some of his quotes. Not only did he value a church-state separation, he also valued compromise (now a dirty word to most on the right).

Same thing goes with the way they espouse the philosophy of Ayn Rand, who happened to be an atheist. While they may not espouse her philosophy directly, they do espouse it through the way Rand has influenced American right wing politics. Why are those of faith so willing to flock to her when she said things like the following (from an interview in Playboy magazine):

Playboy: Has no religion, in your estimation, ever offered anything of constructive value to human life?

Ayn Rand: Qua religion, no - in the sense of blind belief, belief unsupported by, or contrary to, the facts of reality and the conclusions of reason. Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason. But you must remember that religion is an early form of philosophy, that the first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man's life and a code of moral values, were made by religion, before men graduated or developed enough to have philosophy. And, as philosophies, some religions have very valuable moral points. They may have a good influence or proper principles to inculcate, but in a very contradictory context and, on a very - how should I say it? - dangerous or malevolent base: on the ground of faith.

The next one is from her novel "The Fountainhead":

"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."

Seems to me our nation's religious fundamentalists should be damning her, and viewing her philosophy as some sort of evil spawn of faithlessness. To say such things, she clearly must have been under Satan's influence. Yet she is becoming increasingly popular, and mostly among our political right wing. It must be very difficult to endure the squirming necessary for when they have to compromise her philosophy of objectivism with her lack of faith.

Ronald Reagan was not an atheist, as far as I know, but by the standards of many of today's American religious community, he might as well have been if he believed in a church-state separation.

Apparently the "religious right" (which is neither) needs to be more careful when it chooses its gods.

Saturday, January 07, 2012


(South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley - photo found at )

Now here's a thought... if Mitt Romney wins the GOP nomination, I wonder who he would pick as a running mate?

OK, so I gave it away by posting the picture above. But here is why:

Would Romney pick some far right politician as a running mate? Should he?

I really have no issue with Mitt being Mormon, but a lot of religious conservatives do. And with Mitt not being viewed as a conservative by so many right wingers (even though he is definitely right of center), he may feel the need to kowtow to the far right and pick somebody like Marco Rubio, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, etc. (one of the "tea party" young guns) in order to keep more right wing voters interested in going to the polls. After all, lots of their bluster has to with things like "If Romney gets the nomination, I probably won't vote."

Of course with public opinion where it is re. that group in general, I think choosing someone from Congress could be a serious miscalculation. To mollify the "tea party" element in the GOP, Romney would still need someone further to the right than he is. Where else might he look?

There are a number of state governors who might be available and willing. I could see him choosing someone like Jan Brewer (AZ), Mitch Daniels (IN), Sam Brownback (KS), Chris Christie NJ), Bobby Jindal (LA) or Nikki Haley (SC).

I don't think he would offer it to Rick Perry (TX). I also don't think he would choose someone who could be recalled during the next year, like John Kasich (OH) or Scott Walker (WI).

Would he choose a woman as his running mate? If he did, I think it would have to be Haley. She is the Indian-American daughter of immigrants, and that would provide for some good campaign public relations. Haley is also a "tea party" darling. Jan Brewer might be popular, but she has been in too much controversy over immigration in Arizona... so if Mitt chose a female running mate, I think Haley is likely.

My hunch is the choice would be from Haley, Pawlenty, Christie, Daniels, Jindal and maybe Sam Brownback. But if Romney wants to make his candidacy look more right wing, show diversity on his ticket, and kowtow to the "tea party"... then it's Nikki Haley.

The only thing that might scare Mitt away from Haley is that there have been past allegations that she had affairs. If that does cause him to not choose her, it seems any of the others mentioned in the previous paragraph might also suit Mitt's purposes. (For the record, I think all of them, including Haley, would be absolutely awful!)

I am just about always wrong when it comes to this kind of stuff, but remember... if Romney wins the GOP nomination, Nikki Haley will be his running mate.

You heard it here first! LOL!

Friday, January 06, 2012


Monday, January 02, 2012


From the fertile and creative mind of Andy Borowitz!