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People who make me want to secede from the Union – part I

Step One: Eliminate the Homegrown Freedom-Haters First

Here is an e-mail recently brought to my attention by a friend whose aunt had urgently—and approvingly—forwarded it to her. I should explain that although my friend is one of the most extraordinarily wonderful people I have ever known, her family is, well, not.

For example, my friend’s grandmother once told her that she should not be friends anymore with a girl from the grandmother’s small town in Kansas because she’d had a “polka dot baby.” [!]

In any case, my friend was absolutely horrified by this further example of her extended family’s hard-core, bigoted ignorance and passed this along with a shocked and angry note, including counter-argument. (This just goes to show that a strong person can overcome even the most pathetically weak, spineless, evil-minded relatives.)

Read the e-mail below for your illumination about what the civilized world is up against. If you would like to protest this type of hate-mongering by buying the EID stamp, please click on the picture of the stamp for a link to the U.S. Postal Service Web site.

CHRISTMAS STAMP

How ironic is this? They don’t even believe in Christ and they’re getting their own Christmas stamp, but don’t dream of posting the ten commandments on federal property? 

USPS New Stamp

This one is impossible to believe. Scroll down for the text.

If there is only one thing you forward today…..let it be this!
Click the stamp to buy it now from the US postal service

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of PanAm Flight 103

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military barracks in Saudi Arabia

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE

REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on 9/11/2001

REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks

Now the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a commemorative first class holiday postage stamp.

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New Edward R. Murrow? Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s “Countdown”

I am excited to see a member of the mainstream media (even one whose background is mostly as a sportscaster) has come around to the view that, as Murrow said, “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” Here are some exerpts from Mr. Olbermann’s fine commentary on October 19th, the first day after our rights of habeas corpus and our commitment to the Geneva conventions were handed over to a government and administration who keep secrets from us, take people to secret prisons abroad, and takes no accountability when things go wrong. To see the full article and some of Olbermann’s other commentaries, click on his picture – it’s a link.

Olbermann's commentary and MSNBC Countdown Web site

‘Beginning of the end of America’

Olbermann addresses the Military Commissions Act in a special comment

By Keith Olbermann
Anchor, ‘Countdown’

…Tonight have we truly become the inheritors of our American legacy.

For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.

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Gee, that SUV makes your butt look big! and other ideas from an evil genius

Free to Copy - Gee, That SUV Makes Your Butt Look Big!

Here’s an idea I had. If there’s one thing some people are more afraid of than death and public speaking, it’s looking fat.

Why not use this fear for good and convince people that their bad behavior is what is really making them appear so rotund.

Please understand – I am not making a statement against fat people or fatness. I’m simply your run-of-the-mill evil genius who wants to manipulate people’s insecurity for the greater good.

Here are some other ideas:

When I was about 19, I came up with an idea to promote an unsubstantiated Internet rumor about a device, which was to be called the “Vagina Dentata,” that was now available to prevent rape.

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Updated: Live Free – or Die Horribly!

America's threat: Live Free or DIE!

I am finally ashamed to be an American. Ok, so a lot of you are probably thinking: What took so long?

In fact, so am I. However, it hasn’t so much been that I’ve been ashamed to be an American up until now; I’ve been ashamed that (presumably) a slim majority of our nation elected this government. Now, I’m really discouraged.

Since the Military Commissions Act of 2006 was passed on September 28th, I was very much disappointed to see that the front page story on both of my local newspapers was sports. Granted, our baseball won its division title in a sudden and exciting game, but really.

'Britain Forward not Back' by Chris Holden
What it comes down to for me is a simple proposition: we can’t trust this government — or perhaps any government — to tell us the truth.

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Updated: Has “executive” become synonymous with “parasite”?

America IS the Evil Empire

The following is a message sent to NPR’s Marketplace. They were requesting public comments to help them decide what to cover during election season.

What local or national issue do you find yourself talking about with friends and colleagues?
My friends, colleagues, and I are very concerned about executive pay. It seems to me that what has traditionally kept excessive executive pay in check was that the board of directors had to justify their actions to stockholders, some of whom were very active, owners of large blocks of stocks, or members of the board themselves.
 
As stock ownership has become more diffuse through the rise in popularity of mutual funds and 401(k) plans, whose managers  may not have the same proprietary interest or motivation to challenge directors’ actions, a power vacuum has arisen in the check against boards of directors.
 
I am an attorney (non-practicing) and business professional and, honestly, it is hard for me for me to think of anything a CEO or other executive could possibly do that would justify salaries in the multi-millions, especially when that is just the base rate of pay. I understand that many boards feel they must offer “competitive” compensation if they are to retain the most talented leadership, and since other companies are willing to pay these rates, the most competitive industries must do so in order to compete.
 
I think they are wrong. I think that the compensation for any employee, top to bottom, must relate to that person’s actual ability to increase profitability or maintain value.
 
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