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Linked-In has taken a wrong turn by offering a link that helps you reconnect with your old boss. Who wants to reconnect with a tyrant, a petty dictator, a micromanager, a clueless ditherer (as in Dilbert)…the bad bosses are 80% of all bosses, and the types of bad boss are as numerous as the sands of the beach.

We don’t need a violent revolution. We just need to vote these assholes out and replace them with politicians who really care about the future of this country. If we don’t get some soon, the country won’t have much of a future at all.

The political philosophy that would most appeal to secular humanists would be that which fulfills humanistic goals and values. That disqualifies die-hard conservatives and liberals, both of whom want to use government (for whatever reason – carrying on wars, doling out farm subsidies) to make your life better. Ha, ha, just kidding, They want to use government to enrich themselves and their fellow cronies and campaign contributors and indulge their “will to power” (Nietzsche) That’s the kind of busybody, control-freak temperament that politics attracts.

Liberty – a word you don’t hear much in today’s political rhetoric. For me and for all who love liberty, the 4th is a bittersweet holiday indeed. The essence of America is not World Empire (those people have been around for a long time too). It is not Government-as-Grandparent (Al Gore). It is not Christian Nation. It is Land of the Free.

Americans and people all over the world are shocked by each episode of Muslim violence. They shoudn’t be. Violence is what Islam is all about. Mealy-mouthed apologists (and they crawl out of the woodwork every time Muslim violence disgusts and horrifies the civilized world) insist that theirs is a religion of peace. Sure, you can find that in the Quran, and these people may really believe it. Maybe it’s true for them. But worldwide — and for the non-Muslims on the receiving end of the bomb or firearm, for those of us watching as our President is burned in effigy over CARTOONS — the reality is quite different.

The future is far more elusive than prophecy. The Mayans didn’t have a clue, and neither do we.

As many wise people have observed, life must be lived forward — but understood backward. Yet, as many others have noted, the seeds of future events can be seen, if only one knows where to look. The 9/11 report makes it quite clear that the disaster could have been prevented, but too many government officials were criminally negligent.

it‘s good that the politicians are talking more simply (though they laws they write are impossibly obscure). But they continue to use language in deceitful, manipulative ways. And the American People never stop falling for it.

I am ashamed to be a citizen of the world’s #1 arms merchant. This is not what the Founders intended.

“..a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them free to otherwise to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to […]

“Perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and go on all fours all day long and grunt like pigs. That would surely be more appropriate than noble oratory and shows of flags and well-oiled guns.”
Kurt Vonnegut
“What if they gave a war and no one came?”
1960s peace slogan
“Ain’t […]

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