The Failed Bailout


The Failed Bailout!

Yesterday the house rejected the massive
$700 billion dollar bailout proposed by the President and Wall Street.
This bill was being rammed through congress as a means to shore up the
failing mortgage crisis brought on by unsound monetary practices forced
on banks and mortgage companies by the federal government.
Story has it that the measure had barely enough votes to pass when the speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi
went on one of her tirades, lambasting the president and Republicans
for creating the problem. Most of the problems were created by the same
members of congress, mostly democrat, who are now in charge of trying
to fix it. The Democrats were also spreading the word as to how this
was going to be used in the upcoming election against the conservatives.

Nancy,
with all of your experience and education, you should realized you
would catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

Bake Me A Wish!

If you want someone to
help you and join your cause, you need to treat them with respect, and
dignity. It is a give and take situation , YOU have to go out of
character and be nice. The Republicans  can’t be blamed for changing
their mind and turning the proposal down, they were getting their noses
rubbed in a bill that most didn’t agree with, the American people by a
large majority didn’t agree with, and probably in the long run would
have made the situation worse.

The thing that must be
remembered is a large number of Democrats voted Nay also, they were
receiving emails of 30 to 1 against the proposal, because of this they were afraid of not getting re-elected in November.

This was a bad bill forced on a population who by a large percentage
of people who don’t understand high finance and only believe what the
main stream media tells them. Thankfully most people are fed up with
government  taxpayer funded subsidies and bail-outs. This is what really stopped the bill! Thanks to the Internet
whereby the common citizen can easily send an email to his congressman
to have his voice heard, thanks also to talk radio for their efforts in
educating the folks.

This
bill was nothing less than pushing our country a lot closer to
socialism, our country was founded on the free enterprise concept,whereby institutions are allowed to function independent of the government, and thereby competition is created, bring down prices and
increasing services.

In the end , we will probably be thanking Nancy Pelosi
for her lack of common sense  and judgment, now maybe congress will
pass a bill that makes sense, protects the taxpayers, and provides an
opportunity for the free market to work without government interference.

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Barack, As The Twig is Bent


There is much talk these days about Barack Obama and his acquaintances.
Some people say it doesn’t matter who his friends are. I tend to
disagree, from my earliest memory , whenever I would start a friendship
with some one in school whose reputation or character was questionable,
my mother would be down my throat about it. I can still see her looking
at me and saying, “birds of a feather flock together.” In other words
people with common interests and goals always develop friendships. We
are judged by our acquaintances. I knew that the best thing I could do
was maintain a distance between this individual and myself, not only to
keep mom off my back, but it was for my own good as well.
I
certainly don’t agree with all the opinions of my friends, I have
really good friends on both sides of the political spectrum, and enjoy
lively, civil debate with most of them However, there are limits, no
way would I associate with people  Mr. Obama considers his closest friends and mentors.

When we first moved to Sarasota, we started attending a church that
had a liberal agenda, this bothered me some, as I believe that politics
should never be discussed in a house of worship. Most of the time it
was not emphasized a whole lot, so it was bearable. The Sunday after
9/11, the pastor launched himself into a tirade about how evil Bush
was, how the attacks were America’s fault,and all the typical rhetoric.
I had never heard anything like this in a church before. That was the
last time we sat foot in that establishment! There were no DVD’s of the
service, no articles in the church magazine, I never went to Harvard or
Columbia, but I was still intelligent enough to figure out what was
going on, and I wanted no part of it.

Most politicians have associates of questionable character, it
would be difficult to attain a high office without developing those
types of relationships. However, for a person to sit in a church for
twenty years, subject their  children to the type of hatred Reverend
Wright was spewing, and to then state he had no idea what was happening
in that church shows either he wasn’t paying attention, or he
completely agreed with what is being said. What kind of attitudes are
the children going to develop when a person of this character is a role
model?
Another close associate, William Ayres, tried to destroy
the pentagon, blow up the Capitol, and publicly stated the only thing
he regretted was that more damage wasn’t done. Do we need a president
with friends like that?

His 2 closest financial advisers are 2 of the individuals most
responsible for our current mortgage dilemma. He has 25 year ties to
the Arab community, all or part of his Harvard education was paid for
by leaders in the Arab world, people who would like to see the United
States destroyed. I’m not sure this guy has any normal friends.

He was a student of Marxism during his college years.

 All of this in my eyes , if nothing else, shows extremely poor
judgment, the kind of judgment we don’t need in the White House. Do we
want to hand the secrets of the United States and the world over to
someone of this type of  character and judgment.

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”, this twig has been bent in the wrong direction for many, many years!

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Income Tax, Only The Rich Pay!


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Income tax, only the rich pay!

It looks like people would catch on after a while. Every election year for at least the last forty years we have heard the same old rhetoric from the left. We’re going to raise the taxes on only the rich, give every one else huge sums of money and benefits, vote for me and you will be living in the land of milk and honey.

Get Real!!How many times do people have to hear this before it FINALLY soaks in, there are no free lunches! When Income taxes were first implemented around the turn of the 20th century, the same technique was used. The idea was sold to the public,that only the very few rich would pay. How long did that last? Now almost a hundred years later,the same old , same old is still being sold to the American public. Wise UP!!

Some politicians, in the never ending quest for votes, try to create victims and make people dependent on government. Instead of trying to get the populous to improve themselves and achieve more, they want to make the citizens feel dependent on government thereby creating a need for all of the giveaways supplied by politicians, thereby creating a dependency, thus we as the common folk,can’t live without them.There is no problem , that with the governments involvement ,can’t be made worse.

When President Bush gave everyone a tax break, I heard and am still hearing that only the rich received a tax break,
I am far from being wealthy, I received a tax break! Amazing!!! Sure the poor got no reduction in taxes, they don’t pay taxes. How can a person receive a tax break when no taxes are paid. A refund on zero is zero, plain and simple. If they were to receive a refund, it would be welfare, not a tax break.

I realize there are times when an individual can experience hard times and need assistance. There is nothing wrong with that, it can happen to anyone. During these times individuals, civic groups, religious organizations and the government should assist in any way possible .But this help isn’t meant to be a pension and go on for generations.Once assistance is no longer needed, it should be with drawn. You will find that many times the debt is repaid by this person by helping someone else in distress.

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It seems to me the people that swallow this philosophy are jealous of every one whom they perceive to have more than they do. Rather than going out and working to achieve more,thereby elevating themselves financially and personally, they would just take from someone who already has it, it is easier that way.However if everyone would feel that way, soon no one would be working to advance themselves, why should they. It is much easier to let someone else work and pay the bills.

 That is not the ideals that America was founded on.

I was always taught that if I wasn’t happy with the life situation I find myself,  it was necessary and my responsibility to work and change my environment myself, that is what I have always done, sometimes it takes a lot of hard work and time, but it can be done. Embarking on this journey, success isn’t always attained instantaneously, however , the lessons learned will eventually lead us to accomplishing our goals .This is a lot more rewarding than sitting around waiting for a government handout and thus becoming dependent on some bureaucrat who only has his best interests at heart.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.journeysthrulife.com

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George Koritzer

 

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue.

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Universal Common Sense


Some times it is hard to make sense of life.

Common Sense:

Although I think there is sort of an“universal” common sense, in other
words events evolve according to a natural order, certain rules apply
that cannot be changed, IE , live life by a set of high ethical
standards and your life normally will be better than if you live a life
filled with drugs, illicit sex and otherwise bad behavior. Develop a
good economic policy either on a personal or national level and
financial rewards will come to pass. Break these universal laws and
disaster awaits.

However on an individual basis, we each live in our own world, a world unlike any one else. This
uniqueness places you at a different perspective than any one else on
the planet. A different perspective than even the person sitting
closest to you. 

Strange as it may seem, two people sitting next to each other will often times view the exact same
event  differently, and see two entirely different realities.

This fact then should make  sense to you that we each have an inner world
specific only to one self? Each person has a unique perspective, based
on life experiences, with which to view life.

If this doesn’t make sense to you, then it is time to review the common sense
perspective, which states that no one can have more authority on what
is right for you, than you! We often have the perspective that the most
important answers to life’s questions come from outside ourselves. This
is an erroneous assumption, because of our personal
perspective,experience, and desires, only we know the best path to pursue.

This doesn’t say that we shouldn’t look to others for
advise,that is healthy, we should always consider the thoughts of
others in making a decision, however the final answer always comes from
within!

These two different perspectives on common
sense creates many of the problems we see in the world today. Because
of the way people in different parts of the country and world are
raised gives each a different perspective than some one else. this
would be fine except for the fact that some values cannot be changed.
If a person is raised with a poorsense of values, they don’t know
anything else,their poor values translates into bad judgment. They keep
making bad decisions in their life and can’t figure out why their life
isn’t working. These beliefs become so ingrained into their life that
if someone tries to teach them “universal “common sense they don’t
understand and think you a fool. 

This is the reason it is so important for children to be raised with the correct moral and
ethical  values, if they aren’t taught from an early age it makes it
extremely hard  later in life for them to develop the right attitudes
and work ethics to succeed in this life. If kids are taught that lying,
cheating, spending money recklessly, and not showing respect to others
is acceptable behavior, than they naturally assume that acting in this
manner is just “common sense”.

Probably every generation has said this, but it is more important now than ever to
teach our children the proper values. With the onslaught of TV, the
Internet,MySpace and all the other negative influences out there, it is
extremely important that kids know where their parents and family stand
on such matters.

I’m not saying that all the afore mentioned mediums of communication are bad, much to the contrary, our
society has benefited in many ways by the development of instant
communications. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without them.
However, all things can be used for good or evil, people need to
discern the difference and make an intelligent decision as to what is
“truth”. This is where a strong sense of right and wrong comes into
play.

If an individual grows up in an atmosphere where good
judgment and values are missing ,they believe it is perfectly fine to
do whatever pleases them, with no regard to anyone or anything else.

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None of us are perfect,if we were , there would be no need for us to be
crawling around on this planet trying to make sense of it all. However,
it is the responsibility of parents, family, community leaders, and religious leaders to act in a  respectable manner, to set a good example, and if one makes a mistake , come clean,admit it, and don’t
blame it on someone else or some event in the past.


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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

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Obama’s Friends



September 16, 2008

Obama’s Foul Weather Friends

By Scott Swett and Roger Canfield

The
lack of media interest in the role of former domestic terrorists Bill
Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn in Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s
political ascent in Chicago is one of the most remarkable aspects of
the 2008 presidential campaign.  When the question is raised at all,
reporters are quick to repeat Sen. Obama’s claim that his relationship
with the two former bomb-makers was fleeting and casual.  Some cite
Chicago mayor Richard Daley’s defense of Ayers as a “distinguished
professor of education” and “a valued member of the Chicago
community.”  Why then should there be cause for concern?    

Weatherman: bombs, rage and revolution

Weatherman
was a revolutionary communist sect that split from Students for a
Democratic Society (SDS) in 1969.  Weatherman’s founding document
called for a “white fighting force” that would be “akin to the Red
Guard in China” to work with the Black Liberation Movement and other
“anti-colonial” movements to bring about a communist revolution and
destroy “US imperialism.”  Weatherman committed at least 40 bombings
between 1969 and 1975.  Targets included the Pentagon, the State
Department and the US Capitol, other government buildings, military
bases, police offices and corporations.  Two of the group’s primary
leaders were Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. 

Defenders
argue that Weatherman was not a terrorist group, since it frequently
tipped off police about the devices.  Bill Ayers recently called the
bombings “a dramatic form of armed propaganda” and claimed “no one was
ever hurt.”  In reality, the relatively low death toll from the bombing
campaign was mostly due to technical incompetence.

On
March 6, 1970, three members of Weatherman were killed when a powerful
bomb they were constructing exploded prematurely.  The device had been
made from dynamite, wrapped with roofing nails to maximize casualties. 
Its intended target was a dance for noncommissioned officers and their
dates scheduled for that evening at Fort Dix.  The bomb that killed
three in a Greenwich Village townhouse would have killed far more on a
crowded dance floor. 

Larry
Grathwohl, an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated Weatherman, later
testified that Ayers had identified Bernadine Dohrn as the person who
bombed a San Francisco police station in February 1970, killing one
officer and injuring two others.  The agent also said that Ayers had
constructed a bomb made from 13 sticks of dynamite that the group
placed in a Detroit police officers’ association building.  The agent
contacted the police, who cleared the area, but the bomb failed to
explode.  Ayers’ murderous intent was clear enough, however.  According
to the FBI agent, “Bill said that we should plan our bombing to
coincide with the time when there would be the most people in those
buildings.”

Ayers
and Dohrn were never prosecuted for the bombings because of government
misconduct in collecting evidence.  In 2001, Ayers told the New York Times, “I don’t regret setting bombs.  I feel we didn’t do enough.”

Befriending America’s foreign enemies

Even
before Weatherman began its notorious bombing campaign, the group’s
future leaders had formed relationships with others who shared their
hatred for “Amerikkka.”

Bernadine
Dohrn made numerous contacts with Fidel Castro’s Cuban Mission at the
UN in 1968 and 1969, during which time she arranged for SDS groups to
visit Havana. 

After
returning from Cuba, Dohrn and others met with North Vietnamese and
Viet Cong representatives in Budapest, Hungary, to discuss antiwar
strategy on US campuses.  Speaking a few days later at an assembly of
revolutionary student movements at Columbia University, Dohrn reported
that the Vietnamese communists she met in Budapest were working with US
GIs in Saigon, attempting to obtain military information.

As
a gesture of solidarity, the Vietnamese who Dohrn met in Budapest
presented her with a ring made from an American aircraft shot down over
North Vietnam. Bill Ayers would receive a similar ring while meeting
with Vietnamese communists in Toronto.  He later recalled being so
moved by the gesture that he “left the room to cry.”  He said, “I
realized…America was an evil… and that I was… living inside the
belly of the beast….” 

In
January 1969, at the request of the Cubans and the Vietnamese, Dohrn
assembled another SDS delegation to travel to Havana to plan what the Chicago Sun-Times called an “antiwar campaign during an eight-day seminar with representatives of Hanoi and the Viet Cong.” 

Dohrn
became a key planner in the founding of the Venceremos Brigades. 
Ostensibly a “solidarity” program for US leftists to visit and support
Castro’s Cuba, the group was actually organized by Cuban intelligence
as a covert attack on US security.  Cuban secret police offered the
“brigadistas” money, advice and logistical support.  Some Americans
were also given guerrilla warfare training and instructed in the use of
weapons and explosives.  While they were in Cuba, Huynh Van Ba, a
representative of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South
Vietnam (Viet Cong) advised his American allies to “look for the person
who fights hardest against the cops.”  Dohrn stayed in telephone
contact with Ba after returning home.

In his autobiography, Fugitive Days, Bill Ayers recalled the “Days of Rage” protests he helped to lead in the streets of Chicago in October 1969:

“…A
small determined group suited up for battle…wearing…motorcycle or
army-surplus helmets…goggles and gas masks, heavy boots and
gloves…Most of us carried an arsenal of…steel pipes and sling
shots, chains, clubs, mace, and rolls of pennies to add weight to the
punch… our bonfire was full up, feeding on…splintered park
benches…. The crowd roared…HO, HO, HO CHI MINH…Bernardine (Dohrn)…shouted, ‘BRING THE WAR HOME’.” 

Speaking
before an SDS “National Action” conference in Cleveland, Ayers called
“Days of Rage” “a strategy…that’s going to help the NLF [National
Liberation Front] concretely.”

Ayers
also led a group of rioters in an attack on the South Vietnamese
Embassy in Washington.  The mob broke windows, smashed cars, and threw
rocks, sticks, firecrackers and bottles at the Embassy.  At one point,
a counter-demonstrator grabbed a Viet Cong flag from the group and set
it on fire.  Ayers proudly recalled that he had “burned my left hand
and broke my ring finger rescuing” the flag.  In contrast, Ayers was
later photographed for a New York Times profile standing on a crumpled US flag.

Working within the system

Ayers
and Dohrn were fugitives from justice for several years, living
“underground” with assistance from sympathetic fellow radicals.  When
they emerged, both were welcomed into the ranks of academia, where they
quickly rose to positions of influence.  Ayers is now a professor of
education and a Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois
at Chicago.  He was recently elected vice-president for curriculum of
the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association, the
largest US association of education professors and researchers.  Dohrn,
who is now married to Ayers, is an Associate Professor of Law at
Northwestern University, where she also directs the Children and Family
Justice Center.  She has participated in several key American Bar
Association committees and boards and was a founding co-chair of the
ABA’s Children’s Law Committee.  

Ayers
now uses his academic position and political connections to promote his
theories of “progressive” education, a topic on which he has authored
several books.  In 1995, Ayers co-founded the Chicago Annenberg
Challenge, a radical education reform project created to award grants
to Chicago schools and “education networks.”  The grant-making
non-profit handed out well over $100 million between 1995 and 2001, but
failed to measurably improve the Chicago school system.  Where all the
money went may never be determined, but some of it was used to fund
projects run by Ayers’ radical friends.

For
example, $175,000 went to former SDSer Mike Klonsky, who until recently
was also a blogger at Obama’s official campaign website.  Before
reinventing himself as an educator, Klonsky founded an American Maoist
communist sect that worked with the Chinese communists.  Among the
organizations receiving funding from CAC were the community action
group ACORN, the Arab American Action Network, Bernadine Dohrn’s
Children and Family Justice Center, and Trinity United Church, home
base of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. 

The
man Ayers and his friends chose as CAC’s first board chairman was a
little-known 33-year old associate at a small Chicago law firm, Barack
Obama.  Ayers himself co-chaired CAC’s other operational arm, the
“Collaborative.”  Ayers and Obama held their respective positions for
more than four years, working closely together during that time.  They
also served together on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago for
three years.

Their
association extended beyond working hours.  In 1995, Obama launched his
first political campaign, for the Illinois State Senate, at Ayers and
Dohrn’s home in Hyde Park.  In 1997, Obama endorsed Ayers’ book on
juvenile justice, and Michelle Obama hosted a panel discussion of the
book in which Ayers and Barack Obama participated.

However, when asked to describe their relationship during the Philadelphia primary debate last April, Barack Obama recalled Ayers merely as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.”

Suppressing the evidence

Obama
has been less than forthcoming with information that might shed light
on these close associations in his past.   Until quite recently,
researchers have been blocked from accessing the document archives of
the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, now held at the University of Illinois
at Chicago.  This delay has provided ample time to review and quite
possibly sanitize the contents.  When Klonsky was identified online
earlier this year, all his posts at Obama’s website were instantly
deleted.  Documentation concerning many aspects of Obama’s life remains
unavailable, including papers from his time in college and law school,
medical records, law firm clients, and files as an Illinois State
Senator.      

Obama’s
campaign attorney has tried to suppress a TV ad that calls attention to
his connection with Ayers, threatening the broadcast licenses of TV
station managers and calling for the Justice Department to prosecute
those who produced and financed the ad.

Throughout
his life, Barack Obama has selected his mentors from the ranks of those
who despise the United States.  This common thread connects Hawaiian
Communist Party organizer Frank Marshall Davis, the Rev. Jeremiah
Wright (“God bless America?  No, no… God DAMN America!”) and the
former Weatherman leaders, Ayers and Dohrn.  

Did
Ayers, Dohrn and their fellow domestic terrorists ever give up their
revolutionary goal of destroying the “imperialist” America they hate? 
Or have they simply substituted new tools for the bombs and violence
that were once the measure of their commitment?

Scott Swett is the primary author of a new book on the 2004 presidential campaign, To Set The Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry. He is also webmaster for SwiftVets.com and WinterSoldier.com.

Roger Canfield is the author of a forthcoming series of books on the antiwar movement:
Comrades in Arms: How the Ameri-Cong Won the Vietnam War Against the Common Enemy-America.

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