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Monday, July 28, 2008

McCain is No Longer Running for President

John McCain, the 71 year old, 2009 Republican choice for President, announced today that he is no longer running for President, from now on he will be walking.

Vote for Barack Obama.

Thinking Makes My Head Hurt.
Please Tell Me What To Do.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Dark Knight

I rarely go to the actual movies to see a film. Yesterday I went to the 1:30 pm showing of The Dark Knight. I was disappointed. I would give the flick *** to *** ½.

The Dark Knight does do an excellent job though of reflecting the Zeitgeist of America today, excess and confusion, an Act V Scene V –

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

The skinny on The Dark Knight

1. At 2 ½ hours it is way too long.
2. The plot is not well articulated and thus the story line is confusing.
3. At first Keith Ledger, The Joker, is engaging, but as one critic claimed he is one noted. His persona never changes and after awhile his presence becomes irritating.

Ledger is the main reason I actually went to the movie house to view this flick, all the brouhaha about an Academy Award. At first the, out of the blue, no real explanation given, appearance of a ghoul in very bad make up was a novelty. But after two or three appearances of same old, same old, bad makeup begins to wear thin.

In each and every scene Ledger is exactly the same. The sameness of one who is heavily medicated. An examination of Ledger’s eyes show them to be blood shot. I suspect during the filming of The Joker, Ledger was already well along in his departure. I don’t think someone executing their role high on drugs is a reason for being awarded an Academy Award.

Could I say a lot more? Of course I could but why bother. The gist of The Dark Knight is that it is self indulgent and will fade fast into oblivion. Few, if any will every sit through this 2 ½ hour strut and fret more than once.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

McCain Is Now Wishing He Had A Flop To Flip

After Sen. Barack Obama's, 7/25/2008, speech in Berlin, before nearly a quarter of a million people, no one can now consider John McCain a potential contender for The Presidency in 2009. Obama's Berlin speech is being heralded as a preemptive first strike that has completely demoralized the McCain camp. The McCain camp simply has no response. Any concerns about Sen. Barack Obama's foreign policy experience or leadership abilities have been assuaged. The will of the people has spoken and Sen. Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States.

Vote for Barack Obama.

Sen. Barcak Obama - 44th President of the United States

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Good Things

The day is wondrous and I have arose(should it be arose or arisen?) with spirit ready to do good things. Every day each arises with energy renewed. What each does with this Manna is a matter of personal choice. I challenge all to arise and do good things.

I took a few snaps of some of the good things I will do today. Wouldn't it be great if there was a camera that you could use to take snaps of things that needed to be done and then, in a snap - will it, wish it, done.

My hummers are not using the feeders much.  I have made a new batch which is a little stronger.  I am also going to place the feeders in different positions.

Hummers Need Juice

Need to get my garden fairy fountain up and running.

Back Patio in Disarray

I am rather fond of snaps were you are privy to hints of the snapper.

Garden Fairy Fountain

I shifting from using pine straw to using cypress mulch.

Cypress Mulch Around Flowering Quincies

Hope the new stuff gets the little guys going.

Hummers Need Juice

Do well in full sun and if you are lucky they do a little reseeding.

Thought It Was Vica but Its Vinca

Looks much better after I mowed it.

Need to Mow the Upper Front and Side and Do Mulch Around the Tree Far in the Back

Not sure of the name.  Started to bloom about a week ago.

Unknown July Bloomer

Next year the gardenias near the driveway should do great.

One of My Favorite Scents

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

After 3 years our Roses of Sharon are finally starting to really put out. I noticed the first bloom yesterday and this was followed by another that greeted me this morning.

I have 2 Sharons.  The one that gets the most sun is blooming first.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Our Black-Eyed Susan Vines are also beginning to put on their show. Last year the Suzies were already in bloom by mid June.

I like the color combination.

Butterfly and Suzie

I am not sure of the name of the plant with all the bluish flowers. The blues are a tropical plant. However, I have discovered that if I keep them in the garage over the winter that they keep on going, and going, and going. What luck.

The color of his eyes were not blue.

Greens and Blues are the Colors I Choose

The red exotic salvia is a hummingbird fav. The one pictured came from last year's seed. Plants that come from prior seed usually kick if they make it.

Her lips were red and her eyes were blue.

Again and Again

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Friday, July 18, 2008

The Iraqi Occupation Tax

With the exception of the brilliant pyrotechnic display and the wholesale slaughter of the Iraqi Forces in late March of 2003, The Iraqi Situation has been a failure. The success of a campaign is measured by objectives being met by certain dates. At the beginning of the situation in late March of 2003, few envisioned that the United States in 2008 would still being spending $340,000,000 a day to occupy Iraq.

I have been careful not to use the word war when referring to the Iraqi situation. The word war gives to much honor and prestige to the United States’ presence in Iraq. The United States’ presence in Iraq is not a war, it is an occupation.

We have a myriad of problems in the United States today that can not be directly addressed because the United States is spending $340,000,000 a day to occupy Iraq. The United States does not have the extra money to help its own people because in is spending $340,000,000 a day abroad on the Iraqi occupation.

Getting ready to cash in some coins.

What's Left For You After the Iraqi Occupation Tax

There are many in the United States who say that regardless of cost that the United States has to remain in Iraq. They are free to hold this opinion because they do not directly feel the consequences of spending $340,000,000 a day on the United States’ occupation in Iraq. To those in favor of the United States’ occupation of Iraq the endeavor seems free. Let’s change that.

Let the American people choose with their pocketbook if the United States should continue to occupy Iraq. The cost of the United States’ occupation of Iraq is approximately $300 a year for ever man, woman, and child in the United States. Starting now let’s finance the United States’ occupation of Iraq based on voluntary contribution. Those in favor of occupation would be required to pay their fair share.
If an individual feels the United States should continue to occupy Iraq then they would be required to send in $300 a year. Actually for families it would be $300 a year for every person in the family, children included. It would be like a negative tax rebate, The Iraqi Occupation Tax.

Actually $300 a person would not be enough, because those not in favor of the American Occupation of Iraq would not have to pay The Iraqi Occupation Tax. To make things easy let’s assume that the pro and con on the United States’ Occupation of Iraq is 50/50. Thus the Iraqi Occupation Tax would be $600 a year for each man, woman, and child, who support the United States’ Occupation of Iraq.

If the United States’ Occupation of Iraq was financed by voluntary contributions I suspect that the United States’ Occupation of Iraq would have been completed long ago.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008


I am not that enamored with Plato’s concept of the Philosopher King, in which the most intelligent members of a group rule. But I do expect my leaders to at least be moderately intelligent and be able to think for themselves.

Recently, I have been shocked to find out that the Republican candidate for President in 2008, John McCain, graduated in 1958 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, 894 out of 899. John McCain graduated in the bottom 1% of his class. You can say this, that, and whatever, but one does not finish in the bottom 1% of their class unless they have some innate personality characteristics. To say that John McCain is not too smart would be too kind. John McCain is dumb.

If McCain had graduated in the bottom 1 % of his class and there were only 10 or 20 others perhaps you could cut him some slack, but 899 represents a very large sample size. To be in the bottom 1% out of a sample of 899 means that John McCain was, is, and will always be not too smart.

Vote for Barack Obama.

Thinking Makes My Head Hurt.
Please Tell Me What To Do.

In contrast, the Democratic candidate for President in 2008, Barack Obama, received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and in 1991 graduated J. D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School..

In truth, I am not that crazy about the Democratic candidate for President in 2008, Barack Obama. However, the United States is on the brink of disaster. The last four years have been some of the worst in the history of the United States. The United States needs help immediately. Whatever we are doing now is not working. The United States needs to immediately change what it is doing and try something else.

Things in the United States are in such a state of disarray that there is no quick solution to any of the country’s many problems. Certainly, the Democratic candidate for President in 2008, Barack Obama, has no magic wand that will instantly solve all of country’s many problems. However, I am voting for Barack Obama, in 2008, because I believe Barack Obama is his own man. Of the two candidates for President in 2008, Barack Obama is the only candidate of the two that has the necessary intelligence, motivation, and drive to attempt to bring about some needed change. I actually feel sorry for Barack Obama because when he becomes President of the United States in 2009, he will inherit one of the most disgraceful situations that the United States has ever been in.

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