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    Lee Leslie

    Lee Leslie
    I’m just a plateaued-out plain person with too much time on his hands fighting the never ending lingual battle with windmills for truth, justice and the American way or something like that. Here are some reader comments on my writing: “Enough with the cynicism. One doesn’t have to be Pollyanna to reject the sky is falling fatalism of Lee Leslie’s posts.” “You moron.” “Again, another example of your simple-minded, scare-mongering, label-baiting method of argumentation that supports the angry left’s position.” “Ah, Lee, you traffic in the most predictable, hackneyed leftist rhetoric that brought us to the current state of political leadership.” “You negative SOB! You destroyed all my hope, aspiration, desperation, even.” “Don’t you LIBERALS realize what this COMMIE is talking about is SOCIALISM?!?!?!” “Thank you for wonderful nasty artful toxic antidote to this stupidity in the name of individual rights.” “I trust you meant “bastard” in the truest father-less sense of the word.” “That’s the first time I ran out of breath just from reading!” “You helped me hold my head a little higher today.” “Makes me cry every time I read it.” “Thanks for the article. I needed something to make me laugh this mourning.” “If it weren’t so sad I would laugh.” "... the man who for fun and personal growth (not to mention rage assuagion) can skin a whale of bullshit and rack all the meat (and rot) in the larder replete with charts and graphs and a kindness..."“Amen, brother.”
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    By Lee Leslie:


      War Made Easy

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Sep 8, 2009
      War Made Easy

      War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death is a documentary that reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations. War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense […]

      What’s so great about being stupid?

      by | 37, Add your Comment | Sep 4, 2009
      What's so great about being stupid?

      Remembering George H.W. Bush’s live speech on education to students in 1991, in which he asked a question still unanswered, “What’s so great about being stupid?”, school districts in Texas, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, are scrambling to protect our nation’s future. Fearing the children will learn Obama is: president, black, smart, reasonable and does not currently have horns or a tail; many districts have decided not to air the program. Others will require that parents sign permission slips before allowing the children to view the controversial program about the need to work hard and stay in school. Following in the footsteps of Reagan and Bush One, Obama plans to speak directly to students. His address will be shown live on C-SPAN at noon EDT Tuesday and could have been seen by students unedited, uncensored and without benefit of Fox news providing speculation of what the President […]

      Now on a Kindle near you

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Sep 2, 2009
      Now on a Kindle near you

      For those Kindle users, the Dew is now available via Amazon Whispernet. Like The Dew posts are auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle and updated throughout the day so you can stay current. It’s risk free—all Kindle Blog subscriptions start with a 14-day free trial. You can cancel at any time during the free trial period. If you enjoy your subscription, do nothing and it will automatically continue at the regular monthly price (we’d gladly offer it free, but Amazon requires you subscribe for $1.99 per month). Click here to subscribe. Don’t have a Kindle? Get yours here.

      Creative Visions Foundation

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Sep 1, 2009
      Creative Visions Foundation

      Creative Visions Foundation (CVF) supports “Creative Activists” who use the power of media and the arts to create positive change in the world through fiscal sponsorship, mentorship and outreach programs. CVF has three main programs: EDUCATION, PRODUCTION, SPONSORSHIP EDUCATION: Through its educational outreach program CVF uses media and the arts to INFORM aspiring creative activists about how they can initiate and implement ideas that can positively impact their homes, schools, communities and the world. The program includes: CVF is launching a creative activist website that will include “creative activist toolkits” to help anyone become a change-maker in his or her own community CVF produces conferences, seminars & interactive media that feature the work of creative activists CVF provides curricula and outreach programs to support documentaries, exhibits and other creative activist projects CVF is supported by an international network of thought leaders, journalists, artists, and other creative activists CVF supports daneldon.org, […]

      Put the oxygen mask on yourself, first

      by | 41, Add your Comment | Aug 31, 2009
      Put the oxygen mask on yourself, first

      An open letter to people who will show about $150,000 gross or less on their tax form this year. The present poverty line for a family of four is $21,834, but that doesn’t tell the story anymore. You make a lot more than that. You also have credit card debt and/or equity lines or ARM’s or contracts for services that can’t be canceled. One of you is not making the same as last year. A sane accountant looking at your situation would tell you that you that you no longer have “disposable income.” Sure, you have a job. Sure, your house is worth more than you can sell it for. Sure, you have assets. You’re vested in your career. But once you pay the what-you-got-to’s, there’s nothing left. You have become the middle class poor. You are the responsible, tax-paying, hardworking, never quit household that is the backbone of our […]

      Money-Driven Medicine

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Aug 24, 2009
      Money-Driven Medicine

      Next week on Bill Moyers Journal, the film Money-Driven Medicine reveals how a profit-hungry medical-industrial complex has turned health care into a system that squanders millions of dollars on unnecessary tests, unproven and sometimes unwanted procedures and overpriced prescription drugs. Based on Maggie Mahar’s book, Money-Driven Medicine. SYNOPSIS (From the movie website: MoneyDrivenMedicine.org) Money-Driven Medicine provides the essential introduction Americans need to become knowledgeable participants in healthcare reform, now and in the years ahead. Produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and based on Maggie Mahar’s acclaimed book, Money Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at how our 2.6 trillion dollar a year healthcare system went so terribly wrong and what it will take to fix it. The U.S. spends twice as much per person on healthcare as […]

      Hurricane Bill & Obama

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Aug 23, 2009
      Hurricane Bill & Obama

      I have been worried all week about President Obama and his family choosing Martha’s Vineyard for their vacation while Hurricane Bill (aka: Tropical Storm Bill) was in the Atlantic. Talk about political risk. Just imagine the photos of the first family being evacuated while the island’s commoners were forced to wait in line for the ferry as the storm was approaching. They’d be shown side-by-side with photos of other Massachusetts’ politicos – Kerry surfing; Kennedy at Chappaquiddick; and Dukakis in the tank. Just imagine the Weather Channel’s interviews with island folk who dismiss the Cat 2 storm as something they’d been through dozens of times, and how they love to watch others turn tail and run. Imagine the firestorm as pundits exclaim what a wimp Obama is, and how the nation’s enemies would be emboldened. Imagine the comparisons with other presidents who vacationed during a Hurricane – Bush and Katrina […]

      Plan A

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Aug 18, 2009
      Plan A

      There’s a cold dark secret inside the White House, your state house and your city hall. You aren’t likely to hear it discussed on talk tv. There are no talking points prepared. Don’t expect mass email blasts raising money for it. No one wants to talk about it. It is the elephant (or donkey depending on your affiliation) in every room. It explains why healthcare reform will be in name only. Why regulation of banks and Wall Street will be studied in committee well into next year. It is why K Street still has its way on the hill. Why oil prices are going back up although demand isn’t driving it. Why our investments in green are longterm. Why there’s no hurry to get our troops home. Why we can throw money at GM and buy a few extra weapons programs we don’t want and won’t use. Why so much […]

      Ready for Sir Paul

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Aug 13, 2009
      Ready for Sir Paul

      Preparation is just about complete for Saturday night’s (August 15th) Green Concert at Piedmont Park in Atlanta featuring Sir Paul McCartney. Over 30,000 tickets have been sold, but tickets are still available (they are permitted for up to 49,999, but never expected to sell out given the economy) through ticketmaster – $79.50 per person general admission, or $400 for VIP tickets (you’ll be close enough to see him without camping out). You can also hear it for free on DaveFM (92.9) in Atlanta. The gates open at 4PM for VIP’s and pre-sale tickets. 5PM for general admission. The music should start about 7PM. Yes, there will be beer (Bud and BudLight) and plenty of other stuff for sale. The algae is in bloom at the park and the smell is just about gone. Last Sunday, an algae bloom struck Lake Clara Meer in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park causing oxygen in the […]

      Fire Jim Dean

      by | 7, Add your Comment | Aug 12, 2009
      Fire Jim Dean

      Yesterday, I received an email from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy For America. Frankly, it was a shockingly anti-democracy appeal asking me to contact CNN and demand Lou Dobbs be taken off the air. No. I will, however, contact CNN and demand they protect journalists (in the broadest sense of the word) and free speech. Quoting the email (links added), “Yesterday, our friends at Media Matters for America, who are dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media, caught Lou Dobbs promoting hate and inciting violence towards Governor Howard Dean. With violence from right-wing extremist groups on the rise and Republican backed mobs hanging cardboard versions of members of congress in effigy, Lou Dobbs’ statement is dangerous. Enough is enough. It’s time for CNN and the United Stations Radio Network to fire Lou Dobbs.” The email supplied this link to justify its point. In the […]

      Like the Dew wah diddy

      by | 12, Add your Comment | Aug 7, 2009
      Like the Dew wah diddy

      A couple of months ago, Like-the-Dewer, Terri Evans, read an email requesting entries for Dotster’s Next Big Small Business Contest. The winner would receive a modest cash prize and, more importantly, some promotion. Dotster is LikeThe.Dew.com’s internet host. Terri spent untold minutes preparing an essay describing LikeTheDew and submitted it. On July 30th, Dotster announced that LikeTheDew is one of 20 finalists* (we don’t know how many entries they received, but hope it was over 20) and all we had to do in the next step was to create and submit a two minute video about our site (that will teach Terri to read the fine print in the contest rules). The deadline for submission was midnight, Thursday, August 7th – one whole week. We blew most of the time talking about great video ideas while drinking beer. Most of the rest talking with people who would love to help, […]

      Justice Roll Call

      by | 7, Add your Comment | Aug 7, 2009
      Justice Roll Call

      The Sotomayor vote was 68 YEA; 31 NAY. There are plenty of stories today about Sotomayor’s confirmation in the Senate. About this historic jurist. Obama’s choice. The important cases before the court this term. Even Senator Al Franken making the announcement to the Senate. Let’s not let this moment pass without acknowledging those self-serving, anti-justice, anti-competent, anti-any-success-for-President-Obama, anti-women, anti-Hispanic, and anti-anything Senators from the South. Drop them a note and tell them what you think. Drop by their homes during the recess a lob a few eggs*. Drop by a public event and cough on them*. Do something. These men disgrace the South. Southern NAY sayers: Bunning (R-KY) Burr (R-NC) Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) DeMint (R-SC) Hutchison (R-TX) Inhofe (R-OK) Isakson (R-GA) McConnell (R-KY) Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL) Vitter (R-LA) Wicker (R-MS) ________________ * Strictly metaphorical suggesting. I do not advocate the use of […]

      Recommended Reading

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Aug 3, 2009
      Recommended Reading

      Have you noticed the “Recommended Reading” section on the top left of the LikeTheDew.com home page? It is a new feature. Most mornings, LikeTheDewers get up really, really earlier (okay, at least one Dewer stays up really, really late) and scour the web for the most interesting or important news of the day. These aren’t necessarily the breaking stories. They are stories you are less likely to have seen, but we feel may be too important to miss. Often esoteric sites. Generally a couple with a Southern slant. A couple on politics. Or journalism. Take a look tomorrow. When you click on a a headline, you’ll be taken directly to the story. We also have set up an archive of recently recommended stories (some with excerpts, some not – still a work-in-process). You can view it by clicking here. Give us your feedback on this feature. Tell us what you […]

      New on the Dew: News & Opinion Feeds

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Aug 2, 2009
      New on the Dew: News & Opinion Feeds

      Recently we have added an exclusive new feature on the LikeTheDew.com site that you may not have noticed – News & Opinion Feeds. One page where you can view headlines and excerpts of almost 2,000 (and growing) of the most popular places on the internet – updated every few minutes with the latest posts. You get to it by clicking the “News & Opinion Feeds” link at the top of any page. More than just world or US news, you can select to view the type of news you want. Want it local? Just click your state on the map. Want it more specific? Just click on the link at the top of the page for Arts or Business/Economic or Cause or Food or Green or Health or Places or Politics or Science/Tech or Sports or Writing or Every Block (a beta feature). Then, just mouseover a headline and you’ll […]

      Tell Congress to Go to Hell

      by | 50, Add your Comment | Jul 29, 2009
      Tell Congress to Go to Hell

      Wednesday’s Democrat victory / compromise / cave-in is a harbinger. A public option won’t be able to negotiate for lower costs. Hmmm. Who benefits. Hospitals? Check. Big pharma? Check. Insurance companies? Check. People, sick or otherwise? Wonnnnnk. The smart money on Wall Street has been betting we’d be screwed and they’d get richer. Enough to make me hope nothing passes. Not. Can’t go there. This is the most important thing this Congress and this President can do for about a hundred million of us who duck doctors and hospital bill collectors while we wince in pain. Not the most important thing this year … they’ve already shafted us on that — the stimulus (aka: bailout for the gloriously happy rich). No, this is life and death and they have chosen profits and to pretend (CNN wants you to believe that, too) that Wall Street mirrors America. All to save a […]

      The Maine difference

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Jul 28, 2009
      The Maine difference

      They call their “moon pies,” “whoopie pies.” They have at least as many mosquitoes and no-see-’ems as we do, but their bugs just don’t live as long. They have as many pickup trucks as we do. Domino’s Pizza delivers in 4-wheel drive vehicles. They sell liquor in the supermarket. They don’t ban the sale of anything (even booze and hand tools) during Sunday church services. They have banned all billboards along highways. Hallelujah! They wear blue uniforms in their war reenactments*. Most everyone either wears a cap with the letter “B” on it, or a shirt with “Red Sox” emblazoned across the front, which is for a team that isn’t college, doesn’t play football and is in a whole ‘nother state. You are more likely to see a sign warning of a moose or snowmobile crossing than an alligator or deer. You won’t see grits on a breakfast menu, but […]

      A sermon for the choir

      by | 13, Add your Comment | Jul 16, 2009
      A sermon for the choir

      Listen up you godless, spineless, irrational, sushi-eating, America-blaming, terrorist-coddling, morally superior, Hollywood-humping, liberal, defeatocrat, progressive, elitist, Marxist, business-bashing, whining, pinko, tree-hugging, vegan-exalting, crackpot, sanctimonious, stem-cell-sucking, tofu-chomping, out-of-touch, pantywaist, tax-hiking, Obamaton snobs*. This is a defining moment. A tipping point. A chance such as we have never had before. A chance that we, the world, will never have again. This is the moment. It will define the future of our children and generations to come. Forever. This is a planet-changing moment. Life and death serious. We have a narrow window and it will close. I fear we are going to blow it. Grab a beer and watch it on TV. Cheat this chance to make our brief moments here matter. I fear, we are going to damn ourselves to an eventual, perhaps, inevitable oblivion and take everyone with us. You know the litany. The talking points. Stop. Think about them. This […]

      Don’t bank on that job

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Jul 15, 2009
      Don't bank on that job

      I actually know someone who is hiring. A solid, non-TARP bank has openings for mid-level employees. Good jobs. Great benefits. But they have a problem. Six of the ten candidates who were recruited, interviewed and chosen, flunked the credit check. Getting behind on credit cards during unemployment is keeping them from getting a job. Talk about a vicious circle. Get a good job at a bank. The bank pays you well then takes some crazy wild-ass risks and, bam. You’re on the street at time when banks are laying off everywhere. Not much of a safety net for the upwardly mobile seeking to max their mortgage and buying into the everything-will-go-up-forever-scam. Watch your house value circle in the toilet and your credit lines dry up. Flush. You are now collateral damage in the war on the middle class. Running credit checks is legal most everywhere. More than half of employers […]

      The finish line

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Jul 4, 2009
      The finish line

      The view from the finish line in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park of the 2009 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Saturday, July 4th. The weather was perfect. The park beautiful. And the crowd festive. Click here to read more at AJC.com – it is their race and their story.

      Dinosaurs should be extinct

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Jun 28, 2009
      Dinosaurs should be extinct

      Try living with them and you’ll trampled or eaten. One of the many notable dinosaurs surviving today is the health insurance industry. They are really big. Have voracious appetites. And their sole purpose is keep you alive just long enough to eat every dollar you have. Way back in the World War II era (before the internet began recording history), these dinosaurs began roaming the US as result of the wage freeze during the war. Employers saw it as way to scam the freeze and attract employees when employees were scarce. By the end of the war, employees loved these cute little scaly creatures (Yabba-Dabba Do). They didn’t eat much back then, but as we started feeding them, they started growing and got bigger and bigger. They began eating each other and fighting over the food supply – us. Thick skinned, with no known predators, lots of lobbyists and seemingly […]

      Over Stimulated in Atlanta

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Jun 27, 2009
      Over Stimulated in Atlanta

      Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the stimulus bill. I think it is absolutely appropriate for Washington to replace the imaginary money lost on Wall Street with imaginary money from the treasury. Don’t get me wrong. I know they have to spend it on something. Roads are easy. Might as well add a lane or two everywhere. It means jobs, which means people can eat. And, I love the hardworking people we have invited from other countries to do the work. It’s just, well, I really don’t like the inconvenience of the construction delays. I think it might have been much better for all of us if the stimulus bill was just spent on government buildings. For instance, why not rebuild the Capitol, the White House and the Treasury Building? Do the same at the Stock Exchange. Yeah, they’d have to tear the buildings down first. Then it would […]

      Saving the airline industry

      by | 7, Add your Comment | Jun 25, 2009
      Saving the airline industry

      The airline industry is in deep trouble. The planes flown today were not manufactured in enough powerful Congressional districts and lobbyists prefer their own jets. I drove 14 hours last weekend to visit family. I try hard, but I’ve never been a very good driver. I hated almost every moment. I like cruise control, but there are way too many other cars driving way too many different speeds to use it. I cursed as I drove. Not at the other drivers. I have too much empathy for that. No, I cursed that I had to drive. I cursed because there were no trains to get me there and back safely – and with a lower carbon footprint. Sure, I could have flown, but mercy, do you pay a price for the privilege? The tickets, the tax, the advance planning, the trip to the airport, the x-rays and the strip search, […]

      Be careful what you wish for

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Jun 16, 2009
      Be careful what you wish for

      The drought is now officially over. With the return of normal rain patterns, Sonny’s prayers have been answered. Most of the lakes are full with the stumps covered and the docks floating. Our lawns are green and the sprinklers are back on automatic. We are free to flush. Hallelujah. They’re baaaack. With all the wishing and hoping, you might have forgotten what had made our Southern nights so wonderful these last few years. You won’t for long. Close your screen doors. Grab your insect repellent. Light your citronella. Fire up your fogger. The dreaded state bird of all the deep South, Diptera: Culicidae (aka: mosquito) is laying eggs and sucking blood like we haven’t seen in years. Yes, be careful what you wish for. Mother Nature can be a bitch. Though she’s got a heck of sense of humor. Click here to get your local mosquito forecast.

      Change we can only believe in

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Jun 8, 2009
      Change we can only believe in

      America was founded on change, wasn’t it? Why is it so hard to change now? Didn’t our fore-parents unabashedly give up their lives in the old world for a new start in a new land? Not really. While some adventurers and liberals came for the promise of a new start and riches in this new land, more came to escape their struggle against the monarchs and entrenched power of the old world or to escape religious persecution. Others came as indentured servants or to escape debtors prison. Many more were forced to come as slaves. Change is hard. Seldom voluntary. Often forced. And, typically, when other choices are worse, or no longer possible. We like to give lip service that we are open to change, but we fight to our deaths to maintain and protect what is known and comfortable. It is human nature. We will work harder to not […]

      The healthcare system is killing us

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Jun 5, 2009
      The healthcare system is killing us

      Forbes, yes, Forbes, reports today on a new study finding that “medical problems and expenses contributed to nearly  two-thirds of all bankruptcies in the United States.” In fairness, the American Journal of Medicine, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School and Ohio University study used data from 2007 and, according to the researchers, was “collected prior to the current economic downturn. It’s likely that the current rate of medical-related bankruptcies is even higher.” Those of you who haven’t experienced how this can happen to “solidly middle class” people with jobs, insurance and college degrees, get ready. You will. Generally, what happens first, is that you go to a doctor. Your financial advisor and the health insurance industry strongly discourages this step. After co-pays, deductibles, tests, more co-pays, referrals, uncovered expenses, out-of-network anonymous radiologists and labs, and more co-pays, you find out that you are sick and need treatment for something. Researchers […]

      If we love it, we must set enterprise free

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Jun 4, 2009
      If we love it, we must set enterprise free

      Every parent knows what I’m talking about. That moment after the moment when your toddler lets go of your hand. Or you let go of the bike. Or you don’t run to the rescue when you hear the crash. Or they go under water for the first time. Or you don’t say, “did you remember to do your homework?” Sure, there’s fear. But don’t let them see yours. Self-reliance. The most critical step in development. The proud moment. The most natural of all coming-of-age’s moments. It is repeated billions of times each day by nature’s parents. Baby birds take wing. Tiny seals slides down the ice and disappear into the water. And humans hand their teenagers the car keys. We are all amateurs in this – and so codependent. Letting go only to grab on again because we fear the fall. Running to rescue.  Comfort before tears. Galoshes at the […]

      Mutant capitalism

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Jun 1, 2009
      Mutant capitalism

      We have been warned for decades about the risks of playing God (or subverting evolution) through genetics. Take a gene from one thing. Splice with another. And, voilà!  You’ve either got a cure for cancer or a cow that tastes like tofu. Our Congress, bless their teensy-tiny little hearts, have always known what was in our best interests – particularly when it came to genetics. Now they are really on to something. They have let the mad social scientists over on K Street do a little economic gene splicing. While the actual process must be way too complicated for wee voters/taxpayers to understand, they have taken the nucleus from the capitalism genome (patent pending) and isolated a faulty hereditary gene which causes the natural death of industries who have outlived their usefulness and replaced the faulty helix with a gene from a leech found on one of Stalin’s hemorrhoids. “The […]

      Gitmo facts before jumping to conclusions

      by | 5, Add your Comment | May 28, 2009
      Gitmo facts before jumping to conclusions

      I had planned to announce today that I would pay the $80 million that President Obama needs to relocate the remaining 245 prisoners held at Guantánamo. My plan was to borrow the money from a TARP bank, take over the facility and develop a golf course, casino, hotels and some condos. This all fell through when I found out that the US doesn’t actually own Gitmo and is just renting. Imagine my disappointment. How could it be, you ask? Just four years ago, we paid Halliburton a billion dollars to build the “detention center” on land we don’t even own? Wait a minute, we paid a billion dollars for that? Stop. Go back. Why does Obama need $80 million for relocation? That’s $326,530 a prisoner. For that, couldn’t he check them in to the Ritz for the next 4 years and forget about them? Yes, but stop interrupting. I wish […]

      The NRA are a bunch of yellow (insert euphemism here)

      by | 8, Add your Comment | May 21, 2009
      The NRA are a bunch of yellow (insert euphemism here)

      Raccoons? Beavers? Hedgehogs? Rabbits? Squirrels? Trees? Dogs? Children? Other campers? Aliens? Socialists? Terrorists? Park Rangers? Our President? Other NRA members? What are they afraid of? Congress passed a bill that, at least nine months from now, will curtail just a few of the many grotesque abuses of the credit card industry. Your target=”_blank”>NRA, which has a budget of $150 million to $200 million, much of which they spend on bribing your elected leaders, got language stuck in the bill that will allow anyone (not just NRA members) to carry guns in national parks. Wussies — the NRA and everyone who voted to tack a silly gun measure on to a serious bill intended to address a real economic and consumer issue. Reprobates — everyone of them — including the 105 Democrats in the House and 27 Democrats in the Senate who pandered their support for the NRA measure. Here’s the […]

      Polling the choir

      by | 0, Add your Comment | May 19, 2009
      Polling the choir

      Two new polls out find that people who still answer land-line phones and are willing to talk to pollsters are more likely to be confused by “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Choice” labels than in previous surveys – or is it the other way around? Hard to tell. The news, of course, is that Gallup has announced a dramatic shift in how people label themselves on the abortion issue. A year ago, 50% chose “Pro-Choice” with 44% choosing “Pro-Life.” Gallup’s new survey shows those figures have flopped and now only 44% now choose “Pro-Choice” with “Pro-Life” coming in at 51%. A dramatic 7% increase for “Pro-Life” in one year. Something significant must have occurred this year. I wonder what it was? People choosing the label, “Republican” who also chose the label, “Pro-Life” increased from 60% to 70%. There was basically no change with “Democrats” coming in at 61% “Pro-Choice.” It seems safe to […]

      Why are they torturing us?

      by | 0, Add your Comment | May 17, 2009
      Why are they torturing us?

      Seeing Dick’s crooked smile again on talk TV. Watching Nancy parse, fumble, flip, fluster, clarify and accuse. Hearing the Newt call for a leader to step down for something other than sex, racism or corruption. Watching liberal pundits be interrogated night after night by the gleeful wing nuts. It was cruel. I just wish it was unusual for there to be more outrage at someone who is presumed guilty of not doing than those proven guilty of the most heinous crimes. House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D) of California, stands accused of having attended a highly classified intelligence briefing in September 2002  (Republicans held the majority in the House at the time and she was not in the minority leadership) that included a description of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs) used by the Bush Administration – and not doing much as a result. Further, at different times this week, she […]

      Lessons of War

      by | 6, Add your Comment | May 14, 2009
      Lessons of War

      MIDTOWN ATLANTA, Ga. – Sunday evening, two third-floor loft dwellers were attempting to enjoy the remnant of their weekend, when war broke out. The young men had their windows open only to find the fresh evening air fouled by the sounds from a crueler side of life coming from the park bench below them. This was not the first time they had been bothered by the loud and constant talking. They knew their choices. They could have turned up their TV again, or closed the window. They could have attempted to negotiate with the men on the bench to quiet down. Or, as they had done before, they could have complained to the police. They just knew they couldn’t ignore it. That, and the Hawks had just lost to Cleveland. There is no confirmation on how long they deliberated, but it is assumed their IQ’s  and judgment declined with their […]

      Park Rules

      by | 6, Add your Comment | May 14, 2009
      Park Rules

      There are official rules for most public parks. And then there are rules you learn by being there. For instance, in my park (Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta), officially, you aren’t allowed to drink alcoholic beverages except during a festival. Unofficially, it’s okay if you are having a picnic, put your drink in an alternative container and don’t act drunk, or if you are homeless and no one has complained in the last few hours. Most of the unofficial rules seem to be about how you interact with others. Here’s some that I have observed: 1.    Dog owners who don’t observe the leash law only talk to other dog owners who don’t observe the leash law unless they are retrieving their misbehaving dog at which time they say something unintelligible that doesn’t sound like an apology. 2.    Women pushing a baby carriage who seem likely to be a non-English-speaking babysitter, […]

      The Prodigal Child

      by | 1, Add your Comment | May 10, 2009
      The Prodigal Child

      You are the greatest. You gave me life and everything I could possibly want. You nourished me and nurtured me. Showed me beauty, introduced me to awe and delight, and lit my imagination. You taught me the importance of family, friends, community, diversity and respect. You inspired me to be curious and solve mystery. You let me have my way even when it wasn’t good for me – and I know now how much it hurt you. You taught me about right and wrong and consequences. You have seen my tantrums and protected me from myself. You’ve seen me ignorant and unfeeling and enabled me to learn the lessons the hard way. You are wise. You are patient. You are beautiful. You are my muse. And I am so proud to be your child. Thank you. Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you like the flowers. I know you prefer live […]

      Barney’s Frank

      by | 1, Add your Comment | May 9, 2009
      Barney's Frank

      Congressman Barney Frank (D) of Massachusetts was on Lou Dobbs the other night and made a point on the role of government intruding on the individual rights of its citizens. It’s worth watching.

      New China Syndrome

      by | 2, Add your Comment | May 9, 2009
      New China Syndrome

      The Chinese are a bunch of commies. Just look at how they are handling the economic crisis. When their largest trading partner (us), suddenly announced a banking crisis, massive new unemployment, the loss of a third of stock market value and plans for massive borrowing to fund stimulus programs that would take years to recover and surely devalue its currency, what did they do? When they were faced with canceled contracts, factory closings, empty cargo ships and 20 million unemployed, how did they handle it? Well, they sure didn’t bailout Shiji Avenue. They bailed out people – a purely communist idea if I ever heard one. Their program’s goal was to stimulate the economy and to create demand for factory capacity. To keep people employed. To keep them happy and healthy. To keep them spending. And, most of all, to keep them from overthrowing the government. The Chinese are funding […]

      Branding the Elephant

      by | 8, Add your Comment | May 3, 2009
      Branding the Elephant

      Listening to Republican leaders and TV pundits debate the need of the pending rebranding of the party and their relative philosophical failures for the past eight years* is a grotesque cynical insult to all of us. To equate branding tactics and philosophical spin as more important than deeds is wrong. Do they not remember “right and wrong”? It seems that the sinners have found Jesus again and promise to sin no more. I say, give me good works. I say their congregations should demand it, too. To suggest that the same people will somehow act differently if just given another chance is akin to letting the wife beater back in the household. It is a sickness and soft words with a broad smile will not hide the hard heart and mean spirit for long. They don’t need new spin, they need to demonstrate they can be trusted. We have cycles […]

      Vicarious Activism

      by | 8, Add your Comment | May 1, 2009
      Vicarious Activism

      “It is important to send a message not only to the people in this country and our own government, but to the people of the world that the genocide in Darfur must end,” Lewis said outside a DC Metropolitan Police Department precinct after his arrest. “What is going on there are crimes against humanity.” (quote from the Atlanta Journal Constitution) Hundreds of thousands in Darfur have been killed and millions displaced by the Sudanese government since 2003. It is a deteriorating humanitarian crisis on an unimaginable scale. We had to act. That is why on April 27th, joining with millions of others from Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, California and Massachusetts, I vicariously demonstrated in front  of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, was arrested by the US Secret Service and taken to jail. We can only hope that our government and the United Nations will take notice and let us act to stop the continuing […]

      My Favorite Republican is now a Dem

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Apr 28, 2009
      My Favorite Republican is now a Dem

      Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania announced today that he was switching parties and will become the newest Senate Democrat. Essentially stating that the Democrats have now moved far enough right to make him more comfortable on their side of the aisle (click here to read what he really said). With the polls closed in Minnesota and only a few more months of the marathon court version of the Last Comic Standing, Al Franken is likely to give the Dems the 60 votes needed for a filibuster-proof majority. No real celebration, of course, as that count includes Joe Lieberman. The truth behind the spin for Specter’s switch is the more than competitive primary challenge by conservative, Pat Toomey and the Republican payback for his vote with the Maine Senators Collins and Snowe to pass the Democrats’ stimulus bill. In case you missed my February 18th blog, I’ll repeat it here: My Favorite […]

      White House calls on Military to Stop Swine and Swine Flu Panic

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Apr 28, 2009
      White House calls on Military to Stop Swine and Swine Flu Panic

      Faced with the potential double swine panic in New York City yesterday, the White House sent two F-16s and Air Force One lookalike in a daring preemptive strike to blow the air out of the media cycle. The precision photo-op decimated expected media coverage of Wall Street quarterly non-earnings and the St. Francis Prep post-spring break flu outbreak. Office workers fled towers throughout Midtown worried that 4/27 would turn into a repeat of 9/11. Fully informed in advance, but still “furious” Mayor Bloomberg, put a positive spin on the day to the media, saying, “The good news is it was nothing more than an inconsiderate, badly conceived and insensitive photo op with the taxpayers’ money.” There were no immediate reports of fatalities, but Keith Mercantine of Jersey City reported seeing a pregnant woman in an ambulance. Late in the day, the Director of the White House Military Office, Louis Caldera, […]

      We Need to Talk

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Apr 27, 2009
      We Need to Talk

      No matter how passionate we are, we need to keep talking. No matter how loudly the speech or how colorful the words, we need to listen. No matter the differences, we need the conversation. It is not about winning the debate. It is about having the debate. The respect of conversation. The dignity of patient dialogue. The appreciation of the diversity of belief. Talk long enough and you’ll find common ground. Find common ground and you’ll discover trust. Find trust and you’ll have a friend. And while friends are hard to come by, they are precious. Some of my dearest friends disagree with me on most everything, but our common ground is solid. Our love for our family. Our fundamental belief in doing and being good. Our appreciation for the life experience that made each of us who we are – and the respect that not all of it was […]

      Giving God the benefit of the doubt

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Apr 25, 2009
      Giving God the benefit of the doubt

      Taking on faith that God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. And that His or Her perfection and mercy are beyond our understanding, it seems like it might be a good idea these days to take a look at some trends that might just indicate His or Her current favorites and those that seem to be on a list for some form of punishment for Whatever reason. All time Favorites Tyrants, monarchs and unelected leaders. Oil companies. Utility companies. Pharmaceutical companies. Munitions companies. Political incumbents. Lobbyists and pundits. Highway construction companies. Factory farms and food commodity conglomerates. Junk food companies. Cable TV companies. Health care workers. Hollywood. Organized religion. The prison industry. New to the Favorites List Barack Obama. Federal employees. Hybrid and alternative fuel cars. Health care researchers. Scientists. Apple Computer. Collection companies. Bankruptcy attorneys. Pawn brokers and pay check lenders. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Up and coming Alternative energy […]

      Chrysler Rejects Bailout

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Apr 21, 2009
      Chrysler Rejects Bailout

      Chrysler CEO “Test Dummy Bob” Nardelli (formerly known as Home Depot CEO “Builder Bob”) has signaled bold new initiatives to save the deeply troubled company. With sales even lower than forecast, Chrysler announced it would reject additional Federal TARP money as they don’t need to make or finance any new cars. Rumors at Chrysler, suggest that may not be the only reason. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, insiders say Nardelli has signed an exclusive deal with the Republican party to sell a new, and potentially, brand-saving car to be named the “Tea Bag”. “The 2010 Chrysler Tea Bag is the perfect family car to push off a cliff (sic: or dump in a local bay),” said industry analysts on last night’s Fox news, “plus, it will have zero air pollution and get unlimited mileage while falling and that ought to please the liberal media.” Technically, the Tea Bag will only require […]

      Email Us Your Postcards of the South

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Apr 17, 2009

      From your phone or computer, you can now share photos and comments – postcards of the South (or places of interest to the South). With one click, you can send us news, travel, scenes and events. Use the subject line for the photo title, attach the photo and then add descriptive copy in the body of your email (please include your name or email in your description).

      Atlanta Dogwood Festival This Weekend

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Apr 15, 2009
      Atlanta Dogwood Festival This Weekend

      The 73rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival returns to Piedmont Park this weekend, April 17, 18 & 19. Join the fun at Piedmont Park during this annual weekend celebration of Spring. Usually scheduled for the first or second week in April, this event features a spectacular children’s parade along with an International Village of artists and performers. Art shows are held both days. Activities include arts and crafts exhibits, concerts, competitions, dance demonstrations, and lots of goodies to munch on. After the festival, jump on a bike and take a scenic tour through beautiful Midtown, one of Atlanta’s most diverse neighborhoods. Admission is free. Festival Map Directions and Parking Special Events Preview Party Thursday, April 16: 6:30 – 8:30 PM For Dogwood lovers who just can’t wait for the festival to start, the Thursday night Preview Party will grant them early access. On Thursday, April 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., […]

      Eating Dog is Bad for You

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Apr 15, 2009
      Eating Dog is Bad for You

      This is especially true if the dog is eating you at the same time. Yet, the canine-ibalistic metaphor, dog eat dog, is the basis of our modern form of capitalism. Devour or be devoured. On paper, some mergers may seem sufficiently benign as to benefit society. For example, it might be argued that the consolidation of our cell phone industry so that we can talk anywhere, is a good thing even though the costs are not going down. It might be argued that allowing media companies to buy other media companies created a scale of business which could simultaneously improve service, choice and lower cost, and that’s a good thing, if it happened that way. It might be argued that allowing Arthur Daniels Midland to gobble up the grains and seed producers has led to increased yield, more efficiency and a more dependable food supply, if we hadn’t let them […]

      Southern Rankings

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Apr 14, 2009

      Here are the current Southern (as defined by the Southern Governors Association) rankings for population, unemployment, percent of population in prison, median income, population receiving welfare or foodstamps and percentage of population without healthcare insurance. Click on the label in the top row to sort by each category. States Population Unemployed Prison Population Median Income Receiving Welfare Receiving Food Stamps Uninsured AL 23 34 06 47 31 12 29 AK 32 16 22 49 39 10 41 DC 50 44 51 20 01 05 16 FL 04 41 07 36 45 28 49 GA 09 40 02 22 49 16 42 KY 26 39 17 48 19 07 27 LA 25 10 01 50 48 06 47 MD 19 18 26 02 29 40 24 MS 31 37 04 51 37 01 46 MO 18 33 18 37 12 02 22 NC 10 48 28 43 41 20 37 OK […]

      The Ritual of Life

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Apr 11, 2009
      The Ritual of Life

      The vernal equinox has passed in the Northern Hemisphere. There is a full moon. It is the weekend. It must be Easter. The end of Lent and March Madness. Passover. The season of Nowruz. The festival of Holi. And Major League Baseball. The time of the new year for many (Coptic, Asia, Baha’i). Spring (an old Germanic word that means “to jump” and “to run”) is the time for planting. The snow to melt. The streams swell. The Florida citrus crops are first announced ruined from frost. Tornado and thunderstorms return. Rebirth. The hiding of painted eggs. The throwing of colored powder and water. The lighting of bonfires. Kite fighting. The time to for new wardrobe, to wear your best, to wear yellow or hats and walk in a parade. Whether yours is a pilgrimage for spring break, the Temple in Jerusalem, Mount Gerizim, the Great Smoky Mountains, Natchez, Columbus, […]

      From the Government That Gave Us Tang

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Apr 10, 2009
      From the Government That Gave Us Tang

      One of the key aspects of President Obama’s plan to make universal heath care affordable in the eyes of CNN, is through the enormous potential savings, some $80 billion, from computerizing medical records. All that needs to be worked out is the technology, security, privacy concerns, cost and getting healthcare providers to actually use it. Yesterday, President Obama announced that the Department of Defense (DOD) will begin cooperating with the Veterans Administration (VA) to develop and launch a unified computerized healthcare record for members of the military services. As hard as it may be to believe that such a system doesn’t now exist for the military, currently, the only records that veterans can access are outpatient pharmacy and allergy data. The paperwork needed from the DOD to get VA care has created an enormous backlog – more than 400,000 eligible veterans are currently awaiting help. The President said that this […]

      Voice Twittering

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Apr 9, 2009
      Voice Twittering

      I don’t need much. Just to hear your voice. A short call. That’s all. Like Twitter, only with sound. Just to know you are there. That you’re okay. That I’m okay. I know you are busy. Have more to do than you can. I love your emails and Facebook postings, but want just a few seconds more. Please. Put me on the list. Just a moment. That’s enough. Really. 140 syllables would be enough. I already follow you. You know who you are. Reach out and call that person you love. Please share this with your family and friends. Just click on one of the icons at the bottom of this post, under “Come on, share this“.

      Lewisburg, Tenn., found interest payments had quadrupled.

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Apr 9, 2009
      Lewisburg, Tenn., found interest payments had quadrupled.

      Five years ago, this small factory town was struggling to pay the interest on a bond for new sewers.

      Dance a Little Sidestep

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Apr 9, 2009
      Dance a Little Sidestep

      Today’s New York Times reports that, “President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal…”. A critically important issue, but an issue sure to be so contentious that the hold-times for talk radio will increase more than the demands for Wall Street bailouts. An issue so dear to CNN’s (Crazy Neo Nazi) Lou Dobbs, that he will likely pop a goiter live one night soon. Why would Obama do it? Why now with his plate already filled with two meats of war, the casserole of the economic crisis, the salad of global warming, the raw vegetables of universal healthcare, and the dessert of undoing Bush’s executive orders of mass destruction of our society? Surely, his eyes are too big for his stomach, you say? Not. This is a tactic right out of the forest fire handbook […]

      An American Self-Portrait

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Apr 8, 2009
      An American Self-Portrait

      This is what we look like as a nation. Two-thirds of us don’t or no longer work at all. 22 million of us work directly for the government and many more work providing products and services contracted to the government (nobody knows a real number, but is likely another 15 million or so and it could easily be higher since government spending in 2009 will represent over 44% of the nation’s GNP). That leaves something less than 25% of our citizens working in “private enterprise” and generating what wealth is created and the economic crisis picture begins getting clearer. The economic crisis effects us all. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act offers targeted assistance toward some of the pieces of pie, but hardly all. The retired, disabled and unemployed are getting a little help, and they do pay taxes, but the assistance is targeted for survival and a little consumption, […]

      Boardwalk is Too Important to Fail

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Apr 7, 2009
      Boardwalk is Too Important to Fail

      The Bush-Obama economic recovery plan is largely based on the philosophy post-great-depression, economist Charles Darrow and a couple of brothers named Parker. I kid you not, just read some of the actual rules of the game: The object of the game is to become the wealthiest player through buying, renting and selling of property (note that you are not able to become wealthy by actually working). Each player is given $1500 (we’ll be getting less than that through tax rebates) and all remaining money and other equipment go to the Bank. Select as Banker a player who will also make a good Auctioneer. Besides the Bank’s money, the Bank holds the Title Deeds, and the houses and hotels prior to purchase by the players. The Bank pays salaries and bonuses. It sells and auctions properties and hands out the proper Title Deed cards when purchased by a player, it also […]

      It Always Involves Poultry

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Apr 2, 2009
      It Always Involves Poultry

      Hold on to your seat… the Senate Banking Committee has passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act. Oh boy. We’re saved. No more “Any Time, Any Reason” never ending penalty interest rate hikes and line cuts. Of course, it will still have to pass the Senate. And the House. And get signed. The bank lobby being what it is, I suspect the only thing the bill will still have by the time it gets through is this post in an archive. On to the poultry. This is my personal experience. In the fall of 2006, I received an offer from American Express for a $20,000 limit 0% credit card. I called them, and they said all the right things. Rate’s not going to change as long as you pay on time. Sure, they could pay off other cards. Sure, I’ll get a card for my wife, too. All […]

      The Path Less Traveled to Energy Independence

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Apr 1, 2009
      The Path Less Traveled to Energy Independence

      Generally, there are three approaches toward cutting our dependence on oil: taxes on gas to increase the cost and cut demand; subsidize alternative fuels to make them competitive; and requirements to force more energy efficient cars and trucks. • High gas prices were tested conclusively last year and we don’t want that. • Subsidies for alternative fuels require lobbyists to determine who gets the money and corn always wins. • Cafe standards also require lobbyists and we’ll never get there by that alone. Here’s an idea that will cut our dependence, that is fair and relatively painless. Don’t be freaked out by the name: Gas Rationing. It’s really just a variation on Cap and Trade used to cut pollution where a standard is set and users buy or sell allowances. • First, we set a national standard for gasoline consumption – for the sake of discussion, let’s say in the […]

      Turning an Opportunity into a Problem

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Mar 28, 2009
      Turning an Opportunity into a Problem

      The storm must have seemed perfect. An issue that had matured since Nixon first introduced it in 1974. An overwhelming Democratic majority in the house. An almost filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate. A Democrat in the White House with 60%+ approval ratings. And polls showing an overwhelming majority of the American people, Republicans and Democrat alike, in favor. Decades of horrific cost increases. A terrible economy. New pressures on business to be globally competitive. A new “transparency” sure to limit the influence of lobbyists. The health insurance industry must have been preparing for the worst. Not a chance. The health insurance industry wants to turn their problem into an opportunity by turning our opportunity into a problem. The recipe is all too simple. ▪ Provide a dash of spin to the party of no that re-defines “universal healthcare” into a requirement for all Americans to buy private health insurance. ▪ Add […]

      In the Public Trust

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Mar 26, 2009
      In the Public Trust

      Debates rage in Congress, State Houses and on Cable News over government intrusion on business. Talk of bailouts, nationalizing banks, regulating hedge funds, limiting power companies’ pollution, charging fair grazing fees and mining rights on public lands, direct loans to corporations, pseudo-government corporate ownership, government-sponsored investment funds, companies too-big-to-fail, corporate campaign contributions, limiting offshore tax havens, unfair government competition with cable and telephone suppliers over opening up the broadcast spectrum to free wireless internet to everyone, and unfair government competition with private insurers over universal medical coverage (to name more than a few), has brought labels of socialism, big government and anti-business back to the forefront of popular Google searches. So, what is the role of business vis-a-vis government? Before there were corporations, there was government. Before government, there were people. Corporations are allowed to exist only because government gives them the standing. Likewise, at least in the US, government […]

      The Imaginary Fix

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Mar 23, 2009
      The Imaginary Fix

      Since computer bits replaced paper which replaced precious metals which replaced labor, our monetary system has been imaginary. Value has always been faith-based. Wealth is the large scale accumulation of imagined value. While the commodity markets trade on imaginary quantities of real things, the stock market makes real trades of real things that have imaginary value. Hedge funds make leveraged deals in imaginary risks of imaginary things. It all worked really great for those who trade on greed and fear until some kid in the crowd yelled out that emperor is naked. In reality, there were quite a few in the parade who were only dressed in our imagination. The Bush weak imaginary dollar allowed consumers to buy inexpensive Chinese goods at Walmart, pay for them with credit (aka: imaginary dollars) that was secured by imaginary home values and faith that income and home values would continue to increase. The […]

      Two Views of the Great Depression

      by | 9, Add your Comment | Mar 21, 2009
      Two Views of the Great Depression

      Over the hills. Yesterday, I drove 150 miles over the hills and through the woods to my grandmother’s house. “GG.” She’s 103. Lives independent, because all the men she knows are “just too old” and she’s “not planning on any more children.” There’s always a sparkle in her eyes when she looks at you. While her short term memory betrays her more often than the last year or so, her wit never does. Always listening and wanting to make you feel special. To laugh. To smile back into hers eyes. To say as she does that, “she’s lucky,” is an exaggerated understatement. Every day of her life she has been able to say, “I feel great.” She never worried for money and the only job she ever had was “making up my brother’s bed for a nickel a week.” Survived two exceptional husbands – one who laughed to 78, and […]

      Southern Videos

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Mar 21, 2009

      Here’s some Southern fried video. Please comment and share your ideas for future postings.

       

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W89zz-9kGuM

      Beach Music Medley

      Where Do They Belong in Hell?

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Feb 27, 2009
      Where Do They Belong in Hell?

      The Bible tells us that all evil doers will just die a second death by being thrown into a lake of fire (Revelation 20:13-15). That’s a shame because I don’t feel all sinners are equal. It just doesn’t seem fair that Hitler, who started World II killing 72 million people including exterminating at least six million Jews should be treated the same way as someone like Mohandas Gandhi who resisted tyranny through peaceful civil disobedience and whose sin was being Hindu (more technically, for not being baptized). I much prefer Dante’s Hell. (Damn. Just for writing that, I’m going to end up with Hitler and Ghandi.) Where things are divided into circles or levels spiral down with increasing pain and nastiness. With punishments so much more inspiring than the just being thrown into a a lake of fire. So let’s start at the top and consider where some of the […]

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