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No, we are not all Socialists now
02.28.09 - 9:23 pm (CT)
I don't normally get into politics here, but after seeing the cover of the 2/16/09 issue of Newsweek magazine stating, "We Are All Socialists Now", I feel compelled to do so, however, let me preface my comments.
  • I find it interesting (very interesting in fact) that one of the authors of this article, Evan Thomas, is the grandson of the six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America, Norman Mattoon Thomas.
  • The elder Thomas is quoted on a plaque at the library named after him at Princeton University's Forbes College as having said, "I am not the champion of lost causes, but the champion of causes not yet won." So, maybe the younger Thomas is wishing for his grandfather's cause to be finally won. Source: Wikipedia
  • There is also another quote attributed to the elder from a 1944 speech that seems to fall somewhat in line with the younger's magazine article: "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism', they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Source: Too many to list, so Google the quote.
I don't have the exact numbers from the 2008 presidential election, but only about 70 million votes were cast for the Democrat and a "smattering" of extraneous votes for the lesser of the Socialist/Communist (leaning and some not-leaning-at-all) parties. But in a country of over 300 million people, with, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 75% of voting age, that still leaves 155 million not rallying to the cause.

There is also the not so small number that voted for the man without even knowing and/or caring what his policies were — they would be part of what is known as the uninformed electorate. Some of those are the same ones who used to vote by pulling the "party lever" without knowing who or what they were voting for, they just voted for whomever the party was running in whatever race… they were in and out of the voting booth in less than 10 seconds.

I know there will be those who disagree with me calling the Democrats "Socialists", but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… and the Democrats have been walking the walk and talking the talk of the Socialist party line, a few lines at a time, since at least FDR, which makes it hard to consider them anything else. Of course, most don't call themselves Socialists, because, well let's be honest, they would lose votes, so they use "creative language" to slide their Socialist policies past the electorate. But whether or not they've labeled themselves as such, if they're walking and talking like Socialists, then they are more than likely Socialists.

My point here is that Newsweek was wrong, we are not ALL Socialists now and, as long I am alive, we will never be, because it only takes one dissenting opinion to make it not unanimous. I consider myself to be a Conservative Libertarian of sorts, a Don't Tread on Me American, who believes in compassion and charity, not given (or doled out) by the government, but given freely by the people who are interested in digging into their own pockets to help out those they choose to help.

So, if you have a cause that you think is worthy of support, then by all means write a personal check, heck give cash if you want to, to support it, but don't go asking the government to force me to pay for your cause du jour… I have my own causes I feel worthy of my support and don't need you forcing the government's hand into my pocket to take my money to support your cause. Thank you very much from this American who will never be a Socialist, not no way, not no how.
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Memories Of Mine
02.23.09 - 8:18 am (CT)
I was maybe four years old, it was her special day, and I was sad because I didn't have a present for her. She recognized and soothed my sadness — she brought me a box with a beautiful pair of red disk clip-on earrings, with sparkly stars embedded just below the surface, to give her as a gift.

Almost five decades later, the earrings I gave her were given back to me, it brought tears to my eyes to have them, if only to remind me, not of the gift I gave her, but of the gifts she gave me.

On days such as today, I think back over our time together and am even more thankful for the gifts she gave me, the greatest of which was love… thanks for the memories.
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Not being blinded by the light
02.19.09 - 9:42 am (CT)
As I sat at the table this morning I had to adjust my spot and squint my eyes a dot to not be blinded by the light… the light of an absolutely gorgeous day! Yes, it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I thank my lucky stars (or should it be suns?) that I'm here to enjoy and appreciate it.

In near-death experiences, you hear that there was a beautiful light that some were being beckoned to, and I believe that is absolutely, positively true. Some don't want to believe it, but I have as close as one could get to having a personal experience with it without being the one near death.

As she lay there just after a short seemingly breathless moment and just barely hanging onto life, she struggled through the oxygen mask over her nose and mouth to tell me what she had seen during that moment, she had seen Jesus and was comforted by the source of all light.

Just a passing thought to ponder the next time you're facing the light… whether itís in this neighborhood or the next, you can find comfort in the bright light of whatever day it is.
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Gone, but not forgotten
02.10.09 - 9:32 pm (CT)
Best friends are truly forever… even when they are gone.
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Customize a YouTube box on your site
02.01.09 - 1:47 pm (CT)
I forget why I originally ended up back at YouTube this morning, but that's neither here nor there. What you (might) need to know is that I was remiss the other day with the Maverick Theme Song at YouTube, as I should have mentioned that YouTube has an additional feature where you can customize the video for your site.

For your viewing (and listening) pleasure, I have spruced up the YouTube display of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as sung live at Blues Alley by Eva Cassidy, which is my favorite rendition of quite possibly my favorite song. I chose a red/pink theme that adds a border and at the end of the video offers related videos scrolling at the bottom of the screen. If you click on the picture of the little girl as the related videos scroll, you will be treated to another amazing performance of the same song by 6-year-old Connie Talbot of England.

To get to the customize screen all you have to do is click on the blue asterisk to the right of the Embed box at the upper right of the browser screen of whatever video you are watching. Then if you want either the border to show or the related videos to scroll, be sure you check the appropriate box(es). And don't forget to pick your color scheme and display size, then just click in the Embed box to copy the code to paste into your own website's code et voilà, c'est fini.

NOTE: Eva Cassidy was an amazing talent who passed away in 1996 at the tender age of 33. She did not reach celebrity status during her lifetime, but sadly her acclaim came posthumously and by way of England no less. More information about Eva Cassidy is available at the Eva Cassidy Web Site.
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