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Good Morning Blogstonia

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Just a quick post to say Good Morning Blogstonia. I have not even finished my morning routine. Close, but just one or two things left before I head out to work. Hell, I have not even read any of my blogs this morning. But then, I usually do not have time. It looks like that will be the case this morning. I lounged about an extra 20 minutes in bed, hitting the snooze button a few times.

Anyway, I need to finish up a few things before I head to work. I hope that your day goes as well as I am hoping my day goes.

Founders' Intent

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Look, I understand the squeaking wheel gets the oil. But no amount of oil changes the fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with the wheel and it needs to be repaired or replaced.


And I really tire of the modern conservative movement's decent into shrieking obscurity and shrilling stupidity.

Oh, and once again Steve Benen at Washington Monthly proves why he is a Blogging God and I am a lowly blogging peasant.

What's more, it's not just Adams -- Thomas Jefferson also supported the identical 1798 proposal, which, any way you slice it, required private citizens to pay into a public health-care system, and included a "regulation against a form of inactivity."

By any sensible standard, one does not need obscure 18th-century anecdotes to know the individual mandate -- which was a Republican idea, anyway -- passes constitutional muster. But for those on the right who consider this original-intent concept paramount, we can add this to the list of things they've gotten terribly wrong.

At some point the whole damn mess that is the modern conservative movement will collapse and honest, intelligent, and courageous people can move in and do the necessary repairs.
I am all for transparency. So, when I read this post over at Ms Sparky, I could not help but think this will eliminate some waste and fraud in our industrial/military complex.

Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., said the public can judge whether mentors have conflicts of interest only by seeing whether they work for defense contractors that benefit from decisions such as the awarding of contracts.
Also, if someone if afraid to acknowledge who pays them, than I question whether they even believe in the systems, weapons, and services they are mentoring. If they are willing to disclose their financial supports, and still will mentor, I might actually be inclined to support whatever it is they support.

If a retired military person truly is dedicated to the security of the United States, they will be mentoring what they believe will be in the best interests of that security. However, if they bow out due to such things as required transparency, I have to question both their support for the security of our country and their belief in the legitimacy of what they were mentoring.

Besides, balking at the onerous demands of capping their pay at $179,000 when I am going to be lucky to make $35,000 this year is rather galling.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates required last year that mentors disclose their assets and business ties as a condition of employment, and also capped their pay at $179,000. This month, President Obama made that policy law when he signed the defense authorization act.
I guess they will just have to stop buy those T-bone steaks........
What the hell is wrong with her? Seriously. "Blood Libel?" Can a person be any more stupid?


Look, I am not going to get into the blame game. There really is no way to prove whether violent, military rhetoric drove Jared Lee Loughner to commit the Arizona killings. So, I am not interested in pursuing that line of thought.

However, consider that for years during the Clinton administration Rush, Newt, and other Conservative leaders were very fond of saying words matter; words have consequences.

Now, of course, they are rejecting that very premise.

Go figure.

Anyway, if you will allow me a slight tangent; one tenant of recovery is to act as if you want recovery. That means putting aside the behaviors and language associated with using. It is, in effect, replacing one culture with another. It is believed that if you use a new language and follow new rules that do not have any association with drug and alcohol use you will be less likely to have urges to use.

Well, I see Democracy as a replacement for armed conflict in establishing leadership. So, if you are a believer in Democracy, that means using language reflecting that belief. Talking about armed revolution, watering the tree of liberty, etc, hardly projects a belief in Democracy.

Oh, and to go on an even sharper tangent: once again the United States has come to call an assassin by all three names........

What He Said

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Yes. What Jeff said.

That is all.

Life In A Northern State

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When I first turned on my computer at 6 AM, the temperature outside, according to Weather.com, was -15 F. Now, as 8 AM approaches, the temperature is -5 F. For the mathematically disabled*; that is a 10 degree change in 2 hours. At that rate, my area should hit the high of 15 F by noon. A possible swing of 30 degrees in 6 hours.

Yawn. Just another typical winter day in Minnesota.

* Highly unlikely any mathematically disabled are reading my site, as I do not get any Tea Party members stopping by.

Flash Back Tuesday

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No, it is not going to be a regular feature; that would be too damn much work. But still, remember "Badger, badger, badger, badger, Mushroom (SNAKE!)"

Ah, the good old days of blogging.

Good Morning Blogstonia

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So, without making any New Year's Resolutions, I have found myself doing two things consistently every morning; making my bed neatly and journaling. I also found myself returning to my novel; that is, I worked at converting my hand-written draft into text files. You know, typing what I had written.


I love the act of writing, of creating something out of nothing, of just letting the story flow without care or consideration of opinion; mine or any other persons. But the drudgery of simply typing what I have already written is agony. I find myself wrapped up in criticizing my character development; my sentence structure; my plot. GAH!

Well, anyway, I felt the desire to share with you my own private agony. Mostly because I am sure a few will agree with me, while a majority of others will condescendingly point out that my agony is minuscule in comparison to theirs.


Again, Post Dramatic Catholicism rears its ugly head.

I really can think too much.

Happy New Years!

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Because, you know, if I did not wish you one, there would be no post on my blog for the first day of the new year.

That is all. You may all now continue on with your hang over. That is, if you drank to the passing of the old year.


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