‘Tis the season to enjoy the little things
‘Tis the season of “Peace on earth, good will towards men” but unfortunately, the sabers continue to rattle. Some would say to pull our troops all home and let the other idiots battle on but that will never happen. It’s interesting that many of the people who hate the United States have never even been to our country. But then again, people in our country who hate others have never been in those other areas themselves, either. For our troops t...
The legacy of political corruption: Illinois
The state of Illinois seems to be the seat of political corruption. Evidently, it starts at the top and, like Reaganomics, it trickles down to the streets of Chicago. The recent arrest of Illinois top state Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich on federal charges of corruption is just one of many federal investigations and indictments of Illinois politicians, judges and public employees. Orville Hodge, a one-time Illinois state auditor, was accused ...
Who will save Nevada if Gibbons won't?
Finally there is talk at the Legislature about raising revenue to cover the budget deficit. Our governor, with his tunnel vision, has threatened to veto any new taxes but there are enough votes to override his veto. So will someone in the legislature please step up to the plate and start making some proposals? There seems to be paranoia among politicians that anyone who proposes a tax increase is doomed to be voted out of office. With the curr...
Shut up and work
Some small minds have a psychotic need to look down on selected others, a few convenient doormats to make them feel important.
One nation, no specific god
Over the past several decades many conservative Republicans of the Christian right have chastised the government for not mentioning God at every opportunity.
I see where the elemental animosity between the Hindu and Muslim elements of the South Asia sub continent is about to overwhelm the veneer of democracy in both India and Pakistan.
Meaning of Christmas doesn’t come in shopping bags
I’m going to blame the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for starting the Christmas buy-a-thon that’s now under way in every shopping center or mall across the country. That rather decent parade didn’t start this buy frenzy we go through every year but it definitely kicks it off and leads us all to the slaughter like an inanimate Pied Piper of Hamlin. Friday, or should I say “Black Friday,” as this is the day retailers are in the black when all t...
Mumbai: Just blame the British
Last week’s attacks in Mumbai, India by Muslim terrorists remind me of the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. Before their independence, both India and Palestine were under the control of British power. After their independence, each nation has been involved in an ongoing religious war. In 1947 the U.N. General Assembly created a partition plan creating the state of Israel within the Arab state of Palestine, in effect establishing...
We live in a world that has limited resources. The earth is finite. It is not expanding or growing. Very little new land is being formed that is usable, with some volcanic eruptions, and no new water is being created – or the hydrologic cycle. There is a fixed amount of oil, minerals and rock. Until recent times the earth’s resources seemed limitless. Growth could always be accommodated and was encouraged. Man’s impact on the planet was neglig...