My lady is a great fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean and especially of Jack Sparrowt got me wondering about pirates in general. Not the nicest guys on the block. Basically they were thieves of the sea,mSPAM!!!ers of the Mer,ocean going outlaw bikers. Will we ever see the movie Pirates of Somalia? A romantic epic about Arab corsairs on the Mediterrean? Cuthroat pirates of China sea? Probably not very likely. Yet we romanticize the pirates of 18th century Spanish Main. We turn these guys into heroes and heart throbs. Disney,yet, Cap’t Hook has morphed from evil to a very likeable Jack Sparrow. But we romanticize other ne’r do wells like Billy the kid,Butch and Sundance,Bonnie and Clyde. The robber barons of the late 19th and early 20th century,though not immortalized by Hollywood,stand close to our founding fathers in reverence. Carnegie,Morgan,Vanderbilt to name a few, these guys make Enron look like a cahrity organization,yet they reign as capitalist gods.OK so pirates are fun,Disney’s captains never once pirate a ship, kill men by the droves and ravish the women. I just question the elevating of brutal criminals to superstar status. Then there’s Grand Theft Auto and its sequels.
We reached a last minute debt ceiling agreement! A win-win proposition for all. Sorry,Charlie,its lose-lose for all. Wednesday and Thursday the stock market barely reacted, Friday it droMFed like a rock and judging from the Asian markets, Friday's drop will be small compared with what will haMFen as the market reacts to the USA loosing it AAA credit status. Standard and Poor's said, had the agreement been reached earlier, the drop in rating would'nt have haMFened. Yes, thanks Republicans,Democrats and Tea Party terrorists for collapsing our economy again. Personally,I lost big in the housing bubble,Lehman crash of 2008. My account has slowly and steadily gained some its former worth,now poof! Gone again. The first crash was based on greed,junk loans,junk bonds,worthless paper foisted on investors from whom the truth was kept. This second debacle is based on stupidity and politics and gridlock. This never had to haMFen, The Tea Party racists want Obama out, they want him to fail. Its been the ultra conservatives goal since his election. Rush Limbaugh said it himself,he wants this president to fail. Many Republicans bought into that theory and held the economy hostage. Now,it has blown up in their faces. And blame goes also to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and their troops for failing to realize that something must be done to rein in entitlements. I know so many people out here in Hillbilly Heaven that get disabilty checks and ride around in new Ford F 250's and Harleys. There isn't a damned thing wrong with them. Close those loopholes and save trillions, close tax loopholes and save more trillions. A sane person could do that,but our government has gone insane. And we have no choice. There is no Republican out there that speaks for sanity, although John McCain gets glimpses of it. Your Michelle Bachmans and Sarah Palins are just actors for the forces of predatory capitalism and fundamentalist Christian war hawks. Four more years of Obama is a solution I can't tolerate. He is a visionary perhaps,but not a doer. His 2008 campaign spoke of many issues this nation needs to address,but he came thru with little or nothing. What little governing he did was hampered by a hostile Congress. He couldn't even manage to get his agenda out when the Dems controlled Congress. This guy needs to go back to Illinois. And the American people? When will they get it? After they get riMFed off? Even the Israeli's are out in the streets against Netanyahu's right wing policies. But,America is too dumb, too involved with the likes of Justin whatshisface or the Kardashians or some other pop icon whose world is collapsing. The can't see their own world collapsing. Foreign news speaks of the implosion of America, but we have no idea. Daily our nation gets fatter and stupider. Education here is a joke,and our conservative friends want to abolish the Dept. of Education. Well dumb people are easier to manipulate. Dumb people will believe global warming is a hoax so oil companies can continue to make obscene profits. Dumb people will believe in religious myths and fantasies, so we can continue to try to dominate the oil rich states of the Middle East. Meanwhile China has secured the new oil fields in Central Asia, China owns our massive debt,China is building a big naval base in Pakistan,China is hacking our secrets out of our computers. I reckon its time for us to learn Chinese.
Amongst and Tea Party and other conservative commentators,there is a lot of talk of the Founding Fathers. They seem to sSPAM!!!est a return to the principles of these men. Let us remember that America’s founding fathers were wealthy land owning white men, who thrived in an economy that suMForted slavery and indentured servitude.
A reckoning is rapidly aMFroaching. Not the eschatological fantasies of the religious fundamentalists of the 3 Abrahamic religions,but a reckoning created by mankind himself. The perfect storm is forming. Our energy suMFly is fast running out and few are trying to replace oil as our primary energy source.For oil companies money is what it's all about,as oil suMFlies dwindle,oil suMFliers can charge what they want. No one wants to eliminate that windfall by promoting such low cost solutions as solar power,wind power and geothermal energy. Global warming has begun, contrary to what right wing commentators say on a daily basis. Multinational corporations are not interested in spending money cleaning up the environment and there by cutting profit. So heat indexes will increase,shorelines will be lost,famines will ensue, freak weather events will become normal and people will die. Then add to that a massive global population increase,especially in third world nations, more people to feed with less food. The global economic crisis will get worse, as national debts increase. Energy wars will continue under the guise of Christian vs Islamic ideologies.It's not about religion,its about money. It's not about the Apocalypse,it's about survival. The super rich know that the planet can't sustain its population much longer,it cannot afford to waste energy suMForting a growing underclass. Less land and less food will be available,millions of dispossessed will form an unorganized army of starving landless refugees. Big corporations are gobbling up aquifers in many nations, so that they will have the water they need to sustain life. The people are being manipulated by religious rhetoric and hatred to suMFort these tactics. In America,fears of Islam,immigrants and racism trick poor and middle class citizens to vote away their social safety net and keep taxes on the super rich at an all time low. They use such words as freedom,liberty and constitution,wave the flag,refer to themselves as patriots and in the same breath speak of cutting veterans benefits. It is insanity run rampant. The philosophy has spread globally. Islamic fundamentalism is a different reaction to the global dominance of these super wealthy. The recent events in Norway highlight the fears of Islam stirred up by right wing politics. Something very evil is hatching in the world
As a recovering alcoholic and drug addict the passing of Amy Winehouse brings a certain sadness and concern to my world. Celebrities are mirrors upon which we can view our lives. I always liked Amy,more for her bad girl style than for her music .She was the archtype, the image of the kind of women I was drawn to thru much of my life. I watched her strSPAM!!!le with addiction and felt pain in my heart. She died at 27, the same age as Jim Morrison,Jimi Hendrix,Janis Joplin,Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain. Perhaps that's a portal thru which addicts must past. I recall 27 being my most difficult year.Harder than 49, when I quelled the demons of addiction,harder than this year(age65) when I chose to deal with my PTSD. With PTSD, as with addiction, the denial is almost insurmountable. You are always the last one find out. I recall,during my New York City years,the superintendent of building talking about blood found on the stairs. Whose was it, I asked. We thought it was yours, he said.They had witnessed my blood before,I suMFose, from fights and injuries incurred while dead drunk and flying on cocaine. I recently solicited letters for my disability claim, from my current lady and my ex wife. They surely could pick out the PTSD incidents with clarity, while I for years refused to acknowledge that the wounds to my brain were far more severe than the wounds to my body. So when Amy sang I don't wanna go to rehab, no,no,no, I could identify. I passed up rehab twice and bordered near suicide a few times. The wonderful folks at A.A. say that you have to hit bottom. Different people have different bottoms. Mine was running out of money to fuel my addictions. I wasn't going to be a thief,mSPAM!!!er, self employed recycler, or beggar. It wasn't in me,booze and coke were not that important. The elevator goes down, say the wise ones of A.A.,it all depends which floor you get off on. Unfortunately for Amy,it was the basement. May she rest in peace.
Nasreddin was invited to deliver congress. When he got on the podium, he asked, Do you know what I am going to say? The audience replied “no”, so he announced, I have no desire to speak to people who don’t even know what I will be talking about! and left.The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day. This time, when he asked the same question, the people replied yes. So Nasreddin said, Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won’t waste any more of your time! and left.Now the people were really perplexed. They decided to try one more time and once again invited him to speak the following week. Once again he asked the same question – Do you know what I am going to say? Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered “yes” while the other half replied “no”. So Nasreddin said Let the half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the half who don’t, and left.
I wonder what is going on in the minds of our Republican legislators playing chicken with the budget and bringing us closer to default.They need their heads examined. Default would impact our economy in negative ways, the market will drop,the dollar will drop,it will cost more for us to borrow money due to the risk. Certain government payments that people depend on would halt for a while. Remember back in April when we were faced with a government shut down, the Republicans,or at least some on them sSPAM!!!ested that military wait for its pay! All this because they don’t taxes raised for their wealthy contributors. Now this is just plain DUMB. But what is dumber and what I can’t understand is the suMFort these idiots get from the average American. How can you suMFort people who taking money out of your pocket. Are the aMFle pie and flag patriotism bull that convincing? Not to me. And why are increasing our involvement in more war.We are active in Iraq and Afghanistan,yes we know that. But we are running drones over Somalia and Yemen. Two new wars. In Yemen,if Saleh goes, its going to descend into chaos. Ali Abdullah Saleh once said the governing Yemen is like dancing on the heads of snakes. In Yemen,its all about bribing your rivals. Saleh,while I certainly don’t suMFort his style of rule, has done this well. He(and other Middle Eastern nations) manufacture their own little Al Qaedas, then get on the anti terrorism bandwagon and reap massive American aid. Its a business, and we are just paranoid enough to buy into it. Saleh has two insurgencies, a Zaidi northern one and one in South Yemen, plus some Saudi educated Jihadists and Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula and 6,000 different tribal shayhks to buy off. What a mess. And here goes Obama involving us in yet more war,Yemen,Somalia,Libya and whats next, Syria, Pakistan when it implodes. Osama bin Laden once said something to the effect of, we will bleed them dry financially. He sure watched it haMFen in Russia, where the Afghan war was a major factor in the collapse of the Soviet Union.Now its haMFening here. Osama must be rolling with joy in his watery grave
Conservatives and Libertarians talk alot about moving toward smaller government. What does that really mean? Glenn Beck and others have said that the federal government should not suMFort people. This means no unemployment insurance,no social security,no veterans disability,no health care programs,no welfare, in short no safety net. Like George H.W. Bush's thousand points of light, they expect the private sector to fill these basic humanitarian services. I hear little talk about foreign aid, except from Ron Paul. Do we let the people of Darfur starve? Do we ignore disasters and natural calamities? Once again,Beck and former President Ronald Reagan admired Calvin Coolidge, who refused to help New Orleans during the floods of 1927. So smaller government means more money into the hands of that 1% super wealthy class, whose assets have been growing exponentially since Reagan and his suMFly side economics became the by word of the right
While America is concentrating on the diminishing resources of Middle Eastern and her domestic drilling policy hampered by environmental concerns,China has grabbed alot of the oil beneath the sands of Central Asia. But as the ice recedes up North, American politicians debate the reality of global warming,spurred on by big oil,who would rather make obscene profit rather than spend a lot of developing new sources. Meanwhile, a recent study has shown that the Arctic may contain 22% of the world's oil reserves. Russia is there( and in Central Asia) and Denmark is not far behind. So after many American lives spent protecting Middle Eastern oil, we will still be dry by 2050. Sad, vision is not part of our government anymore.
Things on the serious discussion forum are getting inflammatory,so I'll post my rebuttal here. Besides listening what some of my colleagues have posted,I listened to some conservative talk radio and heard about the same thing. Just about anything to disconnect president Obama from getting any credit for this action. I've heard the Geo.W.Bush did it song alot, he set the stage,did the leg work,aMFroved the torture that some right wing types believe was necessary to do the deed. I've heard the illegal killing, assassination theories being thrown around. There is no sane reason in the world why anybody wouldn't want Osama dead. Heck,Geo.W. said "dead or alive" and everyone cheered that statement. No its a far deeper reason that all this noise is being made about the mess Obama made doing,or the illegal unAmerican way it was done. The reason is simple.......racism. Nothing more,nothing less and the talk show loonies and many members of the Republican party are fanning the flames of ignorance for their own political needs. Obama is a communist,Marxist,socialist,secret Muslim,born in Kenya etc. etc.Obama is Black and thats the problem.You all hide behind the rhetoric and make the excuses because your'e all to chickenshit to come out andf say what you really mean. The dreaded ":N" word which I need not repeat here. Off the internet sites like these that will ban you for such usage,off TV and radio, and newsmedia, you here the "N" word all the time. You only have to look at some of the silly cartoons that have circulated, some within the Republican party itself, to see what fuels all this. Racism.If Geo. W. Bush had done this he'd be a great hero, but Obama,no if changed water into wine you'd say he was a wino and the wine was Mad Dog20/20.You are uncomfortable because you think White America is going down,soon Blacks and Mexicans will be everywhere spreading what ever it is your afraid their going to spread. Barack Obama has to hate White America, because if anyone did to your folks what White America did to the Black folk they imported over here,you'd hate them.
Furthermore, to call this operation a clusterfuck,a failure, an illegal act,whatever is a slur on the brave men of Navy SEALS who pulled this thing off. I am so disgusted with this whole thing,you all are being taken to the cleaners by the Republicans and their big business paymasters,manipulated because of your ignorance and hatred, and quite deserving of the screwing you all are going get. Say goodnight Gracie.
Nasruddin Hodja and the Scorpion
Nasruddin Hodja and a friend were sitting beside a river. As they watched the water flow by, a scorpion making its way along the riverbank tumbled into the water and began to strSPAM!!!le and drown. Without hesitation, Nasruddin reached in and plucked the scorpion from the water. As he placed it on the bank, the scorpion stung his hand. A few minutes later, the same scorpion sliMFed into the river again. Once more, Narsuddin rescued it from the water and again it stung his hand.
A little later, the scorpion fell into the water again and Hodja pulled it out and again it stung his hand. Unable to restrain himself any longer, the friend cried out, “My Hodja! Why do you continue to save that wretched scorpion from drowning? Can’t you see that it is just going to sting you?”
“Yes I know it is going to sting me,” Nasruddin laughed. “Almighty Allah created scorpions to sting. But Allah created man with choice. And as for me, I choose to save.”
In the spring of 1982, Rifaat al Assad, brother of the president Hafez al Assad led Syrian police and military forces,complete with tanks,artillery and bulldozers on an attack on the city of Hama. Hama has frequently in the past been a center of dissention to the Baathist,Alawi government of hafez al Assad. It has been estimated that between 30,000 to 40,000 people died in what became known as the Hama massacre. Much of the old city was subsequently bulldozed out of existence. Today we see the Syrian government responding to democracy advocates with the same type of brutal measures. Bashar al Assad and his Baathist cronies seem intent on using military force to suMFress dissidents. Could the Hama massacre been repeated? That's well within the realm of possibility. many thought that Syria, because of its repressive government would escape the kind of revolution going on in much of Arab world. Yemen is cracking,Ali Abdullah Saleh,Yemen's president is now talking about leaving in 30 days(time to get the loot out?) but many want him out now. Libya is in stalemate,with EU and US aid not quite doing the job it set out to do.They are walking a tightrope, trying to minimize civilian casualties and limit involvement. Mission creep seems to be setting in with the US now aMFroving Predator drones.How will the world respond to Syria? certainly not the way they responded to Libya. Why? Are the Assads less monsters than Qaddafi? No, Syria just doesn't seem to have the one quality that aMFeals to the west. Oil. After all its just all about oil,afterall.
I should have started this when I had an abundance of Shisha.
Today I'm smoking Rose and pretty much, It's an OK smoke.
I love the exquisite taste that left me surprised and the smell that left my room smelling great.
It's a very smooth smoke but would not smoke by itself. It would be great mixed with something, maybe clove?
1 can 9 Lives Tuna
1 can Campbells Cream of Mushroom ( whoops cant afford, pick mushrooms in your yard instead)
1 lb egg noodles(unfortunately 9 lives does not make noodles, visit Big Lots and buy quanitity, you're going to be eating alot of this shit)
1 cup milk(oh too expensive use water)
1 can peas( preferably store brand)
1 cup bread crumbs( old stale bread is sometimes available at Salvation Army Thrift stores)
Cook noodles as directed
Combine with above ingredients,place,except bread crumbs.Arrange is oven proof casserole(old paint roller trays work well) and bake at 345 degrees for 20 minutes, remove, top with breadcrumbs and place back in oven until golden brown. Serve with water or koolaid and stale bread. If you say grace, you may want to add a prayer to your god that mushrooms you picked were not poisonous and that you have plenty of old newpapers or paper bags to wipe your ass when the diarrhea hits you at 3 AM
Enjoy your prosperity,John Boehner does.
We are a manufacturer of tablet pc from China, we have mainly 7",8" and 10" tablet pc. We can make OEM products. Well i strongly recommend 10" tablet pc. as it share the same hardware with Ipad, just Android 2.2 OS. if anyone who would like to make your brand, i think you can contact me and it will be a great choice for you.
i have invented a new way to light my hookah, by using the Hookah Torch.
the Hookah Torch uses Butane , it burns clean, i can actually taste the flavor of the tobacco i am smoking , and i dont have to worry about the Carbon monoxide the charcoal realeses.
i have been using it since december of last year and sold a few .
my hookah stays clean i dont worry about droMFing charcoal on the carpet, and burn holes in it.
if you have a brand new hookah, and you use the Hookah Torch you wouldnt even have to clean the hose as often as you do when you use charcoal.
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At a Sufi shrine in Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gate of the shrine killing 41 people. These radical extremist Islamists find the joyful celebration of Sufism as,in their opinion, contrary to their interpretation of Qu'ran,Sharia and Hadith.So they blow their co religionists up. In Mazar I Sharif and Kandahar in Afghanistan,politically motivated mullahs reacted to an obscure Florida pastor who burned a Qu'ran. They killed UN employees,not the pastor,innocent people who had nothing to do with the event. These are the tactics of the Taliban. We look at these radicals and cringe in horror,yet we have their brothers right here in America. I don't mean radical Imams or al Qaeda sleeper cells. I am talking about that Qu'ran burning pastor and his flock. I am talking about the Westboro Baptist church, who disrupt the funerals of brave soldiers to protest their hatred for homosexuality.Both Terry Jones and Fred Phelps are no different than the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan.Filled with a hatred that knows no reason, they harm innocents,dishonor heros and in Jones case,become,in my mind,not only accessories to murder but traitors to their country. I am a Marine Corps veteran and I notice many veterans belong to this forum. Politics aside,how can we justify this kind of disrespect to our brave troops.I served 26 months in combat, some of you have done Afganistan and Iraq,multiple tours. You know the horror of war,you know the courage of our military men.I am no fan of militant Islam,yet I know that these idiots don't represent all of Islam. No one here in America would condemn the Christian faith because of the actions of two very misguided pastors. A few years back, there was an overused phrase,"What would Jesus do?" Jesus was all about love, not hatred and death. There is much in the Qu'ran that condemns the kind of action taken by these extremist mullahs.It is not the way of the Prophet,either.So in all this hate, I see that these pastors and mullahs are fellow travellers, men whose hatred of themselves and others have warped the very religions they claim to defend into an insane ballet of intolerance and hate. The Taliban and the American Taliban, one in the same.
We have all watched thew courageous Free Libyan Army make war on Qaddafi. It makes one wonder:
What percentage of ammunition is expended by firing in the air as compared to the percentage fired at Qaddafi troops?
What percentage of rebel casualties are caused by bullet that were fired into the air, returning to earth?
While i would like to see the rebels oust Qaddafi and set up a democratic regime, I cannot help thinking that the rebel army looks very much like a group of Western Virginia bear hunters, driving their battered pickup trucks down the road to a central location and parking enmass to begin the hunt.(bears are hunted up here with dogs, which requires little of the brave and stalwart hunter other than sitting in his heated pick up and drinking coffee with moonshine.
I am currently reading "The Mughal World" by Abraham Eraly and I came across this quote. The author was making the point that in the 16th and 17th century there was no sense of nationalism in what is now India.. He further states "The people had no loyalty to there rulers, and the rulers had no regard for their subjects,the people were prey, the rulers were predators." Whats different in America today?Only that the people have no loyalty to their rulers. We are still prey, they are still predators. However adroit use of modern media has allowed the predators to create a false image of the rulers as heirs to the "noble values" of the founding fathers and to channel the minds of the masses away from the great thefts taking place thru the use of division,racism and hatred. We are more worried about an invasion of Muslim backed and trained Mexican communist hordes(Glenn Beck's analogy, not mine) that the fact that our banks and investment houses are nothing more than dispensers of chips for use in the great casino called Wall st. Wouldn't it be nice to go to Vegas with someone elses money. Wouldn't it be nice even to lose that money and have the government give it back to you as bailout, while you, the original owner of that capital gets left out. The Arab world is waking up, it seems that citizens of Great Britain are waking up, can America be far behind? Or are we going to contniue to believe the lies of Beck,Limbaugh,and Republicans and immerse ourselves in the hatred and racism and patiently await the imminent return of the baby Jesus, bearing his sword to establish the kingdom of god.Thats as unrealistic as Muslim martyrdom fantasies.
I lived in Japan in the 60's, learned the language fairly well and credit those wonderful people with easing my transition from 2 years of combat,physical and mental wounds than accompany that. I look today in horror at the devestation that has become northern Japan. Tears fall from my eyes,prayers from my lips. But I notice there is no large arena filled with forgotten poor,there is no looting, there is no part of the nation refusing to accomodate the homeless. No,this not Katrina, actually it is far worse,but food is getting to people as is medical aid and the army. Even U.S. troops. the amazing thing is U.S.troops got to aid victims in Japan quicker than they did in Katrina. Plus the Japanese had a plan, everyone rehearsed it,they built for it and thousands and thousands of lives were saved by this preparation. Imagine this haMFening on the California coast. America would be paralyzed, we have no plan. Asa Katrina proved FEMA is a joke and I doubt if we learned anything either. What with massive budget cuts in domestic programs, there may well be nothing left of FEMA. Ah but foreign aid flows and weapons systems are delivered overseas. Sad