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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

The first part of the blog title is an example of Anguish Languish.  That’s the process of writing a word, phrase or even an entire Fairy Tale using completely different real words that phonetically sound like the original word.  For example, “English Language” becomes “Anguish Languish”.  “Little Red Riding Hood” becomes “Ladle Rat Rotten Hut”.  Say it out loud and you can kind of hear what is meant.

Here’s one of my more favoritest examples from Ladle Rat Rotten Hut:

“Wail, wail, wail!” set disk wicket woof, “Evanescent Ladle Rat Rotten Hut! Wares are putty ladle gull goring wizard ladle basking?”

The use of the word “Evanescent” for “if it isn’t” is simply genius.

The title of this blog post, “Copyrights Infringement,” is a double-pun because there’s a phrase there – a cop writes an email in an out-of-the-way mint.  While kind of nonsensical, it is a real sentence. 

Being that I can never stop a theme, I present to you two examples of potential copyright infringement. 

The first is the most obvious, the example being if I were to include a Pearls Before Swine comic panel here representing A) my all-time favorite comic strip and B) a not-so-lighthearted political view that’s gaining additional merit each passing day.

True.  Oh, so true. 

But anyway, I know I can go to Comics.com and view this particular comic strip online.  They have ads online and attempt to make money while people look at the comics. I respect that and support it (maybe a little too frequently based on my wallet size recently).  Also, I can “send comic to a friend” which will email someone a link to this particular comic because it made me laugh/think/angry.

However, the problem is that the link is only good for 2 weeks.  What I want to do is embed this comic INTO my blog post so that when someone reads my blog post, they can read the comic.  But I *also* want to respect their capitalism.  I want Stephan Pastis, genius that he is, rich.

So it seems to me that it would be in comics.com best interest to give me the ability to embed their comic, a la youtube or the daily memes/quizzes so that I can put the comic out there, but Comics.com gets a built-in plug.

The second example is something forwarded to me by email, called “The 545 People Responsible For All of America’s Woes” by Charley Reese, a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper.  I’m not sure if it’s copyright infringement if I’m saying “this is who wrote it, and this is where I got it.”  I’ll take my chances because, man, this text says SO MUCH.  It’s not Republican; it’s not Democrat. It’s American.

I’m putting that text in the extended entry to help save my front page.  The items that are no longer current, such as the name of the Speaker, the President and the number of people in the country are [italicized in brackets.]

THE 545 PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE
FOR ALL OF AMERICA’S WOES

BY CHARLEY REESE

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices – 545 human beings out of the 300 [235] million – are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I excluded all but the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislation’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

A CONFIDENCE CONSPIRACY

Don’t you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker [Tip O’Neill], who stood up and criticized the president [Ronald Reagan] for creating deficits.

The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.

Nancy Pelosi [O’neill] is the speaker of the House. She is the leader of the majority party.  She and her fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetos it, they can pass it over his veto.

REPLACE SCOUNDRELS

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 [235] million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Iraq [Lebanon], it’s because they want them in Iraq [Lebanon].

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

This article was taken from the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper.

[whall: Man, I’m about to get all teary eyed!]

And lo, the people did comment thus:

15 Comments

  1. Nobody™ says:

    Brilliant, thanks for sharing this with us Whall!

  2. Avitable says:

    That’s why I always liked that Tom Clancy book where Jack Ryan becomes President.

    Avitable´s last blog post..Superhero

  3. Miss Britt says:

    And what’s the answer?

    I think that a lot of politicians – most even – get INTO politics with the best of intentions. They don’t do it because they want the perks, they do it because they believe their ideas are important and will make a difference.

    And then they find out that they can’t GET into office without winning an election. They can’t implement all those ideas they believed in unless they are in office.

    And then they find out they can’t win a freaking election without money. Lots and lots of money.

    And it’s allll down hill from there.

    What we need is a way to eliminate the need for elections to cost so damn much. And with access to the media being what it is – elections SHOULDN’T have to cost a damn dime.

    Miss Britt´s last blog post..Debating: Road Trips and Medical Ethics

  4. Dave2 says:

    Loves me the “Pearls Before Swine”… it’s probably my favorite strip after the departed “Calvin and Hobbes.”

    Dave2´s last blog post..Bullet Sunday 99

  5. Evil Genius says:

    Pearls Before Swine and Savage Chickens are the best comics EVAH!

    Thanks for sharing this, btw. Awesome!

    Evil Genius´s last blog post..I’m the New Meth

  6. Sybil Law says:

    That article just hots the mark, and it’s completely true. I’ve had that same amazement and disgust for years.
    I hate politicians.
    Also, the comic rocks. 🙂

    Sybil Law´s last blog post..Lovey Munsters

  7. martymankins says:

    In all honesty, I’ve never heard of that comic strip. Will have to visit it now in the future. Anything after Calvin and Hobbes has left me comic-less. I still read some comics here and there (Penny Arcade is one I like a lot, and The Modern World is another one I like to read.

    Anyway, off the subject…. back to the post at hand. That article actually made sense and was a good read.

    martymankins´s last blog post..Scooter Sunday #24

  8. Cap says:

    “Scoundrels” is the only word for them, except a 4 syllable one that would get my comment deleted. 🙂
    The problem is we keep voting for them, choosing the evil we know over the evil we’re not familiar with. And they have no term limits.
    Love the comic!

    Cap´s last blog post..41 is the new 55 (or older)

  9. Smart men are so hot! 😉

  10. Faiqa says:

    My understanding of copyright as it applies to academic work and general literature is “as long as you cite, you’re alright.” OMG, I totally just made that rhyme up. But, I don’t know if a blog fits into that category, though, I think you are pretty academic sometimes <–compliment. Anyway, regarding the last article, it’s astounding how many people don’t realize the truth that Congress approves the budget.

    Faiqa´s last blog post..For the Love of All Things Holy, Are You Serious?!

  11. whall says:

    Nobody,I particularly liked your two most recent photos about Democrats and Republicans.

    Avi, what, does he kill everyone in Congress?

    Miss Britt, You are right on those challenges. From what I understand, our founding fathers were part-time politicians. They had businesses. Farms. Families. Politics was a part-time job that they did out of love for their country and insistence on the inalienable right of freedom. I keep dreaming of a system where most of the government is filled with REAL people, not just people elected by real people. Instead of 545 full-time politicians, I’d actually rather just a few invisible people behind the scenes control everything with a full-time job. Cloak and Dagger stuff. At least with newbies flowing in and out, learning this, exposing that, it’d be HARDER to get fleeced.

    I mean, can you IMAGINE the blog posts you’d have, Miss Britt, if you actually were a Senator for a year? The things you’d learn? The things you’d expose?

    Being a politician should be like jury duty – any citizen can do it, NAY, has a DUTY to do it.

    Dave, definitely a favorite. probably THE favorite.

    Evil Genius, I knew you were evil, but I guess you’re genius, too!

    Sybil Law, I can’t wait until we graduate from well-written essays to well-behaved politicians.

    martymankins, I really think you’d like that comic a lot. I hereby promise if we ever meet up at a Dave event, I’ll give you a PbS book!

    Cap, you know, “term limits” will probably be banned as a word from the language if we let them continue like they do.

    BlondeBlogger, I know! RAT IS AWESOME IN THAT STRIP!

    Faiqa, are you working for OJ?

  12. Avitable says:

    Yeah, Ryan is the National Security Adviser, and enough people are killed in an attack that he is next in line. I think the book is “Sum of All Fears”.

    Avitable´s last blog post..Porn or not? You decide. (SFW)

  13. Ren says:

    Actually, the book is Debt of Honor.

    Ren´s last blog post..Credit Crisis Is Good

  14. Avitable says:

    Yeah, you’re right.

    Avitable´s last blog post..Porn or not? You decide. (SFW)

  15. marilyn says:

    We can solve both problems by periodically shooting all the politicians.

    marilyn´s last blog post..Title Shmitle!

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