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July
13
2011
8:09 am
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Sen. Barack Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006 –

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.  Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.  Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

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Question of the day: what’s the point of a debt LIMIT if it can just be raised each time the people who spend our money want to spend more?  Shouldn’t increasing the debt limit be put to a vote for all the taxpayers?  Isn’t it our money?

July
2
2011
9:04 am
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I received this as an email forward recently and thought it belonged here instead.

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.” The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.”  The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.”  The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.  The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut. 

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

January
12
2011
7:25 am
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Politics —

poli/poly – ancient Greek word meaning “many”
tics – blood-sucking creatures; parasites

(This is a continuation of the previous post, but a little shorter.)

I just got an email from Barack Obama* saying how bad Wall Street is, and that he’s not going to stop until the government does something about it.  He said that it “cannot wait” and people are getting rich while middle class struggle to pay their bills.  Then he asks you to stand with him against Wall Street.

I can only imagine what the government is going to do about it.  The same people who ran Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; the same people who run Social Security; the same people who run huge bureaucratic, lobbyist-driven, secretive, “no incentive for reduced costs” government organizations is now going to step in and take care of the free market.

So.  The government’s already in charge of oversight, investigations, and alleged wrong-doings throughout every industry in the nation.  Recently, the government has taken ownership or large stakes in all sorts of industries.  To my way of thinking, they’ve just gotten in the business, and now they have a lot of inconvenient competitors.  Competitors whom the government can oversee, investigate and allege wrong-doing.

When an entity can tax people to get its revenue, there is absolutely no incentive whatsoever for that entity to reduce costs.   Think about it – if you had unlimited funds, wouldn’t you spend more?   The people involved with government are incented, rather, to be “on the take.”  The officiating, dealings and back-door agreements are all tainted by financial and political greed, and that’s on both sides of the political aisle.

It is by capitalistic principles that the system is self-balancing, and everyone becomes truly equal.  In fact, I don’t understand why minorities (women, blacks, gay, immigrants, whatever the grouping) don’t embrace Capitalism more.  Who loves you more than Capitalism?  Who else gives you unlimited potential, constrained only by your own ability, drive and value to others?  Politicians promise you things so you think *they* love you.

Capitalism, on the other hand, has always delivered on its promises, and doesn’t give a darn what your color is.  Capitalism is the closest economic system to nature as you can find, and you dash in a little compassion here, a little protection there, and bam, you’re done.  Equality.  Let Charity, Church and Goodwill take care of anyone else who can’t make it on their own.  You’ll find the recipients a lot better off, too – how grateful is the single mother waiting in line to get a check at a cold hard brick building where people are paid to distribute them free money?  Do you think she wants to change her habits?  Compare that to the mother who gets fed by loving volunteers who give from their own table and with their own hearts.  when people receive charity, their more likely to return the favor later, AND they feel incented to do so!

But instead of Capitalism, we now have a minuscule percentage of the people (about 500 out of 300,000,000) making lofty decisions, shuffling money, inserting laws, dictating what companies can pay their CEO’s, investigating this, legislating that, and tying up company’s resources unnecessarily.  And to what end, you may ask?  Control.  It all comes down to control.

The poem in my last post talked about how the government came and took certain kinds of neighbors, but the author sat by because it wasn’t directly affecting him at the time.

I submit a new version, updated for our current times:

THEY CAME FIRST for the rich,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised to redistribute some of it to me.

THEN THEY CAME for the Insurance Companies,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me lower premiums.

THEN THEY CAME for the Automobile Makers,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me a cheaper car.

THEN THEY CAME for the Banks,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me the bankers wouldn’t get rich any more.

THEN THEY CAME for the Health Care industry,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me free health care.

THEN THEY CAME for the Student Loans,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me I could get my loan easier.

THEN THEY CAME for the Wall Street Bankers,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me “my equitable share.”

THEN THEY CAME for me,
and by that time, I had no job, no car, no money, no credit, no doctor and no-one I could trust to speak up for me.

And everything I was promised never showed up.

Most of those stanzas happened in about a year, folks.  One. Year.

Yup, we got about 3 months left.

Real Change is coming.

* this is not about Obama.  It’s about all government who thinks they know what’s good for you better than you do, while they themselves are subject to the same temptations, corruption and greed as all humans.  Remember, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have” – Gerald Ford, 12 August 1974.

So, a massive fireball shoots across the sky and mysteriously explodes right before it would have hit the planet.

Also, volcano ash is stopping air travel in Europe

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A couple of earthquakes in the last week.

The Haiti disaster.

Swine Flu.

Tsunami.

Katrina.

And it’s Tax Day.

A few of you think I’m crazy, and I won’t stop until all of you do.

Read the rest of the entry for more of the same.

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I know some of you will think me too critical of the President, especially since he hasn’t even finished his first year in office.  But I will take a little time on ye Olde Blog of Whall to point out some things I think important enough to mention.

First off, this isn’t just a “he lied! look at him lying!” or typical partisan finger-pointing at politicians.  All politicians lie.  It’s inexcusable, but there hasn’t been one that I know of that can refute it.  Some lie more than others, perhaps, and others may be over-zealous in their accusations of “lie”.   For example, if they promise to work towards something, and it doesn’t happen, I don’t consider that a lie.

Actually, I want to point out how Obama told the truth. 

Back in 2007, Obama signed the Oath of Presidential Transparency indicating that if he’s elected, he’ll issue an executive order during his first month in office instructing the entire executive branch to put into practice the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, a Google-like search tool will allow you to see how your tax dollars are being spent on federal contracts, grants and earmarks. (here’s his signed oath).  That Act was signed into law by Bush but hadn’t been followed as much as it should.

As such, I could find no such Executive Order signed by Obama.  I did find an undated memo… looks like a press release, though.  Maybe that’s good enough.  There is one about Ethics and stuff, and it’s neat – it says appointees in Executive branch vow not to take gifts from Lobbyists, for example. 

All good stuff, but where’s the transparency?

Early on, Obama promised open government, and talks about policy being open.

This is awesome stuff, but where’s the transparency?

Then there was the whole promise of Health Care Reform Legislation and talks all being out in the open, with hearings broadcast on C-Span, talks available on the Internet, and definitely, whatever may come, definitely NOT behind closed doors.

It all sounds great, but where’s the transparency?

Obama also promised that legislation would be put out on the Internet for at least 5 days for public review before being voted on, and then he later promised it would be out for 3 days, and there have been a few times where bills were voted on the day they were made available.  However, to be fair, I can’t fault Obama for this – he never should have made that promise, because he can’t be held accountable.  It’s not his decision to call a vote or make legislation available.

Either way, it’s all very nice, but where’s the transparency?

I believe I finally found it.  It’s at the airport!

Thank you Obama for bringing transparency to us all!

I had mentioned that I’ll be mostly staying away from politics on my blog.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t have whallitics!

But first, a tip of the hat to Dawg for introducing me to Toonlet.  I decided to take this mornings political tweetfest between Dave2 and I and make it fun, enlightening, and easy to read, even for kids!

I figure it’s like this – Dave2 can draw.  Like, awesome-like.  It’s like he’s an artist or something.  So I have to use technology to even the field.  It actually comes out pretty fair – he has the artistic talent, and I have the brains.

(yes, I know it’s hard to read when it’s resized to fit my blog – so click on it to read it in it’s glory.  In fact, you can just click on the first one to launch the clip in another browser, and just click on the arrow on the right to go to the next frames)

Ain’t nobody can argue with “So’s your face.”

April
3
2009
9:30 am
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I’ll tell you who.

I uttered recently about this topic.  Go and have a listen, I’ll wait

Whoa, back already?  That was fast.  Heyyyyy, wait a second.  Did you even listen to it?  What do you mean, you’re busy?  Yeah yeah, we’re all busy.

Well, since you’re “too busy” to go listen to my melodic voice drone on about “whatever,” I’ll summarize here for you: some truancy judge down in the valley gave parents of truant students the option of paying the normal $500 fine or publicly paddling their kid right there in court.  I applaud this move.  Of course, that judge is in a heap of trouble.  Stupid whiners.  And then, in the utter, I extended the idea of using paddling to punish Congress.  THEY need some paddling.

CONGRESS NEEDS SOME PADDLING

And the paddling?  Needs to be PUBLIC.  I don’t mean just youtube public.  I mean 24×7, in-your-face, round-the-clock flogging and corporal punishment of our fearless leaders when they do stupid things.

I hereby launch C-SPANK:

When a politician signs a bill without reading it?  They get spanked, and YOU can see it on C-SPANK.

How about when a politician puts in pork spending, rewarding himself?  Spanktacular viewing, methinks!

This isn’t your father’s spankavision.  This is LIVE and uncut!  Realtime feeds of the people YOU elected into office to represent your needs while preserving and protecting the nation’s interests.  These officials, who voluntarily leave very lucrative professions as lawyers and highly paid businessmen to take these public positions that pay a fraction of what they used to make, should be held to a higher standard.

And that higher standard is a big fat paddle.

On second and third offenses, they get the paddle with air holes.

HA! You thought I was gonna be all political and stuff today, likely in response to a few recent stimuli, like the Federal Nationwide Gun Registration Bill that Obama will surely let sail through, or Obama’s first Press Conference where he actually admitted “I am the Eternal” (I frequently find the first four words of a sentence tell enough of the story, don’t you?).

Oh, no.  You won’t see ME stoop to such tactics to get in cheap shots or jabs.  I’m not going to mention any of it!  I made myself a promise not to be so political on ye olde blog of whall and by gum, I’m gonna keep it!  I’ll keep my political voicings to my twitter account and the occasional redirective comment here or there.  

Tonight, I get to see my all-time favorite band YES in concert in Dallas, TX at the House of Blues:

YES.  YES.  YES.

And the best part of it is — I get to do the Meet and Greet!  I actually get to go to a little after-show party, spend a little quality time with the band, meet them, and get a photo taken with them!  This is almost a dream come true!

The only “meh” part of the whole deal is that Jon Anderson is not touring with them at this time due to health reasons.  Jon – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your recovery!  Your music has meant so much to me for much of my life.

Maybe Jon’s absence is what made the Meet and Greet package so affordable.  The guy in the middle is some singer from a YES tribute band.  And the young guy in the back right is Rick Wakeman’s son, Oliver Wakeman.  So, while it’s not the ideal YES tour (Union and ABWH came very close to that), I’ll take what I can get before we all get too old to do anything about it.

Because I’m steering so clear of the political bent, I won’t even mention that some of the group performed on the Mike Huckabee show on FOX.  

What a dream come true for that tribute band guy, eh?  I mean, I sing along with every single YES song there is, on every single album ever released.  I can even hit all the notes.  But if *I* were in a tribute band, and *I* was picked to go on tour with the ACTUAL BAND… man.  What a rush.

I can’t wait for tonight.  I hope everything goes well because today I heard that last night’s show in Houston was postponed due to a medical emergency.

So, enough about me and YES.  What do YOU think of me and YES?

Update: MAJOR BUMMER: I just got an email from TicketMaster:

Hello, this is Ticketmaster Customer Service with an important alert for your upcoming event. Yes scheduled at House of Blues Dallas on Tuesday February 10, 2009, at 7:00pm, has been postponed. The new date is to be announced.

I was just gonna get in the car to drive up to Dallas, too.  I guess that’s a good thing… I mean, I’d rather know before I head out, but still.  As I tweeted, I’m crying Tears of Topographic Oceans.

February
6
2009
11:27 am
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There are so many Birthday wishes going on in the Blogosphere every month… I thought I’d send out the one I’ve been thinking about recently.

Happy Birthday, Mr President.

I thank you for your service and dedication to our country.  I thank you for your steadfast courage and unwavering integrity in the face of your toughest critics.  I thank you for the inspiration you provided young adults like myself and the example you set for the world.  I thank you for your strength and your compassion.

Above all, I thank you for the freedom we now enjoy and take for granted.

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