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15Mar/111

Another View

Posted by Nate

Here is the E-mail that I got a couple of days ego. I personally did not want to respond but one of the Authors suggested for me to actually post this. So comments are welcome.

"Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce.  I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.  Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all,  so let's just end it on friendly terms.  We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:  Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass, each taking a similar portion.  That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement.  After that, it should be relatively easy!  Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.  You are welcome to the liberal judges and  the ACLU.  Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.  We'll take the nasty, smelly oil  industry and you can go with wind, solar and bio-diesel.  You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell.  You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.  We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations,  pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.  You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.  We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks.  We'll keep the Bibles and give you CBS, NBC and Hollywood.  You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.  You can have the peaceniks and war protesters.  When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.

We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.  You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain.  You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.  We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars.  You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.  You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors.  We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.   We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the  Republic" and "The National Anthem."  I'm sure  you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd  Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kumbya" or  "We Are the World"...
We'll practice trickle down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.
Since it so often offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.

Would you agree to this?  If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and, if you do not agree, just hit delete.  In the  spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you answer which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

Sincerely,

John  J. Wall, Law Student and an American

P.  S.  Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Barbra Streisand, Alec Baldwin & Jane Fonda with you.
P. S. S.  And you won't have to press 1 for English when you call our country."

24Jan/117

We are busy.

Posted by Nate

Busy

Rushing where?

The truth is incontrovertible,
malice may attack it,
ignorance may deride it,
but in the end; there it is.
Winston Churchill

Work. Home. Kids. Parents. TV. Games. Social Events.
I wish there would be a mandatory time-out – one hour every day for all the adults.
No TV. No work. No driving. – just stop, think.
What is it all about?
What are you doing in life?
What is really important?
What would you really like to do with your life?
Think about the future, the present, the past.
Where are we going as a Nation? As Humanity?
Stop pretending that everything around you will be just fine. The world around us is always in motion, always changing. Regardless whether we admit it or not.
What is really important?
What do we need to do to make it a better world for us and our children?
We need to understand that if we stay busy with our daily little routine the world is still changing and one day you will face the changed world that may not be friendly to you.
People sometimes remind me of the ant's colony – every ant is very busy doing what it has been doing for the whole life, no ant has time to look up to see the coming tsunami.
My dear Ants.
We are at the cross roads of history. The silent busy majority please look up, the tsunami is coming.
It may not be too late. Please find time to act.
If you are disappointed in Democrats – fine, please vote not for but against:
Against the hate, intolerance and bigotry.
Against stupidity, grid, homophobia and xenophobia.
Against mediocrity and incompetence.
Against complacency and inaction.
Vote against plutocracy.
Vote against the global grid of corporations
Against demagogues who incite mass hysteria.
Please find time to build the future for your kids.
The future is not cast in stone, the future is to be built by you.
Nathan
22Jan/111

The reasons of current turmoil in the world.

Posted by Nate

Who we are and what we do. Are you happy?

daily grind

Are you happy?

To my fellow Americans and to the rest members of our “advanced” civilization

We drive our cars to work. We work a lot doing important things, like designing new line of clothing or new cereal. Our industries are furiously producing more stuff that is absolutely needed to produce even more stuff. We are flying all over the planet to important meetings, deciding how to make more stuff.
We are busy in this life, very busy.
Doing what?
Trying to accomplish what?
Can we pause for a moment, and try to feel what we really want?
Are we happy?
We work to “make a living”. What living?
Are we happy?
Do we live to work? Why do most of us separate life and work? What is “working”? Is working – life? Is that what life meant to be?
Are we happy?
Our beautiful planet. Our only home. We are busy destroying it. Why?
Will we ever learn to live? To live and let live?
We enjoy our only home, the nature 2 -4 weeks a year. So we work 50 weeks on destroying our planet and for 2 weeks are enjoying what we did not destroy yet.
Are we happy?

our way of life

Breathe!

I saw the movie Avatar. What a great fantasy! A non-technological civilization, intelligent creatures that live in harmony with nature. No, they are nature, inseparable from the planet, part of the living planet.

Are they happy?
Do we know more about life then they do?
I wonder what would happen to American Indians, to their civilization, if we would not destroy them and their world.
What would happen to African civilization if Europeans never invaded?
Why are we so bent on destruction?
Why are we so sure that our way of life is the only way of life?
How are we learning about the world around us?
We came from animals, we are on the top of the food chain. We are superior to any other creature on this planet. Right? The planet is ours to destroy!
So why don't we feel the coming tsunami or the earth quake like animals do?
A good part of our knowledge, of out technology is applied toward the better way to kill each other. Does that seems natural?
Are we happy?
I do not have all the answers, I just have questions. May be it is a good start.
   

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