Tuesday, October 11, 2011


The viagra commercial proudly proclaims, "In case of an erection lasting 4 hours or more, seek immediate medical help." EXACTLY WRONG. DO NO SUCH THING. Instead, call the classifieds and publish an AD under "Services rendered. Exhaustion guaranteed." Just before the medication wears off, (bummer!) call a taxidermist.

"Don't blame Wall Street. Don't blame the banks. If you don't have a job, blame yourself." Such was the ranting of Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain against the Wall Street protesters. The arrogance of the man! Heaven forbid, he should have any sympathy for those fired from their jobs by wealthy and powerful corporations under the misnomer of "cost-cutting" as opposed to "profit-increasing."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) referred to the activists as a "mob which has pitted Americans against Americans.", a description much more accurately referencing the Tea Party, whose cause Cantor embraces. Stop the world. I wanna get off.

 The "bailout" of 2008 was, in fact, an infusion of billions of dollars into the country's leading banks. The plan's expectations called for lending to the public so as to ease credit and restore confidence. The Treasury was on its knees, desperate to avoid a total collapse of the financial system which would trigger another Great Depression, or worse. The banks, realizing and taking advantage of their bargaining power, refused any attached strings which would regulate what they did with the dough, such as reducing yearly bonuses to CEO's. Today, they continue to impose usage costs on customers. Bank of America plans to charge a $5 monthly fee for use of its debit cards in making purchases. Having to pay for access to your own money! A fee too far.

In the original movie "Rollerball", starring James Caan, the world was governed by international corporations. No governments. The population was compulsorily fed mood relaxers. There were no wars, no outbreaks of rage. The venting apparatus for all citizens was the ultra-violent world game of Rollerball where teams from each country played each other in contests to the death. The howling spectators were refrained by steel fences. Extremely futuristic, wouldn't you say? But then again, who would have thought that the old "Buck Rogers" movies, replete with men traveling into space, were actually portending things?

Figure this one out: Three traveling salesmen enter a motel, seeking to bed-down for the night. The clerk informs them that there is only one room available for thirty dollars. Each man pays ten. Subsequently, the clerk realizes that the room only costs twenty-five. He gives the bellhop five singles to refund the men. On the way to the room, the bellhop decides to keep two dollars for himself, and delivers three dollars to the men, one dollar to each guy. Now--originally--each man paid ten bucks, but he is now receiving one back. That means that each man wound up paying nine bucks. Three times nine is twenty-seven. Two taken by the bellhop is twenty-nine. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EXTRA BUCK?

There's a story making the rounds about an an alleged failed attempt, several years ago, by Mitt Romney to swim the English Channel. In explaining why he was unsuccessful, he claimed he had so much grease on his body that he kept slipping out of the water.

Two stoned jazz musicians were strolling at midnight. One, looking up at the sky and pointing at the full moon, asked, "Hey, man, what's that?"
The other replied,"Don't ask me, dude, I don't live around here."

Not so long ago, I suggested that the stagnation stand of the Tea Party, and its House Republican zombie-followers, in the debt ceiling debate, was an attempt to establish a minority-rules-the-majority way of political life which would be rejected by the American people. The Wall Street protesters, championing the rights of the middle class, are a reflection of that rejection. When you see them on T.V.,study them. It's like looking in a mirror.

Today's big news was the foiling of an Iranian plot to terrorize the U.S. with bullets and bombs. The intricate details of our military- intelligence network, to which we are not privy, are staggering in their effectiveness. The Obama administration is continuing and augmenting the Bush anti-terror policy. We know only what it is possible to disclose, and that's the way it should be. All intelligence agencies and  the military should be permanently saluted. And, don't look now, the credit begins at the White House.

I believe that our political times can best be compared to a pendulum. Slowly but surely, left to right and back again. Its timing is of the essence. Remember, it always makes its way over the center. Come the 2012 elections, that's where it shall be. The man whose course of conduct has been steady, consistent and reasonable, shall be at center stage at the right time. That's why President Obama shall be re-elected.

Things have a way of working out, in their own time.

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