Born to Die for Our Sins


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Golgotha

Golgotha 1520 – 1521

Cathedral, Cremona, Italy
Painting, Fresco

THE SIXTH WORD

 When Jesus had received the wine, he said,

“It is finished”;

and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit. Gospel of John 19:30


‘THE MAN'[sic]…


SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY!

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Hopefully this is just an alternate future.
“You think I won’t shoot you? Just sit down now.
Of course I would. I’m looking for an excuse anyhow.
You’re the reason we buried my youngest last week.
Treatment was unaffordable thanks to the power you seek.
“Such an innocuous change, the one that started the chain.
Who would have thought it would cause all this pain?
The economy was in trouble, that we all could agree.
When you came up with your plan that was all we could see.
Elimination of income tax for those that voluntarily chose
to spend a minimum percentage of income, and only those.
The idea was that you’d make some back on corporation tax and VAT
and drive economies of scale for native companies at that.
You sold it to the nation with your persuasive cry
‘It is your patriotic duty to buy buy buy!’
“But too few people took an interest in your scheme
so the next step was to hike income tax it would seem.
Then you made it compulsory. Income tax was abolished.
The announcement of mounting VAT was given its usual polish.
Politicians were exempt of course. Demands on your time are too high.
Too busy telling us ‘It’s your patriotic duty to buy buy buy!’
“People found ways around this. They sold to each other.
To their friends and families, to their sister, their brother.
And the government it seemed was happy with this for a while.
They still got their VAT so the tax man still wore a smile.
While for our wallets’ sake we hoped there would be no more attacks
you eventually saw the opportunity to make more from corporation tax.
So from minimum percent spent it went to maximum share saved.
Of course for you busy politicians the requirements were still waived.
You ignored the public uproar. Nobody believed your cry
‘It is your patriotic duty to continue to buy buy buy!’
“And after all of this you lousy churl, it still wasn’t enough.
You put a flat limit on savings to make us buy even more stuff.
It didn’t take long of course before it was cut, and cut again.
No doubt you would cut it again. It’s just a question of when.
It’s gone far too far. I’m not letting you have your own way.
You may have made yourself exempt but now you are going to pay.
You’ve caused so many so much pain and that is the reason why
it is my patriotic duty to say to you – bye bye bye!”
©Adam Rulli-Gibbs 2003 – 2006
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AMERICA NEEDS 2ND REVOLUTION, IMHO…


A SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION

By

GoodOleWoody

 

Our burgeoning empire began in 1776.  We have been a marvel in economic success, innovations in manufacturing and medicine and military prowess.  The world is in crisis and we are affected like other countries.  We remain as “top dog,” but our position is eroding.  While respecting and protecting the elderly and infirm, we need to reform many areas of the American government.  We need a second American revolution. This time our weapons will not be guns but new ways of living and doing business.  We must have the wisdom of history to avoid our empire falling like the Roman Empire.  We look to our President and to The Congress. My innocent musings on our future bring me to suggest the following:

  • Congress must examine its traditions and rules and re-invent the Legislative Branch of our government and bring it into the 21st Century. No more only coming to the floor to vote but rarely being present for the daily debates, etc.  Congress must invent new ways to negotiate legislation without discussion and negotiation turning to rancor.
  • The President of the United States should–at times–delay personal style and act with great power and influence to make sure such statements as “Change We Can Believe In” are undeniably true and abundant.  A President must use the power of the Executive Branch judiciously, but, must always project an image of strength as a political leader and The Commander-in-Chief. However, our President must not be a ‘bull in the china shop of global politics.’
  • The Supreme Court must reclaim the respect of the American people as an arbiter of justice that is above politics.  The decision, Citizens United, must be reversed. If let to stand politics will veer to the extreme right and seal our doom. Justices must go back to being political-party-neutral like in the olden days. The Supreme Court at times must make law in some instances that history has shown to be a legal assumption of the power of The Judicial Branch. A rarity.
  • Our economy must be allowed to grow in natural ways.  Business must be allowed to try new and sometimes risky ways of doing business.  However, the government must be there to regulate and root out corruption.  All large corporations must self-audit to their published business practices. Viable small business must be nurtured and provided with start-up capital loans or grants.
  • Our military must accept that gay soldiers, sailors and marines uphold the Code of Military Conduct supreme in their lives.  There should be no discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military.  Our generals and admirals should investigate how other countries have been successful in mingling straight and gay personnel.
  • Congress must finally throw off the shackles of influence peddlers, donors and campaign finance as we know it.  We must have political reform with public financing. Nothing gets done in Congress (a perception) because of gridlock that goes on and on. While we elect Congress locally, once in Congress, their first priority is to the welfare of the nation, then constituents back home.
  • Our nation’s school boards must go back to teaching civics in school which prepares us to be responsible citizens who have options and vote accordingly.
  • Parents must accept that some of our children are having sex in grade school.  They need their parents to teach them about sex, responsibility, biology and relationships. They should discuss sexually transmitted diseases and provide condoms to the sexually active.  If parents are too shy for these conversations, they must go to their school boards and insist upon unfettered sex education in our schools…again. Governments must provide for unwed teenage mothers giving them the education and chances for employment which are needed for success.
  • While the experiment with providing homes for the poor failed due to corruption, we must always provide decent public housing.
  • There should be a central database for all medical providers with software capable of ferreting out duplicate and unnecessary procedures.  The opinion of the doctor should hold great sway.
  • Medicaid should be funded to provide better for the poor elderly: Medical services and energy assistance.
  • School bullying should be dealt with harshly.
  • Gays should be allowed to marry and adopt children. Americans in a relationship with a foreigner should be allowed to sponsor their partner for citizenship.
  • The federal government should have a high-profile on hate crimes and their prosecution.
  • We must provide the Head Start program and fund education of Public Broadcasting.  If the little ones don’t get a base on which to add new education, they will not succeed in life and business.
  • The federal government should attempt to solve our obesity problem which begins in childhood for some. Perhaps nutrition classes would help.
  • The federal government should be more transparent on AIDS, cancer and stem cell research.  Are we making any progress?
  • Poor children should have access to educational and social technology.
  • Somehow we must find the money to build new prisons.  We have the highest percentage of people incarcerated in the world.  Our prisons are deplorable. Do you watch “Lockup” on TV?
  • We must solve the money problems in our air travel, and one day build a high rail train system.
  • We must talking and talking about alternate energy and create those industries.  The Congress must offer large tax cuts to get this business going to ween us off fossil fuel.

No, I offer no solutions. I observe and report. As individual citizens we must step up our participation in developing our future.  The President and the Congress have the power to establish a future consistent with being in the 21stCentury. We all have the responsibility push those we elect to represent us. God bless us all!

...in Jesus Name

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Happy Birthday, Dylan!


Dylan Ratigan
Born April 19, 1972

MSNBC ANCHOR

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OBAMA 2012: FROM SEA TO SHINING SEAS


KEEP THE OBAMAs IN THE WHITE HOUSE

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Last Crusade: Trump has chosen poorly…


A Birth-er Chooses the Gold Cup, an Unwise Choice

Mr. Trump, when you first talked of presidential politics, you spoke with great passion about how China treats our country in business.  I saw a hero in the making.  Then you drank some bad Kool-Aid and began talking about and identifying with the birth-ers. 😦  Why? You had such promise. Before you came along Sarah Palin said that the birth-ers were “a distraction.”  Your celebrity is helping you score points in opinion polls of tea party voters.  But, you are still a distraction.  Since talking candidly about China’s opinion of us and how you–as President–would deal with them, you have discussed nothing substantive. You depend on calling on President Obama to show you his birth certificate.  You say you have detectives in Hawaii making shocking discoveries about this matter.  In the meantime you spout all of the conspiracies that make up the birth-er movement(?)  All of the conspiracies and statements have been debunked for years. If you were to run for President, your campaign would be lean on the issues but well-financed. But, I wonder who would give money to man who is so rich… as you keep telling us.  You do realize that if you run, all your past legal and financial “issues” will be dragged through the mud. IMHO, in deciding to be a birth-er, you have chosen poorly. [HINT: Christ wouldn’t have had a gold wine cup.] [Being so “smart,”  you may have known this.] 🙂

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IT HAS TAKEN ME AWHILE, BUT, NOW CAN LAUGH AT THIS:

ODD. A WHITE CONGRESSMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WHO FOUGHT FOR BLACK SLAVERY INSULTS OUR FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE AND THEN SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTS AN INDIAN-AMERICAN FOR GOVERNOR. AH, THE NEW SOUTH(?) YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!

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WAR!@! WAR!@! BRING THE BOYS/GIRLS HOME!


WE HAVE BEEN AT WAR FOR OVER A DECADE AND THE WORLD IS NOT A BETTER PLACE.  IRAQ? AFGHANISTAN? (PAKISTAN)? (YEMEN)?

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RAISE TAXES ON THE RICH…NOW!


Thursday, 4/14/11

I just saw a chart on “MorningJoe” that said:

2011 Budget Breakdown

$352 Million – CBO Estimate

PAUL RYAN, GOP BUDGET CHAIR, YOU OWE US AN EXPLANATION!

$38 Billion – Original Estimate

 

THIS IS A BIG BATH TUB!


We are paying $4/gal. at the gas pump and prices are rising at the grocery store.  Wages remain stagnant.  Taxes are relentless!  Wallets are empty. 😦  How are we to survive?  We work hard for our money but it just not enough to pay our country’s bills.  We pay our fair share in taxes.  Whenever The Congress needs to reform government, it is on our backs! Eric Cantor and John Boehner said, before the compromise meetings begin: “We don’t have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem.”  This leads me to ask, “If we don’t have a revenue problem, why are we borrowing money from China and other countries to pay our bills? WHY CAN’T WE PAY FOR THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN OUT OF OUR REVENUE? Why did we have to cut back on our food stamp program?  Why do you republicans want to cut back on heating assistance to the poor…if we don’t have a revenue problem?  JUST WHO DO YOU REPRESENT, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. GOPLeader?”  Republican power brokers gave us George W. Bush as President and he led our country into a financial ditch!

As we speak, corporate CEOs, big oil companies, Wall Street banks, defense contractors and every other special interest you can think of is trying to buy access to and influence over our elected officials. They want to drown our the voices of everyday citizens like you and me.

We need to come together and stop this hostile takeover.

Become a Common Cause member today and join the fight to Take Back Our Democracy.

 

Republicans, Poor People Vote, Too!

Well, enough is enough! WE MUST HAVE “SHARED SACRIFICE!” Congress must raise taxes on the rich.  They got a windfall tax cut in the last Congress without deserving it.  Those days must end.  The rich can easily afford to pay more than their current share of taxes.  Serious members of The Congress must do away with the loopholes and subsidies which allow rich people and corporations to pay little in taxes or avoid taxes entirely! You remember the indignity of GE when we learned that they paid NO TAXES IN 2010.

Eye Candy - Not a Real Oil Rig Worker 🙂

The corporations that sell us oil are the most profitable in the US. And, yet, republicans want us to continue giving them subsidies. Does Exxon/Mobil really need government welfare? We on Social Security have not had a cost-of-living increase in two years, yet oil subsidies continue!

But, perhaps you don’t want to rock the boat(?)  Perhaps you want the rich to stay rich at your expense…literally(?)  I don’t think so.  While you sit there in a comfortable computer chair, take five minutes and fire off an email to the President and The Congress telling them YOU WANT RICH PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SHARED SACRIFICE! It is a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY!

 

THE RICH HAVE ABUSED THIS COUNTRY FOREVER!


 

 

 


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OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012

CAN GRANNY FIND HEALTHCARE WITH A COUPON?


 

 

WOULD YOU SEND YOUR SICK, OLD GRANNY OUT WITH A COUPON TO GET HEALTHCARE?

Seniors are no longer working because of their age and health.  Age saps one of physical strength and the force of will it takes to survive in this cruel world.  Most of us seniors cannot go from insurance company to insurance company looking at policies, weighing pros and cons and affordability.  This presupposes that any insurance company would give us the time of day what with our many health problems. They would wave us away with a flag that says “No Pre-Existing Conditions Allowed”. What senior doesn’t have high blood pressure or arthritis or high cholesterol or some cancers which may be in remission?  What insurance company would see a profit in insuring such seniors?

Homeless in America - Off the Grid

The proposed GOP changes to Medicare and Social Security would not go into full effect for 10 years and would not affect current recipients.  That’s no consolation to the multitudes of aging Americans coming behind us.  The cannot trust that the government will give them a social contract to provide for their retirement.  No matter how little they can save from each paycheck, younger workers must have retirement investments (with little risk) to protect them from ending up sick and homeless. Believe me. I know of what I speak. Personal history.  If only I had been able to save 1% of my gross salary throughout my career. I’d be sitting pretty. I urge younger workers to heed my admonition. President Obama, when you address the nation tonight, we pray that you will unveil your plan for compassionate cuts in spending and for raising taxes on the rich and their corporations in aid of SHARED SACRIFICE. God bless you!