Posts tagged with Opinion
Swampyille's - You're the Poet!
Fill in the below banks with the following words or use your own words.
Beware, Cain, fate, gain, hate, pain, there, vain.
When Truth Dies! By L. Don Oliver
I can feel it, But, I can't see it, But, I know its __; Among the gathering dust, There in a pile of rust, Saying to all, ; Counting stars in the sky, That often run and hide, From reality's awaiting ; Compromising the guise, Of those Who were not wise, And filling them with _; The Cabals of Glut, They're prone to strut, Displaying their ill gotten ; The truth that they deceive, Trying to make us believe, It was Abel who slew _; When the real truth dies, By propagandized lies, The people feel the ; The children that were born, Who were too eagerly scorned, Their trust was all in ___;
Faded Portrait! by L. Don Oliver
Faded portrait on the wall, Of someone held so dear; If you listen very closely, There's a voice you can hear;
Whisper of forever memories, Of the happy times gone by; Love of the ones touched, And what made them cry;
Faded portrait on the wall, Of someone sweet and kind; Who will never be forgotten, By those who were left behind;
When we gather together again, When God gives his final call; We will discover very soon, That portrait wasn't faded at all;
Swampyville's - Reading Between the Lines!
"537" - Will we see a repeat of the Presidential Election of 2000?
On election night, news networks first called Florida for Al Gore, later retracted the projection, and then called Florida for George W. Bush, before finally retracting that projection as well. Florida's Republican Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, eventually certified Florida's vote count. This led to the Florida election recount, a move to further examine the Florida results.
The Florida recount was stopped a few weeks later by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the ruling, Bush v. Gore, the Justices held that the Florida recount was unconstitutional and that no constitutionally valid recount could be completed by the December 12 deadline, effectively ending the recounts. This 7–2 vote ruled that the standards the Florida Supreme Court provided for a recount were unconstitutional due to violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and further ruled 5–4 that no constitutionally valid recount could be completed by the December 12 deadline. This case ordered an end to recounting underway in selected Florida counties, effectively giving George W. Bush a "537" vote victory in Florida and consequently Florida's 25 electoral votes and the presidency. The results of the decision led to Gore winning the popular vote by approximately 500,000 votes nationwide, but receiving 266 electoral votes to Bush's 271. (Wikipedia)
THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL RACE!
The mail volume that night three weeks before the Presidential Election of 2000 was extremely heavy. As a rehab with a permanent injury while a mail carrier, I was assigned as a distribution clerk casing mail in the rehab section of the General Mail Center in Jacksonville, Florida. This section was charge with placing mail that was either too large or could not be processed through the automated machines into mail cases. Once these cases were pulled down the mail was placed in trays, placed in rolling bins and sent to the various post offices in the North Florida and Southern Georgia areas. Other sections of the GMC would case the mail going to other parts of Florida and throughout the Nation.
One night while casing mail, I came across a large envelope that didn't have a cancellation stamp, no date, no postage and no return address. I thought to myself this isn't right, knowing that it was probably a military absentee ballot probably coming from overseas. I weigh the envelope attached the proper postage from my own stamp book, cancelled and dated it and on the front I wrote my work site, telephone number and initialed it and put it in the proper tray. In the next few weeks I did this on several envelopes. From this moment up until the expiration date that absentee ballots would be counted I made a concerted effort to process mainly absentee ballots (several thousands). Every night I would go through the bins of mail to be cased, remove them and take them to my case and insure that they would be directed to the right post office. I went to most of the employees on my tour (6 PM until 2:30 AM when most of the mail was processed) and ask them to lay aside the absentee ballots they handled and I would come by and pick them up.
A BRUSH WITH HISTORY? (COULD HAVE, PERHAPS SHOULD HAVE, BUT I HAVE PEACE OF MIND THAT I DIDN'T)!
The day after the election of 2000, when it became apparent that the presidential election would be decided by Florida's absentee ballots I increased my efforts. One night sitting at my case with several trays of absentee ballots, I thought to myself that I had history sitting right there at my feet. That if I was that type, which I'm glad I'm not, I could very well change the outcome of history by making these absentee ballots disappear. Knowing at that time that most of these ballots were coming from military bases outside of Florida and that most of the Military voted Republican.
I really was shocked when I realized that Bush was elected by "537" Florida votes! Of course, those absentee ballots that I handled could have been mostly Democratic, but I doubt it!
In that Florida allows write in votes and being disillusioned by both parties, I personally voted for Micky Mouse after I had made up my mind to never vote for the lesser of two evils again!
AFTER VOTING FOR GEORGE H.W., I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE ONLY "CHANGE" WE WOULD SEE IN CURRENT POLITICS ARE THE NAMES!
MINE IS TO REASON RHYME, MINE IS NOT TO DO AND WHINE!
"FALSUS IN UNO, FALSUS IN OMNIBUS" (False in one thing, false in everything)
Swampyville's - Reading Between the Lines!
Political Persuasion (Political Cults)!
The word Political cult in current popular usage usually refers to a political movement whose beliefs or practices are propagandized to be normal. Both, the Democratic and Republican parties want us to believe that the Tea Party movement is nothing but a cult, when in reality, they the Democrats and Republicans are the real cultists!
Studies have identified a number of key steps in political persuasion: (Political Cults)
l. People are put in a emotionally distressing situation;
Their problems are compounded by complex explanations, which are repeatedly emphasized;
They receive what seems to be unconditional love, acceptance, and attention from a charismatic leader or group;
They get a new identity based on the group (Progressives - both parties);
They are subject to brainwashing and their access to information is severely controlled.
They come to believe in the "Hype" that they are being fed by both Parties!
MY QUESTION IS: "ARE YOU BETTER OFF TODAY THAN YOU WERE TWELVE YEARS AGO AFTER BOTH, THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES, GOT THEIR SHARE OF THE "AMERICAN TAX PIE" WITH THEIR "TARP" AND "STIMULUS PACKAGE"?
THOSE WHO THINK CONTROL WHAT THEY WANT TO BECOME AND THOSE WHO DO NOT THINK ARE CONTROLLED TO BE WHAT "OTHERS" WANT THEM TO BECOME!
"CUIUSVIS MOMINIS EST ERRARE, NULLIUS NISI INSIPIENTIS IN ERRORE PERSEVERARE" (Anyone can err, but only the fool persists in his fault)
Swampyville's - Reading Between the Lines!
REMEMBER TO REMEMBER TO FORGET!
Right after World War Two, when I was eight years old, I asked my Dad why was this Country always at war. His reply, "The world has to have a war to survive". I still remember those words!
After every War/Conflict, the United States has been involved in, a Catchphrase as been attached to that War!
NEVER FAIL TO CAPITALIZE ON A CONVENIENT CRISIS!
Some United States historical Catchphrases:
1700's - Remember: the Boston Tea Party! (Revolutionary War)
1801 - Remember: The Shores of Tripoli! (Barbary War)
1830's - Remember: the Alamo! (Mexican/American War)
1861 - Remember: Fort Sumter! (War between the States)
1890's - Remember: the Maine! (Spanish/American War)
1898 to Remember: Gone Bananas 1934 (Banana Wars)
1915 - Remember: the Lusitania! (World War One)
1940's - Remember: Pearl Harbor! (World War Two)
1950 - Remember: the Chosin Reservoir! (Korean War/Police Action)
1965 - Remember: the Domino Effect! (Viet Nam War)
2001 - Remember: 911! (War on Terrorists)
Today - Remember: We have always known better than you how you should live your dumb downed/doped up lives! (Political Elite's War on the People)
There have been other conflicts that the U.S. has been involved in that doesn't have a catchphrase. such as; LBJ's War on Poverty which has become a War on Property. Other Conflicts - The War on Illiteracy has become one of a War on Infancy and the War on Drugs has become one of "Who Me? shrugs"!
"BELLUM CUI BONO" (War is to whose benefit?)