There is never enough money, never enough profits, never enough war and greed to satisfy American corporations. The big corporations in the U.S. have squeezed to get every last drop out of our economy. They have shipped millions and millions of American jobs overseas, usually to someplace where they can pay slave wages, get away with horrid working conditions, and twist the morals and ethics of producing their ill-gotten goods anyway they can. Products, once safely made by Americans, now arrive from foreign workplaces loaded with mercury, lead, viruses, etc. It is sad and disgusting but true.
While European corporations send much of similar work over to backward nations and places where they can get cheap labor, far more of their industrial out-put remains in Germany, Sweden, etc. They make a handsome profit, but not an ungodly one. Greed has not gripped European corporations as it has American corporations.
Whether you believe the Bible is literally the word of God, or that it is inspired by God, if you "proclaim" yourself to be a Christian, there are some obvious things about the words of Jesus of Nazareth that seem never to find their way into today's greedy reality. If you are not Christian, then it is important that you know what you have mistakenly been led to think. People were generally illiterate over the past 2000 years, and they needed to have the Bible "interpreted" to them. While we are no longer illiterate people, we still blindly depend on others to tell us what is in the Bible. Read it yourself.
Here is what Jesus has been reported to have actually said in His most famous sermon. It is offered in plain words. It is easy to understand. It was meant for the people, not a self-grandizing clergy. It was not set up to be interpreted or given other meanings. It is Jesus talking straight and plain.
When you make out your Christmas or holiday gift list, check it twice. In the midst of the great greed era, it is often overlooked as to what motivated this season of giving. It might help to remember the Three Magi traveling huge distances to bring gifts to a humble child in the most meager of settings. There is a star over your head this season, and it is there to have you think of gifts for those who are without many gifts. Here are some suggestions that cost little or no money...
A Muslim family. As people generalize and pass judgment on all Muslims, extend a hand of kindness. Overcoming this sort of prejudice and bigotry is needed. Rise above all that, and show compassion.
Over the past couple of years, there have been countless articles, countless blogs, and countless conversations on the perils of greed in today's economy. Progressives and liberals have engaged in class warfare in their effort to put the Americans into two categories-the haves and the have-nots. A have not is simply someone who does not have all the material things that they want in life. So, who are the haves?
Are they the people who have not worked a day in their lives and have fallen into more money than they can spend in their lifetime? Are they an artist or a sports figure that somehow got a lucky break in from an agent who is willing to find someone who could take a dump truck load of money and dump it at their feet just to fulfill their over-sized egos? Is it some schmuck that got a lucky break by entering a contest like American Idol? Is it a bozo who won the lottery?
Yes, I am truly disappointed in President Obama's capitulation to the wealthiest and greediest American representatives. He has wasted his mandate, given to him in a resounding election result in 2008. While the health care reform was a miniscule start, he went downhill since that time. While I understand the odds that were stacked against him by the ruling class in America, and the horrible economic disaster he inherited from former President George W. Bush, and two wars, nevertheless his timid handling of matters has been a disappointment. We now are adding almost a trillion dollars in additional debt, gave the wealthiest Americans some tax and other breaks, and in the end Obama himself will be blamed for the disasterous lengthening of our economic woes. The economy was improving slowly but steadily, and he has now surrendered to the greediest factions in American society. Sad.
The wealthy, ruling class in the United States have purchased benefits for themselves that are being used to destroy the American economy and further burdening the poor and middle class with the bill. No longer are workers being paid a wage that allows them to buy the products produced by American corporations in slave labor nations. No longer can middle class people afford to send their children to the college or university of their choice. And if the financial and banking community makes mistakes, they are given tax money to get their economic footing back and give huge bonuses to the executives who caused the mistakes. No longer is there a rule of the majority because information that would accurately inform Americans is being presented by lies and distortions by the puppets of the rich. And when elections are carried out, the information is purchased by the wealthiest Americans. Example...
I don't know if the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believes that it is being fair and unbiased, but it seems that up until last week, there was regularly an article or a letter to the editor written by someone sensible, who believes the $810 million train between Milwaukee and Madison is a farce, it is always preceded by some not who believes it is the best idea since sliced bread. Well, Frederick Rohwedder doesn't have a thing to worry about.
New numbers came out that will showed people who are against the train that this was going to be a better deal for us. Ridership will be up, costs will be down, and the taxpayer supplements will also be lowered. Who couldn't see this coming?
Admittedly, this blog is a re-run from 2007, 2008, 2009 .. same message applies every year, updated for 2010.
Take the Village Spillage Pledge: I (insert your name here) promise to buy some holiday gifts from Merchants on Silver Spring.
The beliefs that many of us carry about Jesus of Nazareth and the Holy Bible express themselves in a wide spetrum of unfounded conclusions and misreadings of history and the Bible itself. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we might want to reflect on our own "interpretations" ...
Jesus was born sometime between 2 B.C. and 4 B.C. and He was crucified around 30 A.D.
Join us this Thursday, December 16th, at 6:00 PM for our next Theatrical Thursday!
We will be watching "Despicable Me". It is rated PG for rude humor and mild action, and runs 95 minutes long.
Just in time for the holidays!
December 17th from 3:00 - 4:30 PM
We are barely 6 months past the midterm election which evidently sent a short-lived shock to the elected officials in Washington. Congress has returned for a lame-duck session and it has proved to be a less than stellar spectacle of what the American people expect.
President Obama's debt commission has concluded their business and made their recommendations. If we base their success on the actions that the government will take in order to reduce the deficit and get governmental spending under control, it has been a dismal failure. Although the debt commission did not come out with a recommendation to create a value added tax on the American people, the recommendations that they didn't come up with are becoming forgettable.
#1. "When Hajji Juma Khan was arrested and transported to New York to face charges under a new U.S. narco-terrorism law in 2008, federal prosecutors described him as perhaps the biggest and most dangerous drug lord in Afghanistan, a shadowy figure who had helped the Taliban...'
"What the government did not say was that Jima Khan also was a longtime American informer, who provided information about the Taliban, Afghan corruption and other drug traffickers. CIA officers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents relied on him as a valued source for years..." [from column by James Risen in the N.Y. Times]
Just in time for the holidays!
December 17th from 3:00 - 4:30 PM
The Brown Deer Public Library hosted a Holiday Cookie Decorating Party on Friday December 17, and children of all ages (and adults!) came to decorate delicious holiday art.
We took some pictures of our favorite cookie designs, and put them on our Facebook page. You can view the pictures here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=254219&id=49791821242&ref=mf
An update on the WFB Trustee positions .. as you know, President Pritchard and Trustee Fehring are not running for re-election in April, and the election submission deadline is days away.
Three positions are on the ballot for April, Village President, and two Trustee positions.
Finally we have another civil rights milestone achieved. The repeal of the demeaning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" requirement was a long time coming, but credit President Barack Obama from using ethics, morality, and wisdom to put to rest this insult to a segment of Americans. It was the right thing to do. The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, most commanders of the major military branches, former military leaders, and people with a healthy take on civil rights came forward to support this action. The Secretary of Defense also supported the action, and he will take the lead in implementing the change.
A word of caution. There are always people who will resist change. There are always bigots who hold immovable perspectives. There are clergy who will point to Paul's comments on sexual orientation, though in Paul's time there were no civil rights protections and homosexual activities were seen as always beting one person taking physical advantage of others, especially children. There are people who are just downright negative about almost everything. There are those who hold strong feelings against anyone who is not from their clique in life. There are those who look to take advantage of any political possibility. There are those who think that sexual orientation is a "choice" and not something inherent from birth. And there are those who follow bigoted leaders who "instruct" them on how to think.
How about a few zingers from me to get things rolling? The following may be over-the-top, but even when I write middle-of-the-road, objective blogs it gets negative, hostile, irrational reactions from the left and the right. So, before the year 2010 ends, let me clean out my closet, hang out some dirty laundry, and hopefully have some fun with a mind-clearing list of no-holds-barred wishes...
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the gang should be put in the dock and made to respond to the charges against them for illegally starting a war in Iraq with lies, trumped-up charges, withholding information from Congress, carrying out long-desired wishes to "conquer" Iraq, losing a trapped Osama bin Laden because of it, illegal and behind-the-scenes favors given to the Saudis, and giving war corporation friends like Hallibuton free reign to steal and misappropriate tens of billions of dollars.
It was just about 30 years ago when President Ronald Reagan stated in his first inaugural address that a major objective of his presidency was to reduce the size of government and reduce government spending and eliminate deficits. He stated that while many of the programs were started with good intentions, people's hearts were in the right place but their heads were not. These ideas are just as current today as politicians at all levels of government try to address government spending and eliminate deficits.
Well, local governments generally do not run deficits and the state government also must plug its biennial deficit with every budget. The federal government is the exception. It can and has run deficits more often than balancing the budget or creating a surplus. And every few years, politicians run for office and get elected promising to be financially responsible. When we think about how often these promises have been made and how few times they have been kept, the whole idea becomes laughable.
It'll soon be time to kick off the 2012 presidential election season. As expected, President Barack Obama will be seeking a second term. Much to the surprise of conservatives, the president does have a record of accomplishment to run on. Americans like to see their president succeed. That's because we want America to succeed. However, we don't need a lot of stuff that needs to be repealed because it was done wrong in the 1st place. President Obama has this baggage too.
First, there is the healthcare reform bill. The Democrats were all giddy when this was passed because we were promised that it would do more and cost less. Well, we now know that that is not true. Its success of not adding to the deficit was contingent upon several things. It was contingent upon the Bush tax cuts expiring. These tax increases alone would send a lot more money to the national treasury. We know what happened with that. Everybody was supposed to be in the risk pool. Everyone would be forced to buying insurance either from their employer or a private insurance company or the government. We know where this is going. The coverages are being extended so that no one can be excluded, there will be no caps on spending, and the private companies will be practically barred from making a profit. But it's not socialism.