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Clinging to your guns and religion? You might be a Right Wing Extremist.

You Might Be A Right Wing Extremist...

Still clinging to your guns and religion? You might be a right wing extremist.

Yes, you caught me. I support the entire Bill of Rights including the 1st and 2nd Amendments.

Amendment I:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II:

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

We used to call people who defended the Constitution and Bill of Rights citizens and patriots. Now we call them right wing extremists. I guess that is what I am and darn proud to be.

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Insist we live in a Republic? You might be a Right Wing Extremist.

You Might Be A Right Wing Extremist...

If you insist that we live in a Republic and not a democracy, you might be a right wing extremist (RWE).

Check out the video below. It argues that there are only two enduring forms of government – republics and oligarchies. Which one do you believe we currently live under?

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In this blast from the past Stacy McCain riffs on a few things that might get you considered to be a Right Wing Extremist.

You Might Be A Right Wing Extremist...

Let’s get this party started with Stacy McCain’s riff of You Might Be a Right Wing Extremist.

This was delivered by The Other McCain in April 2009 at the Birmingham Tea Party.

Some highlights as reported by The Liberty Papers were:

You might be a right-wing extremist if . . .
. . . you refuse to bow to Saudi royalty.
. . . you think the only good pirate is a dead pirate.
. . . you don’t think it’s a good idea for politicians in Washington to borrow another trillion dollars you grandchildren will have to repay.
. . . you think you know how to run your life better than a bunch of ‘experts’ in Washington.
. . . you believe in God, but don’t think that Obama is the Messiah.
. . . you believe the only reason you have First Amendment Rights is because of…

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On the Emptiness of Getting and Being Noticed

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Via Steven P. Dennis:

I wonder what would happen if we all cared a bit less about looking good and relaxed our grip on the past.

I wonder what would happen if just for a day we abstained from any “hey look at me” activity and spent just a bit more time listening and connecting from a position of compassion and generosity.

I wonder what would happen if we added a few more books to our library and didn’t care whether anyone else knew.

What better time than now?

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Draghi, “the wurst is now over”

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Sausage making

Confirming what many of us already suspected…you don’t really want to know how sausage is made, especially in Europe.

Via The Slog:

“The worst is now over,” proclaimed Mario Draghi yesterday. An excellent comment thread here suggested that this was a misunderstanding, in that Signor Draghi is fond of German sausages, and as he swallowed the last of his snack, said “the wurst is now over”.

But The Slog’s Frankfurt Mole is of a different opinion.

“What we are now seeing,” he began, “is instability in the larger [EU] sovereigns. We always knew this was going to happen, and it is coming to pass. Spain has clearly decided to kick back, and there is an interdependence between Iberia and Italy that is not well understood. We are also going to see massive losses throughout all EU and US banks this time. Further obligations and so forth will then emerge, and for the eurozone it will be the end. Signor Dragi could try and print his way through further bailouts, but we hold all the cards now. Berlin simply will not allow it. It doesn’t matter any more that the [EU] Central Bank is legally beyond the law….it is not beyond reality. The eurozone will shatter once this impasse is reached. In my estimation the situation will be critical before the winter comes.”

Sausages, snausages…one way or the other, with all of the insolvent banks holding worthless assets and central banks pressing CTRL+P over and over, we’re all going to end up with indigestion.

If all else fails, hit CTRL+P

The Fed: In case of emergency hit CTRL+P

 

Ben Bernanke: All is Well!

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Via The Slog:

Further to this morning’s earlier Slogpost….

The spread between Spanish bonds and DeutscheBunds is now broader than it’s been since mid February. The yield on Spain’s 10-year bond rose to 5.36 percent, also the highest since February. Spain’s borrowing rates rose to nearly 7 percent in November.

But Bernanke says it’s ok, because he’s done his stress tests.

You remember stress tests…..

Well, German bankers think Ben’s backside is doing the talking at the moment.

Well, here’s what I think of Ben Bernanke saying “all is well” with the TBTF banks, and the U.S. and world economy.

Or this (but beware of language and bathroom humor)…

 

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For the Love of a Dog

March 18, 2012 Leave a comment
Rocco

Yes, I am the king around here.

It always amazes me how a dog will worm their way into your heart. We got Rocco after our Shih-Tzu Herbie passed away after a series of off again on again illnesses. When we told Herbie’s groomer that he had passed away, she offered to let us have a puppy out of a recent litter of puppies for free. So, I went to her house to see what the puppies looked like. Here is what I found…

Rocco looking pitiful

Rocco on our first meeting

He looked just pitiful, but there was something about him that I fell in love with.

So, we brought him home. He looked a little shell-shocked.

What the *#$%?

Where the heck am I?

He was in constant motion.

Good luck snapping a photo of me!

Rocco didn't hold still long enough to take a picture of him

At least he was in constant motion until he wore himself out.

Rocco sleeps

Rocco sleeps

It wasn’t always easy. We were used to a very tranquil and somewhat sickly Herbie, and Rocco was a little ball of energy. At first my wife didn’t like him at all. I told her he would grow on her, but she was not convinced. She wanted me to take him back, but I convinced her to wait.

It’s a little bit difficult having a new puppy around with all the old reminders of the one that passed on:

Herbie with his bowl of food and water

Herbie with his bowl of food and water

Rocco eating out of Herbie's huge bowl

Rocco eating out of Herbie's huge bowl

The new puppy doesn’t take away the pain of the loss of an old friend, but somehow the new life and energy they bring helps you move past it.

Even as a puppy Rocco loved to chew on a ball

Even as a puppy Rocco loved to chew on a ball

Eventually Rocco moved past the cute puppy stage. You can really see the Jack Russell Terrier side of him (the other half is Cocker Spaniel). I was excited when he caught a Frisbee the first time.

Of course, my wife warmed up to Rocco eventually.

Rocco sleeping with my wife

Rocco sleeping with my wife

Each dog, it seems, has a personality of its own. Rocco is smart, playful and full of energy. Herbie was loving, a lap dog, and could have a mind of his own.

As Herbie got older, his hair thinned out. He had a thyroid problem, allergies, and began to have seizures. So, as sad as it was to lose him, at least he finally was at rest with no more pain.

Herbie rests

Herbie rests

We still miss Herbie, and I wonder what they would have done had Rocco and Herbie ever met. I suspect there would have been quite a bit of barking and growling involved.

Rocco has a big personality. As you can see, we like to take lots of pictures of him. He always lets you know he wants something by standing up on his hind legs.

Excuse me, do you have a moment?

Excuse me, do you have a moment?

It always seems Rocco finds the most inopportune moment to let me know he wants to eat, go outside or play. But, for whatever reason, I really can’t get upset at him. He just has a way of making you love him. Just ask my wife.

Rocco with his mommy

Rocco with his mommy