Last week’s rather pessimistic blog concluded with a picture reproduced below, with the caption, “the future.” Perhaps I should have added Oscar Hammerstein’s famous lyrics from the musical “Carousel.” Here they are:
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone
What is the Tipping Point?
It is likely that many Republicans possess far more than half a brain and are beginning to show concern as to what the “tipping point” would be. When will the President’s behavior prove to be even too much for Republicans in both Houses of Congress who, for the sake of political expediency and to avoid alienating the President’s army of supporters, have up to now supported him? What will it take for them to rise up and scream “Enough is Enough! We have had it!”
Would that be sufficient to convince Republicans to forget about their "Dopey" in the White House and start putting the welfare of their country and the world ahead of their party and the big money donors to whom it appears it is beholden?
Does What this Boss Did Qualify as Sexual Harassment?
The lecherous company president and CEO is peering into neighboring apartments through a telescope from the window of his palatial skyscraper abode.
Through a bathroom window, he spies an attractive woman stepping out of the shower. He recognizes her as someone he has seen at company functions, possibly the wife of one of his vice-presidents, and immediately, he "wants" her. The next day, he contacts her, insisting that she come visit him in his apartment. Recognizing him and knowing of his high position in the company, and perhaps awed or frightened, she dutifully complies. They have a sexual encounter resulting in her pregnancy. After an unsuccessful attempt to make it appear that the husband was the father, the boss decides to make sure he is killed in an industrial accident. And they live happily ever after. This is not fiction. It really happened. Check it out in the Bible. (Prophets - ll Samuel 11, 12)
Even though he ultimately married her, was King David initially guilty of sexual harassment of Bathsheba? The "Man (?) Upstairs" seemed to think so and sent the Prophet Nathan to let David know of his (her?) displeasure with his behavior.
Sexual harassment is still with us. And to a greater extent than what is in the headlines. Others are now playing the role Nathan did with King David. It is not inconceivable that within a few years, just to be on the safe side, all TV newspeople and anchors, and those holding leadership roles in the entertainment world, will be women and gay men. Perhaps this also will extend into government and ultimately business, but to a somewhat lesser extent.
The ultimate reaction to sexual harassment may be found in the mythological legend of Hippolyta, warrior Queen of the Amazons, whose followers only allowed their female offspring to survive, slaying the males. Of course, ultimately this was self-defeating. But it's only a legend.
The meeting was held in a secluded and luxurious chalet in the foothills of an isolated mountain range. A private airstrip was the only access to the place other than a rugged unmarked road used to bring in the staff, food and housekeeping essentials from the nearest town, sixty miles away. A number of private jets were parked at the end of the runway where the hangar and fuel depot were located.
"Although we as individuals are clearly the most charitable people in the world, our prime objective is wealth preservation.”
“As I see it, we must do everything to promote the idea that tax increases, in any form whatsoever, including removing loopholes and deductions, are extremely bad for the country. We must drill it into the heads of all Americans that taxation removes incentive to invest and grow the economy at all levels and kills jobs. That gets them every time. We have to get that into the schools at all levels, even kindergarten.”
"If the funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and every government spending program out there were cut at least in half, we would never again need to even think about raising taxes. We might even cut them significantly. Frankly, I know people would be hurting and some might even die, and things the government does, like roads and dams and research, would have to be eliminated. But it is far more important that this nation preserve our freedom to accumulate wealth without having to share it with anyone else through excessive taxation. It’s our money. We cannot have anything that would even hint at the Marxist concept of wealth redistribution. That’s what high taxes really are. The French cut off Louis XIV’s head to start this God damn leftist ball rolling and we aim to make sure it is stopped right here.”
1. We must control the media. We have to have at least one or two major TV networks in our pocket whose programming we can control. We must dominate talk radio, internet web sites, newspapers, particularly in smaller cities and towns, and magazines. Once they get our message out, it gets E-mailed all over the country, multiplied ten-fold.
2. We must fund foundations and institutes which provide legitimate appearing material and documentation, telling our story, to be provided to the media. Generously endowing a few hard-up colleges or universities can result in strong support for our position from the academic world.
3. We must ally ourselves with groups who seem susceptible to adopting our ideology because they are already single-mindedly devoted to one cause or another. This blind devotion can be easily transferred to our cause. This will increase our numbers and believe me, this is very applicable to members of Congress and local legislators. The groups with which we must ally ourselves are endless. They include pro-Israel groups, pro-life groups, creationists, anti-fluouride groups, home schooling and pro-educational voucher groups, evangelical Christian groups, anti-immigrant groups, chambers of commerce, some professional societies, sporting groups, bankers associations and Second Amendment groups.
4. We must repeatedly attack any opposition to our positions. Innuendo and stretching the truth can be used to discredit any who disagree with us. Guilt by association and lies, even ones easily disproven, are effective tools since refuting them takes the opposition’s eye off of the ball. Individuals who are in financial distress can be coerced. Anything questionable in an opponent’s personal life should be capitalized on.
"If any of you are not willing to contribute $200,000,000 to this effort right now and commit to that amount each and every year for the next ten years, you may get up and leave this room right now. All of your jets out there have been refueled and are ready to take off with you if you so choose. Remember though, what I propose is not only for your good, but for the good of the country as we know it. You see, I am firmly convinced of the truth of every word that I have said.”
Everyone leaned back as white-jacketed waiters entered the room, laid down fine bone china and sterling silver table settings and prepared to serve a lunch which did not come from McDonalds.
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