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As valid today as it was then

FDR and his "Welcome their hatred" speech.... The fact is that nothing has really changed since then


Future repugs

Father is already one looks like


Hopefully someone will recognize them and turn them in.


31 years today.... so far so good

The people have spoken

The great experiment is over, it made a good run at it but in the end it was too much to ask to expect some sort of overall good of the people in general to beat the powers of greed and gluttony... Pure once great democratic republic is an oligarchy now and will probably go down the drain in pretty much the same manner as all other attempts...

Cell phone repair

trying to find info on repair services, anyone used Dr. Quick Fix??


Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues


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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has resigned in the wake of the scandals over manipulated waiting lists in the VA health system.

At a press conference Friday, President Obama announced that Shinseki offered his resignation this morning, "And with considerable regret, I accepted it."

Obama credited Shinseki with working hard to address problems within the VA system and improving conditions for his fellow veterans on a range of issues. "But as he told me this morning, the VA needs new leadership to address it," Obama said, adding that Shinseki said he does not want to be a distraction going forward.
- - Eric Kleefeld

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/shinseki-resigns-amid-veterans-health-care-issues-152110520--politics.html

It's not rocket science

Really it's not. More people working making more money means more taxes are paid in, more money is spent buying goods and services, more goods and services bought means more employment which again means more goods and services being purchased... means more taxes paid in making the services that are paid for by taxes more plentiful ad infinitum

It's really not rocket science...

Political Aphorisms

Apolitical Aphorisms

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
~Jay Leno~

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII~

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.
~Will Rogers~

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
~Author unknown~

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton~

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Ameringer~

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Tex Guinan~

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle~

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson~

There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on senators.
~Will Rogers~

The more it changes

The more it stays the same

A Christmas story

My wife and I are foster parents, we are what is referred to as "therapeutic " foster parents, we take the children that are at extreme risk and work with them in our home. This is a short story about one of them.
He came to us 3 years ago, I'll call him Billy,when he came here he was not much more that a housebroken animal, a real wild child, he was then years old, in that time he had lived anywhere from the streets to motels and any other shelter his alcoholic mother and her stream of boyfriends could manage. in the 3 years he has been with us he has come a long ways, he has become a reasonably normal young boy of thirteen, he suffers PTSD , he was seriously molested at one time , he witnessed his older brother kill one of his mothers boyfriends for that molestation. he was in and out of 6 foster homes before he came to us. There have been a lot of changes in his life one of them was to have his mother pass away, but the latest one is a true Christmas story. About a month or so ago the state did some searching and found a man who had been living with his mother for a short time about that time hhe would have been conceived, they took the swabs to run a paternity test, it came back positive, the man was his father. This man had no idea he had another son, yesterday he met this son for the first time, he has a family , a wife and two children not much different in age than Billy, the end result is that tomorrow, Christmas day ,Billy will spend it with his new family, for the first time in his life he will spend Christmas with a family of his own. We will miss this little boy whom we have come to love, but we will be able to visit him as he won't be that far away, but he will now have a chance for a normal life with younger parents rather than a couple of worn old codgers and children that are actually relatives not "foster" brothers and sisters.
There is much more to story of Billy's life than this but I said short story so will stop now

Yes Billy there is a Santa Claus
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