I don't know beans

Sunday, December 6, 2009

What I want for Christmas

Peace and goodwill for all? Yeah, I want that. Adequate health care and affordable health insurance for all. Yeah, I want that, too. Ditto economic recovery and plentiful jobs so that everyone can better afford to pay their own way. Speedy resolution of involvement in Afghanistan? I think I already... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Godwin's Law

"As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1" - this has grown to include that when a discussion grows more contentious, the invocation of Nazis comes that much faster. Some declare that any given topic is over when Hitler is invoked,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Liberal vs. Conservative?

“A conservative is a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal who wishes to replace them with others.” – Ambrose Bierce Nothing new here. Bierce mysteriously disappeared way back in 1914 Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Obama's birth certificate

I have little regard for extremists at my left hand, or my right hand. Both groups tend to spout misinformation and disinformation in attempts to sway people who should know better into their camps. The shame of all such efforts is how easily some are swayed into ridiculous beliefs based on false... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Delete

I rarely delete posts, but I've just deleted the previous post to this blog. It was no loss to the world. Every once in a while I find myself forcing a meaningless post for no other reason than I felt a compulsion to post something to a blog that has been dormant for a while. Such was the case with... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Knowing beans

I'm not smart enough or scholar enough to “know beans” about much. But I am a fairly competent bean counter, and that pushes me toward a few conclusions that may, or may not, hold water. I don't think it is mere coincidence that both the current recession and the Great Depression developed and came... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two term President?

Only time will tell – about 1,300 days worth. By then the results of the next Presidential election should be evident. An awful lot, for good or ill, will come into play between now and then. I like the spin Charley Rose put on it. It’s not the first 100 days that determine the effectiveness of a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The countdown is drawing to a close.

As I type this we are less than three hours away from the inauguration of the first non-white President of the United States. I am firmly convinced that Barack Obama is the right man at the right time for a country in distress. That he is also considered by most to be a black man is of less... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Optimism

…is counting down the days to inauguration of a new President of the United States. It would be foolish to think that the mere taking of an oath of office will suddenly make everything right in the world. What it really does is signal change wisely built into the American system of government. While... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Going forward

We cannot, and should not, leave the past behind us as we move forward into tomorrow. Forget about all the advice to forget about yesterday while refusing to worry about tomorrow and enjoying the present. It’s not appropriate at a time when today really sucks. The economy is still trying to go down... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Detroit Bailout

Is it on or off? It’s hard to tell from the conflicting reports to be found. No way, some are saying. Maybe, but not right now others claim. For sure, eventually, still others claim. Should the Big 3 automobile manufacturers be bailed out? Of course. Too many jobs are at stake in one of the few... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The historic election of 2008 is over.

The American people have spoken, and what they said with their votes finally affirmed the words of the country’s founding fathers. The United States is the land of the free, the country of racial equality, and finally the home of equal opportunity for all. An African American has been elected... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Day Forecast III

A rainy Monday night in the southeastern United States, particularly central North Carolina where the non-poet resides, foreshadows a gloomy day for Republicans. An overnight and early AM low in the low to mid-fifties in central Carolina corresponds rather nicely with the projections of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Election Day Forecast II

A below freezing early AM warms rapidly to the upper sixties on a bright and sunny afternoon in the Cameron-Vass, NC area (notapoet’s current stomping grounds). Cool and clear in the evening with a low in the upper thirties to about forty. Whoops! That’s the Halloween Day forecast. My bad. On... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Election Day Forecast

Early AM is projected to be seasonably cool and partly cloudy with overnight lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Sunshine and patchy clouds throughout the day with an afternoon high of around 60 cooling to a low in the mid 40s. That’s the scoop for Tuesday, November 4, localized for the Cameron, NC... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

And the winner is...

Sara Palin if you’re a Republican, Joe Biden if you’re a Democrat, or a dead heat, sort of, according to early post Vice Presidential debate commentators. Both candidates exceeded pre debate expectations, but neither demonstrated enough of an upper hand to sway many voters. So, what else is new?... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Okay, who won the debate?

To me, it appeared Obama edged McCain. But, of course, we won't know for sure until all the late night comedians have finished taking their pot shots and the political pundits have weighed in with their pronouncements. The way such things go, we still may not know. I'll stick with Obama, even if the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Is it just me?

Or have some of the rest of you also noticed that Sarah Palin, despite claiming to be an open book, has managed to duck issues and not say much of anything other than that she agrees with everything John McCain says. This probably wouldn’t bother me so much if it weren’t for the fact that McCain of... Sign in to see full entry.

Green eggs and ham…

Frankly, I never was sure if it was just the eggs, or both the eggs and ham that were green. Maybe some of you Dr. Seuss fans out there can help me out with that little point. It’s beyond the mental grasp of one who openly admits he is notapoet. What I do know about is white eggs and brown eggs.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's still the economy, stupid!

Forget lipstick on pit bulls or pigs. The crisis on Wall Street has finally forced both presidential candidates to focus on the biggest area of concern for the vast majority of the American voting public. It's about time. That's right. I'm not calling any of you stupid -- unless you belong to that... Sign in to see full entry.

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