When he first took the Oval Office, I didn’t believe it. Just look at the guy. He was a community organizer in Chicago who also taught in law school. His wife, a law school graduate, whose resume included Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She made a whopping $316,962 for God’s know what. What does a Vice President for Community and External Affairs do anyway? Does it help find a cure for cancer?
A quick letter I wrote to “The Doctor of Democracy”, Rush Limbaugh while convalescing a minor back injury. It concerns, cells, sparks of light, and mice.
Letter I inserted into a survey to Dryer’s Farm.
This is in regard to the shopping experience at the newly improved Dryer’s Farm. Without a doubt, the customer service is wonderful in the store. The employees are friendly and helpful. My concern is the feral chickens you have on the store floor. These birds block the storefront and isles, cackling about PTA’s and little Cindy’s dance class. A truly exasperating moment is waiting online behind a chicken. Sometimes they will rudely asked questions about when the Bulgarian turnips or Madagascar corn will be in season. These hens have no regard to who is in line behind them. In handling these questions, your staff sometimes has the thousand yard stare of a soldier in the trenches. One cannot blame them. The farm must have a psychologist on staff.
As much as these ladies squawk proudly about their chicks, they appear to have no regard for their safety. I have cringed multiple times, observing a woman open a door to an SUV, letting an urchin run around aimlessly in the parking lot. I’ve seen a couple of frolicking younglings almost crushed by other hens driving SUV’s. I must remind you I am at the farm to pick up produce, not watch natural selection take place.
In closing, it is not the store or the staff that makes things unpleasant; it is the self-involved moms that are exasperating. Perhaps there should be a day selected for men to pick up the box. We would simply line up, grunt our last name, receive the box, and in an orderly fashion leave the store. It would be a break for your staff and certainly a plus for me!
Here is my Letter:
I am a little humbled, and pleased that you asked my opinion on Frum’s article. I take it as a compliment. On Frum; he is a conundrum for people on the right like myself. In preparation, I pulled Frum’s book “The Right Man”. The book describes Bush during his first term up to 9-11. He almost describes The Bush Administration as rudderless. Frum was a speech writer for Bush. He was a member of the speech writers that drafted the phrase”Axis of Evil”. In his own words:
“Since the tax battle, we had worked harder and harder on less and less – and since the loss of the Senate, the domestic agenda of the administration had filled up with gimmicks and dodges.”
Frum debated leaving the White House. After 9-11, he witnessed a Bush become a wartime President with clarity. Frum stayed on. In the following years, Frum has tacked to the left. Perhaps he was always center left. Frum’s role in the Bush Administration was extremely small. A writer in a stable of writers. In this latest edition of Frum’s thinking, he rails against his former employer, a conservative think tank. “We don’t pay you to think, we pay you to repeat.” I would hope that any think tank would welcome any cogent thinkers in its ranks. I also would wager some money that if Frum were a columnist for “The Nation”, and wrote an article lauding the private sector and against Obama care, he would be sacked. Perhaps The Office of the President only paid him “to repeat.”
Enough on Frum resume, and indulge me to dissect his argument.
One page one he states “I helped make the mess” and that the nation is in “the coils of a Great Depression.” Robert, you and I have never lived during a “Great Depression”. This is not even close to a great depression. Country wide, we are experiencing approximately a 9% to 10% unemployment rate. During the Depression in the thirties it was close to 25 percent. What this nation is suffering from is pockets of severe unemployment. From Flint, Michigan to Camden NJ, the numbers are higher than the national average. We are in a recession to be sure, but not even close to a depression. Perhaps we should look at the citizens of these areas and why the private sector does not want to invest.
On page two, Frum blasts The Tea Party. Frum’s belief is the Tea Party has candidates which they have endorsed and an organized structure to support them. It is clearly not the case. I know the head of the Democratic Party and the head of the Republican Party. I cannot name the (wo)man in charge of The Tea Party. The left wants to place a name and face with these people. It is just as bad as when the right wants to blame Unions, commies, and Che Guevara for the Occupy movement (I know Che is dead; but I am sure some right wing loony thinks he is in a bunker issuing orders for “the peoples microphone”).
The Occupy movement, and its predecessor The Tea Party, have two things in common and one thing different. The two in common, both are pissed and very unorganized. The Tea Party might be slightly more organized; they have better credit ratings to rent out halls and purchase tri-corner hats. There is one thing different. Their age. Look at the Occupy Wall Street movement, I am not talking about the aging hippies who visit from The Village, and saunter back to their rent controlled apartments with sushi and a bottle of white wine. I am talking about the people in their late teens to late twenties camping , smoking weed, and banging.
Yes the movement has a point. I just find it pretty misguided when The Occupiers are chanting to people walking to work each day. They yell at the wage slaves trudging to work each day. These people sipping their Starbucks are not the one percent. I think not. I will say this about the Occupy movement…. what a hell of a party!!!!
Now for “Frum 2012”. I gave it this moniker, it sound like a campaign platform. Frum wants to place the mortgage interest deduction on the table. We have this deduction to induce Americans to buy property. It is similar to Federal Government gives a deduction for children. It has been decided that certain decisions by people are good for the country. These decisions are rewarded. One of the reasons “renting sucks”, is the inducement the government gives to save and purchase a domicile. This in turn give people a sense of ownership not only for their homes, but the communities they live in.
If Frum desires to expunge this, then I say get rid of deductions for children. Not everyone one has children. The “Ethnic Competition” section on page 3 I find amorphous and lacking clarity. Some employers are hiring more foreign born workers. This is due to the fact that a large majority of these workers majored in math and the sciences. Some of the 9-11 terrorists had backgrounds in engineering. There is a necessity for people in these industries. For some reason, “whitey” is not majoring in the sciences. Frum makes it sound like white America is going on a lynching.
What he doesn’t cite is that black unemployment is higher than white unemployment ( http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/02/news/economy/black_unemployment_rate/index.htm
). The out of wedlock birth rate for American blacks is approximately 70%. I don’t think it is “white American” that is angry. It is the middle class that is angry. A large majority of the middle class is white. From “bailouts” to
“handouts”, we feel we are getting squeezed.
His rant on Fox news is a little disingenuous. As a writer, Frum should applaud that I can watch Bill O’reilly , and then watch Ed Schultz
on MSNBC (which I try to do). As much as it is myopic, people will always tune in to programming they agree with. Frum believes there is a “cadre”
of conservative millionaires behind the rise of the Fox news. One could say the same about NBC and the New York Times (millionaires on the left) . He writes that the pundits are whipping up emotions of the viewers. I agree. Is this something bad? Does Frum want apathy? Does Frum want to go back to the days of Cronkite? The days when Americans only had one nightly news source “they trusted.” Cronkite; that is another topic for another day!
In closing, people are upset, from the Tea Partiers to the Occupiers.
I don’t think the GOP has lost its moorings. There are people, like myself, who are concerned that we are traveling down the socialist path of Europe. A path that is self destructive for the future. Ask Greece and France.
The Iron Tower
16 South Ave. West
Suite # 220
Eric Holder, Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
I am not a large fan of government, but I realize it has purposes. A pleasant example is the formulation and honoring of treaties with other nations. My favorite duty of government is the killing of Islamo-crazies that threaten this nation and the Western World. We seem to do that well. Since 9-11 there have been no terrorist attacks on this soil. I certainly hope the Obama Administration has the vigilance the “Texan” had. I am already starting to miss that steely eyed rancher.
I am concerned about a recent speech you gave in front of your minions at the Justice Department. This speech concerned Black History Month. Concerning race, you described Americans as a “nation of cowards”. Keeping with your coward motif, you believe that most Americans “retreat to our race protected cocoons.” Well I live in a Tower sir! An Iron one!
I am a white dude. And I am going to give the typical white response when one is called a cowardly racist. I feel compelled to tell you I have black friends. As a matter of fact I recently enjoyed a couple of pints with them on January 29, 2009 . One of them is a burly, follicle challenged (bald), boisterous, former college football player. He could break a lot of men in half with his pinky. He’s very proud of his daughter, and coaches kids on the side. He is also terrific with impressions, and can imitate anyone in our circle of friends (and enemies) at a drop of a hat. He does at times speak in riddles, but we all have our crosses to bear.
My other black friend that joined us that evening was my former boss. This soft spoken, at times sarcastic, buddy I have known for years. During a terrible time in my life he was incredibly supportive. Now he is a college professor. Aside from being a super genius, he is also a marital arts instructor.
I hope I have established my non racist credentials. Now to the purpose of this missive. I had the chance to peruse your web site. This was the job description given for Attorney General:
“The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters generally and gives advice and opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government when so requested. In matters of exceptional gravity or importance the Attorney General appears in person before the Supreme Court. Since the 1870 Act that established the Department of Justice as an executive department of the government of the United States, the Attorney General has guided the world’s largest law office and the central agency for enforcement of federal laws.”
No where does it state to give the American public advice and opinions on whom to hang out with or where to live? So what if I want to live like a caterpillar. Even if I was a backwoods, toothless, racist cracker from The Pine Barrens; it is none of your business. Listening to your pedantic scolding of America, one could forget that a lot of whitey voted for Obama. And because of that election, you have an extremely powerful position yourself. So get over it!!!!
So I apologize, Commissar Holder, for only hanging out with two black friends during that evening. The last time I checked, I don’t have any Eskimo friends. Can the Racial Integrity Unit of the Justice Department provide me with an Alaskan pen pal? Mr. Holder, do you have any Eskimo friends? Or perhaps you can be my pen pal? I describe myself as a portly, fortyish, white guy with a Spanish surname. How’s that for diversity. Please provide a response to correct my cowardice.
The Iron Tower
16 South Ave. West
Suite # 220
The Head Google Dude
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, C.A.
February 4, 2009
It looks innocent. But without proper maps and charts world domination would be difficult. Your black helicopters and sedans are mapping the planet at an alarming rate. I guess you need to know where everyone lives to put “The Google” chip in our heads. I know your military cartographers remember taking the picture of the drunken Australian Your spies probably just whisked on by, not even offering him an aspirin or “the hair of the dog.”
According to Wikipedia , as of September 2008 “The Google” has bought 54 companies. From internet security companies to Youtube, you own it. There are some very mysterious companies that were gobbled by “The Google”. In example, you purchase of Xunlei, a Chinese “File sharing” company…. Yeah right. The Red Chinese are all about sharing.
Fact # 3 – The Rise of the machines.
Check out this article on Fast Company . The article states you are starting a university so machines can take over the world. “Fittingly, it’s been dubbed Singularity University, after Kurzweil’s much-discussed idea that computers will soon reach a threshold of such great power that they’ll reshape our world.” Oh that is peachy. Now I have to worry about the Cylons or Terminators taking over the world. HEY GOOGLE!!! Just rename your company Skynet and get it over with.
In closing, I realize that this letter is filled with pithy satire. But in all seriousness, can my loyal readers just log on to blog spot with just a regular e-mail account? Please write a response Head Google Dude. You can respond on my blog if you prefer.
The Iron Tower
16 South Ave. West
My fellow citizens and mutants,
I thank you for reading my important updates on what is occurring on this mortal coil. As you can imagine I was a supporter of John McCain in the election. His campaign was like watching a car strike a puppy in slow motion. During the weeks after the election, I steadied myself for an Obama presidency. I expected some liberal programs, but after seeing how is cabinet was forming up (he did keep some Bush appointees), I was hopeful for a center left presidency. But this stimulus package has reignited my cold sweats and night tremors. The next time you see the Oval Office do not be surprised if one locates a bust of Marx on the Obama’s desk; and not Groucho Marx!
I have heard numbers like 600 billon or 700 billion. On 01-28-2009, The Wall Street Journal has calculated the number at 825 billion dollars. That is a lot of money. I found a wonderful web site titled “Self Investors” that itemizes some of expenditures of this bill. Here are some of the expenditures:
$4 billion for community activist programs such as ACORN
That’s wonderful. At least my dead grandfather can vote again. He was a good American. Wasn’t this the group who bribed citizens to vote multiple times with packs of Newports?
$650 million for coupons for digital TV conversions
Why is this needed? Who on earth, besides the Uni-bomber, does not have cable or satellite television? And why do I have to pay for people to watch American Idol? And don’t call me uncaring. You know that the majority of the pork rind eating population will not be tuning to 60 Minutes after they receive their free converter.
$50 million for National Endowment of the Arts
From Limbaugh to Hannity, and the other pundits from the right, enough has been said on this one. I do not understand how this would stimulate the economy. What is next? Making an aircraft carrier a floating shelter for the homeless? (I know…. I stole that line from Saturday Night Live).
$335 million for STD prevention
I believe this has been removed from the bill. Nancy Pelosi was a proponent of this section. I have one action for many American males that can prevent STD’s. This will cost the tax payer nothing. Internet porn then go to sleep. I wonder how many calls to Atlantic City prostitutes were stopped because of web surfing on unscrupulous sites? “Wow… I am so sleepy.”
The size of this bill is unfathomable as well. It is 647 pages long. I know that our lawmakers do not use their time wisely. But 647 pages is one hell of a doorstop. Who has time to read this pork laden leviathan? Forget the line item veto. We need a page veto. Even if you voted nay (which I am in agreement with), could you have digested this in a week? Or a month? In closing, I would like to give you a few additions that must be added to this bill. Two of them are revenue generators instead of so called stimuli. I believe you will see that it would be a step in the proper direction for this wonderful country.
#1 – National Lottery
Each state would have it’s own nationally sponsored lottery with the a single ticket costing two dollars. There would be 50 drawings each month in each of the states. The winner of the ticket does not have to pay federal income tax for the rest of his life. People hate paying taxes. It is not a million dollars. But the feeling that a large swath will not be cut out of your paycheck every two weeks will be priceless.
But there has to be two iron clad rules. Number one: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE WINNER PER TICKET. I cannot have a whole iron workers local or a gaggle of elementary school teachers pooling their money together to purchase 400 tickets. One person only!!!!
It’s like Charley with the golden ticket. But every month. Number two: If due to your low income you do not pay Federal Income Taxes, you will receive a wheel of the government cheese and carton of protein enriched biscuits every year until you do. Why would you receive money if you do not pay?
#2 – Adopt a bomb
Or a pallet of bullets, etc, etc, etc. Our government could produce a web site where Americans could pick their favorite weapon. Mine for instance is that AC-130 gunship . I love “Spooky”. You can make tax deductable donation to the weapon system of your choice. You know those commercials you see on television…. “For ninety cents a day you can feed a child; and we will send you a photo of Sally to update you on her progress.” My program would send you kick ass videos and interviews of the pilots, gunners, or soldiers. In their own words they would tell about how your money went to blasting an Islamo-crazy to Allah.
Those were the revenue builders. Now for the revenue generator.
#3 – Federal study on the common housefly’s anus
This makes as much sense as some of the other programs listed in the bill. I am sure that there are entomologists out there who are inquiring about the fly’s anus. How many millions could be poured into research and experiments? For the first time in human history we could find out the diameter of a fly anus? How does the fly wipe? A multitude of questions can be answered.
Well that is all for now. One of my readers was almost strong armed by “the google.” That is for next edition.