Saturday, July 14, 2007


I tried stuffing my mattress but I had to give up.

You see, there is soooooo much money I just can't find room for it all. My mattress is under there somewhere but I just don't care any more.

I think I will go shopping today and maybe buy aaaaaaa, Hmmm........Yup! thats it! a Hummer, make it a Diesel too.

Hey you know what? I need a yacht. Someplace on it to land my helicopter. Dang all this money spending is hard work, figuring out who to buy from, scrapping for a deal and all that.

Hey!! I'll just let Jeebs do my legwork from now on. Oh, Jeebs! Bring the Rolls around will you? I have some work for you.

And you little people think you have it bad, just try to buy caviar at todays prices, we upper crusties don't exactly have it easy either. Oh, Jeebs!, where ever is that man!

Got to go, my winery foreman just called, there are some problems with.....OH, Jeebs!

Of course that is just plain bullshit, 'cause I'm so poor, I can't afford to pay attention!

Illustrates the folly of being rich, that way I don't feel so bad about being poor.

Best to let others have all the money, cause if you have it, everybody wants it enough to steal it from you given half a chance.

If money is the ROOT of all evil, it must be one BAD tree!

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DEN said...

Happy Sunday everyone!

Looks to be a fine week ahead, buy bottled water, duct tape and plastic sheet, I have a GUT feeling, URRRRRP!

Oh hey, thats better!

Scratch the gut feeling, buy the stuff anyway.

Carry on!

DEN said...

Cool Critter Pics

Gerald said...

The Dark Side of Hitler

Gerald said...


Gerald said...

As Hitler declares martial law and cancels the 2008 elections, he will reinstate the military draft to fight in his endless wars. Christians will be called to fight or die by Franz's example.

Are you ready to say no to war and give up your life for Jesus in a nonviolent way? You will be called to die. Will you answer the call to die or fight in Hitler's unending wars?

Gerald said...

Here are two paragraphs from the article, "The Dark Side Of Hitler."

As a psychotherapist I will share that Bush has the classic symptoms of a person in serious denial of reality as well as the barely suppressed anger of a dry drunk . This thinly disguised anger masks deep childhood wounding and insecurities which I am sure he has never revisited or understood. One of the classic symptoms of denial is the need to be in control and when that control begins to break down, as it is now, emotional instability is a common result.

There is only one way to end Bush's self delusion and that is Impeachment ~ for both Bush and Cheney must be held accountable for not protecting and supporting the Constitution which they both swore to do when they took office. A point well taken in Bill Moyer's special last night.

Gerald said...

On Eagles Wings

Gerald said...

The Virtue of Humility

Gerald said...

No Bravery

Gerald said...

Seven New Beatitudes to Change the World

Gerald said...

Are our troops sufficiently ethical in war?

Gerald said...

Hitler does not possess the humility to say, "He is a mistake and all he does is a mistake."

David B. Benson said...

Den --- I fear I cannot imagine why I need bottled water, duct tape and plastic sheet.

{ò,ó}arol said...

How did this get by me last week? I just read Mitch Albom's column in Sunday's paper. Boy, I sent it out to EVERYone! Especially the blase and the idiots I know.

Enough of this bunch already! ~Carol~

When this doctor was in, he was out

July 15, 2007



We can be a pretty lazy nation, but one thing that gets us riled up is our health, right?

When a baby is sick, look out. When a father or mother isn't getting good care, we scream. When we find our water is being poisoned, or something we're ingesting causes cancer, we get angry.

Don't we?

So why have we been so silent after the former surgeon general of the United States just testified that the Bush administration repeatedly muzzled him, ignored him or told him not to issue reports?

After all, the surgeon general isn't just a name on a cigarette pack. The job is referred to as the nation's doctor. And, personally, if I find out my doctor is withholding information, I'm furious.

Yet, according to testimony at his congressional hearing last week, Richard Carmona, who served four years as surgeon general under President George W. Bush, was told not to speak or issue reports about stem cells, sex education, emergency contraception, global health or mental health issues.

The reason, Carmona said, was politics.

"I was told to stay away" from certain issues, he testified, "because we've already decided which way we want to go."


Is there a doctor in the White House?

So Bush, with no medical training whatsoever, can tell the world his view of embryos and stem cells, but the highest doctor in the land cannot?

So Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney can cluck tongues at global warming, but the highest doctor in the land has his tongue tied?

So Bush and Cheney can tell citizens abstinence is the only answer in sex education, but the highest doctor in the land can't speak about contraceptives?

So tobacco executives can lie on the stand about their product, but the highest doctor in the land is discouraged by the administration from testifying about secondhand smoke?

According to Carmona, this administration not only did all that, it even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics, because that organization has long been a favorite of the Kennedys. And the Kennedys are not members of Team Bush.

So, disabled kids -- too bad.

Wait. There's more. Carmona testified that some of his reports were shot down because they didn't glowingly compliment the administration. And he was instructed to mention Bush by name at least three times on every page of his speeches.

(Technically, he could have achieved this by saying, "President Bush doesn't want me to discuss matters President Bush has already decided on because he's President Bush." But I guess that wouldn't count.)

Who hired these people, anyway?

Excuse the pun, but at what point does this make you sick? How many more Bush administration exes have to come out the door shaking their heads -- telling stories of being muzzled or fired over speaking the truth -- before we accept that the nation is being run by political bullies?

And save your breath about "Bush hating." That's a great trick for shooting the messengers. "Ah, you can't trust them; they're just Bush haters." Except it makes no sense. Like Colin Powell, Michael Brown and a laundry list of former military and economic staffers who have questioned the president, Carmona was chosen by this administration. Sorry. You can't select your team then call it the enemy. Pick a lane and drive it.

Now, even more than most, the surgeon general should have no political interference. It's a doctor's position. If a doctor is to warn Americans about health issues, he can't worry that the boss has ties to the tobacco industry, the alcohol industry, drug companies, oil companies or a particular religious view.

You want to muzzle an aide? Hardly news. A press secretary? It has been done. But a surgeon general with his hands over his eyes, ears and mouth? Where is our anger now?

We better show some. Otherwise, forget cigarettes. Pretty soon it'll be the White Houses that should come with a warning: May be hazardous to your health.

Contact MITCH ALBOM at 313-223-4581 or Catch "The Mitch Albom Show" 5-7 p.m. weekdays on WJR-AM (760).

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Tha's a lot of money!

Looks to be about enough for one day in Iraq...

DEN said...

Lots of money, three pallets of $100 bills disappeared in Iraq without even a trace, could feed a lot of people.

Hoping Hitlers chain comes off his sprocket! (Cycle lingo)

DEN said...

Carol, what a rip!

They are screwing with all agencies, like any good fascists should.

DEN said...


erling krange said...

Den, I tried to find out how much money that was in the pile, but I lost track after one billion. But then again, I'm not good at mathematics. Maybe thats why I'm still poor. Actually, I'm not poor at all. I've got a family that loves me (I like to belive so), Three children, eight grandchildren, and belive it or not: one great grandchild. I'm only 64 years young! Still married to the same woman after 44 years!
I visited your country for the first time back in 1958, when Ike was still your president. In 1959, when I was 16, I served on a Norwegian tanker that collided with an American passenger ship named S/S "Constitution" in New York lower bay, not far from Ambrose Light Ship. Nobody got hurt or killed, but the tanker ended up in two pieces. After the accident, we stayed for several months at Bethlehem Steel in Hoboken, NJ, where the bow was welded back on. The story about the collision is to be found at US Coastguard records from 1959. We do have a time difference of six hours between Norway and New York, that's why my postings are somewhat "off-line". It's a pety that you have to wait another year in order to get rid of "You know who". Take care