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March 17, 2007

Here are few of the names I talk about in this rant (there are many more that I haven't listed here,even thought I talk about them. Because I really don't know how to spell some of their names. Remember, Mrs.Helen Martin at Fordson said I was an atrocious speller :)
Mr. Kaminski
Judith Cobley
Gorden Bremkamepf
Ron Webb
Carol Bocksky
John Kreger
Jeremy Hughes
Dr. Mary Assel
Greg Viscomi
Dean Tate
Sam Nastase
Susan Zimmermann and many, many more

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politics

Food for Thought

March 21, 2007



About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new
constitution
in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the
University of
Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian
Republic some
2,000 years earlier:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot
exist as a
permanent form of government."

"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that
voters
discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public
treasury."

"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the
candidates who
promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the
result that
every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal
policy, which is
always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from
the beginning
of history, has been about 200 years."

"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed
through the
following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage"

Some interesting facts concerning the 2000

Presidential election:

Number of contiguous States won by: Gore: 19;
Bush: 29
Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush:
2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143
million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:

Gore: 13.2;
Bush: 2.1
"In aggregate, the map of the territory
Bush won was
mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great
country.
Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in
government-owned tenements and living off various forms of
government
welfare..."

Some believes the United States is now somewhere between the
"complacency
and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy,
with some
forty percent of the nation's population already having reached
the
"governmental dependency" phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty-million
criminal
invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say good-bye
to the USA
in fewer than five years.

Pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at
stake, knowing
that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.



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rambling - March 25, 2007

March 25, 2007

Topics:
Wal-mart
Rep. John Dingell
Don't believe everything you read
Urban Legend
Hillary Clinton
Obama
Dearborn Press&Guide
Dearborn Public Schools
Athletic Directors
Oakman Elementary School
Michael Guido Theatre
Abortion
Death Penalty
Cashing in on Design
Cigars
Tiger Stadium

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at random

this is where we live

March 27, 2007

Click on the following link

EARTH

And then click on each picture individually.

at random

Memories

March 29, 2007

The other night I came accross my second cousin Robin Gibb, singing a song about one of the most beautiful places on this planet, - The Isle of Man, in the UK.

In 1969 I was at one of Isle for the famous Who and Bob Dylan concert, and when I heard Robin singing it's praises. Ellan Vannin, which is manx for the Isle of Man, tears came to my eyes. Please, may I share this with you and thank you Robin for this beautiful song. Click here:Ellan Vannin

LYRICS:

Ellan Vannin
(Ellan Vannin is the "Isle of Man " in Manx)

When the summer day is over
It's busy cares have flown
I will sit beneath the starlight
With a weary heart alone

Then it rises like a vision
Sparkling bright it shines for me
My own dear Ellan Vannin
With it's green hills by the sea

Let me hear the ocean murmur
Let me watch your stormy sky
Then above the emerald waters
Sings the seagull as she flies

Then it rises like a vision
Sparkling bright it shines for me
My own dear Ellan Vannin
With it's green hills by the sea

And in all my times of sorrow
And on some lonely shore
I'll go back to Ellan Vannin
To my childhood days once more

politics

A Citizen Writes

April 2, 2007



Wasteful Spending?

Apparently Cristen Kis from the Dearborn Press & Guide is doing her homework. How does the City of Dearborn's Charter allow individual Commissions to pick a Department Director AND set their pay? What has been happening to our elected officials and their leadership skills? A library director making $85,000+/year? A HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR MAKING OVER $99,900+/year? The SECOND HIGHEST paid director in the City! MORE COMPENSATION than the Chiefs of Police and Fire? A shade below the City's top attorney? How is this justified? Fiscal responsibility? By whom? These Commissions? How do they pick Department Directors and who oversees their operations? It appears that an awful lot of pandering, posturing, and politicking goes on in these city departments that the elected officials have no say in. Who's greasing who these days?

Check the facts. The most successful corporations outsource/privatize operations they cannot provide in a cost effective manner. THAT IS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. Municipalities such as Dearborn need to be allowed to be at the forefront of regional sharing. Dearborn is a leadership community.

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A father asks for help

April 2, 2007



Hi Russ,

We have talked with my son Sean twice this week. First we had a quick conversation when he arrived in Iraq. The flight was long, 24 hours, and he was tired, but all was well. He had one more flight left to get to his final destination -- they only had about a day and a half in Kuwait -- and he told us he would try to call on the weekend. And so he did

He is now in Ramadi in "Tent City." They are living in big tents and will move into barracks sometime next week. He hasn't started working, yet, and he says in addition to his regular assignment it sounds like they will be trained to do other jobs around the detention facility. He likes the idea of being busy, since they spent so much time sitting around on Oahu.

The one thing that he and his buddies all need are phone cards. They must be international calling cards -- they can be purchased almost anywhere. Although they have access to phones, phone calls are very expensive; he suggested the $10 cards -- that gets them a little under 30 minutes of talking time. I am going to suggest a calling card collection at church and at my school -- you might have places where you can do the same. They have everything else that they need for the time being, but he will let us know if they are in need of things from home.

Phone cards can be sent directly to him and he will distribute them to the guys in his unit. Here is his address again:

Corporal Sean Baldwin
1BN 12MAR B BTRY
Unit 44117
FPO, AP 96607-4117


Thanks for your help, Mark

politics

Michigan, poor Michigan.

April 8, 2007

Editorial

An iPod for every kid

? Are they !#$!ing idiots?

The Detroit News

We have come to the conclusion that the crisis Michigan faces is not a shortage of revenue, but an excess of idiocy. Facing a budget deficit that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy a MP3 player or iPod for every school child in Michigan.

No cost estimate was attached to their hare-brained idea to "invest" in education. Details, we are promised, will follow.

The Democrats, led by their increasingly erratic speaker Andy Dillon of Redford Township, also pledge $100 million to make better downtowns.

Their plan goes beyond cluelessness. Democrats are either entirely indifferent to the idea that extreme hard times demand extreme belt tightening, or they are bone stupid. We lean toward the latter.

We say that because the House plan also keeps alive, again without specifics, the promise of tax hikes.

The range of options, according to Rep. Steve Tobocman, D-Detroit, includes raising the income tax, levying a 6 percent tax on some services, and taxing junk food and soda.

We wonder how financially strained Michigan residents will feel about paying higher taxes to buy someone else's kid an iPod.

That they would include such frivolity in a crisis budget plan indicates how tough it will be to bring real spending reform to Michigan.

Senate Republicans issued a plan a week ago that eliminates the deficit with hard spending cuts. Now their leader, Mike Bishop of Rochester Hills, is sounding wobbly, suggesting he might compromise on a tax hike.

We hope Bishop is reading the polls that say three-quarters of Michigan residents oppose higher taxes.

There are few things in the House budget outline from which to forge a compromise.

For example, Dillon says he would shift the burden of business taxes to companies that operate in Michigan, but don't have a facility here. The certain outcome of that plan is to drive even more businesses out of Michigan.

About all we see of merit is a call for government consolidation and a demand that state employees contribute more to their retirement benefits -- which is no more than House Democrats suggested for future state lawmakers a few weeks ago.

We find it ironic that the Democrats are proposing floating $5 billion in revenue bonds to pay for retiree health care, when Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed a nearly identical plan by Oakland County because it would cost the state money.

Instead of advocating cost-saving changes in public school teacher pension and health plans, Dillon suggests more study. There have been plenty of studies of the issue, with the conclusion being that hundreds of millions of dollars could be saved through reforms. Michigan needs action, not more study committees.

Dillon also proposes that the state cover 50 percent of the cost of catastrophic health insurance for everyone in the place, but once again doesn't specify a funding source.

Stop the stupidity. Michigan can't tax or spend its way out of this economic catastrophe.

The only responsible option is to bring spending in line with current revenues. The mission must be to expand the tax base, rather than to expand taxes, by crafting a budget that encourages growth.

We won't get there by wasting money on early Christmas presents for Michigan kids.


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politics

Revelations ?

April 13, 2007

"Do As I Say": A book by Peter Schweizer a free lance writer states in his new book DO AS I SAY, that
Filmmaker Michael Moore insists that corporations are evil and claims he doesn't invest in the stock market due to moral principle. But Moore's IRS forms, viewed by Schweizer, show that over the past five years he has owned shares in such corporate giants as Halliburton, Merck, Pfizer, Sunoco, Tenet Healthcare, Ford, General Electric and McDonald's. Now what I would like to know is how did Schweizer see Moores tax return ???

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HELP. A movie patron writes..

April 14, 2007

Russ, Last night, my friends and I decided to go for a late night movie. The last option open was the Fairlane Star Theatre in Dearborn. However, it was so unbelievably filthy and stinky in their hallways that I won't go there anymore.

Carpets smelled like a mixture of urine, beer and popcorn butter. It was so disgusting that I wondered what the Dearborn sanitation inspectors are doing these days.

I don't think that cutting the budget for a carpet cleaning is going to help them anyway.

If they want new customers in there they are going to have to clean up the whole place.

Shame on Fairlane shopping Center, it's falling apart.

Tom
Dearborn


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