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Until voters read and understand the Constitution (Article 2), inadequate candidates for the job will be fielded by the two party monopoly and celebrated by the lame stream media. I've also had it with the "lesser of two evils" argument. My county is holding a run-off election shortly where I voted for neither of the candidates on the ballot. Frankly, I consider both evil, and I can't tell if one is more evil than the other. I may show up at the poll but not indicate a vote for that office. I stand by the following words of wisdom: "In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look to his character. ... When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country."
I lost faith in institutional leadership (public, private, and non-profit) just before the "dot com" bust. It was fascinating to watch giddy people run around the office declaring the internet paradigm shift and how "old economic rules" no longer applied. Most of these folks looked rather sheepish after their quick acquisition of paper wealth was reduced by a factor of 10 or more. Worse, I don't think most of them learned anything from their hubris. The prevalence of incompetent and malevolent C-level executives is epidemic partially because shareholders do not select leaders with virtue who build quality products and services. Stockholders select out of touch board members who in turn select executives who "paint" fantasies for pundits and "analysts", but most are unwilling or unable to do the work and take the risks to build and maintain sustainable businesses. Rather than using lobbying to promote a purer capitalist system, the corporate elite use resources like Ackman - for personal power and golden parachutes.
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How to Get a Job Today

SolofTexas Wrote: Nov 23, 2014 10:00 AM
That advice won't hurt much, but it won't help very much either. Frankly, the economy must expand for jobs and wages to increase. Current Federal tax, fiscal, and monetary policy defeats the goal. As a consequence, available investment and newly created jobs are largely shifting overseas. Want a job? Start by voting bums out of elected positions in city, county, state, and federal governments. In all probability, the officials YOU elect are the problem, not the ones "that other guy" elects. Lazy and ignorant citizens are what killed America.
Monster -- Very true! I consider the refusal to enforce the laws and exercise the duties required of the President (by the oath of office he took) to be a high crime and therefore, subject to the impeachment and removal process. Let's see if the new Congress has the guts to proceed.
VaSteve -- Despite Geneva Convention, from a practical perspective, the rules of war are ultimately only enforced after the fact, by the victors. Nearly all armies in recorded history have committed atrocities. In WWII, soldiers on opposing sides attempted to surrender and were shot down unarmed. The Japanese had no respect as some despicable enemy surrendering. War, by its very nature, is barbaric. It is the reason we should never grow fond of it as the means of resolving conflicts.
During Sherman's March, Federal casualties were light. Hood's and Thomas' battle of Franklin was titanic, almost on the scale of Gettysburg. It could be argued that Sherman used methods that would be condemned in this era of "Let's have a war, but let's not hurt anyone or destroy any property" mentality. One example was that on the outskirts of Savannah, the Confederates placed "land torpedoes" (precursors to land mines) in the path of the Union Army's march. Sherman countered by placing captured Confederates at the front of the march. Once the Confederates learned of this practice, they stopped placing land mines.
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The Craziness of Ed Schultz

SolofTexas Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 10:21 AM
How Herr Schultz got a show to begin with (even MSNBC) is surprising. How he's kept it so long is remarkable. It speaks extensively to the sense of humor the MSNBC programming exec's must have. :-o
We will never regain our freedom until the 16th Amendment is repealed and the tax code replaced with the Fair Tax (the Fair Tax is like the Texas sales and use tax). Anything else sends the citizenry further down the road of serfdom.
I still think cigars and wine are organic :-o
Clearly Professor Penrose is not a born and raised Texan. I understand she got her degrees at Pepperdine and Notre Dame. If the Professor wants a new Constitutional, my desire is that it will provision for a state's right to secede.
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