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Friday, September 22, 2006

 

Short and Sharp

There are two things that the government statisticians do not take into account when they check for inflation: Energy and Food prices.

There is one thing they Federal Bank uses to curb inflation: Interest Rates.

There are three things which damage the living standards of the middle and lower income classes: Energy prices, Food prices, and high Interest Rates.

To the normal person, the economy is how far your paycheck will go to take care of your family with no caveats.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

 

Why are we allowing the free world to be destroyed right in front of us?

I have just read several articles on the the arctic and the Greenland ice sheet, and , how "Global Warming" has accelerated the melting of thousands of years of compiled ice in the last 5 years. I also read as much of S. 3886--AKA the "Bill Frist’s “Terrorist Tracking, Identification, and Prosecution Act of 2006,” (S. 3886) would combine the Cheney-Specter Bill to allow warrantless spying on Americans with military tribunals legislation that would gut the Geneva Conventions and allow secret evidence to be used to convict detainees held in Guantanamo."

While all the time denying truth and guilt while accusing those who protest, the Republican regime of Bush, Rumfeld, and Rove have managed to ignore global warming--even with overwhelming proof available. To whittle away at A Bill of Rights that is part of keeping our country a free nation with free people. To go to war on a pretext that they were too ignorant, too determined to go to war, or just too ignorant to have a double reality check. While at the same time turning the Congress into an unthinking rubber stamp of Executive branch mechinations.

If you wonder how historical tyrants weren't stopped by the citizens of their country before starting military conflagrations and ousting a complete loss of personal control of freedom and life for those very citizens, you have many of the steps staring you right in the face at this moment.

However, you do have a weapon to bring these steps tumbling down. The weapon was given us by our Forefathers. It is the ballot box and the votes cast and placed in it.

Vote as many Republicans as you can out of office this year. If you don't, when you are looking back at your own history, you, yourself and those of the next generation will be wondering why you did nothing while the destroyers took over.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

 

Assailing the words of Bush

Addressing Iraqis specifically in his Umited Nations speech, Bush said, "We will not abandon you in your struggle to build a free nation."
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The statement above is another example of Bush putting a spin on words that benefit his needs and not necessarily the truth or the needs of our nation or any other.

By commonly accepted denotation Iraq was a "free nation" before Bush manipulated its invasion and occupation. As an example, Lebanon was not, and, is not a free nation because areas of the country are occupied by troops of other countries.

Only if we had brought about the downfall of Saddam Hussein and then withdrawn from Iraq could could Iraq be called a free nation. In fact, at this point in time, the indigenous insurgents could be called the fighters for a "free nation" against an occupying force.

The real goal should be that Iraq becomes a nation of free people who are choosing their own destiny by their own actions--not necessarily a destiny chosen by Bush.

Democracy is only a word that signifies a set of protocals.

Free People is phrase that signifies a set of human beings who choose their own set of protocols and have the freedom to live in their free nation by those protocols without outside interference or what they precieve as a tyrannical government.

Were I writing the speech I would have written, "We will not abandon our support for the Iraqi people to become a free people within a free nation, for, even though our military presence serves to protect, in its very presence there is a paradox that denies the right of choice to a free people. Therefore we will withdraw from Iraq within the next month. However, if we are called by the people of Iraq or if foreign powers or terrorists show to the world they are interfering in the actions of a free people by words and deeds, we will return."

Of course Bush could never bring himself to read such a paragraph as the one above.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

 

Brown Shirts Spawn in North Dakota—and at a place nearest you


You tell me why parents who want the best for their children would send them to a brown shirt indoctrination camp like one called: Jesus Camp. I live in NYC and am baffled by what seems to be a cadre of children being brainwashed by really sick adults in North Dakota.

While writing a piece about Dick Chaney, I stopped for a moment today to scan the blogs: left, right and center. At Crooks and Liars I was informed that some kids genuflect in front of a cardboard George Bush at Jeeeeesuz Camp. Folks, it only took a bunch of drunk Munich beer hall thugs to ignite a firestorm. The stuff in this documentary is truly scary.

Follow the Crooks and Liars link to a short ABC story ( on this camp for a glimpse at fringe Christian indoctrination of children—into a life of despair and violence. There is enough in this short ABC piece to come to the conclusion that an off-the-beaten-path church organization might be a nation-threatening spawn. Not that this North Dakota “Children of the Damned” will bring violence to a block nearest me; I live in NYC. They will probably bomb federal buildings and Planned Parenthood clinics nearby in the Upper Midwest.

But, we in NYC may not be immune. As it happens, some west coast evangelical organization has sent me a neighbor. This neighbor has been charged with opening a few of the organization’s churches here. That is their prerogative. (It costs a lot of dough to do that. Who’s footing the bill—your neighbors who have no health insurance?). He’s a friendly guy, this neighbor; and he has a wife who is always smiling. But her three little girls never do. They are like Pitiful Pearl dolls in three different sizes. For nothing, you cannot get these kids to smile and respond to anything you say; and the mother always seems to be at hand. Is she protecting them from what she perceives as moral pollutants: Brooklynites? This weirdness isn’t normal to a New Yawker. We have visions of something really oppressive going on in their home. My kid should be the grinless one: Hewas birthed by a Romanian mother we call “The Last Party Boss”. Even with this bloodline back to Dracula, he has always talked and laughed with everyone who talks to him.

I really feel sorry for my neighbor's little girls.

Anti-democratic movements have flourished under Bush, a petty frat boy whose family had dubious past associations with Nazis. Their followers are told by opportunistic ministers and pastors, and paid organizers, that Bush is on a holy mission to fight the abortionists and Islamic whatevers. Bush is really on one personal and delusional quest, and a real one for the oil patch et al.

I think this neighbor guy of mine is one of those fringe church organizers. He seems very normal though, and intelligent. (Of course, I don’t talk politics with him. He’s not one of us.) Actually, we really don’t need any more churches in Brooklyn; we already have more than any other city in the world. I mean, this is a city where the Catholic Churches sit next to O’Hara’s pub so that parishioners don’t have far to walk from where they slept Saturday night.

Hey, do you have a few of those un-democratic movements growing in your community? Finally, here's words from the Jeeeesuz Camp leader:

Pastor Fisher: I want to see them as radically laying down their lives for the gospel as they are over in Pakistan and Israel and Palestine and all those different places.



William Spier
New York City
9/17/06

 

Texas Toll Roads Causing Political Showdown


Jack FinkReporting
(CBS 11 News) DALLAS

Toll roads are causing a political showdown between Governor Rick Perry and Dallas County Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield. The two leaders are butting heads over the Governor’s plan to build new toll roads to relieve traffic congestion.“This Governor and his administration, including TxDOT, has a policy which is raping people who use tolls,” said Mayfield. He feels that Perry wants to build too many toll roads instead of looking for alternatives.The Governor would have none of it. “If Mr. Mayfield does not want to drive on a toll road, there will still be alternates that are free for him and people who want to travel that way,” said Perry.Last month, critics protested the opening of State Highway 121, which will begin operating as a toll road after November’s elections.Mayfield said that he supports the toll roads planned by the North Texas Tollway Commission because the agency will ensure that the tolls stay as low as possible. He said that the Governor’s policy of having private firms build and operate the new toll roads, including State Highway 121, Highway 161 and the new Loop 9 in Dallas County, means drivers will face higher tolls to help the company earn a profit.The Governor says that the state doesn’t have enough money to build new roads and maintain the existing ones. “The bottom line is, we need to have infrastructure in this state, built today if we’re going to see the continued economic growth in the state of Texas,” Perry said. “I think we’re doing it thoughtfully. I think we’re doing it the right way.”Mayfield, a Republican who is supporting independent candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s bid for governor, disagrees.“We’ve got an election coming up, and if the current Governor loses, and I sure dab-gum hope he does, than this can be changed,” Matfield said.For now, Commissioner John Wiley Price says that the State is in the driver’s seat, and that there is little Dallas County can do to stop toll roads. Both Mayfield and County Judge Margaret Keliher disagree, saying there is still time to fight.

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Terry's comment: Just goes to show, the Republicans don't even accept what Perry is doing to the People of Texas.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.


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