Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Alchemist

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“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, is an amazing book. So simple yet so profound, it is always life-changing to those who read it. Here are some quotes from the book that have touched many…

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It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. (p11)

What’s the world’s greatest lie? It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. (p18)

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. (p23)

When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision. (p71)

Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life. (p77)

When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force. (p82)

I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now. (p88/89)

All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation. Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there. (p134)

People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. (p136)

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.

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Okay once more…

It isn’t voter fraud.

Will all the folks who seem to think the “fabric of our democracy” is being threatened, take a deep breath and read that again…

It isn’t voter fraud.

I know you want to believe it. I know you are deliriously convinced that there is an organized effort underway to steal the election from the apparently much more deserving McCain/Palin ticket.

But please, do yourself a favor and use your own brain. Not Rush’s, Hannity’s or Ingram’s. Look at the facts. Look at reality. It may not be what you want to see, hear, or read. But it’s true. 

It isn’t voter fraud.

It may be lazy, inept workers; but it isn’t voter fraud.

As factcheck.org  states it….

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“Aside from the heated charges and counter-charges, no evidence has yet surfaced to show that the ACORN employees who submitted fraudulent registration forms intended to pave the way for illegal voting.

Rather, they were trying to get paid by ACORN for doing no work. Dan Satterberg, the Republican prosecuting attorney in King County, Wash., where the largest ACORN case to date was prosecuted, said that the indicted ACORN employees were shirking responsibility, not plotting election fraud.”

Satterberg: [A] joint federal and state investigation has determined that this
scheme was not intended to permit illegal voting.

Instead, the defendants cheated their employer, ACORN, to get paid for work they did not actually perform. ACORN’s lax oversight of their own voter registration drive permitted this to happen. … It was hardly a sophisticated plan: The defendants simply realized that making up names was easier than actually canvassing the streets looking for unregistered voters. …

[It] appears that the employees of ACORN were not performing the work that they were being paid for, and to some extent, ACORN is a victim of employee theft.

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Please note it was the REPUBLICAN prosecuting attorney.

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So whatever hyperbole McCain & Palin are throwing at their rallies, please know they are full of crap. They know they are lying. They know they are exaggerating facts beyond belief. And it should insult your intelligence. To buy into it without using some critical thinking is to position yourself among the lowest common denominator of American.

You have to be better than that.

You have to question the illogic they are feeding you.

Neither Mickey Mouse or the Dallas Cowboy offensive line are going to show up with ID’s to vote. The same with the other made up names. These minimum wage workers are not the ground force of some army of conspirators being manipulated from behind the curtain by the Wizard Obama.

Take the time to look at FACTS. You remember FACTS, don’t you?

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Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner

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The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner was held tonight in New York City. It was truly a refreshing respite from the deteriorating 2008 Presidential campaign.

Here was Senators McCain & Obama, in white ties and tails, hilariously roasting each other in front of fellow politicos from both parties, as well as notable members of the media and local diocese.

Hearing such non-partisan, good-natured ribbing was almost like a blowing off of steam, and allowed viewers to recalibrate the emotional pressures that have been building these last few months.

It was also a strong reminder that for the most part, as Americans, we can aggressively do battle over ideology, and that “going for the jugular” does not have to be in a literal sense.  

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ACORN

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Okay, McCain says tonight that the ACORN voter registration fiasco may, “…be destroying the fabric of this democracy.”

Come on. Can he continue to believe he will win this election by throwing stale red meat at the feet of the most inept, unintelligent voters?

For those that believe the fix is in and Obama/Ayers & Co. are perpetrating the greatest heist in American history as puppets of bin Laden, please take a deep breath, relax, and listen to the facts.

ACORN representatives/voter recruiters – whatever you want to call them – were being paid by the amount of voters they signed up. Because most of these employees were of the entry-level type, some of the unscrupulous (lazy) ones took advantage of the freedom that blank registration cards presented and began filling them out with fictitious information.

For example, the oft heard “Mickey Mouse, and the offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys. Believe it or not, those folks won’t be voting. This is a case of lazy workers trying to beat the system.

And guess what, do you know how the Justice Deptartment was informed about these dubious registrations? By ACORN themselves. They are the ones that flag the suspicious cards and advise the Justice Deptartment that they should be investigated.

ACORN has nothing to hide and they are required to submit ALL registration cards- even the ones showing Mickey Mouse.

This is simply another case of McCain trying to make something out of nothing and another case of McCain trying to win the election with sleight if hand. 

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Ugly

McCain & Palin can continue to make statements that are patently false, highly incendiary, and intellectually insulting. Is it any wonder they are now 14 points behind tonight (CBS/NYT poll 10-14)?

“KO” could not sit back any longer and here’s the “Special Comment”.  

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God’s Reputation

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So the McCain/Palin ticket finally decided to slow down the visceral rhetoric that they were spewing this past week. This crossing-the-line hate-mongering without evidence has incited midwest crowds to boiling points reminiscent of 20th century lynch mobs.

It was inexcuseable.

Claiming Barack Obama’s “association” with William Ayers is “tip-of-the-iceberg” evidence is so ludicrous as to be insulting to rational thinking Americans.

As Obama frequently points out, he was eight years old when Ayers helped found the Weather Underground and has repeatedly condemned the terrorist actions committed by Ayers and his fellow Weathermen.

Obama and Ayers were members of the boards on the Woods Fund of Chicago, and the Annenberg Foundation. These boards, especially the Annenberg include GOP members. Where is the outrage about them?

Ayers contributed $200 to Obama’s re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate in April 2001. They lived within a few blocks of each other in the Hyde Park section of Chicago.

Is that the smoking gun? Two hundred bucks, the continuously mentioned “meet & greet” at Ayers house, and the location, location, location.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley called Ayers “a valued member of the Chicago community,” and that city gave Ayers its Citizen of the Year award in 1997 for his work on the Annenberg project.

But let’s take a look at who we might really be afraid of. How about a “mainstream”, “Christian” church pastor who yesterday gave the invocation before a McCain rally with these nuggets, straight from The Crusades…

Ladies & Gentlemen I give you the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church…..

“I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons,” Conrad said.

“And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day”.  

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God’s “REPUTATION”?

Did he call out his god vs. other gods?

Yikes.

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Yep, I said THAT ONE….

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Memories of #4

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Hey kids, back in the day #4 was on our side. He was a prankster and a fun lovin’ good-ole boy. With his life and career mostly ahead of him, he lived the way he played; sometimes with grace, sometimes with instinct, and sometimes with reckless abandon.

He is sorely missed- especially after last Sunday.

But forever we will have the blessed 90’s, when he was in his prime. When the planets aligned and a couple of guys named Holmgren and Wolf put together and developed an amazing team.

Here’s a clip of Favre, his best buddy Frankie Winters, and veteran Don Beebe, trick-or-treating at Mike Holmgren’s house.

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Not Tina Fey

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While Tina Fey may eventually tire of doing her dead-on Sarah Palin impersonation, I don’t believe she could ever top the real deal. This candidate is so pathetically out of her element it’s painful to watch.

Even while swinging (and wildly missing) at the softballs lobbed from Katie Couric, the self-proclaimed “hockey-mom” may have set American-woman-working-mom-as-candidate credibility back about 50 years.

Suddenly I’m missing the steady experience and articuation of Hillary Clinton or Geraldine Ferraro.

View this- it’s painful- and tell me how much she sounds like the head cheerleader from your high school taking a verbal American History test. 

 

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