Thursday, October 23, 2008

Encouraging Quote by a Great Man

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." -- John Quincy Adams

It is with this in mind that I will choose to watch the upcoming third party presidential debate.

The debate is tonight at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., where I stayed one year ago this month. (Debate schedule: Thursday, October 23, at 9:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM Texas time.)

C-SPAN will cover the debate, hopefully live.

Early voting in Texas has begun, so vote your conscience and stick to your principles, all the way down the ballot. Remember that your vote is your endorsement of that candidate, and one day you might get a chance to shake their hand and look in their eye. This is what I think about when I vote--who would I most like to support if we were face to face?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"I'm gonna punch your lights out!" A Tale of US Economy Woe Revenge

"Lehman CEO Reportedly Punched In Face At Gym

Attack Allegedly Happened Shortly After Bankruptcy News Broke
POSTED: 10:41 am EDT October 7, 2008
UPDATED: 11:50 am EDT October 7, 2008

Lehman Bros. CEO Richard S. Fuld Jr. was reportedly attacked at the company gym shortly after it was announced that the 158-year-old company was going bankrupt last month, according to CNBC and The Telegraph of London.

The Telegraph, sourcing CNBC, said "two very senior sources - one incredibly senior source" had confirmed the rumors of the attack.

According to reports, Fuld was running on the treadmill when a man who was pumping iron in the corner of the gym came over and knocked him out cold.

Further details about the alleged attack were not immediately available.

Fuld sat for a two-hour-plus grilling before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Monday as the panel combed through his pay history, management practices and financial strategies.

"You made all this money by taking risks with other people's money," Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the panel's chairman, said. "The system worked for you, but it didn't seem to work for the rest of the country and the taxpayers, who now have to pay $700 billion to bail out our economy."

A subdued Fuld opened his testimony declaring, "I take full responsibility for the decisions that I made and for the actions that I took," but he conceded no errors or misjudgments in the chaotic period that led to the firm's bankruptcy.

And he said a compensation system that he estimated paid him about $350 million between 2000 and 2007 even as the company headed for disaster was appropriate.
"We had a compensation committee that spent a tremendous amount of time making sure that the interests of the executives and the employees were aligned with shareholders," Fuld said.

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PatriotWriter's Note: Ron Paul is reported to have commented on the bailout situation and the failures of the Federal Reserve, "I told you so."

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Hijackers pilot the GOP, American Liberty is first casualty

"There is no question that if one were to ask whether we Americans are moving toward more liberty or more government control over our lives, the answer would unambiguously be the latter – more government control over our lives. We might have reached a point where the trend is irreversible, and that is a true tragedy for if liberty is lost in America, it will be lost for all times and all places." - Walter E. Williams

I have been reading lately about the history of the Republican Party and its players. The hijacking of the GOP is nearly complete, and completely obvious to anyone who dares investigate. People with conservative principles have been systematically weeded out, if not completely destroyed. Promoted within the GOP are those weak-starred boot-licking generals consumed by a lust for personal power at all costs. They are experts at kissing ass and standing up for nothing.

Most of the GOP Hijackers' supporting crew have never pondered the proper role of government or any truly conservative principle. They care not for matters of liberty. They fall in line with the head puppetmasters--folks like GW, Rove, McCain, and Cheney--and salivate eagerly for any scrap of perceived power, or even just an "atta boy" from someone higher up on the political ladder. These spineless sergeants of the New GOP hold office at all levels in every state. It wouldn't occur to them to oppose big government legislation or shifts away from liberty because they don't operate based on a set of well-defined positions. The only position they understand is their current standing in the hierarchy on the ladder of power, and their lust for altitude.

The result for rank and file American patriots? We will only ever have the choice of two positions: kneel or fight.