Just Let Me -- G -- Indoctrinate You!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's a Tax Thing...how is your European Summer Vacation Going?

Dear America,

It's a wee bit premature, but upon first blush of what just happened today ---

  • IT is a TAX (no more hiding it, Mr. President)
  • IT is still NOT fully paid for!  (CBO will have to re-calculate it)
  • IT is FRAUD, spoon-fed to us courtesy of Nancy Pelosi's Congress and the Obama Administration
  • IT is OVERREACH of the federal government
  • IT is grounds for impeachment of President Obama, based upon the fraud, lies and manipulation to the American people (and just among numerous other things he has done from the executive branch)
  • IT opens up a brand new argument on behalf of the people -- because it is now considered a tax and worthy of a brand new fight FOR the people.  The real battle has only just begun.  
and as our Chief Justice John Roberts duly noted:

  • “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness."

let's see... what else...

  • IT emboldens Americans who sit upon the other side of this decision to send a clear and effective message come November ...  
  • IT actually works in ROMNEY'S favor....
  • IT gives fiduciary support to have ourselves another rendition of the Boston Tea Party, but in the Potomac
  • IT demands President Obama to recognize HIS law, the "Affordable Care Act," for what it is:  A TAX!
  • IT goes against the view of 67% of Americans (and then, you give us ALL a brand new tax to deal with? -- the middle class included? -- excuse me?  this number of 67% will jump by the end of the day)
  • IT is official -- our entry into Socialism USA is upon us; and sadly, we are on the precipice of ending our Republic just days before celebrating our nation's birthday.
Other than that, it is a good day for America -- of course, we will all know more as time goes by...cuz, you know, that whole thing about 'we gotta pass it to know what's in it' just keeps on ticking.

can't wait to hear what our president says... in just about an hour from now....

until then, G's got some reading to do...here's a link to the full text of the decision (through a link from MSNBC just for twisted kicks)

Make it a Good Day, G 

guess you didn't realize we all signed up for a European vacation for the rest of our lives, huh? 

what's next -- what else will you demand us all to buy, or else?  hybrid cars, not clunkers, for everyone -- but buy a gas guzzler and get taxed at a higher rate? 
or how about this -- how else will the nanny state manage and modify and nudge us in our everyday human behavior?...oh right, we are already getting  a no-food-value-added tax for soda and sugar products... 
... but will fat people get a larger tax than the skinny people?  
...will smokers be required to cough up more than the non-smoker?  
...how will they really make it FAIR for everyone?
THIS open-ended opinion on the ability for the government to use the system of taxation leaves America vulnerable to all kinds of craziness.  Tyranny is a fine way to start the day, isn't it?! 


God Bless US one and all. 

oh and just in case anybody really cares -- unemployment numbers still suck. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

It's a Sovereignty Thing

Dear America,

"Federal power over immigration 
comes from the same source 
as state power over immigration: 
it is an inherent attribute -- perhaps the fundamental attribute -- 
of sovereignty.   
The states, of course, are sovereign, 
the United States being a Union of sovereign states.  
To be sovereign 
is necessarily to possess 
the power to exclude 
unwanted persons and things 
from the territory."  
Supreme Court Justice Scalia, Bench Statement

 This country, believe it or not -- accepted or not -- wanted or not -- was made with the MOST power going to the people, the individual; coming in second, to the state; and coming in last but certainly not least (with a little irony thrown in on the fly), to the oh so limited federal government.

"No federal law says the States
cannot have their own immigration law."  

"Of course, the Supremacy Clause establishes that the federal immigration law is supreme, so that the States' immigration law cannot conflict with it, cannot admit those whom federal law would exclude or exclude those whom the federal law would admit.  But that has not occurred here.  Arizona has attached consequences under state law to acts that are unlawful under federal law -- illegal aliens' presence in Arizona and their failure to maintain federal alien registration.  It is not at all unusual for state law to impose additional penalties or attach additional consequences to acts that are unlawful under federal law -- state drug laws are a good example. That does not conflict with federal law."  Scalia

And yet, something happened to me just last night that reveals a twisted interpretation of this out here in the wild, wild west, living in the hallucinogenic reality that is California:  someone who looked much like a drifter knocked on my door, holding a clipboard with medical marijuana paraphernalia attached.

"hey, what's up, are you aware of um, ah, the growth of the medical marijuana needs in your community..." 
or something like that, anyway.

now honestly,
I was on my way out,
or I would have talked his ear off for awhile...and not even because I'm like totally against it, or anything...it would have been an interesting exchange, I'm sure.

For me, it's simple: It falls back to that one itty bitty detail that keeps getting in the way:  Marijuana is an ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE and against the law.

Current federal law has deemed it unlawful to grow, use, smoke, eat, sell.... in all forms. When it becomes legalized -- then we can all partake in the good and the bad and the ugly that comes with it.  But at this time, why should it be allowed and accepted to use freely by only a portion of society?  Just because they are ill?  Why is it "legal" for just the infirmed (and those who find a doctor for the fringe who just wanna get high)?

Given the arguments made by our lowly supreme court on the SB1070 law -- sanctuary marijuana clinics must cease and desist, as of yesterday; medical marijuana shops must close down.  California is acting against federal law all over the place.  [especially considering another reality --  being in the midst of a scandal within the DOJ over the Fast & Furious "tactic" that got two border agents shot, and hundreds of Mexicans killed, and at the heart of unspeakable violence of the drug war crossing our borders everyday.]  [but let's just have the federal government cherry pick where they take issue with states having it their way with federal law, right]

The thing is, STATES, acting on behalf of the people, in whole or in part, NEVER would have entered into a UNION if they had to give up their sovereignty.  NEVER.

This country was not intended to have a king of any kind; this country was not intended to grow under the controlling confines of a central, federally mandated, government, easily reduced to organized crime built upon crony capitalism, corruption, waste, fraud, leading us to this very day where we have a president usurping the power of congress and the supreme court simultaneously [see executive decisions, privileges, to date].

Do you really think this president didn't think the timing of his amnesty announcement all the way through?

He did it just days before the Supreme Court announced it's decision on the Arizona law; it sort of pulls the magic carpet to enforce it right out from under them, no?

"The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign nations.  Let the general government be reduced to foreign concerns only...reduced to a very simple organization, and a very inexpensive one; a few plain duties to be preformed by a few servants."  Thomas Jefferson

How many of us would characterize our federal government as operating with "a few plain duties to be performed by a few servants?"  pardon me, while I get in a good belly laugh.

"In sum, Arizona is entitled to impose 
additional penalties and consequences 
for violations of federal immigration laws, 
because it is entitled to have its own immigration laws."  

It's so simple it makes my head spin.

When, or if, Arizona is ever allowed to it's own entitlements, ILLEGAL immigration would immediately stop; these ILLEGALS would simply go somewhere else; they would go somewhere else, possibly to some other state, until such time that that state decides it can no longer support the illegal immigrant (financially, through free education, free medical care, public assistance welfare, etc.).

On a G-note closer to home ---

Yesterday, another decision by the Supreme Court, directly affected a local memorial:  the SCOTUS decided not to hear the case regarding the Mount Soledad war memorial cross.  The decision not to hear the case means that the unconstitutionality of the cross on site stands, as established by the Ninth Circuit court.

The good news, it's not over until it's over; and the court may ultimately take it up once a final rendering of a decision of what to do with the cross is made  -- again, by the Ninth Circuit court. For a brief update, go here.

A cross has been atop Mount Soledad since 1913, the current one erected in 1954.  People, of the State of California, more specifically San Diego, affirmed and fully supported by the "free exercise thereof" clause, to put a cross on top of a hill. Since it's inception, the war memorial has evolved and it has grown into a community cornerstone.

Perhaps the community of people in this area would never approve of erecting such a landmark again -- there is that.  But shouldn't it remain, grandfathered in, according to the lay of the land and community we have all grown?  There was a time -- confirmed by the very stone in the shape of a cross atop a hill -- that this community embraced a spiritual reverence.

It simply isn't about a cross anymore.  It has been built into a landmark the community has grown around and attached itself to, like moss to a tree, like patina is to brass  -- compounded over time, wind, rain, and sun, it isn't just about the cross, it's also about all who have come into contact with it over the years, all of us who have left it's side with a memory, and all of us who wish to live in community with one another here now.

But now, back to the larger community that is the United States.

The prevailing belief at the time of our Constitutional convention is that the States UNITED on the basis of keeping their sovereignty, reinforcing the power to the people, locking in the individual's inherent rights and privileges passed on to us by our Creator, not the king.

The federal government serves us.

As a nation of immigrants -- where every nationality was a minority at one time or another -- the emphasis has always been upon assimilation; reinforced by the belief that it entirely up to the individual, the one in the minority, to apply themselves to the American culture -- communing in language, by bettering themselves in education, becoming a self-sustaining, productive, asset of the community.

"So the issue is a stark one:
Are the sovereign States at the mercy
of the federal Executive's refusal to enforce
the Nation's immigration laws?

A good way of answering that question is to ask:
Would the States conceivably have entered
into the Union
if the Constitution itself contained the Court's holding?
... The delegates of the Grand Convention
would have rushed to the exits
from Independence Hall."

and that's where we will end it today.

Make it a Good Day, G

ps can hardly wait til thursday.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's Leading America through Executive Order Thing

Dear America,

not much time today.
make that all this week.
the cause:  a moonlighting opportunity has turned into a full time job, only just for the moment.  this, too, shall change.

but what a week and it's only wednesday right?

UNBELIEVABLE does not even come close.

so since last friday, America has been wrestling with the amnesty-by-fiat maneuver invoked by President Obama.  oh sure, in year's past, he said he didn't have the power to do so, that it would be usurping the privileges of Congress, the law of the land.   but, lo and behold, last friday he did it anyway.

and just this morning, has completely decided to intervene between congress and his department of justice -- taking his "executive privilege" to new heights within only a matter of a few days -- and told the investigative committee that his department of justice has turned everything over that it's going to turn over (on Fast & Furious Scandal), so back off.   G paraphrasing, of course.

so let's see, this makes a half dozen cases, or so, to date, of blatant, corruptive, fascist, use of power, within the Executive Branch alone.

short list consisting of:
  • implementing an executive branch double standard -- only for certain states -- in compliance with the No Child Left Behind school testing/regulatory standards.
  • implementing an executive branch order to no longer prosecute small change marijuana usage/sale
  • implementing an executive branch special allowance for certain internet gambling venues (see dealer for details)
  • implementing an executive branch blind eye to a real law on the books; a law generally recognized as DOMA, the Defense of  (traditional) Marriage Act.
  • implementing an executive branch edict granting amnesty for children of illegals, circumventing the law -- acting entirely on his own -- and now, making absolutely no apologies for it.
  • and now this -- implementing his executive privilege to have congress back off Eric Holder.
While I get back to my other thing, please go to The National Review -- they offer the perfect pitch and response to the recent announcement by the Executive Branch on illegal amnesty -- go here.

The world is moving fast, and furious.  We will have much to catch up on upon my return.

Until then, blessings to you and yours.

Make it a Good Day, G

oh, i almost forgot...
Just after Father's Day, I wanted to bring to your attention a story about two dads --  having heard of their connection through Huckabee just last weekend.  I found myself moved by how their lives became unexpectedly, and rather suddenly, intermingled.  go to losingoursons.com

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's Two Roads Diverge Up Ahead Thing

Dear America,

oh wow.

that speech!  that remarkable speech!

oh my -- I'm so inspired I am changing sides.


can you say, same old same old, same same blah blah blah?

oh but he had me at:

"At stake is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two paths for our country.  And while there are many things to discuss in this campaign, nothing is more important than an honest debate about where these two paths would lead us."

oh yeah baby. damn straight.

and then quickly he makes a stunning admission:

"Long before the economic crisis of 2008, the basic bargain at the heart of this country had begun to erode."
"The basic bargain... at the heart of this country...had begun to erode?"



you are basically going to lead, Mr. President, with revealing to the American people how you really feel about the very free market foundation this country was made -- about how capitalism basically ruins everything?

Bearing in mind that up until the minute before this speech begun, the stop in Ohio was to be credited for re-framing his economic policies moving forward into his second term. It was fully intended to reposition his strengths and diminish his weaknesses to the American people.  And yet, this speech amounted to nothing more than another revolution on the class warfare merry-go-round.

Nothing new was said here.

While contradictions great and small abound. 

For a full read -- go here.

But if short on time or patience, let me elaborate on a couple --

"In other words, this was not your normal recession.  Throughout history, it has typically taken countries up to 10 years to recover from financial crises of this magnitude.  Today, the economies of many European countries still aren’t growing.  And their unemployment rate averages around 11 percent. 

But here in the United States, Americans showed their grit and showed their determination.  We acted fast.  Our economy started growing again six months after I took office and it has continued to grow for the last three years."  (Applause.)

So, in other words, typically it takes up to ten years for countries to recover after such financial catastrophe...but thanks to ME, I did it in six months.

oh is this what democracy looks like --  is this what recovery feels like?

just moments later -- came this little number:

"So the debate in this election is not about whether we need to grow faster, or whether we need to create more jobs, or whether we need to pay down our debt.  Of course the economy isn’t where it needs to be.  Of course we have a lot more work to do.  Everybody knows that.  The debate in this election is about how we grow faster, and how we create more jobs, and how we pay down our debt.  (Applause.)  That’s the question facing the American voter.  And in this election, you have two very different visions to choose from."

 so it's in the how?

so if it's in the how....

so far that looking like a Trillion Dollar Stimulus -- which clearly didn't work -- with the shovel-ready jobs being not so shovel-ready (and even the president making a joke out of it to boot); with the cash for clunkers and auto bailouts and Chevy Volt's totaling more fizzle than shizzle; with government loans totaling a half a billion to Solyndra highlighting the green energy/government fusion with catastrophic results; with Obamacare posing as such formidable threat to small business and corporations alike, that 70% of the American people no longer want it, in whole or in part; and still, after all of that, choosing to double down on his same old agenda -- education, "transformative" teachers, taxing the rich, building bridges to nowhere and high speed rail?

And for all intents and purposes, fundamentally transforming America from a free market built upon the strength of the individual to a market place fully controlled and operated from the "top down" -- BIG GOVERNMENT -- with the bigger the better.

Yes, Mr. President.  You nailed it.  "At stake", two widely different paths.

Moving forward in the speech a wee bit, we get this:

"Now, I want to be very fair here.  I want to be clear.  They haven’t specified exactly where the knife would fall.  But here’s some of what would happen if that cut that they’ve proposed was spread evenly across the budget:  10 million college students would lose an average of $1,000 each in financial aid; 200,000 children would lose the chance to get an early education in the Head Start program.  There would be 1,600 fewer medical research grants for things like Alzheimer’s and cancer and AIDS; 4,000 fewer scientific research grants, eliminating support for 48,000 researchers, students and teachers."

oh okay -- be clear with the fact "they haven't specified exactly" but feel free to elaborate on so-called specifications pulled out of thin air -- and then, Mr. President,  say it all over again --

"Now, again, they have not specified which of these cuts they choose from.  But if they want to make smaller cuts to areas like science or medical research, then they’d have to cut things like financial aid or education even further.  But either way, the cuts to this part of the budget would be deeper than anything we’ve ever seen in modern times."

This is classic Obama.  This is what he does for all his speeches.  This is Alinsky rules for radicals 2.0.

and it just gets better...

after continuing a swift pace of demagoguery and ridicule,  he makes a dramatic stop, and speaks directly to the audience screaming 'no' in unison:

"You should take them at their word, and they will take America down this path.  And Mr. Romney is qualified to deliver on that plan.  (Laughter and applause.)  No, he is.  (Applause.)  I’m giving you an honest presentation of what he’s proposing."
nice touch, indeed.  

but did you catch that?

"Mr. Romney is qualified to deliver on that plan."

can I get an amen?

oh but never mind, for his plan is simple:

"I don’t believe that giving someone like Mr. Romney another huge tax cut is worth ending the guarantee of basic security we’ve always provided the elderly, and the sick, and those who are actively looking for work."  (Applause.) 

over and over again, the return to some form of class warfare and government dependency becomes the platform for an incumbency...something totally incongruent to the "basic bargain" made between government and the individual...the very agreement made between two parties, of all parties, that just so happens to have founded and preserved this country for over two hundred years unconditionally.

As the big economic vision speech comes slowly to an end, he adds:

 "From now until then [November], both sides will spend tons of money on TV ads.  The other side will spend over a billion dollars on ads that tell you the economy is bad, that it’s all my fault -- (applause) -- that I can’t fix it because I think government is always the answer, or because I didn’t make a lot of money in the private sector and don't understand it, or because I’m in over my head, or because I think everything and everybody is doing just fine.  (Laughter.)  That’s what the scary voice in the ads will say.  (Laughter.)  That’s what Mr. Romney will say.  That’s what the Republicans in Congress will say..."

"...Governor Romney and the Republicans who run Congress believe that if you simply take away regulations and cut taxes by trillions of dollars, the market will solve all of our problems on its own.  If you agree with that, you should vote for them.  And I promise you they will take us in that direction. 

I believe we need a plan for better education and training -- (applause) -- and for energy independence, and for new research and innovation; for rebuilding our infrastructure; for a tax code that creates jobs in America and pays down our debt in a way that’s balanced.  I have that plan.  They don’t.  (Applause.)  

And if you agree with me -- if you believe this economy grows best when everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules  -- then I ask you to stand with me for a second term as President".  (Applause.)

the thing is -- watching him speak is one thing; he is animated and strong and full of passion; he makes the perfect pauses, and emphasizes his strengths in full roar, capitalizing on the energy from the audience every time.

And yet when reading the transcript -- without all the hoopla -- we basically witness the sweeping circles he makes in and around saying virtually the same thing, over and over again, but in multiple dimensions. Talk about transparent, the shell of a presidency, the basic man becomes naked.  We see too much.

After blasting America for not being good enough in so many ways --  needing to make our teachers better and paid more, needing more kids to go into science and technology, needing more manufacturers and small business to get more and do more, needing less rich and more middle class all the way around, needing more bridges and railway, needing more regulations and less freedom -- after most of speech telling us what we are without, he has the audacity to finish with this:

"We remain the wealthiest nation on Earth.  We have the best workers and entrepreneurs, the best scientists and researchers, the best colleges and universities.  We are a young country with the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity drawn from every corner of the globe.  So, yes, reforming our schools, rebuilding our infrastructure will take time.  Yes, paying down our debt will require some tough choices and shared sacrifice.  But it can be done.  And we’ll be stronger for it.  (Applause.)  

And what’s lacking is not the capacity to meet our challenges.  What is lacking is our politics.  And that’s something entirely within your power to solve.  So this November, you can remind the world how a strong economy is built -- not from the top down, but from a growing, thriving middle class.  (Applause.) 

This November, you can remind the world how it is that we’ve traveled this far as a country -- not by telling everybody to fend for themselves, but by coming together as one American family, all of us pitching in, all of us pulling our own weight.  (Applause.)  

This November, you can provide a mandate for the change we need right now.  You can move this nation forward.  And you can remind the world once again why the United States of America is still the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)  

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

The problem is, Mr. President, you can't run the second time around like you did on the first.

"What is lacking is our politics?"

What does that even mean?

You ARE the incumbent, dear sir.  It is YOUR economic policies that ARE showing.  And it is simply those policies that have not done enough according to the real world in the How, in the now.  It is now proven; it is you who does not have the right stuff to be qualified as president, even after a presidency (of course, you never really did).

You can try to wrap it all up in sweet sentiment, emphasizing all the things that make America great all you want.  The American people have watched you, listened to you, have entrusted you with our care for long enough.  We've heard it all before.  And like Romney said, "talk is cheap."

It is as simple as that.

And the very reason Romney -- a perfectly "qualified" businessman, with a proven track record -- has a better chance of turning this country around, the next time around.

but you're exactly right, Mr. President.
Clearly, two roads diverge.

and round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows ...
until November.

Make it a Good Day, G

but really great speech
...let's hear it all again some time again real soon.

oh and to count the number of "I's" and "My's" -- towards the end, it becomes obscene.
But really, if you think about it, it affirms that we are under HIS plan as we speak.
AND HIS plan has not worked. 
Since day one, it has been ...My Plan, I will, I am, I intend, I promise, I, I, I, my, my, my.  Every speech, every time -- and so much so, a host of conservative press and bloggers poke fun at it each and every time.  Go ahead; go back through the speech from yesterday and make note of it.

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's an Avatar-in-Chief Thing

Dear America,

We've had such a reversal of fortune, haven't we.  And please note, it's not a question.

What happened to us?

And then it got me thinking of the parallels within my personal life.  Lately, my greatest love, my deepest intimacy, is carried out between avatars via instant messaging. 

Oh the incongruities of the way we were.

The only thing holding it all together is our faith of something greater yet to be revealed.

But the meanderings of my mind quickly escaped being caught up by the 'all about me-isms' and returned to the bigger picture of another day in the life in America.  And just in time, really; the self-pity monster was about to eat me up in one bite.

Of course, it didn't take long until I realized that our country is being run by the Avatar-in-Chief; is he not the composite of an American president impostor, a caricature of a man created out of thin air, masterminded by the liberal elite with progressive, if not socialist, intentions to transform America?

Between his lack of personal history -- except that which the powers that be want us to know...

Between his personal aversions to the Free Market and Capitalism -- except that which powers his incumbency...

Between his personal, sometimes vitriolic, attacks of America's traditions and exceptionalism -- except that which powers an agenda...

The Avatar-in Chief represents the perfect evolution of a man totally unknown and unqualified in every way finding his way into the highest office of the land.  While thanks to his narcissistic tendencies and messiah-like entrance onto the scene, he truly believes in his heart and soul that he can pull it off.

Hence, this is how we arrive at another misguided and disjointed comment like this (from last Friday): "the private sector is doing fine..."

He really thinks that  if he says it out-loud, the people have no choice but to believe him, and follow him.

"I'm sure everyone feels sorry for the individual who has fallen by the wayside or who can't keep up in our competitive society, but my own compassion goes beyond that to the millions of unsung men and women who get up every morning, send the kids to school, go to work, try and keep up the payments on their house, pay exorbitant taxes to make possible compassion for the less fortunate, and as a result have to sacrifice many of their own desires and dreams and hopes. Government owes them something better than always finding a new way to make them share the fruit of their toils with others."  Ronald Reagan
What a contrast, no?

Instead of capitalizing on the characteristics which built a Republic from scratch, passed on through the generations (things like self-reliance, independence, and being at liberty to pursue happiness and accrue property and achieve wealth in every way) -- Obama, the Avatar-in-Chief, is leading us through our days via his virtual house of instant messaging and emoticons (ergo things that aren't even real).

"The huge gap between the young and their elders can be seen in the way they respond to Obamian rhetoric. For instance, generations of Americans understood that the American Dream translated to people of different races and religions having an equal opportunity to achieve everything and anything they were willing to work for, no matter what was required of them in terms of study, honest effort and perseverance. But we now have Obama giving a speech in which he refers to the American Promise. Who the heck is he to promise results? Who is he to tell anyone they will be successful, even if they're as dumb as doornails and as lazy as mules? Since when is success in America a guaranteed entitlement? We used to speak about equal playing fields, but only a socialist would dare promise equal results, and only a bunch of young slackers would applaud him. There are exceptions to the rule. They are mainly to be found in the U.S. military. They understand the meaning of such words as patriotism, sacrifice and responsibility, unlike their civilian cousins who can't even spell those words."  Plucked from The Patriot Post, an excerpt from a column by Burt Prelustky, as seen here.

Maybe this article -- one more found in The Patriot Post, this one being from George Will -- can explain the academic vs. "street smarts" divide -- go here.

The thing is, we are losing the spiritual, deeper, richer connection to our past;  the innate faith born into each American and reinforced by a culture grown from a revolution is being suffocated by falsehoods, a narcissist leading a new generation of narcissists, and a preoccupation with apps and social media replacing real conversation, real life, real economics, and real problems.

We are walking around like avatars talking to other avatars under the virtual control and indoctrination of the current Avatar-in-Chief like idiots.   Once the real foundation slips away, what in the world will be left of us?

It's just another twist to a bumper sticker I read just yesterday:  "What happens if we destroy the planet before Jesus comes back?"   (of course, it was plastered on the back of a Subaru, most likely being driven by an environmentalist, and right next to the Campaigner-in-Chief's "2012")

"Christianity, on the other hand, is humane, practical, and, in a large sense, radical. So many years and ages of the gods those Eastern sages sat contemplating Brahm, uttering in silence the mystic "Om," being absorbed into the essence of the Supreme Being, never going out of themselves, but subsiding farther and deeper within; so infinitely wise, yet infinitely stagnant; until, at last, in that same Asia, but in the western part of it, appeared a youth, wholly unforetold by them,—not being absorbed into Brahm, but bringing Brahm down to earth and to mankind; in whom Brahm had awakened from his long sleep, and exerted himself, and the day began,—a new avatar. The Brahman had never thought to be a brother of mankind as well as a child of God."  Henry David Thoreau

fascinating, isn't it?

Make it a Good Day, G