Self Criticism Isn’t a Bad Thing

Especially when you’ve been exposed to unbridled capitalism for most of your life. Love of money has always been instilled in me as an American since I can remember, but the time comes when you have to decide between life and death.

Capitalism may have a place here, but when it has become immune to any oversight whatsoever by the people it effects, there’s a problem.

The thing I have defined as the strength of America, is that we haven’t been afraid to see ourselves as others would. Our movies have traditionally examined our weaknesses, in an attempt to make us better.

Our songs have attempted to make us better also. This is one of them:

  1. #1 by brewski on October 25, 2012 - 10:48 am

    “Love of money has always been instilled in me as an American since I can remember”

    Really? I never had that instilled in me. Where did you get that instilled from? I didn’t.

  2. #2 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 25, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Guess you never had a paper route, or a allowance that involved work, and jobs.

    It was never the money I loved, it smelled funny, and was always at risk of being lost, damn nuisance really.

    What I loved was getting a treasure I had worked for, while I made plans to get some more money to get other things I imagined I had to have.

    As I grew older the crap just piled up, and time becomes the most valuable commodity, leading to my conclusion…

    “On either end of the social spectrum, lies the leisure class”.

    Life is only miserable if you or your treasure are sick, or some fucker is droning you, or if you are obsessed with “things”

  3. #3 by brewski on October 25, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    I’ve been working since I was 12.

  4. #4 by cav on October 25, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Well, take a break, fer Christ’s sake!

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on October 25, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    I was very glad to find the song because I hadn’t heard it since the 70’s and loved it.

    Here’s another one I love, and I dedicate it to brewski:

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on October 25, 2012 - 7:34 pm

    brewski:

    I guess it was more concern about money then love of it, which my mother had to work two jobs for to keep a roof over our heads.

    I remember watching a television show on an old round television screen when I was almost too young to remember. For some reason, an actor was throwing money into a fireplace. It made a big impression on me, because I couldn’t understand why somebody would do that. I also remember seeing an episode of the George Reeves superman series, which I never missed when I was 5 years old, where some poor guy lost all of his wealth because confederate money became worthless.

  7. #7 by Larry Bergan on October 25, 2012 - 7:36 pm

    Ghost:

    I don’t disagree with your comment, except for your apparent belief that Romney is going to stop using drones.

  8. #8 by Larry Bergan on October 25, 2012 - 7:47 pm

    Interesting lyric from this post’s song:

    “It gives you an erection”

    This song came out YEARS before Viagra, (why do I have to capitalize Viagra to have it pass the spell checker?), I don’t even have to capitalize, capitalize.

  9. #9 by Larry Bergan on October 25, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    Funny as hell!

    I heart YouTube.

  10. #10 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 25, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    I’m counting on it that he won’t, then you and your ilk will get up and become active in stopping the greatest threat to our democracy since nazism and communism. The penchant for murder with illegal weapons because it is easy.

    You will also be deprived of any largess from government, and you will starve as well, a good punishment considering the sanctions obama has leveled on Iran, which will kill people, mostly kids.

    I figure that the only way to change your murder fore bearing ways is to have you suffer the similar deprivation, and destruction of your dreams. It will surely teach, what I cannot..

  11. #11 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 25, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    if romney is elected, it will be checkmate for you.

    Remember Captain Jim Kirk bringing the prospect of war’s real horror to the people who had civilized war?

    Watching TV wasn’t a total waste.

  12. #12 by Larry Bergan on October 25, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    Ghost:

    Are you counting on Romney to continue using drones or stop using drones. You must have learned double talk from the masters. What does “won’t” mean in the comment before your last prolific comment?

  13. #13 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 25, 2012 - 9:18 pm

    Won’t stop, you Simpleton. You will be compelled. We are not going forward with murder the new norm. Get ready for romney.

  14. #14 by Larry Bergan on October 25, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    Who is “we”?

    Internet trolls?

    Reveal thyself; romney jock supporter.

  15. #15 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 25, 2012 - 10:34 pm

  16. #16 by Larry Bergan on October 25, 2012 - 11:03 pm

    Obama’s hand isn’t the one that needs to be stayed. Of the two candidates we are allowed to “vote” for, he has the coolest head.

    You know I’m right, Ghost!

  17. #17 by cav on October 26, 2012 - 12:17 am

    I say bully for the Brits. I don’t know why it is that the cooler heads that really represent the peaceful faction in the ‘great, great’ United States (I’ll call them what they’re often called: Dirty Fuckin’ Hippies) never seem to have any sway. It’s not as though we’re not taxpayers or voters or anything. In any case, whoever’s hand is stayed, the important thing is that it be so. Israel would benefit from a similar ruling – made by the U. S.. If only THAT were possible.

  18. #18 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 26, 2012 - 1:37 am

    are you kidding me?, the man has placed 3 carriers off the coast of Iran and israel is off the chain with threats and bullying about.

    It is openly inflammatory and increases the prospect of war.

    I have no faith nor do I accept that this murderous president of 350 deadly drone strikes has any cooler head than any other proven murderous asshole.

    His un redeemed lying about Libya gives clue to the character. bush shot 90 drones in 8 years. obama 350 in under 4. They are nazi terror weapons and their use is a war crime. This stuff is basic. He is a shitheel, and his policies yield death and chaos.

  19. #19 by cav on October 26, 2012 - 2:10 am

    Not kidding.

    Iran is being bullied. If US peaceniks are ignored, maybe the broader international community will have some impact. Standing down is the goal – making the retreat look like the right move is the challenge now, given our near irrevocably hawkish self talk – And Israel insanity.

    That’s pretty evident. Not saying much here – Or about $.02

  20. #20 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 26, 2012 - 10:18 am

    HE’S BEEN bush!!! and is a far better LIAR!

  21. #21 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 26, 2012 - 11:15 am

    Getting romney elected will be the goal, this will give progressives some incentive to protest constant killing. They certainly have not made their voice heard during obama’s term.

    Plus romney will probably start stripping you of your benefits, not that obama wouldn’t, the budget cuts kicking in no matter what. Though that way I imagine there might be some call to action to see things set right.

    The people (not the money) who are going to get romney elected will help you see to that.

    Your hand will be forced, time to fly right or not at all.

  22. #22 by cav on October 26, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    More table-turning. The solution will not involve the duopoly. Besides representing the 1% they’re showing their superfluity more and more with every tick of the clock.

    The strategy is to turn the blue states purple or red if things go that far, by voting third party – registering protest while maintaining the voting option (for what that’s become worth). Romney may get in or not – but as you suggest Obama’s performance has been wanting in too many ways, and his run for reelection is therefore not all that compelling. The third party vote is intended to register a moral viewpoint while depriving a majority count and coincidental claim of ‘mandate to whoever wins. Of course there are ways around that, but I ain’t voting republican if the only reason were to stick my finger in the eye of the overt racists /sexists that have found their niche in that party.

    If Obama still wins, it won’t be possible to escape the warnings people of conscience are putting out.

  23. #23 by Larry Bergan on October 26, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    It’s not a good argument to keep bringing up the fact that Obama has used the drones more then Bush. The military strategy of using them kicked in around the time of Bush’s departure. When Obama says he’s going to end the war in Afghanistan, I tend to believe him.

    I simply cannot tolerate a Romney presidency even if it’s true that he would inspire more protests. The man doesn’t respect opposing views of people here or anywhere in the world. He’s a danger to everybody.

  24. #24 by cav on October 26, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Back to bayonettes and horses…

    I guess my point in the above was to suppose where and when a blue state goes red – as those who might have supported Obama begin carrying the flag of some third party. There’s been a lot of talk about ‘safe’ states, which I presume are solidly one color or the other – wherein ‘conscious’ voters may go ahead and vote Stein or Anderson. But when tens of thousands of voters in the solid states do just that, won’t they essentially shift the color scheme?

  25. #25 by Larry Bergan on October 26, 2012 - 6:19 pm

    Let’s just get this phony election over with, so we can start the next phony election. :(

    Everybody should still vote, unless they’re voting for Romney. It’s important to know your ass from a hole in the ground.

  26. #26 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 26, 2012 - 10:38 pm

    …….and Obama is a PROVEN danger to everyone, including American citizens. He destroyed habeas corpus, he defined the IDWC of the NDAA..not some “other” president. Yet you wish to re-elect him.

    Did you, do you, believe obama when he said he would close Gitmo? End rendition? Surge? Destroy the constitution? Destroy Habeas Corpus?

    You have been eggregiously wrong on all counts..Remove troops from Afghanistan? He sent MORE! 2/3rds of our dead come on his watch in Afghanistan in less than 4 years. The other 1/3rd coming in bush’s 8 years.

    I am starting to believe Larry that you are clinically insane, or what Michael Savage claims, that liberalism is a mental disorder.

  27. #27 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 26, 2012 - 10:42 pm

    See if this can help you muddle through Larry.

    http://www.tomatobubble.com/obamahoax.html

    be sure to read to the bottom where you can realistically from the facts assess obama as a “man of peace”, what a crock.

  28. #28 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 26, 2012 - 10:51 pm

    Educate yourself Larry. You are too old to make ‘scuses.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/25/study-obama-drone-deaths?fb=optOut

  29. #29 by Larry Bergan on October 26, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    Well, Ghost, You’re going to have to take up the debate as to whether liberalism is a mental disorder with Jack Kennedy. Oh, that’s right, he’s dead.

    I’m not going to open that can of worms; other then to say:

    When you get shot in the head, does your head move forward or backward?

  30. #30 by the Ghost of George Carlin on October 26, 2012 - 10:57 pm

    Here is a map of the drones strikes we have made. Should clear up he who is doing the damage and how many times it’s happened.

    http://tiles.mapbox.com/slate/map/201210-drones3

  31. #31 by Larry Bergan on October 26, 2012 - 11:08 pm

    Why did things stop making sense in 1963, 2000, 2001 and afterward Mr. Ghost?

  32. #32 by cav on October 26, 2012 - 11:12 pm

    President Obama said he’ll do whatever it takes to work with Congress to get a bipartisan deficit and debt reduction deal done in a possible second Obama term.

    “I’ll wash John Boehner’s car, I’ll walk Mitch McConnell’s dog,” Obama said in a Friday interview with radio host Michael Smerconish, referring respective to the House Speaker and Senate minority leader.

    Obama said that getting a long-term deficit deal done was a top priority for him in a second term.

    “I think the most important thing is after the election — and I believe I’m going to win — is to once again bring the Republicans together with my administration and Democrats,” Obama said.

    Obama said that getting a “sensible combination” of spending cuts and revenue raising will take up the first few months of his administration —

    “Then I think that will break the fever here in Washington,” Obama said.

    This, on top of all the other BS, and still people wonder why Jill Stein is so appealing.

  33. #33 by Larry Bergan on October 26, 2012 - 11:32 pm

    “I’ll wash John Boehner’s car, I’ll walk Mitch McConnell’s dog,” Obama said in a Friday interview with radio host Michael Smerconish, referring respective to the House Speaker and Senate minority leader.

    Come on cav:

    If Obama said that, he is still at the roast and still winning.

  34. #34 by cav on October 27, 2012 - 12:02 am

    A link:

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/10/obama-offers-to-walk-dog-wash-car-to-get-a-deal-with-147379.html

    A Roast…Yes. I’d like to think he was still in his winning humor mode, but…depending on the deal that is struck, it may just be us that’s NOT winning.

    IOW, if he’s reelected, he’ll need plenty of rowdy guidance from the populace.

  35. #35 by Larry Bergan on October 27, 2012 - 12:31 am

    Don’t forget that the non-cowardly 99% stood up DURING Obama’s legitimate presidency.

    60 minutes ignored them.

    The owned media defined them again.

    This can’t go on much longer.

    Have hope, and re-elect.

  36. #36 by Larry Bergan on October 27, 2012 - 12:45 am

    When I made good money – NOT GREAT MONEY; 15 K per year at my peak – , I gave Howard Dean over $700 and his competitor, Dennis Kucinich $500 of my hard earned dollars because they were saying the right things.

    Both men stood up against the voting machines.

  37. #37 by Larry Bergan on November 1, 2012 - 11:01 pm

    cav says:

    IOW, if he’s reelected, he’ll need plenty of rowdy guidance from the populace

    .

    He got that with the 99% movement, but probably needs more. All the populace saw were the teabaggers.

    A much more rowdy TV news crew would be helpful, but would surely lose their crappy job. :(

    IOW, (in other words), they have us by the bags, and not in a nice way.

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