YEP - Spring has Sprung! March 20, 2009 - although it's a chilly 45 degrees down here in ole Bawlmer, Merlyn - and SNOW is falling up in ole New York - it is technically Spring according to the calendar. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr ...
In a mere 23 days, Easter Sunday will be here!
For anyone who is reading this post for the first time, let me explain the title above. It is an abbreviation of the original beginning of this concept of posting a chronological posting of my Hodge-Podge "stuff." the full title is: Tom's Tall Tales Told Truthfully ( 5 T ) - Book 2 ( B 2 ) - Part 4 ( P 4 ) = 5 T - B 2 - P 4 ...
A mixture of Reviews, Comments, and Replies both to and from various Authors here at AD. At the start of each part it says RE: reference to which Posting Title - if you find something interesting (hopefully) maybe you will go READ that Author's post.
5 T - B 2 - P 4
© - Tom Hyland -
02-27-09 to 03-20-09
RE: John Martin’s - Buckle your seat belt Dorothy -
JOHN - well written, but I can't side with you on this one. Why?
Let me count the ways -
1. This entire sordid mess did not just OSMOSE overnight - Before the Dems took over the majority of Congress, only about 2 years ago, or less - BUSH & his Cronies, the right-Wing Neo-Cons were running everything from 2000 - 2006 - 6 years - PLUS years before - THEY promulgated the De-regulation of Banking- THEY promoted the BALLOONING of Mortgages and Real Estate and Sub-Prime Mortgage lending - GREED AT ALL LEVELS!
2. BUSH , Cheney, Rowe, MacNamara - and all their Henchmen LIED ABOUT WMD! THEY coerced the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 - a fiasco now 5 years old -
3. Before that, in Oct. 2001 - THEY invaded Afghanistan - supposedly "Operation Enduring Freedom" - had nothing to do with all the DOPE being grown over there, right? Just like Viet Nam had nothing to do with all the DOPE traffic over there, but that's another story.
4. THEY were in control and did nothing REAL to help all the returning Veterans missing limbs, and suffering from PTSD - did THEY investigate or push the Veterans Administration at all? Let's be honest here!
5. Haliburton's EXCESSIVE PROFITS - GMC - how many costly HUMMERS did BUSH buy? Suggest you watch the Documentary "Blood For Oil" - 5 years later, and the poor, normal, law-abiding Iraqi citizens STILL don't have Electricity - Water - Food - Safety - but THEY were in charge, weren't they?
6. GITMO - TORTURE - the assassination of The Geneva Convention - The LOSS of civil liberties here at home - Illegal Wire-Tapping - rescission of Habeas Corpus - you want to talk about USSR - Socialism - Communism? COME ON NOW!
7. The KATRINA FIASCO - Bush - FEMA - Republicans - SUCKED!
John, I could go on and on - but, the proverbial bottom line is that -name-calling, mud-slinging, and blaming do nothing to correct the situation - the only way Justice will be served is IF the persons guilty of War Crimes are prosecuted - ALL of them, whether Dems or Reps - ALL!
And finally, while I did NOT vote for Obama - I voted AGAINST the Two-Party System, and FOR The Green Party and Cynthia McKinney - for God's sake, or even for Pete's sake - how about giving the guy a CHANCE?
40 Days in Office and you want to crucify him?
I personally believe that almost ALL politicians are Liars and Crooks -
no matter which party they represent - the one thing that is for sure -
THEY do NOT represent the People!
One may call a Shovel a shovel - but a Spade is still a spade!
Peace - my Friend - Peace!
by John Martin (author) at 3/5/2009 3:25:03 AM
Tom, I actually agree with you. I am not suggesting we bring those people back to power. I’m just saying O’Bummer and company are finishing the job those people started. The end game, like the good old USSR… Everyone works for the state. Rationing, bread lines, shortages and detention camps.
Hi John Martin:
JOHN - glad to hear you were not offended - while I may be a tad naive, I have a more positive outlook -
I do not think that Obama is any kind of 'perfect savior' - but he may well be the one who can put a monkey wrench into the status quo of DC politics -
Everything right now is so screwed up from THEIR past mistakes, that some radical 'surgery' in the form of change is highly necessary -
As a corollary though - consider seeing the various movies about Nostrodamus - I do Not think he is 666 either!
Peace - Tom.
RE: Malcolm Watts - Why is Ontario shipping its garbage to Michigan?
MAL - good article & good questions - had no idea it was happening there. bad enough to transport garbage across state lines, but across country borders?
Can't help but wonder - is the state gov. of MI in on it? or is some private co. secretly making an illegal fortune?
About 50 or so years ago, was amazed at the tons of garbage on the NJ side of Hudson, apparently the mass mess from Manhattan?
A few years ago, read somewhere that now NYC loads tons & tons of garbage on scows, then dumps them out in the Atlantic -
Down here in MD just recently, the Save the Chesapeake Foundation head admitted on NPR that their belief 25 years ago, that farming run-off & chemicals were the cause of our bay's pollution - NOW - it is believed to be simple sprawling Over-Population along our shores!
All of this goes to show that gov. is only as good as how informed the public is - propaganda & BS has been the rule now for over 50 years!
God help us all! Peace, Tom.
RE: PEEWEE ED’s - A-Wanderin’ with Dogs -
PEEWEE - AAH -"On the road again ...'
I can almost hear Little Willy Nelson's twangy voice & guitar!
i have a TEE shirt with "10 Reasons why a Beer is better than a Woman" -
your poem exemplifies that same concept -
must be the Martian thing in us.
R&R - a good Mutt - and No Worries, Mate -
glad you guys had a good time - look forward to next installment.
"I love to go a-wandering, along the mountain track,
and as I go, I love to sing, with my knapsack on my back,
Bella-ree - Bella-rah - Bella-ree - Bella-rah -
with my knapsack on my back ... "
Now tell the truth - when you're out there - do you guys all YODEL ???
Howl at the moon? WHIZZ on the trees? F-A-R-T !!!
Man - Dog - Nature ... at their BEST ...
RE: Matlack’s - Boat Shopping Day -
Aah - to sleep - perchance to DREAM ...
Cap'n Joisey beltin' out a "Welcome Aboard, Maties!" -
Put me on your passenger list, along with your Bros - plenty of Coors - n' several 1/2 gal jugs of Blackberry Brandy fer warmin' of the Innards - PEEWEE strummin' a Gee-Tar - n' us all YODELIN' ...
P.S. pack plenty of canned SPAM, with the little Key on the side - so's we git sum victuals n' protein -
down the Inland Waterway - stoppin' occasionally at Ports of call where RED lights are Flashin' - RED RIGHT RETURNIN' -
Boyz n' Buoyz - Boyz n' Booze - BE-BOP A-LULA, SHE'S MY BABY ---
Not a bad moniker fer our Lady of the Sea ...
Sand - Sea - Salty Air - n' some Saltines fer the Landlubbers too!
SHIP AHOY !!! ANCHORS AWEIGH !!!
gotta go now n' hurry up n' PACK .... TomKat.
RE: Ted Glines - 2nd Amendment Rights -
TED - very poignant article!
Many valid points expressed by all below - but I have always believed that our society and government have missed the boat.
Somebody once started the propaganda that Capital Punishment is NOT a deterrent to crime - this is pure BULL-CRAP!
Each and every - loser - miscreant - murderer - rapist - child abuser - sex deviant - has NO FEAR - NOTHING TO LOSE - especially 2 and 3 time losers.
Jail is like a hard-core training ground to make them tougher, hate society more, and have more desire to seek revenge - if and when they ever get out again, or escape!
We have all heard it a million times - GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE - CRIMINALS DO!
The ONLY deterrent that guarantees that an animal who killed an innocent human being will never ever do it again is - D-E-A-T-H !!!
If it were up to me, executions would be NATIONALLY TELEVISED!
Why should our taxpayer dollars be totally wasted on Feeding, Housing, Clothing, Educating, and stupidly believing in Rehabilitation of MAD DOGS! At least They get PUT TO SLEEP!
The Laws on the books, the REVERSE protection of criminals, instead of VICTIMS is totaly asinine! Anybody with any sense KNOWS that many, many Police Officers even carry 'DROP KNIVES' for their own protection in dealing with - CRAZIES - DOPE FIENDS - ROBBERS - and other GOOF-BALLS!
How many times have you watched how many movies - and tried to COUNT the bullets expended? A revolver, or six-shooter that miraculously fires 8-10-12 -14 shots? A 9 millimeter, or automatic pistol with a max clip of 12 that produces 20-30 -40 rounds? And amazingly - NONE of all those so-called EX-PURTS can hit the side of a barn, let alone the target criminal? Pure Hollywood BS Fantasy!
Unless an Owner of a weapon is some kind of Specialist - there is no good reason on God's green earth for any private citizen to own - an
AK-47 - OUZO - TOMMY-GUN - ROCKET-LAUNCHER - ELEPHANT GUN - HIGH-POWERED RIFLE - TANK-PIERCING AMMO - TRACER BULLETS - DUM-DUMS - GRENADES - LAND MINES - and all the other weapons of WAR!
They should ALL be BANNED! The Manufacturers themselves - the WARMONGERS - should be put in JAIL for making an illegal fortune selling them! For Decades they have been reaping huge profits - are we to WAIT until they have a "BAD YEAR" and then BAIL THEM OUT?
My personal recommendation?
The Government should supply every household with a FREE Electric or Pneumatic NAIL GUN - a trespasser enters your home illegally - literally NAIL HIM TO A WALL!
A couple hundred rapid-fire 5-10- or 20 PENNY NAILS just might be a good deterrent!
PEACE - BUT, DON'T MESS WITH ME !!! Tom.
RE: My DEAR BARRY article -
I'd vote Tom Hyland for president if I were an American citizen. Anybody else? Great ideas well articulated and I don't mind the capital letters either. It is true that every nation that falls, falls from within. And this is what has been happening to your nation for nearly 80 years.
The solution to the great depression and cycle of depressions since the 30's has been to start a war and print more money. Do they ever learn?
NO,NO,No,NEVER. Bring the guys home and put things right in your own country. Get rid of crime and drugs and fat executives. What's wrong with hard labor and chain gangs? Nothing, as far as I'm concerned. And free medical care and prescriptions, a must.
Canada has been called some pretty awful names by Americans, or some of them at least, because we tend to take care of our sick and infirmed. We provide housing for people who cannot work and we provide services and financial assistance to people who need it as well. We don't have to go to a half dozen places to get these services either. There is at least one office in every major town or city. And we also have courses to help people move beyond this situation if they are able. Granted we do have some folks who prefer to live and sleep on the streets and that is their choice alone. So we have soup kitchens and halls and busses round them up on cold nights so they won't freeze.
Admittedly we do not have "In God We Trust" on our money; no just silly little loons and elks and beavers and maple leaves but we certainly act more like God would have us act. We are our brother's keeper here in the imperfect world we reside in.
Your ideas and suggestions have merit and I wish the politicians would grab some of them and run with them. You would begin to see hopeful changes, changes which will slow that swirl round the bowl and down the hole of the toilet your people are in.
HEAR, HEAR,Tom and AMEN! Not a word of it is untrue !
You have said it so well. If there is an idea in your article that Obummer could use to his advantage, he would steal it, lie about it, claim he came up with it and say it was the best thing ever for the country. I too have blisters on my fingers from wriing to my representatives to no avail. They are just like Obummer-say anything to get elected then do as they please. But like you, I get self satisfaction from having tried.
MARION - 3/17/09 -
Thank you for your comments - always appreciated.
What was the name of the movie from years ago, where everyone opened their windows and screamed out -
"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - I WON'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!" ???
Peace - Tom.
by Tom Hyland (author) at 3/17/2009 9:02:59 AM
J'NIA - WOW! YOU GO GIRL!
Thank you for taking the time to express yourself so eloquently and truthfully - it is sincerely appreciated. Maybe, if our American DO-NOTHING politicians took a page or two out of Canada's book - and started treating you guys more like our BUDDIES, rather than those across the POND - maybe, just maybe North America would be even Greater and Stronger?
Can't say much positive about our Southern neighbors though! can you imagine the combined power of these three Nations, if they only professed HALF of what we do?
Peace, my Dear Friend - PEACE! Tom.
RE: Karla’s - Repost Mom -
KARLA - GREAT TRIBUTE !
BUT HAVE NO FEAR - "HE" IS WITH YOU ALL DAYS - IN ALL WAYS!
Tonight I will wear my Dad's BRIGHT GREEN JACKET that he was so proud of - I will be decorated from top to bottom like a leprechaun -
and when i step up to the mike to sing his favorite tune - DANNY BOY -
we will be ONE!
HAPPY SAINT PATTY'S DAY TO ALL !!! TomKat ...
RE: Karla’s Blog - The Goal of a Writer is…
DEAR STORM-SPINNER WORRY-WART WRITE-AHOLIC:
Your STATS =
• 2,838 titles
• 48,854 Reviews = • Member Since: Dec, 2001
That's an average of over 6,000 Reviews per Year! Over 16 per day!
My STATS =
• 415 Titles
• 1,593 Reviews
• Member Since: Feb, 2003
That's only an average of 266 - less than 1 per day!
BUT - guess what - over 391,000 HITS -
OVER 65,000 READS PER YEAR =
178 PER DAY AVERAGE.
That, my Dear is not chopped liver!
Some day - when we are 'Pushing up Daisies' and watching the Silver Linings in them thar beautiful clouds rollin' by up in Heaven -
SOMEONE WILL STILL BE READING OUR STUFF!
Peace DOLL ... TomKat.
RE: John Martin’s - BANG
LESS THAN 60 DAYS IN OFFICE - AND 'HE' SOMEHOW HASN'T MANAGED TO 'FIX' THE CORRUPTION OF THE PAST 80 YEARS - THAT'S 1929, THE FIRST CRASH!
I personally do not expect any 'miracles' to occur -
one person can not change an embedded corrupt system overnight.
But - 270,000,000 citizens standing up and speaking out can chip away at the CROOKS in office - one day at a time - CHIP - CHIP - CHIP ...
Peace - Tom.
RE: My - THAT’S LIFE -
Who's Frank Sinatra? He must be an old guy, like you...LOL...& thank you for this lesson in implantation, now I got to take a cold shower, but any shower is better than none...;-) ed
Ergo, if these Stem Cells can be Frozen -
Maintained to Help other People
Who are Already Born, Alive, and Sick -
What’s the Big Deal?
It sounds like a very Good Deal, to me. We have enough trash already.
Hey, good morning my friend. Enjoyed the biology lesson. I have heard over the past few years that some parents are having their child's stem cells, from the cord, criogenically frozen and stored for future use, in the advent of the child perhaps developing some catastrophic illness later on in life. Leukemia comes to mind here. Great idea but costly to maintain. I enjoyed the poem, always do. Blessings, and hugs, J'nia
Joisey - he was older & now deader! U R so right about NEEDING a shower!
PEEWEE - An odd coincidence this afternoon - I was on the Radio!
Was listening to NPR while driving, and the guest on Midday was a Doctor from none other than Johns Hopkins University, who is a Specialist in Children’s Lukemia, and was talking about Stem cell Research. After holding for about ten minutes, I finally was introduced and posed my question about using umbilical cords. To my amazement, they are already doing it!
The doctor did point out an error to me, in that the cells in umbilical cords are not Embryonic, but Somatic (adult cells) even though from a newborn baby, and can be used for Induced, or Pluripotent cells - e.g. to grow Blood cells.
This doctor also pointed out that much more research needs to be done, because stem cells can sometimes produce mutations, and even contain some diseases, or maladies.
Anyway, although I’ve been on the radio several times before, the fact that I had just posted this piece today, blew my mind!
J’NIA - thanks for comments - Medical Science is certainly a fascinating subject - and a lot still to be learned.