The following is only from about one week - 10/06 to 10/13 -
Lemme know - Wadda YOU think?
10/6/2008 Lois Christensen
You sure have a great following to your writes. Shows by the reviews. You are loved and needed. Like to read your writes, and so conforting to know we have you here on the den.
10/6/2008 Mr. Ed
Two things resonate for me, from your T T T T:
COMMON SENSE MUST BE EMPLOYED -
NOT FURTHER CORPORATE GREED AND STUPIDITY!
If only millions in our once great nation could return to simple common sense, we might still have a chance.
And, Gus N' Me. I'd love to read a story about you and Gus! I happen to like little field mice, they are extremely resourceful, and with all the furry pet critters around my home, I often find myself rescuing a little mouse or two from their clutches. And one particular crafty little field mouse has taken over my backyard garden. And all summer long, he has waited for just the right moment to snatch some of my perfectly ripened tomatoes. He won't even touch them until they are luciously ripe and ready, and he and I have had many games of 'Snatch the Tomato From The Vine,' all summer long!
by Tom Hyland (author) at 10/6/2008 6:50:00 PM
LOIS - AW SHUCKS, MA'AM - yer makin' me blush...
by Tom Hyland (author) at 10/6/2008 7:04:39 PM
ED - just watched part of a NPR Special on Presidents, tonite was Jimmy Carter - he started out with a 70% approval ratio, but within 6 months, dropped to 50% or lower - he tried to use Common Sense & CONGRESS didn't like it.
His attempts to balance the budget, by removing pork barrels, and other wasteful spending - and they practically buried him.
You are so right - in that it would require MILLIONS of people - one person, or one party, or one group just do not have the necessary Power.
GUS - need time to bond yet, like your guy in the garden. Please tell me his name is NOT Tommy !
RE: RUFUZ - FRUSTRATION - 10-06-08
RUFIE - O M G ...
finally figured out what your Daddy's problem is ...
he needs to --------?
SPAYED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)
Re: Molly’s comment on my - Road Crews vs. Roaches -
MOLLY - thanks!
not good? just interesting?
but if it provokes thought, maybe it is good?
if it actually entertains, perhaps it's even more gooder?
and if these questions cause you to smile, could they be the most goodest?
Re: The following is a copy & paste from four months ago -
Reviewed by Tom Hyland
MOLLY - Hi! Was up early, doing some 'clean up' work on the ole puter, and somehow wound up re-visiting your site - clicked on MOLLY MARTIN, out of curiosity, read a bit, and finally wound up here - 9-11 An Astounding Day.
As the others below have already said, this article expresses in a very poignant manner what millions of Americans felt that infamous day. NO - those fanatics did not break our resolve or our spirit, but sadly, we now find ourselves seven years later, in a stupid war that should never have happened.
Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, and others LIED TO US. Congress stupidly believed the political rhetoric and propaganda, and went along out of a spirit of unity. However, now that the truth is known, the real shame in my opinion is that Bush & Cheney should have both been IMPEACHED long before now. Just the other day, on NPR the report was that Kuchinski's Impeachment proceeding was 'a day late and a dollar short.'
It was too late in Bush's Lame Duck' time in office to do anything. This means that this Tyrant has literally gotten away with Murder! THAT bothers me - I would prefer that the History books would have NAILED HIM TO THE WALL.
The anger that you wrote about, towards the terrorists, I now feel more deeply towards our own administration, as well as our "Do Nothing" Congress - 535 "Lobbyist Pandering" NON-representatives, with neither a backbone, nor any testosterone!
In closing, I say: "REMEMBER 9-11" and VOTE FOR CHANGE - AGAINST EVERY INCUMBENT - until WE THE PEOPLE - US - have UNITED again as Americans, with a fervor to show anyone seeking any office at any level forevermore that - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Peace & God Bless ... Tom. P.S. am posting this now with other info as AFTERMATH.
Copy of Email - 10-07-08 -
First of all, I should like to apologize to you for my ‘thoughts.’ While you might not be aware of them, because of all of your short, cryptic comments on my posts, throughout the years, I thought you were perhaps just a quiet, introverted person.
So, today, I revisited your site to refresh my memory. How WRONG could I be? You are a very accomplished and prolific author, reviewer, and probably editor. WAY more than I! I say that with true honesty and humility. Your three different URL’s, and listed BIO, all confirm this.
In fact, after re-reading your “9-11 – What An Astounding Day” - and scrolling to the bottom, I was anxious to post a review – how AMAZED I was, to see my own name and review already there, from June 08!
After re-reading it, as I had totally forgotten about it, I felt compelled to COPY it, for use in a future T T T T T article.
In short, now I realize just how accomplished, advanced, and busy you are – I feel the need to seriously thank you for even bothering to visit and comment at all. Just wanted you to know that I now better understand the succinctness of your comments.
You have never “short-changed” me – au contraire – probably more like being ‘kind’ and not elaborating on my meager attempts?
I now have more Respect for “TOM’sDATTAR.”
Make it a Great Day! Peace, Tom.
Re: MR. ED’s - TOOTHLESS - 10-08-08
ED -WHAT A PERFECT MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN - YOU LOOK LIKE IDENTICAL TWINS!
The poem ain't half bad either! PERSONIFICATION - what a wonderful writing tool - the application of human traits to a non-human object.
Your Personal use of Personification Personifies Perfected Preparedness <---- Repetition -
another useful Tool!
Peace - BRO ----> OH - Happy Haunting! TK.
Re: Malcom Watts - Review of “Religious”
MALCOLM - great review - thanks!
Saw Bill last night on Late show - plugging the movie - always enjoy his wit.
FOOTNOTE - if God wanted Man to Understand, He would have made our Brains function more than a meager FIVE PERCENT!
RE: RANDALL’S - “BLOOMBERG & Pesty Flies”
RANDY - WELL STATED! I CONCUR 1,000%!
Were it up to me, EVERY public office would have a 2-term limit!
the longer they are embedded, the more engrained they are with lobbyists, and crookedness!
A NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN! TOM.
Re: MR. Ed’s - The House in The Wood - 10-09-08
ED - WELL DONE, as per usual!
I love the pun - TROLL-HOUSE ... the Keebler Elves should be jealous!
The pic reminded me that I need to UN-BURY my old poem -
"Two Fiends Who Gamboled Late."
"Trick or Treat - Money or Eats!" Tom.
Re: My - MEET THE FOCKERS -
10/10/2008 Mr. Ed
Does your Hiney-Hole Hurt like Mine?
I think mine hurts more - I used to work for the government!
Yeah, well you worked there longer, but I was young and innocent at my 1st job out of HS . SSA, so the guvmint scrooed me more gooder!
RE: ERIN’S - THERE -
ERIN- thought provoking write!
HERE - THERE -
THEY'RE EVERYWHERE -
BLANK SPACES -
JUST WAITING, WAITING -
TO BE FILLED!
Re: Politics & the Economy -
CONNIE T -
Yeah – I know the feeling – total distrust of the ‘machine’ - the ‘establishment’ - the entire sordid process itself.
Last nite . the Oktoberfest party I attended, several of us got into ‘discussions’ about politics. As usual, people have deep emotional feelings,
and can not even listen to logic, or common sense, or even attempt to have
an ‘open mind.”
It is a dire period of history that we are now experiencing, and people are SCARED! I have no personal doubts - America will survive this, but no matter who becomes President, there will continue to be an uphill struggle,
against the embedded CROOKS in Congress. Are they all bad? NO - but what percentage of them are? 50% - 60% - 75% ?
The concept of De-regulation and less government, a fallback to Reagan-nomics, FAILED – we’ve now endured 25 years of allowing the Mavericks to pass the reins to BANKING & BANKERS & INVESTMENT BANKING to do as they pleased – individuals and Corporations have made Fortunes, but the Country and the People have suffered because of it.
I, for one, will cast my little vote AGAINST the two-party system – if only as a matter of Principle. I am sick and tired of a perennial choice of “the Lesser of Two Evils” - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
I can only Pray that Millions more will wake up and do the same.
Re: Our Economy Problems -
While I basically agree with what Mel said, I think it goes much deeper and longer than that.
After WWII ended, thousands upon thousands of men returned, jobs were plentiful, manufactured consumer products started replacing the war armaments and supplies, businesses were booming, growth occurred everywhere, and America saw a great Hey-Day. But in the early 50’s the threat of Communism and the Cold War began, and the installation of Fear was the catch-phrase.
The rise of the legal power of the Corporations took over, and so did the private greedy people backstage. The prior Warmongers were not satisified with ‘normal, fair’ profits – exorbitant profits were wanted to be continued. The rise of involvement and growth in the Stock Market, Investing, Consumer CREDIT, and the slow but sure gradual change from a Nation of Production to a Services Economy began.
I remember when RCA Victor (anyone remember the Logo with the Phonograph and Dog and caption “His Master’s Voice”?) announced that it was moving its entire manufacturing business to Japan. This was the beginning of the Downfall of manufacturing in this country. Within the span of about 20 years, Steel manufacturing declined because the Japanese steel was not only better, but cheaper. Then Shipbuilding companies started buying huge ships that were built in Japan, sailed thousands of miles across the ocean, and received here cheaper. Our Shipbuilding industry began dying. U.S. Steel, Pittsburgh Steel, Bethlehem Steel – down the tubes.
Then, Detroit manufacturers and their associated Dealerships starting importing more and more Foreign cars – a handful of VW Beetles and Renault Dauphins and a few Fiats, and Volvos were all replaced by others – Just look at today’s offerings, and how many millions of cars are on the road - Nissan (formerly Datsun), Toyota, Honda, Hundai, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Audi, Izusu, Porsche, BMW Beamers, and more! Even Harley-Davidson has taken a hit from - Yamaha, Kawasaki, and other imported bikes.
In short, our former Balance of Trade went OUT THE WINDOW – the Greed and Apathy of the American Consumer played a major role in this past 50+ years of our economy’s ills also!
The greedy Idiots running our country don’t have a clue as to what should be done now to salvage their mess. The BAILOUT FOR BANKERS is a perfect example of their stupidity. What do I think should be done?
1. Pass a National Law that all Banks must SIGN and honor BEFORE they receive ANY money - all Individual Savings Accounts of $100.00 or more will be Guaranteed an Interest rate of FIVE PERCENT - 5% - not only is it fair to do so, because of SCREWING THE PUBLIC, but instead of a RUN ON the banks to withdraw, people will run to DEPOSIT!
Over a short period of time, all of a sudden, Banks will receive MONEY on Deposit and then have money to LEND! Accordingly, they will not have the NEED of all of the Bailout money proposed! Perhaps only 25% or so? This is just a place to Start Sensibly - some Computer models could be run for WHAT IF scenarios.
Just like CD’s - Certificates of Deposit - various levels and amounts of Higher Interest would be earned - EX: 1 year = 5% - for amounts under $1,000.00 - 6% for 2 years and up to $9,999.00 - 7% for $10,000.00 to $49,999.00 -
8% for $50,000.00 to $99,999.00 -
9% for $100,000.00 to $250,000.00, and so forth.
ALL of these Savings accounts would be Guaranteed by FDIC - up to $250,000.00, ergo people and families are not forced to split funds into separate accounts. Early Withdrawals would be subject to Known and Minor penalties - EX: balance of $5,000.00 for only 1.5 years, still earns 6%, but if Fifty Percent or more is withdrawn, the Balance left still earns 5%.
2. All mortgages for ONLY Individual Personal RESIDENCES are Re-issued for a Stable 30 year Term at a Flat Rate of ONLY 5% - this spreads the payments over the longest period of time and permits the Lowest payment Amounts. And it is Fair to ALL Mortgagees - NO SHOPPING AROUND - NO CROOKEDNESS - NO HIDDEN LOOPHOLES - NO BALLOON PAYMENTS - NO CHANGES IN INTEREST RATES! All prior Evictions and Foreclosures should be REVERSED!
Those others, who were simply INVESTORS, trying to greedily make a Profit, DO NOT QUALIFY - they took a RISK and LOST - now they take their LUMPS!
Same answer for the Stock Market Investors and PLAYERS - All the ones who Profited for years, just like the CROOKED CEO’s, sure didn’t complain or SHARE their winnings, did they?
3. However, ALL Retirement and Pension Funds WOULD BE INSURED AND GUARANTEED by a Federally Insured Government Agency - NONE of these Funds should suffer even a DIME of LOSS!
4. ALL THOSE GREEDY CROOKED CEO’s AND BOARDS OF DIRECTORS who siphoned off millions and Billions from the TOP of their companies would be offered a CHOICE - EITHER GIVE BACK 90% - yes, NINETY - OR - be Prosecuted for: Fraud, Mismanagement, Dereliction of Duty, and/or any other FELONY we can think of! Anyone of them who RUNS, and subsequently gets caught, gets sentenced to Life Imprisonment, with NO PAROLE and NO APPEALS!
5. Finally, ALL CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS would have a National CAP at TWO TIMES the National Savings Interest Rates - EX: If Savings Minimum is 5%, then Credit Interest Maximum is Limited to 10% - ACROSS THE BOARD - NO EXCEPTIONS!
ALL EXISTING ACCOUNTS should be adjusted DOWNWARD - with ALL EXISTING BALANCES CREDITED TO REDUCE THEM ACCORDINGLY - The days of Legal USURY ARE DONE!
If this causes any Credit Card company to be BANKRUPTED - TOUGH! New Honest ones will take their place!
We The People need to learn to be more VOCAL!
That’s My 2 Cents Worth! Tom.
Re: MR. Ed’s - Honor Flight -
ED - WELL DONE! I SALUTE THEM - AND YOU, FOR REMEMBERING THEM!
SONG LYRICS - "Where have all the young men gone? Gone to Graveyards, every one - When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?"
Cannon Fodder for Warmongers who Don't GO? "Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die!" "All into the Valley of Death rode the Six Hundred..."
Valiant Heroes - not only the young men and women who went into battle, but also more millions who were back home keeping the Home-Fires Burning - my Dad was a rigger working at Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in Fairfield, MD. during the war, like thousands of others, producing the needed ships.
Others like "Rosie The Riveter" and millions of young ladies and women who spent thousands of hours as seamstresses, making uniforms, warm blankets, field jackets, et cetera. Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Neighbors, and even Strangers - writing and mailing millions of Letters to our Armed Forces Personnel - ALL Valiant Heroes during a Worthy Cause!
But - right now, is there truly a Worthy Cause - Blood for Oil in Iraq - and - Blood for Heroin in Afghanistan? Who is truly Profiting, other than the Warmongers?
How many of America's Sons and Daughters died in Viet Nam? And how many others Profitted on the Dope and Drugs which were Smuggled out of there?
If ever there was a need for The Monroe Doctrine to be Re-established, it is NOW!
TEN-HUT !!! Tom.
Re: MR. ED’s - Tribute to Max Scheler - This is so good that anyone who missed it should have another opportunity to read it: -
“He saw even in a tiny bug,
The sacredness of all life.”
Writer and Philosopher
I have admired this man since my early childhood
An Environmental Pioneer and Brother to the Sun
He wrote the magnificent Canticle of The Creatures
His compassion for all beings lasted until his life was done
Today, his image is still found in many a garden
Whether it’s owned by a Buddhist or a Christian
I have traveled to his ancient birth place in Italy
And one day, I would truly love to visit there again
He was born into an extremely wealthy family of means
Yet, he followed his compassionate heart so truly brave
Although mocked at first, and often ridiculed by others
Near his birth place, he would often pray inside a cave
He loved so equally the cricket, the sparrow, and the wolf
He believed animals to be his Brothers and Sisters on Earth
And of all the notable figures in the vast history of mankind
He’s one I’ll always admire, a man compassionate since birth
In 1979, Pope John Paul II proclaimed him ‘The Saint of Ecology’
And we truly need many more like him these sad, destructive, days
My grandmother read me Canticle of The Creatures when I was five
And today, all of these many years later, it still moves me in many ways
“All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon and Stars;
In the heavens you have made them, bright and precious and fair.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air.
“All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,
So useful, lowly, precious, and pure.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
Through whom you brighten up the night.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Earth, our Mother,
Who sustains us and governs us.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made.”
From The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi
Today is His Feast Day,
And In His Honor,
It is Also ‘World Animal Day.’
What Have You Done For Earth’s Animals Lately?
As He Knew, They Enrich Our Lives, In So Many Ways.
Reprinted here to Honor MR. ED!
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|Thanks once again, my friend, for re-posting some of my veteran blogs.
But - right now, is there truly a Worthy Cause - Blood for Oil in Iraq - and - Blood for Heroin in Afghanistan? Who is truly Profiting, other than the Warmongers?
And that is a damned good question.
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead