Just a short time ago you could smoke anywhere. The smoke filled rooms of political decision making were literally smoke filled – so were movie theaters, buses, air planes, restaurants, and even private homes. Then came the studies that uncovered the dangers of second hand smoke on non-smokers; they were being exposed to the higher rates of cancer, heart disease, and lung disease sharing the spaces of those who smoked.

Along with the studies around second hand smoke came the shared costs imposed on all people, smokers and non-smokers, for just breathing in the polluted air of smoke filled rooms. The change was slow at first, but eventually it became illegal to smoke in most enclosed areas and a high tax was placed on tobacco products under the category of “moral hazards”; they were proven to be a danger to the health and welfare of all people.

Shared costs of declining health and vitality caused by smoking and/or alcohol abuse. Here, the “cost” is that of providing minimum social welfare. Economists more frequently attribute this problem to the category of moral hazards, the prospect that a party insulated from risk may behave differently from the way they would if they were fully exposed to the risk. Moral Hazard

What are the external costs of gun ownrship?

A recent, detailed study by Duke’s Philip Cook and Georgetown’s Jens Ludwig suggests that such external costs are every bit as legitimate as second hand smoke smoke costs were thirty years ago. The study seeks to to quantify the “external cost” of gun ownership.

“The two economists wanted to figure out precisely what sorts of costs gun owners impose on the rest of society.” Washington Post

In the impartial scientific study that is filled with equations like – DlnYQ1 DlnYQ4=DlnFSSQ1 DlnFSSQ4 – to maintain fairness and scientific methodology. While admitting that the questions of “whether the social costs of gun ownership are positive or negative is arguably the most fundamental question for the regulation of firearms in the United States” – the bottom line is well worth noting:

Under certain reasonable assumptions, the average annual marginal social cost of household gun ownership is in the range $100 to $1800.
D 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

The Smoking Gun – Social costs

In sum, gun prevalence is positively associated with overall homicide rates but not systematically related to assault or other types of crime. Together, these results
suggest that an increase in gun prevalence causes an intensification of criminal violence—a shift toward greater lethality, and hence greater harm to the community. Of course, gun ownership also confers benefits to the owners and possibly other members of the household. The benefits are associated with the various private uses of guns—gun
sports, collecting, protection of self and household against people and varmints.

But if our estimates are correct, the net external effects appear to be negative.

So every hand gun that is purchased for $400 – $700 dollars at a gun show or a retail outlet carries a further negative dollar amount on the rest of us. How much?

…that each additional 10,000 gun-owning households leads to around 6 additional crime-related gunshot injuries. If these contingent valuation estimates are approximately correct, the optimal license fee per gun-owning household would be on the order of $600. …some of our estimates that are based on modifications intended to reduce measurement error, the optimal license fee may be as high as $1800 per household.

The Smoking Gun’s Second Hand threat to health

Just as Philip Morris (Altria), Reynolds American (RJR) and Lorillard, fought the 1st and Second Hand dangers of their product on users and second hand innocents, you can bet the NRA and the gun manufacturers will fight, deny, and scoff at the findings of the – Duke’s Philip Cook and Georgetown’s Jens Ludwig – study.

Maybe a tax on weapons at point of sale remains a long battle to be won in the future, but the ban of automatic assault weapons and high round magazines should be a no brainer.

AA – Automatics Anonymous

We admitted that we are powerless over automatic weapons and that life had become unmanageable.

The statement above is a shift of words replacing “automatic weapons” for “alcohol” and “life” for “our lives” – as an edit of the statement below:

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become

The statement above is the first step of the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Life in America HAS become unmanageable

We were just offered an additional – young and innocent – 20 reasons for how unmanageable daily life in America has become.

Gun Owners and Gun Activists AGREE

So WHO and WHAT is Standing in the Way?

National Organizations and Politicians Play “Divide and Conquer”

“We the People” have become pawns and victims of organizations like the NRA and Politicians as they pit gun activists and gun owners against each other by appealing to the lower angels of both sides. They divide the argument along the “hot buttons” of each side saying gun activists “want to take away guns” and gun owners “want to own dangerous weapons in anonymity” and the two sides fight it out. They post on face book, tweet on twitter, or display signs and bumper stickers all designed to divide an conquer one side over the other. The dividers reap the benefits of the spoils of this war in votes and money, while people and young children are killed with historic frequency.

We All Agree – Get Out of the Way

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

What can be more corrupt than ignoring what “most gun owners” and “most gun activists” want?

Time for the NRA and self seeking politicians to get out of the way.

Gun Owners and Gun Activists AGREE

90 percent of Americans and 90 percent of gun owners support fixing gaps in government databases that are meant to prevent the mentally ill, drug abusers and others from buying guns.

91 percent of Americans and 93 percent of gun owners support requiring federal agencies to share information about suspected dangerous persons or terrorists to prevent them from buying guns.

89 percent of Americans and 89 percent of gun owners support full funding of the law a unanimous Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed after the Virginia Tech shootings to put more records in the background-check database.

86 percent of Americans and 81 percent of gun owners support requiring all gun buyers to pass a background check, no matter where they buy the gun and no matter who they buy it from.

89 percent of Americans and 85 percent of gun owners support a law to require background checks for all guns sold at gun shows.
Huff post poll pdf.

Here it comes – The point of denial

While the Newtown shootings have made it clear that life in America has become unmanageable, many gun owners remain in denial about their need for absolute anonymity when it comes to their gun ownership WHEN it happens to fall under an automatic weapon ban. What’s more, they are encouraged by a few gun nutty neocons that make it sound like the Democrats are out to TAKE AWAY YOUR GUNS!

(The bold emphasis on some words is my editorial addition)

When certain anti-gun politicians or administrations broached the subject of registration in the past and the NRA or Gun Owners of America quickly pointed out that registration would lead to confiscation, liberals laughed and accused the “gun lobby” of being paranoid or conspiratorial. However, now, in the wake of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bald admission that he believes gun confiscation a viable option, the days of laughing off the dangers associated with registration are long gone.

The Democrats have declared war on gun owners and the only right which our Founding Fathers described as “necessary to the security of a free state.”

If we are foolish enough to embrace a ban on any weapon in the coming Congress, then we are unwittingly embracing a ban on every weapon.

Republicans in the House and Senate need to let Feinstein and company know this is a non-starter, and voters need to start weighing potential congressional candidates for 2014 on the basis of where they stand on the 2nd Amendment.

Gun-grabbers need not apply. Breitbart Blog

NO…it will not work. NOT this time

Life in America has become unmanageable when we cannot send our young children to school without fear of an assault rifle attack. The number of these assault rifles and high round magazines have grown over the years. It has gotten out of hand. These weapons and magazines must be banned in an attempt to bring us back to manageable.

In order to maintain manageability, citizens are required to register vehicles, boats, motorcycles. Every computer has an IP address which is registered to a specific place or owner. Why should guns be any different? How is a gun owners privacy any more violated than a car owner or a computer owner?

We can all agree that it is just to bad it has come to this. Yes it is to bad, but life has become unmanageable. It is time for us to end the denial:

We admitted that we are powerless over automatic weapons and that life had become unmanageable.

The outcry from the gun nuts who would cling to their anonymity would sound the alarm “DEMOCRATS ARE OUT TO TAKE AWAY OUR GUNS” – due to the stipulation in the last few lines of the Feinstein Automatic Weapon legislation summarized on her web site:

Summary of 2013 legislation

Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
120 specifically-named firearms;
Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and
Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test;
Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test; and
Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans.
Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;
Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes; and
Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.
Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
Background check of owner and any transferee;
Type and serial number of the firearm;
Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration.Feinstein Senate Web Site

Is it "OK" to talk about GUN CONTROL now?

Is it “ok” yet?

At first, the warning was that it was too soon after the shooting. It was inappropriate to talk about guns until the families of the slain had a chance to grieve.

Now, some would say, it is not the kind of subject you want to bring into the Holiday Season to dampen the spirit of peace and joy. Unfortunately, not even Christmas Eve could pass without another horrific event of gun violence erupting to inflame our awareness of rampant gun violence in our America the beautiful.

William Spengler, 62, opened fire on the volunteer firefighters as they responded to a blaze in Webster just before 6 a.m. ET Monday in a small cluster of homes near Lake Ontario, police said. The firefighters — Michael Chiapperini, 43, a lieutenant with the Webster police, and Tomasz Kaczowka, 19 — were shot dead, and Spengler killed himself as seven houses burned around him.

Although Spengler couldn’t legally own firearms as a convicted felon, police said he was armed with a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, a 12-gauge pump shotgun and a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle.NBC News

Even with this development it is likely that in a week or two, the Newtown shooting may well be noted as “one of the top news stories of the year”; a statement that finally turns the page and tucks the shameful incident into the safe news of the recent past.

Thus, falls the shadow

It is human nature to forget the Newtown shooting as the emotional ties to the event are weakened. It is this aspect of human nature that is so well described in a poem by T.S. Elliot. The poem is not a popular Christmas tale nor will it be read as part of the format of the Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve., first drawn up by Archbishop of Canterbury in Cornwall, for use on Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880. Wiki

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow

For Thine is the Kingdom

The “fall of the shadow” and NRA President LaPierr

It is this “fall of the shadow” that LaPierr is counting on. Perhaps, that is why he offered an absurd solution that would serve to draw out the conversation just another week or two. There he stood, in an atmosphere that is fraught with questions, yet LaPierr would not answer any questions. Instead. he left most people scratching their heads with his proposal of stationing armed sentries in front of every school in America.

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long


So, far we have seen President Obama acknowledging that something must be done and the formation of commission. Speaking five days after the massacre, Obama said that a new group led by Vice President Joe Biden is charged with developing “concrete proposals” for dealing with gun violence “no later than January.” The group will include some Cabinet members and outside organizations.

“This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside,” Obama said. “This is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now.” CNN

The last word

Let us hope the last word does not belong to the NRA President LaPierr. The killing of innocent children has lifted our awareness to the commitment that “something must be done” and there is a effort lead by Dianne Feinstein to introduce an assault weapons ban on first day of Congress, “I’m going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House — a bill to ban assault weapons,” Feinstein said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Huffington Post

So, far the momentum has carried us to “do something”, even though we know the path to change is long and filled with sniper fire. If we are to follow the words of Elliot, the option of doing nothing is not an option – all Myan prophesy aside:

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

The Hollow Men

MARY Christmas

Mary Christmas is not a typo.

Mary Christmas is just a headline to provoke an intriguing glimpse into the Gospel of Mary Magdala. What kind of Christianity may have been developed if the writings by which the Bible was formed had been edited differently?

Many of the texts that were interpreted by editing various writings that existed over fifteen hundred years ago have come to light in recent years. One of the most interesting is the the Gospel of Mary Magdala. The picture below is a split and mirror image a fragment from the page from her Gospel.

Fewer than eight pages of the ancient papyrus text survive, which means that about half of the Gospel of Mary is lost to us, perhaps forever.

It is important to remember to that these first Christians had no New Testament, no Nicene Creed or Apostles Creed, no commonly established church order or chain of authority, no church buildings, and indeed no single understanding of Jesus. All of the elements we might consider to be essential to define Christianity did not yet exist. Far from being starting points, the Nicene creed and the New Testament were the end products of these debates and disputes; they represent the distillation of experience and experimentation—and not a small amount of strife and struggle.

Gospel of Mary, along with other newly discovered works from the earliest Christian period, increases our knowledge of the enormous diversity and dynamic character of the processes by which Christianity was shaped. The goal of this volume is to let twenty-first-century readers hear one of those voices—not in order to drown out the voices of canon and tradition, but in order that they might be heard with the greater clarity that comes with a broadened historical perspective. Whether or not the message of the Gospel of Mary should be embraced is a matter readers will decide for themselves. The Gospel of Mary

The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle by Karen King
This is the best authoritative edition available, and includes a superb commentary by Karen King.
Buy the Book

The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene
The Gospel of Mary

Chapter 4

(Pages 1 to 6 of the manuscript, containing chapters 1 – 3, are lost. The extant text starts on page 7…)

. . . Will matter then be destroyed or not?

22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.

23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.

24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?

26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.

27) That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.

28) Then He continued and said, That is why you become sick and die, for you are deprived of the one who can heal you.

29) He who has a mind to understand, let him understand.

30) Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.

31) That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.

32) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

33) When the Blessed One had said this, He greeted them all,saying, Peace be with you. Receive my peace unto yourselves.

34) Beware that no one lead you astray saying Lo here or lo there! For the Son of Man is within you.

35) Follow after Him!

36) Those who seek Him will find Him.

37) Go then and preach the gospel of the Kingdom.

38) Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it.

39) When He said this He departed.

Chapter 5

1) But they were grieved. They wept greatly, saying, How shall we go to the Gentiles and preach the gospel of the Kingdom of the Son of Man? If they did not spare Him, how will they spare us?

2) Then Mary stood up, greeted them all, and said to her brethren, Do not weep and do not grieve nor be irresolute, for His grace will be entirely with you and will protect you.

3) But rather, let us praise His greatness, for He has prepared us and made us into Men.

4) When Mary said this, she turned their hearts to the Good, and they began to discuss the words of the Savior.

5) Peter said to Mary, Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.

6) Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them.

7) Mary answered and said, What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.

8) And she began to speak to them these words: I, she said, I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you today in a vision. He answered and said to me,

9) Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure.

10) I said to Him, Lord, how does he who sees the vision see it, through the soul or through the spirit?

11) The Savior answered and said, He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two that is what sees the vision and it is […]

(pages 11 – 14 are missing from the manuscript)

Chapter 8:

. . . it.

10) And desire said, I did not see you descending, but now I see you ascending. Why do you lie since you belong to me?

11) The soul answered and said, I saw you. You did not see me nor recognize me. I served you as a garment and you did not know me.

12) When it said this, it (the soul) went away rejoicing greatly.

13) Again it came to the third power, which is called ignorance.

14) The power questioned the soul, saying, Where are you going? In wickedness are you bound. But you are bound; do not judge!

15) And the soul said, Why do you judge me, although I have not judged?

16) I was bound, though I have not bound.

17) I was not recognized. But I have recognized that the All is being dissolved, both the earthly things and the heavenly.

18) When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms.

19) The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.

20) They asked the soul, Whence do you come slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?

21) The soul answered and said, What binds me has been slain, and what turns me about has been overcome,

22) and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died.

23) In a aeon I was released from a world, and in a Type from a type, and from the fetter of oblivion which is transient.

24) From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence.

Chapter 9

1) When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her.

2) But Andrew answered and said to the brethren, Say what you wish to say about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Savior said this. For certainly these teachings are strange ideas.

3) Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things.

4) He questioned them about the Savior: Did He really speak privately with a woman and not openly to us? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did He prefer her to us?

5) Then Mary wept and said to Peter, My brother Peter, what do you think? Do you think that I have thought this up myself in my heart, or that I am lying about the Savior?

6) Levi answered and said to Peter, Peter you have always been hot tempered.

7) Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries.

8) But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well.

9) That is why He loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect Man, and separate as He commanded us and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said.

10) And when they heard this they began to go forth to proclaim and to preach.

Gospel According to Mary Magdala -Gnostic Society

NRA Wasting Disease a threat to Hunter's Rights

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Hunter’s Rights

Culling the NRA Herd

It appears the present NRA Herd is made of two species. The “hunters rights” breed and the “gun rights” breed.

The “hunters rights” breed consists of organizations of sportsmen, and wild life habitat activists represented by organizations like Wisconsin’s Hunters Rights Coalition and Wisconsin FORCE.

The “gun rights” breed consists of survivalists, end-of-days advocates, and gun for gun’s sake pseudo sportsmen. The agenda, interests, and goals of these two herds couldn’t be more alien of one to the other. They tolerate one another under the umbrella of the 2nd Amendment as defined and described by the NRA.

LaPierre says “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” If that is the case, the “hunters rights” folks are the good guys and the “gun rights” folks is where the bad guys roam. It is time to cull the heard and shed the weak who are undermining goals of real sportsmen and hunters. Yes, real sportsmen who volunteer to train kids to handle fire arms safely, protect wild life habitat, and protect their rights to hunt, trap, and fish.

Not a Loony Lefty

No, I am not a loony lefty of the sort that defines sportsmen as domestic terrorists.

Loony Leftists Want NRA Labeled a “Domestic Terrorist Group”–Over Hunting
Online Petition Wants NRA, RMEF and SCI Declared “Domestic Terrorist Groups”

An online petition is asking the White House to label the National Rifle Association (NRA), Safari Club International (SCI), Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and other sportsmen’s organizations “domestic terrorist groups.” Blogmocracy

The dividing line separating sportsmen from “gun nuts”

The line is not between the left and right, the GOP and Democrat, neocon and progressive – but between “hunters righters” and “gun righters”. The greatest enemy to the sportsman’s cause is not from the left but from the lurkers in the ranks who are using the powerful umbrella of the NRA, Wisconsin’s Hunters Rights Coalition, and Wisconsin FORCE to their own ends. It is the “gun nut” survivalists who are tapping into many of the resources that could be used for the fire arms training, and habitat development that true sportsmen volunteer and work for.

NRA Executive Vice President LaPierr’s (Most Recent) PR Disaster

The Friday Presser by LaPierre set back the goals of most sportsmen connected to the NRA by leaps. In an atmosphere that is fraught with questions, LaPierre took no questions, and left most people scratching their heads with his proposal of stationing armed sentries in front of every school in America. The idea, concept, plan – is so full of holes that it could not float on salt water. And, the real goals of sportsmen suffer as a result.

LaPierre was the source of other PR disasters, most notably the one that prompted the most well known member of the NRA to resign: George Bush May 3, 1995. In the wake of the the Oklahoma City bombing, LaPierre wrote a fundraising letter describing federal agents as:

“jack-booted government thugs” who wear “Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms.” Former president George Bush was so outraged by the letter that he resigned his lifetime NRA membership.[2] In response to growing criticism, LaPierre apologized, saying that he didn’t intend to “paint all federal law-enforcement officials with the same broad brush. New York Times

The NRA leadership of LaPierre is that of a lobbyist with the goal of selling guns. His allegiance to the gun hunting sportsman is a mere side line. He is not speaking for most gun owners he is speaking for the preservation of the money trail to gun manufacturers.

Is the agenda of the NRA really serving the interests of Sportsmen and Hunters or preserving the interests of gun manufacturers? Time to cull the herd?

CHUCKLE HEADS watch out! The Fiscal ICE HOLE

God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…

(Pictured above: The “grinch” Koch Brothers presiding over the ice shack filled with the Republican Tea Party Caucus members)

House Speaker John Boehner said the serenity prayer before the Republican House Caucus before dismissing his Plan B and the caucus. The serenity prayer is often used in the Alcoholics Anonymous program at the close of a meeting since it so eloquently expresses the spirit of humility over the effects of insanity that surrounds us.

The stubbornness against any compromise has reached that place of insanity. Some members of the House are in deadly denial as they have become addicted to the substance of a Tea Party agenda.

The courage to change the things I can…

Even Fox News addressed the tea party addiction on Fox and Friends when they played the reaction from Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH), when he said that John Boehner was not to blame for the failure of his Plan B strategy.

Instead, LaTourette blames the Tea Party “chuckleheads” who have “screwed this place up.”

“I don’t know what the number is but say the number is 40 out of 240 – that’s not a repudiation of his leadership. That’s the same 40, 50 chuckleheads that all year … have screwed this place up. And he has done everything in his power to make nice to them, to bring them along, to make them feel included, but it hasn’t mattered,” he said.

…and the wisdom to know the difference.

112th Congress Tea Party membership .

The caucus chair is Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Of a total possible 435 Representatives, as of March 31, 2011, the committee has 61 members, all Republicans.[15]

Sandy Adams, Florida
Rodney Alexander, Louisiana
Michele Bachmann, Minnesota, Chair
Roscoe Bartlett, Maryland
Joe Barton, Texas
Gus Bilirakis, Florida
Rob Bishop, Utah
Diane Black, Tennessee
Michael C. Burgess, Texas
Paul Broun, Georgia
Dan Burton, Indiana
John Carter, Texas
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
Howard Coble, North Carolina
Mike Coffman, Colorado
Ander Crenshaw, Florida
John Culberson, Texas
Jeff Duncan, South Carolina
Blake Farenthold, Texas
Stephen Fincher, Tennessee
John Fleming, Louisiana
Trent Franks, Arizona
Phil Gingrey, Georgia
Louie Gohmert, Texas
Vicky Hartzler, Missouri
Wally Herger, California
Tim Huelskamp, Kansas
Lynn Jenkins, Kansas
Steve King, Iowa
Doug Lamborn, Colorado
Jeff Landry, Louisiana
Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri
Kenny Marchant, Texas
Tom McClintock, California
David McKinley, West Virginia
Gary Miller, California
Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina
Randy Neugebauer, Texas
Rich Nugent, Florida
Steven Palazzo, Mississippi
Steve Pearce, New Mexico
Mike Pence, Indiana
Ted Poe, Texas
Tom Price, Georgia
Denny Rehberg, Montana
Phil Roe, Tennessee
Dennis Ross, Florida
Ed Royce, California
Steve Scalise, Louisiana
Tim Scott, South Carolina
Pete Sessions, Texas
Adrian Smith, Nebraska
Lamar Smith, Texas
Cliff Stearns, Florida
Tim Walberg, Michigan
Joe Walsh, Illinois
Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia
Joe Wilson, South Carolina

Rule by a Few

311,591,917 people live in the USA, but only 40-50 are responsible taking an economic risk that is likely to spin all of the people into a new recession. Their pictures are on the ice house above, and their names are listed at the right.

The image below was not meant to be a political cartoon, but it seemed to capture the bubble of denial present in the GOP Tea Party Caucus. A majority of well meaning people are trying to warn them of the ice hole ahead, but they can only hear through the stuffed ears of a denial bubble.

It is not Speaker John Boehner or the House of Representatives as a whole. It is those who have been named “Chuckle Heads” by members of their own party, who are putting allegiances to the Koch Brothers policies as expressed through the organization Americans for Prosperity who are risking tanking the economy.

How the Koch (GRINCH) Bros. BOUGHT the Fiscal Cliff

Repost In Time For Christmas

The billionaire brothers set out to prove that self interest and a healthy helping of money could create a political movement. Charles and David Koch set out to fool most of the people most of the time by manipulating the media to follow the rise of the tea party as a grass roots movement.

Now, they plan to build on their practice – by fooling more and more people.

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They are buying a mountain, believe it or not
With a fiscal cliff right up at the top.
Here the Brothers will meet with leaders
Of wealth and power and crafty cheaters
It will be a tea party, or so they report
But the tea they are drinking is of a sort
That turns the drinkers nasty and mean
The nastiest nasties you’ve ever seen.

What is the plan these nasties have spun?
To invite any and all who will come
By saying they will get a piece of the pie
And many believe it, don’t ask me why.
Some were Senators and vote seeking creatures
Some judges, some lawyers, and even some preachers.

Oh but the nastier, nastiest plan of all
Was to bring them up and watch them fall.
The Littles were drawn up tempted by charms
They moved in long lines with tight locked arms.
Individual freedom was the chant they were singing
Yet they sung as a chorus joined in bringing
A rift of me against them and those against us
Until all here and there were caught in the fuss.

Oh, never has such a jagged, terrible riff
Been drawn and danced at the edge of a cliff.
But the Brothers knew well, this was the plan
To control their mountain and most of the land.
Oh how they chuckled as the Little’s drew near
The edge of the cliff, there goal was clear.

To push them off and watch them fall
Down to their depths like one big ball.


Just one year ago – on Dec. 20, 2011 the Congress of the United States was delivered to the Koch Brothers in a box – just in time for Christmas.

Below is a short excerpt of the words spoken by Hank Johnson Dec. 20.The words were spoken by Rep. Johnson after a long day of “debate” on the tax holiday extension. He came forward and spoke for a full hour before the final gavel of that days business.