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by Dennis Spath
Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tales of the Whackadoodle Right
Replies: 79
Views: 9286

Re: Tales of the Whackadoodle Right

I received the same link via e-mail from one of my friends in Dallas Reb and, naturally, had to pass it on to several others. Yes, we have some folks of questionable mental acuity here in Texas.....beginning with our venerable Governor and my Congressman, Loopy Louis Gohmert of "Anchor Baby" fame, a...
by Dennis Spath
Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Brooks: Telling it like it is - again
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: David Brooks: Telling it like it is - again

Has any one of you viewed the egomaniacal Bill O'Reilly and mindless Sean Hannity lately? It's truly amazing what passes for "Fair & Balanced" on FOX lately!
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: American education: dumbing down
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: American education: dumbing down

I found it interesting to learn (about 50 years ago) that Maria Montesorri was teaching the concept of positive and negative numbers (critical in beginning algebra) to 3-5 year olds using a model train setup.....with the depot serving as Zero, positive numbers assigned to track segments going right ...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tales of the Whackadoodle Right
Replies: 79
Views: 9286

Re: Tales of the Whackadoodle Right

While perhaps not sufficiently whackadoodle to meet your criteria, we have here in East Texas our 1st electoral district Representative Louise Gohmert, justifiably famous for his zany You Tube demonstrations of conspiracy obsession in Congress.....the most notable of which was his diatribe about "A...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissent
Replies: 382
Views: 22625

Re: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dis

With regard to the "politics" (as apposed to the science) of Global Warming/Climate Change issues, I must admit my strong inclination to voting Against the interests of Big Oil and the Coal Industry.....for the simple reason their lobbyists (and campaign contributions) have far more clout in the hal...
by Dennis Spath
Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tales of the Whackadoodle Right
Replies: 79
Views: 9286

Re: Tales of the Whackadoodle Right

While perhaps not sufficiently whackadoodle to meet your criteria, we have here in East Texas our 1st electoral district Representative Louise Gohmert, justifiably famous for his zany You Tube demonstrations of conspiracy obsession in Congress.....the most notable of which was his diatribe about "An...
by Dennis Spath
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My Visit With Ralph
Replies: 11
Views: 828

Re: My Visit With Ralph

Thanks for the update on Ralph.....I've noticed the absence of his voice here since returning, and was almost afraid to ask about his health. Let's hope he can beat this latest interuption in his lifestyle just as he did the heart attack several years ago! I never had the pleasure of meeting him in ...
by Dennis Spath
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 236847

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, e

Given my love of a big choral sound I've recently become a fan of "Mythodea" by Vangelis, with a complete performance available on You Tube....something to listen to while doing research of otherwise engaged on the Web.
by Dennis Spath
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissent
Replies: 382
Views: 22625

Re: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dis

Given I'll soon be 78 and have more pressing areas of concern (i.e., the November elections) I find these scientific debate issues "interesting", but not of sufficient import to warrant my championing the cause of CO2 polluting industries.
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Robert Caro: The Passage of Power
Replies: 7
Views: 3010

Re: Robert Caro: The Passage of Power

Back in 1963 when I was at WBAI-FM in New York, we broadcast an informative and quite amusing talk by a U of Texas prof titled "The Contradictions of Texas Politics." I may still have it on a tape somewhere around here. One surprising conclusion is that in 1960, Johnson was vital to carrying the So...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Did We Really Have To Drop.....
Replies: 9
Views: 570

Re: Did We Really Have To Drop.....

There were dozens of Presidential info sources from individuals promoting alternatives to an invasion of the Japanese mainland. Based upon the fight to the death mentality experienced at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, which included the mass suicides of more than 30,000 civilians, military planning for a Nov...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Texas GOP officially opposes critical thinking courses
Replies: 16
Views: 2389

Re: Texas GOP officially opposes critical thinking courses

You have to live here to understand the nature of Critical Thinking in Texas' "Born Again" political atmosphere. It follows from Texas boasting several thousands of Bible-believing Churches, where the grateful membership gladly fork over 10% of their gross income for the privilege of having their sa...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Challenge for RWetmore!
Replies: 0
Views: 291

Another Challenge for RWetmore!

Here we have more Global Warming Propaganda in need of refutation by CO2 polluting Industries and their skeptical apologists.

http://news.yahoo.com/rise-sea-level-ca ... 25373.html
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Robert Caro: The Passage of Power
Replies: 7
Views: 3010

Re: Robert Caro: The Passage of Power

I read it a few weeks ago, and found the biographical info chapter on Jack Kennedy most interesting. It is not general knowledge how close to death he came several times in the 1950's, until properly diagnosed with Addison's Disease and eventual success of experimental drugs in allowing him to lead ...
by Dennis Spath
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissent
Replies: 382
Views: 22625

Re: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dis

Sure - build dykes along all the seacoasts of the world, and station volunteers along the dykes to plug any leaks with their thumbs. :roll: Oh, and don't use any government money. Leave it to private enterprise and make it voluntary. :roll: :roll: Touche John! It's not at all surprising to see Mr. ...
by Dennis Spath
Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Most Stupid Stupidities You Have Witnessed
Replies: 74
Views: 4914

Re: The Most Stupid Stupidities You Have Witnessed

When I was in the Air Force in the 1950's the prospect of a nuclear exchange was considered a definite possibility. In 1956-57 the 4th in my chain of command was Admiral Radford, who was then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Eisenhower. I was one of more than 900 Security Person...
by Dennis Spath
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obamacare
Replies: 34
Views: 1357

Re: Obamacare

My personal opinion is that the current U.S. "system" of delivering health care to its citizens is woefully inadequate, except for those who are able to afford its exorbinant cost. It's rediculous to claim that we have "The Best Health Care System in the World", when we rank so low in many measures ...
by Dennis Spath
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York: on banning supersized sugary drinks
Replies: 35
Views: 1487

Re: New York: on banning supersized sugary drinks

For me, soon to be age 78, carbonated soft drinks have never been an issue. During WWII my favorite was an occasional Soda Fountain "Green River". I've never liked Coke or other sweet Cola drinks, but always enjoyed a Black Cow made with Root Beer and Vanilla Ice Cream. At my last job I worked with ...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York: on banning supersized sugary drinks
Replies: 35
Views: 1487

Re: New York: on banning supersized sugary drinks

This is a local issue involving a local politician and local politics - local to me and not to you. Your and my locations affect our perspectives and opinions, and certainly are relevant. You don't know what you're talking about. Although the specific issue only applies to one locality, the larger ...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Garden Grows In Harlem
Replies: 25
Views: 1187

Re: A Garden Grows In Harlem

Thanks for that post Len....what a delightful space! Is that a "Fireplace" in the first picture?
by Dennis Spath
Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: The Good Food Revolution
Replies: 0
Views: 1001

The Good Food Revolution

An inspiring story of retired professional Basketball Player who grew up on his Grandfather's small farm, and who later dedicated his life to the concept of "urban farming" by purchasing three acres of ground in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What he's accomplished by way of education with his very successfu...
by Dennis Spath
Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fracking....It's Good For You
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: Fracking....It's Good For You

A very wordy industry puff piece glorifying economic growth, and with no mention whatsoever of the most important issue: The environmental impact costs to our nation of the various forms of energy production.
by Dennis Spath
Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Garden Grows In Harlem
Replies: 25
Views: 1187

Re: A Garden Grows In Harlem

What kind of flowers are included in your diet Len?
by Dennis Spath
Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fracking....It's Good For You
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: Fracking....It's Good For You

We've had three 4.5 Earthquakes in East Texas in the past four months, and no likely source of the tremors other than fracking. The politics of the economics is quite obvious.....profits trump pollution problems, and that's going to be very evident in the runup to the Presidential Debates. The Repub...
by Dennis Spath
Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Garden Grows In Harlem
Replies: 25
Views: 1187

Re: A Garden Grows In Harlem

The initial purpose for rooftop gardens on Commercial and Public Buildings was to reduce air conditioning costs. PBS has a program about inner city gardening, and showed the rooftop garden maintained by a NYC Restaurant for producing their own super-fresh salad ingredients....grown hydroponically in...
by Dennis Spath
Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Come to where I live and enjoy white supremacist hospitality
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: Come to where I live and enjoy white supremacist hospita

It takes all kinds and it pleases recruiters when they find likely targets, those who are not too bright, exhibit paranoid schizophrenic tedencies, and feel they are unappreciated and being persecuted.
by Dennis Spath
Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Garden Grows In Harlem
Replies: 25
Views: 1187

Re: A Garden Grows In Harlem

Having spent most of my life in Chicago I was particularly interested in news about Chicago Rooftop Gardens, and found this very interesting Blog with loads of very interesting and informative links: http://greenroofgrowers.blogspot.com/2008/07/how-to-make-sip.html FYI "SIP's" are Self Irrigating Pl...
by Dennis Spath
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Garden Grows In Harlem
Replies: 25
Views: 1187

Re: A Garden Grows In Harlem

There are thousands of urban gardens in Chicago, Millwaukee, Detroit and other cities in the U.S., modeled after those in Toronto Canada, and some are quite amazing in the area of food production....all part of the local food movement being encouraged by Mrs. Obama and others. This interest in eatin...
by Dennis Spath
Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mythodea Anyone??
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Mythodea Anyone??

Sorry....was so busy I forgot to post the link I promised!

http://youto.be/Rm0noyQpzEY
by Dennis Spath
Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vatican Leaks.
Replies: 14
Views: 677

Re: Vatican Leaks.

John Paul II was very much a traditionalist, and lived long enough to squash several of the hoped for "reforms" which many Catholics had hoped for following Vatican II. John XXIII elevated hundreds of "liberal" Priests to titular Bishops for the purpose of creating a reform minded majority in the 2...
by Dennis Spath
Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mythodea Anyone??
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Mythodea Anyone??

I can post the link for the complete hour and fifteen minute production (English vs Greek titles) on Monday, but for a brief taste may I suggest you request "Mythodea Mvmt V" on You Tube.
by Dennis Spath
Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vatican Leaks.
Replies: 14
Views: 677

Re: Vatican Leaks.

John Paul II was very much a traditionalist, and lived long enough to squash several of the hoped for "reforms" which many Catholics had hoped for following Vatican II. John XXIII elevated hundreds of "liberal" Priests to titular Bishops for the purpose of creating a reform minded majority in the 2n...
by Dennis Spath
Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Romney and Ayn Rand
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Romney and Ayn Rand


Many thanks for posting this link Cliftwood....a most fascinating illumination of Romney's qualifications as a Presidential candidate!
by Dennis Spath
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Markets and morals: what money shouldn't buy
Replies: 17
Views: 839

Re: Markets and morals: what money shouldn't buy

Each of us decides, within the limits of the law, or in some cases lawlessly. That's not the point. It's about how we decide, and whether we submit to the amoral mechanism of the marketplace in which everything and everyone has its price. As Michael Sandel says, "Today, the logic of buying and sell...
by Dennis Spath
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mythodea Anyone??
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Mythodea Anyone??

I've recently discovered (listening to as I post) and have been fascinated by this relatively recent massive composition for Chorus and Orchestra by the Greek Composer Vangelis. Is anyone here familiar with this work? The entire work as performed at the Temple of Zeus in Athens is available on You T...
by Dennis Spath
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It’s Official: Watching Fox Makes You Stupider
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Re: It’s Official: Watching Fox Makes You Stupider

Ill-informed seems more appropriate to me also.....and another factor clearly at work in the lives of their loyal audience is "Gullibility".
by Dennis Spath
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vatican Leaks.
Replies: 14
Views: 677

Re: Vatican Leaks.

From where I sit, here in East Texas Baptist Country, this Vatican story in small potatoes compared to their dissing of American Nuns, and the Bishops questioning the integrity of the Girl Scouts of America for allowing a Denver Troup to enroll a few LBGT leaning girls as members.
by Dennis Spath
Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 38,000 christian sects
Replies: 15
Views: 917

Re: 38,000 christian sects

Isn't it marvelous that the 4 Gospels can be interpreted in such a variety. Is everyone reading the same thing? Excellent question Smitty! When I returned to Tyler as a retiree in the year 2000 I read a great deal, and since I'd been researching the history of the Bible.....origins and content of t...
by Dennis Spath
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 38,000 christian sects
Replies: 15
Views: 917

Re: 38,000 christian sects

I just spent over two hours reading through a Wikipedia overview of "Gnosticism" and its myriad manifestations before, during, and after the first few hundred years of early Christianianity. When you finish an exercise like this it's quite easy to understand how and why so many micro-level sectarian...
by Dennis Spath
Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: George Will trashes Republican front-runners
Replies: 43
Views: 1986

Re: George Will trashes Republican front-runners

It's invariably in a President's 2nd Term that major accomplishments have been achieved, given the learning curve involved while in office as the wheels of History grind inevitably on. I'm not so sure about that. Not hard to come up with counter-examples. Most obvious, of course, being President Fr...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Odd Rand Story...
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: The Odd Rand Story...

An excellent thread Teresa! And like some others here I learned a great deal I didn't know about Rand's confusing preoccupation with the Libertarian "I" while posturing as a Philosopher. I read "The Fountainhead" in the early 1950's, having had it recommended to me by a female friend I was dating. I...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: George Will trashes Republican front-runners
Replies: 43
Views: 1986

Re: George Will trashes Republican front-runners

Do you know that Obama broke virtually every campaign promise he made? That in many instances he ended up doing the exactly opposite of what he said he would or wouldn't do? Does this not bother you? Or cause any mistrust? You asked Lenny, but I'll chime in. Politicians make promises; Presidents ma...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Job Creators
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: The Job Creators

Those so-called "Job Creators" would become highly motivated by an increase in their Tax Bracket, as their accountant explained the Tax Benefits of expanding locations and/or hiring more employees....thereby increasing operating expenses and capital investment writeoff opportunities which serve to r...
by Dennis Spath
Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: North Korea's "Dear Leader," Kim Jong Il, is dead
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: North Korea's "Dear Leader," Kim Jong Il, is dead

It couldn't happen to a more deserving candidate for Hell. I wonder what they'll do with his Porn collection?
by Dennis Spath
Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Insurance company death panels--the kind GOPers love
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Insurance company death panels--the kind GOPers love

Thanks for posting this Reb. It's good to see actual facts about the failures of our "For Profit" Health Insurance system posted in this forum. Only in the USA does ROI trump the health of it's citizenry!
by Dennis Spath
Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Scapegoat Strategy
Replies: 26
Views: 1288

Re: The Scapegoat Strategy

In reading through this Thread it's obvious who it is has been thoroughly brainwashed by FOX. By the way, what was it caused my old buddy Barry to absent himself from CMG?
by Dennis Spath
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 99% vs. 99%
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: 99% vs. 99%

No doubt the situation at the Park in NYC presents problems Keaggy, particularly for those who are "squatting" there and nearby businesses. It is a fact, though, that there are millions across the country who are in sympathy with the 99% movement and mounting local demonstrations on a regular basis....
by Dennis Spath
Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AGW/Climategate Reports
Replies: 149
Views: 26537

Re: AGW/Climategate Reports

I've been alive and well but spending little time on the internet, except for YouTube's great collection of classical vocal offerings. Only rarely in the past year have I checked in to CMG Forums to see what's going on. There is one small Aimoo site I've been visiting a few times a week since Decemb...