Thursday, October 11, 2012

Prayer for a Renewed America

VANCOUVER, WA: OCTOBER 11, 2012--KELLOGS AND OTHER AMERICAN FOOD COMPANIES PRODUCE NON-GMO PRODUCTS FOR THE EUROPEAN MARKET. They do this because the Europeans won't eat that stuff. They won't eat that stuff because they don't want their people to be unhealthy. There are any number of studies coming out that prove that GMOs are not being digested and causing huge health problems for Americans. I can't and won't eat them. My gut begins to go crazy when I do, so I don't. When I was posting about the fact that a friend of mine wrote to the BIG FOOD companies asking them if they had GMOs in their foods and urging them to do something, I realized that I am not just upset about the food. I am upset about my country in general these days. What follows is half prayer and half editorial. If you feel the need, send it around, print it and mail it to your local paper. Send it to your Congress and Senate types. Take a stand. The only way that we will get our country back is through the actions of each one of us INDIVIDUALLY. Don't wait for aliens or the military to bail us out. Take the control in your own hands. Send these letters off and stop buying the crap that you don't like. That includes bad television. I've started watching only shows from the 60s and 70s. I cannot stand to see any more cop shows. DEAR CONGRESS/SENATE/BIG CORPORATIONS, THE COUNTRY THAT YOU'VE BUILT ISN'T FIT FOR HUMANS OR ANYBODY ELSE. THERE ARE VALUES HIGHER THAN PROFITS. SINCE YOU CAN'T SEEM TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT MEANS, I DECIDED TO SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU...HERE'S WHAT I WANT FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ I want good food grown organically by family farmers who care about their neighbors. I don't want anything grown from seeds that have had gene segments stuff into them, carried in by viruses or any other means that aren't digestible and that set DNA fragments loose upon the environment. We have no idea what that will do. I want a country where we look and feel healthy again. I don't want a country subject to daily assaults against our health by chemtrails, radiowaves, frankenfoods and other attempts to control us. I want to be able to go to the airport and get on a plane without worrying who is going to try to stare at my underwear or touch me inappropriately I want to be able to like the police again I want to be able to do business with a banker that makes loans in the best interests of the local community and not for the advantage of banksters a million miles away. I want to watch television about families, picnics, dogs, cats, noodle salads and real life....not endless cop shows, people DNA-testing their entire family to figure out who began them and total strangers having sex 10 minutes after they meet. I want to return to a time when people cared about human life MORE than the bottom line. I want my politicians to be worried about their next election because the machines use verifiable paper ballots and not some easily-screwed with electronic bits. I want the killing to stop everywhere I want the phrase "national security" to have meaning and not be a rationalization for bad behavior I want honesty I want transparency I want a way to chuck the suckers out if they fail to do their damn jobs! I want you big corporations that want to do business here in this country to pay your taxes. I want you to be responsible citizens and make your goods HERE. I want you CEOs to be held accountable for every action of every division of the company. I want you CEOs to stop sending jobs overseas so that you can move the difference into your pockets while screaming shareholder rights. We both know that the shareholders are faring no better than the workers. I want political campaigns to be tightly controlled, funded to a specific degree and real issues to be discussed. Campaign contributions are nothing more than bribes that trickle down through the party apparatus and permit control of everything from the judiciary to the beat cops. You're not fooling anybody but yourselves. I want the schools to use the curriculum that the other countries borrowed from us when we were smart. I want vaccinations banned until we know that the science is sound. Right now, I cannot find decent studies that validate that they produce anything but auto-immune problems. I want big pharma decoupled from the FDA. If you don't know how to do that, then shut the FDA down until you do. I want the ethics laws and the Constitutional prohibition on emoluments ENFORCED. Nobody should benefit from being in public office. This blind trust thing is a crock of manure and you know it. I want all people in political office prohibited from creating corporations in their name so that they don't have to pay appropriate taxes and can't be sued by the very people that they have harmed. I want dual-citizenship outlawed. How can you pay proper attention to this country when you have backdoor ready to go if you really screw up? Either you are in the boat with us or you're not. Again, this is in the Constitution for a reason. I want Supreme Court justices that can be removed BY THE PEOPLE. That would include the ones who have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar and other places that they didn't belong. IF YOU CAN'T DO THESE THINGS, THEN I AM GOING TO STOP BUYING YOUR PRODUCTS. I will do my level best to see that you don't get a penny of my money such as it is these days. A WOMAN ON A MISSION

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why This Blog's Name is So Apt

About 10 years ago, I heard a politician proclaim that all books needed to target "the lowest common odometer." What he had meant to say was that learning needed to be tailored to the least mentally capable among us--the lowest common denominator. In his attempt to sound intelligent by borrowing this phrase from mathematics, this politician made the case for doing exactly the opposite. Clearly, if a policy maker cannot differentiate between a car gauge and a mathematical description, our schools are already teaching to the least capable.

The question that we all need answered is:

Do we want to live in a nation of dummies? Because that is the inevitable result of targeting information to the lowest common intellectual level. Personally, I try to play sports against people better than me so that I can improve. I try to engage in discussion with those more intelligent than I for the same reasons. I read books not to have my deficiencies accommodated, but to remedy them.

From that speech on, I decided to begin fighting the mental mediocrity happily embraced by our politicians. I think that it is clear that my approach was correct. After 2008, when the market fell apart, the mediocre minds pushing policies that could only destroy this country began to field questions. Allan Greenspan had to explain why he took his policy cues from a Russian female novelist instead of economists with decades of proven results. (I am referring to Ayn Rand whose insipid writings inspired tons of mediocre minds to proclaim themselves geniuses)

I have not posted for a while, but I am going to start again.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Government-What Does It Mean to You?

AUGUST 7, 2009--SUBURBO-TOPIA, USA--Most Americans don't know what their government has really been doing with their money. If they did, the house-cleaning would be swift and thorough. Here's some thing that you don't know about the US government. During the reign of Jr. and Cheney, the budget for biological weapons increased over 400 percent. The only group tracking this activity was a couple of brave 20-somethings in the US and Germany. They reported their findings on the sunshine-project.org (or com). They got me interested in the subject and then I got scared by what I learned.

WHY WAS OUR GOVERNMENT DIGGING UP DEAD PEOPLE

It turned out that our government through the Army exhumed a woman who died from the 1918 flu. A young Army pathologist named Taubenberger wanted to find out if his theory on "resurrecting" dead viruses was correct. He brought the 1918 flu back to life. If that was dumb enough, he then identified why the flu did not kill more people and fixed it. Regardless whether the Army or Taubenberger think that killing "enemies" with this flu is a good idea, the entire activity is outlawed by many of the treaties to which the United States is party to. If we signed treaties not to do something, why are we doing it? Isn't this precisely what everybody used to dislike about the dread "Communists?"


GOVERNMENTS THAT BREAK AGREEMENTS WITH ANYONE SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED
Now even though there are only 1,100 cases of swine flu worldwide, our goverment is telling us that it plans to force us all to be "vaccinated" with an untested vaccine. It wants to do this so badly that it told the vaccine companies that they don't have to worry about getting sued--BECAUSE NOBODY WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUE. This same government is talking about making our soldiers break into our homes and inject us with this vaccine. WHY?

WE AREN'T BEING TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT THE VACCINE
This entire campaign seemed like a very bad idea to me, so I started doing some research. I was very upset about what I found out about vaccinations in general and this one in particular. This vaccine has already killed in tests. Then I read about an intrepid journalist in Austria who had filed suit against the companies making the vaccine, the WHO and many people in the United States government and the EU. Jane is accusing them of attempted genocide and quite a number of countries are taking her seriously--except ours of course.

IT SEEMS LIKE THIS EPIDEMIC MIGHT HAVE BEEN ON PURPOSE
Yep. Baxter shipped 72 litres of LIVE VIRUS around the world and they cannot seem to explain why. The Czychoslovakian government is so upset with Baxter's failure to explain their behavior that they are cancelling their swine flu vaccine order. New Zealand, Switzerland and Austria are all investigating both the incidents involving the live virus and the charges of attempted genocide. Why isn't the US investigating? Why are they so anxious to inject us all with a vaccine that is not only not adequately tested, but in the few partial tests of its contents, killed hundreds of people and virtually all the animal subjects...why is this government so anxious to try it on us? Is this a proper function of government? Should governments be exposing us to dangerous viruses just because they want to or because, as the many articles and reports that I found suggested, "because somebody paid them big bucks to force vaccination on us?"


IS THIS WHAT WE, THE PEOPLE, WANT OUR GOVERNMENTS DOING IN OUR NAME?

I think not. I also think that we don’t want our governments using us like ATMs by ticketing us for things that aren’t really criminal in order to increase their revenues.I don't think that our government should seize people's property by "saying" that they sold drugs when it was not proven. I don’t think that we honestly believe in the urgency or need of establishing a “continuity of government” program that consists of them being protected in safe bunkers while we all die. Who needs government if the people are all DEAD? The point of government was and remains to do (1) Pool resources to develop things for communal use like parks and roads; (2) to apprehend thieves (of all kinds) and murderers; (3) to help organize defenses if we are attacked and (4) to protect the citizens from harm by anyone including the government.

I BELIEVE THAT GOVERNMENT IS NOT:

INTENDED TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF A MINORITY OF RICH PEOPLE

INTENDED TO FOSTER THE GROWTH OF MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS OVER SMALL BUSINESSES

INTENDED TO ASSIST BUSINESSES IN POLLUTING OR DESTROYING NATURAL RESOURCES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BELONG TO EVERYONE

INTENDED TO TO CREATE MONOPOLIES ON ANYTHING FOR ANYONE

INTENDED TO CONCEAL THE WRONG DOINGS OF BUSINESSES, POLITICIANS, SCIENITSTS ETC.

INTENDED TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHO SHOULD LIVE AND WHO SHOULD DIE

INTENDED TO CREATE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS TO REDUCE POPULATIONS (if there is a problem, tell the people and then let them work together to solve the problem)

INTENDED TO SPEND OUR MONEY TO INVESTIGATE OTHER WORLDS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE EXCLUDED FROM

INTENDED TO VIEW OUR TAX DOLLARS AS THEIR MONEY AND SPEND THEM AS SUCH

INTENDED TO SPEND OUR MONEY TO ENSLAVE US WITH PSYCHOTRONICS, IMPLANTS, MICROWAVE BROADCASTING TOWERS

INTENDED TO “REWARD” INCOMPETENCE AND GREED WITH HIGHER SALARIES

INTENDED TO GIVE FAVORABLE TAX RATES TO THOSE WHO SEND OUR JOBS OVERSEAS

INTENDED TO DIVERT OUR MONEY INTO THEIR POCKETS VIA PRIVATIZATION AND OTHER COVERT PROGRAMS

INTENDED TO CONSPIRE AGAINST THE CITIZEN’S WELL BEING AND HAPPINESS

INTENDED TO FOIST OFF THE EXPENSE OF RICH MEN’S FOLLY ONTO THE BACKS OF HONEST HARDWORKING CITIZENS

INTENDED TO START WARS TO PERMIT RICH MEN TO STEAL THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF OTHER COUNTRIES

INTENDED FOR IT TO BE A MEANS BY WHICH OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS CAN RUSTLE UP CONTRIBUTIONS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO MAKE POLICIES THAT HURT AMERICANS

INTENDED TO MAKE "SECRET" AGREEMENTS THAT ENDANGER THE LIVES, HAPPINESS AND BODIES OF AMERICANS OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER

Feel free to add to the list above and please investigate some of the items in the list that seem impossible. Find out what the real history of the United States is.

BEGIN TODAY TO CONSTRUCT THE WORLD THAT YOU WANT YOUR LOVED ONES LIVING IN
Go to the birdflu666 site and follow their suggestions. You will be surprised at how many of your state officials share the doubts that you have. We have the right by law, to prevent the US government from abrogating the rights of citizens to refuse medications that could be harmful. Stopping this vaccination drive is the first step towards a better future for everyone. In our hearts, we all know what is the right thing to do when we see it…it is time that WE reeducated our officials on this topic. I have had it with their arrogance etc.

The LCO and Their JABs at Us



If you want to make it through the Summer and Fall of 2009 without getting seriously ill, pay attention to this blog as well as birdflu666.wordpress.com.
For roughly 15 years, there has been a campaign to convince the world that "pandemics" are a normal part of life on this planet and that we were "overdue" This is not totally true. It is true that during times of poor hygiene, high stress and uncertain food supply, diseases can flourish and reach epidemic proportions. There were epidemics of the bubonic plague in Europe for hundreds of years. Epidemics and wars of any size often occur together. However, the notion that the world was "overdue" for a pandemic is a concept brought to you by the same folks that brought you the New World Odor, sorry, Order.

Since the '60s, this clique of small-minded individuals met to discuss how to steal everything on earth and get rid of those who might find such actions objectionable. They have convinced themselves that it is their right to steal everything because we, the honest hardworking people who finance THEIR lifestyle, are too stupid to manage property and resources efficiently. How do I know this? Mostly from books and interviews from this same group of pompous nitwits, but also from what people who know them have said. The late great and very brave Aaron Russo produced the movie, "From Freedom to Fascism" to expose what he had learned about this group from Nicholas Rockefeller. Rockefeller told Russo that he and his cronies were going to (1) infect all of us with diseases that needed regular treatment to make us dependent upon health care (2) reduce the numbers of those outside his elite circle to about 500 million (from about 4-5 billion right now) and (3) put RFID chips into those remaining so that their every movement, purchase and activity could be tracked all over the world.

For many of you, what I wrote above is not news. You had fathers, grandfathers, great uncles and aunts who told you that the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the BIlderbergers and specifically,. the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds along with their bankster friends had destroyed the American republic. Like me, I am sure that you were not clear on what these intrepid souls meant. Like me, I am sure that you now understand that the land of liberty is not free. You know that we are all in a battle to stop what is happening to our country. We are battling to be free from the millions of tiny tax bites that these monsters have stuck us with. We are battling for the rights that guaranteed by the Constitution currently being denied to us by the fictions of Executive Orders, Department of Homeland Security and other illegal agencies.

If we permit those controlling our government secretly to have their way, we will get injections that could kill many and probably touch off a real "pandemic." You need to know the facts about everything. You need to know these things to make good decisions about your future and that of those you love. Between this blog, the birdflu666 blog and others, you should learn what you need to know to stay safe. You will also learn what you need to know to reclaim what is rightfully yours.

Don't let the "Lowest Common Odometer" tell you what to do. They are lower than all of us in the most important quality humanity has--humility. Re-read how this blog got its name and remember that those that would oppress you and me are not nearly as smart as they consider themselves. They tend to be long on pretension and short of delivery. If we keep remembering these truths, we will be able to change our world for the better. One, there are only a few thousand of these oppressive LCOs and BILLIONS of us. Two, the people that they are counting on to "enforce" their dictatorship aren't necessarily going to support it, because they are are like us, too. Three, all we have to do is to say, "No," stick to it and help each other out. Four, LCOs are far more afraid of us than they are of anything else.

The LCOs expected to be able to batter the Iraqi people into submission with their high tech weaponry and guns. Instead, the Iraqis, using rocks, hoes, shovels, sticks and whatever they could find, forced the LCOs to admit defeat. I am just sorry that our young people had to be hurt in a wrongful war. I don't ever want to see that happen again and I know that you don't either. Stopping this crazy vaccination drive is the first step to regaining the People's power.




In point of fact, a small group of rather small-minded individuals who believe themselves more capable than God planned to start an epidemic. It is here now. You need to know the facts to make good decisions about the "swine flu," the vaccine for it and all other vaccinations that you take in the future.

Friday, September 12, 2008

In Praise of the LCO, Italian Documentaries and Russian Truthtelling

September 12, 2008: SAN ANTONIO, TX--Irony is alive and living in Moscow because it either would not be understood or permitted on mass media in the USA. Whether Resident Bush gave another self-serving speech about the disaster that he and his team of 4th Reichers created is immaterial to me. I did not watch "network" news or read the local rags that perspire to the ranks of newspapers. Because they no longer obey the critical laws of this profession, I eschew the writings and video of my professional "peers." Even telling people that I have a MA in mass comm is embarrassing these days. Many American journalists no longer report the who, what, when, where, why and how of the events occurring around us. Americans seeking truth often have to look in places not considered as truthful before. In the case of September 11, the truth showed up in Russia's mainstream media hopefully, to the shame of the journalists described herein.

DEFINING THE TOLDA-JOURNALIST PROBLEM
Most journalists simply regurgitate TOLDA spin not truth. What are TOLDAs you might ask? TOLDAs are the small group of inbred, typically short-sighted, drug-addled and over-privileged politicians, corporate executives, media owners and the coterie of lackeys, syncophants and symbiotic detritus that follow them around that perceive themselves as better than you, me and anyone that they don't recognize. This group often refers to itself as "the elite." Being conversant with dictionaries and thesaurii, calling these people "elite" offends me on a number of levels. In the past, we reserved the title "elite" for those who demonstrated superiority through competition. Michael Phelps would be "elite" because he outswam the world's best swimmers. People who are proud of inbred DNA and incestuous corporate ties that permit them to satisfy their rapacious but myopic greed are not "elite."

THE ORIGINS OF TOLDA
So what do we call the people who seek to rule the world? Since many of the self-proclaimed "elite" would be lost without their hired and disparaged help, several friends and I decided that they deserved titles more befitting their skill set rather than their self-perceptions. TOLDA is an acronym for Top of the Line Dumb Ass. In my native South, we describe those without much common sense or practical knowlege as dumb asses. These are the people that you won't let babysit your kids, work on your car, paint your house or use anything that might be dangerous or flammable.

YEARS OF PROOF TO JUSTIFY THIS APPELLATION
Given that over a brief 12 years, the self-described "elites" have destroyed the economy of the world, tossed around enough DU to pollute Iraq until the earth goes cold and destabilized the entire planet with their idiotic and risky financial instruments that bookies would sniff at, their dearth of practicality and common sense is well-established. Naturally, having the truth thrust so bluntly upon TOLDAs is bound to ruffle some feathers. Next Monday, the entire alphabet-agency crowd may hunt me down, except for those who appreciate the truth. They will probably send me nosegays of secret documents stuffed into long stemmed roses.

UBIQUITOUS TRUTHFULNESS IS WHERE HEALING BEGINS
The Truth, the WHOLE TRUTH and WHY ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE DESERVE NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH IS THE SUBJECT OF TODAY'S LCO. It is the truth that the real people of these disunited States, the real "common odometer" of this country deserve to know. That's right the real common denominator of this country is not the NASCAR stereotype caricatured at the request of media owners and the TOLDAs of this country. America's true common denominator are the people who honor this country with their work, their honesty, their faith in the goodness of humanity and their love for their friends and family. These are the same people who do the work that keeps the country prosperous. They are the people who actually invent, explore and discover. They deserve more for the sweat of their brow than banksters' tricks and politicians' lies.

Let it go forth from http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/the-unspeakable-truth-of-911/, RussiaToday, marioprofaca.cro, rense.com, globalreports.com, Alex Jones, uruket, thetruthseeker.co.uk and the other websites that risk everything to set the truth free--from this day forward--we will no longer pretend to believe the lies of those who would enslave us. Neither will we ever kiss the feet of these pretentious and foolish people. We follow the traditions, the intellectual legacy and in the footsteps of leaders like: Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and the many unnamed patriots who praised and gave the truth to us all. They trusted us to be wise enough to make good decisions. They believed that the average person if given "all the facts" could make sound decisions that benefitted everyone. They did not hide personal advantage behind the phrase "national security."

Accept the fact that we have been lied to and exploited in the worst possible way. Yesterday, in Russia, on the anniversary of 9/11, a film debuted that told a story that many in this country have tried to tell. Zero911 was the true story of what happened on September 11, 2001. Even though almost 70 percent of this country knows in their hearts that the NIST report is false. Slowly, the truth has crept into almost everyone's soul and made them feel sick. That people in our own government would sacrifice innocent lives to consolidate their power and take our country completely fascist is abhorrent to all of us...but it is the truth. Go see the trailer at this site: http://zero911movie.com/site/


Does this column represent church bells tolling to herald the progress of a lone rider along the eastern shoreboard of the United States? Is this a declaration of war or an incitement of violence? No. It is actually an echo of Dennis Kucinich's request that a "Truth and Reconciliation" committee be created in this country to put the terrorism by the federal government of this country behind us.

This commentary is my affirmation (which I hope will spread) that I will not accept anything but truth from journalists, policemen, politicians, public servants, friends, relatives and anyone else that wants to "interact" with me. It is also my heartfelt request to those who "feel as I feel" to stop "feeding the leeches" trying to control our world. Stop buying products not made by small American-owned companies and made HERE. Stop buying newspapers from media conglomerates. Stop buying food except from locally-owned companies. Stop patronizing anything but small privately-owned banks, savings and loans; and credit unions. Better still, encourage unions, professional organizations and other membership organizations to form their own credit unions. Join with your neighbors to plants gardens that use natural minerals, seaweed and other critical nutrients to grow not just healthy food, but healthy land.

I am asking Hollywood to launch "Family Aid just as Willy Nelson created "Farm Aid." Family Aid will be a series of benefits to keep Americans in their homes. It will offer help from those who have benefitted greatly from American's fondness for their music and films to those who cannot afford their house payments. In our greatest tradition, Family Aid will be from Americans to Americans. No star who appears on Family Aid will get special treat bags or white dressing rooms or star treatment, instead they will get the heartfelt appreciation of those that they help. They will give back some of the affection that has made them famous to help those less fortunate. Honest local accounting firms, clergy and small bankers can keep track of the money and dispense it. Ticketmaster can donate their services to sell tickets. Studios and 3M can create CDs, DVDs etc. at REAL cost plus a modest profit of 3 percent and donate the proceeds to the Family Aid fund.

Don't let America's homes bought by a federal bureacracy where they will put money into the pockets of the very bankers, politicians and industrialists who caused this huge wave of foreclosures. I want the families that scrimped and saved to stay in their homes...to be able to send their children to the same schools and to stay in the communities where they have already put down roots. Let's raise money for them through concerts, benefits, movie premieres and the dissolution of the many "charitable trusts" and foundations that aren't charitable or helpful to the average person. They are hiding places for the super-rich to park their money and avoid taxes. Anyone who wants to volunteer for this endeavor, please send an email to: freedomchik12@google.com

If you like the "truthiness" of this LCO, stick around, I am just getting warmed up. LCO will be serving up as much truth as my readers can stand. For the last 6 years, I've been delving into a wide variety of things. Unfortunately for the TOLDAs, I do understand a whole lot about many things and I get it in the "ramification" depth that many of them miss. Toodles folks until my next column and barring any unfortunate incarcerations for the truth, I'll be back. Please check out the links mentioned above. There will be more to come.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Travel to Gearsville in Search of Suitable Odos

Suburbopia, USA, May 5, 2008--Today, there will be two posts. The first post is about odometers in general. The second post is about some great links and a plea for everybody to send in their odometer art. Eventually, when I master the art of blog layout, I'd like to step away from the canned template to something a little more "custom." Unlike many bloggers, I wasn't "to the blogging art born." I am a neophyte in this genre, so don't feel shy about making suggestions to me. Any help is appreciated including nice clear jpegs of cool odometers.

Whoever sends me the best odometer will see it used as my signature design. In addition to not sending them an autographed photo of me, I will heap praise upon them daily. All six of my regular readers will know just how grateful that I am. As my audience grows, so will the reputation of the magic odometer!

Here's what I need: a cool odometer photo in a compressed jpeg. It needs to be glare-free and close up. While I am partial to the old mechanical odometers, I could be tempted by a gorgeous digital one in a stylish gauge grouping. The main thing is that the odometer has to be clearly visible. The numbers in the odometer have to be readable.

ODOMETER CHIC
Surprisingly, lots of people are into odometers. Our erstwhile politician is not, definitely not, the only government person into odos. I've included some links on odometers after this paragraph. My intention is not to obsess on odometers or car trivia. This is a Seinfeld-type blog, it is about "noting" in particular. It is going to be provocative thoughts about everything that interests me. Since my interests are extraordinarily broad, you won't know what to expect. You will begin to see life through my eyes which is sort of like taking a trip to a foreign country with a dictionary missing half the verbs. We will strive to explore anything important to the human plane, but often without the obfuscation of any "jargon."

TRUTH IN ODOs
When I was a teenager, many of my friends drove their parent's cars backwards quite frequently. They did this to stave off punishment by their father's who monitored how far they had driven by checking the odometer religiously. For some reason, despite the size of my city of origin, the fathers were a little compulsive about their cars. I have not confirmed the rumor that started all the backing up, but I can explain it. In the old days, odometers were mostly mechanical. There was a relationship between the car's gears and the forward turning of the odo. Some of my buddies told me that driving backward would reverse the odometer and take mileage "off." I sort of did not buy this, because busts of car dealers for odometer fraud were common. If there was any group that lacked the time to drive cars backwards to strip miles off, it was used car dealers. I figured that there were more efficient methods for reducing the used car mileage, so I googled odometers.


ODOMETER MONITORING
Messing with an odometer is illegal regardless of the method.


ODOMETER WATCHERS

National Highway Transportation Safety Agency Odometer Fraud
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/Odometer/OdometrFraudInvest/index.htm

National Odometer and Title Fraud Enforcement Association
notfea.org/


HOW ODOMETERS WORK
auto.howstuffworks.com/odometer1.htm


CAR FUN SITES

GREAT SITE ABOUT AFTER MARKET GOODIES FOR OLDER CARS
www.jalopyjournal.com


SEARCH FOR THE PUSHBUTTON-SHIFTING CARS
www.historyofthebutton.com



MK

Saturday, May 3, 2008

WELCOME TO THE LCO


How This Blog Got It’s Name

Saturday, May 3, 2008

SUBURB-OPIA, USA--- During the late 90s, I listened to National Public Radio daily. One afternoon, I heard a politician making the following statement on the floor of the House, “We try to make laws that fit the ‘lowest odometer’ of American society. That way, it helps more people…” I laughed all the way home for two reasons: one, if there were ever proof that our educational system has not improved by dumping money into it—it was that Congressman’s comments and two, clearly, Congressmen/women need to be changed regularly to avoid brains atrophy. Since my favorite topic is the human condition, particularly as manifested through politics, I decided to someday name a blog that included part of the Congressman’s quote. This is that blog…except for one little thing:

The missing word that points the reader or listener in the correct metaphorical direction required to ‘get the joke’ that the Congressman missed is included in the title. The missing word is “common.” What the Congressman had tried to remember from his elementary math lessons was the phrase: “lowest common denominator.” His malapropism confused automobile measurement equipment and fractions (a mathematical measurement). Clearly, the Congressman knew very little about cars, the American people or math.

The average six grader or NASCAR mechanic knew more about math and mechanics than did this representative of our country. They not only know what a common denominator is, they can use them to perform calculations in both metric and American fractions. How tragic it is that someone who doesn’t know the depths of his own ignorance should be in a position to make decisions about education, war and other policies that affect American lives.

PLATO WAS RIGHT
Plato believed that philosophers should run nations. He opined that if those whose avocation was analyzing reasoning methods that lead to the truth would have two characteristics essential to leadership: intelligence and a passion for truth. Such people according to Plato would not be as interested in material possessions or power. While I am not absolutely sure that Plato was correct, I do know that we have elected men and women from a huge number of professions to serve as Presidents, Congressman and Senators.

WE HAVE TO RESPECT AND ADMIRE OUR LEADERS NOT IDOLIZE THEM
From the people that have been elected, I can only think of four that I respect deeply. Those are: John F. Kennedy, Barry Goldwater, Max Cleland and Ron Paul. What I respected most about all of these men was that they were intelligent, albeit in different disciplines, they aspired to being truthful and they cared about this country and its people. In particular, Kennedy and Paul read across all academic disciplines, because of their thirst for knowledge and truth. They made ‘informed decisions” about policy and did not rely upon their aides to read for them.

STOP DELEGATING CONTROL OF OUR LIVES TO PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT LEADERS. READ.
Just as I don’t like being represented in any capacity by ignorant people, I believe that part of a citizen’s duty is to be involved in the decisions that concern all of us. Don’t delegate your life or my life to people who can’t put together an intelligent sentence while on the floor of Congress.

For a great read, I recommend “The Management Style of John F. Kennedy,” and Ron Paul’s current book about his career in Congress whose title escapes me at this exact moment. I also recommend Young Patriots-a very personal view of the youth and political vision of the remarkable people who founded this country. I promise that you will come away with a completely different view of this country’s founders.

Read both the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist papers. You will discover that the Supreme Court is not empowered to determine what is Constitutional, we are. We the People are the ultimate authority on our own country’s laws and governance. You will also discover that the Founders’ Intentions were completely spelled out in the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers as well as their own journals, law books, dictionaries and other reference books which they left to all of us.

GET INSPIRED BY THE FOUNDERS OF THIS COUNTRY AND START GOVERNING OUR COUNTRY
If you accept my challenge and begin reading the books that I mentioned above…you will be so proud of what you are a part of. You will want to make our country a great place for all people. You will learn that we have the power to make this a great country again. We can create jobs for people. We can make people understand how healing work itself is. We can rebuild what has been lost. We can become a beacon instead of an object lesson in the fallacies of letting spoiled rich kids stack the rules in their favor to destroy democracy.

FINALLY, INSIST ON THE TRUTH—ABOLISH POST-SESSION “CORRECTIONS TO ALL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL’S REMARKS”
Even though I heard the comment about the lowest odometer, it turned out that I could not find it for my blog. At first, I wondered what had happened…then I remembered that our government officials have given themselves the right to add their comments to legislative hearings that they have not actually heard; they can change what they did say if they were in attendance that day to make themselves more intelligent and, actually, it is not clear if they have to actually write their own remarks for publication in the Congressional Record or in the National Archives. Here is my question: how much does it cost to make elected nitwits sound smart? Here’s my followup question: why should we pay for this? Do we want to know what they really are saying or a cosmetically-enhanced version? Personally, I want the truth—even if it is embarrassing to elected officials.

THE LAST GROUP WHO WERE PERMITTED TO MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK AND SOUND BETTER THAN THEY ACTUALLY DO WERE CALLED “ROYALTY.”
Is that how we view our elected officials? As royalty? I don’t think so and I think that it is time to let them know that we will no longer tolerate anything but the truth from anybody including the Department of Defense. Next blog, I will talk about the sacred cow of “national security” and why it is a load of “bird dookey” to say the least.

Later,

Madame Karnak