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