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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wake up, John Doe. You're the hope of the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am the man you all know as John Doe. I took that name because it seems to describe -- because it seems to describe the average man, and that's me -- and that's me.

Well, it was me -- before I said I was gonna jump off the City Hall roof at midnight on Christmas Eve. Now, I guess I'm not average any more. Now, I'm getting all sorts of attention, from big shots, too -- the mayor and governor, for instance. They don't like those articles I've been writing.

Well, people like the Governor -- can stop worrying. I'm not gonna talk about them. I'm gonna talk about us, the average guys, the John Does.

If anybody should ask you what the average John Doe is like, you couldn't tell him because he's a million and one things. He's Mr. Big and Mr. Small. He's simple and he's wise. He's inherently honest, but he's got a streak of larceny in his heart. He seldom walks up to a public telephone without shoving his finger into the slot to see if somebody left a nickel there.

He's the man the ads are written for. He's the fella everybody sells things to. He's Joe Doakes, the world's greatest stooge and the world's greatest strength.

Yes, sir -- Yes, sir, we're a great family, the John Does. We are the meek who are -- who are supposed to inherit the earth. You'll find us everywhere. We raise the crops; we dig the mines, work the factories, keep the books, fly the planes and drive the busses. And when a cop yells: "Stand back there, you!" He means us, the John Does!

We have existed since time began. We built the pyramids. We saw Christ crucified, pulled the oars for Roman emperors, sailed the boats for Columbus, retreated from Moscow with Napoleon and froze with Washington at Valley Forge.

Yes, sir. We've been in there dodging left hooks since before history began to walk. In our struggle for freedom we've hit the canvas many a time, but we always bounced back! Because we're the people -- and we're tough.

They've started a lot of talk about free people going soft -- that we can't take it. That's a lot of hooeyl A free people can beat the world at anything, from war to tiddle-de-winks, if we all pull in the same direction.

I know a lot of you are saying "What can I do? I'm just a little punk. I don't count." Well, you're dead wrong! The little punks have always counted because in the long run the character of a country is the sum total of the character of its little punks.

But, we've all got to get in there and pitch. We can't win the old ballgame unless we have teamwork. And that's where every John Doe comes in. It's up to him to get together with his teammates. And your teammate, my friend, is the guy next door to you. Your neighbor -- he's a terribly important guy that guy next door. You're gonna need him and he's gonna need you, so look him up. If he's sick, call on him. If he's hungry, feed him. If he's out of a job, find him one.

To most of you, your neighbor is a stranger, a guy with a barkin' dog and high fence around him. Now, you can't be a stranger to any guy that's on your own team. So teach down the fence that separates you. Tear down the fence and you'll tear down a lot of hates and prejudices. Tear down all the fences in the country and you'll really have teamwork.

I know a lot of you are saying to yourselves, "He's askin' for a miracle to happen. He's expectin' people to change all of a sudden. Well, you're wrong. It's no miracle. It's no miracle because I see it happen once every year. And and so do you -- at Christmas time. There's somethin' swell about the spirit of Christmas, to see what it does to people, all kinds of people.

Now, why can't that spirit, that same, warm Christmas spirit last the whole year around? Gosh, if it ever did, if each and every John Doe would make that spirit last 365 days out of the year, we'd develop such strength, we'd create such a tidal wave of good will that no human force could stand against it. Yes sir, my friends, the meek can only inherit the earth when the John Doe's start lovin' their neighbors.

You better start right now. Don't wait till the game is called on account of darkness.

Wake up, John Doe. You're the hope of the world.

-From the movie "Meet John Doe" (Warner Bros., 1941)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The loneliest feeling in the world.

"It's the loneliest feeling in the world
to find yourself standing up
when everyone else is sitting down.
To have everybody look at you and say,
"What's the matter with her?"
I know what it feels like.
Walking down an empty street,
listening to the sound of your own footsteps.
Shutters closed,
blinds drawn,
doors locked against you.
And you aren't sure whether you're walking toward something,
or if you're just walking away.

...But all you have to do is knock on any door and say,
"If you let me in, I'll live the way you want me to live,
and I'll think the way you want me to think,"
and all the blinds'll go up and all the windows will open,
and you'll never be lonely, ever again. "

If you have asked in the last few weeks where my mind was..
May this be my answer-Don

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Monday, June 06, 2011

America the Angry

America the Angry

As unemployment hits 9.1 percent, Americans are losing their cool. A Newsweek/Daily Beast poll finds rising anger levels affecting everything from work to sex drive. Plus, great thinkers from Cornel West to Robert Reich tell us what they're angry about.

Gas and grocery prices are soaring, the housing market is crashing to new lows, and yet another dismal jobs report has confirmed a stubbornly high unemployment rate. Could the anger fueling the Arab Spring soon bring club-wielding protesters to America?

According to an exclusive poll by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, reality is beginning to break down Americans' normally optimistic attitude. Three-quarters of our respondents think the country is on the wrong track. A majority say the anxiety wrought by this recession has caused relationship problems and sleep deficiency. Two-thirds even report being angry at God.

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Friday, June 03, 2011

Oh I Just love this

As you probably know, I have having my own private war with the Donald-and-Tim-Wildmon-run American Family ASSociation for some time. Among some of the actions they take are boycotts-at-virtual-gunpoint of companies and individuals they claim are not "neutral in the culture wars," i. e., believe that gays, Lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders are also human.

Their latest target is The Home Depot, who has been found guilty by the Twits from Tupelo, MS of such unChristian crimes as supposrting PFLAG, the Human Rights Coalition, and sponsoring GAY PRIDE PARADES! HORRORS!!!

So for the past year they have been holding a boycott of Home Depot operations.

Now Home Depot was doing their annual stockholders convention in Atlanta. AFA said that "many stockholders were upset" with Home Depot's stand on the Sodomites. So they came to the convention with one message: step away from the gays, or we'll buy our ladders and paint elsewhere.

In an e-mail I got from AFA's "news" operation One News Now, a Mr. Charles Butts (GOD, I can have some fun with THAT one!!!) reported the following:

The American Family Association's boycott of The Home Depot continues
after corporate executives heard from those opposed to the company's strong
support of the homosexual agenda.

It was a unique opportunity for the
Mississippi-based pro-family group to deliver its message regarding The Home
Depot's "corporate endorsement" of the homosexual agenda. AFA executive vice
president Buddy Smith traveled to Atlanta to attend the annual shareholders
meeting, where he addressed Home Depot chairman Frank Blake and other company
executives for a three-minute period.

Accompanying Smith was Randy Sharp, AFA's director of special
projects. He summarizes what took place.

"We presented to the
shareholders and to the chairman and the board of directors over 470,000
signature petitions asking them to remain neutral in the culture war,
specifically when it addresses gay marriage and homosexual activist groups,"
Sharp tells OneNewsNow.

The reception was cool, adds the AFA spokesman.
Blake thanked AFA for the petitions but again, as in the past, reiterated the
company's support for "diversity," which includes same-gender "marriage."

Sharp adds: "We're disappointed that The Home Depot continues to close
the door and not listen to the millions of customers who are offended that they
are engaging in the culture war and taking a position in favor of gay marriage."

As a result, the American Family Association plans to continue its
boycott and encourage others to sign the pledge to not do business with The Home
Depot until the company agrees to be neutral on social issues.

to the boycott website, the nationwide home improvement retailer sponsors and
participates in numerous "gay pride" events, parades, and festivals across the
U.S. where small children are exposed to "open displays of homosexual activism."
The boycott was launched in July 2010.

So how IS that little boycott of yours doing? Well, same store sales did slip in the first quarter of 2011, but only by a paltry .6% overall and .7% in the US. But before you start the party, note that the weather around the country has been pretty bad, causing people not to go to stores for anything (unless, of course, it was tornado related).

In fact you MAY have to remind your faithful flock that the boycott is against The Home Depot....not Lowe's, Home Depot's main competitor. Their in-store sales were down whopping 3.4%.

Meanwhile, back at the Depot, this did not effect profits for while Lowe's was down 6% for the first quarter of 2011, Home Depot net profits were UP by 12%. In other words, they've made MORE money since you called that lame boycott of yours, not less.

So to No-Neck, Jr., a hale and hearty neener-neener-neener. And as for The Home Depot, please expect more of the continued patronage from those of us who feel you are doing the right thing.

Just make it easy to get out the door. My GPS isn't working this week.