I was looking for a quick book to read as I took a break from Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Work Week. It is not that the book is bad, but there is so much to absorb that I wanted something mindless. The Silent Man caught my eye as I searched the newly released paperbacks. None other than the New York Times extolled it virtues; “The Silent Man succeeds in seizing the attention from the start and never letting go.”
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Emboldened by the folks who released the data and e-mails creating the Climategate scandal (except for the United States) someone has accessed White House computers and has found President Barack Obama’s Christmas List. Rumor is that Obama is still a Christian even thought he had to be guilted into putting up the White House nativity scene. The list was partially released to The Garlic web site who leaked only one of the items on his list.
Based on recent Rasmussen presidential polls, most Americans are thinking he is more naughy than nice so the jury is still out on whether he will get this gift.
About a year ago I was asked to participate on a committee (I know yikes a committee) from our local school district. The idea was to pull together the community to work with district personnel to better prepare students for college and working life. Our district has an outstanding track record in academics and that is one of the main reasons that we moved here long before we had children of school age. At one of the first meetings we brainstormed about topics where more emphasis was needed to better prepare our children.
As we approach the Christmas season many of us look inside ourselves to consider how we can help our fellow man. This is truly a time of giving and Americans are more generous than most other nations. I am not just talking about aid given by the federal government, but donations by average people who often open their pocketbooks when others are in trouble.
I read a heartwarming story about an organization that received nearly $3 million from Americans to help reduce their debt. Unfortunately their debt is fastly approaching $8 trillion. If you have guessed that the organization is the United States and the Treasury Department accepts gifts. This is in addition to the taxes we are all forced to turn over.
Earlier in the month in my posting, Groundswell, I provided a case that there is a true groundswell of opposition to excessive government. I will admit that it started as more of a anti-liberal Democrat movement, but the ranks have been joined by many others. I believe that this groundswell has turned into a trickle (this is a positive development) as we are seeing the main stream media starting to open up and do their jobs although still to a limited extent.
I believe, and we should remember that this is a gathering storm against politicians of all party affiliations.
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