Ramblings

Ashamed of the Nation

By on Jul 30, 2007 - 10:18:11 PM
We Americans have so much to be afraid of these days. We have become a nation driven by fear. Our children, our spouses, our brothers and sisters, and especially our parents are all at risk. Any misstep can be fatal.

  Sanctity of Death

By Henry Meyerding on Jun 23, 2007 - 12:20:00 AM
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President Bush likes to straddle moral issues with a very broad stance. On the one hand, he is a proponent of pre-emptive war and on the other, he vetoes stem cell research initiatives. Evidently, some human life is more sacred than other human life.


Tragedy

By Henry Meyerding on Apr 22, 2007 - 5:37:00 PM
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Senseless Tragedy in Virginia unwinds on television. More hype and hysteria at 11:00.

  War on Peace

By Henry Meyerding on Mar 4, 2007 - 11:01:00 PM

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War certainly has a good press agent. There is practically nothing, with the possible exception of sex that gets more positive reviews for less reason.



Pipe dreams

By Henry Meyerding on Dec 3, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM

I work with a fellow, a person of more than average intelligence, who surprised me the other day by stating his belief in the movement of huge amounts of weapons from Iraq to Syria. I was flabbergasted. I'd previously thought the only people who believed this obvious fabrication also believed in Bigfoot, astrology, and Atlantis.



  A war story

By Henry Meyerding on Nov 5, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM

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Most war stories are sad, when true. One of the saddest I'm personally acquainted with was told to my father fifty year ago on Halloween. It was an old story when he heard it. It is no less sad for being old.



Ecofolly

By Henry Meyerding on Oct 29, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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It does not seem to me very long ago that our current President was claiming to be an environmental president. He may pretend to champion many good causes, but his administration is doing great harm.

  Detainee Justice

By Henry Meyerding on Oct 1, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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Why I'm going to have a hard time voting Democrat: The bipartisan support of the Detainee Bill clearly shows that neither party in our two-party system is prepared to act on behalf of protecting the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.



Fantasy Land

By Henry Meyerding on Aug 27, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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I'm sick and tired of hearing people talk about the 1950s or the 1960s or even the 1970s, who were not alive then and have not the slightest conception of what those years were about.



  Viva Cuba

By Henry Meyerding on Aug 9, 2006 - 9:08:00 PM
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There has been quite a lot of hot air expended in the American media about Cuba lately. To judge from most comments, Fidel Castro has single handedly oppressed the Cuban people and opposed any kind of Cuban democracy single-handed. Many commentators, for no clear reason, think that when Mr. Castro dies, the Cuban nation will awake, as from some dream. God, I hope not.



Posterity

By Henry Meyerding on Jul 30, 2006 - 8:14:00 PM
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Change happens in our lives. Some changes we welcome, while others just make us feel old. Perhaps that's why older people tend towards conservatism and younger people tend toward progressivism - a conflict as old as people.



  Institutional Thievery

By Henry Meyerding on Jul 16, 2006 - 7:36:00 PM

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I previously thought that ours was becoming a more enlightened age, where many of the old abuses against human rights might still occur, but that people generally would know that they were wrong. But now, major American corporations are stealing peoples' money just because their name sounds Arabic -- and it isn't news.



War Is Hell

By Henry Meyerding on Jun 25, 2006 - 7:25:00 PM
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Only in the modern era have we achieved even a little bit of freedom for the press in war time. In earlier times, opposition voices were summarily silenced. So it is only during the last few lifetimes that we have heard even a rumor of war's reality.



  Oaths

By Henry Meyerding on May 21, 2006 - 7:15:00 PM

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Our president, who has constitutional responsibility for implementing our laws, has stated publicly that, at least in time of war, the president is above the law. Does this make any difference? Why shouldn't the government be able to do anything necessary to protect the people?



Open Road

By Henry Meyerding on Apr 23, 2006 - 6:39:00 PM
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There's nothing like travel to give you fresh perspectives on old things.



  Honesty

By Henry Meyerding on Apr 16, 2006 - 6:45:00 PM
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What is honesty and how does it affect the living of each person's life?

Modern Gestapo Tactics

By Henry Meyerding on Mar 26, 2006 - 7:26:00 PM

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The Patriot Act is an insult and an affront to every American who believes in America as the cradle of freedom, liberty, and equal rights for all under the law. This becomes more and more clear every week as the Department of Homeland Security wages war on the human rights and dignity of the American citizen.



  pendulum

By Henry Meyerding on Mar 12, 2006 - 6:35:00 PM
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Some people view history as something that happens to humans. They speak about the pendulum swinging this way and that. They speak of the inevitability of this or that. I wonder why this deterministic, almost psycho-historical, viewpoint should be so prevalent.

Choosing Our Destiny

By Henry Meyerding on Jan 5, 2006 - 9:05:00 PM
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We have arrived at a place in human history where we are faced with an adversary that threatens the lives of hundreds of millions of people, and we're unwilling or unable to defend our fellow man from this threat, not because we cannot successfully defeat the scourge, but because we cannot do so with a high enough profit margin.



  Personal Space

By Henry Meyerding on Dec 14, 2005 - 3:19:00 PM

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Every day, I see dozens of people on the street, or on the bus, plugged into their iPods. It occurred to me to wonder about all the stuff they're listening to... How sure are you that the music you used to listen to from a record or from a CD is the same music on your iPod?



March of Democracy

By Henry Meyerding on Dec 11, 2005 - 6:57:00 AM

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The Bush Administration tried to justify the Iraq war by claiming WMDs and when that didn't work they justified it by saying we were bringing democracy to Iraq. Just how are we doing this?



  Shoot in Foot Disease

By Henry Meyerding on Dec 9, 2005 - 3:53:00 PM

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The music industry is now going after the next generation of musicians by attacking Web sites that contain lyrics or scores. Their objective is to ensure that they maximize every opportunity for profit and that inevitably having exactly the opposite effect.



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