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Don't Mock The Lady (Obama supporter w/the free phone)

It made me sad and also embarrassed for the Daily Paul to read some of the comments at the post: Lady supports Obama b/c he gave her a phone. "He gave us a phone he will do more." At issue was this video clip.

http://youtu.be/tpAOwJvTOio

Fault Obama for trying to buy votes. Fault today's welfare system. Fault today's education system. Don't mock the lady. She was just grateful to have been given a free phone. And for those who alluded to socialism, do you think that woman took an Economics course or otherwise studied comparative economic or political systems? I know someone better-educated and very successful who, regarding the current Middle East debacle and prospect of WWIII, sent me an email ranting, "Kill the savages." Talk about ignorance. And meanwhile, this poorly educated woman is out there on the street trying to promote her man she sees as good, actively participating in the process. This other individual devotes himself to sports in his free time; although, on second thought, given what his views are, I guess that's a good thing.

It's obvious that the woman is poorly educated. There’s no need to highlight that fact. Think it might impinge on her ability to find employment? Can you think of a job for this woman with missing teeth and an inability to express herself very well? (I’m talking about a job that would still be here in America.) The cruel irony is that it's since LIBERALS took over America's education system that it's gone down the tubes - with African-Americans, in particular, affected by the negative consequences. Wake up, BLACK AMERICA! Wake up, AMERICA! Everyone is affected, both directly and/or indirectly.

Circumstances have gotten so bad that it could very well be the downfall of this nation. It's not just my personal opinion. It was the conclusion of "Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission On the Skills of the American Workforce," published in 2007 by the National Center On Education And The Economy. It was prepared by a bi-partisan commission of "luminaries" from various walks of life including education, labor, and private business. If you’re interested, see who they are/read the Executive Summary here. It's "must reading" for anyone concerned about this country's future with respect to JOBS. Bottom line, they conclude that education today is fraught with so many problems, it warrants the dismantling of the whole system and starting from scratch. http://www.skillscommissi...

But the ECONOMY isn't the only area affected by the current set of circumstances. The situation is so dire as to have become an issue of NATIONAL SECURITY. Not that I necessarily agree with their recommendations, but that's the (obvious) conclusion of a more recent task force co-chaired by Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein. Their analysis, published as "U.S. Education Reform and National Security" is available at http://www.cfr.org/united... Or check out the highlights in this Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sit...

And forgetting the level of skills of those who DO graduate high school, a full third of Americans don't even get that far. "A recent report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) entitled "ONE THIRD OF A NATION" is one in a series of sobering assessments which underline the extent of the problem. For the nation as a whole, only about two-thirds of all students who enter 9th grade graduate with a regular diploma four years later. Among poor, black, and Latino youngsters, the likelihood that they will graduate is even smaller. In 2004, according to a report co-authored by the Urban Institute and the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, ONLY 50 PERCENT OF BLACK STUDENTS, 51 PERCENT OF NATIVE AMERICANS, AND 53% OF HISPANICS GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL. Among African-American, Hispanic, and Native American males, the rates are even lower. The public schools are intended as a ladder of opportunity..." [Emphasis mine.] What are the opportunities for 50% of blacks? 51% of native Americans? The largest-growing segment of the population, 53% of Hispanics? A third of all Americans? http://www.pew-partnershi...

Academically speaking, between the poor quality of education and the low graduation rate, America is at the BOTTOM OF THE BARREL compared to other industrialized nations, especially in math and science (where we rank 23rd and 31st, respectively) - that is, the subjects that everyone says is critical in our "technological age." Read: with a disappearing job market on account of, well, whatever you believe the cause (the money system, outsourcing, regulations, taxes, etc.), of the jobs that remain or new jobs created, that's where they'll be, related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, otherwise known as STEM fields. http://www.cnn.com/2012/0...

Education is the responsibility of states - and I have no problem with FIRING everyone in the DOE. But regardless of one's political views, this IS a NATIONAL crisis. And NO presidential candidate has adequately addressed it. Whether or not one supports this idea, sorry to say but the solution is NOT a Band-Aid approach such as "vouchers." And NOR, Mssrs. Gingrich and Gates, is it more technology in classrooms at earlier and earlier grade levels including now kindergarten. Proven successful, technology-free private Waldorf K-8 elementary schools (worldwide) have proven just the opposite to be true. And NOR is it more money thrown at the problem. ALREADY the U.S. spends more per student than EVERY OTHER COUNTRY except Switzerland. http://mercatus.org/publi...)

We need to get to the source and root out the problem. And I'm with the "Tough Choices" group: it's time to START OVER. For those, including commenters on the original DP post, who resent paying for other people's living expenses or who are political idealists – or those motivated by the principle “give them a fish, they'll eat for a day, teach them to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime,” the onus is on them/us to help educate others as to how desperately we need genuine, meaningful reform. And blacks and Hispanics in particular need to be enlightened as to those responsible for the current MESS that would reduce some to fawning over a president and political party for giving them a one-time free phone - while continuing to preclude them from hope to be able to afford their own phone and that "more" they expect.

Here's an idea. Get a copy of "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning," by Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom. Probably not coincidentally, Abigail Therstrom was a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - Massachusetts which has actually made some inroads. Get two copies, one for your local superintendent of schools and the other for your local chapter of the NAACP. Of course, everything is relative. As an article in The Atlantic points out:

"Compare US education data to the rest of the world.

Stanford economist Eric Hanushek and two colleagues recently conducted an experiment to answer just such questions, ranking American states and foreign countries side by side. Like our recruiter, they looked specifically at the best and brightest in each place—the kids most likely to get good jobs in the future—using scores on standardized math tests as a proxy for educational achievement.

We’ve known for some time how this story ends nationwide: only 6 percent of U.S. students perform at the advanced-proficiency level in math [Did you catch that? SIX PERCENT], a share that lags behind kids in some 30 other countries, from the United Kingdom to Taiwan. But what happens when we break down the results? Do any individual U.S. states wind up near the top?

Incredibly, no. Even if we treat each state as its own country, not a single one makes it into the top dozen contenders on the list. The best performer is Massachusetts, ringing in at No. 17. Minnesota also makes it into the upper-middle tier, followed by Vermont, New Jersey, and Washington. And down it goes from there, all the way to Mississippi, whose students—by this measure at least—might as well be attending school in Thailand or Serbia." http://www.theatlantic.co...

Hey, just for fun, check out how your state ranks in the scheme of things! http://www.theatlantic.co... I can at least boast that my state is on a par with the (pathetic) U.S. average.

I support leaving education as the responsibility of the states, as per the Constitution. (I do not, however, support the direction of the National Governors' Association towards adopting a national curriculum, or perhaps better stated, global curriculum. I'm all for national sovereignty and also the 50 experiments idea.) Nonetheless, given the sobering facts, whether concern for the loss of human potential and the effect on real life children, or regarding the solvency of this nation with respect to the economy, or analyzing the situation as to implications on our national security, it's necessary that the President of the United States be fully aware of the situation and willing and able to provide some much-needed leadership in the matter.

In debates, Romney will no doubt be touting where Massachusetts is #1 in the U.S. (failing to mention that our #1 state is behind Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, Macao-China, Australia, Germany, and Austria). He'll likely also talk about "accountability" (failing to mention that more testing and all the rote drilling that teachers now do is not the same as genuine learning and developing traits that auger well for a child’s success). And Obama will talk about racial inequities and social justice (failing to mention that it was the progressives who reduced our once-fine system to shambles). He'll likely find one success story to highlight in terms of its dramatic "improvement" - and it's easy to tout high gains, statistically, if you're starting from a low a baseline! (failing to mention that, nationally, SAT scores just dropped... that is, just dropped again; or that "so called" reforms to close the racial divide haven't worked. http://www.insidehighered...). NO candidate will have any substantive ideas for what the United States can and must do to turn the situation around. What is needed is drastic reform, starting tomorrow.

So please, don't mock the lady, who is among millions in her situation who've been made promises and feels as she does. I'm somewhat reminded of the movie Bullworth when, freed to tell the truth, the senator addresses the black community and explains that the unfulfilled promises had just been campaign rhetoric designed to get their vote. (The clip is on YouTube, "A politician actually gives an "honest speech" for a change!" Viewer discretion advised.) When they express outrage, he laughs. "What are you going to do, vote Republican?" The same can be said for promises regarding education and mostly meaningless, drop-in-the-bucket reforms.

Whether for your children's or grandchildren's sake or for the country's sake as a whole, get yourself better educated on the far-reaching implications of our failed public school system. Then help to spread awareness. Just as the Republican Party has learned it can no longer take for granted the votes of more free-thinking libertarian-oriented conservatives, a more free-thinking black community must make it clear to Democrats that their votes can no longer be taken for granted. The video clip I'm looking forward to seeing is one in which that lady and others like her with the same conviction will speaking out to say, "Our vote can NOT be bought with a free phone. We deserve and demand better."

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Jefferson's picture

This

"free" phone plan was featured here on the DP a while back.
http://www.dailypaul.com/244467/need-a-free-cell-phone-or-tw...

One lady in the video had a purse FULL of cell phones and was bragging about how many she could get at a time.

I have no sympathy for the parasites that sit around and work at milking the system for all they can. These are the same type of people who fake an illness so they can get a handicapped parking tag, so they can park their fat arses closer to the building.

There is a difference between a hand up and a hand out. I have no problem with the former as I have received help at certain points in my life, and thankfully I am in a position to pay it forward to an extent.

This sense of entitlement, whether it be from individuals or corporations is part of the cancer that is eating away at our country.

Free Cell Phones - Public-Private Partnerships

Thank you for that link re the so-called "free cell phone" program. After listening to how it works, it seems clear to me that this is a new form of PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. Such partnerships blur the line between what is PUBLIC (not for profit; taxpayer funded; requiring government oversight; requiring transparency to citizens via the Freedom Of Information Act; etc.) and what is PRIVATE (for profit, customer funded; totally different parameters for oversight, i.e., laws that might govern corporations; no transparency owed to citizens; etc.). This is all part of a GLOBAL AGENDA. The ultimate goal of PPP's is for private corporations to gain control of government assets. As bad a situation as exists with the cell phone issue, it's representative of a much broader and more serious issue. (And as that video clip showed: once it began, it quickly grew; and once such a program is in place, it's extremely difficult to end.)

"AGENDA 21 ALERT: PUBLIC- PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS" (15 min.)
Part I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsLD7W-l_FM
Part II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwrktoImvvY&feature=relmfu

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Don't mock?

If I had a sister this would be her.~Obomba

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

Would you make that joke to

Would you make that joke to her face? To the President's face?

"Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot."

The idiot in the video I wouldn't waste my breath on

because I've lived smack dab in the middle of neighborhoods filled with people like her in Los Angeles. Waste of time.

Obama in a heartbeat and I'd say a whole lot more probably staring out with the murder of Donald Young which was his 1st huge mistake and then I would segue right into the fact that he is an illegal alien and never has had US citizenship.Hope that answers your question.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

Well, at least you're backing

Well, at least you're backing up your statement with another statement, so we know where you stand. I guess.

I doubt that you would really do it. You would be a fool to do so.

If people want to treat others like s***, don't expect to be treated well.

If you want to change things, you need to give more than you take, more than you demand, more than you deserve.

That's just a fact.

No "wars" are won without sacrifices.

If you want a race war, keep on keepin on.

"Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot."

Doubt all you want to

I got within 15' of Clinton when he was in office. I was the only protester there and let him have it on ending the Federal Reserves Charter. All I got from Slick Willie was dirty looks.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

Bill Clinton is white. All I

Bill Clinton is white.

All I am suggesting is to not provoke racial confrontation, not even the appearance of it, because it is unnecessary.

You can do whatever you want.

I'm just making a suggestion.

Don't test other people's perception unless you can handle it.

Maybe you can.

I'm not going to say.

But when people act on perception, if someone sees you as a racist and they kill you, there's no going back on that one for you.

"Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot."

Cyril's picture

Liberty friend,

Liberty friend,

well, I sure hope it's clear for everybody that it's not about anything racial here.

It's about mentalities. And the THOROUGH destructions made thereof BY SOCIALISM AND WELFARE SYSTEMS ENDOCTRINATION.

See, I have black blood, direct from my father. And even though I just recalled it's certainly nothing racial, but, even more worrisome, it's a MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL issue ... if anyone still REALLY insists in finding excuses or conversely, attacks, on a racial basis, I'll just repeat what I already wrote :

SHE, that lady, WANTS to be a SLAVE and A MINION, blind enough to praise HER MASTER DECEIVER.

Black people CAN know better. And indeed, she could possibly wake up. If she'd only bother to LISTEN to the truthful men, instead of the criminals. That's what our FREE WILL is for.

Whatever the color of our skin is.

While WE, with HIM :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3SHBwVtgbQ

... well, we just DON'T accept obedience to Evil. And we will NEVER. EVER.

Because we are FREE from giving any allegiance (but to God, for those of us who believes, maybe) and want to stay that way.

Peace, and God Bless.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

"Liberty friend, well, I sure

"Liberty friend,

well, I sure hope it's clear for everybody that it's not about anything racial here."

I can't speak for anyone else here, and I believe that superficially for the most part it is. I also believe that deep down for everyone on this planet, life is not about "race."

My concern is the perceptions of those who are not "part" of the liberty movement, which is to say that if I speak of the "principles" of the liberty movement, then every person on the planet is part of it, if those principles apply to every person on the planet. I believe that they do, but I, personally, don't like to deal in those kinds of promises too much. I'm more concerned with the actual actions that take place in the world.

Of course, the actions can be in harmony with those principles and can be misinterpreted by those who don't identify with the l movement, the actual physical movement, i.e. the people making it happen. They might identify with the principles, as I believe that a true liberty movement is in harmony with every person, but if I speak in a way that is dissonant or that appears to be dissonant to the principles of a true liberty movement, then that person might not be willing to trust the people within that movement. She will defend her own liberty and safety.

"It's about mentalities. And the THOROUGH destructions made thereof BY SOCIALISM AND WELFARE SYSTEMS ENDOCTRINATION."

It's not just about mentalities, or at least that is the way I see it. If it were, then this would be pretty simple. Consciousness is not just about philosophies and thinking. It involves feelings and perception. If a person perceives a threat, they're not going to care whether the person or people they see as a threat is philosophically sound in why they did what they did, unless they perceive that they have a reason to. You can't disarm fear with philosophy. Fear is a feeling, not a thought.

If I think I can go around saying and doing whatever I want and have no repercussions that are detrimental to my well-being, then I am fooling myself. Even though something I say may be honest and accurate, even if I mean well, others may not perceive it that way. Their perception may not be accurate or reasonable. But people are not always accurate or reasonable in their perception. This is the chance, the randomness that exists, imo, in human interaction. This is why I think it is important to try and learn how to communicate with people, not just what to communicate to them. Calling them names or abandoning them is not the best way to reach them, obviously, if that is what one's intention is. If that is not one's intention, then no problem, except for the fact that those who feel threatened by their perception of me or what I do/say, may retaliate in a way that is detrimental to myself. So I have to always be on guard, no matter what. That is how I operate. I am attuned to the randomness and irrationality of others, as I am of myself. By doing so, I can fine tune how I act and how I perceive others, and of how I perceive them perceiving me. It's a delicate dance that can turn ugly and often does. Misunderstandings are often, it seems to me, the source of tragedy more often than not.

"See, I have black blood, direct from my father. And even though I just recalled it's certainly nothing racial, but, even more worrisome, it's a MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL issue ..."

Yes, I agree, it's not a racial thing, philosophically speaking, from a certain angle, nothing is racial. But you, imo, have to look at things from every imaginable angle, for yourself and for others, or it will be too late to claim ignorance and innocence. If I ignore someone's race, even though I might not really care for the idea of race, I am not just ignoring "race", I am ignoring part of that person. That is an interpersonal issue now, not just a philosophical one. I am ignoring part of their self-identity, and that can be hurtful and threatening to people. Instead of trying to convince someone that they are looking at things wrong, try and listen to what they have to say. If you can understand them, imo, if you can understand what they believe, what they feel, what they are saying, then you have freed part of them. Part of that person now exists within you, and they have a chance to evaluate that part of themselves that they just shared with you, no matter what it was. If someone says something hurtful to me (trust me, it happens), sometimes I am able to just let them do it, if I can take it, and they see what they have said, they honestly see what they have just done and they can make their own judgements about what they said. Of course, sometimes I can't do that and I have to stop what they are saying or doing. That in itself can be a lesson for others, one that teaches what is ok and what is not when it comes to expressing themselves.

But that was kind of my point (trust me, I try to have one). Freedom of expression does not happen in a bubble. And even though I am free to say what I want, even if it is, in my own mind, a morally justified or sound thing to say, a philosophically legitimate thing to say, I might not have the choice of "taking responsibility" for something that I said if someone didn't like it and they killed me for it.

Express yourselves, but learn how to do it in ways that aren't going to leave you exposed to unnecessary danger.

An example:

A year and a few months ago I wrote a song, parts of it. I wanted to record it several months ago, but I wasn't sure if I should because I was sure that the lyrics could be taken the "wrong way".

When I wrote the song, it had nothing to do with race, but everything to do with color. The song was called "I am The New Black."

The title of the song was originally supposed to represent certain things, my sense of dread about the future of the world, fear for my own future and being able to be who I wanted to be, dread about what this world was coming to, my own feelings of being a "nothing" and yet feeling that there was some hope, that even though I felt like I was a black hole, I believed that there was something inside me that was worthwhile that would eclipse this black hole that I felt I was, etc.

So now, after supporting Ron Paul for about 8 months, I wanted to record this song. I was very involved with politics, every day, and everyone who knew me knew I was. Some of them thought Paul was a racist, some didn't.

The first line of the song, as I had originally written it, was

"I am the new black/I'm all that's left."

Well, shit. All of a sudden, a song that was supposed to be about my own kind of rebirth, from nothingness, SOUNDS like I'm maybe talking about the african-american left-wing.

Well, I decided to run with it. I turned it into a provocation of perception itself. I decided to test people. I kept that line and wrote some others and waited to see what people that I knew would say.

They didn't say much, but they wouldn't listen either. They, in my own perception, were not happy with the song.

I chose to be ambiguous in the song, about what it was about. I got the reactions from these few people that I had anticipated.

They treated me like I was a racist.

I'm not. Part of me is, and I accept that. I try not to claim innocence when it comes to absolute things. I can't do it. But I am not "a racist." I know that for damn sure.

But perception is REALLY important, at least it is to me. I use it. I test people to see where they stand. I do it out of necessity, because these few people in my life always seem to be judging me and trying to control me on how they see me, who they see me as. So I said, fine. If you're gonna f with me, then I'm not going to even be honest with you. Then they just started grasping for air, and I let them flail around, then left them alone. Sometimes it IS better to let people alone and figure things out for themselves. But I will never, and this is a promise to myself, completely abandon another person. Sometimes, I just need to get away from them. Too much misunderstandings.

But if I think I can find peace in abandoning another life on this planet, then I am a cruel coward and I am fooling myself. I pick my battles.

So, after this rant, I'm not sure if I have made anything possibly clearer for anyone. All I am saying is that not only are you responsible for what you say and do, but you might wind up being unfairly "responsible" for what you say and do.

If you are ok with that, if you are not afraid of random, unjust retribution, then that is you. I myself, am afraid of what people might do, but I accept it and keep going. I know people can be completely unpredictable and irrational and immoral etc. So I try and pick my "battles."

But I think that if we want to change people, then we need to reach their hearts, not their minds.

That's my opinion.

Race is not about philosophy to me. There is only one race, the human race, and it is my job to reach people. That's my thing. I choose that. I fail a lot, but I learn. To me, if I can reach a person's heart, then not even "reason" or "philosophy" matters so much anymore.

Ok, Daily Paul. I have spent my jukebox money for the night (week?) I am not getting ANYTHING done.

Again, hope I was of some help.

I just keep talking.

"Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot."

Ron Paul for President's picture

You should read Liberty Defined by Dr. Paul

He addresses education. So, yes, a candidate has stated a solution.

If we give ignorant people free cell phones on tax payer's dime

and when I meant ignorant, I mean to describe people innocent of knowledge for whatever reason, good, bad, or indifferent---other than emergency calls, and job hunting, what are they going to say on those free phones of any value to justify having them?

I guess I'm an old fogey, an odd duck, and a semi-Luddite, but the majority of people's conversation on cell phones I have heard off-hand are like the Seinfield sitcoms--All about nothing "Yaddda, Yadda, Yadda, talk, talk, talk", and after all they say all they have to say they end up communicating absolutely nothing of importance.

A free cell phone for this lady may help her get a job, and organize her life. But if she remains ignorant of the means and cost that brought it to her, the odds are she is just happy having a cell phone as a status symbol to fit in with everyone else.

Most likely, she will just "Talk, talk, and talk" on it for the narcissistic pleasure of hearing her own voice. The phone will be a electronic pacifier to dull her unease with her personal situation, yea, even make her more comfortable with it so to be less motivated to turn her life around. We might as well give her a talking teddy bear as a placebo.

Welcome to the new version of political bread and electronic circuses.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

The "Free" Phone is just a Scam

My friend is a widow surviving on her deceased husband's social security check. She received one of these free phones. They are extremely cheaply made and difficult to use. They are issued by Assurance Wireless. They come with 200 minutes per month. They are given out under the ruse of being for emergencies and neccessary calls. However, in reality, what happens is the 200 minutes are used rather quickly and the phone then shuts off until the following month when the monthly quota of 200 minutes appears. What happens to these poor people is they now have this as their phone number- when the 200 minutes is used up, they often buy more at an astronomical rate. These phones do not accept prepaid plans or top up cards. You must add a cash credit to your account which is then consumed at a rate of triple the cost(or more) of an ordinary pre-paid phone. Assurance Wireless is making plenty of money off of these free phones. This is a scam taking advantage of the poorest of the poor. My friend uses this phone because she can add a cash crdit of just a few dollars at a time and never has enough money to actually replace the phone with a better one. Month after month, a few dollars at a time, she is swindled by Assurance Wireless.

So what is

Samuel L Jackass's excuse?

skippy

WHY

does everyone in this stupid society think having a freaking cell phone is the be all? I don't carry one and wouldn't if you paid me to because they cause health issues and the government can track you on them and besides that they are a pointless expense. Obama doesn't pay for these welfare phones anyway, the TAXPAYERS do. Look it up!

skippy

There are practicalities about having a cell phone

that make them sensible. Someone tried to run my cousin off the road until she made a show of using her phone -- too far out in the country for a signal, but the guy backed off. My parents nearly lost their toes when they were younger because of a car break down in the winter and that wouldn't even have been a fifteen minute problem these days. Getting lost or having break downs and being able to get help without venturing into the neighborhoods - trust me, I don't feel at all stupid for carrying one.

Yeah, people survived without them, but they are something useful that do improve a person's options.

Defend Liberty!

Another

practicality would be owning and running a business or businesses. In a world where everyone else has something like a cell phone, it is hard to compete without one. I would love to not have to have one, but that would only work for me if I went to work for someone else and just put in my time at my job. I don't have that luxury. Neither do many, many other people.

That's kind of funny.

If I forget my phone at home I really don't worry that much. However, if I cannot find it, it does bug me, but only because I fear I may have lost it in public and someone could rack up the bill.

All I can say about the schools is CHARLOTTE ISERBYTE!

Watch her videos and read her books!

skippy

oh, poor lady, breaks my

oh, poor lady, breaks my heart. NOT! Why not asking her do do some yard work and earn enough money in 4 hours to buy a phone with one month unlimted minutes?
Before blaming the schools, blame the parents, they are the biggest idiots when a child fails in school, except when the kid is really stupid, no teacher can make you a genius when your IQ is below 60.
I lived in US almost 15 years, the kids there are not learn the most basic things, like being respectful, how to behave in public, clean their rooms, do work around the house, this is what they learn from their parents, to be ignorant, lazy, do enough to get by.

My thoughts

http://rejectionisaffirming.blogspot.com/2012/09/posted-to-d...

Looking at a post at the Daily Paul today,

http://www.dailypaul.com/256728/dont-mock-the-lady-obama-sup...

seeing what seems to me some progress in the compassion area.

Some people still post pure philosophy and strength. All brain and gut, no heart, no balls.

That kind of stuff will become the *minority* in the liberty movement. All it takes is an acceptance of its unnecessary nature. First comes understanding. But even before that comes the willingness to doubt one's method of communication.

We'll see.

Math will be the savior. People go with the flow. If liberty people want to succeed, they will have to change somewhat. They will have to open their hearts and not hide behind their rights and their philosophies. They will have to make sacrifices. The Gary Johnson people need to assert themselves here.

My fear with things like this lies more with the perception that Occupy and others have of some of the comments made regarding this post.

For example: http://www.dailypaul.com/comment/2765289

We need to drown that shit out.

Philosophically speaking, one can say something and be absolutely right (correct, not partisan.) If Occupy would be able to see that when they are justified in what they do, that if they look at it from the eyes of reason, they are not entirely justified. If the Paulians who "stick to their guns" when it comes to their rights and their philosophy and refuse to let their hearts open to EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET, then they will fail.

The Liberty Movement and Occupy are subsets of humanity. They will not succeed until they are representative of everyone.

Is that possible?

Yes.

Look at the "one and the many." If the one is in harmony with the all and the all is in harmony with the one, then the ends and means are both justified.

Unity can only happen through balance. Balance can only happen with force. One has to move whatever is falling to keep it from doing so.

But this force must be non-violent. It must come from love and friendship and understanding and listening, acceptance of all people because they are people. Let people deal with themselves if they need to change. But help them if they need help.

When I went to D.C. to go to the End The Fed Rally (which I wound up missing), I talked for 3 hours with a black/African American/whatever the correct term is homeless man. He told me about how he got $900 every month and spent it on weed, booze and sex (along with food etc.) He also had kids and he told me about them and how his daughter's mom wouldn't let him "tease" his daughter, that she was annoyed that he always joked around with her, that she was making her be Elmo for Halloween, that she had bought the costume a year ago and that it was too small for her. He had asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween and she said "a fairy Princess." He wanted her to be what she wanted her to be. He wanted her to enjoy her Halloween. The year before he brought her a big bag of candy and her mom was annoyed. He told me how he wasn't with her anymore because she cheated on him. But he still liked to go over there to see his daughter, get a meal and "get some" (in his words).

He told me stories about how he appreciated the time he passed out behind a dumpster and the guy he was with DIDN'T rob him. He told me some jokes. They were pretty good. I shared a pack of cigarettes with him and a guy he was with. Another guy came up to us later and asked to buy a cigarette. I said he could just have one, that he didn't need to pay me. The guy I had been talking to, Ralph, said why don't you give me the quarter, and the guy gave him the quarter (Ralph panhandles). Pretty smart.

People are complex. And if those of us who are so good at one thing don't help those of us that aren't, then we can't get to the point that we want to get to. If Occupy wants a society where things can be shared, they can make that happen. But don't take it from others who don't want to have things taken from them.

If Paulians want a society where they can be self-sufficient and not have the government forcing them to give up their income, then they need to GIVE. Some of them are sometimes like that, and this is where I see the disconnect, the unnecessary disconnect.

These two groups have to prove to one another that they represent EVERYONE.

They are two poles of selfishness. A group that has no problem taking others' things and a group that has no problem not sharing.

Is that a fair assessment of these two groups?

I don't think so. But they need to weed that shit out (no pun intended).

They can co-exist, they can find what is missing within themselves. Paulians need to give. Occupy needs to stop taking.

Whether or not that will happen depends on action.

They need to help one another. The Liberty movement needs to grow. Occupy needs help living. One side can help turn around this economy, create opportunities for real lives, real prosperity. The other can teach about the power of people, the value of each individual life. Move forward, leave no one behind.

But let's do it the right way. Let's make this happen ourselves. Not via the government. We ARE the government. We are the people. We are in control.

"Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot."

edit: "Some of them are

edit: "Some of them are sometimes like that [heartless], and this is where I see the disconnect, the unnecessary disconnect."

"Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot."

Ah, yes. The - rep. The down

Ah, yes. The - rep. The down vote. The drone strike of online discourse. The free speech of cowards.

"Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot."

There is no

discourse to have. You are up in arms because you feel people ren't compassionate enough. What type of "discourse" could possibly change your position?

That is why people down vote. Discourse won't change anything. Most people have started ignoring granger and just down voting her. Why? Because she has shown that discourse won't change her support of Romney, no matter what. It seems no amount of discourse will change your opinion, hence the down votes.

Occupy Ourselves With Liberation Of Compassionate Libertarianism

http://www.communityofliberty.org/topics/question-of-the-wee...

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe," a part
limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion
of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting
us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to
us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our
circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of
nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the
striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a
foundation for inner security."

-- Albert Einstein

Oh, Dear God! E.T.: Phone Home.

Oh, Dear God! E.T.: Phone Home.

What a crazy world we live in.

I am so sad I am now seriously ready to settle down with a truly special girlfriend that I can laugh and also cry with :(

This really made me cry. I want a hug!!! :(

When the economy completely collapses, a a bag of rice would suffice.

Dear God: Help Us All ♥

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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
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Us modern slaves have to be content with the handouts from people borrowing money that they don't have to pay back. We do!

Free includes debt-free!