Saturday, March 27, 2010

Coffee Party Meeting

Today, Nancy and I went down to a meeting of a group called The Coffee Party, here in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Coffee Party typically meets at coffee houses, and is not all that formal of an organization, it does insist that all of its members and participants to take "The Civility Pledge" which states:

"As a member and supporter of the Coffee Party, I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is civil, honest and respectful to people with whom I disagree. I value people from different cultures, I value people with different ideas, and I value and cherish the democratic process."

I took the pledge and indeed, I do value these principles and will strive to incorporate them in my daily life and discussions with others. I do believe that we can disagree, without being disagreeable. The meeting today was most interesting, let me tell you a little about the people I met and what I learned.

The Coffee Party meeting was crowded as more than 3 times the number of people turned out that were expected. The people who attended had varying backgrounds, a Veteran's Administration worker, school teachers, sales people, public relations and you name it. This group worked to develop an agreed position on what they wanted and were very specific in stating that our elected representatives in Washington need to:

1. Be civil and respectful with people even when they disagree

2. Be cooperative and collaborative with all of their colleagues,

3. Be honest and straight forward with the American people about the facts that influenced their beliefs.

Let's take a minute and say specifically what that means in the context of today.

  • Civil and Respectful discussion: precludes yelling out "You Lie" at the President of the United States. It also precludes yelling out "Baby Killer" at a U.S. Senator. These types of emotional outbursts, send out a very negative message to all of the American people.

  • Cooperative and Collaborative; means working together with varying factions to devise solutions to issues that are in the best interest of the American People as a whole, rather than party line voting.

  • Finally, being honest and straight forward requires the highest level of ethics in our political discourse; refraining from repeating falsehoods, innuendo, or circulating untrue rumors for political advantage. Further, this means that information circulated via, television, radio, newsprint, or internet should be fully validated before it is passed on. Honest and straight forward also precludes the use of scare tactics.

What will happen next? I have no idea, but think this is a pleasant alternative to the "tea party'.

All the best,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Afternoon with Jesse Ventura

We had a great afternoon today going out to see Jesse "the body" Ventura speak and sign books at the Mall of Americas here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There was a huge crowd. For those of you that don't know Jesse Ventura, is the former Governor of Minnesota, a former wrestling star, and an expert in Under Water Demolition from the Vietnam War. I learned that Jesse, was also a very successful football coach here in Minnesota.

Jesse has just released a new book called "American Conspiracies" it really looks like it will make a great read. I'll give you a little book report in a day or two. Anyhow, there was a big crowd there to get books signed. The Governor also spoke about his views on waterboarding, having been waterboarded in the military. You can see his exact thinking on waterboarding and Dick Cheney on the video attached to this post. He also went on to call Bush the worst president in his life time. I have to agree. Jesse felt bad that Obama was left in the worst position of any American President, with a collapsed economy and two wars going on at the same time.

Jesse was also upset about the damage the U.S. is doing to Mexico with our "alleged war on drugs". He views that the upcoming vote to legalize pot in California, is a start; and then all drugs should be legalized. Hopefully, between Jesse and Cheech and Chong - maybe we will get something done on this subject this year. While I don't use any illegal drugs, I think our policies in this area are absolutely wrong. At least we won't be causing so much death in Mexico because of the quest for drugs in our country.

Jesse is a very interesting character, and honestly....I think he may be a truly Great American. BTW, I don't think Jesse is a genius, but just like Diogenes, I am delighted to find one semi-honest man!

God Bless America...and God Bless Jesse Ventura!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Interview with my old buddy R. W. Nutt

It has been difficult year for my right-wing friends. They lost the Senate, House, and Oval Office to the Progressives. Make no mistake about it the Democrat party isn't all that great, but with combined ignorance and incompetence of Bush/Cheney it would have been hard for the Democrats to lose. Since President Obama has taken office my right-wing nut buddies have begun lashing out at anything that moves. Here the results of some recent interviews with my old buddy R.W. Nutt. That's old RW in the picture to the right It was tough, as Mr. Nutt would mutter strange words and obscenities then begin to drool after every sentence.......kind of like some kind of right wing Turret's syndrome...I highlighted the incessant muttering in this article like this:

anyway here's how it went:

Me: How are you today Mr. Nutt?

R.W. Nutt: Fine. You kool-Aid drinkin faggots.

Me: Welcome to the prestigous LetGoJournal. We want to get your ideas on the President's Performance and the State of the Country. How would you rate the President's Performance?

R.W. Nutt: He's not my President. He's not even a US Citizen. He was born somewhere in Africa. Fair and Balanced, Kool-Aid Drinkin, Kill the Mexicans!

Me: Well, OK. But a few people disagree with you.

R.W. Nutt: Whoever disagrees with me must not read the Internet or listen to the News. Fair and balanced, illegal aliens, !@#$% communist fags !@#$%, Ditto Rush

Me: Well 52,000,000 American Voters voted for him, plus the State of Hawaii claims he was born there. Are you still sure your right.

R.W.Nutt: BHO is from Africa and he's a Muslim. Hell his middle name is Hussein? Probably, related to Saddam. Fox News. The State of Hawaii is a coverup. Kool Aid Drinkers. Kill the Mexicans! Kool Aid drinkin bastards! Lying SOBS, God Bless Ronald Reagan

Me: OK. Well then you don't believe that a majority of Americans elected the President?

R.W. Nutt: I thought I told you he's not my President and He's not really the President. Long live Ronald Regan! Kill the Mexicans! Fair and Balanced! Excellence in Broadcasting, Commie bastards

Me: Well what about the Stimulus Package?

R.W. Nutt: Stimulus my Ass! He's bailing out his buddies at the banks. MF'n, commies, dirty rotten !@#$%^, fair and balanced, you betcha Sara

Me: Excuse me, but you are aware that the so called bank bailout was passed and signed into law by President Bush? It was called the Emergency Economic Stabilization Program of 2008. It came in response to the mortgage crisis - which occurred during the Bush Administration.

R.W. Nutt: Check your facts Scooter! The whole thing is B.H. Obama screwing the tax payer. Tax and Spend Democrats. Fair and Balanced. Kool Aid Drinking. Trinkle Down! Bleeding Heart. Limbaugh. Kill the Mexicans!

Me: You are aware that the vast majority of economists believe that the stimulus package may have saved us from a global financial meltdown?

R.W. Nutt: Economists are all a bunch of gay pinko kool aid drinkin faggots. Who cares what those faggots think? Limbaugh, Socialist, Bastards, Kill the illegal mexicans.

Me: So do you think the stimulus package may have averted a major depression?

R.W. Nutt: Hell No, in fact I wish we had Jimmy Carter back....the lying bastards. Pinko Communist Socialist. Kool Aid Drinkin' Faggots. Kill the Mexicans!!!

Me: Where do you stand on gay marriage?

R.W. Nutt: I'll tell ya where I'd like to stand. I'd like to stand on the necks of those faggots and kill em all. They ruining the sanctity of marriage in our country. Cock Suckin' , Kool Aid Drinkin Faggots! God Bless the Virgin Palin! Kill the !@#$% Mexicans!!!

Me: Excuse me. Did you say "the Virgin Palin"?

R.W. Nutt: You !@#$ Right I did! That sweet little Bristol has "swore off" sex till she get's married. And Damn that Bitch, Oprah for picking on that little angel. Damn illegal aliens. Pinkos! Commies! SOB's. , Kill the Pinko Mexican Bastards, Oprah is a big fat bitch, Ditto Rush

Me: But Bristol already has a baby?

R.W. Nutt: So? You really don't get it do you? You are a Kool-Aid Drinker Aren't you? Haven't you ever heard of Abstinence! Oberman. Fair and Balanced! Fox! Ditto Rush Ditto! Kill the Mexicans! Abstinence!!! Yeah for Abstinence! Yeah for Virgins! Yeah for teen pregnancy! Yeah for single parents.

Me: I guess not. Seems to me like Bristol is kind of closing the barn door after the horse has already gone.

Me: What do you think about healthcare reform?

R.W. NUT: Socialized Medicine. Kill Grandma. Death Panels. Government Funding Abortion. Tax and Spend Liberal Democrat. Screw the Mexicans! Evil Empire!!! Ditto Rush!!!! Ditto Reagan!

Me: You realize that the US spends 16% of in GNP on healthcare...and yet ranks 41st in longevity.

R.W. Nut: There you go with statistics again, can't we just stay with my opinions? Our longevity is down because of all them minorities croaking each other. Croak you pepper bellies. Croak you jungle bunnies! Hey Pepper Bellies Croak some Spooks!!! Spooks croak some Pepper Bellies! Croak the Jews too! Kool-Aid Drinkin Faggot illegal alien bastards. God Bless Saint Rush!

Me: Well I guess we pretty well covered that topic. How about the President's record on human rights"?

R.W. Nutt: I TOLD YOU HE AIN'T MY PRESIDENT!!! Reagan, help me!

He wants to let those enemy combatants out to kill us all. He wants to give them rights!!! Limbaugh save us!!! Damn illegal Meskins! Kool-Aid drinkin, tax and spend liberal democrats!!! Their trying to cut Medicare. keep ur government hands off my medicare. you fags.

Me: What would you like to say to the previous Bush / Cheney Administration.

R.W. Nutt: I'd like to thank them for building our economy up, and for increasing housing prices so I could get a second loan on my house. I'd also like to thank them for waterboarding those stinking Arab bastards at Guantanemo Bay! Cheney, Rush, Kill the Mexican Kool Aid Drinkin, Faggot bastards. God Bless Fox News!!!! Kill the Pepperbelly illegals!

Me: Why do you constantly want to kill the Mexican imigrants?

R.W. Nutt: They come over here take American jobs. On top of that they crap in the fields on our crops and cause American people to get sick from tainted lettuce and spinach. Saint Sarah Palin, Ditto Rush, Oberlen, Fair and Balanced, You Betcha, Dirty Mexican Bastards !@#$%

Me: That's interesting how many white guys you know that are lettuce pickers who have lost their jobs? Secondly, I have never heard that the Mexican's crapped on our lettuce. Where did that come from?

R.W. Nutt: Well, I made the stuff up about crapping in the fields, but there are 50,000 white lettuce pickers out of work right now? Damn illegal Mexican immigrants, dirty, Godless Bastards, abortion rights supporting, Kool Aid drinking SOB's.

Me: 50,000 white lettuce pickers? I don't believe it. Where did you get that statistic?

R.W. Nutt: I made it up, I'll bet it will go great on the internet!!! Derrick Hedlund and Billy Timber will send it to 1000 ignorant friends of theirs and those idiots will send it out to 1000 of their friends. That's 1,000,000 idiots from just Derek and old Billy.

Me: Well I guess we pretty well covered these subjects, how bout just one more question?

R.W. Nutt: Sounds Good! Thank You Jesus for sending Ronald Reagan in your place. Kill the fn mexicans
Me: What are you so angry about?

R.W. Nutt: !@#$R%^U@!#$R , Your Mother, Kool-Aid Drinking Pinko Faggot, Ditto Rush, Ditto Reagan, Fair and Balanced Kool AID, Kiss My @#$%^&, you commie bastard, kill the fn mexicans, kill the jungle bunnies, croak all the commie bastards, kill the faggots, and God Bless America!!!

Me: That's a wrap!!!