Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Manifest Destiny

In light of our current Congress and Executive branch of the federal government I though it would be good to feature a bit of wisdom from one of our Founders and an author of the Federalist Papers.

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of the government, far from it. We have staked the future upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God."
James Madison

God help us!

Your Government At Work!

Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.
  • Total public debt subject to limit Dec. 21 12,043,745
  • Statutory debt limit 12,104,000
  • Total public debt outstanding Dec. 21 12,099,243
  • Operating balance Dec. 21 110,901
  • Interest fiscal year 2009 383,365
  • Interest fiscal year 2008 451,154
  • Deficit fiscal year 2009 1,417,121
  • Deficit fiscal year 2008 454,798
  • Receipts fiscal year 2009 2,104,613
  • Receipts fiscal year 2008 2,523,642
  • Outlays fiscal year 2009 3,521,734
  • Outlays fiscal year 2008 2,978,440
  • Gold assets in September 11,041

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"...Kitsch is a Disease of Faith."

"...kitsch is a disease of faith. Kitsch begins in doctrine and ideology and spreads from there to infect the entire world of culture. The Disneyfication of art is simply one aspect of the Disneyfication of faith -and both involve a profanation of our highest values. Kitsch, the case of Disney reminds us, is not an excess of feeling but a deficiency. The world of kitsch is in a certain measure a heartless world, in which emotion is directed away from its proper target towards sugary stereotypes, permitting us to pay passing tribute to love and sorrow without the trouble of feeling them. It is no accident that the arrival of kitsch on the stage of history coincided with the hitherto unimaginable horrors of trench warfare, of the Holocaust and the Gulag - all of them fulfilling the prophecy that kitsch proclaims, which is the transformation of the human being into a doll, which in one moment we cover with kisses, and in the next tear to shreds."

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