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WHAT IS FRACKING?

With gas/oil being the precious and important thing it is, along with most Americans I was pleased to learn about a new source of natural gas and some petroleum in the U.S. that could be produced through fracking.  Fracking is getting at shale sources by drilling one line into the ground, expanding out several more lines underground from that one hole.  A mile or so underground would sprout several pipes out like spider legs in all directions.  To get to the deposits, water, under pressure, would be forced to open up the natural gas deposits and extracted.  Wonderful.

When the process was about to be put to use, then-President George W. Bush put V.P. Dick Cheney in charge of utilizing fracking in the U.S.  Ugh.  Big mistake.  Cheney immediately found a way to side-step the Environment Protection Agency and get his old company, Halliburton, to benefit tremendously.  Horrible results began to take place.

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My country, 'tis of Thee...

from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans...

sweet land of liberty...

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING...

Just when you think you have seen everything goofy that there is to see, people come along to go beyond.  My last blog posting was about as innocuous as can be, about as close to motherhood and apple pie as blogs get.  Strangely, some people took offense.  Is there any sanity left in the U.S.?  Now here are some things that should really get some people further around the bend...

TV weather forecasters are getting worse, but their excuses seem to be getting better.

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CAPITOL OFFENSE

Democracy is slipping away from us.  The tragedy in the capitol in Madison is only a small indication.  What is being missed is the clandestined intent of the new onslaught of the right-wing.  It is not Republican, that party dissolved long ago.  The new GOP is a sinister group that has been bought and sold by the largest cabal of war and greed corporations that exist in America.  And you and your family are being taken as dupes in the process.  Your standard of living is being threatened, and even moreso, your kids and grandkids may never know the comfort and stability brought to the U.S. by collective bargaining.

Scott Walker campaigned on carefully crafted and paid-for slogans concocted by extreme right-wing financers.  It was condensed to his promise to bring "jobs, jobs, jobs," to Wisconsin.  In his few short weeks in office he has brought the economy of the state to a standstill, and more people have lost and are losing their jobs because of his actions.  Not only is that a bold-face lie on Walker's part, there is worse to come.  While the poor and middle class suffer under Walker's cabal, the wealthy benefit.

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ODD ENDS

The "new" conservatives cannot stand to have someone with a differing opinion to their own.  But when it happens on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, a little restraint would be expected from the justices.  But extremism has now become the norm on the right.  Justice David Prosser, a conservative, was angry with the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and called her a "bitch."  And when confronted about it outside of the courtroom, he inferred the same about another woman on the Court.

That seems to pass for right-wing actions these days.  If you don't like what is going on, invade someone.  Or call them a sexist name.  Or blow up the Oklahoma City federal building. Or yell at the President [who just happens to be African American] that he should hurry up and make the same mistakes that Bush did and invade Libya.  Or lie to Congress.  Or lie to the UN.  Or lie about the President's legal status as not born in the U.S.  Or shoot-on-site any of "those" people trying to cross the border to save their family from destitution.  Or act illegally as Governor.  Or have a clandestine phone conversation about using the office of Governor to hire goons to break up demonstrators, or receive rewards from rich right-wingers for carrying out their agenda.  Or call a state supreme court chief justice a sexist name.  Or take away money from inner city schools.  Or take away collective bargaining from state employees.  Or try to act quickly in the role of Governor before the people catch on.  Or forget to mention in your campaign speeches that you plan to immediately change the way the state does business.  Or to act as Governor to cost the state hundreds of thousands of jobs.  Or to have a fling with young Washington staffers and others while married three times and achieve a leading role in running for President of the U.S.  Or running off to Argentina to have a tryst while married and Governor of South Carolina.  Or exhibit strange behavior in the men's room in the Minneapolis airport.  Or seen as unfit to run as a Republican because you instituted a successful state health care reform that is too close to "Obamacare."  Or let the man go when you had him trapped...the man who masterminded the terrorist attack of 9-11.  Or break the financial back of the U.S. by invading Iraq and giving immense tax breaks to the richest people and largest corporations. 

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COMMENTS ARE EXTREME

I don't always read the comments posted below my blog.  However I have hesitated in writing a new posting here because I wanted to see how far and how disturbed the comments could become.  They have sunk lower than anything I have ever been associated with.  Frankly, they are disgusting.  Both  from the left and the right, the comments represent the most reprehensible sorts of expressions.  And they are written without shame.  The hatred is expressed without restraint.  The bigotry is openly expressed.  The greed is astonishing.  The racism is omnipresent.  The sexism is expressed ongoingly and almost proudly.  The distortions abound.  And there is little truth or merit in any of the comments.  They are just attacks at those perceived to be on the "other side."  I disown all of them.  When bigotry, racism, sexism, lies, distoritions, etc. abound, truth fails.  Without tolerance, everything is wrong.

Though the ability to erase any of the comments is mine, I have never used that even once.  In fact, I have used my discretion to accept some comments that the newspaper thought should not be printed.  Those were especially outrageous comments from the left and the right, but I am in favor of open debate and freedom of expression.  But I must state that clearly most of them are horrible.

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ALTERNATIVE THOUGHTS

You won't necessarily read these ideas and opinions in the mainstream media or even with intellectual fringe outlets.  As always, what I write here is not necessarily something I adhere to or believe strongly.  I am not a member of any political party, and I do not codify my life or my thoughts.  New information may have me re-consider my opinion.  Repeat: I try not to codify my life any more than is absolutely necessary.  That includes a regiman about foods, religion, music, politics, economics, social mores, etc.

"She fears another attack.  Neither she nor her daughters had ever heard of the 9/11 attack on the U.S.....Above all they want to live without the constant fear of war." -activist Kathy Kelly about an Afghanistan woman, October, 2010

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