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With an anti-Obama movie taking the man on the street by storm this article would not come as a surprise. In the days before the elections strange things do happen. People behave just as expected them to behave. After all it is what is meant by ‘fair and free’ election.
To those who seem to be mad at President Obama,

would read this and reflect a moment, I can assure

you they would say:
“Hmmmmmmmmmm… YOU ARE RIGHT!!………”

Now, since President Obama’s regime, all of a sudden, folks have gotten mad, and want to take America Back…BACK TO WHAT/BACK TO WHERE is my question?

After The 8 Years Of The President Bush/ Vice President Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Vice President Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal wars.

You didn’t get mad when President Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when President Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when they didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when President Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the President Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick… Oh, hell No!
(The points raised are not mine. An American friend whose friendship and judgment I value forwarded the above. It is thought provoking and it is for the US electorate to decide. After all if they are indifferent to their own interests who can help them?_b.)
benny

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“leptoptilos Javanicus” or Lesser Adjutant,wading bird

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‘Farewell Our Hero! Farewell’

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twilight

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Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political thinker and historical figure he is best remembered for his masterpiece, The Prince (written in 1513, but published posthumously in 1532). Main theme is that all means may be used in order to maintain authority. Naturally a superficial mind can conclude from reading the book that maintenance of authority must necessarily base upon pragmatism and in following it to its conclusion would necessarily mean exercise of bad faith or duplicity and cunning hidden away by a veneer of civility. Political realism has a clear mandate based on a geographical entity like Florence or Milan, whereas political idealism can only be consigned to an Utopia, whether it is of More or of VI Lenin. Political realism of Joseph Stalin managed to secure his own survival at the cost of Worker’s Paradise envisaged by Lenin. By delinking the political realism of Machiavelli from his times, and use it as a general principle is as erroneous as judging him by the book. One only needs to read another work of his say Mandrangola (1518) to understand my point.


The Prince was held responsible for French political corruption and for widespread contribution to any number of political and moral vices. Gentillet’s interpretation of The Prince as advocating statecraft by ruthlessness and amoral duplicity was disseminated throughout Britain through the works of such popular, highly influential dramatists as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. In the Prologue to Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta (1589?), Machevilli addresses the audience at length, at one point encapsulating the Elizabethan perception of Machiavelli by saying, “I count religion but a childish toy, / And hold there is no sin but ignorance.” Here and in the works of Marlowe’s contemporaries, Machiavelli was depicted as an agent of all that Protestant England despised in Catholic, High- Renaissance Italy. Ironically The Prince was condemned by the Pope for its clear eyed look at the political jockeying that went on in Florence at that time. Hostile English interpreters so effectively typified Machiavelli as an amalgam of various evils, which they described with the still-used term ” Machiavellian,” that fact and fabrication still coexist today.
Seldom has a single work generated such divergent and fierce commentary from such a wide assortment of writers. Commenting on Machiavelli’s colorful critical heritage, T. S. Eliot has remarked that no great man has been so completely misunderstood.
Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469, in Florence, Italy. His father, Bernardo belonged to an impoverished branch of an influential old Florentine family. Bernardo was a lawyer and he had a small personal library that included books by Greek and Roman philosophers and volumes of Italian history. Bernardo died in 1500, Machiavelli’s mother, Bartolomea de’ Nelli, had died in 1496.
As a thinker Machiavelli belonged to an entire school of Florentine intellectuals concerned with an examination of political and historical problems. His important writings were composed after 1512 when he was accused of conspiracy in 1513. The Medici family had returned to power and had ended the Florentine Republic. Lorenzo de’ Medici fired Machiavelli who had held the office of Secretary under the previous government. He was suspected of plotting against the Medici, jailed, even tortured, and exiled. Machiavelli found himself unemployed after years of patriotic service, and spent most of his remaining years in producing his major works. He achieved some fame as a historian and playwright, but with The Prince he hoped to regain political favor. It tells how to gain, maintain, and centralize power.
In 1519 Machiavelli was partly reconciled with the Medici and he was given various duties, including writing a history of Florence. When the Medici was deposed in 1527 Machiavelli hoped for a new government post. However, now the republican government distrusted him for his previous association with the Medici.
Machiavelli’s political writings became more widely known in the second half of the 16th century. When considered dangerous, they were placed in 1564 on the Church Index of officially banned books. Machiavelli’s best known works are Discorsi Sopra La Prima Deca Di Tito Livio (1531, Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius) The Mandrake(1528) a satirical play and From 1521 to 1525, Machiavelli was employed as a historiographer. Niccolo Machiavelli died in Florence on June 21, 1527.
benny

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The Guppy
Whales have calves,

Cats have kittens,

Bears have cubs,

Bats have bittens,

Swans have cygnets,

Seals have puppies,

But guppies just have little guppies.
Ogden Nash

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Lord Alfred Tennyson(1809-1892) ‘Poets cut their quill on the teeth of adversity but the music must come from the harmony of celestial spheres.’ The life of Tennyson followed true to this adage. The poet’s grandfather breaking the rule of primogeniture made his younger son Charles his heir. Before Alfred was even born the silver spoon that was his birthright, was taken from his mouth, so to speak. The contrast of his own family’s relatively straitened circumstances to the great wealth of his aunt Elizabeth Russell and uncle Charles Tennyson made him feel particularly impoverished and led him to worry about money all his life. A blow felt keenly at the blind chance brought him other worries as well. He suffered from a lifelong fear of mental illness, for several men in his family had a mild form of epilepsy. His father and brother Arthur made their cases worse by excessive drinking. His brother Edward had to be confined in a mental institution after 1833, and he himself spent a few weeks under doctors’ care in 1843. In the late twenties his father’s physical and mental condition worsened, and he became paranoid, abusive, and violent.
In 1827 Tennyson escaped the troubled atmosphere of his home when he followed his two older brothers to Trinity College, Cambridge, where his tutor was William Whewell. Because they had published Poems by Two Brothers in 1827 and Alfred won university prizes for poetry (Chancellor’s Gold Medal in 1828) the Tennyson brothers became well known at Cambridge. In 1829 The Apostles, an undergraduate club, whose members remained Tennyson’s friends all his life, invited him to join. The group, which met to discuss major philosophical and other issues, included Arthur Henry Hallam. On a visit to Somersby, Hallam met and later became engaged to Emily Tennyson, and the two friends looked forward to a life-long companionship. Hallam’s death from illness in 1833 (he was only 22) shocked Tennyson profoundly, and his grief lead to most of his best poetry, including In Memoriam , “The Passing of Arthur”, “Ulysses,” and “Tithonus.”
Since Tennyson was always sensitive to criticism, the mixed reception of his 1832 Poems hurt him greatly. Critics in those days delighted in the harshness of their reviews: the Quarterly Review was known as the “Hang, draw, and quarterly.” John Wilson Croker’s harsh criticisms of some of the poems in one anthology kept Tennyson from publishing again for another nine years.
The success of his 1842 Poems made Tennyson a popular poet, and in 1845 he received a Civil List (government) pension of £200 a year, which helped relieve his financial difficulties; the success of “The Princess” and In Memoriam and his appointment in 1850 as Poet Laureate finally established him as the most popular poet of the Victorian era.
By now Tennyson, only 41, had written some of his greatest poetry, but he continued to write and to gain in popularity. In 1853, as the Tennysons were moving into their new house on the Isle of Wight, Prince Albert dropped in unannounced. His admiration for Tennyson’s poetry helped solidify his position as the national poet, and Tennyson returned the favor by dedicating The Idylls of the King to his memory. Queen Victoria later summoned him to court several times, and at her insistence he accepted his title, having declined it when offered by both Disraeli and Gladstone.

Tennyson suffered from extreme short-sightedness — without a monocle he could not even see to eat — which gave him considerable difficulty writing and reading, and this disability in part accounts for his manner of creating poetry: Tennyson composed much of his poetry in his head, occasionally working on individual poems for many years. During his undergraduate days at Cambridge he often did not bother to write down his compositions, although the Apostles continually prodded him to do so. (We owe the first version of “The Lotos-Eaters” to Arthur Hallam, who transcribed it while Tennyson declaimed it at a meeting of the Apostles.)
Long-lived like most of his family (no matter how unhealthy they seemed to be) Alfred, Lord Tennyson died on October 6, 1892, at the age of 83.(ack: http://www.victorianweb.org)

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