POSTED ON AUGUST 7, 2013:
I Believe the Term is "Sext"
Over-sexed, self-involved, crazy for the ladies men often make the best leaders.
Presidents FDR, JFK, LBJ, and Bill Clinton were unfaithful to their wives but faithful to their duties in the White House.
This is why New York-citians should take a chance and elect former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner their next mayor.
Weiner should not be blackballed just because he sent sexy text messages and photos to women then lied about it.
Nobody tells the truth about their sex lives, and it is not the public's business what politicians do away from the office. Tell me what they do from nine to five.
Like most rhinestone cowboys, Weiner is a lonely man away from the cameras.
Weiner should be judged only on his ability to govern and stand up for the middle class.
Republicans hate him so much because he was never shy in Congress telling us when they had their hands in the cookie jar.
-- Virginia Blue Jeans Jenner
They Can Take Our Lives, But They'll Never Take Our Kids-Eat-Free Nights
Recently, a new acquaintance helpfully offered me a list of "free" events in Oklahoma City and hospitably urged me to unite with her as she attended them.
"Join this young adult group," she urged. "So far, we've gone to a free Thunder game and a free happy hour. This week, we're going to a free Redhawks game."
Later, she texted me to tell me the Myriad Gardens occasionally offers "free" movie nights.
The exchanges were redolent of conversations I used to have with canny classmates in college. My savviest friends could blithely articulate how a shrewd student could eat for "free" every night of the week.
Sure, he'd have to feign enthusiasm for the vagaries of four different Christian denominations or she'd have to pretend to befriend a couple of sorority coeds, but neither would ever have to pay a penny for pizza or chili!
Then, as now, I had a reluctant admiration for such friends who, with their impressive insider knowledge and merry appetite for society and sustenance, cut such a seemingly agreeable path through college and young adulthood.
Yet, as I listened to my new friend, whose intentions were so clearly pure, I couldn't help but think to myself, "We should hereby retire the word 'free' forever and ever, amen."
We should -- at least in the context of material goods. It's simply too confusing a term.
No matter how many times economists repeat Milton Friedman's impossible-to-improve axiom, no matter how many times angry taxpayers mark their tweets with the hashtag #tanstaafl, the eternal optimists will insist, "Oh, but this lunch is free!"
Better to say, "This lunch comes at no cost to me." At least the presence of the term "cost" in such a sentence implies a cost was borne by someone else.
A quick Google search demonstrates that Sonic presents the Myriad Gardens movie nights. Here's hoping the Sonic higher-ups who agreed to that sponsorship really did intend it as an expression of the corporate conscience and not as good business. Anecdotal evidence suggests movie-goers don't fully appreciate America's Drive-in!
Because I didn't ask my friend to elaborate, I'm not sure who exactly funds the young adult group events that, admittedly, sound like worthwhile and meaningful gifts to give to cash-strapped, probably-student-loan-burdened young professionals.
That's precisely the point, though: The tickets are not free. They're gifts from someone, somewhere, and to call them "free" deprives not only the nameless benefactor, but also the beneficiary, who consequently misses the opportunity to experience gratitude.
In the same way, no government service is ever free. Food stamps, compliments of the taxpayer! Housing, compliments of the taxpayer! Health care, compliments of the taxpayer!
Many millennials cite precarious financial predicaments as a prime reason they perceive themselves as unable to marry and start families at the age their parents did. If the gift of a ticket to a Thunder game means even one young adult saves the average ticket price of the game and stashes those savings in his marriage and family fund, I support that gift -- but I will not then or ever refer to the ticket as "free."
-- Tina Korbe Dzurisin
War! Huh! Yeah! What Is It Good For?
The Military-Industrial Complex, which Pres. Eisenhower warned us about, has to be fed. Kennedy tried to put it on a diet in Vietnam, and Johnson fed the monster a few days after Kennedy was tragically assassinated.
According to the U.N., it appears that Sudan was NOT using chemical weapons against its citizens. The rebels we are supporting used them in order to blame the Syrian government. So are we war criminals? The fact that your tax dollars are funding Al-Qaeda and the Osama bin Laden Brigade to take down the nasty but legitimate government of Syria begs many questions.
Syria must go down so that Iran comes to its aid by treaty. Then the U.S. is obliged to come to Israel's aid when Israel tries to take out Iran and control their oil. Unfortunately for the world, Russia and China are not going to stand by and let Israel and Uncle Sam take down Syria and Iran without some major bloodshed. Is it worth it? Were the Vietnam, Gulf, Iraqi, and Afghanistan Wars worth it? The answer is a simple NO! If nasty governments had to go, North Korea should head the list. Wake up, America !
The Federal Reserve loves to fund wars, and there are big, big profits in killing people. So now you know why McCain and Obama are taking care of their buddies and beating the drums of war!
-- Joseph DuPont
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