I’m a bit apoplectic over the deep ocean oil geyser  in the Gulf of Mexico.  I can’t tell whether or not it is “bad enough.”  Sure, I hope they get it under control, but  how fast?  Is a million gallons enough, a million barrels, 10 million barrels?  What is it going to take for the corporatists to feel a backlash from the people?  The minute the well was offered to BP, the “Greens” were unhappy, but they’re powerless in DC.  Most of us thought immediately of the “rough-necks” and their families after the explosion.  But just how many of us thought “this could be worse” than the spill in the Alaskan Sound or even remembered the spill of the coast of Southern California (obviously someone reminded da Govern-ator ), or know why piracy in Africa is a growth sector in the labor force (mega-transnational corporations have ruined the fishing there as well).  The faster we can stop using petrolium for transportation the better.  Gosh, maybe that silly southern peanut farmer was right after all, huh? 

I wonder what fury a scorned Mother Earth will have?

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I pledge allegiance to the profits of the United Corporations of America, and to the corporatocracy to which they stand.  One market, under the Fed, with an invisible hand, with speech and influence for the rich.

Preamble

We the People, of the United States of America: Humbled by our destiny, however manifest; Guided by debate of pragmatic Forefathers, and Graced with Foremothers’ Suffrage; Prudent that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes, and Experienced that Institutions derive their powers only from the Consent of the governed; Witinesses to: Revolutions and Cecession, Emancipation and Genicides, Facism and Reconciliations; but Undeterred, for humankind hath shown to be more disposed to suffer tyranny than right themselves by abolishing that which they are accustomed; Inspired to advance illumination, promote global tranquility and the blessings of prosperity, to Re-affirm the goal of a more perfect Union, provide for the commons’ defense and advance the general Welfare; ordain and pledge Allegiance to Our Constitution; to Our flag; to Our United States of America, for which they stand; Indivisiable, with Liberty and Justice for all.

ARTICLE I

Independence shall not remain unrecognized after such a display of Will altering Forms as to provide fresh guards for Posterity.

Let it be Recognized that with Independence, an inalienable Right to establish Foundations with enlightened Principles, and Organize powers in such a model as to most likely refine one’s Safety and Success;

Be it Resolved in the general assembly of United Nations that all People should uphold and defend the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

And be it Recorded, that as absolute Power is so heinously corruptible and its dispersion essensial to the preservation of both national and global inititives, elected and appointed officials of the United States of America and its Chartered corporations shall be subject to the jurisdiction of an impartial world court for the crimes of a subordinate commited under direct order.

ARTICLE II

Lack of residency shall not be Cause to deny a human being their inalienable rights to: the preservation of ones’ Health, Property or Dignity; peacefuly: Think, Speak, Adhere to religious practices, or Assemble; Pursue Happiness and Security for one’s self or one’s posterity; or receive Equal Justice administered by lawful Peers, regardless of ones’ fiscal condition, social affiliation or biological disposition.

No agent shall be quartered at any house, no soldiers in time of war without the concent of the Owner; but in a manner to be described by law.

Any petion signed by 1/8th of the lawful residents from any state shall be floored by the Legislature of that State.  Similarly, any petition signed by  3/16ths  of the national populous must be floored by both the state and federal Congressional bodies.

An involved populous being compulsory to a healthy democracy, a Draft for non-combat civil Service may be erected by the states from time to time for purposes including, but not limited to: jury duty, disaster relief, mentoring and apprenticeship – but no drafted civil servant shall be contracted outside their State of residence, without equitible compensation or regard to family status, or be subject to military codes of conduct;

Enumeration of rights shall not constured to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

ARTICLE III

Citizenship in the United States of America shall be defined as a person having been sixteen years a resident and born to a lawful current Resident; or having been naturalized by a duly appointed official.

                An Honorable four or eight year commitment to the national or state’s Guard, respectively, shall be an implicit indication of loyaly to these foundations, and upon death or discharge the enlisted shall immediately be granted all rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  Furthermore, all decomissioned honorable Gaurdians of the Constitution shall be exempt from any local transaction tax or tarrif on imports from countries where they served.  

                Gaurdians’ Oath: I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform non-combatant service for my State when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of obfuscation.

Citizens’ participation being requisite to a Free nation, the full intent of every citizens’ Vote shall be Guaranteed by a manner uniform within each of the States and ratified by the circuits’ judiciary no less than one year before any election.

All citizens shall have the right to apportion seventy-five percent of their tax dollars, and a Census shall be administered to provide acurate statistics of voter residency, population density, due representation and tax appropraitions according to the public interest. 

Citizens in each of the Districts shall vote by ballot to elect one peer to serve in the federal House of Representatives.  Citizens of each of the States shall also vote to elect two peers for service in the federal Senate.  Only second generation citizens shall be elidgiable for election or appointment to the federal legislature, judiciary or executive branches of the United States of America.          

No Citizen’s petition for the redress of grievences by The Union, States, or corporations with an extended Chartered shall be ignored.

ARTICLE IV

Entrepenuership being most likely to afford Citizens’ Opportunity for self-empowerment, sole-proprietorships and simple partnerships shall be accounted as the individuals who own them.

A well regulated Militia being efficient for the defense of a free nation, a citizen’s right to keep and bare Arms shall not be infringed.  A consistent sustainable Agriculture being essensial to an industrious Populous, a citizens’ rights to sow and reap Harvests shall not be impugned.

                The rights of Harverst and Arms shall not be construed as to give free license for: the processing of crops, manufacturing of munitions;  unregulated distribution; nor their negiligent public Display or Use.    Enforcible confiscation shall be limited, irregardless of either on private or public property, to the premises only.   

No Citizen must pay Property tax to any State or Federal authority for less than the twenty-five-hundred square feet of land upon which they reside, nor for up to an additional combined one-thousand square feet for a private Barn or Garden.

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Rights, Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

Any Rights not prohibited by the individual States or deligated to the United States shall be retained by the Citizens.

ARTICLE V

Each District shall be Guaranteed a Democratic form of government and a seat in the House of Representatives, and each State shall be Guaranteed a Repulican form of government and two seats in the Senate.  Each state shall have the authority to make the boundries of each District.

                Excluding the District of Columbia, no independent District having been denied a petition for Statehood by the Congress shall exist for more than fourty years.  No independent District shall be required to remain in the Union after denial of Statehood, nor a territory denial of representation.

Each District shall be given full Faith and Credit to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other Circuit, State and District.

Being duly elected, or Appointed and Confirmed by the Legislature, Officials shall be part of the Electoral College, which shall be composed of the States’ Legislative deligations, the Circuit and Appealate Court judges and the Govorners of each of the States.

                All Senators and Representatives and the members of the state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, public trust or citizenship in the United States.

                Oath of Office: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

 Section ?  Copyrights, Patents, and Eminete Domeign, Ratification, Amendments and New Districs and States

 Being that unregulated corporations shall ineviablly rival the influence of Districs and States and therefore corrupt democratic proccesses, the Registrations, Licenses, Franchises, or Charters of any horizontal or verticle monopolies, or other Conglomerates deemed so considerable that their failure may jeopardize the stability of a Market, may be suspended or revoked with a majority vote of the Electoral College.

                National Charters of incorporation shall not be granted or extended without a three-fifths vote of the Electoral College. 

                Charters of incorporation shall be issued for no longer than 24 years and only with the consent of a two-thirds vote of the empowering Caucus.  Extensions of Charter shall be for no more than 12 years and only with the consent of a majority vote of an equal or greater Congress.

                Chartered corporations shall be required to be headquartered within one of the States.

                Uncharted multinatinal corporations not headquartered in one of the fifty States shall be subjuct to fees upon, but not limited to, Inspections, Customs’ warehousing, Portage, and Tarriffs, as well as boycotts by the People; who shall be entitled to full disclosure of all practices and affiliations both foreign and domestic.

Section 3.  Central Markets, most effective for the Distribution of goods and services; intrigrated Systems, most proficient to public Safety and direct Communication; and the Commons vitality to its Stewardships’ being, commerciaries needing Registration, License, Permits, Franchise, or Charter may be levied by the States for the maintainence of the afore mentioned, but only relative to population density, urban requisite and ratios of non-renewable resource Consumption and waste Production.

                No business shall exist with a directive as to deny consumers services, impose exhordinent Usery, nor ___________________

                Utilities, the independent Press, and corporations whose shop is more than fifty percent Unionized may enjoy a privilaged tax staus.

 Section 4.  Generational aristocracies being counterproductive to the equitable distribution of power, a progressive tax shall be laid upon inheiritance and windfalls, but shall not exceed five percent when less that the combined one year salaries of the President of the United States, the Governor and the three deligates to the Federal Congress from the State in which the deceased resided. Likewise, amounts in excess of the sum of salaries of the entire Electoral College shall be taxed no less than seventy-five percent.

  ARTICLE VI: The Legislative Branch

 Section ?  The House of Representatives   

Section ? The Senate

Section ?  Designations of government expeditures shall be limited to no more than ten catagories.  The nomenclature of and classification to each catagory shall be assigned by the Congress whose members shall be directly elected by the people.  No agency may draw funds from more than one Designation.

Section ?  The Senate shall have the power to obtain, under oath, the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth, from any Person, elected, appointed or otherwise in office of public trust, upon a summons or supiena issued by Any sitting judge in good standing, and also shall have the authority to charge witnesses with contempt and/or perjury. 

Section ?  The Congress shall make no law without repect to population density.

Section ? The Congress shall have the authority to dictate the domain of an enterprise’s Access to the Commons’ capacity.

Section ?  No member shall advance their status bracket while in office for economic gains greater than the offices’ salary and the celebrity there of,                 Nor shall any members’ salary be changed during the term in which that change be voted upon.

ARTICLE VII: The Executive Branch

Section ?  The President shall be the Commander and Chief of the Naval, Air, and Special Forces when authorized by Congressional declarations of war, and the Militia, Coast and National Guard with Govorners’ declaration of Disaster  or invasion, the State Guards of those states effected.

 Section ?  The Vice President shall preside as the President of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless being necessary as the deciding vote, and shall be the Chief Diplomat to the United Nations and its members.

                 Sub- section ? Executive Oath: I do solemely swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President (or Govorner or Mayor) of the United States ( or State of…, or City of…), and to the best of my Ability  prosurve, protect and defend the Constitution(s) of the United States of America, (and the State of…, and the City of…).

ARTICLE VIII: The Judicial Branch

Section ?   The lower courts shall exist indendent of the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Federal Government.  Appointments by the Supreme Court to the lower courts shall be affirmed by majority vote of an Electoral College caucus most appropriate to serving the effected circuits’ juristiction.

 Section ?   The Supreme Court and each of its subordinate circuit courts shall consist of no less than thirty-five percent male or female appointees.

Section ? Judicial Oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the Constitution, and laws of the United States (and the State of…).

ARTICLE ?IX?

 Section ?  Debts and Engagements                                                                 

 Section ? Campaign contributions

Our species’ history bares to many scars of the voracious attempts to preserve the tyranny of authoritarianism withbrute force and blatant obfuscation to deprive the People of the Truth and their Freedoms. Civilization is still host to this unyielding pathogen which rapes both Justice and Liberty, nurtures extremism and corrupts the integrity of our Democracy. Rare are the convergences of gluttony, complacency and deferred responsibility which illicit such upheaval as to prompt radical change. The time is now! The United States of America, once innocently unrepentant, is now an arrogant insatiable giant, hazardous to its habitat and itself, unaware that its appetite and attitude alienates allies and embolden enemies. We no longer can ignore the stains on our collective conscience or our propensity to repeat unlearned lessons of history. The necessity to acclimate to the 21st century must outweigh our inconsequential differences and party loyalties.

Federalists and Anti-Federalists; Wigs and Confederates; Bull-Moose; Libertarians (civil and fiscal), Progressives (conservative and liberal), Socialists (communal and corporate), Capitalists (industry and entrepreneur), Fundamentalists (absolutist and absolutionist), Independents (advocate and provocateur) and the unaffiliated; ex-patriots, compatriots, every proud American: We can remedy our nation, but must embrace the undeniable truths we all observe, acknowledge that which we must occasionally be reminded of and, above all, remain Vigilant! Our American republic has sturdy foundations: The Declaration and Constitution, and resolute walls erected to protect each branch of government, but We have neglected one part of the framers’ ingenious design. “The Fourth Estate” has been derelict in its obligations and fallen into disrepair. As a result, “The Great Experiment,” is in peril! Citizens and Reporters, not just editors and owners, have put their fiscal futures above their implicit contract, some licensed, integral to the balance of powers. We have sacrificed the purposes of its scrutiny and integrity for a faux-filling cornucopia of spectacle. Massive campaigns indiscriminately trample The People to suckle at the augmented teat with near-sighted self-interest. The Press has become nothing more than a geyser of heinously incestuous jingoism for a kleptocracy meant to distract the masses rather than inform the Citizenry.  Our Freedom is guarded only by the Honor and Integrity of those We entrust to ascertain and disseminated Truth.

We must ascend from the quagmire and continue our undeniable journey toward illumination. Guided by the foresight of our meticulously debated constitution, We are ready to emerge from the eclipse of our forefathers’ reticent pragmatism with unfamiliar Grace, nevermore ignoring the import of our foremothers. We shall not relinquish our destiny, however manifested, adapt to the lens of our evolving ethical and moral standards, and align with the principles that compel us to be our neighbors’ keeper.

   I’m straight, but I am also experiencing some discomfort with PE Obama’s choice to invite Rick Warren to speak at the inaugural ceremony.   Warren has been a polarizing figure in the recent election (especially in California) and I can’t blame the LGBT community for being disheartened by the invitation.  I believe sexuality is one’s personal comfort level on a continum from asexuality to bi-sexuality.  I have been having a hard time reconciling his decisions on some appointments too.  I do hope that PE Obama is fully commited to the “Cabinet of Rivals” that he has started, but I suspect that the centrist conciliation’s he is pursuing will further alienate much of the Left of center “liberals” (v the moderate Center left).   I was raised in UCC and Methodist congregations – and am aware of the lack of insight that may give to my character – and believe that the practice of Jesus’ life lessons are far more important than indoctrinated subjugation to the dogma and ideology within the institution of the/a church…Happy Saturnalia!  (the original war on Christs’ Mass)  I was suspicious of “the church” from an early cognitive age (10-13ish).  If science says the time of Jesus’ birth was in June of 4CE (Venus and Saturn’s conjunction being the Christmas star) and given Constantine’s conversion of both himself and the calender to be more “Judeo-Christian”, how much credibility can the conglomeration of beliefs really hold?  Truth should be able to stand for itself without “high-jacking” the “Holy-days” of the competing “pagan” religions, right?  –Sorry, bit of a rant…

…If we, as Americans, believe that “all men are created equal”, in the seperation of church and state, and that seperate cannot be equal, we have an obligation to provide the same rights to ALL people.  If we hold that there shall be no religious test to hold public office, if we believe in the equal protection clause of the Constitution, if “We hold hold these truths to be self evident”, we cannot support a system of governance that makes rules that have any say in “marriage”, unless it is only promoted by the state to: 1. increase the tax base (population) 2. encourage monogamy (public health concerns).  If there is anything more to the states’ interest in marriage, please share.  If that is the case, a monogamous homosexual is a good thing, right?  Not to mention the rise in property value if they live in your neighborhood.  A home with a bread-winner AND a home-maker is better that a single parent, right?  A happy gay couple is a better family structure than one with a frustrated closeted personality, right?  If the religious right wants to fight for the “sanctity of marriage”, they’re nearly a millinium late.  Divorce is definitivaly more detrimental.

sign of a prop8 demonstrator: “If you take away our right to GAY marriage, we’ll have to back to marrying your STRAIGHT sons & daughters. (Be afraid, be very afraid.)

My wife and I where having one of our often wide ranging discussions that crossd paths with the name of Gwenith Paltrow’s first child Apple.  As usual I’m not exacty sure where we started.  Amid a distraction of the importance of teaching language vs. English,  we -sorry honey- discussed the fact American English is the only language, we know enough of, that our moniker is typically in a possesive form;  “My name is” vs. “I am called”.  It is interesting socio-psycological intellectual consideration.

or A Very Black Friday

Back away slowly or the fat man and midgets are going to get it! 

What is wrong with people!?!  The great gourging of Thanksgiving obviously didn’t satisfy some peoples’ appetites.  From the minor and expected (my boss had a Wii swiped right out of his hands at a Sam’s Club) to the scary (two men shot each other at a Toys R Us) to the tragic (a crowd fatally stampedes a clerk while breaking down the door getting into a WalMart); the insanity of our consumer culture is rapacious.  For goodness sake it’s a WalMart -they’ll get more and they do rain checks.  I hope those people who trampled the clerk enjoy the cheap, made by children or quasi-slaves, lead-tainted MADE IN CHINA crap they killed for.  Forget the coal, Santa should fill all their stockings with fresh, steaming, pungent reindeer feces.