Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bernie had a message

I'll never forget as a young man paying a visit to see Bernie and having him sign a book for me. I nervously made my way towards him afraid that he might ask me why I was there, having been the youngest person in the crowd. Please cook the supreme meal he told me. I never forgot those words. I'm trying Bernie, I'm trying....

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

I support the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. I believe that every State should allow its residents to carry concealed firearms in public (with some exceptions). The only form of "gun control" I support, is government measures to ensure that those citizens who are carrying concealed firearms are not convicted felons, mentally ill, chemically intoxicated/dependent, or untrained in the use of firearms and state laws pertaining to deadly force. I exercise my right to carry concealed firearms and I am properly trained in both the use of firearms and in the laws of deadly force. I realize that my opinion about firearms might differ greatly from some folks. I respect their opinions but I dissent. I enjoy target shooting and hunting and I feel that I have a duty to protect myself and my family if the situation called for it.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The credit industry

Predatory lending is a pejorative term used to describe practices of some lenders. There are no legal definitions in the United States of predatory lending, though there are laws against many of the specific practices commonly identified as predatory, and various federal agencies use the term as a catch-all term for many specific illegal activities in the loan industry.

One less contentious definition of the term is "the practice of a lender deceptively convincing borrowers to agree to unfair and abusive loan terms, or systematically violating those terms in ways that make it difficult for the borrower to defend against."Other types of lending sometimes also referred to as predatory include payday loans, credit cards or other forms of consumer debt, and overdraft loans, when the interest rates are considered unreasonably high.

Although predatory lenders are most likely to target the less educated, racial minorities and the elderly, victims of predatory lending are represented across all demographics.

Predatory lending often occurs on loans backed by some kind of collateral, such as a car or house, so that if the borrower defaults on the loan, the lender can repossess or foreclose and profit by selling the repossessed or foreclosed property.

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Don't allow the credit reporting agencies to libel you. Report their abuse to and contact your elected reps to demand laws to protect consumers.

Fight back against illegal and unethical activities conducted by the credit industry. Your voice can help to put an end to this abuse.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Does Wikipedia re-write history as they see fit?

I came across this rather informative article about Wikipedia on the web:

Wikipedia is a clear case of the inmates talking over the asylum! It is run by organized volunteer super-nerds as though they were feudal lords! Just go on the site and see the nasty goings on for yourself. And they are at it twenty-four hours a day with a passion!

Whoever prevails in any disputes about what is indeed “fact” gets to create or rewrite history as though it were true regardless of whether it is or not. Whoever can gather the most consensus wins. This is effectively accomplished by using a number of fictitious “user names” called “sockpuppets,” or by belonging to or organizing complicated alliances!

If they do not like what you say, it’s deleted.

If you restore it, they remove it again.

Restore it again and they remove it again and so forth until a volunteer “administrator blocks you from further edits. Usually the administrator is elected and beholding to those you are opposing so if you do not belong to any click or manufacture your own “fiefdom” you are lost!

That would be okay if they were calling themselves a Blog site, but they are calling themselves an “encyclopedia” even though one does not need any particular education, experience, expertise in any field, or writing skills to be an “editor”. Of course that is a train wreck just waiting to happen, especially when someone has an axe to grind against another person or organization and they libel them.

Making matters worse, there are many mirror sites like “” that cite these “articles” because anyone is free to copy and paste and use any content found on the site as long as they reference (and simultaneously promote Wikipedia while doing it). Therefore anyone with a PC can create or completely change the truth to suit themselves -even libel someone — on Wikipedia, and then anyone with a PC can mirror the articles in other sites calling themselves dictionaries, encyclopedias and further this perversion of the true and facts.

That is ridiculous, like Wikipedia itself. All the other sites that carry any Wikipedia libelous content should be included in future class action suits, as well!

- author unknown

Apparently, I'm not the only one deeply disturbed by Wikipedia...