American Healthcare and the Caduceus of Hermes

I have already cited Mike Stathis’ book, “America’s Healthcare Solution,” which is the source of the following summary.  I chose a few connections that seem the most crucial.  It’s not my purpose to fully describe the debate and the proposed solutions, only to use this information in pursuit of a new way of talking about…

America’s Healthcare Stalemate

I have already cited Mike Stathis’ book, “America’s Healthcare Solution,”((Stathis, Mike. America’s Healthcare Solution. AVA Publishing. 2009)) which is the source of the following summary.  I chose a few connections that seem the most crucial.  It’s not my purpose to fully describe the debate and the proposed solutions, only to use this information in pursuit…

Bill Maher on Egypt’s Million Woman March

I saw Bill Maher on The Arena tonight. He thought it was an ominous sign for democracy in Egypt that a thousand women attended the Million Woman March only to have the men deride them. It was obviously humiliating for the organizers, but I had a different take on it. No one said how many…

The Community of Ancient Israel

Robert Bellah wrote in “The Broken Covenant” that American Civil Religion helped form a unified nation. Bellah assumed civil religion was necessary because America was the world’s first ‘new’ nation, a nation of unrelated immigrants who do not share a common history or religion as the populations of other countries do. However, Bellah was not…

Aftermath

To think we were once in awe of that tyrannical infant Even thought he was beautiful Said his long hair was amber grain Yet we can’t deny we admired his daring That he thrilled us in parade Covered by royalty’s long cloak of purple mountains But now we see And turn away from his hideous face…

.40 Calibers

I left the bristling circle of wunderkind Ominous councilors of the age Harbingers of the end of things But you continued Now there are .40 Caliber holes in my wall, deputies and cameras and evidence I have watched you choose your path I see you on your road well traveled Infamy paves it Sorrow’s the way…

Peter King and Radical Islam in America

Representative Peter King, is talking about the radicalization of American Muslims. Apparently he plans hearings in the Homeland Security Committee. I would argue that the radicalization of ordinary Muslims, or Arabs of any persuasion, shouldn’t be so easily assumed; the affinity between Arab culture and al Qaeda is not a natural one. The barbarian invasion…

Libya’s non-effect on U.S. Oil Prices

Libya, Gas Prices, and the Big Payday at Your Expense Submitted by Michael Collins, for “The Economic Populist” on Mon, 03/07/2011 – 00:23 Another Triumph for The Money Party The average price for a gallon of gas rose 30% from $2.69 in July 2010 to $3.49 as of March 6. Most of that 30% has…

American Empire and Political Insanity

The fear that America’s founders were really only interested in empire is not new. What is not clear is whether Americans believe the rise of empire is merely something that might happen in the future. I think this must be the case. There are a lot of Americans who still believe their vote counts, or…

Virgo in America, Empire and Political Insanity

The constellation Virgo was important to America’s founders. The cornerstone ceremonies of the Freemasons were apparently timed with this in mind. There is a paraphrase of Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue’s new age, “novus ordo saeclorum,” inscribed in the Great Seal of the United States. This refers to “Astraea, the virgin goddess of justice, (who) was the…

Continued from America and the Constellation Virgo

This brings to mind the fact that many British officers in the Revolutionary War were Freemasons who actually failed to carry out their orders during decisive battles. I’m also reminded that only a third of the Colonists were in favor of the War. A third were undecided, and the final third were loyalists. You could…

America and the Constellation Virgo

I deleted the last post about cultural differences. I sometimes think I’ve written something readable, only to realize later, it isn’t. Part of the problem is that this story has so many side plots. The antagonists would have to include politicians discussing the healthcare debate, for example. Has anyone noticed that when they get to…