The Flaming Moderate

I practice moderation passionately.

Support America's Soldiers.
Elect a competent Commander-In-Chief.

Clinton lied, Hillary cried.
Bush lied, people died.

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Thursday, January 23, 2003
Goodbye, Bill. Snoopy and I are down at the tavern today, quaffing a few root beers and mourning the loss of the one of the two best friends of every GI. Bill Mauldin said in pictures what Ernie Pyle said in words. Say "Hello" to Charlie for us, Bill.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Original Sin: The original sin in every religion is the acquisition of knowledge.

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Asimov: A person who provides clear, simple, and elegant explanations of complex matters, leaving only the mentally deficient or willfully ignorant in darkness. An Asimov may not add original knowledge, but brings to the human mind something as important - understanding, without which there can be no wisdom. The verb form is to asimov.

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Mark Twain Revisited: To convict someone without evidence is un-Constitutional, it is un-American, but it is no longer French!

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Impeaching The Deserter : I have seen several comments on other sites either edging toward or actually suggesting the impeachment of President Bush. I only want to remind you that when you consider the consequences of your prayers, you remember that one of the the most right wing Congressman of the last half century, President Cheney, would doubtless pick a self-reflective Vice President. Perhaps you efforts could be better directed toward making a clean sweep of the whole gang in 2004. And that means getting into the kitchen.

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Monday, January 20, 2003
Volunteer. Or Else! (Or, More Gas About Less Gas From The Bumbling Bush)

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Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Sanctity of Human Life Day: An exercise in political hypocracy that applies only to potential life. Does not cover actual persons who are rape victims, molested children, endangered mothers, or Texas defendants with sleepy incompetent lawyers.

"I've never put an innocent person to death. At the very least, they were guilty of being either unable or unwilling to pick a better lawyer."

Bush to Karla Tucker: "Please don't kill me."

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Two Evil Midgets: Kim Jong Il and George W Bush on his knees.

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Thursday, January 09, 2003
Note: This is an ongoing definition occasioned by metaphorical madness, simile silliness, and allegorical assininity. Feel free to steal anything you can use. Attribution is welcome but not required.

Politics: All politics is either class warfare, class suicide, or class murder. Those who have fear class warfare, prefer class suicide, and will commit class murder, if it can be done in the dark and from the back. (Class suicide? That's a man earning minimum wage who votes Republican.)

Politics: There is a pie of limited resources. Politics is the fight over who will wield the knife. So get this straight. Politics is not a gentleman's game, it is not polite, and it is not waged for high purpose. It's a close-in knife fight. And the winner eats.

Politics: In any governmental system, the majority of inhabitants get the government they deserve. There are no exceptions to this rule, but a great many corollaries. An example: Dictatorships are as democratic as constitutional republics, the method required to change the government is just different.

Politics: The necessity for every citizen to participate in politics is found in the following non-vegetarian story.

You walk into the only restaurant in town and smell the exquisite odor of steak coming from the kitchen.

The waiter brings you a menu that has "Column A: Steamed unsalted squash" and "Column B: Boiled unpeppered rutabaga."

"Wait a minute", you say, "I smell really great steak in the kitchen."

"Yes", says the waiter, "But that's for the kitchen workers."

If all you have to do with politics is wait until you get to the ballot and have only steamed squash or boiled rutabaga on those two columns, then either starve or shut up and choke it down. You're getting what you deserve. If you want steak on the menu, get into the kitchen.

(Vegetarians may substitute tofu, bacon, and lamb chops, as appropriate.)

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Monday, January 06, 2003
Note to my occasional readers: It's not that I don't want to receive mail, it's that I've apparently forgotten more than I ever knew about HTML. I think the Flaming Moderate email address is working now and I apologize to those of you who have sent unanswered comments. Of course, this does show an egotistical assumption!

Integrity Whore. An ethically, politically, or morally corrupt person who rents their carefully polished and maintained reputation for untarnished integrity as a temporary shield for ethically, politically, or morally corrupt acts. The IW is variously "surprised", "appalled", or "saddened" when the reputation is questioned. The IW is most vociferously assisted in maintaining the reputation by those most often renting it. The IW has no particular talent, but generally produces prodigious amounts of derivative materials. The IW is often found as a government commissioner, special prosecutor, or political spokeman, although they are finding increasing work as "reporters" and "columnists." The IW may have previously held some governmental or public organization position, but their tenure is characterized by a departure several months before the consequences of their ineffectiveness. The Integrity Whore provides the same services provided by any Pretty Woman, to wit, that the renter can get a date, that he can get a pretty date, and that, therefore, his (ethical, political, moral) manhood should not be questioned. The IW is also available as a gigolo. If you decide to provide your own examples, look first among those who make a good living writing and lecturing others on what their ethics, politics, and morals ought to be.

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