Bumper sticker of the week: People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.--

Quote of the week: ''Nothing has a stronger influence on children than the unlived life of the parent.'' --Carl Jung--

I would have to say, all things being equal, which they seldom ever are, that the world is pretty screwed up. Some clues:

­­ We still celebrate Columbus Day long after we realize he didn't discover America. It had already been found.

­­ You can get the most votes in an election and still lose.

­­ A gun is easier to obtain than a driver's license.

­­ When you demand that the poor be helped, you're called a socialist. When you give that same money to the rich, you're called a Republican.

­­ As the world becomes smaller, so does our brain. This seemingly helps explain the phrase ''cool.''

­­ While I'm not technically opposed to same-sex marriages, I do wonder what the benefits are?

­­ We call bombs ''smart,'' and it's possible to be killed by ''friendly fire.''

­­ We keep electing people who haven't got a clue what's going on.--

Why do most people belong to the political party they do? Because of their parents. This seems to be an affliction of the genes. Kids certainly don't listen to anything else their parents say. As scientists unravel our DNA, perhaps in the near future they will be able to explain why African Americans, poor and middle-class white folk, and other minority persons would vote Republican. There has to be some scientific explanation that doesn't involve the brain.--

Looking for a better world? Try improving yourself. Don't worry about the other guy, worry about you.--

Bush still wants to kill Saddam Hussein. I still don't understand why this wouldn't be considered murder?--

There are way too many attorneys: Luckily, mother nature has a way of dealing with species that become a nuisance. I understand she's turning them into toad-stools.--

They're practically giving away cars: No money down, $99 over invoice, no finance charges, $3,000 rebate. How dumb do they think we are? They would have us believe they're in business to give these things away. Don't let this spin doctor nonsense deter you from offering 10-15% below sticker price. Then, after securing that price, ask for the rebate or zero percent financing, or whatever else you want to make part of the deal. This strategy will elevate you to the ranks of getting only moderately screwed.--

To brick or not to brick, that was the question: Since the answer was yes, I think we, the financiers of the Seminary Street Brick Fiasco, should now demand that the street be closed. Rather than a green space, this would have a brick place, for us to sit and talk, play checkers and chess, rub one another's backs, read books like Stupid White Men (seemingly very appropriate), give job opportunities to street entertainers like musicians, jugglers, escape artists, and hire some pan-handlers and maybe a couple prostitutes, so we can look like the big city we so desperately try to emulate. Some of the owners are opposed to this, but screw 'em like they screwed us. Fair is fair. We paid for it, we use it the way we want. Isn't that a democracy? Ah, the sweet smell of capitalism. Besides, if we don't get a lot of use out of all those bricks, someone might just call this project a selfish, arrogant misuse of taxpayer dollars. A scam. A faux pas. Another downtown gaffe. And we don't need a scandal like that in Galesburg. Not now.--

The Democrats in Washington are sorry excuses for Democrats. Gephardt, Lieberman, Daschle, Kerry, Feinstein, Clinton. They all voted for a preemptive attack on Iraq. They all have presidential hopes and don't want to arouse the suspicion in anyone that they might be anti American, or soft on terrorism. Listen to their Republican-learned words and you'll only become angry. Hopefully, angry enough to mobilize against them and toss them out with their Republican role models.

Uploaded to The Zephyr website November 5, 2002

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