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Helmet Cam

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I just bought a HD helmet camera from Amazon for $300. Such stuff was not dreamed of even 10 years ago. It does an hour of HD video and audio on a 2 GB chip and recharges when you connect it to your computer. It weighs in at about four ounces. If you have a couple of twist ties you can mount it anywhere.

When I started in the journalism business, we filed stories on teletypes that communicated at 110 baud – about a character a second. All the photos had to be driven to the plant.

The first thing they taught you is that you have to have both sides. This is corporate for not getting sued. It has nothing to do with the facts.

Now we are in a position where we have to have a Republican to answer a Democrat on every issue.

Democrat: Everyone should have health care.

Republican: Yada, yada, some kind of lie about Stalin or something.

Here are the facts. Everyone should have health care. Everyone should have a job, unless they are retired, and everyone should have a home.

Nobody needs a yacht. Nobody needs a room in their house called a library if they get the books from Goodwill and don’t read any of them.

Nobody needs a shooting gallery in their home. Trust me, I know people who have them.

Nobody needs bathrooms they don’t visit. I know people who don’t even know how many bathrooms they have.

Can you imagine?

I grew up with one bathroom for four people. I watched my father fart on the way to it, and you better not be in line. He jumped it.

We can no longer afford the rich. We need a major tax on inheritance. Something like 90 percent.

We need the money. Can you imagine how much we will need when global warming kicks in? Katrina will look small.

Start thinking about this. It has to pass Congress and if you keep electing people from the Chamber of Commerce you are never going to get there.

It is real simple. They eat oysters and you die, or we decide to live.


Written by Charles Keefer

October 14, 2009 at 12:02 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. YES, EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE HEALTH CARE_______HOWEVER, you should be able to have a job IF, AND ONLY IF you are qualified for that job-you are not OWED a job just because you exist, you should be able to obtain SHELTER, if it be a house or an apartment should depend on IF you can afford it from what you make on your JOB–(YOU should not be OWED A HOME) the JOB should NOT be– making a living defrauding the government , so that people who work hard getting where they are pay your way. Parents do not owe their children anything except, food, clothing, shelter, and love. The government OWES it’s people (US citizens) HEALTH CARE, truth,fairness in law and civil liberties, and safety within our lands,
    where do we take responsibility for what we do?


    October 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

  2. No inheritance or a cut-off above a certain amount? Are you ready to go back to work then?

    Carol K

    October 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm

  3. Carol K

    Of course there is a certain minimum. Say the one we already have – $2 million.

    Anything above that is taxed at 90 percent.

    We could be even easier. Say 10 million.

    The point is that the top 1 percent have so many millions because of the changes in the tax structure over the last 40 years that it really doesn’t matter.

    Nobody should inherit more than, say, 10 million.

    Am I ready to go back to work.

    I’m not sure that I’m not doing that already. Getting this conversation going in public is more than I could do when I was working.


    October 16, 2009 at 9:21 pm

  4. My friend Bev is a nurse. When she says everyone should have health care, she is talking from experience. And when she says everyone should have a job, but only a job they are qualified for, she is talking from hard experience.

    We have all worked in situations where some people we know are not qualified for the jobs they hold. In her situation, those people cost lives. In my situation, they only ruined an industry and cost thousands of jobs.

    When she says our government owes us truth, fairness in law and civil liberties and safety, she also is right.

    Our government is not good at that.

    One thing we could do that would make it better is take money out of politics. Public funding for elections would make it better almost instantly.

    Years ago the Supreme Court said that a corporation has the same right as a citizen in politics. A corporation can say anything it wants and it can contribute money as it wants. Years ago the government said that you if you are a news channel, you no longer have to give the other side equal time.

    Thus we have Fox News and wingnut radio.

    We cannot afford this shit.

    Years ago the major media decided that, rather than be sued, they would give each side equal coverage. It didn’t matter that one side was lying.

    We can no longer afford this.

    Universal health care was originally proposed by Teddy Roosevelt more than 100 years ago. I think public funding for elections was proposed more than 50 years ago.

    I know now that we need our representatives to be working for us, not for special interests who pay for their re-election.

    And I can’t understand why more people don’t get it.


    October 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm

  5. To Chuck’s final point — “And I can’t understand why more people don’t get it” — I would quote Walt Kelly’s Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Bill Maher summed it up best in one of his “New Rule” essays. (Link below).

    Scott Campbell

    October 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm

  6. I love Bill Maher.

    You know, not physically.

    I don’t find him that attractive.

    I’d take Cher before him.

    I dream about Meg Ryan.

    But if there was a guy I would really like to sit down with and have a beer, it would be Bill Maher.

    I think it would be funnier than even Michael Moore.

    And it would be safer than having a beer with Barack Obama and some Boston cop.

    If I had any dope, I’d call him up.

    Just kidding, folks.

    Isn’t that his line?

    Charles Keefer

    October 19, 2009 at 10:50 pm

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