Letter to America


Max Coutinho
Av. Da República nº 9, 14º andar
1600-205 Lisboa
Portugal
Tel: 351 98 293 06 09



26th of October, 2008


Dear United States of America,

It is with great joy that I pen down this missive to you, which I hope it finds you enjoying of good wealth health (please, do pardon my temporarily lack of sensibility; I am quite aware of the economic & financial constraints you are experiencing right now… and if there is something that I can do for you, and yours, please do not hesitate to request for our aid – times are harsh on everybody, but what are friends for?).

I have been receiving news about the upcoming Presidential elections there: you must be tremendously excited about it! I also learned that for the very first time you are having a black candidate…oops; pardon my European nature once again; I meant Afro-American candidate (although I do not understand why you insist on designating Black people nés [1] in your country as Afro…darling, they are not African, they don’t even behave like Africans! *Sigh* it seems to me that you need to stop labelling people according to the melanin levels in their skin : it is so tiresome!)…anyway, I must say that this represents a huge social advance: I am so proud of you, dear!
It was not too long time ago (more or less 40 years, I believe) when you experienced serious Human Rights issues, when you insisted that only Caucasians were competent enough to participate in the designs of the nation; that Black people served only to serve...but let’s not linger on your stark past, you repented and now you are trying to do the right thing – well done *wink*!

Last week, I had tea with Angela Dorothea and she told me about a political lady (although this was not exactly the title she used when referring to her) from Alaska, of whom she spoke harshly: it seems like she is a bit of a half wit (the interviews she gives are the latest laughing stock here in Europe, for she doesn’t seem to understand the questions asked to her, and when she proposes herself to reply any it is never quite related to the subject at hand; she possesses little culture, poor thing; and the latest gaffe is her lack of notion of what the term “pre-conditions” means); there are rumours that she is involved in several scandals (I even found an interesting blog whose author took the time to make a summary of her public derailment); she defends that creationism should be taught in schools; and she is quite adverse to scientific progress...tell me, is this true? Is it possible to have such a political candidate in your universe?

You do know how much I admire you, darling! Your life style has contaminated the whole world - over consumerism, leasing, credit cards debt; you turned getting fat into an International Fashion Show – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut; you put information on the hands on the entire world – Microsoft, Google, Internet Explorer, Chrome, iPhone.

Before leaving, I’d like to tell you to stand proud, for despite all your flaws you are still the example of a true democracy and the world’s number one potency [but if you don’t vote properly; on November 4; you will put in risk your hegemony]!

Sincerely Yours,
Max Coutinho


I now strongly encourage you to read the Missive to America of a person that I vehemently endorse: LS!


[1] Nés: French verb in the participle tense, gender: masculine, form: plural; signifying “born”.

Comments

  1. Maximus…..

    I begin with congratulations for a truly Euro epistle….you have wonderful élan!

    You start with your reply to info….
    Max Coutinho
    Av. Da República nº 9, 14º andar
    1600-205 Lisboa
    Portugal
    Tel: 351 98 293 06 09

    …but of course they all already have that info celebrity Blogger….


    You continue….
    Dear United States of America,

    I respond….
    How comfortable yet formal….

    You continue….
    It is with great joy that I pen down this missive to you, which I hope it finds you enjoying of good wealth health (please, do pardon my temporarily lack of sensibility; I am quite aware of the economic & financial constraints you are experiencing right now… and if there is something that I can do for you, and yours, please do not hesitate to request for our aid – times are harsh on everybody, but what are friends for?).

    I respond….
    It is amazing how you carried that thru so well in one sentence! Well the US may not ask for your help but Canada would be happy if you would buy some oil, uranium and Canadian dollars! Our economy will actually weather the storm comparatively well as we have a low national debt (thanks Preston Manning) with no deficit spending, and our banking system is excellent (one of the very best). However we do like to sell our resources so it would be nice if everybody else had some money to buy things. A rise in fuel costs would be great!!!

    You continue….
    …..for the very first time you are having a black candidate…oops; pardon my European nature once again; I meant Afro-American candidate (although I do not understand why you insist on designating Black people nés [1] in your country as Afro…darling, they are not African, they don’t even behave like Africans! *Sigh* it seems to me that you need to stop labelling people according to the melanin levels in their skin : it is so tiresome!)…anyway, I must say that this represents a huge social advance: I am so proud of you, dear!

    I respond….
    As I don’t think of labelling myself by my race or family roots it is hard for me to relate to labelling myself with race. I would hope people are more interested in my ideas and content of my character than my white skin color….

    What I find very interesting is the many people that are choosing to vote for Obama because he is black not because of his ideas (I find this is true of many white and black people, African Americans if somebody prefers). For example recently a Howard Stern media crew went into Harlem and interviewed black people they presented the various policy presentations from the election but they switched who they were from, they said McCain’s ideas were Obama’s and vice versa yet ALL of the people they interviewed said Obama’s ideas were best but in fact they were actually McCain’s ideas!! They also supported Obama’s choice of Palin as VP!!!! One fellow was also mixed up the other way around! LOL Should people vote based upon race or gender? I would say no.

    Here is a link to the interviews….it is very humorous (there is profanity as it is Howard Stern):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5p3OB6roAg

    You continue….
    It was not too long time ago (more or less 40 years, I believe) when you experienced serious Human Rights issues, when you insisted that only Caucasians were competent enough to participate in the designs of the nation; that Black people served only to serve...but let’s not linger on your stark past, you repented and now you are trying to do the right thing – well done *wink*!

    I respond….
    That was no question a sad time in US history (to put it very mildly)….I personally know white people in the US that are voting for Obama because they feel guilty about this history of their nation…Yet to vote for somebody because they are black is to me just as bad as voting for somebody because they are white…Personally over the course of the 3 past Canadian federal elections I have voted for an East Indian Canadian female not because of her race or gender but because I felt she was the best qualified candidate…

    You continued….
    Last week, I had tea with Angela Dorothea and she told me about a political lady (although this was not exactly the title she used when referring to her) from Alaska, of whom she spoke harshly: it seems like she is a bit of a half wit (the interviews she gives are the latest laughing stock here in Europe, for she doesn’t seem to understand the questions asked to her, and when she proposes herself to reply any it is never quite related to the subject at hand; she possesses little culture, poor thing; and the latest gaffe is her lack of notion of what the term “pre-conditions” means); there are rumours that she is involved in several scandals (I even found an interesting blog whose author took the time to make a summary of her public derailment); she defends that creationism should be taught in schools; and she is quite adverse to scientific progress...tell me, is this true? Is it possible to have such a political candidate in your universe?

    I respond…..
    What kind of tea? As in Angela Dorothea Merkel the German Chancellor? LOL Well Obama is going to have to wait on hold on the phone for a LONG time if as he says he upon winning the election the first thing he is going to do is phone the “president of Canada”!! LOL LOL Ottawa will have to run around trying to find a president! LOL But we do have a Prime Minister! It must be all that foreign experience he has with the number 1 US trading partner! LOL

    Palin has her issues but you are mischaracterizing her position on creationism in schools, she said she thought creation would be a healthy conversation for kids to have at school along side evolution but she never moved to change this in Alaska and never said it should be part of the science classes. Since evolution cannot explain the start of life that area is an interesting and helpful area to explore in school…

    As for the scientific progress I am not sure where that has come from she did champion a state of the art pipeline from Alaska into Canada the largest most sophisticated project in North American history with the largest company in the world in this field (a Canadian company) that will use innovative technology for the project…She is pro-life with a Down Syndrome child and some people have said she must be against science for choosing to give birth to such a child but I see her in a positive light in this area because of such a choice…

    You continued….
    You do know how much I admire you, darling! Your life style has contaminated the whole world - over consumerism, leasing, credit cards debt; you turned getting fat into an International Fashion Show – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut; you put information on the hands on the entire world – Microsoft, Google, Internet Explorer, Chrome, iPhone.

    I respond…..
    Oh SLAM!!! “Contaminated” it will be interesting to see if some of your US guests have guilt feelings about their nations influence…

    You continued….
    Before leaving, I’d like to tell you to stand proud, for despite all your flaws you are still the example of a true democracy and the world’s number one potency [but if you don’t vote properly; on November 4; you will put in risk your hegemony]!

    I respond….
    The US still has its flaws in democracy as their system has some troublesome quirks but it works quite well…


    You continued….
    I now strongly encourage you to read the Missive to America of a person that I vehemently endorse: LS!

    I respond….
    Excellent! Are you trying to sign a multimillion dollar endorsement deal here? LOL

    Loved it Max!

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  2. You know I really like your thoughts, ideas and reflection on things and this was no exception. Coming from Norway, I find the American campaign a bit strange. So much focus on the candidates, so you can's see or hear or understand their politic point of view.

    Another thing is how they blur the parties politic statements, as if Republicans (or Democrats for that matter) change from election to election.

    To me its kind of fragmented and very 'at this very day' kind of politic and less continuenty.

    Btw: Sorry I haven't been around for a while - autumn is a very busy season.

    Wishing you a great end to your week :-)

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  3. Max, I was about to write something defensive, but then you mentioned American exports like McDonalds, Coca-Cola ... You didn't mention Hollywood, but the list reminded me. All I could do was hang my head in shame.

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  4. LSus, hello :D!

    "I begin with congratulations for a truly Euro epistle….you have wonderful élan!"

    Why, thank you, my North American friend *bowing*!

    "…but of course they all already have that info celebrity Blogger…."

    LOL LOL so you mean they fell for it? Excellent!!! LOL LOL...

    "How comfortable yet formal…."

    It is XIXth century style LOL!

    "It is amazing how you carried that thru so well in one sentence! Well the US may not ask for your help but Canada would be happy if you would buy some oil, uranium and Canadian dollars!"

    Thank you, LS *bowing*! LOL LOL LOL We will give some serious thought to Canada's business proposal - give me a few days to meet with my staff, and then I'll be back to you on this one.

    "Our economy will actually weather the storm comparatively well as we have a low national debt (thanks Preston Manning) with no deficit spending, and our banking system is excellent (one of the very best). However we do like to sell our resources so it would be nice if everybody else had some money to buy things. A rise in fuel costs would be great!!!"

    Well done, Canada! Well, you speak under the perspective of a oil-selling country (or perhaps an oil boroker lol), but I wonder if the regular consumer would feel the same way...

    "As I don’t think of labelling myself by my race or family roots it is hard for me to relate to labelling myself with race. I would hope people are more interested in my ideas and content of my character than my white skin color…"

    ROFL....well said, LS *clap clap clap*! As for me, I can tell you that I couldn't care less of your white, yellow, brown skin colour either...
    I like your ideas (even when you set the whole place on fire LOL) and the content on your character seems to be of excellent quality *bowing*!

    "What I find very interesting is the many people that are choosing to vote for Obama because he is black not because of his ideas (I find this is true of many white and black people, African Americans if somebody prefers)."

    I find it sad, really! What kind of a reason is that to vote for a candidate?
    Robert Mugabe convinced the Zimbabweans that he was the best leader for Zimbabwe because he was black and was going to chase the white thieves off their country, and look where it is now *nodding*!

    "For example recently a Howard Stern media crew went into Harlem and interviewed black people they presented the various policy presentations from the election but they switched who they were from, they said McCain’s ideas were Obama’s and vice versa yet ALL of the people they interviewed said Obama’s ideas were best but in fact they were actually McCain’s ideas!!"

    How sad is that? But that reminds me of the Portuguese people...whenever we go to elections, people here vote for the candidate they sympathise the most (or for the candidate belonging to X or Y party), they don't vote for the best candidate the country needs at the time.

    "They also supported Obama’s choice of Palin as VP!!!! One fellow was also mixed up the other way around!"

    Now that is definitely sad!!!

    "LOL Should people vote based upon race or gender? I would say no."

    I utterly agree with you!

    "I personally know white people in the US that are voting for Obama because they feel guilty about this history of their nation…"

    Another sad reason to vote for someone...

    "Yet to vote for somebody because they are black is to me just as bad as voting for somebody because they are white…"

    Once again, I totally agree.

    "Personally over the course of the 3 past Canadian federal elections I have voted for an East Indian Canadian female not because of her race or gender but because I felt she was the best qualified candidate…"

    And that is the way it should be!
    Tell me, in all your honesty, if hypothetically governor Palin would run for an office in Canada, would you vote for her?

    "What kind of tea? As in Angela Dorothea Merkel the German Chancellor? LOL"

    Likungu tea, very good! LOL yes, the one and only LOL...

    "Well Obama is going to have to wait on hold on the phone for a LONG time if as he says he upon winning the election the first thing he is going to do is phone the “president of Canada”!! LOL LOL Ottawa will have to run around trying to find a president! LOL But we do have a Prime Minister! It must be all that foreign experience he has with the number 1 US trading partner! LOL"

    When will you ever forgive (and specially forget) that innocent gaffe? Of course, if we are going to talk about real political gaffes let's refer to Senator McCain's "How can we bring pressure on the Government of Somalia?" when he meant Sudan (but since Somalia is also a delicate political issue, you can certainly imagine the serious diplomatic implications of this gaffe)...

    "Palin has her issues but you are mischaracterizing her position on creationism in schools, she said she thought creation would be a healthy conversation for kids to have at school along side evolution but she never moved to change this in Alaska and never said it should be part of the science classes. Since evolution cannot explain the start of life that area is an interesting and helpful area to explore in school…"

    LS, she did say in 2006 (in a gubernatorial debate) that she had no objection to both evolutionism and creationism being taught in school; and then, after it raised a commotion she came back to clarify "I don’t think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum" but only after it raised a slight preocupation that she'd want to bring "religion" into the school system.

    "As for the scientific progress I am not sure where that has come from she did champion a state of the art pipeline from Alaska into Canada the largest most sophisticated project in North American history with the largest company in the world in this field (a Canadian company) that will use innovative technology for the project…"

    I suppose you didn't watch her policy speech last week, did you? She said, "You've heard about some of these pet projects they really don't make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not,"
    I assume she hasn't bothered to do some research on fruit fly studies (those silly-money-sucking-scientists): this type of fly is used as models for aging, neural disease, cancer, it helped identifying the genes that are affected by prescribed drugs (that cause birth defects) etc...
    Not to mention her being against stem-cell research "But here again, with a Pro-life position, and its interesting that so many questions revolve around this centeredness I have of respecting life and the potential of every human life, but no, stem-cell research would ultimately end in destruction of life. I couldn’t support (it)."
    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/09/12/1387738.aspx
    I wonder what will she say, if one day science discovers a way to "fix" the Down syndrome....

    Now, I don't defend that science answers all the questions, cause it doesn't; but it can't be denied the huge benefits it brought to the whole world.

    "She is pro-life with a Down Syndrome child and some people have said she must be against science for choosing to give birth to such a child but I see her in a positive light in this area because of such a choice…"

    Being Pro-Life and having a Down Syndrome child doesn't make her the perfect Rep. VP candidate; it only makes her a courageous person.
    Still, she has an issue with science.

    "Oh SLAM!!! “Contaminated” it will be interesting to see if some of your US guests have guilt feelings about their nations influence…"

    LOL LOL I don't think they should! The world chose to be "contaminated", it was their choice.

    "The US still has its flaws in democracy as their system has some troublesome quirks but it works quite well…"

    As I always say: as long as it works properly; which seems to be the case.
    Their democracy is much better than most I know...

    "Excellent! Are you trying to sign a multimillion dollar endorsement deal here? LOL"

    LOL LOL would you be up for it? LOL...

    "Loved it Max!"

    Thanks, LS; I am so glad you did, dear :D!

    And thanks a million for this amazing, fantastic, marvellous comment *bowing*! :D

    Cheers

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  5. Hey Renny :D!

    "You know I really like your thoughts, ideas and reflection on things and this was no exception. Coming from Norway, I find the American campaign a bit strange. So much focus on the candidates, so you can's see or hear or understand their politic point of view."

    Thank you, dear *bowing*! Yes, the media manipulates these elections in a very odd way: it seems like a circus, doesn't it? As if the elections were some sort of entertainment *nodding*...
    In this sense Europeans cover their elections in a more serious way (and do not get lost in silly details)!

    "Another thing is how they blur the parties politic statements, as if Republicans (or Democrats for that matter) change from election to election."

    True; the media makes it seem like there isn't any consistency in partisan platform; but it isn't so.

    "Btw: Sorry I haven't been around for a while - autumn is a very busy season."

    It is quite all right, Renny :)! Just know that whenever you drop by, you are extremely welcome *bowing*!

    "Wishing you a great end to your week :-)"

    Thank you! I gather you had an excellent one too!

    Renny, thanks for having dropped by and sharing your thoughts with us :D!

    Cheers

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  6. Hello Looney :D!

    "Max, I was about to write something defensive, but then you mentioned American exports like McDonalds, Coca-Cola ... You didn't mention Hollywood, but the list reminded me."

    LOL I can imagine! Great exports if I may add (in a sense of how successful they were in penetrating the world market)!
    Oh yeah, I seem to have forgotten about Hollywood, what a gaffe: pardon me, Looney!

    "All I could do was hang my head in shame."

    Oh no, don't...raise your head high! The US is a magnificent country, that is trying hard to adjust to the 21st century challenges (and I bet it will succeed) :D!

    Looney, thank you so much for comment, and remember: stand proud :D!

    Cheers

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  7. This is an interesting letter, Max! I enjoyed reading it thoroughly. I think I still experience jet lag. Still feeling quite groggy...I should start looking for a training place, but I think I'll do it later when I feel better he he he...

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  8. very interesting letter, i just hope a lot of americans will get to read this. it's true that they have great influence around the world, and the philippine economy depends on them, so i just hope they vote wisely.

    i hope you're having a great week ;)
    *hugs*

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  9. Look who's back!!!

    Hey, Amel :D!

    How are you, gorgeous?

    "This is an interesting letter, Max! I enjoyed reading it thoroughly. I think I still experience jet lag. Still feeling quite groggy...I should start looking for a training place, but I think I'll do it later when I feel better he he he..."

    Why, thank you!! I am glad you liked it!
    lol poor thing...go and have a rest :D! Nice to see you're back though!

    Thanks for having dropped by, girl!

    Cheers

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  10. Hey Liza :D!

    "very interesting letter, i just hope a lot of americans will get to read this. it's true that they have great influence around the world, and the philippine economy depends on them, so i just hope they vote wisely."

    Thank you, darling :D!
    I think half, if not the entire world, depend on them, on their wealth.
    Me too, darling, me too!

    "i hope you're having a great week ;)"

    I am having a terrific start of the week, yes; thanks ;)!

    Thanks for having dropped by and shared your thoughts with us, dear!

    *Hugs*

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  11. Dear United States of America,

    “It is with great joy that I pen down this missive to you, which I hope it finds you enjoying of good wealth health (please, do pardon my temporarily lack of sensibility; I am quite aware of the economic & financial constraints you are experiencing right now… and if there is something that I can do for you, and yours, please do not hesitate to request for our aid – times are harsh on everybody, but what are friends for?).”

    “Temporary Lack of Sensibility “

    - Ouch


    “I have been receiving news about the upcoming Presidential elections there: you must be tremendously excited about it! I also learned that for the very first time you are having a black candidate…oops; pardon my European nature once again; I meant Afro-American candidate (although I do not understand why you insist on designating Black people nés [1] in your country as Afro…darling, they are not African, they don’t even behave like Africans! *Sigh* it seems to me that you need to stop labelling people according to the melanin levels in their skin: it is so tiresome!)…anyway, I must say that this represents a huge social advance: I am so proud of you, dear!”

    - We are SO politically Correct it hurts, however, that will not change even if we (and I hope we do) have a black president.


    “It was not too long time ago (more or less 40 years, I believe) when you experienced serious Human Rights issues, when you insisted that only Caucasians were competent enough to participate in the designs of the nation; that Black people served only to serve...but let’s not linger on your stark past, you repented and now you are trying to do the right thing – well done *wink*!”

    - Very sore and shameful part of Americas past.


    “Last week, I had tea with Angela Dorothea and she told me about a political lady (although this was not exactly the title she used when referring to her) from Alaska, of whom she spoke harshly: it seems like she is a bit of a half wit (the interviews she gives are the latest laughing stock here in Europe, for she doesn’t seem to understand the questions asked to her, and when she proposes herself to reply any it is never quite related to the subject at hand; she possesses little culture, poor thing; and the latest gaffe is her lack of notion of what the term “pre-conditions” means); there are rumours that she is involved in several scandals (I even found an interesting blog whose author took the time to make a summary of her public derailment); she defends that creationism should be taught in schools; and she is quite adverse to scientific progress...tell me, is this true? Is it possible to have such a political candidate in your universe?”

    - Does the word DESPERATION ring a bell. Mcain had to pull a rabbit out of his had, but instead he pulled a rabbit out of his ass. If Macain and Palin get into office, God help us.


    “You do know how much I admire you, darling! Your life style has contaminated the whole world - over consumerism, leasing, credit cards debt; you turned getting fat into an International Fashion Show – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut; you put information on the hands on the entire world – Microsoft, Google, Internet Explorer, Chrome, iPhone.”

    - Do I sense just a little sarcasm here?


    “Before leaving, I’d like to tell you to stand proud, for despite all your flaws you are still the example of a true democracy and the world’s number one potency [but if you don’t vote properly; on November 4; you will put in risk your hegemony]!”

    - You can say that again!!


    VERY nicely done, Just enough truth mixed in with a healthy does of sarcasm. The taste is both sweet and sour all at the same time. I just hope it stays down. I’ll let you know on November 4th.

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  12. Bravo Max! I love it! As for this family we are all voting black this year.

    My daughter was a state delegate for O'bama in Texas.

    You are so correct about the media. They have turned this entire thing into a joke.

    I simply don't listen to them. I listen to my inner being and start from there.

    My inner being keeps saying O'bama...O'bama...O'bama!!!!

    And to all of your other commentators please know that we average Americans are working very hard to bring about change.

    But it is an uphill battle for us too.

    But my new phrase is "Give me liberty or give me death." Oh I wish I knew which one of our great founding fathers said that. But, I can't remember at this moment.

    But I am living it and will continue to live it from this point forward.

    If it takes a revolution then perhaps that too may happen.

    But, my country has been stolen from me by wealthy, greedy, war mongering thieves. And I want it back!

    Thanks for the letter Max.:D

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  13. Hello Shinade….

    I noted in your comment that you were speaking to a wider audience than just Max so I thought I would respond….

    It was Patrick Henry that is attributed with the quote “What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

    I knew it was him that you were quoting but Googled to get more of the speech….I knew there was an “Almighty God” part to the speech…

    I’m Canadian and we have noted that one of the things planned to change is NAFTA….Obama said the first things he was going to do when elected was phone the president of Canada to “renegotiate”….of course we have a Prime Minister not a president but it is probably unfair of us to expect him to know this about the number 1 trading partner of the US…..is capitalism one of the things panned for change?

    By the way I don’t support either McCain or Obama not that it matters since I can’t vote…

    As a Canadian I want to thank you for supporting us in our mission in Afghanistan…liberty has a nice ring to it…

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  14. Lol, good one max, you know how much I love politics...... not, I missed an episode of the Office the other night because of some debate, that sucked.

    Well at least it's almost over,it's Nov 4....of this year right? I'm tired of all the mud slinging and down right nasty comments which is just par for the course in politics.

    I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if the US election process didn't seem to go on forever,lol. So in the end I hope they get who they want and the new couple whoever they are have some kind of long term space program and allocate NASA the funds they need to get to the Moon, then Mars.

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  15. Hi Shinade, LS & Max

    Shinade, since I have known you for well over a year, I thought that I would throw in my 2 cents. First, I totally support your position.

    Second, in regards to Livingsword.... try not to let him, but he will try and drive you up a wall. However, he is well informed, means well and is quite knowledgeable about most everything, and doesn't mind sharing that knowledge with whomever will listen. And one more thing, he LOVES to be challenged!

    LS, do I have that right?

    Oh, and Max, feel free to jump in, after all this is your site. (LOL)

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  16. Hi SlogBite, Shinade and Max…

    SB you are generous in your assessment of me I am not “quite knowledgeable about most everything” it is more like “mostly knowledgeable about everything” :) seriously my wife will hunt you down and stomp on you with her hiking boots (we don’t have guns we are Canadian) if you keep saying these things as I am sure I will become unbearable to live with…

    Shinade…SB is partially right but not about wanting to drive you up the wall (I actually like growing friendships for example Max and I are very different but do this simulblog together)…Max’s header says and I quote “Mind nourishing & Witty. Provocative. Weekly rendezvous to exchange thoughts. Step into the wit arena”. This opens up many avenues of conversation…

    Since you opened up your comment to everybody (and actually all comments are opened to those attending) by saying “And to all of your other commentators please know that we average Americans are working very hard to bring about change.” I saw that as an invitation to engage in dialogue plus I did supply the source of your quote…So then I thought I would ask some questions and pass along some thanks…

    SB…come to think of it my comment is pretty softball….

    …back to Shinade…you made an open political statement so I thought it was an interesting area to explore…and I am sure you can easily defend your position as you seem so very passionate about it…If a persons comment is clear they are just passing along a friendly hello no problem those are also nice…but if they seem to want to go deeper than deeper we can go…I thought you were signalling a willingness to go deeper so…but it appears by SB’s comment that I have perhaps offended you if this is so please accept my humble apology…*bowing*

    All that being said I find that challenging each others thoughts in the market place of ideas is something to be celebrated…I respect it when people can defend their ideas and ideals in a reasonable way…but they do not have to agree with me…I do enjoy being challenged…As a matter of fact I may even question an idea that a person states that I agree with…

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  17. LS,
    "but it appears by SB’s comment that I have perhaps offended you if this is so please accept my humble apology…"

    - Not at all. This was not a warning to Shinade and by no means did I mean to imply that you offended her. I just wanted to give her a quick synopsis of Livingsword.

    If that is how you read it, then I am the one to apologize to you.

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  18. SB,

    LOL Sorry I thought I better cover my bases in case I missed something between the lines….No need to apologize! But if you follow Max’s link to my Letter to America and leave a comment that would be nice….

    Did you garner your insights on me from my comments and articles or on info from Max? :)

    By the way if Max has not already told you I am joining Slogbite…

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  19. Hey Mel :D!

    "Ouch"

    LOL LOL...I hope it didn't hurt much *tender face*! lol

    "We are SO politically Correct it hurts, however, that will not change even if we (and I hope we do) have a black president."

    I know what you mean! And thanks for not using "Afro American"...I can't begin to tell you how much it annoys me *nodding*.
    I don't have issues with "Politically correct" but excessive usage of it, may make things offensive...

    "Very sore and shameful part of Americas past."

    Indeed, darling...indeed. But America is rising above itself, and it is a pleasant thing to witness.

    "Does the word DESPERATION ring a bell."

    LOL *ring, ring, ring* yes, it does ring LOL!

    "Mcain had to pull a rabbit out of his had, but instead he pulled a rabbit out of his ass. If Macain and Palin get into office, God help us."

    ROFL...! It wouldn't be the right choice for the US at the moment, that's for sure.
    But if governor Palin decides to go back to school, perhaps she can try again in a few years...

    "Do I sense just a little sarcasm here?"

    Absolutely not! I enjoy the American exports (I love Calvin Klein, Donna Karen, Microsoft, Google, Levi's, Dollars etc, etc)...it's just that, the world gained so much weight when adopting some of the US habits *nodding*...

    "You can say that again!!"

    Before leaving, I’d like to tell you to stand proud, for despite all your flaws you are still the example of a true democracy and the world’s number one potency [but if you don’t vote properly; on November 4; you will put in risk your hegemony]!

    "VERY nicely done, Just enough truth mixed in with a healthy does of sarcasm. The taste is both sweet and sour all at the same time. I just hope it stays down. I’ll let you know on November 4th."

    Why, thank you, Mel *bowing*! LOL I did try, buddy!
    It must stay down...but, yes, let me know next week! :D

    Mel, thank you so much for your input (you even managed to make me laugh, and we both know how hard that is lol) :D!

    Cheers

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  20. LS,
    I gathered my insights form our conversations, mostly.

    Please let me know if my insights are off base.

    BTW, should I add the categories as we had previously discussed?

    Further comments will be at your site, as requested......sorry Max

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  21. Hey Shinade :D!

    "Bravo Max! I love it! As for this family we are all voting black this year."

    Why, thank you, darling *bowing*! That is great, Shinade: Senator Obama is what the US needs right now!

    "My daughter was a state delegate for O'bama in Texas."

    She was part of the movement! If, God willing, Senator Obama wins she will be able to say that she was part of history.

    "You are so correct about the media. They have turned this entire thing into a joke."

    Yes, they have, which is a pity! The US media should adopt the European coverage method, it is much more serious...

    "I simply don't listen to them. I listen to my inner being and start from there."

    Amen to that, sister!

    "My inner being keeps saying O'bama...O'bama...O'bama!!!!"

    :D I hear you!

    "And to all of your other commentators please know that we average Americans are working very hard to bring about change."

    The Change You Need! :D

    "But it is an uphill battle for us too."

    I can imagine, darling! There are a lot of opposition forces, isn't it right?

    "But my new phrase is "Give me liberty or give me death." Oh I wish I knew which one of our great founding fathers said that. But, I can't remember at this moment."

    I Googled it (another greatest tool brought to us by the US): it was Patrick Henry!

    "But I am living it and will continue to live it from this point forward."

    *clap clap clap*!

    "If it takes a revolution then perhaps that too may happen."

    Really!? Do you think it would come to that?

    "But, my country has been stolen from me by wealthy, greedy, war mongering thieves. And I want it back!"

    Oh my God, you are raising in me the need to join a cause; a good cause!

    "Thanks for the letter Max.:D "

    You are welcome, darling! :D

    And I thank you for this amazing and inspirational comment: I loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  22. LS & Shinade;

    "It was Patrick Henry that is attributed with the quote “What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""

    Brilliant words, aren't they? It is because of speeches like these that sometimes I come to think that our times lack genuine causes to fight for! Can you imagine, LS; if you and I lived in this time? I would fight, you would write the speeches LOL!

    "I’m Canadian and we have noted that one of the things planned to change is NAFTA….Obama said the first things he was going to do when elected was phone the president of Canada to “renegotiate”….of course we have a Prime Minister not a president but it is probably unfair of us to expect him to know this about the number 1 trading partner of the US…..is capitalism one of the things panned for change?"

    LS, you are wearing that gaffe out!
    Anyway, NAFTA...if I recall well, Senator Obama said that there are some points of the agreement that need to be renegotiated, so did Senator H. Clinton; are they wrong?
    Our European agreements are always being renegotiated, and we don't feel bad nor scared by it!

    "By the way I don’t support either McCain or Obama not that it matters since I can’t vote…"

    No, your support doesn't count, you are right...however, for someone who doesn't support anyone you sure give the impression to lean over Senator McCain...

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  23. I must correct something that you said. It is not America that insists that the blacks be called "African Americans", but the blacks themselves. I personally don't call them "African American" because I don't call myself Eurasian American, nor do I call my Puerto Rican father in law "Latino American". We are all just Americans. I am white, they are black...it's just a color. I'm fine with them celebrating their heritage, but by defining themselves as "African American", they are furthering the stereotyping and segregation. They should refer to themselves as simply Americans.

    As for the election, I agree with a man I overheard at the grocery store. He said, "We will all be glad when this is over. We may not get the candidate or policies that we want, but at least we will know where we stand. Right now we are all under stress wondering and worrying." I'm just ready for the election to be over.

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  24. Hey Bob :D!

    "Lol, good one max, you know how much I love politics...... not, I missed an episode of the Office the other night because of some debate, that sucked."

    LOL thanks *bowing*! LOL Yes, I remember you telling me!

    "Well at least it's almost over,it's Nov 4....of this year right? I'm tired of all the mud slinging and down right nasty comments which is just par for the course in politics."

    LOL yes, Nov 4 of 2008. I understand you!

    "I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if the US election process didn't seem to go on forever,lol. So in the end I hope they get who they want and the new couple whoever they are have some kind of long term space program and allocate NASA the funds they need to get to the Moon, then Mars."

    LOL it is too long indeed! Bob, you have the spirit of an European, man - we can't stand extemely long election processes either.
    Well, VP Palin seems to be adverse to science, so pray that her campaign doesn't win. If she thinks that allocating money to fruit fly research is silly, I can only imagine what she won't think of NASA and humans going to Mars...

    Bob, thank you so much for your input: it is always interesting to hear your take on things :D!

    Cheers

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  25. Hi Mel, Shinada & LS,

    "Second, in regards to Livingsword.... try not to let him, but he will try and drive you up a wall. However, he is well informed, means well and is quite knowledgeable about most everything, and doesn't mind sharing that knowledge with whomever will listen. And one more thing, he LOVES to be challenged!"

    LOL LOL LOL....you have been studying him, eh Mel?

    "Oh, and Max, feel free to jump in, after all this is your site. (LOL)"

    LOL why, thank you for the invitation, darling LOL! I take it that when you guys were having this conversation, I was already sleeping LOL...but here I am now....

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  26. LS, Mel & Shinade,

    "SB you are generous in your assessment of me I am not “quite knowledgeable about most everything” it is more like “mostly knowledgeable about everything” :) seriously my wife will hunt you down and stomp on you with her hiking boots (we don’t have guns we are Canadian) if you keep saying these things as I am sure I will become unbearable to live with…"

    ROFL...*nodding*! But Mel wasn't exagerating, you are quite a walking encyclopedia, LS...and Bible too LOL.

    "Shinade…SB is partially right but not about wanting to drive you up the wall (I actually like growing friendships for example Max and I are very different but do this simulblog together)…Max’s header says and I quote “Mind nourishing & Witty. Provocative. Weekly rendezvous to exchange thoughts. Step into the wit arena”. This opens up many avenues of conversation…"

    LOL I am trying to picture LS driving anyone up the wall *picturing it*....Hmmm...he's got strength LOL!
    I love it when I hear my header being quoted LOL!

    "SB…come to think of it my comment is pretty softball…."

    This one, perhaps...

    "but if they seem to want to go deeper than deeper we can go…I thought you were signalling a willingness to go deeper so…but it appears by SB’s comment that I have perhaps offended you if this is so please accept my humble apology…*bowing*"

    I don't think that you offended whomsoever, LS...Shinade was simply sharing her political views, and she wanted to make clear that Americans (most of them) want change.

    "…As a matter of fact I may even question an idea that a person states that I agree with…"

    Oh, I know this so very well....

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  27. Hey Kbguy :D!

    I can understand where you are coming from!

    Thanks for having dropped by and shared your view, my friend :D!

    Cheers

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  28. LS & Mel,

    "LOL Sorry I thought I better cover my bases in case I missed something between the lines….No need to apologize! But if you follow Max’s link to my Letter to America and leave a comment that would be nice…."

    LOL LS, I like your style!

    "Did you garner your insights on me from my comments and articles or on info from Max? :)"

    Max is innocent!

    "By the way if Max has not already told you I am joining Slogbite…"

    *popping the bottle*....

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  29. Mel & LS,

    "Further comments will be at your site, as requested......sorry Max"

    No need to apologise...go, this is what Graffiti is for! Plus, Life on The Blade is one of the best places to have great discussions!

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  30. Hey D! :D

    "I must correct something that you said."

    Please do!

    "It is not America that insists that the blacks be called "African Americans", but the blacks themselves."

    Well, they are black Americans, thus part of America. And if white Americans perpetuate this silly labelling spree, then America insists on it.

    "I personally don't call them "African American" because I don't call myself Eurasian American, nor do I call my Puerto Rican father in law "Latino American". We are all just Americans. I am white, they are black...it's just a color. I'm fine with them celebrating their heritage, but by defining themselves as "African American", they are furthering the stereotyping and segregation. They should refer to themselves as simply Americans."

    I agree.

    "As for the election, I agree with a man I overheard at the grocery store. He said, "We will all be glad when this is over. We may not get the candidate or policies that we want, but at least we will know where we stand. Right now we are all under stress wondering and worrying." I'm just ready for the election to be over."

    I understand that gentleman so well. I am not there, I am not an American citizen, but I can't wait for the elections to be over too!

    D, thank you so very much for your most valuable comment, it is always a pleasure! :D

    Cheers

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  31. Oh my Max,
    It seems that I did get something started here.

    But please LS? (I think it is)...please know that I am not offended in anyway.

    I am not well versed in economics but I do know this one thing about our agreement with Canada.

    As it stands right now it is completely one sided in favor of your country.

    Example: My husband is a truck driver. He is only allowed by your country to deliver a load in and pick up one load and then come back to the U.S.

    Canadian drivers spend weeks and yes even months down here in the U.S. hauling loads all over our country. Thus taking away loads from American drivers.

    America does not maintain or adhere to NAFTA as your government does. We do not make your drivers leave our country after just one load.

    But Canada protects their drivers by forcing American drivers to drop off...pick up and leave.

    Perhaps this is an area where the trade agreement is indeed one sided in favor of your country.

    Therefore, if you guys are going to be so picky and tight about the rules, then perhaps we should also.

    After all, what's good for the goose is also good for the gander.

    America has been devastated economically by not enforcing NAFTA properly.

    While many countries including Canada have gained a great deal from it.

    So in my humble opinion it is time to take a fresh approach, have a new look around, and make some changes.

    We are on the same continent and it is imperative for all that we remain friends.

    But to be a good friend then we must share equally. And that is not taking place currently.

    So renegotiation seems the only reasonable option to me. Perhaps Canada will be more willing to be freer with her trading if America starts to enforce NAFTA correctly.

    As stated previously I only know how the current agreement has effected the American trucking industry. But, I also know by meeting and talking to many Canadian drivers that they are making a killing as the agreement stands now.

    I think all things should be tit for tat....so open your doors more to our drivers and perhaps we won't close ours to your drivers.

    Well that should be enough to keep this running for a while.

    I take nothing personally. This is merely a discussion and a good debate.

    LS, we may disagree but that's what a Democracy is all about. We can disagree and still be friends.

    Thank you SB for your gallantry. It was very kind of you. But, I can hold my own and no offense was taken.

    Max, thank you again for yet another thought provoking post. And the comments are wonderful.

    Have a great week all:D

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  32. Pleas excuse any duplicates Max. I am having problems with Blogger.

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  33. Shinade, darling,

    "It seems that I did get something started here."

    LOL thank heavens, you did :D!

    "But please LS? (I think it is)...please know that I am not offended in anyway."

    That is what I told him...but the floor is all yours...proceed...

    "Canadian drivers spend weeks and yes even months down here in the U.S. hauling loads all over our country. Thus taking away loads from American drivers."

    It seems to me that this needs to be renegotiated...

    "But Canada protects their drivers by forcing American drivers to drop off...pick up and leave."

    Hmmm...interesting! What is your defense, LS?

    "Perhaps this is an area where the trade agreement is indeed one sided in favor of your country."

    And perhaps, not the only area...

    "So in my humble opinion it is time to take a fresh approach, have a new look around, and make some changes."

    Indeed...

    "So renegotiation seems the only reasonable option to me. Perhaps Canada will be more willing to be freer with her trading if America starts to enforce NAFTA correctly."

    I say: renegotiate!

    "I take nothing personally. This is merely a discussion and a good debate."

    Absolutely! And you have brought an important point to the table, and a different perspective too.

    "We can disagree and still be friends."

    :D that is what LS is all about!

    "Max, thank you again for yet another thought provoking post. And the comments are wonderful."

    Shinade, you are welcome (in every sense of the expression)! And I thank you for your most valuable input *bowing*!

    "Have a great week all:D"

    Thanks, and you too, dear! :D

    Cheers

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  34. Dear Ms. Mad Max,

    On behalf of the United States Of America, we have turned your letter over to your press secretary, Alexys Fairfield.

    Hi Max,

    As your press secretary, I would like to say good for you speaking your mind and shame on you for being so honest. Don't believe the hype that honesty is the best policy - that in itself is a lie. The white house is very sensitive you know and they don't take too kindly to a hey rube. You cannot jeopardize your bid for the white house, it is still within your reach.

    You must be more like a puppet where you leave enough room for someone else's hand (agenda) to control your speech and physical movements. Once you get into the white house, it is a different thing. You can raise the roof. You can do what you want and join a long line of politicians with personal agendas. Do you know that the CIA already has a file on you? Not to worry, I have sent it to the shredder. It's a lot of paperwork.

    But until we get in there, we can't rewire the system. America likes to think of itself as being progressive and on the cutting edge of social reform. While I understand what you mean by designating all black people as African-Americans, Mr. Obama IS African-American. His father is from Kenya.

    I agree that we use too many labels. We have labels for everything. Labels, labels, labels. They are meaningless, but they are what we use to signify our own lack of understanding. Our whole world is based on color. America, especially loves it's colors.

    A brief summation: we have the red, white and blue; the power of the red states, the blue states, the white states and of course politician only care about the black states when they are running.

    We still have a seriously deep racial divide that seems to keep getting wider. What's black and white and red all over - America. The racial lines have always been drawn and many will tell you that they are not there, but they are. We even have two types of water - Whitewater or Blackwater?

    America has always been a water cooler subject, even a laughing stock, it's part of our "allure." We are like a tabloid headline that you can't get out of your mind. We are the rebellious stepchild that has lost his way. The party attendee intoxicated with our own arrogance; the one with the lampshade on our head at the end of the evening. We are used to it.

    That Alsakan governor, well she's just eye candy for the GOP. She is really an actress auditioning for a part on America's Next Top Politician. She is in the top 5. She spent $150,000 on a wardrobe and she wears nice shoes and specs. When Tina Fey retires from Saturday Night Live, Ms. Palin will take Tina' place.

    It is not that she is a half wit, it's just that "charming" accent. Much like people from the South are thought of as a certain way because of their accent.

    For some reason, this media darling has America cowering in fear. I assure you that she is just an actress, no need to fear. She is just following a script like all politicians.


    "You do know how much I admire you, darling! Your life style has contaminated the whole world - over consumerism, leasing, credit cards debt; you turned getting fat into an International Fashion Show – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut; you put information on the hands on the entire world – Microsoft, Google, Internet Explorer, Chrome, iPhone."

    I must agree with you on you acute observation. Simply brilliant.

    There is one aspect of the campaign that is deeply troubling. There have already been two assassination plots against Mr. Obama. The level of hate one must possess to want to kill another human being is what kills me and kills us all. What have we learned? That when someone doesn't agree with us - we kill them? That when someone is different from us - we kill them? That when someone speaks in a nation that is supposedly free - we kill them?

    We kill what we don't understand which still leaves us deep in the chasm of the racial divide.

    This is not America. It is a counterfeit. This is not America.

    Max-nificent commentary darling. Bravo. Kudos.

    Max-nificent America Cheers!

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  35. Max, LS, Shinade & Alexys,

    Shinade - You can hold your own with anyone. I know that and have always known that. Personally, I had no idea that NAFTA was so one sided in regards to trucking. Changes have to be made.

    Alexys, I beg to differ with you .... This is America. With freedom comes the freedom to hate. Remember, America is just a little more than 200 years old. We are just a baby. We still have a long way to go....I just hope we make it. Sometimes I wonder how the rest of the world, especially Europe, puts up with or arrogance.

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  36. "Dear Ms. Mad Max,
    On behalf of the United States Of America, we have turned your letter over to your press secretary, Alexys Fairfield."

    LOL LOL...thank you! I am sure she will get back to me!

    Hi Lady A :D!

    "As your press secretary, I would like to say good for you speaking your mind and shame on you for being so honest. Don't believe the hype that honesty is the best policy - that in itself is a lie. The white house is very sensitive you know and they don't take too kindly to a hey rube. You cannot jeopardize your bid for the white house, it is still within your reach."

    I know, I know...you are right *nodding*! But I didn't expect this letter to go public *nodding*!
    Yes, I will try to lack honesty, truth and sincerity. I will pretend that I love kissing little children, that I enjoy shaking every hand and smiling at everybody, I swear!
    We can win!

    "You must be more like a puppet where you leave enough room for someone else's hand (agenda) to control your speech and physical movements. Once you get into the white house, it is a different thing. You can raise the roof. You can do what you want and join a long line of politicians with personal agendas. Do you know that the CIA already has a file on you? Not to worry, I have sent it to the shredder. It's a lot of paperwork."

    ROFL...a puppet...yes.
    The CIA has a file on me? LOL LOL I knew I could count on you! Are you sure they didn't make a copy?

    "But until we get in there, we can't rewire the system. America likes to think of itself as being progressive and on the cutting edge of social reform. While I understand what you mean by designating all black people as African-Americans, Mr. Obama IS African-American. His father is from Kenya."

    I know that Senator Obama is one of the few African-Americans there, like Akon. But you know I sending a message (and we are lucky that I didn't get into the issue of who black Vs mixed)...although I will refrain myself from doing so until we get to the white house.

    "Our whole world is based on color. America, especially loves it's colors."

    I hear you! I noticed it particularly when Gucci opens its new store in NY: their collection was full of colour, my Lord *nodding*!

    "A brief summation: we have the red, white and blue; the power of the red states, the blue states, the white states and of course politician only care about the black states when they are running."

    OUCH!!! Well said though...

    "We even have two types of water - Whitewater or Blackwater?"

    Really? Two waters? What's the difference?

    "America has always been a water cooler subject, even a laughing stock, it's part of our "allure." We are like a tabloid headline that you can't get out of your mind. We are the rebellious stepchild that has lost his way. The party attendee intoxicated with our own arrogance; the one with the lampshade on our head at the end of the evening. We are used to it."

    Wow! Like I always say: there is nothing like inside information!! This is some butt kicking critique (pardon my French)!

    "That Alsakan governor, well she's just eye candy for the GOP. She is really an actress auditioning for a part on America's Next Top Politician. She is in the top 5. She spent $150,000 on a wardrobe and she wears nice shoes and specs. When Tina Fey retires from Saturday Night Live, Ms. Palin will take Tina' place."

    She is an actress after all? *Phew* what a relief!!! Ok, now I will be able to disregard everything she says.
    LOL yeah, I heard about her $150,000 bill...but yesterday she told us about her $35 wedding ring, that she bought herself (she told this in a rally - shocking)! Was she trying to sound progressive "I bought it to myself!"?
    LOL LOL LOL SNL is guaranteed, eh? LOL...

    "It is not that she is a half wit, it's just that "charming" accent. Much like people from the South are thought of as a certain way because of their accent."

    Oh, no...I love accents! A person may have a certain accent and still have a rich intellect; but once a candidate presents poor reasoning skills & is ill informed; and her aide comes publicly and states that the governor has issues with process questions...darling, it has nothing to do with her accent; it has to do with her "little grey cells"...

    "For some reason, this media darling has America cowering in fear. I assure you that she is just an actress, no need to fear. She is just following a script like all politicians."

    Oh, the problem is exactly that...she is off-script now!

    "I must agree with you on you acute observation. Simply brilliant."

    *Bowing* thank you :D!

    "There is one aspect of the campaign that is deeply troubling. There have already been two assassination plots against Mr. Obama."

    Yes, I have heard of it; it is sad *nodding*! I was waiting to see who would bring this up, and it had to be you, my darling, you never disappoint me *bowing*!

    "The level of hate one must possess to want to kill another human being is what kills me and kills us all. What have we learned? That when someone doesn't agree with us - we kill them? That when someone is different from us - we kill them? That when someone speaks in a nation that is supposedly free - we kill them?"

    Indeed *nodding*! That is not what America is about!

    "We kill what we don't understand which still leaves us deep in the chasm of the racial divide."

    Yes...

    "This is not America. It is a counterfeit. This is not America."

    You can say that again, sista!!!

    "Max-nificent commentary darling. Bravo. Kudos."

    Lady A, epharisto *bowing*!

    My precious Press Secretary, thank you so much for the "rebuke" and for this brilliant, magnificent and inspirational comment! With you by our side, we will win!

    The Land of the Free Cheers

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  37. Mel, LS, Shinade & Alexys,

    "Shinade - You can hold your own with anyone. I know that and have always known that. Personally, I had no idea that NAFTA was so one sided in regards to trucking. Changes have to be made."

    Hear! Hear!

    "Sometimes I wonder how the rest of the world, especially Europe, puts up with or arrogance."

    Europe puts up with your arrogance because Europe is an arrogant SOB (something that I love about both Europe and the US)...

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  38. Hi Shinade,

    My nickname is Livingsword but Madam Max started calling me LS about a year ago and it caught on, I like it as I know some people find the mention of a sword to be offensive…

    Its nice to talk with you….I respect the way you speak your mind as I try to do the same thing…

    I will preface my comment by telling you I do not support McCain or Obama…

    I have read the NAFTA agreement (and the prior agreement the Free Trade Agreement FTA) and am well versed in this area. I can tell you that NAFTA is very good for both countries; it is far superior to the way the European Union works by contrast.

    Both the US and Canada have grown many jobs into the millions each because of this deal, it has also grown wealth in both countries. It has unquestionably been a net positive for both the US and Canada, and we are your major trading partner for example supplying you with more oil than Saudi we are your number one supplier by far in that regard. Plus it is also good for Mexico although because of the corruption and popular animosity towards capital growth they have not been able to grow as they should….

    However as you said NAFTA is not perfect for example the Softwood Lumber Agreement has been contentious as some US lumber companies have tied us up in legalities for many years because we are more efficient and cost effective (we also pay our workers more partially because we have much higher taxes so the government gets a larger slice of the pie) AND because they are attacking other US companies that export from here to the US…NAFTA boards have now repeatedly 6+ times founds the US in violation of the agreement…of course this means higher housing costs in the US because our products are as good or better but those savings are not being allowed to be passed along to the US consumers…this has cost Canada billions of dollars (and hit my province of British Columbia hard) yet overall it is still a very good deal as there really are relatively few problems…

    Here is Obama on NAFTA:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LtbLEKHsi0

    The interesting thing about the Ohio auto comment is that Ontario is also blaming NAFTA for their auto issues but both sides of the boarder are suffering because the North American auto manufacturers are building lousy cars.

    The phrase “Use the hammer of a potential opt out as leverage…” is very interesting for a guy that says he is going to fix the US reputation abroad…(threatening to cancel is not renegotiations) If this is how he is going to deal with the US’s closest partner what will they offer to everybody else? By the way our environment standards are higher than most of the US…If the deal is cancelled by the US the advantages provided to you thru it in regards to oil and the huge amounts of electricity we sell you will also be renegotiated and many Canadians to the left will then want to use those as a hammer..

    The present Canadian government which is a minority Conservative government actually wanted to change Canadian law so that the situation you are speaking of with truckers would no longer be an issue but as a minority the Liberal and New Democratic Party oppositions combined to not allow this to happen.

    We just had our own election here in Canada and the New Democrat Party (NDP) which have a platform very similar to Obama came in fourth actually behind a Quebec separatist party…The NDP are also the ones wanting out of NAFTA so they can “hurt the US” (but they are a small minority party)…With Obama the US is moving more to the left than even Canada is willing to go…Very interesting..

    NAFTA is not the problem with the US economy if it was not for NAFTA the US would have been hit hard long ago…the reason the US is having problems is because both the Democrats and the Republicans have made a mess of things over the past 16 years under Clinton and Bush and under a Congress held by BOTH parties. Both sides in the US have done a very bad job and frankly neither party deserves the White House or Congress.

    As for change…change it is a nice slogan…it is ephemeral and can be negative if it is bad change. I have read Obama material, I have watched all of the debates, I follow the media closely and I still see no great innovative vision that can help pull the US out of the current situation…Not from Obama or McCain…

    Question: Do you support the war in Afghanistan?

    It is a pleasure to talk with you…please understand I love the US as you would see if you visit my version of Letter to America…

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  39. I am normally with LS, but this time I am going to firmly disagree!

    You see, our (America's) primary goal right now is to reenact the Great Depression. So far we have had a credit bubble pop while a Republican administration was in place - just like 1929. It seems that we are headed to a long period or single party control of the various institutions of government: academia, the media, courts, congress, white house ... like the 1930's. The two things missing are higher taxes and a repeat of the Smoot-Hawley trade protection act.

    Hence, renegotiating the NAFTA agreement is a key aspect of our current nostalgia for the 1930's. It really is mandatory! We must do it, whether it makes economic sense or not! While we are at it, we might even be able to emulate the culture wars that Spain experienced during the 30's. Hope! Change! Oprah!

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  40. Hey Looney…

    I think you make some valid points but the US economy is currently very different than in 1929. The allusion to the Spain’s culture war is an interesting point I had not considered!

    The US economic situation is almost entirely made in the USA. The US government debt is stratospheric never mind corporate or personal debt (of course state and municipal debt is also huge factor).

    I can’t imagine how horrible it must be to have been a good steward of personal money and purchased a home and worked diligently over the years to pay it off and then have your hard earned cash in the hands of the government used to bail out those who have been cavalier with their money….the fox guarding the hens…

    I would say…caveat emptor…with money and this election…

    Question: Would you say that it would be best that if Obama gets in that the Congress not be owned by the Dems or if McCain gets in it is best owned by the Dems?

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  41. Alexys…(Max you may also find this interesting)….

    Nice to see you…you should beam over to my place..

    You said;
    But until we get in there, we can't rewire the system. America likes to think of itself as being progressive and on the cutting edge of social reform. While I understand what you mean by designating all black people as African-Americans, Mr. Obama IS African-American. His father is from Kenya.

    I respond:
    He was born in the US….However we Canadians can out hyphenate anybody….LOL

    You said:
    I agree that we use too many labels. We have labels for everything. Labels, labels, labels.

    I respond:
    I agree that labels have their limitations but when correctly understood they can aid in understanding…they are simply like icons on your desktop, if the hard drive address is correct they work very well if not then trouble… :)

    Moving on…The racial situation in the States is sad…

    As for Palin…I would not be concerned about how the GOP spends their money but how the candidates plan to spend your money…(By the way I don’t like either Obama or McCain)…I think that Palin is far more than eye candy (hang on a second isn’t she a blogger?????) she seems to represent many more “Americans” than Joe…

    LOL Palin is not a media darling! LOL They hate her! LOL A woman that is pro-life is something they despise…Max would not have a chance…If anybody is the Media baby it is Obama…you would think he has cured cancer by his media attention…

    I agree with you that it is horrid that there have been assassination plans on Obama (it really is awful!). Do you feel the same about such things towards Bush? There have been two actual attempts one in Feb 2001 and another May 2005. Plus the movies, plays etc promoting such ideas…Others have also been caught in the planning stages…

    There is no doubt the US is in the midst’s of a tremendous battle of metanarratives…Interesting comment from you as always…

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  42. LS, what is best is hard to say. We could have a split Democratic congress - Republican White House, but this will just leave a failing, unreformed Republican party because McCain isn't part of America's center-right mainstream. He is the Republican's candidate because the MSM painted him as a man of principle. He calls himself a maverick. It is probably more accurate just to say that he is a loose cannon.

    For the Republicans to reform, we need to give the entire government over to the paleo-leftists that Obama represents. Damned if you do. Damned if you don't.

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  43. Max & Mel,

    Max, you have spurred another heated debate.

    Mel, I know what you mean. Unfortunately hating is a civil liberty that needs to be rescinded. It has no redeeming value. It is a soulless act. I know that America is still wet behind the ears, but we have to be taught the correct usage of respecting our fellow man. A little love goes a long way. I hope we make it too.

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  44. Regarding hate, I thought y'all might like to consider a related formal study which is reported on here. Every group has its psychos, but in general, people who are happy aren't consumed by hate, and people who are angry are more likely to be afflicted by hate.

    Of course we do have a bit of "you don't share my values, therefore you hate me" style rhetoric going on, but this is just childish.

    But what do y'all think? Is it good to have angry people governing?

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  45. Dear United States,

    Please do not be so negative about your country, stop hating your country. It is a wonderful place with wonderful people…

    When the politicians let you down remember your roots read your Declaration of Independence, read your Constitution…don’t let it drown you if style seems to win over substance or when charisma fails in reality… because the “American Idea” is still the best among nations…

    We need you to succeed but please do not try to emulate Canada or Europe or any other country we need you to be you! Your founding fathers did not look just within but also without to the world around them so please don’t now enter one of your dormant inward looking protectionist phases…There is a reason why a bunch of Brits achieved such immense success in “America” when it could not be achieved in Britain…and those reasons are as true today as they were then…

    Sincerely,

    Livingsword

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  46. Hi Max, I see that you’ve come out with all guns blazing on this one, and I’m sure you’ve hit the target on many of the contentious issues within the USA right now.

    With the election coming up, I hope and pray the voters get it right on the night. Why? The world depends on you know who coming up trumps!

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  47. Hi Max,

    "I know, I know...you are right *nodding*! But I didn't expect this letter to go public *nodding*!"

    Everything you do is public. You must get used to it. You are a public figure now since your hat has been tossed in the white house ring.

    "Yes, I will try to lack honesty, truth and sincerity. I will pretend that I love kissing little children, that I enjoy shaking every hand and smiling at everybody, I swear!
    We can win!"

    Now you are getting the hang of it. Just be sure when you shake those hands that you accept the bribes in them.

    "The CIA has a file on me? LOL LOL I knew I could count on you! Are you sure they didn't make a copy?"

    Don't worry, they didn't make copies, it would have been too laborious.

    "I know that Senator Obama is one of the few African-Americans there, like Akon. But you know I sending a message (and we are lucky that I didn't get into the issue of who black Vs mixed)...although I will refrain myself from doing so until we get to the white house."

    Yes, you are right Mr. Obama and Mr. Akon are rare and we ARE lucky that you didn't break down the percentage of the color code. The white house will calm your spirit and cause you to hold your tongue. It will be perfect for you.

    "I hear you! I noticed it particularly when Gucci opens its new store in NY: their collection was full of colour, my Lord *nodding*!"

    See, I told you America loves colors and we really love Gucci.

    [Whitewater or Blackwater?]

    "Really? Two waters? What's the difference?"

    Whitewater is "bottled" by the Clintons and Blackwater, by the American government.

    The Whitewater controversy was an American political controversy that began with the real estate dealings of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates, Jim and Susan McDougal in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture in the 1970s and 1980s.

    U.S. security contractor Blackwater has been involved in at least 195 shooting incidents in Iraq since 2005 and, in eight of 10 cases, their forces fired first, State Department contractor Blackwater is under investigation for the shooting deaths of 11 Iraqis.

    Then there is Watergate. For some reason, American scandals involve water?

    "Wow! Like I always say: there is nothing like inside information!! This is some butt kicking critique (pardon my French)!"

    LOL. I like French.

    "She is an actress after all? *Phew* what a relief!!! Ok, now I will be able to disregard everything she says. LOL yeah, I heard about her $150,000 bill...but yesterday she told us about her $35 wedding ring, that she bought herself (she told this in a rally - shocking)! Was she trying to sound progressive "I bought it to myself!"?
    LOL LOL LOL SNL is guaranteed, eh? LOL..."

    Theatre Of The Absurd.

    "Oh, no...I love accents! A person may have a certain accent and still have a rich intellect; but once a candidate presents poor reasoning skills & is ill informed; and her aide comes publicly and states that the governor has issues with process questions...darling, it has nothing to do with her accent; it has to do with her "little grey cells..."

    I love accents too, especially Portuguese, Spanish, Brazilian, British, and Scottish, but some accents are like nails on the chalkboard.

    "Oh, the problem is exactly that...she is off-script now!"

    Did you hear the latest controversy? A Sarah Palin effigy is hanging by a noose in front of a West Hollywood home and the Secret Service is investigating it as a hate crime?

    "Yes, I have heard of it; it is sad *nodding*! I was waiting to see who would bring this up, and it had to be you, my darling, you never disappoint me *bowing*!"

    Thanks and you never disappoint me.

    "That is not what America is about!"

    They just uncovered a plot confirming the skinheads were planning to behead black people, including Obama; all while wearing white top hats and tuxedos. Bizarre.

    This is so America.

    "Tel: 351 98 293 06 09"

    I am so tempted to call that number.

    "My precious Press Secretary, thank you so much for the "rebuke" and for this brilliant, magnificent and inspirational comment! With you by our side, we will win!"

    Muito Obrigada my darling.

    We Will Win Cheers

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  48. Max, Mel, Shinade,

    "Europe puts up with your arrogance because Europe is an arrogant SOB (something that I love about both Europe and the US)..."

    Arrogance is the opiate of the masses.

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  49. LS,

    "Nice to see you…you should beam over to my place..."

    I would love too if I could just get your page to load.

    "He was born in the US….However we Canadians can out hyphenate anybody….LOL"

    LOL.

    "I agree that labels have their limitations but when correctly understood they can aid in understanding…they are simply like icons on your desktop, if the hard drive address is correct they work very well if not then trouble… :)"

    True. Labels only work to differentiate from the pack.

    "Moving on…The racial situation in the States is sad…"

    Very.

    "As for Palin…I would not be concerned about how the GOP spends their money but how the candidates plan to spend your money…(By the way I don’t like either Obama or McCain)…I think that Palin is far more than eye candy (hang on a second isn’t she a blogger?????) she seems to represent many more “Americans” than Joe…"

    I am not impressed with any candidates.

    "LOL Palin is not a media darling! LOL They hate her! LOL A woman that is pro-life is something they despise…Max would not have a chance…If anybody is the Media baby it is Obama…you would think he has cured cancer by his media attention…"

    I think they both (Obama & Palin) have been supersized by the media way too much.

    "Do you feel the same about such things towards Bush? There have been two actual attempts one in Feb 2001 and another May 2005. Plus the movies, plays etc promoting such ideas…Others have also been caught in the planning stages…"

    Yes, I feel the same about all 17 attempts to kill sitting and former presidents as well as presidents-elects. That is awful.

    "There is no doubt the US is in the midst’s of a tremendous battle of metanarratives…"

    No doubt.

    "Interesting comment from you as always…"

    Thanks.

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  50. Looney,

    Thanks for that link. It was very interesting. It's true that happy people are not full of hate.

    It is not good to have angry people governing - or driving.

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  51. Looney,

    I learned a lot from your last comment, for which I thank you! :D

    "Hope! Change! Oprah!"

    LOL LOL this was a good one! This reminded me of the video in LS' article...

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  52. LS & Alexys,

    "I agree with you that it is horrid that there have been assassination plans on Obama (it really is awful!). Do you feel the same about such things towards Bush? There have been two actual attempts one in Feb 2001 and another May 2005. Plus the movies, plays etc promoting such ideas…Others have also been caught in the planning stages…"

    The assassination plots against Bush were not designed because of the colour of his skin. That is what Alexys was trying to get at.

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  53. Alexys & Mel,

    "Max, you have spurred another heated debate."

    I am learning so much about the US! I am loving it :D!

    "Mel, I know what you mean. Unfortunately hating is a civil liberty that needs to be rescinded. It has no redeeming value. It is a soulless act. I know that America is still wet behind the ears, but we have to be taught the correct usage of respecting our fellow man. A little love goes a long way. I hope we make it too."

    Hating is more of a spiritual prison than liberty.
    Hear! Hear! *clap clap clap*

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  54. Hi Looney!

    "Of course we do have a bit of "you don't share my values, therefore you hate me" style rhetoric going on, but this is just childish."

    I agree.

    "But what do y'all think? Is it good to have angry people governing?"

    No, it is not good at all to have angry people governing. The being governing any nation should be rich in intellectual activity (i.e. he should think more than he feels), for serving the people requires mental strength, judgement, reasoning and the ability to see all citizens as equals (and if one is angry, one can't think properly and won't consider every citizen to be equal - this would lead to favouritism, unjust law making, corruption etc).

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  55. Thanks Max!

    There is another feature of our election that can only be seen while driving around in the US: The bumper sticker distribution. Here in Silicon Valley, you will see a rare McCain sticker every now and then on an old pickup truck. Mostly you see Obama '08 stickers - on the bumper of a Lexus, Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

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  56. Max & Alexys,

    "Hating is more of a spiritual prison than liberty."

    -I misspoke here. I agree with your assessment of hating. Hating, however, goes on all over the world and is not restricted to America.

    -What I meant to say is "with freedom and liberty comes the freedom to express ones hatred openly (Freedom of Speech.)

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  57. Hi Peter :D!

    "I see that you’ve come out with all guns blazing on this one, and I’m sure you’ve hit the target on many of the contentious issues within the USA right now."

    LOL it seems like it, darling!

    "With the election coming up, I hope and pray the voters get it right on the night. Why? The world depends on you know who coming up trumps!"

    I hear you!

    Peter, thank you so much for your input :D! I missed you!

    Cheers

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  58. Lady A,

    "Everything you do is public. You must get used to it. You are a public figure now since your hat has been tossed in the white house ring."

    Again, you are right *bowing*! I will get used to it!

    "Now you are getting the hang of it. Just be sure when you shake those hands that you accept the bribes in them."

    ROFL....*no comments*...

    "Don't worry, they didn't make copies, it would have been too laborious."

    LOL LOL you are nasty, girl! LOL...

    "Yes, you are right Mr. Obama and Mr. Akon are rare and we ARE lucky that you didn't break down the percentage of the color code. The white house will calm your spirit and cause you to hold your tongue. It will be perfect for you."

    LOL LOL I know it will...*lowering my head*!

    "See, I told you America loves colors and we really love Gucci."

    LOL oh, so do I (although the European version of it).

    "Whitewater is "bottled" by the Clintons and Blackwater, by the American government."

    Ooooh....I remember now, silly me *poking my head*!

    "Then there is Watergate. For some reason, American scandals involve water?"

    LOL it is curious, isn't it?

    "LOL. I like French."

    So do I LOL....

    "Theatre Of The Absurd."

    It is nearly that, if it weren't for the presence of religion in all this...

    "I love accents too, especially Portuguese, Spanish, Brazilian, British, and Scottish, but some accents are like nails on the chalkboard."

    You forgot the Irish! Don't you love that one?

    "Did you hear the latest controversy? A Sarah Palin effigy is hanging by a noose in front of a West Hollywood home and the Secret Service is investigating it as a hate crime?"

    I did, I did...*nodding*. Well, let's face it: it was a stupid joke.

    "Thanks and you never disappoint me."

    *Bowing*....

    "They just uncovered a plot confirming the skinheads were planning to behead black people, including Obama; all while wearing white top hats and tuxedos. Bizarre."

    I read about it last Monday! Shocking!
    "wearing white top hats and tuxedos" tell me you're joking?

    "This is so America."

    Shocking!

    "["Tel: 351 98 293 06 09"] I am so tempted to call that number."

    ROFL...don't; it doesn't exist - I can guarantee you.

    "Muito Obrigada my darling."

    De nada, querida (darling)! :D

    Yes, We Will Cheers

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  59. Alexys, Mel & Shinade,

    "Arrogance is the opiate of the masses."

    LOL LOL LOL *Max having a rash*.....

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  60. Hey Looney,

    "Thanks Max!"

    You are welcome :D!

    "There is another feature of our election that can only be seen while driving around in the US: The bumper sticker distribution. Here in Silicon Valley, you will see a rare McCain sticker every now and then on an old pickup truck. Mostly you see Obama '08 stickers - on the bumper of a Lexus, Audi, BMW or Mercedes."

    Are you saying what I think you're saying?

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  61. "Are you saying what I think you're saying?"

    If what you think I am saying is what I am saying, then yes!

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  62. Mel & Alexys,

    "I misspoke here. I agree with your assessment of hating. Hating, however, goes on all over the world and is not restricted to America."

    True. When we see situations like the one in Congo now: that is hate among brothers - and it is a shame.
    But when it comes to the US, the media makes sure to let the whole world know every single detail about their hate/racial issues, as if the rest of the earth didn't have problems...is it out of envy, jealousy? Who the bloody knows?

    "What I meant to say is "with freedom and liberty comes the freedom to express ones hatred openly (Freedom of Speech.)"

    You are right on this one. Freedom of Speech is important, however if that expression of hatred will result in hate crimes then this freedom should be repossessed.

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  63. Hey Looney,

    "If what you think I am saying is what I am saying, then yes!"

    LOL I like your style *nodding*!

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  64. "You are right on this one. Freedom of Speech is important, however if that expression of hatred will result in hate crimes then this freedom should be repossessed."

    -Ah, that's the rub. It is somewhere between the talk and the action that we need to step in. We can't repossess (as you say) freedom of speech, it is in the "call to action" in the hate speech that we must act. However, I am sure you have heard of a small group her called the "Civil Liberties Union" and others, whose whole agenda seems to be focused on the rights of the "one" and let the "many" go to hell.

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  65. Mel,

    "Ah, that's the rub. It is somewhere between the talk and the action that we need to step in."

    I hear you...

    "We can't repossess (as you say) freedom of speech, it is in the "call to action" in the hate speech that we must act. However, I am sure you have heard of a small group her called the "Civil Liberties Union" and others, whose whole agenda seems to be focused on the rights of the "one" and let the "many" go to hell."

    Yes, I have heard of it, and I always question some of these groups...but that is another topic. Exactly: they focus more on the rights of the "one" and the "many" can go to hell....

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  66. Oh my my Max, you are such a charm, lol, lot of interesting issues brought up in this letter, yet very polite and professional, lol, not to burn bridges. All I have to tell you I enjoyed it reading, you gut guts lady. Hey if you did not yet, can you write one to Canada, lol. Hugs and kisses from Matthew, and me, Anna :)

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  67. Max & LS,

    "The assassination plots against Bush were not designed because of the colour of his skin. That is what Alexys was trying to get at."

    Exactly. Hate has no boundaries.

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  68. Max & Mel,

    "Hating is more of a spiritual prison than liberty.
    Hear! Hear! *clap clap clap*"

    I am not sure who said this? Roaring applause. Well said, Max or Mel.

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  69. Max & Mel,

    "-I misspoke here. I agree with your assessment of hating. Hating, however, goes on all over the world and is not restricted to America."

    Mel you are right, it does go on all over the world. It is a slap in the face of mankind.

    "-What I meant to say is "with freedom and liberty comes the freedom to express ones hatred openly (Freedom of Speech.)"

    Got cha!

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  70. Max,

    "Then there is Watergate. For some reason, American scandals involve water?"

    In America, we love water, no matter what color, it is always the color of corruption.

    "You forgot the Irish! Don't you love that one?"

    I do.

    "Well, let's face it: it was a stupid joke."

    It is.

    "I read about it last Monday! Shocking!
    "wearing white top hats and tuxedos" tell me you're joking?"

    That was NOT a joke. I repeat, that was NOT a joke!

    "Shocking!"

    Bizarre.

    "["Tel: 351 98 293 06 09"] I am so tempted to call that number.
    ROFL...don't; it doesn't exist - I can guarantee you."

    Aw, I was really going to do it.

    New America Cheers

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  71. Max, Mel & Shinade,

    "Arrogance is the opiate of the masses."

    "LOL LOL LOL *Max having a rash*.."

    Do you want some ointment for that?

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  72. Max & Mel,

    "True. When we see situations like the one in Congo now: that is hate among brothers - and it is a shame. But when it comes to the US, the media makes sure to let the whole world know every single detail about their hate/racial issues, as if the rest of the earth didn't have problems...is it out of envy, jealousy? Who the bloody knows?"

    Another case of American arrogance and ignorance. We point a finger where we can't lay a hand.

    "You are right on this one. Freedom of Speech is important, however if that expression of hatred will result in hate crimes then this freedom should be repossessed."

    Exactly.

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  73. Max, Mel, and Alexys,

    There are other reasons to kill besides just a simple hate. When it comes to presidents, it is just as likely that the wannabe assassin hopes to get 15 minutes of fame (failure) or a permanent place in the history books (success).

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  74. Alexys & Max,

    "Another case of American arrogance and ignorance. We point a finger where we can't lay a hand."

    -BRILLIANT! You have a way with words!!!

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  75. Okay, the greeting line is getting out of hand. I'm just going to put "Anyone Interested." Looney, welcome to the conversation.

    Looney, I agree. There are many reasons to kill besides just hate. "The 15 minutes of fame" reason is probably the sickest of all. We, in the civilized world ("civilized"....that's really quite funny), America especially, can really turn them out.

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  76. Hi Anna :D!

    "Oh my my Max, you are such a charm, lol, lot of interesting issues brought up in this letter, yet very polite and professional, lol, not to burn bridges. All I have to tell you I enjoyed it reading, you gut guts lady. Hey if you did not yet, can you write one to Canada, lol. Hugs and kisses from Matthew, and me, Anna :)"

    Why, thank you, dear *bowing*! I wouldn't hurt my US friends' feelings.
    I am glad you enjoyed it though :D! LOL "gut guts lady" lol thanks ;D!
    LOL LOL I have suggested LS already - you know, this was his idea!
    Oooooh, hugs from Matthew: how sweet!!! Give baby Matt a huge hug for me!!
    And to you *Big Hug*!

    Anna, my sweet friend, thanks for having dropped by and left such kind and supportive comment! And I loved my hugs :)!

    Cheers

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  77. Alexys & Mel,

    ["Hating is more of a spiritual prison than liberty." Hear! Hear! *clap clap clap*] I am not sure who said this? Roaring applause. Well said, Max or Mel. "

    Thanks *bowing*! Lady A, it could have been said by Mel, but it was me (Max) who said it.

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  78. Alexys,

    "In America, we love water, no matter what color, it is always the color of corruption."

    LOL I hear you!

    "["wearing white top hats and tuxedos" tell me you're joking?"] That was NOT a joke. I repeat, that was NOT a joke!"

    Mayday, Mayday: that was not a joke!
    Seriously now: WORD? The white top hats is so KKK, am I wrong? The tuxedos...lunatics!

    "Bizarre."

    Yeah...

    "Aw, I was really going to do it."

    LOL LOL...I know, I know *handing you a tissue*!

    Neo America Cheers

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  79. Mel,

    "There are many reasons to kill besides just hate. "The 15 minutes of fame" reason is probably the sickest of all. We, in the civilized world ("civilized"....that's really quite funny), America especially, can really turn them out."

    SlogBite, this may sound strange (particularly because it doesn't happen often) but: I agree.

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  80. Mel & Max,

    Why thank you Mel. You say the sweetest things. :D

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  81. Max,

    ["Hating is more of a spiritual prison than liberty." Hear! Hear! *clap clap clap*] I am not sure who said this? Roaring applause. Well said, Max or Mel. "

    So it was you? Take a bow.

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  82. Max,

    "["wearing white top hats and tuxedos" tell me you're joking?"] That was NOT a joke. I repeat, that was NOT a joke!"

    "Mayday, Mayday: that was not a joke!
    Seriously now: WORD? The white top hats is so KKK, am I wrong? The tuxedos...lunatics!"

    They found the tuxes and top hats in their car when they arrested them. I guess they wanted to give it a Fred Astaire spin.

    Time For Change In AmeriKKKa Cheers!

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  83. Lady A,

    "["Hating is more of a spiritual prison than liberty." Hear! Hear! *clap clap clap*] I am not sure who said this? Roaring applause. Well said, Max or Mel.] So it was you? Take a bow."

    *Bowing*!

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  84. Alexys,

    "They found the tuxes and top hats in their car when they arrested them. I guess they wanted to give it a Fred Astaire spin."

    LOL LOL LOL *nodding*! Ridiculous people!

    Time for a change in AmeriKKKa Cheers

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  85. Max & Alexys,
    Awwwwwwwwwww............ come on your guys. I can blush and I am.

    Thanks to both of you.

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  86. Mel & Alexys,

    "Awwwwwwwwwww............ come on your guys. I can blush and I am."

    We won't tell anybody! :)

    "Thanks to both of you."

    You are extremely welcome, darling :D!

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  87. Max:

    You must hate my country and my countrymen with all of your heart. I am so sorry you feel that way. But, since I am an American, I absolutely recognize that you have a right to say what you feel, even though it may insult my most cherished beliefs. On the other hand, I hope that you live in a perfect country with perfect people and perfect laws. If so, how wonderful for you. For me, well, all I have is one vote. And believe me, dear friend, I use it in every election. We all should be so lucky.

    Happy trails.

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  88. Swubird….

    If you would like to read something positive about America I humbly suggest reading my Letter to America just follow the link on Max’s Letter…

    Shamelessly soliciting guests while Max sleeps… :)

    Livingsword

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  89. LS,
    You should be totally ashamed of yourself............Shamelessly soliciting guests while Max sleeps. Wait, you already said that.

    Now go stand in the corner for 30 minutes and say 10 Hail Mary's.

    And, I'm telling Max.

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  90. Slogbite…

    LOL LOL

    I’m Protestant not Roman Catholic…so no Hail Mary’s for me its grace not trying to be good or religious…

    I can run faster scared than Max can angry….besides the girl is not going to run off after me trying to hit me with her fashionable purse while in her stylish heals…it may mess her hair…and nails…

    :)

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  91. LS,
    You are really baiting her aren't you?

    I can't wait to see what Max comes back with.

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  92. Hey Swu :D!

    "You must hate my country and my countrymen with all of your heart."

    No, I don't; and I do apologise if my jest gave you that impression.

    But the fact that I like your country doesn't mean that I ignore its flaws.
    And no, I do not live in a perfect country and, as a Portuguese, it is my duty to speak against what it is wrong about it (as I so many times do).

    Swu, thanks for letting me know how you felt about this post *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  93. LS,

    "Shamelessly soliciting guests while Max sleeps… :)"

    LOL LOL LOL you are shameless indeed! LOL *nodding*... but you have my blessing to do so LOL!

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  94. Mel,

    "Now go stand in the corner for 30 minutes and say 10 Hail Mary's."

    ROFL...that would be a lovely sight! But LS is not Catholic...(unfortunately)!

    "And, I'm telling Max."

    LOL I just love this type of cooperation LOL ;)!

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  95. LS & Mel,

    "I can run faster scared than Max can angry…."

    LOL At least you know me well, LS: indeed it is a bit hard to make me angry!

    "besides the girl is not going to run off after me trying to hit me with her fashionable purse while in her stylish heals…it may mess her hair…and nails…"

    ROFL....ROFL...you would be surprised; trust me LOL LOL!

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  96. Mel & LS,

    "You are really baiting her aren't you?"

    Yes, he is...he is always trying, but with no success LOL LOL *nodding*!

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  97. Dear Max:

    In response to your comment and explanation, not to worry, I am a big boy and can take a punch as well as the next guy. Believe it or not, I’ve even been knocked out once or twice during my short life. So fire away when ever you get the urge.

    I have lived in America for a long time, and many changes to this country have occurred during my lifetime. Not many of them have been for the better. Oh, it is true that we have a great standard of living. We have good healthcare plans, and we enjoy an educational system that ensures that a major portion of our population has access to economic opportunity. Of course, that is not to say that we couldn’t use a great deal of improvement. That goes without saying for any society that I am familiar with.

    As you know, Americans think of their country as the big melting pot. This is what we have been told since early childhood. We have more diversity now than anytime in our history. Indeed, our borders are over run with immigrants. By the way “immigrant” is a title that I seriously question. It seems to me that we have millions of people from all over the world who think of themselves not as true Americans, but simply as someone else who happens to live in America. They are first in line for free services and other goodies that this great and generous country had to offer., but the they have the audacity not to salute our flag, honor our holidays, or revere our fallen heroes. In fact, they hate this country and its people, and pine away their months and years hoping and praying to save enough money to make it back to the so-called “old” country, wherever on God’s earth that might be. Maybe you could please tell me where the old country is. Anyway, I wish them God speed in this effort.

    America is a capitalist democracy - not only in theory, but in practice. I wouldn’t want it any other way. All Americans have the constitutional right to make a living and keep whatever money the government doesn’t tax. We also have the right to visit the polls every election and vote for the candidate of our choice without fear of reprisal. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the two party system as we have always known it has morphed into a strange monster. I’ll give you that. Apparently, it is no longer about Republicans or Democrats. Instead, it is more about reactionaries versus the self righteous. There is no middle ground. If you stand for capitalism, then you are against the little people. If you oppose illegal immigration, then you are somehow against the right of people to seek a better life. If you condone abortion, you are a murderer! If you support cloning research, or stem cell research, then you have no moral compass. If you believe in evolution, then you are godless. If you are white, then you are automatically a bigot. If you vote for a non-black man, then you are racist. If you oppose a female candidate, then you are gender biased. If you oppose gay marriage, then you are guilty of a hate crime. Basically, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Please pardon the old worn out phrase. But there’s no middle ground, and you cannot possibly be working for the good of society unless you join one side or the other. Which means that you lose either way. And, of course, the all mighty media is the self appointed judge and jury of all things. You are nothing unless the media defines you. They will tell you what is right or wrong - good or bad. Balanced and objective, of course. That’s how high the media views itself. So, pardon me Max. But when an outsider feels the over powering need to point out America’s faults and misgivings and other shortcomings, please forgive me for being just a little miffed. But, hey, like I said, I can take a punch. The question I have, however, dear friend, is can you say the same?

    You most humble servant...

    Happy trails

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  98. Swubird,
    Thanks for a most awesome comment, eloquent in it's execution and right on target. I wish that I could add something more substantial, but I believe you have said it all. May your words forever immortalized these pages.

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  99. Max,
    Celebrating another week of over 100 comments.

    Well done my dear friend!

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  100. Hi Max,

    I fully agree that Americans need a period of introspection and major attitude-adjustment. We have here a reliance on illusions of wealth and piety, while we live on credit and ask forgiveness for our bad deeds while we continue to promote our own comfort at the expense of the greater good. There is much goodness to be found in America, but as a culture, we need to mature and re-visit our collective humanity without the armor of divisive labels and exclusive affiliations.

    I fully endorse Barack Obama because he displays authority over himself, and an authenticity, intellect, and dedication to purpose rarely seen in politicians in this age (at least in America.)

    To me he is not just another politician. He is instead a LEADER, full of purpose, insight, knowledge, and conviction. I am continually impressed by his "cool" in the face of adversity, and his logical and rational thinking ability.

    In my opinion, America needs a true leader like Barack Obama, more than HE needs to be President!
    I wish him all the luck!

    Max, I hope all is well with you and hope to get here more often in the coming months. You know I have been away and so busy, but I have thought of you!

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  101. Hello Swu,

    Thank you so much for your prompt response, it was a true delight reading it *bowing*!

    "So, pardon me Max. But when an outsider feels the over powering need to point out America’s faults and misgivings and other shortcomings, please forgive me for being just a little miffed."

    You are quite forgiven, Swu.

    "But, hey, like I said, I can take a punch. The question I have, however, dear friend, is can you say the same?"

    *smirk*

    Swu, once again, thanks for your candid reaction.

    Cheers

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  102. Lady A,

    "Celebrating another week of over 100 comments. Well done my dear friend!"

    Thank you, darling *bowing*!

    100th comment Cheers

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  103. Hey Liza,

    Thank you, my dear friend *hug*!

    I wish you a fantastic week! :D

    Cheers

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  104. Hi Lynda :D!

    "I fully agree that Americans need a period of introspection and major attitude-adjustment. We have here a reliance on illusions of wealth and piety, while we live on credit and ask forgiveness for our bad deeds while we continue to promote our own comfort at the expense of the greater good. There is much goodness to be found in America, but as a culture, we need to mature and re-visit our collective humanity without the armor of divisive labels and exclusive affiliations."

    Indeed...

    "I fully endorse Barack Obama because he displays authority over himself, and an authenticity, intellect, and dedication to purpose rarely seen in politicians in this age (at least in America.)"

    That is my perception of him.

    "To me he is not just another politician. He is instead a LEADER, full of purpose, insight, knowledge, and conviction. I am continually impressed by his "cool" in the face of adversity, and his logical and rational thinking ability."

    Absolutely. He has proved to be a leader, and that is a fact.

    "In my opinion, America needs a true leader like Barack Obama, more than HE needs to be President! I wish him all the luck!"

    I wish him all the luck too!

    "Max, I hope all is well with you and hope to get here more often in the coming months. You know I have been away and so busy, but I have thought of you!"

    Oh, Lynda...all is extremely well with me, thank you :D! I know, darling; not to worry! As you know, you have been in my thoughts as well; and it will be a true pleasure to see more of you in the coming months, you were missed :)!

    Darling, thank you so much for this amazing comment :D & *hug*!

    Cheers

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  105. Hey Max, are you still out there someplace? I didn't mean to make you angry with me. Which, by the way, I hope you are not. What-a-ya say - friends?

    happy trails.

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  106. Hey Swubird…

    Maybe should wait till after the election…LOL

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  107. Hey Swu :D!

    "are you still out there someplace? I didn't mean to make you angry with me. Which, by the way, I hope you are not. What-a-ya say - friends?"

    Of course we are friends!!! You know you are the best, man :D!!
    You didn't make me angry; I meant it when I said that I really enjoyed your comment...particularly when you invited me to throw some punches LOL ;)!

    It is an honour to have you as a friend, Swu *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  108. LS,

    LOL LOL LOL provocation, eh *nodding*!

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  109. Swu…..

    I’d keep my eye on her if I were you…

    LOL

    My prayers are with “America” this day….

    Ohhh myyyy the word verification was:

    “downwithamerica”!!!!

    :)

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  110. LS,

    "I’d keep my eye on her if I were you…"

    LOL LOL what are you trying to imply? LOL LOL....

    I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the US for its historical moment!

    Cheers

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  111. LS & Max,
    On behalf of the entire US, thank you. Now we'll have to wait and see of the reality is as good as the promise. Remember I do expect to be somewhat disappointed.

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  112. Mel,

    "On behalf of the entire US, thank you. Now we'll have to wait and see of the reality is as good as the promise. Remember I do expect to be somewhat disappointed."

    You are welcome!
    LOL Mel, I can guarantee you that you will be disappointed at some issues, because that is politics. Nevertheless, I wish your President Elect all the best, and I hope he manages to fulfil the, at least, social & economic part of his electoral promises, I really do.

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