Trivia For Those Still Thinking

Number of pages devoted to actual news in the first 27 pages of the Dec. 8, '97 issue of Time magazine? Three and one third pages or 12%.

Percentage of the planet's adult citizens infected with the HIV virus...1%.

Percentage of those who are unaware that they are infected...90%.

Percentage who live in Third World or developing countries...90%.

Percentage of the IMF's (International Monetary Fund) budget funds from the U.S....18%.

Percentage of U.N. funds from the U.S....0%

People with higher approval ratings than Newt Gingrich, according to Rep. Steve Largent (R - kla.)...O.J. Simpson and the Unabomber.

Self description of Rep. Bill Paxton, the man who wants to replace Gingrich as Speaker of the House..."I'm not much of a big thinker".

Vice-President Gore, at the Internet/On-line Summit: Focus on Children, "The solution that you're working on must be a solution that works." Now, that would be a first for our government.

Vice-President Gore, at the same conference, discussing the illegality of using license or censorship on the internet to control content, stated that the summit must find a "third way, an American way." That, too, would be a welcome change in government policy.

Proof that the Chinese are learning much from the lessons of the 1990's American entrepenuer...400 feet of the Great Wall of China was recently demolished in order to build roads and warehouses and the action was defended because the Great Wall "is old and shabby".

Number of uniformed and armed security guards employed in the county of Los Angeles...60,855.

Percent who have undergone extensive background criminal checks...less than 6%.

LA Times headline, "Political Paralysis Slows Japan's Decision on Needed Financial Reforms". Meaning of the headline, after reading the story..."Japan Refuses to Cave Into U.S. Congressional Demands That Nation's Financial System Run As American Capitalist's Mandate".

Ralph Reed, former leader of the mis-labeled "Christian Coalition", on the group's politics, "We are non-partisan". Number of candidates, other than ultra-conservative, far right wing Republicans supported by this supposedly unbiased, tax exempt group; zero, none, nada, zilch, nil.

Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, on her $20,000 contribution she asked be returned by the Democratic National Committee, "I was concerned that they didn't know the law and would get me in trouble. Pretty ironic, isn't it?"

Cost of the most expensive government building ever built, second only to the Pentagon...$818 million. Name of the building, decided by Congressional Republicans...Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. How very, very fitting.

Apostle Paul, in II Timothy, describing the last days, "For men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God." Do we have time to pack?

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott on his reasons for not forcing the Senate to act to change the campaign laws that his party are so upset that the President may have broken, "It's the American way". Sadly, he's finally telling the truth.

There are lots more of these unfortunate items but I have to save more for later. Remember, the only reason to vote a party line is because you refuse to take the time or make the effort to think for yourself. If all you can do is vote for a party without rationalization, maybe America would be better off if you stayed home and let thinking people do the voting.

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