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U. S. Government Has Higher Ethical Standards Than Catholic Church

One time in the history of our country a President had to resign.  He was caught covering up for some dim-witted burglars working on his election team.  Just imagine that the President had been covering for hundreds of staffers who were molesting young boys.  The United States Government has higher ethical standards than the Catholic […]

29Mar2010 | | Comments Off on U. S. Government Has Higher Ethical Standards Than Catholic Church | Continued
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The Mis-Use of MAP Testing

My Taxi service is employed every morning – I give two of my grandchildren a ride to school.  This morning my third grade granddaughter told me she was wearing her lucky shoes because they were to take the MAP test today.  She said, “I am scared to take this test.”  I asked her why she […]

29Mar2010 | | Comments Off on The Mis-Use of MAP Testing | Continued
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Joaquin Phoenix, Exotic Animals, And Conservation

Joaquin Pheonix, that masterful actor, has taken up the cause of PETA and their crusade to end the brutal killing of exotic animals for their skins.  The skins are used to make shoes, purses, ties, belts, and other ornaments for the pleasure of humanity. Caution readers – this video is graphic. In this advertisement for […]

26Mar2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Why Fear Matters

Al Quaeda, the terrorist organization founded and run by Osama Bin Laden, has set the standard of values for many of the radical right wing in America.  Do unto others as they have done unto you seems the common refrain – a refrain based in fear.   This is a remarkable mentality given two precepts […]

25Mar2010 | | 7 comments | Continued
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The Redemption of Tiger Woods

The redemption of Tiger Woods did not happen with blubbering confessions of sin, orchestrated by treatment programs based solely on anecdote. The redemption of Tiger Woods can only happen with consistent trustworthy behavior over time.

22Mar2010 | | Comments Off on The Redemption of Tiger Woods | Continued
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Kansas Loses to North Iowa

In the upset of the decade number one ranked Kansas lost to Northern Iowa in the second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  What happened? Northern Iowa won – that is what happened.  They hit the shots when it counted.  Their three point shooting was spectacular and knocked Kansas out of any rhythm. The stunning […]

20Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Kansas Loses to North Iowa | Continued
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The Problem Really is the Heterosexuals in the Military

There is a culture which surrounds all Military bases – both from the nature of a military and from the parasites that promote wanton behavior. The Department of Defense has let our soldiers down. Preparing a soldier for combat is not the only responsibility of the DOD – preparing the soldier for all aspects of life seems appropriate.

14Mar2010 | | Comments Off on The Problem Really is the Heterosexuals in the Military | Continued
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Funny Obama WEB Pictures

Let me be perfectly clear – I am a big fan of President Obama.  So there.  Last week some Republican used some pictures he found on the WWW in a PowerPoint presentation to some Republican cash donors.  The goofy liberal media jumped up and down with protest.  The idea of the pictures was to instill […]

9Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Funny Obama WEB Pictures | Continued
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Colbert With Shaun White

Not only is Shaun White almost the best snowboarder in history – he is one of a few people who can match wits with Steven Colbert.  Even President Obama, a witty fellow himself, will not even attempt an interview with Colbert.  Check out Shaun White – he steals the show from Colbert. The Colbert Report […]

23Feb2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Gospel Kitsch – or Kitsch Gospel

My son (who writes this magazine with me) has both a greater appreciation of Art and of the Gospels.  He can point out yard art in rural America that qualifies for kitsch.  I’m talking about those pink flamingos and beer can sculptures found regularly in northwest Missouri.  The same folks who have beer can art […]

22Feb2010 | | Comments Off on Gospel Kitsch – or Kitsch Gospel | Continued
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Huckabee with Michelle Obama

Governor Mike Huckabee is a real gentleman – too bad he is also a wacky fundamentalist Christian and works with the yellow journalists at FOX News.  His interview with the First Lady was enduring.  It seems Huckabee understands that Michell Obama is the First Lady – she is not the President.  Huckabee correctly follows a […]

21Feb2010 | | Comments Off on Huckabee with Michelle Obama | Continued
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Letterman Defines Difference Between Himself and Leno

Dave Letterman is a classic comic. His timing is near perfect – but his willingness to take on controversial topics nears courageous – even at the expense of his own reputation. Dave tackles the topic of the difference between himself and Jay Leno. Listen for the joke on Dick Cheney:

20Feb2010 | | Comments Off on Letterman Defines Difference Between Himself and Leno | Continued
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Tiger Woods Statement (Video)

Tiger has spoken – now the analysis begins. What did he say? What did he mean? Is he in denial? Is Tiger covering something? Has Tiger been completely honest? We have our own thoughts on these matters – but we will wait for an opportunity to speak responsibly on the subject of Tiger Woods, Tiger’s […]

19Feb2010 | | Comments Off on Tiger Woods Statement (Video) | Continued
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Everything American Idol – 2010

Hyperlink to a vast array of information about American Idol. We offer this service merely as a convenience to web surfers. Enjoy.

16Feb2010 | | Comments Off on Everything American Idol – 2010 | Continued
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Steven Colbert, FOX, and Global Warming

It is February – in North America.  It is snowing, and the temperature hovers around freezing.  In two months it will be April, the average daily temperature will hover around 55-60 degrees.  What can this possibly mean?  Can this mean that North America’s climate is seasonal – or does this mean the global weather is […]

11Feb2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Jay Leno Uses Humor as Defense

Jay Leno has taken some hits this past week.  With his ‘prime time’ show canceled, pulled, and jerked off – Leno is looking to return to the late night carnival circuit.  Pushed out of the game of dominoes is Conan O’Brian.  Conan’s ratings (the true measurement of media) have fallen far behind Dave Letterman.  None […]

16Jan2010 | | Comments Off on Jay Leno Uses Humor as Defense | Continued
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Media Matters Challenges FOX News

We have nothing to add to the Media Matters issue of the right wing fanatical presentation of current events – other than to agree completely.

15Dec2009 | | Comments Off on Media Matters Challenges FOX News | Continued
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Letterman on Tiger Woods

That Dave Letterman is either really funny or he has no sense of shame.  He said he wished Tiger would quit calling him for advice.  That may have been intended as a joke but perhaps Tiger could use a little advice right now. Jay Leno said of Letterman’s affair that Dave never presented himself as […]

8Dec2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Comcast Buys Out the New Media Christian Paradigm

Scratch Christianity, insert capitalism.  What is the driving ideology – and how do ideologies conflict.  Here is the basic problem with identifying with a specific ideology:  you have to accept the consequences of your ideology.  I have several examples, and I want to take a look at Comcast and the media empires, but I think […]

8Dec2009 | | Comments Off on Comcast Buys Out the New Media Christian Paradigm | Continued
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Dancing With The Stars 2010 – Champion’s Dance-Off

We have enjoyed nine seasons of dancing with the stars.  Some of the celebrities were better dancers than they were celebrities.  Some should have remained anonymous.  But each season identified the best dancer – and each of the season champions should come back for a Champion’s Dance-Off Season. A quick recap: Season One:  Kelly Monaco […]

4Nov2009 | | Comments Off on Dancing With The Stars 2010 – Champion’s Dance-Off | Continued
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Commercials for Perverts

Am I just a pervert, or what?  These commercials have unintentional sexual innuendos.  Check them out and see if you are a pervert too! EMBED-Really Awkward Car Commercial Slogan – Watch more free videos

12Oct2009 | | Comments Off on Commercials for Perverts | Continued
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GOP McCarthyism in 2009

Here is a montage of video clips comparing the rhetoric of 2009 right wing proponents with Senator Joe McCarthy.  This is a must see for those who continue to support the far right.

21Sep2009 | | Comments Off on GOP McCarthyism in 2009 | Continued
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2010 Dancing with the Stars – Get rid of Tom Delay

The choice of Tom Delay as a contestant on the 2010 Dancing with the Stars ABC program was a mistake.  A huge mistake.  Tom Delay is a disgraced United States Republican Congressman who resigned because of a money laundering scandal. I admit that Dancing with the Stars often grants has-beens a chance at redemption.  Check […]

21Sep2009 | | Comments Off on 2010 Dancing with the Stars – Get rid of Tom Delay | Continued
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The Zodiac Predicts Modern Holidays

Astrology – the predictor of the Christ.  The three wise men followed their star charts to find the young King of men in his manger.  Who, we ask, can argue with the validity of astrology.  Even today, some 2,000 years later – the Zodiac accounts for, and often predicts, the activities of American holidays. I […]

9Jun2009 | | Comments Off on The Zodiac Predicts Modern Holidays | Continued
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Sotomayor’s Media Week In Review 5-30-09

Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated by President Obama to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The pick was guaranteed to raised the hackles of the declining fundamentalist movement.  And sure enough – it did. This youtube video highlights the first week in the media after Sotomayor’s nomination: One has to love the pseudo conservatives […]

30May2009 | | Comments Off on Sotomayor’s Media Week In Review 5-30-09 | Continued
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Jay Leno’s Final Tonight Show Moments (Video)

Jay Leno has finished his run of 17 years as host of the Tonight Show.  As he noted in the following video – he took over when the show was number one, and he is leaving the show as number 1. Leno is a class act – his final monologue was a tribute to those […]

30May2009 | | Comments Off on Jay Leno’s Final Tonight Show Moments (Video) | Continued
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Billy Crystal Sings for Jay Leno

Billy Crystal was Jay Leno’s first guest 17 years ago.  This song by Crystal for Leno seems very appropriate.  Crystal sings a medley in the fashion he originated as a host for the Oscars. Check him out – he is always entertaining:

29May2009 | | Comments Off on Billy Crystal Sings for Jay Leno | Continued
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Rush Limbaugh is Imploding

Before the dawn of the flat screen television everyone used CRT’s (Cathode Ray Tubes).  Before the dawn of the 2008 elections people listened to Rush Limbaugh.  These two inventions of modern man are very similar.  They are both filled with vacuums and when struck they implode. Rush Limbaugh is imploding.  Limbaugh’s biggest fan is DICK […]

14May2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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When The Bully Runs The School

Abusive bureaucrats ultimately lead to an angry, embittered, skeptical, and frustrated populace.  The current issue hitting the Supreme Court is a case where a thirteen year old girl was strip-searched by school authorities.  This is exactly the sort of case that gets all of the attention – it is great headline news – and the […]

22Apr2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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The Road to Tyranny – and other ludicrous ideas

The correct place for Shawn Hannity and Michelle Bachman is on Comedy Central. These folks are breaking down with psychotic episodes of paranoia. Fortunately for people like me, Stewart and Colbert help keep this insanity in perspective. We have ranted and blustered at the conservative right wing. Particularly during the election cycle. I am afraid […]

8Apr2009 | | Comments Off on The Road to Tyranny – and other ludicrous ideas | Continued
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Does Our Economic Attitude Matter? A Hole in the Bucket.

Well, they (whoever they is) measure consumer confidence. What do you suppose that is about? Consumer confidence is a measurement of the confidence people have about their ability to sustain their life style – in a manner of speaking. The consequence of positive attitude is that people will spend their money because they have confidence that more is coming. Negative consumer confidence implies that people will not spend their money. Attitude does matter. Gratitude rhymes with attitude for a reason.

7Apr2009 | | Comments Off on Does Our Economic Attitude Matter? A Hole in the Bucket. | Continued
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The Big Disconnect Between Haves and Have-Nots

A really fascinating dichotomy occurs when community leaders have to go to the public for support on tax initiatives.  Our example is of a microcosm of modern America – the town of St. Joseph, Missouri.  We live in rural northwest Missouri, just outside of Punkin Center, and we watch the local economy.  The St. Joseph […]

2Apr2009 | | Comments Off on The Big Disconnect Between Haves and Have-Nots | Continued
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Obama’s War – Afghanistan

At what point does President Obama assume responsibility for a war?  Is accepting responsibility for the war the same thing as owning the war?  When does any President ‘own’ a war?  This is a curious talking point for the 24/7 news media.  Historically, we generally do not tag our Presidents as owners of wars that […]

28Mar2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Anger Is More Fun Than Sanity In The Media

At thefiresidepost.com we write opinion – occasionally adding some news.  I have written around 1500 articles and it seems that anger is much more fun than the boring facts.  Anger is much more fun than fairness.  The media went to town for a drink on Saturday night, joined the lynch mob, and never came home.  […]

27Mar2009 | | Comments Off on Anger Is More Fun Than Sanity In The Media | Continued
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Rovian Media, Applying the Dark Arts to AIG

We confess right up front, we are guilty of capitalizing on the economic crisis.  We have fallen into the trap of a mob mentality.  When you look into the mob, you can see me on the third row from the front, last person on the left.  Fortunately for all of us, Atticus Finch and his […]

21Mar2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Calling Rush Limbaugh, Debate Michael Moore

Rush Limbaugh, the fat mouth piece of the Republican Party has challenged President Obama to a debate. Of course, Limbaugh knows this is a safe challenge – because it will never happen. Rush is like that – safe. Limbaugh has captured and audience of angry malcontents, people who are looking for some one to blame for their miserable lives. Limbuagh feeds their anger, thus keeping them in the fenced yard. If Limbaugh wants to really debate someone, why not challenge Michael Moore.

5Mar2009 | | 8 comments | Continued
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The Curious Case of Nadya Suleman – Octo-Mom

Is Nadya Suleman crazy, or what? She had six children by in-vitro fertilization, then had a whole bunch of frozen embryos implanted, resulting in eight babies at one birth. She now has fourteen children. She has no husband and no job. She lives with her mother in a home that is about to be foreclosed. Is she crazy, or what? This is a case of immaturity meeting Dr. Frankenstein.

25Feb2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Promoting the Liberal Myth

There seems to be a mythology of the liberal cause. The term ‘Liberal’ is used as a noun to describe a secret sect of devil worshipers. The implication is something like this: Liberals meet in secret places, conduct secret rituals, and are the root of the new world order meant to destroy freedom and prosperity. Liberals prefer socialism to capitalism. Liberals prefer dictators to democracy. Liberals want to reward terrorists. Liberals think Labor Unions should run businesses. They are like the Freemasons, except they are more organized and more evil.

23Feb2009 | | Comments Off on Promoting the Liberal Myth | Continued
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Redneck Gazette –

Redneck Gazette Fifth Edition Stimulating Economics Stimulating Economics Ohmydidhesayjihad We is having some trouble figuring out what we is hearing.  We got us a new President hoping that he would fix the problems this country is having.  We don’t know nothing about economics.  We only know that we should save more than we spend. We […]

27Jan2009 | | Comments Off on Redneck Gazette – | Continued
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Sarah Palin, Visibility or Exposure

Sarah Palin is on the airways.  Her tact today is to blame others for her troubles.  She forgot the first rule of politics – Get Visibility without Exposure.  Sarah Palin exposed herself as  a small town redneck, generally ignorant of the world beyond the boundaries of Wasilla, Alaska.  This writer is proud to be included […]

14Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Staying Power of Hannah Montana – and Miley Cyrus

I have written before that I know more about 1521 C.E. Europe than I do about pop culture in America today. But this magazine of ours has prompted me to look around. I even wrote a post on Lindsay Lohan. Hannah Montana’s name came up recently because she was selling out a concert in Kansas […]

11Dec2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Irony of Google Advertising

We operate in a Google world. When the lawyers on Boston Legal want to research something they say, ‘let’s Google it.’ I wrote a post on Googling my name to search my family tree. This online magazine is closely associated with Google. We allow Google to generate advertising based on our content. The results are […]

10Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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OJ Defines the Media, Media Defines OJ

OJ Simpson is in the news again – a regular for the past forty years.  Ironically – OJ’s celebrity status was a product of the media – but the media was defined in many ways by the celebrity of OJ. The excitement OJ generated on the football field directly contributed to the excitement of televised […]

5Dec2008 | | Comments Off on OJ Defines the Media, Media Defines OJ | Continued
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Barack Obama’s Leadership Paradox

Barack Obama has assumed the Presidency.  Might we say he has transcended the transition?  He will not take the oath of office until January 20, 2009 – but Barack Obama is the President in everything but title.  Obama has assumed the leadership role in America and around the world.  And the paradox of Obama centers […]

26Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Obama Mixes the Personal and Political on ‘60 Minutes’

By Michael Falcone President-elect Barack Obama said in an interview on the CBS program “60 Minutes” on Sunday that one of his top priorities will be to “restore a sense of balance” to the regulation of financial markets, but rejected the idea of a so-called “new New Deal” for America. Mr. Obama acknowledged the parallels […]

16Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama Mixes the Personal and Political on ‘60 Minutes’ | Continued
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The Utility of Socialism

Slow down big shooter.  This writer is not a fan of socialism.  Capitalism, moderated by honest Christianity, and regulated by mature government, works best.  In 2008 the United States, the best example of marriage of capitalism, faith, and government, is taking great leaps toward socialism.  Why – because the government recognizes some business functions as […]

16Nov2008 | | Comments Off on The Utility of Socialism | Continued
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The Moose Stops Here

By FRANK RICH Published: November 16, 2008 ELECTION junkies in acute withdrawal need suffer no longer. Though the exciting Obama-McCain race is over, the cockfight among the losers has only just begun. The conservative crackup may be ugly, but as entertainment, it’s two thumbs up! Over at Fox News, Greta Van Susteren has been trashing […]

16Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama Delivers First Democratic Video Address

By Michael Falcone From now on it will be the weekly “Democratic Radio Address” in name only. President-elect Barack Obama, capitalizing on his successful use of multimedia technologies during the campaign, delivered his message on Saturday using video as well as audio. It may seem like a political no-brainer in the age of YouTube, but […]

15Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama Delivers First Democratic Video Address | Continued
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Palin as Paris Hilton Celebrity

Sarah Palin is continuing to drag down the Republican Party.  The other Republican Governors know this – but they cannot openly say so.  When Palin talks she sounds less oriented than a wild and crazy Paris HIlton.  At least Paris HIlton knows she is just a celebrity – she knows she is not taken seriously.  […]

13Nov2008 | | 7 comments | Continued
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Palin Soaks Up Media Spotlight

ABC’s Kate Snow reports: Bill McAllister is suddenly a very busy man.  As spokesman for the Governor of Alaska, his role was pretty much taken over in an instant last August — the moment Governor Sarah Palin was selected as John McCain’s running mate.  The McCain campaign quickly selected a brand new team of communication […]

13Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued