George Carlin ~ The American Dream~

Rebooting Mankind – words n stuff.

Usually, if BravoBox takes on a singular book, it's because it has become so popular, and so thoroughly pimped, that there is no choice but to chop it to shreds, debunk its claims, and hopefully libel its author and acolytes so succinctly as to land us in hot water with a gaggle of bloggers, historians, amateur journalists, and rpg-ers typing one-handed from their parents' basement.

Sometimes, however, we run across a work that is not quite well-known enough to earn our literary "scorched-earth" policy. Sometimes, we just like it, and think you should too.

Opera's Silly Answers to Real Problems

Now this is just silly - it is also why BravoBox publishes under-cover.
We probably shouldn't have this opinion, and sure as hell shouldn't be saying it, but... The Toledo Blade (yes... I know) published an article on Sunday's front page about the financial struggles at the Toledo Opera. The numbers (and the "solutions") are simply astounding:

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Pandora - Neo-Luddites in Cyberspace: Exactly how dystopian does a brother’s world-view need to become in order to anticipate the ever-present, 24/7 need in potentia for a titanium spork?

Foreign Invasion

Stand Up for Arizona
By Patrick J. Buchanan

The World is Flat: 4 1/2 steaming piles out of 5

Thomas Friedman’s "The World is Flat" has been ubiquitously referenced in the last several years. Friedman is a hack.

Friedman is a journalist. That’s his gig, and in that capacity he bears one specific qualification: He is able to crank out a few hundred words a week at a fourth grade reading level. That’s the sum of the man’s gifts, and the full breadth of his expertise on the global economy.

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Toledo I want to see you in a KIA! NOT!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Make Korea free trade pact fair to Americans
by Ron Gettelfinger

Let's say for the sake of argument that you are considering buying a Hyundai or Kia built in South Korea. Would you still purchase the vehicle if it meant that the government would audit your income tax forms?

My guess is you'd be a little intimidated by that prospect. But that's what used to happen to Koreans when they purchased vehicles imported from the United States and elsewhere.

The Real Threat to Our Future: GOP Tea

The Real Threat to Our Future: GOP Tea
March 12, 2010
There’s a lot of media jabber these days about how the deficit spending of the Obama Administration is threatening the future of the next generations of Americans. Most people with a sense of reality and history, understand the difference between what Obama is doing and what his GOP and tea bagger critics are advocating.

Photojournalism Ethics: Pathos and Fakery

In a truly righteous world (a world where bankers go to jail, American Idol isn’t fixed, and Thomas Friedman buys a thesaurus), photography in news publications would serve only two purposes: either to draw attention to a printed story, or to illuminate and bring impact to the written word. All too frequently, these functions are woefully subjugated to agenda, resulting in ethical dysfunctions (cue the oversight committees) of a size befitting the conglomerated juggernauts that dispense them.

Epitaph for America?

America is under a curse and those who treacherously voted for that fraud and foreigner are helping to make Marxist Jeremiah Wright’s wish come true that God damn America. Shame! -
Black Day in America: Obama Wins, America Loses

2 Kings 17

This is why reform is needed- Toledo Blade

The Toledo Blade March 24, 2010
This is why reform is needed
Because of my teenage daughter Cassandra’s epilepsy and Asperger’s syndrome, every insurance company rejected her for coverage because of pre-existing conditions — a denial that health reform would make illegal (“Health reform approved,” March 22).

Waterloo, for whom?

Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.

It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster. Conservatives may cheer themselves that they’ll compensate for today’s expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections. But:

(1) It’s a good bet that conservatives are over-optimistic about November – by then the economy will have improved and the immediate goodies in the healthcare bill will be reaching key voting blocs.

(2) So what? Legislative majorities come and go. This healthcare bill is forever. A win in November is very poor compensation for this debacle now.

So far, I think a lot of conservatives will agree with me. Now comes the hard lesson:

A huge part of the blame for today’s disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves.

State Government Should Be Accountable to the Taxpayers

In the words of the President Ronald Reagan, “Governments tend to not solve problems, only to rearrange them.”

This is especially true in the current state biennial budget, which fails to fix the deficit with structural improvements to the way Ohio does business and instead procrastinates Ohio’s true problem—skyrocketing spending and waste, as well as the unbearable tax rates that support it.

CAFE Vs. Toyota


Quote from article:
Let us take a look at the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards enacted by the federal government in response to the Arab oil embargo. Lately, supporters have sought to increase these standards in the name of fighting climate change. They have neither reduced our dependence on foreign oil nor saved the Earth.

Drive foreign while out of work

Toledo Blade Letter to the Editor March 10, 2010
Drive foreign while out of work
People wonder why the city trash fee and taxes have to be raised, why America is owned by China, why our children face cutbacks in schools, and why police and fire face cutbacks.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why we lost thousands of jobs from Chrysler, General Motors, Ford, their suppliers, and many other manufacturers. Fewer people in the work force equals less tax collecting.

Attitude is everything!

We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.
- Booker T. Washington

A Fourth Leg For Conservatives' Big Table

A Fourth Leg For Conservatives' Big Table
On Feb. 17, most of the leaders of the traditional conservative movement gathered in Arlington, Va., to plan strategy, and issued a statement of conservative principles. However, the conservative movement is rapidly changing and significantly expanding because of the addition of millions of Tea Partyers.

Hospital Health Assurance

This in via email from Tom Obst:

Remaining anti-whatever accomplishes nothing

Toledo Blade
Article published February 18, 2010
By Marilou Johanek
ONLY a fool would dismiss the Tea Party phenomenon as nothing more than a bunch of radical right-wing nuts gathering to vent.
Only a fool would allow himself to get swept up in baseless hysteria created by talk-show hosts getting rich off inflamed lemmings.
Only a fool would discount positions because they come tainted with meaningless labels, such as liberal or conservative.

Mr. President

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