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Proverbs 31: 8-9 : "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…"

October 19, 2011
by Stephen Pearl
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NoMoreGreed Endorsement: Six Dwarfs & Beauty Square Off in Vegas

Screamy, Loopey, Dopey, Sleepy, Tex, Brainy, and Beauty strutted their stuff at the CNN Republican debate last evening in Las Vegas. The six current Republican candidates for President and their Sleeping Beauty, (who smiled the occasional plasticky, phony smile and looked sweet in exile off to the right of the platform), amped up the rhetoric and turned up the heat but said almost nothing of substance during the ordeal.

Is anyone going to finally tell these people that they sound shrill, uninformed, and occasionally DUMB? As debates go it felt more like a schoolyard scrum than a thoughtful exchange of ideas.

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October 17, 2011
by Stephen Pearl
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Dear Herman Cain, “You’re a Joke.”

Herman Cain, the latest Republican to capture the imagination of a deeply-jaded electorate, has said some pretty fantastic things lately.  First he suggests building an enormous electrified fence to keep out illegal immigrants.  Then, when called on the crassness of the statement he says, “It’s just a joke.  Get a sense of humor.”  A few years ago he suggested Tiger Woods would make a great President.  Later, after Tiger got exposed for a philandering, prostitute-using, creep, Cain said, “It was a joke.  Get a sense of humor.”

You think Barack Obama is a train wreck of a President because of his economic policy?  At least the guy had the gravitas to lead the troops when it came time to take out a terrorist that prior presidents failed to nail.

Herman Cain?  Really?  This is the best the Republicans can do?

Stand-up comics and late night talk show hosts have had it tough the last couple of years.  Obama hasn’t been enough of a quote machine these past two years.  He hasn’t put his foot in his mouth with the same frequency of his predecessor.  Like him or not, he actually knows how to articulate serious ideas when he’s being asked for solutions and when he actually tries to tell a joke – usually at the annual press corps dinner – the joke is usually funny.

For the love of all things Letterman and Leno, my dear Republican friends, keep Herman Cain’s candidacy alive.

October 17, 2011
by Stephen Pearl
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The Occupy Movement: What Happens When Christians Lose Their Voice

What the “Occupy” movement captures is not so much a clear sense of what it “wants” as a clear sense about that which many in America now wrestle…

A growing sea of economic disparity that exists between “ultra-haves-in-perpetuity” and the “utterly have nots.”

I get the sense that at its core the bubbling revolt of the Occupy movement is not about lazy people wanting it easy in life.   That would be a gross oversimplification of the most visible symptom of a growing trend of economic consolidation that began a long, long time ago and is only now reaching eye-popping levels of excess.

Let’s ask ourselves a few questions…
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October 15, 2011
by Stephen Pearl
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Dogs Returning to Vomit, Rick Perry Edition. “Kill the EPA”

Rick Perry, resorting to the usual, tired mantra Republicans can’t seem to shake when confronted with a job-creation conundrum, has once again run out the tired – dare I say, “brain-dead” – notion that the REAL reason we can’t create jobs in this country is because we have far too much clean air to breath and simply not enough environmental pollution to handle.

Okay, I admit, that was a sarcastic jab at the Texas-based hopeful for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.  To be fair, what Perry wants to do is open federal lands for oil and gas drilling and cut back on EPA regulations governing the environmental impact of oil and gas drilling.  He also wants to cut back on what he considers “job-killing” clean air standards that, to his mind, are onerous on industry.

Yes, that’s right.

According to Perry, it seems that excessive regulation by the EPA is stopping America from creating jobs.

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August 15, 2011
by Stephen Pearl
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Yo, Kate. Your 15 Minutes of Fame are Over.

She’s at it again, folks.  Kate Gosselin is losing her TLC show, “Kate + 8”, and is already fishing for a new reality series.  As reported in “The National Ledger,” (and witnessed first-hand by Mr. NoMoreGreed), Kate chatted up the prospect of a new series during a visit to the Today Show last week.  This shameless attempt by Ms. Gosselin to “hint” that she might want cameras to follow her around as she hunts for her new Mr. Right is just more of the same from the money-grubbing, fame-seeking matron of the Gosselin brood.

Kate, stop before your kids wind up hating you.  Your obsession with the media limelight is unhealthy, if not downright sick.  Your manipulation of your children, not to mention your parasitic leverage of them to perpetuate your presence in the media, is frankly offensive.  It’s as if we learned nothing from the sad, decades old story of the Dionne Quintuplets and their father’s use of their birth oddity to further his own quest for recognition.  The Dionne Quints didn’t much like pappa Dionne for his shameless hucksterism of their brood.  I suspect Kate’s offspring will likely wind up the same way, although in our current society their rebellious streak could play itself out in highly self-destructive pursuits such as alcohol or drug usage as they meander aimlessly through their emotional teen years, always looking for TV cameras that long since departed their presence.

Stop yourself, Kate.  Stop yourself before it’s too late.

June 2, 2011
by Stephen Pearl
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Yo, Anthony… A Simple “Yes” or “No” Will Suffice.

Taking a page from former President Bill Clinton’s handbook on linguistic hair splitting, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York (D) has chosen to parse out a series of convoluted answers to a singularly simple question.

“Rep. Weiner, is that or is that not a picture of your crotch?”

It seems that someone, whether Rep. Weiner himself or some prankster, Tweeted a photo of “someone’s” boxer-clad crotch. How tasteful.

It’s not bad enough we have “Sexting,” the practice of sending explicit sexual photos via MMS text messages. Now we have “Twexting,” the practice of sending sexually explicit content via Twitter. Enough is enough!

Rep. Weiner, let me give you a little advice. The next time a reporter asks you if what is making the rounds is a photo of your crotch, the answer is a simple, “Yes, I don’t know how it got sent but yes, that’s my crotch” or “No, I don’t know who is behind this, but it is definitely not a picture of my crotch.” Parsing out all the mumbo jumbo about this being someone’s idea of a prank but dodging the more critical question – why a sitting congressman would take a picture of his crotch in the first place? – is not flying with the American public.

A simple “Yes” or “No” answer will suffice, Rep. Weiner.

Oh, and if it IS his wiener in the photo, Rep. Weiner ought to step down. It calls into question the sobriety of his judgment as a member of the House of Representitives. If he can’t remember to keep his wiener under cover, he can’t be trusted to make sober judgements on matters of critical, national importance.

May 29, 2010
by Stephen Pearl
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“Do You Understand the Words Coming Out of My Mouth?”

Many years ago, I accidentally discovered that some nere-do-well had attempted to steal my identity.  Not surprising, when you consider that we increasingly live in a world where our Social Security Number and other vital, personal statistics are roaming wild and free across millions of computer systems throughout the world.  Just take one look at the mammoth data breaches of the past few years, where this retailer and that ruefully announces the loss of vital, client data.  It’s enough to make your skin crawl.

Upon learning that somebody else’s name was affixed to my credit report, I took appropriate action.  In addition to alerting every credit agency to the crime, I also immediately implemented a credit freeze, blocking all non-approved access to my credit report.  This was long before Todd Davis proudly put his own Social Security Number on the sides of billboards and trucks, all to promote his LifeLock security service.

(By the way, Mr. Davis himself is up to about 17 different thefts of his identity in the years since launching his company.)

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May 24, 2010
by Stephen Pearl
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“Drill, Baby, Drill!”, or “How to Create a Major Oil Spill.”

I’m a conflicted moderate when it comes to politics.  When it comes to theology, I’m a conservative.  When it comes to citizenship, I’m a strict Constitutionalist, believing that silly ideals like separation of church and state and a fundamental right to privacy protect my God-given calling to be a theological conservative.  This all means I frequently find myself landing in a vast brownfield of political discourse known as “the middle.”

The problem with “the middle,” where thoughtful conversation and rampant curiosity trumps screaming pontification and stubborn narrow-mindedness, is that I often hear strident voices screaming into either ear with all the subtlety of a police bullhorn.  Looks like this is going to be one of those times.  I guess I better get some ear plugs handy.

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May 20, 2010
by Stephen Pearl
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Texas Textbook Massacre – Part II

Yes, my blood was boiling last night as I wrote my commentary on “The Texas Textbook Massacre” (copyright 2010, NoMoreGreed.com).  Today, as I did further review, it went beyond boil to full-out, lid-popping explosion.  The Texas Tribune did an extended annotation of the debate surrounding content changes in the proposed history curriculum and it’s a frightening read.  Some of the petty debates that erupted, prompted by inane, fictional interpretations of historical events by the Board’s ultra-conservatives, are confounding to anyone with a functioning brain pan.  I encourage you to read their work in its entirety.  Do it on an empty stomach.

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May 19, 2010
by Stephen Pearl
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The Texas Textbook Massacre – Ideologues Run Amok

Pop quiz time, hotshot.

Q:  When is a “slave” not a “slave?”

A:  When that person is actually a piece of property in the “Atlantic triangular trade.”

Huh?

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