and Opinions on Current Events and Attitudes
Volume III, Issue
Bush Administration:Allowing the Rich To Eat Your Lunch
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The recent collapse of Enron and the subsequent rape and pillage of the
employees, stockholders, and public by the executives of the company have
shocked the New War watching American public back into the reality of
the present Bush - Cheney Administration's policies favoring big business
over the common working man. The influence buying of Enron through massive
campaign contributions and the easy access of Enron into the administration's
decision making processes only go to prove that the
Bush led GOP will live up to the party slogan: 'Gas, Oil, and Plutonium.'
The collapse of Enron is only the most recent and shocking in a list of
Bush actions favoring the wealthy in his short administration. The ill-fated
tax cut of the summer has cut the amount of tax money coming into the
coffers of the Federal Government; however, most of the real cuts and
benefits went to the wealthy few. The millionaire business entrepreneur
now pays less taxes and will continue to do so in the future, but how
much of a tax cut did the forty-thousand dollar a year welder or the thirty-five
thousand dollar a year school teacher receive? In reality, these people
received very little in terms of a tax cut. (Remember the $300 check for
each taxpayer was a democratic idea). Today the massive tax cut along
with the New War on Terrorism has shot down the
tremendous financial surplus of a year ago and plunged the American Government
into deficit spending. Any hope of bailing out Social Security, Medicare
or helping to provide Medicare with a prescription drug plan are now way
in the future. If you plan on having your own nest egg and not needing
Social Security or Medicare... ask an Enron retiree how their 401-K is
doing these days!
Under President Bush the economy has fallen flat on its face and the GOP
trickle down, tax cut for the wealthy ideas has not worked. A prime example
of a Bush bail out was the federal government's donations to the airlines
after September 11th. The Government spent billions of dollars to bail
out the airlines and keep them afloat although most of the airlines were
in trouble prior to September 11th. The millions given to each airline
allowed the six-figure salaried CEOs and other executives to keep their
jobs, stock options, and prevented their stock from falling to far down.
However, all the bail out provided for many of the airline mechanics,
baggage handlers, ticket clerks, and other average workers was a pink
slip. The Bush Administration refused to provide any extra unemployment
compensation to these hard working Americans... after all; they were not
CEOs or high paid executives.
The collapse of Enron, a Texas based energy conglomerate, has turned America's
eyes from the New War to the home front for the first time since September
11th. Enron hid its debt from the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)
and other government regulators as well as its stockholders, including
employees who had Enron stock as part of their 401-K retirement plans.
Special laws were passed to allow Enron to secrete its debt and continue
to purchase smaller companies which were robed of liquid finances and
in which Enron hid its debt and financial problems. Employees of these
newly purchased companies were forced to roll over to the Enron 401-K
plans and their valuable stock was replaced with Enron stock that Enron
management knew was soon to be worthless. When the fall came the CEO and
other top company officials sold their soon to be worthless stock for
millions, but the 410-K holders were forbidden to sell their Enron stock.
Enron was a major contributor to the Bush-Cheney election campaign of
2000 giving over two million dollars to the election fund. This made Enron
the largest, single contributor to the Bush-Cheney ticket. Enron also
gave campaign funding to 71 Senators and 188 House members, both Republicans
and Democrats received funds; however, the GOP candidates received the
bulk of the donations. Enron officials met with administration officials
on at least six occasions, and the possible presence of Enron officials
at the top secrete Cheney energy policy advisory group last spring is
still a mystery. Enron definitely bought its way into the inner circle
of power in the Bush Administration and the American political system.
When things headed south at Enron the company's
political set up allowed the cooperation's upper management to sell of
their stock at a high price at expense of the common shareholder and many
common working people's retirement savings. Enron is a Bush based debacle.
The Bush Administration is quick to blame the Clinton Administration for
many of the economic and security problems that have occurred in the past
year. Bush apologists on Capital Hill and in the conservative media blame
everyone but the presen tadministration for America's problems. The fact
remains that the tax cut, the airline bailout, the squandering of the
budget surplus, and the Enron fiasco have all occurred on the Bush watch.
President Bush needs to remember that he is a minority
president (he received only 48% of the vote in 2000) and many Americans
do not favor his economic policies. More and more Americans see the GOP
philosophies as allowing the rich to eat the lunch of the working class
in our great land.
We Get Our Money's Worth? Reflections On Some Current Questions By
"The Old Conservative"
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Clarion Issue's editor, "Big Al," approached me a while back
about writing an article about our glorious elected officials in Washington,
D. C. He seemed to think that we were not getting our bang for the buck.
Being the old "conservative" that I am, I had to do some real
hard thinking about it. Every time they do something right, they turn
around and do a dufus.
Now let's see if I have this straight. We live in a representative democracy
where we elect our representatives to serve our best interests. That means
that they should be looking out for us. Things that are bad for us as
a country should not be considered. Things that are good for the country
should be considered. That sounds simple. Then why do we
get the feeling that this is not what is happening?
Consider the recent Pentagon/anti-terrorism bill that was recently passed
by Congress. This was a very important piece of legislation. Funding the
military in this day and time is one our most important priorities. Anti-terrorism
is right up there with it. Yet when the bill was pushed through the Senate,
senators of all types, Republicans and Democrats alike, added 103 amendments
to the bill. Many of these "riders" dealt with pet projects
having nothing to do with the main bill. Now we are all realistic enough
to know that some of those amendments had a snowball's chance in Hades
of making it through to final passage, but is this really the venue that
should be used for approval? A bill of this significance should be voted
on as a pure entity. Every year I keep
hoping that we can get away from the "pork" bills which pay
for projects like taking the top off of a mountain in order to build an
airport that supports one chicken farm. Surely, Congress can see that
the continued funding of a manure factory that was used to support the
war effort during World War II is now a waste, regardless of whose district
or state it is in. These bills are a waste of the taxpayer's money.
Did someone say something about pay? Congressional pay has been increased
again. Say it isn't so! With the hundreds of thousands of jobs that have
been lost during the last six months and the number that are scheduled
for elimination during this coming year, should congress really be getting
a pay raise? Don't get me wrong now, I like to get a decent pay raise
every now and then myself, but shouldn't we also be fiscally responsible
to the country. I wouldn't mind it so much if they would spend their terms
of office working for the people instead of working to get re-elected.
I guess that is just the old country boy coming out
I keep hearing these voices. "TAXES!" Wow, was that ever a powerful
suggestion! I will give them a little credit for trying to help us out
in the tax department. I have to admit that I did see my withholding tax
bill go down a little bit. And that $600.00 refund was nice. I did my
part to sustain the economy. I spent every last penny. So I say, keeps
it coming. I think that if you look back over history every time Congress
did give a tax cut that the economy did in fact turn around. So why are
the liberals trying to delay some of the tax cuts that they just approved?
They try to use some tax hike mumbo jumbo rhetoric. Deficit-Smeficit!
If we do have a deficit for the next couple of years, is it really going
to hurt? Show me a time in history that we were involved in a
conflict and/or a recession that we didn't run a deficit. This country
has proven time and time again that we can overcome them if we just think
and act fiscally responsible. And why not help out some of the big guys.
They (loose terminology) worked hard to get where they are today. If I
made that kind of money (like the equivalent of congressional pay), I
would like to keep a little more of it. I just finished filing my 2001
income tax return today (ouch) and believe me, I know I worked hard for
all I got. I am proud to announce that I will be getting a refund of $116
from the federal government. But after you take away the $64 that
I owe the state I will be left with a whole $42 to take my wife on our
Bahamas cruise. So I say keep those cuts coming and don't delay.
The American people are not stupid. Most of us do see what is happening
on Capitol Hill and appreciate the good work that some of our elected
officials have done since September 11th. But why must they fall back
to the old ways. They have the opportunity now to continue to do work
to help the entire country. Congress must take on the real issues that
need to be addressed, not their pet projects or re-election. That will
get keep an official in office and continue to keep this country on top
of the world. Congress must work together instead of against each other.
So, to the original question, do we get out money's worth from our elected
officials? Cluny - what do you think?
Flag Banned At Confederate Cemetary
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R. A. Pearson
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Department of Veterans
Affairs ruling that banned the flying of the Confederate Battle Flag over
Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery in Maryland. The ruling in late December
2001 overturned a lower court decision that allowed the Confederate banner
to fly over the graves of over 3000 Confederate prisoners who died in
one of the North's largest POW camps of the Civil War. The decision went
on to uphold the VA policy of flying the Confederate Battle Emblem only
on Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day.The VA's stated intent is
"to preserve these cemeteries as quite places to honor the American
dead, free from controversy and partisan conflict", and to honor
those buried there as Americans not Confederate soldiers.
While the Clarion Issue concedes that the Confederate Battle Flag has
become a source of controversy (due to its use by various hate and white
supremacy groups) and should be removed from public buildings and state
flags, the removal of Confederate Flags from Confederate Cemeteries is
pushing the envelope on political correctness. The Confederate Flag does
have a place in history, and flying over the graves of Confederate war
dead is one of those places.
There are also alternatives to the flying of the Confederate Battle Flag.
The South had several other flags that could be used instead of the Battle
Emblem, none of which carry the objectionable qualities of the Battle
Flag. The First National Flag of the Confederacy is a nice flag and was
used throughout the war by Confederate troops. The Bonnie Blue Flag could
also be substituted for the Battle Emblem. Either of these flags would
honor the Southern war dead at buried Point Lookout and would be a historical
representation of the cause the soldiers fought for as Americans (and
Southerners) during that tragic war.
It is a disgrace to the memory of the Confederate soldiers that a flag
that they fought for home and hearth under has been turned into a symbol
of hate by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. Like the burning cross used
to call the highland clans to battle in Scotland, the Confederate Battle
Flag has been perverted into symbol for which it was unintended. The Confederate
Battle Emblem was once the flag of proud soldiers who endured hardships
beyond our comprehension. Now it is a subject of political controversy.
The Clarion Issue staff contends that the Confederate Battle Emblem has
its place in history, and Civil War Battlefields and cemeteries are such
places. We also feel that the Klan and other hate groups should find and
adopt their own symbols and not try to link their hate to historic symbols
such as the burning cross of Scotland and the Confederate
Battle Flag. As for political correctness, we will never refer to the
Minutemen as "Minutepeople," and we will not refer to the Founding
Fathers as "Founding Persons." We will not refer to bald men
as being follically challenged. America has a New War to fight, a peace
to win, and many internal issues to solve. Why argue over a historic flag
at a historic cemetery?
Schools Go Too Far Teaching About Islam
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R. A. Pearson
California parents have voiced displeasure over the 7th grade textbook
and curriculum which seems to promote Islam while relegating Christianity
to just another religion. Parents in Byron, California, were alarmed when
they learned that students were encouraged to adopt Islamic names, learn
the major tenets of Islam, use Islamic dress, and even stage their own
jihad. September 11th or not, this is an outrage. The state-adopted textbook
in California is Houghton-Mifflin's Across
the Centuries. Complaints about the textbook center around the treatment
of Christianity in a matter-of- fact manner while highlighting some of
the negative aspects of Christian history 'across the centuries.' The
text tended to present Islam as a truly-reveled religion, and that Mohammed
seemed to get the Qur'an and other revelations right from God. The book
does not mention any massacres, cruelties, or any negative aspects of
The Clarion Issue encourages the teaching of facts about all religious
faiths but on an even playing field. The life of Mohammed, what the Qur'an
is, the five pillars of Islam, and other important information like Islamic
dietary rules, is important for a 7th gradestudent to know, but a three
week course with Islamic dress, the observance of Ramadan, and a jihad
is definitely overkill.
Perhaps the California Department of Education will address the complaints
of the parents, but it is California where political correctness is more
important than what parents want for their children and where even playing
fields for the majority's wishes do not count for much. Who knows what
California will do? After all...California produced 'Ge-had Johnny', the
In the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, their family
member lay gravely ill in a room nearby. Finally the doctor came in looking
tired and somber. "I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news," he
said as he surveyed the worried faces. "The only hope for your loved
one at this time is a brain transplant. It is an experimental procedure,
semi-risky and you will have to pay for the brain yourselves."The
family sat in silence as they absorbed the news. After a great length
of time someone asked, "Well, how much does a brain cost?"
doctor responded quickly, "$5,000 for a male brain and $200 for a
female brain."The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not
to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but a few actually smirked.
A man, unable to control his curiosity, blurted out the question everyone
wanted to ask. "Why is the male brain so much more expensive?"The
doctor smiled at the childish innocence and so to the entire group said,
"It is just standard pricing procedure. We have to mark down the
price of the female brains, because they have actually been used."
GREAT ONE LINER
"THE CLOSEST I EVER GOT TO A 4.0 IN COLLEGE WAS MY BLOOD ALCOHOL
Southern Words From The 'New War'
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(Taliban) - 1) What them rich English fellers, like Prince Charles
and that Camilla Barker Bowels woman, shout when they see a fox. 2) A
group of old towelhead idiots who vale women, grow beards, and head for
the hills when a real airforce shows up.
Alliance - 1) A group of Yankees. 2) The good guys in that thar New
(Pashtun) - 1) A very pash (plush), ornate, or elaborate cuspidor
(spittoon). 2) A whole bunch of Afghans from the south. Southerners wonder
if they dress in gray?
( Loya jirga) - 1) What your shyster lawyer does to ya in order to
make more moo-la (money). 2) An assembly of tribal leaders over thar in
Billy Ray- "Hay Elmer. Did ja hear about that English feller
who got killet during one of them there Fox hunts?
Elmer- "Naw Billy Ray, what happened?"
Billy Ray- "When they seen the fox he shouted Tally-band,
and a whole bunch of James Bomb 007 type of agents, dressed like em'er
fox hounds, shot him dead as a doornail.
Elmer- "How'd ya hear 'bout that Billy Ray"
Billy Ray-"I read all 'bout it in the National Enquirer."
Catfish, how 'bout them posh-toons?
Catfish-"I aint seen no fancy cus-spit-doors since they taken'em
out of the Courthouse".
Charlene-"What about the New War and the Northern Alliance?"
Tracy Jo- " Well if ya ask me- All yankeees are the same".
Lou-"I heared tell that in two years they gona have a lawyer-jerk-ya
over thar in Afghan'stan to decide 'bout the government of the place.
Frank-"Yea, with a bunch of Lawyers in one place they'll be
a lot of jerk-in going on."
Bush Administration Opens New Oil Lease Areas in the Gulf of Mexico
While the nation watched the New War in Afghanistan, the pro-oil Bush
Administration opened a 1.5 million section of the Gulf of Mexico to bids
from oil companies for oil exploration and drilling. The area opened by
the bids in early December included tracts off the coast of Florida, Alabama,
and Mississippi. The area opened for lease is at least 100 miles off the
coast of Florida, thanks in part to protest from the President's brother,
Governor Jeb Bush ( R ) of Florida, who felt that the area originally
proposed (17 miles off the coast) could harm tourism in the sunshine state.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Shell Offshore placed most of the bids.
Environmentalist groups plan to fight the action and to stop the drilling
for oil in these new areas by lawsuits, political action and other forms
of protest. Pro-drilling forces claim that only the development of new
domestic sources of oil can help to wean the United States from its dependence
on foreign oil. As usual, the Bush Administration failed to encourage
conservation as a viable option to combat the nation's dependence on foreign
Air Force To Change Name
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January 2002 the Confederate Air Force will change its name to the Commemorative
Air Force. The name change is designed to help reflect the group's objective
of restoring and maintaining World War II vintage aircraft. The move
will also relieve the pressure on air show sponsors reluctant to sponsor
the group's activities due to the 'Confederate' part of the name. The
organization, however, will keep the CAF initials.
The CAF has nothing to do with the Civil War. The early members of the
group found the words 'Confederate Air Force' painted on the fuselage
of a Mustang fighter, an early acquisition of the outfit, one morning
at an airfield in Texas. The name stuck, and the CAF spread to 27 states
and four countries. The CAF has restored over 140 vintage WWII aircraft.
The CAF is a nonprofit, volunteer, organization. Although the group
helps educate the people about the vintage aircraft, it has run into
problems with sponsors and fund raising due to its name. The members
voted to change the name to Commemorative Air Force in order to aid
in fund raising.
The CAF spokespersons have not indicated weather the Confederate Air
Force officers' commissions will transfer over to the Commemorative
Air Force, or even if the good Southerners who purchased commissions
will want to 'fly' with the new organization. If these commissions are
allowed to expire, the Clarion Issue estimates the South may loose 1581
Colonels, 473 Lt. Colonels, 332 Majors, 51 Captains, and some 139 Lieutenants.
The South may also loose 9 enlisted men that could not afford the
To Spend Almost 55 Million On New Voting Technology
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part of the 2002 budget the State of Georgia will spend nearly 55 million
dollars to equip the entire state with new electronic voting devices.
According to Georgia's Secretary of State Cathy Cox who is in charge of
elections in the state, the new devices have been tested in twelve municipal
elections over the past year and should prevent many of the problems the
nation (especially Florida) experienced in the 2000 hanging chad presidential
election.The funding included money for pre-election voter education.
Vs Fez,Shriners Will Not Be At Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade
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The South's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade will not include shriners
this year due to a disagreement between parade organizers and the participating
shriners. In the past over 2000 members of the shrine have entertained
the green clad crowds in Savannah, Georgia, as clowns, pirates, and of
course belly dancers. The organizers are under pressure to make the parade
shorter and wanted to cut down the number of shrine participants. Many
of the 500,000 people who watch the parade feel the shriners are not the
The parade has gotten longer as the number of Hyperbrebian societies in
Savannah has grown and as the number of politicians who put in an appearance
has increased. Take out a few politicians and rotate the Hyperberbian
societies each year, and the parade will be shorter. Of course, who wants
to tell Governor Barnes the Bubbas of Georgia are still mad at him about
the flag, and he needs to stay out of sight (he will get that message
in the election) or tell the Harp and Shamrock Society it is not your
turn to be in the parade. No one, so why tell the shriners to cut their
An "honorary Irishman" once described the Savannah parade as
"an excellent opportunity for participants and onlookers alike to
indulge in hyperberbian revelry." If you need a translation it is
a bunch of drunks on the side of the street watching a bunch of drunks
walk down the middle of the street. Who cares how long the parade is,
have another glass of green beer and worry about the length of the line
at the port-o-potty!
Disagree on End of Winter; Civil War Looms
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South's major weather forecaster, General Beauguard Lee of Lilburn, Georgia,
has turned in a drastically different end of winter forecast than his
Northern rival Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania. Beauguard Lee did not
see his shadow on Feburary 2nd thus signaling an early end of winter;
however Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and headed back into his house
indicating six more weeks of winter.
When asked about the uncompromising conflict between the rodent's prognostications
several local southernersassured dumbfounded groundhog watchers that Beau
had the correct forecast. "After all," said several onlookers,
"who are you going to believe? Beauguard Lee or some Yankee groundhog
who has a name no one can even spell!"
Most observers agreed that a cooling off period is in order over this
groundhog controversy, and another Civil War may be averted.
Lawmaker Proposes Law Forbidding Answering The Door in The Nude
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Ga. House of Representatives member Dorothy Pelote of Savannah has introduced
a bill that prohibits an individual from answering the door in the nude.
The legislation would stop any person from stepping outside in the raw
but it is designed to stop people from shocking door-to-door salesmen,
girl scouts selling cookies, and even door-to door evangelists.
The Georgia ACLU indicates that if the bill becomes law it would be a
clear violation of the Georgia Supreme Court rulings protecting individual
rights in the home.
Prior to this bill, Pelote has introduced legislation in the Georgia General
Assembly designed to require short fingernails for students and legislation
that would prohibit grocery store bag boys from licking their fingers.
Many Georgians were relieved when these bills died in the General Assembly.
Pelote made the news last year when she claimed to have been visited by
the sprit of missing intern Chandra Levy. Pelote, a ten-year veteran of
the General Assembly indicates she will not seek reelection in 2002.
Man Accused Of Killing Hitchhiker Who Refused To Pay For Gas
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Pineland Texas residents, Blake Little (34) and three others, are in legal
trouble after allegedly running over a hitchhiker. They gave a ride to
Ken Bimbo Tillery (44) when Tillery agreed to pay $5 for gas. As the ride
progressed the price for the gas went up, eventually reaching $50. When
the truck stopped at a gas station, Tillery ran and was perused by the
four men in the truck. Tillery was eventually caught, held down, and run
over with the truck, according to Tom Maddox, Sheriff of Sabine County,
Little was arrested two days later on murder charges. Sheriff Maddox believes
drugs and alcohol were involved in the incident.
The incident occurred in the area of Texas where James Byrd Jr., an Afro-American,
was killed three years ago by being dragged behind a truck. Several white
men war tried and convicted of a hate crime. Little and the other three
men involved are Afro-American and Tillery is white; however, investigators
have not indicated if race was an issue in the
Zealots Burn Harry Potter Books In New Mexico
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Members of the Christ Community Church, led by their minister Jack Brock,
staged a book burn in the New Mexico town of Alamogordo in late December
of last year. The pastor referred to the Harry Potter books as 'a masterpiece
of satanic deception'. He went on to indicate that, 'These books teach
children how they can get into witchcraft and become a witch, wizard,
The bonfire also included Ouiji boards, AC/DC recordings and even the
works of Shakespeare. The book burning was highly publicized about Alamogordo
and drew a large crowd. The line of book burning protestors was a quarter
of a mile long and included a protestor dressed as Adolph Hitler.
The Clarion Issue wonders if any of the Christ Community Church's flock
will attend any of the showings of the new movie Lord of the Rings, the
movie adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy books about middle earth
and full of magic, wizards, and monsters. The flocks' burning of Shakespeare's
works reminds one of the actions of the minister and flock in the movie
Porky's, where thereligious group protested and shut down ' An Evening
With Shakespeare' being performed by a high school drama department. Any
minister that can whip his flock into such hysteria is heading down the
slippery slope of megalomania. 'Thus says the
shepherd, thus says the flock.' All that is missing from this New Mexico
reenactment of Porky's is the Ku Klux Klan!
Type of Large Squid Found in Gulf of Mexico and Elsewhere
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December 20th scientist announced the discovery of a previously unknown
type of squid discovered about one mile under water in the Gulf of Mexico.
The squid was captured on video shot from a submarine. A live specimen
has not been captured. The same type of squid has also been seen in
the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans. The video reveals a large
body with extremely large fins and extra long arms about ten times the
length of the body. The arms and tentacles are the same length which
is unusual in squids.
According to one scientist who appeared on a nationally broadcast radio
talk show, a specimen of the squid must be obtained before the animal
can be classified and given a specific scientific name. It is a shame
that Frank Zappa is not around to work this new squid into a song or
Help Support Homeless With Surplus Meat
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The National Rifle Association's program "Hunters for the Hungry"
is a service designed to encourage hunters to donate their surplus meat
to homeless shelters. The service helps to link the hunter and the shelter
together with the information to help set up the donation. The program
has helped provide meat for thousands of meals for the homeless.
According to the NRA's "Hunters for the Homeless Program" coordinator
Phil Garth, the major problem is that there seems to be more people willing
to donate meat than meat processors participating in the program. Garth
stated that "the hunters just can't take the deer to the food bank.
You actually get more animals than the processors can handle and that
is because they're limited by the cost."
"Hunters for the Hungry Program" began in the early 1990s and
had provided homeless shelters with deer, elk, and other game. In Virginia
over 10 tons of meat has been donated to the homeless and over five tons
has been donated in Maryland. The program is expected to grow as more
hunters and especially processors become aware and get involved in the
However, the program is not without its critics. PETA (People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals) contends that the NRA's Hunters for the
Hungry program is an excuse for hunters to shoot more animals under the
pretext of charity. The PETA spokesman indicated that the hunters could
feed more people by donating the money spent on licenses, firearms, and
other equipment to the homeless shelters instead of "foisting artery-clogging
dead animal meat products on them."
Another similar hunter-food share program, the Safari Club International's
"Sportsmen against Hunger" delivers an annual 250 million meals
a year to food banks all made from donated game. PETA's thanksgiving tofu
turkey drive provided meals to about 1000 homeless people. Perhaps PETA
is the turkey here.
Telemarketing Calls May Become An Unpleasant Memory
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Those annoying, unwanted 6:30 P.M. telemarketing call that interrupts
dinner or the news may soon be part of the past. Newly proposed rules
before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would create a national 'do
not call' list. The phone subscriber would simply call a toll-free number
and have their and number listed on the 'do not call' list. The telemarketing
companies who called a listed number would receive a fine up to $11,000.
The FTC will hold hearings in June to on the proposed changes in policy.
The FTC also plans to tighten regulations on the telemarketing practice
of hiding their identities from caller ID boxes and sharing information
among themselves about their customers.
Plays Host To World Conference On Toilets
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Late last year the city-state of Singapore hosted the first World Summit
on toilets. The week-long summit and toilet show focused on the design,
ventilation, incontinence, and future of devices known by such names as
Johns, water closets, crappers, and commodes. Jack Sim, president of the
Restroom Association of Singapore and keynote speaker at the summit promised
that "The proliferation of this movement worldwide will inevitably
lead to improvements in toilet environment everywhere." The august
theme of the summit was "Our toilets: the past, the present and the
The summit included a mime demonstrating proper vs. improper toilet habits.
Good toilet habits included always flushing and washing hands after toilet
use. Other summit events included a tour of Singapore's finest toilet
China sent 20 delegates to the summit in hopes that the delegation would
uncover tips on improving China's antiquated toilet and sewer system before
the world arrives in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Chinese
delegates were treated to a tour of Singapore's most modern restrooms
and saw the most advanced commodes in the city. China hopes to improve
over 350 public toilets in over 450 tourist sites in the next five years.
The delegates also toured the Singapore Zoo and visited the zoo's facilities.
The restrooms were housed inside rock walls and plants in order to provide
the user with a true "outdoor" experience.
Over 500 restroom professionals from all over the world attended the conference
and show, which included a forum on investing in toilets and restrooms
for profit. The Clarion Issue hopes the next World Summit on Toilets will
be held in Flushing, New York.
Counterfeiters Tool Up To Print Phony Euros
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Counterfeiters in the Balkan states are gearing up their ink, plates and
other various printing apparatus to make counterfeit paper Euros. The
counterfeiters hope to take advantage of the retailers unfamiliarity with
the new currency in Europe in order to easily pass their fake Euros all
over Europe. The poor economic conditions in the Balkan area have made
counterfeiting a major industry in that part of Europe. The counterfeiters
have successfully copied the German mark for years. Experts expect to
see the fake notes in small denominations all over Europe in 2002.
Moves Toward Execution By Lethal Injection; Hangman Unavailable
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African nation of Swaziland has been searching for a hangman for over
a year; however, they have been unable to find a reasonable candidate
for employment. The small country in Southern Africa has begun to make
plans to use lethal injections in the wake of the unsuccessful worldwide
According to Maweni Simelane, the Justice Minister of Swaziland, any
qualified medical practitioner can perform the lethal injection
procedure and "we will probably be introducing the system this
year." There are nine death row inmates in Swaziland's Matsapha
Prison outside Mbabane, the capital city. The last execution in Swaziland
was in 1983.
From Camden County, Ga.
MACS in St. Mary's Ga.
by Sam Merier
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Military and Civilian Society, MACS, is a non-profit organization located
at 106 Dandy St., St. Marys, Georgia. MACS is open to membership to anyone
that is interested in joining the fellow members to help, enjoy and assist
the local community by being dedicated to its betterment without regard
to race, religion, gender, or profession. MACS is made up of men women
and families from all backgrounds, both civilian and military, dedicated
to the community. Macs members have joined together to assist those in
need and aid in various and numerous community activities.MACS
strives to promote and develop involvement and understanding through out
all levels of the community.
MACS opened on July 6, 1998. One of the first contributions of the organization
was to build a wheelchair ramp for a person who had just become wheelchair
bound. Since that time several wheelchair ramps have been built at no
cost to the recipients or their families. MACS members have also repaired
at least one roof, also at no cost to the individual \family.
MACS spearheaded the effort in bringing the Vietnam Moving Wall to St.
Marys. This project included numerous fundraisers and hours of hard work
by both MACS members and people at every level of the community. The money
was raised and the Vietnam Moving Wall was a huge success and seen by
thousands of people.
The holiday period is a very busy time at MACS. On Thanksgiving the organization
prepares a full Thanksgiving meal for the needy in Camden County. Using
food donated by members and others in the community MACS served and delivered
over 200 meals last Thanksgiving. At Christmas MACS provided food and
gifts for three less fortunate families who would not have had a Christmas
without community aid.
MACS, the Downtown Merchants, and the Warehouse Waterfront Theatre host
the Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day Parades. MACS began the St. Patrick's
Day parade four years ago and it has continued to grow every year. Come
see St. Marys own leprechaun in action. There will be a St. Paddy's Day
party after the parade at MACS. The parade and party will be on Saturday,
March 16th this year. There will be venders, food, and arts and crafts.
MACS is always looking for new members. None of the community service
provided by MACS could be done without the efforts of the members. MACS
also sponsors events like the St. Valentine's Day Sock Hop, Oyster Roasts,
and other special events. MACS has great food and is open for lunch and
dinner. Come in and look through the scrapbook and see if MACS is right
for you. Decide for your self if you would like to help others help themselves
through the work at MACS. Call 882-7588 for more
IT AND THEY WILL COME (MAYBE)
by R.A Pearson
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During the 2001-2002 football season the Jacksonville Jaguars posted a
6-10 record. The attendance was so dismal that three games were blacked
out so that local TV audiences could not view the game. Even a Thursday
night game on ESPN fell victim to the NFL's black out policy. Alltel Stadium
is simply too large.
Jacksonville Stadium (Alltel Stadium) was built to house the Georgia-Florida
football game, which draws an estimated 100,000 fans to Jacksonville each
fall. The enthusiastic Jaguar fans initially purchased the overpriced
Jaguar tickets in season ticket packages, but as the newness of the Jags
faded and as individual game day tickets became more available people
began to pass on expensive season ticket packages. Now the stadium is
too large for the typical crowd, and the run of the mill fan suffers from
the NFL's black out policy.
To combat this inequity, Jacksonville now plans to ENLARGE the stadium,
at an estimated cost of 45 million dollars, adding even more seats and
sky boxes insuring even more NFL blackouts. As part of the Super Bowl
XXXIX deal, the city pledged to add 6,000 seats to Alltel Stadium. How
do the Jaguars plan to sell these seats when the 3-11 Jags take on the
2-12 Jets at 8:30 on a Thursday night in December 2008 with a game time
temperature of 36 degrees plus a wind chill? That will be a NFL black
out for sure.
As a final insult to the fans for not spending an estimated 400 dollars
for a family of four to attend a game, TV-4 punishes the fans by not broadcasting
any game on Sundays when there is a blackout. TV-4, however, does inundate
their viewers with coaches and player interviews for almost a week as
they express their excuses for not winning the game that was blacked out
and which no one was able to watch.Why enlarge a stadium that is too large
and you cannot sell out to begin with?
again the good folks at PETA are attacking an American institution. This
time the self-proclaimed animal defense organization is asking the Green
Bay Packers to change their name to the Green Bay Six-Packers. The Packer
nickname is a name that honors the hard working (and admittedly hard drinking)
blue-collar individuals who work in the meat packing houses of that frozen
city in Wisconsin. PETA claims the name helps glorify the mistreatment
of animals in the slaughterhouses of America. The Clarion Issue doubts
that even the free beer doled out by PETA at historic Lambeau Field will
be enough to get the cheese-heads to consider a name change.
We also need to report that there is no truth to the rumor that the meat
packers union is trying to change its name to PETA (People for Eating
Tasty Animals) to counter the name change movement by PETA (People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals). The Clarion Issue predicts that PETA's
Six-Packer movement will be about as successful as their protest of the
100th anniversary of Animal Crackers and PETA's Thanksgiving Tofu Turkey
give-away and sale.
MIAMI BAILS OUT BCS
By R. A. Pearson
37-14 victory of the Miami Hurricanes over the Nebraska Cornhuskers helped
bail out the computer generated Bowl Championship Series (BCS) for one
more year. Everyone felt Miami deserved to play, but many college football
fans and followers doubted that Nebraska was a ligament contender as number
two. The Oregon Ducks' (10-1) strong showing against the Colorado Buffalos
in the Fiesta Bowl certainly adds credence to the Ducks claim of being
hosed by the BCS's computer selection criteria.
The BCS computer takes into account several factors other than the teams
won loss record. The computers factor in strength of schedule, common
opponents, and margin of victory among other things. These go into a computer
and out comes a bowl ranking which is used in spite of the fact that the
sports writers' poll and the college coaches' poll may disagree. A major
concern many have in the BCS formula is the margin of victory factor that
forces strong teams to run up the score on weaker opponents.
Why does FSU have to beat Duke 57-3? Why does Nebraska have to defeat
Kansas 51-7? They do it to gain points in the BCS standings. There is
no need in this factor being part of the BCS or any other formula. A victory
is a victory. Why embarrass a group of college athletes, deny playing
time to younger kids who have worked all year and could get valuable experience,
and run the risk of getting starters hurt only to score points in a BCS
formula? It is down right absurd and very unsportsmanlike in nature. If
need be, establish a 'enough is enough' margin of victory and call off
the dogs. Better yet, get rid of the BCS all together and have a playoff
like in all other sports.
was highball ?
A horse who won the Triple Crown in 1927.
B. The dog that survived the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929.
C. Captain Cavendish's cat on the HMS Erubus' voyage of exploration in
D. The name of Alice's pool cue on the Honeymooners TV show.
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Weekend The Battle of Aiken, S.C. at Aiken, S.C.
A civil war reenactment. Aiken is 20-30 miles east of Augusta, Ga. and
e-z to access of I-20.
St. Patrick's Day
Savannah, Ga. Parade and large celebration.
Dublin, Ga. Parade and celebration. Central Ga. off I-16. www.dublin-georgia.com
MACS in St. Marys, Ga. party and celebration firstname.lastname@example.org
Last weekend Dogwood Festival Attapulgus, Ga.
Small town festival w/ parade, food, arts & crafts. Between Bainbridge,
Ga and Tallahassee, Fla.
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weekend Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta, Ga www.pga.com
Mid April Civil War Re-enactments at Kaufman, Texas www.rootsweb.com/txkaufma/civilwar/kaufcocw/htm
Third weekend Grits Festival at Warwick, Ga.
A small town festival with plenty of grits. Arts & crafts, entertainment,
Talladega 500 at Talladega Speedway, Talladega, Ala. www.nascar.com
Ga Festival Colquitt,Ga.
Civil War re-enactments, tennis tournament, parade, & antiques.
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