Thursday, October 21, 2010

My employer used “process analysis” to help us work more efficiently … you see, it’s like this

I went to a mandatory 4-day training to learn about speed and efficiency in our work since we are trying to do so much more with less staff.

4-days of learning how to break tasks down into “moment by moment” activities that after analysis help us move faster.

Well … when you try to move assistance activities more quickly, you run the risk of sacrificing accuracy and worse … quality of work.

That’s where the following story (anonymous – no attribution as to who wrote it) comes in. 

How management consultants can make a difference

Last week we took some friends out to a new restaurant and noticed that
the waiter who took our order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket.

It seemed a little strange, but I ignored it.

However, when the busboy brought out water and utensils, I noticed he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket.

Then I looked around the room and saw that all the staff had spoons in their pockets. When the waiter came back to serve our soup, I asked, "Why the spoon?"

"Well," he explained, "the restaurant's owners hired Andersen Consulting
to revamp all our processes.

After several months of statistical analysis, they concluded that the spoon was the most frequently dropped utensil. This represents a drop frequency of approximately three spoons per table per hour.

If our personnel are prepared to deal with that contingency, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per shift."

As luck would have it, I dropped my spoon, and he was able to replace it
with his spare spoon. "I'll get another spoon next time I go to the kitchen instead of making an extra trip to get it right now."

I was rather impressed.

I also noticed that there was a very thin string hanging out of the
waiter's fly.

Looking around, I saw that all the waiters had the same string hanging from their flies. My curiosity got the better of me, and before he walked off, I asked the waiter, "Excuse me, but can you tell me why you have that string right there?"

"Oh, certainly!" he answered, lowering his voice. "Not everyone is as
observant as you. That consulting firm I mentioned also found that we
can save time in the restroom."

"How so?" I was getting more curious.

"See," he continued," by tying this string to the tip of your you-know-what, we can pull it out over the urinal without touching it and that way
eliminate the need to wash our hands when we are done, shortening the
time spent in the restroom by 76.39 percent."

"But tell me, after you are done, how do you put it back?"

"Well," he whispered, lowering his voice even further, "I don't know
about the others, but I use the spoon."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

As a spiritual people ought we not say to public moral ad-men that enough is enough?


Regardless of the political rhetoric, we do not have to accept as absolutes the advocacies of those who insist that such and such is precisely what Jesus would do or precisely what Jesus wants or wanted.

The judgmental Letter of the Law, essentially Old Testament thinking that had evolved into the lethal judgmental society of Jesus time (and accurately portrayed in the Mel Gibson film) was not and is not something that Jesus supported or advocated in any way that can be proven by modern biblical literalists of Christian Right Social Conservatives

We read that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and others are of the view that Old Testament Law would and will be quite viable as a foundation for a remodeled American legal system.

Scalia has written that government as an instrument of capital punishment is something ordained of God.

That’s nonsense.

Jesus in Matthew says “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

At what moment did he fulfill the Law?

Was it sometime during the final 12 hours – The Passion of the Christ?

I suppose there are those who insist that in his dying, he did so.

However, is it not possible that he might have done so prior to the application of capital punishment ordained at that time by God and Caesar ?

When confronted with the woman caught in adultery and have been justified – even required – by “The Law” to join in the stoning, perhaps Jesus (the Son of God)  brought the Law to fulfillment at that moment.

By introducing the idea of sinlessness and innocence as a requirement of those who would judge and execute did he not take away the murderous right of judgmental legal bigotry?

At that moment did he not repudiate the Law of rigid and inflexible imperative and replace it with a new precedent of governance that requires wisdom, consideration and compassion?

Must the moral high ground be a place of condemnation first, judgment second followed by draconian social penalty intended as punishment?

Does the Sermon on the Mount preach that idea?

Do the parables of The Good Samaritan and Prodigal Son preach that idea?

Can we honestly declare that Jesus was a Conservative Capitalist who favored the rich at the expense of the poor and whose life incidents and teachings inform the radical objectives of the extreme Religious Right?

Honest people realize the implications of their own convictions.

Dishonest people pursue what they want by compromising their convictions at the expense of their own integrity and end up attempting to manipulate others by withholding or distorting truth.

Political parties and candidates can weaken themselves by denying the source of their internal convictions and conscience that inform their highest aspirations.

Are we remaining quiet and non-participating while the political forces around us are turning this land of the free and home of the brave into a land of the deceived and the home of the brave new cowards?

We must take that moral high ground from those who think they own it and that they can dictate some personal higher morality to the rest of us.

That includes those who have, as a blend of political and religious understanding, an expectation that we can abuse and disenfranchise each other,

that we can ignore our poor in the name of profit and greed

that we can attempt dominion of our planet by force and exploitation as much as we want

- simply because in a coming time there will be a supernatural intervention that will clean up the mess we are making.

In that regard, if we as the real  spiritual majority in this country do not charge the moral high ground we will be Left Out, not Left Behind.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

If we are going to bring Jesus into our national political dialogue … let’s be honest about it.

What about those moral values god-and-politics Christians like to trumpet?

What are those values used to justify social and political attitudes? Why are they based principally on a literal-minded evangelical and fundamentalist religious definitions?

How have religious political activists forged a marriage between values and civics?

We hear of moral values as the basis for a lot of judgmental social and political thought ... and of course a criticism of those who disagree with that thinking.

Whose moral values are the true moral values?

Ultimately, when the religion card is played ... do not all of us best understand these values as they were expressed by Christ himself?

What were the socially moral values of Jesus?


Jesus said to beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them and that you do not force religion on anyone. Hypocrites make a public clamor of their own righteousness.
        "When you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”
        “They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men.”

Is it Christian to help the rich get richer at the expense of the poor?
Jesus teaches generosity to the poor. We should not refuse "him who would borrow from you.”
Jesus taught us to look constantly for ways to give.
“You received without paying, give without pay.”
Jesus taught us not to be focused on wealth, money and the desire for more and more of at the expense of all else - particularly the poor.

Despite television and mega church sermons to the contrary, Jesus did not say wealth and prosperity was equal to righteousness. Nor did he ever express the notion that the poor deserve their lot,    
"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'
You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?"
Jesus spoke against corruption and greed in government.
        "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. “
Jesus condemned caring for only the "worthy poor."

The Levite (supposedly a righteous priest, minister or preacher), walked around the wounded victim on the highway telling himself, "My morale values are not your morale values. Actually your morale values make you unworthy of my charity."
The Samaritan only said, "Here, let me help you and take care of you."
Jesus said "Go and do likewise."

Jesus warned those who deliberately or casually ignore the poor and suffering.  
     "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom."
Jesus did not say that the health and well-being of children can be ignored.
        “Whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
And what about the so-called "prosperity gospel?"
        "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal.”
… Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
And do you think Jesus taught that those who trust God the most will be able to park their donkey’s next to the entrance of the temple?
Jesus did not teach that we should obsess on consuming.
        "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
Jesus did not say that anyone -including the merchant class - is exempt or should not pay taxes.
        “Show me the money for the tax. Whose likeness and inscription is this? Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Jesus taught total respect for the working man, employment and job security.
"The laborer is worthy of his hire.”
Jesus condemned rulers who impose unfair burdens on the people.
        “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.
They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.“
Jesus condemned the political, economic and philosophic ideology of men.
        "You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men. You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition!"

The meek inherit the earth.
        Jesus said to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”
Those persecuted for righteousness' sake own the kingdom of God.
What then regarding those who persecute?


The merciful obtain mercy.

The Sermon on the Mount speaks against basing the need to "search and destroy" evil as an act of revenge.
Jesus taught that mercy is more desirable than sacrifice.

Christians must always be ready to ask, “Am I willing to sacrifice the sons and daughters of this nation in support of a war that has not been justified, or for an act based purely on revenge?"

Jesus said that collateral damage is unthinkable and against the wisdom of God.
        "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.“
Jesus did not authorize capital punishment in any form. Those who would kill are insufficiently perfect to take upon themselves that right.
        "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her."
Jesus repudiated killing in His name and invoking war to spread freedom.
If the Bible is God's word to the world, then Jesus' words are not meant just for Christians, but for every soul on earth and here is what he said:
"I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away.
They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
And they will do this because they have not known the Father, or me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them.”
Peacemakers shall be called sons of God.
Anger and insult are serious weaknesses.
        Whoever says, "You fool!" will be liable to judgment and hell fire equal to the sin of killing.
Jesus repudiated war presidents.
"Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.”
Jesus spoke against using war to force peace. When he spoke the following words, He could have spoken directly to what has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan
        "Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.
For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation."
There is no such thing anytime anywhere as killing for Christ.


Jesus affirmed that bearing false witness is sin.
Jesus said that we are accountable for everything we say, vow or promise and that our words will either justify or condemn us.
        "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.”
Jesus taught that wisdom is equal with innocence. Conniving, secrecy and manipulation are not Christian virtues.
        "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way that man is a thief and a robber;
but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
   The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
        "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep."
Jesus declared that those who lead must know what they are doing and be clean about it.
        "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. “

Jesus did not say that we should distract ourselves by focusing on one or two issues at the expense of our overall well-being.
He did not say that Christianity would rise or fall over abortion and gay-marriage.
        “You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!“
        "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity.
You blind Pharisee! First cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. “

        Jesus taught that since we do not judge we do not determine who will go to heaven and who will burn in hell.
        "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in.”
We are in no position to declare that a gay person or couple who adopt a child and raise that child with love and honor will not go to heaven while a TV evangelist caught in adultery will be forgiven.
Jesus spoke against hubris and the art of being holier-than-thou.
        "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,
`God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.'
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!'
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Jesus did not consider the brother of the Prodigal Son more righteous, deserving or worthy in the sight of God than the Prodigal. The Father recognized the older brother's goodly life but then corrected his hubris:
        "Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found."


Jesus said that personal religious practice is done almost entirely privately.
        “Give alms in secret and when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Jesus taught us to forgive, forgive and forgive; to not be judgmental. It is not our job to point or condemn.
        "Judge not, that you be not judged.”
"Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."

Jesus openly and bluntly told us of the most important virtues:
        "You shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself."
        "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind. This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."

Jesus said that He was the Truth, the Way and the Life.
His is the pattern and that pattern is a life of seeking active goodness and not blind obedience and aggressive evangelizing by force.

Christian evangelizing is not the “more-than's” proselyting the “less-than's.”

The Condescension of God is not the same thing as the condescending smugness of the 700 club.

        "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.


Jesus did not teach us to take the Bible literally and try to apply ancient verses literally to solve contemporary problems.

Jesus did teach that religion is personal and manifests itself in acts and not blind obedience to words.
        “You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men. But I know that you have not the love of God within you. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?"

Jesus did not say that the End Times will happen according to faulty and imaginary interpretations of scripture that somehow require that Christians take over the world so He could return in glory.
        "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
        "Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

But he did say very clearly what he would do when He does come:
        "Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
        For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.
Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."
        Then he will say to those at his left hand who had not attended the least of his brethren, "Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."


As the highest morale value of all, Jesus proclaimed love,

not piety,

not righteousness,

not being born again,

not being saved

and not accepting Him as a personal savior.

        "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
        "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.”
        "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. This I command you, to love one another.”


And Jesus said to His Father

         "I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.
and the ultimate farewell expression

        "Peace be with you. “

Friday, October 8, 2010

“They hate us because of our freedoms” – really?


If this should happen to me I’d hate somebody and pick up a gun and start digging IED holes and oh hell … wouldn’t you?

I don’t know how many times this has to be said before it is understood by the people that matter, but it is not hard to understand:

When you bomb people and kill their family, friends, and neighbors, burn down their homes and burn down their businesses and kill their livestock, spewing unexploded ordnance and munitions in fields where they work and their children play, it pisses them off.

Many of them even get pissed off enough to fight back against the people they think are responsible for the bombing.

They probably even form lifelong grudges when they find their mother and children in thousands of bloody pieces in their former homes.

Again, this is not rocket surgery. If they were not sympathetic to the Taliban and Al Qaeda before, after you bomb the shit out of them, they will be.

As far as I am concerned, the Obama reliance on this kind of warfare is the absolute worst thing he has done since he has come into office, yet, oddly enough, few seem to give a shit.

Mention “the professional left” at a fundraiser, and there is a six week freak-out. Bomb and kill a shitload of innocents, creating tons more terrorists and doing nothing to advance our War aims (whatever the fuck they are anymore), and a few people will sheepishly mumble about you not understanding the gravity of the situation. Pakistan has nukes, doncha know!

Well, if not having nukes means your population will be subjected to bombing missions for decades, who the hell wouldn’t want nukes? – John Cole

So how come so many in this country listen to blow-hole patriots who portray resistance to what this government continues to do as evil?

And how about this piece of highly accurate and acute wisdom from someone who commented at the Balloon Juice blog?  Google (“Cathars and Montsegur”)

Also Americans don’t understand history. In the southern region of France where I now live some people still resent the fact the crusaders from Northern France came & burned a lot of the locals at the stake in the 12th century. That’s yesterday by Middle Eastern standards.

Americans will still die in the year 2500 because of what we’re doing today.

the crowd flocked to the steps of the highest court in the land to watch the geeks of the Westboro Baptist Church bite the heads off of metaphorical chickens.


Bored? Want a closer look at the weird? I recommend

Mike Argento: Crazy Train Barrels Thru the Supreme Court

Army reservist Steve Clark:

"I think they should be out here," Clark said. "They're the biggest idiots in the world, and they're out here showing everybody that they're the biggest idiots in the world  -- and they have the right to do that.

Isn't that amazing? I served in the military to preserve their right to show everybody that they're the biggest idiots in the world.

Westboro Baptists brought their signs.

They held signs thanking God for dead soldiers and breast cancer. (The member of the Phelps clan thanking his maker for breast cancer called breasts "mischief makers." That's a new one to me.)

When challenged on their declarations:

She asked him why he hates Jews, and he said he didn't. He was expressing his love of Jews by informing them that God hates them -- that that's how he expresses love, by telling people what he believes to be the truth.

And from another Phelps supporter who saw an opponent praying:

And then it got weird. She shrieked at an onlooker, who was praying, "The God you're trying to reach won't listen to your crap."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

That’s all well and good but the U.S. is the world’s most important country and Americans the globe’s most important people.

I challenge any American to demonstrate how America’s core values, priorities, declared principles of freedom or pursuit of any dream supercedes anything written that follows.


Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1.

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

  • No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.

  • Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.

  • All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.

  • Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

  • Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.

  • (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  • (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
  • (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
  • (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  • (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.

  • (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  • (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  • (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  • (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  • (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  • (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
  • (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.

  • Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  • (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  • (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  • (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.

  • Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  • (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  • (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.

  • (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  • (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.

  • Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.

  • (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
  • (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
  • (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.

  • Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

God once flooded the whole thing and started over because of things like this

The middle class ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for  the winter.

The Wall Street grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

Fox News shows up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in  his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

The World is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can  this be that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Bill O’Reilly sends a sneak-attack reporter to try to trap the ant into saying something inflammatory on his own doorstep.

Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity criticize the government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the grasshopper.

Internet sites Free Republic and Teabaggers for Country Take Back are flooded with online petitions seeking support to the grasshopper. 

Led by Joel Osteen and Benny Hinn  prosperity televangelists are all preaching anti-ant sermons and requesting doubled donation checks to help resist the godless ungenerous ant.

All republicans in the House of Representatives stage a walkout.

Fox & Freinds demand a Judicial Enquiry which results in Senators Mitch McConnel and Orrin Hatch announcing from the steps of the capitol building a Protection of Grasshoppers From Awful Selfish Terrorism Act (POGFAST) with immediate implementation prior to winter’s arrival.

The ant is fined for failing to comply with POGFAST and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government and handed over to the grasshopper in a ceremony covered by Fox News

… MC’eed by a joyfully weeping Glenn Beck accompanied by the Teabag Tri-Cornered Hats and Chorus.

Former President G.W. Bush calls it "a triumph of justice".

Former President Jimmy Carter says  Bush should be content with picking his nose and leave the intelligent observations to the smarter retired presidents.

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