- Rick lives in the Northwestern U.S. with his wife and their pets.
MY RECENT POSTS
- JOKE: A Nation of Laws
July 31, 2014 07:05AM
- Eric Cantor loses in Tea Party
Upset: Message Sent
June 11, 2014 09:08AM
- Worshipping the Profit God;
Crime as Commodity
June 08, 2014 07:34AM
- “BLACK TUESDAY”: November
November 03, 2012 01:54AM
- Election 2012: Romneysia and
October 25, 2012 10:41PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “And then we have this,
which I find
August 29, 2014 04:55AM
- “It's very disheartening
that Warren takes this view
things. But, after all,
August 29, 2014 04:53AM
- “I've noticed recently
that there are fewer and fewer
August 08, 2014 08:43AM
- “It seems clear there are
American power elites
August 01, 2014 05:48AM
donkeys, which apparently
includes other nations
July 31, 2014 02:47PM
Rick Lucke's Links
- New list
The ACLU won a victory in appeals court challenging the constitutionality of the FISA Amendments Act. This is the act that Obama supported while still a senator. The e-mail notice follows:
VICTORY! Court Says Plaintiffs Can Challenge Bush Wiretapping Law
In a huge victory for priv… Read full post »
AMERICA WAS “FOUNDED ON COMPROMISE”?
Obama Ignores Truman: Rationalizing Tax Cuts & Cowardice
In a time of
universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary
Actions of the Democratic leadership over the past few years demonstrate a grim… Read full post »
Many Americans are concerned about the threat of a theocracy arising in Egypt and the Middle East as a result of the uprisings occurring there. Threat of theocratic government, or theocracy, is certainly a matter worthy of constant vigilance and I am among those who profess uncertainty… Read full post »
"Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels." – Francisco Goya
America has entered a new era of fantasy and unreason. In light of the controversy surrounding Jared Loughner&/… Read full post »
Societal violence is not caused by speech; violently tinged speech is a reflection of societal conditions that create unrest and violent urges among the citizenry. That is not to say that there are no individuals who are inherently more inclined toward violence; such individuals defin/… Read full post »
The political landscape in the U.S.A. has officially become the land of absurditics; The Politics of the Absurd.
“…the children are our future …”
Into which beliefs is our future being indoctrinated?
Let’s face the fact that not all beliefs are equal in how they affect human interactions, which affect the future of humanity.
There has been a r… Read full post »
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – Mahatma Gandhi
In a recent on-camera interview, Michael Vick declared his desire to own a dog again. Many people rightly question whether that s… Read full post »
I have recently become a security guard at a small community college. While there have been times in my life when I was a manager of people or have been charged with protecting property, including a stint decades ago as a night watchman on a stud ranch in New Mexico,/… Read full post »
Pelosi and a group of Democrats in the House of Representatives have refused Obama’s GOP tax giveaway for the rich, at least in its present written form. They have refused to bring the tax plan to the floor for a vote.
This is a positive development, but I’m remaining skeptic… Read full post »
I received this in an email from a friend; I do not know its origin:
Here's a solution to all the controversy
over full-body scanners at the airports:
All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but… Read full post »
The results of the recent mid-term elections reminded me of something that happened one day at work, back in early June 2010; I was unexpectedly exposed to the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). The individual introducing me was a friendly coworker who was incensed about th… Read full post »
“I’m suspicious of fun. I never quite know what that is or how to deal with it or how to generate it.” – Hugh Laurie
Wh… Read full post »
Since the Republican blowout in the midterm elections, we’ve repeatedly heard the question, “What should Democrats do now?” I think there is one very important lesson from the past two election cycles that is being missed and will continue to be missed. De/… Read full post »
This is a repost that I thought might be of special interest since so many are commenting about HBO's "You Don't Know Jack" presentation. The original post, “What is dignity? Is it a useful concept?” can be found here, along with the original comments.
“Di… Read full post »
There is an old adage about hypocrisy; “Do as I say, not as I do.” That adage appears, in virtually every aspect of American interactions, whether on an individual plane, a societal plane, or perhaps most especially on an international plane.
The… Read full post »
Once again, Catholics find themselves faced with the hypocrisy of their religious leaders as more evidence of pedophilia among the Catholic clergy runs rampant. Of course, hypocrisy in religion has never been in short supply: history is replete with patent examples. An overw… Read full post »
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet ruled that patents on DNA currently owned by Myriad Genetics are invalid. Judge Sweet’s decision (PDF) could have far-reaching implications for corporations heavily invested in owning our biological codes. The issue… Read full post »
This is an historic first; a legal case against a high-ranking U.S. government official for torture. The mainstream media presents a deafening silence on the matter. Certainly one can know that if this were a sex scandal, if this high-ranking official had been… Read full post »
Not HealthCARE Reform
The so-called “healthcare debate” needs to be reframed as Health Insurance Reform rather than Healthcare Reform. The problem with healthcare in America is not the care, but the insurance companies that obstruct access; profits in lieu of car… Read full post »
For understanding of this post, please read my post, Pay Premium Price; Control Life, which referenced an event in my trivial personal life. This is an update of that event.
My mind has a way of relating seemingly trivial daily events to larger… Read full post »
I’m thoroughly pissed off. I live in a neighborhood that is considered relatively upscale in our town, although the area is sort of inadvertently divided into two levels; there are the really upscale homes that are valued in the millions of dollars, and then there a… Read full post »
Throughout history much enlightenment has been ignored, mocked, disparaged, ridiculed. The second-best news humanity can possibly receive is truth and enlightenment. The best news humanity might receive would be acceptance of truth and enlightenment. More than one hundred/… Read full post »
I enjoy a good NFL Football game. I’m looking forward to watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, especially with The Who playing at half-time.
I also enjoy a good joke as much as the next person. But sometimes the joke is on the teller.
On February 3, 2010… Read full post »