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Sunday, October 23, 2011 ISSUE #678
 

Qaddafi is dead. Who’s next?
Oct. 23, 2011           
   
    COLUMBUS: These Wall Street Occupiers, who are protesting against the rich because they won’t share their money, have collected over a million dollars in donations. After watching and listening to some of these birds I suspect that half of the money came from parents just to keep them out of the house.

    Police have arrested some of them, not just in New York, but in other cities. I can imagine hearing a judge say to the dad of a 26-year old college student, "A month in jail or a month of house-arrest. Which do you want for your son?" The dad pauses. The judge asks him again. Finally, the dad says (in Jack Benny style), "I’m thinking, I’m thinking."

    These protesters have been arguing over how to spend the million dollars. Why not just divide it evenly among everyone there. Isn’t that their goal, that everyone share the wealth equally. Or even better, since New York City has spent over four million dollars for police to protect them from each other and irate neighbors, why not give it to the city. 

    Qaddafi was captured and shot through the head. In the end the $200,000,000,000 he stashed away in various banks did not save him. I heard that $37 Billion of it is right here in American banks. Since we spent about one Billion supporting the Libyan revolution, this might be the first war in history where we come out ahead.

    President Obama announced that we will take all our troops out of Iraq by Christmas and turn the whole country over to the Iraqis. In Iran, Ahmadinejad was delighted. He doesn’t understand English very well and thought the President said we were turning the country over to the Iranians. No, no. That little fellow has been needling us for more than thirty years, and if he tries to sneak into Iraq, we’ll sic Israel and Turkey on him. Secretary Clinton should send him an overnight diplomatic letter warning him. And include a late picture of Qaddafi.

    Last Tuesday I was in Grand Junction, Colorado, breaking bread with the fine folks of the Knife and Fork Club. Most of us back east don’t know it, but the western slope of the Rockies is sitting on enough oil shale to keep our Fords purring for another hundred years. It may not be as cheap as oil from the Middle East, but we won’t have to fight Ahmadinejad to get it.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:
    "Wall Street is being investigated, but they are not asleep while it's being done. You see where the Senate took that tax off the sales of stocks, didn't you? Saved 'em $48,000,000."
DT #1803, May 4, 1932

    "Big headlines in today's papers say that the big bankers, to show (the President) his financial scheme don't suit them, they are unloading government bonds and securities by the bushel. He won't play their way so they are going to sell their ball and bat and get out. I can't just recall, but as well as I remember, wasn't they the fellows that the government was helping so much not long ago?"  DT #2281, Nov. 24, 1933


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