Random Thoughts for the New Year

FOR DOWNLOAD MORE GALLERY Some bureaucrat sitting at a desk somewhere failed to report that the underwear bomber's dad warned about his son's radical nature, so the U. S. Government decided to punish each and every air passenger with increased security measures and nude body scans.

It's always about the money. Did you know that former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who has been touting these full body image scanners for airports, has a business relationship with Rapiscan?

Is there one Republican anywhere who has expressed support for the President of the United States over this current terrorist incident?

Did you know that one of the plotters involved in the underpants bomb incident was released from Guantanamo prison by the Bush/Cheney administration in 2007?

While America is spending billions of dollars and thousands of lives fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban, China is spending billions of dollars mining raw materials in Afghanistan to feed its booming economy.

Our artificial Christmas tree this year was made in China. You don't have to be a Harvard economist to figure out what's wrong with America.

In a society where porn stars like Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson are elevated to superstar status, golfer Tiger Woods is vilified for having sex outside of marriage. According to Kinsey, 50% of all American males have extramarital sex at least once during a lifetime.

What's going to happen to the charities which depend upon the millions raised by Tiger Woods? Thousands of young people also stand to be punished because of America's sexual phobias and a media which attacks and destroys people with unbridled, unashamed and unrepentant glee.

The insurance companies have completely corrupted and broken our health care system, so Congress decided to deal with the problem by forcing people to buy more insurance.

Rush Limbaugh, bless his heart, survived a heart attack scare and proclaimed that the U. S. healthcare system was just fine, and that he received the same treatment as anyone else. Excuse me, but isn't this a socialist or Communist viewpoint?

New Year's resolution - turn off Chris Matthews every time he says "Dick Cheeney".

Did anyone besides me find "Avatar" to be a completely predictable colossal bore? On the other hand, "Up in the Air" is sublime.

Best movie moment of the year is the opening montage to Pixar's "Up".

Best actor - George Clooney in "Up in the Air"

Best supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz in "Inglorious Basterds" (a lock)

Best actress - Carey Mulligan in "An Education"

Best supporting actress - Mo'Nique in "Precious" (another lock)

Best Picture and Director - "The Hurt Locker", directed by Kathryn Bigelow ("Up in the Air" will likely win)

I like the idea of everybody moving their money to community banks.

Food scare-du-jour: gluten.

The 2010 Naturist Society event schedule is now online here. The Naturist Action Committee December 2009 Newsletter is online here. It's beyond my comprehension why these organizations don't maintain a basic e-mail notification system to let members know what's happening.

Anyway, Happy New Year to all!