Mildred Purse Says Mitt Can't Tilt Any More

Poor Mitt managed to win a few by playing the Vicar of Bray
who tilted every time a new monarch came to power
But now it's impossible for Mitt to tilt
He's stuck with Ryan and Norquist
Susan Eisenhower and I are in the lurch
Mitt's close associates Bork and Rove and Koch
only mean risk
Risk of  retreat
to the horror days Bush
Oh how that frightens us
That's why we we will do all we can
to re-elect our brave and steady President.
Mitt's Etch-o-Sketch is permanently stuck on the far right side
Mitt's minute hand is pointing down
and his clock has stopped
Re-elect President Obama

Is there a Hidden Time Bomb in the Romney Campaign?

Good grief. I thought I had hit Romney's five most risk-producing associates - Bork, Rove, Bolton, Kochs, and now I find that the head of Melaleuca is right up there with these big boys. We'll get to this, but first some personal memorabilia. There was a phase in my life when I was working at the UN and looking for something to do after hitting the retirement age of 65. Loving the Web, I got into various Web businesses.. One was Melaleuca, a wellness company. I have nothing seriously negative to say about Melaleuca. It is dependent for its profits on the work of  affiliates. The people who are good at getting affiliates and motivating them can make out very well indeed.  But if you have no taste for the sort of effort needed to convince folk on the phone to devote their lives to  a prosperous home business,  you will struggle and perhaps take in a few hundred a month and eventually quit. That's what I did. It was interesting and entirely different from anything I had ever done. As Dylan would say, it was  "life and life only".

Now I find that the head of Melaleuca, one Frank VanderSloot, is a billionaire supporter of fellow Mormon Mitt Romney. It also emerges that Mr. VanderSloot threatens legal action against almost anyone who aims a barb at him or his company. This seems to me to set up the possibility that large players like the TV networks and the Gray Lady might investigate Melaleuca. If this elicited a high profile reaction, it is doubtful that such entities could be struck down with fear. 

You can find the extent of Mr. VanderSloot's legal responses in this copious Salon piece.

VanderSloot is co-chair of finance for the Romney campaign. He is said to have given a million to the Romney Super PAC Restore our Future. He is also said to have launched virulent attacks against the LGTB community. 

What this says to me is that Mitt was right when he underlined the severity of his conservatism. Given the folk who would like him to win, he would no doubt exceed George W. Bush in his capacity to risk what remains of our well-being. Mitt may find that the Etch-o-Sketch is broken. 

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

"Liberal Quatrains" Will Become A Kindle Book

In the past three years, I have written hundreds of quatrains to express support for President Obama and provide windows on pressing issues. I am now selecting some of them to create a Kindle book. 

Here are few.

Post Bush 2

Few people noticed few could read
Obama's body as it swayed
But I could see as plain as day
The end of the dictators' sway 

Present Farce

The economy will remain dead until
The future can be seen past oil and cars
And metro sprawl gives way to new cities
That remake life beyond our present farce 


Jesus is betrayed by all of us each day
We should not judge for fear of being judged
But sometimes we have nothing more to say
Than how can Christians act in such a way 

Hey Mitt 

Obama was not stampeded into Libya
And if you want to bet I'll double you
A global revolution is at stake but you don't see
History frowns on such hypocrisy 

Odyssey Dawn 

Odyssey Dawn means global revolution
Odyssey Dawn means ancient values rule anew
Odyssey Dawn means we think beyond warfare
To where the music of new freedom will ring true 


Conflict unresolved spawns every evil
A house that is divided will not stand
Conflict unresolved is homicidal
Jesus knew and we'd best understand 

Our Task 

Democracy protects the rights of all
But many think that order is too tall 
Too much injustice we all fall 
Come spread the word the universal call

Consciousness Can Be Measured

The Slow as Molasses Press