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Wondering who I am and why you should
listen to me or my ideas? What degrees I hold from what Ivy League Universities
in the fields of philosophy, political science, medicine, theology, biology,
chemistry, or any of the other many subjects that I may touch upon in this or
any other discussion that we may have now or in future?

The
answer, as the more intuitive of you may have guessed is that I have none of
these.

I am more like the man (with
a high school diploma) who overheard two well-dressed ladies arguing
because  one of them was having some
personal medical issues and needed to see a specialist. When he heard her complain
that the cost was prohibitive he immediately walked over, injected himself into
the conversation and said “Well Madam, I’m no Gynecologist but I’ll be glad to
take a look”.

I do have a diploma from the renowned Great Valley Senior
High School, in idealic Malvern, Pennsylvania. I have worked in a variety of
exalted fields of endeavor such as greenhouse work at 15, retail jewelry sales
at 16, and floral delivery at 18. I was the owner, book keeper, salesman and
only employee of my own cleaning service and carpet cleaning business for ten
years. I have also worked at various times as a taxi driver, printing press
operator, truck parts driver, veterinary assistant, ware-house worker, and for
the last 12 years prior to my retirement, as a Circulation Clerk (the old title that actually told you what we do) for a large public library system. Eight of those years I
spent as a Branch Circulation Supervisor. Because most people don’t know, I
will say that the Circulation Department of the library is the one that checks
out your books, checks them back in, sorts them and often puts them all back on
the shelf. (Not to be confused with the
Information or Reference Department which is made up primarily of Librarians
with Masters Degrees and their assistants with Bachelor’s degrees.) Circulation staff are often drafted to do whatever other
tasks need to be done. These fall under the heading, “Other duties as assigned”.
It is a complex job that requires a lot of physical work as well as the ability
to negotiate with people, instruct them about all of the policies and
procedures and make them feel welcome and comfortable and able to find the help
they need. Most of these Circulation people are not degree holders. Just high
school grads who value accuracy, hard work and constantly strive to give
excellent public service and truly desire to help the patrons who come to them.
There are two sayings which sum up the job. “Everything rolls downhill and the
Circulation Department is right at the bottom” and “If you want to
know something, go to the Information department. If you want to get something
done, come to Circulation.”

I have lost, loved, married my beautiful wife of 21 years, and we
have raised three lovely but typically difficult children to the end of their
teenage years. I have lost more of my family than I care to list including my
brother, when I was 17, who was 18 years my senior but was closer to me than I
have ever been to myself. I have witnessed the birth of my children, cut the
cord of one and chased another across the room when it seemed that projectile
birth was the order of the day. I have lived for 52 years and survived multiple
surgeries including a quadruple by-pass in 2008 that left me with a sternum
that has never fused and, they tell me never will due to my frequent bouts of
coughing caused by my COPD. I have torn cartledge in both knees and a ruptured
disc in my spine. But hell. At least I still have my good looks and winning
personality. And I need those because I am in constant pain. Both from my physical
ailments and because I refuse to go to “Pain Management” and allow them to
addict me to opiates. I am also one of the many people waiting through the
lengthy process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance. Appealing
their decision that I should still be able to work which is the same decision
that they make in nearly all of their cases the first, second, and third time
you apply and appeal. So far, I have been waiting a total of 18 months since my
initial application. Since then, I have lost my car, my home, my wife who has
been forced to live with, cook, and clean for her parents even though she
suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, and Rheumatoid Arthritis in order to
assure that we can continue to eat. My two daughters, one of whom stays at my
in-laws house in order to be near her mother and the other of whom spends most
of her time at her boy-friends family house whenever she isn’t working at
“Subway” to help me pay the outrageous rent on my very old, very dingy little
apartment, which is not often. Pretty soon I will be forced to poison my dog,
strangle my cat and send the parakeet off with a mouthful of seed and a map to
Australia…………………………………………………………………Ok, so I’m just kidding about the animals,
but the rest is true. So yeh, I am one of those people who is pretty
pissed about the situation that our nation is in right now and I can only hope
and maybe pray that I am not the only one.

But
if degrees are what you require of a person before you will give them credit
for any knowledge or ideas, stop now because I am about to go on and you don’t
want to listen to me. But wait! Maybe you do. It occurs to me that most
of the ideas that are used and agreed to be good ones by those who run this
country (both in and outside of the government) have come from, and been
religiously held to (despite their obvious flaws and the fact that they don’t
work) by people with degrees (and money) who were educated by people with degrees (and money) and
who were solicited by and elected by people with degrees (and money) )
and are lobbied and in many cases given expensive gifts (spelled bribes) by people with degrees
(and money) …….make them more sympathetic to their
cause……..which is of course………..people with degrees (and money) Soooooo……..what
do you think? Maybe you should read on. I am bound to amuse, or at least
offend you in some way. And hey! If I do, think of all the fun you’ll have
writing witty, cutting comments in response to my sad efforts at political
and/or philosophical ideology. I, after all possess neither a degree nor money
and so should be easy pickens for ya’ll. Never mind that planning and execution
are what I did for eight years. I mean, what chance does a guy with a high
school diploma have against people with degrees
(and money) . But in all sincerity, at the very worst, my ideas can’t
possibly fail any more miserably than those in place right now.

 

41 responses to “About

  1. tinkerbelle86

    December 8, 2011 at 23:15

    Hi Angry Man, thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog this week. Im so sorry to hear about all the stuff you have been through, but love the fact that two totally different lives can still have similar nuances. I am diabetic, and my little pixie is also called Emily, like your daughter (although she may not like your beard, youre right!) I dont have a degree either, who cares?! I wish you all the happiness in the world, stop by again soon. 🙂

     
  2. heretherebespiders

    December 11, 2011 at 21:09

    Nicetameetcha. 🙂 I managed to get a job just this past Friday, after 22 months of not having a job. I live in Ireland! But the bank collapse in the US spread here within days, and as my adopted country is even younger (in its goverment) than the US, they have to share at least half the blame. I feel ya! Looking forward to further posts.

     
  3. Mike Spindell

    December 13, 2011 at 20:44

    Angryman,

    Looked at your history, we share some things in common and other things not so much. In my 67 years I’ve suffered through deaths and been on the verge of it myself a few times. Have had a long and good marriage, a couple of Daughters and three grandchildren. Never had much money, but was lucky to get a civil service job and hold on to it. I have my pension and social security, but not much else. I did buy a house years back, but only because my in-laws gave me the down payment.

    In one sense I’m a two-trick pony and because of that I do have advanced degrees. My tricks are that I used to (I think age has changed it) be able to naturally read twice as fast as a normal person and retain what I read. The second is that I love taking standardized tests and do well on them. I hated school at all levels and think much of what is taught is bullshit and propaganda. Made it through public school without studying, except the night before tests and with a terrible disciplinary record due to my dislike of authority. Won scholarships to college and to graduate school due to my test taking ability. Also studied at a psychotherapy institute and got a degree there. While I was good at playing the school system, I have little respect for Academics, or most who teach them.

    I think from your writings, we both understand that this world is about privilege, rather than intelligence or ability. My nature is to judge people on who they are as people and what they say.
    Status is bullshit that means nothing to me and I know enough from my own experience to accept the intelligence of ones words, rather than the degrees that they flaunt. G.W. Bush attended Yale and Harvard and he’s an intellectual flea.

    My working life was spent as a social worker, psychotherapist and social services executive. I like to believe I helped a lot of people and never sold out my ethics. From my work I became quite familiar with the horrors of poverty and of racism. I worked for years in some of what was reputed to be the “worst” areas of New York City and found out much of what was told on the TV news about those areas was bullshit. My parents were liberals and my father had a criminal record, which I found out about only after he died almost 50 years ago. I do know that most of their friends had Cosa Nostra connections. In my youth, I hung out with some shady types, but discovery of my father’s imprisonment after he died, when I was 18, taught me to remain legitimate, except of course my grass smoking which was ended by an early heart attack.

    That’s my tale and if you think about it we aren’t so different, because I think we both understand, that what’s important in life is how you view the world without blinders and the empathy you feel for others. All the rest is just blather.

     
    • angrymanspeaks

      December 13, 2011 at 22:27

      Yeh Mike,

      I think you’re right. I see alot of similarities in our stories. I just yesterday received word that my hearing for my Social Security Disability has been set for February so that’s good. It’s funny. When I was young I was very right wing. Very Conservative. I grew up around it. When I was in High school, I was in an AFJROTC program and at graduation they offered me a full all expence paid plus spending money, six year scholarship to college and law school. i said no thanks. Crazy huh? But I have often wondered where I would be and what my point of view might be had i gone that way. As i matured and witnessed the pain and suffering all around me; it changed my feelings and views about almost every issue. And I guess it’s kind of a nonsensicle thing to say but I am glad that I didn’t go to college for the Air Force. I am glad that I got to see and experience the things I have because now i am here. Now I can try to do what I almost assuerdly would never have done as an attourney. I can speak out against the system and try to influence positive change. Maybe. Anyway, I’m glad to hear from you and feel free to keep in touch.

       
  4. ♡ The Tale Of My Heart ♡

    December 31, 2011 at 23:35

    Happy New Year 2012 🙂

     
  5. Mike Spindell

    January 1, 2012 at 05:18

    Happy 2012 AMS!

     
  6. JWGJR

    January 28, 2012 at 20:29

    Let me know what you think of this.

    A good summary of what happened in court this morning:

    OBAMA ELIGIBILITY COURT CASE…BLOW BY BLOW
    By Craig Andresen on January 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    http://www.thenationalpatriot.com/?p=4138#more-4138

    Given the testimony from today’s court case in Georgia , Obama has a lot of explaining to do. His attorney, Jablonski, was a NO SHOW as of course, was Obama.

    The following is a nutshell account of the proceedings.

    Promptly at 9am EST, all attorneys involved in the Obama Georgia eligibility case were called to the Judge’s chambers. This was indeed a very interesting beginning to this long awaited and important case.

    The case revolved around the Natural Born clause of the Constitution and whether or not Obama qualifies under it to serve. More to the point, if found ineligible, Obama’s name would not appear on the 2012 ballot in Georgia .

    With the small courtroom crowded, several in attendance could be seen fanning themselves with pamphlets as they waited for the return of the attorneys and the appearance of the judge.

    Obama himself, who had been subpoenaed to appear, of course was nowhere near Georgia . Instead, Obama was on a campaign swing appearing in Las Vegas and in Colorado ignoring the court in Georgia .

    Over the last several weeks, Obama’s attorney, Michael Jablonski, had attempted several tactics to keep this case from moving forward. He first tried to have it dismissed, then argued that it was irrelevant to Obama. After that, Jablonski argued that a state could not, under the law, determine who would or would not be on a ballot and later, that Obama was simply too busy with the duties of office to appear.

    After all these arguments were dispatched by the Georgia Court, Jablonski, in desperation, wrote to the Georgia Secretary of State attempting to place Obama above the law and declared that the case was not to he heard and neither he nor his client would participate.

    Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, fired back a letter hours later telling Jablonski he was free to abandon the case and not participate but that he would do so at his and his clients peril.

    Game on.

    5 minutes.

    10 minutes.

    15 minutes with the attorneys in the judge’s chambers.

    20 minutes.

    It appears Jablonski is not in attendance as the attorneys return, all go to the plaintiff table 24 minutes after meeting in the judge’s chambers.

    Has Obama’s attorney made good on his stated threat not to participate? Is he directly ignoring the court’s subpoena? Is he placing Obama above the law? It seems so. Were you or I subpoenaed to appear in court, would we or our attorney be allowed such action or, non action?

    Certainly not.

    Court is called to order.

    Obama’s birth certificate is entered into evidence.

    Obama’s father’s place of birth, Kenya East Africa is entered into evidence.

    Pages 214 and 215 from Obama’s book, “Dreams from My Father” entered into evidence. Highlighted. This is where Obama indicates that, in 1966 or 1967 that his father’s history is mentioned. It states that his father’s passport had been revoked and he was unable to leave Kenya .

    Immigration Services documents entered into evidence regarding Obama Sr.

    June 27th, 1962, is the date on those documents. Obama’s father’s status shown as a non citizen of the United States . Documents were gotten through the Freedom of Information Act.

    Testimony regarding the definition of Natural Born Citizen is given citing Minor vs Happersett opinion from a Supreme Court written opinion from 1875. The attorney points out the difference between “citizen” and “Natural Born Citizen” using charts and copies of the Minor vs Happersett opinion.

    It is also pointed out that the 14th Amendment does not alter the definition or supersede the meaning of Natural Born. It is pointed out that lower court rulings do not conflict with the Supreme Court opinion nor do they over rule the Supreme Court Minor vs Happersett opinion.

    The point is, to be a natural born citizen, one must have 2 parents who, at the time of the birth in question, be citizens of the United States . As Obama’s father was not a citizen, the argument is that Obama, constitutionally, is ineligible to serve as President.

    Judge notes that as Obama nor his attorney is present, action will be taken accordingly.

    Carl Swinson takes the stand.

    Testimony is presented that the SOS has agreed to hear this case, laws applicable, and that the DNC of Georgia will be on the ballot and the challenge to it by Swinson.

    2nd witness, a Mr. Powell, takes the stand and presents testimony regarding documents of challenge to Obama’s appearance on the Georgia ballot and his candidacy.

    Court records of Obama’s mother and father entered into evidence.

    Official certificate of nomination of Obama entered into evidence.

    RNC certificate of nomination entered into evidence.

    DNC language does NOT include language stating Obama is Qualified while the RNC document DOES. This shows a direct difference trying to establish that the DNC MAY possibly have known that Obama was not qualified.

    Jablonski letter to Kemp yesterday entered into evidence showing their desire that these proceedings not take place and that they would not participate.

    Dreams From My Father entered.

    Mr. Allen from Tuscon AZ sworn in.

    Disc received from Immigration and Naturalization Service entered into evidence. This disc contains information regarding the status of Obama’s father received through the Freedom of Information Act.

    This information states clearly that Obama’s father was NEVER a U.S. Citizen.

    At this point, the judge takes a recess.

    The judge returns.

    David Farrar takes the stand.

    Evidence showing Obama’s book of records listing his nationality as Indoneasan. Deemed not relevant by the judge.

    Orly Taitz calls 2nd witness. Mr. Strump.

    Enters into evidence a portion of letter received from attorney showing a renewal form from Obama’s mother for her passport listing Obama’s last name something other than Obama.

    State Licensed PI takes the stand.

    She was hired to look into Obama’s background and found a Social Security number for him from 1977. Professional opinion given that this number was fraudulent. The number used or attached to Obama in 1977, shows that Obama was born in the 1890. This shows that the number was originally assigned to someone else who was indeed born in 1890 and should never have been used by Obama.

    Same SS number came up with addresses in IL, D.C. and MA.

    Next witness takes the stand.

    This witness is an expert in information technology and photo shop. He testifies that the birth certificate Obama provided to the public is layered, multiple layered. This, he testifies, indicates that different parts of the certificate have been lifted from more than one original document.

    Linda Jordan takes the stand.

    Document entered regarding SS number assigned to Obama. SS number is not verified under E Verify. It comes back as suspected fraudulent. This is the system by which the Government verifies ones citizenship.

    Next witness.

    Mr. Gogt.

    Expert in document imaging and scanners for 18 years.

    Mr. Gogt testifies that the birth certificate, posted online by Obama, is suspicious. States white lines around all the type face is caused by “unsharp mask” in Photoshop. Testifies that any document showing this, is considered to be a fraud.

    States this is a product of layering.

    Mr. Gogt testifies that a straight scan of an original document would not show such layering.

    Also testifies that the date stamps shown on Obama documents should not be in exact same place on various documents as they are hand stamped. Obama’s documents are all even, straight and exactly the same indicating they were NOT hand stamped by layered into the document by computer.

    Next witness, Mr. Sampson a former police officer and former immigration officer specializing in immigration fraud.

    Ran Obama’s SS number through database and found that the number was issued to Obama in 1977 in the state of Connecticut . Obama never resided in that state. At the time of issue, Obama was living in Hawaii .

    Serial number on birth certificate is out of sequence with others issued at that hospital. Also certification is different than others and different than twins born 24 hours ahead of Obama.

    Mr. Sampson also states that portion of documents regarding Mr. Sotoroe, who adopted Obama have been redacted which is highly unusual with regards to immigration records.

    Suggests all records from Social Security, Immigration, Hawaii birth records be made available to see if there are criminal charges to be filed or not. Without them, nothing can be ruled out.

    Mr. Sampson indicates if Obama is shown not to be a citizen, he should be arrested and deported and until all records are released nobody can know for sure if he is or is not a U.S. Citizen.

    Taitz shows records for Barry Sotoro aka Barack Obama, showing he resides in Hawaii and in Indonesia at the same time.

    Taitz takes the stand herself.

    Testifies that records indicate Obama records have been altered and he is hiding his identity and citizenship.

    Taitz leave the stand to make her closing arguments.

    Taitz states that Obama should be found, because of the evidence presented, ineligible to serve as President.

    And with that, the judge closes the hearing.

    What can we take away from this?

    It’s interesting.

    Now, all of this has finally been entered OFFICIALLY into court records.

    One huge question is now more than ever before, unanswered.

    WHO THE HELL IS THIS GUY?

    Without his attorney present, Obama’s identity, his Social Security number, his citizenship status, and his past are all OFFICIALLY in question.

    One thing to which there seems no doubt. He does NOT qualify, under the definition of Natural Born Citizen” provided by SCOTUS opinions, to be eligible to serve as President.

    What will the judge decide? That is yet to be known, but it seems nearly impossible to believe, without counter testimony or evidence, because Obama and his attorney chose not to participate, that Obama will be allowed on the Georgia ballot.

    It also opens the door for such cases pending or to be brought in other states as well.

    Obama is in it deep and the DNC has some…a LOT …of explaining to do unless they start looking for a new candidate for 2012.

     
  7. Mike Spindell

    January 28, 2012 at 23:30

    JWGJR,

    Back to this crap again? By your theory any piss-ant red neck court can summon the President to a mockery of a lawsuit. I suggest that instead of throwing crap around you might actually gain something by reading the Constitution. Let’s just be honest here you don’t like black people and so don’t think Obama should be President. Show some guts and man up to your bigotry.

     
  8. JWGJR

    January 29, 2012 at 00:49

    Mike
    First none of these are my words, this was copied and pasted from thenationalpatriot.com. Second you don’t know me nor do you know the color of my skin. You tell me to “Show some guts and man up to your bigotry”. Yet this comes from a man who after posting this deletes his profile(At least that’s what it said when I clicked on your picture and name). Dont be an internet tough man, and post somthing then run and hide. Fact is Barry has run this country so deep into the ground it may never recover. If what is stated in this artical is fact, it has nothing to do with the color of his skin but does have to do with his character as a man. I think he needs to take your advice Mike and show some guts prove everyone wrong if he can.
    JWGJR

     
  9. Mike Spindell

    January 29, 2012 at 01:21

    “First none of these are my words, this was copied and pasted from thenationalpatriot.com.”

    JWGJR,

    You copied and pasted it without comment, which reasonably leads me to believe that you approve of what you posted.

    “Yet this comes from a man who after posting this deletes his profile(At least that’s what it said when I clicked on your picture and name).”

    As far as my profile goes I haven’t changed a thing since I first did it years ago, so I don’t know what you’re talking about. It doesn’t matter though because I use my real name and you can find out all about me if you wish. Now as far as JWGJR goes you have no Gravatar profile. On google now you could have a channel on YouTube; Videos on Dailymotion; you could be looking for casual sex in Tampa on OKCupid; perhaps an account on Reddit; or you might drive a Corvette. Since the common thread seems to be a liking for country music I guess this might yield somewhat of a profile if I was really interested by you, but I’m not.

    It is my opinion though that we become known by our words. I your case the first comment and now this:

    “Fact is Barry has run this country so deep into the ground it may never recover. If what is stated in this artical is fact, it has nothing to do with the color of his skin but does have to do with his character as a man. I think he needs to take your advice Mike and show some guts prove everyone wrong if he can.”

    The fact is that he has proven you birthers wrong over and again, but you’re just not satisfied with any proof. See this isn’t about whether you like the President or not, it is about an attempt to de-legitimize him, just as in 2004 when a war hero was beaten by a draft dodger, based on a campaign funded by rich men. The whole thing reeks of racism, rather than political views and it’s a shoe your fit to wear.

     
  10. JWGJR

    January 29, 2012 at 01:38

    You are a funny man Mike, I don’t

    could have a channel on YouTube; Videos on Dailymotion; you could be looking for casual sex in Tampa on OKCupid; perhaps an account on Reddit; or you might drive a Corvette. Since the common thread seems to be a liking for country music I guess this might yield somewhat of a profile if I was really interested by you, but I’m not.

    I did post a comment at the top I asked “what do you think of this”

    Mike I’m starting to think you may be the one who is a little racist.
    Last time I checked just because you live in Georgia didnt make you a ” piss-ant red neck”
    and searching for country music didn’t make you a racist.
    But the last time I checked lableing people buy where they come from did make you a racist Mike.
    Thanks so much JWGJR AKA Redneck bigot (thanks for the lable Mike now how will I explain it to the kids)

     
  11. Mike Spindell

    January 29, 2012 at 06:18

    JWGJR,

    If you want to have an argument try following the train of thought. You attacked me because you said I removed. my profile which showed I lacked the courage of my convictions as if I was hiding something. I replied that I’m using my real name and so you can google me. I googled JWGJR and listed the first 5 hits I got, to point out to you that you are the one hiding your identity. I don’t know who you are or that it seems you live in Georgia and having good friends there I know that living there doesn’t make you a bigot. As for country music I’ve always loved pure country, bluegrass and Texas Swing, so I know that doesn’t make a person a bigot. However, following the birther movement and calling our President Barry sure as hell does. Google JWGJR and see what you. get.

     
  12. JWGJR

    January 29, 2012 at 18:16

    Mike
    Its easy to see that yes, you want to fight. I posted a link and the content of the link and asked what angry man thought of it. You attacked me in your first postwith this statement.
    ” Let’s just be honest here you don’t like black people and so don’t think Obama should be President. Show some guts and man up to your bigotry.”
    As far as what I said about your profile it still states its been deleted when I click on it.

    I dont post my name because I don’t want some wack job trying to look me up as you did Mike.
    Im not gonna look you up because you done showed what kind of man you are with your racist remarks and then trying to back pedal on the remarks you made.

    Im man enough to admit that I did make a few mistakes. first being that I did not make it clear enough for the village idiot to understand that I did not write this story.
    Second that I ever responded to your first remark.

    So Mike this will be the last time I respond to you, if you are ever in the Baltimore area maybe we can set down and talk over a cup of coffee( don’t worry I will bring some bottled water so you can drink your Kool Aid).

    Wish I could hang out longer but I gotta run as I am late for a Klan meeting.
    JWGJR AKA Redneck bigot

    P.S. Tell Barry to man up.

     
  13. lottakatz

    March 18, 2012 at 19:18

    AMS, I hope you’re doing well of late.

     
  14. History of the Ancient World

    July 17, 2012 at 22:41

    Hi! Thank you so much for following my blogs and thank you for your kind words. I’m happy to hear that you liked my history blog. I am passionate about ancient history and Alexander The Great, but i’m interested of history in general. I’ve studied general history, cultural history and art history. I really enjoyed my studies. Barac Obama is a great man. I read his biography Dreams from My father. A Story of Race and inheritance. A good book.

    Warm greetings from Finland,
    Maarit-Johanna

     
  15. Steve

    July 28, 2012 at 15:19

    I just wanted to give you a shout out after you responded to some of my comments on another blog site. first off thanks for your honesty and debate. after looking you up I realize we are actually neighbors. I live up rt 100 just below Pottstown and am very familiar with Great Valley HS, my dad was a teacher at Henderson After reading your profile I can begin to understand why you feel the way you do about certain issues. I realize there are myriads of people with similar situations that feel the same way as you. I have alot of issues myself that I won’t bore you with but I have different solutions than expecting the government to fix them. For an example. You alluded your frustration getting disability from the Social Security administration getting compensation for physical problems that you are obviously entitled to. Have you considered that the problems you are having may, just may have something to do with the government giving away literally billions of dollars that both you and I have paid out for years to a bunch of undeserving degenerates with their hands out? Are you even aware that there are millions of people too lazy to work and be resposible for thamselves that are bilking the system of the funds that were comfiscated for the just what your need is. You don’t even need to be a US citizen to collect SSI disability or even to have ever even paid one dime into it. All you need is a corrupt doctor to state you have a “disability” to be able to collect over $1000 per month plus food stamps, utilities help and a bunch of other government programs to help the “needy” A disability such as not being able to add numbers or pay attention to direction. Thats a disability now and entitles you to a free ride at my expense. There are people like you that need a hand up and yes, you should be getting it, but there are more and more “needy” Americans that want a hand out, not ahand up. There is a difference and when you advocate me paying for THAT I take offensc. If you knew me, you’d know that extent of how much I do for other people to help, even when I don’t have enoufg for my own. Don’t be too quick to judge other people on what you perceive to be selfishness and greed. Things aren’t often able to be compartmentalized into our little boxes that we like to put them in. You are right in saying we have a responsibility to others. We disagree on how to acheive it. You think it is the resposibility of the government to do it, I believe it is the responsibility of the individual to do it. Charity is an act of the giver, not the recipient. If it becomes the act of the recipient, it is theft.

     
  16. Mike Spindell

    July 28, 2012 at 15:53

    So Steve,

    Just who is it that you mean by “underserving degenerates”? Could some of those possibly be those with a different skintone than yours? The reason that there is a problems getting ones’ rightful disability is politicians who appeal to people like you, who believe everone one but themselves are undeserving.

     
    • angrymanspeaks

      July 29, 2012 at 18:18

      Steve,

      Practically neighbors huh?
      I must admit that the first part of this comment made feel as though I was being placated but I’ll overlook that feeling and say that I lived in Chester County for about six years back in the seventies. I live in Maryland now. I really liked living there and I had alot of good friends.
      You know, it occurs to me that change is always difficult. If we had not begun as a business venture for a slick group of smugglers and crooks; had not overuled the wishes of fully two thirds of the colonists; had not based our government structure on what is good for the wealthy; if we had been founded by a group of honest, fair minded people who saw the realities of life on Earth; then we may have had a different experience as a nation. Then perhaps the idea of everyone working for the common good wouldn’t seem so foreign and criminal to you.

      As I say; change is hard. Especially when it seems like the change will have nothing but negative effects on you and only positive effects on a bunch of people you wouldn’t wipe your shoes on.

      I can’t say with as much certainty as my friend Mike that you are a racist. It does seem likely that is what you meant but I won’t go into the reasons I think so. If that was your meaning when you said “undeserving degenerates” then I fear we have no further basis for discussion as I can’t have an intelligent discussion with a person who judges people by their skin color. Because it isn’t just a racist thing; it’s a stupid thing to believe that a man’s character is decided by his race. That there are not good and bad; smart and stupid; honorable and dishonorable people among all races and nations.

      But I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt; for now.

      I agree with you that there are a certain number of people who take advantage of the systems set up to help those in need. They are not of any one race but come from all races. the tough part is that it is very difficult to know for sure whether someone is deserving or not. In order to catch all those who do deserve it; it is without question that we will end up paying some who do not. I don’t like it and you don’t like it but the alternative is to allow deserving people to suffer in order to try to catch the few fraudulent people.

      And again Steve I must emphasize that I used the word UNABLE to work not just lazy or unwilling.
      I believe in a system such as the one I advocate; there would be; would have to be more stringent standards for receiving assistance and there would also need to be a program for…reluctant workers who would be required to report for work on whatever public projects needed assistance. Road construction, grass cutting etc. Just brainstorming but there are solutions to the problems you mention. No solution for you having to give up some of your income though; Sorry.

      Now to the Charity issue. it is all well and good to suggest that Charity will take care of the poor but it just doesn’t wash Steve. What you wind up with is a veritable Cornucopia of Charities; each doing it’s own thing; with no co-ordination or way to assure that the needs of all are being met. No what we need is one nationwide system that is targeted to provide all that is needed to all of those in need. And I know you won’t have any trouble believing that not all wealthy people are as giving as you are. So some give and some don’t and the needs are not met. This is one of the many issues that I have with the Republican Party; The Libertarian Party; Anarchists and others who advocate little or no government. They all ask us to rely on human nature to take care of our social woes. yet the nature of these Parties is to be ruthlessly agressive in amassing wealth; unconcerned with who might be hurt by their agression. They all believe in “Survival of the Fittest” and/or “Might Makes Right and most of them believe they are on somekind of mission from God to punish and correct the behavior of everyone else. In my world; we call this:
      Oppression: 1.the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. 4.the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc. (dictionary.com)
      Oppression is exactly what we are seeking to avoid Steve.

      You believe you are oppressed by the Government when your tax rate goes from 15% to 17%.
      That isn’t oppression Steve.
      Oppression is not being paid enough for your 40-60 hours of work to be able to pay the rent and electric bill.
      Forget about TV, telephone, Wi-Fi, a computer, automobile, taxi fare, or any of the things that are so neccesary to get, keep, and succeed at a job.
      And so you are left in that low paying job becasue how can you save money when you can’t afford decent food?
      And how are your children supposed to excell in class when they eat Ramen Noodles twice a day and attend a school which has no textbooks or outdated, damaged ones; has teachers who can’t do a proper job with the scant resourses alotted them and so retreat into a state of apathy? That’s Oppression

      Oppression is when you can’t get the medical procedure you need to save your quality of life because you make just a little too much for Medicaide and way too little to buy insurance. That’s Oppression.

      Oppression is when you are a seventeen year old boy walking home from the store and some self proclaimed vigilante protector of the White Elite guns you down because you defended yourself when approached by an unidentified assailent who reached in his pocket for his gun without warning. That’s Fucking Oppression; Steve.

      Man; the places I’ve been and the people I have met would make your hair stand on end Steve. People forced to live in conditions that no human should have to endure. Conditions I wouldn’t wish on anyone except perhaps a child molester. Right here in America. Right here in Maryland.

      And most of those conditions and situations would never have come to be if the people were allowed their Dignity; payed a fair, living wage; treated the same as a person with a better job and more money; not left to rot without a chance to better their circumstances. Because you can’t tell me that everyone has an even chance in this country Steve. Factor that in when you say people are just lazy or just want a handout. I know alot of good men who have worked long hours at grueling jobs for years to support their family and still have little or nothing to show for it. Now if that man isn’t capable of excelling and becoming an executive or even a supervisor; can you really tell me that little or nothing is his just reward for all of his work? I think not Steve.

      Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
      Not to be confused with Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
      I have given great expances of time considering just why it takes two years or more from the time you apply to get SSDI and I do know why Steve.
      Suppose you are the Social Security Administration; you are the whole thing.
      When someone applies for benefits, you must decide if their claim is legitimate or fraudulent.
      You could send an investigator to follow the applicant around to see if his behavior is consistant with his claim. Of course with illions of applicants it would be Hella-expensive and you don’t have that much money to spend.
      What you can afford to do is turn down all but the most obvious cases and wait to see if they give up.
      If they appeal; you turn them down again and wait to see if they give up because many frauds will not stick it out if they are turned down and the more you turn them down; the fewer will stick it out.
      If however you are truly disabled; you have no choice but to stick it out; living on whatever you can beg or borrow; feeling a deep sense of humiliation, helplessness, lonelyness, depression, and worthlessness.

      But hey; it does weed out alot of the frauds.

      That’s why it takes so long Steve. Nothing to do with how much Welfare the Government pays.

      The second reason is that once you are unable to work; you fall to the bottom of the priorities list. Youare treated in much the same way that our Military veterans are. Ignored and left to live or die on their own.

      Many people who are awaiting SSDI become homeless in the interim. Many are unable to sustain life; which the Government also considers a cost cutting strategy I am sure.

      By the way; I believe the Libertarian Party has some excellent ideas. My probelem is that they espouse Constitutional rights with one side of their mouth and list all of the ways they want to take our rights away with the other side. They wish to protect their right to religious freedom but deny it to anyone whose religion doesn’t agree with their’s; not to mention those who chose not to believe in God at all. That isn’t freedom; of religion or anything else. You (“you” in the generic sense; this is not a personal attack or an assumption as to your character or habits either personal or political)
      just can’t say that you want to protect my rights and then tell my wife or daughter that they don’t have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies. You also can’t take it upon yourself to play God and punish people for things that you believe are wrong; though they believe are not wrong. Especially in a case where there is so much disagreement as to the definition of the crime as with Abortion. Steve. I don’t support Abortion in that I believe life begins at conception. I do not however feel that I have the right to stop Abortion for those who believe differently than I.

      I am not God. He does not tell me that I am his enforcer on Earth. What a woman or man does about the Abortion issue is between her and her God/Conscience.

       
    • Steve

      July 30, 2012 at 20:16

      undeserving degenerates come in every color and social class. Even the wealthy ones if they want to take what doesn’t belong to them and give it to someone else that hasn’t worked for it For example most of those “serving” in our Federal government such as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Boehner, The Bushes, The Kennedy’s, you pick them, but then I’m a racist because I don’t have the same views about government as you, right? So I must be a greedy, racist, selfish homophobe. Yep I hate just about everybody, because I want to keep my property and use it for what I want not you. How dare I expect the poor downtrodden masses to be responsible for themselves and their poor life decisions. It’s me that wants to make slaves out of them to serve me their self serving master not you Progressives that want to make them dependent on your government programs for food, a job, not being able to find a job, their healthcare, their heat, even a cell phone. good grief man where does it end? And you don’t think that’s slavery? When do people put on their big boy pants and be responsible for your actions? If somebody is needy because no failt of their own, OK, I’m down, help him out. That isn’t what’s going on here anymore. We have created a whole sub society completely dependent on the government to provide very need and want at the expense of someone else. Sorry, but I think that’s wrong!

       
  17. angrymanspeaks

    July 29, 2012 at 18:47

    Believe ot or not; there is something I forgot to cover and it is a biggie.
    It’s this notion that The United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.

    At the time this nation was founded; the world was primarily ruled by a long list of kings and shahs and majarejas and emperors. Monarchies of one type or another.

    Our form of government was considered to be progressive; allowing more freedom and more power to make decisions for ones self. And it did those things; then.

    But a World Champion team or athelete doesn’t stay World Champion just because he won the title last year or two hundred years ago Steve.

    No; to remain World Champion you have to be willing to work; change ; adapt to new circumstances and opponents.

    This country used to be the greatest country in the world Steve.

    So you say; if the god damned Norweigens or Danes are so happy; why don’t you move there?

    Well Steve; it because I am your greatest nightmare. I am an American with a conscience. I have no wish to live elsewhere. I wish to make the changes that would once again make this nation The greatest.

    This is my country and it pains and grieves me to see the ravages that time, inattention and greed have brought to it.

    I have no doubt that if we espoused the more progressive system that makes these countries so great; we would do a better job with it and our success would be rewarded with greater wealth and respect.
    And as you know; i am not alone; people here and the world over have lost much of the respect for America that they once had.

    Do you ever ask yourself why people around the world hate us so much. Do you really believe they are just envious of our I-phones and designer clothes?

    People hate America because America has given them ample reason to do so. That isn’t the behavior of the Greatest Nation on Earth; do you think Steve?

    I don’t.

    But the answer isn’t to hunker down; set up walls and declare “We are still the Greatest Nation on Earth”; Repitition does not equal truth.

    Just like influence does not equal justice.

    High Volume does not equal anything but a bunch of noise.

    If we want to be able to claim Greatest Nation status; then we betteer get started becoming that nation again.

    Become the leader in:
    Political progressiveness;
    Economic justice for all;
    Universal health care for all;
    Lower prison population and the end of the prison slave labor system that encourages unfair penalties and kangaroo court type convictions for minor offenders and minorities; especially African-Americans who are the most often abused by the system;
    and these are just off the top of my head. The list goes on because we are way out of the running for the title right now.
    So; I wish I could agree with you Steve but telling me that America is the Greatest Nation on Earth is very much like telling me that the best piece of fruit in the basket is the one with all the rotted ojut spots and the repulsive oder coming from it. I don’t buy it.

    Many will; sadly and they will remain just as oblivious when this nation falls in upon itself to destruction; still chanting; “We are still the Greatest Nation on Earth”.”We are still the Greatest Nation on Earth”.”We are still the Greatest Nation on Earth””.”We are still the Greatest Nation on Earth”.
    .

     
  18. Mike Spindell

    July 29, 2012 at 23:32

    AMS,

    Two beautiful rants, both righteous and true.

     
  19. Steve

    July 30, 2012 at 20:01

    I really can’t say I disagree with most of what you say. There are far too many inequalities and people falling through the cracks. What I differ with you is how to change them. I do not see a large centralized government that usurps the rights of the individual. Until you change the hearts of the people change will not take place. Your side constantly demeans the wealthy as greedy and selfish and I agree there are many that are, but I believe there are many more that are willing and do give back to the needs of the needy. They do because they want to not because they have to. How many hospitals and treatment centers and art museums and all kinds of things are done by the wealthy? The United States of America has contributed more to the benevolence and good of mankind in the last 250 years than all the Norwegian, Swiss and Swedish societies have ever contributed. Capitalism works every time it’s tried and I know you’ll disagree with that because you’re a progressive but it does. Too bad we’ve turned away from it here in this country for the rotgut crap being heralded by your side. But then I’m just a wealthy, greedy, selfish, oh yea racist too bastard. LOL PS: I wish you really knew me, you’d be laughing too! God Bless you anyway brother, I hope there’s enough left to make you happy after you guys steal it all and there’s only your side trying to make it work with government program after government program evening everything up. Sooner or later there won’t be any more eggs left and you’ll have to lay your own or starve!

     
  20. Mike Spindell

    July 30, 2012 at 20:47

    Steve,

    You might be surprised to know that there are some areas we might agree on. Where we differ is on who is receiving government benefits and who is just being strung along to ensure the game is rigged in favor of “The Haves and Have-Mores” as GW Bush described his base.

     
    • Steve

      July 31, 2012 at 13:33

      Personally I don’t want anybody receiving government benefits , or at least only the bare minimum, rich or poor. The only thing I want from the government is to be left alone to live my life the way I see fit.. The ‘game’ has always been rigged in favor of those that have the power in EVERY system, that goes without saying.That doesn’t make it right, but that’s the way it is. I think we are far more able to get ahead in a capitalist society that rewards hard work and personal responsibilty than the alternative that rewards laziness and personal irresponsibility such as where we currently are. Just my opinion. I am not wealthy but I certainly aspire to be and am perfectly willing to work hard to get ahead instead of laying on my lazy ass complainig about not being given a fair chance. Make your chance!

       
      • Valentina

        November 27, 2012 at 16:32

        Dear Angryman I like you as a person just readying your biography. I am different as I am Italian as you notice from my bad English. I do not have a beard as I am a woman (nobody is perfect). But I enjoy the beard of my partner, similar to yours. In my first life I have been a psycotherapist in Psychiatry and a Univ. Prof. I love anger but also humour and the capacity of copying with the tragic events of life with lightness. I like people. No marriage nor kids in my first life. In my second life, I am 65, I devote to love (the bearded man who is American) and writing. Playing with words to express ourselves or to invent a new world is a great joy that nobody can take away from us.

         
      • angrymanspeaks

        November 27, 2012 at 21:12

        Thank You for the nice comment. I hope you will continue to stop in. It is nice to know when someone likes your work. So often we are left to wonder.

         
  21. Valentina

    November 28, 2012 at 15:08

    Dear Angryman, here I am to talk of politics. What you say about USA politics can be said about Italian, even worse. We have corrupted overpaid politicians, which are difficult to throw away. Moreaver after 20 years of Berlusconi our country has become voulgar, uncoltivated, rude and aggressive. A hopeless situation. Little details: people drive SUV, do not stop at the walking passes, throw paper on the road, drive too fast, do not do quews, etc (things that are not common in the USA). What to do? I remember my feminist and 68 past: the private is political!. I try to be different myself and conduct a women group. A drop in the sea, I know. The new votations can bring new people. better or worse? Who knows?
    I have a mom on a weel-chair since 15 years. Here handicapped people are more supported and there are Catholic institutions that take a good care of them for a right amount of money (I am atheist, of course). So Italy hs a few advantages on certain areas.
    I am on your side.

     
    • angrymanspeaks

      November 28, 2012 at 17:14

      It is sad that the whole world seems to be on a fast track to self-destruction. the things you mentioned are small perhaps but a symptom of a big problem I think. American cities have had a reputation for trash /litter for years. It is a lack of self-respect; I believe. If one does not respect ones self; how can one respect the community or land where they live; urban or rural. I believe as people learn to have more dignity and self-respect; these problems should resolve themselves. The game of how much is enough and/or too much to give to help rather than hinder a person is a complex one and one that will sometimes not work no matter what you do. If our expectations are reasonable though; we should see a great improvement in the areas you mention and many others. I hope.

       
  22. Valentina

    November 28, 2012 at 19:10

    About a Palestinian State. I obviously agree. But I visited the occupied territories 3 times. Imagine a chess board: the black squares are the settlements. I mean every Palestinian hill has a village of settlers, aggressive, full of weapons who will never go away. I have Israeli friends, nice, cultiveted people, generous. Yet it is difficult to discuss with them about the occupation. Obviously Israel created a situation that can not be undone (with the blessing of USA). I feel very hopeless about the Palestinian. With Arafat the situation could be solved. Not now.

     
    • angrymanspeaks

      November 28, 2012 at 23:49

      I sincerely hope you are wrong but I am not holding my breath. I agree that Arafat was a unifying presence for the Palestinian people. I have also spoken with some israelis about this and I get differrent opinions but those who support this criminal action are; as you say; very stubborn and not open to reason. So sad that a people; or peoples who have so long a common history are not able to find a way to peace and co-existence. There past relations over the last 3000 years or so is riddled with nothing but war and the battle for dominance of this land. My heart bleeds when I see the pictures of the little children killed and maimed by the Israelis. Also the Israeli children killed but the difference in number is undeniable and the justification so poor for either side. In the end; I hold the Government of Israel primarily responsible because as the nation in the position of most power; they have the best and most easily facilitated chance of resolving the differences between them by the way they treat the Arab people of Palestine. Always “on the muscle” as we say; always lusting for the blood and suffering of these; their neighbors. The Israelis have succeeded; over their 54 year national existence; of defeating every Arab army that has attacked them; sometimes three and four nnations at once. You would think they could find a method other than Genocide to achieve peace. Peace becaus all of Palestines Arabs are dead is not a peace we should be willing to accept. The United Staes is failing miserably to find a way to peace for these people as well and always expresses complete support for whatever murderous actions the Israelis chose to take. A shameful attitude for our nation to take when we brag about peace being our goal. Now here is a situation where fair negotiations and fair treatment of all parties would be something the US could use it’s power and influence to attain but our government isn’t interested I think becasue Jewish wealth is very important to us and wealthy Jews have much power and influence within our government.

       
  23. silentlyheardonce

    December 23, 2012 at 01:04

    Not an Award but a compliment. I enjoyed your blog during the year of 2012. Please follow the link to accept the honor. http://wp.me/p28tjX-A3

     
  24. silentlyheardonce

    December 23, 2012 at 19:46

    I sent the wrong link. Sorry http://wp.me/p28tjX-AQ

     
  25. Steve

    March 11, 2013 at 21:16

    Where have you been? I’ve missed you. I hope everything is going well for you, I know you and your family have had some health issues. You have my email, drop me a line some time if you get a chance. Steve

     
  26. gpcox

    July 11, 2013 at 09:51

    Nice to meet you. Something tells me, this is going to be an interesting journey.

     
    • angrymanspeaks

      July 11, 2013 at 12:38

      Thanks for stopping by. Come on back whenever you like. The coffee’s always on and the opinions are free

       
      • gpcox

        July 11, 2013 at 14:03

        Ditto!

         
  27. godtisx

    July 28, 2013 at 11:04

    Hello again Angry Man,

    I thought I’d check out who you were since I enjoyed your comment so much. I mean anyone who can make me laugh and think at six something in the morning? Has accomplished a feat.

    I appreciate your comment on my blog about Harlem. 🙂 🙂

    And I commend you for not letting the doctor’s feed you opiates….had a friend who got hooked on them. Hooked. He….never beat it. Death to Oxy.

    Anyway, you sound like you’re struggling through this like the rest of us, with some extras thrown in for sure. But I would agree you do have a winning personality. But you and your wife seem in a tough place, where this economy seems to have put us all. :[

    I look forward to reading your stuff now and hope your episodes of pain are now manageable.

    Kudos to your daughter too, very responsible/caring young lady to be helping out (via Subways).

     
  28. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    April 10, 2014 at 20:21

    You are one funny fellow, which is odd with my double vision! I’m sorry you’ve had such a rough time. Pain can drive you insane or up a wall but I bet you’ll have company. My brother and I both have chronic pain and he is on disability. Our Dad reached out to their representative when he was turned down the second or third time and it was approved for my brother immediately after that. I’ve heard an attorney can make a big difference too. My pain comes from a stroke I had in surgery to fix my double vision when the butcher let blood leak into my brain. The pain hits me about four days out of seven. My brother’s pain is excruciating and lasts every second of every day.

    I look forward to reading your blog in the future!

     
  29. eideard

    May 2, 2014 at 19:39

    I tend to use the word Progressive instead of liberal or very liberal. Allows for more honesty – and being pissed-off enough to rant.

     
  30. kstreet607

    June 25, 2015 at 15:00

    Hey Angry Man.I’m just checking on you because I notice that you haven’t been blogging since April. I truly hope all is well and that you’re just taking a break. (I’ve done that a couple of times.) I truly enjoy your blog and your comments on other websites including mine. Be well, my friend.

    Sheila

     

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