Let’s Unite Behind High Speed Rail

BULLET TRAINWhen I was happily married some years ago my wife Liane had a saying she used to like to give at parties or family gatherings and especially whenever it was an election year no matter where we were living or what kind of election was being held.  I don’t know if she originated the saying, but I like to think she did.  And the saying?  “We’re all in this together, you know.”

During those years I usually responded: “No, we’re not!”  For, I was pretty one-sided politically speaking back then, and could be pretty divisive, too.  But as the years have passed and many elections have come and gone, and my candidate and various causes lost or won, I have seen how our country has changed in so many ways.  But after I lost Liane and became a widower, I’ve come to think of her deeply meant saying more and more.  Especially since I got involved with Fast Trains, the book we so often blog about.

We may be of many races and creeds and ages and genders and lifestyles and incomes, and political parties and beliefs, too, let’s not forget.  But we are all still Americans.  And I think if there is anything that can unite us in common cause and for the general welfare of all, it just might be high speed rail.  For if high speed rail is built across America it can create perhaps millions of jobs, rebuild our country’s ailing infrastructure, increase commerce and trade, majorly decrease gas emissions and pollution, as well as end our dependence upon oil in general and upon foreign oil in particular.

There are lots of other tremendous benefits to high speed rail and super fast bullet trains ferrying millions of people and millions (or perhaps billions!) of tons of goods across and around our continent on a daily basis.  You should read the book, actually, to get a gander at what all these amazing benefits are.  But I do believe this: high speed can be the answer to America’s future, to restoring our economy, and to bringing unbelievable opportunity and prosperity to the whole nation.

But it just might never happen if we stay divided and divisive, especially when it comes to high-speed rail.  No, I think my wife Liane was right.  In fact, she was always right.  Truly the case is, “We’re all in this together, you know.”   And if she could hear me now, what I am thinking and what I am writing, she would hear a resounding “Yes, we are.”


This kind of photos is the kind that should make everyone’s day!
Patrick The Poet
















THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 02-27-09)

This week’s dynamic adages are from a great writing friend of mine named John Taft who has a keen sense for great political quotations (thanks, John!).

Please enjoy.  Especially Mark Twain!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 02-27-09)

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame,two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.
–John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
–Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
–Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
–Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
–George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
–G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
–James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
–Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
–P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
–Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

11. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: I fit moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,subsidize it.
–Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
–Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!
–P.J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
–Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!
–Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
–Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.

18. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
–Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
–Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
–Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
–Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly native American criminal class…save Congress.
–Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
–Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.
–Thomas Jefferson


LOVE ISIf you ever loved someone with all your heart and soul then you will understand this poem and totally relate to it.  On the other hand, if you never have loved someone in such a manner well, perhaps someday you may.  Then you can come back and revisit this poem.  And at that time you will understand it.  For sure!

Patrick The Poet


Sometimes when I confer with angels above
I thank them for the gifts passionate and sweet.
Like the gift of happiness that they call love…
And this sacred ground that lies beneath your feet!

For if your heart be true as the sky is blue,
And as true and sacred as a sacred oath,
My desolate own would live and die for you
If it could simultaneously do both!

Music would fill my eyes for my lips to taste,
And the sky would hear the sea reflect its light!
Then every moment when our hearts were embraced,
You would know why morning always follows night!

There’d be no time for quarrel but only joy!
And while we surrendered to one sacred goal,
We would know what even time cannot destroy–
The joining of two hearts who become one soul!

Yes, perhaps you think you know passion and love
Yet found them over time have always perished;
But since I have conferred with angels above,
It’s time you accept being truly cherished!

For this is yours in my own time and fashion,
If you become mine till our last breaths are drawn!
While I show you the true nature of passion,
And worship the sacred ground you walk upon.

Ten Great Tips For 2013…

Here are some great tips for the New Year!

Patrick The Poet

Ten Great Tips For 2013…


1.  Stay out of trouble.

2.  Aim for greater heights. 

3.  Stay focused on your job.

4.  Exercise to maintain good health.

5.  Practice team work.

6.  Rely on your trusted partner to watch your back.  Take your time trusting others.

7.  Save for rainy days.

8.  Rest and relax.

9.  Always take time to smile.


10.  Realize that nothing is impossible.

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 02-13-09)

So much profundity here…that I am left almost speechless. I said almost. So don’t get too comfortable or giddy!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 02-13-09)

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks … It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.
–Samuel Adams

The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer.
–Henry Clay, The Great Compromiser

Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore; they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.
–Thomas Jones

I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult…I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.
–Og Mandino, author

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
–Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.
–Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
–Umberto Eco

Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.
–Jimmy Durante

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
–Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
–Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
–Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.
–Albert Giacometti (sculptor)

There’s a limit to how many times you can read how great you are and what an inspiration you are, but I’m not there yet.
–Randy Pausch (1960-2008)

It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
–Carl Sagan (1934-1996)


AT SHUT OF EVEOne time I contemplated what if the world should actually come to an end and I knew the very day it would, what would I do?  And who would I spend the last day alive on earth with?  After contemplating this for a while, I was inspired to write the following poem.  And it answers and answered for me those few nagging questions that had once plagued me.  Might they hold an answer or two for you as well…should you ever deeply contemplate the end of the world

Patrick The Poet



In the time of all folly and betrayal
When the gods of earth and ruin collide,
When all our hopes fade and all our words fail,
Be here in that last moment–by my side!
Ignore the death of sunset and sunrise,
And the world’s destruction at dusk or dawn.
Show me the life still shining in your eyes–
At shut of eve my own are cast upon!

Then stay with me a while, my final friend,
At shut of eve speak no word of goodbye.
Though to oblivion we may descend
As the cosmos may cease without a sigh!
Let us–if we must!–witness mankind’s end,
But at all costs let us not watch love die.



totoTwo more favorite ballads by TOTO are these two lilting torch songs, Georgy Porgy and I Won’t Hold You Back.  If you really enjoy these two hits and the two I sent a few months ago by TOTO then I highly recommend you obtain an album of their greatest hits.  These are just four of at least 20 unforgettable hits they experienced during their long career as a pop/rock band.  And an amazing career it was–and still is!


GEORGY PORGY:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6FvqkZkIMo

LYRICS:  http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/toto/georgyporgy.html

I WON’T HOLD YOU BACK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1RUGWkf9o

LYRICS:  http://www.elyrics.net/read/t/toto-lyrics/i-won_t-hold-you-back-lyrics.html

I’m Rich…

Ran across this lovely friendly message and thought I’d share it with everyone!

Patrick The Poet

I’m Rich……

This morning I searched my wallet.
It was empty.
Then, I checked my pockets
I found a few coins
I then searched my heart and found you.
Then, I realized how rich I really am…
Thanks for being my friend and e-mail buddy!
    May you be as rich as I am
   Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass
   It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 02-06-09)

Wishful thinking is sometimes comforting.  So are profound quotations from great and famous people! 🙂

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 02-06-09)

Life’s tough. It’s even tougher if you’re stupid.
–John Wayne

By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.
–William Osler

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
–Samuel Johnson

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
–John Maxwell

Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
–George Eliot (1819-1880)

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
–Sherlock Holmes (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930)

Black holes are where God divided by zero.
–Steven Wright

I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it.
–Groucho Marx (1895-1977)

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
–Walt Disney (1901-1966)

We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.
–Vince Lombardi

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.
–James Branch Cabell

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
–John D. Rockefeller (1874-1960)

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
–Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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