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At times I just have a hard time believing how crazy people can be. My mother has been caring for my father rather than having him stay in a nursing home. He is in early dementia and is just down right mean and crazy. He has insisted on keeping cattle and my mother has ran herself ragged caring for him and the cattle. A new neighbor let her dogs run free and ran the cattle to a frazzle. When my parents nicely asked them to keep their dogs away from the cattle they told them to piss off. when they were advised that they would have to shoot the dogs, they said they would shoot their cattle if they shoot their dogs. The police explained to the folks that it was perfectly legal to protect cattle from dogs in this state. Further, if they were in the cattle again they would be given a ticket. Well they kept them up for about two weeks. Then the dogs were in the cattle again. Mom ran them over in the truck. The next week, someone blasted the back of their pickup truck with a shotgun. Then they found a bottle of gas had been opened and filled their barn with gas. Lucky no one was killed. They couldn't leave well enough alone with those horrible acts. They cut my folks fences 44 places. My father cried when they took the cattle away. We wanted them sold, but not that way. I am a firm believer that what goes around comes around. For these yuppies from the city who moved to the country, the only just thing would be to burn in hell.

hunting trip

I am up on the hunting trip with three friends and it is a great time. Fielding, the youngest is 14 and he was the only one who did not harvest a deer last trip. Fitting that he is the only one to harvest this trip and got two the first evening. it's cold and now everyone has put meat on the table and the pressure is off. We had a nice dinner. A nice bull session and I am in a cozy sleeping bag taking it easy. life is good.

deer hunt

I got up late last week because my first cousin, bless her heart, passed away last week. I went to her funeral. She was 50. for the last 20 years she has been completely helpless with MS. Unable to do much more than bat her eyes. Her mother tube fed her and bathed her like a baby for the last 20 years. She has to have one of the bigger thrones in heaven, right next to an even bigger one for mom. Rest in peace Suzie. I got to the woods and did not get to bed until about 1:30 AM. UP AT 430 and off to the woods. around 730 a small doe came out and I harvested her at a distance of around 130 yards. She ran less than 20 feet. Around 930 another two came by. I harvested one of them and it too ran around 20 feet and fell 20 feet from the other one. Then at 430 pm I got a third. This one fell in it's tracks with the shot 174 yards by laser range finder. I spent Sunday cleaning deer and Monday I took the boneless meat for summer sausage with cheese and peppers along with brauts. Yum. Tuesday, one of my friends in St Louis asked me to get them one. This weekend, my friends from Louisiana are up. We had a grand hunt. Hunter took one going to his stand. He took a second the next day. I got three great shots with my muzzle loader and never touched a hair. I checked and the sight was off. back to the 30/30. Today I saw a button buck and harvested it for the lady. She was thrilled. It will cost her about 5 dollars a pound to process it. I have the whole week off and plan to do a whole lot of nothing.
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You got to be kidding

I just heard we are ponying up 25 billion to give the auto industry a bridge loan. I looked up the insider trades and found the ceo of General motors paid himself a half million in stock this spring. At the time it was 11.7 million. During the last 12 months GM lost 58 billion dollars. So the bridge loan would last only 5 months. Now that was just the ceo. the rest of the corporate big wigs got a collective 3 million shares of stock. At a time when the stock was as much as 50.00 per share. All the while the company was losing billions. What idiot would think they were being paid for their good works? The reason the company lost all of this money is they were slow to adapt to the needs of the consumer and they gave in to the unions over the years to the point the pension costs and provided free health care to retired workers makes it impossible for them to make a profit. I heard on fox news today that the cost of health care adds 1500 to the average american car. A toyota is 150.00. Unions forced payment of workers an exorbitant wage to perform a job they could be taught in a day. They killed the goose that was laying the golden eggs. The auto industry needs to be sent into reorganization. The pensions and obligations will have to be adjusted. Otherwise they will just dry up and no one will have anything. Manufacturing unskilled labor should be paid the wages it deserves. The executives running a public company sold on a stock exchange should have their compensation limited and their bonus contingent on making money. None of this will happen. Our country is getting away from the idea that you get what you pay for and hard work is the way to advance. I only hope it hangs on long enough for me to die of old age before the whole thing falls down about our ears.
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electoral college

Obama was not my candidate, but he won and I wish him wisdom insight and the ability to lead our country out of it's major economic problems and to a peaceful coexistence with our neighbors. He won by 7 million votes. However, with only 750,000 votes placed in the right states, he would have lost. This is just silly. It is time to eliminate the electoral college and let the nation decide the national election. Not mud trickle flat Missouri who has the last three votes needed for a thin line win. Al Gore won the popular vote so this has already happened once. some would argue that had California Republicans known their vote would have counted, they would have went and voted and Bush would still have won. That I don't know, but I have a feeling we wouldn't have been sitting around watching a half dozen idiots squinting at a hanging chad.

fannie mae

I got real insight into the financial mess yesterday. My company had an old judgment against a guy in Florida and his house was foreclosed upon. The mortgage holder runs a credit check and notifies all potential lien holders. This company loaned $137,000 interest only loan at 9.75% to balloon to 15.75% to a guy who already had 10 outstanding private legal judgments against him and liens by the state of Florida which totaled 18 and were for more than $200,000! The guy that approved that loan could not have did so much as run a $9.00 credit check. No wonder banks are going broke! I wonder how stupid was that guy to buy the house, but then, he never has to suffer the consequences, so why not? If you can buy a house with no money down, then live in it 6 months without making a payment,that's a good deal for him.

decision 08

I clearly do not like my choices this year. Obama succeeded in politics in a place that is the most corrupt place politically I have seen. I heard Bidon say if it looks sounds and smells like a duck, it's a duck. Obama worked in a lawfirm that files class action lawsuits to line their pockets by making themselves a boil on the governments butt. He funneled grant money to his friends. Then downplayed that they were friends when it came out. The radical language on his churches website and the clips of the preacher scare me. I wonder if reverend wright could be correct when he said, He has to act like that so he gets elected, but he will come back to the fold after election. I don't trust him. John McCain is a war hero and an honest man who will place the country above himself. However, I did not like his choice for vp. I thought it was rash. He is old and I just don't think Sarah would make that great of a president. His health care program sucks and since I have good healthcare paid for 2/3rds by my company, it will cost me money as total monthly cost for me alone is almost 1000/ month and to pay taxes on that would suck. Plus I do not think he has done a good job exposing O bama on his radical views, for instance, gun control. I would have been so torn with a mitt romney/Hillary Clinton race. I have listened to Bill Clinton after his term and before Hillary was running and it was obvious he was a brilliant man. I think Hillary would have added to the 8 years of bill. Bills big mistake was the lie. Had he said, I had a fling. Hillary is pretty pissed with me right now, but we are working it out. It has nothing to do with how I run the country. I would have been satisfied. He would have been good in the background again. sigh
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The election

Obama. His first real job was in a lawfirm which almost exclusively files class action law suits against the government. I am in the business. Class action lawsuits are the boil on the legal systems behind. They do very little for the class and line the pockets of the lawyers. The "terrorist" is alive and well. He used his money and slick lawyers along with piss poor investigation on the cops part to beat the rap. Otherwise he would still be in jail. He found a much better and more destructive way to serve his cause. Hire Obama to spend 50,000,000 to indoctrinate inner city young children to his cause. Let him donate over 100,000 of that money to his own church. Heck, nothing illegal or immoral about that. Just Chicago politics as usual. However, it sure doesn't amount to "change". He also used some of that money to help people buy into the properties of his realtor who scratched Obama's back by helping him buy his dream home. Obama got a heck of a deal on the house, but his realtor had his momma buy the lot next to it for full price and then sell part of it to Obama so he could have a bigger yard. The realtor has a number of slum lord type properties in the Chicago area. Had he not scratched Obama's back, I am sure he would have been a target. Chicago politics as usual. He is winning this election by portraying himself as robin hood. Rob from the rich and give to the poor. Eliminate the big oil company tax breaks. Tax the rich, give 95% of the people a free lunch. Problem. Corporations don't really pay taxes, their customers do. The oil companies have no trouble finding a market for their oil. So to make the same profit, they just charge more for the gas. Who buys that more expensive gas, you guessed, that 95%. The crises in Georgia was over before Obama made a statement about it. Can't pull the trigger. In the second debate, he announced that he would without hesitation, send weapons of war across an allies boarder without permission and kill Ben Lauden. That country had nuclear weapons! Holy crap! His health plan won't work. He acts like insurance companies are robbing people blind. They have one of the smallest profit margins of any type of company. But is sounds good in a speech to attack them. The real problem with health care is medicare/medicaid. The government pays a paltry sum. The hospitals charge more to the fewer and fewer people with insurance. People cannot afford their coverage and drop out and go on medicaid. Vicious cycle. He says he will cut spending with a scalpel. Hey Obama, you do not have a line item veto scalpel. Your democratic house and senate won't vote to give you that and give up their gravy train.
In summary, Obama is a tell them what they want to hear, do what I want after elected typical Chicago politician. As to the Tax cut giveaway. Save it and spend it building power plants/railroads and new bridges. That's a trickle down theory people could live with.

John McCain.
Patriot, prisoner of war. John, that's great, you are a true patriot. But, you barely passed in school. Your grades were horrible. And what I really want to know is what are you going to do now? Your health care plan is even worse than Obama's. I don't want you to take away the one perk I get at work, 2/3rds of my health care paid by my company, tax free. The only great thing about your plan is the democrats controlling congress will never let it pass. But you have a great foreign policy and experience and can pull the trigger with rhetoric as well as the gun. Foreign countries will fear you and respect you. Not exploit you as they would with Obama. But good grief! Sarah? Come on. If you wanted to shake things up, how about MS Rice. You cover both gender/race issues and as an added bonus, you get an extremely intelligent extremely experienced well rounded individual who would make a kick ass president. I like your energy policy better, but darn it do it, don't just talk about it. You are a senator, introduce this stuff in the senate now! Who am I voting for? Once again I have to vote for the best of the worse candidate rather than the one I wanted. Come to think of it, last time I voted for someone rather than against someone was congressman Jerry liten. And I firmly believe someone sabotoged his plane. John, you win by default against the same ole same ole liberal big government Chicago politician.

It's the economy stupid

I have been consumed by the elections and the economy. It's really Scary. My 401 K mutual fund averaged 15% increase per year for 10 years. It has now lost 17% this year. It has lost money three quarters in a row for the first time ever. I put $850 a month in since may and now have 4000 less in the account. Not just the reckless are in danger here. Good banks loan money to good people with good collateral. They take in short term deposits and use those to make long term loans. When too many people draw money out at one time, they run out of money. That happened to Washington mutual this week. It's not that they did not have equity, its that it was tied up. Jim kramer described a silent run on the banks. The rich have withdrawn their deposits and have put them in t bills. It won't be long before good banks start failing. Then your payroll checks don't get cashed. Then the company cannot make payroll. 30 percent unemployment is possible. The government will print money to make their payroll. That causes double digit inflation, so even if you keep your cash, it buys less and many people on fixed income find they no longer can afford to eat. It is not beyond a breakdown of society. I'm getting too old for this shit. OBama has instituted a class war. Attack the minority (successful businessman) and promise the rest a break. It gets votes from a lot of stupid uneducated people. Obama? how does raising taxes on big oil cause them to produce more and cheaper gas? It doesn't, they just sell to someone else, move their corporate headquarters out of country. Oh, and by the way, it also makes the most regressive tax out there because the poor still have to buy gas for their old clunker car getting 20 mpg and the rich man is driving his new prius or hybrid. And even if they drive a hummer, it's one percent of their budget, not 20% as it is for the poor commuting 60 miles every day to get to work because they cannot afford housing closer to their jobs. Mccain simply has not made it clear to the public why tax increases are not good. This is compounded by the unmitigated greed of the very rich corporate managers. How in the hell do stock owners allow these guys to pillage their profits and pay them millions for average jobs? My own CEO gets 30,000 a year for attending three board meetings on a local bank. 10,000 an hour seems a little steep. I have played golf with him. He's a brilliant man, but not worth 10,000 an hour. When people are going hungry because they have to buy gas to drive to work, that doesn't go over very well. We are at the mercy of foreign oil. We need jobs. we could build an electric car in a year. We could build coal fired plants in the same time and nuclear in about the same. Battery stations with fork lifts and battery packs could be set up in the same way. We don't need 10 years to be energy self sufficient, we just need to use the technology we have now. Our 5 year goal would be an electric train system similar to the interstate highway system eliminating over the road truckers.Trains transport cross country some 20 times more efficiently. Putting everyone here to work and creating wealth through energy self sufficiency and exporting that technology elsewhere is the way out of this mess. I'm sick of it. I don't think either of these guys will do much, but Obama will send us back to the stone age in a complete economic collapse.

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