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|Saturday, July 25th, 2009|
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.
|Saturday, December 20th, 2008|
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.
|Sunday, November 23rd, 2008|
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. Current Mood: tired
|Tuesday, November 11th, 2008|
|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. Current Mood: distressed
|Wednesday, November 5th, 2008|
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.
|Friday, October 24th, 2008|
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.
|Monday, October 20th, 2008|
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 Current Mood: discontent
|Wednesday, October 15th, 2008|
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.
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.
|Saturday, September 27th, 2008|
|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.
|Tuesday, September 16th, 2008|
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|Wednesday, February 13th, 2008|
5 years ago today, I sat with my friend and produced a camera. I advised I wanted to take her picture. She did not want me to, but I told her I had no photo of her and wanted one. She powdered her nose and let me take it. Three days later I got the phone call that she had went into cardiac arrest and that they were unable to revive her. Jama Albers October 30, 1970 to Feb 16 2003. I still miss you baby.
|Friday, February 1st, 2008|
I got a near migraine after lunch and took the rest of the day off. I got on the internet and ran into a bargain. Definition of a bargain: something you don't need but the price is so good you cannot pass it up. I bought an electric motor scooter. It cost $199.00 including free shipping. 20 mile per hour 20 mile range. I figure some day real soon gas may be unavailable. My local utility is coal fired and they are now building a plant that will keep them with excess capacity for another 20 years. I am looking into some solar chargers also. GO GREEN.
|Thursday, January 31st, 2008|
We are anticipating 6 inches of wet snow today with high winds. It's times like this I am glad I live only 300 yards from the office. I made a crock pot full of ham and beans for the crew. I don't think it will be much fun driving to lunch today.
|Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008|
|whole lot of nothing
I got the software for my pc to talk to my phone. The software I had allowed access to the internet but nothing would transfer the Pictures. I spent the evening selecting pictures I wanted on my phone. I chose pictures of my three recently departed friends to remind me to enjoy life. I chose pictures of my friends still up and kicking to enjoy life. And pictures of my boys, just to brag on how good looking the little shits are. Life is good.
|Saturday, January 5th, 2008|
I spent the days looking at the candidates web sites. I was impressed with efforts of each in some areas and was impressed with none of them over all. Barak Obama is by far the weakest plan. He has promised billions of relief to just about everyone but the richest 10 percent and proposes to balance the budget on tax increases for that 10 percent. It won't work. It causes recession. When you squelch all incentive for taking risks and making big money, people stop doing it. he as well as several others have great ideas on the banks. making them give better terms for loans with fewer penalties for prepayments and not allowing them to unilaterally raise credit card rates unless there is a genuine default on their loan. They also include a minimum time to provide a bill, so that bill does not get lost in the mail and become an inadvertent default. But, his new laws on civil rights would be a nightmare. Pulling out of iraq on a time table is stupid. It just gives the opposition a date they can wait out before striking. I don't like his tax plan or energy plan. It is simplistic and under financed. Hillary did her usual platitudes. it all sounds good but has no specifics or meat.Her social medicine idea would lower health care treatment and destroy the health insurance industry. That industry doesn't have anything wrong with it. Medicaid and medicare forcing others to pay for coverage for them in a hidden tax is the problem. Huckabee puts all his eggs in one basket. energy self sufficiency in 8 years. If that was acheived, we would no longer be over the barrel on foreign policy issues. It might work. His tax idea sounds good, but I think it is unworkable and also he would be unable to sell it to congress. If I was the only voter, Huckabee would be president. He would do the least amount of damage. Current Mood: tired
|Wednesday, November 28th, 2007|
It was a Saturday. We went to Stockton. As she sang, the DJ snapped a picture. It was probably the last picture taken of her. I spoke with her 10 days later at 3 pm. She was determined to fight her cancer and her diabetis. 3 hours later her son found her dead. She was a special lady.
|Thursday, September 27th, 2007|
My next door neighbor is dieing. His doctor is setting him up in Hospice. He has been breathing on oxygen since he moved in. Last night when I came home he wanted me to come in. He was lonely and just wanted company. We talked until 7pm. A nice guy, only 64. He was a truck driver. Being cooped up tied to an oxygen bottle has been hard on him. There are worse things than passing on. My barber one time was an old guy of 89 who still spent three days a week cutting hair. He announced he wanted to die when he was 100 running out of a mad husbands bedroom. He actually had a married girlfriend, so it might have happened. lol.
|Thursday, September 13th, 2007|
Went to "just one More" last night and sang karaoke. Carol was there and she looks like a very old pregnant woman. (which she is) lol Poor baby. I left at midnight. There is a lot of construction on the way home and they are working the night shift. I slow below the posted speed limit because there are a lot of good ole boys running around in the dark. A car comes up behind me at a rather high rate of speed and then tailgates me all the way through the speed zone. I slow down a little more and anticipate the car passing me as soon as I get out of the one lane traffic. When we do and I start to pick up speed, up comes the lights. Police officer. Ok now I understand, He watched me pull out from the bar and was shadowing me hoping for a dwi. I handed him the license and registration and advised him, nary a drop officer. He acted innocent. I told him I suspected he had followed me from the bar thinking he had a drunk driver, but I am a diet coke drinker. (better luck next time). He gave me a song and dance that I had swerved onto the side of the road and he was checking on my health to see if I was ok. -------R-i-g-h-t-----. I get pulled over about twice a year. Always between the hours of 12 and 130 am and always after having just pulled out from a bar. My little white Kia Sportage is very recognizable and I think they drive by and spot my car and then wait for it to come by. I was tailed just Friday night for three miles by one but did not give them even a hint of an excuse to pull me over. I was meeting someone for breakfast or I would have given it a little swerve just to get it over with. I think profiling is illegal in this town but it sure as heck happens. Current Mood: amused
|Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007|
|lol adapt to the candidate of your choice
One day the seven dwarfs left to go work in the mine. Snow White stayed home to prepare lunch. When she arrived at the mine with the lunch, she found that there had been a terrible cave-in.
Tearfully, and fearing the worst, Snow White began calling out, hoping against hope that some of the dwarfs had survived. "Hello, hello," she called. "Can anyone hear me? Hello?" But there was no answer. Losing hope, Snow White called again, "Hello. Is anyone down there?"
Just as she was about to give up all hope, there came a faint voice from deep in the mine.
The voice said, "Vote for Hillary. Vote for Hillary."
Snow White, somewhat relieved screamed out... Oh, thank God...Dopey is still alive."
|Thursday, August 16th, 2007|
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, AR, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.
The kids came into first period and there were no desks.. They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?" And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them."
They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."
"No," she said.
"Maybe it's our behavior."
And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."
And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the classroom. Second period, same thing, third period too. By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren's class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the classroom.
The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room. And she says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now I'm going to tell you."
Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and as she did 27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. And by the time they had finished placing those desks, those kids, for the first time I think perhaps in their lives, understood how they earned those desks
Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. They put them out there for you, but it's up to you to sit here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."
Friends, I think sometimes we forget that the freedoms that we have are freedoms not because of celebrities. The freedoms are because of ordinary people who did extraordinary things, who loved this country more than life itself, and who not only earned a school desk for a kid at the Robinson High School in Little Rock , but who earned a seat for you and me to enjoy this great land we call home, this wonderful nation that we better love enough to protect and preserve with the kind of conservative, solid values and principles that made us a great nation.
"We live in the Land of the Free because of the brave."
Please remember our Troops.