All you need is a skeleton, speaker, microphone, and radio controlled motorbike for a good time outside a cemetery
My Galt/Readen 2012 Shirt was a hit at the Christmas party. I spent the whole night talking politics when people stopped me to ask what that shirt meant — and if they should know. Last night close to a dozen people said they’d buy Atlas Shrugged and read as their next book. (One said he’d get the talking book for the car)
The last time I wore it – I took my wife to the hospital and was stopped twice in the hospital to explain.
I feel like everyone who stops me learns about how Obama’s Socialism is making producers “Go Galt” and hopefully they’ll read the book and spread the word.
America needs John Galt and Hank Rearden to save the Producers from the Moochers
Money shouldn’t be an issue — as the T-Shirts are as inexpensive as $11.99, and sizes to 4XL. Delivery is cheap and reasonable — and sent worldwide.
Buy and give one to your Liberal friends — they’ll never figure it out.
A 2-day meal plan consisting of nothing more than 3 cukes, 3 tomatoes, 1 onion (mixed together and soaked in vinegar); 3 bowls of shredded wheat; 6 pears, 1 bag of edamame, and 10 cups black coffee will tear you up on the third morning. Don’t ask me how I know.
My son Dallas received his trophy in the mail yesterday. Thank you to those who voted for him.
Cymax – Furniture Store From Hell
I need to take an hour to tell this little story like I need another testicle — but if it saves anyone else the grief I just went through — it will be worth it. In a nutshell — don't waste your time and money with Cymax at www.cymax.com.
We moved into this house a little over a year ago and since that time I've ordered on-line some fairly expensive office furniture for my home-office, all delivered with "White Glove Delivery" meaning not dropped on the curb — but unpacked and set where I need it, up to 2 fights of stairs. The below photos (as proof) show solid wood bookcases, desks, and other furniture delivered with the "White Glove Delivery" — although by a company different than Cymax. All went very well, and I was very satisfied — satisfied enough to have tipped well all of the people to deliver it.
The reason I order this stuff on-line is a combination of my being pretty particular about my office furniture (style and quality), and the convenience of looking at more desks on line than I could see spending a week running around to office furniture stores. I only buy with the "White Glove Delivery", because I'm the only guy here — and have a pretty screwed up back from a car accident. I can't be carrying this crap up stairs.
So I need a desk to go at the top of the stairs, to set a community computer on (the easiest of every furniture delivery ever made to this house – up one flight of stairs facing the front door, and on the other side of the short wall), and find what I want at Cymax, with "White Glove Delivery".
This one photo shows the entire path through the house and the desired location of the desk.
About a month after I order this desk, I get a call yesterday saying the only time they can deliver it is today between noon and four, which happens to also be the time my wife and daughter need to go to the airport for their 12:55 flight. So I say OK, and make arrangements for someone else to take them to the airport.
At 3:30, I get a phone call that they're on their way. At 3:50, this short little girl, and equally small guy show up. In the past, there was 3 or 4 men, who generally looked like they could handle the job. These two absolutely could not. The little girl (I doubt she was 5' tall) asks where it is going, and is obviously distressed with the answer upstairs. After a 5 minute conversation in Spanish with the guy with her — she says that she needs to see where. So I show her, after I lock up my 10-year-old 5lb Boston Terrier — because she's afraid of dogs, even the ones the size of hamsters. After another 5 minute conservation in Spanish, I'm catching that he's telling her that they'll leave it on the pallet and drag it up the stairs. They obviously can't lift this solid wood desk an inch off the ground, no less over the banister. Two on one end could barely get the damn thing raised high enough to get a dolly under.
So she tells me that that I need to sign a damage waiver in case they damage anything (and if there was anything certain — it was that there was going to be damage!), and that they will not unpack and cart off the pallet and crating, which has the appearance of external damage. I said — no way, that I paid for "White Glove Delivery", and that it is up to them to be prepared for it. She tells me that she needs to call her boss and goes to the truck. I call the Cymax number and played their game of going through menus and entering my sales order number. She comes back 10 minutes later — and I'm still on hold, yet to speak with any human. She hands me her phone, and some guy claiming to be her supervisor tells me that everyone has to sign a damage waiver, and that they won't be uncrating it, but will get it upstairs. End of conversation. It was obvious that they weren't even capable of dragging it up the stairs on a moving dolly (their incredible plan which was a physical impossibility based on dimensions alone), there was no way they could do it without damaging the wall and staircase (and most likely the desk and themselves), and they weren't going to try to it take upstairs without me signing a damage waiver. In the meantime I'm still listing to a Cymax recording that someone will be with me soon — but I'll get faster help going to the web site and reading the FAQs. I look at my phone and 19 minutes had gone by and still no human. So I tell them to put the desk in my garage and I'll tell the world how I feel I'm getting more of the "Latex Glove" treatment than the "White Glove" one.
These people can barely get the damn thing on wheels up a 1/2" lip at the end of the driveway! Yes there are two of them back there wrestling it for a good five minutes.
The little girl who can barely see over the top of the box is doing all of the grunt work.
The crating looks like I might find a surprise
So as they're leaving, a person comes on my phone (who suspiciously sounds like cross between Peggy and Osama Bin Laden – and I'd wager was at least 12,000 miles away making IUDs) and wants to know what the problem is. I tell him that in addition to being on hold for 25 minutes thus far, that I'm getting bitched slapped with their white glove. He asks what I want — and I tell him to get some people here who are capable of unpacking and taking the desk upstairs without me having to sign a damage waiver for certain damage. In his very fine combination of Farsi and English — Peggy tells me that he'll have to put me on hold. I soon got the expected dial tone.
So there you have it. Buy from Cymax.com at your own peril. I'd warn you of who their "White Glove" delivery people were — but it was a rental truck with the lease company name on the door, I see nothing on the paperwork on who they were, and I assume the two people sent were found at the local "Tree of Hope" for daytime laborers, or standing in front of Lowes.
I didn’t change — and outside of the forum most would still consider me to be a hardcore Right Wing Nut. However, it is the collective of the forum membership that has changed, which has turned me into a moderate in their eyes.
I’m a mixture of hard Conservative in some areas, and hard Libertarian in other areas. I want less government, I want the government to get out of my face and the face of productive business. I want the United States to be a Republic and not a Democracy. Those are Libertarian leaning qualities — but I am also Conservative on some social issues like being anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, anti-drug legalization, pro-Christian and pro-Israel. I’m in between both camps on the Military. I want a strong one to punish those who come to hurt us (or are preparing to come to hurt us) with a quick and effective strike — but tired of getting involved with people we can’t trust — like any Muslim. I’ve never met one I could trust — as it is a cultural thing with them. I’m for a workers program to legally allow Mexicans (without citizenship, voting rights, or entitlements) to come to the US to make beds, mow lawns, wash dishes, and other home construction — but I am against allowing anyone from the Muslim world into the country. The reasons are we need cheap labor for some of the jobs citizens don’t want to do — yet need to be smart with home security.
I’m tired of entitlements that encourage moochers to become lazy — and punish the earners with redistribution of their efforts to those who made no real effort. I’m tired of the schools, unions, and courts infiltrated with Communists polluting the minds of our kids and the ignorant/apathetic. I’m tired of votes being bought with gift of the public treasury, and all of the cronyism. I want the counties and states to play a bigger part of determining how involved to get — and the Federal government to play a much smaller part of it. That way if you don’t like how your state governs — move.
I think this country has a lot of big problems, the Federal government is taking away our rights at a rapid pace — but that we also have too many Chicken Littles running around screaming that the sky is falling with too many and too far out there conspiracy theories.
I guess this makes me a “Moderate: to some – but only to the ubber-extreme who lack any flexibility to achieve real change back to a Republic.
I was pretty successful in business, and learned a long time that you sometimes lose a couple of battles in the effort to win the war. I’ve learn that you can cut your nose off in spite of your face by being so inflexible that you give the enemy the win every time. I’ve learned that often the war has to be won in manageable stages — or you will lose the war with an all out attack that you couldn’t possibly win because you were unprepared and under-gunned. I’m a fiscal Libertarian because I’m a Capitalist, but a Social Libertarian because social decay has brought down great empires, and has caused the problems we’ve experience in the last 100 years – since Woodrow Wilson. Because I’m not 100% in either camp of the Conservatives and Libertarians — many in the Political forum consider me a moderate. I don’t feel like I fit my definition of a moderate. I know what I stand for, and that hasn’t changed much over the years. It is the Old Hippie membership collective (not individuals) who have changed. It isn’t a good thing — nor is it a bad thing. Just a fact.
Finally — you have to also understand my position as the creator and administrator of this site. I created the forums to be a board with a specific forum to cover any type of discussion — not just US Politics, and more specifically — not just Libertarian US Politics. Regardless of my personal politics — I want a balance not just in politics, and to not to chase away others who are here for more than, or other than, Libertarian politics. I want to be able to have politics reasonably be discussed here — and I know that Politics and Religion get heated — but I also want all of the other topics on some people’s minds (cars, racing, computers, finance, Church, World news, trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, boats, hobbies, … anything) to be discussed. It will always be my goal that those people feel welcomed here too.
That’s my explanation concerning the statement made that I’m a political moderate.