Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the …environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or future generations.”
She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling’s. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.
The below recipe is but one of 100s unusual recipes that you will find in the Old Hippie’s Cookbook Forum. Check them out — add your own to the cookbook.
3 cups very cold rum or vodka, flavored is okay (I put mine in the freezer for a couple hours)
6 teaspoons plain unflavored gelatin
6 3-oz packages of jell-o, we used grape, berry blue, lime, pineapple, orange, and cherry
1 1/8 cup vanilla yogurt
Lightly spray bundt pan with cooking spray, wipe out excess. Place 3/4 cup water in saucepan, sprinkle one teaspoon unflavored gelatin over it, let sit for a minute or two, heat on medium-low stirring constantly with whisk until dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add first package jell-o, whisk in until thoroughly dissolved, about 2 minutes, remove from heat, stir in 1/2 cup cold alcohol, pour 3/4 cup jell-o mixture into mold, place mold in refrigerator. After 10-15 minutes place rest of jell-o mixture into bowl, place in refrigerator 5 minutes. Take bowl out, add 3 tablespoons vanilla yogurt and whisk thoroughly, gently add to bundt pan, place back in refrigerator.
Wash all your utensils and start over with next flavor, as the pan chills more and the layers get thinner it will go faster to add next layer, if it feels slightly tacky to the touch it is ready. If it’s not set enough the layers will “bleed” through, it it sits too long the layers will come apart. When you add the last layer refrigerate at least overnight, with clean hands pull jell-o away from the edges of the pan, dip almost to top into a container or sink of warm, not hot, water for 10 seconds, remove and jiggle pan, if it looks like it’s coming away from the edges it’s ready, if not, dip again for a few seconds. Place serving plate upside down over top, invert, and voila. A beautiful, delicious, impressive dessert!
I ordered a custom painted trailer for my Geezerglide so I do some longer camping road trips with a tent, sleeping bag, cooler, my CPAP, and a portable generator/inverter to run it. When it came the shades were off just a hair from the bike. Further investigation find that I have a fairly rare Limited edition (the exact bike as below) and the 2012 up is a little different shades of the same color.
Below is a story on the scooter my son sent me.
2011 Electra Glide Ultra Limited Motorcycle Review
A while back a gal pal and I were sitting around having a grand old time getting fully loaded. Before that night ended, my friend pointed out that she personally associated me with the term, especially in regards to my drinking and gun collection. That was a good night, but that’s another story.
The funny thing is that a short time later it was just that phrase that caught my attention while I was trying to choose what model Harley I wanted to ride home from the 70th anniversary Sturgis Rally.
One of the main reasons I picked the 2011 Cherry Red Sunglo/Merlot Sunglo Electra Glide Ultra Limited (MSRP $24,699) you see here was because I heard the bike comes fully loaded. My many stalkers know that I’ve never been a fan of full-blown, luxury touring bikes that feature batwing fairings and windshields, but it was time to take one for the team.
In all seriousness, the way I see the Ultra Limited fitting into the H-D Touring family tree is as a newer, more evolved limb of the Electra Glide branch. What I mean is, all the extras you get with this bike are mostly things that can be found in the P&A catalog. However, on this model it’s all stock. For example, the heated handgrips and the Tour-Pak’s 12-volt power supply and luggage rack are standard on the Limited, but can be purchased separately and then installed on any lower-rung Electra Glide with relative ease. Other Limited treatments include custom versions of the stock 28-spoke cast aluminum wheels, upgraded instrument displays, and a special paint scheme.
In 2011, the Motor Company started offering would-be-buyers a new Power Pak factory option on several Touring models. Basically, for just shy of $2,000, you can now get a larger Twin Cam 103″ engine, antilock braking system (ABS), and Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free fob. This is all standard on the Ultra Limited, and it’s worth noting that when the model was first introduced in 2010, it was the only way to get a factory-installed 103 in your ride.
Personally, I have always been a fan of these motors, although they can run a bit on the hot side, especially when installed on touring bikes that limit the airflow to the rider in the first place. To address the heat issue, an integrated oil cooler is a standard addition on this sled. Regardless of the specific numbers the 103 engine puts out, I found that it had plenty of usable power and torque.
On the ride home, I mostly used the bike on highways and fast secondary roads, and I found that I averaged about 40 mpg. Not bad, considering I have a heavy throttle hand, and my bike was fully loaded in more ways than one. This beast was so reliable on that ride that it almost became routine to fully load the 6-gallon tank with fuel, hit the highway, set the electronic cruise control, find something to listen to on the Harman/Kardon 80-watt, four-speaker stereo, and watch the country fly by until I had to do it all over again in about 250 miles. It is probably worth noting that during these stints I would cruise in sixth gear at 75 mph at 2700 rpm, but I found the sweet spot to be at 3000 rpm going roughly 85 mph.
Overall, I really have no complaints about this bike, besides the fact that I’m personally not a fan of any combination of a fork-mounted batwing fairing and clear windshield. I was hoping that the newly-sculpted-for-2011 seat might make a difference, but no. I was still in that full upright sitting position looking through the windshield.
The smoked Lexan adjustable air deflectors mounted below the batwing fairing did a decent job of circulating some air as did the midframe air deflectors and removable vented lowers. However, I found that in order to really cool off I needed to ride on the back of the seat where I could get some fresh air and see over the tall Lexan windshield without stretching my neck like a giraffe. By the end of my journey, it was the norm for me to ride that way, unless I had a passenger onboard, all of whom seemed to be in heaven riding on the back of this bike, with the Tour-Pak-mounted backrest, wraparound armrests, rear speakers, and height-adjustable footboards. Talk about fully loaded.
Like all of its family members, the Limited comes with rembo four-piston calipers — dual up front and single in the rear — and air-adjustable rear shocks. The brakes do a great job of stopping the whole load, and I especially appreciated the ABS connected to them. Like the other Electra Glides, the whole package rolls on a 17″ front wheel and a 16″ rear wrapped with Dunlop rubber, 130 front, 180 rear.
The things I liked the best about the Limited are the heated handgrips that allowed me to wear thinner gloves on cool days. (Thinner gloves sound so soft. Don’t take that the wrong way.) Then there’s the 103″ motor. Also, I was surprised to find out that the simple addition of a Tour-Pak rack made my life easier when packing since I could easily strap a bag to it for things I might need quick access to, like my foul weather gear. Since this bike comes with bag liners, it would have been cool if it came with a soft rack bag made specifically for the Limited. Again, I’m sounding soft.
Over the years, I have made the ride from Sturgis back home to the Northeast almost a dozen times, but never has it been as plush as it was this past year when I rode the Ultra Limited. If you are in the market for an Electra Glide, it’s my opinion that you’d be better off getting fully loaded with the Limited model. Heck, it’s not even $3,000 more than the next bike down, the Ultra Classic Electra Glide. And that’s a bargain considering all the additional stuff you get.
Now, excuse me. My gal pal just came over, and we’re heading to the liquor store and gun shop so we can make sure we’ll be fully loaded. Soft no more. AIM
NEW BIKE REVIEW by Joe Knezevic
Story as published in the August Issue of American Iron Magazine
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The Old Hippie Manifesto
December 29, 2012
As I write this, we’re about to fall off the “Fiscal Cliff”. In a nutshell, the Fiscal Cliff of December 31st is when the “Bush Tax Cuts” end, many subsidies end, the country hits the “Debt Ceiling” and runs out of money, and across the board cuts (known as a Sequester) to all Federal agencies – especially the military – go into effect.
Let’s take them one by one.
- Tax Rates.
- Income Tax Rates for everyone will go up. Those who pay no taxes will pay about $300, while those earning $1Million a year will pay an additional $170,000. I expect mine to go up about $30,000 a year. While many have fallen for the Class Warfare Obama has pushed on us, and won’t shed a tear for those earning a higher income, there is a trickle-down effect that will affect everyone. Many of these so called rich are small business people, and they’ll cut back even more in than they’ve already been preparing for with Obamacare. I personally have put off all plans to open any new business until there is sanity restored to government (Going Galt), and I refuse to hire anyone full time. I won’t be buying a new car or truck in the near future – and I’m driving an 8-year-old truck for the first time in many years. So if you have anything to do with building cars, selling cars, making parts, or even wanting to collect sales tax on a car purchase — Sorry. You will also find times tougher if you work in a restaurant, sell electronics, work in the travel industry, or do anything else financed with discretionary income. There will be less to spend, so more people will be laid off, causing even less to be spent, causing even more to be laid off.
- Payroll Taxes paid by employer and employee. These rates go up for both starting January 1. Additionally there is a new Obamacare tax. Employers have to cut back somewhere – and that will be people.
- Capital Gains Tax. This is a tax on something that you paid with your already taxed dollars – and then sold for more than you bought it for. It also includes the weak ass interest you might receive on your savings – or the sale of your house (which also gets a new 3% Obamacare tax). It currently is 15% — and will go to 40%.
- Death Tax. Goes to 55% from 35%, and the exemption drops from $5Million that you can shield to $1Million (a common house in many cities) that you can shield. Say you spent your early years working and studying harder than all of your friends so that you could give your future family a better life than you had. Your busting ass and taking big risks pay off and you hit that level of financial success you planned for. Then you die. Instead of the money, investments, and property (that the government left you after seizing its share in Income tax) going to your heirs – the government first skims 55% off the top as a tribute. Don Fanucci calls this Wetting the Beak.
- AMT – Alternative Minimum Tax. Obama will tell you that I’m rich because I EARN over $250,000 a year, and that I have tax loop holes available to me. I have no loop holes and pay a huge amount in taxes. I am means tested away from everything the average citizen gets. I also have the burden of AMT – and the $7500 my CPA charges to prepare my associated tax returns from fully documented computer records of my accounting system (which also cost me a pricey sum during the year). You see my taxes have to be prepared two different ways – and I have to pay the higher of the two. Some freaking loop hole! Coming up are 30 Million more of you get to have the same pleasure of this AMT.
- Subsidies. Government Subsidies go to corn farmers for ethanol in gas, dairy farmers, solar farms, wind farms, colleges, tv stations, car manufacturers, and all kinds of other stupid stuff. It is a Socialist tool to spread the wealth from the 50% who pay taxes, to the Moochers who pay no taxes and have their hands out for a socialist government spreading the wealth. A true Capitalist economy wouldn’t have it – but just the same expect your milk to go to $8 a gallon, gas to jump, and your electric bill to spike from the lack of these subsidies getting renewed.
- Debt Ceiling. Whenever the country spends more than it takes in – it goes into debt. Congress has to approve the debt. Five years ago this debt was $5Trillion dollars – which is a Hell of a lot of money that will take forever to pay off, mainly because of the size of the interest payments to our creditor – China! When with Obama giving away free stuff like cell phones, Internet, Food Stamps, unemployment forever, and greasing political cronies like Solindra, GM, Fiat,… our debt ceiling was authorized to be $16.4 Trillion. It might sound like just a number to you – but you can never repay that kind of money. We will hit that debt ceiling this Monday – and then we can borrow no more. Secretary of the Treasury (and tax cheat as most Obama appointees are) Timmy Geithner will play some illegal magic with the number while Congress turns its head. Naturally they won’t cut off the handouts to moochers who put these Socialists in office – but I guarantee my VA disability will not be paid (barely worth mentioning anyway – but for others more seriously injured and having no other income are screwed), our Military personnel, parks, airports and anything else having to do with business or the military will see the lion share of the cuts.
- Sequester. Because not a single Fiscal Budget has been approved by Congress since Obama took office – the last agreement was for a “Sequester” to go into effect January 1st – if there still was not a budget approved. The Sequester has automatic cuts to all Federal Agencies – but really loads it up on the Military, who Liberals have always had distain for. Well the Democrats kept insisting on taxing and spending more, and Republicans kept insisting on cutting back on government – so nothing was agreed to and we get the Sequester.
OK – so those are the facts on what the Fiscal Cliff is. I have explained it because I’ve yet to find a family member or friend who actually knew any more than what Obama’s media has wanted them to know – which is that “the evil Republicans are making your taxes go up”.
Now I’m going to give my opinion/editorial on what should be done if we want to save this country from becoming the Fiscal Failure like the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain). If you don’t know what’s happening there – you need to do a Google search and learn how their borrowing money to give to Moochers bankrupted them to the point where no one works, and there are no government services.
The reason that I feel qualified to discuss this is because I’ve been a political animal for over 30 years – and the news is on in my home 12-15 hours a day. I get up in the morning at 5AM and have the financial news on until 3PM while I make my stock trades (giving me an insight on Finance) and the National News on from 3PM to 7PM. I’m usually working on the computer – but I keep an ear open on important topics. I also have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. If I have any question in my mind about anything no matter how trivial – I look it up. I’m usually at the keyboard, but even sitting and watching a movie or a game will have me with my iPad to look up trivia like when the actress died, of what disease, or what years the coach played the game.
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years.
During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
- From bondage to spiritual faith;
- From spiritual faith to great courage;
- From courage to liberty;
- From liberty to abundance;
- From abundance to complacency;
- From complacency to apathy;
- From apathy to dependence;
- From dependence back into bondage.
You are either a Producer (contributing more than you receive), or a Moocher (receiving more than you contribute). Don’t like being called a Moocher – too bad cupcake. You are part of the problem with the United States going bankrupt. We are a society that continues to say the 5% paying 90% of the taxes aren’t doing their fair share.
In the past, the Christian Work ethic of Americans didn’t require big government. There were no handouts and people had to work to care for their family. If there was no work – you moved to where there was work. People moved from the Dust Bowl to California. People moved from the cotton fields of Mississippi to industry in places like Detroit. I moved from Buffalo, New York to Texas when factories closed in the 70s. You use to take responsibility and you showed some self-pride. Today you will make more money not working (in addition to under the table) than to work – and those who still aren’t working after 2 years (Obama wants to raise to three years!) of Unemployment handouts now go on Social Security disability – because they’re too distressed from not working to work, thus disabled.
In the past, family took care of family. All of my Great-Grandmothers were cared for by their children or grandchildren. Now the government pays for the elderly and disabled in families and families grow apart.
In the past, we had personal pride. I grew up in a 1-bedroom apartment with four brothers and three sisters (later upgrading to a two bedroom duplex) – and often had a grandfather or even another family living with us. I started selling doughnuts door to door at age 7, and had a paper route at age 10. The four eldest siblings always had a job from the time they turned 12 – always. My father worked minimum wage jobs (and it sure the Hell wasn’t what it is now days) pumping gas, delivering flowers, working at a hardware store, of being a security guard. Out of Pride, my family never applied for or received a penny of public assistance. Now the Moochers get a credit card and their unearned handouts are called Benefits – and paid into benefits like Social Security and Medicare (which I’ll never see a nickel of after paying the maximum all of my life) are considered some great government benefit. Well it is only a government benefit to the people who didn’t properly contribute to the system – or are fraudulently receiving benefits.
The problem is that the Socialists/Progressives/Liberals/Communists have won. They may have different motives of why they ran for office – from the Big C Communist carrying out Stalin’s dream and infiltration of the 1930s, to the Little C communist who is more of a Che/Castro Communist wanting to kill America by overburdening it with totally dependent people (Search Saul Alinsky and Cloward & Piven Strategy) – or just greedy people willing to sell out America for a high paying (and benefits) career of never having to actually have a job — by giving free stuff to moochers in exchange for their vote. Whether they do it for fame, principle, or free lunch – they have quickly brought us to the point of no return. LBJ’s Great Society was sold as a making all people equal – but 50 years later it is on its 4th generation of totally dependent moochers who will never be productive – cranking out kids who will also never be productive. It most hurt the people it was designed to help, because it was always a flawed plan. It has also created more hate between the races than I’ve experienced in my 58 years. Obama has wedged a great divide between the Producers and Moochers to record levels. It is how he got re-elected after being History’s Worst President. The Great Society has been a Great Failure. The reason we’re past the point of no return and the Liberals have won is because they are now the majority and will always vote for free stuff over real reform. Their greed and laziness has also caused them to be an ignorant group of people – who won’t make the simple effort to expand their knowledge, or even follow current events. We see these idiots on Jay Leno’s Jay Walking, or Howard Stern’s Man on the Street. These are sheeple that will accept anything politicians and the Liberal Media will tell them. Over the last 20 years Liberals have been going after our children with a vengeance. Most teachers are union activists, very Liberal, Pro Gay, and downright ignorant. Go have a conversation with your kid’s teachers and test what I’m telling you. Are they like your teachers in the 50s or 60s? Those kids making it to college (and most now go for stupid curriculums like French Literature or Sports Administration) have it even worse with the Professional Little C communists controlling all teaching positions. They are molding our kids in their vision.
If you’ve watched the News or listened to Obama and Reid in the last few days – you are under the impression that Boehner and the Republicans are going to make everybody’s taxes go up because they’re not going to vote for a Bill that raises taxes on anyone. While it is true that Conservatives feel that the problem isn’t enough taxes but too much spending – the lie is that the Democrats in the same Bill have agreed to cut nothing, they want to rescind the Sequester, they want to add another year of unemployment payments, and they want to increase the debt ceiling to even higher levels. Nowhere in the news does this get reported.
When I ran a larger business, I would tell my managers to never come to me with a problem without also having a suggested solution. So here’s my solution. Everyone gives up something to make things right. It is politically incorrect & racist – because you can’t take anything away from Moochers. It is said that Romney lost the election for telling the truth about the 47% that will vote for free stuff. Since then, Politicians will never again (at least on purpose) tell the truth, as it will be terminal to their career. I don’t hold a political office, nor will I ever run for one – so I’ll accept the racist label I’ll and just tell it like it is.
Taxes. In addition to an unfair system where 5% pays 90%, and 50% pay nothing – I’d go with a Federal Sales Tax REPLACING the Personal and Business Income Tax. Fire 99% of the IRS Thugs, as they won’t be needed. We do need prison guards though. Have accountants focus on business financials and other accounting rather than making a mountain out of a molehill on our taxes. In addition to the huge savings of 99% of the IRS expenses with a simple tax – everyone has skin in the game. Pimps, crack whores, Illegals, Visitors – any person or business buying something will be contributing in the revenue. While the rich pay more because they buy more (bigger homes, bigger cars, bigger boats, bigger cocktail bills!), everyone has a little skin in the game – reducing their Moocher footprint. You want to pay less tax – buy less. This sales tax is collected by the state – and remitted to the Feds. Since the States do what they’re supposed to do (take care of their people) and the Feds do what they’re supposed to do (take care of the states) – far less money needs to go to the Fed, and the non-military portion can be reduced to 5% of what it currently is as a nanny.
Eliminate Capital Gains tax and Estate tax. This is money left after being taxed at least once already – and it is not right to tax it again and again. The wealthy will take this money and set up yet more charitable foundations and give yet more to charity. This will eliminate both the need for a corrupt Government to be the nanny of the truly needy – and be far less corrupt with election contributions and cronyism. You’ll never convince Liberals of this charity aspect – because it is their greedy nature to hate Producers and it has never crossed their mind to be charitable. Liberals believe it is up to the government – not the citizens — to take care of their neighbor.
OK – after making the Revenue so simple that you can’t cheat and you need a million less government thugs to collect and audit – you need to properly handle expenses.
This Republic was originally created for the individual state to handle the vast majority of governing its people – and the Federal government was to handle those United States defense and interstate commerce. Don’t like the way your state is governing – move to state you liked! However, Progressives (name communists like to be referred to) in the 1920s-1930s saw the spread of the dream for One World Marxism. On the way – the Federal government grew like a cancer to rob our freedoms so they could expand in just the way our Founding Fathers warn us of. 80% of what the Federal Government has their finger in now would appall those Founding Fathers.
It was never the plan of the founding fathers to have tax dollars (we actually didn’t even have a Federal Income tax until 1900) going to subsidize colleges, solar energy, wind farms, milk, corn, Internet, cell phones, cash for clunkers, oil, matching election contributions. Daycare, welfare, unemployment, Obamacare, FEMA, flood insurance, bullets for the IRS, liar loan mortgages, — you get the idea!
Yesterday, Obama gave all Federal politicians and employees a raise by Executive Order. In the beginning, these politicians had their expenses paid by the state that had sent them. They didn’t receive 6-digit salaries, big expense accounts, private limos; or special retirement packages and premium free health care for life after just one term. They didn’t go on junkets to Tahiti either. Who gave them these benefits – you, me? No, these corrupt parasites give these gifts to themselves – and that doesn’t come close to the graft and corruption they receive in shady motel rooms or bogus salaries to their family members. Eliminate all of that, and rescind all these gifts they illegally gave themselves. Have the state pay for their representatives, staff, and expenses. Then the state will get the representation they deserve and the politician has to answer to someone about the money his office spends. Have term Limitations of one 6 year term to each branch – Executive, Senate, and Congress. This stops the campaigning while on our dime – and holds their feet to the fire to vote their conscience – as that was supposed to be the reason we put them there.
Get the US out of the UN, and the UN out of the US. There is no good to that organization – and no reason for us to finance their hatred of us. The UN is the most corrupt organization in the Universe. We waste hundreds of billions of dollars a year on this corrupt farce.
States need to handle the education and public assistance needs of their citizens through their portion of sales tax. (Again, no income tax, cigarette tax, FET, gasoline, or other hidden taxes – just one sales tax with the major portion going to the states and a small portion to the Federal Government – plus property taxes for those owning land.) The more localized you make it – the better the money is spent. If your state politicians want to play the Moocher game for votes that the Federal government is playing – a Producer will find a state better suited for his politics or personal responsibility. If smaller adjoining states need to merge to make this go – then it is their prerogative to negotiate the terms and put it to a vote. I have a lot of thoughts on how states should take care of the needy – without creating more of them, but that’s for another day.
I appreciate the military and want a strong defense. I enlisted when I was 16 and started serving shorting after turning 17. I am a Vietnam Era Service Connected Disabled Veteran. For 40 years, my injuries (although not combat related) cause me great pain every waking moment of the day – and greatly limits my mobility. I love the country I enlisted to serve. That said – let’s get out of the Middle East. When two groups of people who hate you start killing each other – you step away – and let them get to it. We have always chosen the wrong side with them – because there is no right side. Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan – they are all inhabited by violent animals driven by a violent culture of hate. Just stand back let them thin their own herd. If they have training camps or hideouts for attacking us – then send in an AC130, a drone, or a cruise and take them out. Tens of Billions are wasted each year with crony contracts to “Military Consultants”. End it. You’re either Military, Civil Servant (and that should be limited), or a contractor. Screw this unaccountable contract consultant stuff. The military also needs to show more accountability to the states on money they spend. More of the military should be localized to the state (as we did in the days of the Civil War) – but overseen by the Department of the Defense. States have the right to have any size State militia they are willing to fund. The Militia and the Right to Bear Arms were put into the Constitution because the Founding Father’s wanted these rights to belong with the states – and that Federal Governments are easily corrupted with shifting power from the states to themselves.
States handle their own highway systems with their own taxing based on the state’s needs. Interstate systems get turned over to the states. They maintain their sections of it. If they can’t – then cars and trucks will avoid that state. Money will no longer be doled out based on political affiliation. Illinois sure has had a lot of roadwork in the last five years – I’m just sayin! If the states wish to contract the repair and maintenance of these sections of Interstates to private business as toll roads, that’s their option. Pay for use is fair.
The Federal government needs to turn over Federal Park Lands to the state with the land. The state owns the property, its resources – and the expense of maintaining it.
While most of the governing (schools, health, welfare, roads, …) comes from the state – there are some (about 5% of what they’ve taken from the states over the years) use for a fair Federal government. FBI does need to handle Interstate crime. NSA or the CIA need to handle International intelligence as it applies to the protection against a foreign power. An Interstate commerce system is needed to ensure smooth travel between states. An EPA far different than the one we have ensure there is a balance between industry and the environment. A FTC for the protection of interstate crime against a consumer. A FCC to keep an organized and safe radio/TV/internet system. A small Federal prison system. The FAA for air traffic. Immigration – and while on that subject, Profile Immigration and stop the entry into the country by violent cultures for education, or any other reason. Ask France, England, Spain, and Demark how allowing Muslim men in the 16-50 age range is working out for them.
We don’t FEMA – that was never the Federal government’s job. States handle their own citizens’ rescue from storms. They will spend the money better and know the needs better. FEMA has failed everywhere. We don’t need them here in Texas! If you don’t have the proper insurance, then find a state with no bad weather or has that as a big priority. Home ownership is not a right – it is a privilege you earn from your hard work. I’ve personally been through 7 hurricanes and have learned that if you can’t afford to pay the taxes and insurances on your home – then you can’t afford to own a home. The government was never intended to pay your hotel bill for 2 years, like it did for Kartrina evacuees – or waste billions on trailers never used. It has always been up to family, friends, neighbors, and charity to help the truly needy – not for the government to create a class of totally dependence people.
No Department of Education. They have been a miserable failure. States will do a better job.
No Wage and Labor board. States deal with discrimination and set their own minimum wage. These are political hacks currently at the Federal Level.
No foreign aid. We need to take care of own people before worrying about others on a Federal level. This is best done as charity. Let’s stop funding those who hate us to buy bombs to kill us. Every time there has been a catastrophe, American (and apparently only Americans) citizens have responded with charity and volunteers.
There are currently only five countries worthy of a mutual defense agreement with us. Canada, England, Australia, Poland, and Israel. The rest can go pound salt. We should only sell weapons to those countries. Other country’s would have to prove a very high standard of worthiness with a 2/3 super majority vote of Congress.
Speaking of Congress, ours in Texas meets every two years for only a few months. They don’t have time to make work by creating stupid laws. A point that the Federal Government needs to take note of. I should also point out that Texas has low unemployment and no state income tax.
No Federal Grants to anyone for anything. Colleges, business, Pells, … None. That is not the business of the Federal Government – until they decided to make it their business. The tax money isn’t theirs to give out or spread around. It is the money of the people. It needs to be limited in size seized from them, and spent wisely when seized from them. The Great American industries were built without the government – and did better until they got involved. The Railroads, steel mills, automobile assembly plants, electricity, and the personal computer were created without the Federal Government getting involved. They’ve been dying because of government involvement.
The Federal Government needs to be relieved of 95% of the freedoms they have taken from the States and Citizens, and its budget should be less than 5% of what it currently is. The people the government has encouraged to be so dependent on the government need to quickly be weaned off the government’s tit. States need to set a two year goal for these people to take personal responsibility – and those who can’t ever do it need to have their children placed in Orphanages that will properly educate the kids to be productive adults – but again, I’ll explain my opinion on how the States can make American citizens productive and responsible people, and the United States again a great nation.
Every state needs to be responsible for their own economy. They break it – they fix it.
Finally, the Federal government was created as a contractor of the States. They were contracted for the states protection. States have since had all of their rights taken from them by an out of control Federal Government. Any state that shares one border with another Country or Ocean, should have the Right to peacefully secede and become its own Republic or Country at any time they do not like their governance of the Federal Government. California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts can become the “People’s Republics” they apparently want to be, New Mexico can become the Indian Nation they want to be, Hawaii and Puerto Rico can become Banana Republics if that’s’ their desire – and Texans can have the Texas they want – not what Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco wants.
If any of this makes sense to you – Read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. You’ll love it.
- Do you need to buy a gift for someone that you feel is impossible to buy a good gift for?
- Do you receive gifts that spend their lives on a closet shelf because it just doesn’t fit your lifestyle?
- Do you hate to give or receive gift cards because they have a lack of thought, and often go unused?
- Do you want to give and receive gifts that are really appreciated?
The most simple way to universally give and receive gifts that are appreciated is Amazon’s Wish List.
No one can beat Amazon for selection, price, shipping, and ease of shopping — and they have an excellent Wish List program. During the year add items you would like to have in all price ranges to your wish list as you think about it — or you’re shopping and bump into a kool item you’d like to have. Make it a habit to a couple of times a year (at least a month before Christmas and your birthday) to update and remove items you no longer want or need.
Then others buying the gifts can find your wish list based on your email address and purchase the items you actually want. As one of your wants are purchased, it is removed from the sight of others (so that it is not duplicated as a gift), but not from your view for a month (so you won’t be expecting it).
Start your own Wish List at Amazon tonight so those gifting you will buy the items you want, and check for a Wish List for those you will be gifting to. It really makes so much sense to both the gifter and giftee.
Paul Harvey read this “Letter to the Editor” on his news cast back in 1999, and I posted it on my site then. How can we blame it all on guns? Just as true today.
For the life of me, I can’t understand what could have gone wrong in Littleton, Colo. If only the parents had kept their children away from the guns, we wouldn’t have had such a tragedy.
Yeah, it must have been the guns. It couldn’t have been because of half our children being raised in broken homes.
It couldn’t have been because our children get to spend an average of 30 seconds in meaningful conversation with their parents each day. After all, we give our children quality time.
It couldn’t have been because we treat our children as pets and our pets as children.
It couldn’t have been because we place our children in day care centers where they learn their socialization skills among their peers under the law of the jungle while employees who have no vested interest in the children look on and make sure than no blood is spilled.
It couldn’t have been because we allow our children to watch, on average, seven hours of television a day filled with the glorification of sex and violence that isn’t fit for adult consumption.
It couldn’t have been because we allow our children to enter into virtual worlds in which, to win the game, one must kill as many opponents as possible in the most sadistic way possible.
It couldn’t have been because we have sterilized and contracepted our families down to sizes so small that the children we do have are so spoiled with material things that they come to equate the receiving of the material with love.
It couldn’t have been because our children, who historically have been seen as a blessing from God, are now being viewed as either a mistake created when contraception fails or inconveniences that parents try to raise in their spare time.
It couldn’t have been because our nation is the world leader in developing a culture of death in which 20 million to 30 million babies have been killed by abortion.
It couldn’t have been because we give two-year prison sentences to teen-agers that kill their newborns.
It couldn’t have been because our school systems teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud by teaching evolution as fact and by handing out condoms as if they were candy.
It couldn’t have been because we teach our children that there are no laws of morality that transcend us, that everything is relative and that actions don’t have consequences. What the heck, the president gets away with it.
Nah, it must have been the guns!
Just a thought,
(I posted this in 1999) If the Safety Nazis require me to wear a bracelet to fire my hand guns — will the scum who kicks in my door to murder my family give me enough time to find and put on that bracelet and find the keys to unlock the trigger? Don’t bet on me taking that chance. I’ll be willing to bet the tree-hugging commie liberals who pass these stupid laws won’t take that chance either.
In the late 80s and early 90s I was a small business owner who had a competitor trying his best to ruin me. JR Ewing was my inspiration to deal with this guy — and to fight back. I’d watch the show every day as motivation.
Recently my youngest daughter and I watched every episode ever made on DVDs.
His brand of dealing with assholes will be missed.
Please take the small amount of time to watch this documentary of how America has been slowly and deliberately taken over, how time has almost run out, and what to do. Then please ask you family & friends to watch this documentary and to pass it along.