Friday, April 29, 2011

THE LITMUS TEST: It Either Works or it Doesn't Work, Period!

THE LITMUS TEST, IS IT ACID OR ALKALINE, ITS ONE OR THE OTHER!  The white litmus paper turns blue for alkaline and red for acid, a dependable test.

EASTER DINNER TABLE - 2010
My wife Julie treated her family, 18 of them, to her traditional Easter Dinner.  The "dinner" has been over for a week or so but one member of her family, and then another, still "drops" by for 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths.  I don't blame them.  Julie is a great cook and can be depended upon to cook two or three times more food than is necessary for any single meal.
MY JULIE-GIRL ON OUR FLORIDA HONEYMOON-She is still a sweetie!
Did I help with the dinner?  No, Julie does all the holiday cooking.  She, and her helper, Donna, cooked all night long.  Typical!  I did peel the potatoes, all 10# of them.  She fixed three hot potatoe dishes to please different family members, plus two dishes of sweet potatoes.  As usual, I always set the tables, this year with a solid blue cloth and yellow napkins on a flowered place mat.

Julie's favorite in life, her son Randy Lee, had an expansion wrap on his left elbow.  He complained about pain.  I inquired if he had tennis elbow to which he replied "probably".  He replied that he didn't know about tennis elbow straps.


 I gave him mine telling him that he would know immediately if it helped or not.  If it did not immediately relieve his pain, it didn't work.  HE WAS ASTONISHED THAT THE PAIN WAS REDUCED IMMEDIATELY, just like I said.

My acquiring tennis elbow is a fond memory.  Fishing on Lake Erie with my brother Henry, maybe 25 years ago, we started to catch White Bass in the "jumps".  Each fish was big for white bass, maybe three pounds.  We caught a fish every cast.  In maybe 45 minutes we filled a 120 quart ice chest and had to quit fishing to get more ice.  After fighting those bass on ultra light tackle for a half hour, or so, my left elbow was damaged.

I'm not much for watching TV, even while killing time on a cold day.  I never miss the 6PM news on Fox or The O'Reilly Factor, however.  Remembering my teaching that "Idle Hands Are The Devils Tools", as I watched the news I whetted my pocket knife.  SUDDENLY, I HAD AN ACUTE PAIN IN MY RIGHT RING FINGER.  It was serious pain!  I couldn't see anything and thought I had somehow ruptured a major nerve.

SUDDENLY, AGAIN, I HAD EVEN WORSE PAIN IN THE UNDER SIDE OF MY RIGHT FOREARM.  It really, really hurt!  Looking down, there was a wasp doing a number on my arm.  I knocked it off with my knife.  It landed on my bundle of keys, which is attached to a belt loop.  Using my knife again, I mashed at the wasp, twice.  It fell towards the floor. 
A WASP, one of the blessings of miles of state park?

I COULD NEVER FIND THAT WASP ON THE FLOOR!  

I really wanted to find that wasp.  I looked on my chair, on my clothing, and all around the floor.  I could never find it.  WHY WAS THAT IMPORTANT?  I've tried to kill that wasp twice since noon.

The first time I gave it a swat with a fly swatter, I knocked it off a window blind but couldn't find it.  An hour or so later, it was on my computer key board, where I was working.  I swatted at it three times, knocking it down off the desk.  I could never find it then, either.

FIRST AIDE FOR WASP STINGS?
My arm and finger commenced to really, really hurt.  I headed for the kitchen and Adolph's meat tenderizer.  Oh, No!  Julie had saved money and bought an off brand tenderizer.  Would it work.  IT DID, IMMEDIATELY!  I wet my effected skin, shook on the gradular salt-like material, and the pain was gone.

IT PASSED THE LITMUS TEST!


Take care, avoid stinging insects, and remember the meat tenderizer.

MAT 18:20 WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER IN MY NAME

May God Bless you and yours!

GLOBAL WARMING? Duh, When?

AL CHECKING THE WEATHER?  NAH!  LOOKING FOR TAX SHELTERS
HEY, THERE, MR. GORE, COULD YOU SEND A BIT OF YOUR GLOBAL WARMING MY WAY?
Electric Heat--AEP loves me!

I don't know about your neck-of-the-woods but here at KNOX LAKE CAMP, it is cold!  Just past noon,  I am in a heavy sweat shirt hugging the electrical fire place, which has the inside temps up to 72 degrees.



The high today is supposed to be 49 degrees.  Gotta aways to go.  It is only 47 now.  Being thankful for all blessings, I am thankful that the rain has stopped for a couple days.  IT HAS BEEN RAINING FOREVER.

I can't get the grass mowed.  It is growing so quickly, already higher than an elephant's eye.  I have the lake side mowed but can't get the west lawn mowed.  It is so high that it will be a real chore to mow.  Before it can dry out, it rains again.

UH, ARE WE HAVING FUN, YET?

I do have work I can do outside but in recent years, I really hate being cold.  It was around 50 inside when I got up.  I will get outside late this afternoon, maybe.  FUNNY, I WROTE ALMOST AN IDENTICAL BLOG LAST YEAR ON APRIL 13TH.

Julie keeps telling me to have patience.  EVIDENTLY, ANOTHER YEAR HASN'T DONE MUCH FOR ME IN THE PATIENCE  DEPARTMENT,HUH?  Just older, wiser and better looking.  Thats my story and I'm sticking to it!

I was home last weekend for dinner with my dining group and stayed through Monday, because Julie didn't want me to leave.  Rained all the time so I didn't mind being home.
CASA DEL RIO RESTAURANT, WADSWORTH, OHIO
I am taking daughter, Kimberly, alongwith her family,  to a Mexican restaurant Saturday.  Casa del Rio in Wadsworth, Ohio is the nearest to being in Mexico, even the bus boys are Mexican.  All of my family likes Mexican food and I need to express my appreciation for the work and finance that Kimberly, Jack, even Riley and Rosebud, endured for my 8oth birthday celebration..

UH, M & M, I'LL HAVE CHAIRS FOR YOU IF YOU'RE HUNGRY FOR MEXICAN.  JUST GET OFF AT THE WADSWORTH EXIT, RT. 94, DRIVE ACROSS THE ROAD FROM YOUR EXIT AND BE THERE AT 6:30PM.  LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN THE FUN! Just cost you an hours drive and a bit of gas!  

This has been a disasterous week for tornadoes in the South land.  An explanation of the cause is the cooling of the Pacific.  Uh, if it cools, it is global warming, it it heats up, it is global warming.  Which ever way the weather bounces Mr. Gore claims it.  Why not?  His foolishness has made him a RICHER man.

AH! ANOTHER CUP OF GOOD STRONG COFFEE.  I LOVE RETIREMENT MORE EACH YEAR.

KATE AND BILLY, SWEET, HUH?

Watch TV?  The tornadoes, the Royal's wedding, or the cancelled space shot, over and over and over.  Beyond belief, I left my Kindle home.  Boo!  TAKE A NAP?  Why didn't I think of that?

Stop and Smell the Roses!

God Bless!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

COLLEGIATE CHURCH OF ST. PETERS AT WESTMINISTER: Been There.

Westminister Abby
There are so many beautiful churches in Europe that when people on tour are asked about their day they simple reply A B C, which is code for Another Beautiful Church.

None are more beautiful than the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminister, known more informally as WESTMINISTER ABBY.

Although I've traveled in Europe, Asia, and South America and elsewhere, London, England stands out in my mind.  My wife, Julie, and I visited London in 1989.  While I most often speak of my Father's people being Irish, I've often heard my Mother remind Dad that she was English.  London has been there "forever".
London was old in 1492 when Columbus sailed to America

From century old Pubs to the Houses of Parlament, every where you look, London is facinating.  There are small things that you will not read about, such as, the smell of horse manure from the stables of the Queens Guards just before you come to the bridge leading to the above building.

Not too far from the stench of the horses is DOWNING STREET.  Uh, 10 Downing Street is the home of the Prime Minister.  No, Maragret Thatcher did not invite me in to tea.

 Westminister Abby is in the news currently because of the Royals wedding.  It was founded in the year 960 by Benedictine monks to establish a tradition of daily devotion.  It is the resting place of 17 monarchs.  The floor is actually paved with tombstones over the graves of well known people.

Tomb of King Henry VIII
  
The Throne of England is in the Abby.  It is really just a big wooden chair that has been used since the coronation of King Edward I in 1308.  Under the chair is a big stone, just an ordinary stone.  It is the Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish Kings were coronated.  Old Edward said he was the King of Scotland, although the Scots fought him about that up to and including today, and he carried off their precious stone to put it under the English Throne.  It was there when I visited, it has since been returned to Scotland.
Scot on the Bagpipes
I have travelled extensively around the world.  London, England was one of the most interesting.

Take care and God Bless!



HOW GOOD IT IS! We Just Don't Always Know It.

Over the years I have kept small journals of my adventures in life.  There are solo canoe expeditions to the North Woods, a 600 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail, trips down the Ohio River, back packing the west coast of Ireland and others.

My son Mark has asked for those journals when I no longer need them.  I am taking them down to the Lake with me today.  I plan to incorporate them into a bit of writing I hope to do this summer.

One journal was open to the date of 9-30-02 and a trip by Julie and I to Myrtle Beach.  She recorded that we left home at 4:30PM, a late start but it looks like we only travelled to Charleston, WV probably to enjoy a visit with her brother, Jimmy.
The beach from our penthouse suite in Garden City, SC
HOW TIMES CHANGE!

Jimmy who lived at Campbell's Creek, WV is now deceased and, from such a small, isolated community, we have made the acquaintence of what has become a dear cousin, also from Campbell's Creek.
Cousin Cheryl, Walt & Julie in a 1600's era Cabin

Julie has always kept a record of our costs.  At the time I'm sure we were "put out" at the prices of everything.  It gave me a chuckle today.  Maybe you would like a chuckle also?

$123.81     21  12 ounce Strip Steaks and 2 Pork Chops from
                  Bennett's Fine Meats in Canton, OH.
    24.00     17 gallons of gas at $1.36 a gallon.
    14.81     Dinner for two at House of Hunan, plus $2.00 tip.
    64.00     Lodging at Super 8 in Fort Chiswell, Va.
                  Included was a "very nice" breakfast of muffins, juice,
                  coffee, french toast, pancakes and sausage gravy
                  & biscuits.
    22.50     Gas at $1.41 a gallon at Ft. Chiswell.
      9.50     Lunch at Subway.
        .27     Coffee for Walt at McDonalds.

Today a 12 ounce strip steak from Bennett's costs nearly $15 each.  Gasoline is nearing $5.00 a gallon.  And, with a senior discount, a small cup of coffee from McDonalds costs $0.85.

BY COMPARISON, WE HAD IT GOOD THEN BUT DID NOT APPRECIATE IT.  And, No!  I did not make a lot more money in 2002, I made about the same as I make today.

Just for the fun of it, I checked out the price of gas on another trip.  Travelling to the North Woods on a solo trip with my airedale, Jake, in 1997 I paid the following for gasoline.

$15.00     13.4 gallon at $1.119 a gallon in Fairlawn, Ohio.
  15.60     12.5 gallon at $1.259 a gallon in West Branch, MI.
  14.50     11.7 gallon at $1.239 a gallon in Marquette, MI.
  14.00     10.2 gallon at $1.299 a gallon in Duluth, MN.

LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD A FEW YEARS, GASOLINE AT LESS THAN $5.00 MAY BE A GREAT DEAL.  The next time you fill up, maybe you should give a shout of joy?
NO, I'M NOT GOING TO SHOUT FOR JOY, EITHER!
We should, however, count our blessings!

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE: Paul Loves It!

WHEN ONE BORROWS FROM PETER TO PAY PAUL, PAUL LOVES IT!  Surprise, Surprise!

When a record number of Americans are receiving some sort of Government assistance, is it any wonder that polls indicate that a high percentage of Americans favor increasing taxes on the rich?

Taking from Peter to give to Paul, Paul loves it. 

Enrollment in Medicade and food stamps has soared to record numbers.  Medicade enrollment was 42.3 million in June '07 but has now topped 50 million.
FOOD STAMPS ARE BIG BUSINESS EVEN TO WALMART
Food stamp receipents is up 4.7 million from last year.  One in seven Americans are getting food stamps.

Jobless benefits are being paid to 8.4 Million Americans.

J. Egar Hoover reportedly said that "Crime cannot exist in a city for 24 hours without the police being aware that something is wrong".  SOMETHING IS CLEARLY WRONG IN AMERICA'S TREND TO BEING A WELFARE STATE!


I know people who are "working" the system.  I'll bet you know people who are "working" the system?  Why is it that the authorities don't know about it?  THE ANSWER, OF COURSE, IS THAT THEY KNOW.  Too often, those same authorities are themselves, or their famlies, are also "working" the system.


If you would like to see perhaps the most blatant misuse of government assistance, go to your nearest Social Security office.  The majority of people waiting to be helped will not be the old grey beards.  Sit among these younger people and listen as they plot and rehearse their clearly bogus claims.  I see and hear it, the Social Security people cannot.

I know, as I'm sure you do, a number of people who have "gamed" the system.  Cannot do any work at the factory, or what-have-you, can't even push a broom.  Once they are on the dole for life, however, they can raise huge gardens, run several motorized paper routes at the same time, care for rental property, or build houses even.

Unfortunately, this is no small thing and, dishonest as it is, it is not just the dregs of society who do this.  Quite frequently their work while on the dole will be a cash-in-hand arrangement where they do not even pay taxes on their earnings.

THE GREATEST GENERATION, those who lived through the Great Depression and fought in a world at war, are few and far between today.  The current generation is a far cry from being the greatest, and with all the kids on the electronic time consumers, the next generation promises even less.

AND HOW IS IT THAT MOST OF THOSE WHO ARE IN FAVOR OF TAXING THE "RICH" MORE, DO NOT PAY ANY TAXES THEMSELVES.  Nearly one half of Americans pay no taxes at all.  I know I'll be critized for this statement, but I think those who do not pay taxes should not have a voice in decisions concerning those who do pay taxes.

Raising the top 2 tax rates 1% will raise 115 Billion in 10 years.  Hiking everybodies tax 1% will raise 480 Billion in the next 10 years!  Making everyone pay SOME taxes would solve our problems immediately.

WHEN ONE THINKS OF "TAXING THE RICH" ONE NORMALLY THINKS OF THE SUPER RICH LIKE THE KENNEDYS.  Taxing those who make $250,000 a year are your neighbors and small businesses who struggle to make a profit for most of their years.

I HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON MY TWO PENSIONS, FOR WHICH I WORKED VERY HARD FOR 43 YEARS, AND ON MY SOCIAL SECURITY.  I have very little use for those who fraudently pay no taxes!

When I watch neighbors and FRIENDS, who had high paying union jobs, pass up employment opportunities which pay less than the unemployment pays them, I deeply resent having to in anyway fund their income.


I took three months unemployment once in my life while I awaited a promised job opening.  My wife and I had both lost our jobs in a plant closing.  I paid far more of my personal income into the state unemployment and workman comp programs for employees who worked for me in my side businesses than I personally received in those three months. I had to pay this unemployment for a long time after I had sold my last business.  Go Figure!

OF COURSE, THE REAL ANSWER IS NOT RAISING TAXES AT ALL, INSTEAD THE ANSWER IS TO STOP THE FOOLISH SPENDING. 

HEY!  ALL YOU POLITIANS, DO SOMETHING!

WHY NOT MAKE BOTH PETER AND PAUL HAPPY?

If you cannot personally get involved correcting these problems, consider sending a few dollars to those who are involved.  Can you say Tea Party?


God Bless!

Monday, April 25, 2011

PERCEPTION: Glass half full, glass half empty--you decide!

A faithful reader mailed to me a story that makes the point for "perception". 

 After writing so much on Dust, Drought, Degradation and Desperation of Difficult Times, a "CHUCKLE" seems in order.
A Minister decided that a visual demostration
would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon

Four worms were placed into four separate jars

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol

The second worm was put into a container of smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was placed into a container of good clean soil

At the conclusion of the sermon, the minister reported the following results:

The first worm in the alcohol is DEAD!
The second worm in cigarette smoke is DEAD!
The third worm in chocolate syrup is DEAD!
The fourth worm in good clean soil is ALIVE!

So the Minister asked the congregation, What did you learn from this demostration?

Maxine quickly raised her hand and said,

' As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!'

PERCEPTION?

God Bless!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

OUT TO DINNER WITH FRIENDS: A Seven Year Tradition

"OUT WITH FRIENDS FOR DINNER -2008"
Six couples in a dining group, calling themselves simply "Out To Dinner With Friends" had their first dinner tonight starting their eight year.  One couple, Ken and Sandy are absent from this picture.

Normally the first dinner, a Progressive Dinner from House-to-House, takes place in early January.  In early January of this year I was just home from the hospital with a total replacement of my left hip.  Before I got out of bed, part of the group had left for their winter sojourn.

The Hardville Kitchen
At the urging of the group I mailed each couple a letter picking out the only Saturday open for the group in the Month of April for a get together The Harville Kitchen, a well known and well liked restaurant by all was chosen.  Every body made it promptly at the selected hour. 

What a happy group.  Except for visits while I was under the weather, I have only seen the group once this year.  That we are all the best of friends was obvious and plans were made for our monthly outings for the rest of the year.

Ken and Sandy requested a summer month, and chose August.  The rest of the group drew months from out of a bread basket.  Julie and I got the first month, May.  We must choose an unusual restaurant, not a chain.  For our pick last year we all sat around a Japanese grill as a chef entertained and cooked our meals.  It was so much fun!

At each dinner we pick the date for the next dinner.  Whoever is responsible for the choice will make sure the food is good and reasonably priced, make reservations for the group and mail menus.  Over the years we have had Italian, Mexican, assorted Steak Houses, Blue Grass presentations, and Poloneisan Huts.  We have eaten near and far.  Couples usually pair up to drive. 
GOOD FRIENDS ENJOYING THE BEST OF TIMES

You know it is a success when no one wants to leave.  As you can see in this picture, we have closed up the place and everyone is still standing around talking, girls to girls and guys to guys.

This special program costs nothing.  There are no rules, other than picking the eating place and getting out the menus.  If you are not already doing something like this, consider it.  Why, even an old man gimping along on a cane can enjoy an outing like this. 

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

God Bless!







  We 

Friday, April 22, 2011

SWORDS OR PLOWSHARES? Either or Neither!

WHEN YOU CONCENTRATE ONLY ON BEATING SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES YOU CAN NEITHER FIGHT NOR PLOW!  My friends, I fear that we are in just that fix today and I am deeply concerned for the end results.
When President George Bush was questioned recently by Mat Lauer on a CBS interview about water boarding, the President replied, "Read my Book".  I HAVE AND AM SO GLAD I DID! I have learned so much from this book, my 3rd book on the Bush family in the last year.
There is a wise old saying that "When you concentrate only on beating swords into plowshares you can neither fight nor plow"!  I fear that as President Obama concentrates on the transfer of wealth from the working "haves" to the "have nots" who have not invested time, money and effort into accumulating assets, or of his bowing and scraping to foreign leaders and making apology for our country, The country is in grave danger.

AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT DOES NOT NEED TO BOW TO ANYONE, EVER! And, we do not need apologies for who and what we are or who we have been.  I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.

When Abu Zubaydah, trusted associate of Osama bin Laden and senior recruiter who ran the camp where 9/11 hijackers had trained, was captured, under standard questioning he gave up only information he thought we already knew.  Unfortunately, we actually knew very little.

HE WAS TRAINED TO RESIST QUESTIONING.  Under waterboarding he disclosed a mother lode of valuable information, including what led up to the capture of  Khald Sheikh Mohammed, the confirmed mastermind of 9/11 and the murderer of Daniel Pearl. 

When captured, KSM said he would "talk to his captors in New York after conferring with his lawyer". Thankfully, George W.was president! Introduced to waterboarding, instead, he revealed large amounts of information on al Qaeda's operations. Water boarding led to the capture of Ramzi bin al Shibh, the logistical planner of the 9/11 attacks.
KSM disclosed plans to attack American targets with Antrax and biological weapons which so far have been foiled.  He provided details leading to the capture of Hambali, the Chief of al Qaeda's SE Asia operation.  He, in turn, provided information on a west coast version of 9/11 in New York. Thusands of terrrorists were captured, about 100 put throught the enhanched CIA interragation methods, ONLY THREE WERE WATERBOARDED.

EXPERTS IN THE INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY HAVE STATED THAT WITHOUT THE INFORMATION FROM THE ENHANCHED CIA METHODS THE USA WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE SUFFERED FURTHER ATTACKS.

President Bush was being made aware of 400 plots a month against the USA and proper action was taken to defeat each one of them.  Four hundred a month, think of that!  THE PUBLIC WAS AWARE OF ONLY A FEW WHICH CAME CLOSE TO BEING SUCCESSFUL. 

When the New York Times found out about the waterboarding, although requested by the President himself not to disclose this vital information to the terrorists, they did so anyway.  After a two year discussion on the CIA enhanced interragation,  both houses of Congress approved it, 293 to 129 in the House and by a vote of 69 in the Senate.

I fear, my friends, that 9/11 has become like Pearl Harbor, something unfortunate in America's past.  UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS NOT PAST, IT IS ON GOING!

I AM CONCERNED THAT WE ARE IN EXTRAORDINARY DANGER THAT IS NOT BEING ACTIVELY RESISTED BY A "GOODY-TWO-SHOES" PRESIDENT!

What can we as individuals do about this danger?  PRAY!  And put shoe leather to our prayers by working to get a more faithful leader in 2012. 

KEEP IN MIND THAT "BIRDS OF A FEATHER DO FLOCK TOGETHER".  President Obama's wife had never found a reason to "BE PROUD OF AMERICA" and his pastor of many years, who married Obama and baptised his children, called upon God to Damn America.  As President Obama felt the need to make apology for our country, could his thinking be much different?

Surly, we can do better?

God Bless!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

REALLY HARD TIMES? You Can't Even Imagine It!

PAY FOR A DAY'S WORK?  $0.75
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT! Heaven forbid that you will ever be able to say the same.  YOU PROBABLY DON'T EVEN WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!

Born two years into the Great Depression that lasted until I was 10 years of age, and World War II, I distinctly recall the way of life in those difficult years.

I just shared with my son that my dedicated purpose in life in those years was to come up with five pennies each week.  I would do any chore.  I once killed a sick dog for a man for fifty cents, which he failed to pay me. I had my eyes on the ground constantly searching, searching, searching.  

THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON MOVIE WAS FIVE CENTS.  My cousins, Bob & Junior Shirley, whose father was always employed as a NYC railroad engineer, always had five cents.  We would walk, barefooted two miles to town each Saturday to watch two or three replays of the new, talking movies.  I probably made two movies out of three.  I LEARNED TO HUSSLE EARLY IN LIFE! 

ACTUAL CASH WAS NON EXISTENT FOR MOST PEOPLE! How did people live?  Well, many did not!  Ten percent of Americans, 7 million people, starved to death in the great depression.  Their deaths were not listed as "starved" but as "WASTING DESEASE" or "VICISSITUDE".  As I searched dilgently for 5 pennies, Mom searched for food--she fed us.  Dad made and sold moonshine, a truly riskly proposition.  Seems as how men always found money from some where to buy booze.

One out of three workers were out right fired, others were employed but only on a part time, when ever, if ever basis.  In 1932 only 10% of the work force was truly employed full time.  Dad was always employed but seldom worked more that a few days a month, if that.  Mom, a highly qualified seamtress, worked more often in a local shirt factory. 

Of course there was no unemployment pay in those days.  There was soup kitchens for the men in large cities.  My church, the Easton United Methodist, fed the community twice a year at Bean Suppers, a tradition that continues until this day.

 THE GOVERNMENT WAS OF NO HELP WHATSOEVER.

Five million American farmers were driven from their land by what was called the bank reclaiming debt.  In 1933 the federal government bought and destroyed six million hogs.  Two million head of cattle were destroyed in Texas alone.  ALL THIS WHILE MILLIONS WERE LITERALLY STARVING!  The government bought corn and wheat and either burned it or dumped it in the ocean.

Why?  Reducing supply to drive up the price of farm profits!  I KNOW!  As I said the government was of no help whatsoever.

There was a large farmer in my neck of the woods.  He hired Dad and my two teen age brothers to cut corn for him, from when you could see in the morning to when you couldn't see at night.   I carried their lunch to them, beans in a mason jar, biscuits and, for Dad, coffee with canned milk.  The pay for the three of them?  One dollar a day.  Most of this rich farmers land lay idle as he was paid not to grow anything.  There was no complaint about the low pay.  Too many others were standing in line for the job.

People left their homes to wander the nation looking for anything better, more than two million men, 8,000 women and 200,000 children.  We lived by the railroad and these hoboes regularly knocked on our door begging for food.  Mom always fed them something.  There were no picky eaters, trust me.

In one year 6,500 hoboes were killed, either by accident or by the railroad "bulls".  Riding the rails was a dangerous life style.

There was a movie called Rollover.  I am sorry that I cannot find that movie.  It described what happened when America's debt holders refused to roll over their debt and asked to be paid.  When payment could not be paid, UH SUCH PAYMENT COULD NOT BE MADE NOW SHOULD THE CHINESE ASK TO BE PAID, within a week, in the movie, the world was thrown into a full blown depression even worse than the great depression of the '30's.  SCARY!

LIFE IS SO VERY GOOD TODAY, 9% UNEMPLOYMENT NOTWITHSTANDING.  Yet, Murphy's Law has not been repealed.  If it can happen, it will, at the worse possible time.  Be encouraged to get involved putting an end to the wild spending of your government.  Just in case, however, I think you would be wise to prepare for the worse.  What can it hurt?

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

DANGER! The Canary Is Getting Dizzy!

Sacrificial canaries warned miners of dangerious gas build ups, the Early Warning Sentinel of it's day.  If the American public had such a Sensor Sentinel of it's economic status, THEY WOULD NOTICE THAT THE CANARY IS GETTING DIZZY! 

On The O'Reilly Factor tonight, Bill asked how much more warning was needed to alert the American public of the potential of an economic disaster?

I HAVE BEEN ASKING THE SAME QUESTION!  On November 29, 2010 I concluded the seventh in a series of blogs relating to this very subject.  I have blogged on this subject constantly since, including the blog of April 7, 2011 where I cautioned against constantly expanding our debt by using worthless paper money, citing the hyper inflation of Germany leading to WWII.

I've pointed out our President's response of increasing taxes on the rich, which is not only wrong but is also foolish as an answer.

If Obama took every cent of the rich's income, it still would not resolve our debit crisisBTW, HE CONSTANTLY IGNORS THE 47% OF AMERICANS WHO PAY NO TAXES choosing to send them money instead. 

RETIRED FOR 20 YEARS, LIVING ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY, I STILL PAY TAXES, but thats besides the point, right?
A blunt warning has been issued by Standards & Poor, S&P, probably the most trusted credit-rating source in the world, that the failure to face the mounting U.S. debt by it's leaders has forced the down grading of America's debt rating from STABLE to NEGATIVE, leaving their bond rating at AAA.  Only Japan has more debt and only Spain has a NEGATIVE rating.

YOU MIGHT EQUATE THIS TO LIVING ON CREDIT CARDS AND BEING NOTIFIED THAT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR CREDIT BECAUSE YOU ARE MAXED OUT!

How important is this?  The day America's credit was downgraded the American Stock Market plummeted some 140.24 points, a 1.14% drop, it's largest decline in a month.  Japan's market declined another 1% over and above it previously drop from it's disasters, while markets in Britan, Germany and France doubled that decline to over 2%.  GOLD, BELIEVED BY MANY TO BE THEIR LAST HOPE, SOARED TO $1,500 AN OUNCE!

OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THOUGHT IT IMPORTANT.
What's the cause of all this difficulty you might be asking? The country is spending far more than it earns.  IT IS JUST LIKE IN YOUR HOME--YOU CAN'T DO THAT, NOT EVEN TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONES!  UH, WE'RE NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES, WE'RE LEADING THEM!

Please get involved in correcting this problem.  Can you say TEA PARTY?

God Bless!