Sunday, July 31, 2011

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: Horse Feathers!

Our dear friends, Carla and Bill, drove my wife and I to dinner last night.  It was a long, difficult drive and we appreciated their kindness. On the way home we got to talking about ISSUE 5 upcoming for a vote in Ohio.  I don't know much about it but it deals with teacher's responsibility to educate their students.

Discussing an incorrigible four year old in my neighborhood, one of two children in a single parent family, this child will be a problem in school as well as in life, in my opinion.  SHOULD A TEACHER BE HELD RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUCCESSFULLY TEACHING SUCH CHILDREN?  We agreed it was a problem.

I awoke at 4:00AM, laid in bed for an hour thinking about it, then got up to write this blog, my last one in July.  BTW, for those of you who think I haven't been blogging faithfully because I've been busy with other writing chores for a month or so, for this my 3rd full year of blogging, I have averaged 8.7 blogs a month year-to-date.  Last year I averaged only 7.7 blogs per month.  FOR THE RECORD, THAT IS A 12.9% INCREASE IN PRODUCTIVITY.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it.  Hee Hee!

The problem in education today, in my opinion, is that Americans are no longer dealing with realities.  Too many have an idea that no child can fail, or that there should only be winners as no child should ever be a loser.  BULL FEATHERS!  They can and will fail.  Some will be winners in life and some will be losers.  That is life!  Deal with it!

I used to be a guest speaker-for-the day on business in the local high school.  A professional speaker of many years standing, I worked hard to make the classes fun.  Most students got involved in the classes and, although they had as much fun as I did, they learned a lot about the real life of business.  The teacher alerted me, however, that some classes were "burn outs" who would be difficult to teach anything.

Those classes of "burn outs" came into the class room, half of them laid their heads on their desks, the others would gaze into space.  They were badly dressed, disheveled and looked to be stoned out of their minds.  Ask them a question and get either a "duh" or a class pleasing "I don't know, man, my brains are out to recess".  The teacher would apologize for my having to put up with what they put up with daily.  I told them that were I them, I would not put up with it.

Teachers have the responsibility to be prepared to teach their subject matter.  The school adminstration has the responsibility to see that the teachers do their job.

The first day of "burnt out" experience, I think the parents should be notified that their child failed for that day, getting an F.  At the end of the week, I'd again notify the parent that their child had failed for a week, getting an F and that if the child did not change, they would be expelled from the school and schedule a meeting with the parent.

At the end of the second week of failure, after the meeting--whether the parent came or not--I'd remove the child from the school.  I would then rid the school of these failures.  Let the negeligent parents become responsible for educating their wayward children, or not.  YES, IT WOULD CERTAINLY CAUSE AN UPROAR, BUT THE GOOD STUDENTS IN THE CLASSES WOULD BE FREE TO STUDY AND THE SCHOOL RATINGS WOULD GO UP.

IF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THEIR PARENTS, CHOOSE TO FAIL, I'D QUICKLY CHOOSE TO LET THEM HAVE THEIR OWN WAY AND NOT BLAME A TEACHER!

Have students changed since I guest taught some 30 years ago?  Read my blog of two days ago about the pot smoking young people I see going by my house every day after school and answer that question for yourselves.

Society today has a large portion of single parent families.  Although these families may be financially less secure, they receive so much free help that they live a life that most of the world would die to have.  Check out the clothing and cell phones used by these "poor" children.  I was just shown a phone by a young person who bragged that the phone cost $400 and I believe her.

WE ARE TEACHING THAT YOU CAN DO WRONG AND GET BY.  The rest of the nations, India, China, Japan are teaching us that we are wrong as they take our jobs away from us with their hard working attitude.  Like the good students in the burn out classes, we are all made to pay for the failure of a few while blaming the wrong person for the failure.

My friends didn't cut our Governor much slack either.  I recall Gov. Christy of New Jersey telling a young, female teacher who was complaining that for her level of education she should be making more than the $85,000-a-year that teachers were paid in New Jersey.  I loved his answer when he told her that was what the job paid and if she was worth more perhaps whe should change jobs.

In some states, teachers are being paid 80-90% of their full salaries after 20 years or so of teaching is unreal.  It is not affordable.  I worked for 43 years, always in positions of extreme responsibility and my retirement is less than 20% of my working income.  And, I do quite well, by-the-way! 

And, not all teachers are good teachers.  Not all of anything is good, teachers or otherwise, we talked about irresponsible nurses her daughter, an RN, knew about.   There needs to be a fair but established yard stick for judging a teacher's performance, and the adminstration's performance.  The bad teachers or adminstrators should be weeded out but not because all kids don't learn.

EITHER NOW OR LATER IN LIFE, THOSE WHO DON'T LEARN WILL LOSE OUT!  That's life and I think it is fair!

God Bless you and your's.  God bless the USA.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

THE SPREAD EAGLE TAVERN & INN: Our Dining Destination

The OUT WITH FRIENDS FOR DINNER group of six couples which is in it's seventh year, enjoyed   dinner tonight at another unusual and delightful location, The Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn in the Village of Hanover, Ohio.  At one time a bustling stop on the Sandy and Beaver Canal, this three-story Federal Period brick tavern house was erected in 1837. There are seven dining rooms and probably that many more dining nooks.  We had a large dining room all to ourselves on the second floor.  It was quiet and conducive to conversation. 

SPREAD EAGLE TAVERN and INN CIRCA 1835
THE PATRIOT ROOM - Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn
Today, more than 150 years later, after an extensive two-year restoration the tavern has become an Ohio Landmark.  It has seven dining rooms and five guestrooms.  This is the Patriot Room, a small meeting hall where Abraham Lincoln once addressed the citizens of Hanover, Ohio.

Summer temperatures which has been in the low 90s won't have us using the fireplaces.  That being said, we are reminded of the day when that huge fireplace was the only thing between the Inns patrons and the fierce, Ohio winters.

In addition to finding unusual dining places, the group is also to find medium prices.  Well, that takes some doing today.  Each of the six couples gets to choose the dining place each month, following a house-to-house progressive dinner in January.  Last month Julie and I choose The Gervasi Vineyard Italian Bistro.  Although I did buy some appetizers and a bottle of wine for the group to share, my bill was just short of a hundred dollars.  Tonight I skipped  the hors d'oeuvres and wine and my bill, including tip, was $81.00  The price of prepared food is beyond belief.

GREAT CHOICE, KEN AND SANDY!  There is a two bed room house on the grounds that is available as a bed and breakfast.  It was like moving back to pre-civil war days, with electricity and air conditioning.  Julie and I certainly look forward to returning for a weekend in this beautiful home.

This week I went to the doctor.  It was a 10:15AM fasting exam and afterwards I was starved.  I stopped at our favorite breakfast spot, Sweet Henry's.  I knew the original owners, my youngest son dipped ice cream there when he was in high school, and I watched the owners three children grow along with my kids.  In addition to one of the owners daughters, Dottie, there are two other waitresses we have known since they were in high school, maybe 15 years ago.  They are now grown with children of their own.

SWEET HENRY'S ICE CREAM PARLOR AND RESTAURANT, NORTON, OHIO
I knew I had the $20.00 co-pay for the doctor and a bit of money besides.  Without really giving it a thought I stopped in for breakfast and was waited upon by Jesse, my all-time favorite.  The only reason this sweetie isn't related to me is because I am too old and my sons were married when I met her.  I know that the girls live on their tips and try to be generous.  I had their breakfast "special", same as always knowing that it used to be $3.50.

I almost never eat there without my wife Julie, who always takes care of the bills.  I pay but Julie likes being in charge. When Jess gave me the bill it was $8.68.  WHOA!  Thats about what I had in my pocket.  Embarrased I explained that I just didn't get enough money when I left the house and that I'd get her the next time.  Of course, she just laughed.  Fact is, I only had a few cents left.  Yes, yes I'll take care of her.  From time-to-time over the years we have remembered them at their birthdays and at Christmas. THE SHOCK IS HOW MUCH THAT $3.50 BREAKFAST HAS GONE UP!

Oh, yes!  A picture of my dining group?  Here is a picture from a prior outing.  My kind of people.
DINNER IS OVER BUT NO ONE WANTS TO PART- April 2011
Below is a picture of my lovely daughter, Kimberly Susan, who will be "39" one more time tomorrow.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIS!  What has this to do with a blog on a dining group?  Absolutely nothing!  If you had such a beautiful daughter, wouldn't you want to brag too?
KIMBERLY AT MY 80TH BIRTHDAY - 2011

God Bless you and yours


Friday, July 29, 2011

THE VIEW FROM UP HERE: My Front Porch!

I've been home from our lakeside retreat all week.  I had a doctor's appointment and then, tomorrow night, my wife Julie and I are having dinner at an 1835 coach house east of Canton, Ohio with our dining group.  I enjoy being home for a lot of reasons, sitting on my front porch not being the least of them.  Julie makes our front porch a floral delight.
OUR FRONT PORCH: From the sidewalk.
Whether it is from the sidewalk as seen above or up close, the flowers are quite lovely and the porch welcoming.  The closer you get, the prettier it is as seen below.
Julie always buys her hibiscus, above, when Sam's Club comes out with them in the early spring.  At that time it is way too cold for these tender plants so we keep both of them in our dining room.  Then we take them out on warm spring days, bringing them in at night.  The blooms only last one day but they are worth all the effort.

WHAT A BEAUTY!
The entrance to our home is guarded by a giant coleus as well as a giant schnauzer.

Actually, this beauty is from last year but we have one just like it there again this year.



Of course my throne is also on the front porch and it is seen below.  I love sitting outside late at night, or in the wee hours if I cannot sleep.  I really love sitting on the porch when it is raining and there is nothing more exciting than being right in a thunder-boomer at night on the porch.

WALT'S THRONE
Julie and I went out for a Chinese dinner tonight and took our housekeeper, Donna, with us.  Julie drove and when we got home she said she and Donna were going to K-Mart, she knew I wouldn't go as it was time for the 6:00PM news on Fox.  An hour later I was sitting on the porch when they got home.  What did they buy?  New curtains for Donna's kitchen and plants.  Yes, plants!  Three of them.  Just what we needed.

 
DONNA  AND JULIE AND PLANTS
Donna is the redhead with the long legs.  She has been with us for going on three years.  I'm not sure what we did before we had her.  And, if she is that important now, think how important she will be as we get older.


I refer to her as our housekeeper but she does everything from hoeing my garden to caring for me when I was bed fast with my hip replacement.  She knows whats in my house far better than I do.  She just has one bad habit that is hard on an old man!
DONNA WEARING HER "PEEK-A-BOO" SHORTS 
THE SADDEST THING I SEE FROM MY FRONT PORCH IS KIDS SMOKING POT, MORE THAN I HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE!

I do not know why but I daily see teenagers going by sharing a marijuana joint, more so than ever before!  I watched a well dressed mom drop her 15-16- year-old son off at a neighbor's house.  He was as well dressed as his mom, none of the low crotch stuff, nice haircut too.  His mother was hardly out of sight until her son and two others were in the alley passing their pot around.

I wanted to give a quote on the percentage of pot users who go on to hard drugs but when I tried to google up the answer all I got was pages of how harmless pot really is.  THEREIN MY FRIENDS LIES THE DANGER.

JOIN ME ON THE PORCH SOMETIME, WE'LL SPIT AND CHEW AND TELL SOME TALL ONES.  UN HUH!
God bless you and yours.  God bless the USA.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

COMMUNICATION: Difficult at the very least!

The blog I wrote early this morning evoked such serious, insolvable thoughts, perhaps a couple of funnies to be fair and balanced.  Let's think about the south.

GEORGIA:  The owner of a golf course was confused about the paying of an invoice so he called in his pretty, young secretary.  He said "Y'all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help.  If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would y'all take off?"

The secretary thought for only a moment and then replied, "Everythang but my earrings!"

NORTH CAROLINA:  A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, he pulled to the side of the road and called AA for help.  Then he got out of the car and placed a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and another bouquet behind the car, and got back in his car.

A passerby from Ohio studied the scene, turned around and returned to the broke down car.  He asked the fellow what was wrong.  The man replied "I got a flat tahr."  

The passerby asked "whats with the flowers?"

The man replied that "They say when you break down put flares in front and flares in back of your car.  I don't understand it either".

TENNESSESS:  An Ohio state trooper pulled over an old, beatup truck with Tennessee plates.  The trooper asked "Any ID?"  The driver replied " 'Bout whut?"

Yes, yes, very funny.  You know what though?  You never hear about anyone from the South retiring and moving to Ohio, no you don't!  I'm planning to move to South Carolina when I get old and grey.  Un Huh!

God bless!

THE DEBT CRISIS: More Involved Than You May Think!

A central bank has existed in England since 1694.  The Rothschilds completely dominate the banking system.  It is estimated that their wealth is into the trillions.

Baron Nathan Marey Rothschild once boasted:  "I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets.  The man that controls Britain's money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply."

The people of the United States are paying about $400 billion dollars per year to the IRS which is the collection agency for the Federal Reserve.  It is important to know: The Federal Reserve is a PRIVATELY owned bank with 10 private members.  The Chase Manhattan Bank is a member which is owned by the Rockefellers who are Rothschild Agents.

AT THE PRESENT TIME AMERICAN CITIZENS OWE THESE BANKERS SOME 14.2 TRILLION DOLLARS!

The Federal Reserve System became the central bank of the United States in 1913.  The bankers in this country, especially J.P.Morgan created a currency panic in 1907 in order to get the American people to accept the idea of a central bank.  The idea was to enslave the people of the USA to a debt money system where taxes are collected continuously which just covers the interest. 

WHAT IS BEHIND AMERICA'S CURRENT MONEY CRISIS?  ONLY TIME WILL TELL BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT IT IS A MANAGED CRISIS!  One thing is certain, the monelenders do not want any reduction in the debt or change in the IRS.

The founder of modern banking goes back to the time of the Babylonian captivity of Judah.  A captured Israelite named jacob Egibi started what was a new phenomenon during the Reign of King Kandalanu of Babylon, (648-625BC).  By the end of the 70 year captivity the evil business of banking had spread widely.  During the time of the Persian period, loan sharking became a business where interest rates of anywhere from 30-50% were charged.

The Roman historian Tacitus tells us that during the reigns of Caesar Augustus, (27BC-14AD), and Tiberrius, (14-32AD), Roman empire records reveal deposits, withdrawals, brokers fee and loans.  By the time the Roman Empire fell, banking had spread to Egypt, Byzantium and the Arab nations of the Red Sea.  It was a thriving business.

Until the end of the medieval period there was no such thing as national money.  With the rise of international trade, many banks were allowed to coin money for their transactions.  The first "Christian" gold coins were struck by Emperor Frederick II in 1225AD.  Ducats of Portugal, florins of Florence, agnels of France and the sequins of Genoa and Venice followed.

In 1694 the English King William III accepted a loan of 1,200,000 pound sterling at 8% interest in exchange for two conditions: (1) He would grant a charter to what would be The Bank of England.  (2) This bank would have the "sole and exclusive right" to issue notes to the fullest extent of its capital.

THE KING LITERALLY GRANTED THE BANK OF ENGLAND THE LEGAL RIGHT TO PRINT ALL THE MONEY THAT WOULD BE USED IN COMMERCE BY THE PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT!  In four years, JUST FOUR YEARS, the British government owed 16 X 10 to the 6th power, pounds sterling to the Bank of England!

By 1850, the House of Rothschild represented more wealth than all the families of Europe.  There were other wealthy  families in Europe and America which were allowed to join "the international banking club" such as John D. Rockefeller and John Pierpont Morgan.

Although Thomas Jefferson lobbied vehemently against the central bank, stating it was contrary to the Constitution, on February 25, 1791, however, a charter for the Bank of the United States Bank was issued.  Our debt has mounted ever since.

In 1863 the National Banking Act was passed despite protest by President Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln was asasinated.  The Federal Reserve was incorporated in 1914 and has been creating a completely unnecessary national debt ever since.  In simple terms, the Fed creates money as debt.  They create money out of thin air.  Whenever the members of the Fed make any loans, that debt money is our money supply.  Look at your money.  It says "Federal Reserve Note" which means it is an instrument of debt.  There is no real money!  

WANT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS ABSOLUTE FINANCIAL DICTATORSHIP?  Don't look in the yellow pages under GOVERNMENT NUMBERS as this is a private business not answerable to anyone, remember?

How powerful are these money vultures?  Consider the following:

President Kennedy was murdered after he had printed $4 billion worth of non-interst bearing money.  Interest free money means the national debt is eliminated and the power of the international banking element is broken.  President Johnson, who lied constantly to the American people about the war, immediately recalled all the debt free notes and continued our country in the same path of ruin.

When our Lord, Jesus Christ, drove the moneychangers out of the temple, he was crucified 4 days later.  Prior to that, he had been welcomed by the crowds.

Bankers have constantly been on both sides of all wars, making huge profits, and then benefit from the rebuilding of the destroyed countries.  Funding for all the Gulf Wars come from borrowing money from the Fed.  Then we borrow money to give it to the destroyed countries.  THINK OF THIS!

DON'T TAKE LIGHTLY THE TEA PARTIES STANDING UP TO THEIR "NO NEW DEBT" POSITION.  EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT TO TODAY'S MONEYCHANGERS!

OUR COUNTRY MAY BE ON THE VERGE OF GREAT THINGS WHICH MAY HAVE TO BE PAID FOR BY DIFFICULT YEARS!

AMERICA WAS FOUNDED BY CITIZENS WHO RISKED ALL!

SHOULD WE DO LESS?

God Bless you and yours and God bless the USA.

  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

GARDEN THIEVES; Aaaaarrrrggghh!

John Steinbecks' movie on the Great Depression
Displaced people in the Great Depression
It is true that unemployment is high, about a third of what it was during the Great Depression.  Yet, food is available today from a variety of sources.  At our voting precinct, (the Salvation Army), I counted five different locations where food was available, free, throughout the city.  Nothing like that was available in the Great Depression and food theft was quite common.

Food theft is common today, but only for the sake of laziness and greed.  In the city of Barberton, free community garden sites have gone unused until the last year or so.  Most of the plots are planted now.  I suspect that garden theivery is rampant, but maybe not as it is not within walking distance of most people.

I have been planting a garden at our lakeside retreat for about ten years now.  Normally I plant a lot of pole beans.  I didn't live at the lake then, just went down for weekends.  Once when I went down prepared to can the beans, when I got there every bean had been picked.  Eventually we got one mess out of an entire planting.  I think that thief moved away.

Tim and Jillian announce their engagement!
My granddaughter Jillian was the baby of the family until Riley and Rosebud came along a few years ago.  Jillian is the sweetest, kindest hearted person you could imagine.  She is pretty, talented and meek, lowly and humble like her grandpa!  Un Huh!  I received a happy/sad call from her this week.

She is the only one of all my grandchildren who had me teach them to bake pies.  She bakes a mean pie!  She had bought some fresh peaches and made a peach pie.  I don't know that my pies taste any better, but I know how to flute them to be beautiful, and of course I sprinkle them kindly with (sugar) love on the buttered crust.  She wanted to tell me about it and thank me for sharing the know how with her.  Of course, the pleasure was all mine!

She and her husband, Tim, are both going to college for their Master's Degrees.  They bought their home before they were married a year or so ago.  They have worked so hard and make do with less than what they have been used to doing.  My admiration for both of them abounds.  They planted a large garden in a community plot and a small garden at home.  She was so proud when she told me she has been eating fresh tomatoes from her garden at home.  Sadly, she said, someone had stole all the big, red tomatoes in her commuity garden.  In a Christian spirit, she hoped they needed the tomatoes more than she did!  I know they were lazy, good-for-nothings and I hoped they got a bad case of indigestion!
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES: A Great Movie
I told her to pick all the green tomatoes from the community patch, put them in a sunny window at home and they will ripen up just fine.  I also told her how to fry green tomatoes.  Bet she tries it too!

I am thankful for my grandchildren!  I am thankful for Jilly-poo.  She is a winner!

God Bless!

JUST A'KEEP'N ON A'KEEP'N ON: Good To Hear From You!

I've received emails reminding me that I haven't been blogging recently.  One email said you haven't written a blog since June 27th.  Today is July 27!  It has been a month.  Just goes to prove, time flys when you're having fun!  Actually, I averaged 7.7 blogs a month last year and I've averaged 7.8 blogs a month this year.


Walt, writing his first blog in the Outer Banks, NC in 2008
I am well, really well, past 80 years of age!  When I had my 70th birthday I told my great doctor, Matthew Finneran, that I had plans for 25 years and I needed 5 years just to wind things down.  I asked if he could handle that and he assured me he could if I could.  Although my A1C sugar rating was in the safe zone, he said he'd declare me to be a type II diabetic and work toward getting my sugar reading even lower.  He also wanted my blood pressure at 130/70.  He wanted all lab results to be in the extremely safe zone.

At this quarterly exam I was in very good shape, my blood pressure was 125/69.  I am still struggling after 7 months recovery from replacement of my left hip.  Full recovery is projected to be 12-18 months and I'm supposedly doing well.  I still use a cane walking as I am not overly stable and don't want to fall.  On the positive side, I have no pain in the hip and I can get up and down much better.  No small achievement, I have lost 17 pounds since my last checkup, the result of increased activity, so I am moving around a bit.. 

Thanks for asking!

I am writing, writing a lot, just not my blog.  I have taken on a new writing chore and working on it at least 4 or 5 hours every day.  I live alone at the families lakeside retreat with my wife coming down on weekends.  I am doing a bit of landscaping, but not much.  Writing is more fun and it has been so hot.  Life is short, eat your dessert first is my motto.  I have been staying inside in the AC at the computer.

Julie on ski's at  Holiday Valley, NY 1986
My wife, Julie, shown here on the ski slopes in a prior year, and I go to the movies together every month or so.  Julie goes a bit more than I do because comic strip movies or science fiction movies are of no interest to me while Julie loves them.  We just saw a movie I not only enjoyed but can recommend.

The movie is believable, that is a must for me.  It is apropos in today's slow economic, high unemployment settings.  I can't recall a vulgar word.  Although pretty girls were plentiful, there were no exposure I don't see in my own family.  Out-and-out, explicit sex scenes were not there.  As one of my family sometimes says when I thusly describe a movie, why bother?  The movie was really humorous, not fall-out-of-your-chair funny like when the toilet hose exploded on RV, just constantly funny.  The movie, Larry Crowne.  There are a lot of scooters in the movie and I've got a thing for scooters.
M & M on a cruise a year ago

  A bit funny, when I told my lovely daughter-in-law Mary Kay, shown here on a cruise with my eldest son, Mark,  about the movie she laughed.  Seems as how her mother had just told Mary to save her money.  The movie wasn't worth seeing.  Thats why they make red cars and blue cars, its called opinions, huh?  I liked the movie a lot.

Living on a Bed of roses?  ENJOY!

Again, I am well.  Thank you for asking.  I see around 1350 of you have read my profile.  If only 1 out of 5 readers take the time to read the profile, then there are over 6,000 of you out there who know I exist.  Thank you.  Be safe.  Take time to smell the roses.

God bless you and yours!  God bless the USA.