Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the Editor that I published here, along with a response from a Mr. Finn in Middlebury who apparently is a member of the "Food Police". Here is my answer to him, which was in yesterday's paper.
Liberals can keep their collectivism
I guess I'd better start reporting to Mr. Finn what I drive, how I heat my home, what kind of light bulbs I use, how I treat my dogs and cats, whether I should have the toys I buy for my grandchildren tested for lead, etc. Should I send Mr. Finn a copy of my typical weekly menu so he can approve it? I forgot that liberals of today have started advocating "groupthink" so we are all on the "same page" and we all should do the same thing for the "good of society."
I was brought up to believe in the Founding Fathers' approach to this country: rugged individualism, and freedom to do as one pleases within the law. If I wanted to live in a collective society, I would move to a communist country.
As I said in my April 10 letter, "It is none of your business what I or anyone else eats, and I will not listen." I suggest Mr. Finn pay attention to what he does and keep his nose out of other people's business.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
The EPA has just announced that greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide) endanger public health. A quote from the article said:
"The agency said in its finding that "in both magnitude and probability, climate change is an enormous problem" and that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases "that are responsible for it endanger public health and welfare within the meaning of the Clean Air Act."
You know what this means? If I remember my high school biology correctly, human beings breath in Oxygen and exhale Carbon Dioxide. My, God, we're killing ourselves by breathing. If we don't all stop breathing, we are going to die!!!! AAAARRRRGGGHH!!
This country is rapidly going down the tubes, while a large number of people are sitting on the sidelines and watching. It is disgraceful and very discouraging. I will continue to speak out and hope I can get more people involved, but be put on notice, if you don't hear from me for awhile, it probably means I have been dragged off to a re-education camp.
P.S. If you would like to look at the report or read it, it can be found at http://wnd.com/images/dhs-rightwing-extremism.pdf
Thursday, April 16, 2009
"If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves". - Ronald Reagan, Oct. 27, 1964
"Don't be silly, Mr. Gorbachev. You can't even feed your own people". - Margaret Thatcher to Mikhail Gorbachev during their first meeting, as he "attempted to argue the superiority of communism" - 1985
|Feeling a little depressed during the recession, feel like the government owes you something. Well, here is a speech that was given by Rush Limbaugh's father about 60 years ago. Here is a great example of what it means to be dedicated to your country. Kind of a long read, but well worth it. Could or would you do this for your country or would you just curl up in a fetal position and say "I'll take whatever happens, I don't really care"? They did this so they could be free, are we going to let it all go away?|
"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor"
It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home. Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today. The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them." All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks. On the wall at the back, facing the president's desk, was a panoply -- consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!" Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York." Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called "their depredations." "Inherent and inalienable rights" came out "certain unalienable rights," and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change. A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote. Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: "I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American." But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. There were no trumpets blown. No one stood on his chair and cheered. The afternoon was waning and Congress had no thought of delaying the full calendar of routine business on its hands. For several hours they worked on many other problems before adjourning for the day.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Here is a response to my letter to the the Editor of the Waterbury paper from a Mr. James Finn, who apparently thinks he has the right to sign off on my menu. Stay tuned for my response to him!!!
In modern economy, one person's diet matters to everyone
In fact, it is very much the business of us all.
If Jon develops a medical condition as a result of poor eating habits, he will be more likely to run up high medical bills that will be charged to an insurance company and tend to increase premiums paid by the rest of us.
If he becomes obese, he may be more likely to suffer a work injury, increasing his employer's workers' compensation premiums, and decreasing the amount of money available for distribution to workers as salary.
If he is totally unable to work he may have to be supported through public assistance, increasing our taxes. If he becomes a financial burden to his family, they will have less money to spend on goods and services, adding to the burden on the economy.
So, Jon, we are all connected. If you have an unhealthy lifestyle, it hurts us all, not just you.
James E. Finn
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Stop right there!!!!!
Let's really take a look at this. A lot of the environmental wackos preaching their causes today were born after the real pollution had been cleaned up. During the late 1960's and early 1970's, when the Federal Government was debating the first Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, I can remember Walter Cronkite bemoaning the fact on one newscast that "it might already be too late to save the planet".
I graduated from college in 1965 and took a job working for the Uniroyal Footwear plant in Naugatuck, CT. Uniroyal also had a Chemical plant in Naugatuck. Now, a part of my job involved an occasional trip to one of our warehouses in Beacon Falls, which was the next town south of Naugatuck. The Naugatuck river ran through both towns and the road to Beacon Falls (Route 8) ran alongside the river. I never saw that river the same color twice. It could be any color under the rainbow and I'm talking red, yellow, green, brown, etc. Do you know what lived in that river? Maybe some bacteria! I'm sure, if you had waded across it, your feet would have fallen off. The Naugatuck river originated up around Winsted, CT and all the industries along the river dumped their industrial wastes and sewage directly into the river. To say the least it was a biological wasteland. Well, what's it look like today? It runs clear. The State is stocking salmon and trout in it. Now for those of you who don't know, trout and salmon require clear, cool, almost pristine water in order to survive. The river is very clean now.
While I was working in Naugatuck, the entire town would sometimes reek of ammonia, urea, or hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs) depending on what they were working on at the Chemical plant. As we went through the 70's and 80's those smells were cleaned up as pollution controls were put in place. The story was pretty much the same across the country. Coal fired power plants in the midwest spewed smoke into the air and the smog held heavy over many of the cities. As pollution controls in the form of scrubbers were added to these plants, the majority of that pollution went away, along with the "acid rain" it produced. The Cuyahoga river which runs through Cleveland was so polluted that once it actually caught fire.
The first Clean Air and Clean Water acts improved environmental conditions immensely in this country, the air is much cleaner, rivers are clean again, pesticides are not used as indiscriminately as they once were, and trash no longer litters the countryside the way it used to. So, when you hear these young Gung Ho environmentalists say that the environment is more polluted now than it has ever been, tell them to "shut up and do some research before they go spouting off again". Tell them to start telling the truth, and not spinning the stories to fit their agenda.
The environment today is practically pristine compared to where it was in the early '70's.
Given the choice, he would much rather die than diet.
I have a serious question: How did the human race survive to this point by having everything that is bad for you taste so good while the stuff that is good for you for the most part tastes terrible? I eat a lot of red meat and animal fat, and don't eat a lot of fruit, and have one helping of vegetables with my dinner. I also love real gooey sweets. Occasionally, I'll have some lettuce and tomato on my sandwich for lunch, but it usually goes with roast beef, ham, spam or something similar.
I go to my doctor once a year for a physical. I'm in my 60's and in great health. I've had a stress test, and my heart is fine. As I tell my doctor, "I'll be darned if I'm going to start eating stuff I don't like, so I can live 10 years longer eating stuff I don't like."
I'll eat what I want, and to you media elites and liberal do-gooders, just shut up and leave me alone. It is none of your business what I or anyone else eats, and I will not listen to you. I will continue to eat stuff I like. If I die a few years early, how will anyone know whether my diet had anything to do with it?
This has been around before, but I really think it needs another look.
Wake up America!!!
Sundown at Coffin Rock
by Raymond K. Paden
Editor's note: "Sundown at Coffin Rock" is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual events or to actual people, living or dead, REMAINS TO BE SEEN.
Friday, April 10, 2009
YouTube - CNN Rick Sanchez 'SLAMS' FOX News's Gun Fear Mongering
Sunday, April 5, 2009
P.S. If you're a tea drinker, make sure you let it cool off a little. If you drink it too hot it can cause cancer. (That was another story they did a couple of nights later).
Norman Thomas (November 20, 1884 - December 19, 1968) actually ran for President many times. He was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. His statement made in 1944, yes, at the height of World War ll, was true then without a lot of following and now it seems ………. more true today – 2009 – than ever.
Norman Thomas said this in a 1944 speech:
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of "liberalism", they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform."
White House, he was carrying a baby piglet under each arm.
The squared-away Marine guard snaps to attention, salutes and says:
"Nice pigs, sir."
The President replies "These are not pigs...these are authentic
Arkansas Razorback Hogs. I got one for Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and I got one for Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi."
The squared-away Marine again snaps to attention, salutes and says,
"Excellent trade, sir."
Fact: “...most criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about
running into the police.”
Fact: 11% of police shootings kill an innocent person - about 2% of shootings by citizens kill an
Fact: Police have trouble keeping their own guns. Hundreds of firearms are missing from the
FBI and 449 of them have been involved in crimes.
Fact: People who saw the helplessness of the L.A. Police Department during the 1992 King
Riots or the looting and violence in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina know that citizens need
guns to defend themselves.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Got this "Steve", who works at the same company as my wife.
Steelers to Lose Super Bowl Trophies
The Super Bowl XLIII Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the only team to win six titles, will soon be losing half of those trophies. After a meeting between NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell and President Barack Hussein Obama, Obama decided to redistribute half of their Steeler Super Bowl victories and trophies to less fortunate teams in the league. “We live everyday in the country that invented the Super Bowl.” said Obama “We are not about to lose this Great American tradition in the wake of these difficult times.” Obama’s plan calls for the Steelers, who are a successful NFL team, to give half of their Super Bowl trophies to teams that are not successful or have not been as successful as the Steelers. “The Detroit Loins are just as much a part of the same fiber of the NFL as the Steelers and they should, no rather will, be entitled to a Super Bowl Trophy as well.” Obama explains in his plan that he has imposed on Goodell and the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers, who by virtue of hard work, excellent team play, stellar draft choices, responsible investing of free agents, careful hiring of coaches and excellent community service and commitment to their fans, has prospered greatly during the past 30 years and have won six Super Bowl Trophies, but President Barack Hussein Obama’s plan calls for the Pittsburgh Steelers to carry the larger burden of the NFL’s less successful teams. Obama went on to further proclaim, “In these difficult times we are all in this to together. We must reclaim the NFL Championship Dream for every team, for every city and for every fan.”
“My plan will not affect 31 of the 32 teams in the league.” Obama assures. That’s over 95 percent of the teams in the NFL will not have to worry about loosing any Super Bowl Trophies. “The worst teams in the NFL and the teams that can’t seem to get a break and win a championship will no longer have to worry about going without a title.” Obama promises. “We are a country and league of hope. We all need to make a change. It does not matter the color of the teams uniforms, the personnel decisions that the teams make, or their performance, but rather if they are a member of this great American league.”
The Super Bowl XLIII trophy will be redistributed to the 0-16 Detroit Lions. Through no fault of their own incompetence, the Lions could not manage a victory all season and this trophy will help ease the pain of their lack of performance and give them hope once again. The redistribution of Super Bowl XL trophy will go directly to the Steeler’s division rival the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals who also have fallen on hard times have never won a Super Bowl. This victory will bring a smile to hundreds of Bengal fans all over the world as they can now celebrate. Finally, one of the Steeler’s two Super Bowl victories over the Dallas Cowboys will go back to the Cowboys since the league needs to provide hope in the face of difficulty and provide hope in the face of uncertainty. This is a heavy burden for the Steelers, but together we can all prosper.
All hope is not lost for Pittsburgh fans, Barack Hussein Obama has another plan in place. Obama has meet with MLB and commissioner Bud Selig on a similar plan. The New York Yankees will redistribute two of their world series trophies to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a supplement to their 16 straight losing seasons and counting. This plan will help stimulate the Pirates and enable them to regain the American Dream. Barack Hussein Obama will be meeting with the NHL and Michael Phelps in the upcoming weeks as this issue is high on his agenda for “Hope and Change.”
Obama provides hope to NFL teams.
Steelers must now share their wealth and fruits of their success and hard work.
"Something of Historic Proportion is Happening"
by Pam Geller
I am a student of history. Professionally. I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied it all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes, these exist but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus. Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about 10 - 15 years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two. We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people whom we know can never pay back. (Carter/Clinton - The Community Reinvestment Act) Why? We learn just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has "loaned" two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine, and that is three times the $700 billion we all argued about so strenuously just this past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of "We the People," who lent our powers to our elected leaders.. Apparently not. We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why? We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, and school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why? We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (now violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it wants marriage to remain between one man and one woman. Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?). We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?
Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, Social Security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government. Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and know precisely what I am talking about.) The list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth. It is potentially 1929 x 10, and we are at war with an enemy we cannot name for fear of offending people of the same religion who cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so, and now we have elected a man no one knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla, Alaska. All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important.)
Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change. Why? I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now. This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again, and that is only the beginning. I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930's. In those times, the savior was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they did know was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory and promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker, and he smiled and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his "brown shirts" would bully them into submission, and then he was duly elected to office, with full-throttled economic crisis at hand [the Great Depression]. Slowly but surely he seized the controls of government power, department by department, person by person, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The kids joined a Youth Movement in his name, where they were taught what to think. How did he get the people on his side? He did it promising jobs to the jobless, money to the moneyless, and goodies for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe, and across the world. He did it with a compliant media - Did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and .. . . change. And the people surely got what they voted for. (Look it up if you think I am exaggerating.) Read your history books. Many people objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and made fun of. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930's while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though. Don't forget that Germany was the most educated, cultured country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities,and in less than six years - a shorter time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency - it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors. All with the best of intentions, of course. The road to Hell is paved with them. As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong, close my eyes, have another latte and ignore what is transpiring around me. Some people scoff at me; others laugh or think I am foolish, naive, or both. Perhaps I am. But I have exactly what I believe - and why I believe it. I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am.