Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Letter To the Editor of the Waterbury Repulican

       So now we have the "town fathers" (and/or "mothers") in Prospect telling the Caporasos they may not be able to make a living because they may be violating some regulation about selling locally grown produce (Aug. 21 article, "Trouble on the farm").

Same thing here in Woodbury.

      The arrogant "ruling class" on the zoning board has attempted to stifle free speech, guaranteed by the Constitution, by restricting the size of political signs and stonewalling the release of a letter from an attorney about the regulation. The release is required by law, and now the chairman, Martin Overton, is running for selectman on the "Woodbury First" ballot. The organization, which Chairman Walter Kazmierski says is "committed to serving the best interests of Woodbury through open and honest debate, and treating all with mutual respect and understanding," claims to be bipartisan. Bipartisanship apparently means everyone else agrees with Woodbury First.
      Regulations and more regulations! Has anyone figured out that each little regulation strips away some of our freedoms? The "ruling class" feels that because it is in power, it can run roughshod over the rest of us, and we have to do things the way it wants them done, the rest of us be damned. This applies at the local, state, and national levels.

A lemonade stand run by three girls in Georgia was shut down because they didn't have the proper permit, which cost $50 a day or $180 a year. They were trying to raise money to go to a water park.

A woman in Michigan is in trouble and facing fines because she has a vegetable garden on her front lawn.

Congress is telling us that soon, we no longer will be allowed to buy incandescent light bulbs.

Governments tell us what we can and can't eat.

      Are you as sick of these people as I am? Let's start electing people who believe, as our Founding Fathers believed, that the less government there is, the better off we all are.

      Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.; Reps. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, Jim Himes, D-4th District, John Larson, D-1st District, Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District; and most of our state and local elected officials, are among those who think the government should be allowed to plan your life, right down to the minutest detail.
      Don't fall into the trap of voting for your representative or senator because you like him. If everybody does that, we get the same bunch in office all over again.

      I've had enough of these people. How about you? Let's start throwing them out of office, and getting some people in there who are the "citizen" representatives envisioned by the Founding Fathers — people who serve a term or two, and return home to their regular jobs.

      We don't need career politicians. Term limits would a great place to start for all elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.

Jon Quint

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thanksgiving, 2022

Got this from my buddy, Dave.

      Think it can't happen? Well, just keep electing all those Progressive Democrats. You know, the ones who promise you free health care, three years of unemployment insurance, and the promise to make everything "fair". Keep electing them, and see where we wind up!

"Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her husband. "In a minute, honey, it's a tie score," he answered.

       Actually, Winston wasn't very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington. Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its "unseemly violence" and the "bad example it sets for the rest of the world", Winston was
far less of a football fan than he used to be. Two-hand touch wasn't nearly as exciting. Yet it wasn't the game that Winston was uninterested in. It was more the thought of eating another Tofu Turkey. Even though it was the best type of VeggieMeat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce, and mincemeat pie), it wasn't anything like real turkey.
       Ever since the government officially changed the name of "Thanksgiving Day" to "A National Day of Atonement" in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims' historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.
       Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold. Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats which were monitored and controlled by the electric company – be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.
       Still, it was good getting together with family, or at least most of the family. Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of life-saving medical treatment. He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program,and though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort. "The RHC's resources are limited," explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone. "Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled.---- I'm sorry for your loss."
       Ed couldn't make it either. He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines - for everyone but government officials. The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn't want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.
       Thankfully, Winston's brother, John, and his wife were flying in. Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion. No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government-mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids. Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added "inconvenience" was an "absolute necessity" in order to stay "one step ahead of the terrorists".
       Winston's own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022. That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for "unequal scrutiny", even when probable cause was involved. Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine. 


       The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most
Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact. "A living Constitution is extremely flexible," said the Court's eldest member, Elena Kagan. " Europe has had laws like this one for years.----We should learn from their example," she added.

       Winston's thoughts turned to his own children. He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him. Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner. Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford. She whined for a week, but got over it.
       His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether. Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism, or any of a number of other calamities were "just around the corner", but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility. It didn't help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being. Winston paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13, the latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated stating, once again, it was to "spur economic growth". This time, they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.
       Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement. At least, he had his memories. He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the "Good Old Days", long before government promises to make life "fair for everyone" realized their full potential. Winston, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn't happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.

       He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2011, when all the real nonsense began. "Maybe we wouldn't be where we are today if we'd just said 'enough is enough' when we had the chance," he thought.

Maybe so, Winston. Maybe so.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Best Political Ad So Far For 2012

This is by far the best ad I have seen so far for the 2012 election cycle.


Sherry Hackett, wife of the late Buddy Hackett, is a dyed-in-the-wool
Democrat. I would think that many other Democrats share her position...
This was written by
…. Sherry Hackett, Buddy Hackett's widow

President Obama:

Today I read of your administrations' plan to re-define September 11 as
a National Service Day.
…. Sir, it's time we had a talk.

During your campaign, Americans watched as you made mockery of our
tradition of standing and crossing your heart when the Pledge of Allegiance
was spoken. You, out of four people on the stage, were the only one not
honoring our tradition.
…. YES, "We noticed."

During one of your many speeches, Americans heard you say that you
intended to visit all 57 states. We all know that Islam, not America has
57 states
…. YES, "We noticed."

When President Bush leaned over at Ground Zero and gently placed a
flower on the memorial, while you nonchalantly tossed your flower onto
the pile without leaning over
….. YES, "We noticed."

Every time you apologized to other countries for America 's position on
an issue we have wondered why you don't share our pride in this great
country.. When you have heard foreign leaders berate our country and

beliefs, you have not defended us. In fact, you insulted the British Crown
beyond belief.
…. YES, "We noticed."

When your pastor of 20 years, "God-damned America " and said that
9/11 was " America 's chickens coming home to roost" and you denied
having heard recriminations of that nature, we wondered how that could
be. You later disassociated yourself from that church and Pastor
because it was politically expedient to do so
…. YES, "We noticed."

When you announced that you would transform America , we wondered
why. With all her faults, America is the greatest country on earth.
Sir, KEEP THIS IN MIND, "if not for America and the people who built
her, you wouldn't be sitting in the White House now." Prior to your
election to the highest office in this Country, you were a senator from
Illinois and from what we can glean from the records available, not a
very remarkable one
…. YES, "We noticed."

All through your campaign and even now, you have surrounded
yourself with individuals who are basically unqualified for the
positions for which you appointed them. Worse than that, the majority
of them are people who, like you, bear no special allegiance, respect, or
affection for this country and her traditions.
…. YES, "We noticed."

You are 24 months into your term and every morning millions of Americans
wake up to a new horror heaped on us by you. You seek to
saddle working
Americans with a health care/insurance reform package that, along with cap
and trade, will bankrupt this nation.
YES, "We noticed."

We seek, by protesting, to let our representatives know that we are not
in favor of these crippling expenditures and we are labeled "un-American",
"racist", "mob". We wonder how we are supposed to let you know how
frustrated we are. You have attempted to make our protests seem isolated
and insignificant. Until your appointment, Americans had the right to speak
…. YES, "We noticed."

On September 11, 2001 there were no Republicans or Democrats, only
Americans. And we all grieved together and helped each other in whatever
way we could. The attack on 9/11 was carried out because we are Americans.

And YES, "We noticed"

There were many of us who prayed that as a black president you could help
unite this nation. In six months you have done more to destroy this nation
than the attack on 9/11. You have failed us.
…. YES, "We noticed."

September 11 is a day of remembrance for all Americans. You propose to
make 9/11 a "National Service Day". While we know that you don't share
our reverence for 9/11, we pray that history will report your proposal as
what it is, a disgrace.
…. YES, "We noticed."

You have made a mockery of our Constitution and the office that you hold.
You have embarrassed and slighted us in foreign visits and policy.

…. YES, "We noticed."

We have noticed all these things. We will deal with you. When Americans
come together again, it will be to remove you from office.
Do Take notice.

If you agree with this, please pass it on. If not, I'm sorry.