America… Tighten Your Belt….

… So that we can loosen ours. This is the message from the United States government. The word came today from the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Pelosi had a press conference today where she laid out her plan to not only get the money ceiling raised, but to do so by attaching it to the Iraq/Afghanistan spending bill that has already been pushed through both chambers of Congress. I could sit here and pretend to be surprised, but we all know that wouldn’t be accurate. The out of control spending in Washington continues on a daily basis. And now that the credit card bills are coming due, Congress is in a position where they have to rush through some legislation that will raise the debt ceiling for the United States government. The bass-ackwards way that Congress is behaving with America’s purse strings is just another example of why we can be assured that they have zero clue as to how to help with the struggling economy.

So what exactly are we discussing here? The United States government has a limit to the amount of debt that they are permitted to have. You know, kind of like when the credit agencies deny us credit because they say that we already have too much debt for the income that we bring home. That limit is referred to as the “debt ceiling” for the government. That debt ceiling currently stands at roughly $12.1 TRILLION. Apparently that is not enough, so the Speaker and her pals got together and decided that Congress is going to raise that debt ceiling by another $1.8 TRILLION by the end of this year. As in, within the next 20 days.

Why the rush? Two reasons. First, the US cannot pay its creditors as it is without incurring more debt. At least that is the word from the US Treasury and the Speaker of the House. As Steny Hoyer stated in the article, “We’ve incurred this debt. We have to pay our bills.” Amazing. So what Congress is attempting to do, and someone can correct me if I am wrong on this, is raise the debt limit to pay credit card bills that they cannot pay. It seems akin to applying for a new American Express Card so that you can use it to pay the Mastercard bill that is coming due. Well, at least it makes sense to see the government using the same tactics as the folks that they continue to stammer on about bailing out. They set a great example of fiscally responsible management of one’s budget. What were they doing spending money they couldn’t pay back in the first place?

Why get it done now reason number two? The 2010 elections. Democrats are not even pretending that this is not a reason for why they are pushing to get it done now and fast. The Democrats freely admit that they don’t want to have to have this be a part of the debate when the mid-term elections come around. I simultaneously am a bit miffed by this and a bit humored by it. I am miffed because this is yet another example of a political party coming right out and saying to the public, “we are going to do this now so that you will forget about it by the time you have to decide whether to reelect us.” I find it funny because the Democrats think that with all the complete bullshit they have done in the last 2 years in Congress, they actually believe that THIS issue is one that they are going to have to worry about come 2010. It is like a guy cut in half at the waist worrying about the hangnail on his pinky toe.

Next, I find it deplorable that the members of Congress intend to try to piggy back the increase legislation on the bill that pays for the two wars. I have made it clear I don’t like the wars. But these are American soldiers and their funding is being used as a tool by Congress, yet again. This is about the tenth time in the last ten years that we have seen this tactic being used. Attach what you want to the Defense spending bill, that way anyone who doesn’t vote yes has to do so knowing they are withholding funding that is vital to the troops they put in harm’s way. As an added bonus, their opponent can claim during the next campaign that this person voted against funding our troops, while failing to mention the reason why. It is a disgusting game to play with soldier’s lives on the line. I was disgusted when the Republicans played it, and I am now disgusted with the Democrats for playing the same game.

Now, before I go any further, allow me to offer the following because I know at this point our friends on the left are beginning to form the first syllable of “hypocrisy” on their tongue. I find it just as amusing to listen to the Republicans stammer on about fiscal responsibility. In the article I read, there were two quotes from Republican idiots that I must call out. The first was John Bonehead (Boehner), who said, “And we’ll vote against it because of their trillion-dollar stimulus plan that hasn’t worked. We’ll vote against it because of all of this excessive spending that’s in this bill right here, a 12 percent increase with 5,000 earmarks — all of it pushing the debt to record heights.”

Really? I can go with you on the Trillion dollar stimulus that hasn’t worked (although that is because it wasn’t a stimulus, it was a Democratic agenda supporting, pork barrel, favor repaying, socialist creating bill). But when you sit there and pretend that the earmarks are part of your reason for voting no, I have to throw the bullshit flag on you. I honestly can’t throw it on Boehner himself. How many of you are aware that he received zero pork barrel dollars in 2008 or 2009 (probably before that too but I didn’t look back further). But on the Republican party in general. In 2008, 40% of the earmarks were Republican. Less than the Democrats, but far from a place where you can now take the holier than though stance. Had you controlled this behavior when your party was in power Mr. Boehner, you might be Speaker of the House right now.

Statement #2 came from Senator Judd Gregg, who said, “this ‘is not a theoretical problem — it is directly in front of us.’ And he warned that ‘the nation will go bankrupt’ if spending is not reined in.” Well Senator, I offer the same criticism to you and your pals in the Senate when you were the ones running the show. Perhaps if you hadn’t spent money like there was no tomorrow back then, we wouldn’t be hitting the debt ceiling now.

The reality folks is that there are many, many Americans that are well aware of the fact that it is both parties that have been spending out of control for quite a while now. THIS is the foundation of the tea party movement. Obama and pals may have gotten people off their ass, but the anger isn’t just with the Democrats. Americans in general are fed up with a federal government that spends out of control, while simultaneously usurping our freedoms and liberties. I guess maybe we should thank the Democrats today for providing yet another impetus to ensure that the tea party movement doesn’t lose steam. If it had begun to do so, this action will certainly get the folks riled up again.

Bottom line for me. I don’t like the games being played at the federal level any longer. They have no interest in helping us or getting the economy fixed. That is not their priority. Their priority is reelection and the grasping of more power. Party affiliation is not the key here, as both sides are equally guilty in this shambles of a legislative branch. I wonder if the founders, as brilliant as they were, had any clue that the Congress would have the potential to screw things up THIS BADLY. Could they even conceive of failure at this level?

We cannot continue to spend money like this. If there is something that needs to stop immediately, it is this. That is why I oppose the health care legislation (although I have many other reasons for opposing it as well), the stimulus, welfare, “job creation” legislation, the wars, and just about everything else the federal government is doing these days. They have no concept of fiscal responsibility. They never have. Not since the early 1800’s have we had a President that actually thought about being fiscally responsible. And I couldn’t even hazard a guess as to when the last time we had a Congress that did. We are at a point where we should be doing NOTHING that spends money. NOTHING.

It is about time that the federal government traded in that Mercedes for a Ford Focus, stopped eating caviar and started shopping for Ramen noodles at Sam’s Club, turned off their cable and hooked up some rabbit ears, and turned down the thermostat and started wearing a fleece around the house. If only we could add Congress to the rolls of the unemployed. Permanently. – With Eye to 2010 Election, Dems Prepare to Raise U.S. Borrowing Limit by Nearly $2T


  1. Good Morning! Just posting for comments.

    The jerks in D.C. have lost their way big time. While many people are struggling for survival on our own soil, these idiots are worried about evil CO2 emissions, a pathetic healthcare bill and funding loser groups like ACORN. To say their priorities are screwed up would be kind, to say they are all idiots would be kinder.

    I feel sorry for people who, in their lost wisdom, think that more government is the answer to this countries problems. At least I’m not alone in seeing D.C.’s failures.


  2. America has lots of debt? Wow, I can’t find any “news” stories on that–they are all on Tiger Woods.

  3. Great topic USW once again.

    Yes there is little to no doubt that the idea of being fiscally responsible in Washington has long passed. Sad part is that the Republican party thinks that this is a great way to get back in power. From where I am sitting, they are both in the same boat. Why would I vote for either one? I have friends who are really struggling and to see this happening time and time again is outrages to say the least. I get hot under the collar everytime I hear a politican from either side talking about how people are tired of the people who are in charge right now. I just scream at the TV and say “No actually I am tired of all you”.

  4. v. Holland says:

    I’m really not sure how much power these committees have but since all the reps. seem to really value being on one-I have to think that this is a bad idea.

    “Bayh wants deficit commission for vote to raise debt ceiling
    By Tony Romm – 11/10/09 02:01 PM ET

    Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.) on Tuesday signaled he would not support a measure to raise the country’s debt ceiling unless lawmakers first established a bipartisan commission to oversee deficit spending.

    Congress has raised the maximum the country can owe eight times since 2001 to avoid a crippling default on about $12 trillion in total debt, but Bayh hopes to use that upcoming, crucial vote to pitch — and hopefully, to pass — his more long-term, deficit-reduction measures.

    “Who would have thought that the Budget Committee would be the site for the beginning of an institutional insurrection, but here we are,” Bayh said before the committee on Tuesday. “Many of us count ourselves as pragmatists not idealists, moderates not extremists. Yet here we are, asking for a change in the way business is done in Washington.”

    Rather, Bayh is advocating the creation of a bipartisan panel that could in effect mandate spending cuts or impose new taxes to reduce the deficit and tackle the debt. Although the details of the plan are still murky, and supporting lawmakers disagree how over much authority the panel should have, the idea has proven nonetheless controversial to the Senate lawmakers writ large.

    A number of senators have argued recently the commission would be partisan, its decisions would be unfair and its activities would merely encroach on territory belonging to other congressional committees.

    That sentiment is echoed in the House. “[Speaker Nancy Pelosi] thinks we can accomplish the same goals through the work of the committees we already have,” Brendan Daly, her spokesman, told The New York Times.

    Bayh, however, perhaps has time and precedent on his side. Treasury officials expect Congress will have to raise the country’s debt ceiling again by December in order to remain fiscally sound, and lawmakers are always reluctant to approve such increases — a skepticism about spending that has dominated this session of Congress and could provide the momentum Bayh needs to advance his proposals.

    “There are rare moments of leverage in this institution where you can implement fundamental change,” Bayh said on Tuesday. “This is one of those moments. We must seize it.””

  5. Judy Sabatini says:

    Good morning all

    Let me see if I have this right. They spend like there’s no tomorrow, and we get stuck with the bill, and have to pay for it with higher taxes. Am I correct on that?

    What’s going to happen to those who lost their jobs and can’t possibly pay anymore than what they already pay? I lost mine at the end of Oct, and my husband is only working mainly part time now, not making what he did, so naturally, we don’t bring it what we did. Just how are we suppose to pay more taxes with something we don’t have anymore of? In fact, what is anybody who lost their jobs suppose to do?

    This administration doesn’t think of anything in spending the way they have, as long as the American people pay it back to get them off the hook so to speak. And they said that Bush spent a lot of money. He didn’t spend trillions of dollars in his first year if office I don’t recall either, like this one has.

    It amazes me how they can spend, spend, spend, and expect us to pay it all back in taxes. They don’t give a rats patooty about the American people as long as they can have free reign with our money.

    Hope you are all doing well today.


    • Judy:

      “They spend like there’s no tomorrow, and we get stuck with the bill, and have to pay for it with higher taxes.”

      Not very likely. More likely is:

      The spend like there’s no tomorrow, and we get stuck with the bill, and have to pay for it with reduced buying power of our inflated money due the amount printed by Congress/Fed to pay the debt load.

      They have more than one way to skin the cat, er…I mean us.

      Here another storm is coming. Stay warm and dry.

      • Judy Sabatini says:

        Hey JAC

        Well, either way we’re screwed.

        Yes, another one is on the way,yea, I’m thrilled. Got a little dusting last night, more is on the way for today, tomorrow and Sunday. Still have snow from the last one. It won’t melt, too damn cold.

        Will stay as warm as possible, and thank you.

        Hope you’re doing well today JAC

    • Hi guys,
      I think your both right to a degree. yes we will have to pay with higher taxes, and yes we will have to pay through inflation giving us higher prices…but mostly i feel we are at a point now were we will have to pay with our country and the American dream that capitalism provided including our freedoms. It seems like every time they hyper inflate the currency throughout history ,the middle class shrinks drastically.The rich remain rich and the middle class joins the poor. obama will make us look like a communist country when he is done. In less than a year,obama has spent more than G Bush spent in 8 yrs and soon maybe at his 1 yr point, he would have spent more than both Bushes in 12 yrs.

  6. The politicians won’t be happy until WE’RE the ones eating ramen noodles and wearing fleece. We can forget about TV, even with rabbit ears, thanks to the EPA.

  7. The Economy… A Parable (or is that parallel) by D13

    Located in the land of Mexico in a town called San Miguel de Allende, there exists a small horse operation owned by a family in Tejas (Texas, for the uninformed). The employees are happy for they have had their living status elevated because of the generosity and fairness of the people of Tejas. These people came down and bought land which was first looked upon with disdain from afar. After all, they were foreigners and interlopers not in their own country. They arrived legally with appropriate papers and passports…..and money to invest. So since they have money, they are welcome. This family hired local unemployed nationals at rates that exceeded the daily wage rate and all was good. After all $7.00 per hour plus fully paid medical was better than $6.00 per day. Locals from miles around came forward and wanted to work for this family from Tejas. For years, life was good. The employees of this horse operation were happy and moved to better quarters and have flush sanitary fixtures and fresh food and medical. But the government of this land looked upon this with disdain. How can we allow this? It might further create a middle class and we lose control because they do not need the government for we, the government, is all knowing.? The government has looked all around and discovered small independent operations springing up all over Mexico and paying higher wages. They looked on with disdain for fear of losing control. We cannot allow a middle class to prosper, they said, for we will lose control and people will be able to think for themselves. We can allow the LARGE corporations to come in but we get our kickbacks and all is well but this middle class does not give kickbacks and they pay more than the large corporations. So, the government, in its wisdom, said, “we must make rules to keep everyone equal. So, they go to the family of Tejas and say that they cannot pay $7.00 per hour because it is unfair to those that do not make that much so you must bring them all into parity. Therefore, you, must lower your wages to $6.00 per day and you cannot pay for medical because we have national health care and it is not needed that you pay. Besides, it is unfair for the others that do not have it. If you wish to pay the higher wages, the government man says, we must charge you a penalty of 130% of your payroll because it is unfair to the others. We must have parity. In addition, we are told that you provide free meals for your workers. This must also stop because it presents an unfair advantage to the local employers who do not provide the same service.

    So, the family from Tejas must capitulate because the government of Mexico has nationalization and confiscation, without trial, rights. So, we have greater profit without higher taxes. We can no longer compete with wages for we must now go through a hiring pool (which we don’t but that is supposedly the law). And everyone is once again equal and we are part of the ruling class without choice. Now, to all it is apparent that the peasant class is kept poor….. for to allow jobs to create a middle class in Mexico means less control and besides, since the United States has open borders and a liberal class in power, we can send our workers North to destroy their system and bring money back to Mexico at their (United States) expense. To keep our economy flourishing, we keep them unemployed to migrate them North.

    Now, in Norte America, Obama and Pelosi, et al., sees how this works. So, they muse, how can we create the same without making it look that way. We already have a middle class that is quite powerful and is full of voters so we must make them lemmings dependent upon us and destroy the economic system as well. Well, says Obama, I can make treaties and create debt. Well, says Pelosi, I can control the bills as they come to the floor and we can raise the debt ceiling that will rob the future generations of their extra money. They will not be able to get ahead. Well, says Obama, I can create Czars that are not responsible to Congress and control 1/6 of the economy. Well, says Pelosi, I can control the earmarks and deficit spending so we do not pay our debts but create larger deficits and debt all in the name of “saving the economy” and the masses will buy it. Well, says Obama, I can commit the United States to climate control and extra spending and create cap and tax to eliminate profiteering and the masses will accept it and say that it is good because we tell them it is good. Well, says Pelosi, I can create a higher minimum wage that will increase payroll taxes and take away profit and create inflation to make the masses squirm and we can blame it on the capitalists and the masses will believe because we tell them so. Well, says Obama, I can take a world tour as a distraction and you can implement these programs. Well, says Pelosi, I can engineer the new health plan to include Medicaid/Medicare for those aged 55 and older and to appease the nay sayers, we will force them to pay into the system starting with $7,300 per family of four per year. We can then ration health care and call it eliminating waste and the masses will say…Oh goody…..because we tell them to. Well, says Obama, then I can ensure that the Czars keep the price just low enough to force private insurance out of the health insurance business until we become a single payer system and the masses will be dependent upon the government and they will like it because we tell them so. Then I can raise the price when there is no competition. We will use capitalist policy to defeat the capitalists and the people will like it because we tell them so. Well, says Pelosi, I can make sure that a bill is attached to the new Military Budget that forces everyone to have health care and tax those that do not and call it fair because that is what we tell them and they will like it and say….oh goody. Well, says Obama, I will sign the bill because I will not use my Veto powers and the people will take it and think that it is good because it is hope and change and we told them so. Then Obama says, I can then say that the Bush policies were worse than we thought and I can raise the taxes on the middle class and they will like it because we blame Bush and I will not be faulted for lying…because we tell them so. The American people are gullible. Obama smiles and says, I will keep the war going in Afghanistan and keep the attention distracted with American lives and blame it on Bush and that we are cleaning up his mess and the people will buy it because I tell them so.

    Well, says Pelosi, we will not fund inner cities and we will keep entitlement programs alive to keep the masses dependent for we have created a welfare class and they are lazy and non thinking. For why should they seek work if we give them everything for free and we will secure the vote because they are more greedy than corporations and we need to keep corporations happy to provide us with our money and power. Then we can keep the race issue going and polarize the country into the distrust of the 60’s and make sure that Tiger Woods stays in the news….and the people will be happy.

    So Obama and Pelosi smile and sit back and say…we are good. And the people stare into the bright head lights of doom and say….Oh goody….. because they were told to do so. And the American lemmings march off to the cliffs….because it is good and they were told to do so and they are no more.

    • Good Day D13

      Now that I have dug my out of the snow storm that we had (17.9 inches) in my yard.

      I agree that politicans and government uses the art of distractions, whether they blame the previous person in power or just replay the drama with stars. No one wants to answer to what they are doing. Same game different players.

      Bush said he was tough on National Security- Keeping America safe. But do nothing with the southern border that allows anyone in.

      Obama answer? Lets just pretends it is not there.

      America just in a numb state and is just eating what is being fed to them. No questions needed. At least no serious ones anyway.

      Truly unbelievable to me.

      Hope all is well.

      • Hi Ellen,

        Americans won’t ask any serious questions so as they can flip a switch and have light, turn a faucet and have water, open the fridge and have food. So long as they can continue to ‘have’, they will never consider the possbility that something is going terribly wrong.

      • Hey Ellen, that snow was fun and now we have the frigid cold. Damn that global warming!

        One good thing came out of it – my husband broke down and bought a snowblower! YEAH! My arms are still sore from several shovelling shifts Tuesday/Wednesday.

        • I was off of work Wednesday due to the snow. I did my driveway and then went to my Mom’s and help her with her driveway. The end of my driveway snow pile was higher than the front of my Chevy Colorado. Thank you MR. Plowman. I not a real fan of the many layers to stay warm in the minus 0 weather either.

          Warm Weather states are calling my name for sure.

    • Nice D13. Do I have your permission to share with others?

  8. Good article USW. We need to get all incumbents out of Congress in 2010. I know that will not happen but that would be great. The Democrats and Republicans despise a 3rd party but maybe the Tea Party Movement will create one. At this point, all we can do is voice our opinions on our representatives and senators, even though they will not listen.

    I do fear an economic collapse of western civilization. I think it may be just around the corner. I hope I am wrong but something has got to give way under this spending and debt load.

    • Birdman

      I am all for a thrid party. Get rid of the two non working parties we have now.

    • I agree with you. Something’s gotta give. No one knows what will trigger it, or when it will start. It’ll be like the crack in the ice in the Ice Age movies, only not the least bit funny……

    • Displaced Okie says:


      Speaking of removing incumbants, There is a local talk radio host here in the DFW area that started a website where he urges everyone to place a call, email etc…, to whatever member of congress is his list for that day–he also profiles them on his show. I figure that is a start. He provides all of the contact info and profiles at his site. I think the address is

      Stay Safe,
      Displaced Okie

      • My two state senators are a joke and both are democrats. My representative is Pete Hoekstra who is OK but still a statist. The problem is that we need someone to replace all incumbents and if they are planning to run for office they probably have to prepare quickly.

  9. Judy Sabatini says:

    For feds, more get 6-figure salaries
    Average pay $30,000 over private sector

    By Dennis Cauchon

    The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.

    Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

    Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.

    The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.

    When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000.

    The trend to six-figure salaries is occurring throughout the federal government, in agencies big and small, high-tech and low-tech. The primary cause: substantial pay raises and new salary rules.

    “There’s no way to justify this to the American people. It’s ridiculous,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a first-term lawmaker who is on the House’s federal workforce subcommittee.

    Jessica Klement, government affairs director for the Federal Managers Association, says the federal workforce is highly paid because the government employs skilled people such as scientists, physicians and lawyers. She says federal employees make 26% less than private workers for comparable jobs.

    USA TODAY analyzed the Office of Personnel Management’s database that tracks salaries of more than 2 million federal workers. Excluded from OPM’s data: the White House, Congress, the Postal Service, intelligence agencies and uniformed military personnel.

    The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.

    Key reasons for the boom in six-figure salaries:

    •Pay hikes. Then-president Bush recommended — and Congress approved — across-the-board raises of 3% in January 2008 and 3.9% in January 2009. President Obama has recommended 2% pay raises in January 2010, the smallest since 1975. Most federal workers also get longevity pay hikes — called steps — that average 1.5% per year.

    •New pay system. Congress created a new National Security Personnel System for the Defense Department to reward merit, in addition to the across-the-board increases. The merit raises, which started in January 2008, were larger than expected and rewarded high-ranking employees. In October, Congress voted to end the new pay scale by 2012.

    •Pay caps eased. Many top civil servants are prohibited from making more than an agency’s leader. But if Congress lifts the boss’ salary, others get raises, too. When the Federal Aviation Administration chief’s salary rose, nearly 1,700 employees’ had their salaries lifted above $170,000, too.

    • Everytime I hear of this it makes me mad. Private business is cutting salaries and/or jobs, reducing benefits and requiring more from their employees. The government is doing just the opposite and they don’t create any wealth. Goverment jobs consume wealth and all government jobs are supported by taxes. I know someone that works for the government and he works bankers hours and gets away with it. I don’t think he has ever truly worked an 8 hour day. The world is upside down.

  10. Judy Sabatini says:

    Eat less meat and dairy to fight climate change:

  11. Happy Hanukkah Everybody!

    Not sure why, but the intro’s weird.. skip in 30 seconds and enjoy!

    • Judy Sabatini says:

      Hi Matt

      Same to you, and hope you are doing well today.

      • Doing OK except for three problems:

        (1) It’s 15 degrees outside
        (2) I have that blasted song stuck in my head
        (3) Emilius thought it would be funny to wake me up at 5 AM to inform me that there’s a raptor in the closet.

        How’s everything in JudyLand?

        • Buck The Wala says:

          (3) is pretty damn funny. Remind me to tell Emilius what a great job she did with that!

          Happy Hannukah everyone!

        • Judy Sabatini says:

          Those raptors got to you at last huh. Things here are fine, still cold, still have snow on the gorund, with more coming today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Kind of snowing a little now while the sun is out.

          Global warming my a$$. I think the only global warming we’re having is all the hot air in Washington.

          Glad to hear things are fine with you , except for those darn raptors that you can’t get rid of. Sorry about that Matt.

        • I think I read that cloves of garlic around your neck repels Raptors. Either that or I heard that the Raptors like that you have pre-seasoned their dinner. Can’t remember which.

          • HA! I’m not sure it’s worth the risk..

          • Judy Sabatini says:

            No, You’re thinking of vampires US. I think it’s your second one there, nothing like pre-seasoned meat before you eat.

            • Oh I know it works with Vampires. Just last night one crept into my bedroom and was repelled by the garlic cloves I was wearing. But I could swear the article was a statistical survey done by the University of East Anglia that said they have conclusive evidence that Raptors hated garlic. I wrote and asked them for the data on Raptor dining habits. Unfortunately, the data was deleted to make room on their hard drive so that they could download the complete works of John Denver for their iPod. I guess now we will never know whether Raptors do or don’t like garlic.

              • I saw some leaked emails talking about a decline in the number of reported raptor attacks. Because the Earth is warming and raptors are primarily warm weather creatures, they figured their numbers will be increasing shortly. So they used a trick to hide the decline.

              • NICE! I like it when someone has the ability to add on to my ridiculous humor!

            • I can’t remember.. do Raptors like being shot in the face with a 12 gauge? ‘Cause that’s how we handle them in the Mathius household.

              I don’t care if they’re an endangered species or not.

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                Don’t know about them being endangered or not, but too bad the garlic doesn’t repel the government.

                Wishful thinking on my part I guess. It would be too easy.

              • We should call Orin Hatch and ask him what to do about the Utah Raptor infestation. I’m sure he’ll know what to do.

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                Wouldn’t hurt to try.

    • HAppy Hanukkah!

  12. Hijack:

    Just saw this piece and thought I’d share. There is so much crap out there and so many people that wouldn’t lift even a finger to help themselves, to see this man’s efforts is truly inspiring.

  13. When Will It End?

    Sen Kyl gives a good rundown of the Omnibus bill. At 7:30 he talks about the Defense Budget being left out that USW is referring to above.

  14. Remember, politicians are a separate class of people of society.

    They have never really struggled for anything.

    They do not know how to earn a living.

    They do not know how to start a business, beg for money, pay bills, save, make a business plan, sacrifice, earn customers, keep customers, find good employees, fire bad employees.

    They do not know the struggle to find a down payment for a house.

    They do not know how to change the oil in their own cars outside at -20C.

    They do not know how to change a flat tire.

    They do not know how to repair an appliance.

    They do not know how anything.

    Everything is done for them.

    So how do they know what they are doing to you?

    But remember YOUR MANTRA – your vote counts for something, right???

    • A good amount of that applies to me as well. Does this make me a member of this separate class?

      • It makes you believe that what they are doing has no consequence….

      • Buck The Wala says:

        Come on Mathius, you know how to do everything on that list just like me:

        Fix your car? Call the mechanic!
        Fix an appliance? Call the manufacturer/store/someone who knows what they are doing!

        All you need is a phonebook and a little know-how. 🙂

    • YOu left out what they are good at…..spending money and throwing bullshit. I think that I shall teach them the are of cow tipping….and since they do not know a cow from a bull…I will dress them in red.

    • Our vote can count for something as soon as it is us that chooses the candidates rather than them choosing them for us.

      But I maintain that your mantra that not voting changes something is far more flawed. Great in theory, greatly flawed in reality.

      • v. Holland says:

        Our votes can also help in 2010 to take away democrat control, so there will be more balanced power. People staying home in 2010 just might give the democrats even more than 60 votes and that really doesn’t need to happen.

        • Excellent point V. We may not get to put who will really be best for us there right now, but we can certainly put in place some opposition to the out of control spending we see right now. If only we could get enough differing opinions in Congress to create a true gridlock, we would be better off.

          • v. Holland says:

            What I worry about is people getting so focused on getting new people in that they split the republican vote in 2010 and cause the democrats to get more power.

      • In the last 250 years, it has changed nothing.

        To continue to believe voting can change something given that evidence of 250 years is fantasy.

        All it does is confirm that you are ok with how they are dealing with you.

      • USW:

        I must address your comment regarding great in theory but not reality. This is a common phrase used by many on this site.


        If a concept is based on reason and can be defended with logic to the point of being declared “good theory” then it will also make “good reality”. Truth is truth, whether on paper, in your mind, or in the world around you.

        At least until it can be proven wrong.

        We do diservice to our ability to Reason and to ourselves and others by being dishonest about what we think of the theory and its relationship to reality. This phrase is designed to destroy the possiblility of finding a better concept, of improving our understanding of truth.

        If BF’s idea of not voting is not a good idea in reality then it is an equally lousy theory.

        It may be impractical during a transition period, but it can not be good theory and bad reality.

        Figured I would do just a little house cleaning in the philosophy room.

        Best to you and yours.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more BlackFlag. They are totally useless.

    • Judy Sabatini says:

      That’s the problem, they don’t know what it’s doing to us, and they don’t care one iota either. Everything is good for us, but not them.

      Amazing how they think what’s good for us and what isn’t. Everything from raising our kids to what we eat.

      Well, I know one senator who’s term is on the line here, and if people vote for him again next election, then I think they should be sent to some remote island and never heard from again.

  15. v. Holland says:

    Blood pressure rising, but I can’t do yard work it’s too cold and I have no DP, so I think I will just scream.

    “Dems Vote to Allow Federal Funding for Corrupt ACORN
    by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)

    Last night, defying the will of a bipartisan majority of the House and Senate, Democrats voted to allow the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to receive federal taxpayer dollars.

    In September, large Congressional majorities in both houses voted to sever all ties between the federal government and ACORN. The Senate vote was 85-11; the House vote was 345-75. You’d think that those votes, which USA Today described as prohibiting “any federal funding for the community organizing group,” would have settled the matter. You’d be wrong.


    Months later, with the country’s focus on jobs, healthcare, and the Global War on Terror, Democrats are moving to restore funding to ACORN. Last night, Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) offered an amendment during deliberations on the Democrats’ massive year-end appropriations bill to clarify the prohibition on federal funds going to ACORN or its subsidiaries. That amendment was shot down on a 5-9 party line vote as Republicans sided with taxpayers while Democrats stood with ACORN.

    Rep. Latham’s amendment is necessary to prevent taxpayer money from going to ACORN because the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice has taken advantage of a legal loophole to allow ACORN to continue to receive federal funds – despite the passage of the House GOP’s Defund ACORN Act in the fall.

    The American people and the Congress have spoken loud and clear: ACORN should be denied any taxpayer funds. Period.

    ACORN has already received far too much money from the American people. An analysis of federal data by the Office of the Republican Leader staff determined that ACORN has received more than $53 million in direct funding from the federal government since 1994, and has likely received substantially more indirectly through states and localities that receive federal block grants.

    Enough is enough. The American people are tired of seeing their tax dollars wasted on an organization accused of serious crimes – and that’s why House Republicans are stepping up efforts to defund ACORN once and for all.”

    • ACORN is a seditious organization. Democrats need organizations like this to help them lie, cheat and steal elections. Nobody should be surprised that they are again funded. The white house gave out ACORN cookies at a Christmas party.

      BlackFlag, tell me again why violence will not work. This insanity can drive peaceful people to resort to violence.

      • v. Holland says:

        It’s like writing a check to pay your bills then putting a stop payment on the check while adamantly claiming you paid the bill.

      • PeterB in Indianapolis says:


        Violence WILL work, if you want to replace a mechanism which uses violence against the non-violent with another mechanism which also uses violence against the non-violent. If your goal is to replace what we have with something that will end up being exactly what we have all over again, then violence will serve you well.

        Now I SUPPOSE that you could claim that by definition the government is the entity which has the self-proclaimed right to initiate violence upon the non-violent, so by definition, anyone associated with government in any way is, by definition, violent. If you were to claim that, then you would NOT be initiating violence against the NON-VIOLENT, but only initiating or countering violence against the DEMONSTRABLY VIOLENT, which might be ok… not sure, you will have to ask BF on that one 🙂

        • PeterB:

          I know violence will not work. BlackFlag will say that governments like to deal with violence. They have all the toys to put down the violence. Like you or BlackFlag previously stated, wait them out. The system will fail. It would be interesting to get Kent’s view of violence against the government.

          • I think violence against government agents (you can’t use violence against all the government at one time) is suicidal. However, you do have a right to control and dispose of your life as you see fit as long as you don’t violate anyone else’s rights in doing so. So, being suicidal doesn’t make it automatically wrong.

            If you are being attacked by a government employee, and you know you will be killed anyway, by all means fight back as hard as you can with all the violence you can muster without harming innocent bystanders.

            If you kill (or otherwise harm) anyone who does not deserve to be harmed right now, you have done something wrong.

            The drone sitting behind the counter at the DMV is probably not a threat to you right now. A cop who is hopped up on testosterone (among other substances) probably is a credible threat to you when he approaches and begins giving contradictory and/or illegitimate orders. It is probably not worth fighting him, as long as you have a good chance of coming out of the encounter alive, but it wouldn’t be wrong.

            Just because you have a right to do something doesn’t make it the smartest course of action in every circumstance.

            When the shooting war starts, by all means use violence to try to preserve your own life and your freedom. Don’t expect the results you might prefer, nor for society to see you as a hero. Collateral damage is not acceptible for the right side, as it is for the government side. That puts the good guys at a disadvantage. If you start justifying things that are convenient, you have become that which you are fighting against.

            • Kent, what do you see happening with all the government spending, taxing and borrowing?

              Do you thing the economy will collapse?

              Do you think some state may try secession from the USA?

              What is your best prediction for the future in the USA?

              • I wish I knew those things. I’m not psychic (or I’d be rich).

                I can see it going either way on just about any question like that. My advice is that you keep your options open so that whatever government does it won’t matter too much to you or your family. My life is not tied to the fate of the government.

                Learn survival skills (it’s fun anyway), get silver and gold (smart no matter what comes), don’t prop up the state at any level in any way- don’t hitch your wagon to a dying dinosaur.

                Personally, I think the economy will collapse, but sleight-of-hand by government may conceal the truth of the situation from most people. After all, they have fooled people into accepting Federal Reserve Notes in place of money.

                I don’t think any state will seriously try to secede. There may be some chest-thumping, but it is too important to state governments to get those federal handouts. If I am wrong, I hope it is Texas that secedes. It would be interesting and I’d like to see it.

                Future of the USA? All governments collapse. I think “forever stamps” are absurdly arrogant in their premise. I don’t know what the tipping point will be. I will do nothing to delay it, as if I had any power over the matter. Fortunately America, the land and the people, doesn’t need “the USA” to go on.

        • Peter, 100% again.

          All past Revolutions were predicated on using violence to overthrow violence.

          This might be arguable under the justification of self-defense.

          However, all past Revolutions further used violence against the non-violent who may have supported or benefited from the previous regime as revenge for past grievances.

          Then they simply become the same as the regime they overthrew – but wearing a different color shirt, stained with blood.

          • Black Flag:

            How do we ever get our freedom back?

            I am not proposing violence but I can see where another civil war could start with statists versus liberty loving people. It may start with secession of Texas or some other state.

            I know we should probably ignore what the government is doing since it doesn’t appear that there is anything we can do to stop it. We are well down the road to serfdom.

          • Displaced Okie says:

            Black Flag,
            I have a couple of questions about you above post.
            If violence to overthrow a regime is wrong. How would people go about ridding themselves of a tyrannical regime without becoming like that regime? Or should they just sit back until that regime collapses?

            Stay Safe,
            Displaced Okie

  16. Perfect example of how a government will ignore any rules that it enforces upon itself – just pass a law to change the rules.

  17. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    Statistics: using the global warming methodology…

    “It is tempting for parents whose savings and earnings have been wiped out by the economic downturn to tell their teens: “We love you. We want you to go to college, but we can’t afford to pay tuition right now. You’re on your own.”

    The immediate cash savings are certainly tempting. But the long-term impact on the cut-off children could be devastating, a new survey says. Public Agenda surveyed hundreds of students, recent graduates, and dropouts. They found that 63 percent of those who graduated from college said they received some financial help from their family. Only 42 percent of those whose parents didn’t help managed to graduate from college.

    Some college financial aid officers say that finances alone might not explain that 21 percentage-point difference in graduation rates.”

    This little gemlet comes to us from an article which I saw on about the impact of not helping to pay for your child’s college education. I think that the point was SUPPOSED to be that kids who do not get any financial help from their parents have a hard time graduating, but the statistical crap they gave above does not make any sense.

    Let me reword it to tell you exactly what they said:

    63% of kids who GRADUATED from college recieved financial aid from their parents (meaning that 37% did not). 100% of these kids DID GRADUATE, as it says above….

    42% of those who RECEIVED NO FINANCIAL AID FROM PARENTS did not MANAGE TO GRADUATE. (Or, 58% of the 37% of students who did not get financial aid from their parents failed to graduate.)

    You cannot compare the graduation rates of people who DID recieve financial aid from their parents to the kids who DID NOT using the above statistics, so a 21% difference cannot be calculated in any meaningful way.

    They then go on to say that there is a 21% difference in graduation rates.

    If the study had shown that 63% of kids getting help from their parents graduate, and 42% of kids getting no help from their parents graduate, then yeah, you could have said that there was a 21% difference in graduation rates; HOWEVER, the first statistic DOES NOT TELL YOU what the graduation rates are of the kids that received financial help from their parents, it merely says that 63% of all of the graduates they surved did, in fact, get help from their parents.

    It is just this kind of shoddy use of statistics that is absolutely horrifying, because of the sheer number of people that will just blindly accept the 21% difference claim and not analyze the fact that you simply cannot make that claim given the data provided in the article.

    • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

      Wait, even I screwed that up.

      For the group in the FIRST statistic, 100% DID GRADUATE

      63% got help from parents, (so 37% did not), BUT ALL DID GRADUATE.

      For the 2nd statistic,

      42% of ALL students NOT RECEIVING HELP FROM PARENTS actually graduated. (58% of all students not receiving help did NOT graduate)

      Statistic #1 and Statistic #2 cannot be compared at all in ANY MEANINFUL WAY, because EVERYONE in statistic #1 did in fact graduate. Therefore, NONE of the students that failed to graduate are even represented at all in statistic #1.

      There is no way of knowing how these 2 sets of data even relate to each other at all… (which means it is even worse use of statistics than I originally claimed!)

    • Excellent analysis Peter. It is amazing how statistics are used to manipulate people.

  18. Judy Sabatini says:

    A friend just sent me this, and thought I’d share.

    From a friend of a friend.

    We were in Pigeon Forge over the week end. On Sunday, we left to come
    Traffic was moving slowly, and a car in front of us had an Obama bumper
    sticker on it.
    It read: “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”.
    Mike’s Bible was lying on the dash board. He got it, opened it up to the
    scripture and read it.
    He started laughing and laughing. Then he read it to me. I couldn’t
    believe what it said.
    I had a good laugh, too..

    Psalm 109:8
    “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” KJV

    Can I get an Amen ????

    Thank you.

    • What about the next two lines?

      9. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

      10. May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.

      Is it still so funny? This is sometimes called the prayer for vengeance.

      Adding, haven’t some people here told me that the Bible is about love and kindness? This is a great example.

      • And may the fleas of 1000 camels infest his underwear.

      • Judy Sabatini says:

        Oh come on now Matt, it’s just a joke.

      • Mathius understand that the Bible is a history book as well as a guide to gaining knowledge.If you study it well enough I’m certain you will find love and kindness.

        One of the great spiritual leader of the ancient nation of Israel was King David. He was the third natural king of Israel, and ruled in the period about 1000BC. Under his rule, and through the power of God, Israel was established as a major national power. Through the previous period of the Judges, they had been a fragmented people, and everyone did what was right in their own eyes, but David led them to God as a nation.

        The historical accounts of Samuel and Chronicles detail the life and acts of David from a largely objective viewpoint. Many of the Psalms, however, detail David’s thoughts and daily concerns. These chapters record a great diversity of emotions, from elation to almost despair and give an insight into the thoughts of one of the great leaders.

    • Naaahh…it does not matter. The more endangered the species..the better it tastes.

      • Wuuuups……this should be up to where Mathius was killing raptors….damn raptor snuck in here and made me hit the wrong button…..nasty little buggers.

        • I was going to say.. I don’t think that really fit down here..

          But it does happen to be true.. There’s nothing quite as delicious as a omelet made with bald eagle eggs.

          • Yup…I am a member of the new order of PETA…..people who eat tasty animals.

          • Judy Sabatini says:

            Hey Matt, I just read your letter to Senator Hatch on face book. Did you really send that to him? That was funny, not sure if it was meant to be that way or not.

            I take it, that’s you riding on the back of a raptor.

            I can just see the look on his face if you did send it and if he does read it.

  19. Judy Sabatini says:

    Don’t know if anybody seen this or not, but I took it and did pretty good at it. Guess I know more than I thought.

  20. Judy Sabatini says:
  21. Judy Sabatini says:

    Chill Map. And they’re talking about global warming.

  22. Joyce warns of US ‘Armageddon’MARK DAVIS AND PHILLIP COOREY
    December 11, 2009 .
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    Armageddon warning … Barnaby Joyce. Photo: Pat Scala

    THE OPPOSITION finance spokesman, Barnaby Joyce, believes the United States government could default on its debt, triggering an ”economic Armageddon” which will make the recent global financial crisis pale into insignificance.

    Senator Joyce said yesterday he did not mean to alarm the public but there needed to be a debate about Australia’s ”contingency plan” for a sovereign debt default by the US or even by a local state government.

    ”A default by the US means complete economic collapse around the world and the question we have got to ask ourselves is where are we in that,” Senator Joyce said.

    His warning came as the Rudd Government ramped up its attack on Senator Joyce as an economic extremist by highlighting his strong opposition to Chinese sovereign investment in Australia.

    The Treasurer, Wayne Swan, said it was a cause for concern that Senator Joyce had been elevated ”from the reactionary fringe of our economic debate to the second-most senior economic policymaking job in the alternative government”.

    The scrutiny of foreign investment bids was adequate and ”if we were to follow the advice of some of the extremists on foreign investment, it could cost something like 20,000 jobs right across Australia”.

    Senator Joyce said the chances of a US debt default were distant but real and politicians were not doing the electorate a favour by refusing to acknowledge the risk.

    He said the Federal Government’s debt would push up interest rates and predicted that some state Labor governments would not be able to repay their borrowings.

    ”The Federal Government has $115.7 billion in debt, Australian government securities, notes and bonds on issue, and the states have another $170 billion in debt.

    ”We have to ask whether the states have the capacity to repay that. I would say in some instances they do not, particularly Queensland.”

    Senator Joyce said that if the US recovered, global funds would flow back into North America. ”There will be only one way Australia will be able to keep funds here and that is by putting up interest rates, which will therefore bring real costs back to households,” he said.

    ”That is the first scenario, which is extremely bad for Australia. The worse scenario is where the US doesn’t repay its debt – the $2 trillion in debt it owes to the Chinese, the $1 trillion in debt it has to the Japanese and the $US1 trillion in debt to others – and then we are really nailed.

    ”The outcome is a shift away from the US dollar as the international trading currency and a shift to the Chinese yuan, and China becomes an immensely powerful player overnight.

    ”It’s the real financial crisis, and the real financial crisis will mean this preamble we have just had pales into insignificance.”

    Asked what sort of contingency plan he would advocate, Senator Joyce said it was like trying to prepare for a tidal wave but the local economy should have more self-reliance.

    ”Things you look for in that economic Armageddon are the capacity to feed ourselves, the capacity to provide the fundamentals in medicines and basic fundamental requirements for our nation.”

    Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

  23. Hi all, been a busy day. Quick hijack of the latest bulldookey
    from our senior senator.

    In every Congress since 2004, I have introduced legislation to help small business owners afford health coverage for themselves, their employees, and their families. My plan includes the following components that are currently a part of the Senate health insurance reform bill:

    • tax credits to help small businesses afford coverage
    • insurance “exchanges” through which consumers can compare insurance plans side-by-side to choose the option that is best for them
    • insurance market rating reforms that limit what an insurer can charge based on age
    • insurance market reforms that ban the practices of denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions or increasing your rates when customers get sick

    My plan also includes allowing private insurers to sell plans nationwide with a strong federal administrator that would be able to negotiate for quality and affordable coverage, a concept that has now emerged as yet another critical part of the framework for national health insurance reform.

    This week, I introduced an amendment to build on the help for small businesses already included in health insurance reform legislation before the Senate.

    As the bill is currently written, small businesses that contribute at least half of their employees’ health care costs would receive a tax credit. The full amount of the credit would only be available to employers with 10 or fewer full time employees with annual wages averaging $20,000 or less. My proposal expands the wage threshold to $25,000. This will allow more small business workers to access a more valuable credit. By expanding the tax credit, my amendment will ensure we are able to help the businesses that need help the most, and provide that relief immediately.

    Small businesses are the number one source of jobs in our state and the economic engines of our local economies, and thus addressing their needs is critical in the health insurance reform debate.

    As always, please feel free to contact me via the Internet or by phone. I look forward to hearing from you.

    With Arkansas Pride,
    Blanch Lincoln

  24. People sign petition to “increase inflation to 100%” to cause hyperinflation.

    The public wants huge government projects to get workers off the unemployment rolls.

    It also wants a lower deficit. To get this, the rich should pay.

    This is standard fare. The public wants a free lunch.

    It believes the government can extract this from the rich. This has been true all of democratic history.

    “Soak the rich” is always popular.

    The public is not going to see much relief in the job market.

    The public will also not see any relief for the deficit.

    The public never gets what it wants, when it even knows what it wants, because it is wholly confused about how the world works.

    The public is ignorant. This makes people vulnerable.

    How ignorant? How vulnerable?

    Here is a video of a man who persuades people to sign a petition calling for inflation of 100% per year.

    You only need to watch 2 minutes. The full 9 minutes might make you barf.

    There is no turning back from the path the government has chosen for us.

    There is no deliverance politically.

    There is no way to overcome government’s decision to spend without taxing, borrow without any hope of re-paying, keep interest rates low without inflating.

    Investors believe it all, as surely as the people who signed that petition believe that the goal of the petition was a good one.

    I sit back and watch.

    I watch people on this site asking: “What can bring Congress and the Government to its senses?”

    I know the answer:


    • Judy Sabatini says:

      People will sign anything. Who in their right mind wants higher inflation?

    • Black Flag:

      Do you think this is all deliberate?

      Are they trying to collapse the economy?

      Are they just to hung up on their ideology?

      Does Congress really think they can get out of this huge debt through taxing, borrowing and inflation?

      What are the chances we will default on our debts?

      • Yes, it is purposeful. They are acting with the full intention of maintaining the current status quo – them at the top, you in the middle, and a few at the bottom.

        They are not intending to destroy the country, for that would change the status quo.

        So are they purposely being destructive – No.

        Do they understand what they are doing – No.

        They are ignorance in bliss – elephant in a China shop – thinking that if they run faster in circles, they’ll miss hitting the plates and dishes. They do not understand why so many dishes are breaking.

        Congress is playing “its someone else’s problem if I can delay it another year or two”. Pass the buck. No accountability.

        In ancient Greece if a civic administrator lost money on his ‘watch’, he was executed. One does not need to wonder why there was very little theft of the public purse.

        Chance of default – 100%, since it is already happening.

        Remember default looks different when it is government.

        With you, you lose your property.

        Government doesn’t lose its property. What it does is break its commitments.

        It promises low-cost health – but the fees go up.

        It promises a care-free retirement – but people will be disqualified, the goal posts will move, the money paid will shrink.

        It promises to repay T-Bills – but it will print money and cause inflation.

        It promises, and it will break every one of them.

        That is how a government defaults.

  25. Judy Sabatini says:

    What Is Butt Dust??

    What, you ask, is ‘Butt dust’? Read on and you’ll discover the joy in it! These have to be original and genuine. No adult is this creative!!

    JACK (age 3)
    was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister… After a while he asked: ‘Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?’

    MELANIE (age 5)
    asked her Granny how old she was.. Granny replied she was so old she didn’t remember any more. Melanie said, ‘If you don’t remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.’

    STEVEN (age 3)
    hugged and kissed his Mom good night. ‘I love you so much that when you die I’m going to bury you outside my bedroom window.’

    BRITTANY (age 4)
    had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she’d have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: ‘How does it know it’s me?’

    SUSAN (age 4)
    was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. ‘Please don’t give me this juice again,’ she said, ‘It makes my teeth cough..’

    DJ (age 4)
    stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: ‘How much do I cost?’

    CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, ‘I don’t know what’ll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?’

    MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: ‘Why is he whispering in her mouth?’

    TAMMY(age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a w hile and then asked, ‘Why doesn’t your skin fit your face?’

    JAMES (age 4)was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: ‘The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.’ Concerned, James asked: ‘What happened to the flea?’

    The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget

    This particular Sunday sermon….’Dear Lord,’ the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. ‘Without you, we are but dust…’ He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, ‘Mom, what is butt dust?’

  26. Judy Sabatini says:

  27. Judy Sabatini says:

    With that, I would like to say good night to all and hope everyone will have a great weekend. Don’t know about anyone else, but we can expect to have more snow, tonight, and tomorrow. .

    Love everyone here, you’re the best.

    Take Care


  28. Birdman

    How do we ever get our freedom back?

    First, change the thinking from the “we” to be just “me”

    “How do I get my freedom back”.

    Freedom is a personal thing – I can’t give it to you. The best I can do is remove the chains around you.

    Remember the story of the man in prison who was released – his cage was left open. But he was not free – he stayed in his cage anyway.

    So move from the “we” to the “me” – then you’ll start returning to freedom.

    To help with that transition, read Kent’s and the SUFA blog daily.

    Remember, Freedom is a VERB, an ACTION, not a place.

    I am not proposing violence but I can see where another civil war could start with statists versus liberty loving people. It may start with secession of Texas or some other state.

    The State, by definition, is diminished by its reduction. In Nature, reduction leads to death.

    Thus, the State will inflict itself against those that diminish it – if if the latter are peaceful.

    I believe there is a possibility of what you speak.

    I know we should probably ignore what the government is doing since it doesn’t appear that there is anything we can do to stop it. We are well down the road to serfdom.

    “We” maybe, but “you” might not.

    When the “you’s” outnumber the “we’s”, then things will change.

    We must stop thinking in the democratic collective and start thinking in the voluntary collective.

    • I read Kent every day. I’m beggining to understand.

      When health care and cap and trade passes my standard of living will decrease as my taxes go up and energy costs go up and the overall cost of living increases. I don’t know how to avoid that as an individual unless you go off the grid completely and become self-sufficient.

      At this point, I’m stuck with going along for the ride with the statists. I am doing what I can do to prepare for my family’s survival should things get ugly.

  29. Displaced Okie</b.

    I have a couple of questions about you above post.
    If violence to overthrow a regime is wrong. How would people go about ridding themselves of a tyrannical regime without becoming like that regime? Or should they just sit back until that regime collapses?

    Violence in self-defense is a right.

    The challenge is to restrain the use of violence to only that level.

    I watched “Ride with the Devil” about the Missouri irregulars battling the Union forces.

    They probably lost their battle when they decided to kill innocent civilians – irregulars are supported by the people, not the government – and attacking the people probably eroded their support base – then they turned into merely a band of criminals.

    Discipline is hard to maintain in irregular forces – in regular military, discipline is harsh and constant. But irregulars are volunteers – they come and go pretty much at will.

    This does not mean they cannot be successful – many modern examples prove this.

    But is it hard to prevent the degradation into mass violence.

    This is why I do not like the idea of revolt – even if it is justified because typically successful revolts are too successful in their use of violence.

    We got into this mess because we love violence – we probably can’t get out of it until we refuse violence.

    Gandhi did show the way – he repulsed an Empire without firing a shot.

    Can it be repeated? Good question.

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