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December 7, 2012

Taxing Issues

PSA:  First off, yesterday I hit the publicize button on WordPress.com and after going thru all the procedures I discovered that the various sites had sent out all of this material (emails) to invite people and all this other crap.  Not that I am the sharpest knife in the drawer on most days, I did not know this was going to happen.  If it seriously inconvenienced you or caused you unnecessary concern, I apologize for that.   Please accept my sincere apologies if it did. (One of these days I will figure all this technical ____ out and all will be fine) erThis cartoon I came across this week has to me the “wrong flavor” to it.  It is misdirecting the information to reflect badly on people with income and I do not find that a fair representation of the facts.  For my part in it, I will tell you there are a great many people in this country that are worried about possible new taxes and asset taxing to generate income for all these pig’s in Washington who do not have the guts to take the hard steps necessary to end this mess (cuts in spending, start with defense and work your way down).

It is just not the rich that are worried, it is ALL OF US we all have a dog in this fight.

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A good first start might be to get our priorities in order.  Define what is truly important and what is not.  Take a hard look at what is hanging us all out to dry and what we need to do in order to get by.  Media pundits call the state we’re in the “new normal.” What they mean is that we get used to things as they are. And if we don’t exactly get comfortable with the status quo, we feel like David in a battle against Goliath. 09-05-12 MadeInAmerica The numbers will bear me out.  We are 17th in math scores, 24th in the world on Health Care, we just okay’ed $155 million per year to Afghanistan for diesel, gasoline and jet fuel (for the next five years), this in a country where most of the population rides a !@#@# donkey to town.

You get a vote on that one … didn’t think so.

All we produce is debt … we are not going to get a second chance in Silicone Valley and everything we drill and bring to the surface, goes oversea’s to light up someone else’s house.  We are slowly eroding into nothing but a lousy third world debt ridden Democracy of losers.  Trust me, no one will be willing to follow a parked car, but they will all line up to pick our bones in the end.

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As the fiscal showdown continues—with a little more than a month before a series of onerous automatic federal spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect—our national values and priorities are once again being tested. On the campaign trail, the president repeatedly called for directing to infrastructure the federal spending saved by ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, asking for those funds to support “nation building right here at home.”

Only one week before the election, he laid out his legislative agenda for a second term: addressing the federal deficit first, then moving on to infrastructure improvement and immigration reform. It’s clear that the president and many members of Congress understand that at the heart of the world’s largest and most innovative economies are advanced infrastructure networks.  So why do we continue to pump our assets and what little cash we can borrow and send it overseas?

When it all comes tumbling down because of apathy and neglect by our elected officials and the general public, all the rich people in the world will not be enough to save your sorry ass.  Let’s get honest and start reporting it the way it is, and not the way “we believe it to be.”

Tax that.

OOO

Thanks to American Progress Online for the cartoons. What folks have been reading this week at Creative Endeavors:

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November 28, 2012

Hangin In The Wind

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“In San Francisco they are really starting to get peeved at everyone “letting it all hang out” in certain area’s of the city.”

This is the time of the year, when you go out to the garage and grab a six pack of Snapple for the refrigerator, and it is already room temperature.  The cold water faucet is actually putting out cold water, and it is no longer just tepid.  When you spy a huge pile of leaves on the driveway and not a wisp of wind to move them out of the way.

This is also the time of the year, when I start making a list, and no, it is not all those folks who are naughty and nice, it is a list of commercials that I do not like.  One blessing this year, is they seem to be plentiful.  For example:  The Santa Claus commercial where he is down in the back, so we are to leave little packets of Alieve for him around the house.

Give me a break.

If you show me a commercial, make it a Dodge Truck commercial, the special effects are out of this world, and come to think of it, most of what you see could be possible if you live in California.  It could be too much Aleve or something, but it is getting weird in Frisco again.

In San Francisco they are really starting to get peeved at everyone “letting it all hang out” in certain area’s of the city.  Instead of putting all of their Christmas gifts in a sock, they are wanting someone to put a sock over “it” and stop displaying “it” in public.

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal would make it illegal for a person over the age of 5 to “expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza” or while using public transit.

Eeeeee-Uwe.  Civilized people just do not do that.

I am really glad I live in Oklahoma, the only thing that even comes remotely close to that around here is hanging a pair of simulated bulls testicles from the rear bumper of your Dodge truck (by the way, they are wanting to make “it” illegal here too).

T’is the time to be jolly, especially if you work for the U.S. Government.

Nice big fat paydays working for Uncle Sam.  I just read an interesting piece of information on what some of these people are pulling down for yearly salaries and it is an eye-opener.  If you want to see the details, remember, they say “it is always in the details.”  Here is the link:    If this doesn’t get you in a “Holiday Sprit” I don’t know what will.

After you read it, take two Aleve and then call me on Friday.

OOO

May 5, 2012

Land Of Opportunity … If you don’t live here.

Your Tax Dollars At Work … Did you know that you are paying for children that live in Mexico, to the tune of billions of dollars in relief, because of an I.R.S. loophole?  Well, you areWouldn’t it be nice, to sit down in April, and list not only YOUR children, but your niece and nephews as dependents, who do not live with you, who are not even in this country, and then in return get a huge tax return?

Now we come to how much money we are we talking about here?  Would you believe, all of this, which has been in place and being abused for over ten years, is going down the tubes each year to the tune of $4.2 billion dollars (annually) and that 22 million undocumented illegals are currently being shown on the rolls taking full advantage of this Tax Code Loophole.  A loophole that the video says “the I.R.S. is unwilling to fix.”

  Sound too good to be true, well unfortunately, it isn’t. 

Click on the link and watch the video.

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It’s just about enough to make a body sick.  Our Government makes it so easy for them, but when YOU need help … Well, you know the rest of it dontcha?

OOO

Related:  Sneaking Into America

January 31, 2011

It Must Be Monday

 

The wind blows hard this morning, it comes roaring across the plains with a vengeance, carrying it with bitter cold.  I don’t know where it is has been, but it has been blowing across snow, it tears at the corner of my eye, and it chills me to the marrow of my bone.  I secretly long to be somewhere else.

This time of the year, it is hard to find that ideal spot in life, that pleasing place, where everything is right.  Back east my friends are still covered in snow, locked down and the first stages of Cabin Fever seem to be rearing its ugly head.  I stop to think about it all, things could be a lot worse for myself.

I count my blessings.

A bad week to be a football fan, at least in Washington state that is.  A Washington state middle schooler was sent home for wearing the wrong NFL jersey.  His school which has an official uniform last week, allowed students to wear Seattle Seahawks jerseys for a team-appreciation day.  Grendon Bailie, who is 13 years old, wore the jersey of his beloved Pittsburg Steelers and was told to change or be suspended.  His only comment was:  “Not everyone is a Seahawks fan.”

It is not easy being a thirteen year old these days.

A Houston Texas couple was told to stop feeding the homeless because they do not have a permit.  The couple had been feeding up to 120 people per night, using donated food prepared by volunteers.  But City officials, in their infinite wisdom, decided to shut down the program because the kitchen isn’t inspected and certified.  Their collective reasoning was that “poor people are the most vulnerable to food-borne illness.”   Which is kind of like saying “Homeless people are lucky, they get to camp out every night.”   Let’s form a committee and pool our ignorance, Houston you have a problem.

I guess it is best to just let them starve too death.

Good news!  Do you desire to have healthy skin?  British researchers found that eating five more portions of fruit and vegetables a day raises carotid levels and gives skin a golden tone, making people look healthier and more attractive.  My skin, is not all that pretty, I don’t normally think in terms of “skin care.”  Does the word “well preserved” readily come to mind here?

At my age I figure I would have to eat a dump-truck load of carrots, just to be considered “good looking.”

It also appears I may have to go back to dressing for success in order to look good.  Believe it or not, it pays off.  Lady Gaga and her ridiculous getups, are projected to make $100 million this year.  In my minds eye, I can still remember my mother standing there and saying to me, “I am NOT going to pay $4.05 for a pair of Levi’s!”

Life moves on.

Former Kalifornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calculated that he lost roughly $200 million in box-office receipts by serving in government instead of making movies.  “It was more than worth it,” Arnold said.  Yeah?  Try taking that to Cracker Barrel for a cup of coffee and an order of Chicken N Dumplings.

Things are warming up down under.  This week it was announced that a group of Austrian undertakers said that they planned to funnel the excess heat generated by the crematorium next door into their new headquarters, so as to not waste energy.

I have saved the boring but important stuff for last.

This past week, President Obama ordered a regulatory review of all Federal departments.  He issued an executive order directing federal departments “to root out those agencies that have rules that conflict, are not worth the cost, or are just plain dumb.”

The main snag or hangup here, would be where do you start?

Our president went on to say (now this one is a hoot), government rules strengthen our country without unduly interfering with the economy.  And he went on further to say that although there are obvious gaps in the regulatory framework, it all seems to be working just peachy, and everything is going just swell.

 

Filled up lately Mr. President?

 

A Massachusetts cat has been summoned for jury duty, after it was listed by its owner on the census form.  The cat received his summons, the cats owner said she contacted the jury commission to request disqualification on the grounds that Sal’s language skills  are limited.  And I suppose that he could be considered racist, as it was rumored that he definitely did not like dogs.  It has to be true, I mean, I read it on the Internet.

Sit back, take a deep breath, and relax … Spring is just around the corner, it will be here before you know it.

OOO

Cartoons courtesy of Center for American Progress

January 24, 2011

Twisted Evolution

Three of my good friends called to check on me this weekend, I am pleased.  Put me down as a Happy Camper in life.  Of those, my friend Wynell, was even brave enough to venture an opinion of sorts.  She said that I need to get out of the house more often.

So Cup Cake and I, we drove downtown this weekend, for some Mexican Food for lunch. After consuming wayyyyy too much hot & spicy Mexican food we went down to the Bass Pro fishing joint.

Didn’t make a purchase of an item, just browsed the store, looking at the sporting goods, fishing, hunting stuff.  Walked around the store looking at this and that, didn’t really buy anything.
Although I love the outdoors, nature and all the wonders of it, it would be a fair assumption to say that I am not a big sportsman.

Now if I could find a girl that loved to fish, I might consider it.

So we are downtown at the local bait shop and sporting good store.  On the way out of the store, a security guard approached me and he said “Sir, could I have a word with you?” and I sez, “Sure, what is it you need?” and he replies, “We are going to have to detain you for a little while, could you please follow me?”

So then I reply, “Detain me? What are you talking about?”

And he said ….. “Sir. You are under suspicion of stealing duck calls and stink bait!”

Mexican food gets me every time.

Maybe Wynell is wrong, maybe I ought to just stay in the house.  While we are on the subject of food?  (Nice blend huh?  Well, whadya expect for free)  Buffalo Wings as I understand it are forty years old, and that was a NEWSWORTHY item because?  Well they are.  That is another mystery … “Buffalo WINGS?” … Never quite understood the terminology behind that, how can a buffalo have wings?

Just like this dinosaur thing, they say that is where birds came from, they were once dinosaurs and had to evolve.

Taking it one step further I suppose all the buffalo were taken so evolutionarily speaking they were made into birds.  Huh?  Kind of like Chicken McNuggets, what part of the chicken is that, exactly?  How about this “Man from Apes theory.”  If man truly came from Apes and the species evolved  … Then why do we still have Apes?  Just thinking outside the box here, which should be quite apparent.  Another obvious point should be that this is being written by a guy who never had his science project turned in on time.

Let’s get serious.

Why is it that our children cannot read a bible in school, but they give them one in prison.  How come they took out “one nation under God” out of the pledge of allegiance, but are allowed to pass out free condoms in school.  Why do I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, before God and on the bible in court testimony, and inside the same building there are no displays of the ten commandments. If there truly is a “separation of church and state” (I believe there is not) then why is it that my polling place, is in a church?

Just thinking out loud again … Anyone want to take a shot at one of those, any of those?

I didn’t think so.

It is great to have good friends, who like they say in the bible are obligated to check on the old and the feeble minded.  One thing I do know for sure is this.  Nine times out of ten, when someone says to you, “I hope you don’t mind me saying this …. But ….” You will.  Criticism is a good healthy thing, and if it adds to the mix, then it is a bonus.  I just accept it (as best as I can) and tell them this.

When you happen across some of this drivel, my distinct temporary loss of sanity, take it with a grain of salt and move on. It is my opinion, that writers’ write because they like to write, some feel the need to write, others want to be writers, and few if any have a real problem with people who do not understand these concepts.

It is kind of like garbage. Sift thru it, grab what is good for you, what you like, what amuses you, and then throw the rest away. As I am not wanting to be long and boring, uninteresting or Republican. I will check out for now.

To those who occasionally call, and offer your sincere encouragement, thanks for the input. For all of you who check in on Monday’s to see what is new and then comment, again, thanks, we appreciate it.  If it doesn’t agree with you … if it reads well or doesn’t … let me know. Feedback is a good thing. That my friends, is Monday in a nut-shell, I am glad we got all that out of the way, now I can get back into the kitchen and stick my head back in the oven.

I really didn’t want to get up early anyway.

OOO

October 28, 2010

Greed To Go

Another full moon, I hate it when I get this way.  Oh well… Another not so quite lucid post from my world or what is left of it.

Remember that old line:  “It was the best of times … It was the worst of times.”  Think I saw it on a episode or Cheer’s a long, long time ago.

Now let’s to put it into perspective.

Look at the major oil companies for instance, now that times are good, they want to make them REALLY GOOD and want to put some kind of new crap (Okie Scientific Term) in your gasoline, up to 15% of it per gallon.  It will of course destroy older model cars but will run just fine in the newer models.

So the failing automakers get a boost, all the older cars have to leave the road, and the oil companies insure that their supplies of oil are extended well into the next century.

In good times, it’s natural that we pay less attention to our individual expenses. But today, regardless of our current situation, we all need to save as much money as possible.  And when it comes to saving money, the experts agree one of the best places to start is with your grocery bill.  Now that the recession is officially over it might be a good time to consider going back to Twinkies or Ding Dongs?

Thanks to all of the pompous gas bags in our nation’s capitol and the high octane boys digging in the tar sands around the world, we are stuck again.  The majority of us will be of course, sitting at home watching old re-runs of Laverne & Shirley, munching away.  Desperate victims of Anal Glaucoma, the disease brought to you by American Oil, a national affliction of which there is no known cure, a disease where you simply cannot see your ass going anywhere.

So here is the take away.

When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave her inaugural address as speaker of the House in 2007, she vowed there would be “no new deficit spending.” Since that day, the national debt has increased by $5 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

Must be nice, working for the government or the oil companies (if you do not currently live in a gulf state that is).  When you need ready cash, you just print it up or go get it.

Man-Man, here it comes again.  It never seems to end.  All of a sudden the tree house in Belize is looking better and better each day.  Now having done my public service for the day and increased my total word count for the month, I am going to slink into the kitchen for another cup of coffee.  One of the few luxuries in life I can at least afford, it is still hovering around eight dollars a bag.

Now if I just had enough money for a donut to go with it.

OOO

July 1, 2009

Mid Week Chill

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Well, I am still somewhat lost, but here is the good news, I am making good time.  It is already Wednesday.  So things are truly looking up, there might be hope for me yet?  I am just trying to stay cool in an increasingly hotter and hotter world.  It was for instance, so hot yesterday, I saw a dog chasing a cat and they were both walking!  (drum roll, take my wife please!)

I thought I had read it all yesterday.

Yesterday I read where a lady selling cosmetic’s (I won’t say who, they usually drive a PINK CAR) was so irritated because another housewife in Florida would not open the door, that she took a dump on the woman’s porch and left a rather, how shall we say this?

A rather fragrant reminder on her porch that was surrounded by toilet paper.

Now I thought that was bad, but this morning I am reading of a six year, scientific study that was done in New Zealand on Sauvignon Blanc, as a combination of passion fruit, asparagus, and cat’s pee.  Uh huh, you read that right.  I suppose if you had a whole lot of cat’s pee it obviously wouldn’t be great.  Isn’t it amazing what a little can do these days?

Well, Whadya expect, it IS Wednesday for cryin’ out loud.

A medical student in New Jersey said that he was suspended from the school of medicine and dentistry for insisting that he’s a white African-American.  He was born in Mozambique before moving to the United States, and described himself in a class assignment on identity as “White African American.”  The faculty of the school, having nothing better to do I suppose, berated him and matter of factly stated “that no white person could refer to themselves as White African American.”

When the student persisted, he was suspended for two years, and he is now suing the school.  Now it seems to me, that if one was born in Cape Town South Africa for instance, to parents of say, German heritage on your fathers side (there are a lot of them in Africa I am told) and your mother was American, that he/or she as the case may be,  could very well be “White-African American.”

What do you call someone who drops out of medical school ….. A dentist.

An Ohio teenager was suspended from his fundamentalist Baptist school for taking his school girlfriend to a dance in public (her senior prom).  He was said to have violated a Baptist contract against dancing and rock music.  I hear that is why you never see them actually dancing, they don’t want anyone to think they are making love standing up. Give the kid a break, with all the other evil stuff going on in this world, you would think they have a better place to expend their energies.

How about all these Amish kids riding around in their buggies with open containers of beer, and no one is doing a thing about that!  Huh!  Huh!

With all the religious turmoil and persecution in the world, with all the bullying of people around the globe by religious zealots, it is comforting to know, that we have our very own version of the Taliban right here in our own back yard.  I believe there is a verse in the bible, where it states, “that David danced before the Lord.”

I rest my case your honor.

Well, I crossed the line on religion (I am not supposed to do that here) so I might as well go for the entire nine yards this Wednesday morning.   Here is a little political morsel for you to chew on.  I mean, I am already in trouble for the above, might as well take the shot.

Joe The Plumber says that he is quitting the Republican Party because they support excessive government spending.  He opposes any cuts in defense, Social Security (by the way, that runs out of money in 2037 so you better get signed up ASAP), Medicare, or Medicaid, and noted that he keeps his kids away from homosexuals (I am not making this up).

Isn’t it wonderful, we still live in a country where you are allowed to regale in your stupidity.

It has been rather slow here lately, not a whole lot to panic about.  You remember it wasn’t that long ago that we were all in a panic about this pig flu (swine flu) and walking around like zombies with surgical masks on and wearing buttons that said … the sky is falling, the sky is falling.  Where infectious diseases are concerned, I guess panic is good.  Without panic in this country, nothing really happens.

So you need panic, we have to have panic, if we did not have it, well, everything as we know it would stop.

Which is kind of strange, over 500 million people will contact malaria this year, and possibly 1 million or more will die from this water borne disease, but here in America and the rest of the west, there is no panic, no fear.  Conversely, for the swine flu, test kits have already been shipped to all fifty states, and there most likely will be a cure or vaccine out by late fall for the disease.

I didn’t panic then, I am not feeling panicky right now, I am just trying to chill, take it easy and make it to the weekend.  Men don’t show their emotions, except rage, because it takes strength to show soft emotions and most men do not posses that inner strength, they would rather go out and just kill something for instance, than talk to it.  Most men just don’t have that kind of soft strength that is required to get by in this day and age, so they panic.

The next time you find yourself in a sticky situation, feel a tinge of panic rising to the surface, which is in all reality going to be some time today or tomorrow, remember that you do have a choice in how you handle it.  Just because God gave you that extremely large forehead, this is no reason for you to take it personal and bail out on the Republican Party, there is still a lot of work to be done.

We now return you to your regular programming.

Think about it.

OOO

April 30, 2009

Obama’s first 100 – Adding it all up

Filed under: Oklahoma,Recent — ldsrr91 @ 5:52 AM
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End of the month, here is another one we can stuff into the bag, and put it away for all time.

Haven’t been up on the old soapbox here lately, so today I am going to take a stab at it.  I have done rather well the last sixty days avoiding political issues and what-knot, but today I feel it in my bones to mention a few items of interest I have observed here of late.

Lot of talk about Obama’s first 100 days in office and to the average Joe, it appears that he might be the most polarizing president this country has ever seen.  The big rumble around here is a proposed tax on the miles that we drive, which should not come as any big surprise, we talked about that last year.

Once again, we prove ourselves to be just a tad bit ahead of the curve on things in general.

As more and more states find themselves cash strapped for gasoline income that is no longer there, they will come up with creative ways to soak the taxpayer even more, this is surely just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  It is also why we are seriously considering a Ford Hybrid and 41 miles per gallon, not so much to help out the folks at Ford, but to cut us a little slack on some of this high priced fuel.  Right now 700 miles on one tank is starting to look pretty good.

Best get ready boys n girls, the fed’s and the state are coming for you with their endless half-full bucket and they are going to ask you to fill it but one more time.

If you don’t believe that, then consider this.  When federal income tax was first established, in 1913, the tax code was a mere 400 pages.  Today the tax code is 70,320 pages and it is rumored that there is but a “handful of people in Washington” that can actually read it and comprehend its meaning.  This is one thing the government is very proficient at, and that is getting into your pocket.

It is now being reported that the federal budget deficit rose to a record $957 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2009.  Which is kind of funny, because we are just starting the “5th” month tomorrow, so how do they know it rose this much in five months and not what they are reporting (six).

March government outlays increased 41% to $321 billion from the previous year (March 2008).  While at the same time revenue fell 28% to about $129 billion.  So as you can plainly see, both the fed’s and the states are cash strapped, and who do you suppose they are going to tap to find a solution to the shortfall.

If there is a (new) way to gouge you, they will find it.  We seem to think in generalities, whereas they seem to deal in detail.

The only people that seem to do good at all this are the lobbyists.  They spent something like $3 billion last year in Washington DC and they got their money’s worth.  A University of Kansas study just released reports that a single corporate tax break in 2004 enabled 800 companies to save a total of $100 billion dollars.  I put back about $1300 but my tax liabilities were considerably higher, and that was without a bail out.

Just depends on how you look at it I guess.  Things could be worse, things could be better.

On the upside, it is rumored that Starbucks is putting out a new blend of “Deepresso Coffee” for those days that are so hard to get thru.  The Dallas Cowboys are building a new stadium, a $1 billion plus, 3 million square foot undertaking that will include 80,000 seats, two 180 foot long High Def Video screens, and the largest retractable roof ever constructed.

It is truly …. The worst of times … and the best of times in the USA.

For those who have everything, the economic downturn has some searching for “a greener and cheaper alternative to the dreaded McMansion prospective.”  You can now live in a smaller, much smaller house.  There is a new home on the market called the XS-House, a ready made 65-square foot, yes I said “65 sq ft” home.  It is being offered by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and it makes a diminutive domicile of all sorts and it is also the smallest model that they currently offer.

Price?  Just $37,000 and some change, can we build one for you?

We are such a diverse culture aren’t we, we celebrate Obama’s first 100 days in office, and are asked at the same time to critique his performance on the local news, which is like saying to the viewer, “let us pool our ignorance on this subject” and then make a pronouncement of this man’s abilities.

How sick is that.

I understand that scientists have now locked up six volunteers in a mock spacecraft for a 105-day stay, to see if they can manage not to kill one another.  Now we have a new standard for stupidity.  For an even tougher test, please identify three people you personally know who would truly push human tolerance and endurance to the limit if locked up together for 105 days.

How about your mother-in-law, the checkout girl at Lowe’s, maybe a credit card rep.

(Yeah I know, don’t write me any letters)

So for all you stalworth champions who have managed to hang in there this long, here is the point.  We fritter away our time on the frivolities of life, and virtually ignore the important issues.  Meanwhile  that wonderful gang of thugs, The Taliban and other Afghan extremists attack 256 schools in that country (during the past year) for the “crime” of teaching girls, killing 58 children and teachers.

Where is the “democracy in that” if it is there, I fail to see it.

We sit back and try to gauge the competence of our leadership, while we inspect every stock-jobbing swindle, pass on the Ponzi schemes, and wonder if the crash is really going to come?  Everyone hopes and prays that if it does, that it will land on the head of our neighbor, but not before we reap the profit from the financial storm and get caught in the shower of gold.

So much for April, another old tired soldier put to bed.

I believe I will go outside, sit on the porch, seriously ponder or study the size and weight of a cloud, and do my best to forget about this past 100 days.  For the most part, I feel that Obama is doing the best he can with what he has to deal with, and this is after all, going to be a long row to hoe, it isn’t going to get solved in 100 days for cryin’ out loud. That my friends is called a reality of life.

I am going to do my best to file it in the back part of my mind and not worry about it.

This of course comes under the heading of the “best laid plans, hopes and schemes of man” a plan that seldom actually works.  No matter what picture or landscape I try to paint, they always come back to haunt me.  I am sure they will be on every channel tonight or soon to remind me.

They are never far away, so much for day #1 of the second 100 days.

OOO

Cartoon courtesy of Think Progress Online.

March 10, 2009

Sorry Charlie

Filed under: Oklahoma,Recent — ldsrr91 @ 2:52 AM
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charlieReady for the latest email rumor?  Here it is, hot of the press, just came in yesterday afternoon.

Like Tuna? Here you go, follow the yellow brick road (federal gold).  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s home district includes San Francisco.  Star-Kist Tuna’s headquarters are in San Francisco, Pelosi’s home district.

Star-Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods and is a major contributor to Pelosi. Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa employing 75% of the Samoan work force. Paul Pelosi, Nancy ‘s husband, owns $17 million dollars of Star-Kist stock.

Not going to fast for you am I?

In January, 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $7.25, Pelosi had American Samoa exempted from the increase so Del Monte would not have to pay the higher wage. This would make Del Monte products less expensive than their competition’s.

Last week when the huge bailout bill was passed, Pelosi added an earmark to the final bill adding $33 million dollars for an ‘economic development credit in American Samoa’.

The email then goes on to say that Snopes.com backs it all up.  Sorry Charlie but SNOPES.COM does not validate this, it says it is a rumor.  And Truth or Fiction.com says there is no record of it at all.  So don’t believe everything that you read in email, no better yet, don’t believe “anything” you read in email, and certainly nothing here.

The email ends with “Why don’t we get media coverage of stories like this?” and of course the old stand-by …. Pass This On To All Of Your Friends … The sure dead give away.

We don’t get stories like this because they seem to be bogus and untrue.

(Gawd, I hate email)

OOO

February 26, 2009

Are We Having Fun Yet

Filed under: Oklahoma,Recent — ldsrr91 @ 4:19 AM
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balloon-economyGreetings!  Welcome to the first class on how to make two small hats out of a Brassiere, paid for and subsidized by the U.S. Government. Man, first it was the mayor of New Orleans and now it is Bobby the Gov. from Lousy-anna.  Gov. Bobby Jindal’s task the other night, to rebut President Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress, was a thankless one.

But it still constituted an opportunity for the Louisiana Republican to show that he could handle the national spotlight, present himself as a fresh face of the Republican Party, and stand up to the current president in a proper controlled oratorical manner.

On each of these three hurdles, he came up short. Both Democrats and Republicans alike panned Jindal’s rebuttal in terms that were decidedly harsh: “amateurish,” “laughable” and, most commonly, “a missed opportunity.”  Pretty bad, and what made it worse, I stayed up past my bedtime to make sure I watched it all.  “After watching Jindal,” one Democratic strategist emailed, “I’d pay a lot of money to be back watching a Palin speech.”

Repeat to yourself, “life isn’t an emergency, life isn’t an emergency, life isn’t … oh well, you get the picture, don’tcha?”

Been mostly a slow week here in the last vast bastion of good community living … No one is commenting, and this thing is drier than a cold water spring in Furnace Creek, Death Valley California here lately.

I don’t know where everyone has got off too.  So as it is slow, I have been musing it over in my mind what my options are here of late.  Y’know, scrubbing my Federal Window of opportunity to see if the view has changed for me personally.

I haven’t made up my mind if I am willing to take some of this bailout money that the other states do not want, you know that great big ol piece of the American Pie everyone seems fixated on here lately.

Meanwhile I pick up the paper and no rainbow there.  Things are so bad, that the Treasury Department issued a press release that they are considering a new five dollar bill and Lincoln will be wearing a T-Shirt.  And of course there is this barn burner of a news item that I cannot for the life of me figure out.

THE NEW STATE QUARTER WAS UNVEILED TO THE DELIGHT OF QUARTER HOARDERS EVERYWHERE … WASHINGTON DC … ONLY ONE SNAG EVERYONE OVERLOOKED … WASHINGTON DC IS NOT A STATE!

I also hear the lottery isn’t doing well now, will it never end?  The first number is twenty-seven, second number is thirty-three, here’s another one that you do not have …. Trenton New Jersey lottery officials are moaning the blues – The state Lottery said fewer people appeared to be buying tickets. Lottery ticket revenue for the first six months of the current fiscal year is down, and the state Treasury Department said New Jersey received nearly $4 million, or about 1%, less than anticipated.

Also in New Jersey, Newark – A former employee in the city’s health department was sentenced to eight years in prison for a $1 million scam. Charles Brown said his drug addiction led him to print bogus vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children program and sell them to a store, which sold them to other stores and pocketed the proceeds.  Now let’s do our math, shall we?  Eight years in the slamma, that figures out to about $125,000 per year, 3 hots and a cot, and six figures.

Hmmmmmm? (Well, it doesn’t mention anything about him having to make retribution for the stolen funds does it?)

Yesterday I was over browsing in my favorite business supply store.  Saw something neat.  Staples has that “That Was Easy” expression on a button for your desk, $4.98 drop by and pick up one today.  I like it.  I think of this banking fiasco and how easy it was for them to just drop in and pick up their collective bag of money and then run.  It was so easy that American Xpress changed itself (seemingly overnight) into a bank instead of a credit card company, and so easy, they are now offering people $300 to close out their credit card accounts.  What a concept, wonder who thought of that, especially after I CLOSED MY ACCOUNT in a responsible manner and moved on.

Mo betta bankin’ news …. SunTrust board of directors in their infinite wisdom have given their CEO a nice little raise.  Even tho’ the profits of the bank tanked under his leadership, down some 50% which is a pretty lousy indicator of good leadership.  The stock price was cut in half but the company’s board of directors saw fit to give or approve a 75% increase in the 2008 total compensation of the head man.  He is now making just under $8.1 million according to their most recent proxy statement filed this week.

Now That Was Easy

Here comes the next wave, are you ready for this Sparky?  I have been right more than I have been wrong, so here it is.  According to the Federal Reserve, the total outstanding credit card debt carried by Americans reached a record $951 billion in 2008 — a number that will only climb higher as more people reach for the plastic to make ends meet.

Yet the same banks that have been bailed out with billions of taxpayer dollars, have been turning around and gouging their most vulnerable customers, ratcheting up interest rates to as much as 32 percent and charging an ever-widening array of late fees, cash-advance fees, and over-the-limit fees.

mastercard

Open up the Federal Checkbook … Now it is time to feed another pig at the trough.

Priceless.

Click here to read more.

(If you are not already thoroughly convinced that the end is truly near, that is)

Anybody want to buy a used lottery ticket, I have some I will sell “dirt cheap.”


OOO

“Some of this material [article] was published by the Center for American Progress” and cartoons are from the same.”

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