Taxing Your Water: In Oklahoma if you build a pond on your property, you do not own the water that backs up behind the dam. In order to “actually own the water in your pond” you have to go to the State Water Resources Board and apply for a permit to own the water behind your dam. Now that permit by the way, costs you $28 and some change. And we wonder why one out of every three citizens suffers from some form of mental illness here.
Having to admit that this seemed a little bit ludicrous and just slightly unfair, I have discovered that in Oregon that the city of Medford “owns core rights to all sources of water” which most people would think did not include the rain falling from the sky. But a local resident who had backed up water in three ponds on his property has been sentenced to jail for thirty days for collecting water on his property. He of course fought it in court, but the court disagreed and now he is serving the jail time.
What is next … The very air that we breathe?
Is it real or is it NASA: Have any of you observed the first photo’s back from the Martian landscape sent by the Mar’s Rover. They looked a great deal like shots of Nevada and parts of Utah. “You would really be forgiven for thinking that NASA was trying to pulll a fast one on you” wouldn’t you?
While we are on the subject of photo’s? WordPress.com recently changed up their photo editor and we have a totally new deal now. It really sucks. You have a difficult time sizing all of the photo’s to the same size, and it often makes photo posting a nightmare and ugly as hell.
The slideshow presentation is now a thing of the past and generally speaking, it really is not an improvement but more of a step backwards. It of course is “free” not asked for and in this case, “you get what you pay for” which isn’t much. If you truly want to post “jagged uneven pictures and not have a slide show presentation, this is what it looks like.”
Twinkies Are Long Gone: My favorite confectionary has bit the dust, Twinkies, so yummy, so good, containing so many chemicals and unknown ingredients, you could leave them outside for a year, and they would still be good. They are now gone. Which will be bad for all of us in Oklahoma who have the appearance of poster boys for Weight Watchers, Inc. But there is hope, we are still not the fattest state in the nation. Mississippi just took the national honors on that, and for the sixth straight year in a row, remains on top of the junk food pile. Louisiana and West Virginia were close behind, while Colorado ranked as the skinniest state.
Thick Crust and Another Layer of Government Please: The president of Papa John’s Pizza has announced that if Obamacare goes thru the cost of a pizza will go up about .20 cents. He has some 1,600 employees, most of who are currently uninsured. He will have to raise the price of the average pie in order to meet the federal mandated costs associated with health care for employees.
And he is not alone, Burger King, Quiznos, Dunkin’ Donuts have all stated that this new wrinkle in the fabric of American life will increase their respective costs some $30,000 per year.
And of course, “they will pass the cost on to the consumer.” What the government and the rest of the nation seems to fail to realize is this one simple fact of life. “A lot of this they are passing off to the consumer, is just another burden laid upon our nation’s poor.”
No one seems to recognize the fact that we are not some kind of insatiable sponge and can soak up everything that comes down the line. Sooner or later, it is going to have to give, and when this happens, it is going to get ugly.