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Sep
28

Found in eMail:

So many members of Congress are retiring in hopes of “locking-in” their future retirement payments. Currently, their monthly retirement checks are equal to their monthly salaries. They hope to freeze their retirement as it stands. I’m with Trump on this one. Trump is asking everyone to forward this Email to a minimum of 20 people and to ask each one of them to do likewise.

This makes too much sense not to be passed on. In 3 days, most people in the United States will have the message.
This is why the idea should be passed around, regardless of Political Party.

The Trump Rule’s Congressional Reform Act Of 2018:

1– No Tenure / No Pension.  A Congressman / Woman, collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.  No more perks go with them.

2– Congressman / Woman (past, present & future) participate in Social Security.  All funds in the Congressional Retirement Fund move to the Social Security System immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security System, and Congress participates with the American People.  It may not be used for any other purposes.

3– Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4– Congress will no longer vote themselves pay increases. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%

5– Congress’s current Healthcare System is terminated, and they participate in the same Healthcare System as the American people.

6– Congress must abide by all the laws they impose on the American people.

7– All contracts with past and present Congressman / Woman are void. The American people did not make these contracts with Congressmen / Women.

The Congress made all these contracts for themselves.  Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators serving their terms, then going home and back to work, and not get all kinds of freebies!

No wonder THEY’RE FIGHTING THIS TOOTH AND NAIL!

If each person contacts a minimum of 20 people,  It will only take 3 days for most people in the United States to receive this message. It’s time for us to take action now!

Jun
07
I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I’m too old to track down terrorists.  You can’t be older than 42 to join the military.  They’ve got the whole thing ass-backwards.
Instead of sending 18-year old’s off to fight, they ought to take us old guys.  You shouldn’t be able to join a military unit until you’re at least 55.
For starters, researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds.  Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a month, leaving us more than 280,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.
Young guys haven’t lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier.  ‘My back hurts!  I can’t sleep, I’m tired and hungry.’  We are bad-tempered and impatient, and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.
An 18-year-old doesn’t even like to get up before 10 am.  Old guys always get up early to pee, so what the hell.  Besides, like I said, I’m tired and can’t sleep and since I’m already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-bitch.
If captured, we couldn’t spill the beans because we’d forget where we put them.  In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.
Boot camp would be easier for old guys.  We’re used to getting screamed and yelled at and we’re used to soft food.  We’ve also developed an appreciation for guns.  We’ve been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.
They could lighten up on the obstacle course however.  I’ve been in combat and never saw a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.
Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too.  I’ve never seen anyone outrun a bullet.
An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him.  He’s still learning to shave, to start a conversation with a pretty girl.  He still hasn’t figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.
These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm’s way.
Let us old guys track down those terrorists.  The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple million pissed off old farts with bad attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.
HEY!!  How about recruiting Women over 50… in menopause!!!  You think MEN have attitudes??  Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!!!  If nothing else, put them on border patrol.  They’ll have it secured the first night!
  Send this to all of your senior friends… it’s in big type so they can read it.
Jun
04

I found this in email and just HAD to SHARE. Enjoy:

I have enjoyed working here these past several years.
You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4  months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream  about.
Despite this, I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position.
During this time I will show up for work when it is  convenient. In addition I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.
Oh yes, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter.  I can and will do this.
                   Sincerely,
                   Every Senator or Congressman running for President
May
31

When I was younger, in my 50’s, I got to thinking about my age and, more importantly, my remaining Birthdays. There were fewer remaining than I had already had.

Even though this is a sobering thought, that didn’t mean that I stopped drinking OR living but I still want to do SOMETHING to commemorate my remaining time somehow. It just seemed to me that this remaining time should be precious to me and it should, somehow, be recognized.

Then, it came to me, that new born babies are not just tracked in age by years. Many newborns get referred to in terms of days, weeks, and months even beyond their first Birthday: 2 days old, 6 weeks, 4 to 18 months, and then we start to allow that their earliest and very precious time is behind them and we can begin tracking these children in years.

So, by the time I reached 59 and a half (a significant age in the financial arena), I decided to measure and announce my age, at least, in quarters and sometimes months. Since then, when someone asks me my age I tell them whatever it might be including halfs, quarters, and months when applicable.

As of this writing, I am 72 and 1/2 and will continue this practice for my remaining months, quarters, and years (maybe even decades)!

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May
16

Many shoppers are enticed by Ads that claim that their items are marked down for sale from their usual higher prices. These ads claim / offer that the shoppers will save some amount of money by Buying on Sale through these merchants who are offering their deals.

What does not appear to be as well known is that many of the “Sale” prices are marked down after the List Prices have been inflated. For example, some item could have been selling for $19.95 but then before the price is marked down by 30%, the “original” price is marked up to $29.95 and then marked down to $20.95 or maybe a generous discount down to $19.95.

And although these ads also claim that the buyers will save $10 because of the discounted sales price, does any buyer ever ask where that $10 is after they have purchased these items?

It would be interesting if, when a shopper does buy something on sale, they put the perceived difference in Price into an actual Savings Account so that they actually did have the Price Difference (the “savings” that was offered) in cash in a bank somewhere. But that rarely happens.

My suggestion from this little article would be to:

  • STOP Buying On Sale
  • Buy what you NEED and not what you WANT
  • Put 10% of your Shopping Dollars into a Savings Account so that you actually have something besides just the products you NEED for its future value (the product AND the Money as “future value”)

What are you thoughts on this matter?

May
16

Very interesting perspective from a person who actually rode a bicycle through CUBA and really got to see what it is like……

As a 77 yr. old guy who has gone to Europe, Canada, Mexico and now Cuba for bicycle road trips,  I thought you might enjoy reading my report of my bike trip to Cuba:
On February 1st I flew to Atlanta, met some friends and we flew to Cancun, Mexico.  We spent 4 days there, mostly touring the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza and getting ready for the next part of the adventure.  Seven more people flew in and we all boarded a Mexican airline, Interjet, and flew to Havana for a week of bicycle riding in Cuba.
Cuba, where nothing works, including the people.  Unemployment is 48% and of those who do work, 8 out of every 10 work for the government.  Before heading to the western part of the island, we spent a night in Havana at the Riviera Classic, the finest hotel at one time.  20 stories with 3 elevators, but only one worked.  Contrary to what I found in the rest of the country, my shower only had hot water.  Turn the knobs all you want, but you only got hot, scalding water.
The stories about the old cars is quite true, but many of those cars are used to take tourists on tours of the city.  $30.00 gets you 2 hours in a 1952 Cadillac convertible and you can pile in as many people in as you want.  Old Chevys seem to be the most popular and a few are quite nicely restored.  They all fell in the 1941 to 1957 range.  I saw nothing newer than a 57.  By restored, I mean they look good on the outside, but as our Cuban tour guide said, there would not be a V8 under the hood.  The original had failed decades ago and with no parts to fix it, other means had to be found.  Generally, that involved putting a 4 cylinder Russian made diesel in and making the necessary changes to get it to fit and mate up with an unknown transmission. 
The country is still in the 19th century.  Many people walk, but equally as many use horses, both to ride and pull carts.  I saw wagons pulled by oxen on the highway.  We traveled by motor coach, stayed in crude motels, and ate in restaurants; all owned by the government.  Staying clean was a challenge.  In the public restrooms washing your hands was interesting.  You need three things to wash your hands; water, soap, towel to dry.  Well, the towel was your shirt or pants, because there never was any towels.  In 1/3 of the toilets there was no water and in one case, there was a lady standing beside the sink with a bottle of water to pour over your hands.  In an equal number of places, there was no soap.
If you thought not having soap and water in the restroom was a problem, imagine not having a toilet SEAT.  Yep, no toilet seat and it wasn’t just confined to public facilities.  One of the rooms we stayed in had no toilet seat, which was matched by the fact there was no toilet paper.  In its place, somebody had carefully torn individual sheets of toilet paper from a roll and placed them on the back of the toilet.
Free health care and education is one of the things Castro brought with his revolution.  The healthcare is generally limited to the bigger cities.  Our guide told us that a taxi driver in Havana earned more in tips each day than a medical doctor earned in salary in one month.  Oh, and the doctor can be arrested and jailed if he attempts to treat people on the side for extra money.  Education is free, but the reality is that most people cannot afford to stay in school.  Our tour guide was the exception.  He completed college and got a Master’s degree in computer technology, but can’t find a job in that field, so he conducts tours.
We visited a tobacco farm, where we had the opportunity to purchase genuine Cuba cigars for $3.25.  The farm had been in this man’s family for 3 generations, but only recently had actual title been put back in his name.  The government claimed it after the revolution.   After harvest, the government takes 90% of the tobacco, leaving the farmer with just 10% for his “own personal use”.  He chose to demonstrate how to hand roll a cigar, then sell it to tourists.  I asked our guide if all farmers lost 90% of their crop to the government.  His reply, “Oh no, vegetable farmers only give up 60% of their crop”.
The roads looked like they had been carpet bombed with huge potholes everywhere.  Add that to the very steep hills we encountered and it made for slow biking.  While I am no speed demon, one day I averaged just 4.5 MPH as I attempted to find bits of pavement between the holes in the road.  In many cases, there was no road, just dirt and when the trucks went past, we were engulfed in a storm of dust and exhaust fumes.  A few of the trucks were left over Russian military vehicles.  Personal transportation in the rural area was provided by stake bodied trucks.  People would stand by the side of the road and climb aboard when such a truck came by.  The fare was around 8 cents and you stood packed in the bed of the truck with several dozen other people.
Those on welfare receive $25 a month, plus a ration of beans, rice, and cooking oil.  The money came from the Cuban government, but the Russians provided the food.  Each month a supply cargo ship docks with beans, rice, and cooking oil sent by the Russians.  Speaking of them, the Cuban version of the Missile Crisis is quite different from what we heard in the US.
Glad I went, but have no desire to return.  Cuba makes our inner cities look like paradise and the poverty is staggering.  After two weeks abroad, we flew home and I spent the night in a Hampton Inn at the Atlanta airport, before catching an early morning flight back to Seattle.  Took the longest hot water shower ever after having a cheeseburger, fries and two gin & tonics for dinner.  I was really glad to be back.
Dedicated to all Bernie Sanders supporters, like Jacinto and others that believe “Government Socialism” is so much better than “Capitalism.”

You will soon have a choice to make!

May
10

We watched high school principal Dennis Prager of Colorado, along with Sara Palin and Tom Brokaw on TV a couple of weeks ago….what a dynamic, down to earth speaker.

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.

By Dennis Prager.

To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

First — this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.

This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values – E Pluribus Unum, “from many, one.” And this school will be guided by America’s values.

This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness. Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself.

So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

Second — I am not interested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America’s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market.

We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English — but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

Third — because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth — no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f-word, you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by one black student to address another black, or “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend.

It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

Fifth — we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth — and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate — to be alive and to be an American.

Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

Thank You, Mr. Prager

 

 

Apr
25

Have we become TOO Politically Correct or TOO Corrected Politically?

Do the citizens of the United States have the right to choose their own destiny OR have we become Victims of our fear of confrontation?

I remember a time when the United States was a proud nation with family origins from almost everywhere in the world. Now, it seems, we are a frightened bunch of individualists who only want for themselves to the detriment of many others.

Why is that? And, then, should we / will we just let this imbalance continue:

Passing on.  Please do what you think is best and pass it on.
This is not only for Christians, but for all Americans!
With Trump as President, we might be able to get this passed.
Let’s send i t  across the country.
SOME STATES (Maryland, Michigan & Arizona) ARE ALLOWING MUSLIM STUDENTS TO PRAY DURING SCHOOL HOURS.
IF THEY ALLOW THAT, THEN WE SHOULD BRING BACK OUR FLAGS INTO THE CLASSROOMS AND ALLOW OTHERS TO PRAY TOO! TIME FOR THE CHRISTIANS TO SPEAK UP & DEMAND THEIR RIGHTS.
When we get 100,000,000, that’s one hundred million, willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God’s help.
Become one of the One hundred million.  Then let’s get 200 million.
It can be done just by sending this email to your friends.
Do the math.  It only takes a single willing heart and a fed-up
SOUL.  God Bless America and Shine your light on Her!
In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a “National
Day of Prayer.
In 1988 President Reagan designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.
In June 2007, then Presidential Candidate Barack Obama declared that the USA “w as no longer a Christian nation.”
In May 2009 President Obama dismissed our 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of “not wanting to offend anyone”
Sept. 25, 2009, a Muslim Prayer Day was held on the West front of the U.S. Capitol Building, the site where U.S. Presidents have been
inaugurated since 1981.  There were over 50,000 Muslims in
D.C. that day.  President Obama dismissed our National Day of
Prayer and now it is okay for an event at our capitol for Islamists?
But wait, it did not stop!!!
February 17-19, 2015, a Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the
second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent
Extremism,” but no other religious text was presented during the
portion of the event that was open to the press.  Imam Sheikh
Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in
Minneapolis, Minn., recited a “verse from the Quran” following
remarks by Obama administration officials and Democrat members of Congress.
Former President Obama encouraged schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, while at the same time, we cannot even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.
The direction this country was headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian..
How refreshing and beautiful our First Lady Melania Trump was in
Melbourne, Florida  on February 18, 2017.  Instead of the normal “pumping up” of the crowd, Melania chose to start the rally off with the Lord’s Prayer.  It sounded more like the start of a football game
after the National Anthem rather than what we would expect to hear after a prayer.
The “sincere  ignorance and conscientious stupidity” of Madeline Murray O’Hair
and ACLU efforts in 1962, “School Prayer was removed from the U.S. public education system by slowly changing the meaning of the First Amendment through a number of court cases over several court cases should be confronted and reversed.

 

Apr
16

“I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” Mitt Romney said.

I believe marriage (this is ME now) is a relationship of willing adults who accept their responsibilities as a family to pay taxes and, when able, raise children. The ‘when able’ phrase can include Adoption, Foster Parenting, Surrogate Parenting and being capable of handling the emotional and financial sides of child rearing. That’s what I believe.

I also believe that neither Government nor Religions should have our permission to tell the citizens of this great country and members of our free choice of religions what an acceptable marriage is.

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Mar
10

Many people who drive have a preference for one of the lanes on a highway over the others.

My experience has shown me that most of the folks who are driving in the slow lane are planning to get off the highway at one of the exits that are coming up pretty soon.  Although, some aren’t.

When I start driving on a highway, I usually get into the middle lane and go with the flow for a while until I settle into the rhythm of the traffic. Then I can “make my move” when I decide to.

My theory about the folks who drive consistently in the fast lane is that they expect they will go faster than the rest of the traffic. The problem with that expectation is that there are so many people in the fast lane that they end up going slower than the slow lane!

My “move” is typically to get into the slow lane right after we pass an exit ‘cause then those who were in the slow lane to exit have already left and there is much less traffic there than any of the other lanes. And it’s fun to drive by in the slow lane while passing the people in the fast lane.