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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Just in the Nick of Time...

Time is a construct that we as humans spend a lot of effort in defining, using, cursing & vilifying, and expending. As we define it, time is a human "invention". In physics, time is a fundamental quantity - a variable to be plugged into an equation or to affect another physical measurement. In quantum physics, time as we know and measure it has been shown not to exist. (see "double slit experiment", if you care to study this - then there is the interpolation of that experiment on light over deep-space distances - but I digress) This post is going to be confined to our traditional understanding and definition of time.

I read something years ago about time that was one of those things that stuck with me and affected my thinking ever since. It went something like this:
Time is the ONLY thing that is totally equal for everyone. Rich or poor, tall or short, happy or sad; we all have the same amount of time - 24 hours a day, 60 minutes an hour, 60 seconds a minute. (I do know we don't have equal lifetimes, but every hour is the same for all) Time is the great equalizer. We humans spend a lot of "time" explaining why we don't have "time" to do this or that. But, we all have the same time each day. What we really mean is: "I do not chose to use my time for that", or "I had too many other things that took priority over that thing for me to do it".

Time can be reviewed, remembered, relived, reviled; but it cannot ever be renewed or reused. 

Once time is expended, it is gone. So besides being a great equalizer, time is one of the factors that define our life that once used cannot be renewed or replaced. Time passes and is gone. Time has been compared to a river, constantly flowing away from us. (That is not quite correct as the hydrological cycle keeps all the same water in use in perpetuity - but I digress again!)

Use your time wisely. 

Monday, October 26, 2015


I wrote this last week at 39,000 feet somewhere over the western U.S.A.  
Someone just told me - you have to click on the photo to see what I actually wrote!
sorry - 11/25/15  



Thursday, September 10, 2015

Current Events - Part 2 / Follow Up

In the last post I listed a few national issues and things in the news and was going to comment on them. As the post was getting long I decided to end the comments and revisit in another post. Here is that post. 

Here are the things I did NOT cover from my opening remarks of last:

When half of the population is living off of the other half through government programs, it is time to wake up. When our national debt has grown more in the past eight years than in the total of all years prior in the history of our country, it is time to change things. When people that illegally enter our country are called "immigrants" and offered benefits normally reserved for citizens, we need to wake up. When the First Amendment is used to stifle religious practices vs protect them, we have lost our way.

I hope any of you that read and/or have read the posts here know that I try to be fair. Yes, I have my opinions and thoughts about what is right and wrong with our policies, government, etc.; but I do try to avoid the hyperbole and outright lies that are perpetrated in defense of so many positions out there. I do painstaking research before I write the posts that show figures. I have cited my sources in more than one occasion. I have responded to emails asking me for clarification and my sources. I have also tried to admit when I am proven wrong (which to be fair, does not happen often on these pages just because I do the research)

Well, this is one case where my comment above could be taken as hyperbole. It is true in the grand sense but it involves some bias in the figures. Here we go:

In a largest sense there are between 49 and 50 percent of the households in the US that receive some sort of government aid. Now here are the reasons that is skewing the numbers a bit - note it refers to "HOUSEHOLDS". There could be one, two, three, or whatever number of people in the household. One, two, etc. of them could be on different programs - all legit. For example, retirement from certain government jobs are included here. I do not know anyone that thinks anyone that earned a retirement/pension in a legitimate way should have it taken away. (we do need to reevaluate our pension and retirement programs going forward. We cannot pay someone for thirty or forty years what they made for one or two after working twenty. But I digress) It also included VA benefits. This is another area that has almost universal acceptance. If someone serves our country by wearing the uniform of one of our armed forces, then they deserve any and all benefits promised. Lastly, because the figure is looking at households, there could be household members that are working and paying taxes. So, they are essentially being counted as a negative and a positive - with emphasis on the negative. 

Bottom line though, my argument here is that even if it does involve some hyperbole, the fact is that almost 50 percent of the people are taking money from the government. This is not sustainable long term. We will go broke. (or "broker" - we are already broke!)

Now for the national debt numbers. By the way there are many other posts I have done that go into great detail about this one. I am keeping it simple here. 
At the end of the fiscal year 2000, the total debt was a little under 5.7 trillion dollars. As of today it is just under 18.4 trillion. That growth is ridiculous! We cannot keep spending money we do not have. If you want a quick snapshot of the growth by year, you can go here: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo5.htm 

Now, for illegals. And, YES, they are illegals! I have said before on these pages - calling our illegals an immigration problem is like calling bank robbery a withdrawal problem. Also repeating - one of the few jobs specifically outlined in the Constitution as a responsibility of the federal government is "securing the borders". Investigating steroid use in professional sports is not, believe it or not. We must take away the incentives for people to come here illegally. Businesses and corporations that employ illegals need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Illegals need to be sent back starting with those that commit crimes. The idiocy of "sanctuary cities" is a violation of the safety and welfare of law-abiding citizens. We must address this problem of drain on our resources and cost to our society. 

Lastly, the First Amendment. This amendment was added to the Constitution as the first change made to it after it was drafted. (hence - 1st Amendment) This was because the Crown of England had suppressed anti-government speech so much that the concern was paramount. Also the founding of the US was largely begun as a religious freedom movement. Europe and the near East had been fighting battles and out-right wars for centuries. The Protestant vs Catholic and newer Protestant sects vs the older ones had reached a fever pitch on the Continent and in the British Isles. The Pilgrims, Mennonites, Puritans, Moravians, Quakers, etc. came here due to persecution there. The founding fathers knew this (and were part and parcel of it to an extent) and wanted religious liberty to be a guarantee. The exact wording is: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;..."
It is the prohibiting the free exercise thereof that has been ignored in my mind. The humanist, agnostic, and atheist power bloc has taken precedence by screaming "separation of Church and State". That interpretation of the First Amendment was actually made by the Supreme Court in a ruling made in 1878. The acceptance of a person's right to practice their religion was and in my opinion should still be the most important. 

I am done for now. Remember the rules - 1) THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT MONEY!  2) CORPORATIONS DO NOT AND CANNOT PAY TAXES! ALL TAXES COME FROM PEOPLE.  3) TERM LIMITS ARE CRITICAL TO CLEANING UP THE MESS IN WASHINGTON! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Current Events

I figured it was time for me to weigh in on some of the issues of the day. When we reach a state where a law abiding citizen that owns a gun is thought to need counseling and a man that wants his penis cut off does not, it seems we have some issues.When a speaker is boo-ed off the stage for insisting that "all lives matter" as opposed to just "black lives matter", we need to reevaluate our thinking. When half of the population is living off of the other half through government programs, it is time to wake up. When our national debt has grown more in the past eight years than in the total of all years prior in the history of our country, it is time to change things. When people that illegally enter our country are called "immigrants" and offered benefits normally reserved for citizens, we need to wake up. When the First Amendment is used to stifle religious practices vs protect them, we have lost our way. There are many more, but I think that is enough for a discourse.

I hope you all realize that schools, doctors, and others involved in our daily lives now routinely ask about gun ownership. Now, I am not a conspiracy theorist or follower. I do not think this is part of a grand scheme to catalog all guns. However, it is a sign of the demonization of guns in general that is taking place. My first point above is how a lot of people feel ownership of a weapon, particularly a handgun is a sign of mental illness or at least a personality disorder. Counseling is offered to parents of small children that have guns in the house in some jurisdictions. Now, gun safety is paramount; especially with children in the home. This does not mean that gun ownership is a mental illness. To my counterpoint above - we now consider a man that wants his penis removed or a woman that wants her "femaleness" altered to be normal. I am sorry, I cannot accept that. I know I will be considered a neanderthal or worse for having that opinion, but I just find it hard to believe that it is normal. I know there are people that feel that they are "in the wrong body" and have never felt "normal". I also know there are people that believe they are Jesus, or that voices are telling them to dismember their family. If a man wants to wear women's clothing (or a woman wear a man's) and live their lives that way, fine. I still think it is a mental disorder. (Let the hate begin!)

On the "black lives matter" vs "all lives matter". I have written here previously about "affirmative action"- aka "reverse discrimination". To put black lives over any other is no better than to say black lives do not matter. All life is sacred. Everyone should be cherished and allowed to live their lives to the fullest. As to being shot by a policeman in the line of duty - I agree it should be avoided at all cost. I also know that I do not fear the policeman - not because I am white, but because I respect and obey the law. If a white, black, or any other person breaks the law there should be consequences. Should you die if you steal a snickers bar from a 7-11? Of course not! But, if you find yourself violating the law you open up a lot of bad possibilities. All lives matter, period.

I have shown that when these get long the number of people that read them drop dramatically. So, I am going to stop here. I will address the other points in my next post - soon.

I am sure this will stir some of you up. Comments are welcomed and will be posted if civil. Discourse is welcomed.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Eggs-ellent Ideas

Sorry, couldn't resist the title. I will admit - it reminds me of Mr. Burns.

Being on a low carb diet, I make myself some type of egg concoction most mornings. Adding that to the fact that I have six children, and did many years in the restaurant business, I have cracked and prepared a lot of eggs over the years. Here lately when cracking eggs I always remember and remark to myself how eggs are a metaphor for life. Do tell, you say...

One thing that I learned early on (after picking many a piece of eggshell out of the eggs) was that the best way to avoid eggshell in the eggs when cracking them is to just go for it. If you try to be careful when cracking them you are likely to fail. I now can (almost) every time take one hand and just crack the egg on the counter, stovetop, or pan; open, and drop the egg into the bowl or pan without a problem. Again, I learned that just going for it worked better than trying to be careful. Life lesson #1.

Also, when making most eggs, less is more. If you over stir or fold scrambled eggs they have a tendency to get tough and rubbery. You can also mess up other types of eggs by over-working them. Also, it is critical to remember that eggs continue cooking after taken from the heat. This is true whether scrambled, fried, boiled, etc. So again – less is more. Life lesson #2

Eggs are representative of life. They are truly potential life. If fertilized and nurtured they can become a fully functional animal that can produce more eggs. They can sustain life of humans or animals, and eggs in nature do sustain many animals as a food source. We have to recognize the wonder and potential in small things. Life lesson #3.

Eggs can be used in a myriad of ways. Alone or in a recipe they add nutrition, they bind other ingredients together, and can add bulk and/or flavor. If I have eggs and almost anything else in the house, we can have a meal. One has to be flexible and innovative – deal the hand dealt you. Life lesson #4.


So remember:
  1. Just go for it – or as Nike says “Just do it”! When doing something, commit to it.
  2. Don't overdo it, or belabor a point. Do what needs to be done.
  3. Observe and recognize the wonder around you.
  4. Be flexible. If the egg yolk breaks – you can always make scrambled!

Remember – THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT MONEY!
CORPORATIONS DO NOT PAY TAXES, PEOPLE DO.
LIFE IS A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED CONDITION THAT IS 100% FATAL

SMILE!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

SIGNS OF LIFE

I decided to stay on the light side of things again. (don't fret, I have more of my riveting social commentary on the way soon...)

Here are some signs to help us make it through the day. First, some signs that may not be truthful:




How about signs that confuse:






Now those that are just mocking us!




Then, the sign of TRUTH!

Have the best day you can have. Remember, laugh! 

Life is a sexually transmitted condition that is 100% fatal!








Sunday, July 19, 2015

HEADLINES

It is time for some humor. You folks put up with my "serious rants" long enough.

These are REAL (or very clever fakes) headlines from around the world:

Squirrel 'Detained' by German Police for Stalking Woman

Police originally thought she was nuts. 

Man Shoots Firework From Top of His Head, Dies

Everyone knows you should hold them in your hands!

Pittsburgh Man Charged With Robbing Bank With a Sex Toy

Too many...Too easy...Insert your answer here (pun intended)

Shark Killed in Traffic Crash

Let this be a lesson to you - SHARKS CAN'T DRIVE!

German Asparagus Pickers Mistaken for Armed Gang

Sure, that's what they want us to think!!

An expert was called in to confirm!

Read the comment in the subtitle. 

Who'da thunk it! They consulted with the bug expert I bet. 

And finally:
Now that is a tough interview - put the rookie on it!

That's all for now. SMILE, WOULD YA!!

Remember LIFE is a sexually transmitted disease that is 100% fatal!


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Global Warming Hoax

I tried to come up with a catchy title for this one but nothing came to mind. The overwhelming evidence that the Global Warming/Climate Change hysteria is nothing but a perpetrated hoax intended to change our way of life keeps me from thinking of anything humorous.

I have done many posts on this subject over the more than seven years I have been doing this blog. I have statistics, scientific reports, quotes from climatologists and scientists, etc that show that this "crisis" is total bunk. Most of these posts were from figures gathered over five years ago. At that point we had had over ten years of NO WARMING! We now are approaching TWENTY YEARS of no warming and a slight cooling! The stability (or slight cooling - depending on which figures you use) of the global temps has occurred at the same time that the atmospheric concentration of CO2 has grown to well over that "tipping point" of 400 parts per million. From WWII up until the mid 1970s (not meant to be exact dates, I have those in other posts) the global temperatures were falling. There were many articles, books, and pseudo-scientific papers published about how we were heading for disaster due to global cooling and an ice age. Then things started to warm. We went through about twenty years of warming - through the mid-90s. So, the "scientists" and eco-crooks latched onto the
"global warming" issue and told us we would all cook or drown if we did not send Al Gore and his bunch a large portion of our money. As I said above, we have now been cooling (or stable) for about twenty years. So, we now just call it "climate change". That way they can ask for money no matter what happens to the actual temps.

Some facts:
1) Even at our levels of CO2 in the atmosphere currently, we are nowhere near the historic high levels. There were many times (as documented by ice core samples, and other means) that the CO2 levels exceeded current levels. Guess what - at some of those times the temperatures were warmer, and at some times the temperatures were cooler. Atmospheric CO2 has NOT been proven to have ANY affect on global temperatures.

2) At our current levels of CO2 of 400 ppm+, do any of you want to guess what percentage that is of the total atmosphere? (if you did well in your High School or College math you can guesstimate pretty closely) The total atmospheric CO2 is LESS THAN FOUR HUNDREDTHS OF A PERCENT! (@ .038%) It is inconceivable that something as complex as our ecosystem would be wrecked by 4/100 of one percent of something that is naturally occurring and REQUIRED by all plant life to exist!

3) At our current levels of CO2 emissions humans contribute less than 5% of the total that is released into the atmosphere. The oceans, volcanic activity, biological decay, and other natural processes release the other 95%. So, I will restate the above - it is inconceivable that something as complex as our ecosystem would be wrecked by 4/100 of one percent of something that is naturally occurring and required by all plant life to exist AND that we humans are contributing only an extra 5% to!

4) The ice caps are NOT decreasing. The ice coverage has increased over the last decade or so as the global cooling/stabilization occurred. Yes, there have been ice shelves that have melted. Yes, there are glaciers melting. There are also ice shelves that are increasing in thickness and overall size as well as glaciers doing the same. Ice coverage has changed throughout history. Almost anywhere humans live today at some point was covered in a sheet of ice. Guess what, it melted.

5) 97% of scientists do NOT agree that there is man-made global warming. It is actually more like 1%. There are over 31,000 scientists that have signed a petition stating that man-made global warming is a hoax. (see "Global Warming Petition Project). Over 9,000 of them are PhDs. There is so much money* involved that any dissenters are treated like pariahs and outcasts. Since a LOT of the funding for scientific research is sponsored by government, it is stifling to comment. If you speak out you are basically not able to get money for you work.
* The US alone spends about 22 Billion a year on anti-climate change. The economic impact of the EPA and other regulatory agencies and policies is about 1.7 Trillion - BIG money indeed!

If you care to read some of the other posts I did with facts and figures, here you go:
One of my first posts in 2007: http://justsomeposts.blogspot.com/2007/11/global-warming-dont-turn-up-ac-yet.html

A humorous attempt in 2009: http://justsomeposts.blogspot.com/2009/02/arent-penguins-lovely-this-year.html

This one from later in 2009: http://justsomeposts.blogspot.com/2009/11/global-warning.html

And from 2011: http://justsomeposts.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-real-inconvenient-truth.html

There are more, but I am tired and you need to do some research yourself. Google it!

Friday, July 3, 2015

First New Post in a While - for the

This is the first of what I plan to be a revitalization of this blog. I got out of the habit of writing and it is hard to get back going again. There were several requests for the traditional 4th of July post and that got me to thinking.

I promise I will do some humor (per request) as well as my normal commentary on life, politics, and the human condition. This one will be kind of a recap and synopsis of my thoughts on all our societal issues.

First - a comment on dissent, tolerance, acceptance, and such.

To save time - here is a post I did a while back which covers a lot of the above: http://justsomeposts.blogspot.com/2013/07/im-ok-younot-so-much.html
and here: http://justsomeposts.blogspot.com/2012/08/39-states.html

There are various other posts where I opine about the same. These cover it pretty well from my perspective. For those of you too lazy or disinclined to click and read the above, the gist of what they say in relation to the below is:

Tolerance does not mean or even imply approval or acceptance. I can tolerate the pain involved with medical procedures because I know they are necessary for my health. It does not mean I accept pain as a part of my normal life. (not the best example, but best I could do off the top of my head)
I can tolerate a gay/lesbian lifestyle. That does not mean I have to approve of it. I am at heart a libertarian. It would be intellectually dishonest for me to feel any other way about the subject. We have reached a point in our discourse that to not fully embrace and welcome a lifestyle or opinion that we disagree with but accept in others, automatically brands one as a bigot or worse. Tolerance goes both ways people!

Now, the Supreme Court cases.

I feel the Supremes got the decision wrong on the same sex marriage ruling. I really do not have a problem with gays/lesbians living together, having a civil union with the rights of marriage, or whatever arrangement they want. I do have somewhat of a problem with the definition of marriage being arbitrarily changed to accommodate them. Every popular vote taken in every state has supported the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. (FYI, as I write this there is a trio suing the government to allow the three of them to "marry" based on this ruling - that is just the beginning) But most of all I see the decision as being one of State's rights. If one reads the Federalist Papers and other documents written by the Founders, one would see the trend. They were greatly concerned about a monolithic and all-powerful government. The "U" in USA stands for Union. The "S" for States. The country was intended to be a group of independent and self-governing states with a federal government to handle the international negotiations and defense. (a bit of a simplification for you Constitutional scholars, sorry). Due to the cost of the World Wars (particularly WWI) and the Great Depression and the socialist doctrine that came from it, this had to be changed. The Federal government now controls almost all aspects of our lives. Details that were controlled at the State, County, or Local levels are now dictated from Washington. If not directly by law, by giving or withholding funds. (which originated at the local level mind you - remember - THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT MONEY!) The idea of self-governing independent States with somewhat self-governing counties is DEAD. In my mind, for the worse.

I also feel the Supremes were wrong on the HCA (aka- Obamacare). This idiotic monstrosity has done nothing to improve the healthcare system, cost, or availability for the majority of the country. This should have never been passed or signed. If the goal was to allow the people without health insurance to obtain it for free or reduced cost, all that had to be done was to increase the Medicaid coverage and subsidies. The amount spent on just the ridiculous website would have funded it at the outset! This bill is just another way to keep a large portion of the population beholden to the mighty government. Both Democrats and Republicans LOVE people that keep voting in the incumbents.

Lastly, some of the societal ills of the day.

The racial divide is being manipulated so well by those that make a living off of it that it is staggering. I do not know that I have seen this much coordinated racial posturing in my lifetime! (FYI, I grew up in a town with a "Whites Only" bathroom and water fountain in the courthouse too)
The simplistic view of the media that bigotry and prejudice is worse than it has been in the past is one that is ignorant of the past or chooses to ignore the past. Is there still prejudice and bigotry around? Does it affect the daily lives of citizens? YES, of course! But, the reporting of events and the ability to take any localized action and give it a national stage has a lot to do with our perception (including mine in the opening statement of this segment!). If you look at news in my childhood, we were looking at footage on TV that was shot on film, usually the day (or more) before. Satellites with the ability to transmit signals from around the globe and now portable uplinks and production trucks, allow us to see what goes on in distant parts of our world with more immediacy than from other parts of our State just a few decades ago. Combine that with the fact that more people will tune in to watch a natural disaster, riot, car chase, etc, than a report of orphans being adopted (or other "feel good" stories) and you see why it is done. The "news" organizations almost have to out-sensationalize the others to get any viewers. Hate, bigotry, disaster, death, destruction, and mayhem all sell. Look around you. The majority of you probably see a world that is calmer and more accepting of race and ethnic differences than at any time in your life. We need to remember that.

Remember the lessons - THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT MONEY! JUST OUR TAX DOLLARS!
CORPORATIONS DO NOT PAY TAXES - PEOPLE DO!

More to come very soon. If you like, hate, or just tolerate this blog - share it with someone please.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I AM AN AMERICAN - reposted by request

I just looked and the last post I did was also this one, on this date, a year ago. So, I just made a Mid-Year Resolution - I will start posting again! (YAAAA - GOES THE CROWD!)
This is the only post out of the hundreds I have done that I have ever been asked to re-post. I have had at least one request every year since 2009 when it originally posted. Look tomorrow for a NEW 4th of July post. For now, here you go:

I am an American. Like the majority of those living in this country, I was born here as were my parents and their parents. Like the great majority of those living in this country, my ancestors were not born here. A direct decendent on my paternal side immigrated here in 1789 from England. However, I am not an English-American or even a European-American. It bothers me to see people described (by self or others) as Irish-American, African-American, Asian-American, or any other hyphenated American. Hyphens do nothing but separate us from what we truly are: Americans. 


Like my father and his father before him; I speak English. In the not so distant past, every immigrant that came to this country learned to speak English. It was a point of pride for them to master one of the most difficult of languages. Since this was (and is marginally still) an English speaking country it was expected and usually accomplished relatively quickly. Expectation and hard work made it so. To immigrate to this country was, and is, a desire that burns brightly in the hearts of people worldwide. However, it seems now that it is expected by some that we should welcome their "diversity" in language and culture at the expense of our own. Merriam-Webster defines diversity as: 

1: the condition of being diverse : variety ; especially : the inclusion of diverse people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.

Inclusion does not mean domination or extinction. One could make the argument that diversity by its very definition requires the original to remain as a part of the whole. 

As I said above, my ancestors immigrated here. They came by accepted means and according to the laws of the land. It makes me very angry when I see the illegal aliens in this country called an "immigration" problem. I have said before - calling the illegal alien issue an immigration problem is like calling bank robbery a withdrawal problem. We have a very serious and growing problem in this country of providing and maintaining social services for our citizens. When these services are offered to and overwhelmed by illegals, it makes the problem that much greater. We must address the problem of illegals in our country. It is one of the defined constitutional responsibilties of our government to secure our borders. The government has failed at that responsibility. Amnesty is not the answer when solving a bank theft spree. Nor is it the answer to our illegal alien problem. People must be required to follow the laws of the land when it comes to becoming a citizen. We also must stop now in providing social services and any medical care beyond that which is needed to save a life to illegals. 


The United States of America has a great heritage in its two hundred and thirty plus year history of offering freedom, liberty, protection, defense, and support of all kinds to the people of the world. A large portion of the world owes any freedoms and liberties it has to the armed forces and the diplomatic minions of the U.S.A. Americans have helped to free and rebuild Europe twice. We have helped free those behind the Iron Curtain. Most recently we have brought the light of freedom to the Middle East. American might has not been used for building an empire. We freed these countries and turned them back over to the indiginous people, while providing the funds necessary for rebuilding. It sickens me to see and hear cries of "Imperialism" from detractors of the U.S. That claim is ridiculous when history is reviewed. The U.S. has won in battle or by diplomacy; Japan, Germany, Italy, France, the Philippines, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Grenada, Panama, and more. Did we add them to our country? No, they were all returned to their people who in some cases still decided the U.S.A. was the evil empire.

The United States of America is a beacon of freedom and light for all the world. We offer support, hope, and ideals of life that are envied by a large portion of the world.