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Friday, November 16, 2012

"YA GOTTA DO WHAT YA GOTTA DO!"


I keep hearing about how there are no jobs to be had because of the bad economy.  I’m not so sure there are NO JOBS to be had but here are plenty of jobs that people don’t want to take either because of their pride or that the job doesn’t pay enough.

I look at it from the point of view that if my family is starving I will do just about anything to make a buck.  When I hear someone say “I can’t do such lowly work because I have a college degree” I just laugh.  My wife Barb has a god line for those people:  “Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!”

When I graduated from college in 1969, I was concerned about making the most money I could.  I had been married for two years and the economy was decent so I didn’t care about the prestige of the position; I wanted the dough.  That’s how I got into the grocery business as a salesman.  I always had a gift of gab and going to school and being in the military gave me the nerve to ask for orders from sometimes grumpy buyers.

When I hear about the number of food stamp recipients going from 32 million to 46 million during Obama’s first four years, I shake my head in disgust that so many people who could probably have been doing SOMETHING productive have decided to jump on the government teat instead of doing something beneath what they consider their dignity.   Or, they could be just plain lazy!

It seems un-American to be that way.  But, is this the America many of us grew up in?  Absolutely not!  Many of us remember when a person in need was embarrassed to take any kind of welfare and if they did it was some place like a church.  Now, the government welfare lines proudly extend around the block.

Even as kids, my friends and I in Ohio always seemed to find some way to make our own money.  I had a job in the 4th grade that paid me $1 to go around the neighborhood and put advertising circulars on porches (remember porches?) for a record store.

Later, at 16 I had a job in a neighborhood deli making deliveries, putting away returnable bottles (remember returnable bottles?) and clerking.  In the Air Force I had a job doing janitorial work for a few hours in the evening.  In the summer of 1957 I had a full time delivery job at 16 and on holidays delivered flowers for a local florist.  During two summers of college I worked on home construction for 60 hours a week.  Did I mention caddying at the Cincinnati Country Club where I would carry two golf bags for 36 holes and $20?  That was decent money in 1958.

Carrying doubles for 36 holes will keep you in shape
Okay, enough about my exploits in the teenage working world.  But, those jobs did teach me the value of a dollar and prepared me for a full time career in sales after college.  With what I see today, I wonder if a lot of applicants are prepared for success and a career.

I guess a lot of it has to do with initiative.  Welfare is so common today; it is an easy crutch for many.  A person can go that route if they wish but I believe in Barb’s assessment:  “Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!”


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Anonymous said...

I mowed grass with an old lawn mower with no engine, for several years. Then we got a power mower, and still cut grass, even upto my 60s for elderly who were loder than me. Did some caddying, either carring a bag or pulling it on a cart.
Played a little golf, too.
Besides mowing, I shovelled snow in the winter, landscaping, digging up gardens for flowers or food.
When I owned my business, restaurant, the employees were paid first, and I would take my share, which after paying the bills, usually left me with $60 a week, for 6 12hour days.
And didn't retire until I was 64, since then, still did a few hours of work for various people, sometimes I got paid with money or a nice home cooked meal.

Oh, well, that is enough of that.

Dave

Don Williams said...

As I'm 70 and have worked since the age of 15 I can relate to all you say Jim, however it's a far different country today than in years past. Im sure you've seen unemployed people interviewed on TV about their inability to find work. They tell of sending out hundred's and in some cases over 1,000 resume's on-line and getting no more than one or two responses neither of which resulted in being hired.

Today you can no longer apply for a job by going to a company, sitting down with a person in Human Resources and selling yourself. It's all impersonal and on-line now, so our generation was most fortunate in the day's before the internet when we could sell ouselves to a real live person.

This said, unemployment is down to the lowest level since 2008 and hopefully we'll continue to see further improvement in the jobs market as leading economist's are predicting. Let's hope for the good of they country they're right!

Rick Kepple said...

"I look at it from the point of view that if my family is starving I will do just about anything to make a buck."

During the 80's, I worked for a dollar an hour and lived in the forest in a tin shack.

On the farm, as a youngster, you start working at the age of five-years-old sometimes. Jobs like gathering the eggs for a quarter a week or something. Gotta teach kids early to handle money or they grow up like me.

I've just been thinking of selling out and moving to Colorado since I got sick and with that eye test thing, then the studio BS. It's no fun in Missouri anymore.

Can't take pills anymore for the liver. It's a drag. So in Colorado, there is less humidity and meteologist Jill Gilardi told me that increasing humidity and low pressure causes people with arthritis to have more pain. That's why people move to Arizona to work.

Sometimes relocating for health or jobs is just the way of it. Everyone's gonna die sometime and everyone can make choices of where and under what circumstances.

In the Ozarks, it's easy to get work, depending on who you're related to. Out West, a person can always create a company to make their own money in a job of their own that they can control. I've done it lots of times.

I once created a magazine to write stories for and I had subscribers for it too, then I used those clips on a resume to get paying assignments. It worked too! In fact, publishers were impressed.

midnightsstaff said...

I was born into wealth, my dad was a high school teacher and made 13 grand a year in the 50's.. so I got everything I wished for when I was a kid growing up in Texas..

I realized at an early age that work was beneath my standing once I found out that all I had to do was ask my dad for money and he would just give me whatever I asked for- like magic..

When I was twelve I jumped at the chance to mix and help pour concrete for .25 cents an hour all summer in Texas, it wasn't hot that year so the time flew by, we ran out of sidewalks to pour so me and the other hire spent a couple of weeks digging a new cesspool by hand..
Randy my fellow laborer went to the dark side and turned into a lawyer in Amarillo..
..you can't save them all.

It wasn't for the money that summer, it was just for the sheer joy of mixing concrete in the great outdoors, and it was a nice change from bucking hay which tends to become monotonous.

Out of boredom a year or two later I took a job at a beer distributor loading trucks every evening, next year making twenty five dollars a truck unloading moving vans, cutting mesquite fire wood, washing cars at a used car dealership.

..it was like stealing candy from a baby..

Of course the money was secondary because I knew I had a big inheritance coming so it was just a youthful lark.

Same thing with installing tires at Western Auto with Sunday's and Wednesdays off and repossessing furniture people couldn't pay for while saving up for gas money to go to Montana.

Then it was off on another fun experience working a mile deep in the mines of Butte Montana.

I suggested they take the 5.25 an hour union wage and give it to charity but they insisted I take it- something about union dues.
I still had that fortune waiting so I wasn't interested in money.

Still bored I figured a tour in Viet Nam might shake off the blahs , so I struck a bargain with the USMC so me and 499,999 other guys went on the big adventure...

Now that was a great experience for a young man, I lost weight in the process and stole 214 dollars a month from them thanks to something called combat pay.. what a deal.

But all along I knew I still had that big inheritance waiting so with a young wife and three kids I fooled around with construction and owning my own business for a while, of course it was not for anything as course as filthy lucre- just finding myself.

I then decided to go back to construction.. not for the money you understand, but for the sheer joy of getting up at 4 in the morning to be pouring concrete at 6- those ten hour days go by fast when you are working in 110+ temps or freezing at Christmas at Edwards AF base.

I realized that sounds like an idyllic adventure to most so when I was 48 once again bored to tears I mustered at an academy to learn how to deal with criminals..

15 years working in a men's prison probably looks like the dream job to most.
To this day I still wonder why there was so many unfilled positions for such a fun job?

Most people that would jump at the opportunity somehow still have to be arrested to get them to visit a state prison for an extended stay..
But it was something a trust fund brat like me did just for the experience..

I should have paid them for all the good times and the chance to rub shoulders with the cream of society.

So I can't really relate to you guys Jimmy, as you can see my path has been paved, smoothed and shepherded all the way..

just ask Cj.

midnightsstaff said...

Oh.. wait my dad made 3600 a year not 13K.. I forgot.

Glo said...

My first ‘job’ was when I was about ten, and Mom and I were living in public housing in Hartford. I made really nice potholders on a rack with those cotton-elastic loops, and we walked around the neighborhood where I sold them for a quarter. The elderly residents of Section C were always generous enough to buy them.

NOTE: My brother, Tucson, worked summers while in high school (late 50s) in the tobacco farms in CT. he came home filthy every day, and every day my mom washed his jeans despite his protest: she was NOT going to allow him out of the house in dirty clothes.

My second job at 16 was in a bakery where I sold from behind the counter. The first Saturday I made TEN DOLLARS!!! I quit that job because it was rather fattening, and went to work for my senior year of high school as a salesgirl in J.J. Newberry for $1.60 an hour, Thursday evening and all day Saturday (the Blue Laws were still in effect and stored were only allowed to be open after 6 PM on Thursdays). One week I got more in my paycheck: I had a raise to $165 per hour!! I was so happy… until the following week when they realized they’d made a mistake and took back a nickel for every hour I’d worked the week before. Cheap bahstahds.

That last till I graduated and went to college. In UConn I worked in the summer as a taxi dispatchers (the Louis DePalma for the UConn Physical Plant!). I shared a small metal trailer with the night crew, who were raunchy dudes and had large posters of extremely well-endowed nekkid wimmin all over the walls. I saved up my money and bought us a color TV set. It broke after a couple of weeks, sigh…

When I graduated UConn in ‘75 with an English-History degree, I couldn’t find a job anywhere – not even as a lowly salesgirl in a department store. And I applied to lots of large and small department stores. I would have taken anything. I’d be crying every day when Mom got home from work, till she finally said go back to school and get some kind of technical degree. I would up answering an ad for the Computer Processing Institute, where I spent nine months getting a diploma. We lost about half our class who never came back after mid-break. One of those guys happened to be a murderer who was arrested for kidnapping and killing a UConn coed years before! Yikes! And he WAS weird. Very creepy.

So I found a programming job in 1976 for what I thought would be a few years till I figured out what I really wanted to do. 36 years later, I’m still in the same profession.

After 19 years at my magnificent company here in the valley (Don’t leave home without it!), I was kicked to the curb, and for the last three years have been pingponging between temporary contracting jobs that last anywhere from 6 moths to 3. Think I’ve had six positions since 2009. No benefits, no paid time off, no sick days, less pay. BUT – I’m grateful to have any job nowadays, and happy to work at anything. In between gigs I do volunteer work. I make myself useful. It’s stupid to whine about cruel fate: just freakin’ pick yourself out there and do watcha have to do!

A said...

Jim, this is indeed the era of the hands out instead of the handout. Hands out waiting for Obama freebies.

I hope the 7.9% unemployment rate is true (that it's declining)...but I don't trust anything reported from the Obama administration (Benghazigate). It will be very telling to see the November and December jobs reports. The layoffs have just begun (convenient for Obama that the announcements from companies like Boeing were AFTER the election). Obamacare will just exacerbate the problem (companies will not hire the 50th employee, or will lay off that 50th and 51st employee).

WELCOME, EVERYONE, TO OBAMA'S POTEMKIN VILLAGE. Please take a seat, keep your eyes closed and hands over your ears at all times and try and enjoy the ride for another four years.

midnightsstaff said...

..."When I graduated UConn in ‘75 with an English-History degree, I couldn’t find a job anywhere – not even as a lowly salesgirl in a department store"

You have my utmost admiration Gloria for finding yourself in that predicament yet not succumbing to the evil, mind numbing entrapment today's public school teaching represents..

Every English teacher I have met for the last twenty years has been an outright communist.

take that for a joke or don't.

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
H. L. Mencken

nativekentuckian said...

Well....While we are swapping stories here...I must say that I think I have you all beat....My first "gig" was at the tender age of six when I sang for my teacher and classmates at "Show and Tell" in the 1st grade at Allison St School on Norwood, Ohio....I played the three chords my Mom had shown me on guitar(the day before...lol).....and sang two songs....After that, I was "Hooked" on performing in public.....54 years!!....and up until the "Obama" years.....I was never without a job.....Don't ya just love all this "Hope and Change" stuff?

Jim McAllister said...

From: Larry

Agree.

I never can get any Dems I know to tell me what a "fair share" is.

Jim McAllister said...

From: RettaJim

There are so many more on food stamps because Obama weakened the work requirement. Now it is to easy to be a lay-about and do nothing and get paid. Free phone, rent, food, only chumps work for money. They can sit around and breed with no consequences other than being asked to vote every two years.

His thoughts on soaking the rich only produce about $160 billion per year, if the rich don't flee or avoid the taxes legally. Yet the Government spends in excess of a trillion borrowed dollars a year and the debt goes forever up. No solution to this other than to cut spending. Education Dept, Energy Dept, cut 2/3 of the 60,000 employees at the State Dept then lets see what the situation is but no, there are still votes to be bought and "needs" to be met. We should cut some of Michelle'sw 22 servants too, Laura Bush had only two assistants.

The final bill might come after I'm gone, and I certainly hope so but grandkids will have to deal with it.

midnightsstaff said...

are you curious as to why the Republican's won't even consider contesting the obvious voter fraud going on in our elections?

they are in on it.

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/

and for those who will not read anything written by anyone but George Soros..
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/18/1146336/-RNC-Consent-Decree-Banning-Voter-Supression-That-All-Dem-Poll-Watchers-Need-to-Read-have-a-copy

Off topic but extremely important information for all voters. and all true Americans who believe in the sanctity of the vote..

(don't worry guys, I have put a key logger in the link that detours commies like Rick to muffin making)

So where is the media on this topic?- oh yeah bimbo coverage , fiscal cliff, president Kardashian 24/7... nothing to see keep moving.

A said...

As far as fair share? I think Obama is actually pretty genius in this respect: companies will pass the cost of ObamacareTax down to their consumers....and the poor along with the wealthy will be paying their fair share every time they make a purchase. This will a fair share I don't mind sharing with everyone because misery loves company - who better to be miserable with than Obama voters?

A (formerly known as Stealth) said...

Middy - the liberal media is on Obama's leg every time he enters a room. They couldn't care less what the truth is as long as Mr. People Magazine gives them the time of day.

p.s. In case you didn't realize it, I'm posting as "A" now as in stealthy Alligator ;)

midnightsstaff said...

Hope you took that yard sign down... The Red Menace is on the prowl..

Read that last link I just posted... this is some serious stuff.

midnightsstaff said...

Already pushing for a VAT tax, that and nationalizing all state pensions and 401's- 457's etc.. going to call it a enhanced security act or some nonsense like that.
I wondered how long it would take them to notice a big pile of money like State Pensions, CalPers or CalStrs just sitting around not being productive...
can't have unproductive private property that's not contributing to the common good can we?

I'm just glad they never got around to building that fence.. that might be our last hope.
I heard one of the mensa's discussing how people should not be allowed to leave the country unless they put up 244 K as their part of the debt..

no kidding!

Mike Slater said...

Jim, I started working at 14 for my grandfather that was a general contractor. I worked for him in the summer when school was out. At 16 I went to work for the A.J. Bayless grocery store for $1.60 an hour after school. My job was bagging groceries and taking them out to the customers car plus at closing time at 11pm I got to mop the entire store.

My grandfather paid me $5 bucks an hour and the store paid me $1.60 an hour so I was in hog heaven.

At 20 I hired on to the phone company were I spent the next 30 years and retired at age 50.From the time I was 14 until 50 I was never without a job. Never collected unemployment.

I didn't enjoy all those jobs sometimes but the reason I worked was because I wanted to make money.

The trouble today is a lot of people don't want to work and would rather let the government take care of them. I have some family members that think that way, Mostly of my wife's side. She has a niece that's almost 40 and has been getting SS disability checks for almost 20 years because she is bi-polar and can't get along with people and can't hold a job.

She's just one example, times that by millions and it's not hard to figure out why the country is going broke.

midnightsstaff said...

Maybe I am bi polar.. she sounds like me.
SS, can't get along and no job.
throw in lesbianism and it's a perfect match.

midnightsstaff said...

.."The fundamental principle of gestalt perception is the law of prägnanz (in the German language, pithiness) which says that we tend to order our experience in a manner that is regular, orderly, symmetric, and simple"

Although that is primarily referring to psychology, it seems to have relevance in other aspects of life.

Maybe that's why it's so hard to get people to look at things from an unfamiliar perspective..

What I am getting at is this group of people at the blogsite are pretty similar, successful people have similar methods including hard work, however we are also pretty much representative of a dying culture.

Today's twenty to forty year old inhabitant of the brave new world has grown up with entirely different stimuli and vantages that we don't understand.
I never looked at the government as anything but in the way, and the youngsters except for the throwbacks like my son seem to look at it as opportunity..

Like I tell Jim, "don't make the mistake of thinking other people see things like we do"
..and then I go out and do the exact opposite.

The study noting the acceptance of socialism being much higher in the 18 to 29 year old's can be seen as the result of the advent of personal media combined with political and philosophical ignorance, media overload and an overall sense of detachment... and that's a lot to overcome.

I think we are swimming against the tide in a lot of ways.

Rick Kepple said...

"I then decided to go back to construction.. those ten hour days go by fast when you are working in 110+ temps or freezing at Christmas at Edwards AF base."

Working those cushy concrete jobs in warm weather and for union scale wages too. Lucky dog.

"companies will pass the cost of ObamacareTax down to their consumers"

Duh. Bills go up, prices go up. That's just business.

The current plan is to move to Colorado for the medical marijuana thing for the liver and the eye thing. A New York Times story in 2010, said that the Denver VA hospital has "eased restrictions" in states with legal marijuana.
Herbal is the way to go and it's not like the Mexican cartels would put a list of ingredients on their packaging. The weed money goes back into the Colorado economy and not to Mexico ... in theory. I used to smoke that stuff in the 70's. I never thought it would be a medical necessity someday.

Jim McAllister said...

Dave,

You are my kind of guy: You know what you have to do, don't rely on others to give you freebies, work hard, don't whine, and prove that to get by "Ya gotta do what ya gotta do."

I well remember my caddying days especially when I would carry bags for two women who hit the ball in opposite directions. Getting pairs like that was like doing an extra 9 holes.

Jim McAllister said...

Don,

The unemployment number was 7.8 when O took office. Last month it was 7.9.

I wouldn't call that a drop in unemployment plus the actual unemployment is about 15% when all the numbers are entered.

I don't know where you read that employment is improving.

Everything I see shows it will get worse especially with companies cutting jobs because of Obamacare and the possible fiscal cliff because Obama has made a fool of himself over his "fair share" nonsense.

Now he is stuck with it and if it happens, companies will be hoarding cash, cutting more jobs, not expanding, and maybe going offshore.

Most people think the rich pay their share and much more. (Look again at my above numbers) This fixation of Obama's is about more than about money. He wants to nail rich people to make a point about how he is for the common man.

He doesn't have to worry, he now has his following of takers just like he wanted.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

You're right about kids learning about work in a hurry when they grow up on a farm. It never ends.

I spent a couple of weekends on a farm with an Air Force buddy in 1965 and learned that the sun never sets on work on a farm.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

So now the truth finally comes out from you about something we actually knew all along: You are nothing but a spoiled brat getting to do all that neat stuff!

Hell, just getting free transportation to Vietnam was a great thing. Vietnam cooking is very stylish now and playing around in the mines sounds like fun.

By the way; how is that inheritance thing working out?

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

Great bio. You are tough; a real survivor.

It's amazing the kinds of jobs we take through the years. That's funny that Newberry's took back the lousy nickel from the 1.65 they made the mistake on but that's was the way it was with those visor headed accountants in those companies.

I remember when you mentioned the situation at AMEX. That was a lousy deal.

I knew of guys who worked with P & G who were 50 with kids in college and had 25+ years with the company who were let go because P & G could hire a kid out of college for half what they were making. They just figure "Tough luck buddy."

You are someone who hangs in there and usually lands on your feet. You have a nice home and have traveled extensively which shows you know haw to handle those situations.

I think you mom would be proud of you.

Jim McAllister said...

A,

That 7.9 is nonsense.

Those who deal with this in a logical fashion know it is 14-15%.

I don't put anything past this administration when it comes to false numbers and lying.

Hell, why not? Look at his electorate. None of them have to worry about receiving invitations from Mensa.

All they know is to line up for the free stuff paid for by those who work. For food stamps usage to go from 32 million to 46 million in his first term is a good example of what is happening. They are the ones who were screaming "If Romney win Ima gonna riot!"

You know there is dissension in this country when all those states want to secede from the USA even if it is only symbolic of their displeasure with this guy.

Now, 20 states have refused to provide insurance exchanges under the rules of Obamacare plus companies are folding and/or cutting back on employees all over the place.

The final straw may be Benghazi now that Petraeus is saying that his comment about al queda being responsible was removed from his report. That's serious stuff and I can imagine who is behind that especially after Rice's comments on the Sunday shows and in the UN.

Hmmmmm.....Another Watergate maybe?

Jim McAllister said...

NativeKentuchian,

So that's how you got started playing that big 4 stringer.

I used to work in Norwood in 1960-61 for United States Printing and Lithograph Co. Lots of memories from that town and George Chakiris and Vera-Ellen were from there.

For those reading this NK has a three piece combo who play around the Phoenix area and do a great job. They are available for hire!

Jim McAllister said...

RettaJim,

That's right about the small amount soaking the rich more would bring in.

That's why I say the only reason he wants it is to show his minions that he can push the rich around. They like that kind of stuff as they hate anyone who has worked hard and is successful.

Don't get me started on Michelle. I wonder how much food has been thrown away because of that ridiculous lunch program she came out with for the schools. The kids have told her where she can stick her lunch program.

Meanwhile her kids are in private schools where pizza and cream of mushroom soup is served for lunch.

What a hypocrite!

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Where is the press? They are covering his press conference and congratulating him on his re-election.

This is almost like a "Twilight Zone" episode where everyone loses all senses of value.

Rick Kepple said...

Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Jimmy knows my life motto.

The more research that I do on Colorado, film festivals, music festivals and the possibility of freelance journalism work is greater in Colorado than Missouri.

So there may be myself, a musician and a computer tech moving to Colorado for work. The real estate market is up in my area again and I was thinking that I'd best move now in case the economy tanks. High ground and all.

The drag is that I don't pay rent or mortgage payments in Missouri and you can't take it with you! Sometimes, a fella just has to do what a fella has to do as the only reasonable option left for getting work. And it's also all about timing.

Jim McAllister said...

A,

Yeah, I saw where that guy who owns those Denny's restaurants is going with the 5%.

Great idea, a lot of people are angry about it but what is a business supposed to do? At least his employees keep their jobs. That is, if customers don't stay away to avoid the tax.

This is why I said in an earlier blog that now that Obama has won, I'm going to just sit back and watch him unravel when he discovers how much imaginations Americans have in avoiding a lot of the crap he wants to instill.

Jim McAllister said...

A,

Mr. People Magazine? LOL

I love it!

Jim McAllister said...

Where is the Red Menace these days? She hasn't been on the AZC blogs or anywhere else I can see.

Maybe she has changed her mind again and found another way to be screwy.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I think we were right the other day when we discussed the possibility of a civil war.

This is America, not some goddam village in Kenya or wherever the dope is from and Americans have proven for a long time that the point comes where enough is enough and they strike back double hard against an oppressor.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

You have always had that good American work ethic and I applaud you for it.

There was a time when people would really be embarrassed if they asked for help. Not today, they don't want to ask, they demand.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I've said it before and I'll say it again: One of the biggest mistakes this country ever made was dropping the military draft.

That was something that made men out of kids and showed them how to get by more effectively in this world. Kids today can't even imagine what discipline is or the need for it.

It also was something that a lot of guys liked and did twenty or thirty year hitches for nice careers.

midnightsstaff said...

..."Man does not live by bread alone. I have known millionaires starving for lack of the nutriment which alone can sustain all that is human in man, and I know workmen, and many so-called poor men, who revel in luxuries beyond the power of those millionaires to reach.

It is the mind that makes the body rich.
There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. Money can only be the useful drudge of things immeasurably higher than itself.

Exalted beyond this, as it sometimes is, it remains Caliban still and still plays the beast. My aspirations take a higher flight.
Mine be it to have contributed to the enlightenment and the joys of the mind, to the things of the spirit, to all that tends to bring into the lives of the toilers of Pittsburgh sweetness and light.
I hold this the noblest possible use of wealth"
Andrew Carnegie..

That was an expression of where true Liberty can be found and an epiphany you can never understand Rick, it's because you have allowed evil to control your mind and become corrupted by ignoring the Tenth Commandment-
"thou shalt not covet"- everyone I know realizes that coveting always precedes theft- fallen man's covetousness nature is why we have prisons.

You have deluded yourself into thinking you are more noble than a truly great mind using one of the coarser attributes common to fallen man.

envy.

midnightsstaff said...

With a society that might even consider re electing a monster I have questions about a draft.

This generation seems to be more split than when I was young and impressionable, there seems to be no middle class youth any more, they have either been raised by responsible people or grown up feral.

It's a genie/bottle situation we find ourselves in, much like the abject failure of our public schools.

I don't see any easy answers, and yeah a civil war is definitely in our future.
It will more than likely be started by food shortages, just like it does with every other repressive tyranny.

Eventually that purple drank, the only thing they drink in Jonestown starts getting watered down despite their protests.
Oddly it's the Purple Drank itself that's killing them yet they reject the very thing that could hold any hope.

.."every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under"
HLM.

midnightsstaff said...

Bad news for me is tomorrow the Pack plays the Lions at the same time the local Pop Warner team gets their ass handed to them by the Falcons..
Chicago gets the Vikings..

So that means I gotta watch it on the internet... but the good news is next Sunday we get to see them the late game at the Giants...
I thought the Giants would be a better team this year, but you can't look past anyone, and they have to catch the Bears probably by beating them.

What a weird year- how many days until Dec.21?

Rick Kepple said...

"That was an expression of where true Liberty can be found and an epiphany you can never understand Rick, it's because you have allowed evil to control your mind and become corrupted by ignoring the Tenth Commandment-
"thou shalt not covet"- everyone I know realizes that coveting always precedes theft- fallen man's covetousness nature is why we have prisons."

What the sam hill are you talking about, Middy? Coveting what? Who?

I like working in creative fields, even if it is just a hobby. I like hanging out with musicians and creative people. Watching elk bugle. Catching a trout and cooking him over a fire in the cold air of the Rocky Mountains. I'll take Dora with me.

Rick Kepple said...

On the other hand, Middy might be right. I might have weed envy. I'll bet they don't have morning nausea. I once had projection vomit of coffee in my coffee. That was gross.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

"Money? What is money? We don't have that in heaven."

"Well, it comes in pretty handy down here, bub."

Henry Travers and James Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life." (1946)

Jim McAllister said...

I hope the Falcons can recover from their loss and plaster the Pop Warner guys.

I couldn't believe the Giants and Bengals last week. the Bengals beat them with ease. The Giants looked terrible.

What's happening on Dec. 21 other than it is my Barbara's 39th birthday?

Rick Kepple said...

"What a weird year- how many days until Dec.21?"

Oh yeah, I got Middy's coveting thing. This wisdom coming from a former prison guard. He probably gets his information from the prison grapevine.

If on Dec. 21, the earth obliterates into molecules and the universe just disapears, I'll apologize to the idiots who believe in a Myan Calendar prophecy of the end of the world.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, the work ethic was instilled in me by my parents at an early age. Me and my two brothers would get a small allowance every week but only if we did our chores.

Education was stressed at home and if we brought home a bad report card there was hell to pay.

In 1969 when I graduated from High School I was in the draft but my number was never called so I went to college to get some more education. My brothers on the other hand both enlisted in the army after they graduated from High School and served their tours in Korea.

When My father graduated in 1942 he enlisted in the Coast Guard and fought in WW11 in the Pacific.

Deb and I instilled the work ethic in our kids and both of them are doing well.

What pains me is the fact that all the people that voted for Obama just want free stuff and don't want to work for it.

Rick Kepple formerly known as Rick Kepple said...

The work ethic was instilled with me at an early age that I don't remember. It was probably something like, you're no one special so pick up some coal and put it in the bucket if you want some beans for supper! Back then, parents could cut a switch and whip your ass!

These days, parents can't even get kids off the video games and they want clean energy, so they don't have to go to the coal house.

I'm rethinking the moving to Colorado thing, since it might be cheaper to tell those skinflints in Jeff City that legalizing marijuana might pay for Obamacare. Then I don't have to move and I'm a cheap bastard destined to be a millionaire.

Rick Kepple said...

I think Middy has Welfare envy.

Note that he makes so many comments about people on Welfare, disability, food stamps, etc. and it's because anyone saying those things is envious of the lifestyle. I should do a video to educate Middy that being poor is no fun. Guys like him are so deluded.

Middy, please don't dive in dumpsters. I know it looks fun, but please, those things are dirty. I know those pies look good and maybe you can clean the condom and use it again to save money, but it's not a good idea. You don't know where those things have been.

I think Middy just wants a free cellphone. He's got poverty envy.

Don Williams said...

That the GOP does so well in Arizona is quite apparent when reading these post's. McCain in 08 and Mitt this year both carried older white men by some 65% The country's demographics are changing guys! If the party of Guns, God and Gynecology does not do some serious soul searching to attract younger voters, women, and minorities the "Grand Old Party" we all grew up with will be a minority party in 2014 and 2016. If a young GOP turk like Ryan could not deliver his own state of Wisconsin, something is wrong.....

Rick Kepple said...

Arizona looks pink from the last time I saw it. How does blue and red make pink? Well, it's the media's attempt to say that Arizona is a pinko state now, huh? I don't believe media likes y'all much.

A meeting here of the Evacuate to Colorado Initiative or ECI, we concluded that most of you are smoking that good Californian medical bud. One guy is an ex-cop and even he's for medical marijuana.

Everyone is in agreement that the new marijuana law in Colorado will create more jobs in the mountains and away from the city.

I have a green thumb too. If nothing else, you know.

I look at Colorado the same way I looked at those computers in the 80's and knowing that I can make money. Definitely.

See, in Colorado, it's illegal to make a writer get a business license. Done it, been there. But it's a jam session tonight, Jimmy. Gotta pick the guitar.

Don Williams said...

Rick,

I'm a native of Denver and spend many Summers in Colorado. What City or town are you considering?

Jim,

Sorry my friend you're wrong on unemployment. Yes, it was 7.8 when Obama took office, increased during the rescession to a high of 10.0 in October of 2009 and has steadily dropped to 7.9 where we are today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the stat monthly and when we recently saw a .02% decrease from 8.0 to 7.8 many people like you and Jack Welch said the Administration was influencing the Bureau. Much to their credit all leading Republicans in Congress attested to the Bureau's independence and integrity as did the Wall Street Journal.......




midnightsstaff said...

don, don't stop at the talking points, what do you think about the cover up on the terrorist attack leaving four dead in Libya? and the dog ate my homework excuses over leaving to die while watching it on tv.

How about that economy?
How about unemployment?
How about business shutting their doors forever?

..don't you have any reservations whatsoever about the new direction this nation is headed under communist dictatorship?

Or are you willing to carry the water and do an occasional drive by with some snarky talking points about old white guys and imaginary women's issues?

Are you still lying to yourself?

don appears to be one of those "I got mine, screw everyone else that has to try and make it in a shitty situation" type of guy...
real stand up act there.

midnightsstaff said...

effin' Obama parrot.

midnightsstaff said...

here don, read this and see if it sounds like what you voted communist for.

http://www.nationalseniorscouncil.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89%3Aobama-begins-push-for-new-national-retirement-system&catid=34%3Asocial-security&Itemid=62


..."This whole issue is moving forward very quickly," warns Crone. "Already there is a bill requiring all businesses to automatically enroll their employees in IRA plans in which part of every employee’s paycheck would be automatically deducted and deposited into this account. If this passes, the government will be just one step away from being able to confiscate all these retirement accounts."
NSC has taken the lead in warning the nation about this new government onslaught and is plotting ways to stop it.

"This effort ultimately is designed to grab the retirement nest eggs of America’s senior citizens. This new government annuity scheme, even if it is at first optional, will turn into a giant effort to redistribute the wealth of America’s older citizens," explains Crone. "This scheme mirrors what I expect the President will try to do with Social Security. He wants to turn that program into a welfare program, too."

I think you are one of those low information voters getting your information from Stewart and Letterman that can't understand the implications of a falling safe..
you have a bad case of arrested adolescence.

Rick Kepple said...

"I'm a native of Denver and spend many Summers in Colorado. What City or town are you considering?"

We are focusing on Denver and Aspen for the music festivals and film festivals. I'm hoping to do some photography and maybe get into the Indie video thing for documentaries for people who enjoy watching paint dry. Maybe win some contests. And the computer guy is disabled with heart problems. Nick needs to experience the real music world.

We were thinking mountains. Getting snowed in for the winter stuff. Maybe Park County Colorado. I saw some four bedroom cabins for rent at about $1600 a month on the Internet. If something went wrong, I couldn't handle that alone, but I don't live in big cities. Don't do inside concerts.

Where would you suggest, Don?

Mike Slater said...

Don Williams, why should the Republican Party go after the young, women and minorities? The Democrats have a lock on those groups because they all want free stuff.

When you have more takers than those that work for a living the Democrats will always be in charge until the money runs out and then we'll be like Greece with riots in the streets because the takers won't get their government checks every month.

In 1961 John Kennedy said "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Today that's changed to ask not what I can do for my country but what can my country do for me.

Jim McAllister said...

Don,

You better read what I say more carefully before you make ignorant replies. I said that it was 7.8 when O took office and is 7.9 now.

This is what you said in reply: Yes, it was 7.8 when Obama took office,.... and has steadily dropped to 7.9 where we are today.

So, let's go over this again so you may understand better. We both agree it was 7.8 when he took office and is 7.9 now which I believe is higher than 7.8. That is not so good for 4 years

So, what is your problem? You repeated exactly what I said.

I'm sure glad you are an Obama lover. You guys make a good match.

We may have lost the election but we know something about fractions.


Jim McAllister said...

Don,

How about some replies to Middy's comments to you of 5:37 and 5:48?

Is this getting a bit complicated for you? Feel free to bring in your fellow Obama buddy MacGrady if you need help.

I know you guys are peas in a pod on this stuff.

midnightsstaff said...

.."The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are"

Mencken knew how to call em as he saw em..
I have morphed from a romantic to a realist in the last few years- the Republican party hates me more than they do the communists in the White Mosque.

We need a lot more of that type of suspicion of government going around but what we get is another dose of what got us here to begin with, lapdog communists listening to comfortable lies and overdosed on the opiate of ignorance.

Well.. we will see pretty soon how creative they will have to get once the cookie jar is empty- and this crash is going to make 2008 look like a picnic- after all we hadn't wasted seven trillion dollars on worthless paybacks to his contributors the first time ..

don and his fellow comrades have enjoyed a whole lifestyle that was bought by the blood and sacrifice of prior generations, he has never had to live in the terror of a communist environment, yet he is willing to squander the future of everyone's children and sell out the nation that has treated him so well just to keep his government allowance coming in..

1984 was a documentary..

Mike Slater said...

Jim,guys like Don and other liberals on your blog aren't exactly members of Mensa. I doubt they even know what Mensa is.

It's sad to see the country I grew up in going down the toilet.I feel sorry for my kids and grand kids because they will never know what we had.The liberals have destroyed this once great country. I hope they're happy now.

Buy more guns and ammo while you still can.I really believe the country is headed for another civil war.

On the bright side liberals hate guns and don't own them so we'll be in good shape.

midnightsstaff said...

.."Swedish furniture giant Ikea expressed regret Friday that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago.
The company released an independent report showing that East German prisoners, among them many political dissidents, were involved in the manufacture of goods supplied to Ikea between 25 and 30 years ago"

did ya catch that? "East German prisoners among them many dissidents"?

I suppose you think we aren't going to have "political dissidents" with half the states ready to secede and seventy percent hating the idea of Obamakare? - or have you even heard?- does the idea of a looming civil war even concern you a bit?

Rick Kepple said...

Don seems like a very nice person.

Thanks for your help, Don. It's very American of you to offer to help.

I don't believe I'll find the advice of Middy and other Republicans helpful. I might as well listen to Bodo. At least, Don Williams seems to have some sense.

Don Williams said...

Mike,

Gosh I had no idea the women in our coutry are takers, you have any stats or links on that? Mention that to some of the women you know and get back to us!

BTW I'm not a Liberal nor a Democrat, and voted for a couple Republicans in the election. What I am is a Centrist Moderate which is lacking in today's GOP as well as in the guys who post here on Jim's blog.....

Mark my words guys the demographics in our country are changing and your extremist Conservatism has a bleak future in coming elections, well except for Arizona and the Confederacy states. Ha!

midnightsstaff said...

Nobody said don wasn't a nice person, he is just a knucklehead..

Yeah.. I don't get it, I had the same issues with my cousin who was a system's engineer working on the B1 bomber project, and he was just as insane as don.
nice but insane.

Centrist moderate... just what the hell is one of those critters look like?
how do you straddle between Liberty and Tyranny? it's a clear choice to anyone not living under a rock or in a perpetual fog..

..you are delusional, call it Centrist Delusional if you please but it's still delusional..

Rick Kepple said...

"I suppose you think we aren't going to have "political dissidents" with half the states ready to secede and seventy percent hating the idea of Obamakare?"

That petition thing against Obamacare is a joke! Insurance companies didn't want to insur sick people, so they got what they wanted - Obamacare. They did it to themselves.

Ordinary folks are getting smarter and medical marijuana is the Indie drug bringing down the mainstream pharmaceutical companies just like the laptop is bringing down the mainstream music industry.

Obama promised hope and change and the rich folks are squirming because they are losing control over the mass population. Their lies are falling apart.

Don Williams appears to be part of the solution in America.

Anonymous said...

An added comment for Mike Slater,

I'm 70 and a Valley resident for over 50 years so I hope you'll understand during my life I've known and worked with a lot of Hispanics and Women and have yet to meet one in either group who has ever been on welfare or taken food stamps. With guys like you as it's base voting block of support anyone can understand why the GOP fared so poorly in the elections....

midnightsstaff said...

sounds like you have picked up another fan mike... haha.
all of us after a few years wind up with a few scars, some deserved.. some not.

it's kismet.

Mike Slater said...

Don,what about the single women that want their birth control paid for by insurance or the tax payers. You don't think they want free stuff?

You say you're a moderate which to me means you have no core values. You just lick your finger stick it up in the wind and see which way the political winds are blowing.

Anonymous, I'm 61 and an Arizona native and know lots of women and minorities that that are on some kind of government assistance including members of my own family.

Middy, not to worry. I've been on the blogs for years and been called every name in the book like racist, bigot, anti gay and worse. I was once on the Think Progress blog site and the liberals on there wanted me to die So much for civility.

I wear it as a badge of honor because fighting against liberalism and socialism has been my life's goal.

I have think skin and nothing bothers me.

steve buzzardo said...

"Hispanics and Women and have yet to meet one in either group who has ever been on welfare or taken food stamps"

yeah, those are called republicans.

its a fact, every poll says latinos voted for Obama because of government entitlement programs.
Same for young women.

the truth is that Mexicans in the US are treated much better than they are in their own country

midnightsstaff said...

This anonymous person evidently knows every illegal in the state and can verify that no illegals anywhere take advantage of the free stuff that's advertised in Mexico in Spanish by the Obama government, and we had better accept that for gospel.

Which is curious and makes you wonder why they advertise in foreign countries about how to get on all types of federal assistance if these noble people who have already demonstrated a willingness to break the law are not interested..

Obviously you are a liar.. what's worse you lie to yourself.
Welfare is obviously a big business in this state along with every other state.

How do you expect us to believe anything you say in defense of stealing from others to buy votes when food stamps have been encouraged and grown by 15 million people in less than four years?

no.. the election was stolen pure and simple, there is nothing a rational person can offer that explains why Obama did not win a single state that didn't have early voting established, disallowed military votes and were heavy union controlled states.
..they cheated.

We are supposed to believe that on a night they needed to hold the polls open late in Virginia and others because of the heavy voting traffic they had all day now tell us the vote count was down from 2008.. haha- are you kidding?

.."The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." - anonymous is evidently representative of who he had in mind.

You are just another racist leech who like your African slum lord hates "Whitey" and there is nothing we can do about it as long as the cheating in tolerated with no one stopping it.

The mystery is not why it happened, the mystery is why we allow it to happen.

I hate waking up like this in the middle of the night with the thought that the nation was given away by racist idiots like this.

Rick Kepple said...

"...your extremist Conservatism has a bleak future in coming elections, well except for Arizona and the Confederacy states."

Don's right. Todd Akin revealed more about the Republicans true nature than anyone else and thank God for that, huh?

"I have think skin and nothing bothers me."

You thick too much, Mike.

"The mystery is not why it happened, the mystery is why we allow it to happen."

Rush Limbaugh said after the Tucson shooting that his words don't change the way people think, so why is he and Bill O'Reilly on the air then? They are there to change the way people think. They incited violence against a Democrat in tucson and God spared her life. Don't think that Limbaugh and O'Reilly aren't going to pay for that. They are the spokesmen of domestic terrorist organizations in America.

The Republicans thought they could win by citing God, but the Lord brought in Hurricane Sandy to show how little the GOP cares. God will side with Obama long before He sides with liars using His name to harm the poor.

Don Williams said...

Middy,

By today's standard's in the Republican party Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan would be considered Centrist Moderates. About 3 months ago Republican Jeb Bush said, and I quote: The Republican party has moved so far to the right with it's extremism I doubt Ronald Reagan could get it's nominatin today"

He's was spot on, and a good example of why the GOP got a "shellacking" by the voters in the election. The GOP has to move more to the center or they risk becoming a minority party in Congress.

Jim McAllister said...

Headline of the week:

Obama Consults With MSNBC Host Al Sharpton, and Other 'Civil Rights Leaders,' on Fiscal Talks

How would you like to be a mouse in the corner and listen to that conversation?

midnightsstaff said...

Pardon me if I don't listen to and take the advice of a communist voter..
(taking from the producers and giving to the non producers by force is communism pure and simple)

What is the point of having two identical choices of how to ruin this nation?
The communists already are giving away
Obamaphones, food stamps, promises to continue stealing from the producers to buy votes leading to human misery- how can you compete with that and still care for the nation at large or the future of our children?

Why have two parties promising the same thing to begin with?

I suppose you are the defender of Democracy today because you don't understand the implications of and the reasoning we were not given a purely democratic model of governance, but a representative republic.

Neither of you are smart enough to understand the difference nor the direction each leads so once again I am left discussing adult matters with grown up spoiled, criminally oriented and rebellious children.

..no don you just can't "take something from others".
On the schoolyard it leads to a punch in the face, in politics it leads to civil war.

With you it's utterly pointless- nice guy, can't think things through.

midnightsstaff said...

Here ya go Jim, "Loree Levy, an official at the California Employment Development Department, said when the federal extension of unemployment benefits expires at the end of the year, “that means no matter what kind of balance anyone has left on any kind of federal extension claim, no further payments can be made after the week ending December 29.”

well all those long term unemployed have been used and tossed aside by Obama... he just needed them until after the vote it seems.

guess what?- unemployment will go down for January guaranteed.
they will no longer be on the unemployment roles because their benefits ran out.
hurrah!!

midnightsstaff said...

Just a question Jim, but is owning a guillotine considered a weapon of mass destruction or just a decorative political prop?

I just sent off to Acme industries for a kit but maybe should have checked with Sheriff Joe first.

The police are now rioting along with the others in Spain holding signs that say... "Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians"..

There's a total meltdown all across Europe, coming this way because we just voted it into happening.
difference is, Americans have guns and lots of them.

proud said...

In keeping with the
""YA GOTTA DO WHAT YA GOTTA DO!" topic, I would like to take this opportunity to point out how correct I was. (called blowin my own horn)

Back when AZ Central switched to the facebook format I got into a heated argument with Paula,(believe round these parts, she's the Red Menace). I told her that nobody could change their entire belief system overnight like she had done, and accused her of setting things up for a switch to the Democrat party (as she got her butt creamed in the Republican primary) I told her the sudden change fooled nobody, and that the last thing this country needed was another politician placing their their own political career ahead of the good of the nation she replied I as an ass (OK, so she may have got that one right),Well, fact is in addition to being an ass, I was 100% correct,

In this morning's Republic Penneypacker announced that she is indeed making the move to become a Democrat.

I see this as a good thing, because the last thing I want representing my interests is a self serving politician who will say and believe what ever it takes to get elected.

Her big move should be seen for what it really is...

Cheap political opportunism by an over ambitious phony....

Jim McAllister said...

proud,

I also noticed the comment by Paula today in the Rep and immediately tore it out so I would have a reference on her.

I don't know if you read the comments on the AZC political blogs from the Rep but I was invited to join that group for the election, then they made it permanent.

As soon as I saw this morning's comment from her, I told Barb that phony Paula will be the subject of my next comment.

Perhaps the thing that is funnier than her comment is that she actually thinks anyone cares and that she is relevant.

As John Huston said to Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, "Of all the unmitagated gall!"

midnightsstaff said...

Looks like the Pack has some issues today, if they can't contain Calvin Johnson, it's light's out..

no money on this game...

steve buzzardo said...

Another funny thing is that the Red Menace is supposed to be a business owner, but everything that democrats stand for is anti-business and anti-middle class.

She's all for more taxes and more spending out of spite just because she now hates republicans

Jim McAllister said...

Steve,

If I had to use one word to describe the Red Menace, I would choose "artificial."

midnightsstaff said...

Looks like the momentum might have shifted back to Green bay's favor.. got the ball and maybe the offense is starting to click..
keep Walden out of prison and he will have a good year.

midnightsstaff said...

Maybe not.. looks like Crosby the field goal kicker is officially unemployed.
Lions defense looks awesome to me..

proud said...

Steve said "She's all for more taxes and more spending out of spite"

I think she's all for just one thing....GETTING ELECTED.

I believe she is changing to a Dem partially out of spite, but mostly because she thinks her chances of winning are better over there, real, heartfelt ideology has no meaning to people who only care about themselves and how they can best use politic's to promote / advance themselves....

midnightsstaff said...

What a play by Cobb.. GB21 Lions 20 great game.

steve buzzardo said...

PACKERS WIN!!!
but they do need a new FG kicker, NOW!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,
I know what you mean. In 1955, when I was 15, I got a Saturday job helping the neighborhood Wonder Bread man make his Saturday deliveries.

I was paid $6 for an 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM back breaking job of carrying a delivery crate/basket into the stores on one side of the street in New York City while he did the other side.

I also got to eat as many over/date cup cakes as I wanted and a couple of Pepsi - Colas.
My Mom took $4:00 of my pay and allowed me to keep $2.00: my parents were separated at the time, and the household needed the money.

When I got home at 3:00 PM, I was tuckered out and slept for a couple of hours. But I never regretted the job.

That job along with many other weekend jobs (carrying groceries at the supermarket, stacking soft drink crates at same, running errands), they all added up the development of a work and achievement ethic that enabled me to become a corporate executive in 1973 at Berol Corporation in Connecticut.

That’s all gone now. Today its gimmee, gimmee, gimmee…

I really miss the “Old America.”

Allen

midnightsstaff said...

What a great comeback win for the Green and Buttercup in Detroit no less ..

I don't know what is up with Detroit but the Pack has their number..

Nice to see the Cards preforming up to expectations eh?
yeah, you know I am rooting for SF tomorrow night.. would tie GB and the Bears..

Someone should write a screenplay on the life of a red menace.. I originally thought it was just the family problems and the issues with her husband's cancer, but na.. it was just skin shedding time like any other political reptile goes through sooner or later.

I am only surprised at my capacity for being surprised at what goes on anymore.
it's like an endless twilight zone marathon..
.."every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under"
HLM.

Mike Slater said...

Rich, get back on your meds while there's still time.

Jim, read that comment by Paula in the paper today and had to laugh. She's claimed for years she's a conservative Republican, which was a lie, now she's showing her true colors admitting she's nothing more than a liberal.

Nice to see the Cardinals lost today. Wonder how long it will be before the coach is fired.

midnightsstaff said...

You got it Allen.
For the life of me I don't understand why people instead of learning and emulating successful people become resentful, contemptuous and ultimately self destructive.

Success and self respect are personal issues, you can't buy it or steal it, you have to earn it.

I have never seen this nation as divided even in the sixties as it is right now.. we have been set back sixty years. we are living in a nation of gypsies.
I have worked prison yards with more harmonious race relations than the streets of blue cities.

..thanks for the rational comments- we don't see that many.

midnightsstaff said...

Na steve.. they need a psychiatrist...
Those goal posts are moving close together on him again.. haha.
worse pressure than being a goalie..

The rest of the team goes to the whirlpool, kickers go to therapy.. got to get him on the couch, somehow you have to be able to forget that last kick.. and that's easier said than done.

He was the best when he was the best.. that's more than a lot of players can ever say.

I think Peyton Manning is just a better qb than Rogers.. the guy is in his own league.

CJ Phoenix said...

Hi guys. I am still doing what I need to do myself -- I actually use that saying all the time -- so I am not unemployed but I am now officially underemployed & I am still applying for every halfway decent job I see because making lousy pay with zero benefits is simply not covering the cost of living these days. I am also applying for help keeping the house because, like I said, what I am making is not covering expenses. Still treading water though. I haven't hit the whirlpool yet...But I can feel the tug so I think it's close.

You know what most of you guys just don't get? This isn't the same world that you & I grew up in. It just isn't. Period.

BTW, Middy, I recently applied for DO in Joe's camp. I think I was the oldest person in the "pre-employment orientation" &, when they are done laughing at my self disclosure assessment packet, I am still hoping that they give me a shot at the job because it pays pretty good & has awesome benefits.

Rick Kepple said...

"Rich, get back on your meds while there's still time."

Still time for what, Mike? Are the voices in your head telling you that something is going to happen?

"I haven't hit the whirlpool yet...But I can feel the tug so I think it's close."

Life is tough for the underemployed in Arizona. After the whirlpool, she'll hit the tanning booth then have a martini with olives picked by virgins.

At the homeless shelter in Scottsdale, the Thanksgiving dinner will include duck a' L'orange, French crepes, Maine applewood smoked lobster and to wash it down, a 42 Chateau Lafite Rothschild; a spanky little wine, and for dessert, truffles.

In my household, we're having fried tree rat and fried sweet tators.

I got a whirlpool too, but it's too cold to go the the river.

Rick Kepple said...

I gave my housekeeper (a former beauty queen) a .308 rifle last year with a tactical scope for deer season since her guns all got ripped off. That particular caliber is NATO. All my guns are NATO.

So Lana's in her treestand yesterday and a herd of whitetail deer come out in the beanfield and the woman picked off three of them 250 yards out, filling her tags. A buck and two does.

Then this same woman can get all dolled up and go shopping at Macy's and men will buy her expensive perfume.

I just buy her doe urine from Walmart and I get to hang out with her more than anyone else.

midnightsstaff said...

What makes you think we don't get that the world has changed Cj?
Do you think we can't see what's going on?

What we are noting is the attitudes have changed and we are living in a deliberately balkanized society with a large community of communist inspired voting zombies.
I wish you nothing but the best of luck, everyone is going to need it because the layoff notices and the closed up shops are going to be like mushrooms following a winter rain after Christmas..

It's nothing new, this is simply what happens in recently taken over countries where the government passes from the transitional stage of impending doom to the actual stage where government strangles out free enterprise in a meaningful way and the economy collapses because of it.

elections mean something.

CJ Phoenix said...

Middy: "What makes you think we don't get that the world has changed Cj?" Because you all keep describing how little you used to make back in the day when living was cheap & easier for all the world like that should be enough to get by nowadays too. Simple as that. Because you in particular have completely forgotten your Okie-working class roots.

Dear Simple Rick: If you actually have some kind of a spa on your lot behind the trailer, I think you should heat the thing up just enough to dissolve all your meds in it, then go soak your head. Be careful not to melt the plastic though. Those Walmart specials are not made durable enough for hillbilly engineering.

midnightsstaff said...

.."U.S. companies are scaling back investment plans at the fastest pace since the recession, signaling more trouble for the economic recovery.

Half of the nation's 40 biggest publicly traded corporate spenders have announced plans to curtail capital expenditures this year or next, according to a review by The Wall Street Journal of securities filings and conference calls.

Nationwide, business investment in equipment and software—a measure of economic vitality in the corporate sector—stalled in the third quarter for the first time since early 2009. Corporate investment in new buildings has declined"

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324595904578123593211825394.html

communists like Rick can't understand what the Wall Street Journal is telling them..
it goes on..
.."At the start of the year, Caterpillar expected to spend $4 billion building and expanding factories in Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, China and Thailand, among others. Last month, Caterpillar said it wouldn't reach that target, and expects capital spending to fall next year.

In technology, Intel is facing lower demand for its semiconductors. Intel last month said it would shift idle factory space and equipment into producing its newest chips, reducing its capital spending this year to roughly $11.3 billion, from an earlier projection of $12.5 billion. Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith told investors last month that spending could fall again next year"

economics are dictated by reality not by collectivist unicorn worship.

midnightsstaff said...

As long as you hang on to that bitterness and envy Cj you will condemn yourself to what inspires you..
as the chinese say, "if you don't change the course you are on, you will certainly get where you are headed"

O-k.. you are right, so in that light starting right now I will quit wasting my time trying to be nice to a rattlesnake like you.
.
I changed my direction years ago when I learned what wasn't working for me and adjusted.. or as I used to joke.. "I upped my standards, now up yours"

With scum like you I am no longer joking.
I tried the nice approach with you and it was thrown back into my face again and again.

A word of advice benefits the wise, but a jackass needs to be beat into the reality of the situation.. enjoy your overpass.

midnightsstaff said...

November 16 , 2012
United Technologies Corp - 500
Los Angeles CA - Take Hike or Possible 1,400 Layoffs
Carney Hospital - Layoffs Expected Soon
Allegany Ballistics Laboratory W.Va. - 50
Hostess Brands - 18,500 Layoffs Possible
Wausau Paper at the Brainerd mill - 55
Wilkes-Barre Mayor PA - Layoffs Announcement Today?
St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital - 40 Positions
Galloway Township NJ - Layoff
Notices Friday
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital - 22
Variety - 20 to 25

November 17 , 2012
Mountain View Center PA - Reports of Layoffs
AMD - More Layoffs Coming in Jan?
Take Charge America - 35
Montana's Decker Coal Mine - up to 75
Update: Stryker - 1,170
Xtreme Power Grove Okla. Plant - 63
Glu Mobile - Some Layoffs
The Lubbock Radisson - 36

November 18 , 2012
Clinton Community College - Faces Layoffs in 2013-14
Update: Memorial Medical Center Ca. - 114
Update: Kaiser Permanente S. CA. - Confirms 530

November 19 , 2012.. today..
Update: Citigroup - 300 Sales/Trading Jobs Globally
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital - 9

I never have seen a website for layoffs and business closures in my life..

But this is the new normal that communism offers.

Jim McAllister said...

Allen,

I agree, I miss the old America where people wanted to work; not sit on their asses and take freebies from the government.

The election is a good barometer as to how much this country has deteriorated to the point where a worthless nobody like Obama can actually be elected to the presidency, do nothing right, then get re-elected. Why? Because HE GIVES THE TAKERS "STUFF" with no requirement that they work for it.

What happened to good old American pride and the desire to get ahead due to one's own initiative? What happened to saving and being ashamed to take charity from the government? What happened to people working hard to be successful and not having to be punished for it?

It's a bad situation and as long as the Obamas of the world can retain favor we are in for a worst scenario down the road.

Jim McAllister said...

Buzz,

As John said, Red just wants to get elected to something, anything.

Luckily, even the dumb public of today can see through her phoniness. She is 54 and frustrated and she deserves it.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

Yeah, nice to see the Bidwills take it on the chin again in Atlanta. Next week it's St. Louis in Glendale. The Rams handled them easy in St. Louis, hopefully they will again.

The Suns still suck. They put up a good fight against the Lakers and the Heat this week but they had no shot. Those teams have too many horses for them.

The days of sellouts at US Airways is over. Glad to see it. I have nothing against the team since Nash is gone but I have no use for Sarver.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Thanks for the list of job cuts. The best is yet to come.

Attention everyone: Get some bigger guns and don't leave home without them. Stay alert at traffic lights for someone trying to take what's yours from you. Be sure to aim where they are the widest.

midnightsstaff said...

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/obamabot-pleads-guilty-to-arpaio-death-threats/

wonder why this news didn't ever make the news?

Like I have said before we don't have a political crisis as much as a crisis of immorality in this nation..

.."every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under"
and I might add.
"ashamed of the people he has to share this nation with as well"

I am ashamed of the low information/excessive opinionated jerks that spout their nonsense in support of raw communism, evidently with no conception of what communism leads to.

midnightsstaff said...

Well that list for today has been expanded since I posted it this morning.. you can add for November 19 , 2012

GE Healthcare - 130 in Wisconsin
UTC Aerospace Systems - 500 from Global Workforce
Momentive Performance Materials NY - 200 Temp Layoffs
Cliffs Natural Resources - 625
Orlando Health - 320+ Positions
Boart Longyear Ltd (International ) - 300
Hochtief ( International ) - Plans 700 Layoffs

probably some more stragglers late this afternoon, market took a breather on the good news that Republican John Boehner plans to cave like a cheap suitcase on the the "fiscal cliff" and get them to agree we can leave our socks on while the communists have their way.

I imagine some tears were shed.

..every decent man...

Rick Kepple said...

"Dear Simple Rick: If you actually have some kind of a spa on your lot behind the trailer, I think you should heat the thing up just enough to dissolve all your meds in it, then go soak your head."

CJ could have just said the last five words, but she likes to embellish her comments. They are quite flowerly.

The realtor was visiting today and he thinks my farm will sell quickly. I'm still not sure where I'm gonna move in Colorado. Probably southern. Then CJ can visit me.

Rick Kepple said...

I'm having visions of a Rocky Mountain fire, roast elk, trout, cold night air and living in a mountain cabin, getting snowed and maybe go gambling in some casinos again. Lots more opportunity for an old guy in Colorado. A geezer writer has to do what a writer has to do.

Oh and spring breakup when there's a couple of feet of snow on the ground and the ice has receded into the lake. The trout are near the shore and biting like crazy, while the ice is building up on the line. Heaven.

I feel a lot better since getting off those pills. Back hurts like hell and using the cane more. I have a beard now without a mustache and look like a cross between a Greek and an Amish dude.

So are you guys gloating that America is going down? Don't you get it?

Romney probably threw the election, because no respectable politician wants to be responsible for collapsing America, so they gave it to Obama. Consider our nation's history. You think I'm joking?

If I ever see you folks in person, I'll explain what is really going on, but I'm not writing it here.

Jim McAllister said...

I hope uninformed Don and his buddies are happy now with all those job losses. Plus, Obama better stay out of California now that the free federal dough is history.

No more 99 week vacations. LOL

Jim McAllister said...

49ers QB Alex Smith still out with a concussion from 2 weeks ago.

The Bears Jay Cutler also out with a concussion.

That should make tonight's game interesting.

I'll take the 49ers because of home field and Frank Gore..

midnightsstaff said...

..According to a CN-BS survey a lot of Americans would like to just forget about Christmas but the retailers won't let them..
I guess with- "About 41 percent said they would only be able to get by for two weeks without a paycheck, while an additional 25 percent say they could only survive a month"- then I can't blame them much.
and that's the sad part, most people are living from hand to mouth today..

I read that the average American family has less than 500 bucks saved for a rainy day, and here we are headed into the monsoon season.

midnightsstaff said...

Is'n that qb for daBears the wash out from the Raiders last year?
worthless there, doesn't look good for daBears tonight..
but I am pulling big time for the 49'rs..

Rick Kepple said...

I'm taking a very big risk, because the realtor said that my only real estate bill is less than three hundred dollars a year. But there are only three newspapers and one of them is a single operator. The other two aren't in good financial health either.

I figure that at some point, I'm liable to lose my nice comfortable lifestyle living in the boonies as Thoreau. So I'm gonna go live in the boonies near big cities where I can sell stories for larger publications. The Geezer Chronicles or something.

This possible cancer thing kind of freaked me out.

Maybe I can go room with CJ. She's got a whirlpool. And I guess she puts medicine in it and soaks her head. When in Rome, do as the Romans do, but I'm not supposed to use aspirin, Tylonol or nothing. But I can have a good time.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, as you know I'm a native of Phoenix born in 1951 and growing up in the Valley that had no pro sports teams until the Suns in 1968. By that time I had my favorite teams, mostly in L.A., because that was about the only games we could get on TV or radio.

I have no allegiance to any of the local pro sports teams.

Kinda like the idea of Nash on the Lakers plus the hired the old Suns coach.

Paula's never got over her crushing defeat to Ugenti in 2010. It really messed up her mind. She's turned into a bitter woman. I hope she enjoys it.

I've had a concealed carry permit for almost 15 years and carry all the time. On the rare occasion I forget my gun I feel naked. I currently carry a Ruger 380 with a 6 round magazine and one in the chamber plus another 6 round magazine in my pocket.

I also from time to time take my Ruger 9mm with me that has two 15 round magazines if I'm going out of town on a trip. Pays to be careful.

I don't usually like to go shopping but during the holiday season I go with Deb because of all the people in the parking lots that are kind of,shall we say, not outstanding citizens. Most of the time I stay in the truck but I'm always looking around to see what's going on. That's the one thing that was always stressed in the concealed carry classes. Always check your surroundings.

My son's a cop and we talk about what to do if confronted by a mugger or someone that wants to steal your car and his advise to me was put two rounds in the chest and one in the head. It works every time.

CJ Phoenix said...

What bitterness & envy, Middy? I am still the same old sweetness & light that you have come to know & love for years now. Broker than crap but, other than that, nothing has changed. And I will always call it like I see it.

midnightsstaff said...

Well I think the 49er's have a pretty good back up- they look to me like a natural superbowl pick.. yeah it's still a way off but every time I watch them I am impressed.
could be a dynasty building in SF..

Got a big game coming with the Pack and the NY Giants.. too many issues with them right now, injuries and psyche jobs going on... and now the black and blue league gets serious, lots of intra division match ups.. turning into a pretty good season.

Mike Slater said...

CJ, nice to see you back on the blog. I kinda missed you.I would think you would be happy now that Obama got reelected. Look at all the free stuff you'll get.

Rick Kepple said...

So Mike's son is a cop, huh? This is gonna be funny if I wind up working with an Officer Slater someday. Cappacino, thanks Slater.

There was an interesting notion today in a think tank discussion. What if they legalized marijuana in Colorado after the Aurora shooting because weed controls violent tendencies? Shut up Slater. No rookies in this discussion. It's precisely the simplist solution to prevent violence. It would be just like the government to conduct a social experiment for passive crowd control and it would certainly pay for itself. The government could pretty much do as they pleased and no one would really mind. It's brilliant!

What you got is a state full of Christian military veterans and the government fears them. Why if it works, they could fire Officer Slater and put in a pot vending machine and raise happy little sheeple in the New World Order.

Bagle with creamcheese and another cappacino, Slater. Yesterday.

Mike Slater said...

Rick,I don't recall anyone on this blog asking for your opinion on anything. Just take your meds and quit annoying people.

It's mind over matter, we don't mind because you don't matter.

midnightsstaff said...

.."They sent a note out, came across our emails, have a happy holiday," he said, "And then a few days later there were layoffs."
The New York Department of Labor said the stagnant economy has caused most manufacturing companies to slim down, including here at Endicott Interconnect.
"Unfortunately, we're probably looking into the future, some more declines as the industry tries to figure out what size and shape, and dynamic of itself in the new industry is," said Christian Harris, an analyst at the state department of labor.
The labor department reported computer and electronic product manufacturing jobs in Binghamton fell by 800 since October 2011.
It also reported that Endicott Interconnect shed 250 jobs from 2010 to 2011"

And anyone really thought the rust belt was somehow coming back?
..there is not a chance any small business in the USSA will not come close to shutting up shop or severely cutting back on labor within a very short time..

This is a calculated destruction of our way of life.

.."As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron"
Mencken.

CJinPhoenix said...

Yeah, I knew you would miss me, Mike.

Hey, speaking of free stuff, when do you start collecting your cut of my paycheck?

midnightsstaff said...

.."Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.
It's an abrupt departure from Leahy's earlier approach, which required police to obtain a search warrant backed by probable cause before they could read the contents of e-mail or other communications. The Vermont Democrat boasted last year that his bill "provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by... requiring that the government obtain a search warrant."

Is this the America you voted for?

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

500 bucks? That's poverty. I see where a survey said 45% would just as soon forget the holidays.

Very sad compared to the past when Christmas was a time of joy. I think I'll watch "Miracle on 34th Street" twice this year to try and cheer up.

Meanwhile O is in Thailand botching everyone's name. You would think the arrogant SOB would get those people's name straight before going there and making an ass of himself.

With his over sized ego, I'm sure he thinks HE is right and they are wrong about pronunciation.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Campbell was either with Oakland or Minnesota.

With that Kaepernick kid running the 49er offense, they can let Smith take all the time he needs to recover. That was quite a show he put on last night.

Frank Gore looked good too.

midnightsstaff said...

It was Oakland.. the NFL will just not give up on some issues.

He was worthless at Oakland, last night he looked better than when I watched him.. but that fill in for SF is going to be a starter somewhere soon..
maybe the Cardinals could get Campbell from daBears.. he looks like all the other qb's they lock into.

Other than that I see them in the big one this year or at least a deep run towards it.
not the Cardinals- SF..... lol..

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

I agree with your points about liking the L. A. teams. We never throw away our allegiance to the teams we knew as kids even if our hometowns suddenly get teams.

I'm the same way about the Cincinnati Reds. I have followed them since 1954 and have all the autographs of those early Reds teams. I have nothing against the D-Backs but they are newbies to me plus it's harder to like the teams anymore with their attitudes.

One of Paula's problems is that she actually thinks she is relevant and that someone gives a damn what she does. Now that I think about it I should have picked up a Ugenti sign and stuck it in her front yard.

I don't blame you for being armed. If anyone screws with you, you are ready for them. I never thought that I would be talking that way in America but here we are: it's a different world out there and I also carry a gun when I go out. If some one sticks their head in my car window at a red light they better be ready to meet my two colleagues Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.

I hate being that way but better them than me.

Jim McAllister said...

CJ,

I don't know what your quarrel is with guys collecting Social Security.

All of us paid into it all our lives so now we are getting it back. What's the problem?

We didn't ask to contribute but a liberal president (FDR) put it in so we were stuck with it. I would much rather have had that money to invest as I wanted but SS is the law.

No one here is taking anything from your paycheck

Jim McAllister said...

The fiscal cliff is going to be fun.

I know that liberal SOB Obama will not relent on the tax increase for the wealthy. Being the socialist that he is, that is part of his scheme. I only hope the Reps don't cave in to him and that massive ego of his.

There are 57 million people in this country that do not like him; he better remember that.

Rick Kepple said...

"Rick,I don't recall anyone on this blog asking for your opinion on anything."

Oh sorry Mike. So when making a correct cup of cowboy coffee, you must always be careful not to burn the oil, lest it has a burnt taste. This ends Rick's Recipes to Mike.

"I don't know what your quarrel is with guys collecting Social Security."

I get my Social Security and like they said, I made a boatload of money and paid in, so I'm getting it back. I praise God that I live in a country where there is a safety net for people when they can't get health insurance because they are a disabled veteran, or can't get a job, because of pre-existing medical conditions. Healthy people need only apply.

I got fired once for the VA giving me a cane and it's legal to do that, because it's a modification of the original Reasonable Accommodation Agreement.

Rick Kepple said...

Little known facts.

As the story goes, a guy bought the URL to "itanimulli" (Illuminati spelled backwards) then he linked it to the NSA website thereby creating a conspiracy theory. LOL

Watch "The Last Airbender" and the princess' penis hair. I read that the first "Little Mermaid" poster was banned because of phallic artwork. It's said that in every one of Disney's films, there is a hidden penis in hairstyles or artwork. If you ask me, that's pretty gay.

If President Obama is NOT controlled by the G20 or someone sinister, why does he need a teleprompter to tell him what to say? It's a wireless puppet thing.

During the Republican Convention, the election results were published on the teleprompters before the votes were cast.

Settle down sheeple. Baaaa!

Mike Slater said...

Jim, been reading your comments on azvoices but there's no way to reply to them.

The reason I have carried a gun all these years is because of the saying "when seconds count the police are minutes away."

CJ, Deb gets a cut of your paycheck next August and I get my cut in October. We both want to thank you for that.

You seem to be under the mistake belief that the money you pay into SS and Medicare is going to some account with your name on it. Sorry, it doesn't work that way.

Rick Kepple said...

The realtor was here today and I signed the paperwork to put the farm up for sale for a nice price. I asked him if it was true that GPS property line positions had shifted because of the Japan earthquake and yes, it's true. The GPS coordinates on properties and airports had to be changed by a few feet to several feet.

Still researching precisely where in Colorado I will move. Mountains. CJ gave me an idea that I want a whirlpool to dissolve my medications and soak my head.

midnightsstaff said...

Another Clownafornia update..
.." According to the EIA, the Monterrey Formation, which covers an enormous chunk of Southern California and terminates near Santa Barbara, has 15.4 billion barrels of recoverable crude — four times as much as the Bakken formation in North Dakota. On Dec. 12, the Bureau of Land Management will begin auctioning off more than 17,000 acres in the formation.
The problem is, California has committed to getting a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, so the state risks getting left behind as the rest of the world dives into shale"

I have been yelling about this for years.
Other than pointing out it's the logical thinking of the average Obama commie you couldn't make this type of ridiculous suicidal behavior up..
They will by choice sit on their fat asses demanding bailout money from someone, but refuse to allow logic to enter the discussion.

This sounds to me like our resident dissidents Cj and Rick are the shotcallers over there.. you know...spoiled children who spend 24/7 blaming someone else for their own stupidity...

Mike Slater said...

Rick, California would be much more to your liking. It's the land of fruits,nuts and flakes. You would be welcomed with open arms there.

midnightsstaff said...

Why do that to Clownafornia?.. they haven't done anything to deserve Rick...
The average Clownafornian is only slightly more irrational and a lot less irritating..

For over a decade it's been a forced march to a bright pink state of communism for the oppressed in that sorry state- there are people cut off in that state that make me look like Phil Donahue by comparison that suffer the boot of Sacramento's oppression- I am one of the fortunate few that escaped with a bit of my sanity in tact.
Moonbeam Brown part 2 is a disaster,

..classic case of mass hysteria mollified only through widespread irrationality..
time for another timeless zinger..

.."All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: it's one permanent objective is to oppress and cripple him"
HLM.

went right over your head eh Rick?

midnightsstaff said...

Cheer up mike, things are just warming up...

http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/09/10/longshoremen-set-strike-seek-retain-archaic-practices

.."Representatives of the Port and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union say the strike could still be averted. But Port officials believe cargo ships may begin bypassing Portland because of the uncertainty created by the failure of last-ditch contract talks Friday.
Separately, owners of Northwest terminals handling a quarter of the nation’s grain exports said Friday they’d presented a final offer to the longshore union. Failure of those talks could lead to a strike or lockout at six grain terminals in Portland, Vancouver and the Puget Sound"

and..

.."Port of Oakland workers who say they have gone 16 months without a new contract plan to go on strike Monday and Tuesday in Oakland. The Service Employees International Union Local 1021 has announced plans for a 24-hour strike starting at 9 p.m. Monday"

Just in time for Christmas...
oh ya better watch out, ya better be nice.. haha.

Rick Kepple said...

.."All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: it's one permanent objective is to oppress and cripple him"

Middy quoting H.L. Menchen, a libertarian and anarchist. Menchen's views are pretty much along the same lines as Islam, in that he didn't believe in government or insurance companies for the investment given and little or no return from the money.

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.” - Alexis de Tocqueville.

A bit over your head, eh Middy?

Don't forget that Congress wrote the Veterans Disarmament Act and President Bush signed it, so that VA doctors can prescribe that military veterans have their firearms confiscated.

"Contrary to conventional wisdom, and the sniffs of our more sophisticated and generally anti-gun counterparts across the pond, the answer is 'no.' And not just no, as in there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, but an emphatic no, showing a negative correlation: as gun ownership increases, murder and suicide decreases." - Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, "Would banning firearms reduce murder and suicide?"

Since politicians ignored all information about the economy collapsing for years, they will probably ignore the facts concerning gun control too.

midnightsstaff said...

mocking bird...lol..
you are only lacking creativity..

CJinPhoenix said...

"I don't know what your quarrel is with guys collecting Social Security." Really, Jim? Where were you when this quarrel started?

Here it is: I have paid for my SSI nearly my whole life just like you & Mike. Even now when I am making too little to pay expenses, I am still paying into the system...JUST TO BE TOLD that I probably never will be able to collect on it when I need it. Not to mention crap like this from Mike: "I would think you would be happy now that Obama got reelected. Look at all the free stuff you'll get."

BTW, Jim, I was addressing Mike specifically with the comment you are taking issue with here. Not you. Mike is the one who told me a few months back that he is fixing to collect his share of SSI early while at the same time voting to deny me mine. And, hey, if you want to called that "free stuff" -- the issue of SSI being what sealed the deal on my vote for Obama this time around (I voted Republican in 2008, remember?) -- then you should admit that Mike is acting like a big pig. And that is putting it much too nicely.

I actually do not begrudge you any of the money you say you earned, Jim. Not you, not Middy, not Mike...Not even Rick. So why do you all begrudge me mine? That's the real issue here.

And you know something else? Right now, compared to me, Rick is looking like a rich bitch. But I am working my tail off for what little money I do make. I still have the ethic. Now all I need is a little of that luck you all take so heartily for granted.

midnightsstaff said...

Maybe you should take him up on that snowed in, romantic Rockey Mtn. cabin weekend fantasy get away.

..see which one of you makes it out alive.

Hey- he has a steady incom... er I mean allowance- rumor is he's CIA-
You guys could go fishing, he can show you tips like how to keep fishing grubs from freezing by putting them under your lower lip like a pinch of snuff- he knows lots of tricks.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

They asked me and some others to contribute to the AZC Voices for 36 hours during the election.

Since that is a pretty dead site and mostly a bunch of liberal women who have probably never been on a date, they asked us to stay on permanently if we wanted to.

I figured what the hell and have been sending them something about once a week. I'm sure those women like Bommersbach and Gratehouse have no use for me.

I put up a piece today calling out Paula. Check it out.

Jim McAllister said...

It's really sad about Clownafornia. It used to be such a great state and now it is going down the tubes.

I'm glad that I got to visit a couple times when it was a great place instead of the sewer it has become.

They voted for Brown so they got what they bargained for.

Jim McAllister said...

CJ,

Oops, sorry.

midnightsstaff said...

.."In California, it’s long been the joke that prospective actresses come to the state to become waitresses. Now, thanks to the Democrat-created economy, so do college graduates. The newest census shows that between 2006 and 2011, the number of college graduates working as waiters doubled. Approximately 260,000 California college graduates below the age of 30 worked in low-level menial jobs in 2011, an increase of 60,000 over 2006. The six most common menial jobs, according to the Sacramento Bee:
Retail salespeople;
Secretaries;
Retail sales supervisors;
Customer sales reps;
Waiters and waitresses;
Cashiers.
Welcome to the Golden State, where all your dreams of working at McDonald’s can come true"

sorry.. it just seemed right to kick em' while they are down..
agree?

steve buzzardo said...

I agree, its right to kick em while they are down. They wanted Marxism, they got Marxism.

David Geffen the billionaire movie and music mogul, and big Obama lover, lied about graduating from USC to get his first job.

So, just lie and say you are a college graduate, and go straight to McDonalds

midnightsstaff said...

Hahaha... yeah just save the tuition.

It's a serious issue tho, underemployment just doesn't show up on the unemployment roles and I know a few people making ends meet working whatever they can get.

But the crew and passengers of the titanic just voted to turn around and take another run at the iceberg and now some want to make sure they get assured seating in a lifeboat.

Federal unions are demanding the budget talks don't affect their jobs- how's that for gall?
The very ones that caused this nightmare are now demanding special consideration when it comes to cuts..

Just listen to this howler...

...“Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service”

Really....????

“No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have"??- they must be talking about their union contributions to the re elect the monster campaign..

They have experienced no layoffs, no cuts to salary, and no threats to future raises... just the same old crap that brought us this mess..
..don't touch my job!

and they will probably get away with it.

midnightsstaff said...

Labor wins another big settlement..

.."Hostess Brands Inc. said Tuesday night it would proceed with liquidation plans after mediation fails.
Earlier Tuesday, the head of the bakers union whose strike precipitated Hostess liquidation plans didn't attend a last-ditch mediation session and wasn't hopeful about its prospects, he said.
"I'm not too optimistic about this mediation," Frank Hurt, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, said when reached earlier Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. He said he couldn't get to New York, where the session was taking place; instead, he said, the union's secretary-treasurer was attending.

The mediation came at a judge's suggestion after the Twinkie maker said Friday that a week-long strike by the bakers left the company no choice but to seek a bankruptcy judge's approval for liquidation.

The judge, Robert Drain, urged mediation, citing among other things the hope for saving some 18,500 jobs. The company filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in January.

The judge indicated Monday that if mediation wasn't successful, Hostess could return to court Wednesday to pursue its liquidation plan.

Doug Mansky, a Hostess driver in Detroit and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was in the process of moving to a cheaper condominium on Tuesday, after his union had agreed to an 8% pay cut that he said would shave $200 a week from his income. After Judge Drain cleared Hostess to impose the same new labor terms on the bakers union, they went on strike.

"I hope things work out. I'm going to be 49 and trying to find a job in a market that's terrible," Mr. Mansky said"

the unions certainly showed those capitalists a thing or two eh?
..they burned their own fields and screwed their own workers.
..it's 1930's Germany shaping up all over again..

midnightsstaff said...

But the best part of this travesty is the mediation they demanded left no choice to ever sell to Bimbo which would have hopefully saved their jobs.. wouldn't want any monopolies being set up.. haha.
..remember those noble trust busters??

Looks like the union jobs are gone forever for the thugs who can't count past five.

But the real farce of the matter is when you realize the left has it's tail in a knot over a business not supplying organic vegetables but the very thing the Wookie is demanding we quit serving our children..
- the evil twinkie..

actually this is great theater.. and the unions are finally learning something about economics in the process.

I wonder if Obama will step in like he did with GM and forever ruin the Hostess brand as well. after all he never has to ask for union support again.

I just love waking up to feel good stories like this.

midnightsstaff said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lf3mgmEdfwg#!

Happy Thanksgiving...

midnightsstaff said...

Santelli breaking the jobs numbers down for us..
also the ass-clown communist sympathizer/apologist Steve Lisman bringing us a typical Obama cheerleader load of crap.

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000130761&play=1

without mirrors and smoke none of this would be possible.

That book Santelli was talking about at the end "the forgotten man" should be required reading by all voters.

midnightsstaff said...

So when the chairman of the Fed makes a statement like..

..."To be clear, the reduction in mortgage originations and home purchases for all groups relative to the pre-crisis period partly reflects weakness in the effective demand for housing rather than the unavailability of mortgage credit. Unemployment, income loss, and income insecurity prevent many households from purchasing homes, and concerns about the future direction of the labor market, housing prices, and the economy more generally keep other potential buyers on the sidelines. In addition, the fall in home prices means that many current homeowners cannot rely as much as they could in the past on tapping their existing home equity to trade up to larger or better homes, while underwater homeowners may be financially unable to move from their current homes"

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/11/15/ben_bernankes_speech_on_the_housing_market_116190.html

..he is actually admitting that the past four years of squandering good money after bad has not worked and he has run out of ideas.. and I suppose by making this statement he is acknowledging the whole thing is destined to crash..

.. did I miss anything?- am I close??

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

They pulled Santelli's video. I would have liked seeing it; I'm a big fan of his.

I wonder if there has ever been a worse president than Obama who actually got reelected. Maybe Wilson.

I saw Bernanke's comments yesterday; scary. Meanwhile president numb nuts is busy screwing up the pronunciation of everyone in Thailand.

Rick Kepple said...

"Right now, compared to me, Rick is looking like a rich bitch."

Geez CJ, you're on SSI? Holy crap! I remember those days of $400 a month living. If it wasn't for a cancer scare, I sure as hell wouldn't be selling the farm to move to Colorado and taking the risk of being homeless. There is absolutely no excuse for wealthy people to ship jobs overseas and make Americans live without. History proves time and time again that violence will result from this behavior that Middy supports.

".. did I miss anything?"

Yeah. Your opinions about military veterans living on your dime kind of crap. And you claim to have served in Vietnam? I don't believe you ever served in the military, Middy. I just don't buy it. I do believe that you were a prison guard. Don't need any brains to do that job.

midnightsstaff said...

The internet will no longer be a free forum of expression- they are working on scrubbing anything that is truthful and might educate the idiots of the true nature of Obama's communism.

yeah.. they can pull whatever they don't want you to see.
it's official.

And no you dribbling fool, I don't claim to have served.. it's an undeniable fact- I have a dd214 that reflects my mos, my awards and operations I was on,- do you?
I also have pictures and letters I saved that were sent from there, think those were faked?

Most of all I don't feel compelled to wear it on my sleeve like phony soldiers like you Rick- there are a lot of personal memories I have that I wouldn't share with a turd like you.

Rick Kepple said...

"yeah.. they can pull whatever they don't want you to see.
it's official."

Middy, I have no doubt that you served in Vietnam, but get with the program, son! You need to stop this anti-veteran BS. One, the VA is created to be biased. Two, the Supreme Court will be hearing a widow's case in 2013, that could streamline the entire claims system. Three, Agent Orange is not a mystery chemical responsible for all things evil. It's a herbicide and they sell it at your local farm store. Read the warning label and that ends the argument, but it's not sold as "Agent Orange."

To me, everything I see on the global stage is a crock created by intelligence agencies in order to destabilize the global population through creating a "necessity" for their intrusion into our lives, then eventually stabilizing the chaos that they created in the first place.

The trick is to make you and I want to ask the government to help us, thereby losing more of our rights. It's not personal. It's just politics.

You see, even the birth rate is growing beyond the death rate. Dictators are allowed to take over and people allowed to murder their own kind, if it is cheapter than negotiating contracts. Why intervene if death of anonymous others is more profitable?

We fought Communism in Vietnam and now Communists own much of our country. These are the brilliant people educated in ivy league schools selling us out.

Missouri's Christian cops leaked the MIAC report and that's the only reason anyone knows about it! I believe that every state has a similar report, especially California, that probably has Middy's name on it as an enemy of the State, simply because of who Middy really is. Middy can fool me, but he can't fool the feds.

midnightsstaff said...

alas poor twinkie... we knew it well..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPcYXrs_LWA
truth in advertising...

hey.. try it again...
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000130761&play=1
about six min. in he gets his rant on..

Lisman starts that passive aggressive crap like he does and Santelli shoves it right back down his pinko mouth.

Mike Slater said...

CJ, stop your whining for a minute and listen up. Who told you won't get SS and how am I trying to deny you getting it?

If something is not done to reform SS and medicare than you may not get it There are 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day and that will put a real burden on the system.

I'm acting like a big pig? Please.

I paid into SS and Medicare for 35 years, not because I wanted to but because the government forced me to. I would have much rather invested that all that money in those years.

If you don't get SS or Medicare don't blame me , blame the government.

The ones that won't get it are our children and grand children.

BTW, luck has nothing to do with it.

You and I will never agree on any thing but I do wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving.

Jim, I read your piece on Paula. Spot on. I doubt you will ever hear from her again. I left a few comments on her blog and it's safe to say I'm not on her favorite list. Same with Greathouse.

I have to admit though I really enjoy pissing them off.

Jim McAllister said...

CJ,

Mike is right. We didn't ask to pay into SS all our working years. It was mandatory just like serving in the military USED to be.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

I kept it brief on Paula but detailed enough that she got the point.

Did you read her pitiful blog about poor Toledo going to hell because of guys like Romney?

She has become a sad person. She would love to win an election; ANY election! It's never going to happen though; she isn't honest plus she is mercurial in her beliefs. She is an opportunist who would say anything to help her cause.

It's nice to know that Michelle Ugenti is in the Capitol representing our district.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I tried Santelli again; no dice. I get a box saying it has been removed.

Rick Kepple said...

"I'm acting like a big pig?"

Certainly not big. No.

"We didn't ask to pay into SS all our working years."

Libertarians say the same thing as Jimmy. They don't believe in Social Security, drivers licenses, license plates, marriage licenses mandatory insurance or religion. They also hoard gold and are getting pretty good at arguing common law in courtrooms.

You guys are largely Libertarians, you know. A roommate that I had in college was one and he leads a militia today.

Rick Kepple said...

Happy Thanksgiving boys and girls.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, Paula can't seem to understand why she loses elections. Maybe it's because voters aren't buying her BS. Her loss to Ugenti put her over the edge.

If she thinks she can win an election in Arizona with her nutty views she's sadly mistaken.

Paula is a bitter woman as is CJ plus they both voted for Obama so that should tell you something.

Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the football games.

midnightsstaff said...

Yes Happy Thanksgiving to all..

I don't know what to say, I had just watched it again when I tossed it back..
Scottsdale is known for it's sorry past behavior so maybe you have been put on a watch list.
probably something to do with your loud bars and shameless loose women.
..they finally listened to me.

Libertarianism is not usually a choice.. it chooses you, most of all we just want to be left alone to enjoy the freedoms that Liberty and Providence provides.
One certainly doesn't have to be wealthy in physical property to enjoy the fruits of living free- it's as natural to a libertarian minded person as drinking water is to a human being.
any decent person with money realizes it makes a great servant but a lousy master- I know wealthy people that you would believe were near poverty.
they enjoy their wealth in other ways than living ostentatiously.

..well I'm screwed, the internet channel that I use to watch the Packers has somehow left me a virus.. it took about three hours to let the avast run in safe mode and it picked up 31 hobgoblins.
I've been watching that link for about three years now for hockey and foooootbaaal.. and nothing like this has happened.

At least the new garage door opener is finally in.. what a pain in the kiester that was... never again.

and Rebecca is getting pushy- she is demanding that I open the door even tho her cat door is a mere two feet away..

She has a disgusting self centered socialist attitude.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

I hope there are some good games tomorrow. I don't usually watch college football.

Did you see where that kid at Division III Grinnell, Iowa scored 138 points tonight?

He hit 52 shots of 108 and 7 of 10 from the line. In any league that is great. he is 5-10 and 170.

I'm sure he'll be on the Today Show tomorrow.

I was going to make a crack about Ugenti to Paula on my AZ Voices piece but Barb convinced me not to. comment

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Here it is, it won't come through.

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000130761&play=1

Happy Thanksgiving to you too and everyone else out there. Thanks for all the comments that have made this blog a success.

midnightsstaff said...

I just watched it again... you tell me??

steve buzzardo said...

yeah, the video works ok.

Happy Thanksgiving all!
of course it would be better if the Packers were playing..

Rick Kepple said...

CJ mentioned having a whirlpool bath. A whirlpool bath sounds like a fancy human washing machine where you could get in, clothes and all, to do laundry and take a bath too! Add some bubblebath, set on "normal" and make all the craziness of the day just go away! LOL

Gonna make blackberry cobbler this morning, wild rice, mashed potatoes, other stuff and finally the store bought duck. It was always Dora's favorite. Nick is gonna make the pumpkin cookies later. Then I'm planning to watch "White Christmas," "Miracle on 34th Street," "It's a Wonderful Life," and others and finishing it off with learning Espanol and that new video production program.

Oh, and I saw the new "Red Dawn." Yeah, it's definitely a propaganda film to inspire Americans to fight for their country! It doesn't end, but keeps going for a sequel. I anticipate tactical weapons, gear and Prepping to increase in sales.

Happy Thanksgiving!

midnightsstaff said...

.." With sea surface temps cooling to near average in much of the equatorial Pacific,NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has dropped an El Niñowatch that’s been in effect for the past several months"-

NOAA is now predicting a different winter forecast than a month ago.

Evidently the weakened El Nino effect is closer to a La Nada and is now projected to leave us with "a 65% chance of below normal precip and above normal temps for the desert southwest including Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, El Paso, Amarillo, Yuma, and Lubbock TX"

Which leads me to believe the much vaunted NOAA indicators must have been off or something has changed.

But with the level of distrust based on being intentionally led astray by other government institutions.. who is to say what is believable any more to begin with- might be better off watching the Woolie Bear worms band color.
I wonder what a second storm would do to the east coast, and with no strong El Nino in effect we seem to be looking at another spring and summer with drought conditions all across the food growing area of the US..
enjoy this Thanksgiving as though it could be your last.

Jim McAllister said...

That's strange, the Santelli video won't come up. I get a notice that it has been removed.

Jim McAllister said...

I'm celebrating Thanksgiving today and the land acquisition Scottsdale made this week.

They bought up 6,400 acres of desert near my house that will connect us to the Tonto Forest.

This is a big deal as it is land that will never be developed and will remain pristine desert. It keeps the area beautiful plus hopefully will increase my property's worth.

midnightsstaff said...

Maybe if you would get out of IE the video would load..
I only use IE ports for live feed audio.
when a computer is doing something like you are describing, it's trying to tell you something.

I just had 31 trojan virus infected files I found last night and I think they all came through the IE porthole.
it's a bitch getting them deleted, in fact if I were you I would open your system in safe mode and run the avast and the free Malwarebytes utilities pretty soon.

I just opened it again and it works fine.
try firefox, lynx, or chrome- all are better browsers than IE.

I picked my case of computer AID's up from a site called Atdhe sports.. probably through downloading the download helper they furnish.. both the site and the dl helper were corrupt in all three of my drives- C, the backup D and the stand alone back up hard drive E.

Steve and I seem to not have problems with that download.

Jim McAllister said...

I use Chrome exclusively. I haven't used IE in a while.

???????

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Is this the Santelli rant? I found this on another source. He really battles with Lisman.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/cnbcs-santelli-gets-into-knock-down-drag-out-shouting-match-over-jobs-report-im-not-implying-anything/

midnightsstaff said...

Na that isn't the one.. but it's another good one..

..like I said.. the guy with the green eye shades at the CBO looks up and says.. "what do you need the number to say?"

They might as well get Baghdad Bob as the new unemployment czar..

Lisman is a complete fool, much like Cramer and the rest.

Mike Slater said...

Come on Jim, taking a shot at Paula is always fun.

I may watch a few college games tomorrow but Saturday is the big day for me. It's all the rivalry games. Michigan and Ohio State, Auburn and Alabama and Notre Dame and USC.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

Barb was VERY emphatic. She said mentioning Ugenti would be going overboard.

I figured I better listen if I know what is good for me! LOL

Paula has been a major disappointment. A real artificial phony.

midnightsstaff said...

Yes.. I prefer authentic phonies myself..
haha..

Barb would rap your knuckles for that grammatical faux pas. or maybe you are just seeing if anyone is awake..

What would inspire anyone to go to a dept. store from now until after Christmas?
Here we go again- some jackass sits down to take a smoke in front of Kmart and sure enough a line forms.

Has this nation completely lost it's collective mind.... I am serious!
this crap has just gotten out of hand.
First with the retailers breaking the traditional Thanksgiving holiday cease fire amongst themselves denying their employees a measure of sanity, now we have the LAPD put out a warning they intend to break heads if shoppers step out of line.
Ho ho humm.

speaking of... this is the first Christmas in my lifetime without Ho-Ho's.

I'm not sure the whole thing has not outlived it's usefulness- maybe we ought to just let Christmas file chapt.13 and be done with it.
..frankly a divorce is long overdue, we simply cannot afford it any longer and never could.

It was one big commercialized assault on our intelligence to begin with and then it went downhill.

.."every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under"
HLM

midnightsstaff said...

It's like an endless reel of monte python any more.. not only was the guy running a business in the slam, but he had pretty nice digs from what it sounds like.. not your usual six by nine two man cell.

http://rt.com/usa/news/porn-prison-sharrak-laptop-278/

get this.."Sharrak was locked up back in August 2010 to await sentencing for tax evasion, but health problems and other issues kept him in the jail’s VIP cell — a space previously reserved for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick among others — all the way through May of this year when he was finally dished a six-year term to be spent at a federal prison in West Virginia. Before then, though, Sharrak reportedly had access to a personal laptop which he used to conduct telephone conversations with colleagues and move money around his accounts"

A VIP cell in Detroit- built for such leaders as Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick?
No.. now that I think about it, it makes perfect sense.

Rick Kepple said...

That land deal sounds nifty, Jim. Boy, I'd love to have a home adjacent to a national forest! That would be the life!

Computers: I love my PC more than my Mac. Software: I'm having to learn the new Adobe photoshop still and video software. And learn Spanish if I'm moving to Colorado. I sometimes wonder if Arizona might be better, cause the pain will increase as I get older. Environment will pretty much be my medication. I am not gonna worry about the other health problems right now. Plenty of time to fret about that!

My Thanksgiving dinner was perfect! Duck and all the fixin's and Nick and I timed all the food just perfectly to be done at once! My computer tech came to dinner and it wasn't bad for a bunch of bachelors!

Weather? We had a bad drought and I'm expecting extreme cold weather this winter. Extreme cold equals extreme pain.

midnightsstaff said...

.."Michael Rushford, president of the association, says communities in California have seen “double digit” crime increases since realignment began last year, with parolees who were supposedly nonviolent committing violent crimes.
“The state’s formula … doesn’t work,” Rushford said, although he acknowledged that strategies implemented by the state may indeed have reduced recidivism for inmates released in fiscal year 2007-08. Rushford said he’s most concerned that successes achieved with a population released five years ago are being used to justify realignment now"

http://taxdollars.ocregister.com/2012/11/21/state-recidivism-rate-declines-for-2nd-straight-year/163984/

Clownafornia leads the way in nearly every category when it comes to reinforced insanity..

When you skim off the dross of this stupid idea it becomes evident the politicians have merely traded their own constituents human misery for the illusion of saving money.

Forcing the Dept. of Corrections to release these turds early has resulted in exactly what we told them it would.

They are merely buying time and endangering the public with these ill advised edicts.
The bullet train from nowhere to nowhere is an idea who's time has come behind the fruit curtain- it might represent the best hope for those morons only because their other ideas are even more ridiculous.

Rick Kepple said...

"When you skim off the dross of this stupid idea it becomes evident the politicians have merely traded their own constituents human misery for the illusion of saving money."

Put violent offenders in jail or prison. Make the nonviolent criminals wear ankle bracelets, prisoners in their own homes, working a job, only going to the store, offer them online college courses, no porno, no chat rooms, no fun. TV channels are basic only. They must pay for their OWN ankle bracelet then surrender it when they have served their time.

The cost savings would be enormous. But our civilization is primitive and based on money making. Our species is still very much monkeys addicted to shiny rocks and living in a tribal setting.

What's horrible is that politicians aren't intelligent people, but merely look pretty enough to win a popularity contest. Our lives are being run by brainless boobs and you wonder why Obama apologized for our being attacked. You name any politician, except Ron Paul, and they're probably willing to take your suggestions, because they got no brains.

Rick Kepple said...

"I use Chrome exclusively. I haven't used IE in a while."

I suspect that Chrome needs a faster Internet speed and where I live, online speeds are pretty slow. So Nick, Dale and I are considering the facets of places like Denver for the faster speeds, but like Middy pointed out - a higher crime rate.

Nick is going to handle the music side of the company and we're considering mixing songs from musicians emailing tracks to him from all over the world. I'm considering what we could produce with video and Dale just needs to keep everything running. He said we can set up all the computers on a network to work together.

I don't understand IE compared to Chrome, much less all that network stuff. No, he's not talking about a Cloud, which costs money.

Basically, I'm thinking to use the expertise from us three, maybe more, and to still create jobs (ours) and it requires a tad bit of micromanaging and a bunch of macromanaging!

midnightsstaff said...

I gotta hand it to you, your expertise on computers is comparable to your knowledge of human nature and controlling criminal behavior.

Of course one immediate solution to aggressively lower crime statistics is to do away with law- and Clownafornia is doing the next best thing to that.
It stands to reason that if there are no rules- there are no rule breakers.

just faceless victims.

midnightsstaff said...

Actually what these Black Friday mobs do provide is a real opportunity for Obama voters to steal merchandi.. err -I mean "engage in personal wealth distribution tactics"- in the hyped up crowds and confusion..

Obviously many have been inspired by the new Obama government transfer of wealth policy.
it's the new normal.

midnightsstaff said...

I thought someone would have brought the subject up that yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy no confidence vote by the CIA.

guess not..

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Oops! quite the malaprop I admit but when I think of Paula I think of all kinds of mean adjective. According to her, it is now Bain's fault that Toledo turned into a wasteland.

Someday, if she feels there is a benefit for her, she will want to re-join us. Ha-ha, I'd like to see her get through that door. We have certain standards of which she does no longer qualify.

Jim McAllister said...

Did you see the headlines on Drudge today? All about the nonsense of this Black Friday garbage where supposedly human beings turn into animals over an out of date Smart phone or a television.

So, now the idiocy starts at 8:00 the night before. The stores just can't help themselves I guess since all these nuts are chomping at the bit.

It reminds me of the days when no one thought of Christmas before Thanksgiving. Now the advertising starts before they can take the Halloween pumpkins off display.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

Scottsdale has been talking about that 6,400 acres of Preserve land for a while now and they finally pulled it off. They were the only ones to bid at auction.

It helps the city and especially those of us living adjacent to the property. I have no intention of ever moving. I don't think I could find a nicer area than I am in and it is nice to know that land will remain pristine desert.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Knowing Clownafornia, the next thing they will do is re-elect idiot Brown.

I couldn't believe they elected him this last time. Linda Ronstadt has gained about 200 lbs. since his first election.
\
I remember when his father beat Nixon for governor in '62.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I'm surprised a liberal like Don doesn't dispute your talk about stealing on Black Friday with something like, "they have a perfect right to take what they want. It's only an act of fairness that the poor should be able to steal from the rich. After all, those rich people will still be rich; Obama says so and he is our leader."

What an idiot's delight he is.

midnightsstaff said...

I notice that San Francisco has a new starting quarterback.. yeah that was quite a show Kaepernick put on Monday night.. good enough for Harbaugh to pencil him in the starting slot..

The guy looked good enough to me to start in all but about five teams.. and SF.

I like the attitude he has but I have been fooled before, but I think he is a keeper..

..meanwhile the Cardinals... hahaha.

midnightsstaff said...

I imagine we will have to suffer the local pop warner team wasting our time Sunday instead of seeing the NO/SF game.. figures.

Good news is the late game is GB/NYG- which should tell a lot about the direction each team is headed..

The Pack by winning will put them in a seriously good position to bury the Bears, and Washington is playing pretty good and along with the Cowboys are pressing the Giants for real.

Turning out to be a pretty good season despite the first three weeks- I love it when the inter division games start meaning separation.

midnightsstaff said...

I guess we can now see the subtle yet glaring double entendre of "Black Friday"- lol.. I gotta tell ya, this video reminds me of why I retired from prison work.

I hope Obamakare covers rabies.. I saw a couple of bites and an eye gouge or two mixed in there.

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/20169595/video-shows-shoppers-pushed-shoved-during-black-friday-sales

So is Black Friday now going to be some racist slur?

.."Foah moah yeahrs"

midnightsstaff said...

I wonder how many lawsuits these retailers will get for damages?
Seems to me a clear cut display of baiting people to riot and fight.. that is criminal if proved to be intent and certainly leaves them wide open for civil suits if someone actually gets hurt.
..what a steaming pile this nation has turned into.

I am totally embarrassed by humanity and apologize to God all the time about it..

midnightsstaff said...

I guess with no one paying attention papers can run stories like the layoffs at an Avondale solar plant..with a blithe opinion...

..."Unfortunately, the federal government appears to be hell-bent on taking a protectionist route when it comes to trade policy with China," he said. "Neither side wins when the free market is obstructed"

http://westvalleyview.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=190&ArticleID=43503

But with a min. of skeptic driven investigation another explanation becomes evident.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/428935/once-mighty-suntech-struggles-to-survive/

.." In many ways, Suntech is suffering from the stifling market conditions it helped create. To achieve greater scale, it borrowed heavily and rapidly expanded production to lower solar panel costs and keep pace with competitors (see "The Chinese Solar Machine"). But now, the market is flooded with panels, and the leading Chinese solar manufacturers are overextended financially.
It's created a situation where even the most technically advanced and established companies are operating at a loss"

..Just reinforces my opinion that if an idea is sound it doesn't need a subsidy.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I picked SF over the Bears because of home field and Frank Gore. With both QBs (Cutler and Smith) out, that was about all I had to go on.

I never figured Kaerpernick into the equation and what a surprise he was. He couldn't miss!

I'll bet Smith gets over his concusssion real quick!

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