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Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity

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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A German's View on Islam

This was forwarded to my by Linda D. I am publishing this because it's an excellent summary of where the world is vis a vis Islam...

The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’

‘My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

‘We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.’

‘The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.’

‘The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China 's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.’

‘The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?
‘History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.’

‘Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.’

‘Now Islamic prayers have been introduced in Toronto and other public schools in Ontario , and, yes, in Ottawa , too, while the Lord's Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?). The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.’

‘In Australia , and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation's shores.’

‘In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of "no-go" zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.’

‘As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts - the fanatics who threaten our way of life.’ 
A very interesting and insightful piece.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Disaster!

The company I work as a carpenter/installer for,  Atlantic Fixtures in the Baltimore, MD area, as a punishment for having to have a follow up appointment for some ribs I had broken back in April, decided to give a a week off unpaid...even though the job I was to work on in Annapolis, MD area, I would have been able to stay at home and drive there every morning...

To make a long story short, I am being evicted from my house tomorrow...because losing a week's pay meant I couldn't pay my rent this month. My wife is freaking out trying to pack everything by 10 am tomorrow...and to add insult to injury, I have about $80.00 in the bank.  We tried Jewish Family Services in Baltimore for help, but they turned us down. A friend has rented us a UHaul and a storage unit so that we can save as much of our stuff as possible...

...Is there anyone in the metro-Baltimore area that has a bed she can sleep on this weekend? I am stuck in Poughkeepsie, NY working on installing the millwork in a Kay jewelry store...she won't let me come home to help because I'll probably lose my job. I'm desperate...

I thought that we had another week, when my next paycheck would hit, with the expense money, etc., I could have done it...but not now. I have nothing coming in. We need help.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Demz Massive Tax Increase

On July 1, 2014...we saw the single highest increase in taxes in history:



Here is what happened on July 1st 2014:
Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
Capital Gains Tax went from 15 % to 28%
Dividend Tax went from 15% to 39.6%
Estate Tax went from 0% to 55%
These taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obama Care. All these taxes were passed with only Democrat votes, not one Republican voted to do these taxes. Remember this come election time. 

Not one Republican voted for these taxes...when you see your abilility to pay for these huge taxes...remember that they were passed by democrats. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Don't Mess With Texas: Dallas Edition

In Texas there is a huge problem with illegal aliens driving cars without insurance.  So...the City of Dallas had a solution.  Via Lynda D.:



Don’t mess withTexas
***The City of Dallas, Texas passed an ordinance
Stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement
And is not able to provide proof of Insurance, the car is towed.
To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show
Proof of insurance to have the car released.
This has made
it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars.
Shortly after the "No Insurance" ordinance was passed,
The Dallas impound lots began to fill up and were full
After only nine days.
Over 80% of the impounded cars were driven by illegals.
Now, not only must they provide proof of insurance to
have their car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow,
A*$350 fine, and *$20 for every day their car is kept
In the lot.
Guess what?
Accident rates have gone down 47% and Dallas' solution
gets uninsured drivers off the road *WITHOUT* making
them show proof of nationality.
I Wonder how Attorney General
Holder's US Justice Department
Will get around this one.
* * * * *
** Just brings tears to your eyes doesn't it? **
*** GO Dallas ***
AMEN TO THAT
I can't stop smiling!
That's a hell of a way to deal with a problem!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This Time It's Biblical: Israeli Reservists Preparing for War in Gaza

Video of Israeli Reservists mustering for combat in Gaza...




Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 04, 2014

The Intellectuals and Socialism

Via Happy Acres


By 
F.A. Hayek

[Reprinted from The University of Chicago Law Review (Spring 1949), pp. 417-420, 421-423, 425-433,
by permission of the author and the publisher, The University of Chicago Press; George B. de Huszar ed.,
The Intellectuals: A Controversial Portrait (Glencoe, Illinois: the Free Press, 1960) pp. 371-84. The
pagination of this edition corresponds to the Huszar edited volume.]

In all democratic countries, in the United States even more than elsewhere, a
strong belief prevails that the influence of the intellectuals on politics is negligible. This
is no doubt true of the power of intellectuals to make their peculiar opinions of the
moment influence decisions, of the extent to which they can sway the popular vote on
questions on which they differ from the current views of the masses. Yet over
somewhat longer periods they have probably never exercised so great an influence as
they do today in those countries. This power they wield by shaping public opinion.
In the light of recent history it is somewhat curious that this decisive power of
the professional secondhand dealers in ideas should not yet be more generally
recognized. The political development of the Western World during the last hundred
years furnishes the clearest demonstration. Socialism has never and nowhere been at
first a working-class movement. It is by no means an obvious remedy for the obvious
evil which the interests of that class will necessarily demand. It is a construction of
theorists, deriving from certain tendencies of abstract thought with which for a long
time only the intellectuals were familiar; and it required long efforts by the intellectuals
before the working classes could be persuaded to adopt it as their program.

In every country that has moved toward socialism, the phase of the development
in which socialism becomes a determining influence on politics has been preceded for
many years by a period during which socialist ideals governed the thinking of the more
active intellectuals. In Germany this stage had been reached toward the end of the last
century; in England and France, about the time of the first World War. To the casual
observer it would seem as if the United States had reached this phase after World War II
and that the attractio n of a planned and directed economic system is now as strong
among the American intellectuals as it ever was among their German or English
fellows. Experience suggests that, once this phase has been reached, it is merely a
question of time until the views now held by the intellectuals become the governing
force of politics...

Read the whole thing!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

An Amazing Voice!

This man looks like he should be covering Metalica or  Black Sabbath...not opera.  Please listen to the immense range he has before you judge...he since BOTH soprano...and  tenor...simply amazing. I honestly hope that someone in the music industry will grab this guy because he's amazing!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Impeach Obama: Perhaps The Time Has Come...

With the latest violation of law by this administration it is perhaps time to seriously consider impeachment.  Judge Jeanine Pirro puts it this way:



Full transcript via Fox News Insider: Judge Jeanine to Obama: ‘Your Actions Demand Impeachment’

There is a sacred trust between a country and its leader, between a president and the people he leads. When a leader violates that trust, the people from whom he derives his power have the inalienable right to remove him. 
You may agree or disagree with what I’m about to say; it’s not meant to be political.
Whatever the context, when you let things slide – one after another – the foundation deteriorates. Even water sliding down a rock begins to wear at it and break it down. And like that rock, our very existence is in jeopardy. Barack Obama has put us in that jeopardy yet again. 
The latest: exchanging a man whose own platoon soldiers call a “deserter,” who voluntarily left his unit during combat – in itself a death-eligible crime – for five of the worst Taliban terrorists in Gitmo. 
Obama sends out old faithful Susan Rice to say this of Bowe Bergdahl:
      “He served the United States with honor and distinction.” 
What? Even the White House had to re-spin that. 
Now Susan, isn’t English your first language? Weren’t you briefed on what to say? And not for nothing, don’t you know that those Sunday morning talk shows are a danger zone for you? But then again, that despicable video lie got you moved up to national security adviser. 
And ironically, the reason for the trade:
     “What we did was ensure that as always the United States doesn’t leave a man or a woman on the battlefield.”
Pray tell, Susan, is it OK to leave some behind?

The trade surprised even Congress:
      “It comes with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following the law.” 
And that’s a Democrat! 
Enter our president:
“We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated, and we were deeply concerned about and we saw an opportunity and we seized it, and I make no apologies for that.” 
But when key senators didn’t buy the “ill” excuse, a new narrative emerged: the Taliban would kill Bergdahl if you followed U.S. law and told Congress. Seriously? 
Mr. President, my sources tell me you knew Bergdahl’s location for months. Why didn’t you send in SEAL Team 6? It would have made another great photo op. Why didn’t you send in those drones? Could it be, Mr. President, he was your excuse to release 5 Taliban terrorists from Gitmo? Those five men, the worst of the worst. Some wanted by the U.N. for mass murders, killing thousands, al Qaeda-connected, these are the guys who behead their enemies, including children. They hate America and everything we stand for. And you release them – knowing many return to the battlefield – because Arab country Qatar assured you that they do not pose a threat to us? And you’re good with that? You buy it? You think 12 years in Gitmo has softened their resolve to kill us? 
Mr. President, you didn’t just release them, you unleashed them, and you and you alone will be responsible for the hell that will be unleashed on us. You have teed us up for death and destruction. And don’t give me this hogwash that they are prisoners of war who have to be freed when we leave Afghanistan. They are not prisoners of war. The Taliban is not a country. They are enemy combatants who can be held indefinitely and should have been tried for their crimes. And as much as you want to take terms like “Islamic extremists” and “jihad” out of our lexicon, the War on Terror is far from over. 
You didn’t have to release them. And I don’t give a damn whether you try them at Gitmo, in a military tribunal or in a federal court. United States attorneys have prosecuted these dirt bags and convicted them time and again. 
Here’s the bottom line: you negotiated with terrorists. You broke the very law that you signed. You have shown terrorists that they can win concessions by kidnapping Americans. In the history of this country we have never traded mass murderers for a deserter.
My father and grandfather fought in World War II. Ironically, you go to Normandy 70 years later – where my grandfather was injured – and make like you respect the military.

You call yourself a commander-in-chief. But what commander-in-chief doesn’t support a surge, but sends in 40,000 troops anyway? What commander-in-chief reduces benefits to to those in the military? Closes the Veterans War Memorial? Reduces the army to pre-World War II levels? Knowingly allows veterans to die in our hospitals, while replenishing the enemy in a time of war? 
Mr. President: you are destroying this country. You have diminished us on the world stage. You have trampled on the very laws you swore to uphold. You are not a true commander-in-chief. We’ve impeached a president for lying about sex with an intern. Your actions, far more egregious, demand impeachment. - [.] – END -
The US Constitution provides for the removal of a President or Vice president in Article II, Section  4 and reads;
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Obama has violated the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) by repeatedly moving deadlines, that are set within the law.  He doesn't have the Constitional right to change laws passed by Congress without Congressional approval. He has not yet had that approval.  He violated the law by negotiating with terrorists to return a deserter from combat (an offense that the Uniform Code of Military Justice permits the death penalty).

When you include the IRS' targeting of conservative organizations in a blatant attempt to suppress opponents of the current president...then of course there is Benghazi...where both  the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and National Security Adviser all lied to the country about the attack that lead to the death  of an Ambassador as well as three others, in an attack that lasted NINE HOURS!

While I tremble in fear at the mere idea of Joe Biden becoming president...can we continue to afford the current incumbent's actions?  Can we afford to have a president who honestly believes that the Constitution doesn't apply to him?  If it doesn't apply to him, then it doesn't apply to ANYONE!

This is something that we as a nation may well have to think very hard about. Does anyone honestly believe that if this president was a Republican, that the media wouldn't be actively pushing for his impeachment?  Really?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

WAKE UP AMERICA!

Hey, a friend of mine sent this to me. It rather resonates with a clear sighted message for what ails America today:
Friends, would you believe that Lee Iacocca is 94 years old and is stillKICKIN’ butt? Check out his latest rant.

Just as true today as it was when his book first came out. He was, andstill is, a brilliant businessman! Often we need to be reminded of Iacocca'swords.

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes, and developed the Mustang?He's now 94 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.

Lee Iacocca Says:

Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers'money, much less build a hybrid car. 
But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'trust me, the economy is getting better.' Better? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned Titanic'.  I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the Democrats out, along with Obama!'

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Afghanistan , Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to do. The liberal press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions.That's not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. We're immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. But our soldiers are dying daily. We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it's getting worse every day! 

We've lost the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are going to skyrocket again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the tree-hugging environmentalists. 

Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the  teachers' union. Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegals amnesty and free healthcare. The middle class is being squeezed to death every day. These are times that cry out for leadership. 
But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened. Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now, that's just crazy. Deal with life.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing.
Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it. Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. 
The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn't elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody  so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change? Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America . 
In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some ofAmerica 's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great Depression,' World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since 9/11.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Case for Reparations, A Response: Bullshit & Fuzzy Logic

In yet another example of the stupidity of modern Leftists, Ti-Nehisi Coates has published a lengthy article entitled "The Case For Reparations". However, while he's long on history, he's short on logic.  Essentially he's saying that every single white American owes every single black American reparations for slavery...regardless of when their ancestors emigrated to America (either voluntarily, or involuntarily).

What Coates ignores is the simple fact that the vast majority of slaves sold to traders on the west coast of Africa were sold by Africans, and Muslim slavers...not by "white people."  More over, his logic states that every single black American should receive "reparations" regardless  of when they arrived on our shores.  Furthermore, every single white American owes this payment...regardless of when they arrived in America.

For my case, my ancestors came to America in the 1630's in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony...and moves westward.  As far as I can discern, NONE ever owned slaves, but according to Mr. Coates, I should pay him because I am white.

BUT, if you  follow his logic chain, then every single black American should pay the descendants of every single Union soldier who was either killed or wounded in the Civil War because they fought to free Black Americans.

Mr. Coates, you owe me blood money because my direct ancestor was killed along with four of his brothers at the battle of Peachtree Creek, Georgia.  I want my money now, Mr.  Coates, YOU OWE ME FOR YOUR CURRENT FREEDOMS. My ancestors payed the ultimate sacrifice for your freedoms and now you must pay me for their deaths in  freeing you.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This is my last resort

To all of my husband's loyal readers:

We have come to a point where I have never asked for any assistance on his blog (even though he lists me as a contributor).

I am asking for any donations because the company he had been working for the past few weeks has not paid him any wages.

We are down to our last few dollars and with his medical bills coming in and the cost of my medications; we have nothing.

I would be very grateful for any assistance.

Thank you in advance,

Cheri Vail

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UPDATE added by Rich:

Here's the name of the Company that has not paid:

Beaubois

It's a Canadian company located in Quebec.  I've recently learned that they have a history of not paying 1099 sub-contractors.  I worked for them for several weeks, and eventually stopped from lack of payment.  We have been trying to collect for more than three weeks.  I'd hire a lawyer, but can't afford to.  At this point they owe me more than $2200 dollars in return for services rendered at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Feel free to contact this deadbeat company and voice your opinion. Here's how:

Contact us

 Ébénisterie Beaubois Ltée
521 6ième Avenue
Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada
G5Y 0H1
Phone: 418 228-5104
Fax:418 228-3524
Toll free:1 800 463-2237
E-mail: beauboisREMOVE-THIS-FOR-SPAM@beaubois.ca
carrieresREMOVE-THIS-FOR-SPAM@beaubois.ca
GPS: 46°07.16.02. N / 70° 41.42.69 Wexternal link


Quebec City airport to Head Office:
  • Route de l'Aéroport Sud (South)
  • Autoroute Duplessis (South)
  • Pont Pierre-Laporte (Bridge)
  • Autoroute QC-73 Sud (South) and follow the road all the way to Beauceville, then follow Route QC-173 Sud (South) to St-Georges.
  • In St-Georges, take Lacroix Blvd. then turn right at 118th Street.
  • Cross the bridge over the Chaudière River up to Dionne Blvd./6th Avenue, then turn right on 6th Avenue and head north to Beaubois' office.

Montreal airport to Head Office:


  • Highway 20 Est (East) to Quebec City
  • Take the Saint-Georges Exit 312-South at Highway QC-73 and follow the road all the way to Beauceville, then follow Route QC-173 Sud (South) to St-Georges.
  • In St-Georges, take Lacroix Blvd. then turn right at 118th Street.
  • Cross the bridge over the Chaudière River up to Dionne Blvd./6th Avenue, then turn right on 6th Avenue and head north to Beaubois' office.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Top Political Donors

Gee, with Harry Reid's all-nighter to appease Tom Steyer so that Steyer would then agree to spend $100 million dollars for Senate Democrats...but that's ok right? He's not part of the .0001% or anything...and what about this lovely list...how many of these are part of the so called 1%'ers...and give a vast majority to "Progressive" candidates and/or Democrats?

Company or name Rank Contributor Total Contribs Total Dem Total Repub

1 Fahr LLC/Tom Steyer $11,230,592 $118,800 100% 0% $11,111,792$11,111,792 16% 0%
2 City of New York, NY $9,070,152 $139,564 89% 11% $8,930,588$8,930,588 97% 0% 
3 Democratic Governors Assn $7,718,842 $0 0% 0% $7,718,842$7,718,842 100% 0% 
4 National Education Assn $7,024,087 $723,337 87% 13% $6,300,750$6,300,750 99% 0% 
5 National Assn of Realtors $5,103,115 $1,603,115 47% 53% $3,500,000$3,500,000 0% 0% 
6 Carpenters & Joiners Union $5,084,717 $1,236,750 80% 20% $3,847,967$3,847,967 100% 0% 
7 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $3,564,375 $1,333,125 100% 0% $2,231,250$2,231,250 94% 0% 
8 AFL-CIO $2,578,400 $203,200 81% 19% $2,375,200$2,375,200 100% 0% 
9 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,134,055 $1,633,055 97% 3% $501,000$501,000 100% 0% 
10 Comcast Corp $2,022,945 $2,022,445 54% 46% $500$500 50% 0% 
11 Republican Governors Assn $2,001,000 $1,000 0% 100% $2,000,000$2,000,000 0% 100% 
12 AT&T Inc $1,960,618 $1,956,568 38% 62% $4,050$4,050 12% 81% 
13 Northrop Grumman $1,878,633 $1,877,583 43% 57% $1,050$1,050 0% 52% 
14 Lockheed Martin $1,875,594 $1,872,971 38% 62% $2,623$2,623 0% 38% 
15 Operating Engineers Union $1,873,733 $1,725,733 81% 19% $148,000$148,000 95% 5% 
16 Honeywell International $1,750,743 $1,750,743 41% 59%  $0$0 0% 0% 
17 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $1,742,949 $1,727,449 41% 59%                                            $15,500$15,500 3% 97% 
18 Boeing Co $1,697,796 $1,696,642 43% 57% $1,154$1,154 0% 35% 
19 Laborers Union $1,648,660 $1,073,660 88% 12% $575,000$575,000 83% 17% 
20 American Assn for Justice $1,628,250 $1,352,750 96% 4% $275,500$275,500 91% 0% 
21 National Beer Wholesalers Assn $1,618,250 $1,618,250 42% 58% $0$0 0% 0% 
22 General Electric $1,609,360 $1,608,110 41% 59% $1,250$1,250 0% 40% 
23 Credit Union National Assn $1,573,250 $1,573,250 48% 52% $0$0 0% 0% 
24 Votesane PAC $1,562,108 $1,562,108 29% 71% $0$0 0% 0% 
25 Mostyn Law Firm $1,560,450 $167,950 100% 0% $1,392,500$1,392,500 28% 0% 
26 Every Republican is Crucial PAC $1,550,000 $1,550,000 0% 100% $0$0 0% 0% 
27 Plumbers/Pipefitters Union $1,540,500 $925,250 91% 9%                                            $615,250$615,250 84% 0% 
28 American Federation of Teachers $1,532,150 $1,181,150 100% 0% $351,000$351,000 100% 0% 
29 Goldman Sachs $1,528,251 $1,527,501 33% 67% $750$750 0% 0% 
30 American Crystal Sugar $1,515,349 $1,515,349 59% 41% $0$0 0% 0% 
31 Jordan Vineyard & Winery $1,505,103 $77,400 0% 100%                                            $1,427,703$1,427,703 0% 100% 
32 Berkshire Hathaway $1,461,148 $1,460,348 36% 64% $800$800 0% 0% 
33 Deloitte LLP $1,459,909 $1,459,359 41% 59% $550$550                                                0% 55% 
34 Contran Corp $1,417,850 $217,850 16% 84% $1,200,000$1,200,000 0% 100% 
35 Cooperative of American Physicians $1,404,998 $95,200 59% 41% $1,309,798$1,309,798 0% 0% 
36 Verizon Communications $1,374,670 $1,371,920 49% 51% $2,750$2,750 9% 55% 
37 Bank of America $1,349,973 $1,325,773 36% 64% $24,200$24,200 31% 66% 
38 American Bankers Assn $1,344,700 $1,337,700 24% 76% $7,000$7,000 0% 0% 
39 Raytheon Co $1,324,348 $1,323,548 38% 62% $800$800 0% 100% 
40 Google Inc $1,305,353 $1,296,233 60% 40% $9,120$9,120 52% 0% 
41 National Auto Dealers Assn $1,296,200 $1,296,200 31% 69% $0$0 0% 0% 
42 Communications Workers of America $1,283,500 $633,250 97% 3% $650,250$650,250 100% 0% 
43 New York Life Insurance $1,266,909 $1,266,509 45% 55% $400$400 0% 100% 
44 Wells Fargo $1,194,145 $1,164,395 34% 66% $29,750$29,750 84% 10% 
45 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn $1,191,697 $1,191,697 30% 70% $0$0 0% 0% 
46 United Parcel Service $1,181,716 $1,180,966 35% 65% $750$750 100% 0% 
47 CSX Corp $1,166,719 $1,166,469 36% 64% $250$250 0% 100% 
48 International Assn of Fire Fighters $1,160,080 $1,085,080 87% 13% $75,000$75,000 100% 0% 
49 Elliott Management $1,143,073 $990,000 0% 100% $153,073$153,073 0% 100% 
50 Perry Homes $1,142,200 $42,200 0% 100% $1,100,000$1,100,000 0% 100%
51 Koch Industries $1,122,025 $1,122,025 1% 99% $0$0 0% 0% 
52 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $1,110,265 $1,060,265 100% 0% $50,000$50,000 100% 0% 
53 Home Depot $1,082,820 $1,082,820 21% 79% $0$0 0% 0% 
54 Pfizer Inc $1,081,449 $1,081,249 47% 53% $200$200 0% 0% 
55 Microsoft Corp $1,078,926 $1,078,476 60% 40% $450$450 0% 0% 
56 United Steelworkers $1,072,486 $198,300 99% 1% $874,186$874,186 5% 0% 
57 EMILY's List $1,070,582 $965,023 100% 0% $105,559$105,559 100% 0% 
58 AFLAC Inc $1,070,270 $1,070,270 42% 58% $0$0 0% 0% 
59 Alliance Resource Partners $1,064,850 $464,850 0% 100% $600,000$600,000 0% 100% 
60 Boies, Schiller & Flexner $1,051,100 $49,850 97% 3% $1,001,250$1,001,250 100% 0%
61 Ernst & Young $1,037,700 $1,037,450 38% 62% $250$250 0% 100%
62 PricewaterhouseCoopers $1,029,634 $1,029,634 33% 67% $0$0 0% 0% 
63 United Technologies $1,029,350 $1,029,350 43% 57% $0$0 0% 0% 
64 Blackstone Group $1,008,601 $1,008,601 38% 62% $0$0 0% 0% 
65 UBS AG $984,648 $982,898 40% 60% $1,750$1,750 0% 0% 
66 Uline Inc $974,975 $94,975 0% 100% $880,000$880,000 0% 100% 
67 Ironworkers Union $960,200 $812,100 98% 2% $148,100$148,100 100% 0% 
68 Akin, Gump et al $956,688 $936,688 70% 30% $20,000$20,000 0% 38%
69 Teamsters Union $949,867 $894,869 94% 6% $54,998$54,998 55% 0% 
70 National Cable & Telecommunications Assn $948,700 $948,700 50% 50% $0$0 0% 0% 
71 National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors $945,900 $945,900 39% 61% $0$0 0% 0% 
72 JPMorgan Chase & Co $941,791 $935,566 37% 63% $6,225$6,225 0% 0% 
73 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $925,150 $925,150 70% 30% $0$0 0% 0% 
74 Investment Co Institute $920,750 $920,750 34% 66% $0$0 0% 0% 
75 Trust Asset Management $908,900 $58,900 100% 0% $850,000$850,000 100% 0% 
76 Air Line Pilots Assn $905,500 $905,500 66% 34% $0$0 0% 0% 
77 Service Employees International Union $904,430 $769,430 100% 0% $135,000$135,000 100% 0% 
78 American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons $897,900 $897,900 38% 62% $0$0 0% 0% 
79 FedEx Corp $894,100 $893,600 37% 63% $500$500 0% 0% 
80 Altria Group $888,265 $888,265 20% 80% $0$0 0% 0% 
81 Sheet Metal Workers Union $886,400 $806,400 93% 7% $80,000$80,000 100% 0% 
82 Exelon Corp $874,475 $872,975 36% 64% $1,500$1,500 0% 83% 
83 Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $872,200 $872,200 96% 4% $0$0 0% 0% 
84 Wal-Mart Stores $869,338 $868,538 42% 58% $800 $800 31% 69% 
85 Independent Community Bankers of America $849,550 $813,550 38% 62% $36,000$36,000 0% 0% 
86 Citigroup Inc $838,009 $809,259 50% 50% $28,750$28,750 0% 0% 
87 Morgan Stanley $827,649 $821,649 41% 59% $6,000$6,000 0% 8% 
88 Painters & Allied Trades Union $827,060 $827,060 83% 17% $0$0 0% 0% 
89 General Dynamics $817,058 $817,058 45% 55% $0$0 0% 0% 
90 Freedom Project $815,000 $815,000 0% 100% $0$0 0% 0% 
91 Union Pacific Corp $814,696 $814,696 36% 64% $0$0 0% 0% 
92 Associated Builders & Contractors $802,850 $752,850 0% 100% $50,000$50,000 0% 100% 
93 WPP Group $801,463 $795,963 62% 38% $5,500$5,500 91% 0% 
94 American College of Radiology $785,500 $785,500 30% 70% $0$0 0% 0% 
95 American Society of Anesthesiologists $778,200 $778,200 40% 60% $0$0 0% 0% 
96 United Transportation Union $777,650 $777,650 75% 25% $0$0 0% 0%
97 American Hospital Assn $776,449 $776,449 56% 44% $0$0 0% 0% 
98 AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America $774,600 $774,600 100% 0% $0$0 0% 0% 
99 Jon Stryker Architecture $770,400 $45,400 100% 0% $725,000$725,000 100% 0% 
100 Amgen Inc $767,245 $767,245 49% 51% $0

As you can see the boogiemen, the Koch brothers rank no higher than 51st. Now, count how many individuals/organizations ONLY donate money to Liberal/Progressives...they outnumber those who donate to Conservatives by a significant percentage.

Via Opensecrets.org

The VA's Issues

As some of you may know, I served in the USMC in the early 1980's. While in service, I damage ligaments and cartilage in both my knees.  In June of 1984, I was medically discharged...when I got home to Panama City, FL, I did what I was told to and went to the local VA office and filled out my paperwork so that I could start the process to get my knees fixed and start collecting my huge (10%) disability pay...

Well, after having jumped through all their hoops, and dotted all the 'i's and crossed all the 't's.  In early 1985 I was told to report to a VA hospital Alabama, since that was closer to my home than any in FL (one of those, now 7, that has "issues" with treating patients on time...nothing has changed in 30 years) in 9 months for an medical evaluation.  I did so.  I was then told to report to an orthopedic specialist in 7 months (it's now 1986...) for a further evaluation.  When I reported to the hospital for the ortho eval, I was told there was no record of me being in the VA system...WTF?

So, returned to the Panama City, FL VA office...where my records should have been on file, only to find out they were "missing".  I once more filled out all the pertinent paper work for the second time in mid-1986.  In early 1987, after having waited for 7 months, I received instructions to return to the same VA hospital for a medical evaluation.  I saw the same physician, who of course didn't remember me...and once more was told that yes, you do have a medical issue that was a "service connected disability."  I was then instructed to make an appointment with the ortho dept and report for an ortho evaluation.  My appointment was for late 1987...

...when I reported to the Ortho clinic...once more I was told there was no record of my being in the VA system, much less having served (I was smart, I brought along a certified true copy of my DD214)...and was instructed that I would have to refile all of my paperwork and then be evaluated by a physician as to whether or not I did in fact have a service connected disabililty...

By this time, I had married and moved to Tallahassee, FL(now it's early 1988 and I've been out of the USMC for 4 1/2 years)...and so I traipsed down to the Tally VA office and for the 3rd time filled out all of the necessary paperwork.  This time, I was told to report to a VA hospital in FL.  That appointment was in mid 1988...12 months or so after having filled out all the paperwork for the 3rd time!  I duly reported for my 3rd eval...and was told that yes, indeed, I did have a problem (by this time, my left knee was dislocating/locking at a rate of about once a week)!  So, make an appointment with the ortho dept, AFTER receiving my rating letter...

...said letter never arrives...so I go back to the Tally VA office and ask WTF?  They have no record of me ever having been there...so for the 4th time I fill out the proper paperwork (it's Jan/Feb 1989 by now)...and eventually get a letter instructing me to report for an evaluation in Sep 1989...when I go to the FL VA hosp, they "can't find my records...please return to your local office for instructions..."  At that point I gave up...for several years.

In 1990...Saddam invades Kuwait.  I start hearing from several of my friends who are now lifers that they are being deployed, me, being a good jarhead, go to the local reserve unit, Company H, 8th Tank Bn and enlist as a reservist.  Since I was "prior service" no boot camp necessary (thank G-d! I didn't have to do another 85 days @ PI), I get order to Fort Knox for training as a loader on and M60A3...and get as far as Knox before paperwork catches up with me saying that as I was medically discharged, I was unfit for service!  DAMN! At least the USMC remembered I'd served.  I figured that if the VA was that fucked up, so would the Crotch be so fucked up...my Company Gunny wasn't pissed, as I'd told him what was up (always tell the Gunny EVERYTHING, most of the time, if they're good guys, they'll cover your ass)...he was just bummed that he was loosing a loader...but WTF, it MIGHT have worked.  Unit goes to Kuwait and participates in the liberation of Kuwait City...big sigh...

...and so it goes...in fall of 2000, I move to Newark, DE and just for the fuck of it, go to the local VA office to see what I can do about getting my back pay...and for the 5th time fill out the necessary paperwork.  I get orders to go to the VA hospital in Philly...where once more, I'm told that I do indeed have a service connected disability...so go down stairs and report to the orthopedic clinic here and make an appointment...clinic won't make an appointment until I'm "in the system".  Call in 30 days and make your appointment.  I call, paperwork not processed yet...I call in Jan 2001, not in the system yet...March, same thing, July, not processed...Sep...system meltdown after 9-11, please give us a few weeks to figure things out...March of 2002, I get married for the 2nd time and move to MI...but keep calling Wilmington, DE VA office to see what is up.  In June, I'm told that they "can't find my records"...so, I go to the VA office in MI...and for the 6th time, fill out the paperwork necessary to process my claim...and never hear back from the VA at all...

By this time, the Michigan economic melt down is in full swing, so I'm packing up to move as there are no jobs anywhere...and move to Pikesville, MD in Sep 2004.  I call my local Congresscritter and explain my issues only to be told I'm not in his district.  I go to his local office in Towson and show my voter ID card where his staff do indeed admit that I am in District 3...they will look into my issue with the VA...by this time, I have serious doubts about the efficacy of ANY governmental agency to do anything useful.  I can't imagine why I'd think that, can you?

I call the office serveral times, leave messages...and never get return calls.  I move to the far side of Pikesville, in 2009, new Congressional district, this time with good old Dutch Ruppersberger...when I contact his office, I'm told that I don't live in his district, call the 3rd District office...when I explain that my new voter registration card tells me I'm in Dutch's district, the rather officious young man on the phone tells me I'm wrong and don't know what I'm talking about...so I call back the DC office and explain that I am a Vet, etc, etc.  I send an email as well...and finally got one back saying come into the office...when you have time...

...and that is where things stand. I've filled out paperwork ad infinitem (which seems to be what the VA wants), yet after 30 years (June 6 will be the 30th anniv of my seperation)...I have received no joy.  You want national health service, move to Canada or the UK, because the VA is what we'll have here, an incompetently run medical service where NO ONE IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR INCOMPETENCE!  EVER.

Someday, I'd love to get my back pay...because I really would rather have my wife and daughter working in a whore house than have the VA medical system get their claws on me. The VA's incompetence is systemic, not isolated.  It exists throughout the system, not just a few hospitals.  No one is ever held accountable for anything, so nothing will ever be done.  Personally, I think that we need to take a few of the administrators out behind the hospitals that have killed vets and just shoot them in the head as an example, and to encourage the rest to do their damn jobs.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Barbara Walters "Retires" Today

Good bye Barbara, now go die, biased, bigoted bitch.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

It is Spring 2014





Saturday, May 03, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Help with medical expenses

Last fall we received a letter saying that because of the myriad of changes that HHS had ordered health insurance companies to make to individual policies that were purchased on the open insurance market, that our health insurance would be cancelled...and it was despite they lies presented by President Obama and Sen's Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski. "If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period."

 Because last year  was a pretty good year for me, we don't qualify for subsidies...so my insurance which had costs us $132 per month rose to $137 per week. We had the choice of paying that or the rent...

The problem now is that I have four fractured ribs...for no apparent reason.  I have no surface trauma that would indicate that the underlying musculature is damaged...but I have four fractured ribs.  At first, because I work as a cabinetmaker and I"m often lifting heavy sheets of plywood, etc, I thought that I had just strained my chest muscles.

On Tuesday night, when tried to sleep (I usually sleep on my stomach or side) every time I tried to move over, I kept feeling like bones were grinding and "snaping" against each other and would wake up in huge amounts of pain.  So, when I got up in  the morning and had trouble getting dressed...I had my wife take me to the hospital...where they took a series of chest and back x-rays.

From the start, the ER physician gave me the feeling that she thought I was faking it.  When they were preparing to release me, she had said I had just pulled muscles, etc, and should just take it easy...but as we were signing the paperwork for release, she rushed back into the room and said that after having looked at the x-rays, I had four fractured ribs on the right side of my chest! This visit is going to cost us about $3,000.00...with no insurance we have to pay for it out of pocket.  That's going to be a very large problem, as only I am working.

On Wednesday, I went to my family physician, an awesome doc named Rachel Benn...who because I NEVER go to the doctor's office was shocked to see me and worked me in (despite not having an appointment). She wants me to have a number of test done (blood work $450, bone scan $1,500, MRI, etc)...I can't afford to pay for all that and keep a roof over my our head.

It wouldn't be so bad, but Cheri hasn't been able to find even part-time work, so we're dependent upon my $22 hour cabinet making job...so I'm literally reduced to holding out a tin cup to try and raise money to pay for the tests Rachel wants me to have...so please, hit the tip jar to the right.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

How To Achieve Totalitarianism, Leftist Style





Born: Saul David Alinsky, January 30, 1909, Chicago, Illinois
Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Occupation: Community organizer, writer, political activist, socialist democrat.
Notable works: Reveille for Radicals (1946); Rules for Radicals (1971)

Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909-June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals. From that book here are Saul's thoughts on how to create a social state:
There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.
1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people
2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools.
8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
Any of this sound familiar?