RJ's Corner

I Can't Figure It Out, So You Are On Your Own…

Source Article:  Businesses turn to private exchange health insurance – USATODAY.com. This is an interesting article about how some CEOs are giving up trying to figure this health insurance mess out and passing it on to their employees and pensioners. They… Read More

Enough for Everyone

I must admit that I am becoming a big fan of Anthony Bourdain and his show No Reservations. Anthony is a TV celebrity/chef/author who travels to other countries to try to get a real feel for their culture… Read More

Indiana – 2011

While most of the barns in our portfolio were taken on one of our many road trips this one is just a few miles from our home. We pass it several times a week.  The backside of the… Read More

Pre April 27 – (Republicans) –  Obama is not a citizen so he is an invalid president Post April 27 – (Republicans) – Why is Obama wasting his time producing a birth certificate; he should be creating jobs!!… Read More

What's Obama Doing Wasting Time….

GOP pivots on ‘birther’ questions, blames Obama for media attention Ok, here it is. Now that President Obama finally tried to put the birther issue to rest the radical right in the Republican party are hitting on him… Read More

My Hero – James Madison (and Dolly too)

We visited Montpelier in Virginia a few weeks ago. James Madison is one of my heroes so it was good to make this connection with him.

My Hero.. James Madison

I want to continue on with my report of our vacation through West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia last month. This post will be about another of the five presidential homes we visited on that trip. I admit that… Read More

The Republican Party and the Lunatic Fringe….

For John Avlon, Daily Beast columnist and author of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America, this is yet more evidence of the paranoid style of politics that he believes is strangling debate in America. Birther conspiracies… Read More

Being Deaf Is Lonely…

One of my regular rituals is to go to McDonald once every month or two and get a steak & egg bagel for breakfast. I did that this morning.  I found a picture of one and included it here… Read More

More About Taxes….

Let’s finish up this journey through our tax code in the U.S. and its reform. I know many people out there think that taxes are just government shaking them down.  But I don’t see it that way.  I… Read More

About Those Taxes….

Having just survived another April 15th tax day has been topic on my mind. As I always say I am just a simple guy and all this tax mess seems to be easily fixed if the politicians just… Read More

The Depth of Friendships??

One of the things I have regrets about now that I am in my senior years is not having kept up with friends from my past. I guess that mistake is mainly a “man” thing as my wife… Read More

Woodrow's Car… Staunton VA 2011

The picture shown above is of President Woodrow Wilson’s car from 1913 which is currently housed in his Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton Virginia. The library was somewhat spartan by today’s presidential libraries but it was well… Read More

Oh Virginia… Here’s To You Woodrow

We now move on with our recent vacation trip through Virginia. I must admit that I have been to this State several times and even to a couple of the sites we visited. But one city I had… Read More

Don’t Confuse Me With Facts….

Over all, it (a poll) showed that Republicans who are considering making presidential bids will have to woo a party that largely identifies with the Tea Party movement…. …more than half of Republican voters said they considered themselves Tea… Read More

A Dysfunctional Bunch…

Some of you know that the inspiration for this blog is Will Rogers. If you want to know more about him click on the button at the top.  One of Will’s most famous quotes was “I’m not a… Read More

Virginia – April 2011

Keeping in line with a few other of my blogs here is a barn picture taken in Virginia during our recent trip there. There didn’t seem to be as many of these types of barns there as I… Read More

Luray Caverns – Virginia 2011

One of our first stops in Virginia during our recent vacation was at Luray Caverns. I must admit that being deaf I have a fear of caves. If the lights went out I would totally panic for lack… Read More

Is the Internet the cause of much of today's "hate" talk?

I have grown totally tired of the comments sections that follow many of today’s new articles on the Internet. If it were possible I would blank them all out. We used to be a nation of civility. At… Read More

The Thing About Maryland….

This post is a continuation on reports of our recent vacation through West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee. As mentioned a few posts ago Maryland was generally not quite what I expected after reading the book “A Journey… Read More

I was going to do the ceremonial first mowing of the yard today but with the storms last night and the corresponding cold front I guess I will have to put it off for a few days. I… Read More

Some "Great" Ideas From My Governor….

While the governor of Indiana, where I currently reside, is not a Tea Partier he does seem to think along the same line. First of all we were told when he first came into office that the reason… Read More

One Last Thought about WV

I couldn’t leave our trip to West Virginia without mentioned on very interesting thing. The State of West Virgina was formed as a result of the Civil War. Considering that Richmond Virginia was the heart of the Confederacy… Read More

Summing up West Virginia

I tried to find one picture that would sum up my feelings about West Virgina. This is what I came up with. It is somewhat typical of the many small towns we came across during our visits. The… Read More

At State Level, G.O.P. Seeks Big Environmental Cutbacks – NYTimes.com

Ok here is what is making the news today.  See the full article via the link at the bottom of this post. It seems that some of these Tea Party electees think that not only is healthcare for… Read More

West Virginia… Country Home….

When we were visiting West Virginia the John Denver song kept creeping into my mind. It is indeed a unique State. Both in its landscape and how it was formed.  The picture above was from the State museum… Read More

West Virgina April 2011

Ok, I admit this is not much of a barn but I’m sure it was a good one in its day. The photo below is somewhat typical of the many WV towns we encountered during our travels through… Read More

Back from our vacation and have a lot to blog about including over 700 pictures for “These Old Barns” and “In the Slow Lane”.

We Are Back….

We made it back from our “Journey Through Hallowed Ground” yesterday. As was the case with Dickens there were some joyful times and there were some disappointing times. :) I will spend a couple of posts here describing parts of… Read More

About Those Deficits….

There is a lot of talk about the federal government deficits these days. Yes, we need to get that under control. One of the ways to do that is to reign in our obnoxious military spending. We spend… Read More

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