The Slippery Slope…..

  I am totally sick of the “slippery slope” that my conservative friends so often cling to!! If I hear another person give me a slippery slope story I just might punch them. The idea of the slippery slope consumes so much of their lives. It is the center point for their current stands against […]

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About Thomas Jefferson….

I am a lifelong U.S. history nut so of course Thomas Jefferson is one of my heroes. I have read quite extensively about him over the years and have accumulated quite a library of quotes. I will admit that when it comes to slavery he has a dark side but don’t we all to one […]

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The Foolish Things We Do….

I don’t care who you are, you just can’t reach middle life without having done and said a whole lot of foolish things. 29 December 1934   Will Rogers I have to admit that I have done some pretty foolish things in life, especially in my high school years. Things that I am not particularly proud of […]

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A Must See….

I know I said I wouldn’t post today but I want to tell you I just saw Michael Bloomberg on Meet the Press. He gave a very compassionate plea for gun regulations in this country. He very much impressed me with his words and the actions he has already taken in that regard.  I hope […]

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Tragedy…..

Due to the totally stupid tragedy that took place in Connecticut on Friday I will not be posting here again until Monday morning. My prayers are yet again with the families of the victims of this latest event. Why do we let it happen over and over again?

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Another Sad, Sad Day…

How many more of our kids have to be killed before we come to realize that appeasing the gun lovers in this country is just not worth the cost……. Yeah, yeah, I know guns don’t kill people……..

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The Makers/Takes vs Brother’s Keepers and a Huge Wasteland in Between….

The “Radical Right” and the “Liberal Left” are so twentieth century!  Its time we invented some new monikers for these two opposing groups and I have the perfect names. These names just seem to be more descriptive than the old one.  Who knows what “Right” and “Left” really mean anyway.  For some reason I know […]

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Living As Cheaply As The People……

What the government has got to do is live as cheap as the people.           21 December 1932  Will Rogers Speaking about money not being wisely spent this morning got me to thinking about Will’s quote above. If you have read much on this blog you will know that I am […]

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School Time, School Time……

Source: Schools in 5 states to add at least 300 hours of classroom time in 2013 – CBS News. Five states were to announce Monday that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee will take part in […]

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To Be a Christian….

To be like Christ is to be a Christian  – 1718   William Penn’s last words   Although I have never attended a meeting I feel quite close to the Society of Friends known as Quakers. They are so throughly grounded in “being” a Christian instead of just proclaiming a set of beliefs.  To see […]

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Not As Bad Shape….

We got one thing to be thankful for anyhow. The country is not in as bad shape as the rumors have it. 3 September 1931  Will Rogers One of the things I have always liked about Will is that he seemed to be an eternal optimist. This quote was about three years into the Great Depression […]

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Worried About Not Worrying Enough..

Source: ‘Fear’ gauge showing little of it. Some investors interpret the benign numbers as evidence that worries about gridlock in Washington and the slowing global economy are overblown. But others worry that the low readings are a sign of complacency, and that the potential for further declines in response to unexpected bad news isn’t reflected in […]

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Lobbyists……

A lobbyist is a person that is supposed to help a Politician to make up his mind, not only help him but pay him. – August 25, 1929  – Will Rogers I’m not sure when lobbyists got such a strangle hold on our legislative process but it is clear from this quote that they were in […]

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Women in Power….

Source: How Does Your State Rank for Women in Power? – ABC News. Colorado is leading the pack with the highest percentage of female legislators serving. In 2013, Colorado will have 41.5 percent state House representatives who are female (27 female out of 65 total) and 40 percent state Senate members (14 out of 35). Thirty […]

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The Poor and the “Fiscal Cliff”…..

  Jim Wallis is one of my current day heroes. He is editor-in-chief of a magazine called Sojourners.  Here is their mission statement: The mission of Sojourners magazine is to inspire hope and action by articulating the biblical call to racial and social justice, life and peace,and environmental stewardship I have been getting their magazine […]

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Regret Becomes Less Common…..

I can only say with 100% certainty how I personally feel about things. I won’t speak for others in that regard. I will admit that as I am getting older I am strangely happier and more settled in my life than I ever have been. This is despite the fact that my body continues to […]

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Re-purposing..

Here is a re-purposed barn that evidently needs to be re-purposed again. It was taken in October 2009 in northern Wisconsin

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Trickle Down….

I think we kind of need to balance out the post from this morning with a quote from Will Rogers Money was appropriated in the hope that it would trickle down to the needy. Herbert Hoover was an engineer. He knew water trickled down. Put it uphill and let it go and it will find […]

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Taxes, Its All Relative…..

Source: Most Americans Face Lower Tax Burden Than in the 80s – NYTimes.com. But in fact, most Americans in 2010 paid far less in total taxes — federal, state and local — than they would have paid 30 years ago. According to an analysis by The New York Times, the combination of all income taxes, sales […]

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Karl Rove and Fox News……

Source: Is Karl Rove’s media career kaput? – CSMonitor.com. This question arises as a result of reports that Mr. Rove has been benched by his main television outlet, Fox News. According to New York Magazine, top Fox officials have ordered that producers must get permission before putting Rove or fellow GOP pundit Dick Morris on air. […]

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The Origins of the Fiscal “Cliff”

source:  A Very Different Lame-Duck: Lessons From 2010 – ABC News. The fiscal cliff is what we’re focused on,” Cantor spokeswoman Megan Whittemore said. “That’s what we need to get a resolution for.” “Fiscal cliff” this “fiscal cliff” that; I am really getting tired of all the rhetoric. It is almost as if some evil […]

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Bean Soup….

If I happen to have some bean soup, I want to be able to locate, at pretty prompt intervals, some little objects that look to me like beans. I don’t want a bowl of it where the beans have just been driven through it at low tide.  July 17, 1927    Will Rogers This quote […]

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Becoming Wimps…

  In the old days, when we wasn’t sanitary, why, we were strong enough to withstand germs. But nowadays, we have to be careful of the microbes, for if they get a hold on us, we are goners. The old-fashioned gourd that the whole family drank out of, from birth to death, would today kill more of […]

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Junk Food Tolerance…

It seems as I am getting older my tolerance for junk food is rapidly decreasing. There is a show on cable TV entitled Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives where Guy Fieri goes around the country reviewing restaurants as indicated in the title. Many of them are famous for some pretty outrageous food. Some stack pancakes a […]

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