Stopping wars….

I have a scheme for stopping war. It’s this – no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one. Will Rogers This goes in line with a previous post about paying for wars. We seem to always be ready to point out other countries problems to them and part of our solution is to teach them how to do it right. Bullets seem to be our most frequent teaching aid. It is widely acknowledged that we have spent over $1 trillion on our latest wars. ¬†The way Mr. Bush funded them was to … Continue reading Stopping wars….

Yesterday….

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. —¬†Will Rogers This is one of the quotes from Will that gets me thinking rather deeply. Besides loving the song Yesterday by the Beatles I don’t really believe in fixating on yesterday. Too many of us seniors just spend too much time there. We look back on our life instead of looking forward to tomorrow. Yes most of it is now behind us but there is still much more to experience in life if we just face it head on. ¬†Our eyes should be looking forward at least most of the … Continue reading Yesterday….

Dancing Seems Pretty Silly To Me……

I know one of the top shows currently on TV is Dancing with the Stars and there are a couple of others like it which I don’t know the names. I have only watched the aforementioned one for a couple of minutes but it seems pretty silly. You want to know the reason why? ¬†Try putting the mute on during the program and you will see what I mean. ¬†Without music dancing just seems like someone got into the Jack Daniels a little too much. I have mentioned before that I am deaf and after almost 25 years my brain … Continue reading Dancing Seems Pretty Silly To Me……

Will Rogers Quote for Our Times

‚Äé. . . there is people so excited over this election that they think the President has something to do with running this country. -October 30, 1932 ¬† ¬†—¬†Will Rogers I would maybe add “or producing jobs” to the quote. ¬†Everybody expects the president (whoever he is) to fix everything but history has shown that it can’t be done that way. He can tweak around the edges but that is about it. ¬†let’s look at another of Will’s quotes about that. Being serious, or being a good fellow has got nothing to do with running this country, if the breaks … Continue reading Will Rogers Quote for Our Times

A New/Renamed Category…

I got a little bored today so decided to play around some with the blog formats here. One of the categories on my corner was “Waiting 4 God” but that seemed to be a little too nondescript for what it has morphed into. This category is about life in our senior years but the old name could be taken to mean any of a number of things. One of my themes in life is “Simplify, Simplify, Simplify” so that is what I did. This category is now called “Seniors Only”. I know that name is pretty exclusive and it is … Continue reading A New/Renamed Category…

All I Know — And Then There is…

Let me bring up the same Lincoln quote that I used yesterday but this time for another purpose: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln I can say that more often than not this quote is applicable to people especially politicians. ¬†But one case where it is not true is with President Obama. When he was campaigning in 2008 his speeches gave me such a reason for hope that I regularly supported him in seeking the presidency. When he opened his mouth he inspired me. I dreamed that … Continue reading All I Know — And Then There is…

Quotes – The Wisdom of Lincoln

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln I haven’t put up a Lincoln quote in quite a while so here is one that interlaces with what Will Rogers also said. And it seems very appropriate to the current crop of presidential wanna-bes out there. The one who keeps his/her mouth shut long enough will become the nominee ūüôā Continue reading Quotes – The Wisdom of Lincoln

All I Know — Ignoring History…

source:¬†GOP ignores growth despite ’90s tax hikes ‚Äď USATODAY.com. As I have mentioned several times before I am a history buff and have been for more than fifty years now. ¬†So, I am a believer in the saying “Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it“. With that in mind here is a quote from the above article (click on the link above to see the whole article): Early in his first term, President Clinton raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans, and the increase was met by doomsday predictions from Republicans ‚ÄĒ similar to the right-wing clamor of today. … Continue reading All I Know — Ignoring History…

The Sounds of Silence…

It has been a while since I relayed any stories about my deafness so I thought I would present one here. One of my favorite singer/composers was Simon and Garfunkel from the 1960’s. I still have all their albums including perhaps my favorite song from them which was “The Sounds of Silence”. Little did I know back then that the title of this song would take on a completely different meaning for me. I have been deaf for about twenty five years now and as a result of that the sounds of silence is indeed the sound of silence. In … Continue reading The Sounds of Silence…

All I Know — Stop Coddling the Super-Rich

Stop Coddling the Super-Rich – NYTimes.com. Click on the above to see an op-ed piece by Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world. It clearly says something very different than the current Republican party mantra. If we could just send the same bunch of men to Washington for the good of the nation, and not for political reasons, we could have the most perfect government in the world. -June 8, 1924¬†Will Rogers But what do I know…. Continue reading All I Know — Stop Coddling the Super-Rich

All I Know — "White House shifts in unpredictable debt debate"

White House shifts in unpredictable debt debate – USATODAY.com. Political analyst Darrell West of the Brookings Institution said the administration’s willingness to adjust when the situation warrants could put the president at an advantage. “Leaders have to adapt to changing circumstances,” said West. “And if they don’t, their rigidity undermines the political process.”   ¬†This whole article talks about President Obama has constantly been changing what he wants to accomplish with all the debt talks. As the quote I pulled out mentions that leaders have to adapt…. but what I don’t see here is that the only one that seems … Continue reading All I Know — "White House shifts in unpredictable debt debate"

All I Know … About the Debt Ceiling

I have been a little shy about wading in on the debt ceiling stuff that is going on right now. ¬†As you know I like to make jokes about what I say here and those Republicans in Congress are making me look like an abject¬†amateur¬†in that area. Most of this same group of yahoos rubber stamped seven (yeah seven) debt increases during baby Bush’s eight years in office. We did not even hear a peep out of them about anything to do with future generations or all those things we are hearing now. The merrily passed all the expenses for … Continue reading All I Know … About the Debt Ceiling

All I Know…Less Taxes, Less Regulation….

Less taxes and less regulation is the constant mantra that Republican party sees as a way to bring down the unemployment rates in this country. Everything else to them is seems to be utter nonsense. But let’s look at the facts around these two issues. Less Taxes — Taxes are currently the lowest they have been in 36 years, especially for the top 10% of income levels. ¬†Most of this reduction came about almost eight years ago and yet there has been no significant blip on the employment levels in this country. Less Regulation – I don’t think anyone would … Continue reading All I Know…Less Taxes, Less Regulation….

Policemen of the World…

America can carry herself and get along in pretty fair shape, but when she stops and picks up the whole world and puts it on her shoulders she just can‚Äôt ‚Äúget it done.‚ÄĚ – Will Rogers March 15, 1933 Wow, it is amazing that Will wrote these words almost eighty years ago. They couldn’t be more true today. ¬†The¬†Republicans¬†want to¬†continuously talk about wasteful government spending but they seldom talk about reducing our military budgets. We spend many many times more per citizen than any other country in the world on our war machine! Why is that? I’m just a simple … Continue reading Policemen of the World…

About Representative Bachmann……

I see from the pundits reports of the first Republican Presidential debate that the House member from Minnesota is considered one of the front runners in the coming election. It looks like she has stole Ms. Palin’s thunder. Maybe they will run together for the White House. Wouldn’t that be something to watch! ūüėČ In a previous post I mentioned that the Republican Party is founded on four things: God, Guns, Guts, and Country. Here is a picture of Rep. Bachmann proudly combined all of those things. Her office door is plastered with a shooting rage target with many holes … Continue reading About Representative Bachmann……

I’m Getting Too Serious For My Own Good….

The Democrats take the whole thing as a joke. Republicans take it serious, but run it like it was a joke ¬† — Will Rogers Some of my posts lately have just been too serious for my own good. I can feel my blood pressure rise as I am writing them. One of the main reasons for this blog is to have fun writing about things about things that deserve being poked. I thoroughly enjoy putting words to paper (or electronic ink in this case). But I just have to step back from some of the topics I choose to … Continue reading I’m Getting Too Serious For My Own Good….

What To Do About Medicare??

No this post is not about how to gut Medicare as seems to be the topic of today. Instead it is about my personal travels of getting signed up for it. As I announced before I am at the head of the herd of the Baby Boomers so I will be joining Medicare this year. As a result I am starting to try to figure out all the ancillary policies I need to get. ¬†The free side of Medicare is really only Part A. (Note: I don’t intend to bore you with what all these letters and things mean so … Continue reading What To Do About Medicare??

Studies: Missed meds could cost more than $250B a year – USATODAY.com

Studies: Missed meds could cost more than $250B a year – USATODAY.com. In a recent post I lamented about how all the politicians seem to be convinced that the way to change Medicare is to basically eliminate it and put senior out on their own to face the drug companies and private insurers. After studying this some more I did discover that some are actually looking to control costs instead of reducing benefits. I don’t necessarily agree with their solution but at least they are trying to attack the¬†spiraling¬†medical costs instead of reducing the availability. The crux of this article … Continue reading Studies: Missed meds could cost more than $250B a year – USATODAY.com

Search for the Grain of Truth in Others Opinions

I see I haven’t used one of my favorite post categories which is “Don’t Sweat” for some time so I will correct that here. This category is based on chapter titles of the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (and its all small stuff). This is a book by Richard Carlson that was very popular in the 1990s. I often enjoy pulling the book off the shelf and just randomly selecting a topic to think about. The title of this post is the one I picked today. I am a person who thoroughly enjoys a debate. One of my favorite … Continue reading Search for the Grain of Truth in Others Opinions

Driven By Fear….

Fear is a very strong emotion that should never rule our lives. When it does it pulls everything else out of whack. Let’s look at some of the different things that many people fear. Since this is a blog primarily about living in my senior years I will try to concentrate on that group. Fear Investing wrong for retirement – Given all the stock market crashes in the last twenty years or so this is a biggie with some people. They come to the conclusion that if they do save for retirement that it will all just get wiped away … Continue reading Driven By Fear….

Don't End It; Fix It…..

It is heartening to see that seniors medical care means something to the¬†nation as a whole. After the Republican defeat in the very conservative district in New York on Tuesday maybe they will get the message. Why do so many politicians, almost all of them of the same party, think that the solution to Medicare is to end it and put seniors out on their own to individually battle the giant private insurers for healthcare? It is beyond my comprehension as to why no one is talking about controlling the costs of medical care in this country instead of just … Continue reading Don't End It; Fix It…..

Fix It Don't End It….

It is heartening to see that seniors medical care means something to the¬†nation as a whole. After the Republican defeat in the very conservative district in New York on Tuesday maybe they will get the message. Why do so many politicians, almost all of them of the same party, think that the solution to Medicare is to end it and put seniors out on their own to battle for healthcare? It is beyond my comprehension as to why no one is talking about controlling the costs of medical care in this country instead of just reducing benefits! The rest of … Continue reading Fix It Don't End It….

Tell Me It Isn’t So……

The source:¬†http://www.usatoday.com/sports/cycling/2011-05-22-armstrong-doping-60minutes_N.htm The headline: Armstrong encouraged doping Tell me it isn’t so; Lance doped!! Here we are with another sports legend falling from grace. I often proudly admit that I know little to nothing about the sports world. When I was younger I like all kids had my favorite sports idols. For me it was Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Duke could do¬†everything¬†as far as I was concerned. But then I grew up and realized that he was just another guy who had a certain¬†ability¬†to hit a ball with a stick and for that he got paid a bunch … Continue reading Tell Me It Isn’t So……

About the Bible

Source: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/05/19/6677671-is-the-bible-full-of-forgeries Just a short note to refer you to the article above. It is about the Bible and how it was written. For those who think the Bible is 100% from God this article will probably be somewhat disturbing. The article reports that through the ages many believe that most of the books of the Bible were probably not actually written by those whose names are attached to them. By providing you with this source article it is not my intent to get into a theological debate about the subject. My purpose for mentioning this subject goes to the … Continue reading About the Bible

And Then There Was Andy……

The last presidential home we visited on our April vacation was the Hermitage of Andrew Jackson. I must admit that I had read various things about “Stonewall” before I visited and there was not much of what I read that I liked. After visiting his home just outside of Nashville Tennessee and learning more about him I can say I like him even less today. Sorry to all you Jackson fans but he was just not the type of person I would ever admire. The Hermitage was a huge mansion compared to the other four presidential places we visited the … Continue reading And Then There Was Andy……

Deja Va All Over Again…

Ryan Says Medicare Plan Would Empower Seniors to Seek Cost-Cutting Plans By¬†Brian Faler¬†–¬†May 17, 2011 8:52 AM ET Source article:¬†http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-16/medicare-plan-would-empower-seniors-to-seek-cost-cuts-ryan-says.html This article was like a giant leap back twenty years for me. I can remember when my employer started taking benefits away from us. His constant mantra was he “was empowering us to ____ (fill in the blank)”. This statement was always followed by a new way of doing something. Hidden in the words was a 20-40% cut in that particular benefit. ¬†I don’t think I was the only one who could see through this scheme of his. And I … Continue reading Deja Va All Over Again…

White House identifies unneeded government property – USATODAY.com

Source Link: ¬†White House identifies unneeded government property – USATODAY.com. With all this talk about the need to cut budgets it seems like there must be some areas of agreement between Republicans and Democrats. One of those areas ought to be selling off unused/unneeded properties. But according to this article that is even an issue of contention. The current congress just can’t seem to be able to look at the common good. There is a small town about twenty miles west of us that contains a post office. In reality that is the only currently occupied building in the entire … Continue reading White House identifies unneeded government property – USATODAY.com

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!! Please stop the spin cycle – I was dry months ago…. Continue reading

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 but it really didn’t resemble the one I got at the counter. Mine had the steak hanging out the right side of the begal while the egg and cheese were clinging to the left edge. ūüôā It has been a few months since the last time I did this. I always sit at a table where I can watch all the people ordering … Continue reading Being Deaf Is Lonely…