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Wow! What a fabulous time Peg and I had last week. My friend Lou and his wife Delores, came in from Dahlonega, Georgia to visit family. We were lucky enough to hook up, so we traded news and recalled old times. Lou is the same guy who joined me on a bicycle trip to Nova Scotia (you can read the account of our trip on my Page titled “Nova Scotia.”) We worked together for some twenty years before he moved to a warm climate for health reasons.

Peggy and I had already purchased tickets for Steppenwolf Theater when we learned of Lou and Delores’ plans to come. I called the theater, the staff was most accomodating. The four of us went to dinner at the Landmark Restaurant immediately across from Steppenwolf. Our meal was fabulous, and the service by Brenna superb.  We sauntered across the street ten minutes before curtain to see “Superior Donuts.”  I thought this play was the best of the collection at Steppenwolf this season. It was serious, comedic, and fast moving. I rate it four stars.

After the show I drove over to Rush Street and then on to Michigan Avenue. I wanted to show Lou and Delores the “Bean, alias Cloud Scape.”  It was not to be. Since I was southbound there was a huge planter filled with magnificent flowers blocking our view. I turned east onto Monroe wanting to come back and pass toward the north.  I couldn;t believe my eyes, there were thousands of people walking down Monroe from Grant Park. Unknown to me, there was a concert, and it had just let out. In a way, it was nice to see so many people walking the streets of downtown Chicago at eleven o’clock in the evening. With all of the confusion, I pointed the car south and got out of there.

The best part of the evening was spending time with Lou and Delores, next was dinner, then Superior Donuts. A triple header, It doesn’t get much better!

Great Odds, Big Prize

Lions Logo
Lions Logo

In nineteen forty, a small group of men chatted over a beer. The subject was how to make a difference with their lives. One had heard of Lions Clubs, and suggested that they form a club in their town of Frankfort, Illinois. By the spring of nineteen forty-one they chartered the Frankfort Lions Club, and adopted the Lions motto “We Serve.” Over the years, the club grew to have more than a hundred members. Their primary mission was directed toward helping people with blindness and vision problems. It remains the focus of the club to this day.

The club required funds to serve the growing needs of the community. Again, they discussed the matter over a few beers, and the idea came to them to hold a raffle. Members brain-stormed a formula for raising money that has served them well for the last twenty six years. It was simple, Lions sell tickets for twenty dollars apiece, but limit sales to two thousand. The idea grew. Why not rent the entertainment tent for a dance on the Thursday before the Frankfort Fall Festival begins? They would serve beer, food, and hire a band. A single sweeps-ticket will allow a couple to enter. On that night, Lions, friends, and neighbors fill the tent. They dance, listen to the lively music, or just socialize. The grand finale is the draw of the winning tickets.

Initially, first prize was a new car, but inflation took over, and cars became too expensive. First prize is now ten thousand dollars in cash, with thirty-one hundred and fifty dollars of additional prizes. Lions continue to limit the ticket sales to two thousand. It makes the odds of winning good. The sales effort is more challenging because the club membership is down to forty. The decrease in members is typical of service clubs around the United States. In spite of fewer members, and the reduced value of the dollar cutting the charities budget, the Frankfort Lions Club continues to “Serve.” Please help support by participating in the “27th Annual Charities Sweepstakes Dance,” Thursday, August 28, 2008.

For more information on where to buy tickets visit our website at http://www.frankfortlionsclub.com

Write Me In For President

 I just received an e-mail  with the following article authored by one Charlie Reese. I could not find him on Snopes, so I don’t know for sure if it is his. The piece does make sense, however. The sender added his comments at the end with his recommendations. My own thoughts are posted after the recomendations.

Sorry for the radical formatting, it’s just too much work to straighten it out.

545 PEOPLE
By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Have you ever wondered , if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits?

 

 
 

 

 

 

Have you ever wondered , if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes?

 

 
 

 

 

 

You and I don’t propose a federal budget.   The president does.

 

 
 

 

 

 

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations.   The House of Representatives does.

 

 
 

 

 

 

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

 

 
 

 

 

 

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

 

 
 

 

 

 

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

 

 
 

 

 

 

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices  545 human beings out of the 300 million  are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

 

 
 

 

 

 

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress.   In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

 

 
 

 

 

 

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.   They have no legal authority.   They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.   I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.   The politician has the power to accept or reject it.   No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault.   They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.   No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.   The president can only propose a budget.   He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

 

 
 

 

 

 

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.  Who is the speaker of the House?   She is the leader of the majority party.   She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want.   If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

 

 
 

 

 

 

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility.   I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.   When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

 

 
 

 

 

 

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

 

 
 

 

 

 

If the Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ .

 

 
 

 

 

 

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.  Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

 

 
 

 

 

 

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses  provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

 

 
 

 

 

 

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

 

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

The e-mailer’s recommendations

What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you appear to have several choices.

1.     You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they do something about it.

2.     You can agree to vote against everyone that is currently in office, knowing that the process will take several years.

3.     You can decide to run for office yourself and agree to do the job properly.

4.     Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current bunch.

 Grumpa Joe’s Add:

I agree with the Reese essay on the problem in Washington. I also agree with the e-mailer’s recommendations for what to do about it. I have one reservation, however, each one of these people can be voted out, but how do we know that his replacement won’t be even worse? It seems to me that we all tend to vote for the lesser of two evils. If we the voter can determine who the most honest, ethical candidate is, then we could vote the present evil out.

    We have to demand that these guys make laws that allow us to fire them. If they fail to maintain fiscal responsibility, their paychecks should be used to make up the difference. They have to write laws that will require them to give a complete declaration of all personal income, and taxes paid. They have to begin living by a code of ethics that will make us trust them again, as we did in 1776. Only then can we vote them out, and expect to see “change” for the better.
    Recently, Governor Rod Blagoyavich (Democrat-Illinois) vetoed an ethics bill. His reason was “it didn’t go far enough.” I’m sure, had he signed it, as lame as it might have been, he would have been on his way to jail just a few weeks later. If these guys don’t start somewhere, how will anything better ever come about.
    I would be happy to run for office as a matter of civic duty. I would serve one term, and then go home. It should be that way. That means we need another law that limits a person from making public service in the congress or senate into a career. Vote ’em in, have ’em get it done, and send ’em home.
    Here is something else to think about. Make it illegal to use private (your own or another’s) money for campaigning. Give everyone who wants to run, a fixed dollar amount from the public coffers to campagin. Let the candidate decide how creative he can be with this money to get elected. The idea of spending two hundred million dollars campaigning for a job worth two hundred thousand is insane. We all know the candidates don’t do it because of their desire to “serve.” Its more like they do it to see how much they can “steal.”  
Write me in for President.

 

 

 

 

Dancing the Night Away

Having a Beer and a Ball

Having a Beer and a Ball

In nineteen forty, a small group of men chatted over a beer. The subject was how to make a difference with their lives. One had heard of Lions Clubs, and suggested that they form a club in their town of Frankfort, Illinois. By the spring of nineteen forty-one they chartered the Frankfort Lions Club, and adopted the Lions motto “We Serve.” Over the years, the club grew to have more than a hundred members. Their primary mission was directed toward helping people with blindness and vision problems. It remains the focus of the club to this day.

The club required funds to serve the growing needs of the community. Again, they discussed the matter over a few beers, and the idea came to them to hold a raffle. Members brain-stormed a formula for raising money that has served them well for the last twenty six years. It was simple, Lions sell tickets for twenty dollars apiece, but limit sales to two thousand. The idea grew. Why not rent the entertainment tent for a dance on the Thursday before the Frankfort Fall Festival begins? They would serve beer, food, and hire a band. A single sweeps-ticket will allow a couple to enter. On that night, Lions, friends, and neighbors fill the tent. They dance, listen to the lively music, or just socialize. The grand finale is the draw of the winning tickets.

Initially, first prize was a new car, but inflation took over, and cars became too expensive. First prize is now ten thousand dollars in cash, with thirty-one hundred and fifty dollars of additional prizes. Lions continue to limit the ticket sales to two thousand. It makes the odds of winning good. The sales effort is more challenging because the club membership is down to forty. The decrease in members is typical of service clubs around the United States. In spite of fewer members, and the reduced value of the dollar cutting the charities budget, the Frankfort Lions Club continues to “Serve.” Please help support by participating in the “27th Annual Charities Sweepstakes Dance,” Thursday, August 28, 2008.

For more information on where to buy tickets visit our website at http://www.frankfortlionsclub.com

Winning Ticket

It still amazes me how much my post “I Am A RACIST,” is being viewed. More, and more I am convinced that the world thrives on the dark side. Darth Vader lives on. Good will overcome evil in the end. There is no doubt in my mind that mankind is basically good. It seems however, that those men who thrive on BLOGS lean toward the dark.

My days have been filled with activity designed to make a difference. God has given me a rich life, and I intend to use it for good purposes. My current project is a fund raiser for the Frankfort Lions Club. I am in charge of advertising. I am also on a campaign to sell a record number of raffle tickets. A Sweepstakes ticket costs twenty dollars for a chance to win ten thousand dollars first prize, and another three thousand one hundred and fifty dollars in additional prizes. A ticket also gives a buyer entrance for two into our Sweepstakes Dance. The music for the night is Brother John Band.  We drink alot of beer and have a great time. Mark your calendars, August 28, 2008 at the Entertainment tent in Frankfort, Illinois.

If you have a spare twenty bucks to take a chance with great odds. Contact me through the comments section. I will be very happy to sell you the winning ticket.

“I AM A HYPOCRITE!”

I haven’t posted for a while because I had more important things to do. One of them was to take baby steps toward the “Monet Vision” in my garden. Another was to sell Sweepstakes tickets for the Lions Club, and a third was to develop material for the legacy book I want to give my kids. What is very interesting to me is the amount of interest the last post generated. “I AM A RACIST,” has been viewed four times more than any of my previous posts. I guess I could call the post an experiment, but I would be lying because I meant most of the things I wrote. It should have been titled, “I AM A HYPOCRITE.” Reason being that several days before generating my hatred article, I spoke out against hatred that occurs on the BLOGS in my post titled “Stinkin Thinkin.” The two posts are opposite each other. In one, I spoke out against hatred, in the other I espoused my own hatred. What purpose did my words serve, except to make a fool of myself before the world? I let my true feelings vent in a way that was hurtful to the people I targeted. They did nothing to me to deserve those words. Everyone has the right to like the kind of music and lyrics that they think is meaningful. Everyone has a right to dress the way they think is fashionable. Who am I to throw a public fit, just because the lyrics, the beat, and the fashion is not my thing?  I apologize to all who read the post and were offended.

What I learned from this is that “hatred” sells, just like negative news outdoes positive news. Even though I did spill my guts on the racist article, it is so not me. I tend to advocate brotherly love over prejudous and hatred.

My goal is to make this a very positive BLOG, teaching the principles of motivation, positive thinking, goal setting, and achievement.  I will not post negative hate stuff again except to condemn it..

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