Goodbye Old Glory

Because our country is changing  rapidly, I believe a new national  flag is needed to represent  new values. Old Glory no longer stands for a Union of States held together by a Constitution. The New America is comprised of a highly polarized population more divided by race, and by a political ideology which promotes  the  destruction of a constitution tested by time.  The new ideology does not believe in liberty of the individual, but promotes government as the all benevolent care taker.  

I have designed a new flag which appropriately defines the change that is occurring. The thirteen stripes representing the  original colonies are retained.  Two different icons are used to represent the fifty states.  The symbols differentiate between those states that embraced “Change You Can Believe In,” and those that believe the USA is the greatest country in the world.  

 One of the issues  polarizing the population is a definition of liberty. There is the traditional concept of liberty which promotes the concept of freedom of the individual to own property, and to decide his own fate. The second concept of liberty belongs to those that believe the state should own the property and decide your fate.  Abraham Lincoln described this as Liberty and Tyranny.  

Currently, there are twenty-two states that define liberty as freedom to live free, own property, and take responsibility for your own actions. The remaining twenty-eight states believe in the tyrannical concept  of equal wealth through government programs, and take no responsibility for their actions. In the design for the “New Flag,” I retain use of a star to represent the states keeping traditional liberty. For the socialist  states I chose to use the hammer and sickle the traditional symbol of the communist movement.

The order of the symbols begins with  Delaware, the first state to join the union, in the upper left.  The symbols continue, left to right across the blue field in the order each state achieved statehood.

Good bye “Old Glory.”

New Glory

You Will Suffer Long and Hard

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The Sunday May 24 edition of the Chicago Tribune ran an article titled, “Adding Up What CEOs Made.”  The piece includes a list of the 100 top companies in Chicago and Northern Indiana, and the total compensation package the CEOs receive. Even though the title says “Adding Up…” it doesn’t really add it up. They only list 100 salaries, but I went to the trouble to input them into a spreadsheet to get the sum. I was curious to see what the flap is about the outrageous salaries being used to demonize Capitalism. The media has been busy barraging us with huge bonuses and salaries being paid. They bark the  need for regulation. This is truly the output of a socialist mindset.

I was surprised by the total of the top 100 salaries,  by the rate at which the salaries drop. Granted there isn’t a poor guy on the list, and the money they make in a year is more than most of us will earn in a lifetime. These CEOs lead companies that are producing and selling billions of dollars in products and services. Why is there such a penis envy of these leaders for their compensation? Are we envious? Do we want to lead the same life style they do? Do we want to work 24/7  to the detriment of our families? Why do we resent high salaries? The left leaning individual resents it because he truly believes the CEO and the company has made that salary off the sweat of his brow. Most employees will work forty hours per week at some incremental position stocking shelves or answering phones, or taking orders, but they are paid commensurate with the requirements of the position. What that employee doesn’t seem to understand is that his job is a commodity. There is a supply and demand for workers. The salary he is paid  is competitive with other companies who need the same level of skill.

The liberal also argues that the wealth paid to  CEO’s must be redistributed to those who are less fortunate. This is the reason for my article today. If we were to take all the money paid to the top CEOs in the country what magnitude of social spending would it  pay for?

Here are some facts and assumptions:

1.) The accumulative  salary paid to the CEOs of the top 100 companies in Illinois, as stated in the Tribune article, is  $559,940,329.00. This is a little more than a half billion dollars.

2.) Assume that every state in the union has a list of 100 top companies whose CEOs are paid the same. For the sake of simplicity let me use round numbers (50 x $600,000,000) = 30 billion dollars.

3.) Assume that I am too low and I am off by a factor of 10, the number becomes $300 billion dollars.

Wow! that is a lot of money, but wait, the TARP cost over two times that much, the stimulus package cost over three times that much,  and the proposed Federal Budget will cost over five times that much.

Here is my argument. We have just taken away all the money made by the top 50,000 executives in the USA and given it to the government to pay for it’s super duper programs, and we have barely paid for 11.4 % of it. Where will the remaining 88.6% come from?

Liberals don’t give up easy. They will argue that the remainder will come from taxing the companies that these CEOs lead. Okay, how many of these CEOs will work their ass off for $1.00? Even a liberal would have to agree that a salary of $1.00 per year would make life hard. Most likely, none of them would. They will quit, or let the company be run by the worker bees who believe it is by the sweat of their balls that the big money is made. (It will be interesting to see if the UAW can run Chrysler and compete in the world market.)

Actually, what will happen, is that none of the above will play out. The CEOs will continue to work for big money because that is the market value of their skills, and the Government will tax the living hell out of everyone to make up the money needed to implement thier utopian schemes. In the end, they will destroy the greatest country on earth and the deny the liberty of each and every one of us.

All of you youngsters out there who voted for “Change We Can Believe In,” have fun. I am near the end of my life cycle, and will not live to see too much grief.  You are going to suffer long and hard for your decision to take the country into this devastating direction.

Eliminate Father’s Day

A recent news article spoke about the huge number of babies being born in Northern European countries to unwed mothers. Countries like Norway, Sweden, and Finland have as many as sixty percent of their children born to mothers without husbands.  Is this something to brag about? It is clear that POTUS’ vision for America is to make the USA like Europe. Does the USA really want to embrace European Socialism?  Let’s begin by eliminating Father’s Day.

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Could It Be?

It was a strange moment during the evening news when I recalled the water running down my forehead. Was it a dream or was it real? I heard a voice saying the words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” 

The news caster was discussing torture in the form of water boarding. Could it be that the torture for the terrorists was not the actual water running over their heads, but the idea that they were being converted to Christianity? Could it be that the God hating liberals, who argue so vehemently against the practice are recalling their own ritual entry into Christianity?

 

Baptism or Waterboarding

Death By Chocolate

5 minute Chocolate Mug CakeLast week my cousin Rick sent me a recipe called “The Most Dangerous Cake Recipe in the World.”  It sounded cute, and just the type of experiment I would try with my grandchildren. Before I began, I Googled  “Five Minute Chocolate Cake,” and got 137,000 hits in .22 seconds. There must be something to this, I thought. I read several of the recipes, and the comments left by cake lovers from all around the world. They were serious about this yummy chocolate cake.

Over the weekend, I shopped for the ingredients I didn’t have on hand, namely unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate frosting. The remaining ingredients were in the cupboard and the frig. I’ll post the recipe on my Cook page.

The recipe tauted five minutes from start to finish. It took me longer than that to assemble the ingredients, and then another five minutes to put it together, and yet another five minutes of mixing to get a smooth creamy uniform mixture of chocolate goo. The components are mixed in a coffee mug.  The final step is three minutes in a microwave at full power (1000 watts). The recipe writer warns that the cake will rise out of the cup, but not to worry that is normal.  Mine did, and then it retracted (fell) back onto itself. ????? What did I do wrong???? Nevertheless, I removed the super hot cup from the micro, removed the cake from the mug, and allowed it to cool. That’s when I sliced it into two pieces and spread the ready made chocolate over the top. I went so far as to experiment and cut one half into half again. This piece I made into a layer cake with frosting between the layers.

I cleaned up the kitchen while the cake cooled. By the time my implements were clean it was ready to try. I couldn’t wait.  I took a large forkful of the single layer version and tasted. My God!!!!!!!!!what a super mouth watering chocolate treat. Not the best chocolate layer cake made from scratch using a Betty Crocker recipe, but really good and tasty chocolate cake, and  I left out the chocolate chips.

There is one way to make this even better, I thought; pair it with some full bodied Cabernet. So I did, Wow, Super Wow! I started with a single fork full and couldn’t stop until I finished the single layer half, with a glass of rich red wine.

I am returning a  message to Rick to warn  him that I am re-writing my will. I will make mention that if it is proven that I died from chocolate overdose, he should be arrested. It was by his power of suggestion that I tried this recipe, and by my weak will that I overdid it.

I can hardly wait for the kids to come over, so I can teach them all how to make this cute little cake. I can see an assembly line of seven mugs with  flour and sugar flying around the kitchen as they make their own concoction. As the teacher, and ring leader of this experiment, I get to taste all of them. Of course mine will be with a glass of red.

Why is this called the most dangerous recipe inthe world?  I quote the inventor,

“Because now we are all only five minutes from chocolate cake  at any time of the day or night.”

I agree, with some practice, I could do it in five minutes.

A Matter of Definition

 We all know the English language is  complicated. Too many words  have different meanings. Put the words together into a string called a phrase and it really gets complicated. Here is an example of a phrase used in recent  news to demonstrate what what I mean; “Enhanced Interrogation Technique.”

A Matter of Definition

Why Notre Dame Caved

University presidents try to provide the best education they can for their students. However, I am in a quandary about what experience   Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, is tryng to provide by asking  President of the United States, Barack Obama to speak at this year’s commencement. 

 President Obama is clearly pro-abortion, an idea contrary to Catholic teaching. Perhaps President Jenkin’s is trying to offer his students an opportunity to hear someone who is clearly in favor of abortion argue in favor of murdering new life. Or, perhaps he wants his student body to hear an agent who is anti-religion. Perhaps he is trying to give his students the radical liberal perspective of Barack Obama, after having indoctrinated  them in the principles of conservatism. What ever the reason, it is not rational. I believe Father Jenkins should be fired for inviting Obama to speak. I believe the alumni should hold back donations to hurt the school in the pocket book. However, I believe Obama should speak. He was asked, and he committed to the engagement.

On the other hand, perhaps the reverend Father Jenkins knows something the rest of us do not, such as Obama is…(cartoon.)The Second Coming at Notre Dame

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