Thirty Miles Per Burger

Grumpa Joe Pulling Into the Job

Grumpa Joe Pulling Into the Job

In the last two days, I have heard how the government handling of federal highway funds is being squandered on things such as bicycle paths. I agree that we need safe bridges and good roads, but I disagree that we don’t need bike paths.

A bike rider has every right to share the road with drivers. He does carry the same responsibility as a driver and must obey the same laws. A bicycle is considered a vehicle the same as a car. Most drivers do not share this attitude, even though the laws clearly state the right. I know many avid cyclists who use a bicycle as a form of transportation. They ride to work,  take trips across states, and tour foreign countries; all on a bike. They use public highways when they ride. I also happen to live near a popular bicycle path called the Old Plank Road Trail. It is twenty miles long and connects six towns.  I walk the path regularly. I see hundreds of cyclists using the path daily. They range in age from eight to eighty. They feel safe on a path whereas they would never ride a bike on a busy public road. They get their exercise through the enjoyment of a linear park. 

Here is my argument. A bike path will keep  bicyclists off  public roads where sociopathic drivers love to score points for taking out cyclists. I have several personal experiences that I can share about how much love there is for a bicyclist by a driver.  A bicycle path promotes exercise, a much needed activity in this OBESE country. The logic would go this way:

A bike path promotes exercise,

Excercise helps maintain health

Therfore, a bicycle path helps maintain health.

With all the argument about the high cost of  health care, why pick on one thing that will help us maintain our health with a nominal investment?

Bike paths are infrastructure that don’t require as much maintenance as a highway. Thus, the money spent goes further than money spent on a federal highway.

Beware Fat Man

Dr Consults with Federal Obamacare for Direction Last week, a friend of mine went to see a doctor at Saint James Hospital. Without getting into the specifics of why he was there, I will tell his story. The man is very tall, perhaps six foot four or taller. He is a big guy. He weighs in at two-ninety or more. When I look at him he doesn’t appear to be obese, but he is a big guy. 

To make this story very short, his doctor, a black lady, told him he was too fat to treat. She told him to go find another doctor. Is this a case of racial discrimination, or obesity discrimination? Clearly it is a violation of the Hippocratic oath. I thought doctors were supposed to do no harm in their treatment. This doctor clearly caused mental stress with her non-treatment.  

I know the latest rant on the news is about obesity in America, but is this the way obese people are going to be treated? If they are, I think the doctors of America will go onto the list of poverty stricken because their income comes from the obese.  Yes, there are lots of skinny people who are sick with disease, but I bet they are out numbered.

Be prepared to file discrimination suits against your family doctor if this attitude prevails.

Atomicobamabomb

A Bomb That Will Affect America For Hundreds of YearsIt’s obvious now why Obama went to Russia to negotiate a new nuclear bomb agreement.  He is planning to use the surplus bombs on this country. Oh, excuse me please, I am being sarcastic again. That is my style, sarcastic satire. The so called change we are getting is not good for the country. POTUS believes however, that his proposals are the salvation of the country. So far they have been toxic. Just as a nuclear bomb blast would leave us contaminated for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, so will the new health care reform his is pushing through.

 He just doesn’t get it. We don’t want to move backwards, but rather forward. His “tired old ideas that don’t work” argument has become his mantra. Why is he so bent on taking us into a socialist world when socialism has been tried and found not to work? Why does he insist on implementing a government led health system when other countries are trying to get rid of theirs? Why does he insist on paying for abortions? It is not the government’s responsibility to pay for a woman’s decision to not have a baby. Except of course, if the government is trying to create the master race. (Another tired old idea). Why is he  pushing the idea of eliminating old people via euthanasia to save money? Now that’s an idea I really love.

The next new idea he will foster upon us is the elimination of term limits for the president. That one is simple, he wants to be another Castro, or Chavez (two more tired old ideas that don’t work.)  He did campaign on the need to change the way Washington does business, another tired old idea that has been working since 1776.

I know all the libs will call me a poor loser who is a stupid white haired old conservative racist whose time has come and gone, but has it?  Are the liberals proposing changes that are moving us forward, or are they taking us backward to the stone age?

Time to dig another bomb shelter, it’ll be a long cold nuclear winter.

Who Cares?

My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer of CNN, Bill Maher called the people of the USA stupid. Does anyone really care what Bill Maher says?  Although Bill Maher’s comments  usually make me puke, this time I agree with him. After all, we did elect Obama.

A Light Went On

Dr Consults with Federal Obamacare for Direction In my world of engineering, I studied project management. Last week, I thought about one of the basic tenets of the training. A light went on above my head. A picture emerged on the subject of  health care. There is a rush by the democratic snake oil salesman to sell the American public on the need for a radical reform of the health care system. Never mind that the current system works fine for 75% of the people.

 I keep hearing about the 47 million people  who do not have health care insurance.  Of course twelve million of these are illegal aliens who shouldn’t qualify for any freebies from the government.  Another twelve million are people who wouldn’t buy or use health care insurance if their life depended on it. That reduces the forty seven million to twenty three million. In my book of arithmetic that translates into six and a half percent of the population that we are worried about. Using the laws of statistics, there is probably some error in these numbers. It might even be as high as six percent. If I have erred and the margin of error is on the minus side, the number of people who are uninsured is .5%. For that we want to create a government bureocracy that will bankrupt the country and take away our freedom.

What does all this have  to do with project management? The rule I learned was this; Good, Fast, Cheap–Pick Two.

The rule applies to making things or to designing health care systems.

1. If you want a good plan designed and implemented fast. It won’t be cheap.

Therin lies the national bankruptcy charge and the higher cost to the U.S. taxpayer, me and you. 

If you want a good plan that is cheap, It won’t be fast. 

 That is why we must slow this bill down. I know the guys in Washington  designing this reform are like  a room full of chimpanzees who are banging away on typewriters. Eventually the chimps will prepare the perfect plan.  Another way to look at this is you will stand in line for a long time to get service that is free. 

3. If you want a cheap plan that is fast, it won’t be good.

This is what Obama is directing lawmakers to give us.  Think about how many generations of Americans will be stuck with lousy health care service because the president wants it to be done fast, for what? I believe he wants it fast so we don’t have time to think about it. Kind of like passing a thousand page stimulus bill without knowing what is in it. I think health care warrants some careful planning and debate that will yield a system that is the best the country can devise, not one that is cobbled together by a bunch of self interest groups that have had pressure applied.

The thought of seeing my parents being advised by a government flunkie about  other options available than health care gives me the willies. I think if it comes to an mandated advisor coming to talk to me about options, I will give him a new one. i.e. the  option I have to excercise my second amendment right to defend myself from crazies.

It is sooo clear to me that the project management rule applies right on the money to our current situation.

President Obama wants a good plan, he wants it to be cheap, and he wants it fast. He can’t have it. He can only have two of the three.

We need to defeat the Health Care Reform Bill or break the rule of Good, Fast, Cheap.

I Prefer Hot Rods with Fenders

1932 Ford DueceThe yellow thirty-two duece hot rod in American Graffiti is the icon of hot rodders across the states. It is mine too. I love hotrods, especially street rods.  The car that drives me wild is a thirty-four Ford three window coupe that has been channeled, chopped and modernized with a hot fuel injected engine, power disk brakes, and air.  I prefer my hot rods with fenders. 

Every summer the Frankfort Car Club sponsors “Cruise Night,” in the historic area. Cars come from all around the south suburubs and fill the streets. Owners sit by their vehicle and answer questions. The evening brings out the locals to gawk. Most of the hotrods elicit  memories of our father’s car, or the first car we owned.

 I grew up watching a kid who was just a few years older than me build a hot rod. It was my habit, to ride my bike to the alley where he rented a garage. Dick lived in the house next to the alley. He could see the garage from the kitchen window of the second floor apartment where he and his mother rented. I watched the garage door, if  it was open,  Dick was working.  The thirty-four coupe he built was his second hot rod, and it is the one I fell in love with. Someday, if I win the lotto, I’ll buy a thirty-four Ford.

Each time I visit cruise night, I find another car to love. I can’t make up my mind as to what I really want anymore. Is it the thirty-four, or should it be a thirty-nine roadster, or a fifty Mercury? Confusion, confusion, confusion. I”ll have to win a big lotto, so I can buy one of each, and afford a place to keep them.

The beauty of a street rod lies in the builder’s vision to take an antique car, and re-style it into a sleek modern vehicle. They have all the features of a two thousand nine Chevy.  Each is a unique work of art designed by the builder who  is  usually the owner too. They are craftsmen with a pocket book, often spending over fifty thousand dollars to complete a project. Many owners limit the use of the car by driving them only to cruise nights or to other shows.

There is nothing quiet about a street rod. Not the rumble coming from the powerful engine, or it’s squeeling tires, or from it’s paint. Some of the most eye appealing colors are applied on hot rods. Some have very ornate flames and pinstripping. Other’s have multi-colors with silver and gold sprinkled in.

1934 Ford Sedan Street Rod1959 Mercury Sedan1950 Mercury Coupe with Sculpted Hood and Fenders1934 Chevy Three Window Coupe1937 Ford Coupe1934 Ford Tudor Sedan

Sneaky Slinky

SlinkyHe’s baaack.  A few weeks ago, I noticed a huge garter snake on the front lawn. He is easily seven hundred and sixty centimeters  long, and three centimeters in diameter. I was curious, and moved closer to take a look. He slithered off into the Barberry shrubs and disappeared. Oh well, I forgot about him. The next week I was cleaning the pond of algae when I noticed a strange looking stick protruding from the edge of the waterfall. Upon looking longer, I realized it was Slinky holding his head vertically erect a full six inches above the waters edge. I kept cleaning the pond. He disappeared again. A few minutes later I saw him emerge from the rocks that hide the filter tank. He sprawled on the rocks like a piece of rope. I moved closer to get a better look. He immediately slithered between the rocks and disappeared.

Later in the evening, Peggy and I walked around the yard looking at the flowers. We were admiring the California poppies when she noticed something move in the foilage. I reached down to spread the stems; nothing was there. We walked a few steps more when I spotted Slinky again. He’s the one who moved in the poppies, and  now, was on the edge of the water on the rocks.

Later in the week, Mike came by and I showed him Slinky and his home. We stood within four feet of the spot and talked. I happened to look away from Mike for a moment only to see the snake slithering through the lawn into the wetlands. He went on the lam through the back door. Good riddance I thought.

Every time I weed or clean around the pond, I watch for my new found pet. I hate snakes, and would rather do him in than tolerate him, but I must get over my childhood fears. I know what my mother would have done. She would have stalked Slinky with a hoe, and at the first opportunity he would have been twins.

Yesterday, I walked out the front door to my car, and noticed Slinky on the lawn again. This time he was only partially emerged from his den. He lives under the walkway to the house. As soon as I stalked him to get a better look, he disappeared into the hole under the concrete.  Since then, I have seen him several more times in the morning when the sun  warms the concrete. 

I will be speaking to my Master Gardener friends to re-learn the techniques for capturing  a slithering slinky garter snake. He gives me the creeps.

Slinky Eyes Me Up

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