He Said Two Things To Upset My Day

This morning promised to kick off a grand day. Peggy and I went to breakfast ready to fortify ourselves for a day of sightseeing. We planned to tour Arches National Park today. It is an amazing place. We walked into the breakfast room only to see King Obama holding a press conference. Ugh! My day was spoiled. Unfortunately, for me I overheard Obama defending his healthcare debacle. I guess I don’t know how good it is working because I am one of the skeptics. A reporter asked a question about the problems his administration has implementing the monster. Obama kept his cool and confidently proclaimed that only 10-15% of the people are having problems. I lost it. During the brainwashing period before the Senate changed the rules to require fewer vote to pass the bill, he and his shills kept telling us that this new system will cover the forty million uninsured residents of the USA.  I know Obama’s people are smart because they voted for him twice, but neither he, nor his left leaning voters know their numbers. Ten to fifteen percent of the population is thirty to forty-five million people.

He said two things in this answer: 1.) We don’t know how well the system is really working, and 2.) ten to fifteen percent of people are not insured.

So, what does this mean?

1. It could mean that the system doesn’t work at all because the same forty million people are still uninsured.

2. It could mean that Obama Care works good for forty million who were not insured before, and it doesn’t work at all for forty million people who had insurance through their employer but now do not have it anymore.

Is this the way income re-distribution works Mr. President?  Are you stealing from those who work to give to those who will never work in your utopian socialist society?

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CPS Takes Baby After Parents Seek Second Medical Opinion

This piece of news is to confirm my post from April 10, 2013. Some readers were offended by my cartoon and opinion. Let me know if you are equally offended by this news piece. If you are not offended, you are the problem. Enjoy living in a communist state.

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My Three Wishes

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English: Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night I tossed and turned trying to fall asleep. It was one of those nights when I was so tired I could not keep my eyes open watching TV and finally gave in to the lure of the bed. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was wide awake feeling aches and pains from every joint in my legs, back, and shoulders. When I finally did fall into a deep sleep, I dreamed. Usually, when a person is in REM sleep, he vividly remember dreams. I dreamt.

A special person visited me in this dream, a fairy God Mother. She looked just like a Disney fairy, all pinkish with a blond pony-tail and long eyelashes, her wings fluttering like a hummingbird’s. God Mother waved her magic wand over my head and sparkle stars twittered all about me. Then, in a sweet soft voice she whispered in my ear, “I’ll give you three wishes. When you wake up you will write them down for me and place the list under your pillow. There is only one condition, each wish must cut a Department of the Federal Bureaucracy.”

I awoke this morning with a king size head ache, and I only drank one glass of Jellybean Cabernet with dinner. I concluded the head ache resulted from trying to decide which three agencies I wanted to close.

At first, I thought this would be easy. There are so many departments to pick on. Which three would give us the biggest bang for the wish? Everyday, I hear about stupid stuff being done by the administration through the agencies. For instance, today there is an article about how a simple stupid program initiated by Bill Clinton to even the playing field for poor black farmers by giving them a subsidy of $50,000 dollars a year has exploded into a mega nightmare. There is fraud being perpetrated by farmers. Like kids who plant a package of seeds and then make a claim. There are many other scams as well. It really got wild when poor Hispanic farmers began crying foul and discrimination. They want a piece of the pie too. So the Department of Agriculture is high on my list this morning, but that does not trump my final selections.

Here are my wishes:

1. The number one department I wish to shut down is the Department of Homeland Security. This is the biggest mistake made by President George Bush after 9/11. I feel so much safer now, don’t you? Especially after we learned the Boston bombers were taking trips to Russia for training, the Russian government warned us, and we failed to act. Yes, I feel so much safer now knowing that DHS with its budget of forty-four billion dollars and  over two hundred thousand employees is vigilantly watching out for us.

Another reason to hack the DHS is their stock pile of bullets, guns, and light armored vehicles. Recently I began reading a book about Hitler’s Gestapo and I immediately thought of the DHS. Is the DHS to become Obama’s Gestapo?

Immigration and  Customs Enforcement (ICE) embedded within the DHS is the one that really scares me. Why? Because they ignore the immigration laws and turn their backs on illegals crossing the southern border by the thousands. The National Review and other sources reported that several thousand illegals have crossed into the US from countries classified as terrorist. How does DHS expect to protect us if it deliberately ignores immigration laws, and allows radicalized muslims to enter?

2. My number two wish is to shut down the Department of Education. The entire country jumped up and down to attack our Second Amendment rights. They are so upset about some wacko kid breaking into a school to shoot kids. Yes, he killed a bunch of first and second graders before killing himself, so our liberal population wants to declare the entire USA a no gun zone. At the same time, these same liberals bury their heads in their anal opening about the travesty being committed by teachers, unions, and school bureaucracies. Teachers fill the kids with ideas designed to promote socialism or other political agendas. Unions protect members and don’t care about teaching kids to read. The worst are the school districts with their massive overheads built only to keep their kingdom growing. To hell with failing kids we need more money to support our pensions and health care plans.

God forbid a school district acknowledge that a competitive charter school can do a better job. Those damned charter schools have proven over and over to work better than public schools, but it means a very large bureaucracy would swallow the Jim Jones Kool aid before they let that happen.

3. My third dream wish is to shut down the EPA, for one reason only. These people pretend to care about our planet, and concoct ideas like Cap and Trade to cut carbon emissions, add methanol to gasoline to reduce the amount of foreign oil, set mpg limits that are totally unreasonable, cut off the water supplies for small towns and not let them rebuild a pipeline from a mountain stream to the town. They limit pollution for the air, water, and what else? Some of it has been good, but they fail in my book for one gigantic reason. They do not take responsibility for allowing the desert across southern USA to become a trash pit. If a single EPA guy took a helicopter ride along the border and several miles inland he would see a trash depository destroying the beauty of a once pristine desert. The thousands of illegals from Mexico, Central America, and Mid-East march through Hell’s Highway and drop bottles, clothing, food, etc, all items we consider as garbage along the way. The desert looks like a landfill on a windy day, from the Pacific ocean in California to Brownsville Texas.

The three wishes lie under my pillow as requested by my Fairy God Mother.

Geography book upsets Williamson Co. parents

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This story got to me the second I saw it. What business is it of a textbook publisher to put opinion in a text book? I thought text books were to provide facts. Today, though the facts become blurred with supposition like those presented here.

Several Williamson County parents are asking for the school district to take a closer look at a book being used in a high school class.

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Understanding Engineers, Really?

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 From my engineer friend (?) Rich. These are funny but so oo true. These stories about engineers are old but worth re-laughing at.

Understanding Engineers #1

Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?” The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.” The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, “Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn’t have fit you anyway.”
Understanding Engineers #2

To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Understanding Engineers #3

A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!” The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!” The priest said, “Here comes the greens-keeper. Let’s have a word with him.” He said, “Hello George, What’s wrong with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?” The greens-keeper replied, “Oh, yes. That’s a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime.” The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.” The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there’s anything she can do for them.” The engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”
Understanding Engineers #4

What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.
Understanding Engineers #5

The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?” The graduate with an engineering degree asks, “How does it work?” The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?” The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”
Understanding Engineers #6

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have designed the human body. One said, “It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints.” Another said, “No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections.” The last one said, “No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?”
Understanding Engineers #7

Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.
Understanding Engineers #8

An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.” He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke up again and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week.” The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket. The frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I’ll stay with you for one week and do anything you want.” Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket. Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess and that I’ll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?” The engineer said, “Look, I’m an engineer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog – now that’s cool.”

If America is so bad then way hasn’t anyone left?

This blogger makes an excellent point about which direction people run to.

Potato Peel Pie

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I arrived in my rental home in January, I found a pile of books in the bookcase. All were brand new, with the covers uncracked. I scanned the titles and said, “as soon as I finish reading the two I brought with me, I’ll attack these.” The two I brought were hard to read. One deals in political science and the sins of our President Obama. The second is a delightfully funny read by a fellow blogger from India, and is a satirical look at life on the job.

As usual, I procrastinated, and didn’t read anything except blogs and news; boring. Finally, in late February the titles on the shelf began calling, but I made a rule not to read them or even look at the jackets until I completed the two I trucked across country. I finally finished both, and enjoyed my fellow bloggers book immensely. I will cover his book later.

Today, I want to talk about a book that kept calling me from the shelf, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Yep, you got it, the title tricked me into reading this story.

The first few pages intrigued me, but didn’t excite me. It took a few to get me into the spirit of the book and the characters. There are so many characters in this book it is hard to imagine the author able to keep track of them all. In fact, an entire town full of characters becomes endeared to the reader.

First time author Mary Ann Shaffer assisted by her niece Annie Barrows crafted a compelling story which teaches us some geography, history, and weaves a very human story of life taking place on the island of Guernsey.  The time period is 1946 just after World War Two. Guernsey is one of the Channel islands, a part of England. They are midway between England and France in the English Channel. During the war, the Germans occupied the isle of Guernsey from which a breed of cow came into being. The occupation placed extreme hardship on the locals while the Germans pilfered, and pillaged them for their pleasure.

Guernsey cattle in St. Saviour's, Guernsey

Guernsey cattle in St. Saviour’s, Guernsey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ms Shaffer tells the story via a series of letters between a young author and her publisher who also is a childhood friend. The Young author named Juliet lives in London and corresponds with  her publisher and his sister, Juliet’s best friend. They share witty stories and jabs between themselves only as good friends can do.

Juliet is riding a wave of popularity from a book she authored titled “Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War.” Much of their correspondence revolves around her book tours and what her next book will be. Then out of the clear blue sky, Juliet receives a letter from a gentleman named Dawsey Adams who found her name and address written on the inside cover of a book by Charles Lamb. He lives on the Island of Guernsey where books and book shops are in short supply. Dawsey asks Juliet to recommend a book store in London from which he can buy books. He wants to read more because he belongs to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She answers him with a reputable book store, but her curiosity leads her to ask about the origins of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

At first the letters between Juliet and Dawsey and others in the Society are very formal. Dawsey tells Juliet he will ask the members of the Society to write her with their favorite book. As the characters begin to write back and forth they begin to feel more and more comfortable with each other. As the story unfolds and the characters begin to show themselves, the tone of their language evolves into warm and loving messages between old friends.

The entire story is via letters. It is fascinating to read and follow. Author Shaffer has a creative bent in the way she describes her people and the scenes in which they live. Her dialogue is witty and typical of British people of that time. As a reader, I could visualize the island  landscape, the homes, and each character’s physical features. I found myself totally immersed in the story of the occupation as told through the voices of the many islanders who belonged to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Where did the name come from? It seems the villagers were having an illegal feast of roast pig. On the way home, the Germans challenged a group of them. Since the Occupied forces confiscated all the Guernsey pigs for their pleasure only, the islanders invented a ruse to explain why they were all together so late in the evening, and so a very inventive and quick thinking islander came up with the Guernsey Literary Society. The Germans bought into it and asked to join also. The real fun begins from there. The next day the islanders are scouring shops and homes to find books to have if the Germans visit. They begin to meet weekly and each member is to read a book. A single member gives a report on the book he read.

What is Potato Peel Pie?  Since a club meeting needs food to make it complete one of the farmers invented a pie filled with mashed potatoes, flavored with strained beets for sweetness, and potato peels for the crust.  This concoction became a favorite and thus became a part of their name. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

This is a book I want to read and re-read again and again. I’d like one day to tell the entire story from memory. There are so many characters in this story, it will make your head spin at first. Then, as they all reveal themselves they become part of  your life.

Recipe for Potato Peel Pie

 

 

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