Fifty Years Down The Drain?

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This morning I read a supposed true story about the ACA clause that enables the White House to set up gas stations to dispense free gas to those too poor to get to a doctor because they had no gas. This afternoon, I fact checked the article and it is false. It didn’t keep me from drawing a cartoon to depict my opinion about  the matter.

All day I kept asking myself, why would our beloved president want to give free gas to poor people? If they are poor would they even own a car? Would they take an empty milk jug to get gas and then come home to look for someone who would take them to a doctor for a free gallon? None of it made sense. Because of how I feel about Obama and his administration, I bought the lie hook, line, and sinker. He has done stupid things before, why not this? It falls into the free phone category, i.e. poor people need a phone  to call 911. I believe he would deliberately destroy fifty years of Civil Rights progress just to start another redistribution scheme.

Anyway, SNOPES declares this story false, but I am not buying that it isn’t inside the thousands of pages of the Un-Affordable Care Act we so dearly refer to as Obama Care. The joke is on me.

“You Own This”

When I began this blog my intended goal was to preach the benefits of human potential, or the power of positive thinking. I still preach allot but not much on positive thinking. In fact, I find myself struggling to stay positive in a transformative government. You see, I don’t want the country transformed. What I see coming is something everyone will hate, even the notorious millennium generation. They are just too young and idyllic to understand now.

I received an e-mail from my young son living in Texas. He isn’t so young anymore, but he is my baby. Mike, it turns out, is a better writer and a better motivator than his dad will ever dream of being.  Mike has three kids, all are gems.(This is where I preach about how great my grand kids are. I do so only because they are). Mike’s three kids are all swimmers. I mean swimmers who get up at 5:00 am to go to the pool to workout before school, and then they go to the pool after school to work out, They spend their weekends at swim meets, they live for swimming, academics, and music. I spoke to Mike last week and he told me that he was taking his daughter Abbey to a swim meet at Texas A&M. His wife Lisa was taking Danny to a swim meet closer to home.

This morning I told myself that I will have to call and get details of how they did. As I sat waiting for Peg’s foot to soak after a surgery I found his e-mail. I read it and tears of joy streamed down my face. Here is Mike’s account of  Abbey’s swim meet at Texas A&M last Saturday.

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1650 meters.  

5413.39 feet.
Just over 1 mile.
For swimmers, the 1650 is the ultimate endurance and conditioning race….66 laps.
 
 
Your grand daughter Abbey competed in her first 1650 meter free style event this weekend at Texas A&M University Champions Swim Meet.  Her coach told her that she would experience several emotions during this race: pain, anguish, quitting, crying, asking “why am I doing this?”  He also told her that she would experience physical signs, burning legs, burning arms, burning lungs, thumbing heart.  He was telling her what she didn’t want to hear, the truth.  I was lucky enough to be on deck timing for this event for Abbey.  I know better than to interrupt per pre-swim ritual and concentration, so I sat there watching her psych herself up for the pain.  Before getting on the block, she looked at me, and I told her: “You own this”.  She proceeded to get on the block, and prepare for the start.
 
The horn sounded, and she was off.  She looked very strong, and very consistent with her breathing.  Every 4 strokes of her arms, I’d see her head turn and come up for air.  Her split times were very consistent, almost to the tenth of a second.  She looked like a finely tuned engine in the water.  After 20 laps, she was still keeping her splits.  Her breathing pattern was not as consistent, sometimes going four strokes, sometimes 2, sometimes 3.  It’s obvious the burn had started.  
 
After 40 laps, her splits were amazingly consistent with the start of the race.  Her breathing was not as in synch, but she looked strong.  After 60 laps, her pace was still on.  By this point, I think I was feeling more emotions than she was.  She had told me she had 2 goals for this race, the first, to finish, the second, to finish in under 20 minutes.  As the last few laps were counted, down, she still maintained her initial pace.  
 
After the 66th lap, she came in strong, touched the wall, and I hit the button on the stop watch.  I looked down to see Abbey needed any help getting out of the pool.  She stayed in the water for a moment, so I gazed down at the stop watch.  She finished the race in 18:53:33!!!  That is an AA time for this event.  My mouth dropped open. I looked up and saw her drying off.  She wanted to see the time, so I showed it to her.  She looked at me and smiled, then went off to get her post-race talk with Coach Trent.  
 
I asked her if she had gone through those waves of emotions like her coach mentioned, and she said “not really”.  Then she told me “it wasn’t that bad”.
 
Here is a picture of the facility at Texas A&M, as well as her “reloading” on a nice big chocolate brownie after lunch.  You can still see how red she is in the picture.  This was at least 30 minutes after the event.  She actually went back into the warm down pool and swam a bit to cool down after the 1650!!
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Car Stuff

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My buddy Bob with whom I stood on street corners sixty years ago watching all the girls go by sent me this fascinating list of automobile trivia. Thank you Bob.

Trivia about cars.
 
Q:  What was the first official White House car?
A: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft.
 
Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?
A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.
 
Q:  What city was the first to use parking meters?
A: Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.
 
Q: Where was the first  drive-in restaurant?
A: Royce Hailey’s Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.
 
Q: True  or False? The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and  black.
A: False.  The 1953 ‘Vettes were available in one color, Polo White.
 
Q: What was Ford’s answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960’s?
A: Carroll Shelby’s Mustang GT350.
 
Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator rather than a direct current generator?
A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant
 
Q: What was the first car fitted with a replaceable cartridge oil filter?
A: The 1924 Chrysler.
 
Q: What was the first car to be offered with a “perpetual guarantee”?
A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.
 
Q: What  American luxury automaker began by making cages for birds and squirrels?
A: The George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, who made the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.
 
Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?
A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.
 
Q: What car was the first to have its radio antenna embedded in the windshield?
A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.
 
Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?
A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16
 
Q: Where was the World’s first three-color traffic lights installed?
A: Detroit, Michigan in 1919.  Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.
 
Q: What type of car had the distinction of being GM’s 100 millionth car built in the U.S.?
A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll out of Lansing, Michigan with that  honor.
 
Q: Where was the first  drive-in movie theater opened, and when?
A: Camden, NJ in 1933
 
Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?
A: The 1949 Chryslers
 
Q: What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?
A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed  transmission, and dual exhaust.
 
Q: What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel?
A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car also was the first with electric door latches.
 
Q: What U.S. production car has the quickest 0-60 mph time?
A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. Did it in 4.0 seconds.
 
Q: What’s the only car to appear simultaneously on the  covers of Time and Newsweek?
A: The Mustang
 
Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?
A: The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.
 
Q: What is the fastest internal-combustion American production car?
A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by Motor Trend magazine at 192.6 mph.
 
Q: What automaker’s first logo incorporated the Star of David?
A: The Dodge Brothers.
 
Q: Who wrote to Henry  Ford, “I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. It has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasn’t been strictly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8”?
A: Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and  Clyde) in 1934.
 
Q: What car was the first production V12, as well as the first production car with aluminum pistons?
A: The 1915 Packard Twin-Six. Used during WWI in Italy, these motors inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.
 
Q: What was the first car  to use power operated seats?
A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.
 
Q: Which of  the Chrysler “letter cars” sold the fewest amount?
A: Only 400, 1963, 300J’s were  sold (they skipped “I” because it looked like a  number 1)
 
Q: What car company was originally known as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?
A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately the whole company by 1945.
 
Q: What car delivered the first production V12 engine?
A: The cylinder wars were  kicked off in 1915 after Packard’s chief engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Six.
 
Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?
A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph. on Staten Island!
 
Q: In January 1930, Cadillac debuted its V16 in a car named for a theatrical version of a 1920’s film seen by Harley Earl while designing the body. What’s that name?
A: The “Madam X”, a custom  coach designed by Earl and built by Fleetwood. The sedan featured a retractable landau top above the rear seat.
 
Q: Which car company  started out German, yet became French after  WWI?
A: Bugati, founded in Molsheim in 1909, became French when Alsace returned to French rule.
 
Q: In what model year did Cadillac introduce the first electric sunroof?
A: 1969
 
Q: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?
A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 571 cu. in. (9.2liter) engine.
 
Q:  What car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest Airlines airsickness bag and released on April Fool’s Day, 1970?
A: 1970 Gremlin,  (AMC)
 
Q: What is the Spirit of Ecstasy?
A: The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce, she is the lady on top of their radiators.
 
Q: What was the inspiration for MG’s famed octagon-shaped badge?
A: The shape of founder Cecil Kimber’s dining table. MG stands for Morris Garages.
 
Q: In what year did the “double-R” Rolls Royce badge change from red to black?
A: 1933
 
Trivia: Ford, who made the first pick-up trucks, shipped them to dealers in crates that the new owners had to assemble using the crates as the beds of the trucks.  The new owners had to go to the dealers to get them, thus they had to “pick-up” the trucks.  And now you know the “rest of the story”!

 

See Only the Black Side

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I just received this story from my friend Lion Mike. It spoofs Obama and the Affordable Care Act. I find it highly offensive that anyone should write such a hilarious description of our first black President’s signature legacy legislation( I apologize for the black president reference, I am a racist and can only see his black-half, his white-half is invisible to me). I buy my flowers through ObamaFlowers.com regularly and I am greatly pleased with the fine service I receive. It only takes a few hours to log into the website, and usually the flowers arrive only a few days late. They are always a surprise because I never know what I will get, and I only pay three times what the same unidentified flowers cost at the local supermarket. For Thanksgiving I received a fabulous bouquet of dead red roses with a card that read, “Sorry, but our Obama live-flower panel decreed that you are too old for fresh living flowers, enjoy these dead ones instead.”  We proudly placed them on the dinner table for all of our Obama loving relatives to enjoy with us. Unfortunately, the guests all went home since it is now six days past Thanksgiving.

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Receptionist: Hello. Welcome to obamaflowers, my name is Valerie. How may I help you?
Customer: Hello. I received an email from Professional Flowers stating that my flower order has been canceled, and I should go to your exchange to reorder it. I tried your website, but it seems like it is not working. So I am calling the 800 number.
Receptionist: Yes, I am truly sorry about the website. It should be fixed by the end of  November. But I can help you?
Customer: Thanks. I ordered a “Spring Bouquet” for our anniversary, and wanted it delivered to my wife…
Receptionist: (interrupting) Sir, “Spring Bouquets” do not meet our minimum standards. I will be happy to provide you with Red Roses.
Customer: But I have always ordered “Spring Bouquets”, done it for years, my wife likes them.
Receptionist: Roses are better, sir. I am sure your wife will love them.
Customer: Well, ok, how much are they?
Receptionist: It depends sir. Do you want our Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum package?
Customer: What’s the difference?
Receptionist: 6, 12, 18 or 24 Red Roses.
Customer: The Silver package might be okay, how much is it?
Receptionist: It depends sir. What is your monthly income?
Customer: What does that have to do with anything?
Receptionist: I need that to determine your government flower subsidy. Then I can determine how much your out of pocket cost will be. But if your income is below our minimums for a subsidy, then I can refer you to our FlowerAid department.
Customer: FlowerAid?
Receptionist: Yes. Flowers are a Right. Everyone has a right to flowers. So, if you can’t afford them, then the government will supply them free of charge.
Customer: Who said they were a Right?
Receptionist: Congress passed it, the President signed it and the Supreme Court found it Constitutional.
Customer: Whoa…..I don’t remember seeing anything in the Constitution regarding Flowers as a Right.
Receptionist: It is not really a Right in the Constitution, but obamaflowers is Constitutional because the Supreme Court Ruled it a “Tax”. Taxes are Constitutional. But we feel it is a Right.
Customer: I don’t believe this…
Receptionist: It’s the law of the land sir. Now, we anticipated most people would go for the Silver Package, so what is your monthly income sir?
Customer: Forget it, I think I will forgo the flowers this year.
Receptionist: In that case sir, I will still need your monthly income.
Customer: Why?
Receptionist: To determine what your ‘non-participation’ cost will be.
Customer: WHAT? You can’t charge me for NOT buying flowers!
Receptionist: It’s the law of the land, sir, approved by the Supreme Court. It’s $9.50 or 1% of your monthly income…
Customer: (interrupting) This is ridiculous! I’ll pay the $9.50.
Receptionist: Sir, it is the $9.50 or 1% of your monthly income, whichever is greater.
Customer: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What a rip-off!!
Receptionist: Actually sir, it’s a good deal. Next year it will be 2%.
Customer: Look, I’m going to call my Congressman to find out what’s going on here. This is ridiculous. I’m not going to pay it.
Receptionist: Sorry to hear that sir. That’s why I had the NSA track this call and obtain the make and model of the cell phone you are using.
Customer: Why does the NSA need to know what kind of CELL PHONE I AM USING??
Receptionist: So they can get your GPS coordinates, sir.
(Doorbell rings followed immediately by a loud knock on the door)
Receptionist: That would be the IRS sir. Thanks for calling obamaflowers. Have a nice day…and remember to vote democrat!

Don’t Go Gentle Into that Good Night – An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Words spoken by a Patriot.

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Mr. O:

I have tried very hard in the last five years to find your redeeming  qualities, qualities that make you qualified to occupy the oval office…sadly  I  can find only one. You seem to have a gift for campaigning, but not  leadership.  You have taken every opportunity to divide this nation whenever  possible. A true  leader goes out of his way to bring people together, but not  you, why is that?  You have lied so much and so many times to the American  people, that not even  you can keep track of them. And when you are confronted  with a lie that you have  told, you simply lie again to cover-up the previous  one. That has to be  exhausting.

I truly wonder as to why you and your wife have such contempt for this great  nation, after all, it has allowed you (and your family) to rise…

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