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I love maps and geography. One can learn much from the study of World maps. This set of informative maps was sent to me by fellow book club member Ron.

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Size Comparison Between Australia And the United States  
   


Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period

Blue States Have A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

50 Percent Of Canadians Live South Of The Red Line
The Biggest Non-Government Employer in Each State  
Each Section Has 10% Of the World’s Population
The Red and Orange Sections Have Equal Populations
All The Nations That Have To Be Combined To Be Equal To Brazil’s Annual Homicides

These Two Areas of Africa Have Roughly Equal Populations
Light Pollution From Coast To Coast 
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Every State Ranked by Healthiness
World’s Smallest Country vs. Largest Building 
List of Countries Mentioned Or Referred In The Bible 
Most Common Country Of Birth For Foreign-born Residents In The US, Excluding Mexico  
Japan, How Big It Is in Reality?

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The people at the Indian Hills Community Center must hold marathon sessions to come up with these puns.

A Special Kind of Stupid

I want to kick off December with my first post to recognize some really special people who obviously have more luck than brains.

Stella Awards There are no words! Enjoy, while you are scratching your heads……..
It’s time again for the “Stella Awards”! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald’s where she purchased the coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right? 

That’s right; these were awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher handy. 

Here are some of the most outlandish Stella’s: 

SEVENTH PLACE 

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son

Start scratching! 

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SIXTH PLACE *

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord.Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps. 

Scratch some more… 

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FIFTH PLACE *

Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut.  Forced to sit for eight, count ’em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish. Keep scratching. There’s more.. 

Double hand scratching after this one. 

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FOURTH PLACE * 

Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard.  Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun

Pick a new spot to scratch, you’re getting a bald spot. 

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THIRD PLACE * 

Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania wins third place because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. 

Only two more so ease up on the scratching.. 

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*SECOND PLACE* 

Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the cover charge of $3.50 . The jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000 and, oh yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure. 

Ok. Here we go!! 

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FIRST PLACE * 

This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich.  Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down? $1,750,000. PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home. 

If you think the USA court system is out of control, be sure to pass this one on! Never mind the court system, but how’d those juries come to those conclusions…

A Nation of Too Many Laws

I often proudly proclaim that we are a nation of laws. The United States has been writing, passing, and enforcing laws since its inception in 1776, and even before that. In thinking about laws I often come to the conclusion that laws inhibit our freedoms. I also proudly declare that we have a Constitution that guides our thinking on how to proceed when writing laws. Does the Constitution really help us decide whether a law is necessary? I think in most cases the Constitution does not come to mind when lawmakers get busy to formulate a new law. At this point of history the United States has so many laws in so many jurisdictions that we need an army of lawyers to assist us with the interpretation, and to help protect us from harm caused by the wrongful application of same. We need a reset in law making. How can we be free to say, write, or do what we want freely when we are being guided by the Constitution, Federal, State, County, Township, and Municipal laws? For instance, my home town has a law on conducting garage sales. I’m sure your town does too? Why are such laws necessary? Most likely because somebody’s neighbor decided to hold a garage sale every Saturday of the year. A simple thing such as a sale intended to reduce the clutter going into a landfill turns into something ugly. The law is written to control our behavior.

The more laws we have the more opportunity there is for us to become law breakers. Therefore, more need exists to employ law keepers known as policemen to keep our behaviors in check. One of the most frequently broken laws in America is called the Speed Limit. Speed Limits are laws intended to regulate our need for speed, but under the guise of safety to the general population. Speed kills they cite, therefore we must limit your needs with signage that tells you what is safe. If every municipality that is responsible for posting the limits were to arrest every driver who broke the limit we would be able to pay for every highway in America with improvements too. Thankfully, the cops arrest speeders using statistics, placing speed traps at random around the area and being seen writing citations every where. The penalty’s for repeated speeding violations are severe, and one can lose his driving privilege, another loss of freedom.

A Speed Limit That Is Hard to Keep On A Bicycle

Another law that is frequently broken is driving while under the influence of an intoxicating beverage or alcohol. Again, in the name of safety, you place yourself into jeopardy by drinking and driving. No mater, even if you are driving like a sober judge, if you are pulled over you put your driving privilege on the line. Most of these laws are the result of a group called Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD. These moms are upset over losing a child in an accident caused by someone who drove drunk. Alcohol impairs your ability to think clearly, and your body to react more slowly, therefore, you must be apprehended and incarcerated for your own protection. In this case it is not your own safety the law protects it is the safety of others.

As an attempt to learn how large the law problem is in America, I asked Google to tell me. The answer, is there are too many laws on the books to know just how many there are. One fact that I did learn is that there are over 23,000 laws on guns and gun ownership. We have a body of politicians whose job it is to write new laws. We have gotten so stupid about this that we refer them as “do-nothings” if they don’t pass new laws every year. The average is about two hundred new federal laws every year. Multiply that by 244 years and we have over forty-eight thousand Federal laws on the books. If you have ever looked at how the laws are written by reading one you will know that within every law are numerous other laws that control every scenario possible. I think the number I cited is way too low. Of course the problem is magnified when we move down to the states and municipalities.

Just this week, I learned that A friend of mine was being punished by my hometown of Frankfort for trying to live his life the way he wanted to. The friend lives in the country just outside of town. He has a huge barn on his property, and thought how neat it would be to cater to the latest hot trend of barn weddings. For some reason, he thought it would be wise to have his farm incorporated into the Village limits. WRONG!!!!! The Village got wind of his business and decided to teach him a lesson. First, the land he was on is zoned for Agriculture. I know the Village would not have let him build a barn on a residential plot. But, my friend thought since the barn existed before the land was part of the Village he was okay. WRONG!!!!! The Village sent out a fire inspector to determine if there were any fire hazards in the barn. Come on folks, barns are usually built of wood and have hay strewn around. The Fire Marshall wrote him up and decided he needed to install a sprinkler system, he did. They also insisted his county approved electrical system was not up to code, so they had him install a new electrical box to replace the new one he had. He did that too. Then the Village asked if he had a Village business license. Out of curiosity, I read the ordinance on Village Business licenses. It doesn’t cover offering your barn as a venue for a wedding, but they have a line labeled “other” to cover the known listed business types. One reason for the license is to flush out if alcohol will be served, sold, or stored in the building? If there is, then a new law kicks in namely a the need for a liquor license. I know Frankfort is not a teetotaling town there are numerous taverns and bars within the town limits, but they want to control what goes on to insure my safety. Sooo, we have a law to guarantee that; another loss of freedom.

When my friend thought he was near the finish line the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down all activities. Several weddings had to be cancelled or rescheduled due to the virus. Six months have passed and the virus numbers are reduced to allow some wedding party activity to occur, except that the Village slapped an injunction against his business to stop.

I guess my point in this post is that too many laws can be a detriment to liberty. We seem to lose common sense and apply stupid laws to new and wild business ideas like barn weddings. Too many laws also give our leaders too much power and inflate their ability to control others. Liberty requires fewer laws and less control. We will never again get back to the liberty we had two hundred and forty-four years ago unless we start reversing the trend to define every breath, and every move we take with a law.

A good start in reversing the trend is to return to the original ten commandments issued to Moses by God.

All Lives Matter

Yes, I know the title is a statement meant to incite a riot. I have my own opinions about the Black Lives Matter movement but have refrained from exposing them until now. Black Lives Matter is nothing more that a front for a threat to the sanctity of America and the beliefs that we hold dear. Having been born in an age when the communists were expanding to take over the world much the same as Muslims are today, it is easy for me to spot groups like BLM. Black Lives Don’t Matter would be a more appropriate name for the group.

Here is how I think about BLM.

  1. I believe the USA would be in a much more racially united if we had not allowed nineteen millions black babies to be aborted over the past thirty years. Think how many of those kids might have grown up to make a difference? How many genius kids did we slaughter ? How many artists, scientists, preachers, teachers, etc. did we prevent from happening? We will never know, but if BLM really meant something they would put abortion as the highest priority on their list of things to protest. Lastly, think about how many fewer immigrants we would need to allow into the country to fill jobs that no one wants to do.

2. I believe that the USA would be much more racially united if we didn’t have more than forty-five nationally recognized African America gangs in America. Most of them providing father figures for underprivileged boys who join the gangs. They are fatherless because of our effort to make a Great Society. Lets just say the Great Society has failed. BLM should be protesting its failures.

I believe the USA would be much more racially united if blacks would refrain from killing each other. More than 3000 murders of black people are killed by black people every year. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but over thirty years that is 60,000 people. Why doesn’t BLM take offense to that?

3. I believe that the USA would be a less racially divided if the diseases that rack blacks over whites were leveled off. Why do blacks have more deaths from Lung disease, Heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, and on and on? If BLM was truly what their name implies they would be directing the millions of dollars they get from George Soros and the Ford Foundation toward changing the outcome of disease in the black community. They would certainly save a hell of a lot of more people than they do by picking on the police.

I believe the literal meaning of black lives matter, not just the random killing of a black man by a rogue policeman during an arrest.

I Believe that the BLM movement is a communist front organization. In my generation a front is the face page of an organization that is different once you turn the page. In this case the front is “Black Lives Matter” a very civil sounding humanitarian cause, what is it really?

“Black Lives Matter is a decentralized movement in the United States advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against African-American people. Wikipedia

Who founded the group and why?

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a newly surfaced video from 2015 that she and her fellow organizers are “trained Marxists” – making clear their movement’s ideological foundation, according to a report.

Cullors, 36, was the protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, and spent years absorbing the Marxist-Leninist ideology that shaped her worldview, Breitbart News reported

Who funds BLM?

The BLM Movement founders have connections to large “radical Left organizations.”[72] The connection to the Left has provided the BLM Movement with two “big bets” needed to have an influential social movement.

It is estimated that groups associated with the BLM Movement have taken in $133 million since 2013. Organizations associated with liberal billionaire George Soros are said to have provided at least $33 million to various BLM movement groups since 2016.[73]

In 2015, the fundraising club Democracy Alliance, led by liberal donors like George Soros and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay, recommended “its donors step up check writing to a handful of endorsed groups that have supported the Black Lives Matter movement.” [74] BLM Movement groups which received support from the Democracy Alliance were the Black Youth Project 100, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Black Civic Engagement Fund, Color of Change and the Advancement Project.[75]

Additionally, the Ford Foundation and the Borealis Philanthropy created the Black-led Movement Fund,[76]a funding vehicle for the Movement for Black Lives, the coalition of groups responsible for the extremist “Vision 4 Black Lives.”[77] The fund has received “pledges of more than 100 million dollars from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute.”

https://www.influencewatch.org/movement/black-lives-matter/

The name cited in the article above, George Soros, is a known organizer bent on taking down America. He was born in Hungary as a Jew. During WWII he denounced his Judaism to belong to the Nazi party where they used him to seek out jews in hiding for execution during the holocaust. He later made a fortune by manipulating currencies of countries. Although he is a citizen of the USA, his allegiance to the country is questionable. He has funded over two hundred organizations with names like ACLU, Open Societies Foundation, Media Matters, Planned Parenthood, etc, the list goes on and on.

https://www.huntingfishing.com/index.php/organizations-funded-george-soros/

Why am I disclosing these facts and my opinions on this matter? Because my own sixteen year old grand daughter has been sucked into the BLM protest/ She proudly declares that she marched and waved her hand made sign protesting police brutality along with her friends. I know my grand daughter and what she is thinking. None of what she thinks includes George Soros or the millions of dollars he spends to keep BLM growing in size. What matters to her is the literal meaning of Black Lives Matter. She has been brought up in a loving Christian home and trained in a private parochial school based on Christian principles. Her protest is not political by any means.

In the final analysis, I believe Black Lives Matter as do all lives. The BLM movement is a communist front and a joke perpetrated on America to divide the country.

What peeves me is that the BLM movement and the press that reports its activities as news worthy have pulled my kid into their clandestine movement of dividing America for the purpose of moving the populace toward communism (under the banner of socialism and progressivism) by making them think the issue is police brutality toward blacks (statistics in no- way support such a premise). In the meantime the BLM solution is to eliminate the police altogether to make a happier world. The money cities will save on police protection can be moved toward more social programs benefiting the protesters.

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