Monday, March 26, 2012

THE NAIL IN THE FENCE


--Author unknown

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.

He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally, the day came when the boy did not lose his temper at all.

He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.

When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out.

It won't matter how many times you say ‘I am sorry,’ the wound is still there."

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one and both can leave a scar; some seen and some unseen, but all hurt.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Need your support

I wanted to let everyone know that I'm making a personal declaration that over the next two months, I 'm going to lose 10 lbs and increase my energy level.  I'll need all of your help to hold me accountable and cheer me on to reach my goal. Thank you!

If you want to see what I'm doing, log onto my health site.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I Just Don't Get It ... Why Can't the Democratic Senate Pass a Budget?


Our deficit is spinning out of control, and the Democratic Senate can’t pass a budget. I don’t get it.


With our deficit rising spectacularly over the Obama term, Obama proposes increasing spending to cut spending, obviously, I don’t get it.
Can’t we just cut the budget? It seems simple to me. Here are some other things I don’t get.
All this hub bub about returning to the dark ages, and taking rights away. I don’t get it. In my mind, the frame of reference for the debate about contraception and abortion purely hinges on the government’s responsibility. Should government be paying for an organization like Planned Parenthood? Or, should Planned Parenthood exist purely as a charitable organization? If Anjelica Houston et al feel so strongly about Planned Parenthood-they could donate money to support its operations. Why is government in my bedroom anyway? I don’t get it.
ACORN is another government supported organization. Supposedly if we do away with it, no one will be able to find a home. Really? I don’t get it. Why should the government be in the housing business? It’s not just ACORN and other government supported entities like it I don’t get, but I also don’t get why government is supporting things like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Government should be in the governing business, not the housing business. I don’t get it.
Oil companies get some pretty nice subsidies from government. I don’t get it. Isn’t there enough economic incentive to drill for oil already? Why are we giving subsidies to oil companies? Additionally, the government controls who can drill when and where. The government controls the permit programs and sets the rules and regulations. I don’t get that either. Maybe if we revamped the government controls we could get rid of all the subsidies and energy prices would drop. For years every President has talked a good game about energy, but none have done anything realistic about it. I just remember President Clinton saying we shouldn’t drill in ANWR because we won’t get anything for ten years out of it. Hey, that was over ten years ago. We’d be getting something today. I don’t get it.
I don’t get all the subsidies that farmers receive. Why are we subsidizing production? Especially now, since mostly big corporations are farming the land. I don’t have a view on that at all, except farming has gotten tremendously efficient and like a lot of industries in America, it’s hard for the family farmer to compete. We shouldn’t subsidize either. The family farmer can read the marketplace just like the corporate farmer. They can change their farming output to match niches the corporates can’t go after-as long as government regulators stay off their back. We are subsidizing ethanol (see energy policy above), and subsidizing virtually every commodity produced. Why not end it and let the market dictate price and supply accordingly? I don’t get it.
Why are American car manufacturers getting bailed out? Remember Cash for Clunkers? I don’t get programs like that. Hey, the government even picked which car dealers would stay in business and which would go dark. Bond holders for car companies were crushed down in an unprecedented skirting of bankruptcy law. They are wasting tax dollars on stupid, economically inefficient projects that simply curry favor with voters. American car guys ought to live and die on their own business decisions. If they make good ones, they survive and thrive. Bad ones, go out of business. No one was crying when Nash and Packard went under. Why are we sweating over GM and Chrysler? What is this, Russia? I don’t get it.
I don’t get subsidies to buy cars like the Chevy Volt. It goes 30 miles on a single charge. Big whup. If I lived in the suburbs I could drive 30 miles doing errands and dropping kids off. The Volt should have been painted yellow and called The Lemon. I also don’t get CAFE standards which cause Detroit to produce cars we don’t want. If gas mileage is important to Americans (and I think it is), won’t car makers have an economic incentive to produce high mileage cars? More waste of tax payer dollars on stupid stuff. I don’t get it.
Government pensions. I don’t get them. I think they ought to receive a really good pension, and get paid nicely for the service they perform. But instead of defined benefit, couldn’t they be defined contribution just like everyone else? That would save us trillions. I don’t get it.
Written by Jeff Carter on Townhall Daily

Friday, March 2, 2012

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying


Don’t wait until your health fails before living the life you want to live

by: Bronnie Ware | from: AARP | February 1, 2012


For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to 12 weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected: denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Yet every single patient found peace before departing. Every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have not honored even half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they’d made, or not made.

It’s important to try to honor at least some of your dreams along the way. It’s too late once you lose your health. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn't work so hard.

This came from every male patient I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And bycreating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks: love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called “comfort” of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to themselves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is your life. Choose consciously, choose wisely and choose honestly. Choose happiness.

I will cut the deficit in half at the end of my first four years.


Still, Obama promised, some of us recall (even if he doesn’t seem to remember), that he would cut the deficit in half at the end of his four years. And guess what? He has only missed that target by $620 billion or so as we write.

When he released his initial budget, the federal debt was $10.88 trillion; when Obama put forth the most recent version, that debt had already jumped to a staggering $15.36 trillion. The increase of the national debt under President Obama, to date, is more than during all the presidencies from George Washington through George H.W. Bush.

$400k Check to Second Amendment Foundation


Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), was grinning from ear to ear at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. What was the reason for all of his jubilation? The Washington Times reported on February 11 that it was the $399,950 check begrudgingly signed by Chicago Mayor and former President Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. 

The check was payment for the cost of fighting the Chicago handgun ban in the Supreme Court case McDonald v. City of Chicago. Gottlieb had the check blown up to a large size to display to fellow attendees at the annual CPAC event. Getting the check was a bittersweet moment for Gottlieb in his lifelong quest to litigate for gun rights, because the fight is ongoing. 

This is just a recent win for his organization, which has other legal successes under its belt. Gottlieb still has the first check that was written to reimburse legal fees and associated expenses mounted on the wall at SAF headquarters. It was $50,000 from the city of Los Angeles. Gottlieb is also expecting $12,000 from Omaha, Nebraska, for legal costs over that city’s onerous gun-control legislation. 

The SAF has over 20 cases against states and cities filed in federal court, which most likely means more big checks coming SAF’s way. Will Rahm be signing his John Hancock on any more checks with SAF’s name on them? Gottleib gleefully told the Washington Times: “They’re going to owe us money as well for Ezell v. Chicago (a suit over Chicago’s gun range restrictions) so this isn’t the first check Rahm Emanuel is going to have to sign to us.”

Man Saves Monument - where was Warren Buffet?


As a result of the August 23, 2011 earthquake that rocked the east coast of the United States, the Washington Monument suffered damages that the National Park Service did not have the funds to repair. However, a generous donor by the name of David Rubenstein has stepped in to save the day.

The Inquisitr reports, “A renowned history buff Rubenstein says he felt that paying for the monument’s fixes was something he could do as a ‘good citizen’ of the United States.”

The earthquake rendered the Washington Monument unsafe for visitors, forcing it to be closed to the public. The earthquake caused $15 million dollars in damage, of which half the amount was recently approved by Congress to fund repairs. The National Park Service was told that it had to find a donor to cover the remaining funds to repair the Washington Monument.

On Thursday, January 19, the Park Service announced that David Rubenstein would finance the repairs, which are expected to take up to a year to complete. Rubenstein has a reputation for being a philanthropist. As a co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm, he donated $4.5 million to the National Zoo’s panda program.

“What greater symbol is there in Washington of our country?” reflects Rubenstein, who earlier last year gave $13.5 million to the National Archives, for which he also purchased a $21 million copy of the Magna Carta that will be displayed at the archives. “I am committed to philanthropy,” he tells the Washington Post. And private funding like this one is “a good thing ... because the government doesn’t have all the money that it used to have.”

Rubenstein saved the government millions of dollars, the moral equivalent of paying that much more in taxes except for the fact that he controlled how it was spent. Warren, you might take a hint from this action.

Despite all pretense to the contrary, the public schools of America do, indeed, practice and teach a type of religion — secular humanism.


It is true that the First Amendment nominally prohibits Congress from establishing a national State  religion. However, this does not alter the objective reality that the tenets of the secular humanist religion are written into the laws of the federal government and all 50 states, and they are rigidly enforced and are taught as gospel in schools (as eloquently shown by Kurt Williamsen).

This is not due to a lack of enforcement of the First Amendment, however. It is due to the fact that it is metaphysically impossible to stop. It’s a simple fact of nature that a State without an established religion is no more viable than one without an established government. In either case, something will rush in to fill the vacuum. The only question, in the case of a State religion, is which religion will be established — that of the one True God, or a false one invented by men?

I fully realize that the First Amendment was seen by its authors as a pragmatic, even necessary means of enabling people with diverse and opposing religious views to join together in a new nation that they hoped would be free of the religious squabbles that had already divided Europe, and united in the Founders a common belief in “liberty.”

But two and a quarter centuries later, after abandoning God’s law in the public sphere, we behold a government of unprecedented size and scope, possessing powers undreamed of by the worst of the 18th-century Kings and Emperors, seemingly answerable to no one — least of all Almighty God, whose 10 Commandments they publicly exile, insult, and violate.

Any government that does not hold itself bound by the immutable laws of God will inevitably learn to make of itself a false god and will demand to be worshiped in place of God. And this, all in the name of “liberty” under the banner of “separation of Church and State” and the First Amendment.

This is not idle speculation, but historical fact. We Americans have two possible choices. We can recognize that the First Commandment supersedes the First Amendment and start acting accordingly, with the prayer and penance and action that implies, or we can prepare to attempt to eke out a miserable, sniveling existence in the rapidly emerging despotism of those who know no law but their own.