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Trendy…I’m not

Ok, Trendy I’m not… I am not typically up on the newest trends.  I do not run with a crowd that keeps up with fashion week or the up and coming fashion designers.  When it comes to fashion I like what I like because it compliments my shape, I find it comfortable and its affordable.  If it’s all of these things and it’s versatile it could find its way into my closet.  When I buy clothes I try to  remember that the clothes do not make the person the person makes the clothes, or something like that.  Or in this case the boots.

This is a trend I can get into, size 7 please and thank you,  and support for all of the reasons I have listed as well as the fact that it is a product that is Made in America.  The fashion trend that is showing up on college campus’ is LL Bean’s familiar Duck Boot.  The well-known boot is probably benefiting from the retro trend that is sweeping America.

Now I do not want to mislead you into thinking that all of the products LL Bean sells are made in America.  Alas that is not the case.  I wish it weren’t so but currently most of their products are imported.  Maybe this will be the turning point for this iconic American company to change directions.

Defying a trend toward offshore production, the outdoors retailer is adding 125 full-time employees to its Maine-based manufacturing operation to keep pace with orders.

Sales have grown from 150,000 pairs four years ago to about 400,000 this year, said Jack Samson, L.L. Bean senior manager for manufacturing in Brunswick. Next year, demand is projected to reach 500,000.”

Finding a shoe that is made in America is not an easy task.  Here is one that will keep your feet warm and dry and you will be fashionable as well.

Trendy I’m not…

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More than a couple of bucks….NUGENT: Can’t buy me love

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More than a couple of bucks…thats what it’s going to cost.  Cost for what?  For your vote!
 

I have been sitting on this post for a couple of months.  But with the Presidents job speech behind us.  The economy stagnant.  The current unemployment rate hovering at 10%. And the political mud slinging debates heating up.  I thought now is as good of time as any. 

Nugents article in the Washington Times, Saturday April 23, 2011 left me wondering, IF politicians and the like can raise 2 billion dollars for 2 political candidates to run for office what is stopping them from raising 2 billion dollars for more worthy causes. 

What exactly does it take to raise 2 billion dollars?  Does someone just pick up the phone and call Warren Buffet and he puts a check in the mail?  No it takes people, planning, phone calls, organizing, caterers, white tablecloths, world-famous chefs and fancy food and an elaborate setting.  It takes people who have money and who have the desire to see their political candidate succeed. 

I am just thinking that if this much effort is spent to raise money how much more could be achieved if the same effort was poured into creating new jobs or cutting the budget.  How much better off our country would be. 

If this kind of money is just lying around why are we laying off teachers and fire fighters?  Why are children going hungry?  Why are the elderly having to choose between buying medication or buying groceries?

It’s a free country and people can do what they want with their money, however spending 2 Billion dollars to get elected to a political office is just plain wasteful in my opinion.  But, if people have this kind of money to give maybe they should think about giving to a charity or organization that is trying to help those that the politicians seem unable to help.  I don’t directly give to political candidates but the companies who provide the goods and services I consume do give.  And I am watching how much they give and who they give to this time around. 

My political voice is my vote.  But louder than my vote is the voice of my wallet.  The real question to this President and those who desire to be President…How will your plans and promises affect my bottom line?  It’s going to take more than a couple of bucks and a few empty promises for this girl.  It’s going to take more than the onslaught of political campaign promises, debates, commercials, yard signs and mailers. It’s going to take more than a couple of bucks

NUGENT: Can’t buy me love
Votes of America’s wallet-watchers aren’t for sale

As a free market addict who believes capitalism is the most powerful force for quality of life ever devised by man, I believe the price of a product or service is generally set by what the market will bear.

However, when it comes to the incessant political campaigns on the national level, the amount of cash required is staggering. Our politicians spend as much time and money campaigning as they do trying to convince us that they are working hard on our behalf.

Reports say that President Obama’s campaign for re-election may raise and spend $1 billion. He won’t be alone. The GOP nominee will likely raise the same amount of cash. And I thought $4-a-gallon gas is outrageous.

It won’t be long before you start to see what a billion dollars buys. The tsunami of political television and radio commercials will soon begin to flood the airwaves. The amount of political junk mail that will pack our mailboxes may even be enough to postpone the economic collapse of the U.S. Postal Service for another year.

And not a single dime spent on crafty political advertisements will convince me to vote against my political gut instincts and values.

I’ll vote for the gal or guy who says Washington is much too large, spends way too much money, taxes far too much and unfairly, who advocates for a balanced budget, has owned or worked for a successful company (not including law firms), and who believes health care and retirement is an individual’s responsibility.

The billions that will be spent on the upcoming political campaign are not targeted at me. The money will be spent trying to convince so-called moderates to cast their vote a certain way.

Ironically, even the billions spent on campaigns will, in the end, not matter nearly as much as the money in the wallets of the voters.

Americans vote with their wallets. If their wallets are flush with cash, they generally stick with the same political horse. If their wallets are lean, the incumbent is in big political trouble.

And that is the millstone around President Obama’s neck. Out on the campaign trail, his golden tongue may wax eloquently that the economic malaise of high unemployment and even higher underemployment is the fault of President Bush, but that is a tired, out-of-tune ditty.

Young people rallied around Mr. Obama’s message of “hope and change” in 2008. With a large percentage of college graduates returning home to live with their parents because there are no good jobs to be had, the idealism they had in 2008 will succumb to harsh economic realities. This too spells trouble for the president.

The GOP candidate faces a split party – stalwart Republicans and Tea Party activists. The nominee’s job will be to unite the party while at the same time, spending hundreds of millions courting moderates and telling them happy days will soon be here again.

There is a powerful undercurrent of economic reality that Americans feel. Everyone knows someone who has been laid off, can’t find a job or who is underemployed.

Even a billion dollars will not be able to convince Americans otherwise. Their wallets speak loud and clear.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).

© Copyright 2011 The Washington Times, LLC  Re-posted with permission

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Cost of Livin’…is high and going up

 

Cost of living is the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living. Changes in the cost of living over time are often operationalized in a cost of living index. Cost of living calculations are also used to compare the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living in different geographic areas. Geographic differences in cost of living can be measured in terms of purchasing power parity rates.

Every night on the evening news I witness the bickering and childish behavior of our elected officials.  Not one of them is willing to accept the responsibility for the state of this country.  Which they have contributed to by the decisions they have made trying to please everyone.  Instead they stand around pointing fingers at one another.  What they have failed to realize is that when you point one finger at someone else that leaves at least tree fingers pointing at themselves. (I learned that as a kid)

The Washington elect seem to be completely out of touch with what is happening in America.  All they seem to be concerned with is whats best for their Party. They roll up into DC with puffed out chests full of their own agendas forgetting about the people who sent them there.  They shake a few hands and make a few speeches.  They call in a few favors and make more promises than they can possibly keep. And maybe if they can fit it in, they might show up to vote on critical issues that will affect the American people. 

I often wonder if they care how many families are going without a meal tonight much less a hot meal.  Do they realize that retired Americans are losing their life savings.   Do they have a clue that the homeless shelters are over-flowing.   Do they know the food pantries can barely keep up with the overwhelming need in many communities. 

Meanwhile American Families are losing everything they have and the cost of living is high and going up. 

I don’t know many people  unaffected by the high cost of living.  My parents had a little nest egg to retire on but the volatile market has decimated their savings.  My mom is 70 and is still working so she and my Dad can afford their medication.  My parents spend more time in the “donut-hole” than out of it.  I have friends who have to shop the almost expired meat section at the grocery store.  I have one friend who has become incredibly creative out of necessity.  She is making many of her families store-bought favorites from scratch in her own kitchen. 

Today, I shared my lunch table with a gal who has been out of work since 2009.  She lost her job in the third round of layoffs at the company where she had worked for 11 years.  She shared a bit of her story and it broke my heart.  She is down to her last $5 in her bank account.  She is selling treasured family possessions in order to put food on the table and pay a bill here or there.   This person is educated, organized and well spoken.  She has sent out countless resumes.  She has a great attitude or at least she had put on her “I’m gonna be ok” face for me.  She told me she is not taking it personal its just that companies are simply not hiring. 

I gave her the only lead I had heard of in the past  6 months. I hope it pans out for her. 

Day after day I watch and wonder how bad will it get before our Country finally turns the corner and we see a little spec of light at the end of the tunnel. 

Meanwhile, hard-working, tax paying, law-abiding, Proud to be an American, citizens are struggling to make ends meet. Week after week the gap between the ends is getting wider and wider. 

I think the lyrics to this song by Ronnie Dunn sums up what a lot of people are experiencing around the country.  They don’t want a hand out or the government to take care of them.  They want to work.  They want to take care of their families and themselves.  They want to have hope of a future.  They want to think past today and plan for tomorrow.  They want to be able to afford the cost of living. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWjkDfRcCus

Cost Of Livin’ lyrics

Everything to know about me
Is written on this page
The number you can reach me
My social and my age
Yes I served in the army
It’s where I learned to shoot
Eighteen months in the desert
Pourin’ sand out of my boots
No I’ve never been convicted of a crime
I could start this job at any time.

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I rarely call in sick
A good truck
What I don’t know
I catch on real quick
I work weekends
If I have to
Nights and holidays
Give you 40
And then some
Whatever it takes
Three dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

I put Robert down as a reference
He’s known me all my life
We attend the same church
He introduced me to my wife
Gave my last job everything
Before it headed south
Took the shoes off of my children’s feet
The food out of their mouths
Yesterday my folks offered to help
But they’re barely getting by themselves

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I rarely call in sick
A good truck
What I don’t know
I catch on real quick
I work weekends
If I have to
Nights and holidays
Give you 40
And then some
Whatever it takes
Three dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

I’m sure a hundred others have applied
Rumor has it you’re only takin’ five

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I’m handy with a wrench
There’s nothing I can’t drive
Nothing I can’t fix
I work sun-up to sun-down
Ain’t too proud to sweep the floors
Bank has started calling
And the wolves are at my door
Three dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

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911 Our Common Thread

Common Thread of Our Generation

911 is the common thread of our generation.  The one event that an entire generation can speak of their own experience.  It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since that fateful day. 

There have been major events like this throughout history.  People of every generation have a day or an even, a common thread, that is seared into their memory.  People know exactly where they were and what they were doing the day the space shuttle Challenger fell from the sky, the day President John F Kennedy was shot, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed and the day Man walked on the moon. 

Fate: Destiny, an inevitable course of events

There was a plan put into action long before the sun came up on the morning of September 11, 2001.  Most of the country woke up to a beautiful crisp September morning.  We each went about getting ready to face another day, making lunches, checking appointment books, attending meetings and planning our lives and hurrying off to catch a plane. 

That day began like hundreds of other days but it would end entirely different.  It would end in horror and disbelief for most.  

I was at work, going about my day doing what I do…and in a matter of minutes, based on decisions put into place by individuals on a mission of destruction, fueled by hate and driven by their beliefs my world would never be the same. 

For the first few hours I think I was in shock.  I didn’t know what to say or do.  I was paralyzed by the images on the television.  I remember All I wanted to do was go home and be with my family and Hold them close.  For the next several days I was consumed with watching the replay of the shocking footage and left wondering WHY.  Why so much hate and anger?  Why so many innocent lives lost?  Why America?  Why? Why? Why?

I remember the city seemed to stand still.  The traffic was lighter and fewer people were out.  The sky’s were empty and eerily quiet.  People became more courteous to one another over night.  We seemed to put our differences aside.

I know that I know longer think the way I did on September 10, 2001.  I am much more cautious.  I no longer enjoy flying.  I lost my innocent belief that I lived in a country where that wouldn’t happen. 

My life has changed considerably since that day.  Some aspects directly because of the events of the day.  Some in spite of the events, life goes on.  If I was to stop doing what I love or going where I want, I would cease to be me.  Then I would have allowed my fate to be determined by someone I never knew.

September 11th 2001 was a turning point in my life.  What happened that day has shaped who I am. I am a different person today than I would be if that had not happened. 

Those of us who witnessed the events of that day are bound together by a common thread.  We all remember 911.

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Dance of the Hummingbirds

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The Dance of the Hummingbird

A beautiful ballet

The beating of tiny wings

Flitting… Flying

Flying … Flirting

Flirting … Chasing

Chasing … Darting

Darting … Hovering

Hovering … Drinking

Drinking … Resting

Resting … Hovering

Hovering … Drinking

Drinking … Dashing

Dashing … Chasing

Chasing … Flirting

The beating of tiny wings

A beautiful ballet

The Dance of the Hummingbirds

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we the people…300,000,000 vs 545…when will things change

 I would like to preface this blog post by saying that I do not consider myself political.   I do not listen to talk radio or spend hours watching CNN or FOX News.  I do however have an opionion.  As I am writing this post I am still undecided as to how I will Vote this coming November 2nd.  Will I take the easy route and vote the straight party ticket?  Will I take the time to evaluate each Candidate on the ballot and cast my vote for the One who’s views align with my own.  Or will I stand up and shout, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,  and vote against every incumbent in the race? 

Most days following the evening news I am left feeling like I have in some way contributed to the poor state of the country.  This feeling couldn’t be more unfounded…I am a hard-working, upstanding, Flag waving, God-fearing American Citizen.  I am proud to say that I have held a job for the past 34 yrs.  No…not the same job! The only time in the past 34 yrs that I was unemployed I did not draw unemployment.  I do not call in sick to work when I am not sick and there are some years that I do not use up all of my vacation days.  I pay my taxes on time every year.  So WHY do I feel somehow responsible for the state of our country?  Unfortunately I think I may be responsible.

I am not alone in my responsibility for the way things are and the way things are headed.  You and I must accept the part we have played in the state of our country.  I admit that I have been a party girl, voting with my party for the majority of my adult life.  I do not believe that it was due completely to laziness but because I believe that I have aligned myself with a party that reflects my views, my morals and opinions about how the government should be run.

I for one accept the part I have played.  However, I am stirred up and stinking mad how those I have put my confidence in have misused the power and authority that I gave them through the great American process of casting my Vote.  I do not intend to continue to do things the same as I have always done them expecting things to turn out differently.

The following information comes directly from an article written by Charley Reese, retired journalist.   Wiki reports that Mr Reese is currently registered as a Democrat, has in the past been registered as a Republican and has written articles for a couple of Libertarian publications.  I think this may give Mr. Reese a unique view of how American Politics has contributed to the current state of this Great Country.  Mr. Reese holds to the fact the 545 individuals that were elected to office in Washington D.C. are wholeheartedly responsible for the troubles of our Country.  However, We the People…elected these 545 individuals and sometimes continue to re-elect the same individuals year after year…

(Date of publication unknown) This article has been updated to reflect current names in today’s Political arena and is currently being circulated on the internet.  I have chosen to cite the Original article written in the 80’s, the information still holds true if not more so today.  Also at the time this article was written there were 235, 000, 000 people living in America currently we have approximately 300,000,000.  It just goes to show that we have been headed down this road for quite sometime. It is time to seriously consider the part we play as American Citizens in the direction of our Country. 

If nothing else I hope this information will cause you to pause and consider the importance of exercising your right to Vote.  Men and Women have given and continue to give their lives for the freedom we have.  Honor them by showing up to vote this November. Your vote matters more today than ever before.  You can make your voice heard.  Or you can continue to allow things to go on the way they have gone and HOPE things turn out differently. Here is Mr Reese’s article. 

The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes

BY Charley Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices – 545 human beings out of the 235 million – are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I excluded all but the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislation’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

A CONFIDENCE CONSPIRACY

Don’t you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits.

The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.

O’Neill is the speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto.

REPLACE SCOUNDRELS

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

…WE THE PEOPLE!!!

 

This might be funny if it weren’t so  true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end: 

                               Tax his land, 
                               Tax his bed, 
                               Tax the table, 
                               At which he’s fed. 
                           
                               Tax his tractor, 
                               Tax his mule, 
                               Teach him taxes 
                               Are the rule. 
                           
                               Tax his work, 
                               Tax his pay, 
                               He works for
                               peanuts anyway! 
                           
                               Tax his cow, 
                               Tax his goat, 
                               Tax his pants, 
                               Tax his coat. 
                       
                               Tax his ties, 
                               Tax his shirt, 
                               Tax his work, 
                               Tax his dirt. 
                       
                               Tax his tobacco, 
                               Tax his drink, 
                               Tax him if he 
                               Tries to think. 
 
                               Tax his cigars, 
                               Tax his beers, 
                               If he cries 
                               Tax his tears. 

                               Tax his car, 
                               Tax his gas, 
                               Find other ways 
                               To tax his ass. 

                               Tax all he has 
                               Then let him know 
                               That you won’t be done 
                               Till he has no dough. 

                               When he screams and hollers; 
                               Then tax him some more, 
                               Tax him till 
                               He’s good and sore. 

                               Then tax his coffin, 
                               Tax his grave, 
                               Tax the sod in 
                               Which he’s laid… 

                               Put these words 
                               Upon his tomb, 
                               ‘Taxes drove me 
                               to my doom…’ 

                               When he’s gone, 
                               Do not relax, 
                               Its time to apply 
                               The inheritance tax.

                               Accounts Receivable Tax
                               Building Permit Tax
                               CDL license Tax
                               Cigarette Tax
                               Corporate Income Tax
                               Dog License Tax
                               Excise Taxes
                               Federal Income Tax
                               Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
                               Fishing License Tax
                               Food License Tax
                               Fuel Permit Tax
                               Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
                               Gross Receipts Tax
                               Hunting License Tax
                               Inheritance Tax
                               Inventory Tax
                               IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
                               Liquor Tax
                               Luxury Taxes
                               Marriage License Tax
                               Medicare Tax
                               Personal Property Tax
                               Property Tax
                               Real Estate Tax
                               Service Charge Tax
                               Social Security Tax
                               Road Usage Tax
                               Recreational Vehicle Tax
                               Sales Tax
                               School Tax
                               State Income Tax
                               State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
                               Telephone Federal Excise Tax
                               Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
                               Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
                               Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
                               Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
                                Telephone    State   and Local Tax
                               Telephone Usage Charge Tax
                               Utility Taxes
                               Vehicle License Registration Tax
                               Vehicle Sales Tax
                               Watercraft Registration Tax
                               Well Permit Tax
                               Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? 

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. 
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the hell happened?
Can you spell ‘politicians?’

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