Thoughts on 2010

As the year comes to a close, the following subjects come to mind:

Obama the Disuniter

When Obozo was elected, the Liberal pundits hailed him as the person who would unite the country from all angles.  Too bad they believed their own press and ignored reality…

imageObozo, backed by a majority Democratic Congress, pushed through a monstrous POS legislation now known as ObamaCare, and shouted down or ignored any opposition or criticisms from every corner of the country.  There was no transparency of the inner workings or debates of the various committees as promised during the pre- and post-election speeches, but rather deals made behind closed doors.  When challenged over the strong-arm tactics, Obozo simply stated, “We won,” as if that explained everything.  Thus, when the citizens of the country shout and scream “NO!” and Congress ignores them to blindly follow the Obozo agenda, then the turnover of the Congress was inevitable.  It remains to be seen if the voters remember the next election cycle and clean the White House too.

Amateur Hour

The BP oil spill showed me how the Federal government is caught up in its own ineptness and navel-gazing.  I thought that the Clinton administration was caught up in governing by polls, but this administration has them beat!  You would have thought that after Katrina, someone was taking notes.  But apparently not as the levels of incompetence from the lowest to the White House reached new levels.  And they have the audacity stating that they are able to administer health care for the nation!

Then there is the seemingly lack of decent and ethical behavior from our elected leaders.  Ethics investigations high and low have revealed that Congresscritters will take whatever they can and hide it.  Case in point – Charlie Rangel.  He was caught evading property taxes and was reprimanded (not expelled) for breaking tax laws.   And now, he wants the taxpayers to fund his legal representation!

The National Debt

image With the passage of the Stimulus, Healthcare Obamacare, and now the lame-duck Congressional Omnibus Bill, more and more people are becoming concerned over the National Debt as well as the out-of-touch business-as-usual Congress.  This is one of the many reasons the TEA party came into being.

The response of Congress is predictable – raise taxes on the wealthy and middle class is the priority.  It does not seem to matter that the country is in the middle of a recession, and millions of people are out of work.  Nowhere  is the priority to reduce spending, but rather the opposite. 

Perhaps you have seen the series of commercials from the group Oweno.com.  According to their website:

Official government projections show our $13.6 trillion in federal debt doubling by the 2020’s, tripling by the 2030s and even quadrupling by the 2040’s. That means that, unless we change our course, $13.6 trillion could grow to more than $50 trillion.

And where does the spending of our tax dollars go?  According to the Congressional Budget Office (via Oweno.com):

image According to the above graphic, Healthcare (Medicaid, Medicare, health benefits to Government and Military, etc.) and Social Security eats up a staggering 59% of the Federal Budget!  With the passage of Obamacare, this chunk is going to get much, much bigger.

Lion, Tigers, and Terrorists, Oh My!

Terrorism has not gone away by any means.  But the responses that our government is taking is totally out of whack.

No matter what the humanitarians or immigration reformists say, a secure border is necessary for the protection of this country.  Having a porous border with an uncontrolled criminal element is tantamount to just asking for an infiltration of people wishing to do this country harm.  And that’s not counting the various people already in this country under legal means that have the inclinations for terrorist activities.

And what has our government’s response been? 

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That’s right – ignore it, put up signs and high-tech scanners and it will go away……not……  And I wonder if the terrorists are winning….

Government Gone Wild

In the coming New Year, the FCC will attempt to regulate the Internet, and the EPA will attempt to regulate greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide).  This means that the government will cut us off from the internet (the last bastion of free speech) and mandate us to exhale less (causing us to pass-out at best or expire at worst).

The Last Word

I hope and pray that everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year.

Christmas 2010

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This is the time of year that we always seem to pause and reflect upon the year past, counting our blessings and renewing ties to friends and family.  Thus, the Season is once again upon us, and the reflection begins once again.

Despite the past year of working like a maniac, the alternative was worse.  This time last year, I didn’t have a job, and things were beginning to be rather bleak.  Having passed the PMP certification test just a month before, I was somehow envisioning job offers falling out of the sky – yes, I was becoming delusional.  But then, it’s Michigan…

My wife, God Bless Her, never lost faith.  She somehow knew that in a month, I would have two interviews and a new job. 

I still have neighbors that do not have jobs, and are in dire straights.  I just received word that a couple of friends of mine lost their jobs over the past couple of months, one with 23 years with the company.  It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how long you were with a company, you can still be out the door in a heartbeat.

Last, the husband of a former coworker suffered a brain injury, and is no longer able to work.  Fortunately, her job is relatively secure at this time, so they are still able to live relatively comfortably with their three children.

I do not know where this upcoming year will lead us.  Work is busy, and promises to get busier (although I’m not sure how).  I’m starting to not have the time to maintain the blog much less make the rounds on the blogroll.  Even once a week postings are starting to be a strain on the schedule.  While this sounds bad, it’s really a good thing – I have a job, I earn money, and I can support my family.

While it sounds like I’m grousing, I’m not.  We all have our priorities, our wants and needs.  Sometimes they get mixed up, but a little sincere soul-searching usually puts things in their perspective.

So everyone, count your blessings, and offer prayers to those who are truly in need.  Those of us who have been there and back know that it is the thoughts that do count because that is encouragement, something that is lacking in today’s world.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Holiday Redux

The past couple of weeks have been very busy.  The main project that I am working on is late, and of course, it’s up to me to get everything back in order before the Christmas break.  It doesn’t matter that others have put the project in this condition, you know what rolls downhill (rhymes with “it”) and who’s at the bottom (me). 

So, being short of time, I thought I would repost (or regift) a post that still brings back pleasant memories and more than a few chuckles.  So without further ado, here is a post from December 2008:


A few years ago, I was buddies with an avid fisherman named Dave.  Dave is a good person, happy-go-lucky, and dreamed of getting a boat.  He finally got one, and took several of us to Lake Monroe in Indiana for the initial launching of his boat.  While we were casting around, catching nothing, we started noticing that the boat was a little sluggish in moving around.  Looking into the bilge, we found that the boat was taking on water!

We made it back to the dock in time, and got the boat out of the water.  It took a 1/2 hour for all the water to drain, and Dave was royally embarrassed.  Like a good friend who has recieved his share of harrassment & not one to let things go, I worked on the following & sent it to him for Christmas –

The Twelve Days of Fishing

{To be sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”}

On the first day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
A sinking red and black boat.

On the second day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the third day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the fourth day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Four fishy men (!),
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the fifth day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Five golden hooks…{birds eye with a rest here – always!}
Four fishy men,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the sixth day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Six rods and reels,
Five golden hooks…
Four fishy men,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the seventh day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Seven jigs a jigging,
Six rods and reels,
Five golden hooks…
Four fishy men,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the eighth day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Eight sunfish sunning,
Seven jigs a jigging,
Six rods and reels,
Five golden hooks…
Four fishy men,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the ninth day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Nine buzzbaits a buzzing,
Eight sunfish a sunning,
Seven jigs a jigging,
Six rods and reels,
Five golden hooks…
Four fishy men,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the tenth day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Ten carps a carping,
Nine buzzbaits a buzzing,
Eight sunfish a sunning,
Seven jigs a jigging,
Six rods and reels,
Five golden hooks…
Four fishy men,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the eleventh day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Eleven worms a crawling,
Ten carps a carping,
Nine buzzbaits a buzzing,
Eight sunfish a sunning,
Seven jigs a jigging,
Six rods and reels,
Five golden hooks…
Four fishy men,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

On the twelfth day of fishing, my buddy Dave brought to me,
Twelve minnows swimming (or did that one just have babies?),
Eleven worms a crawling,
Ten carps a carping,
Nine buzzbaits a buzzing,
Eight sunfish a sunning,
Seven jigs a jigging,
Six rods and reels,
Five golden hooks…
Four fishy men,
Three biting bass,
Two bobbers bobbing,
And a sinking red and black boat.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

December 7

Let us remember all those who perished in one of the greatest naval disasters that the United States military has experienced, and the event that propelled the United States into World War 2. 

This country was not prepared, and should never be so again.