Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter interlude

I hope you all had a good Christmas.  I appreciate all your good wishes.

The end of the year will complete my 5th year of blogging, so I plan to take a few days off and let the batteries recharge.

In the meantime feel free to use the page to talk about anything at all. 


  1. Cheers to you and yours :-)

    It's good to take some time away to recharge. I do this in my garage on woodworking. Others like to go fishing, camping, walking, even shopping.

    May the New Year bring you all good health and many new wonderful adventures.

  2. Talk about ANYTHING at all?! Now that's leaving yourself wide open!

  3. This will not make any of us smile... but it is good to see the specifics of what Feinstein and friends have planned.

  4. I just ran across this headline:

    "CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has logged its 500th homicide of 2012."

    "The last time the city reached the 500-homicide mark was in 2008, when the year ended with 512 killings. Last year, city records show Chicago had 435 homicides."

    "On Thursday, officials with the Chicago Police Department said the city was one homicide away from the 500 mark. Hours later, a 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the Austin neighborhood.........."

    And here I thought that B.O.'s adopted home town was a model for "gun control". Gee, could it possibly be that gun control, per se, really isn't the answer?

  5. Here is a link to an excellent article by Mark Steyn:

  6. "A country too stupid to survive..."
    Excellent article.

  7. gmw,

    If Feinstein gets this it will be bad enough but I also see it as the 'gateway' to confiscation. I find the part about grandfathering to be particularly ominous!

    1. Me too. This is their goal. Someone told me these quotes were too old to be meaningful...
      "Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe."
      --U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein Associated Press 11/18/93
      "Banning guns is an idea whose time has come."
      --U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden Associated Press 11/18/93
      "Gun registration is not enough. Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal."
      Janet Reno
      "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out right ban, picking up every one of them... "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in, I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren't here."
      --U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), CBS-TV's "60 Minutes," 2/5/95

  8. Both of my boys did that "grandfathering thing" to me. Now I have 5 grandchildren.

    1. Happy for you, that's wonderful....wish Feinstein"s grandfather clause was as positive.

  9. Hitler must be all smiles from his place in HELL!

  10. Gene,

    I hope the "recharge" is nearing completion. In the meantime: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS!


  11. I heard a very interesting story on the radio this morning on the way to work.

    There was this single mother of 3 (youngest was 2 mo. old). She was having a tough time making ends meet with her recent divorce so she turned to the bartering system. She was a hairdresser who could cut hair, color hair, etc. She found others who needed these services who had something that she needed or needed done (like babysitting, home repairs, even groceries). In one case she had some home remodeling done for her business at home in exchange for lifetime hairdressing for the workers mother.

    Sounds like

    1) She fixed her own problem (congrats)
    2) She is not simply looking for more handouts (congrats again)
    3) She may have given us all a way to avoid a portion of our taxes (hey, I have never taken a dime from social programs, but I have paid in more than my fair share. I can see no way that I will ever see any return – except for our fine military.).

    I know that “barter” is just as taxable as a cash transaction. So what is your time worth? Example: If you weren’t cutting someone’s hair, what would you be doing…. Watching TV? Sounds nearly worthless to me ….

    Just a thought …


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