March 30, 2011
March 29, 2011
I just finished a new book by P.T. Deutermann titled PACIFIC GLORY. I read it in record time for me, about three sittings. The action scenes which are many and in depth grabs your attention and keeps it. The verbage is graphic and details battle scenes which are no doubt true to life and will get your heart racing. There are several moments where your emotions are grabbed and you, or I it should be am in awe of those who must fight to the death in our many wars. This is a good war book, I would hope he writes another in this genre.
March 28, 2011
March 19, 2011
March 18, 2011
March 17, 2011
All you out there who like occasionally to partake of "coney's" will want to take heed of this product. When we get hungry for a coney, but don't want to drive to where they are, we sometimes go the home-made route. Of course onions, and mustard are no problem, but the sauce is usually not exactly right. Except this time we have found one that is really very good, and it is spicy too. Tony Packo's hot dog sauce, which we found at Krogers is great. Try it coney fans.
I wish I trusted the president. What have we gotten from him in a little more than two years?
A transfer of untold riches from the citizens to banks and corporations
Collapse of housing values, impoverishing millions of non-rich people
Refusal to prosecute the perpetrators of this transfer of wealth
Continuation of senseless wars at the cost of trillions of dollars and thousands of lives
Reduced taxes for the rich
Elimination of public unions
And now he will not speak out to assure today's and future elders that he will defend the most successful social program in the history of the United States (probably the world), one the people have paid for from their wages and has nothing to do with the deficit.
Worse, it will not surprise me if the president signs a budget bill that includes those $1.7 billion in Social Security cuts.
Obama entered office at an extraordinary moment in American history when the people of the nation were in dire need, hurting nearly as much as during the 1930s. He could have used his office, his power, his bully pulpit to hold fast against Republicans and tea partiers and thereby have become one of the great presidents.
Instead, he bowed to the wealthy, leaving everyone else to fend for themselves.
No way do I believe that McCain/Palin would have done better. And I don't see a single person on the Republican roster whom I could vote for in 2012, even holding my nose.
That leaves only one recourse: constant, unrelenting protest via phone, email, blog posts, urging friends and relatives to do so too and, when the time comes, showing up for demonstrations in our cities and states.
March 16, 2011
I have been pondering whether I should buy an ipad. I currently have a laptop pc, and a kindle ereader and am happy with both. But for some reason I keep trying to justify bringing home an ipad, which is not an easy decision. After all it requires me slapping down five hundred bucks, and I don't do that willy nilly. I reached out to google to help me persuade myself one way or the other. I zeroed in on these two websites and they answered my questions.
3 questions you should ask before buying an ipad2
Rock, paper, scissors, should I buy a ipad 2, kindle, or a pc
These two sites helped me make my decision. Take a look for yourself.
March 15, 2011
We here in the states have made jokes about the situation on twitter, and others have breathed a sigh of relief that most importunately their investments are safe. This is from just a micro-small percentage of people, but wouldn't you think they could just shut up with the jokes or the greed of worrying about their bottom line for all the world to hear.
When the situation settles itself, it will be time for us to become a good world neighbor and do whatever is asked of us, but until then concern and caring and a prayer or two is not too much to ask of a civilized society one for another.
March 14, 2011
Frederic Ogden Nash was born in 1902 in Rye, New York.
This American humorist was educated at Harvard University, and his comical and nonsensical verses are what made him famous. Puns, rhymes, asymetrical lines, and amusing parenthetical statements were what made Nash's verses amusing and magical.
Some primal termite knocked on wood
And tasted it, and found it good,
And that is why your Cousin May
Fell through the parlor floor today.
God in his wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.
March 13, 2011
March 12, 2011
A funny one I like is THE MIDDLE. It stars EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMONDS tv wife Patricia Heaton. It is great, it always assures laughs. She has the quirkiest kids on tv, and this time quirky means nothing but good.
Finally for a serial type show, THE WIFE can't be beaten. Good acting all around every week and great writing, which of course is the thing that you have to have to stick around any length of time.
MAD MEN when they're around is fun.
March 11, 2011
Hazel has a love affair with her camera and shopping for veggies. I think she starts out with recipes in mind, but I'm not too sure she isn't struck by colors and shapes in her selections. Whatever, when it gets to me at the table it is ultra yummy.
March 10, 2011
This is a subject that causes my blood to start percolating. Fourteen years after the fact I still look back and my blood turns cold. I had just retired from the work-a-day world, and was feeling great, that is except for a little back pain. I went to the doctor and he took x-rays and prescribed some pain pills. I returned for a follow-up and the doctor took another x-ray, then asked me to walk for him. I did. He did not like the way I walked, and looked at the x-ray once again. He sat me down, and said he had no good way to tell me this, but I had multiple myloma and it was fatal. He asked for an interview with my wife. At the interview, he questioned our glum attitudes saying, "why so glum? I had two years to live. On the strength of one x-ray he diagnosed me as having a fatal disease. To make a long story short, they put me through three weeks of tests until they finally did a biopsy. It turned out I had disease of the hip and it was a mess. The x-rays had shown that part of my anatomy as a black area and the doctor had concluded it was a malignant cancer. It turned out it was a missed diagnoses and I am still here, but the cavalier and unfeeling way he treated me and my wife I still find unconscionable. He did the right things, but in a cold uncaring way that scalded those days on my memory. I still get chills thinking of it. It would not have changed anything in the final outcome, but a few kind words at that moment would have made what followed much easier to take. I understand that doctors cannot become personally involved in all their patients lives and still maintain some objectivity, but ice cold indifference is unacceptable.
March 9, 2011
For us in Ohio the queen is not speaking with forked tongue. There was never much of a chance that it would ever really happen, but I sort of hoped it would. The Tories, oh I mean the republicans have taken over and they took care of any chance very nicely.
March 6, 2011
March 5, 2011
March 4, 2011
Yes it was a real factory. It has long been abandoned and will be demolished this spring. In its heyday it stood on three square blocks.
A PROSE POEM
By Jim Kittelberger
The smell that permeated for miles around, a mixture of smoke, exhausts and that slight aroma of something electrical burning, was an unmistakable beacon, an unneeded street sign that harkened all who would encroach upon these streets that you had entered the dedicated area that the factory dominated, lock, stock and people. For indeed the people who populated the streets a mile hence and a mile yon were assets of the factory as if they were iron ore or coal.
The factory that spread over six city blocks consumed raw materials and people twenty-four hours a day, its insatiable appetite never sated never tired never rested. As it’s appetite increased, train tracks were laid to accommodate boxcars filled with more and more fodder pouring into the bottomless maw. Conveyor belts sped the metal, the rubber, the glass, north, south, east and west into every environ of the factory to be hammered, screwed, shaped, cut, shined, buffed, fitted, assembled into product by human beings rooted into one spot receiving, performing a task, moving it on; receiving, performing a task, moving it on; receiving, performing a task, moving it on and on and on until every muscle, every nerve, every part of the persons brain wishes to scream, STOP, I’m a person, I have an identity, I am someone. But the factory does not care about your identity, your thoughts, your hopes, your fears. They want product, product, product. Do your task or move away to be replaced by another nameless raw material in the never-ending chain, in and out, in and out, faster, faster and faster. Product is profit, more product means more profit. A Christmas turkey and fifty dollars is yours if you hold on. What about the wife and kids, the bills, the bills, the bills.
Hands wrinkled, scarred and aching reach for the gold watch as the speaker talks about the years of devotion to the factory. Legs tired and arthritic struggle one last time through the factory saying good-bye to younger faces still not lined with worry, searching in vain for those he finally remembers went out before him. Slowly, sadly, he struggles toward the exit one last time. The factory has used him up, has taken all that he had to give and threw it onto the conveyor belt to be used along with the metal, the rubber, the glass, his sweat, his sinew, his spirit and converted it all into product.
The weather is sweet and the smell of the factory hardly recognizable anymore as the rocking chair on the porch beckons him and he willingly lowers his used up body, sighs a little and soon dies.
The factory sends its regrets, misspells his name, and states he was a fine man and is sure that his son’s will live up to their father’s legacy at the factory.
March 3, 2011
March 1, 2011
From the Washington Post
Here's something to think about as Congress tries to agree on budget cuts. A report by
Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi says the Republican plan to cut federal
spending by $61 billion this year would destroy 700,000 jobs through 2012. Zandi's
report follows a Goldman Sachs report whose conclusion was even more dire: The
proposed cuts would slow economic growth by two percent in the second and third
quarters of this year. The report isn't all ammunition for Democrats, though. Zandi
also says that even a thriving economy won't be enough to balance the budget
without "significant government spending restraint."