A Christmas Story (Well, Kinda Sorta)
Once upon a time there were two small Florida towns located on a road that Elvis once spent 45 minutes on while making a movie. This road terminates at the Gulf of Mexico. This arterial by-way is aptly named “Follow That Dream” Parkway. The smaller of the two communities is situated at the end of “Follow That Dream”—some say this is appropriate. The larger town is twice as big population-wise, and three times larger in land mass. Its tax base is smaller than the smaller town’s, down the road. The bigger town government is the bane of the community’s citizenry according to a hand full of watchdog wannabes.
In the recent past our resident whiner was the head of an activist group known as the Gang of Five. He is the chief operating officer. His lieutenant is the local used car dealer and junk yard operator. Fringe minions were comprised of a couple of pseudo-Jesus freaks, California dreamers (It’s Florida, everyone’s from somewhere else.), and professional litigators that sue small towns for a living.
Chief Whiner says, “Argh! We’re all gonna die! They do things to us without telling anyone. Can you believe they raised the water bill? That damn commission of five people who got their seats in an election that was rigged. It’s always rigged. When I ran it was rigged.”
The neighbors across the street and behind the sprawling ranch style Florida home on a canal are used to hearing this high decibel protestation lilting across their lawns and oak lined roads.
Chief Whiner continues, “It’s time for me to write another letter to the _? _ ?_? _ (The Bottom Feeder Gazette). I just found out that the town owns a bunch of property—six or more lots and some acreage. Why? They don’t pay a dime in taxes, while the rest of us do.
* Properties that are condemned or owe huge water bills are placed under lien and eventually forfeited to the town. State Law. Municipalities don’t tax themselves.They don't teach that brand of civics in Vladimir Lenin Middle School.
Whiner takes a deep breath, “Our town hall is run by a bunch of women who have been there forever and need to be replaced. They know too much! The town should hire a professional city manager like our neighboring community did. They pay him over $60,000 a year. That town hall is quiet as a church on Tuesday. They got rid of all those excess workers. We could afford to a pay a manager $100 grand. The Water system could pay for him. They don’t do anything else with that money.”
** And he could take care of code enforcement and animal control, along with those pesky things like payroll, billing, compliance, auditing, budgeting, public notices, municipal water, maintenance, and the town fire department which also services the other town down “Follow That Dream,” along with those attendant administrative activities relevant to an annual budget in excess of $1.5 million.
“My God, they’re going to break us all. They want to bring sewer and waste water treatment to the town. No one swims in that river anymore. And all the fish have died. Even the Manatees stopped coming. So what if the septic tanks overflow into the lake and the river? I don’t know anyone who’s gotten sick do you? So what if my grass died from my river fed sprinkler system full of the glyphosate (Round Up) they spray in the lake? If it’s so bad they wouldn’t be building an Olympic kayak rapids-run from the lake into the river, would they? Who’s payin’ for that?” (* Grant money)
“To add insult to injury they are going to make connection to the waste water treatment system mandatory. What a rip off. Like taxes, which they raised three years ago." (* The chief whiner pays $2.50 a month in additional taxes for his $135,000 property. Add that to the staggering increase of $1.50 to the monthly water bill and that’s shameful.)
“Another thing I think we should do something about. That’s the people that get on our board of commissioners. If they don’t own a home worth more than a hundred grand they should be banned from running for office. (Welome Home Jim Crow.) I’ll write that letter today as soon as I come back from town hall. I’ve got three dozen public records requests that they need to get processed before they close. Whose idea was it to give everybody New Year’s day off? Ya know what that’s going to cost?”
* TheTown of Inglis, Florida’s mayor has worked tirelessly for the last two years to obtain over $6.5 million in grants for a municipal waste water treatment facility. She generated funding of $900 thousand for CDBG grants that repair or replace homes for qualifying citizens of her town, and A Hazard Mitigation grant to repair the Mastadon Street bridge. Another grant will produce additional sidewalks and street lighting while Enterprise Florida has provided grant money to promote eco-tourism
Please Note: The quotations attributed to the Chief Whiner are pure fabrications of what this writer imagines he would say—which is 99% fabrication never-the less.
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That's enuff said. Happy New Year - Be SAFE!
This is the time of year that many find a pleasant and secure respite from the hassles of everyday life. It is the celebration of the birth of the Christ child and considering the place and the environment into which God introduced his Son it was more than an ordinary birth. It was the start of a short life whose journey was an amazing phenomenon. To say life was cruel during this time, under Roman oppression, is an inadequate observation. And yet Jesus prevailed, was witnessed by thousands, and was the foundation of Christian acknowledgement that would eventually encircle the Earth and touch millions. When called by the Father to give the ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins, he did just that, dying after excruciating hours on the cross. And at that moment the bigger story began.
We live in the greatest country on this planet. While we have freedom of expression and a multitude of personal freedoms that cover a spectrum that the majority of most of Earth’s people don’t have, we also have peace at home. We have a representative governmental structure, a lasting body of law anchored by the Constitution, and a political system that is much more resistant to destruction, from within and externally, than many of us believe is possible. Our Good, Bad and Ugly, make up the amalgam that makes America Great. It is the resilience, steadfastness, and grandeur of the whole, not the ramblings, or behaviors, of one or another that make us what we are, Americans.
Merry Christmas . . . and God save us from ourselves
This Story is Just Starting to Break
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Change coming to Cuba
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That's a Wrap. Have a great Christmas. Thanx For Being Here.
The bobby-sox loving evangelical jurist, Roy Moore missed the opportunity of a crackpot’s aspiration by the skin of Doug Joneses ass Wednesday night. He and his strategist/partner in crime almost pulled the wool over the entire state of Alabama’s eyes. In this case, God is Great. Some divine power aside from Donald Trump’s endorsement must be given credit here where credit is due.
Straight faced with steely eyes, I can’t imagine how scary this lothario’s approaches to teenage girls must have been for those innocents who were singled out by the predator. Why is it that main stream media misses important facts when the spotlight of revelation is trained on miscreant public figures? Yes, accusers came forward but a mob scene loses crowd interest rapidly.
Karl Rove’s column in the WSJ added facts referencing deception and thievery by the dynamic duo of rural Alabama’s elites. Roy and his blonde cowgirl of a wife ran an evangelical telemarketing scam called the Foundation for Moral Law. Most of the funds raised went to pay for more promotions and salaries for Moore and wife Kayla who is probably the brains behind Moore’s character defense.
On election day, in answer to some anti-Semitic accusations she orchestrated some big time “theatre.” Declaring from a podium that their “lawyer is a Jew.” And that they have supporters there that are Jewish. There upon a chorus of shouting and clapping ensued from the back of the room, right on cue.
Trump’s LameO dodge post-election was classic POTUS shuffle. There’s no plausible reason for making a last minute endorsement of Moore except some favor owed to one half of the ultra-right odd couple, Steve Bannon. Who’s the other half? Scaramucci, Silly. Their political gamesmanship has about as much of a chance at success as Kim Kardashian selling ugly sticks on the Home Shopping Network. For cryin’ out loud, what image is Bannon supposed to be projecting? He dresses like a homeless guy who won a $400 dollar gift certificate from Goodwill.
Now a few words regarding the greatest mystery so far. In the tableau of Pants-ON-Fire’s countless gaffs, Put-downs, and outright untruths, what has stymied the responsive outcry concerning the cadre of accusers who have been groped, verbally violated, scrunched, humped, and goosed by Donald Trump Senior? And, when will parallel charges trickle down to that manly corps of sons/son-in-laws hiding in the drapes of Trump Tower down the street?
Don’t forget about Barron, the youngest Trump offspring. Imagine, he’s going to be twelve and it is time for a Birds and Bees talk. Big Donald telling his son how to get along with girls, “When you first meet them and like them right away, grab them by the tit. Then, go for the . . . After that, if they want to go out on a date, then give them a kiss.”
Net Neutrality? Much ado about nothing?
Two years after the Obama Administration stuck its nose in the FCC universe it turns out that those regulations spawned to protect all of us were on the fast track to being useless and unnecessary. Interestingly enough is that the free market principles of supply and demand cured a lot of predicted problems. When more broadband was needed by the big players it was bought from those who had some to spare. High tech cured the problem of seamlessly integrated expansions. Otherwise according to the FCC commissioner’s testimony yesterday none of those regulations were ever needed. So now, when it comes to internet infractions the FCC will be fulfilling its regulatory role. America the Greatest, Already.
Here’s a Cuba prediction.
The government can’t pay for anything. Tourism is the only cash cow they’ve got. As tourist activities intensify, in their wisdom they will be cracking down on entrepreneurs because free enterprise is the bane of communism. Cuba can’t survive without outside subsidies. Venezuela has little crude oil to give Cuba, thus no resale and no supply for petroleum production. It is coming on winter now. But when the weather warms we are going to see a record number of boat people in the Florida Straits. The smallest number of citizens voted this time in the Cuban national and municipal elections. The Cuban people without government jobs are getting sick and tired of doing without and being treated like prisoners. We should all pray for their wellbeing and safety.
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That's Enuff Said
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Ten Days 'til the big drone drop. MERRY CHRISTMAS Rednak Luvs Ya.
Pearl Harbor "a date which will live in infamy".
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 was the day the Japanese bombed the bulk of America’s Pacific Fleet and our airfields at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
The Infamy Speech was a speech delivered by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a Joint Session of the US Congress on December 8, 1941, one day after the Empire of Japan's attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the Japanese declaration of war on the United States and the British Empire. The name derives from the first line of the speech: Roosevelt describing the previous day as "a date which will live in infamy"..
Within an hour of the speech, Congress passed a formal declaration of war against Japan and officially brought the U.S. into World War II. The address is one of the most famous of all American political speeches.
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
It looks like BiBi has convinced Pants-on- fire, to confront the Palestinian problem head on. This may be the provocation that ends the confrontation once and for all. The significance of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is more important than many realize. Note: Since 1948 Israel’s president, prime minister, parliament, Supreme Court and most of its government ministries have been seated in Jerusalem.
The Palestinians, much like other Arab/Muslim enemies of Israel brain wash their youth from early childhood to hate the Hebrew state, and of course America who is Israel’s best friend anywhere. The shame of this youthful indoctrination is that these babies grow up to become the “citizen army” of young people who throw rocks, stab Jews, and blow themselves up for an ideal based on a condition that will never be conducive to a civil existence no matter how many concessions they might have won at the negotiating table.
The other cultural flaw of reactive Islam is that if they aren’t fighting outsiders (infidels) they’re fighting each other. This truth has been ongoing for centuries.
Having Palestinians and their ilk across the fence in the squalor of their chosen existence has been an expensive and never ending defensive headache for Israel. Having them in their midst is an untenable proposition and Israel will not allow that.
The Jewish state has integrated over a million Arabs into its society and those people have prospered because of the democratic and civilized culture of the Hebrew state.
No one should be surprised if a cataclysmic response is unleashed against Palestine aggression.. Israel has practiced and prepared for just that, from the time of their modern day existence.
Kim & EMP
Pre-holiday news on the international scene includes the ongoing chest beating of Kim um jingle-jangle re: his rocketry games and nuclear aspirations. Anyone who thinks that POTUS has the least bit of influence on China re: this maniacal threat is kidding themselves with wishful thinking. China has set Trump up. The more he threatens and acts the blustering fool, the more Pacific Rim allies get nervous and impatient with the foundering influence Mr. Trump’s administration has with anyone in the region. China now has the upper hand both economically and politically because of POTUS’s nationalist “our way or no way” policies.
North Korea recently suggested that they could detonate a hydrogen bomb in the earth’s stratosphere that would generate an Electro-Magnetic Pulse and disable the world-wide Global Positioning System. That sounds like a real doomsday type of threat. As a result GPS and weapons systems are useless except in line-of-sight engagements. Around the clock navigation and flying blind depend on GPS. Cel phones and global time accuracy are integrated with GPS. We should take that seriously shouldn’t we? Well, so should Russia, China, and anyone else who thinks they can capitalize on such an event. They have as much potential adversity and lose as we do.
We do have the land-based Loran system still in place. It’s a dinosaur but . . . Loran C covers everywhere to the equator and to the Arctic. Finding a receiver for aligning tell-tale positioning, sine-waves, requires a visit to the Smithsonian these days. Obama decommissioned Loran in 2009. Maybe our military has done some maintenance as a stop gap fallback. Who knows? Mr. Trump’s friend Vlad Putin continues to toy with extensive cyber warfare. The Chinese are also active in disruptive science.
Unlike Nikita Khrushchev’s hollow exhortation “We will bury you!” The Chinese remain inscrutably silent and energetically active doing just that; with trade, influence, and aggressive territorial movements. While the Russians intimidate their neighbors and foment socialistic despotism by supporting Stalinist thugs who rob their citizens and eliminate their opposition in the name of a system that has an ideal that doesn’t accomplish but one thing; the enrichment of despots who centralize power and hold their people prisoners. i.e. Cuba and Venezuela. I read a columnist earlier in the week that said it’s probably better that the U.S. has no significant policy towards South America because our relations would be worse than they are already.
Cuba falling behind in payments to China. The Socialist Model working like it always has.
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An excellent article by a professor at a very small college who is obviously not teaching students to be socialist.
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A guy named Nate left this story on Yahoo:
I was talking to a friend's little girl, and she said she wanted to be President some day.
Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, 'If you were to be the President, what is the first thing you would do?'
She replied, 'I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people.' 'Wow - what a worthy goal.' I told her, 'You don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow, pull weeds, and sweep my sidewalks and driveway, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food or a new house.'
She thought that over for a few seconds 'cause she's only 6. And while her Mom glared at me, the little girl looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"
And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party, sweetheart."
Take a Knee My ass!
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Remeber Rednak Luvs Ya!
Stay positive and things will work out. So, the slim hopes of the Congressional GOP limp along hoping to beat the sunset on tax reform. The most interesting phenom of this process so far, is that not one Democrat has come forward to support tax cuts for anybody. What does that tell us? It speaks to Democratic policy. Optimum tax revenues are essential to liberal mandates for social entitlements and deficit spending sacred cows.
Ding-dong operatives who do their best work as detractors(such as Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, and Bernie – Karl Marx – Sanders) heap whiny speculation on the deficit growth where just a year ago a pause, at least, came to the longest running, largest increase, to our debt/deficit, that was spawned by a democratic majority in Congress and a president who ponied more bad policy/debt growth than any president before him. See ObamaCare and the numbers that boondoggle created.
Excerpt from Forbes article October 2016: “the government gave out $27 billion in premium subsidies this year alone. Over the next ten years, CBO expects that amount to rise to $568 billion.” To see the complete article Click: 5&4333jik8
When he took office the national debt was just under $10 trillion dollars and the GDP was $14.75 trillion dollars. When Obama, Pelosi, and Schumer got done last year the National Debt exceeded $20 trillion dollars and the GDP trailed at $16.7 trillion dollars.
So, what’s another trillion dollars in five to six years if Democrat’s pessimism turns out to have any merit, verses growth, higher disposable income, and more jobs if the Republicans are right? In a crap shoot, I’ll take the Republican’s chance at snake eyes against the Dems “crapping” out more than once. And therein lies the real problem. Democrats are committed to obstruction and the atypical strategy of blame.
If Trump’s Pocahontas slur on Monday wasn’t troubling enough, the Oval Office event with the Native American code talkers was also held in front of a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson, whose Indian Removal Act led to the Trail of Tears and the deaths of 4,000 Cherokee and Creek tribe members. The complete article: %56&*011
Big Jerk Gets Big Pay Back: Shkrelis
New Cuban Dictator tells off world
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Authors of Spanking study deserve one of their own.
No Newsweek, Obesity isn’t caused by a single gene
Trump lies about saying “”Merry Xmas”
A possum must be himself, and being himself he is honest.
There’s no easy quick way out, we’re gonna have to live through our whole lives, win, lose, or draw.
Sometimes I don’t always follow you and sometimes I’m not that lucky.
Twenty Percent of Zero is Better than Nothing.
BB Kings “Lucille” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y8QxOjuYHg
Jack Ely Louie Louiehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx-8_GI4d2c
That's enuff said.