Best Argument

Best Argument

The best argument I’ve heard against the Affordable Care Act was simply this…  When people don’t pay for services they take advantage of those services.  They show up at the emergency room with a common cold and expect immediate treatment.  The result is people who do pay end up paying more.

I am so disappointed in Republicans who won’t overturn this poorly written law.  My own Congressman says he won’t vote against it until there is a replacement.  We don’t want a replacement.  In general, people want affordable health care without pre-existing conditions.

The second item is easily solved.  Simply pass a law that says, “No one can be denied treatment or insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions.”

Of course, people argue they will charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.  I have mixed feelings on this one.  Pre-existing conditions based on lifestyle choices should result in higher premiums.  Pre-existing conditions based on genetics, they shouldn’t pay more.

Other Political Disappointments

I’m disappointed that Congress isn’t taking action towards term limits, retirement for elected officials and salary and benefits for elected officials.   It’s a Good Ol’ Boys Club.  If the question were on the ballot to limit terms of Congress to 2 terms, it would pass by a landslide.  If we took a popular vote removing retirement payments to former representatives, I’m betting it would win too.

The list continues with taxation, and other burdens placed upon us.  Yet, Congress continues to waste our tax dollars.

Why doesn’t it happen?

Call it a secret combination, a Good Ol’ Boys Club, a secret society… they’ve sold their soul and it wasn’t to their electorate.

The E-mail

Here’s the coup de gras.  I get an email from John Katko claiming he’s running out of campaign funds.   Wait!   The election was in November… why is he still raising campaign funds?

Strange indeed.

 

Presidents

Presidents

Today is President’s Day, and with that comes filler stories in the news.  One such filler was that Obama is among the top 12 presidents of all times.  (I nearly vomited.)  Of course, people, both Democrats and Republicans, sang praises for JFK too.  Now we know better.

There is one thing nearly everyone agrees on.  Warren G. Harding was the worst president.  And, on the bright side, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington are up there at the top.

My mom was pretty good at spotting scoundrels.  I recall when JFK was shot my mom’s attitude was “good riddance”.  That shocked me as a kid.  While people were sobbing and saying he was such a good man, my mom was shaking her head and saying the nation was better off without him.  It’s recently we’ve discovered how corrupt the Kennedy administration was and what a pervert JFK was.  (Watch REELZ’s The Kennedy File series.)

I think time will eventually uncover what type of person Barack Obama really is.  It’s a sign of the times.  There is so much corruption in politics and it will all come to a boil soon.  It was only in death that we discovered how corrupt Harding, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and others were.

Enough of that… Today is a day we honor past presidents.  At the top of my list are greats like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

Painting

Speaking of presidents, John Singer Sargent painted an iconic painting of Teddy Roosevelt.  As a result I want to do a self-portrait painting in the same style.    Hmmm… someday I’ll do it.

You Need

You Need

My wife tells me, “You need to blog this.”

So, I’m blogging it.

Facebook Moronic Behavior

There is some moronic behavior on Facebook, and what concerns me the most is that it is sucking in some good people.  Smart, intelligent people are falling for it every day.  It’s to the point where I ignore most of what I see on Facebook.

Here’s how it works…

Someone sees a headline.

This is when the lunacy begins.  Without going to the  applicable source of the news, they start sharing the article. Next is a feeding frenzy.   People commenting about how stupid it is and get all irate.  The truth of the matter doesn’t even resemble the headline, yet lots of people get their undies in a bunch without checking things out.

Here’s a good example

A politician (you can google it if you want) says the Democratic Party brought us the KKK.

Well?

They did.  You can read a summary of the Klan’s history on Wikipedia.  Why is this so scandalous?  It’s a simple statement of history.

But, no.  Unwitted people have to start posting and sharing it like as though by doing so it will change history.  They think they can argue and history will change.

Then there are those who think they are so clever by jumping in to the fray and arguing that the Republicans back in the 1800s were Democrats, and the Democrats today are actually Republicans.

Huh?

Again, moronic behavior.  This soon degrades in to insults.  Oh, they won’t admit it is an insult, but when you bring it down to a personal level, it’s an insult.

Dude, it’s history.  Live with it. Stop making excuses for it.

Other Examples

Other examples include impossible feats.  I’ve shared some of these in the past.  My favorite example is the guy who claims he heats his place with a single candle covered by a clay flowerpot.

Seriously?

Have you ever sat in a cold room with a candle burning?  Did that candle heat the entire room?

Gee whiz… think people.  A single candle doesn’t heat a room, epsom salt and vinegar doesn’t work as an herbicide, onions don’t cause food poisoning and zero calorie drinks can’t make you fat.

Burned Once or Twice

I’ve even been burned once or twice.  One was a video clip of Obama saying something.  It really made him sound stupid.  I bought in to the frenzy and shared the video.

It wasn’t until someone else shared the ENTIRE speech that I realized I’d been duped.  When listing to the entire speech you realized the short version left off a negation before the comment, thus making it sould 180 degrees out of context.

My Favorite Peeve

My favorite peeve is the person that shares a story where the headline reads to the effect, “Congress Passes Law… ”

Do you know how easy it is too look up what Congress does?  You go to congress.gov and you LOOK.

One such posted listed the H.R. Bill.  H.R. Bills are assigned a number.  You go to congress.gov and you search for HR followed by the number.  It will take you right to the bill.  You then read it.

I remember one from years ago that said Congress voted to make it illegal to store food at home.  It gave the bill number.  I went to congress.gov and read the bill.  There wasn’t a single mention of storing food.  None.  In fact, it wasn’t even remotely connected.

A Call To Action

I’m issuing a call to action.  You need to go to the source before sharing anything on social media.  Of course, if it is your own personal information (which is what I’d like to see… I enjoy seeing pictures of your family and notes about what you’re doing), then you’re the source.  But if it is about Trump, Pelosi, Brad Pitt, the local school district, or any other gossip, go find the source’s statement.  If you can’t find it, don’t repeat it.  This guy is sick of it.

I’m going back to my photography.

True Hero

True Hero

When I was a kid there were true heros.  John Glenn was a true hero, and today at age 95 he passed away.  Glued to the TV, in February of 1962 I watched with excitement as John Glenn became the first man to orbit the earth in the Friendship 7.

Sometime later the Friendship 7 was on display at the local Albertson’s in Pocatello.   My parents took me to see the capsule, and I was amazed that a grown man could spend 5 hours in the tiny craft.  It reminded me of a trashcan.  Disappointed in the size, I questioned whether it was the real thing or a sub-sized scale model.

While I didn’t agree with his politics, I was disappointed when he was named one of the Keating 5.  However, I was greatly relieved that my childhood hero was cleared of any wrong doings.  I wish we had more men like John Glenn.

 

Jim Metz

I also learned my friend and fellow photographer Jim Metz passed away last week.  Jim was 68.  When I first moved to New York and became involved with PPSNYS, Jim was one of the first people to befriend me.  Jim would always invite me to come sit by him at meetings.  He will be missed.

Leaves

The sisters and elders came over to help rake the rest of the leaves.  They were amazed at the volume of leaves.  Of course, with nearly 2 acres, there are a LOT of leaves.

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Sisters Crofts and Barrett Raking Leaves

We started on December 1st to live off our food storage.  I made a soup with what we had canned, what we had in the fridge and freezer.

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Hot Soup for Lunch

Beat

Of course, after driving the tractor around and emptying the bins, I’m beat.

Non-injury Injury

Non-injury Injury

Is there a such thing as a non-injury injury?

I don’t know what else to call this.  It isn’t your run-of-the-mill injury, and it isn’t a virus or illness. For this reason I will call it a non-injury injury.

Okay, perhaps it a repetitive stress injury.  But, when people ask what I did to my foot, all I can say is, “Nothing!”  I didn’t do anything to it (in the usual sense) that has caused this.  So, perhaps it is just a result of a lot of walking over the last 59 years.

I was thinking while taking my shower about high school P.E. and jumping hurdles.  I managed to master jumping with either foot leading – left or right, I could jump the hurdles.   That is the only thing I could think of out-of-the-norm to do with my heel.  Everything else has consisted of mostly walking — I love to walk.

My conclusion is it must be like carpel tunnel syndrome.  All of that repetitive pounding of the pavement and dirt has come back to roost.

Motivation

A pain like this robs me of my motivation.  Funny how that works.  All of a sudden, everything you enjoy doing is no longer on your mind.  I’ve struggled with this feeling a lot in the last 2 years.  I very seldom get sick and I’ve had few injuries in life, but this … this is getting to be ridiculous.

My goal today is to simply convalesce today so tomorrow it won’t hurt as much.

 

Didn’t See That Coming

Didn’t See That Coming

I didn’t see that coming.  I tracked the election results via my Kindle Fire last night.  Whenever I’d wake for a moment, I’d grab my tablet, do a refresh, and look at the results, and then go back to sleep.  What I didn’t see coming was how quickly Trump too the lead and held on to it.

At one point, around 1am, Trump had a strong lead and with the projected states, had more than enough to win.  The stupid MSNBC site was showing that, yet they were predicting Hillary would win with a near 90% certainty.  Some of the major websites weren’t making predictions, but were way off on their electoral totals.

While I hate watching TV news for this sort of stuff, at an early point I turned on the TV.  The channel was already set to some major network (I can’t remember which one), and they were saying that the Trump camp started off cheering, but they weren’t cheering any more and it was an air of doom and gloom.    I changed the TV over the my Amazon Prime account.

Concession

I was greatly impressed with both Donald Trump’s acceptance and thank you speech as well as Hillary’s concession speech..  While I didn’t vote for either one of them, I found both speeches refreshing.  I watched them both, live streaming, so I wouldn’t have the media’s spin and editing.

Some right-wing pundits were predicting Hillary would not concede.  Some left-wing pundits were demanding Hillary not concede.  Thank goodness she conceded.


Other Results

While I didn’t vote for either, I do see the overall results hopeful.  I said it before, I don’t trust Trump, however, I do trust Mike Pence.  Trump has surrounded himself with some very good people and perhaps they will keep him on the straight and narrow.  Time will tell.

GOP

Trump surprised the GOP in general.  While Trump doesn’t embody the GOP as we used to know it, at least he isn’t a career politician.  Perhaps we can bring the GOP back to it’s roots.  It would be nice to see the party restored to moral, family oriented traditions.  I think the GOP needed a shake up.

RINOs

I hope the R.I.N.O.s are shaking in their boots this morning.  I don’t think Trump is going to go for purchasing expensive equipment for foreign governments and other forms of foreign aid.  While Congress controls spending, the president wields a veto pen.


Calcaneus

Calcaneus is the heel bone and mine hurt so much last night that I went to see the doctor today.  He said I have this tiny bit of calcification at the base of my Achilles tendon.  That tiny little hard spot is causing a LOT of pain and inflammation.

They fitted me with a boot (which feels very comfortable, but it is HUGE), gave me a prescription for the inflammation and sent me home for rest and relaxation.   (Darn, I forgot to ask for a DVD of the x-rays.  It would be cool to see my foot bones.)

I was thinking it might be Haglund’s bump.  The doctor drew a picture showing this is on the back side of the tendon, and not between the tendon and bone.  He said it is kind of like a tiny little bone spur where the tendon ends.

Well, if it is as tiny as he describes, it sure hurts.

Voted Early

Voted Early

Elizabethe and I voted early.  She has her eye shots, so we left 15 minutes early to vote.  The poll had no lines.  We got in and out quickly.

I will be happy comes tomorrow morning… regardless of the outcome.  This election has been divisive… kind of like the last 8 years.  At least tomorrow we’ll know who our next president will be.

After Elizabethe’s eye shots we came home and I got ready for my CSM phone call.  My team is having their team meeting today so I got my computer ready to present.

Team Meeting

About 30 minutes in to my team meeting, my computer locked up.  I finally rebooted.  I had errors from Net Meeting attempting to access services it does not have permission to access.

I guess I need to run NetMeeting in Administrator mode?

How I hate doing that.  I hate giving applications Admin rights.  Photoshop, Lightroom, Painter, etc., all require Admin rights to fully function.  I guess that’s the nature of the beast.

Temple

I had to leave the temple early tonight because my foot hurt so much.  Elizabethe wins on this one.  I will see a doctor tomorrow.

Results

Election results are rolling in.  I went to MSNBC (because Bing brings it up first) and it clearly shows Trump in the lead.  The site claims the results are real time.

I turned on the TV to find something NON-election related.  The channel that came up (I think it was CBS) showed Clinton in the lead.  The numbers were VERY different than those on MSNBC.  The commentator on the TV said it was a feeling of doom and gloom at Trump HQ.

I looked at my tablet and thought, wow, I wonder which one has it wrong.

 

 

Next Week

Next Week

Next week we will wake up asking, “Who won the election?”

I dread the thought.

Never have I felt so discouraged about the prospects of our next president.  I’m happy Evan McMullin decided to run.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Chris Keniston (Veteran’s Party Candidate), but he was not able to gain any momentum.  Evan on the other hand has the media’s attention.

I don’t like him because he’s L.D.S.  Heck, Harry Reid is L.D.S. and I don’t like him!  I like him because he truly is conservative.  We have three liberal authoritarians at the top:  Hillary Clinton (who’s policies are actually less authoritarian than Trump’s), Donald Trump (the man who will build a wall between US and Mexico by executive order if he has to), and Gary Johnson (the guy who will force parents to give their children immunization vaccines at gunpoint if he has to).  I like McMullin because he isn’t talking crazy like these other three.

On the Local Front

On the local front we have a congressman who is a Republican that pushed for buying security equipment for overseas airports.  Why aren’t the airlines buying this stuff?  What is it our job to purchase stuff for other countries?  Yeah, another RINO move.  Plus, he’s served his term.  It’s time to find a decent write-in.

We have a career politician retiring from the state senate, and another career politician wanting to take her place.  A write-in independent has come forward and he’s getting smeared by her.

About the only candidates that aren’t getting smeared are those running unopposed.

Walworth Festival

Walworth Festival

A few of us from the Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce spent our afternoon at the Walworth Festival.  We handed out several applications as well as some glow-in-the-dark wristbands.

It was miserably hot out there.  I’m glad I wore a baseball cap to keep the sun off my head and face.

The highlight of the afternoon was a demonstration by Deputy Sheriff Brian Pitt and his police dog — a bloodhound.  I learned quite a bit about how they use these dogs.

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Officer Pitt and His Police Dog

Dinner

For dinner tonight I made a BBQ pork pizza.  I took BBQ sauce, spread it around the dough, topped it with shredded pork, cheddar and provolone cheese and onion slices.  Wow, was it GOOD.

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BBQ Pork Pizza

Politics

Politics are quite sickening right now.  Many elections of the past there has been a clear best-choice for good people.  We are currently left with horrible choices with the exception of one, and honestly, he doesn’t stand a chance.  That’s Chris Keniston.  He’s running on the Veteran’s ticket, but has no publicity to speak of.

I know many conservatives and liberals are rallying behind Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate.  I can’t bring myself to vote for someone who is pro-abortion, pro-decriminalization of drugs, prostitution and other vices.  Gary Johnson is a liberal — plain and simple.  He’s only conservative in his fiscal matters, and that’s only a fraction of what this country needs.

Bad Move

Bad Move

It was a bad move to look at Facebook first thing this morning.  The first post I saw was from my daughter expressing her sadness about what happened last night in Dallas.

It was a bad move to look at the news feed so I could understand what she is talking about.  The news of five dead police officers and several others wounded left me speechless.  Ambushed out of nowhere, this has all the markings of a planned terrorist attack.

Going through some of the stages of grief, I became sad for those who lost loved ones.  I’m sad they left their homes to go to work not realizing they were walking in to a trap.  I felt sad their families, and the families of other police officers have to live in fear.

I became angry at the premise this is all about race.  I became angry that the media isn’t calling this a terrorist attack.  I feel anger because nobody in the news is calling this a hate crime.  I’m angry because we have people in the public eye saying the police are bad and fanning the flames of hate and violence.

Calming Down

Calming down, I got up and I ate breakfast, and got some work done around the house.  The full-time elders came over and helped move the bed from the Spring Room down to the east bedroom, and we moved some boxes down stairs.

Reading the news, I looked for something positive.  While I’m not a fan of Barack Obama, I do think he nailed it on the head when he said the attacks were “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”

Moving Forward

Moving forward I fear there is a faction in this country that wants to see unrest and violence, and perhaps even martial law.  It’s a faction fueled by evil.  Like in the days of Gadianton:

And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness, and those Gadianton robbers filling the judgment-seats—having usurped the power and authority of the land; laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before him; doing no justice unto the children of men;

Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills—

Now this great iniquity had come upon the Nephites, in the space of not many years;

 Evil is as Evil Does

Evil is as evil does is something I paraphrased from Forest Gump’s, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

I was having a very supportive exchange with a Christian friend when a one of his friends jumped in and began to attack both of us.  He accused us of “hiding behind Christ” because we are “haters” deep inside.  His rant went on for quite a while.  I looked to what fueled his rage by going to his timeline.  There I saw a lot of rhetoric about his definition of hatred, as well as a lot of support of immoral practices including both drugs and sex.

As Nephi wrote, “Wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.”

Neither my friend nor I said anything regarding this man’s choices.  Simply because my friend and I said we need to turn to Jesus Christ in time of crisis, this many lashed out.  He even went so far as to say we should put our religious beliefs behind and simply have love.  (This was after calling us names.)

I’m sure he was angry because my friend and I are both Christians and do our best to be good people.  His anger is probably directed at the fact that we condemn the practice of sex outside of marriage, and illegal drug use.  His anger probably arises out of his guilt.  He was probably taught he’s going down a wrong path and decided to lash out at two strangers on-line because that’s a safe thing to do.

I think we’re going to see more of this type of anger directed at peace-loving people.  Evil activities as they permeate people’s lives will make them less tolerant to people who try to keep God’s commandments.

And Now for Something Completely Different

The chores around the house took up up to mid afternoon.  We need groceries so I went to Wegmans.  As I was there I thought… I could live here if I could find a place to sleep.  Of course, I was hungry having worked all morning and not having lunch yet.

I came home and fixed a pastrami reuben sandwich and I’m about to call it a day.