How Little can you feed a Working Mule?

March 30, 2009 on 3:00 am | In Economics, Oh Yeah, Poly Tics, Relationships | No Comments


A cheapskate farmer wanted to see how little he could get by feeding his plow mule. Each week he’d feed it a little less. One day in town, a neighbor asked the farmer, how the experiment was going. The farmer replied that he wasn’t able to finish the experiment. “Just about the time I got the dern thing living on nothin’ it went and died on me.”


Guess that maybe that was too little?




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It’s all Down Hill after 40!

March 26, 2009 on 4:42 pm | In Oh Yeah, The Body and Things, Zany Thoughts | No Comments


I have often heard that it is all down hill after you reach 40.


That may be, but why is that the bumps on the road all seem like mountains?


Slowly bumping along, goin’ down the hill,




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Bankers have always been a Problem?

March 25, 2009 on 4:24 am | In Economics, Oh Yeah, Poly Tics | No Comments

“[The] Bank of the United States… is one of the most deadly hostility existing, against the principles and form of our Constitution… An institution like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government. I deem no government safe which is under the vassalage of any self-constituted authorities, or any other authority than that of the nation, or its regular functionaries. What an obstruction could not this bank of the United States, with all its branch banks, be in time of war! It might dictate to us the peace we should accept, or withdraw its aids. Ought we then to give further growth to an institution so powerful, so hostile?”  Thomas Jefferson




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Freedom of expression?

March 22, 2009 on 1:49 pm | In Oh Yeah, Poly Tics, Religion, The World | No Comments

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for
people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”

– Noam Chomsky

What do you think?


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Free Money for the Big Boys?

March 18, 2009 on 3:10 pm | In Economics, Oh Yeah, Poly Tics | No Comments

Reading the news this morning, I read this:


The attack by lawmakers on AIG pay has provoked renewed complaints from some financial company executives that federal involvement in business decisions is making it difficult for struggling firms to return to profitability. In particular, executives say they need to offer bonuses to keep and motivate their most valuable employees and are already seeing an exodus of talent.



This comes from an article titled “AIG firestorm raises alarm for firms,” on MSNBC.     


I do agree that the government should not be trying to change the terms of the money after they have given the money. However I do find it quite madding that they believe that they somehow have the right to believe that they should be able to get and spend federal money as they want and that they need to pay big fat bonuses to keep their “most valuable employees.” Perhaps, I am missing something? But isn’t this federal money going to companies that are supposed to be going under? If it is going to companies that are most likely to go under, it seems to me that either these, “most valuable employees” will be out of a job soon anyway with out federal money. Or that perhaps they are not as important to the business that they are believed to be.


As I said, I do not believe that the Government should be changing the rules after they have given the money to these firms already. But I do think that they should restrict uses that the money can be spent on, in the future. Also they should restrict payout outs of bonuses and of pay for so many years after the monies have been given. And also spell whatever other restrictions there will be on how the monies can be spent.  Then the companies will have a have a choice of either taking the monies with restrictions or not. I can’t help but wonder just how many would put their hands in their pockets and refuse the money with the restrictions? I would think that most would take the money because they would sooner have something then have nothing.


But perhaps a more real question should be this:


If as a country we say, we are a free enterprise (read that capitalist) country. Why are we looking for the government to help the economy get going again?


Shouldn’t the peoples and the companies that claim that they don’t believe in government intervention be out, their making their voices heard, that they want no government interventions, they are willing to risk and even willing to live though a major depression. That they are willing to take the lack of work, the starvation, the violence and the general chaos that goes with an economy falling apart. That they, are willing to go, though it and risk that their government and economic system will come out the other side in tact. I guess that deep down they really only believe in free enterprise when they have everything going their way?


Or maybe closer to the truth is that most people have not given any thought to what is really happening?


Perhaps it is time to either take over and make the failing firms national or leave them fail and work out how to survive on the other side?


Until then, hope you have an enough wood and food to last until times get better.


Pessimistic about the future,





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March 13, 2009 on 6:06 pm | In Fortune Cookies, Oh Yeah | No Comments

Fortune Cookie:

“You will make many changes before settling satisfactorily.”

I wonder what that means? I once had a cat that would walk around on my bed and stiff every now and then before deciding where to lie down. Not sure why? As she normally ended up on one of two places anyway.

Or maybe like my dog that would circle around lay down and get up and circle around again then lay down then move around just a little bit more before taking a nap.

Or maybe it means that ones wanderlusts must be satisfied before one settles down?

This is all so unsatisfying I think I will go and settle down and take a satisfying nap.

Sweet dreams all,



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The Ponzi Master My Hero!

March 11, 2009 on 3:07 am | In Economics, Oh Yeah, Poly Tics | No Comments

The Ponzi Master My Hero!


What can one say about this man?  This one man, Bernard Madoff?  Surely, one would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, hardworking man that truly loves his work then Bernard Madoff?  He worked so hard for so many years and made so many people happy about their investments with him.  Could there be anywhere a better example of what it means to be a good capitalist?  Doesn’t it just warm your little pea pickin’ heart? And glad to live in a country where one is free to engage in free enterprise and capitalism?


But alas, all is not good, in this grand and wonderful capitalist country of ours, on Thursday, March 12, 2009 Bernard Madoff is expected to guilty in US District Court to a number of  alleged crimes that he supposedly committed, among which are securities, investment adviser, mail and wire frauds. Also money laundering, the making false statements and perjury.  He is accused of making a false filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, theft from an Employee Benefit Plan and two counts of international money laundering.  11 counts in all! Information from MSNBC  News.


He has according to reports taken somewhere between 64 and 170 billion US Dollars. Though that may include amounts that were not really took but were promised to people in the form of interest and etcetera. So in reality it may be quite a bit less.


The consensus is there are quite a few rich people that would like to see him put away for a long time.  This is what is so confusing to me! I mean as a unabashed bleeding heart liberal I tend to believe that Bernard Madoff should be sitting in jail for quite sometime.  Though to me, he represents all that conservatives’ hail as good and so if I was to pick a modern man to represent capitalism in all its might and glory it would be him!



It really seems strange to me that these people that are always condemning bleeding heart liberals like me for desiring too many laws to restrict businesses, even though it is so that they have to deal honestly with others. And for the most part complain that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is over rated and should not have the power that it has. And also that people should be able to look out for themselves. Well this is what I hear! Or am I misunderstanding what I hear? 


It is these very same people, that supposedly lost so much money, that are going to go to court to ask a judge to be very hard on this great capitalist Bernard Madoff. I mean so what if they lost their life savings? Isn’t that what capitalism is about? To make a buck however is needed?  Caveat emptor!  Let the buyer beware! 


It is beyond my finite understanding how people, that are, so, into free enterprise and so capitalistic in their beliefs and their dealings with others. That they should desire to be protected beyond the protections which they believe should be extended to others.  Yet I somehow I don’t find that I can believe that one of these supposed victims will stand up before the government prosecutor and the judge and say:


Ladies and Gentleman, I brought into these business ideas of Mr. Bernard Madoff.  I did not think it though and did not look into it well enough.  All I seen was the dollar signs in front of my eyes.  So I did not and could not expect that this was may be a scam, even though I should have known.  Therefore Ladies and Gentleman in honor of this great free enterprise and capitalist system which I so cherish, I am asking that you do the only thing that would make sense and stop this silly process of persecuting this honorable man. And give back to him, his dignity and his honor.  Thank you for your ear this day.


As a confused bleeding heart liberal, I would see this as the only course that a true economic conservative that believes in free enterprise and capitalism could take in good faith.  Yet I do not believe that will happen. Or am I being to pessimistic?



Satirely yours,




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Rush Limbaugh is a Bigot?

March 8, 2009 on 7:33 am | In Oh Yeah, Poly Tics, Relationships | No Comments

Some people say that Rush Limbaugh is a bigot. I don’t believe it! He

just hates everyone.






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What is Poverty Income?

March 6, 2009 on 6:40 pm | In Oh Yeah, Poly Tics, The World | No Comments

US poverty level for one person is: $10,830.  200 percent is $21,660. 200 percent of poverty is a high rate set for income based programs.  As, I earn in any given year 7,000 to 8,000 dollars more then that. I earn too much to be eligible for any poverty based program.


My podium is this! Poverty levels set by the US Government is a sham! Poverty really starts at around $40,000 maybe even $45,000 a year.


Working income levels go from there up to maybe $110,000 or even a $120,000. (Though with the economy, the working income may come down some).  A few years ago the City of Fergus Falls in Minnesota was offering to sell new homes to poor people. The minimum required household income was $65,000 a year!


Middle income goes up to $250,000 or $300,000. Don’t believe me?  Watch these news shows where the reporters are complaining how hard it is to make ends meet. And how the “middle class” has had to cut out some $30 lunches and $70 to $100 dinner shows every month just to make ends meet. And have even had to go to cheaper cars maybe $30,000 and have to trade them at maybe 4 years instead of 2 or 3 years.


I am not complaining about my income level. But I do believe that people, esp. these that are earning bigger incomes have no idea what it means to be a poverty level.  I think it would be good that Congress and the President had to live at what are government guidelines for poverty. I bet there would be changes to the equations of how to establish what poverty level is.




A high end working poor Stiff,




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The Difference between Republicans and Democrats

March 4, 2009 on 6:00 pm | In Oh Yeah, Poly Tics | No Comments

A Republican Politician has never seen a tax against the poor they did not like.


A Democrat Politician has never seen a give away program they did not like.


A Republican Voter has never seen a handout that they would not take.


A Democrat Voter has never seen a handout that they thought wasn’t good, but refused to take the handout themselves.



Satirely yours,



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