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Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Middle Class Is The New Rich

I support the free market and the ability of people to make as much of a profit as they want by providing a service or good but sometimes I have to wonder about the consumers.

Yesterday I had to pick up a few things so I ran to a local Kmart and stood and waited in line to have my items rang out. Lucky for me I got to witness by far the biggest materialist I have ever seen in my life. This woman could possibly be the reason why some items have limits on purchase quantities. She had a white blouse as well as about 9 or 10 other pieces of clothing, which by the looks of her jewelry, she clearly didn't need, in her cart and the cashier was trying to explain to this woman that their was not a sale on this particular piece of clothing.

Now even if I was having a great day, I would have dropped the situation and went on with my life. Believe me I can live without buying crap I don't need, but then again, I'm a rational thinker and a person that doesn't need crap to feel good about himself. This woman apparently didn't share my traits.

I watched this grown 40 something year old woman get mad, turn red, stomp her foot on the ground like an 8 year old, literally throw her hands up and down and scream at this poor girl behind the cash register because she seen the ad that said that this particular blouse was a few dollars off. At this point I had to start laughing because this girl behind the cash register was at the point of just blowing this woman off.

But wait it gets better.

The 40 year old proceeds to start yelling at us in line for not backing her up and uses the famous line:

"Don't you know who I am?"

Clearly I still don't nor do I care but it got me to thinking about many in this country who live their lives like this never having to appreciate the work put behind earning the money to pay for something.

Obviously this woman was at least one if not all of three things. She either had no brain, too much money, or didn't work. If there is one downside to capitalism it's a little inevitable side-effect called Materialism. It seems to me that when people have little room in their hearts for family, friends, or God, they measure their own worth and the worth of others by the size of their wallet, their name recognition, and the sizes of their estate. But do these people really spend their own money? Do you think that the majority of the people that fit into this category actually understand the concept of hard work.

If you do I've got a bridge to sell you.

Many people in this country live off of the bounties provided by others and believe it or not they aren't usually Republicans. Sure you will hear the stereotypical BS from college professors about how the majority of Republicans are rich heartless oil shareholders but let's take something into account. When you look at Hollywood and New York City do you really see a strong GOP holdout?

It's very ironic that the same liberal dipsticks that will sit and bitch at you evil rich folks and your selfish hardworking ways are also usually loaded at levels that you could only dream of. It's just they usually earn their pay by decreasing yours. It's you "rich" people who go to work, pick your kids up from school or from the bus, drive them to practice, go home take care of the house, go out to the market to buy what you need and then have to find a way to pay the rent or the mortgage, who obviously need to pay for the lifestyles of congressmen, senators, and their families.

After all they need golden toilets, the occasional Lexus here and there, vacation homes that they never live in, expensive exotic vacations, free health care, and a bunch of expensive crap that may or may not get used. After all they can't pay for all of that stuff by themselves. I mean they are important people and we should all respect their high stature.

It never ceased to amaze me how the hardworking in America always get screwed in the end. Those people who never make a big stink about anything, focused on raising and protecting their families and making just enough to get by are by far the most attacked group of people in this country. They work for the American dream and in the end somebody is always there to make sure that they earn their cut off of something they had nothing to do with. It's amazing to live in a country where we reward those who make a living honestly with higher taxes, verbal abuse, and false labels.

My Dad said something to me that I still hold as my driving statement through life. You can only make something shine as bright as you want it to by putting that much effort into shining it yourself. We only get how much we want to get out of something and I think that this is something that fits under that big lost subject of responsibility that isn't taught anymore.

It may be politically incorrect or unfair but guess what? Life isn't fair. We fall down but we get back up. That's life, and I think that it's time that we take all the little princesses and fortunate sons of the world and force them to face that reality. You only get what you earn.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hillary Staging Questions...No Way!

If the last debate wasn't any sign Hillary has absolutely no values to which she can form coherent political stances and beliefs from, this story sure takes the cake.

I'm sure by now you have heard the story of the college student in Iowa who was approached by a top unnamed Clinton staffer and asked if she would like to ask Hillary about energy. Now there is nothing wrong with that particular action. Campaign staffers do this all the time to make sure that they get a variety of different questions to make sure that their candidate appears diversified and well rounded.

But that wasn't the case here. Apparently this staffer wanted to tell the college student what softball question she could ask and what she couldn't say. Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff now has a distaste for politics, and I'm proud to welcome her to the club that the majority of America has found themselves in. She has finally gotten a grasp on the big picture when it comes to that woman. One hand holds dishonesty and the other hand is ready to stab you in the back.

Sure the media can paint this beautiful image of Clinton being this level-headed, calm, and highly experienced woman when she's answering nothing but loaded fluff questions, but last time I checked the most powerful position on Earth was not supposed to be an easy feat to accomplish. Even Dan Quayle could read a script and this says script all over it.

Now I am in now way implying that this is something completely new to the realm of politics or specific only to Hillary. I'm sure many campaigns do this, but what I find most entertaining is the fact that the media tried to downplay this anyway they could only to have it blow up in their faces.

Why you ask?

Because Hillary did not pull her famous, "I don't recall," ploy. This was what the MSM in her pocket was hoping for. They wanted for her to deny it so they could get back to painting her another gender card for her to use liberally. She's just a woman in a man's world and she's being discriminated against with all these "hard questions" and allegations.

Never mind the trail of dead bodies and one dead boyfriend that seems to follow her around. Never mind her nanosecond flip flops at the last debate. How about her involvement in selling secrets out the back door to the Chinese? Fuhgetabotit!

We just need to know she's a woman. That right there is her experience.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

An Avoidable Price Of War

The Story

Veteran rights have always been near and dear to my heart and this story right here just goes to show that out of all of the politicians on the right and left, who stand on a soapbox and rant about how much they care for the security of our troops, none of them have done crap on the matter. These men and women know very well the ultimate sacrifice when they go off to a foreign land to fight for this country, but they also expect for us to have their backs when they come home. Apparently we can't even guarantee them that.

Most of America is fast asleep. They go to work, if they even do that, and then come home to sit and watch Dancing with the Stars or American Idol. They don't watch the news, they don't read anything, yet they feel compelled to voice their opinion when it comes to the war or the current administration. Even more pathetic is the fact that most of them don't even vote.

If you don't vote what do you have to complain about?

But nonetheless, they find something and they still do. Now the other group of Americans, the minority, which I seem to find myself apart of, realize what is going on in the world, realize what sacrifices are being made by these great men and women, and realize most importantly that they aren't coming home to arms wide open. Sure they may get a college education or a check, but who is really making sure that they come back to what they need?

Apparently not that many.

The Veterans Affairs Department identified 1500 homeless veterans of just this RECENT war. They've managed to get 400 of them into their programs designated towards helping homeless vets. That's just roughly 27%. Ladies and gentlemen, that is totally unacceptable.

That means that out of every group of 1500 homeless vets, taking just a small fragment of the 195,000 homeless heroes that are in this country, around 73% of the homeless vets are excluded from this program because of ineligibility or lack of awareness of these programs. The ineligible part shouldn't exist and frankly neither should the awareness part.

Any government official that says the our veterans are taken care of is a liar and, as far as I'm concerned, guilty of negligent homicide. While they sit on top of their golden parachute salary and health benefits, courtesy of the American taxpayer, that they can rake in even after being voted out of office, we have men and women who are the real reason for our freedoms dying out on the streets cold and alone.

But instead of people demanding that groups like the VA take a more direct approach to this problem we get the typical excuse making talking points. We'll hear things like:

- Obviously they want to live that way.
- They can get whatever they want as long as they ask.

Or my favorite

- That number really isn't that big.

When you have someone who is severely mentally scarred from a war experience, how in the hell would a person in their right mind think they just "want to live homeless." Was there any psychological analysis conducted to back this up? Now I'm sure that you will find a fruit loop out of every group of people, but I seriously doubt out of every 1500 homeless soldiers, 1100 of them are nuts. There definitely is something fishy with that tale.

It's about time that people in this country start putting things into perspective. If we can have lobbyists on a day to day basis trying to grab Washington by the ear for rights and freebies for illegal immigrants and people who have no right to nor deserve them, how can we sit and allow for many of our heroes and patriots to die out on the street broke and alone.

What a way to honor those who fought for all that we have. Take away all that they have.

Where I've Been

We'll ladies and gentlemen I'm back from another unusually long hiatus from blogging. A lot of things have happened that I've missed and wanted to cover. Hillary Clinton managed to destroy her own self on a recent Democrat debate. Pat Robertson has tried to convince his religious followers to use brains that they don't have. McCain's mom hates "them Mormons." The bread girl got booed at a Mellencamp concert. Joe Lieberman had the courage to stand up and call the far left out for exactly what they are; a paranoid group of hyper partisans who will stop at nothing to hold power again. This means even if they take the country down in flames with them.

I was invited to speak at a conservation convention recently and my work in this field has taken up large parts of my schedule in the past few weeks. I'm glad to say that we had a great turn out and I was very fortunate to speak with many other concerned conservationists, hunters, sportsmen, fishermen, farmers, and just plain old conscious citizens about the state of the environment in Michigan and of our Great Lakes. It was also great to hear so many folks voice their concerns over the attacks on sportsmen's rights in this state. So by all means it was a great success.

Work has been a bear but I got promoted and got a raise which is always a great thing. Which means I'm moving on to bigger and better things. No more annoying assistant breathing down my throat. On the side I've been working as an intern at a local pharmacy for college.

So that is where I've been, and hopefully this is where I'll stay at least for a while.

Monday, November 5, 2007


In the midst of recent events this writer's absense is justified.

He has been working to save our country from those who wish to destroy it from within.


He will return soon...

And it will be glorious

A voice of reason

A guiding light amongst the darkness

Sleep in peace because Joe is awake