Friday, December 27, 2013

Dreams Can Come True...

My dream is to buy some property in the mountains, and run a Christmas Tree farm.  Part of the property would just be the tree farm.

But, I want enough land that families can go up into the hills and find and cut down their own tree.

There would also be a place for the kids to visit Santa (not the real one), shop for Mrs Bannon's homemade honey and peanut butter stuff, buy hot cocoa, decorate cookies... (...all for a small fee.  But it would be sooo worth it!)...

Dreams can come true, I know that.  But....somebody will always try to crush them, and you have to be on guard:

"...some in the Christmas tree industry sought to develop a promotional program to assist its industry.  After three failed attempts to set up a voluntary system, they turned to the federal government to do what it couldn't: Force Christmas tree producers and imports to pay for Christmas tree promotion program.

...The government would set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board...The new program would include a 15 cent "assessment" on fresh cut Christmas trees, which could eventually rise..."

Don't be fooled, this is crony capitalism at its worst.  Large Christmas Tree factories want to share the cost of advertising, and want to use the power of the federal government to force it upon competitors who do not want it.  15 cents a just a start.  Remember the Federal Income Tax was temporary and Social Security didn't start out as 1/3 of Federal Spending.  Next tree prices would be regulated, quality standards, choking hazards, CO2 emissions...and on, and on...

I have no fear that a Christmas Tree tax will take over like that in my lifetime.  But I do fear the force of government in every aspect of our lives, and the robbing of small business profits for the benefit of big business takeovers.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve!!!


My favorite Christmas Eve song...

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's That Time of Year Again...

No, not that.

The annual reposting of my favorite News Anchor blooper:

Friday, December 20, 2013

I Hate When They Do That...

"Don't be deceived.  Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual defenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers, they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. Its not right." - Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty

"What's clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers alike. By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value." - Wilson Cruz, GLAAD

One of them was quoting the Bible, the other was discriminating.  Don't be deceived.  Phil doesn't hate Wilson...I'm guessing that Wilson hates Phil.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Baby Names...

I was just thinking...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Support our Troops....

No, not those ones.

When I once considered trying to become a federal law enforcement officer, my Dad said, "You won't like it, you won't put up with the bureaucracy...I know you."

Dad was right, I would not put up with bureaucracy.  I wonder if John Dodson's Dad told him the same thing.

"If it weren’t for John Dodson, Americans would never have known the truth about Operation Fast and Furious and the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  This book is his story, a tale of the personal and professional journey of a man who decided to tell the truth, no matter the costs. He didn’t take the easy way out. For that and much more, the American people owe John Dodson a debt of gratitude.”
 - Senator Chuck Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa

Do you know a cop? A criminal prosecutor? A federal agent?  This book would make a great Christmas gift.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's Good Work...

...if you can get it.

I have been very busy lately at work....but had to post.

This is one of the best stories in a long time.

You have to know the system, to work the system.  Or, to work in the system.

This guy (below) hit the jackpot.  Mandela's funeral.  He was chosen to be the sign language interpreter for the world's leaders.  More heads of state were at the funeral, than, well...ever!  Millions watching.  The only flaw in his plan.  He doesn't know sign language.

Or....he is the African Mr. Bean?

Friday, December 6, 2013

He Is What We Thought He Was...

...and we're letting him off the hook!