MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES 5/27/15

MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES 5/27/15.

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A CHRISTMAS STORY FROM MERRY OLD ENGLAND

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I could be wrong on my date,but I think it was in the middle of the 1500’s. King Henry wanted to have a huge Christmas party to celebrate the Saviors birth. He sent a message throughout the Empire asking all Ambassadors and military leaders to attend. Not daring to refuse they made haste and neared the palace as fast as they could.

They started to arrive the week before the Holy Day (now holiday in case you were wondering). As they arrived, they were welcomed by the staff and given quarters. By noon on the twenty fourth of December , everyone was there except one military leader who had just arrived on shore from the crusades. He hired a horse and sped off. When he arrived at Sherwood Forest a terrible storm hit. The snow fell the wind blew and the highway was covered with larger and large drifts as he moved along.

The horse was about spent from fighting the drifts when an inn came in sight. The military man stopped hoping to get a fresh mount. He went in and found the inn keeper and asked if there were any mounts he could have. The innkeeper had just let the the last horse go. Disappointed, the rider looked around and spotted a huge dog sleeping near the fire place. Excitedly he pointed it out and told the owner that this dog was large enough and he would rent him for the last few miles. The innkeeper said, (pay attention now),”I wouldn’t send a Knight out on a dog like this!”

Finally with pleading he was allowed to saddle the dog and went on his way. At the castle the king was about to make his entrance to the party. Everyne was there except the last military man. He sent his aide to check one last time. As the aide arrived , the military man stumbled in with rusty armor and a huge dog with him. Happily, the aide ran back to the Kings room. As he ran in the door and quickly bowed, he announced, “Hear ye hear ye, the last Knight before Christmas has arrived!” Read that again if you didn’t get it.

A CURMUDGEON’S VIEW ON RIOTS, NOT JUST FERGUSON AND LOOTING by Neale McClintock

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I have seen riots and looting of all sorts during my many years of observation and participation in politics. I am not an expert in any sense of the word in how to deal with this human and many times inhuman process. I do feel that it is a product of the working man’s frustration in his lot in life and his inability to do much about it in the proper political process. Everyone wants to climb the ladder of success but there seems to be many broken rungs in that ladder that try to stymie the climb. Lack of money to influence representatives is one. The politicians accept money from the haves and attempt to do their bidding and they give lip service to the problems of the rest of us.

The only way the people can be heard is by popular demonstrations. That is a mature way of being heard by our leadership. The larger the demonstration, the more they notice. Ghandi in India knew this and Martin Luther King figured it out. It took a while but The crown gave freedom in India and Civil Rights became fashionable after a time here tho’ we still have a ways to go. When things get very local and the young get involved the shape of the demonstration may and usually will changes.

The dynamics of the crowds change after the government presence manifests itself. Most demonstrations are at or near government establishments because that is where the power is. Crowd control is there to protect the “taxpayers” interests.

My first up close up of the process was in Korea in 1954, along time ago. Our base of three hundred troops was a site for the Neutral nation Inspection Team which was made up of four European countries assigned to make sure the cease fire was properly observed. Our job was to protect them. The S. Korean Veterans wanted those Commies out of the country and sent 10,000 demonstrators to let their wishes be known. We spent a few days on the perimeter to make sure they could not get in. All was peaceful until a few of them rushed the main gate. Our Provost Marshall. Police chief, sent a few rounds at them , hit one and the potential riot was over thanks to the discipline in the demonstrators.

Korea and the Far East has a tradition of demonstrating against the government. It is a spring rite and is accepted by the government and rioting, though it happens is not usual. Points are made and hopefully actions are taken that solve the complains. When things get bad it is when the government starts pushing back.. The fight or flight instinct takes a grip on the people and that is when the fighters step up. A rock is thrown and a teargas canister is tossed back and it escalates form there. Soon cars are overturned and fires started and the next stage is looting. By that time a full scale battle is on and charges and counter charges ensue. Sooner or later the body count starts and if some force doesn’t intervene a minor revolution is the next step.

The Occupy strategy of the past couple of years did not erupt as they could have. The organizers were strong and no riots were evident to me. Even tho the government used pepper spray and other tactics on the people the people did not fight back. Some times passive resistance is very effective as Gandi and King showed. In cases of riots, usually unwise and immature people start the physical stuff and use it as an excuse to loot.

There is a long list of types of demonstration used to call attention to our representatives when things are not fair. The March on Washington, Marches on the capitals, Marches on the mayor and on and on. They usually result in attention being payed to them and maybe a positive result through legislation, eventually. Then there are the rallies decrying injustice, Ferguson, Watts, and that sort, usually entailing civil rights and so on. They are proper and well run until the rowdies jump in. Usually that happens after dark or after Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton ramp up the rhetoric. I find it interesting that there was no riot after OJ Simpson was found innocent of killing white people.

The worst of the riots in my estimation are the “Riots of Champions” These are famous in white Europe, Latin America and the United States. These idiot stimulated messes are started and pushed by our young leaders of tomorrow. College age people who start out celebrating a big win by our team. Fires, wrecked cars and injured police and participants fueled by beer and drugs are damaged and injured. That game was of world shattering importance.What a waste.

Tell me how to instill courage and mature sense of values in these people and we could stop some of this nonsense.

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My View on Politics and Religion

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Being somewhat out spoken politically (some of you may call be a big mouthed dummy but freedom of speech is OK) I have probably offended a few of you. My feelings about the subject is that both parties are lacking in honesty and character and I call them out when I see stupidity and there is plenty of that on both sides. The lack of tolerance for different religions is the biggest problem of this country and the world.

I received a letter today that set me off. This is my response. Un-friend me if you want to but I don’t belittle my friends from any political persuasion save Commies and other dictatorial programs. Parliamentary Royalty can be okay. Just beware of religious fanatics.

The answer to the letter follows!:

“It doesn’t offend me to receive this note. I would need to verify it because religion and politics are known as great twisters of facts. Statistics and facts can be used for both sides of an argument depending on interpretations. So can the Bible and the Koran be twisted and interpreted in many ways. As far as I am concerned there is no good reason for religion in government aside from what is humanly moral and decent. This Nation was established as a place where you could Have FREEDOM of religion Or as I interpret it FREEDOM from religion if that is your choice. Nearly all wars in history have been fought because of hate from religious beliefs and more people including Christ himself have been killed because of religion than for any other reason you can come up with. Prove me wrong and I will change.

To all the religious fanatics out there including democrat Catholics and Jews, the Tea Party evangelists and the right wing holier than thou radicals this country was established with out a religious theme ! Jefferson , Washington and Adams were religious and Christian but they new there should be no STATE religion and I will read about them and take their advice. I will tolerate everyone that doesn’t step on my toes and follow the Christian beliefs that I was raised with. Keep religion out of politics!”

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE PARKING LOT Part 2 (grocery shopping)

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE PARKING LOT Part 2

Progress is progressing with the health facility being built across the lot from the P C. It looks like the drive way and parking lot will soon be ready Dirt was hauled out by the truckload the other day and today gravel is being hauled in by the truck load.

NOW, back to the grocery shopping routine. It seems that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are a good time to fill the pantry. On Monday , many people filled the shelves and freezer on Sunday and are not in need as yet.

Tuesday seems to be the day for elderly and middle aged women to shop. It’s easy to tell that they are women because being law abiding people they park their cars and within varying times, five to fifteen minutes remain in the vehicle. They are probably double checking the list in some cases , but most are making and finishing phone calls I think. The other thing I notice is that there seems to be up to a half hour before they re emerge with the merchandise needed for the next few days. At any rate that is what I see Monday Morning. It does take Nancy about a half hour each time she enters this store.

Wednesday is the time for elderly and middle aged men. They come in, get right out of the car , enter the store and seem to have run through the aisles to locate the meager items that they need. They are back out almost immediately and usually no cart is used and they have a bag with small items and quite often they have a box of the wonderful donuts that are available. The ones in work clothes are quickest and the slower retired types are just behind. Probably they are picking up the few items that their older spouse for get to grab the day before. No time is wasted but pedestrians should be alert as they walk across the area. Thursday and Friday mornings are a general mix of every one. The newest patron on Friday and Saturday are usually younger and they take the time to pick the proper beer and snacks for the later party.

Most afternoons are busier. People are in and out , picking up a item for lunch and later Mom stops to pick up supper items, something to cook or quite often, ready prepared stuff from the deli. Who can blame them for that. Besides, a lot of younger people don’t know how to cook anyway.

I don’t know much about the evening shoppers because I am watching the news or the game or NCIS or Ancient Aliens and the shows about chasing Bigfoot and other monsters. Educational television is important, don’t you agree?? This stuff is on the reliable Discovery Channel or the History channel. And don’t forget the UFO stories!!

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE PARKING LOT

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OBSERVATIONS FROM THE PARKING LOT

Yesterday there was a note asking the question, “Why does everyone shop for groceries on Sunday morning?” Apparently the store was quite crowded. Since I have been assigned to remain in the car when Nancy is shopping, (apparently I drive her nuts if I go in), I have come to understand the vagaries of shopping, who does it, when they do it, and what day they do it. I speak primarily of the morning shopping hours since we go to Price Shopper nearly every day after our Art and Coffee club meeting at VJ”s Restaurant, a meeting place , popular with other fine people who need to start the day with breakfast and fine art and conversation. We solve many world problems here and insult each other often.

Shopping for groceries is often best when you are hungry. The only problem is that you are more likely to buy cookies, ice cream and all the stuff that looks good at the time. This , of course is bad for dieters but good for us parking lot sitters when we help load the car or empty the bags.

The worst time to shop is Sunday morning. People are usually out of donuts or other breakfast goodies so they rush in to pick up the needed junk food. Later, the shoppers tend to be people just out of church so they need to quickly gather the Sunday dinner needs and have to rush home to get the meal started. Not a good time to be there even if these folks are living a life of forgiveness and love, They are Hungry!

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Sunday afternoon is a better time for Sunday shoppers, especially during the NASCAR season. Not only are us speed nuts busy , the NFL people or the baseball people are busy in front of the TV so no one is on the road at that time. Of course the lady of the house is on the way to the fashion shops and all the boutiques at this time. The aisles in the grocery store are likely to be open for travel for the next few hours.

Now if you are really bothered by the people when shopping, I suggest that you should shop any day of the week between the hours of 9 PM and 8 AM . Quick service is quite good then.

Enough for today. I will cover the rest of the week in my next item. Thanks for your attention and remarks in advance. Just trying to be helpful!
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NO NEW TAXES so they say!!

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That is the mantra of every political statement from a new or old candidate for office, local, state or national. After all these years of adding taxes, they are nearly telling the truth but they sneak in an increase to the old property tax, newer sales tax and the myriad of excise and other taxes. A few years ago New York State stopped increasing taxes , at least made a good attempt. We already paid a half dollar or more per gallon on gasoline and the people and businesses were moving to other less highly taxed states.

After a while the Solons and Pharaohs of Albany decided that instead of taxes we can assess fees. The people will not be intelligent enough to realize that fees and taxes are interchangeable. Now our licenses and registrations and many other use costs are called fees. Boy am I glad that they aren’t taxes. We pay too many taxes already.

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Soon that game got old and they came up with a new idea. Lets give the citizens some fun. They like to play number games and have raffles so maybe we could raise a bit of money for education by selling scratch off raffle type tickets and they did. Nearly half of this money goes to education and the rest goes to the operating cronies and the rest goes to the media and ad men who put the clever messages all over our media. No new taxes there?

Now what can we do to extract a few more dollars from the people? “I know!” said some bright staff worker. “The Native Americans are making money hand over fist since we allowed them to have casinos. Why can’t we do the same?”

And they did. There will be seven new casinos soon. They will be scattered all over the state so that even the poorest citizen can easily get to one and chase his fortune. It doesn’t matter that some rent won’t be paid and evictions will go up. Kids will get less food because mom and dad tried to pay their property taxes by hitting it big in a nearby casino. They will be able to get help from state tax supported programs, take your pick of those.

In summary, the wealthy have all sorts of tax breaks and pay a smaller percentage than their secretary according to Mr. Bunn the billionaire. The politicians realize it is more difficult to get a dollar from the rich through taxation so they decided that the lower income people would be an easier mark. The old time charlatans new they could get a few cents from the common man by promising a chance to win big in their dice and card trick games.

The politician has two jobs, get elected and get reelected. That requires getting money and spending money. Job one is get the money and it is easier to get it from the common man than from the well off. After gambling what is next. Getting blood from a stone?

 

GO TO JAIL AND GET A FREE COLLEGE DEGREE, SAYS GOV. CUOMO

      Image TO DAYS TAXPAYERS, YOU AND ME AND EVERYONE IN THE 98% wealth class have many decisions to make. I DON’T ENVY YOUNG PEOPLE MUCH ANYMORE. Not only do they have to pay the taxes, they also have to plan for the education of their children including college and career. The cost of education has skyrocketed as have insurance rates, health cost, autos and all the things we used to take for nearly granted when I was younger.College costs for me were a few thousand dollars per year. This was impossible for me without the use of the GI Bill of Rights and student loans from the friendly Neighborhood Banker. But with the help of a good wife and other break, I made it through and paid it back. I taught and coached for twenty seven years and am living a frugal and somewhat secure retirement now.

     Now our Governor has proposed an addition to the Department of Corrections that will provide a college education for inmates. He estimates that it will cost $5000 additional per year per inmate, who is willing to do it, to accomplish this. This is in addition to the thousands of dollars that are required to maintain this person during the time of his penalty. If YOU wish to send little Johnny or sister Sarah to school/college nowadays it will run you at least ten thousand dollars and maybe thirty or forty thousand dollars a year. That is much more than it costs the prisoner. He gets free room and board, free TV and gym privileges and free schooling at the States (thats you and me) expense. Pretty good deal for being a miscreant! There will probably be a good state run job placement department for the day that this well trained citizen leaves the fine institution of higher learning.Image

     May I suggest that this s not all bad? During our child rearing years we struggle to teach our valued offspring the difference from right and wrong. We don’t want to see our kids penned up do we. So we punish and correct poor behavior and reward the good stuff.

We slave and save and bank what we can and teach our child the value of frugal living so we can enjoy a few nice things. We encourage good study habits or athletic prowess in hopes of getting the goose with the golden egg to fly over and drop a scholarship of some sort on the Golden Ones head. Problem solved. Now my child can continue the process as he goes out into the world.

     But wait! Isn’t there a better way? Oh yes, the DOC degree! “Son, if you want to get ahead, commit a minor crime, something that will put you in jail for four to seven years. Mind your business, keep your nose clean and study hard. When you end your term you will come out with a nice degree and jobs will be waiting for you. That’s the road to success in New York State. Your mother and I will have a nice nest egg for our retirement years as well. Your other option is to get into politics,”Image