This is what we woke up to this morning.... had to stomp a trail for Misty, so she could go potty.. the road picture..... that road was bare yesterday afternoon, after the 6 inches had melted off from the day before. And it is still coming down and windy... to boot.. last blast of winter? I sure hope so...
We have the candidates still.. I said... STILL.. battling it out. And there is still almost 3 more months of this.. just to get to who is going to run against McCain.
3 more months of daily garbage being thrown around. Dirty tricks, and more and more about the personal side. Not so much as who they are, but who they know. And how it can be used against a person. The saying," I am not my brother's keeper" comes to mind.
Also stories of how I won the war. (Well, that is exaggerated by me) .. but Hil's story of gunfire as she got off the plane was a little much like that. One should never ... ever... make as statement about what you did or didn't do, when the media is like skin to you in everywhere you go.
She forgot? How stupid is that? This wasn't something some one asked her. This was a volunteered comment. Before one opens one's mouth, and inserts foot, one should check out exactly what footage there is on the subject. And her poor daughter, when asked about it.."uh, what ever she said, it happen that way...I know I was thrilled to be there". At least she didn't lie. May be should elect her?
Also I am sick and tired of snow. It sure doesn't help my attitude. Which seems like it is at a all time low. As much as I have tried to put on a smiley face.. yesterday morning was the straw that almost broke the camels back. And I understand that this isn't over yet. This afternoon is the start of up to 18"inches of snow between this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon.
Maybe I should become a bear. You know, when it gets cold in the October or November, to hibernate until it warms up again in April. Gosh, 6 months of this... no wonder I am tired of it all and going stir crazy.
What is the saying? Idaho has 4 seasons, Summer, early winter, winter and late winter? Sure feels that way this year..
I am afraid to start laughing as I might not stop and the King will have the boys in white, taking me away. If he does, maybe he better make sure they are wearing blue, green, or pink, anything but WHITE...
The United States of American and it's taxpayers pay out 100,000's of dollars to train each and every soldier we have.
Of those soldiers, 60 per cent of them, (my guess) are trained to be killers. Professional killers. Some to more degree than others. Like the Rangers, and the Green Beret, Special Forces.
Then we send them off to war. To kill the enemy. They are hunters of jungles and towns. They are told to never trust anyone. Their fellow soldier is the only one, and then they still have to be cynical.
These men, so far it has been men... are sent out to fight for 9 months or more, and home for a short time and sent back out. Some times their time in the field is extended.
Then when they get home, they have great difficulties adjusting to what we call normal life. Be it for a week, a month or after they are out.
The training to undo everything that they have had drummed in to them, brainwashed so to speak, is barely dealt with. A few places have Vet run meetings for these men. I said Vet run, run on donations.. not government run.
Why is it, we don't put as much money into adjusting these men to normal life as we do in combat killings? Why is it that a short timer, comes home to his house, with nothing or close to it? Why isn't there a program that pays these Vets, for living quarters, food and medical ...just as they were for when they were trained for combat?
Please don't tell me because we don't have it in our budget. We certainly found it for them to be trained to kill. To be trained to kill or be killed. There should be equal money for deprogramming as there is for the programming. Before their family lives are destroyed, and they become homeless or worse.
We won't even talk about the medical care for the physically in juried and their families. Or the family left behind with home mortgages and they have lost their man to the war. With barely enough to raise their children left behind and losing their homes. Another hole that the government has been lack in.
You know how they have Disney World and Water world or what ever for the kids?
Well, I think they should have a place for us over 50 group... A place where you can pick a year that was a good year for you, when you were younger. When you were 20's or 30 or even 40's. When life was really good. Not financially so much, but of when you felt in your heart and soul, that life was good. And you were still young enough to enjoy it.
Then when you go to that year, you get to go to the area you were living at that time. The Park would have the same neighborhood, houses, stores, music, items in the stores that was during the time you thought it was a good year. Your house, your neighborhood.
The down side would be.. the people, unless they were visiting that day too...but then again, maybe like West World movie, they could have robots that look like the people that lived there at that time. As many of them have passed away, by now.
Just so you could live one day, in the time you thought it was so good. Mine would be in the 70's.. in Roslyn, Washington. I think I would pick a summer day. But snowmobiling and sledding by the house was a good time too. Or the late 70's when I was in Cooke Canyon Ellensburg, with the forest as my back yard.
But you couldn't change anything, because that would mess up the present of now.
A week or so ago, there was a passing of a great man. A man that some might disagree, that he was a great man. But a man that achieved a lot in his 80 some odd years.
One might say he started as a play boy of sorts. Coming from a family of money. I do not remember all of the things he achieve and besides, he really isn't remember for those of 60 or more years ago. He is better known for what he was or did in the past 50 years or so.
I came across him on a talk show. He was kind of pompous I thought. But he also had a heck of a sense of humor...or would you call it wit. They are kind of the same, except to me, wit is humor with intelligence.
And politics was his game. I don't know why he never ran for office. But he sure had opinions about politics. And even if you didn't agree with him, you listened to him and admired him. At least most did.
I saw him on his television show called Firing Line. He had many on there of different ideals. Most of them of political theater. But also sometimes the common man. And he treated them with the same honor and respect, as he did the very intelligent.
He was the bell of the ball in many ways, socially as well as the political arena. Presidents listen, even if they didn't agree with him. He was friends with many of them in all of his years. As he was with Kissinger, and several others. He was the Conservatives, Conservative. He wrote National Review. I never read it. It just wasn't my thing at the time. And a lot of his words were over my head, quite honestly.
But I loved watching him on television especially on talk shows, where he would make fun of the very fiber that he was made of. Yale, and others as well. But there was a lot of interesting subjects too.
So good night William Buckley, go gently into the good night. Always the gentleman..
Were you born in 1950 ...1952???? then in 1968........where were you?
Were you smoking marijuana? or harder drugs? Were you giving free love? Were you part of the protest of the 60's? Were you shocked by the Kent incident? Were you part of the don't trust anyone over 30?
So you are what, 56-58 now? Are you part of the new protest? Or are you of the complacement, of keeping life as it is. Are you the one at the grocery store checking out the carbs, and fat content? Are you checking the veggie isle for USA veggies and fruit? Are you careful about what you put in your mouth now? Gave up smoking, and drinking because it is bad for your health? Are you watching your children like a hawk. Are you teaching your children absence?
Isn't it funny how time turn you around? How, once out of control you were as a teen, and now you control your children as your parents tried to do to you..
Guess it goes with, what comes around, goes around...
But as a very wise teacher told me in a class... life is a pendulum it swing from the very left of ideas to the very right of ideas...and when it finally settles down in the middle of them, does life get better.
Because from the downside of the above during the 1960's with drugs, free love and etc... to now where we check everything... we do have a lot of good that came out of that arena.
Women's rights, gay rights, and civil rights.
More women are in higher places that they never had in the 1960's without being called names. The sky is the limit. Even the possibility to be the President.
Gays are getting more rights and stepping out to be considered human, and not freaks.
Blacks are lawyers, doctors, Presidents of companies, and etc..and who knows maybe even of the country.
I saw where California has passed a law that no parent can teach their children at home, unless they are a certified teacher.
For years now, parents have been home schooling. And 98% of them are doing it well. So well, that the kids are out doing their counter parts. So why in heavens name would they put this to a law?
The only thing I can figure out is the teachers union had something to do with it. After all, if they are teaching at home, they aren't in school. Less pay for each student, less money for the schools and etc.
In Idaho, and I believe other states, kids that are home schooled, are tested to make sure they are not getting behind. That I understand. But to have it mandatory that they are certified teachers, I don't.
Every child that I have met that is home schooled, has been on top of his game. Ahead of the public schools. Some think the social part is missing. But it isn't. The kids mostly have others to inter act with besides their other siblings.
Some parents share. Meaning if one is better at math and another is better at English, they will teach each others kids.
I wonder how many will move out of California, just because of that law.
Yesterday, I received in the mail a package that I had ordered. A Obama pin and a bumper sticker that is white with black letters of "got hope?".
After reading Obama's speech that same day, I am just as impressed that he is still the man I would like to vote FOR.
His speech of March 18,2008, is like the speech of 4 or 5 years ago. The one that I thought, I hope this man runs for President some day.
He did not spin a story of how and why of his minister. He did not disclaim the man. He did disclaim the view of the minister's speech that is played in each and every media source. He didn't sugar coat it. He explain how he felt about it.
Kind of goes with the you love the person, but don't like them from time to time. In this case, he cares about his former minister (he retired) just doesn't agree with his views from time to time. That he still loves his church, and the people there. Church isn't a building..church is the people. We go to our church because of our Pastor, but just as equal is the people who go there. Good, kind, Christian people. Who will pray with you, in good and bad times. Who will cry with you, and laugh with you.
He spoke from the heart, he spoke of the truth, and he spoke with hope for us all. No matter what the skin color or back ground we are. He wants a change, just like the citizens of the United States want. I don't care what party you belong to... you too, want a change. You too, are tired of how things have been for over 8 years. We all want a change. Now to vote for whom you think will do that for us ALL. My vote is still with Obama.
Now can we get back to the issues? What about education, what about the economy? What about health coverage, and for Heaven's sake, the gas prices. What about this roads? I don't want the same old, same old.
As I watch on TV about the bank called Bear Stearns, which I never heard of before, being sold for $2 a share, I have got to wonder ...1. who are they? Do we know them by another name. ... and 2. how does this effect the rest of the country, as it is being bought by another bank company?
Also heard where one man lost billions in stock over this. Billions? Why would anyone put that kind of money in, to have billions worth of stock? I know, I know, investment. But doesn't the 101 of stock buying suggest, that one not put all of their eggs in one basket. Drop the basket and all the eggs break.
My grandfather who did have money in the stock market, and some how came out of the 1929 crash ok, told me 50 years ago.... that if you can't take your money and flush it down the toilet without blinking,... then you should NOT be playing the stock market.
As the elections get closer to the Conventions, the hits are being lob at the different candidates.
As the shots come across their bows, the need to reply gets more urgent. Saying the right thing, and hope someone doesn’t make more out of what you say. So you have to be careful of what you say.
The latest one over the ship run by the Obama team, is the minister’s words or even rants. And at first blow, it has to have all of use who are planning on voting for Obama, wondering. But I have been one to always question things I hear.
Meaning what is the rest of the story? In this particular case, did Obama agree with this man. After all, he has influence a lot of his life. Marriage, baptism of his children. I believe they said a 20 year relationship.
He replied he did not agree at all with this Man’s attitude and beliefs. I can under stand that. I do not agree with everything my Pastor says. Some of the sermon has me wince, as I don’t agree. (and please don’t tell Pastor Jim that, I don’t want to have to explain what.)
Also when they had the rally or church service that the cd was played from… was Obama there when the worse of it was said? Or was he out of town?
Obama seems to be sincere in his reply to this, And the good Pastor has left the campaign team. So to me, all is still good. But I would be lying, if I said I wasn’t concerned. One should always be on the look out, as you get ready to vote. And it is hard to separate the dirty tricks from the truth. To be alert to question all sides of comments.
In the newspaper was an article about how those in Boise want to drop/phase out in 5 years, the Idaho personal tax on business equipment. Which that in it's self is contradicting. If it is a business equipment, then it isn't personal. It is a business.
This money would have been used for county, SCHOOLS and TRANSPORTATION dollars. Now remember those places.
Anyway, they had one Bill 599, which would have gave the small business a exemption on the first $50,0000. But that failed 8-18.
What puzzles me is the fact that our own Bonner County SCHOOL district is going to have a levy coming up soon. Because they don't have enough money for the upkeep of the schools.
And the Boise group with the Governor, would like to raise our registration for our vehicles and/or raise our tax on our gas. Like gas isn't high enough now. Most Idaho towns up here are paying just as much as Washington State and they have a 9 cent tax more than us. And they want this raise for TRANSPORTATION Dept. for repairs of the roads.
So why are they phasing out money in a 5 year deal for two very important needs that are already looking for more money with the taxes as they are now?
I am a bad singer...No, seriously.. I make Bassett hounds cry. I even make Bassett hounds sound beautiful.
I sing in the shower.. why is it, it sounds good in there? Must be the water. But the rest of the time... I sing to myself only. And always hope someone isn't coming around the corner.
Even in church, I mouth the words. You know like Bill Cosby said on his record. That you mouth the words and then add the AMEN, at the end? Well, that is me..
I even tried it once with my ...at the time... 5 year old grandson... his advice? Nana, don't give up your day job. Wonder where he heard that?
So there I am in my own little world, with ear phones on, by myself, on the treadmill. And I am playing Bridge over Trouble Waters..by Simon and Garfunkel.... and who should peek around the corner... yep, the King.
He said he wanted to know what the moaning sound was... I shot him, my kill eyes sight, and he disappeared around the corner.
Guess I better close the door next time. I didn't think I was loud at all, I thought it was a low almost silent hum.
Geraldine Ferrera... now that is a name we have not seen in the news for a good long time.
And after the past couple of days, maybe she should go back to the bitterness room she came out of.
To say Obama would not be where he is now if it wasn't for his color, is assine.
Now granted I am a Obama fan. But you got to realize it wasn't a flash in a pan idea.
When I heard him give a speech at the Democrat Convention years ago, I thought to myself, too bad he isn't running. He spoke very well. He didn't speak down to us. He did not try to put a spin on the party, for us. Believe me, the Democrat party needed one at that time. I came away with admiration for this man who spoke, with what I thought was from his heart.
Jump forward to 2007, and I still like this guy. He does not run a spin for us to swallow... He speaks of hope, he speaks of believing that there can be a change. I believe him, and believe in him. I could be wrong, I have from time to time, been wrong, but this time, I really don't think so.
And Geraldine, it has nothing to do with his color. Years ago, I didn't think ... well, this black man is speaking very well.. I thought, this man speaks from his heart and is believable. Today, I am not going to the polls in November to vote for a black man.... I am going to go vote for a man who gave us hope. For so many, many, years, we have not had this. We have a man we can actually vote FOR, not a vote for the lesser of the two evils.
And I voted for this woman and her running mate... guess that is the reason why they didn't make it then.. or she is just bitter now, because she sees another woman who could lose just as she did.
With taking a few days off, and the time change early this year.. well, it messes up my biomolecules in my Neurotransmitter...
Better known as messing with my mind. And that is easy to do.
Got all my clocks changed before I left on the trip. As we were returning on Sunday. But when it came to getting up this morning. Just couldn't do the early bird thing.
I had been getting up at 6:30am , as I am a daylight person. But with these changes and in March instead of the end of April... well, my mind was telling me it was still dark and too early to get up, no matter what.
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Social Security 101 Harry Truman What a revolting idea this is... Comfy of home disturbed Crafts....Some people just don't have it.. What a difference sunshine makes Gas Prices
March 6, 2005 From a Simple Mind Going to try this out... I am just a word tosser... but a lazy one... don't know if I have enough in my mind to do a daily blog. So don't expect much...
what do those numbers mean??? first one is how many post in 3 years second is visits third is page views
What is all of this...and what does it mean?
The first two names are who I first read and participated with on his blogs. He tried to get me to start my own. I told him I did better off of other's ideas. That I was was more a wordtosser. Hence the name.
Next name was the blog that I also read, and one night as I read it, late at night.. I saw the words on the top of the page.. "Easy as one, two, three to start a blog. I figured I would see what they meant. Next thing I knew I had a blog. Simple Mind, because I think of my thoughts as coming from a Simple Mind. The name Wordtosser comes from above statement.
Next is the 7 first subjects. And last is the first post I did. By the way gas was $2.25 at the time I wrote about gas prices.
So thank you all for stopping in, to see what I had on my mind. I appreciate all those who commented so I didn't think I was talking to the wind.
With that. I am taking a 3 day weekend to visit family. So party on...
Well, Political Phil has seen his shadow and the battle goes on for 6 more weeks. Actually longer...
So now the oiling of the machine, the dirty tricks (on all sides) come out of the drawer. I believe the next run is for May, for the last of the preConvention runs. Wow, 2 months of wild times.
Hillary and Obama slugging it out, while Republican anointment of McCain drums up money for the full fight that ends in November. I am sure he will be adding slingshots at Obama as well. For it would be much better for the Republicans if they have Clinton to fight.
What I would really like to know and we never know until the battle is over, is who will they chose for their people. Who will be their Secretary of State? Who will be filling all those seats? Because that tells who we feel comfortable with.
And if the one you have chosen fails.. remember your history/Social Studies classes lessons. There is check and balance to most of this. Congress runs the show. Now where things went wrong, Congress was mostly Republicans so that is how Bush got away with so much. Yes, the President has the veto. But Congress can over ride that too.
Now.. let me ask you the question. Remember when Bush took over, and he had a policy/law put in, where the President could start a war? It use to have to run thru Congress. Remember, how the ones who didn't want the law, said they trusted Bush (boy, was that a mistake) but wondered about future Presidents? Now the question.
Which one of these 3...Hillary, Obama or McCain do you want in that seat, to start or not start a war? In all honesty, I don't know. I will have to think about that one.