We have modern day communication works in every line of work. Computers, cell phones and alike. But try to get thru on land lines (as we call them now) and it is the biggest headache.
How many times have you tried to call an office? It is bad enough when you have to push 1 for this and 2 for that, and 3 for another.
But when you have the phone tell you to push the extension of the person you want... and you don't have that. Or you do but it sends you to voice mail. Well, you needed to talk to a person, so it also tells you, you can go back and talk to the receptionist. Which you go back, only to get another voice mail.
The company is getting ready to close. You need the answer before it closes. What to do? You can call again, but same thing. Why is this? Or you are told to call by a certain time. You do, and that person has left the office for the day, a minute before. Even though she knew you were calling at that time. Frustration is an understatement.
I had such a problem with our local high school to day. I was to call at 3. I called at 3..could have been 3:01 as one doesn't know with clocks. But the voice mail informed me that the office closes at 3. Well, she must have ran out of the office. But anyway it tells me that my other choice is to call the main receptionist. Which I did. And got a voice mail. I left a message, but I finally was desperate enough to drive down there and show up in person where they had to deal with me. And they wonder why the parents are irate by the time they get a human.
My daughter spend 3 hours trying to get thru to a human, even used their email system.. Still nothing. Ended up in the office.
But it also made me think... what if the caller had some important information of a pending tragic happening... angry ex husband or wife? Or needed to get ahold of a student because of an accident? Where is the human who use to answer the phone?
I know the school has 400+ students with the possibility of 370+ parents, but there has to be a better system.
Modern technology.. bah, humbug. Raises my blood pressure.
There comes a time when you have to say... enough is enough.... and I have finally reached that point.
I have endured 16 months of emails. Some from Democrats and a lot from Republicans. Lately, mostly Republicans. Over the 16 months I have read each one, even though I didn't like them.
I have researched them when they didn't ring true. I used Factcheck, Truthorfiction and Snopes. When I found them not to be true... I would sent the site address for that email story to the sender. The Democrats were gracious, and some even thanked me for enlightening them. Sorry to say the Republicans were not so gracious. As you can tell from a former post here a week or so ago.
I endured the emails because I wanted to know the story from each side. And then one day, I declared that as the head of Cafeteria Party, I had chosen Obama as my choice. And yet, I still read the anti- Obama emails just in case I could be wrong. But as the past month or so has gone by, the emails are getting more vicious. Nasty. I would search for the truth of them, coming back as lies or twisted truths and send them back as such.
But enough is enough, I have finally reached my saturation point. As I watch the ads I see more of the hatred show thru on the McCain side especially thru his VP. So no more... I will not read any more political email. For those who send them to me.. STOP... I am voting for Obama... you are not going to change my mind. And I surely don't want to read anymore anti-Obama lies. I am not going to watch anymore campaign ads. Heck the Washington State Governor one is even worse than the Federal ones.
So I say to you all... pass the lies to someone who cares. I don't... And come Nov. 5th... that morning. Hopefully we will have this decided. (God forbid, another Florida mess) and one of us will be smiling. I sure hope it is me... because I still have "got hope?". But if for some reason you wake up smiling.... I will go to bed praying. Praying for McCain's good health for 4 years. Good luck you all... and don't forget....VOTE!! IT GIVES YOU BITCHING RIGHTS!!!
As time goes by your ideas of perfection or most ideals of life times, changes. As you change.
As a child it is the latest toy, or a game with other kids. Your best friend and you.. running, playing, eating lunch. Life is simple.
As a teen, it is acceptance. The latest of fads, be it you grew up in the 1950's of Bermuda shorts, skirts, poodle skirts, jeans and tee shirts. Or 1970's tie-dye clothes, hippie clothes, or 2008 of jeans with holes, and I am sure I am out of date on what is the latest of fashion.
In your 20's it is drinking with friends and playing ball, which ever kind appeases you. Dating the hottest of the opposite sex. Sizing up the mate of a life time.
30's is usually when marriage has been a few of your years and children are arriving, so it is earning a good living to give the best to your family. And yet, still hold out a night per week or month for friends.
40's you are wondering did you pick out the best occupation or not, are you growing with your job, are you giving enough time to your family. And hopefully divorce hasn't come in to it. Hopefully you made it thru the teens with your kids and college is a worry.
50's, is where you wonder where your youth went, empty nest is in play, grandchildren are in the mix. The start of a new generation. But wondering did you lose yourself in the mix of life.
60's have you wondering did you do it right? Financially, and family wise. Will you have your job? Will you be able to retire? What will you have to give up? Can you make it as a retired person, what will you do with all your time? (note: you will find out you don't have any time, there will be other things that fill you up). There is the joy of watching your children, deal with their children. When you find out that the best revenge you have on your children, are your grandchildren. And you might even have great grandchildren... and you learn that the sound of a babies or young child's laughter is the best sound in the world. And the smell of a new born baby is the best smell... All that will put the biggest smile on your face, no matter how much of a bad day you had.
70's it is health concerns, but life seems simpler again. And there are little things that bring you great joy. Things that "please you". My mother use to use that term. I didn't understand that at the time. I do now...
As we get older we pray for good health. To be able to live at home, and be active in that ever pleases us. We pray to be able to keep our mind, and ward off dementia in it's many forms.
I have never been a really good housekeeper. So let's get that out of the way, first. I do a fair job. Martha Stewart, I am not... more like Maxine of the cartoons.
But as I have gotten older, I have found out, that it is eye level housekeeping. And my eye level is at 5'2" or maybe 5'1 half", as I think I am shrinking.
This goes pass the top of the refrigerator. See if I don't get up on the little ladder, to get a pan out of the cupboard above the refrigerator, then I don't see the top. If you don't see it... it must be clean...right? Well, you know the answer to that.
But lately it is the below eye level that has got left in the shuffle. I actually got down on my hands and knees 2 weeks ago, to scrub the floor. And oh, my gosh, the unknown stuff under the cabinets, under the sink, and the washboard that goes around the floor edge. I surely don't want Oprah and her infection crew to take a dab of the unknown substance that is there. And with me outside, more than I was inside, well... you really don't want to know.
Guess I better go get the lab experiments out of the back of the refrigerator... I hate cleaning the refrigerator...the King and the Grandson, spill stuff back there, and it takes a blow torch to get it back off the shelf.
Those who know me, know that I belong to what I jokingly call the Cafeteria Party. Which it seems to becoming less of a joke.
It means I am NOT a Republican and I am NOT a Democrat. I go like a cafeteria, down the line of candidates and pick and chose from each side. Whom ever I think will do a good job.
So that means I have lots of Republican Party friends and lots of Democrat Party friends. And I got to tell you, my Democrat Party friends seem to be a happier bunch. I am sure there must be a few grouchy Democrats, but I haven't come across them.
But I am here to tell you, that there hasn't been one happy Republican Party friend. They either don't want to talk about politics because they don't want to hurt my feelings or they out right tell me, they can't see how I could be so stupid to want to vote for the Democrat Presidential candidate.
I had one of them actually tell me, that if I was going to vote for Obama, for me to stay at home and not vote at all.
This person sent me an extreme negative, full of lies, and half truths about Obama. And when I wrote back that both candidate had people who were writing such things, AND pointed out some of the stuff that was written about McCain,pointing out about 4 or 5 of them. That it was the same as the nasty one she had sent me. That is going to be a nasty time before it was over. But all I cared about was that she voted for her person of choice. That was the most important thing.
She wrote back, she could not believe that I would send her such nasty things about McCain. (now remember she sent one with a heck of a lot more nasty things about Obama.) And that she plan on voting as she has voted ever time since she was 18. (now in her 40's). Then she says..."If your mind is made up about Obama than I beg you not to vote". Excuse me? NO ONE TELLS ME NOT TO VOTE... this is from a person who I call a friend. I would never tell anyone not to vote, quite the opposite. As you know when you have read my posts before.
She isn't the only one. Several people who are friends, have gotten very indigent with me, with just the mere mention that I liked Obama or they have seen my bumper sticker of "got hope?". I have even gotten shy about wearing my Obama cap, because I don't want to hear the viciousness of it all.
I get thrown under the liberal bus,...given stories of people who work hard and MY party wants to give the money to the poor ones who didn't even try.
HELLO, my party??? My party is the best of all, it doesn't demand money, we are the middle of the pendulum that swings. We want equality of life for all. We don't believe the government should be paying for Viagra, birth controls, or cell experiments. We think all should be taxed the same. We are the middle.. We think there should be equality in education, health, and taxes for all people.
Why are the Republican Party people so angry? Maybe it is me... maybe I don't take it so serious. After all, I know the President isn't that powerful. It is the Congress, as I have already mention before here. Only time it is really important, is when we have our President go over seas. Who do we want to represent us? Quick Draw McCain, or Quietly taking in all of the information, then rule with an velvet glove over an iron fist, Obama. My choice, Obama.
Just vote... vote for your choice ...who ever that may be. And try not to be so angry when you talk about your guy.
Across the street from our high school was a soda shop like in Happy Days, called the Red and Black (our school colors). I learn how to smoke there. Hamburger, cherry coke, and a cigarette...
That is until some how my folks got wind of it. That is when I learn not to smoke... at my house, with my father teaching me how to inhale, as I had not learn that yet. He thought it was so wonderful that I learn to smoke and he wanted me to do it correctly. Nothing worse than a goofy looking kid trying to look cool. So he showed me how to blow rings... and you really have to learn how to inhale proper. And if you are really cool, you can hold it in your lungs/mouth for a very long time. (I think they call this child abuse these days) After the 2nd cigarette and start of the 3rd... as it takes a great deal of practice to do this correctly, I was a little sick, the room was getting woozy... and then I was a whole lot of sick...
Yep, smoking at the good old RED AND BLACK was cool... but somehow, after that day with Dad, it didn't seem so cool... in fact I got woozy just thinking about it. And that lasted for 16 years. Then I started lighting my husband's cigarettes for him, as he was playing pool.... and after about a month, started smoking them myself... but that only lasted about 14 more years... then I quit on my own.
$63 the headlines scream... for Social Security raise. Coming in January, a raise for the seniors who collect Social Security. Like as if the elderly were going to be rich!.. That those average SS receivers who get $1,200 will now get $1,263. Where is that average elderly over 65 who is getting that over a $1000 a month? The group, that I know get more like $600 to $800.
And oh, how wonderful that would be. $63 to add to my budget. That would send me over the $600 mark. Wow. I would love it. You ask why I won't get it? It is the same reason why the rest won't get it. You see every time they raise the SS payment. We get the average of $12 by the time it gets to us. The rest??? MEDICARE...every time the SS payment goes up so does the Medicare. It is like they give a raise because they know the Medicare is going up soon. And sure enough, both raises come due in January. In one hand and back to theirs again. We don't even get to see it.
So those of you who read those headlines of great raises for those on SS.... this is to let you know....we don't get it... Well, we get a small portion of it. It isn't like it seems.... and I wonder why the articles never mention the raise in the Medicare too. And I forgot... our deducible goes up too... seems like it is about $10 more. See it was $86 when I started Medicare. Now it is well over $100. Have to get ahold of my supplement insurance guy and see how much it will cost me a month to get that covered. Use to be $110 a year to cover $93 deductible, so that didn't make sense.
Geesh, I forgot about the raise in the deduction... now I am really bummed.
UPDATE.... As you can see from the two comments... that Medicare has decided not to up their payments... and I was elated to hear this... wow, extra money!!!.... then wait a minute.. this is October. Didn't our Avista (gas and electric) say they were starting their raise in prices in November???? Ah, the Good Lord giveth and taketh away... Well, at least I will have the money for it, as I think that is what they figured the household would have for the difference.
Having a building built by a contractor is kind of like having the doctor do an operation on you...
They have sub contractors, If you don't think so, remember when the bills start coming in after your operation? Bills from people you never met. But they were in the room while you were being operated on. Consultants, and etc.
The difference is that Dr's don't pay the sub contractors, they send you the bill, and you or your insurance company pays it. With building contractors, they get the bulk of the money and THEY pay the sub-contractors. At least that is the way it is suppose to be.
But just recently, my daughter had a problem. She open a letter that announced that if she did not pay this sub contractor who poured the cement in her new shop, they were going to put a lien on her property within 15 days.
A LIEN??? She paid the contractor, she paid it in full. What lien? It seems the main contractor was a little slow paying the sub-contractor. So the sub-contractor wrote the letter of intent of the lien. Seems there is a fine line Idaho state code law that says that can happen. My daughter was upset to say the least. She told the sub-contractor that she had paid the bill in full the to main contractor, and the state code says IF the owner had not paid. She paid. It went on deaf ears, as he did not get his money. So in his world... she did not pay.
So she did just what he intended for her to do. She went screaming at the main contractor... who apologized that the bill had not been paid. Was going to do it at the end of the month. She told him under no uncertain terms that was not going to happen. She paid 2 months ago, and he was going to pay NOW!! So he promised he would do so the next day. She wanted a faxed paid in full asap. Next day at 4pm... still no faxed. She called and he called back. Something came up and he would do it at 8am the next day. Which he did, and get got the fax.
But the question is... if you pay your main contractor and he has problems, and doesn't pay his sub contractor... are you responsible? Where does the law stand on this? So do you ask when you are getting ready to sign that contract for the building... who are your sub-contractors? How fast do you pay them after the job is done? Will I be held responsible if you don't pay your sub-contractors? If you don't like the answers or are leery... maybe you should have it written that they will pay their sub-contractor with in a week and you will not be held responsible if things go wrong between the two of them...
Life is such a learning experience, even when you think you know what you are doing...
The King loves to hunt. Has hunted since he was 16. Making that 40 years now. He skipped a few years, but has love the whole thing.
The hiking thru the woods, as he seeks out the animal of choice. Be it turkeys, deer or elk. When he hunts with friends or his brother, he loves the time with them as well.
He isn't the beer drinking party type of hunter. It is the time together, with coffee over an open fire, talking about past hunts...
But this year, he is questioning of how much longer will he be hunting. He definitely has question the elk hunt part. As he hears more and more of how the wolves have taken over.
But it isn't just that. In the past 3 years he has seen more and more of his favorite hunting areas closing. Turning to private property of no hunting.
Even had one lady who came out of her driveway, with her engine roaring, beeping her horn, at him, as he was hunting across the road from her place. The area is own by the state. So he was well in his right to hunt. He told the lady how disgusted he was with her performance. At which she smiled and said, well, maybe this will teach you not to hunt here anymore. He told her he had been hunting in that area for over 20 years. And she had just moved there 2 years before, as he saw them building their house. He even told her that she was the one who could be in trouble for disturbing the wildlife. She laughed and got in her car and went back up her drive way. He was disgusted, but knows that this is getting to be more and more of a situation.
But this year, last night... what he saw and heard scared him more than he has ever been scared in his hunting years.
The King is a hiking hunter. When his brother comes over, even when he isn't actually hunting, he drops the King off on one road, and he walks thru the woods coming out a couple miles down the other road. His brother picks him up.
Yesterday, they were in a no vehicle area. There was a gate. So they walked up the road for a hour or so. It was shaded by trees so they were cold. They built a small fire and had lunch. Two other hunters came along and join them. They had the fire in the road way as they knew it was a no vehicle hunting area. About 20 minutes into the conversation with the hunters, they were shocked to see a very large white van come speeding around the corner and heading for them. The van came to a quick stop. In the van were 8 Mexican workers and their camping gear. They told, after the guys asked what the heck???, that they were workers who were trimming white pine trees for the Forest dept. The hunters were in disbelief. Here were 8 men, in white, brown, and black clothing working in the woods!!. For those who are not hunters... the reason why the hunters were shocked, was there was not a orange vest in the bunch, none of the hunters knew they were up there. Meaning they very well, could have been shooting at an elk, only to have one of the workers walk about behind a tree about the time the shot left the gun. Dead worker... The hunters were up set.
The guys put out the fire, and let them pass. As they were getting their gear back on their backs, another older hunter joined them. They told of the van, to which the older hunter related to them, he saw another on up on the ridge. He said he was hunting and heard music. Mexican music. So he ventured up to find out where the music was. There were 4 workers, with hand saws, cutting branches with the boom boxes up as loud as could be, with their music. He left in disgust... as he knew the elk would not be in that area.
So the King and his brother headed down to their camp area, as it was starting to get dusk. Once in the camp they called in to tell me of their discovery and that they were ok for the day. 2 hours later, they were home. It seems about 15 minutes after talking to me, they heard the approach of a 4x4 (motorcycle type) and a truck running up and down the lower road, and spinning donuts in the road. Then it got quiet... for about 5 minutes... then gun shots ran out. One they figure was a rifle but many pistol type shots. That is when they decided they didn't want in a deliverance type of deal and packed up the camper. And as they were starting up the vehicles, the others started up theirs and ran down the road. The King and his brother saw where the donut ruts were, and the tracks heading out of the woods. And 5 miles away, they saw where the pranksters (?) went sideways, into their driveway.
The King is going to protest with the Fish and Game and Forest Dept. about the workers, as normally loggers pull out of the woods during hunting season. These workers should not have been there, or at least some signs on the road telling they were there. And the gun totting group, there really isn't anything that can be done about them.
The two guys changed area for today. But both of them are wondering, how many more years of hunting will they have left... The King has decided that it isn't worth a elk tag next year. And if they want a week together... maybe it should be fishing or turkey hunting instead. It is hard to let go of a way of life, that brought not only food, but good times together.
I am tired of the dismal news of late... and need a change of pace.
The subject of fun with your kids came up the other day. Which got me to thinking about some of the fun the kids and I had.
In the summer it was nothing for a water fight to break out. There were no rules in the beginning. We lived in an old house that was built in a coal town in the early 1900's. While we loved the house, we didn't have to be really careful... So what would start out with glasses of water, growing to water guns, and then hoses... most of the time out of the house. But there were times we would be running thru the house. There would be someone manning the sink hose, which of course got water all over the floor. By the time the water war was over, the kitchen floor had to be swept out. Having had about an inch of water on it. That was in Roslyn, Washington.
In Ellensburg, we ended up trading off from water wars to mud wars. We had a creek that ran thru the property. With a spur off the back side. Which most of the time had just enough water in it to make a mud bath. It was quite often that the kids would be throwing, and rolling in the mud. There were the monsters of the mud bog. Where it was hard to tell who was who. Only to be squirted off by hose or a run thru the main creek. There were hikes up the hills, snowball fights in the winter, as well as snow forts and snow angels.
While in Rhode Island we had to modify our water wars. East Coaster aren't too fond of such wildness. My kids were thought to be rugged kids. They weren't use to kids who threw water, slept out in forts, and all that good stuff.
In Washington, we would go camping. We did it the old fashion way. No tents, no campers and such. It was sleeping bags near the creek and the fire pit. And I was such a lousy fire starter. I had to have matches and lighter fluid. And lots of paper...dry leaves and etc. One time I forgot the matches, and my 8-9 year old son had to spin the stick on another to get a fire going. The amazing thing is he got it going and he was not a boy scout, just seen it done on television.
Yep, the kids and I had a blast. I was a tough task master. Chores and school work came first. But when we played, we played hard. Be it water wars, snowmobiling, sledding down the hill next to the house at midnight. With hot chocolate waiting in the house. We had fun and I was in the middle of it all. Guess that come from being raised as a tomboy.
Did you do fun things with your kids? Besides travel, and the commerical type?
More and more lately I have hear this said... I use to like John McCain. And would have voted for him in 2000. But I don't know who this guy is now... What happen to him?
And I can understand that feeling. Being from the Cafeteria Party, I can vote on any side I want. And in 2000 campaign, I was looking forward to voting for McCain. And I really never understood why he pulled out after his lost in South Carolina.
Was it money? Was it the rumors about his family? That didn't seem like the John McCain we had watched on t.v. and like the way he was. He seemed to be honest, and forth coming. He seem like a man of honor. A fighter for the people, so why did he cut and run? Why did he vote so much for the CEO's of the world, over the years since? Did he sell his soul for his last chance at the brass ring?
This McCain now, is so different from that one. The 2000 McCain was kinder and gentler, but would fight if needed. But not the nasty tones of his campaign this time. Cutthroating, going for the juggler, with lies, and part truths. Bring up things of the past of 30 years ago, and associations that were just slight acquaintances. When he himself has had so many skeletons in his own closet.
Too bad the old John McCain wasn't around. He would have had a chance to win. He would have chosen a experience woman for his running mate, not one of shock and awe, with Paris Hilton tones.
I know the government is calling it a recession. And others are saying that the world will not be nor will our nation ever by the same after this bail out has happen.
I surely hope that is true.... we American's have been living off of borrowed money for over 50 years. We need to take a page from our parents... My parents bought their land, and then built the house as they went with money. Their friends help build the house. As my father helped them. My parents NEVER bought a car on time. They used and repaired their cars until they had money for the next one. It wasn't until my mother got her trust fund in 1960 that they got a newer car and then brand new cars... paying cash each time. My mother had canned food in the basement for years... and even after we kids left home she still had enough canned goods that she canned each year to last them at least 6 months. When they bought a television it was cash. In other words if they didn't have the cash, they didn't get it.
No, we didn't get to go on cross country trips, we went local. We never went hungry.... yes, we ate stuff we kids didn't want to...but learn that is what you eat.. lots of veggies and salad... meat was small portions, bacon was one or two strips.. cut in half. And we never thought of ourselves as poor. We just figured that was what life is about.
I follow thru some what. About half of what my parents did. I bought used cars on time.. but never more money than I knew I could afford even if we were on unemployment. Same with our houses.
And yes, like everyone else's children, my children live to the limit. But they don't borrow more than what they feel like they can pay in a short time... but they do go with the idea they hope to have their jobs forever... and my grandchildren??? Most live life like they feel they are entitled.... so what does this tell us... if we had a depression... those of us over 50 would do pretty good. Those under 50 but over 30 would learn to do with less, and lose their jobs, cars, and houses...but they would learn to live on less and be ok... those under 30 would be devastated and would not know what to do.
Hopefully,all of us will learn to do with less.. there is no free ride
My daughter asked me .... why is it they blame the President when it was Congress who did the damage? Why aren't we holding the Congressmen accountable? Good Question
Why aren’t we holding Congress up for the blame? after all, when Bush sent down to the Congress the stimulus check idea… it was $800 checks. But Congress downgraded that to $600 and $300 for the elderly. (that is how it came out because the elderly are retired so don’t have an earning enough for the $600 and their Social Security checks didn’t count by the time the Congress got thru it.
Yet Bush sends a 3 page, 700 billion dollar bill proposal, and Congress decided to add tax help to many pork additions. AND let the CEO still get their fair share… with a 451!!! page bill.
So it is inflation for the CEO’s and etc. And deflation for the common man.
Who put the pork in the bailout bill? Who put tax breaks for Race car tracks, rum, wooden arrows, and the rest? Why is the bail out part only 113 pages out of the 451? Meaning there are 338 pages!!! Full of Pork.
So John McCain, I am waiting for that walking the walk, talking the talk, naming names… where are you, John? Oh, I see…. He didn’t think it would be this soon. Yes, Republicans, I know that Obama and Biden voted it in too…but John McCain is the one running on keeping pork off the bills and naming names.. He was the one who said, stop the campaign, I am going to Washington, to save the day. The Maverick, yea, right...
I am sure there are many who got the bailout bill sent to you... all 451 pages... and I have been working on this for at least 3 days... I had to stop as my head was hurting... it really makes me shake my head.. as there are many pages due to strike outs.. this dang thing wouldn't be so long if they weren't constantly striking out things they listed.. and correcting.. Why the heck they didn't just change the things they wanted without listing each and every single word, and number, that they were changing.. beats me. Some one must get paid by the words in a document.
So here is a running list of things I found interesting.. Some of them I have made comments next to them... I try to find the humor of this.. which is kind of hard as even when you find some outrageous thing that make you laugh, well it is just sad... Now remember this is all SUPPOSE to be helping bail out Wall Street, banks and mortgage companies. It just goes to show how out of whack and out of touch Washington, D.C. is... And remember... yours and my choice has voted yes on this... One of which who claims he was going to name and claim the people who put pork on bills.. will shall see. As I haven't heard anything from the good Senator and he voted yes, on Wed.
So here you go, scroll down the titles of what is in the middle and end of the this wonderful bill. Gee, I wish I could remember the After school program where they had how a bill was born...
I gave page numbers incase you want to go read this stuff, as I only give you titles.. and comments
page 229-234 SEC. 308. SPECIAL DEPRECIATION ALLOWANCE FOR CERTAIN REUSE AND RECYCLING PROPERTY Does this mean I get to be paid for running a dump as long as I recycle?
page 236 LIMITATION OF DEDUCTION FOR INCOME AT TRIBUTABLE TO DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF OIL, GAS, OR PRIMARY PRODUCTS
SEC. 402. ELIMINATION OF THE DIFFERENT TREATMENT OF FOREIGN OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION INCOME AND FOREIGN OIL RELATED INCOME FOR PURPOSES OF THE FOREIGN TAX CREDIT.
page 259 SEC. 405. INCREASE AND EXTENSION OF OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND TAX. does this mean no more tax break for oil companies after 2009?
I can't take it anymore... find a copy.. and read page 263, there are tax relief for National Disaster, naming every weather connected disaster we have had this year..
page 268 SEC. 203. DEDUCTION FOR CERTAIN EXPENSES OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS.
page 274 EXTENSION OF 15-YEAR STRAIGHT-LINE COST RECOVERY FOR QUALIFIED LEASE HOLD IMPROVEMENTS AND QUALIFIED RESTAURANT IMPROVEMENTS; 15-YEAR STRAIGHT-LINE COST RECOVERY FOR CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO RETAIL SPACE
OH, GOOD GOD!! But you know.. after reading all of this.. I must might need that Puerto Rico rum... page 279- SEC. 308. INCREASE IN LIMIT ON COVER OVER OF RUM EXCISE TAX TO PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
EXTENSION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CREDIT FOR AMERICAN SAMOA
EXTENSION OF MINE RESCUE TEAM TRAINING CREDIT
EXTENSION OF ELECTION TO EXPENSE ADVANCED MINE SAFETY EQUIPMENT
DEDUCTION ALLOWABLE WITH RESPECT TO INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO DOMESTIC PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES IN PUERTO RICO . QUALIFIED ZONE ACADEMY BONDS
INDIAN EMPLOYMENT CREDIT
ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION FOR BUSINESS PROPERTY ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS
RAILROAD TRACK MAINTENANCE
SEVEN-YEAR COST RECOVERY PERIOD FOR MOTORSPORTS RACING TRACK FACILITY (ok, all you people who wanted your own NASCAR track ...here is your chance)
EXTENSION OF WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT FOR HURRICANE KATRINA EMPLOYEES why are they sending down Wall Street employees who are going to lost their jobs?
TAX INCENTIVES FOR INVESTMENT IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA what? people invest in an area, because it isn't a state?
ENHANCED CHARITABLE DEDUCTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS OF FOOD INVENTORY thought we already did have this?
EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF DUTY SUSPENSION ON WOOL PRODUCTS; WOOL RESEARCH FUND; WOOL DUTY REFUNDS. Well the sheep owners will be happy, maybe it is the lion in sheep clothing on Wall Street?
PERMANENT AUTHORITY FOR DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION RELATING TO TERRORIST ACTIVITIES Why are they hiding in Wall Street?
PROVISIONS RELATED TO FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS (what they don't get millions anymore from the sponsers?)
EXEMPTION FROM EXCISE TAX FOR CERTAIN WOODEN ARROWS DESIGNED FOR USE BY CHILDREN. YOU. HAVE. TO. BE. KIDDING. ME
INCOME AVERAGING FOR AMOUNTS RECEIVED IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXXON VALDEZ LITIGATION (this amounts to how they will be taxed and what they can do with the money.. to help keep their taxes down.. humm.. and this has to do with Wall Street, how? but it took them 7 pages to tell how to do it.)
CERTAIN FARMING BUSINESS MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT TREATED AS 5-YEAR PROPERTY MODIFICATION OF PENALTY ON UNDERSTATEMENT OF TAXPAYER’S LIABILITY BY TAX RETURN PREPARER (after all this.. you just might need this one)
mid page 310 ‘‘Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008’’. (this might apply for us too... after reading this whole 451 pages or even the congress men and women who actually read it and it takes over 30 pages to describe it.) page 344 SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY SELF DETERMINATION PROGRAM now this was quite a read... you would be surprise what they are securing the rural schools from.. everything from weeds to improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; there is over 25 lines of that.. also somewhere there is mention Coos Bay Wagon Road (why do I hear the song Alice's Restaurant in the back of my mind? ) page352 SECURE PAYMENTS FOR STATES CONTAINING FEDERAL LAND (and this has to do with Wall Street and mortgages, how? )
States of California, Louisiana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington. (these are the states listed under the Federal land... now I hate to say this..but Idaho has Federal lands.. why isn't it listed?) pg 364 ‘‘TITLE II—SPECIAL PROJECTS ON FEDERAL LAND (now they got a little bit of everything in here, there is the burros, wild horses, fishermen, well, you just name it.. all 27 pages of it... now that really has me worried how this is interwine with Wall Street and these banks... ‘‘TITLE III—COUNTY FUNDS- now this is a puzzlement as it is a wide open subject. How many counties are there in the good old USA? but listed among the many lines here is..assistance with implementing, techniques in home siting, home construction, and home landscaping that can increase the protection of people and property from wildfires;
‘‘TITLE IV—MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS just incase they might have forgotten something. pg 394 SEC. 702. TEMPORARY TAX RELIEF FOR AREAS DAMAGED BY 2008 MIDWESTERN SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOS, AND FLOODING wasn't this already mention above? yep, must be paid by the word. page 419 Subtitle B—National Disaster Relief and if you didn't understand the top one there.. here is another just incase they didn't get all the correct words in.. after all the other one was only 25 pages so here is 22 more pages.. AND FINALLY bring up the rear.. is the last one... starting on page 442 TITLE VIII—SPENDING REDUCTIONS AND APPROPRIATE REVENUE RAISERS FOR NEW TAX RELIEF POLICY SEC. 457A. NONQUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION FROM CERTAIN TAX INDIFFERENT PARTIES. say what??? nonqualified, indifferent ??? There you have it... now go back and find the ones you really want to read.. find a copy... at least I saved you from reading 451 pages... Now, here it the deal... you should keep this around..(your copy of the bill) you can use this to go to sleep. Just have your husband read it to you... and you will be out like a light. Also you can use it for your kids when they say, "I am bored.".. you can give it to them and have them read it out loud... 1. you will know where the kids is.. 2. it just might put him to sleep too... 3. if it is a teen, tell them you are going to give a test, so they better pay attention..
It is pretty obvious that she has been studying. And she did better than some people thought she would.
I might be picky but I just don't like it when women act cute/snarly/with winks and "you bet ya" remarks. Like a Hee Haw gal...
A little bit of Ronald Reagan dressed like Tina Fey, with her remark about, "there you go again, Joe".
Joe was personable, truthful, honest and straight forth. He had his facts all together and knew what he was talking about. He was never disrespectful of her. He even let it pass when she missed the name of one of the Generals in Iraq. But when it came to facts, he nailed it each time that she was wrong.
She dodged one question completely, and changed the subject on at least two. And some of it was just babble. Like the global warming. After she was done, the King looked at me and said, did you understand what she just said? I had to admit, not really. Something about how it was not man made, and at the end something about how we were going to have to clean up. The other words were there, I understood the words, just they didn't seem to go together.
What I really like to know is what was it they said to each other, when they talked for about a minute after it was over and they were surrounded by family.
update: Some think I was too harsh on Palin, that she did well. Yes, she did well for what she did before. So those who thought she did well, were looking at it from the stand point of how bad she did before. No, she won't be going back to Alaska with her ponytail between her legs, but I judge her on the base of what I would have Hilary if she was running for VP. This was a debate of who do you think would make a good VP. Not did Sarah do well. She was tumbly, reminding me of the old saying, if you don't know what you are talking about, baffle them with bull shit. So sorry, I grade it as I saw it. The Republican's don't have to send her packing...yet. But she was only fair to middle for a VP.
To borrow Kenny Rogers words... "You got to to know when to hold them, and when to fold them"..
In this day and age, one wonders, especially if you are dealing with your stocks.
I use to have a medium size trust fund. It became a small trust fund. Cut in half. Which I personally have a little control over half of it. And when this happen, there was no warning. Couldn't do much if there was. But it was by reading my quarterly reports that I saw it chopped in half. No fanfare thru the media..
Did this happen in the past couple of weeks? The answer is no... it happen in 2001. Was it after the 9-11 disaster? No. It was in February of 2001. And there was no chicken little attitude in the media. I wonder why? There was the fall out of the internet companies. And that got play, but not how we were all doing to hell in a hang basket.
So I got to sit here, and hold them. And wonder how bad this is going to play on my trust fund.. Which just in the past year, started to climb back up the ladder. Not great strides, but steadily growing back.
If it isn't any worse than before. It only cuts it in half like before... I guess I will be ok. Not great. but ok. It seems to me, if people wouldn't panic and start selling everything, maybe, just maybe... things would level out.
That is one of the things I do like about Obama. He has the calming effect on the nation as he tells everyone, to not to panic, to just hold on. At least he isn't going around with the chicken little effect, as some of the other Senators and the media are. No wonder the people are scared.