AddenDUMB

It seems that the “topic du jour” given to us by the “impartial” media is again “guns”.. Since this topic has made its way into a number of recent articles, here and elsewhere, this should be classified as an addendum, make that an “AddenDUMB”.. A few random thoughts..

First, the “impartial” media is of course trumpeting (distracting, deflecting) at every moment about “assault rifles”. Since the “impartial” media lays (lies..) like spoons with the liberal Democratic Party, we have to ask: what ELSE is going on that they don’t want you to notice? The totalitarian tentacles are all following orders while the “impartial” media plays the game of “nothing to see over there, back to ‘assault rifles’”..

The other Democratic urchins and underlings are tunneling away beneath the very foundations of civilized society as they have for the last sixty years..

This “assault rifle” dust up is a fight that the liberals cannot win. Lets put it this way, they cannot win this one today.. They have proven that they enjoy playing the “long game”. With the left it is always a case of simply wearing people down with their endless haranguing. How else can you explain the effects of the sixty-year “War on America” that has been waged by the left? The civilized have just said, “ahh, its just one little thing, give it to them and they will shut up and go away..”

The problem is, the left NEVER goes away no matter how much or how little you give in.. Therefore, why give in at all if what they want you to capitulate upon goes against the very essence of your being?

The “wearing down” begins anew.. IF the civilized majority “gives in” today, the left would be justifiably surprised. This cowering by the majority would not cause the left to back down or stop, they would take as big, if not a BIGGER, chunk of YOUR freedoms the next time around. If the civilized majority doesn’t “give in” so early in the game, they just re-tool and they try taking smaller whacks at the same piñata..

Time has apparently proven to the left that we have “much better things to do” than to fight them over what is important to us.. This proves to the left that what we allege is important to us ISN’T that important to us or else we WOULD fight the left for it..

Keep in mind that if they can’t get at your “guns”, they will figure a way to get at your ammunition.. Taxes, tariffs, fees and all of the liberal disincentives will be brought to bear and the “result” will be the same. Gun owners or better yet, ammunition manufacturers will become the new “smokers” or “Christians” on the liberal “to do” list..

The “problem” ISN’T with the “gun”, the “gun” isn’t responsible. The PROBLEM is the person behind it. The “knife” isn’t responsible for the stabbing.. The “car” isn’t responsible for the actions of the drunk driver..

Please note the PROPER use of the word “responsible” as it is CORRECTLY applied to those INDIVIDUALS who utilize inanimate objects during their times of (get ready for the REAL “responsibility”) INDIVIDUAL DEPRAVITY..

Are there MORE instances of individual depravity today? Possibly, but what is definite is that the “shelf life” of such incidents due to the hyperbolic “24 hour” news cycle is seemingly without end. Add their “impartiality” to the Marxist mix and the bully pulpits of the airwaves have become saturated with the biased bleating of the left for the “cause” of the moment.

The left ALWAYS wants to focus on the “gun”, NEVER upon what caused the individual’s depravity because this type of hunting and pecking relative to individual depravity comes back to the liberal War on America and its focus upon reinforcing individual depravity of ALL sorts..

Here the element of the liberal “War on Christianity” (we CANNOT call it a “war on religion” because CERTAIN “religions” that hinge upon DEPRAVITY are off of the liberal’s hit list..) has also taken the “or else” of morality out of the equation of individual depravity..

In short (and without “discussion”) the “or else” within the religious context is that of morality enforced by the thought of consequences, a conscience, a lifetime in purgatory, etc.. As well, no “discussion” about the wars/killings of the PAST brought about through “religion” UNLESS you will acknowledge the OBVIOUS war being waged TODAY by the “religion of peace”.

Laws foolishly passed by politicians addicted to putting on airs aren’t of ANY consequence to those who do not care about the CONSEQUENCES of their ACTIONS. Ergo, those who are individually depraved do not care about the consequences of their actions..

As well, the “or else” has been taken out of the criminal justice system by the “hug a thug” liberals. One mere comma out of place and another career criminal is given a reprieve by his leftist enabler and these CAREER criminals NEVER hesitate to take advantage of yet another Marxist mulligan given to them by the compassionate collectivists..

If we ever want to “understand” the mind of the criminal we had better start trying to “understand” the mind of their enablers on the left because THEY are the real enemy..

Geniuses like Danny Glover and Roger Ebert have actually claimed aloud that the Second Amendment was created to “protect slavery”.. Actually, the Republican Party was “created” to END slavery but the Democrats stood athwart “progress” and did their level best to continue it. Once defeated, the Democrats merely morphed their “technique” as the fire hoses and the baseball bats gave way to the “compassion” of handouts and “benefits”..

Finally, the left will bring in every other collectivist “cause” or imaginary “crisis” in order to support their attempt at subverting the Constitution. You just wait because soon you will hear something like ‘exploded gun powder damages the ozone layer and is therefore a genuine threat to our environment’ which translates to Globalony Warming..

Breitbart headline: “GOP heads to “retreat” to talk strategy”.. Can’t help but read that as “GOP heads to talk strategy of RETREAT”..

I’ve said many times since November that the election was NOT a “mandate”. I might have been wrong..

The left won. The WORST president in the history of our nation was reelected.. Carter looks like he belongs on Mount Rushmore when he is compared to OWEbama.. The most CORRUPT and INEPT administration in our nation’s history was allowed to carry on..

This WAS a “mandate” in the eyes of the left. The “hypnotized” of the left didn’t do it, the “we KNEW it all along” of the right didn’t do it, it was the “uninterested”, the “complacent” and the “apathetic” that caused this election to go to the Dark Side. Again..

This WAS a “mandate” that will reinforce the tactics of the left with the help of the fifth columnists of the fourth estate.. In other words, we will see these same results in every election to come UNTIL the middle class VICTIMS of OWEbama and the liberal left (that dominates the Democratic Party) are openly and honestly dealt with.

This anesthetized nation doesn’t seem to mind what took place over the last four years and with that as the left’s totalitarian template, things will only get worse for the middle class in at least the next four years..

Go back to sleep..

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42 responses to “AddenDUMB

  1. The latest TOTD:

    http://noleftturnztotd.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/bidens-fingerprints/

    Click the link, its free..

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  2. Larry, Great article. The part that scares me the most is “GOP heads to talk strategy of RETREAT”. It seem that NO ONE in Washington is willing to take on obummer. I have hopes our new senator Ted Cruz from Texas will continue to act like a Texan and fight the regime all the way. I have asked 3 senators and 1 Rep to have the video of the office clearing the weapon found in the trunk of the Newtown shooter. To me that is a shotgun not a AR 15/ If I am correct that is a fact the LSM will bury to protect the gun grabbers that want ALL guns, but are starting with the scary one first. You hit it on the head on the left being willing to wait decades to achieve their goal. It is just a nibble here, a nibble there, and in time the freedom is long gone and people do not even know it went away.

  3. Larry: Another excellent post.

    I just read an interesting article regarding the 5 worst mass murders in the US. If it is true, all the killers were democrats or came from a family of democrats. I’m sure the lame stream media won’t print that.

    It does seem to give credence to the theory that liberalism is a form of mental illness, doesn’t it.

    “Ft Hood: Registered Democrat/Muslim.
    Columbine: Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals.
    Virginia Tech: Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff.
    Colorado Theater: Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal.
    Connecticut School Shooter: Registered Democrat; hated Christians.

    Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats.”

    Read more: http://clashdaily.com/2013/01/the-5-worst-mass-murders-in-the-usa-with-a-firearm-came-from-democrats/#ixzz2ITypgoZS

    Graywolf: I thought it was a shotgun. When the weapon was cleared it looked like shotgun shells not rifle ammo . I spoke to a friend who said it was a semi-automatic shotgun. Molotov Mitchell, who is a firearm instructor also agreed and took the media to task in the video below.

    http://conservativevideos.com/2013/01/molotov-mitchell-exposes-media-lies-about-sandy-hook/

  4. Larry, So much truth today… you have nailed it again.. I wish I knew how to motivate the sleepers… I know several of them.. nothing I have tried works.

  5. Excellent words of wisdom and condemnation. Your ability to use words as direct ammunition against the left is truly priceless. “Biased Bleating” is right up there in the clouds. I am really tired of the “Bully Pulpit” the left has commandeered to make a spectacle of themselves! The should realize they don’t need a pulpit, just being them is a spectacle unto itself. The gun problem will never be silent again in this land unless we fight for it, and that may mean civil action, and that possibility is running neck and neck with bozo and his gun grab. Right now the rhetoric is at its zenith. It is really going to take something major to wake the apathetic citizenry. The attacks on Christianity should never have been allowed to grow into such depth before action was taken. But for 60 years the left has planned well, a Hell here, a Damn there plus gradually, then zealously provoking and filming deviant acts aided by our heroes in Hollywood, and now they are harvesting the fruit of their betrayal. Anesthetization of the “or else” clauses in law as well as in our populace, has all but guaranteed an Armageddon to be fought on this continent because we are the very cusp of freedom in this world today. One problem the left has turned away from? They will harvest much more than they have sown. For scripture bears out that God will not be mocked.

  6. I like these comments

    READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP!

    This should be on the front page of every newspaper.

    … Charley Reese’s Final column!

    A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL.
    Be sure to Read the Poem at the end..

    Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel… He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

    Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

    This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

    545 vs. 300,000,000 People
    -By Charlie Reese

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

    If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ..

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
    Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

    What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
    This might be funny if it weren’t so true.
    Be sure to read all the way to the end:

    Tax his land,
    Tax his bed,
    Tax the table,
    At which he’s fed.

    Tax his tractor,
    Tax his mule,
    Teach him taxes
    Are the rule.

    Tax his work,
    Tax his pay,
    He works for
    peanuts anyway!

    Tax his cow,
    Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants,
    Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties,
    Tax his shirt,
    Tax his work,
    Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco,
    Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he
    Tries to think.

    Tax his cigars,
    Tax his beers,
    If he cries
    Tax his tears.

    Tax his car,
    Tax his gas,
    Find other ways
    To tax his ass.

    Tax all he has
    Then let him know
    That you won’t be done
    Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers;
    Then tax him some more,
    Tax him till
    He’s good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin,
    Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in
    Which he’s laid…

    Put these words
    Upon his tomb,
    ‘Taxes drove me
    to my doom…’

    When he’s gone,
    Do not relax,
    Its time to apply
    The inheritance tax.
    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Excise Taxes
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Personal Property Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Sales Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax

    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
    I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!

    GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!

    SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW

  7. Yes, yes, Larry, a truly great article. I generally read your articles twice over to fully absorb the wisdom of your words before I comment but three words stuck out: “Go back to sleep.” To that I add, “Wake and find yourself in bondage.”

  8. The left’s patriarch dedicating his book of rules to Lucifer corroborates evil intent. An evil greater than main stream America can comprehend.
    I was not born in America and at an early age I remember my parents talking about the American way. How wonderful and how rewarding it was, not financially but mostly spiritually to actually have the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day. Then they saw the 60’s and said “what America needs is a good dose of Communism” to see what they’re protesting and taking for granted before they loose their freedom to do so.
    If only that could be done. Just get a dose, like a virus of some kind, get over it and be immune to it for the rest of your life. Communism however is evil as Lucifer himself. Getting over it will take centuries and millions of lives. America will not survive a dose of the real thing. We must fight and at least water it down or America as it was intended will be lost forever. Past communist nations had America to look to, for hope and salvation. With America lost, all is lost.
    I like Richard’s “Charley Reese’s Final column!”
    Charley says it as it is! “Special interests and lobbyists have no legal authority. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.” Who is the sinner, the one offering the bribe or the one taking it? What would have happened if Jesus accepted Lucifer’s offer in the garden?
    I like Charley when he says: “It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility.” I believe in voting them all out and I expressed it many times. What other peaceful method can we apply? Why do I still hear even within the family “well, not all” or
    “let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water”! We are as soft as those we’re trying to get rid of for being soft! Is it any wonder we’re in the predicament where they say what goes, not us?
    Let’s show them who is boss!
    Vote AGAINST ALL INCUMBENTS! They are evil!
    Let’s do what everybody knows should be done but nobody dares!
    America cannot grasp evil and dirt unless they see cockroaches scatter about.

  9. Richard,

    Great article – just curious where did you find it ?

    Quixtop,
    Is it possible that not all incumbents are evil politicians ? In the Reese column, he states ” what separates a politician from a normal person is an excessive amount of gall”. Does that infer that all members of Congress are politicians with that malady ? And, is having the ‘gall’ to speak up for what is correct , just, and lawful – a negative trait ? It seems that we have too many politicians who “go along to get along”. Surely, there must be a few members of Congress who are there to do the job for which they were elected. Just a thought.

  10. As an example of a good politician… Senator Jim DeMint. He was not planning to run for another term anyway. I know, they are few and far between. The biggest problem is that we don’t really know the truth about any of them… the media rarely gets it right, and the rest of us do not have the tools to find what information is needed.

  11. I’m continually amazed and amused at the out-of-touch ignorance displayed by politicians. While it affects both sides of the aisle, the Democrats have never let me down in being top prize winners of the category.

    Senator “Fruit Loops” Fienstein, a licensed conceal and carry person herself, immediately introduced legislature the day after and the day following that into the House following the Sandy Hook shootings. It will be a ban on the sale, transfer, importation, and possession of “assault weapons.” And while she was at it Ol’ Fruity threw in the bill that it would ban “large” clips of more than ten rounds.

    Now, call me a little slow here, Sen. Feinstein, but I know that you can change clips in less than 15 seconds, less than that if practiced. While every pair of pants I’ve worn have had pockets in them and are a darn good place to carry extra clips too, Adam Lanza would have had to show up at Sand Hook stark naked for your inspirational law to do any good. But then he could have been carrying an extra gun to get the same results?

    Wouldn’t it be simpler to legislate insanity is criminal against society?

  12. Is it past time to require specific qualifications for the POTUS and members of congress, other than age and citizenship? Just a thought.

  13. JJ,

    Past time or ignored? How is it that a person who wants to legally puchase a gun is subject to full background qualifications, and yet the so-called “leader” of our nation isn’t? And has done his best to evade inquiries into them!
    And yet, in all the pomp and circumstance of the regurgitating acceptance of re-election, Obama continues on in his oratory with no more than his first campaign. Promising everything while promising nothing, and overwhemingly the people applaud him for false wisdom.

    “Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and rejoiced and adored him in their loss of their freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society which will now be Rome’s, intrepreted to be more money, more ease, more security, and more living more fatly at the expense of the industrious.” ~~ Marcus Tullius Cicero ~~ 106-43 BC

  14. Joe,

    As for his promises, let’s just say that he is a liar – in that he’ll promise something and then do the direct opposite.

    I disagree in part with Cicero, in that Caesar must also be blamed, obviously. However, I understand and appreciate his intent. When looking at the accomplishments of the Romans at that time, can you imagine how much more they could have achieved without the likes of Caesar?

    BTW , thanks for sharing it . And, if you have never been to Rome, it is worth the trip. Just a thought.

  15. Just the same, we’re on the same road Rome was 2 thousand years ago.
    Is America going to be remembered 2 thousand years from now as we remember Rome today.
    We must learn from the past or we’re condemned to repeat it, A-La George Santayana.
    Get rid of them all and start over new. What else can we do to shake them up?

  16. JJ,

    I don’t believe Cicero’s intentions were to completely excuse Ceasar’s leadership, rather draw attention to the ignorance of his adulating populace as the Roman Empire crumbled. Liken Ceasar to Obama the liar, then re-read Cicero. Especially the part where “Ceasar speaks in th Forum of new wonderful good society.” I remember Obama saying words to that effect 4 years ago from the pulpit of the campaign trail, in which he said our nation was a strong one but he would change it and make it better, and the people hailed him. They elected him. Twice. It is out of the self-serving, self-ignorance, entitlement driven hypocrisy of the people of the United States who will bring our once great nation down.

    Quixtop is more than right. The only difference is we have electronic technology and it won’t take near as long.

    And to your reference, Quixtop, in ridding ourselves of them all. It is well within Constitutional Law to do so, meaning no blood spilled during such an accomplishment. However it being law and the slowness of our slothful, obstructive judicious system, they might be included too in a little violent action along with the Congress that’s afraid of our guns.

  17. Joe,

    Yes, that’s why I said I understand his intent.

    The world has a history of stupid voters, doesn’t it. Finally, some on air personalities are using the term ” uninformed public”. My terminolgy is less diplomatic !

  18. JJ,

    I think it only fair to the rest of us Americans and to the nation, that these “uninformed public” or not, who are living on government subsistance have their voting right revoked until such time that they find self-supporting jobs and/or other services. Keeping their vote is self-condtradictory, in that keeping an Administration that promotes their “free-living” style is beneficial to them and injurious to our country.

  19. Joe,
    That’s a great idea.

  20. That sentiment has been expressed many times here. But, don’t expect it to happen any time soon. Can you imagine the outcry from the Liberals ?

  21. JJ,

    As you say, “that sentiment has been expressed many times here.” I am assuming there were no contradictions and all were in favor passing legislation that I’d mentioned. We now have Ladywolf’s approval and, I’d say more than you knowm, the numbers are growing. The more that see and approve of such an action as a common-sensical way to control government spending and reduce welfare, the sooner this action will justifiably take place.
    I could care less about any liberal’s outcry, imaginary or otherwise. Liberals are born whiners to begin with, the difference between whining and outcry is only a change of pitch of their vocal chords aided by the MSM.

  22. JJ,
    I’m certain the liberals would cry bloody murder, along with the ones on the dole. Not that we would really care.

    Joe,
    I think you’re right, when you say the numbers are growing.

    Never give up, Never give in, Never again!!!

  23. I’m with all of you all the way. But in order to accomplish this, we have to be sneaky like the liberals and call it something else.

  24. I’m quite sure that all of you know our founding fathers established a two-chambered lefislature. The House, whose membership is based on population, is designed to reflect the will of the majority. In creating the SEnate, the framers were careful to provide a safeguard against majority rule. By giving each state the same voting power, the framers provided protecteion for the vioce of the minority for less populous states like mine against bigger ones.

    The reason I mention this is because Cicero the Senate of his times wasn’t mentioned in his quote. We know ancient Rome had no “house of representatives”, but did their senate serve as a voice for the people?

    Relevent to all we’ve been discussing here, indeed, through all of Larry’s many articles, is that I’d gotten wind that Harry Reid had recently indicated his intentions to significantly alter Senate rules in the 113th Congress. Reid’s proposed changes would make it harder if not impossible for the minority to have any voice at all. I wrote to both of my Senators inquiring about it and received this reply from one of them:

    “Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) expressed his intention to change Senate rules on the filibuster, so that unlimited debate – an imprtant right of the minority – can be stopped by a simple majority of Senators, instead of the current reqwuirement that three-fifths of all Senators (normally 60 votes) agree to end debate. The importance of the filibuster was described well by Majority Leader himself when he served as the Senate Minority Leader in 2005: ‘Over the years, the filibuster has proven to be an important tool of moderation and conensus…It’s part of the fabric of this institution.'”
    “Additionally, and deeply concerning, the Majority Leader is contemplating throwing out the system by which Senate rules are changed. If he is cuccessful in doing so, Senate rules will be changed at a dizzying pace and any notion of the Senate as a deliberative body will be lost. The Senate would then aperate much like the House.”

    Our nation of checks and balances will then become one of majority rules and the shreds of a Republic will go out the window. Add Reid to that sham in the White House on your 10 Most Un-Wanted List.

  25. Joe,
    I got an e-mail that gave me the same information. That really bothered me for the same reasons as you.

    There are a lot sneaky changes going on. There is an attempt here to get rid of our current county manager. The newly elected legislators found out that the county charter was, allegedly, changed a few years ago so that the manager can’t be removed by a simple majority. They need a super majority now. Instead of 5 to 4 they need to have 6 to 3 to remove. There was no public hearing on that to my knowledge. All charter changes require public hearings.

    Also a committee was set up to work on the bids for county auditor for 2013. The committee was to recommend the firm, normally the one with the lowest bid, but the legislature voted before the committee could give their recommendation. The auditing firm that had the 2012 contract was hired and their bid was substantially higher than the lowest bid. These weasels never stop.

  26. Ladywolf,

    That bit of information which prompted me to write my Senators, I found on the Internet, not any of the MSM, on FOX News, or even the talk radio shows. With every passing day, the evidence of the liberal conspiracy to bring about the destruction of our country makes itself more abundantly clear. Meanwhile, those who could care less are the sheeple growing abundantly along side it.

    I can say that I’m lucky in not having experienced any of your troubles with elected officials as I live in a decidely Republican state. Yeh, we have some Democrats elected but the voters make sure they keep their noses to the grindstone as well as the other elected officials. I really would like to see a term limits of Congress. It took us four years to get it in my state, (by petition) with the foreboding forecast the state was going to go to hell. That was twelve years ago and the state is stlill here. I can’t say we’re doing better than before because of Obamonomics but I can say we’re in the top ten of all states in spite of Obamonomics!

    Nebraska is self-sufficient! We grow our own food, have few lberals, (can use them for fertilizer) and have a gun behind every blade of grass.

  27. Joe,
    I fully agree with term limits. Politicians shouldn’t be allowed to stay in their positions for their lifetime. The power almost always goes to their heads and they forget who they represent.

    My Nebraska relatives were certainly self-sufficient. My mother and I visited them when I was quite young but I still remember a lot about the trip. They had a large farm and the original sod house they lived in was still standing.

  28. Ladywolf,

    Don’t tell me the name of your relative in Nebraska was Uriah Oblinger. In some way or other that would make you heiress to part of Nebraska’s State history. Who’d ever think that just being a homestead settler could make you famous!

  29. Joe,
    No such luck. I’ve never heard of Uriah. My Grand Uncle Charles Blume homesteaded around Pawnee.

  30. Hey Joe,

    As a Nebraskan, are you familiar with the Omaha Steak CO. , and if so, are their steaks worth the price ? I realize this is off topic, but thought I might ask , since you are a wealth of knowledge. 🙂

  31. Ladywolf,

    Ah well, how fleeting fame is. But Pawnee is just a couple of counties away from the town I was born in way back when. Uriah and Bett and their four children homesteaded four counties away Northwest from Pawnee. Since our state was young in the mid 1800’s, there were no rural phones and Dole hadn’t invented the internet yet, I doubt that your Grand Uncle Charles and Mr. Oblinger had little in common.

    JJ.

    Yes, I know of Omaha Steak Co. but I can’t ascertain as to whether their prices are “worth it or not.” That, in my opinion, would be up to each individuals tastes. If your a connissuer of steak, yes, if you are satisfied subsituting “family steak” for Prime Rib, save your money. While I can say that the beef they offer is 100% Grade A Prime Nebraska Beef at the same time I can say that I wouldn’t order any of it. Why not? Because I live in the state that serves 100% Prime Grade A Prime Beef! I don’t even go to the grocery store for my beef. A farmer friend and I share the costs of feed, any precautionary medical or otherwise and slaughtering of the locally owned small meat processing plant. It’s a hell of lot cheaper than Omaha Steak or the grocery store either one. Only thing is you gotta keep scooping up the liberals from the beef!

  32. Joe,

    Thank you sir – I knew I could count on you for an answer.

  33. JJ,

    Quit calling me sir, will ya?, it embarresses me. And as far as my being a “wealth of knowledge”, it should be known here that I’m just a student. I may claim for myself however that I am a student that has remained asstute in past and daily lessons learned.

    Your question about the cost of Omaha Beef becomes more formidable with the relevant “help” of the EPA who last spring, issued redundant and costly permit requirements for the application of pesticides, And, no, cattle ranchers don’t spray pesticides on their cattle, any pests that are around them are flies and they are more interestested in the cow-liberals, I mean “pies” than the cow.

    The EPA however, decided that it would be a good idea to require new permits for pesticide application under the Clean Air And Water Act. The EPA’s act is additional already in place over any restrictions placed on pesticides, fungicide, and rodendcides. It actually does nothing more than the original Act, except cost the state’s, locat entities and pesticide applicators $50 Million a year, and that’s by the EPA’s own estimate! Again by EPA, they think it would take over 1 Million Hours to implement their program EACH YEAR!!

    OK, let the bugs have the crops that help feed our livestock, let them get skinny and weak and die off. Despite Obama’s propheticatically proposed “going through the roof” electric prices, it may be a worth it to invest in Omaha Beef and a large deep freezer or two.

  34. Hey Joe,

    I shall try to comply with your request. Thanks for more info. on the beef situation. The EPA nonsense reminds me of the rancher in Montana or Wyoming who was arrested because the urine from the cattle grazing on his ranch might , possibly, perhaps, with sufficient rainfall – reach a stream that was some distance away !!! He was actually arrested based on those highly unlikely possibilities.

    The EPA has been , and is , out of control. They must lie awake at night trying to invent more ways in which to harass the citizenry and businesses.

  35. JJ,

    The thing about this new law is it’s redundacy in the bureaucracy of the EPA. It costs the citizen to comply with the same laws already in effect. Similar to anti-gun zealots wanting to add another constrictive law upon the mountain of laws already in existence in order to make them feel “safe.”

    Your rancher in “Wyoming/Montana”, unless he was operating a cattle feed yard, an operation in which the cattle are kept within fenced confines and he had a liberal for a neighbor who went to the stream daily to get his drinking water, I ask, what about all the bountiful wildlife that took a leak in the stream? In Nebraska there are very few cattlefeed yards, the greater precentage of our cattle are raised on ranch prairies supplemented with grains. Hence the name, Nebraska Corn-fed Beef.

    Philosophically speaking, have you considered yourself as being American Indian heritage? Of course at that moment in our nation’s history un-imaginable great herds of buffaloe roamed free across the great-plains of our country. The these herds vastly out-numbered those of the cattle there are today. There was no EPA back then, or liberals…or was there? Some liberal must have complained that the buffaloe’s “urine” was getting into their stream and sent a message however they could that finally, twenty years later, got back to Washington who hadn’t seen or heard of a buffaloe.
    But fashion saved Washington from having to do anything as fashion took over and and eliminatory purge arrival (future EPA?) of buffaloe hunters arrived taking skins and leaving only bodies of rotting flesh for which the Indians had dependend to survive.

    See the movements of the extreme liberalist/socialist Obama and his Admistrative, House and Senate cohorts alike, in putting all Americans on “reservoirs”

  36. I was raised on the 100% beef diet also. We also grew our own potatoes to go with them. My dear Mother wasn’t a very exploratory cook, but what she cooked was excellent. So we had home made bread (she backed 14 loaves a week) with fried potatoes and steak for Breakfast and mashed or baked potato with the other meals and our own vegetables. And we swapped with a hog farmer so he had some beef and we had some pork.

  37. That rancher I mentioned was, as I recall, about 85 years old and simply had a small cattle ranch. And, I would guess that he was probably just making ends meet. Again , just a guess.

    My grandmother had two coal stoves in her kitchen, one was for baking ( usually 3 or 4 loaves of bread daily ( don’t know how she controlled the temp. so well, but the bread was always uniform in taste and texture) along with other ‘goodies’.
    The other stove was for cooking , and there was ALWAYS a pot of coffee and a large pot of soup on it. My grandfather LOVED his home made soup and coffee. He would put a little butter on the fresh bread, then dunk it in his coffee. Ah, the ‘good ole days ‘ .

  38. Richard,

    I can’t say that I was raised on a 100% beef diet, if somewhere in my comments I implied that, I’m sorry, that wasn’t the case. I was born in 1945 and unlike today as you can imagine, the modern conveniences such as a chest freezer was not available. This meant, although my mother’s family being farmers, my Mom and Dad were unable to stock up on any beef, pork or poultry, they bought from the store on my Dad’s meager wages.

    I grew up poor without realizing it. Looking back on it, some of the meals my Mom served could have been questioned by us kids but both Mom an Dad made them seem as if they were meals fit for a king.

    I believe every son’s thinks his Mother’s cooking is the best! I know I do mine and at age 87 she makes a meal for me now and then. She has neither lost her touch nor have I the taste I remember as a kid. If it’s possible, tell you Mom, bless her heart, that I would be more than proud to “chow down” on her steak and fried potatoes any time!

  39. JJ,

    That case of yours still sounds like something either political (read EPA) related or a greedy, larger ranching neighbor wanting his land all tied into one. And did I mention the larger rancher being influental and a Democrat?

    Two coal stoves?!! WOW! You had some rich Grandparents. My Grandma made do with one wood fired stove while feeding six children, herself and Grandpa and it heated their whole two story house.

    Grandma baked bread too. You’ve heard of the term, “the greatest thing since sliced”?, you may have had to sllce it but it beat everything since but’s that’s just my opinion.

    As to your question of controlling the heat in baking, or for that matter, in any wood or coal fired stove. The answer is with the workings between the damper or draw of the stove. The damper is a flap in the exhaust stack from the stove. If fully open, it presents no buildup of carbon-monoxide within the stove that would inhibit full burning of the fuel. The further closed the damper is, slows down the available oxygen to the fuel for burning.
    The draw, is and adjustable “damper” at the bottom of the stove which supplies oxygen to the fuel for burning. It’s the know how of the adjustment between the two that makes a good loaf. And art long forgotten.

    My Grandpa was a pretty serious type, all the years I was around him, which were to few, I never saw him smile. Except one. I was on the farm and it was haying time, all the neighbors would come to help pick up bales in the field. A square bail laying down at that time as tall as my crotch to me, I had a heck of time lifting one end let alone trying to lift it on to the hay wagon. Despite one of my Uncles telling me about snakes hiding under the bales I made it through till lunch. Here came Grandma and my Aunt carrying baskets of fried chicken and cold tea. I was standing next to Grandpa as one of the men who was helping that day said to him, “If it wasn’t for Minnie’s (my Grandma) fried chicken I don’t think I’d be here today.” That’s the only time I remember seeing my Grandpa smile.

    That Mason’s jar of cold tea and the taste of Grandma’s chicken still lingers in my mouth. Colonel Sanders, go back to Kentucky, your ass has done been beat!!

  40. Joe,

    No, they were not rich – far from it, they raised 11 kids and that can keep a family poor !

    Yes, I remember the vents and flue on the coal stoves, plus the ability to lift the various sized metal rings on top in order to get direct flames, or more heat.

    Thay did not have a farm, so I missed out on that aspect .

    How much longer can we keep this thread going ? 🙂

  41. My brother and Dad didn’t tell me what might be under a bale of hay, I had to find our on my own when a mouse zipped up to my crotch. They were laughing so hard, they had to sit on the hay bales to get it all back together. What they would have given for a for a camcorder to record my dance!

  42. Richard,

    It was just a little mouse – some kids in the ghetto have to deal with rats . 🙂

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