Political Humor (but possibly not so funny)
A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots!
BY Jeff Foxworthy —
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
What a country! And this folks, Is exactly what Socialism is. It never works!
Ray Seltun Tree Trimming
About a week ago I was on the phone to someplace (I forget) and had been on hold for awhile. As soon as someone came on the line, someone knocked on my front door. Isn’t that always the way? At any rate I asked the person on the phone to hold on a minute (I had been on hold for much longer – no surprise there) and answered the door. A nice young man was there and had a business card in his hand – I accepted the card and let him know I was on the phone so could not listen to his spiel but would keep his card. And I did keep the card.
Fast Forward to Tuesday 01-21-14. The card was for tree trimming and since I needed this service I called him about pruning a couple of European River Birch Trees. And before you get all hyper – this is the time of year to prune birch trees (I already knew that). NO pruning between May 1 and August 1 as some bug (this I have forgotten) will attack during this time period. And pruning in the winter has to be done before budding. January is a perfect time in Kansas to do this. So, on Wednesday this young fellow and his helper showed up to give me an estimate and they were prepared to do the work right then, if we could strike a deal.
There really was no haggling as his first price was so far below what I have paid before for the same service that I was thrilled with the instant quote. When I say “so far below” I mean unbelievably low. Completely thrilled I did wonder what my trees might look like at the end.
Turns out these two young men did a bang up job, with complete clean up too. They do other yard work and I will certainly call them again in the spring. I had no language barriers (which I have had before with tree trimming companies) as both men were native Americans. I mention this only because I have had this problem before with crews that showed up after an initial quote was accepted and it can be a problem when you cannot communicate what you want done.
After the first tree was done, I was so happy I decided to take a before and after photo of the second tree —
You can see how clean it looks now and when you having the pruning of Birch Trees done at the appropriate time you don’t have all that foliage hiding missed limbs that are not in very good shape.
I made a mistake when they were done as I took photos of them also and then forgot to take the after picture of that tree (duh). As you can see it was a nice day on the day of the trimming but the next day was very cold and bleak. Which is when I took the ‘after’ photo. But it all turned out in the end. I did of course have to move the auto out of the drive so it did not get smashed by any falling limbs during the actual trimming.
I highly recommend Ray Seltun Tree Service for any number of reasons but mostly because the job was done very cheaply and to my absolute and complete satisfaction. They also do tree removal and stump grinding. The really good news is they will work in Derby, Haysville and the Wichita Metro area. Here are the men that trimmed my 2 European Birch trees on January 22, 2014.
You cannot get any better than this! ;)
01-29-14 UPdate! See the comments for an update on these guys! It’s really good news, for ME! Heh.
Medal of Honor Bestowed To Fallen Chaplain – Father Kapaun of Pilsen KS
I get these ads in my driveway every week or so and many times (most of the time) I plop them in the recycle bin. I had one laying just inside the front door and picked it up this morning on my way to the kitchen. For some reason, I pulled it from the bag; unrolled it and read the headlines in the “Eastside Eagle. (dated April 24, 2013)”
WOW – I think I might start reading these things in the future. Several very interesting stories that I would have missed were there and the very best one is a story I’d like to print here word for word, but that would be uh, stealing copyrighted content. So instead, I’ll just pass along a few words and as many links as I could find.
IF you are like me, you truly love the stories that represent our military, common soldier, in a heroic light. I guess it’s the human interest; bravery, courage and all that entails, which not only fascinate me but often bring tears. But THIS guy is being considered for Sainthood too. Yeah, really.
So far, the best story I read is the one I had in hand by Roy Wenzl (The Wichita Eagle Writer) but there are many others on the web. Just as compelling but for some reason, the free Eastside Eagle article is the one I did not find online. If you have the 20:18 worth of time don’t miss the While House Video – truly inspiring!
President Obama Awards Chaplain Emil Kapaun the Medal of Honor (White House Video 20:18)
Kapaun’s Medal of Honor to go to Pilsen (The Wichita Eagle)
‘Quiet hero’ Kapaun receives posthumous Medal of Honor (The Marine Corps Times)
Father Kapaun timeline
April 20, 1916 – Born Emil Joseph Kapaun in Pilsen KS USA
June 9, 1940 – Ordained a priest at what is now Newman University in Wichita
June 20, 1940 – Celebrates his first Mass at St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen
1943 – Appointed auxiliary chaplain at the army air base in Herington
November 1943 – Named pastor of St. John Nepomucene Parish
August 1944 – Enters the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps
March 1945-May 1946 – Serves in India and Burma
Jan. 3, 1946 – Earns promotion to captain
July 1946 – Leaves the chaplain service
October 1946 – Does graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
September 1948 – Rejoins the Army’s chaplain service
December 1949 – Makes final visit home to Pilsen
July 1950 – Ordered to Korea from Japan, a month after North Korea invades South Korea
Aug. 2, 1950 – Earns Bronze Star for heroism in action
November 1950 – Captured near Unsan, North Korea
May 23, 1951 – Dies in a prison camp in Pyoktong, North Korea
Aug. 18, 1951 – Posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at Unsan
1993 – Named Servant of God by the Roman Catholic Church, the first step toward possible canonization
Oct. 1, 2009 – Recommended for the Medal of Honor
April 11, 2013 – Awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President Obama
First thing this FIRST morning of a new year, I went to Ron Edmondsons’ Blog as it is one of my favorites when I need my spirit uplifted. His messages are simple but always make me think, in a good way, of what our blessings truly are on this earth.
His first entry for the new year is “My 50 Favorite Words of All Time.” I put in my .02 on that and wondered why this might be his first post of the year. Then I realized this is his way of reflection into what makes his life and the lives around him happy. What better way to start any new year.
I think many of us do this, count our blessings so the world around us, which looks more bleak each and every day, can be held at the door and pushed back, as “out of our conscious” mind as possible. After all, the world as a whole is quite depressing, when looked at in regards to politics, wars, famine and etc. (that could be a very long list).
Not everyone out there knows how to count their blessings. Perhaps this would be a good subject for Pastor Ron to tackle.
As I look around here this morning, I realize I could do better and have even more blessings to count. After all, our own efforts, on our own behalf can be what is uplifting in many ways on any given day.
If I can do more for ME, perhaps I will also manage to do more for others as well. My response to Ron’s blog entry was to add a few more words and express what they mean to me. He asked for that, so I gave it to him. As I typed out my response, I realized that the words I added did mean more to me than just as words on a page. Aha! There was my uplifting message of the day! As it turns out, it was my own thoughts that waved away the worries of the world that some of us try to carry on our own shoulders.
So, I managed to spread “good on me” for myself. Heh. Probably not a bad start for a New Year.
Twitter – Negative Tweets vs. Positive Tweets
Just lately I’ve been seeing a lot of negative tweets. Perhaps it’s because I tend to follow positive thinkers but managed to throw in a few negatives by mistake. OR, some people decided to denigrate those of us who, for whatever reason, decide to unfollow a particular tweeter.
The tweets themselves look like this:
UNFOLLOWED ME: @whoever, @anotherwhoever, @andsoon,
And some of those say they blocked you too or say something like “good riddance” or “good-bye” or some such.
Why would someone want to slander another twitter account because they unfollowed? This, in and of itself, is simply bad business.
Whoever started this little bit of unflattering activity should be ashamed of themselves. I bet they get more unfollows because of those tweets too.
I did a thing this morning that after it was done, I thought I might have made a negative tweet myself.
“@un-named Stop sending so many PM ADs! PLEASE! Your tweets are advertisement enough for cripe’s sake. One more and I will UNFOLLOW.”
I did not go back and delete it either. I thought about it though. It is a public admonition but I was simply miffed off about all the PM those folks were sending me at twitter. They were all “sixfigureincome” crapola.
I now feel like perhaps I should delete that entry. THEN, I think well, IF those folks pay attention to the tweet and don’t send anymore PM ads, I might not unfollow, right? Otherwise, they are not paying attention to their followers, at all. I am probably gonna unfollow anyhowsen, as I am not interested in “sixfigureincome” as they purport to know all about.
And then of course there are the out and out hate mongers who seem to have sprung up too. Luckily, I’ve not been privy to any of those tweets but some folks I follow have drawn attention to those, so I do know about them. You probably do too, so no need to go there and draw more attention to those types of folks.
We all see these everywhere – nice folks who are getting to know each other through tweets. Unlike FB, G+ and many other social media sites, Twitter leaves us to our own to follow and unfollow whom we please. AND they make it so easy for anyone to understand. OK, so those other places do too, but so much information is there that it takes much longer to decide who to follow, you know? Plus, it can be hard to find out how to unfollow folks at many other social media sites.
Positive tweets – I really don’t think I have to go into much detail here. I tweet for business but I also pay attention to all the @ mentions and reply as is required by nice web etiquette. Or just etiquette in general. Tweets don’t take long to type out and any personal touch should be noticed fairly easily.
Some folks have made a whole career out of tweeting positive messages. I like those too. You know the ones I mean, so no explanation is necessary here either.
What do you think?
Have you seen the negative tweets I mentioned?
Do you follow only positive folks?
Sound OFF and I’ll join the conversations you nice folks start. :)
Creating web pages for holidays is a labor of love. Especially during the Christmas Season. Businesses can direct clients or customers to a web page that may or may not include links. At any rate it does help to show off the Christmas Spirit just to put up these pages and direct friends, family, and customers to them.
Tweeting them can also bring heretofore unknown potential clients to the fold as some folks DO remember this kind of thoughtfulness.
Here is the first of many to start us off for 2011:
There should be a list of these coming up, as there is each year. We’ll just tack them on to this post.
Note: If you would like a Christmas Page created for you or your business, write to buddyservices care of gmail.com. Sound, audio files and videos you provide may be added to any page.
Have a great Holiday Season – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Our normal tag this time of year —
12-02-11 Christmas Cheer Web Page
12-03-11 Christmas Birthday Wishes