Penny Rich, Pound Poor

In an earlier post I commented on the boondoggle taking place as a result of the Congressional Republicans refusing to approve funding to continue a significant number of airport renovation projects.  Well, this evening it was announced that a “deal” had been worked out and the 74,000 workers who had been laid off will soon be back at work.

The tragedy is that the entire fight was over Republicans wanting to do away with subsidies to smaller airports amounting to $16 million a year. In doing so the government has been loosing $30 million dollars a day in lost tax revenue and other associated costs. Total unrecoverable revenue losses are in excess of $350 million dollars.

I hope nobody really questions why the American people have such a stunned look on their faces.

Where are those jobs?

All last year we the people heard how the GOP was going to return America to prosperity with the creation of jobs. So, we the people bit the bullet and tossed a bunch of them into Congress. But, eight months later there are not more jobs. The economy is beginning to double tank and here in Highland County, Ohio it was just announced that the unemployment number has increased to over fourteen percent. We are now the fourth most unemployed county in the state. Continue reading Where are those jobs?

Mama Ruby Throat

My daughter recently noticed a female ruby-throated hummingbird fluttering around a branch hanging over our swimming pool. After a long period of observation she finally discovered the reason for the bird’s activity, a very small nest was the focus of Mama Ruby Throat’s attention. Jennie came and borrowed my camera and took a series of wonderful photos. Here’s the one I think is best.

LEMON

I am sick of LEMON.

Who, in his/her infinite wisdom, decided that LEMON was to be the scent du jour? Must I have everything–from Pledge to Windex–smell like LEMON? I liked the old smell of Windex! I even saw “lemon meringue pie” scent on candles!

Detergent, dishwashing liquid, bleach, disinfectants, dryer sheets, perfume, candles, soap, body wash, moist towelettes, carpet deodorizer, deodorizing wipes, bathroom cleaner, oven cleaner, dishwasher detergent, car deodorizers, computer screen wipes, air dusters, leather cleaner, mop pads, insoles, shaving cream, paper towels, cartridge filter cleaner, nail polish, car cleaners, wood shavings for pet boxes, and ant aerosols (what do the ants care?),–all LEMON-scented!

But today it went past all sensibility–I saw LEMON-SCENTED PAINT–now one’s whole house can smell like lemons!

via Sue’s News.

Ice Cream, Yummy. Reagan Wasn’t Always Wrong!

Sunday will give me a perfect excuse (not that I need one) to have a big DQ Banana Split. Ice cream is my favorite food and I celebrate July every year.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2011, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 17.

The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.

Anti-Sharia Bills Written by Hasidic Lawyer – The Daily Beast

Anti-Sharia Bills Written by Hasidic Lawyer – The Daily Beast.

The threat of Sharia law superseding the US Constitution and over 200 years of constitutional precedent is such a non-issue it’s incredible that any state is giving it serious consideration. Of all the major social, educational, economic, and political issues facing every level of government in America, why are legislatures giving this the light of day?

My only conclusion is, it is fear driven legislation whose purpose is purely for political posturing.

Restaurant Reviews Welcome!

If you’ve followed my writings over the years you know I am always in search of a good place to eat. Recently my wife and I have been enjoying EAT in Hillsboro. Right next door is a place called Vickie’s Home Cooking which someone reported to have, “the world’s best onion rings.” Well, that’s quite a claim but if you’ve eaten at Vickie’s and would like to comment on your experience, please do.  Continue reading Restaurant Reviews Welcome!

Same Growing Collection of Stories – Different Format!

As of July 31, 2011 the original CGS site has been made into a permanent archive while we continue into the future using the more contemporary WordPress format. The original CGS may be viewed by simply clicking on the provided link in the right hand column.

All who have contributed to this site thank you for your past support and hope you will both continue supporting our efforts and enriching it with your comments and, better yet, submitting your own writings.

Random Thought, 7/30/11

In 1999 the US had a budget surplus and it was predicted that by 2009 we’d be debt free for the first time since Andrew Jackson’s administration. Well, after two terms of “W”, two major military engagements, several unfunded tax cuts, and Medicare Part B (unfunded entitlement expansion) we find ourselves on the brink of economic collapse. If that doesn’t deserve a WTF, nothing does!

Being Responsible vs Economic Anarchy?

In the late 1960s I led a discussion at a California junior college regarding the then current condition of California’s public schools. This was the era of the SDS, the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground and other militant, anarchists, groups that were making a name for themselves. In the spirit of that time, many of those participating in the discussion were of the mindset that the state’s schools simply needed to be shut down, torn down, and rebuilt from the ground up. It would result in educational anarchy, a decades worth of young people might not have access to any formal education, but many present believed that out of the mayhem would arise a new and much better public education system.  Continue reading Being Responsible vs Economic Anarchy?

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