Some of Tom's past articles in the
& Common Sense
You invest in a home. You
pay for it and you pay the taxes, every year as long as you own it.
The longer you own it, the more its value goes up: So do your taxes. Same
with your wages, the more they go up, the more taxes you pay.
Let’s start with $10,000. I pay taxes on the $10,000 I earn. I put it in the
bank and pay taxes on the interest it draws…indefinitely. I give the $10,000
to my child, they pay taxes on it AND the interest it receives as long as they
have it in the bank.
You buy a car for $10,000. You pay sales tax on it, Get a driver’s license,
(Tax) pay tax on the gas you put in it and you buy license plates (More taxes)
every year as long as you have it. .
If you sell it at a profit…you must pay tax on the profit you made on it. (The
buyer then pays sales tax on your car you sold him) Every time that car gets
sold…it gets taxed over and over and over, all the way to the junkyard.
You pay road use tax on the gas you use in your lawnmower, chain saw, boat
motor, garden tractor and weed eater. (Is that fair?)
WE have cigarettes and alcohol that everyone says is costing us billions in
health care and deaths. Does our government do anything about it? Hell no, our
country would go broke tomorrow if it lost the tax revenue on cigarettes and
Taxes are raised and created by politicians for the purpose of getting a large
amounts of money in the pot, so they can spend large amounts of money from the
pot: Money for their high salaries, benefits, retirement, and help make money
for the people who put them in office.
Who pays very little if any taxes? Prostitutes, drug dealers, thieves,
embezzlers, politicians and other crooks. If
these people paid taxes, we wouldn’t have so many taxes. All we need is
a NATIONAL SALES TAX! No
state taxes, no city taxes, no federal income taxes and no other taxes.
Let those who have the money pay taxes with purchases. The drug dealer who buys
a Rolls Royce pays 10%. The corporation that buys the yacht…pays 10% and the
thief who buys a Florida condo also pays 10%. The poor person who buys a smaller
item will naturally pay a smaller amount. Rich people will then pay their fair
share. (And so will corporations)
I don't think it will happen, as the
government would loose the ability to see what each and every one of us makes.
No more Tax returns, no withholding and no
IRS? I could get use to that!
to make friends with a Cop!
The first thing to remember is… Don’t try to become over-friendly to a
police officer you don’t know, or she will do is run a record check on your
buns to find out what you are about. Please understand that MOST of their time
is spent dealing with people who are injured, dirty, bloody, stressed out, in
trouble, on drugs, drunk or just plain pissed at the world. When you see an
officer conducting a traffic stop, [or with a suspect in handcuffs] it
is generally not a good idea to approach him/her and ask for
When a police officer enters the room and you do a “Spread Eagle” against
the wall, Cops aren’t impressed. It‘s not original or funny. When a doctor
enters the room, do you bend over and hold up a rubber glove and make a comment?
The same applies to doughnut jokes, they have heard them all.
NEVER try to strike up a conversation with an officer by talking about an
incident that happened to a friend of yours 5 years ago when they were “Picked
up” for something they didn’t do. (Only to find out later it was only a
warning about something trivial that no one cares about)
Don’t talk about police work; they know about it, you don’t. What you saw on
TV COPS last probably didn’t happen on their shift last night.
Avoid asking questions like: “Do you think that pervert that was
arrested last week did what they say he did?” Cops don’t want to tell you
about their case, and they sure as heck don’t want to talk about someone
else’s case. Don’t go there. At the end of your day, (Doing what you do for
a living) do you want people coming up to you asking you questions about YOUR
work, or telling you how to do your job better? NOT!
At a social gathering, YOU normally get introduced to someone by name. (Most of
the time) When a police officer gets introduced at a social event, it’s
“This is Bill Smith…he’s a cop” SO WHAT! Maybe he or she doesn’t want
everyone to know that he or she is a police officer. Maybe they want to “Blend
in” and just enjoy being talked to as a “Person” not a police officer.
People stare at cops, watch to see if they drink at a party, they look
for bulge signs of a gun, and eyeball them closely to make a determination if
it’s good cop, bad cop or has normal-like qualities.
It is understandable why after a few years…many cops can come to believe that
most people should have to apply for a permit to reproduce. They can easily
believe that 90% of the people are liars, because most people they deal with do.
(“I only had a couple beers?”) Keep
in mind that almost every time they take a call, make an arrest, stop a car or
patrol the streets…they are under stress and dealing with other people who are
under stress. (Yes some cops are just jerks, but take heart in the fact that
other cops don't like them either.)
No, cops are not normal people, but they like to be treated like they are.
Let’s make a new law… the law would read like this: “Any time a City,
state or federal agency wants to make changes in laws that effect your freedoms
or rights, you must NOT challenge, argue or disagree with the changes or
Make it simple for lawmakers to do whatever they want to help us poor, stupid
people make our life’s decisions. We don’t know how to think and chew gum at
the same time right? No one can talk on a cell phone and drive? Hell, I can ride
my motorcycle, listen to my MP3 player (With a cigarette in my mouth) and adjust
my GPS system and watch the beautiful scenery around me at the same time.
We should outlaw smoking and driving too. Ever knock the end off your cigarette
and it drops in between your legs near your crotch? You think you don’t learn
to multi task real quick? We need more laws to outlaw this stuff.
What about the working mom on the road that depends on a call from her kids when
they get home from school? The Farmer who needs to hear from his man in the
field, the trucker on the road that needs to get messages from his dispatcher.
(Or a family emergency message) I see police officers talking on cell phones
while they drive and they don’t receive “Special” training to be able to
It’s all about paying attention to what you’re doing. I know a buddy that
hit a telephone pole while eating a cheeseburger while driving, so we better
make that against the law too. Sure, it’s a little risky, and we need to be
careful while driving, but it seems like the majority always have to suffer for
a few dingbats. And our lawmakers hear from this little group of people who want
to tell everyone else how run their lives. Talk to these lawmakers and let them
know what you think. It’s easy to send E-mails to all of them in one quick
note. Go to my website http://www.tomroadblair.com/
In the upper left hand corner there’s a link that says “Lawmakers”
E-mail them about too many taxes, too many stupid laws and what-ever bugs
you…or Otherwise, they will be making weird laws to govern our lives and
increasing taxes to spend more. These people need to be reminded constantly that
we DO HAVE brains and we don’t need 10,000 laws to enforce the Ten
Guns & Politics
Imagine… living where
there are over 140 rapes a month, 50 murders, 2,269 robberies, 2,862 Aggravated
assaults, 2,508 burglaries and over 10,800 burglaries. In New York alone over
186,628 people are affected by MAJOR crime EACH MONTH. Carrying (Or owning) a
handgun in New York is Illegal, unless you are a crook or a rich politician.
Each year 2.5 million citizens use guns to defend themselves. Even the Clinton
Justice Department admits that 1.5 million citizens used guns for self-defense.
The majority only brandish a weapon or fire a warning shot. (Less than 8% of the
time, a citizen will kill or wound his/ her attacker. (And 200,000 women use a
gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse.)
Armed citizens kill twice as many crooks as police, and have less of an error
rate. According to Newsweek, only 2% of civilian shootings involve an innocent
person mistakenly being identified as a criminal. (The error rate for police was
States that have passed concealed carry laws have seen a reduction in violent
crime. Florida passed a concealed carry law in 1987; over 800,000 permits to
carry were issued. The FBI reports show that the homicide rate (Which was much
higher than the National average) fell 52% in the next 15-year period.
Washington DC and South Dakota have around 600,000 people. When DC banned guns,
homicides exploded by 156% in 1981 alone (To a total of 482 deaths) That same
year South Dakota had 12 homicides. (Same number they had in 1976)
Washington DC has 4 times
the amount of law enforcement officers as the entire state of South Dakota.
South Dakota has no gun registration, no owner licensing, no permit to purchase,
young people have firearms training, and SD has permits to carry.
Sure I can look up facts and figures, and so can you, but think about this: Guns
are no more responsible for crimes than spoons are responsible for obese people.
And just like the bumper sticker reads, “If guns cause crime, matches cause
WHY do people who protest
the war and oppose it receive a lot of intimidation and hatred? It’s America,
we have free speech and we all have our opinions. (Although I feel it is sad
when people protest at a funeral when others are grieving a loss) I support my
fighting people and realize that they are dieing for a cause. Just “What
cause” I am not really sure about. What I read and hear is so confusing.
Let’s see, we have to rebuild Iraq because we blew it all to hell. The people
of Iraq need help to keep control of their country, because the insurgents want
to take control. Who are the insurgents? They are Iraqi people who don’t want
Did they cause 9-11? Did we
win in Viet Nam? Did we win in Mogadishu?
What about Korea?
I used to feel that one good thing came about as a result of Viet Nam… we’d
never get in to another “Questionable” war (Sorry, I mean CONFLICT) In Viet
Nam we wanted to give them free elections and democracy…they thought that
would be good too. They were ready to have a free election and we were ready to
help them. (At first) That was until our government realized that they were
going to vote for Ho Chi Minh. Holy
smokes! That’s the guy we didn’t like. (So things quickly changed)
According to an article on the
BBC “If the current spending bill is approved, US war costs will reach
$439billion, and it estimates that an extra $371billion may be needed by 2016.
According to the LA Times, the final bill for the war in Iraq "will be much
higher than previously reckoned—between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, depending
primarily on how much longer our troops stay.” Where is the end? Defense
contractors and other corrupt war business companies get filthy rich….while
back home everyone struggles to fill up their gas tanks, heat their homes and
plant crops using fuel…the same stuff that Iraq has plenty of. If Iraq needs
us so much…why aren’t they paying for it with oil?
Our country is in massive debt, and “WE THE PEOPLE” will soon be cashing our
paycheck “Stub” because it will be worth MORE that the actual check. When
the government leaders talk about cutbacks…they threaten us with police, fire
and school cuts. They want to scare us into accepting MORE taxes and MORE taxes.
How in the hell can anyone understand what is really going on with the press,
government and politicians all feeding us different stories? Someone is be
happened to the music?
As I listened to my Satellite radio the other day, I became momentarily sad for
the young people of today, as most are becoming musical illiterates.
The people growing up in the 50’s and
60’s have a broad range of musical knowledge and enjoy listening to all kinds
If Elvis just came into the world today, there is no station that would play his
music...except maybe country stations. What station would introduce Dave
Brubeck, (Take Five) Lawerence Welk, (Calcutta) the Kingston Trio, Percy Faith,
(A Summer Place) and many, many others? EVEN BUDDY HOLLY would have no place to
play his music on today’s radio stations.
What stations today would introduce songs from artists like Johnny Mathis, Fats
Domino, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Louie Armstrong, Pat Boone
or Bobby Darin?
What station today would introduce the
instrumentals of people like Johnny & the Hurricanes, the Champs or Duane
Eddy and what radio today station would introduce the Beach Boys, the Four
Seasons or the Platters?
For sure there is no radio station today that would introduce “Fun” artists
like The Coasters, The Big Bopper, (Chantilly Lace) Ray Stevens, (Ahab the Arab)
The Hollywood Argyles, (Alley Oop) and God forgive them to play the Chipmunks
songs. (Can you hear me Alvin?)
I would dare to say that people like Tex Ritter, (Hillbilly Heaven) Jimmy dean,
(Big John) Tennessee Ernie Ford, (16 Tons) and Ferlin Husky (Wings of a Dove)
might stand a “Slim” chance of being introduced into today’s country
market. However, most of today’s country artists have to be sexy, pretty,
younger or ”Unusual” to be allowed into Nashville.
Here’s is just a few of the great artists that would have no place in
today’s musical society, because they wouldn’t fit the format of the modern
radio station: Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers,
Righteous Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Bobby Vee, Doris Day, the
Association, Dell Shannon, Carpenters, Lou Cristi, Nat “King” Cole, Johnny
Rivers, Bobby Vinton, Monkees, Dave Clark Five, Mamas and the Papas, James
Brown, Barry Manilow, BJ Thomas, Peter, Paul & Mary, Sammy Davis Jr., The
Fifth Dimension AND more….Maybe… even the Beatles.
All of the above artists shared one or more radio stations. It’s sad that many
of our young people will never see artists like these introduced into our
current world. I’m glad some of us have shared our memories with our kids and
grand kids. (They seem to enjoy it)
I was listening to a couple talk show people babbling the other day about
motorcyclists should be made to wear helmets. Neither of them owns a motorcycle
and obviously failed to do any research before striking up the conversation. (I
tried to reason with them, but they did their best to try to make me look like a
Motorcyclists who don’t wear helmets are portrayed as a public “Burden”,
while it is actually a “Minor” cause of head injuries in the United States.
Motor vehicles accidents, falls, assaults, pedestrian and bicycle accidents are
responsible for the larger percentages of head injuries. (In two studies,
motorcycles head injuries were 8% of the total)
I know that there have been people who have lived because of a helmet…I’ll
never argue that, but FORGET ALL THAT for a moment! I know that I could be one
of the 8% when I don’t wear a helmet and I could become a vegetable or be
killed. I have insurance, I am careful, I have had tons of training and road
experience, I know the risk and I will NOT be a burden to you. My wife and I are
almost 65 years we old got that way being careful.
If you don’t ride a scooter, you won’t understand the feeling of the wind in
your face and hair, the smell of a distant wood fire, people barbecuing and
freshly cut grass. (In a helmet, it’s re-breathing stale air and the smell of
sweat from the heat.) Could you
imagine telling an Indian a couple hundred years ago to wear a helmet while
he’s hunting buffalo…cause it will be safer? (White man crazy?) The
seat belt laws are for making it easier to stop people, make revenue and make
arrests, otherwise we wouldn’t be putting 40 million kids on a school bus 2
times a day without seat belts)
You can’t wear headphones when you drive a car because it will impair your
hearing, but when you put on a helmet… you immediately loose the perception of
WHERE sounds are coming from. But forget all that too… It’s about my
FREEDOM! YES! (And those freedoms are becoming fewer) We are always at war
fighting for what? FREEDOM. If people want to sky dive, shoot the rapids, drive
a racecar, scuba dive with sharks, it’s not my business… it’s THEIR choice
and their FREEDOM to do so. Is that so really hard to understand?
remember when I was a young kid going to school back in Missouri, (Where it was
always the man’s job to support the family and the moms stayed at home) I
would come home after a hard day, and Mom was always there to ask me how my day
was. Mom listened while I told her about the events of the day. (And while she
listened, she’d pour me a glass of milk and place a couple of homemade cookies
next to it) It was nice and I felt love.
Later, when I was in my teens,
and mom started working, I’d come home to an empty house… no cookies; no
milk... and I didn't feel the love any more. Mom and me didn't talk much any
watch TV, run around the neighborhood, try cigarettes, sample booze in the
liquor cabinet, and play with fire and “Goof-off”. (We didn’t have drugs
or day care back then)
When our kids were growing up, my wife was always there when the kids
came home… they too enjoyed the milk, cookies and love.
I believe our society would be much better off if Moms didn’t work till AFTER
the kids graduate. Problem is: It costs so much to live today.
I think Government could help a lot: STOP taxing us to death... Quit taking our
money and giving it to someone else, take some of that money we give to other
countries, and give it to Moms. (So they don’t have to work.)
You may read “Working mom
studies” that say it’s all right to work, but there are horror stories about
working mom families too. My hope is… that if you must be a working
mom… please remember the Milk, cookies, conversation and LOVE.
Minor & Booze
been a nightclub owner could make it difficult for you to trust my credibility and
motive for writing this, however, I offer a solution to helping curb the problem
of under age people and alcohol.
The responsibility, cost, penalties and burden all
fall on the bar owners, and of course we have to assume some of this. It is out
responsibility to do everything we can to see that under age people do NOT come
into our establishments. I don’t know of ANY bar in Fargo who wants to serve
under age people and most do all they can to prevent it.
Our bar spends approximately $6,000 a month for
security and I.D. door checkers, plus hundreds of dollars in bounties yearly for
our employees who catch minors in our bar, or attempting to get in.
ALL of our waitresses, bartenders, door people and
security are required to take server training. We (as well as most other
establishments) do everything we possibly can to prevent underage people from
coming in to our bars… but they keep trying. There is so many sophisticated,
professional false I.D.’s being made, that only the highly trained, careful
observers can catch them. A simple solution: Make it a felony for anyone
using a FALSE ID for the purpose buying alcohol or attempting to enter a bar.
After all, this can be a life or death issue.
The minors who purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol
(In most cases…if caught and convicted) receive little or no punishment. The
bar owner faces stiff fines, loss of license and closure. It could be a loss of
50 plus bar jobs, entertainers, a $275,000 liquor license plus loss in city,
state and federal taxes. (Not to mention the financial loss to the vendors)
Let’s make it a SERIOUS VIOLATION and punishment for
these people to break the law. Make under age people take responsibility for
their actions. Why Not? They are the ones causing the problem… not us.
Sex Offenders Solutions
really quite simple. If grandpa gropes a niece (Or nephew) we should get him in
for treatment and help. At the same time our court system should see that he
gets a taste of prison life. (For future reference)
When a human being rapes, brutalizes, tortures and kills another human
being…”so long pervert” you are going to prison for life. (Or death) I
don’t know if you can be rehabilitated and I don’t care. I don’t want to
ever wonder or worry if it will happen again, because you are behind bars till
The case in which the couple in “Love” (He is 18 and she is 16) and
have consensual sex, it is against the law and similar cases need to be judged
in court on their individual merits.
When someone forcefully rapes a woman, weather the woman is married, single, 21
or 91 years old… WHAT'S the Difference? They should do a lot of serious
jail time. Not enough prisons? Prisons too crowded?
Baloney! Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County Arizona solved that
problem with his “Tent city” prison. (Look it up on the web) It’s cheap;
it saves tax dollars and is more effective than country club prisons. The ACLU
says that Joe Arpaio’s tent city is” Inhumane”.
What is Humane about the violence against the America public by these
Yes, giving us maps, locations and addresses of sex offenders may be helpful,
but is it OUR job to keep track of them? Does treatment and rehabilitation work?
In some cases. Does castration work? I think so. Is it humane? For repeat
offenders…damn right. Does this mean we are stooping to their level, of course
not; we are just protecting our children…. At all costs.
Why is our judicial system so worried about repeat sex offender’s rights? The
one right they should NOT be denied? A SPEEDY TRIAL!
Call is Important?
That is ludicrous!!! If my
call was important you wouldn’t put me on hold with funky elevator music, make
me listen to a dozen or more number options to choose from and you wouldn’t
keep telling me that all your operators are busy because of an “Unusually”
high volume of calls.
If my call were important, you wouldn’t hire people who don’t speak English
to try to answer my questions when they do eventually answer my call. You would
also have the volume level the same from one automated computer voice to the
next. You wouldn’t make me sit on hold for long periods of time while I listen
to a voice repeat every 15 seconds telling me how “Important” my call is.
Don’t insult my intelligence!
Don’t put my call into a company directory of endless names, because if I knew
who worked there I would have called them instead. And if my call were
important, you wouldn’t have a computer voice ask me for my phone number,
(Which you are not going to call anyway) Then repeat the number back to me and
ask me if that is my phone number.
add insult to injury, when a human being does finally answer my “Important
call” you put my important call on hold…and then proceed to allow me to get
disconnected. You now have lost me and will not call back… and you DO have my
Please, please, you over considerate, concerned, customer minded
computer-voiced, customer service companies. Look up the word “Service” then
the word “Important” in the dictionary. Then erase the line in the your
telephone computer voice system that says, “Your call is Important?
Even though I am a
63-year-old red neck, I have tried to keep my mind open in today’s
increasingly liberal society, but GAY TEACHERS? I don’t think so! Nor do I
want a gay Boy Scout Leader sleeping in a tent next to my son on a weekend camp
out. Just as I wouldn’t want a (Male) Girl Scout leader sleeping in the tent
next to my daughter on a weekend camp out. Does that mean I am a gay basher,
homophobic or ignorant? No, it simply means I have an opinion.
I am not saying that if someone is gay it makes he or she a child molester. I am
talking about sexual attraction. What separates the adult (Or normal person)
from perusing a sexual encounter may be the age difference. A male gay likes
males…what age? That depends on the gay person. Just like normal males are
drawn to females…what age? Again, it depends on the person’s preferences. So
why would anyone want to have a gay leader (Or teacher) be in charge teaching
your child what is normal or acceptable?
It appears that small groups of people are trying to get the majority to believe
that homosexuality is “Normal.” But when I look up the word “Normal” in the dictionary, I
read things like: Conforming to a standard, usual, typical, regular, ordinary,
or NATURAL. Having gay “Leaders and teachers of our children is certainly
“None of the above” and may put kids at risk of being taught that
homosexuality is “Normal”
But remember, it was just a few years ago that it was against the law, a crime,
punishable by a jail term to commit acts of homosexuality. And now some think we
should allow deviant people to “Teach” our children? Normal children are
greatly influenced by their parents, religious leaders and teachers, therefore: They
should be normal!
We all know of relatives who came to America to work and prosper, and we know
about people who come to America to ”Free load” live off the welfare gravy
train, drain our society and some are downright dangerous criminals.
Those who have already slipped into this country illegally, to terrorize us,
sell drugs to our kids or work and live free MUST get registered. Amnesty will
bite us in the butt. Who ever you are… we need to know what your intention is.
If you want to work and prosper, we will help you, if you want to sell drugs or
destroy our society, you’re going back. (To stay)
Our borders are what protect us, if we would have watched our borders more
closely, we may have prevented 9-11, plus our welfare system wouldn’t be over
budget and crime would be less than it is.
I have the most horrible vision of New York and Los Angeles going up in a
nuclear cloud someday, just like the Twin Towers. God forbid it should happen,
but I think it is very possible. Can you imagine what that would be like? What
we are spending on other countries could well be used to protect our borders,
not to mention how sloppy security it is.
You lock the door to your home to prevent unwanted people from coming in. You
let “Nice” people in, but you do not want bad people in. When someone knocks
on your door, you investigate and make a determination as to weather you want
them in or not. If someone sneaks past you, you throw them out or call the law
to do it for you. If you left your door open all the time, how long would you
and your property last? Not very long, and neither will we if we don’t watch
Why should our country borders be any different? The U.S. is our home and the
borders are our doors. We want all different types of immigrants, like the ones
that have made our country great. It isn’t about nationalities, it’s about
honest people who want to come to our country and become “Productive”
Wouldn’t you like to know who’s coming to your house before they’re
already inside? You want to make sure they are “Nice” people, people who
will behave and they will help you clean up after words. We just need to know
who’s in our house and why… that’s all.
a former police officer, a redneck dad of 3 and a grandpa of six, you would
think the last thing on earth I would want is the legalization of drugs, but we
HAVE been loosing the war on drugs and continue to do so. Let’s look anyway.
streets would be safer, as drug addicts wouldn’t have to commit armed
robberies, home invasions, and theft to be able to buy drugs. They could go to a
local government “drug store” and get FREE drugs. (And enroll in a rehab
program or apply for a part time job as well) Since drugs are responsible for a
fifth of the murders and rapes, a quarter car thefts, two-fifths of robberies
and assaults and half the nation's burglaries and thefts… crime would go down.
law enforcement restricts the supply of drugs, the price of drugs rises. In
1984, a kilogram of cocaine worth $4000 in Colombia sold at wholesale for
$30,000, and at retail in the United States for some $300,000. With government
controlled legalization we can take “Profit” out of drugs, thereby putting
“Organized crime” out of business.
overcrowding? With the legalization of drugs, drug dealers won’t be taking up
all the jail space. We would have room for all those level 3 sex offenders,
murderers and rapists that get turned loose because of prison over crowding.
(This would also reduce corruption of police and government officials that get
involved in drug corruption) Our clogged up judicial system would now be able to
free itself up to handle all the civil and criminal matters. We could actually
have a “Speedy” trial. Even the innocent could get a matter resolved in a
enforcement and prosecution costs us BILLIONS, and we can’t stop it. If the
profit in drug sales were gone… drugs would be cheap, and the government could
give it to addicts with controlled programs. (It would certainly free up our
police for other areas of enforcement, prevention and education)
drugs are legalized and controlled…Aids has decreased dramatically, why? They
get safe needles free at the local government drug store.
Controlled legalization of drugs sounds crazy, but it
does seem to make some sense too. The BIGGEST problem? Having our government be
in charge of it!!!
do you think?
The cost of
When the big honchos in
world war two were making decisions, they often predicted “Body counts”
before making a certain decisions. That’s the way life is. When I went to
Sturgis last year on my motorcycle, I knew I could be killed by a car, shot by a
bad guy or killed by a deer running across the road. But I made the decision to
go… If would have been killed… it’s the “Cost of doing business.” I
weighed the fun, enjoyment and freedom against the risks. No one else can weigh
those risks… unless they are taking them themselves.
Some people parachute from a planes, some drive snowmobiles, scuba dive,
race cars, and bungee jump, drink booze, eat fat foods and even smoke
cigarettes. Everyone reading this will put each of these in a different priority
as to its rate of danger.
Those who don’t like second hand smoke? Stay out of the bars. Why do these
“Heath nuts” claim that they want a smoke free bar? If they are concerned
about health… why do they want to go to a bar anyway? Are they looking to get
vitamin C in orange Vodka? (Of
course they don’t really go to bars or they would have supported the West
Fargo VFW when it went smoke free)
Many non-smoking employees work at a
smoking bar because they make exceptional tips. They weigh the risk against the
money and make a decision.
Why do many people want to
end smoking in PRIVATELY owned bars? They seem to think (As taxpayers) that they
have right to make decisions on your business. It is NOT a public place. (Like a
courthouse, library or school) It is their bar, their license, and their
customers and should be their decision.
There is no difference between a bar, welding shop or a used car lot.
They are privately owned. Adults should be able to make their own decisions
based on their evaluation as to the danger of the sport.
Our government knows the dangers of smoking, and they also know how many
BILLIONS of dollars they make from the revenue.
After all, they even contribute to the tobacco industry with farm
subsidies for tobacco farmers; they just look at it as a “Cost of doing
business” Smokers look at it they same way…It’s a crapshoot, a gamble… I
might get lung cancer and I might not.
The government is the one who promotes and keeps tobacco alive. They gave away
millions of cartons of cigarettes to soldiers in past wars. They know what it
does, what it costs and what it makes in revenue. Tell them to outlaw it;
otherwise…It’s a cost of doing business.
never used to mind someone asking me my age, but lately it has become somewhat
of a sore spot. Is it because I am
worried about getting old, or worried others may think I am getting old?
Remember… “You don’t quit doing things because you get old… you get old
because you quit doing things!” We both ride motorcycles all over the country,
ride ATV’s, chug a jug of spirits from time to time and listen to good old
rock & roll music. We feel young in our mind, but how others perceive us may
be a different story.
We have made several trips to Las Vegas, but we decided to try Laughlin Nevada a
couple years ago. After spending a couple days there, I asked Darlene “What do
ya think of Laughlin?” She replied, “It’s all right, but there’s so many
old people here” And she was right, but the more I looked at them, I could see
clearly that they were all about the same age as us. They were old people, and
we were young people trapped in a couple of aging bodies.
I’ll admit there are things I used to do all night that now take me all night
to do and I remember Howdy Doody, Green Stamps and when the only thing we had to
worry about getting from the opposite sex were “Cooties”
There are 3 ways to tell if you are getting old: First your start loosing your
memory…I forgot the other two! George W. Curtis
once said, “Age… It’s a matter of feeling, not of years.”
(I don’t remember who he is either)
Final Thoughts for the
If you smile to yourself
when reading these…we are both in the same boat my friend!
I can remember saying
“When cigarettes get to a quarter…I’m done”
I still have a big box full
of 8-tracks in my garage.
A friend calls me at 10
o’clock at night as says, “Did I wake you?”
I find accordion music less
Some of my childhood toys
are worth a fortune as collector’s items
I do have a compass on the
dash of the car.
I catch myself arguing with
a friend over pension plans.
I send $25 to Public
I have to use my autostart
frequently to find my car at Wall-Mart.
And finally, when my kids
drive past a rest home and say things like “That’s a nice place” That’s
when I worry the most! I can’t believe my loves were Brigette Bardot, she’s
71, Sophia Loren is 71 and Doris Day 81. They got old and I didn’t.
How to STAY
I once wrote an article on
staying young, and since then have had several people ask me to hit on the
subject again…you got it!
I’ll be 65 in April, I am told I don’t act like it and don’t look like it,
well…my brain says I am 35, but my body won’t lie. (It feels 65) I sometimes
feel like I am on a train that is picking up speed and it is closer to the end
of the line than the beginning.
I remember when my dad was over 60 and I really thought he was an old fart; he
slowed down and didn’t do much at all. He quit fishing, quit hunting and
wasn’t doing things that young people do. I believe that that is why he got so
old. It has been said: “You don’t quit doing things because you get old…
you get old because you quit doing things”
As my wife and I approach 65, we use her social security check to put gas in our
motorcycles. Last year we spend close to two weeks cruising all over Colorado on
our motorcycles. Many week-ends the Kids and grandkids come out to the ranch and
we ride ATV 4 wheelers through the fields and woods all day, play, sip a couple
adult beverages and have a great time. Yes, the next day we may drag our buns
around the house for a few hours and hurt a little, but it’s worth it.
I am not bragging, I am just telling you… KEEP MOVING and keep young! About 4
½ years ago I had open heart surgery and started thinking about things like:
Joining the local bridge club, sell the motorcycles and 4 wheelers and start a
little garden…WRONG! It’s time to start fighting harder to stay active. I
did loose some weight and started eating smarter. (Now if I could quit those
Sometimes Darlene tells me, “You’ve been outside all day, why don’t you
come inside and rest a little” (My body says YES, YES, but I know if I come in
and sit in front of that TV…I won’t get up the rest of the day) And if I
take a little nap (Like some people I know do) the naps will become longer and
longer, besides, I’ll have plenty of time to nap when my train reaches its
final destination, meanwhile…
RIDE BABY RIDE!
and smoking rights?
The Supreme Court has made
it a RIGHT for women to have an abortion, where it was previously against the
law. Legislation can change rights… and no one wants to give up rights in
Currently it is a RIGHT for a bar owner to allow smoking in his or her business.
A bar is NOT a public building; it is a privately owned business. A courthouse,
school, Library, or a Post office is a PUBLIC building.
What does abortion and smoking have in common? Abortion WAS illegal, and has
since become a right. Legislation can change by
expanding and/or abridging rights. But no one wants to give up rights in
Smoking in a private business IS now a right of a bar owner, but
may become illegal.
It is argued that Smoking takes lives and abortion takes lives…
That is why they are sensitive and emotional issues. And of course
anytime a governmental body tries to take away rights from people, it becomes a
highly protested move.
It seems there is always some “Do gooder” group or individual constantly
bringing up issues to divide us and force their moral views on us.
While the smoking issue dominates many front pages, we really need to
deal with high taxes, war, poverty, drugs, health care and so on. So why are we
exerting so much time and effort to stop some small bar owner from allowing his
or her ADULT patrons to have a smoke with their drink in a privately owned bar?
Let the cities of Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth etc. all show their REAL
concern for health by banning the sale, possession and use of all tobacco
products. Then…we’ll all take the financial hit together. (Not just the
small bars) It is ludicrous to see cities ban bars and some restaurants from
smoking on one hand, while raking in thousands of dollars themselves on the
licensing and tax revenue generated from the sale of tobacco products.
No one has the RIGHT to go into a privately owned business and demand anything.
The owner of a business has traditionally had a RIGHT to refuse service to
anyone. What happened to “Live, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?”
TV has been pretty well saturated with Amy Klobuchar commercials lately, and I
must say, they look pretty good. She
seems to really have it together. However, I was talking to a friend of mine and
he said, “No…no…no you don’t want to vote for her” “Why not?” (I
said) “She seems intelligent, I like what she says and she seems sincere and
honest?” He replied “But she was recently endorsed by Bill Clinton, and he
helped her raise a lot of money for her, and you know about slick Willy and what
party he belongs to don’t you?”
I must say that I am certainly not a Bill Clinton fan by any means, but I sure
like that Amy Klobuchar. What can I do? I like the Dixie Chicks too, but can you
say that out loud in public when some people call them the “Dixie sluts” and
say things like “They should be strapped to a bomb and dropped on Baghdad?”
I mean these talented girls have suffered financially and personally over their
statement about the president. Personally, I voted for Bush for the same reason
many others did, we voted for the one we hated the least. (It was like being
given a choice between spinach and asparagus for breakfast)
It seems like Free speech comes at a price these days, if you say you don’t
like the war, you somehow immediately get tagged as anti-American or communist
who doesn’t support our American troops. If you say you are a member of the
NRA, you become tagged as a person who is a militant or redneck tax protestor.
Someone who believes that it is immoral to be gay and doesn’t want homosexuals
as teachers, police officers and religious leaders had better not make the
statement publicly or they will be called homophobic, un-sensitive, and living
in past. If a media personality made a statement like that, people would be
boycotting the station, the sponsors and protesting in front of his or her home.
The Pope made a remark about Muslims, (Open mouth-Insert foot) many people think
that Muslims are violent (Wonder why?) and I am apprehensive of
Muslims because I don’t understand them. Many (Like me) would like to hear
reassurance from their religious leaders that Muslims do NOT believe in violence
and they are not out to kill all who do not believe what they believe. We may
have free speech, but ya better not bad-mouth them THEM days huh?
don’t hate Jews, but can I still like Mel Gibson? Homosexuality, abortion,
religion and even politics entail personal morality… and there are emotional
feelings attached. Yes, speech may be free in America, but these days it carries
responsibility and it comes at a price.
As I am watching TV, I see
a bunch of people in the Mid-East rioting, turning over cars, carrying guns,
burning American flags and shouting, “Stop the violence” Makes sense huh?
What about religious cults that condone killing people “In the name of
religion” I don’t know of any God of any religion who says it’s OK to do
so. (But it happens doesn’t it?)
We elect a President OF THE UNITED
STATES, Why does he have authority to demand that other countries NOT have
nuclear weapons? We have them. We help countries that have a lot of oil, but do
much less for people in poor countries, does that make sense? I guess it IS
better to help rich people…they can pay you back.
We want fruits & Vegetables labeled in stores so we know what country it
comes from. That way we can avoid
products that are sprayed with chemicals that are not allowed in the United
States, but our US government won’t let it happen. Why? That would make sense.
When they pick jurors in a big serious case, they ask them if they Think” the
defendant guilty. Everyone “Thinks” the defendant is guilty, otherwise why
would he be indicted buy a grand jury? And why would be in jail right? But the
question should be: If the evidence doesn’t PROVE guilt, would you acquit the
If people are really
ASSUMED innocent till PROVEN guilty… why do we keep them in jail till court
time? The justice system “Thinks” they are guilty, right?
Why so many taxes? Gas tax, alcohol tax, income tax, sales tax, state tax, phone
tax, excise tax, inheritance tax, property tax, capital gains tax, license taxes
for hunting, fishing and vehicles, corporate taxes, user taxes, etc., etc.,
etc... Why don’t we just have ONE tax… a national sales tax? It would be
fair and make a lot of sense.
Why do people kill people? If you don’t like someone, get away from them,
divorce them, leave them. If you are going to rob someone, take his or her stuff
and go far away. Don’t kill or hurt them.
People who are addicted to alcohol have a disease and are “Sick” while
people who are addicted to nicotine are just low-life scum. The government
doesn’t want us to quit either one… they need the tax money. (They are sick)
Finally, why do we hate someone or get mad at them because they have different
opinions than we do? It is important that we have different opinions, that way
we can work on trying to change others opinions… but that’s just my opinion.
can help you improve your winnings, but I can’t guarantee you’ll walk out a
winner every time. I have won as much as 1.2 million dollars on a progressive
machine; I have won $3,000 4 different times, $5,000 a couple times and several
$500 to $1,000 jackpots. MOST of my wins have been on the first or second play
on a machine. I never stay with one machine for a long period of time, If a
machine gives me wins… I stay on it. If it doesn’t pay… I move on.
Remember: The odds of winning a big jackpot are very slim.
Some of the first mechanical slots had 3 reels with 10 symbols on each reel.
Simple right? That created 1,000 combinations. If there were blanks
between…there could be many MORE combinations.
The number of “Stops” on each reel, the number of reels and
additional “Features” may make a jackpot long in coming.
Some of the newer computer slots may have 5 reels instead of 3. If each
reel has only 32 stops…a complete cycle may be 33 MILLION times before you hit
the “Big” one. It could take over a hundred years jackpot. (Depending on how
much it is played.)
So they make sure it pays out many smaller pots and more frequently… otherwise
we wouldn’t play them. A machine will usually throw out something interesting
every four hours as a rule.
If a slot machine starts showing more 7’s or more triple bars or it
“Appears” to be getting closer to “Something”…Forget it! There is no
way of knowing what’s next, unless you have filmed the entire sequence of the
machine from the beginning to the end of its cycle. (And it could change) Keep
in mind I am talking about the video (Or computer style) slot machines that are
taking over the casinos.
One machine may take 262,144 plays to complete one cycle to hit the jackpot. If
it's a 3 dollar play per machine, you would have to spend $786,432 to hit the
big one. (Of course there may be several other smaller jackpots in between)
Don’t worry about the machine paying differently by putting in different
amounts. The computer slot machines are on a “cycle” Whatever is going to
come up…will come up, makes no difference if you put in one quarter of $10.00.
If it’s ready to come up with 3 white 7’s…that’s what will come up.
ALWAYS spend the maximum. If it’s a 3-quarter machine…play 3 quarters,
otherwise you won’t get the “Big” amount if you DO hit the jackpot. The
2-dollar machine that I won 1.2 million dollars on had hit the 3 megabucks
jackpot 5 or 6 times before I hit it, but the previous players were only putting
in $1 instead of $2. The more reels and features a machine has, the “Longer”
between complete cycles & big jackpots.
Stay away from nickel machines with tons of features that “Eat up” 90, 120
or even 200 nickels at a time. (Unless you’re prepared to spend a lot of
money) If you play the maximum, you will be spending $10 every time you pull the
handle or push the play button. (That would have given you 5 plays on a 2 dollar
I have found that the 3rd or 4th machines towards a middle
of a bank of machines on busy isles pay better than end machines. Don’t ever
think that if a couple machines in a row are starting to “Hit” that it means
that entire row is “Ready” to start paying. Sometimes a machine in a row may
get hot, and the others may be set to pay $2 on the $100. Some machines may pay
a $1,000 jackpot every 10,000 plays, (At $2 per play) and that could pay out the
$1,000 jackpot every 2 weeks, depending on how many people play it in a 2week
Look at what the jackpots are on a machine! I see people throwing $3 at-a-time
into a machine with the highest payout possible is only $1,000 for the main
jackpot, and a $2 machine next to it may have a $10,000 possible jackpot AND
IT’S A $2 machine. LOOK at the payback and the odds before you play a machine!
To sum it up: Spend only what you can afford to spend, set a limit for yourself
and play for fun. Don’t play to become rich, don’t stay with a “Looser”
and if you’re loosing… QUIT!
Computer chips I mean. Do you know that those tiny little computer chips that
are in almost everything manufactured today can self-destruct in a flash with
the touch of a finger? A tiny static electricity charge would render it
helpless, yet nearly EVERYTHING we depend on is full of chips. And IF… a big
static electricity charge zipped across the country and took out all the chips:
No TV, or radio, no car, no computers, the power company would probably shut
down, you couldn’t use credit
cards, banks couldn’t function, all newer appliances wouldn’t work, slot
machines and electronic devices wouldn’t work, our sophisticated defense
system (Including radar) would be worthless, planes couldn’t fly, home and
cell phones wouldn’t work, and my motorcycle wouldn’t work either. Police,
fire, ambulance and all emergency and non-emergency 2-way communications
wouldn’t work. Security cameras, alarms, cash registers in stores would die,
as would tape players, scanners, CD players, and stereo systems. Even if you had
a generator to supply the power… it probably has a solid-state ignition and
wouldn’t work either. Some older vehicles would work, so we could at least get
around if you had some gas in a can, cause gas pumps wouldn’t work either.
Just start a list or a group discussion of all the things that have electronic
chips and you’ll see what you would be without. I know this stuff sounds
scary, but I have just scratched the surface of things that wouldn’t work
without these tiny electronic chips. What would it be like?
It certainly would be quiet wouldn’t it? We would have more time to talk to
each other instead of being on the phone, watching TV, sending e-mails, driving
cars, fighting wars and working for a living.
Kids would have to use their imagination to play. We could teach them about hide
& seek, how to build a fort, play “Ditch-em” on bikes and things like
that. Yes, we would be doing a lot of communicating with each other.
Would it really be so bad? I don’t know. But if it ever happens, it better be
world wide and not just in the US. It’s something to think huh? (That we put
so much faith in a little manufactured product.)
I must agree with people
complaining about the detailed trial coverage of murders, rapes and other
crimes. It’s horrible, graphic and unnecessary to say the least. Does it
“Sell” more papers? Does it improve Radio and TV ratings? Who knows and who
cares? Our children read the news too, and it can’t help but affect them
The press in general appears to sensationalize what they want. They will have an
emotionally charged documentary about 80 children under 14 being accidentally
killed with firearms in the year 2000. What they don’t tell you is that the
same year there were 2,400 killed in cars, 800 drowned, 100 by poison, 140 by
falls, 660 by fires or being burned, and 120 suffocation by ingested objects.
It’s the firearms that make an emotional story. (These figures are from the
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms)
Remember “Slick” Willie Clinton’s sex escapades and the press coverage?
Kids were reading the paper and listening to press coverage and asking questions
like; “What’s oral sex?” and “What did he do with the cigar mommy?”
We’ll be hearing and seeing the grizzly details over and over again till the
local trial is over and it will be overlapped by the JonBonnet suspect now in
custody. Regular accounting of sperm, blood location reports, gashes, gouges and
details. (No wonder young people are to desensitize to violence.)
Back when I was a kid, we had riots, guns, murder drugs, corruption, horror
movies and sex. But today it’s IN OUR FACE. We see and hear about the blood
and guts and NOTHING is left to the imagination.
We see and hear about the human demise in water shortages, destroyed ozone, war,
tainted food, high cost of living, obesity and so on before it is even
Here are the headlines in the year 2050:
“Ozone created by
electric cars are now killing millions”
"Spotted Owl now
threatening all life forms in the United States”
“Postal Service raises
postal stamp to $17 for 1st class letter”
“Supreme Court rules
that punishment for criminals is unconstitutional”
“Federal law requires
all nail clippers, screwdrivers and fly swatter to be registered” IRS sets tax
rate at 82% AND… White American
minorities are still trying to get English recognized as the 3rd
Where are all
my squirrels? Where are my neighbor’s rabbits? What happened to all the little
birds? I have heard a number of people ask questions like that recently and
think I have the answer: In a cats stomach somewhere.
We have a “Mouser” named Sammy, who helps us do a little animal control at
our country home and it doesn’t seem to be a real problem. Feeding him is, as
it seems that EVERY night there are several other cats coming to our place to
eat Sammy’s food! We see them on our security cameras all the time, so… we
have to take the cat food in every night.
We have had several dogs come over for dinner too. (A dozen or more this summer)
I am supposed to be careful here, because many people who don’t even take
care of their kids scream bloody murder if you pick on their pets.
I like dogs, cats, squirrels, rabbits and birds…my own that is. Why don’t
people keep their own animals under control and at their OWN home? Simple
answer: Because they are inconsiderate of other people! Teach your pet to stay
home, eat their own food, crap in their own yard and not bother other people or
animals. (Doesn’t that make sense?)
A while back in the news, a bunch of people got hostile because people were
shooting stray cats. It seems that the wildlife population was going to the
dogs. (And cats) So what’s wrong with that? Animals carry and contract rabies
and other diseases that can be spread when they run wild. Kids and adults get
mauled, pet animals get killed and property damage results also.) Not to mention
the piles of doo-doo dropped on other people’s property. It seems that the
ones who are offended the most are usually the ones who are the biggest
Inconsiderate? Darn right ! And having 2 or 3 dogs in town, in a pen or tied
up…barking at everything that moves (Night or day) Same thing. Sure…most
neighbors just put up with it, not wanting to start any trouble, but it is sad
when a law abiding Mr. nice Citizen turns into a dog or cat killer because they
have reached their limit and succumbed to “Pet rage”
Those who take good care of their pets, keep them on their own property and care
for them are to be respected and praised. Those who don’t… GET RID OF THEM!
really no mystery why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The rich can
afford paying more taxes, while the poor cannot pay more and for those of us who
work…most of our money goes to others.
In April last year the Parade magazine showed where our money goes: Military 21%
(More now) Social Security 20%, Medicare and Medicaid 20%, National debt
interest 12% (More now) Major social aid programs, and 19% Other. That’s like
trying to live on 20 cents on the dollar.
Last year income taxes brought in around $894 BILLION dollars…barely one third
of what government spending was. The rest was covered by payroll taxes, ($774
BILLION) and cooperate taxes ($226 BILLION) and over $427 BILLION would have to
be borrowed. If our government were a private business… it WOULD be bankrupt.
Would you give to charity if you were broke? Would you GIVE or borrow money for
people you don’t even know? Hell no…but our government does. Last year we
gave BILLIONS to help other countries. We spend $168 million for sexual
–abstinence education, 13 million for adoption awareness, and $121 MILLION to
the National Endowment for the arts. (The list goes on and one)
The Government spent more than $40 MILLION for the Whitewater & Monica
Lewinski investigation but only $15 MILLION for the 911 commission to examine
the Terrorist attacks in 2001. We have to cut spending, quit giving money away
and look out for ourselves. (Till we get ahead)
The election is over and we just HOPE there will be improvements. (We know
better… but still we hope) There may be more of a balance of power in the
white house, but one thing for sure: Until we quit pouring money into that
bottomless pit in Iraq… we will be broke and getting broker.
I can’t wait till the government totally outlaws smoking and all those
BILLIONS of dollars in tobacco taxes that the government likes will be paid by
all the non-smokers. You’ll hear them squawking a lot louder when that
Cass County has a new sheriff and I know he a “Fire eating” crime fighter
and that “Might” be good. I sure hope he hunts down perverts, arrests those
drug dealers, catches and prosecutes under age people using false ID’s to buy
booze and gets all those blood sucking welfare fraud people off the county
payroll. What I hope we don’t see are roadblocks all over the county looking
for drunks every night of the week and sneaking up on smokers in some small-town
bar. He has some pretty good deputies to work with him and they know how to
FIGHT CRIME too! Good Luck to Sheriff Laney!
If you don’t have a
passport… GET ONE…Even if you don’t plan on traveling. It may be hell to
get one in the immediate future. You might need it to go to the toilet if this
national security thing gets any worse. (And I think it will)
I believe the government won’t be happy till we ALL have to carry a passport
around so they can “Check our papers” any time…just like they did in
Germany in World War 2.
It would take me 5 pages of the Extra magazine to explain everything my wife and
I are going through to get our pass ports, so I’ll try to make it brief: I was
an abandoned baby and was raised by some nice people who didn’t adopt me. They
waited till I was 18 and let me choose to change my name to Blair at that time
(Which I did)
My wife’s birth name was Darleen (Spelled that way) She decided she didn’t
like that, so she just started using Darlene instead. (School records,
driver’s license, Social Security and so on) On top of that, she never had a
legal birth certificate, just a baptism card. (Un-certified) On one of the forms
it asks what city were you born? (She was born at home in the country) “I’m
sorry…you have to fill in a city,” the lady tells us. (I guess you have to
be born in a city, even if you were born in the country) Don’t lie on the
certified form, or you will go to jail in the name of National security…holy
Our marriage license (Which has booth our names legally WRONG) can’t be found
in the county we were married in… so we can’t get a certified copy of that
either Therefore, we are spending money right and left, e-mailing, calling,
writing, getting certified hospital records, school records, birth records and
so on, to try to prove who we are…so we can get a dang passport.
Fees range from $3 in one state to get a certified copy of a document, to $74 in
Minnesota to get Darlene’s (Or Darleen’s) name thing straightened out and
Oregon charged $32 on one of my credit cards before they would even look in
their computer. (Which they did and couldn’t find our records)
we finally get all these papers back, we are really looking forward to dealing
with the passport people. (No wonder passport photos show people with a grouchy
We all have our favorite
things that irritate us, but here are a few that hopefully will make those who
People who stand in the middle of the isles in grocery stores, shopping malls,
casinos etc. and talk on their cell phones. (Can’t they move to the side?)
What about those people in
public areas that walk 2 or 3 abreast, and walk down the middle? You always have
to move for them, instead of them getting in a single row or moving over.
Do you know people who (When you are talking to them) don’t look at you when
you’re talking? They gawk around, look at their watch, stare at the wall, and
when someone else starts comes by…they start talking to them and totally
ignore you? THEN they say to you, “Oh, what was that you were saying?” I
usually say something like, “I don’t know, it must not have been important
enough to hold your attention, so why repeat it”
Ever been talking to someone and their child comes over…the child talks and
the parent stops listening to you and listens the kid. (Instead of saying,
"Remember what excuse me means?” to the child.
People that ask to borrow things…things that are important to you and you keep
good care of, and don’t want someone irresponsible person using. I recently
let someone use something of mine and it came back with 3 things broken on it,
low on oil and wasn’t even thanked for the use of it. I guess we know to never
lend something to someone who is inconsiderate of others in the first place huh?
Inconsiderate people take 2 parking spaces when the spaces are clearly painted
in bright yellow lines, especially at busy restaurants or shopping areas. (More
self-centered inconsiderate humans among us.)
When you are driving on the freeway, people enter the freeway and you have to
hit the brakes or honk the horn to keep from getting run over or hit. YOU have
the right of way; they should either slow down or speed up to enter the lane.
Why do idiots think they can come down the ramp and on to the freeway and
EVERYONE has to look out for them?
People who are NEVER on time for anything are the most inconsiderate people in
the world. You know… the people who make you wait for them, never call and you
always know they will be late and they NEVER say, “I’m sorry”
When I was young, a friend
of mine and I worked part time scraping lead paint off of buildings. (We
didn’t know that it was lead base then) We painted creosote fences, we went to
school full of asbestos wrapped pipes, and rode our bikes without helmets. We
played in gravel pits, house construction areas, school grounds, backyards and
any place we could have fun. Once and a while someone got hurt, but no one died,
and no one sued anyone.
We even used to climb trees, drink water out of a hose, and stay out after dark
and play “Ditch-em” No one I ever knew got raped or molested, we didn’t
even know what that was. Of course there wasn’t tons of sex and perversion on
TV, or the internet. We never heard or saw things on the news like oral sex,
terrorists, gay rights, abortion, and school prayer bashing.
There were gangs, and once and awhile someone got beat up a little, and in the
big cities there was an occasional knifing, but we didn’t have drive by
shootings, drug cartels, crack houses and sky jackers.
Our society wasn’t over weight because we were outside playing all the time.
We drank pop, ate potato chips and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches… but we
got plenty of exercise. We didn’t sit in front of a computer playing games or
watch TV for hours. We played hide and seek, stick ball, dodge ball, explored
the woods, built forts, made go-carts and rode bikes relentlessly.
is always going to get hurt, and occasionally someone will die. It’s a part of
I have been to Sturgis SD
many times for the motorcycle rally and this year is no exception. (You should
go to Sturgis once in your life) It is without a doubt the biggest animal and
people zoo in the world.
me tell you what to expect: The most beautiful, unusual, ugly pretty and
unbelievable motorcycles in the world. ALSO…the most beautiful, unusual, ugly
and unbelievable PEOPLE in the world. (Yes, the world) There is a map downtown,
and everyone places a stickpin on a giant world map, thus, you can see where
everyone comes from.
Animals? I have seen pet raccoons, snakes, dogs, cats, an alligator, and even a
hamster. They ride in their pocket of a biker, on the seat, or in a trailer
being pulled by the motorcycle. Some tow their bikes to Sturgis on a small
trailer; maybe a $250,000 plus motor home, or custom trailers. Real bikers ride
their scooters all the way to Sturgis. (The is really what Sturgis is all about)
Outlaws, cops, doctors, engineers, construction workers, nurses, office people,
Men, women, blacks, Hispanics, Indians, oriental, single, married, gay, young
and old make the journey to Sturgis. Not all outlaw bikers either, Christian
bikers will be on the main streets handing out free cold water and offering free
Harleys? Well, at one time it was just about all
Harleys, but that has changed. There are still hard core Harley people, but
Sturgis will have every make and model of bike in the world. An event once
tinged with something of an outlaw reputation, Sturgis has become an annual
pilgrimage for well-heeled touring riders and sport bike enthusiasts as well.
Do what? ANYTHING!!! You can see famous stars on the streets or see them in
concert. You can eat raw oysters, emu drumsticks, buffalo, steaks or just about
anything on main street. Wanna test ride a new Harley, BMW, Honda, or any other
make of bike? You can do it free at the Black Hills Rally. (Drugs, sex, cowboy
boots, jewelry, leather, tattoos and doo-dads are not free)
To survive in the Black hills during bike week: Don’t drink too much, don’t
act tough, don’t make comments about any person or bike being ugly, and
don’t take a picture of anyone without asking first. Most of the “Bad”
activity takes place at private campgrounds owned by various “Bad” people.
The main streets of Sturgis are pretty docile. (But VERY entertaining.)
People will die in accidents, many get arrested, some get hurt, but the
merchants make MILLIONS and a half million or more people will have a great time
and MANY will return year after year.
is a Right? What is normal?
Men and women are
stationed all areas of the world fighting for freedom and democracy, while here
in the states, organizations and government heads are doing everything they can
to take away our rights and freedom.
There was a time when it was
against the law to have an abortion, and against the law to have homosexual
relations. Now it’s a “Right,” and a vocal minority wants it to become a
“Right” to have same sex marriages and for it to become “Normal”
Currently you have the “Right” to allow people over 21 to smoke in your
privately owned bar, (and home) but they are trying to take that right away. If
they are allowed to take away the rights in a privately owned business… they
can turn on your privately owned home next, after all you allow your kids to eat
things that are unhealthy, and some people smoke in their home while children
are present, so why not allow the government to make laws to enforce in your
Yes, protect the children and elderly from second hand smoke in public
buildings, but if you allow the government to pass laws against freedoms of
adults in private businesses… I guarantee you private homes and vehicles will
The Television is cluttered with “Gay” shows and movies, to the point that
our children are beginning to think that homosexuality is something “Normal”
and abortion is already considered “Normal” If we allow intrusive laws
pertaining to our “Private” homes and businesses to be passed, we will no
longer be a free society. (Then, government intervention in private lives will
“Almighty” Insurance Company
We ALL have either had bad
experience with insurance company or know of someone who has. Jokes about
insurance companies should be put way ahead of lawyer and car salesmen jokes. I
suppose it would be inconsiderate to call them scum suckers and crooks…so I
won’t do that.
I saw this poor old lady on TV in New Orleans with a giant tree that has crashed
onto her roof. (Been there since the hurricane) The insurance company says they
don’t cover a hurricane. (They cover wind damage…but not if it’s called a
Look at the thousands who are homeless because of water, wind and even fire
damage that the insurance companies won’t help because it was a hurricane that
caused the damage. The levee broke and flooded homes… but many didn’t have
flood insurance and it was a flood. Wasn’t that an accident? Or was it an act
of God… whatever it was, the people lost.
I recently had a flood and lost some things, so I called my agent. (You have to
call your insurance agent because they won’t write a policy so you can
understand it) My regular insurance didn’t cover it because it was a flood,
but flood insurance didn’t cover it either, because they only cover the
building and not the contents. I tried calling FEMA. (THAT WAS an experience) I
tried the FEMA website. (Lots of luck with that) I finally managed to find out
that they wouldn’t do anything for me anyway…my area wasn’t declared a
disaster. Since I have $1,000 deductible I’ll just suck it up.
When I buy insurance, I always say: I want EVERYTHING COVERED, I want the
best…and I am told I have the best when I pay that premium. Do I know what I
am talking about? Well, last year I paid close to $60,000 for various
insurances. I had 3 losses…and I lost 3 times. The insurance company is
Who decides if it is an act of God, act of nature or act of a man? The Insurance
Company! (Even if God told the kid to throw the rock through the window)
If a man cuts off his finger
slicing salami at work… he sues the restaurant.
If someone smokes 2 packs of cigarettes a day for 30 years and he dies of lung
cancer, his survivors sue the tobacco company.
Some pervert molests several children, rapes a couple women, gets 10 years in
jail, serves 3 and gets out again… AND COMMITS MORE crimes. We CAN’T sue the
judges and parole people. Most of the people who commit these horrible crimes
are repeat offenders, WHY can’t WE put the blame where it should be, on the
people in the justice system?
If someone goes on a shooting spree the parents get blamed, the gun manufacturer
gets blamed, and the gun dealer gets the blame. None of these people are
directly responsible for the commission of the crime. It is no different than
someone burning down someone’s house intentionally with a book of matches:
Should we be able to sue the match company, the grocery store who sold the
matches and the wholesaler who sold the matches to the grocery store?
If the judge’s sentencing guidelines say that a child molester should get 20
years, the he damn well should SERVE 20 years. Why should the sick S.O.B. get
any less time for good behavior? He is in jail… he is expected to be good!
Our women and children are being victimized over and over again, many times by
the same puke offenders that have already been convicted for other vicious
We need to put the blame on
the people who either sentence them or release them. (One of these groups is
responsible) If we can’t do that, then we need to change the laws and make
When I was in the bar business and someone got intoxicated in my bar and drove
over someone, I would be held accountable, because I RELEASED someone
dangerous to society. Well…the justice system is releasing people who are a
danger to society and NO ONE SEEMS to be RESPONSIBLE. Let’s change it!
During the late 50’s and
60’s we were having race riots and civil unrest… what if Russia decided to
invade our country to “Help” us become civilized. (You know… help us have
a democracy) What would have happened?
What if we didn’t have welfare? Would the churches help the poor and we’d
all have bigger paychecks?
And what if we didn’t send any troops to any other countries for awhile
and just used them to help fight crime, drugs and rebuild OUR cities. (We’d
sure save a lot of money on ammunition and bombs)
What if taxes were about half what they are? Maybe more moms that want to…
could stay at home with their kids. Maybe families wouldn’t have to work as
hard and long and could spend more time with their families and we’d have
stronger families with less juvenile delinquency and broken homes.
What if child molesters were locked up forever wouldn’t we’d have less
children hurt by these monsters? I’ll bet if judges and parole boards were
held accountable for releasing these people…less would be released to kill and
What would happen if we went back to “An eye for an eye” on punishment for
criminals? Don’t you think they might be a little less violent during a crime?
I think so!
What if the draft was brought back and politician’s kids were always the first
to get drafted? Wouldn’t we have less wars and conflicts? (Betcha it would
What if all the guns in the US were outlawed? Do you think all the criminals
would throw their guns away too? (Never happen) They would have a much better
chance of finding more helpless people to rob and kill.
What if we closed all of our US borders to everyone who didn’t meet certain
standards and had a visible means of support before coming here? No freeloaders,
criminals or bums would be allowed. (Too late for that huh?)
What if government employees could not have better health care or retirement
than their constituents? I’ll bet we’d have good health care and better
retirement. What would happen if no one could get into emergency rooms or
doctors offices unless you had insurance or a lot of money? (Politicians
What if our government decided to not help other countries (Except in
emergencies like earthquakes & disasters) until we got our own country
And finally, what if we all decided to go one year “Doing unto others and
we’d like them to do to us?” (Politicians included)
Why does everything start
in California? Those people must be getting too much sun, now they want to make
it a crime, fine you a $1,000 or more and throw you in jail if you swat your kid
on the butt. Can you imagine that? I see kids running around in the grocery
stores screaming, jumping up on shelves and acting like wild monkeys in the
stores now… what if we give them total control?
When I was a kid, the thought of rolling in the isle & screaming because I
couldn’t have a candy bar didn’t even enter my mind. I knew I’d get a
swift kick, a swat on the butt or one of those pull me up by the collar and
grunt threats in my ear chats.
Some say we have to let our kids
“Express” themselves. Well, I’m the boss in the family, so I should be
able to express myself to my kids too right?
It’s kind of like this mindset that so many people have now days…
they think they should have some say so in other people’s personal
life. You don’t think they will outlaw potato chips if we give them the
chance? GET OUT of our personal lives!!!
It’s my Kid, my life, and my
business when it comes to my child’s discipline. Besides, I only swatted my
kid’s butts for religious reasons. The bible says, “Spare the rod &
Spoil the child”
Yes, I used a little physical punishment when I felt it was needed when
the kids were growing up. Not often, but they knew it was always there as a
possibility. And you know what? None of them ever went to jail, they don’t
abuse their kids and they turned out great!
I had a dad at one time who beat me
black & blue MANY times when I was young. He was abusive and had a hot
temper. It was excessive for sure, but I damn well never crossed him or threw a
fit. We have laws against abusiveness like that; do we need a law against
What is it with some people? Why do
they think they have the right to get involved in everyone’s personal lives?
Show me that “Perfect” human out there who knows what we should all do or
you spell M-A-N-I-P-U-L-A-T-E
They took away service
station attendants to “Save us money” …then cranked up the prices. Why are
they called the “Service” stations? There’s no service. They like to call
themselves “Convenience” stores, but what’s convenient about “No
service” And you can’t call them “Gas” stations either, because they are
grocery and variety stores that sell gas.
Whenever TV stations go to a commercial break when I am watching the news, I
switch to one of the other stations. They, as well as the others are taking
commercial breaks too. They don’t want me to channel surf. So I just shut the
TV off, or go to my dish TV. (I don’t like to be manipulated)
Weather people tell me I am getting a “First” look at the weather. “Will
it be nice? Will it rain? Will it stay warm?
“First, more commercials and news”. (They could have told me in the
same amount of words… that it’s going to stay nice, or get worse.) We are
bombarded with commercials, I refuse to sit and watch shows that have nearly as
many commercials as content… I shut it off.
I listen to a “Local” talk show…90% politics and they love democrats, so I
turn to the other one…90% politics and they love Republicans. They like to
take breaks at the same time too… so I turn to music. (Love that satellite
They used to check my signature when I made credit card purchases, but now since
they want ME to swipe my credit card in the machine (For MY convenience) they rarely
check my signature. Some stores are even trying to manipulate me in to checking
out my own merchandise. (Remember what happen the warehouse market grocery
store? People like service!
When people go to a fast food place to eat, they even manipulate customers into
cleaning off their own tables, emptying their trash and put their trays away.
No tax increases? Ha!
Government manipulates my taxes up no matter what they say they say going to do.
Sometimes I feel like a robot being “Programmed” to accept whatever business
or government decides. (Ever heard the Boston Tea Party)
I was doing a little surfing on the net to see where we have US troops, as I
have been worried that we may be spreading ourselves too thin. Well, I have
discovered one thing: We have more military power than any other country in the
world has or has EVER had.
A 2004 a defense department publication showed that we had troops in 135
countries... NOW I see on the news that we have troops in 144 countries. I
didn't even know there were 144 countries! Most people couldn’t locate half of
these 144 countries on a map. (I know I couldn’t)
Yes, Caesar Augustus, Genghis Khan and King George V would have been
proud of an accomplishment like that.
Yes, we must fight terrorism, but the attack on our soil was by one nutcase
slithering from cave to cave in Afghanistan. Why isn’t he the main target of
After the 9-11 attack we had almost all of the countries of the world on our
side and if there was ever a time the UN could have and should have worked
together to do something united to end terrorism. The Bush poles were the
highest ever and I believe he could have persuaded everyone to work together on
this one. Instead, he decided to play cowboy and go off on a tangent under the
weapons of mass destruction flag and stir up the entire world and divide
everyone up. Bush blew it!
Well, I guess we have to do it huh? I mean our leaders seem to think we should
force our religion, democracy, freedom and stuff like that on everyone else.
Muslims view this war as a war against Islam and that is bad.
The latest cost of the war: 8 BILLION Dollars a MONTH. What is a ONE BILLION?
billion seconds ago it was 1959. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
BILLION Dollars a year for a war? Divide that by the number of people in the US
and that would be…???My calculator and I don’t know how to do that, but…one
Billion dollars? Well,
if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child),
you’d get $516,528.
WE are having a tough time getting more
people to join the service, I wonder why? Soldiers
that are there are being kept longer than they were told they would be there,
and I REALLY believe if we KNEW we were making progress and we could see some
daylight…everyone would feel more at ease.
By the way, all suicide bombers are invited to the Nevada test grounds October 5th
for a dress rehearsal…please bring your explosives.
No one wants to talk about religion, but it seems everyone wants to argue it. I
was taught in school that America is all about freedom of religion. And that
meant that if someone wants to celebrate certain holidays or does NOT want to
celebrate some holiday, that’s their choice. And since we are proud to live in
a country that has “Freedom of religion” no one should get angry about other
people’s beliefs. Unless it is like some of those religious zealots who
believe in killing people in the name of religion. That’s hurtful to others.
Why do people get all hostile about Bonanzaville dropping the word
“Christmas”…after all, is it a “Christians only” facility? Don't we
want Jews, Muslims, Jehovah Witnesses, Pagans and everyone else to enjoy
I don’t think Bonanzaville is trying to be politically correct, I think they
are showing respect for people of other religions. Isn’t that kosher?
Freedom of religion means not getting “Ugly” at those who celebrate their
religious holidays. Respect other’s beliefs, and expect the same from them.
After all, those who claim Christmas is a Christian-American” religious
holiday should look in the encyclopedia at where Christmas gets its origin.
The word Christmas is not any Bible that I know of. Neither is Santa Clause,
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, holiday sale or Christ’s birth date. Christmas
is a “Tradition” that many celebrate as a religious holiday. The merchants
love it, people enjoy it, but fighting over it is sacrilegious.
Why do people become so inflamed and hostile when someone doesn’t observe
“Their” particular religious following? When Jews celebrate Hanukah, It
doesn’t inflame me, nor does an agnostic’s view that there is no God make me
angry. I know there is a God, and that God is probably the same God that all
religions have… they just like to argue and fight over who He belongs to.
I did purchase a Mosquito Magnet a couple years
ago, and I feel it really does help, as does my mosquito fogger and spraying the
yard before an event. But, when you are going to be in the woods what can you
Use Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets...Best thing ever
used in Louisiana…just wipe on & go...Great for Babies
fisherman I know takes one vitamin B-1 tablet a day (April through October)
He said it works and hasn't had a mosquito bite in 33 years. Every one he
has talked into trying it works on them.
Vitamin B-1( Thiamine Hydrochloride 100 mg.)
have heard that if you eat bananas, the mosquitoes like you, - something about
the banana oil as your body processes it. Stop
eating bananas for the summer and the mosquitoes will be much less interested.
is going to floor you, but one of the best Insect repellents someone found (who
is in the woods Every day), is Vick's Vaporub. Plant marigolds around the yard,
the flowers give off A smell that bugs do not like, So plant some in that garden
also to help ward Off bugs without using insecticides.
"Tough guy" Marines who spend a great deal of time "camping
out" say that the very best mosquito Repellant you can use is Avon
Skin-So-Soft bath oil mixed about Half and half with alcohol.
of the best natural insect repellants discovered is made from the clear real
vanilla. This is the pure Vanilla that is sold in Mexico. It works great for
mosquitoes and ticks, don’t know about other insects.
former Deputy Sheriff told me that he does not wash, sweats and uses no
after-shave, deodorant or anything when he is going to be where mosquitoes are.
(That’s why he is a “Former” deputy sheriff…and has very few friends
short lived but effective natural things that work: Citronella Oil,
Castor, Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Cedar Oil , Peppermint Oil, Clove
Oil, Geranium Oil
all else fails…get a frog.
Driver “Check” points? Back when the Constitution was popular, there was a
avoid unwarranted searches, but they call driving a “Privilege” that
way we become more like those countries that stop people anytime and anywhere to
“Check their papers”, Check their breath, and check their car. Of course
this works, because the police catch drunks, people with dope, no driver’s
licenses, and even wanted people. So let’s have more checkpoints… every
night and all over town. (We could
even make owning a home a “Privilege” then it could be searched too)
using under age people to try to “Catch” bar owners selling to minors?
It WAS against the law for minors to attempt to
purchase booze, so they make a law to make it legal for police to use minors.
Well that’s good, because all bars want to sell booze to minors, right?
That’s why bars hire people to check for false ID’s, pay rewards for
employees to “Catch” under age people, pay a fortune for a liquor license
and invest all their money in a business… so they can “Risk” it all to
sell a drink to someone under age. Would it help to place ALL the responsibility
on the minor? No… they don’t have money, license or a business to go after.
We need more laws giving more “Control” and “Power” to government and
police, because after all, they know what we need and what it will take to make
this earth a paradise. Seat belts, helmets, life jackets, smoking laws, our diet
and the amount of alcohol allowed in our mouthwash will one day make America a
safe and wonderful place to live. We are so dumb and helpless; we must have more
government intervention to help us run our lives. When a few people
do stupid things, we pass stupid laws… it has become the American way.
Gay Prom Night?
Now that this publication will be coming out weekly, I
I’ll have to spend more time at the computer and less time on the road. This
means you’ll have to e-mail me with your thoughts once and a while to give me
more ideas. Of course the news seems to always make me and other ordinary people
scratch their heads in amazement, doesn’t it?
Can you imagine front-page news on a couple of unordinary guys holding hands and
going to the prom? The REAL shame is: We now have our younger people thinking
that this is something normal and acceptable. One of my grand kids said “They
can’t help it, because they were born that way, so we should except it.”
Well, there are people born with the desire to prey on little children… should
we also accept that as a legitimate sexual preference?
I would like to see the Forum have a watchdog group telling us how many letters
they get and on which side of the fence they are. (Instead of showing some sort
of an “Equal” amount of opinions)
Do you ever wonder if the Forum runs a front-page article like that… just to
get everyone stirred up and divided? (So they people talk a lot about the Forum
and sell more newspapers?
I felt like that one fella that wrote in, he wanted to cancel his Fargo Forum,
but he liked the sports and want ads and other news. Me too! And since it has
always been the ONLY newspaper in town… there’s not much of a choice huh?
Well, now that the FM Extra is going to be published EVERY WEEK, let’s support
it and watch it grow, and MAYBE it will turn into a daily paper. (Then I’ll
never get that TOTAL retirement I am trying to achieve.) I’ll do it if I have
Remember to pick up this “Almost” a newspaper publication every week
now… remember, it’s FREE!
Tom “RoadRunner” Blair
During a recent trip to Arizona, I learned a little
more about the Illegal immigrant problem, and believe me, it is a problem. The
people in states along the Mexican border
know more about it than most of us, but we ALL pay the price.
The real problem is, a Government that is doing next to
NOTHING about it. We’ve thousands of National Guard people down there, but
with no authority. According to one of the Minutemen I talk to in Arizona, the
Guard people cannot detain or arrest illegals. They just report them to the
Border Patrol. (Which is highly understaffed) The Minutemen are in the same boat
but with less authority.
A recent report showed that from the year 2000 to 2005 only 2% of illegals were
prosecuted. The 98% that were caught and released amounted to 5.2 million. Just
think about that figure… these people were released to try again and again.
This doesn’t consider all those who were not caught and DID eventually
enter the US. (No one really knows really how many enter the states undetected
There are those who enter, get jobs and blend into society and become
productive. However, the problem is the ones who are (or become) drug dealers,
gang members, and social service leaches that indirectly take our hard earned
While in Arizona, I saw a news story on TV that claimed that Phoenix had
now became 3rd in the nation for high crime, as YES, according to
some local police officers: It was definitely the illegal immigrants who were
causing the increase in crime.
There was a time when the illegals stayed in the southern states, but now
have chosen to cross the border and be disseminated all across the country. (As
a result, more are feeling the financial and criminal effects of illegal
I talked to one group of people who told me about a reservation on the
border that has hundreds of illegal aliens cross daily, and no one does anything
about it. (They said the Border Patrol had been notified repeatedly)
Ed Schultz hit on the subject real good recently. His guests were loosing
jobs because of illegal immigrants taking bids away from them and this was
apparently taking place in several places in the Red River Valley. Well, unless
WE the PEOPLE star putting pressure on our politicians to DO SOMETHING about
it… WE will someday soon be sneaking across the border ourselves…to find
Tom “RoadRunner” Blair
Most of my readers know my position on gun control,
but after the Virginia Tech massacre, anti-gun control people still stand their
ground. Why? Let me tell you about a friend of mine, who said (After the
shooting) “What do you think about getting some gun control now?”
I said, “OK…let’s look at it” Let’s say we make it a Federal crime,
with 10 years jail time (With no parole possible) to own or be in possession a
Would that do the job? “Yes” he said, “I believe
that would do it” Then I told him we’d take the guns away from the police
too. He argued about that, because he felt someone had to be able to enforce
that law. But WAIT A MINUTE, if that law we passed that law on possession of
guns… and the criminals wouldn’t have guns… then the police wouldn’t
need guns! “Well” he said, “There will still me SOME who have guns.”
EXACTLY!!! No matter if there WAS a death penalty on possession of firearms,
there still be would someone like the sicko in Virginia who will go on a rampage
and kill people. And if no one else had guns but the bad guys, it makes it easy
for criminals to kill people.
The Dean Joseph Shelly & Professor James Wright studies found that 36% of
violent criminals incarcerated “At least a few times” decided NOT to commit
a crime on someone because they feared the potential victim may have a firearm.
70% of these career criminals have been reported having been scared off, shot
at, wounded or captured by an armed crime victims.
ALL the laws in the world are not going to prevent a nut case from getting a gun
and killing a bunch of people. Recognizing and dealing with nuts will certainly
help, but more laws will NOT. It was against the law for him to shoot people,
but it didn’t prevent him did it?
We live in a violent society, our government is violent, and so are our
television shows and the games we play. We MUST NOT loose our right to protect
ourselves…we never want to be helpless against an assassin. An honest, law
abiding, trained gun owner may be the one who saves your life some day. Maybe
even save your family members. There are somewhere around 2 million people a
year who use a firearm to ward off attackers… the news people just don’t
seem to want to publicize it.
Tom “RoadRunner” Blair
We hear several times a day that
the war has no end, a meteorite is coming to destroy us all, taxes are going to
keep going up and so is crime. There’s the threat of nuclear war, global
warming, the oceans rising our country is going broke, health care is going up
and there is certainly increasing immorality.
And now many more people worry about the safety of their kids at school.)
There are hundreds of doomsday threats upon us, but yet there are those
who say: “Don’t worry… be happy” Ya know, it’s true… did worrying
ever solve anything? Did it change anything? Does it make you feel better? No…
to all of the above. So play the little song, over & over again.
every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double
don’t worry, be happy”
According to Dr. Dorothy McCoy, “Every
system in your body is affected by worry. In addition to raising blood pressure
and increasing blood clotting, worry can prompt your liver to produce more
cholesterol, all of which can raise your risk of heart attack and stroke. Muscle
tension can give rise to headaches, back pain, and other body aches. Worry can
also trigger an increase in stomach acid and either slow or speed up muscle
contractions in your intestines, which can lead to stomach aches, constipation,
diarrhea, gas or heartburn.”
“Cause when you worry your face will frown and that will bring
everybody down so don't worry, be happy”
So what do you do? Simple:
Exercise, Play some good old music you like, think of happy thoughts, Take a
mini-vacation, Give someone a small gift, Go buy yourself an ice cream cone, eat
popcorn or bake bread. (These things bring back good memories, because when you
have eaten ice cream, popcorn or home made bread… it was during “Happy”
times.) DO NOT drink alcohol, there’s nothing worse than a depressed, worrying
person compounding the problem with a depressant drug like alcohol.
Think of all the times you worried, it didn’t change anything but your
disposition and the people around you, and what ever you worried about either
happened or didn’t happen. If there’s a little (Or big) cloud over your
head, just tell that cloud, “I know you’re there and I am going to take you
head-on and deal with you when the time comes… because I am staying here and
living on, YOU are just a worry cloud and will be soon gone!” (And it will)
Tom “RoadRunner” Blair
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