Monthly Archives: July 2009

THE COUNTRY of TEXAS

Texas

Texas

In case things get a little tough during the next few months we Texans have a plan…

Maybe you don’t know it, but Texas is the only state with a legal right to secede from the Union . (Reference the Texas-American Annexation Treaty of 1848.)

We Texans love y’all Americans, but we’ll probably have to take action since Barack Obama won the election and is now President of the U.S.A. We’ll miss ya’ll though.

Here is what can happen:

1. Barack Hussein Obama, after becoming the President of the United States , begins to try and create a socialist country, then Texas announces that it is going to secede from the Union .

2. George W. Bush becomes the President of the Republic of Texas . You might not think that he talks too pretty, but we haven’t had another terrorist attack and the economy was fine until the effects of the Democrats lowering the qualifications for home loans came to roost.

So what does Texas have to do to survive as a Republic?

1. NASA is just south of Houston , Texas . We will control the space industry.

2. We refine over 85% of the gasoline in the United States ..

3. Defense Industry–we have over 65% of it. The term “Don’t mess with Texas ,” will take on a whole new meaning.

4. Oil – we can supply all the oil that the Republic of Texas will need for the next 300 years. What will the other states do? Gee, we don’t know. Why not ask Obama?

5. Natural Gas – again, we have all we need and it’s too bad about those Northern States. John Kerry and Al Gore will just have to figure out a way to keep them warm…

6. Computer Industry – we lead the nation in producing computer chips and communications equipment – small companies like Texas Instruments, Dell Computer, EDS, Raytheon, National Semiconductor, Motorola, Intel, AMD, Atmel, Applied Materials, Ball Misconduct, Dallas Semiconductor, Nortel, Alcatel, etc. The list goes on and on.

7. Medical Care – We have the research centers for cancer research, the best burn centers and the top trauma units in the world, as well as other large health centers. The Houston Medical Center alone employees over 65,000 people.

8. We have enough colleges to keep educating and making smarter citizens: University of Texas , Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Rice, SMU, University of Dallas , University of Houston , Baylor, UNT ( University of NorthTexas ), Texas Women’s University, etc. Ivy grows better in the South anyway.

9. We have an intelligent and energetic work force and it isn’t restricted by a bunch of unions. Here in Texas , we are a Right to Work State and, therefore, it’s every man and woman for themselves. We just go out and get the job done. And if we don’t like the way one company operates, we get a job somewhere else.

10 We have essential control of the paper, plastics, and insurance industries, etc.

11 In case of a foreign invasion, we have the Texas National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and several military bases. We don’t have an Army, but since everybody down here has at least six rifles and a pile of ammo, we can raise an Army in 24 hours if we need one. If the situation really gets bad, we can always call the Department of Public Safety and ask them to send over the Texas Rangers.

12 We are totally self-sufficient in beef, poultry, hogs, and several types of grain, fruit and vegetables, and let’s not forget seafood from the Gulf. Also, everybody down here knows how to cook them so that they taste good. We don’t need any food.

13 Three of the ten largest cities in the United States , and twenty-three of the 100 largest cities in the United States are located inTexas . And Texas also has more land than California , New York , New Jersey , Connecticut , Delaware , Hawaii , Massachusetts, Maryland , Rhode Island , and Vermont combined.

14 Trade: Three of the ten largest ports in the United States are located in Texas .

15 We also manufacture cars down here, but we don’t need to. You see, nothing rusts in Texas so our vehicles stay beautiful and run well for decades.

This just names a few of the items that will keep the Republic of Texas in good shape. There isn’t a thing out there that we need and don’t have. Now to the rest of you folks in the United States under President Obama: Since you won’t have the refineries to get gas for your cars, only President Obama will be able to drive around in his big 9 mpg SUV. The rest of the United States will have to walk or ride bikes.

You won’t have any TV as the Space Center in Houston will cut off satellite communications. You won’t have any natural gas to heat your homes, but since Mr. Obama has predicted global warming, you will not need the gas as long as you survive the 2000 years it will take to get enough heat from Global Warming. 

Signed,

The People of Texas

P.S. This is not a threatening letter – just a note to give you something to think about!

Sleep well tonight ’cause the eyes of Texas are on YOU!! One Nation Under God!!

 ”Life’s tough…it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”

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Embracing Imperfection

When I was a little boy, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.

burnt toast

burnt toast

 And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I’ll never forget what he said. ‘Baby, I love burned toast.’

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night, and I asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, ‘Little Buddy, your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides-a little burnt toast never hurt anyone! You know, life is full of imperfect things…and imperfect people. I’m not the best housekeeper or cook.’

What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults – and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is the one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. And that’s my prayer for you today – that you will learn to take the good, the bad and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of GOD. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where burnt toast isn’t a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship in fact – as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!!”

 Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket – but into your own.

 See through God’s eyes and feel through God’s heart, and you will appreciate the value of every soul including yourself.

People will always forget what you do, and they will always forget what you say, but they will never, ever forget the way you make them feel.

TigerWoods speech at the Inauguration

I watched his golf tournament in DC (which he won) and it was easy to see that he believed what he said in this speech. He probably won’t get another invite from the White House for some time.

Subject: Fwd: TigerWoods speech at the Inauguration

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE IT NEVER WAS COVERED IN THE NEWSPAPERS.

Tiger Woods received a specialde invitation to speak at the inauguration. His

Inviters were stunned and shocked when he did not deliver the message they expected. A brief read and you will understand why the media swept Woods’ remarks under the rug with no further ado and why the liberal left of our

American society was again displeased with Tiger.

His speech was entitled:

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” [text is word-for-word as posted on Tiger’s web site]

“I grew up in a military family – and my role models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods. My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of the service, and every rank.

In my Dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life; from every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended

our safety in the dark of night and far from home.

Each day — and particularly on this historic day — we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every

person who is in uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely.

I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional one as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes.

I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it.

In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man at whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said: ‘I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country.’

Just as they have stood tall for our country – we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families.

Thank you, and it is now my pleasure to introduce the US Naval Glee Club

….”

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Tiger Woods’ 2-minute, 5-second tribute to the our nation’s military was delivered January 18th at the Inaugural Celebration in Washington , DC ! He had been subjected to intense pressure to attend and offer remarks.

Especially so by liberals who have demeaned and criticized him for a decade for not joining their ranks.

Yet, at the Lincoln Memorial, instead of paying homage to Barack Obama, Tiger paid tribute to our soldiers. Not once did Tiger mention Obama, the inauguration or the new administration. He had to understand expressing his

love for America and appreciation for our military men and women would disappoint the national news media and the liberal left. But Tiger is his own man; his father taught him to be his own man.

Somewhere over that cold, gray Washington sky, Colonel Earl Woods was smiling down on his beloved son. And there will be one more crying hug waiting for Tiger when the time comes he passes through heaven’s gates into

God’s arms.

What? You did not previously know what Tiger said? You did not see a video clip of him speaking on a national television network, you did not see a photo of Tiger at the Lincoln Memorial offering his remarks, you did not

read a story in the NY Times? His appearance at the Inaugural Celebration had been widely hailed and promoted in advance by the Obama inaugural organizers. Yet January 18 when he came and spoke . . .

Oh, well.

Can you believe a teenager did this?

There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy.25 in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed.

It’s quite an impressive sight. Be sure to scroll down and check out the multiple photos. (all angles) of the rock.

I thought the flag was draped over the rock, but it’s not. It’s actually painted on the rock too.

 

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Here’s the artist:

Ray ‘Bubba’ Sorensen.

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A Soldier’s Take on MIchael Jackson

michael-jacksonA Soldier’s Take On Michael Jackson’s Death This is written by a young soldier serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. Thought you might find his take on the Michael Jackson news interesting and he’s right.

Okay, I need to rant.
 I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on Michael Jackson. As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villian to many people. I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn’t the point of my rant.
 
Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the country was to ENTERTAIN people, the Amercian people find the need to flock to a memorial in Hollywood , and even Congress sees the need to hold a “moment of silence” for his passing?
 
Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and all of a sudden he’s a martyr because he entertained us for a few decades? What about all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All those Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands and swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America . Where is their moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying “good riddence,” and “thank God for IEDs?” When did this country become so calloused to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN that they can arbitrarily blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into mourning for a “Pop Icon?”
 
I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN CONGRESS for Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan . They need to PUBLICLY recognize every life that has been lost so that the American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and freedom that WE, those that are living and those that have gone on, have provided for them. But, wait, that would take too much time, because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice. After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star in movies, or write hit songs that the world will listen too. We only shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can en joy what they have. 

A Soldier’s Take On Michael Jackson’s Death This is written by a young soldier serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. Thought you might find his take on the Michael Jackson news interesting and he’s right.

 Okay, I need to rant.

I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on Michael Jackson. As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villian to many people. I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn’t the point of my rant.

Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the country was to ENTERTAIN people, the Amercian people find the need to flock to a memorial in Hollywood , and even Congress sees the need to hold a “moment of silence” for his passing?

Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and all of a sudden he’s a martyr because he entertained us for a few decades? What about all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All those Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands and swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America . Where is their moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying “good riddence,” and “thank God for IEDs?” When did this country become so calloused to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN that they can arbitrarily blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into mourning for a “Pop Icon?”

I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN CONGRESS for Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan . They need to PUBLICLY recognize every life that has been lost so that the American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and freedom that WE, those that are living and those that have gone on, have provided for them. But, wait, that would take too much time, because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice. After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star in movies, or write hit songs that the world will listen too. We only shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can en joy what they have.

Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it. Remember these five words the next time you think of someone who is serving in the military;

“So that others may live…”

Isaac

Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it. Remember these five words the next time you think of someone who is serving in the military;

“So that others may live…”
 
Isaac

Honor & Sacrifice / Recognition of

“Killed in action the week before, the body of Staff Sergeant John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City , Georgia , just south of Atlanta , on June 11, 2009 . The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough , Georgia . A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time.

Nowadays one can be led to believe that America no longer respects honor and no longer honors sacrifice outside the military. Be it known that there are many places in this land where people still recognize the courage and impact of total self-sacrifice. Georgia remains one of those graceful places. The link below is a short travelogue of that day’s remarkable and painful journey. But only watch this if you wish to have some of your faith in people restored”.

http://blip.tv/play/AYGJ5h6YgmE

Retirement and economic meltdown

This is the kind of news most of us do not want to hear and we tend to ignore it as it is unpleasant to say the least. To some, this is nothing more than more scary or frightening propaganda passed on by unhappy people, who seem to enjoy causing discomfort to others. To yet others, this is a warning alert sent out in order to prepare our citizens for some very bad times ahead in our nation’s future, and we can all hope and pray that it never gets as bad as suggested in the below article. Even if it becomes only half as bad as suggested, then we will still have issues at home that are far beyond what we have ever experienced thus far.

When we think at the possible effects of our cities , towns, and counties running low or out of monies, the only solutions are raising taxes and those easiest to tap are those owning their properties as otherwise those properties can be confiscated under foreclosure rulings, and then one has to determine where they can afford to live and if they can afford other than maybe the eking out of a living. Furthermore, cities, towns, and counties will have to delay road repairs and such, as well as laying off workers at one end and having to hire more security and first responder forces at the other end. No matter how that is done it will be difficult for all in the end. Worse yet, if we cannot properly fund our city, county, and local needs, then we will not be able to fund our multi-billion dollar military needs with up-to-date items as aircraft, ships, etc.

Our present day military forces stand at 1/2 the numbers that we had during the peace time era albeit called the “Cold War,” and even so, we most likely will not be able to sustain the present numbers of our present day forces. Eventually, parts will then become in short supply for those items of equipment now in our national and military inventories. Additionally, future innovations and planned purchases will have to be delayed or simply removed from future outlays of funding. Worse yet, we have many enemies both from within and without who are seeking the demise of our once great nation, and that makes us subject to attack and possible conquest, and eventual subjugation by foreign entities.

Our main enemies are the Communists and Jihadists/Radical Muslims, and the only thing that has been blocking their take- over in many parts of the world has been the USA, and if we fall or falter then they will proceed with their repeated and well publicized goals of world conquest. It is that simple, yet many of our own leaders try to obfuscate this basic and common sense truth of it all, with scholarly verbiage or legal terms, or with suggestions of appeasement, or else by demeaning or ranting against our past administrations and our national history as well. Sometimes, we Americans are our own worst enemy.

If we Americans continue to be concerned more with the death of an entertainer like Michael Jackson than in who is running our nation into the ground and why, then there is little hope of reversing the below trends. We still have the time and ability to correct much of this, but it will require American citizens to become much more educated and concerned with national and international issues, and to vote out those who are the cause of much of these present day problems and issues, than has been shown by most of us to date.

If the below projection is accurate, anyone drawing a government retirement, especially a state or city retirement, could be effected by that entity going broke in the next 2-3 years. California brought their problems on themselves (unchecked illegal invasion from Mexico that swelled the welfare/entitlement rolls, sky high property taxes, ridiculous environmental regulations, and so on that forced many companies to move out of state taking their taxes and jobs with them). Other states, such as New York, Tax chooses, and others are not far behind. This is the direct result of globalist and liberal politics (moving companies overseas, which reduces the jobs, thereby reducing the tax base etc.). This country is in for a serious collapse. Better get you and your families ready for the worst. Our government pension checks may be in serious jeopardy.

Thought you might be interested in reading this.

Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Alabama Retirement Systems, the 43rd largest investment fund in America, spoke at Rotary Club here yesterday. He is one of the most respected fund controllers in the United States today by his peers.

Bronner had the following to say:

1) Next month, July, California hits the wall financially, that will send a ripple effect across the US economy, AND over the next two years one state after the other will fall to its knees financially as the federal government stimulus package ends by 2011. It has helped various states at different levels comparative to their economic condition. He says the stimulus package is what’s

been keeping the states alive for now…except for California which was in such terrible shape the stimulus package wasn’t enough to really help them. “They go first” He said Alabama would hit the wall in February of 2011, late in the game as Alabama is in better shape than other states. Bronner says Alabama might dodge the bullet if the economy revives enough by then. But, he doesn’t really think things will improve enough by then to avoid a crisis…”It will be the largest economic crisis in the history of the State of Alabama”

Bronner says Alabama will experience such significant shortfalls by 2011 that taxes will have to be raised substantially to avoid collapse…probably on property. And that practically all states will face a similar fate.

2) Within 120 to 150 days from now the commercial real estate market nationally begins to collapse as stores, malls, and shopping strips, and industrial plant have enough closures (store and plant) and loss of rental revenue to make them unable to pay their mortgages. They will start going into foreclosure unable to pay their mortgages in a significant way at that time

creating a second wave of economic disaster starting three to four months from now.

3) Unless oil stays above $70 a barrel Russian and Mexican economics will begin to unravel as countries (“socio-economic collapse”) economies require that much from oil to have an adequate revenue stream to feed their people and economies. AND, the only other big revenue stream for Mexico is illegal drugs sold in the US…so their economy will intensify their focus on selling drugs in America as a result in order to survive if oil doesn’t stay above $70…he said $90 would be better for them.

4) The US economy (according to Bronner) is today like a patient in the emergency room in the process of having a heart attack. He said people tend to think of it as being in the hospital for cancer or chronic disease. Without the huge Bush stimulus, and then the huge Obama stimulus, the economy would have already flat lined…(i.e. we’d be experiencing a Great Depression style

economic collapse heading toward 25% unemployment or so as the tumble would have continued and intensified at an increasing rate, with the stock market hitting around 2,000) Bronner said the depth of the crisis was greater than ANYONE realized and agrees today, after learning the extent of the crisis, that the federal government simply had to start “shoveling” money at it to prevent a true and complete collapse of our economy.. He said he, at first, was mad at this shoveling of money until he learned the truth about the amount of money necessary to prevent a total collapse which he believes would have happened.

5) Inflation will not arrive for 3 to 5 years as the economy is in a deflationary stage due to the economic plummet…and will not experience inflation until people start “buying things” again, and that’s going to take a while! He also believes 3 to 5 years is probably the term until true economic recovery establishes in the US and world economy.

6) China must start selling their products to people in their own country and paying their workers enough to buy them. This would increase their products prices, reducing their exports (and “besides they will lose interest in having more US dollars anyway”) and enabling other countries (US) to compete with them.

7) The greatest threat to the US economy is one of around 9 world events that could heap misery on top of misfortune at exactly the wrong time. A nuclear incident with N Korea, a plague, Israel attacking Iran (oil shock), or such could still throw the US economy into a Great Depression style situation. He said the greatest risk of this is anytime from now until the world economy gets somewhat back on its feet…in 3 to 5 years.

You may or may not believe it. But, at least it’s from a credible and intelligent source.