Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cell Phone Use

Have you ever looked around when you are somewhere and noticed the number of people using cell phones? You can be at a restraint and sometimes everyone at a table will be checking their phone or testing. If you go to an office four out of five people are on their phones or texting. One person today when her cell phone went off it sounded like an alarm clock. Then when people do talk on their phones they talk real loud. Now they are considering allowing people on some flights to make cell phone calls. It would be nice if they did not allow this since it will cause great confusion. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Affordable Care Act vs the President, the House, Senate and Staffers

The Affordable Care Act or better known as Obama Care does not include the President, the House or the Senate. They are all exempt from the Affordable Care Act and they and their staffers get health care from wherever they like. So there is a double standard here, one those inside the Beltway and one for the American people. When the Founding Fathers debated this subject in The Federalist Papers number 57 written by later President James Madison. It was made very clear that anything passed by the Congress was to be good enough for the Congress and the President. The Federalist Paper number 57 clearly states that the Congress and the President are not to, "elevate the few above the many." So even if the Congress passed this act and the President signed it, this legislation should pertain to all Americans in the United States of America.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Alaska Pod Casts

My oldest son is getting ready to march into the 21st Century with Pod Casting. First he is going to have an audio Pod Cast and later a video Pod Cast. One you just hear the voice and the other one there is live feed like on television. He is getting all the equipment to start up the operation and is building a small studio in his spare bedroom for when he goes live. His show will center around The state of Alaska and all the demographics that cover the land of the midnight sun.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Arthurdale Remembered by Jo Ann Lawson Frederick

During the 1930's, the government built 165 homes. The homesteaders cost was to be $2,500 in 1933. The first 50 homes were paid for by the federal government. Those homes were built by the first 50 men. They were known as the pioneers, and got the first homes. My daddy was number 7 he had worked as an electric apprentice.
Dedication was in June 1934, Mrs. Roosevelt and Jennings Randolph came for the festivities and wished the homesteaders success. By then, 37 homes were complete, a center complex, an industrial factory, Inn, service station and a state of the art school.
The Hodgson Company built the pioneer homes. Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Cook designed the interiors. 75 Wagner homes were finished by 1935. A third group was finished in 1936.
By 1937, all pioneers were moved into their new homes which had 5 acres and barn, as well as, hog and hen houses. Homesteaders supplied meat, fruit, and vegetables. 81 of the homes produced 5000 gallons of vegetables, 100 gallons of fruit, and tons of squash, potatoes, pumpkins, cabbage, and root crops, estimated in value at over $14,000.
The new homesteaders had to learn to farm, preserve food and raise and butcher live stock and find employment. They founded a men's club, a women's club, a singing group, drama club, gardening, crafts, and various athletic clubs. Men and women formed a pottery class, which closed during World War II for lack of materials.
The center hall and church were being built at this time. The center complex was filled with square dancers. Interdenominational services were held.
After World War II, a choral building campaign was started. The former first lady died in 1967. But not before she got to dedicate the new Arthurdale Presbyterian Church, which was completed in 1960. Arthurdale was where I grew up.  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Historical Leadville, Colorado

The history of Leadville, Colorado started in 1860 when gold was discovered in California Gulch. The town soon grew from a few individuals to 30,000 in a short time. At first it was gold they were seeking and when it ran out the silver boom started. Some well known individuals who visited Leadville or lived there were Molly Brown, Doc Holliday, the James Brothers, Bat Masterson, Jefferson Randolph {Soapy} Smith and Oscar Wild. In 1884 Doc Holliday had his last gun fight at the Hyman building in Leadville. Around 1880 Leadville became the second largest community in Colorado. In 1886 the historical Delaware Hotel which we stayed in while there was built. In 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt visited Leadville. The entire city is loaded with historical buildings and sites which can be visited.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Throw Away Veterans

Should you get wounded in Afghanistan the Colorado Springs Gazette states that you could receive no benefits if you get an "other than honorable discharge." The Army's new policy is make a file on individual veterans that have received wounds, head injuries and PTSD from action in a war zone. When there is enough data discharge the veteran. Many veteran are coming back from the war in Afghanistan with injuries that cause them to miss appointments, are slow at doing tasks and reporting for sick-call to often. Then they are discharged with no benefits and the VA will not except them for medical treatment. So they are left to use the emergence rooms at major hospitals to get treatment or something to stabilize their condition. So now there is a class of veterans that are discharged just to get rid of them. The Army continues to claim this is not true.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Veterans Administration

The Veteran's Administration contrary to what many are saying is preforming an outstanding job based on the number of staff and funding they receive. Yes it does take quite awhile to get forms processed with the VA and get an answer to your problem. However at present the waiting time is at a minimum of six months for disability claims and at least six weeks to get an general appointment. However if you are persistent, jump through all the hoops and fill out the paperwork you will get an answer and see a doctor. Yes it will be a long line in the pharmacy but take a number and read a book. The wait may be long and take time but it's no worse than some emergency rooms. If and when you get an appointment make sure you keep the appointment since it costs money when you don't call and cancel in advance. Lastly don't badmouth the clerks out front in the lobby since they did not create your problem and are just doing their job. In other words be willing to wait your turn.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Vietnam Veterans Backlash

The Persian Gulf wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a toll on our active duty military and has drummed up memories and mental problems by Vietnam Veterans. Many Vietnam Veterans came back after the war and appeared to have no social problems and were living a fairly normal life. But some ticking time bomb has made many of them start living through the events that went on during the war and is effecting them both physically and mentally. Many have turned to the VA for help and others have not did so. They are suffering from events that went on during the war which is giving them second thoughts about guilt during the war of what they saw. Even those aboard ships are having events like PTSD that were not even on land, from guilt about what happened while they were there. So the VA today is not only dealing with current soldiers in Afghanistan it is helping Vietnam Veterans with their relived mental and physical events. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Congress Prepares Flu Tax

If H.R. 475 is received by the Senate from the house of Representatives and is worded the same a new Flu Tax of $.75 will be added to the tax code of the IRS. These funds would be placed in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund. The fund has paid out over 2.5 billion dollars in the past 25 years. It would raise 100 million dollars a year for the fund. The fund was started to pay out claims to those injured by the vaccine. The house version died in committee but the Senate version passed on the day it was introduced. The Center for Disease Control states that 135 million doses of the vaccine will be used this year according to the Weekly Standard. There is no money set aside for this Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund it is invested in US Treasury Securities or a portion of our 16.5 trillion national debt.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Colorado Pot Event Draws Fire

During the 4/20 marijuana counterculture holiday in Denver, Colorado Saturday scattered gunfire broke out and two people, a man and a woman suffered minor wounds. Media reported that a third person was grazed. Denver police are looking for two suspects and video of the shooting. There was no motive for the gunfire according to police. The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. at the downtown Civic Center Park. Some 80,000 people attended after Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use. Police were on scene to just observe the celebration but not arrest anyone. From the video provided on the news the park was crowded and almost everyone was having an interesting day of music and festivities.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blogging Has Turned Negative

This is a morning that it is hard to come upon a story that is worth Blogging. Boston, West, Texas, China earthquake, North Korea there is so much happening in the world it just doesn't feel like fun this morning. Most cities across the United States including mine are preparing for extra precautions. But how do you not go about your everyday lives and not think that something bad could happen. It's almost impossible to go anywhere and not be in a crowd. There must be a reason for all these nut-bags and natural events that are happening around the world and here in the United States. Perhaps the Almighty is telling us to get out act together. For those who do or not believe it will never be the same again and we can't change yesterday.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Raise Your Pants in Louisiana

The Terrebonne Parish Town Council in Louisiana passed an anti-sagging law to keep men's pants up and not showing their underwear. Pants would not be allowed below the waste or exposing their underwear. The first offense would cost fifty dollars, one hundred dollars for a second offense and one hundred dollars and sixteen hours of  public service for a third offense. The parish voted 8-1 to pass the ordinance. Before the vote NAACP president Jerome Boykin argued in favor of the sagging ban. The NAACP youth director was also in favor of the ban. "This is not a black issue, this is not a white issue, this is a people issue." The ACLU sent the council a letter stating the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

96 Year Old Deacon Beaten Dies

Levi Clayton "a 96 year old" church deacon living in  Buffalo, New York was beaten during a home invasion last year. He suffered a broken jaw and other injuries on the night of 24 November, 2012. Mr Clayton spent several weeks in a hospital while recovering. Three thugs forced their way into his home according to a surveillance camera attached to his home. One 18 year old is the only one charged with home invasion at this time. There are so many home invasions that occur across this country that Mr. Clayton becomes just another face in the crowd. At one point Mr. Clayton threw a lamp at the invaders to keep them at bay. Mr. Levi Clayton was a retired auto worker and a World War veteran. Mr. Clayton passes away this past Wednesday. May you rest in peace Mr. Clayton.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

United States Food Stamp Use

Fifteen percent of the American people are on Food-Stamps and this increased by 1.8% in January 2013 compared with a year earlier. The total number of those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] this year has reached 47.3 million which accounts for nearly "one in seven Americans." Mississippi with 22% is the state with with the highest number of citizens relying on Food-Stamps. Twelve states saw the use of Food-Stamps decrease including Oregon, Maine, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Idaho, North Dakota, Utah and North Carolina. The nations capital Washington, DC was slightly higher than Mississippi with 23%. Wyoming had the lowest number of citizens on Food-Stamps in the country standing at 7%. One out of five citizens in Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia are now listed on Food-Stamps.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Member of SEAL Team 6 killed, another SEAL injured in parachute accident

Member of SEAL Team 6 killed, another SEAL injured in parachute accident

Not dying from global warming but high taxes

Not dying from global warming but high taxes

Chinese Food and Information

Elizabeth Niehi
Elizabeth Niehi a Hooksett, New Hampshire
woman called 911 and requested aid at her home. When the Fire Department arrived  she wanted information on ordering chinese food. A couple of weeks after she called 911 the police got a warrant and she was arrested for "misuse of emergency-911" service and released on $5000 bail. She will have to appear in court in April to answer the charges. Next time Elizabeth wants chinese food she should call the real information service it would be cheaper. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dale Peterson Arrested For Stealing Cashews

Birmingham, Alabama Republican Dale Peterson was arrested Wednesday at a Sam's Club for what they called stealing a handful of cashews [twenty cents worth]. He was taken to jail. Apparently this is the second time in five months Mr. Peterson has been arrested for shoplifting. He feels that his "political enemies" are behind this latest shoplifting charge. He told The Daily Caller, "I can tell you right now on a stack of Bibles, Dale Peterson is not a thief." Security at the Sam's Club watched Mr. Peterson open a jar of cashews and eat a handful. Then approximately one and a half hours later he placed the jar back on the shelf when he decided not to buy the cashews. For a man who is the underdog and fights against "thugs and criminals," it seems Mr. Peterson got caught with his hand in the so called cookie jar.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Colorado Springs Violating First Amendment on Solicitation

The city of Colorado Springs City Councils new policy of stopping solicitation in the downtown core of the city is to state you must be twenty feet back from any business or establishment. This violates the First Amendment rights of citizens since most of the sidewalks stand-back twenty feet or less from the streets. This would require citizens to stand in the street in the core of the city to do any form of solicitation and violate the law. This is the city getting around the ACLU threat to sue over their last attempt to circumvent the First Amendment for the businessmen of Colorado Springs. There are still locations where citizens could do solicitation but it would be in Acacia  Park or other locations and away from the center of the city.