Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Oh, What a Feeling!

***I actually was completely caught up yesterday, for, like, five minutes or so. But boy, did that feel good! I celebrated by going to Hobby Lobby with my Mom. Love that place!

***Ode to Trader Joe's. I keep hearing about that place, but I've never been to one.

***Coffee cuts Alzheimer's disease risk. Well THAT'S good news.

***Why doesn't the federal government want Florida to purge the thousands of dead and/or illegal voters off its rolls? Do you really need to ask?

"For nearly a year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to meet its legal obligation to provide us the information necessary to identify and remove ineligible voters from Florida's voter rolls," Detzner said in a statement. "We can't let the federal government delay our efforts to uphold the integrity of Florida elections any longer." 

 It's simple, really. Florida is very important to Obama's re-election, and if their dead or felony constituents can't vote it makes it much more difficult to steal the election there.

***Contempt vote for Holder scheduled. I'd love to see this guy marched off to jail. That's hoping for a bit much, but removed from office would do. Probably won't happen, but one can dream.

***Good heavens...

***E.T. turns 30. Where are they now?

***Wealth destruction, 2007-2010.

At a high level, the Fed survey reveals that both income and wealth were hit hard during the time covered by study. Median real income fell by 7.7%, with the decline affecting all income groups except “retirees and other nonworking families.” Some would say that is because the public sector–its entitlement arm, anyway–is doing fine. The story with respect to wealth is even worse. Median net worth declined by 40%, erasing 18 years of savings and investment for the average family. Much of that decline, but by no means all, related to home prices.

Well that's depressing.

***North Dakota considers eliminating property tax. I'm all for that!

***Starbucks turns to Ohio mug company rather than China for its mugs. Neat story.

Never Give Up
Sir Winston Churchill took three years getting through eighth grade because he had trouble learning English. It seems ironic that years later Oxford University asked him to address its commencement exercises.
He arrived with his usual props. A cigar, a cane and a top hat accompanied Churchill wherever he went. As Churchill approached the podium, the crowd rose in appreciative applause. With unmatched dignity, he settled the crowd and stood confident before his admirers. Removing the cigar and carefully placing the top hat on the podium, Churchill gazed at his waiting audience. Authority rang in Churchill’s voice as he shouted, “Never give up!”
Several seconds passed before he rose to his toes and repeated: “Never give up!” His words thundered in their ears. There was a deafening silence as Churchill reached for his hat and cigar, steadied himself with his cane and left the platform. His commencement address was finished.

***                             Let me get that for you...

***Love this graduation address. So much has been made of students' "self esteem" in our schools. They are made to think they are God's gift to the world, and they are SO special, even when they haven't done anything special. This guy puts everything in perspective.

Each of you is dressed, you'll notice, exactly the same.  And your diploma, but for your name, exactly the same.  All of this is as it should be because none of you is special.  You're not special.  You're not exceptional.  Contrary to what your U-9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mr. Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you, you are nothing special.

Read the whole thing, it's awesome.

***Neat picture...

"Nobody rises to low expectations."
~ Calvin Lloyd

***Have a great day!

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