Saturday, February 15, 2014

Soggy Saturday

***Danged if we didn't get more snow yesterday! It was beautiful, but I'm thinking green grass & flowers would be a little more beautiful! Oh well, as my Gramma Elsrod used to say, don't wish your life away! Better be happy in the moment. Mark's family is coming this afternoon. We're going to have our Valentine dinner at Red Lobster, then come back here for dessert. I still have no idea what I'm going to make, better get cracking, I guess.

***Socialism's failure. We see this all over the world, so tell me why so many people are enamored of our version of Hugo Chavez, President Barack Obama? He's leading us down the same road, and unfortunately there are a lot of fools willing to follow him - some with Rs after their name.

The suddenness of Venezuela’s collapse should have come as no surprise because downfalls are inherently abrupt. Collapse is a phase change. One moment something is sailing along fat, dumb and happy and the next moment it is sinking beneath the waves. The change from two to one is a loss of 50%; but the change from one to zero is binary.
So it was in Venezuela. Imagine waiting two years to buy a car and finding just when you thought you finally buy one that there are no cars for sale at all.
Leonardo Hernandez had hoped to buy a new car this year, ending nearly two years of waiting on various lists at different dealerships throughout the country.
Those hopes were dashed last week when Toyota Motor Co. said it would shut down its assembly operations in Venezuela due to the government’s foreign exchange controls that have crippled imports and made it impossible to bring in parts needed to build its vehicles.
The country’s other car manufacturers, including General Motors and Ford, haven’t even started operations this year, while waiting for needed parts to arrive.
Think of not being able to buy soap, rice or toilet paper or order a cup of coffee, where even the rich are feeling poor. “In the serene private clubs of Caracas, there is no milk, and the hiss of the cappuccino machine has fallen silent. In the slums, the lights go out every few days, or the water stops running. In the grocery stores, both state-run shops and expensive delicatessens, customers barter information: I saw soap here, that store has rice today. The oil engineers have emigrated to Calgary, the soap opera stars fled to Mexico and Colombia. And in the beauty parlours of this nation obsessed with elaborate grooming, women both rich and poor have cut back to just one blow-dry or manicure each week.”

If America doesn't wake up and throw the liberal bums out this November, we may not come back at all.

***What's wrong with the modern diet. This isn't just another "how to lose weight" article, there are some really interesting things here - along with some things we all know and sometimes choose to ignore, like how bad sugar is for you. Take a look.

***Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen factory reject UAW representation. Good for them. No doubt the union will sue for some reason and try to force themselves in.

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories.
The 712-626 vote released late Friday stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.

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GMH stands for Gives Me Hope. There are some really good short anecdotes there.


***Hmmmm....nah, I don't think I like it.



***Yes, there are alternatives to Obamacare being offered - they just don't want you to know about them.

For a better life, Americans need a health care system that they, not the government, control. Consumers should have the ability to choose how to meet their health insurance needs in a free market for insurance. Taxpayers should benefit from a more efficient and affordable system for helping those who need health care but cannot afford it. Above all, patients, with their doctors, should make their own health care decisions free from government interference.
The important first step is to repeal the Obamacare statute that puts the government in charge of health care. The second step is to let the country move to a patient-centered, market-based system that focuses on citizens and not on the government.

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***A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.~~ Daniel Webster

***Have a great day!

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