I know what you mean GTed, It's getting so I can't go anywhere without me reading glasses. Who ever thought we'd be gitten' old?
Gr8fulTed, most web browsers have a function where you can increase the text size of a web page. On Fiirefox, it's under View, then Zoom. For IE, there is something similar.
I see quite a few doobies were fired up under the Space Needle last night at 12:01 am, in recognition of the legalization of marijuana in Washington state. Awaiting a report from Johnman !!
Hey Marye, how can I increase the font size here so I can stop using a magnifying glass to see what I'm typing?
From Ken Kesey's "Sometimes A Great Notion":
"Listen, kid, it all boils down to this" the lion would sum up the situation. "There's the Big-Asses like them, an' the Little Asses like us. It's easy to tell who's on who's side. There's just a few Big-Asses; they own the world and an' all the corn. There's millions of us Little Asses; they grow the corn an' all go hungry. The Big Asses, they think they can get away with this because they're better than the Little Asses -- on account of maybe somebody died an' left them a lot of money so they can pay the Little Asses to grow the corn for them, an' pay'em what they want to pay. We got to haul'em down from that, do you see? Everybody is important as they are! Everybody grows corn! Everybody eats it! Simple as that!"
Then he would leap up to sway about the room, roaring fiercely:
"Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
When we all line up in the battle...
Tell me which side you are on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
In this war for life and liberty,
Which side are you on?"
(Note: These lyrics are from a song of the Wobblies, The International Workers of the World or IWW, the original union in America. They were routed as communists but they were the forerunner of all unions in America. The AFL-CIO, which replaced the Wobs, exists to this day.)
I appreciate your opinion. I am like-minded. But the government won''t leave us alone. I have voted twice in my life.
The thing is, you are not different from anybody else. You need health care. If you don't buy health insurance the government will penalize you - starting next year.
Maybe you grow your own food and will till the day you die, but you still need gas for that machine and other stuff too. It all costs money.
The only way to beat the motherfuckers is to find an employer who will pay you under the table and not file. Get into the underground economy. Wonder what all the people who do the grow will do when it's all legalized?
One other thing. Obama pulled out the youth vote this year again. People said that he wouldn't but he did. Young people are voting. The ones who become home-owners will continue to vote. The ones in apartments? Not so much. I disagree with you about young people. The Millennials I know are really brain-dead, totally without social skills and have the morals and manners of depraved people. This is as true as a generalization can be. People are only as good as they were brought up to be and often times, when you meet the parents, even that didn't work. Karma is a bitch.
Yup, yup -- Neil Young was right, the working man is in for a hell of a fight. My next post is going to be a quote from Kesey's Sometimes A Great Notion.
but that's 20 yrs away and 5 more election cycles. so by my best guesstimates, i should be able to retire at 74 by the time i'm 67.
young people are smarter than what they're given credit.
politico's always want to get out the "young vote". why?
because the young ones are smart enough not to buy into any of
the political bullshit in this country and they don't vote..........."disillusioned", i believe they're called.
intelligent, in-tune, disappointed and disgusted realists would be more accurate.
i have voted exactly once for a president in my entire life and still , to this day,feel
like a fool for being suckered into believing that my vote "makes a difference"
i shouldn't complain too much; at least they're consistent.
every four years i can look forward to being spoken to by arrogant, condescending / patronizing assholes
who claim to know what's best for me.
public liars; slick talking, power grabbing, baby kissing, hand shaking frauds. millionaires with tax payer funded life-long pensions; people who have nothing in common with the very people who are voting for them. people who will never, ever need a "retirement plan". (george carlin explains this political process to a "t")
and the worst part of all.......... they are successful at pitting us "minions" against one another when it comes election time. like we actually have a say in what really happens when the cameras and microphones aren't focused on them and the REAL order of business takes place.
so with all of that shit in mind,
my retirement plan is
and as follows:
live in a van down by the river and keep in good standing with my dealer! :)
I never condone violence. I only highlight this to show how pissed-off people are that the government is going to screw with our medicare and social security benefits, raising the retirement age to 67. Not a done deal you say? We elected Obama and he'll save the day you say? Don't count on it. The Democrats are going to cut a deal eventually that will include these provisions. Why do i know this? Because Democratic spokespeople like Howard dean are saying it already.
Screw that and screw the democrats. We worked hard to retire at 65 and and NOBODY should be able to take that from us.
All people who have their heads buried in the sand and don't listen to the news or have anything to do with politics? LISTEN! You won't be able to retire at 65 anymore unless you're in the top five percent of income earners. Are you? Do you have a combined income of more than 250k a year and have planned so well for retirement that you don't need these two things? Well aren't you special!
I need them. I worked hard for them. This whole drama of the fiscal cliff is a bad morality play with bad actors and a bad script!!!
You would be a good one to enter this Dogfish contest.
I hope you west coasters are doing okay with all the rain these past few days. The moisture has moved mostly northeast due to the jet stream and the strong gulf air pushing dry air north through the great plains, where we're setting high temp records. We can't buy a raindrop in eastern Kansas. Colorado ski resorts are hurting for snow. What snowfall amounts are registering in the Cascades and Sierras?
Because Israel has announced new settlements in Gaza & the West Bank.
Imagine in ten years when the US will no longer be that interested in the Middle East? Perhaps the 5 billion dollars a year in foreign aid to Israel can be used for more worthwhile causes within our own country.