Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's Nearing The Time To "Go To The Mattresses"

As I watch the daily newscasts from different news channels, it amazes me that each channel has its own view of what's news. If you're watching CBS, ABC or NBC their stories are more or less along the same lines of importance. Cable channels like the liberal CNN and the conservative FOX seem to have their own ideas of what's important and tend to run their stories to fit their own political preferences and ideas.

What really amazes me is that aside from CNN's Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs (probably the only conservative member of CNN), no one is paying attention to the U.S.-American border and myriad of horror stories happening there. In Juarez, Mexico, Drug Cartels have taken over the town. The Mayor has resigned and fled, the sheriff has resigned and there is no government there. The media is so concerned about reporting every move Obama makes and on the stimulus bill, no one seems to be noticing the dark cloud forming on our southern border. I hope that I don't have to write "I told you so" in the coming year.

In the interim, you'd better start preparing to pay more taxes. If this April 15th doesn't cost you money, it will next year. That is, of course, if you declare you income and file your taxes. If not, please disregard this paragraph and continue your fiesta with your home boys.

The stimulus package has to be paid by someone and we will probably go to China to finance it. That loan will be repaid by the tax payer (that means you). Just for the record, you already pay quite a bit to China if you shop at Walmart. I recently watched a documentary called Walmart: High Cost / Low Price. If you have a chance, watch it.

The documentary shows city governments in America giving untold tax breaks to Walmart to get them into their community. The promise that Walmart makes to these communities sounds good at first, but Walmart doesn't ever really comply with their part of the deal. When it's time for Walmart to start really paying their share of taxes to the city government, they fold their stores, move outside the city limits and rebuild there, thus avoiding the city taxes. Besides forcing all the nearby Mom and Pop stores to go out of business, they leave the small city with a giant, unrentable, empty warehouse and a town with many of it's citizens counting on working for the Walmart at low wages.

Pretty nifty, huh? They pay $.18 to the Chinese slave workers for the shirt, ship the shirt to America and sell the shirt from a tax subsidized warehouse in a small, needy American city for $11.00. Think about that the next time you shop at Walmart, that is assuming you or your family haven't already died from their lead based products and poisoned Chinese food.

This Date In History: 1681; King Charles II grants Quaker landowner William Penn a vast tract of land in North America, which is to become the colony of Pennsylvania. 1877; Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premieres at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. 1890; The Forth railway bridge is opened. 1966; In an interview, John Lennon announces that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus. 1975; Charlie Chaplin is knighted.

Picture Of The Day: I guess today's news kind of got under my skin a little so I went to the mattresses (you would have to seen the Godfather to understand the term). I don't know if I enlightened anyone, but I sure feel better and I didn't even break my keyboard.

Birthdays: Henry the Navigator, prince of Portugal 1394, Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish portrait painter 1756, Alan Sillitoe, British novelist and poet 1928, Miriam Makeba, South African singer 1932.

Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) I am military qualified for use of the 45 automatic pistol, the M-1, M-14 and M-16 assault rifles. 2) I do not hunt for any four legged creatures.....four legged! 3) I have never had a blind date although some had other maladies. 4) Upon turning 21, my first trip to Miami Jai Alai for para-mutual gaming returned winnings of $250 in an era where $150 per week was decent income. 5) The day after I won $250 at Miami Jai Alai, my father began charging me rent for living at home.

The Hits Just Keep On Coming:

Barack Obama was elected President and is spending his first night in the White House. All of a sudden, the ghost of George Washington appears, and Obama says, "How can I best serve my country?" Washington says, "Never tell a lie." Obama says, "Well, I'll try but that's very difficult."

The next night, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson appears. Obama says, "How can I best serve my country?" Jefferson says, "Listen to the people." Obama says, "I really don't know if I can do that."

On the third night, the ghost of Abraham Lincoln appears. Obama says, "How can I best serve my country?" Lincoln says, "Go to the theater."

Vice President Joe Biden received the following message from an Indian (Native American) on a reservation: "Be careful with your immigration laws. We were careless with ours."

A man was called in for an audit by the IRS. So he asked his accountant for advice on what to wear. His accountant told him. "Wear your worst clothing and an old pair of shoes. Let them think you are a pauper." Then he asked his lawyer the same question. The lawyer said, "Don't let them intimidate you. Wear your best suit and an expensive tie."

Confused, the man went to his minister, told him of the conflicting advice, and asked him what he should do. "Let me tell you a story," replied the minister. "A woman about to be married asked her mother what to wear on her wedding night. Her mother told her to wear a heavy, long, flannel nightgown that goes right up to your neck and wool socks. But when she asked her best friend, she got conflicting advice. Her friend told her to wear her most sexy negligee with a V-neck right down to her navel."

The man said, "But reverend, what does all this have to do with my problem with the IRS?" The reverend said, "It doesn't matter what you wear; you're still going to get screwed."

That it's it for today my little buttercups. More on Friday.

Stay Tuned !


Linda's World said...

Anytime the news media constantly focuses on one aspect of what's going on~there's something else going on somewhere that's usually very critical. But the sheep haven't figured that out yet. We were planning on still going on that cruise to the Mexican Rivera but after watching "60 Minutes" last Friday night we're not so sure we want to go to Mexico at all. The State Department is even advising that college kids stay away from some parts of Mexico during Spring Break. I've heard that there are as many as 300-400 Americans missing in different parts of Mexico right now. Linda in WA

Heli gunner Tom said...

Get screwed is RIGHT!
I have always desired to learn from wiser ones how to 'stay ahead of the curve.' Seems like you have to have a gift of discernment in guessing what people will want before they need it. I got close a few times but never hit it right on.


Paula said...

You made me really think about Wal*Mart. I had heard when they came into our town the city made them a deal that they don't have to pay taxes for so many years. They have already built a super Wal*Mart closer to the next town over. Now I'm wondering if the new store is in the city limits. Always enjoy reading your statements about yourself.

Karen said...

i know about how walmart is getting away with it at our expense. good post, jimmy.

Rose said...

What can I say, you always amaze me with your journals!

Sometimes you make me think harder than I want to but it's necessary.

Hugs, Rose

garnett109 said...

modern day poncho villas.
Ibet you can still strip those in the dark the fire arms that is?

madcobug said...

You are certainly right about the border and about China. Helen

Julie said...

Your spot on as usual about the borders, very scary stuff going on and we had better wake up and see the danger. Your entry made us both laugh this morning. Take care and be good.

Missie said...

I actually don't watch news often because your right.....they all have their own version of what's going on in the world, and not's always the truth.

Enjoy your weekend.

Missy said...

I think I said this before... I hate going to Walmart.

Kelly said...

Who needs the news when you can come here and it get it straight out instead of sugar coated. I had no idea all that was going on in Mexico. Its hard not to go to Walmart I will admit, I am one that goes. Being on a tight budget I cannot afford the prices at the local Ingles, and the grocery store across the street from Ingles is even worse. Why do grocery stores have to charge so much? This was even before the local Walmart came into the picture. I wish there was a place I could go that was comparable to Walmarts prices, I would indeed go. I have tried going to the Super Target, but it is pretty expensive too.

Anne said...

I haven't liked Wallmart since Sam Walton died. I don't shop there. Phoenix that the #1 stop in kidnappings in the whole USA. (oh joy) Janet Napalitano was the governor of Arizona and is now in charge of Homeland Security. She is aware of the awful conditions of thievary and kidnappings here in the state. Anne