The pulse of a far better generation

A good letter from over at Frugal squirrels, I am sure many now feel this way.... 
I just got this in an email from a friend we go to church with and I figured it would crank a few tractors around here. Read it and get pissed too! It's well worth the read!

"I'm 63 and I'm Tired"

by Robert A. Hall

I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.

I'm tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe , the freedom of the press of China , the crime and violence of Mexico , the tolerance for Christian people of Iran , and the freedom of speech of Venezuela .

I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.

I'm tired of being told that "race doesn't matter" in the post-racial world of Obama, when it's all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.

I think it's very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.

I'm tired of a news media that thinks Bush's fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama's, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush's military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn't vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.

I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America , while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore's, and if you're greener than Gore, you're green enough.

I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don't think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I'm tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.

I'm tired of illegal aliens being called "undocumented workers," especially the ones who aren't working, but are living on welfare or crime. What's next? Calling drug dealers, "Undocumented Pharmacists"? And, no, I'm not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it's been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I'm willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn't have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military.... Those are the citizens we need.

I'm tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here's the deal. I'll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we'll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.

I'm tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I'm tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois , where the "Illinois Combine" of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama's cabinet.

I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

Speaking of poor, I'm tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn't have that in 1970, but we didn't know we were "poor." The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.

I'm real tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on. This is your chance to make a difference.

American law enforcement, the only thing standing between civilization and anarchy... Support your local police

"As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, but that America gave him the White House based on the same credentials." ~ Newt Gingrich

Somewhere in Kenya or Indonesia, a village is missing it's idiot!!!!

America died a little today

Today 21 March 2010 will be a day that  will be remembered in this country for decades to come.
Time will tell if this new health care package will really be the savior of our country or  the death of us. I am inclined to believe the latter.

I am quite sure that come November there will be a reckoning of electoral significance. Democrats have stuck their necks out and committed political suicide with their votes today. Many people have been awakened by what they have seen, Vile and Unspeakable deals have taken place and they will come to light. These despicable acts will be known well before the November elections and there will be hell to pay. My biggest fears are that in the meantime our social fabric breaks down in violence from those that can no longer handle these acts of outright destruction and usurpation of our rights. 

This country stands on  very thin ice financially, we are in the red, we are already bankrupt we just do not want to admit it. Going down this socialist road will be the undoing of this country, we are so very close to not being able to pay back the mountains of debt that we now owe. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for letting this happen, we should be ashamed in that we, The United States of America has to borrow money from other countries to continue our very existence, what shame.

So in closing tonight I would ask that everyone do there level best to be prepared for what might be a coming storm unlike anything we have seen in this country since the civil war, ugly things come our way, one way or another.
Got a call from the oldest from the high school, early out come pick me up please. So I drive down there and run into 1000+ students leaving at the same time also, needle in a haystack time. Comms are a very important thing to have and they are very useful for when you need them. What I have done is gone with very in-expensive FRS type radios, they are cheep and have good local range and fit tight in with what I want them to do. We now have a standing family rule that a radio goes with them where ever they go, they are so small that you barely notice them, most of the time they reside in the backpacks of my kids and if there is a special event or some change in the daily program and need to be picked up they know to turn them on. Now some of the pro's is that they are cheep, no monthly contract and they will work with the power off (grid down). The drawbacks are that privacy is limited at best as is range also, the range is always shown under ideal conditions and real world range varies and is always less. Either way this can be a powerful tool to add to your arsenal of tricks.......Scott

Upgrading your contacts for information purposes

     So for the news junkies out there I had an idea and I am sure a few of you out  might already be using it.  We already know that network news other than your very local news is pretty much limited in scope, face it you can only fit so much in the time that they have allotted and it is way too commercialized and impersonal.

     Now what I have done is to take advantage the plethora of social media sites out there to reestablish relationships with old friends and relatives for the purpose of finding out the pulse of the people in there area. I have found this to be a very good way to keep up. Keep in mind though that being on these sites is like an open book so be cautious of what information you post about you and your friends and family, criminals everywhere are now using the net like never before for crime so be aware.......Scott

Question, Why do i need a BOB

     While going over a yahoo group today someone asked why they would need a BOB, As you can imagine there will be many answers to this question. Below in red is in basic terms of how I responded.

OK now I've been pondering this question for a while.  Why would I bug out?

Bugging out should be an option and should be planned for, there may just be an event to where your house is just not going to be a safe place, it is like comparing it to the old analogy of having all your eggs in one basket. The bigger issue is actually making the decision to go, your home is home base it is where you are best stocked and most comfortable and under most circumstances the best place to be, but outside events such as certain weather or man caused event such as rioting, disease, fire, Govt telling you so.... There can be many reasons to have to leave.

I'm in rural Vermont. About the only weather related emergency we have is ice/snow storms.  In that situation there is no way I am going anywhere. I'm safer here.

True,  that is what most people would do, as long as they have the supplies to do so for an extended period of time, food, water and heat. If you run out of those then what, you might have to leave if you can or you need to be re-supplied. Communications will be key.
What do I need a bug out bag for? Now we do have emergency supplies in case we aren't here when an emergency hits (for the car) that includes first aid supplies, etc.  Plus we have a tent, sleeping bags, water bottles, first aid kits, solar water purifier, etc. in case we should want to leave the house for a short period of time during good weather.  Not sure exactly why I'd want to do that but I figure just in case....

Having the BOB for the car is a good thing as long as it is your car that you get to bug out in, what if the car for some reason is not available and you have to go on foot, thats where the personal BOB comes in, while not as good as what you have in the car it is better than nothing.
What is the purpose of me having supplies purposely for bugging out?  We are "sheltering in place" if there is any type of emergency.  We have the supplies & property here to do that.

Covered in the above but again there are just times when you have to go.
Someone want to share some ideas? I see so many people talking about these bug out bags but I can't figure out why exactly I'd want one?

So you say you want socialized healthcare do you?

Listen up America this will be what comes down the pike if we follow Canada, England and others. This should be a very important issue for everyone. Keep in mind is is not private insurance that is the largest denier of claims it is the Govt. This should be common sense, think of one program that the Govt has been accurate on with re-guards to funding , over site and quality.......

Kent Pankow lives in Edmonton, in a province and a country that is trying to either kill him or bankrupt him.

No sense mincing words.

Suffering from brain cancer, Kent Pankow was literally forced to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for lifesaving surgery — at a cost to family and friends of $106,000 — after the health-care system in Alberta left him hanging in bureaucratic limbo for 16 crucial days, his tumour meanwhile migrating to an unreachable part of the brain, while it dithered over his case file, ultimately deciding he was not surgery worthy.

Now, with the Mayo Clinic having done what the Alberta Cancer Board wouldn’t authorize or even explain, but with the tumour unable to be totally removed, the province will now not fund the expensive drug, Avastin, that the Mayo prescribed to keep him alive and keep the remaining tumour from increasing in size — despite the costs of the drug being totally funded by the province for other forms of cancer.

Kent Pankow, as it turns out, has the right disease but he has it in the wrong place.

Had he lung cancer, breast cancer, or colon cancer, then the cost of the drug — $4,555 per treatment, two times a month — would be totally covered by Alberta’s version of OHIP.

But he doesn’t.

And so he is not only a victim of brain cancer, he is also a victim of arbitrary discrimination.

Full disclosure. Kent Pankow, a 40-year-old Red Seal sous chef, is a son of the man who married the spouse of my late brother. And it was while vacationing with them at their winter home in Los Cabos, Mexico, recently that this story began to unfold back in their home province of Alberta.

But do not think, even for a moment, that this could never happen in Toronto or other parts of Ontario.

Our supposedly universal federal health care system, the pride of most Canadians and the political struggle of America, is only as good as the length of the waiting line and whether you have the right disease at the right time.

After writing more than 150 letters to everyone from the prime minister to virtually all health authorities both federal and provincial, and being ignored in return, Kent Pankow’s wife, Deborah Hurford, decided to finally go public.

CTV Edmonton did a major feature on the family’s plight on the 6 o’clock news and, almost before the program ended, Alberta’s health and wellness minister, Gene Zwozdesky, was on the phone to their home — ensuring himself some positive press in the followup that aired later that night.

Then, when he heard the Pankows had filed a human rights complaint against the province, justifiably citing medicare-based discrimination, Zwozdesky suddenly went mute — stating he could no longer discuss the matter publicly.

Ten years ago, when first diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour (GBM), Kent Pankow was given five years to live.

After beating it down once, however, with his first surgery having been performed in Alberta, he spent nearly seven years in remission until the cancer’s return in 2008.

And he is not prepared to give up.

“He’s a fighter,” says his wife, admitting, however, that the cost of the drug has been a significant drain on friends and family who have not only donated large sums of their own money, but have also organized fundraisers to keep hope alive, including school penny drives.

“When Kent goes for his Avastin IV injection, he sits next to patients who receive the same drug for free because they have another type of cancer — like colon cancer,” Hurford says.

“Brain tumour patients deserve the same rights as other cancer patients, including access to the same lifesaving treatments — and without additional costs.

“I can’t begin to tell you how frustrated, angry, disgusted and appalled I am with both the Alberta health system and the individuals within the system who continue to perpetuate such an archaic and inhumane approach to the treatment of patients.” she says. “It seems like they are doing everything in their power to ensure that Kent succumbs to an early and unnecessary death.”

“The Avastin is working. The size of the remaining tumour has remained static since October,” she says.

“But how can anyone afford almost $10,000 a month for a drug — even if it is saving a loved one’s life?”

When Alberta health minister Gene Zwozdesky called the Pankow home on the night CTV Edmonton aired its story, he purportedly blamed the feds, namely Health Canada, for deciding what drugs are covered, and for what.

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, however, in a letter to Deborah Hurford, wrote that “while Health Canada is responsible for the market authorization of drug products, the province and territorial governments are responsible for managing the list of drugs for which public reimbursement from government drug plans is available.”

This, too, is passing the buck.

What Aglukkaq would not explain to Hurford — citing confidentiality — was why Avastin received a notice of compliance from Health Canada for other forms of cancer, but not yet for brain cancer as in the United States.

Nor would she offer any information regarding any application before her department for the use of Avastin in the treatment of brain tumours.

“Based on Kent’s MRI’s and radiology reports, and analysis by his surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, Avastin is playing a key role in stabilizing Kent’s tumour,” says Hurford.

“Without it, Kent’s tumour will grow and he will die.

“So why then,” asks Hurford, “is (everyone) choosing not to help Kent and other brain tumour patients who are forced to go public with their private health issues and fundraise for their lifesaving medical treatments?

“Where is the dignity in that?”


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