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Going under the Knife
Posted:Dec 9, 2018 6:49 pm
Last Updated:Dec 9, 2018 6:50 pm
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Yes I am going under the surgeons scalpel tomorrow morning. Two maybe three bypasses on the old heart. To say I am scared would be an understatement. Don't know how long I will be gone but Mrs Joe will keep you all informed of how things went and how the recovery is doing.

Just wish me luck folks, I think I am going to need it.
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Now An Attack om Candy
Posted:Dec 7, 2018 6:02 am
Last Updated:Dec 7, 2018 10:39 am
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An elementary school principal in Nebraska was placed on leave after telling teachers to avoid decorating their classrooms with Christmas-themed ornamentations so as not to offend those who don't celebrate the holiday.

The principal at Manchester Elementary School, identified by Fox affiliate KPTM as Jennifer Sinclair, sent out a memo earlier this week with guidelines as to what is considered appropriate for classroom decorations and assignments.

Teachers were reportedly told that generic winter-themed items, such as sledding and scarves, and the "Frozen" character Olaf, were acceptable.

Decorations that included Santa, Christmas trees, reindeer, green and red colored items and even candy canes, however, were not acceptable for the elementary school.

The candy canes, according to KETV, were prohibited because Sinclair deemed them to have religious significance. "Historically, the shape is a 'J' for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection," she reportedly wrote. "This would also include different colored candy canes."

"I feel uncomfortable that I have to get this specific, but for everyone's comfort, I will," Sinclair reportedly wrote in the memo.
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According to the Liberals
Posted:Dec 6, 2018 4:50 am
Last Updated:Dec 9, 2018 11:45 am
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According to both the Media and the Liberals today. The Only Good Republican has a Pulse of Zero.

The death of President George H. W. Bush provided liberals and their Fredocon houseboys yet another opportunity to lament the fact that all Republicans aren’t dead. Their feigned amnesia about what libs were saying while Bush 41 was still in the arena, and their latest hack attempt to tsk tsk tsk tsk about how the Bad Orange Man isn’t like [Insert Name of Dead Republican Here] serves to justify the cynicism that we Normals should strive to cultivate.

They did it with John McCain too, through his funeral and its endless sequels. “If only the Republican Party were dominated by a Republican like [Insert Name of Dead Republican Here] instead of that awful, awful Trump!” they sobbed as they shed their crock-adile tears, because it was a crock. There’s never going to be a Republican with a pulse who is not Der Führer reborn. Not McCain. Not Mitt. Not Bush 1.0 or 2.0. And Jeb!, had he become 3.0, would have been Hitler too.

But lets get back to George H W Bush. They made fun of him for being an out-of-touch elitist. He didn’t know what a supermarket scanner was. I’m sure you’ve heard that story over and over by now. And that was totally manufactured and made up by the New York Times. He did know what a supermarket scanner was. They gave him grief for playing golf. They gave him grief for recreating too much. They accused him of blood for oil. They accused him of trying to personally profit in the oil business going into Kuwait to kick Saddam out, just like they did of his son. And just like they did Dick Cheney. Remember Halliburton, Dick Cheney only went into Iraq and tried to install his buddies to run Iraq because Cheney personally with his buddies at Halliburton wanted the oil.

The media as well as the liberals didn’t treat George H. W. Bush like they’re describing him today. They didn’t treat him with this reverence and this respect. They did everything they could to mischaracterize him, to destroy his campaign, just like they do every other Republican. It’s really kind of comical to listen and see all of this revolutionist history.

Various sources
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Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy
Posted:Dec 5, 2018 5:36 am
Last Updated:Dec 6, 2018 3:42 pm
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What with all of the mumbo jumbo being written about the Electoral College and how outdated it is, I thought maybe this article written by Walter E Williams might help in the debate. Article written January 17 2018.

Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.”

Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics.

Why? They say the Electoral College system, as opposed to a simple majority vote, distorts the one-person, one-vote principle of democracy because electoral votes are not distributed according to population.

To back up their claim, they point out that the Electoral College gives, for example, Wyoming citizens disproportionate weight in a presidential election.

Put another way, Wyoming, a state with a population of about 600,000, has one member in the House of Representatives and two members in the U.S. Senate, which gives the citizens of Wyoming three electoral votes, or one electoral vote per 200,000 people.

California, our most populous state, has more than 39 million people and 55 electoral votes, or approximately one vote per 715,000 people.

Comparatively, individuals in Wyoming have nearly four times the power in the Electoral College as Californians.

Many people whine that using the Electoral College instead of the popular vote and majority rule is undemocratic. I’d say that they are absolutely right. Not deciding who will be the president by majority rule is not democracy.

But the Founding Fathers went to great lengths to ensure that we were a republic and not a democracy. In fact, the word democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or any other of our founding documents.

How about a few quotations expressed by the Founders about democracy?

In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison wanted to prevent rule by majority faction, saying, “Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.”

John Adams warned in a letter, “Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.”

Edmund Randolph said, “That in tracing these evils to their origin, every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.”

Then-Chief Justice John Marshall observed, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”

The Founders expressed contempt for the tyranny of majority rule, and throughout our Constitution, they placed impediments to that tyranny. Two houses of Congress pose one obstacle to majority rule. That is, 51 senators can block the wishes of 435 representatives and 49 senators.

The president can veto the wishes of 535 members of Congress. It takes two-thirds of both houses of Congress to override a presidential veto.

To change the Constitution requires not a majority but a two-thirds vote of both houses, and if an amendment is approved, it requires ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures.

Finally, the Electoral College is yet another measure that thwarts majority rule. It makes sure that the highly populated states—today, mainly 12 on the east and west coasts, cannot run roughshod over the rest of the nation. That forces a presidential candidate to take into consideration the wishes of the other 38 states.

Those Americans obsessed with rule by popular majorities might want to get rid of the Senate, where states, regardless of population, have two senators.

Should we change representation in the House of Representatives to a system of proportional representation and eliminate the guarantee that each state gets at least one representative?

Currently, seven states with populations of 1 million or fewer have one representative, thus giving them disproportionate influence in Congress.

While we’re at it, should we make all congressional acts by majority rule? When we’re finished with establishing majority rule in Congress, should we then move to change our court system, which requires unanimity in jury decisions, to a simple majority rule?

My question is: Is it ignorance of or contempt for our Constitution that fuels the movement to abolish the Electoral College?
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LeafBlower When are you going to set the record Straight
Posted:Dec 2, 2018 12:19 pm
Last Updated:Dec 3, 2018 10:57 am
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A while back our resident EXPERT on racism posted an article that had appeared in the Des Moines Register. I wonder if, since he is such ardent reader of the Register, he has seen this.

A Drake University student who had told authorities she received a racist note slipped under her residence hall door now admits she wrote it herself. Turns out it was a hoax.

Come on Blowhard, wheres your printing of the truth?
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The First Bill on Queen Nancy's Agenda
Posted:Dec 2, 2018 8:15 am
Last Updated:Dec 3, 2018 4:52 am
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Forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns is among the top issues House Democrats plan to tackle in their first legislation of 2019, Democratic leaders said Friday.

Bill H.R. 1 would require all presidents to disclose their tax returns. Although most have, Trump — a billionaire before taking office — did not.
“I think it’s important for our oversight to get those tax returns,” Texas Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett said Friday.

Well if this is the most important item on the agenda, I have a amendment to add. Lets see every member of congress's tax returns, I want to see Pelosi, Schumer, "Needle" Dick Durbin's tax returns. How about the Clinton's, Obama's, Bush's and Carter.

Where does it stop folks?

All of us – from the lowliest citizen to the president – are entitled to expect that the financial information we are forced to provide to the government will be kept confidential.
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I am back
Posted:Nov 30, 2018 8:22 am
Last Updated:Dec 2, 2018 7:50 am
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Yes I back but only for a short time. As I stated a few weeks ago, I have some health issues to deal with. I have been through a bunch of tests and the news on the first one was good. The Docs had an echo done on the heart and it checked out OK. Then on to the Angiogram, I had it done Tuesday and the results were not so good. It seems I have a lot of blockage that is going to require opening me up. Not really looking forward to that one but it seems to be the best choice as I sure don't think I want to take that dirt nap just yet. Got a real busy day this coming Tuesday, starting with an other echo only this time its on the aortic aneurysm and the carotid artery's. Then a followup with the Doc on the Angiogram. Then a meeting with a vascular surgeon. Then a meeting with a heart surgeon. This sitting around not being able to do anything is madding. We had a snow over last weekend and having to watch Lynn out there scooping the damn stuff was one of the hardest things to do. Well as I said a few weeks back "The Good Lord and the creek don't rise" I will come out of this OK cause there are a lot of places we want to see yet.
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Last Post for a while
Posted:Nov 12, 2018 5:14 am
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2018 5:17 pm
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There will be NO Question for a while. I have to take some time off from SFF and get some health issues taken care of. I know that Lulu, Katie, CP, ET, Leaf and the other members of the hate President Trump brigade are jumping for joy over this news. But the Good LORD willing and the creek don't rise, and in the immortal words of General MacArthur "I shall return".

I will keep Mrs Joe informed as to the diagnosis and progress via texting.
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Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Nov 10, 2018 4:53 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2018 4:54 am
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Texas is the only state that allows its residents to vote from space. Thanks to a 1997 Texas law, astronauts are allowed to cast a vote while in orbit. The first American to cast his ballot from space was David Wolf, who voted from aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, which preceded the International Space Station. In order to vote from space, astronauts request a special absentee ballot about six months in advance, according to NASA. On the big day, they file their ballot electronically through a protected system.
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Todays Americana Question
Posted:Nov 9, 2018 5:11 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2018 4:53 am
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A question about voting.

What is the only U.S. state to allow its residents to vote from outer space?
Michigan
Alabama
California
Texas
I don't know
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