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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Last week, while in Florida on other business, we decided to visit Disney's Epcot Center near Orlando Florida. Little did I know when I made that decision that it would be the basis of an article on invasion of privacy. When we checked in to the hotel, were given a card we could use for all of our purchases in the massive Disney complex. I quickly realized that this was Disney's way to track our spending so that they could enhance their marketing campaigns. Rather than use their cash card, we decided to use a different credit card than the one we used to check it.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

America continues to battle serious energy supply issues despite having considerable reserves. Our discoveries of oil and gas in Colorado, the Bakken fields, and the Marcellus shale have been substantial.

That said, they have not reduced our need for importing foreign crude oil. We are currently importing over one million barrels a day from Saudi Arabia, a terrorist haven. We also import over 800,000 barrels a day from Venezuela.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The world for those of us who bleed blue and white has been turned upside down. No one could have predicted the nightmare of the last week that has befallen Penn State, that words like "honor", "prestige" and "class" would be associated with "sex scandal" when thinking of Dear Old State. And those that could have foreseen this, that did see this, did nothing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The government continues to intrude into our daily lives in a myriad of ways. For example, they want to reduce the amount of power we use and make us pay dearly for it. The recent escalation of smart meter implementation enables the government to control the amount of power we use and to spy on our activities. Using the data from smart meters they will know when we are home, when we are out, when we are sleeping and when we are doing laundry. The objective of the smart meter is to reduce consumption by enabling utility customers to monitor and voluntarily reduce their use of electricity.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

June, I wrote an article on government by regulation rather than legislation. At the time I noticed a disturbing trend. President Obama was using executive orders to govern our nation. ( This week, President Obama indicated that he would expand his rule by executive order. His statement "We can't wait for lawmakers to act," suggests to me that he is moving more into the role of a dictator than a President. Our country was founded on the concepts of a balance of power.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are making a mockery of our system. They want to end capitalism and get rid of evil corporations. They also want to wipe out the entrepreneurs who create jobs. In doing so, these protesters are as dumb as the Bolsheviks who toppled capitalism in Russia. The Bolsheviks doomed themselves and their children to decades of starvation. The revolution did such a good job of destroying farms and industry that the Russians had to use their army to steal food from another country!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It appears to me that our government has turned to assassination as the primary means of accomplishing our international objectives.

Whether it is the assassination of Osama bin Laden or Anwar al-Awlaki, or other targets we may never hear about, the goal is the same: eliminate a foe without a declaration of war and without a trial.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

In the days of the Roman Empire, emperors kept the voters happy by providing them with "bread and circus". They put gladiators, lions and even Christians in the arena to fight to the death. They called this sport!

In modern times, politicians put themselves in the arena with their competitors, in a race to see who becomes the President of the United States. Their weapons are speeches, debates, TV commercials, and articles in the press. Their barbs are verbal ones, but they can kill a candidacy just as quickly as a sword could lop off the head of a gladiator in Ancient Rome.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It has been 10 years since the 9/11 attacks and I am still angry. Watching the coverage last weekend made me realize that we used the wrong approach in dealing with the mass murderers and those that supported them.

We were very careful, almost apologetic, in our handling of the situation. The fact that we emphasized that it was an act of terrorism by 19 people who happen to be Muslims definitely understated the true nature of the attacks.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hurricane Irene last week was the vindication of our disaster preparedness efforts! Since we moved into our current house five years ago, we focused on self-sufficiency. We created a garden and started growing our own food. We learned how to can and preserve our vegetables as well as locally grown fruit. Last year, we installed solar power with the capability to be on or off the grid. Several people questioned my sanity as they felt I was overdoing my disaster preparedness. I have to admit that I went overboard with the solar power.