Reflections of an Old man

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Oct 022013
 

I began this blog with a post explaining that, “Sometimes I Buy a Lottery Ticket.” Well… I still do but no big winners yet. I often think that just suppose I did win a big jackpot–something in the millions. I’m 76 as I write this–so what on earth would I do with millions of dollars. I’m really too old to get much pleasure out of it…Right? Well perhaps not.

Reflections 16As time marches on so does my calendar. The day whiz by as they join together to form months. And then there’s the next step–years. I am 80 years old as I write this. Yes… I am still the old cantankerous curmudgeon. Some thing never change, me included. So maybe from time to time I will add a few comments here. Join me as I, “Relax, breathe, let go and just live.”

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Paraprosdokians: Just For the Fun of it.

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Mar 252013
 

 Paraprosdokians: These are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected, and generally humorous. Some just might be oxymorons.The Blind Hog Blogger

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it. 

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list. 

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong. 

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. 

6. War does not determine who is right — only who is left. 

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. 

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. 

9. I didn’t say it was your fault; I said I was blaming you. 

10. In filling out an application, where it says, “In case of emergency, Notify:” I put, “DOCTOR”. 

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut and still think they are sexy. 

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive, you only need a parachute to skydive twice. 

13. I used to be indecisive, now I’m not so sure.. 

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target. 

15. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. 

16. You’re never too old to learn something stupid. 

17. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

Hope you enjoyed this.

I’m Rootin’ For Ya,

Don (The Blind Hog Blogger) Penven

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The Uncertainty of Our Times

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Mar 172013
 
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The Uncertainty of Our Times-Looking Back and Wondering What Happened!

Guest Writer, Scottie Campbell

What’s coming next?

It’s politics as usual in Washington and across the fruited plain. I have enjoyed “American idol” much more than watching the Republican debates. At least with “Idol” is that the end result leaves us with a clear cut winner.

Every two weeks we see a new leader in the polls. But on the other side there is no contest. No Democrat has shown any interest in challenging Obama.

I just watched an interview with Sen. Joe Manchin (D), WV. Manchin, while governor saw a balanced budget with cash surpluses for 3 years running. West Virginia proved that when spending is kept in check, the economy remains healthy. So what’s wrong with most of our other states? What’s wrong with the U.S. economy?

CBS’s “Face The Nation” said congress’s approval rating is 14% nationwide. BP (of Gulf Oil Spill Fame) is at 16%. Even Paris Hilton’s approval rating of 15% exceeds that of the people who “govern” us.

And Obama still says that it’s Bush’s fault.

The voters showed their anger when they shoved the Republicans into a majority in the U.S. House. But will they keep it in November 2012. It’s anyone’s guess.

The opinions about our esteemed legislators took a nosedive following the recent “60 Minutes” story of how members of congress are privy to Insider Information, which they are free to use to enrich themselves, when dabbling in the stock market. You or I would go to prison if we did the same thing.

Ever wonder how a typical congressman or woman can show a modest portfolio of assets when elected—but a few terms later they are millionaires? All on a $145,000 a year salary?

And here we are, a bunch of ignorant dolts, 60-70% of whom bitch and complain but are too lazy or disinterested to get out and vote. Just suppose that 65-70% of eligible voters showed up at the polls! What would the outcome be? I probably won’t live long enough to see that happen.

No point in bringing up the unemployment stats—they are still around 9% or slightly higher. And our faithful bureaucrats are very well adept at cooking the books so that figure is probably much, much higher.

This post isn’t about politics—it’s about the grim reality that grows out of a total lack of leadership. Who is at fault? The Democrats and the Republicans! My sincere hope is that the independents will wake up and flock to the voting booths next November. And it all seems to be driven by greed.

 

Beam Me Up… 

Scotty

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Self-Improvement Begins with Self- Analysis

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Mar 172013
 

When was the last time you really spent time looking at that person in the mirror? We do it every day—look

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into the mirror—but what do you actually see? 

I see a tired old man who is often filled with self-doubt. Tired of chasing my tail, but realizing that “If it is to be—it is up to me!” 

I have been stressing in other articles that you must first recognize your own self-worth. Without this belief you are doomed to continue as you have in the past. Our daily world is all too often filled with negative input. Let’s face it; the world is in a state of turmoil. Just yesterday there were riots and civil disturbances in Rome, New York, London and Yemen. And those are just the ones that made the major news outlets. 

How is one going to maintain a positive posture with so much disruption going on? It ain’t gonna be easy, but if you slip into the context of world-upheaval you are bound to come away with a “down” sense of well- being. 

On the other hand . . . maybe you just don’t give a damn. If this is the case, well good for you! 

None of us are able to change what happens outside our front door. Those happenings will go on until the rioters are subdued or they just give up and go on about their lives. The point is—regardless of what turn world events take—how you view life on this planet will determine how your day will go. 

Some of you are familiar with The Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference –Reinhold Niebuhr 

What a powerful sentiment! I am learning to live my life just one day at a time. Yesterday happened and it’s behind me. I sincerely make the effort to live today to the fullest—today is a precious gift from my Higher Power, whom I recognize as God. Perhaps you have a problem with the idea of God. That’s OK! But until you accept the concept that your life is directed by a higher power, a power greater than yourself—very little in your current circumstances will change. 

As close as I have come to the principles of psychology was taking one semester of Psyc. 101 during my basic law enforcement training course so many years ago. So I’m not making any attempt to convince you that I am well-versed in psychology or related subjects. 

With age comes wisdom—so they say. Like it or not I have learned many useful subjects during my 74 years—but I do not consider myself “wise in the ways of the world.” 

Mistakes, missteps and downright blunders populated my life up to this point—but all of them are now behind me. Yes , , , if I had my life to live over I would do things differently. But I was not offered the opportunity to do that. My past life is what it is—past history, and I hope you recognize the fact that in your case—the same is true. 

Live for today! 

Quit worrying about getting it perfect, getting it right, and getting it right the first time—Carrie Wilkinson 

Self-analysis demands a sense of rigorous honesty. If you look into a mirror and see a failure, then that’s what you are doomed to be. But if you see an individual who is capable of grabbing hold of a dream and turning it into reality—then there is hope that you will eventually succeed. No , , , it is not likely to happen overnight, or in a few hours from now and probably won’t happen during the next few weeks. 

But if your dream is a realistic one, a dream based on probability and not fantasy—then it can be achieved. And your mind will tell you how to proceed . . . but only if you keep your mind open to that still, small voice that has been trying to speak to you. LISTEN! 

Take just a moment to mentally list your good point, your talents, and your skills. Are you using them to advantage or are you wasting them. 

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through—Zig Ziglar 

It has been said that the average person uses less than 20% of his brain power. So you need to decide if you are average, or above average. The human mind keeps working even if we disregard what it is trying to tell us. Analyze you best qualities and shove the negative thoughts out of reach. You have the power to do what you believe to be right and just. But unless you get started . . . it is all wasted.

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What Do You Mean . . . Entitlements

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Mar 172013
 

An “Entitlement?”   What the hell is wrong here?

(The author of the following is unknown. I found this article posted on 8 different websites—none of which gave the author credit. So whoever you are—God knows you are right and so is your message.

D.P.

Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes.

If you averaged only 30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500.

If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working ( on average ) you’d have $892,919.98.

If you took out only 3% per year, you receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years, and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit!

If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.

The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever had.  

Entitlement my ass, I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!! Congressional benefits, aka. free health care, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that’s welfare, and they have the nerve to call my retirement entitlements ! scroll down…

Emergency Rooms for their general health care -At just one hospital the cost to tax payers totaled over 25 million a year!!!

Someone please tell me what the HELL’s wrong with all the people that run this country!

We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,?

In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. And now Pakistan, home of bin Laden.

Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!! Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$’s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!

They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when its time for us to collect, the government is running out of money.

Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?   We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ meds, and mentally ill without treatment -etc,etc. YET,

They have a ‘Benefit’ for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries. SAD?   

YEAH, OK, SO WHEN DO WE GET PISSED AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?  99% of people won’t have the guts to forward this. I’m one of the 1% — I Just Did

In God We Trust

Here’s the website where I found this

 

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