The Average Military Man (not really average at all)

The average age of the military man is 19 years.

He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.

He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father’s; but he has never collected unemployment either.

He’s a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.

He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm Howitzers.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark.

He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.

He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteen full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.

He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you’re thirsty, he’ll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food.

He’ll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life – or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to ‘square-away’ those around him who haven’t bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom.

Beardless or not, he is not a boy.

He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

Author Unknown

Dumb ass drivers that can barely drive.

Left lane/passing lane drivers.

Wow these people really piss me off. Plodding along while everyone passes them on the right. They are stupid, clueless or don’t care. They drive 5 or 10 miles in the left lane/passing lane because they are going to turn left 5 or 10 miles down the road. I blew my horn at one guy and told him to get over and he said, “I’m fixin’ to turn left up here,” in a southern/red neck twang. So you hold up traffic because YOU don’t want to do what’s right or inconvenience yourself? So to hell with everyone else.

I guess some of these people on the highway that never leave the left lane/passing lane think it is a constitutional right. They just never leave the passing lane. It is called a passing lane for a reason to pass not ride 500 miles there. Then there are the geniuses that call it a “fast lane.” Sorry but it is a passing lane in all 50 states.

Getting on the highway.

Most places highway speed is 70 mph. When entering the highway you go up the ramp at a speed close to 70 like 55 or 60 and then as you see traffic coming you can speed up, not stop or brake, but speed up and blend in with the traffic. You don’t go up the ramp at 35 or 40 unless traffic is backed up or the weather is bad. i.e. snow or heavy rain etc.

Then more than once I have come up the entrance ramp and there is some dumb ass riding in the right lane and won’t move over for nothing, I assume because he is going to get off in the next couple exits. Then can be the only one in three or four lanes of highway and they are not going to move no matter what. So they would rather cause an accident than move over and move back when he passes you.

Driving with your flashers on.

Sometimes you run into a driving rainstorm that you can barely see ahead and then you run up on SOMETHING with flashing lights. Then you find out it is some moron that can’t see and is driving 15 or 20 mph with those flashers on. As you approach you don’t know if it is an accident or what. To start with those flashers aren’t meant to drive with and are illegal to drive with yet people do it all the time. Here is my suggestion: if you can’t see GET THE HELL OFF THE ROAD.

They also use these emergency flashers when going slow for whatever reason, like towing something or other.

Stopping in the road.

Wow these people are real geniuses. You are driving along and the person in front or a car or two in front of you decides to stop and let someone out onto the road from a side street and you are suppose to guess what the hell they are doing. This is alright if you are in bumper to bumper traffic that is stop and go but to just arbitrarily stop is insane.

Once I was going down a two lane road and there is almost NO traffic and here is this woman stopped dead in my lane and is out of her car SAVING a turtle. I blow the horn and she cusses at me. Apparently she didn’t think she would cause an accident or get herself killed but she had to save that turtle.

Morons on cell phones and driving.

EVERY state should have a law against this. People can’t drive when they are suppose to be paying attention and then you add a cell phone and you turn a moron into a brain dead imbecile. Cell phones are a real convenience but they are abused and should be banned from use while driving. What the hell is so important that you need to talk about while driving. I see people in my neighborhood that are just leaving home and on the phone, come on you are leaving home. Talk before you leave. Or they are coming home and just a few blocks from home but have to be talking. Talk when you get home.

Once in a while when my kids were in school and I would pick them up at school I would see some parent pull in talking on the phone. The kid would come out and the parent wouldn’t stop talking and was still talking as they drove away. How about talking to your kid, show some interest how their day went etc.

Drivers not using turn signals to turn or change lanes.

What does it take to flip that lever and turn on a turn signal? Then there are some that turn it on as they go around the corner. Most states you are suppose to use it 100 feet before the turn. The same with changing lanes. You need to do this before the lane change not as you are changing lanes and are between both lanes. Or you cut someone off to change lanes and turn on the turn signal and that makes it right. Courtesy doesn’t cost anything.

Use those headlights when dark, in the fog or rain.

Here in Florida there is a law to use headlights when in the rain. Most use them but there are plenty that don’t. Why? I guess they are stupid or don’t care and it is almost always drivers with a color car that is hard to see like gray, black or some other dark color.

Then there is using headlights when it gets dark. Again here in Florida the law is turn the headlights on when the sun sets. That means when it has gone below the horizon but it is STILL LIGHT OUT. HELLO!! Turn on those headlights. Dusk is the hardest time of the day to see.

Lastly the fog. A lot of people don’t turn any lights on in the fog. In all three of these scenarios there are people that use PARKING LIGHTS. Not sure what the story is here whether they are trying to save electricity or what? The law says you must use headlights when required not PARKING LIGHTS. HELLO!!!

Tailgating morons.

I really get pissed about this too. I am not sure what the purpose of tailgating is especially when in a long line of traffic. Do you think you will get there faster? Here is my limit. When they are so close I can’t see their headlights then they are too damn close. The problem is these morons won’t take a hint if you brake check them. They also don’t know it is their fault for rear ending you. There is no excuse for this especially when in traffic and there is no place to go. AND YOU ARE NOT GETTING THERE ANY FASTER.

They can’t park either.

Lets see they park on an angle in a perpendicular parking spot and just leave it. OR they park on the line between spaces and just leave it. And how about the moron that parks really close to you and of course just leaves it. I guess if they can’t drive what makes me think they can park? And speaking of parking, how about idiots that fly through a parking lot like no one is walking or no one might pull out or back out of a spot. Like they are the only one on the planet.

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Things I hate and are a nuisance on the internet.

People that know everything.

People that know everything AND think they are smarter than you. Also people that lie, which are a lot of damn people. They throw out statements of “fact” with no reference whatsoever. They put these statements out like you are suppose to believe them and accept them. Then when you don’t they call you a name like most liberals do because they don’t have the intellect to make a point they just call you names.

Then there are those that think they are smart and can’t spell or don’t know the difference between words like there, their and they’re. Here is a little clue America. There is a place i.e. we are going there. Their is people and possession i.e. it is their car. AND lastly they’re is obviously a contraction for THEY ARE. So if you can stick those words in a sentence as THEY ARE (they’re) going to the beach then you got it. Not sure what the point is of contractions because you don’t save anything like time or space. Then there is your and you’re. Again your is people and possession i.e. it is your car or it is your house where you’re is another contraction for YOU ARE so if you can fit it in a sentence then you got it. YOU ARE(you’re) going to the beach. YOU ARE (you’re) having a hamburger for lunch.

I am also sick of mean, nasty, hateful people on the internet spreading their hate and vitriol. Wow. Didn’t your mother tell you if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all? This is America so we have free speech, that is until you say something a liberal doesn’t like then out come the names. They use these names to shut you up because they don’t want you to be heard. Words like racist, sexist, misogynist (that Hollywood all learned last year) and my favorite homophobic. A word they had to make up because I am not sure what it could possibly mean. Are we afraid of faggots and lesbians or are we just afraid of people because we are all homo sapiens? Homo is the human genus, Phobic, one who has a phobia. Then there is phobia is an excessive and irrational fear reaction, of what, faggots and lesbians?

I am really sick of search engines.

The thing that pisses me off about these is when you are looking something up and you get a search engine. You select one of the results and it turns out to be another search engine with more results. What genius came up with this idea?

Then there is the “contact us” button or link on websites.

So, I want to contact this company or website and I click on “contact us.” The next thing you know you are at their FAQs. If I wanted their FAQs then I would click on it. I WANT TO CONTACT YOU, HELLO. I realize they are trying to solve common issues but almost all the time mine is not there and I don’t want to waste my time searching because my issue is my issue and can’t be solved by a general question or answer.

Click bait?

Crap like what some actress looked like back then and what she looks like now will amaze you they say. Or what this actress looks like now at 80 will amaze you or she is hot at 80. NO SHE ISN’T. And if she looks half decent it is from chemicals and surgery. When someone is 80 and has no wrinkles that is impossible. Then you get there and it is a whole series of pictures of other people and may contain the person you wanted to see. It sucks. Or you click to see something and it is a video with a commercial to start with. I don’t want to watch a video I expect an article I can read.

Emails you don’t want and spam.

There should be a law against spam and apparently there is but aren’t all these pop up ads spam? These ads continually pop up all over the screen and over the page you are looking at. I use aol mail and they even have a panel on the side with ads and then the jerks want you to pay extra for no ads. Kiss my ass aol.

Emails they send which you didn’t sign up for like when you order something and then they start sending you ad after ad. Or you do one website and get an email from them and 10 or 20 other places and they all have the same unsubscribe page. YOU are wasting my time because a lot of them don’t go to spam and I have to look at them.

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Really stupid inventions, in my opinion.

How about champagne flutes?

Have you watched people drink from these? As they tip it to drink their damn nose is on the opposite side of the rim. Who the hell had this idea. I get the premise behind it or the science which is less surface area to lose the carbonation or bubbles. Come on people, how long do you have or hold a glass of champagne? One minute, two minutes? How much carbonation can you lose. Practically none.

Take sodas and beer poured in regular glasses that sit on a table or bar while you drink, talk or eat. Does it go flat before you finish your meal? Not only no but hell no. So why the stupidity of champagne flutes?

How about DVD cases?

This is almost irrelevant now but who was the moron that invented the DVD case. The DVD is the same size as a CD so why not put them in a CD type jewel case?

I suppose it was to thwart theft. The problem here is I have picked up DVDs and someone sliced the cellophane wrap and took the disk. Here is my problem. Two of these DVD cases are bigger than one VHS tape. When they had DVD/CD storage units in the stores they normally would hold about 3 times as many CDs as DVDs. Like they would hold 150 CDs and 50 or 60 DVDs.

As I said this is almost irrelevant since a lot of people are downloading and not buying DVDs. The problem here is if you can keep the download or want to keep the download and your device/computer crashes you lose all that stuff. Especially when DVDs are dirt cheap. Even Blue Rays are getting cheaper all the time. Personally I like to have the disk as a hard copy that will last forever.

If the manufacturer had used CD type jewel cases they probably could have saved money on the cover because most movies have a sound track and they use the movie cover for that sound track they could have used the same cover for both. Then used a different back cover for listing the music or the information for the movie. AND they could have used a double CD jewel case and sold both together, music and the movie.

Then there are coffee mugs.

Not just coffee mugs but coffee mugs with the damn design on only ONE side. AND you usually have to hold it with your left hand so the design is away from you and OTHER people can see it. The manufacturer is too cheap to put it on two sides so they put it on one. And apparently they don’t know most of the population is right handed. This is ok if YOU want to look at the design all the time but me, I want everyone else to see it. The clear solution is to put it on both sides or make it so when you hold it in your right hand the message/design is facing out. HELLO, manufacturers.

Almost anything in an infomercial.

Most of this stuff “looks” cool or “looks” like a good invention but most of it is crap. Some of this stuff gives you a “lifetime warranty”? That is till the company disappears or quits making the item.

Years ago I ordered one of those vertical stick mixers. I don’t remember what it was called but it came with three different blades to grind meat, whip cream or eggs and a third one for who knows what. It had a 15 year warranty and 5 years in my wife knocked it over on the counter and the thing broke, the whole case just broke. It broke right where you hold it and the on/off button was. Well, I went to look for them and they were no where to be found. Now everyone makes the damn things.

Anyone remember the Hand Hammered Wok? Back when woks were the craze. This British guy would cook stir fry etc. My daughter use to sit and watch this all the time when she was young. Now this is no where to be found. So when you see these and they offer lifetime warranty forget it, it ain’t going to happen. They will sell their item, make money and then disappear.

Those stupid honey things.

What Condiments Should You Refrigerate?

I am sure there is a name for this THING but I will just call it the THING. Who invented this and why is a mystery to me. I would use a spoon but most of the honey I buy comes in a squirt top bottle. Instead of a spoon you use this THING and then have to clean the goo out of all those grooves not to mention waiting for it to drip off the THING and onto a biscuit or whatever.

Cereal and bread plastic boxes.

Not sure they still make those plastic Tupperware type boxes for loaves of bread but they were some dumb inventions when bread comes in a plastic bag. Not only that to take it out of the bag and put it in a plastic box you overpaid for is dumb. AND how long is a loaf of bread around anyway. Less than a week?

Then there are the plastic cereal boxes. This is a real dumb one to pay for a box to dump your cereal over into when it comes in a box with a cellophane or foil bag inside to keep it fresh. AND how long is it around especially if you have a big family. Maybe a couple weeks or less and even if it is a month it is not going to go stale. Can you say really dumb?

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Teachers and unions and being underpaid – bullshit.

I am sick of hearing teachers are underpaid.

Yes, I am sick of hearing they are underpaid. They are union workers and I can’t imagine they are under paid. No, they don’t make as much as a lawyer, doctor or other professions but then again they only work 180 days a year. That’s right they work less than half a year. They also don’t work weekends and holidays. Also they don’t work an 8 hour day. Most schools are in session 6 hours.

Now I know there are people or teachers that can debunk this and there are always exceptions but for the most part I am right.

Unions only ruin things today.

Unions had a time and a place to protect workers etc. but now unions only ruin things today. Look at the school system. Look at the Post Office that is always on the verge of going bankrupt and then there are the shootings. Why? Do they drive these employees to the breaking point. How about almost any government office, like the DMV. Why do you think there are so many jokes about them? Because the don’t do anything because they CAN’T BE FIRED as with most government offices, hello.

Back in the day teachers were underpaid.

Back when I went to school teachers were underpaid. I can remember seeing my Biology teacher working at Sears and I am sure others had jobs but not today. I see teachers driving new cars as I am sure their spouse does too. They live in houses like you and I. Maybe not mansions but houses none the less.

Here is what I know.

Whenever they throw money at the school system a good portion goes to teachers, administrators and other school employees. This is why pouring more money into the system hasn’t work for the most part.

What they need is more time. They have been using this 180 day year as long as I can remember. They have also been using this 6 hour day for as long as I remember. School should be like a job with an 8 hour day and 5 days a week. The year should be extended to 250 days or more. They can eliminate a lot of useless holidays and just take off the main ones like Christmas, New Years, and Thanksgiving. They can pare down these others like Spring Break that was our Easter break. We would take off Friday, the weekend and Monday after Easter. Spring Break is for college students not elementary, middle school and high school. A lot of these government three day weekends could be skipped and used for teaching/education.

Then there is summer. This three month thing goes back to the days of farming and gathering crops. Cut it down to 6 weeks. With the elimination of all this time off there would be so much time for teaching.

Another thing to make schools better but you will never hear it.

They have no new ideas. They keep doing things the same way for decades. Sure they have computers now and other toys. What they need is to do things differently. Like I once read where adolescents i.e. teenagers need more sleep to function better. SO, what do we do? We send them to school in my area around 7:30 a.m. and then send out elementary kids in at around 9:30 in my area.

Now I don’t know about anyone else but when my kids were young they were up at the crack of dawn. My daughter when a teen could sleep all day when she was off. I finally put a 10 a.m. limit on her.

Do you think the school system/unions would ever change this and flip flop the schedules? Not a chance in hell. “We have always done it this way and it works.” But how the hell do you know if it works better than changing when you never change it.

How about this.

Why is there a schoolboard these days? Does anyone attend these meetings and how much do these people make? More importantly what do they do these days that can’t be done by volunteers or the local communities. My point is some other idea.

In my opinion they should privatize the school system. This would send the unions in an all out war because then they might have to do the job right if not protected by a union. Just like most other jobs these people can’t be fired for underperforming.

Like a teacher my son had in East Pasco county Florida one year. He was here for one year and then was going to the West side of the county so he did nothing the entire year except write assignments on the board and then read the newspaper. Then when my son was in an accident and had a teacher come to the house the guy was falling asleep at the table and he only came one night a week. He was a teacher and coach and my son’s teacher. When I had a complaint he just walked out of the room because he was insulted.

The states could come up with a figure of what each child costs and give vouchers for that amount and private schools would be required to accept it. With all the savings they could even figure out this amount and add 20% and give a 10% increase every year. Think of the billions they would save that your elected representatives could waste on other things. No buses or drivers, no buildings, no maintenance, no retirements to pay, no lunches to fix, no books, no equipment no electricity bill, no water bill, no lawsuits and the list is endless. This will never happen either.

I know there are good teachers out there.

All the time I went to school I only remember two encouraging me in anything. Mr. Rickman in Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II. I had and English teacher in Jr. High that encouraged me in writing when we were in English Literature and had to write stories.

I had a teacher in Jr. High that took delight in harassing me EVERY DAY. I wore a type of shirt that didn’t have to be tucked in per school rules. It was called a BanLon shirt and had this band around the bottom. You can look it up on the net. Well, this jackass took delight in making me tuck this in EVERY DAY. He had one hand and I guess was just a miserable person or just didn’t like me. Back then you didn’t talk back.

Then I had a shop teacher that apparently didn’t like me. I had never worked with wood and we had to design something and make it. I made a night stand I found in a Penney’s catalog and drew it up with dimensions etc. I then made the damn thing while 90% of the class did nothing but goof off. I also made a wall hanging that year too. I got a C in the class. I can’t imagine what the rest got because only 3 of us made anything.

Teachers are suppose to do more than teach. They certainly aren’t suppose to crush your spirit.

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Reese’s Peanut buttercups (Christmas) trees.

Tired of people/companies that don’t want to offend really small groups.

I am damned tired of companies that don’t want to offend small groups while offending the majority of people.

Liberals have taken over most of the businesses, colleges, media, entertainment industry i.e. Hollywood. These people sing Kumbaya and talk inclusion and acceptance and tolerance and all those other wonderful words. All the while telling other actors not to go to the inauguration. AND apparently threatening them if they did attend the inauguration. All the while threatening to blow up the White House (Madonna). All the while threatening President Trump himself (Amy Schumer). All the while saying he isn’t my president and rioting and destroying other people’s property. People that are trying to make a living and they destroy their businesses etc.

I am tired of hearing about George Soros who is nothing more than a domestic terrorist. His assets should be seized or frozen and he should be deported or put in prison. If he didn’t have millions or billions he would be in prison.

Reese’s Peanut Buttercup (Christmas) trees.

So the dumb asses at Hershey’s who own Reese’s have decided to not offend the people that don’t like Christmas. The funny thing here is in all this deleting Christmas I have never heard one person say they are offended by Christmas. These jackass companies talk about inclusion of these small groups while EXCLUDING Christmas. So as not to offend these pain in the ass small groups they offend the rest of us. Well, screw you Hershey’s. Instead of making their peanut butter trees and labeling them Christmas trees the just call them trees. Again, screw you Hershey’s. Even though this is my favorite candy and I believe is the number one candy bar in America I have quit buying them. Let them make money on the small group they are trying to please because Hershey’s sure isn’t American anymore.

It is estimated 2 billion people in the world celebrate Christmas. The United States is approximately 80% Christian which means they celebrate Christmas. AND yet these companies don’t get it. This is where your profits come from NOT the small group that doesn’t celebrate or like Christmas. Lastly Christmas is the only holiday that uses a tree so WTF are these companies doing.

This is our holiday and a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Here is my problem with this bullshit. If you go to these countries and they don’t celebrate Christmas that is OK with me. I am not sure if we/you could celebrate Christmas in their country BUT I do know if they come here they have the freedom to celebrate their holidays and traditions so piss off if you don’t like Christmas. There are plenty of other places to go in the world and lots of countries that don’t celebrate Christmas that should make you happy. There is no way you should be able to come here and tell Americans how to live, what to celebrate and that you are offended by our holidays and traditions. If you don’t like it get out, go back where you came from and do it now. We don’t tell you how to live so don’t tell us how to live.

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International Women’s Day – another UN success story. NOT!!

What the hell is this all about?

So thousands of women took the day off to show us how much we need them during International Women’s Day March 8, 2017. NOT!! Did the world stop or come to an end? Not only no but hell no. I am sure a lot of women with families couldn’t afford to take this day off to show the world NOTHING.

Remember when most women use to stay home and raise the kids and take care of the house? The world got along just fine and maybe better. When there were no latchkey kids and someone was home to meet the kids and love and nurture them. Now women are in the workforce and we are no better for it.

Remember when women burned their bras? It was a great time for men, lol. Women seem to keep trying to be men all the while putting men down and telling us they are smarter than men.

Equal pay for equal work?

They claim they can do anything a man can do and deserve equal pay. Well, they can’t do the same work. Maybe as a lawyer, doctor, teacher etc. that doesn’t require physical labor.

I am sure you can find some mannish woman that can get close to doing a man’s job but for the most part but there aren’t very damn many. Women want to be men and I for one am sick of it. They force their way in where only men once were like the military academy’s while keeping women’s colleges.

Then there are sports which proves women can’t do a man’s job or sport. It has been proven time and again. Hence women’s sports and men’s sports. Women are weaker and it is just a fact of life so get over it and quit pretending you can do what a man does.

Only in the movies.

Here is where women can do what men can do and it is ridiculous. To see some 90 or 100 pound woman beating up men and then throwing them across a room is a farce. They don’t have enough mass. They don’t have enough muscle mass and certainly don’t have enough muscles in the arm or a fist that is big enough to punch some man.

My favorite line in movies today is when a woman says “I can take care of myself.” Not even in the movies can they take care of themselves. They invariably get grabbed or taken hostage etc.

No wonder Hillary supports this.

The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America. The day was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. So ladies stand up for America not socialism. This is the mindless support most things get in this country today. They mention women and off you go supporting it without knowing the history.

So, like our own government, when has the UN done anything that worked. When has the UN done anything for people, the world or any damn country. This is a group of leaders that sit on their asses and probably take bribes and collect paychecks they don’t earn. AND then they support this socialist program, WTF.


I know you are going to say I am sexist and I DON’T CARE. I am tired of the name calling because someone like me has an opinion that is different from you or all the politically correct people out there. They can kiss my ass.

I had two sons and two daughters and I wanted them all to be what they wanted to be in life. Whether they wanted to have kids and stay home or become a doctor, lawyer etc. But I am damn sick of hearing women are smarter than men. I am damn tired of women saying we can’t live without them. BS.

To show how smart these women are that participated in A Day Without Women, they claim they give birth to HALF the population, go figure. What happened to the other half and who birthed them? Oh, I see they were aborted.

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Credit Cards and cash back?

Is anyone falling for this sales pitch?

I just want to know if anyone is falling for this cash back sales pitch the credit card companies are using? Apparently credit card use is declining because they are offering this ridiculously small amount of money for using your credit card.

Some are offering one percent, two percent, and three percent. Even if they were offering 10 percent it would be a rip off and they are not.

In case some of you are bad at math one percent of a dollar is one cent. One percent of 100 dollars is one dollar and so on. Even one percent of 1000 dollars would only be 10 dollars. Of course two percent of a dollar is two cents, two percent of 100 dollars would be two dollars and you get the idea. So if this seems like a good deal to you then you need to cut up your credit cards.

Interests rates are astronomical and no longer tax deductible.

Danger Will Robinson, danger. (A reference to Lost in Space.) Some credit cards charge as much as 30 percent. That means depending on your balance they could be charging you 30, 40, or 50 dollars a month in interest or even MORE. This is a month after month charge while that generous one, two or three percent is a ONE TIME cash back on that purchase and will get charged interest until your balance is paid off. HELLO!!!

So if you are paying 50 dollars a month and that is month after month then you will pay 600 dollars for the year give or take a few pennies. Most of your payment will go to interest especially if you make the minimum payment every month. So, again hypothetically if you make a 50 dollar payment 30 dollars will go to interest and 20 dollars to the unpaid balance. So if you have a 1000 dollar balance and you are applying 20 dollars of your 50 dollar payment then your balance goes from 1000 dollars to 980 dollars and the bank keeps the 30 dollars  out of your 50 dollar payment. For the year you pay off 240 dollars of your 1000 dollar balance making your balance 760 dollars while they keep 360 dollars out of your 12 payments. These are round numbers just for simplicity and you are probably paying more but that is basically how it works.

Hypothetically if you spent 1000 dollars and got three percent cash back that would be 30 dollars one time for that purchase. Then the interest kicks in and if they are charging you that same 50 dollars a month for 12 months or more you get charged 600 dollars in interest and they gave you that GENEROUS (not) three percent or 30 dollars. So how is them giving you 30 dollars ONE TIME on that purchase and they charge you 600 dollars over a year and more interest if it goes longer a good deal? IT IS NOT.

Years ago you could deduct the credit card interest from your taxes if you itemized. Then your wonderful elected representatives decided to screw over their constituents and change the law so it was no longer tax deductible. Not sure who benefitted from this change but it wasn’t you and I. Our elected officials probably accepted a bribe or some graft or a kickback from some lobbyists or they just decided the government needed more money to spend. And remember they have run a deficit since the country began. They are irresponsible and can’t balance a budget if their life depended on it.

Credit cards are not needed if you save.

I have heard a lot of people say you need a credit card for emergencies. You do not. What you need is savings in a bank in case of emergencies and there is the rub. A lot of people live paycheck to paycheck because of that very credit card interest on that big balance people already have.

The average American household with at least one credit card has nearly $15,950 in credit-card debt (in 2012), according to, and the average interest rate runs in the mid-to high teens at any given time. And this figure hasn’t changed much right up to 2016.
Credit bureaus force you to have credit cards for a credit score.
This is bullshit. Your score should be the same as the next person whether you have three references or 30 references. I raised my kids to stay away from credit cards at all costs so it took some time to build credit for them. Credit cards are too easy to use.
One of the problems in America is the credit bureaus give you a low score for just about anything and especially if you don’t have a lot of credit references on your report. i.e. numerous credit cards, loans etc. etc. but mostly credit cards because what else is there.
So, I am not a credit expert just a person like you that at one time was in debt. I am not a banker. I just think that these credit card companies think people are stupid and some people are and they fall for this pitch.

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Dog and Cat Food and those vegetables.

Vegetables in dog and cat food?

What is all this about? I’ll tell you they are fillers. Fillers that are suppose to look good but aren’t. Fillers they are selling to people that love their pets and want to give them something healthy.

These advertisers tell you that there is no corn, soy, grains etc. But they have peas and carrots. Now what the hell is the difference between corn and peas and carrots. They say that like corn is a bad thing. The same with soy while nutritionists etc. try to get you to eat soy products and drink soy milk. HELLO!!

Dogs and cats don’t need vegetables.

Dogs and cats are genetically predispositioned to eat meat. When wild and in the wild they eat meat and nothing else. They don’t need vegetables and I am sure they don’t want vegetables. Now I am sure there are some people out there that can get their dog or cat to eat vegetables or bananas or whatever but that is not natural.

When is the last time you saw a dog running your neighborhood and getting in your trash for some nice leftover veggies or some mashed potatoes, NOT. They are looking for bones and meat etc.

When is the last time you saw a dog getting into a garden and eating a tomato, brussel sprouts, an ear of corn or a green bell pepper? You haven’t because they don’t want it or need it.

Vegetables are just fillers.

Vegetables are just fillers and nothing more. Now I am sure some scientist that believes in global warming will tell you or should I say lie to you that dogs and cats NEED vegetables. Sorry but they are lying.

These same scientists that probably believe in evolution too won’t be able to tell you when or how this vegetable evolution took place. Why? Because over these millions of years of being wild where did the dogs and cats find vegetables? They didn’t, hello. mmm good.

Then there are the fruits.

Seriously? They show meat and tell you it is the first ingredient. I hope so. Then they also have blueberries, cranberries, leafy greens, carrots, potatoes, etc. etc. Can you say fillers. Yes they are because they are all cheaper than meat, even horse meat or whatever they make this out of these days. And it is surely cheaper than the fish in cat food and they even show fish in dog food, what the hell. I don’t think I have ever seen a dog eat fish.

What I want to know is the fat content and the garbage content. How many tendons and bone chips and other crap is ground and cooked with the “meat” to look like meat? I have this vision of rats in the factory or processing plant and it gets whacked and thrown in to the mix. ewwwww! In these ads they show nice lean meat and fish. That is bullshit. The meat they show has no fat on it while an animal caught in the wild for food by a dog or cat has fat. That fat is used for energy and stored in their bodies.

Why don’t they just throw worms in there. A few years ago some of the fast food chains were accused of using worms in their meat or at least it was a rumor.

Blue Wilderness and Rachael Ray Nutrish and others.

This Blue Wilderness and Blue Basic show blueberries and cranberries along with the vegetables. Come on there is no way a dog is going to look for fruit and it certainly doesn’t need it. Blue Wilderness even tells you your dog has the soul of a wolf and needs meat. So what the hell are they doing with fruit and vegetables?

The same way with Rachael Ray Nutrish, they show apples. People these are fillers and nothing more. Sure she tells you give them what your dog loves and wants. Here try this put out a bowl of apples or blueberries or cranberries and nothing else and see if they eat it. And please don’t starve them for a week they MIGHT eat it but I doubt it.

Lately they have advertised Peak from Rachel Ray Nutrish. Get this one. It says it contains 30% protein so less than one-third is meat and I suppose they could use beans as a protein. That’s not even a third of the product so 70% is something else, that is almost three-fourths of the product is something else. They show peas, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and who knows what.

Blue Freedom shows peas, fruit and more vegetables too. This seems to be a trend to disguise fillers as fruit and vegetables.

Purina Beneful shows carrots, peas and barley too. It seems they all do it either to save money and use as a filler or because all the other manufacturers are doing it.

Milk-Bone dog food. Farmer’s Medley is a WHOLE GRAIN recipe while others are saying grain free and no fillers. Then Milk-Bone has a GRAIN FREE recipe with lamb and SPRING VEGETABLES, what the hell? Then they also say NO fillers, corn (what is wrong with corn when they show peas and carrots) artificial preservatives, or flavors. Can you say bullshit?

Are people that stupid today to believe this crap? I know some people are really crazy about their pets but come on.

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A Different Kind of Christmas Poem – written by Michael Marks

Now that this election is over it is time to remember our troops. Those that weren’t here for this election and have served while some were being petty, hateful and deceitful.

Thanksgiving is not far away and we should give thanks not only then but every day there are men and women out there fighting for us and this country to destroy evil.

Christmas won’t be far behind too and many of our brave people serving our country won’t get to come home for either holiday. I was one of those. I served 20 years and would ask that you remember those people both living and dead. This Friday, November 11, 2016 is veterans day. Please don’t forget them.

The following poem is on you tube and there is a link below. It has music and a background with pictures.

A Different Kind of Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.  In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.  Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near.  Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.  Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

“What are you doing?” I asked without fear, “Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!  Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts… To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light.  Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,

“I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.” “It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.  My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,”  Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘Nam’, And now it is my turn and so, here I am.  I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue… an American flag.  I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.  I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother…

Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”  “So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”

“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least, “Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?  It seems all too little for all that you’ve done, for being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,

“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.  To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone, to stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead, to know you remember we fought and we bled.  Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, that we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be coming soon and credit is more than due to our U.S. Service Men and Women in order for you and your loved ones  to be able to celebrate these festivities.  Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe.  Make people you know stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who are sacrificing themselves for us.

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