February 8

Friday “Movin’ On Up!” Open Comments


Want to know how to move out of poverty? Or just move up the socioeconomic ladder? Here are the basic lessons:

Authors who advocate government action in order to address income inequality and upward mobility are fond of their statistics. An example from Foroohar:

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Economic Mobility Project has found that if you were born in 1970 in the bottom one-fifth of the socioeconomic spectrum in the U.S., you had only about a 17% chance of making it into the upper two-fifths.

Such figures are meant to inform a social diagnostic which too often prescribes more subsidy of the poor. However, that prescription takes a dim view of the human condition and fails to account for how 17% of children born in 1970 beat the odds and rose from the bottom one-fifth of the spectrum to the upper two-fifths. It wasn’t chance, as the figure cited out of context suggests. It wasn’t the mechanical effect of flipping society’s bureaucratic levers. There is no magic formula of government action which propels people from one class to another.

The key to upward mobility, to improving the quality of life, is the acceptance and application of certain ideas. At first glance, they may seem overly simplistic or blatantly obvious. Yet so few actually implement them that it is worth our time to review them. To that end, here are 5 ideas you need in order to rise from poverty to the middle class.

5) Understand Value and How to Create It
Let’s be honest. Upward mobility is a euphemism for making more money. There is no shame in that, and we shouldn’t gloss it over…
Since none of us are born innately aware of how to produce the many conceived values enhancing our lives, we come to benefit from them through trade. Can’t make a spear to save your life, but crank out gathering baskets by the dozen? You’ve got a trade. Money is our medium of exchange, something easily portable and generally expected to hold its value. In short, money is the stand-in for any conceivable value we may obtain through trade.

Understanding this helps us dispense with the sophomoric notion that money is the root of all evil, or that we ought to shy away from accumulating it or apologize for having it. It is through the production of value that we “make money.” Dad was right when he said it doesn’t grow on trees. Nevertheless, it can grow if properly cultivated. By identifying what value we are adept at creating, we position ourselves to take the first step toward rising from poverty, earning an income.

Granted, if you are poor, it may be that the value you are capable of producing does not command much in the market. Even so, the most menial of productive tasks can be the seed from which upward mobility springs, provided you embrace the rest of our presented ideas.

4) Untether from Your Class
The tidbits I picked up about my father’s childhood were usually overheard during my parents’ arguments. A recurring theme of their marital discord was my father’s tendency to provide monetarily for his brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. It frustrated my mother to see him dispense handouts from his earned and limited income to subsidize the irresponsible behavior of extended family members.

I think we’re seeing that one writ large on society right now. But I digress….

I was too young to understand the dynamic at the time. In retrospect, I believe my father was acting upon a sense of guilt endemic of the class into which he was born. Rather than celebrate my father’s upward mobility or congratulate him on his earned success, his family resented him and regarded him with a “who do you think you are” attitude. Accepting this unearned guilt as somehow legitimate, my father regularly paid penance for his success by sacrificing to our extended family.

It demonstrated a limitation in my father’s ability to untether from his class, to disregard the expectations, traditions, assumptions, and dictates of family, friends, and neighbors. That’s not to say my father did not transcend cultural limitations. Indeed, the success he met with could not have been possible otherwise.

Had he listened to his family while growing up, he would have believed himself as inferior as he was treated. As a black man raised in the civil rights era, he also could have believed himself a victim of society. Although he never completely shook these influences, he did overcome them through sheer force of stubborn, persistent will.

His rise was nothing glamorous. He started fueling airplanes… He earned his way into a position as a stock clerk and, seeing that he required education to advance further, began taking night school courses to become an airplane mechanic….The effort bore him an opportunity to move to Northwest’s main hub in Minneapolis, where he earned far more than before.
/snip
…If you think someone is keeping you down, it becomes an excuse to stay there. More insidious is the policing of class which takes place among peers. A starving artist is respected until he makes it big, then he’s demeaned as a sellout. Much of the hatred directed at Sarah Palin was no doubt fueled by the animosity of women in her demographic range who resented the aspiration to high office while raising a family and looking good doing it. There is an unwritten rule, “Thou shalt not make the rest of us look bad.” Those who transcend their class always break that rule. If you seek upward mobility, you must be comfortable being persecuted for it.

And there’s always the cry of “Uncle Tom” or “coconut” of those students who do well in school. Sad, sad, sad. I guess success in the minority groups is only accepted if it’s accompanied by crime or sex, and in drug gangs or the entertainment industry.

3) Live Within Your Means

Well, there goes all of DC….

I remember the moment I first realized how ridiculous consumer credit could be. I had purchased a computer on credit several years prior and had mindlessly sent in my minimum payments month after month. One day, about the time the computer became obsolete, it occurred to me that I should be pretty close to paying it off. When my next statement arrived, I took the highly unusual step of looking at it and discovered that I had indeed paid an amount far surpassing the original principal… and still owed an amount equal to the original principal. I was shocked! How was such a thing possible? How could I still owe when I had already paid more than the original purchase was worth? It seemed somehow unfair that I could owe so much, after having paid so much, and all for something I could no longer use.

This was the manner of my economic education — the school of ignorant screw-ups. Had I known at the start of my adulthood what I know now, I could have positioned myself to be much better off.

Unable to change the past, I now focus upon the present and the future. I resolve to not only live within my means, but to put my savings to work through investment and teach my sons the financial lessons which no one bothered to teach me.

A 2009 study by the Pew Economic Mobility Project indicates that the choice to save improves the odds of generational prosperity:

Children of low-saving (i.e., below median), low-income parents are significantly less likely to be upwardly mobile than children of high-saving, low-income parents.

Seventy-one percent of children born to high-saving, low-income parents move up from the bottom income quartile over a generation, compared to only 50 percent of children of low-saving, low-income parents.

It should go without saying. Yet it doesn’t. Live within your means.

2) Live Intentionally
On the spectrum of sexy, “time management” falls somewhere between estate planning and bed pans. Yet the ability and willingness to effectively direct our attention can have a profound effect upon our physical, mental, and financial well-being.

We commonly say that we are busy, that we do not have time, or that there aren’t enough hours in the day. However, we more likely have plenty of time that we choose to prioritize in habitual ways. …

Without intention, without an agenda for the day, time can easily sift through our fingers as we drift aimlessly down a path of least resistance. Such days are sometimes necessary, and take on the intentional purpose of rest and relaxation. However, life should not be an endless string of such days. Proverbs 10:4 puts it simply:
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Laziness might be defined by a lack of intention, living life by luck and lottery. Most of us have a respectable work ethic in certain contexts. We do our job … Yet, too often that ethic goes unapplied to the overall direction of our life. We plug away, living from check to check, enjoying feast and riding out famine, waiting for our proverbial ship to come in. Foroohar identifies the problem:

The mythology of the American Dream has made it difficult to start a serious conversation about how to create more opportunity in our society, since many of us still believe that our mobility is the result of our elbow grease and nothing more.

The author goes on to make a case for government activism. However, spending tax dollars to subsidize poverty will not end it. Elbow grease commands respect. However, it must be the right work for the right purpose managed in the right way. Hard work applied to an unproductive process is an unconscionable waste.

It is not enough to pat ourselves on the back for a particular job well done. We have to make sure the fruit of our labor is managed toward a larger goal. Otherwise, we can expect perpetual check to check living.

1) Seek Advice from Successful People
It’s not enough to untether from your class. If you want to grab the next rung, you need to acquire the habits of successful people. If you are poor, or at any point less than where you would like to be, this means accepting the uncomfortable truth that your friends, family, and neighbors are probably not the people you want to take advice from. After all, if they had insight into the secrets of success, they wouldn’t be your socioeconomic peers.

Does that mean you have to crash country clubs and rub elbows with big investors and CEOs? By all means, if you can acquire a rich friend willing to mentor you, do so. Otherwise, start reading books.

… Dave Swindle once hammered this point home in a review of Douglas Rushkoff’s Program or Be Programmed:

Read books. Do not just read blog posts and articles. …

There’s a reason why people write books. Certain ideas and arguments require a volume to properly convey. This is especially true when introducing new concepts like those which separate wealth creators from wealth consumers.

Public education does not convey essential economic concepts such as what value is and how to create it. Nor does it effectively teach how money works or how to best manage it. Instead, public education is mandated … to mold “world citizens” who will be pliantly managed from cradle to grave.

I remember graduating from high school and spending the next few years experiencing a nagging sense of abandonment. For 18 years, between the structure of home, the structure of religion, and the structure of public education, I had been told where to go and what to do without ever being trained how to think. … Truly valuable learning must be sought.

My reading list includes the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, What I Didn’t Learn in School But Wish I Had by Jamie McIntyre, and The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason. Each address the attitudes and mindsets which separate the wealthy from everyone else. In their own way, these books are like having a rich friend willing to mentor you. Best of all, books are cheap. You can even benefit from them for free if you visit a library.

I see from experience how the schools don’t teach kids to think. Heck, it barely teaches SOME of them how to count. And the products of this poor education become the clay from which tomorrow’s society will be built – and that clay is being molded by the likes of the liberal media and liberal educational systems. Without learning how to think for themselves, we see things like the Occupy movement and the vast array of poverty pimp users and abusers.

Do something good today. Show this article to some young ‘uns. Tell them it’s important to buck the peer pressure, to be their own person, and learn to reason things out. The future you save might just be ours.

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Posted February 8, 2013 by Tedtam in category Economics (snooze), Life, Open Comments

96 thoughts on “Friday “Movin’ On Up!” Open Comments

  1. 1
    Super Dave says:

    TGUF!!
    Well it looks like Texpat is in for a winter storm.
    Mornin’ Gang

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    GJT says:

    Heard on 740 KTRH yesterday they have moved the Astros down the dial (literally) to 790, no longer having to move Rush and Hannity to 950 on day games or cutting Michael Berry off short and pre-empting Mark Levin altogether on night games. Although they put a pretty face on it, I’m thinking this is less than desirable for the Astros. Guess there’s a cost to losing 100 plus games a year, a 100 dollar payroll and better days way over the horizon.

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    GJT says:

    #2

    I bet this scares the bejabbers out of the NFL, in all of their wisdom scheduling the Super Bowl in New York (open air stadium) next year. I mean, we’re only a week removed.

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    GJT says:

    #4

    I guess technically New Jersey.

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    El Gordo says:

    Open air, all weather is how football is supposed to be played. The fans are supposed to sit in the stands and withstand the elements just as their team is on the field, creating that bond of suffering together and doing what it takes to overcome and win. Truth is, with today’s video and audio technology, I’m amazed they can fill the stadium even if they gave the tickets away.

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    wagonburner says:

    D_n P_____k said one time that baseball and sports in general are real money losers for a “news” station. They fight over sports for the promotional opportunities.

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    GJT says:

    I remember when D__ P______ owned KPRC and KSEV he moved the ‘Stros day games to KSEV rather than move Rush, they raised all kinda hail.

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    Sarge says:

    Victor Davis Hanson is excellent as always.

    Republicans seem more confused. After needlessly bombastic talk in the 2012 presidential primaries, they have gone to the other extreme of emphasizing amnesties instead of enforcement — largely in efforts to pander to growing numbers of Latino voters.

    Here, too, paradoxes abound. Various polls suggest that immigration was not the primary reason why Latinos voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama.

    When the Pew Research Center recently surveyed Latinos and asked whether they preferred high taxes and big government or low taxes and small government, they preferred high taxes and big government by a 75–19 margin. And they usually see liberal Democrats as far better stewards of redistributionist government, and Republicans more as heartless advocates of a capricious free market.

    Asian Americans, for whom illegal immigration is not really an issue, voted for Democrats by about the same margins as did Latinos — and perhaps because of similar perceptions of minority-friendly big government.

    Moreover, the largest concentrations of Latino voters are in southwestern blue states such as California, New Mexico, and Nevada, where Republicans usually lose anyway, and for a variety of reasons other than immigration. Ironically, the best long-term strategy for Republicans would be to close the border and allow the forces of upward mobility, assimilation, and the natural social conservatism of Latinos to work.

    Everyone talks grandly of passing bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform as if the present system had not sprung up to serve the needs of all sorts of special interests that certainly have not gone away.

    We forget that too many employers still want the cheap labor of foreign nationals.

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    Katfish says:

    Could not get the video above to play here – but it runs fine out on the web

    What We Believe, Part 3: Wealth Creation

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    TexMo says:

    From Sarge’s link:

    Asian Americans, for whom illegal immigration is not really an issue, voted for Democrats by about the same margins as did Latinos — and perhaps because of similar perceptions of minority-friendly big government.

    That is a paradox I still do not fully understand. The best idea I have come up with is the black community has poverty pimps and the Vietnamese community has misinformation pimps. The Vietnamese community gets so much of its information from Vietnamese language radio, t.v., and newspaper that it is quite easy for the “journalist” or community organizers to be dishonest. My wife attended a pro-Gore or maybe it was a pro-Kerry event and virtually all the positive things attributed to the dem candidate were actually things W had espoused. It took the Mrs a long time to straighten out the MIL.

    Oh, and illegal immigration is not an issue for the Asian community because they do it by the book. They will patiently wend their way through the bureaucratic wasteland, pay their fees, and wait for their loved one to receive their visa.

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    GJT says:

    ..allow the forces of upward mobility, assimilation, and the natural social conservatism of Latinos to work.

    I believe this theory has been properly debunked, certainly not proven. I think it was Mark Steyn who axed the question something like – Once in the majority here, why would our government look any different than from where they came.

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    wagonburner says:

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    TexMo says:

    I do not mind a legitimate safety net to keep those in need from true hardship, but as the years pass I find I get more disgusted with bar they set to determine who receives benefits. Depending upon your perspective, it is set so low they can simply walk over it or it is set so high that you do not have to limbo under it. In fact they will not even have to duck their head.

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    TexMo says:

    I took my daughter to see Itzhak Perlman last night and I was truly amazed. He plays a majority of pieces from memory and he freely expresses emotion while playing and of course his technical ability (bow movement, finger movement) is something incredible to watch as well.

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    Hamous says:

    #13 Do you know what killed that horse? Parasites.

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    Darren says:

    Well it looks like Texpat is in for a winter storm.

    Exactly what I was goingto post. May Texpat and his loved ones be safe.

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    Shannon says:

    We’ll not soon overcome a 75-19 margin.

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    Sarge says:

    Oh, and illegal immigration is not an issue for the Asian community because they do it by the book. They will patiently wend their way through the bureaucratic wasteland, pay their fees, and wait for their loved one to receive their visa.

    VDH comments on that as well:

    Massive illegal immigration is not ethnically blind or based on education. For decades it has favored more proximate Latin American arrivals who can easily cross the U.S.-Mexican border over those from distant Asia, Africa, or Europe who simply cannot.

    His point, I think, is that Viet Namese, and others, would illegally cross the border if they could but cannot because they live so far from it. He rightly states that this in and of itself renders allowing those who are here illegally to be given a “path to citizenship” unfair. The only fair thing to do is to close the border, grant some form of limited legal alien status to those who are here (who have not committed other crimes), and then allow immigrants pursuing citizenship to do so in a legally fair environment. Those who are currently here should never be granted any of the benefits of citizenship.

    And, as he points out, the only political benefit for doing otherwise (as is the expressed intent of the Establishment Republicans pushing the “path to citizenship” thinking this is what will get us to go along), devolves to the Democrats. It simply makes no sense to adopt a policy that is unfair, rewards illegal behavior, and guarantees one party rule for the next three decades.

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    mharper42 says:

    Good morning, Hamsterville. I wish I was still in bed sawing logs but I have to go to the office today.

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    Tedtam says:

    Oh, my back is killing me this morning! And I didn’t sleep well, either.

    It’s gonna be looooooong day.

    Our chiropractor owes us one. I may take him up on it today.

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    wagonburner says:

    Oh, my back is killing me this morning!

    Finished moving the furniture back yet? ;)

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    Tedtam says:

    Ann Coulter calls the media a threat to democracy – for covering up the Benghazi snafu, among other things.

    I remember the cry “Bush lied, people died,” and even though I question the veracity of that claim, it was heard everywhere. What should Obama’s chant be?

    “People died, BO let it slide.”
    “Screams for aid, Obama stayed.”
    “Seven hours of hell, media won’t tell”

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    Tedtam says:

    #24 WB

    It’s up and down that dang ladder taking down those wissin’ Mexican doilies and chili lights.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    I found this little tidbit on Drudge. We know that healthy cells within a healthy body all have a “self destruct switch” that activates if a particular cell does not divide correctly. It works kind of like an audit, if all the pieces are not in place and functioning properly, the cell triggers the lisosomes (I think) to activate/asplode or something and the cell dies. This is an ongoing process in a healthy body and when it fails cancer is the result.

    HEADLINE: Small-molecule drug drives cancer cells to suicide
    Studies in mice show therapy is effective even in hard-to-treat brain tumours.

    Cancer researchers have pinned down a molecule that can kick-start the body’s own tumour-destroying systems, triggering cell death in cancerous but not healthy tissue in mice.

    The molecule, TIC10, activates the gene for a protein called TRAIL (tumour-necrosis-factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand), which has long been a target for cancer researchers looking for drugs that would avoid the debilitating effects of conventional therapies.

    This new therapy approach hold the promise that the cancer(s) will be destroyed and the healthy cells left intact all with little toxic side effects; this has the potential to be a major breakthrough in cancer treatment.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    Hunker Down Texpat, be sure to wrap your pipes.

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    Shannon says:

    Coming soon to a medical facility near you…

    The report [ ] cites example after example of horrific treatment: patients left unbathed and lying in their own urine and excrement; patients left so thirsty that they drank water from vases; patients denied medication, pain relief and food by callous and overworked staff members; patients who contracted infections due to filthy conditions; and patients sent home to die after being given the wrong diagnoses.

    “This is the story of the appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people,” Robert Francis, the lawyer appointed by the government to lead the inquiry, said at a news conference.

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    Sarge says:

    21 Hamous says:
    February 8, 2013 at 8:21 am
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/02/new-poll-suggests-immigration-battle-is-winnable.php

    Wow.

    Has Karl Rove and Marco Rubio read that?

    How much did Republican contributors have to pay for this info?

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #30: Gee, I wonder why none of these kinds of reports were being circulated when O-Care was being debated and subsequently rammed through?
    /sarc off

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    Shannon says:

    I count over 150 fire ant bites on my hands and forearms from
    from yesterday’s encounter.

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    Sarge says:

    33 Shannon says:
    February 8, 2013 at 10:25 am
    I count over 150 fire ant bites on my hands and forearms from
    from yesterday’s encounter.

    Somebody spends a lot of time all by himself

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    Shannon says:

    34
    Nah. You just count a known area and then multiply.

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    wagonburner says:

    Nah. You just count a known area and then multiply.

    Somebody spends a lot of time all by himself

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #33: Mayhaps you should oughta look where your standin?

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    Hamous says:

    Well duh

    In one of his articles, “Surgical Sex,” Dr. McHugh details how he and a colleague, Dr. Jon Meyer, studied the issue: “…I wanted to test the claim that men who had undergone sex-change surgery found resolution for their many general psychological problems:

    We saw the results as demonstrating that just as these men enjoyed cross-dressing as women before the operation, so they enjoyed cross-living after it. But they were no better in their psychological integration or any easier to live with. With these facts in hand I concluded that Hopkins was fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness. We psychiatrists, I thought, would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia.

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    wagonburner says:

    The primary suspect in the LA shootings is ca-razy.

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    Hamous says:

    #40

    Romney, stop being a sore loser. You could’ve exited graciously and still contributed significantly to public service, not now.

    Lots of things you can call Romney. Sore loser isn’t one of them. I have not seen him on TV at all, not one time, since the election.

    You call his wife a Wookie. Off the record, I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama.

    Good to know. Now back to yer regularly scheduled BSC rant:

    It’s kind of sad I won’t be around to view and enjoy The Hangover III.

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    El Gordo says:

    Whew. I’m getting worn out with all this running around and preparation for the storm. I went to Walmart and got water, batteries, and candles; got the generator stocked with gasoline; hit the ATM for the limit, and found my winter coat. Now all I’ve got left to do is to wrap the pipes and I’m ready. Hard to believe that we are going to be getting all this with the nice weather we have out there right now, but the way the folks on the radio and TV are reporting it, the likelihood of there being many survivors is not very good. I’ll go ahead and print my SSN on my forearm with a Sharpie in case I don’t make it. Let me know when the risk is over.

    BTW, when did we start giving winter storms names?

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    Katfish says:

    #43 –

    BTW, when did we start giving winter storms names?

    That’s EASY! When the disaster junkies at the Weather Channel didn’t reap enough hurricanes to feed their ‘jones’ for disaster news (aka ratings aka $$$$$)

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    Tedtam says:

    Back from the back doctor. He yanked me from neck to bum. I didn’t know I had that much cracklin’ inside me. My lower back is still sore, but better. Icing it down and have taken ibuprofen.

    Now, I have to go meet a prospective tenant. Fortunately, the cold pack has a strap on it, so I can walk around with it on.

    And while I was downtown, I went to the deli I know, where I can get an eggplant sammich. It comes on a big bun, so I took the filling from one half and slapped it on the other half, then ate the half bun with double filling. Yumm!

    And if I gross out some of you, well, you deserve it after trashing my house and carousing through my neighborhood.

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    mharper42 says:

    #36 Shannon

    Is Chuck roast?

    This a$$clown makes Kerry look like a frikn genius.

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    wagonburner says:

    Fortunately, the cold pack has a strap on it, so I can walk around with it on.

    You coulda froze the bolt-on boob that mysteriously appeared at your house and bolted it to your back.

    carousing through my neighborhood

    For the record, we didn’t carouse through the neighborhood. We caroused inside. We raced through the neighborhood.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    I think I understand all the hoopla and BS concerning the storm in New England it’s because it is so unusual, I mean its 08Feb, right smack in the middle of winter. . . . . . .oh wait.

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    Shannon says:

    I don’t hate eggplant. I just think it’s the Zero of the food world.

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    mharper42 says:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hagel-withdraw_700456.html
    The above link on Hagel makes it clear just about everyone thinks he is a useless sack of crap.

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    Katfish says:

    Reallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly ENJOY this Gent! (Alphonso Rachel that is)

    Bill O’reilly’s Question

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #52: There was a comment in your linkie that suggested that each and every time the term “assault-whatever” is misused, the misuser should be questioned about it. This way we do not let them pervert the language and in the process the constitution.

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    Hamous says:

    Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell – Crazy Eyes

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    Hamous says:

    Degas, Manet, and Bush?

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    Hamous says:

    Mr. President, try leaning a little further forward into the shot to better manage recoil. Keep your feet about shoulder width apart, and put more weight on your leading foot. You appear to be shooting a gun with “neutral cast,” to wit, a straight stock. Since you’re shooting left-handed, you may want to look into a different stock cast to better accommodate you. And if you’re going to get a custom gun, make sure they measure your length of pull first. Proper gun fit makes an enormous difference in accuracy, and thus in your enjoyment of the sport.

    You may also want to try out the semiautomatic shotguns that another one of our member companies donated to Camp David. These too come in left-handed versions, which eject the spent casing to your left, instead of to the right as is customary. No matter which way the case ejects when you shoot the semiautomatic, you’ll notice that the gun still only shoots one round per pull of the trigger, just like the over/under you’re shooting in the picture.

    In fact, the semiautomatic shotguns are functionally identical to all the semiautomatic firearms that Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed to ban in her sweeping new legislation, S. 150. We feel like we have to keep repeating that fact, because many of the media voices that consider themselves learned scholars on gun policy don’t even know the difference between a rifle and a shotgun, for heaven’s sake. Note that The New York Times article has a correction at the bottom of the page, because it originally said that you were shooting a rifle in the picture — a mistake quickly repeated by dozens of other media outlets. Many of these same media outlets have been quick to editorialize about which guns Americans should and should not be allowed to own, when apparently they wouldn’t know a rifle or a shotgun from a barn door. Go figure.

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    TexMo says:

    First ya’ll are hatin’ on tofu. Now ya’ll are hatin’ on eggplant?!? That just means no one has ever fixed it right for ya!

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    Tedtam says:

    #51

    I’ve always enjoyed him, as well.

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    wagonburner says:

    #57 TexMo
    By that logic, dog cr@p would taste good if only it were to be prepared “properly”.

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    Shannon says:

    If it’s true that the right doesn’t believe in liberty because it’s better for just one part of society, but because it’s better for all, that case has to be made. For all the talk about Ronald Reagan, the one aspect of his career that people tend to ignore completely today is the work he did in the 1970s advancing the argument for conservatism by connecting it with the challenges people face in their daily lives to get their daily bread. Most Americans don’t accept the idea that love of their neighbor and love of government aid are at odds. But it is at odds – just look at Medicaid outcomes to see this in evidence – and will increasingly be so in coming decades. The Republican answer at the state level has been a smaller safety net, a lighter tax burden, less regulation, and more jobs – the Democratic has been a larger entitlement state, a larger tax burden, more regulation, and fewer jobs. When the right frames their argument in terms of numbers and trendlines and not individual experiences, they concede the “love thy neighbor” debate to the left.

    Remember your Calvin Coolidge: “I want the people of America to be able to work less for the Government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. That is the chief meaning of freedom.” The right believes that the rewards of your work will make you prosper where a government check will make you stagnate, but the wisdom is so accepted, they do little to evangelize the essence of why the status quo is heartless, not conservatism. For the right to win again, it may require the American people to reject the false promise of bureaucrat-defined happiness. But for people to do that, they first have to recognize that this approach is based on a lie – and choose instead to earn the life they make for themselves. Getting to that point is going to require more than a few tweaks in how politicians talk – it will require a major shift in how the right evangelizes. -Ben Domenech

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    wagonburner says:

    A woman died yesterday after having a late-term abortion. The abortion was performed by Dr. LeRoy Carhart at approximately 33 weeks of gestation.

    According to our friends at Wikipedia, if a child were born at that stage in a pregnancy, it would have between a 95% and 98% chance of survival.

    savage ghouls

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    Tedtam says:

    I wonder what the statistics are for death or injury related to abortions? I mean, the libs keep calling for “safe abortions”.

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    Darren says:

    Shannon;

    I count over 150 fire ant bites on my hands and forearms from
    from yesterday’s encounter.

    Yuck!!! When Niki and I went ot check out wat ended up being the first house we lived in in the Houston area, we brought our two kids (that’s all we had back then) and Kason started crying while standing on the sidewalk. turns out there were fireants crawling up his feet and legs. We moved him and brushed him off. I think I spent an entire 30 mnutes squishing every ant I saw in that spot. I was mad they attacked my boy.

    Those bites do hurt. :(

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    Darren says:

    Nah. You just count a known area and then multiply.

    You must be an engineer or something.

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    Sarge says:

    61 Tedtam says:
    February 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    From ST.

    Adios, Rove.

    And in that same vein.

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    Darren says:

    Lots of things you can call Romney. Sore loser isn’t one of them. I have not seen him on TV at all, not one time, since the election.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-post-election-life/2012/12/02/42b07cba-3cba-11e2-bca3-aadc9b7e29c5_gallery.html#photo=1

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    Katfish says:

    Who’s IN for a COMPLETE and TOTAL weekend FREE of a single utterance of Romney?

    There is (IMHO) not a single possible measurable micron of anything positive or beneficial from the endless mention of the Gent…………………….

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    Katfish says:

    I’d rather an endless discussion vis a vis the ‘war on drugs’ for goodness sakes!

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    Darren says:

    Who’s IN for a COMPLETE and TOTAL weekend FREE of a single utterance of Romney?

    Believe me, I totally am.

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    Darren says:

    Katfish;

    Did you know Mitt Romney will go to church on Sunday? So will Marco Rubio. :)

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    TexMo says:

    I’d rather an endless discussion vis a vis the ‘war on drugs’ for goodness sakes!

    Um… Katfish I think I’ll sit ringside with a cold one while you and Bob do just that. In fact we could promote this and give you the entire couch for the whole weekend. The cover charge will go to the “Save the Farting Unicorns” fund.

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    Shannon says:

    70

    /Just to be perfectly clear, Bob42, that WAS NOT an invitation for your return.

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    Darren says:

    The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters and nine witnesses are part of the probe.

    Democrat Melowese Richardson has been an official poll worker for the last quarter century and registered thousands of people to vote last year. She candidly admitted to Cincinnati’s Channel 9 this week that she voted twice in the last election.

    Say it ain’t so.

    Democratic Ohio Poll Watcher: Yeah, I Voted For Obama Twice

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #78: That is just the tip of the iceberg. There were a couple of precincts in PA where 105% of the registered vote went to jugears, I would like to have someone ‘splain to me how that is accomplished without voter fraud.

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    Darren says:

    That is just the tip of the iceberg. There were a couple of precincts in PA where 105% of the registered vote went to jugears

    Of course, the federal government was used to ake sure the states did not crack down on voter fraud.

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    Darren says:

    Kason’s soon off to a hiking expedition for scouts. He’ll be back to morrow.

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    Texpat says:

    Thanks for all the well wishes, amigos.

    Currently, we have about 4 inches on the ground since about 3 inches melted this morning. It wasn’t even supposed to start snowing until 8 PM, but it’s been snowing lightly all day long.

    The heavy snow begins around 7 PM and continues until at least 2 AM. The rate is supposed to be about 2-1/2 to 3″ per hour. So, we’re probably going to top out at approximately 24″ all said and done.

    I have plenty of kerosene, propane and gasoline to fuel lamps, heaters, and my generator.
    The snow blower is tuned up and ready to go.

    And we are well stocked with all kinds of food, beer and wine.

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    Shannon says:

    Hot water is a good thing.

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    Darren says:

    Sounds like you’re well off, texpat.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #83: Having that job completed is a good thing.

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    Darren says:

    Shannon # 83;

    Oh, yes it is. During Ike hot water was the single most resource I was grateful to have had.

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    Darren says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot that he was installing a water heater. I thought he was talking about texpat having hot water. :)

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    Darren says:

    Starting Katfish’s recommendation now let me say, “but, don’t worry, Mr. president wannabe, we have these ships, and planes land on them…we’re ready for the world and to protect America.”

    http://news.usni.org/2013/02/08/navy-lincoln-refueling-delayed-will-hurt-carrier-readiness

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    mharper42 says:

    Have a warm, safe weekend, Texpat!

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    Darren says:

    Mali has been a hotbed of Islamic extremism of late, as al Qaeda operatives have taken the West African nation by storm. As the country deals with an influx of violence, a presidential election is slated for this year — and there’s a fascinating candidate running for office. Yeah Samake, 42, a Mormon who was born and raised in Mali, is hoping to win the presidency and to save his homeland from the grips of extremism.

    Samake is currently one of the top candidates in the race — a democratic election that was pushed off last year after extremist activity caused delays. Receiving an education in the West, the candidate attended Brigham Young University and has a unique perspective about how to save his nation from the cusp of disaster.

    Interesting.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/08/meet-the-mormon-presidential-candidate-in-mali-who-has-a-bold-plan-for-combatting-islamic-extremism-and-upholding-democracy/

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    Katfish says:

    #75 – You’ll be pretty bored waitin for me to comment much on anything over the weekend (which is typical)…………2 more BACA HEROES to welcome to the family tomorrow and our chapter meetin on Sunday……………I’m just totally OD’d on useless history and associated histrionics

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #91 Whisker Fish: Keep the shiny side up and between the ditches.

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    phil says:

    The anti metro-sexual tune.

    If that chick don’t wanna know fuh-git-uh

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    Darren says:

    Katfish #91;

    I enjoy hearing about the BACA heroes.

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    Adee says:

    Hang in there Texpat. Not often you can be snowbound in Jersey.

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    fat albert says:

    Anthony Esolen is a mild mannered English Professor at a small, Catholic liberal arts college in Providence, Rhode Island. He also epitomizes the profundity of the trusim “The pen is mightier than the sword”. This article is an example of why.

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