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Visit to Cincinnati Zoo
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 | Author:

We haven’t been to the Cincinnati Zoo in almost 20 years, so Missy and I decided to make a visit…   The place is fantastic.  The flora and fauna are beautiful, even in late October; And what a deal!   It’s $15/person for adults.  Given that you pay $70 to $100 for places in Orlando such as Seaworld, the value is unbeatable.  Check out some of the ‘action’ photos below:

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The one observation that I made prior to the trip was during my search for the Cincinnati Zoo operating hours.  After searching for ‘Cincy Zoo’ on Google, I saw this result (see below)…  If you look closely, you’ll see a 2.9 star rating from Google reviews.  Since I know that the Zoo is considered one of the top 10 in the world, I was a little incredulous.  Thus, I decided to take a closer look at some of the individual reviews.  I quickly discovered that the undeserved rating is the result of wacked-out Leftist trollers who  gave hundreds of 1-star reviews (see a few excerpts below) so they could try to destroy the 140-year-old zoo… evidently because the zoo wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a Gorilla.

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Making Costly Movies
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Author:

Here is an interesting factoid:

The movie ‘Titanic’ (1997) cost more to make than the actual ship (Titanic) that sank. The movie cost $200 million. The actual costs to construct the ship from 1910 to 1912 were $7.5 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be around $116 million in 1997!

Source: Amazing Fact About Hollywood Movies

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545 People
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 | Author:

This is a pretty good rant from Charlie Reese (Hat tip to my buddy, Joe K)… however, one key item that he overlooks is these 535 politicians are part of a representative democracy, and the people have said that they rather have handouts instead of buckling down.

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

100 senators, 435 congressmen, 1 President, and 9 Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the roughly 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing.. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget (Of course, Obama didn’t even propose a budget). He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan … If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses, provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…  Think of all the ways that politcians have discovered to separate the citizens from their money:

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had no national debt, the largest middle class in the world, and Mom, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

Bountiful Harvest
Saturday, August 13th, 2016 | Author:

It’s that time of year, and the many vegetable plants that I nurtured from seeds are now bearing the results from their ‘pregnant flowers’.  First on the list is the beautiful butterfly that I discovered in my flower garden.  This is followed by the succulent tomatoes and gargantuan squash.
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California’s Pension Pirates
Thursday, August 11th, 2016 | Author:

Are these what people refer to as ‘Pension Pirates’?

If public service truly is a sacrifice, then join me in shedding a tear for the 20,900 public workers in California who pulled down more than $100,000 in retirement benefits during 2015…

Leading the way for 2015 was Michael Johnson. The former Solano County administrator received a $388,407 pension last year…

Unlike your 401(k) that might increase or decrease in value with the stock market, public sector pension benefits are locked in place. If investment returns fall, the retirees’ benefits aren’t at risk because taxpayers are obligated to make up the difference.

Source: California’s Six Figure Pension Club Has More Than 20,000 Members 

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How Does Socialism Work?
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 | Author:

If you’re not familiar with Prager University, you should get a flavor of some of their thought processes by watching this brief video about the impacts of socialism…

Pensions Underfunded by $5 Trillion
Tuesday, July 05th, 2016 | Author:

Yep, you read the number right — five trillion dollars.  Evidently, somebody is asking the “Pension Pirates” to be more accountable…

If the Actuarial Standards Board enacts recommendations from its Pension Task Force, actuarial valuations for state and local government pensions will report unfunded liabilities of over $5 trillion and funding ratios of just 39 percent. The public pensions industry will hate it, but those figures are the best available measures of the costs of public employee retirement plans.

A Pension Task Force established by the Actuarial Standards Board has recommended rules changes that would require all pension actuaries to calculate and disclose the “market value” of retirement plan liabilities, a step that has been fought hard by the public pensions industry. Proponents of market-value liability figures, which include most economists as well as many policy analysts concerned about pension funding, argue that current actuarial methods understate pensions’ true benefit liabilities and encourage pensions to take excessive investment risk.

Source: Are State and Local Government Pensions Underfunded by $5 Trillion?

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The Economy and Labor Statistics
Sunday, June 05th, 2016 | Author:

Even the political manipulation of reality is getting more difficult…  The Obama administration can twist the numbers all they like, but it’s becoming more obvious that it’s all one big ruse:

180,000 more Americans left the workforce, bringing the total to a record 94.7 million Americans not in the labor force. The corporate MSM will roll out the usual “experts” to blather about the retirement of Baby Boomers as the false narrative to deflect blame from Obama and his minions. The absolute absurdity of the data heaped upon the ignorant masses is clearly evident in the data over the last three months. Here is government idiocracy at its finest:

  • Number of working age Americans added since March – 406,000
  • Number of employed Americans since March – NEGATIVE 290,000
  • Number of Americans who have supposedly voluntarily left the workforce – 1,226,000
  • Unemployment rate – FELL from 5.0% to 4.7%

Source: Funniest Labor Report Ever

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The Slow Economic Death from Obamacare
Sunday, May 01st, 2016 | Author:

A good summary over at American Thinker:

Obamacare…  the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The first major bump in the road is the concept of essential benefits. According to the Obamacare website, “Ten essential health benefits must be offered at no dollar limits on every plan under the Affordable Care Act.” Much like having to buy every option for your new car even if you only want the basics.

The next bump concerns pre-existing conditions. “No more pre-existing conditions means you can’t be denied coverage, charged more, or denied treatment based on health status.”

The third bump is called guaranteed issue. “ObamaCare makes health insurance guaranteed issue meaning you can’t be denied health status, age, gender, or other factors.”These three features are hallmarks of Obamacare, allowing anyone and everyone to receive healthcare insurance, regardless of their health, age, or concurrent illnesses, and have coverage well beyond what that particular individual needs. Compassionate and fair? Sure. Economically realistic. No way.

Source: The Inconvenient Economics of Obamacare

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Next Major Economic Debacle – Public Pensions
Sunday, April 10th, 2016 | Author:

An interesting analysis of the obvious:

How public unions are driving another economic bubble…

In every case, the goal of these powerful pension funds—Wall Street’s biggest players—is to rack up another year of high returns. And to do this they need corporate profits, financial sector profits, rising home prices, rising utility rates—all of it fueled by debt accumulation.

It’s an unsustainable model. As America is slowly turned into a debtors’ prison, there will eventually be nobody left to pay the interest.

Source: We Need a Sequel to The Big Short to Critique Public Pensions

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