Friday, May 08, 2015

Is this my cousin??


Who tastes pet food?

Pat Grender asks:

"Say Rodge, when dog food is 'new and improved tasting' how do they know?  Who tests it? Or is it consumer fraud?

Lighten up Pat. It's legit. His name is Ripkin, from the Lab.  His grandmother was part Chow. His slurp is gold.


Different Drum

Today's Song That I Love


Want one?

Want one?  Tell me how much you'll pay and I might make it for you.  I'm not kidding.  

Cobwebbed but still good

" ... nations always progressed through the following sequence:"

I was looking for something else in the attic and tripped over this article that I apparently never posted.  It's from 2009.  I've included some of the pics that were in the same box.  That's right; I don't throw anything away.

Two centuries ago, a somewhat obscure Scotsman named Tytler* made this profound observation: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy”.

The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the
Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200
Years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

  • From bondage to spiritual faith;
  • From spiritual faith to great courage;
  • From courage to liberty;
  • From liberty to abundance;
  • From abundance to complacency;
  • From complacency to apathy;
  • From apathy to dependence;
  • From dependence back into bondage.
The Obituary follows:
"United States of America",  Born 1776, Died 2016
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning
The last Presidential election:
  • Number of States won by:   Obama: 19   Romney: 29
  • Square miles of land won by:    Obama: 580,000      Romney: 2,427,000
  • Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million  Romney: 143 million
  • Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:                               Obama: 13.2             Romney: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population Already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase..

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s - and they vote - then we can say Goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years .

*There's some debate about whose profound observation this was, but for our purpose all that matters is that it still swims.



Three of the best

There was a day, and not so long ago, when this would have motivated me into action.  Now I'm satisfied to let it roll around in my brain.  I can do that now.  Just like I can look at a 70-80 year old woman, peel away the years, and see her as she was at 20. Then I let that roll around in my head.