December 2013

I have been reading through the Old Testament in portions. Two sections made my eyebrows move a little bit, especially with a note from our present news.
Back in the days of Joseph and Pharaoh, there was to be a period of 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. Consider a passage towards the end of this saga:

13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. 14 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.”

16 “Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”

20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,[c] from one end of Egypt to the other.

Later in Nehemiah, I found a similar theme:

Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews. 2 Some were saying, “We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain.”

3 Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine.”

4 Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards. 5 Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our fellow Jews and though our children are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others.”

Note that those in power utilize famine or hardship to remove real property from the population and reduce them to a level of slavery. People with property and ability to produce have no need for the government aside from general protection. Those who can take care of themselves are considered a threat by those who want to enslave them. Consider the opinion of our government of who is a terrorist:

As an aside, we in West Texas have a name for those missing a finger – oil field workers.

Note that the items mentioned make the individual independent and not in need of government care. Those with a weapon can defend themselves, or go obtain fresh meat – all without the government.
Now I have to note that the time mentioned in the previous two stories was during a famine. The opportunity for enslavement occurred when the individuals were having an economic hardship.
Let’s move forward and note a similar plan has been implemented here in the states:
A: inheritance tax applies to individuals and makes family farms or businesses subject to tax not imposed on corporate farms or businesses. Family farms have to sell to comply with the tax and as such removes competition from the marketplace as well as provides more revenue to the government – by removing it from the people who earn it.
B: We had a conversation over a year ago with our financial planner describing in moderate detail the removal of resources if mominbox would be sent to a nursing home under Medicade. Any money from the estate within certain amounts and within a certain time would be eligible to be charged to the heirs as payment for what services Medicaid provided. This concept has apparently been accelerated with obammacare.
C: This should demonstrate that 1.) nothing is free, 2.) we are responsible for our own care, and 3.) Anything run through the rubric of government always ends up empowering those who desire to enslave.

As the subject is close, here is another note from siblinginbox:

In an effort to condition children to accept the police state, the TSA has released a cartoon depicting an animated family enduring a warrantless federal checkpoint at an airport.

The video casts the the travelers and government agents as cute doggie characters that show how fun it can be to go through a checkpoint.

Animated travelers show how easy it is to comply with federal checkpoints. (Source: YouTube)
“Its not scary,” explains the father, as he hands his papers to the blue-shirted sentry. “TSA officers are here to keep us secure!”
[I was just thinking how similar that was to Soviet Russia, where you had to hand your papers to the state security to travel]

I watched this to validate my idea that they would not tell the kids about the genital exams or the nude pics. They fulfilled my anticipation. Propaganda at its best.


Over the last three days, we have placed about 850 miles on the car. Logged about 13 hours driving, and attended two graduations. The first was about 4 hours long, and the second about 2 hours. We still have 3 more hours driving tomorrow before this saga comes to an end. While sitting there waiting on names to be called, I had several diverse thoughts on graduation:
1.) The university is a business
2.) It derives its money from students who have yet to maintain a good work record
3.) It promises these young people better paying jobs for their attendance
4.) Does our economy support that supposition?
5.) I remember reading in a blog somewhere that the premise that one can go to school and eventually teach in such an institution has a flaw – at some point the students are required to obtain employment outside of school. Their education, therefore, has to have some real life application.
6.) It’s interesting to compare the amount of time spent studying, reading, note taking, testing to the amount of time to which that is converted: So in So, Master of Arts. That took about 2 seconds.
7.) Is the graduation of real importance, or is it a moment of narcissism where each individual gets their 2 seconds to say, “look at me.”
8.) Even with the uniform dress with limited accessories, graduates found a way to decorate their mortar boards in an individualistic fashion.
9.) I do remember a little bit from my graduation ceremony, umpteen years ago: the eagle and the vulture. Are you going to hunt your prey, or get it after it’s dead. I liked that illustration. Can anyone else remember anything of theirs? (I have had three, and that’s all I remember from the lot of them)
10.) If I returned to class, what would I take? I’m old enough now to realize that choices need to be made – there are things that won’t be learned. Period. I have to choose what I want to learn, and more importantly to me, will that knowledge have value in the market place?
11.) I wonder how many of the grads considered the value of their diploma in the market place before finishing that particular major?
12.) For those faculty who have multiple graduations to attend, they must have considerable constitutions. You can add your own details to that thought.

This comment gets right to the bottom line of our present problem with government:

I can go on. There is simply no way to word a document in such a way as to make it impervious to assault, especially when the assailants have no compunction about folding, spindling and mutilating the common understanding of the English language to defeat the plain words used.

It’s no different than expecting a restraining order to protect you against a violent ex. It’s not the piece of paper that protects you, it is the implied consequences of violating it.

If there are no consequences, there is no deterrent…and at this point in our country’s history, there are no consequences to the government’s violation of the constitution. [bold mine]

The only way to protect our rights is to ensure that there are consequences to violating them. Until we as a society are willing to step up and do that, these types of discussions are patently worthless.

The post is here.

With 97% rehire rate of the congress critters, there is no consequence to them violating their oath of office and farming out their responsibilities to bureaucracies that have no accountability to the public.

For Christmas last year we received a vacuum sealer. This item sat for a while until we found a use for it. We would buy the large 10 pound rolls of ground beef and divide it up into 8 sections for later use. We started using the vacuum sealer and now this has developed into a routine. Take the 1/8 of the roll and place in the vacuum bag and operate the machine to remove most of the air and seal the bag. Next squish the ground beef as flat as hands can and then smooth with a rolling pin. The end result is a square of ground beef about 10″ which is about 3/4″ thick. They stack quite well in the freezer, and thaw in a matter of minutes in hot water.
One more task I have discovered is that this unit can reseal cereal bags. I don’t eat a lot of cereal, so once the bag is open, it remains that way for a while allowing chance of developing old flavor to opportunity for bugs to gorge. A few moments in the sealer removes both problems. I used this on a bag of Bisquick this evening. It doesn’t get out the air, but does seal quite well. Thanks siblinginbox.

Today was rather busy. That is putting it mildly. It fit the reputation of Monday. But, there was a silver lining. I was on call last week. Patients need attention other than normal business hours and we cover that need with on call nurses. Those filling that role are available 24/7 for the week. After a few calls and short or interrupted nights, I can fully say that I appreciate Monday coming as there will be no call tonight. Rest. Sleep. 🙂

ht: From the Barrel of a Gun

Pay attention to the end of this video. Instead of leaving the philosophies that created the problems they are trying to escape, they bring them here. Let’s apply the same idea that used to be normal in the United States when I was a kid. You may come here if you do so legally, follow the rules, and accept our way of life. If you don’t like it here, you may leave. Go back to whatever hole you desire. I prefer the United States the way it was when I was a kid and could play anywhere in the block, up the street, at the park – without parents present, and be perfectly safe.
While I’m on that thought, it occurred to me that for a couple of decades there has been a push on the subject of trust. Those adults who are “strangers” cannot be trusted. Anyone you have never seen before, but has an official uniform is a trustworthy adult. Does that sound familiar? It just struck me that the kids are being trained that neighbors are not worthy of trust, but the government officials who are involved in the system trying to enslave us with regulations, surveillance, laws multiplying faster than fleas, are trustworthy.

‘Tis the season to bring out all the tinsel, balls, lights, snowflakes, garland, cats,…. Cats?! Here is the effect of putting up our tree today:
Jake Tree

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