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It’s been a rough few month, economically, for the Hillbilly household with intermittent work and little money. After today, I thank God for the adversity and the opportunity to approach the holiday season differently. With little money and most Christmas gifts being given this year of the home made variety, I can avoid this.

A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him. […]

Read the rest via the link above. Avarice knows no bounds. I can’t imagine anything is worth this; the sheer lack of regard for other human beings in pursuit of things that tomorrow will be old fashioned is beyond my understanding. If killing someone in pursuit of saving a buck is worth it, please don’t ever ever ever say another word against the war against terror.

For some reason I’m reminded of an old song we used to sign in church when I was much younger. The only phrase I can remember at this point is: “A piece of bread will buy a bag of gold…”

I may not have much gold but I know how to bake bread, on an open fire if necessary. I count my blessings and thank God for the knowledge to do these things because that bag of gold will provide no nourishment nor fill my stomach when it’s empty.

Yes, indeed, we may be having rough times in the hillbilly household and I thank God for them. We have food, shelter, and knowledge to provide for ourselves, in hard times as well as good. Life is good when you have these things.  Everything else is just… nothing that really matters.

For your holiday cheer via an email I received:

You know what would really irk the Democrats…

  Bush should resign now.

  Then Dick Cheney becomes President

  Then he appoints Condoleeza Rice as VP.

  Then Cheney resigns two weeks later and Condoleeza Rice, A Republican,

  Becomes the first BLACK – WOMAN President!!!

 :lol:

From Russia comes a teaching moment. In this article a leading Russian political analyst has predicted that the United States will break up and further expounds that it will break into six pieces. He blames this on the financial crisis that has been building since at least 1998. Whether he is right or wrong, I can’t say because I’m not an economist, but it is worrisome.

That, in and of itself, is bad enough but there was something else, somewhat overlooked while all are focusing on the prediction.

He even suggested that “we could claim Alaska – it was only granted on lease, after all.” Panarin, 60, is a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has authored several books on information warfare.

Developing… 

 Okay, you’re asking, what’s so teaching about that? Well… Russia is salivating over the possible demise of the United States due to a breakup of the union that has held us together for over 2 centuries because it will give them an opportunity to reclaim something that was once worthless to them but now has a lot of value. The oil that the U.S. government refuses to consider comes to mind but that’s neither here nor there for the purposes of this article.

The lesson is in noting how Russia bartered Alaska to gain something for itself and the U.S. wanted Alaska for its own reasons. We do this every day in our own lives when we purchase goods and services from corporations, companies, and small businesses. We make the decision whether to surrender our hard earned cash for those goods and services that we want them badly enough to give up the money for them.

How different is the regret Russia feels over having sold Alaska so cheaply in the past only to discover that it had more value than it ever imagined and the individual regret of all the money spent on the latest gadgets, bigger cars and houses, and so on? Russia wants to reclaim Alaska.  They don’t want to pay for it because they don’t want to have to return the money that was given to them in exchange. Nor do they want to pay for its real worth now in terms of development of resources.

Those corporations, companies, and small businesses are thriving while the individual has practically bankrupted himself for those “got to haves.” But the individual doesn’t want to face the fact that he is the one who surrendered something of real value for something that had fleeting worth so he looks to the government to reclaim his money but he can’t do that without being considered a thief so he comes up with a great term and rationalization: wealth redistribution. The individual wants his money back but he doesn’t want to return the goods and services he purchased and he certainly doesn’t want to return them is the same or better condition than they were when he purchased them.

Two sides of the same coin. 

While Alaska might be considered a big something and wealth redistribution, in comparison, might seem a small something, right or wrong is not distinguished by the size of the thing being discussed in such a manner.

Consider this a Thanksgiving open thread.

China ‘using cyberwarfare to challenge US power’

China is using cyberwarfare to challenge American power and distorting economic policy to exert political influence over other countries, according to a hostile congressional report. [Read the rest.]

Somehow, I knew China was going to be a big problem. I’ve blogged about China before but mostly about the free trade stuff. China got a whole lot of technology given to it (From Salon, even, a leftwing mag-rag). That’s one of the problems with niavete in the Oval Office. Clinton has a lot to answer for now that China is using its muscles to overwhelm other countries, not only economically but militarily, well, it’s kind of rough to imagine they have friendly intentions toward the country that enabled their technological advancement.

Now, China is handing off that same technology to countries that wish us harm, not just ill. And we sit here virtually helpless against them. Bush isn’t going to do anything. If he was, he would have already done it. Obama? Fat chance.

About the only hope we have is in national security developing counter-measures. It should know what the Chinese have. If it were me, I’d assume they have everything we’ve got and start from there. Unfortunately, it, too, is under the thumb of the president. :cry:

Translation: It’s still going to be Bush’s fault four years later.

President-elect Barack Obama and his inner circle fear that some voters expect him to turn around the economy, wind down the war in Iraq and, perhaps, cure cancer — all by the Fourth of July.

They know they must manage and lower those expectations, CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports.

A top economic advisor to Obama had a glum warning for the rest of us Thursday morning: Neither the job market nor the stock market will be turning around any time soon.

“This might be a long haul,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s secretary of labor. “2009 is going to be a very hard year. Some economists say we won’t be out of this for two years, others are saying it may be three, or four, maybe five years.”

Now on Obama’s transition team, Reich worries about what happens after the new president is sworn in Jan. 20.

Sorry, but the man campaign on such promises. He is the one, along with his handlers, who swore he would work miracles. To tell people now to temper expectations is nothing more than a political stunt to find a way to get him reelected for a second term. I find this endless political campaigning to be a bore and there’s only so much of it that people can take before the politician campaigning will be considered a bore, too, no matter how much celebrity he enjoys at present.

But then, that’s all Obama knows, isn’t it? Campaigning. He’s never run anything on his own before and now he’s supposed to take on an office that is way beyond his capabilities. He decided to muscle his way even before taking the oath, making decisions he doesn’t have the right to make yet, and it looks like he’s suddenly realizing he bit off more than he can chew. Have I mentioned Carter x 10 before? Or maybe it was x 20…

No wonder his advisors are telling the public to temper expectations. Sorry, Mr. President-Elect, you got yourself into this by making promises you knew it would be impossible to keep and others that you’re now finding out are impossible to keep. You have to live with those expectations since you spent the better part of 2 years creating them.

Update: I forgot to put a link to the story in the post. There’s more to it than the part I quoted.

This is so sad to me. Michelle Malkin writes about The eHarmony Shakedown in which a gay plantiff has successfully sued to force the, largely faith-based, website “to offer same-sex dating services on a new site, but also to offer six-month subscriptions for free to 10,000 gay users” and several other disturbing concessions. This is something the site was never designed to do. Please read the whole story. You won’t believe it.

We live in perilous times my friends. God help us.

Craftsman in the trade for many years walks into a company answering a want ad. He fills out the application, notes his experience, and time in craft. The owner or manager looks over the application and then asks what wage are you looking for, the craftsman answers commiserate with his experience. He gets hired to fix problem construction projects, while the company continues hiring lower wage people for new and upcoming projects. 6-7 months later, once the experienced worker has gotten the low wage earners in a better state of compentency, the owner is saying he has to cut costs so he looks at the experienced higher waged worker and says, “See ya.” (He might not always be that cavalier about it but it amounts to the same thing.)

So the experienced worker goes to another company, works for a little while, then the same thing happens.

Now, as this same pattern continues to happen, the experienced worker figures out that if he wants to keep a job, he’s going to have to hire himself cheap, but that, too, creates a problem. He walks into a company, fills out the application, and goes through all the same motions he’s gone through so many times before. The interview gets to the wage part and the worker says, he’ll hire in at what Juan, Miguel, and Jose hired in at because he needs to work. Even that wage is better than unemployment. The owner has one of three reactions: either 1) the guy is a loser and isn’t worth even that much, that maybe he’s got a drug or drinking problem and is unreliable, 2) or he’s going to quit as soon as something better comes along or 3) he can’t hire such an experienced worker at that wage because it might reflect badly on the company, that maybe the general contractors will take him for a cheap S.O.B. and maybe cutting corners and not following the codes, etc.

When the worker, or somebody close to him complains about this, the first thing out of people’s mouths or comments, you must be racist or a bigot. You reply that you don’t have a problem with legal immigrants and just want an equal chance is countered with “they” just want the American Dream. And finally, they’ll talk about how hard working they are, implying that American workers aren’t. The real problem is the system is setup in such a way we can’t compete with the illegal population coming in to take the “jobs Americans won’t do.”

This same worker hasn’t spent his entire time doing just one thing and has gained skills in other things, albeit self taught, so he tries to apply for other jobs, only to be turned down because he doesn’t have certification or a degree in that field. If he doesn’t work, he doesn’t have the money to get the certification because unemployment is of finite duration and of such an amount it barely covers the necessities so the spare time is spent in endlessly looking for another job, trying to fulfill his American Dream.

I suppose, that’s the sacrifice the American worker must make, sacrifice his own dreams so others may have theirs or be called a racist or bigot when he’s simply asking for an equal opportunity to fulfill his own.

The Republican party lost me once again over this last week as the immigration issue comes to the forefront again. Since the Democrat party is of like mind on the issue, I won’t be switching parties. I think I’ll create a political party called the Disenfranchised.

Only in MA.

ATTLEBORO – A 74-year-old blind woman has been told a lien will be put on her South Attleboro home if she doesn’t come up with a penny she owes on an outstanding utility bill.

Eileen Wilbur, of Glenn Street, said she discovered the notice of the potential lien after her daughter, Rose Brederson, came over to read her mail.

“It’s so upsetting,” Wilbur said. “It sent my blood pressure up so high.”

The city sent Wilbur a letter dated Nov. 10 stating that if the 1 cent balance is not paid by Dec. 10, the city will assess a lien of up to $48 on Wilbur’s next property tax bill.

By any other name, it’s still quotas.

Police officers in Metro Detroit are often ordered to write a certain number of moving violations — but chiefs issuing those edicts are careful not to use the “Q” word.

“Nobody likes to call them quotas, but that’s exactly what they are,” Trenton Police Sgt. Richard Lyons said. “When you’re being told how many tickets you need to write, to me that’s a quota.”

State lawmakers banned ticket quotas in 1979, but in 1988 an exception was written into the Motor Vehicle Code that allows the number of tickets written to be used in evaluations of traffic enforcement officers, as long as ticket writing is weighed equally among other job criteria.

What are they feedings these guys?

TORONTO — An obese inmate who goes by the nickname “Big Mike” has been granted early parole because a Canadian prison could not accommodate his 430-pound frame.

Michel Lapointe, 37, was released from prison earlier this week after serving 25 months in Montreal’s Bordeaux Jail for conspiracy, drug trafficking and gangsterism.

Envious. That would durn near pay my mortgage.

One way to beat the economy blues.

Gabrielle Mancuso adores shopping. American Eagle, TJ Maxx, H&M, those are her haunts. But with bad economic news bombarding her daily, there’s something that brings the stylish Mancuso more pleasure than buying jeans and tops: returning those jeans and tops – unworn.

“I get cash back,” Mancuso, a 19-year-old nursing student from Franklin, Mass., explained as she browsed at the Prudential Center recently. “It’s instant gratification.”

They didn’t long for the sound of music, at least not birdsong.

 

Aren’t you glad they’re not about Obama?

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