Monday, March 26, 2012

  • Read and pass along!

    Warren Buffett, "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just ...pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all
    sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th
    amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months
    & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in
    1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to
    the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the
    land...all because of public pressure.

    Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of
    twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do
    In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the
    message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

    *Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office
    and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All
    funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
    system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
    and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
    any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
    will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
    same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen
    made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor,
    not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours
    should serve their term's), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take
    three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is

    THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"And to the Republic, for which it stands."

I’m a proud, lifelong supporter of Old Glory, and the causes, doctrines, and principles on which our American freedoms are founded. As a student of history, it’s clear to me that liberty and democracy survive only as long as our citizens maintain a strong, central government, dedicated to the task of preserving, providing, promoting, and passionately defending those freedoms at all levels, both State and Federal. Freedom is every heart’s desire and every just government’s goal, but it’s a mighty illusive concept when you’re at war. Freedom is nearly impossible when you don’t have peace. Warmongering is never an answer to a faltering economy. Clearly America’s collective conscience, as reflected by our chosen leaders, requires constant scrutiny and surveillance.  Even in a democracy of, by, and for the people, justice and equality are only as perfect as the conscience of that people.  Even America’s grand and glorious democracy reflects not only our goodness, but our greed. When huge corporations and smug financial institutions are prized and protected above justice, propriety, and the public good, greed goes unchecked and evil and injustice prosper. When the balance of power in The Supreme Court allows for the wholesale purchase of our media, our judicial system, and our Country’s National elections, with no regard for truth or justice, the corruptive power of big money and unbridled greed threatens the very fabric of our great Nation.   When your candidate for office insists that your personal freedoms are best protected by deregulating huge corporations, providing incentives and tax breaks to big oil, invading foreign countries, and removing all environmental safeguards, you may want to consider a different candidate.  If you profess to be a Christian, and your home church prefers singing the praises of the GOP, to preaching Christ's message of repentance and mercy, you may want to consider other options. Ignorance and intolerance are almost inseparable, and despite what some will tell you, neither one is a virtue. In this country, everyone has the right to life, liberty and their personal pursuit of happiness. Our country’s greatest strength is diversity; honor diversity and keep America strong. While I am generally conservative in my own actions, I am passionately liberal in defense of the choices of others. Personal choices, that’s what freedom is. Freedom is not a privilege to be taken lightly.  Freedom is a right and a responsibility, a perishable torch to be diligently tended and faithfully passed along.  Freedom burns within our hearts, ignited by the founding fathers, and it falls to us to keep that flame alive. America’s most trusted and time-honored institutions are only as righteous as the hearts of our citizens, our most godly leaders only as just as the collective conscience of their constituents and the most telling measure of a nation’s heart is the compassion of its people.
Shannon Thomas Casebeer
March 20, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Micah 6*8

Photo by S. T. Casebeer
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; 
And what doth the Lord require of thee, 
But to do justly,
And to love mercy, 
And to walk humbly with thy God?" 

If you profess to be a follower of Christ, and you're not doing all these things, you may want to give serious thought to who or what you're actually following.

Oh Happy Day!

Today seemed like a dandy day to till up a little garden.  I headed to the barn, praising my Maker and whistling all the while, the dog at my side and everything right with the world. First on the agenda was to back the old pickup out of the barn so I could get to the tiller.  The ’41 spat & sputtered and went into conniption! One of the plugs was fouled.  I just cleaned the plugs yesterday! Discouraged but still whistling, I cleaned the plugs again and backed from the barn. Next item of business was to gas up the tiller.  Foiled again! The rats had chewed the plastic cap off the gas can spout, and the mud daubers saw their chance and plugged it with mud! Well Jeez Louise! Resuming my enterprise some twenty minutes later, I gassed up the tiller and prepared to get under way.  Just a few pulls and the tiller fired right up.  Life is good when your equipment don’t drag ya down.  Thirty minutes later I’d tilled a few rows and was all puffed up with achievement, when all at once the tiller went into spasm!  The tines was all gummed up and choked with weeds! That just comes with the territory, and I should have seen it coming.  Finding an old hoof pick in the barn, I assumed the position and began unclogging tines.  One aching back and a couple skint knuckles later, I struggled to my feet, gave a pull on the starter, and the cord come out and lay limp on the ground at my feet.  The whistling quit and the dog and I went to the house.  Love, GRAMPS

Monday, March 5, 2012

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

6 volt system, all lit up!

Parking lights on my '41 Chevy half ton

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Real Go Getter!

Here’s another one of my workstations.  I love work!  Like many men, I’m a real go getter; I go get my wife and haul ‘er to work, and then I go get’er & haul ‘er home!
Photo by S. T. Casebeer