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A feel good thought for the day.
Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 6:56 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Excessive wealth. That’s what I’m opposed to. It’s all right to love money. But I’m for taking some of it away. From what might be called the filthy rich. Let’s have significantly higher tax rates for millionaires and billionaires. Then let’s use the proceeds for the common good. Yes. Redistribute the wealth.  To make life better for the masses.  I know. I know. This is a controversial topic.  With  political overtones.  But it needs to be addressed. Head-on. Imagine. Wads of that money. Being put to good uses. Not least, dealing with the rampant rise of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.  Just a thought for the day. Makes me feel good. --Jim


Andy61
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 9:15 AM
Joined: 12/17/2018
Posts: 68


Jim - I hope there are a few more democrats with the same beliefs as you posted, because everytime another socialist speaks, it rallies the independents to the Republican side. With folks like the new congresswoman from NY, AOC, its going to be a huge landslide for Trump.

I dont agree with anything Pelosi believes in, but one thing she is not is stupid. She is a strong force in Congress and she wont allow AOC to ruin it for the democrats. Expect an attempt for AOC to be muzzled. But, I hope AOC resists because she sure makes it easy for the republicans.

Socialism has never worked, and nobody but a few far, far left folks want it.

Thank you to Bernie Sanders, AOC and a few others who were crazy enough to sign on in support of the far left extreme “Green deal”.

Ok, enough politics for me.

 


jfkoc
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 10:17 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 17318


Let's not forget those that have also give. .....they give lot. Hospital wings, art museums, research, foundations etc

Matthew 26:8-11


ruthmendez
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 10:44 AM
Joined: 9/8/2017
Posts: 2110


I left the Democratic Party, now I wanna leave the Green Party. Is there a no party, party? I just want to go to a party...a party for fools!
MissHer
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 10:46 AM
Joined: 11/13/2014
Posts: 2149


Libertarian party= Freedom and Liberty.
Andy61
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 11:19 AM
Joined: 12/17/2018
Posts: 68


Im with you Ruth - Lets just have our own big party.

JFKOC -  I dont think anyone has ever giving away as much money as Bill Gates has. Plus, almost all of his money will go to his highly charitable foundation when he dies. He is not leaving billions to his family. 

Socialism = Venezuela., and nobody wants that for their country.


jfkoc
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 11:37 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 17318


https://givingusa.org/giving-usa-2018-americans-gave-410-02-billion-to-charity-in-2017-crossing-the-400-billion-mark-for-the-first-time/

We are a giving nation

Ruth...when you find the party let us know...lol


chrisp1653
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 2:26 PM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1219


I'm not much of a partying kind of guy anymore. For me, I consider it a good time when I can have my sandwich and half an apple in peace. If I can get my 2nd mug of coffee and a game of Monopoly, ( played against the computer, of course, ) then I'm good.
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:48 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


 

Don’t understand. Why some people. Take politics so seriously. Even by playing politics. For their entire lives. You’d think they would have something better to do. Imagine that. A lifetime in politics. What a waste.  Personally. I watch from the sidelines. And tell myself. I’m above all that political tomfoolery. Though I once ran for and got elected to the local school board.   To see what it would be like. And yes, it was entertaining. To dissect the minds. Of would-be politicians at the grassroots level.  Didn’t take long. For most of them to wise up.  And find more rewarding pursuits. Such as going home to rake the leaves and shovel the snow.  Sure beats shoveling political BS. --Jim

 


jfkoc
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:22 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 17318


Politics not important? Politics run out government and there is no escaping how much control the government has. To not be concerned would, to me, be a form of self castration.
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 3:02 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


jfkoc wrote:
Politics not important? Politics run out government and there is no escaping how much control the government has. To not be concerned would, to me, be a form of self castration.

I’d be more concerned. If I could do something about it. Guess I’ve been castrated. Ouch!!! That really hurts.  They should have given me an anesthetic. --Jim  


chrisp1653
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 5:29 PM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1219


You mean you should have given yourself an anesthetic, Jim. But hey, no worries, because it probably happened during an out of body experience. Would that we all could have our surgeries that way - excepting, of course, the above mentioned self-castration. Ouch, indeed !
jfkoc
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:05 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 17318


Going  Thursday to the surgeon. After yelling "let me out" in the middle of the MRI last week I hope that if another one is essential that it can be out of body too.
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:00 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


chrisp1653 wrote:
You mean you should have given yourself an anesthetic, Jim. But hey, no worries, because it probably happened during an out of body experience. Would that we all could have our surgeries that way - excepting, of course, the above mentioned self-castration. Ouch, indeed !
 
 

 

Thanks, Chris. Correction made. You are a good editor. And a good mechanic, too. I'm sure. Yellow light came on the other day. Telling me I need to 'service stabilizer.' What's that all about? Am I unstable and in danger? I drive a  2007 Trailblazer. With 175,000 miles. A good vehicle. Love it. Wish you were nearby. I'd bring it over.


Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:42 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


jfkoc wrote:
Politics not important? Politics run out government and there is no escaping how much control the government has. To not be concerned would, to me, be a form of self castration.

 

I’m more concerned about the state of the cosmos. Than about politics. Read in New York Times, that there’s confusion over the ever-expanding universe. A team of astronomers discovered that the universe is expanding at a rate 9 percent faster than it used to. They wonder why. So am I. Thinking about it all the time. Leaves  no time for politics.  As my mind drifts into the Great Beyond. To the very end of the cosmos. Wondering if there’s a brick or concrete wall there. Comparable to Trump's dream wall. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:57 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


jfkoc wrote:
Going  Thursday to the surgeon. After yelling "let me out" in the middle of the MRI last week I hope that if another one is essential that it can be out of body too.

 

Keep your eyes closed and wear ear plugs. And go into a hypnotic trance. --Jim 

 


chrisp1653
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:09 AM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1219


Doggone it Jim, you are unstable, and furthermore, you know it. I don't think anyone can take care of that after all this time. After all, you've been out of warranty for about the last 60 years or so. As for your Trailblazer though, from what I can see, that Stabilitrak system is a right royal pain. Have you had any symptoms crop up lately, such as cranking or starting ? Any sensation like someone has hit your rear bumper ? Have you recently had any service done that would have required disconnecting the battery ? Hint here : Almost any service under the hood can require that the battery be disconnected.
Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 7:32 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Been having dreams lately. Of having become a manipulator. A liar, too. A con man. Anything to get my way. I’m not kidding. It’s me in those dreams. Maybe I should call them nightmares. Makes me feel bad. That I have turned to evil deeds. Yes, I’ve become a politician. I’ll do anything to get my way. Even if it means no longer being me. I have lost the ability to be honest.  But then my conscience comes to the forefront. And I wake. Scared silly and feeling anxious. That I may be the real me. In that dream. A ruthless politician. Disguised as an honest man. --Jim


jfkoc
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:51 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 17318


https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/politics

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/politician

I have always relied on the first definition. 


Iris L.
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 8:10 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16116


chrisp1653 wrote:
 a game of Monopoly, ( played against the computer, of course, ) 

 

Chrisp, do you play Monopoly online or is it downloaded on your own computer?

Iris



chrisp1653
Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:11 AM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1219


Iris, I play it from a disc I bought many years ago that, interestingly enough, will still operate on my ( somewhat ) newer computer. I believe that the reason it has to have the disc installed is that this game was worked up for computers back in the day when hard drive space was at a premium...I believe this is showing my age, eh ?
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Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:42 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Andy61 wrote:

Im with you Ruth - Lets just have our own big party.

JFKOC -  I dont think anyone has ever giving away as much money as Bill Gates has. Plus, almost all of his money will go to his highly charitable foundation when he dies. He is not leaving billions to his family. 

Socialism = Venezuela., and nobody wants that for their country.

 

Will someone please define socialism? Seems to me we use the word. Without being able to
define it. Give me a definition we ALL can  accept. Bet you can't. Another sign. That we don't know what we are talking about. --Jim

Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2019 11:08 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Underdog wrote:
Jim Broede wrote:
Andy61 wrote:

Im with you Ruth - Lets just have our own big party.

JFKOC -  I dont think anyone has ever giving away as much money as Bill Gates has. Plus, almost all of his money will go to his highly charitable foundation when he dies. He is not leaving billions to his family. 

Socialism = Venezuela., and nobody wants that for their country.

 
 

 

Will someone please define socialism? Seems to me we use the word. Without being able to
define it. Give me a definition we ALL can  accept. Bet you can't. Another sign. That we don't know what we are talking about. --Jim
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For sure we won't all agree to a definition because the true agenda of Socialists is a secret.
 
Socialism is the redistribution of wealth to be given to those who didn't earn it nor do they deserve it. It is not a safety net for the infirmed or aged because Capitalism would cover that. It is the removal of incentives for work and advancement. It is the protection of misbehavior and self abuse. It is the government forcing people to finance programs that damage its own society. It's the waste of our resources in order to bankroll multiple bureaucracies and manufacturers of red tape. Ask a few people of their experiences with socialism in caring for loved ones with dementia.

The problem is. That we define each other in negative terms. Let's try for definitions in positive terms. The way each side would like to be defined. Objectively. Not subjectively. Fairly. Maybe neutral observers could give us an assist. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2019 11:13 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Maybe we have to learn to act as if we were non-partisan. Let's play the role. For the sake of better understanding. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 12:48 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Are we all feeling good? I asked for feel good thoughts, you know. --Jim, the feel-good guy.
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 12:54 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Some of you don't seem to be feeling so good. That's a pity. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 1:00 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Isn't there a book. 'The Power of Positive Thinking.' Seems that I read it. Long ago. Might be worthy reading. For all of us. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 1:06 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Underdog wrote:
Underdog wrote:
Jim Broede wrote:
 

The problem is. That we define each other in negative terms. Let's try for definitions in positive terms. The way each side would like to be defined. Objectively. Not subjectively. Fairly. Maybe neutral observers could give us an assist. --Jim

 
 
 

 
 
Ok, tell me which you would like to buy a bandaid or aspirin from... Walmart or your government?
I want a free band aid and a free aspirin. Is that asking for too much? --Jim

 


chrisp1653
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 4:03 AM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1219


It actually was a feel good post, Underdog. There's no law saying everyone has to stick with whatever the original poster had in mind, and this thread was going nicely into a happy mish mash of pleasantness. What purpose was served by the Jim bashing ?
chrisp1653
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 3:00 PM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1219


It must actually be that I have no understanding, although even in my ignorance, I believe I can tell when someone has accused me of not being honest. Thanks so much for yours.
chrisp1653
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 6:12 PM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1219


Underdog wrote :

Ok then I will ask you a forthright question...

Do you see what Jim is doing as creating and initiating conflict or not?

Now everyone will see if you are honest.

-------------------------------------------------------

So, does this mean that if I agree that Jim creates and initiates conflict, that I am honest ? Had you merely asked the question, I would have answered yes, although I suspect that often he does this mostly for the purposes of a fiery discussion. One thing that Jim has never done though, is accuse me of being dishonest and lacking understanding. You box me in so that if I agree with you I'm on the correct side, and if I don't, then I am dishonest, and without understanding, which to me is a somewhat sweeter way of saying stupid.

Thanks for enlightening me.

 


jfkoc
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 9:10 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 17318


My honesty rests on answering your question? I would not dream of answering such a question to prove my honesty. You may judge me as you wish.