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Archive for December, 2007

Wishes for the New Year

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 31st December 2007

Wishes for You in 2008 :

May peace break into your house.

May thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires.

May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.

May the problems you have forget your home address!

In simple words …………May 2008 be the best year of your life!!!

Rob


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Posted in Fun, Personal Interest | 1 Comment »

Fair Tax? Is there such a thing as a fair tax?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 24th December 2007

You may have heard a little or a lot about the proposal called the “Fair Tax.” It sounds great, but we’ll have to see. Those who are for it like the following:

     1. Get rid of the IRS totally. (Who likes the IRS anyway?)

     2. No more income tax.

     3. Pay tax only when you buy new stuff (23% sales tax level is being floated).

     4. No more complicated tax reporting.

     5. The poor would be compensated up to the “poverty level” (details avail. elsewhere)

     6. No tax on savings and investment.

Naturally, there are those against it who say:

     1. It favors the rich. 

     2. Sending the poor a monthly check to compensate them for the sales tax they paid (based upon the national “poverty level” figures) would be a whole new bureaucratic boondoggle.

     3. 23% sales tax wouldn’t be enough – might need to be up to 50%.

     4. No mortgage interest deduction (yeah, but you’re not paying income tax either.)

     5. “It’s just a crackpot idea and it wouldn’t work.”

If you want to know more (I certainly do) then one place to look is Fairtax.org

If you want to see how you’d make out under the Fair Tax there’s a Fair Tax Calculator.

Personally, I’d like to to see a “What’s the Chance It’ll Ever Happen? Calculator.”

 

 

 

Posted in Controversial, Good To Know, Personal Interest | 1 Comment »

Still Dark in there ain’t it Mr. Gore?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 21st December 2007

Al Gore talks about “global warming deniers” in the same context as  “holocaust deniers” in order to stifle debate. Why does Mr. Gore have so much at stake? Because, he better not be found out to be just a porky, pretentious, pissant version of Chicken Little. His whole identity is now tied up with his global warming theories and prognostications about impending doom. (See original “dark place” post.)

Now, more scientists are questioning man’s role in global warming in a recent report and the earth’s temperature has stopped rising for the last few years. Al is fit to be tied.

Merry Christmas, Al.

Posted in Controversial, Opinion, Personal Interest | No Comments »

All I want for Christmas…..

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 19th December 2007

Tell my wife I want this for Christmas.

Posted in Fun | 2 Comments »

Disarmed Victims Abound

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 15th December 2007

Deranged do-badders with murder on their mind don’t attack where guns are sure to be found. Instead, they look for gun-free zones.

Makes sense to me.

I’m always aware that trouble could spring forth from the shadows, but I don’t go looking for it. I even have a sense that the odds are on my side. I’ve only had to pull my pistol once in 30 years to discourage an attack. Still, I don’t want to be deliberately vulnerable.

Recent shootings in malls and churches point out that would-be attackers do seek out victim-rich environments where history suggests there are unarmed folks unlikely to fight back.

I think this article underlines the major points well.

Posted in Good To Know, News You Can Use, Opinion | No Comments »

Let’s just ban anything sharp.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 14th December 2007

Britain’s at it again. http://tinyurl.com/2h3mdk

Another reason to be thankful we live in the U.S.

Reuters story:

Britain to ban samurai swords
12/12/2007 19:44  – (SA)  
 
London – Britain plans to ban the sale of samurai swords because the weapons have been used in a number of serious, high-profile attacks.

The Home Office (Britain’s Interior Ministry) said on Wednesday the swords would be added to its Offensive Weapons Order from April next year, meaning they could not be imported, sold or hired.

However collectors of genuine Japanese swords and those used by martial arts enthusiasts would be exempt from the ban.

“In the wrong hands, samurai swords are dangerous weapons,” Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said.

“We recognise it is the cheap, easily available samurai swords which are being used in crime and not the genuine more expensive samurai swords which are of interest to collectors and martial arts enthusiasts.”

The Association of Chief Police Officers said the swords were not a common weapon but they had been used in a number of significant incidents.

In 2000, Robert Ashman murdered a Liberal Democrat councillor at the offices of Cheltenham MP Nigel Jones, who was also seriously hurt in the attack.

A year earlier, Eden Strang seriously wounded 11 people when he went on the rampage with a samurai sword at a Roman Catholic Church near his home in Thornton Heath, south London.
 
 

Posted in Opinion | 1 Comment »

A special moment at Arlington

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 12th December 2007

Thanks to all who serve and thanks for those who honor the fallen.

Arlington at Christmas – a special moment.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Posted in Good To Know, Inspiration | 1 Comment »

A Judge’s Concern for a Killer

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 8th December 2007

I think you’ll like this story from yesteryear.

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Posted in Good To Know | 5 Comments »

Concealed Carry with light attached

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 7th December 2007

Hi all,

I’d love to hear your arguments for and against carrying a concealed weapon with a light attached. I think of a concealed handgun as a reactive, self-defense weapon most often used in situations that last a few seconds. Having a light on your gun seems to indicate an entirely different purpose. Educate me.

I really want some feedback on this please.

Thanks,

Rob

Posted in Personal Interest | 11 Comments »

Looking forward.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 6th December 2007

2007 is fast drawing to a close.  2008 awaits. What awaits you in 2008?

“From where you are right now, the possibilities stretch out, as far as you can imagine, in every direction. Which ones will you choose to follow?

There are things you currently know nothing about, that you can learn. There are places you’ve never heard of, that you can discover and know.

There are endless combinations of people, places, things, ideas, and events poised to come into your life. Which of them will you choose to experience?

There are magnificent achievements, perfectly suited for you, which you have not yet even considered. There are things of great value that can flow from your passions, your skills, your knowledge and your willingness to make something meaningful out of it all.

The problems are many in this world, yet they are very small indeed when compared to the possibilities for a rich and fulfilling life. On this day, in this moment, you have the opportunity to choose from among a delicious variety of potential paths.

Life begins anew with the breath you take right now. Seize this grand opportunity and make it truly great.”

Ralph Marston

See Rob’s Be Stress Free Fast website

Posted in Inspiration, Uncategorized | No Comments »