WINDS OF CHANGE

I have no idea who put this together, but it is  wonderful!
     

Long  ago and far away, in a land that time  forgot, 
Before  the days of Dylan , or the dawn of Camelot. 
There  lived a race of innocents, and they were you and  me, 

For  Ike was in the White House in that land where we  were born, 
Where  navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was  porn. 

We  longed for love and romance, and waited for our  Prince, 
Eddie  Fisher married Liz, and no one’s seen him  since. 

We  danced to ‘Little Darlin,’ and sang to ‘Stagger  Lee’ 
And  cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me,  Me.

     

Only  girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too  many, 
And  only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean  McKinney.

And  only in our wildest dreams did we expect to  see 
A  boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That  Made Me,Me
.

We  fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so  nice, 
And  when they made a movie, they never made it  twice. 

We  didn’t have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and  Three, 
Or  Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me,  Me.

     

Miss  Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a  limp, 
And  Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a  chimp.

We  had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T, 
And  Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the Land That Made  Me, Me. 
We  had our share of heroes, we never thought they’d  go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn  Monroe.
 

For  youth was still eternal, and life was yet to  be, 
And  Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me,  Me.
     

We’d  never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be  Dead, 
And  Airplanes weren’t named Jefferson , and  Zeppelins were not Led.
     And  Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived  in trees, 
Madonna  was Mary in the Land That Made Me,  Me.
 

We’d never heard of  microwaves, or telephones in cars, 
And  babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not  grown in  jars.

     

And  pumping iron got wrinkles out, and ‘gay’ meant  fancy-free, 
And  dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me,  Me.

We  hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the  lag, 
And  microchips were what was left at the bottom of  the bag. 

And  hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from  a flea, 
And  rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made  Me, Me. 

T-Birds  came with portholes, and side shows came with  freaks, 
And  bathing suits came big enough to cover both your  cheeks. 

And  Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the  knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land  That Made Me, Me. 

We  had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill  Street Blues, 
We  had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal  tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions  in the Land That Made Me,Me. 

There  were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill, 
And  fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not  called Bill. 

And  middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three, 
And  ancient were our parents in the Land That Made  Me,  Me.
     

But  all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them  say, 
And  now instead of Maybelline we swear by  Retin-A. 
They  send us invitations to join AARP, 
We’ve  come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made  Me,  Me.
     So  now we face a brave new world in slightly larger  jeans, 
And  wonder why they’re using smaller print in  magazines. 
And  we tell our children’s children of the way it  used to be, 
Long  ago and far away in the Land That Made Me,  Me.

If you didn’t grow up in  the fifties, 
You  missed the greatest time in history,
Hope you  enjoyed this read as much as I  did.
     If  So, PLEASE FORWARD to someone who might  appreciate  it.

 

OUTSOURCING HEALTHCARE

PURA VIDA

Johann Wagener  9-30-13

 

During my 6 year sojourn in Costa Rica I did not pick up much of the language but I did learn a lot about universal healthcare and how efficient it can be when government  serves it’s people rather than pander to money grubbers who’s priority is profit rather than attending to the sick.

 

Hard to imagine that a small Central American country provides better healthcare than the # 1 country in the world (or so we say).  Unlike outsourcing jobs companies can not only take better care of their employees but save money in the process. Maybe there’s something to say about universal healthcare if American businesses are using it?

 

US Companies Consider ‘Medical Tourism’ a Health Care Option

 

And now, some American companies are considering outsourcing medical care, dubbed “medical tourism,” as a health care option.

In the end, HSM said it saves money. Outsourcing medical care has saved it nearly $10 million in health care costs over the past five years, according to the company. Close to 250 of its employees have traveled abroad so far for medical care, and more are scheduled to go.

In the United States, Harwell’s knee replacement would have cost more than $50,000. In Costa Rica, it costs half that amount at $23,531. In North Carolina, Guion’s gastric sleeve surgery would have cost about $30,000, but in Costa Rice, it comes to $17,386. Both were placed in pristine rooms in state-of-the-art hospitals.

 

AMERICAN PSYCHO(S)

NO-NOT THE MOVIE

Johann Wagener 9-3-13

 

This Congress will make history for being the most dysfunctional of governing bodies ever elected into office. These ego-centric, self obsessed, psychopaths are willing to tear down this country if they don’t have their way. The correct term is “anarchy” and the appropriate punishment is imprisonment for treason against the United States.

 

The Looming Shutdown: Senate Rejects House Bill

 

A TEA PARTIER RESPONDS

TO MY LETTER to the tea party
Johann Wagener 9-29-13

 

In a previous blog I posted a response from someone who read my “Letter to the Tea Party” which he didn’t take too kindly to.

 

In an effort to both demonstrate the issues and clarify the position I take I posted both his response and my reply in another post on this blog.

 

This generated another response from someone who implied that I was just fabricating these mean spirited rants from Tea Partiers  and posting them on the blog in order to place them in a bad light. In an attempt to clear the air I then sent this person a link to the disgruntled Tea Partier if he wanted to verify whether the author was fabricated or real. 

 

Which brings me to this post that consists of the response (and my reply) to the skeptical Tea Partier; 

 

Johann, I see that a person with that screen name has several posts on BiN, yes. 
But, even if this person genuinely wrote this response to you… so what? 
What I mean is, what purpose does highlighting a single poorly written response from a single, uneducated buffoon accomplish?
He obviously doesn’t even begin to represent people with the ideology you seek to vilify or mock any more than a comment from some unemployed, burned-out, pretentious, neo-socialist douche on shrooms would represent you, right?  
So what, exactly, is the point of highlighting it? 

Are you insinuating (or outright claiming) that he speaks for the majority of Tea Party supporters? Or that his intelligence is indicative of them?
You’re going to have an incredibly difficult time supporting that supposition, if so. 
What’s more, to even suggest that says truckloads more about you than it does them. 

I suppose you could simply be trying to embarrass this lone individual… but… who is he that anyone should care?

So, again… what, exactly, was your point, here?

 

 

Hello David! You eloquently made my point by implying that the response to my letter to the Tea Party that I posted was fabricated by me rather than just expressing your own opinion regarding the Tea Party which unfortunately attracts more of the type that responded to my post. I would need to look no further than Ted Cruz to point out that intelligence has little or nothing to do with what I am addressing which, in simple terms, is naivete and the obviously unabridged way a deep and insidious racism is expressed by those who purport to be nothing of the kind while at the same time obsessing on the black man in the Oval Office. How else can you rationally explain why the Tea Party devotes all to bringing down Obama rather than lifting up their country?

 

SUBTLE BRIBERY?

WHAT NEXT?
Johann Wagener 9-29-13

 

 

Gentle Homicide? Casual Suicide?  In psychology they call this kind of crazy-making, “magical thinking” which entail distorting (or tweaking) reality just enough to make it fit comfortably into the world as you see or want it to be. 

 

In this case we’re talking about lobbying ala US style. Lobbying in and of itself is not the problem. All that entails is someone(s) petitioning their elected representatives to promote their cause, build a bridge, stop a Walmart coming to town, make it legal to own a pig, blah, blah, blah. 

 

That’s not the way it works here. In the US lobbying politicians involves “payola” and lot’s of it. The more money you can throw at the politicians, the more likely your favor(s) will be granted. In the real world they call this “bribery” paying someone for favors, plain and simple. 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/kevin-ring


“You’re going to hear about things that should be a crime, but they were not. KevinRing played by the rules.”


Some legal observers agree that no matter how unseemly gratuities might appear, it’s not against the law to give, just to accept.
 
If I were to apply this magical thinking to the next time a cop want’s to write me a ticket and I pull out a $20 to ask a “favor” they would be committing the crime if they took the $20 while I would not? How does that work with a hooker and the John?  What’s blatantly obvious here is that no one want’s to discourage bribing by making it illegal. They just want to make it appear as if only dishonest politicians would accept them. As if there is such a thing as an “honest” politician.
 

 

A REPLY TO MY LETTER TO THE TEA PARTY

AND MY RESPONSE
Johann Wagener 9-28-13

 

Response to a moron:

1. no longer have access to any of the services provided by the Federal Government – One must remember that there are multiple programs dealing with same issues, all of which are paid for by state and federal taxes, and many of these were forced upon the states… ie extortion. Just how they passed seatbelt laws. The states were told you will enact this law else we will reduce or not give you back the taxes paid for by your states people. We will decrease the money we give you for road maintenance and cops unless you accept and enforce the law that we want passed.

2. government health care for representatives – True tea party representatives don’t believe that they shouldn’t have to be on the same health care and under the same rules as everyone else of the United States.

3. Social Security and Medicare will not be provided to Tea Part states – You must be completely a fool as the Obama administration stole the funds for Medicare and have been using them on Obamacare!!! Likewise, no true American with a family would ever believe that it is alright to have the youth of America pay for the seniors healthcare by forcing a tax on them.. This in itself was illegal OBAMACARE was nothing more than three – card – monty. Anywhere else a business owner would lose in court when using the BAIT and SWITCH used by Obama! Likewise, the only reason for a shut down was because Obama wants his illegal scam to become a reality. The House gave full funding for everything but this fraudcare which has hurt America. It didn’t live up to its promise and has already costed twice from which it was suppose to cost and still the same amount of people will remain uncovered as from when it was originated, and this was by the governments own research that was released.

4. All other Federal subsidies (farm, energy, etc.) will be terminated – this would be great the farmers will no longer ship to the democratic states!!! Likewise, they will let the capitalistic system work rather then accept money to reduce production in order for the government to CONTROL the ricing of produce. Finally, the plain states will feed there own and say FO to those democratic do nothing federal controlling monarchs!

No i’m not a Tea Partier, No i’m not a Republican…. I am an independent and I can see the fraud, waste and abuse wrought by this administration!!! The Federal government has passed many laws and regulations that are in violation of the Constitution as well as the fact that they lacked the authority to pass many of those laws to being with!!

Thus take all your rhetoric and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine!! I’m sorry that you believe that all must be dependent on the Federal Government. One can only surmise that you feel this way because you live at the teets of these criminals that purport themselves to be representatives of the people while lining their pockets from payoffs by corporations and the rich top 1 percent elitists!

May God be willing the whole Fraud system will shut down and return to representing the people as it was intended!

 

MY RESPONSE;

Invoking God into your rant will not get much mileage since; as the Bible would indicate, He’s a liberal; endorses taking care of those less fortunate and not judging lest ye be judged. 

 

I’m also going to assume that you are not a moron  (a stupid person. synonyms: fool, idiot, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, imbecile, cretin, dullard, simpleton, clod;) since you obviously can read and express your opinions in writing (with or without spell check?) 

 

Since I don’t know you I can only assume you do not suck on the teet per se’ and are not on Social Security or Medicare and that everything you have was obtained without any government assistance at all (like an FHA mortgage?) and are not on VA benefits. 

 

So, based on that, I must congratulate you on your achieving the American Dream and want to wish you the best in the years to come. 

 

My response is meant to be a compliment, so please accept it in that vein. 

 

 

TEA PARTY VICTORIOUS! CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE | Politics

EQUALITY FOR WOMEN? US OR CHINA?

SURPRISE!
Johann Wagener 9-28-13

 

If you thought the US you’d be wrong! At least when it comes to business. It looks like the Chinese “communists”  are better at practicing capitalism than we are. 

What Percent of Private Businesses in China are Owned by Women?

In China, women-owned businesses began to rise in the 2000s, with Chinese women owning an estimated 40% of all private businesses, according to 2010 findings. Historically, women in China were less likely to own businesses or have positions of power in organizations because of societal gender views, such as financial institutions being less likely to grant loans to women, or employers believing women would eventually quit to raise families. In 1985, the China Association of Women Entrepreneurs (CAWE) was created in order to help give more women the resources to start their own businesses and is touted by many as being responsible for the increase of women-owned businesses.

More about women in business:

 

    • In 2010, US women officially surpassed men as the majority of the workforce for the first time in US history.

 

    • China has the highest rate of women in senior management business roles in the world, at around 51%, while the United States has a rate of about 20%, according to the 2012 Grant Thorton International survey.

 

  • In 2013, seven Chinese businesswomen were named to Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

A TEA PARTY RESPONSE

A RESPONSE TO MY LETTER TO THE TEA PARTY

Johann Wagener 9-28-13

 

ElOregonian

You are an idiot. You better dig out your Bill of Rights, Constitution, and case laws to find out exactly what the government can and cannot due. What they are required to do and what they are not able to do.

Ignorant Libtards usually talk B/S with no knowledge of what is actually written in our Preambles. It’s not ‘how you feel the law should be written’, but rather what it “actually” says…

Although I would embrace the government being whittled back to it’s constitutional mandate thereby saving the citizen taxpayer from being overburdened through taxation without representation, because clearly what is currently happening is not working.

So do your homework, until then, go bark at the moon, fool.

To which I replied;

 

Your point would be clearer if you would do a little more than throw out one liners about the “Bill of Rights” (which I assume you read but couldn’t understand) and give some real (not imagined) examples about how you perceive the way forward should be. 
The Bill of Rights just like the 10 Commandments are admirable on their face but have little or nothing to do with the way the real world functions. An example (if I may) is “all men are created equal” UNLESS their skin was darker than those who wrote this document you refer to. 

Believing that people actually apply these words in today’s world is not much different than barking at the moon my friend.  

 

 

 

Dear Tea Party Members:

 

Effective October 1, 2013 the federal government will officially close it’s doors. You will no longer be required to pay any Federal Income Tax and will no longer have access to any of the services provided by the Federal Government, which include (but not limited to) the following;

 

* Government health care and any other benefits provided to your Representatives (including salaries) will be terminated since they are no longer directly employed by the Federal Government. Tea Party representatives will need to either get a real job like their duly elected local politicians and take a part time political position or submit expenses to their state (unless they don’t want to pay those taxes either).

 

* Social Security and Medicare will not be provided to Tea Part states since they are Federal subsidies made possible by Federal taxes. Residents of these states will need to either use Emergency rooms or personally pay for insurance or medical services less any Federal subsidies.

 

* Interstate highways and bridges will no longer be maintained in Tea Party States since they too are Federal subsidies. It will be the responsibility of the state or local governments to maintain their infrastructure paid for by?

 

* All other Federal subsidies (farm, energy, etc.) will be terminated in Tea Party states.

 

I feel certain that this will be seen as a positive by those who advocate for the Tea Party because less interference by a small Federal government is their trademark.

 

After all, everyone is fully capable of picking themselves up by their own boot straps, dust themselves off, and go on living the “American Dream” without any help from the “big bad Federal government.”

 

For those who can find a little time to actually think about what role the “Big Bad Federal Government” plays in their lives when managed by competent (not corrupted) people who actually work to serve the “people” not those that “buy” their services, you might be surprised to discover that Uncle Sam is not such a bad guy after all.

 

 

 

 

Supervisors at government agencies began meetings Thursday to decide which employees would continue to report to work, and which would be told to stay home under contingency plans ordered by the Office of Management and Budget.

“Fifty percent of our members may be locked out of work altogether during this shutdown,” said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees. “Half will be expected to continue to work without a paycheck.”

Union officials said preparations for a possible shutdown have created anxiety and uncertainty among federal workers and among those who have an expectation of government services.

“Federal agencies have had to devote time and resources to develop yet another crisis plan, distracting agencies from their critical missions,” said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union. “And, if the government shuts down, the public will be further harmed by the loss of vital services people need and depend upon.”

TEA PARTY VICTORY! CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

A LETTER TO THE TEA PARTY

Johann Wagener 9-28-13

 

Dear Tea Party Members:

 

Effective October 1, 2013 the federal government will officially close it’s doors. You will no longer be required to pay any Federal Income Tax and will no longer have access to any of the services provided by the Federal Government, which include (but not limited to) the following;

 

* Government health care and any other benefits provided to your Representatives (including salaries) will be terminated since they are no longer directly employed by the Federal Government. Tea Party representatives will need to either get a real job like their duly elected local politicians and take a part time political position or submit expenses to their state (unless they don’t want to pay those taxes either).

 

* Social Security and Medicare will not be provided to Tea Part states since they are Federal subsidies made possible by Federal taxes. Residents of these states will need to either use Emergency rooms or personally pay for insurance or medical services less any Federal subsidies.

 

* Interstate highways and bridges will no longer be maintained in Tea Party States since they too are Federal subsidies. It will be the responsibility of the state or local governments to maintain their infrastructure paid for by?

 

* All other Federal subsidies (farm, energy, etc.) will be terminated in Tea Party states.

 

I feel certain that this will be seen as a positive by those who advocate for the Tea Party because less interference by a small Federal government is their trademark.

 

After all, everyone is fully capable of picking themselves up by their own boot straps, dust themselves off, and go on living the “American Dream” without any help from the “big bad Federal government.”

 

For those who can find a little time to actually think about what role the “Big Bad Federal Government” plays in their lives when managed by competent (not corrupted) people who actually work to serve the “people” not those that “buy” their services, you might be surprised to discover that Uncle Sam is not such a bad guy after all.

 

 

 

 

Supervisors at government agencies began meetings Thursday to decide which employees would continue to report to work, and which would be told to stay home under contingency plans ordered by the Office of Management and Budget.

“Fifty percent of our members may be locked out of work altogether during this shutdown,” said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees. “Half will be expected to continue to work without a paycheck.”

Union officials said preparations for a possible shutdown have created anxiety and uncertainty among federal workers and among those who have an expectation of government services.

“Federal agencies have had to devote time and resources to develop yet another crisis plan, distracting agencies from their critical missions,” said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union. “And, if the government shuts down, the public will be further harmed by the loss of vital services people need and depend upon.”