Posted by: arnegrim | November 4, 2008

Hello world!

Okay… I do, contrary to popular belief, have a lot of thoughts running through my head.  Let me start out on the right foot.  😉  I perceive blogging as a female thing… the reason is that women are more inclined to express themselves ‘verbally’.  Men don’t.  That being said, there are always exceptions to the rule.  I don’t believe I am one of them, but I’m gonna give it a shot.  Don’t expect everything here to make sense… or to follow some sort of understandable framework.  I’m simply going to use this when I think of it… probably randomly… most likely fairly sparingly.

Welcome to Arnegrims World!

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Posted by: arnegrim | December 21, 2012

Paying for veterans to protect our schools

“The Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program spends $200 million a year to help U.S. agricultural trade associations and cooperatives advertise their products in foreign markets.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $1.2 million grant to the United Nations for clean fuel promotion.

Federally subsidized Amtrak lost $84.5 million on its food and beverage services in 2011 and $833.8 million over the past 10 years.

Washington spends $25 billion annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties

Washington will spend $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job

The Pentagon recently spent $998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida.

Over half of all farm subsidies go to commercial farms, which report average household incomes of $200,000.

Congress appropriated $20 million for “commemoration of success” celebrations related to Iraq and Afghanistan

Washington recently spent $1.8 million to help build a private golf course in Atlanta, Georgia”

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2009/10/50-examples-of-government-waste

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/16/top-10-examples-of-wasteful-federal-spending-in-2012/

Gee… I don’t know… where could they possibly get the $ from to pay for securing the safety of our children…

Posted by: arnegrim | December 21, 2012

Thoughts on the Newtown CT shooting

We need to look for the root of the problem. People carelessly throw out exaggerations, manipulations, and lies in an effort to justify a knee-jerk response that DOES NOT ADDRESS THE PROBLEM!

Society does not respect the sanctity of life.

A gun, a knife, a pipe bomb… There are myriad ways to take life and lives will CONTINUE to be taken as long as our society refuses to acknowledge its sanctity REGARDLESS of what laws you pass to make yourself feel good by banning implements.

Yes, about 70% of gun shootings are ‘intentional’. Gangs, assaults, petty crime… The VAST majority of shootings happen and you don’t blink an eye or care until the body count goes above some arbitrary # or affects some specific segment of society. NONE of that ends with the banning of guns. They will still get their guns because they have no regard for the laws you jump into. The shootings will continue in our schools, malls, homes, on our streets… and those that find lawful access to guns more difficult will not be able to defend themselves or others from those that don’t care about what you’re banning. People intent on taking a life will do so… they will find other means of taking lives.

But that doesn’t matter to you as long as you can say ‘I banned that implement’.

Over 1,000,000 die every year on doctor’s tables… they were ‘unwanted’, a ‘mistake’, an ‘inconvenience’… and society, you, don’t bat an eye.

Death has become commonplace in our society. The sanctity of life exists only in small groups hunkered down wondering where things went so drastically wrong… searching for an answer on what to do to fix the PROBLEM.

Something needs to be done to prevent tragedies like these. 19 children died in OK City and not a single shot was fired.

Two pipe bombs were found this last week in elementary schools in CA…

And it’s nothing new… In 1927 45 people were killed in Bath Township, MI when a man set off three bombs in a school… and society, you, could care less because it’s not an ‘evil’ gun.

So go ahead, rant and rave about guns… push for the elimination of them… it won’t stop the killings… but your petty short-sighted self will sleep better with the knee-jerk reaction.

Do changes need to be made in our laws regarding weapons?  Absolutely.  RESPONSIBLE changes.

Even so, without a renewed belief in the sanctity of life… I won’t sleep well without REAL solutions.

Isaiah 1 (New International Version)
1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. 5 Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. 6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness– only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil. 7 Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers. 8 The Daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons, like a city under siege. 9 Unless the LORD Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah. 10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah! 11 “The multitude of your sacrifices– what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. 12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations– I cannot bear your evil assemblies. 14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; 16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, 17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

Posted by: arnegrim | November 15, 2012

The best tax…

…is the one that you don’t pay.

That is what the teacher in my Federal Income Tax class said. He was talking about politicians and how they make promises to get elected… and one of those is to raise revenues by taxing people that don’t vote for you. His example was in reference to hotel taxes. Those people are, generally speaking, from out of the area. They are simply visiting and do not have a say in the political makeup of that specific area.

It works on the grand scale too. Obama has successfully been re-elected on the stance that the wealthy should pay more taxes, and the number of ‘non-wealthy’ people make this a popular stance. Thankfully, based on the distribution of the popular vote, it is not an overwhelming sentiment of the population… but it’s growing… and I am worried.

Without a shift in thinking, this sentiment will become the overriding mantra and will ensure the speaker is put into power for years to come… until the house of cards falls.

I don’t look forward to that day, I just hope that when it does happen that it is not so devastating as to be unrecoverable.

Posted by: arnegrim | November 13, 2012

Elections need to be fixed

Because it’s looking more and more like they already are.

“In 2012, 106,258 people in Wood County are registered to vote out of an eligible 98,213. This is not to say that the 108% registered all voted for Obama, just that more people are registered than eligible.

Perhaps even more astonishing is FPM reports that he won 100% of the vote in 21 districts/precincts in Cleveland. Think about that… Ohio voters had 7 presidential candidates to choose from, plus the option to write in candidates of their choosing, yet every last voter in 21 districts chose Obama.”

http://www.floridapoliticalpress.com/2012/11/10/ohio-vote-totals-for-obama-a-statistical-miracle/

Posted by: arnegrim | October 19, 2012

Not optimal… but within acceptable limits??

“Here is what I will say — if four Americans get killed, it is not optimal” – President Obama on Comedy Centrals ‘The Daily Show’

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/19/obama-on-libya-terror-attack-not-optimal/

Not optimal?!? That’s what you say when your car gets 25 mpg instead of the ‘optimal’ 30… or when the computer you built doesn’t play the latest gaming software without blurring. That phrase is followed up by ‘but it’s acceptable’. That is NOT a phrase you use when referring to the deaths of Americans.

Posted by: arnegrim | October 4, 2012

Social In-Security

“The most recent government-issued report projects that Social Security will run out of funding by 2033. This is earlier than previously expected, but doesn’t necessarily mean Social Security will be gone in 20 years. It means system revenues won’t be capable of paying 100 percent of promised benefits under the law. The Social Security Administration estimates that benefits could be reduced by 22 percent at that point and may continue to decline if Congress doesn’t intervene.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of Americans are taking Social Security at the minimum age of 62, according to SmartMoney. But experts insist that it pays to wait. For each year you hold off on collecting Social Security after reaching full retirement age – which is typically age 66 for baby boomers – you’ll get an 8 percent increase in benefits. So waiting till 70 means about a third more income.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/8-social-security-myths-exposed-095027639.html

Wait… so in 20 years they may reduce benefits by 22%… but if you wait longer to collect you can increase your benefit (for a shorter amount of time).  So if they reduce benefits I’ll HAVE TO wait longer to collect just to get the full amount.

Posted by: arnegrim | October 4, 2012

Media bias

The bias of the US media has been questioned many times. There have been books written on the subject from observers and insiders. Despite all that, the media has learned to ignore most accusations or deny others… until now.

“”We have our knives out,” Matthews said, admitting his network is trying their best to defend Obama and his policies.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/03/chris_matthews_freaks_out_at_obama_after_debate_romney_was_winning.html

Thank you Mr. Matthews… for finally voicing what we’ve all known.

Posted by: arnegrim | September 26, 2012

Sufferin’ Succotash

There are days when I’m eager to get into the thick of politics and ‘impose’ my opinion on anyone who’ll listen… then there are days when I am just sick and tired of it. Today I’m leaning towards the latter. I look at various news articles… and I see the media working hard to have Obama re-elected. Granted, Romney has not done himself any favors with some of his comments… but the obvious dichotomy in how the media scrutinizes Obama vs Romney is frustrating to no end.

So for today… I’m giving myself a break. I’ll read some fluff pieces… maybe something about how the Packers were robbed of their win… but politics is taking a back seat today.

Posted by: arnegrim | September 13, 2012

I have no right to complain

Nick Vujicic
This man is amazing.

http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/

Posted by: arnegrim | September 4, 2012

GM – the whitewashed bailout

“We now learn that government purchases of GM vehicles rose a whopping 79% in June.

The discovery of the pick-up in government fleet purchases at the taxpayers’ expense comes just weeks before GM announces its second quarter earnings. Overall fleet sales (which are typically less profitable than retail sales) at Government Motors rose a full 36% for the month, helping to drive decent sales improvements year over year.”

http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/07/05/gm%E2%80%99s-government-sales-and-truck-inventory-rise

So… the government is spending taxpayer $ purchasing vehicles from a government owned auto company… and then touts the increased sales as evidence the bailout worked.

HUH?

“Three years into their forced marriage with GM, the American taxpayers have seen the value of their investment in GM deteriorate by approximately $24 billion, largely due to continuing European losses. Exposure in Europe has contributed to crushing the value of GM’s stock due to its chaotic and failing Opel unit in Germany…

…Overlooked is that the value-destroying, cash-sucking disaster that is GM Europe was packaged and ready for sale to new European buyers in 2009 before the new Obama GM Board of Directors slammed the brakes on the deal, throwing GM into its current value free-fall. In fact, the decision to not sell the Opel operations (which has not been profitable for more than a decade) in 2009 after GM cleared bankruptcy was the very first major decision of the new Obama Board.”

http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/08/16/auto-bailout-legacy-gms-european-nightmare

Pre-bankruptcy, the GM board saw the need to sell-off Opal which was losing money at a furious rate… then the government ‘bought’ GM and told the board they were wrong and stopped the sale… and Opal continues to lose $.

HUH?

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