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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Can't Keep My Mouth Shut Any Longer...

I have refrained, refrained I say, from saying anything about some of the goins' ons.

I just can't do it any more.

I realize that these subjects are a lot deeper, and need more attention, than what I am prepared to give here 'off the cuff', but gee whiz people...

Where's the common sense gone?

First, I want to address the stupidity concerning the demand that oil companies GIVE us their profits and REFUND us our gas money.

If we're going to do something like that why don't we just apply it to everything?

How about refunding me some of the money that I spend at the grocery store?

In fact, I think that every time I buy my two gallons of milk (every 5 days or so) that they should sell it to me at cost. I have a teenaged son you know.

I have a better one... Why doesn't Wal-mart start refunding us the money that we spend there? I think that Wal-mart could stand to shed a few dollars.

If we are going to do something like this to the oil companies, then I think that everyone should participate.

If you own a business, get ready. You will need to refund your profits to me.


Because you owe *me* for buying your products and for helping you to make a living.

And you folks that work for these businesses... well you are going to have to work harder for less money, because if you don't...

You won't have a job to go to if it goes bankrupt.

Does anyone else see how ludicrous it is for a PRIVATE corporation to give us their profits?

These businesses are in "business" to make a profit. They aren't a 501c 3, non-profit, social service. If business doesn't make a profit and loses money then they will go out of business.

No business. No jobs.

If the oil companies go out of business, then you will see what high gas prices are really like.

Second, I would like to address the immigrant debate.

It is my opinion that a law is a law, is a law.

If you aren't a citizen of the United States then you do not have any of the rights that are afforded U.S. citizens.

In order for you to have the rights that I enjoy and experience, then you must become a citizen.

What makes non-citizens believe that they have a right to tell us that "we" owe them?

Are you kidding me?

Does this mean that I owe everyone else in the world too?

If a planeload of tourists come over here from Europe, or wherever, does this mean that they can vote and demand recognition as a U.S. citizen too?

If I see another picture of a Mexican flag flying over the Stars and Stripes...

I think I will scream!

And what about who's land belongs to whom?

Have the Mexicans forgotten who was here first? It wasn't their Spanish forebears, that's for sure.

If they want to talk 'bad' about conquering and all that kind of stuff, then they need to back up another 150 years or so in history.

You know... remember the Aztecs?

These people who have been demonstrating are nothing more than self-serving socialists.

They aren't in touch with real life.

I have several Mexican neighbors.

They own their homes and they drive nicer cars than I do.

Their wives stay home with the kids and the husband goes to work.

Guess where they were on May 1st?

They were at work.

Yep. They were working.

And guess where they were when there was a small march in Oklahoma City?

They were coming home to their families.

I saw them. I watched them.

They didn't skip a beat.

Same weekday routine that I observe every other day of the week.

I'm glad these people are my neighbors.

They are 'good folk'.

As far as those demonstrators go...

they aren't good neighbors.

And I don't want them to be my neighbors either.



Blogger Dreaming again said...

ain'ta gonna add a word ...just gonna grin

May 03, 2006 10:15 PM  
Blogger Pattie said...

I have to say for the most part, I agree with you.
I agree that private companies have a right to make a profit. What makes me uncomfortable about the oil/ gas thing is I hope these companies are not price gouging the consumers. I'm not saying they are, I'm just saying I hope they are not. It's tough paying $300 a month for my oil bill (year round, to make it affordable) and $3 for a gallon of gas.
The immigrant debate: I have little sympathy for some of the illegals who come here on our dime...drives me insane! Legals are another story.
However, there should be exceptions. For instance, about 25 years ago, a man from Syria escaped his country because they were forcing him into military service. The government was oppressive. There were human rights violations. They would not allow him and his wife to leave the country. So, he "escaped" to the US. He opened his own business...a thriving pizza place here in RI. He applied for citizenship...in the mean time, he had four children. All grew up here..worked... went to college. Something happened to his "paperwork". It was well documented that he applied for citizenship, but somehow he fell through the cracks. Fast forward to two years ago....he was picked up as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration. Sent to prison....local politicians got involved to try to keep him here. h
He paid his taxes, ran a successful business and was an upstanding member of society. He sponsored local kids baseball and soccer teams and things of that nature. Anyway, there was nothing they could do. He was sent back to Syria. His family remains here and he is now in jail there. It is sad.
Now, I am NOT advocating illegal immigration. For the most part I TOTALLY agree with you. I just think we need to use a little more common sense and see each case individually.
BTW: The immigrants here marched in huge numbers. It did not have an effect on our local economy.
Sorry for the looonnnngggg post! :)

May 04, 2006 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Moof said...

TJ ...

"If you aren't a citizen of the United States then you do not have any of the rights that are afforded U.S. citizens.

In order for you to have the rights that I enjoy and experience, then you must become a citizen.

What makes non-citizens believe that they have a right to tell us that "we" owe them?

YES! I agree!!! 100% + a bit!

About Pattie's caution ... I agree there, too.

My son-in-law is from Sweden, and he's had to go through some pretty awful stuff to stay here.

Also - on Maine's northern border - between us and Canada ...

... some of the people who've lived there all of their lives, go across to Canada for shopping, hospital, doctor's, etc., because there's none of that on our side of the border in those places, work in the US ... own homes in the US, pay taxes in the US, are from the US, have NEVER lived in Canada ... but because that's where the only hospital was, it's where they were born.

Recently, some of them went shopping (or to see their doctor, or go to church) and were not allowed back into the US - to go to their own homes! - because they weren't born here!

When I think about those affronts and see the "in your face" illegal immigrants telling us that this is THEIR continent, NOT ours, and I think of how many people our government is allowing to "fall between the cracks" ... it makes me angry.

There's no common sense in any of it.

May 04, 2006 9:29 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Here where I live we seem to have a huge number of immigrants - when I go to our local shopping centre I hear "foreign" voices nearly as much as English. I don't have a problem with this as long as they are contributing to the economy, work, pay taxes etc. The ones I'm not happy with are the the ones that are here just for the benefits and the NHS - however,I'm well aware that there are a great many Brits sponging off society as well!

May 04, 2006 10:23 AM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

TJ ... I just thought I'd throw out this invitation to you ... 3 things will be coming up in my life ...all of which you are invited to ....well, actually 4. (no pressure, just thought I'd throw it out there, I do understand how busy you are )

1st, which I thought of just now. LOL. Sunday we're singing that musical I've been talking about. If you want to drive up to Tulsa, we sing at 10:30 at Southpark.
(sister church to Crossings)

Second. At some point in the near future, yet to be planned. We are going to have a picnic-prayer walk on our new property.
We'll have a picnic then pray over our property. It will be people from our church, small group, worship team, youth group families and others that have prayed us through this process.

Third, the Wall Raising ... when we actually start to build the house. Date yet unknown, probably in August, most likely on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Fourth, the house dedication. 6 or 12 weeks after the wall raising.
Also on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

May 04, 2006 1:36 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Peggikaye... nice smile.

Pattie... I know it's tough, but this isn't the first time that our government has wasted time and spent our tax dollars (about a $1 million a pop) to investigate something that isn't there. It has been checked into, and checked into, and ...

If we want to check on price gouging and refunds, why don't we check into the pharmaceutical companies and the medical industry as a whole. I'll bet you that there is price gouging going on there, but why doesn't the MSM (mainstream media) pick on them?

Or how about the insurance industry?

No? Well then, maybe we should check into the credit card companies and their service charges, penalty charges, and their interest rates. Do you think that there's a little price gouging going on there?

The profit margin for the oil and gas industry is about 8%. What do you think it is for all of these other companies?

Why is the MSM wanting to push the oil and gas industry?

One reason is because it is an election year. They are trying to find "something" that they can get voters to rally behind so that they can get some conservatives voted out of office.

Your story and Moof's personal experience concerning immigrants, I believe that as long as individuals are "trying to follow the rules", are model citizens, and then get caught up in some kind of bureaucratic nightmare that completely destroys them and their family... I'm against that. Both of your examples are government bureaucracy at its worse.

Which raises the question: Why would we want more government?

Sue, I bet you do have a lot of immigrants over there. We have millions of "spongers" here. In California alone, 80 hospitals have had to shut their doors due to lack of funds because of the drain on their resources due to non-paying and un-insured immigrants.

People, we are a capitalistic nation, not a socialistic nation. For these businesses and corporations to stay in business and thrive, they have to make a profit.

(Sorry guys... I'm not yelling at you personally.)

Thanks for the invitation(s) Peggikaye!

It's possible that I might be able to make at least one event. We'll see how things 'shake out'.

Lord knows I could use some "Jesus" right about now.


May 04, 2006 5:41 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...


Sorry I 'ran' long.

I just couldn't let Pattie make a longer comment than me.



May 04, 2006 5:42 PM  
Blogger Pattie said...

Haha! You are a funny lady, TJ
I wasn't disagreeing with you. I have the same concerns you do...healthcare industry, drug industry, credit card companies, etc. price gouging the public.
I am not up on my politics as I should be, so I can't speak intelligently about the fact it is an election year and all and how that effects all of this. I suspect what you say is correct. Obviously you feel pretty passionate about this.
Next time tell us how you REALLY feel! :)

May 05, 2006 9:52 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

I wasn't disagreeing with you.

I know Pattie.

I'm sorry. I just got a little "wound up".

Next time tell us how you REALLY feel! :)

I will do my best to be honest and forthcoming about my feelings from this point forward.



May 05, 2006 10:38 AM  

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