VP Candidate “Chicken Joe” Biden?

I see where “Chicken Joe” is thinking about running for President. Well… he certainly has qualifications to do so, but many voters may not like what he’s qualified to do.

So… I looked up Chicken Joe’s Official White House Bio and a Wiki Bio, and was quite surprised to see that, although he was elected to his freshman term in the Senate in the early ’70s – early enough in fact to be on hand to vote to cut off funding to South VietNam (in 1975, thus voting to cause the US to unilaterally abrogate the Paris Peace Accords, aka the treaty that got the US out of VN), he doesn’t mention his role in stabbing the people of South Vietnam in the back causing them to be overrun by the Communist North.

Since he was elected in time to vote against keeping our commitments to RVN, that means that he was certainly old enough to have enlisted in the military and to actually GO to VietNam… but like so many weak sisters from the Left he chose to go to law school. According to one bio, he received 5 draft deferments while a “student” and was then reclassified due to having had “asthma” as a “teenager”. So… he didn’t go, then when in a position to support our allies in S VN, he chose to turn his back on the people that over 58,000 Americans died to defend.

Yep… Chicken Joe is definitely qualified to be a Politician, but I for one don’t want him to be President of the US. It’s bad enough that the current (ineligible) “president” got elected. I’d really rather not see more of their ilk in the White House.

Rubio is/should be TOAST!!!


“Rubio spoke on how his policies would embrace globalization and technology so that the U.S. can compete globally in the 21st century.”…

“Globalization is real,” Rubio said. “We cannot be satisfied with a country that’s diminished in its prestige and its influence on the global stage.” …

“Rubio has authored a “pro-growth” and “pro-family” tax plan with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would keep the top individual tax rate at 35 percent and eliminate the estate tax, among other things.”…

So… Rubio is a Globalist, pro-mega-rich elitist. Doesn’t seem like someone who is going to help the people much… unless those people he’s helping are the Mega-rich. I guess the rest of us can just sleep in a cardboard box in an alley and be grateful that our betters allow us to scavenge their garbage cans.

But I’m glad of one thing… he’s apparently too stupid to hide what he is until AFTER the election.


Oh! Won’t someone PLEASE save me from this Global Warming!!!

07:00 this morning, July 4th, 2015, the temperature in NW Missouri was 58 degrees F.

If the climate gets any warmer, I’m going to have to start a fire in the wood stove!

I don’t know what the AGW people are smoking, but it MUST be some really really good stuff!!!


Summer-time…. When Mosquitoes Are Hungry…

Like to go outside? Don’t like to be on the menu for mosquitoes? Check out this site.


This site tells you things like what is it about you that mosquitoes find attractive. (No – it’s not your blue eyes or your long eyelashes! ;-D)

It has detailed information on what repellants are effective (and what’s not), and other useful information… such as the information that bug zappers do more harm than good, killing predator species while NOT affecting mosquitoes. In fact, mosquitoes are more attracted to you than to the bug zappers! (I know… “But it’s fun to listen to the ZOT when a bug hits the grid!”) 😀

“Catnip has been noted for years as possessing repellency against mosquitoes.”

Go! Read! Learn! Have a nice summer and stay off the mosquito menu!


Reprint from May 27, 2011

Why do a reprint? ‘Cause I thought it was funny. So now you have to put up with what *I* thought was funny. who knows? Maybe you’ll agree?

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In the Nature of Things

Ink pens are communal creatures. You put them on your desk, and one by one, unobtrusively, they wander off. When the last is gone, you go in search of them and find them in a heap on the dresser, or on the clothes drier, or in the center console of your car. If they had a water cooler, it would make them lots easier to find.

Did you ever wonder why, when someone loses their virginity, they don’t take out a “lost and found” ad in the paper?

The best way to find an extension cord is to 1. not need one, and 2. don’t watch where you’re dragging your feet.

One of the qualifications to be President of the USA is you must be a moron or an idiot, as evidenced by the number of people who think the President is one or the other.

The solution to the gasoline shortage is to change the shape of tires. If they were square, or even octagons or hexagons, we’d drive much less.

Why are there trash cans in paperless offices?

How do people know when you go to sleep, and then call you 5 minutes later?

Why are the boxes full of cords, connectors and other things always the wrong size for the one you need and why does the store that you go to to buy one close 5 minutes after you get there but the door is already locked?

The likelihood of a flashlight’s batteries being dead is directly proportional to your depth of need for a light.

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Father’s Day

This is a little story I wrote… and am posting here in honor (or horror?) of the coming Special Day. Enjoy it while it’s here ’cause it will disappear on or around June 28th.

by Michael E Picray

Bornac, Guardian of the Western Reaches, rolled his lean trunk toward the back of his den as he slept and shifted his pseudopods so that they were comfortable. The den was a hole small enough that no predator large enough to eat him could get in, yet big enough to feel roomy. Outside there were skitterings… there were stirrings… there were noises that roused him enough to be aware, but not enough to fully awaken him. The noises didn’t concern him. He was safe as long as he stayed inside. The noise abated and he slept deeply, dreaming of his work.

His title sounded impressive, but like most jobs with titles, the title was a lot more impressive than the job. All he had to do was patrol the boundary between The Others and his people without being caught by either. If They, the Others, caught him, he would be eaten. If his own caught him, he would be eaten. He liked catching The Others. They were so slow it was almost unfair to eat them. But they were also very salty. They went well with an evening of listening to the daily Gatkor hunt… from inside his den, of course. The Others were also partly crunchy. Bornac liked crunchy.

The dawn was well advanced and it was quiet outside as his awareness level rose above sleep. Whatever had been making the noises outside was apparently gone. Good. That way he didn’t have to chase it off. It was about time for a meal and The Other’s remains in the corner were almost gone. All that was left was a slightly putrid “leg” and a funny shaped “head” with an eye dangling on the floor by a stringy bit of stuff. The brain was long since eaten. Cracking these hard “heads” was a challenge, but the reward was worth the effort.

He oozed from the floor and extended a pod toward the doorpool. Pausing there, he sensed no foreign presence and so dipped his pod into the water to drink. The white water slammed into his brain with soul searing intensity, waking him fully and causing his eyestalks to quiver. He sucked in a deep breath and felt invigorated. Now. He was ready for a day of patrolling.

He extended a pod outside and sensed the air. Normal. Nothing but his own scent. Good. He next extended an antenna and felt for vibrations on the swampy ground. Nothing. With a deep breath, he hunched forward and rolled through the opening. His roll across the little clearing was a blur of motion that stopped at the tree he always stopped at to look around before moving further. But he didn’t quite stop. He sort of squished against a brown slime that covered the tree.

What was this? It looked like the tree, but wasn’t! It was…
…too late. The 37 smaller versions of Bornac devoured him before his third brain could even register his death. They were not only smaller versions of him, they were genetic copies. He’d bred them by parthenogenesis almost three cycles before and now they were back. One of them looked at another and they communicated.

“Do you think he forgot?”

“He must have. He was never this easy to catch before. We always lost many of ourselves. He was getting old, but I will miss the fun.”

“He should have stayed in today. It was not a good day for him to be out.”

“No. When I become an adult, I will remember. I will lay up a store of food and hide for a week before and a week after.”

“Yes. That is a good plan. After all. Father’s day only comes once a year.”

When An Advanced Degree Isn’t Enough

I recently purchased two books on the subject of Austrian economics. The first was, in my opinion, eminently readable and highly informative.

The second was not.

So while trying to slog my way through the first chapter of the second book it occurred to me that:

If one sets out to write a book on a particular subject there are two prerequisites that must be met. First one must intimately know the subject matter. And second, and most important, one must be capable of writing.

If one has the first, but not the second, no one will be able to tell that the writer has either.

A Radical Idea for Insurance!!!

Okay… so… all the insurance companies will hate me for this. If the people in the government and the people running for government offices claim this plan as “good” and work to make it happen the future of what is now “insurance’ will disappear and it won’t matter.

Presently we have “insurance” of different kinds. If you wish to drive a motor vehicle, you have to have insurance covering various things like you have to pay for insurance for injuries caused by you or your car, physical damages to other vehicles and things, etc. To obtain such you need “automobile insurance” for which you must pay a “premium.”

If you want to get medical care and are not rich, you presently can get “basic care” for “emergencies” whether you have medical insurance or not, but after a few days the hospital can declare you medically “stable” and toss you out the door… UNLESS you have a lot of cash or medical insurance. With the advent of Obama “care” you can now have “insurance” that pays for your medical expenses after they exceed the amount of your “deductable” (which will probably amount to an amount higher than you’d pay for a new car – and which most people cannot afford so since they never pay the “deductable” to the providers, the government never has to pay off on the “insurance” they mandate that you “buy.” (Just figure that it’s a tax, and the government won’t have to pay out on most people’s “insurance.”)

And of course there is now insurance for just about everything that can happen to you in life. Fire insurance. Yep. Mortgage insurance? Yep. And lots of other kinds of “insurance.”

Where do all these kinds of insurance come from and why do they exist?

1. Most people are insecure. In a world where most people are “just getting by” they consider it essential to have a way to hold on to some value even in the face of a personal disaster. (For example a house/apartment fire that burns up everything they own.)

2. Put that together with the fact that due to their insecurity you’ll find that – People are risk-averse. (That means they are afraid of risk!)

In their minds they think that if something CAN happen, it’s a certainty that it WILL happen… sooner or later… to someone… somewhere… and what if it’s THEM? (many people are almost CERTAIN that it will be them.) It doesn’t matter that out of the millions of home owners in the US a miniscule (teeny tiny) percentage will have a fire that destroys their home and the stuff they own. It seems to me that most people will spend their entire lives paying for insurance policies and never, that’s NEVER collecting anything back for a “loss.” And even if they do collect on a loss, over their life spans they will pay in far more than they collect – that’s why insurance companies are so profitable. ie the ODDS of them having to pay out more than they collect are non-existent!!! But the insurance industry spends $millions of dollars convincing people that if it can happen to SOMEONE, that someone will be YOU and gee… what would you do THEN? (Thus you NEED insurance, and the siren song of the insurance industry enlists governments to FORCE you to buy certain kinds of insurance and make them rich, and to be risk-averse.)

Actually, in regard to the things that insurance can pay for, if you lost everything in a fire and had no insurance you’d probably do very well. If you have a job, you’d keep getting to work somehow (a co-worker would maybe give you a ride?) and you’d keep bringing “home” your pay. (Where ever “home” is – staying with relatives for a while or in a cheap motel) So you’d find another place to live so you could start visiting the Meca of America (WalMart) to accumulate more junk just like the junk that burned up… only THIS would be NEW junk – all shiny and spiffy! (But the insurance companies don’t want you to figure that out.)

So… here’s the plan… the alternative to the current MegaScam that’s called the “Insurance Industry”.

The government pays for your losses.


No, it’s not welfare. It’s not Socialism. It’s where you pay in an appropriate percentage of your pay from work/business profits/etc to the

US Insurance for Everything Fund.

It would be like a voluntary tax. But you ONLY pay in if you want to collect in the event of a personal disaster. And there would be NO deductable. The government pays for everything you lost… after adjusting the amount for “wear and tear” (ie you don’t get a new 52″ color TV to replace the 19″ B&W set that burned up.)

And if over a period of time the government fund pays out less than it collects, the people could opt to get a proportionate refund of premiums paid in or leave the excess “on deposit.” If the fund pays out more than it collects, those paying in would have to pay more.

Medical care would be paid at 100% (+/-) of government cost with a nominal fee which could be waived for the indigent and elderly – ie model it on the VA Medical Care system. Hospitals and doctor’s offices would have no “profit” – and pay no taxes. Drug companies would be paid for actual expense (including reasonable R&D) – but not a DIME for “promotions” or advertising. There would be NO middle-man insurance companies!!!

And so on. Along side of the government system could be a “private” system that the rich could use if they wanted to. They would pay 100% of their medical bills and absorb all personal casualty losses from all adverse occurances – ie not a DIME from the government, and no tax deductions for medical costs or losses due to hazards.

And the best part of the plan – you would have an individual account and when you die, your family or relatives (your “beneficiary”) gets an amount equal to the total that you paid in less the amount that you collected in insurance “payments” plus interest. (If the govt paid 4% interest and the going interest rate was 6% or 8%, then the govt recovers plan administration expenses via interest payments.) So if you wanted to pay in more than you had to (see above) – you could look at it as being government sponsored life insurance… you pick the beneficiary.

If you collect more in “insurance” payments over the course of your life, then the govt subsidizes your “insurance” and picks up the bill – which would be a form of what is currently called “welfare”. Of course, your family would get no “life insurance” – but hey… that would be an incentive to work harder to provide something for them after you’re gone.

So… we get rid of the predatory insurance industry, and we can stop worrying about risk and the losses that MIGHT come our way as a result of life happening to us.

And my phone stops ringing and interupting my life with BS and lies.