Obama: The job creator?

Despite all the Congressional roadblocks by Republicans; despite inheriting the worst economic disaster in the nation’s history; and despite all the negative Republican political rhetoric this campaign season about how President Obama’s efforts to create jobs has failed, well, recent figures indicate that jobs have been created in the past three years.

According to the Labor Department, 4.3 million jobs were lost in the year following Obama’s inauguration. But since then, 4.4 million jobs have been added.

This doesn’t mean happy days are here nor does it mean the nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief. There still are a lot of people out of work and looking for jobs and no matter who becomes president in January, there’s a lot of work yet to be done to strengthen the nation’s economy and it getting more people back to work.

And that means Republicans AND Democrats must work together, must compromise to come up with legislation designed benefit all Americans.

Tax cuts don’t lead to more jobs

When politicians talk about tax cuts, especially tax cuts for the wealthy designed to stimulate job growth and the economy through the so-called trickle-down theory, ask them for proof.

You’ll be waiting a long time for an answer because, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service, it simply does not work. Continue reading

Terri and Chuck’s summer digitized in slideshows

I feel like the guy on the commercial who gets upset with his TV and then one thing leads to another until his situation ends badly.

No bad endings with me, but…when you take a lot of pictures, then you have to color correct and crop a lot of pictures before selecting pictures to put into slideshows. Then you have to arrange the pictures, select transitions, fine tune, add wording and go through all your music to select and fit the right songs you think fit the slideshow. Continue reading

The religion of politics

Religion and politics — there is no difference.

Joining a political party is akin to selecting a religious denomination. It’s all about a person’s beliefs and the faith they have in the leaders and goals of the political party they choose. And once a person becomes politically anointed, they choose their involvement, from simply voting for their party’s candidates to doing all they can to spread the party’s word throughout the land to help lost souls to see the “correct” political light.

Muslims and Jews; Catholics and BaptistsEarth Lodge Religion and Buddhists. Continue reading

A fishing trip to remember

Grandpa Chuck recently purchased a fishing pole and tackle box (Diego, of course!) for granddaughter Rylin on her third birthday.

They recently had a chance to go fishing. Click here to watch the video.

Although they didn’t catch anything, they did have a great time!


Trout plus The Shack equals a great time

One of my two 14-inch trout caught this past week.

I am not an expert angler. I am not an expert at fly fishing. And I’m certainly not an expert at catching trout.

But boy do I enjoy trying!

And since my brother, Mark’s motorcycle broke down and we were unable to go on our trip to Colorado, I decided to go fishing instead. Continue reading

Colorado or Bust! … is a bust!


What’s that old saying about the best laid plans?

My gear was packed. The motorcycle was ready to go with new plugs, air filter and front brake pads. It was cleaned, the chrome was polished and everything was ready for my brother Mark and me to leave Saturday morning for a week-long motorcycle trip to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.

I was sitting in my comfy front-room chair watching television when the phone rang. Continue reading

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