I think about my own childhood now that I’m a parent. Often. Of course I do, it is my primary frame of reference in all things childhoody.
There are things I did that my kids will never do.
I could talk about how they will never dial a rotary phone. Or that they won’t be enjoying candy cigarettes. (Remember those paper wrapped gum ones with powdered sugar inside that looked like smoke? So cool.) Or how caller ID will prevent them from learning the art of prank calling.
But all of that stuff just makes me feel old. Plus, this type of comparison would be way more interesting coming from my grandparents who walked 50 miles barefoot uphill both ways in the snow and all that.
Still. Times have changed.
(The following pictures are of me as a kid. I have braids!)
#1 No Seat belts
I do not remember sitting in the car. But I do remember laying across the backseat, laying across the floor of the backseat, standing in the backseat, jumping in the backseat and possibly attempting headstands in the backseat while my mother told me to sit down.
Until 1984. Then those “Buckle Up, It’s the Law!” signs went up and parents everywhere could point at them and say, “If you don’t, you’ll go to jail” which must have been awesome for them.
My kids? Nope, not going to be jumping around back there.
#2 No Helmets
Go and finish reading this. It does bring back memories of my childhood! Go to Mom to Mom.
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN,
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE,
SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
HAVE SOME ICE CREAM!
In honor of the 44th President of the United States, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor: Barocky Road:
Barocky Road is a blend of half vanilla, half chocolate, and surrounded by nuts and flakes. The vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an ingredient. The nuts and flakes are all plentiful.
The cost is $92.84 per scoop…so, out of a $100 bill, you are at least promised some CHANGE.
When purchased, it will be presented to you in a large beautiful cone, but after you pay for it, the ice cream is taken out of the cone and given to the person in line behind you at no charge.
You are left with an almost-empty wallet, staring at an empty cone and wondering what just happened. Then you realize this is what “redistribution of wealth” is all about.
When Egyptians took to the streets to overthrow an oppressive government in 2011, the world was on their side. But in the two years that followed, as Arab Spring turned to Arab Winter, and Egyptians fell under the rule of the oppressive new government of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, the world has looked away.
Except for Barack Hussein Obama who has given the Muslim Brotherhood $billions in aid as well as 20 F-16?s and 200 Abrams tanks, and more.
Reinvigorated by the amnesty push and the many scandals involving federal abuse of power, the Tea Party is coming to the District of Corruption tomorrow:
On Wednesday, at two rallies bracketing the Capitol, Tea Party and conservative activists will again take center-stage on two issues dominating the national political dialogue. Reps. Steve King, Louie Gohmert and other members of the Tea Party Caucus will host a nearly day-long dialogue and discussion on immigration reform. On the other side of the Capitol, Tea Party grass roots organizations will hold a rally to “Audit the IRS,” in response to the agency’s efforts to intimidate conservative organizations.
The immigration event hosted by Rep. King begins at 9am on the East side of the Capitol. The morning event will run until Noon and feature several members of Congress and national conservative leaders. Glenn Beck, who was an early supporter of the Tea Party movement will speak at the event.
At Noon, on the West side of the Capitol, Tea Party Patriots are hosting a rally to “Audit the IRS.” Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and many member of Congress are scheduled to speak. Glenn Beck and other conservative leaders will also speak.
The event, attended by activists from around the country will draw new attention to the IRS scandal, where the agency targeted groups and individuals based on their political activity. The IRS scandal is simply the most egregious example of an Obama Administration singling out conservative organizations and individuals for differential treatment. The EPA, Labor Department and other federal agencies have exhibited similar behavior.
Now that everything it warned against is coming to pass, the Tea Party is needed more than ever. Obviously we cannot trust politicians to act in America’s interest. Public pressure must be applied aggressively to prevent the situation from deteriorating any further.
I really like the the idea of self-sufficiency and I hate paying someone to do something I can do for myself, so I’ve had my hands on everything on my property and in my house.
When something goes wrong or needs repair, I do a careful analysis and research the problem and how to go about repairing or restoring it.
I learned a lot by tackling these issues on my own. I’ve learned how things are made and how they work and I’ve come to appreciate the ingenuity of the inventors and skill of the craftsmen and technicians who professionally install and repair these things in and on my house and property.
Now after thinking back over 40 years of being self-sufficient, I’ve realized that doing it myself probably required twice as much time and cost twice as much money than if I had hiried a professional.
I don’t regret a minute or a dime of it!
Oh, I love tools and here’s what I have learned about them:
A portable cutting tool used to make boards too short.
Read more at the link above…
Deliberate Marxist misery wants you to know that Big Government is watching you
Obama WANTS you to know Big Government is Watching You
Aslan Media chief Nathan Lean threatens California Catholic school to drop Robert Spencer from conference — or else
I am scheduled to speak at a conference in Sacramento, California, on July 26 and 27, sponsored by Kolbe Academy, a national Catholic educational program in Napa, California. But my obsessive Internet stalker, the thuggish Nathan Lean, has found out about it. Lean, aka “Garibaldi,” the creepy Travis Bickle of jihad enablers, is a stalker who has threatened me repeatedly, repeats what he knows to be falsehoods about my record, and has called on hackers to destroy this site. Consistent with the ongoing Leftist/Islamic supremacist war against the freedom of speech, and desperate fear that anyone will hear the truth about Islam and jihad, Lean mailed this threatening letter to several Kolbe Academy officials:
Nearly everywhere else around the world, voters are required to show their ID when registering to vote. This is essential to the integrity of elections because without voter ID, the door is open for massive voter fraud.
But not in the United States of America where, on May 20, 1993, then President Bill Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (aka the Motor Voter Act) into law. Before that, the bill had been approved 259 vs. 160 by the House of Reps., and by the Senate 62 vs. 37.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires States to “accept and use” a uniform federal form to register voters for federal elections. The form, which was developed by the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC), requires only that an applicant say, under penalty of perjury, that he is a citizen. In other words, no proof of U.S. citizenship is required to vote long as you say you’re one.
On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner said that he does not “see any way” of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that does not have backing from a majority of the House’s GOP members, and called the Senates border security provisions “weak” and “laughable.”
Wait until you hear what our JACKASS of a preezy said in Ireland.
With all the scandals in Washington grabbing the headlines, the announcement that the city of Detroit is planning to default on $2.5 billion of unsecured debt is not getting the attention it should. From Fox News:
Detroit said Friday it would stop making payments on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and ask creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what the city owes them in a move to avoid what bankruptcy experts have said would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Detroit is not just some decaying city you are fortunate enough not live in and, therefore shouldn’t care. Detroit is a piece of America and the rot from years of Democratic leadership will soon be seen in other American cities and it affects each and every one of us in one way or another. Michael Snyder in this post at Zero Hedge tells us that “ Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, and in 1960 Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.” It is hard to believe that this hell-hole of 700,000 desperate souls was once a shinning city of two million proud Americans. I recommend you all bookmark Mr. Snyder’s article. He has sixteen eye-popping statistics on Detroit and fifty-five similar stats on the nation. Here are just a few regarding Detroit:
Over the past 60 years, the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.
At this point, approximately 40 percent of all the streetlights in the city don’t work.
210 of the 317 public parks in the city of Detroit have been permanently closed down.
According to the New York Times, there are now approximately 70,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit.
Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.
According to one very shocking report, 47 percent of the residents of Detroit are functionally illiterate.
Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police officers in the city of Detroit. Today, there are only about 2,500 and another 100 are scheduled to be eliminated from the force soon.
The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.
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