Snowed In

All of the access highways in Northern Arizona are closed due to snow including I-40, I-17, SR89, SR87, and SR260. As a result,  I’m not going anywhere. Socked in for the next two days so even if I wanted to borrow the neighbor’s 500C to chopper out, it would ice up and crash.

 

Bullet Points:

* The alleged Islamic extremist who attacked three NYPD cops with a machete near the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square is a 19-year-old man from Maine who recently became radicalized — and was already on an FBI watchlist, law-enforcement sources told The Post Sunday.

* A Plan for Rescuing America –  American Thinker.

“Our justice system has been so compromised that a citizen can be given solitary confinement for two years for the political equivalent of jay-walking — without a trial – and a violent criminal with a mile-long rap sheet who attempts murder on a senior citizen is released by a Soros-controlled prosecutor within hours.

“No longer can an ordinary American, no matter where they came from, get ahead simply through hard work. Owning a house is now out of reach, under-measured inflation means that saving money for the future is an illusion, investing money in the stock market is a losing game for the average citizen while congressional insiders benefit from every upward and downward swing…”

Never give another cent to the GOP, instead support Conservative candidates directly.

 

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HISTORY LESSON ON YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

Up until the 1980s, Social Security cards expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes.

Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the “NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION” message was removed.

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. His promises are in black, with updates in brackets.

1.) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary [No longer voluntary],

2.) The participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program [Now 7.65% on the first $90,000, and 15% on the first $90,000 if you’re self-employed],

3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year [No longer tax deductible],

4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program [Under Johnson the money was moved to the General Fund and spent], and

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income [Under Clinton & Gore up to 85% of your Social Security can be taxed].

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month — and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put away’ — you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

A: Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!

Now, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

 

A Few Memes

 

54 COMMENTS

  1. White boy Mainer Jihadi.

    I’m thinkin’ his girlfriends expected to be treated like Humans more than he liked, so he picked a religion that encourages treating them like livestock.

    Still unpopular with the ladies somehow – “Inconcievable!”.

    Suicide by cop fail.

    I wonder if they’ll let him out on no bail, now?

    -Kle.

    • Out on no bail? Of course not. He’s a white boy. Unless he’s a sexual deviant, he has exactly zero victimhood points. (He won’t get “Muslim points”. He’ll be denounced as “not a true Muslim” because it’s The Religion of Peace.)

      There’s something very strange about this. Bickford’s a 19-yo former wrestler (so probably not some socially-isolated weirdo out for revenge against his “oppressors”; also probably not repellent to females) from a 97%+ White community. Sure, Wells is a coastal vacation spot at the southern tip of Maine (and therefore plagued by assholes from Boston and even NYC) where the locals don’t make a lot of money but have to deal with schmucks and parasites from the big cities, but to go jihadi because of it?

      Wells is NOT where I’d look for radicalization, islamic or otherwise, in the Pine Tree State. Portland, the largest city is full of left-wing assholes (they had quite the nice Occupy movement, for one thing). Lewiston, the second-largest city (pop. 37k) has quite the population of Somalis. In 2000 Lewiston was about 96% White. In 2010 it was down to 87% White. Current census now says 83%. This crap is happening all over the US; I just happen to keep track of Lewiston for Reasons.

      All this is mighty weird. Given that Bickford’s a white boy and athlete, I’d have expected him to be tagged with “white nationalist” or “NAZI” (oh wait, they’re good now, albeit only in certain plucky Slavic countries). I’d have expected them to find a swastika, or a valknut, or a hammer, tattooed on his carcass. Maybe they’re switching up the narrative for 2023.

      • I (sniff, sniff) smell the scent of Essense of Fibbie on this all.

        As to Ukranian Nazis, well, geez, I’d almost support ISIS/ISIL if it punched Mother Russia in the nose. Seriously, it’s Russia. F them bastids.

        The real question is, how much of the AZOV group is still around now. Didn’t they get the living daylights kicked out of them early in the war?

  2. Why any Dem supporter continues unswayed by the scumbag tactics of their so-called party is beyond me. I guess they are a collective (eg. Borg) so believe their inherent subversiveness is “Good”.

    Us as well, looks like Wisconsin out there, or Barrow Alaska without the wind. Some sort of weird inversion instead of the predicted heavy snow. I-80 is closed again. Happens every Winter…but you’d never know that with reporter-ettes and goofballs in big parkas standing next to the highway in the High Country acting like this is the first time ever. Maybe their audience is the same crowd that needs reminding how to put on their flight seatbelt or to put the tray table up into locked position.

    Just be glad your FJ isn’t a Lefty Nirvana EV vehicle, in this weather you’d get to the county road only to be forced to turn around due to “low battery” charge. If you’re lucky you’d get back to the hovel, otherwise you’d be hoofing it the last half mile…cursing yourself for making a worthless socially acceptable purchase…at a premium. Worse is the repeat charging will your triple your electric bills…unless you’re on full solar power, then you have to decide weather to stay warm and lighted or charge the danged EV boat anchor.

    Lots of fodder today, but that’ll hafta suffice for now, gotta go refill the wood rack.

    • I’m glad that I don’t have animals to tend to in the blizzard. I do have chores like pouring antifreeze on the satellite tv antenna/dish, which require me to leave warmth. I have my pick-up parked outside (all the other rides are inside) and there was 3″ of ICE on it. Getting all that cleared off will take more antifreeze, but I have other rigs if I need to get out – but WHY? If a neighbor needed help, sure.

      A notice popped up on the computer that my power is out and that the propane generator (Generac) is now supplying electricity to the mine. Not surprising. The City of Strawberry, about 50 miles from here has been without power all day.

      • Yet you are prepared, most are not…four hours in and they start to panic and burn the furniture.

        In this day and age it is reprehensible to have a weak power grid, with such idiocy as rolling blackouts and poor infrastructure that blink off at the slightest weather event. I’m not talking about a downed tree or lightening strike, those are adverse events easily and quickly remedied by experienced crews. And, of course, we have Pacific Power (or whatever their name is) actually causing forest fires due to lousy control measures and maintenance.

        Why? isn’t the question. Who is responsible? is more correct. The Democrats and Green Grifters are the culprits, they are intentionally harming the American way of life and causing us to regress.

        We lose power here and life changes, but we have backup power for a few days time…beyond that we go into wildness survival mode.

        • Power here in the Pacific Northwest is mainly hydro and our local power company (a co-op) keeps the lines in pretty good shape but still there is the occasional outage. The last was due to a freezing fog that overloaded one of the lines close to my property and snapped the line. But that is why I have a small backup generator and never ever let myself go below 1 cord of wood. For anyone that relies on politicians to help with their power, buy lots of candles.

          • REA here has done a terrific job maintaining and upgrading (typically the line breakers). Every outage (usually due to heavy winds) would pop the same pole breaker…one time I called, told them which one (now they have a red light) and if they would leave me the pole I’d reset it for them in the future.

            But yeah, adverse events require preparation.

        • That Pacific Power is all government mandated and controlled issues.

          Power Company: We want to clear the lines of vegetation (called, not surprisingly, ‘vegetation management,’ and is very important.)

          Government: No. That will harm the environment and damage the habitat for some useless bit of fluff (this comes from the same governments that make it illegal, highly illegal, to clear brush and tinder from around one’s home because of some rare rat or mouse, no, not kidding, after the big fires in 2019, government sent fines to people who did clear around their houses. How did they know who to fine? They fined the people whose houses survived. Duh.)

          Power Company: We need to repair and replace the towers and lines, which will require us to drive big trucks and cranes up and down the lines. (There’s only so much that can be done using helicopters and is wildy expensive compared to truck-mounted equipment.)

          Big Government (and all the enviro-weenies): No, hurts the environment.

          Power Company: So you’re not allowing us to fix or repair equipment nor clear fire fuel from the power lines to protect a bunch of plants and animals?

          Big Government (basically puppets of the enviro-weenies): Yes.

          Power Company: You do realize a mega fire will destroy much more of the environment than our cleaning up the power lines and replanting any trees we damage and fixing all the habitats we disrupt?

          Big Goverment (whose lips are moving because of the enviro-weenies’ hands up the butts of BG): So? If anything goes wrong, we’ll blame you and not us, so we’re fine. And the lawsuits will be applied to your companies and to you personally because we have immunity because we’re the government.

          Power Company: Well,…. shit.

          Big Government: And we’re gonna fine you because we’re shutting down your power plants and we’re gonna fine you because your infrastructure is failing and you’re not fixing it.

          Power Company: But you, BG (and the asshole enviro-weenies) are the ones that won’t let us generate power, build or repair power plants and build and repair our power lines.

          BG/EW: Sucks to be you. Now pay up.

          PC: Please, sir, may I have more (whack, whack, whack.) (or think more like the basement scene out of “Pulp Fiction” but Bruce Willis ain’t gonna save you…, if you know what I mean.)

          • Mine too…Thx Beans for the clarification. PP was the media target but Cali BG Morons were the culprit, hamstringing proper upkeep. But here’s the rub: PP needed to tell BG to go scratch, figure a way around the obvious “disaster waiting to happen” idiocy, something running rampant in all sectors now:

            Pasaki/Peirre: “Big Oil HAS all these open leases BUT REFUSES to drill, it’s them not The President.”

            [2 days/weeks/months later]

            FJB: “I will SHUT DOWN petroleum and coal in this country.”

            Can’t win for losing with the clowns in charge. There is an agenda. If DC wanted to put Putin out of business we’d be drilling and producing beyond PDJT levels. But DC says “No!”.

            Why do THEY get to tell US what to do? They don’t own the land, we do.

          • The thing is, the power production and management trade magazines have been screaming about Big Government and Enviro-weenies since at least 1996, and have been predicting every unnatural disaster and screw-up that has occurred since at least 1996.

            How do I know? Wife used to work for an electric producing and distributing company, and I’d read the trades while waiting for her to finish her work.

            None of this is new. All of it was foreseen and expected and nothing could be done about it.

            Stockpiling critical equipment? Well, when BG and the EWs change the regulations and permissions every other year or so, and new equipment (that is installation of new equipment, not purchasing new equipment) has to match the current and upcoming regulations.

            So all that multi-million dollar collection of transformers and other pieces parts is made useless every 2-3 years. So there is no investment in a large collection of very expensive scrap. And so this (and f’ing accountants and MBAs ruling companies) is why only minimal stocks are kept for critical equipment, even in disaster-prone areas.

            And F that Erin Brockovich lady. She’s majorly hated in the power industry. All she proved was that courts will screw over power companies for no reason whatsoever.

      • LL, at a place where I worked in snow country, we had electric heaters on the satellite dishes, activated by temperature switches. They were film heaters that conformed to the dish and were probably only a couple of hundred watts each.

          • And the proprietary cable is too short to get above. Altho, if Ol’ Joe and The Handlers keep going on the present track you’ll be needing a few of them to heat the place so might open it up a little.

        • This is the first time in 4 years that I’ve had an ice problem. It’s been very wet snow, unusual for here. If it becomes a trend, I’ll look at a heater

          • The small snowfalls we’ve had recently have been wet, very unusual for this time of year, at least for the five years we’ve been here.

  3. Actually I’d like to meet the person who can eat a pizza without opening the box. It’d be an amazing skill. Maybe not to be encouraged, but certainly worth documenting.

    Reminds me of the bathroom graffito: Any idiot can piss on the floor, but it takes a hero to poop on the ceiling.

    • I was once standing at a urinal, voiding, and was asked whether the water was cold or deep. I replied that it was colder toward the bottom.

    • I went camping at a campground one winter, and it was obvious that the bubbas were quite entertained by both their abilities to pee up the walls and on the ceilings and by the extreme cold that caused said urine streams to freeze on said walls and ceilings.

      Made a note to not use the portapotties when the weather warmed…

  4. Re: “Never give another cent to the GOP, instead support Conservative candidates directly.”

    I reached that conclusion not too long after I sent my first check to them. Probably around 20 years ago. I had finally gotten to the point in my career when I thought I should do that. It wasn’t much in the grand scheme of things and by the time the election was over I had concluded they spent more money on followup letters to me than I sent them.

    Considering the volume I still get, it has to be true. Granted it’s different with emails. The marginal cost to send one additional SPAM email approaches zero, and that’s why I get a handful of emails from candidates around the country that I’ve never even heard of.

    • I learned my lesson when I donated by credit card; still getting emails and when you select unsubscribe you get even more of the darn things. My solution is to have a small checking account with the incorrect phone number on it and I too only donate to individuals.

      • I donate to individuals, period. The only national organization I donate to is the D.A.V. My late son was helped by them. As far as I can tell, they don’t have any Wayne LaPierre types sucking up the big bucks.

  5. If the photo I have seen all day of the “machete” from the New Year’s eve NYPD atrack is accurate, it is not a machete, it is a “Kukri,” the traditional blade of the fierce Gurkha warriors of Nepal. But aren’t all large knives machetes?

    NO! But then, the media thinks an AR-15 is a machine gun. They are just total uneducated idiots when it comes to any kind of weaponry.

  6. Jeremy Renner: “The snow is piled up in front of the house and the roads are totally blocked, guess I’ll jump in my Sno-Cat and start plowing.” Hospital: “He’s knocking on deaths door from massive blood loss after the Sno-Cat rolled over onto his leg. Critical but stable.” Hope he pulls through, but his acting career is over. Shame, no good deed goes unpunished.

    • Read that earlier. Happens in a blink. I really like him as an actor, seems (best anyone can tell from the cheap seats) he’s a regular guy. I hope he recovers, but it is a cautionary tale, these activities can be dangerous. Respect the equipment and conditions. Latest: “suffered blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries…” Not good.

      • X2 – Best wishes for a swift recovery. I think that he lives in a remote but luxurious area near Mt. Rose (south of Reno). I’m quite familiar with the area and they do get a lot of snow.

  7. Snowed In
    Displaying common sense?
    After a long life of going on no matter the conditions, I’ve relented and don’t go unless it is a critical need. Getting soft in my dotage.

        • x3

          I was just thinking of back when my grad school girlfriend and I would hop into my little Mazda 323 wagon (basically a Ford Escort) and head out to woods or nature preserve whenever there was a snow storm. Or immediately after — you see a surprising amount of interesting tracks and sign then (and I’d always assumed the animals would just hunker down, but apparently they are as dumb as we are 😀). Anyway, the main virtue of that little car was that usually I could push it by myself when we got stuck.

          But these days? I hunker down. Sigh.

          • There are deer moving in and around the house as evidenced by tracks but I haven’t seen a sign of elk or predators. I think that the elk have moved to lower elevations. The deer seem reluctant to do so.

          • PS, that’s one of the MANY reasons I failed to get a PhD. As I like to say, ideally one has aptitude and interest. If you have no interest but lots of aptitude, you can get by on raw talent. Little aptitude but lots of interest, you make it based on passion. But the (my) sad case of no aptitude and no interest? Magic 8-ball says prognosis is poor. And so it was.

  8. Social Security has a huge history of corruption and misuse. For those who want to dive into it deeply, you will find the original language allowed granting federal assistance to only the poorest of the poor. You will also find that the Social Security tax did not apply to active duty, guard or reserve personnel. That changed after Korea as many guardsmen and reservists lost substantial amounts of their civilian company pension benefits while learning to eat kimchi and dodge Chinese bullets. So, Uncle passed laws allowing guardsmen and reservists to voluntarily pay Social Security tax during periods of active duty in a misguided effort to offset the loss of civilian pension. By the time LBJ needed more money for the Great Society, all military members were being taxed.

    An interesting retirement pay fact showed up in the 80s with the original establishment of IRAs. If you did not have a retirement or pension program, the IRA was not taxed. At the time, a large portion of active duty members retirement pay was contractually withheld back pay to be paid only after the member honorably completed his end of the bargain and was not a retirement or pension program. Guys signed up for IRAs and refused to pay tax on them citing the actual law. The next year, our congress removed that portion of the IRA laws so that military guys had to pay up just like everyone else.

    If you look at current laws concerning illegals and Social Security, you will find that our government passed laws allowing illegals to immediately draw SSA benefits as soon as they are processed and given a hearing date. That benefit is for each individual regardless of age. The pay off is usually greater than individuals who worked in the US for their entire lives.

    As has been noted numerous times, our representatives in D.C. really don’t have our best interests in mind and are vastly superior in their ability to waste our bucks in the most amazing ways.

    Happy 2023 and may God have mercy on us.

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