I’ve Always Made Things

I grew up in a maker family.  When I was young I worked in the family factory.   My biography will tell of the two factories I’ve owned and the western saddle I made.  Now I’m retired but I still love to make things; mostly in my woodshop.  This is the section of my blog where I’ll share that with you.

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The return on investing in politicians

From James Dale Davidson’s upcoming book, The Breaking Point:

The Sunlight Foundation – a nonpartisan watchdog group that tracks lobbyist spending and influence in both parties – reported on research it undertook between 2007 and 2012, tracking 200 of America’s most politically active corporations.

After examining 14 million records – including data on campaign contributions, lobbying expenditures, and federal budget allocations and spending – it found that, on average, the most politically active corporations in the U.S. received $760 from the government for every dollar spent on influencing politics, for a total of $4.4 trillion.

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Its On My Mind

I think a lot and I’m opinionated.  Take what you want and leave the rest.

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Moron Americans Ban Sharia Law

This is a perfect example of the misinformed hysteria and willful ignorance of the American public.

Imagine a Baptist Church in Texas whose members felt that civil courts, being secular, were not understanding of God’s laws, as they, being Baptists interpreted them. They felt they would rather submit their differences to a church tribunal, knowing that the decision of the church was not legally binding, nor were its edicts recognized by the secular courts. In other words “Let’s let the family decide”.

Now, if you were a Texan, would you feel threatened by this in any way? Not unless you were stupid. Okay… maybe I should pick a different state.

Muslims are not trying to impose their religious beliefs on anyone. Quite the contrary. Such a tribunal is an internalization of their beliefs, i.e. settling differences within their religious framework rather than taking them to civil courts.

This is the shit that makes me crazy. Good people doing bad things because they are afraid. Fear is our only prison, and we’re the warden.

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