Liberally Conservative

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Monday, January 31, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

The political lust for ever-more tax revenue is a bipartisan affliction, as Indiana voters are finding out to their regret. Their reward for electing their first Republican Governor in 16 years looks like it will be a big tax increase. This pocketbook raid comes courtesy of Mitch Daniels, the former White House budget director whose victory last November also brought in GOP control of the Indiana house. (The party already controlled the senate.) He's now helping to define Republicanism in the Hoosier state by proposing a 29% tax increase, levied largely on anyone making $100,000 or more -- including married couples filing jointly and small business owners. Mr. Daniels says the tax hike, which raises the top marginal income tax rate to 4.4% from 3.4%, will last only one year, but the new Governor is also opening the door for county and city governments to levy their own income taxes. In Washington, President Bush called Mr. Daniels "The Blade" for his budget carving. It's a shame that the people he's giving the knife to in Indianapolis are his own voters. OUCH!!!! Source: Wall Street Journal

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

John Kerry....Still Global Testing

John Kerry claims the only way Iraq can succeed after the elections is to embrace the international community. Kerry did not specify if this meant countries such as France, Germany and Spain. Kerry believes countries who stole from Iraq and propped up Saddam Hussein through Oil-For-Food are now the only ones who can legitimize Iraq as a future democratic and sovereign nation. Not once did he mention the bravery of the Iraq citizens for standing up to terror and rushing to the voting polls to participate in history as well as the future of their country. Kerry, like his Massuchusetts counterpart, are dunces with enormous capacity for arrogance and bias.

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Friday, January 28, 2005

Teddy Back In The Liquor Cabinet

"We as Democrats may be in the minority in Congress, but we speak for the majority of Americans."

Ted M. Kennedy (D-Sen.)
National Press Club
January 12, 2005
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While losing seats in the House and Senate with their former "leader", Tom Daschel, tossed from power it seems unlikely American's are with the Liberal from Massachusetts. It's certain the folks at MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Driving) hold this opinion. Isn't Teddy the Anti-Thesis to their convictions?

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Attic Knave of The Day!

Ted Kennedy, elite no nothing from Massachusetts, is blabbering the "Cut and Run" theme for our effort in Irag going into Sunday's elections. His timing could not be worse for the worn torn country, it's people and our troops. "The American military's continued presence in Iraq is fanning the flames of conflict, and signals the need for a new detailed timeline to bring the troops home," Kennedy said Thursday. Kennedy went on with his bogus comments but he certainly takes the cake when he exclaims, "the first goal in the current situation should be for the United Nations— not the United States — to convene an international meeting to help the new government take shape and draft a constitution." The United Nations? Kennedy must have been deep into the liquor cabinet while preparing his remarks. He certainly is out of touch with reality. Mr. Kennedy is the do nothing liberal Senator from Massachusetts, born of the golden spoon, spawned by bootlegged Scotch.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Back Home Again In Indiana

In the "Go Figure" department my old homestate is looking weird politically. In the vote to confirm Condoleeza Rice for Secretary of State, Indiana Moderate Democratic Senator Evan Bayh voted "NO"! This is someone who looks more moderate Republican, at worst a Centrist Hawk Democrat. I was shocked to say the least. This fall I was so pleased to see Mitch Daniels elected as Indiana Governor. It was long overdue for a fiscal conservative to take over the Governor's mansion in a state suffering in jobs, education and deficit. So what does Daniel's do? He proposes a one-percent tax hike, for one year, to anyone making over $100,000. Being perplexed is one thing, however, being shocked and awed is another!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Lost But Not Found Department

Ted Turner called FOX an arm of the Bush administration and compared FOXNEWS's popularity to Hitler's popular election to run Germany before WWII. "While FOX may be the largest news network [and has overtaken Turner's CNN], it's not the best," Turner said. He followed up by pointing out that Adolf Hitler got the most votes when he was elected to run Germany prior to WWII. He said the network is the propaganda tool for the Bush Administration. A FOXNEWS spokesperson responded: "Ted is understandably bitter having lost his ratings, his network and now his mind -- we wish him well." If Mr. Turner's mind is found, doubtful at best, please notify the proper authorities. A reward has not been posted but may be appropriate.

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Attic Quote of The Day!

On Michael Moore's bid for an Academy Award for "Fahrenheit 9/11." "Documentarians tend to be serious about their craft. Mr. Moore is slovenly. Ultimately, Mr. Moore's fatal misunderstanding was of Hollywood itself. To be nominated for an Academy Award, Mr. Moore had to win the election. You can say many things about Hollywood, but there is one Tinseltown verity that will never change: It doesn't reward losers."

~Wall Street Journal
Op-Ed

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Attic Knaves of The Day!

"The shameful decision by the administration to authorize the torture of detainees in Guantanamo and Iraq. Dr. Rice was a key member of the national security team that developed and justified the rationale for war [in Iraq], and it's been a catastrophic failure, a continuing quagmire. In these circumstances, she should not be promoted to Secretary of State," Senator Ted Kennedy said on the Senate floor Wednesday. Talk about a quagmire! I think the investigation into Chappaquidick was a quagmire. I think the Vietnam War started with brother JFK's initial involvement was a quagmire handed down to Presidential generations to relieve blame. I think a fat, drunken Senator from a liberal quagmire called Massachusetts is a lout! I think a Senator from Massachusetts, who was born with a "Golden Spoon" in his mouth, one of which was soaked in bootlegged Scotch, should shut his swollen yap and quit the grandstanding! He simply doesn't represent the interest of most Americans.

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North Beach Diet....Could This Be Nirvana?

The North Beach Diet is now in full publication and available on Amazon and at a bookstore near you. The headline on Amazon.com proclaims, "Add Belly and Hip Fat Instantly with Batter Fried Twinkies and More…" Publisher's Weeks states, "Every day is like Thanksgiving Day on the North Beach Diet," proclaims Bailey's enthusiastic introduction. But readers well-trained in (but sick of) calorie counting and carb cutting may wonder how that's possible. Well, it's pretty easy, actually, since the point of the North Beach Diet is to become as fat and lazy as possible. (It's for those who "dream about what it would be like to be ogled admiringly by people as you sashay down the beach with a giant-size bag of Nutter-Butters in one hand and a large Frosty in another.") Book Description: Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Low Fat, or the ever-present South Beach all promise the same things—starvation, deprivation, self-denial, unhappiness, irritation, and most importantly, failure as you seek the elusive and unattainable emaciation of Hollywood stars. Why go that tragic route when now you CAN have it all—doughnuts, milkshakes, double meat and cheese burgers, and best of all deep fried snickers bars on the brand new North Beach Diet? Author Kim Bailey, the poster child of this groundbreaking new food plan, says it best... “I gained 145 pounds, became emotionally insulated, and allowed food to control every aspect of my life…now you can too!” This parody of the ubiquitous South Beach Diet celebrates the joys of sugar, butter, and all things carbohydrate. This high-fat, high-salt, real sugar movement is the perfect backlash to the overwhelming barrage of diet plans that dominate bookstore shelves and bedside tables. It is filled with helpful tips, including . . • Slower is always better • Always use food as an emotional outlet • Stressed spelled backwards is desserts And for a great "Virtual" exercise routine called "Body By Cake" :

  • Pie-laties
  • NordicSnack
  • Cap’n Crunches

And the special chapter "Robust Gourmet" :

60 high calorie recipes made with lots of real butter, refined sugar, white flour and chocolate including:

  • Battered Fried Twinkies
  • Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy
  • 7-Layer Nabisco English Trifle
  • Cognac Braised Short-Ribs
  • Buttermilk Vidalia Onion Rings
  • Sweet Potato Pie

Who could ask for more?

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Attic Quote of The Day

On President Bush's "working dinner" with French President Jacques Chirac February 21st. "This meeting is far more important for Chirac than it is for Bush. I think from a French point of view, it's important to try to re-establish political ties with Washington. However, for Bush, the French are not an essential part of the president's long-term foreign policy outlook. France is a declining nation on the world stage that still clings to delusions of grandeur. Bush will be acutely aware that Chirac's ultimate goal is the creation of a united Europe as a counterbalance to the United States. There is a distrust between them that will not evaporate in meetings of this nature. Mr. Chirac was 'humiliated' by Mr. Bush's re-election, adding that he wouldn't expect the French president 'to eat humble pie' during the working dinner. The Bush doctrine of freedom and liberty across the Middle East is anathema to French strategy. They see it as unrealistic."

~Nile Gardiner
Heritage Foundation

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Hillbilly Byrd Fighting With Boxer

Still looking for fame Senator Byrd and Boxer have no shame. Grandstanding with no purpose but to embarrass Dr. Condoleeza Rice and President Bush the two Senators only demonstrate their personal insecurites and lack of Senatorial substance. Former KKK member, Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.VA) and Left-Wing Nut, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have each reserved one hour of Senate floor time two castigate Ms. Rice for no other reason but to condemn the Bush foreign policy. They have a problem with so-called torture and methodology when it comes to dethroning tyrants and dictators who produce mass graves faster than these Liberals can criticize and write a spending bill. On a national level these two will hopefully produce more conservative legislators in the off-year elections. Next they will hold up the confirmation of Mr. Gonzalez and his nomination for Attorney General. These people don't care about the war on terror, they only care about attacking people of character who have lived the American dream against all odds. Hopefully African-Americans and Hispanics are watching this inept demonstration carefully and will vote based on the bias they witness.

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Monday, January 24, 2005

Is Hindsight 20/20?

WASHINGTON - Top government officials worry about the possibility of radioactive "dirty bombs" being detonated in large cities. Airlines, scared of losing business, protest that new security measures will bankrupt them. Civil liberties groups fear a focus upon Arab-Americans and Arab travelers will erode basic freedoms.

~Washington Post
1972
"Unless governments take basic precautions, we will continue to stand at the edge of an awful abyss."
~Robert Kupperman
Chief Scientist
Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
1977
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"It is vital that we take every possible action ourselves and in concert with other nations designed to assure against acts of terrorism. It is equally important that we be prepared to act quickly and effectively in the event that, despite all efforts at prevention, an act of terrorism occurs involving the United States, either at home or abroad."
~President Richard M. Nixon
1972
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"The trouble with the plans is that airlines and airports will have to absorb the costs and so they will scream bloody murder should this be required of them. Otherwise, it is a sound plan which will curtail the risk of hijacking substantially."
~White House Memo
1972
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'Feared legal restrictions were thwarting federal agents from collecting intelligence unless there had been a violation of the law. Suggested relaxing intelligence collection guidelines — something that occurred with the Patriot Act three decades later.'
~Rudy Giuliani
Associate Deputy Attorney
1976
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'Finding the political will to fight terrorism in the absence of a spectacular homefront attack also quickly became a problem. Proposals to levy international sanctions against countries harboring terrorists drew little support from the United Nations.'
~White House Memo
1975
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'The terrorism working group was absorbed by the National Security Council. In a 1978 report, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee worried the Carter administration wasn't giving enough attention to terrorism.The United States will not be able to combat the growing challenge of terrorism unless the executive policymaking apparatus is more effectively and forcefully utilized.'
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~Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
1978
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Looking back our "leaders" were certainly asleep at the wheel while the Carter Administration and U.N. were as useless as ever.
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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Late Night King Dies

Johnny Carson
1925-2005
Rest In Peace

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"If you think we will be seeing steroid-free baseball in the future, you're not looking close enough at this plan. They do not allow blood tests, so any human growth hormone test is impossible. Their punishment of 10 days, 30 days and 60 days to one year for first, second, third and fourth offenses is a joke. Think about the Olympic testing system and they still have a problem: one failed test, one-year suspension; two failed tests, lifetime ban. You do that and you have a real program. Can't wait for the BALCO trial this spring. Then the heat will really be turned up on the sports BIGGEST stars."

~Brian Kilmeade
Fox & Friends - FoxNews

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I Can't Get Any Respect!

Ugh! I am sooooooooooooo sick of tuning in to Cubs.com and reading all about respect. RESPECT? Athletes want respect. Sammy Sosa wants respect? Nomar Garciaparra says Sammy treated him with respect. I'm happy for Nomar. Who in the hell do these athletes think they are. Frankly, their nobody. In most cases, when not suffering from overblown egos they suffer from overblown bodies from steroids. Bottom Line! Fans pay the freight. When crying like babies about respect I would hope these morons would shut up and play to major league standards. Sosa is making $18 million a year, lives in a mansion in the Dominican Republic during the winter and on the 55th Floor of Lake Point Tower in Chicago during the season. He lives in the equivalent of 5-6 condos renovated into one massive retreat for his ego. Not bad for a former shoe shine boy. Since walking out on fans and players the last game of the season Sosa has only suffered a one game fine. Sosa has not spoken to the press or the Cubs organization since being AWOL. He owes, yes owes everyone a public statement, an apology and he needs to start playing at the MLB level. Period. No Excuses, No More Showboating. This goes for the rest of the so called "SuperStars." Sammy when you step onto Wrigley Field remember this from a long-time, Charter Member of the Die-Hard Cubs Fan Club. Wrigley Field is NOT your house. It's my house, the fans house, a historical landmark. You don't own it, rent it, you are allowed to use it, not abuse it. Get with the program Sosa. Start acting lke a professional not a baby waiting for respect and a diaper change.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

A Break From "Work At Home" Can Be Real Crap

I run a small, very small, fledgling "At Home" business and it takes discipline to apply yourself daily and on weekends to attend to all the hat's worn in this "occupation." A break with a walk in the park or trip to Starbucks for real coffee is a treat and enlightening moment away from well established cabin fever. I am not alone, as I read an article written by freelance author, Evan Coyne Maloney, of Brain Terminal. Fortunately I have yet to have the following "Starbuck's Experience." Here Evan describes an invasion of the "Mommy Brigade." Shortly after the Brigade pushed their fashion strollers through the doors of Starbucks with their forward-leaning determination, they commandeered a set of tables that they pushed into one big island. The strollers were arrayed along the perimeter, while a field marshal--tasked with procuring elaborately-named coffees in small-is-tall doublespeak sizes--scouted about. A reconnaissance officer surveyed the occupancy status of the restroom. A Baby Bearer snuck her little poop-factory a few diagonal feet below my nose. It must have been time for the noise machine to be changed, because before I could lodge a complaint, I detected some nasal evidence that it was being changed. I inquired politely--so politely that you should imagine it said with a British accent--as to whether the adjacent seat had suddenly and without notice become an acceptable baby changing station. I offered that I had first-hand knowledge of a location more suitable for such a pursuit, and that it was conveniently situated within the confines of the store. The mother informed me that the bathroom was presently occupied, a fact that apparently now entitles the Lavatorilly Challenged to treat the rest of the facilities as the facilities. I wondered whether relieving myself in the garbage can next to the condiment station would be an acceptable response next time I encountered a locked bathroom door at Starbucks. A chill settled between us as she finished her wiping and re-wrapping, but I hoped she might at least think twice before subjecting others to the smell of her baby's byproducts and the risk of its flailing frontal apparatus acting like an unexpected lawn sprinkler. As she packed up, another Baby Bearer brought one by and helped the First Offender gather her maternity paraphernalia. The First Offender hopped back to her seat, and the new entrant began spreading pads and mats and wipes around the table and seat. She lowered the Second Defecator towards the mat, and I objected in a way that to her must have sounded like a non-sequitur: "You've got to be kidding me." The Mother of the Second Defecator protested, saying there aren't many places to change a baby in Manhattan, as if having to wait for the bathroom to attend to bodily functions is somehow more of a hardship for a baby than anyone else. If anything, diaper babies and Depends-wearers should have the last claim on any public restroom; at least their tightropes are strung above a safety net. Evan concludes, "These days, it's hard to tell whether we've "progressed" to a point where it is now acceptable to, as the saying goes, eat where you excrete. Both Baby Moms sure acted as though this was the norm, and they made it quite clear that I was in the wrong. I guess that's to be expected from a society where tolerance has been perverted into the right to impose anything you want on others, provided you're in the right constituency." I guarantee you, Evan is much more tolerant and kinder than I would have been having raised to boys through those "formative" years!

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"Teachers unions have become the largest single barrier to better American schools, and the political system needs to find ways to reduce their destructive influence."

~Wall Street Journal
Op-Ed

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Rice Krispies

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Let Freedom Ring!

Congratulations Mr. President

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"It's a matter of arithmetic. We know life expectancy has risen to 78 years today from 62 years in 1935, when Social Security came into being. We know fertility rates have declined to two per woman from the baby-boom peak of 3.7. We know the worker/retiree ratio has fallen to 3 to 1 from 16 to 1 in 1950. We know the first baby boomer will retire in 2010. We know Social Security benefits will exceed payroll tax revenue in 2018."

~John Snow
Treasury Secretary

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

TOO FUNNY!!!

Click The Link Below For A Good Laugh
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It's Worth The Wait)
Source: JibJab

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Attic Knave of The Day!

"Thousands of people were suppressed in their efforts to vote. Voting machines were distributed in uneven ways ... In Democratic districts, it took people four, five, 11 hours to vote, while Republicans [went] through in 10 minutes. Same voting machines, same process, our America."

~Senator John F. Kerry

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"I do believe that our Great Maker is preparing the world, in His own good time, to become one nation, speaking one language, and when armies and navies will no longer be required."

~Ulysses S. Grant
18th President of The United States
1873 Inaugural Address

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Democratic Attack Dog Is A Boxer

California Democrat, Senator Barbara Boxer, is playing formidable attack dog this session. First she protested the electoral votes and questioned the validity of the Ohio vote. Now she is going well beyond civility at the Rice hearings this week. "I personally believe that your loyalty to the mission you were given overwhelmed your respect for the truth," Sen. Boxer told Rice before the hearing. There is a way to properly ask questions, and the tough questions should be asked. Calling someone a liar while taking statements out of context is crossing the line, especially when you have demonstrated extreme partisan feelings consistently in public statements. Boxer is attempting to go well beyond her alloted 15 minutes of fame.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

John Kerry Still Administrating Global Test

Today begins the Senate Hearings of Condoleeza Rice for Secretary of State, a position she is well qualified to handle. John Kerry has a turn at questioning Ms. Rice and uses it to castigate the Bush Administration and then press for more countries to participate in the coalition. Kerry is simply a loser, and a sore one at that. Kerry attempts to demonstrate some sort of intellect to a PhD. with overwhelming capacity and experience well beyond a former Swift Boat operator and author of many tall tales. It's amazing Kerry made it to the hearing as his record dictates he seldom votes and is almost always tardy or absent from hearings. We would all be better off if Mr. Kerry played hooky today. If he is so in love with Europe why doesn't he take his inherited fortune and opportunistic wife to settle in Paris.

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"The Social Security Act of 1935 was the worthy achievement of the New Deal -- almost the only one of any permanence -- that gave relief to a Depression-battered nation. It is enshrined in Democratic Party iconography and any suggested change brings howls from liberals. But it was falsely labeled 'insurance' by its designers and never funded. The payroll taxes of working people are simply transferred into benefits to the elderly and infirm."

~George Melloan
Wall Street Journal

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Senator Durbin....Obstructionist Hack

I am all too familiar with Illinois Senator, Richard Durbin. Recognizing him is two-fold. On one side I see him at confirmation hearings, and on TV promoting his anti-Bush administration agenda with great fervor and diminishing intellect. He is also recognizable as the "friendly" face at Chicago Cub games always paying a visit to the TV booth to act like just any other fan. Mr. Nice Guy. In essence, Mr. Durbin is a dunce. Durbin's latest escapade of stupidity is to suggest the CIA report to Congress it's methods of ongoing interrogations. He thinks it's necessary to micro-manage intelligence although he lacks the capacity to get beyond his own leaks and sound bites to admonish the White House and anything George W. Bush. The Wall Street Journal suggests, "What's really going on here is that Mr. Durbin wants to set a political trap for the Bush Administration. His proposal would in practice limit U.S. interrogation techniques without him having to take responsibility for having done so. Mr. Durbin can get good press coverage for deploring "torture" and condemning the Bush Administration, but he won't be blamed if our interrogators fail to elicit the information needed to deter another terrorist attack. If anyone in Congress really wants to ban certain kinds of interrogating, then they ought to stand up and say so specifically -- and see if the public agrees with them." Senator Durbin is from Illinois and shouldn't attempt to obstruct safety for all American's. He and his fellow Democrats should become proactive and substantive before they lose more seats in Congress. We could only hope!

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Political Correctness Dumbing Down Math

Apparently in Newton, Masschusetts, located in a state represented by well known left-wingers Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, math has lost it's importance and has succumbed to sensitivity training. The school department was recently forced to publicly admit that the sixth-grade MCAS math scores have steadily declined over the past three years to the point where 32 percent of sixth-graders are now in the "warning" or "needs improvement" category. This means that if we were to attach a letter grade to these sixth-grade MCAS math results it would be a D-plus, with only 68 percent of the students passing. Brown Middle School fared so poorly that it is now subject to be placed under the federal No Child Left Behind Act for failing to keep pace under the minimum "adequate yearly progress guidelines." The school department offered no tangible explanation for these declining scores other than to admit that they have no explanation, as articulated by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Carolyn Wyatt (salary $106,804), "The results have decreased, incrementally, each year and continue to puzzle us." She went on to admit that this downward trend is peculiar to Newton and "is not being seen statewide." Again, she offered no explanation, but she did assure the School Committee that her assistant, Math Coordinator Mary Eich (salary $101,399), is currently investigating the problem. What has changed in the elementary and middle school math curriculum to have affected such a dramatic decline in the MCAS scores? ANSWER: Between 1999 and 2001, under the direction of Superintendent Young and Assistant Superintendent Wyatt, the math curriculum was redesigned to emphasize "Newton's commitment to active anti-racist education" for the elementary and middle schools. The curriculum benchmarks, "Respect for Human Differences - students will live out the system wide core of 'Respect for Human Differences' by demonstrating anti-racist/anti-bias behaviors." It continues, "Students will: Consistently analyze their experiences and the curriculum for bias and discrimination; Take effective anti-bias action when bias or discrimination is identified; Work with people of different backgrounds and tell how the experience affected them; Demonstrate how their membership in different groups has advantages and disadvantages that affect how they see the world and the way they are perceived by others." The direct correlation to this policy is the Superintendent took his position in 1999, and implemented this policy in the same year, and math scores have declined dramatically ever since. No other school in Massachusetts has this policy nor similar decline in math scores. The administrators in Newton cannot figure the problem out, and continue collecting six-figure salaries while sixth graders are left behind! Source: TownOnline

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

"Now, frankly, I wouldn’t trust Kofi Annan and his merry band of thieves around my loose change, let alone $350 million. The corruption aside, why would we want the U.N. getting credit for our generosity? I want all that food and medicine delivered in boxes bearing our flag, not theirs. It’s bad enough that we pay a quarter of the freight for that organization without letting them hog the glory. They’re like the guy in the office who never wants to fork over a dime for a going-away gift, but then wants to be first in line to sign the card."

~Burt Prelutsky
Author -
"Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From San Francisco."

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Friday, January 14, 2005

It's The Calories Stupid!

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Major League Baseball Strikes Out!

Say it ain't so Joe. Jumpin' Joe Dimaggio should be rolling in his grave. Major League Baseball and the Players Association reached agreement on a new drug program that includes year-round testing for steroid use and stricter penalties for those players who initially test positive -- a 10-day suspension without pay for the first offense. Yep! 10-days off (without pay) for using drugs in a professional sport where role models can get away with using drugs and receive a slap on the wrist. Bud Selig and MLB Union Thugs have failed America and it's past-time by condoning the use of drug enhancements banned from other professional sports and illegal in the Olympics. The record books should be filled with record breaking asterisks, today's players are not worthy of mention in the same pages with yesterday's baseball heroes. NO WAY!! "I have been saying for some time that my goal for this industry is zero tolerance regarding steroids. The agreement we will describe today is an important step towards achieving that goal. We are acting today to help restore the confidence of our fans in our great game," said Commissioner Selig. What hyopocrisy! A 10-day suspension for the first positive test; 30 days for the second; 60 days for the third; and one year for the fourth. All will be without pay. After a fourth offense, the Commissioner has the discretion to punish a player in a manner that is consistent with further positive tests. ZERO TOLERANCE??? WHERE??? John McCain, General Managers and all the rest who are hailing this as progress are clueless. They are supporting further diminishing professional baseball.

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Attic Quote(s) of The Day

"All these excuses boil down to one: that Prince Harry is a stupid young man, who meant no harm. That is what I would like very much to believe," Tom Utley wrote in The Daily Telegraph. "But if it is true, then we are not talking about an average level of stupidity. We are talking about stupidity on an absolutely monumental scale."
~Tom Utley
The Daily Telegraph
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"Prince Harry seems less interested in preparing for a life of royal service than auditioning for the role of village idiot in Poundbury, his father's nostalgic recreation of a kinder time and place, where one could throw a 'native and colonials' party without anyone batting an eyelid."
~The Guardian

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Demonstrating Lawyers Live Under Slimy Rocks

Founders of a group called Americans for Legal Reform, who were waiting in line to get into a Long Island courthouse were arrested for telling lawyer jokes. A lawyer, ignorant of First Amendment rights told them to pipe down, and when they did not, the lawyer reported the pair to court personnel, who charged them with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Of course, names of the complaining lawyers were not available. Wouldn't we like their phone numbers and email address. "How do you tell when a lawyer is lying?" Harvey Kash reportedly asked Carl Lanzisera. "His lips are moving," they said in unison. It's time for more than Tort Reform in this instance. If only the lawyers would spend more time under their rocks and less ripping off the public. Source: FoxNews

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Prince Harry.........Dastardly & Despicable

Prince Harry is out of control. Daddy should put the heat on him for being not just a "Teenager" but a despicable punk. Punk Prince, the second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, apologized in a statement after a British newspaper printed a picture of him clutching a cigarette and a drink and wearing a swastika armband. I don't believe an apology is enough, Harry needs an extreme history lesson and a visit to more than one death camp and museum in Germany for further education. I am not Jewish but believe this apology, which was conveniently advanced without Harry appearing publicly to issue it, is not acceptable. It was written and distributed for him. He got off the hook! Anyone who thinks the Holocaust didn't happen or is dismissive about it should visit one of several death camps and adjacent museums for an eyeful of what genocide is. If you have any heart and soul it will change you! The queen will commemorate the Holocaust and 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by inviting survivors of the Nazi death camps and British World War II veterans who liberated them to a reception at St. James' Palace. Harry should be there to greet guests and apologize in person.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Ghosts Still Vote...Not Only In Chicago

I lived most of my life in, around and near the shadow of Chicago. Known to some as the "Windy City", Chicago is known for Deep Dish Pizza, luscious Cheese Cake, Baby Back Ribs and the Blues. Sometimes called the "Second City", Chicago also has a legacy for "stolen" elections under the first Mayor Daley, Richard Sr. The first Daley relished telling voters, "Don't Forget To Vote, and Vote Often." Some couldn't hear him, they were dead. Yes, the dead have voted for years in Chicago, and they always vote Democrat. This trend migrated to Milwaukee and St. Louis in the 2000 election when John Daley, former Transportation Secretary, played a prominent part in the Gore Campaign. He also led the charge in Florida attempting to discount military votes. Now the mentoring of "Dead Votes" has seen it's way to Washington state. A Democrat who lost the election for Governor on the first two counts proved if you keep counting a third time, sooner or later you can literally dig up more votes. The Wall Street Journal reports, "Democrat Christine Gregoire will be sworn in as Washington's Governor today, possibly thanks to voters such as Mary Coffey, James Courneya and Rosalie Simpson. Why do we mention them in particular? Because, as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently reported, they're all dead -- and have been since well before the first absentee ballots were even mailed out. In December, officials in King County, which includes Seattle, discovered 573 erroneously rejected" absentee ballots, plus another 150 uncounted ones that showed up in a South Seattle warehouse. There were reports that hundreds of voters were registered in storage rental facilities and private mailboxes, that felons had voted, and that military ballots were sent out too late to be counted. Then we learned that several hundred provisional ballots had simply been fed into voting machines, making it impossible to authenticate their legality. Now it turns out the number of votes cast in King County exceeds the total number of voters by about 1,800." In recent Washington polls 56% of voters believe the election was stolen and want a revote. This is unlikely to happen. Now their "Singin' The Blues" in Seattle where the ghosts of Daley are now voting.

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Monday, January 10, 2005

Revisiting John Kerry Campaign Blather

Looking back on some of John Kerry's misstatements and outright misrepresentation of facts during the 2004 campaign brings up the issue of our so-called "porous" border with Mexico and "unsecure" coastal entry points. The Dem's used this scare tactic on American's in one of many desperate attempts to sway public opinion. They even went so far as to suggest terrorists were sweeping into the U.S. Here are some new statistics which will enlighten us: U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 1.15 million illegal aliens last year trying to sneak into the United States between the nation's land ports of entry, more than 3,100 a day - a 24 percent increase over the year before. Agents, part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), also made 8,577 drug seizures, confiscating 1.4 million pounds of illegal narcotics with an estimated street value of $1.62 billion. CBP inspectors and officers at the nation's 300 official land, air and sea ports of entry made 47,744 drug seizures worth an estimated $1 billion; seized more than $138 million in counterfeit goods, up from $94 million in 2003; and identified and arrested more than 23,000 people with criminal records — including 84 murder suspects, 37 suspected kidnappers, 151 wanted on charges of sexual assault, 212 robbery suspects and 2,630 others implicated in drug-related charges. Inspectors and officers also processed 428 million passengers and pedestrians, including 262 million aliens, denying entry to more than 643,000 aliens under U.S. law. Reorganization under the new Department of Homeland Security, which allowed clarifification to lines of authority and gave the new 42,000-member agency a clear mission. Thank You President Bush and Tom Ridge. A job well done. On further examination, John Kerry never introduced any legislation to protect America. Mr. Kerry is a Senator from Massachusetts and was a Presidential candidate. He is also a stalwart proponent of the U.N. and France. Source: Department of Homeland Security

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Cutting Energy Costs

With formidable education and experience in business and economics I have discovered, with years of observation that waste in human resources is very costly to companies and difficult to assess. Economies of production processes, new equipment, and technology are all quite visible to managers and CEO's. Often overlooked are streamlining jobs, efficient cross training of employees and reduction in the use of temporary help. I wonder how utility companies assess their work force, especially employees assigned to vehicles that are on the road and expected to efficiently read meters, stay on call for emergencies or general repairs? How many times have we seen 7-8 people watching one person dig a hole? Others simply were standing around getting fresh air. I have actually watched work crews, possibly on break, laying on lawns soaking up the fresh air. I am attempting at objectivity with hope I do not perceive inefficiency. Unfortunately I am witness to blatant waste and bloated workforces, contributing significantly to higher consumer costs. Unions are part of the blame in some cases protecting workers jobs that are less than worthy, striking unnecessarily and filling union coffers with disregard to preserving equity to the consumer. Energy is always in the news, mostly about gasoline prices. I am talking about electric and natural gas power. Twice in my lifetime I have lived next to a well-paid utility company worker assigned a company vehicle. One person is in possession of her vehicle 24/7, even when on vacation. I suppose that is inefficient use of a company asset in addition to human resources. Currently I work from home exclusively and in the past have practiced telecommuting so I am aware of activity in my neighborhood without being nosey or gazing out the window all day. Both individuals in question come home several times a day for 30, 40, 60 minutes at a time. I even witnessed one worker sleeping in his truck on a side street off of an enormous apartment complex. My sampling may seem small, using only two people in the enormous labor pool offered utility companies, and so I will provide one final example, which I have witnessed multiple times over several years. Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is notorious for exorbitant billing, poor service, white collars workers who milk the system endlessly and blue collar workers who enjoy breakfast and/or lunch en masse at local eateries. I have seen so many NIPSCO trucks at restaurants I thought there was an electrical emergency or massive gas leak. Upon entering the eating establishments I see tables pulled together, meals beginning or ending and up to 20 employees drinking coffee and reading the paper! While in graduate school I actually did a few time studies for reports. At least the utility gang at NIPSCO served some useful purpose for furthering academics. Unfortunately we pay for utility company waste everyday in higher energy costs and inefficient use of human resources at the management level and in the trenches. NIPSCO actually tried to purchase the Chicago Bears some years back, they apparently have money to burn to entertain the "Suits" from private sky boxes. I should mention they wanted a 2% property tax hike to pay for a new stadium, which was to be built in a "Brown Zone." The bleeding exists from top to bottom and the referendum to increase taxes suffered a stunning loss with over 90% saying NO! So while we debate OPEC, the war on terror, drilling in Anwar, recycling, part of the energy solution may exist right next door or in the local restaurant.

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Friday, January 07, 2005

Message for Trial Lawyers

The sign on the toilet brush says it best: "Do not use for personal hygiene." That admonition was the winner of an anti-lawsuit group's contest for the wackiest consumer-warning label of the year. The sponsor, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, says the goal is "to reveal how lawsuits, and concern about lawsuits, have created a need for common-sense warnings on products." Second prize went to Matt Johnson of Naperville, Ill., for a label on a children's scooter that said, "This product moves when used." Third prize went to Ann Marie Taylor of Camden, S.C., who submitted a warning from a digital thermometer that said, "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally."

I suppose this last warning should be taken literally when considering the much needed medical malpractice reform. Trial Lawyers have been sticking it to the consumer via the southern orifice with total disregard for anything but their own bloated bank accounts. Source: Associated Press

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Columbia Journalism Review Blames Bloggers

Columbia Journalism Review touts itself as "America's Premier Media Monitor." That's nice, and maybe I'm the tooth fairy. The self-proclaimed guru's of media watchdogdom criticize bloggers for unraveling "Rathergate" but reading their analysis leads one to believe they have a problem with conservatives more than facts. They see no problem with CBS hiring it's own two-person team to investigate itself, similar to Kofi Annan having an internal investigation of "Oil-For-Food" aka "Oil-For-Kofi and Friends." "Conservative blog Little Green Footballs posted a do-it-yourself experiment that supposedly proved that the documents were produced on a computer." "The very first post attacking the memos — nineteen minutes into the 60 Minutes II program — was on the right-wing Web site FreeRepublic.com by an active Air Force officer, Paul Boley of Montgomery, Alabama, who went by the handle 'TankerKC.'” "Nearly four hours later it was followed by postings from 'Buckhead,' whom the Los Angeles Times later identified as Harry MacDougald, a Republican lawyer in Atlanta." "One of the story’s top blogs, Rathergate.com, is registered to a firm run by Richard Viguerie, the legendary conservative fund-raiser. Some were fed by the conservative Media Research Center and by Creative Response Concepts, the same p.r. firm that promoted the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth." "There was a double standard at work. Liberals and their fellow travelers were outed like witches in Salem, while Bush’s defenders forged ahead, their affinities and possible motives largely unexamined." The CJR writes it's review backing everyone who was on the left and supporting John Kerry as credible while sifting through any conservative posting, denigrating it as "amateurism" and not credible. The Wall Street Journal is even castigated for writing anything which supports the bloggers or doesn't support CBS and Dan Rather. In their "thorough" analysis CJR feels inclined to object to the use of more space to qualify their rants. "The specific points of contention about the memos are too numerous to go into here." What happened to objectively presenting both sides of the story without injecting bias opinion against conservatives? Why not present all the facts of contention if you really want the truth? Columbia Journal Review and author Corey Pein feel there is a "Double Standard" because bloggers combine their efforts to demonstrate a fraud may exist in a story presented on CBS and 60-Minutes. Oh MY! Pardon the interruption. Sorry to get in the way. The only double standard is the objection to the conservative side of the blogoshere by CJR, it's editorial staff and the left, anti-Bush hate mongors.

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Barbara Boxed-In

Barbara Boxer and her fellow Dem's are feeling stupid this morning while they object to the Electoral College vote for President. How much taxpayer money is this wasting from one of the leaders of the left-coast, left-wing nuthouse? A Boxer aide said, "These are credible folks in the House who say there are real problems out there. They need to shine the light on this. So they made an appeal to the senator for the right to shine the light on it. There are folks who think this is a not a fruitful exercise, because even the results are challenged, it still may not change the outcome, but for two hours, this might at least be worth discussing." Let's see now, credible???? House Democrats, Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, John Conyers of Michigan and Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio. Oh Yeah, there is real credibility in this group. Let's hope their constituents are watching closely and make the right decision to oppose re-election of these impotent public servants. Even LeftWards isn't dumb enough to attach his name to this stunt.

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WANTED!!!!

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, the Marine who was once thought kidnapped in Iraq only to be charged later with desertion, has disappeared. Hassoun's command officially declared him a deserter and issued authorization for civil authorities to apprehend Hassoun and return him to military control. It is believed Hassoun is hiding in Tripoli, Lebanon and is also wanted by Syrian officials. An interpreter in the military, Hassoun has knowledge of military codes which could possibly aid the enemy. He faces life in prison without parole. A firing squad would be a nice ending in my opinion. Semper Fi!

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Democrats Want Special Treatment for Terrorists

Ah the Democrats must have a political "death wish." Dems have lost much of their political capital in the last four years and are headed down the highway of self-destruction with Barbara Boxer, Ted Kennedy, Dick Durbin and all the familiar faces from the left. At least we don't have to look at the meek, backstabbing obstructionist Tom Daschel. Terrorist's have one main agenda, and it's to kill American's, Israel and anyone who disagrees with their fundalmentalist spin on religion. Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezzbalah, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations are not states and have never signed on to the Geneva Convention. The original Geneva Conventions, require POWs to meet certain criteria such as fighting in uniform and not attacking civilians. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the terrorist groups don't pass the smell test here. Suidcide bombers typically blend in with the population so they can perform their dirty deeds. Our military have to be careful to distinguish the enemy from ordinary citizens, which makes their task more dangerous. Democrats would rather criticize the Administration for fighting the war on terror then come up with any substantive ideas of their own. These are not thinking people, they are pathetic losers with personal agendas. "Water-boarding," is a common method of interrogation and it involves strapping a detainee down, wrapping his face in a wet towel and dripping water on it to produce the sensation of drowning. This is also used to train U.S. pilots in case they are shot down and captured. A military training tool is not torture but it is effective in gaining information from terrorists who have information needed to protect U.S. citizens. A demonstration using members of the far-left would be useful, however, Ted Kennedy tried this some years back at Chappaquiddick. No one told Ted that alcohol and a car are not used in this technique. We can only hope the Dem's drive off a political bridge before they endanger our freedoms and our lives.

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"AARP seems to believe that capitalism is a fine thing as long as they're the only ones practicing it. AARP is the emperor with no clothes. How can an organization so heavily invested in the stock market tell others they can't do it?"

~Pete Sepp
Vice President of Communications
National Taxpayers Union

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Hypocrits At AARP

The folks at AARP, the largest Washington D.C. lobby for senior citizens, has started a $5 million campaign pointed at Presdent Bush and Social Security reform. AARP has money to burn, they are a massive cash cow, especially by not-for-profit entity standards. The AARP operating budget is $800 million. YIKES!!! How does AARP make it's money? AARP earns $77 million per year in advertising. It also earns $300 million each year in royalties from the use of its name on dozens of consumer products and insurance policies. AARP says this allows them to keep membership subscriptions low. AARP collects more than $200 million in dues every year from its 35 million members. Maybe dues aren't low enough! Here is the rub. AARP manages an investment portfolio of $912 million. In 2003, it invested $737 million of its portfolio in stocks and mutual funds, earning returns of $60 million. AARP also collects premiums from members who buy AARP-approved insurance. Before turning the money over to the insurance companies, however, AARP invests it in short-term securities. In 2003, this maneuver raked in $24 million. While the folks at AARP don't want citizens investing their hard earned money into stocks and other securities the hypocrits running AARP don't mind making millions with your money investing it in the stock market.

I can remember many discussions I've had over the years surrounding the possibilities of investing our Payroll Tax independently and comparing long-term results with the poor government return on the "investment" called Social Security. What AARP refuses to acknowledge is "Social" and "Investment" don't go hand in hand.

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Monday, January 03, 2005

California Proposition 64 Should Go Nationwide

Trial Lawyers (Personal Injury) aka "Ambulance Chasers" hurt consumers and business more than any one entity or economic factor while lining their pockets with millions of dollars. It's strictly a win/lose proposition with lawyers on the win side by themselves. "My family came to this country to pursue the American Dream. We work hard to make sure our customers like the job we do. One day we get a letter from the law firm demanding $2,500. The letter didn't claim we broke the law, just that we might have and if we wanted to stop the lawsuit, we needed to send them $2,500. I called a lawyer who said it would cost even more to fight, so we sent money even though we'd done nothing wrong. It's just not right."
xxxxxx ~Humberto Galvez, Santa Ana
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The intended purpose of Prop 64 is to stop the following:
  • STOP the filing of frivolous lawsuits meant to generate attorney fees without creating a corresponding benefit to the general public.
  • STOP lawsuits where no client has been injured in fact.
  • STOP lawsuits for clients who have not used the defendent's product or service. viewed the defendant's advertising, or had any other dealing with the defendant.
  • STOP lawsuits on behalf of the general public without any accountibility to the public and without adequate court supervision.

Businesses, taxpayers and consumers would replace lawyers on the win side of the public benefit equation with a national referendum similar to Prop 64.

Source: Civil Justice Association of California

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Attic Quote of The Day

"Enduring injuries to human capital are now the most destructive legacy of racism. Evidence suggests that soft behavioral factors, including low educational attainment, poor socialization and work habits, paternal abandonment, family disarray, and non-marital childbearing, now loom larger than overt exclusion as barriers to racial equality. But society's power to address these patterns is severely limited.
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Short of outright coercion, it is literally impossible for the government or outsiders to change dysfunctional behavior or make good choices for individuals. No one can force a person to obey the law, study hard, develop useful skills, be well-mannered, speak and write well, work steadily, marry and stay married, be a devoted husband and father, and refrain from bearing children he cannot or will not support. These decisions belong to individuals and families."
~Amy L. Wax
Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School

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Saturday, January 01, 2005

Idol Threats

Happy New Year to All.....well almost all. I am an eBay Merchant, rebuilding a business I have had Power Seller status twice with two different ID's. I enjoy doing this and I relish the potential of business success and the independence it offers. As in any small business endeavor the owner must wear many hats and put up with uncooperating or hostile customers. eBay is not face-to-face so communication is extremely important and consistent follow-up a must. Exemplary customer service is number one and my feedback rating is indicative of the care and work I put into all business transactions. Sniping is more and more common. Sniping the bidding method of waiting to the very last minute/second to place a bid to ensure winning the merchandise. When someone snipes it's obvious they are online and instantly notified that they have won or were outbid. They are also informed the auction has ended. Most of my buyers pay at that time, I have had a few non-paying bidders but it is not a problem for me. Some go through the checkout process and notify their intentions to pay by mail. As in any business you must collect your Accounts Receivable. You're wearing the Credit Manager's hat and after waiting one full week you begin to send second invoices as reminders. After a few more days you request information to find out if a payment is being mailed instead of the common online PayPal method. It is a friendly fact finding mission. eBay charges you fees for your final value of winning items. It's an expense which is recoverable if you don't collect. You don't get paid for the time spent attempting to collect the debt. I recently had a sniper win an item and refused to respond to a number of friendly inquiries via email. Finally I sent the following note: Dear Customer: On December 23rd you won the subject item: Parker Duofold Vacumatic Silver/Black Pearl Pen/Pencil, Item #xxxxxxxxxxxx. I have sent two (2)invoices asking for payment or information regarding payment information and have received no response. If you do not want the item I need a response so I may recover my listing and final value fees from eBay. In addition, I will need to relist the item for sale or make a second chance offer to another bidder. Please advise. If I don't receive a response by the end of day, December 31st, I will consider this a "no sale" and will proceed to recover my expenses and relist. Thank You for helping me in this matter. Very Best Wishes. And now for the glorious response completely unedited and semi-incoherent: save the peach.remember we are in "holiday time"people get tied up.1 neg. feedback sure will lower you % at onlt 200+ current, don't you think?be kind, relax, we are all peolple. and you are not! Mr. Perfect and more then I.thanks, do or don't send the pens, I really don't care after your speach. want to be more freindly, well I'll be glad to hear from you? Well so much for an educated well written response. The anger shows and maybe the "gentlemen" did not get what he wanted from Santa. Shucks! Maybe the recent poor weather on the Left Coast imploded on his otherwise sunny disposition. If he would have paid on time I was upgrading all Christmas purchases to Priority Mail at no extra charge and Santa would have made a prompt and well cared for delivery. Winning through threats and intimidation may work in some realms but Mr. Melvin of Caleeefornia is not writing to a "Girlie Man." He simply may be biting off more than he can possibly chew. The message came via his PayPal payment notification and I mailed his purchase the same day upgraded to Priority Mail and added insurance at my expense with this email message. Thank You for your payment and recent purchase. In the Holiday Spirit your package has been upgraded to USPS Priority Mail at no additional charge to you. Happy New Year and Best Wishes! I will have more nice items that would probably delight this "gentleman" but he will never find out. eBay has a wonderful "blocking" mechanism. Mr. Melvin, you are officially blocked! Kinda of like being Terminated, Girlie Man!

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