April 25, 2016

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 3:10 am by gruundehn

I have so much to do and do so little of it that I am weeks or even months behind where I should be with all the projects and other things I need to do. I have perhaps a dozen books that I have started and not finished, all the books that I am writing and want to write, all the DVDs I need to categorize and all the cleaning I need to do. I forget who it was that said the there is no fun in doing nothing unless you have a lot to do; but, I need to stop doing nothing and get this work done.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is doing their budget hearings for the next fiscal year. The last hearing covered just the court system and it took far too long. It would have taken even longer but the BOS had to leave their hearing room to make way for the Tucson City Council. The BOS had promised to let the TCC borrow the BOS hearing room for a City Council meeting. What took so long was all those lawyers just loved the sound of their own voices. One guy even spent a long time complaining about the conditions of a building that the County Court system no longer used.

This next budget hearing will cover the law enforcement, public defender, environmental quality, behavioral health, community services and economic development. That last is going to be full of crony politics. Government at any level cannot make economic development decisions except to benefit the politically powerful. Government should just get out of the way and let real people make the decisions that spark economic development.

Tuesday evening, and I hope that the budget hearing lets out in time, there will be a Grassroots Leadership Academy class. I attended one two weeks ago, I missed last week because of the Libertarian party meeting, and found it very interesting. I even passed out several World’s Smallest Political Quiz cards and had two people reregister as Libertarians.

It looks like I will not be attending the Libertarian Party National Convention because I have not been able to raise / save the money necessary. So, I will start saving up for 2020 and attend then.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Kent & Molly Johnson, Cricket Kelbaugh, Rita Magdaleno, Sheri McManus, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Jacob Ameris, Joy Bannerman, Forrest “Duffy” Bledsoe, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, Cesar Leyva, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Larry, Marilyn, Mark, Mary, Monica & Danitza, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need especially Pop-Up; for those who have died especially Mary Elizabeth Richards, Mary Theresa Velez; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

 

April 11, 2016

Third Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 2:41 am by gruundehn

This last week was going so well but Friday messed it up. I got a note from the landlord (a company in Phoenix) that I owed them money and was being charged $5 a day and could be evicted if I didn’t pay. No idea what the charge they say I owe is and because I didn’t get the note until after business hours on Friday I couldn’t talk to the maintenance guy here, whom I gave the rent to, until Saturday. He claims that he wasn’t told why and that I’ll have to make a long-distance call on Monday to the Phoenix office to find out. I believe him, that he wasn’t told, because he had no reason to lie. The non-profit company on the other hand does but I will find out Monday. I can think of many reasons why, from someone entering the data wrong to the company wants to drive me out so they can use the apartment for someone just getting out of prison or some such. I will find out and hopefully get this cleared up.

I met with some folks last Tuesday about the Libertarian Party and it seems I made a good impression. It was an interesting talk. I also answered some questions about the Libertarian Party online and seemed to get my point across. For someone as shy, and as much of a loner, as I am I am doing good with public and semi-public talks.

I am a delegate from Arizona to the Libertarian National Convention but I doubt I can afford to go, I started a Go Fund Me campaign but so far my youngest brother is the only one to donate, as far as I can tell. I asked for enough to go, and also pay the taxes on what gets donated, but I am nowhere near that goal.

The Presidential Preference Election in Arizona, the Presidential primary here for the Democrats, Greens and Republicans, seems to have been a disaster. From all the reports I’ve seen, it wasn’t as bad here in Pima County as in Maricopa County but I have had people stop me when I am wearing my Libertarian cap and complain about how they were disenfranchised. It seems mostly Democrats, all of whom (as I remember) were Sanders supporters. They claim it was targeted against them but how the County Recorder knew who they supported is something they never explained. However, this upcoming Friday, the Pima County Election Integrity Commission will be investigating the matter for the Board of Supervisors. That is going to be an interesting meeting.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Rita Magdaleno, Sheri McManus, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Jacob Ameris, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need especially Pop-Up; for those who have died especially Mary Elizabeth Richards; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

April 3, 2016

Second Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:54 pm by gruundehn

If you consider everything that I do each week, it is a lot. However, very little is probably of interest to anyone else; at least, I think so and thus I don’t include a lot of detail that I think boring. And I think a lot of what I do would be boring to other people although I wasn’t bored doing it. But those little things take up a lot of time and often I am surprised at how much tie was taken up with any specific task. For example: I like Japanese Anime and watch a lot of it when I want to just kick back and relax. I have three sets focused on a human and the Demon King and a war with demons. They are nice and enjoyable. One involves the heir of a defeated demon king getting into retail as a sales clerk with the hope of opening up a branch of the store in the demon world, another involves a student being told (by an oracle that is never wrong) that he will become the next demon king (I am watching this one now) and the last involves a hero confronting the demon king and joining forces with her to end the war and improve the lives of everyone, demons and humans alike. Each is a series of episodes and the stories are entertaining and interesting. There are some that I have bought and do not like but those are rare. But watching anime is not everything I do each week, it isn’t even the largest user of my time. I am trying to learn the techniques of recording and posting videos on YouTube for the Pima County Libertarian Party, I study libertarian philosophy, I write and I read. This is in addition to sleeping, eating, washing, etc. And most of that would be interesting to anyone else I think. Or are you interested in the fact that I recently bought another copy of WARPLANES OF THE THIRD REICH by William Green and have been renewing my acquaintance with some of the strange and wonderful warplanes that the Luftwaffe at least tested even if they were not deployed and some very interesting aircraft types that were deployed.

Increasingly I am getting involved with politics. I am a delegate to the Libertarian National Convention for Arizona but it increasingly looks like I won’t be able to afford going. Which is a shame as I a looking forward to it. But I expect that it will cost me four or five thousand dollars and I just don’t have it. And if I raise the money from GoFundMe or something similar then taxes would eat up about half of what I take in, meaning I would need to raise close to ten thousand dollars.

I am not posting the prayer list as I normally do because the website for Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is down and I cannot reach the prayer list. If you wish to pray the list, perhaps tomorrow the site will be up ad you can get the list directly. But I will ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that your pray for the almost two dozen veterans who commit suicide daily because of Government indifference or abuse.

March 28, 2016

Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:55 am by gruundehn

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Years ago, I forget exactly when, it snowed on Easter Sunday here in Tucson – and Easter that year was in mid-April. It didn’t snow today, the weather was beautiful. I enjoyed the service and the event as much as I ever have. One of the hymns was “I am the Bread of Life” and that is one of my favorites. After the service there was fun and games for the children (of all ages) and enjoyable conversation for me.

I now have five chapters of ENTRANCE EXAMINATION up on my other site – christophercolesite.wordpress.com – and I should have DREADNAUGHT chaptered and proof-read by the end of this week so once I finish ENTRANCE EXAMINATION I can start posting DREADNAUGHT. By the time that is finished I should have GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS ready. After that, I hope that I have the rest of the space novels finished and can get back to MAGIC IN THE MONASTARY and THE FOURTEENTH HOUSE and a novel I started years ago and lost when my computer crashed about someone who gets what is basically absolute power. Absolute power would get boring after a while, once you have done everything what is there to do? I have some ideas about that novel but as you can tell from earlier in this paragraph, I have a lot to do before then.

I had a lot of problems last week, I live in an apartment complex and some of the families “downstream” of me do not understand that pouring grease and other such gunk down the drain is a bad idea. It too a while for the plumber to clear all the clogs and until then I spent most of my time mopping the water in the bathroom. I still have some cleaning to do but at least the drain doesn’t back up just as soon as I am almost finished mopping.

I really want to attend the Libertarian Party National Convention at the end of May but I cannot afford to do so. Maybe I should start a Go Fund Me campaign and see if I can raise enough money that way. But if I can’t then how do I return the money to the donors? I am going to have to look at the Go Fund Me site and see how that works. I don’t want to raise money and abuse the system. I want to be honest and ethical about this, if I do it.

I am not going to list prayers today, you can if you wish either go to Grace-St. Paul’s website or just reuse what I posted last week. And the reason I am not going to post prayers today is that I feel today is too happy an occasion to be gloomy in prayers. The pain and suffering still exists so I won’t complain if you do pray for the prayer list, I just don’t feel ready for the downer. And, yes, I have in the past posted the prayer list and might in the future as well. It is just today I do not feel like it. This does not mean the need has gone away.

March 21, 2016

Palm Sunday, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 1:46 am by gruundehn

As I finished my post last week I noticed something I should have noticed years ago and now I feel a bit stupid. I have been adding all my posts, regardless of category, on one page when I had the capability to add new pages and separate my personal and political and other posts by page so people could read the post by category. I am deleting the old posts, starting with the oldest, and I will be a bit more intelligent in my postings. Home page on christophercolesite.wordpress.com will be the novel Entrance Examination and I will add other pages there as I finish novels and start posting them chapter by chapter; as well as short stories having their own page, although I won’t have too many short stories – they are nice to read but I do not like writing them, I have trouble finishing a story in the format of a short story, novels are better for me.

Today being Palm Sunday there was a special service at church, it is the 25th anniversary of the merger of Grace Church and St. Paul’s Church. I joined just a couple of years later. I did not walk around the block with most of the congregation as I am still sore from all the walking I did at the air show on the 12th. I don’t mind it, I enjoyed myself, but it will be nice when the soreness ends.

I am a delegate to the Libertarian Party National Convention for Arizona. I just have to figure out how to pay for attending the convention in Orlando Florida at the end of May. Maybe I’ll see if I can raise enough with crowdfunding. I’ll need probably $5,000 and unless I win enough from a lucky lottery ticket, I don’t have it. I am not sure if a crowdfunding project is even legal since attending a political convention is a political event and subject to a bunch of laws designed to keep incumbents in office.

As well as my writing, I should get some of the RPG miniatures I have painted. I did one miniature a couple of weeks  ago and it was a horrible job. I’ll start with some of the simple figures such as wolves and small buildings and other simple figures and work my way up to people, where I will have a lot of detail work to do.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill. Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Kay Bigglestone, Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Sara Heitshu, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Rita Magdaleno, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, James White, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chapman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Monica & Danitza, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty. I also ask that you pray for the victims of Muslim violence all over the world.

March 14, 2016

5th Sunday in Lent, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 2:16 am by gruundehn

Right now I am still sore from yesterday. There was an air show with ground displays this weekend and I went yesterday, I missed the last one two years ago. I have no idea how many miles I walked all day visiting various display aircraft and displays from various organizations. I watched a lot of aircraft perform as well. The Thunderbirds were great as always. But when I got home around 6 PM I was sore. I was sore when I stood, when I sat, when I lay down and when I got up. I went to bed early and got up late and I am still sore. Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself immensely. I chatted with a lot of the people associated with displays about the aircraft and my connection with them or, in the case of the Pima Air and Space Museum, their organization. As I was walking out, after the show closed, I stopped to rest my feet. A man came by and chatted a bit. I noticed that he wore a belt buckle with an F-4 on it. I made a comment about how well the F-4 turns jet fuel into noise and he replied it was great at turning jet fuel into smoke also. It turned out we were assigned to the same wing at the same time. Ubon RTAFB, 8th TFW, 1973-1974. He was the wing Electronic Warfare Officer and I worked the ECM shop. It also turned out that the APS-107, a system I worked on, saved his life. I may not have worked on that specific airplane but it is nice to meet someone whose life I saved, or at least helped to save.

Three chapters are up at my other site: christophercolesite.WordPress.com. I hope people enjoy reading the story and give me some feedback.

If you wish to pray for those on the Grace-St. Paul’s prayer list, you can find that list at gsp.org under the Sunday Bulletins, today’s bulletin. I am just too sore to type the list into this post. I enjoyed the air show and that more than makes up for the soreness. But you can find the list there and please pray for those people and companions, and for the victims of Muslim oppression worldwide also.

March 7, 2016

4th Sunday in Lent, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:11 am by gruundehn

I was talking with a woman at church and I told an old, bad joke. Here it is for you: A Roman Catholic man gets engaged to a non-Roman Catholic woman and she proceeds to take absolute control over the wedding: place, time, flowers, etc. He goes along, as if he had a choice. Once the ceremony is over and the reception is finished the two head off to the resort for their first night as husband and wife. Bedtime comes and the new husband grabs some sheets and a pillow and heads for the couch. The new wife asks why is isn’t coming to bed with her. He replies, “Because it is Lent.” Stunned, she stares at him for a moment then shouts, “That is the stupidest thing I ever heard of. To whom and for how long!” The woman I was talking to took a moment with a confused look and then she suddenly “got it” and laughing, an embarrassed laugh but she did laugh. I love bad jokes. When you tell a good joke well, everyone laughs; when you tell a good joke badly, everyone still laughs just not as much; when you tell a bad joke, everyone groans; but when you tell a bad joke well, you get the groans and the laughs.

I have started another blog here on WordPress. The blog name is christopphercolesite.wordpress.com. It is there that I am putting my stories, one chapter or short story at a time. When I selected the theme for the blog I chose one that I thought had the ability to have multiple pages so I could have an About and a separate page for each novel or story. However, it seems that there is just the About page and a single other page. I cannot see how to add pages to the blog. I may have to change themes if I can. As for now, I have two chapters of Entrance Examination posted – I had forgotten how much I hate typing something in that I already wrote.

This coming weekend will have an airshow at DMAFB. I missed it two years ago and am determined to go this year and enjoy myself around airplanes. I will eat too much, probably, and drink too much, probably, and buy too much, most likely. I will enjoy the aircraft show off flying, the Thunderbirds are among the performers, and probably be smiling all day. I joined the USAF in 1967 because of airplanes – it was either that or the USN and my choice was made when I remembered that nobody ever sank an Air Force Base.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christenson, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Sara Heitshu, Joyce Henderson, Rita Magdaleno, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, James White, Sister Carol Wilans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need especially Pop-Up; for those who have died especially Betty White, Ray Lawton, Bill Bigglestone; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

March 3, 2016

Politicians

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , at 12:34 am by gruundehn

Being a Politician means never having to say you’re sorry, since what you did was supposedly with the best intentions, and thus you have nothing to be ashamed of – no matter how many people you hurt, ruined, or even killed. Harry Browne, Libertarian Party Presidential candidate 1996-2000

When is the last time you heard a politician say that a program they fought for was a failure? When is the last time you heard a politician say to someone whose life they ruined, or whose life was ruined by a program the politician supports, “I am sorry and I will make amends.”

What was the last Federal program that was eliminated? The Tea Board? Eliminated during the reign of President Clinton the Board had only one member and was in existence to hear appeals concerning rulings on the quality of tea and other related matters. The one person came to work every day and listened to music and read books. There was NEVER an appeal to the Board. For decades that one person drew a hefty government salary with all the attendant benefits and used up office space and electricity and other utilities. That Board should have been eliminated decades before it was and probably never should have been put in place. And yet, the elimination of that one position was widely hailed as “The end of Big Government!” You re supposed to ignore the thousands of government employees hired on after that one elimination and the thousands of pages of regulations that came on the books after that elimination.

Has any politician ever apologized for the carnage caused by the War On Drugs? The politicians in Washington and the various State Capitals are responsible for thousands of murders annually in the gang wars caused by the War On Drugs, the thousands of people killed by the police agencies throughout America, and the incredible suffering caused by doctors who will not prescribe the proper dose of pain killers out of fear of the DEA. Politicians are responsible for the delays that the FDA have in place before approving a new drug. Next time the FDA announces that a new drug has been approved and how many lives that new drug will save, consider that there are about ten years of (probably) unnecessary delays in the FDA. Multiply the number of lives the FDA says will be saved each year by ten and you will have the number of people killed by the FDA. Has any politician ever apologized for those people the Federal Government killed, just as surely as if the FBI shot them?

The Veterans’ Administration has been in the news for the shoddy treatment they give those who served in the military. (A note, I am a veteran and I use the VA Medical Center here in Tucson and have had few complaints, but still.) How many veterans have died due to delay in care or mistreatment? The VA administers the disability program for veterans and depending upon the disability rating (mine is 10%) the veteran is paid a sum of tax-free money each month. If the veteran is a retired military (as I am) that money is taken from their retirement pay; the only benefit is that taxed money is replaced with untaxed money thus saving a couple of dollars, and the veteran has a higher priority for treatment at a VA Medical Center. Unless the veteran is rated at 100% disabled or, under an experimental program, is directly combat related and rated at over 50%, then the money is not deducted from their retirement pay. The Civil Service does not get their retirement pay reduced ever. Pardon me for this side rant, but I am directly affected.

Medicare and Medicaid, and now Obamacare, are similar in that people with no medical training are the ones, normally, who make the decisions on your healthcare. How many people are denied needed healthcare? How many have died? How many politicians have said “I’m sorry for ruining your healthcare”?

Inflation has been a steady factor since the middle 1950s. Inflation hurts poor people more than the middle or upper classes. The War On Poverty has been in place since 1964 and prior to the start of the Federal Program the poverty rate had been declining for decades, it stopped declining and has been steady ever since. How many politicians have apologized for making it harder, if not nearly impossible, for the poor to improve their lives?

February 29, 2016

3rd Sunday in Lent, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , at 2:25 am by gruundehn

I think that I might be getting over whatever the hell has been knocking me down. I’ve felt good for three days in a row now after going through five rolls of toilet paper the previous five days.

My brother Wally had a cookout yesterday and both of his sons were present, along with all their kids. Plus, there were family friends there with their kids. I was surrounded by kids six and younger. It was nice, I like being around kids but I have to be careful so that I don’t get accused of child abuse or something similar. I am elderly, never been married, and live alone. Witch hunt anyone? I can remember the MacMartin case and the subsequent child abuse witch hunts that followed. Just the accusation, even when the evidence showed that the accused incident could not have happened, was enough to destroy someone life with no hope of ever recovering. So, I enjoy being around kids but only in a public place and with other adults around.

I finally broke down and started putting my writing on line. I started another blog: christophercolesite.wordpress.com and put the first chapter of Entrance Examination up for viewing. I hope people read it, and especially give me feedback. The story behind this story is that decades ago I wrote a book entitled Generations upon Generations (and I am presently working on a new version now) but when the Soviet Union fell part of the background material integral to the plot went away. I threw the book away and started trying to think of a way to rewrite it without needing the Soviet Union. I wrote a lot of background material for myself in order to keep the stories consistent and wondered how to write anything in that fictional universe. I saw an anime entitled They were Eleven and realized that with some adaption I could use that as the starting point for the main character. I didn’t do a close copy, or even a real copy, of that story. I took the idea that eleven people are taking a test when they expect only ten. After that, nothing is the same. They were Eleven is a love story, has aliens, psionic powers, multiple star nations, and the people are testing to enter a prestigious civilian academy. Plus, one of the eleven is not as that person seems. Entrance Examination is not a love story (except that the main character has a love interest back home), there are no aliens, no psionic powers, there is only the Empire, and the academy that they are testing to enter is the Imperial Naval Academy. Oh yeah, in They were Eleven the testing is voluntary and in mandatory in Entrance Examination. Anyway, I hope it gets read. The template I chose has only one page and an About Page. I am going to have to change that to a template where I can put multiple stories up.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Brian Arthur, Kay Bigglestone, Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christenson, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook; Jay Elliston; Peter Foley, Sara Heitshu, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Kent & Molly Johnston, Ray & Susan Lawton, Rita Magdaleno, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Jennifer O’Connor, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Vinca Pessarakli, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Wilans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Richard Mockler, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need; for those who have died especially Bill Bigglestone, Dianna Dewitt, Gini Mockler; for animal companions who have died especially Audrey. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their hoes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world; and I include the genocide against Christians in the Middle East.

February 24, 2016

Government Programs

Posted in Politics tagged , , , at 11:59 pm by gruundehn

It is a mistake to say that “people want” a particular government program. If they aren’t willing to pay for the service in the free market, they don’t want it enough to give up scarce resources for it. They “want” it from the government only because they think they can have it without paying for it. Harry Browne, Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate 1996 & 2000.

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSAFL). A phrase I first read in Time Enough For Love in the Notebooks of Lazarus Long sections, later published separately, by Robert Heinlein. If you have never read is, I highly recommend it and I hate to recommend anything.

Government-run schools teach students to think of the Government – at any level – as an inexhaustible source of money that can fix any problem. How is the War on Drugs doing for you? Or the War on Poverty? Government programs cannot solve any problem because government jobs rely on that problem being the fountain of government jobs and money. Imagine how many government bureaucrats would lose their jobs in the DEA or the State and Local equivalents if the War on Drugs was declared to be won. How many government bureaucrats would lose their jobs if poverty were to be eliminated?

Most government programs are merely a way for politicians to buy your vote with your money. The government takes your money at gunpoint – literally or figuratively – keeps some percentage to pay for the politicians and bureaucrats and then spends the rest in a very inefficient manner pretending that they are solving a problem. And you are supposed to like it. And you may like it because you do not know, were not provided with, the information needed to make an informed choice on the issue. Or, even if you had enough information to make an informed decision on the issue, would the government let your desire get in the way of their quest for power?

It is often said that this program or that program only costs so much, as if an inexpensive program that does not work is a bargain. But add up the costs all the government programs that do not work. Then consider your share of that and what you could do with that money if you were able to spend it improving your life. Or if businesses could pay their employees more, or improve their goods and services. People in poverty would have a better chance to escape poverty than the present situation where it is in the government’s best interests to keep them in poverty. Improved products would have a better chance of making it to the marketplace without the heavy fist of government interfering at every step.

But government is needed to keep products safe you might say. Government does nothing well and product safety is another example of that. When electric products were becoming popular the insurance industry formed Underwriter’s Laboratory to test those products and told manufacturers that products that did not pass their safety and quality tests would not get insured and if products that did not pass were used by the public fire insurance policies would be void. People would not be able to collect on fire insurance policies but would have to sue manufacturers for defective products, and the insurance industry would help the public against the manufacturers. In a very short while every electric product had, somewhere on it, the symbol of the Underwriter’s Laboratory on it to prove that the product passed the UL tests. This was so effective that the Federal Government has never been able to take over safety testing for electric products. For vehicles the Federal Government sets certain standards and the Insurance Institute for Highway Standards set better and more comprehensive standards because it is the insurance companies that would have to pay out on crashes and so forth.

You are told only what the government wants you to hear concerning government programs and the government does not want you to hear about the bad side of the government doing anything. What little that does seep out is due to outsiders investigating and publishing what the government is hiding: Government programs do not work; Government programs do more harm than good.

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