Tag: East Tennessee

Where’s My Beef?

I was thinking about some of the interesting times I have had, and situations I have seen occur, in East Tennessee since moving here from Massachusetts in 1979. One such early occurrence popped into my mind, and I thought … that would make an interesting blog post. So, here we go …

Welcome to East Tennessee

My parents bought a house in the Hidden Hills subdivision on Possum Hollow Rd. For some reason, the road’s name has been changed to Hidden Hollow. I was so sad to see that, and I wish they hadn’t changed it. I think Possum Hollow Rd had so much more going for it.

Behind the house, a steep ridge went up to a flat pasture that a neighbor grazed black angus cattle in. Before I left for my Army basic training, I sometime would squirrel hunt on that ridge, and somehow, I managed to keep from shooting any cows.

It was a great place to live and the first few weeks we lived in Tennessee seemed quite pleasant. There was one problem, however. The barbed-wire fence that separated the pasture from the woods along the slope of the ridge was in terrible shape. So, periodically we would come home to find one or two black black angus cows grazing in our yard. They would wander through a break in the fence, and come down the ridge to our lawn, I guess in search of greener pastures.

Either my Dad, myself, or maybe my brother would have to herd the cow (or cows) back up the ridge, through the dilapidated fence, and back into the pasture. Then we would do what we could to repair the break. We actually got pretty good at herding cattle! However, once the novelty wore off, it began to get a bit old.

One Sunday, my mother and father came home from church to find a cow munching happily away on the lawn. My dad decided he’d had enough, and called the local sheriff’s office. About twenty minutes later, a patrol car pulled up to the house and a sheriff’s deputy got out of the car. My dad explained the situation to him, while the deputy listened patiently, nodding his head and taking notes.

When my dad had finished, the deputy put his pen away. “Well, sir, I can file a report and go talk to the owner of the cattle. But I really don’t see the problem.”

“You don’t?”

“No sir. If I was you, I’d open the garage door, shoo the cow inside, close the door, and say nothing at all.”

Why would I do that?” my dad asked.

The deputy smiled. “Well sir, I reckon you’d have a pretty good supply beef to start with, and then, after the owner lost a couple more cows, he’ll most likely fix the fence.

Welcome to Tennessee

Obama Works Tirelessly 3.5 Years to Destroy America!

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Well, we learned how Obama is going to fund his jobs (and I use the term loosely) act!  Higher taxes!!  Half a trillion dollars worth! Of course, in his jobs speech it was going to be fully funded by cutting spending  … who would have thunk!  And, his taxes are on single earners making over $200,000, and couple and small business owners making $250,000 per year.  Like this is wealthy?  Maybe it is in East Tennessee, but it is middle-income in Los Angeles, New York City, and Connecticut!   And the extra taxing of small private-sector business owners who create 70% of the real job growth, and funneling that money through the federal bureaucracy (making sure their pensions and benefits are safe) and sending the rest out the back door to give temporary jobs to union (NEA) workers who support Obama’s political agenda is corrupt Chicago political machine politics at its best!!

But … hey … for three and one half years, Obama has been tirelessly working; doing what needs to be done to fundamentally transform this great county into a shadow of its former self … a giant, centrally mismanaged, self-loathing, apologetic, socialist nanny state that Michele Obama can be proud of.

Truthfully, if Obama had worked tirelessly at what he has been “actually” doing … we would be in deeper shit than we are now!  Fortunately, he and Michele have mostly been living it up like royalty; jet setting around in separate jets, taking extravagant tax payer funded vacations, playing endless rounds of golf, redistributing tax payer money to their cronies, and attending lavish fund-raisers.

So why do we need to fund still more “shovel ready” construction jobs on roads, bridges, and schools?  Isn’t that what the last “porkulus” package was supposed to do?  Oh yeah … I forgot … that $1 trillion went to …. ummm  …. ummm … can anybody tell me? 

Oh yeah!  To fund green energy projects like Solyndra.

 (OBAMA MAY 26, 2010: It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future).

Well, the owners of Solyndra have a “brighter and more prosperous future.”  That is for sure.  Somebody got the $535 million Obama gave them just before they closed their doors!  Anybody hear anything about that from the liberal, drive-by media?

Yep! Simply another reason we don’t need the federal government handling American job growth.  We need to take the handcuffs like excessive regulation, the Obamacare abomination, and ever soaring taxes off the backs of small business owners  and let them expand their businesses and hire people!  Small businesses create jobs that do not need the federal government to steal money from medicare, social security, and tax payers to fund!  I know … it’s so hard to grasp the concept;  especially when your real agenda is simply increasing government power or if you are a useful idiot who can’t think past the progressive-liberal brainwashing that our public school system has forced down our kids throats for the past 30 years or more!

Sorry folks, it is not the federal government’s job to give your kid a musical instrument so he can play in the school band … that is the parents job!  It is not the federal government’s job to remodel schools in local communities, that is the local government’s job.   It is not the federal government’s job to tell you what to eat, think, read, listen to, play, watch, say, drive, ride, or otherwise do!  That is your job!  Be a man (or a woman … don’t want to be sexist here!). Make your choices … succeed or fail … but accept the responsibility for your choices … good or bad!  You can always try again.  That is freedom!  That is liberty!  And … that, my friends, is what America was once all about! 

Finally, many American’s are waking up and catching on to  the progressive-liberal elites that are tirelessly working to turn America into a nation of mindless morons (sheeple) that they can control and thus reap the benefits as the “benevolent American aristocracy.”   And, as more Americans awaken … Obama’s poll numbers continue to drop.  Perhaps that is why he recently blocked the deportation of 300,000 illegal aliens … he may need them as voters in November 2012!