Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Catching Pigs


There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the Prof noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question He asked:
"Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.

The young man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again.
You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn . They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America .. The government keeps pushing us toward Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.

One should always remember two truths:

1) There is no such thing as a free lunch, someone is paying for it;

2) When you begin to think that having your government provide for you and make your decisions is ok, realize that you’ve also given up the freedom that goes with making your own choices.

If you see that all of this wonderful government 'help' is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America , you might want to share this with your friends. I did.

Monday, January 16, 2012

My NFL Predictions

I've spent more time this year watching post season NFL football games than I have NFL football games any other year. Getting to know the teams makes a world of difference. If you grow up in or around Chicago, you are a Bears fan. Period. And you HATE the Green Bay Packers. Period. The rare looney would like the Steelers, Raiders, or Cowboys, and be considered a freak, but to like, or even say anything complimentary about the Packers, was akin to making someone's mother eat poop. It was just an inconceivably traitorous act. The big giant No No, even for non-diehard fans. It was Da Bears or anybody but the Packers. Anybody.

I haven't lived in Illinois for over twenty years. I was impressed by Aaron Rogers when the Packers beat the Bears (GASP!). His State Farm commercials wee quite charismatic too. My old buddy Mammoth almost took away my Chicago Bears Card when I mentioned on facebook that I caught myself rooting for the Packers before the Giants ate their lunch. Close call! Anywho, I almost think I'm getting the gist of this whole thing and thought I'd stick my neck out and run my mouth by making some predictions.

My NFL Predictions:

Conference Championships:

AFC: New England Patriots over Baltimore Ravens by 7 points.

NFC: New York Giants over San Fransisco 49ers by 10 points.

Super Bowl: New York Giants over New England Patriots by 14 points.

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