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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

I know this has become an annual post but it needs repeating.

Memorial Day has traditionally been celebrated as the beginning of Summer. No, not the actual date summer begins, but the official day when the seasonal holidays start and the barbecues begin, beaches open, playgrounds are filled with children, parks, lakes and pools ring with the laughter and mirth of kids and adults alike. The sweet smoky smell of hot dogs, hamburgers and even marshmallows over a fire waft through the air, an odor that beckons each and every one of us to childhood memories no matter our age.

But wait, somehow, in all of the fun and frivolity, many seem to have forgotten the solemnity and sacred meaning of Memorial Day. What it should mean to every American. Memorial Day is a day set aside each year to remember the fallen warriors of our country; those who made the ultimate sacrifice to give each of us freedom, and the ability to reach out for the American Dream. No, they didn't give you the American Dream, you have to work for that yourself. But they gave their lives to assure you had the freedom to reach out for it, free from oppression, tyranny and grave injustice as is the case in so many other countries.

It doesn't matter whether you call it a war, police action, or what name you pin on combat. Or any other action that places our military men and women in harms way to defend freedom. Men and women gave all so that we might live free. They didn't do it for fame or glory, or a medal to pin on their uniform. Medals usually came too late to shine in a parade; many were laid on rows of caskets at ceremonies in such places as Arlington and Fort Rosecrans. The Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Coast Guardsman, Air Forceman or Merchant Marine never saw the glint of the Silver Star or Purple Heart or other medal in the sun as it laid upon his casket. But the family knew the bravery that he or she displayed many days or weeks or months before this day came to pass.

Most of our fallen warriors did come home, to be interred in their beloved country near family and loved ones. But many didn't and are buried on foreign shores in huge cemeteries, marked by simple crosses and markers, the only remnants of fierce battles, where Americans shed their blood to give freedom to others in a foreign land. They didn't know the people, but knew freedom was as important to them as it is to us. Freedom, the one thing that is perhaps as much important as life itself.

In my humble opinion, the three most important things are life, love and freedom. Without them life is just a bleak and somewhat hopeless experience. With perseverance and luck, many find love, but it takes a very special person willing to lay it all on the line to fight for your freedom. When you realize the warrior doesn't know you, or the individuals they are fighting for in most cases, it makes it even more impressive that they are willing to sacrifice all for others, to give them a chance at a better life.

On this Memorial Day, I will remember my brothers who have fallen in Vietnam, as well as all those who have fallen before, and after, in every war and conflict. I will remember those who have been ravaged by the remnants of war, and who have died as a result of service-connected injuries and illnesses, those who never appear in casualty rolls, but who are casualties just the same.

And some special prayers to several brothers who are very close in my heart today and always will be. Rest well my brothers; we'll all be crossing the bar to join you some day.

And, just in case anyone ever forgets:



FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Living in a New Home in a Construction Area

Many people become enamored with the chance to buy a newly constructed home in a new development. The possibility of something brand new, never lived in before is exciting, yet so many people never have the foresight to think what actually living in a construction zone is like.

We purchased a new home in a brand new development, and although we knew there would be construction around and some noise, I never imagined how much this impacts daily life.

For example:
  • Do you like to sleep a bit later on Saturday or any other morning? Isn't going to happen as workers are here soon after 6 AM and don't depart until 7PM. In the winter months, they came at 7 and left by 5 but no longer. 
  • Sunday and holiday quiet? Huh? The foreign workers do not seem to celebrate our important holidays such as Memorial Day and work just the same. They must think we love listening to Radio Mexico on high while trying to enjoy the holiday. Ugghh. 
  • Workers clog the streets with their personal vehicles and don't care whether you or guests have a place to park or not.
  • Workers apparently cannot read and/or do not care about speed limits and one way streets. Regardless of whether operating personal vehicles or contractors equipment, they speed in all directions and you had better be paying attention because they are not. 
  • Like loud foreign radio and music? When the superintendent is not around you will be "entertained" by music you don't care for, even though it's against the rules. 
  • Foreign nationality workers seem to all be heard of hearing because they yell everything, no matter if the other person is only a few feet away.  
  • Trash cleanup is almost non-existent. You'll need to pick up trash from the workers as they just toss lunch wrappers and trash on the ground to blow around. Too lazy to place it in the dumpster. And the developer is very lax in cleanup of trash.
  • Like dust and dirt, sometimes so bad you cannot sit outside? That's construction dust blowing on you and your home. Windows will be so dirty you can hardly see and guess who will have to spend money to clean them? You, because the developer could care less. 
  • Smells? Diesels and other vehicles idling outside your windows while the operators are absent or yapping away with other workers. Running equipment placed for the convenience of the workers with no regard to residents. You have to like exhaust blowing into your home daily. 
  • Careless construction workers driving like it's the speedway! They have no rules for driving so they speed, drive the wrong way on one way streets, don't obey stop signs and generally have no regard for the rules of the road. God forbid you come to an intersection where they have a stop sign and you do not...better just stop because chances are they will not.
  • Speaking of which, once you buy the house, you'll find any issues after about the first month or two end up on a back burner somewhere. As homes are sold, the developer could care less about the residents problems; after all, they are here just to sell homes. 
  • Homeowners Association? Don't count on them to help; all they want is your dues. You're paying for maintenance and they defer to the developer who does nothing. Oh yes, they do have a street sweeper, but the construction vehicles are ruining the streets and guess who will be stuck paying for repairs? You will as your dues increase. 
  •  Pick up a nail in your tire from construction debris? Too bad, that $400 tire is your problem as you live in a construction area. 
  • Mello-Roos taxes? If you buy a new home in California you will likely pay these fees which can cost more than your property taxes. It's for the infrastructure the developers want you to pay for since they are making so much money they cannot be bothered paying it themselves. 30 year bonds on your home that can cost you ten thousand dollars a year or more. 
Having a new home can be a delight but know what you are getting into before you buy. Go to the area on weekdays, not just the weekends. See what really takes place before you buy!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sanctuary Cities and States

For some odd reason, this nation has fostered a bunch of bleeding heart idiots who somehow believe that coddling and protecting illegal aliens is a good thing. Many are politicians who live off the backs of taxpayers, and live in upper class neighborhoods where they have absolutely no personal contact with the illegals and the criminal activity many are part of.

The idea that an illegal alien who has broken Federal Law, can be somehow be shielded from deportation and other sanctions simply because some idiots think it's a good idea is asinine. Our Emergency Rooms and social services are already overwhelmed with illegals and to believe that keeping those here who can  be deported is a good idea is lunacy.

Let's get to the heart of the matter; I want to see all criminal illegal aliens deported first. If someone is picked up by the police or sheriff on any charge and are found to be here illegally they need to be immediately deported. No lengthy legal proceedings, no bleeding heart stories how they have kids or wives or children here. No, get them the hell out.

Doesn't it simply amaze anyone that an illegal alien can get reduced college admission in many states but a veteran returning from war cannot? The states will waive the "residency requirements" for an illegal but not a veteran? And how about the illegals who tout their illegal status on social media or even the news because nobody has the balls to go after them and get them out of the US? Sickening.

California is about the worst of the worst when it comes to coddling. So many politicians either have ties to or owe their election to the illegal population and their families, they will do anything to pander to them. In my opinion, the politicians who pass bills supporting illegal alien activity against Federal Law should be imprisoned. That would sure clear the decks in states like California.

I am all for LEGAL immigration. After all, unless you are a native American, your ancestors or perhaps even you had to go by the system to come here and live. And before anyone thinks I am anti-Hispanic, my great grandmother was Spanish and all of my ancestors beyond my parents arrived in New York at Castle Garden (that was the predecessor of Ellis Island) or Ellis Island or emigrated through Nova Scotia from Europe. Want to come to the US, do it the right way, not sneak over borders and then have anchor babies so you can stay.

I hope the Federal Government cuts off all funding for those who become sanctuary cities, states or whatever. They have the votes and all they nee dis some balls to do what they say they will. And the taxpayers in those states stage a tax revolt so as not to have to pay whatever the states piss away on illegal sanctuary.

For those who attempt to legitimize illegals by calling them "undocumented workers"  maybe you need to rethink that too politically correct phrase. Calling an illegal alien an undocumented worker is no different than calling a drug dealer an undocumented pharmacist.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jerome's Furniture Warranty is Useless - Buyer Beware

We purchased about $2500 in furniture from Jerome's Furniture late last year and within just a few months the sofa and loveseat cushions began to look unsightly. They are pilling and look like a ten year old set. This is not heavy use, as there are only two persons in the household, both adults.

Upon reporting this issue to Jerome's Furniture, we were advised we could purchase new slipcovers for $375 as Jerome's does not warranty fabrics. Of course, they never tell you this at the time of sale, just give you a folder touting their one year warranty that you had better read before buying anything that has fabric on it.

Of course, Jerome's knows the fabric is the most important part of the furniture and simply blows consumers off by excluding the fabric from a warranty. Had we known the fabric would not be covered we would not have purchased the furniture. Oh, and to top it off, this was special order furniture so if we had found out right after ordering Jerome's has a no cancellation policy on custom orders.

In my opinion, Jerome's sells sub-standard furniture and both them and the manufacturer fail to stand behind it when there is an issue. There are lots of other places to buy furniture and living in a brand new community you can bet we will tell everyone we can not to buy at Jerome's if they expect any type of quality furniture with a useful warranty.  

CAVEAT EMPTOR - Buyer Beware!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Home Depot fails again

Where to begin? First we ordered patio furniture from Home Depot and it was delayed in delivery due to the really bad freight company they use. I personally had to go out and find the driver to get him to our home. When it finally arrived, it was delivered damaged. The top furniture piece was crushed beyond use and the wicker broken. To add insult to injury, the freight company left a pallet which they refused to keep and we had to dispose of it. (no, we don't have a fireplace to burn it in) Home Depot agreed to have the damaged piece picked up and replaced, and the pickup was very prompt, within 24 hours. Home Depot agreed to refund the purchase price and re-order but insisted on only crediting the price after an adjustment was made due to the delay. I argued that the adjustment was for us having to wait a week for the furniture, when they promised two days, not for the damage, but the phone agent argues otherwise. Oh well, what the hell, just lets get on with this.

The replacement took another week (HD didn't ship it for 4 days) and the freight company, USF Reddaway, failed to load it on the truck so we sat around yet another day for a delivery that never happened. They tried to blame the driver but the drivers do not load their own trucks! It finally arrived. Then we had to deal with yet another box (thankfully no pallet this time) and were able to piece together the new item. Success finally.

Then we purchased a fountain from HD and it starts disintegration, smelling like vinegar. Crusty places start to form and the crust smells like vinegar. It can be wiped off and spray wax applied to make it look better but it then will start the process all over. Agghh, yet another HD fail.

So, as much as I do like Home Depot, we will only purchase from the what we can carry out of a store with our two hands or a cart. Nothing that requires shipping and certainly not another fountain that acquires a special unwanted patina although it is resin!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Day Without Immigrants...You Mean Illegal Aliens? WTF?

The recent Day Without Immigrants protests is the most asinine thing I have heard recently. What they meant is a Day Without Illegal Aliens!

Unless you are an American Indian, it is highly unlikely you, your family, or your ancestors were either immigrants or children born to immigrants. I certainly was; my family came here in the 1700's to the 1800's legally through Castle Garden which was the immigration point in New York long before Ellis Island. The HUGE difference is that we were vetted to enter the United States and our families had to enter legally. Our families didn't get welfare, free medical care and were subjected to severe hardships just for coming here legally and trying to work and better themselves.

Yeah, yeah, I know, all these illegals are just trying to have a better life in America. By entering illegally and breaking Federal law, b\y sucking off the dollars working Americans pay into taxes that support their freebies, including, but not limited to, free pre and post natal care, free birthing, free medical care, free long term medical care. Most drive with no insurance or registration and most won't even get the drivers license that some idiot states offer. When they have an accident they run and leave the poor soul who has had their vehicle damaged, or worse, personally injured to fend for themselves. Hell, several cases in the San Diego area where an illegal has fled the scene of a serious accident and left their own child in the vehicle to die. One child was ejected and the father ran away and left him to die.

Our streets are filled with criminals and they need to be deported. Period. Read the paper and watch the news and most of the criminal activity is committed by someone with a Hispanic surname. Many are indicated to be illegals with numerous prior charges and convictions. yet they get to remain free to commit more crimes.

People wonder why Social Security is going broke? Ask your congressman and senator why Medicare pays for organ transplants for illegals? And how does an illegal bring another illegal over for medical care. And how is it wrong for a hospital to ship a person back to Mexico after a year in the hospital and millions of dollars in unpaid bills when Mexico doesn't want their own citizen. And they some US governmental judicial idiot gives that family the right to sue because they cannot or will not take care of him at home in his native country. He was illegal and hell, wasn't a few million in care enough?

Time to support illegal immigration deportation. The taxpayers have had enough of all the handouts for and crime by illegals. You want to whine because the price of vegetables will go up? Buy them from Mexico instead where they are picked by Mexicans in Mexico and the money and people stay there. There is nothing good from illegal immigration. Nothing.

Finally, maybe the reason nothing much changed when the illegals refused to work is that the legal citizens were working and nobody noticed? Some schools enjoyed the school absences as they could finally teach the kids who wanted to learn and not have to slow things down to a crawl for those who don't comprehend English, the official American language. Sadly, many who come here will not even try to speak English; I am aware of families where members have been here 30 plus years and don't speak English. What a shame on their willingness to "assimilate" into our society. They don't even make an effort and yet expect all of us to simply accept them and we should adapt to meet their needs.  Not only no, but hell no.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Whining children regardless of age...The latest protests

We used to see violent protests in other countries when a segment of the citizenry didn't get their way. Now the same lunacy seems to have invaded America where the Democrats and liberals are so upset with the choice of the people for President that they need to riot and cause damage to property of people who have absolutely nothing to do with the current situation. Thugs and punks who have no regard for law and order and who are so concerned that their freebies might be taken away.

What the hell is wrong with someone who touts free speech as a reason for their lawlessness and then riots again so that someone cannot speak on a college campus, when a huge portion of their tuition is being picked up by American taxpayers? No, equal free speech is not equal if punks and thugs decide they are the only ones allowed to voice an opinion. And to do it by disregarding the law is abysmal.

In my opinion, we should immediately stop supporting institutions that espouse or condone illegal behavior and let the crybabies either get their collective butts to work and pay their own full tuition. How many of those protesting actually pay taxes and support themselves? No a lot I would bet. And for so many to wear face masks clearly shows they are ashamed to have their faces seen because they know they are committing illegal acts. No balls but lots of rocks and bottles. Then when they are arrested they are just using their First Amendment rights to free speech? I think not. The police arrest a dozen when they should arrest and charge hundreds.

Strangely enough, when Obama was elected you didn't see Republicans rioting. They were too busy working supporting the country. Sadly, those on a free ride will always be at the center of problems for this country. After all, when you can sit on your ass and collect off the sweat of those who can and do work, it's easier to go out and protest than actually find a job and support themselves. The eternal hope that someone will continue to support their lazy asses.