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The indoctrination is fascinating…

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

I haven’t done a good anarcho-capitalist, anti-government rant lately and I just ran across something from a while back, while cleaning out my email. I thought I would share it with you unsuspecting victims who no doubt came here looking for more cute kiddie or beefcake pictures.

My mother forwarded the following email to me and a whole bunch of other people, including everyone else that works at her small company and her 85 year old aunt. She caught me at the wrong time and I was infuriated that people were so brainwashed by their government education that they actually believed we had improved on most of the things on the list. So I decided to reply to all when I responded.

I seriously doubt the accuracy and/or validity of a number of these “facts” to start with, but decided not to get into a pedantic snopes-a-thon to prove it. For instance, the “average American worker” didn’t work very hard if they were making 22¢ an hour and only making $200-$400 a year.

My response follows the original email.

               “THE YEAR 1903″

Where we were a century ago. This ought to boggle your mind.

The year is 1903, one hundred years ago… what a difference a century makes. Here are the U. S. statistics for 1903….

The average life expectancy in the US was 47.

Only 14% of the homes in the US had a BATHTUB.

Only 8% of the homes had a TELEPHONE.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.

There were only 8,000 CARS in the US and only 144 miles of paved ROADS.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in the US was $0.22/hour.

The average US worker made between $200-$400/year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000/year, a dentist $2,500/year, a veterinarian between $1,500-$4,000/year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000/year.

More than 95% of all BIRTHS in the US took place at HOME.

90% of all US physicians had NO COLLEGE education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard.”

Sugar cost $0.04/pound. Eggs were $0.14/dozen. Coffee cost $0.15/pound.

Most women only washed their HAIR once a month and used BORAX or EGG YOLKS for shampoo.

Canada passed a law prohibiting POOR people from entering the country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death in the US were:
1. Pneumonia & influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented.

There were no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

One in ten US adults couldn’t read or write.

Only 6% of all Americans had graduated from HIGH SCHOOL.

Coca Cola contained cocaine.

Marijuana, heroin and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”

18% of households in the US had at least one full-time SERVANT or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported MURDERS in the entire US.

Just think what it will be like in another 100 years.

It boggles the mind!

My response…

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Shameless braggadocio

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

I’ve been meaning to put up recent pictures of my kids somewhere for quite a while. Having just shown off the bundle of cute that was Katie at 5 months, I decided now would be a good time.

So there’s now a page link to the right, just below my handsome mug.

More fun with lyrics

Monday, August 29th, 2005

This time it’s not country. That’s just as well ’cause I could do country lyrics for days. I’ve got a cookie for the first person that can name this song and band. There’s a bonus if you can name the album. (Googling is cheating. We’re on the honor system.)

If you’re a red hot fire cracker
I will light your fuse
If you cry like a little girl
I’ll dry your baby blues
When you need a man of action
I’m ready to make my move
Like a shotgun shot, Johnny on the spot
There’s nothing I can’t do

Everything you’re looking for
You can find in me
I’ll be anything you want
Anyone you need
I’ll be your daddy, your brother, your lover and
your little boy.

Yet another bad picture

Monday, August 29th, 2005

You're not missing much if you can't see this pictureI’ve now had two complaints about my picture. I take that back. It’s really just one because Difster’s opinion doesn’t count. But anyway, Flicka wanted to see my eyes. This picture is pretty bad too, but I think you can see my eyes a little in it. It was taken before the days of affordable digital photography with a very cheap point and click and then scanned. I did the best I could with it, but… there’s not much to work with. For me, the scanner or the camera.

This pic is also about 6 years old, while the pic in the sidebar is only a few months old, but I think you’ll agree that I haven’t changed a whole lot. I mean, if you put aside that I almost never dip Copenhagen anymore.

Someday I’ll get a decent picture of me. Until then, you’ll have to make do with what ya got.

UPDATE: Since Flicka approved of this picture, I decided to let y’all see the whole thing. I originally cropped out the cutest part of it so that Flicka could see my eyes. Click the pic to see the rest. And here’s one of me and my personal cheering section at the blackjack table. (Relax! That was in my pre-marriage days.)

Surfin’ with the antichrist

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Disclaimer: This not a joke and not something to play with. If you decide to visit the site, make sure your Sword is sharp before you go poking around or you can get turned around pretty fast. That’s why I’ve never posted about it before. You can start out there amused at how preposterous it all seems and before you know it, you’re asking very dangerous questions. It’s most definitely not for baby Christians. It wouldn’t hurt to re-read Ephesians 6:10-17 first.

The antichrist is on the earth and, not surprisingly, he has a web site. In fact, his domain was registered in 1994, before most of you had ever even heard of the internet. (Also not surprising is that his site is hosted on Microsoft Internet Information Server, but I digress.)

Lest you think this is a joke, let me give you the background on my introduction to “Maitreya.” I first started hearing about the creep and his “John the Baptist,” Benjamin Creme, from Christian eschatologists when I was but a child in the early 80′s. They never, that I can recall, asserted that he was the antichrist. They hinted at it. Of course, back then, in the dark, ancient world before the public internet, it was quite difficult to get information on such things.

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