Archive for March, 2011

Letter From Harold Estes (95 Years Young)

This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter  to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.  This one you can find on snopes.com, as verified.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year.  People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate.  Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

” We’re no longer a Christian nation”

” America is arrogant” – (Your wife even announced to the world,” America is mean-spirited. ” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)
I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you.  To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said,” America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British?  Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?  I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination.  You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American.  If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue .  You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight?  You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing.  I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son.  Do your job.  When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him.  But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out.  The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy.  That’s not our greatest threat.  Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle…

Sincerely,
Harold B. Estes

Myrtle Mae & Hippie Hannah

Vegan: Lousy Hunter

Do you know the definition of VEGAN?  lousy hunter.

Do you know who has the largest armed force in the world, by far?  The American hunter and gun enthusiast is the largest armed force in the world.

A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin .

Over the last several months, Wisconsin ‘s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.

More men under arms than in Iran .   More than in France and Germany combined.

These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan ‘s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

The point?  America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.

Hunting — it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national security.

That’s why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Food for thought when next we consider gun control.

My compliments, Mr. President

It’s not often you’ll hear me compliment the current administration, as I honestly believe they’ve done so much thats bad for the country, but credit is due for having the good sense  to keep American boots off Libyan soil.  As much as I believe we waited a bit too long to step in, I also firmly believe that we stepped in technologically which was the right thing to do.

Cudos, Mr. President.

Now, no matter how much lip service you have to give to the world community, kill that s.o.b. who was responsible for the Lockerby bombing.

FYI:  As a result of the 2011 Libyan uprising, there are currently two entities claiming to be the official government of Libya.[4] The regime of Muammar Gaddafi, which refers to the country as the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,[5][6] controls Tripoli and most of the western half of the country. The National Transitional Council of the Libyan Republic,[7][8] led by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, is based in Benghazi and controls most of the eastern half of the country.

With an area of almost 1,800,000 square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa by area, and the 17th largest in the world.[9] The capitalTripoli, is home to 1.7 million of Libya’s 6.4 million people. The three traditional parts of the country are TripolitaniaFezzan, and Cyrenaica. Libya has the highest HDI in Africa and the fourth highest GDP (PPP) per capita in Africa as of 2009, behind SeychellesEquatorial Guinea and Gabon. These are largely due to its large petroleum reserves and low population.[10][11] Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world and the 17th-highest petroleum production.

Why not lie on my loan application?

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when I read headlines like “fewer first time buyers hurt market,” on an article regarding home sales, or that surprise, 33% of home buyers were cash buyers.  You can’t buy a foreclosure without cash, or a bank letter of credit which is the same as cash.  Reporters would make you think that many buyers out there actually had cash to pay for their new home, when the buyer was actually an investor or group of investors picking the house up for well less than it had originally sold for.

And they do so at great risk. For most originally sold for far more than the cost of the lot, the cost of construction, the cost of financing, and a fair profit to the builder.  They sold for artificially driven up prices in a phony market driven by no-qualify loans.

Houses in this country sold for five years for terribly inflated prices, prices artificially driven up by buyers trying to make money, not have a wonderful place to raise their family.  Our cleaning lady bought five houses.  There is absolutely no reason a cleaning lady shouldn’t invest, however there is a reason no one should invest by falsifying their loan application, a process encouraged by the Barney Franks and Harry Reids of congress, with a don’t ask don’t tell approach not only to military enlistment, but as to credit qualification for home loans.  But thanks, Barney and Harry, you eased the process of buying with “stated income” (lying about what you make), and eased the country right into the worst recession (read depression) since the great depression of the late 1930’s.

And those same reporters seem surprised that first time home buyers now have higher credit ratings than five years ago.  Duh!  Since there are finally sensible requirements for loans, it only holds that the credit ratings would be higher.  It’s not some strengthening of the economy, allowing first time home buyers to have higher ratings.

The liberal press and the government continue to try to make us believe that the current mess in the country is due to Wall Street and evil mortgage brokers, which is a laugh.  No, Wall Street nor the lending institutions are saints, but they are business people and they do what they can, usually legally, to make money, and making money is what drives this free enterprise economy of ours.  When government is lax, or trying to buy votes by inserting artificial economic conditions into the economy (read phony credit requirements for loans) then Wall Street and lending instutions are going to take advantage of it.

If any private institutions are at fault for our present piss poor economy it’s the credit rating companies.  Those are the companies who gave AAA ratings to the packages of loans that were sold to investors both here and overseas, when in fact those loans were made up of far too many who qualified with “stated income,” i.e. lies.

Some of those folks should go to jail.  The days of caveat emptor are long past, and even when you as an investment analyst have done your job of due diligence, you would expect to depend upon companies such as Dun and Bradstreet and Moody’s.

In the final analysis, it was congress at fault.  They set the standards, and the buck stops there and in their committees.  And they are the reason this country is in terrible trouble.

Spending’s The Problem…When Are They Gonna Get It?