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Underprivileged or Under-Proud?

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Underprivileged or Under-proud

by L. J. Martin

http://www.fromthepeapatch.com

 

The next time you’re tempted to give money to a panhandler (bum) then remember this exchange between a cop and an Oklahoma City hand-out, palm-up scumbag, as just reported on Fox News:

Cop:  “Why don’t you get a job?”

Bum:  “Number one, I’m lazy; Number two I make $60,000 a year.”

That would be the end of story if it convinced you not to perpetuate this behavior on American streets.  I was semi-cured when I was approached by a Native American in a shopping center in Missoula, Montana, who was with his wife (babe in arms) and his elderly mother.  He asked, “Man, can you help me out?  I need gas to get back home to the rez.”  I, feeling guilty that my work ethic had paid off, gave him five bucks.  A week later, same guy, same sidewalk in front of the shopping center.  I walked in the pack-and-ship I frequent and asked the clerk.  “What’s the story with the guy bumming money out front.”  The answer, “Oh, he’s here every summer working the sidewalk.  The grandma and baby thing works really well.”

I should have been cured.

Two years later I was leaving a Subway where I’d just bought a sandwich, and had it cut in half as my wife might have enjoyed it and I was on my way home.  Driving out of the parking lot, wa la, a panhandler with his dog and sign “Hungry. Will work for food.”  Again, feeling guilty about my success and forgetting to attribute it to work ethic, I stopped and pushed the down button on my truck window.  “Hey, I just bought this sandwich at Subway and was taking half of it home to my wife, but you’re welcome to it.”  He jumps up and takes it with, “God bless you man, you may have saved my life.”  I drive away and in my large truck side mirror see him unrolling the sandwich…for his dog.

Now, I love dogs and in retrospect am not the least unhappy about the dog getting fed, but I’m perturbed about the lie, and the fact I’m a sucker…again.

Giving anything to panhandlers just makes them convinced that they are smarter than you and I, and can live off the guilt that drives liberal thinking in this country where so many of us have so much (including those so-called poverty level folks, who, with cell phones and flat screen T.V.’s and warm roofs over their heads are ultra wealthy in the eyes of so much of the rest of the world).  By the way, that bum who makes sixty thousand a year takes money from those poverty level folks who think him underprivileged.  And, yes, he is very, very underprivileged: he’s not privileged to have any pride.

Tell the bums where the nearest shelter is, which they won’t go to because most shelters have rules, and their only rule is being able to con you

L. J. Martin is the author of 30 book length works and the conservative blog, http://fromthepeapatch.com.  He lives in Montana with his wife, who’s a best-selling author of romantic suspense.  They winter in California, where both were born.  For more see www.ljmartin.com and www.wolfpackranch.com.

Underprivileged or Under-Proud?

Underprivileged or Under-proud

by L. J. Martin

http://www.fromthepeapatch.com

The next time you’re tempted to give money to a panhandler (bum) then remember this exchange between a cop and an Oklahoma City hand-out, palm-up scumbag, as just reported on Fox News:

Cop:  “Why don’t you get a job?”

Bum:  “Number one, I’m lazy; Number two I make $60,000 a year.”

That would be the end of story if it convinced you not to perpetuate this behavior on American streets.  I was semi-cured when I was approached by a Native American in a shopping center in Missoula, Montana, who was with his wife (babe in arms) and his elderly mother.  He asked, “Man, can you help me out?  I need gas to get back home to the rez.”  I, feeling guilty that my work ethic had paid off, gave him five bucks.  A week later, same guy, same sidewalk in front of the shopping center.  I walked in the pack-and-ship I frequent and asked the clerk.  “What’s the story with the guy bumming money out front.”  The answer, “Oh, he’s here every summer working the sidewalk.  The grandma and baby thing works really well.”

I should have been cured.

Two years later I was leaving a Subway shop where I’d just bought a sandwich, and had it cut in half as my wife might have enjoyed it and I was on my way home.  Driving out of the parking lot, wa la, a panhandler with his dog and sign “Hungry. Will work for food.”  Again, feeling guilty about my success and forgetting to attribute it to work ethic, I stopped and pushed the down button on my truck window.  “Hey, I just bought this sandwich at Subway and was taking half of it home to my wife, but you’re welcome to it.”  He jumps up and takes it with, “God bless you man, you may have saved my life.”  I drive away and in my large truck side mirror see him unrolling the sandwich…for his dog.

Now, I love dogs and in retrospect am not the least unhappy about the dog getting fed, but I’m perturbed about the lie, and the fact I’m a sucker…again.

Giving anything to panhandlers just makes them convinced that they are smarter than you and I, and can live off the guilt that drives liberal thinking in this country where so many of us have so much (including those so-called poverty level folks, who, with cell phones and flat screen T.V.’s and warm roofs over their heads are ultra wealthy in the eyes of so much of the rest of the world).  By the way, that bum who makes sixty thousand a year takes money from those poverty level folks who think him underprivileged.  And, yes, he is very, very underprivileged: he’s not privileged to have any pride.

Tell the bums where the nearest shelter is, which they won’t go to because most shelters have rules, and their only rule is being able to con you.

L. J. Martin is the author of 30 book length works and the conservative blog, http://fromthepeapatch.com.  He lives in Montana with his wife, who’s a best-selling author of romantic suspense.  They winter in California, where both were born.  For more see www.ljmartin.com and www.wolfpackranch.com.

A White Guy…. (video)

Just A White Guy

The REAL Romney…. Character Counts!

I received this on the web.  I was able to verify much of it on Snopes.com, and so can you at the link below. Having had a child missing myself, I can tell you it would have been good to have Romney as a friend.  That said, character counts, and having a president with character should count for all of us.

Verify on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/search.asp

On Romney’s character….

Sometimes, this facet of Romney’s personality isn’t so subtle. In July 1996, the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner at Bain Capital, had disappeared. She had attended a rave party in New York City and gotten high on ecstasy. Three days later, her distraught father had no idea where she was. Romney took immediate action. He closed down the entire firm and asked all 30 partners and employees to fly to New York to help find Gay’s daughter.

Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott and hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with the NYPD, and went through his Rolodex and called everyone Bain did business with in New York, and asked them to help find his friend’s missing daughter. Romney’s accountants at Price Waterhouse Cooper put up posters on street poles, while cashiers at a pharmacy owned by Bain put fliers in the bag of every shopper. Romney and the other Bain employees scoured every part of New York and talked with everyone they could – prostitutes, drug addicts – anyone.

That day, their hunt made the evening news, which featured photos of the girl and the Bain employees searching for her. As a result, a teenage boy phoned in, asked if there was a reward, and then hung up abruptly. The NYPD traced the call to a home in New Jersey, where they found the girl in the basement, shivering and experiencing withdrawal symptoms from a massive ecstasy dose. Doctors later said the girl might not have survived another day. Romney’s former partner credits Mitt Romney with saving his daughter’s life, saying, “It was the most amazing thing, and I’ll never forget this to the day I die.”

So, here’s my epiphany: Mitt Romney simply can’t help himself. He sees a problem, and his mind immediately sets to work solving it, sometimes consciously, and sometimes not-so-consciously. He doesn’t do it for self-aggrandizement, or for personal gain. He does it because that’s just how he’s wired.

Many people are unaware of the fact that when Romney was asked by his old employer, Bill Bain, to come back to Bain & Company as CEO to rescue the firm from bankruptcy, Romney left Bain Capital to work at Bain & Company for an annual salary of one dollar. When Romney went to the rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, he accepted no salary for three years, and wouldn’t use an expense account. He also accepted no salary as Governor of Massachusetts.

Character counts…and Romney obviously has character.

Even Funnier if Not so Accurate….

Chuck Woolery, right on the money…. (video)

You Shall Not Murder

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You shall not murder

by L. J. Martin

ObamaCare makes provisions for panels of hospital administrators who will determine if it’s economically propitious to treat a patient who’s over 70…otherwise, can we afford to invest in this old fart.  Just for fun (and admittedly, spite) I’ve taken a quick look at some folks over 70, and a look at what some, who have more respect for age than those in our current administration, have to say on the subject.

At age 70 Benjamin Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence

71) Casey Stengel began managing the New York Mets

72) Margaret Ringenberg flew around the world.

73) Ronald Reagan was re-relected President of the United States

74) Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps began at attempt to construct the Suez Canal.

75) Warren Buffett set up a $30 billion contribution to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation & Barbara Hillar became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole.

76) Authur Rubinstein gave a concert in London.

77) Grandma Moses started painting. John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space.

78) Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. gave his definition of the limits to free speech. He said “the First Amendment would not protect someone “falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.”

79) Peter Oakley, known as Geriatric1927, is the marketing guru of the Zimmers, a 40-strong band with an average age of 78. The Zimmers gained a cult following after posting their cover of the Who’s “My Generation” on YouTube. Oakley’s video diary ranked as ninth overall on YouTube’s Most Subscribed List. Actor Jimmy Stewart worked to enhance public appreciation and understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Asa A. Long became the oldest U.S. checkers champion.

80) Jessica Tandy became the oldest Oscar recipient for her work in Driving Miss Daisy. George Burns became the second oldest Oscar recipient for his work in The Sunshine Boys. American writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes published “Over the Teacups,” which displayed his characteristic vitality and wit. Christine Brown of Laguna Hills, California flew to China and climbed the Great Wall. Paul Newman earned an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for “Empire Falls” in 2005. Dick Van Dyke appeared in the movie, “A Night at the Museum.” Sir George Martin (along with his son Giles) co-produced the Beatles’ album “Love,” the soundtrack to a Cirque du Soleil play.  Clint Eastwood: The actor, director, and producer, 80, has been involved in quite a few Oscar-nominated projects of late, and plans to direct until he’s 100 or older.

81) Barbara McClintock won the Nobel Prize in “Physiology or Medicine” for the discovery of genetic tranposition.

82) The renowned writer and thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe finished writing Faust, with which he had begun experimenting more than 60 years earlier. William Ivy Baldwin became the oldest tightrope walker, crossing the South Boulder Canyon in Colorado on a 320-foot wire. Legendary blues singer Alberta Hunter performed at a Greenwich Village nightclub, making a remarkable musical comeback. James Cagney came back from twenty years of retirement to appear in the film Ragtime. Winston Churchill wrote A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Leo Tolstoy wrote I Cannot Be Silent. Rita Roherty hit 91 of 100 clay pigeons to take third place in a shotgun competition. Venus Ramey balanced on her walker and fired her handgun to shoot out an intruder’s tires. Ramey, winner of the 1944 Miss America pageant, confronted the man on her Kentucky farm and disabled his vehicle so he couldn’t escape. Legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet directed “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke.

90) Chagall became the first living artist to be exhibited at the Louvre museum. Pablo Picasso was still producing drawings and engravings. Chemist Paul Walden was still giving chemistry lectures.

100) Alice Porlock of Great Britain published her first book, Portrait of My Victorian Youth, when she was 102 years old.

And there are literally hundreds of millions more who’ve contributed to humanity after the age of 70.

“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”  Confucius

And a few thoughts from an old book to which the current administration seems to pay little attention:

“‘Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God…”  Leviticus 19:32

“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee…”  Exodus 20:12

“Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not long life bring understanding?”  Job 12:12

“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.”  Proverbs 16:31

“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you….”  Deuteronomy 5:16

And last but certainly not least:

“You shall not murder,” The 6th Commandment

So, shall we be able to prosecute these panels for murder, should they not act?  Here’s a legal interpretation of “failure to act”:

A person’s failure to act can also constitute the “act” of the crime if that person had a legal obligation to act. In almost all situations, a parent has a legal obligation to his or her child whether the relationship is natural (biological parents) or legal (adoptive parents), a legal guardian has a legal obligation to protect the person for whom he or she is a guardian, and a sibling may have a legal obligation towards another sibling.

When a person is incapacitated and in the care of another, it’s my belief that guardian has a legal obligation.

And, oh by the way, that’s moral and right; however those two factors seem to be severely lacking in today’s American political system.

“You shall not murder,” The 6th Commandment

Check out this video:  Obama’s Death Panels

L. J. Martin (over 70) is the author of the conservative blog http://fromthepeapatch.com, and of 30 book length works, as well as dozens of ariticles published in national periodicals.  He lives in Montana with his wife, an internationally published, NYT bestselling, author of over 55 novels.  For more see www.ljmartin.com.