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Mr. Trump, You’re Fired

Posted by olemike on 04/21/2011

We have yet to find out if “the Donald” will actually run for president.  However, I’m betting that before very long, he will decide not to and pull out of the race.  I am convinced that his actions thus far are just a publicity stunt.  At least, I hope so.  We in the Republican party need a serious, moderate, conservative, who has good experience and would be well accepted by the independents in the country. 

I can’t predict at this point who the final candidate will be, but it don’t be Donald Trump.  At least, not with my vote.

What about yours?


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Real Costs of Obamacare

Posted by olemike on 04/20/2011

Here is just another example of the unanticipated costs of Obamacare.  Now, it appears that for political reasons, the Obama administration is handing out bonuses to alleviate the cuts to Medicare Advantage Plans.  This is surely just a political move.  See this  article and this  blog for more information.

Did we ever really believe the new healthcare bill would actually lower the deficit.  That line was just more spin.

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Spring Planting Day – Finally

Posted by olemike on 04/18/2011

Leona and I got a lot done in the garden today (04/17/11).  We planted in four of our raised beds.  The weather was virtually perfect today for working outside.  We have been waiting for this for a couple of weeks.  However, the weather man is predicting rain showers and cooler weather over the next few days.

Bed #5

  • 1 – Pumpkin (Big Max)
  • 1 – zucchini Squash
  • 1 – Yellow Crookneck Squash
  • 1 – Sunburst Squash
  • 2 – Burpless Cucumber (added a trellis for vertical growing)

Bed #4

  • Swiss Chard (Bright Lights)
  • Spinach (Melody Hybrid
  • Lettuce (Gourmet Blend)
  • Lettuce (Vivian – Huge Romaine Type)

Bed #3

  • Parsnips (Hollow Crown)
  • Beets (Scarlet Prince)
  • Carrot (Garden King Hybrid)
  • Radish (French Blush)

Bed #2 (This bed was actually planted on 04/08/11)

  • 3 – Celebrity Tomato Plants – Determinate for canning Stewed Tomatoes
  • 2 – Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • 1 – Red Cherry

 Bed #1  (The beans were inoculated with Seed Inoculant purchased from Harris Seeds in Rochester, NY.

  • Dragon Tongue Yellow Snap Beans
  • Garden Beans – Bush Blue Lake 274
  • Soybean – Be Sweet 292
  • Pole Snap Beans – Blue Lake, White Seeded Pole Beans

The seeds were all “Burpee” seeds purchased at Capital Nursery.  The sets (Bed #5) were purchased at Green Acres Nursery In beds #1, #3 and #4, we only planted about 1/2 of each bed.  We will plant another rotation in about two weeks. 

Ya’ll come for dinner in about 60 days.. We’ll have lots of veggies!

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Fair Oaks Horticulture Open House

Posted by olemike on 04/16/2011

On Wed. 4/13/11, Leona and I attended the open house at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.  It was interesting.  We were able to work through the gardens, talk to the Master Gardeners, ask questions, etc.  We saw one Honey Babe Dwarf Peach tree like we are planting at home.  This one was about 6 years. old.  It gave us an idea what ours will look like after a while.  There were lots of demonstrations regarding watering systems, maintaining raised beds, and others.  All in all, an interesting tour.  I highly recommend it for you back yard gardeners.

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More “Change” from Barack

Posted by olemike on 04/16/2011

Here is just one more example of the President changing his mind about what is acceptable behavior after becoming President.  During the Presidential campaign, he made  statements about what he would not do as President.  He was slamming George Bush about what he had done and he turns around and does the exact same thing. 

 It’s just another instance of where he was either mistaken or lied to us.  You may choose which it is.

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No More Lattes for You

Posted by olemike on 04/15/2011

We are a nation in trouble if we think our current leaders did a good job in reducing spending for the balance of the fiscal year.  While it was reported that cuts of $38.5 billion were achieved, the Congressional Budget Office stated that only $352 million would actually be achieved.   With a total deficit of 1.4 trillion, that is only .02514%. 

For an individual who has $10,000 in credit card debt to pay for, a comparable savings would be $2.51.  You couldn’t even buy a latte from Starbucks for that.  Are we really to believe that the national debt will be reduced at this rate?  All we are getting from the Republicans in Washington is spin about what a great job they are doing in reducing the deficit and  the Democrats are harping about how draconian the reductions are. 

Is cutting $2.51 from your personal budget draconian?   They must take us for fools.

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Thank You, Paul Ryan

Posted by olemike on 04/14/2011

Barack Obama finally came out with a plan to reduce the deficit.  Most of us know that without Mr. Ryan leading the way, the President would not have done so.  It is always easier to react to someone else’s plan  that to develop your own from scratch.  Unfortunately, that is not the mark of a good leader.   

What will actually get passed is anyone’s guess.  Most Dem’s in the house and senate don’t want to cut anything.  The all usually fall back on the standard Democratic mantra – raise taxes on the rich.  Yes, that may be required to ever eliminate the deficit, but  some of their sacred programs must be trimmed as well. 

I personally believe that the government’s focus should be on the beginning of one’s life (such as providing a good education) and not on providing a “golden parachute” for all.  People have to be responsible for themselves to some degree.

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T. Boone and Natural Gas

Posted by olemike on 04/13/2011

 I enjoyed this  article about T. Boone Pickens   and his ideas for converting the U.S. trucking fleet to natural gas.   It sounds like a good idea to me.  We have lots of natural gas right here at home.  Per the article, converting the big trucks to natural gas would cut our OPEC  imports by about 50%.  That is something worth doing.  There is a current bi-partisan bill in Congress – The New Alternative Transportation to give American Solutions Act.  It already has 157 co-sponsors.   Take a look.  If you think it’s a good idea, write your congressman and tell them to vote for it.

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Deficit Issues

Posted by olemike on 04/12/2011

This clip of Senator  Rand Paul speaking in Congress  is an excellent summary of our deficit problem.  No matter what favorite programs we as individuals may cling to, sometime in the future something must change.  We cannot continue to saddle our children and grandchildren with this staggering debt.  You may not like it – but something must change.

Let me know where you think he is wrong.  What do you think we should do?

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New Citrus Tree Planting

Posted by olemike on 04/11/2011

Last weekend, Leona and I planted two new citrus trees into wine barrels.  We planted one Clementine Mandarin and one Improved Meyer Lemon.  We purchased them from Green Acres nursery but they were grown at Four Winds Growers in Winter, CA.                                                                                      


 This is all part of converting our entire backyard into a food-producing  area.

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