The Price of Freedom

2012 April 20
by justrand

In ‘A Christmas Carol’ Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a marvelous transformation between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  He changes from a miserly curmudgeon who thinks Christmas is a “Humbug!”…to a kind and generous man, filled with the Christmas spirit, and determined to use his money and time doing some good.

Quite a transformation. But he undergoes another transformation as well…he goes from being a Progressive Democrat to being a Conservative Republican.

Progressives: taxes are charity. Conservatives: charity is charity.  The difference between GIVING your money (and/or time)…and having your money (and/or time) TAKEN. Here is the Progressive “logic”:

  • People don’t donate enough to support all the “worthy causes”
  • The only way to ensure that all those “worthy causes” get enough money is to COMPEL people to “donate” to them!
  • The only form of compulsion the government has that can force “donations” is taxes
  • Therefore: taxes ARE charity!

No really…that’s the “logic”. Perhaps that’s one reason why Democrats routinely give dramatically less to charity than Republicans. Joe Biden, for example, has given less to charity in the last 10 years than I have…yet has financial assets at least 50 times mine (or more).

Consider this exchange from early in ‘A Christmas Carol’ between Scrooge and Mr. Howell, who is seeking a charitable contribution from him:

MR. HOWELL: At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and needy, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of basic needs; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, Sir.

SCROOGE (looking up): Are there no prisons? Did they disappear?

HOWELL: Oh, no, sir. There are still plenty of prisons.

SCROOGE: And the workhouses for the poor? Still in operation, I assume?

HOWELL: They are. Still, I wish I could say they were not.

SCROOGE: The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigor, then?

HOWELL: Yes, very busy, sir.

SCROOGE: Oh, well, I was afraid from what you had said that something had stopped them in their useful course.

JEEVES (Howell’s partner):  Given that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer to the multitude, a few of us are trying to raise a fund to buy the poor some meat and drink, and some means of warmth. …What shall I put you down for?

SCROOGE: Nothing.

JEEVES: Ah! You wish to be anonymous, then?

SCROOGE: I wish to be left alone. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas, and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I am taxed for the institutions I have mentioned, and they cost enough.

Scrooge has no interest in donating…he considers his taxes to be donation enough. “Progressives” want to force people to pay high and higher taxes, so that THEY (the “Progressives”) can re-distribute that money “correctly”!  The government WANTS us to have nothing left to donate…nothing.  Neither time nor money.  They want everyone dependent on the Government, and everyone getting only want they need, while taking from them all that they can in the form of taxes.  “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need“.  And they want us feeling bitter about it, because that further divides us…leaving government as the only “refuge”.

Sen. Rand Paul has a question he asks people that pops this Leftist bubble brilliantly: “You have an extra $100, and want to do some good with it. Given these two choices, what would you choose: (a) send the $100 to the Federal Government or (b) send it to the Salvation Army??

Even an honest Democrat (they are thought to still exist in the wild) would admit that sending it to the U.S. government would be like flushing it down the toilet.

Tax Day was a couple days ago. Regardless of when you filed your taxes, did paying them make your heart swell up with human kindness, knowing all the “worthy causes” the government would put that money to? Nope.

Charity DOES make your heart grow, and IS good for the soul. Whether the donation is money or time, a little or a lot…if it is money (and/or time) that we GIVE, then it does let us feel just a little better about ourselves. Money (and/or time) taken at the point of a gun (or the IRS…same thing) just makes us feel used. (though it does ensure the GSA can continue to have kick-ass parties!)

The Obama Regime seeks to shut down every TRUE charity they can (churches, the Salvation Army, etc). Thus they are seeking to reduce or eliminate deductions for these from the tax code (but leave IN donations to “GreenPeace”, et al), seeking to close Catholic hospitals by forcing them to perform abortions, and putting pressure on hundreds of other charitable causes that don’t fit the “Progressive” mold.

At the end of ‘A Christmas Carol’ Ebenezer Scrooge seeks out Mr. Howell in order to make a donation (“with a good many back payments included”). He is now seeking to GIVE his own money (and later, his time) to help others…and is filled with the spirit of Christmas and humanity in the process. He has become a Conservative Republican.

Whether it’s a few coins dropped in a Salvation Army kettle, an offering in the collection plate on Saturday or Sunday, or just some freely given time or money donated to a cause you feel is worthy, charity is truly its own reward. Taxes taken under threat of penalty or prison are NOT “charity”…and only leave us feeling used, and bitter.

Charity is its own reward…and part of the Price of Freedom.

© BeJohnGalt.com

66 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 April 20 10:41 am
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    judyt2012 permalink

    Excellent post

  2. 2012 April 20 10:44 am
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    justrand permalink

    Thx Judy. I get sick unto death of hearing from “Progressives” that paying high and HIGHER taxes is not only our DUTY…but hey, it’s a form of charity!

    The guy who mugs someone at an ATM is vastly more honest about what he’s doing!

  3. 2012 April 20 10:53 am
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    MI Conservative permalink

    Well there is some good news for consumers!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pork Belly futures have dropped this week. I believe it is because of all the talk of eating dog meat.

  4. 2012 April 20 11:03 am
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    JustMary permalink

    Excellent post indeed, Dad. I took the liberty of adding a link (or two) for you. 🙂

  5. 2012 April 20 11:08 am
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    Okay, pork belly prices have been dropping all morning, which means that everybody is waiting for it to hit rock bottom, so they can buy low. Which means that the people who own the pork belly contracts are saying, “Hey, we’re losing all our damn money, and Christmas is around the corner, and I ain’t gonna have no money to buy my son the G.I. Joe with the kung-fu grip! And my wife ain’t gonna f… my wife ain’t gonna make love to me if I got no money!” So they’re panicking right now, they’re screaming “SELL! SELL!” to get out before the price keeps dropping. They’re panicking out there right now, I can feel it.

  6. 2012 April 20 11:11 am
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    justrand permalink

    thank you, darlin’…there are lots of links available of Dems saying: “Taxes ARE charity” But I didn’t wanna clutter the thread with ’em.

    I heard Rand Paul say that yesterday (about what would you do with $100??). He is great (I wish his dad wasn’t nuts)

    The Salvation Army has one of the highest (if not THE highest) returns on charitiable donations. Well into the 90% range goes to GOOD WORKS. Red Cross?…one of the WORST records!

  7. 2012 April 20 11:12 am
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  8. 2012 April 20 11:12 am
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    justrand permalink

    KH…I love it!

  9. 2012 April 20 11:13 am
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    “First and foremost, there are 46.5 million Americans in the program as of the most recent information available (January 2012), comprising 22.2 million households. That’s 15% of the entire population, and just over 20% of all households. Moreover, despite the end of the official “Great Recession” in June 2009, over 10 million more Americans have been accepted into the program since that month, and the year-over-year growth rate for the program is still +5%”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/foodstamp-nation

  10. 2012 April 20 11:14 am
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    JustMary permalink

    Red Cross?…one of the WORST records!

    …and then there’s United Way. :roll:

  11. 2012 April 20 11:23 am
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    Somewhat related to #10 – http://www.zerohedge.com/news/your-ebt-card-has-been-denied-700000-are-about-lose-their-extended-jobless-claims-benefits

    If you don’t want to read the whole thing – In a nutshell:
    “In other words: lower spending, more claims, but at least Obama’s dream of showing a lower, or even negative (yes, it is absolutely possible if the participation rate drops below 58%) unemployment rate will come true. Too bad 700,000 more people will be living in a cave to see the inauguration.”

    I’d also add many of these 700k may be primed to take obama’s offer of more handouts.

  12. 2012 April 20 11:25 am
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    Mary,

    Check your email

  13. 2012 April 20 11:31 am
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  14. 2012 April 20 11:41 am
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  15. 2012 April 20 11:41 am
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    judyt2012 permalink

    Some of the same spoilers that interrupted the recovery in 2010 and 2011 have emerged again

    If a recovery is interrupted in 2010 and 2011 then is it fair to claim there was any recovery underway?

  16. 2012 April 20 11:50 am
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    justrand permalink

    KH, that’s his strongest statement yet on this. And he’s being nice…the Prosecution HAD to know this.

  17. 2012 April 20 11:57 am
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    justrand permalink

    Judy: “If a recovery is interrupted in 2010 and 2011 then is it fair to claim there was any recovery underway?”

    You are BEGGING for Re-Education! Lord Obama says there was a recovery…so there was one. Then George W. Bush did “something” that derailed it…and now Obama needs to save us AGAIN (i.e., “bring us out of the darkness and into the light” …all over again!)

    It’ll go easier on you if you can just stick to those, um, “facts”

    Signed,
    The Ministry of Truth

  18. 2012 April 20 12:20 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #14 It’s what plants crave!

  19. 2012 April 20 12:22 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #13 I’m only on here for a second, so I’ll thread it when I get back home. 😀

  20. 2012 April 20 12:24 pm
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    http://www.stltoday.com/news/state-and-regional/missouri/energy-companies-seek-to-develop-reactors-in-mo/article_3a25736a-56df-5e52-8932-715d9530ebc6.html

    If they did this 4 years ago instead of Solyndra they’d be taking orders already, assuming of course DOE would be issuing permits to prospective US clients, even still others outside the US like China have interest. I’m less than thrilled that this is being partially funded (far as I tell it’s not a loan) by taxpayers nationwide but if DOE is going to give this money away better it be for something like this then the next solar flop.

  21. 2012 April 20 12:26 pm
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    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Great read: http://spectator.org/archives/2012/04/20/obamas-snipe-hunt

    Money quote:

    Watching President Obama stumble through his energy crisis, it seems only a question of whether he will end up channeling Jimmy Carter or President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina.

    The latter, in case you missed it, just announced that her government will be seizing a 51 percent interest in YPF, the Argentine subsidiary of Repsol, the Spanish conglomerate that is the 15th largest refiner in the world. In most places, that would be called theft, but in the banana republic of Argentina it’s just business as usual. In making her announcement, Fernandez de Kirchner stood directly beneath a wall-length portrait of Eva Peron haranguing the masses sometime back in the 1940s. It was an irony that nobody seemed to notice. Who knows, maybe there’s a Broadway musical in Cristina’s future.

    What prompted the move by the President, who succeeded her husband in 2007, was that YPF, originally founded by the Argentine government in the 1920s and privatized in 1993, wasn’t producing enough oil. Why wasn’t it producing enough oil? Because the government has imposed price controls. And like price controls everywhere, they have discouraged production while encouraging overconsumption. As a result, Argentina has ended up importing expensive foreign oil despite large discoveries of shale oil in recent years.

    This blast from the past can only remind us that one government intervention in the economy always leads to a bigger one and that, despite this sordid history, old leftist ideas never die. There will always be some demagogue telling us that the government can do a better job at running things than the people who know their business. Kirchner probably doesn’t know enough about oil to tell you the difference between a hydrocarbon and a carbohydrate but as a lawyer, she is sure that once she and her friends are running YSF, oil will gush forth like Moses striking the rock.

    So that brings us back to our own Man of the People, President Obama, who is really only in the kindergarten of such retrograde policies but giving it a try. On Tuesday he stood in the Rose Garden flanked by his two apostles of freedom and justice, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder

    Thisarticle just about says it all. Read all of it, please!!!

  22. 2012 April 20 12:49 pm
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    I read all of it and frankly that guy off base on suggesting a release of the SPR not to mention saying the 2011 release was not related entirely but politics. A run up in price alone is not a reason to touch the SPR. I also very much disagree with his justification of using the justice system (regardless of fairness) in order to just keep the peace.

  23. 2012 April 20 12:55 pm
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    20 Sounds great. Probably better for a happy hour themed thread anyway. Cheers!

  24. 2012 April 20 1:09 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    While they sometimes screw up, religions (with the exception of Islam) have a pretty good overall record of helping mankind. For centuries, Catholic hospitals have treated patients without regard to creed, color, etc. Catholic schools have long accepted non-Catholics and about 10% of the average Catholic school body is comprised of non-Catholics. They do some mean things, however (e.g. not having a Muslim prayer room in every building at Georgetown University and placing crucifixes in classrooms just to annoy Muslims).

  25. 2012 April 20 1:18 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    The guy who mugs someone at an ATM is vastly more honest about what he’s doing! — JR

    Boy you can say that again!

  26. 2012 April 20 1:19 pm
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    justrand permalink

    EPH, that’s been the pulse of this election so far. An honest poll, with realistic and VISIBLE breakdown of respondents gets eclipsed by a half dozens polls with Dems +9…and ludicrous weighting on top of that.

    Any and everything to push the perception of Lord Barry’s divinity!

  27. 2012 April 20 1:23 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    21,

    Yep. At least it would add to the baseline load capacity of the country’s electric grid. Solar/wind only adds to the peak capacity.

  28. 2012 April 20 1:25 pm
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    well, well, well

    h/t gatewaypundit

  29. 2012 April 20 1:27 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    RP, 22,

    Hmmmm that poster of the quote missed it! We have already had our Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner capital seizure moment. Just ask any bondholder that held GM or Chrysler corp bonds. Obama has been there and done this already.

  30. 2012 April 20 1:28 pm
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    29 Rand,

    Come Nov, if the electorate is anything close to R+10 then the GOP will get win 50 more House seats and at least 10 Senate seats. Mitt will win 40+ states too.

  31. 2012 April 20 1:31 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    IP, 31,

    Maybe the electrorate should be petitioning the various SoS’s to declare these members must run under the Socialist slot on the ballot and not Dim.

  32. 2012 April 20 1:37 pm
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    31. Haha it’s not like we couldn’t have named a good portion of those but it’s nice to have the full list. So out of 190D’s 36% fully admit to being out right socialists, sounds about par for the course, can’t help but wonder how many more there are but who don’t want to at least be honest about it.

  33. 2012 April 20 1:41 pm
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    33 – I don’t see 50 more house seats even with a +10 generic R come November, that’s not to say if it were to hold true there couldn’t be some gains, but dooood +50 with all the gerrymandering going on and new district dynamics at play?

    34. Haha could be an interesting tactic, even in failure.

  34. 2012 April 20 1:42 pm
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    A little past 4:20 on 4/20.

  35. 2012 April 20 1:46 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Once a Statist always a statist — http://cnsnews.com/news/article/pelosi-amend-first-amendment

    She want to amend the 1st Amendment. It speaks volumes.

  36. 2012 April 20 1:46 pm
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    Post 34~~~Those stats would make a good campaign ad.

  37. 2012 April 20 1:54 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Drdog…well not ONLY the 1st Amendment! The 2nd, 4th and 10th are next on the chopping block!

    Then of course, Czar Barack the 1st, laments not being able to “just DO things”, so if he’s reelected I expect the Constitution will just be one more relic…a curiosity to be sure…but just a relic.

  38. 2012 April 20 1:56 pm
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    “Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has released the most recent list of names of fundraising bundlers. On that list is Jon Corzine, the former governor of New Jersey and embattled money man, the former head of MF Global”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/jon-corzine-still-bundling-obama_640493.html

    Can’t be having our bundlers hassled with charges now can we!
    I lost track though did they ever find or untangle the billion plus in missing client funds?

  39. 2012 April 20 2:04 pm
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    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/04/20/dem-senator-doesnt-know-if-he-will-vote-for-obama/

    Could you be any more of a transparent bullsh1t artist Joe?

  40. 2012 April 20 2:13 pm
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    Bullshit sells in w va apparently.

  41. 2012 April 20 2:18 pm
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    justrand permalink

    KH, just to be sure, I ran Manchin’s statement past my BS detector…damn near broke the thing!!

  42. 2012 April 20 2:25 pm
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    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/20/feminists-have-met-the-enemy-and-the-enemy-is-lego/

    So are any of the ladies here offended by Lego’s products for young girls?

  43. 2012 April 20 2:36 pm
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    justrand permalink

    KH, the Secret Service won’t even let you near Biden with a BS-Detector. The devices make a horrible screeching sound…which sounds too much like Debbie Washedupshit, which confuses Joe even more..if that’s possible

  44. 2012 April 20 2:47 pm
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    46 Romney will be in Tempe tonight. The event is going to be huge. So much for Joe’s “plug”.

  45. 2012 April 20 2:47 pm
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    “Could you be any more of a transparent bullsh1t artist Joe?”

    LMAO!

  46. 2012 April 20 2:50 pm
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    “Arizona has voted for only one Democratic presidential candidate in 60 years”

    Clinton beat Dole in 1996 by 1% point or else it would be zero times in 60 years

  47. 2012 April 20 3:45 pm
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    RepublicanPundit permalink

    I would like to see the first amendment changed to disallow all liberal women from speaking in public.

    😆

  48. 2012 April 20 3:55 pm
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    justrand permalink

    I knew Hall & Oates would come in handy sooner or later:

  49. 2012 April 20 4:07 pm
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    I couldn’t watch the whole thing, too much obammer overload. My gag factor was reached too soon.

  50. 2012 April 20 4:11 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    In recent years, the majority of nun’s have pretty much been a blight on the Catholic Church. Rather than following the roles of nuns in generations past (serving as teachers and nurses), the majority of nuns in 2012 are involved in left-wing social causes. The principal at my daughter’s Catholic high school was visibly pleased when the school’s only nun retired a few years back. As soon as the nun was out of the building, the principal disbanded the Amnesty International chapter the nun moderated.

    It appears the Vatican is about to yank the chain on liberal U.S. nuns whose ideas often run counter to the Church’s teachings:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0419/Vatican-nun-crackdown-hits-US-group-for-radical-feminist-ideas

  51. 2012 April 20 4:17 pm
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    RepublicanPundit permalink

    I like it (not dog, I mean the video).

  52. 2012 April 20 4:30 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #56 Me too…..but I like Jim Treacher more. 😀

  53. 2012 April 20 4:34 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #37 My son pointed out today’s date earlier today, and giggled. I’m looking at him like o_O how did you know that? He says “mawwwwwwm, everybody knows that :roll:”. Oy.

  54. 2012 April 20 4:38 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Obama has gone from being The Won…of whom no fun shall ever be made…to being the butt of every joke being made.

    Excellent…and so well deserved.

  55. 2012 April 20 4:40 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #59

    Know-nothing stay at home moms

    Dogs

    Silver [drug] spoons

    Polygamy

    Yes indeed…..it has been a FANTASTIC week.

  56. 2012 April 20 5:05 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    You cannot get the water to clear up,
    until you get the pigs out of the creek.

    Un Huh….

  57. 2012 April 20 5:14 pm
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    Deckard permalink

    JM #58 – if he starts asking for ginormous bags of Cheetos, be alarmed. How I survived living 6 years in Venice Beach I’ll never know . . . oh that’s right – random drug tests.

    What’s worse is when you have to explain to your parents what a “head shop” is . . . .

    This has been bothering me all day: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/pelosi-amend-first-amendment

    I really REALLY loathe that woman.

  58. 2012 April 20 5:22 pm
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    justrand permalink

    geez Deckard, you’ll still have free speech when Pelosi’s done. You’ll be free to say anything you want as long as it agrees with her, and Obama, and Reid, and Ayers…

    Yup, just LOVE Big Brother and you’ll be fine!

  59. 2012 April 20 5:25 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #62 There really is no difference between the appetite of a growing 13 year old boy, and a stoner with the munchies. How would I ever know? 😆

  60. 2012 April 20 5:25 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Lemme put it this way- he is already almost 5’11” and can eat more than my husband and I- combined.

  61. 2012 April 20 5:42 pm
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    Deckard permalink

    #65 – oh I remember those days – I could eat almost an entire pizza – and still have no side effects the next day. Metabolism was your FRIEND back then.

    Now? Metabolism has switched over to the dark side.

    13 and already 5’11”?!?! Yikes – and he still has years to go. I still grew in height when I was in college – and the “freshman fifteen” didn’t help either. What are you feeding him – human Miracle-Gro?

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