Up with ‘Vim and Vigor’

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Sep 022014
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The whole idea of ‘vim and vigor’ used to amuse me. It seemed old fashioned, the kind of remark that my grandma would make. Of course that was back when I had it. Now that I’m older than my grandmother, it’s not so funny.

The dictionary says it means strength and enthusiasm, qualities which are becoming more elusive with each passing day. I never thought that ‘vim’ was an actual English word. I learn now that it is; derived from the Latin for strength. It doesn’t matter because, for me, ‘vim’ is a quality in short supply.

Not me!

Not me!

These days I find I’m spending half the day finding the ‘vim and vigor’ to get our of bed. I don’t feel old exactly- although I couldn’t tell what that might mean. I can find the energy to get up and at ‘em eventually and when I do I feel just as capable of taking on the day as ever. It’s just that the sense of urgency is gone. Getting up is driven more by a full bladder than eagerness to take on the day.

I have plans, hopes and dreams just like always. What is misssing these days is the urgency.  Even more I have the feeling that I’ll be much more energetic if I lie here just a few minutes more. Certainly the body is less willing these days. What troubles me more is the realization that so is my mind.

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Jul 292014
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Originally posted 2011-05-25 16:34:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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I was watching TV last night.

Yeah, I know that it makes my brain rot but sometimes after a hard day trying to make my computer behave and write coherent sentences, it’s great to throw off the mental activity and watch a mindless crime show. This one started off simply enough but it soon got more complicated. It was about some evil middle class home owners who murder homeless people and their law student enabler.  This enabler who took time from his law classes to work at a homeless soup kitchen (in Malibu, where else) was suing the homeowners because they were mean to the homeless . (Naturally it is mean to expect the homeless to obey the laws and, of course it annoys the law enforcement community no end to be expected to enforce them.)   Everybody loves sweet homeless people and hates the money grubbing middle class. Right? Naturally the poor homeless people were just trying to get by. It was a hard life because once they finished eating at their ocean front food kitchen, they had to climb the hill to their sylvan homeless camp and darn if there wasn’t a small subdivision in the way.


No matter that they were breaking the laws by camping in the woods without permits. They have rights , you know. They were just doing what God made them to do. Rousseau would be proud. It was the homeowners who were evil. It made me realize that this whole country is going down the tubes when the popular media glorifies lawless, irresponsible behavior and demonizes hardworking people who actually work to earn a living, own property, pay taxes and raise their kids to do the same. What are they thinking?

Nobody rewards responsibility these days.

According to this TV show , those of us with money should pay $50k a year to send our kids to law school so that they can make the world safe for free spirits who take responsibility for nothing. My wife was incensed and excused herself to read in bed. “Stick around ,” I urged her. “You know its only fiction.” At this point the district attorney was emotional as he described the rage of ordinary middle class people seeing someone defecate on their yard. His condescension was unmistakable. “How dare they expect homeless people to behave responsibly?” he seemed to say. Elected public servants demonizing the people that pay them to maintain civilization. That has to be fiction, right?

Well I’m not so sure.

California is bankrupt, spending way more money than it takes in. The tax burden in California is one of the highest in the nation. You would think that this would provide plenty of money for government services but our elected leaders tell us it’s not true. It turns out that we spend too much money on law enforcement and public safety so to balance the budget, we either need to pay more taxes or wait two days for a fire truck or the 911 operator to answer. It seems that public safety is expendable. Government’s real function of to take care of people who can’t or won’t take care of themselves and demean the folks who do. The little secret is out. The state is run to make life pleasant for homeless people and other folks who refuse to take responsibility for their lives.

Responsibility: the new silent minority.

The only people making any effort to solve this problem are the ever shrinking minority of people who actually earn a living . And what do they get for this selfless act? They get the pleasure of being taxed into poverty just so the irresponsible can live the lifestyle they want. I don’t get it. Why do we bother? We are still living in the past, remembering the old days of responsible government, working hard and getting ahead. We can still remember when taxes were only 20% instead of the 60% today and the world was safe, the schools were good and you never saw homeless people defecating in public spaces or in your own yard.

Why be responsible?  It doesn’t make any sense.

There is no reason for a reasonable person to behave responsibly today. Private property is a burden with few benefits and many problems. Working is slavery and then you get most of your income taxed away. When you complain, the government tells you that you are heartless. Who is the government to tell us anything? In the old days they did what we told them to do and the Constitution wasn’t a living document to be rewritten by mealy mouthed statist judges. This isn’t the America that offered endless opportunity and freedom to be whoever you want to be. This is a gulag where people who try to be responsible are beat up and sucked dry so that the free and irresponsible can live without making any effort.

I didn’t sleep very well last night.

Maybe those computer problems weren’t so bad.


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Jul 292014
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Originally posted 2011-05-16 08:49:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Hello all.  You may be asking yourself why Justin is writing this post instead of Bob.  Ok it is more likely you didn’t even notice until I brought it up.  Anyway, our good friend Bob has been having some rather serious health issues as of late and spent this past weekend in the hospital.

These are the times people hope they have the best nurses who are skilled and who have taken online nursing classes.

The details are his to share but let me say that in the medical field, even the most simple and straightforward of things can be the most dangerous.  He spent the weekend in the hospital and should be out soon for some recovery before he goes back in again.  He will be spending far too much time, heck he has spent far too much time in hospitals already.

He told us he took his laptop with him to keep up on what is going on, but, I know how hard it was to use the computer when I was a visitor in the hospital with my daughter, much less the patient in a morphine daze.

Anyway, Bob being Bob, I know he will try to log on and see where the internet is leaving him so I would ask all of you reading this post right here, right now, to comment and send Bob your get well wishes.  You can always email him as well, bob@cantankerousoldcoots.com.  Let him know you are thinking of him and we hope he will make a speedy recovery and get back to writing here and over at JuicyMaters.com.

Thanks for reading.


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Jul 292014
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Originally posted 2011-07-21 06:53:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Well folks we have done it, we actually recorded an interview with Bob!  We did record with video, but the video didn’t turn out very good.  there is still a video but it is not live, unless you want to have an epileptic seizure.  Let me know if you want the raw video, and get a pillow so you don’t hurt yourself during the seizure.  So enjoy either in a static video or as an audio, both are downloadable! (It takes a minute for the video to load, please be patient!)

Click here to download the audio only version in wonderful MP3! (right click and save as…you know the drill)



Well now, here are the notes and links of things that we talked about.

First, Bob’s sites: http://juicymaters.com and http://commonsenseconversation.com.

Next we talked about the Pioneer Woman’s site http://pioneerwoman.com

After that came Dr. WordPress, Dave Doolin.  He has several sites but the one we talked about is at http://website-in-a-weekend.net  It is a great site to learn about wordpress and getting your own blog set up.

Next we plug Ralph’s site: http://ralphcarlsonblog.com and Justin’s main site http://justinsbrainpan.com.

If you are interested in the book we talked about, Essential wisdom of the Founding Fathers, click our affiliate link *HERE* and then click this link: http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Wisdom-Founding-Fathers/dp/1435111494/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310977614&sr=8-1.  We may as well make a few cents if you go ahead and buy the book.

Warren G. Harding was mentioned as a president that Bob admires, *HERE* is the Wikipedia page.  *Addendum* We were wrong.  Warren G. Harding was president in 1920 but not the guy that Bob admires.  The real admiree was Hardings Vice President and later President Calvin Coolidge.  Click *HERE* for his wikipedia page.

If you want to know more about the No Fly List, you can click *HERE* for the Wikipedia page, or you can go to http://www.no-fly-list.com and see if you are on the list too.

The Constitution of the United States is one of the most important Documents that we have in this country.  If you haven’t read it in a while, check it out:  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html  While you are there Check out the Declaration of Independence as well, it is important.  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html

This here is Bob’s Ford that I yanked off of one of his posts, not like it really matters, but I want to be thorough!

Bob has his Blubrry channel at http://www.blubrry.com/coffee_club/ but he would prefer you to listen at http://commonsenseconversation.com

Thanks for listening/watching, we will be having more interviews in the near future!












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Jul 292014
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Originally posted 2010-04-26 09:30:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

George Carlin was an inconvenient nudge. Never constrained by conventional wisdom and most often delightfully sane in a crazy world. We need a truthteller like George who died in 2008. Here is his take on the environment and the planet.

” The planet is just fine- the people are f*****.”

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