Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
- Egypt's Golden Empire
- Roman Empire
- Byzantine Empire
- British Empire
Each of these governments enjoyed about 200 years of wonderful power and control before they commenced their decline. In summary, they became decadant. Their citizens became greedy and self-centered.
In our country today we are at year 232 since our Declaration of Independence from England. We have achieved great wealth and are regarded as the Leader in the Free World.
Are we becoming decadant? Are we as a society quite greedy? Are we as a society self-centered?
You can answer that question for yourself. We here in Middle Georgia have just heard of a fine school that has had it's reputation tarnished because a few wanted it all. They wanted to enjoy life to the fullest. Certainly a self-centered approach. No one can deny that fact.
On a national level we have a political candidate who is seeking the highest office in the land and he is campaigning to the greed of everyone. He is promising money to those who currently do not pay any taxes. He is promising a reducation in taxes for those who make less than one quarter million dollars. He has pledged to tax the rich.
All of these promises are generated to win the office of President of the United States of America. These promises certainly sound nice to the voters. But what will be the long term cost. Are we at the beginning of the decline of the United States of America because we are greedy? Are we at the beginning of the decline of the United States of America because we are self-centered? Some will say that the decline has already started. Maybe it has, but we certainly can work to turn around the decline if we do not buy into the promises. The idea of spreading the wealth certainly sounds great, but is it really? Go figure!!! What will be the long term cost.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
- French Boy Choir - Saturday - July 19th, 2008 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Macon, Georgia. This event cost me a mere $3.00 for the lovely program. A real joy to hear these young singers perform a wide variety of songs by composers ranging from Georg Friedrich Handel to Irish Folk songs. An amazing concert.
- Arts on Riverdale - Saturday - October 18th, 2008 on Riverdale Drive in West Macon, Georgia. This event is funded by sponsors and vendors who have an abundance of arts and crafts on display and on sale. Additionally, four groups provided the Jazz component for this festival, which I might also inform you just concluded the "Fifth Annual" run.
- The Third Tuesday Organ Interludes - 2008-2009 Series. Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at First Presbyterian Church. The newly refurbished Pipe Organ at First Presbyterian was played by Dr. Ann Caldwell. While I could not attend this performance, my Bride did; however you can be certain that I will be attending the balance of the 2008-2009 Season which is hosted by the Four Historic Downtown Churches:
First Presbyterian Church
Christ Church (Episcopal)
Mulberry Street United Methodist Church
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
The Concerts commence at Noon on the Third Tuesday of November, December, January, February, April and May. During the Cherry Blossom Festival they are held at Noon on March 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27th at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.
You can attend these Concerts for free. The music is grand and you afford youself the opportunity to hear some great Pipe Organ Concerts in the Thirty Minute period of your lunch hour.
You can also enjoy the wide variety of musical performances at the Music Department of Mercer University. You can ascertain the schedule by visiting the Mercer University Web Site at: http://www2.mercer.edu/Music/calendar.htm
The Howard Middle and High School Orchestras Performance - Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 at the Howard High School Bandroom at 6400 Forsyth Road at 7:00 P.M. This event is also Free
Day by Day - The Telegraph - published in Macon, Georgia is also an excellent resource to obtain information about events that you may enjoy.
Admittedly, I will be expending gasoline in my vehicle to attend these events. However the price of energy (gasoline) has recently decreased and I certainly am looking forward to the future events of the type that I have enjoyed in the past and that continue to be offered here in Middle Georgia, Bibb County and Macon, Georgia.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
(Oct. 13, 2008) Sailors recite the oath of enlistment during a mass reenlistment ceremony for 117 Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). A total of $2.4 million in selective reenlistment bonuses is to be distributed among the Sailors. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aaron Holt/Released)
Today the Flower Child salutes the Heroes who are serving our Country. The average reenlistment bonus for each of these Sailors amounts to $20,000.00. Before any reader here becomes upset with this amount please be aware that anyone who qualifies for Service in our Nation's Military could enlist. These reenlistees all have at least four years of training and duty to country. To replace them with new recruits is also an expensive procedure.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy Birthday is one of the two Navy wide dates to be celebrated annually. This page provides historical information on the birth and early years of the Navy, including bibliographies, lists of the ships, and information on the first officers of the Continental Navy, as well as texts of original documents relating to Congress and the Continental Navy, 1775-1783.
The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775 by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength.
After the American War for Independence, Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen and officers. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress "to provide and maintain a navy." Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.
Not to be confused with the Navy Birthday or the founding of the Navy Department is Navy Day. The Navy League sponsored the first national observance of Navy Day in 1922 designed to give recognition to the naval service. The Navy League of New York proposed that the official observance be on 27 October in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had been born on that day.
In 1972 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s birthday. In contrast to Navy Day, the Navy Birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents. Since 1972 each CNO has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion "to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service."
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
We left Macon in 1975 because of U. S. Navy orders. Upon our return to Macon in December 1978 we purchased this home at 3004 Claridge Court which is very near Rosa Taylor Elementary School. We chose this area because we had children of Elementary School age. We lived here through February 1992 when we traded this home in for our current residence in West Bibb County, Georgia.
Now you know a bit more about the Flower Child. Items you most likely did not need to know, but as we all know it is nice to realize what a person is all about. Have a Great Day!!!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday (Tuesday) that the U.S. corn crop could be the second largest in history, despite savage floods that decimated corn-producing regions in the Midwest.
The USDA increased its forecast for this year’s corn harvest to 12.3 billion bushels, up from last month’s estimate of 11.7 billion bushels as “perfect” weather and an aggressive planting schedules helped farmers to recover from June’s floods. If the crop comes in as estimated, it would be just 6% lower than last year’s all-time record crop of 13.1 billion bushels.
The increased forecast helped continue corn’s ease from an all-time high of almost $8 per bushel reached six weeks ago. Corn for December delivery gained 11 cents to settle at $5.28 per bushel in late afternoon trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. The USDA report projects that corn will average $5.40 a bushel for the marketing year that begins September 1.
- A tract of prime farm land on the Garnavillo Prarie of Iowa recently sold for $7500.00 an acre. The tract contained 125 acres which means the purchase price was $937,000.00. A mere $63,000.00 from one million dollars.
- Let us suppose that a Young Farmer starting out rents a major portion of his corn acreage from older retired farmers. He needs to cultivate corn on 1000 acres to be effective as regards machinery and his investment.
- Let us suppose that on this 1000 acres that the yield is 180 bushel per acre. That would be 180,000 bushels.
- Let us assume that the price based on the information reported above is $5.40 a bushel for a gross income of $9,720.000.00.
- The Flower Child is not in a situation to compute or even know the cost of production of a bushel of corn, but I think you can quickly ascertain that this small time farmer is generating quite a bit of gross income, well over the $250,000.00 that some say is a rich individual.
- We all know that diesel fuel is quite expensive. We all know that fertilizer to grow corn is quite expensive as well as the chemicals used to control the weeds and insects.
Yet we have individuals seeking high office who desire to tax the rich because they generate an income of over $250,000.00. I do not know if the higher taxes is on gross or net income as currently discussed, but I do know that young farmers also must obtain their own health insurance, unless they are fortunate enough to have a spouse working for an industry that provides such coverage.
Yet we have those seeking high office who desire to tax the rich. Maybe they have not been to a Publix, Kroger or Piggly Wiggly to know that food does not simply come in boxes. Someone, somewhere must produce the raw materials that grain processors use to manufacture our food stuffs. To tax them out of business is simply foolhardy.
Besides, most young farmers are also generating their own families. Everyone has heard how much it cost to raise a young person to the age of eighteen. One source I visited on the World Wide Web stated: Here's what you're likely to spend to raise a child:$234,694. I entered the age range from 0 to age 18 for a family with an annual income of $68,000.00 a year. The figure stated above was computed in 2006 dollars.
Again, I say, taxing these productive members of our society out of business is simply foolhardy at best and in my own personal opinion, simply stupid.