The Second Bill of Rights! The Path to Socialism

Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union[1]:

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.

Now From the USSR comes a familiar sentiment

Article 40. Citizens of the USSR have the right to work (that is, to guaranteed employment and pay in accordance wit the quantity and quality of their work, and not below the state-established minimum), including the right to choose their trade or profession, type of job and work in accordance with their inclinations, abilities, training and education, with due account of the needs of society...
Article 41. Citizens of the USSR have the right to rest and leisure...
The length of collective farmers' working and leisure time is established by their collective farms.
Article 42. Citizens of the USSR have the right to health protection.

And look where socialism got the USSR. doesn't work anywhere it is tried.

A vote for Obama is a vote for who exactly?

All Politics aside, this should disturb you. I was listening to the Lars Larsen show the other night on the way home and this guy was being interviewed. His website is Vote carefully people! This could be the biggest constitutional scandal in the history of the country. The world is watching and the outcome of this election could be even worse in the world arena. He has already passed the deadline of the lawsuit against him. If in fact, he entered the country illegally, he has no right to even be a senator. But being a citizen of Kenya definately disqualifies him to be president.

The lawyer who brought this case against him will not give up on it. Watch the videos!

Rototiller Heaven

I might have mentioned this before but I have an old Montgomery Ward rototiller I bought for $75.00 a few years ago. A couple of months later I blew the motor and swapped it out for a used motor I bought to put on my dredge. That was $65.00 and was back in business. Took it to the shop last year and spent $80.00 to get it going after a long sit the next spring. This year I bought a new fuel tank and a couple of gaskets for around $50.00.

That totals to about $270.00.

Let's see though; a new comparible tiller rototiller runs around $700. If i tried to sell mine...I'd be lucky to get $100. Somehow the math doesn't really add up anyway you look at it.  The good news though is that it now run's as good as a new one. Doesn't miss a heartbeat and is working like a champ.

I got out this morning and ran it for an hour or so. My lawn area is closing in on getting ready to be planted. This has been a couple year project.

When I started the area was covered in 4" of gravel and was the driveway. I had a loader come in and scrape out the rocks and spread them down the alley. Then I had him comback and run the tines through it to loosen it up and get the BIG rocks loose. That year I was lucky to make one pass through the area getting the smaller rocks out.

Last year, I hauled in some sandy loam and mulch from the dumps and mixed it all in. The red clay around here is terrible. Since I've done that though the yard no longer floods into the house area though and there are no puddles even in a heavy rain. But rocks are rocks and I still have plenty but not like it was.

I still need to level the dirt and roll it out yet. But I also need to plan for sprinklers which i don't have a clue about. The area is kind of odd shaped. I's at least like to get the pipe and the uprights in the ground prior to planting. so I need to do a little headwork.

If I time it right, I can get the pipe in and seed it...then let Mother Nature get it to grow. We should get enough rain through the winter and early spring I don't have to baby it.

Anyway, none of this is possible without my rototiller for which I am pleased to have it working so well.

Video Test - YouTube Specs

Ok here are two versions of the same video. The lo res is comparible to most YouTube videos. The High Rez is similiar to what YouTube calls High Quality. The low quality typically will stream better over slower connections.

The origional video was an flv download I converted to an AVI and then re-encoded them using Super©. The settings in Super© I used were as close as possible as I could get to the settings of FLV files I downloaded prior from YouTube.

Posting on Craigslist

Over the last few days I have started to advertise on Craigslist. Basically I am running, or attempting to run, the same AD in several cities. This is of course against the rules.

What I am doing is I have 22 unique titles then change the first paragraph to fit the title. So technically it is a unique ad. Besides thier word chanllege to place the AD. I believe they look at IP address and possibly word count, in addition to scanning for duplicate content, They also look at the account name.

What seems to work is to place 1 AD per day using a single account name.

So far I have 6 ads running in Computer Services. Since each site runs the ad for either 7 or 45 days, I've created a spreadsheet to track my efforts. When the ad expires, I can either renew it or cycle in a fresh new ad.

Here's an example of my titles...

Once a Loser Always a Loser

Tired of Being a Loser yet?

It's ok to be a loser - after all it's your data

And the list goes on....

The titles are meant to be out there and attention grabbing. Certainly not the run of the mill. Since the title and content are related to each other and reflect computer services where the ad is placed, I doubt they will get flagged for removal either. 

Time will tell if the effort pays off or just a waste of time. But the price is right.

Techzilla Retires with 100,000!

I wish!

Actually I'm referring to a new set of shoes for the Jeep. Wearing out the tires is something I do going around fixing computers. On my previous jeep about 4 years ago I spent around $600 on a set of Michelins. I was nearing the 120,000 mile mark on a 50,000 mile tire when the jeep was stolen. When i bought my Liberty 2 years ago it had the same set of tires on it.

Following a recent flat, I started looking around for a set of replacement tires. New tires being of course out of my ballpark pricewise at the moment. I spent an entire day searching the web, and driving around the area checking the wrecking yards and stuff. Litterally nobody had a matched set of anything. And as you might guess, I was at the 100,000 mark on these tires.

Over the next few days, I started checking craigslist in several surrounding areas but still nothing until yesterday.


I decided to call around to the tire dealers and get prices and ran into the number of a re-capper down in Red Bluff. They just happened to have a matched set of Michelins in my size. I was floored to hear the price they were asking.

$35.00+$3.00 core+$5.00 mount and balance+tax....out the door around $160.00.

These tires have approximately 70% of the tread left and that's more than the tires that came with the Jeep! Should be good for another 100,000 now.