Category: Educational

Why the attack on religion?

Entering my soap box here… Things have been stewing… I understand, now, why my dad has mentioned that, “It’s always going to be a religious battle.” No matter what religion anyone is in. How has it come to this?  Some of you are not going to like what I say, but that’s all right with me because I can say my own damn opinion, can’t I?   Or are you going to be part of the “woke” people who want to silence me?

Keep this in mind… that is why we as human beings can have our own damn opinion because it is what makes us human.  Don’t forget that.

If you let your emotions get the better of you after reading my vent, that’s on you, not me.

Maybe people need to re-watch some old comedy shows (TV sitcoms) and laugh because all comedy shows touch all aspects of life and poke a lot of fun at political correctness among everything else.

Take for example from Big Bang Theory:

Sheldon – What are they doing here?

Leonard – We came to apologize again and bring you home. So why don’t you pack up your stuff, and we’ll head back?

Sheldon – No, this is my home now. Thanks to you, my career is over, and I will spend the rest of my life here in Texas trying to teach evolution to creationists.

Mrs. Cooper – You watch your mouth, Shelly.  Everyone’s entitled to their opinion

Sheldon – But evolution is not opinion, it’s a fact.

Sheldon’s Mom (Mrs. Cooper) –And that is your opinion.

Sheldon – I forgive you, let’s go home.

Where am I going with this rant?  Well I’m hearing chatter that people are planning to gather and protest at Catholic churches on Mother’s Day about abortion.

Why does that church look familiar to me, the inside reminds me of St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, by Japan town.

My oh my, what has this world come to?  I’m going to say it… you’re all crazy.  

I don’t care where you stand on abortion because quite frankly, I really don’t care.  Your body, your choice, right?   That’s what everyone keeps harping at.   I’m not perfect and I’m not the epitome of a good person, but I still believe in religion.  And whatever I do in my life and my choices – will be between me and GOD.  Not any one else.

I believe in bodily autonomy, don’t know what that is?  Look it up or better yet, I’ll save you the time because we’re all f**king lazy to do research or think for ourselves now – is how I see it.  The definition of bodily autonomy – is about the right to make decisions over one’s own life and future. It is about being empowered to make informed choices. These are universal values.

Whatever the fluff you want to do to your OWN body is on you. It doesn’t hurt me at all. I can say that I don’t agree with whatever the fluff you want to do to your body but IT IS YOUR body, not mine. 

You want to have an abortion, fine. You want to get drunk as f**k, fine. You want to do drugs, fine. You want to have piercings, fine. We can talk about it, I may not agree with it, but you do you. And I’ll still be doing what I do. But am I FORCING YOU to not do anything?  No.    THAT is the difference.

I’m going to digress here in how various people say “guns are the bad” and “guns should be banned.” That is the ever so long argument that will never die. It all boils down to the owner, the user.

As I mentioned back in my previous blog: Are guns the problem?

Let me say this… Wreck less driving is bad, alcohol is bad, tobacco is bad, knives are bad, baseball bats are bad… However, they can also kill people whether be instantly or over time.  Why not ban them?  Ban the cars, ban the alcohol, ban the tobacco, ban the knives, etc. Do you see where this is going?  It’s the user of such “inanimate item” that makes it bad.  Excessive alcohol consumption or excessive use of tobacco or the wreck less driving, etc. will make it become bad. But of course, no one has the common sense or decency to think of it that way. Again, I digressed…

So why are these people protesting at Catholic churches? Because of their beliefs or what? 

Realize this again and maybe we need to pick up the damn book again – Church and state are TOTALLY separate.  It’s in the Bill of Rights and in the Constitution.  What the government is doing is totally separate and on its own agenda than for freaking religious reasons.  Has anyone ever thought about that?

The principle is paraphrased from Thomas Jefferson’s “separation between Church & State.” It has been used to express the understandings of the intent and function of this amendment, which allows freedom of religion. It is generally traced to a January 1, 1802, letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper.

Jefferson wrote:

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

Oh no… but of course IT IS ALWAYS going to be a RELIGIOUS reason.  (-____-)

Here’s an interesting thought I’ve come across – why are these people only protesting the Catholic church / religion?  You do realize there are other religions that have certain views as well?  For example, Hinduism, Islam and some of Buddhist views…

Hinduism and Abortion

Islam and Abortion

Buddhism and Abortion

So why THE ONLY focus on Catholics?   Think about it.

I believe it comes straight from and directly from the Communist playbook – The Communist Manifesto – Here’s a few pages that I have because I do have the book:

If you want to join the bandwagon of protesting the Catholic churches/religion – you might as well go after all the other religions, as well, that have other views on abortion.  Make it equal, don’t just let it be Catholic religion – you should include other churches, mosques, temples, etc.  Because you all want equality right?  Have at it!

No one wants to think about various choices, personal responsibility, accountability.

“I notice that everyone who supports abortion has already been born.” – Ronald Reagan

What are fossil fuels used for?

I don’t blog often but I do want to share insight on a lot of things I’ve experienced and observations I’ve seen.

One of many answers to the question in the title of this blog… Plastic is one of the various products made and produced from fossil fuels.

First I want to address the problem that everyone is harping on about plastic… It is up to the USER – again I emphasize the “USER” of the product to do their due diligence and their part in RECYCLING the plastic. “Oh, but it ends up in the landfill!” Well, again I say it is the USER. If the user of such plastic bottle, bag, etc. does not recycle it to where it is supposed to be recycled or put in for recycling then of course it ends up in the landfill or littered around the streets.

Has anyone with the decent mind or have an ounce of critical thinking… thought about that?

Plastic is very versatile and cheap to produce because of technological advances from when it was first produced. Here’s some perspective in your everyday lives that may have slipped your mind because you don’t think about it all the time… Plastic is everywhere that we use… from tubes of toothpaste, toothbrush parts, reusable water bottles, baby bottles, some pacifiers (synthetic plastic polymer), various medical equipment (syringe parts, tubes, IV bags, etc.), computer cases and other computer components, cell phones and their respective cell phone components, in our cars and vehicles (from seats, seat belts, steering wheels, the car body, some of the parts of the car frame, under the hood and parts of the engine, etc.) and the list goes on and on.

Now, where am I trying to get at you will think… Fossil fuels have been around for a LONG time and has been utilized for a LONG time. In my previous blog – The Energy Industry arguments – I emphasized that I am NOT against ANY resource being utilized to provide some type of energy. I’m all for having an availability of options and choices for me and EVERYONE else to freely choose what we all want to use. It is because of the technology we have now is a WHOLE LOT different as it was before and in the past – in utilizing and producing the various products from fossil fuels more effectively and efficiently.

Granted it did not happen over night – it TOOK TIME.

NOT ONLY plastic is derived and created from fossil fuels – other various products are made from the crude oil itself. Crude oil is what they call “black gold.” The crude oil is the raw oil material that is the one extracted from underground – aka the fossil fuel.

And from that particular crude oil is then processed to make all the other products that we use in our everyday lives. And again, as I mentioned earlier, plastic is one of them.

So my thought is that… getting rid of the use of fossil fuels completely is a dumbest idea and naive idea to have that is spoon fed to you by various elitists and so called leaders out there. Going strictly 100% “renewable energy” is also the dumbest idea and naive idea which everyone is spoon fed to believe in, too. That’s what is called “propaganda”.

I’m just saying – It’s not THE SOLUTION.

Again, from my prior blog I mentioned… The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER believes that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society.

The president of this non-profit organization has stated a searchable fact that was conducted over time and makes me think twice (A LOT) of why people are trying to push only 1 or 2 types of a resource to use for energy. Here’s an excerpt from organization’s president, Thomas J. Pyle:

“…Access to affordable, abundant energy is, fundamentally, a means of freedom. But for those seeking to create a crisis that provides an opportunity to direct the way we live, work and act, affordable, reliable, abundant, domestic energy is a threat. In a very real sense, the more energy we have, the less power they will have. Energy abundance ends the justification for central energy decision-making…”

This is from page 26 in the attached PDF below.

So please share this blog and knowledge to everyone out there to shed some light and hopefully people will open their eyes more and see that eliminating fossil fuels completely is NOT THE solution. We all take for granted what we use in our every day lives, we should appreciate what we have and that we should be smarter as the USER or CONSUMER in our products whether to recycle them properly or reuse them effectively.

I end it here from the excerpt from Institute for Energy Research (IER) policy brief – “The 100 Percent Renewable Energy Myth” – February 8, 2019

Yeonmi Park’s interview and story speaks volumes

I swear if the younger people want Communism because it was never “properly experienced or properly put into practice…” My goodness how about they just get a plane ticket and live in a communistic regime/country. Start from nothing in those countries, with only a few dollars or no $$ in your pockets.

And tell us then how you like it! Again don’t bring those Socialist or Communistic ideas here in the USA. We don’t need it!

Why is it that people from all over the world still want to come to USA?? Because it’s still the country that represents freedom regardless of creed, race, ethnicity, etc. We are boiling pot of everything.

Yet, however, a lot of people IN THE USA, who were born and raised here having the naivety to the rest of the world and the freedoms and things we literally TAKE FOR GRANTED is showing BIG TIME.

Her interview and story speaks VOLUMES.

What she said is true at the 6:36 minute mark.
As she mentioned attending Columbia University, our education system in the USA is now basically a propaganda – with no allowance of a debate between 2 differing opinions. Only one opinion is fact and true – all others are disregarded. That is sickening in our education system.
Looked at some others comment’s from the video – their stories speaks volumes as well.

Milton Friedman, video, “Money and Inflation”

Milton Friedman was an American economist and statistician who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and the complexity of stabilization policy.

The video below is about 1 hour and 26 minutes long, it is very informational. Please take the time to watch it as it is also educational.

Simple understanding of business start up and tax incentives

So I just have to share my thoughts on this very topic as I keep seeing and hearing the argument from people who are not familiar in general business practice or even how businesses become a business…

Or how they always say that, “These are a ‘tax break’ for ‘big businesses’ only!”

First of all, let me say this… Big businesses used to start off small whether they started out as a corner store, mom and pop shop, out of your back yard, out of your garage, etc. This list can go on. The common logic approach, which I have noticed quite a lot is missing now-a-days, if these small businesses become more successful in what they do – they will grow bigger and eventually become a ‘big business’ that people tend to complain about.

And what do these small business that become a bigger business do? They provide job opportunities to everyone who just want to have a job, that do not have the drive or wish to be a business owner or to open, own and operate a business.

That’s why business owners are also called ‘entrepreneurs’.

This is the exact definition of what an ‘Entrepreneur’ is.

This goes back to my prior blog about what types of businesses are out there: President Biden’s Economic Policies

These business owners take all the financial risk in their business throughout the lifetime of operating their business. What do I mean by financial risk? They usually use their OWN MONEY to fund their business. I mean usually, some other business owners would take out a business loan (but still they use their own money generated back from their business to pay that loan back).

So there are many tax laws provided by the Federal Government, State Governments and local County or City Governments which provide incentives for these business owners to start or have their business in said city or state.

One of many which I won’t get into because the Federal Tax laws are in a whole other field of their own… are business start up costs. A simple explanation of business start up costs you can peruse on your own below and in the link provided.

Now, lets talk about tax incentives… Many cities or states provide various tax incentives for businesses to come to their location. Why? So these specific businesses provide jobs and additional opportunities to people who live in these locations that the business is possibly looking to move to.

It benefits the local community as a whole if that particular business moves there because: 1 – They provide job opportunities to people locally, 2 – Can help the local community be revived if it is at a standstill, 3 – can actually help other businesses in the surrounding environment.

A couple of examples I have experienced directly.

  1. Amazon over the past 2 to 4 years upgraded or replaced their delivery vehicles in our area.
    1. Newer Amazon delivery trucks are driving by when making deliveries locally. Many people, I’ve seen on social media, complained about Amazon not paying taxes or reporting $0 in taxes being paid. Well, many of these people do not realize that Amazon replaced or upgraded their delivery trucks – which in turn is a tax deduction for tax reasons under the Federal Government tax law. So maybe that is one of the reasons why they had little to no taxes paid because Amazon replaced their fleet of delivery vehicles – probably across the nation. Newer trucks means the Amazon people making those deliveries can get to you rather than using a beat up vehicle that can break down or their own vehicle that could break down (as well) while making deliveries because they’re carrying a lot of packages.
  2. Local big name car dealership in Georgetown helping local businesses and the surrounding communities
    1. This car dealership has survived in the Georgetown area for 50+ years and always gave back to the local surrounding communities to help the area stay alive and thrive. What’s an example? Well this car dealership provides free advertising for the smaller businesses in the area and spreads these advertising to the people who come to their dealership whether or not they are purchasing a car from them. And because they advertised these local businesses the businesses themselves are still open and thriving with all the foot traffic brought to them.
  3. Another example I have for you, an automotive repair shop – Austin Automotive – they’re one of many local repair shops in the Central Texas area. They have various locations in the Central Texas area but they could be a small business and you (yourself) may not know that. Just on the surface you could see this repair shop and automatically think – “Oh this is a big business! I do not like them.” But hold on… have some common sense here. What is considered a small business? Please see below of what is considered a small business from the IRS and from American Society for Quality (ASQ):

So a small business can be any of the below (as indicated above from the IRS and ASQ)

  1. IRS – the business owning business assets under $10,000,000 (basically the equipment, building/store front, etc.)
  2. 500 employees or less (Manufacturing and mining)
  3. 100 employees or less (Wholesale Trade)
  4. $6,000,000 in average annual revenue (Retail and Service industries)
  5. $28,500,000 in average annual revenue (General and Heavy construction industries)
  6. $12,000,000 in average annual revenue (Special Trade Contractors)
  7. $750,000 in average annual revenue (Agriculture)

Generally speaking, tax incentives are provided to all businesses regardless if the city or state wants that particular business to come to them (big OR small). And having these businesses come to the local areas (regardless if their big business or small business) these businesses and I will repeat this again…

It benefits the local community as a whole if that particular business moves there because: 1 – They provide job opportunities to people locally, 2 – Can help the local community be revived if it is at a standstill, 3 – can actually help other businesses in the surrounding environment.

I mean honestly, people who complain and moan about big business not paying taxes or have so many tax incentives do not realize the cause and effect of it all. How does it affect YOU personally? It does not. Why? Because you will usually pay the same amount of taxes almost each year.

These businesses pay a lot in taxes after the fact (AFTER) the tax incentives are passed their time – they usually have a set time frame of when tax incentives expire when the businesses takes off – become profitable, grows, etc.

So what does it matter to you if these businesses (small or big) don’t pay taxes now? The businesses will pay taxes later on and usually a hell of a lot more than you do as a person.