Thursday, August 28, 2008

From the Mind of Linna

Saying for the Day:

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer

Picture of the Day:
I Was Born2Cree8's Bridges
The Days Wrap UP
The first bridge was over a little river right next to the zoo we went to visit on Tuesday. The second was over a tiny creek inside the zoo.
This morning we went on the Great Bridge Adventure or as my grandsons called it the parking lot tour of Neenah. We found five bridges so I have a bridge for Friday and Saturday.
Planned on going to the Houdini Museum this afternoon but arrived there too late so the boys ended up riding go-karts and playing miniture golf. But they enjoyed it. Also found another bridge. Now we have too many bridges. I visited all my links but left shorter comments or no comments. Life gets back to normal next week. Now I need a breathing treatment.
From the Mind of Linna
This morning I shook the hose on my breathing machine and out fell one of those ideas I lost the other day. It was a bit bent and dented but otherwise it seemed okay. So I decided to use it today. Here it is one of my great , late, night ideas, aged in my breathing tube.
Recently our two Presidential candidates have accused each other of being so rich that they couldn’t understand the poor. Now this is probably true of both of them. One took in six million last year and the other four. It has to be hard for them to understand the problems of the little guy who has to choose between gas for the car and heat for the house. Or the poor guy who holds off too long on taking his kid to the doctor because he has no health insurance.
So I am proposing Linna’s election laws to be in effect in the election of 2012.
1. Either the Presidential or the Vice Presidential candidate must have had an income in the previous year of less that sixty thousand dollars. That means one or the other will understand and give some guidance.
2. A nationwide website will be set up and people who earn less than fifty thousand a year will be given the opportunity to tell why they should be President. They could do this until June of 2012 and then their names would be voted on on the web. Anyone can vote but only once.
The top five candidates would then appear in a nationally televised debate telling why they would make a good President. Then a national primary would be held. The top vote getter would be the Presidential candidate and the second place the Vice Presidential candidate. The government would then give their ticket $85 million to conduct their campaign.
I’m not saying they would be elected. It’s possible we want the rich to govern us. But we would have a choice.
Choice is good.

News from Pigeon Falls

-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
Mrs. Alicia Groove did her story yesterday and she got a 9.3 and so was eliminated. That leaves only Jon Bergall with a chance to win without some kind of tiebreaker. He will do his story today.
Nancy has been researching the movie star Mary Maxim. It was one fantastic career . She showed up in Hollywood in September of 1984. She entered the head office of MGM and announced that she was the next Marilyn Monroe. They were so moved by her efforts they gave her a bit part in a movie they were making. They liked what they saw and gave her a bigger part in the next movie. Then they decided to go all out and advertised her as the next Marilyn Monroe. They starred her in the “ Tall Man Falls Far” and it was a blockbuster. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her part in it. That same year she made two more movies which did well but were not great. Her acting was great in both of them but the scripts left much to be desired.
But then she stared in “Grandma Raises Rabbits” which many critics maintain is the funniest movie ever made. It grossed unbelievable amounts of money. Mary, herself was now getting a million dollars a picture and that was back when a million was a lot of money.
After that one picture followed after another until in 1993 she made the sequel “ The Tall Man Rises High” and again was nominated for an Oscar.
It was after that picture that she vanished. Nobody seems to know why or where she went. For a time there was speculation in all the fan magazines. They said she had died and the studio didn’t want anyone to know. One said she was kidnapped. Another that she had killed a screen writer and fled. The National Enquirer suggested she was taken by aliens.
But after a time she was forgotten and they moved their attention to other stars.
Could she be Mrs. Trumble?


Blogger Melli said...

Certainly she COULD be! Somebody needs to just ASK her!

LOOK at those 3 happy faces! You guys really have your hands full this week! YAY! Gotcha some good bridges too!

I think ya need to knock a dent or two out of your thought and it will be a WINNER! The candidates can not only be poor for ONE year though. ANYONE can get through ONE year of life like that... It's the raising of kids through yeeeeears of it that gives one the needed knowledge and scrappiness. The knowing what it is to say NO - not because you're trying to teach them a moral lesson or financial responsibility - but because going to New York to see the Broadway musical with your drama class is simply NOT in the family budget, no matter HOW HARD we try!!! And I'm sorry you're the only one that doesn't get to go... you have NO IDEA how sorry. Because the man who is only poor for a year will follow that up with But NEXT year - I PROMISE! But a body who has lived on pot pies for 3 months to pay off some bills, cuz they were 3 for a dollar and the cheapest food out there will KNOW how to finagle his way through trillion dollar deficits too!!!

6:26 AM  
Blogger ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

I agree that we want leaders who really understand others' situations. I don't think it is how much money you have, but what your experiences are and what you do with your money. I'm not rich by their standards, but I've lived with more than adequate cash flow for 30 years, because of above average income, coupled with a decision to ALWAYS live below our means, so that we have money for something other than ourselves, ie church and other worthy causes, as well has saving for our children's education. We lived below our income even when our income was less than (and sometimes much less than) $15,000 30 years ago. We've rarely borrowed, even from the credit card company.

I haven't struggled the last 30 years, but my life will always be colored by my growing up years: my mom worked only 2 days/week so she could be there for us rather than working for "more toys." My dad was seriously ill for a long period of time, so he had used up all the sick leave, and we were the recipients of charity. But my parents had the basics for us, but no frills for themselves or for us.

These things stay with most people. I suppose an exception would be a person who makes it big and somehow feels entitled to what he has and hangs on even tighter to the goods.

I don't understand the mentality of buying a "mansion" just because one has risen in income. Nor does it seem right that Hillary now has this big debt for her campaign. That means some companies are getting stuck with the unpaid accounts.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

That's a pretty good idea you rediscovered. No politician will stand for it though.

Will we find out about rs Trumble?

6:59 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

5.5 years in a prisoner of war camp I think qualifies McCain as knowing how to do without.

1993 was not that long ago. Are the residents of Pigeon Falls really that out of touch with the rest of the world? No one seemed to question Tommy TW going on the Letterman show. (Letterman show, what is that?)

And btw, wouldnt Grengicoff have foreseen a famous person coming to Pigeon Falls? --- especially if she could be a murderer? I think that Petrovich guy is falling down on the job. :-)

7:01 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Dr. John, it's just possible that you may be brilliant!. I have never heard of a better idea yet to elect a President. The same plan could apply here in Canada. It's always the wealthy who seem to have the most to gain, and the "little guy" really doesn't get represented. You have a very interesting election coming up, and the whole world is fascinated by it. Out of over 300,000,000 people in America, neither candidate seems capable of being a good leader.

America needs to take a good look at their election system, and elect a real person.

Say, what are you doing for the next four years?

7:14 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I love the bridges. Cute.

Your presidential canadate idea is great, but it would never workl. If the poor guy got elected no one in Washington would talk to him or help him. We'd have to change all the people we put in Congress and the White House as well ..........

And, I am firm believer in leaving other people to their own privacy. Digging into things that doesn't concern you is a sure way to cause pain and destruction.

8:34 AM  
Blogger ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

McCain went without. But not by lifestyle choice. I'm sure the lessons have stuck with him. The big question for any candidate is what is that person's attitude NOW about people that do without? And does the candidate care about people like this? How does the candidate show that he/she cares, if he/she does? Some people who have "made it" think, well if I can, then anybody can and others realize that each person has different obstacles and some obstacles need help being overcome. I wonder if anybody has asked this type of probing question of these candidates.

8:58 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

i love the zoo photos, bridges and all...

your idea is good in theory but, given the human nature, it would never work.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Alice - I Was Born2Cree8 said...

These are very intriguing little bridges, Dr. J. Are they within that zoo? Where is it?

1:48 PM  
Blogger Carver said...

I love the shot at the zoo. Great to have time with your grandchildren and to find bridges too. Good quote and that's an interesting idea about having the choice of a President or Vice President who earns less than 60K a year.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Minkydo said...

Your pictures of the boys are adorable. The bridges are lovely as well.

I like your idea about the elections. I have a feeling though that voters would prefer a wealthy president. We have an image to uphold :\

5:51 PM  
Blogger the teach said...

Dr. John, love the bridges, and the kids. The quote about politics is the best! Don't know if your idea about how to get candidates to run for President will work but we can give it a try! :)

5:56 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

Boy isn't that the truth....when has anyone ever tried to get money out of the poor......but they sure do solicit everyone's vote. and what can they promise everyone...protections from each other. haha

Although the rich can build higher fences....

6:23 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Did the Houdini place that why you were too late? Figures....

6:53 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Yeah the rich politicians would find a way to bury the money and show that income...somehow they would find a way to scam it.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Peter (Worldman): said...

I like your idea about the 2012 voting. I am always amazed to see the huge amount of monies that are involved in the electrion process.

11:48 PM  

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