Friday, November 30, 2012

Jim Hightower | By axing parks, politicos are stealing the people’s property

Jim Hightower | By axing parks, politicos are stealing the people’s property

Get used to this. The boys are only getting warmed up. They'll take everything we got, if we let them. The rich need to pay their fair share. Corporations need to pay their fair share. Wars need to end. The military needs to be downsized. Taxbreaks and subsidies for the rich need to end. When you are done with all that, then you can ask us for a buck or two.

Quote of the Day

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”
Carlos Castaneda

Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

To make a long story short: We are committing suicide and the U.S. is supplying the hangman's noose.
Most credible climate scientists are saying we are about out of time. Listen to some right-wing yo-yo or a scientist who has spent his or her entire life trying to understand this.  Don't be a fool!

Fast Food Forward: Take this McJob and Shove It | Common Dreams

Fast Food Forward: Take this McJob and Shove It | Common Dreams

A lot of brave people taking necessary risks to better themselves. Seems capitalist greed is everywhere. The fast food industry is one of the worst. They have taken full advantage of the back to work welfare program. Another abused food industry standard is paying waiting staff next to nothing for their services. They have to make it on tips, which you just never know about. They should walk out next to demand raising their minimum wage, which hasn't been changed for years. Some owners of restaurants also hold tips place on credit cards until the transaction clears. This hurts a lot of single mothers who are relying on those tips to cover expenses. It's all more of the same. The 99% need to go on a national strike of liberation from the greed of the rich. That would get their attention.

Ending Violence Against Women and Children (for men)

  • Examine the ways we legitimize male violence.
  • Teach children how to settle conflicts peacefully.
  • Understand that love does not involve control or ownership.
  • Recognize that the availability of guns increases lethal violence.
  • Lay off the booze and drugs. Both can lead to increased violence against women and kids.
  • Just because your father was violent and dominating does not mean you have to be.
  • We all need to be role models. Be nurturing, loving, caring, nonviolent, compromising. Give up the male dominance crap. In the end, you'll feel better about yourself.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Peever Law #91

If you keep it long enough, you can sell it at a backyard sale for a quarter.

Bangladesh Factory Fire: Workers Burn, Walmart Ducks Responsibility | Common Dreams

Bangladesh Factory Fire: Workers Burn, Walmart Ducks Responsibility | Common Dreams

More of the same from Wal-Mart. BOYCOTT.

You Might Have Lost Touch With Reality If:

  • most of what's currently happening in the world makes sense to you.
  • you think people are after your money, in spite of the fact that you have none.
  • you thought Romney would win the election. He didn't have a prayer. Not even a Mormon one.
  • you think joining the military is a good deal.
  • the guy or gal sitting next to you, who really isn't there, is starting to look good to you.
  • while driving, you have a sudden attack of courtesy.
  • you understand someone who is talking in tongues. This also applies to understanding politicians and most ministers.
  • you think all that plastic surgery is going to make you younger. It only makes you a freak of nature. Or actually, a freak of a doctors making.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Continuing Look at Hot Springs Village

First the good news: We have a lot of lakes, nine golf courses, numerous activities of every sort, and a bunch of well groomed walking trails. Add to that some great scenery, and this is a pretty good place to retire.
On a more downward trend, many of the people in The Village are rich, which I suppose in-and-of-itself isn't so bad, if it weren't for the fact that they feel so entitled. They worry about entitlement programs for the poor being too much of a burden on them. It's hard to tell them otherwise, but they are much more burdensome on the national budget than the poor. You don't win many brownie points trying to explain that. Along with this entitlement attitude is the fact that 98% of the residents are right-wing Republicans. And wouldn't you know it, I'm just the opposite. Oh well, maybe this is preparing me for hell.
We had an egotistical, Jackass sort of general manager that is now gone. Unfortunately, the directors will probably pick out another just about the same. They have absolutely no diversity on the board, making them pretty predictable. A surprise would be nice, but highly unlikely.
We do have a pretty good work force who do their best to keep things up. The golf course workers did a super great job this summer. I'm ashamed that we pay them so poorly, but the rich do like to keep their money. We have a lot of retired management people. The last thing they have on their mind is to pay people a living wage. That thought never occurs to them.
The state legislature went Republican for the fist time since reconstruction, which is not a good sign for Arkansas. With so many poor people, I can't believe they've been duped so badly. We do rank third for lack of education, which helps explain this terrible trend.
We now have Tom Cotton representing us in Congress. He's a Harvard educated lawyer who volunteered for Afghanistan so he could come home and run on his heroic record. You can tell the guys a lawyer, although he must not be a very good one if he can't make a living at it. What a charmer.
It is about horse racing season. We love the horse races. The Oaklawn track is great. I get a kick out of the Baptists endorsing horse racing but not casinos. (By the way, the casino there is a gaming room, not a casino). I thought horse racing was gambling, but I guess maybe it's not. Probably says something about that in the Bible somewhere.
Anyway, looking forward to Christmas. Hope everyone has a merry one.


  • is a life well lived.
  • has to do with our capacity to give and the sense of self we get in doing so.
  • does not come from money or possessions.
  • has nothing to do with sex, but has everything to do with the intimate dance played out around it.
  • is wearing a hat that fits you and socks that match.
  • means never having to apologize for being you.
Some days happiness is just waking up and smelling the dog.

Quote of the Day

My wife and I bought a new car with an on-board negotiator.   The Peever

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Peever Law #83

Paying attention to what's going on around you will reap huge benefits.


  • the right-wing got its wish and everyone turned White? Who would they hate?
  • it were discovered Jesus was a homosexual? What a mess that would make.
  • one and one unds up not being two? My first grade teacher would have to apologize to me.
  • someone said they were you and could prove it? If someone said they were me, they'd be nuts.
  • you wanted to die but no one would let you?
  • you went to the hospital to get better but didn't?
  • someone said they hated you because of your color? Or disability? Or social status? Or because they think you're a witch?
  • we no longer needed the military? Would they still make bombs?
  • everyone quit smoking? Would they still make cigarettes?
  • they discovered sex to be a fatal disease? Would we still.....oh, forget it.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jim Hightower | Election weirdness

Jim Hightower | Election weirdness

You got to love it.

Peever Law #94

I peeve, therefore I am.


I've been giving some thought to the gates at each end of the Village. I've come to the conclusion that they are not there to keep people out, but to keep us in. Between all the old people who continue to drive, and all the Republicans who feel a strong sense of entitlement to whatever they want, I am betting that the local people helped build the gates to keep us in. I really couldn't blame them. On a trip to the West Gate today, I got behind someone willing to go at least 20 miles per hour, generally only when going down hill. When the person finally decided to turn off, they of course did not use a blinker, which appears to be a Village law. About one in ten people use a blinker. I got behind a cop the other day, and guess what: No blinker. Anyway, when I finally got to Walgreens, my prescription was not ready. So I went to get a haircut. Five people were sitting there. (I'm considering becoming a barber). Leaving the barber, a fellow was laying in the parking lot who had just fell. He was ok, but it scared him and his wife. We suggested he stop by prompt care to be checked out. All in all, it was an exciting day at the worlds largest gated nursing home.

They're Doing Us Wrong | Common Dreams

They're Doing Us Wrong | Common Dreams

Brave little rascals, those boys in blue. Doing Wal-Marts dirty work for them.

Workers Strike Blow Against Walmart | Common Dreams

Workers Strike Blow Against Walmart | Common Dreams

The mainline press don't have much to say about this. So here it is.

Answering The E-mail

*Mr. Peever: Do you really think man evolved from the apes?   John
Dear John: Find a mirror. Look in it. Need I say more.

*Dear Peever: You seem to slant everything toward the left. Are we to believe everything you say?  Ann
Dear Ann: Yes

*Dear Mr. Peever: What do you have against Christians?   Jane
 Dear Jane: Nothing. I'm just wondering what's wrong with most of them.

*Peever:  Do you think the world is going to Hell in a hand basket?   Mark
Dear Mark: Some days it sure seems like it. At other times, I'm certain of it.

*Dear Bruce: Why are you living behind closed gates?   Robert
Dear Robert: You're thinking these gates are to keep people out. I only recently figured out that the gates keep us in. Interesting.

Dear Mr. Peever: I sure do like your writing. You seem very smart.  Unknown
Dear Mom: Thanks for writing. I'll see you soon.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quote of the Day

Its been so long since I've had sex I can't remember who gets tied up?           The Peever

The Art of Counseling

      * Normal means never having to say, “I shot him.”
      * At the heart of all listening lurks the payment.
      * Helping others is a noble profession. Of course, so is emptying septic tanks.
      * Seeing has nothing to do with understanding.
      * It is far better to live in silence than it is to live in spoken nonsense.
      * Money cannot buy you happiness. Nor, for that matter, can antidepressants.
      * When taking a look at yourself, be prepared to throw up.
      * If someone comes up to you saying they want to tell you the truth, run.

Peever Law #40

Sometimes saying  "no"  is the best thing to do.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Some Things I've Learned Hanging Around Older People

  • I've never heard of some of these illnesses.
  • The memories of sex seems to linger on.
  • These folks get up early, go to bed early, and are always late.
  • Older and wiser don't necessarily mix.
  • The last birthday you want to celebrate appears to be 65. You finally get that evil, socialistic Medicare. I'm sure all the right-wing Republicans don't sign up. 
  • If I had my choice of sitting with a group of younger people under age 25, or a group of older people over as 65, I'd stay at home.
  • You come to understand that age doesn't make a whole lot of difference, but living the life you were given does. The happiest people seem to be the people who give it their best shot.

Subtle Ways to Make a Difference

  • Hold the door open for someone.
  • Say "Thank you" at least twice per day.
  • Mow the neighbor's lawn.
  • Visit a shut-in or someone alone in the hospital.
  • Give $20 to someone you know who could use it.
  • Volunteer.
  • Write a letter to the editor about an issue that moves you.
  • Get involved with something. Anything. Try to make a difference.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Peever Law #27

There are a couple of things better than sex, but so far I haven't thought of them.

Black Friday

What is this Black Friday all about? Being the biggest retail day of the year, you would think they would call it "Happy Friday", or "Let's Celebrate Keeping Us Out of Bankruptcy Friday". The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are  "In the Black." I still don't think it's a great idea. How about "Gay Friday," or "Thank God it's Friday," although that's not totally original. Whatever you want to call it, I ain't about to be involved in it. December 26th is good enough for me.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off your thighs!

Things I'm Thankful For This Thanksgiving

  • I'm thankful I wasn't one of the Native Americans the pilgrims poisoned.
  • I'm thankful the American public is finally paying attention to who they elect to Congress.
  • I'm glad I'm not a turkey.
  • I'm thankful for my family and friends. 
  • I'm thankful that I learned somewhere along the line that killing your enemy is not the way to find peace. It only pisses them off.
  • I would be extra thankful if people would start using their brains to think for themselves rather than listening the "talking heads" or irresponsible politicians.
  • I"m grateful I was raised as a Democrat. Otherwise, I'd have killed myself by now.
  • It would really be something to be thankful for if George Jr., Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove were put on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • It would be a wonderfully thankful Thanksgiving if our troops returned home this holiday season. Alive.
  • I'm thankful Obama won the election. Life with Mitt would not have been on my thankful list.
  • I'm thankful I didn't die 12 years ago from staph infection in my chest. Otherwise, I'd be dead now.
  • I'm thankful for our new home and new friends. I only wish some of them were liberal, progressive, Democrats. I guess you can't have everything.
So there! Another Thanksgiving. Praise be to Christ, Allah, Buddha, The Great Spirit, Yahweh, or whoever you worship. Pass the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and I'll have a big piece of pumpkin pie. Diet starts tomorrow. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ten Ways to Know You're Alive

  1. Just because you have a heart beat and pulse doesn't mean a thing.
  2. Are you raising some kind of hell?
  3. Somehow, somewhere in your heart, do you realize that killing people is not going to produce peace?
  4. Do you wake up in the morning grateful for the opportunity to make life better for someone other than yourself?
  5. Have you ever felt, maybe just for a brief moment, that you are connected to everything?
  6. Do you say you're sorry when you need to?
  7. Have you helped someone without expecting anything in return? Daily?
  8. Do you believe it is possible to not have any enemies?
  9. Can you accept the fact that you may be wrong and someone else right?
  10. Blood pressure, heart beat, pulse, breathing, all have something to do with life, but little to do with living it.

Peever Law #89

Nothing is impossible if you can find someone else to do it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Peever Law #59

To stand idly by and remain silent is to participate in the stupidity of the moment.

Another Quote of the Day

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
John Stuart Mill

Attention WalMart Shoppers: Cynical Hypocrisy In Aisle Two | Common Dreams

Attention WalMart Shoppers: Cynical Hypocrisy In Aisle Two | Common Dreams

Wal-Mart is full of all sorts of bullshit. Worried about children because employees are threatening a walkout. I wonder how much they paid some idiot lawyer to think that up? This group is headed towards its end.

Quote of the Day

George Orwell
“The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.”
 George Orwell, A Life in Letters

Confusion Based Pollicies

I see the POA is making the dog park supporters raise money to help with the costs of the park. I assume they are doing so because not all residents own dogs, therefore they should cover some of the costs. This sets a precedence for anyone asking for POA, or our, money, to help on a project that not every resident will be interested in. For instance, the same thing should have happened with the Woodland Auditorium sound system. Since not everyone goes to the auditorium, they should have been made to raise the necessary money. Now we will have to watch them. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Or however that goes.

Peever Law #54

The colder it gets, the higher the cost to stay worm. The hotter it gets, the higher the cost to stay cool. This is in accordance with the rules set down at the Republican National Convention of 1956, in support of oil and coal based corporations.

Vulture capitalism — not unions — killed Twinkies

Vulture capitalism — not unions — killed Twinkies

The mainstream media generally misses the real story.  Of course, they are all owned by large corporations.

Monday, November 19, 2012

What is an Epiphany?

  • When you realize the rich are always going to screw the poor. That is an epiphany.
  • When you realize that they have been lying to when they say things will be better in heaven, just you wait. That it's all a line of crap to keep you in order.  Keep you bowing at the alter. That moment of realization will be an epiphany.
  • When you realize employees have to unionize in order to protect themselves against management. That is an epiphany.
  • When you realize it really doesn't matter who is President of the United States. The rich will keep getting richer and the poor poorer. That is an epiphany.
  • When you realize the world will go on without you, as unlikely as that may seem to you. That is an epiphany.
  • When you come to understand that right-wing, Republican, Christians are anything but Christian. That is an epiphany.
  • When you realize that men do not have the right to tell women what to do with their bodies. That is an epiphany.
  • And finally, when you realize that your way is not the only way, that, my friend, is an epiphany.

Some Stupid Things I Have Done

  • I once peed over the edge of the Grand Canyon. The height was not near as bad as the fine.
  • I once ate a dog treat by mistake. It looked like jerky. It wasn't really bad.
  • I have run for public office.
  • A buddy and I went into a gay bar by mistake one time. Interesting.
  • I did pay a guy to do some work before he did it. He never did it.
  • I have gone the wrong way down a one-way street.  I claimed my wife was pregnant and about to give birth, but the officer clearly saw through that explanation, particularly since I was the only one in the car.
  • I did play a golf course backwards. It didn't help my score.
  • One thing I do know: Drinking tequila makes you stupider than usual.

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All | Common Dreams

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All | Common Dreams

This guy has all the credentials.

Some Stupid Things I Have Never Done

  • I've never peed on an electric fence.
  • I've never bought a boat.
  • I've never ridden one of those mechanical bulls.
  • I've never gone anywhere early or late because of the time change.
  • I've never at more than one whole pie at a sitting.
  • I've never watched a soap opera.
  • I've never read Enquirer, or other grocery store tabloids.
  • Ive never bought a gun thinking it would make me safer.
  • I've never gone into a restaurant, ate, and walked out without paying. At least not knowingly.
  • One thing I'm proud to say I've never done: I've never voted Republican.

Peever Law #81

People who live behind closed gates are generally fearful of life.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Walmart Strike: Why the Black Friday Protests Matter to the Future of US Jobs | Common Dreams

Walmart Strike: Why the Black Friday Protests Matter to the Future of US Jobs | Common Dreams

Here we go.

Quote of the Day

Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.”     Frank Lloyd Wright

Cheap Advice for Republicans

Republicans are suddenly waking up to the fact that they may never again win a Presidential election unless they make some dramatic changes. I have a few suggestions:
  1. Turn Democratic
  2. Get rid of the Tea and start drinking beer.
  3. Try to remember this: Your way is not the only way. I realize this will be difficult for you. You are used to getting your way. It's not going to work anymore. We got your number.
  4. Try to understand that not everyone is rich and stupid.
  5. Voter suppression is not going to work. If you can't win honestly, your not going to win at all. No more Ohio or Florida bullshit. People will stand in line for 48 hrs. if they have to. Your days of cheating us are over. 
  6. You need to dump all the advisers you hired for this election, particularly Rove. Send him out to pasture, where he can rove around with the other has-been jackasses.
  7. You keep pushing the poor into the ground, you're going to wish you hadn't.
  8. The way you want to treat females, it's kind of a Dark Ages kind-of-thing. I can't get over how completely arrogant you guys are. I bet your wives end up voting Democratic. That would be really funny.
  9. You want to have religion and be Christian, that's fine. Nobody cares, and it's probably an alright thing, except for other Christians. But none-the-less, be what you want to be and shut the hell up about it. But most importantly, keep it out of your politics. Most people do not want Church and State to walk hand and hand down the isle.
  10. If none of these appeal to you, or you think they're too hard, go back to number one.

Peever Law #50

If you had it to do all over again, be sure to do it. Maybe with a few changes.


It's hard to get over thinking that my way, or in your case, your way, is the only way. Each of our brains harbor within it the belief that we know the right way of doing things. Anything. Everything. We tend to believe we know "the truth." We fuss and fight and name-call in a vain attempt to see to it that our way becomes the way things are done. That our way becomes the conventional wisdom. When all else fails, we pout. Or start a war. Or call the other guy a lunatic.
Getting over this is no easy matter, and is one of life's biggest challenges. As difficult as it is to believe, there are many roads leading to the same destination. Some of the roads are unpaved and have dangerous curves, and for that reason they are not as congested as the freeways.  Leaders, in particular, have a hard time with this notion. They think they know the way. Our political, military, and religious leaders get mired down in this muck. But sooner or later, the proclaimers of "the truth," or  "the way," will end up ridiculed and humiliated for not recognizing and attempting to understand other options. Surprisingly, they never learn one of life's more difficult lessons: One's beliefs may be the shortest distance to a particular point or solution, but not necessarily the best or the only.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

On Twinkies, Ho Hos, Hedge Funds and Greed | Common Dreams

On Twinkies, Ho Hos, Hedge Funds and Greed | Common Dreams

It appears management were both Twinkies and Ding Dongs. "Twinkie Dongs." But hey, it had to be the union, the only organization in America that stands up for workers rights. Isn't this India? Or China?

Ten Ways to Tell if You're a Right-Wing, Republican, Christian

  1. You picture God as a white, male, about 68 years old.
  2. You take everything in the bible literally, except the part about not killing.
  3. If anyone suggests there might be other relevant religions, you turn homicidal.
  4. You get Moses and Charlton Heston confused.
  5. You think Rush Limbaugh is a prophet.
  6. You figure the American flag might well have been the original Shroud.
  7. Anyone who does not think like you is the enemy.
  8. Liberalism has this hopeful, compassionate, caring quality that you despise.
  9. You're good at maintaining a position of ignorance and close-mindedness.
  10. Look in a mirror. If it doesn't cast a reflection, don't say I didn't warn you.

Quote of the Day

The 100% American is 99% idiot.
                                                     George Bernard Shaw

Peever Law #46

The more a person talks about sex, the less likely it is they're having it.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dump Trump, Scram Ann, Kick Out Rick, Et Al | Common Dreams

Dump Trump, Scram Ann, Kick Out Rick, Et Al | Common Dreams

Let the fun begin.

Wise Thoughts on a Little Bit of Everything

  • Life is sexually transmitted.
  • Men have two emotions: hunger and horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.
  • All of us should learn a lesson from Mother Nature: She doesn't give a damn what we do or think.
  • It wouldn 't hurt if about half of everyone on Earth went somewhere else.
  • I guess religion is ok. It beats sitting around having nothing to talk about.
  • If you give a person a fish, they'll eat it. If you teach them to fish, you'll never see them again.
  • The average cost of raising a dog to age 15: $12,000. The average cost of raising a child to age 18: $170,460. Score one for the dogs.
  • You can try to lick your elbow, but it won't work.
  • When it's time to retire, you'll know it. Your job will no longer make cents.
  • In life, there are way too many things to remember. To help you out, I narrowed it down to  this:

Quotes of the Day

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
Carl Jung

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
Carl Jung

A Fair, But Not Entirely Impartial, View of Hot Springs Village

Hot Springs Village is a nice place, but kind of suburgatory like. There are a lot of great people, but I'm not used to being around people who have so much money. Rich doesn't settle very well with me, although I suppose my wife and I would be considered rich in many circles. Rich is pretty subjective, depending on who you are being compared to.
Along with rich must come a sense of entitlement, a word most resident toss around quite freely, in the wrong direction. The Village is full of Republicans, many of them right-wingers. They don't want their tax dollars going to help others. They would prefer that those dollars stay with them. Oh, they'll give a twenty or even a hundred to whatever benevolent cause is going around, but I often feel it is given with a subliminal message: These people should be taking care of themselves, if only they would get a job. Maybe it's just me being cynical.
A lot of people, mainly men, had very important and prestigious jobs. Unfortunately, most never got over it. A lot of know-it-all's. If you question them, they get really uptight. I don't suppose many have ever been challenged, for fear the person doing so would lose their job. Seeing I don't have a job, and tend to be pretty conflict oriented, I don't let them get away with much. It's not that these people are not nice people. I like about everyone I've met. It's just that most have not been exposed to life "out there," or they forgot it.
Anyway, I take Hot Springs Village for what it is: A lot of nice, interesting people who prefer right-wing Republican politics and don't like anyone challenging them. With that in mind, I doubt I'll ever get "resident of the month."
(Stay tuned. This impartial view is to be continued).

Peever Law #42

For every good, there has to be a bad; for every up, a down; for every right, a left; for every moderate, a left; for every conservative, a left; for every right-winger, a left; and so forth and so on.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stay in School. Save the Country.

The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity | Common Dreams

The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity | Common Dreams

Look up Rolling Jubilee. A great idea.

Cheap Advice That Would Have Cost You $100 an Hour in My Former Life

  • Never say anything you mean. You'll only live to regret it.
  • The single most important thing in marriages that last is not love, but a strong need to always be wrong.
  • Insanity is nothing more than a minority view of reality.
  • Fear cripples many a healthy person. Remember this wise old saying: The only thing we have to fear is---the guy hiding behind the couch.
  • Talking is way overrated. Try listening.
  • There is a mental health diagnosis for every human problem. This in itself is insane.
  • There is a medication for every human dilemma. This is what is commonly referred to as the profit motive.
  • Never take advice from a counselor whose life is more screwed up than your own.

Some Proposed New Labels for Alcohol

  • Consumption of alcohol may cause stupidity.
  • The result of drinking this product may be pregnancy.
  • Consuming this product may make you believe you are Superman. Please, do not leap off a tall building or take on a locomotive or pick a fight with anyone named Bubba.
  • Use of this product by minors may cause them to act like adults.
  • Consumption of this product may make you believe four inches is actually ten.
  • Excessive use of alcohol may make you pee your pants.
  • Before drinking, remember, the life you destroy drinking to excess may not be just your own.

Peever Law #20

Education is good, but it needs to lead to a job. A smart beggar never was much of a prize.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Speaking of Life's Lesser Joys

  • Loud Motorcycles.
  • Watching and/or listening to a Mitt Romney speech.
  • Thinking you have to fart when you have diarrhea.
  • Wal-Mart
  • Cold french fries.
  • Right-wing Republicans.
  • Warm beer.
  • Stay-off-the-grass signs.
  • Lint on socks.
  • Going to a proctologist.

Some Stupid Things

  • Piercing, pennies, and political conventions.
  • Fat-free, no sugar ice cream, non-alcoholic beer, and holes in donuts.
  • The federal government, state government, and local government.
  • Gambling, gossip, and gadgets.
  • Lawyers, meteorologists, and proctologists.
  • Brussels sprouts, liver, and Limburger cheese.
  • Reality TV, soap operas, and talk shows.
  • Sun roofs, spoilers, and 4-wheel drive.
  • Push-up bras, spiked heels, and edible underwear.
  • Right-wing, Republican, Christians.

Billionaires Crap Out in 2012 Elections | Common Dreams

Billionaires Crap Out in 2012 Elections | Common Dreams

More Good News

Peever Law #82

Listening is a skill that few people possess.

Quote of the Day

Charles M. Schulz
“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?" ...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, "We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.”
Charles M. Schulz

To My Right-Wing, Republican Friends: More Books to Read

The Peever has his own books for you to take a look at:
  • The Sixties; I Think I Was There. Vague recollections of various protests, concerts, and happening I attended.
  • The Bush League: How to Avoid the Draft and Still Become Commander-In-Chief. Remember George? I caught him at his best.
  • One-Hundred Way's to Fix Chicken. It even includes how to make factory chicken taste like chicken. And as a bonus, I expose the Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe, for you grease lovers.
  • Fifty Way's to Get Rid of That Booger on the End of Your Finger .A little something for everyone. Never once do I suggest eating it.
  • How to Get a Job: Writing a resume' in Spanish and Chinese. Self-explanatory.
  • And my latest, Forty-two Different Sexual Positions with an Inflatable Doll.  This is particularly relevant for the elderly.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

For My Right-Wing, Republican Friends

A week after the election, I'm sure you have come to the realization that your right-wing ideology is not going to work very well in a national election. You can fool people in less educated states, but that just is not going to cut it. So I'm here to help you. Here is a list of the best books you can read when you consider becoming a liberal. I realize it will be tough for you in the beginning, but you will soon catch on: Instead of right you will be left; instead of anti-choice, you will be pro-choice; instead of retrogressive you will be progressive; instead of racist, you will be inclusive; instead of hawks you will be doves; and so on and so forth. You'll eventually get it. The list:
  1. A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
  2. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
  3. The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels
  4. Working, and Race, by Studs Terkel
  5. Intellectual Origin of American Radicalism, by Staughton Lynd
  6. Labor's Untold Story, by Richard Boyer and Herbert Morais
  7. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
  8. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
  9. The Liberal Imagination, by Lionel Trilling
  10. The Affluent Society, by Jjohn Kenneth Galbraith
It will take you a while, but one day the light-bulb will go on. By 2016, you'll thank me.

Off The Sidelines | A Historic Election For Women

Off The Sidelines | A Historic Election For Women

Quite an achievement. Here we go.

How to Fix The Economy

It's the wars, dummies.

Post Election News

Here's some good info. Of the top ten states ranked highest for educational achievement, all ten voted for Obama. Of the bottom ten ranked states in education, of which Arkansas is ranked number three, nine out of ten voted for Romney. This helps to prove that it is relatively easy to dupe the uneducated, which is exactly what the right-wing Republicans are doing. They were quite successful in Arkansas, electing a bunch of right-wing Republicans. STAY IN SCHOOL, OR GO BACK. HELP SAVE THE COUNTRY.

Quote of the Day

Peever Law #76

If you have to choose between golf and fishing, you're having a good day.

Quote of the Day

Benjamin Franklin
“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
Benjamin Franklin

Making Sense Out of Nonsense

I see one of our committees in the Village is hard at work raising money for our POA employees. Now let me try to figure this out: We pay our employees a pathetic wage and then take up a collection to help them make ends meet. I'm sure it's to show our appreciation. Rather than to go to all that trouble, why not suggest that they be payed a living wage? Then we could throw them a dinner for our appreciation, rather than helping them make ends meet.

Pickin' on Cotton

I see Cotton is my new representative. That's just great. An attorney who volunteers for Afghanistan, comes home, and runs for Congress on his record. Oh brother.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Peever Law #93

A little bit of rich can't cover up a whole lot of dumb.



Papa Johns worried about affordable health-care for everyone. Take a look. It's really disgusting.  And dump the Papa and anyone else who believes health-care for everyone is too costly, or socialism, or whatever lame-brained excuse they use. More right-wing stupidity.

Dear Pat:

Pat Robertson is back talking to God. Most people that claim God talks to them end up in a mental ward somewhere. He ends up being a spokesman for right-wing Republicans. Go figure.

Thanks Right-Wingers, You Did Good

Evolution Is A Thing, and Other Real Facts In A Real Country Rick Perry or Scott Will Not Save Even If They Tilt So Far Right They Fall Off the (Warming) Planet | Common Dreams

Evolution Is A Thing, and Other Real Facts In A Real Country Rick Perry or Scott Will Not Save Even If They Tilt So Far Right They Fall Off the (Warming) Planet | Common Dreams

These guys have a hard time with the facts. They prefer to make them up. It's called The Science of Right-Wing Stupidity.

Peever's Tidbits of Information

  • I get all my information from The Naked Dancing Llama.
  • A little effort and fortitude are sometimes as good as praying.
  • Never hire a surgeon named Bubba.
  • When you are down and out and can't seem to be able to get anything right, become a politician.
  • The further down on the scale of humanity humans go, the more religious they become.
  • Never bend over in front of a lawyer.
  • The more money people have, the less civil they become.
  • If you want to look good in an election, hire a pollster. And give them a list of people they should call.

Presidential Polls Were All Skewed Toward Romney

Almost all the polls had Romney ahead in the final weeks of the election, and even or Romney slightly ahead on election day. With the margin of win by Obama being significant, it was not a sudden surge for Obama at the end, that the polls now claim. I think they were seriously biased towards Romney. You can't sum it up any other way. They must poll the rich and infamous. I, for one, have never been called. I'm guessing no one with an income under $30,000 ever gets called. It appears they are just about worthless and insignificant. The poor and middle class don't get much attention from these polls. They misrepresented the results in a bad attempt to make it look close. They were wrong. We proved them so.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Second Quote of the Day

If you're going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

Peever Law #90

The longer you try to hold it, the less you sleep.

The Lesser of Two Evils

  • A prostitute on the street corner or a pretty little thing that steals someone's husband?
  • A bank robber or the CEO of a company who bankrupts the retirement fund?
  • A killer or the state appointed executioner?
  • The enemy or the liberator?
  • A well known for writing scripts doctor or a drug dealer?
  • A right-wing, Christian, male, Supreme Court Justice or a lobotomy?
  • A politician or a used care salesman?
  • A minister or a snake oil salesman?
  • Romney and Ryan or any two of the three stooges.

Quote of the Day

Cheris Kramarae
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.”
Cheris Kramarae

A lesson the Republicans have never quite understood.

Peever Law #68

Health care is not a commodity. It's a right.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Too Many Ministers, Not Enough Doers

The world doesn't need any more ministers. We need doers. We need people who fashion their life after Christ. To say less and do more. This is a radical way of life that cannot be measured by the size of a congregation or the splendor of a cathedral. This is working on the street with the poor. There is no need for a robe or a collar. They'll know who you are not by your words, but by your actions. Then you can proudly call you're a Christian, following in the footsteps of Christ. Then they can see what it is you're doing, and people can make their own judgments about how righteous or charitable it might be. Until that happens, a minister is wasting everyone's energy and time, hiding behind a pulpit, begging for more money to build a bigger building and pay themselves more. Each year they slide further down on the "significant profession" poll. They become more distant from the model Christ demonstrated for us as people who should give their possessions away and follow Him. And He didn't go to the country club or the temple, He went to the street. He declared those people His brothers and sisters, and did what He could to help. That's our calling. Sitting in that pew on a Sunday morning should be a time to rest and plan, not a time to pray and pay.

Truth and Justice

 Why is it those who are fighting for truth and justice are often assassinated? People begin to think that evil is prevailing. Often, those fighting for justice, equal rights, freedom, are killed for their efforts. Look at Christ, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bobby Kennedy, Che Guevara, Benazir Bhutto. Evil shot them down. One gets the notion that evil triumphs over good. But that's not so. If the liberators of the world retaliated, then evil wins. You have to hold yourself up, stay out of the quicksand of killing, guns, revenge. I had a guy e-mail me about my advocating non-violence. He said if l wasn't man enough to defend myself and my family, he would be willing to kill anyone trying to hurt us, as something of a favor. I said no thanks. He just doesn't get it.

Quote of the Day

Molly Ivins
“When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as 'enemies,' it's time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.”
Molly Ivins

Peever Law #57

Singing the song and dancing the dance does not a good citizen make.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Comedy. You Got To Love It.

Photo: More election laughs:

How to Make The Most Out of a Bad Situation

  • If you get caught with your pants down, blame it on your tailor. If you don't have one, get one, quick.
  • If someone fingers you while you're driving, blow them some kisses, in a happy, gay kind of way.
  • If you get diarrhea, consider doing a stain removal commercial.
  • If you get in the wrong line at the funeral home, tell the relatives of the deceased you're that long-lost cousin from Kentucky. The one who married his sister.
  • If you're being held up, ask for a receipt. You can report it as a gambling expense. You took a chance on mankind and lost.
  • If your preacher's giving you hell for sinning, ask him why the choir director's kid looks just like him.
  • If all else fails, join the military. Travel to new places. Meet new people. Kill them.

Republicans Can See Color

Jon Stewart
“We owe Clint Eastwood a debt of thanks. Not only because it was truly a hilarious twelve minutes of improvised "awesome" in a week of scripted "blah".

But because it advanced our understanding.

This president has issues, and there are very legitimate debates about his policies and actions, and successes and or failures as president - I mean, tune in next week. But I could never wrap my head around why the world, and the president republicans describe, bears so little resemblance to the world and the president that I experience. And now I know why :

There is a president Obama that only republicans can see”
Jon Stewart, Miscellaneous Writings

Peever Law #88

The more Republicans in office, the richer they become.



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Peever Law #77

If you need a gun to exert your power, you don't have any.


I read Tim Russert's book, "Big Russ and Me," some time ago. His next book, "Wisdom of Our Fathers," contained letters from sons and daughters sent to Russert in response to his first book. Here was my letter:
Big Orval and Me: My father died two weeks before I graduated from high school, in 1966. He was 46. A sudden heart attack. Forty-six seemed pretty old to an eighteen year old. I've come to understand just how young it really was.
By most counts, my father was an everyday kind of guy. He graduated from high school, went into the service during WWII for four years, got out alive, married when he hit U.S. soil, in Virginia Beach, had one child, me, went to trade school and became a plumber, became president of the plumbers and pipefitter's union, was commander of the local Legion post, served on the city council, and held the 100 yard dash record at the local high school for some twenty years. He drank a little too much, liked spending time with his male friends bowling, shooting pool, and playing golf. He loved to play softball, which he did the night before he died. He was a big Democrat, not into church-going, loved cigars, and always wore what we called a cat hat.
The evening he died I had just returned home from a baseball game. I was eager to tell him we had won the district championship and I had driven in the winning run. I never got the chance. My mother called asking me to come to the hospital, that my father had suffered a heart attack. She didn't want to tell me he had died until I got there. "I'm sorry, Dad died. It was quick, they couldn't save him." Hard words for her to say, and for an 18 year old to comprehend. Words you're never prepared for.
Eighteen years is not a long time. Still, my father taught me some things that remain with me to this day. One of the things he taught me was to have respect for others, particularly anyone older than myself. The lesson came while we were shopping for a new ball glove. I ran through the door at the store, bolting in front of an older couple. When I turned around, half-way to the sporting goods section, no dad. I went back outside, there he was talking to this couple. He was apologizing, not just for me for cutting them off, but for himself as well. He was sorry for the inconsideration, as though it were both of us who had stepped in front of them. I was all of 8 or 9. He told them, and me, that he hoped that would never happen again. It hasn't.
One of the things my father and I did together was go to the tavern on Sunday morning after I was out of Sunday school. While this wouldn't be highly thought of today, it was a tradition in a German town in 1959. Boys had to learn what a tavern was. One particular Sunday morning, I recall a black man, probably 60–65, coming in to get a six-pack, on his way to the creek to do some fishing. He got the beer from the cooler, and walked up to the bar to pay. Some of the guys at the bar told the bartender to not sell any beer to a "nigger." As though it were yesterday, I see my father getting up and paying for the old man's beer and escorting him out. When he returned, no one said a word, including my father. He never said anything to me, or his friends, or made anything of the incident. But I got the point.
Since I have limited space, one more story. I was probably 6 or 7. We were living in an apartment at the time that had a shared bathroom with another apartment, and no shower. I can remember my father and I going down to the power plant, where they had public showers. Those trips were a special time with my father. I don't remember any special stories or lessons to go along with them, only that they stand out in my memory as a special time, when my father and I, naked as jaybirds, enjoyed a shower together.
Since May 10, 1966,I have missed my father. I often wonder how things would have been between us, how our relationship would have developed, what he would think of me? How he would have dealt with a daughter-in-law and two grandkid's? Anyway, sitting here on the back deck, thinking about it, tears run down my cheek. I suppose some would say I should get over it, but I prefer not to. Somehow those tears keep alive the memories.
I almost died myself at age 52. Now I realize just exactly how young he really was. My father never laid a hand on me, never yelled at me, never called me crazy names. He taught me to be responsible, to be respectful, and to accept others who may be different than myself. He tried to help others when he could. I made a career out of it.
Emotions were not freely expressed in a German community. I suppose they fancied themselves as tough. I remember seeing my father cry twice in those 18 years, once at the death of a friend, and another time at his father's death. I don't remember him saying he loved me or I saying that I loved him. It was shown, but not talked about. I waited too long to say, Dad, I love you. Thanks.

Paul Wellstone
“Politics is not about big money or power games; it's about the improvement of people's lives”
Paul Wellstone

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Team God-Given Rape/Misogyny Loses Big | Common Dreams

Team God-Given Rape/Misogyny Loses Big | Common Dreams

A night for the ladies. Take that, boys.
Frank Zappa
“Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in balloons and ribbons.”
Frank Zappa

In the Village

The same President and a new general manager. Don't you just love it?

Speaking of Love

  • Love comes in a variety of flavors, none of them violent.
  • Love has been misused and abused so much that it is hard to tell the real deal from make-believe.
  • Love means having to say you're sorry, probably numerous times.
  • Never get married just for love, cause it can wear awful thin, awful quick.
  • They say love makes the world go round. I say it's gravy.
  • Love can take you a long way. Unfortunately, sometimes it's down the wrong road.
  • Still, if I have to choose between love and hate, I'd take love. I hate hate.

Peever Law #92

Money can't buy you love, respect, or an election.

Some Simple Tips to Help You Get Through Life

  • God has nothing to do with the follies of man. He or She set us free.
  • Drink some coffee, have a few beers, eaat a good steak every once in a while. Remember, don't do anything in excess.
  • If someone tells you they know the truth, run.
  • Remember, kids make mistakes. So did you.
  • If you want to change the way people behave, become a therapist. Otherwise, forget it. What you see is likely what you get.
  • Don't go looking for a mate at the bar.
  • Look for something greater than yourself to believe in. If all you believe in is humans, you're in for a life of despair.
  • Read as much as you can.
  • Every day, try to do something for someone else.
  • Remember, money can't buy you love. Or elections.

Election Failures

Once again, Florida and Ohio are disgraces to the electoral process. They should be severely reprimanded and the Secretary of State from both states should be jailed.



Monday, November 5, 2012

The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell

  • You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.
  • We are all Christ's and don't realize it.
  • Hell is life drying up.
  • Follow your bliss.
  • Work begins when you don't like what you're doing.
  • To refuse the call means stagnation.
  • What is your religion telling you? How to be a Catholic? A Jew? Or how to be a human being?
  • We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
  • The Kingdom  of the Father is not going to come through expectation. We bring it about in our own hearts.
  • Marriage is not a love affair, it's an ordeal. It is a religious exercise, a sacrament, the grace of participating in another life.
  • You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.

Peever Law #71

Life will not get better by using excessive alcohol and other drugs. It will only get more distant.

Quote of the Day

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
Will Rogers

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Election Results

Unless a whole lot of cheating takes place, which I wouldn't count out, it's Obama for another 4 years. Praise the Lord.

Peever Law #65

Most men vote the way their fathers do, or did. Most women vote the way their husbands do. Or so it's said.

Signs You're Developing a Drinking Problem

  • You can't remember which sex you are.
  • The toilet seat keeps hitting you in the head.
  • Mitt Romney makes sense to you.
  • Your mail starts arriving at your favorite bar.
  • Your favorite beer is Any.
  • You wake up in the morning and wonder who the person is sleeping next to you.
  • All your friends are bar friends.
  • You think bartenders are really smart.
  • You're certain the sun comes up in the West.


Reference E-Blast notifying of Scott Randall’s departure.  I feel this is a good move for HSV and that the Board acted in the member’s best interest.

Scott never seemed to understand whom he worked for.  This is a member owned and funded community and it is incumbent upon any employee, especially the GM, to understand this and respect members and their elected Board members.

I hope the Board will learn from the errors in the process in hiring Scott and ensure that any candidate has some business background, preferably in non-profit or city organizations, but most importantly understands what their roll in our community.  Candidates should be thoroughly vetted through prior employers to ensure HSV gets a GM interested in the growth and success of our community controlling costs to the members while preserving our investment.  Additionally, a candidate should be impressed that HSV is not a city environment and that a member owned community is very different from a city.

A GM manages our community under the oversight of the elected Board of Directors and should make recommendations and manage in the members best interest, both financially and protecting our investment. 

A GM’s performance appraisal should contain a factor concerning how well the GM conducts the POA business within current revenue structure, without assumption of automatic fee increases year over year, and receive extra merit for controlling/reducing member costs while maintaining services and investment value.  Another important element of the GM’s position is to create an environment to encourage resident growth, and promote property investment and values to keep non-resident property owners in good standing.

I further would ask the Board resend the policy of the GM being the final word in POA and employee matters.  Our employees represent a beneficial asset to HSV in performing their duties for the POA.  The employees should not be subjected to a “dictatorial” structure of management.  A GM should be aware that it is his responsibility to manage in a manor to require good performance while honoring our employees rights, and know that his decisions are subject to Board review should a situation arise requiring such review.  Furthermore, as in any creditable organization reviews and pay adjustments for the GM’s direct reports should be reviewed by the Board to ensure that member interests are preserved.

Larry Frazer
A concerned Property Owner

Our ex-General Manager

Anyone who couldn't figure out that this guy was in it for himself would have had to been blind, deaf, and/or dumb. Now we need to eliminate who hired him.

Peever Law #67

Excessive profit equates to greed. There is no other explanation.

The Tale of the Naked Dancing Llama

One day, many moons ago, a missionary came to our land and converted our people. Because I was a great dancer and usually ran around naked, they gave me the name Tom Smith and put clothes on me and said not to dance anymore. They said this was the moral and righteous thing to do. So I bought fancy clothes, got a job from 9-5, and began attending church on Sunday morning. I did this for many years. On my death bed, someone asked me about my beliefs and where I wanted to be buried. I told them to ask the missionary. He seems to know what is best for me.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ten Signs of Depression

  1. You haven't gotten out of bed for a month and a half.
  2. Taking a bath or a shower is no longer on your list.
  3. The only person you smile at is the pharmacist.
  4. Winning the lotto would only make you worry more about what you were going to do with all that money.
  5. You feel sorry for people who are happy.
  6. Sunshine makes you cry.
  7. Sleep is better than sex.
  8. The only thing you get dressed up for is a psychiatric appointment.
  9. Choosing between a toothache and a party would be no contest.
  10. You're not sure who is President, Obama or Romney. Either way, you're still depressed.

Quote of the Day

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

Learned Sayings From The Naked Dancing LLama

  • It takes a Village to raise a stink.
  • Money is at the heart of all politicians.
  • Nature is capable of enormous blunders. Take a look in the mirror.
  • Trying to keep people from using drugs is not for the faint of heart.
  • In the spring, things begin to grow. We can only hope.
  • I could have danced all night, providing you with  but a glimpse of the miracles endowed on The Naked Dancing Llama.

Peever Law #88

The more Republicans in office, the richer they become.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Why a Woman Would Chose a Vibrator Over a Man

  • A vibrator has a guarantee.
  • Vibrators last longer.
  • Vibrators don't talk back.
  • A good vibrator don't whine.
  • Vibrators don't make excuses.
  • You don't have to feed and clothe a vibrator.
  • Vibrators come in specific lengths. No fantasy is involved.


I always thought I'd make a great psychiatrist, but I'm way too sane.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Peever Law #81

People who live behind closed gates are generally fearful of life.

Peever Law #70

Making a profit at the expense of the environment is mass suicide.

Inspirational Messages From The Naked Dancing LLama

  • Sleeping is better than sex. At least you don't feel guilty about doing it alone.
  • Silence does not always need to be filled.
  • They say clothes make the man. I say clothes allows him to hide behind lies.
  • Be careful whose toes you step on. They may be connected to the butt you have to kiss tomorrow.
  • The higher you travel up the road to financial success, the further you get away from yourself.
  • If you are going to dance, don't mess around with the polka. 
  • Study very carefully anyone who wants to make you money.