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  • dannyboystories 5:58 PM on December 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Two, Oh, One, Four… 

    We shocked several friends behind the pharmacy counter recently with the declaration the  2014 year will be politically and personally worse that 2013, and we were stone cold serious.

    Apparently, everyone in the small group clearly believes their lives will improve in this next year, positive finances will improve in a growing economy, disposable income will be up, and the politicians in Washington, DC, will finally come to grips with the needs and real opinions of the people they represent.

    Not a chance.

    In my view, ObamaCare will implode on itself, but those who support it–including a President who is using it to force total federally controlled medical care on the citizenry–and the uproar will be the catalyst to bring a “national emergency” declaration forward further limiting the will of the electorate.

    I find it interesting there were several “doomsday” posts on social media during the week prior to January 1, 2014. Are these true or false? Many are far fetched, in my mind, but those involving the Department of Homeland Security and its widening and growing domestic police force are of great concern. DHS is now involved deeply in local community regulation–planning, fire, police, zoning, and the like. In fact, you will find them present at commission meetings, participation and advising local representatives who obediently accept most recommendations without question.

    DHS has already delivered control over state agencies through its state offices. Go ahead, look it up. In any local emergency who quickly takes control of the situation? Who tells first responders what to do? Who directs your own law enforcement?

    How did this occur? We have allowed it. The wide-ranging statutes establishing DHS made it possible, and the local desire for equipment funds and “expert” advisers took care of the rest in a time of pinched budgets and reduced tax revenue. After all, who among us would not rather lighten our own load by allowing another to step in with the muscle?

    So, in my opinion, 2014 will be a nasty year for us all, regardless of the mid-term elections. Our elected officials won’t care because they have too many perks to lose…and we are willingly paying the tab, because it is just easier. — Danny Boy Stories.

  • dannyboystories 3:58 PM on December 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Vanishing Words… 

    Consider this for a moment: How many words do you utter during an average day in ordinary discourse? Twenty? Five Hundred? Ten Thousand?

    Now, then, figure how many times during that day you contemplate what you’ve said in a particular instance and wish you had formed your sentence differently, perhaps used different words?

    I doubt you can answer either question with any accuracy unless you keep careful track of everything, not normal and likely rude to the persons with whom you are speaking. Of course, if you stay in bed all day, there is nothing to report.

    Here’s my first point: Most of us do not carefully access the grey matter in our brain before spitting out some really poorly thought out statements. It’s normal. We all misspeak frequently. Intelligent? Probably only marginal, at best. Those who judiciously paid attention to school-day vocabulary notebooks will do much better in daily conversation than others. Still, seldom do the majority of us consider our words before blurting them out.

    Second point: Age slowly, diabolically, short circuits the pathway in our minds to those words that give more meaning to our discourse. I contend a good way to avoid this creeping affliction is to make an extra effort to strike up conversations on a daily basis with someone you know, but, better yet, someone with whom you are not acquainted, away from the workplace. Now, if you are like me, enjoying a seventh decade of this life, I find most folks don’t feel threatened striking up a conversation with an old coot like me at a nearby lunch counter, coffee house, or grocery store.

    I’ve found it is names that become most difficult to find as I grow older. Sure, I now suffer from age-related absentmindedness, but I work to combat it every day. In any event, I choose to remain actively separated from couch potatoes.–Dan Lee, Danny Boy Stories

    P.S.–Finish your Christmas shopping at Amazon.com and elsewhere with Danny Boy Stories!


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