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The looming debacle of the emerging public pension crisis has even pricked the ears of the NY Times! I read an editorial today in the Providence Journal about the City of Providence firefighters. One firefighter took disability in 1991 with a salary of $34,000. With compounding COLAS of 4, and 5 and even 6 percent through the years, his pension today is $103,000. In 2015 it will be $138,000. In 2020, $185,000. These levels of pension largesse are obviously unsustainable. Of course, Providence’s pension fund is also 70% unfunded!!! Smart private sector citizens who refuse to be raped by the public pension system will obviously flee spendthrift locales. But the ultimate question is how did the pension system get so out of control? Simple answer: Unions. No one employed by any government, city, municipality or town should be allowed to unionize. They retire much earlier than you with benefits beyond your wildest imagination. I laugh when I hear teachers complain that we have to do it for the children. What they really mean is they want to do it TO the children. As we tumble over the cliff of Mt. Obama Doom remember to keep your powder dry. Once all these cities, towns even states start defaulting there will be hell to pay. Cheers!

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Ellsworth AFB Air and Space Museum, South Dakota.  The Air Base itself is home to 24  B1-Bs.

Our mastery of technique and engineering has ensured the survival of a few generations. But who now is engaged in the race for future technique? I somehow doubt it is the product of American colleges. As we succumb to the non-inevitable decline of this once great country I’m sure we’ll have a surfeit of Ph.D’s in Sociology to explain its inevitability! Great!!!

The View Out my Trailer Door

The View from the Top of Our Hill

Road Trip June 2010

Sometimes when the world get too depressing you just have to get away from it all. Left RI last Thursday and headed to Custer, SD to check out the land my parents will be building their new home on. I’ll be taking it easy out here for a couple of weeks. Will be checking out the stuff I haven’t seen since I was a kid, The Badlands, Devil’s Tower, Crazy Horse et cetera. I’ll be posting some pictures once I figure out the intricacies of my camera.

I’ve been goofing off of late, forlorn with the knowledge that our way of life is past. This knowledge will not be apparent to the simpletons for a few more years. Ah! Ignorance is bliss. For the rest of us preparedness is paramount. I’ll cease my silly detours into Grateful Deadville and start to concentrate on the demographic/financial time bomb that has been ticking, still ticks and whose tocsin sounds in the distance.  Good luck and God speed….

Kind of Blue

A hard day and night endured, come home and listen, to something pure…
‘Nuff said…