murdock » Today, 2:22 pm » wrote: ↑
Cannonpointer » Yesterday, 5:51 pm » wrote: ↑
I've been convinced for my entire adult life that my country is about to have the big one and join Elizabeth.
It's our religion. We are a nation raised on the book of Revelations - and for no other reason than that it holds people's attention and makes the clock move faster. Preachers gotta do what they gotta do with a nation that loves the bible and never reads it. You don't want your congregation thinking about sunday chicken and tater salad. So ya ******* slap 'em with the four horsemen and pass the plate while the rubes' mouths are still agape. And depending on how ya pronounce agape, something genuinely holy could be afoot.
Cannonpointer » 29 Nov 2023, 2:49 am » wrote: ↑
We are a nation raised by wolves, thanks to our unique history. We had a quite large portion of our original population forced at gunpoint into the injun-infested wilderness, where mothers and fathers died in such numbers as to create generations of motherless and fatherless kids. Those kids grew up and raised their own kids with no model for how to parent children. The traumas redound to this day. We pet our dogs and beat our kids. Did you know that in many countries, the majority of kids grow up without beatings?
And this single has a B side, too. A rich continent laying in our laps and the prominence of our military has resulted in generations of Americans having **** You money. Couple this with liberalized divorce and abortion laws, and you end up with a country where the words **** you are uttered million times a day. We storm off from one another, swear off of one another, count our friendships and even familial relationships as onerous tasks instead of blessings.
Imagine if a substantial number of Americans begins to work on personal relationships, putting them first. Imagine that same number, impelled by financial hardship and drawn by the newfound wisdom that I believe attends standing against evil. Suddenly, 18 year olds are not in the same hurry to leave home, and parents are not in the same hurry to see them off. Families begin to realize that paying ONE electric bill is better than paying two; paying ONE rent or mortgage is better than paying two.
In Italy, guys at the age of 25 quite often are sleeping in the same room they grew up in, their moms attending their meals and laundry as the kid helps out with the costs of the home. Everybody is richer when they all eat from the same pot.
The mentality informing how Italians live would certainly create lower demand for dwellings on these shores. If you swapped out 330 million Italians for the folks here today, housing prices would crash like a Polish helicopter. But we don't need the calzones - just the culture. And I have a sneaking suspicion we are about to get it.
Hard times create a lot of context for people. They get creative. They make concessions. They hold each other in greater esteem - value each other more. They give more elbow room and ask less. I don't want to downplay the positive side of the situation - the opinion that opposing moral corruption polishes the person. But even without that driver, if we see a repeat of the 1930s era depression, we will see a repeat of the chipping in and working together that went on in those days. We will rediscover our wisdom and our communal nature, because our lives will depend on our doing so. I buy into the concept of morphic resonance. I consider its truth obvious. What came around will come around - and in the proper time, as required.
I say we're over-built. I say a crash is coming. But, hey - no one has ever paid me for financial advice. I'm just a blue collar guy whose dad keeps dying.
R.Suave » 22 Nov 2023, 7:49 am » wrote: ↑
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... nd=premium
Isn't it great to be so great again?
We're pumping record amounts of oil, cage free eggs are 2.00/dz, Pootie is getting his grapes stomped, and Israeli hostages are being released.
We had a race track around here (trotters) that was fun to attend and lose a bit of money.Cannonpointer » 28 Nov 2023, 11:47 pm » wrote: ↑
What stopped me in 2016 was having to admit I voted for a reality tv goon. It's one thing to live through the death of the empire - it's another to vote for it.
The way I see it, Ican criticize both. But I don't. Because if I HAD voted, it would not have been for cruela deville.
MackTheFinger » 28 Nov 2023, 11:09 am » wrote: ↑
CHrales Mason never did anything to me to be upset about !
I didn't think I bought anything when I made my monthly $10.61 donation to the fool...except help pay my way.
I always told the fool to but a Happy Meal with the $$$ I sent him. So in a sense I did but something.