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Dec

30

A Bad Economy is Self-fulfilling

By admin

The media is very fond of telling us about the bad economy every time we turn around. How does that make you feel? Like going out and buying new furniture and then going out to dinner? Or like withdrawing all your money from the bank and hiding it in a cracker box? For most people it’s the latter. And you know why, right? You got it – because most people are mindless drones who don’t think for themselves and allow everything they hear and see to program their behavior. In short, most people are idiots. (I know you aren’t one of them or you wouldn’t be here reading my blog.)

It just so happens that Mama Riah and I went out a couple weeks ago and bought a new couch before going out to dinner. The furniture store was packed. They were selling stuff left and right. The nightly news would have me think that these places are nailing boards over the entrance as all the employees get into a 27-mile long unemployment line. But that’s not what is happening if you get off your butt and go look around for yourself.

However that doesn’t mean that a bad economy isn’t right around the corner. A real bad economy. One where credit dries up completely and people actually do stop spending. What you have seen so far ain’t nothing folks. Things could get bad. Real bad. And you know how that could happen, right? The media keeps pounding and pounding the idea of how bad things are until it resonates inside everyone’s brains and then people become scared. In other words, we all get brainwashed into a bad economy.

For some people this has already happened. In our local news last week there was a story about an elderly lady who heard the news about possible bank failures so she promptly withdrew all her money in cash. She stashed an envelope containing $10,000 in a cracker box. For some inexplicable reason she then decided that she didn’t want the crackers and would rather have the $2.63 cents back that she spent for them, no doubt because of the scary bad economy news stories.

You can guess the rest. She glued to top back together and returned the cracker box to the market and got back her $2.63. After a couple days she realized her mistake and went to the store to ask for her crackers back, explaining the situation. They told her that returned food boxes go back to the manufacturer and that she likely had lost her money.

By some miracle the cracker box got put back on the shelf and purchased by an extremely honest family who returned the box to the store and reported the found money. So the crazy old cracker lady got her money back (and didn’t bother offering a reward), but that isn’t the point of this story.

It is this: If you hear that the economy is bad and that information alters your behavior, you will be responsible for helping to create a worse economy than the present situation (whatever that may be). In my opinion the present situation isn’t bad at all, based upon what I observe around me. Take it from an out-of-work sub-prime mortgage lender! However if we allow ourselves to be brainwashed into a bleak picture of things, it will become our reality. Just ask the crazy cracker lady.

Papa Riah

Dec

23

Christmas Carol Promotes Terrorism

By admin

What would you call a bunch of Christmas carolers who showed up on your doorstep and demanded money? Terrorists? By legal definition that is what they are. Now what if it isn’t money they are demanding, but something else of value? It makes no difference from the legal definition of terrorism – if they invade your property and place demands on you and will not leave at your request, that is terrorism. Even if they are only demanding food. In fact, what if this obnoxious group demanded a specific kind of food, some rare dish that you have never even seen – and refused to go away until you gave it to them?

If all this is starting to sound all too familiar, it’s because it’s real. Not only is this real, but a popular Christmas carol is composed of lyrics describing this exact terrorist stand-off situation. And every year thousands upon thousands of carolers invade neighbor’s property reciting this song! It is, of course, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Oh the song starts out innocently enough. It even sounds warm and friendly, your neighbors stopping by to pour a blessing on you and wish you well.

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year.
Glad tidings we bring
To you and your kin;
Glad tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year!

Very nice, huh? Even if they did interrupt your favorite show. Such nice folks. But hold on – things are about to take a very unexpected turn. Just as you want to smile, wave, thank them and close the door, you get blindsided with sudden demands:

Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
And bring it right here!

Whoa! Where did that come from? Are they serious? They are demanding a certain strange food that nobody has ever seen or tasted. Unless you have a fig tree in your backyard, this is a ridiculous request! Before you can call the cops however, they do a quick 180:

Glad tidings we bring
To you and your kin;
Glad tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year!

OK, maybe that food demand bit was just a joke, or maybe you heard them wrong. They seem to be acting nice again. But just as your initial panic starts to subside, they come back at you quickly with:

We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring it right here!

Now the situation has gotten serious. They are back on the figgy pudding thing, and this time they mean business. They have flat-out stated that they refuse to leave the premises until they receive a payment from you in the form of a specific, rare food that there is no way you know how to make even if you somehow had the ingredients.

You could try calling the police but most likely they have cut your phone lines. If you are armed, you could try making a break for your firearm. But there are a lot of them and only one of you, and any group that shows up and makes unreasonable demands can also expected to be armed as well.

Perhaps it’s best to keep some figs around during the holidays. Hmmmmm – maybe they will settle for Fig Newtons?

Merry Christmas from Papa Riah

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Dec

20

French Bashing is Idiotic, not Patriotic

By admin

It is just about the year 2009 and amazingly, many Americans are still harboring an anti-French attitude which was spawned in the early days of the current Iraq war (or whatever that has become). This is absolutely the stupidest thing I have witnessed in our society over the past decade. There is no doubt in my mind that those who have acquired this attitude, and have somehow managed to hang unto it, have not visited France in their lifetime. Most likely they are mindless drones who spend every spare moment watching television. Either that or they are hardcore right-wing politics addicts that have lost their ability to think clearly.

I remember back about five or six years ago when the topic was hot. It was France and Germany that were the targets of our collective irrational hate. They were the countries that would not directly support us (to a degree of our liking) in the Iraq war by sending troops. Those countries live a little close to that battlefield and decided to sit this one out.

Americans responded by refusing to order French fries at McDonalds and by boycotting German beer. (Stupid Americans that is. Papa Riah wouldn’t abandon German beer even if Hitler rose back to power, as I have my priorities straight.) They soon forgave Germany however – that one didn’t last long at all. But Americans held unto their French hatred for some inexplicable reason, many even to this day. For some reason stupid Americans just want to hate the French and will take any excuse to do so.

It doesn’t make sense. The war in Iraq is unpopular. The President associated with that war is unpopular. But bashing the French for not sending troops to that unpopular war led by that unpopular President is, somehow, popular.

Even for hardcore right-wingers this position is nothing more than pure unwarranted hatred. It isn’t much different from the Nazis hating the Jews (or the modern day Arabs hating the Jews, for that matter). There were plenty of other European countries who weren’t bullied into sending troops to Iraq. For example: Switzerland, Holland, and Denmark. Why aren’t they hated? What is it that makes the French such an easy target for bashing?

Perhaps many Americans forget that the French were our allies in the American Revolutionary war. If it wasn’t for their timely help we would not have won our independence in that war. The statue of liberty, the one universally recognized symbol of American freedom and national pride, was constructed by the French and given to us as a gift after our victory. My how soon we forget these things.

If you start talking about how you disrepect the French for being smart enough not to get involved in Iraq, be careful who you are talking to. That co-worker friend might actually turn out to be French. Then you will feel pretty stupid, won’t you? As you should.

Papa Riah