Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

Here is something to chew on. I was sent this via email:

==============================================================

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six year Senate terms
B. Six Two year House terms
C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.


2. No Tenure / No Pension:

A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.



3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately.

All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.



4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.


5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.


6. Congress looses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.


7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.


8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/2011.
The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.


==============================================================

seems reasonable and without any gain for either party. What do you think?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!


About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!

Luke 2:1-20

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Legend of the Christmas Moose


The other day, someone stopped me and commented on the stuffed moose in a co-workers cubicle. The co-worker asked what a moose had to do with Christmas. I replied, "Oh, that is the Christmas Moose." I quickly realized my co-worker had never heard the legend of the Christmas Moose. As the days have progressed, it has become obivious to me that a lot of people are unfamiliar with one of the most vital parts of the story of Santa and the reindeer. So, here is the legend of the Christmas Moose.

Several years ago, Santa had a run of misfortune. He experienced a bad landing almost turning over the sleigh and then someone took several shots at the reindeer as they were preparing to land at another house.

Once Santa and his team of reindeer returned to the North Pole, a townhall meeting was held to evaluate options and ensure the safety of Santa and the reindeer. Ideas and brainstorming ensued with suggestions ranging from satellite defense systems, arming the sleigh with sidewinder missles and a .50 caliber machine gun to cancelling Santa's historic trip.

Santa and his council of wise elves carefully evaluated all of the recommendations. The satellite defense system was ruled out as was arming the sleigh. But the option that Santa and the council carefully considered for a considerable amount of time was cancelling any further travel. The impact of stopping Santa's annual trip was not taken lightly by anyone as it would mean that children around the world would not receive their Christmas gifts that they had come accustom.

But Santa's safety and the safety of his one dozen flight crewmembers was not taken lightly either. After days of meetings, lots of fruit trays, doughnuts, cookies, and hot chocolate, it seemed that Santa was going to have to cancel his annual flight around the world.

Just as it seemed that the unthinkable was going to be decided, a moose stood up near the back of the great meeting hall and raised his hoof. The moose, named Monte, explained that he had been laid-off from his job as a personal security guard for a famous recording artist that no longer had any income after recording a single hit in the 1980s.

Monte the Moose offered the Santa and the council of elves a new solution. If the great council would approve, Monte would fly Santa's intended course a day early and check out the scene on all of the scheduled landings. Monte would select the best landing zones and determine what areas were not safe for landing.

In war ravaged areas, Monte would locate a DMZ or demilitarized zone where there were no threats posed to Santa and his team. Houses that did not contain children but were used for illegal drugs or other criminal activity would be noted as a NLZ or No Landing Zone.

Santa and the council of wise elves carefully considered the proposal and reviewed Monte's resume. It was noted by the elves that during Monte's service to the once popular recording artist that no harm had befell the artist, and Monte's record was without blemish.

After much deliberation and the consumption of more fruit trays, Santa and the council of wise elves voted unanimously to take Monte the Moose up on his offer and renamed him, the Christmas Moose.

Since being employed by the SIA or Santa's Intelligence Agency, Monte aka the Christmas Moose now flies around the world on December 23rd carefully locating safe landing zones for Santa and his team and prepares a list of locations that are NLZs or No Landing Zones that Santa avoids druing his annual gift delivery.

So whenever you stop yourself and ask, "I wonder why I have never seen Santa's sleigh on the roof of a crack house." You can thank the Christmas Moose.

(c)2009 - Allen Madding