Blogs by Tom Hyland
9/7/2006 2:02:12 PM
I have now tried 5 FIVE FRIGGIN' times to cut & paste here & it ALL WRAPS into one HUGE UNREADABLE FREAKIN" PARAGRAPH !!!
The PIC got lost in cyberspace AND 5 or more COMPLAINT emails top MATT are totally IGNORED!!!
I may very well be LEAVING SOON!! Tom.
GOT MILK ?
If you’re getting FREE milk, then why buy the cow?
COPYRIGHT: SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2006
Remember the old story of the three barnyard animals on an ego trip/? They’re all standing around having a conversation about who is most important to the farmer. First, the Cow, puffing up her udders with pride says: “I am the most committed because each and every day, when the Farmer gets up before dawn, he wants a fresh glass of warm milk, and I supply it faithfully.”
To this, the Hen replies: “Well, Elsie, that’s nice, but I’m really more committed because along with your milk, most mornings the Farmer wants eggs for his breakfast, and laying them every day takes more effort than merely having one’s teats squeezed profusely!”
Meanwhile, Ole Porky Pig has been patiently listening and quietly biding his time to speak. Finally, with great aplomb, he says: “Now Henrietta, that’s true, and it’s a fine sign of dedication, but on that one final day that the Farmer decides that he wants bacon with his eggs, that my Dears, is true COMMITMENT!”
So, what has this little story got to do with anything? Is there a moral expressed or implied? I definitely think so! “’Til DEATH do us part!” That, my dear readers, is commitment. Once upon a time, when a couple stood before a priest, or preacher, or other “man of the cloth” and proudly exclaimed their mutual wedding VOWS – they actually meant something! They honestly took them to heart, and committed themselves to be bound together for all eternity, and did it in front of many caring witnesses, most of whom had also done so themselves, previously.
Stability of the Family Unit was highly valued and respected, and dedication to principles was paramount and honored. Striving to remain together, no matter what difficulties had to be faced, was an absolute goal, which was sought after with reverence and devotion. It provided a permanence and strength to our society at large, perhaps even globally. “For richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or worse, through thick and thin… for as long as we both shall live!” Yeah, like I said: “Once upon a time…” Another FAIRYTALE!
What once was; now is no more!” They are the exact words she spoke. “When the going gets tough, the weak QUIT!” This should be more aptly applied today as the foundation for commitment. In our present day society of: high technology, job insecurity, fast foods, shrink-wrapped everything, highly mobile “rip up the roots and just move”, transparent, translucent, artificially lighted, stress-filled, rush-rush-rush, “the public be damned politicians”, Crime infested neighborhoods, Defunct Legal system, “SUE THE BASTARD MENTALITY”, “GOD IS DEAD Attitude” – just who is profiting? It sure as hell isn’t the Middle or Lower Class citizens!
In the “Good Ole Days” the term was PROFITEERS! Today it is: Ambulance-chasing LAWYERS, DIVORCE LAWYERS, TAX LAWYERS, Corporate LAWYERS, avarice-ridden CORPORATIONS, crooked POLITICIANS, SHRINKS (psychologists, psychiatrists, psycho-analysts), PILL-PUSHING DOCTORS, Greedy Pharmaceutical MANUFACTURERS, Bloated OIL COMPANIES, Raping Power or Utility COMMISSIONS, Gluttonous INSURANCE Companies, WAR MONGERS making HUGE Profits, and on, and on, and on… ad infinitum!
As Oliver Hardy would often say to Stanley Laurel: “Another fine kettle of fish you’ve gotten us into!” As Shakespeare’s character Puck once offered: “What FOOLS these Mortals be!”
How in the name of GOD could Americans become so Stupid? So Ignorant? So Complacent? So Apathetic? I call it the “Ostrich Syndrome” we have ALL stuck our collective heads up our individual RECTUMS now, for about FIFTY YEARS! And the truly sad part is we apparently lost one of our Basic senses, besides Common Sense, that is the olfactory one, the sense of SMELL! We’ve all become so attuned to the Sphincter ODOR that we don’t even notice the prurient STENCH without, when our heads are occasionally removed! SAD, BUT TRUE!
But, I digress, BACK TO OUR MAIN TOPIC, COMMITMENT! When is the last time that YOUR Senator, or YOUR Congressman (woman, person) actually DID, or VOTED for something that was truly in YOUR BEST INTEREST? Name only ONE issue or stance that was honored by him, or her, or them, AFTER YOU VOTED THEM IN? Please, tell me, give me the names of ANY government ‘officials’ at any level of government that TRULY have LISTENED and DONE what their CONSTITUENTS WANTED! AHA! “There lies the rub!”
When was the last time that YOU PERSONALLY actually took time, or made the time to TELL your so-called ‘representative’ what YOU WANTED? What ISSUES were of major concern? Did you make a phone call? Send a hi-tech EMAIL? Mail some SNAIL MAIL? Are your cute little NOSTRILS even trying to begin to AWAKEN? GEE, it couldn’t be MY FAULT, could it?
I’m too busy! What with working, and raising a family, and trying to make ends meet! I’m ill informed! I don’t know anything about politics! I’m not political! I do the intelligent thing – vote my party’s ticket, without question! I’m in a Union, I do what they TELL me to do! I’m in Management, I do what the corporation says to do! I’m RICH, so it doesn’t matter, I ALWAYS WIN! I’m POOR, and my vote means nothing anyway, so I DON’T VOTE! I’m YOUNG and don’t understand! I’m OLD, and don’t understand! I’m a religious zealot, and do what my CHURCH says to do! And yet another… ad infinitum!
GEE – what if my so-called ‘representatives’ can’t actually READ MINDS? What if she/he/it does not have ESP? What if I am ASSUMING too much? Let’s take an imaginary inventory, OK? DONATIONS to Campaigns: This Company - $5K, that Corporation - $10K, ABC Inc. –$20K, XYZ Ltd. - $50K - PLUS, all kinds of written instructions for so-called ‘Personal Interests’. OKAY, that’s about $85,000 from NON-individuals, a mere pittance! She/He/It is a person of Integrity, who would never be swayed by such miniscule, nominal sums, right?
FINAL ANALYSIS – i.e. SCORE thus far:
Christians (+ all other religious denominations & sects, in order to be ‘Politically Correct) = ZIP
LIONS (+ all other carnivores in guv’mint) =$85K
CAN YOU SMELL IT YET?
BOTTOM LINE? Companies, Corporations, Officials, Entrepreneurs, Any and All Avarice-ridden individuals and entities UNDERSTAND COMMITMENT – they are committed to one goal, and one goal alone – TAKE THE MONEY! YOUR MONEY! MY MONEY! OUR MONEY! MONEY IS POWER! POWER IS CONTROL! He who controls the purse strings controls the WORLD - NOT the hand that rocks the cradle!
She/He/It is too busy minding our KIDS in some government approved home or facility, WHY? Cause we’re DIVORCED (well. only about half of us) and single Moms just have to work, cause the Welfare Food Stamps, and Supplement, and Medical Assistance (also government sanctioned) just aren’t sufficient. AND… approximately half of the FIFTY MILLION BABY BOOMERS are eating DOG FOOD, and/or living in OLD AGE HOMES (a few are government supplemented living, but most are expensive as HELL) and scratching their heads, trying to figure out why they can’t afford a consultant to explain and/or handle all of the complex BULL-SHIT government approved Health Care Plans, like: Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Medicare Supplemental, Medicare Part D (The Great American Pharmaceutical RIP-OFF), and wondering, “What ever happened to MY FAMILY?”
Family? What Family? They did not comprehend the absolute significance of COMMITMENT!
Which brings us back to Square One – don’t you find it almost pathetic? That a mere Pig, or Hog truly understood the term? And that WE, the SHEEP didn’t?
And that, anyone who is receiving FREE MILK (the Avarice ones above) need not buy the COW (the ones with their teats in the wringer).
Unsure, was it the movie, “Network” where the guy opened the window and screamed out; “I’m sick and tired of it, and I won’t take it anymore!” ???
Don’t know ‘bout you, Pilgrim, but my UDDERS ARE DAMNED SORE!
AND… there’s that other old saying: “I don’t mind getting screwed, but I would like to be KISSED first!”
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY! Tom.
P.S.: if you haven’t seen these films yet, I highly recommend them:
The Corporation” and “Why We Fight” AND
Senator Byron L. Dorgan’s new book, “Take This Job And Ship It.”
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