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The past few days I've had the absolute Joy of dealing with a 'Professional' CG artist in a FB Group, who seems to have issues with watermarks on artwork. To 'prove' his point he took my most recent render, posted, to the group and removed the watermark. He then reposted the altered image in the comments under my original post to (in my eyes) boast about doing it. He doesn't think he did anything wrong and took offense that I called him out about it...
This has since degraded into him throwing thinly veiled insults at me. Yeah... real professional.
I do this for fun. If you like what I do that's fine, if you don't that's fine too... Just leave me be.
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So much for the concept of IDIC 'Infinite Diversity-in-Infinite Combinations'.

Trigger Tots are such slaves to 'canon' (I hate the word!). I posted the image this morning of the USS Constellation, here and on FB and people are losing their minds because I didn't use the 'canon' number for the Constellation (NCC-1017). Instead I use a list from
The Starfleet Museum website (NCC-1710) that made more sense to me, but no one has read my description and keep banging their 'Trek Bibles' chanting "Canon IS Canon!"
Maybe I should make less starship art make more CGI Porn.... or better yet CGI Star Trek Porn... hmmmm

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Boy what a week.
To start off I get, not 1, but 2 snowflake goons coming at me in 2 FB groups over, not what I posted (artwork), but over my Profile image, which features a Confederate Battle Flag in the Background. I had ancestors on both sides of that war and I honor my heritage from both the North and the South. Needless to say they both got booted from the groups for violating group rules (no posts about politics) and intolerance.
Then, today, in a 3D Sci-Fi Rendering group another one popped up (yeah, he's a lib, through and through) and went after me over my latest rendered image, "The Enterprise Incident", He said that my lighting and shadowing was "off", but wasn't specific as to exactly what was off, refused to offer any constructive advice, and refused to show any artwork that he'd created. Saying, " you will not find any of my art work or renderings online... That is my choice (I have my own circles that are privy to it... sorry to say this, but john would not fit well within those circles)".
It finally came down to an administrator getting involved, to which the nit shot back that it was simply a "
Critique", adding, " when one comes at you teeth bared after a critique expect the same."
Gee, I didn't know that asking someone to show examples of their work to illustrate how to do it 'Right' was considered coming at you with "teeth bared".
You know what? Until I see that someone actually has the expertise, by calmly discussing and giving examples of that expertise to help out in a 'critique', it's simply, just smoke...
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Be aware.
Do not come here, to my page, and blurt out nonsense.
Do not pop up with, "I don't get your reasoning..."
Do not try to tell me that something is also known as something else and then argue with me...
I really don't have time for these kinds of "discussions".
If you see something you like, fine.
If you see something you don't like or don't understand, then do the adult thing and just keep scrolling...
If you don't.
You will get called out, possibly labeled a troll and be blocked!

I just don't have time for Bullshit!
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Well... Looks like standing up for my rights as an artist has struck a nerve...
After the art theft fiasco last month in some of the Star Trek Groups on FB (and having told that person that stole my work to not do so again, to which he had seemed agreeable) It happened again... same guy (H.Leland Frame). So I called him out publicly for stealing other peoples artwork. The administrators in the groups have been pretty good about at and have told him to take down the photo-manipulated pieces.
Then tonight...
Someone, who has only one friend on FB who identifies themselves as 'DV Archer II' posted this in one of the groups,
"Looks to me like ‎John Martinez‎ is a whiny little bitch who craves attention.
YEAH, I said it !
He was given credit for his artwork, but "Oh No" that wasn't enough for him."
I suspect that ol DV is my little liberal friend... wait for it... H.Leland Frame. Who is PO'd at getting caught, or one of his buddies...
BTW Leland gave me credit in the comments and not on the image like he was asked to do...

Not planning on replying, not worth the trouble to argue with a troll.
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Sorry, I hate doing this, but I'm finally going to have to put watermarks on my work. I've been having my art borrowed as 'stock', without permission or credit.
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Folks,
     
         Over the past couple of weeks, I've been getting PMs from 3-4 deviants asking for copies of my models.
Although I'm quite flattered by the requests, the models are not yet ready to be released. They'll be released when I feel that they're finished and ready for release, not before.

         In addition, I've had to deal with a few theft issues with what I have released and its a PAIN.

         One of those that asked has been understanding, the others have kept asking, and it's starting to tick me off. If you really need a Trek ship there are plenty of models out there. If you can't find what you want, then learn to model.

        I don't mean to sound grumpy, but I feel like I'm in the story of Michelangelo and Pope Julius II over painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel...


Pope-
"When will it be done?"
Michelangelo-
"When it is done..."

Pope-
"Well. When will it be done?"
Michelangelo-
"When it is Finished..."

Pope-
"Well. When will it be Finished?"
Michelangelo-
"When it is Complete..."

Pope-
"Well. When will it be Complete?"
Michelangelo-
"When it is done..."

They'll be released when I'm happy with them, not sooner and honestly the first ones I'm considering on release are 'non-trek'...


thanks
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A couple of pretty interesting articles on Trek.
First:
The Geometry of Star Trek.
 www.robotjackalope.com/?p=205

Might be helpful for any starship designers out there... ;)

Second:
10 Ways Star Trek Just Isn’t Star Trek Anymore.
whatculture.com/film/10-ways-s…

Before anyone starts in with name calling, let me say that I've enjoyed all the reincarnations of Star Trek. It's just that there was "something" missing and when several of the shows basically broke down into the 'Starship firefight of the week' They lost my interest. That doesn't mean that there weren't some real gems. Star Trek is about Exploration, not warfare and combat.
With the new films 'Star Trek' and 'Into Darkness' I think the actors are doing a great job filling the parts. They do need better writers however.
I've enjoyed the new films, in the way that I enjoy the 'Star Wars' films, I don't have to concentrate to much...
Hope the next 'Star Trek' writer remembers the time when we were explorers, going, boldly 'where no man has gone before.'

LLAPVulcan :)
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Re-posted from Spydraxis01's Journal



ART THEFT! Our art is getting sold here!
Wed Sep 18, 2013, 8:05 AM
EDIT: She does not react to anything. She has had her fair chance. No joke, I will meet with a lawyer about this next week.

Please keep on reposting this as much as you can!



Check out this profile here on google+: plus.google.com/10694788924014…

She sells many many DA artworks as print. She has been on facebook as well and also offerend "her" works on her own website, where she does not show the works any more though. She still offers them to people that send her maisl though.

What makes it the worst - she says that WE - the ones who are the creators - have stolen from HER. Let me write the translation of what she states on her website and on google+:

"I am very sorry that your visit will not be worthwhile here .

Today I have decided to no longer make my work accessible to the public , so, no longer unencrypted to show them on the internet.
I hope I can explain to you why.
I know I have every technical means ( watermarks, digital signature and copyright registration in an external database ) used to protect my copyright on my images created since the beginning of 2000 . It did not succeed . It annoys me for years that my pictures stolen and offered on various web portals - as Wallpapers for free download or for good money as a poster. During my free distribution of inferior quality is relatively unimportant - at least as long as you do not obscure my Signum - it makes me pretty on the palm that foreigners earn my intellectual property and real money. Meanwhile, I have reluctantly come to terms with the fact that I can not do anything - registered copyright or not - because I simply lack the financial means , legal action against any copyright infringement, especially if the process needs to be performed abroad.
But what happened today is so incredibly outrageous that it literally beats the crown of the barrel to the face!
They accused me of stealing intellectual property and presented to me as "proof" one by about a third and my signature mutilated , primitive recolored cut my own image , which was also uploaded demonstrably years after the publication on my own site on one of the pirates portals ! Simultaneously Post "friends" of the Plagiatisten offensive and defamatory comments on my gallery pages - a veritable " Shit Storm " .
I was stunned and incredibly angry. Perhaps my reaction is wrong , but after the anger has subsided , I feel just yet deeply hurt and tired. I do not see that I should waste my time with protests and corrections . Instead, I will continue to work and wait in peace if one of the thieves and scammers actually trying to make his alleged authorship of the judicial proof - and thus makes the process even guilty of fraud .

If you are seriously interested in my work , photo books, calendars and postcards , please leave me a message here. Thank you.
With best regards
Maran Alsdorf"

Go there, give her shit, find your own artwork and bring it to the police. This is what I am doing (my work is there as well) and this is what others are doing. Together we will kick that womans ass!

Her google account: plus.google.com/10694788924014…
Her website: www.ma1stnews.de/galerie-maran…

Jornal by *Vidom about that: fav.me/d6mikld
Journal by *nathie about that: fav.me/d6ms5sn

Please, this is urgent, spread the word, post it into your groups.... this is big any many of us are affected!
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Star Trek Into Darkness-10 Things that don't make Sense...

WARNING SPOILER ALERT
DO NOT Click the Links if you DO NOT want your viewing of Into Darkness SPOILED.

whatculture.com/film/star-trek…

www.theoohtray.com/2013/05/09/…

Yep. I read them and agree with most of them, but I'm still going to go see it to make up my own mind.
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Star Trek Phase II answer to JJ Trek - Timeline Restored
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO1nvm…

Not here to start another TOS vs JJ Trek argument. This is just plain Funny!!!
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Just learned that Gerry Anderson (Creator of Supercar, Fireball XL-5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO, Space 1999 and others) Passed away at age 83.
Another Icon of my youth  is gone.

Thank You Mr Andersen for All The delightful Memories that you have given me through the years.

Going to go get out my Gerry Andersen DVDs and have a marathon.

Spectrum is Green, Thunderbirds Are GO!
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CHRISTMAS AT A GAS STATION

The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn't been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He didn't hate Christmas, just couldn't find a reason to celebrate. He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.

Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up. "Thank you, but I don't mean to intrude," said the stranger. "I see you're busy, I'll just go."

"Not without something hot in your belly." George said.

He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger. "It ain't much, but it's hot and tasty. Stew .... Made it myself. When you're done, there's coffee and it's fresh."

Just at that moment he heard the "ding" of the driveway bell. "Excuse me, be right back," George said. There in the driveway was an old '53 Chevy. Steam was rolling out of the front.. The driver was panicked. "Mister can you help me!" said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent. "My wife is with child and my car is broken." George opened the hood. It was bad. The block looked cracked from the cold, the car was dead.

"You ain't going in this thing," George said as he turned away.

"But Mister, please help ..." The door of the office closed behind George as he went inside. He went to the office wall and got the keys to his old truck, and went back outside. He walked around the building, opened the garage, started the truck and drove it around to where the couple was waiting. "Here, take my truck," he said. "She ain't the best thing you ever looked at, but she runs real good."

George helped put the woman in the truck and watched as it sped off into the night. He turned and walked back inside the office.. "Glad I gave 'em the truck, their tires were shot too. That 'ol truck has brand new ones ." George thought he was talking to the stranger, but the man had gone. The Thermos was on the desk, empty, with a used coffee cup beside it. "Well, at least he got something in his belly," George thought.

George went back outside to see if the old Chevy would start. It cranked slowly, but it started. He pulled it into the garage where the truck had been. He thought he would tinker with it for something to do. Christmas Eve meant no customers. He discovered that the block hadn't cracked, it was just the bottom hose on the radiator. "Well, shoot, I can fix this," he said to himself. So he put a new one on.

"Those tires ain't gonna get 'em through the winter either." He took the snow treads off of his wife's old Lincoln. They were like new and he wasn't going to drive the car anyway.

As he was working, he heard shots being fired. He ran outside and beside a police car an officer lay on the cold ground. Bleeding from the left shoulder, the officer moaned, "Please help me.."

George helped the officer inside as he remembered the training he had received in the Army as a medic. He knew the wound needed attention. "Pressure to stop the bleeding," he thought. The uniform company had been there that morning and had left clean shop towels. He used those and duct tape to bind the wound. "Hey, they say duct tape can fix anythin'," he said, trying to make the policeman feel at ease.

"Something for pain," George thought. All he had was the pills he used for his back. "These ought to work." He put some water in a cup and gave the policeman the pills. "You hang in there, I'm going to get you an ambulance."

The phone was dead. "Maybe I can get one of your buddies on that there talk box out in your car." He went out only to find that a bullet had gone into the dashboard destroying the two way radio.

He went back in to find the policeman sitting up. "Thanks," said the officer. "You could have left me there. The guy that shot me is still in the area."

George sat down beside him, "I would never leave an injured man in the Army and I ain't gonna leave you." George pulled back the bandage to check for bleeding. "Looks worse than what it is.. Bullet passed right through 'ya. Good thing it missed the important stuff though. I think with time your gonna be right as rain."

George got up and poured a cup of coffee. "How do you take it?" he asked.

"None for me," said the officer..

"Oh, yer gonna drink this. Best in the city. Too bad I ain't got no donuts." The officer laughed and winced at the same time.

The front door of the office flew open. In burst a young man with a gun. "Give me all your cash! Do it now!" the young man yelled. His hand was shaking and George could tell that he had never done anything like this before.

"That's the guy that shot me!" exclaimed the officer.

"Son, why are you doing this?" asked George, "You need to put the cannon away. Somebody else might get hurt."

The young man was confused. "Shut up old man, or I'll shoot you, too. Now give me the cash!"

The cop was reaching for his gun. "Put that thing away," George said to the cop, "we got one too many in here now."

He turned his attention to the young man. "Son, it's Christmas Eve. If you need money, well then, here. It ain't much but it's all I got. Now put that pea shooter away."

George pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time. The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry. "I'm not very good at this am I? All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son," he went on. "I've lost my job, my rent is due, my car got repossessed last week."

George handed the gun to the cop. "Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then. The road gets hard sometimes, but we make it through the best we can."

He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop. "Sometimes we do stupid things." George handed the young man a cup of coffee. "Bein' stupid is one of the things that makes us human. Comin' in here with a gun ain't the answer. Now sit there and get warm and we'll sort this thing out."

The young man had stopped crying. He looked over to the cop. "Sorry I shot you. It just went off. I'm sorry officer."

"Shut up and drink your coffee " the cop said.

George could hear the sounds of sirens outside. A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt. Two cops came through the door, guns drawn. "Chuck! You ok?" one of the cops asked the wounded officer.

"Not bad for a guy who took a bullet. How did you find me?"

"GPS locator in the car. Best thing since sliced bread. Who did this?" the other cop asked as he approached the young man.

Chuck answered him, "I don't know. The guy ran off into the dark. Just dropped his gun and ran."

George and the young man both looked puzzled at each other.

"That guy work here?" the wounded cop continued.

"Yep," George said, "just hired him this morning. Boy lost his job.."

The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher. The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, "Why?"

Chuck just said, "Merry Christmas boy ... and you too, George, and thanks for everything."

"Well, looks like you got one doozy of a break there. That ought to solve some of your problems."

George went into the back room and came out with a box. He pulled out a ring box. "Here you go, something for the little woman. I don't think Martha would mind. She said it would come in handy some day."

The young man looked inside to see the biggest diamond ring he ever saw. "I can't take this," said the young man. "It means something to you."

"And now it means something to you," replied George. "I got my memories. That's all I need."

George reached into the box again. An airplane, a car and a truck appeared next. They were toys that the oil company had left for him to sell. "Here's something for that little man of yours.."

The young man began to cry again as he handed back the $150 that the old man had handed him earlier.

"And what are you supposed to buy Christmas dinner with? You keep that too," George said. "Now git home to your family."

The young man turned with tears streaming down his face. "I'll be here in the morning for work, if that job offer is still good."

"Nope. I'm closed Christmas day," George said. "See ya the day after."

George turned around to find that the stranger had returned. "Where'd you come from? I thought you left?"

"I have been here. I have always been here," said the stranger.. "You say you don't celebrate Christmas. Why?"

"Well, after my wife passed away, I just couldn't see what all the bother was. Puttin' up a tree and all seemed a waste of a good pine tree. Bakin' cookies like I used to with Martha just wasn't the same by myself and besides I was gettin' a little chubby."

The stranger put his hand on George's shoulder. "But you do celebrate the holiday, George. You gave me food and drink and warmed me when I was cold and hungry. The woman with child will bear a son and he will become a great doctor.

The policeman you helped will go on to save 19 people from being killed by terrorists. The young man who tried to rob you will make you a rich man and not take any for himself. "That is the spirit of the season and you keep it as good as any man."

George was taken aback by all this stranger had said. "And how do you know all this?" asked the old man.

"Trust me, George. I have the inside track on this sort of thing. And when your days are done you will be with Martha again."

The stranger moved toward the door. "If you will excuse me, George, I have to go now. I have to go home where there is a big celebration planned."

George watched as the old leather jacket and the torn pants that the stranger was wearing turned into a white robe. A golden light began to fill the room.

"You see, George ... it's My birthday. Merry Christmas."

George fell to his knees and replied, "Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus"

This story is better than any greeting card.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS!
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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome First YouTube episodes out.
DVD/Blue Ray out in February.
The first veiw of the Galactica is Frakkin' Awesome!
Episode 1
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT79x4…
Episode 2
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…

Enjoy :D
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The Curiosity Rover is on Mars!
Congratulations NASA!

UPDATE.

The Mars Curiosity landing site has been named 'Bradbury Landing' in honor of Ray Bradbury on what would have been author's 92nd Birthday.
Happy Birthday Uncle Ray!
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A couple of my models are now available at Sci fi Meshes   www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/co…


The C-57-D from Forbidden Planet   www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/do…

Mars Gravity Probe 1from Robinson Crusoe on Mars   www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/do…


The files contain both the original Blender files as well as OBJ files

If you convert to another format please upload at Sci Fi Meshes

If you use 'em, have fun and let me see what you've created.

Cheers.
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Calling All Star Trek fans.
Some of you may know this but many I suspect do not.
Next year, 2013, the first Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier CVN-65 USS Enterprise is scheduled to be decommissioned.
She has served her time and has been surpassed by the Carriers of the Nimitz Class.
It will be sad to see her go. Because of what is needed to be done ,in regards to removing her reactors and related equipment there will be very little to preserve as a museum ship. Perhaps only her Island superstructure.
The navy is currently working on the first two units on the next generation A/C Carriers. The Gerald R.Ford Class, not the best name IMHO. They are named the G.R. Ford CVN-78 and the J.F. Kennedy CVN-79.
CVN-80 has yet to be named...
There is a petition to have the Navy name this ship Enterprise. I think it's a good idea especially when one looks at the history of naval ships that bear the name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterpri…

In the past Star Trek fans convinced NASA to change the Name of the first Shuttle from Constitution to Enterprise.
It would be nice to see the name and tradition continue.

If you're interested you can see information on the New Carrier Class here...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CVN-80

If you're interested you can sign the petition here...
ussenterp.epetitions.net/
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My wife forwarded this to me today.

At a time when mr. obama and others tend to  apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

These are good


JFK'S:
Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in  France  in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.  DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?

DeGaulle did not respond.
You could have heard a pin drop.
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When in  England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for  Iraq  were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush

He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.  The only amount of land we have ever asked for
in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

You could have heard a pin drop.
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There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American.  During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to  Indonesia  to help the tsunami victims.  What does he intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:  "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency  electrical power to shore facilities; they have three  cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.  We have eleven such ships. How many does France have?"

You could have heard a pin drop.
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A  U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies  At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.  Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

You could have heard a pin drop.
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Robert Whiting,an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.  At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.  "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.  Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.  "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready".  The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it".  "Impossible.... Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France "!  The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look.  Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at  Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

Yeah...
Proud to be an American
It's the Last Best Hope for Freedom, even with it's faults.
God Bless the USA:flagus:
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I truly like what Warren Buffett said

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best
quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law
that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all
sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th
amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months &
8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in
1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to
the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the
land...all because of public pressure.


*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office
and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All
funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans
do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American
people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
1/1/12.
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, so ours
should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.



THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!
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  • Reading: nada
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  • Eating: nada
  • Drinking: nada
Here's to a happy and prosperous new year.
:ahoy: