Archive for March, 2009

The Ol’ Curmudgeon and I were talking. Actually, he was ranting and I was listening. The topic was politics – of course!

“Where,” he asked rhetorically, “is the outrage over Congress abrogating the Constitution?” The thing is, the First Article of the Constitution has just been trashed!

I’m a little wobbly on the various Articles and what they imply, so I started  looking things up. U.S. Constitution Online has good information that is fairly understandable.

The First Article (not to be confused with the First Amendment) deals with a number of things. One of those things (Section 9) is that Congress cannot pass an “ex post facto” law – a law that is retroactive.

So the law going through Congress to retroactively tax the bonuses of people at AIG and other corporations receiving TARP bailout funding is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! I’m outraged!! I just hope that someone “gets it” and files suit in the Federal Courts against it.

Do I think those bonuses (which are actually part of the salary structure) are obscene? Yes.

Do I think it is the job of the Federal Government to determine the salaries of executives? No.

The thing about this is that it opens the door to retroactive taxation for all of us! How about re-taxing your income from 2007 at a higher rate? How about re-taxing your income from 2003 at a higher rate? That is exactly what this current action is opening the door for!



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A while back, Trent, over at the Simple Dollar posted a great article about cleaning with simple and frugal supplies: Spring Cleaning Time? Here are Some Tips for Cleaning Supplies on the Cheap.

The Happy Slob has some neat recipes for home-made and frugal household products. These are all non-toxic and the big thing is, they WORK – for less than pennies!

In these days of cutting back, these places are really good sources for good ideas and cheap, non-toxic products. I also have to put in a plug for one of my favorite places, Soaps Gone Buy. You can get pre-grated Fels Naphtha Soap and a laundry mix of grated Fels Naphtha Soap, Borax, and Washing Soda. I’ve been using it for years, and it is wonderful. Explore the website – there are recipes for all kinds of soaps and cleaners, and even a section for Catfish Bait!

About every month or so, I will add a scoop of peroxide-based fabric brightener (Oxy-Clean) to my laundry to whiten the whites and brighten the colors. Don’t use too much, though, because even though it is more gentle than chlorine bleaches, it can bleach out colored fabrics. I also use an enzyme-based product from time to time to get resistant stains out.

Ohio State University Extension Service has a webpage about “Quick ‘n Easy Stain Removal.” It has some very interesting suggestions that are “doable” at home.

This is my contribution to those who are interested in frugal ways to clean – house or laundry. It’s nice that all these methods are non-toxic and non-allergenic.

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First they came for the Communists,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,

and by that time there was no one

left to speak up for me.

by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

Connecticut has an act before their state legislature that would essentially require that the Roman Catholic Church become congregationalist rather than hierarchical.

This is an unprecedented interference by a state into the churches. It matters not whether you are Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, or Moslem. This act essentially makes all parishes, all local and regional religious groups into congregation-ruled organizations.

This is an attack on religion by the state of Connecticut regardless of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (www.tfp.org) is calling on all Americans to repudiate and protest Connecticut’s SB 1098 and to be vigilant against similar measures in other states.

Contact: The American TFP
http://www.tfp.org PA, 17362 US
John Ritchie – Student Action Director, 717-225-7147

“All three of Connecticut’s bishops asked parishioners to generate calls and letters of protest.

“With the hearing cancelled, the bishops and the Connecticut Catholic Conference have asked Catholics to meet at the Capitol Wednesday for a noon. rally against the bill, on the north steps of the State Capitol.” (From the Knights of Columbus website.)

Legislative Attack on Connecticut’s Catholic Church Poses Threat to All Churches

All Americans must stand with the Roman Catholic Church against this kind of incursion. Otherwise, who will be left when they come for you??

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