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Monday, April 30, 2012

Two . . .

. . . of my best musical friends  at Joe Squared in Baltimore Saturday night. . . 

(Photo by Lisa Phillips)
Damn.  I sure to love music!!!!






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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Join Us . . .

. . . (if you're near Frederick, MD) . . . Monday night . . .

For this week's Songwriters Showcase Monday

Oho will offer an extended set of Jay Graboski's original music in addition to a 'Gonzo' tune or two by Ray Jozwiak to begin and a host of other fine local and regional musicians April 30, 2012 at Brewer’s Alley beginning 7:15PM

Monday,  April 30th @ 7:15PM
Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery (Songwriters Showcase-Upstairs)
124 North Market Street Frederick, MD 21701
Telephone: 301-631-0089 Fax: 301-631-1874
http://www.brewers-alley.com/



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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Amazing . . .

. . . how this wonderful technology. . .


. . . enables us to immediately send messages about matters of interest and importance, to our loved ones instantaneously through the wonder of the internet (and utilizing the internet) and email . . .

". .  JANUARY 1, 2013, THE US GOVERNMENT WILL BE REQUIRING EVERYONE TO HAVE DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR SS CHECKS. WONDER WHY? Subject: HR 4646

Watch for this AFTER November elections; remember this BEFORE you VOTE, in case you think Obama is looking out for your best interest.  A 1% tax on all bank transactions is what HR 4646 calls for. Do you receive a paycheck, or a retirement check from Social Security or a pension fund and have it direct deposit?  Well guess what ... It looks as if Obama wants to tax it 1% !!!  This bill was put forth by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA).  YES, that is 1% tax on all bank transactions - HR 4646, every time it goes in and every time money goes out.  Ask your congressperson to vote NO.  FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!  1% tax on all bank transactions ~ HR 4646 - ANOTHER NEW OBAMA TAX SLIPPED IN WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP. Checked this on snopes, it's true! Check it out yourself ~ HR 4646.  President Obama's finance team is recommending a one percent (1%) transaction fee (TAX). Obama's plan is to sneak it in after the November elections to keep it under the radar.  This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any financial institution - banks, credit unions, savings and loans, etc. Any deposit you make, or even a transfer within your own bank from one account to another, will have a 1% tax charged.  If your paycheck or your Social Security or whatever is direct deposit, it will get a 1% tax charged for the transaction.  If your paycheck is $1000, then you will pay Obama $10 just for the privilege of depositing your paycheck in your bank. Even if you hand carry your paycheck or any check in to your bank for a deposit, 1% tax will be charged. You receive a $5,000 stock dividend from your broker, Obama takes $50 just to allow you to deposit that check in the bank.  If you take $1,000 cash to deposit at your bank, 1% tax will be charged. Mind you, this is from the man who promised that, if you make under $250,000 per year, you will not see one penny of new tax. Keep your eyes and ears open, you will be amazed at what you learn about this guy's under-the-table moves to increase the number of ways you are taxed.  Oh, and by the way, if you receive a refund from the IRS next year and you have it direct deposited or you walk in to deposit that check, you guessed it. You will pay a 1% charge of that money just for putting it in your bank.  Remember, any money, cash, check or whatever, no matter where it came from, you will pay a 1% fee if you put it in the bank.  Some will say, oh well, it's just 1%. Are you kidding me? It's a 1% tax increase across the board. Remember, once the tax is there, they can also raise it at will. And if anyone protests, they will just say, "Oh,that's not really a tax, it's a user fee"!  Think this is no big deal? Go back and look at the transactions you made from last year's banking statements. Then add the total of all those transactions and deduct 1%. Still think it's no big deal? . . "


Then the nefarious email goes on to state that  ". . . 1. snopes.com: Debt Free America Act���
 Is the U.S. government proposing a 1% tax on debit card usage and/or banking transactions?  ...It is true. . . "


 . . but if you bother to really visit Snopes.com, you'll find they actually say it is FALSE!  Go to http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/debtfree.asp





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Friday, April 27, 2012

As a piano player . . .

. . . I find


. . . something about this just doesn't sit well with me . . .






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Thursday, April 26, 2012

This is news???. . .

. . . or what? . . . 

 Below are actual headlines from recent news:

'Beyonce named most beautiful woman'
It's truly a marvel of modern times that we have such wonderful publications as 'People' magazine to name the 'most beautiful' woman and the rag that brought that news itself to us afterward.

'Zimmerman needs protection, lawyer says'
The man who allegedly shot an unarmed seventeen year-old in 'self defense' in a state that has a law allowing murder when committed in self defense (and in the absence of witnesses) actually now needs PROTECTION?

'Doctor claims he’s found the G spot'
A supposedly respectable doctor claims to have found the famed "G" spot on the cadaver of a woman well into her  eighties of whom he knows little to nothing of her genealogy, health or sex life. (Why is this news?)

'Trump to Scotland:  Ax 'monstrous' wind farm plans'
Why is Trump EVER in the news?

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yes, we are . . .

Question:  Who can disagree with ANY of these?

Answer:  Either someone with an agenda (i.e., rich who want an unfair advantage, corporations with power enough to formulate their own policy, the corrupt, banks who profit from fraud, investment firms taking advantage of 'loopholes' or elected representatives who are OWNED!!!





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Monday, April 23, 2012

Short, sweet . . .

. . . and to the point . . .

 On being 'saved', being whole. . . and just being. . .

 ". . . Christian faith has no place for a heaven with gates.  Being a follower of Jesus means that his concerns are our concerns, that his commitments are our commitments, and that his motives are our motives.  The God that Jesus called Heavenly Father desires that the whole world be healed and that every person be made whole.  That is what being saved is all about. . . "
(by The Rev. Howard Bess, a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.  His email address is hdbssd@mtaonline.net)




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One of the many . . .

. . . problems we face as a society today . . .

(from THE TAO OF POOH by Benjamin Hoff, © 1982 by Benjamin Hoff)
". . . The hardheaded followers of the previously mentioned Party-Crashing Busybody religion failed to appreciate the beauty of the endless forest and clear waters that appeared before them on this fresh green continent of the New World.  Instead, they saw the paradise that was here and the people who lived in harmony with it as alien and threatening, something to attach and conquer-because it all stood in the way of the Great Reward.  They didn't like singing very much, either . . . "

". . . Anyway, from the Miserable Puritan came the Restless Pioneer, and from him, the Lonely Cowboy, always riding off into the sunset, looking for something just down the trail.  From this rootless, dissatisfied ancestry has come the Bisy Backson, who, like his forefathers, has never really felt at home, at peace, with this Friendly Land.  Rigid, combative fanatic that he is, the tightfisted Backson is just too hard on himself, too hard on others, and too hard on the world that heroically attempts to carry on in spite of what he is doing to it . . . "




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