Well, good morning once again! How is everybody today? We hope all are well, and welcome back to Miz Judi’s Kitchen. C’mon in and sit a spell.
You know, honestly I don’t enjoy in the least posting on political events. Yet in the same breath the time has come that maybe we all need to be shouting out over a government gone wild. It’s up to us, “We the People” to turn this craziness back around. That, or kiss your freedoms, your liberties, you’re right as an American to have the opportunity to grow and prosper, and by doing so creating a better way of life for not only you, your children, and even strangers.
The term “strangers” is used kinda loosely, but if you create jobs through running or operating a small business, that’s exactly what you’re doing. By doing so, “the strangers” become friends and business associates, family, so to speak.
Today, this, AND the “American Dream,” are fast becoming a past tense. We’ve been dumbed down as a society, just look at our educational system, we’ve been “watered down” as a society in general through the advocating of our elected officials to “turn a blind eye” in regards to the illegal immigration taking place in our Country today, and the literal stealing of our tax dollars through all these so called entitlement programs. Whether they be, for the “poor and oppressed,” or through the public sector workplace!
This morning I flipped on the local news, like a dummy because I KNEW better, and what’s on? The United States Postal Service is expecting to lose…over 18 BILLION DOLLARS…THIS YEAR ALONE!
They now want to cut Saturday delivery, shut down THOUSANDS of Post Offices across the Country, AND increase the price of stamps once again.
So, who suffers? How about you and I, the taxpaying American citizen! Less deliveries, less offices to use, and another increase for a dern stamp to mail your, how about your IRS tax return! LOL!
Do you guys know why our Postal system is failing? Government intervention, government subsidies from you and I, and unionization! There’s absolutely NO care or concern to make this business profitable. Why would there be?
The more these guys spend, the more support they get from Uncle Sam, who again, is actually you and I. Redistribution of wealth you ask? 10-4 says I!
Look at it from a realistic standpoint a minute or two…UPS, Federal Express, and there’s others who do the same thing as the USPS. THEY…make money! If not…they go out of business! Sounds familiar doesn’t it. It does to me, because if our business loses money for any length of time…we go out of business! That’s how it works…in the private sector, but NOT for the public sector. NO, NO, they continually are bailed out by We the People, their “bottomless pit!
This has been going on in the Postal Service for YEARS now! It’s stealing people, and that’s exactly what it is! How long before we finally stop and say, “NO MORE! What you guys are doing to us IS CRIMINAL!” Yes, that’s exactly what it is. If any of us ran our business like our government runs theirs…we’d go to jail. Simple as that, then be made a mockery of by the attorneys who prosecuted us.
You want to see more fraud…ask that ALL credit card receipts be made public that government employees use for “official business.” I’m sure all our jaws would drop open!
They talk about Bernie Madoff?? Yes sir, ole Bernie was a crook through and through, and deserved much more than he received, BUT, if you compare what Bernie stole, and again it was sinister, to what our government is STEALING from We the People daily, they make Bernie look like a complete amateur!
Back to the USPS…they want to make ALL these cuts to OUR services, BUT increase OUR COST for these services! Hmmmm…
I haven’t heard of any cuts being made to their salaries, their vacation time or pay, their health care benefits, their retirement packages, nothing! YET, private sector business has been implementing such cuts for some time now. I have a brother-in-law who took, along with other employees, a 50% pay cut! This was done to keep the doors open of the company they worked for!
PLUS in regards to the USPS…you can’t just fire them! Oh no! Think about that for a minute. You can’t fire an employee for not doing their job, insubordination, not coming to work, and it goes on and on, and on! This IS our government, and what they represent today.
Before I stop this morning, let’s look at a couple numbers. I know I’m preaching to the choir in regards to many of you, but here they are anyway…and these are 2009 numbers.
Postal Service is paying 45,000 hours of “standby time” every week…
The “Federal Times,” reports the Postal Service is paying 45,000 hours of “standby time” every week—- the equivalent of having 1,125 full-time employees sitting idle, at a cost of more than $50 million a year. Guess who pays for that?
Postal Union officials estimate that 15,000 employees have spent time this year in so called “resource rooms” where they read books, do word puzzles, or sleep—-and get paid for it.
The Cato Institute says the Postal Service is experiencing serious financial woes because 80% of its financial woes are tied up in labor cost. The main cause, once again, is that the Postal Service is so heavily unionized they can’t fire non-productive workers, lay-off workers when needed, or even cut back salaries or wages. On top of this the American Postal Worker Union operates under government protection. This is but one example.
So once more, THEIR solution is to cut services, shut down offices, and charge us more for stamps. Man…why do we tolerate such actions?? Private sector business has to adapt…public sector business just reaches deeper into OUR pockets, but sacrifice nothing in regards to…them!
We’re losing our Country as we know it, my friends! Ya better wake up!
Well, let’s go on and fire the dern cook stove off. ..Deb will probably be able to light it off my head this morning! @@##..!!??
Cream Cheese Chicken
- 6 chicken breasts, skinned, boned, and pounded
- 2 (8 oz) packages of sour cream
- 4 tablespoons dried or fresh chives, snipped
- 6 strips bacon
- 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
- ¼ cup cream sherry
Divide cream cheese into 6 portions. Place 1 portion in the center of each chicken breast. Fold, or roll breast around cheese and wrap 1 bacon strip around each stuffed breast. Grease an 8 x 8 inch or 9 x 13 inch baking dish with oil. Pour in cream sherry. Place chicken breasts fold side down in dish. Bake on 325 for I hour or until breasts are done.
Carrots Jo Ann
- 1 pound carrots, fully cooked
- ¼ cup liquid from carrots
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons horseradish
- 2 heaping tablespoons minced onion
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dash of paprika
Cook carrots until done. In a bowl mix carrots, mayonnaise, carrot liquid, horseradish, onion, salt, pepper, and paprika well. Place in a casserole dish, and cover mixture with bread crumbs. Bake on 350 for 30 minutes or until browned.
Eight Layer Salad
- 1 head of lettuce
- ½ cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup green pepper, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 package frozen green peas, uncooked
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 4 ounces grated cheese
- 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Break lettuce into bite size pieces and layer in a glass bowl. Layer other ingredients on lettuce in order given. Let set 24 hours covered in the refrigerator. Toss 10 minutes prior to serving.
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup yogurt, buttermilk, or sour cream
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pears, cored and peeled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Cream butter, gradually beat in sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Combine dry ingredients; add to egg mixture alternately with yogurt. Stir in pears and vanilla. Pour into a buttered 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
Bake on 350 for 1 hour.
Mary Lou Grupp
Before we sign off this morning, let’s take a quick look at a REAL Cowboy. I think we’ve posted this before, but Deb and I saw it again last night and both got another laugh from it! Here’s hopin you guys do too!
He’s a sport, ain’t he??
You guys have a great day and God Bless you and yours, and our Country as well! Deb says to keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!
Dub and Deb