Sunday, October 31, 2010

Majority Rules

More and more I hear people who should know better, use the term Democracy to describe our government. Perhaps they do know better.

Our founding fathers understood that man is terribly flawed. He will misuse a democracy. His envy, jealousy, greed, and hate for those different from himself will always lead to unfortunate situations.

John Adams once said, "Democracy will envy all, contend with all, endeavor to pull down all, and when by chance it happens to get the upper hand for a short time, it will be revengeful, bloody and cruel."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jessie James Shootin' Arn

Jessie James preferred the Smith and Wesson Schofield pistol.

It was a top break, single action revolver. Production started in 1870.

Jessie and Frank didn't really believe they were doing such a wrong.

After all, those were Yankee banks they were robbing.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The cost of dying

I was just looking at a hospital bill and a burial bill for a great uncle who died in 1924.

Six days in the hospital including medicines came to $ 64. 35
I don't know the illness but he never recovered.
The Burial charges from a Dyersburg Tennessee Funeral Home were as follows:
Casket---------------------------------- $ 100.00
Underware, shirt, hose and tie ----------$ 4.75
Cleaning and Pressing of suit-------------$ 1.00
Embalming & incidental services---------$ 25.00
Bathing, Shaving and dressing------------$5.00
Hearse services--------------------------$15.00
Total-------------------------------------$ 150.75

You may say to yourself, "boy, prices have increased"
It's true that medical technology has advanced and therefore has become costly in that respect.
But if we consider the undertaker's business, the cost is about the same.
The only difference from 1924 to today is - It takes a lot more paper money to buy those same goods and services. Since around 1900 the dollar has lost 95% of its worth.
Hold on, you ain't seen nuthin' yet.