Sunday, August 18, 2013

All of US Serving You..?

Wow- the economy is rough. People aren't spending. Employers aren't hiring... and we all know it!

And my bank is screwing the destitute.

I guess I should say former bank- I closed my account this week because of a policy change they made at the beginning of this month.

From an email explaining why I had a $6.95 maintenance fee:
Effective August 12, 2013, you can waive the Silver Checking monthly maintenance fee of $6.95 with online statements and $8.95 with paper statements by maintaining a Package Money Market Savings account AND one of the following: Combined monthly direct deposits totaling $1,000+ OR Combined account balance of $1,500.  The combined balance is the total average account balance* of the Silver Checking account and all Package Money Market Savings accounts you own.  Also note: A Package Money Market Savings account and/or a U.S. Bank Visa Credit Card is no longer necessary to maintain a Silver Checking account. 
How do you like them apples? Unless I have $1500 just lying around.. or make enough to have a cool grand in direct deposit each month, I'm screwed out of $6.95. The way I cook, that's a full day's worth of meals. Don't worry, I don't need to eat.

Sure, if you're a student (Start school that I can't afford just so I can keep my checking account?), or if you want one of their credit products (thanks exhusband, guess I don't need a decent credit score.), or in the military (did I mention not employed?), or own your own business (I said unemployed, not self employed), they have options, but otherwise, nope.

Coulda fooled me.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

Yes, I've remarried. Yes, things went pretty fast. And I'm grateful that they did.

I was single for three years, proposed to six times... or at least there were six guys who expressed interest in making things legally binding and permanent. To some I said no right away. Others, I took some time before answering out of courtesy. And some I realized some things and had to back out.

But this one....

Of all the guys I dated, and I went out on dates every chance I got, not all were LDS.
Of all the LDS guys I dated, not all were worthy.
Of all the worthy LDS guys I dated, not all were respectful.

In fact, only one was. Everyone else was either nowhere near what I wanted, or wanted something from me that I didn't always want to give right away.

This one didn't ask for anything from me except an answer- yes or no. He didn't push, didn't beg, didn't haggle, didn't campaign. He just asked.

What's crazy is his exwife didn't think he'd ever marry. While she remarried, and pretty darn quickly after their divorce, she was surprised when he found someone he felt was really worthwhile.

I suspect she's only now beginning to see what she threw away. For 20 years, she was definitely less-than ideal, to the point that he finally rejected the suggestion of a "separation" and asked straight up for a divorce. From my experiences with him- yeah, he's frustrating (Seriously, how many wives out there don't feel that way sometimes about their husbands?), but by and large, I think he's about the best thing since sliced bread!

Think about this- I was single for three years, and proposed to six times. I wasn't lacking in offers. But I didn't want to compromise. I wanted what I wanted.. and I had a good reason for all the qualities I wanted! So as soon as I found it, I snatched it up!

This guy really is pretty great-

*He is worthy and he takes that worthiness VERY seriously. Which means a priesthood blessing is available at any time of day or night, no need to call the Home Teachers.

*Household rules reflect divine standards... and those expectations apply to all (including us before we married!).
Dinner for the missionaries.

*He cleans! One time, I signed up to feed the missionaries. Dinner wasn't quite in the oven, and the kitchen needed some SERIOUS organizing and the clock was ticking!. He busted tail to help! Sweeping, cleaning off counters, putting papers away, setting the table- he was fantastic!

*He cooks.. usually breakfast. He doesn't always sleep very well, so he's usually up before I am... and he will make breakfast, usually something hot- hash browns, eggs, or pancakes. It's nice, really.

*He's considerate.. Just yeah :)

*He's cute- and seriously, even from an analytical geometric perspective, he's a pretty good-looking guy! But that's just icing on the cake.

Yeah, I'd say he's a keeper!

Friday, August 2, 2013

We're all Suckers!

Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35

Current Communist Goals

Thursday, January 10, 1963
Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.
At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an excerpt from "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen:
[From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in text books.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

This is probably available at your nearest library that is also a federal repository. Call and ask. Your college library is probably a repository, an excellent source of government records.

Are we suckers or are we suckers? This is what old-school communists want. How many of these are we giving them??!?