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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    ITS FLAG DAY!!

    THIS IS THE DAY WHEN WE CELEBRATE FLAG AND THE HISTORY OF THE FLAG, FROM THE EARLY THIRTEEN STRIPE FLAG TO THE THE FIFTY STAR FLAG.  WE HAVE SOME WHO SEEK TO DESTROY OUR FLAG AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR. APPARENTLY THEY DO NOT ENJOY THE LIBERTY IT REPRESENTS.  

    I AM FREQUENTLY ASKED, "HOW DO I DISPOSE OF AN OLD FLAG?" THE LOCAL VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS HAVE  A FREQUENT FLAG BURNING CEREMONY AND YOUR OLD WELL USED FLAG CAN BE A PART OF IT BY DROPPING IT OFF IN THE MAILBOX AT THE LOCAL VFW ON WEST 8TH STREET.  

    IF YOU SEE A FLAG TODAY, SALUTE IT

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    CONGRESSIONAL PAY CUT?

    YES THERE WAS A BILL IN MARCH, INTRODUCED BY REP. ANN KIRKPATRICK OF ARIZONA TO CUT THE 174,000 DOLLAR ANNUAL PAY OF SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN BY FIVE PERCENT, BEGINNING JAN. 1, 2011.

    THIS IS THE FIRST PAY CUT SINCE APRIL 1, 1933.  ONE VERSION WOULD INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL PAY CUT FOR EVERY YEAR THE GOVERNMENT RUNS A DEFICIT.  THIS IS THE KIND OF INCENTIVE NEEDED TO RETURN THE NATION TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.

    THOUGH SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE SIGNED ON TO THE BILL, IT HAS NOT HAD FURTHER ACTION.  REP. KIRKPATRICK, HERSELF IS PUTTING HER MONEY WHERE HER MOUTH IS.  SHE IS WRITING MONTHLY CHECKS, RETURNING FIVE PERCENT OF HER PAY.

    DO YOU THINK HER BILL WILL PASS?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    WE HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT "CAP AND TRADE."  IT WOULD PUT INTO PLACE A LOT OF REGULATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS TO CONTROL GREENHOUSE GASES.  CONGRESS WOULD NOT VOTE ON IT IF THE EPA SIMPLY PUTS THOSE REGULATIONS AND FEES INTO PLACE.  

    THERE IS A BILL INTRODUCED BY SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI,(SJ RES. 26) WHICH WOULD STOP THE EPA FROM IMPOSING CARBON CONTROLS ON AMERICAN BUSINESS.  THIS BILL COULD BE VOTED ON TODAY, AND THE CONTROLS COULD GO INTO EFFECT WITHOUT A VOTE OF CONGRESS OR THE PEOPLE, IF IT FAILS.  

    FEES ARE ANOTHER FORM OF TAX, THAT CITIZENS OR CONGRESS DO NOT NECESSARILY VOTE ON.  REMEMBER TAILPIPE EMISSIONS?

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    DOES GLOBALIZATION MEAN EQUALIZATION OF WAGES?  TWO FIRMS IN CHINA RECENTLY HAD LARGE WAGE INCREASES.  ONE INCREASED BY FIFTY PERCENT AND THE CHINA HONDA PLANT WENT UP OVER TWENTY THREE PERCENT.  CHINA'S EXPORTS INCREASED FIFTY PERCENT OVER A YEAR AGO. AS WAGES INCREASE THERE, IT WOULD SEEM WAGES HAVE DECREASED HERE, WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF GOVERNMENT WORKERS.  WILL CHINESE GOODS THAT WE IMPORT GO UP TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN MAKE THEM HERE CHEAPER AND PROVIDE JOBS FOR AMERICANS?  IS THE DIFFERENCE IN MANUFACTURING COST DUE TO STRINGENT REGULATIONS HERE AND LAX REGULATION IN CHINA?  

    CONGRESS IS CALLING FOR HEARINGS ON THE GULF SPILL, WHICH WILL PROBABLY RESULT IN MORE REGULATION ON DRILLING, WHICH WILL RESULT IN HIGHER PRICES ON THE GAS WE USE. GET READY FOR IT AMERICANS.  

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    THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF KALAMAZOO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL GOT A REAL TREAT LAST NIGHT WITH THE VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.  THE PRESIDENT GAVE A GOOD COMMENCEMENT SPEECH. IT WILL BE SOMETHING THEY WILL REMEMBER FOREVER.  IT WAS LIKELY THE KALAMAZOO PROMISE. WHICH GIVES EVERY STUDENT A CHANCE AT A FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION, THAT GOT THE PRESIDENT TO COME TO KALAMAZOO.  THE STUDENTS WORKED HARD TO GET THE PRESIDENT TO COME TO THEIR SCHOOL, AND IT WORKED.  CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM.

     AT OUR BACCALAUREATE, WE WERE ADDRESSED BY LAUREN DICKINSON, THE THEN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN, BUT I DON'T RECALL THE SPEAKER AT MY GRADUATION. DO YOU RECALL WHO SPOKE AT YOUR GRADUATION??

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    I ONCE THOUGHT, WHEN I GOT TO RETIREMENT, I WOULD BE FREE OF PAYING TAXES.  WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

    WHEN WE MAKE OVER A SPECIFIED AMOUNT, WE PAY FEDERAL INCOME TAXES ON SOCIAL SECURITY.  WE STILL PAY SALES TAX ON EVERYTHING WE BUY, STILL PAY PROPERTY TAX, GAS TAX AND IF I DIE, I MAY PAY ESTATE TAX IF THERE IS ANY MONEY LEFT OVER.  THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO PUT SALES TAX ON ALL SERVICES. I AM SURE THERE ARE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON AND LANSING, TRYING TO FIGURE HOW WE CAN SQUEEZE MORE MONEY OUT OF SENIORS.  

    THE ALTERNATIVE IS STARK POVERTY OR DYING.  PAY YOUR TAXES WITH A SMILE.  

    RETIREMENT FROM TAXES?  FORGET IT!

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    "GONNA GET ME A MERCURY" PROVED TO BE A VERY POPULAR SONG, BUT NOT POPULAR ENOUGH TO KEEP THE CAR ON THE MARKET.  FORD WILL BE PHASING OUT THE MERCURY BRAND SOON.  MANY WILL MISS THE CAR.  DOWN THROUGH THE YEARS, I OWNED THREE MERCURYS, AND THE BIG ONE WAS THE MOST SATISFACTORY--PLENTY OF SPACE, THAT NICE SMOOTH RUNNING V8 ENGINE AND A VERY DEPENDABLE CAR.  THEY SEEM TO RUN FOREVER AND MANY PRESENT DAY OWNERS WILL PROBABLY KEEP THEM FOR YEARS.  

    TOO BAD, BUT FORD IS ON THE ROAD TO PROFITABILITY AND A LARGER SHARE OF THE MARKET WITH MODELS THAT  APPEAL TO THE YOUNGER CROWD.  ITS FAREWELL TO MERCURY.  ARE YOU GOING TO MISS THE CAR?

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    I DON'T UNDERSTAND PEOPLE WHO DON'T VOTE.  ARE THEY HAPPY WITH THE STATUS QUO?  ARE THEY REALLY SO BUSY, THEY CAN'T FIND TIME TO VOTE? HAVE THEY GIVEN UP ON GOVERNMENT? 

    ITS TIME NOW TO LOOK OVER THE CANDIDATES FOR THE AUGUST PRIMARY.  INFORM YOURSELF ON WHO WILL MAKE THE BEST GOVERNOR, CONGRESSMAN OR ALL THE OTHER OFFICES THAT MAKE MANY OF THE DECISIONS THAT WILL HAVE A BEARING ON YOUR FUTURE.  INFORM YOURSELF. APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AT YOUR LOCAL CLERKS OFFICE IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE POLLS, THEY ARE FREE.

    LETS MAKE IT A REAL MAJORITY THIS TIME!

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    ADVOCATES OF AN IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL ARE PROPOSING A BIOMETRIC ID CARD FOR ALL AMERICAN WORKERS.

    THE CARD WOULD NECESSITATE FINGERPRINTING EVERYONE. SOME WHO DO NOT LIKE THE IDEA, FEEL IT TREATS EVERY AMERICAN LIKE A CRIMINAL IN ORDER TO WORK, BECAUSE THE CARD COULD AND WOULD PROBABLY BE USED FOR VOTING, TRAVELING AND EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES WHICH REQUIRE IDENTIFICATION.

    THE INFORMATION ON THE CARD COULD QUICKLY BE SCANNED TO VERIFY IF YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE.  THE POSSIBILITY OF STOLEN CARDS WOULD STILL BE WITH US AND THE CARDS COULD BE USED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO TRACK CRIME OR GUN OWNERSHIP.  WOULD YOU FAVOR SUCH A SYSTEM?

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    WHAT A MEMORIAL DAY PARADE!  MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO WORKED ON IT AND MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR HOLLAND TO GET OUT AND SAY THANKS TO THE VETERANS AND REMEMBER THE MILLION PLUS WHO HAD DIED IN ALL THE WARS TO KEEP AMERICA FREE.  

    IT WAS HUMBLING TO RIDE DOWN THE PARADE ROUTE SEEING THE MANY FLAGS WAVING AND THE PEOPLE THAT YELLED "HEY JUKE" AS WE PASSED.  THANKS HOLLAND.  

    AMERICANS MUST WORK EVERY DAY TO KEEP AMERICA FREE, FOR THERE ARE MANY IN AMERICA AND THE WORLD WHO WANT TO DESTROY WHAT WE ENJOY.  

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    THIS IS THE TIME WHEN WE HONOR OUR VETERANS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN BATTLE FOR OUR COUNTRY.  EVERY VETERAN WHEN HE OR SHE TAKES THE OATH, GIVES THE COUNTRY A BLANK CHECK, PAYABLE IN ANY AMOUNT, UP TO LIFE ITSELF.  THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN YOU WATCH THE PARADES AND WAVE THE FLAG.  

    I SERVED WITH THE SIXTH INFANTRY DIVISION. WE HAD A MAN IN OUR COMPANY NAMED HOMER, WHO WAS VERY CLOSE TO HAVING ENOUGH POINTS TO GO HOME AND BE MUSTERED OUT OF THE SERVICE.  WHILE I WAS SERVING AS A COMPANY RUNNER, TAKING GROUPS OF NATIVES LOADED WITH AMMUNITION FROM BATTALION HEADQUARTERS TO MY COMPANY ON THE FRONT LINE.  THE COMPANY HAD JUST HAD A MORTAR ATTACK BY THE JAPS WHEN I GOT TO THEM.  THERE ON THE ROADSIDE WAS HOMER, ON A LITTER WITH THE MEDICS WORKING OVER HIM.  HE HAD A BAD BELLY WOUND--I COULD SEE HIS INTESTINES.  HOMER DIED WITHIN AN HOUR.  HOMER DID NOT GET TO SEE AMERICA AGAIN.  EVERY MEMORIAL DAY, I THINK OF HOMER, AND THERE WERE THOUSANDS LIKE HIM.  LETS REMEMBER THEM THIS MEMORIAL DAY.

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    TV SUFFERS FROM CREEPING PROFANITY.  I DON'T WATCH MANY OF THE TV SITCOMS OR THE ANIMATED TV SHOWS, BUT I'M TOLD BY THE PARENTAL ALERT GROUPS THAT, MANY OF THEM ARE NOT FIT FOR KIDS, AND PROBABLY NOT FOR ADULTS EITHER. MOST SITCOM WRITERS TODAY SEEM TO REQUIRE A FEW WORDS THAT WE ONCE GOT OUR MOUTHS WASHED OUT WITH SOAP FOR.  SOME OF THE CHARACTERS ARE PORTRAYED AS HAVING "OTHER" SEX PREFERENCES, OR USE DRUGS AS ROUTINE.  IS THERE A CONCENTRATED EFFORT BY THE MEDIA TO TELL US THEIR VALUES SHOULD BE OUR VALUES?  DO YOU TURN OFF THIS STUFF OR CRINGE WHEN IT COMES ON?  TODAY WE MOURN THE PASSING OR ART LINKLETTER.  ART WAS THE STAR OF SHOWS THAT MADE US LAUGH WITHOUT GUILT.  UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS NO ONE THAT CAN REPLACE HIM. OR MAYBE HIS TYPE OF HUMOR IS NO LONGER WELCOME IN THE TV STANDARDS OF TODAY.