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One got his first job with his Dad’s pull. He started his career at MBNA, that’s the big credit card conglomerate.  He rose to senior vice president in two years.

He then got a plum job in the Clinton Commerce Department specializing in electronic commerce. Three years later he returned to MBNA as a high-paid consultant to give them access to the Clinton administration. That led to founding a lobbying firm. He brought in $4 million in fees. Then- senator Obama granted earmarks to this lobbying firm’s clients.

He was then named to several corporate board positions. One was Paradigm Global Advisors a hedge fund holding company. That went bust losing clients millions and creating tons of litigation. No problem, this superstar got a board position on Amtrak.

I play golf once a year  at a small country club on the Indiana/Michigan border. I saw this young man’s name on the list they post for members who are in arrears on their monthly dues.

Next, this man, who is 43 years old, got a special waiver to join the navy. It included an exemption to be commissioned an officer without attending officer-training school. This despite a prior drug offense. This was the navy reserve so he could keep all his other jobs. In less than a year he was kicked out of the navy when he tested positive for cocaine.

That’s one-percenter number one. He’s worth well  north of a million dollars. A target of Occupy Wall Street.

The second person got his first job at age 14 busing tables at a Greyhound bus station. He attended college on a partial athletic scholarship. He washed dishes at a soriety house for meals and worked construction in the summer. One summer working a second job as an overhead crane operator at a pipe plant.

He started in the management training program at the nation’s largest bank. He took his army physical, and, when rejected for an old sports injury, he started a new job at an oil company. He rose through the ranks and moved his family 10 times in the first 14 years of the marriage. His company sent him to Harvard for executive education. In a 34 year career he put the maximum in the 401K and held stock options until they were expiring, then cashed them and held the stock. He had no less than 16 different jobs in that career. Each had goals that needed to be met to keep the job or move on. It’s called accountability in the real world.

He retired early because he could afford to retire. He took an active role in investing the lump-sum retirement and other assets he owned after retirement. He dodged  the tech bubble and the mortgage bubble. He and his wife have always lived below their means and saved and invested prudently.

He, too, is a one-percenter.

Who is the first example? Robert Hunter Biden. A loser who has gotten every opportunity through his father’s political connections. Makes you feel real good that he participates on the management of Amtrak, doesn’t it?

How about old dad ranting and raving in every speech about those one-percenters? Playing the class warfare card every day of his pathetic life. Old Joe from Scranton, dead broke like the Clinton’s when they left the White House while creating a multimillionaire coke sniffing deadbeat son.

Who is the second example? Me. And I’m damned tired of being chastised by the likes of Joe Biden. A man who has lived at the teat of the public cow his entire life. I earned my 1% status through hard work and with family sacrifice.

The Kennedy’s, the Obama’s, the Biden’s, and the Clinton’s and all who play the class-warfare card can jolly well kiss my ass.






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  1. Doug Gordon says:

    A resounding “Here, Here” for this post. I started at age 10 delivering evening newspapers in Phoenix on my bicycle, 110 F in the shade and you’re not in the shade on the bike. I covered 7 square city blocks each night and Sunday morning. I earned 6 cents for a daily customer, 6 cents for a Sunday customer. I had to collect the money from customers, most every week. (No envelops in the paper and mail it in). I went to school 21 of my first 27 years of life, earned a PhD. Got a job with a chemical company, survived the great recession of 1982, moved back and forth across the country to go where the job was. I worked hard, my wife worked hard, we saved and never bought the house the banks said we could afford, lived more modestly. I’ve maxed my 401(k) lately and am also a 1%-er, and feel just like you when I’m lectured by politicos who haven’t done an honest moment’s hard work in their lives but keep showing up for a feed at the public money trough. I chose chemistry which lead to pharmaceutical company jobs, because people actually want to buy the products we sell, rather than what the government is pushing. I hope you enjoy the fruits of your hard work. I’m still working, but mostly for “fun” and to keep busy solving problems, my passion. Thanks for the blog, was faithful reader even when it wouldn’t let me comment.

  2. admin says:

    Wow. That’s a comment. I’m in Phoenix right now and it’s still 92 degrees on Halloween. I did the paper route thing too. Collecting from deadbeats and perverts was great training. Prepared us to deal with today’s politicians. For the scouts we went back and got those papers out of basements no kid would be allowed to enter today. They can trash us all they want Doug, but I’m done listening to a third generation rich jerk who’s running for office telling me I owe a third generation welfare adult a living. What I have left should go to kids and grandkids. Not a government that will send it to Pakistan.

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Is it me or does the rest of the world have the same problem? Can you really recognize the symbols in a Captcha and reproduce them in a square the first time? These little devils called a Captcha:

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If you have a web site or a blog or anything on the Internet you do want to avoid spam and robots clogging your site with useless traffic. I understand that. I have gone through that with this blog. I was getting as many as 300 robotic comments a day at the peak. But, if it’s a website that is intended to generate business, do you really want to put a Captcha on there to discourage business?

This particular Captcha was obviously developed by someone who reads eye charts all day, someone who played video games all day, or someone who could find the horse hidden in a painting in 5 seconds.

My host put one on my blog to stop the robotic comments and I have had just one comment since. The host claims a hacker got in and erased all the legitimate comments put on the site from day one. Sure, that happened. The host went in to try to cut down the spam comments and inadvertently erased all the comments. That same host erased all the traffic statistics for 5 years a while back. In the Cyber world when someone who charges you for their work screws up it’s a hacker who did the job.  At the same time the host put one of these on my sign- in protocol for the site. After seven tries I was able to access my own blog to create new entries. I did get them to remove it from there but it’s still on the comment section of the site.

Now, since I lost all comments for 3 years, I am trying to decide whether to go back to 200 a day or stay with zero. Go ahead, give it try, go to the bottom of this entry and make a comment. Just a test comment if you will and let me know how many tries it took to break the Captcha code.






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  1. Mary Lou Rosemont says:

    Hi Bill! You’ve aroused my curiosity. These codes look like hieroglyphics. This will be my fifth try.

  2. Doug Gordon says:

    I have been unable to comment on your site for months. These Captcha things are hard to digest, I refreshed once, my second try.

  3. Jim Hicks says:

    My last comment 10/21 took a few tries.
    This is the 2nd.

  4. Mike Hogan says:

    Hi Bill,

    This is my first try.

    Mike Hogan

  5. admin says:

    I can do this one.

  6. Ski says:

    Wow. Got thru.

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This was published in June of 2014.

In cased you missed this Friday afternoon news dump:

“After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs.

The accidents, and the C.D.C.’s emphatic response to them, could have important consequences for the many laboratories that store high-risk agents and the few that, even more controversially, specialize in making them more dangerous for research purposes.

If the C.D.C. — which the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, called “the reference laboratory to the world” — had multiple accidents that could, in theory, have killed both staff members and people outside, there will undoubtedly be calls for stricter controls on other university, military and private laboratories.

In one episode last month, at least 62 C.D.C. employees may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after potentially infectious samples were sent to laboratories unequipped to handle them. Employees not wearing protective gear worked with bacteria that were supposed to have been killed but may not have been. All were offered a vaccine and antibiotics, and the agency said it believed no one was in danger.

In a second accident, disclosed Friday, a C.D.C. lab accidentally contaminated a relatively benign flu sample with a dangerous H5N1 bird flu strain that has killed 386 people since 2003. Fortunately, a United States Agriculture Department laboratory realized that the strain was more dangerous than expected and alerted the C.D.C.

In addition to those mistakes, Dr. Frieden also announced Friday that two of six vials of smallpox recently found stored in a National Institutes of Health laboratory since 1954 contained live virus capable of infecting people.”

Memories in this country are short. Now it’s October of 2014 and this same clown act is assuring us they have the Ebola situation under control. Can you say VA hospitals, another Obama run medical group? Can you say ObamaCare rollout, another botched example of how this administration manages? Or, let’s try the Secret Service, how is that going?

It’s Enron all over again. When the man at the top is absent and chooses poor leaders from top to bottom bad things happen. In the private sector it sorts itself out, like Enron did. In the public sector there is no sorting mechanism. it rolls along and gets worse.

We, as a country, have learned that there is not word that emanates from our president’s mouth that we can believe. So has the rest of the world. From “I will close Gitmo” six years ago to “Ebola is not coming to America’s shores” two weeks ago, it’s all a scripted message from incompetent staff. Read from a Teleprompter by a robot who would rather be in front of a loving group of rich donors or on a golf course with doting friends who still see something the rest of the world is missing.” ISIS is the junior varsity. My own intelligence people did not tell me how bad they were when I wasn’t attending their briefings.” Do you really believe for one nanosecond that Obama has one clue about what his CDC is doing about controlling Ebola?

Don’t over-react to the Ebola scare. Your CDC is going to protect you led by the greatest leader in the free world, Nobel Prize winning Barack Obama. Plus a czar who is an attorney and a career political fixer who will do Obama’s job or that of the Surgeon General who hasn’t been named for months by the all too busy golfer, part-time president.






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