From the EastWing, Holiday Time Coming, And The Survey Says, Sharolette & Barbaree & Their First Snow, The Email Being ObamaCare Only, Carter Gets Company, Just Over 3 ½ Years, Just Under 3 ½ Years, In Case I’m Gone.

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing,

Before we visit again Thanksgiving will have come and gone and we’ll all turn our collective attention to the Christmas Season. Ho, Ho, Ho will reign supreme and  many folks are going to be caught up in the “Christmas Spirit”. Which is just another way of saying “What did ya get me?”  Wal-Mart will be happy as usual, and so will China.  Every Christmas makes China a little more happy, and Wal-Mart a little more rich.

China’s happy because most of the dollars spent at Christmas time in the United States purchases goods manufactured in China. Can’t help but wonder where did we go wrong. Why did we as a nation give up quality for price?  We did. We just did. And it shows in just about anywhere you look.

Wal-Mart became the largest retailer in the whole world because the United Stated Citizens gave up quality for price. Remember the old saying “Ya get what ya pay for”? That still holds true, even at Wal-Mart. Quality merchandise has never been a high priority at Wal-Mart. Ya get what ya pay for.

Did you respond to one of those surveys asking if you were put out because the big box stores are opening up early on Thanksgiving evening? Now of all the dumbness in the world that’s right up there with the best of ‘em. If you’re opposed to a retail store hours of operation, don’t go there during those hours you oppose the store being open. Your opposition to such does not give you the right to condone or criticize any decision made by any retailer, ever. Retail business survives on sales, not on what you may or may not choose to check on a survey.  It just makes me so damn mad to see something as stupid as a survey by the local South Bend IN TV station asking “do you think it’s ok?”.  Shewwww.

Whatever happened to  the right of the retailer establishing their own hours of operation without public input.  The same people who would most likely be vocal in opposition to such a move by the big box retailers to open early Thanksgiving Evening would crap a brick if their own hourly rate at their place of employment  was put before the public for a yes or no pay raise vote.

 When you look at things differently, things look different.  They always do.  Sometimes the horse has to be lead to the water and told “Now drink damn it, or I’m gona give you a bad answer for the horse survey on water drinking”.

The first snow brought first time life experiences to the Beagle Girls, Sharolette and Barbaree. Being only seven months old, they had never had to deal with snow. The morning of November 12th brought the snow and a whole new life experience for the Beagle Girls, Sharolette and Barbaree.

The She got up before me on that cold November morning and had to push the Beagle Girls outside.  Seems they didn’t want to step into that white stuff that they’d never seen in their young lives. But once stepped into, they went directly to the garage and laid  under the heat lamp set up for the outside cats.  Now I’m not saying the Beagle Girls are wimps, I’m just saying they’ve got better things to do than walk in the snow & cold. They may turn out to be fair weather hunting Beagles.

No matter what I say about anything, the email continues to light up with ObamaCare. Only ObamaCare, 10 to 1, it’s ObamaCare.  I’m telling ya, folks are pissed off about this stuff. I’ve always thought that when the Federal Government messes with things that effects us on a very personal basis, we’ll raise hell. ObamaCare does that.  And as such, we’re raising hell.  The “administrative fix” offered by our President will not resolve our unrest. Real solutions, not political BS is the only answer to our unrest.

And so it is that the Obama Administration is at the point in history where I hopped would never be. An administration viewed as worse than the Carter Administration.  With Jimmy Carter being viewed by most as the most dysfunctional administration in the history of our country.

One thing we need to do is change the common name. From ObamaCare to Democratic ObamaCare. These guys own it lock stock and barrel. So let’s put his full name on the thing.  Let’s give full credit where credit is due. The Democratic ObamaCare Law is an excellent example of how dysfunctional our federal government has become in the last 70 years. Keep in mind this law was passed in congress and signed by the president without as single republican vote. So yes, it is  Democratic ObamaCare.

March 21st  2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days.  Now that may seem like a long time to some, or it may seem like a short time to some. Any way ya look at it, it’s just a hair over 3 ½ years.

To keep things in prospective, December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years 5 months and 1 day.  Any way ay look at this one, it’s just a hair under 3 ½ years.  Now what this time frame represents is from when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day on which Germany surrendered to end the war in Europe.

During that time period we saw the mobilization of millions of workers, built tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, trucks, battleships, submarines, destroyers, U-boats and  torpedoes.  Millions upon millions of guns, bombs, bullets, and war supplies. We turned the tide of war in North Africa. We invaded Italy, thru the boot.  Fought our way onto the beaches of Normandy that D-Day. Won the Battle of the Bulge. Then raced like hellcats to Berlin. Oh, and I almost forgot to tell ya, we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific at the same time.  Yep,  we done all that in 3 years, 5 months and 1 day. Just a hair under 3 ½ years.

Now the Obama  Administration has worked for just a hair over 3 ½ years, and could not build a functional website at a cost of 600 million dollars. Which just goes to show ya, you can buy incompetence at any price you’re willing to pay and on any timeframe you’re willing to give.

As I set here in my beloved EastWing, I’m struck by the certainty that this party of mine, this thing I call life, must one day end.  Some day in the future, there will be a clear, cold morning when there isn’t any more BobbyRay. I will then have reached my end of time.


No more hugs, no more smiles, no more stories yet to tell, no more special moments to celebrate anything and everything, no more phone calls just to say hello, no more emails, no more  “Did you hear the one about…..” This is true for marriage, for family relationships, and especially, my old friendships here in the EastWing.


It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that cold clear morning comes to be , is to let every one of my family and friends know how much  I care for them, by finding simple ways to let them know my heartfelt beliefs and the guiding principles of my life so they can always say, “I’m glad BobbyRay was a friend of mine, and I always knew where he stood on everything.”


Now, with that being said, just in case I’m gone tomorrow, please forever know this well, now this very, very well.  ………..I voted against that incompetent, stupid, lying, insincere, double-talking, radical socialist, terrorist excusing, bleeding heart, narcissistic, scientific and economic moron, currently occupying the White House!


Stay safe in Afghanistan.


From the EastWing,  Holiday Time Coming, And The Survey Says, Sharolette & Barbaree & Their First Snow,  The Email Being ObamaCare Only, Carter Gets Company, Just Over 3 ½ Years, Just Under 3 ½ Years,  In Case I’m Gone.


I Wish You Well,