The Watering Hole, Saturday, November 30, 2013: Small Business Saturday®

Today, Saturday, November 30, is what is now known as Small Business Saturday®. From the website Snagajob, “The annual event was established by American Express in 2010 in an effort to recognize the small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.” Since then it has grown in popularity gaining Congressional and even Presidential recognition. More than a marketing campaign to get people to go out and charge things on their American Express cards, Small Business Saturday® has become a way of making a statement against the big box stores, whose names shall remain nameless, but whose worker mistreatment, trade deficit contribution, and shamelessly profit-driven operation, have helped contribute to the loss of the small business, owned by your neighbors.

Government assistance to employees of the big box stores, the ones in which you were implored to go spend your money on “Black Friday”, is much higher than the national average. You are, whether you want to or not, subsidizing the workforce of some highly profitable corporations. So instead of helping the already profitable corporations, why not help out the small businesses in your local communities? They’re your neighbors and, sometimes, your friends, too. And if you’re like me and don’t have a car that gets the greatest of gas mileage, you can save money, too. My local book store, The Book Cove, is within walking distance (if I was that ambitious), but only about a mile into the village. By comparison, the nearest Barnes & Noble, would cost me at least two gallons of gas to get there and back. Around here, gas goes for more than $3.50 per gallon, so if I have to pay even $6.50 more for a book from my local book store, it’s worth it. And it helps keep them in business. Whenever I want to order a book I don’t go online to do it, I go to The Book Cove. They’ve never failed to get me a book I wanted. I’m sure your local book store can be just as helpful.

Small Business Saturday® is a great idea, and one I encourage everyone to support. Your friends and neighbors will be glad you did.

This is our daily open thread. Feel free to discuss Small Business Saturday®, the big box stores who want to ruin this nation, or anything else you wish to discuss.

The Watering Hole; Friday November 29 2013; SALIGIA et GOP

“SALIGIA” is an acronym.  “GOP” is also an acronym. Beyond that, there’s really only one basic difference between them which is, in a nutshell, that SALIGIA is a Latin acronym and GOP is English-based. A closer look reveals the rather remarkable similarity — centuries disparate, but still definitive.

S*A*L*I*G*I*A  (aka The Seven Deadly Sins):

S: Superbia  (Pride): Love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor.

A: Avaritia (Greed):  Disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, or treason, especially for personal gain, for example through bribery. Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed.

L: Luxuria (Lust):  Desire for sexual or sociological excesses, compulsions and/or transgressions; a passionate or overmastering desire or craving, e.g. a lust for power.

I: Invidia (Envy): Love of one’s own good perverted to a desire to deprive other men of theirs.

G: Gula (Gluttony):   The over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste; “extravagant” indulgence.

I: Ira (Wrath):  Uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger which can manifest as vehement denial of the truth, both to others and in the form of self-denial, impatience with the procedure of law, and the desire to seek revenge outside of the workings of the justice system (such as engaging in vigilantism) and generally wishing to do evil or harm to others. The transgressions borne of vengeance are among the most serious, including murder, assault, and in extreme cases, genocide.

A: Acedia (Sloth):  Apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue; depression, and joylessness; a sin of laziness or indifference, of an unwillingness to act, an unwillingness to care; indolence.

Within the last fifty or so years, ‘SALIGIA’ has been simplified. The Seven Deadly Sins are still there, of course, but today we express them in a bit more compressed fashion. In today’s America Amurka the new (anglicized) acronym contains only three letters; letters which do still, nevertheless, reflect each and all of the ancient ‘SALIGIA.’ To wit:

G*O*P  (aka The Seven Deadly Sins, compressed, American-style):

G: Greed (see “Avaritia,” above) — “Disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, or treason, especially for personal gain, for example through bribery. Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed.

O: Opression (see “Lust-Envy-Gluttony-Wrath-Sloth” above)

P: Pride  (see “Superbia,” above) — “Love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor.”

So there you have it: the terminal definition of numerous and historic concepts each and all designed to control human thought and action. The Deadly Sin thesis (presumably) originates in the Bible, and thereinafter constantly re-emerges to embrace human cultures and societies one after the other, including (for example and to name but a few deadly sin-based power structures): Feudalism; (Nazi) Fascism; (Soviet) Communism; plus of course today’s (American) Capitalism. Each and all of such human tyrannies have been eternally (and formally) dedicated to one fundamental SALIGIA-based atrocity: the elevation of the wealthy and powerful, always by way of the enduring impairment and subjugation of the common man.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum.


The Watering Hole; Thursday November 28 2013; Thanksgiving

It snowed here the other day. Snowed a lot. A foot, maybe more. So of course I grabbed a camera and headed out to see what I could see. First, the view from a block up the road, looking west toward the Front Range (looks like a B/W photo, save for the single splash of blue in the sky):

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI invited everyone in the next three photos over for Thanksgiving dinner. No takers, so I guess it’s turkey again this year.


On another far more melancholy and forever sad note, today — November 28 2013 — marks year number 43 since my childhood friend, David Cruz Juaregui from Flagstaff AZ, was killed when his helicopter crashed in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. It was on Saturday November 28, 1970, two days beyond Thanksgiving — a long time ago in a world far, far away. His name is on The Wall; one of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their all for . . . ?

R.I.P., David.

And hope all the rest of ‘us’ who still are hanging on have a fine Thanksgiving. Including the geese pictured above. 😉


The Watering Hole: Wednesday, November 27, 2013: Is it time to repeal the 13th Amendment?

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. (Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified 1865)

Now, over a hundred years later, perhaps it is time to ask, “is it time to repeal the 13th Amendment?”

From a purely corporate, profit-driven motive, the answer must be a resounding “NO”!

Here’s why:

The Average Cost of Living in the U.S. is $20,194 per person per year according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour; a person working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, makes $15,080.00.

Minimum wage is less than the cost of living.

Now, perhaps, one can understand why Republicans are seeking to eliminate the minumum wage: it’s cheaper than owning slaves.


The Watering Hole, Monday, November 25, 2013: Monday Mix, FB Edition

Every once in a while I give in and check my Facebook notifications/updates/whatever. Here’s some odds and ends that I felt worth sharing:

A friend who used to work with us posted the first photo, from a Facebook site called Earth Porn. The second photo is from the same site. Check out the site, they have some awesome photos.
alaskan sunset Winter Sunset – Alaska (USA) photo by Ron Perkins

Japanese Maple Tree, Oregon, USA Photo by Peter Lik

Japanese Maple Tree, Oregon, USA Photo by Peter Lik

On the humorous side, our old friend Jim Wolf (Jim Wolf359 from TP) posted this:
How to Cook A Turkey (from Pampered Chef)

How to Cook A Turkey (from Pampered Chef)

Last, I’m proposing a Caption Contest for this shot of Richard Nixon, which was posted by an FB friend who I met at TP. The links that were provided didn’t seem to have anything to do with the actual photograph, so I have been trying to source it, but I can’t find it anywhere.


This is our daily open thread–got any captions, thoughts, rants, etc.?