Archive for ‘The Gov’ment Got It’s Finghar’s In My Honey Pot’

September 17, 2015

From the Desk of James Madison

by Janie Jones

So today is Constitution Day.

I didn’t know such a holiday existed.  But it does, and today Stickittoyou U was handing out free copies of the constitution.  Surprisingly, or not depending on your point of view, most of my colleagues I mentioned this to seemed not very interested.  I, on the other hand, was pretty excited to get a free copy of the constitution.

Also, as part of Constitution Day, the U provided a link to Constitution.com where you can read up on facts about the Constitution.  You can also take a quiz to find out what founding father you would be.

Apparently, I am James Madison.James Madison

Go to Consitution.com and take the quiz.  Let’s see how many founding fathers are reading my blog…

September 11, 2015

Like I didn’t already have enough to worry about, THIS might end my long suffering college career 72 days early.

by Janie Jones

This is the new deal:

So, I wake up this morning and there’s an URGENT notice in my email from Stickittoyou financial aid.  I got a notice on Tuesday that there were updates to my FAFSA, but I was too busy to think much of it yet.  So I skimmed this morning’s Stickittoyou notice and, lo and behold: someone, and I don’t know who yet, but my money is on the Stickittoyou computer platform update, the same one that couldn’t calculate my financial aid package until the Saturday before summer class started, allowed me to over borrow by $500.

I am in my 5th year, so I knew I was getting close to maxing my federal loan money.  However, I generally keep in close communication with the financial aid office, and I as I did have a considerable amount of grants and loans this year, I thought we figured I’d be okay.  When my fall financial aid packet came through, I was offered $1961.00 in loans.  I suppose ultimately it’s my fault for accepting what they offer, but, silly me, I expect that when I’m offered something I should actually be eligible for it, so I took the max of what they offered, and they paid it to me two weeks ago.  Doesn’t seem like a lot, but apparently it is $500 too much.

But as that maximum offer was wrong I’ve now been paid money that I technically wasn’t allowed to have and they have frozen my entire financial aid account, not just my loans.  Furthermore, it kind of sounds like that is including my workstudy job money, as my job is funded by federal financial aid workstudy dollars.  It seems as though I have to go to the financial aid office this morning and find out whether or not I can still get paid at my job until I pay back that $500.

The simple solution would be to give back the extra $500, but if I do then that creates the problem of how will I pay my January 1 rent, as all the remaining money that didn’t go to books, other school supplies, keeping my car running and paying a few summer bills is earmarked for rent for this semester.  But at least I guess that will push the problem down the road a bit.

Even if I find one way or another to pay back that money, as I’ve apparently maxed out my undergraduate borrowing dollars it still doesn’t solve the problem of how I will pay the extra expenses that aren’t covered by my scholarships and grants for my last semester, but once again I guess I will just have to kick that problem down the road apiece.

Well, I guess it’s time to merrily schlepp my butt on down to Stickittoyou U for another exhilarating day of learning.
November 24, 2014

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds

by Janie Jones

I don’t know whether to go tongue in cheek here, or to be serious.  But I’m getting a little tired of having to toe the party line, whatever party I’m currently at and in the curious position of feeling like I’m crashing instead of belonging.

Seems like every where I go, everything I encounter is a push for change.  And, it applies to the grand tapestry that is the world around me as well as in the microcosm of my own personal life.  Changes abound in the world government, the federal government, in my school, in my friends, in my operating system, in WordPress.

Yes, I noticed.  WordPress changed itself again.

And in all these areas I am told by some unidentified source that I should embrace these changes.  I am told if you don’t change you are a problem, you are a broken cog who can’t see the beauty of the future and it’s Progress.

A long time ago, someone I care about said to me, “If I ask you why you don’t want to change, I don’t ever want to hear, ‘Because that’s how we’ve always done it.'”

He makes a good point, but I always felt that I had to disagree.  Sometimes how we’ve always done things is not a bad way if it works.  Sometimes those old ways, those tried and true ways are what give that fabric of our lives it’s tight weave with all it’s strength, it’s character, it’s warmth.  Sometimes it’s those old ways which give us the resources to be stable, a base from which we can grow and expand and be flexible and change; it’s that uniform, reliable unchanging platform that gives us the security to know if we fall, the net will catch us in stability and reliability.

Life isn’t about stagnation.  It does need change.  But change isn’t always for the best, it isn’t always good, and sometimes changing at the wrong time and making the wrong change is disastrous.  Often it feels like the world just is leap-frogging from one new idea to the next without thought for whether the next leap is going to land in the water or on a lily pad.  I think that change is therefore necessary, but should not be embarked upon lightly or wantonly, but soberly and with ample contemplation for the impact and the outcome of the change.  Does anyone really stop and think about what they are doing anymore?  Or is it just one big glut to be always one-upping everyone else with the next best idea?  Have we just devolved to one big world game of Keep Up With the Joneses?

I feel like there is a foolish consistency in the thought that we should never accept anything as good enough, that we always need to change just because we can.  Changing for no good reason, changing because the popular opinion is if it’s new it must be better, I believe, is just as much a sign of small minds as is never recognizing the need for change at all.

Sometimes the writing is on the wall.  Things break.  They must be fixed.  But, sometimes if it ain’t broke, there is no sense in wasting time and resources reinventing the wheel.

The change we need is not to rush out and invent something new, but to change back to something long ago discarded:  a sense of moderation.  Let’s stop and smell the roses before we genetically modify the snot out of them so they will only ever smell like Aphrodite’s sweat, shall we?

November 6, 2014

Thursday Quote Du Jour #17: On politics, of course

by Janie Jones

From the musical 1776:

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress!

-John Adams

November 4, 2014

And here’s your Tuesday Titters, naturally on politics and government

by Janie Jones

If con is the opposite of pro, then is Congress the opposite of progress?

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common: they should both be changed regularly… and for the same reason.

Q: Have you heard about McDonald’s new Obama Value Meal?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.

We used to have Reagan, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope. Now we have Obama, no cash, and no hope.

From http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/political-jokes

November 4, 2014

Tuesday Titters: we interrupt this normal broadcast for polictical activism and a dissertation on responsibility. It’s Election Day, that’s a joke in itself…

by Janie Jones

PSA:  Janie doesn’t like to engage in the political, but there are some duties we have to do whether we like them or not.  It’s election day today, and I feel it my responsibility to say just a few things.

Americans everywhere with an eye to the future have the opportunity to vote today.  There is much to be discontent about, and it seems more and more Americans are waking up from their oblivious contentment and realizing the Administration is not making life better.  A growing segment of the population is actually seeing clearly that if something doesn’t drastically change soon, American life will be less and less about freedom and more and more about government dishonesty and oppression.  Today is a chance to make some changes.  In order for that to happen, the votes must be counted honestly, and people need to start taking responsibility.

The Big R.  Responsibility.  We don’t have enough of that flowing through our nation these days.  There is a cold, dark side to responsibility.  It’s not always pretty, but it’s the true measure of a person’s or an entity’s worth.

Wake up fellow Americans.  Only you can be responsible for you.  When you give your government responsibility for yourself, whether you think you’re doing it for the greater good, for convenience, or for practicality, ultimately all you are doing is giving up your FREEDOM and that of your children, your grandchildren and your community.

Get responsible.  Go vote today and vote for less government, truly free markets, and less taxation.  Vote for candidates that vow to get rid of Obamacare and get rid of political support of big business and agriculture.  Our government has no business telling us how to educate our children, what to eat, how to provide our health care, how to drive, whether we can have marijuana or prostitutes, whether we can have abortions, whether we can defend ourselves or hunt, and it should never, ever, take away our right to think and provide for ourselves, much less express our discontent.  Be wary of programs that can hinder these rights.  Be wary of politicians who promise you higher minimum wage, debt forgiveness, redistribution of wealth and more government oversight.  Be wary of programs and politicians that offer to support and protect you so that you don’t have to do it yourself and who suggest they know better what’s best for you.

Redefine responsible.  Being responsible isn’t driving a Prius, buying carbon credits and getting your kids to soccer on time.  It’s not blindly following the rules and believing everything you’re told because someone else must know better and you’re just too damned busy and that’s why we have governments anyway.  Being responsible isn’t accepting a system that encourages militant police to harass citizens with impunity.  It’s not siding with your favorite actor du jour and moms against guns who work tirelessly to take away your right to bear arms.  It’s not blanket amnesty for illegals.  It’s not political leaders who use Washington as a country club or an Administration that spends more and more money on programs that only take away your rights.

Responsibility is, however, not ignoring the obvious when it’s inconvenient and messy.  Responsibility is not kow-towing to the popular party line.  Responsibility is standing up, drawing a line in the sand and saying, “I didn’t make this mess, but I’m going to clean it up and you’re going to help or you can get the Hell out of the way.”

Be responsible.  It’s not easy bearing the weight of moral and ethical decisions.  It’s not easy to take responsibility for unpopular beliefs or actions.  But if you don’t take that responsibility, someone else will, and if you give that responsibility to a politician, they might not exercise that responsibility in the manner truly favorable to you and the masses.  Chances are good they will make choices which will make them and their ilk more powerful and untouchable.

History has shown time and time again that it is bad juju to blindly follow your political machine.  This country was founded in a unique way.  We were born from people who were tired of being told how to live their life and being beholden to religious and political tyrants.  These forefathers gave up comforts and family and took responsibility.  They drew that line in the sand and they created something truly amazing:  a country founded on the premise that all people have inalienable rights, chiefly centered around personal freedoms.  But in order to hold freedom within your grasp you must carry responsibility before you.

So take responsibility.  Read, think and act for yourself.  Get mad when others try to do it for you.  Demand accountability from yourself and those you elect.  Vote responsibly.  Vote so that you can hold on to your responsibility, and demand that the people you vote for are held responsible.  Go to the polls today, fellow Americans, and vote for candidates who support your freedom to be responsible for yourself, to maintain your full rights and freedoms secured 200+ years ago by our forefathers.  Go with hope that voting is still enough to protect your rights from seizure by a corrupt government and that the system isn’t so broken that the votes of the real people, not phantom voters, will still actually count for something.

And if it doesn’t, be prepared to shoulder a new responsibility.

 

June 24, 2013

Good grief, was I giving away something for free and no one told me?!?

by Janie Jones

I have a rather humble blog in terms of followers.

I like having followers, and those I have I consider more like modern pen-pals, like friends.  But, I only have a handful, and I’m okay with that.

Still, it is kind of flattering and exciting to see my hit counter make a big jump.  Who has been reading me?  Have I got any new fans?  Did any new people find my mixture of snark, bitching and whining and general weirdness interesting enough to come back?

Mostly the answer is no.  And the huge jumps are probably spambots or something.  But, one does have to wonder why last Thursday, June 20th I got 47 hits.  Which is about 37 more than my average.  Considering I’m able to really only boast a regular readership of 6-8 blog friends, and even my spam queue can go weeks without anything in it, that’s a pretty huge jump.

Maybe I was being snooped.  Maybe the NSA is on to me.  Maybe a brooding, sunflower munching, Mulder-esque G-Man is cruising my blog in search of possible anti-establishment sentiments, dissent, corruption, zombie preparedness and bad grammar.  Once upon a time that might have seemed paranoid.  Nowadays, no so much.