Friday, December 5, 2008

Obama's $30M surplus

So our new president has some extra bucks he needs to get rid of. Hmmmmm.

Click below of follow the link to read the AP article.

Let's see if we can think of some things he might could do with his extra money.

I heard Hillary Clinton was in debt. Mr. Obama wants the voters to help her pay it off, even though I'm pretty sure she could afford to pay it off herself. But hey, who wants to do that???? But Mr. Obama has some extra cash. He could help her with her debt. Oh shucks, that's no fun. Let the common plebes take care of it.

The article say's that the Democratic National Committee is carrying about $5 million in debt, with almost $12 million cash on hand. DNC officials say they expect to have the debt paid by the end of the year. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee carries some $19 million in debt and less than $3 million on hand. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is nearly $13 million in debt.

Well now, there's some folks he could help out I suppose...

How about this one? I know some poor American car makers who keep going to Washington in their, no, no, I mean their cars to ask for help. Seems they screwed up their companies something good and now they need some help to fix things. Mr. Obama, being the generous, organizing type of soul that he is could help those guys out.

Oh wait. I know a better one.

Give the money to the common folks of this country who go to work everyday and pay their taxes.

That might help the economy.

On a closing note - if McCain had won the election and he had this much money left over, I'd say the same thing.

Wait and see where the money goes...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Time for a Change

Now that the election is over and John McCain pretty much blew it, I've decided it's time for a few changes. I'm big enough to admit that these things have been in process for a while. The results of the Presidential election simply put the final piece into place for me.

The first change is that I'm done with the Republican party. Kind of a shame. I was raised Republican. My family is of Republican leaning kinds of people, for the most part and we're all pretty much conservative. But the Republican party no longer represents me or my interests - at least not accurately. I first really saw this when the Republicans took control of Washington. There they were in total control of everything and they completely alienated the rest of us. It's like they all went to Washington and stuck their heads into a time warp of stupidity. They did everything wrong, were an embarrasement and eventually got voted out. Look at where the party is today. What a shame. I refuse to associate with a party that acts that way and is that stupid.

So now I'm an independent. That's an interesting place to be in. It's kind of freeing!

I now listen to Neil Boortz too. There are days when he drives me crazy, but he's spot on with the Fair Tax. Good stuff. Once again, it's something that the Republicans ignored to their detriment. Of course, the Dem's are ignoring it too. Too bad for them. Whichever party wakes up first and latches on will own a major foothold in Washington...

While I am no fan of Obama or the left leaning people he seems to be picking, I do respect the man for an incredible campaign. He got it right. He ACTED presidential which is exactly what he needed to do. I'm hoping he is an incredible president. We'll see.

The other problem with the Republican party is their inability to relate to people and to explain the advantages of "Rugged Individualism." I love individualism. I don't want to suck off the government's tit. I don't want the government to own me or to rescue me. But rugged individualism is also very hard. And most people don't understand it. And further, those who do understand it - Republicans mind you, are absolutely horrible at incorporating compassion into their message. The Democrats are all over this one and I applaud them for that.

One other thing. I listened to most of A Prarie Home Companion the other day.

It wasn't too bad.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Message to Obama

I'd like to hear Mr. Obama's response to this...

Friday, September 12, 2008


Hey Joe, do you think YOU can do the job?

The Democratic campaign continues to weaken...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oh Be Careful Little Tongue What You Say!

Uh-oh, Mr. Obama is starting to come undone. You may be seeing the first cracks in a campaign that is going to crumble into ashes.

Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 Overview

Today is the last day of 2007.

For me, this is an exciting day because tomorrow I will no longer be a rookie Real Estate guy anymore! It's hard to believe, but this time last year I had just taken and passed the Real Estate exam on the first try. And I was ready to head off into a new career, not having any idea if I would make it or not or what might lay ahead.

January through February was spent recovering from an ice storm (remember that one???) and taking my post license classes. I also spent time in the office getting to know the other agents, sitting at my desk waiting on the phone to ring (which didn't happen very often at first!), doing floor time (which means being on duty in case a customer comes in), holding open houses in the icy cold winter months for other agents and getting my first listing, which happened to be a trailor at Grand Lake.

As Spring came on, so did changes. I got other listings, sold my first house in Broken Arrow and got real busy, real fast. One thing you sacrifice in the world of Real Estate is time. If you aren't willing to drop everything to go show a house or meet a client, don't go into this business. It can be very demanding.

Now, at the end of the year I can look back and be pretty satisfied with 2007. I had set a goal of selling $1 million this year, which is pretty aggressive for a new agent. I ended up selling $3 million, which, in my opinion, is attributable only to God's hand of blessing in my life. Along the way, I began working part time with a little church in Collinsville. This is a wonderful group of people who love us and support us. Our goal there is to help them to grow to the point where they can hire a full-time guy. As God blesses and gives wisdom there, I know the growth will come (the church already has begun to stabilize and grow!).

Some things that I have learned and/or changes that have happened in my life and family this year include:

>Diane and I pray together each morning prior to leaving to face the day. I'm sorry to say it took me so long to grow to where I could do this with her, but when you have to rely on God because you no longer receive a paycheck every week, you maybe get more willing to knock on heaven's door. At least that is what happened for me. This one thing has drawn us closer together.

>I have struggled with staying in God's Word as much as I used to. No one to blame here other than myself. Either I choose to open the Bible and read something or I don't. However, I think I understand and relate to real people in the real world much better because of this struggle. When I was full time in ministry I had the luxury of sitting in my office day after day and studying the Bible in depth. In the real world pressures, ringing phones, needy clients and other interruptions crowd in.

>I have seen our kids grow and develop throughout this year. Heather is dating a young man who is getting ready to head off to basic training in the Marines. He's a great guy. I like him. She is still working and getting ready to start classes at TCC in January. Chris is a Senior this year and is excited to be wrapping up high school. He's considering going to college once he graduates. Sheldon is a Junior and is still dating Eva. He works at McDonalds and is a student manager now. Each of them have followed us to the little church in Collinsville even though we told them they could attend wherever they wished. It's fun to get to see them involved there.

>Diane is still at the bank. She's just been promoted and will be working at the main branch. She's excited about the opportunity to advance. She continues to blow me away with how she crack the outer hard shell of people. She'll introduce me to people at Wal-Mart who are her clients and I will think to myself, "Wow, I don't think that person and I would ever talk if it was just us in the store." But with her, they are just kind and humble and gentle. This is a real gift that she has. I have to work on that one more.

For us there will be no resolutions for 2008. As I shared with the folks in Collinsville yesterday, resolutions are something that go in one year and out the next. They don't work. So for us we will just continue to trust that God will take care of us and bless us and lead us through another year.

See you around town.

And remember, when you're ready to buy or sell your next house, call the best. Call Bob!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tulsa Ice Storm December 07

You may have heard about the winter storm encompassing the plains right now. In the last 48 hours, we've had a lot of ice, most of which tends to cling and accumulate on trees. If you'll look closely at the pic on the left, you'll notice that the pine needles are buried deeply within the ice coating. The ice is at least 1/4 inch thick around the needles. This branch fell from my once beautiful pine trees in the front yard.

The picture on the right is a broader shot of the pine trees. After I took this picture the branches up high fell off of the tree. Man, you should hear what that sounds like!

This is what ice can do to an oak tree.

Watch out baby Jesus! The sky is falling!