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Dump the Distress

Posted by Thomas Ault on April 5, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Subject: Dump the Distress When a person, man or woman, has been involved in their job for a long time, just staying home is a difficult thing to do. I know this because for many years I lived my job, at work, at play, even at home. Then I retired and about went stir crazy. I felt I had lost everything and discovered I needed something�?�anything would do. First, I discovered that when I was at work a lot of things were being done at the old home place that I had not considered before. For instance, the carpet got cleaned, the kitchen cabinets got waxed (we had wooden ones), the windows got washed along with the blinds, at least on the inside. One time I even discovered the toilet stoppage became magically unclogged. All of these things and more were just being handled without my help! I realized that I had married an engineer as well as the sweetest lady in town. It was time to do some household �??fix-its.�?� It was time for me to hold up my end of the marriage bargain. I just came to realize that I had all of those wonderful tools downstairs and each had a purpose other than handing on the pegboard or peeking out of my tool box in an attempt to make their owner look like he knew something outside of work. Soon, I became the repair expert because what I didn�??t know about, I discovered to be beautifully taught on the computer in our little home office. Finally, with the long overdue work handled and the overlooked �??honey do�?� list completed, I discovered that my wonderful spouse, who had put up with me for all of those years, was also relieved that she no longer had to put on overalls to handle all of the household chores. I was actually fulfilling my husband duties that I should have been handling all of this time. Needless to say, after a few weeks of completing the repairs, I became restless once again. I questioned myself. �??What in the world can I do now?�?� Again, I turned to the computer for some answers. I looked into wood working, furniture repair, writing articles and where to publish them, some photography, (I dusted off my old Cannon camera which had been in its case in the closet for some time) and even checked into the iPad that was gathering dust, to discover free puzzles and even a paint by number program. I have become much more relaxed after clearing my mind of the business details that I don�??t have to worry about, at least until I return to work. If it isn�??t work I have to return to, waiting to get out of the house can be lessened and halt the tension because I could do some of those things I read about on-line. Believe it or not, I have learned how to make wooden candle holders, I discovered I could use children�??s plastic figurines to produce my own small knickknacks. ( I used plastic western miniatures to create western scenes) Those puzzles I discovered on the iPad tend to keep me busy figuring them out for a couple of hours every day! (They give you a new puzzle to do each time you complete one) If you can�??t find something that is possible for you to do, try calling a friend on the phone, dropping a note to someone you probably should have writing to right along, or take a walk with your spouse around the block. The fresh air might give you some more fresh ideas and without doubt will be good


Posted by Thomas Ault on March 26, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)
To: Opinion Editor 03-24-2020 Subject: Afghanistan I have to admit I have not paid particular attention when reading about foreign affairs, but after the article in today�??s paper (March 25) that tells us how much we are funding the Afghan situation, it occurred to me that I should pay more attention to what is going on. Perhaps more education is required for me to understand how and why our government does what it does, but it seems to me that common sense should become something more frequently used when doling out our tax money. According to what I have just read, Afghanistan has received $4 billion dollars annually from us while at the same time we are probably spending that much or more, plus the cost of our people�??s lives, fighting to preserve something they don�??t have, (a good government) and apparently don�??t want. Yes, it is understood that there is a movement for world governing, which is very premature due to the world status and our own dissatisfaction of the idea, but when we take the money out of our pocket to help fund a terrorist nation, while at the same time fighting with them�?�is this reasonable? Why are we funding a bunch of countries and increasing our national debt into the trillions of dollars? We were a country, originally founded on freedom of the people, allowing those people to live their lives in a free country that was, and still could be, self-sustaining. Yes, we need to be helping other peoples if we can, but funding a country we basically are at war with? The world�??s most impoverished countries have come to the belief that we, as a nation, are a money tree. Yes, France, Spain, and England helped us to get started. Of course each of those countries wanted a piece of the pie and that did not work out too well. Are we doing the same thing hoping for what little these countries have to offer given back to us in repayment? I wrote the other day about the $2 trillion we are looking at to cure the virus, and here we are handing out billions to countries that would cut our throats for a dime. I don�??t want to sound un-American, but how long can we finance every impoverished country in the world?

Perspective - Virus

Posted by Thomas Ault on March 24, 2020 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Subject: Perspective I would like to thank the many people in this country who are doing their best during this crisis. At the same time I would like to admonish those that think could have the answers in advance, to unknown situations that suddenly appear, and be prepared. I wonder, as I listen to the news broadcasters giving us the very worst scenarios and frequent slanted news stories, why I continue to do that. We are in the throes of a serious health problem�?�it is bad�?�it will get better. It is a shame powerful people like the mayor of New York talk about what the president should have done. He is the mayor of the largest population city in our country and with his apparent foresight should have had equipment and extra hospital arrangements set up in advance. Why was he not prepared? According to his statements on television, he blames the president for his situation�?�it seems to me he should have had his city prepared since he thinks the president should have been. It is so easy to �??blame someone else�?� for our own short sidedness. I know I have done that in the past, and regretted it later. This is not the time to find fault with others! Our statesmen should not be making demands to fit their own political agendas. By the time the debate is over the problem will be gone. People need to live and to exist but a two trillion dollar hand out is not the answer. In the years I have been alive there has never been a citizen handout made in this manner. It used to be prevalent in this country to stand up and be counted�?�seems today it is to stand up and put our hands out. Let us, as a nation, hunker down, move ahead, pray for an early reprieve, and make things work. I, for one, feel the president�?? message of hope for a reprieve by Easter is a good thought. For those that choose to understand it any other way than the way he meant it, I suggest that if you had to sit in that chair and make those decisions, you would come to understand the many sides of a problem that we, the people, rarely see.

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Posted by Thomas Ault on March 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)
For the like of me I cannot understand how our politicians can, with a straight face, attempt to pull their usual shenanigans. Here we are in a pandemic and Charles Shumer, Democrat Senator from (of course) New York, is trying to force a bill he thinks is more important than the crisis we are facing by tagging it onto a much more significant one that could help the virus be slowed and maybe stopped by placing money into the right places to fight both the virus and the economic crisis. Are we about to allow this epidemic to bankrupt our country because of the Senate's bickering? It has been my philosophy for some time that to understand today, we have to remember yesterday and then build on it, not tear it down. There will always be mistakes made by all of us, and if anyone thinks they have never made one....I have news for you...you have, even if you prefer to not mention it! The government is not different since it is just a bunch of humans trying to make sense of it all...and sometimes not doing a good job of it. If some of them would join the real world it might be an advantage for us all. Opinions are like belly-buttons, everyone has one...well almost everyone. This is my opinion; The powers to be need to put down their combat ready shields and shake hands Once they do that, then forget about their pet bill passing and do the most expedient thing they can put together to alleviate the problems we are facing today. The bickering they are doing is wasting time and money as each day is worse than the last one and the problems will soon become unsurmountable. I think the title of this brief essay could be asserted at this point. I totally believe that stupidity has become the password to enter into the chamber of the Senate and the House of Representatives...maybe we should change the names of those, one time reverent chambers, to Ego Village and House of Irresponsible.

A Dream for Tomorrow

Posted by Thomas Ault on March 22, 2020 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Subject: Dream World It is not often that there is a situation the whole world is engaged in like this pandemic we are facing today. It appears to be something that every country is being plagued with. Are we overlooking this opportunity to unify as one global community, not separated by race, color, politics, gender, or country boundaries? Our military personnel are facing sanitary problems due to the government bringing home so many troops that they cannot be accommodated for by our military camps. Many countries are facing this problem and similar conditions with their military personnel being returned to areas where hunger, clean water, and inadequate living conditions exist. These are obstacles many poorer countries live with daily. If all countries would lay down their weapons, put on their masks, and fight this world-wide epidemic, they would come to realize how important each individual�??s life is. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if we could have left our soldiers in a place where they were without risk of being killed, rather than bringing them back home in the midst of an epidemic that could put them in harm�??s way. Many countries are undoubtedly facing the same dilemma. If our world leaders would discontinue the desire that their country�??s dominance over each other was intelligent, and instead work on important benefits for their people, what a wonderful place this would be! Can you imagine safely exploring the great pyramids, or perhaps the intricate handiwork and crafts of the far and middle east, walking the great wall of China, or enjoying the cuisine of Italy while helping that country through the tourist industry. This is the perfect time to re-evaluate the positions of various leaders, many of whom are only concerned about their own egos, personal wealth, and power. This is a beautiful world and we, as its inhabitants, need to grow wiser, enjoy the fruits God provided for us all, and replace weapons with nutrition, learning, trade and understanding instead of waging war. Every country has something another does not; why can we not use the trading of product between countries rather than stealing it, and spend that military money on progress instead of war? Our country has spent $5.9 trillion dollars on the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq since 911. Think about it!


Posted by Thomas Ault on March 17, 2020 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Subject: Gossip Many of you will not remember the old gossip columnists and radio gossip personalities, but names like Hedda Hopper, Walter Winchell, and Louella Parsons might ring a bell with some of you. Walter Winchell used to start out with �??This just in!�?� Remember that? Today we have a new group of �??unauthorized�?? gossipers. I have no doubt that they are told to �??leak�?� information. It is always written in the newspapers �??speaking on the condition of anonymity because�?� yadda, yadda, yadda. I have no idea how other people feel, but as far as I am concerned this is gossip! When I hear it happening, when I read about the news, and the possible effects on someone, or some country, state, or whatever, I tend to tune it out as gossip�?� unchecked fake news. My question is, �??Why don�??t the supposed news breakers just break the news with substantiated truth?�?? The old gossipers generally told the truth about people that some people wanted to hear. I remember Hedda and her hats, not necessarily her comments. I remember Walter Winchell because he always sounded so authentic with his �??This just in!�?� As I recall, before every attorney in the neighborhood wanted to make a buck, most of us listened because the information was generally correct, but generally questionable and sometimes humorous. In today�??s world of fictional truth, those old gossipers, would be like Rush Limbaugh with suits being rampant. Each would be expounding their �??facts�?� and the public would be eating up the nonsense like a bear with honey. It would be much more valuable if these, so-called news leakers, were non-existent. Some of what they leak causes real damage to countries, and to secret intelligence exposing future military plans. There are things that cause serious problems. Frequently they are �??leaked�?� on purpose for political purposes, which is politically degrading. Let�??s put a stop to these �??whistle blowers�?� and treat them with the same respect we would with that best friend who just told the neighbors all about the private secret you told him or her.

A Time in History

Posted by Thomas Ault on February 5, 2020 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)
THE CHOICE IS YOURS! Every major country in history, and every major country today, wanted or wants to be in charge. Each political hack that is elected, or takes control by force and fear, or perhaps is born into the position, wants his/her country to be the strongest, the richest, the wisest, and the leader of the rest regardless of a need for that endeavor. Our world is made up of leaders who have never, and will never, settle for peace when the temptation to be the country in charge is in sight, and as long as greed and money make it enticing. No doubt there is a need for moneyâ�?�¦there always is, but it must be used wisely. Think about thisâ�?�¦if each country used their own God given products to increase their countryâ�?��?�s ability to be independent, and all other countries would do the same with their products and then trade those products accordingly with each other for goods they require; or if the corporations of this world would realistically increase their income (especially in the upper echelon of their leadership) and take care of its people as they once didâ�?�¦ these world problems could be solved?. Unfortunately, we have too many greedy executives, and others in powerful positions, who worship power and money more than the people that make those countries great. What happened to the pride in our country? Many of the citizens of this great country view these things as unimportant, but I for one, belief we are witnessing the beginning of the end of this beautiful and free country that has been built on freedom, necessity, desire, and hard work. If we allow our government to succumb to socialism, we will inherit the miseries that go with that choice as so many other countries have. Please take a look at China, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Guyana, India, North Korea, Portugal, or Shri Lanka. Perhaps you would like to move there and become a socialist, or perhaps you would prefer communism like Cuba and Russia. Another strong prospect you may want to consider would be Muslim countries with Muslim rules. A large part of Great Britain has moved in that direction. I visited the Netherlands a few years back and was warned to stay out of certain areas due to Muslim domination and it was considered unsafe for any tourist. Or, you can just stay here and NOT LET this happen to us! My readers, we are in trying times. Our future is not looking as it should. Are you going to succumb to the fantasy â�?��?life of leisureâ�?�� where you would supposedly get everything for free? (That is as long as the government can exist without going broke?) There is no worse job to have then to have that of the President of the United States. There is no position in todayâ�?��?�s government that is trusted 100% by the citizens of this country, including that one. There are good and bad interests on both sides of the table, and if you donâ�?��?�t think so you have not been keeping up. I have to say, however, that even with the vulgarity and bad political judgement of the president, he has lived up to most of his pre-election promises ir-regardless of his egotistic attitude, he has worked to fulfill his obligations while being constantly been under fire by the democratic/socialist party that has spent more time in an attempt to derail the president than they have on what they were elected to do. Now we are coming into a new year. Perhaps a good look at what the future appears to be bringing us, as to political administration personnel would be worthwhile, keeping in mind, we have not seen what lays ahead with the Republican party hopefuls. Democratic Caucus - Iowa A quote: â�?��?For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party planned to report three sets of results: a tally of caucusgoersâ�?��?� initial candidate preference; vote totals from the â�?��?final alignmentâ�?�� after supporters of lower-ranking candidates were able to make a second choice, and the total number of State Delegate Equivalents each candidate received. There is no guarantee that all three will show the same winner when they're ultimately released.â�?�� If this is an example of what the political parties of our country in 2021 and beyond, perhaps it is time to completely re-evaluate the true needs of our country. I have never been 100% Republican nor 100% Democrat, but have attempted to ferret the truth and vote accordingly. Today, finding the truth is more than a full time job. We, as a country, are quickly losing our moral fiber and are in the process of watching the decay of a once strong country. Our legislators only view one thing as necessary, and that is that they become re-elected, regardless of their performance, good or bad. It is time that we take this country back and it would seem the only remaining way of doing that is by eliminating those in power through the ballot box next November. Looking at history of other great countries it stands out that they were affluent, they were powerful, and they had a loyal citizenryâ�?�¦then the people took it for granted all was well as they were being â�?��?sold down the road.â�?�� The first two paragraphs are direct responses by the democratic convention in Iowa, not something I made up. This is just a repetitious continuation of politics for some time now. The democrats have spent three years doing very littsle with their time but trying to eliminate the president who won over Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Pelosi has spent so much energy on this endeavor that she has proven she has no place in the position to which she has been given. Her actions during the State of the Union message were deplorable and not acceptable as the third most ranking person in the government. Whether she agrees or not with the president, being respectable of the position is important and her blatant disregard for that office is something any young adult should consider bad conduct and hopefully not follow her misguided lead. Basic Information on Prominent Politicians Trump: There is little doubt that being raised in luxury, given several breaks in the financial world, and believing one has done everything due to his/her own ability could easily become a narcissist with an ego the size of the entire earthâ�?�¦thatâ�?��?�s right, no doubt! Taking that into considerationâ�?�¦is this the kind of person we need running the country? There are going to be a lot of yeas and a lot of nays to that question, butâ�?�¦what have we had for several years now? We have had glad handers, give away artists, war pushers, peace pushers, and a long list of governing typesâ�?�¦we have had the country driving further and further into debt and blaming it on the leaderâ�?�¦rather than the leader(s). I, for one, am not pleased with our presidentâ�?��?�s method of communication but maybe I am past this new means of communication called â�?��?Tweeting.â�?�� I do not like exaggerations, name calling, negativism about others, and bullying. In todayâ�?��?�s political climate there appears to be no going back to â�?��?almost acceptable politicians.â�?�� However, I do feel he is living up to his promises while fighting an enemy that has no foundation except hatred and jealous retaliation which has blinded them to common sense and reality. There is little that can be done only by the presidentâ�?�¦he is strong, but our government is supposed to be governed by the elected people, those elected by we the people, not we the immigrants, or we the people who want everything for nothing, who assume that money for those things grows on trees. Pelosi: 1. Pelosi has been credited for spearheading President Obama's health-care law when it seemed that it would go down in defeat. (It raised the cost after being initiated to an unstainable level for many of those that bought into it. There were good parts and bad ones, and many of the bad ones have been eliminated, but not the cost.) 2. She quotesâ�?�¦â�?�� We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income in our country and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest.â�?�� ( Pelosi's earnings are connected to her husband's heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook). 3. â�?��?We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long ways to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as â�?��?Americans (many people are relying on their stock investments to retire on. Taking away that income would cause serious consequence for millions of retired people who worked hard for their money, unlike many of the elected government â�?��?fat catsâ�?�� who have made their money from investments most of us never knew about plus an income we, the taxpayers pay for) 4. In 2009 that Pelosi's average net worth was US$58,436,537, ranking her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress. Net worth in 2014 was US$101,273,023 having ranked 8th out of 25 wealthiest members of Congress 5. Pelosi voted against the 1995 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment 6. In 1999, Pelosi voted against displaying the Ten Commandments in public buildings, including schools 7. March 2009, the New York Post wrote that the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch had obtained emails sent by Pelosi's staff requesting that the United States Air Force (USAF) provide specific aircraftâ�?��?�a Boeing 757â�?��?�for Pelosi to use for taxpayer-funded travel. (And she talks about other people?) 8. In July 2015, Pelosi said she was convinced Obama would have enough votes to secure the Iran nuclear deal, then In 2016, Pelosi argued against the passage of two bills, that if enacted, would block Iran's access to the dollar and impose sanctions for its ballistic missile program: Joseph Biden: 1. The Times added that Joe Biden, in 2016, â�?��?threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraineâ�?��?�s leaders did not dismiss the countryâ�?��?�s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.â�?�� The prosecutorâ�?��?�s name was Viktor Shokin. (This was not proven) According to John Solomon, it might be different from the presidentâ�?��?�s problem with withholding money for a favor. (Question, how different is this from todayâ�?��?�s request from President Trump? Can it be explained?) John Bolton: 1 Based on Boltonâ�?��?�s public financial disclosure report, he doesnâ�?��?�t appear to be financially reliant on future book sales. (Only one question hereâ�?�¦should anyone publishing a book about private information be regarded as influential in a probe into the very subject of the unpublished book?) THIS NOVEMBER WILL BE THE TIME TO VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE! NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE YOUR STAND. CHOOSE WISELY!

A New Direction

Posted by Thomas Ault on December 1, 2019 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Well, it is time for me to do something different...as many of you know we have been fighting cancer in our household for a year now and only the good Lord knows who is winning, it or my wonderful wife, Paulette... At any rate I can tell you that after a year of 24/7 caregiving, I woke up feeling a bit old the other day. Being around for so long has probably got something to do with the feeling...who knows for sure? There is a new Tom Ault book in the process....it is written and some folks are checking it over...it is called "The Parables" and it is taken from the Bible. There are many books out there regarding this subject so this is not something new, or probably not even profound but, it is my take on the parables so if any of you would like to take a look at it, let me know and I will send you a download. Now, many of you have signed in and few have left any messages or other information on the site...I would like to hear from all of you, and I hope that you are all well and enjoying the holiday season. Feel free to check out any of the books for sale, and if you want a free download of the newest one, let me know. I recommend downloading it using Microsoft Word. If you reduce the size a bit you have two pages on your screen and that will allow you to have the picture relating to the parable across from the parable and it will look like the book should when it gets published. Hoping you are happy and healthy, Tom Ault


Posted by Thomas Ault on November 27, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Shamefully, our country has decided to worship a buck rather than God. It also has chosen to attend a sporting even but never time for church. I am devoted to bringing more people to the realization that there is much more to life than having a good time and piling money in the bank. A few years ago, when most folks had nothing, or next to nothing, they had a wonderfully un-complex life. I don't know about you but when I was growing up the family didn't have money to spare. I had suit for Sundays church and special occasions. This was a luxury that was saved up for all year long and was purchased in time for Easter. By that time, a year had gone by and as most children, I had outgrown the old suit but we gave it to someone who needed one, provided I had not spilled something on it or ruined it in some other way. My father worked, like most men of that time, five and one-half days a week, at least eight hours a day. On Saturday afternoon we might do something, but generally that time was devoted to house maintenance, lawn mowing, or some other endeavor that required the strong hand of a man. No, women were not doing much outside of the home. My mother worked all week long mending clothes, cleaning house ( and that was a lot tougher then since these new conveniences we have today were not available. Saturdays were saved to help my father if need be, and getting the family ready for Sunday services. Monday was always wash day at our house and that meant using the old washing machine with the wringer on the top, then after wringing out the clothing, putting it into baskets and carrying it all outside where is would be hung with clothspins on that long group of rope lines stretched between two posts my father had cemented into the ground to keep them from tipping. Yes, those were hard days, but I never knew it. We all appreciated what we had. It was called family in those days. We actually ate at the same time around the table in the evening when my father got home. We went to church as a family on Sunday, there were not stores open back then as Sunday was a day to thank God for what we had. Saturdays did have baseball somewhere during the summer, and some football, mostly at the high schools, on Friday nights. Its was a good time when our family sat around the one small room in the house that housed a piano, mandolin, violin, and a trombone. Singing the old songs and some church songs was wonderful, especially in the winter when we could also enjoy the heat from our coal furnace, some hot cocoa, and on special occasions fudge or popcorn. I would trade today, with all the conveniences I and my wife enjoy, for yesterday with all of its hardships just for the warmth of family and the love that we shared.Nostalgia? Yes! Would I have lived as long as I have now? Probably not, but I would not have all of these "old age" illnesses and pains either. All of these thoughts are just some fodder for your imagination in case you are still under that wonderful retirement age. Hopefully, you will be able to think back to when you were a child and say "I am happy to be alive...I am happy to enjoy this marvelous holiday season, and especially this God filled Christmas.


Posted by Thomas Ault on November 27, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Who Are We? A Thanksgiving Message More and more each day we are being rained upon with words from those who do not appreciate our country, and those who would like to see it become a different place than that which we were taught was our beloved United States of America. I am a Christian and I don�??t have any problem saying so! With that being said, I would like to point out some certain truths that our country was based on. The very first adventurers that came here to make a new home were the passengers on the Mayflower. They wrote the Mayflower Compact in 1620 which in part stated, �??Having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in northern parts of Virginia,�?� etc. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln, in part said in his proclamation, �??I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer to our beneficent Father, who dwelleth in the heavens,�?� etc. The Washington Monument includes a bible in its cornerstone. The Supreme Court has the Ten Commandments inscribed in four places. The Library of Congress, White House and Jefferson Memorial all have references to God. In the United States Capitol the declaration �??In God We Trust�?� is prominently displayed in both the United States House and Senate Chambers. This is also declared on our paper money. How much proof do we need to point out the need for God in our everyday lives and in our deeds? It is time to start looking at what our future holds and start thinking about why our past provided us with today and how we are going to prepare ourselves for the future. The infighting that is taking place in our country will lead to an unhappy future should it continue. It is time for our leaders to start thinking beyond their own personal future. I hope each and every one of you have or have had a Happy Thanksgiving. (complete quotes can be found on via google)