THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE SMELLY

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Posted on 16th August 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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OLDIE BUT GOODIE – LAST YEAR’S BACK TO SCHOOL ADVENTURE

This weekend was move my son back to Altoona’s Penn State campus weekend. When you spend two hours per day during the week commuting back and forth to work, you don’t really look forward to spending 8 hours driving to the middle of Pennsylvania and back. Sometimes I wish I could shut my brain off and not notice the tell tale signs of decay and decline of America as we crisscrossed the state. It must be comforting to ignore the obvious. But, I’m cursed with a penchant for observing my surroundings and reaching conclusions. I can’t help myself and often wonder whether I’m just weird and shouldn’t think so much. Maybe I should just relax and hope for the best. It was an absolutely beautiful sunny day with 72 degree weather providing a hint of the autumn to come. Beautiful cumulus clouds touched the Blue Mountains in the distance.

We packed Kevin’s clothes, bedding, school supplies and the really important stuff - guitars, amp, TV, laptop, golf clubs – into our two cars and headed west. It isn’t challenging getting to Altoona. You get on the PA Turnpike and head west for about 200 miles. My observations as we headed west varied from wonder to disgust. The Pittsburgh to Philadelphia section of the turnpike began construction at the conclusion of WWII and opened in 1950. The new High was in full bloom and American ingenuity and can do attitude was applied to all projects. This 360 mile interstate that bores through mountains is a testament to the engineering and construction brilliance of America in a different time. It is truly a feat of human tenacity. As you drive through the Blue Mountain Tunnel and the Tuscarora Mountain Tunnel you are in awe of the American workers who blasted their way through these mountains back in the late 1940s. The PA Turnpike handles 172 million vehicles per year and in my opinion is an example of the kinds of things government used to do well – helping the free flow of commerce and goods.

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There is significant construction occurring on a large portion of this route. Roads are being widened, bridges are being replaced, roads are being blacktopped. The blathering politicians like Larry Summers call for a countrywide infrastructure program to put people back to work. They are blowing smoke up your ass. Infrastructure projects take two years to plan and two to six years to actually complete. Everywhere I go there is infrastructure being repaired. At least out in the hinterlands these projects make sense. The Obama administration announcing the release of $500 million to states for infrastructure projects in order to create jobs is nothing but a PR ploy designed to win votes. The millions wasted on pork projects designed to win votes in our urban wastelands is a disgrace. I continue to witness construction crews methodically install wheel chair ramps at every corner in West Philly at  a cost of millions. Meanwhile water main pipes are blowing under the ground every week, destroying streets, houses and businesses to the tune of multi-millions.

As you travel west you pass King of Prussia, mecca of materialism with one of the largest malls in the U.S., drawing millions of zombies into debt each year. K of P has now added a grand casino to lure more dupes into debt in search of a jackpot that will never come. Next you come to the city of Reading, a one time railroad hub, whose population topped out at 111.000 in 1930 and today stands at 88,000. It is essentially a 30 Blocks of Squalor on the edge of Lancaster PA, where the Amish continue to thrive due to their tremendous work ethic. Over 58% of the  population is Hispanic, 13% black, and 29% white. The NYT described Reading as the “poorest city in America”, with at least 33% of households living below the poverty line and only 8% of the population with a college degree, versus 28% nationally. It is a crime ridden dangerous hell hole with no hope of revival. It is a testament to the failure of welfare policies over decades. The contrast of the dregs living and not working in Reading to the work ethic and nobility of Amish people just up the road in Lancaster County is telling.

 

The next treat on the way to Altoona is our bankrupt capital of Harrisburg. The enormous billboard ad as you approach Harrisburg is representative of the moral decadence of this city.

This is a city of 50,000 sitting on the banks of the mighty Susquehanna River. The population was 89,000 in 1950. The city is swarming with the parasites (aka lawyers and lobbyists) that suck off the teat of government largesse. It is home to the most corrupt politicians in America. It actually makes Reading appear well run. The top 10 employers in the city employ 84,000 and 41,000 of these employees work for the state or federal government. The population is 52% black and 18% Hispanic. It is now a killing field. Here is a description of a recent festive Saturday night in our state capital:

Hours after Harrisburg police barricaded an uptown street for safety, shots rang out throughout the city’s crime-ridden Allison Hill early Saturday, wounding at least two men and leaving residents shaken. Residents, some awakened by volleys of bullets, found the sound of gunfire all too familiar. A series of increasingly violent muggings, robberies, home invasions and shootings have plagued cash-strapped Harrisburg this summer from midtown to uptown to Allison Hill. On Friday, the focus seemed to be uptown Harrisburg’s Curtin Street, which Mayor Linda Thompson ordered barricaded and protected by police due to shootings in that area. On Saturday, the focus shifted to Allison Hill. Kelly Moore, another South 14th Street resident, said too many police protect downtown and too few protect Allison Hill. “I heard about 50 shots,” Moore said. “At least seven cars were hit and a guy was shot in the street. I called police. Later, I saw a bunch of cops pick up 37 bullets. This is a tough neighborhood. Whatever happened to the old days where you fought with your hands?” In the 500 block of South 19th Street, several men were drinking and talking at the Double D Bar & Grill, known for its buffalo wings and wide selection of beer. Hours earlier, a man was shot down the street from the popular neighborhood watering hole.

Maybe if we just provide more welfare payments to the people of Harrisburg, they’ll change. Maybe if we can create a few more government programs with another 10,000 government parasites pushing paper, all will be well in Harrisburg. The government drones that operate in this city have a penchant for voting themselves raises at 2:00 am when no one is watching, passing gold plated pension plans for themselves and all government employees that will bankrupt dozens of municipalities within the next 5 years and generally screwing up everything they touch. Welcome to the state capital of PA.

As you travel further west you realize why some people refer to Pennsylvania as Penntucky. You have the bastions of the American welfare state on each end of PA in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with farmers, blue collar middle class workers and rednecks in between. You also notice that we have miles and miles of land and trees. The sparse rural population along this 200 mile route will likely withstand the coming economic collapse with more success than the free shit armies in West Philly, Reading and Harrisburg. The trees can supply the basic supply of heating and the land can provide the means to grow food and raise cattle, chickens, etc. The rural population is dramatically more self reliant than the city folk.

The “industries” located along the turnpike tell a story. The main industry is warehousing. The excellent interstate road network makes this route perfect for enormous warehouses in the middle of nowhere. Consumer goods are produced in slave labor factories in China, shipped across the ocean, trucked from the ports to these humungous warehouses in central PA, unloaded by $10.00 an hour high school graduates, loaded back onto Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes ….. trucks and shipped to your local retail outlet for your debt fueled consumption. Some of these goods don’t have to be shipped far, as the Morgantown Retail Outlet is another major industry along the turnpike. We passed not one manufacturing facility during our entire trek. It ain’t the 1950s in America anymore. It seems the other major industry along the turnpike is All You Can Eat Buffet Restaurants. This is Cracker Barrel Country. Every exit and service plaza has a Cracker Barrel, Arbys, Roy Rogers, Popeyes, Cinnabon, McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Taco Bell or KFC. It seems that rural folk of central PA drown their poverty sorrows in gravy and biscuits. We got to experience the Mercedes leasing, morbidly obese, voters of America at one of these service plazas when we stopped to get gas. I practically sprinted back to our car because my eyes began to burn.

The enormous billboards that dot this highway are a reflection of the tough economy. About a quarter of the billboards have ads from the billboard company trying to get someone to advertise on their billboards. The remaining ads are dominated by restaurants, churches offering redemption, healthcare facilities, and addiction/weight loss centers. The dominate industry along the turnpike is still farming. These aren’t the corporate farmers that use their lobbying arms to bribe politicians and gather subsidies from the government. These are family farms growing corn and raising milking cows. What you notice is the deterioration of their houses, barns, fences, and silos. They haven’t been painted in decades. Roofs are failing and the barns are rotting away. This is a sign these aging farmers are barely making ends meet. Their work ethic just isn’t enough anymore. Their kids probably have no interest in keeping the family farm going. They got an awesome job down at the local Sheetz.

Despite the GPS bitch trying to make me go the wrong way down a one way street in Altoona, we eventually made it to our destination after 4 hours on the road. I have to admit the vistas around Altoona are breathtaking. It is known as the City in the Mountains.

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We had our weekend planned out – get Kevin unpacked and settled into his new apartment that he is sharing with two other guys, take him out for his birthday dinner since he won’t be home for it in two weeks, grit our teeth and go to the Altoona Super Wal-Mart on a Saturday afternoon to get him a desk, router for internet access, and enough food and sundries to last him a month, then check into our room at the Comfort Suites a few miles away. We wanted to show the other two boys the magnificent Penn State Main Campus at State College on Sunday. We’ll try anything to motivate them to study harder. That was the master plan, but we ended up with a slight smelly diversion at the very outset.

We checked in at the office and picked up the key to Kevin’s apartment. We pulled up and everyone grabbed some boxes and bags. When we entered the apartment there was a moldy smell, but I didn’t think much of it. The air conditioning wasn’t on and it was a 20 year old apartment that has housed nothing but college students. It was fairly large and not bad for the price. It had two fairly large bedrooms and two full bathrooms. We dumped Kevin’s stuff in the back bedroom and checked the place out. My helpers plopped themselves onto the couch and the old man who had just driven 4 hours went back out to the cars to get more stuff. By the time I arrived back in the apartment 3 minutes later all hell had broken loose. Pandemonium reigned. My lovely wife was using language that would make a sailor blush. My first reaction was WTF??? This is the disgusting smelly portion of my story.

My wife walked into Kevin’s bathroom to assess its cleanliness. She looks into the toilet and shockingly finds a massive disgusting dump sitting in the bowl. She was dumbfounded, as we were the first tenant since last May. She did what anyone would do and flushed the toilet. But, to her horror, the bowl filled with water and kept on filling with water until it gushed over the side of the bowl creating a waterfall of shit all over the floor. And it kept coming. By the time she was able to shut off the water valve, she was ankle deep in shit.

This all happened in the 3 minutes I was gone. To say she was freaking out would be an understatement. She threw our entire econo package of napkins and a couple of rolls of paper towels into the toxic mixture. I immediately drove back to the office and told the lady about the disaster. She arrived 15 minutes later with a plunger. I picked up the shit soaked towels and dumped them in a trash bag and took them out to the dumpster. The toilet was still clogged. The lady had no luck with the plunger, so I leapt into the breach and started plunging while trying not to gag. Now is when we realized this was really an evil  diabolical plan. I accidently bumped the lid of the toilet and we noticed something. The floater had been taped into position so that it would not lift to the level which would shut off the water. Someone had purposely stuffed the toilet solid with toilet paper, took an enormous dump, and taped the floater so the water would not shut off. They wanted to create an absolutely disgusting disaster for the person flushing that toilet. My best guess is that the previous pricks who occupied this apartment didn’t get their security deposit back and held a grudge against the apartment complex. They probably had an extra key and snuck into the place to set this up, thinking someone from the apartment company would be the next to flush that toilet. Little did they know it would be my poor wife. What kind of demented person or persons would do such a thing? These are the type of scumbags that give millenials a bad name. I eventually got the sucker to drain after another 15 minutes of plunging. After another 30 minutes of fumigation and a bottle of Clorox disinfectant, the bathroom was presentable.

Eventually we got him unpacked and settled in. Part two was his birthday dinner and a rendezvous with the people of Wal-Mart. We hadn’t eaten lunch and it was 2:30, so we decided to do an early dinner and “beat” the crowd. Kevin chose the Olive Garden for his birthday dinner. We piled into the CRV with 188,000 miles and Kevin took us on a little tour of lovely Altoona.

The population reached 82,000 in 1930 and has been in terminal decline ever since, to the current level of 46,000. The median household income is $28,000 and more than 35% of the population is over 55 years old. The students refer to the old geezers tooling around town on their hoverounds as Altoids. As you drive through some of the neighborhoods, you are reminded of the 30 Blocks of Squalor. Dilapidated houses with trash strewn lots dot the landscape. But there is one huge difference. Altoona is almost entirely white. 94% of the population is white. Race is not the cause of the decay in our society – debt and delusion are the cause.

Altoona is a dying town propped up by the university campus, big box retailers and all you can eat restaurants. Kevin drove us down the main strip in Altoona – Plank Road.

This stretch of highway is occupied by Olive Garden, Long Horn Steak House, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, TGI Fridays, Applebees, Outback, KFC, Dennys, and 50 other restaurants. It also has every big box retailer known to man – Super Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Target, Big K, Home Depot, Lowes, Macys, JC Penney, Kohls, and a hundred other smaller retailers scattered in the dozens of strip malls along this wasteland of materialism. Lastly, there are car dealers, gas stations, senior centers, hospitals, weight loss centers, funeral homes, law offices, and numerous other service industry outlets. What you won’t find is a business that produces something or manufactures anything for export. Altoona is based upon never ending consumption. How can this be, with a median household income of $28,000? There is no doubt in my mind this is all sustained by government transfer payments and credit cards. There is no other explanation that makes sense.

As we pulled into the Olive Garden parking lot we were shocked to see it packed at 2:40 on a Saturday afternoon. So much for beating the crowds. It was as if the gods were writing my article for me. As we walked towards the entrance a horde of over-sized Americans galloped towards the front door. A 300 pound 75 year old lady with a cane made sure to block our way and beat us inside. As we walked in, there was the standard obese 60 year old in a hoveround waiting to feast on the unlimited breadsticks and never ending pasta bowl special. The waiters and waitresses know the deal.

I cracked the boys up by suggesting we play a game called “Find the Skinny Person in the Olive Garden”. Of course I then proceeded to wolf down my plate of Chicken Scampi, washed down with a diet Coke. We turned down dessert because I knew we were headed to Wal-Mart and wasn’t sure I could keep it down once I witnessed the sordid displays of humanity in that establishment. I was not disappointed. The first couple I noticed were tattooed and pierced all over their bodies.

I pushed the cart and tried to get out of there as quickly as humanly possible. It’s almost as if people dress to accentuate their flaws when they go to Wal-Mart. We didn’t see too many of Wal-Mart’s finest in the fresh vegetable aisle, but you couldn’t get through the frozen appetizer aisle it was so crowded. We eventually escaped and headed back to the apartment for the final drop-off. As we passed all of these retail and restaurant establishments, you realize why the Federal Reserve and our government leaders are desperate to keep the credit flowing. Without government borrowing and distribution of these funds to the free shit army and the continued utilization of credit cards by the ignorant masses, this entire farce of an economy comes crashing down in a flaming heap like the Hindenburg. Altoona will implode like the house in Poltergeist if the credit stops flowing. And implode it will. Once the carrying costs of the debt exceed the capacity to be repaid by the borrowers, the ponzi scheme will collapse. We are not far from this point.

This article is a lot longer than I planned. See what happens when you think too much. You can’t stop. We said our goodbyes to Kevin and headed to the Comfort Suites about 10 miles away towards State College. Our plan was to spend three or four hours at the Penn State Main campus on Sunday to possibly inspire our two younger kids to work harder in school so they could live the dream of getting a college degree at this beautiful place. We’ll try anything that will keep them from living with us for the rest of their lives. We settled into our nice clean big hotel room and watched some TV to wind down from a long, hectic, smelly day. As I watched the TV I was astonished by the minute long commercial that came on the screen.

A shyster lawyer came on and described all the ways they could get you on SSDI if you hired them. Across the top of the screen was a crawl with the list of reasons you could get into the SSDI program. They included: muscle pain, arthritis, joint pain, depression, diabetes, neck pain, high blood pressure, gout, ADHD, panic attacks, migraine headaches and drum roll please:

BEING OVER 50!!!

One more year and I can get on the gravy train. I’ll be 50 and I have diabeetus. I think I’ll start a countdown calendar. Why isn’t the Federal Government cracking down on these law firms that are clearly nothing more than fraud enablers for the free shit army? The surge in SSDI members is a disgusting display of the downward spiral we find ourselves in. Nothing will stop it until we crash and burn. I believe the Obama administration is encouraging more people to get on the SSDI gravy train, as they are with food stamps, in order to gain more voters. The plan is more diabolical than sabotaging a shit filled toilet to overflow.

As we departed the hotel the next morning, the pot bellied guy with the camouflage hat had an interesting quote on the back of his shirt:

I don’t need gold

I’ve got lead

I didn’t want to burst the redneck moron’s bubble and break it to him that most people with gold, also have lead. It took us about 40 minutes to get to State College on back roads through a vast wilderness of nothingness. We passed the football stadium that will be the home of many 42 – 0 losses over the next four years and parked on the main drag in downtown State College. We went in a couple stores and noticed the hot selling T-shirt:

I like it that the student body is full of piss and vinegar. The acts of four men should not obscure the fact that this is a top notch university whose main purpose is to educate young people. The new leadership should change a culture built around  football to a culture built around academics. It is still a vibrant campus, full of life and educational possibilities. We strolled around campus, ate lunch at The Corner, and tried to get our kids excited about going to college someday. Now they just need to study hard and get good grades. Simple.

The route home from State College was Route 322 to I-81 to I-78 to I-476. Whichever civil engineer that designed the first 10 or 15 miles of Route 322 must have been high on LSD at the time. Any road that requires this sign was not designed properly.

This road winds its way straight down a mountain without any barriers between the lanes and is dominated by 18 wheelers. Driving a tiny Honda Insight on this rain slicked deathtrap is not my idea of a fun way to end my weekend. I was amused by the license plate of a car that passed me and it made me think there are more like minded people out there. The license plate read:

GLD DOMR

The rest of the trip was fairly uneventful, with similar observations of rundown farms, all you can buffets, and telltale signs of decay. It seems I observed more than I thought on this road trip across PA. I wish I could turn my mind off and just act like a mushroom in the dark, but I’m cursed with a brain that won’t stop observing and spitting out conclusions. I didn’t come to any grand conclusion other than that the rot permeating the country has been slowly and methodically eating away at the fabric of our society for decades with no chance of being reversed. Will the country continue to rot from the inside for decades or will it fall suddenly, like a hollowed out oak tree, during the next gale? I have no idea.

I hope I didn’t bore you with my tales from Cracker Barrel Country. Now back to your regularly scheduled program – Kim Kardashian’s Fat Ass Chronicles.

123 Comments
  1. Persnickety says:

    “I don’t need gold
    I’ve got lead”

    Seems like a sentiment aired increasingly often, even on sites like this and Zerohedge. Your counter to it is quite right, but the people dumb enough to make the statement aren’t going to understand that.

    Identify these people and be ready for them.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:34 pm

  2. IndenturedServant says:

    As we departed the hotel the next morning, the pot bellied guy with the camouflage hat had an interesting quote on the back of his shirt: I don’t need gold I’ve got lead.

    admin, sounds like you had and FBD sighting! See the Bug Out Bag Essentials posting for an explanation.

    I’m just yankin’ yer chain FBD but I could not pass up an opening like that!
    I_S >>> is now donning his fire suit.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:34 pm

  3. IndenturedServant says:

    Damn! Persnickety beat me to it.
    I_S

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    16th August 2013 at 8:36 pm

  4. Zarathustra says:

    GLD DOMR is a reference to Notre Dame football.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:54 pm

  5. Buddabull says:

    Altoona is a shit whole, but the surrounding area is beautiful. My daughter spent 4 years down the road at Saint Francis university,so I am very familiar with the area. She lived in Ebensburg for 2 years which has quite a few family owned restaurants that have quality food at a reasonable price.
    Maybe you should have run 99 north to 80 east to 476 a little longer, but probability quicker.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:02 pm

  6. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    This country is guaranteed to to go down the shit hole. My entire generation is being brainwashed into going to college, where lazy Boomer professors complete the brainwashing by convincing the masses that SS and medicare are necessities.

    You aren’t there to learn, you are there to graduate from the indoctrination program. Now you can go forth into the world to inform the other – non degree holding – plebes WHY we need those social programs and how they are bad people for not supporting them.

    I posted this on my facebook wall a couple of days ago:

    “118.61 million out of 234.6 million Americans 18 years and older pay no taxes or receive refunds in excess of what was owed.

    So….50.6% of the adult population pays no income tax. I don’t think income tax is legal (yes, I still pay it) however you would think if it was going to be enforced it would be unilateral.”

    One glowing gem of a response:

    “y point was just that there are a lot of different people who don’t pay taxes for legitimate reasons (like an ever-growing senior population who barely make enough to get by), so it is not wise to rest on such broad numbers to make any sort of recommendation… You automatically jumped to the conclusion that so many people don’t pay taxes because of an enforcement problem, but our society has created several more problems that play into that statistic.”

    At this point in the conversation I had already shot down two of her excuses. The first that 18-24 year olds can’t afford to pay taxes, and the second that since more people than ever are going to college THATS what the problem was.

    I shot down those, and closed with:

    “50.6% means that only half are paying in while the whole are reaping what little benefits there are to be had.

    This means that in our democratic society half of the population can continue to vote itself more benefits, and a better quality of life….all at the expense of the half that IS working”

    So far…no response. Please be aware, this is what the average response is that I get from my fellow millenials when I mention cutting their parents benefits. I guess they don’t understand that 2+2 does not equal 5, no matter how hard you try.

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    16th August 2013 at 10:02 pm

  7. Wyoming Mike says:

    Possibly the single greatest paragraph ever written!!! Took me 10 minutes to read it, my eyes kept tearing up. Brilliant!!!

    Do they still have RAX out there. Who else puts spaghettios on the buffet?

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    16th August 2013 at 11:31 pm

  8. Marianne says:

    Mike’s a sucker for potty jokes, I almost got tossed out of the bed he was laughing so hard at the overflowed toilet.

    Personally, I preferred the little biography of the lovely town of Reading, I not so fondly recall my days running the HR department of a large employer in that wonderful town. I often thought the only reason I didn’t get killed every time I went downtown was because everyone knew we paid more than any other employer and if they messed with me they’d never get the job. I still remember the day the cops told me they wouldn’t respond to calls from our facility there at night, basically told me the risk was too high, deal with the issues ourselves. Ah, Reading. . . .

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    16th August 2013 at 11:44 pm

  9. SSS says:

    Sometimes I wish I could shut my brain off and not notice the tell tale signs of decay and decline of America as we crisscrossed the state…….. But, I’m cursed with a penchant for observing my surroundings and reaching conclusions…….. Maybe I should just relax and hope for the best. It was an absolutely beautiful sunny day with 72 degree weather providing a hint of the autumn to come.
    —-Admin

    Maybe we should reflect on what it took Admin to write this article. Gathering the stats on the PA Turnpike, King of Prussia, Reading, Harrisburg, etc. His humorous tales of settling his son into college. It’s friggin Monday, people. This just happened this past weekend. And this fresh-off-the press, well-written article hits cyberspace TODAY. Standing O for Admin.

    Now then, WTF were you doing drinking Diet Coke at supercarb Olive Garden when you have diabetes, Admin? Stop it, just stop it.

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    16th August 2013 at 1:08 am

  10. Ron says:

    I bet those construction zones are the same ones from years ago.It was always sadly funny how many citys have highway construction that goes on for years.Those roads with the runaway truck ramps,well sometimes people burn up theyre brakes.I was always into going as fast as i could,safely.But hauled ass on the turnpike if i could.Mabe the continuous turnover rates in trucking make for people driving who dont know what they are doing.
    Most of the citys in the united states look run down.There is only so many jobs
    and people are lazy.My folks would always point out peoples weed filled yards and homes that need paint and tell me,pulling weeds dosent take money and a gallon of house paint and a brush dosent cost that much.I say the same to my kids.

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    16th August 2013 at 1:23 am

  11. Bill T says:

    I have been out of the country for over 4 years and it has been decades since I graced the town of Altoona with my presence, but it appears nothing has changed in a positive direction. My Ex’s family is in Altoona…nuff said. Yes, central PA is probably an area that can survive what is coming. For the most part, they can still be self-sufficient with the necessities. Wood covered mountains, small farms and railroads. Great article. Reminded me of why I will never go to Altoona again. Or Reading.

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    16th August 2013 at 1:28 am

  12. Leobeer says:

    “Find the skinny person in the Olive Garden”

    We used to go whale watching on Waikiki Beach. Our competition was who could find the largest one first, both male and female.

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    16th August 2013 at 3:37 am

  13. FBD says:

    Did you see anyone clinging to their Bibles and guns?

    Based on this report, sounds like PA is gonna vote Obama again. I don’t think those folks want to hear about “cuts” in anything.

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    16th August 2013 at 3:37 am

  14. Alex X says:

    Thank you for pointing out the insane wheelchair-ramp bullshit. I go for a walk in the Hollywood Hills above my house every morning, and we are talking STEEP hills that are a great aerobic workout for me, a fully ambulatory man. They endlessly build these ramps on the corners, now with (seemingly mandatory) fancy no-slip yellow rubber shit on top. Mind you there has never, nor will ever, be a human being in a wheelchair on these streets as anyone with a shred of sense would understand. Meanwhile the sidewalks, streets, water mains and other infrastructure of LA are a crumbling disaster. And the kicker genius of this scam, if you say anything…what, do you HATE the handicapped? This must be some insane FedGov thing where they’ll withhold $ unless you have your entire city full of these fucking things. Maybe they’re planning to cap us all in the lumbar spine.

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    16th August 2013 at 5:06 am

  15. Dustwallow says:

    Another great story, have to see if I can get some others to read this. The Amish – love the Amish. I always tell my parents that my generation will be lucky to live like the Amish once this SSI and Medicare debacle implodes. Then I get the look of “huh what ya mean?” They honestly believe this shit can go on forever.

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    16th August 2013 at 7:30 am

  16. Mike says:

    Guys, we all know everything is going down the shitter, but try to keep your head up. Stay focused on the major issues- that’s where your energy is needed. Ignore all the meaningless details, like tattooed fat-asses at Walmart. They will only drag you down further and distract you.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:11 am

  17. Administrator says:

    Mike

    What do you consider the major issues?

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    16th August 2013 at 8:26 am

  18. Jimi d says:

    Moral and societal decay is noticable in almost every town in america. I now work in the marcellus shale region in PA (I had to save my financial ass and this is about the only industry in the USA that is BOOMING) I see the moral decay every shift at work ! Men sharing nude pics of their wives or girl friends – men sharing nude pics of them having sex with same – men playing video games on their cell phones in each spare second that ‘both hands’ are not required at their task – or they spend every minute they can on FB. Also, the local Walmart in Tunkhannock is alway a place where “FREAKS ARE ON DISPLAY”. I walked into my companie’s shop this morning for ‘shift change’ and just about everyone was txting or playing games on their cell’s – meanwhile the trash containers were over filled, the floors had not been swept in god only knows how long and there is so much trash on the floors of the trucks that we drive one literally has to ‘shuffle his feet’ to gain acess to the operating peddles. I made mention that things needed to be done and everyone should get off their cells and ‘chip in’ – I was looked at as an asshole and everyone went back to “life on the cell”. I lived on Cape Cod most of my life. Since 2007 I have seen things that I have never seen before – namely waterfront houses along the bay in Eastham with “for rent” signs out in the front yards. Never in my 50 + years have I seen this before. Also, many are listed as ‘for sale’. In addition, all one has to do to see that times are not well is to take a drive down “Shore Road” (RT 28) in Chatham – many multui million dollar homes have been for sale for years now. Pre -2007 this would have never been the case as all of these types of homes were sold before they ever were listed for sale. I live in Wyomming countyPA now and work mostly in Susquehanna county in PA. There are many farm properties in a serious state of declice. The only properties that I see in “good repair” and with a new tractor or two in the front yard are those properties lucky enough to have a gas well or five on their land.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:51 am

  19. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @Jimi d – I work in a fairly small company, and we still have our fair share of guys sharing “nude pics of their wives or girl friends – men sharing nude pics of them having sex with same – men playing video games on their cell phones in each spare second that ‘both hands’ are not required at their task – or they spend every minute they can on FB.”

    I find my wife extraordinarily attractive, but I’m not packing around nude pictures of her to show off to my buddies. Such strange behavior. They must be overcompensating for something.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:43 am

  20. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    PS: I think this article was against global warming.

    ” It was an absolutely beautiful sunny day with 72 degree weather providing a hint of the autumn to come. Beautiful cumulus clouds touched the Blue Mountains in the distance.”

    Clearly the writings of a deranged man who hasn’t fully accepted the teachings of Bob Dole into his heart.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:45 am

  21. BabyBoomerProfessor says:

    Jim,

    FWIW, I use your Fourth Turning articles in a junior-level professional ethics class. When we are not discussing the profession, or for make-up quizes, I introduce money (credit creation), capital flows (Damon Vrabel) politician-banker symbiosis, and the Fourth Turning (you). Let me tell you, by the time I finish with the fourth turning I have millennials with wide eyes and open mouths. I see hope in this generation…

    Maybe I think too much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDi64fShuS0

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    16th August 2013 at 10:13 am

  22. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @BBP – Sorry about the “lazy boomer” comment, truly many professors are well worth their pay, however the damage being wrought by those who exemplify “if you cannot do, teach” is incalculable. They are pushing an agenda, rather than critical thinking.

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    16th August 2013 at 10:16 am

  23. Administrator says:

    BabyBoomerProfessor

    When I hear that some of my stuff is being used to teach students, I’m reminded of the Groucho Marx quote:

    “I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member.”

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    16th August 2013 at 10:19 am

  24. Screech says:

    Aaaaaahh. Vintage Quinn.

    The 30 Blocks of Squalor overfloweth across the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    Pity. It is a beautiful piece of real estate dominated by an entirely inadequate species.

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    16th August 2013 at 10:35 am

  25. Robmu1 says:

    Now seeing Avalon trying to stop the shit from overflowing – that must have been You Tube – worthy.

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    16th August 2013 at 10:52 am

  26. Administrator says:

    Robmu1

    The boys learned a few choice phrases from Avalon during those 3 minutes of hell.

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    16th August 2013 at 10:56 am

  27. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    Wow, when I went off to college I didn’t need a Hazmat suit to move in, lol.

    Also, everything I was deemed to need in college fit in the back of the family Custom Cruiser (biggest staion wagon ever made) and did NOT include skis, a stereo, golf clubs or a computer, ahem.

    Seriously Jim, you should write book like that Least Heat Moon book “Blue Highways”, which you should read BTW, about your impressions on the cultural and economic decay you see as you drive around this sad and wretched land.

    You could call it “Doom Highways” or “Embracing The Doom While Happy Motoring” (Kunstler would probably write a preface for you with that title) or “Cultural & Economic Decay for Dummies”.

    Sheeit, you can do these e-books and people will buy it for $2.99, cut out the Amazon and NYC publishing house middlepersons.

    Go for it!!!!

    (And make sure you have an Bug Out plan for your son iv TSHTF as he is in Consumer Zombie Hell.)

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    16th August 2013 at 11:41 am

  28. dd says:

    “I like it that the student body is full of piss and vinegar. The acts of four men should not obscure the fact that this is a top notch university whose main purpose is to educate young people.”

    oh really, so average universities infiltrated by libtard teachers educate young people? the same universities like PSU who allow known child rapists run wild for a decade, and who bow to a fukking football coach. the same “elite” colleges like Duke who throw blatantly obviously innocent students under the bus because the faculty is afraid of some dumb durham ghetto drug whore? (this one was obvious from the start, i had inside info, but a cursory look at the publicly available floorplan of the bathroom shows clearly that there was no way three 200 pound males could have fit in the wash closet, much less pulled their dicks out to bang what would have been the ugliest girl on Duke’s campus, most of whom they were already banging as star athletes anyway.) any of you assholes who thought those lacrosse players were guilty: you are a broken rubber with no brain. dumber then a pile of rocks, shame on you.

    the only good thing about our colleges are the kids that enroll, and the only hope there is their minds are not polluted. liberal laundromats for unwashed minds. i went to the most “elite” college and my two siblings went to Penn. i shit you not there is no way i will pay for that education for my children. thankfully i have a lot more time than you do as my kids are 15 years away. i hope they all blow up in in the interim. if Ben Franklin wasn’t dead, he would be from throwing up while passed out on his back.

    college is fukking a sham. graduate school, well you’re a retard if you go that far.

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    16th August 2013 at 1:20 pm

  29. FBD says:

    dd

    Still not over that “rejection letter” from PSU, are you?

    lol

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    16th August 2013 at 1:31 pm

  30. Administrator says:

    dd

    Having a bad day?

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    16th August 2013 at 1:48 pm

  31. AWD says:

    “FWIW, I use your Fourth Turning articles in a junior-level professional ethics class.”

    Admin the professor strikes again.

    I don’t think you think too much; it’s the way you filter it that matters. Despite 98% of the population being asleep, stoned, phone zombied, stupid and fat, you are forced to see reality, at least about your surroundings. That’s why you got an education, so you could learn to think critically. And, you never hesitate to point out when the other 98% of boobus Americanus doesn’t not know how to think critically.

    I love to contrast between the hard working Amish and the POS Welfare and government employee parasites. Like all parasites, they can only live off something else. Once the host dies, they die. There is and always will be an end to this story, the last chapter of which is an economic collapse. This country is $16 trillion in debt. If Obama gets re-elected, he will run up another $6 trillion in debt, making the total $22 trillion by the time he vacates what’s left of this country. Somehow, I don’t think we’ll make it that long. When the debt collapses, so will the FSA and parasites. Only those who are used to working and producing will survive. The FSA will kill themselves off, and government employees are worthless, have no skills, and will also die off or be killed.

    Great article though. Love the shit-toilet bomb. You can’t make up the kind of crap (literally) that happens to you.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:00 pm

  32. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    I wonder if its possible to try a former President for treason on the grounds that he was just that damned bad.

    I mean, lets be realistic, by the time a bad president exits office he has done more damage to the US than all of its enemies combined could ever hope to do.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:04 pm

  33. dd says:

    FBD. rejection from penn state. are you serious. 40k undergrads. not a tough ask. did you mean penn?

    Admin, you write a long article, i respond, and that’s all you got? having an even better day given your lack of a retort.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:21 pm

  34. dd says:

    so all you douchebags save one thinks PSU is an institute of higher learning, after all the shame and scourn, including on TBP? the president covered up child molestation, the board could not manage to fire the football coach in 2004, and all you pious douchebags are in favor of that?

    so you pussies don’t like lacrosse players, all of whom are guilty of nothing more than being good athletes and normal young men, and at times, off color college kids? who just happen to carry GPAs well in advance of FBD, who thinks PSU is a “reach” school. i happen to know one of the accused, and i can assure you his IQ is double that of FBD. his life was ruined, he handled it with class, moved on and has kept his mouth shut. so hiring a stripper now means you are a rapist. nice work to all you losers who thumbed me down.

    speak up cheesedicks … didn’t think so.

    TBP is getting boring and there are too many dipshit morons. where is Colma when i need him.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:30 pm

  35. Administrator says:

    dd

    Did your anger management class get cancelled yesterday or did you buy some Best Buy stock on Monday?

    anger-class.jpg

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    16th August 2013 at 2:31 pm

  36. dd says:

    TBP is making me too dumb. waste of time.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:32 pm

  37. dd says:

    you are not witty, Admin. that is dumb.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:32 pm

  38. dd says:

    diffuse the issue with a lame and unrelated attempt at humor.

    dumbass.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:33 pm

  39. Administrator says:

    dd debating the benefits of higher education.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:34 pm

  40. Administrator says:

    dd

    I didn’t think it was possible to make you dumber. Did you get ass raped in college or something?

    Your seething anger is a sign of much bigger problems. Maybe day trading isn’t for you.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:37 pm

  41. dd says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:43 pm

  42. Administrator says:

    dd’s degree from an elite university

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    16th August 2013 at 2:54 pm

  43. Reverse Engineer says:

    dd

    Please don’t go!!! You’re getting more thumbs down than I ever got. I didn’t think that was possible.

    You are a wise man. A fountain of wisdom. This site needs you more than ever.

    RE

    PS; I’m having a potlatch dinner over Labor Day. Hope you can make it.

    PSS Bring that Duke lacrosse rapist.

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    16th August 2013 at 3:01 pm

  44. dd says:

    one last thing, there chief, i said most elite, i’m sure you can do the math.

    enjoy your commute.

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    16th August 2013 at 3:03 pm

  45. dd's girlfriend says:

    hi ya’ll. Crystal Magnum here
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    all youze white cracker muthafuckas got it wrong, i wouln’t a cried rape if those white fuckers woulda paid me cash. but no dey wanted to give me EBT cards and free cell phones. shit man i already gots all dat ‘n mo from mah daddy obama.

    anyways if any of crackas want some nice black pussy you just call me

    oh, dd, stop fuckin me da ass i tolt you i got rid of them crabs last month
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    16th August 2013 at 3:16 pm

  46. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @dd

    Where would the world be without higher education?

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    16th August 2013 at 3:20 pm

  47. El Jefe Magnifico, Guapo y Fuerte: Colma Rrrrrising! says:

    Stick around for a few days, dd, I’m half tempted to clean house of some quivering curs.

    Funny write up, Admin…. The fsa, clad with mullets and gathering about every strip mall attached to the Interstates between metro areas are quite the enigma. They all collect checks and have opinions.

    I’ve long wondered where to place the blame. Maybe a decade or two, folks fled the cities looking to raise their kids away from the influence of the hustle and bustle…. presently, they have scores of unwanted meth babies, wall-eyed tat-monkies and Harley t-shirts and stickers on their beat-up honda coupes.

    This, combined with a healthy dose of inflated masking of inherant worthlessness has left these oasis in rural America in dire straights. The Amish got it going on, maybe the OG farmers…. but their kin are glued to those reality shows and the net, sitting between podunk and boredom. Some leave, some stick around and carry-on with meth and booze, fucking like rabbits and collecting checks.

    All there is to do is point and laugh.

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    16th August 2013 at 3:49 pm

  48. Administrator says:

    dd

    Did they teach you capitalization and punctuation at the University of Phoenix?

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    16th August 2013 at 4:20 pm

  49. Muck About says:

    Fine ride and observations, Admin. It’s a pity no one has written the necessary software to keep comments on subject – but then if someone did, WordPress would uncontrollably crash and you wouldn’t put it on TBP anyhow as it would cut down on the fun!

    Did Avalon do a clorox ankle bath after the toilet sabotage clean up trick?

    @HZK: I agree with you 100%.

    MA

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    16th August 2013 at 4:43 pm

  50. DaveL says:

    Admin says: “Now they just need to study hard and get good grades. Simple.”

    So you’re not relying on affirmative action, Pell Grants or interest free government loans? What are you, 1/32 Cherokee?

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    16th August 2013 at 5:30 pm

  51. Mike says:

    @admin
    Issues like ending the Fed, the TSA, the Patriot Act, and the continuous disregard for the Constitution.

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    16th August 2013 at 6:25 pm

  52. Administrator says:

    Mike

    The People of Wal-Mart are why these issues are issues. An ignorant apathetic populace is why this has happened.

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    16th August 2013 at 7:45 pm

  53. SSS says:

    “Issues like ending the Fed, the TSA, the Patriot Act, and the continuous disregard for the Constitution.”
    —-Mike, in response to Admin’s challenge, “What do you consider the important issues?”

    Good answer, Mike, but I gotta go with Admin on this one. The vast majority of Americans (somewhat oversimplified by Admin’s description of them as “The People of Wal-Mart”) don’t even know WTF the Federal Reserve, the TSA, and the Patriot Act are, much less have a reasonable working knowledge of the Constitution.

    So where can we point the finger as the root cause of this massive ignorance? In my view, it is the hijacking of the public education system by, and I wish this weren’t true, the Baby Boomers. An entire generation has literally infected K-12 and higher educational institutions with their antipathy and hostility towards an economic and social system that built this country into what it is.

    They not only reject that system, they are willfully trying to destroy it. Guess what? They’re winning.

    So, if you are interested in “ending the Fed,” it will never happen until the general public knows what the fuck the Federal Reserve is in the first place. And that’s why Ron Paul never had a snowball’s chance in Hell of ever becoming president.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:41 pm

  54. AWD says:

    ‘the Baby Boomers. An entire generation has literally infected K-12 and higher educational institutions with their antipathy and hostility towards an economic and social system that built this country into what it is.”

    Brilliant, only time I remember SSS going after boomers. Same goes for college, the media, movies, music, and every other thing the boomers touched. Wiped out the values, morals, ethics and spirit of this country. Look what we have left: The over-indulgent, morbidly obese, stupid, lazy, tattooed and pierced government dependent SNAP card carrying people of Wal Mart.

    Where’s the picture of Avalon covered in shit?

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    16th August 2013 at 8:59 pm

  55. llpoh says:

    dd is a fucking numbskull.

    Penn St is a fine public university, there can be no doubt.

    Admin – nice job.

    Please post pics of you with the plunger. I think I have figured out why you had no success with the plunger, having given it some thought and allowed for the fact that you are an accountant – – next time put the rubber end in the bowl and grasp onto the wooden handle – works better that way.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:24 pm

  56. Administrator says:

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    16th August 2013 at 9:28 pm

  57. llpoh says:

    I can only imagine how Avalon loved being elbow/ankle deep in shit. Damn – please say you have video.

    That is some sick shit – those bastards need horsewhipping.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:33 pm

  58. Administrator says:

    llpoh

    I’ve been waiting for Avalon to chime in and confirm or deny my version. Maybe she can expand upon her feelings during the waterfall of shit.

    dd is a douchebag with a screw loose.

    Does he strike you as a Harvard Grad?

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    16th August 2013 at 9:37 pm

  59. Zzzzzz says:

    Awesome article, who can take driving a child to college and turn it into an adventurous descriptive opus of pop culture, politics and mayhem. Very well done, your observations are ridiculously spot on. Please dish up more of the comfort gravy food for our fat American asses. Billboards advertising Jesus Saves, & Popeye’s Chicken sooo Americana. I felt like I was riding in the car with you.
    When the SHTF perhaps those Amish could use a few field hands.

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    16th August 2013 at 11:25 pm

  60. Llpoh says:

    If he – dd – is Havahd grad it would explain his overal mental deficiency.

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    16th August 2013 at 1:47 am

  61. Zarathustra says:

    The boomers are such a fucked up generation. We grew up in an America that was at its’ zenith as a civilization. Our parents were heroic war veterans, none of which were ever charged, much less convicted of a single war crime. We grew up in families that were factually depicted on television in programs such as the Donna Reed Show, Ozzy and Harriet, My Three Sons and Leave it to Beaver. And then we turned it all to shit. Sorry.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:44 am

  62. backwardsevolution says:

    Administrator – brilliant writing! Information, humour and seriousness all rolled into one – the best! I am in agreement with the posters above: you need to write a book, an e-book. Really enjoyed the piece. Thanks for the laughs.

    You and your wife, although I’m sure you’re not always perfect (as no parent is), are good, caring parents. Thanks for that too.

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    16th August 2013 at 4:27 am

  63. Goldorack says:

    It will take a war to fix the fucking lack of moral the western countries are living in nowaday.
    It is pretty mainstream to hear elders saying “nothing like a good old war” in Europe when it comes to debate about how ending this endless decline. I must say that I begin to think it’s true
    War really sucks, but makes the difference between valuable persons and parasites.

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    16th August 2013 at 5:00 am

  64. Mike says:

    @SSS & Admin,

    Yeah, I see your points. But if our “elected” masters actually obeyed the Constitution, it wouldn’t matter if most people were retarded. It would hardly matter who was president because the powers would be so restricted. However, I guess it’s naive of me to hope for the Constitution to ever be enforced.

    So, how are we going to educate the population at Walmart?

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    16th August 2013 at 5:15 am

  65. Mike says:

    Goldorack,

    No, it would take a revolution. War only wastes resources and leaves the criminal government in tact.

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    16th August 2013 at 5:16 am

  66. Administrator says:

    Mike

    The People of Wal-Mart must be locked in a room with a computer that only opens to TBP. They will be forced to read about reality. If they feel the need to shop, they can click my Amazon button and make me rich.

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    16th August 2013 at 7:28 am

  67. avalon says:

    Who th f*** would do that to a toilet?!!! Lol, I noticed Jim mentioned I used some pretty bad words in front of the kids. It happens when you are standing in someone elses poop! Afterwards, I of course told the kids it was wrong to use that language.

    Later on, while driving in Altoona, we passed a Wendy’s restaurant which had a sign out front that said “Son of a Baconater” (name of a new sandwich they are promoting). I told the kids that from now on, whenever I get really angry, thats what I am going to say instead of cursing. :)

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    16th August 2013 at 7:50 am

  68. Novista says:

    Mike

    I have a modest proposal for you. Instead of telling other people what they should focus on, you do the heavy lifting. Since you ignore the distractions, you can write your own ~major issues~ and post them.

    When you get enough, you can turn it into a book on Amazon.

    Good luck with the shit-throwing monkeys here, though.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:30 am

  69. NGPM says:

    It’s a shame dd blew his fuse before he even turned on the switch, because beneath his potty mouth, his essential point about higher education these days, while hyperbolic, is not far off. See Martin Hutchinson’s “The Higher Education Money Pit,” which articulates my own thoughts better than I ever could have. Penn State may well be an excellent institution, but the university system (and its showy athletics) on the whole is part and parcel of the space-brained materialism that is contemporary American culture.

    “I didn’t come to any grand conclusion other than that the rot permeating the country has been slowly and methodically eating away at the fabric of our society for decades with no chance of being reversed.”

    I hate to sound like a snotty academic lefty, but it is unfortunately true that any trip to the interior of the U.S. or the suburbs leaves one feeling this way. Whenever I’m in America I do my best to stick to places that were built up before World War II.

    Not easy.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:42 am

  70. GJH says:

    @ Mike, Admin, SSS

    I buy Admin and SSS’s point that the problem is the general populace.

    Mike — “if our ‘elected’ masters actually obeyed the Constitution, it wouldn’t matter if most people were retarded.” Misses the point. Like an elected master is just there to take care of retards! Eternal vigilance.

    One way to get them educated–no more free shit.

    But I don’t buy all this about the boomers. Satisfying, I spose, to vent about them, but a generation is just an abstraction, to an extent. In any case the rot in the US set in before that. Eisenhower warned us of it in 1961. Smedley Butler decades before that. The US set its course for empire over a century ago. Fun in its early stages, the end stages of empire are a bitch, and the leaders eventually aim their weapons (including financial WMD) at their own people.

    Again, if you want to see why we’re so ignorant, study propaganda in the US:

    “The Century of the Self” — Adam Curtis, on YouTube. Indentured_Servant like it, you might too.
    “The death of Liberalism” — Chris Hedges
    “Manufacturing Consent” — Chomsky & Herman
    Other books: McChesney, Bagdikian, etc.
    and let’s not forget the CIA’s “Operation Mockingbird”

    The boomers were the first TV generation. Might this have something to do with their retardedness?

    I don’t see anything in my fellow Xers or subsequent generations to make me think they’re in any way superior to the boomers. If they’re demanding change, it’s because the whole game has reached the end of the line.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:50 am

  71. NGPM says:

    By the way, I’m having a rotten, restless work week (hot, lonely and generally irritating, not at all unheard of in mid-late August in Paris) and that toilet story just made my day. Thanks!

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    16th August 2013 at 9:17 am

  72. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    +1 GJH

    As much as I like to rail against Boomers, you really have to go back quite a ways to find when the problems really started to snowball.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:35 am

  73. SSS says:

    I don’t think I’m wrong about my observations of Baby Boomers and their infection of K-12 and institutions of higher education. It’s statistically quantifiable. Let me give the readers just two examples.

    First, go into the Department of Education’s website and look up tables when high school graduation rates and SAT/ACT scores in this country peaked. Anyone care to guess what year that was? It was 1975, just a few years AFTER Baby Boomers started to pour into K-12 and university classrooms by the tens of thousands as teachers. It’s been going downhill ever since, despite hundreds of billions of increasing federal and state dollars being poured into education coffers.

    Next, take a look at ANY poll of teachers voting habits over the past generation. And I mean ANY poll. It has been consistently at the 80-90% level of teachers voting for liberal candidates which generally, but not always, means that teachers are a pretty solid block of Democrat voters.

    The teachers unions are solidly in control of Boomers and have been for quite some time. Same goes for all the tenured overpaid university professors. It is the Boomers which built the mantra of “Higher Pay, Smaller Classrooms (which translates to more teachers), and Greater Benefits.” And they’ve gotten exactly what they demanded.

    And what have we gotten in return? A nation of dumbasses.

    I rest my case.

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    16th August 2013 at 11:28 am

  74. SSS says:

    Exhibit A (edited for brevity; copied from the AFT’s website). Note year of birth (1957) and political affiliation (active member of the Democratic National Committee). Note also that the AFT agenda “fights against finger-pointing and calls for a continued investment in education.” Well, of course, it does. We certainly can’t point a critical finger at our beloved, revered education system and call for a reduction in education spending, can we?

    AFT President Randi Weingarten

    RANDI WEINGARTEN is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal employees; and early childhood educators. She was elected in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president.

    Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, representing approximately 200,000 nonsupervisory educators in the New York City public school system, as well as home child care providers and other workers in health, law and education.

    For 10 years, Weingarten chaired New York City’s Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella organization for the city’s 100-plus public sector unions, including those representing higher education and other public service employees. A teacher of history at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights from 1991 to 1997, Weingarten helped her students win several state and national awards debating constitutional issues.

    With her leadership as AFT president, the union has pursued an agenda that reforms education by holding everyone accountable, revamping how teachers are evaluated, and ensuring that children have access to broad and deep curriculum as well as wraparound services. The AFT agenda fights against finger-pointing and calls for a continued investment in education. It also highlights the work that teachers, nurses and public employees do every day to make a difference in the lives of others.

    Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cardozo School of Law. She worked as a lawyer for the Wall Street firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan from 1983 to 1986. She is an active member of the Democratic National Committee and numerous professional, civic and philanthropic organizations. Born in 1957 and raised in Rockland County, N.Y., Weingarten now resides on Long Island and in Washington, D.C.

    (March 16, 2011)

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    16th August 2013 at 1:04 pm

  75. SSS says:

    Exhibit B (much more brief, I promise). More stats on Randi Weingarten’s tenure as president of the United Federation of Teachers in NYC. Labor costs skyrocket, student performance tanks.

    “From 1998, when Ms. Weingarten took over as president of the UFT, to 2009, when she stepped down, per pupil spending soared to $19,789 from $8,944, according to the city’s Independent Budget Office. That is a 121% increase, driven largely by increased wages and benefits for increasing numbers of unionized teachers.”

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    16th August 2013 at 1:20 pm

  76. backwardsevolution says:

    Duct tape to create the exploding toilet, and duct tape (all the free stuff) to prevent the country from imploding.

    Duct tape everywhere.

    The United States of Duct Tape!

    Red Green, comedian, degree in mechanical engineering, provides some other uses for duct tape:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5GnBvpFnzA&feature=related

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    16th August 2013 at 2:02 pm

  77. backwardsevolution says:

    BRANDON RAUB – 26 year-old former marine held against his will in a psychiatric ward in connection with his Facebook posts re 9/11, Federal Reserve, etc.

    FBI, Secret Service and the local police department arrived at his door last Thursday, took him away in handcuffs. He said it’s ironic because he was thinking of re-enlisting, says he loves his country, but is worried about where it’s headed.

    He has not been charged with anything. This should go viral.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/former-marine-brandon-raub-is-being-held-in-a-psychiatric-ward-over-facebook-posts-about-911-2012-8

    Interview here:

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    16th August 2013 at 1:25 am

  78. backwardsevolution says:

    You be the judge. One of Brandon Raub’s Facebook posts:

    http://wtvr.com/2012/08/21/full-text-brandon-raubs-proclamation-take-our-republic-back/

    Sounds similar to what gets said here and so many other places on a daily basis.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:58 am

  79. backwardsevolution says:

    Last thing on Brandon Raub. Here’s an excellent interview with Brandon’s mother on Oathkeepers:

    http://oathkeepers.org/oath/aud/Stewart%20Interview%20with%20Cathleen%20Thomas.mp3

    FBI said that Brandon was arrested under a Virginia mental health statute (he was in a state mental hospital), but now they’re moving him to a VA hospital (federal). Oathkeepers is worried that he’ll be drugged up there (before seeing a psychiatrist), rendering him incoherent.

    Oathkeepers said that this is using mental health as an excuse to get rid of dissidents, as was done in the Soviet Union.

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    16th August 2013 at 4:12 am

  80. Mary Malone says:

    @Admin and Avalon You know, of course that you could take the kids to Europe, visit the most extraordinary places, eat the finest food from the best restaurants in the world and spend a fortune doing it to create good memories and experiences for your boys, BUT…

    The only thing they will remember is a trip to Altoona when Mom was ankle deep in poop, using words that would make a Marine blush and Dad was plunging wildly to make it all go away.

    They’ll remember this story forever and repeat it at family dinners with their wives and kids when the Quinn family gathers for holidays and special events. They will tell it at your wakes. It will become part of the fabric of the Quinn folklore…

    It is priceless. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us….

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    16th August 2013 at 10:53 am

  81. Amman says:

    what does GLD DOMR mean? *Sorry*

    Anyway, Nice article – articles like this help to define the problem and name the… unnameable.

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    16th August 2013 at 10:56 am

  82. Amman says:

    “Nice” article – articles like this help to define the problem and name the… unnameable.

    Anyway, what does GLD DOMR mean? *Sorry*

    And why Oh why did you put the picture of the scary fat lady with beads and paint on her face??

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    16th August 2013 at 11:08 am

  83. Administrator says:

    I thought GLD DOMR meant Gold Doomer, but someone said it is a reference to the Gold Dome at Notre Dame.

    The scary lady is representative of many Wal-Mart customers.

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    16th August 2013 at 11:16 am

  84. FBD says:

    Concerning Brandon Raub …

    “Attention U.S. Military: You are Being Demonized. This is an Extremely Important Article … It’s now becoming overt. The meme emanating rapidly from the mainstream media is that the U.S. military is a threat to the nation! It sounds very 1984 and backwards, but what isn’t these days. What really captured my attention is a very clever and dangerous article published by Reuters titled “U.S. Army battling racists within its own ranks.” It sounds benign enough at first and as you continue to read it all seems pretty reasonable. Who wants crazy racists running around the armed forces? Nobody. That said, there is a tone throughout that clearly attempts to make the sheeple public suspicious about returning veterans, which is bothersome in its own right considering these young men and women are being sacrificed daily by the elite power structure that would never dip their dainty little toes anywhere near any action. ”
    —— http://www.libertyblitzkrieg.com

    You see? Raub is incarcerated in a mental facility to assess his level of loony racism. Why is he considered a racist threat? Because he has written on “issues like freedom of speech, anti-gun control themes, tax reform and oppression.” Never has the novel Catch 22 been more applicable than these days!

    Say you are worried about 500,000 vets returning from foreign wars having had a bellyful of violence and the hypocrisy that goes with it. You are worried about these young men and women because you are trying to build world government and American exceptionalism stands in your way.

    America needs to be pacified. But though you’ve tried over and over again, America’s frontier “gun culture” has resisted all attempts to overthrow it. And now all these young trained killers, male and female, are returning home and beginning to read the read Internet.

    Soon they’ve got it figured out. The whole thing was phony! They’ve seen it first-hand, after all. They couldn’t put their finger on it, but now in retrospect it becomes clear … There never really was a “war on terror.” The entire rhetorical exercise was aimed at … them – and their families.

    At this point a number of soldiers go on drugs − anti-depressants, etc. These are horrible drugs that cause massive levels of suicide because it is easy to squeeze the trigger when you are detached from reality.

    But not enough are dying fast enough? The power elite that apparently wants to take over the world is perhaps concerned that these vets form an impediment to their plans.

    They’ve been through it before, after all. One reason global governance moved so slowly in the 20th century was because of the “greatest generation.” They couldn’t do anything too overt. Hell, they probably would have had considerable backlash with a name like “Homeland Security.”

    Everything was sold very softly in the 20th century. But in the 21st, the proverbial gloves have come off. The elites are not waiting anymore. Panicked by the Internet and what it has revealed about the globalist conspiracy, they’re rushing ahead full-speed.

    So … what do you do with a fellow like Raub? First, you conflate racism with constitutional- and liberty-oriented rhetoric. Once you’ve made the connection, you can arrest him and place him under observation.

    Nobody can quite figure out why Raub was arrested but it appears Raub was picked up at least in part for exhibiting racist tendencies. He’ll be let go …. but not before he’s labeled as emotionally disturbed and receives a weapons ban.

    Isn’t that the ultimate aim of this exercise? Conflate racism with patriotism, arrest those who make freedom-loving statements, cart them off to the loony bin and strip of them of their right to bear arms. (Of course, over time we’re well aware the policies will move beyond mere gun-stripping. But, hey, you’ve got to start somewhere.)

    It’s self-selecting authoritarianism once you’ve established the racism-liberty link.

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    16th August 2013 at 11:36 am

  85. SSS says:

    “Nobody can quite figure out why Raub was arrested but it appears Raub was picked up at least in part for exhibiting racist tendencies. He’ll be let go …. but not before he’s labeled as emotionally disturbed and receives a weapons ban.”
    —-FBD

    I haven’t checked for a couple of days, but last I read about Raub, he was not “arrested.” No charges were announced to Raub when the police detained him, thus he was never read his 5th Amendment rights. He was just cuffed and carted off. Under what pretext, I don’t know.

    Keep an eye out for this to occur more frequently. If it does, something fiendishly foul is afoot.

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    16th August 2013 at 7:52 pm

  86. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    They have switched from “domestic terrorist” to using the word “anarchists” more often.

    I’m not an anarchist. I just feel that they are doing a shitty job running the country.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:08 pm

  87. SSS says:

    “I’m not an anarchist. I just feel that they are doing a shitty job running the country.”
    —-TPC

    Close enough for government work. You’re an anarchist.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:24 pm

  88. Scooterberry says:

    Cheer up, Jim. All it’s gonna take is one nasty virus to cull most of the vermin. Of course, it may take you and me as well. Either way, we won’t have to endure this much longer.

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    16th August 2013 at 5:06 am

  89. Goodsalt says:

    Jim – I live in West Chester. A couple of months ago I drove up to Cabela’s in Hamburg on a Friday afternoon – purely outta curiousity. I’m not a hunter and while I was a Boy Scout back in the day am rarely outdoors except to mow the grass, etc. I went there just to see what a big box place devoted to the outdoors was like, and had a Friday afternoon free. My sister attended Albright in Reading way back when and believe it or not I decided to DRIVE THROUGH READING on the way back from Cabela’s, mainly because I hadn’t done so in decades. I was reminded of two things:
    1) Was I going to be shot at as had happened to me back in 1980 as I was driving my car outta Philly on Walnut St. at around midnight (I joke that it was a drive by shooting – I was driving by, he/she was shooting – I have no idea why). And yes I know he/she was shooting because I had a bullet hole in the car.
    2) Last one out bring the flag.
    Later the article (NYT?) about Reading was published and I mentioned it to a co-worker the next day, along with my trek up to Hamburg and back. He just looked at me and in his most grave tone said – you don’t ever want to drive through Reading under any circumstance.

    Keep up the good work on in this space.

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    16th August 2013 at 3:41 pm

  90. John B. says:

    Reading your article this time was a breathtaking experience. It makes me ask many questions about the sanity of our civilization. People of incredible shapes walking in deserted malls surrounded by army of slaves with minimum wage, wars overseas, strategic decisions, big cars and ever growing economy supported by homelessness and cocaine industry.
    I have recently wandered some Ghost Towns in B.C. and I felt the same disdain and emptiness. How long will it take to make ghosts of ourselves?

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    16th August 2013 at 4:02 am

  91. NGPM says:

    People go on and on about “progress,” but Dr.(?) Quinn’s little cross-section of interior U.S.A. gives the lie to myths of economic progress. How are people better off than they were before?

    Meanwhile, the cocaine epidemic John B. cites, not to mention the suicide rates (I don’t know what the figures are in the U.S., but here in France one youth in ten attempts suicide and I know in Canada it is very high as well) give the lie to the myths of social progress.

    We Americans, along with every other European people, have lost any sense of identity or belonging, increasingly even within our own families (marriage rates are declining and out-of-wedlock births skyrocketing). But how could we not have? First the telephone, then the television, then the Internet and now the culmination of all three in the SmartPhone made us forget we were social animals. Concurrently, Safeway and its concurrents made us forget where food comes from, and by extension that we need other life and therefore nature, and by extension land, to sustain our own life.

    These are the burning issues of our day, and yet all politicians can talk about is equal access to affordable health care and “educational opportunity” (in the same schools that ripped us away from our families for half our childhoods and perhaps our entire lives) for both wealthy urban yuppie couples and lower-class Mexican lesbians.

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    16th August 2013 at 7:58 am

  92. Administrator says:

    I ain’t no stinkin doctor. How dare you insult me like that.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:06 am

  93. NGPM says:

    Forgive me, good sir. I knew you worked at Wharton but had no idea what your credentials were.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:53 am

  94. Administrator says:

    NGPM

    Just kidding. I just report what I see. I’m just an accountant with a knack for observing the obvious.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:05 am

  95. Mick says:

    Glad you are able to rationalize the abuse of young boys that went on there as caused “by 4 men”. It was an institutionally rationalized sickness, evidenced by the idiots “supporting” Joe Pa, until and after he died of embarrassment. I wouldn’t send my kids there for free. If I had already paid, i would have surely gotten my money back. I’m surprised that your observation skills allow you to allow your sons to go to that cursed place, and it is cursed now.

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    16th August 2013 at 3:56 pm

  96. Administrator says:

    Mick the Prick

    You condemn the 40,000 students and thousands of staff and faculty for the actions of some evil men.

    You’re a total non-thinking douchebag.

    Go fuck yourself and your observation skills.

    Got it?

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    16th August 2013 at 4:00 pm

  97. Administrator says:

    Mick

    You fucking prick. I haven’t rationalized fuck. I’ve written multiple articles about Sandusky, Paterno and the leadership at Penn State.

    You reveal your ignorance by wanting to burn down the entire building because of a few rats.

    I’m not surprised by your ignorance. It’s common among people who think they know it all.

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    16th August 2013 at 4:03 pm

  98. Administrator says:

    Micky Boy

    What fine university did you graduate from? I’d like to do some research on your behalf and give you a few observations.

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    16th August 2013 at 4:14 pm

  99. Mick says:

    I would certainly burn down the football program, at least for the foreseeable future, if I was truly contrite, and felt bad about what happened there. The angry and tearful crowds that came out to support Joe Pa are all you need to know about the pathos of that place. I don’t know everything, but I do know moral bankruptcy when I see it, and seeing how that is a lot of what you write about, I’m surprised that you would ever give Penn St. your business. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of what you write, it’s just a little flawed by a leftward bias (as further evidenced by your attempt at relative morality expressed in your “offer”, and your support of the Obama astroturfed OWS). If you think it was only 4 guys, I’ve got some land in the Everglades for you.

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    16th August 2013 at 4:34 pm

  100. Administrator says:

    Some comments are so mind numbingly assanine that they require a total slapdown. You did not focus only on the football program. Your comment reflected a desire to burn down the entire institution. Only narrow minded pompous asses would want to penalize 40,000 students for the sins of the university leadership.

    You saw a few hundred people on your little TV rallying for Joe Pa. Your smug assumptions about the masses supporting the leadership of the university reveals your vapid shallowness. I guess the masses are ignorant for a reason.

    I love it when asses think they know shit, when in effect, they are just looking for confirmation of their own beliefs. It’s a sad reflection on our society.

    I also love it when douchebags who never actually went to the OWS site in NYC spew the Fox News bullshit about who the protestors were.

    Your two comments reveal everything I need to know about you.

    Back to your neo-con news network.

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    16th August 2013 at 4:49 pm

  101. Rob in Nova scotia says:

    Come on Jim you can do better with slapdown on our good friend Micky after all he called you out for leftward bias. I don’t suppose he has read your 30 blocks of squalor series. I have one question how does supporting OWS make one a lefty.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:43 pm

  102. Administrator says:

    Rob

    Mick is too busy watching O’Reilly and Hannity to tangle with me anymore.

    He’s got me pegged. I’m a lefty socialist Obama lover.

    You can always tell the people whose knowledge about what was going on at Zuccatti Park comes from Fox News and the WSJ. Anyone who witnessed it firsthand knows there were far more Ron Paul, anti-Fed, anti-criminal banker types than Obama supporters. I spent an entire day there and saw not one Obama sign.

    Douchebags like Mick presume to tell me where the fuck I should send my son to college. Fuck him.

    My son enrolled at Penn State before the scandal hit. He is a Computer Science major in his 2nd year. Assholes like Mick think he should drop out of this school because of some scandal that has nothing to do with him or his education. Ignorance is a choice and Mick has made that choice.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:56 pm

  103. llpoh says:

    Admin – I do not think your son should drop out – hell no! Transferring is an option.

    The school was a nest of immoral vipers, and there are many of them still around. Hell, some of the vipers are publicly complaining about how harsh the NCAA sanctions are. They have no moral compass whatsoever.

    Taking his business to a more moral place is an option. He is a customer, and can move his business elsewhere. In business, I refuse to deal with a person or corporation if I do not trust their integrity. It sometimes costs me a lot, but in the long run I find it is very beneficial to my ongoing business.

    Your son’s decision to make, and I cannot sugest anything. I can just comment on my own situation – when I made the decision many years ago to only deal with honest people, and to be honest always in my own dealings, I began to be much more successful.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:05 pm

  104. Administrator says:

    llpoh

    My son likes Penn State. I don’t need any fucking advice from you, Mick or anyone the fuck else.

    Are you going to ask for my fucking advice on where to send your fucking kids?

    Moral my fat ass. There were criminals at the top of Penn State who cared more about football and money than anything else. They have been purged.

    Maybe he should go to some MORAL Ivy League school.

    If I want anyone’s advice on where to send my kids to college I’ll fucking ask.

    Have I made myself fucking clear?

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    16th August 2013 at 9:22 pm

  105. llpoh says:

    Admin – I clearly stated I was not offering advice, but options, and clearly stated it was your son’s decision to make. Obviously you missed that bit. I am not surprised by your response. And the criminals have not been entirely purged. They are still there defending their positions, which I am seeing daily.

    You are in a better position than I to discuss whether Ivy league schools are moral – many have problems I am sure. My point is that people have the ability to vote with their feet. And personally I ALWAYS vote with my feet if I find I am dealing with immoral or unethical assholes, and it has proven valuable to me over time. Only by so voting are assholes actually forced out. Otherwise they remain entrenched. That is my experience, anyway.

    We share experiences and opinions here all the time. People make their own decisions.

    My apologies if I overstepped. Not my intent.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:41 pm

  106. Administrator says:

    llpoh

    There are 40,000 students at Penn State attempting to get an education. The faculty and students are focused on learning. The new leadership needs to change the culture away from football to academics. I have no idea what you are talking about regarding morality and whether my son should transfer. Students studying and learning has nothing to do with the administrators who were criminals.

    My son and his friends don’t give a shit about the football program. His focus is on getting an education.

    I truly don’t give a shit about what other people think I should do about the Penn State scandal. I’ve made my opinion unequivically clear in multiple articles.

    I banned RE because he presumed to tell me how to raise my kids. I do not give advice to others about their kids and nothing pisses me off more than others suggesting how to raise my kids.

    I’ve been considering pulling the plug on this blog for a few weeks and each passing day of dealing with all the bullshit associated with this blog is pushing me closer.

    I’m fucking tired of dealing with this shit on a daily basis.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:57 pm

  107. rob in nova scotia says:

    I clearly stated I was not offering advice, but options

    That’s a good one IIPoh so your advice is not to take advice just look at options.

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    16th August 2013 at 9:59 pm

  108. Work-In-Progress says:

    Admin, are there any Lawyers in the TBP community?

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    16th August 2013 at 10:02 pm

  109. Administrator says:

    WIP

    I hope not.

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    16th August 2013 at 10:09 pm

  110. llpoh says:

    Admin – you have provided a great service with this blog. I know it is a strain. It would be a terrible loss for it to go down.

    Referencing other matters – I offer my position on things. Certain of my life experiences have made an impression on me, and I consider them to be potentially helpful to others. One of these is that when I became a more honest person and decided to live by my word, and to not deal with people that I do not trust or who I believe are dishonest, my life and world changed for the better. It is something that I truly believe in.

    I took the wrong moment to voice that, and I have apologized for that, and do so again.

    But I do not back from that general position – I truly believe that the rewards that come from taking the high road, despite the occassional short-term pain involved, will pay dividends. Again, my timing was poor.

    Rob – shut the fuck up. You are not helping with that bullshit.

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    16th August 2013 at 10:15 pm

  111. Anonymous says:

    cantwealljustgetalong.jpg

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    16th August 2013 at 1:20 am

  112. NGPM says:

    “Maybe he should go to some MORAL Ivy League school.”

    That really hits the nail on the head.

    The higher education system as it is conceived today is immoral: money-grubbing (check out tuition priced), wasteful (compare increases in admin salaries to increases in professorial salaries over the past two decades), sensationalistic. On this last point, one can cite the bloated football programs all over the place, not just at UPenn.

    Penn just happened to get caught. But what about MY alma mater? Try googling “university of miami football scandal” with any year since 2001 affixed on the end and have a look at what’s happened. Just to name three specific scandals over the past decade: Willie Williams, Larry Coker, Nevin Shapiro. Of course it doesn’t get the press Penn got because – so far – we haven’t happened to stumble on a pederasty scandal, but it could well have happened. The administration at the U – as we affectionately call it – has little scruple when comes to this sort of thing.

    The real problem, of course, is president Donna Shalala, but what university administrator is NOT a problem these days? And yet for all her backhandedness, you would be shocked at the kind of sycophantic adulation she receives on the part of the student body and alumni.

    College football is rotten, college administrations are rotten, and anyone who goes to a multiversity or a college where there is a football program should go in with his eyes wide open. And yet, I had a blast at U of Miami and it is true that when you get out of that school you are GOLDEN all over the state of Florida and silver in many large cities elsewhere. I would probably not send a child there (the cost is in my opinion unjustified) but you could certainly do much worse for an education.

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    16th August 2013 at 5:10 am

  113. Novista says:

    Come now, llpoh … rob in nova scotia made a valid observation, which I might have done myself.

    Of course, you call his comment ‘bullshit’ in keeping with your self-assessed ‘prick’ designation. But there are other ways of discussing an issue than advice by options. Surely you know them.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:07 am

  114. Mike - Born in Altonna, but long gone says:

    First – Admin I agree Altoona is in decline. That started when PRR went under. My grandfather worked for PRR for 50 years and was forced out, not retired. The town wasn’t NYC but it was a thriving place. I come from hard workers, but you are right. That place is a “gimmie my shit” town now. I still have family there that do work, and the city tried to boost the econ by bringing in a lot of medical centers.

    It is a shame, but the real thing that shot that city in the head was the Feds and State that instituted the “move a drug addict from the big city to small town” program. THAT totally fucked that town up. Hundreds, of scum from Shittydelphia and Shittsburgh were put there to get them away from bad influences. Brilliant Left Wing thinking, but they forgot one thing. Ass holes have cars and the drug biz just followed the clients there. That is what I love about Lefties, nothing counts but good intentions, not consequences, or reality. Granted, the “city fathers” were getting a shitload of money for each shit bag, and after they found out it was a bad idea, the people could not get rid of it. Anyway, the scum got planted, started a great drug biz and – they are now intrenched and running the city down just the the big crap centers they left. So don’t dump everything on the locals.

    When I was a kid and spent summers with my grandmother you could walk ANYWHERE at 10 PM or 3 AM without worrying about safety. I have great memories of running around that town, having a few beers underage, (that was the big crime then) and spending time on my Uncle’s Dairy Farm, out in the boonies. That was in the 60s, so things have changed a lot, granted, but it was decent for years after that.

    Second, I agree with you about “higher education”. I will assume there are a few good professors, but they are in the VAST minority. My son went to Salisbury University in Maryland, and this kid is a very independent thinker, not a crowd following sheeple type. He was in the debate club and successfully debated the Conservative viewpoint. However, he had numerous profs that gave hime shit about it, and one, a rabid Left Wing Fem that told him that if he didn’t write his papers with a pro Lefty view he would flunk the class no matter how good the paper was. And she was right!! He also had a clown that proudly displayed his Communist views with a lot of bluster, and a great big Red and Gold Flag that he flew in the hallway outside his office. My son would not cave and received two F grades there, the only grades below a B the whole time he was there.

    Anyway, enough ranting, but I love your views, and agree, Where has my country gone? Where are all the people that used to go to work and LIKED it???

    And one more thing, I am not a Fox head, I am Libertarian, and conservative. I like Less Gov’t and more Personal Freedom. I agree with most of what Ron Paul says as to Gov’t, the Fed, money, etc. But stop at Foreign Policy. I think we need to come home, but be realistic and have a strong military. As has been stated before, the best way to keep peace is to be ready to fight. I never met a bully that wanted to fight a strong person for his lunch money.

    Mike, “I wish Altoona was still a great Place.”

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    16th August 2013 at 9:59 am

  115. Mike - Born in Altonna, but long gone says:

    @SSS. The problem lies with the SHITTY public school educators, the ones that strike for a 16% raise from a shithole that is broke, and then get on TV and say “I be fo’ de kids”. Fuck them. The Federals stuck their noses in the school system with the Dept. of Ed, and it has been going down hill ever since. We were #1 forever, and now have sunk to #29 in the industrialized world, behind specks of land like Slovenia. Our hand picked honor roll students when to the Netherlands and competed with their average students and got we go our asses handed to us. Kids spend 6-8 hours in a school and less than 50% that start 9th grade don’t finish and of the ones that do, only about 50% can be called functional, and that is a stretch. They don’t know math, can’t find Kansas on a map, don’t anything about History – except who fat assed Kim K is now fucking. What the fuck are they doing all day???

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    16th August 2013 at 10:26 am

  116. civil engineering says:

    Good way of describing, and pleasant piece of writing to obtain information about my presentation focus, which i am going to convey in school.

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    16th August 2013 at 12:21 pm

  117. Ron says:

    I was sure it would get better with Obama in charge. Only evil republicans would let stuff get this bad.

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    16th August 2013 at 8:13 pm

  118. Mike Moskos says:

    Olive Garden? Yuk. Cracker Barrel. Worse Yuk. Both are nothing more than plates of subsidized carbs precooked in huge factories, marked enough for the CEO’s large compensation package.

    Do yourself a favor: get some real food from the Amish. If we can manage to get 8 pallets a month of their food down here in Miami, anyone in Pennsylvania should be able to find it.

    Grass finished/pastured meats, raw fermented dairy, freshly picked vegetables, all produced without chemicals will keep you healthy. (Note: not all Amish have returned to farming the old way–without chemicals–but as more customers appear, they all will be able to do so.) And Dmitri Orlov is correct: they will survive the coming collapse well.

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    16th August 2013 at 2:41 am

  119. AWD says:

    Where’s this years “off to college”, “the shitters overflowed”, “retail is dying” article?

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    16th August 2013 at 8:29 pm

  120. Administrator says:

    Still working on Insane Part 3

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    16th August 2013 at 8:38 pm

  121. Anonymous Coward757 says:

    Ummmm…..
    The “Redneck TShirt” as you so misguidedly put it is actually more profound, proving YOU to be the pea rain in this instance.
    That T shirt was invented by people as a statement against all of these “survivalists” and “financial strategists” urging people to divest in Tbills, real property, and Munis and invest in Gold Funds, and Gold Commodities (I.e. Hold actual gold bars etc)…a position that has been gaining momentum, especially lately.
    Well many caveats need to be placed on gold too: salted gold bars can fool even seasoned commodity investors’ tests! Gold CAN and DOES fluctuate like any other market! People CAN and DO lose money in commodities such as petroleum, crude oil, metals, AND even GOLD! Furthermore, ANY advice telling people to dump US currency holdings, and Tbills is FOOLISH! It’s almost like these pea brains are TRYING to cause our market to collapse.

    As stated: the T shirt is far more profound than you ASSUMED just because the person wearing it also had on a camouflage….

    Further, you show your OWN limited brain capacity by commenting on the “road engineering” because of the truck ramps….where to begin? The MOUNTAIN roads are engineered as they NEED to be to traverse the TERRAIN. Those truck ramps were built because 96,000 pound trucks (that bring YOU and your family EVERYTHING you need to survive from food, to clothes, to medication, and oil/gas) have an interesting relationship with GRAVITY AND PHYSICS. As such, their brakes get HOT, and can fail. Those ramps were ENGINEERED to give runaway trucks a safe place to run them into, and keep people, like you (who THINK you are so intellectual, but clearly could learn a thing or two) safe on the roadways.

    I am surprised that at 50 you seem to know less about the world than me: a 27 year old, who learned at LEAST two decades ago that:

    Things are not ALWAYS what they seem to be. In EVERY situation in life, a closed mouth and an open mind can lend one to being a part of the SOLUTION instead of being part of the PROBLEM. As always, EDUCATE before you PONIFICATE.

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    16th August 2013 at 4:11 am

  122. Anonymous Coward757 says:

    Pea BRAIN…NOT “rain”

    Ya gotta love auto fill and auto correct.
    Peabrain as one werd will become “pea rain”….
    I liked the old days b4 auto correct…..

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    16th August 2013 at 4:14 am

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