We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.







Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Voting for Romney,

ONLY KIDDING

Yesterday, I listened to Romney's speech at a fund raising event held by Mark Leder.  I just wanted to slap the taste of arrogance right out of his self-serving mouth. Here is the link to the full transcript:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/full-transcript-mitt-romney-secret-video

First, let me tell you being Mexican is no joke in America.  My husband has to work harder (actual labor) to support his family than I did serving my country. Our adult sons labor at jobs well below their intellect since, here in Texas we only have menial hand-to-mouth jobs to offer in our area or jobs out in the dangerous oil and gas field industry.  Our sons took jobs making $9 an hour when unemployment would have paid them more.  We are all living together under a single roof because $9 an hour does not support a single person let alone a family needing food, transportation, housing, and child care.  While this is a blessing to be together it also adds to sterotypical multi-generational close knit hispanic homes.

Hubby and I are going on 17 years of raising children in a society who feels it is okay to disparge immigrants because it makes the situation of racial bias comical.  Hell,,,,,, even my own mother has uttered horrible racists comments about the myth of 'lazy mexican' to me.  This 'only kidding' comment of his is maddening because he is basically saying President Obama was elected by minority voters because he is a black man.  What a load of bullshit. I am sure there were voters who did vote for him to CHANGE the tide of HOPELESSNESS for those living in the fringes of the 'eeking by' in this economy.

For another thing Romney the jackass does not acknowledge is even the poor pays taxes and usually up front in the form of: sales tax, federal withholding for social security & disability, gas tax, plus others forms of taxation I may have forgotten.  Hell even those paying rent are paying for school tax just it goes in a lump sum to property owners who in turn pay property tax.  No one but the wealthy can afford to ask for an extension to 'jury rig' our federal taxes or defer payment until another year. 

How is Mr. Romney any different by taking 'Capital Gains' as income than say the elderly who paid into the systems for 50 years and is living on less than 14K a year?  Seniors still pay taxes just like everyone else.  Those who are on disability usually have a pretty damned good reasons for getting the stipend to help meet their financial needs. For example, our 21 year old daughter who had a stroke on her 13th birthday and has had medical issues since.  Trust me, that $400 a month helps but does not meet all her needs under her mothers roof.

AM I TOO A VICTIM dependant on government 'handouts?'  Because I take a retirement check after serving my country for twenty years.  That is a bunch of bullshit to me as well.  While I am a staunch 'work for what you want and need' advocate.  I in good faith could never vote for the GOP this go around.

Voting for Romney
ONLY KIDDING
///signed///
pissed off Independent used to be Republican

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Just Some Silly Pictures

Mrs. Lily visited us this week.  We love her visits because it gives us an opportunity to sit and talk.  When she left she gave us some tickets to the Al Amin Shriner's circus in Beeville.  YEAH! We took Sarah and Zephyr who had never been to a circus and this is what we did in the bleachers before the start of the show.



Thank you Mrs. Lily!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Traditions, Closer Family

It is a blessing to have our sons back in our home.  Each night after having a family dinner we sit out back and watch the sun set for those who are not working a shift.  Nothing better than building tighter bonds and memories.  What is happening in the coop:

Each son has found work though temporary in the service industry, Diary Queen in Three Rivers for Junio and HEB for Sid in Beeville.  Sid is trying to find work as a 2 year plumber's apprentice but was picked up HEB as a cashier in the mean time.  Junio is a cook until the next real estate course begins.  Junio is a natural salesman.  Can't wait to see where their futures lay.

We have been in the middle of a refinance.  Let me tell you, jumping through hoops is not easily but, well worth knocking ten years of mortgage payments for hubby and I on our current home.  He is only three years from retirement from civil service; with this economy there are no guarantees his job will be here that long.  I fear after elections no matter who is elected this economy will tank again with a focus on military related jobs and civilian cut backs.  All signs are pointing to a massive round of BRAC (base realignment and closures). 

With all that nonsense nipping at our heels; we are cutting back and learning how to play instruments.  Sid and Junior will be teaching the kiddos how to play guitar.  I found a beginner's violin and guitars on eBay and will start using Youtube for lessons.  I am currently looking into curriculum on how to read music.  On the nights we don't sit out back due to bugs or scorpions; we sit and play or listen to each other.  Like I said; we are blessed to be a family.

Our other pass time is taking the kids fishing at state parks since we invested in a year's pass.  Nothing like being in the outdoors for a change of pace.  What is happening in your coops?  Anything interesting......

Take care,
Mal and extended family