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Monday, April 30, 2007

Food For Thought

A good friend of mine, TJ, sent me this. I don't know who the author is of this analogy but it is very inciteful.

Bird Feeder

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food. But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table...everywhere. Then some of the birds turned mean: They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket. And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food. After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore.

I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio. Soon, the back yard was like it used to be...quite, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now lets see...our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, free education and allows anyone born here to be a automatic citizen. Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families. You have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor. Your child's 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English. Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box. I have to press "one" to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than "Old Glory" are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties. Maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder.


Blogger Jay said...

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3:28 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

You apparently missed most of the point to that piece.

9:25 PM  
Blogger James said...

Amazing how many of us are reposting that piece.

And, is it any surprise to you that Jay has missed the point...again? He makes missing the point a spectator sport. It's a liberal socialist thing. Be glad you don't understand.

Hey Jay, I've certainly missed our witty repartee vis-à-vis my military service. What sent you slinking away?

4:05 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

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4:25 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Apparently, you two missed my point as well."

Nope. Got your anti-war point. Even though the piece had nothing to do with war, you managed to try and fit it in.

You missed the point of the piece though. You might want to go back and read it again. It has nothing to do with "some family trying to survive on a quarter of the income I make is getting a bit of commodity cheese."

7:59 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

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8:48 AM  
Blogger Clay said...


If I were you I wouldn't waste your time with Jay. He's still pulling the same stunt on his web site. He will argue with you until he can't get any further then, he will delete your last comment, giving him the last word. And, as if that wasn't enough, his last comment will contain lies about what you said and he will try and smear your character.

I was foolish enough to think that maybe he had changed but I guess you can't get an old dog to stop performing the few tricks he knows.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Had nothing to do with "anti-war"....just anti incompetant commanding of a war."

So you aren't against the war in Iraq, just against how it is being led? What would you do differently? And, please don't say "cut and run".

"Oh...and it had nothing to do with cheese either.

Yeah, just like your version of "The Ant And The Grasshopper" had nothing to do with either the original version of the version I posted.

Concrete thinking is so interesting to observe."

Jay, instead of just oberserving concrete thinking, why don't you focus on actually doing it. It might help you to stay focused and on topic. Just a thought.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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4:40 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"As for sticking to the seems like all you and james wish to discuss"

Don't flatter yourself. You aren't all that important. I was just making sure that he didn't waste his time on your blog. After all, a person like you likes to pretend he can debate, but in the end, uses tactics like yours to hide behind his inability to actually debate.

But seriously, it's not really all about you. It's about topics of importance that you can't really be expected to contribute to.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Lessee. If I were running the war I probably would not start one without a reason; a real one..."

Bush started with a reason...a real one. According to the intelligence available, not only to him, but to your favorite president, Clinton who felt the same way, Iraq possessed an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. Those weapons in the hands of not only Hussein, but terrorist groups like al Qaeda, would have had dangerous consequences for us.

So, as you can see, Bush entered the war for a very real reason.

But I'm guessing that if you were in charge, you would have missed it.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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5:37 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Well...I guess both Clinton and Bush were wrong about Iraq possessing weapons. The main difference being, of course, thousands didn't have to die and thousands more didn't have to become gravely wounded to prove it.

That's the mark of a real leader and commander. You can believe a lot of things but you take risks based on cost...and you take responsibility for screwing up."

So the mark of a good leader is to be a pychic who has access to supernatural information outside of the ordinary information that was available to Clinton and then later Bush?

Sorry, but that sounds like a armchair quarterback, after the results of the Super Bowl are known tactic. It's not very realistic.

Since that is your style of leadership, I am very glad that Bush is in charge and not you.

"Oh...and btw...hate to keep throwing this unfortunate fact in your face, but al Qaeda was not in Iraq until we invaded and opened the door for them."

Actually a tie between Saddam Hussien and al Qaeda was found in papers that were foung after our initial occupation of Iraq. And we also discovered a terrorist training camp within Iraq.

So, it's not really unfortunate for me that you "threw this in my face".

7:47 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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2:43 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

So which is it? You are for the war in Iraq, or are you against it. You have gone in both directions in your comments.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

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7:03 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

Again, are you for the war in Iraq or against it?

9:28 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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4:55 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

So, you are against the war in Iraq?

8:34 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

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4:30 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

I understand the word not perfectly. It's just that I asked you a straightforward question and was awaiting a straightforward answer. All I got back was a bunch of philosophizing about war:

"I'm not for any war. War is not like some movie or video game. It's not something you cheer from the sidelines like a football game. It's a filthy business that was best described by Gen. Sherman during our civil war. I'm proud of my country when we enter a war in order to end it. I'm ashamed when our government starts one and will not end it until so many lives have been wasted it becomes unbearable."

Which goes from you not being for any war, but yet "proud of my country when we enter a war in order to end it."

Instead of a direct answer regarding the war in Iraq.

The Iraq war ended pretty swiftly but then a flood of ouside insurgents started waging war against both the US troops there trying to train the Iraq military and the new fledgeling Iraqi government with the aim of smashing any hopes for the new Iraq government from standing up and being able to defend itself.

I'm quite sure we are there to end that. It just isn't going to end as quickly as we might wish for it to end.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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3:37 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

""Not" is a pretty simple response for most people. For you, explaining the why seems to be like hammering a nail into pudding."

For most people a question like, "are you for or against the war in Iraq?" is pretty simple. Getting you to answer it is like trying to hammer a nail into pudding.

8:07 AM  
Blogger James said...

My, my, how telling that Jay doesn't even have enough guts to leave his comments as they stand. You shoul,d go back through your e-mails and repost all his leftie blathering.

4:23 AM  
Blogger Clay said...


Yeah, he's a coward. He's done this, it looks like, for every comment he's posted in any of my recent posts here.

I exposed his cowardice in the comments section of my "The Ant And The Grasshopper" post. I even pointed out that the URL that he has dissociated from his name when he posts his comments can be found on the "Wrong Headed" Blog List portion of my blog under the title "One Way Or Another".

One way or another, Jay will continue to be a whining, touch feely liberal who can't actually deal with dissenting views so he resorts to name calling, snarky comments and of course the little game he likes to play at his blog with the delete key.

That's a good idea about reposting his liberal pathetic comments. I'll have to consider it.

9:47 PM  

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