A Convention of the States Dangerous

A CONVENTION OF STATES DANGEROUS ~ Gary Bahr  – 7-17-17

Can you imagine the political hogwash that would come out of a Convention of  States to change the U.S. Constitution? Many states have already agreed to the idea in hopes of making honest federal politicians into a Congress for the good of all the people. Have they even read the Constitution? It has all the safeguards we need.

What we need is to obey the Constitution and laws that we do have or change some of the laws that benefit one person, one group or one party over another.

What we need is political parties that work together for the common good and laws that benefit and apply to all of us – including our politicians.

What we need is honest politicians like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, James Madison and James Monroe who truly worked for the common good before running for office.

What we need is educated voters that can think through a campaign and elect qualified politicians. When some of or half of the people see the Declaration of Independence on Facebook as a dangerous document against our current President Trump, we must start to teach the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in our grade schools and offer a free college education to all.

The Supreme Court was not helpful with ruling that a corporation is a person and free speech means we cannot control a corporation’s political contribution for a corporation’s greedy self-interest.

But if you think we can legislate morality in our politicians through a Convention of States, you must believe in Santa Clause, that the Earth is flat, and that the Sun and Moon are gods.

 

Test Politicians for Drug Use

TEST OUR POLITICIANS FOR DRUG USE ~ BahrWorks – 6-25-17

Our Wisconsin Assembly wants to test public aid recipients and now public aid businesses for drug use.

Why not include politicians? They are paid by us and work for us. They must be smoking or inhaling something with all the screwball ideas they come up with.

90% Tax On Income Over 1 Million Dollars Works

90% TAX ON INCOME OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS WORKS ~ by Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Taxes for the rich have been declining for decades. Some actually believe that if the rich pay less taxes they will build more factories and hire more people. It was President Reagan who sold us on the idea. It has not worked. There are less manufacturing jobs. Wages have been lowered in many manufacturing jobs that remain.

When I was young Roosevelt and Eisenhower had a 90% tax rate on earning exceeding $1 million. In 1980 the top rate was 70%. Now it is 39.6% and with a weird tax code loaded with exemptions and tax loopholes, few pay that rate. The top tax bracket now is $418,400.

Personally I favor the 90% on income over $1 million to encourage investment in equipment, factories, and pay and benefits for workers.

Democrats favor raising tax rates on the rich and Republicans like to lower the rates on the rich. I guess it depends on who gives you donations to your campaigns.

We all agree the tax code is too massive and too complicated.

My Fair Tax Plan is simply to eliminate all tax exemption devices, exceptions to tax and loopholes. Poverty level income could be exempt of tax for every taxpayer. Of course farm and business expenses would remain deductible business expenses.

Why should anyone be exempt of a tax? Under my Fair Tax Plan state and federal income tax rates could be cut in half.

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My Woods

MY WOODS by Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

In 1989 my wife Dawn and I bought an old 130 acres dairy farm.  It had 28 acres of old growth ( if you flattened out the hill, the old growth woodland I think I might have 150-180 acres).  In 1994 we planted 32,000 pines and hardwoods on 53 acres of CRP land. The planter had a special tractor he drove with one kid behind each rear wheel that put little sticks in little funnels on the back wheels to plant in the land. It took them only 12 hours. No one told me it would be a lot of work thereafter. As President George W. Bush would say, “It’s hard work”.

It is now all part of the managed forest program.

We started woods cleanup in 2006.  A crew came in to take down the Buckthorn and Honeysuckle and Grapevine and other Invasive Species. Initially I would say 90 per cent of the old growth and 50 percent of the new growth was covered with garlic mustard. I measured one Buckthorn at 22 feet.  Usually they are 10-12 feet.

GARLIC MUSTARD

I am known as the number 1 Garlic Mustard killer in the world.

Garlic mustard is the worse invasive species. It saps the nutrients from the soil and slows the life of the trees. One 2nd year plant – called – mother plants – can produce 500-2000 seeds. The next year you could have a couple thousand 1st year plants. Worse yet the seeds can lay dormant in the ground for 7 years. Seeds are also transported by deer, raccoon, humans, wild turkeys, etc. No one mentioned all this when I started. I think in the new growth I have the GM down to less than 1% of fields. But, like I said, you still have to walk each row to get a few plants or if you miss them, next year you have thousands of new plants.

I have been working on cleaning up our woods for several years. The invasive species – like Buckthorn, Honeysuckle etc may be winning again, but I’ll get rid of it! The Garlic Mustard is down 90% in the old growth, but you still have to walk every inch of the woods to kill the garlic mustard mother plants. That is 2000 zillion steps with a backpack full of chemical on your back. It helps if your are crazy.

It is expensive.

LOWER HARDWOOD BRANCHES

Last winter we took off most of the branches in most fields to 12-13 feet with a power pole saw. I had taken off most lower branches in the past that I could reach with a clipper when the branches were smaller. Soon we will finish the fields. Then in a few years we will attack the upper branches from 12-16.5 feet.

July 2012

Finished spraying the fence lines of the middle field today. Done spraying for this year or should I say I quit. My new Honda Brush Cutter will have plenty of work to do along these fence lines.

Poke weed is now atrocious.  It is a big tall fat weed that grows over your head, gets white flowers in summer and lots of clumps of berries hereafter.  The stems are big, fat, hollow. You will be tripping over them later this year when they die this fall.

It is very hot.  90 degree plus. Tried my new WORX grass trimmer – think it may work to clean up yard if grass isn’t a foot tall and thick. It is a toy compared to my new Honda Brush Cutter. Have started cleaning garage. Too hot in garage.

by Gary Bahr

Started cleaning up my office overlooking big woods.

THE FUN OF THE WOODS

While cleaning the office, my deer: my lone young yearling (Turk), my twin yearlings (Pete and Andy), my mother deer (Dawn) and two fawns (Jen and Jena) have been visiting my small pond – 2 – 3 times a day.  I have been adding some fresh water daily. Then they like to eat grass in the shade of my little crabapple tree – especially in 90 degree weather.

The Crow came to drink. He looked and looked at where the pond sat before. Did not yet try the new spot. I call him Crow.

Yesterday one of the fawns (Jena) came up to the pond by herself. She looked in and saw her reflection. I could see the reflection from my office window. It scared her. She jump back and ran off.  Then my twin yearlings (Andy & Pete) came to drink. While they were drinking, my lone yearling (Turk) came out of the pines. He walked over to the two yearlings to make friends. They chased him away.  This is the yearling that tried last year to make friends with wild turkeys which chased him away.

Did you know the fawns can scratch the back of their ears with their hind feet!? Cute!

Next day – Jena the fawn looks in the pond and sees her reflection and jumps back. Circles the pond and looks in, jumps back. She does this a couple more times before taking a drink. Then she climbs in the small plastic liner pond and drinks. Jen, the other fawn watches all this for several minutes from 100 feet away. Then comes to the pond and Jena jumps out.

Oh what fun it is…

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Are Our Politicians Borderline or Wacko?

Are Our Politicians Borderline or Wacko?

~ By Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

I have no classification for normal politicians. You must decide.

CITIZENS UNITED – U.S. Supreme Court rules corporations are humans and can donate to political campaigns. Are they wacko?  If corporations are humans they should be executed, killed when they do wrong. Look out AT&T, Exxon etc. Help reverse Citizens United!

TAX THE RICH – When I was born in the 40’s, millionaires were taxed 90% of income over $1,000,00 dollars. Let’s go back to that. If the rich do not want to pay the tax, they can hire more employees, improve their factory, give more to charity. The idea of lowering taxes to the rich to get more employment or factories is not working. Seems when the tax is low we have had the worse of times for employment and manufacturing.

REPUBLICANS REDISTRICTING OF WISCONSIN TO FAVOR REPUBLICANS is under attack for favoring keeping Republicans in power. Republican maverick Senator Dale Schultz was in favor of an Iowa-like nonpartisan panel to handle redistricting. One would think that that would be automatic.

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Thomas Jefferson

THOMAS JEFFERSON

by Gary Bahr

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5; began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9; studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14; studied classical literature and additional

languages…

At 16; entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19; studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23; started his own law practice.

At 25; was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31; wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the

rights of British America” and retired from his law practice.

At 32; was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33; wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33; took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code

and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36; was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40; served in Congress for two years.

At 41; was the American minister to France and

negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin & John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53; served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55; drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party…

At 57; was elected the third president of the United States.

At 60; obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

At 61; was elected to a second term as President.

At 65; retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81; almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83; died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff; a voice from the past to lead us in the future.John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe… Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not… Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world… Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them… Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas JeffersonNo free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms…Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government… Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas JeffersonTo compel a man to subsidize with his taxes, the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical… Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…

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My Favorite Songs

FAVORITE SONGS by Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

I DO THE TIME

My wife wanted a big Victorian house to do a bed and breakfast. I wanted a cabin in the woods overlooking the Mississippi. We compromised. We saw the movie “I walk the Line” about Johnny Cash and my wife bought the soundtrack and played it 24/7. I got to thinking to the song, humming to the song and singing to the song. Thus The Song – “I DoThe Time” in honor of my wife, Dawn, and her Dream bed and breakfast.

“I DO THE TIME”

She wants a big house for a B and B.

I want a cabin… and to see the sea.

I made up plans… now do not be surprised.

Because she’s mine… “we” compromised!

*

Lent her a million for her BnB.

“If I help”…she says she can repay me.

Now do it all… no payments do I see.

Because she’s mine… I work for free!

*

I do the dirty dishes all the time.

I scrub the tubs and showers and de-lime.

I keep my eyes wide open for the grime.

Because she’s mine… I tow the line.

*

I mow the trails from morning until night.

Avoiding cleaning makes it a real delight.

I sweep the walk and porch with all my might.

Because she’s mine… I do not fight.

*

I greet the guests with smiles that are sublime.

I clean the toilets and what guests leave behind.

I mop the floors and work and do not whine.

Because she’s mine… not paid a dime.

*

I do the make-work that she thinks is fine.

I’ll do it all until I’m ninety-nine.

I do the work, although I did no crime.

Because she’s mine… I do the time!

MOST SUNG SONG…

My Marvelous Little Toy

When I was just a wee little lad,

Full of health and joy,

My father homeward came one night

And gave to me a toy.

A wonder to behold it was

With many colors bright

And the moment I laid eyes on it,

It became my heart’s delight.

Refrain:

It went zip when it moved and pop when it stopped,

Whirrr when it stood still

I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.

The first time that I picked it up

I had a big surprise

Cause right on the bottom were two big buttons

That looked like big green eyes

I first pushed one and then the other,

Then I twisted it’s lid

And when I set it down again, here is what it did:

(refrain)

It first marched left, and then marched right

And then marched under a chair

And when I looked where it had gone

It wasn’t even there

I started to cry, but my daddy laughed

’cause he knew that I would find,

When I turned around my marvelous toy

Would be chugging from behind.

(refrain)

The years have gone by too quickly it seems,

I have my own little boy

And yesterday I gave to him

My marvelous little toy:

His eyes nearly popped right out of his head

And he gave a squeal of glee!

Neither one of us knows just what it is

But he loves it just like me!

It still goes… (refrain)

ANGELS AMOUNG US

NOTE: Now I believe there are wonderful people among us who are angelic in all they do. I do not believe there are angels with wings (like in “It’s A WonderfulLife”) that are among us, in heaven or on earth. There are angels who are beautiful, sophisticated, charming and sexy – men or women – on earth.

ALABAMA – ANGELS AMONG US 

I was walking home from school on a cold winter day.

Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way.

It was getting late, and I was scared and alone.

But then a kind old man took my hand and led me home.

Mama couldn’t see him, but he was standing there.

And I knew in my heart, he was the answer to my prayers.

Oh I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above.

They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.

To guide us with the light of love.

When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees. There’s always been someone there

to come along and comfort me. A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand. A pho

ne call from a friend, just to say Iunderstand. And ain’t it kind of funny that at the dark end of the road. Someone lights the way with just a single ray of hope.

Oh I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above.

They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.

To guide us with the light of love. They wear so many faces; show up in the strangest places.

To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need.

Oh I believe there areangels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach us how to give. To guide us with the light of love. To guide us with thelight of love.

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FAVORITE HYMN:

Amazing Grace Lyrics, John Newton (1725-1807), Stanza 6 anon.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear. And Grace, my fears relieved.

How precious did that Grace appear, The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;

‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far, and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures.

He will my shield and portion be, As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh andheart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess within the veil, A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun.

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we’ve first begun.

 

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. 

I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.

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JFK & RFK

JFK & RFK by Gary Bahr

I remember 1963… and the past 50 years…I was born and raised an Eisenhower Republican.  I voted the first time for Nixon. I would take that back now.

In death, JFK, changed my mind about him as I watched a nation and a world mourn the man. I shed a tear too when John John, the President’s son, saluted his Dad at the funeral.
Before JFK was killed, I had stood in Arlington Cemetery on a spot that was yet unused and thought what a nice spot to be buried.  JFK would be buried there a year later. RFK would also be buried next to him.
By the time RFK was in politics, I loved the Kennedy’s. They turned me to support equality for all, medical care for all, America for all.
Robert became my hero.
I had a chance to shake his hand when I was in college debate in Portland. Oregon. We were both staying in the same hotel. Neither of us knew the other was there.  I went to run down stairs rather than take the elevator. Up came first a dog followed by a smaller man who I looked back to see if it was Robert Kennedy. It was him. He paused. I froze, looked in his eyes, and in a second we both continued on our way. Of course I should have said hi! I missed my chance to shake his hand.
The next day he held a rally in downtown Portland. I went to see him standing on the roof of a car.
I would see him again in Salem, Oregon on the back of a train and wave. I was holding my son Trenton. His eyes looked sad. He lost in Oregon and won in California days later. I sat up all night to watch his win and hear the shots and was glued to the TV until they announced his death. Life and politics never were the same after that day.
I do not even recognize the current Republican Party and what it stands for. Eisenhower would not recognize it either. Lincoln weeps.
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Evolution

EVOLUTION ~ Gary Bahr, BahrWorks

I believe in evolution. Science supports my belief. And, if I were God, I would have made evolution a natural law so that species could adapt to their environment. Maybe He did.

Could I have control over my creations, I would not have made mice, rats or garlic mustard.

I would have it rain at night after Mid-night and do like an inch and 1/2 every Saturday. The temperature would be 72 degrees during the day and 62 at night – year round.

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