Archive for December, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

You will be greeted with a full-screen animation of fireworks and rockets. Each rocket represents one of my posts during 2012. Scroll down to view the entire report.

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Captain Rick: I began regular posts to my WordPress blog ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL about 4 months ago. I am honored to view the stats of people around the world who have viewed my blog during the past 90 days, as shown in the WordPress stat image below. WordPress stat data capabilities boggle my mind. I know some of you from photography friendships molded during the early days on Webshots and later on Flickr. I sincerely appreciate your friendship and look forward building more friendships among those I do not yet know from the countries shown below.

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Our world is a huge place, but thanks to the internet and great social networks like WordPress, Flickr and Facebook, our friends on the other side of the globe are all just a very short distance away.

Captain Rick: All remains quiet in Washington DC with no signs of any actions to prevent America from going over the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ on January 1, 2013. Those who have studied Captain Rick’s Fiscal Cliff Course 101 understand why going over the cliff is a good thing. I have heard reports of the President and Congress returning Sunday, December 30, 2012 to do some last minute political grandstanding in an effort to impress Americans that they really care about us. The worst thing they can do is to play a game of ‘give and take’ (we will give up this … if you give up that). Such a stunt would only weaken the good that the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ will accomplish. The best thing they can do is nothing, which I actually believe is what they intend. It would be nice if they just skip the political rhetoric and grandstanding in the process. Americans are getting very sick of it. One thing is sure about our “Washington Circus”. We will not know what the last act might present until its over.

And so, while we wait, I present a couple ‘Fiscal Cliff’ cartoons for your enjoyment:

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If you have not yet taken the course, you can now. CLICK: Captain Rick’s Fiscal Cliff Course 101 … The course starts at the very bottom.

Captain Rick: Investors sold heavily this week in fear of America going over the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ on January 1, 2013. Its obvious none of them studied Captain Rick’s Fiscal Cliff Course 101. Those that have view the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ as a welcomed stepping stone to better times in America in an effort to correct America’s thirst for debt. It is such a shame that the news media portrays such a bad image of it and that our representatives in Washington continue to play a game by trying to make us think they have our better interests in mind, while they really are hoping for America to go over the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ for political gain. Its politics as usual.

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For all graduates of Captain Rick’s Fiscal Cliff Course 101, it will soon be time to welcome in 2013 with cheer.

For those who have not yet taken the course, you can do so now (the course starts at the very bottom) by clicking: Captain Rick’s Fiscal Cliff Course 101

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Captain Rick: Here we go again. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned Congress in a letter that U.S. borrowing will hit the debt ceiling on Monday, and that Treasury will begin using ‘extraordinary measures’ to prevent government spending from exceeding the legal limit of $16.394 trillion. On Monday, debt subject to the limit was just $95 billion below the $16.394 trillion debt ceiling. That allows for spending over $13 billion a day through next Monday. It makes my head spin thinking about how fast the U.S. spends money and that over $1 trillion of what it spends each year is borrowed money (deficit spending) that adds to the U.S. National Debt.

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The extraordinary measures include suspending the reinvestment of federal workers’ retirement account contributions in short-term government bonds. All told, the extraordinary measures can create about $200 billion of headroom under the limit — normally about two months worth of borrowing.

If America begins going over the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ on Tuesday, January 1, as all indications point to now, $600 billion in annual spending cuts and tax revenue increases will kick in and slow the generation of debt to half speed. This would double the period of time to 4 months remaining before extraordinary measures would be exhausted.

After the extraordinary measures run out, Treasury won’t be able to pay all the country’s bills in full and on time. At that point, the United States will run the very real risk that it could default on some of its obligations, such as making interest payments on America’s National Debt which total a staggering $260 billion per year. This would have a severe negative impact on America’s credit rating which would have a ripple effect of making it more costly for the U.S. Treasury to borrow money. At some point foreign governments, like Japan and China, which hold large sums of American debt, would slow lending or even curtail it. The American economy would grind to a halt and be thrust into a deep recession, dragging all world economies along with it.

Other solutions could be to default on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other government program payments. We all can comprehend the immediate, massive, destructive effect that would have on society.

Thus, we can conclude that default of any kind  is not an acceptable solution. The only immediate solution will be to increase the national debt again. Those who have studied Captain Rick’s FISCAL CLIFF Course 101, know that its just a matter of time before raising the national debt ceiling will no longer be a workable option. This is why it is so important that the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ spending cuts and tax revenue increases take effect on January 1.

Captain Rick’s Dream for America

I find the manner in which the President and Republicans and Democrats in Congress are trading off fiscal ‘trinkets’, in an effort to fool America that they can come up with a better solution than the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ to solve America’s serious problem of thirst for debt … almost laughable.

The President and Congress should stop playing fiscal games. The current members of Congress should stay home on vacation for the rest of the year. A new slate of legislators will be sworn in on January 3, hopefully with a work ethic that is void of politics (I am holding my breath), and work towards raising the debt ceiling along with the creation of Fiscal Cliff 2 … another painful round of spending cuts and tax revenue increases that would finally balance America’s budget and eliminate deficit spending. Ideally, it would start on January 1, 2014, when the next raise of the national debt ceiling will most likely be required. Hopefully that would be the last need to raise the America’s National Debt Ceiling.

Perhaps Fiscal Cliff 3 could kick in on January 1, 2015 with another round of spending cuts and tax increases that would begin reducing America’s National Debt and its interest on the debt which will be well over $300 billion per year by then.

If America were to follow this painful fiscal road, our children and grandchildren could have a realistic chance to make a descent living and recapture some of the Great American Dream that kids growing up in America back in the 1950’s and 1960’s once had. I was one of them. They were great times that are ‘long gone’, but can be rekindled if we, the generations who helped create America’s fiscal ‘nightmare’, accept some sacrifices. I urge everyone in America to accept the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ with a ‘grain of salt’ as it becomes effective on January 1, 2013 and urge your legislative representatives to work towards achieving Fiscal Cliff 2.

View Captain Rick’s entire FISCAL CLIFF Course 101: https://atridim.wordpress.com/category/fiscal-cliff-course-101/

Rick – It is a beautiful Christmas Day! Thank you for sending your emails and for your concern for our community. Attached is the Lewis Family Christmas photo. Have a great day and Happy New Year!

Mayor John Lewis & the Lewis Family

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Captain Rick: John, I am honored by and appreciate your kind words and wishes. You serve Gilbert well.

Captain Rick: Friendship is one of the very best things we can hope for and appreciate to have.

I appreciate all of my friends who read and view my blog, especially those who follow it.

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Take a moment to appreciate your friends.

View Captain Rick’s entire ‘Pet Talk’ series: https://atridim.wordpress.com/category/pet-talk/