Thursday, November 22, 2007


This BLOG spot is the result of a "joke" sent me by a Young Lady I'm acquainted with. She sent it in good humor and with no intent to anger or displease, but to tease me about the way I think politically. However, I had to respond to her, also in good humor and a bit sarcastically, yet honestly as I see it.

Lol, Lady

Laffin my buns off- your math is off by about 50 years.

Lemme 'splain...

In 1950 America was going thru a growth spurt after WW2- which was created by an Austrian who adored Charlie Chaplin's moustache and hated any who weren't like him. The cost of producing the lumber was $80, so the logger cleared $20, which was actually worth $20.

In 1960 we were involved in a war created by a Democrat President named John Kennedy. A lot of that lumber went to rebuilding a place called Viet Nam- because it was destroyed by Presidential and Congressional decree. Since there was a great need for lumber in other parts of the world and the United States was truly the most prodigious producer, the lumber was in demand and the logger cleared $20 because the dollar was still the most powerful monetary unit in the world.

In 1970, the United States was still involved in a Democratically created war in Viet Nam. Which we were still trying to rebuild after helping China bomb hell outta the place. Of course the logger was still selling his lumber for $100 a load, but due to Green Peace, the Sierra Club and other protesters, who, by the way, were destroying the logger's equipment because they think the logger was destroying the "wilderness". Therefore, the $20 the logger earned as profit was further cut into by equipment repairs and replacements, as well as having to pay more for the logs he cut because the Special Interest Groups such as Sierra Club and Green Peace were demanding the government put access to certain areas off-limits to logging. The logger therefore had to buy more petroleum products to reach the areas he was allowed to log. So, no, he did not make a profit.

1980 was a very wonderful year for loggers. Not only were they having to travel longer distances to get the raw material, they were now paying exorbitantly high fuel prices due to Democratic President Jimmy Carter's Energy Embargo, emplaced in the mid-70's (remember the long lines at the gas pump?) at which time a gallon of gas jumped from 35 cents a gallon to .75 or more. Too, the Sierra Club and other "environmental" organizations were swaying more and more of the Democratic Congressmen and Senators to put more and more restrictions on areas that could be logged- such as the Oregon and Washington forests, in order to preserve habitat so an owl would not become extinct. Not mentioning that the owl has since gone off the endangered species list, the areas still have not been opened to logging. Naturally, hundreds of loggers and mills were put out of work and began to collect welfare and other government benefits, which were paid in part by the logging companies. Also, to compensate for this, the logger now had to transport his logs hundreds of miles farther to mill them, resulting in higher transport costs. Then he had to transport them back to the shipping ports, costing more. Meanwhile, Special Interest Groups such as the Sierra Club got more land put out of the logger's reach- guess what? There is nothing to underline since again, the logger made no profit.

1990 was a peculiar year for loggers. Primarily, there were more acres of timbered forests not only ripe for harvest, but dieing from disease and over-growth, storm damage and plain old old age. Naturally, the Sierra Club, among other less notable Special Interest Groups, had more timbered land put off-limits to logging access and these old growth forests burned- all that timber going to waste and putting many beautiful scenic sights under a growth of black ashes and brush growth. Oh- about the loggers: they had by this time replanted more timber than they were allowed to harvest. Areas in which this timber- planted at ten to one ratios- was declared off-limits to logging because the Special Interest Groups managed to convince a Democratic Congress that the trees and wild areas were more important than jobs for people whose livelihoods depended upon a renewable resource they had planted. Of course, the logger had to travel farther and cut less and therefore, his $20 profit was cut into even more, especially since a Democratic President decided that kow-towing to Foreign Special Interest Groups and signing environmental treaties was more in keeping with American tradition than allowing Americans to work, so jobs were outsourced to places like China, Mexico, India, Malaysia, etc. Oh- that $20 profit? That was worth 71 cents on the World Market. So, figuring costs and all, the logger was probably clearing closer to $3 per hundred sold.

2007 is going to be a wonderful year for Illegal Loggers. 2008 will be even better since there will be more illegals in the United States than ever in its history. Naturally, these illegal loggers will work for less than the going rate so they can send the money to Mexico. We know this will tremendously help American Loggers because they're going to be sitting back collecting unemployment and other government benefits and lose all sense of their worth. Too, 2007 was an interesting year for American Pulp and Timber Industry workers because this is the year the United States government allowed China and Canada to purchase many mills in the United States. These mills were closed because it was cheaper to produce the materials in China and Canada and ship them to other destinations around the world.

That $20 profit from the loggers? Fact, Dear Lady: None of it went to American Loggers. I know this from first-hand experience, Fine Lady. I appreciate your sense of humor and sure hope you understand what I am trying to say here. I live in a logging area and see the "benefits" of all these government programs every day. So, in my opinion, what we really need is another Democrat in office who will sell the United States piecemeal to other countries. After all, having been the world leader in production for so long, we should share and share alike- let other parts of the world come up to our standard of living even though they didn't earn it but gained it through "diplomacy" by taking jobs away from Americans.

Oh, yes- we have to give the Sierra Club and their ilk a great big round of applause, as well: without their pushing and shoving, we would still be logging forests we have replanted and of which we now have more loggable timber in this country than anywhere in the world but Canada. Oh, right- I forgot to mention: the Sierra Club didn't plant any of this timber, it was loggers.

God Bless, Lady- no offence taken or meant by this.

Shy Wolf

Here is the letter/joke(?) that started it all:

Teaching Math :
In 1950A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?_____

2. Teaching Math In 1960A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?____

3. Teaching Math In 1970A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?____

4. Teaching Math In 1980A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20._____

5. Teaching Math In 1990A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate.... And cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers.)_____

6. Teaching Math In 2007Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

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