Masons, New World Order, Monsanto, Benevolent Extraterrestrials, Malevolent Extraterrestrials, Chinese, Nazis, White Supremacists (including Neo Nazis), Lumarians, Illuminati, HAARP, Communintarianism, Collectivism, Socialism. Military/Industrial Complex, Lunar Landings, AIDS, Superefficient Gas Engines.
Did I leave anybody out?
Radical Islam, Anti-Catholicism, Anti-Semitism, The JFK/RFK/MLK Assassination Theories (some of which are contradictory), Big Banks, Deflategate/Spygate (look ‘em up).
Did I leave anybody out?
Oh! Gene Autry and the secularization of Christmas and Easter.
Think about it. ‘Here Comes Santa Clause’ doesn’t say anything about Christ. ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ says even less. ‘Here Comes Peter Cottontail’ paints Easter not as a time of Christian rebirth, but as a time of “He’s got jelly beans for Tommy – Colored eggs for sister Sue.”
Mr. Autry promoted his songs in movies and on TV. He parlayed the wealth he gained from those ventures into the Anaheim (Los Angeles) Angels baseball team, which plays in a publicly owned ballpark. You can guess who funded that park, and it wasn’t Autry.
Irving Berlin and Bing Crosby are on the periphery of this particular conspiracy. Mr. Berlin, whose parents were aristocratic, Russian, and Jewish wrote ‘Easter Parade’, ‘White Christmas’, and ‘Happy Holiday’. Der Bingle, a Gonzaga boy, added a certain religiousness to such songs. And the American public of the times – a predominantly Christian population – ate up the songs without question. And if perchance, one or two people commented on the absence of Christ in those songs, the conspirators could say they were trying to encourage children to behave. Or they were celebrating old time traditions. Or people should stop seeing evil where none was intended. Back then they didn’t talk about black helicopters or tin foil hats, drama being much simpler in those days.
So here we are, Christianity having been subtly removed from Christian holy days, while prayer rooms are being put in public places so Muslims can practice their religion. This is called ‘The Law of Unintended Consequences’. What started out as a simple quest for profit found its way into the hands of individuals, organizations, and corporations like Brach’s, Hallmark and the ACLU
I wonder if the Jewish people in this country are pleased or annoyed by the fact that their religion is largely ignored.
Wikipedia says this about conspiracies:
“There are many unproven conspiracy theories of varying degrees of popularity, frequently related to clandestine government plans and elaborate murder plots. Conspiracy theories usually go against a consensus or cannot be proven using the historical method and are typically not considered similar to verified conspiracies such as Germany’s pretense for invading Poland in World War II.”
You can’t prove or disprove conspiracies. The good ones are so pernicious that it takes a conspiracy to penetrate them. But here’s the thing. There are hundreds of publicized conspiracies. Probability dictates that most of them are not true. But probability also dictates that SOME of them are true.
And will I get in trouble for looking under a rock or two today?
The Truck Conspiracy?
On the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting, AGENDA ITEM:12(A) Truck Purchase
Here’s what the agenda item says:
FISCAL IMPACT: This purchase is in the CIP for 2017. The total purchase price for the truck is 254,954.93.
All equipment is under the state bid contract pricing.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: The staff recommends the purchase of the 2018 freightliner from Istate Truck Center and the purchase of the equipment and building of the new truck bodies from Crysteel Truck Equipment.
It looks to me like this quarter-million dollar truck was selected, and then the specs were written. One wonders why, after years of success with trucks having only one body, it is suddenly necessary to have a truck with two bodies. One also wonders how much extra space and equipment will be needed to store and service the body changing operation. The highway blade on the side of the truck is an interesting feature.
A Reader Comments
W.J. Thom Company has a Contract with the State for purchasing decorated apparel.
However, even with all the complaining we can do, the State agencies if they want can still solicit bids to get their own price because as they say, it’s in the best interest of the State. They don’t do that very often, but it’s happened.
So the moral of the story is, Jordan should (expletive deleted) on the State truck contract and solicit vendors by formal bid to invite them to beat the contract truck price. Or they could explore … where another cities’ slightly used truck will do. Or they could trade-in the ladder truck that’s mostly only used for parades and the Celebrate Jordan event.
I’m sure somewhere out-there, there are other cities that have big spenders on their Councils getting rid of perfectly good trucks just to get the 2017 model (with all the bells & whistles) and for what… just to satisfy their maintenance departments demands that have a bad case of the I wants
We have a 20-year old used snow thrower. The CEO around here wants me to buy a new one. I say why should I? It’s rusty, it’s only used 3-4 months out of the year and it still throws snow perfectly well.
The bigger picture here is that City purchasing in Jordan is flawed and even with the new administrator it still needs to be fixed. The City Council needs to come up with a written policy/procedure to accomplish city purchasing.
So why do that? On some of the bids we work on, we must specify how much in saving the government entity will save over buying that item on the open market. It’s usually a savings to that buyer of between 20-30
I suppose it’s silly of me to think I know more about what the City needs than the people who run the city. That the City might need a truck is probable. But Richard’s points about buying used, or joining with other towns to buy trucks en bloc are valid. Belle Plaine, New Prague, Prior Lake, and Chaska all have pretty much the same street makeup as Jordan. Sadly, no one in government in those cities has the vision to create a buying consortium. The state bid program doesn’t do all that much to leverage buying power for small towns. And small towns don’t help themselves much when they refuse to act in unison.
The biggest problem with buying en bloc is that every member of the bloc has to think ahead, and some compromising would be required. That said, can someone explain to me why SCALE is not able to organize a buying consortium for such major purchases?
On another tangent, the quarter million dollar purchase, which will probably be the largest single purchase in the City for 2017, was not written up in the local newspaper.
I can tell you that the Public Works Manager compared (through the state bid program) new truck proposals from two sources. That’s good, but probably not as cheap as buying used, or joining with other towns to buy en bloc.
“At least Bank of America got its name right. The ultimate Too Big to Fail bank really is America, a hypergluttonous ward of the state whose limitless fraud and criminal conspiracies we’ll all be paying for until the end of time.”