Recent comments: Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/ en-us By sui -- Your thoughts about recent issues on flights? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68823#C1502826 When you are on an airplane, or in a National or an international airport, you are under Federal Jurisdiction. That means you waive your unalienable rights to their jurisdiction. Look at it another way; If you are in the military, you wave your rights and must obey the federal Military law. If everyone said no the the military laws and rules, what kind of discipline would the military have over the enlisted men in the military? There could be no control over the men in any of the military... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:55:19 -0500 By stevemills -- What programs are available to youth to prepare them for stepping into the world of adulthood? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68789#C1502763 Thanks Beau. I was starting to enjoy and rely upon getting the email notifications when someone posted, but alas, they have disappeared again. I grabbed the photo and will use it in my next post. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:56:13 -0500 By stevemills -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502722 Some REALLY good comments and observations. That roof analogy strikes too close though. :-)I've got a garage roof that needs repairing but the foundation issue needs repair first. Been told it will be cheaper to tear everything down and rebuild. Yuck. Lazarus' comment needs some serious thinking. "How do we make good long range plans, with budgets that only cover a single year? When an elected official, with a two year tenure, makes plans. How long is the longest period that he will be... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:39:15 -0500 By espoontoon -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502713 Good reply Lazarus! I'm of the opinion that the gas tax that is supposed to go to road funding, should only go to road funding (or road infrastructure)and not to any other funds. If they set the budget from that fund they wouldn't have to raise the gas tax. They just don't want to budget wisely. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:36:37 -0500 By Liveforlight -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502703 I think Lazarus has pointed to the relation of acceptable leakage for you Steve. Although achieving "perfection" is debatable, since it depends on the definition of "perfect". The smaller boat/roof/government is easier to seal "perfectly" than the big one. The acceptable leakage, it would seem, is directly related to the size of the boat, roof, or government program. In other words, less surface area = less leakage opportunity. This is precisely why the size and scope of government and... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:54:09 -0500 By lazarus -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502696 Big Boats have leakage, Liverlight. The roof on, say, a domed stadium has leakage. Human organizations, of any size, have leakage. Every large system will have some inefficiencies. That is just a fact of life. We perpetually work to improve, but perfection is not attainable. To answer Steve's question, I would be hard pressed to apply a specific number to what is acceptable leakage. I would say "noise level." You have "leakage" in your own budget. Ever have food get shoved to the back of the... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:23:35 -0500 By Liveforlight -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502680 What percentage of leakage would you deem acceptable in a boat or a roof? Leakage causes damage. It should be repaired immediately upon discovery. Instead, we have a "Three Stooges" mentality at work. They want to add another hole to the boat to let out the water that has just come in. New wine for new wine skins. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:18:42 -0500 By beau maverick -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502663 It's difficult to know where to stand but I do feel we must fix our roads.I drive to Nashville 5 days a week and the condition of the roads are very dangerous in some areas.There's nothing like hitting a pothole at 2 am on highway 65 that blows a front tire.Thank goodness I was in a dually pickup truck or I would've flipped.I also would like some of the backroads repaired and made safe. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:04:50 -0500 By stevemills -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502655 What is acceptable "leakage"? Are the majority of reports we hear and read of theft, misappropriation and misdirected funds inaccurate? If so, then our mistrust is unwarranted. If not, then what percentage of loss is the "cost of government"? Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:55:20 -0500 By Liveforlight -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502653 Good post Lazarus. The gas tax is a good example of how taxation should work. It is only paid by those who use the roads, a "user fee" is a good term for it. This is how all taxes should be. But, "The Law" in the form of taxation, is being used to plunder the people who do not "use" the service for which they are being taxed. Therefore, plundering is being committed by Law. Everyone should pay their part of what they use, but nothing more. The "leakage", as you called it, is... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:18:57 -0500 By lazarus -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502589 Not all taxes are the same. Taxpayers seem to envision all taxes as part of a ubiquitous pool from which government services are paid. This is only true of the General Fund. Many funds function more as user fees, with targeted taxes feeding in to cover related expenses. In my version of conservative, user fees are the preferable way of paying for government services. As long as the fund is not raided by elected officials to pay for some unrelated expenditure (and Republicans are just as prone... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:04 -0500 By beau maverick -- What programs are available to youth to prepare them for stepping into the world of adulthood? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68789#C1502574 Steve,I posted a picture of the advertisement for the Triune event.We encourage and welcome everyone to attend.I also hope to get some local events going in our county.It's about getting everyone involved and making a difference.I posted it on the Weed em Facebook page.One thing I'd like to share is a new unit that I am forming up,our goal is to do a enlistment and charter like the actual unit did in Shelbyville in 1863.One of the other goals is to develop a program educating and teaching about... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:58:10 -0500 By stevemills -- What programs are available to youth to prepare them for stepping into the world of adulthood? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68789#C1502494 Beau, if you can send me a link or more information, I would be glad to make a post of its' own. Gets better attention that way. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:59:15 -0500 By stevemills -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502493 I would have a lot less resistance if I truly believed they had good control of the budget and as you said budgeted wisely. Over the years, I have not seen a trend of that improving. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:56:45 -0500 By espoontoon -- Does the recent gas tax get your seal of approval? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68798#C1502477 No to any tax increase, especially gas. They just need to budget more wisely... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:34:24 -0500 By beau maverick -- What programs are available to youth to prepare them for stepping into the world of adulthood? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68789#C1502471 Well said for both of you.I am glad to see others wanting to make a difference.I would like to extend a invitation to a local event we are doing in Arrington on April 29 and 30.It's a event where the organizers are wanting to get the public involved.I would also like to sit down with both of you and talk about ideas and ways we can make a difference. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:46:45 -0500 By stevemills -- What programs are available to youth to prepare them for stepping into the world of adulthood? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68789#C1502452 That is an interesting way to ,ix history with everyday practical skills Beau. If I can help talk tat up some, please call on me? The lessons taught in team sports is often missed. Somewhat more individual sports like track, golf, tennis, etc., teach perseverance, practice, dedication to succeed, etc. and there is a team aspect of that as well. Can you elaborate more on the "earning" of money for their programs lazarus? If I respond slow to this post, I am not getting my email... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:33:27 -0500 By lazarus -- What programs are available to youth to prepare them for stepping into the world of adulthood? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68789#C1502415 Kudos to you, Mr Maverick. Most people only complain, and do nothing.Be sure and let us know if ya'lls efforts come to fruition. I have been a volunteer coach for ... lets just say a career measured in decades... because I feel like the sports programs in the schools do provide that missing piece in education. Certainly the sports when I was in school had a lot to do with me writing this from the comfort of a home, rather than some prison cell (smiley face). In sports, they are placed in a... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:55:29 -0500 By stevemills -- Do you have fairies or leprechauns in your Wardian Case? Yikes! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68746#C1502393 I don't think any of the comments I was referring to were to or about me, so .... I check my stats on the pages and while I do not always get responses, I can assure you there are people visiting and presumably reading, which is all I really am concerned about. I am purposely not posting controversial subjects much because of the way they degrade. There are other hate filled blogs that they can vent, so I will only post when it fancies me. Thanks for your concern. I write some other... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:22:33 -0500 By Blessed Assurance -- Do you have fairies or leprechauns in your Wardian Case? Yikes! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68746#C1502392 You couldn't upset me if you tried. I was just wanting to point out that you are virtually the only one commenting on your own blogs of recent. I guess it is more peaceful and quiet when you are talking and answering yourself. Can't say I blame you.....if it gets too hot in the kitchen go sit on the porch. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:15:34 -0500 By beau maverick -- What programs are available to youth to prepare them for stepping into the world of adulthood? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68789#C1502383 One program that my group Rippavilla Brigade is working on, is a younger version of reenacting where in addition to the other activities we will teach money management,how to conduct yourself in public,public speaking,teamwork,citizenship,being involved in the community,the lost art of communication and anyother aspects that present themselves.We have noticed several issues amongst the youth while doing events for the public and feel we need to step up our game to make a difference.It's... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:29:08 -0500 By stevemills -- Do you have fairies or leprechauns in your Wardian Case? Yikes! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68746#C1502307 Can I guess you were upset about the blog that I deemed worthless? Somehow, I find more peace with these worthless posts than hosting posts that degrade as much as that one did. I do not go back to refresh myself with who played what part, but I suppose you were in there? I posted those topics for those who wanted to talk about current events for the very reason you mentioned, no one else was posting. That does not seem to be appreciated, although apparently you missed it. Oh,... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:19:30 -0500 By Blessed Assurance -- Do you have fairies or leprechauns in your Wardian Case? Yikes! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68746#C1502304 Except for the few blog topics you posted earlier, your blogs have degraded to worthlessness. Not much of a blog topic when you are the only one posting comments to your own blog??? Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:58:48 -0500 By stevemills -- Help wanted: Need a “people person”, but computer software will decide your fate. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68745#C1501979 A side note about age: According to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, but the expected tenure of the workforce's youngest employees is about half that. So what does that say about someone’s age and job performance? They don't think a 68 year old will live long enough to meet that average? Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:40:58 -0500 By stevemills -- The world of macro photography. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68742#C1501962 I was just thinking about how dirt could affect the quality. BIG TIME! I've sold albums for years without being trying to play them, just a visual inspection. Only had one that was not happy but now I have a small portable record player I picked up at auction and play each one if it has ANY question. Deb plays the 45s all the time but I only play after the sale sale because 33 rpm LPs take a while. I would never get any listed if I did that. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:57:13 -0500 By stevemills -- A Fairy Garden meeting of the Weed'em and Reap garden club is coming up THIS week! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68708#C1501808 Really? None knows of someone local selling miniature plants that can go in a miniature garden? I would much rather give a shout out to a local place, but Martin's in Murfreesboro still has about 30 varieties according to a young lady I talked to today. She thought that was low so it sounds like they are prepared for terrariums and Fairy Gardens. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:09:45 -0500 By stevemills -- Time for Fairy Gardens? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68652#C1501376 Hope someone was able to make it. I was working what will probably become my full time job soon, sourcing at an auction and yard sales. Did not score too well. Seems as if everyone was "hungry" from he Winter's layoff of auctions and were willing to pay more than me. Hope it is not a long-term thing. :-) Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:50:27 -0500 By horsepoopperson -- Time for Fairy Gardens? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68652#C1501258 We missed an opportunity to show off the garden club! Today is pet and fun day at the ag ctr in Shelbyville! Its all free and lots of people. Maybe next year we can be ready to participate! It's runs from 10 until 2 if you want to check it out. hp Sat, 08 Apr 2017 08:47:57 -0500 By stevemills -- Time for Fairy Gardens? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68652#C1500263 One of our readers, HP mentioned that Old Time Pottery has a Fairy Garden section. Thanks. Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:12:55 -0500 By stevemills -- Yeah, shorts season, but alas, I may not be able to participate. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68613#C1499798 I'll have to do some research on that Janice. Thanks. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:59:33 -0500 By Janice Carlton -- Yeah, shorts season, but alas, I may not be able to participate. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68613#C1499795 Be careful with those cat scratches, a cat bit me last fall and it gave me cat scratch fever, it was horrible and hangs on a long time. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:44:25 -0500 By horsepoopperson -- Yeah, shorts season, but alas, I may not be able to participate. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68613#C1499792 Looks like long sleeve shirts would be a good idea too! lol lol hp Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:11:08 -0500 By stevemills -- Yeah, shorts season, but alas, I may not be able to participate. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68613#C1499488 LOL! I saw your comment in my email feed and did not look to which post you were referring. Now it makes sense, but before I was lost. Have you ever watched that show? Is there redeeming value beyond the title? Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:31:54 -0500 By sui -- Yeah, shorts season, but alas, I may not be able to participate. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68613#C1499397 Makes one wonder how all those people survive the Naked and Afraid Show. I guess as long as they don't bring their pets they are alright. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:10:29 -0500