Taxes – a necessary evil

I was very disappointed in an on-line tax conference I signed up to watch yesterday evening. I see John Jamieson as a self-serving individual who is so contemptuous of our government that he could care less if it goes bankrupt. I’m aghast that he is proud of making over $200,000 a year and paying a pittance in taxes. Furthermore, for $1,295 he will show you how to do it too. I felt like throwing up when the on-line conference was over.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to pay more taxes than I owe. But I’m not willing to pull the legal(?) shenanigans he is suggesting to jump through loopholes. Maybe he thinks he’ll be on top of the pile when we all go under by collecting $1,295 per sucker for his sucker tax.

We wonder why our country is suffering financially. It is because of the pure greed of those who have the big bucks, coupled with the expectations of the “have nots” that the world owes them a living whether they are willing to work or not.

No one seems to have the concept that everyone needs to be willing to do honest work and pull together to restore our country to financial security. Maybe hard times is what we all need.

Jesus told the Pharisees to “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Both taxes and tithes are needed for our own well-being. Sadly, this program was promoted to hundreds of people by a man who considers himself Christian.

Excuse me while I puke!

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Baby Chickadees

I discovered a pair of chickadees are nesting in a birdhouse that stayed vacant all last year (except that a paper wasp nest was hanging inside). At first when I saw them going in and out a time or two I thought they might be nesting, but yesterday when I tried to see in the hole in front of the box I noticed the wasp nest and assumed they wouldn’t be nesting in the box like that. Fortunately, the wasp nest was empty so I took the nest box down and removed it. Then I discovered that the chickadees had indeed nested inside. There was a nest with five babies in it. They had probably hatched a day or two earlier.

Learning the Hard Way

I think my bluebirds have abandoned their nest. I thought I had done a pretty good job of backing off and not checking the nest too often. But one time I flushed her off the nest before peeking in. I probably should have waited until another time to peek in. I haven’t seen them around since then and don’t think they are sitting on the eggs. In fact, the second bluebird box across the road now has a nest with at least four eggs in it and the birds are sitting on them. I suspect these may be the same birds.

Feeding bluebirds?

I have bluebirds nesting in my bluebird house again this spring. This time there are six eggs in the nest. If you read my earlier posts on bluebirds you will see pictures of several stages in the growing process.

But I have been disappointed every time the babies fledged. I’ve never seen it happen and the birds mysteriously disappear as a new nest is begun. I don’t know for sure if they have successfully fledged or not. I know the mocking birds give them a hard time throughout the nesting process, so maybe once the babies fledge they find a safer place to finish their parenting role.

So here is my dilemna. I want to keep the babies around so I can watch them too. I plan to set out a feeder to entice them to stick around. But bluebirds eat expensive food that the mockingbirds will also want to eat. I need a bluebird feeder that is the right size for the bluebird while the larger mocking birds can’t get to the food.

I hope I have a few readers who can offer some suggestions on how to feed bluebirds without feeding the mocking birds as well.