Christmas Time Without A Tree

This song is dedicated to everyone who is suffering this holiday season, but especially for divorced dads everywhere.

Christmas should be the happiest time of the year
People giving, giving, giving
Never asking for one thing in return
But for many, it’s a very painful time to fear

I asked you for a special gift one year
You never cared enough to buy it
Christmas’ came and Christmas’ gone
You never did find the time to acquire it

You once gave me love, you gave me life
I tried to give you my all; I did the best I could
But my best just was not good enough
In the end, there was just way too much emotional gruff

You never let me know what it was that you wanted
Never let me into your heart
Never let me into your life
In the end, it was just far too easy for you to part

What does this say about the love we once had
You never had any time for me
But always did for every one else
What should have been a special relationship was really quite sad

I was the bad guy, everything was always all my fault
Or so you had everyone to believe
How could I have treated you so mean
But baby, you know that things just weren’t what they seemed

You stole from me the two most valuable things you once gave me
They can never be replaced
You walk around all high and mighty
Judgment day will come one day, a price to pay you’ll see

Life and time goes on it always does seem
I sit alone on Christmas Eve, there isn’t even a tree
One thing that I can never understand
Is how it is you could ever be so mean

Christmas time is supposed to be a time of great joy and cheer
But you stole it all away from me that awful year
Christmas day and all tomorrows
For many like me it is a time of great sorrow

Steven H. Spring

The Twelve Days Of A Capitalist’s Christmas

The following song was posted last Christmas.  However, there has been quite a few views of the post the past several days, and since I now have several more friends on Facebook, I thought I would re-post the soon to be Christmas classic again this year.  The great thing about these lyrics is that every year they can be updated and modified utilizing that year’s hottest toys and biggest deals.  Since Christmas is nearly here, and I wanted to post it tonight, I did not have time for any updates.  I’ll save that for next year!  Besides, I have no idea what are this year’s hottest toys.

Is there a war on Christmas?  Yes!  However it’s not being waged by atheists, agnostics or democrats.  Our all-consuming capitalistic form of government, led by their never-ending stream of nearly non-stop commercials everywhere one look, holidays or not, has turned what was once a purely religious holiday, as Christians celebrated the birth of God’s son, Jesus Christ into an orgy of mass consumerism all the while forcing everyone evermore deeper into debt as they finance this two-month-long gluttonous shopping addiction with monthly payments, thus actually spreading holiday cheer  throughout the year.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!

Steven H. Spring

 

On the twelfth day before Christmas,
Waiting all night just to shop before the break of dawn.
Lord there must be a better way,
Thank goodness, Black Friday doesn’t come every day.

On the eleventh day before Christmas,
There is no time to stop, its shop, shop, shop all day.
Look out, I think that woman over there,
Is about to attack us with her deadly pepper spray.

On the tenth day before Christmas,
The malls are all packed, but there is no time to moan or groan.
Fortunately for me, money no longer is a problem,
Thank goodness for all those four hundred percent interest charging payday loans.

On the ninth day before Christmas,
I really do love that 80-inch HD flat screen TV.
I just hope and pray to God,
That Best Buy will finance it for me.

On the eighth day before Christmas,
They’re all gonna be sold out I fear.
But Junior really does needs,
A new Xbox 360 this year.

On the seventh day before Christmas,
Lights are all hung and ornaments are scattered about the yard.
The credit cards are all at their max,
Oh my Lord, did I forget to mail the Christmas cards?

On the sixth day before Christmas,
Was it an iPhone, iMac, iPod or an iPad?
If I get it wrong, I pray that my precious little Mary,
Won’t be too, too mad.

On the fifth day before Christmas,
There is one toy that I have yet to find.
It’s a cute little blonde haired Barbie doll baby,
I think I just might have enough cash to pay, maybe.

On the fourth day before Christmas,
Thank God the shopping is almost done I shout out with glee.
I no longer can eat or sleep because,
I am stressed out far more than any human being should be.

On the third day before Christmas,
I really would like a brand new washer and dryer from Home Depot.
I just hope and pray that the family car,
Doesn’t get repo’d.

On the second day before Christmas,
All the shopping is finally done.
I am as broke as anyone can or should be,
But why isn’t there a government bailout for working class people like me?

On the day before Christmas,
I am all out of cash.
We were supposed to go to Grandma’s for dinner,
However, we couldn’t afford the gas!

Copyright 2011 SHSmusicGroup

 

 

Only Ten More Days Until America Crashes Over The Proverbial Fiscal Cliff

Watching my fellow Buckeye and Speaker of the House John Boehner whine incessantly about how bad off millionaires have it in these troubling times, I am almost beginning to feel sorry for them.  Just look at poor Mitt Romney and think of what he and Ann could buy at Costco with the money he saves paying zero tax instead of nine percent, as he would under Paul Ryan’s proposed budget.  He should also be getting a big check from Uncle Sam, as you just know he has already filed an amended tax return for last year claiming the entire four million dollar charitable contribution instead of just half as he first filed to make his tax rate a somewhat less laughable fourteen percent.  However, one comment made by the speaker did catch my attention.  Boehner stated that President Obama will be responsible for the largest tax hike in American history if Congressional Democrats fail to approve his plan for extending the soon to expire Bush tax cuts for all income levels, however, he failed to state the obvious.

What Speaker Boehner really meant is that these two massive tax cuts, mainly benefiting the wealthy elite and signed into law during George W. Bush’s first term as president were the largest tax cuts in American history.  Since when is a soon to expire temporary tax cut a tax hike?  Only Republicans could spin that logic.  When combined with President Bush’s two unfunded and unnecessary wars, these tax cuts comprise a major portion of the record budget deficits that have plagued this nation the past seven or eight years.  Moreover, when combined with a stagnating automotive industry and collapsing housing and financial bubbles, these enormous cuts played a very large part in the economic chaos and deteriorating economy that plagues this nation to this day.

I have written for many years now that the next great depression makes the Great Depression look like part of the Roaring ‘20s due to the migration of manufacturing jobs, first to Mexico then to China.  It is hard for any economy to rebound when its entire work force is in sales or customer service.  This was the first time in this nation’s history that taxes were cut during a time of war, let alone two tax cuts during two wars.  Instead of cutting taxes, they should have been raised to fund these two wars, both the longest in our history and one still ongoing.  Longer than both world wars and our civil combined.  George W. Bush was once quoted questioning why his administration was giving another round of tax cuts to the rich.

It has been reported that Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” tax proposal, which he evidently pull from the house floor himself last night, professes to be a moderate increase for millionaires but would actually decrease their tax liability, raise taxes on the working poor and cuts food stamps for the poor.  Instead of extending all tax cuts except for those income levels greater than one million dollars, they should all be allowed to expire.  This would be the only way to greatly reduce our annual trillion-dollar budget deficits.  Yet, very few politicians has the cojones to speak out against our disastrous fiscal policies.  Another tax adjustment to implement would be to remove the current cap on Social Security taxable income at $110,100.00.  Tax total income so everyone pays the same percentage.  The current cap restriction is very regressive and greatly favors the wealthy and as always at the expense of the working poor.

Only ten more days until America crashes over the proverbial fiscal cliff, which could possibly result in worldwide financial chaos, and Congress has left town for its Christmas break.

Steven H. Spring

An Open Letter To President Barack Obama

Having already blogged my opinion regarding the horrific mass murder that occurred last Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, however, seeing the photographs of the twenty innocent children murdered by an obviously mentally disturbed young man on television yesterday saddened me to the point that I just had to write President Obama and send copies to my three Congressmen today to express my conviction that this nation needs to do some serious soul-searching regarding gun control.

Do we really want to be a nation living in such fear that we feel that we must arm every citizen?  For those Americans who already have guns in their homes, they are fifteen times more likely to be killed in a domestic dispute or commit suicide than they are shooting an intruder.  Though several other countries have had one mass murder during the past couple of decades, America is the only country that has them on a far too regular basis.  It is our culture and easy access of weapons of mass murder that is the cause of all too many tragedies.

There is no reason for any American to own semi-automatic assault weapons or high-capacity magazine clips such as those used by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  President Clinton signed into law a ban on assault weapons, only to see the bill expire during George W. Bush’s presidency.  It is long past time to make this ban permanent.  How many more babies have to die needlessly before something is done to curb this horrendous violence and loss of life?

December 18, 2012

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.  20048

Dear President Obama,

The horrific mass murder that took the lives of twenty-six people, twenty of them children this past Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut cries out for me to do what little I can actually do about it, that being to put into writing my disgust with the gun culture in this nation.  I can already hear gun rights advocates opining that now is not the time to discuss new, effective gun control laws.  If not now, what will it take for this nation to appropriately discuss gun control?  In a really sad, ironic coincidence, the front page, above the fold headline of my local newspaper (The Columbus Dispatch) read “Senate votes to loosen gun limits” on that dreadful morning, referring to the Ohio Senate passing a bill previously approved by the Ohio House of Representatives.  Seeing the photographs of those twenty innocent babies on television yesterday greatly disturbed me and gave me reason to write.

America’s fascination with firearms has evolved into this country becoming the most violent nation on Earth.  We are arguably the most violent nation in our planet’s history.  There is absolutely no reason for any one to own a semi-automatic military assault weapon or a high-capacity magazine clip, yet politicians who dare have the courage to speak up for sensible gun laws quiver in fear of reprisal from the National Rifle Association come their next election.  To believe that arming every citizen is the answer to curbing gun violence, as the NRA advocates is just absurd.  Growing up during the hay-day of Westerns ruling television networks, the image I always remember is that the very first thing the town sheriff did when cowboys came into town after a long, hard cattle drive to visit the local saloons was to take away their guns.  However, just the opposite is occurring throughout America as more and more cities and states are allowing the concealed carrying of firearms into drinking establishments.  It truly amazes me when I hear someone state they feel the need to go to church armed.

Proponents of gun ownership and the firearms industry cite the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution as the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms.  However, these folks all seem to leave out an extremely significant section of the actual amendment.  The Second Amendment, as passed by Congress on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill Of Rights, states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  A well-regulated militia, in this day and age, to me and I think most every educated person would agree would refer to the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the National Guard.  Yet, gun advocates never mention this very important phrase of the Second Amendment.  Since this horrendous atrocity, I have heard only one person mention the phrase “A well regulated Militia…” on television when discussing gun control.  Why is it that the most four most important words to the Second Amendment is entirely overlooked by nearly everyone?

The list of senseless murders and families shattered by mass murder just since the Columbine massacre is staggering.  However, up until Friday, what is truly alarming is that the percentage of Americans who believe we need stricter gun control laws is decreasing.  What does it take for a nation to realize that something is desperately wrong with our culture of guns and violence?  The NRA has convinced a good number of Americans that your hidden agenda is to take away all their firearms.  Yet, in the only two firearm bills signed into law by you during your first term in office lessons current restrictions on gun control, contrary to popular opinion.  If the photographs of those twenty babies murdered at Sandy Hook are not enough to convince Americans that stricter gun control is needed, nothing will.

If a person wants to own a firearm, fine, let them join a well-regulated militia as required by the Second Amendment.  We, as a country always seem to be at war, so there will always be a need for someone who aspires to shoot something.  I see nothing wrong with a hunter owning a few rifles, but as a general rule, hunters do not shoot their prey with assault rifles capable of firing hundreds of rounds semi-automatically without having to reload.  For anyone to have the ability to purchase military assault weapons capable of creating the type of massacre seen in this country time and again over the past decade is asinine.

I write to implore you to convince Congress to finally pass legislation outlawing assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips.  Do so on behalf of those twenty babies and their families.

Sincerely,

Steven H. Spring

C.: Congressman Steve Austria
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Rob Portman

 

 

 

Christmas Down On The Farm

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Growing up a city boy, how I ended up living on a farm out in the middle of nowhere is a long story.  During my ten years there, I experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows that anyone can have in life.  A very serious midlife crisis resulted in me having lost everything that matters most in life, including the proverbial farm.  Become ever more obsessive-compulsive as I age and also a result of my mid-life crisis, another few years living there, I would have most likely lit up the barn to go along with the farmhouse during the Christmas holiday season.

I have yet to figure out what is causing the uploaded photographs to look slightly askew when viewing the finished posting.  This is not the case of the actual photograph scanned onto my computer (yes, I still proudly shoot film) nor when I first uploaded them to my WordPress.com blog page.  Again, I am sometimes embarrassed by the final product, as it appears that I care very little by their actual appearance.  As a neat freak and a perfectionist (both a blessing and a curse), this is far from the truth.  As always, looking at my photos on WordPress.com does not do justice to the 4×6 photographs I hold in my hand.  If I am fortunate enough to have you view my work, and you find the quality of my photographs lacking, please let me know via a viewer comment.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Holidays!!!  Here’s hoping the new year brings both peace and prosperity throughout our world!!!

Steven H. Spring

Gun Ownership In Itself Is Not A Second Amendment Right

It sickens me that once again I have to update the below list of senseless, mass murders committed on a seemingly regular basis in the United States, however with the deaths of twenty-eight people, twenty of them children (including the shooter) that took place earlier today at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut cries out for me to do what little I can actually do about it, that being to put into writing my disgust with the gun culture in this nation.  I can already hear gun rights advocates opining that now is not the time to discuss new, effective gun control laws.  If not now, in the wake of twenty-seven innocent lives shot dead, when is the time to properly discuss gun control?  In a really sad, ironic coincidence, the front page, above the fold headline of my local newspaper (The Columbus Dispatch) read “Senate votes to loosen gun limits” this morning.

Proponents of gun ownership and the firearms industry cite the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution as the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms.  However, these folks all seem to leave out an extremely significant section of the actual amendment.  The Second Amendment, as passed by Congress on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill Of Rights, states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  A well-regulated militia, in this day and age, to me and I think most every educated person would agree would refer to the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and the National Guard.  Yet, this very important phrase of the Second Amendment is never mentioned by gun advocates.

America’s fascination with firearms has evolved into the most violent nation on Earth, with the possible exception of those countries who are presently engaged in actual warfare, which it seems would include this nation as we have been at war (or wars) for the past eleven years.  We are arguably the most violent nation in our planet’s history.  There is no excuse for any person to own a military assault weapon, yet our politicians who dare have the courage to speak up for sensible gun laws quiver in fear of reprisal from the National Rifle Association.  Politicians who do speak out in favor of new gun control legislation face the wrath of the NRA come their next election.  In just about every instance, a politician who did speak out for sensible gun laws was defeated at the polls due to the powerful influence of the gun lobby.  To believe that arming every citizen is the answer to curbing gun violence, as the NRA espouses is just preposterous.  Growing up during the hay-day of Westerns ruling television networks, the image I always remember is that the very first thing the town sheriff did when cowboys came into town after a long, hard cattle drive to visit the local saloons was to take away their guns.  However, just the opposite is occurring throughout America as more and more cities and states are allowing the concealed carrying of firearms into drinking establishments.

The following is a partial list of mass murders that have taken place in the United States just since the horrendous tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999 that resulted in the death of fifteen students:

Twelve dead in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999,
Six dead in Fort Worth, Texas in 1999,
Five dead in Wichita, Kansas in 2000,
Seven dead in Wakefield, Massachusetts in 2000,
Five dead in Queens, New York in 2000,
Ten dead in Washington, D.C. in 2002,
Six dead in Chicago, Illinois in 2003,
Six dead in Birchwood, Wisconsin in 2004,
Seven dead in Brookfield, Wisconsin in 2005,
Ten dead in Red Lake, Minnesota in 2005,
Six dead in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania in 2006,
Six dead in Seattle, Washington in 2006,
Six dead in Carnation, Washington in 2007,
Five dead in Crandon, Wisconsin in 2007,
Thirty-two dead at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia in 2007,
Nine dead in Omaha, Nebraska in 2007,
Six dead at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois in 2008,
Six dead in Alger, Washington in 2008,
Thirteen dead at Ft. Hood, Texas in 2009,
Nine dead in Geneva County, Alabama in 2009,
Ten dead in Covina, California in 2009,
Thirteen dead in Binghamton, New York in 2009,
Six dead in Santa Clara, California in 2009,
Eight dead in Carthage, North Carolina in 2009,
Eight dead in Appomattox, Virginia in 2010,
Nine dead in Hartford, Connecticut in 2010,
Eight dead in Seal Beach, California in 2011
Seven dead in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2011,
Six dead in Tucson, Arizona in 2011,
Six dead in Seattle, Washington in 2012,
Five dead in San Francisco, California in 2012,
Seven dead in Oakland, California in 2012,
Seven dead at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, Oak Creek, Wisconsin,
Twelve dead in Aurora, Colorado in 2012,
Six dead in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2012 and
Three dead in Portland, Oregon in 2012.

This is a staggering list of senseless murders and families shattered, and does not detail the considerable number of wounded in the carnage.  What is alarming is that the percentage of Americans who believe we need stricter gun control laws is decreasing.  What does it take for a nation to realize that something is desperately wrong with our culture of guns and violence?  The NRA has convinced a good number of Americans that President Obama’s hidden agenda is to take away all their firearms.  Yet, in the only two firearm bills signed into law by this president during his first term in office lessons current restrictions on gun control, contrary to popular opinion.

If a person wants to own a firearm, fine, join a well-regulated militia as required by the Second Amendment.  We, as a country always seem to be at war, so there will always be a need for someone who aspires to shoot something.  I see nothing wrong with a hunter owning a few rifles, but as a general rule, hunters do not shoot their prey with assault rifles capable of firing hundreds of rounds automatically without having to reload.  For anyone to have the ability to purchase military assault weapons capable of creating the type of massacre seen in this country time and again over the past decade is asinine.

Steven H. Spring