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Beaver, Lion, Otter, and Golden Retriever

Monday, June 25th, 2018

June 25, 2018

The lion, beaver, otter, and golden retriever, An retriever. Animals that resemble human beings.

My son, Michael, gave me the idea for this blog.

The basic idea holds that we all, like some native Americans, have characteristics in our soul animal spirit of the animals listed above. For nstance  the Lion in our deepest guts makes an unexpected presence and I am certainly a working beavers. When it comes to my ideas as in a blog like this one I don’t like be either challenged or interrupted. That is typical behavior for a lion and a wer.

I  remember a story of a famous writer, Leo Tolstoy. The aged Tolstoy was so upset with the distractions of his old age household he threatened (and carried through his threat) to plan to move out and leave his wife and whole family. I’m not as confident or as famous, not to mention writing skill, as Leo Tolstoy to go that far, but close.

The other individual family member I know Is a little like me is Samuel , Jane’s son. At heart eorking beavrt beaver.; Professionally he works for the State Department but his true love is carpentry which fortunately he  applies in his retirement around the house here in Madison in the form of fencing,, deck remodeling, storage spsce, a wheelchair ramp and small but desperately needed tasks..Sam is always busy. busy (as a ]beaver  As a working beaver he often misses supper. Bill too misses meals  now and then—typical of beavers.

As for the rest most common are the otters as you might expect. Th otter are the people who do the crosswords, suducos, sports fans and participants,TT game shows and ads, and wouldn’t read a serious book about ideas if you paid them.

Then there was the time that Kate called me an ass-hole at the polite dinner table. Actually it was othe normal self but the lion that was residing temporarily  in Kate’s deepest gut that did the svo;gst shouting. l recently  responded similarly. I did the same thing when I shouted at Kate recently or years ago in a similar dispute months ago at Black Pond.

Lions don’t like to be challenged!

Similar to Sam, I was a professional science teacher but y secret t love was writing poems, plays, and essays. I used to wake up about 4 to do my writing before considering the physics or chemistry lesson of the day. I continued this routine in a retired way; social science blogs instead of poems, plays and essays; more like philosophic comments than literature.

And  then there are the funsters—the otters. We all have them too, Who resist seeing without smiling the playful otters tumbling down water slides in the zoo? Is Sudoco, crossword puzzles, soap operas, pop music, Scrabble, bridge, sports, frenetic ads, and TV game shows far behind?

Let’s face it; we are all a complex mixture of lion, beaver, and otter with a dominance of one or another.

Except the golden retriever! I am prejudiced here golden retrievers are universally loved. We used to raise them. The only human being I know who can compete is my wife Jane. Everyone loves Jane. She us now revering from a fall that broke her hip at 94. In addition to good elite looks she has a wicked sense of humor. My son Mike commented on that rare sense of humor after watching her interplay with nurses at the VA hospital, “She had those nurses wrapped around her little GINGRTve with a perfect woman, she does have some faults. she is not as compassionate I would like when I have an accident in fact she is a bum nurse, this,  despite the fact that her daughter Kate is the opposie, a very od h  nurse who is lookingout for our health in our declining years.

bill Stonebarger, Owner/Peresident, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for a graduate who deeply cares sbouut ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (not Tolstoy but cheaper, shorter, and, in my humble opinion good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on YouTube.

Trump and Blacks

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Trump and blacks

(Note: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual. I have cussed this over-complicated enough. Can anyone suggest a simpler word processer?)

MAY 21, 2018

If you watch much TV you have to be impressed how color-blind it has been lately. You can hardly glance at TV ads without a meeting a black Doctor or Engineer or lawyer (Actors all).   Or on the regular shows black talk show hosts, game, or courtroom dramas feature black women or men lawyers and judges. Give me a break—if all law schools admitted ONLY blacks there would be enough to staff the TV versions!

The same could be written about the real professional folk who are featured often in gushing prose in the newspapers and news shows. The point is it sometimes looks like a conspiracy in reverse. No doubt the cards were stacked against blacks before, nowadays the doubt is a that blacks are dominant n in the media and for that matter in the culture. Move over white people, you’ve had your day in the sun, get a tattoo, learn to eat black beans,  dance to hip-hop, and speak Ebonics.

The only counter-trend is the popularity of President Donald Trump. Whom some Democrats see as a dangerous racist. I don’t see it that way.  He has appointed some high IQ blacks and women to high office and more importantly, he has kept his promise—manufacturing is coming back and the black unemployment numbers for Blacks are at historic lows!! It’s beginning like Obama was good for example elite blacks and Trump is good for, average dare I say it, below-average IQ blacks.

Leftist clergy like to make fun of claims that American culture is superior. They are especially offended by the claim that America led the way into the Modern Age (exceptualism).

They seem to take delight in pointing out that the slavery of Blacks and our crimes against Native Americans make any claims of superiority a virtual laughing stock. Why am I not laughing?

Because slavery was very common for hundreds of thousands of years in pretty much all societies ad empires including African and Native American tribes. And it took half a million, mostly white and mostly prejudiced, American lives, including my great-grandfather, to get rid of slavery once and for all. If that’s not Modern Age memes changing earlier memes at a heavy cost for the good of all, I don’t know what is.

As for the Native Americans there is little excuse. “little” but “some.”

Most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or early Agricultural Age ways oflife with memes of violence, imperialistic wars, starvation, cannibalism, torture, drug addiction, many diseases, sexism, racism, and the continual domination of the individual by the ruling class. And to top it off they were actually not “Native.”

Their remote ancestors came from Asia—over the Aleutian land bridge connecting the two continents. With no doubt a great deal more pain and trouble than our ancestors had to deal with on the Mayflower. Once in the Americas, they did what the Europeans and their great-great-grandchildren, the Iroquois, Mandan, and Ho-chunk, did—raped the ls and land, other tribe’s wives, and lived with

Sexism, racism, starvation, cannibalism, war, and assorted other memes of the Hunting/Gathering Age. A few graduated to the Agricultural Age and founded large cities and thriving Civilizations in Mexico, Peru, and Illinois. All of these civilizations featured impressive buildings, social order, many diseases, cruelty, slavery, and religions that demanded human sacrifice.

‘Changing this culture would be difficult if not impossible to have a happy ending.

As to the future here is my prediction.

Getting back to the theme I started with. It is extremely unlikely that Trump will be impeached. He probably will do better than expected in mid-term elections. In 2020 he will win in a landslide It’s the economy stupid; and, the weariness with th public  tiring of the politically correct speech of the left-liberal clergy.  Along with a backfire from too much extreme color-blindness on TV courtesy of liberal and sympathetic -media Jews who do own the media broadcasts and newspapers. And the celebrities of New York and Hollywood.

I don’t predict we will expand Social Security enough to make color blindness a reality instead of a TV fantasy. Eventually it is inevitable.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

Trump and blacks

(Note: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual. I have cussed this over-complicated enough. Can anyone suggest a simpler word processer?)

MAY 21, 2018

If you watch much TV you have to be impressed how color-blind it has been lately. You can hardly glance at TV ads without a meeting a black Doctor or Engineer or lawyer (Actors all).   Or on the regular shows black talk show hosts, game, or courtroom dramas feature black women or men lawyers and judges. Give e a break—if all law schools admitted ONLY blacks there would be enough to staff the TV versions!

The same could be written about the real professional folk who are featured often in gushing prose in the newspapers and news shows. The point is it sometimes looks like a conspiracy in reverse. No doubt the cards were stacked against blacks before, nowadays the doubt is a that blacks are dominant in the  doubt in the media and for that matter in the culture. Move over white people, you’ve had your day in the sun, get a tattoo, learn to eat black beans,  dance to hip hop, and speak Ebonics.

The only counter trend is the popularity of President Donald Trump. Whom some Democrats see as a dangerous racist. I don’t see it that way.  He has appointed some high IQ blacks and women to high office and more important he has kept his promise—manufacturing is coming back and the black unemployment numbers for Blacks are at historic lows!! It’s beginning like Obama was good for example elite blacks and Trump is good for, average dare I say it, below-average IQ blacks.

Leftist clergy like to make fun of claims that American culture is superior. They are especially offended by the claim that America led the way into the Modern Age (exceptualism).

They seem to take delight in pointing out that the slavery of Blacks and our crimes against Native Americans make any claims of superiority a virtual laughing stock. Why am I not laughing?

Because slavery was very common for hundreds of thousands of years in pretty much all societies ad empires including African and Native American tribes.  And it took half a million, mostly white and mostly prejudiced, American lives, including my great-grandfather, to get rid of slavery once and for all. If that’s not Modern Age memes changing earlier memes or the good of all, sat a heavy cost, I don’t know what is.

As for the Native Americans there is little excuse. “little” but “some.”

Most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or early Agricultural Age ways oflife with memes of violence, imperialistic wars, starvation, cannibalism, torture, drug addiction, many diseases, sexism, racism, and the continual domination of the individual by the ruling class. And to top it off they were actually not “Native.”

Their remote ancestors came from Asia—over the Aleutian land bridge connecting the two continents. With no doubt a great deal more pain and trouble than our ancestors had to deal with on the Mayflower. Once in the Americas they did what the Europeans and their great-great-grandchildren, the Iroquois, Mandan, and Ho-chunk, did—raped the ls and an other tribe’s wives, and lived with

Sexism, racism, starvation, cannibalism, war, and assorted other memes of the Hunting/Gathering Age. A few graduated to the Agricultural Age and founded large cities and thriving Civilizations in Mexico, Peru, and Illinois. All of these civilizations featured impressive buildings, social order, many diseases, cruelty, slavery, and religions that demanded human sacrifice.

‘Changing this culture would be difficult if not impossible to have a happy ending.

As to the future here is my prediction.

Getting back to the theme I started with. It is extremely unlikely that Trump will be impeached. He probably will do better than expected in mid-term elections. In 2020 he will win in a landslide It’s the economy stupid; and, the weariness with th public  tiring of the politically correct speech of the left-liberal clergy.  Along with a backfire from too much extreme color-blindness on TV courtesy of liberal and sympathetic -media Jews who do own the media broadcasts and newspapers. And the celebrities of New York and Hollywood.

I don’t predict we will expand Social Security enough to make color blindness a reality instead of a TV fantasy. Eventually it is inevitable.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.Trump and blacks

(Note: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual. I have cussed this over-complicated enough. Can anyone suggest a simpler word processer?)

MAY 21, 2018

If you watch much TV you have to be impressed how color-blind it has been lately. You can hardly glance at TV ads without a meeting a black Doctor or Engineer or lawyer (Actors all).   Or on the regular shows black talk show hosts, game, or courtroom dramas feature black women or men lawyers and judges. Give e a break—if all law schools admitted ONLY blacks there would be enough to staff the TV versions!

The same could be written about the real professional folk who are featured often in gushing prose in the newspapers and news shows. The point is it sometimes looks like a conspiracy in reverse. No doubt the cards were stacked against blacks before, nowadays the doubt is a that blacks are dominant in the  doubt in the media and for that matter in the culture. Move over white people, you’ve had your day in the sun, get a tattoo, learn to eat black beans,  dance to hip hop, and speak Ebonics.

The only counter trend is the popularity of President Donald Trump. Whom some Democrats see as a dangerous racist. I don’t see it that way.  He has appointed some high IQ blacks and women to high office and more important he has kept his promise—manufacturing is coming back and the black unemployment numbers for Blacks are at historic lows!! It’s beginning like Obama was good for example elite blacks and Trump is good for, average dare I say it, below-average IQ blacks.

Leftist clergy like to make fun of claims that American culture is superior. They are especially offended by the claim that America led the way into the Modern Age (exceptualism).

They seem to take delight in pointing out that the slavery of Blacks and our crimes against Native Americans make any claims of superiority a virtual laughing stock. Why am I not laughing?

Because slavery was very common for hundreds of thousands of years in pretty much all societies ad empires including African and Native American tribes.  And it took half a million, mostly white and mostly prejudiced, American lives, including my great-grandfather, to get rid of slavery once and for all. If that’s not Modern Age memes changing earlier memes or the good of all, sat a heavy cost, I don’t know what is.

As for the Native Americans there is little excuse. “little” but “some.”

Most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or early Agricultural Age ways oflife with memes of violence, imperialistic wars, starvation, cannibalism, torture, drug addiction, many diseases, sexism, racism, and the continual domination of the individual by the ruling class. And to top it off they were actually not “Native.”

Their remote ancestors came from Asia—over the Aleutian land bridge connecting the two continents. With no doubt a great deal more pain and trouble than our ancestors had to deal with on the Mayflower. Once in the Americas they did what the Europeans and their great-great-grandchildren, the Iroquois, Mandan, and Ho-chunk, did—raped the ls and an other tribe’s wives, and lived with

Sexism, racism, starvation, cannibalism, war, and assorted other memes of the Hunting/Gathering Age. A few graduated to the Agricultural Age and founded large cities and thriving Civilizations in Mexico, Peru, and Illinois. All of these civilizations featured impressive buildings, social order, many diseases, cruelty, slavery, and religions that demanded human sacrifice.

‘Changing this culture would be difficult if not impossible to have a happy ending.

As to the future here is my prediction.

Getting back to the theme I started with. It is extremely unlikely that Trump will be impeached. He probably will do better than expected in mid-term elections. In 2020 he will win in a landslide It’s the economy stupid; and, the weariness with th public  tiring of the politically correct speech of the left-liberal clergy.  Along with a backfire from too much extreme color-blindness on TV courtesy of liberal and sympathetic -media Jews who do own the media broadcasts and newspapers. And the celebrities of New York and Hollywood.

I don’t predict we will expand Social Security enough to make color blindness a reality instead of a TV fantasy. Eventually it is inevitable.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

Trump and blacks

(Note: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual. I have cussed this over-complicated enough. Can anyone suggest a simpler word processer?)

MAY 21, 2018

If you watch much TV you have to be impressed how color-blind it has been lately. You can hardly glance at TV ads without a meeting a black Doctor or Engineer or lawyer (Actors all).   Or on the regular shows black talk show hosts, game, or courtroom dramas feature black women or men lawyers and judges. Give e a break—if all law schools admitted ONLY blacks there would be enough to staff the TV versions

The same could be written about the real professional folk who are featured often in gushing prose in the newspapers and news shows. The point is it sometimes looks like a conspiracy in reverse. No doubt the cards were stacked against blacks before, nowadays the doubt is a that blacks are dominant in the media and for that matter in the culture. Move over white people, you’ve had your day in the sun, get a tattoo, learn to eat black beans,  dance to hip-hop, and speak Ebonics.

The only counter trend is the popularity of President Donald Trump. Whom some Democrats see as a dangerous racist. I don’t see it that way.  He has appointed some high IQ blacks and women to high office and more importantly he has kept his promise—manufacturing is coming back and the black unemployment numbers for Blacks are at historic lows!! It’s beginning like Obama was good for example elite blacks and Trump is good for, average dare I say it, below-average IQ blacks.

Leftist clergy like to make fun of claims that American culture is superior. They are especially offended by the claim that America led the way into the Modern Age. (

They seem to take delight in pointing out that the slavery of Blacks and our crimes against Native Americans make any claims of superiority a virtual laughing stock. Why am I not laughing?

Because slavery was very common for hundreds of thousands of years in pretty much all societies ad empires including African and Native American tribes.  And it took half a million, mostly white and mostly prejudiced, American lives, including my great-grandfather, to get rid of slavery once and for all. If that’s not Modern Age memes changing earlier memes or the good of all, at a heavy cost, I don’t know what is.

As for the Native Americans there is little excuse. “little” but “some.”

Most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or early Agricultural Age ways of life with memes of violence, imperialistic wars, starvation, cannibalism, torture, drug addiction, many diseases, sexism, racism, and the continual domination of the individual by the ruling class. And to top it off they were actually not “Native.”

Their remote ancestors came from Asia—over the Aleutian land bridge connecting the two continents. With no doubt a great deal more pain and trouble than our ancestors had to deal with on the Mayflower. Once in the Americas, they did what the Europeans and their great-great-grandchildren, the Iroquois, Mandan, and Ho-chunk, did—raped the land, and other tribe’s wives, and lived with sexism, racism, starvation, cannibalism, war, and assorted other memes of the Hunting/Gathering Age. A few graduated to the Agricultural Age and founded large cities and thriving Civilizations in Mexico, Peru, and Illinois. All of these civilizations featured impressive buildings, social order, many diseases, cruelty, slavery, and religions that demanded human sacrifice.

‘Changing this culture would be difficult if not impossible to have a happy ending.

As to the future here is my prediction.

Getting back to the theme I started with. It is extremely unlikely that Trump will be impeached. He probably will do better than expected in mid-term elections. In 2020 he will win in a landslide It’s the economy stupid; and, the weariness with the public  tiring of the politically correct speech of the left-liberal clergy.  Along with a backfire from too much extreme and phony color-blindness on TV courtesy of liberal and sympathetic -media Jews who do own the majority of media broadcasts and newspapers. And the celebrities of New York and Hollywood.

I don’t predict we will expand Social Security enough to make color blindness a reality instead of a TV fantasy. Eventually, it is inevitable.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

For sure

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

May 14, 2018

People sometimes ask me, as a libertarian, if there is anything I really believe for sure.

Yes.

I  was planning the conventional list headed by the family. I come from a divorced family so that makes a difference. I do truly love and care about all members of my extended family, including my first wife and all the children of Jane and Virginia qnd all my wonderful nieces, sister Judy, nephews and in-laws (whom I am happy to report are all living well and still working for the most part) But face it, there is some dissent (and some bitterness) about the past (on all sides) as well as different styles of living so I better continue to stick to my specialty—abstract ideas.

He of the most important of these is…

I believe this country, the USA, is exceptional in that it that has led the world into the Modern Age. (Ant still leads, yes, with Trump as president.)

I further believe this Modern Age is distinguished from former Ages by the extreme growth of science and technology, freedom to trade in market economies, and freedom of and from religion (despite Trump’s bias against Muslims, who often sneer at freedom of any kind, including religion.)

I know. I know. Leftists think this claim is a laughing stock because of slavery and our crimes against the Native Americans. I’m not laughing.

I know. I know. Leftists consider slavery in our south a particularly vicious form of this scourge,  Leftists also don’t seem to recognize that what is called slavery (working for others with no legal rights) was common over many thousands of years. Many if not most civilizations and empires, had slavery, including African ones.

, including african ones. Leftists argue slavery and our crimes against Native Americans make the laughing even louder.

They also seem to forget that half a million white guys, including my great-grandfather, gave their lives to preserve the union and get rid of slavery for good. To abolish this meme of working could not be easily changed.

Lefttists also forget that most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or Agricultural Ages where imperialistic wars, extreme violence, and century-long ideas about wealth, religion, torture, sexism, racism, and absolute power over individuals ruled the day. Expecting a quick and easy transition was always unrealistic. It still is unrealistic over 200 years later. It would help if authorities recognized the different values of different Ages.

Certain other faiths follow this basic one of exceptionalism and the birth of the Modern Age.

Most important of all assumption memes from previous Ages is that wealth is measured in things—land, gold, and resources based on the land.

It’s not that way in the Modern Age. Wealth is measured in accomplishments in science, technology, business, energy, or art and not in things however rich and cool they seem.

Japan, Taiwan,, Switzerland, Israel, and Singapore are all very wealthy countries. They all have few resources but are very rich nevertheless.

Tanzania, Egypt, Poland, Cuba, Afghanistan, and Palestine do have abundant resources and are very poor.

And then large countries like the USA, China, China, Germany, India, and most countries of Europe including Russia. These have had unfortunate flirts and bloody wars with fascism and communism.  They have natural resources in abundance and are wealthy. Now. It was not always so. they experimented with both fascism and communism with disastrous results. Once they adapted science and technology, freedom of religion, and capitalist market economies in earnest they have made rapid progress in the Modern Age and as a matter of fact are exporting food and other resources of value.
Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

Recycling is the bunk

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Recycling is the bunk

MAY 7, 2018

Henry Ford once said, ”History is the bunk.”

Our local newspaper celebrated Earth Day with the headline ”Pledge to Recycle all that you can” for Earth Day. Polls show that over 90% of the American public agrees. I don’t. In fact, I think recycling is a recipe for poverty and recession, if not deep depression..

Consider: Reuse, Repair, and Recycle are slogans of the Great Depression and the Agricultural Age are not remotely relevant to the Modern Age.

It all got started with a report to the president at the turn of the century. This report warned that we might be running out of resources to feed, shelter, clothe, and move a rapidly expanding population on earth. It copied and expanded the work of the Club of Rome, a group of environmentally-inspired scientists, artists, and intellectuals whose computer data and book, “Limits to Growth,” was alarming. The only way possible for humanity to make it was a quick turn to reuse, repair, and recycle.

Meanwhile food itself, along with other life necessary resources was setting records for production and cheapness. A companion story in the same issue as the alarming quote on recycling told readers that filly half the food produced was never eaten!

In Paul Ehrlich’s arithmetic was good but he had the numbers right but not the content wrong In his bestselling book, The Population Bomb published in 1948 he blithely predicted millions of Americans would die of starvation due to overpopulation before the century ended. Instead millions of Americans are on diets in the 21st century and the AP reports there is twice as much food produced. India and China are self- sufficient and as a matter of fact are exporters of food.

Miners worldwide are eager to mine coal, iron and aluminum ore, sand and limestone. Energy workers and companies are eager to drill oil wells and frack natural gas to provide the energy required for manufacturers to convert the steel, aluminum, and plastic into cars, refrigerators, and smartphones.

It’s called prosperity.

The left-liberal clergy is great when it comes to fighting racism and sexism. They are not so great when they tell us we have too many people, the climate is going to do us in, we are going to run out of everything, and that the only way we can possibly survive is to reuse, repair, and recycle!

Horse feathers!!

Sill another myth is that we are running out of landfill space. Or of course, we could always return to imperialist wars!

Really sad as Donald Trump often adds in his tweets.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for the gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

Re

Finances

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Fainnances

(Notr: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual.)

Apr. 23, 2018

I don’t envy the treasurer of any business or group. At best it’s hard to make the cash out equal the cash in.

Unless you have a trust fund or large inheritance to cover any shortages.

Nowadays Jane and I do have an income now. Social Security, courtesy of FDR and the Democratic Party, modest pensions from my years teaching, rent from apartments we created from old Hawkhill space, and occasional royalties and sales of books and DVDs through Amazon. We also have considerable medical expenses despite the fact that we are both veterans and get some help from the VA and a bank trust we have been contributing to for many years. And then we have very high real estate taxes as well as road assessments living in this charming, and very expensive, city which tries to sole social and racial problems by throwing money at them. My wife used to pay the bills out of my and her first husband’s salary. She is good at it. Jane is also frugal and far from a spendthrift. She claims she has never worried about much about money and I believe her. Of course she had it easy for the most part with her first husband, Raymond Dykema. She would pay the ordinary household bills out of his ample salary and if any shortages came up, there was always his substantial inheritance money to draw on for cash.

It was a little like that the first three years of my life though I wasn’t aware of it. I was born in 1926. The stock market crashed in 1929. My father and grandfather were rich before the crash. The family owned a large laundry business in Dayton Ohio and stocks in other companies and banks. My grandfather died suddenly. After the crash and ntimely death the business was forced into bankruptcy and among other losses we lost our fine house. In that period my mother had to pay the household bills with no money coming in and no inheritance to turn to for help. To this day I don’t know how she managed to survive!

More personal story will help make my point.

Hawkhill is a little different. I started Hawkhill with $15,000 capital—$10,000 from my savings via teacher pension and $5000 in stock from a well-to-do friend. Sales quickly grew to half a million dollars a year in commercial slide shows, sound filmstrips, videotapes and DVD sales to schools and colleges, and royalties from foreign sales.

At our peak we had 10 full-time employees (one of Jane’s early jobs was to write an employees manual), and began to pay corporate taxes.

It was for sure no Amazon, Microsoft, or Apple and by the turn of the century we were down to two (unpaid) employees. Jane and I did all the shipping, billing, and producing. At this point we decided to not give up.

We would take a dramatic trip around the world to refresh our video in up -date our programs in Science and expand our offerings in History and Social Sciences. We indeed did go around the world; to Hawaii, Japan, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, India, England, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, and Russia (we had been there twice before when it was called The Soviet Union.)

Even before that ambitious trip we were
famous and envy-prone with friends and family for taking glamorous previous trips to search out the original working sites of scientists like Darwin, Pasteur, Curie, Einstein, Galileo, Newton, and early Greek philosophers and scientists. On this round-the-world trip we added famous political and socially famous sites. The total cost was in excess of $40,000. I’m happy to report it was worth it in new video clips, increased sales, profits, better programd, and new ideas I later explored in my blogs, which as you can guess I think will eventually turn out to be bestselling classics.

I detail this for posterity and our children who think we live in some luxury (and we do) in a mansion in the heart of a cool city!

Kate, Jane’s daughter, has recently and graciously volunteered to pay our bills and taxes. It can get complicated and not always good for me. For instance, Kate recently phoned with a request that I sell $5000 worth of my mini $8500 portfolio reserve in order to pay in full the real-state taxes on our house! I politely declined because taxes—we do have to pay them, but not all at once and they are a bad investment. I’m not at all sure but my guess is Kate is operating from a meme inherited from her mother who admits even now that she had never had to sorry about money. (Kate, on the other hand, has always until now, had worries about money.) Jane had assumed when they were children that they were rich from inheritance and the money would never run out. (My father and mother assumed the same thing when I was born in 1926!)

The children also assumed that and in many ways still do. After all, they all went to expensive private schools, they all learned to ski at private clubs, belonged to exclusive country clubs, lived in exclusive houses and neighborhoods, and always felt welcome if not privileged in rich exclusive homes. Extra money for travel or education had never been much of a problem. And it still wasn’t.

Correction. It is a problem now.

Bill Stonebarger. Owner/President, Hawkhill

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