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Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from
it. Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they
should have a special plan for themselves. So many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan. In more
recent years, no congressman or woman has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan. For all
practical purposes their plan works like this: When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until
they die. Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments. For example, former
Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's 7 Million
and 8 Hundred Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their lives.
This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two Dignitaries. Younger Dignitaries who retire
at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives. Their cost for this excellent plan is
$0.00. NADA .... ZILCH ! This little perk politicians voted for themselves is free to them. You, your family,
and your the future's generation of grandchildren pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine
retirement plan come directly from the General Funds: YOUR HARD EARNED DOLLARS AT WORK !
Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made. That change would be to remove
the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from the Senators and Congressmen and put them into the Social
Security plan the average American citizen receives. Then sit back and watch how fast they would act to
repair the Social Security system. If enough people receive this and understand their future is being robbed
... compromised, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted. Then maybe good things will evolve. How
many people can YOU send this to ? Signed ... Concerned. Michel --
Richard Renda
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January 2004 -- A woman passed through security screening at
New York's LaGuardia Airport with a stun gun and knife in her
purse. Later she discovered the mistake herself and alerted
officials. The woman noticed she still had the stun gun and knife
with her during her layover in Detroit while en route to Denver.
"She immediately went, 'Oh, my God, I'm not supposed to have
these here,' and called the flight attendant over," according
to Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Laura Bennett. The pilot then
notified Denver International Airport where police met the
passenger jet at the gate and took the woman into custody for
questioning. The woman was later released without charges.
"She did the right thing by giving up the items voluntarily ... and
she was never malicious," Bennett said. "We never considered
her a threat." Transportation Security Administration officials had
no comment on the security slip. "It was an honest but odd
mistake," Bennett said. "But it's true that people often don't think
about what's in their luggage." To most the word --Ooops-- is an
unacceptable excuse when it comes to people who are paid to
keep you safe.
Is that a gun in your pocket or are ya just glad to
see us ???
It's Your World ... Believe it or Not !
Every episode of the sitcom Seinfeld
contains at least one Superman.
Hummingbirds can't walk. June
Foray, the voice of Talking Tina from
the classic Twilight Zone episode
"Living Doll", was also the voice of
Rocky the talking squirrel from
"Rocky & Bullwinkle." The dunce
cap of schoolhouse fame originates
from a paper cone that was placed
on the heads of accused witches
during the Middle Ages. When Joan
of Arc was martyred, she was
wearing one of them. Despite the
hump, a camel's spine is straight.
"Rhythm" and "syzygy" are the
longest English words without
vowels. There is no mention of
Adam and Eve eating an apple in the
Bible. In Corpus Christie, Texas, it
is illegal to raise alligators in your
home. In Miami, it is forbidden to
imitate an animal. It is against the
law to mispronounce the name of
the State of Arkansas in that State.

Tid Bits from the people at
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More Erational News ...
Quick facts: Saturday mail delivery in Canada was eliminated by Canada Post on February 1, 1969. In
Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips of less than 50 minutes. There are 18 different animal
shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo.
Strange Laws... In Texas, it's against the law for anyone to have a pair of pliers in his or her possession.
In Philadelphia, you can't put pretzels in bags based on an Act of 1760. Alaska law says that you can't
look at a moose from an airplane. -- Weird
The first story (at left) appeared in many newspapers and on credible
news wire services including AP (Associate Press). It is absolutely TRUE.
From CNN -- Two days after resigning as the Bush
administration's top weapons inspector in Iraq, David Kay
said that his group found "no" evidence Iraq had stockpiled
unconventional weapons before the U.S. led invasion
(occupation of Iraq) in March 2003.
From: Michel
Subject: 2004 Election Issue -- SOCIAL SECURITY Tid bits.
Are you being treated equally ?

An interesting quote. More interesting is noting what
mouth the quote comes from ... "Every gun that is made, every
warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a
theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold
and are not clothed." United States President Dwight D.
Eisenhower. April 16, 1953.
From: CP. Jokes ... For Adults ONLY.
A guy walks into a bar with an octopus. He sits the octopus down on a stool and tells everyone in the bar that this
is a very talented octopus. It can play any musical instrument in the world. Everyone in the bar laughs at the man,
calling him an idiot. So he says that he will wager $50 to anyone who has an instrument that the octopus can't
play. A customer walks up with a guitar and sets it beside the octopus. Immediately the octopus picks up the
guitar and starts playing better than Jimi Hendrix. The guitar owner pays up the $50. Another customer walks up
with a trumpet. This time the octopus plays the trumpet better than Miles Davis. The trumpet-owner coughs up
the $50. Then Angus, a Scotsman plonks some bagpipes on the table. The octopus fumbles with the bagpipes
for a minute and then backs off with a confused look. Ha!" the Scot says "Can ye nae plae it ?" The octopus looks
up at him and says, "Play it ? ... I'm going to screw it as soon as I figure out how to get its pyjamas off."
Subject: A Great Philosopher
From: Leon

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you
know what I just heard about one of your students ?"
"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
"Triple filter ?" the acquaintance replied.
"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to filter what you're
going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true ?"
"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness.
Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good ?"
"No, on the contrary " his friend answered.
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you're not certain it's true ?"
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates went on, "You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter - the filter of Usefulness. Is what
you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me ?"
"No, not really", the man replied.
"Well," said Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all ?"
The man was defeated and ashamed.

This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. It also explains why Socrates
never found out that Plato was having an affair with ... his wife.
Erational Crime Story. (Arizona) A company "Guns For Hire"
stages gunfights for Western movies and other events. One day a
woman called to inquire if they could kill her husband. She got 4
1/2 years in Jail.
And the man who played the voice of Bugs
Bunny (Mel Blanc) believe it or not ... was allergic to carrots.
"Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing - but none of them serious." -- A. Minter, Boxer
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