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the merry widow

T'ain't that the truth!
BTW- Thanks for putting me on your blogroll, as soon as I figure out what I am doing, I will certainly return the favor! Will also have a very heavy post, when my editor/proofreader finishes up!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

SVC Alumnus

Great story!

me

The True Nature of Ants.

Ants aren’t singular creatures. They live in colonies by the thousands, even millions at times. If the grasshopper cares to mock them they kill the grasshopper, cut apart his body, and drag it back to the colony. The same is true of the spiders. They work and work and work all summer to collect food for the coming of winter while most other insects frolic, play, and do as they will with little regard for the coming winter. Here’s where the story goes completely askew, the ants die. The ants that worked so hard all summer just died. Scratch that they haven’t died yet. However none of them will see the spring. Why did they work so hard then? They exist for the queen not for themselves. All of that food they collected was to keep the queen and enough ants to tend to the queen alive. Even if the ants survive the frost the workers and warriors have very short life span. Why is this? As soon as the food can’t be collected, and the colony doesn’t need to be defended these lower ants are a liability, mouths to feed, nothing else. All of there hard work won’t buy them their own lives. All that matters for the species is that the queen lives on. It’s much easier to make new workers and warriors when they are warranted than it is to maintain them. The truth is all the spiders, all the grasshoppers, all the politicians, all of the pitiful six O’clock news reports about how the grasshoppers are dieing right here in our own country couldn’t stop the ants from doing what they do.

Russ Buchanan

The Ant and Grasshopper -- The True Story
>
>
> The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his
> house, laying up supplies for the winter.
>
> The grasshopper takes a job at Wal-mart.
>
> Come winter, the ant finds he has more supplies than he and his family
> needs, so he invests the surplus in a small business. Due to hard work
> and shrewd dealing, the ant's company grows into a profitable business.
>
> The grasshopper continues to turn in ten hours a day at Wal-mart.
>
> After thirty years of comfortable middle class existence, the ant sells
> the company to a large conglomerate, and retires.
>
> The conglomerate immediately fires all the ant's employees and
> outsources their jobs to India.
>
> The ant's former employees join the grasshopper at Wal-mart.
>
> With the added revenue from outsourcing and downsizing the ant's
> company, the conglomerate is able to purchase even more politicians who
> will work hard against peace, unions, the environment, the poor, the
> middle class, and anything that might inhibit the corporate bottom
> line.
>
> The grasshopper and the ant's former employees demand that Wal-mart pay
> them for overtime but are told they are exempt -- because they are
> 'managers.' The case makes it to the Supreme Court, where Reagan and
> Bush appointees rule in favor of Wal-mart, admonishing the plaintiffs
> to 'go home and feel lucky to even have jobs, what with all the
> outsourcing going on these days.'
>
> The conglomerate also buys CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and many radio stations
> and news periodicals to keep the ants and grasshoppers from knowing how
> dramatically the deck has been stacked against them.
>
> And with demagogic politicians and the media in its pocket, the
> conglomerate finds it very easy to keep the ants and grasshoppers from
> uniting to demand justice by pitting them against each other with
> stories of lazy, irresponsible grasshoppers living off of industrious,
> sober-minded ants.
>
> The moral: Think critically -- and be very careful how you vote in
> 2008.
>

Russ Buchanan

The Ant and Grasshopper -- The True Story
>
>
> The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his
> house, laying up supplies for the winter.
>
> The grasshopper takes a job at Wal-mart.
>
> Come winter, the ant finds he has more supplies than he and his family
> needs, so he invests the surplus in a small business. Due to hard work
> and shrewd dealing, the ant's company grows into a profitable business.
>
> The grasshopper continues to turn in ten hours a day at Wal-mart.
>
> After thirty years of comfortable middle class existence, the ant sells
> the company to a large conglomerate, and retires.
>
> The conglomerate immediately fires all the ant's employees and
> outsources their jobs to India.
>
> The ant's former employees join the grasshopper at Wal-mart.
>
> With the added revenue from outsourcing and downsizing the ant's
> company, the conglomerate is able to purchase even more politicians who
> will work hard against peace, unions, the environment, the poor, the
> middle class, and anything that might inhibit the corporate bottom
> line.
>
> The grasshopper and the ant's former employees demand that Wal-mart pay
> them for overtime but are told they are exempt -- because they are
> 'managers.' The case makes it to the Supreme Court, where Reagan and
> Bush appointees rule in favor of Wal-mart, admonishing the plaintiffs
> to 'go home and feel lucky to even have jobs, what with all the
> outsourcing going on these days.'
>
> The conglomerate also buys CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and many radio stations
> and news periodicals to keep the ants and grasshoppers from knowing how
> dramatically the deck has been stacked against them.
>
> And with demagogic politicians and the media in its pocket, the
> conglomerate finds it very easy to keep the ants and grasshoppers from
> uniting to demand justice by pitting them against each other with
> stories of lazy, irresponsible grasshoppers living off of industrious,
> sober-minded ants.
>
> The moral: Think critically -- and be very careful how you vote in
> 2008.
>

Craig

Then Global Warming became Global Cooling (sensible people call this summer into autumn into winter) and the white curtain of death aka snow, killed most of the ants, spiders and grasshoppers. But in the spring, the sun came back out and warmed the earth, the way it has for millions of years, the ants, grasshoppers and spiders returned.
Everybody voted Libertarian and all
was right with the world.

Guest08

The Ant and Grasshopper -- The True Story
>
>
> The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his
> house, laying up supplies for the winter.
>
> The grasshopper takes a job at Wal-mart.
>
> Come winter, the ant finds he has more supplies than he and his family
> needs, so he invests the surplus in a small business. Due to hard work
> and shrewd dealing, the ant's company grows into a profitable business.
>
> The grasshopper continues to turn in ten hours a day at Wal-mart.
>
> After thirty years of comfortable middle class existence, the ant sells
> the company to a large conglomerate, and retires.
>
> The conglomerate immediately fires all the ant's employees and
> outsources their jobs to India.
>
> The ant's former employees join the grasshopper at Wal-mart.
>
> With the added revenue from outsourcing and downsizing the ant's
> company, the conglomerate is able to purchase even more politicians who
> will work hard against peace, unions, the environment, the poor, the
> middle class, and anything that might inhibit the corporate bottom
> line.
>
> The grasshopper and the ant's former employees demand that Wal-mart pay
> them for overtime but are told they are exempt -- because they are
> 'managers.' The case makes it to the Supreme Court, where Reagan and
> Bush appointees rule in favor of Wal-mart, admonishing the plaintiffs
> to 'go home and feel lucky to even have jobs, what with all the
> outsourcing going on these days.'
>
> The conglomerate also buys CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and many radio stations
> and news periodicals to keep the ants and grasshoppers from knowing how
> dramatically the deck has been stacked against them.
>
> And with demagogic politicians and the media in its pocket, the
> conglomerate finds it very easy to keep the ants and grasshoppers from
> uniting to demand justice by pitting them against each other with
> stories of lazy, irresponsible grasshoppers living off of industrious,
> sober-minded ants.
>
> The moral: Think critically -- and be very careful how you vote in
> 2008.

You make it sound like I should hate the ant for working hard, and should pity the grasshopper for thinking he could succeed with a job at Walmart.

Perhaps the grasshopper should go to school and leave Walmart for a better paying gig. Perhaps he should learn a trade. Why should taxpayers subsidize his lack of drive.

The corporation would be wasting it's money buying the TV & radio stations. The media and politicians are quite capable of playing on class envy, and dividing people with otherwise common goals.

The fact of the matter is, and I agree with you about politicians, there is no
one on either side that is advocating true change. Term limits on congress, fair taxes are the only things that will drive away lobbyists, and bring the government back to the people.

Colton

Ok so here's the gig... Its not about the ANTS or the GRASSHOPPERS! Its about everyone being able to SEE outside the box, but not only see, ACT! This is how it goes, The higher class, aka the rich, that have worked very hard- and started from the bottom and moved to the top, got to the top because of the goals they set and REACHED and ACHIEVED! Success people... you arent going to be successful working at Walmart obviously... That is if your looking at success as a FINANCIALLY set point of view.. You may not be the most successful person being an owner of a business either! Working at walmart are you looking to progress? To what? Manager? instead of $10 an hour your making $12? So you now have yourself an EXTRA $100 a month... Sorry but that Extra $100 you arent used too before isnt going to cover the needs of progression to become Successful in that Financial state. But if you are satisfied, and believe that you have reached Success then you dont need to be collected and added to the RICH and Wealthy/ Upperclass Category. Like the army says, Be all you can Be, and thats all you can do. You set your goal, and you made it. So no need to blame the SO CALLED ANTS who gave these SO CALLED GRASSHOPPERS the job at Walmart in the First place. Because the Goal Driven Person was able to reach his big goals and succeed to the highest of his ability, he was able to create and build a new company which created opportunity for the others who believed their success was to reach the Lower/ Middle class level. Therefore, everyone is serving a purpose for the other, the "ANT" to the "Grasshopper" and so on and so forth. Also, take a look at what a wide majority of Ants all over do, they DONATE to the POOR.. Hmmmm... Careless??? I think Not... And the Grasshopper Accepts, does that mean that he is Bad sick and wrong? I mean He didnt do anything and he's being helped out what the hell? He's worthless right??? No! "a Majority of the Grasshoppers around" will accept it with grate appreciation. Which brings service back around. Now your thinking, "OK THIS CAT HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE CRAP HE's TALKIN ABOUT!" Your Probably Right! But a Broad mind is better than a Closed point of View- So open up and Accept! ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY, SUCCESS, CHARITY, OPEN MINDED... Hmmmmmmmmm Sounds good to me! Take care of yourself of course, but be willing to help others! Even when you 'Think' you may not be able too, do what you can atleast! Like I said before, Be all you can be, do what you can do! Like the song goes, I KNOW I CAN BE WHAT I WANT TO BE, and you can do what you want to do! If you do, it will be coming back around! Like they say, what goes around comes around. So for the New President of the United States, You cant change that. Its OBAMA, whether you voted him or not, it really doesnt matter- Hope for the best and run with what we have! Dont sit back! Get going, because by the time you start up your going to be FAR behind the others who started off the bat! REPUBLICANS, Get your asses going! Dont you want to maintain yourselves as an Ant? DEMOCRATS, get your asses Moving as well! You got the President you wanted and Needed! Dont sit back, and lets get the success you want and Deserve for the upcoming Work you are going to put in!

Remember, Keep an Open mind..
Both sides can always help, no matter if it is money related or not, you can always give a little bit.
Be kind, because being an Asshole only makes the other person just as big of an ASS as you.
Liberals... Did I forget you? No.. Your in there too- Get your asses going! Keep Striving for everything you stand for- But keep your damn mind open!
The President himself cannot CHANGE the USA- but if we all UNITE we can. So stop bein asses, start setting and reaching your goals, dont give up, and help your fellow man achieve their dreams and goals!

Like the others say, *** Bless Us all!

Colton B

Fred Schmidt

Note to all:

Attitude of the successful:

"I am where I am because of my own actions and choices. I will overcome and prosper from the unique set of choices and opportunities (aka obstacles) that life chooses for me.

All will need help along the way and when I do I will surround my self with those who share my optimism and will selflessly share their successes. I will avoid the greedy and those who seek to punish the greedy for both are wasted energy!"

Arthur M. Mills, Jr.

This is a great version of Aesop’s fable. I enjoy reading the modern takes of the fable so much that I decided to write my own version and turn it into a book. The Haves and Have Nots is a modern day ant-and-the-grasshopper-style fable that speaks to the greatest concerns of our times, including politics, the economy, and the environment.

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