Friday, August 28, 2009

My correspondence with “The White House” must not be inflammatory enough. . .No “agent men” at my door yet.

I became disabled nearly two years ago and was forced to live on 1/3 of what I used to earn. In addition, I lost my employer provided medical coverage. Despite having medical issues serious enough to put me on Social Security Disability, I have to wait two years without dying, being injured or getting sick before I receive any sort of medical coverage.

In the mean time, my mortgage is 60% of my monthly income. Your Making Homes Affordable program exempts everybody that owns a manufactured home. That includes me! The lenders won't budge.

At the same time, you pay Africans in Africa to get abortions and provide healthcare to children of illegal aliens that make $60,000/year. Anyone making such a huge sum as $60K/yr. should be paying for their own insurance. My annual income is just $12,100/yr. I don’t think this is at all fair.

I lived in this country all my life and worked for 24 years before being injured in an OSHA non-compliant factory. There's a good possibility that I would not be disabled if work place safety regulations were more strictly enforced. My former employer has lots of blood on its' hands.

As a result of your policies, I'm forced to suffer. I would be much more comfortable in prison. Apparently, others have noticed this as the prison population continues to increase.

I live in southern Arizona without air conditioning. It was 113 degrees today. I spent nearly two years without a working refrigerator because I was up to my neck in mortgage payments. I can't afford to heat my home in the winter either. I still don't have indoor running water or a working flush toilet. I have not taken a shower in nearly two years. I did make all of my house payments on time.

I went to what is commonly called the 'free clinic". As it turned out, it was anything but free. They wanted $400.00 just to clean my teeth!

Maybe you should turn off the water and air conditioning at the White House for a few days and get to know how may citizens have to exist. Skip a few showers and wear some dirty clothes. Forget about vacations!

As I type this, I have limited use of my right hand. I will more than likely need hand surgery in the future. I'm sure the longer I wait, the more serious it will become. It will also become more expensive to treat. I have hearing loss. That condition has been untreated since being diagnosed. Imagine living in a world where everybody sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher.

I have come to believe that the Americans With Disabilities Act is not worth the paper it's printed on. I also came to find out that the FEMLA is worthless too. Remember, without a job or income, legal representation is impossible.
I don't even have Medicare yet and that cost is to go up while Social Security benefits remain unchanged. Apparently, some fool said that there was no inflation. I believe they were terribly misinformed.

To date:

a.) My water bill increased nearly 30% this year and more increases are scheduled. (My drinking water is tainted with arsenic and can be harmful or fatal to infants.)
b.) My property value decreased while my property taxes increased.
c.) The cost of food has gone up.
d.) American Express sent me a letter informing me that my interest rate is going up.
e.) My automobile insurance went up another $3.00/month.
f.) My electric company asked for an additional 10% and they're going to get it.

This is only August. What else will go up before the end of the year? No inflation? One thing is perfectly clear to me. My cost of living IS going up!

If you experienced pain every time you wiped your ass, you would not be a happy camper either.

Disabled American Citizen,

Harry L. Hughes III

Your government controlled health plan will have the efficiency of the Post Office and the compassion of the IRS at Pentagon prices.

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Sometimes, I have nothing better to do. I spend several minutes a day writing media outlets, Congressmen, Senators and of course, The White House. Senator John McCain is the only representative that has bothered to reply. As expected, his reply was totally useless. Our elected officials are clueless.
I wrote MaCain today as well. I slammed him for a comment he made at a town hall earlier this week. He apparently wants us to believe that Obama respects the Constitution. Most of us "commoners" know and understand the reality of that situation. If Obama really respected the Constitution, he would show us his birth certificate instead of hiding it at considerable expense.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009. . . . Road Trip/Recon in Tonto National Forest/Sierra Anchas

It rained quite a bit early Saturday morning. It was unusually cool, cloudy, rainy and wet for August. The high temperature in Phoenix was only 96 degrees. The monsoon season has failed to produce much rain. Local weathermen have been calling it the "nonsoon".

I went on that short hike I was considering. One of my friends I met through political protesting asked me to come along. Between demonstrations and riots, some of us enjoy other outdoor activities where we're not identified as "evil mongers" or "unAmerican Nazis". We went to the Sierra Ancha Mountains in Gila County. It's in the Tonto National Forest just north of Roosevelt lake. We still carried firearms as a precaution.

We embarked from Tolleson,AZ and it took close to four hours to get there. The return trip took just a little bit longer due to minor technical difficulties. On the way, we passed through places like Superior, Miami, Claypool and Globe. I like small Arizona mining towns. We saw a roadside "all kinds of meat" jerky stand and somebody else was selling AKC Lab puppies in the Walmart parking lot in Claypool.

Cherry Creek Road is not much more than a cow path. All of the unimproved dirt roads I traveled on this year seemed to be less traveled and were in worse condition than previous years. Perhaps, the recession is discouraging recreational travel. It's archery deer season and we ran into a couple of hunters. One of them was looking for the wallet he lost. Apparently, he ducked into some bushes to take a dump and somehow managed to drop his wallet. It's really rugged terrain and it might be hard to find.

On the way back, we observed a strange looking woman on the back of a motorcycle traveling westbound on US60 just east of Apache Junction. It was pouring down rain. She was wearing some sort of long blue braids attached to the top of her helmet. I never saw anything like those before. Out of all of the women we saw on the backs of motorcycles during our trip, none of them stood out like her. We were disappointed that she did not show us her boobs.

Trip Status: No casualties
Tonto National Forest in the news. . . .Cannabis Cultivation

U.S. Forest Service land is increasingly fertile ground for pot plants grown by Mexican cartels

Media references to Mexican drug cartels are invariably followed by some variation of the phrase "spill over into this country." Those five words are key to the flak currently being sent up by the federal government—most recently by Janet Napolitano, former Arizona governor and now head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Between 2006 and 2008, the Gila County Narcotics Task Force took down 43 pot farms, eradicating 82,904 marijuana plants, says Task Force commander Johnny Sanchez. All but a handful were on Tonto land.
Top Photo: Looking west, Sierra Ancha Mountains
Second Photo: Cattle chute made from WWII vintage surplus steel airstrip panels.
Third Photo: Adobe house maybe from 1930's? The tree fell down since I was last here. There was still water in the well.
Fourth Photo: Vultures waiting for something to die along Cherry Creek Road.
Bottom Photo: Sedimentary strata along Cherry Creek Rd. This is the point where my friend got his truck stuck in the creek. We ended up using large pieces of the local geology to serve as extra weight to improve traction. After a few attempts, we became unstuck. Before getting stuck, I said, "I wouldn't take my truck there."

"Cherry Creek there is generally good traction in areas with middle Precambian bedrock, but the Tertiary/Quaternary strata tends to turn to mud and sand. Even the younger Precambrian can be problematic some places." -S. M. Sherlock