"The most significant threat to our national security is our debt," Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 27,2010

Friday, July 31, 2020

Former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain dies of COVID-19

Folks pls read -


We now simply share a few borrowed words about this good man...
 Born in the segregated South, his father worked three jobs as a janitor, barber and chauffeur, while his mother was a servant. He graduated from Morehouse College, a historically Black college for men in Atlanta, received a master’s degree from Purdue University and worked as a civilian mathematician in the U.S. Navy. 
The centerpiece of Cain’s presidential campaign was his 9-9-9 plan, which would have replaced the current tax code with a 9% tax on personal and corporate income and a 9% national sales tax. Cain said the plan’s simplicity would stimulate the economy by giving investors certainty.

“If 10% is good enough for God, 9% ought to be good enough for the federal government,” he told crowds. 

 Cain is survived by his wife, Gloria Etchison, their children and grandchildren.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Over and over, again and again (aka Hss)

Fundamentals are pretty basic – they simply don’t require much of anything except for a little bit of awareness coupled with equal dislike of the fundamental of repetitive Homo sapiens stupidity.   Put it this way – read a good factual history book or two and discover the repetitiveness of Homo sapiens stupidity (aka Hss).  We like to occasionally illustrate Hss as most all that has happened since a while ago a few of us figured out how to drop out of trees and get others to do things for us.  Oh, and one more thing, every once in a rare while a few will simply dispose of those who get others to do things for them.  We call those few – founders and fighters – mostly MIA today!

Now folks do you really think massive amounts of nonrepayable debt (DEBT) are the solution to our problems?  If you don’t know or are not sure of the answer…well ask your kids (if you have any.)  Even better, ask your grandkids (if you have any)…and that of course assumes that you chat with them about basics – i.e. fundamentals.  Do you?  We call fundamentals...things that matter.

Here is what we know – our media – our attorneys – our jocks – our hollywood nincomPOOPs – our 435/100/9++++000,000’s more in our local county and state forms of POOP gatherings are paid lots.  Was that always the case, huh?

Were our founders paid a lot?   Or were they mostly…VOLUNTEERS?   With real jobs?  Makin’/growin’/fixin/inventin’/healin’/etc ways of earning wages to be spent wisely?  Not overpaid nonproductive nincomPOOPs – do you know?

We ask you, what were our early founders/fighters serving as representatives and senators getting’ paid…do you know?   Pls tell us now…write the number(s) now:

Here is the answer:

When the Constitution was ratified, members of Congress were paid six dollars a day, and then only when they met.

This was not supposed to make you rich.

Here’s a few more Jack Lessenberry’s words offered at – https://www.michiganradio.org/post/founding-fathers-never-intended-permanent-political-class-controlled-wealthy

You can say what you want about this system, but you can’t say it does what it was intended to do – send normal citizens to Washington for a term or two.

Instead, we have a permanent political class, funded and controlled by competing pools of vast wealth.

“…send normal citizens to Washington for a term or two.”  With real jobs?  Pretty funny huh?   We the people – Hss.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Joe deals with Climate Crisis and Environmental Justice in just 100+ pages

TheFundamentals now makes it easy to access Joe's wisdom*, etc**. - pls go to:


* well we didn't read it but we do wonder...did Joe set up a scoring system - you know something like in a game that keeps track of what one team does and what the other team does and then the one who gets it done actually wins?

** okay one more thing that is always on our tiny mind...did Joe commit to paying down (meaning first stop adding to) DEBT - huh?  If he did this old guy might vote for him - tee hee hee...well as long as he and the 000,000's of the unneeded nincomPOOPs stop getting paid printed unearned $$$ bills that buy less every day!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Tea Garden Restaurant, Amherstburg, Ontario


The Tea Garden Restaurant was one of the most popular gathering places in Amherstburg. Established in 1946 in a historic nineteenth century residence, it was close to the busy intersection of Sandwich and Richmond Streets. Its size, location and excellent food, affordable on even the most modest budget, all contributed to its success. Nicholas (Nick) and Olga Semeniuk opened the Tea Garden as a family business on June 6, 1946, amid lingering wartime restrictions and shortages. "Meatless Tuesdays" were a part of the menu in the early months and essential food items such as sugar, butter, cooking oil, coffee and tea were in scarce supply. But good cooking and a distinctive personality shaped by the participation of all of the family members allowed the restaurant to grow and thrive.

The Tea Garden was known for its friendly, lively atmosphere. Its diverse clientele kept the conversation stimulating. Typically, milkmen, employees of Mara's Bread, local farmers and factory workers were the early morning customers. By mid-morning, coffee-breakers form neighbouring businesses and offices, the town-hall and the local paper would gather to debate current affairs.
The noon hour saw return visits by many, along with students and teachers on their lunch breaks, salesmen in town for the day and oil-flecked mechanics from the surrounding Shell, Esso, and Texaco stations. The evenings and weekends were family-oriented, with some customers returning for their third Tea Garden meal of the day. Fridays were fast-paced; hundreds of take-out orders of fish and chips were routinely prepared between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., alongside a steady-stream of in-house meals. Business boomed in summer months when the cottagers and tourists vied with the regulars for tables or stools at the counter.

As the town developed and major construction projects were undertaken, the Tea Garden responded and sustained the hearty appetites of various work crews stationed in Amherstburg. In the mid-1950s during the conversion to dial telephones, the Bell telephone "boys" were regular customers, along with Ontario Hydro linemen who were working to accommodate the towns growing power needs. Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were well-known to the Tea Garden during the dredging of the Detroit River for the St. Lawrence Seaway from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s. The restaurant's own work crews were sizeable with up to fourteen staff working peak periods such as Mother's Day. Many young people held their first job at the Tea Garden which provided a steady source of employment and customer service training. With the addition of a banquet room, the Tea Garden became a favourite location for family reunions, wedding receptions and regular meetings of the Amherstburg Rotary Club and other community groups. Other renovations led to the removal of the stucco from the building's exterior in 1961, revealing its original historic stone work. So interesting was the discovery that for many months passers-by stopped to admire and even touch the Tea Garden's limestone walls.

In an era before malls and community centres existed in Amherstburg, the Tea Garden provided a safe and pleasant environment for social interaction. Because of its proximity to the town's commercial centre and major institutions and because of the number and variety of people who visited the restaurant each day, it formed part of Amherstburg's community information network.

Nick Semeniuk passed away in 1964 and five years later Olga sold the business. The building was razed in 1988. While no visible signs of the Tea Garden now remain on Richmond Street, there are many vivid memories and anecdotes about the good food, good times and distinctive personalities from all walks of life who were patrons and employees. This unique family enterprise in many ways symbolized the character of post-war Amherstburg and earned its place in the town's social and economic history.

Make your own face covering...it's that easy


...and, a bit more:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYEk4b6uKcM

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Folks – difficult to read – JUST DO IT…

…particularly if you vote for democrats in our large cities (or anywhere):

And if you can’t access it online or at your shut down library you are still funding – well go here:  

“…DEEPLY DISTURBING”…who or what on earth (besides a dopey politician) would offer anything short of a tall lamp post and a very short piece of rope to deal with those who apparently offer/watch/oversee the death of people they are paid to help live?

We call our self…thefundamentals…and we focus on DEBT but we too are making a huge mistake when it comes to governments stealing money (they call it taxation) and using some of their theft to fund paychecks to nincomPOOPs that show up and watch people die!


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Some Oxymorons!

Let’s see if I got this right... 

 If a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.
 Somehow it’s Un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America .
 Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegal Mexicans voting in our elections are good.
 Twenty is too young to drink a beer, but eighteen is old enough to vote.
 People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.   This after 250,000 white union soldiers died to free the slaves and the subsequent freed slaves had already been given 40 acres and a mule to stimulate their life of freedom.
 Inflammatory rhetoric is outrageous, but harassing conservative people in restaurants is virtuous.
 People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for useless degrees.
 Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you'd better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.
 Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate Central-American gang-banger who jumps the southern fence is welcome.
 $5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for 'free' health care is not.
 If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.
 People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.
 We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, and it seems like a great plan to us.
 Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.
 Criminals are catch-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it's a violation of THEIR rights.
 And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us "racists"?!
   Prisoners who have been convicted of a crime serious enough to have been sent to prison should be released into the community to avoid Coronavirus, but citizens who want to go to work or patronize a business in the community should be jailed
Think that about covers it!!!

We close with our "$0.02".   The above is entitled "Some Oxymorons!"   Okay but we prefer our terminology for the above buffoons...smelly in need of flushin'...nincomPOOPs

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Normandy Landings – June 6, 1944

We borrowed the following from… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

“The Allies failed to achieve any of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five beachheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold that the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were documented for at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area now host many visitors each year.”

We offer the above for a very simple reason – our men and our allies men are the reason we today can carry on endlessly about the this and that’s that apparently overwhelm some of us...today.

To those so “overwhelmed” a simple suggestion...visit and spend time at American military cemeteries around the globe filled with very young men who gave all for others.

God bless and care for each and every one of these good young men.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Predictability…our history and future…moving forward

This old guy now in his 4th and final quartile of life started writing postings a while ago and then posted them at www.thefundamentals.us about 10 years ago.  The main reason for doing the above was a simple fundamental:   DEBT…only borrow for good reason – pay DEBT back per the DEBT contract – and cool it.   DEBT borrowings only for needed and valued reasons – not daily this and that’s.

We thank our good Mom and Dad for this upbringing and, yes, it was going on mostly all around us back when even middle class and those working hard to attain middle class could feed/house/assist themselves and each other and very few handout alternatives were readily available.

Times have changed……   

Our title is based on one simple comprehensible reason – good history books about history and people – no, not as often offered on tv and movie theatres and other forms of verbal/visual “fictional” or “personal” offerings – but as documented factually.  I have been reading – The World:  A Brief Introduction, Richard Haass.   Begins 300+ years ago – right up to now – and simply factually presents the repetitiveness of human behavior – over and over and over…

Let’s make it simple…here is our brief history/predictability:

·         The Chinese have survived for a long time – that survival will continue
·         America was founded by fighters/workers, mostly good men and many good women who were also mothers and workers…good Moms and darn hard workers
o   Not all homo sapiens are born/live with the above – hard work, fight, survive…it can/does disappear…
o   …and it’s disappearing in America
·         Religions, governments, etc. are interesting but this old guy knows – we need founders, fighters and workers.   We don’t need…435/100/9+++000,000’s more nincomPOOPs
·         And then we get to our “fundamental” – DEBT.  America has got a lot of rich people.  This gettin’ old guy doesn’t hear or read any of ‘em sayin’ – stop raising DEBT!  We gotta start payin’ DEBT down!   Folks its basic – its fundamental –  but we ain’t doin’ it

We close…read a history book…pay down DEBT…few others basics…before it’s too late…that’s all folks.