• AdLib : Night Sally, looking forward to this Sunday’s funnies! Night all!

  • AdLib : Take care Murph, have a great Easter weekend!

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad Lib…hope your vision for the USPS future is the one that plays out.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Well I am off to bed. Take care Ad and Sally.

  • AdLib : Murph – Yep, that seems pretty clear but with Obama in the WH and the potential of Hillary there for the next two terms, the USPS may complete this siphoning off of their revenue without any budgets being passed that slash their budget further.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad…I think the purpose of the pension and medical funding requirements is to force the USPS out of business. And the GOP is quite prepared to put forth funding bills sufficient to expand Fed Ex and UPS services

  • AdLib : Maybe we should just let Goldman Sachs handle everything…but they might bundle our mail into derivatives…

  • AdLib : Murph – But the private carriers depend on the USPS to be able to make the profit they do, don’t they? And the USPS won’t be put out of business by this, they can’t be. So…what happens when the pensions are finally financed?

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Oh Ad Lib….you know the answers to those questions…this is the GOP we are talking about. Kill the USPS and then subsidize the private carriers….easy .

  • AdLib : Murph – But where would the money come from to pay FedEx or whomever? They would be paid on top of the USPS budget? And would they be forced to bank 10 years of employee pensions too?

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad Lib…I have asked that question of our Representative who claims that “there will be no service interruption.” I laughed at him, but he is used to that from me. He knows that I know differently. The government will award a contract to UPS or Fed Ex…Sounds like privatizing SS.

  • SallyT : Right.

  • AdLib : Sally – And on weeks with a Monday holiday, you wouldn’t get mail for 3 days.

  • AdLib : Murph – If your post office closed, how would you get your mail?

  • SallyT : Anyway, they should say in the ad that it will be a three day weekend here on out.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad LIb…from what I hear the ads are round one and will be stepped up

  • AdLib : And how would that work anyway, how would people in a smaller town with no post office, get their mail?

  • SallyT : I agree, AdLib. Damn D

  • AdLib : Sally – I’ve seen the ads but I find them too tame. People need to know what life will be like if their post office closes and mail delivery is reduced.

  • SallyT : I o know why but my is sticking. Okay, my D is sticking!

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad Lib- I agree….a national campaign.

  • SallyT : Good for the Union.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Sally, the tv ads are from the union….

  • AdLib : Murph – Sounds like it did make an impact! This should be a local and national campaign. People need to think about how they will get their medicine, SS checks, pay their bills, etc. if their local post office closes up and delivery is reduced again and again. This is big time disaster for many people.

  • SallyT : But, they do run ads on TV now.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Sally- I said the same thing to my postmaster friend about the first amendment…she laughed and called me naive.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad Lib….what she says to me is she is counting on people like me to get the word out. I made quite a stink at the county seat a few months ago when I asked a clerk (in a loud voice) if the list of possible closures really included that post office? I then held up the list. The clerk made an excuse for not answering, but lots of people in line asked me about it. I showed them the list and they were stunned. Next week the local paper carried a front page story- I have no idea if this was connected to my “demonstration ” but it could not have hurt.

  • AdLib : Sally – There are only limits on Amendments that don’t refer to guns.

  • SallyT : I would say that is covered under the 1st Admend

  • AdLib : Murph – I appreciate the position she’s in but there does need to be a way to get the truth out to the people before it’s too late.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Sally- yep….they are forbidden to address the issue in any way that might be considered a criticism of either party or of any legislation.

  • SallyT : They can’t say anything to protect their jobs?

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Sally- I know the postmaster for my area and she says that the impact on our residents will be horrifying but she is forbidden from “politicizing” the issue by naming the GOP as the culprits which they are.

  • AdLib : I would hate to see Saturday deliveries end, it’s always a nice thing to be able to get mail to or from someone on Saturday.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : State Defense Forces can be a ready reserve or an active corp. Often it is both.

  • SallyT : Murph, I know they do. When I was in business, we got many packages turned over that way.

  • KillgoreTrout : Sally, Truth, Lies and Uncertainty.

  • AdLib : Murph – So, they are basically a state version of the National Guard. Is it like the NG, just part timers or people on reserve who can be called to duty?

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Sally- want to guess how often UPS and Fed Ex packages come via the USPS-+-? Where there is not enough traffic for a route – they use the mails.

  • KillgoreTrout : Very cool Ad! See ya tomorrow.

  • SallyT : What’s the theme?

  • SallyT : I know, Murph, and that is serious, isn’t it.

  • AdLib : KT – Thanks, just got the email bump that it’s ready to be published. Great choice of theme! I’ve already got some ideas for songs!

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Sally- in my bit of rural landscape in Mo….the Post Office is a life line for our poor and elderly resident who count on the mails to deliver medicine.

  • KillgoreTrout : Hey Ad, just came back to let you know I finished the Weekend Music Thread. Hope you like it.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad Lib..State Guards (sometimes called the State Military Reserve, the Foot Guard, the Militia Reserves) literally can be called on to protect the state from external threat, to assist in restring order/keeping order, to aid in a time of state emergency….Her e is a real oddity…If there are military academies in your state – the staff very often hold ranks in the State Defense Forces.