Just for Fun

$7,300 Lamborghini for sale

This beautiful $250,000 Lamborghini is for sale at a huge discount of $7,300! It may need some work. For example, the carbon ceramic brake assembly has been removed and sold at auction. However, if you would like a Lamborghini and don't have quite enough for a new one, this one may be exactly what you are looking for.

Hire More Heroes Act of 2015

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My U.S. Congressman Sam Graves issued a statement yesterday (7th of January, 2015) on the passage of the Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 22) This was the first time I heard of this House of Representatives bill and because I am trying to be more up to speed with my representatives, I decided to check this little (only 4 pages) bill. //My next post should and may be on Opencongress.org, govtrack.us and other websites that make knowing what is going on in Washington super easy and possibly fun//

This is not the first time that the House has tried to pass a Hire More Heroes Act bill. Rodney Davis (R IL 13th district) sponsored the same bill (H.R. 3474) (although it said "of 2014") in 2013, the 13th of November. This bill passed the House the 11th of March 2014. There was 1 "Nay" vote by Jerrold Nadler, a democrat from NY. It must have been a mistake because it passed almost unanimously. Of course there were 23 who did not vote at all, 8 Republicans and 15 Democrats. The bill then failed to pass the Senate. Govtrack.us has "Status: Died (referred to Committee)."

H.R. 22 is a bill "to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Sam Graves (R MO 16th district) said in his statement  “Under Obamacare, small businesses are penalized for hiring more than 50 employees at full-time hours. This legislation exempts our veterans from this provision.”

The bill passed the House with 99% "Yea's" and 1% not voting but has a 15% chance of being enacted, according to some super cool method Govtrack.us uses to determine such things. Most likely it will die in the Senate again. However, if my Congressman Sam Graves thinks it is important (as well as one of my Senators Roy Blunt who was the sponsor last year), then I might as well watch it.

My Library

This is the library I will most likely be going to. It opened in 1902!Downtown Library
"Downtown Library (opened 1902)
927 Felix Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Branch Manager: Dee Zvolanek
Telephone: Circulation: (816)232-7729; Reference: (816)232-8151;
Children’s: (816)232-3812; TDD: (816)236-2160; Administration: (816)232-4038

History: The Downtown Library is the oldest branch in the St. Joseph Public Library system, which was founded in 1890. The Downtown Library opened on March 13, 1902, and was originally built to house both the Public Library and School District Administrative offices; this is still true today. We are separate entities however, with the School District owning the building. The beautiful and historic Downtown Library boasts a terrazzo floor in the foyer, glass floored balcony, marble, wonderful frieze and ceiling moldings showcasing a stunning stained glass dome, all in a beaux arts architectural style. Come visit us."

Visiting James Hartigan

I took a trip to Mount Mora Cemetery thinking that James W Hartigan (for whom the house I am living in was built) would be buried there, however it turns out he is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery. So the first five photos below were taken at Mount Mora and then the Hartigan photos and the Joseph Robidoux memorial photo were taken at Mount Olivet. It was a beautiful day to be at the cemeteries: all cold, wet and dreary.

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You can read all about James Hartigan here (Page 676).