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Do you know how to catch a pig?

Original post made by Pablo, Downtown, on Mar 2, 2012

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange
students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the
professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his
back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man
what was the
matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had
been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to
overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange
question. He asked: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young
man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable
place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and
begin to come every day to eat the free corn.
"When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of
the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence,
they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

"They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have
all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. "The pigs,
which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that
free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around
inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free
corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the
woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening
in America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and
keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as
supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco
subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare,
medicine, drugs, etc.
While we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free
lunch and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper
than you can do it yourself. If you see that all of this wonderful
government 'help' is a problem confronting the future of democracy in
America, you might want to send this on to your friends.

If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will
probably delete this email.


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Posted by cautionary tale
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Then there is the story of the Bear who took all the fish from the river. He didn't care about anybody but himself. Who cares what other people do or say. I just want all the fish because I've earned it. In fact, why should they have any fish? Then the bear met another animal that ate all the fruit from the fruit trees. Oh, they spent their time having so much fun eating all the food and laughing at all the people who didn't have what they had. They soon found a few other friends that gorged on everything in site. One became a dictator in a communist country, another became an investment banker and all the others just became corrupt. They loved their slogan: "As long as I have mine, who cares about the rest. We earned ours."

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I don't eat pork: Web Link

I don't tons of meat, however, I enjoy fish - squid, octopus, eel, and fresh fish fillets. I feel sorry for animals. They are so kind.

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Posted by zeke
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Being corrupt isn't something that anyone can do. It takes skill. Just take a look at the unemployment lines. Obviously their parents didn't teach them how to take candy from babies.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Too bad the younger generations will never know what is was like to be wild pigs(free). We are already fenced in on three sides. One Bay Area will be the last fence with only the trap door remaining.

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Posted by joanna
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Ho hum...that one is an oldie--you need to come up with some new material.

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Posted by Former Student
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Socialism and communism. I don't think those words mean what you think they mean...