A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE DARK SIDE OF ROGER WATERS MOON BRAIN

Roger Waters- another example of why I love music but couldn't care less about a musician.  Why not just come out of the closet on your next album and call it the 4th Reich - his hatred of anything Jewish, well, here is the thing.  I like old Elton John music, don't care he's a raving diva, like Pink Floyd, don't care that Waters is an idiot.  Talented, but an idiot.  Glad to see most other musicians are ignoring his anti jewish blather too.

I regret now not majoring in journalism when I was in school, talk about an easy job these days.  Let me explain why.

I'm sure most of my imaginary readers, by now, have heard that Jess Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the campaign and talked about the campaign.  The Washington Post was the first to break that story, I think, it's kind of hard to trace to any source.  And once it ran, then all the other papers, news shows, cable news, little three news shows, and web sites all ran the big headlines that Sessions broke the law discussing campaign stuff with the Russian ambassador.

And what evidence did the original story have?  One anonymous source.  In fact, if you dig thru the article, somewhere around paragraph 20ish, they do mention that these kind of leaks have been false in the past as a little game the two countries like to play but the Russian ambassador is usually reliable in his reports, which is apparently how the Post got the story, the NSA intercepted the report and then someone in DC passed the story to the paper - not any actual documentation mind you, just "hey, did you know...." and the post runs the headline.

How cool is that, I can just see it now.......  I feel like Tuesday Turtle about to go back via the Wizard....


Good evening ladies and gentlemen and all the ships at sea, this is your reporter Bosco P. Lemonzit reporting from war torn Israel.  This just in: An anonymous source with the Israeli Mossad has told this reporter that during Barak Obama's recent trip to Israel, the Israeli government was appalled at Barak Obama getting so sexually excited while visiting a sheep farm in the West Bank that the former president dropped his pants and began having sex with multiple lambs.  Not sure of the accuracy of the story, this reporter reached out to a shepherd who confirmed that sometimes Americans love having sex with sheep, but it was kind of confusing since this is the first time he saw the sheep doing the mounting.

This just in: DC police, according to an anonymous source with the DC police department, have raided a republican sex orgy where members of the house and senate regularly gather at Lindsey Grahams Washington townhouse and play naked twister.  When police arrived, according to the anonymous source, Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to be ridden by Mitch McConnell who was shouting, "what to you think of my PX90 now Ryan!"

Hey, I'm not just making this stuff up!  I have an imaginary anonymous source for all of it!

Dateline Seattle:  Seattle mayor accused by another victim of child sexual molestation during the 1980's.  Another victim of Seattle mayor's sexual preference for young boys has surfaced.   Seattle voters reacted to the news by ordering a double latte and pondered where would Nirvana be today if the CIA had not killed Kurt Cobain.   The mayor, angrily denounced the stories as 'yesterday's news' and an attempt by the Trump administration to derail his plans to run for president in 2020.  Some are saying, according to my anonymous source, the mayors 2020 presidential campaign theme, "It's about the children" to be a sure winner with the majority of democratic voters.

Dateline Chicago:  The Chicago White Sox today traded the remaining veterans on their roster for the entire stable of the East Hampton High School Polo Team , claiming that in 2025 this trade should really pay off once the horses learn to play the field without grazing between pitches and crapping all over the infield.  An anonymous White Sox fan is reported to have retorted, "how could we tell the difference?"

This just in:  According to an anonymous source, Shep Smith of Fox News and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough are leaving their positions at their respective networks to open a Bed and Breakfast in Three Pines Quebec.  (Okay, I made this one up, just looking forward to Louise Penny's next novel due out in August)

MR. WIZARD!

Twizzle twazzle twuzzle twome, time for this one to come home.......


Okay, I'm back imaginary readers.  The point of all this is journalism once had rules about anonymous sources, can't use them, getting confirmation from a second source before running a story and talking to the person for comment.  No more, one person at a computer keyboard with an imaginary anonymous source can write pretty much whatever they want to write and the rest of the media will fall all over themselves to carry the story thus spreading the lies far and wide and making it virtually impossible to track down anything.  And never a false story doth be retracted.

And do you think foreign countries are not aware of how damn easy it is now to get just about anything printed or covered by our media?  How hard  do you think it would be for a country like Russia, China to be behind a lot of these stories to weaken the USA?  Can you imagine the utter disorder forcing Trump from office and throwing the US into a civil war would be?  Or how about George Soros being behind much of this, since he already is funding about 90% of the leftist head up the ass people in this country anyways.

So what is fake news exactly?  Pretty much everything these days folks.  Welcome to what is left of America.

Well, I was planning on posting lyrics to a song about the 'news' but in searching the only songs I could find were cussing up a storm except for one by Air Supply and there is not a chance on God's green Earth I will EVER post Air Supply lyrics on my blog so there.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

HOW GULLIBLE ARE YOU?


There are a few different versions of the map below floating through cyberspace about how all the insiders know this is coming, how the US will be redone by mother nature and are hiding and ready in bunkers.

The ones below are the most common:





Now, when I look at this one, I'm thinking what idiot drew this map?  First of all, what is Florida going to do, rise up 100 feet above sea level suddenly?  Flat sea levelish Florida mostly remains but somehow the waters out west manage to get past two mountain ranges that are well over 10,000 feet high, if the water goes above the Wasatch Front in Utah, and across the Continental Divide in Colorado, well then it's all downhill from there to the Mississippi River so the map above is absolutely ridiculous.  Now if that map continued the rockies thru NV, UT and OR, then I might say hey, that could happen, but sorry, if it gets over the rockies, the middle of america is swampland.  Then the lower levels of Michigan, the center of the state remain above water but the hilly sections of MI are underwater?

By the way Canucks, notice almost every major city in Canada is underwater except Calgary and Edmonton, that is what you get for electing a male model for Premier I guess.

Is there a National Gordon Lightfoot Day in Canada?  There should be.

Finally, if that map above turns out to be accurate, that mountain ranges in west sink and they rise in the east, you can pretty well bet that the three super volcanoes located in the US will have erupted and no one will be alive to draw this map.






The map above is another variation that actually makes a little more sense, let me explain why.  Take sea level.  Did you know that at the equator, in the middle of the pacific, the sea level is above 500ft? Seems that the spinning of our planet, sorry flat earthers, makes the water gravitate towards the equator, so sea levels there are much higher than sea levels elsewhere.  If for some reason, the moving of the poles, pole shifts, etc - all of which are actual geological events, then that water could move and certainly the eastern portion of the USA could change to that map.  Out west, once again, there would have to be such massive geological shifts of plates and mountains that the super volcanoes would surely blow and life as we know it will be over so nobody will care.

Here is why I am discussing this, beside Woody Woodpecker not being over.  These maps may or may not happen.  If they do, no one will be around to say 'told you so'; but there is something about these sort of things.  They make prepping people look like idiots.

Truth be told, your government is prepping for something.  I mean Obama raised our debt by 10 trillion dollars, where do you think that money went?  No, not the Clinton Foundation, but that would be a good guess.  It has been used to build and stock underground areas in this country.

This is factual.  You could see the construction jobs in VA, CO, MO, and other states.  Now I don't necessarily know if there are tunnels from VA to MO to CO  or stuff like that, but there was a reason the government bought enough ammo 10 years ago to shoot everyone on earth, twice.  There was a reason you could not order emergency foods easily for a few years because the government was buying it.  There is a reason we've gone from less than a trillion in debt in 1987 to 20 trillion in debt in 30 years.  They are spending it on something besides houses and retirement plans for members of congress and their gnomes.

If the Redskins are ever forced to change their name, I hope they call the team The Washington Corrupt Pedophilic Elites.

But to be honest, not sure I'd want to be in an underground tomb if all this moving of earth's crust were to be occurring, would you?  Sure would be poetic justice if all the elites headed to these bunkers and all ended up buried in their safe bomb proof shelters and people on the surface survived. Plus it would save universal energy since they wouldn't have as far to travel to their final destination in the afterlife.


Sit by my side, come as close as the air
Share in a memory of gray
Wander in my words, dream about the pictures
That I play of changes
Green leaves of summer turn red in the fall
To brown and to yellow they fade
And then they have to die, trapped within
The circle time parade of changes
Scenes of my young years were warm in my mind
Visions of shadows that shine
'Til one day I returned and found they were the
Victims of the vines of changes
The world's spinning madly, it drifts in the dark
Swings through a hollow of haze
A race around the stars, a journey through
The universe ablaze with changes
Moments of magic will glow in the night
All fears of the forest are gone
But when the morning breaks they're swept away by
Golden drops of dawn, of changes
Passions will part to a strange melody
As fires will sometimes burn cold
Like petals in the wind, we're puppets to the silver
Strings of souls, of changes
Your tears will be trembling, now we're somewhere else
One last cup of wine we will pour
And I'll kiss you one more time, and leave you on
The rolling river shores of changes
So sit by my side, come as close as the air
Share in a memory of gray
Wander in my words, dream about the pictures
That I play of changes


Gordon Lightfoot again

THE $32,928,164.88 MAN

Oh, admit it, you always wondered if they remade the Six Million Dollar Man today how much it would cost to rebuild and make better Steve Austin.

Speaking of real men, boy, John McCain leaves Washington suffering from a brain tumor and suddenly his BFF Lindsey Graham goes total macho butch and announces he is 100% for all the young boys, called Dreamers for some reason which I don't think has anything to do with them coming to America to be free, and all other illegal aliens to be given amnesty and to increase the number of foreigners to be brought to this country to fill needed hi tech and construction positions.

Wow, what next Lindsey, getting a Highway to Hell tattoo?

I think illegal aliens should run for congress next year, I for one would love to replace congress and 1/3 of the senate with nothing but illegal aliens.  Wonder if Paul Ryan and others would change their tunes if THEIR jobs were outsourced to illegals.  Plus, we could cut their salaries by 75%.

But of course, this will never work because some illegals are Russian and any Russian elected to congress would immediately be called a Putin spy and a special prosecutor would be required to determine if Trump broke the law playing golf at a course where a reported Russian mafia members girlfriends brother worked as a caddie 15 years ago.


This just in: CNN is reporting that Trump once ordered a White Russian.  Chuck Schumer is calling for additional special prosecutors to determine just what Trump was doing ordering a white russian while Maxine Waters is claiming racism that Trump would specify a white russian and not order a black russian.

I wonder what would happen if Trump announced a new health care plan.  First, to satisfy the democrats, we will do Medicare from cradle to grave and pay for it with a 2% sales tax.  Then, to satisfy the repocrats, we can have a private insurance system, no state lines, totally capitalistic where you can buy a policy, pick stuff you want coverage for, so guys won't have to cover pregnancy for example, and then if you want government health care you can join that system and if you want private coverage you can go that route and both sides get what they want and within 10 to 15 years we will see which is superior.

And while I sit in my apartment watching old Woody Woodpecker, Heckle and Jeckle, and Bugs Bunny cartoon on Saturday morning, which is how I like to spend my Saturday mornings, and offer idiotic advice to the president, it might be time to go to war Mr. President.

Look, they are trying to run you out of office and when looking for leaks, you might want to check out the Pence people since they will benefit from destroying you, see LBJ, Gerald Ford and Bush the 1st.  You need to go to war against the Swamp.  Order a special prosecutor to investigate members of Congress involved in child sex rings.  Order a special investigation and audit of the Clinton Foundation.  Audit congressional spending.  Announce that Mueller has overstepped the boundaries and while you are within the law to replace him, you will not, however, any crimes he discovered that are outside the scope of what his investigation was suppose to be, you will pardon - thus avoiding the possible situation where someone did something in 1995 and will get immunity if they make up lots of stories about Putin and Trump in some sort of lovers embrace.

Look, my imaginary readers, I'm all for the truth be told though the heavens be dammed philosophy.  But I really don't get this whole thing.  Look this up.  Look up 1996 and what was said and written about Clinton and Yeltsin who were both running for re election and how Clinton told Yeltsin  that if Russia were to drop, and they did, some embargo of US poultry, I think it was poultry, that it would help Clinton get re elected and in turn Clinton did some things that helped Yeltsin get re elected.

Was that a crime?  Was there an investigation?  Was that not exactly what they are claiming Trump and Putin were doing?   Sure sounds like one to me.  Or how about all the Chinese money that went to Clinton and then Gore, the Al Gore of 'I didn't do anything wrong and I won't do it again' fame in the 2000 election?

And I am sorry, but America is looking like a serious hypocrite when you consider how many times we have interfered in other countries elections, you think we can just keep doing that and not have other countries trying to mess with ours?

There is a coup d'├ętat occurring in this country folks.  You okay with that?

You think you had the last laugh now you know this can't be true
Even though the sun shines down upon you now
Sometimes you must feel blue
You make the best of each new day you try not to be sad
Even though the sky falls down upon you call it midnight feelin' bad

When you wake up to the promise of your dream world comin' true
With one less friend to call on was it someone that I knew
Away you will go sailin' in a race among the ruins
If you plan to face tomorrow do it soon

The road to love is littered by the bones of other ones
Who by the magic of the moment were mysteriously undone
You try to understand it but you never seem to find
Any kind of freedom comin' clean is just another state of mind

When you wake up to the promise of your dream world comin' true
With one less friend to call on was it someone that I knew
Away you will go sailin' in a race among the ruins
If you plan to face tomorrow do it soon

So take the best of all that's left you know this cannot last
Even though your mother was you maker from her apron strings you pass
Just think about the fool who by his virtue can be found
In a most unusual situation playin' jester to the clown

When you wake up to the promise of your dream world comin' true
With one less friend to call on was it someone that I knew
Away you will go sailin' in a race among the ruins
If you plan to face tomorrow do it soon

When you wake up to the promise of your dream world comin' true
With one less friend to call on was it someone that I knew
Away you will go sailin' in a race among the ruins
If you plan to face tomorrow do it soon

Gordon Lightfoot 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A NATION OF BARNEY FIFE

First of all, going to link a nice little post for you to read:

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Great article to understand what many feel, and what I'm going to write about today instead of going grocery shopping which I probably should do.

I was kind of shocked when I did some searching through all the dribble I write on this blog and could not find what I am planning to discuss now, I thought for sure I'd written about it but I searched and searched by keywords and nothing came up.   So if I am repeating myself, I'm sorry, let's just call it a senior moment and move on.

Today's chautauqua is going to follow along with the link and what has been underlying many of my posts, though I still can't kick the feeling I've done this before.  See, here is my writing problem.  Most of the time, when I stop and start thinking about something to write, it's late at night, in bed and I get this great idea for a blog and go thru it in my head as I fall asleep; then I wake, get ready for work, work the day, workout, yada yada and never remember that great idea I had last night.  If I stop in the night, turn on the phone, make a note about what to write, I do so without my glasses and even if I can decipher what I typed the next day, the bigger issue is starring at that screen in the dark and suddenly I'm awake again and it takes longer to fall asleep.

All of which has nothing to do with the chautauqua.

Times change, we all know that.  And I'm not going to complain about all the great technological advantages we have today over the past, would I really want to go back to records, 8 tracks or cassettes?  No.  But a simple fact of life, when a new door opens, an old door closes and nobody ever stops to ask which door was really better open?  Or did we really have to give up that door to have this one?

Face it, we live on a speeding train with no one at the controls any longer and it makes many of us very nervous.

Now we have news from china about genetically modified dogs that have twice the muscle mass of  a normal dog, gee, that won't turn out bad.  How'd you like a pack of genetically modified twice as big pit bulls escaping and ravaging the countryside.  It will happen.  Not to worry, next will be tests on human soldiers to created supersoldiers to go after the pit bulls, right.  SciFi has been warning us for decades about super soldiers and here we go.

Are you going to deny your child genetic modification and expect them to be competitive in school, sports, and work against kids that were genetically modified?  A decision to be made soon by generations taught not to think, that should work out fine.  Will that be society of the future, those genetically modified versus those not genetically modified?  Wonder who will server whom?

Most cars built the last 5 years have electronic braking, steering, acceleration; cameras front back and sides to wrestle control from the driver including stopping the car if it determines it should stop.  Nobody knows a phone number, they are all on the phone, along with the rest of your life.  Which is why looking at messages and texts and email and selfies and videos of self etc is what people do today.  Think about it, people spend their day staring into the mirror called a smart phone.

When you apply for a job, credit card, bank loan, car loan etc., it does not get viewed by a human being, it gets run the algorithms before a human will ever see it, if a human ever actually sees it.  Next will come the driverless cars, trucks, planes, trains.  All brought to you by the same people that brought us blue screens of death, intermittent hard resets, lost data and incorrect mapping/ GPS.

And an algorithm is nothing more than a set of instructions to do this or do that given this data and history.  Everything is either/or.  But is life always either/or?  Creativity is looking at a situation perceived to be either/or and finding the third route.

Few people make decisions anymore, algorithms make the decisions.  Computers.  We've given over control of our markets, business, life to computer programs and nobody ever stops and checks if the algorithms are making mistakes, well, other than other algorithms.   See, algorithms learn over time and if bad or incorrect info is collected in an algorithm it will continue considering that false info forever more in it's decisions.

Algorithms are black or white, on or off, nothing in between.  Life is lived in that in between of on and off, black or white.

I'm debating a little this idea for a bike ride across america to take my folks ashes to WV.  Not because the bike ride itself, it's the fact that I can't figure out how to make such a trip, conceal carry, and not come to the conclusion that I will somewhere run into a legal headache with some law enforcement officer.   Yes, I can get a conceal carry permit in CO and it has agreements with all the states I might ride thru, well, except Illinois, which adds at least one thousand miles to my trip avoiding Illinois, but with all that, it still is legal hell.  Or my collapsable baton I carry everywhere, perfectly legal in Colorado, vague in about six of the states I might ride thru and legal if not concealed in others and downright illegal unless you are a cop in one or two.

But even with conceal carry, what if I ride my bike down Main Street in some dink town and have no clue there is a school on the street parallel to Main Street and some local law says you can't have a firearm within 100 yards of a school so when on Main Street I'm technically within 100 yards of a school I don't even know exists and a cop pulls me over and I'm going to have serious legal problems because Barney Fife won.

Yes, Barney Fife won - see, this is the chautauqua - the Andy Griffith show.  The philosophical quandary of Andy and Barney, thesis anti-thesis.  Barney was by the book, if the book/law said X then anyone doing X was arrested, which is why half the town ended in jail any time Andy took a day off.  Andy, on the other hand, understood flexibility, discriminating intent, understanding and decision making.  Barney did not.  And 50 years later, we live in a society of Barney's: lawyers make any such flexibility obsolete, because it might mean discrimination.  No one is fired for following rules and instructions.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse, so to ride across America, I will need to learn over 1.6 million new laws that have been written since just the year 2000, federal laws, state laws, country, township, city, hell probably have laws in those controlled neighborhoods that tell you what color you can paint your home too.  Okay, 16 to 18 states really so 512,000 to 576,000 new laws.

When and how did it get so damn complicated?

Now I don't think it would be wise to tell any police officer he's being Barney, probably won't have a chance to explain the philosophical debate, but we get back to that other little thing.  A cop won't get in trouble, no one gets in trouble, if they follow the rules even when the rules in a given situation might not produce a good result.  Better to let someone else suffer the consequences of badly written badly timed events; just follow the rules.

Now if I'm riding through old Mayberry and Andy pulls me over Andy isn't going to worry about some law in the book of 100 yards when the person obviously has no intention of doing something wrong, Andy would understand that carrying a gun that will stop a cougar, coyote, bear, charging wild pig etc is good common sense when riding thru the countryside.  He might even understand that sometimes you might find yourself having to or unwittingly riding thru a bad area of people who might want to do you harm and having a gun is good common sense.  Seriously, you don't think a southern sheriff in the 1950's and 1960's understood about the 'bad part of town'?

Not with the Barney's though, won't even be able to reason with them and ask, "hey, knowing what you know, would you ride across the country, camping out, riding thru bear, cougar, wild pig areas, would you do it unarmed?" and he'd say nope, but he's a cop so he can do it and not get in trouble from other cops.  I'm a citizen and technically you are in violation of the law and therefore I am placing you under arrest so I don't get in trouble for thinking on the job.

Unequal application of the law, cops can do it, citizens are at the mercy of bad law for the good of society.  Barneyland.  The days of the philosophy of Andy Taylor are gone, we are in the land of Barney.

Once upon a time, Andy was wise, Barney was a joke, the Exorcist scared the crap out of people.  Today, Barney is King and people laugh watching the exorcist and get themselves tattooed and physically modified to look like satanic demons.

They taught three generations to think like an algorithm so they would have no trouble taking the next step and letting algorithms do your thinking for you.

And that is what makes 60 year olds so uneasy today.  We live in a world, live by rules, that don't exist anymore and are awake enough to realize it.

I breakdown in the middle and lose my thread
No one can understand a word that I say
When I breakdown just a little and lose my head
Nothing I try to do can work the same way

Any time it happened, I'd get over it
With a little help from all my best friends
Anybody else could see what's wrong with me
But they walk away and just pretend

When I breakdown

I breakdown in the middle and lose my thread
No one can understand a word that I say
When I breakdown just a little and lose my head
Nothing I try to do can work the same way

Where are all the friends who used to talk to me?
All they ever told me was good news
People that I've never seen are kind to me
Is it any wonder I'm confused?

When I breakdown
When I breakdown

Freedom, freedom, we will not obey
Freedom, freedom, take the wall away
Take the wall away



Saturday, July 15, 2017

BURY OUR FATE AT WOUNDED KNEE

I just started reading again the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.  I read the book back in high school, maybe it was college, no, pretty sure high school - wasn't assigned in a class, just wanted to read it.  Later I compared it to Grendel, the story of Ivanhoe and the last dragon, told from the dragons perspective and BMHWK is the story of this country, from the people who lived here first and their perspective.

And as I began the book, the thought occurred to me, we are headed back to Wounded Knee.  Once upon a time, this land was populated by natives we call Indians.  Indians, all because Columbus got lost and thought he'd landed in India.

But the Indians lived across this great land of North America.  Now, they were not the nut and berry eating squirrel petting  peaceful people that Hollywood likes to portray them as now.  They were brutal and savage, just like the people who landed on their shores.

This story of white men coming and taking over a land isn't just an American story.  It's the worlds story.  The French, the Spanish, the English, the Scandinavians, the Dutch, the Italians, the Greek; all spread out across this planet and if there were people living there already, well, just say hello and move them back out of the way or bury them where they stand.  We, the whites, didn't want all the land, just the land next to ours.

And spread we did, and the poor natives of those lands were slaughtered in our path, not that different Indian tribes didn't slaughter each other, then banded together to fight the white flight.

And they lost.  White men rounded up the native Indians, killed the bravest or those who were planning to buck the system and threw the rest on worthless (farming worthless) land and said good luck.  And after 150ish years, most Indian tribes are still poor places to find yourself living, well, unless they built a casino and have been taking all your money while you've been getting drunk and laughing at the tables.  Kind of a clever way to get back by those Injuns, have a famous singer, millions of white americans will drive to the casino, get drunk and become gambling addicts.  But that is what is not leading our fates to Wounded Knee.

What dawned on me, is where ever Sitting Bull is sitting now, he must be smiling at what is happening.

The Eastern theory of Karma, as we misappropriate it today, what goes around comes around, and what we did is about to happen to us.

Look at Europe and those countries I mentioned earlier, all are being overrun by middle eastern immigrants, brought in on an 'open heart' and the Trojan Horse is opening over there.  A horde of population that has no intention of acclimating to their new country, but determined to make the new home country acclimate to them and their culture.

So now in Sweden their famous summer concert is going women only, seems the last 3 or 4 years all those wonderful mid eastern men have been viewing that concert as some sort of smorgasbord of meat for sex and rapes and sexual assaults of swedish women.  One thing that always bothered me though, besides the fact these guys are raping the women, is where are the swedish men at those concerts protecting those swedish women?  I guess the smorgasbord doesn't have swedish meatballs.

But we are going to see one of two things in our lifetimes; either a very nasty war in Europe to drive the middle easterners back to their homelands or you are going to see Europe become Moslem nations with burkas for all women.

I wonder if they will have to put a marble burka on those marble statues of Margarett Thatcher.

In America, we are not experiencing the same level but it's probably coming, though Trump might put a slow down on that; but we also have waves of people from South America, Central America and Mexico coming into this country because their countries have, for the most part, become cesspools.

Wait a second, while on the subject of Britain, the USA, and let's add Russia in there, apparently those who don't like Trump, calling them Russianers since they remind me of birthers, are upset because they claim reps took materials from a representative from a foreign government to try to use to influence the elections and that should mean Trump should be impeached or his sons brought up on charges of treason.

Now watch this:

Using that same 'logic', then shouldn't all the dems have to resign and all the reporters have to quit and all be brought up on charges of treason for taking a falsified report from a British government representative concerning Trumps supposed behavior in Russia on a business trip and the hookers?  I mean, that came from a 'former' MI5 or MI6 guy - thus the representative of a foreign government, it was used to try to influence the election, so ergo, we can try any and all news station reporters, writers, editors, producers, and talking heads involved with publicizing that report with treason.

Okay, sorry for that tangent, back to the story.

White America is disappearing.  Now, stay with me, I'm not turning into some sort of white racist supremacist or something.  God won't care how much melanin you had in your skin - and if God don't care no reason for me to worry about it either.  That being said, the country, by 2040, will see white people the minority and I don't think that is going to go over all that well with a lot of folks.

If history shows the world one thing, it shows us that when a repressed people gain control, they will almost always be more repressive than the people they replaced. That should make for interesting times.

Cheer up, if you want to see the future, just look at Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Libya, Pakistan, and Somalia today and when that is what America will look like in the future.

And Sitting Bull is finding the whole thing just a little ironic.



They took the whole Cherokee nation
Put us on this reservation
Took away our ways of life
The tomahawk and the bow and knife
Took away our native tongue
And taught their English to our young
And all the beads we made by hand
Are nowadays made in Japan

Cherokee people
Cherokee tribe
So proud to live
So proud to die


Friday, July 7, 2017

CALLING ROD STERLING

Love those old episodes, except lately, sometimes, I get this feeling I woke in a different parallel universe; it's the same, but these little subtle differences that make me wonder and sometimes downright uneasy.

Take Russia.  For 100 years, the democratic party of this country was associated with Russia.  Liberals read their authors, liberals let their spies into DC in the 40's and 50's.  So many organizations that formed in the 20's and 30's were from Russia, groups that took control of things like our education system.  And apparently they were successful since our current batch of students cannot read write spell or know what country America gained it's independence from.

Tim Russert was so sensitive to this issue that when he had the authority in 88 or 92, can't remember which election, he changed the colors so dems would not be red, like Russia.  Look at maps of earlier elections, Reagan, Ford, Nixon, Goldwater, Nixon - they were BLUE states - the dems were the red states.

So how did the republican party and the Russian suddenly become the fuzzy wuzzy BFF''s of late?

When did I wake up in this parallel universe?

Of course, it may be simple answer, that Russert's trick worked and now mindless liberal dems see the color red and think communism.

And the other thing, the word surprise or surprize.  I swear growing up it was spelled with a z and not an s.  The s was how the brits spelled it, we are always using z's instead of the brit s.  Now, suddenly, it's not, is this the first sign of losing one's mind?

I know a few people talk about a Mandella Effect, lots of people swear they remember on newscasts seeing Mandella dying in prison back in the 80's, or some kids bears cartoon or books.

Can you imagine someone actually being able to go back in time and just tweaking then come back to see effects? You could be married to Bridget and wake up married to Bob with no memory of Bridget because Bridget now never existed.

How do you know what is real and what if fake in a world  of vast amounts of information with very little wisdom?

Think you know reality?  Try this one on for size.  Micheal Flynn.  The guy that had to resign, now under investigation - but have you heard, the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey use to say?

Seems a few years ago, Flynn is working at the Pentagon and writes a letter on work stationary in support of a female FBI agent and a sexual discrimination issue with several high ranking FBI people.

He then agreed to testify in court.

The FBI tried to have the judge not allow his testimony in some sort of lawyer legal thing but judge denied so FBI settled.

Who at the FBI was one of the top officials?  The current head of the FBI, who had been number two until the resignation.

So now do you think Flynn is a bad guy or maybe dealing with a payback?

And now this years first pet peeve of the year.

What reprehensible, french bending, uphill gardening, Cubs sissy fan, pencil neck, Dorthy thought it would be a good idea to toss out over 3000 years of standard and not put North at the FRIGGING TOP OF THE FRIGGING MAP. See, this is the thinking, or lack thereof, I'm talking about.   For over 3,000 years, no matter what language, no matter if they wrote left to right or right to left or top to bottom NORTH was always at the top of the map.

Not anymore, that was so yesterday.  Directions are relative.  Truth is relative.  Vocabulary and spelling are relative.  If you want to write "Vocab and speling r relitive" why it's the readers responsibility to figure out what you mean.

I can wait till numbers become relative.  I can't wait for the relativists of the world to get a bank statement where they deposit a 10,000 check and the banks says 1,000 and see how relative the truth is now.


A pleasant faced man steps up to greet you
He smiles and says he's pleased to meet you
Beneath his hat the strangeness lies
Take it off, he's got three eyes
Truth is false and logic lost
Now the fourth dimension is crossed...

You have entered the Twilight Zone
Beyond this world strange things are known
Use the key, unlock the door
See what your fate might have in store...
Come explore your dreams' creation
Enter this world of imagination...

You wake up lost in an empty town
Wondering why no one else is around
Look up to see a giant boy
You've just become his brand new toy
No escape, no place to hide
Here where time and space collide

Rush

Sunday, July 2, 2017

WELL, I DID GET THIS ONE RIGHT


Back in 09, said to my dad, "pop, is there anywhere else you'd like to live because I'd like to get out of Illinois before it goes down the tubes"  and he said Colorado.

Well, got that one right.

Illinois is officially toast and it's the canary in the coal mine, it's the first of many that are simply facing the fact that they are promised really great benefits to many more former employees than they anticipated and didn't fund the pension funds nearly enough and now all the state employees are about to find out that pension funds are great when they have money in them, but it's going to get real ugly very soon.

The current states that are in good shape?  Alaska, Nebraska, Wyoming, and the two Dakotas.  Judging the worst is kind of difficult, so so many are so far behind on pension funds.  I remember John Loeffler talked about the emergency pension guarantee act of 202x, when SS, all public and private pensions would all be combined and pay all retirees a better monthly retirement - of course, the problem is combining a bunch of buckets that don't have enough cash in them to pay out doesn't work unless you.....put all the IRA and 401K money in there also, THEN it's in the black for a few years.  That plan, was a think tank paper and if you read think tank papers today, it's amazing how many come true 20-30 years later.

That will really suck for all those that put 10% away for 30 or more years and are sitting on 2m in a 401k, unfortunately, the majority of people did not do that and they will be all for using that money you saved to pay for their retirement.

Of course, the Buffets and Gates of the world won't be affected by this redistribution of wealth, just what is left of the middle class.

Hmmm, sat here for 30 minutes trying to cleverly segue into the next topic and couldn't think of a thing, so sharp turn and Dr. Who again.

You know what I thought would be a seriously cool idea for Dr. Who?  How about in a Dr. Who adventure, send them back into another TV show, like get the crew for Life on Mars back and do an episode where it's a Life show but a Dr. Who show is going on at at the same time; too bad John Thaw is dead, Morse would be a great one too.  But there are a ton of great english shows it would be awesome to see put back together for one show and it slides into a Who show.

Just another idea that will die in the vastness of the internet, where no one can hear you think.



THEY ARE PUTTING THE 'ASS' IN CLASS

Look, for fairness, I don't tweet or twit or whatever it is called, not even crazy about instant messaging, so while I think it might be better if someone walked into the Oval Office and smashed the crap out of the President's phone, I am open to maybe there is a reason and need since so much of the media are more interesting in destroying him than writing an accurate story.

But seriously, that crack about the chick and the facelift was tacky.

Never saw their morning show, know she and her co-host were both married and then started screwing around and now both divorced and the two hosts are getting married.  Know her dad was one of the serious inside washington world order nut jobs that have wrecked the country.

But yea, dial it up a notch President Trump, republicans don't do tacky, that is a democratic lifestyle.

Fortunately, former President Obama was talking too, which really is tacky.  See, long time tradition is when you leave office, you keep your mouth shut, you know, the way W did for Obama.  But obviously, PO is not about to be muzzled.  There are cliche's left to be said for the 10,000th time!

And he pulls a Dixie Chickie while overseas, though in fairness in one of his home countries of citizenship, Indonesia, the former president was warning Americans not to be so patriotic over the 4th of July, you know, like he tells the Moslems not to be such religiously reprehensible murderous imps during Ramadan.

So there we have a former president while being paid googles of dollars to give a speech in a foreign country, probably a thank you contribution, and he is critical of the US and it's president.  Why, we haven't seen a president do that since, well, since, oh yea, the last democratic president Clinton couldn't keep his mouth shut either.

See, democrats don't believe in tradition unless it benefits them.

The media, falling like dominos with the fake news stories found out, are in the contest too.  Not for the fake stuff, but there seeming confusion on how to behave.  They are very upset about Trump releasing the little video of beating up CNN, yet the NYT sponsors the play where Trump in the role of Julius gets killed; or they come out in support of Griffen, or make all sorts of violent rhetoric towards Trump, yet get the panties wadded when Trump cleverly and comically, hits back.

Connecting dots.  What would happen if the democrats and all the cupcakes or snowflakes or whatever along with the media stir the pot so much that something does happen to Trump; think the snowflakes will dance in the streets?  If you see that, it would be a good time to scout out a good place to hide, a quick route to get there, buy the camping equipment and a year of food and plan the escape.

See, it reminds me of when I took my nephew to see the 30th anniversary release of The Exorcist.  When the movie came out, it scared the crap out of everyone, made people barf, sent people to church again in droves - 30 years later, most of the audience were laughing, kind of like all the evil gremlins in that 80's movie with Phobee Cates, um, oh yea, duh, Gremlins.

When you lived long enough and see one president assassinated and know the pain it caused a nation, and now just over 55 years later if you see a nation laughing and rejoicing, pretty good indication the party is over and the music is going to stop.

Real soon.

Friday, June 23, 2017

"SHE'S ILLITERATE", SAID NICK CHARLES. "HEY, MY PARENTS WERE TOO MARRIED", REPLIES THE WOMAN


It's funny as you approach 60 (six months if you want to send a card.....or present...... or cash) how you start looking at the world, the changes, the improvements, how things are worse, what is coming in the future and you think to yourself....

WTF?

Here, let me repeat myself, only louder.....


WTF?


Not even sure where to start with this.  How about cars, trucks, trains, planes and automobiles with no human at the controls.  We just seem to be flowing over some waterfall towards this future and nobody seems to think twice.

Artificial intelligence, well that I am beginning to understand now, because our society is being overrun with illiterate mind numbed people who look to their phones, tablets, computers and TV to do all their thinking for them anymore.  Without saying much, I'm doing a different job right now, same company, reviewing feedback for software and I look thru hundreds, I mean hundreds of feedback forms before I run into one that is intelligently written; proper English and rational thought in describing what happened.  Hundreds, the rest have to be deciphered from stupid into an actual logical classification of an issue.

Jeepers, I wrote better than most of those things in Kindergarten - okay, 2nd grade at least.

But what bugs me is all the warnings we've seen over the years from sci-fi  and other sources of the dangers, the inevitable conclusion, and as a people we just blissfully rush towards it.

How many people put directions in a map program and just turn turn turn.  You have to get from A to B and just pop the two addresses in and the system will route you. All wifi accessible to someone who will turn you right onto some dead end street where they can rob you.  Or a government of the future that decides you are no longer valuable and drive you into a body of water.

We give up control on a plane, but we trust the pilot and let's face it, for the most part the number of times a pilot drives a plane nose first into something gives you odds of winning 4 straight lotteries and then getting hit by lightning as you walk into the lotto building.

Look at Dr. Who, tens of millions of people on both sides of the pond watch Dr. Who.  What have the shows warned you about?  How about putting some device in your car that provides driving instructions and then drives some woman into the river and then one day all the cars start releasing gas to kill everyone?  Or sticking two wireless things in your ear and getting information streamed to your brain?  Or a news/entertainment system that basically feeds you what 'they' want you to know, think, and do.

When archeologists and anthropologists study the end of America hundreds of years from now, they will determine that one of the first places things got out of hand is when corporations that do business with the government bought the new services and made sure no story that might embarrass certain administrations to make sure their billions and billions dollars contracts with the federal government keeps those stock prices up.  Look at Amazon, owners of the washington post, and their cloud servers have a 600,000,000 contract with the CIA to house information.

Now think about that for just a second, throw yourself back 30, 40 or 50 years, can you imagine the CIA storing data with the owners of the Washington Post?  Why would the CIA risk their secrets on the headlines?  Cause they know it won't happen.

We are rushing forward to a society, if we don't blow it all up first, where robots will drive everything that moves, robots will do your job, robots will write blogs and books, robots will write the new, clean the homes.  Who's gonna find a job?  How will humans pay for rent, homes, clothes,  or food if 90% of the population are replaced by robots?

And why when AI programmers and developers talk about all the jobs they are going to eliminate with AI robotics, why are AI programmers and developers never one of those jobs?

Are we better off today than we were in the past?  I use to think yes, but now I'm starting to think no, we are not.  Yes, it's cool having an internet, cool steaming shows, downloading music, reading books.  Yes, it's cool shopping and click click click and two days later it's at your door rather than going to a mall.  You remember malls, where people had jobs?

Soon a drone is going to dump that package of new underwear, coffee maker, and shirts at your door. I'm actually missing the whole mall experience.  I know I miss going to the books store and spending two hours browsing, the smell of the books.

A world of 90% of the population living like the lower 30% live now, while 10% of the population basks in all the glory.

We had a middle class, that is either in the process of dying or drowning trying to stay afloat.  Thirty years ago the middle class was booming.  Today, you have to earn over 70k to have the buying power someone earning 30k had in the 1980's.  You making 70K, I'm not.  But I made 30 and more in the 1980's.

So I've reached that day, that day where you realize it was better in the old days.

Old days, good times I remember
Fun days filled with simple pleasures
Drive-in movies, comic books and blue jeans
Howdy doody, baseball cards and birthdays
Take me back to a world gone away
Memories seem like yesterday

Oh, old days, good times I remember
Gold days, days I'll always treasure
Funny faces full of love and laughter
Funny places, summer nights and streetcars
Take me back to a world gone away
Boyhood memories seem like yesterday

(Old days)
In my mind and in my heart to stay
(Old days)
Darkened dreams of good times gone away

(Old days)
Days of love and feeling fancy free
(Old days)
Days of magic still so close to me




I SMELL A HACK

So, according to the latest news, a US Navy ship gets broadsided in the middle of the night by some container ship.  The container ship, it turns out, was on autopilot and the US Navy ship's radar did not pick up what the container ship apparently did; a it suddenly made hard right and went on that new route for about 3 minutes, then turn hard left and got back on course.

Now why would a ship on autopilot, suddenly make a hard turn to go straight at another ship and for some reason not appear on the radar of a ship with the top of the line radar?

I smell a hack, a test run.

Imagine one day if large ships on autopilot all diverted their courses and aimed at military, cruise, oil tankers, hey you name it, you can cause all sorts of hell.

Imagine just a little more that Russia or China can hack Navy radars and hide something as large as a container ship.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

WHEN ALL THE LAUGHTER DIED TO SORROW

That title is one of my favorite book titles, unfortunately, the book is about some football player that had it all and lost it cause of his behavior around some underage girls.

But that title came to mind reading about the poor poor plight of Kathy Griffen.  Such a sad story.

Okay, not really.

So the woman who is a famous comedian because she swears  and makes obscene hand signs on TV and hits all the politically correct positions dead center and now her career is over because she had a picture taken holding up a blood soaked replica of the president's head.

And the backlash was immediate, she panics, apologizes, and then hires some attorney who brings her out for a press conference and now claims she is being bullied for her free expression and artistic integrity.

That has to be the sorriest excuse since the Melendez brothers expected mercy at their sentencing for killing their parents because they were now orphans.

There are liberal positions or people I like and sometimes agree with.  I absolutely loved Les Leopold's book Raging Inequality, for example.  While typing this, I'm listening to REM.  But I am sorry, liberalism today is the antithesis of logical thinking.

Climate change - liberal thinkers actually believe we can change the long term weather patterns of the planet but we can't control our borders.  Liberals look at the world and the violence in the inner cities of hopeless generations of blacks in our inner cities with crappy school systems run by liberals for 50 years, joblessness in inner cities almost exclusively run by democratic party mayors, watch moslems throw gays off rooftops, behead people who disagree with them, crash planes into buildings, blow themselves up in concerts killing teenagers, kill their daughters in ritual killings, roving rape gangs of moslems looking for white chicks and liberals will tell the biggest problem is  white christian conservatives; they are the real problem.

The classical liberal is a thing of the past, now we only have stupid thinking people with no training in logic or critical thinking who suffer no cognitive dissonance with opposing views in their brains because while on the surface they appear opposite, in truth they are at their foundation the same - wrong and stupid.

So Trump walked away from the Paris accord.  Good.  If that and appointing several conservatives to the Supreme Court are all he accomplishes in his term(s) he will be a success in my book.  But if you read anything on our walking away from Paris, you would think Trump came out for poisoning air and water and ending humanity.

Walking away from Paris does not prevent companies from pursuing solar power or wind power, it just makes sure we don't live in a country with rolling brown outs and black outs.  It means coal plants and coal mines will be operating, it means plants won't close and have to go overseas because the EPA decides that an extra 1 part per billion of some gas is not worth 2500 jobs.  And next time you see them forcing car companies to do something to add 5k to the price of a car to reduce emissions by 10%, you need to understand that today's cars already have reduced emissions by over 98% from a 1960s car and that 10% reduction is really a 10% of  that remaining 2% or .002 reduction for another 5k from your pocket.

Excuse me, what is that noise, oh just a private airplane owned by DeCrapio or the bozo at Telsa flying overhead to a private dinner party across the planet to rally similar believers that the combustible engine is evil, sorry, where was I.......

The next time some Prius or Volt owner turns their nose up at your car and what you do to the environment ask them if they ever looked up all the rare metals that are in their car, where they come from and if they are proud of all the african slave labor that it took to get those metals so they could drive a Prius.  I would love to get a bumper sticker for my old Volvo that says this car is build from materials that involved no slave labor unlike a Prius or Volt.

The new motto for the democratic party should be "Do what we say not what we do".

Here is what is known about the whole climate change movement.  It use to be called global warming.  But after several cases where it was found those people pushing the global warming agenda were manipulating the data, cheating, and that there has actually been something of a cooling for the last 15 years, they changed from global warming to climate change - kind of like taking a long straddle in the options market, you bet and win if the number moves in either direction.  So now they claim their is climate change and anyone who disagrees with the rest of the program is a denier.

One class in logic and a 3rd grader could destroy that argument.

Of course there is climate change, 500 years ago we were in a little ice age.  2000 years ago the average temps were about 10 degrees warmer than they are now.  Greenland.... use to be green with grasses and trees - they have even found evidence in the Antartica that show at one time in past it had grasses and trees.

The framing of the debate by the logicless left is you either believe their definition of climate change and causes for climate change or you are an idiot, a denier, a moron or a white christian conservative.

Well, I believe in climate change.  I believe that over time due to the amount of energy (read heat) produced by the sun, the amount of heat produced in our molten core, will effect temperatures on earth.  And there is not a damn thing we can do about either of those, unless you are a liberal who thinks not driving SUV's will cool the planet regardless of solar activity.

I wonder, if all this is the fault of the white conservative christian driving pickup trucks and SUV's, does a gay black man driving a pickup truck also pollute?  What if the gay black man is an actor driving to his private plane to fly to Paris to denounce Trump, does it cause pollution?

What I have not seen answered is exactly how the logicless left intend to charge all those electric self driving cars in a world run on solar power and wind power - do you know if I waved a magic wand and changed every car in america to an electric car like the volt that the entire country would suffer a black out when everyone plugged in the car to charge because WE DON'T NOW PRODUCE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO CHARGE THEM ALL.

Well, the logicless left think, we could put solar panels and a windmill on the top of every car to charge it has it drives!  Heck, why not just put sails on the roof of the cars?  Or enslave all the white conservative christians to attach them to harnesses and have them pull the cars and trucks everywhere oh wait, probably shouldn't have suggested that, Waters or Pelosi see that they will think what a great idea.

THIS JUST IN:  Giant comet is headed to earth and due to impact in 2021, democrats immediately call for a new bill to allow men who dress like women to use women's restrooms.

I want the sun to shine on me
I want the truth to set me free
I wish the followers would lead
with a voice so strong it could knock me to my knees

Hold on world 'cause you don't know what's coming
Hold on world 'cause I'm not jumping off
Hold onto this boy a little longer
Take another trip around the sun

If I jumped into the ocean to believe
If I climbed a mountain would I have to reach?
Do I even dare to speak?--to dream?--believe?
Give me a voice so strong
I can question what I have seen

Hold on world 'cause you don't know what's coming
Hold on world 'cause I'm not jumping off
Hold onto this boy a little longer
Take another trip around the sun

REM




Sunday, May 21, 2017

MARTIN'S DREAM DIED IN MEMPHIS II

About 3 1/2 years ago, I wrote a blog titled Martin's Dream Died in Memphis.  I thought of him again this past week.

Seems students at some college, black students, wanted their own private graduation ceremony with only blacks allowed.  Fifty years of segregation just came to a screeching halt.

And all those tornadoes, caused by Martin spinning in his grave.

Any sentences lately that begins with "students and some college" is bound to be a head scratching chuckling story because I've never seen so much stupidity coming from any part of the universe that can approach what you read today on college campuses.

Students at some school are complaining that the dark wood panelling in hallways and classrooms and some building that is like 150 years old is triggering them and causing them mental anguish.  Wood panels.  And this isn't that fake wood, no sir, this is solid maple.

When I was in school, we also had triggers, but they usually resulted in shots of tequila or hits on a bong when triggered.

No doubt about it, the 30 or 40 year experiment in not spanking kids should come to an end, it's been a failure.  Next alt left or whatever it's called now, student riot protesting the president because they didn't vote for him and get their way should be dealt with by all those students arrested should get paddled two or three times then sent home - better yet, when the parents show up to complain, paddle their asses too for raising such spoiled little brats.

But now after 50 years of progress, black students want their own graduation.  Spinning with you Martin, spinning with you on this one.


WELCOME BACK MY FRIENDS TO THE SHOW THAT, WELL, ENDS

Sad night.

Just watched the final performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  They were kind enough to stream the even on You Tube.

For nearly 150 years, this circus has traveled across North America by train and trucks, setting up in cities and the circus has come to town for a few days.  And my dad, great dad that he was, use to take me every year when I was a kid.  I'm sorry now I grew out of it.

But watching the show tonite, it resembled little of what I remember as a kid.  First thing I remember is the smell, the elephants, lions, and tigers and bears, oh my, what a smell; but it is a good smell, a smell of childhood in better times, like the taste of Grape Nehi, just something that lies forgotten, waiting to be remembered.

But the elephants, the clowns before they were creepy, trapeze artists, the big cats; memories long forgotten.  Tonights show, well it is a different circus, different times.  There are no elephants anymore, clowns were not really a big part - but I remember a lot of those clowns were working the audience, not really part of the show, well except when like two dozen pile out of a VW Beatle.  But they did have the big cats, one man, 11th generation with the circus, in the ring with 8 tigers and two lions at one time making them do tricks when just one turning on him would created a feeding frenzy.  And the trapeze artists were amazing as a child and amazing as an adult.

All gone now, lost on the sands of time to video games and smart phones.  And age.  I miss what I haven't thought about for years, can't remember the last time I thought I should go see the circus.  So age and forgetfulness are as complicit as the video games.  Can't blame everything on the millennials.

In Chicago, the circus use to be held as Shriners Hall or Masonic Temple, can't quite remember for sure but leaning towards Shriners, and we'd drive downtown Chicago, off to the north or west, maybe south side, and as soon as you got out of the car, the smell of the circus would hit.

You know what else I remember?  Chameleons.  Every year, would get out the aquarium turned terrarium about a week before the circus and get it ready because at the circus you could buy a chameleon, in a box, and bring it home.  My dad would buy me two every year and every year I'd bring those things home, put them in the terrarium, feed them, play with them but no matter what, every year,  within two or three weeks the Chameleons would be dead - I wonder if that is why my folks were so nervous when I said I would take care of them in their old age?

And, checking Google Earth, yep, still there, in Blue Island on Maple Ave if you got back on the driveway of the house I grew up in, there is a little section of grass just off the south side of the drive before you get to the garage, and I bet if you dig up that area you will find the skeletons of two dozen chameleons, and a few turtles, in the ground probably remains of  small boxes that each of those chameleons.  Poor mom, she probably thought I was going to bury her in a box next to the driveway too.

Eleven generations of raising, training, taming and showing the cats.  And I'll bet there are clowns and trapeze artists with a longer history in the RBBBC and now it is over, gone.  I wonder what they will do now, now that the only life they have known is gone, the family is gone.  What happens to the clowns, the skaters, the lions, the trainers.  Train keeps a rolling, with no reason why.

Some things shouldn't change.

"I am forever searching high and low
But why does everybody tell me no
Neptune of the seas have you an answer for me please
The lily of the valley doesn't know

I lie in wait with open eyes
I carry on through stormy skies
I follow every course
My kingdom for a horse
But each time I grow old
Serpent of the Nile
Relieve me for a while
And cast me from your spell - let me go

Messenger from seven seas has flown
To tell the king of Rhye he's lost his throne
Wars will never cease
Is there time enough for peace
But the lily of the valley doesn't know."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

DID YOU CATCH THIS WEEKS SLIGHT OF HAND??



Boy, you just must admit that this weeks slight of hand should be nominated for some sort of award, maybe even name the award after it.

On earlier this week, news broke of the major FUBAR in Washington, the story was going absolutely viral and then BAM BAM the story is gone and a new story goes viral and 5 days later you have to really really search for a new story on the FUBAR but the news is still full of the President firing the FBI director.

Kind of makes you wonder just how bad that disaster in Washington State is leaking radioactive particles into the atmosphere - I did see as of Friday the airspace above the collapsed tunnel and surrounding area is still closed, but hey, talk about one of the ultimate misdirections.

And why would reporters fall for it?  Because they can stay in DC and write scathing articles about how unfair firing the FBI director is, a scandal of Watergate proportions rather than get on a plane and fly to Washington state and perhaps die from radioactivity.  Kind of a no brainer for a profession with no brains to begin with if you ask me.

And so it goes, the american public being led by the nose from crisis to crisis, golly Brad has lost weight, while evil megalomaniacs position for a war.  Rumors are there might be a little trading going on letting the US take out NK, China grabs Taiwan and Russia grabs the Ukraine and they all shout each other down in the UN for a few weeks then it all settles down.  But Turkey is one you want to keep an eye on, just saying.

And ransomware is running amok.  Apparently, some smart 22 year old IT security wiz figured out how to kind of halt that outbreak.  Guy's on vacation and did something with registering the domain of the hack and that stopped it cold, now there is a battle going on right now in the dark net between people trying to rerelease it and those stopping it.  Exciting TV, watching burned out pencil necked Red Bull drinking twerps type at the keyboard faster than I can think keyboard, good luck dark net warriors, however it ends up.

Apparently, the hack is being done with software developed by our very own NSA, with tax payer funding, and the NSA has been using said software for years to infiltrate computers around the world but the dark netters got into the NSA and stole all their software, which makes Tim Cook look like a prophet because two years ago when the government was trying to get Apple to develop a program to get around passcode and that only the feds would have it Cook laughed and said if they did that it would be in the hands of hackers within a year or two.  That would be a Bingo, gringos.

And finally, how absolutely gut busting funny it is watching democrats calling for special prosecutors and investigators and calling for the FBI director to be returned to his post and you can go back to last fall and see the very same democrats ranting, foaming at the mouth calling for the very same FBI director to be fired, showing you that even if a republican does exactly what the democrats want, they will then say he should be fired for doing what they asked of him.

Which, come to think of it, is the one time democrats are correct, any republican that goes along and thinks it will make things nicey should lose his/her job for being a fool.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

SERIOUSLY MR PRESIDENT? SERIOUSLY?

There were a lot of reasons people voted for you, President Trump.

I can't think of anyone who voted for you because they wanted you to launch missiles into Syria.  Nobody Mr. President, those people who want a war in Syria all voted for Hillary.

That is what we expected Hillary to do.

That is what the neocons wanted to do.

That is not what we elected you to do.

It's difficult to judge a president, especially a new president with a new health care plan that will bring down premiums - oh wait, we don't have that plan - or a new tax plan that takes the tax burden off the middle class - oh wait, we don't  have that plan either - or a new president that was going to get along with Russia and not try to start a war with them - oh wait, never mind.

Just did my taxes, and hey, I got to admit, using Turbo Tax now online is really easy, as long as you don't mind handing out all your info over the net.  They pulled my w2 from employer, they pulled my account info from broker, I didn't have to type in a number or dig thru forms or anything and was done in an hour.

Of course, that cost me 120 plus what I owe in fed and state so now I am not sure I will have food to eat for a few days in my future, so I can't claim the whole process was painless.

But bombing Syria, really?  We could of done that with Hillary and not had to deal with all the snowflakes or cupcakes or whatever they are called having hissy fits.

Here is what else it did.  It wrecked any plans you might have had to go after North Korea.  You could have put a plan together with Japan, South Korea, Britain and Australia; asked China to join the coalition, and then hit NK and put their government into the ground, kill the nuke programs, wipe out the military, and freed the people of NK for 70 years of oppression and looked like a BFH.  And a message would go out to the rest of the world, hey, this is not some let's invade Granada or lets shoot some missiles and call it a day kind of wussie hide behind the desk warrior.  You would of sent a message that you are willing to take on what nobody else would, get it done, and that would have made the rest of the world fall quickly in line.

Now, if you do that, you are just going to look like a hungry power crazed war monger.  Who the hell are you listening to that talked you into this stupid thing?  I'd bet the farm, they didn't vote for you.

You need to grab Paul and Mitch by their little thingies and explain that if you don't get your tax plan thru and passed by June 1st, they will need to step down and we will get someone in their jobs who can.  And they need to repeal ObamaCare by Dec. 31, 2017 - by which time a new plan is going to be designed and approved by both sides of the Congress and it's not going to be anything like that fiasco RyanCare would have been.

You were not elected to wave your you know what around and just bomb another country like Syria that is no threat to anyone other than those living in Syria.  You were not elected to send arms to ISIS in Syria and then wage a war against ISIS elsewhere - that is Hillary thinking.

You were elected to fix this economy, fix the infrastructure, clean out the swamp in DC, get rid of waste in government, fix the immigration system, fix the tax system, fix the health care system.  Isn't that keeping you busy enough Mr. President?  That is a big load.  Taking a day off to bomb Syria and piss off the Russians - find a new hobby.

Like I said, I don't know who talked you into this, but fire their ass immediately and focus focus focus on the economy, illegal immigration, taxes, healthcare and infrastructure.  Jobs jobs jobs - oh, I know there was a great report but that report is calculated the same way and is as full of crap as it was coming out under Obama.

Be different, be bold, do what you were elected to do and quit listening to the neocons or you will be a one term president.

However, in fairness, like what you seem to be doing about the H1B1 program, thank you.

Round, like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel.
Never ending or beginning,
On an ever spinning wheel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnaval balloon
Like a carousell that's turning
Running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on it's face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Saturday, March 25, 2017

PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE BLOWING IT

Dear Mr. President,

Whew, that was close.  You almost got labeled replacing a swamp gas foul smelling stinking health care plan with a swamp gas pretty smelling health care plan.  Kind of like putting lipstick on a pig?  Now that you mention it.

Can't help wondering about something though.  Paul Ryan is not your friend, you know it.  The guy bad mouthed you all during the primaries, said he couldn't support you, finally after you got the nomination said okay, then when that tape came out dropped you like a rock.  But when you got elected and members of congress were looking at dumping the gym sock, you didn't push that, and he became speaker and now you've hung a dead albatross around his neck and in the next couple of weeks if he is forced to step down from Speaker, I gotta say, that was one seriously cool job of paying the score.

But let's talk about health care Mr. President.  So RyanCare dies, and the middle class is going to need to keep paying premiums 3 to 4 times higher than we did before ObamaCare.

Now here is the thing.  There are certain inevitable things in life; death, governments taxing working people till just before the point where they show up at the presidents residence with torches and pitchforks.  Well, there is another one.

National Health Care.  Anyone that studies the cause/effects and flow of life knows that by 2030, maybe 2035, America will have NHC.

And let's face facts.  The republicans cannot possibly create a NHC system.  No way, no how.  Republicans are cursed thru all history of shooting themselves in the foot, time and time again.  And they will never come to agree on NHC.  Democrats, the adorable little lemmings, well they all fall right in line when a democrat is in the WH and they will gladly design a NHC system.  But face facts, democrats would take two years to plan a softball game.  There would have to be environmental impact studies, then members of the party would point out it won't be fair to have some athletic white guy only having to run 90 feet to a base when an out of shape woman has to run the same distances and by the time of the game each player will have a different distance to run between bases based on sex, race, income, sexual preferences, etc.

Just look at the two major bills signed when Obama had a democratic congress:  ObamaCare and the Dodd Frank Bill, two bills that nobody could read before voting and nobody today has finished reading either since.

Now this is why we elected you Mr. President.

We elected a businessman to do things right.  So that is what you need to come up with, a National Health Care Plan, Medicare cradle to grave, and pay for it with a 1 or 2 cent sales tax.

Now everyone who buys anything will pay for NHC.  People who work, people who don't work.   Everyone  will pay into the system.  And those who make more money will contribute more because they will spend more.

Now, people will still need to buy medicare supplement insurance, but that will be prices nice because those who have trouble getting insurance with pre existing conditions will have all the basics covered by the NHC system, the sample size of people buying will drive the prices down and you can get rid of the medicare tax on payrolls, businesses will love you because one of the biggest disadvantages we have globally is everyone else has NHC and we have our businesses putting all those company paid premiums into the cost of goods sold - that will go away which should drive down prices since that Ford car won't have health insurance premiums tacked onto the price of the car, the dealers won't have to tack it on, etc etc etc.

This is why we elected you.  To be different, to think different, to be bold.

Plan it right, like a business, put in poke yoke traps to prevent congress from raising the taxes from 1 cent to 5 cents to get their hands on cash - you know like can't raise the tax more than 1/2 a cent and cannot raise the tax more than once every 5 years and cannot raise it more than twice in 20 years, etc.

This is why we elected you, not that embarrassing politician thing we saw this week, unless that was you being clever to get rid of Paul Ryan or something.


And you can sell this to the America public.  Point out how medicare will cover every citizen from birth to death, yes you should by supplement insurance, prescription drug prices will come down to levels similar to Canada, businesses will boom because they will be freed of the burden of paying for employee health care, nobody can bitch about a 1 cent sales tax to pay for health care - well, they will but will look like the idiots they are and anytime you can let idiots behave like idiots it is a win win for everyone.

This is why we elected you.  Be bold, think different, be different.

Speaking of which, all these pension funds going broke is an albatross just waiting to die and bury this country.  Problem is, almost all pension funds are based on the assumption that they can get a 7% return.  Trouble is, the last time bonds paid 7% Bush Senior was president.  Since Clinton, presidents have worked hard to force interest rates down to 1% to make payments on the trillions in debt less.  And because of that, pension funds are going broke.  So unless you want this volcano to blow during your presidency, or leave it for the next president, why don't you do something about it.  Not hard, just allow public and private pensions to invest at least 50% into mutual funds.

Imagine what pension funds would look like if they'd been investing in Fidelity Funds, American Funds, Franklin Funds etc the last 30 years.  None would be broke and pensioners would be very happy.

This is why we elected you.  To be bold, think different, be different.

And while I am at it, one more thing.  The tax code.  KISS it Mr. President.  Keep it Simple, stupid.  You don't need multiple percentages.  Pick something between 10% and 18%.  No deductions, none at all.  No interest on home loans, no charitable, no kids, nada nothing.

Just make the standard deduction 40k for single and 60k for married.  If you are single and make 60k, you pay, say 15% on 20k or 3k.  Less than you do now.  Make 100k and married, you pay 15% on 40k.  Less than you do now.  Of course, the more you make the more you pay and that is not how it works now.  I paid a higher % on my taxes last year than you did, Pelosi did, Obama did, Buffett did, etc.  Because that % you decide on will also be the tax on dividends, capital gains and net income for corporations.

And everyone can understand it.  It's simple to do and the lobbyists will hate you for it but the people will love you for it.

This is why we elected you.  To be bold, think different, be different.

Gaily bedight, 
   A gallant knight, 
In sunshine and in shadow,   
   Had journeyed long,   
   Singing a song, 
In search of Eldorado. 

   But he grew old— 
   This knight so bold—   
And o’er his heart a shadow—   
   Fell as he found 
   No spot of ground 
That looked like Eldorado. 

   And, as his strength   
   Failed him at length, 
He met a pilgrim shadow—   
   ‘Shadow,’ said he,   
   ‘Where can it be— 
This land of Eldorado?’ 

   ‘Over the Mountains 
   Of the Moon, 
Down the Valley of the Shadow,   
   Ride, boldly ride,’ 
   The shade replied,— 
‘If you seek for Eldorado!’ 

Monday, March 6, 2017

DRIFTING

I find myself adrift.

No motivation, no ambition.

I don't have a TV, but don't kid yourself, the computer is on and old shows, DVD's, and in any given month I might be subscribed to Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Wasting time, wasting life.  Don't go to church anymore, not many churches today are where I am at theologically.  I've discovered in my studies, the questioning of Paul's Epistles belonging in the Bible has been raging since Day 1.  Early church fathers totally rejected Paul, not until Constatine did Paul become important, so important most all churches today are Paulinian not Jesus focused.  Kierkegaard rejected Paul, thus his statement "I am not a Christian" came from his rejection of Paul's words over the OT and Jesus' words.  Tolstoy rejected Paul, even Bonhoeffer rejected Paul, thus his book The Cost of Discipleship where he trashes the 'cheap grace' of Paul's epistles.

Well I do have this dream of riding my bike across America in 2020 to take my mom's ashes home.  I got the bike now, only need to get myself in shape  to make the trip, physically and financially.  Right now those are far off.

Do I have goals?  Well, and there is don't be fired.  I find myself figuring out if I can put another % in company stock or 401k, yes, started a 401k, and then multiplying it out till I'm 70 and thinking well, as long as the market triples over the next 11 years, I continue to get about 4% a year increases, I can work with same company for another 10 years, the company continues to grow, the US economy recovers and grows,  I will have enough to retire.  There are a whole lot of 'if's' in that plan I have absolutely no control over.

What kind of idiocy am I thinking?  Like XXX is going to let me continue what I'm doing for another 10 years, like AI won't be replacing this position by the time I'm 65 and like they don't have some sort of way to rid people at 65.  Do you know how many things can go wrong in 10 years to prevent that plan from working?

I'm trying to live simply, drive a 99 volvo still and hopefully will for a few more years.  Trying to put 12% in stock and 401k now, trying to eliminate things so I can increase that number.  Get a raise, increase the % and never actually get any of the raise.

And I think this is a plan?  If one thing life has taught me, plans, never work.

See, the problem is, as we move forward in time, the BB and Gun X'ers are going to need to work past 65 in a society that will push them out at 65, in a society that will be replacing 50% of all jobs with robots within 20 years.

Smart people in government and business would be thinking about this, not whether someone had lunch with a Russian in 2016.  But then smart people don't go to DC, little people who dream of power and sell their soul to the devil go to DC, so can't expect much hope, only chains, from them.

What I need, is to relax and enjoy the drifting.  And just accept the fact of life that no matter what I do, it won't matter in the end.


I said land-ho, will I be sailing forever
Oh-oh I gotta find some shelter from the cold
Land-ho, will I be searching forever
Oh-oh I gotta find an anchor for my soul

Well you may think I'm a fool, and think I'm running away
But I've had enough of the city lights, oh I've got no reason to stay

I said land-ho, will I be sailing forever
Oh-oh I need some wind to help me to my goal
Land-ho, will I be searching forever
Oh-oh, I gotta find an anchor for my soul

When you're alone there's not a sail in sight
Oh it's cold and dark and there's no one there to see you through the night
There once was a lady made me feel alright
But she couldn't stay so one lonely day, she just sailed away
And took away my life

Maybe I'll always be sad, and maybe there'll always be strife
Drifting alone with a saddened tone, afloat on the ocean of life

SNOWFLAKES BEWARE

I know, I know, it's been over a month, my imaginary readers.

Writing is kind of like working out.  Back in college, the gyms I belonged to were setup like this:  T-TH-Sat were men workout days and MWF were women workout days.  I never missed a workout - yes, I could ONLY go TTHSat and I worked TTHSat evenings as a bartender, but the thing was, I knew if I blew off Tuesday, it would be Thursday before I could workout again, which would mean I'd go 5 days between workouts.

Now gyms are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and I noticed when gym hours expanded over the years my ability to blow off a workout increased.

Writing a blog now is kind of like that, there is so much to write about, by the time my 'blog' has started to form in my head, new news hits the waves and I never write the mental blog I completed and start making up a new blog.

I sit in utter amazement at what is happening in the news.  You KNOW this is not going to end well.

To the snowflakes or spoiled millennials or brainwashed little brats, whatever they are called, you need to understand a basic fact of life:

What you are thinking about the current president is not very much different than millions of people thought over the last 8 years of Obama.  Yep, very little difference.  Except those to thought that way about Obama and wondered how we would survive hunkered down and waited it out and the opportunity to elect someone who would overturn Obama - which is why Trump is in office today.

Cheer up, you got the media on all those DC bureaucrats on your side.

See, when we thought it strange that Obama locked up all his records including high school, college, graduate, and law school records we thought that strange, some of us remember a young black guy on Chicago Tonite (7pm on PBS Channel 11 in Chicago) always introduced as 'born in Kenya" and his PR firm said he was born in Kenya and wondered if he could run for president, we were called birthers and nuts.

Now you demand Trump reveal his tax returns and even have a NY reporter posting his contact info asking IRS agents to forward him those tax records - breaking the law in so many ways, and that is okay.

Snowflakes, you sound like the birthers.

But hats off to the people who showed up at the Trump rally in Austin recently.  When speakers were rudely interrupted but about 2 dozen anti Trump protesters, the Trump attendees walked over and basically kicked their asses around for a few minutes, teaching snowflakes for the first time that exercising your freedom of speech can have consequences.  For the past 8 years, if people spoke out against Obama, we were called racists, bigots, homophobes, and whatever other adjectives were available in the dems little red book called "shouting adjectives to avoid actual debate".

The dems in DC were going bonkers that anyone associated with Trump might of had a conversation with anyone in Russia, read “Notes from the Underground” by Dostoyevsky, or ate black fish eggs sometime in the last 100 years and claiming we should impeach until pictures show up of all those same dems eating, drinking, and laughing it up with all those now evil Russian leaders.

And this weekend Trump goes nuts in Twitter (would someone please break his cell phone now) about his home being bugged and Obama saying wasn't him, he never did anything like that while Jim Rosen and Sheryl Atkinson choke on their morning coffee and muffin reading Obama saying he never orders wiretaps on anyone.

Think about this for a second, a former prez with quite the little record of wiretaps on American citizens while he is in office and a president who discovers wiretaps in his home - golly, anyone checking out Pence's home, and ask yourself why would Trump announce this in the way he did and not wonder what is up with that?

There is a little game going on.  Obama is suppose to be living now with Valarie Jarrett in DC, where is Michelle in all this?  I mean how many marriages do you know where the husband can announce, "hey baby, I think it would be great if another woman moved in with us, you don't mind do you?".  So they are reported to be running the get rid of Trump, as opposed to most presidents who go quietly away and don't screw with the new president, and now Trump has thrown down a gauntlet that can only lead to a Congressional investigation into Obama.  Hmmmm.

So many data points its impossible to create a readable diorama.

And, oh this is choice, on March 15th, the federal government will reach it's limit of 20 trillion debt.  So Trump and reps either have to pass a new law increasing debt, which of course after 20 trillion votes to raise the debt limit to 20 trillion by dems, they will vote not to raise the debt and then blame republicans for out of control spending.  Or Trump can say, nope buck stops here, enough is enough and we will immediately start cutting federal spending and have rolling layoffs of the massive bureaucracy and now the snowflakes will be joined by all the federal employees protesting Trump, along with the Federal Reserve who's job it is to put the US into total unrecoverable bankruptcy.

Snowflakes, ask yourself one simple question, why, in 2008, did Obama refer to Bush increasing the debt from 5 trillion to 10 trillion as being treasonous, (despite the fact that in four years in Senate Obama voted yes to every spending bill and spending increase): and yet has president Obama increased the debt from 10 to 20 trillion in 8 years - why does the media give him a pass for overspending and doubling the debt all the other presidents created in US History?

This is what I am talking about you are brainwashed, programmed, and you don't even care.

Would it be tacky to start a pool on what season/year the powers that be take out Trump?

Because that is where this is headed.  The tie breaker will be correctly picking the correct patsy.  Whom will the elites want to setup as the assassins of Trump?  Will it be a Russian?  Syrian?  Chinese?  Bad bets would be snowflakes, illegal alien mexicans.  Because the purpose of the elimination of Trump will be a war; Trump being elected ruined the plans for a war with Russia.

I wonder how all the snowflakes who will celebrate the assassination of our US president will feel the next morning when they get their draft notices to report to the army for the war with Russia?

I hear her voice in the morning hour as she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
Driving down the road I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

Country Roads, take me home
To the place I belong,
West Virginia,
Mountain Mamma, take me home
Country roads