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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

WHERE WAS GOD?

Why has no one in the White House or First Family not grabbed that damn Tweeter Machine and smashed it to smithereens?   I'm sorry, don't pick a fight with Oprah, even if you win, you lose.

Why are all these wealthy elitists buying up land in NZ, Hawaii, Wyoming, Argentina or Costa Rica?  I mean, if you are going to buy an escape bunker to save yourself in a global catastrophe, why do you buy on the Ring of Fire?  Or near a super volcano?  NZ might be a great place in some sort of economic collapse, but if the earth goes wonky it will be the last place you'd want to be.

I can see the bunkers made from former missile tubes in Kansas and Nebraska, those make sense, about the only thing that will get you is if you find NB or KS under 100 feet of ash or water.

John Moore likes to tout Missouri Ozarks as some secret place ex military are all going to but then, based on all the other predictions he's made, I'd stay far away from there since little else he says has come to pass.

Frankly, a massive movement with earthquakes and volcanos around the ring of fire will also set off several super volcanoes in the US, Indonesia, and it won't really matter where you are at on the planet because if several super volcanos blow, there will be no growing seasons for several years, air quality will be very high in sulfur, methane and a few other gases that are known to kill mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and I'll bet the fish won't do well either.

Point is, there is no place to hide, which gets back to my theory you can prep all you want or not prep at all and when the SHTF if God needs you around, you will survive and if God doesn't need you around all the prepping in the world won't save you.

That's why when I buy prep things, I do duplicate and also think what will someone need if they come around after 6 months of hell and I'm long dead, what might they need to survive?  You may be moved to prep, but your efforts might not be for you.  And I'm okay with that.

So, the atheist professor asks, "where was God" at the last school shooting, well, same place He was at all the other ones, but that is not the point.

Since Job's wife asked "where is your God now" doubters have always asked that question every time something bad happens.  Is there a good answer?  Yea, but not an answer that any atheist would accept.

This all goes back to the logical syllogism of:

 "If there was a God there would be no pain and suffering".
"there is pain and suffering"
"therefore, there is no God."


The problem with that is the first premise - where does it come from?  The Bible explains pain and suffering, so where does the premise come from?  People's heads.  What they are really saying is "If I were God, there would be no pain or suffering".  Of course, since there is all they proved is they aren't God and most people today I suspect think they are so that argument goes nowhere.

We kicked God out of the schools in the 1960's, we kicked God out of the public square in the 1980's.  Mostly by the efforts and works of professors like they guy at Harvard.  So why would he ask now where is God?

Maybe you went and stuck your key
In somebody else's door
Maybe you went and helped yourself
To something that wasn't yours
Maybe you simply criticized
Someone you hardly knew
You ruined part of their life for them
Part of your own life, too

How you gonna pay for
How you gonna pay for
How you gonna pay for the sin?
How you gonna pay for
How you gonna pay for
How you gonna pay for it then?

If and when you feel an ill wind
Don't be too surprised
Remember when you should have
Picked on somebody your own size

Sunday, February 18, 2018

SHORT THOUGHTS OF LITTLE WISDOM

Funny how if a dozen or so Russians pretend to be Americans and attempt to influence an election is considered a crime.  Democrats trying to legalize 30 million illegal aliens so they can vote for democrats thus influencing coming elections is not considered a crime.

Speaking of Russia and Russians, twice as many readers of this blog this month are Russian compared to those in this country.  Does this mean Mueller is going to want me to testify in front of a Grand Jury?

Another school/mass shooting and another two things in common: access to guns and drugged out  brains by the education / pharmaceutical industries.  I don't know why we don't just give out Paxil with every ammunition purchase.  Or include a free bullet with every bottle of  Ritalin!  Turn in the labels from 100 bottles of Prozac and win a free AK 47!   So a liberal is someone who thinks the world would be safer if there were no guns and millions of drugged with psych pharmaceuticals children and adults and a conservative is someone who thinks the world is safer when people can have guns and there are not any drugged up psychologically ruined children and adults.

Way to deep for Urban Dictionary.  Way to shallow for a popular blogger.  Story of my life.

When did we reach the point where the Olympics becomes boring and down the list of things to do?  Once upon a time, it was watched almost like the launches at Cape Kennedy - that would be the space program, not a bio of Ted Kennedy's sex life - but today nobody is watching or caring.  Well, unless you are dumb enough to drag the flag on the ground one day after the president acknowledges William Carney.

Laura Ingraham verses James for the next MMA Championship!

Which professional basketball player will do for basketball what Colin K did for football?

Athletes and actors are people too.  They have a right to speak up and say whatever they want on politics, society, and the president.  What they haven't realized is the rest of America, while supporting their right to speak, also can exercise their right of the people to turn the actors and athletes off, not buy the tickets or watch the games, protest the advertisers, and not buy the jerseys.

What  athletes don't realize is their ability to dribble, throw, run,  or catch an object or memorize their lines may pay them millions of dollars a year  does not make them wise.  An actors ability to memorize and recite complicated terminology does not make them smart.  Neither are better than some obscure blogger blathering on and on and on about nothing, confusing snarky with wisdom and nobody reads or hears anything they say.

I am confused on something.  For 70 years the Russian government infiltrated the Democratic Party.  McCarthy is vilified for his attempts to unmask these Russian spies and supporters.  Today the democrats are going after republicans because some Russians supposedly wanted to get Trump elected.  So the party made up and supported for 70 years by Russian communists has become so left wing that Russian communists are now supporting the Republican Party?

Robert Mueller versus Joe McCarthy for the next MMA Championship!


Well, I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the Russians, too

I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns and money
Dad, get me out of this

I'm the innocent bystander
Somehow I got stuck
Between the rock and the hard place
And I'm down on my luck
And I'm down on my luck
And I'm down on my luck

Now I'm hiding in Honduras
I'm a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns and money
The shit has hit the fan





Thursday, February 15, 2018

ABE WHO?

I found it disconcerting.  February 12th, read my daily news from Mother Jones to Alex Jones and everything in between and I did not notice a single story about Abe Lincoln's birthday.

It use to be a holiday, well, in Illinois it was.  Lincoln's birthday was a day off school.  Then there was Washington's Birthday.  Now we have President's Day.

Then the next day, the president gives a speech and talks of William Carney.  Who is William?  The first black man to win the Metal of Honor.  How'd he do it?  During the civil war he notice the flag carrier, the guy carrying the American flag get shot and start to fall and he dropped his gun and grabbed the flag and held it in the air and the union army charged.  William was shot several times, but he refused to die, to let that flag hit the ground.

I wonder how many black men have heard of William Carney?

And the next day, a hip cool snowboarding dude, walks away with his gold metal around his neck, his snow board in his hand, and dragging the American flag behind him on the snow.

Once children said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at the beginning of the school day - I can still remember the words.

I wonder if Burton Dude ever heard of William Carney?

I wonder what William Carney would think of Burton Dude?

____________

So last Saturday I went to the doggie adoption and picked up my next border collie, Fidget.  Fidget was a 1 year old, house trained, currently 25lbs, estimated 30 to 60lbs in future.

Brought him home after buying about 90 bucks of food and toys, brought him in and he promptly peed on the carpet - hey, I get that, dog marking his territory.  Bought the time I got that cleaned up I turn around and he's taking a dump.  Took two days to get him house trained.

And by then I realized I'd adopted Ricochet Rabbit.  On LSD.  I've been walking 50 to 65lbs border collies for the last 18 years and this little 20lbs nearly pulled out of my hands several times.

And the chewing, the chewing.  That damn dog would get on the desktop, pull books or DVD Seasons in boxes on the book shelves and just chew things up.  So I'd be working, taking calls, and little tripping RR would constantly be trying to jump up on my lap - I didn't want a lap dog - and then about 30 minutes later I'd realized the dog wasn't in the room and I'd go on break and walk out to the living room and there was chewed paper or plastic all over the place.  Books, cartons, handles to things.

And, I don't think it was a bit of border collie.  Or like it's great grand ma or something was part border collie.

By yesterday, I had stress headaches and could tell my BP was shooting up - and I realized I felt just like I did taking care of my dad, always having to watch and if for a minute I took my eyes off a new disaster would happen.

So I did something today I've never done before, I gave the dog back.  They tried to convince me that crating the dog would break that chewing thing but I don't like the idea of crating a dog.  I was so torn, 20 hours a day, she was a good dog, but four hours a day she was a destructive demon.  And barking.

When I picked her up, there is this room with 25 dogs in cages all barking their heads off except for one or two and Fidget was one of the two.  Boy did she sucker me.  Take her for a walk and he not only barked and barked and anything moving but she'd race around and wrap the leash around my legs and almost fell several times.

So I gave her back.  No regrets, better now than weeks or a couple of months from now when she would be more attached to me and I to her. Well, there is a regret I just spent $400 bucks to have a dog I didn't like for 6 days.  No wonder I'm broke.

So back to being alone, and you know how I feel?  Calm and kind of happy to be honest.

Yea, I know, I mixed up a few hims' instead of hers' but the last 18 years I've been calling my dog a him and it's a hard habit to break.

Friday, February 9, 2018

LIFE UPDATE


Once upon a time, I wrote a blog about taking care of my dad while he went thru Alzheimer's.  Or maybe it was a blog about a son taking care of his dad dying from Alzheimer's and what it took to get through the ordeal.  Never was quite sure, I thought it was about him, but maybe it was about me.

And after he died I killed that blog, well, it ended and I published a book which, let me check, doing the math, add this, add that, carry the two, and it has sold 98 copies in 4 years.  I thought writing was through but found I missed it and started this blog to tell the tales of someone who is starting life over in his late 50's, broke, bankrupt, friendless and unemployed.

I'm not sure how many times the blog actually reflected that purpose, somewhere it fell into me just commenting on politics and the world doesn't really need another blogger blathering on about how life sucks in DC.

I thought when my dad died the story was over.  We'd taken care of my mom for about 8 years, the last six she spent most of the time in a bed in the family room and after she died there was about a year lull and then job ended and move to Colorado was a year of trying to sell a house in Chicago area and almost losing it before it sold about 100k less than we started at asking, moving to Colorado and taking care of my dad and when he died the story was over.  So here is what happened when Bosco died.

I just realized now the story is over.  When Bosco died a whole lot of everything came up and out and I realized I'd been asleep or something for over four years.  I mean a couple of times I'm walking around the apartment and this little voice in my head is saying "you have to wake up, wake up" and so everything has been a mess and I realize I've just let everything go in some ways.  Not paying any attention to the small stuff.

So I started questioning everything I was doing.  Why am I hiding in my little 2 bedroom apartment working?  Why am I just doing what I did 30 years ago again?  Why in Colorado?  Why am I planning this bike trip in 2020 to take my mom's ashes back to West Virginia?  Am I insane?  Riding a bike while carrying a gun across America during the election year which will most likely be incredibly violent?  

So I said stop.  Don't make any decisions for a month and see what is going on.  I mean I almost bought a new used car for 4k, nice Saab 9-3 with less than 100k on it and a manual transmission rather than spend another 1k on getting the Volvo fixed.

So I didn't and just picked up the Volvo today, it was 1350 for the repairs on a car I probably could get 2k for selling.  Oops.  Should of spent that on the Saab I thinks.

But I did decide to get a new dog.  See, here is the thing, I am a loner, hiding from the world I don't understand or don't like anymore.  And after spending a couple of weeks all by myself I realized I don't like talking to myself either.

So I filled out an app two week ago with a BC rescue in Colorado.  Still haven't heard back from them and 3 of the 4 dogs they had listed they are no longer accepting applications for.  So a few days after than I did another BC rescue in Wyoming and have not heard from them either.  I mean 3 border collies owned over the last 33 years and they want to do some sort of anal exam.

So yesterday found another dog rescue of all sorts and they have this part BC.  So I filled out the app and it was approved, immediately.  I don't think they bothered to even call a reference.  So tomorrow I am suppose to pick up Fidget, I one year old mixed female.

Things are looking better, I think. Wished I bought the car though.  A manual transmission Swedish car and a new dog only 1 year old so I have a new friend that will be counting on me to take care of her for the next 14 years or however long it can last before the RFID chip creates an inoperable tumor.

You need someone counting on you.  Even a damn dog.  It give you reason to live.

I don't need no arms around me
And I dont need no drugs to calm me.
I have seen the writing on the wall.
Don't think I need anything at all.
No! Don't think I'll need anything at all.
All in all it was all just bricks in the wall.
All in all you were all just bricks in the wall.

THE WALL

Daddy's flown across the ocean
Leaving just a memory
Snapshot in the family album
Daddy what else did you leave for me?
Daddy, what'd'ja leave behind for me?!?
All in all it was just a brick in the wall.
All in all it was all just bricks in the wall.

So, we have a bipartisan budget - which is defined as both democrats and republicans were able to get more money for all those corporations, non profits, organizations, and billionaires that give them millions.  So the wealthy contributors to the cesspool and their minions in Congress are happy today, the president is happy and declaring victory for the military which he hopes will keep him alive for a few years, and our debt just jumped a trillion dollars.

Apparently, Trump is determined to surpass Obama's record of 10 trillion added to the debt, hey, who knows, Bush doubled the debt, Obama doubled the debt, maybe Trump has decided that doubling the debt is in his future.

One dollar a second, you get to a million in around 12 days.  You get to a billion in around 32 years.  You get to a trillion at a dollar a second in 32,000 years.

But some are upset because amnesty for 10's of millions of illegal aliens wasn't included, another side is upset because The Wall was not included

By pouring their derision 
Upon anything we did
And exposing every weakness 
However carefully hidden by the kids
But in the town, it was well known
When they got home at night, their fat and
Psychopathic wives would thrash them
Within inches of their lives.

Well, the president is Commander in Chief.  He is the head of the military, not congress, and once that money is designated by Congress to the military they decided how to spend it.  So....

Why doesn't the president build the wall as part of a military operation?  Training?  Build like 5 different types of walls to stretch the length of the border.  Give the Coast Guard the  areas with big lakes and wide rivers, then give some to the Marines and the Army and let them build these big walls and hold regular training on the ranch lands and you will basically shut down the border.

Pretty smart, huh. Unfortunately, none of my imaginary readers work at the White House.

We don't need no education 
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

Or maybe Trump didn't care about the wall being in the budget, maybe he wants it part of the amnesty or dreamers act as a bargaining chip.

Here is food for thought, though.  Walls are funny things, build it to keep people out and one day you will find the wall is keeping people in.  Mexico is against the wall, but one day they will love it because a mass exodus of the United States and Mexico will close the border so fast and those walls will keep Americans in, and so it goes.

And the Democratic Party which fights so hard against the wall will suddenly love the wall because, trust me on this, when our government turns on the citizens of this country, it will be with a democrat in the WH and a Congress controlled by the democrats.

It's strange how things have evolved.  Back in the 60's and 70's the left were all about freedom, from hippies to politics to humor to movies and shows.  And our society swung further and further to the left, with Reagan bringing things back, and now Trump attempting to bring things back but the flow keeps going left and that will only lead to a final situation as rights keep disappearing.

If you remember the 60's, say, we will start there, look at the freedoms of this country that have disappeared.  Back in the 60's or 70's a bike rider with a gun was no big deal as long as you don't do something illegal with it, now just having it makes you all sorts of a criminal.  Our rights of privacy, search, landowner rights, are all evolving towards those final moments.

Had an opportunity recently to have an amazing discussion with a customer at work who is one of those bankers who lives in Hong Kong, New York, Chicago and Geneva during the year and we talked about the crypto currencies and the coming biometrics and he was just all excited about it explaining how it would all work and all I heard is if you are not part of this system, there is no buying or selling; no roof over your head, no jobs, no food.

And you think today a computer mistake takes quite some time to get fixed, just wait until someone deletes you in this new system, you will, for all practical purposes, cease to exist and would have no way to fight it because only those part of the system could travel, purchase tickets, enter buildings, use communications etc.

The point of all this rambling is our move towards a totalitarian state and if you look at history; it's always from the left.  In spite of the medias attempts at making Russia 'hard right' it is actually hard left, so is China.  German Nazi's were the National Socialist Party.  Fascism is a socialist system of the government running private businesses.  That is from the left.

And one day, that wall all the right wants built, will be the death of the 'right' trying to escape a leftist death of America.

Did you see the frightened ones? 
Did you hear the falling bombs? 
Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the 
promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue sky? 


FUNNIEST LINE OF THE WEEK

So former President George W Bush said "there is clear evidence of Russia meddling" in the last election and I'm thinking "yea, they must have hid it next to those weapons of mass destruction".

That was just too easy.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

THE TRUMPINATOR STRIKES AGAIN

Who exactly is M&M, why does he dress like a black rapper and why does anyone care what his opinion of Trump is? And I love the way Trump just ignores him.  Wish Trump would do that more often.

Sorry dems, but Trump hit that SOTU out of the park.  What surprised me was how many other people watching or listening were counting the number of times he said "I".  I didn't hear it until about the 53 minute mark, total speech count was 29.

Obama once said "I" 199 times in a SOTU.  Barak Obama couldn't say The Lords' Prayer without using "I" at least a dozen times.

What more proof does the world need about the current democratic party?  Obama wants a path to citizen ship for 600,000 dreamers.  Dems raise the number to 800,000.  Trump, knowing full well that anytime congress comes up with a figure of how many or how much it will cost, you want to immediately multiply by 2 or 10 to get a more accurate count, so he goes for 1.8 million dreamers getting to stay and earning citizenship and voting in 12 years.

And what do dems say?  NO!!!!!!
What do the protesters say?  NO!!!!!!

You just can't please some people.  Give them what they want, and they still disagree with you.

And that is the topic of the blog today, well, until I ramble and start writing about something else and lose all focus on what I was talking about.

But the point is this:  people do not want to solve most problems.  They would rather live with the problem; problems suffered give us that martyr feeling.  Problems unsolved give candidates comfortable topics to run on each election, parties have their pet problems, politicians have their pet problems and the public all run to the candidate that promises the most to those suffering from their pet problem and the last thing we need is someone actually solving the problem!  It's comfortable.

Like the old person with incontinence, it's embarrassing but it's the only time they are warm all day.  Or the person in therapy for 20 years to deal with mother issues or bully issues or whatever nuts see shrinks for.  They would rather go see the shrink, pay the bills and have the martyrdom of issues and trying to fix than actually wake up one day free of the problem and now left with no excuses.

Remember back when the attempts at peace with Israel and Palestinians and Israel gave 99% of what Arafat was asking for and then Arafat said NO!!!!!  It's easier to lead against a perceived persecution than it is to actually run a country.

Ask yourself this; biggest issue in most cities is massive unemployment for the less educated.  If tomorrow some companies opened  new plans on some massive scale that would require 1 million laborers to build and had an open house interview thing going, how many people who have never worked would show up?  The answer out of the ghettos of our cities and over 50% I suspect would just stay at home and complain.  It's easier.

What else is really going on here (oh, he's starting to ramble - off topic now), is the desire by many to have a borderless world, where people can travel, live, and work anywhere they want.  A planet wide Euro Zone.   I think the plan is to open up all the borders, then when all the criminals and poor flee Africa and South America all the wealthy elites will move to Africa and South America and take it over and live happily ever after.  It's a theory, stop laughing.

So what did Trump do that pissed so many off.  He actually offered a solution - one that pissed off the far right and some that pissed off the left.  And the snowflakes go wild!

Here is a major issue with snowflakes - baseball.  See, when Gen X and Baby Boomers were young, we'd spend a summers day playing baseball with the kids in the neighborhood.  All day except for the mad rush home for lunch and back to the field and spend another 3 hours.  No parents.  And what we learned was conflict resolution.  Safe or out at second?  We would argue, yell, sometimes tussle, but generally in the end we would come to a conclusion all would live with.  And you would not let the biggest kids always get his way, sometimes we'd team up in arguing against the biggest kid and they would usually compromise.

Snowflakes?  Never played baseball that way as a whole.  It was always organized games with parents and umps.  Course parents needed the umps more than the kids many times, but that point is that skill set was never learned.  No wonder they can't put together a logical argument and just resort to name calling whenever they meet someone with an opposing opinion.

It's when they shout 'tolerance' that I start laughing out loud at them.  I try real hard not to go to downtown FC much because I don't want to run into a gaggle of students protesting and start discussing it with them and pissing them off and getting yelled at and followed as I leave.

Then again, on a nice spring or summer day, it is a lot of fun.

So, once again, Trumps plan is pretty good.  I would be against taking someone who was dragged over the border by his/her parents when they were 2 and have grown up, gone to high school, gone to college in the US and is now 23 years old, you can't send that person back to Russia, or China, or Mexico.  So I'm cool with the 1.8, as long as they get the end to chain migration, start sending home people here illegally, like maybe the first examples parents when the kids are past 20, anyone with a criminal record, gang memberships, etc.  And build the wall  to put a stop to it.  I'm cool with all that.

It's a solution, it's not perfect, but it's a solution that solves a problem.  Something you don't see very often anymore.


 At the end of the day you're another day
older
And that's all you can say for the life of
the poor
It's a struggle, it's a war
And there's nothing that anyone's giving
One more day, standing about, what is it
for?
One day less to be living.
At the end of the day you're another day
colder
And the shirt on your back doesn't keep out
the chill
And the righteous hurry past
They don't hear the little ones crying
And the plague is coming on fast, ready to
kill
One day nearer to dying!
At the end of the day there's another day
dawning
And the sun in the morning is waiting to
rise
Like the waves crash on the sand
Like a storm that'll break any second
There's a hunger in the land
There's a reckoning still to be reckoned
And there's gonna be hell to pay
At the end of the day!



Friday, January 26, 2018

IMMIGRATION OR INVASION?

Been thinking a lot about the immigration thing.

First of all, go look at the front pages of papers today.  Multiple stories on the front pages of Trump considered firing Mueller last June.  But you got to look into the Post and Times types to find any articles on Trumps immigration proposal.  So, think about that a second, the media thinks a story about what did not happen 8 months ago is more important than Trumps proposal for immigration.

I had thought, in thinking never posted, that if they keep using this 800,000 dreamer figure say fine, we will grant 800,000 dreamers citizenship!  But the dems and the snowflakes or cupcakes or whatever they are called protesting would never accept this.  Why?

Cause the number is badly off reality.

Look, back in the 1990's under Clinton they always said 10m illegal aliens.  During the Bush years, it was 10m.  During the Obama years it was 10m illegal aliens in the country.

IT'S NOT THE SAME 10 MILLION - IT'S 10 MILLON EACH TERM!

So that is 30 million illegally in this country, probably more than that since I don't think any one has a clue how many illegally entered this country under Obama's Invasion.

When does illegal immigration become an invasion?  I'm sure there is a line somewhere, I think that line has been crossed in Sweden for sure, probably France and Germany now too.  Hate to say it, but there is a great ethnic cleansing going to happen in Europe, probably during the 2020's for sure.  Who is going to get cleansed I think is still up for debate and betting.

Back to numbers,  sure enough, in the Trump proposal it says that 800k is far short of the actual number of 'dreamers', it's more like 1.8 million.

So, what he proposes is taking those 1.8 million dragged here by parents coming to the country illegally and making them permanent residents and in 10 years if there is a clean record, they can take the citizen ship exam and become citizens.  I like that idea.

Dems will hate it.  They want this issue, they want the votes on this issue, hell California is looking at automatically getting registered to vote when you get a drivers license which means millions more in CA will be voting for federal offices who are not legally allowed to vote.  That is what dems want, they want the illegal votes and when they get back in power they will grant amnesty and citizenship to 30 million illegals who will then all be voting democrat for the next 100 years.  300 years in Chicago since the dead vote there.

Now, what can save republicans?  The House take the Trump plan and pass it.  Then the Senate take the plan, screw down the thumbs of every republican senator and put it up for a vote and pass it and Trump sign it.

So Trump will legalize the 1.8 million dreamers.  It would also end chain migration, it would also allow us to kick out 10's of millions here illegally.  But it does not require EVerify, need to fix that.

Can you imagine the number of dems that will be dropping off of buildings if the republicans pass an immigration bill?  I bet if it actually comes to a vote the dems will try to impeach Trump.

Final note.  Recently read an article about the Charlottesville driver who plowed into the crowd and killed a protester.  There is a story out there that a alt-left person posted on Facebook a picture of himself with an assault rifle and was bragging how he and his buds ran into this driver a few blocks away and chased him.  The guy jumps into his car to escape and this guy on facebook with the rifle with him jumps into his car to chase him and kept chasing him about 4 blocks where the guy hit the crowd.

And I'm thinking, wait a second, is this true?  Cause it changes the story completely if this guy who hit and killed the protester was being chased by some idiot with an assault rifle.

I have no idea at this point if it's true.  I spent an entire evening tracking those stories backwards and they all seem to lead back to one article by one person.  Which, I guess is always true, but I don't see any subsequent articles doing anything but quoting, nobody else is bothering with their own research to verify.  So I don't know if that is true or not.  However, it will sure make the trial interesting if the defense brings this up and can produce the evidence from facebook, messages, etc to show this guy was being chased into that crowd.

FEELING A LITTLE UNEASY

This story of the gymnastics/olympic doctor is so weird.

I've only followed it by headline but then read a couple of articles from the alt-left and the alt-right to try to get a balanced sort of story.  And it left me with questions.

1.  The first report against him was in the 1990's.  How the hell did it take this long to catch that bastard?
2.  There were over 150 women who testified against him with sobbing horror stories of what he did.   Many/Several/A few of these same women, when younger, recommended the doctor to their friends and teammates.  Why would they have recommended him if he was doing these things to his patients?  I'm semi okay with a young woman, teenager, pre teen, not coming forward for fears imagined - but when these women got into their 20's and 30's, why did they wait so long?
3.  If 150 people from your past came forward together and accused you of, pick something, how would you defend yourself?
4.  He was originally arrested for child porn on the computer?  Can't they just say he was targeted by the government with the stale old child porn on the computer routine?  This child porn on the computer thing is getting to be as old a stereotype as interrogation with a  phone book once was.  Do they still make phone books or do cops use smart phones or iPads to head smack suspects today?

Now don't peek, but when was the last time you checked your computer for inappropriate pictures?  How many partitions are on your hard drive right now?  Do you leave your computer on and connected to wifi overnight, over a weekend you are away?  I know people to this day who still leave their home and work computers on overnight because back in the 80's and 90's people were told it was better to leave them on that keep turning them on and off.

A good hacker could create a 1g partition on your hard drive, download pics into it and you would never know.  Put it all on a thumb drive with a quick programs in terminal to create the partition, dump the pics and the government can have porn on a computer in less than 10 minutes.

Look, don't misunderstand me.  If this guy was taking advantage of his position and doing things to these young girls I'm all for hanging, seriously,   I find adults verbally, physically, or sexually abusing children to be an abomination requiring a death sentence.

But this trial bugged me.  I almost reminds me of the Day Care Center paranoia of the 1980's.  Remember that?  Day Care Center operators and employees across the nation were charged, tried and some convicted and sent to prison for mass satanic rituals and sexual orgies with the children; great tunnel systems underground were described by the kids.  Lives were destroyed.  And it was all crap perpetrated by, well, not sure, psychs were certainly involved with their interviews of kids and their doll touching thing.

Point being, we are seeing a hysteria ripping across the nation right now, like we did back then except it's got 24 hour cable coverage now and internet bloggers talking about it now.  This could get out of hand.

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Can't we just put bars on the windows and doors and turn the FBI building into a prison, would save a lot of time and money.

I don't have a TV so I have no idea how this is playing, not seeing it that much in the newspapers, but some of the revelations this week that higher ups in the FBI and other departments were actively meeting and thinking of ways to get rid of a president is mind boggling.  Why more people are not flipping out over this I will never understand.  I mean think how many people for how long would love to find a memo from 1963 discussing knocking off JFK and what a huge story it would be to find such a memo and now we have numerous emails mentioning meetings, mentioning that there is no 'there there' in the Trump Russia thing, mentioning physically removing the president and all the papers have as headlines is Trump considered firing Mueller last June but didn't.





Saturday, January 20, 2018

THE WOMAN'S DAY MARCH

Well, today millions of women across the country have gathered in cities to march and protest.

I honestly have no idea what they are protesting for or against.  But I thought this would be a great day for MEN'S BEER AND GRILL DAY.

While millions of women travel by car, bus and plane to cities to around the United States to march for whatever they are marching about now, men have the perfect day to fire up the grill, get those steaks out, pile on the baked beans, potato salads, use paper plates, glasses and plastic wear so you can swoop it all up and get it in the garbage cans before the women get home and pound a few beers with no cares in the world.

That is why I support The Woman's Day March.

Ducking for cover now.

HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND WITHOUT YOUR DOG

 So, no dog at home and what do I do?

I found these really great old Civil Defense videos from the 1950's on YouTube.  Right now I'm watching "A New Look at the H-Bomb.  The videos are creepy and hilarious at the same time.

Do we still have a Civil Defense system in this country?
Do we still have the bomb shelters stocked with supplies in communities?

Why not?  I'll have to research this....

There was one of these short films that really got me thinking.  Starts with a guy driving up to a farmer, the hey Bill hey Ben how's Audrey fine hows Betty blah blah blah.  But the local store was closed and the guy was coming straight to the farmer for some milk, eggs, and would stop by Thursday for a butchered cow from the farmer.

Then the movie goes into how this isn't who things work anymore and show all the automation in the farming industry for the milk, cattle, etc.

They totally left out how much now we are the cattle and are being totally automized.

Once the cows roamed and the farmer would walk up, put down the stool and bucket and get the milk and when done the cow wanders off.   Today the cows are all lined up in their narrow stalls; cattle are put thru the gates to control which way they turn, all marching towards that cattle gun to the head.

Till today you find the stories of lab grown meat and milk products, no need for the cows.

I wonder what will happen to cows when companies can produce lab meats faster, cheaper and quicker?

Of course, you can look at people today and see the cattle.  Just has the cow got milk and then wandered off to play, people then did a lot of wandering and playing; when was the last time you drove by a field and just saw a group of kids playing baseball or football on a Saturday afternoon - no parents, just neighborhood kids all getting together?  Nope, all inside in their narrow chairs glued to the screen of their phone, TV, Xbox etc.

You listen to shows about AI and robots coming and the efforts of the tech companies to move us into those environments - I don't just mean us as in using them, I mean US!  Our consciousness, memories, our souls.

This is the goal being worked on and it took all the fun out of watching those 1950s civil defense videos, to realize, how far we've come as a culture, how far we've fallen behind as human beings.

Sad again.  Government has now been shutdown for 8 hours and so far nothing has happened.

Government Shutdown

Well, the government's been shut down now for about 6 hours and nothing has happened.

Continue viewing updates of the government shutdown at afterthecaretaker.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 14, 2018

WHY THERE WON'T BE AN IMMIGRATION DEAL

Here are two little truths about politics and Washington.

1.  No solution will ever be offered when not having a solution means more votes
2.  The president and his party will get the credit for a solution.

Let's go back to the Civil War.  For nearly a century after the end of the war the south voted democrat more often than dead people in Chicago.  Well, the white south voted democratic,  black America loved Lincoln and the Republican Party.  Why?  Because Lincoln went to war to free the slaves, the Emancipation Proclamation says so, well, sort of, it actually only frees slaves in confederate states and then they only have to escape to union states in  order to be free and hey, while you are now here, how about a nice blue uniform.  But Lincoln signed it and got the credit for a century.

Then LBJ, probably one of the most evil corrupt racist pigs that ever lived signed the Civil Rights Law that Kennedy wanted and only passed congress because of republican votes - look it up, more dems voted against than for - and LBJ signed it and since the 1960's black America has been voting for democrats.

So you can understand why democrats have absolutely no interest in seeing an immigration bill signed by Trump.  That is the absolute last thing democrats in congress want.  They want to go into the 2018 elections using the lack of a bill to try and retake congress.  That is what they want - to use the issue until 2020 and when a democrat gets into office, then they can do a blanket amnesty and lock up another 30 to 50 million democratic voters, formerly known as illegal aliens.

The one thing I don't understand is why black members of congress and black America is going along with this.  The larger the latino population, the larger the moslem population, the less dems will need the black population.

Imagine in 2018 if black Americans woke up to 50+ years of being snookered and switched in mass to the Republican Party.

Of course, the republicans could just write their own bill, they have control of congress, well sort of, but could pass a bill granting amnesty to dreamers, rounding up the criminals and sending them back, building the wall, and Trump could sign it....

Okay, fantasyland for sure.  More likely to have a flying saucer land on the White House lawn and have transgender aliens from Uranus disembark asking for asylum than expect the republicans to be organized and support their president.






Saturday, January 13, 2018

I'M OFFENDED!

So, the president may have called some countries in Africa and the Americas 'shitholes' and the left is absolutely bonkers, they are running out of adjectives in their little red book at this point.

Meanwhile, if you visited Haiti, or Venezuela, or Mexico or Nigeria, or Zimbabwe; you'd probably think 'what a shit hole' too.  I'm sorry, didn't mean to omit the Middle East.

What is the problem?  That the president said certain parts of the planet are in the crapper and that is why tens of millions of people are trying to get into the US because their country sucks.  And everyone outside of the Virginia to Boston corridor and Hollywood knows it and understands it and thinks the president is correct in his observation.

I mean, when was the last time we had an issue with a Swiss citizen trying to sneak into the US or overstay a VISA?  Duh.

Ask yourself this question:  how bad does the USA have to become to make you pack up what you can carry on your back and do whatever it takes to get you and your loved ones into another country?  Think about that for awhile and build how bad it has to get here and when you think you've reached that point, that is how bad, or worse, all these other countries are that people are trying to escape.

What I find so odd is the nearly fainting outrage in the media to the president using the term shithole and yet didn't so much as bat an eyelash when small investigations into the Clinton Foundation and their Haiti relief fund found tens of millions of dollars coming in, much less headed to Haiti, and the contracts with companies to help rebuild Haiti and there is nothing that gets rebuilt or built new.

How many hundreds of millions has the US poured into Haiti, Mexico, etc etc etc and they never get any better, unless you are the leader of the country, then you get a nice Swiss account for your retirement.

Why is Haiti still such a disaster?  Not a money issue in terms of what was provided and donated.  Has to be 'the system'.  Why, in a continent  with the riches Africa holds such a cesspool of disease, corruption, and poverty.  Africans should be one of the wealthiest continents on the planet, but instead it is a shithole of disease, some of which is probably some experiment, corrupt leaders who slaughter people without feeling so much as a dip in their soul, wars, no plumbing.

Let's face it, if you went to the average African, Middle Eastern, South American country and spent a month you'd be thinking shit hole too.

And they are designed to be shitholes for a reason.   And,  I could be a real jerk and ask a simple question:  Name in the last 2000 years a country predominately black, run by a black government, that has been out front on education, technology, life styles, philosophy, agriculture, anything?  How about a Latin country.  Heck, even Asia, you have Japan and China but name something since the abacus that was invented?  Japan and China are great at copying and perfecting what others have created, not so good at innovation though.

Is there a cultural reason for all of this?

And let's face it, there are parts of this country that are pretty much shit holes too.  Those areas of every major city where jobs haven't existed in decades, areas of Appalachia where the only thing anyone ever did was work in the mines but now those mines are closed.

And I bet a map showing the changes will show those shit holes growing year after year after year.

And. once again, it's the use of a word that people find offensive, not the corruption, waste, and instigated wars; that is okay.  Just don't call it a shit hole.

And I find that offensive.


Friday, January 12, 2018

THE GRAND TOUR


Okay, last week I made fun of how fat Jeremy, Richard, and James had gotten.  Clearly that free shipping with Amazon Prime is crumpet heaven of some sorts across the pond.

But today, I want to say thank you.

I lay awake last night for hours, just staring at the ceiling.  In the middle of the night when I hit the head, I saw one of his squeezy toys and squeezed it a couple of times, almost thinking he would sudden appear back in this reality, ready to play.

This morning has not been better.  Big payday today with all the over time hit my checking account, don't give a shit.

Shit.  I have sighed a million times the last 24 hours, always followed by the word shit.  All I say or do.  Like just now when I realized I never took a shower yesterday, did I eat?

Then remembered new episode of Grand Tour comes out today so I decided to watch it while I lay on the couch.

And they made me laugh.  Not once, not twice, but many times; belly bouncing can't catch my breath laughter.

Tomorrow is another day, this too shall pass, I will survive putting my dog to sleep too.  Again.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

DEATH IS NEVER EASIER; PART 2

Do you know how many times I got up today and made sure I wasn't going to step on the dog?  Or to feed him?  Or to take him for his walk?  I use to carry a half empty glass of water from the living room to the kitchen and would always pour the water into his bowl.  Started to do that 3 times today.

I am amazed at what a mess I was at the vet.  I knew this was probably going to be the result of the visit, known for a week, and still, I couldn't speak two sentences without choking up.

And yet, sitting on the floor, the dogs head in my lap, dead, and the thought crossed my mind "if I'd been a millennial, I'd probably of taken 4 dozen selfies of this and be posting them on Facebook this evening"

Why am I still here?  On Earth.  In Colorado.  I don't really like it here, but I'm kind of stuck.  And today, laying on the couch, staring at the ceiling for hours, it is all unravelling.  Do I really want to ride from Colorado to WV and back on a bike to take my mom's ashes back to WV?  Would she really give a crap if I put them in Colorado?  Why do I live paycheck to paycheck, socking 10% away for a retirement I probably won't have because I'm either not going to live that long or the house of cards will crash.  The idea of a 2020 bike trip might derail or end my career where I work and I put other things off 'till after the trip'.  Do I really want to spend 1500 bucks this year getting a new power steering pump, cat convertor, and a few other things on a car I would have a hard time getting 2k for if I tried to sell it?

Or do I hang the 2020 trip, sell current car for 500 and there are a couple of nice Saabs on sale locally between 3 and 4k but I'd probably wait for another Volvo and after some time get another dog.  Then just keep working to 65 and hope I can stick around longer.  Live simple with a dog and a manual transmission.  Seriously, that is what I really want in life, a good dog and a car with a manual trans.

And I could have it all now if I gave up the 2020 trip.

Yea, that's an idea, get another dog so I can go thru this again in 8 to 15 years.

Round and round it's going in my head today.  I'm missing my dog. Badly.

Sorry about not taking selfies of the dog and me at the vet today.  Clearly, I wasn't thinking normally.

DEATH IS NEVER EASIER

Well, 2018 is off to a flying start.

Taking a weeks vacation and could not have come at a better time.  Last call I took the college girl got a new computer for Xmas from her parents, she left the computer in the trunk of her car for a couple of days during the Alberta Clipper when temps didn't see zero for a high and now has discovered a crack in the computer and wants <name of company withheld> to replace.  Did not buy insurance plan which would have covered and after arguing begging crying threatening and asking if I could sell her the insurance plan now and I explained I could but since I know it's already broken I would get fired for that and she replied, " I don't care".

Which brings up the question; should the spoiled brat be spanked for the first time in her life or should we spank her parents for raising such a spoiled entitled brat.

Fortunately, the next day started my week off.

Last night I was leaving the sushi bar with take out and I apparently cut the corner to quickly and my left ankle twisted badly and I did a face plant on the sidewalk, no, didn't spill the sushi.  But today ankle and foot hurt, both wrists hurt and the right knee hurts along with other muscles and bones not feeling real good.

And you know what?  That is the good news.

Bosco has gone on to be with his grandpa.





About three or four months ago, notice he was appearing to get fat.  Wasn't eating as much or as well.  Turns out he had a big ass tumor and I could have spent 3k for surgery to determine if it could be removed and he might make it or last a few weeks or months.

So I had to have him put to sleep this morning.

You would think after taking care of my mom for 6 years, lifting her out of a bed to get on a toilet to the Hospice which turned out to be Swedish for Euthanasia, since my previous border collie Barkley and the story of him passing, to taking care of my dad for 4 years as he went thru the process of dying from Alzheimers, this would be easier.

Death is never easier.  I could not stop crying.  One of the gifts I received taking care of my dad, whatever firewall or fuses existed in my head to not cry, to be a man, blew out with his Alzheimers and now I cry easily.  Today it flowed like a river.

I don't know if I would have made it thru taking care of my dad if we had not gotten Bosco when we moved to Colorado, he was great with my dad and meant the world to me.  And now he is gone.

The apartment is void of life.

And life just keeps moving on, indifferent.



Yep, 2018 sucks so far.

Thank you Bosco.  See you in the afterlife one day, at the end of the Rainbow Bridge.  Along with Jock, Daisy, Kahlua, and Barkley.  You were a good dog, a loyal dog and will not be forgotten.

All dead
all dead
at the rainbow's end
and still I hear her own sweet song
all dead
all dead
take me back again
you know my little friend's
all dead.....and gone.......all dead.......and gone

Her ways are always with me
I wander all the while
but please you must forgive me
I am old but still a child

All dead all dead
but I should not grieve
in time it comes to everyone
all dead all dead
but in hope I breathe
of course I don't believe
you're dead.........and gone..........all dead..........and gone.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WORST BLOG POSTING I'VE EVEN POSTED, I THINK

Interesting story this morning about the attempted attack on Russian bases in Syria.  Seems they detected a drone attack, with nearly 2 dozen drones launched towards two bases and each drone is believed to have carried a fairly big size bomb.

Can ISIS members just walk into stores and buy drones large enough to carry bombs?  Do they have Humus and Drone Marts all over the Middle East for terrorists to buy drones?
Please tell me our country is not selling drones to ISIS, still.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, Russia was able to bring down the drones, mostly by anti aircraft but a couple by hacking the signal and landing them.  So they probably know where they came from.

Hacking the signal.  Hacking the signal.  The epitaph of the future of our planet.  We were not amused to death, Roger Waters, no, we died from hacking the signals.

But no, seriously, your driverless car will be perfectly safe.  Or the driverless trucks, ships, planes, buses, etc.  Perfectly safe.  No need to worry about hacking the signal.

Anyone get a picture of all of our advance military suddenly being made waste metal by someone 'hacking the signal' - oh wait, that was BattleStar Galactica - TV - never mind - it's not like Sci-Fi ever predicts the future accurately.

I wonder if our military systems use Intel Chips?

All of which brings us to Oprah For President.

I suppose I should support it, me being the person who supports anything that causes absolute chaos.  I mean if she is seriously going to run, I'm going to stop investing in company stock and 401k and stock up on as much gold, silver and copper as possible, copper being the bullets, and have a nice plan for a place to hide in the mountains for a few years.

America, would you get your heads and smart phones out of your asses for just a moment.  America took a chance on Trump and while his tax reductions have kicked the economic doldrums of 10 years of Bush and the Obama miracle - the miracle how such a bad economy could stay that bad for that long - and now it seems to be taking off based on companies moving cash back to the USA and bonuses being given by some companies.

But is Trump a good president?  Really can't say yet.  But Oprah?

Do you really want to save America?  Next election cycle, each party will hold debates.  Find the quietest, fumbling, lousy public speaker who is currently in a 3rd term as governor and elect that person.  Why?  Because 30 years ago Agasi was wrong, style is not everything, substance is everything.  And the bimbos and retards that make up the majority of the countries population now judge only on style and we need some substance.

I mean think about what is coming.  In 2018, the constant 2 years of Trump bashing by the media will have an effect and it's possible the dems will take over congress.  And they will then move to impeach Trump.  Probably try to get Pence too, since next in line is the speaker of the house and that would be a democrat, but let's just stick with impeaching Trump.

That is going to seriously piss off 60 million Americans who voted for Trump for whatever reason.  And we are not talking about 60 million spoiled brat millennials throwing rocks thru store windows and who need a teddy bear to hug when they see a word that offends them, these will be 60 million guys and gals that work hard, drive all wheel drive, and get nervous if there are less than 1000 rounds of ammo in their house.

And their truck.

And their camping cabin.

Know what I mean?

Frankly, if I were the head of Russia or China, I would not be planning a war against the US, I'd just wait, we will destroy ourselves very soon.  Oprah?

Yea, that scares them.  I hope no foreign leader dies of a heart attack or chokes on a steak laughing.

I will confess, I have never been an Oprah fan.  Want to know why?  Because I remember Phil Donahue.  I liked Phil Donahue and his show.  Then Oprah got the idea for a show and she started out scraping the gutters.  And it started eating into Donahue's ratings and then HE went into the gutter and ruined his show.

Later, after Donahue retired, Oprah announced she was taking the high road but there already was a high road, she didn't take it and now it's too frigging late, the cat is out of the bag and 80% of daytime talk shows show the absolute worst of our society starting with those 'who's your daddy' DNA tests.  And all that daytime TV is today, we owe to Oprah starting in the gutter, forcing Donahue out then when he is gone announcing she is taking the high road and I have always thought,  too late, if you really were high road, you would have started high road.

Is the caller there?

But now it gets interesting, because someone started thinking of her cabinet and came up with names like Streep, Hanks, the Rock, etc for positions and then it dawns on me that these people actually think they are superior to the rest of the country.  Yes, please, let us turn over 240 years of history to a bunch of people who did high school plays, majored in theatre if they went to college - but they have played war heroes and presidents on movies and TV's so they are well qualified.

Jeepers has the country really become that stupid?

An Oprah presidency will be Obama 2.0 on steroids.  You think Oprah could get Toyota to cancel their Mexico plant and build it in the US?  Exactly how many jobs will Oprah create for black America?  Hey, she only needs to be +1 job to put Obama's record to shame.

Imagine a US with open borders, 30 million illegals from the south, the mideast, and Africa becoming citizens and guaranteeing 50 years of Democratic Party control of government?

Jeepers, has the country really become that stupid?

But I will tell you this much.  If this economy takes off, people who lost jobs during the Obama miracle and have been working minimum wagey type jobs can get better paying jobs, if construction is booming and manufacturing is booming and sales are booming and Trump can work out an immigration plan that allows dreamers but sends others back and half a wall is complete - Oprah won't stand a chance.

All Trump has to do to win reelections is ask 1.  Do you have a job or better job today than you had under the democrats?  2.  Do you make more money today than you did under Obama?  3. Do you feel more secure today that your job will be here tomorrow than you did under Obama?  If you answered yes to those questions, why the hell would you vote to go back to the Obama economy?

I'm sorry, this country might survive, heck, maybe even flourish for 4 years of Trump, but if Oprah is next, it's over.  Prep now, pray constantly,  and be ready to head for the hills.

Is this all Pat Paulsen's fault?

Friday, January 5, 2018

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS FROM AN ADDLED MIND

So republicans who seem to always push the states rights for almost every topic under the sun, suddenly are not so state's rights when it comes to states that legalize pot.  Funny how that happens.

And speaking of the government, I'm confused about something.  After Katrina, the US Government Homeland Security built over a dozen FEMA camps around the US so that in the future when tragic events like Katrina occur, the good ol' USA will have a place to move all the victims of the storms, floods, earthquakes, etc.

Yet, did you hear of a single person being evacuated or housed at a FEMA camp from the hurricanes that hit Houston or Florida?

If they aren't being used for what we were told they were to be built for, why did we build them?

I wonder when Europe is going to wake up to the US role in it's destruction.  Bush Jr. goes into Iraq and Afghanistan, creating refugees.  Obama, not to be outdone by Bush, blows thru the Middle East, upsets and overthrows the governments in Egypt and Libya which spreads and next thing you know tens of millions of people are trying to escape from over a dozen moslem countries flooding Europe with refugees it cannot afford, will not assimilate and creating absolute destruction of the cultures of the European countries.  I wonder when Europe realizes the US foreign policy is behind their destruction?

Globalism: Turning first world countries into third world countries so future slavery will be color blind.  Swedes working next to Mexicans working next to Arabs working next to French for the betterment of the elite.

Think about this, whenever you see 'third world countries' they move along by old cars and bikes or scooters.  Look at the changes in Europe and the US and you see more and more people commuting by bikes and scooters, with electric bikes the future - forget about Telsa and the electric car, the future will be the majority of the people in this country moving around by bikes.

Most decades look like the previous decade with slight changes, it's when you compare non consecutive decades, you see the jumps that have been made.  Just compare the 80's to this current decade. Phone booths and land lines replaced by cell phones.  Huge change?  You bet, back in the 80's when you left work you left work.  Now most people are 'at work' 24/7.  So what if fun is to go back and start connecting dots and then moving forward, where will it be and end?

In the 2030's, most will not be able to own or afford a car; AI driven cars will be at our call for pick up to take us from A to B; but some will not want to ride in AI cars and will turn to electric cycles to travel.  Car dealerships, no longer exist, most mechanics will be out of work or moved to open bike dealerships/repair centers.  Amazon, soon to buy Target it is rumored, will control retail and possibly pharmaceuticals and groceries and so on and so on.  You won't 'go' to the store, the stores will come to you and make deliveries of everything you need.

Adding to previously published blog here:  The problem with grocery shopping and deliveries is people like to shop, to go down aisles, stores make a lot of money on impulse buying; but online grocery shopping will not take off until you can create a 3D Virtual Reality walk thru the grocery store, pick up what you want and place in the cart and the store registers what you bought, even down to the weight and marble on the steak.

Once we get to that point, then no one will shop at the store anymore; why risk catching a cold?

I have no idea what people will do with their time.  Because there will not be many jobs.  Robots and AI are going to eliminate, within 20 years, about 50% of the jobs, more by the next decade.  So how you will afford the deliveries is beyond me unless they make some sort of universal income program which is already being discussed.

And before you think cool, trust me, that universal income will be just quite not enough to live on.

And when AI controls everything, when AI runs economies, surgeries, the law profession, the military, are the cops, the soldiers, the doctors, what will happen when people realize AI is making life and death decisions based on their algorithms as to whether you should live or die?

Will AI at least have the courtesy to defriend you on Facebook before it eliminates you for obsolescence?

We are living something of an illusion in America.  And Europe.  Most of us have no conception of the struggles it takes to live and die in Russia, China, India, Africa or South America.  Oh sure, some think they do because they watched a special on PBS while sipping their evening B&B, but we are clueless and ignorant and we were designed to be clueless and ignorant.

Have you been reading the 'former' execs at Google and Facebook talking about how the web is designed using behavior mod to addict users?  Same way TV has slowly over 40 years produced less 'showtime' and more commercial times to where the average person cannot focus today for more than about 8 minutes without needing a 'commercial break'?

Sometimes, I think the whole HS, college, job, marriage, mortgage, kids thing is part of the whole system trap.  Other times I see it now as humanities protection against the world, the assurance of survival versus the comings and goings of governments.  Sometimes I think how in the 30's thru the 80's businesses provided pensions in order to control the populace, you go along because you are promised income and health care in retirement - then in the 80's pensions died on the vine and 401k's were created so now we all play this 10% into a market that no individual stands a chance of figuring out because AI is making trades so large and so fast and we all just pray the charade lasts long enough.

Sometimes I think.... and other times I wish I didn't.  I think not, therefore I am clueless and happy.

I'm not afraid
Of anything in this world
There's nothing you can throw at me
That I haven't already heard

I'm just trying to find
A decent melody
A song that I can sing
In my own company

I never thought you were a fool
But darling look at you
You gotta stand up straight
Carry your own weight
These tears are going nowhere baby

You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment
And now you can't get out of it

Don't say that later will be better
Now you're stuck in a moment
And you can't get out of it

I will not forsake
The colors that you bring
The nights you filled with fireworks
They left you with nothing

I am still enchanted
By the light you brought to me
I listen through your ears
Through your eyes I can see

And you are such a fool
To worry like you do
I know it's tough
And you can never get enough
Of what you don't really need now
My, oh my

You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment
And you can't get out of it

U2


Monday, January 1, 2018

139th ANNUAL NEW YEARS PREDICTIONS BLOG

Yes, America's oldest New Years Predictions Blog is back for it's 139th attempt and getting something right.  So off to the races for another combination of nouns, verbs, and misplaced prepositional phrases  to produce another blog of absolutely unintelligent  jibberish for my imaginary readers (why do I always get a picture in my head of a scene from the movie Gremlins when I type 'imaginary readers').

1.  Relax.  America will not attack North Korea until the Winter Olympics in South Korea are over in February. Too much money still to be pocketed by the elite while South Korea will look back a year or two from now and wonder why they lost millions on the deal with Goldman Sachs.

2.  And no, Alex, there will not be a false flag attack on the Winter Olympics made to look like NK did the dirty deed for our excuse to launch war on NK.  Well, there won't be now because I've blown the whistle on the whole operation, sorry Goldman Sachs.

3.  The Cubs begin year two of their rebuild for their next World Series Championship in 2121.

4.  Donald Trump will sign legislation  on March 23rd forcing all companies to pay a year or two severance pay to any fired employee like all these recently unemployed pro football coaches.

5.  Beginning March 24th, millions of employees stop going to work.  State DMV offices are the only fully staffed offices in country.

6.  Blogger Barkley Pontree admits in first television interview that the scene from Gremlins he thinks of every time is not the scene from the movie theater but the scene of Phoebe Cates in her red bathing suit.  Barkley Pontree later goes into hiding when hundreds of outraged imaginary readers, all looking like Phoebe Cates in the red bikini,  start whipping him with albatross feathers for getting the movie wrong.

7.  After granting permanent residency for 10million Dreamers, removing 20 million other illegal aliens back to their home countries, defeating NK in a 3 day war, unemployment dropping to 0%, wages increasing 10%, fixing the Ozone Layer, and Melinda finding a cure for cancer which she gave away free to everyone,  Democrats vote to impeach Donald Trump for ordering a black russian at a Thanksgiving.

8.  Media outlets sue President Trump because they were offended he mocked on Twitter their breaking news story that Donald Trump is an alien from the planet Baldergoosh.

9.  Recognizing that 80% of traffic on Twitter is produced by President Trump's twits and the responses to those twits, Twitter announces they are changing the company name to Trumpeters and people will no longer twit but will trump.

10.  By next year, this blog will disappear from the internet so I can claim 100% accuracy next year.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

DREAMERS

Dreamer, you know you are a dreamer
Well, can you put your hands in your head? Oh no



My understanding is a dreamer is someone born in another country that was brought here to the USA when they were little tykes and their parents decided to break the law and illegally come to the United States.  They have grown up in the USA, went to school here, and many have no memory of their birth country.  This is the only country and life they know.

Is it fair to send them back?  No, it's not.

But Dreamers are all anyone talks about when it comes to immigration, and there is a reason for that - to cover up the other 70% of people here illegally.

See, most people would agree with letting dreamers stay and get citizenship - it's the others that the majority of Americans will say 'send them back home' and the amnesty people don't want this conversation.

I said, "Far out, what a day, a year, a life it is"
You know, well you know you had it comin' to you
Now there's not a lot I can do


The problem is not dreamers, the problem goes much deeper.  First, let's talk about those parents who came over.  They've lived here 20, 25, 30 years now, illegally.  Do we send them home?

Frankly, I'd say yes.  Just because you get away with a crime for 25 years doesn't mean you get a free pass for it and the future.  Congrats on getting away with it, now take what cash and stuff you got and go home.

Is that cold?  Is that fair?  The problem with this issue is no matter what is done, it won't be fair, to someone.

Then we got the pregnant lady stepping over the border while in labor and having a kid in the USA.  Or getting on a plane headed to the US and even if popping the kid over the Pacific when it lands in the USA that makes it a US citizen.  Most other countries got rid of this years ago, but good ol' USA just keeps handing that little baby it's US citizenship.  Of course, the mother gets to stay and here is where it gets real good.  Now they can get the dad, siblings, both sets of the parents parents, the grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins all get this front of the line invite to come on down and move into the USA.

Can't do anything about this other than no longer allow it to happen.

If I could see something
You can see anything you want, boy
If I could be someone
You can be anyone, celebrate, boy


And herein lies the other conflict:  What to do about the people here illegally and what to do to prevent further invasion from north, east, south, and west of our border.  They keep trying to tie the two together to get the best deals, defined in Washington has highest payout to members of congress with highest screwing of the average American.

Of course, one simple test is to wait for the next World Cup and see whether a person puts up and roots for the USA or do they wave the flag of their home country and root from them, if the latter, send them back!

Okay, that was a joke, well, no, actually a pet peeve would be more accurate.

So this is the mess we are in.  Sure, we can blame BushClintonBushObama and all the members of congress who let this invasion happen, but now pretend you actually have to deal with it, that we have a president that actually thinks he should fulfill some of the promises he made while running for the office.

But how to fix this mess?  I'm not sure what I would do if I were the president.  Dreamers stay, everyone else go?  All these 'Obama Refugees' back home?  Once you start making exceptions, and there will be thousands of valid exceptions for safety and political religious reasons, but then where do you draw a line?  People will be claiming their neighbors threatened to kill them so they have to stay.

And, in all cases involving Washington, you have to pay attention to the money - specifically, the money that flows to members of congress.  Corporations love cheap labor, well, they want free labor but that is still a few decades away; so corporations big and small want those illegals from Mexico, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia; oh the tech industry loves those Indians who code for curry and rice.

Why, when arguments are being made, does no one point out that the media and democrats are in bed with evil corporations who want cheap 'slave' labor and support all this illegal immigration.  Or does corp America ever stop to think that all their efforts to cut labor costs by supporting illegal aliens will be producing millions and millions of votes for the Democratic Party who will then turn around and increase costs on corporations through higher taxes and environmental regulations?

Nobody ever connects the dots.

Look at Germany, France, and Sweden right now.  Sweden has become a cesspool.  Not long ago, I thought it would be a real hoot to move to Sweden - now, wouldn't take a free vacation to Sweden.  Their open border policy has produced a hellhole of Moslems overtaking entire neighborhoods and cities.  Concerts next summer in Sweden will be 'Women Only" due to the rampant rapes that have occurred. France, Sweden, Germany and Britain have "No Go" areas where police and fire avoid and if they do go in are attacked.

Are you that naive, my imaginary readers, that you think this isn't going to happen here?  It will be worse.  Right now many cities have DMZ's where police only go in via large numbers.  We are going to split in so many more ways than Sweden or France.  Will we have Black only, Latino only, Moslem only, White only towns cities and states before this is all over?

What ever we do on immigration - remove all illegals to amnesty for everyone to nothing, it has reached the point where whatever we do, it will not be fair, it will not be pretty, and it will probably not be real peaceful.

Well, if I could do something
You can do something
If I could do anything
But can you do something out of this world?

Take a dream on a Sunday
Take a life, take a holiday
Take a lie, take a dreamer
Dream, dream, dream, dream, dream along

Dreamer, dream, dream along
C'mon and dream and dream along
C'mon and dream and dream along
C'mon and dream and dream along

Friday, December 29, 2017

THE GRAND FAT

Anyone watch Amazon's The Grand Tour?  It's the blokes that use to be on Top Gear and now have their show on Amazon and I just watched another episode this morning and came away from the show thinking, man, are those dudes getting fat.

You can see it when they drive around, the cars tilting on the passenger sides of the car, because across the pond they have the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car to facilitate their ability to drive on the wrong side of the road.  And then they time the cars around and I'm thinking are they tearing the weight, torque, and times to account for the extra weight?

And the punch line is all the time Jeremy makes fun of Americans for being fat, you could put a bus stop under that belly overhang of his and nobody would ever get wet.

WE HAVE A NEW TAX PLAN!  REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ACTUALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY WRITE, VOTE AND PASS A BILL!!!!!

Okay, it did take a re-vote in the House because somebody screwed it up but now we all have more money coming in our paychecks next year.  Yippee!!!

Here is what bugs me though, the media.  They all said it was the biggest overhaul of the tax system since the Reagan Tax Plan and I'm like, uh, no.  Apparently the media thinks an overhaul to the tax plan only occurs when actual taxpayers see a cut in taxes.  We have not been paying the tax plan of Reagan since 1990.  Bush Senior raised taxes and re allowed many deductions for the wealthy.  Clinton when running in 1992 promised a tax cut for middle class then cried on screen saying he tried, tried harder than anything he'd ever done to cut the taxes on the middle class but just could not do it - then raised them.  Bush Jr., raised taxes and Obama, oh that good little icon of liberalism, well technically your healthcare costs going from 300 a month to 800 a month is not a tax according to the blackmailed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but there was certainly less money to spend.

This was not the biggest overhaul to the tax system in 30 years, this was the biggest reset of the tax system since Reagan.  But interesting how the debate is framed in the media.

Speaking of Clinton, Bush, and Obama; Trump is catching a ton of flack for planning to move our embassy to Jerusalem like he promised when he campaigned.  So let's join Mr. Peabody and the WayBack Machine and go back and hey look - when Clinton ran for president in 1992, he promised to move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem!  And didn't.

Bush Jr. in 2000 promised to move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and ..... didn't.

And yes, imaginary readers, Barak Obama promised to move our embassy to Jerusalem when he ran for president in 2008.

Trump - he actually is doing what he promised.  Like with tax cuts.  Now if he'd only build that wall as he promised.

News of interest, big story of abuse and rape in nursing homes and how prevalent it is and how difficult it is to deal with.  Witnesses and victims are normally mentally incompetent and make bad witnesses for cops and officials.

By the way, here is a tip for imaginary readers.  If you wonder when you die if you will go to heaven or hell and if you work as a caretaker for the elderly and if you even think, let alone act, on some impulse that says it would be a good idea to have sex with an elderly person, you are going to Hell.  Hell Hell Hell.

I'd love to ask such a person what their thought process was that led up to the moment you think pulling down the Depends on an 98 year old woman so you could stick your pecker in her.  I'd really like to ponder such a thought process - then I will shoot the person right between the eyes.

That is one reason I took care of my folks.  Because if you ever sit and really think thru what possibly could happen that would make me go off the deep end and go on  a mass killing spree, that would have been my answer.  Putting a parent in a home and then finding out the workers had beaten or raped one of my parents and I would have loaded up everything I had and went to town on the employees of such a place.

Fortunately, was able to take care of my folks myself and they were safe all the way till the end.

And people think there is no evil, no Satan, no demons in the world - bad news folks, there are more and more satanic minions running around today than at any time in history.

Look at the men in drug cartels and what they do to people when they kill them.  How can anyone with a soul do that to another human being?

Everything is interconnected, which means the blokes on the Grand Tour, as they gain weight, the evil on the planet is increasing.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.

Friday, December 22, 2017

HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY DEBBIE BRADY

Okay, why do I remember this?


It was late in December, the sky turned to snow
All round the day was going down slow
Night like a river beginning to flow
I felt the beat of my mind go
Drifting into time passages
Years go falling in the fading light
Time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight



Went to school one year and one month with Debbie Brady, 7th and a month of 8th.  But her birthday is one week after mine and for reasons I can't fathom, that has stuck.  And I'm not posting this on exact dates less someone steal an identity.

So happy birthday Debbie Brady, hope you are well and life went well for you.

And yes, my imaginary readers, that means I also turned 60 this month.  I think that is why I haven't done much writing.  In spite of my best efforts, I could not help floating back in time, looking over my life.


Well I'm not the kind to live in the past
The years run too short and the days too fast
The things you lean on are the things that don't last
Well it's just now and then my line gets cast into these
Time passages
There's something back here that you left behind
Oh time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight


I don't like self actualization or self this or self that.  I try to drive thru life with no rearview mirrors.  But hitting 60 it all kind of dropped off and you start looking at life, thinking about life, a couple of regrets of things I did,  most regrets are the things you did not do.

See, the problem is this, you start yanking and pulling at threads and the next thing you know the tapestry of your life can become unraveled in ways you can't imagine.  So I don't yank, I don't pull, I'm alive, have a job, roof over head, and healthy.  Better off than many.

And, in the end, I am kind of happy.  Well, maybe serene would be a better word.  And I can look in the mirror and not have to look away - I live like a monk and I am at peace with who I am.

And I don't mean some of those catholic monks with congressional tastes for young boys or girls.

See, I never had the dreams and goals of most people.  I lost my dream of being a baseball player by 20.  I lost the dream of a love of my life and we would spend life together by 25.

My only ambitions till in my 40's was to be healthy and happy.  Then, it became holy and healthy.  Now it is still holy and healthy and a manual transmission.

So I've learned not to judge by bank accounts, careers, etc; that is not who I am, who we are.

Mostly what I enjoyed about the trip to the past was finding pictures of slides and playgrounds we grew up on in the 50's and 60's; before lawyers and bean counters took over everything and ruined life for children forever.

Ride by a playground today and you see swings with seatbelts, slides almost 5 feet high, no wonder millenials are such snowflakes.

Back in the 50's and 60's, playgrounds were passages of manhood.  Playgrounds had multitudes of ways to get hurt, to scare, to test.  Our grade school had a slide with 10 or 12 steps to the top, a metal slide which burned your legs and butt in the summers, and if you fell you fell to concrete - I don't remember any kids dying or getting badly hurt.

There was a park in Blue Island, why do I feel I've written about this before, awe gosh, am I repeating myself now, had a slide with 24 twelve inches between steps to the top, then two slides to choose from to slide down, well until we were a little older and crawled over the railing to slide down the poles like we were firemen.

These were rights of passage for kids. And remembering it brings a smile to my face.

The point of all of this is I have not been writing much because I didn't want to blather about all of the retrospection.

Well the picture is changing
Now you're part of a crowd
They're laughing at something
And the music's loud
A girl comes towards you
You once used to know
You reach out your hand
But you're all alone, in these
Time passages
I know you're in there, you're just out of sight
Time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A DAY OFF

Well, looking at a three day weekend, how do I spend  an extra day?  I know!   I'll get high and watch Pink Panther cartoons all day!

Sigh, once upon a time I would have thought that a good idea and a day well spent.  When did I grow up?

Speaking of children and their urges, it just keeps getting funnier.

First this whole work guys and gals and behavior.  Let's start with Roy Moore - I have not made up my mind on this one.  Historically, I believe the women, sorry but it's true.  I know not every guy who's been accused by a woman is/was guilty and it creates an unfair burden on the guy to prove he did not do something eons ago.  So in Moore's case, suddenly a gaggle of geese come forward right before the special election for the senate: not during the primary, not during his run for governor, not during his run for state supreme court, etc.  Why?  Has the current mood and news stories empowered these women to have the courage now to step forward?  A better chance of being believed?  Well, could be, but then again, if that were the case, how come it is ONLY Moore?  There should be several/many women about many different men in politics.  So that has me scratching what is left of my hair and then we find out that a woman comes forward with Gloria Allwoodhead and I don't know about you, my imaginary reader(s) but I am of the opinion that when she is involved it's probably best to conclude the opposing side is probably the one telling the truth.  So anyways they have this yearbook where ol' dumb ass 30 something Roy signs a high school yearbook with his signature and title.

'Cept, when he knew her and was suppose to be signing the year book, that was not his title.  It was, however, his title in 1999 when he was the judge in a divorce case that was decided in the hubby's favor, and lo an behold, guess who the woman was?  Yep, very same one saying she was sexually messed with as a teenager with Roy Moore, who if both are true didn't mind the guy she dated when she was a teenager presiding over her divorce and when she ends up losing did not come out and announce the verdict should be tossed because she was involved with the judge when she was just a small lass.

So, did he really sign her yearbook back then with letters after his name that were not true, or did they take that signature off the divorce paperwork when that was his title, and super impose it on the yearbook?  I'm sure nobody is going to get the chance to check the yearbook to verify the signature.

And if she is lying in a very organized way then are the other women?  This is where the yarn starts getting tangled in the diorama in my head.  I guess it would be best to just go ahead and vote for Moore if you were planning to before all this, he can always be tarred, feathered and hung later on.  But if he drops or loses and later we find this was all a political lie to destroy the man, not much you can do about it then.

And if there is an organized effort that successfully derails Moore, guess what will be coming up in the future?  If it worked once.....

After all, all those members of the media never get in trouble for lying and reporting false stories.  They are just following procedures.

Now, let me change the subject for a moment and ask this, what do all the Hollywood men being accused of all these sexual advances have in common.  Well, let's see, they are men, have lots of money and power, and, oh yea, they all voted for Bill Clinton, twice.

Let's go get Peabody and Sherman and take a trip to the WayBack Machine and go back to the 90's.  Back then we had this really cool baby boomer as president, he played the sax, ate McDonalds and everybody loved him.  Okay, that is not totally true, after all, he only got 43% of the vote in 92 and 49% in 96 thanks to Ross Perot running in both elections to split the republican vote and if Perot had not been in the race in 92 Bill Clinton would have lost to GHWB the 1st and history would be so different today.

Next time you talk to a stupid liberal type, wait, is that redundant, point out that no Clinton running for president ever got to 50% of the vote, make them look it up and watch them wet themselves.  Then again, don't think GW the 2nd ever got 50% either.   Obama did both times, another example of how the majority just means most of the people are wrong.

But the liberals of the world loved Bill Clinton, pro abortion, pro gays, pro everything every college professor would approve of in a president..  So when a woman stepped forward, Gennifer Flowers and talked about a long term affair with the jazzman, they said so what, she's a slut.  And when Paula Jones came out with her story of 'hey baby, kiss it', the liberals, talking heads and college professors said, 'so what, she's trailer trash'.  And when Juanita Broaderick came out and said then governor of Arkansas raped her, the liberal pencil necks said ' she's a liar, don't believe her, she wants to write a book or something'.  And when news broke on Monica, the liberals said 'she's a liar, she's a fat slut, took advantage of him, wants to write a book' blah blah blah.  Then the blue dress shows up with seed stains and then the liberal media really came out blaring against the woman as being psycho.

That is why I always kind of admired Lewinsky, how she survived that and didn't end up dead or screwed up to the max is an amazing story of courage and intestinal fortitude.  How did she answer the question "so, tell me about your last job.  what did you do?  what made you stand out as a presidential intern?"

So what?  It does not affect his job etc etc etc.  They made every excuse in the book to cover Bill Clinton's ass.   Of course, later it would be known that many of these talking heads were a little on the dinky side of life, cheating on their own spouses, chasing the babes around the office themselves so they might have had something of a skewed opinion for personal self serving reasons but in the end, we should not pay attention to any of this because his work and personal life are separate, blah blah blah they blathered.

And, now this is where it really starts splitting my side, many of these today outraged Hollywood women could not get enough of Bill Clinton when he was president.  And to all of them and whoever is still reading this, WHAT THE HELL DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN???

You, those Hollywood Streeps, Chers, and other chicks of plastic surgeons, YOU sent the message that if you support all the right things, you can play with and show us your Uncle Willy all you want.  It was so cute!  You not only didn't condemn the behavior, you approved of it, made jokes about it, made it cool to cheat on wife and get BJ's from girls that weren't born yet when you were in grad school and taking those long walks thru Harlem on layovers at the airport.

You adored Clinton, you heaped awards on Clinton and Polanski.  And now you are upset?

And so here we are today.  Suddenly all those men who watch Bill Clinton get away with it all and spent the last 20 years giving money and speaking out for all the right liberal issues suddenly had the carpet pulled out from under their feet and are now losing everything and don't understand why.  They are not regretful for their behavior, they are confused at why everyone is making a bid deal out of it now.

Leading us to reading how commentators are frowning their brows and asking out loud if they were now wrong about Bill Clinton.

Duh, little late and a dollar short capped toothed wonders.

Of course you were wrong.  And now this is where you watch the yarn.  If the media have been an unbiased institution back in the 1990's and gone the Nixon route on Clinton, then the right wing media never would have formed, there would have been no market vacuum for a Fox News, Briebart, Drudge, Infowars.  If the media had forced Clinton out for his behavior the way it forced Nixon out, then there would have been no Hillary.  And probably no GB the 2nd.  No Obama.  I mean the whole history of life the last 30 years would be totally different.  Better?  In many ways.  Worse, probably in some for sure.  But absolutely different.

But the point is this: the medias being Clinton's pet and supporting him when he was accused of rapes, sexual assaults, sexual harassment, etc etc etc was a CAUSE of such a befuddle messy timeline and now they want to try to appear deep and wonder aloud "maybe we were wrong?".

Sorry Charlie, the majority of Americans knew back then it was wrong, the media had it wrong, and don't really care if you soul search today.

I should have gone with the getting high and watching Pink Panther cartoons.  Growing up has it's limitations.

Outside my window is a tree
Outside my window is a tree
There only for me

And it stands in the gray of the city
No time for pity for the tree or me

There is a world of pain
In the falling rain
Around me

Is there a reason for today?
Is there a reason for today?
Do you remember?

I can hear all the cries of the city
No time for pity for a growing tree

Cream