A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

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

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



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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

THE SWAMP HAS SWAMPED THE WHITE HOUSE

I'm not quite as depressed as Coulter and others about Bannon resigning, there might actually be a benefit to the whole thing, he might be able to accomplish more independent than in the WH.  I guess the key is will Trump be talking to him on a regular basis or no more no more.

But you can't help shake the feeling that the swamp won't be drained, that it has swamped the WH instead.

Great article today by Virgil about similarities between Trump's times and Teddy Roosevelt's times and Trump might be wise to go back and read Teddy's thoughts and ideas because what Teddy did gave America 30 years of prosperity.  TR was real big on always striving and that is what Trump needs to sell, when was the last time America was striving?  1980's?  The Moon?  We spend all our time on little piddle while the big stuff has overwhelmed and continues to grow.

I don't know, maybe it's over, maybe Trump gave in and will just now do what Goldman Scrotum tells him to do.  If so, it's over.

So where will erasing history end?  Right now we see a portion of the populace tearing down statues that have stood for over 100 year because they were confederate soldiers, a reminder of a time when people in America owned slaves, therefore they have no place in society.

In Boston where 15k showed up to protest 200 people supporting free speech.  Funny thing though, this thing in Boston wasn't the KKK and Neo Nazi's like in Virginia, this was a group of men and women supporting Trump - accountants, plumbers, insurance agents, electricians who would never think of joining such organizations as the KKK and Neos.

Didn't matter to the protesters, who now have defined anyone that voted for Trump and doesn't support their viewpoint is an alt right Neo Nazi.

So what happens when all the confederate statues are down, all the schools renamed, all the streets renamed?  Who comes next?  What comes next?  You really think it will stop there?

Next any president that owned slaves will be uncovered and their statues, homes, etc will be next on the list.  Down goes Washington and Jefferson or Madison.  I see where even Lincoln statues were recently vandalized, which makes perfect sense because the people running this show don't actually read or simply went thru school memorizing whatever the teacher said and never actually studied what was actually said.

What we need is to send Mark Dice to one of these things and ask two questions; what was the Emancipation Proclamation and what it did.

Over half will have no idea what it was, who wrote it, and what it said.  And over 90% of those who know what it is and who wrote it will get it wrong what it said.

They will say it freed the slaves.  It did not.  Read it.

It only freed slaves in confederate states, if they could escape and reach Union territory and fight for the Union.  It did not, however, free slaves in Union States like Missouri.

Wait, what?  There were Union States with slaves?

Yep.

Here is another little tidbit of history not many know.  After the war was over, what to do with the around 8 million blacks who's ancestors were brought here to be slaves and been slaves since?  There was a serious consideration to send all the slaves back to Africa and Lincoln was actually still considering it or an optional thing where freed slaves could go back if they wanted to and bang, Lincoln is dead and the idea was done.

Bet you didn't know about Lincoln ethnically cleansing the US of black people, did you?

And for the next, about, 120 years, the south voted Democrat because Lincoln was republican.  And during that 120 years, the democratic party was full of southern KKK leaders.

Wilson, seriously a racist.  FDR?  Well, here's a guy who signed a law and every Japanese American was rounded up, their homes stolen, their business stolen, their assets stolen, and put in prison camps - can you imagine a republican president suggesting we round up all muslims or mexicans and put them in prison camps?

Of course you can't, only a democrat would think of that.

And blacks fell hook line and sinker for LBJ's civil rights bill which basically solved what?  It's created three score of the majority of blacks being raised with no dads, no jobs, horrible schools that just pass illiterate children year after year so they can do nothing but head to prison.  LBJ, by the way, routinely referred to all blacks with that N word.  As did FDR, as did Wilson.

Think their statues, homes, libraries, schools named after them etc will be touched?  Doubt it.

What is going to happen to a country that erases it's history, erases it roots, ridicules the writings.

There are republicans that want a constitutional convention to add things like term limits and they are absolutely insane.  Because if we have a constitutional convention, the Bill of Rights will be history, no more free speech, no more religious freedoms, no more right to assemble if you disagree with the left, no more right to petition, no gun ownership, no private property.

And the hope people saw in Trump to be the next TR, to be the next Reagan, is dwindling; not his fault, but it may be over.

Goldman Scrotum runs the country.  Every four years we can choose between the fascist party and the communist party.  And one day history will be erased and rewritten and the great american experiment will be over, forgotten, and never known to exist.

Jagged jigsaw pieces
Tossed about the room
I saw my grandma sweeping
With her old straw broom
She didn't know what she was doing
She could hardly understand
That she was really sweeping up..
Pieces of a man

I saw my daddy greet the mailman
And I heard the mailman say
"Now don't you take this letter to heart now Jimmy
Cause they've laid off nine others today"
He didn't know what he was saying
He could hardly understand
That he was only talking to
Pieces of a man

I saw the thunder and heard the lightning!
And felt the burden of his shame
And for some unknown reason
He never turned my way

Pieces of that letter
Were tossed about that room
And now I hear the sound of sirens
Come knifing through the gloom
They don't know what they are doing
They could hardly understand
That they're only arresting
Pieces of a man

I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces
He was always such a good man
He was always such a strong man
Yeah, I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces

Gil Scott-heron



Saturday, August 19, 2017

WHY BICYCLISTS DIE ON THE ROAD

Okay, simple answer, cars hit them or they hit cars, but wouldn't be much of a blog if I stopped there.

Here in Colorado, around town, there will be about 2 cars for every bike on the road, unless they are having one of those stupid town things where people dress in costumes and ride their bikes down the streets and then home then it's about 3 to 1 bikes to cars.

Hard to pick up the paper and not see a story of car hitting a bike sometime this week.

So let's build out on the first sentence and break it down a little more.  There are two reasons:  one is because there are absolute idiots behind the wheel and two is because there are absolute idiots riding bicycles.

Today, coming home from the store, coming to 4 way stop, no traffic either direction, but some teen on a bike about 100 ft from the stop sign to my right, so I pull out going straight and suddenly see this teen or young adult right up next to my car.  He blew thru the stop sign at a high speed and made a right hand turn but was going so fast he couldn't stay hold the turn and blew right out of the bike lane so I swerved across the center line and gassed then he fell in behind me and then cut in front of another car coming towards us.

Or last night at Sprouts, a grocery store chain, and the parking is one way each lane so lane I am in you will drive away from the store to park or leave.  As I'm putting two bags in the back seat I see a guy coming towards the store, on a bike, pretty close to the cars, not in the middle or anything, and then notice he's got a thing attached to the back of the bike with a little less than two year old strapped in - going the wrong way in a parking lot where someone backing up will not see him backing out because after a quick glance will be looking the other way for people pulling into the lane etc.

Then when leaving, at stop sign to make right on Drake Road and there are two lanes, a left turn and right turn.  And there is a cyclist curbside in the right lane, all the way at the front, so I am stuck.  And what is he going to do, well of course, what else does a cyclist do next to the curb at an intersection in the right hand lane onto a four lane road, he is going to turn left.  Never once does they guy look behind him to see me with a right blinker on, or the car behind me, or that car behind that car, or the car waiting to turn out of the parking lot but can't because numb nuts is blocking everything, waiting for four lanes to clear long enough to make a left hand turn across 4 lanes of traffic on a Friday afternoon.

I know, I should have run him over and hoped he hadn't had a chance to reproduce.

Less than 24 hours and see three people who but by the grace of God could have been hit by a car and don't you know it in Colorado the driver of the car is almost always at fault for idiot morons who think they are immortal.

But I also ride my bike, on the streets, and know the terror of idiots behind the wheel who are texting, eating, reading, doing their eyes in the rearview mirror or just plain psychopaths, these are easily identifiable by the large pickup trucks jacked up so their front bumpers are nearly 4 ft off the ground, who hit cyclists all the time.

See, in a fair universe, the idiot drivers would only hit the idiot cyclists and in 20 years the roads would be safe with the idiots in graves or prison, but it just never works out that way.

As I plan my potential ride across america in 2020 I am debating what safety equipment to include.  Helmet, oh for sure, but considering BMX equipment too for the shins and knees, hockey pants for the hips, and this really cool BMX upper body thing that protects the spine, ribs and has shoulder pads and the spine thing up the back attaches to the helmet - that is a lot of weight to ride with along with a backpack but thinking of a hikers pack with the top packed with bubble wrap  so the idiot in the pickup trucks buddy who leans out the window with a bat and smacks me will not do much damage.

And a quick draw for a 10mm Glock chest holster that will assure they won't do that ever again.

No, just the tires.  Okay, maybe the brake lights and the tires.  Couple in the radiator for good measure.

But here is the point.  Car will always win a collision with a bike.  There are no exceptions to that rule, none.  The car always wins.   It is the rule with no exceptions.  Driver will never get hurt unless the cyclist or the bike flies into the air and comes thru the windshield impaling the driver.  But even then, cyclist loses, okay, maybe with a smile on his face when part of  his 2000 dollar bike impales a driver in the chest, but dead just the same.

Someone told me one time if you really want to end all car accidents, remove the seat belts and airbags and put a 4 inch spike on the steering wheel, everyone will drive real slow and real kindly then.

I always thought the Tao  was the best drivers ed/ cycling book I ever read.  It could be summed up very easily in 5 words; Don't Fornicate with the Flow.  Okay, fornicate wasn't exactly the word I was thinking of but their might be imaginary children reading this.

But that is how I drive and it's how I ride, do absolutely nothing that interferes with the flow of movement.  Never pull out and cause another person to change lanes, slow down, or break.  Same with cycling.  I don't care what the laws are, only one law exists when biking, don't get hit by a car.  So when coming up on a red light with cars lined up, get in the damn line, don't ride up the right side of all the cars where someone might make a right hand turn and you run into them - which - by the way is the drivers fault in Colorado and the second leading cause of accidents - the law is wrong, that is on the biker, you can't watch for pedestrians, people coming from the right, people making a u turn and oh ya, look 180 degrees behind you too.

Franky, if I had to do that that cyclist in front of me was doing, I'd get off the bike and walk it across, down the block a little and away from an intersection

So back to gear, here is what someone should invent.  A little button on the handlebars that a cyclist can press and an airhorn goes off 3x as a series of lights all blink on and off like a strobe in multiple colors like red white orange yellow blue green and now unless Helen Keller is driving no driver will be able to say "I didn't see him".

I think I'd ride all the way across America with that thing on.  Well, maybe not the airhorn, that would get old after 3 weeks.  But I love the idea of getting a cop light on the back of the bike.

Oh, while I'm ranting, riding a bike with headphones, really?  Seriously?  Put on sign on your back, "I'm and idiot, hit me please"?

See, here is the thing, there are more and more bikes coming to our roads.  I am sure one day towns in Colorado are going to designate roads to bikes only.  Count on it.  And as cars are more and more expensive ( did you know that a 30k car will provide you with a monthly car payment greater than people paid for mortgages prior to the 1980's )  Five year car loans were rare, now they have 8 and 10 year car loans.  Where was I, oh, yea, another big thing coming will be the eBikes, who can afford a car, get a bike with this little electric engine that will allow you to go 100 miles at 20mph on a bike.  Less than 5k.  Put bags on front and rear racks and you can do everything by bike.  You can still pedal, but instead of peddling to do 10mph you can now peddle with the engine and get 30mph.

Which means who's gonna pedal?

We look over the last 30 years of 3rd world countries where almost everyone travels by bikes or scooters now mixing with cars, where did you think America was headed as the middle class is squeezed down into the lower classes?  More bikes on the road dealing with the cars and trucks.

So do we license bicyclists?  You can almost see that coming with our governments love of rules and taxes.  But why bother, we license car drivers and it doesn't prevent them from hitting cyclists who are doing nothing wrong, do you think a license would have changed the behavior of any of the three examples earlier?


BITTERNESS

First of all, my heart goes out to the family of Glen Campbell for the loss of their husband, father, and friend.  Trust me, I know what he went through in those final times and I know what range of emotions all of his family lived through.

And what you didn't have to do.

While this no way is a criticism of his family, please don't read it like this, and I can already see what is going to happen next.  One of the children or his wife is going to write a book, they will go on all the morning talk shows, Oprah (does she still have a show?), and be all over the media with the book telling about what a sad thing it was and raising awareness for alzheimer's and that I guess that is a good thing, and hundreds of thousands of copies of the book will be sold.

But know this; I will bet the farm the family had 24 hour caretakers and nurses to help deal with the issue.

Okay, maybe I'm wrong, maybe the fam got together and did it themselves and if so and I ever meet them we can hug and cry and exchange stories, I just doubt it.  I doubt they got up in the middle of the night when Glen might wander or sleepwalk, I doubt they emptied many catheter bags, freed the blockage of poop with their fingers, lived in terror wondering what was going to go wrong next and wondering if they would ever snap and end up a small one column tragic story in the newspaper.

Nor will they, after three years, decide whether to go to a doc for sleeping pills, which I chose not to, but decide since living in legal land, to start smoking a hit of pot each evening to help sleep thru the night because the nightmares of waking and thinking their dad escaped while they slept  just wouldn't stop.

Bitterness is such an ugly emotion and normally I have none over what happened.  But watching this unfold... oh, well, such is life.  I did it and I survived it, lagom,  as the swedes use to say, it is enough.

I wonder how the Swedes say lagom now in arabic?

Was planning to write this morning about the tearing down of statues of confederate soldiers and history, really a good blog, but somehow that Glen Campbell thing came out of nowhere and now, just don't feel like writing what I set out to write.  Not liking myself much right now.

Another time.


Friday, August 18, 2017

YOU JUST CAN'T KEEP UP WITH THE WHOLE THING

First, for some reason I've suddenly become popular in the Philippines.  One hundred thirty three views this week to 16 in the USA.  I wonder if they will erect a statue or something.

I also get tons of hits from Russia and the Ukraine for some reason, well, if there ever is a war, sorry, and if you invade, look me up, just ask around Colorado for Barkley Pontree.

But hopefully, it won't come to that.  Shame the democrats and the media were able to sabotage any possibility Putan and Trump could get together and work something out, like Reagan and Gorby.  Would of made for an interesting world if Russia and USA signed a peace treaty of some sort.

So, last weekend a car is used, in France awhile back a truck is used, now a van in Spain and I keep thinking how are they going to get Americans to give up driving and use self driving cars?  A national security issue, watch my faithful imaginary readers, when the time comes for self driving cars a push will be national security.  If all cars are self driving, then no one will be able to drive into a crowd.

Strange though, not one modern pea brained liberal has said anything about car/van/truck control laws.

Mark it down, before the month is out, there will be cries to tear down Washington and Jefferson from Mount Rushmore.  Some will cry to tear down old Abe's face but cooler heads will prevail - these are the moderate morons.

Listened to a Dick Morris interview, he was on C2C a few days ago and just got around to downloading the show, converting it, putting in iTunes and then syncing to my phone because COAST TO COAST AM DOESN'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT IT'S PAYING CUSTOMERS AND FORCED US TO DOWNLOAD THEIR APP WHICH STREAMS JUST FINE BUT TRY SAVING A SHOW AND WATCH ALL HELL BREAK LOOSE.  For years it was working just fine in Apple Podcasts app and if they built an app that just did streaming and news it would be a great app but now it's like I'm back to 2005 downloading, converting, copying and syncing and it just pisses me off they intentionally broke what worked to force people to use their app that doesn't work.

Where was I oh yea, Dick Morris.  First of all, don't like him much, perverted little goblin that he is.  But he is also smart, politically, and that makes for interesting listening as long as I can keep the visual image of him sucking toes of hookers out of my head.

Do hookers even charge for getting their toes sucked?  Wouldn't that be like the IRS charging you for the audit?

Morris had some interesting observations on Trump and what is going on but he pointed out there is a whole lot of things Trump has done that is never hitting the government media and I'm listening thinking I never heard that.

Maybe Trump should twit what he's done this week instead of picking fights and making an ass out of himself in Twitter.

Now if we could just figure out how to make Congress and the government media to stop making asses of themselves we might have a chance.

But sometimes I like to explain to my imaginary readers how to deal with certain situations (and sometimes I forget I already discussed this in the previous post but I am almost 60 so deal with it ), you might run into in life, like protests by imbred morons - no, not Congress, but the KKK and Neo Nazi's, which, come to think of it, has had it's fair share of KKK members over the years, democrats of course, don't you know.

Back in my college days at some non discript midwestern university that will get noses raised in the air in Ivy League states, Iranian students were protesting most every afternoon in front of the student union.  Well, one day some people showed up, not saying who, with several dozen water balloons and well, one thing led to another and this rainbow of colored balls arched across West Michigan Ave is the bright fall sun and it was amazing how many balloons found their mark.  Fortunately, the police were there in force and would have stopped any retaliation or further  issues, well, once they got done laughing.

Laughter.  That is how you deal with reprehensible Iranian students, inbred neo nazi's and members of the KKK.  Laughter.  Don't show up with clubs and guns to fight, come to laugh, laugh at them, make fun of them, dress as clowns and mimes, how funny would it be after the KKK and Neos march by to see a bunch of mimes marching in lockstep like the SS.

So throw a party America.  Bring out the drinks, bring out the clown outfits, bring out the mimes, bring out the balloons and treat the KKK and Neo's like they are; as just clowns and jokes.

And if you really want to upset them and make them go home quickly, hold those gay pride parades at the same time.   Just picture 20 or 30 KKK or neo nazi's standing their with their hoods and german uniforms suddenly finding themselves surrounded by 500 men dressed in jock straps and coca cabana  fruit covered hats all dancing around to Village People songs and those good ol' boys will be running back to their outhouses and never come out again.

That is how you fight fire, with water.  You want to end public displays of racist morons like the KKK and you just can't ignore them, then mock them with what they hate the most, hold the gay pride parades at the same time - hey it's win win for the gay pride people, straight people who are really uncomfortable with gay pride parades like me will say "thanks" and who knows, maybe all those KKK / Neo guys are really just wanting to dance to the Village People in the streets too.

(edited 8/19/17 after waking and finding I already talked about this in a previous post and decided oh, what the hell......)


Where can you find pleasure, search the world for treasure,
learn science, technology?
Where can you begin to make your dreams all come true
on the land or on the sea?
Where can you learn to fly, play in sports or skindive,
study oceanography?
Sign up for the big band or sit in the grand stand
when your team and others meet.
In the Navy, yes, you can sail the seven seas.
In the Navy, yes, you can put your mind at ease.
In the Navy, come on now people, make a stand.
In the Navy, can't you see we need a hand.
In the Navy, come on, protect the motherland.
In the Navy, come on and join your fellow, man.
In the Navy, come on, people, and make a stand.
In the Navy, in the Navy.




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

HERMENEUTICS

Well, you have to give the media credit.  Not once all week did you see a story blaming what happened last weekend in Virginia on Russia.

So I will help them tie it all together.

See, Russia secretly funds the KKK and Neo Nazi's in America.  And after the event, Putin called Trump and told him not to mention them in his speech because two of Putin's illegitimate kids are members of the Neo Nazi group involved and so Trump said okay.

There you go, the story the American media has been waiting for, tying Russia to the violence and Trump being Putin's puppy.  All they need is an anonymous source and what better than my blog for anonymity!

Hermeneutics.  What does the author, speaker, singing, etc mean when they write those words.  It's a whole division of language, literature and theology.  When you read John, you need to not think "what does this mean to me?" but "what did the author mean when he wrote that?".

So what exactly did Trump say that caused such a crap storm?

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time."

Okay, it is not a great speech, fire the speech writer.

But I honestly don't see the problem.  First, he condemned it in strongest possible terms.  It's egregious, hatred, bigotry and violence.  He's against it.  Then he said it's been going on a long time.  Is that false?

What is getting the lefty panties all wadded up is the line 'on many sides'.  That is what upset everyone.  Pointing out the obvious.  Pointing out that violence like this is wrong.  And people from all sides are guilty.

Well, we can't have that kind of honesty in the WH!

Do I need to list the violence perpetrated by the left, often funded by Soros?  Are my imaginary readers that uninformed?  The alt left just about destroyed a city in Germany last month when leaders were meeting.  The alt left were beating Trump supporters after Trump campaign stops and the Chicago event was cancelled due to threats of violence.

The KKK/Neo's have been marching for years, ever since liberal judges said they have a right to free speech too.  I remember the big mess in the late 70's when they got a parade permit in Skokie IL.

What is the opposite of love?  Indifference.  Not hatred.

You know what happens when the KKK/Neo's march and nobody pays attention?  Nothing.  They go home.  Indifference.

You know what happens when people show up wanting to confront the little play solder sissies?  You get what happened on Saturday and they absolutely loved it.

Don't get me wrong.  The guy who drove the car into the people.  Hang him.  Hang him right in the city square.

The question is, when a crime is committed and a person dies, everyone involved in the crime can be charged with the murder, why not charge everyone who broke any laws and was arrested that day with the murder?

That would certainly cut down on crowds in the future.

We cannot solve racism.  There have always been racists, people who hate others simply because of the color of the skin, the country they are from, their sexual choices, and any other variable  you can think of.  And 1000 years from now, short of Christ's return, there will still be racists.

Here is another thing.  The left has been pushing for 40 years that the truth is relative, that what is true for you is not necessarily true for me and we have to be tolerant of each others view of the truth.

So why is the left not embracing the KKK for diversity of opinions.

Or is truth only relative as long as it doesn't offend them?  Does tolerance only refer to a specific list of what can be tolerated.

Tolerance is for drurods. Truth is not relative.  Thank you alt left for finally proving you don't actually believe what you preach.

You cannot legislate stupidity, you can't force wisdom on the populace.  And we, as a country, just get dumber and dumber each generation.

It's not what you say, it's how you say it, and truth be told Trump could of asked the media to write his speech word for word, read it word for word, and they still would have piled on him.

What happened Saturday was not Trump's fault.  It was all of our faults.  We let it slide, we let things slide and now the ride is out of control, going down that slippery slope.  And it's out of control.


Now they're planning the crime of the century
Well what will it be?

Read all about their schemes and adventuring
Yes, it's well worth a fee

So roll up and see
How they rape the universe
How they gone from bad to worse

Who are these men of lust, greed and glory?
Rip off the masks and let's see

But that's not right, oh no, what's the story?
But there's you and there's me

Saturday, August 12, 2017

THINGS YOU WISH YOU JUST HAD NOT HEARD

So China has chimed in on the whole NK versus America thing and I wished they'd just shut the hell up.

China said if NK does something stupid, they are on there own, but then warned the US not to just go in with no incident or China would defend NK.

Great, hello false flag.

Name a war we've been in that hasn't started with a false flag.  Vietnam?  Nope, that false harbor attack.  Gulf War I?  Nope again!  Turns out that woman claiming she was in Kuwait and saw Iraqi soldiers going into hospitals and killing little babies, nope, that was a lie.

9/11?  Gave us a 16 year war in Afghanistan (and even more if McCain has his way, let's do another surge - hey John, you haven't got long to live, why don't YOU go over to Afghanistan, grab a gun and lead the charge, have you kids with you too so you can lead by example!).

And now here we are all geared up to go against NK and China says, nope, have to have a reason and next day there are stories about NK agents with suitcase nukes might have come across the border during the Obama administration and now we got our reason and all it is going to cost us is some small american city or maybe Chicago which always seems to be the rumored thing - pay attention to the Mayor in Chicago and if he suddenly leaves the city in an unplanned trip, oh well, we will see.

So if we have a war with NK, who's fault is it?  Trump will get the blame, but truth be told look at Clinton, Bush II and Obama who ignored it and let it get this far.

Let's face it, NK will not win a war against the USA.  Plain and simple, but in the process it is well within their ability to do, and ours not to stop, the bombing of Seoul, Tokyo, and other cities in Asia.  We also have a small issue of making sure none of the NK subs are sitting off the coast of the USA, in fact, that would be a cool message for Trump to send, in one day sink all the NK subs at sea and just shrug and say 'weird huh'.  But in the end, who is going to pay for the rebuilding of NK, SK and Japan, yes, we have a winner, the US taxpayer.

This is where a lot of Americans get pissed off and want to just say 'fine, we are tired of dealing with the worlds problems and our working citizens are tired of their tax dollars going around the world, so we are pulling out of Asia, you all figure it out.  And out of the middle east, let someone else deal with it - oh we will still protect Japan, SK, Israel etc, but no more open checkbooks'  China and Russia want to be world leaders, you deal with NK but understand, if NK ever does hit the USA, we will take them out and apologize ahead of time for a few of those errant bombs that accidentally landed in China and Russia .

I don't know, it's a mess and it's going to get messier and when a bomb goes off in the USA that we can blame on NK, we can thank China for putting us in that position.

Which brings up another topic, national security.  Reagan dropped a big ball when president.  He should have stopped the creating and manufacturing of all this computer stuff overseas especially in China under the umbrella of national security.  Any company making all their products in China right now is in dangerous territory of one day having all their plants shut down and no new products coming into the US.  Can you imagine if suddenly there were not going to be any new phones, computers, etc until plants could be built in the USA?  Think that little problem through.  Or consider a possibility that all our military planes, ships, and subs are running on Chinese chips and a signal could fry all of them making everything inoperable?

We live in interesting times, hope to see you on the other side.


All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray
I've been for a walk on a winter's day
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day


I stopped into a church I passed along the way
Well I got down on my knees and I pretended to pray
You know the preacher liked the cold, he knows I'm gonna stay
California dreamin' on such a winter's day


I'd be safe and warm
I'd be safe and warm
I'd be safe and warm
I'd be safe and warm


All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray
I've been for a walk on a winter's day
If I didn't go, I could leave today
California dreamin' on such a winter's day
Oh such a winter's day
On such a winter's day

THE LAW OF BUREAUCRACY

Nature has many laws, well, actually, nature has no laws, man makes them up to explain things but for the most part we call things laws of nature.  But one law no one ever discusses is the Law of Bureaucracy.

Now, if you are like me, the first key to understanding this law is knowing how to correctly spell bureaucracy, because I have to look it up.  But spelling, I think, is still important, maybe not.  Relativism has destroyed truth, twitter has destroyed spelling, vocabulary is not far behind and finally numbers will become relative, which will make writing checks real easy.

But lets talk about the Law of Bureaucracy, which is simply anytime a group of individuals get together and exceed 1/2 dozen, the law of bureaucracy will start to take hold.  Doesn't matter if you are 1/2 dozen people starting a club, church, business, no matter, as you grow, divide into sections, then each section will grow and the law of bureaucracy will take hold; the survival of the group or subgroup becomes the sole purpose of the group.

Let's look at some examples.  Microsoft.  If, back in say 1987, you would have told someone that one day, MS would replace Lotus 123, Wordperfect, DBIII and Novell and not only become number one in each of those markets but literally put all 4 out of business, you would have been laughed out of the boardroom.  But that is exactly what happened, and it created several really big entities at MS; MS Office, NT Server, Windows Desktop.  The trouble was, each became so big and powerful they roared into the 21st century and completely missed where the market was going.

EPA, a great idea from Nixon, words you rarely get to say.  EPA, go clean the water and air of this country.  And they did; cars today have reduced 99% of the emissions of a car from the early 1970's.  Our water, our air are so much cleaner than they were 40 years ago.  But as the EPA grew, that law of bureaucracy kicked in and we went from the EPA preventing a business from dumping chemicals in the lake to the EPA telling a land buyer he can't build on his property because 6 weeks out of the year a small pond forms on the land and a duck landed there; or a speckled pecker salamander might wander by and they are an endangered species and suddenly the EPA goes from heroic to a monster than does nothing more than screw up business and personal lives for the sake of saving an insect or snake.

Remember the wild fire story where the fire was headed and going to come over the ridge and some land owner went and plowed over his property?  The fire rushes into the canyon and destroys every home and burns every plant, except on this guy's land, everything is fine, so the EPA swooped in and sued him because he might have killed a small rodent of some sort turning over the soil - yea - or maybe they lived because they all rushed to his property to avoid the fire, well, I digress, the point is at some point in every organization, the bureaucracy becomes an out of control monster.

And thus we come to Google.  Political correctness has become such a bureaucracy and it can run out of control in any organization.  Lo the person who makes a joke that might offend someone, say a word that might offend someone, or apparently now being white on college campuses offends someone.

I'll say this about the guy who wrote that manifesto, he either is totally clueless or wanted to be fired. He couldn't possibly have thought he was just going to open a dialogue and everyone was going to pat him on the back for starting the conversation.  He was going to get fired - hey, anytime you decide to write a manifesto, you are just a step or two away from funny farm material.

Was he right?  Probably.  I don't brag about voting for Trump at work or tell people 'hey, I have a blog, check it out' cause it would eventually be brought before some HR Tribunal.

HR is another good example of the law of bureaucracy gone wild now that I think about it.  Personnel use to be making sure your paper work and insurance forms were correct, now they are into everything, watching what everyone does like little Gestapo, wait, didn't say that word, do-gooders waiting for a chance to pounce.

So anyways, this guy at Google was probably right, a conservative can be ostracized in our culture today by the politically correct bureaucratic monster, but did he really think they would go "oh wow, you are right, sorry"?

Homeland Security is probably the best example.  An over reaction to a problem that should not have existed in the first place.  Now we are all being monitored and tracked just in case we decide to become terrorists.  What, hey look, this guy bought a book on amazon, and last month bought 100 rounds of ammo and contributes to this church and Oath Keepers and OH MY GOSH, A DOMESTIC TERRORIST!

Now HS runs everything and who is going to break them up?  Cause any attempt to break it up and all it will take is one terrorist action and that president will be run from office.  And you can bet it will happen cause if the terrorists don't do it, the government will.  See Waco, OK City for example.

Look at the banks that were too big to fail in 2008 and how they are now all at least double the size they were 8 years ago.

Bureaucracy run amok.   The movie Brazil did a nice job capturing this issue, good Saturday afternoon movie to watch.  Interestingly, none of the major studios wanted to touch a movie about bureaucracy run amok.

Darlings are you ready for the long winter's fall?
said the lady in her parlor
said the butler in the hall.
Is there time for another?
cried the drunkard in his sleep.
Not likely
said the little child. What's done
the Lord can keep.
And the vicar stands a-praying.
And the television dies
as the white dot flickers and is gone
and no-one stops to cry.
The big jet rumbles over runway miles
that scar the patchwork green
where slick tycoons and rich buffoons
have opened up the seam
of golden nights and champagne flights
ad-man overkill
and in the haze
consumer crazed
we take the sugar pill.
Jagged fires mark the picket lines
the politicians weep
and mealy-mouthed
through corridors of power on tip-toe creep.
Come and see bureaucracy
make its final heave
and let the new disorder through
while senses take their leave.
Families screaming line the streets
and put the windows through
in corner shops
where keepers kept
the country's life-blood blue.
Take their pick
and try the trick
with loaves and fishes shared
and the vicar shouts
as the lights go out,
and no-one really cares.

Dark Ages
shaking the dead
Closed pages
better not read
Cold rages
burn in your head.

Jethro Tull  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

BLOGS GOT NOT TITLE, JUST WORDS AND A TUNE

Anyone else just can't wait until the end of the month and Louise Penny's next 3 Pines novel is out?  Love that series, wish they'd make another movie out of the next one, not sure why the first one didn't do well, has Nathaniel Parker (Inspector Lynley) playing the lead role and I thought it was a good choice and a good film.  Unfortunately if you read the comments all those snide commenters were ripping that it didn't follow the book, or this person or that person was not the way they pictured it in their head therefore the movie sucks as if their opinion matters to anyone else on the universe.  Some day they should make a movie that follows the book letter for letter and anyone who has ever complained about films not following the book should be forced to sit thru the 11 hour movie with no bathroom breaks

Gawd, I hate snide comments, don't you?

Strangely enough, a line from one of her novels struck me so I titled a blog with it and to this day it is one of the top 5 blogs read each month and I think 1st or 2nd all time for this blog all because I swiped a great line about being stuck on the stutter of a decimal point and now I've worked it into another blog so it will also end up being read more than others which is putting a lot of pressure on me this morning.  And it would be considered tacky exploitation if I was selling stuff on my blog but I've never signed up to allow advertising on my blog and other than my book which is still ranked in the top  5 million due to it's continually blistering sales of 1 or 2 copies a year.  I know, well, I think I said this before, but before I actually published that book, I actually had this thought.  No one is going to buy a book about a son taking care of his father with Alzheimer's and what they went through, but if you change it to a gay May/Dec relationship and taking care of the Dec with Alzheimer's it will be a number 1 best seller on NYT and everyone will read it.

Why?  It promoted the right agenda.  What was not the right agenda is a son taking care of a dad and not sticking him in the system where the government will take care of you when you get old.  Oh well, c'est la vie.

So, what do you do on a cool rainy Sunday morning in Colorado?  Well, first thing is walk the dog in it and soak it in, they happen so rarely.  And I must tell you I was so happy when my dog woke me up on Sunday morning two hours before I had the alarm set to go out, I might have missed it!    Then you filter all the music in your music library in iTunes for any song with the word 'rain' in it, eliminate the songs with brain or train and now got yourself one great list of rain songs to listen to all morning.  Cool test before you do it, get out pad of paper and pen if you still use those last century methods of communication and write down every song you can think of with 'rain' in the title.  Let it sit and your brain wander for some time and come back to it and see if you can get to 50.

Or just search for it in the iTunes Store you mentally lazy imaginary readers.  The variety of music you will get from Sinatra to Albert Hammond, CCR to REM, Melanie to Billy Holiday, Supertramp to Willie Nelson, all on the same playlist, pretty cool.

So I am thinking of writing another blog.  Why?  You hardly wrote to this one the past year and all of your live real readers have long abandoned you to other blogs where they actually have something to say more than once a month?       Okay, well, good point but I might do it anyways.  I have an idea to do an old serial sort of story, The Adventures of blankety blank.  Make it kind of corny, but covering stuff in the world in that old good guy bad guys sort of Flash Gordon thing without the protagonist  flying on space ships or ray guns or anything because I don't fly and would probably blow holes in the wall with a ray gun just for fun - or make my own swiss cheese from gouda.

Speaking of heaven, I found it.  I found tomatoes at farmers market, they were huge, ugly, several different colors but you put them in the window sill and when they turn red they are ready and do you know what they taste like?  A tomato!  Not the wet cardboardy tasteless crap that is sold as tomatoes for the past 30 or more years at a store, but a real live tasty tomato like when I was a kid.  Then I bought, real bacon.   I haven't bought bacon for myself in over 40 years, don't like bacon and this whole Paul not in the bible means we shouldn't eat pork thing but when I realized I'd found tasty tomatoes I started getting this craving for BLT's.  So yesterday I fried up the whole  pound of bacon and made a BLT and put the rest of the bacon in the fridge.

Then had another one about two hours later.  Then a third one about 4 hours later.  One tomato down, three to go. Absolute heaven.

So where was I, oh yea, the serial blog story, so yea, thinking about it, one chapter a week of the adventures of a guy doing something and people trying to stop him, let's see, will need a romantic babe, and a dog too.  All heroes need a loyal dog.  Indiana Jones would have been so much cooler with his dog, Pyramid.  See the two swimming to the sub sort of thing.  Wouldn't have saved that last one though, nothing could save that last Jones movie.

Sunshine, blue skies, please go away
My girl has found another, and gone away
With her went my future, my life is filled with gloom
So day after day, I stay locked up in my room

I know to you it might sound strange
But I wish it would rain
(Oh, how I wish that it would rain)
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

'Cause so badly I wanna go outside
(Such a lovely day)
But everyone knows that a man ain't supposed to cry
Listen, I got to cry, 'cause crying, ooh
Eases the pain, oh yeah

Even this hurt I feel inside
Words could never explain, I just wish it would rain
(Oh, how I wish that it would rain)
Oh, let it rain, rain, rain, rain
(Oh, how I wish that it would rain)
Ooh baby, let it rain
(Rain, rain)
Oh yeah, let it rain

Day in day out, my tear stained face
Pressed against the window pane
My eyes search the skies, desperately for rain
'Cause rain drops will hide my teardrops and no one will ever know
That I'm crying
(Crying)
Crying
(Crying, crying)
When I go outside

To the world outside my tears, I refuse to explain
Oh, I wish it would rain
(Oh, how I wish that it would rain)
Ooh baby, let it rain, let it rain

I need rain to disguise the tears in my eyes
Oh, let it rain
Oh yeah, yeah, listen I'm a man, I ain't got no pride
'Til it rains, I'm gonna stay inside


The Temptations  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

MENTAL WANDERINGS 3.0

I think I figured it out, this whole Russia thing.

As I wrote a few blogs ago, most of my life up until Trump was elected, the democrats dreamed of being The Soviet Union.  They wanted Marx.  They wanted Lenin.  They wanted to make the US the idol of the communist world.

This all happened around 1972 when the loonies kicked out the old guard.  The dems became the reds.  They were all reading Marx, dreamed of a soviet type world with America doing it right.

And for 45 years they have failed in their mission.  They thought when Obama got to office, it was going to happen, he was da man, da man raised to be the great communist leader of the USA.  Well, he was communist, not so much great, not so much leader.   So now,  they had a new idea, a plan B.  They will decimate the military, wear out what is left, then start a war with Russia and when Russia wins we will become the communist dream.  Amerika.  Or Russika.

Don't laugh, think it through.

One reason I wanted Trump was the possibility of opening things up with Russia, the war drums have been beating and Hilary was sure to do it.  What no one saw is how the Washington Shadow Gov would start the chant Russia Russia Russia and now Trump's hands are tied.  Then they pass sanctions and the president can veto but it will get over ruled.  Any possibility of a Reagan Gorby relationship is not possible.  Congress has seen to that, the media has seen to that.

Russia has been very patient with us.  Ukraine elected a leader, the USA overthrew the leader.  We've been poking the Russia Bear in the eye in Syria, hopefully Trump can at least keep a peace with Russia there, but so many are pushing this so hard, who knows.

By the way, for my younger imaginary readers, here is what inflation has done.  Now, I will say this, the rate of inflation being used is the government number, and that number is not a true figure since they manipulate it to make it look lower than it actually is, but here is what inflation has done since 1950 onward.

And since you are younger and probably went to public schools I will help you with the math.


What cost $100 in 1950 would cost $123.06 in 1960.
What cost $100 in 1960 would cost $131.10 in 1970.
What cost $100 in 1970 would cost $212.61 in 1980.
What cost $100 in 1980 would cost $158.57 in 1990.
What cost $100 in 1990 would cost $131.39 in 2000.
What cost $100 in 2000 would cost $125.33 in 2010.
What cost $100 in 2010 would cost $113.12 in 2016.

What cost $100 in 1965 would cost $773.32 in 2016


Now, I will very quickly sum up the problem.  Inflation of prices is in and of itself not a problem as long as what else happens?  No, it is not a problem as long as payroll salaries hourly wages etc also go up at the same rate.  Then there is no problem.  Because that item that once cost 100 in 1965 and now costs 773 would not be an issue if your pay also went up by that same percentage.


Now, in the above graph, it is important to look at the numbers in (  ) because that is done in 'today's' dollars, notice the drop from 1970 to well, it never recovered, meaning in 1970 was the peak for earnings - understand what that means, while prices have gone up around 6x with inflation since 1970, median income in the USA has gone DOWN




Well, now, to be fair, it hasn't really gone down for everyone, seems the top 5% are doing real good, in fact, the top 20% have been keeping up with inflation.  The bottom 80%, well, not so good.

Put is simple for the younger viewers:  You make X, your costs are Y.  From 1970 to today, you still make X but your costs/expenses are 5Y.  Now do you understand the issue?  No, you don't, because besides things costing 5 times more from the same paycheck, you forget that your paycheck is being sucked for around 30% for taxes that people in the lower 3 quintiles were not paying back in 1965.  And pensions have been replaced by 401k and now you can begin to understand why the middle class is disappearing in amerika what the government can't steal from your check on the front end, they stole the rest by printing money with nothing to back it and now understand why a guy or gal making 30k in the 1980's was living a good life but same guy or gal in 2016 making 60k is broke.

If you go back to an earlier blog I did on 1/12/16 "What an economic mess we are" and Les Leopolds book you also learn that in 1970 the CEO of the top  Fortune 200 companies made about 42 times what the lowest paid full time employee did in those companies.  Around 2015, that number was over 800% more.

 By the way, Mr. President, if you are reading this ( oh stop laughing, it could happen) before you put forth a tax plan, you might want to look at those numbers and go back to the drawing table.  You cannot keep taxing 25% from the middle, we can't afford it.  So think seriously of a tax system with a sales tax on everything, an income tax with no deductions allowed, and a 60k exception so income taxes will only be on people making more than 60k and be a flat rate of 15%; the top 40% can afford it, but bottom 60% cannot.  And the sales tax makes everyone pay something into the system without strangling us.

Hope.

Never could afford it while a caretaker of a parent with Alzheimer's.  Now I have it again and almost wish I didn't.  I'm only going to be disappointed.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MY, FEELING CHATTING THIS MORNING

Okay, last one this weekend, I promise, I think.

Thinking, I love thinking.  Just staring at the ceiling and thinking on a topic or two and today is about baseball, but not what you might think.

See, I marvel when there is something happening today, that didn't use to happen yesterday or visa versa.  Nobody ever stops and asks why is this happening now and not happen in the past.

Like autism.  Autism was extremely rare back in the 50's, 60's and 70's.  Today it is scary common, but strange because it doesn't show at birth, it hits around 5ish. Why?  Well, there are the vaccines - boy if you ever want to get a doctor riled up mention vaccines and autism - but just a suggestion, wait until AFTER the prostate exam - will never make THAT mistake again.

Heard a coast to coast recently that some researcher discovered a correlation between autism and chronic fatigue, if the woman ever had issues with chronic fatigue, then later gave birth, the likelihood of the baby becoming autistic from the vaccines was very high.  They were suggesting you do with babies of mom's that had chronic fatigue what you do with babies of mom's who are HIV, they do some thing with the babies before they ever give a vaccine to prevent the body from getting screwed up by the vaccines.

But this is about baseball.

Saw a picture of Sonny Grey who the A's will probably trade today and there were two things that really bothered me.  First, he was about to land heel first while pitching, second the the way the arm is cocked.  (what I am referring to is this: stand up and pretend you are holding a joystick with the right arm, now just raise the elbow so the upper arm is parallel to the floor and the top of your forearm and hand are facing the ceiling, that is the position)

And the thinking started and by the time I was done watching videos it was 1am.

See, like autism in babies, pitchers today require Tommy John surgery like routine, even high school and college kids, why?

Go back and watch videos of pitching greats like Koufax, Gibson, Seaver, Ryan, Palmer, Perry, Vida Blue, Jenkins, etc and then watch videos of today's pitchers and you will see several differences in how the foot lands, how the front knee is bent but most importantly the arm motion.  With the exception of Ryan, who late in his career you can see this arm position, ironically also when he routinely had arm issues each year, you do not see the pitching arm cocking like this.

But somewhere around 2000, this became considered the proper mechanics for pitchers and quarterbacks too.  I remember when the Cubs drafted Mark Pryor and people raved about his mechanics being perfect or Steven Straussberg,  I think that is the pitcher on the Nats, this 'perfect' mechanics that seems to constantly produce elbow and shoulder problems.

Seriously, I was watching videos half the night of the great pitchers of the past and none of them had the mechanics that are stressed today.

But there is another factor in all this:  grip.

When I was a kid, I read EVERYTHING about pitching, if a great pitcher wrote a book about pitching, I read it.  Grips were simple, four seam fastball, two seem fastball, curve, slider, changeup; but the actual grip was pretty much the same, two fingers on top, thumb on bottom, just where the seams were place and hand angle at release; sliders were like throwing a football for example.

Now, holy smokes, there is this whole science of grips for making the ball do all sorts of things that only Gaylord Perry could do back in the 60's with spit or KY - yes, there is another use for KY Jell.

But here is the thing, when you try this grips just hold them for awhile and you notice the strain on the forearm and elbow and I think that is what is happening to pitchers today, the combination of this arm cocking thing with all these grip variations using different fingers with different pressure by different fingers and I think that is why so many elbows go pop goes the weasel.

I mean all those pitchers I mentioned earlier, they also pitched between 300 and 400  innings a year, completed over 20 games a year, and today 200 is considered iron man and nobody completes 10 games in a season, heck some teams don't have 10 complete games by the entire staff.

So why when athletes are so much better today than 50 years ago were pitchers so much tougher and better than pitchers are today?  Fergie won 20 games 6 straight seasons, Koufax could pitch a complete game and win with only his fastball, it's an oddity of sports, where by any quantitative measure, athletes today are far superior to athletes of the past, except when it comes to pitching a baseball, the old timers were far better, stronger, lasted longer than pitchers today.

Someone in baseball needs to take a look at this and re-evaluate what makes good mechanics.  Go back to the Mets of the late 60's with Seaver, Koosman and Ryan and watch their mechanics, none really had major arm problems until Ryan started getting them AFTER he changed his mechanics a little and brought that pitching arm in like I described above.

First pitching coach that does it will be called a genius, and so it goes.

Gaylord Perry was once asked what is good off season conditioning for pitchers and he said well, look around the league and name about a dozen pitchers and pointed out all grew up working on tobacco farms and now own tobacco farms so he'd have to say tobacco farming was probably the best conditioning for a pitcher.

Not that many tobacco farmers anymore in this country, are there.

Okay, I'll be quiet now, promise.

OH YEA, ONE MORE THING OR SO

Oh, yea.

So the new Communications Director got on the phone with a reported and went absolutely 7th grade and was shocked when he reporter wrote a column and quoted him on what he said including  calling someone at the WH a c**k s****r.

Um, maybe he should have known before taking the job that when the media is out to get you, there is no such thing as off the record and if you actually thought that was not going to show up in the media, you probably shouldn't be communications director - or won't be for long.

But what actually cracked me up was how outraged and offended the media was at the term c**k s****r.

So calling my good buddy, Mr. Peabody:



and Mr. Peabody with the WAYBAC machine will take us back twenty years to the Clinton WH where President Bill Clinton is discovered to have been getting BJ's and other sexual favors from a young intern.

Thank you Mr. Peabody, take me home now.

Shower, okay, ready to finish.  Because feeling dirty and needing a shower is exactly how the late 90's felt.

The point is; the media defended a prez getting BJ's while working, said it was nobody's business, and didn't even consider it sexual harassment for the prez to 'press the flesh' with a young intern.


So young people hoping to be reporters one day in the future, get out your pen and paper and write this down.   If you are a democrat president who supports abortion, having sex with a young intern working for you is okay.  If you are the head of a major news network that is reported to be conservative and you hug an employee for what is deemed too long by that employee, you lose your job.  And if you say c*************r, well that is tacky - getting one from an intern or a reporter doing that for a story is okay, saying the word is wrong.

Got it?

Me either


IT'S A MOTOWN MORNING HERE AT WIIFM

Do you have an opinion on the health care debate, here is something that will explain the whole thing on one simple graph:



And there is the entire ObamaCare Healthcare debate in one simple graph.  Health Insurance companies has gone up 7 times since ObamaCare.  See, health insurance companies spend millions each year stuffing the mouths, bellies, pockets and probably another orifice or two of our esteemed criminals otherwise known as congress and in return for spending millions keeping the criminals in congress happy, the insurance companies make billions because written into the healthcare law is the taxpayer money going to cover Blue kick to the Balls/ Blue panty Shield for all those deadbeats who can't pay their premiums.

So not only does the middle class bloke see his premiums now triple or quadruple  since 2010 but his government confiscated at the point of a gun and prison tax system keep draining him/her so that they can pay the golden goose who keeps criminals in Congress drunk, drug, fed and sexed.

Now remember this graph next time democrats and repocrats, oh heck, let's get with the times and rename both these parties, using that old rap naming, we can call them DRats and RBats and rename congress to ConRodents.

Remember that:  DRats, RBats and ConRodents - you heard, well, read it here first.

Where was I, oh yea, so next time you see DRats on TV talking about health care for the poor and sick and how important it was to save them from dying in the streets or whatever dribble they are pushing, remember the chart.

And when RBats talk about importance of this or that dribble, remember the chart, what they really want to do is maximize those profits to those companies that are providing them free booze, free food, free babes and free boys, sometimes all at once.  And don't think for a second that those DRats and RBats all didn't buy options on those insurance companies or actual stock in those companies, probably with money borrowed from their election slush fund.

How can I be listening to motown music this morning and be so cynical.  Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, the Supremes, Marvin, Smoky - I should be dancing,  not stating the not so obvious to millions of imaginary readers.

I see California is thinking of succession and I'm thinking, hey, I got a better idea, why doesn't the US sell California to the highest bidder?  I bet we could get 20 trillion for  California, maybe 25 trillion, then we could wipe out the debt AND have 5 trillion to build a great wall on the border of CA and Mexico.  The key, of course, to this working is DON'T LET ANYONE MOVE FROM CA TO ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE US.  Let's face it, tens of thousands move from CA each year because of all the screwed up things in the state, then they move to NM, CO, ID, WY, UT, and NV  and immediately want to implement all the same laws and rules that created the disaster we knowingly love to refer to as California.

So leave all the hollywood liberals, SF cookoos, wall it up and sell it to the chinese for 25 trillion: wipe out 10t in bonds they have, and take the other 15 trillion in gold or silver; we get out of debt as a country, and we get rid of the nut house at the same time.  I mean take it and quick, before the state has those big earthquakes science has been incorrectly predicting each year for the past 100 years and let the chinese watch the dreams and investment tumble into the sea.

It's win win as far as I can see.  Plus, it's a great threat for all the other states to let them know if they don't quit screwing up things, you will be speaking chinese by this time next year.

And why stop there, we could sell Manhattan back to the indians, not Boston, I like the Red Sox and Patriots, but all of NJ, Maryland, Delaware and DC could be sold off to foreign governments thinking they would get a foothold in America to one day take it over without ever realizing they are falling into our clever web because now they will all end up as fat lazy greedy sloths like the rest of us.

Just not sure what to do with Chicago, stuck in the middle of the country like a zit in the middle of the forehead of a teenager.  But then, there have been multiple reports of Mothmen flying around Chicago recently, so maybe that will take care of itself soon.

Or, we can sit back and do nothing and let the whole thing go down the toilet.  Which is exactly what we are going to do.


Day after day, I'm more confused
Yet I look for the light through the pourin' rain
You know that's a game that I hate to loose
And I'm feelin' the strain, ain't it a shame

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock 'n' roll and drift away
Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock 'n' roll and drift away

Beginnin' to think that I'm wastin' time
I don't understand the things I do
The world outside looks so unkind
Now I'm countin' on you to carry me through

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock 'n' roll and drift away
Yeah, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock 'n' roll and drift away

And when my mind is free
You know a melody can move me
And when I'm feelin' blue
The guitar's comin' through to soothe me

Thanks for the joy that you've given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You help me along makin' me strong

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock 'n' roll and drift away
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock 'n' roll and drift away

Oh-ho, ah-no
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock n roll
And drift away

Dobie Grey





Saturday, July 29, 2017

THE PROBABILITY WAVES GOODBYE TO MCCAIN

So, John McCain is once again the toast of the democratic party and the main stream media.  A brain tumor is eating away at his brain but he flies back to DC so, after many speeches against ObamaCare, he can vote to keep ObamaCare.  I'm trying to work this thru in my brain, does that mean that a democrat is a republican with brain damage?

I just know there is a joke in there somewhere.

And of course our darling Senator from Alaska has once again stuck a knife in the back of the American people.  Murkowski also voted to keep, which makes sense she is also famous for not once but twice, voting in committee to kill legislation that would have had our electrical system secured against EMP by now.  Yep, she killed in around 2005, which means by now it would be done, though I'm sure at twice the 2billion - of course, today it will take 10b and that will probably double with how government contracts work - you bid low, then claim unknown issues and double or triple the final bill and the government goes okay, sure.

Now if smart, you work it like the senator from the hopefully soon independent country of California where once again, her husband's company just keeps winning those blind bids and now his biz will be selling a whole bunch of post office property and will pocket some nice millions into the family coffer.

I never liked McCain, never thought he should have run for president.  Look, anyone who spent several years in a Viet Cong prison camp should not be president, because I am sorry, it messed with his head, trust me.  My experience caretaking my dad with Alzheimers screwed my brain up a bit and that was nothing to a prison camp in Vietnam.  I can see what taking care of someone with  Alzheimer's did to me and to multiply that, well, there is a reason John McCain was constantly wanting to war war war anywhere and everywhere, some people deep down want to see the world burn, as Alfred told Batman about the Joker.

Want to know a secret?  John McCain misses it, as bad as it was, he was never more alive than when he was a prisoner.  I've realized that because not only do I still miss my dad, I miss caring for him; all the pain, the struggles, the hopelessness; but never was I more alive.

Now, I just exist, not happy, not sad, just going thru the motions to look happy but bored to the teeth with getting up; walking dog, breakfast work, lunch, work, bike/workout, shower eat blah blah blah, day after day.

Go up to the mountains, do a hike, and when I'm done I'm like 'yea, so what?'.  Back to the cave.  Just no passion for anything anymore.  McCain on the other hand, has had a passion, for power, for wars, for chaos.  And he knew his vote would create chaos.

Haven't all votes in Washington DC produced pretty much nothing but chaos?  Okay, good point.

I've been playing with math recently, but can't figure out how to blog it.  It's this theory of parallel universe everyone is always talking about.  The 'every time you make a decision, another universe is created with the opposite of what you decide and so there are millions of parallel universes' and everyone goes 'ooooh' and thinks that is cool and nobody goes, 'hey, wait a minute'......

See, one person will product trillions if not more over the course of a lifetime of choices from birth to death, well, death here, but then if you did die yesterday in a parallel universe a new one is created where you don't die and of course then you have to take into account, you are not the only person on the planet so everybody is doing tens of thousands of choices a day and each are interacting with each other and then you realize, well, wait, why would this parallel thing only create parallel universes for people, it would also account for animals and simple cause effect of this space rock hitting / not hitting this other space rock or this star going supernova versus that star not going supernova every second of time since the beginning and now do you begin to get it.  Think of the very first letter I typed in my first blog being a 1 and every other letter I've typed in every blog I've written  being a zero and you would still need to multiply it by an exponent of googolplex to begin to approach all the parallel universes this one universe created, then multiple that by all those numbers of universes created since the beginning of time and next time instead of going 'oooooh' and thinking man, that is deep, you can go 'BS'.

Watched a couple of videos today on Probability Waves which was the whole point of Schrödinger's Cat though the cat was probably never aware of the math equation he helped the doctor by dying or not dying in the cage.

So here what is cool, lets say you have a wall, with two holes, one left one right and another wall 20ft back of it.  If you fire a gazillion electrons thru the two holes, what will the back wall look like?

Give up?

It will have seven vertical columns/stripes on it from the electrons, 33% in the center and 7% on the two outside stripes on the left and the right, it will alway break down this way.  What you see is probability is a wave and you measure/observe the electron at that point in time.  If you move the wall back another 30 feet, what will you see?  The exact same thing, except, the electron that was in, say, column 3 is now in column 1 or not, the breakdown is exactly the same but which electron is where will most likely be different because the measurement distance/time changed.

Now I understand why I always won money playing Keno in the Michigan lottery back in 89 to 91.  I'd figured out if you just bet all the numbers between 30 and 60 (1-89 I think) then you would alway win more money that it cost, like 5 or ten bucks a week.  That Schrödinger equation is what I found but didn't realize it, I thought I was just being clever.

I see spending an afternoon very soon just staring at the ceiling thinking about this and what it means in other areas of life.  But I doubt it will save America from the likes of McCain and Murkowski; has anyone checked Murkowski  for a brain tumor too?  Just curious.

The lunatic is on the grass
The lunatic is on the grass
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonies on the path

The lunatic is in the hall
The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too

I'll see you on the dark side of the moon

The lunatic is in my head
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane
You lock the door And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me.

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear.
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.


Pink Floyd

Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE DARK SIDE OF ROGER WATERS MOON BRAIN

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

MR. WIZARD!

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


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

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

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

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


Saturday, July 22, 2017

HOW GULLIBLE ARE YOU?


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

The ones below are the most common:





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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Gordon Lightfoot again

THE $32,928,164.88 MAN

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gordon Lightfoot