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 26, 2018

SMALL SOLUTIONS

Well, once again the 100 year floods are about to swamp the midwest, for the 20th time in my lifetime.  They really should rename those 100 year storms something like once a decade storm.

But rivers all over the midwest are over flood stage, and I keep thinking about a blog I wrote either in the book or on this blog about building a canal system in this country, mostly underground, with pumping stations and reservoirs that would allow us to move water from overflowing rivers to other parts of the country where drought is rampant.

Think of all the jobs it would create.  Think of the benefit to society and the country it would create.

Wait a minute!  Oh my, wait a minute, having an idea here, build the canal system as said but also have it run to the Mexican border and turn the Rio into a huge water wall between the countries!

But what really pissed me off this week is finding out there is another government program been running for a few years called the Optional Practical Training or OPT.

Basically, it's a program for businesses to hire recent foreign college graduates from a US school for an indeterminate period of time.

So here is what it means.  Little Billy and Little Suzy grow up in the US and go to college, folks take out second mortgages and kids take out 100k loans to get that college degree.  They go to school with lots of foreign students, many on foreign student scholarships paid for by US taxpayers and others are from really rich backgrounds who don't blink at paying higher prices which have allowed universities to raise the cost of education more in the last 25 years than health care has increased.  Or home prices have increased.  Combined.

And now Billy and Suzy are college graduates and can't find work.  Why?  Well, one reason is business can hire these foreign graduates at about 60% of what they would have to pay Billy or Suzy AND they don't have to pay SS/MED on those foreign graduates of US colleges.

And how many of these workers are there?  300,000.  That's 300,000 per year, so we are now looking at several million by now.

Think about that.  You bust your ass thru college, borrow yourself more debt than your grandparents spent for a home and car, and you are losing out in your job search because that company can hired the  foreign student sitting next to you and will not pay SS/MED and pocket about 30,000 or more in salary and benefits not needing to pay.  And you can't figure out what is wrong with your resume.

This is another side of the immigration debate that doesn't often hit the press.  Millions of foreigners here on work visas for manual labor to engineering and medicine.  All being paid less than a native born American would be paid, taxed less than an American born  would be paid.  And all perfectly legal, bought and paid for by the companies that hire these workers with large cash donations to your elected representative.

So, Mr. President Trump, if you could take a few moments off from the This Weeks Twitter War with a Hollywood Celebrity Show, you want to put America and Americans first?  How about scrapping the OPT and the other 1B and 2B visa programs that employ foreign workers rather than the 95 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 65 who are not currently working?

You can have the canal program too.

Heck, do those two things Mr. President and you will put about 30 million of those 95 million to work.

Why do I bother.

Said the straight man to the late man
"Where have you been?" 
I've been here and I've been there
And I've been in between

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

I'm on the outside looking inside
What do I see
Much confusion, disillusion
All around me

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

You don't possess me
Don't impress me
Just upset my mind
Can't instruct me or conduct me
Just use up my time

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

Sunday, February 25, 2018

IT'S THE PROCEDURE, STUPID!

So now it appears 4 Broward County Sheriff Deputies were outside and behind their cars at the school shooting.  I would bet the farm that somewhere, probably being erased, there is an Iso900x Book of Procedures and the procedure was to wait outside, secure the perimeter, until blah blah blah.

Just saying, if the procedure was to enter the school, they would have entered the school.  You can only be fired for not following procedure.  Follow the written procedures and you can have a colossal screw up and your job is safe as long as you can prove you followed the procedure for that situation.  Well, unless you wrote the procedure in the first place.  Or ordered by the Sheriff to stay put until he gets there.


THE MIRACLE OF MINDLESSNESS

M&M HAS TWEETED TRUMP IS NOT HIS PRESIDENT!  Details at 11!

So let me try to get this straight.

Kylie Jenner posts on social media she no longer uses SnapChat and the stock crashes?

First, I had to look up what's snapchat.  Then I had to look up who the hell Kylie Jenner is.  I thought she was some sort of stock hedge fund manager or something.

Now my brain exploded.

A young woman, who's absolutely only claim to fame or significance seems to be she is the daughter of a former US Olympic Decathlon Male Athlete of the Decade who decided he'd rather be Betty Crocker and a woman who was married to one of OJ's lawyers who produced a whole flock of children who never actually accomplish anything significant other than being followed by people who think they are special and famous for big butts or something, my mind started to wander, or maybe started up again, after reading some of this.

What started the brain working again and realizing life is too short to even attempt to follow all of this crap was the number of people around the world who follow this Kylie Jenner on social media.  I mean 10s of millions of people.  Enough that the stock crashed after she announces it was so yesterday - (an ironic statement that will come back to haunt her someday, like when we find out her father froze some sperm before he had the surgery to become a woman and now he has thawed the old tadpoles out and impregnated himself and is now about to give birth to some sort of Fibonacci Sequence of himself) - and I could not help but thinking - "you mean that after what I'm sure is at least a decade on the planet 10's of millions of people cannot find anything better to do than follow Kylie Jenner on social media?"  Seriously?  Hiking?  Biking? Art? Libraries? Education? Philosophy?  Theology? Sciences? Skiing? Swimming?  Camping?  Friends? (real people type friends, not the tv show)

Golly, in the 1990's I made fun of Tony Robbins followers, but at least they were trying to improve their lives, but now in the 2010's we have 10s of millions of people who follow people on social media who have done absolutely nothing of value in living and they, oh never mind.

Now maybe you understand why I root for those earthquakes on the left coast and that volcano in the Atlantic going and producing that tidal wave that in less than 8 hours will take out everything on the east coast about 100 miles inland.  I mean, come on, can't you just picture all the Kylie Jenner type followers standing in front of a 300 foot tidal wave taking selfies of themselves?  Golly I hope Kylie and Kim can survive!

Is this new?  Or just a new form of People Magazine of the 70's or all those tabloids and Hollywood papers people have been reading for decades?  Somehow I don't figure anthropologists centuries from now will look to kindly on our current culture.  I mean think about it, we like to think God in Heaven is looking down favorably on the good ol' USA but really, why should HE?

We abort over a million babies a year.

We have factories of 'aborted' babies providing blood and body parts for elites.

We have allowed sin to become normal, faith to become sinful, and turned churches into cheap grace factories producing delusional believers.

Do you believe in God?  What if you died right now, found yourself standing in line for judgement, started a conversation with the person in front of you who is from some mideast, asian or African  country who suffered for Christ year after year and finally was killed for his belief while trying to go to a secret church meeting and after God listens to that person story it's now your turn?  Well, Kylie says......

Fear God and follow HIS commandments, that is the whole of man.

Anyone follow God on tweeter?  No, not Trump.  God.  In Heaven.

Uh Oh, got to go, Kylie just posted a picture of she and her mates at a disco last night!!!

I worked hard, but not for the money
Did my best to please
I used to think it was funny
'Til I realized it was just a tease

Don Quixote had his windmills
Ponce de Leon took his cruise
Took Sinbad seven voyages
To see that it was all a ruse

(That's why I'm) Looking for the next best thing
Looking for the next best thing
I appreciate the best
But I'm settling for less
'Cause I'm looking for the next best thing

Looking for the next best thing

All alone on the road to perfection
At the inspection booth they tried to discourage me
You can believe what you want--that'll never change it
You'll have to come around eventually

(And you'll be) Looking for the next best thing
Looking for the next best thing
I appreciate the best
But I'm settling for less
'Cause I'm looking for the next best thing

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!