CANON’S LAST: Canon got into the camera business in 1933 and just announced it had sold its last film camera. This is the dawning of the age of the digital!
ONLY ONE GUN STORE: There’s only one place to officially buy guns in Mexico, and it’s on a military base. Yet gun violence is on the rise in the country. So where are the guns coming from? Mexico’s northern neighbor. An estimated 580 weapons illegally move from the U.S. to Mexico every day. Compare that to the 38 guns that the country’s sole gun store sells every day.
BARN WEDDINGS: A recent study shows that 15% of America’s marriages in 2017 were held in a barn. I can only assume the wedding was followed with a romp in the hay!
SMOKIN’: In power and politics there is great potential for smoke and we all know that where there is smoke there is fire. Mike Cohen is close to power and politics and there seems to be lots of smoke fuming off his buttocks at the moment. Stand back, he may burst into a raging inferno!
SUGAR TAX: Seattle collected at least $4,082,015 from its new tax on sweetened beverages in its first three months of implementation. The tax is 1.75 cents per fluid ounce.
NRA DONATIONS: Since the March for Our Lives event contributions have poured into the NRA. Like the Bible doesn’t say, “and they shall fear the gatherings of children.”
RISING DRUG COSTS: Californians have been notified that the cost of generic glaucoma drugs will rise by 64% and one asthma med will increase 50% on May 1. How can such increases be justified and explained?
SINCE COLUMBINE (April, 1999) 185,000 American students have been exposed to school shootings.
DYING in LONDON: If anything these days is obvious its, if Putin is your enemy don’t seek sanctuary in London!
NOT SO OLD PROVERB: “You can drive people to the library but you can’t make them read. ” Chop
Trump’s chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, has just resigned. Is there anyone left to turn out the lights?
SAYINGS: One of my all-time favorite sayings is, “If they don’t have a sense of humor, fuck ’em!”
CONFLICT WARNING: The Chinese government has preliminarily approved 38 Trump trademarks, which cover hotels, golf clubs and concierge services. While a director at a Hong Kong intellectual property outfit told the Associated Press that he’d never seen so many trademark applications approved so quickly, any special treatment in trademark rights received by President Trump would violate the U.S. Constitution, experts said.
SINFUL: The king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul Aziz is taking a nine-day trip to Indonesia. Just to make sure he’s got all the bases covered he’s taking along 506 tons of luggage. Consider this, including my house, my vehicles, and everything I own, it all wouldn’t weigh anything close to 506 tons.
WE LOVE TO BOMB: Researchers have estimated, probably on the light side, that during the last year of Barack Obama’s administration the US military dropped 26,171 bombs on seven different nations. Continues to leave open the question of the worth of Curtis LeMay’s aerial bombardment as a workable strategy.