April 18, 2019
- I don’t know about anyone else but I genuinely peeved that so much of my tax dollars went to buy redacting ink in an attempt to keep the Mueller report hidden. I want my tax dollars to purchase total openness.
April 17, 2019
- Easiest of all lessons in government. If you want more and better services from any government, elect honest politicians and be prepared to pay higher taxes. Streets can’t get paid or bridges built without tax money.
- Among the top tier Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren is the most charitable. She and her husband gave in excess of 5% of their income to charity last year. Bernie was second with over 3%.
April 14, 2019
- Nothing helps golf like a Tiger winning the Masters.
April 10, 2019
- I heard a commentator refer to Trump as being an “amateur” president. It took me about three seconds to decide that amateurs throughout the world had just been slammed. After all, amateurs can be quite talented and skilled. I once played pool and was an amateur in the sense that I didn’t make my living from it. In spite of that, I could whip your pool playing ass pretty good on most occasions. Same is true about being president. I’m not the president but as amateurish as I may be I know more about what it requires and think I could do a better job of it than Trump.
April 9, 2019
- Baseball is one of the great things Cubans and Americans share in common. Sports, over the ages, have been a great source of improving national relationships. Hell, wasn’t that the original purpose of the early Olympics? Yet, Trump just can’t be an uniter or peacemaker and is now banning Cuban ballplayers from playing in the MLB.
April 8, 2019
- To develop a vaccine for malaria, scientists need access to mosquitoes’ salivary glands, where the malaria-causing parasite is found. This painstaking work requires the procedure to be performed on each individual mosquito by hand. To accelerate the process, the biotech firm Sanaria and roboticists from Johns Hopkins have created a tiny guillotine that can decapitate 30 mosquitoes at a time. Tiny heads will roll. [Wired]
April 6, 2019
- As we age we acquire knowledge. We’re not always right but odds fall in our favor. One thing I’ve learned is that the truth usually wins out despite how hard the secret is held. The affairs of lovers always become known and reports like Mueller’s will eventually all be made public. Loose ships will sink ships, leakers will leak, rats will rat, and whistleblowers will whistle. Armies of prying investigative reporters will dig and rake the muck and attorneys will manipulate the courts until eventually all is known.
April 5, 2019
- Were we Americans ever opposed to transparency in government? Did we ever believe we don’t have a right to know what our elected officials and public servants were doing? Well, with the release of the Mueller Report it seems like the GOP seems to think so. Why are they so afraid of the truth, good or bad?
April 4, 2019
- Reading the daily headlines is a mixed bag. While it can be extremely upsetting and depressing it can also make you smile if you can see the ridiculousness of it all. Two things that made me smile was Trump, for at least the third time, claiming his father was born in a nice place in Germany. He apparently doesn’t realize the Bronx NYC isn’t in Germany. Secondly, his statements about wind turbines and how the sound causes cancer and when the wind stops blowing housewives can’t watch their soap operas.
April 1, 2019
One of the greatest April Fool’s jokes of my lifetime was pulled off in 1957 by the BBC. It dealt with a filmed report of the annual Swiss spaghetti harvest.
March 30, 2019
- Two months ago I pulled a muscle in the lower back which inflamed left hip, which inflamed left knee. Finally went to Dr. and was put on a low regime of prednisone. Got to feeling better but a side effect of prednisone is a hacking cough. So, now my back, hip, and knee feel better but think I’m dying of pneumonia-like symptoms. Old age is not for the weak!
March 26, 2019
- In what had to be a rush to judgment or an already prepared conclusion, AG Barr issued a four-page document relieving Trump of all charges of colluding with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election. However, the Mueller investigation did reveal that the Russians were plenty active in trying to get Trump in the WH. That said, Trump stood beside Putin in Helsinki and totally ignored what America’s intelligence community had been telling him for a couple of years and exonerated Puting and Russia of any such activity. The question of why the lies and why the avoidance of American intelligence is as strong as ever.
- South Bend mayor, Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj), is quickly learning he has to step up his game. What have been small town hall crowds are turning into major rallies, even in conservative South Carolina. The antithesis of Mike Pense may end up with a real chance at the Democratic nomination for the WH. Too soon to say but he could be the real deal.
March 21, 2019
I heard about this yesterday while listening to NPR. Look, there was one Woodstock and it was in 1969. It made history and will never be repeated. Leave it alone, let it inhabit its sacred place in music history. Long live the memory of Jimi Hendrix butchering the Star Spangled Banner (in a fantastic way) and try to get rich without dishonoring rock’s history.
March 20, 2019
- Drove from NC home via US 23 through KY. One thing I noticed when nearing the Big Sandy River below Greenup was a noticeable absence of coal. The Big Sandy power plant has been converted to natural gas, and many of the nearby coal yards were standing empty with their equipment up for sale or lease. Despite what Dumb Donny says, coal ain’t coming back.
March 18, 2019
- If I’m ever found again in close proximity of Atlanta, please just shoot me!
March 14, 2019
- One of the news commentators said that yesterday was a good day for America’s system of justice. Manafort’s further sentencing being a part of it. The bigger part was the almost immediate filing of sixteen indictments by the State of New York.
- A little later in the day, the House Judicial Committee announced that former acting US Attorney General Mathew Whitaker, in a closed-door hearing, admitted he had colluded with Trump to interfere in the Mueller and SDNY investigations. While good news for justice it gives Trump and company further cause to worry. And that, good friends, is a good thing!
March 12, 2019
I don’t know if I’ve ever argued for a tax cut, even on the working classes. America owes lots of money and it needs lots of things done. We need more governmental services, such as bridge and highway maintenance, restoration of our national parks, rebuilding our general infrastructure, lowering the cost of medicines, increasing the degree of affordable health care, making all levels of post-secondary education more available and affordable, strengthing the Social Security system, cleaning up our waters and air, dealing with a warming climate, and so much more. If we want a better life we all have to pay for it. In spite of what you’ve been told just give Robert Reich three minutes of your time. And if you don’t believe what he says, take another three minutes and briefly study the budget Trump just presented to Congress.
March 11, 2019
- According to Daily Beast, ” Fox News star Tucker Carlson once argued that women are “extremely primitive” beings who “just need to be quiet and kind of do what you’re told,” according to newly unearthed audio of the host ranting on a shock jock radio show.” I’d now like to read that Carlson hasn’t been laid since then.
- A top of the hat to the person who figured out that blue cheese stuffed olives and ice cold gin is a perfect pairing
March 10, 2019
- Trump supporters feel they are being discriminated against and are seeking safe harbors. One of them has created an app that shows where restaurants who welcome MAGA caps are located. Problem is, this same app shows where non-MAGA diners don’t want to spend their money. And, since the no MAGAs outnumber the yes MAGAs it isn’t a smart business practice to get your restaurant’s name on the MAGA friendly list.
March 8, 2019
- Trump says he says he really feels bad for Manafort and a pardon is still on the table. Truth is that Trump doesn’t give a shit about Manafort just as he doesn’t give a shit about anyone other than himself. All Trump got out of the sentencing is that the judge said the case had nothing to do with collusion. Well, not shit. This case wasn’t, and never was, about collusion. It was about fraud and tax cheating. Now, this next case, cross your short little fingers, Donny. It is about collusion. Furthermore, you’ve got much worse things to fear than collusion. Some agency is currently digging into every aspect of your personal, business, and political life and they haven’t even begun to find all the dead bodies!
February 27, 2019
February 26, 2019
- With Trump time zones away and under orders from Putin to let Kim screw over America, and the Congress voting to protect the Constitution from Trump’s aggressions against its powers, and Cohen testifying about Trump’s many dirty deeds before the House, I’m going to need a week’s worth of crystal meth just to stay awake and keep current.
February 25, 2019
- Well, another year goes by and I haven’t a clue or a shit to give about the movies and actors who won Academy Awards. On the other hand, NBC did a piece on a woman who is a trapeze performer at age 86. Now, that’s impressive!
February 20, 2019
- Just when you think people should have learned all the no-nos something like this comes along. For five years a Wisconsin high school has been allowing their athletic department to issue awards for cheerleaders such as “Big Booty,” “Big Boobie,” and “String Bean.” Presenting these awards at team banquets was a regular part of the program. It took five years for someone to finally decide and speakout that this was degrading to women.
February 18, 2019
- I continue having lower back problems and I’m taking two Tylenol and half a muscle relaxer several times daily. These relaxers hit me so hard it’s difficult to rant and ramble. At best I may be able to runt and rumble.
February 17, 2019
Things that caught my attention last evening included:
- Mike Pence, appearing before the 2019 Munich Security Conference, presented wishes from Trump. There was literally no response from the large audience. He received a totally cold shoulder.
- Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, however, were warmly welcomed.
February 16, 2019
- I’m having lower back problems at the moment and to try and keep my mind off of it I’ve been contemplating if it’s morally or ethically correct fora president to declare a national emergency and then spend a three day holiday playing golf in Florida? I wonder if FDR would have immediately taken the train to Warm Springs, GA after declaring war on Japan and Germany following the invasion of Pearl Harbor?
February 15, 2019
- I just learned that I really don’t love America. Trump reportedly said during a public announcement this morning that, “The people who really love America love me.”
- Here’s my horrible factoid for the day. The total student debt in 2018 exceeded $1.5 trillion. Correct me if I’m wrong but my gut tells me much of this is owed to the vultures of American banking. Maybe we should ease up telling our kids they should risk bankruptcy in pursuing a college degree. Maybe they would be just as successful and happy learning a secure trade. The future may be bright for a skilled finish carpenter.
- Trump says he didn’t need to declare an emergency, that it would just get his wall built faster. In court this could bit him on the ass.
February 14, 2019
- First of all, I want to say happy birthday to our son Mike. Many more my man!
- I have a software program that monitors hits to this site and among other things it lists the browser that is most commonly used by visitors. In today’s world, the leader by far is Google’s Chrome. Firefox is second and Microsoft’s Explorer (by whatever name) is third. It’s like the world has swapped polarity in the past few years.
February 13, 2019
- Trump is now suggesting we have fireworks and parades on or around the 4th of July to celebrate America. He thinks it may catch on and that people would enjoy it. He does this often enough to seriously cause one to question his sanity.
- Given the past several weeks there’s little doubt my well will have an abundance of water this summer.
February 11, 2019
- After the grandkids grew the electric griddle fell into disuse. It is now a shelf that held cooking things such as spices and oils. A sign of aging is that the contents are now over 50% medicines and vitamins.
February 10, 2019
- “Those 400 Americans own more of the country’s riches than the 150 million adults in the bottom 60 percent of the wealth distribution, who saw their share of the nation’s wealth fall from 5.7 percent in 1987 to 2.1 percent in 2014, according to the World Inequality Database maintained by Zucman and others.” Keep supporting hard-cord conservatives and you may work your self right onto the bottom rung of the economic ladder.
February 9, 2019
- Another chilly day but sunny and beautiful. I was going to have lunch at home but decided to take a ride with the dog that would include a stop at Beechwood Pizza for maybe the world’s best cheeseburger. My favorite, grilled bun, locally fresh ground beef, cheese, a slab of red onion, and a slathering of Miracle Whip. I drove by the boat ramp at North Shore and darned if there wasn’t a truck and trailer parked there. Brought a smile to my face. Happy for the fisherman and happy that it wasn’t me freezing their butt off!
February 8, 2019
- Twenty-five degrees out with a partly sunny sky. Just finished a small bowl of strawberries and whipped cream. Thank you, Mother Nature and Mexico.
February 6, 2019
- Early in Trump’s SOTU address, whose theme was to include unity, Donny the Ego sets the opposite theme by telling the Democratically controlled house, they can’t expect his bipartisan support if they continue to investigate him, his businesses, and his presidency. “If there is going to peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.” After that tone-setter, the remainder of the photo op was given over to his typical river of lies and half-truths. Did anyone with a mind expect more?
February 5, 2019:
- I sat through yesterday’s Super Bowl with an empty feeling in my stomach. None of the commercials were interesting or entertaining to me (maybe because I didn’t really pay close attention), the half-time show totally sucked (which it usually does, even when I do recognize a performer’s name), the most exciting part of the game was seeing a kicker punt a new record, and finally, I wanted to see the Rams pull a rabbit out of the hat and that didn’t happen. Just today I finally realized why the gloom. It really came down to the heartbreak of knowing the Saints got screwed by a blind referee.
- I know this is a gross generalization but in my gut, which is not as yuge as Trumps, I believe that if someone in power is going to do something stupid it will usually be in Kansas, Texas, or South Carolina. Example, a Kansas judge just blamed two 14-year-old girls for causing their own sexual abuse and gave their 60 plus-year-old abuser a reduced sentence.
February 4, 2019
- I wonder what percentage of the world’s endangered animals are believed to be aphrodisiacs in Asia?
- One of the old age things that are increasingly becoming more of a problem is the ability to read in a darkened environment. Had one hell of a time reading a restaurant menu until I took my cellphone out and turned on the flashlight feature. And another thing, who the hell were all those people in the half-time show?
February 3, 2019:
- We just watched Hawaii’s Tulsi Gabbard deliver her “my hat’s in the ring” speech. She becomes the latest in a growing field of what, so far, is a decent looking crop of Democratic candidates. I’ve got lots of time and need lots more information before making up my mind. But, she did raise a question in my mind.
Several times she mentioned the nuclear threat that came to be following WWII. She spoke of a rising nuclear threat and how many times the world could be destroyed just using our current weapons arsenals. It made me ask the question, just how many deaf, unknowing, ears her words fell upon? How many of today’s Americans, especially young Americans, are aware of the nuclear threat that still exists and threatens to get worse? Everyone my age knew about atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs, B-52 bombers, Trident submarines, and ICBM silos in North Dakota. We could turn on our B&W TVs and see atomic test explosions just outside Las Vegas. We could watch news footage of whole Pacific Island groups made forever uninhabitable from H-bomb experiments. We never see these things today and although all this and more exists, do we even know about it. Maybe we need to take a little time out of watching scripted reality TV and give it over to the true realities.
February 2, 2019:
- You know you have a loving wife when she delivers something like this to you in your recliner.
- Given the massive Polar Vortex, we’ve been experiencing everyone is in the ultra lazy mode, including my main man, Cooper.
February 1, 2019:
- Remember Baghdad Bob standing on a roof and telling the citizens of his country nothing was wrong. As he spoke there were American tanks arriving in the background. I see so much in what Trump says an does that borrows from the Baghdad Bob School of Reality Avoidance. His security chiefs discount all he’s said and he replies, no they didn’t, it was fake news.
- Biggest question today seems to be, what are we going to eat during the Super Bowl. I’ve got a couple of Guinness Stouts on hand for the game but the food remains undecided. I’m thinking Mike Sell’s Potato Chips and UDF cherry cordial ice cream. WTH, it’s the big game and it’s only once a year!
January 31, 2019:
- Judgment call. You have 1/2 a Panera French toast cinnamon bagel left and a couple dozen sugar ants get into the bag it was in. Do you toss the bagel or toast it, ants and all, slab on some butter, and enjoy? Now guess what I did?
- Cleaning out a drawer today and came across one of the most humiliating moments of my life. Years ago I carefully and proudly navigated my full-sized Ford conversion van into a tight parking spot and when we returned from lunch found this under the wiper blade.
January 30, 2019:
- Sotheby’s is planning to auction off 16,889 bottles of wine and the take is expected to be around $26 million. That figures out to be $1,588.55 a bottle. When I was a kid there were a group of local winos who spent their hard scraped money on pint bottles of Mogan-David 20/20. Wonder what they would have said about this?
- I just received a message from FiveThirtyEight announcing they are beginning their presidential polling for the 2020 election season. In 2016 I religiously followed their daily poll and was certain Hillary was going to beat Trump. Well, she didn’t and I blame the entire freaking thing on 538!
- Speaking about 2020, Kamala Harris’ hat hasn’t been the ring for a week yet and she’s under the vilest of attack. Already called a birther fortelling worse to come.
January 28, 2019:
- Have a few errands to run and looked at the 5-day forecast. The high for today is predicted to be 46. The weather gurus say that Wednesday’s high will only be 4. I’m thinking today’s the day because my buttocks aren’t leaving the recliner on Wednesday!
January 25, 2019:
- For years I’ve ranted that there is such a thing as obscene wealth. Well, here’s an example. I have a former student who has been homeless for years and is currently living in a tent along an abandoned railroad line. At the same time a guy in NYC, Ken Griffin, just set a new all-time record for a residence in America. He paid $238 million for a 24,000 square-foot penthouse overlooking Central Park. That is absolutely obscene and gets close to what I think should be illegal. AOC wants a 70% marginal tax on earned income above $10 million annually. Sign me up to that!
January 24, 2019:
- I began my first website in 1997and in the intervening twenty-two years I’ve written several thousand pieces. I don’t know if it’s age-related or simply lacking the mental hard drive space, but these days it seems increasingly difficult to remember what I’ve written about before. To save myself time and worry I’m not going to bother looking for an earlier story, I’m just going to write about what’s on my mind at this moment. Fair enough?
January 23, 2019:
- According to ABC Trump is preparing two speeches to mee the State of the Union requirement, “one a traditional address to Congress (location undetermined) and the other a rally style speech to be delivered outside of D.C.” There is no Constitutional requirement how the annual report to Congress be made and during much of our history, just a simple letter was filed.
- My mother knew perfectly well how to make biscuits but when canned whomp biscuits came along that ended homemade in our home. Yesterday my wife discovered frozen Pillsbury biscuits in our market’s freezer and the church bells are peeling. Happy days are here again and breakfast this morning was a biscuit with sausage gravy and a sunnyside up country egg.
January 22, 2019:
- I’ve promised myself that today is the day I’m going to conquer my fear of the cold and go for a walk. Don’t know how this will turn out but maybe there’ll be film at eleven! If Kroger had a great donut shop that may be all the motivation needed.
- You may not be keeping track of the times Trump has lied to or mislead Americans but the Washington Post is. Yesterday they reported the count since the beginning of his term is up to 8152. His nose remains much longer than his penis.
- Yesterday I saw a meme containing three photos, each representing the recognized symbol of racism in their century. The 19th century was represented by the Confederate flag. The 20th by the Nazi Swastika. And the 21st by a bright red MAGA cap. With red hats in mind, I see that Trump has come out in support of his red hat sporting gaggle of smart ass mid-West teenagers. Go figure!
January 21, 2019:
- Our oldest daughter has been in Spain for almost three weeks. She was chosen to be part of an artist in residence project. Technology has permitted us to have contact throughout the day and to look at and enjoy the art projects she and others have created. Yesterday she was making her way home and stopped over in Madrid. She shared a photo of a cream puff she had purchased for a snack. I’m hoping that before I pass technology will permit the teleporting of cream puffs over the Internet in real time, I want that before smellyvision.
- I really take no comfort in this cartoon. It’s just so realistic.
January 19, 2019:
- Just hanging out in the living room waiting to see which part of the winter storm warning will be correct The predictions range from a rain event, a mixed mess, some freezing rain, and 3-5″ of snow. We seem to be on the edge of several possibilities. During this government shut down I know the meteorologists at NOAA in Wilmington aren’t getting paid so I hope they aren’t just screwing with our heads and in truth, the blizzard of 2019 isn’t about to dump on us.
- Our daughter is finishing a two-week artist residency in Southern Spain and is currently on a 200 mph train to Madrid. Somehow an image of going that fast on a train isn’t settling well. The thought of nearby features going past that quickly makes my head spin.
January 18, 2019:
- Last evening I watched a small group of incoming congressional women being interviewed on MSNBC by Ari Melber. It was one of the few moments of political joy I’ve experienced lately. Women in politics is a true source of hope. I never thought that I, as an old white-haired man would dislike old white-haired men as I do.
- A friend remarked about how sharp my memory was and while I liked hearing it said I know that it’s nothing like it once was. I don’t suspect I’m experiencing any form of dementia but one’s memory is an early victim of normal aging. The friend’s comments prompted me to recall how many of us have people in our lives with special talents to recall information about certain aspects of life. I had a childhood friend who was especially good at recalling 1950s and 60s trivia about our hometown of Greenfield. He knew who dated who, who drove what kind of car, and who lived in that house where Rapid Forge and Lower Twin Roads crossed each other. Another was a lady I taught with and she was a trove of information about former students. If you wanted to know who was dating who in 1973 and who who was sneaking out with, she was your go-to person. Both those people have passed and I’ve found no one to take their place. An old African saying goes, “When an old man dies a library burns down.” Such is very true.
January 17, 2019:
- I received an online newsletter from the Cal-State Fullerton Alumni Organization this morning and it made me feel very disconnected from my past. I haven’t been on that campus since graduating in 1969 and moving back East in 1970. Since it was at that time mostly a commuter school I made no lasting friendships. The only connection was during those few times when the CSF baseball team was competitive on a national basis. Such a different experience to those I know who graduated from OU, OSU, Bowling Green, Kent State, etc. Oh well, at least I haven’t forgotten the education I obtained there!
- Our oldest daughter turned 51 today and is celebrating her birthday at an art residency in Spain. Happy birthday Jenny!