Friday, December 30, 2016

"The Land of Milk And Honey"

                                                                         
I met Joseph down at the Lutheran "Resale" Shop (they don't like being called a "thrift shop" this morning.

Joseph's a Mexican man, looks like he's in his mid 40's. This morning he was sorting through the thrift shop's limited hardware aisle. He ended up finding a few quarter priced items and headed to checkout.

We ended up exiting the store at the same time. When I looked into the back of his old half ton Toyota pickup truck I first thought it was a load of garbage. Joseph and I exchanged a few words, he with his broken English, me with a little kitchen Spanish.

Turns out Joseph's a handyman. He plies his trade between El Mirage and Sun City, and does a little bit of everything. In the dark of morning he had already repaired a sprinkler system, then had stopped by the thrift shop to see what .25 cent hardware he might find, before he headed out to do some yard work.

Joseph told me the stuff in the back of his truck was all stuff he had either pulled out of the garbage, or picked up at thrift stores in the area. He had a paint sprayer, a rug shampooer, various garden tools, a tool box, and even a little concrete mixer.

We said our goodbyes and got in our vehicles, and drove out. As we came to the light I began thinking about Joseph. I thought that it was a strong possibility that Joseph's here illegally. And a fairly new illegal at that. Guys like Joe, after they've knocked around awhile, usually end up on a rogue contractor's payroll, pulling in $15 bucks an hour under the table, and suppressing the hell out of a citizen's wages in the electrical or construction fields.

That's exactly why I don't like Joe being here. But I can't help admiring his work ethic and chutzpa. Only wish we had more citizens like Joe, willing to work hard and pay their own way. "Joe the immigrant" had swooped up someone else's throwaways and is carving a life for himself here. I wouldn't be surprised if Joe doesn't end up owning his own construction company some day. After all, it has always been the immigrant who built America, and kept her running on all cylinders.

Sadly, with too many of today's "immigrant", they've schooled themselves on America's government gravy train before they even get here, having heard the stories of the "land of milk and honey" from former crossers. I know from my own knowledge that there's a whole network of folks here who, as soon as an illegal hits town, is fixed up with fake ID, gets a pamphlet on how to enroll their babies in WIC, where the nearest food banks are located, how to qualify for government paid housing, how to score food stamp cards and which hospital emergency rooms is the friendliest to illegals.

So, yeah, I admire the hell out of Joe. I just wish that he'd stay home and work that hard to make his own country "the land of milk and honey".

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Trees

                                                                     


Just read in the paper this morning that Phoenix has adopted a master plan to blanket the city in shade.  A combination of "shade engineering" through architectural design, and the planting of more trees, with the objective to have 30 percent of the entire city under canopies of shade by the year 2030.  I think its a grand idea.  Too often trees have been employed to be decorative rather than for the purpose that nature intended.  Too damn many trees pruned into insignificance because they might require too much maintenance.  The fallacy of that notion is gloriously evident along Central Avenue in Phoenix.  Along that lovely corridor stands thousands of majestic trees, planted long before air conditioning was in mode, and grown to bring shade and coolness to a harsh desert environment.

So, I'm glad our city masters are finally getting smart....and copying me.

When I first moved into my Arizona home in 2004 there were no trees in my yard.  The previous owners had been miserly, not wanting to spare a drop of water in exchange for a bit of shade.  So, in those early days I'd look out at my back yard and the sun would be baking the gravel strewn barrenness of back yard.

My first attempt at horticulture was met in failure.  Each time I planted a hopeful sapling the rabbits would gather and chew them up.  I then put up a six food block fence surrounding my back yard, and began again.

I first planted a small lemon tree that we had transported from San Diego.  Next came a grapefruit tree, then a Chinese Elm.  I planted a Bottle Brush over near the northeast corner of the house, and a Palo Verde tree out on the far corner of the yard.  After Christmas of that first year I gathered up my little 1-gallon Christmas pine and planted it in the center of my yard.  That little one foot Christmas pine stands a majestic thirty feet high, standing proud out there.  Over the years I've added more trees....an Ash tree that now grows fifty feet towards the skies and almost scares me with its loftiness.

Along my back yard fence several  pink and white Oleander and Yellow Bells lend color to my backyard panorama, and, outside my bedroom window stand Asian Jasmine and Night Scent whose sweet blossoms send a bit of heaven into my bedroom in spring and fall.

In the front yard stands an orange tree and a hearty Mandarin Orange tree that yields tons of sweet fruit each year.  More colorful, drought tolerant bushes sit in soldiery splendor down the side of the house.

So, in addition to having a grander landscape, I harvest my lemons and grapefruit and oranges and Mandarins, and, year around, I am given shade and something lovely to look at.  And, really all of these families of nature's wonders don't ask for much...in the summer a deep watering every ten days (which always prompts a gathering of bird families who take a bath and a sip of water beneath them) and once a month during the winter.  Some of those plantings, such as the Yellow Bell and Oleander, need only an occasion monsoon rain to thrive.

So, "good on you, Phoenix"..glad to see you're smartening up!  I could not say anything more lovely about trees than what Joyce Kilmer said a hundred years ago:

Trees

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I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in Summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 

Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree.





Wednesday, December 21, 2016

When Am I Gonna Get To Show My "Bulge"

                                                                           

I adore women, but there are days when I absolutely hate them.  Too many women today expect to hold men to impossible standards....to be both feminine and masculine on the turn of a coin.  They want men to shave their pubes, shave their chest, hell, even shave their arms and legs.  And they want men to do the laundry, wash the dishes, change the diapers, and perform these "wifely" things while they themselves wouldn't even consider changing a tire, mowing the lawn, or wield a hammer.  And many modern women want their husband to "role play"....to be feminine when they want you too, and yet, play the swashbuckling, blouse ripping pirate, or sadist a la "50 Shades of Gray"when they get a little tingle for that as well!

I wrote about this new sexual identify phenomena in a blog years ago called "In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks".  For the last 30 years masculinity has been under constant attack....somehow if men aren't "girlish" enough they are deemed sexist pigs.

If today's woman were held to the same standards as men, we'd have an epidemic rush to the psychiatrist's couch, because no human being can "role play" for any length of time before going totally bananas.  And yet that's what women expect from men these days!

Case in point, let's look at the recent sexual blowup over on Fox News.  First we have Gretchen Carlson suing Fox and former director Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.  Gorgeous Andrea Tanteros soon followed suit.  And yet no one seems to ask some pretty pertinent questions....such as why did Gretchen Carlson not complain when she was making a million a year showing half a mile of legs each weekday morning?  Why did she sue only after Fox cancelled her contract because her show was getting low ratings?

Then Andrea Tanteros jumped on the band wagon, again claiming sexual harassment.  Prior to this lawsuit Andrea was all over the internet, posing in bikinis, posing nearly nude, and, when on air, wearing dresses so short you could see half her ass when she sat down.  And what I find particularly remarkable about Andrea's complaint was that she once had a ball, purring and teasing former Senator Scott Brown over his posing for Playgirl Magazine thirty years ago when he was in his 20's.  On "The Five" that morning she was literally undressing Scott Brown, making lewd comments about his sexy body.  Then, three years later, she includes Scott Brown as one of her "sexual harassers"!

Isolated incident?  I don't think so.  Just watch those Hollywood ladies walk the red carpet on any awards show.  Their gowns rise up to their ass, their nipples are protruding through their silk tops, even as they decry the idea that a man might value them only for their body!  

The male equivalent would be men walking around showing their bulge....in fact taking all necessary steps to draw attention to that bulge!  When will men have the right to wear thin silky pants, sans underwear, and walk about in public, "free balling" to their heart's content?  Not any time soon I assure you...they'd be arrested in a New York minute for obscenity.  

Fair's fair ladies.  Let's have more crotch shots of George and Brad as well as the local male news lead on your local news channel!  Let's see how far that goes before some decency league takes up the cause to ban "bulge shots" in your local Target, or on the red carpet, or while Tim is reporting on the weather in downtown Cleveland!

Earth to ladies:  If you wear a top where 7/8ths of your breasts are visible, I'm gonna look.  If you wear dresses up to your ass I'm gonna admire your legs and as much ass that's visible.  And if you want me to do the dishes, or fold the laundry, you'd better be willing to get out there and mow the yard!

And, god damn it, make up your mind!  You either want a man or you want a hermaphrodite!  Choose, because you can't have both!

Just saying.

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Starbucks "Snobbery" Update

                                                               

It was just a couple of weeks ago that I was poking a bit of fun at Starbucks' new "Roasters Reserves", the latest iteration of the Starbucks experience.  Starbucks already has one of these coffee palaces up in Seattle and fully intend to expand them.  As reported then, Starbucks intended to charge ten dollars for a cup of coffee, which keeps out the "riff raff" and affords the wealthy millennial an oasis from the drudgery of the real world inside the urban freeway loops of the American landscape.

Turns out that Starbucks has re-thought the price point.  They now believe it will take twelve dollars per cup to assure Millennial nirvana and keep the peasants at bay.

I've been thinking about this ever since Starbucks came out with this stuff.  I've come to the conclusion that, whether it's Starbucks $6 dollar latte, or their $12 buck cup of ambrosia at their new and exclusive roasteries, it's really not about coffee at all.

I believe the Starbucks success story was born from an innate need by some...to be somehow "better than the other guy".....to be able to buy something that the other guy can't.  In simpler times it was 18k gold jewelry, or diamonds.  Then along came someone like Howard Schultz to invent something "snobby but affordable"...something the American peasantry could purchase....even at the expense of the monthly electric bill.....just to show he was in some way superior to the guy next door.

And let's lay off Starbucks just a little.  You see that same consumer behavior with folks ordering from a Neiman Marcus catalog.  Is the gadget in Neiman Marcus really worth 500 times more than the gadget that's available in Walmart or Target?  Or might I remind you of my hunt for an egg slicer a few years ago (sadly only a few of you will remember that one), when I found a .99 cent egg slicer at a 99 cents only store....the very same egg slicer going for $7.99 at my local grocery?  Or let's take a more modest step up...is the Chinese made sweater sold in Macy's any better than the Chinese made sweater sold in Walmart?  Probably not...........but paying twice the price in Macy's satisfies the peasantry's "snob yearnings".

So, don't feel sorry for Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz.  His $12 dollar cup of coffee will no doubt find a market.  Instead, feel sorry for folks who could make that same cup of joe at home for .49 cents....but simply must be seen forking out a ten spot and two George Washingtons for a cup of Starbucks ambrosia.

Sigh.

Friday, December 16, 2016

"Being There" And The Miraculous Donald\

                                                               

Is there anyone still alive who remembers seeing a rather obscure Peter Sellers' flick called "Being There?"  The plot centered around a rather dim-witted fellow who gardened for a wealthy estate, who went by the modest title of "Chancy", the gardener.

Chancy could talk about only two things; gardening and whatever he'd seen on low-brow television.  Without elaborating on the film's plot development, let's just say Chancy the Gardener was fortuitously quoted for something he said, something that was reflective of his mental density, then mistakenly understood as having said something quite profound.

Pretty soon the world had pronounced "Chauncy Gardiner" (Chancy the Gardener) as "genius".  The world fell to his feet and worshipped his every uttering.

By the way, we see that "foot worshipping" in the entertainment world all the time.  Some how a rapper's fans, or an actor's fans somehow believe that, since they light up the stage, they somehow know   better than you how our government should be run.  Blind worship has become a religion in 21st Century America.

Now the reason I brought all this up is because, after watching Donald Trump sitting around an immense round table with America's "Tech Barons" this week, each of them having savaged The Donald during the electoral campaign, now hanging on Trump's every word.

And it's not just the Tech Barons who are giving The Donald immense "cred"....we now have Congressional Republicans and many other of our government nannies praising The Donald to high heaven.

This all brings a smile to my face.  While none of us even have a clue as to whether the Trump Presidency will be triumph or disaster,  the "Royal Court" are scrambling for a place at the master's feet.  We can be assured of two things......if Trump is a success, the Royal Court will take a piece of the credit.  And if Trump's a disaster the Royal Court will scatter to the hinterlands, all the while claiming "they knew it all along".

I don't have any keen insight into what Trump will do.  He will surely not be as bad as the liberals are predicting.  And he will certainly not be the "second coming" as many of his supporters avow.

My pleasure at seeing all this lies not in what Trump "will do"...but, instead, how he shocked the world in getting here, and how the Royal Court is responding to it.

Donald Trump may indeed prove to be "Chancy, the gardener"...sending the Royal Court into instant retreat.  Or he might be "Chauncy Gardner", "idiot savant" whose every move results in massive success!

We won't know for awhile.  But, regardless of the outcome, god, am I having fun watching the "grand suck-up" by those hanging on to the seat of power by their fingernails, one finger firmly gripping Trump's pant cuffs.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

"Death By Chocolate"

                                                                           

"Death By Chocolate"

You read the headline and, as your jaw drops in amazement, the first word out of your mouth is "Dang!" That was my reaction to this morning's report that a 24 year old Russian woman had died after falling into a vat of boiling chocolate yesterday. Apparently the poor woman was standing on a ramp above a vat of boiling chocolate when she fell into the chocolate while trying to retrieve her cell phone that had tipped into the vat. Fellow workers, being all too descriptive, said the poor lady was "minced"....the only thing remaining after her dive into the boiling chocolate being her legs floating lazily in the chocolate froth.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Snotsdale, Arizona"

                                                                       

Just had a laugh out loud moment as I read that Wallet Hub has just done a survey about the "snobbiest city in America". Our own Scottsdale was number 1.

Monday, December 12, 2016

"Toy Story"

                                                                     

The Strong Museum up in Rochester, New York houses a museum dedicated solely to the art of play. The museum offers displays of toys that have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.  Now you would think the museum would display such modern marvels as Mario, or Super Mario, or Grand Theft Auto, or John Madden's Football...but you'd be wrong.

Nope.  The National Toy Hall of Fame, founded in 1998,  celebrates the most popular toys of the last century and you might be surprised by the inductees.  In an age where violent war games and digital dexterity and fantasy worlds sell big, it seems the most beloved toys are those far more simplistic and benign.

The first inductees?  Well, Barbie of course.  And Crayola crayons, erector sets, Etch A Sketch, Teddy Bear, Legos, Monopoly, Tinker Toy, Frisbee, and such simple and mundane toys as marbles and Play Dough.

So did video games break through in the second year of induction?  Nope.  Honors went to The Hula Hoop, Duncan Yo-Yo's, Roller Skates, Lincoln Logs, The Radio Flyer and Viewmaster.

And surely in Y2K video games broker through, right?  Again no.  Honored toys went to the bicycle, jacks, the jump rope, Mr. Potato Head, and Slinky.

Then, from 2001 to 2006, the nation honored Tonka Trucks, Silly Putty, Raggedy Ann, the jigsaw puzzle, alphabet blocks, checkers, the rocking horse, Scrabble, G.I. Joe, Candyland, Jack in the Box, and wonder of wonder...the cardboard box....the wondrous building matter for forts and doll houses and English castles.

In 2006 Lionel Trains and The Easy Bake Oven were the only winners.

Electronics finally broke into the fold in 2007 with the Atari 2600 with the simple kite and Raggedy Andy holding equal stature.

So did electronic games finally win the day in recent years?  Nope.  Americans are still voting for the skateboard, Big Wheel, the baby doll of one's choice and a stick...picked at random from the neighborhood.  The Nintendo Game Boy did win a place of honor, but so did the ball, a blanket, the rubber duck, Dominoes, Little Green Army Men, a bottle of soap bubbles,  and Rubik's Cube.

In 2012 Star Wars Action Figures finally made the list, but so did Chess.

And last year the only three inductees were Twister, The Soaker Hose and the modest puppet.

And the finalists for this year?  You Class of '66 children will be glad to know Clue is nominated, as is the tree swing, Nerf, the Pinball Machine, Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots, Transformers, Fischer Price Little People, Care Bears, Dungeons and Dragons, the Coloring Book and, last but no least, bubble wrap.

So, boys and girls of the Class of '66.  Let us never hear again of our "impoverished childhood".  If we can believe what the National Toy Hall of Fame is telling us, we had it pretty good.

Now go out and play boys and girls.  And Happy Monday!






Friday, December 9, 2016

Starbucks Planning Safe Spaces!

                                                                             

Did anyone catch the latest Starbucks news Wednesday morning? Starbucks has always been on the cutting edge of societal change. It was their CEO who encouraged his national crew to write on your morning coffee cup, urging you to admit you're a racist.

Now it seems that Starbucks, lamenting the fact that far too many of blue collar America is coming into their stores, plans to weed out "The Trumpers" and their ilk by establishing a new chain of coffee houses.......to be made "exclusive" for those willing to pay a minimum of $10 dollars for a cup of their brew. Yep, it's absolutely true!

Robed in more polite terms, Starbucks says their new coffeehouses will be situated closer to their coffee roasters and feel assured that the Millenial generation will be more than willing to shell out ten bucks if it means having a "safe space" from the blue collar ilk now filing into a Starbucks franchise.

Though I don't much frequent Starbucks, I'm sure these new franchises will be a hit for the "safe space seekers". Perhaps the new stores will mount large screen TV's where they'll feature an unending loop of Obama's speeches, delivered with such elegance during the past eight years. That ought to be a huge draw for his millions of worshippers.

Pardon me, but I don't think you'll ever see me in one of those places...and forking out ten bucks for a paper cup of coffee. It was just a few weeks ago when I met with my friend and former classmate, Jo, in one of those joints. I remember having to scan the menu board three times before I could find my brew of choice....a simple cup of roasted coffee, sans the frills.

You blue collar ilk should be ashamed.....you defiled Starbucks. Now they have to start a whole new chain of coffee houses just to get the hell away from you.

Sad. Damned Sad.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wow! The EPA Just Got Nuked!

                                                                         

Oh wow!  We just learned Wednesday afternoon that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is Trump's pick to head up the EPA!  The liberals and the EPA bureaucrats have got to be in spasmodic delirium with this pick.

Attorney General Pruitt has been suing the EPA for years now!  He just can't fathom why an Oklahoma rancher has to jump through hoops (and fill out 86 forms, and wait for approval, just to have a duck pond on his homestead!), so our EPA masters have got to be doing a little squirming these days.

In 2014 Pruitt caught the EPA fudging the numbers on the amount of carbon emissions being emitted by energy producers in his state.  That story made the front page of the New York Times and EPA was left red faced over the issue.

And speaking of the New York Times, when Trump participated in a meeting with that paper's editorial board last week, he seemed to cave just a bit on the possibility that climate change may indeed be man  made.  Today's pick of Pruitt says otherwise.  Pruitt's been a staunch opponent of man made activity as the primary cause of climate change.  He's also battled with the EPA over the EPA's crippling of American industry, citing the lack of a level playing field when competing with countries who haven't embraced the same quality of environmental protections that are mandated by our EPA masters.

I remain lukewarm on the issue of climate change.  While I believe we need to do everything, absolutely everything to protect our air and water, and while I believe we ought to have a major push toward sustainable energy, I'm not convinced that climate change can be ameliorated by anything we do.....one good volcanic eruption in Yellowstone, or in the Philippines, can undo whatever safeguards we could put in place to affect change.

But I am absolutely tickled pink that Trump keeps appointing non-traditional people to his cabinet....people who at least have a fighting chance to do what Trump promised on the stump......to shake up Washington and send our bureaucratic masters fleeing for the out lands.






Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Let Me Solve The Great Unemployment Rate Hoax For You

                                                                   

Are any of you puzzled about why you're not feeling great about the latest U.S. Unemployment Report?  After all, the latest unemployment numbers came in at 4.6 percent.  Ain't that wonderful?

And how can that 4.6 percent unemployment rate be true?  With 93 million people out of the work force how can we be experiencing such low unemployment numbers?

Simple.  It's the way the Obama Administration runs the numbers.  Let me give you an extremely simplified example of how you can skew the job numbers:

1)  Let's assume 10 people have the bubonic plague.

2)  Eight people die and only two survive.

3)  The "survival rate" for bubonic plague is obviously only 20%, right?

4) Wrong.  You just throw out the eight dead people from your calculations , and just use the two survivors as calculating factors, and all of a sudden you've got a 100% survival rate for the Bubonic Plague!  Ain't that great!

Well, folks, that's your "Lying With Statistics" lesson for today.  You can indeed achieve a 4.6 unemployment rate, as long as you don't count the 93 million who have given up even trying to find a job.

You're welcome.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Is Subsidizing Those Carrier Jobs A Good Idea?

                                                                       

Well, the liberal media and Congressional Democrats are in a tizzy about Donald Trump's "jawboning" that Carrier plant down in Indiana who were planning to move to Mexico.  The Democrats cried foul, and asked "just how is it free economics when the state of Indiana grants $5 million in incentives over ten years, just to get Carrier to keep those 1300  jobs at home.

The Washington Post was the first newspaper to file a story about this.  WaPo was outraged that Trump supports giving corporations like Carrier a good deal.  (Keep in mind that the Post had no problem with Obama had no problem giving solar firm Solyndra a $500 million dollar federal grant, or hundreds of millions to electric battery maker Beacon Power, both of which went bankrupt.)

While I'm all for free markets and allowing capital to flow where it will, I believe, if Trump wishes to keep jobs at home, he's going to have to continue this sort of jawboning, at least until the corporate tax code is changed, reducing the corporate tax from 35% to the proposed 15%.  When we reduce the highest corporate tax in the industrial world, and begin to compete with Ireland's 13 percent corporate tax rate, or the lower corporate rates in much of Europe, we won't need government intervention in order keep jobs at home.

But, for the interim, I believe we are going to need artificial interventions of free markets.  While on the macro level, far more will be needed.  Jawboning and reducing corporate tax rates will not solve the job export problems.  We are also going to need relief from overbearing EPA and OSHA interference.  And we're going to have to do a better job of re-training workers whose jobs are being lost due to technology advances.

But, for now, we have to support what Trump is doing to protect jobs.  Trump saved 1,000 of those 1,300 hundred Carrier jobs that were headed to Mexico.  The average salary for those Carrier jobs were $31.90 an hour....certainly a good living wage in the state of Indiana.  And those thousand workers certainly have no problem with Trump's breech of business ethics...they're just happy to keep being able  to put food on the table.  I personally, being a rampant fan of free markets, am at least more willing to help subsidize a job than I am to subsidize someone sitting on their ass at home, collecting food stamps and an unemployment or a welfare check.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Burger Flipping Obsolescence

                                                                       

On Tuesday this past week Phoenix fast food workers joined the burger flippers nationwide to demand $15 per hour...immediately.
I find that interesting, at least for Phoenix. Workers here are already paid above the national minimum wage, and voters here approved annual minimum wage boosts through 2020, to include an immediate $2 dollar per hour wage increase beginning 1 January, 2017.
Not good enough for the "Bernie Sanders" arm of our Millennial ilk. Doesn't matter that they didn't pay attention in class, are illiterate, that much of their poverty stems from breeding children they can't afford...America owes them a "living wage", even if what they do could be done by trained monkeys.
Nope. They've got to have more than free school breakfast, and lunch, and, in some school districts, dinner. And not enough that taxpayers foot the bill for free pre-school, and WIC benefits, and Medicaid and Food Stamps, and that welfare check. Nope, the working stiff simply must pay $10 bucks for a burger...cause a "living wage" is everyone's right...no matter how ill prepared one is to enter the work force.
And, somewhere out there, in the fog of ignorance, those burger flippers are completely ignoring the fact that McDonald's and Carl Jr's. and Burger King, and Wendy's are installing robotic ordering kiosks in more than 15,000 of their franchises next year alone....because an electronic kiosk doesn't demand a "living wage" and comes with the added benefit of not issuing snotty remarks or snarky sighs.
Just one "sigh"....for the illiterate "entitled" who don't even realize that even their burger flipping jobs are becoming as obsolete as they are themselves.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

On Trump's Appointment of Tom Price for HHS

                                                                         

Well, we learned this week that Representative Tom Price, from Georgia, is Donald Trump's pick to head up Health and Human Services.  In my mind it was a great pick.........but don't expect Price to win confirmation by Congress.

Price has long been an advocate of privatizing Medicare and Medicaid...and liberals don't even want to know what he thinks about Obamacare.

So millions of liberal tails were on fire on Tuesday.  It was straight out of one of those "throw grandma off the cliff" commercials that dominated the airwaves four years ago.  But, if we are being realistic, if we are serious about stopping the flow of red ink in the federal budget, we have no choice but to look at ways to cut a program that consumes over a third of our annual budget.

So is Trump and Price planning to indeed "throw Grandma off the cliff?"  No.  First of all Trump would be impeached at any hint of hurting our elderly.  But we do have to look realistically at the massive fraud, waste and abuse in the program...something I've written about endlessly over the years.  Furthermore, I'm elderly myself, live in a senior community, and am witness to many instances where Medicare or Medicaid forked out our tax dollars for things not needed, nor earned.

For instance, we've seen incidents where the Russian Mafia (the Russian Mafia for god's sake!) skimming billions of dollars in fraudulent Medicare billings.  We've found scams with prescription drug cartels, we've uncovered stories of Medicare paying out three and four times higher costs for mobility scooters (and, really, does every swinging elderly dick really need a mobility scooter?)  And do we really need to pay for incontinence pants and do we really need to be so generous in paying for home health aides....what ever happened to families caring for their own?  I could go on and on, but lets, for arguments sake, assume there's some fat that can be cut from Medicare and Medicaid.  Shouldn't we do that?  And if we never privatize Medicare and Medicaid, shouldn't we at least hire a team of independent auditors, and give them a health cut of any fraud and waste and abuse they discover?  Isn't it better to reform the program before it bankrupts us?

Look at that pie chart up there.  We're spending 2 percent on education, one percent on rebuilding our roads and bridges and airports (and that's gonna drop to 1 percent this year as Obama's trillion dollar stimulus money dries up) and Democrats are not even willing to look at the program that increases every year...and is bankrupting us?

So, will Tom Price, whose been working on driving down costs in Medicare and Medicaid for 19 years, whose the most knowledgeable on the subject than anyone in Congress, get confirmed?  Don't bet on it.
I believe, if Trump wants to do something about the Health Care budget, he's going to have to send a wolf in sheep's clothing up to Capitol Hill.  Tom Price is a cost cutting wolf whom I fear will not ever get a chance to wield a cost-cutting knife.

Stay tuned, folks!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Was Trump Right About Voter Fraud?

                                                                         

"When California Democrats Cancelled Out Your Vote"
Yesterday Donald Trump issued a charge that, without illegal voting in California and other states, he would have won the popular vote. 
Well that sent Chicago's former Mayor, Richard Dailey spinning in his grave. The Dailey's were famous for firing up the old Chicago Machine..and recording the votes of tens of thousands of dead people. His machine workers simply walked through cemeteries and registered the long dead residents there as Democrats.
Things haven't changed much. The Democrats yesterday were outraged at Trump's charge.
So was Trump wrong?
Let's consider California's AB60, the motor voter law California enacted in the spring of 2013. Under AB60 millions of illegal Mexicans can walk into a DMV office and get either a state ID card, or a California driver's license. And under California statutes the names of everyone who gets a driver's license goes straight to Sacramento where they are automatically registered to vote. The only way a name doesn't go to the voter rolls is if the driver's license registrant willfully indicates that they don't want their name on the voter rolls.
California's Democratic leaders say the legalization of voters is protected since Federal voter laws makes it a felony to willfully misrepresent oneself as a citizen.
Let's consider that. Just how "law-abiding" are illegal Mexicans going to be when, by the very act of coming here illegally, they have already flaunted one of our most important laws...the integrity of our border!
But, hold on! California Democrats were deathly afraid that illegal Mexicans might be afraid to be caught violating Federal voting laws. 
To quell the fears of illegal Mexicans being held liable for voting in elections they weren't eligible to do, the Democratic solons in Sacramento passed AB1461. The bill, while full of official gobbledygook, officially gives illegal Mexicans a pass from any penalty for their voting illegally. Don't believe me? 
Here's the actual extract from AB1461:
"Existing law makes it a crime for a person to willfully cause, procure, or allow himself or herself or any other person to be registered as a voter, knowing that he or she or that other person is not entitled to registration. Existing law also makes it a crime to fraudulently vote or attempt to vote.
This bill, AB1461, would provide that if a person who is ineligible to vote becomes registered to vote by operation of the California New Motor Voter Program in the absence of a violation by that person of the crime described above, that person’s registration shall be presumed to have been effected with official authorization and not the fault of that person. The bill would also provide that if a person who is ineligible to vote becomes registered to vote by operation of this program, and that person votes or attempts to vote in an election held after the effective date of the person’s registration, that person shall be presumed to have acted with official authorization and is not guilty of fraudulently voting or attempting to vote."
So was Trump right? Did millions of illegal aliens vote in this last Presidential election? If you're confused read the actual words of AB1461 again. California hi-jacked your votes, people. It's pretty clear that your Democratic leadership just made your votes null and void...and made it perfectly okay for illegals to vote in your state.

Monday, November 28, 2016

"The Winter of My Discontent"

                                                                         

"The Winter of My Discontent"
That line, borrowed from Shakespeare, purloined by Steinbeck, for one of his novels, and skewed by me on this day...to describe my mood today.
The mood is heightened, or should I say, intensified by the weather.....the sky gray in sadness, a bitterly chill wind blowing in from the west. 
And my Arizona Cardinals have lost still another game...a game for which you wonder just how many players really had their heads in it. 
When their season began hopes were high. Self aggrandizement was permitted. Bragging was allowed. And now, here, after the 11th week of play, the Cardinals stand a ghastly 4-6-1, their chances for the playoff spot as distant as a desert mirage. And yet, back in September, they were strutting about, bragging of the greatness, of all the talent...already eyeing an index finger and imagining a big old gaudy Super Bowl Ring down there. Just as our politicians seek to declare themselves "emperor", holding sway over our fates, these Cardinals dared to declare themselves "great"..before they had even stepped onto the field.
And, as I wallowed in my own personal despair, I thought to equate all that pre-season bragging as the disease that plagues us in all corners of our society.
We Americans, or should I say, a large swath of us, have become "empty braggarts", "all hats and no cowboy". Under the auspices of the electronic keyboard we are all "super-heroes"...capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound...well, you get my drift. And yet our national debt is 20 times what it was when Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the moon. And our legacy in the world is in tatters. And our jobs belong either to a Chinaman in Bejing, or is being filled by an illegal Mexican in Stockton, or Pasadena, or Phoenix, or Denver. And half of America knows that, and the other half are content with it as long as the fat government tit is never taken away.
I can remember when "modesty" was the mode of they day. One did not brag about success, instead we downplayed it...stayed silent...and allowed our silence to give "breathing space" so that others might praise.
Now we are a nation of people who strut, who announce our own "grandness", who are dead set certain that everything we think and say is right...and any contesting of that fact is met with seething anger and scorn.
So we lose a lot. We lose in the jobs market, we lose our heritage and traditions to the illegal immigrant, we surrender our safety...trading it for political correctness, we lose our standing in the world..our allies suspicious and mistrustful, and we even lose it on the playing field....everyone content with the awarded blue ribbon...just for showing up.
The sunny and carefree days of summer are now gone, and given way to the clouds that hover over us..in the winter of our discontent.
Sigh.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Democrats Seeing Red And Sick To Their Stomach

                                                                   

For about 50 of my 68 years I was all for eliminating the electoral college.  Racial and cultural dynamics have changed my mind.  Gone are the days when voters voted for what they deemed "right".  The massive 43% riding the government gravy train have proven they'll vote for anyone, regardless of character and ethics, as long as the federal gravy keeps flowing.

The problem is compounded by the "plantation loyalists", the Blacks who always offer 90% of their votes as long as there's a (D) behind the name.  And California Hispanics, trying mightily, and succeeding into turning California into Mexico North, also give their votes to demagogic liberals who whore for votes wherever they can get them.  Same with the polyglot of New York City and the other large burgs about the country.

And usually the "Dims" can cobble enough votes together to stay in office, that likelihood more so every year as the gravy boat gets ever larger.  Those "Dims" can always count on Chicago and Baltimore and Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Atlanta, and Philadelphia, as well as the states of New York, California, Oregon, Washington, and Illinois right out of the starting gate, causing it to be more and more difficult for a Republican to win the electoral vote.  This year was just a fluke...Trump got the blue collar, the tax-paying working stiff, and, yes, even the far right wing nuts, to go out to the polls in hopes of stopping Obama's huge Obamacare premium increases and quell the fiction of full employment.  93 million Americans out of the job force seemed to have plenty of time to go to the polls this year.

So, I'm glad the Electoral College saved us this year.  Saved us from more Muslim immigration and Mexican invasion, with all the associated ills that come with that.   However,  were I elected "King", I'd go much further...I would work to take the vote from every swinging dick that ain't paying taxes.  People who have no stake in curbing these massive federal outlays shouldn't determine who gets elected.  And, frankly, after seeing how women fell down and spread their legs for Hillary, just because she owns a vagina, has made me wonder if we shouldn't have been more selective in giving the women the right to vote either....at least the ones on the public dole for life.   And, surely if Blacks can't discriminate between ethical and non, if they can still opt to elect folks like Charlie Rangel and Sheila Jackson, and Barack Obama, with his 40% Black unemployment rate, maybe, while we're amending the 14th Amendment to ban anchor babies, maybe we ought to go back and give the Blacks 3/5ths of a vote...cause they sure aren't helping America with who they're voting for now.

Sound extreme?  So's a $20 trillion dollar national debt.  So's wage suppression caused by 30 million illegal immigrants, and so's the growing aversion to working and paying taxes these days.

It's all sad.  Damned sad.  But I'm glad the Electoral College saved us for once.  And I'm extremely happy to hear the Democrats whining about it.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The First Sign To Watch For With Trump's Immigration Program

                                                                 

During the past couple of weeks we've heard from a score of big city mayors and police chiefs that they won't turn over their coddled illegal immigrants to ICE...that they'll continue harboring illegal aliens and continue to be sanctuary cities, flaunting our immigration laws.  And so far Donald Trump has been silent on this mutiny.  And he's already back-pedaling on his pledge to deport the millions of illegal lawbreakers (and anyone who crossed our border illegally is a lawbreaker), focusing on "criminal felons" as his first order of business.  I don't know if that's simply diplomacy or principle.  

But the first sign I'm going to look for when Trump and his Republican controlled Congress take control is whether or not they legislate to withhold federal funding to those sanctuary cities.  The withholding of billions of dollars in federal funds is really the only way that Trump can hope to get all those liberal mayors and governors to pay attention.....like Como in New York who once said anyone who doesn't love illegals need to get out of New York.  Or the LAPD Chief who said he'll continue to protect his 11 million illegals in Mexifornia South.  Or San Francisco where they turn out illegals on the streets as often as sourdough loafs in Ghirardelli Square.  

We'll have to see.  I was encouraged that Trump appointed Senator Sessions as Attorney General.  Sessions is hardliner on illegal immigration.  If it were up to him I'm sure he'll crack down on the municipal miscreants...but Trump's got to throw politics aside and let Sessions wield the hammer.

And, if Sheriff Joe were not so damned old (84 as of June) I'd love to see old Joe head up ICE, form up the buses, and send them heading south come spring.  

However, Trump's initial foray into the illegal immigrant issue, post election, seems to be a continuation of the coddling.  Will Trump be better than Obama with the issue?  Hell, yeah...most anybody would.  Anything short of throwing the welcome mat out down at the border is an improvement.  

But, to my mind, the first order of business when Trump and Congress begin writing immigration legislation, ought to be the inclusion of a big hammer, nailing those sanctuary cities where it hurts the most..the pocketbook.

We can only hope.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Energizer Bunny

                                                                             

I have no idea whether it will be a good thing, or a bad thing, but one thing you have to hand to Donald Trump.... the guy seems to be tireless.  We saw that in the campaign when he was turning out Tweets at 2 o'clock in the morning, then again he was back on social media when most folks were still snoozing.
And we're seeing that same level of energy as he works to form a cabinet and fill some four thousand Administration slots.   Despite the unending jabs from the liberal media that Trump's transition program is too slow, he's actually ahead of Obama's schedule on that front.

Those who know Trump say he doesn't drink or smoke, and I read somewhere that he doesn't even drink coffee....probably contributing to his overall good health at the age of 70.  (Although I'm a little suspect of those who don't drink coffee).

As to Trump's transition schedule, I think he's doing fine.  And, although I had different picks in mind for his key staff, I see no problems with the folks he's chosen so far.  I've also been very encouraged with how Trump is working to heal the political wounds, the most notable being his gracious invitation to meet with Romney last Saturday.  

So, the fingers remained crossed that Trump's gonna surprise us all...that he'll continue to appoint good people, that he'll actually listen to them, and, unlike Obama, that he'll give them the freedom to do their job.

I can't help but think that, if Trump delegates, if he relies on his experts, if he studies the complexity of problems real hard, then applies that seemingly unbounded energy to the job of President, he just might succeed....and maybe even succeed spectacularly.

I know I'm being overly optimistic here.  I always am as the new man comes in and takes a seat in the Oval Office.  For our nation's sake, let's hope the Energizer Bunny can charge up this nation and get her going again.


Friday, November 18, 2016

The Media Has Apparently Learned Nothing

                                                                       

If you thought the liberal mainstream media had learned anything on election night, you'd be wrong.  After stumbling and mumbling for reasons and excuses, after trying to puzzle out the degree of anger of the American electorate, after the ballot box clearly proved Americans weren't buying the electronic Hillary Cheerleading, the media has decided to just double down, or quadruple down on skewing Mr. Trump....and doing that skewing even before he's done anything.

Our headlines are full of the wildest accusation and speculations.  Trump's not "transitioning" fast enough.  Trump's getting ready to march 30 million illegals into death camps.  Trump's selection of an "alt-right" Breitbart hack whose going to destroy America (and after having never uttered a word about Muslim-worshipping socialist Valerie Jarrett who told Obama when he could wipe his ass...or even Hillary's pet Iranian, Huma.)  

The press is mounting "the sky is falling" media campaign unlike anything I've seen in modern political history.  It seems evident that the media moguls are sticking to Hillary's characterization of working, tax-paying Americans as that "basket of deplorables" and decided they'll settle on the "47 percenters" for their viewership.

I still believe that, in the long run, the media are eating their own.  They have been so biased and unfair that they've lost half of America and won't ever get them back.  That's okay....I'll cheer at the funeral.

Sad.  Damned Sad.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

You're Just Gonna Have To Let Them Cry It Out

                                                                   

My fellow conservatives,
You've sure seen all the protests over our recent election.  I implore you to just show a little understanding.  These people are the bonafide members of America's "victim" class.  Raised by liberal parents, schooled well in the art of the "everybody gets a blue ribbon", a "safe space providing" educational system and a President that has institutionalized victimhood, theses folks are having a difficult time learning any of life's realities.

They've partied hard on liberal student loan money, government grants, food stamps, and welfare, having constantly heard that Obama's gonna eventually bail them out on that debt, they've been spared the obligation of military service, pursued university degrees that will not win them a job, and even been offered the notion that one need not even have a job to do well in Obama's economy......the government will nourish you, medicate you for free, house you, and send you a green check,  in exchange for their vote.

So you're just gonna have to let these folks cry it out.  Like the kid in the grocery store, refused the candy bar, they've decided to fall down in the middle of the aisle and scream bloody murder.  That's okay; show a little compassion my fellows....they know no better.

Burning Trump in effigy?  Burning the American flag?  That's simply this new generation's equivalent of a teen's "I hate you" when the parents insisted they had to be in by midnight.    I suggest a little tough-love here folks.  Let's reimpose the military draft.  That will strengthen their bodies, strengthen their minds, and teach them finally that "we" should always trump "me".

And let's put em to work....six years of 9 semester hour college life is spoiling our youth.  Or roaming Baltimore and Chicago and Philly while clad in basketball togs and $200 dollar Michael Jordan shoes .Let's put both adult and student in the work force...by cutting off the government gravy and make them work if they want three hots and a cot regularly.  

All of this tough-love will eventually drive these miscreants from the streets.  If they get hungry enough they'll go out and find a job and won't have time for "street tantrums".

So, let em cry it out, then apply one good thump on the ass with a dose of reality.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Box Office And Juke Box Poison

                                                                     

We heard a lot from celebrities during this past election season, the vast majority in support of Hillary Clinton.  That's alright; celebrities have as much right to voice their beliefs as anyone else.  However, those celebrities should know that, as soon as they open their mouths, they lose half of their fan base.
They seem not to care.  So, if they don't care, I don't much care either.  I will say that I indeed have my own little personal boycott going.  I wouldn't buy a Lady Gaga record, or a Cher tune, or a Streisand album if you held a gun to my head.  And, when any of the Kardashian sisters, or George Lopez, or Jim Carrey's mugs appear on the TV screen I reach for the TV remote real quick.

And, as biased as anyone else, I freely admit to liking John Voigt and Tom Selleck and James Woods and Bruce Willis, and the small minority in Hollywood who dare to speak out in a Hollywood infested with liberals.  Sadly, the names just mentioned are just some of the few who have managed to survive in a Hollywood that will blackball a conservative celebrity in a heartbeat.

My boycott doesn't matter, but for those celebrities right on the brink of sinking into ForgetYouLand, you would think they'd be smart and keep their politics to themselves.  When you're that close to being forgotten you'd think they'd be smart enough to shut up.  

I also have a theory about how celebrities come to be so god-awful stupid about how the real world lives.  They start out in some small town school theater, their high school drama teacher a little light in the loafers encourages them to "explore their feminine side" and soon being gay ain't so bad.......in fact, being gay is to be "artiste"....anyone straight saddled with a handicap from the starting gate, the number one handicap being that you're straight and therefore automatically "gender biased".  (And I have no problems with gays...I just don't believed it should be introduced to children before they're ready...or having the lifestyle shoved in my face and forced to accept it....or else!)

Then the children drift off to Hollywood and spend a few months on the Sunset Strip, where women with balls and dick and men with tits are drinking coffee right next to Mr. Hanks at the nearby Starbucks and the kid says "ain't that cool".  Or they head to New York where half the city populace grew up and experienced their first public masturbation in a video booth in Times Square.  And pretty soon alternative forms of self love and alternative methods of achieving orgasm, made bountiful by increasing your date pool by expanding your sexual preferences is cool.

And what down and out musician, or Broadway wannabe, or "struggling thespian" hasn't signed up for food stamps or Guggenheim grants, or if you're really smart and breed some kids, a nice big fat welfare check!  So, after these folks make it big, and after they've ensconced themselves behind iron gated estates, protected by the Beverly Hills Security detail, served croquettes and cocaine by their illegal Mexican maid, they look back fondly on their "salad days" and say "hey, ain't government great...and the bigger the better!"  

And, of course that's when the hypocrisy begins.  They buy themselves a personal jet, then begin to preach about global warming and the sins of fossil fuels.  They advocate for Muslim and Mexican immigrants, yet won't take a single one into their own home...unless it's to clean their toilets and cut the grass...and live above the garage.  

And, perhaps the worst symptom of the celebrity psyche comes when they begin to believe that they are the heroes and heroines they play on the silver screen...when they believe they are superhuman, when they believe they are smarter than all of the rest of us trailer trash out here in the hinterlands.  At this point they become as tiring and uninviting as a Jimmy Swaggart at a Saturday evening tent revival, telling us in grand detail just how we ought to think and how we ought to live.

So, I boycott the bastards.  I suspect many do.  That's fine for most of the big stars.  Georgie Clooney ain't likely to lose his mansion in Britain, or his palatial estate on Lake Como in Italy, and Matt Damon and Cher and Streisand have stashed enough money away to last them forever....if they never crack and actually donate to all the causes they profess to love!  But, if I were an "up and comer"; just breaking into the business, or if I were sliding down the popularity polls greased with Vaseline, I'd shut the fuck up about my political views.

Just saying.  Whoops, Whoopie and Rosie just showed up on the boob tube....where the hell is that remote?