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TGIF – Sept.13, 2019

There’s how many more Democrat debates?

Having watched the first three Democrat “debates”, we are not sure that we are so into masochism that we will watch the remaining nine.

After all, how many times do we want to hear various candidates crow that they are going to raise middle class taxes to pay for “free” healthcare, tax the assets we have worked our entire lives to acquire, hand out guaranteed incomes, illegally confiscate “weapons of war” or classify gun owners as domestic terrorists?

Maybe we’ll just wait for the abridged versions the next day.

Ambulance chasers united.

Has anyone else noted the increase in ads touting suing for “damages” from this or that product?

Take “Roundup” for instance. Now, we aren’t qualified to say whether the product causes cancer, but one thing we are sure of…if the users heeded the warnings on the containers, it shouldn’t have been a problem.

In almost every ad, we see people using the product without properly covering all of their bare skin or wearing breathing filters, in spite of the fact that every container of this liquid product  carries a warning to keep it off the skin and not to breathe the spray. That means wearing long sleeved shirts, long pants, liquid-proof gloves, and wearing a breathing mask, and oh yes, not to play or contact sprayed areas for 24  to 48 hours, and not let livestock graze in the sprayed areas for 7 days.

After all, weed poisons are well, poisonous.

It isn’t just “Roundup” either. It seems as though a lot of lawyers are trolling for business with these interminable ads. This used to be prohibited, and if it isn’t anymore, maybe it should be.

Should we house the homeless in unused prison cells?

According to some liberals, we shouldn’t put people in jail for “nonviolent” crimes.  Presumably that’s crimes like burglary, selling dope, grand larceny, theft,vandalism, etc.  That should leave us plenty of room to house the homeless in the unused cells.

Egad.

The 2020 circus.

We have the ultimate answer to global warming, i.e. climate change.

Surgically remove politician’s vocal chords.

OK, election years do normally create a lot of yak-yak, but this season is beyond the pale.

When you have Bimbo O’Rourke declaring that if elected he will institute mandatory buy-backs of guns he never sold in the first place i.e. gun confiscation, Bernie Sanders demanding that U.S. taxpayers fund birth control in the other 192 countries in the world, not to mention calls for “mandatory” removal of gas engines, whether owners can afford to replace them or not, (of course they will be aided by infusions of taxpayer cash) you can be excused for wondering why we need a central government at all.

Sooner rather than later, Democrats are going to move on to “noticing” that most shootings are committed with handguns, not AR-15’s. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out what happens then.

And that takes us to businesses who are deciding what type of guns and ammo they will sell.

These are private businesses, so they have every right to sell or not sell whatever they want, or to say whether they will allow guns on their premises.

We do tend to wonder why Walmart and other businesses don’t just stop dealing in any kind of firearms. It seems somewhat hypocritical to continue to handle the better selling firearms products.

Someone asked the other day what good President Trump has been to the country.

We would say that even if he has done nothing else, he has exposed a segment of politicians for the totalitarian ruler wannabes that they are.

TGIF – September 30, 2019

Are Dems driving voters to Trump, again?

Not everyone who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 were voting for him.  They were voting against Hillary and her dismissive attitude toward the “deplorables.”

So why in the name of all that is holy would Democrats do that again?

63 million people voted for the President, and calling them all racists and white supremacists is not exactly smart.

In the first place, the Democrats seem to be the ones dividing the country by race, not Trump.

In the second place hoping for the country to endure another recession just to hurt the President is a prime example of why many people don’t believe the left gives a tinker’s damn about the people they want to govern.

In the third place lies about what’s happening in the economy are pretty obvious to Walmart employees who went from $8.00 to $11.00 an hour in less than a year after Trump’s tax cuts

You don’t have to like Trump to vote for him. You just have to dislike him less than the alternative.

That’s not to say that Trump couldn’t run off some of his 2016 voters himself. Whomever gets the Democratic nod, Trump will need to do a lot more than name call  in the 2020 election.

It would behoove both parties to remember that neither the New York Times or WaPo are read by the majority of voters.

Comey suffering from schizophrenia?

Only James Comey could see the IG’s Comey report as vindication, or expect an apology for trying to upend the American political system.  The only way that works is for the man to have dual personalities…Good James and Bad James. Perhaps it isn’t just the homeless who are in need of mental health care.

 

Fewer people care about news.

It seems that people on both sides of the aisle are tuning TV out.

One man says he watches approximately 7 minutes of local news and weather and then turns his TV to “something worth watching, like the Animal Channel.”

Another said “The news and late night shows should come with a warning that says they are hazardous to your health.”

In short, America’s getting tired of the political hate speech.

A lady says she read about Bill Maher’s tirade about how happy he was about the death of David Koch from pancreatic cancer and remarked that her mother had just died of the same disease. “That man should be gagged and bound and locked up. What a horrible, cruel thing to say about anyone, no matter their politics.”

That doesn’t bode well for the news and entertainment businesses, but it doesn’t bode well for the country either.

In a normal world, people need to have some idea of what’s going on in the world around them.

The more the so-called news and “entertainment” industries attempt to attract clicks and viewers by competing to see who can have the most salacious and over the top content, the less people are involved with the world beyond their own kitchen table.

That makes it all the more likely that one day we will look up and wonder how we got a world that sees us as products or possessions, not people.

TGIF – August 23, 2019

Picture Dem candidates doing this.

Never mind whether Joe Biden is “nice” or Liz Warren has a plan for government health insurance.

The first thing you should picture your candidate of choice doing is going toe-to-toe with Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un or Hassan Rouhani.

We can survive arguing about the Green New Deal or climate change.

Getting it wrong with one of those three can get us dead.

Speaking of climate change.

The climate is changing, just has it has for centuries.

No scientist denies that, and considering that we just started coming out of the Little Ice Age in either 1850 or 1870, or about 150-170 years ago, depending on which source you believe, we’d better be damn glad it is.

The Little Ice Age spanned over 400 years, so the fact that the planet is still warming comes as no surprise.

And leave it to opportunistic politicians to use that natural cycle as a way to make money and gain power.

We will have to adjust to further warming, unless of course the planet takes a sudden shift and we start cooling again.

Remember the “polar bear extinction” predicted by the likes of Al Gore in 2007? Even he has had to quit talking about that, since the population has increased, with some estimates putting the numbers at 22,000 to 31,000 as noted in this article.

So yes, we do need to research previous periods of warming and maybe move our waterfront homes back a few hundred feet.

But allowing politicians to exploit the natural cycles for their own gain makes us one hell of a lot dumber than the animals who migrated as necessary to remain viable.

Let the winnowing begin.

With four wannabe 2020 presidential candidates now succumbing to reality and dropping out, we can only hope that by the first of the year the field will reduce itself down to a number that makes it worthwhile to explore their positions, assuming they have any by that time.

 

 

Supporters or activists?

Given all the furor over the Omar-Tlaib affair during the last week, many heretofore disinterested people are asking why we have what certainly seems to be Palestinian activists or even PLO recruits serving in our Congress.

People serving in our Congress are supposed to be representing U.S. residents, not the Palestinian people, and the two (or four) Congresswomen don’t seem to be doing that.

Technically, there isn’t a historical state of Palestine. It has always been a region, ruled throughout the centuries by everyone from ancient Egypt to Great Britain to the modern day Hamas.

Since 1948 there have been various efforts to create a legally defined state, the so-called two-state solution,  which have gone exactly nowhere.

This isn’t the place to go into that region’s history, but suffice it to say the Omar-Tlaib rhetoric of the last week and before has contained enough inaccurate vitriol to have people wondering whether these ladies should remain in the Congress.

Of course they were legally elected by their districts, so removing them from office is a very contentious question.

If the majority of the people of their districts are in tune with their anti-Israel, anti-Semite viewpoint then they might in fact be representing their districts fairly.

If they aren’t, it’s hard to understand why the people of their districts aren’t asking for a recall.

Now that the two seem to be trying to influence Congress to cut off U.S. aid to Israel, this question seems to be assuming more gravitas as it moves forward.

 

TGIF – August 16, 2019

Trump’s not-so-new green card rules.

Ellis Island didn’t allow sick or illiterate people to immigrate.

At least you can have a runny nose or a goiter and still immigrate into the U.S. in today’s world.

That wasn’t true in the early years of the 20th century according to encyclopedia.com, which also noted that would-be immigrants were herded through metal guardrails. The arrivees also had to be literate, as illiteracy adversely impacted their employability.

History.com also refers to a disinclination to allow in arrivees who might become wards of the state, as noted in this passage:

Questionable candidates were forced to submit to more detailed questioning and medical exams, and any signs of contagious disease, poor physique, feeblemindedness or insanity could see an immigrant denied admittance on the grounds that they were likely to become a ward of the state ” .

In fact, today’s bleeding heart liberals would probably succumb to a moral paroxysm if we used the rules extant in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Apparently living off the government wasn’t popular then either.

Granted, the “new” ruling could use some clarification.  It appears to refer only to those who derive the main portion of their subsistence from government programs, but to date, that hasn’t been made clear in the press, and we could benefit from seeing its intent better explained.

The other “Green”deal.

The  U.S. has been interested in purchasing Greenland before, specifically in 1946. The Danes weren’t up for it then either, according to apnews.com, even though at that time we offered to trade in part of Alaska too.

WaPo counts

According to the Washington Post, President Trumps has “lied” 12,019 times in 928 days.

Gee, a politician who exaggerates things. Who knew.

At least now we do know why WaPo seems to have so little time to gets its own facts straight.