Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Shocking Results

Recently, I have been interested in some of these Senate and House investigative sessions.  I am amazed at the waste of time and money that they are.  Person after person that is called to appear before these committees blatantly refuses to answer questions. Admittedly, the questions are framed in a way to attempt to garner the answer that the particular questioner seeks.  Often those sought after answers are to further a political agenda. So, I would ask.  What earthly good is expected from these sessions?  Why are these investigations not backed by some power to elicit answers or pay a penalty to have the truth known.  Lets hold these people in contempt and toss their ass in jail until they decide to be forthcoming.

It is beyond my wildest dreams to think that Senators or Congresspersons could set aside their absurd political agendas in an effort to actually seek the truth.  That is almost as absurd as thinking that persons in front of these committees would actually answer with any remote sense of the truth.I continue to believe that in most cases that someone refusing to answer a question is most likely not willing to have the truth known.  I also find it strange when the common answer is "I do not recall", but, at times they can recite dates and times and great detail about happenings from some time gone by.

This whole process is suspect.  These people are supposed to be intelligent and dedicated to the maintaining of our Country and the people of it.  Such childish behavior.  Such self serving and sneaky behavior.  The whole group are pathological liars.  When on the question asking side of the room, their pompous behavior is despicable.  Yet, when on the answering side of the room, they become that arrogant, non-answering, poor memory ass that they showed such contempt for.  AMAZING!

Here's my answer......a jury of common citizens with the power to incarcerate unwilling witnesses.  Throw in a little shock therapy if it suits them.  Shocking results to follow.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dr.....again.

Had another Doctor visit recently.  I have a new Cardiologist and I like him.  He walked in the room and immediately said "I see your still fat."  I wish I could be angry with him but I have always been capable of respecting the truth.

Good news is, I'm pretty sure he thinks I have at least 6 months left because he made me another appointment for 6 months from that visit!

Habits

Have you ever thought about this?

When I get dressed, I put my right leg into my underwear first then my left (hopefully without falling down).  Then I put my head into the opening on my TEE shirt then my left arm and then right.  I always put my right leg into my pants first, my left sock on first and my right shoe on first.  I put both shoes on then stand and put my right foot on the seat to tie it then my left.  I put them up on the seat because I can no longer bend over long enough to tie shoes without running out of breath. If its cold outside, I put my left arm then my right arm into my sweatshirt before pulling it down over my head.  Top it off with a "baseball" cap and I am good to go.

I repeat this without any changes.  Creature of habit we are (spoken like Yoda).

I love pie.

So, I have been brainwashed.  I turn on Facebook every couple nights.  I have found it a reasonable way to see what friends and family are up to.  I am terrible at finding time to spend with them.  So I have reverted to checking in the "Cloud" for my information.  I do miss the personal nature of face to face meetings, but, I have become too busy (lazy, really) to make contact.  Unlike when I was younger, I simply run out of energy earlier.

 I am troubled by a lot of what I see on Facebook.  The proliferation of new "News" sources is a point of concern. I have read a number of articles (Not on the inner-web) describing the practice of  posting outrageous headlines under a variety of "News" source banners simply to create readership to garner advertising revenue.  There is a name for the practice, but, I cannot remember what it is.  The gist of it is that the web is rife with made up shit that a large number of people are taking as factual.  We seem to have lost our ability to sense bullshit when confronted with preposterous writings.  It appears that we have created a great divide among readers of this tripe.  Most of the division has become "political" in nature.  I read comments with my jaw dropped onto my chest.  People that I believe are intelligent are caught up in this epic battle of who did what to who.  There has become no middle ground, no compromise, no working together to achieve common goals.  Things are simply good or bad based on a Party affiliation.  These intelligent people truly believe that right or wrong depends on the party affiliation.  Holy crap!

Now I will admit that I am certainly not a Trump fan. (Now this is where the internet deems me a Hilary supporter), and I am certainly not a Hilary supporter.  I am a believer that once elected, your mission becomes finding  the best way to serve the public.  It turns my stomach to watch partisan politics being played at the expense of the people that expect better of their elected officials.  It takes an idiot to think that only their Party has the answers to all things important.

Trump supporters mystify me.  They seem blind to his stupid behavior and believe all the dim witted noise made by him.  Do they not watch him attempt to speak?  Have you not read from his twitter account?  His behavior seems to be that of someone lost as to the root of his job.  I am not a fan of a "Wall" along our southern border,  a total dismantling of Health Care with no idea how to improve it, a massive increase in Military spending when we are so deeply in debt, a Tax break of 60% for Corporations when we are so deeply in debt, continued spending on "pork" because that's just stealing from the taxpayers, and, exhibiting a total lack of respect to science and the environment.

I have disagreed with many actions of past Presidents.  But, all  of my years I have never witnessed the complete disintegration of civility that exists today.  I will find fault in our political process.  I was raised to look upon leaders of our country with respect and a belief that they somehow were acting for our benefit.  The past few elections and the resulting campaigns have taught our population that the way to get ahead is to denigrate your opponent.  Make up the vilest crap you can about your opponent and paint them as the most despicable person imaginable.  Create an atmosphere of hate for the opposition.  Do not, under any circumstance, address issues that have a bearing on the reality of daily life for the bulk of the population.  Promise completely fabricated impossible items, like lowering taxes while spending more money while raising the National Debt.  Sadly, there are voters that buy into this crap.

I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but wait, I did not vote for Mrs. Clinton either.  What?  Not Vote?  That's un-American!  That means you have no room to complain!  To that, I say,  kiss my you  know what.  By not supporting a person that I deem unfit to be President, I have exercised my rights to not be forced to do something against my will.  It is a beautiful thing to live in a country that allow you the freedom to express yourself.  Put it this way.  If you offer me Peach pie or Rhubarb pie, I will decline.  That does not mean I don't like pie, rather that I choose not to like Peach or Rhubarb.  I love pie, but only certain kinds.  I have a right to choose which Pie or which Politician I like.  I will not eat Pie that I dislike and I will not vote for a Politician I dislike.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

She's capable

I have this friend, She's one of my oldest friends.  By that I don't mean that She's old (well She kinda is), but, rather we have been friends for a long time.  I miss-spent a lot of my youth with her brother whom was my best friend through most of high school.  Consequently, I spent a lot of time around this friend.

All that said, fast forward fifty years.  My friend is a huge Trump supporter.  Needless to say, I am not.  This makes for some interesting back and forth on social media.  We have yet to get together face to face for more discussion, but, I am looking forward to the time we can do so.  I think she will continue to be interesting and present the opportunity for very lively discussion.  My friend has always been smart and is well educated and spoken.  That is why I look forward to meeting in person for more discussion on politics and anything else that comes up.

I continue to be amazed at the growing divide that has been caused in part by the continued deterioration of our political landscape. It is mean on Social Media.  News Media is under constant attack.  Everyone is choosing their preferred source for information and claiming that those with differing positions are not real news.  It is worth noting that News agencies have fallen into the habit of choosing sides and pushing opinions more often than simply reporting factual information. This contributes to the division.  I enjoy editorials and hope they continue, but, I tire of so much "News" being an editorial.  Come on!  Report facts.  Our Society needs clear reporting of the facts.  CNN, Fox, and all the new comers that showed up on Facebook are a poor attempt and at best are entertainment.

Back to my friend.  She is very passionate in her beliefs.  Religion, Politics, Health Care, You Name It, She is focused in her thoughts and expresses her passion very well.  Sometimes  She catches me off guard with her determination to make Her point.  I dis-like that most of our conversations occur on Facebook.  I cannot judge attitude when not face to face.  I am afraid that I upset her at times and have no desire to do so.  I have always had the utmost respect for my friend.

I enjoy good conversation and feel that I am capable of dissenting opinions not getting in the way of friendship.  That appears to be a lost skill today.  That is why I look forward to sitting with my friend. She is capable.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Wow!...Really?

Wow, how time flies.  Seems like just last week I was ramping up my bid for President.  Somewhere along the way I became sidetracked with the circus that was termed "campaigning" by other  folks.  I haven't been a fan of recent election campaigns because of all the childish verbal slop that comes with them.  I, for the last several months, have sat in my chair with my chin on my chest, watching our election process deteriorate into a school yard name calling session.  Such immature behavior and outright lying going on by the future leaders of our great Nation.  And, by the way Mr. Trump, our Nation is great.  So I don't need to constantly hear how you are the ONE to save us.  We are a little broken and its scum like you that broke it.

Its time I interject here that I am not a fan of any person that ran for President this time.  I am not a Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative or any other label that is bantied about today.  I am an American, and, one that is as dissatisfied as many others.

I feel we are  at a crossroads in our growth as a country and in dire need of reform.  Our political leaders have become self absorbed and are no longer looking out for the "people" of our country.  They are self promoting and lazy and need to find a real profession.  They constantly talk about entitlements for the poor being abused while they abuse the people of this country with their irresponsible spending and self agrandizement.  The results of the recent election have done nothing to alleviate my concerns.  I am at a loss as to how intelligent people cannot see through the lies and constant rhetoric that we are exposed to each day.  If politicians aren't spewing their particular drivel, then, the media is doling out their self inflated opinions on us.  It is  becoming increasingly difficult to figure out the truth in anything we hear and see.  Comparisons to past leaders with treacherous agendas are everywhere.  It is a frightening thought that the American public is  becoming immune to the truth and will believe whatever is offered as fact, by who ever shouts the loudest.  Many horrible leaders from the past were duly elected because they had a persona that mesmerized people.  Given that many of us are enamoured with celebrity, I wonder if we simply voted for our favorite persona / personality.

Again, let me reiterate, I am not a fan of any particular person, party or group.  I have serious doubts about our newly elected officials.  Doubts that I have had since becoming aware of our political system, many years ago.  My frustrations are not new, rather, heightened by our recent election of someone that I feel was the least qualified person available.  Don't get your panties in a wad, I did not suggest Mrs. Clinton would be better.  So drop your thoughts that I am a Democrat or any other party affiliate. Mr. Trump, to me, is a childish, self-promoting, egotist.  I fear his agenda is for the good of Trump Inc., not the USA and its member citizens.  I hope I am wrong.

As I sit and reflect on the past 12 to 18 months, I can not help but think......Wow!....Really?






Saturday, August 27, 2016

Platform

So,  I have been a little side tracked.  Seems the American public is infatuated with candidates financial statements.  My Accountants (Dewey, Cheatem and Howe) have assured me that in the matter of Tax returns,  I have not received any returned Taxes in the past several decades.  So, I assume that will satisfy all those interested parties.  That leaves the matter of speaking fees.  I swear that I have never charges a single soul for the privilege of listening to me jabber on about anything.  I probably don't see anyone paying me in the near or far future either.  Now, down to business........

When we last were in touch, I was outlining my platform for my Presidency.  Number two on my list is the fact that we carry substantial trade deficits with a variety of nations.  I know, I read it on the Internet.  Google trade deficits and a list of sources pop up.  For those not as well versed in matters of international stuff, trade deficit means we send more money to a nation than we get back.  Sooner or later all our money has been sent.  Policies need changed to force a more balanced trade.Taxing imports at a higher rate will help to balance deficits.

Number three.  Our aging infrastructure.  Maintaining such vast roadways, bridges and utilities requires large sums of money and labor.  Aid that is sent to foreign countries that is unappreciated and money spent on stupid little conflicts should be spent at home.  Welfare recipients should be put to work as labor on maintenance of infrastructure.  What the heck, were supporting those people anyway.

Lets push a HOT button.......IMMIGRATION.  We have had for decades a channel for legal immigration to this country.  There is not provision for ILLEGAL immigration.  Lets secure our borders and control our destiny.  Those that wish to become citizens have a path.  If you wish to live here, assimilate.  Learn our language,  abide by our laws and call America your country.  Nuff.

Tax,  what a nasty word.  OK kids, listen up.  Any one that tells you they will lower your taxes is full of shit.  We are up to our ass in debt and can only pay it with money....Tax money.  Paying our fair share is a responsibility that is required for us to continue to celebrate the marvelous freedoms that we hold dear.  Should we restructure the tax codes, you bet your bippie.  A simple flat tax will work.  As debt comes back into control, tax could conceivably lower, but, if you are reading this there is a better chance than not you will not live long enough.  It is something we owe to future generations.

Ok,  that should hold you for a little while.  Just remember,  this is our country and we cannot continue to F it up.









Sunday, July 24, 2016

Flush twice

So,  I watched as much of the Republican National Convention as my stomach would allow.  WOW what an amazing collection of Cheerleaders.  They came from all walks of life,  all shapes and sizes.  The message was very predictable,  Republicans are GOOD and Democrats are EVIL, especially HRC.

Mrs.  Trump was attacked for her probable copy of a previous speech.  The message was good, but didn't make for as good TV as when the self righteous news media jumped on her with both feet.  Mr. Cruz set everything on fire with what he didn't say.  I may be slow, but, even I would not have invited someone to speak that I had just spent months spreading rumors about and attacking them and their family.  I assume we can expect more stupid decisions from the Republicans between now and election time.

Now, don't get me wrong,  I have no more faith in the Democrats and their upcoming Party "Party".  It is painfully obvious to me that the Party that can paint the most disgusting picture of their opponent expects to be the winner.  Meanwhile,  we the public have to put up with which ever turd doesn't go down with the flush.

Dare I say ......FLUSH TWICE!

Monday, June 27, 2016

testing...

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POTUS, for short

Well crap!  I didn't think I would be ready to run for President this year, but, look at the buggers we have as probable candidates.  A Clown with no ability to marshal a complete sentence,  a mind and mouth without any filter, no serious answer to any of the myriad of problems facing this country and an innate ability to capture the attention of our incredibly moronic news media.  On the flip side, we have a candidate that cannot escape controversy.  She is blamed for nearly every despicable happening in the last two decades, weather on not she had any actual involvement.  Obviously she has taken money from all sorts of devious people and countries, as if that is new to our political system.

Each Candidate has spent countless hours and money to continue to tell us what a complete ass the other candidate is.  Obviously,  the American voting public cares more about who wins the mud slinging than what real abilities a candidate has to identify and help solve issues facing us.

Because of the lack of a serious candidate, I feel compelled to throw my hat in the ring.  I shall run on the Indrecrat ticket. What is that, you say?  That's a party that has no boundaries.  We have no isles to cross,  no established controlling entity and no reason to not do what is right.   After all, I have the opinion that is what our elected officials are supposed to be doing.

So, I need a platform to run on.  Well, sit back and take a gander at my list of issues to work on.  They are listed in my perceived order of importance.
1- National debt
2-National trade deficit
3-National infrastructure
4-Immigration policies
5-Tax structure
6-Welfare system
7-Social security system
8-Elected personnel terms and responsibilities
9-Tort reform
10-Pork attachments to bills
 

I will address each of these points in detail over the next couple days.  Let me offer a few thoughts on item number one right now to start you thinking.  Our National debt is extremely out of control and there is no visible sign that anyone in our political system has any concern.  We constantly drive the debt up with stupid spending practices and an un-willingness to make the hard choices needed to reign it back.  How and why in hell did we give up control to a gaggle of corrupt politicians?  I say corrupt because the fact that we are in this predicament means we are being taken advantage of and our money is being spent foolishly.  A balanced budget should not be anything other than a requirement of our elected officials.  Failure to do so should result in a simple firing.  What other business on earth allows upper management to continually drive debt up and up?

  So, how do we right the ship?  Spending has to be brought back in control.  We simply cannot continue to blindly spend money on countries and conflicts that have no value in doing so.  Government costs should never exceed fair market value.  We continually spend more for items for government use.  Military expenditures need examined for actual need, ie replacement of aging equipment that is not to be abandoned in some foolish foreign conflict.  We need to force other countries to take care of their own problems.  Harsh, I know, but, we cannot continually finance other countries while we do so with borrowed money.   Entitlement programs should require some effort to be received.  Drug testing should be mandatory for inclusion in these programs.  (see items 6&7 in future posts)  In short,  money cannot be spent on a whim.  Item #10 will deal with a major problem with our budget.

I love living in this country.  I love the freedoms we have and the prosperity that is possible.  I cannot imagine that there is a better place on Earth,  but, I have concerns for the future.  So, join me on a quest to actually make this a better place to live.

My name is DINO and I am running for President of the United States.  (That's POTUS for short)