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The Democrats Dilemma.

Posted on May 31, 2019

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Adopted in 2010, the Circle D is the official Democratic Party Logo. / Image from Wiki commons.

 

All is not well in the House of Representatives. Stirrings, murmurs, whispers are circulating the halls, the bathrooms, dare say I? The Gymnasium. The talk is whether to go ahead and Impeach the 45th President, Donald J. Trump for obstructing of justice. To do what is right for the American people, and ultimately, as their civic duty as Representatives.

Unfortunately, that is not how it is going, instead? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and every Cable, Newspaper and News Media outlet is working overtime to shove the impeachment narrative down our throats. Either for or against.

And the outcome of this? Well as Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke said in his speech last night…wait? Did he give a speech last night? You know, I’m not sure. In fact, I haven’t heard much from the Democratic candidates. Oh, except whether they support impeachment or not, but their positions? What they plan to do? Not really out there is it?

Oh, trust me, they have positions. They have ideas, and have made a concerted effort to put them forth. Websites, Facebook Ads, YouTube videos, and as often as they can when the media pays attention to them. But the media is not paying attention to them. Instead? They are focused on Trump, and how to get rid of him.

It is the Democratic Litmus Test. Support impeachment? Or not? Oh? You have a solution to the Healthcare issue? That’s nice, but what is your position on impeachment?

While Republican pundits tease that impeachment will be boon to President Trumps re-election, because of its unpopularity in the public eye, the real problem is that impeachment is sucking all the oxygen away from Democratic candidates. Sapping their strength and leaving them little time to make their case before the American public.

In the Summer of 2020, it is very likely that the Democratic nominee will be confirmed at the convention and most American’s will be asking the same question. How did (s)he get chosen? Why wasn’t ‘such and such’ chosen?

The answer will be, they never had a chance to make their case. Impeachment dominated the Party’s platform and narrative, so they were lost in the shuffle. The selected candidate will then be at a disadvantage, the President will be seen as a victim of a Witch Hunt, and unlike his Democratic rival, will have other things to debate about other than impeachment.

By then, the fickled public will have grown weary of the impeachment proceedings, and will have gone back to worrying about their pocketbooks. The Democratic rival, still stuck with the albatross of the impeachment around their neck, will have to defend their party’s decision, and make a case for themselves. Not a good position to be in.

Right now, the Democratic Party has a dilemma. They don’t like Trump, that is certain. Yet their dilemma is how best to get him out of office, and their candidate in office. Impeachment seems to be the route they have taken. But impeachment has become the narrative and left little or no room for others.

It may rally the base, embolden younger voters, and give Representatives airtime on Media outlets, yet in the end, this narrative leaves the voters little substance.

So, he’s impeached in late 2019, what then? Removal from office by the Senate is unlikely. Trump goes into his re-election with the whole affair behind him. Bringing it up afterwards is not just beating a dead horse, but the horse’s grave. Pointless.

Impeachment in 2020 would tie up Representatives from their own re-election campaigns, not a good thing to do. It would likely lose favor very quickly by those Representatives who are in battleground districts.

Unfortunately, the time to drop the whole issue has come and gone. It has gone too far, for the Democrats to drop it now? Would give President Trump a win on that point alone. To wait until 2021 would be pointless, even if the Democrats picked up enough seats in the Senate for removal, this would only give President Mike Pence time to reshape the Republican party and make the boondoggle of the Clinton Impeachment fallout look like a firecracker next to a nuclear explosion.

The Democrats have a dilemma, they have boxed themselves into a corner with impeachment and have muted the voices of their candidates all in one fell swoop. Extraction from this dilemma, seems unlikely.

 

 

[Opinions expressed in the this blog are from the authors vivid imagination. And while he finds this impeachment stuff all good fun, along with the Mueller report, the investigating into who started this whole mess. Whether aliens are really visiting earth and why they stop by for a cup of coffee…He would really like it if the Congress just started to fix the problems we have. Healthcare, Infrastructure, Trade, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and mosquitos. Congress should get to work on mosquitos, they are annoying.]

 

Donald Trump…the guy at the end of the bar.

Posted on May 28, 2019

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Nighthawks by Edward Hopper (1942) This painting hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, and is one of most copied paintings around. Many copies are satirical in nature, or commentary on society at large.

 

Donny sits at the end of the bar. I’ve seen Donny around for years, usually sipping on his soft drink, maybe ordering a burger, Donny always has something to say.

It’s best to ignore Donny, but he rarely ignores you. Some people like to argue with him, but those poor fools, well, Donny tends to get the better of them.

“Yeah, hey Don, what do you know about politics? Huh? You’re just a real estate guy!” One patron will chuckle at him. Donny bobs his head, finishes his bite of his burger and calmly says.

“You ever put up a garage at your house? Remember all the red tape you went though? Try putting up a hundred million dollar building in NYC, then come talk to me about politics. Politicians? I eat those guys for lunch, when I am not having them over for lunch at Trump Tower.” Donny rebuts. The heckler just waves his hand at Donny, goes back to sipping his jack and coke, nursing his bruised ego. Donny? He has a point.

“Hey Don, I hear you rip off your vendors!” A woman says from across the bar. Donny bristles at that. He hates to be called a cheat.

“Think so? So if I bought you a porterhouse steak here, at this pub, and the cook gives you a plain hamburger, you going to complain?” He says to her scornfully. “That’s what I do, I buy the deluxe, the guy gives me cheap, and I’m the bad guy for complaining?” Donny says. The woman frowns, turns away. Mutters she still thinks it wrong.

“Yeah, you and Putin put a fix in!” Another Patron says. Donny shakes his head, he had fries in his hands, drops them to look at the guy.

“Really? You think so? Did they find that? No? no right? Stick it.” Donny says going back to his fries.

“Well, you tried to stop it!” The guy fires back.

“I was pissed! I knew it was crap, they knew it was crap, and I wanted them to knock it off! And to stop what? I wanted them to stop investigating something that didn’t happen? So, I’m that bad guy for that? What if the cops kept asking you questions about that bank you robbed?” Donny asks the guy.

“I didn’t rob a bank, don’t be stupid!” The guy says.

“Yeah well I didn’t steal an election, don’t be stupid! But it took them two years to say that, how would you like it if they took two years to say you didn’t rob the bank?” Donny asks him. The guy waves a hand and goes back to his drink.

“Why don’t you show us your tax returns?” Another female patron asks.

“Why don’t you show everybody yours?” Donny says. “No, better yet, maybe Nancy should say that all tax returns should be in the public domain? Would you like that? The government can show the world your tax records?” Donny asks her, she frowns at this. Donny puts his arms out wide, looks down the bar at us.

“Come on, like you people don’t know me! Like you haven’t see me around? What? Did I come out of the woodwork or something? I’ve had people investigating me for years, for this, or that. My life has been on every tabloid paper you could buy.” He says, then shakes his head, as he goes back to his meal. The bar grows silent, people are thinking.

“Well, you are going to lose soon.” The first heckler mutters as he stirs his jack and coke.

“Think so? Nah, they’re losers.” Donny says. “You know why I won? I had nothing to lose. What? My political career would be over if I lost? You think so? Might be Mayor of NYC, maybe ran for Governor. Even if I didn’t? I would just fade away huh? Sell the business, go retire on a golf course? Think that would have happened? No, that was never going to happen. I wouldn’t fade into obscurity like the others. What are the other 2016 Republican presidential candidates up to these days? You know, the ones out of office? Oh sure, you see them on the news now and again. They do their things. But what about past contenders? Name me three contenders on the Republican side from 2008? No? 2012? Remember them? You don’t do you? Politicians? They fade away, because not winning? Is losing. I was never going to lose, so…I won.” Donny says. I frown at this, he made another good point actually.

“Racist.” The first heckler mutters.

“Why would a racist work to improve Black, Hispanic, and Asian employment rates? Or work at the unfair prison sentences policies from past administrations? Why was Katrina Pierson my spokesperson? would a racist do that? Would a misogynist do that? And yeah, speaking of misogyny, I am so anti-women that Kellyanne, the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign mind you, is my counselor. So yeah, label me a bigot, and a misogynist.” Donny said shaking his head.

“Well, you said…” The woman heckler starts.

“Yes I did, I say lots of things. So do other.” Donny says cutting her short. I narrow my eyes at him. He sees this.

“What? Got something to add Jonny?” Donny says to me.

“Well, um, yeah. You say a lot of dumb stuff on twitter, on the news, even at rallies. You seem to pick a lot of fights that I feel aren’t necessary. I think you like doing this. Ginning people up, pissing them off. I’ve noticed you had many opportunities to take a victory lap for your successes, but instead say or do something stupid to get people angry and forget about your successes. Not sure why you do that, nor how I feel about it.” I say to Donny. He frowns, nods in thought.

“I’m a businessman, I keep them guessing, tell them what I want, how I want it, and then negotiate to get what I need. Didn’t you want a businessman to run the country? Yeah, well now you have one. I’m not worried about my political career, nor how to stay in power for 20 plus years. Them? The swamp as I call them. They worry about staying in power all the time. It keeps them up at night more than I do. Oh, and how’s your 401K doing Jonny?” He asks me.

“Good.” I say.

“And there you go.” Donny says.

“But what about…” I start. But he is getting up, putting down cash for his meal, looks at me and winks.

“There will always be a ‘But’. Business is my thing, trade is my thing, growing an economy is my thing. But? Well now, you have the get the other guys, them, to help me out for that. Without them? But is going to continue for a long time.” Donny says walking by me and patting my shoulder.

“What about the wall?” Another patron calls out as Donny heads for the door.

“Trying! See you guys tomorrow!” Donny says and heads out of the pub. Yes, we will see him tomorrow, and for quite a while I think.

 

 

[This satirical conversation is the product of the authors vivid imagination. At no time has the author met, nor conversed with President Donald J. Trump, or of anyone in the political arena except for a few snarky tweets and Facebook comments. I have been to a séance where President George Washington was conjured, but I feel the young woman running the séance was being a bit dramatic. This blog, along with this post, are for entertainment purposes only]

We need to impeach President Trump right now!…like today, maybe tomorrow.

Posted on May 22, 2019

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The marbles Congress has lost. / Photo by The Opinant.

 

We are wasting precious time here. President Trump must be impeached as soon as possible. If we don’t? We will never have enough time to see Mike Pence give the most boring speech telling us he is ascending to the Presidency with a Heavy Heart.

 

And that is just sad.

 

We really need to hear that speech. Then, we need now President Pence, to run for President in 2020 and just get his butt whooped. I am rubbing my hands in anticipation awaiting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s announcement they are moving forward on Articles of Impeachment.

If this occurs, do you think Hillary Clinton will announce her candidacy? We can only hope.

Of course there is a slight problem with impeachment. It’s just a political formality, the real action happens in the Senate, where the President is put on trial, and if found guilty, removed from office. All hail President Clint…Pence!

The Senate is full of Republicans, and yeah, many don’t like Trump. Mitt Romney for instance. And let’s face it, Mitt should be President, because if anyone looks like a President? It is Mitt. Then again, President Obama looked like a President. And was one.

But unless the Republican Senators can be convinced that the world is going to end in 12 years due to Climate Change…and I have heard rumors they do have the intelligence of Sea Sponges, just the good sense not to talk like them…the chances of a guilty vote? Eh, not happening. Can we change the Electoral College or something? A voting app maybe?

 

But that shouldn’t be a reason not to impeach. Impeachments are a wonderful waste of Taxpayers monies, and they buy time for your parties candidates, when they really don’t have any new ideas to run on. So, we should start this ball rolling tomorrow.

In the past, impeachments have worked out so well, as in the case of Andrew Johnson which lead to his…okay, scratch that.

Then off course Bill Clinton who was tried in the Senate and…yeah, let’s pretend that didn’t happen, okay?

But now? We know it will work! Just like we know Socialism will work! (Ask Bernie)

This time? Impeachment is going to work!

So let’s give it a try! Get him out of office before he turns around the economy. Let’s not let him negotiate better trade deals from China…who, I think, sold me a defect phone, because my phone randomly keeps taking pictures of military installations I pass by them on the highway. And just think of all those wars he didn’t get us into! This guy? Yeah, he has got to go.

So, for the crime of not colluding with Russians, and not really obstructing an investigation into a crime he did not commit? Yeah, Impeach him now!

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog are from the authors vivid imagination. Which unfortunately tried to obstruct my original blog about Impeachment and were themselves, impeached. Now I have no recollection of the past three days, and am sure it was not alcohol related. Might have something to do with those brownies I ate. Or not, don’t know.]

Why the New Abortion Laws don’t bother the Sea Turtles.

Posted on May 16, 2019

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Not the least bit concerned about the New Laws. /Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Normally, I tend to avoid discussions on abortion. Just bad form old boy, very bad form. The reason is rather simple, and I am sure you are used to them too.

Visceral Reactions, no matter what your take is on the subject. Nobody agrees, everyone has their own point of view. The Middle Ground? Is for whoosies.

But the subject has come to the forefront lately. With two States, Georgia and Alabama, enacting new laws that for all intents and purposes, outlaw abortion. Neither of these laws will survive for long, and both will die in the courts, to be ignored by the Supreme Court.

All of this is, of course, political posturing. Reactions from Republican lawmakers in response to Democratic lawmakers in response to Conservative picks for the Supreme Court in response to the election of Donald J. Trump who we must hate, because we lost. Did you get all that? Yeah, that is politics folks.

But Social Media has exploded with opinions, options as the where to go, and general nastiness, to tell you how mean and evil you are if you don’t agree with their opinion. All the while, Sea Turtles are snickering over the matter.

See, in the State of Georgia, who basically fired the first salvo on the Conservative side of the issue, it is illegal to disturb Sea Turtle eggs. You can get in a lot of trouble over that. Sea Turtles, like the Loggerhead one pictured above, are an endangered species. So, Georgia, along with the United States Government, protect them. You know, which they should.

Then of course, someone on twitter had to ask the question. Why are sea turtles protected more than human fetuses? (paraphrasing the tweet here). Yeah, that comment went over well.

Egg comparisons have gone wild, you know, why is okay to eat a chicken egg, but not okay to abort a fetus? Aren’t they the same? Maybe to cannibals, but no, not the same. Nor is the sea turtle, endangered or not.

The Conservative side of the issue is rather straightforward. It is immoral to abort an unborn child. That thing inside a pregnant woman? yeah, that is a human being. Toss in a little Biblical scripture, add some horrible pictures on posters and voila! You are an evil monster for wanting to kill a child!

On the Liberal side it gets a little more complicated. One, that thing inside a pregnant woman? Since it inhabits her body, she has the determining right to decide what to do with it. She shouldn’t be forced to carry, deliver, and raise that thing inside her. Self-determination is the cornerstone of the argument.

Obviously the issue is that Thing, and our inability to define it.

Like it or not, both sides have merit. A human being can only come from a female human being. Despite the endless parent jokes? Kids are not found under a rocks. Storks do not deliver babies, and the burden of the human species? Rests upon the female for 9 months. Then of course there is the whole nurturing aspect, but that is another subject.

Yet, nowhere else on the planet, are you going to find another place humans can come from, than from a woman. This single fact works in the favor of both sides, with Conservatives having a slight edge, because Humans beget Humans, Sea Turtles beget Sea Turtles. These are the facts of life folks.

Yet we currently protect the Sea Turtles more than we protect the Humans. That is a fact of society. We put a moral value on the sea turtle that we don’t necessarily apply to our own species. Even though our species? Will go out of its way to protect other species. Orca’s, Killer Whales, are a fairly intelligent marine mammals. Yet they really don’t care about Loggerhead sea turtles when it comes to their meals. They will eat them.

The Liberal side has a good argument on a woman’s right to self-determination of her body. Yet they back that argument up with somewhat idiotic facts.

Who will take care of the children if you make abortion illegal? Fine, fair point. Yet liberals have been telling conservatives they are immoral, unkind, and generally mean, for not allowing illegal immigrants from entering the United States. Some on the extreme left side of Liberalism are wanted borders to cease altogether.

Yet they don’t like answering the conservatives questions about: Who will take care of all these illegal immigrants you want to come here? Who will pay for their educations, their healthcare, their housing? At those questions, liberals tend to look down at their shoes and move their toe around a bit in a slow circle. Their only answer is to tax The Rich, other than that? They don’t have answers, but still tout that keeping people out, is immoral.

Conservatives argue that abortion is against God’s Will. I haven’t personally asked God this question. Maybe some have. An email would be nice. Yes I am being facetious…

And while yes, in several Great Religious Texts, various Deities talk about the sanctity of life, but choosing one Religious view for everyone is sort of frowned upon in the United States. And that is not taking into account the pregnant woman may be an Atheist. Unfortunately, those who take the Religious High ground feel a moral obligation. Without regards to other moral obligations. No looking at their feet for that lot.

The Liberal side also likes to tout that the Government should not dictate what a woman can, and cannot, do to their own bodies. Then they back silly laws like not being able to buy a Big Gulp in NYC. Or bans on cigarettes, trans fat, sugars, etc. Telling women (and well, the rest of us) what to eat, drink, and not to drive that CO2 producing car. Because if there is one thing the government does not do? Is being skimpy on regulating on how you should live your life. Time to look at your feet on this one.

Conservatives get a little lost on the whole preventing pregnancies. They tout abstinence. Which former TV Witch Alyssa Milano agrees with…talk about irony. Yet while abstinence will prevent pregnancies. It rarely works out the way conservatives think it should. Ignoring sex, and not promoting safe sex, is just dumb. Making birth control easily available and at extremely low cost, or free, just makes sense for both sides of the abortion argument. Less unwanted pregnancies, less abortions.

 

Overall it comes down to this. Neither side will agree. Neither side will find a common ground. Neither side has the moral authority. While they both claim they do.

Personally? I am Pro-choice. However I feel that while abortion should never be made illegal, nor access denied, we should strive to reduce the number to as to near zero as possible. There will always be a What If? or situations that will require a medical abortion. There are too many variables in a human’s life to say ‘no you can’t’. Nor should we, in a free society, take that option off the table for personal situations we just can’t predict.

We must also keep in mind those who prey upon these situations. Those who push women to choose one way or another.

Defending the right for a woman to have an abortion, just for your organizations betterment? Not good.

Nor should those who oppose abortion go to such extreme levels as bar women from access to local healthcare and the right of self-determination, while shaming them for a difficult choice.

Technology has advanced since Roe vs Wade. More premature babies are being born and surviving. Back then? Babies born at the 24 week mark rarely survived. Now? 66%-80% survive. At 26 weeks that rate goes up to 90%. Our technology is constantly evolving when it comes to prenatal care. It is not absurd to surmise that by the time Roe vs Wade turns 100? Artificial wombs may take the pregnancy from the woman’s body and help premature fetuses survive. All this is moving to become a moot point. And both sides of the argument know this, and are using this debate over abortion to further their political interests.

This little opinion piece of mine will not solve the issue. Nor will the countless others out there. Courts will decide, and in time, probably have to decide again as technology changes. Yet as we strive to figure out the most simplest of questions, when is a person a person? Sea Turtle eggs lay safely in their sandy nest, snickering at us humans, knowing we will protect them at all cost.

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly from the vivid imagination of the author. While not a woman, nor does he identify as a woman, and definitely does not identify as a pregnant woman, he is still a human and part of society when society allows him to play. The opinions expressed are the authors alone.]

 

 

 

The Inconvenient Truth about the Inconvenient Truth that is really Inconvenient.

Posted on May 7, 2019

 

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A photo of a dry lake bed, which may be coming to a backyard near you. / Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Pexels.com

 

Did you hear the news? One million species are going to go extinct soon. All this because of some bipedal ape. Of course they will have to hurry, we only have 12 years left according to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Congresswoman from New York.

Then again, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, a former Congressman from Texas, and is now a Presidential candidate for the Democratic ticket in the 2020 election, says we have 10 years left.

 

I am anxiously await for 8 years left.

 

Of course this mass extinction, and the subsequent fall of the bipedal apes is all caused by Climate Change. Formally known as Global Warming. Formally known as Runaway Green House Effect. And it is after us like a zombie that smells fresh brains.

Climate Change, to use the current moniker, is all the rage these days. The cause celebre of Hollywood, University Students, the Ecologically concerned millennial masses, and the Democratic Party. Not really a big thing on the Republican side. They keep missing the memo or something.

The best part of Climate Change discussion are those who doubt it. Or even question parts of the Science behind it. They are labeled Deniers. To even suggest that Climate Change is not a crisis is tantamount to heresy. It goes like this:

Denier: Um, yeah I am sure we contribute, but is going back to the stone age for technology really the best solution?

Climate Alarmist: (points a finger at Denier) Witch! Burn him!

2nd Climate Alarmist: Oh, no, we shouldn’t. Just think of all the carbon we’ll be putting in the air! Let’s bury him at sea.

3rd Climate Alarmist: Um, won’t that contribute to ocean acidification?

Denier: Guys? I was just suggesting that maybe we could cut emissions without destroying civilization in the process.

All Climate Alarmist: Burn him! 

 

Of course there are real Deniers. Those who steadfast believe that all that is happening, the rise in Carbon Dioxide, the overall warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, the acidification of the Oceans is just a natural occurrence. Or caused by sunspots. Something of the sort.

These Deniers fuel those on the Climate Change Alarmist side. The flip side of Deniers. Those, like AOC and Beto who say the End of The World draws Nigh. While they may be correct, and the World may end in 12, 10 or can I hear 8? years from now. The likelihood that Climate Change will be the culprit? Hardly. A big frigging rock from space has a better chance than Climate Change of ending the world.

While the True Deniers are annoying, and make you frown deeply in conversations with them. They do little harm. Most Deniers are not telling you the sky is falling and you need to sacrifice to the whimsical Gods of Climate Change. Completely change your lifestyle for something that is more out of our control than Climate Change Alarmist are willing to admit. Because if we only have 12, 10 years to the tipping point? There is not a damn thing we can do.

And this is the crux of the matter with Climate Change Alarmist. They scream at the top of their lungs the sky is falling, or yell wolf! so often that they have become background noise. Their only solution to Climate Change is YOU. You need to stop producing all that Carbon. You need to quit eating meat, drive electric cars, use solar, wind, wave, and hydrogen for power, to reverse this crisis before it is too late.

 

Memo to Climate Change Alarmist: It is already too late.

 

Climate Change, or Anthropological Greenhouse Gases Emissions (you know, to be accurate) is real, it is here, it is far more complex than rising Carbon Dioxide levels, and is not going anywhere soon. If we stopped every emission of greenhouse gases today? We would still be looking at a changing climate for the next 100 plus years or so. Probably the ‘or so’.

Climate Change Alarmist do nothing to solve the problem by gnashing their teeth, shrieking at the sky, and calling people stupid. They offer nothing in going forward in a warmer world. They repeat, like a mantra, that the sea levels are rising and droughts are coming. And that the only way we can stop this? Is by you giving up everything that makes life easier on you. Because the Stone Age? really wasn’t that bad now was it?

Oh, and they do this from their neat little handheld digital devices, that are made up of rare earth elements, that had to be scoured from the earth with Climate Changing machinery.

 

This is the real Inconvenient Truth about Climate Change Alarmist: They bring nothing to the table.

 

The Science is not settled. It is ongoing. Those who study Climate Change and not wholly depending on producing results that gives them more funding to produce the same results, know this.

These are the people who will tell you: Carbon Dioxide levels? Sure, but have you seen the Methane levels? Oh, and what about the decreasing Oxygen levels?  These are the scientist that look into all aspects of Climate Change, who truly wonder what is going on. They are the ones who know that while mankind has kickstarted the current Global Warming, that other factors are now in play. They know that disrupted cycles have a habit of feeding on themselves and what we started? We will not be able to end.

They also know we have to prepare for the future. And that for all of our knowledge? There is so much more to learn. That Climate Change science is a new field, and like all new fields of study, there is much to be learned, to be studied, and not draw half-ass conclusions. They are doing their best to leave politics out of it all, even though that is a tough row to hoe.

Because the Climate Change Alarmist? It is all about the political aspect of Climate Change. They worry less about Climate Change than saying We have 12 years left. They don’t look to a future and say, let’s plan. Let’s use more GMO crops to offset human needs. Let’s work with current technology to make it cleaner. Because if they did? You wouldn’t worry so much. You would feel secure, and vote on other issues. They call it Settled, because if they is more to learn? We just may learn that we really can’t stop the Climate train wreck heading our way, and they would become irrelevant.

And wouldn’t that be an Inconvenient Truth?

 

 

[The Opinions expressed in this blog are of the authors warped imagination. Although he is a proponent of the Scientific Method, he is a radical denier of the Flat Earth hypothesis. Plus, cats would push everything off the edge and you know it. While sources were not listed, Google (or Bing in my case) is your friend and you can find oodles of articles on Climate Change. Check out Methane levels and decreasing Oxygen levels, very interesting stuff. WARNING! Do not tell your local authorities that you are refusing to mow your grass because of Climate Change. “Nice Try” will be the answer and you WILL get a fine.]

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping up with the Opinion Rat Race.

Posted on May 6, 2019

 

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When you feel life is pressing in on you. / Photo by David Bartus on Pexels.com

 

I came to a realization the other day. I can’t keep up. I try, mostly in that gray matter between my ears. I see an article, or hear a story on the radio, occasionally catch a news program and say to myself “Well, that would be fun to blog about!”

But of course I have a life, I have kids, a home, some blonde Irish chick that tells me what to do about my life, kids, and home. And when I find that moment to sit in front of my laptop? The moment is gone. That thing I wanted to opine about? Not important anymore.

 

It’s a fast pace world out there my friends.

 

In our multi-media world, the news comes at us in every increasing cycles. Worse than the Alien invaders cycling down the final countdown in Independence Day. And the results are nearly the same. Well…figuratively.

And I wondered? How do the professionals keep up? Personally I know that I am tar putty spatula of the tool shed, and most of these opinion pieces are written by the scythes hanging on the tool shed’s walls, but still? How can they keep on top of it all? And as the sponges to their endless messes of opinions and news how do we absorb it all?

Well, we don’t. And honestly? They don’t either. Most opinions, and news media stories, which are basically, opinions with a smidgen of facts, try to keep in their lane. They keep a narrow focus on what bothers the hell out of them, and rant about it endlessly. Two cable news networks come to mind.

If you watch CNN then you know that President Trump is an idiot, and that Fox News is bad. If you watch Fox News then President Trump does moronic, but Just, things, and CNN is really bad, in fact, they are fake. A term they borrowed from idiotic, sometimes moronic, but wholly Just President. This is of course, those two cable news networks version of lane changing. Keeping ahead of the rat race of the every changing news cycle.

Let’s be real, taking cheap shots at your opponent isn’t just political. It makes great news. Both networks, doing their best to say they are the Truth of the matter. Which of course, neither one are. Because we all want the truth right? Well, the truth we agree with.

And that is just two cable news networks. The big guys on cable news. Don’t forget about the countless papers, the actual Networks, the other cable news networks, and the plethora of columnist, bloggers, twitter-verse, and opinion givers out there. All who check their lanes, see where the bigger crowd is, then switch lanes to lead the crowd.

And that is where most forget to tie their shoes. They jump on a story, mold it into their point of view, and run like hell to lead the pack. Usually getting their laces stepped on and falling flat on their faces in the process. In the past this used to be a career killer. Write something without checking the facts? Get tossed out of your office with your wilted potted plant thrown at you. Because back then? Getting the story right mattered. It had to. Your reputation depended upon it, and so did your news organization. Now? Well missteps are brushed aside, tossed in the waste pan under your desk and next to your wilted potted plant. You may get a finger wagged in your face, but that is unlikely. Because your boss knows what we all know. The news cycle is just too fast to keep up with anymore. Facts, and checking facts, that takes time. Time used for checking facts is for wussies.

Because the news rat race? Is a fast track. If you miss a story by an hour? You may be relegated to the bottom of page. Find your article is listed in Archives, even though you submitted it a half hour ago. So best to run with it, facts be damned, because after all, they are just a smidgen of the story, right?

 

 

[Opinions in this blog took a little time to conceive. So, you may find this article in my archives. Also, this is just my opinion, because that is what I do, write opinions, for the sake of opinions. While you have been reading my little blog, you have missed out on 3 top stories, maybe you missed that Prince Harry now has a son, or that we are sending the USS Abraham Lincoln to the middle east. Or that 1,000,000 species are expected to go extinct according to the United Nations. Then again there is that nasty asteroid impact in NYC that never happened…but it could have happened. Either way, don’t blink, you’ll miss the world.]

In defense of Old White Guys.

Posted on April 25, 2019

 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden. / photo curtesy of goodfreephotos.com

 

Say it isn’t so Joe…well, he did it. Hoping that the 3rd time is the charm, former Vice President Joe Biden is running, again, for President of the United States of America. A former Senator from Delaware he has had a long distinguished career in the Senate and politics in general. Tapped to be then Senator, Barack Obama’s running mate in 2008. Joe Biden brought his experience and inside knowledge of Washington D.C. politics to the ticket. It was a winning ticket. Joe Biden is a powerhouse of a candidate. A force to be reckoned with, and the Trump re-election committee will be working overtime to combat this threat. Well, they would have.

 

But now? Joe has issues. For one, he’s old. Then of course he’s white. A tad overly friendly, but hey, so am I, so I will give him a ‘soft’ pass until others come out to complain. He’s also very real, and that is a Big F’ing Deal.

 

To be a moderate in the Democratic party right now? Well heck! Might as well be an old white guy! Oh, wait…

Because the Democratic Party now a days has an issue with old white dudes. They are very unhappy with the current one living in that White House…and why is it called the White House? And they certainly don’t want someone who represents 72% of the population of the United States. Joe has issues with Socialism, which you know, is not a good thing these days.

Oh yes, like any good politician Joe does pander, to the masses of millennials who want a life provided by Harrods…from the womb to the tomb. And he is good with letting the other 28% of Americans know, that he too, is not happy with old white dudes. Yet this placating of the masses is well…falling flat.

CNN this morning, on it’s news app, basically said to Joe…Why bother? Dude! You’re old, and too pale. Leaving no mistake that they do not approve. Because the last thing America needs is an experienced politician in the White House. What we need is vigor, wild ideas that have no chance of success and well, color. We need some color.

 

Somewhere, in Heaven, a wonderful soul is yelling down to Earth: Content of Character!

 

Because whether you like Joe Biden or not. Whether you think his platform is good or not. And definitely whether you think the content of his character is good or not. These things do not matter anymore. We have slipped away from the days of electing solid Politian’s who understand the circumstances and gravity of governance, to the days of cute fluffy bunnies.

Can Joe, at 76 years of age, put together an IKEA table while Facebooking live? Probably not. Besides, he has grandkids for that. Can Joe whip up support for the New Green Deal? Eh, maybe, maybe not. It was his generation that ruined the planet for the rest of us. Can he navigate the complexities of our immigration issues? Helping out Dreamers and solving the fiasco that lies at our Southern Border? I’m sure he could, but unless he says yes to open borders, yes to this faction and that faction, he won’t survive to the first round of political drop outs in February 2020.

The problem with Joe Biden isn’t that he is out of step with America, it is he is out of step with the far left in America. Those that want a Global economy, nations to end in favor of a world government. Those who wish to punish America for its exceptionalism, and certainly to stop the impending End of The World, via the Paris Accord. And most of all, to vanquish White old dude Privilege.

Joe Biden has a problem. For all his Democratic Party affinity, and his experience and knowledge of Washington D.C. workings, he is an old white dude. And that does not play into the Democratic Party’s new found Democratic-Socialist members. The days of a moderate Democrat, a trusted public servant, and a loyalist to the party itself mean nothing. It is a sad day for the Democratic Party when CNN pans you from the start in favor of a young Mayor whom they gave glowing reviews when he tossed his hat in. Joe is from the days of rational behavior, tried and true methods of winning elections. Only to find now, that what damns him the most? Is the color of his skin. Irony is the bitch of modern politics.

I personally would like to see Joe go the distance, to make his case and let the nation decide. I like old white dudes, being one myself. But this time? It won’t be the radical nature of the candidate that ends it for him, but the moderately calm, if not sometimes boisterous humor, of his political demeanor that lags behind the pack.