Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Things Haven't Changed Much

Uncle Jay Explains: Apr. 21, 2014

Ok let's go way back to January 21st 2008

To learn more about Uncle Jay see my post from March 18, 2017:
     Where Did Uncle Jay Go?

Insane Monster Truck Trick

"Lee O'Donnell landed the first-ever front flip at the Monster Jam World Finals Sunday in front of a stunned crowd in Las Vegas. O'Donnell started the flip by driving on his two back wheels with the front of his car suspended in the air, and then the unthinkable happened"

More Details Here: Daily Mail.com

Monday, March 27, 2017

Here's What's Going On In The Swamp Today (03/27/2017)

"The Golden State legislator briefly disappeared the night before he announced that the Trump transition team had been the victim of “incidental surveillance... the White House did not know he was there, either." COMMENT: Or so we're led to believe.

"Yhe Law Department claimed 78,500 cigarette shipments — sent illegally from state Indian Reservations — cost the state and city more than $35 million in tax money" COMMENT: OMG--does this mean UPS is suppose check every online purchase they deliver someday too? So I guess this means they are suppose to act a collection agency for the government w/o compensation.

"John Podesta, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 national campaign chairman, may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014" COMMENT: Russian roots run deep. Should have elected the only clean candidate when we had the chance--Bernie Sanders.

"A court-appointed investigator has found that the United States Attorney’s Office for Kansas is in possession of hundreds of phone and video recordings of communications between attorneys and their clients, inmates at a privately run prison facility in Leavenworth." COMMENT: Looks like a lot of cases could be tossed out. Smooth move Ex-Lax.

Simpler Times:
Remember when swamp gas could explain away any strange goings on?

Healthcare Bill Failed Next Up The Budget

Next on the agenda is the budget for 2018. A few day's ago the White House released it's "blueprint" draft 62 pages in length.

NPR Was Kind Enough To Post The Entire Document

If this administration thought healthcare repeal and replace was a toughie they haven't seen anything yet. Whether one agrees with the White House's draft or not what we're about to see is one hellva' battle. Especially looking over just a few of these cuts..

This president has the habit of taking credit when things go right Then pointing the finger at others when they do not on twitter. If things go the way I think they will over the next few weeks his twitter fingers are going to be blistered. It's almost certain too there will be plenty of foot blisters to go around when protestors most likely take to the streets if the past is any indication.

Although I prefer to sit this one out I do have a few thoughts before the games begin. What we have here is similar to football. We have two teams. One, the conservatives. The other, liberals.

On the conservative team you have players willing to trip up other players on their own team so they can't reach the goal. Some range from a no government policy to less government. Because of this division they failed to reach an agreement on healthcare.

On the liberal team--players may have trouble getting on the team because owners (voters) didn't want to fully staff the entire team. Hence we have an unequal number of players going into the game.

The outcome of the game will be determined by which team is more able to unite their players better then the other despite one having less players. If both teams--because each of their inadequacies end up tying the game it will go into OT (a government shutdown). And that folks is where I think we're headed.

But this isn't football. This is real life. If government goes into indefinite OT (shutdown) fans aren't going to stick around forever waiting to see how things turn out for their team. They'll leave disappointed and pissed off with both sides along with the players they supported. Fans may not show up for the next game (election).

That's why it's important players (politicians) treat each another fairly and respectfully on both sides--even those on their own team. If sports teams acted this way it would be the end of the road for whatever sports we're talking about. When it comes to sports (just like government) it's important that fans (citizens) have confidence there will be a fair outcome in how the game is played. Otherwise I fear rioting in the stands.

So yeah I'm concerned what may be on the road ahead with this president stirring the pot. When players fight like hell fans tend to get involved in kind. This is not good for either America nor it's people. Is this the fate that awaits us?

Gosh I hope not!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Trump Handed Germany A $374 Billion Invoice for NATO

Let me explain this simply as possible. The United States nor Trump is in charge of some military corporation. This is an agreement between nations. Who the hell is Trump or the United States to think otherwise?

Somebody needs to stop this loon before he causes any more damage

Pa. Representative Dent On Trump's Shit List

"On Meet the Press today, Chuck Todd asked Dent if that actually happened. Dent responded, “I’m not gonna deny that."

The short of this is Trump isn't going anywhere with these kind of threats

Polarized America

Photo: File illustration by Paul Lachine

Good Job CBS !

Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press Columnist -- "When Americans talk politics, we tend to talk past one another far more often than we talk to one another, even when both sides join the argument with the best of intentions... Why do some people grow up to be conservatives, while others become liberals?"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

New World Waking 2014 (Music Videos)

A few years ago my distant blogger buddy NYC singer/songwriter Steve Schalchlin posted his public performance of "New World Waking 2014".

I thought given all the conflicts still going on in the world his show is as appropriate now as it was then.

What follows are four clips from this performance among his many on YouTube.

"Holy Dirt"

"War By Default"

"I Enter This Battle Gravely"


I'd like to add a few more.
This one goes back to May 8, 2007 in Olympia, Washington.

Steve didn't end it there. "San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus meet with mothers Gabi Clayton and Carolyn Wagner before the 30th anniversary show which features songs written about the two women's experience with hate crimes perpetrated upon their gay sons.".
December 1, 2008

I consider Steve Schalchlin a amazing man. He suffers and still survives from a severe HIV infection decades beyond what doctors said would be possible. Perhaps God allowed him to live for a purpose. And for that miracle Steve hasn't disappointed even though he requires multiple medications to get him through the day.

So on this day--given what the world is going through over divisions between one another and strangers from foreign lands--I feel the time couldn't be more appropriate for this post.

I'm asking has anyone watched these videos?
This is important to me. Let me know.

Time To Get Rid Of Baseball Umpires?

"A French inventor has created £149 ($200) device that can detect whether balls are out - and he expects to sell it this summer. The device sits on the net and maps the ball's flight - using artificial intelligence (AI) to measure flight, pace and spin."

It appears this device could also be used in baseball to end arguments with the umps.

We've all seen broadcasts which show the speed of the ball as well as the batting zone in real time.

I'm certain baseball purists would be against this but wouldn't this be the ultimate in fairness?

Same would go with base runners. Computers are capable of seeing down into microseconds. Far more then any human would be capable of when it comes to being tagged out. Even slow motion camera replays are limited. Course then fans wouldn't have the same enjoyment watching players clearing the benches to slug it out and bitching about umpires' calls.

Question is which would fans prefer?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Allentown School District Does This Make Sense?

ASD Approves $12M Building 21 Deal
Stephen Althouse | WFMZ (03/24/2017)
"The Allentown School District, yet again facing a significant financial shortfall, purchased Building 21 from developer Abraham Atiyeh during Thursday night's board of directors' meeting. The vote was 9-0.

In return for 11.55 acres of land and the building, located at 265 Lehigh St., the district will part with $12 million. The deal, between Basin Property Development LP and ASD requires a $200,000 down payment, followed by the remaining $11.8 million due at closing. The district had been leasing the building since 2015."

My Comments
Let me the first to say I'm not the brightest bulb on the marquee. Maybe someone can explain to me why this makes sense.

I did a search of Lehigh County Property Records. Here's what I came we up with...

Back in January 2017 WFMZ reported--"With the help of local lawmakers, including Pa. Sen. Pat Browne, Pa. Rep. Peter Schweyer, and Pa. Rep. Michael Schlossberg, the state's third largest urban district secured a $1 million state grant...

The cash will be used to renovate the high school building, Building 21, opened two years ago as an alternative learning center."

I'm not a financial genius but if I were looking to buy property I'd be reluctant to pay nearly 3x's more then it might be worth. Perhaps there's a logical reason I'm not aware of. Absent such a explanation it appears being a developer in Allentown really pays off!

Not only would taxpayers fix up my building while I collected rent--they'd turn around a give me nearly 6x's what I paid initially less then three years later.

Apparently I'm dumb as dirt not knowing all the facts OR something seems out of whack.

Can someone enlighten me why this makes sense--what am I missing?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Whole World Is FOS

What I learned over the last few years. The whole world is FOS.

Past History
Roosevelt loved Stalin. Thought he'd be a great partner as long as he agreed to attack the Japanese after the defeat of Germany. He also agreed in 1945 how'd Russia, we and Britain would divvy up countries after the war at the Yalta conference in Crimea. Roosevelt even laughed at and played Churchill as a fool in order to win over Stalin to the cause. Eventually all three turned out to be FOS.

Shortly after the conference Churchill somewhat undercover visited China in the hopes of winning over the Chinese government to find favor with the British Empire over U.S. interests. Churchill (a heavy drinker) once stated Anglo-Saxons were meant to be the superior race Thus justification for the continued British colonies rule over India, Africa and elsewhere.

As Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt canoodled millions continued to die fighting Japan and Hitler's troops. While at the same time the FOS madman (who never honored a treaty in his life) barked out orders safely tucked away in his mountain retreat.

Prior to this in 1944 the Democratic party destroyed heir apparent Henry Wallace's chances at becoming vice president They played every trick possible to make far less deserving Harry Truman their candidate. This eventually led to Truman becoming President despite the extreme support of delegates for Wallace at the convention. Much like they did screwing over Bernie Sanders enabling Hillary in 2016.

Moving Ahead A Few Years
The Vietnamese were portrayed as our enemies. We spread napalm, agent orange, land mines and destroyed villages like there was no tomorrow. No one yet seems to have an explanation how they'd been a threat to the United States to this day. A few decades later we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq even though all evidence pointed towards Saudi Arabia for the attacks on 9/11.

Republicans along with Trump promise cheaper and better healthcare for all. A greater America for each and everyone great or small.

Democrats--who manipulated the convention in 2016 to oust Bernie Sanders are as guilty as conservatives who redistricted voting areas. Our individually perceived enemies in each and every case are FOS as all the others throughout history just as they are now.

For these reasons and many more since the biblical days I've concluded the whole world always was FOS. Whether it comes down to ethnicity, religion, whatever government is in power or anything that divides us provoking mankind to kill one another or screw over one another financially for whatever cause is nothing but more then BS.

I agree there will always be bad actors needing to be caged--other then them--ethnicity, religion nor nationality makes us not any different from one another. We're all FOS one way or another, but this killing millions of each other is beyond stupid. Imagine someone far superior looking down at this planet. There are few innocents to be found here. We not only look like fools, but who'd want to associate with the likes of us?

Surely The Gods Must Laughing At Our Foolishness

Anyone wanting an eye opening experience of history should check out Oliver Stone's "Untold History Of The United States".

It's available on DVD and also for streaming on 'Netflix'.

This is what inspired me to write this piece.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

End Near For Allentown FBI Probe?

Sure sounds like it.

WFMZ is reporting today (03/22/2017)--"According to court paperwork, [former city managing director] Francis Dougherty pleaded guilty to one count to commit mail/wire fraud. The indictment came down on March 13 and was unsealed Wednesday. As part of his plea deal, Dougherty agreed to testify as a witness before any grand jury, hearing or trial when the government asks him to."

From what I understand the present grand jury's work will be done by the end of this month. Assuming they would hand down a further indictment to include the mayor the only thing remaining is to turn over their findings to prosecutors who'll decide whether to proceed with charges.

If prosecutors decide to enact charges it could take many months. Long after the local elections. However it's not looking good for the mayor.

There's nothing to stop the mayor from running. Hell he could even win the upcoming city election. If that should happen it would be up to council to unseat him through the city charter.

I'd never place a bet on how things will turn out with voters in Allentown given their history. Ought to be interesting how this will play out.

The main takeaway is---things are coming to a head most likely in the next few weeks.

Trump Blacklist Lehigh County

OMG it was only a few days ago I promised myself I wasn't going to talk about this dummkopf. Sorry but when it effects us here locally I can't help myself.

Not when our so-called president put Lehigh County on his naughty list as one of those who provide sanctuary for illegals.

I got further fired up reading all the ignorant comments that followed on social media. Obviously from those who either not read the local stories completely or are uneducated as our so-called commander and chief.

Enforcement Authority And Responsibilities
First off I have no idea whether Trump's list only refers to L.C. sheriffs or the dozens of other police departments who operate within the county. That said no matter who is arrested each and everyone convicted then sent to jail is entered into "The National Crime Information Center" database" (NCIC). This is where responsibility should end for state and local police as well as L.C. courts. Federal agents (including ICE) have easy access to all the information they need to enforce federal laws.

State, local nor county sheriffs are neither compensated nor have jurisdiction over ever changing federal rules regarding immigration. It's a rather simple matter for ICE to access NCIC and send a legal detention order to local authorities.

At the present time a court authorized detention order cannot exceed 48 hours from the time someone's released from jail. If ICE doesn't show up within that time frame a detainee has every right to sue whoever held them beyond that limit. Such was the very case in which L.C. was sued and had to pay out $95,000 for holding one of them beyond two days. Who do you think got stuck with the bill--not the federal government. So not only did we pick up the tab for the additional 48 hours but so too incurred legal liability for the failure by federal government to follow through on the very thing they requested.

Currently Lehigh County's budget is made up almost by 2/3's coming from state and federal funding. Trump has threatened to cut off funding for both states and local municipalities who he deems as sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. Not only the county's budget is under threat but on top of that so too local police and city funding resources as well. This hit list of his could be the start of something far more sinister then just him adding a bunch more of enemies to his lists. If the federal government insists on coming up with these rules of law--why should our local taxes suffer?

There's another element I haven't seen mentioned. There are a large number of cities, states and counties who are paying for private contractors to run prisons. So who would be held legally accountable if someone was detained beyond 48 hours? They, the state or local government? In the end I suppose it doesn't matter because taxpayers always end up paying.

The Bottom-line Is This
When this president's shenanigans start costing states, counties and local municipalities more then taxpayers' can afford--forcing them into bankruptcy--maybe people will start to care more about the flattening of their wallets then political differences.

When a president threatens states and cities, beneficial programs/agencies, the media, a football player's career, our allies, entertainers, even congressional members--one has to ask--who's side is he on?

Or is his mind running on..

Monday, March 20, 2017

Trump Wants To Fire Big Bird

The end of Big Bird?
Paul Farhi | The Washington Post
"People in public broadcasting expect President Trump to propose “zeroing out” the government’s subsidy of noncommercial radio and TV stations when he presents his first federal budget to Congress this week. Such a proposal would eliminate the $445 million that Congress now sends to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)...

The CPB’s share of the $4 trillion federal budget is microscopic — typically around 0.01 percent"

The good news is, Big Bird will survive. According to The Washington Examiner, 'The program's parent company, Sesame Workshop, struck a deal with HBO in 2015 that gave the private cable network first-run episodes. PBS is still allowed to air the reruns."

Even if Big Bird survives I still have major issues with eliminating the CPB. This $445 million may seem like a lot of money but nothing compared to what THIS CHART reveals. The latest F-22 Raptor Osprey aircraft cost $250 million each. Although the military is tight lipped about how many we have a good estimate might be close to 500.

It's estimated "the cost of protecting Melania Trump and her son in New York is $1 million a day.." More conservative estimates place it at $200,000 a day. Even that would come in around $73 million a year for the Tower in NYC alone. This doesn't include his trips to Mar-a-Lago resort nor the 50 to 100 secret service agents assigned to the rest of his family while they jet off on vacations and other family business.

Must Be Nice To Be You
While the Trumps are living rich beyond belief on taxpayers' backs he proposes cutting off funds for nearly anything and everything other then the military. I've pointed out just two areas alone which could pay for the program cuts he wants to make (plus some).

It' been said if a government only exist for itself, enriching it's leaders--not for the benefit of it's people--why should it exist at all?

What A Nation Looks Like Without Government Support Hope you're rich and can pay for your parents to stay somewhere else when then they start crapping in their pants--are broke--and have no place to go but yours. Yeah and you too when you get old and your kids won't take you in to wipe your butts either.

Gone would be billions of dollars supporting a persons favorite sports team and concert venues.

Public supported housing would no longer exist for retirees on social security who worked all their lives.

Arts would disappear. Left to deteriorate as those of ancient Greece, Rome and others who flourished before their collapse.

Our environment (food, water), housing and labor guidelines would be left up to private industry to decide such matters.

I could go on and on but I've gone on far too long already. The point is it seems to me we've come to the point where too many people's hatred of government along with the willingness to support this president's lavish lifestyle and his backing for the rich has gone beyond anything I could ever have imagined people would put up with.

There's a fair amount of people unwilling to believe (no matter what I say) I'm not being partisan against Donald Trump nor bitter about some damn election. What I am concerned about is what's best for everyone and this country's future. Government's main purpose is to serve it's people. There will be those who understand. Others who never will. Maybe they were born that way (it's in their DNA) and there's no hope of ever convincing them otherwise, Let us just agree on this one thing. It's possible we're both wired differently.

To this end--I really need to (for my own good) to stop frustrating myself over this. Hopefully my future posts will not be so lengthily nor so seriously involved in this drama. I suppose things will need to play themselves out. What will be, will be as they are meant to be. I've said before I wasn't going to speak anymore about this. I'll use this post to remind myself to lighten up and to get off the podium.

Let's see if I can do it this time :-)

Some Of The Good Work Sesame Street Is Doing (10/20/2015)

Americans Sleep Easier-Brady Crime Solved

Tom Brady's two stolen Super Bowl jerseys recovered in MEXICO
"The FBI has recovered the jersey worn by Tom Brady in the Super Bowl six weeks after it was stolen from his locker... thanks to the joint efforts of NFL security, New England Patriots security, law enforcement authorities and the FBI.

FBI agents also located the jersey Brady wore during the Patriots 2015 Super Bowl win, which had never before been reported as stolen. "

Whew--this takes a load off my mind

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Favorite Music Videos (Updated 03/18/2017)

I've updated my favorite YouTube music videos. Currently there's over 1,650 videos in my various playlists. I've been accumulating these since June 2007. Most are amateur musical performers. It's my hope you'll enjoy them as I do. Out of all I do on the internet this is one of my favorite things to do.

Feel free to visit ALL MY PLAYLISTS at anytime for my latest additions.

Previously I provided links to each list. Trouble was every time I added a video or changed the order of play the link would break & I needed to recode it. Instead it is much easier for me to ask anyone who's interested to simply click on the link above because I add videos to the lists every few days. Thanks.

Here's a sample of one of the latest I've just added.

Shawn Mendes Mash Up (Smule)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Philadelphia Carnaval' Canceled

"The decision to cancel El Carnaval, Organizer Edgar Ramirez said in an interview Friday, was “sad but responsible” in light of the immigration crackdown by federal authorities... “The annual parade through South Philadelphia has taken place in late April or early May for the last decade and is the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration. Organizer Edgar Ramirez said as many as 15,000 gather from as far as New England and Chicago.... We don’t want anything to happen to them”

What kind of nation have we become. These are not terrorists.

Trump Don't Need No EPA

Trump’s budget takes a sledgehammer to the EPA
Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin | Washington Post (03/16/2017)
"Thursday’s proposal by the White House would slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent..."
Ah the good old days...

Remember breathing in those lead filled smoky exhaust pipes from the car in front?

Air pollution from the making of coke for Bethlehem Steel, circa 1993.

"You can’t drain the swamp and leave all the people in it. So, I guess the first place that comes to mind will be the Environmental Protection Agency,” Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.."

Sure about That?

Meals On Wheels Just Saying...

Where Did Uncle Jay Go?

Two of the most popular posts I've done was concerning "Uncle Jay Explains The News". I did one on May 21, 2013. Another on December 23, 2013. Between the two I've received several thousands of hits from those wanting to know where he went?

Here's One Of His Last Videos (Posted 02/03/14)

One Of Many Dozens Spanning 7+ Years

To learn more about Uncle Jay in his own words click on HIS WEBSITE. His full radio name was Jay Gilbert. "Uncle Jay" Gilbert worked at WEBN-FM 102.7 in Cincinnati, Ohio for 25 years up until he got fired on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. In a previous article (which since disappeared) he explained how he got axed like so many others on radios stations across the country as each turned towards automation and satellite feeds in efforts to avoid paying local live talent. In-so-much as he was a victim of it to that end he turned to YouTube. Now he's even disappeared from there. So I set out on a mission to see if I could find out where he's gone.

I started my quest with a search of 'Google'. I came up with his Twitter account. Alas the last post he made was on December 1, 2013. No answers there. Next I found his Facebook page. No luck either. His last post was April 27, 2014. Then I came across this blog posted in June 2010. It contained a link to 'Wikipedia'. Another dead end. Apparently Wikipedia since then removed it.

Finally I did find him on FOX FM 92.5's Facebook page. However the last post there was on April 21, 2016. Apparently at that time he hosted a program from 3-7pm in Cincinnati. Going forward clicking on the link to FOX 92.5 itself brings up Uncle Jay as now hosting a classic rock radio program from 4pm-7pm Monday through Friday.

I haven't had chance to check out his program because both my browsers refuse to play the feed. If I can get either one to work I will update accordingly. Otherwise if there's someone living in the Cincinnati area--who can verify this-- a response would be most appreciated. Not just for myself but by many others who visit this blog looking for an answer to where Uncle Jay has gone.

I'll leave you with one more "Uncle jay Explains.." classic

2013 Singing Year In Review

Oh Uncle Jay....
We soooo miss your videos!

Strange Behavior Of Electrons

"Electrons can teleport between atomic energy layers using quantum motion. They can pass from the top layer to the bottom without existing in the middle. This could help researchers develop new materials in future, including super efficient electronics and solar panels."

My Comments

This is some real Nikola Tesla stuff. Nikola spent his life trying to find a way of distributing electricity without wires. While this may not solve that problem on a large scale it certainly demonstrates it's possible at a micro level.

See the thing about electricity is no one fully understands what it is to this day. Sure we can move electrons from one place to another, but we still don't understand exactly what electromagnetic force is. We know it's effects and have used it for all the electronics in use today. Things like our appliances and so forth.

One of the greatest inventions is the MRI scanner. We know electromagnetism can move electrons. In the case of MRI imaging we are using electrons to create magnetic fields. Yet no one understands exactly what a EMF is. This discovery now further deeps the quantum mystery how EMF is able to do what it does and exactly what it is.

Being familiar with electronics I'm not quite sure what scientist find so amazing Anyone who works with electronics understands the capacitors we use build a charge on one plate. At some point (depending on frequency and charge) the other plate discharges without any electrons passing between the surfaces. Inductor coils (transformers) work the same way. Maybe I'm missing something. Is it because they've archived this using direct current since both capacitors and inductors only work in alternating currents?

They stated "electrons are caught mysteriously disappearing". Something which would not happen with inductors nor capacitors using direct current. So if scientists claim electrons can be made to appear and disappear under those conditions--this is really something.

We all understand how electrons and protons can influence magnetic forces. What remains to be discovered if neither existed would there still remain a potential magnetic force. One which could in of itself bring material into existence. If so--could it be physical existence is nothing more then an expression of intense magnetic forces condensing to form mass as we know it?

Although the word quantum has been used it seems to me this goes back to the very basic fact we know nothing of magnetic forces. We can create them and use them but still can't explain them. Quantum seems like a nice word to throw around these days whenever we can't explain these magnetic forces even though we've known about them for thousands of years. But hey--whatever floats your boat.

In the end when you cut to the chase--quantum is really a nice catchall intellectual word used by baffled scientists in avoidance to having to explain "conundrums" they may never figure out.

Makes it sound a lot more professional doesn't it :-)