Monday, December 30, 2019
Sunday, December 29, 2019
You just don’t know it
Like em' or not they are good at what they do. They set the bar... the rest follow. However according to 'Business Wire' (12/11/2019) "FOX News Channel (FNC) notched its highest-rated year in primetime in its 23-year history with 2.5 million viewers...". So in the grand scheme of things even combined these news shows are only watched by less then 1% of the American population. That being the case I suppose it's no big deal since 320 million aren't watching any of these news channels.
Hell even Trump has only 68 million followers. Meaning over 250 million could care less what any of them have to say. Less then half of the population bothered voting in 2016. Perhaps politics won't be on my front burner in 2020. These are things I need to consider going forward.
Are there any visionaries out there? Imagine this show tied in with a toy manufacture! I do realize shows these days run $10-11 million on Broadway. That’s why perhaps one of the big toy manufacturers should think about what this could mean. Imagine ELMO reintroduced with electronic modifications to today's demand for the newer toys.
Friday, December 27, 2019
A number of people have already deleted their videos. The folks who depend on monetizing their videos will be impacted the most. Not only are their videos in question but the very ads that appear on them as well (which they have no control over). Meaning they'd have to give up their advertising revenue completely or risk getting fined. Thus the quality of YouTube will be greatly diminished.
Music videos as well a video game screen grabs could be subject to nearly a $42,000 fine for each deemed unfit for children (whatever that means). Same could apply to many of mine on YouTube. Even if you mark them for adults only doesn't let you off the hook. Who knows how many on this blog I linked to could be in violation as well.
I seriously believe two things are going on here. In my opinion this isn't about kids. Forget about the so-called 'nanny state'. This isn't about that. Rather it's about raking in huge amounts dough for the government. For years governments all over the world have been hitting Google with millions of dollars in fines so they can line their coffers. This gives them one more excuse to not only whack Google but now it users as well.
The second reason is more sinister. When the FTC deems what is appropriate and is not begins to crack the door open towards government censorship. If the FTC gets away with this it could be only the beginning.
As for me I will monitor this closely come 2020. I dread the decisions I may have to make as our government seeks to exercise greater and greater control over all things. We were promised less regulations by this president. COPPA is NOT heading in that direction to be sure.
(The deadline 12/09/2919 has passed for comments to the FTC)
LINK TO : COPPA and YouTube: Answering Your Top Questions (12/17/2019)
LINK TO: COPPA @ The Federal Trade Commission
Google and YouTube Will Pay Record $170 Million for Alleged Violations of Children’s Privacy Law
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris (the musical) was performed since 1998 in 23 countries. Never on Broadway. It has 53 musical numbers. It tells the sad story of the three men who loved the gypsy dancer Esmeralda and lost her to death.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
Sunday, December 22, 2019
There have been several different versions of this scam over the years. All of them have one thing in common.. they want you to call a phony number. Like any other phishing attack no one should ever reply. If someone wants to check out their account they should use their internet' browser's bookmarks to log in. This applies to any emails not just those from Amazon.
This also applies to phone calls. Always dial the number on your bill or login.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019
A woman thinking she was speaking to someone said, "This is the awards department. Can you hear me?"
It's an oldie but goodie. If you say yes it's being recorded. Usually it's some company looking to switch your utility, telephone provider or something similar. Your saying yes gives them go ahead to do whatever they're looking to do. In other words you inadvertently gave your consent verbally.
It's called TELEPHONE SLAMMING (Wikipedia). Don't fall for it.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
'The American Action Forum ' wrote a very detailed and informative piece entitled, THE TOTAL COST OF TRUMP'S TARIFFS. I urge people to read it if they're interested. The article points out The president’s tariffs, when combined with corresponding retaliation, threaten over $476.4 billion of traded goods annually.
According to Fortune and ProPublica Trump’s Tax Bill Has Cost Homeowners a Trillion Dollars through deductions they could no longer claim.
If someone still thinks Trump's tax cuts are a good deal we have far different views on what 'a good deal' is.
Depends whether Justice Roberts will allow the motion or if it's even made.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
How come other teams don't seem to have these problems?
Defendants already are at a disadvantage. Many do not have the re$ources to pay the additional court cost$ for a trial by jury and lawyers who require large upfront fees.
Something else I personally seen. Cops sitting around chewing the fat with justices they've come before numerous times until the person they've charged arrives.
I'm also familiar with a guy who dated an assistant DA. Agreed he gave her some crap but let's just say this, after the breakup it didn't go well for him.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
I envision a day in the future when a FedEx, USPS or UPS truck pulls up. Unleashes dozens of these rascals from the back of the truck. All the driver has to do is wait for them to come back after making deliveries all at the same time. Something a delivery driver never could do. Assuming these trucks would even need a driver :-)
Some may say it increases the chances of getting hit somewhere else. Well it's healthier then getting slammed at 60+ mph or waiting in line for hours. If there is an accident lots of other options are available getting around them. I'd avoid the I78 section of 309 as well.
When I used to work I felt a lot less stress. Often times I'd mix it up and take various different routes. Traveling via 22 or 309 my whole focus was on traffic. These others allowed me to relax and enjoy the ride before and after work. I can't think of a time I got stuck behind an accident scene without having the ability to turn off avoiding it. More then I can say for some of my fellow workers who insisted on using these major traffic arteries.
There were about a half a dozen back roads I used between Allentown and Fogelsville. Most of them taken care of better in the winter then Pennsylvania's highways. As I bonus other then a school bus here and there I almost never encountered a tractor trailer. A lot safer if you have a breakdown too.
Anyone have any thoughts they want to share?
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Hallmark pulls Zola commercial of brides kissing after conservative group calls for boycott
So What. We all know Hallmark's stick. All their movies are the same. Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy... PERIOD!
Ye gads.if someone has a problem with this go watch one of the other 300 streaming or cable channels. It makes we question why a sponsor would consider wasting their money pitching to a group of viewers who most likely it won't appeal to.
Could it just be they pulled this stunt to get all this valuable free publicity? I wouldn't be surprised if they amped up this so-called conservative group's so-called boycott. Folks it called VIRAL marketing (or as I like to call it rope-a-dope). People get paid lots of money for this very thing. Looks like they'll reap many times the publicity without the ad even airing.
The President's Fans Think He'd 'Operate More Effectively' Without Congress or the Courts
Oft times I kid with my wife saying we must have woken up in parallel universe overnight much different from our own. Once Trump skates through without repercussions from the Senate I expect us to be even more distant from the universe we once occupied. Everything I ever thought I knew about my fellow Americans now is in question. The United States has come to a crossroads. I'm pretty certain I'm not going to like the way this turns out.
Before anyone contemplates leaving a comment I require you read this article first.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Hannity: "I was shocked that former President Obama left so many [judicial] vacancies and didn't try to fill those positions."— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) December 13, 2019
Mitch McConnell: "I'll tell you why. I was in charge of what we did the last two years of the Obama administration. [Creepy evil laugh]" pic.twitter.com/revbToN8aZ
Mitch is so proud of himself laughing at how he screwed over Obama. He's all so proud how he coordinated with Trump the things he wrote in his book he is promoting. How he intends to squash the impeachment dead in it's tracks by coordinating with White House lawyers.
This is not how our founders envisioned their newly formed government was suppose to work.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
‘When brave people like John put their lives on the line to defend our country … they will receive the best quality health care’ — @BernieSanders helped rescue this veteran from crushing medical debt pic.twitter.com/CbVqSN7Cim— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 12, 2019
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
But through out it all...
He was the speaker of the House Of Commons.
He's been replaced by SIR Lindsay Hoyle.
Face it C-Span's coverage of the U.S. House is boring as hell. It wouldn't be nearly so if our own congress was as rowdy as England's. Bet it would get much better larger ratings if this crew were carrying on the business of the people under the dome.
I can only imagine what conservatives would think of Bercow being in charge rather then Pelosi. I also wonder how smoothly things would go if instead of impeachment congress was empowered to replace Trump midterm. England removed Theresa May and replaced her with Boris Johnson. Now there's talk of 'snap elections' to replace Boris who only assumed office on July 24, 2019. Throughout it's history England had 83 prime ministers come and go. Some lasted as little as two years. Yet England manages to go on. So too would United States although you'd never know it with the way Republicans are carrying on.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
You've crashed my computer for the last time.
I've been really enjoying a bunch of old movies musicals from the 40's. Beats the crap out of the endless back and forth on cable news and the political stuff coming out of Washington. Love them big Hollywood musicals from the 30's and 40's
Heading out this week to renew my driver's license. Even though it'll cost me double I'll take a crack at the new REAL ID thingie. I do have a raised seal on my birth certificate but some said it needs parents names on it. Mine does not. Well if not.. the hell with it. Why should I spend over $70 for it and a new birth certificate cause some bureaucrats decided I need to prove I exist. Yes I do understand airports would require it. Well I've only flown twice in my lifetime,. I could care less. As far as federal buildings it doesn't apply to Social Security offices or if you receive a federal jury duty summons. So the likelihood of me ever needing it is near zero.
Trump continues to be obsessed deflecting on Biden's kid. Other then Barron, Trump has appointed nearly all his relatives to work at the White House at taxpayers' expense. Not to mention Hunter Biden never required one dime for Secret Service protection.
Republicans- This impeachment is bullshit
Democrats- No it isn't
Republicans-Yes it is.
If your thinking of commenting about this.. don't bother. I won't accept comments on this. Comment about the other things I've discussed above.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
According to THE OFFICAL PMJ BAND WEBSITE March they'll be in York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately this is about as close as they will get to the Lehigh Valley. As far as I know they've never been here. What a shame. I consider these performers some of the most talented I've seen.
Friday, December 6, 2019
Without fail no matter what subjects I post the ones on Trump end up stressful for me having to debate endlessly on things I never mentioned. Perhaps in the future I'll simply post my thoughts singularly on him disallowing comments. It frustrates me to post about several things and the one people seem to care about is arguing over Trump. Starting with this one I will not allow further comment regarding him. Currently my Trump posts are receiving 5x's more views then any of the others There's a lot of stuff that requires more attention.
The house passed a bill the senate is expected to approve against robo-calls. I'm up to my neck in them several times a day annoying me. What a pain in the ass. No my chimney doesn't need cleaning. The IRS is not coming after me. My credit card wasn't hacked. My 29 year old van's warranty isn't about to expire. Neither is Microsoft going to charge me $299 on my credit card for services. The other four or five hang ups apparently aren't that important either. And I most certainly am not calling myself from that same phone. Anything I have to say to myself I already heard from the voices in my head. They needn't bother to inform me of the free cruise I might have won. Just send the tickets and we'll go from there. If some sheriff might come and arrest me for something.. you know where I live. Wanna save me money on my electric bill? Send somebody over with free solar panels.
I installed Norton internet security years ago so I wouldn't get malware. Seems to me popping up once or twice a day on my desktop bugging me IS MALWARE itself. I'm trying to do a disk image backup which takes 90% of my memory/ Norton thinks it's a good time to do some intensive background task. Go away!
Do I want to leave feedback on some website? Well maybe you ought to let me see what I came for before asking.
My package is coming at the end of the day. Where is it? Oh now it's changed.. still in transit. Thanks for the info. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe not. Maybe they'll ring the doorbell. Maybe not. It could even end up at the same number address on a different street one block away.
It may come a bit late in the year but the IRS recommends workers fill out a new W4 form to more accurately reflect their situation. Otherwise the expected refunds may not materialize. The main problem seems to be if a couple earns less then $25,000 each there won't be enough withheld when they file jointly on the $50,000 they earned together. If you didn't do it, oh well there's always next year.
Good news most of next year's local property taxes aren't going up. On the other hand we were promised if we allowed state gambling games they'd go down. Then promised if casino slots were approved we'd be sitting pretty. Then table games. Now it marijuana sales. Still waiting. Will increased sales tax finally do the trick? How about legal prostitution?
Huge numbers of people view these posts but only one or two people end up commenting. What's with that?
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Daddy Yankee, Stormzy and Billie Eilish are YouTube's most-watched of 2019
CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
WFMZ reports, South Whitehall to spend $10.5 million on municipal renovation. The building is only about 50 years old. They claim " the building's systems have reached the end of their useful life." Need I point out over half the homes in South Whitehall are much older and still remain intact. They ought to look into European engineers whose government stone buildings manage to last many decades longer. At this cost maybe they should consider renting.
Here goes another $100 million NIZ dollars
WFMZ: ANIZDA approves changes to City Center's 1 Center Square office tower. At this rate you'd think the Allentown's budget would be rolling in dough after all this gift money from the state . Flash-- It's not! In fact the 2020 budget calls for using $2.4 million from our reserves despite last years 27% tax increase. This because we're at our borrowing limit. Now imagine if individual first time new home buyers were lent this money instead. Money which would be repaid in lieu of taxes over 30 years. Instead we'll attract of bunch of transient businesses and more renters who will scoot in and out of town having little vested interest in what becomes of our schools or town over time.
Monday, December 2, 2019
If I were a rich man-- I'd only take as much as I can use to live a comfortable life. Nobody (I mean nobody) has needs for millions a year. I sincerely would be more then happy with a nice house debt free and a couple buck$ left over to enjoy. More then that I'd find individuals on my own who could use some help. Maybe bail them from medical debt or someone working their butt off and getting nowhere. Forget churches organizations where usually leaders are making a living more then decent off of them.
What's a non-profit? There's a hellva lot of rich churches, hospitals and research organizations that own vast properties and whom it's hired help are well compensated. IMO nearly half are legal scams to avoid paying taxes.
Pennsylvania has one of the largest number of legislators who are paid almost the highest in the nation for the 70 days they're in session. I wonder if there were none for a year or two if anyone would ever miss them?
To be honest I know I'm out of the loop but can anyone else name three movies or hit songs these top award show gatherers performed? Speaking of TV concerts, etc. anyone else notice how producers edit in audience screams to every damn performance? Watch mouths closely. Lots of clapping.. few mouths open. They also like to focus on a avid bunch but look in the background and you will see lots more unenthusiastic as they in the foreground.
The next president-- I don't like any of them. You mean out of 300+ millions this is all we can come up with? Where are the reasonable minds? Each seem to be trying to outdo the other's radical ideas on both sides. Most of their ideas don't mean squat anyways unless congress approves their crazy plans. A do nothing congress? Maybe not such a bad thing. Besides with all the appeals and lawsuits it seems the judicial system ends up making most the decisions these days.
Be honest, how many shopping for Christmas are buying crap for somebody else.
ROPE A DOPE-- How has any of these so called 'smart' thingies made life more simplified or cheaper to use?
As long as I'm being cranky-- What the hell is wrong with these meteorologists? I've been saying since Friday there ain't going to be no damn accumulation Monday in Allentown. It's impossible since the hour by hour temperature forecast never was suppose to drop below 35 degrees. Do they even know what temperature is freezing anymore? Last night my camera out front picked up city plows going up and down my street in the drizzle. Great for OT.. not so much for taxpayers. The first 10 minutes of every newscasts between here and Philly where beating their drums trying to get people upset. Seems to me they'll do anything to get attention so they can fill their airtime with nearly cost free BS reporting.
People ignore warnings when time after time these so-called experts continually hype up this and nothing happens. There used to be a DJ/weather expert up in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. who was always 100% accurate. He used to walk over, lift up the window and tell people what it was doing. It didn't take him 5-10 minutes explaining all the intricacies for something which could be said in less then a minute. Oh and by the way... there won't be any on the ground Tuesday (tomorrow) either no matter what they try and tell you. I can also confidently report it will get dark tonight.
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019
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It's been said most of us are one major medical event away from finding ourselves in the same position. Bills that can't be covered. Left go for medical reasons by one's employer very well could leave anyone of us SOL. This administration has a habit of discounting these people characterizing them as uneducated drug addicts. Others as illegal mooches. Still others as unwilling to work. That's simply not the case for most of those as seen in these videos.
Unless it fits their political party's playbook, Washington politicians prefer to ignore this problem. Fortunately there are real people who are trying hard to make a difference. It sure would be nice if a few of these windbags took an actual interest and help fund projects like those that help people get back on their feet
Sunday, November 24, 2019
With all the negativity in the news it's wonderful to hear about people like Jon & his wife doing great things. Perhaps it's because BAD NEWS screams so loud we are less prone to pay attention to quiet acts of kindness that may be all around us.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
....and Taylor, dismissing everybody involved from the Obama holdover days trying to undermine Trump, getting rid of those people, dismissing them, this is what it looks like. It was never going to be claen, they were never going to sit by idly and just let Trump do this!” Rush L— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2019
..they were never going to sit by idly and just let Trump do this!”
Nor should "they". Neither Republicans nor Democrats. Trump's version of draining the swamp is to get rid of anyone who knows anything. Then replace them with folks whose only qualifications are to carry out Trump's uninformed decisions without question.
Each of the state department employees mentioned were also carryovers during the Obama's term from previous Republican administrations. Nearly each worked in one capacity or another for around 30 years. Meaning they knew their stuff. Something Donald (with his pigheadedness) has neither the temperament nor intelligence to understand. Even if he could focus long enough to take in an hour long briefing.
He always wants to be the top banana in the room. Deserved or not he feels every second is his turn alone to shine.
Forgetting about everything else I bet if his tax filings were exposed even his most ardent supporters would evaporate. I cannot even imagine what secrets they may hold. What else could explain his panic whenever this comes up. Every candidate that ever ran for president released theirs. Ask yourself why not this one?
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Since I don't have a life at this point I've been watching this for five and one half hours. These hearings will probably go on for weeks in the House. Similarly in the Senate. All of this could be greatly expedited if Trump himself would show up before the committee. I bet this whole thing could be resolved in less then a couple of hours. Now there would be some MUST SEE TV!!
Monday, November 11, 2019
So I took the light down. Threw it out and ordered another one. These both cost around fifty bucks each. I was disappointed cause I thought LED's were suppose to last more then two years. Soooo, the new light fixture came. I screwed it in over the sink. Plugged it in and.... nothing. What the hell!
It then dawned on me to try another plug. Damn, damn, damn. There was nothing wrong with the old light. Turns out to be the $10 double switch. It had me fooled because switches usually spark their way out or refuse to work when you turn them on. I don't think I've ever seen one go out this way.
What a freaking Dummkopf
So here I am forty bucks behind. To make matters worse it seems Amazon hooked me $7 for a two day delivery fee. When I ordered it gave me two options. (1) Free delivery with a 30 day free trial for PRIME. No thanks. (2) The other to sign up now. After looking over the screen I clicked on a less conspicuous third option which basically said no thanks to either Which resulted in what should have been FREE (with a $25+ purchase) a seven dollar 2 day delivery fee instead. Something I didn't notice at the time. Tricky aren't they. I never ran across that little scam before so I wasn't prepared for it.
I often said to myself every time it cost me to do something stupid it is like paying for a bit of education at the school of hard knocks. Problem is I'm now 71 and it still looks like I haven't learned a damn thing!
Sunday, November 10, 2019
To date in 2019 Trump made 106 trips outside of Washington (not including those to Camp David). 18 of these trips were made to hold his rallies for political purposes so far this year.
Trump's cost to taxpayers far exceed the last 3 presidents in his first 2 1/2 years.
Where is all this money coming from within the budget?
Seems to be a secret. I can't find a complete accounting anywhere. As far as I know an audit was never done on how much the executive branch (no matter who's in office) cost us. I think taxpayers deserve to know. Between supplies, events, White House officials, staff maintaining and the renovations at the White House alone would be unsettling.
Friday, November 8, 2019
My impression is we have two kinds of people. Those who love Trump's trash talking bulling and those disgusted by it.
Frankly I'm not impressed by any of the Democratic candidates running. Each seem to being trying to outdo the other with their extremist ideas on liberalism. Trump and his supporters on the other hand would gladly walk into the gates of hell doing whatever it takes if it meant the end to Democrats. Ought to be interesting to see, come 2020, what kind of nation we become.
As for me...
I'm hoping, as unlikely as it may be, this nation will come to it's senses. I've said this hundreds of times. I'm not liberal nor conservative. I have my own ideas about how things should be. Neither party seems to fully support my views. Here are a few. These are just a very few of the issues I'd rather be talking about rather then Trump getting impeached or not. Assuming we will survive Trump's tenure I highly doubt anyone is going to address the positions I care about. All this extremisms coming from both sides turns me off. More in this upcoming election then some others I'm...
That's where I stand at the moment
In 2015 this prisoner fell unconscious in his cell after his heart stopped beating. The prison staff took him to the hospital. Where doctors were able to bring him back to life after getting his heart beating again after the fifth try. He is now claiming he's being held illegally because his "life sentence" should have been up four years ago. So far the court disagrees with him.
Seems to me the law should define exactly what it considers to be a "life sentence". Oft times a judge will require someone convicted to remain behind bars throughout his or her "natural life". This should be clearly defined. If one or neither is not this case deserves additional consideration
I think law should specify whether prison staff is required or not to revive a prisoner serving life. Whether or not be compelled to take such a person to a hospital if their heart stops beating. In my opinion such absence in law (clearly defining such things) needlessly opens up a state to expensive prolonged litigations.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Secondly I noticed the whole thing was lip synced by a previously recorded studio soundtrack. Faking audience screaming doesn't excite me either :-(
Being the film was released in1989 (30 years ago) it meant, most of the younger viewers watching never saw it before. This explains how it came in #1 with the highly desired 18-49 year old audience (about 2 million less then NCIS among all age groups). This was a positive for Disney.
For an old codger like myself, I'm not impressed. I like my singers to actually sing live. Speeding up the film and vocals takes away from what the original directors and music arrangers intended. It also makes me nervous with the characters zooming around faster then they should. Too much hype for my tastes.
That said.. I do see it as smart marketing since it captured the ratings. It was a winner for the younger crowd who may otherwise never see it. I suspect with this success Disney may consider dusting off some of the others in their archive. Nothing wrong with that. It just isn't for me.
Politicians live and breath for vote counts. There's no point in busting their ass for people who won't bother voting. Some accuse city hall not giving a crap about them. Well apparently the feelings are mutual. My God you mean to tell me the people affected the most (in the densest parts of the city) can't be bothered to spend one or two hours of their time every few years to vote?
My district registered almost 4x's as many voters as those in some of center city. I noticed in a number of western parts of Allentown the ratio was even higher. I want to know, what is their excuse for not voting.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
‘To say no to President Trump would be saying no to God.’ — Trump’s faith adviser and ‘Righteous Gemstones’ character come to life Paula White is now an official White House employee pic.twitter.com/N88UjKjGni— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 5, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019
Our despicable so-called billionaire president, who instead of trying to resolve the situation remarked "Do you see what's happening to her district?" Trump said of Pelosi's home district of San Francisco. "We call it tent city. It's terrible.
Here's why-- San Francisco is the most expensive US city for raising a family; a family of four needs to earn $148,440 a year, 'The San Francisco Chronicle' put this useful information out-- Bay Area homelessness: 89 answers to your questions
Who would ever think the day has come when corporations have more social consciousness then those elected. Yeah I know why Trump is going after Pelosi but does he have to screw thousands hoping they'll become frustrated voting for her? Did the same thing with the late Elijah Cummings district as well in Baltimore and Chicago's two mayors.
A few of the wealthy come to a point where they realize they have more money then they know what to do with. Some then decide to do good before they leave this Earth. Not Donald. He on the other hand measures his greatness in how many adversaries he can crush before his time's up.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Imagine if you will someone creates the most intelligent computer in the world. One that never existed before. It then sets out to discover it's creator by whatever limited means were given to it. Would it one day be able to become coequal. Perhaps it's possible over time it might be able to somewhat comprehend it's maker. Even become a close companion, but it's impossible for me to imagine it becoming human. Look, I enjoy the Story of Pinocchio as much as anybody, but really?
I think realistically this is the fix us humans find ourselves in. Just perhaps even the "creator" itself. Could it be possible this creator found itself wondering the very same thing. "Where did I come from"? Since the "eye cannot see itself" just suppose he/she/it set all this in motion hoping we'll come up with an answer. Could this be the motivation behind all of this?
It's been said "God" is complete and has all the answers. Does he/she/it? Hellva assumption from how little we understand. Lonely alone not knowing would be a hellva motivating factor for going to all this fuss. Perhaps we have a lot more in common then anyone's willing to believe. Not just curiosity but possible vulnerability as well in the not knowing.
We can safely assume is there's not a old grey bearded guy sitting on a throne fretting over every little detail of some 7 billion peoples' lives currently living on Earth. The proof lies in the fact millions upon millions have killed each other since leaving the womb... NOTHING. Governments and their leaders find no favor (despite what you heard). Storms, fire, earthquakes meteor impacts... NADA either.
We need to take a logical approach. One which assumes God isn't coming in a flaming chariot with a booming voice. If indeed this intelligence lies beyond "our existence" we need to focus on it's goals. If our purpose is for the creatior to greater understand itself it's seems to me we best align ourselves with that if we wish to remain useful.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
With Riders in the Sky and Jimmy Capps
That's some darn fine music, ain't it?
Friday, November 1, 2019
Thursday, October 31, 2019
After weeks of pretending they wanted a formal impeachment process, every Republican member of the House today voted against a formal impeachment process. pic.twitter.com/rgK3z7qP1v— Morten Øverbye (@morten) October 31, 2019
There were a couple things said. One was no matter what the house does or says, Republican opposition will move the goal posts The second warned about conservatives wanting these witness testimonies broadcast live. A case of be careful what you wish for.
My own thought is there never was a more discordant president in U.S. history. He has succeeded all too well in dividing this nation like no one else ever could. The battle lines are drawn and it doesn't bode well for either side. More importantly the future of this nation. Ideological differences have overtaken reason. It's people under the constitution are about to be tested unlike anything we've seen since the civil war.
There are some countries where they are allowed to call for 'flash elections' in the middle of their leader's term. Unfortunately our constitution doesn't afford voters this opportunity. Maybe it should have since it seems voters have lost confidence in our representatives to make this decision for us. They seem to be hopelessly deadlocked along party lines.
What do you think?
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
I had a similar problem with 'Mediate.com'. In their case these bullshit ads actually cause my Chrome browser to overload causing it to auto-exit on it's own.
These sites need to educate themselves. All these ads come unscreened for malware from other sites the page is linked to. I've had my Norton virus protection popup on a few occasions blocking and warning me. None of these jerks need 134 ads to pop up on a single page (yes that's how many on some). Even worse auto playing pop up videos along with auto playing ads making it nearly impossible to focus. There are about a half a dozen other sites which do this as well.
Remember how AM radio became intolerable with their ads? The magazines which had twice as many ads as articles? Well now these pigs are at it. The internet was never meant to be this way... a intolerable jungle of commercials
Look I realize these folks have to make money BUT... this is becoming intolerable as TV's 20 minutes out of a 60 minute programs. This is why I record as many as I can. So I can skip the ads that I'm never ever going to buy something from. Who's kidding who. 5 or 6 cars ads (I 'm not interested). Drugs, drugs and more drugs for conditions I don't have. Not interested in ambulance chasing lawyers nor a freaking pillow. Then there's the ever repeating promos for their other shows I'll never watch. All this on top of the cable fees they are getting from within my $96 a month cable TV bill for their mostly shitty shows. ALL THE WHILE STILL BEING FORCED TO WATCH THOSE DAMN ADS ON TOP OF IT. It's almost as if it's their second thought to throw in some entertainment in between the commercial breaks. Maybe if they didn't overpay everyone several million dollars apiece half of these wouldn't be necessary. Outside of some local news programs we watch less then seven hours of TV per week (if that).
Forever I've been promoting via links to these sources for the information I provide on this blog. Except for the videos that's about to change. There's no reason why I can't produce solid information which can be easily verified from several sources via a 'Google' search.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019
I didn't know this about him. It's surprising how much you can learn in a 8 1/2 minute video. It makes one appreciate how much greatness some people can achieve in their lifetime.
One can't help but compare Hoover to the change in Republican ideologies of today. Enough said.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Da Vinci Science Center aims to build new center in downtown Allentown
According to THE MORNING CALL, Allentown’s Hamilton Street parcels are not in the NIZ, but the city would apply for inclusion through a parcel swap at Da Vinci’s request... The city offered to guarantee as large a federal loan as it can, likely in the $5 million range... The $20 million grant is still secured for the new science center despite its move to downtown Allentown, Browne said Thursday.
I'll tell ya what I think... there's an awful lot of taxpayers' bucks involved here. This NIZ program could end up over $2b before it's done (if it ever is). This NIZ thing seems to keep growing and growing without a clear end in sight. Like I've mentioned before... no matter how much NIZ none of our taxes here in Allentown seem to ever go down.
There was a time when every building on Hamilton Street was built as a result of consumer demand via private investment dollars. I may be way off base but I think if we have $60 million to throw around it would be much better spent trying to eliminate (or at least lower) property taxes for individual home owners. Thus attracting more families allowing them to purchase goods and services (creating a consumer demand) along Hamilton Street like they used to do in the old days.
Seems to me perhaps we could have somehow created a $2b NIZ for citizens instead of a couple of developers. Here's how it might have worked. The state could have loaned newly arriving individuals (like they did developers) to build new homes on unwanted or foreclosed city owned properties. Since the city is or was not receiving taxes on these previously it would forgo city taxes for let's say 10 or 20 years. In turn homeowners would spend what they otherwise would on city taxes and their state income tax to repay these loans from the state. This is very similar to the deal developers received..
Here's the one major difference. There's way too many excluded properties that could have been included otherwise if it were not for the NIZ. The city would still be receiving taxes on all those properties they've destroyed for the current NIZ. Nor would have the current NIZ incurred the costs to seize them. The current PPL arena could have been built over by the iron pigs baseball stadium which wasn't producing taxes anyway.
Currently Allentown's budget is approximately $115 million per year. The majority which is raised by individual homeowners. So why wouldn't we want more of them instead of renters who come and go. I suspect the city has no idea how many aren't paying city income tax nor the per capita tax as they drift in and out. Such is not the case with actual on the record homeowners. You know, the ones who hold a stake in what happens to Allentown over he next 10 or 20 years.
Yeah I know I've drifted off somewhat from the Da Vinci Center proposal, but I hope you see how this relates. It seems to me it's a going down the wrong path. I'd prefer investing in homeownership over another entertainment venue unlikely to recover the possible $60 million for decades to come. Whereas homeownership would have both benefited people here and now and the city as well if this were to have been the course taken.
That's my two cents. So what do you think?
Friday, October 25, 2019
Elijah Cummings' closing remarks at Cohen hearing (02/2019)
Folks this is what greatness is made of.
It breaks my heart to hear Washington has lost part of it's soul with the passing of Elijah.
Keep in mind whatever we come up with, so too our enemies. Imagine if you will a squad of our soldiers coming under attack. Each drone pre-programmed within having no need for wireless communications or able to be withdrawn till they've accomplished their algorithm (software) designed missions.
2018 Labor Day performance in the north-western city of Xi’an, the Chinese company set in flight a swarm of 1,374 drones over the city wall, creating a fantastic light show.
Imagine if these were instead armed!
We've all seen how extensive troop loses are when trying to invade a city or country by foot soldiers. The problem with atomic bombs is they nearly destroy every structure invaders would hope to reoccupy. Also leaving behind highly radiated buildings, water, air and land rendered unoccupable. Numerous swarms of armed mini drones solves both those problems. All this seems like a nightmare Science Fiction movie except the threat to human life is very real.
Just as it was, and still is, neither nuclear missiles nor these latest weapons of war can be put back into Pandora's Box now that they've come to life. No doubt billion$ will be spent creating and in trying to develop defenses by all parties concerned. Money that could be better used to enhance human life instead of trying to destroy it. No doubt too there will be an insane amount of bartering to sell these weapons on the black market to rogue nations.
These things can be programmed for facial recognition, heat signatures, license plates... oh hell, just about anything. Who knows one day they could be used for police work.
With the advent of all this 'artificial intelligence' and the ability to communicate between each other they could operate on their own when they detect a threat. Let's hope one day the threat they perceive to themselves ain't us.
Monday, October 21, 2019
I haven't laughed so hard in a long time 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂pic.twitter.com/1Tp8Mg4ZaY— Hear Me Roar (@Stop_Trump20) October 19, 2019
I don't think these people were quite what the framers had in mind.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Migrant Children Taken From Their Parents May Never Be Returned To Them
Children are taken and placed in foster while their parents are being deported without appropriate hearings. Once in foster care, some children as young as infants, have foster families petition for full custody - and the foster parents win. Why? Because the U.S. Government says they are "not eligible for reunification." And the most sickening part of this? The real parents aren't even told where their children are or that they have been adopted."
Saturday, October 19, 2019
When I was a wee one I had no idea the crows being black had anything to do with this tune. I just loved the clip. It was my favorite part of Dumbo as a matter-of-fact.
Disney was one of the first to introduce black artists in his productions.
James Baskett as Uncle Remus
Both these had a powerful influence on kids growing up. Br'er Rabbit (Song Of The South) and his foolish impulsive ways. In Dumbo bullying and how much a mother's love means. These and so many other's of Walt's creations had powerful positive messages kids today should see. It seems to me since Walt's death Disney has strayed.
God Bless Walt
Disney doesn't make them like they used to.
May 31, 2018
True conservatives must begin to take back their party from Trump and those of the hard core rightwing. I say the same to those in Democratic party who also have their fair share of extremists. Locking horns between both political parties is neither good for them or this country. I'll give you a few Republican (voices of reason) worth reconsidering from the 2015-2016 debates.
Friday, October 18, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Number two... HE'S NOT IMPULSIVE. He thinks things through before he opens his mouth. He most certainly doesn't randomly tweet every two minutes. Never in my wildest dreams could I ever imagine Pence addressing Pelosi and the democrats disrespectability when invited to the White House. Nancy claimed Trump kicked the meeting off by saying I don't know why I'm here. I never wanted this meeting. What the hell !
I would like to see Trump tossed out as soon as possible so Pence could take over even though it's a determent to the Democrats
Why A determent?
Because it would give Pence the incumbent advantage. Imagine if you will if Pence became president in January 2020. Voters would have one full year to evaluate his performance. If he performed like I expect he would, he'd be almost a shoe in.
One further characteristic of Pence is his demure. No matter how aggressive people act towards him he remains calm and soft spoken (professional).
If Republicans have a ounce of commonsense they'd jump aboard the impeachment train as fast and hard as possible and rally behind Pence if they want to retake the White House. Otherwise they can continue to try and justify whatever other crazy antics Trump manages to come up with going into the next election. Face it. Trump is a loose cannon. I think the choice should be obvious.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
MOTHER JONES.COM-- This is something that, in theory, the Trump administration supports, so it shouldn’t be hard to get it passed. Unfortunately, that would ruin Trump’s claim that Democrats are doing nothing, so it will probably die in the Senate.
LINK TO CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE
IN A PDF LETTER THE CBO STATES... You can track H.R. 3's progress here at CONGRESS.GOV. It also contains all the juicy details.
H.R. 3 was sponsored by Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ). It has 49 Cosponsors, but not a single House Republican!
Monday, October 14, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
I said to my wife I wonder how long Shep could stomach the badmouthing. Shep is a light hearted kind of guy not prone to tolerate all the negativity that permeates this network. He was promised as FOX's news chief he would be able to interject breaking news stories whenever they occur. From what some are saying these other opinion programs objected. I also said to my wife I wonder if FOX will admonish these others from taking shots at him. Who would they backup? Now we know.
We all make choices. FOX made theirs. Shep made his. I'm certain Shep will be happier. He already looked relieved in those final moments.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
IN THIS LETTER TO CONGRES Pat A. Cipollone, counsel to the president wrote " I. Your “Inquiry” Is Constitutionally Invalid and Violates Basic Due Process Rights and the Separation of Powers. He accused Pelosi of violating “fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process,” saying Trump should be allowed to cross-examine witnesses, receive transcripts of the testimony, have access to evidence the House collects and have counsel present during questioning."
Geesh did this guy get an honorary degree in law or perhaps after sending in fifty bucks get one online? Look folks there's nothing confusing about this. The constitution allows the congressional house to take up an impeachment inquiry in a manner it deems appropriate. Think of it this way. Their action could be compared to a grand jury. Grand juries investigate and if they so choose will hand down an indictment (not a conviction). Like the house, grand juries are under no obligation to speak with people it's investigating or who they're speaking with. Nor what they say. By voting for impeachment it would be like dissolving the grand jury before it could determine what or even if charges should go forth. Sort of like a detective turning in his police report to a D.A. without conducting an investigation..
If the house so decides to move towards prosecution (votes for impeachment) it is then turned over to the senate to hold hearings. These senate hearings will be presided over by the chief justice of the supreme court. In this instance, John Roberts. It is at this time both sides will be heard. Meaning Trump will have the opportunity to exercise his " Due Process Rights"
If Trump chooses to ignore the house's subpoenas (backed up by the constitution) he could be charged for violating the constitution he swore to uphold when he was sworn in. In of itself he could be removed from office for.
Here's a guy who knows full well what the consequences could be. It's Lindsey Graham speaking towards Bill Clinton's hearings when he was a 'representative' in the house on December 18, 1998.
Lindsey Graham: A president who doesn't comply with Congressional requests for information is subject to impeachment. pic.twitter.com/Dhw5VBxbf0— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 8, 2019
I wonder if he still shares this same view today now that he's in the senate?
Before Trumpsters go all partisan on me let me say this. Accusations have been made. It's congress's duty to investigate them. If you saw something you thought was illegal going on, wouldn't you want someone to check out your story? Congress sure as hell investigated numerous accusations against both Clintons and many in their own party. We were told over and over again to 'report something if you see something' Is there a reason why Trump should be made the sole exception?
One final thought. If democrats had never gained the majority in the house (good or bad) we wouldn't be where we are. Who said voting doesn't matter!!