Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Some Of Trump's Recent Tweets

Here are a few of his recent tweets from HIS TWITTER ACCOUNTThe Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!

If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!

What the hell is going on with Global Waming [sic]?

Never thought I’d say this but I think @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner @FoxNews have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC!

@newtgingrich just stated that there has been no president since Abraham Lincoln who has been treated worse or more unfairly by the media than your favorite President, me!

The Fake News gets crazier and more dishonest every single day.

If Trump thinks the entire intelligence community, state department, treasury, pentagon, media, most of congress, his staff and other countries all and each one are wrong -- could it just be possible it's him?

Life Is Short

Monday, January 28, 2019

Biden Clinton Sanders or Trump For 2020?

I say none of them.

Could we just have for once someone less then retirement age running?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

My Favorite TV Program

"CBS Sunday Morning" is celebrating it's 40th year. Here are two samples from their past programs.

From 2012: Bill Geist as father of the bride

From 2001: Making a splash

In this world of so much negativity 'CBS Sunday Morning' has always remained a beacon to positivity. An inspiration showing all the good people who always and still exist today. Check Out Their Many Videos HERE

Lehigh Valley's Biggest Industry Warehouses And Hospitals

I was reading on LEHIGH VALLEY LIVE about another proposed hospital center on a 80 acre site in Lower Nazareth Township. Good lord we must have more warehouses and medical treatment faculties then I ever once imagined.

Forget about making things. Seems the burgeoning U.S. job market is now shipping things other countries make and treating one another. Those plus entertaining, selling each other crap and people becoming politicians. Well at least these jobs can't be shipped overseas.

I'm Just Trying To Feed The Birds

... And I don't mean feeding them to the hawk

Although this clip was from April 04, 2018 the same thing happened this morning.
Damnit why can't we all just live on prana alone instead!

Friday, January 25, 2019

I Woke Up One Day In A Parallel Universe

It went from this...

To this.. October 2017

Therein lies my desire to wake up one day discovering myself either to have been in a coma, had a very long bad dream one night or in a more fitting universe I'd hope to belong which more suits my nature.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Anyone Want To Hear My Opinions On....

* The kids confronting the Native American in Washington?
* How I feel about 'The State Of The Union' Address?
* Trump's latest proposal to end the shutdown?
* Today's TV offerings and their costs?
* Newly elected Representative AOC's views?
* What I'd like in our next president?
* My views on local government?

These are a few of the things I thought posting about. However I see no point if no one's interested. If anyone would like to offer something please do. Pending no feedback I'll await inspiration for other stuff I come across from time to time when it so motivates me.

Right now I'm leaning towards reposting memes and other things people are posting online w/o comment.

Allentown $3 Million Over Budget On Health Care

The Morning Call
Allentown spent $3 million over budget on health care for 2018
"On the heels of a contentious discussion about the city’s 27 percent tax increase for 2019, Allentown officials have revealed they overspent on health care costs by $3 million last year."

How about offering employees $1,600 more a month ($10 an hour more) and let them buy their own private insurance. This is not a crazy as it sounds. The article says the city has 765 employees. If you take 160 work hours a month times 765 employees this works out to $1.224 million per month. Times that by 12 months it would impact the budget $14.688 million a year. That's some $6 million less then the city spend in 2018. Most important of all-- it would be a steady outlay without the unexpected surprises.

Am I missing something here?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Now Even Informants Aren't Being Paid

FBI Agents Association- "Voices From The Field"
FBI Agent Accounts of the Real Consequences of the Government Shutdown

I whole heartedly believe there should a law which makes it 100% illegal for government to shutdown for any reason. This is becoming all too common. Every time congress itself or a president disagree with one and other it's everyone else who suffers except them. FLOTUS just flew to Florida and back after a week with her family while everybody else is grounded without DT's express permission.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Anyone Else See The Big Game Yesterday?

The game between Andy Reid's 'Chief's and the 'Patriots' was a nail biter. It might even be better then the upcoming "Super Bowl".

Why Democrats Rejected Trump's Latest Offer

Simply put he offers nothing other then to give back what he took away.

"Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal.."
If Democrats would give in it would signal to Trump all he needs to do is take other stuff away as a bargaining chip to get even more money or whatever other demands he can come up with in the future.

Think of it this way. You're playing poker with Trump. He takes $20 out of your wallet to use for his bets. He then insist the only way you can get it back is to play by his rules.

As anyone should plainly see by Trump's tweet he's neither in favor nor against DACA. He sees DACA only as means to his ends. Question is what else would he be willing to take away and hold hostage in order to get congress to agree to his ever changing whims?

I am most certain even if congress gave him his $5b+ wall it would only be the beginning. The American government has a policy of not negotiating with hostage takers. The reason being once we give in most certainly it encourages more of the same. This instance should be no different.

The way any president gets things done is not by threatening those he curries favor with. Instead this president is threatening to make things so toxic he hopes one day to break the backs of just anybody in the world who opposes his will. The way I see it the United States became powerful because countries (and people) wanted to emulate us. Not because they felt under threat by some power hungry despot Mark my words-- if this continues as it is-- our entire democratic system as well as our standing in the world is under threat.

I want to make myself clear. This isn't about how I feel towards Pelosi (Democrats) or Trump (Republicans). This is about cooperation not surrender. The first step is to getting our country up and fully functioning again. Nothing is more important. Any number of issues could be cause in some peoples' minds for a shutdown. None of them should be a justification whatsoever under any circumstance.

Trump Spends 2 Minutes At MLK Memorial

Huffington Post
Trump Makes Surprise Visit To MLK Memorial, Leaves After About 2 Minutes

Reagan's Remarks on Signing the Bill Making
the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
a National Holiday (11/02/1983)

George W. Bush (01/21/2008)

Obama 2015

Sunday, January 20, 2019

US-Mexico Border No Easy Answers

In my opinion this is one of the least bias reporting I've come across.

It seems to me what we have here situation where nobody is going to be completely satisfied. It further seems to me holding hostage 800,000 people depending on government paychecks is the worst possible way of dealing with this. When you include their families this is over some 3 million.

Perhaps congress's inaction can be attributed to their concerns what it would do to many of those affected by additional fencing along the border. If there is a solution to be had it won't be as simple as erecting a bunch of fences.

The answers will not come either from a bunch of thick headed pundits on TV in New York nor a bunch of out-of-touch Washington politicos digging in their heels. Instead of Washington deciding on a 'one solution to fit all' why not make funding available to local groups and governments to decide what they deem best for each of their own areas?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dems Decline President Trump's Invite (01/15/2019)

New York Daily News
Dems decline President Trump's White House invite amid stalled shutdown talks
"Trump tried to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and build support for funding his border wall with Mexico by appealing directly to lawmakers... White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said instead of a bipartisan lunch, only nine House Republicans joined the President."

Randy Rainbow- "There Is Nothin' Like A Wall"

Man, that was harsh :-)

New Windbags Signed On To MSNBC And CNN
Ex-Senator Claire McCaskill Joins NBC and MSNBC

John Kasich Signs With CNN as Political Commentator

I'd like to hear them signing up reporters instead of another bevy of pundits. Whatever happened to reporting the news instead of talking about it. I couldn't believe the other night when MSNBC had 8 boxes on the screen at the same time. That's right... 8 frames of bullshitters lined up a ready to go. Even the BBC is getting in on the act. Now after nearly every report the teleprompter reader then says... A short time a ago I spoke with...blah, blah, blah.. Enough already!

Frankly I don't give a damn what any of them "think". I emphasize the word "think" because it's the word they use every other sentence. The reason is so they can't get sued if they misstate facts.

So what we have here is a bunch of lardasses talking about stories reported. Field reporters themselves are seldom seen. If they are it's for two minutes so these windbags can bloviate about it for the next 20 minutes interspersed with repetitive ads. I truly wish there was just one news channel where they only hired ACTUAL reporters. These so-called news channels have become a retirement home for a bunch of washed up used politicians who couldn't manage to get reelected or appointed by even their own party.

Oh.. I haven't forgotten about FOX news. Either FOX news hires ex white house officials or the other way around with the white house hiring washed up FOX news personnel.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Border Wall Videos

Here are some MUST SEE videos which clarify the realities beyond those of the political hoopla we've been accustomed to hearing.

A 2,000 Mile Journey (Sept. 20, 2017)

No Man's Land Beneath the Border Wall (Jan. 28, 2017)

A Visitor's Guide (Dec. 17, 2018)

In other words folks.. don't get your shorts in a knot.

No need for panic over the hyperbole.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Informative Article About Border Fencing

In May 2017 'CATO Institute' republished a piece entitled, Why The Wall Won't Work. It is the most informative article I've read.

I'm certain most people won't have the attention span to read it in it's entirety. However for those who truly want to understand all the complexities involved it is a must read.

Putting aside the politics here are few things I found interesting. 2/3rds of the border land is privately owned.
Flooding can be a major problem destroying fencing in some areas.
Maintenance costs are in the millions.
Some of the border is separated by hundreds of miles of arid wasteland.
All types of fences can be cut through in minutes.
"From 2007 to 2010, the Border Patrol found more than one tunnel per month, on average."

Thursday, January 10, 2019

It's An Alien Invasion I Tell Ya!

No it's not the ones clamoring at our southern border. Instead it's possibly a musical message from anther galaxy meant to absorb our brains. I say this because once you listen to this video you can't get this 'ear worm' out of your head.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Administration Officials Get Raises Amid Shutdown

New York Post-- "Officials are poised to get fat annual raises of about $10,000 a year. The pay raises for cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to go into effect Saturday unless legislation is passed to stop them."

New York Times
Trump Administration Freezes Raises for Pence and Cabinet Members

116th House Already Has 321 Bills To Consider

As of the second day (January 4, 2019) the House of Representatives already has a list of 321 new bills submitted. I won't list them all but here are a few of the ones I found interesting. You can check them all out along with the latest updates via the link I provided below. Out of those seven I've listed H.R. 40 is the only one I disagree with. H.R.21: Making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes. (PASSED)

H.R.26: To prohibit the pay of Members of Congress during periods in which a Government shutdown is in effect, and for other purposes. (INTRODUCED)

H.R.32: To allow the Secretary of the Treasury to accept public donations to fund the construction of a barrier on the border between the United States and Mexico and for other purposes.

H.R.40: To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes. (INTRODUCED)

H.R.67: To provide for the compensation of Federal employees and other government employees furloughed during a Government shutdown, and for other purposes. (INTRODUCED)

H.R.102: To provide that rates of pay for Members of Congress shall not be adjusted under section 601(a)(2) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 in the year following any fiscal year in which outlays of the United States exceeded receipts of the United States. (INTRODUCED)

H.R.113: To require the purchase of domestically made flags of the United States of America for use by the Federal Government. (INTRODUCED)

Remember When- The LVRR