Saturday, September 28, 2019

Favorites Scenes From 'Madam Secretary'

Importance Of Voting

"Nationalism" Versus "Patriotism"

The new season begins on CBS October 6th at 10:00 PM.

Thin Divide Between Frank Underwood And Donald Trump

Impeachment Will It Go Like This?

This makes me wonder how far apart a scripted TV show a few years ago is from what we're living today. Kinda creepy don't ya think?

Cable TV News Training Video

The way i understand it this is required viewing before being awarded a degree in 'Broadcast Journalism' from most colleges.

October- It's That Time of Year Again

Friday, September 27, 2019

A Few Music Clips

Every so often I like to post music videos. Various talented performers I enjoy far more then just about anything else I come across on the internet.

Jack Black performs 'Everybody Polka' (Sept. 2018)

Still Hurting (The Last Five Years) | Cover by Evynne Hollens

Peter Hollens feat. Brian Hull

I've been following Evynne and her husband singing for a years. Both their talents amaze me. Agree?

Robocall Center FAIL

These guys aren't very good at their jobs. Just got a call whom the caller-ID identified as 'Capital BC'. They wanted me to press #1 in order to receive a refund from "my electric utility" company for an overcharge of $30. Who knew they were in the generating business :-)

One thing is for sure. My answer machine is a good listener. It listens to three or four of these calls a day and never complains. Even those never ending ridiculous calls from my pharmacy who seems wanting to endlessly push unwanted pills on me no matter how many times I complain to knock it off. The same pharmacy chain sends me automated bills claiming my insurance never paid them twice or three times a year (when they did). Course they also tried to short me on my last prescription pickup (worth about $650).

Great googa-mooga people... FOCUS !

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Trump Impeachment Inquiry Begins

What triggered the formal inquiry was his phone call to Ukraine's president. To my thinking this is only the tip of the iceberg. I can't begin to imagine what Trump and Putin were canoodling about for an hour behind closed doors at the G20 in 2017. No other president in history ever did that alone in private. We still don't know his financial dealings either. There certainly were some very questionable money movements from Saudi, Russian oligarchs and a few others into Trump and his immediate family. I wouldn't care about these if he weren't the president of the United States, but he is. My hope is some of these could be examined through this long overdue inquiry.

I fully expect a huge amount of every kind of deflection he and his buddies can come up with not to talk about Donald himself. The least imaginative tactic nearly every defense tries is trashing the accusers reputations. Don't fall for it. Facts are the only thing that matter. Even when there's the inevitable hate filled attacks on the accusers let us all try and stay focused strictly on the evidence.

Personally I think this will not bode well for Democrats. But it is the right thing to do. It's congress's constitutional obligation to provide oversight when questionable activities are brought to their attention. It's what they do everyday in both the Senate and the House. In this case it just happens to be the president. Both Republicans and Democrats have conducted these in the past. Each time it wasn't without extreme controversy. I'm positive this time will be no different. This is how we avoid despots.

Anyone having a problem with this should take it up with the framers of the constitution. You know the bunch that fought like hell too in 1787 amongst themselves.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Check Out Jimmy's YouTube Channel

I mentioned before I'm focused on many other things besides politics. I found his videos quite informative so I thought I'd pass this along. He gives you a lot of things to think about.

One of my favorites of his..

Monday, September 16, 2019

Old Kraft Plant In Fogelsville I'm Confused

Lehigh Valley Live
Keurig Dr Pepper facility in Lehigh Valley..
"The company will receive a $1.5 million Pennsylvania First grant, $170,100 in WEBnetPA money for worker training and, when new jobs are created, $1.1 million in Job Creation Tax Credits, the governor’s office said."

Here's why I'm confused.
The article didn't specifically state they'd make k-cups. If they do why would they spend $220 million on a building they won't own when could have bought it for $36.48 million in which Kraft was already producing these k-cups with experienced workers already in place? Seems to me it would have been a lot smarter to have bought the building for themselves utilizing the storage areas, rail service, truck docks and the millions of dollars in these coffee making machines already in place. Why tear down the building?

I was told at one point Kraft requested greater water use so they could put juice lines in and were denied. So now it's OK to produce Dr. Pepper?

Why are we taxpayers going to shell out a bunch of loot along with the company training employees who worked the K-cup lines and Kraft's liquid fillers for years?

Like I said I'm confused.

Justice Gorsuch's Interview

It's too bad this guy already has a job. I'm greatly disturbed by the almost looney candidates campaigning for president. Here's a man who speaks calmly with great eloquence and even greater commonsense then the whole lot of those seeking office put together. Why can't we have someone of his intelligence and character seeking the presidency?

I will say this.. it comforting to know not everybody in Washington is a screwball. Now if only we could replace half of congress with a few more level headed individuals. Then we all could rest easier.

Published on Sep 10, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Complaining Solves Nothing

Nearly everyone bitches about homelessness, shootings, property taxes and the lack of affordable healthcare among many more. What I'm not hearing from people bitching the most are practical commonsense solutions. In my opinion these should never be made public. Not on a media report nor comment on social media. Not a single one that doesn't offer a suggestion to help solve the problem. If that were the case nearly all the divisiveness we're experiencing would cease to exist.

Almost everything ends up with finger pointing complaining what a jerk someone else is or how Democrats or Republicans are screwing things up. I'm fed up with all this finger pointing We all agree what the problems are. Anyone who just wants to complain without offering a solution needs to shut their pie hole. Enough already

Fact is most of this crap has been going on decade after decade. I don't doubt we'll still be dealing with this garbage for many more decades to come. Which makes me wonder how sincere are we at resolving any of this. Some continue making a nice living off of these issues. Others rather bitch then ever consider changing their ways. I, for one, am tired of this BS.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Tracking Deregulation In The Trump Era

Brookings Institution
"Tracking deregulation in the Trump era"

There is a huge number of them.
Here are a few I found to be of greatest significance.

Clean Power Plan (Coal Plants)
Endangered Species Act: Rule Revisions
Designating undocumented immigrants for expedited removal
State "Empowerment Waivers" for the Affordable Care Act
Title X funding revision regarding clinics providing abortions
Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS)
Religious and Moral Exemptions from Contraceptive Coverage Mandates
Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Passenger Vehicles
Methane and Waste Prevention Rule
Net Neutrality
Scientific Transparency Rule
Title IX Guidances on Transgender Student Rights

I urge you to follow the link above if you're interested. It has the dates and explanations of each. Some of changes are good. Some bad depending on your point of view.