Friday, July 31, 2020

Morgan Freeman Reads Rep. John Lewis’ Last Words

Save Your Sanity. Turn Off FOX News

These soulless individuals will say anything so long as it benefits their continued oversized paychecks coming in. Yes people make mistakes but this goes far beyond anything like that. Instead of correcting themselves, they double down on them time and again. Like I said before FOX News needs a good house cleaning.

Even this guy seems to agree.

It's one thing to slant the news. Another to be propagandists in the name of profit.

Will they apologize to Biden?
Not unless hell freezes over.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

Pennsylvania Mail In Voting Information

Sunday, July 26, 2020

America's Wet Markets

We need to straighten ourselves out before we go pointing fingers elsewhere.

Back in March a Chinese Diplomat Accused The U.S. of Spreading Coronavirus. Zhao's comments echoed a rumored conspiracy, widely circulated in China, that U.S. military personnel had brought the virus to China during their participation of the 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan last October.

While I seriously doubt this diplomat's accusation, given what was shown in the video, it does leave open the possibility. Especially since it was NYC that was first hit the hardest. So the question remains, will NYC do anything about them considering what we now know?

Saturday, July 25, 2020

My Favorite Music Videos (Updated 07/25/2020)

I've updated my favorite YouTube music videos. Currently there are over 2,450 videos in my various playlists. I've been accumulating these since June 2007. Most are amateur musical performers. Of all the sites I visit on the internet these performers capture my greatest interest. It's my hope you'll enjoy them as much as I do.

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

You never know what kind of crazy stuff you might find.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Football Player Inks Half A Billion Dollar Contract

The New York Post
Patrick Mahomes had no idea NFL allowed 10-year contracts
"Following a Super Bowl title, earning Super Bowl MVP in the process, – a year after winning NFL MVP – Mahomes inked a 10-year contract worth up to $503 million to stay with the Chiefs for the foreseeable future. The deal is the richest in NFL history. The 24-year-old star didn’t expect the extent of the longevity..."

Why that's almost as much as I made over my entire 56 years of working. Not to worry. He'll be only 34 at the end of his contract. Still plenty of time to catch up.

When Coronavirus Is At The Beach (Humor)

It's hard to believe how many quality videos the 'Holderness Family' put out each week. She and her husband are quite creative. Talented as well.

Opetaia Foa'i Music Video

'We Know The Way' live at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017

What a great production number!

Here's another version most Americans are more familiar with.
Especially if they have kids.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i - We Know The Way (From "Moana")

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Rep. Cortez (D-NY) Responds To Rep. Yoho (R-FL)

AOC scares the living crap out of conservatives. It's because they fear in a few years she could run for president. With her ability to speak off script and ever growing popularity they see her as a threat. One they need to destroy whatever way possible. In their attempt inadvertently they're focusing the spotlight on her in ways she herself never could. Thus increasing her name recognition. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

By the time she becomes age eligible for the presidency she will be a well seasoned candidate. Thanks in part to these attacks and being able to so eloquently defend herself. Now if conservatives were really smart they'd not shed any more light on her then necessary. Instead Rep Yoho has given her another opportunity to shine. Smooth move Ex-Lax.

Here's this firecracker in action.

See why they see her as a threat?
She exposes Washington's hidden skeletons.
The ones they don't want exposed.

Confronts Gilead CEO for $2,000 Price Tag for HIV Drug Truvada

White supremacist hate crimes.

No matter how hard critics try to paint her as a dumb radical, she's anything but.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Donald Trump Is Defunding The Police
Donald Trump Is Defunding The Police
"In early February of this year, the Trump administration proposed a 58 percent cut in the federal government’s COPS Hiring Program, a federal program that supports police department staffing. That’s not a one-off; his administration’s budget proposals have routinely called for huge cuts to this program,...

Joe Biden refuses to embrace the idea of “defunding the police” has attracted a fair amount of attention in recent days. Instead, he’s proposed spending “an additional $300 million to reinvigorate community policing in our country...

But the larger and more significant budgetary context is that the HEROES Act passed by House Democrats and stalled by Senate Republicans appropriates $900 billion to state and local governments"

All one need do is look at what Donald is accusing others of to know what he's doing. It's called deflection.

2021 Budget- THE WHITE HOUSE

Russel HonorΓ© On Feds in Portland


Monday, July 20, 2020

Trump Vows To Send Feds Into Cities

FOX News
Trump Vows To Send Feds Into Cities...
"President Trump on Monday vowed to send more federal law enforcement personnel to major cities facing a surge in violence, amid reports that the Department of Homeland Security is drawing up plans to send 150 federal agents to Chicago.

“New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore … we’re not going to let this happen in our country,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “We will have more federal law enforcement. That I can tell you.”"

Only the ones with democrat mayors? What about San Diego, Jacksonville, Oklahoma City or Miami to name a few with Republican mayors (none of whom are black nor female)? Each had problems recently with looting and rioting as well. See a pattern here?

This will not turn out well.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Rep. John Lewis Led By Example. Not Just Words

Jul 17, 2019

Sept 6, 2012

The world was fortunate to have him for 80 years.
Will there be another like him to come along?

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Trump Declares War On Americans (Updated 07/19/2020)

Trump's senior advisor says there will be a upcoming major announcement.

Could this be a rehearsal for what is yet to come?
This could have been handled better no doubt. BUT no one wants to see our city streets being patrolled like those in Baghdad, Kabul or other warlike nations. We seen troops in other countries never thinking one day we'd see this on American streets. Each day that passes our previous way of life is under greater threat then the day before. People against people. People against authority. Authority against people. One branch of government against another. It's not the first time this nation has faced huge challenges. Let's hope it can survive this one. It's like a never ending cycle... until it does (end). That's what is worrisome to me.

Other worrisome dysfunctional headlines in the news..
White House blocks CDC from testifying on reopening schools next week
White House tells hospitals to bypass CDC on COVID-19 data reporting
Internal CDC memo forbids staff from speaking with Voice of America
Trump calls U.S. Postal Service 'a joke,' threatens defunding
White House praises John Lewis' legacy as Trump stays silent for 14 hours while he played golf (07/18/2020)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

FOX News Needs A Thorough House Cleaning

Any semblance to reality is completely coincidental.
Let's roll the tape...

These folks have something seriously wrong with them.

Any American wishing to maintain their sanity needs to step away and stop watching this channel before it affects their mental health.

It's already too late for Trump.
Feb 9, 2018

And he still watches..

Penn Holderness Disney Parody Medley

I particularly like the first one.

Trump Administration Rigging Covid19 Data

Trump repeatedly bemoaned if we did less testing these troubling Covid19 numbers would come down. Now he's doing something about them. If he can't deal with the pandemic Trump can at least pretend it away by burying the data..

New York Times
Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data
Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the CDC....

"The new instructions were posted recently in a little-noticed document on the Department of Health and Human Services website. From now on, the department — not the C.D.C. — will collect daily reports about the patients that each hospital is treating... But the Health and Human Services database that will receive new information is not open to the public, "

It seems to me if the press can't get their hands on the CDC numbers they won't be able to report accurately on them. Meaning the general public and lower officials will be flying blind having little information how truly worrisome it may be getting. This while Trump and his cronies continue to recklessly press on exposing people to this disease based on half truths and lies.

Irregardless of how he tries eventually this disease will make itself known. There will come a time where even Trump will no longer be able to hide the truth. Will it then be too late to restore the country to what it once was? A time before this incompetent rose to power aided by all to many American citizens willing to revere a egotistical, self centered, controlling con man such as this.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Another Bunch Of Covid 19 Supporters

Florida Anti-Maskers Fight Police

What about an oxygen mask?

Is it any wonder why Canada and Europe have banned travel from The United States. They've seen too many videos just like this.

Why Is Easton Express Hyping Up This Story?

Here are two copy/pastes from The Easton Express Times. The first from their webpage the second from their Facebook page.

Every news service has dropped the "knee on neck" line from their headlines. Yet four days later and just a few hours ago this morning (07/14/2020) they repeated this unverified accusation yet again on their Facebook page. They've done this almost repeatedly for days. If you check out any other news source none of them are doing this. This has been annoying me for days Seems very bias and judgmental to me. Do they plan on continuing to report it this way?

Back to School in 2020 (Humor)

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Allentown Officer Kneeling On Man

SOURCE: NBC10 Phila. (07/12/2020)

Of course this quickly turned into a hot potato.

Thanks to MC Reporter Kayla Dwyer for the videos

Here's The Way I See It: SIMMER DOWN!
Here's a picture from THE POSTED VIDEO

Clearly the officer DID NOT have his knee on this guy's throat. The mayor and police chief had the courage to come down and speak directly with this crew around midnight. Their complaints weren't ignored. Both the mayor and chief handled it calmly and professionally like adults. Loudmouths in the group ought to try and do it sometime in return. They'd get further showing the same respect they were given. All this hollering and screaming down the street doesn't exactly make them look rational. Cooler heads need to prevail.

Covid 19 Infecting A Nation Of Fools

FOX13 (Tampa Bay) reported on Sunday, July 12, 2020, The first day of school for many districts across Florida is scheduled for August 10, and while Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing for students to get back into the classroom, the Florida Education Association says many districts are not ready for that.

Meanwhile reported on the same day, (Reuters) - Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, as the Trump administration renewed its push for schools to reopen and anti-mask protests were planned in Michigan and Missouri.

If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a Reuters analysis.

Florida’s daily increases in cases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there. It has also broken New York state’s record of 12,847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

The same time this was being reported Education Secretary Betsy Devos was interviewed by Chris Wallace at FOX News. During the interview she used Florida's forced school openings as a springboard as to why other schools should be planning to do this as well.

Here's my thoughts. Even if it were true kids are less susceptible it doesn't mean their teachers, staff, after school caregivers and family members would be. Neither half day classes nor 2-3 day a week classes are great alternatives. This would be a problem for full time working parents.

Then there's the school bus problems. School transportation providers are concerned because many of their drivers are oldsters. A number of them already indicated they will opt out. There is certainly no way of social distancing these kids on the bus. Not unless they're planning running only half full. This would in turn require double the runs which would necessitate more drivers. Obviously a problem since (as I mentioned) there's likely to be less drivers they had in prior years.

What about PPE and hand sanitizers? Schools already were short on supplies which teachers paid for out of their own pockets. Are they suppose to provide protective gear now too?

I'm not going to pretend I have answers but there's one thing I'm sure of. You can't plow hell bent headlong into this without much better plans than I heard. I don't give a flying fig what Trump wants or his education secretary. What this will boil down to is what teachers, staff, and parents are willing to risk.

Ignoring the pandemic isn't going to make it go away. Nor pretend it's an overblown hoax. Anyone who thinks they can jump into a fire and not get burned is sadly mistaken. But I guess some people have to find it out for themselves.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Good News Is Allentown Settled With LC Water Authority

Bad news is by 2024 I'll get charged more then 6 months worth of water then I'm now paying.
Settlement involving major Lehigh Valley water system means higher bills for customers
"For most water and sewer customers, the proposed agreement would mean an approximate $88 rate increase per year that would rise over time to an $176 increase per year by 2024, plus inflationary increases,"

Currently I pay around $90 per quarter. If the projected increase of $176 holds true I'll be paying nearly 50% more for the same amount of water I use now. Not sure how much those "inflationary increases" will add to the bill but if it were 4% each year that too could add another $50. That would be about another month and a half worth of water at it's present cost. So all said and done I'll end up getting around 7 1/2 months less of water then I'm now paying for. What a bargain for them.. me, not so much!

In addition the article goes on to say, "Under the settlement, LCA will pay for water purchased from the city system based on actual production costs and will pay a proportionate share of the cost of all capital improvements at the water treatment plant in Allentown." Does this mean in a worse case scenario it could end up costing me close to 2x's more?

Thank goodness I get those Social Security increases. Otherwise... never mind the Allentown School District increases already account for those. I sure hope those retired workers are enjoying the pensions my water bill is paying for with this deal the city made to lease out it's water department.

Every time I flush I will be thinking, there goes another donation to the cause

Nearly Half Of Oklahoma Is Part Of Native American Reservation

There sure are lots of implications. Does this mean Oklahoma has to give up almost half of their congressional members? How will this affect the electoral counts in the up coming election? Will it null and void state and local taxes on this sector of land? Could this tribe be able to request those taxes previously collected for themselves and enact new ones? Will deeds and licenses no longer be valid? Will residents now have to live under tribal laws instead of previous state and local ones? How will this affect all those formerly prosecuted? Will the courts be turned over to the tribe? What about schools and hospitals? Will they defund the police?

While the supreme court didn't go that far in this ruling it could set up future litigation matters such as some of those I mentioned.

Cabaret Star Leanne Borghes (et al) Sing In Quarantine

Broadway theaters may be shutdown because of the virus but the stars aren't about to let that stop them from performing.

"Billy Porter reprised his performance of “Raise You Up” from Kinky Boots alongside performers from the Broadway casts over the show’s six-year run, the national tour, and casts from the companies of the international productions in England, Germany, South Korea, Australia, Japan, and Canada in this new music video."


Test Your Intelligence With This Trump Ad

Anyone with intelligence should easily see the hypocrisy and misdirection in Trump's campaign advertisement.

Despite the lie Joe Biden would defund the police you'd think he'd be embarrassed to run an ad such as this. In case it went over your head, every chaotic scene in that video occurred in the last several months under the Trump administration. These incidents sure as hell aren't from a time under the Obama/Biden era. In so doing he has demonstrated once again he is not a man of character who can be trusted.

This ad says more about Trump then Biden.
(1) He's a liar (claiming Biden would defund police).
(2) He's a deceiver with those clips of lawlessness which occurred under his watch.
(3) He assumes some people are too dumb to notice. Were you one of them?

Friday, July 10, 2020

Common Sense Test

Most of them seem like trick questions to me.
Course it may seem they are only because I may be lacking common sense :-)
Let's see how well you do.

Hard to believe I once passed an Army intelligence test. Course they were looking for suckers volunteers to snoop out where Vietcong troops were hiding in those days. Fortunately they gave me this test before I signed the enlistment papers. The way I figured it future wouldn't be looking bright after taking that test if I went ahead with it. Especially since they said I'd most likely become a radio operator which goes along with that. I decided instead to take my chances and wait out the lottery drawings for the draft. Turned out my number was 265. The list that year stopped at 150. I've been losing lottery drawings ever since, but still consider myself fortunate. So many of my friends from high school were not :-(

A bit of a weird story. One of the guys at work was a radio operator during Vietnam. He had a second guy who would always go with him on advance patrol. He said the radio batteries were so damn heavy to carry in the hot jungles so he took them out of his radio to make his load lighter. Then one day they came under attack. He jumped to one side of the path while his companion (carrying the much needed extra batteries) jumped to the other. After some arguing he said toss me your batteries. They other guy replied, what batteries? I thought you had them in your radio. He said no, I left them on the chopper. Turns out so did this other guy. Oh shit. Several days later they came across some Marines having lunch. When they weren't looking he took one set of theirs so he wouldn't get disciplined praying he wouldn't run into them again.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

RIP Nick Cordero

On July 05, 2020, a little bit before noon, Nick Cordero has passed away due to complications with COVID-19. Please look out for one another by wearing masks and socially distancing, you could unknowingly hurt those around you.

68th Tony Awards Performance (2014) "Bullets Over Broadway"

Rest In Peace Nick.
You put up a great fight to live and you left behind wonderful memories.

Pandemic Aid: Churches Made Out Like Bandits
Evangelical Megachurch With Close Ties To Trump Approved for Millions In Pandemic Aid
" WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) - A Dallas megachurch whose pastor has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump was approved for a forgivable loan worth $2 million to $5 million, according to long-awaited government data released on Monday.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a rally last month at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, whose pastor, Robert Jeffress, has been on Trump’s evangelical advisory board.

It was among the [84,000] tens of thousands of religious organizations that received a total of $7.3 billion in pandemic aid from the Small Business Administration."

Imagine how many small owners of restaurants, barbershops, hairdressers, bars and 1,000's of others could have benefited. Most all of them paying taxes. Many of which are certain to be unable to sustain. I find it truly disgusting public money was used this way.

Clearly the constitution states there should be a separation of church and government. Seems to me to be a one way street whenever it benefits them. Another when it does not. They have a pretty good racket going if you ask me. What other business could sell an invisible product with no guaranteed benefits or if there even was one that existed?

In my opinion this whole pandemic stimulus program is turning out to be a money grab in which the ones who needed it the most are getting the least (if any). No doubt pharmaceuticals will make out like bandits too. After seeing what happened with the 2008 bailouts imagine my surprise. Metaphorically speaking, the government is throwing another feast and peasants aren't invited. Instead the peasantry will be expected to pick up the tab as usual. Surprised?

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Hamilton Polka

The Weird Al Yankovic version of "Hamilton" the Broadway show.

Goes to show you can churn out a polka,
no matter the kind of music it was before :-)

Lin Hears "The Hamilton Polka"

LA Cop Pulls Up To Street Musician

..and this is what happened

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Inspiring July 4th Messages

Ronald Reagan On Patriotism (1989(

Reagan and Obama

Lord knows we could sure use these inspiring speeches now more then ever. Sadly these magnificent words are absent in Washington presently. I was fortunate enough to have heard them when they were first spoken. Hopefully I will live long enough to experience the likes of them once again when today's present leaders' voices will be no longer heard.

Paul Harvey- Signers Of The Declaration Of Independence

Friday, July 3, 2020

Trump Campaign Will Same Tactic Win Again?

It should be obvious this is the same crap he spewed against Hillary's health when he was running against her. Rather then focusing on what he would do for the American people he and his campaign likely will spend most of their time and money trying to destroy his opponent. Course he can't campaign on his record because most of the promises he made never happened. He didn't replace Obamacare with a cheaper and better plan. Mexico hasn't paid for the wall. He hasn't reduced deficit spending. In fact he doubled it from $500 billion to $1 trillion annually. He promised to renegotiate the Iran deal. Instead broke the deal we made causing Iran to go back to manufacturing nuclear bomb making materials. Those and 72 more.

According to this chart @ he only kept 18% of his promises.

Not exactly the kind of record to run a campaign on.

Think of it this way. You hire someone. That employee's productivity record delivers 82% less then what was promised they could deliver. In addition part of the deal would be they'd give up their salary in exchange for an employer paid expense account. It then ended up costing almost 10x's as much as their salary would have? How long do you think their employment would last?

Do me a favor. Watch carefully what Trump and his campaign focuses on. Will it be on more questionable promises they will make to the American people OR instead choose to attack Biden's health? We know how Trump accused Hillary of having failing health. Mark my words, they'll try using this same BS on Biden's health. Wait, you'll see.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

This Man Can't Wear A Mask

Bernie Sanders Weapons Won't Make Us Safer

We already have enough weapons to annihilate the human race several times over again. The argument goes, with that threat hanging over us all sides will be fearful enough to not engage them. Wanna bet?

I agree with Bernie it's a lot better to intermingle with other countries as much as possible. By doing so the probability is much greater one will not see the other so different from themselves. The way I see it fear is what drives people to war with one another. The root cause of fear is born when nations isolate from each other. Isolation always begins with political leaders at the top wanting it to be that way. Never because of the people themselves unlikely to have met those they are told by their government to hate and kill. Right now we see protestors, police and ethnic groups weaponizing against one another right here in our very own country. All of fueled by fear and distrust.

I don't know if you ever watched the Anthony Bourdain series. He went into what could be described as the most dangerous parts of this world. If you tuned in late you'd have a tough time determining whether he was in a friendly country or in one of our so-called adversary's. Such is the case for years with NASA whom several countries put their differences aside to work on the ISS for years. Universities have been at the forefront bringing youth from one country to engage with others their same age. Thus reducing what political and cultural differences we may have thought we harbored. Same goes throughout the tech industry.

Hate, fear and the resulting violence can't be solved by weaponizing. One side can build a weapon. The other even a bigger weapon. Then another till both are able to wipeout the human race. Ninety percent who never met each other. Genius... sheer genius.

Can I get an Amen?

"I don't have to agree with you to like you or respect you."
Anthony Bourdain

Donald Trump’s Guide to History

To be fair a lot of this stuff wasn't brought up in his daily briefings.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hillary Called Donald A Puppet' For Vladimir Putin (2016)

October 2016

Her words were prophetic

Here's a larger portion of the clip