Sunday, May 30, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Republicans Filibuster Bill Establishing Bipartisan Jan. 6 Commission
Or they were too coward to commit. There's something going on here far more sinister. Almost as if there were a cover up similar to the 9/11 and JFK investigations Americans aren't entitled to learn about.
This is just the beginnings of Republican opposition. If they can't agree on this, after they themselves were physically threatened, the cult likely will oppose any and everything that even hints of bipartisanship. I'm not surprised.
I'm trying really hard to be nice in the way I'm saying this, but if I were to put it more bluntly... What kind of idiotic policy is it that encourages people to blow in and out of this city without having to invest some sort of long term skin in the game?
What sense does it make to have 5 or 10 renters move into a block over that of 5 or 10 who actually own and have a vested interest in it?
Much the same applies to the NIZ. Why should a business give a hoot if they can simply pack up and move without having a stake in the building they occupy over the long term instead of actually owning it. Why should they anymore then any other renter as to what local government does if they can simply pack up and move?
It's all about assuming ownership and the long term stake each has in both the success for the city and themselves. Without these elements no one nor the city itself will ever achieve the things which would make this city a better place to live.
ASD OKs proposed budget with maximum tax increase
My city tax is only half. It includes garbage, police, fire, street cleaning and repair. Along with a host of benefits which directly or indirectly benefit me. That's not something said for the school district. Lehigh County's tax bill is a bit more then one fourth of ASD's.
It seems ASD is determined to drive every last living senior on fixed incomes out of their homes. The very people who are the least cause of the district's woes. Often when seniors are forced to sell their homes they become rentals. Thus bringing in a fresh crop of kids directly impacting schools that weren't living here prior. This is like a never ending black hole the way it's presently being funded.
The way I see it this district literally can't afford to ignore this never ending downward spiral and those who point this out. It will continue to get worse and worse no matter how much they wish to ignore the problem. By ignoring complaints like mine they're slowly destroying our local education system.
Part of the Trump crazies
To think they're only 60 some miles North of Allentown. They have activities nearly every day. This October they're plannng another church sponsered "Rod of Iron Freedom Festival". This doesn't exactly renew my faith in people. Nor for the future of this country.
They're not the only nutjobs.
Here's U.S.Congressman, Matt Gaetz speaking.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
In closing the Tribune deal, Alden borrowed $278M, all of which goes on Tribune's books. $218M comes from PE firm Cerberus; $60M from Alden's other news co, MNG, at an eye-popping 13% interest, additionally lining Alden's pockets on Trib's balance sheet https://t.co/etkQtLT4uM— Lukas I. Alpert (@lalpert1) May 25, 2021
In this news release it also says, While Alden’s $633 million offer is fully financed, the hedge fund can use Tribune Publishing’s cash on hand and reserved the right to have the newspaper chain take on up to $375 million in debt to close the deal, according to its equity commitment letter filed with the SEC. Tribune Publishing is debt-free, profitable and has more than $250 million in cash.
Tribune Publishing offering buyouts to newsroom employees, two days after purchase by hedge fund Alden https://t.co/yA5LCypzzS— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) May 26, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Good to know he hasn't completely gone away. From what I can determine if he ever gets his own network TV show it won't be on FOX. Course it would be a hoot if he actually did and it followed Tucker, Hannity and Ingraham's time slots. Wonder what the ratings would be like?
"The Onion" came up with this in 2009. It shouldn't be giving people any more screwy ideas then they already have. There's almost a blur between the crazy ideas politicians are coming up with and satirical comedy. So much so it is almost putting The Onion out of business :-)
Friday, May 21, 2021
Granitz is the fifth APD chief to depart since October 2015. His successor with be the sixth in less than six years.— Andrew Wagaman (@AndrewWagaman) May 20, 2021
Everybody seems to have an opinion why he is leaving. Think Glenn himself will ever tell us the real reason?
He joins an ever growing list of those who come and go. I believe the problem lies within the people who live here rather then those who attempt to take on these kind of responsibilities. It becomes too exhausting since the general population won't assume responsibility for themselves. Simply put. We don't have a leadership problem we have a people problem. No one person can solve this if the willing are outnumbered by the unwilling.
The Republican Party has mastered the art of deflection. Whatever they are accusing others of doing, it's most likely what they themselves have been up to.
Deflection at it's finest!
See the truth for yourself in this video.
Republicans oppose a commission to study the Capitol Insurrection
Thursday, May 20, 2021
A lot of food for thought. The way I see this all that was said can be defined with one word, "CHILL". Do things like fishing, music or what ever else brings peace to a troubled mind. The world has always been filled with troubles. It's when we become too attached trying to resolve these conflict arises.
Therein lies most of today's problems. Many people simply don't know when it's best to stand down. There are troubled souls living on this Earth who are nourished by hatred and anger. The more of it the stronger they become. The less they are fed, the less will be.
Each individual has the opportunity to decide for themselves which path they pursue. One emboldening discontent. The other insuring a way to a more peaceful existence. Both will most decidedly produce results for the actions each person resolves to take.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Cool photo of the four mayoral candidates at Ag Hall yesterday. Still trying to wrap my head around the candidates all finishing within 250 votes and 3.2 percentage points of one another (not including the provisionals). https://t.co/YchDeeL0ux pic.twitter.com/cjgCZOIs5h— Andrew Wagaman (@AndrewWagaman) May 19, 2021
Think about this. If all the residents in one city block or apartment complex went all in for a single candidate it could change the entire outcome.
Here's something else to think about. There were less then 8,000 votes cast for the Democratic mayoral candidates in the primary. The population of Allentown is nearly 121,000. Less then 7% bothered to vote for them. Meaning roughly 112,530 (93%) of the others couldn't be bothered.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
More Than 100 Retired Military Sign Letter By 'Jack Meehoff'
Makes one wonder if the human race is doomed.
What is this country becoming!
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Ford Patents Tech to Display Ads Inside Cars' Infotainment Systems
Looking for a sponsor to put on my headstone to help pay costs.
Friday, May 14, 2021
Prices for items are said upfront to be 15% more expensive online then in-store prices. All figured I paid $110 more on our latest $370.40 monthly order then I would have if shopping myself with the fees/required tip added on. If that weren't a deterrent enough five items were cancelled that I ordered rather then substituted as I requested. This screwed up our meal plans. I was also charged for a single item that was supposed to be a three pack. Hard for me to imagine the delivery person didn't take two for themselves out of the package. Grocery scanners don't screw up.
I'd really like to help these delivery/shoppers earn a living in these hard economic times. However a near 30% premium for their services is unrealistic.
Looks like (after a year) we'll be shopping for ourselves once again. I really miss the ability to do comparison shopping via unit pricing. Something which is harder to do without seeing products on the shelves side by side.
Anyone else have any input on this?
Yes folks this is how we got here. It started with accepting a few far right wingers. Eventually Trump came along swinging it even further right. Now the Republican party has descended into becoming a party almost entirely beholden to Trump's whims.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
A lot to think about.
In short the most important species to humans are themselves. Wonder if the creator of all things would feel the same way if forced to choose who stays and who goes? Does this creator even have a preference?
What we have in common with all other species is the will to survive. Though it could come at the expense to another. This is a built in conflict which cannot be undone within the imperfect world all are forced to live in together.
Each species is interdependent on another in some way.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
So once again there was Ted Cruz blowing smoke as usual. This is why nothing ever gets done. Congress talks, talks and talks some more but does little if anything. Ted as usual throws his BS around. Then gets up and leaves the hearing never listening to a single word anyone else had to say. Including the invited witnesses testimonies. As usual he ends up raising the level of his voice as if it would lend creditability to the absolute nonsense he was spewing.
My question is why the hell was Cruz there if he wasn't going to participate? Never mind I know the answer. Because the only opinion that matters to him is his own. A fool who is all mouth no ears. Someone who doesn't need any more information cluttering up his tiny little brain. His is a mind made up no matter what the issue and refuses to take even a minute to listen to anyone else. A guy who is going to use his comments on FOX news to garner even more money and attention to himself. Especially the accusations he threw against Democrats claiming they want to get rid of police (which was nothing more then a diversion). He knows it will go over well on conservative outlets.
That said, as anyone can plainly see none of this will go anywhere. Republicans ='s guns, guns more guns. Democrats ='s reasonable laws against the reckless proliferation of guns. Never the twain shall meet.
If there were justice in this world Cruz would be forced to sit in a chair to watch this video. How dare he accuse cities run by democrats as not a problem he himself helps create for them.
How so very frustrating knowing congress will probably pass no additional legislation. Not surprising.. but still it is frustrating.
Monday, May 10, 2021
Here, let me help explain. The average rent in the Lehigh Valley is $1,300 a month. A person would have to earn $10 an hour in full time work (before taxes) to meet the rent.
Realistically if someone has a wife working who also earns the same amount working different shifts for 40 hours to avoid day care and the expense of two cars they'd still need another $500 a month for groceries (if they have kids). At least another $500 for medical. Another $200-$300 for car expenses. Thus leaving both about $400-$500 for utilities and other expenses.
Obviously the problem here isn't lazy unemployed individuals but rather underpaid employment. Much of which is only available for under 40 hours per week.
If both aren't making at least $15 an hour with fulltime work it's rather pointless to give up their time together and raising kids just to become a slave to capitalism. It would be difficult to live on anything less. Heaven help those who are single.
Something needs to change.
Been too quite around here lately. So I thought I'd stir the pot a bit. I know it will be appreciated (not).
I want you to notice what it actually says. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..". Nowhere does it say, other then the government itself, some other entity couldn't. For instance social media companies, newspapers or TV networks. Not even this blog It only spoke to congress forbidding free expression.
Then there's the endless beating of the drum conservatives are victims of the so-called cancel culture. Where have heard this? From they themselves who spout it daily all over the place. If there's any canceling going on it's certainly isn't working. This morning I saw C-Span was replaying the entire Matt Gaetz speech from Friday's "America First" rally in Florida. It can also be found just about everywhere someone wants to watch it.
“That’s because the problem here is not cancel culture. The problem is the cancel cult of Donald Trump. It’s a cult and in that cult, Trump loves to cancel everything from pro-football players to fellow Republicans to American democracy...” pic.twitter.com/UaQ0GhszfL— Acyn (@Acyn) May 8, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Another one of our most favorite TV programs ever, 'Boston Legal'. There were 101 episodes which aired on ABC from October 03, 2004 to December 08, 2008.
With today's 'cancel culture' I highly doubt any ever again will have the fortitude to create such a series as this.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
It's not that she's stupid. Nor as some claim her extreme liberal socialist ideology threatens our country. What it's really about is she exposes too much of what many would rather she not. In other words too many have a good thing going on and want to shut her mouth. That video was from 2019 alone. Those which she blew the whistle on. We could use a 100 more like her in congress.
I'm not saying anyone has to like her personality, but she sure does expose the kind of stuff many would rather she clam up about. Here's another from 2019.
Insulin was invented ~100 years ago, and its patent sold for $1.— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) May 6, 2021
“Do you know the reason why [insulin is] $1,000 with insurance?” ~@AOC
There is no reason for insulin to cost $21 in Canada for a 10 ml bottle, while it costs a mortgage payment in the US.pic.twitter.com/K5XRJDTpJq
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Donald goes off moaning about being kicked off social media platforms whereas he can no longer comment. Yet his own blog does not allow comments. By not allowing comments he is doing exactly what he's accusing others of doing to him. The man's completely oblivious.
His blog does however encourage people to donate monthly $50 to $5,000 or more. People can also buy his merchandise Couldn't do that on twitter or Facebook. Wow, talk about monetizing!
Face facts, Donald has never been cancelled. He had every opportunity to appear on TV and has whenever he wanted giving him exposure to 2 million or more at a clip. I'd hardly call that suppression. How many schmucks reading his new blog will ever be given that kind of opportunity?
A few months ago he was sitting behind the desk in the oval office. Now he's become just another bottom feeding blogger. It doesn't appear he's dealing well with his transition to civilian life
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The time has come for people who identify as Republican to decide whether they are going to BE ACTUAL TRADITIONAL REPUBLICANS or become one of Trump's stooges. Can't be both.
.@MeghanMcCain: “The message that’s being sent by the highest member of Republicans in Congress is that women like me and Liz Cheney, who refuse to bend the knee to President Trump but still remain loyal Republicans — we don’t have a place in this party.” pic.twitter.com/9U8XqlaYUZ— The View (@TheView) May 5, 2021
What's with the Lehigh Valley Health Network?
I've been on their patient website for years and had no problems. Now they're really ticking me off with their constant COVID-19 email nagging. I changed all the preferences they recommended. Even went on the site and changed some others. Yet the next day another pain in the butt reminder to get my jab. When I visited in March I told my doctor to put it in their system I already had mine. He did not. Next step block the whole damn site the emails are coming from. Something I'd really not prefer to do. They're thick as a brick!
Everybody wants my smartphone number
First off I don't have one of those cursed things. If I did I sure wouldn't want their apps, nuisance texts or robocalls. Yet every day one of my accounts pest me like somehow they were doing me a service when I'm online with my PC or through email. When I visit my account sites sometimes a pop up gets into my face wanting to know if I want to chat with a representative. NO! Damn it I'm just here to check on something. Then there's those other popups asking me to take their survey before I've gotten to see anything on the first page.
Things I've bought online
Why in the world would they think I'm a compulsive groupie wanting to buy everything they're selling. Especially those offers with something like 20% off of what I just paid full price for? No I'm not going to give them feedback and product reviews either. Our transaction is concluded. Now go away.
Those are a few of mine. Have you any others to add?
Now Asians are being targeted too. Face it we were always (and still are) a nation divided. I doubt I'll ever see the kind of country I would want us to become. I suppose it's always been this way with humans. Both exhausting and disappointing. Could explain why nobody in the universe beyond bothers with us lo these millions of years. I wouldn't either.
It's been growing worldwide for the past 15 years.
For 15 years, UAE-based #Abu Dhabi Future Energy company @masdar has helped foster a sustainable future for the planet, paving the way for progressive climate action #Masdar #ForASustainableFuture #ad pic.twitter.com/mUf6GzYIE3— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 4, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
Ray Bolger , Eddie Hodges , Jane Powell & Jimmie Rodgers , Jimmy Durante
Bert Lahr - Medley of Madness (1938)
Bert Lahr also had some really serious acting ability.
From the film "Always Leave Them Laughing" (1949).
Charlotte Greenwood & Jack Haley Jr. - Moon Over Miami (1941)
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021
How Germany's Universal Health-Care System Works
Uploaded November 24, 2019
Canada's Universal Health-Care System
Uploaded July 05, 2019
To be truthful I think Americans will never ever see true healthcare reform. Not because people don't want it. Rather because everyone involved in the current system are getting wealthy off of it. That is... everyone except us who are held captive by them.
Surely no one truly believes politicians nor any other government official would dare cross paths with the powerful insurance and medical industry. Especially those "public servants" who hope to gain future employment with them once they leave public service for more money.
Uploaded January 04, 2019