Monday, April 15, 2024

Pennsylvania's Traveler Information System: 511PA

Repost


Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by visiting www.511PA.com


511PA is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. 511PA also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network.

Access to 511PA is also available by calling 511.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Took A Video Of Myself During The Eclipse

UPDATE:
The rapture happened this morning.
So, if you're reading this, well, I have some bad news for you...


2017

Friday, April 5, 2024

Nazi Town, USA-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE- PBS

I was born in 1948 after this took place. As a boomer very little of this was taught to us in school. I, like probably everyone else, knew little of this. I found it rather shocking to learn how close we came to losing our democracy. Perhaps it's time every person born after 1948 should be shown this video in schools and elsewhere.

Many of the parallels in politics today as then are quite concerning. Sometimes history repeats itself. Are we at similar crossroads once again?

53.19 Minutes

The United States has come close to falling apart several times throughout our history. Let us not experience it's collapse with today's extreme differences in party beliefs. We seen it happen in other countries like China, Russia and several other countries with their prior governments. Dozens of others are going through this on this very day. There's no guarantees United States be an exception. Let this serve as a danger signal for what fate could await us if things don't turn out well as they did in the past.



Maybe I've not made myself clear enough



See the parallels?
Your call America

Just Had A Minor Earth Tremor 10:23 AM

USGS- M 4.8 - 7 km NNE of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey (Almost 50 miles away)

My backyard camera 10:23 AM

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Either Were Born With Talent Or Not

7-Year-Old Boy Playing A Street Piano

I wasted 6 years on professional organ lessons and another 20 trying on my own. It took me that long to realize my brain is simply not wired that way. Quite frustrating really.

At least I learned one lesson. Not matter how strong one may hold onto a aspiration, it's not going always happen. Sometimes it's just better to detach rather then stress oneself out over a burning desire. That applies to so many other things in this life as well.


6th-grade band at halftime of Stanford game (2014)



Monday, April 1, 2024

LV Warehouse Boom Featured On 'CBS Sunday Morning' In April 2022


Many people see area growth a good thing. Not I. Liked the Lehigh Valley just fine the way it was in the 60's.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Old LVCI vBlog- This One Is About Voting Referendums

I used to do these often but then I stated getting personally harassed outside this blog  So I'm no longer interested in doing them. However this is one I came across from years ago. I'm still of the same opinion. See how it goes. If it becomes a problem I'll remove it again like years ago.

Let's Talk About The 4th Dimension?

Repost With Updated Material

Simply stated, a 4th component that combines our 3 dimensional world and it's resultant time distortion into a single continuum.

We tend to define time as the speed at which light travels. However space-time may be something entirely different.

In our world of perception there are points A, B & C. Up, Down and across and also the "time" (speed of light) it takes to get to any of those.

In the world of quantum physics the speed of light is no longer a restrictive component (at least mathematically speaking).

The theory is that life itself (as we are familiar with it) is considered a delusive effect resulting from the relationships between that of A, B and C and our own selves (awareness).

How we interpret time could be little more then a product of those three's interactions. On the other hand suppose that everything is happening at once and our 3D world separates us in some way to make sense of it all.


It's similar to millions of RF waves all being broadcast at the same time. Only when certain perimeters are defined can a signal be picked out from amongst the cacophony and processed in a manner so chosen to make sense. Some become TV. Others radar returns, radio broadcasts, cell phone signals, GPS coordinates, etc.

Let me put this another way. The snow on your TV's audio and screen is the result of every RF wave the receiver is capable of receiving. It's only when the RF is filtered down to conform to the TV's built in logic that it is able to translate that into something our senses can make sense of. Our human brains do the same.

Quantum physics offers us an intriguing question. What if everything that ever was is entirely in the here-and-now exclusively? That everything we think we know is only the resultant reception (perception) of A, B, and C.

For one thing, distance would no longer be an obstacle. Neither would the times of past events be anything other then a illusion. In other words what we refer to as time & distance is limited by our perceptions of them.

Einstein's mathematical equations have proven time (as we measure it) is defined by the interactions between A, B and C. It does account for quantized space-time. While his theory holds correct for the three dimensional universe, it does not take into consideration a fourth dimensional explaination. The space-time element part of the equation.

Carl Sagan

I could go on endlessly speaking about what this implies regarding metaphysics, space & time travel or even heaven itself. I leave it here, at this point, for readers of this blog to further conjecture the implications of such things for one's self.

The Bible states..
"So God created human beings in his own image.
"In the image of God he created them"

UPDATE
In other words everything in this world (as we perceive it) is only a partial representation of greater reality. Our brains simply are not capable of processing the information it would need to recognize a greater existence. Much like a computer can't comprehend a human is behind it's very existence. We may not be able to comprehend the 4th dimension, but we can speculate as to it's possibility.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Most Insane Free Skate Ever Seen!

Nineteen-year-old American superstar Ilia Malinin scored a record 227.79 in the free skate, winning his first world title by landing the best collection of jumps in one program in figure skating history. Malinin landed a quadruple Axel, quad Lutz, quad loop, quad Salchow, another quad Lutz and a quad toe loop, then finished his four-minute skate with a a triple Lutz-triple Axel finale.


Uploaded March 23, 2024

Sunday, March 24, 2024

No Reason To Cut My Social Security/Medicare Benefits

I was curious so I checked my Social Security records, I still have $24,572 more paid into SS then I received so far. So I don't want to hear any shit from those members of congress who are looking to cut back my monthly SS checks. You guys borrowed my money now pay it back and shut up!

Medicare that's a different story. What I pay in plus supplemental ($4,500 a year total) cost the program more to cover my medications alone. This could be easily fixed if the knucklehead legislators would rein in the drug industry. In my case it would cost about $3,000 less to Medicare if my medications could be purchased in other countries. One of the major reasons Medicare finds itself in the situation it's in is because congress is sitting on it's ass doing nothing about reining in these out of control prices.




So I don't want to hear about program cuts till these bird brains in congress go after the real culprits taking advantage of the current system.

Friday, March 22, 2024

My Newscast From The LVCI Vault

Repost

Way back in May 2007 when I first started to screw around on YouTube I made of a couple of these GTV news video thingies. I noticed this one in particular seemed to be similar to some of the stuff going on in the news today.





Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Economy Is Stupid



Median rent is Allentown is between $1,100 to $1200 for a one bedroom apartment. After I graduated in 1966 my rent was one week of my net pay for a single bedroom near 17th & Hamilton.

In today's economy I would have to earn a net pay of between $17.50 to $30 an hour to enjoy the same advantage I had back then. Keep in mind the job I had was just average joe-schmoe job. Nothing professional about it.



Speaking of Jobs
In those days I filled out an application and usually had my interview right after. In my case the first three different fulltime jobs I applied for from 1966-1971 resulted in me being hired right away. Course there were dozens upon dozens of employers around here competing with each other for employees. It's not that way anymore. Times sure changed a hellva' lot since then.

That's why I'm saying The Economy Is Stupid. These days you'd need two unskilled jobs (such as mine were) to have what I had back in those days with only one. Some could blame high rents. Others low wages. Maybe it's a combination of both. Whatever the reason people have it a lot tougher then I did back then. I don't see anything that's going to change that.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The WAHS Marching Band In Oct. 1984

The other day I posted how the WAHS band is lucky to have 25 marching members in parades. It wasn't always that way. Here's the Canary Marching Band's performance at their 3rd annual Invitational Band Festival held on October 1984. MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED!


Things around here will never ever again be the same as it once was when I was growing up. Not just the ASD but just about everything else as well. If I hadn't seen this video I would have thought my brain was hallucinating past events. What the hell happened?

I sure was lucky to grow up when I did. What a shame today's generation in Allentown will never experience what mine did. Jobs in abundance, safe, clean and just about everything else that was expected of a 1st class city. I'll always have those memories.

Monday, March 18, 2024

We Need To Fix Lehigh Valley H.S. Marching Bands

I've noticed for years now the local high school bands are lucky if they have 25 members marching. No wonder... the music stinks. Either band directors don't know how or aren't interested in catching up with the times. It seems to me a lot more kids might want to join if all these bands didn't sound alike with the stale old stuff. I think it also bores people watching on the sidelines. Same ole' stuff for decades. Sousa once made a great big change and it took off. Why not someone step up and take these bands to the next level?

I do realize not all marching bands can sound and perform like those in the video below BUT these are also H.S. kids. You mean to tell me teenagers in this nation lack the talent of those in Japan! That would be a shame. If not why not the same level of talent?


Just for once I'd like to see one marching band in the Lehigh Valley step it up. I'm sure a lot more then just me would as well. Can you imagine how many more would turn out for a parade to see this level of entertainment.

LET'S GET ON IT!

Downside Of Music Concerts (Sales etc.)

Friday, March 15, 2024

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Repost

PADDY & MICK
Paddy and Mick get a pilot to fly them to Canada to hunt moose. They bag six. As Paddy and Mick start loading the plane for the return trip, the pilot says, "The plane can only take four of those." The two lads object strongly. "Last year we shot six and the pilot let us put them all on board; he had the same plane as yours."

Reluctantly, the pilot gives in and all six are loaded. However, even with full power the little plane can't handle the load and down it goes and crashes in the middle of nowhere. A few moments later, climbing out of the wreckage, Paddy asks Mick, "Any idea where we are?"

"I think we're pretty close to where we crashed last year," says Mick.
* * * * *


Paddy & Mick find three grenades, so they take them to a police station. Mick: "What if one explodes before we get there?" Paddy: "We'll lie and say we only found two"!
* * * * *


Paddy says to Mick, "Christmas is on a Friday this year" Mick says "Let's hope it's not the 13th."
* * * * *


Joe says to Paddy: "Close your curtains the next time you're having sex with your wife. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday. "Paddy says: "Well the joke's on them because I wasn't even at home yesterday"!
* * * * *


Paddy says to Mick - I'm ready for a holiday, only this year I'm going to do it a bit different.

3 years ago I went to Spain and Mary got pregnant. 2 years ago I went to Italy and Mary got pregnant. Last year I went to Majorca and Mary got pregnant.

Mick asks - So what are you going to do this year?
Paddy replies, - This time I'll take her with me
* * * * *




An Irish daughter had not been home for over 5 years. Upon her return, her Father cursed her heavily. 'Where have ye been all this time, child? Why did ye not write to us, not even a line? Why didn't ye call? Can ye not understand what ye put yer old Mother thru?'

The girl, crying, replied, 'Sniff, sniff... Dad... I became a prostitute.'

'Ye what!? Get out a here, ye shameless harlot! Sinner! You're a disgrace to this Catholic family.'

'OK, Dad.. As ye wish. I only came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion, plus a $5 million savings certificate. For me little brother, this gold Rolex. And for ye Daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a membership to the country club ... (takes a breath) .... And an invitation for ye all to spend New Year's Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera.'

'What was it ye said ye had become?' says Dad.

Girl, crying again, 'A prostitute, Daddy! Sniff, sniff.'

'Oh! My Goodness! Ye scared me half to death, girl! I thought ye said a Protestant! Come here and give yer old Dad a hug!






Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.

***

An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut . The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

He says, 'Sir, have you been drinking?'

'Just water,' says the priest.

The trooper says, 'Then why do I smell wine?'

The priest looks at the bottle and says, 'Good Lord! He's done it again!'

***


The Dubliners & The Dublin Gospel Choir
Christ Church Cathedral 2022

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

News Used To Come Across The 'Wires' (Repost)

...literally
Components of the 'teletype' machine used to be manufactured right here in Lehigh Valley, Pa. by good old 'Western Electric' in partnership with "Western Union" with whom they once shared a close business relationship.

Not only did 'Western Electric' manufacture telephones and switching equipment for the Bell Telephone System, they also manufactured some of the audio equipment used in movies theaters in the 20's and 30's. The 'Rialto Theatre' in Allentown, Pa. used one of these 40 watt systems until the day the theatre was demolished.

Lesser known to listeners of radio and readers of newspapers is that up until the late 80's most of these media outlets received their news through the 'teletype' equipment 'Western Electric'/'Western Union' once manufactured... That is when we used to still actually make things here in this country.

The 'Teletype' used telephone landlines to send electronic signals to automated typewriters that news outlets throughout the United States relied on. These machines were either dialed up to the 'Associated Press' (AP) or 'United Press International' (UPI). Some linked to both of the news services. The machines typed around 60 WPM. Members would both feed stories to and receive stories from them. The costs involved were a permanent separate landline. The leasing of the equipment. The constant replacement costs for carbon ribbons. At least 40 lbs of paper a day and of course the cost(s) of membership to AP and/or UPI.

In 1984 the Bell System was divested. It was shortly thereafter both 'Western Electric' and 'Western Union' had a falling out. This resulted in the 'teletype' name and logo being replaced by the AT&T name and logo. Eventually the brand disappeared all together. Still there was once a day the teletype was the chief means of communication between all of the news media outlets.

The Model 28 KSR Teletype (TTY)

Saturday, March 9, 2024

The Real God We Worship

Repost

Let's not kid ourselves, the only real God we worship is the God of money. Governments don't exist without money. Churches can't exist without money. People spend their whole lives in pursuit of this imaginary God. Most of our lives and decisions all revolve around this false illusion that somehow, if we follow the pursuit of money we will succeed to a higher level of happiness in this life alongside the disciples of the this imaginary God. I have news for you. The club isn't accepting new members.

You want to know the truly odd thing about money?
It doesn't exist!

It's a game made up to measure one's worth against another person. Those who perpetrate this illusion laugh at the fools who think they can somehow beat the deceivers at their game. Ain't never going to happen!

Whenever something doesn't seem to make sense (politically or otherwise) I redirect my thoughts to follow the money trail. Take for example the phrase, "God loves the poor". Well if that's the case he sure has a funny way of showing it. Gee I wonder who came up with that one? Could it be the those who don't want any trouble from the smucks who aren't buying into their game? Of course it is!

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with someone becoming a billionaire if they think that will make them happy. I wouldn't know what to do with that kind money myself anyway. What I do have a problem with is when they screw over other people to get that way. To many of them it's no longer a game of not how much they can accumulate (which they could never spend in a lifetime), but rather taking every bit of the pie and leaving little for anyone else. Sometimes it's not how rich you are, but how poor you can make everyone else.

I Repeat.. "Money Doesn't Exist"

Monday, March 4, 2024

Watch Again The Trump Hillary Debate 2016



Was Hillary right or wrong about this guy?
I think she had him pegged.
Problem is, if not Trump or Biden what's a voter to do?
I think the U.S. is between a rock and a hard place.
And how about that congress. The most deadlocked infighting I've ever witnessed in my lifetime. Do they even consider the 'good of the nation' any more. In my opinion NO. It's all about dragging each other down rather then the needs of the nation come hell or high water.

In short.. looks like we're pretty much screwed with no alternative way out. That's why I haven't posted much on politics for quite a while. I'm not seeing any one who can pull us out of this mess. Seems the general population themselves are now as vindictive as they. So what's the point of adding to the noise (other then with this post). One which I do with great reluctance and probably my last in the foreseeable future for quite some time. Some people feed on this stuff. As for me.. it fills me with anxiety and negativity. Something I try very hard to avoid. It also seems rather pointless since I have virtually no influence to change things in the least.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Benjamin Visits Broken U.K. Towns

Britain; the world's sixth biggest economy. But what is life like for the average Brit outside of the capital city? Well, I went to investigate and what I found wasn't too promising. Join me on a journey into the provinces of this once great country for what might be my most brutal adventure yet...



My short take
This is what happens when the wealthy eliminate the middle class. A problem throughout the world in my opinion. Including some parts right here in the United States.



This is a result of wealthy corporate interests shipping jobs to exploit poorer nation's workers. Here's a challenge. Take a look at the labels on every one of the products you buy. See where they are made. Most of my prescriptions,​ cat food and nearly every thing in my house was manufactured outside the United States. It's become nearly impossible to buy American no matter how hard you try. Good Luck!

Smartphones.. TOO SMART!

I do not own a smartphone and that's a big problem. Some insist I provide a mobile phone number or they won't allow me to conduct business with them on my PC. Such bull shit. I have no reason to pay $30+ a month just to satisfy them. I use a stand alone Garmin device plugged into my car lighter. More and more car parking is now going through 'apps' only. They won't accept cash nor credit cards. Cities are screwing themselves since I take all my business to where there is free parking and no huge parking fines. I have a PC and landline and that's it!

If you think smartphones are
for your convenience you're being played.


Are VPNs Just A Scam?


PRIVACY?
We gave all that up a long time ago. Some of us more then others by buying into these damn smartphones.

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway - White Rabbit

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

HUMOR: Annual Dementia Test (Repost)


It's that time of year to take our annual test.

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert.

If you don't use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.

Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not. The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.




1. What do you put in a toaster?

Answer: "bread." If you said "toast," give up now and do something else.

Try not to hurt yourself.


2. Say "silk " five times. Now spell "silk." What do cows drink?

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk," don't attempt the next question.

Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as UFO World.

However, if you said "water", proceed to question 3.


3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?

Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said
"green bricks," why the hell are you still reading these???



4. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany (If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany.)

Anyway, during the flight, two engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure.

Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany.

Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany, West Germany, or no man's land"?


Answer: You don't bury survivors.


If you said ANYTHING else, you're a dunce and you must stop.


If you said, "You don't bury survivors", proceed to the next question.


5. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swenson, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on . In Carmarthen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven.

What was the name of the bus driver?


Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!

Don't you remember your own name?

It was YOU!!



Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Politics Has Become A Disease

In my view politics has become a disease threatening the continued existence of the United States. It's eating us up from the inside out. Every social media platform's comments nearly always twist everything into some sort of ideological combat situation.

Nearly every congressional activity is now focused on taking each and other's party out instead of issues that urgently need resolving. Each committee hearing turns into a verbal punch-and Judy shit show. Some state governments are challenging federal laws like they were separate countries unto themselves.

People are divided like never before in my lifetime. Currently government is a reflection of such discord. No longer can legislators make laws that don't end up with elected or unelected judges who seem more powerful now in the decision making process then ever before.

We have two presidential candidates who neither are exactly the pick of the litter.

I've said it many times before. No country's government, economy nor civilization can survive without individual moral, honest and ethical values. No one can regulate nor make laws that will restore these virtues. If we, as individual people, cannot hold to these ruin awaits. A divided house cannot stand.

How unfortunate for the fewer who hold lack of greed, humility, understanding, compassion and honesty who will be dragged down by those which do not.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Saturday, January 27, 2024

The 2024 Super Bowl Conspiracy





UPDATE
So much for that theory. After this past weekend's playoffs it's the 49'rs versus Chiefs. Oh well it was fun to think about the short lived false conspiracy while it lasted.

Allentown School District- Another Bites The Dust

wfmz.com
ASD school board votes to fire former William Allen High School principal Cheryl Clark
"The Allentown School District school board voted Thursday night to terminate the former principal of William Allen High School... "

With all these comings and goings it's almost like trying to keep up with sport brackets. Jeesh, even coaches last longer from year to year.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

I'm leaning Towards Nikki Haley

Yeah sure I don't support all her ideas but she makes a hellva' lot more sense then the two elders running for president.

Some of the best points she made yesterday (Wednesday, January 24, 2024) in Charleston ..
(1) Where Donald goes chaos always follows.
(2) Joe had over 3 years to work on the immigration problem with poor results.
(3) She has more foreign policy knowledge then Joe and Donald put together.
(4) Both parties spend almost all their time investigating each other rather then on problems people sent them there to work on.

I might add it also impressed me how she spoke for over 30 minutes without the need for a teleprompter. She had triple the energy of either of her opponents. She was also quick witted with the audience members when they shouted from the floor. Although she is on the right side of the aisle she's far from being radical as many of those to her left or right on issues. Both whom she criticized.

Take a look at the video and tell me what you think.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Is The 2024 Super Bowl Rigged?

 Do they know something we don't :-)

Or is the media just plain stupid?


Pennsylvania Has It's Own Super Heros

 


FOX 29 - A Philadelphia Snow Day Tradition

It has become a FOX29 annual tradition after each first snowfall to show this video of Steve Keeley versus the snow plow.

Steve says he knows when they air it because people, who've not seen it before tweet him asking if he's OK. Yes he is. This happened 10 years or so ago. He tells them he's fine but the plow operator ended up with a sore hand afterwards.




Steve joked, because the operator got too many high-5's after the incident.







Sunday, January 21, 2024

How Corruption and Greed Led to the Downfall of Rock Music


Rick Beato




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Chapel Hart - "Welcome To Fist City"


This was a Loretta Lynn original released in 1968. She wrote with it in mind to women who pursued her husband while she was gone from home out on tour. He at the time wan't exactly known to be a great husband. Loretta is pretty well known to put her life's tribulations to her recorded music.



Maul -Wurf: "The Wanderer" (A cappella Style)


They're From Switzerland

Friday, January 19, 2024

Tracking Regulatory Changes In The Biden Era

brookings.edu
Tracking Regulatory Changes In The Biden Era
"Every day, the federal government enacts impactful policy changes through the executive branch and its agencies. The Brookings Center on Regulation and Markets Regulatory Tracker (“Reg Tracker”) provides background information and status updates on a curated selection of particularly important regulatory changes."

Check out the link above to see how many you agree or disagree with. There are quite a few.



How many of these could be overturned by the outcome of the Supreme Court's ruling on the 'Chevron Doctrine' appeal remains to be seen.

This is in reference to my previous article below.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

An Effort To Demolish Regulatory Agencies

I've been listening briefly to the Supreme Court hearing on the 'Chevron Doctrine'. It basically allows government AGENCIES to enact regulations.

What I heard was Neil M. Gorsuch repeatedly interrupt the lawyer representing these agencies on behalf of the government. Almost to the point of argument. Every time the lawyer spoke he interrupted like most conservatives do when someone else is speaking. It's not looking good.


Can you imagine what will happen if the 'Chevron Doctrine' goes away? The government oversight will become powerless. Some are against regulations, but imagine a country without any!

It seems just about every action imaginable ends up with judges making the final calls. Can you imagine what a nightmare it would be if judges ran almost every thing in this country? We're almost there folks. This is getting way out of hand.


I do understand there is a somewhat large group ultra conservatives out there today who'd like to see the government stripped to it's bare bones (including the revenue service). Like a game of Jenga blocks one by one this court is undoing even it's own prior decisions. It may not be long before our system crumbles under these highly partisan members of this supreme court. Add to that a congress who can't even get out of their own way.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

How Much Does Social Security Add To Our National Deficit?




Keep this in mind when certain congress members try to blame SS for adding to our deficit spending in the upcoming budget negotiations. I'm certain it will happen. Always does.

News Headlines (With Links) 01/13/2024

Hertz plans to sell 20,000 EVs, including Teslas, as it returns focus to gas-powered cars

Central Bucks appoints acting superintendent at $1.7K per day

In case you missed the absolute clown show that was the House of Representatives talking about Hunter Biden, Rep. Porter summed up all you need to know—this was Washington at its worst.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Just The Headlines (01/09/2024)

A quick copy paste. Anyone with further interest can do a quick intenet search.

Monday, January 8, 2024

What America Needs To Hear Again

It's a damn shame what lies ahead in the next presidential election. None, not one, of the candidates inspire. I fear the loss of such does not bode well. Where is the person who could step forward and speak such words as these again?


Putting whatever feelings you have towards Obama aside.. were his words not what we need most in these troubling times ahead?

Sadly Washington leadership has become almost entirely self indulgent to the exclusion of all else. It is my fear this nation's best days are behind unless, by some miracle, someone comes along who has the charisma and moral character to completely altar the course in which we are headed. So far I'm not seeing that happening. Is it even possible at this point?

Perhaps only the American people themselves, despite government, can right this ship. Hopefully this is so. If not what destiny lies ahead will not bode well for any of us. Like it or not we are all in this together. Succeed or fail effects each and every one of us in some way or another. Just like a ship. The evil, the pious, the old, the young no matter ethnicity nor beliefs will all drown together or continue afloat to continue our journey for many days ahead.

Think I'm being overly dramatic?
What are your thoughts?

Am I Being Too Tough On The Eagles Posting This?

U.S. House First Session Is On January 09, 2024

Here's what we can look forward to..


More of these same shenanigans I imagine.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

A Tribute To Michael Jackson

The world can be cruel. It is pretty much the same now as when MJ was alive. It's really tough to ignore although his children have done their best to do just that. As for me, I'm still trying.

People never understood Michael. He certainly didn't deserve all the ugliness thrown at him. I'd be tempted to go so far as to say Michael was a gift to a world which didn't deserve his magnificent musical genius and inspirational lyrics. Yes he had his eccentricities on the outside but something was going on deeper inside then we may ever hope to understand.


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Friday, January 5, 2024

A Couple Of Performances From The Netherlands

I Will Survive – André Rieu & Dorona Alberti


Gerard Joling - Unchained Melody


Talk about audience appreciative participation!

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

America’s Education System Is Failing

July 07, 2023


Here's another example of why schools are failing us in Baltimore



I'm sure this is generally the case throughout the country in some form or another. I don't have all the answers but I do feel an awful lot of money is being wasted on so many things other then the basics. Schools should not exist to feed, cloth nor introduce social ideologies. Let community groups address those needs elsewhere. Rather science, math, how to balance a bank account along with good spending habits. This is the kind of essential information young adults will need when they graduate. These should be the solitary goals. Nothing wrong with music, sports or other specialties, but w/o the basics schools are cheating kids out of a future. Even if these were eliminated there are plenty of those activities available outside school hours scattered throughout the community.

There are too many expensive so-called specialists for programs that go far beyond the original intent of providing a basic education. If public schools can't get their act together maybe it's time cut back till they do. This by restricting what administrative positions are allowed by law and disallowing funding for them.

Monday, January 1, 2024

Rose Parade Program Note

Currently I'm watching the Rose Parade on WPHL (Phila) ad free. Meanwhile ABC is running ads and miss two or three groups and floats every 10 minutes. How do I know? Because WPHL showed every one those ABC missed. SHAME ON GREEDY ABC.

BTW: When the networks cut out at 1 PM WPHL kept carrying the KTLA broadcast for another 12 minutes till the very end with two more bands and floats. ALL AD FREE!