Dave Stancliff 2016-06-19 blogarama.com

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Baby Boomers! What Are We Doing?

Good Day World!

I'm starting to feel ashamed at being a baby boomer.

Demographics show the core of Donald Trump's support is coming from middle-aged under-educated white men, and baby boomers.

Seventy-two percent of white evangelical Protestant Americans say that American culture and way of life has changed mostly for the worse since the 1950s.

These nostalgia voters are anxious to hold on to a white conservative Christian culture that's passing from the scene as the country becomes more ethnically diverse.

For example:

There's a guy in Tennessee running for a U.S. House seat with the slogan, "Make America White Again." 

Rick Tyler sees no problem with his message of nostalgia for a whitewashed 1960s, and families like "Ozzie and Harriet" and "Leave it to Beaver."

In the good old days, Tyler asserts, there were no break-ins, no violent crimes, and there wasn't a mass immigration.

All of that is news to me as I grew up in the 50s. No break-ins and violent crimes? Talk about mythical times!

I know all baby boomers aren't drinking the orange kool aid. I'm certainly not. But to think that Trump is getting votes from boomers makes me sick.

This boomer trend extends to Europe where England has separated from the European bloc with massive help from the baby boomers.

The big issue in England? Stopping immigration (sound familiar?).The boomers have succeeded because they turned out in greater voting numbers than their younger counterparts.

They too want to see the good old days return.

Now the rest of England - the younger people who didn't turn out to vote in larger numbers - have to live with that decision. The lesson? Voting is crucial and beware of demagogues like Boris Johnson who led the anti-immigration bloc.

Fair warning to America. If Johnson can pull it off with baby boomer support in England there's a real threat that Trump may do the same thing here!

Make sure to vote in November if you don't want to see this country peel back decades of social progress because of a bunch of old farts longing for the good old days.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Are You A 'Rise and Shine' Person? Or, a Morning Grump?

Good Day World!

Before I retired, I hated getting up in the morning for work.

It was my worst time of the day.

(In Australia, a woman woke up to find a giant python in her house stretching 16 feet and weighing almost 70 pounds. Via Today)


Thankfully, I never woke up eye-to-eye with a giant python (pictured above). Now that would have really ruined my day. I doubt if I would have ever slept in that room again!

So what are some of the reasons people wake up grumpy? 

For starters, some of us are terminally grouchy. That's a fact. I fell into that category for a long time.

Some people just wake up slowly. Being groggy for anywhere from five minutes to 20 minutes is pretty common. Not everyone likes that experience.

Experts tell us that morning grumpiness is simply a symptom of our over-scheduled life, with too little sleep and not enough things that bring us joy on a day-to-day basis.

Perhaps that's why I'm a happy morning riser now. Not having to go to work does wonders for some of us. When I wake up these days, I know that I can do pretty much anything I want to.

Let's not forget having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

It really helps, according to Allison G. Harvey, Ph.D, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and director of the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic.

"Coffee is a very effective way to counteract sleep inertia," Harvey said in a recent interview with the Huffington Post.

Related: Why You're Not A Morning Person (And How To become One

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Trump Gives Deposition on Lawsuit Today: New Lawsuit Accuses Him Of Rape

Good Day World!

Donald Trump found out that he has to go to court AGAIN today.

Despite seeking exceptions because he...

(Yahoo illustration (Photo by AP, Getty) 

"...may have a busy schedule as a result of seeking public office" according to his lawyers, the judge ordered him to appear for a deposition on the case.


Trump filed a lawsuit against celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian who refused to open up a restaurant in The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Zakarian and another celebrity chef, Jose Andres, withdrew from separate deals, claiming that Trump's disparaging comments about Mexicans would hurt their own reputations and business brands.

Now, despite strenous objections from Trump, he's going to have to personally get involved (his lawyers were trying to get his son and daughter to testify instead, but they failed).

Another headline today says someone filed a rape lawsuit against the Donald!

How Trump can turn the presidency into a 'litagation circus'

This latest action comes on the heels of accusations of fraud with his Trump University scam. He's already been secretly deposed twice now. His lawyers are fighting to keep the transcripts/videos from becoming public knowledge.

Trump has been sued, and sued others, numerous times in the past. If, by some horrible turn of events he somehow gets elected, we'll have to call him "Litagator-In-Chief!"

Fun fact: How many other party nominees for the presidency in America's political history have been sued for fraud, before Trump?

Answer: None.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Buzz On Mosquitos: How To Deal With The Little Blood Suckers

Good Day World!

The buzz today is about mosquitos.

For starters I'd like to introduce the very latest in mosquito control:

The Mosquito Away line of TVs being produced and marketed in India by electronic giant LG, has an ultrasonic component designed to repel mosquitos in it.

Mosquitos are considered a major health hazard in india, where more than 10,500 cases of dengue fever were reported last year in New Delhi alone.

You might want to look into getting one of those TVs, especially if you're a couch potato!

Other ways of getting rid, or coping with mosquitos, is to wear clothes that are designed with biting insects in mind. Bite-proof clothing is generally sold in sporting goods stores.

Just keep in mind these bite-proof clothes are often treated with repellents (DEET) or poisons (permethin).

Another way to combat certain species of the little blood suckers is to not wear dark colors such as black, blue, and red, which can make mosquito season tough for gang members!

Another trick: avoid mosquito prime time. Dusk, dawn, and during darkness - these are the times when most mosquitos feed.

This may come as a rude shock, but did you know that Citronella candles are no more effective at keeping mosquitos away than regular candles, which also produce heat, moisture, and carbon dioxide that draws mosquitos to people?

I'm all for natural responses to mosquito attacks. Here's a good article about 13 natural ways to keep mosquitos away.

One more helpful article: What Attracts Mosquitos and How To Repel Them.

Meanwhile, I'll be trying to figure out how to order one of those Mosquito Away TVs!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

'Death of the Belief in Fact' is Fracturing Democracies

Good Day World!

RIP era of facts.

Did you know that Donald Trump has a counterpart in England?

His name is Boris Johnson. Both men like to play the immigrant card in politics. 

Both men are dangerous demogogues. Both men are liars and bigots who know how to ovecome facts with a flood of falsehoods.

Toxic politics have gone global.

Trump and Johnson are both beating the devisive immigrant drum like rock stars. Both have outsized egos. So how did these two demogogues get to where they are now?

Simply by inventing the own versions of truth. 

These two troublemakers are cooking up their own facts with fantastic fabrications to lure angry supporters into their camps. They are unscrupulous with a real contempt for the electorate that they are exploiting in this post-truth era.

So far, medias in both country's have failed to sufficiently hold them to account.
Trump and Johnson are products of a new system, pushing bigger and bigger lies and always finding there are zero repercussions for deceiving the electorate.

What's happened is there has been a "death of the belief in fact" for a number of reasons.

1) We increasingly self-sort ourselves into like-minded communities (whether physically or online, or both).

2) Despite all of the choices we have, people insist on visiting sites and watching shows that affirm views they already hold.

Chris Cillizza at The Independent, summerized the situation best:
"We are facing an "alternate reality," a virtual reality, where lies are accepted as truth and where conspiracy theories take root in the fertile soil of falsehoods."

With no accountability, we have spawned a new and dangerous form of politician. They can get away with saying anything they want, no matter how false it is.

I can't offer a solution, because I'm not sure there is one. All I can really hope for is there are enough people in the general population still sane enough to believe in facts.

America and England are being put to the test. Will Democracies win out? Stay tuned.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, June 20, 2016

'How Low Can We Go?' Competition Is Open To Suggestions

Good Day World!

Thanks for stopping by today. 

It's my pleasure to introduce the 1st Annual "How Low Can You Go" competition.

For obvious reasons, Donald Trump, who already has a lock on being a low-down clown, can't be entered into this contest because he's too easy of a target.

Everyone else is fair game however. We're not talking about going under a limbo bar either.

One of the early front-runners in the competition is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who went from attacking Trump to kissing his ass in one blinding moment after withdrawing his bid for the presidency.

Christie was last seen defending the Donald and claiming "...he's not a racist."

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE


Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka, owners of the Phoenix-based stationary and calligraphy studio, Brush & Nib, filed a so-called pre-enforcement challenge” arguing they could face months of jail time for violating a Phoenix ordinance that prohibits businesses from discriminating on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.” 
The ordinance, they argue, forces them to violate their duty as artists who serve God.
Wow! How low can they go?
Jail time for Phoenix artists who disagree with government? I don't think so. 
So, you might wonder, did the women refuse to serve a gay couple? Were they found to have violated the ordinance? Have they been locked up? No, no, and, no.
Koski and Duka were scared they "might" be asked to design cards for a same-sex wedding. Oh, the horror! Saints protect them!
What came next is a great example of how low someone can go (beside these two women); The Christian Broadcasting Network headlined its story of the duo: “Artists Fighting Back to Avoid Jail Time For Refusing Gay Wedding.
That's enough for now. There's lots of competition out there on a daily basis. 

Feel free to enter your favorite examples (under comments) to this blog. I'll be glad to share them!
Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Donald Trump Self-Funding? Not By A Long Shot!

Good Day World!

If you've been paying attention to what Donald Trump says, and what he actually does, it's clearly evident he's a liar and hypocrite.

The best example I can give you goes back to when the Donald began his campaign for the presidency:


Trump on self-funding his presidential campaign:
“Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich. So, if I need $600 million, I can put up $600 million myself. It’s a huge advantage.” — interview with ABC News in March 2011 ahead of aborted 2012 presidential run
“I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice. I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money … I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.” — announcement speech on June 16, 2015
“You know the nice part about me? I don’t need anybody’s money.” — from an interviewin August 2015 in Iowa
“I’m self-funding my own campaign. It’s my money.” — during a speech in Iowa on Feb. 1, 2016
“I don’t believe I have been given any credit by the voters for self-funding my campaign, the only one. I will keep doing, but not worth it!” — from a tweet Feb. 2, 2016 
The Reality
Trump is not exclusively self-funding his campaign.
Almost immediately after announcing his presidential bid, Trump began passively accepting contributions from his growing legion of supporters. 
The dollars began adding up, and as May arrived, federal records indicate Trump’s supporters had together given his campaign about $14 million.
"I’ll be asking money for the party,” Trump said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on May 4."
In a interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said that he’d personally “be putting up money, but won’t be completely self-funding” as the campaign moved forward.
Trump has become the bootlicking presidential candidate he’s insisted — over and again — that he wasn’t, isn’t and wouldn’t become.
Question
What do those Trump followers think about this big reversal?
Many are only voting for him because they believe he is self-funding and not taking money from the establishment.
That's reality. Let's see if it factures that fantasy for some Trump fans.
Time for me to walk on down the road...