Saturday, March 10, 2018

Snap Shots of America: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

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Location: Berkley, California - The Ugly

A camera follows two Trump Supporters as they go inside of a book store and confront people.

The male Trump supporter, wearing his ragged MAGA hat and an American flag draped over his shoulders, warned one of the staff that he was going to burn the book store down because no one liked Trump there.

The male and the female Trumpies leave the store when told there was a video camera recording their hateful spiel.

Hurling vile epithet's they stood outside the store for hours harassing people.

Location, The White House, Washington D.C. - The Bad

The camera follows Trump around all day, as he drops two bombshells to divert the negative narratives piling up against him.

One was enacting an ill-advised trade tariff on steel and aluminum. The other was suddenly reversing his position on North Korea, and agreeing to talk with their leader before May.

Not only would he give Kim status in the world, but also a new narrative to North Korea's allies that they're as powerful as the U.S.

The chance that the two oddball leaders actually meeting is slim. There's an awful lot to figure out before May arrives.

If they do, don't be surprised that after the first meeting negotiations break down, leaving Trump alone on an island (there's a nice thought!).

Location - The outskirts of Sepporis, Israel -The Good

The camera focuses on a paralyzed man, Amit Goffer, who reinvented the wheelchair to help people walk again.

After years of research, thousands of paraplegics and quadriplegics all over the world are using his innovative exoskeleton - ReWalk. 

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

Friday, March 9, 2018

Warning! Too Much Competing Information Is Causing Chaos

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Timely news and world events have created a 24-hour cycle of chaos that can consume a person.

News travels so fast we only have time to briefly analyze it before another newsworthy event occurs.

The online mainstream media, and social media, are creating a tribal culture that feeds on sites that play to their world views.

What we have is a news overload. Real and fake news stories compete for followers in nefarious ways. They mix entertainment with real news to keep our attention focused on them.

Talking heads insult guests and start arguments for ratings. Web sites offer links to radical groups striving for attention. Truth is tossed around like a football.

I'm at the point where I have to fact check everything I read, regardless of the source. There was a time when I didn't have to do that. When people trusted the major news outlets.

As a journalist, I've watched what's happening to the credibility of the free press with a heavy heart. The public doesn't know who to believe anymore. I can't say I blame them.

So people go to the echo chambers that promote their beliefs, regardless of how inaccurate and illogical they are. It's easier than spending time researching for validity in stories.

The result is the ever-increasing chaos in our culture where everyone is polarized on every subject. Where compromise is mocked, and bullies prevail. 

Short of avoiding news programs on TV, podcasts, and the radio altogether, there's no way to clear away all the haters and lies that will muck up your day.

The same goes for reading newspapers, magazines, etc. Your choice is to be real selective, or don't even bother reading any non-fiction.

Reality is really a bummer nowadays. You'll do best, mentally, by controlling your own environment, and what you let in.

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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

On Good Coffee, Porn Stars, and Trump's War Against California

Trumpy and Stormy in better days 

                                     Good Day World!

My choice of coffee has evolved over the years. I've gone from brand-to-brand, like a suitor looking for a bride. 

My latest choice is Don Francisco's medium roast Hawaiian hazelnut. It's simply awesome! I've tried other flavored coffees (have you ever tried Snicker doodle coffee?), but this one tops them all.

Pause...while I take a sip.

All right then! Let's talk about Stormy Daniel, a porn star getting ready to really embarrass Trump.
A lawyer for Daniels mocked the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders yesterday for saying President Trump won an arbitration case with with the adult film star, jokingly saying "he also won the popular vote."

Daniels filed a civil lawsuit against Trump Tuesday in an effort to void a nondisclosure agreement between the two. In the suit, she claims that the agreement is not valid because Trump never signed the document.

Trump has claimed she's lying about having an affair with him. I guess we'll just have to see what happens next.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declaration of War

Gov. Jerry Brown got up on the podium yesterday and slammed Sessions for "initiating a reign of terror" against immigrants in California.

"This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy," Brown said. "It's not wise, it's not right and it will not stand."

Sessions on Tuesday filed suit against the state over three new laws, passed last year to protect immigrants living in California illegally, that he argues violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution and interfere with federal immigration enforcement.


Brown also blasted Sessions for making "wild accusations" and willfully misrepresenting California's laws and its intentions.
"We know the Trump administration is full of liars," Brown said. "They've pled guilty already to the special counsel."
I'll be curious to see how this power move by stumpy Sessions and the snakes backing him turns out.
I'm putting my money on California.

Time for me to walk on down the road..

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Fall Of The House of Trump - A Political Reality Show For The Ages

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Please be seated as I bring you up to date on the latest episode of The Fall Of The House of Trump, a reality show about corruption.

When we checked in last time Hope Hicks (one of Trump's favorite ass-kissers) broke down in tears explaining to the White House staff why she was suddenly leaving them.

Veteran viewers of the show knew that Hicks didn't really leave to pursue a new career - she left under fire from WH chief-of-staff, John Kelly.

It also might have been something to do with her admission  of "telling white lies," to benefit Trump. Mueller probably took exception to the lying part. 

We'll all have to stay tuned on that issue. I suspect we'll hear more down the road.

Here's another heads up moment: Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic advisor, is leaving because Donny won't listen to him about not having trade tariffs that could lead to a trade war. 

Meanwhile, we're witnessing a new mini-drama by another Trump kiss-ass of long standing - Kellyanne Conway! She violated the Hatch Act on two occasions.

The US Office of Special Counsel made the announcement yesterday. 

So what will be Conway's fate? Will Kelly boot her ass out?

If history is an indicator, nothing will happen to Conway. The results of this investigation will go to Trump to make a decision on.
The counsel's recommendation for a severe penalty will end up in the round files. Trump will praise her. And that, will be that.

You have to admit, it does makes for some good reality TV.

Just look at some of the spinoffs:

The Jared and Ivanka Real Estate Winners special presentation featuring underhanded dealing with bankers and foreign entities.

This touching tale also has scenes of Jared being dominated by Ivanka, who forces him to give her a pedicure.

The Wacky World of Eric and Don Jr., was a two-part series featuring the 21st century version of Bevis and Butthead, Eric and Don Jr. Trump's adventures. 

Forbidden Romance, a movie starring Hope Hicks and Rob Porter's short, but adventurous relationship, and how they experienced multiple "Mile-High Club" moments in Air Force One.

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Some Things Will Always Remain a Mystery

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Despite reports over the years about what happened to Amelia Earhart 81 years-ago, no one really knows what her fate was.

It's, in all probability, a mystery that will never be solved.

A modern mystery has sprung up in Cuba, where the American diplomatic staff has been suffering symptoms resembling brain trauma.

A mysterious noise is said to be the problem. The Cuban government denies any wrong-doing (of course) and American experts are baffled.

One low tech possibility was advanced by the Cubans who suggested the noise the Americans were hearing was humming Jamaican field crickets. Not Cuban crickets, mind you!

It's a mystery to me how Trump ever got elected president. Politic pundits have offered a dozen reasons why we're stuck with this wanna-be dictator with a poor hairpiece. But no one really knows how the unthinkable took place.

Moving on...

You couldn't pay me to sleep in a transparent capsule hanging off the side of a Peruvian mountain, but some people think it's a cool idea and are willing to pay $400 a night to do it. That's a mystery to me.

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Fifty-five years ago President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. To this day no one knows the whole story behind his murder. It'll forever remain a mystery, and popular conspiracy story.

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I'll always be mystified that my wife has stayed with me 43- years. That's above and beyond, the call of duty!

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More Mysteries:

Why are so many people racist?

What makes people "haters?"

Why can't dogs live as long as humans?

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Is God Punishing John Kelly? You Decide

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I'm roasting a bowl, and having my favorite roasted coffee this morning.

May yours be as pleasant.

I haven't scanned any headlines yet in search of current topics to opinionate about.

Before you start cheering, that doesn't mean I'm going to start chanting Kumbaya and not opine about something. 

Take John Kelly, Trump's feckless chief-of-staff...

He had a light - dare I say it? Kumbaya moment - while being interviewed last week. Basically, he said he missed his old job, and good friends, in the Department of Homeland Security.

You can even say he was full of nostalgia over his old job as Secretary of the agency. At one point he let his guard down - or had a divine vision - and said God was punishing him by making him Trump's #1 whipping boy.

Kelly may be a hypocrite, and liar (both qualifications to work for Trump), but for just a moment he was a sad old man in between a rock-and-a-hard place.

It's hard to explain. I know underneath Kelly, and other dedicated Trumpies fa├žade, there lie human beings who have signed a pact with the orange devil.

As more Trumpies become disillusioned with Trump's tantrums and the chaos in the White House, there should be re-habilitation centers available for treating their addiction to Donny.

I see Trump, and his witless base, as a virus that needs  treated for the safety of the nation. 

I also think the Republicans in Congress should be tried for crimes of conspiracy against the country after Trump is locked up for conspiring with Russia in the 2016 election, and Obstruction of Justice.

Just saying...

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

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Moments of Stupidity Showcased This Sunday

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We all know that stupidity stalks our society like a pissed-off honey badger.

There's idiots everywhere we turn.

There should be a Hall of Shame for Stupid People. There isn't however, to the best of my knowledge. Here's a few recent examples:

In Arizona last week, two people were running from the law and ran smack dab into the parking lot of the local police precinct - a large, well lit, sign clearly stated "Peoria Police." 

The clueless couple then hopped a fence which landed them in a secure area of the department, where several officers were in training at that moment! Oops!

They were both charged with multiple felony counts.

Stupidity finds a home when it comes to our politicians. The stupid/pedophile contingent in Kentucky's state senate stopped a bill that would make it illegal to wed girls at 13 years-old.

 Known as the Child Bride Bill, Senate Bill 48, (outlaw child marriage) was pulled off the agenda hours before a scheduled vote Friday.

It's the second time in a week the bill has been stalled. Kentucky has the 3rd highest rate of child-marriages (Texas is 1st, and Florida comes in 2nd) in the nation.

It's more than apparent, there are some stupid people - with clout - in Kentucky's Senate. Anywhere else in the nation it would be called a rape.

When it comes to stupid, Trump leads the way. Just check his daily comments.

He recently got mad - issuing a tweetstorm - at actor Alex Baldwin (who imitates him on SNL), while Putin ratcheted up a new Cold War on the same day as Trumps Baldwin tweet; bragging about nukes that could hit our mainland at any time.

That should be enough for today. I came not to salute stupidity, but to share it's pervasiveness in our world.

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

Saturday, March 3, 2018

What Are You Doing This Saturday?

Good Day World!

My plans for today are remarkably simple. 

Read. Write. And, watch The Lakers play the Spurs.

How about you?

I wonder what Jared Kushner and wifey Ivanka are doing today? It's looking a lot like the Fall of the House of Kushner with the scandals surrounding that crooked couple.

I'm sure Trump will be tweeting like a big blue, angry bird, about something today. He's always looking for a fight.

His clever move to slap tariffs on aluminum and steel - without consulting ANYONE - sent the stock market spiraling downward. 

I bet Republican lawmakers are having meltdowns today after trying to keep up with Trump's waffling on gun control. I wouldn't be surprised if some stayed in bed most of the day.

Of course, we have to remember that a lot of people work on Saturday. It's not a guaranteed day of rest in our society.

Whatever you're doing today - make it a good one!

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














Friday, March 2, 2018

Trump Laments, 'I Could Have Been A Peace Prize Recepient'

Donald Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize...in his head!

                                        Good Day World!

The remaining White House staffers (after the latest purge) are saying Trump is broken-hearted that his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize was invalidated yesterday.

This year's committee in Norway announced that a forged nomination had been received for Donald Trump. Police in Oslo were contacted, and are currently investigating the case.

Does this sound vaguely familiar? Who would do such a thing?

Anyone with knowledge of Donny's past adventures, and his ego-driven need to be in the spotlight, may recall when he use to call up newspapers and pretend to be his own publicist.

It became a joke in newsrooms when one reporter figured out it was actually Donny calling to sing his own praises! Lol!

Shameless promotion. All the great con men have that trait. No doubt Trump needed some good news. As usual, the White House is in chaos, and Trump's enemies are closing in on him.


Trump aimed too high for a diversion to the negative narratives yapping at his heels like rabid dogs.

He thought he could fool the committee...like he's managed to do with millions of people who believe he's looking out for America's interests.

Foiled again.

He also better hope the Oslo police don't have enough resources to trace him down!

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I'm Shocked: Trump Sounded 'Almost' Presidential at Gun Control Meeting

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I'm about to eat crow.

Anyone who has ever visited this blog knows that I loath Trump. That hasn't changed.

But, I saw something yesterday that stunned me...Trump was actually acting presidential (he does after all belong to the actor's guild) before a bipartisan gathering on gun safety with Congressional lawmakers at the White House.

His stunning ignorance on the subject wasn't nearly as surprising as the stand he was taking about having to do something...anything to pass gun safety measures.

As hard as it is for me to believe, Trump may become the first president to enact gun safety laws since the early eighties!

You could have pushed me over with a feather when Trump said this about the NRA;

"They have great power over you people (referring to Congress). They have less power over me."
And...
Some lawmakers are "petrified of the NRA. You can't be petrified..."
Mind you, this is coming from the guy who got $30 million in donations from the NRA during his presidential campaign.
Trump praised the NRA, but said that he doesn't always agree with them.
When I got up from the floor, I steadied myself with one hand on the TV, and asked out loud...who is this guy?
Trump gave an academy award presentation on why gun safety laws have to be enacted now...not later. It gave me goose bumps.
I'm actually considering looking up old Apprentice shows to see if he's ever demonstrated the same capacity to sound...dare I say it?
Sane! Or, at least Oscar worthy.
When Trump warned the Republicans, "If you add concealed carry (reciprocity) to this, you'll never get it passed. We want to get something done," I almost swooned!
He also said he wanted it all done in one bill. Who would of guessed? 
You know what? It's five o'clock somewhere, and I need a drink.
Stay tuned.
Time for me to walk on down the road...



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Story Time: The Meat Ball Bandit and My Fiction Gets A Voice

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The Meat Ball Bandit didn't get very far. 

A Pennsylvania man called the police when someone stole a pot of meatballs out of his garage.

The caller was able to identify the thief, whose face and clothes were stained with spaghetti sauce, when he saw him standing in his front yard.

Apparently the Meat Ball Bandit was a neighbor. Not a very good one at that. He was held on a $25,000 dollar bail.

I have another blog
Return To As It Stands - that features flash fiction. My original stories aren't long, but they're memorable. Or, so I've been told.

I got a surprise request yesterday from Otis Jiry, who asked if he could narrate a recent story I wrote - Meth Man and The Serial Killer.

I was thrilled to give my okay. I've never heard someone narrate a story I wrote. My fiction now has a voice. Here it is.

Meanwhile, about Otis Jiry: You'll find him on YouTube - The Otis Jiry Channel

You'll also find him at this website - Scary Stories Told in the Dark.

The show features master storyteller Otis Jiry, often whimsically referred to by his fans as "The White Morgan Freeman," and the work of dozens of independent and previously-published contributing authors.

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

Blog Break: Stress Has Me on The Ropes

I'm not going to be posting anything for a while. I've had this blog for nearly 20 years, through thick and thin times. But I reall...