Only In America!
I am especially thankful today for having the privilege of being a citizen of the United States of America. I thank God for that birthright. I know that no matter how far off the rails our government goes, no matter how wacko our society slides, our country has the resilience and the intelligence pool to weather the storm presently assailing our mores and morals.
The previous eight years we were treated to the unstudied, irrational creation of ObamaCare. Many of our middle class have struggled under the consequential yoke of Obama Care’s premium structure and many have died as a result of its Medicare and hospital mandates, in particular cardiology patients. Hospital reimbursements are penalized for readmissions that occur before a 30 day period. Mortality rates went up dramatically because of this arbitrary move to cut spending. Our annual deficit also went up substantially while subsidizing insurers who could not survive, actual imposed costs of claims, struggled to stay in business.
Our system of government will eventually refine this liberal, legislative knee-jerk and find a way to improve the delivery of medical care for our people that is not sculpted in the facsimile of socialism. (We hope?) No other nation on the face of the earth has the resources to accomplish such a recovery from such an enormous mistake.
Our young people are brighter today than we were yesterday. And even though they are subjected to totally biased opinion and philosophy in the temples of higher education they will respond with logical reaction and new enthusiasm for the model that represents the great country we live in. This is our story since the Republic was founded over two hundred years ago. We should all give thanks for the United States of America.
While our present day President, lies, takes credit for matters that are not his to claim, belittles, sews discontent, and rambles relentlessly, we should be proud that our system has remedial checks and balances, along with the electoral process, that will correct this anomaly in time. Lessor nations have fallen into the despotic abyss created under the exact circumstances our country is experiencing today. It starts with the same type of personality beset with egoism and little common sense as we are dealing with in the Whitehouse. Beware of artificial calamity created by personality driven blindness. i.e. abandonment of NAFTA and The Pacific Rim Partnership for a start.
In the small community where I live we have our own segment of misbehaving obfuscators and naysayers who would tear down local government for the sake of personal triumph. One in particular cannot make a plausible argument without intentionally misplacing or misstating the facts. And yet, his “commentaries” appear in the pages of the local fish wrapper as frequently as the other cartoons in the regularly circulated genuine newspapers. He ran for the local town commission a few years back, and was soundly rejected. When I think of this unprincipled human being, and the disrespect he’s shown his community, I savor the thought that he might choose to run again where a sound rejection would be the community response to his ongoing abuse.
I close with this little example of local interest to make a point. When an individual seeks public office after stating repeatedly their opinions and criticisms of the administration of government to which they aspire. They should not be surprised by a wholesale rejection of those positions by the electorate. Nor should they expect that the same population would forget those unpopular pronouncements no matter how often they treat that group of fellow citizens to that brand of misleading propaganda. Odds are that the above scenario will be repeated on a national basis if someone with moral character steps forward and advocates for intelligent change instead of buzzword ideals.
Only in America!
Early Preview of Wish List for The Sunshine State:
Municipal wastewater treatment for every Florida community that borders or sits on the watershed of Florida’s surface water bodies (lakes and rivers).
I know words – I know the best Words
Mooch Pinning comeback on 2020 – What comeback? https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/anthony-scaramucci-comeback-2020?spMailingID=12401573&spUserID=MjI3NDAwMDgxOTE3S0&spJobID=1281892782&spReportId=MTI4MTg5Mjc4MgS2
Try this sample of the communist drivel our young people are being fed on a Sub Redditt post Re: All You Need To Know About American Healthcare. CLICK HERE
Holiday Cheer ?:
An American single Malt and a discussion on Barrel types.
How American Barrels Came To Rule World Whiskey http://whiskeyreviewer.com/2016/03/how-american-barrels-came-to-rule-world-whiskey-032816/
Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2
Put Your Hands In Your Pockets Boys The Fun Is Over
The ménage a`trois of Super Dupes has descended on America in full force, leading a cadre of thousands of gropers who by and large refuse even to apologize for their “manly” aberrations. The ultimate public insult would be those defending Al Franken’s behavior versus that of admitted Ivey-League genius Donald pants-on-fire—“Just grab ‘em. They love it.”
Franken made his masculine moves on a sleeping victim who had to see photos of the grope, after the fact, to decide she had been violated. Never-the less it was a show of imbecilic proportions by a man known best for his imbecilic attitude.
We’re sorry, that he has to be a Democrat. Good example of tit for tat. Meanwhile kingmaker Steve Bannon continues to grope for suppositions that might dull the impact of bible thumping Roy’s history with post pubescent girls that got him banned from the local mall. Roy may end up being the first verified incident of a direct lightning strike on a pontificating political hack while delivering a sanctimonious rant about prevaricators.
Chinese Joke Of The Week: Knock Knock Who Came Here With A Smile On His Face And Went Home With A Bag Full Of Paper Umbrellas and Chinese Handcuffs?”
POTUS came back from the Pacific rim with a basket full of hollow ass kisses and a notebook full of promises he wishes we could keep. He made demands that are impractical and go against the reality of what actually is the case when it comes to U.S trade in the Trans Pacific Partnership that POTUS yanked us out of. American exports, to the region that represents the TTP, are 12.3% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. That in turn represents 11.3 million jobs at home. That combined with the 14 million jobs that are at stake with NAFTA means 25 million jobs at risk and an inestimatable amount of revenues for American business and industry. Mr.Trump stop cozying up with our enemies and start showing some respect for our friends.
In the meantime, the cold war and the cyber-war continue as China grabs territory in the south Pacific and Russia’s Putin wages cyberattacks on Germany and others in Europe.(God knows what he’s cooked up for us). Russia is pushing new aspects of an arms race fostered by its old neighbor Iran and China’s stepchild, North Korea. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Let The Worker Bees Try
NAFTA meetings in Mexico City this week are being proctored by the three partner's negotiating teams while the lead players take time off to see if underlings can unearth any hidden daylight for finding common ground. Canada seems committed to digging in on concessions and yet Mexico is working diligently to find avenues for some compromise. POTUS who is a bully personally, made a stupid threat about pulling out of the agreement. Obviously, the other two countries know that the threat was a hollow bluff while POTUS believes he’s a real deal maker (?).
Pulling out of NAFTA would probably start a renewed recession. Canada and Mexico support U.S. jobs of 14 million Americans. Every day, trade amounting to $3.3 billion takes place between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Canada and Mexico are the top two markets in the world for U.S. manufactured goods. It is doubtful that POTUS even knows those facts much less understands them. There is no remedy for the bad taste of being strong-armed into agreeing to concessions that are insignificant to the bigger picture. The Trump legacy is not gonna be pretty.
Venezuela’s Economy Collapsing
Venezuela continues on the road to oblivion. Russia has given the country a “pass” on the $1.35 billion it owes them. The Chinese did the same with its debt. This portends of serious consequences for proxied intervention by Russia: A repeat of the Soviet assault on Cuban dissidents in rebellion against Castro’s communist takeover fifty eight years ago.
This week Mary Anastasia O’Grady wrote in her WSJ, America’s column about the relatively unknown insurrection that prompted the Soviet Union to send 400 Red Army and KGB operatives, in 1961, to the Escambry mountains to begin the systematic elimination of the uprising. Were it not for the Soviet intervention it is likely that Fidel Castro would not have prevailed against these rebels who fought for six years starting in 1959 until nearly 8,000 guajiros—farmers and small land owners were annihilated, executed (1,800), or imprisoned in concentration camps in western Cuba. It took 70,000 Cuban soldiers and 110,000 militia members to defeat the rebels. Aside from the defeat and oppression, the United States put forth an inadequate effort of support for these heros and then did the same failing thing to the Bay of Pigs invaders in 1961; abandoned them. It took Castro and the Soviets until 1965 to subdue the rebels of the Escambry and The U.S. along with its press/media never told this story. Shameful.
Venezuela can’t feed or care for its people. They are already starving and dying for lack of medical care and food. There is no relief in sight. The next step is the Stalinist model of purging. Satellite communists are capable of the worst. It’s happening again to our Americas neighbors. Shameful.
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More bad news for AltRight Kingmaker. Bah!
The real life Mad Max who battled IsIs
New Blood Pressure Guidelines – More silliness to help Medicals get more patients.
Why it Took Twenty Years To get a Bacteria that attacks Mosquitoes
Shutting down pathways that help spread Melanoma
* *Whiskey Reviewer Bonus: All the reviews for November to Date
One hour Documentary – Great Blues History Lesson.
You See Me Laughin’ – The last OF THE HILL COUNTRY Bluesmen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSRdQgidCHY
That's Enuff Said
It’s funny how the national media decides what’s news and what’s newsworthy. Our country’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since December of 2000. However, wages haven’t changed. I can’t say that I have seen anything on a national network discussing this great recovery from a recession that lasted almost eight years.
Obviously, if it had been media-plied Pants-On-Fire would have been beating his chest and claiming that his immigration policy had given American businesses so much encouragement that they started hiring again. Just imagine after the 2018 national elections we will have a one-party Congress, and they will have been elected freely not by coup de tat. Wonder what all those people who said: “At least we didn’t get Hillary.” after the 2016 election will be saying then?
One thing that would give renewed confidence to the U.S. business and industrial sector would be if POTUS Tweeted “Goodbye” and meant it.
A final visit to the desperate dilemma GOP operatives find themselves in: The President makes them all look dumber than dirt with his runny mouth, and they validate everyone’s disgust for the party, and POTUS, by their inability to orchestrate a consensus.
Steve Bannon’s silly empire of rightist conservatism is much ado about nothing as proven by the hatchet job just done on their showcase candidate from Alabama, Judge Joe the bible thumper. It appears the judge was thumping more than the good book during his time as state attorney general. One good bet for the near future is that the people will be sending a good portion of the swamp dwellers home. What we get as replacements will, unfortunately, depend on where the support money ends up. We should start thinking about that, and while doing so, we should ignore the media as they try to lead us by the nose.
America is the greatest country on earth. Where else could people elect a buffoon president and have grassroots elections turn against his party overwhelmingly in less than a year after his inauguration? Do you understand what that says about us? And where else would the economy be growing at a near-record pace while the Congressional party in control is unable to posit any of its legislative changes? Where else in the world is there a republic that is so masterfully conceived that government can at least be corrected through the multiple means of law? And be kept within the limitations of its function by that same instrument of law?
Technological Hot News:
Twitter has increased the number of characters allowed in its messaging to 280. What that means for me is that I don’t have to keep gutting my thoughts to get some semblance of good sense written and sent. I know, the logical question here is what it will mean to POTUS? More very-verys and more Really-Reallys.
How about that “No News” silence coming out of China with POTUS today?
To The Victor Go The Spoils:
The latest from the Golden Hair Safari to the Far East is that POTUS took away a bag full of tiny paper umbrellas with “Trump-Xi Buds” printed on them. He also got a steamer trunk full of parchment pages filled with promises of trade deals, many of which are already advertised, but few have been converted to true commitments. He also got bags of knocked off Titleist NXTs and seven hundred pounds of firecrackers. The customs declaration was for $250 billion which doesn’t come close to the current estimate of the Chinese-U.S. trade deficit estimated to be over $347 billion from 2016.
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Did Someone Say Embargo?:
Here’s the latest mashup on Cuba. POTUS has decreed that no one from the U.S. can go individually to Cuba for any reason but one: It must directly involve an activity that benefits the Cuban people. (That of course, would be an invasion.) Those who go with organized tours conducted by approved U.S. businesses and or tour companies are not allowed to spend money with island businesses that are owned by the Cuban military. That’s a difficult discrimination because those concerns don’t identify themselves with a red star or sentries out front.
A tourist visa costs $75 and is collected by the Cuban government. Cuba created a special currency just for tourists, or anyone else who isn’t Cuban and visiting. They have arbitrarily valued their “blue coin” tourist peso at $1.27. The peso that lucky citizens of the country get to use is worth ten cents on the dollar.
I get the feeling that Mr. Trump thought this up on his own. I do not think he knows much about Cuba. If he did, he’d ban travel there completely and include travel by everyone else in the world. Now there’s an embargo for you. The Cuban military owns every hotel, restaurant, bar, tourist attraction (Including Hemingway’s estate) and all tourist transportation on the island.
I think POTUS should demand that Cuba send all of its citizens who don’t work for the government to Venezuela. That would be close to thirty-seven percent of the workers in the so-called private sector. They already have 31,000 doctors and dentists there for which they get in return 100,000 barrels of crude oil a month. Additionally, they have 4,500 intelligence and military personnel there showing the socialist government generals how to steal from the people’s government-owned assets and how to manage complainers. No one knows what the Cuban government gets for that “help.”
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Cubans paid to have Kennedy assassinated
As C. S. Lewis observed, “All that is not eternal is eternally useless.”
Old drug (Warfarin) has new trick – preventing Cancer
G&G Shrimp and grits
My GPS failed
Pickers Never Die
Toby Lee WoW!
That’s Enuff Said. Thank You Veterans
Clueless POTUS Bullies NAFTA
Pants-on-Fire is showing just how knee jerk ideas that have a certain panache of the tongue turn to ca-ca when exposed to sunlight. From the standpoint of agriculture and business both countries have a common thread that balances jobs and economic benefits from reciprocal trade between the U.S. and Mexico. Farmers and ranchers in the states exported $17.9 billion to Mexico in 2016. Close to 5 million U.S. jobs rely on trade with Mexico in jobs from auto manufacturing & parts to heavy equipment, oil & gas, and food processing. Additionally, the service support of marketing, financial and intellectual property are also included. The ruse that Mexico steals America’s jobs is fake news and dead posturing left over from the campaign trail.
POTUS’s bullying, is leaving a bitter taste for America across our trade and international relationships. He told a luncheon gathering of Republican Senators last week that he was having his NAFTA team notify Canada and Mexico that the U.S. is leaving the organization. This would initiate a six month window for negotiations and force the two NAFTA partners to concede on demands. The not so brilliant part of this “take it or leave it” strategy is that there are numerous probable trading partners who would rush into the void and millions of U.S. jobs and billions of dollars in revenues for U.S. companies that will be flushed because you-know-who’s nationalist advisors fed him a bunch of hooey about protectionism.
Imagine, if you will, when Trump makes this withdrawal announcement how many contracts and purchase orders, and production orders will be cancelled by U.S. firms. Then when the loss tally comes bubbling to the surface and Trump fumbles with a lame blaming apology. Who’s gonna pay these people the money they lost over a poorly thought out “negotiation strategy”? And finally whose going to pay the tariffs on imported goods that we are manufacturing in Mexico? So much for the big deal tax reform. Excuse me. This is no strategy. It is a one man pissing contest. Don’t be surprised at the recession that comes swooping down on our good fortune. Too bad stupidity isn’t an impeachable offense.
And what will Mexico have to say?
¡Empujarlo! ¡Tío Sam!
Goodwill & Fellowship - If they Drove Up & Smacked you In The Face You Wouldn't . . .
Tweeter Dumb and FLOTUS are off to wow Asia today while members of the cabinet and Whitehouse operatives prepare to do duty watching the phones and monitoring Twitter for brain farts.
Tomorrow you will be able to hear a pin drop in the WH situation room where players will be holding their breath as Bigfoot tramples all over protocol and tradition. Later in this eleven day trip Trump will do his best to meet with Vlad Putin in Vietnam to impress him with state secrets that he’ll annie up with the query, “Bet you didn’t know this?” With blinders on and slick soviet mind games taking flight the master of himself will be flush with the A.H. buddy syndrome that Putin anoints him with.
The Last Word On Whitefish Energy
Last week I wrote about the hurricane aftermath in Puerto Rico. I got that lead from an article in Vanity Fair magazine. They appeared to be first in releasing this particular information regarding Whitefish Energy, a small electrical contractor with two employees, The owner and his son. The contract was for 300 millions dollars. Additionally the payroll rates for electrical workers specified by Whitefish (and published by Vanity Fair) were what I couldn’t help having a “WTF!” moment over.
Consequently I looked at a dozen other articles for the same revelations but for some reason, the copycat repeaters did not mention the factors that surely drove the contract amount. Satisfied that the information in the Vanity Fair article was a rarity in the public domain I went to fact-checker Snopes. They did not have any reference to this story. I queried them and the next day they acknowledged the story on its face but offered no verification of the “facts”. Well, the contract has been cancelled and some details about how it came to be have shown up but as best I can confirm there has been no mention of important details.
So, today I include an excerpt from the Vanity Fair article, written by Bess Levin on October 24th.
There’s also the matter of how much Whitefish is charging, given that Puerto Rico is bankrupt. According to the contract, the hourly rate for a site supervisor is $330 while that of a “journey lineman” is $227.88. Subcontractors, who make up the bulk of the company’s workforce, cost $462 per hour for a supervisor and $310.04 for a lineman. Nightly accommodations are $332 per worker, and food is nearly $80 a day. The Post notes that only eight contracts over $20 million have been approved for Puerto Rico by FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers, and half of those have been for shipments of food and bottled water.
Puerto Rican managers of the state owned utility company approved this boondoggle—and Whitefish was all over it instantly. Now the U.S. Congressional Oversite Committee, FEMA and the FBI are reviewing this attempt at the latest version of Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. You can now draw your own conclusions while whoever signed off on this is not sleeping well and has both spontaneous types of the “runs.”
Sad commentary on Venezuela’s condition.
Pig Madura The Empanada Eater
The judge let Bowe Bergdahl go free. No doubt Tweeter Dumb’s mouth had something to do with that judge’s decision. Also the five years of animal captivity he experienced with uncivilized Taliban. And the testimony of former service members who knew him. He’s not going to have much of a life as it is. But it’s better than prison.
New Cuba policy re: Cuban exiles and children of same
Toilet Paper hanger Patent- No Girls THis is Not Fake News
Stevie Ray &
That's Enuff Said