Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pass the Popcorn!

I do care about the outcome, so watching this is not without some concern.


This is delicious. It is pure pleasure on the most basic level. The Entitled Elites are Ap-PALLED at the insolence of those - 'lesser peoples' - you know, the mouth-breathing, reflexively racist, patriarchal PIGS that pay their salaries and elect them to office.

Except, this time, they haven't.

And it makes them SICK!

Oh, and THIS.

Can you IMAGINE! That, that, that....Buffoon! That Noveau Riche actually thinks that having won the election entitles him to actually set policy!

Imagine that.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Check Out This Good Advice

Here is one of the most lucid about trusting the new people populating the region around Trump.

How much to trust them?

Really, not at all.

Several possible solutions come to mind:

  • For the openly insubordinate, fire them for cause.
  • For those whose actions do not rise to that level of offense, hedge in their worst actions with official rebukes/warnings. Reduce that section's personnel, as any department that has so many people that they can waste time plotting against their boss needs to experience some trimming of the fat.
  • For those who you want to fire for cause, but not fire-able, transfer them to remote outposts, with PLENTY of busywork - and deadlines - to keep them occupied. Do not let them have subordinates to re-build their empire. Do not let them have ANY public opportunity to speak officially.
Ask for recommendations for staff cutbacks. Don't take their advice.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Back Home Again

It was a frantic and VERY long journey, from SC to OH for a birthday party (and, to touch base with all the family), then back again. We drove until our eyes were gritty, then scouted for a cheap motel to lay down for a few hours.

Then, onward to the destination.

Then, back again in reverse.

We arrived this morning in Charlotte. I picked up my car, then headed over to Miracle-Ear for a cleaning and fix of my hearing aids. What a thrill it is to hear clearly again!

Home to pick up mail (thankfully, due to the holiday, not that much), unload the car, and eat. Last night's motel ($38/night) did NOT provide breakfast. I grabbed a stick of string cheese and hit the road. By the time I landed at home, I was STARVING!

Made a quick scrambled egg with prosciutto and onions, strawberries on the side, and coffee.

As Rachel Ray says, Delish!

And, only 5 points on WW.

I've spent the last 1/2 hour catching up on mail, etc.

While traveling, I turned on the Sirius stations. My Proudly Progressive husband had done the pre-sets, so my only choice was:

  • 50's music
  • 60's (mostly Motown) music
  • acid rock of the 70's
  • CNN
I picked the last one, and for one of the longest hours of my entire life - I specifically include waiting time in the DMV and childbirth - I listened to Rachel Maddow cackle her 60-minute Hate Trump tirade. All Hate Trump, no other news in the world, apparently.

It should have been infuriating, but it was sad. Here was someone with a microphone, and the opportunity to educate listeners about anything she chose.

She chose to spew at Trump. A lot like those ex-wives who corner strangers and proceed to give them ALL the details of how they were screwed over by their exes. On and on and on.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Cultural Epiphany

My husband and I caught the end of Mrs. Doubtfire. He remarked that the movie affected him differently, since Robin William's death. I countered that Mr. Williams, like many actors, had the rare human experience of having his work outlast his life.

Afterwards, however, I was struck by a sudden thought:

This is the NORM for kids today - that their parents will not be living together, and that they will be traveling to other 'homes' for visitation.

My husband quipped that our children were 'handicapped' - they'd lived with parents who were not only together, but married.

When making decisions about our relationships, we might ask ourselves:

What is the norm that you want your kids to have experienced?


Friday, February 17, 2017

Secret Communications Before Election?


Or, not.


Just Catching Up on the News

It's been a busy week in politics, and, yet, I don't feel the need to obsessively perch on the Internet, looking for new stories, as I did before the election.


I suppose, in some ways, I feel more secure with Trump in charge. Yes, he's a bombastic, over-the-top President, whose actions, in hiring and in diplomacy, could stand improvement.

But -

compared to the last President, and that OTHER candidate, he is OK. In some ways - immigration, for example, BETTER than OK.

And, I'm content with that. It's nice that I can go to sleep without worrying about the world's villains having weapons bestowed upon them by a feckless President, too eager to curry favor with rogue regimes, and too proud and stiff-necked to actually work with proven allies.

Wait a minute - isn't Russia something of a rogue regime?

No - it's a kleptocracy, and a thug, wanna-be empire. But, I've known thugs (10+ years teaching in the hood). You can often work with thugs, if you remember that they will only do so if it's in their interest. Don't trust them. Don't put yourself at a disadvantage compared to them - they will pounce on weakness.

But, yeah, you can definitely deal with them. And, better, you can sometimes use them to fend off worse thugs.

Say what you will about the thugs, they keep the neighborhood more stable than if gang warfare is the rule. And, a stable neighborhood is what is needed while the world flushes out the terrorist refugees, the hangers-on who will cooperate with them, and other assorted riff-raff. Once the majority of nations attain stability, then you might want to re-think that alliance.

Until then, work with them.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

If the Future is Female...

...then, why don't men declare an "I'm a Self-declared Female Year" and insist that ALL privileges of being female should accrue to them, as well?

This was triggered (Ooooh, that DREAD word!) by a recent post in National Review.


Friday, February 10, 2017

The Immigration Ban is NOT as Simple as it Seems

If the Supremes rule against the Federal government in this, it would open the door to MANY abuses.

The Democrats and Progressives, in their INTENSE dislike of Trump, would trample on every precedent. They did that with trashing the filibuster, because it impeded their plans, when they had the majority.

It is biting them in the butt now, when they do not.

I'd like to think even they could learn from recent history, but - probably not.

Read this to find out why.


Thursday, February 09, 2017

Smooth Move!

I saw this piece about ND - they are looking to collect taxes from the people who are protesting the pipelines. Rumor has it that many of them are being paid, so they SHOULD be issued 1099s or similar documents.

This can accomplish two things:

  • Find out who is responsible for paying them to protest
  • Find out who these people are
The answers should be interesting.


Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Devos is IN!

I'm on fire. I've had experiences working in organizations with the Devos family, and I have always found them to be fair, decent, and operating from a position of ethics.

With luck, she will dump the worst of the ObamaRegulations, streamline the administrative crap, and let states take control of their own systems. Just eliminating some of the mandates would allow most schools to dump a LOT of unnecessary administrative/support staff, which would free up money for teachers.


Small Town, Big City

I've been thinking about social/cultural/political changes for the last 1/2 century, why they occurred, and what changes will develop in the future. Fred On Everything has some good ideas on that.

First, let's start with the idea of Make America Great Again.

What does that mean?

For many Liberals/Leftists/Progressives, that means that anyone yearning for it MUST want:

  • Racism
  • Hostility to 'furiners', particularly if they have a different language or culture than the speaker
  • Hostility to gays - coupled with the desire to 'fix' them
  • Reflexive rejection of non-WASP culture/music/thought/politics/whatever
  • Willingness to use force to implement their agenda
For those who support America, and do want to see it supported by others, it means:
  • That their traditional culture be given at least the same respect that non-Western cultures are given
  • That they will retain their right to worship as they please, and that efforts to evangelize or bring their religion out of the Church and into the weekday world not be demonized.
    • If students are taught about other religions respectfully, Christianity should not be singled out for ridicule, criticism, and exclusion from the curriculum.
    • If some believers can express an opinion on a subject, Christians should be given the same opportunity (Muslims may talk about homosexuality or the proper way for women to behave in public, but Christians are demonized for expressing far milder sentiments).
    • Christians may have the same rights to abstain from participation in activities repugnant to them for religious reasons, as other religions do - for example, the Amish are specifically exempt from participating in Obamacare.
  • That America's best interests be the major focus of foreign policy.
  • That Smug Elites (trademark pending) not be permitted to bypass legislation, instead getting their agenda imposed on the rest of us via bureaucratic regulations.
    • Rein in the EPA, Education Dept, Homeland Security, ATF, FDA, ICE, and other departments that have used their assumed authority as a club against Traditional Americans.
    • Stop funding Sanctuary Cities - if their rejection of Federal law is so important to them, let them pay for it, by cutting their Block Grants and other Federal monies. If they don't want to follow the law, they shouldn't benefit from those nasty Fed dollars.
    • Rein in the last-minute clemencies/pardons/deals from a Lame Duck President. Make the actions after an election in which the officeholder has lost tentative, dependent on the new guy signing off on it. Those COWARDS who don't have the guts to make unpopular decisions shouldn't fling poo in our faces on the way out.


Sunday, February 05, 2017

Things I've Learned Lately

The companies that paid big bucks for their Super Bowl commercials got HOSED. The commercials are dumb, not funny, and boring.

You don't need as much food as you think (did I mention that I started Weight Watchers Online this week?).

All those people who are posting pictures they believe will provide The Definitive Put-Down to Their Opponents are trying to posture themselves as the Virtuous One, Unlike Those Horrible People on the Other Side.

Like that's going to change anyone's mind.

This guy is one that could, if you pay attention to him, actually make your actions to promote your cause much more effective.

But, no. You are much more interested in being pissy about Those Unspeakable, Awful Monsters!!!!!


That dramatic enough?


When 'Helping' is HURTING

This drives me nuts. The REAL reason the elites put up with vulgarity, poor language and reading skills, poor math skills, and other things - like slovenliness, early unwed childbirthing, and consumption of undocumented chemicals, is because they think "those people" - the lesser classes - are incapable of change.

In other words, they think the lower classes are just stupid.

I just can't understand why the average American doesn't call the Elite out on that. They put up no fuss when the academic requirements for occupations can't be met without post-high school education, which is both expensive, and, increasingly, not worth it.