When Clowns Run the Show

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  1. Dale A Albrecht says:

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/aoc-decolonization-puerto-rico

    Yes, when clowns run the show. If ms Cortez would have looked at even the most recent referendum in 2017, the people in Puerto Rico want to become the 51st State. Not independence, nor some free association.

    But all in all, i’d love to be shed of this “colony/commonwealth”. Country called Puerto Rico. Then their corrupt government is their problem and they can’t cry to the US any longer.

    The all the freedom fighter terrorists in Chicago who Holder loved, can go home or be deported.

  2. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Speaking of Mueller, again.

    I should have been fired. Primarily because he continually lied to the President of the United States. Continually asserting the he, Trump is not the target of the special prosecuter investigation. He proved that by his report that Trump was the target. Also the other day during his testimony when asked by Rep Meadows about if you were investigating Russian interference, how come you never investigated the root source ie Steele, DNC, dossier being used to obtain FISA warrants to surrveil trumps team, before and after the election and during his administration. If I remember one if the public acclamations was to investigate obstruction of justice by Trump for firing Comey.

    Muellers answer was because it was not in my perview. In other words not in the instructions Rosenstein gave him and his team

    This should be picked up upon and made use of, but even before Trump took office the chant be the democrats was “Impeach 45” even Hillary made use of the “Unverified and Salacious” dossier in the later stages of the campaign.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Just to show that these special prosecuters don’t go Willy nilly, but follow instructions given to them by their superiors in the DOJ. Way back in late part of Clintons administration and early Bush. Durham the US Attorney from connecticut wad a special prosecuter named by Janet Reno to investigate the 4 falsely framed and convicted and imprisoned men by the FBI. All to protect Whitey Bolger. A serial mafia murderer turn government informer. The FBI personnel involved were convicted and sent to prison. Mueller fought all the way ad US attorney in Massachusetts to keep them in prison even in light of knowing they were wrongfully imprisoned. Cost $106m to the survivors and families of those that died. In the middle of this Mueller get the directorship of the FBI by Bush. Mass, parole boards are shocked at that promotion of Mueller.

      Durham back then wad asked why he never went after Mueller. He said “It was not in my instructions” as special prosecuter.

      So Muellers instructions from day one was to GET Trump any way you can..

  3. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Presidential candidate Joe Biden has challenged Trump to a water aerobics contest.

    The challenge was intended to make Trump look weak and Biden a more macho, intimidating option for Democrats looking for someone with the right stuff to take Trump on in the general election. Biden said if he’s put in the general election, he’ll face off against Trump in a water aerobics test of strength in various exercises appropriate for the men’s advanced age.
    “I’ll flutter kick circles around that weakling,” Biden boasted in an interview. “My instructor at the Y says I’m one of the most promising students in her ‘advanced seniors’ class. And then I’ll finish him off with a half-dozen leg lifts. He won’t see what hit him.”
    “I’ll arm curl him all the way back into the sauna!” he added confidently, attempting to flex but getting a muscle cramp. Luckily the television studio had a mobile scooter and they were able to get him off the studio floor.
    Biden also bragged that he uses the “heavy” weights, referring to the half-pound foam dumbbells he uses in the pool.
    At publishing time, Biden was forced to withdraw his challenge after he was banned from the gym for getting a little too close to some of the women in the pool.

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  8. Would it be fair to say that illegal immigration is the slavery issue of our time? If so we have failed again thanks in large part to the same people that supported chattel slavery in the 1800’s, the Democratic party and large industrialists. The Dems call us “racist”, maybe the response should be “slavers”.

    • Can you clarify that a bit?

      • It should be blatantly obvious. The Dem party was the party of slavery. They are now for the importation of hundreds of thousand illegal immigrants per year for the purpose of developing an underclass that they can control and keep in abject poverty in exchange for future votes. This is a form of slavery. The industrialists want cheap labor. Their arguments are economic as opposed to the Dems who are just in it for the power. So if you support unfettered illegal immigration, you are a slaver. Slavery is different then racism since slavers do not respect skin color.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Sure…the big product that slaves chopped was cotton. City in throughout the civil war was “traded” to the northern mills. Even though Contraband .Grant constantly got into trouble for attempting to stop the trade.

        Britain was the South’s biggest trading partner specifically COTTON to feed their industrial complex. Eventually politically they had to create other sources of cotton. Egypt and India

        The invention of the cotton gin really made cotton profitable. More acres planted, more slaves, more profit.

        Even the colonel will have to admit that one of the reasons behind the Texas rebellion against Mexico was not oppression but the American migrants wanting to bring slaves into Texas territory where it was ILLEGAL under Mexican law.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Cotton was traded throughout…not City in.

        • The earliest branch of my family came over in the Palatine migration of 1711. The British created 2 camps one on each side of the Hudson about half way to Albany. The conditions were atrocious. The purpose of the camps was to have the Germans make tar and pitch from the pine forest for the Royal Navy. Essentially they were indentured servants (slaves) for the first 10+ in North America. Eventually many of them rebelled, moved inland and purchased land from the Indians. This caused more friction with the British. Finally in the 1720’s the Brits relented and granted them land in the Mohawk Valley in the hopes of creating a buffer between Albany, NYC and the French in Canada. This they did suffering through much blood shed in the French and Indian Wars. When the Revolution came along, most of the children and grandchildren of these original immigrants sided with their fellow Americans. That did not save them as they had to suffer through annual raids during the Revolution and one pitch battle at Oriskany.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            Sort of the same with the founding of the Georgia colony by James Oglethorpe. Bring the worthy poor pretty much caused by urbanization in England to settle the area. SLAVERY was banned in Georgia. The colony was also a buffer with the Spanish territory further south. The colonies further north were pissed off at Georgia because their slaves would run off towards Georgia. However in 1743 when Oglethorpe left to return to England slavery became permissible. Succumbed to economic pressures revolving around cotton.

        • Yes, Texas was a slave state….

  9. Mathius in the morning

    • Where did all my hair go????????????

      • I want to know where the pants came from. No respectable wildlife would come anywhere near them. And a table cloth and colander on a camping trip?

      • God only made a few perfect heads, Sir Mathius, on the rest he put hair.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I do like my long wavy white hair. And it’s still full. With all the buzz cuts and shaved heads around many times at my local pub a young lady will come up and just start running her hands through my hair.

        Lyrics from “Hair”

        She asks me why, I’m just a hairy guy
        I’m hairy noon and night, hair that’s a fright
        I’m hairy high and low, don’t ask me why, Don’t know
        It’s not for lack of bread, like the Grateful Dead
        Darlin’, give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair
        Shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen
        Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer
        Here, baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy
        Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
        Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair
        Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
        Give a home to the fleas in my hair
        A home for fleas, (yeah) a hive to bees, (yeah) a nest for birds
        There ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my
        Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
        Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair
        I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy
        Ratty, matty, oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming
        Streaming, flaxen, waxen, knotted, polka dotted
        Twisted, beaded, braided, powdered, flowered and confettied
        Bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied
        They’ll be ga ga at the go go when they see me in my toga
        My toga made of blond, brilliantined, biblical hair
        My hair like Jesus wore it, Hallelujah, I adore it
        Hallelujah; Mary loved her son, why don’t my mother love me?
        Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
        Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair
        Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair
        Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair
        Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Could be stress….but I’m more inclined to believe you pulled it out in frustration debating on SUFA😁

      • Mathius says:

        I don’t really “do” stress… it’s one of my better qualities. It’s just not an emotion I feel. ::shrug::

        I actually got panned by a previous employer once because, when everyone was freaking out over something, I was “too calm” and he felt that this meant that I “wasn’t taking the situation seriously.” Note that, at no point, was the quality of my work actually at issue.. just my “attitude.” So, from then on, I just made a big show of acting like my hair was on fire from time to time, and the next review noted how “improved” my attitude had become with respect to taking my work more seriously. ::sigh::

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          I was always the calm one in an emergency. Saved a few lives by doing so. At work, I’d joke to people head down and charging, as “walking with a sense of purpose” when at IBM my purpose was to be the guy hanging on the wall, with a sign saying, in case of emergency break glass. My roll was to figure out major problems that the engineering teams couldn’t resolve. Usually after 1 year of failure on their part and millions in dollars spent. Eventually management fired many of those engineers and put me in charge of what they were supposed to have done. At at&t I had to embrace dramatics. Like walk out the door saying, I don’t need this shit. Or quite literally jumping up and down in front of a senior executives desk saying his decision was fraud and breach of every contract we held. Then walked out the front door again saying I don’t need this shit.

          Though eventually they wear you out. And when bad decisions are made, look at it, see if in any way it will back lash on me, and when the SHTF none would hit me. Yeah #1 was the guy you looked out for. You’d try to save the executives above you, but sometimes they were so full of themselves there was no helping them. FYI, I saw more of them crash and burn and get removed than I care to get into.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            Just make sure you keep the originals of the analyses and minutes of meetings where you did in fact warn them and present data. Sometimes data and analysis had a funny way of being changed, because for example they didn’t want to report they screwed up. Ad though they believed the client who was royally pissed off hadn’t already talked to our president and wanted their money back for the downtime they experience. Had my VP do that. And that was the last I saw him. Here today, gone tomorrow. .

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              Or as I had been headhunter to figure out what was wrong with a division. Fixed the problems, but enough legacy managers were still in place. The liked the good old days forgetting they’d be unemployed if things stayed as they were. But the guys I was advising eventually retired. This had been their swansong. The new VP came in and the legacy managers got her ear. She called a meeting with those managers and me. I showed data, and showed her the data of the performance if we returned to the good old days. I told her the exact date and time her division would collapse. When she insisted to cut over to the old methods and proceedures the division collapsed. She and those legacy managers were FIRED . Luckily we could easily return to the new methods. All the engineers and technical people were trained. She in her way out the door said to me, you never told me. I went into my files and produced the reports bye bye

              • Mathius says:

                I am very careful with my boss to send emails recapping every non-standard conversation we have. If he instructs anything that isn’t 100% business-as-usual, I shoot him an email.

                But even that’s not enough. Last thanksgiving, I spent several hours on the phone getting bitched out over some “mistake” I’d made. I very distinctly remembered the conversation.. I’d disagreed with his instruction, but he’s the boss, so I’d gone along with it. But I had shot him an email saying “per your instructions, blah blah blah” before doing so.

                He told me I’d misunderstood his instruction and that he’d never have given that order. When I dug up the email, he told me he hadn’t read it. So it was still entirely my fault.

                So now, I refuse to act until he confirms back.

                Playing CYA games is such a waste of energy.

  10. Just A Citizen says:

    I am sorry, but this is funny:

    “Ted Lieu exists to undermine the pernicious stereotype that Asian people are really smart.”

    From: https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2019/07/26/ted-lieu-spins-wild-conspiracy-theory-explain-robert-muellers-befuddlement/

  11. T minus 22 days.

  12. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Question…not a question of right or wrongdoing, but how can a lawsuit be allowed to go forward against the Trump family when the 4 people filing the suit are anonymous.

    Not even wishing to discuss any merits even though the events took place long ago.

    • There are lots of scenarios where a plaintiff may be anonymous. The infamous Jane Roe of Roe v Wade was an anonymous plaintiff vs Wade County. Generally speaking, to the best of my understanding, the question boils down to “do you have a legitimate reason/fear to justify the anonymity. How much harm, how likely, how vulnerable are you.” I’d suggest that, especially in today’s polarized society, someone suing Trump – regardless of any other factors – probably has a fairly legitimate argument that being publicly identified paints a target on their back for, if not violence, then certainly harassment.

      Meanwhile, the President can be sued, so the fact that Trump is President doesn’t, on its face, preclude the lawsuit from going going forward.

      No, not discussing the merits of the case, I see nothing to stop such a case from proceeding on principle.

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  14. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    Waiting for the truth but will never hear it.

    Someone dropped a dime on a “suspicious” man who may have had a bomb in his backpack on the subway platform. Police arrived and began chasing the man who jumped? fell? and was hit by a train! Early reports said it was a pipe bomb but a phony. Later reports said it was a silver Thermos and rolled up umbrella. Busybodies in the new hyper vigilant state who “see something and say something” even if they have no clue.

  15. Dale A Albrecht says:

    This shit is gotten out of hand. Now the House wants the Grand jury testimony gathered by Muellers hit squad in order to gather evidence to impeach Trump. If that is allowed we are totally a nation lost.

    The venomous hatred these democrats have for Trumo is mind boggling. Come up with better ideas to defeat him in 2020, not continue down a path of radical socialism, which will thoroughly piss off over 1/2 of the nation and then some.

    • It will take more than speculation to get the Grand Jury information. They better have some very good reasons….and obstruction is not one…..not according to a criminal lawyer friend of mine.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        JAC quoted the law chapter and verse and also posted Barr’s legal explanation. The Dems don’t have it, it’s just harassment endless harassment.

        Come up with better ideas to win.

  16. https://therightscoop.com/nick-sandmann-big-lawsuit-against-the-washington-post-dismissed/

    I am very, very disappointed!! I’m thinking if you follow this judges ruling, no case for libel is winnable.

  17. Two great decisions for Texas, however…..the gerrymandering of districts is upheld. It is a matter of state political choice and not for the courts to rule. I am surprised that Roberts upheld this.

    Secondly, Trump can use Federal military funds to build parts of his wall if it is deemed in the interest of National Security.

  18. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Thinking about Trump versus Obama.

    Yes Trump is a crass entepeneur blowhard salesman…busy selling America and it’s greatness and yes exceptionalism even with warts.

    Obama was a much smoother salesman, but spent his term in office….selling out America and demeaning it’s exceptionslism

    There is no country in the world that so many people are trying to get into, legally or illegally. The only migrant surge into China was 45 years ago when Vietnam expelled 300000 Chinese.

    The surge of recent years into Europe is due to wars creating the refugee crisis. The number in recent years are only a couple hundred thousand per year. Now theyre trying to clean up the mess. Sort of sovereign country by sovereign country.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Immigration into Europe is not because people are clambering to get in because of great employment opportunities. Even today their unemployment for people 18-30 is criminal it’s so bad. Their immigration is refugees from wars due to decisions political leaders made creating unbelievable humanitarian crisis’s. Or they left behind dysfunctional countries and are still involved selling weapons or troops supporting favored tyrants.

  19. Passing this on, sent to me by a friend. It’s long but VERY worth the time- Murf

    A great explanation of the Left vs the Right…
    Subject: Trump’s popularity

    The mayor of Livermore California (who is a Democrat) explains Trump’s popularity and success. This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump’s popularity ….

    Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following

    Trump’s ‘lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship’ By Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.

    My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

    Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

    We tried statesmanship.

    Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

    We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

    And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

    I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

    I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

    I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

    Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

    The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

    The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

    With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

    During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

    Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

    Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

    General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

    Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

    That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

    It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

    Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

    Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”… Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond.

    This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

    Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

    Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

    So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

    These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

    So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

  20. U.S.—If you want to know if something’s true, the first place you should go is Snopes.com. Snopes has an impeccable record, never having gotten any facts wrong and definitely not showing any bias when it comes to fact-checking fake news, hoaxes, and satire.

    So it was really helpful when Snopes recently published a fact check on a 1996 basketball documentary that confused a lot of people: Space Jam. The movie was supposed to be an accurate depiction of Michael Jordan’s career when he quit to play baseball, but apparently, it got some key facts wrong.
    “Did Michael Jordan get sucked into a cartoon world to help Bugs Bunny win a basketball game in 1996?” the article read.
    That’s what we and everyone else wanted to know, the question that has bugged us all these years.
    Thankfully, Snopes slapped the claim with its patented red “X” and the word “False.”
    To find out whether this claim was true, a Snopes investigator put on a detective hat, tucked his magnifying glass into his trench coat pocket, and went straight to the source: Warner Bros. studios, the production company that filmed the supposedly factual documentary. The reporter went up to the guard booth and demanded that the security guy give him information on whether or not Space Jam was accurate.
    “Did Michael Jordan play against the Monstars to win the Looney Tunes’ freedom in 1996!?” the reporter screamed as the guard hauled him off the Warner Bros. lot and tossed him onto the sidewalk. “I’ll get to the bottom of this, you fiends! You won’t get away with it!”
    Then, the Snopes writer scaled the movie studio walls and sneaked through several soundstages, looking for the smoking gun.
    Finally, there it was: an old script for Space Jam sitting around in the archives. Security pounced at that very moment, but the investigator was ready with some pocket sand and managed to escape with the script. After losing his pursuers, the modern-day Dick Tracy looked it over. Sure enough, it appeared the entire plot, dialogue, and even special effects for the film had been faked.
    “I knew it—I KNEW IT!” he cried to the heavens.
    According to the Snopes detective, it goes “all the way to the top.”
    “It’s not just Space Jam,” he said excitedly as he gestured at a bunch of newspaper clippings connected by pieces of yarn on his office wall. “It’s everything—it’s faked! It’s all faked! Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Batman, even Lord of the Rings—it’s all done with special effects and cameras. Smoke and mirrors, it’s all smoke and mirrors.”
    “And that case… is closed,” he added, shutting his briefcase dramatically before staring pensively out the window while filling the room with raspberry-scented vape smoke.

    • WASHINGTON, D.C.—A constant target of remarks from President Trump, including chants of “send her back” from a recent rally, Representative Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives condemning the three things she finds most dangerous to society: racism and white men and “also the Jews.”

      “It’s time to take a stand and say there is nothing more un-American than judging people by the color of their skin,” Omar said on the House floor, “except for maybe white men. And Jews. Let’s add the Jews too I guess.”
      Omar found especially racist Trump’s remarks about people “going back to where they come from,” and specifically condemns that language in the resolution, saying good people would never use such language, especially against evil white men, since “then they’d just stick around here.” She also pointed out that if Jews went back to where they came from they’d just go back to Israel, which she doesn’t want. “But maybe we could push them into the sea or something.”
      Omar recognizes that her resolution, despite having help from “the Squad,” is unlikely to pass, which she blames on discrimination against someone like her and “evil Zionist money.”

  21. WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his 29-hour-long testimony to Congress earlier this week, former special counsel Robert Mueller was quick to remind lawmakers that his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election did not exonerate Trump from the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

    “Now I want to be clear,” he said, “that while this report did not find the president guilty of obstruction of justice or collusion with the Russians, it also does not exonerate him from the assassination of President Lincoln.”
    Confused congresspeople sat in silence, looking at one another awkwardly.
    “While we couldn’t place him at Ford’s Theatre on the evening of April 14, 1865, we could not confirm he wasn’t present, either,” Mueller continued. “That is for Congress to decide.”
    One congressperson asked Mueller if Trump could be charged with the crime of shooting Lincoln in the head when he leaves the White House.
    Mueller thought for a moment. “I don’t want to answer that. But yes.”

  22. Dale A Albrecht says:

    If there’s one insect I hate in the south is “Fire Ants”

    Love those imported pests. 1930’s into Mobile, Alabama from soil brought in Fri South America

    • Yes sir…..they have migrated to Texas……pesky pests and very dangerous. Orthene, although very stinky, works better than any of the baits I have found. The grandular baits just take too long. The quail population is taking a beating in Texas……since they build their nests and lay eggs on the ground, the fire ants eat the eggs….estimated loss to the quali population in Central and South Texas is 70% directly related to fire ants.

      However, I understand that Texas A&M has developed a predator fly that combats the fire ant….also, I hear that they have engineered a sterile type of fire ant….

      But until then……..

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Nasty bastards. I’ll try what you suggested. As you stated, the granular takes to long.

        • Yes, the Orthene is a white powder….just sprinkle it on the mound…it is gone within 2 hours. I always keep it handy because fire ants live deep…but when it rains, their mounds pop up quickly…..what happens is when they walk through it, it sticks to them and take it down into the mound….kills everything. You too if you get it to close to your nose. But it is the most effective.

          Use it as a direct treatment on the mound….do not sprinkle it around the foundation as a preventative. Do that with granular….but for a direct kill…get the mound.

  23. Now……some statistics that you will not read in msm. Texas has paid for its own portions of the wall. The most interesting portion is the construction of 19 miles of wall, in El Paso, directly in the heart of one of the most proflific drug trails in the United States…..a corridor that runs from El Paso, up through eastern New Mexico into Colorado and out from there.

    Well, Texas took the lead…..since the inception of that wall…meaning rebuilding it to where you cannot scale it….there has been ZERO incursion in that 19 miles. Not a single one. The traffic has been directed into places that fences are supposed and designed to do. The murder rate in that 19 miles, over the past 7 months, has dropped from 318 to ZERO.

    The arrest rate for drug trafficking in El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico has dropped over 50%……in addition, the confiscation rate of drugs and guns has increased by 30%.

    Don’t know where they all went…..but the wall is working beautifully in El Paso.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      You’ll find them on the “Streets of San Francisco”

      • Ahhh,,,the streets of San Fran…………………….and LA is now a ghetto. I saw where Sandra Bullock is upset that the homeless are showing up in Hollywood area.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          MacArthur Park, aka Homeless Park in LA has become a real shithole. Though the city claims they’re cleaning it with an increased police presence, it is only a $1.00 bus fare to Hollyweird. The tenants had to be pushed somewhere.

          • You gotta love it……………….Sandra Bullock also said, and I quote, ” We have million dollar homes out here and we need the fences to keep the riff raff out. It is not the same as the border issues…but in this part of the town, it is necessary for safety.” End quote…..

            Thus….endeth the lesson.

  24. Just A Citizen says:

    Mathius………… you most of all need to read this. It includes some of the people linked to this mess that you said you have not hear about.

    https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2019/07/27/secret-fbi-informant-maria-butina-case-says-part-soft-coup-president-trump/

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I believe one if the charges against Manafort was working against the interests of the United States. Working as a lobbiest for the pro-russian groups in Ukraine. Ok, but the interests of the United States in Ukraine was to overthrow a duly elected government that was pro-russian, with George Soros tormenting the “Purple Revolution” that government was overthrown by one favorable to the west. However, with the past elections that government was tossed and a pro-russian government elected, again.

      Merkel has hired Soros’s funded affiliates to target political opposition, that are jeopardizing her coalition government.

  25. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I know 1st amendment and all, and at&t gas to post a variety of headlines of current events..but, thus was #1 This morning

    “The one thing Mueller made perfectly clear in his testimony this week, is that Republicans are a serious threat to our National Security and Democracy”

  26. Dale A Albrecht says:

  27. Dale A Albrecht says:

    How the worm turns in politics. Definitely the Democrats have memory problems, and all the people who are to lazy to look up facts

    From Jan 2019. Why this is labeled an op-ed, when it should have been NEWS on page one

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/democrats-were-for-a-wall-before-they-were-against-it/2019/01/10/9d114048-14f1-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      It is time to understand something, maybe not us here, but our conservative Marquis of Queensbury republcan friends.

      The democrats are ALWAYS in favor of a wall so long as it NEVER can be built. They are in favor of a lot of other things too as long as they cannot happen. Restricting abortion, work instead of welfare programs, toughness on criminals, quality educational come to mind.

      So, when talking to them, in congress, at a news conference, at a town hall, during a Q and A after a stump speech or just on the street, it is vitally important to ask them one question.

      “ARE YOU STUPID OR ARE YOU JUST A LIAR”?

      Very “impolitic” but necessary.

  28. This was sent to me by a friend….somewhat of a long read, but more than worth the time. The author really nailed the truth, IMO.

    Murf

    A great explanation of the Left vs the Right…
    Subject: Trump’s popularity

    The mayor of Livermore California (who is a Democrat) explains Trump’s popularity and success. This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump’s popularity ….

    Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following

    Trump’s ‘lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship’ By Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.

    My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

    Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

    We tried statesmanship.

    Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

    We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

    And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

    I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

    I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

    I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

    Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

    The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

    The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

    With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

    During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

    Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

    Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

    General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

    Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

    That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

    It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

    Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

    Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”… Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond.

    This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

    Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

    Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

    So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

    These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

    So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      👍

    • The article I just copied was actually written by conservative author Evan Sayet, not Marshall Kamena. Not sure why it was incorrectly attributed to Kamena…my apologies for not checking the authorship first.

      Murf

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      From a personal point of view. When I worked for NYC, it became obvious that certain really bad landlords of multiple dwelling buildings( a very small percentage) were, by their conduct having a huge outsize effect on the surrounding properties. If one fills their building with gang bangers selling drugs, robbing old women of their SS checks and setting fires, it becomes impossible for the adjacent landlord to keep his good tenants and recruit new ones. Sooner or later he abandons or sells (the intent of the bad guy, 10 cents on the dollar!). Of course WE were constrained by the law. I’d go to my attorneys and urge them to “go for the jugler” and find that they were above that. The owners and their lawyers would lie and intimidate but you could never get the City attorney’s or the judges who had not walked those blocks to pull out the stops and USE the law.

      Finally, I decided we had to go fire to fire so I basically had Code inspectors camping out in the buildings and used my meager influence with the Police and Fire Departments to have them constantly visit the buildings too. We placed thousands of violations routinely and I initiated a program where by checking weekly transactions we found the new buildings the bad guys bought before they ran them down and dumped thousands of violations for minor crap on them.

      I was accused time and time again, by my own people of unsportsmanlike conduct. But, we won, we drove those bastards out of the neighborhood.

      Trump too is Waaaaay out of the box. And it WORKS!

      “Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary solutions”
      -Nick Trynosky, Master Bartender and Sage

      • It’s awesome how Trump slammed Cummings about his district, which is a shithole, and he is now under attack for telling the truth. Cummings and his ilk do NOTHING for the people in their districts. To the cRats, they can only get elected if they claim they can fix problems, which they are the cause of in many cases, so calling them out brings attention to their lies and pathetic policies. Trump is using the media against itself in many cases, because they will defend these loser policies…and anyone with a quarter of a working brain can figure this out.

        Or…it’s the culture. Let Mathius choose.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Like Butterfield a congressman from NC who is all in for impeaching Trump. He runs as a black man, looks white, his black genes come an ancestor in the antebellum days. Anyway his district, the 3rd congressional district used to snake all over eastern NC. Clipping the predominantly poor urban black areas. Like it ran 1/2 a block from where I used to live. It was an absolute shithole. Drugs shootings you name it. My neighborhood hadn’t had a break in or crime for a full decade before I moved in and wasn’t one the entire time I lived there. Nice houses built after the civil war. No additional police presence. It was most residents were ex military and had and knew how to use firearms. It was considered a bad bet to try any criminal activity in the 9 square blocks.

          His district has been revised and is more consolidated. But included heavy liberal cities like Chapel Hill and Durham.

          The one thing that strikes me is that no matter how far back the Indian or black ancestry was that us the one the Democrats use to racialy identify you. Like Obama was just as much white as black, yet he’s called a black man. He must be seriously gating himself at all times.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        So you were one of those BUREAUCRATS ABUSING power for your own personal views.

        Just one more reason I have little use for govt bureaucrats.

        • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

          Well the “Live Free or Die” crowd might just stand around and watch more people murdered, more people dislocated, more people robbed and beaten but not me. Not on my watch. Now THAT neighborhood has done so well, I could not afford to live there today. No vacant storefronts, few vacant apartments clean streets, happy people and safe parks.

          For what it is worth, I used the tools at my disposal…..creatively!

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            OMG gentrification.😁

            The screaming that’s going on about the change occurring to a neighborhood once a century old grand theater was renovated in NJ. An old family friend and her husband built theaters in the NY/NJ area. Elegant gilded age. New restaurants new business, housing renovated and people complain.

            OK retrain, options are available

          • Just A Citizen says:

            So say all tyrants.

            Your logical fallacy is also showing. If the LAW enforcement would do nothing then people like me are not the ones allowing people to be killed. Harassing land owners with petty bureaucratic red tape is not saving people because the land owner wasn’t doing the killing.

            You can rationalize your abuse of power all you like. It does not change the fact that you ABUSED that power.

            • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

              There was not a single one of these landlords who was not given the opportunity to straighten out and fly right. When I went to thew “:other side” and became a private property manager, I had a good friend who was sued by the government because she was using unorthodox methods to evict drug dealers already in place when she bought the building. Now that was government on the side of free markets but it took out the building and block.

              I live in the real world where there are causes and effects. My program was called “Neighborhood Preservation” and THAT is exactly what we did by legal means using concentrated programs directed locally not from some ivory tower.

              Now, here we are some 30 years down the road and all that knowledge and skill has been lost in the DeBlasio administration. Keep your eye on NY. The very last neighborhoods to “come back” like the South, south Bronx and Brownsville-East NY in Brooklyn are showing severe signs of fraying all over again. Had a mass shooting in Brownsville Saturday night. 12 shot in a gunfight in a park while 100 cops were there for “security”. Don’t you better believe that the recent dissing of cops with the water buckets are not the camel’s nose under the tent.

  29. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Question..according to the headlines if the Senate and then Trump signs the spending bill, how will it add $4.1T to the debt. The government does take in revenue doesn’t it, if I’m not mistaken. Isn’t $4.1 T the bill in its entirety?

    • I thought the spending bill was about $2.3T. The $4.1T may be multiyear since this goes through the 2020 elections. They added about $350B to the budget so if revenues remains the same, then the deficit of $780B should grow by $350B.

      The basic problem with the budget is baseline budgeting with the automatic increase each year that exceeds inflation. When attempts are made to cut the increase, they scream the budget is being cut and granny will not get her check. All that is being cut is the increase so departments still get more money.

      DOE – We hare now energy independent which was the goal set by Carter when he created the department. I would cut the size of the DOE by 10% each year for at least 8 years.

      DoEd – This department is could also be cut substantially if not eliminated. Most of it’s functions can be handled by the states where they belong.

      EPA should be reduced to only a R&D and coordinating role for environmental issues that cross state lines. Again most of their work including enforcement can be handled by the states. Cut 60% over 10 years.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        T-Ray

        There is a need for Federal Standards with regard to pollutants, ie water and air quality.

        However, I do agree that once these are set the EPA could be primarily advisory, maybe conduct selected testing/monitoring for “effectiveness of best mgt. practices”.

  30. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Two American teenagers from L.A. in Rome stabbed to death a Carabinieri officer investigation a drug deal. The murder occured near the upscale hotel they were staying at. They also have now confessed to the murder.

    What the media is all incensed about is one of them was blindfolded for a few minutes, which is forbidden

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      These teenagers are not minors but 18 and 19. Photos of them are blurred.

      The whole sequence would make a “Dumb Crook” top 10 list. They apparently tried making a buy. The dealer duped them and sold them aspirin. They robbed him of things like his cell phone. Drug dealer contacted the police to report the robbery. The two Americans actually answered a call to that stolen cell phone. Then proceeded to murdered one of the two para military officers investigating the crime

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        How time changes. These officers even in plainclothes never went unarmed. If that had happened 40 years ago the parents would have been notified to come and pick up your sons at the morgue.

  31. Just A Citizen says:
  32. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Not a peep when Bernie says West Baltimore is like a 3rd world country

  33. Just A Citizen says:

    Mr. Trump is not expressing RACISM when attacking these Democratic Party run shit hole cities. But he is revealing his lack of Big Govt. constraints.

    Because when you attack a POLITICIAN for not doing anything to help his/her people at the local level, what do you think that politicians is going to do next? That’s right! They are going to add Free Cookies to the next spending bill, cookies to be handed out in “their district”.

    One more thought, from someone with a working background. When people are touring an area where there is garbage everywhere, PICK UP THE DAMN TRASH while you are there. This includes all the POLITICIANS who run around these areas during the summer recess.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Made me remember when I was last in Rome. People picked up litter, or placed their items to be discarded carefully into the baskets welded to lamp posts. The baskets were heavy mesh wire and open bottomed. Unfortunately the city was not putting plastic bag liners in the baskets. Subsequently trash went straight through and deposited in a big pile underneath on the sidewalk.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Good grief……….. A stereotypical joke about Italians or the Italian Army would seem appropriate after that.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Absolutely. I rented a walled and gated villa in the middle of a vineyard for a couple years in Sicily. Cost, if I utiluzed my cigarette ration would have been two cartons.i don’t and never smoked.

          The road/alley from the village square was one car wide. All the grandma’s Nona’s had chairs facing the walls while they tatted and chatted. If you I caught the time right before any breeze blew, there’d be a perfect grid of dirt and debris out to the center of the road and to the neighboring house. Nobody picked up the sweepings. First breeze or car, they’d all get up, collect their brooms, sweep the debris into perfect lines. They’d do this all day long.

  34. Dale A Albrecht says:
  35. Dale A Albrecht says:
  36. Dale A Albrecht says:

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2385252905050416&id=100006971889021

    Thought y’all enjoy this. A relative who’s grand mother was Crow with the name of “Heck and Lively” posted this

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Dale

      Sorry man but there ain’t nothin there. Says removed or closed to view.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I can see it, but what the meme was, Trump saying hi back to where you came from, and the adjacent photo was the classic photo of Sitting Bull, “So when are you leaving”

  37. One mention…….remember that the spending bill does not mean that the money will be spent. It is a “feel good” bill that still has to go through the different committees before spending….it is an allocation of what people want…. not what they get.

    That said……Bush said….”read my lips, no new taxes”….and got beat. Trump said “never again”…………….out look unknown. If the Democrats would actually run a moderate, Trump is a one termer. But, the way it looks now, no one can beat him and I do not look at polls. Polls tell you nothing.

  38. Trump is hitting Crats where it hurts, their poor leadership in their districts. The top 10 cities for rat infestation are longtime Crat strangleholds. The top 10 cities in high crime rates are longtime Crat strangleholds.

    Would it be too much to ask the average Crat voter why they ignore this? If this is where Crat policies lead, why do intelligent people support said policies? Is this a culture problem or a ignorance problem.

    I’ve watched my hometown, a Crat stranglehold for ever, slowly turn to a shithole. The East side went down first, then the North, South and now the West side is going to hell. Something is very wrong.

  39. Do it the Texas way……

    Austin, Texas……..the mayor of Ausitn, our token liberal city, has decided that the sidewalks can be used by the homeless. They can pitch tents and everything. Business owners were incensed as there was nothing they could do. The edict, however, said that there was to be no impeding of pedestrian traffic and no “honey pots” or peeing and pooping in or on public roads, sidewalks, parks, etc, except in the public restrooms that are already there. In order to curb the drugs, police routinely can open and look and inspect any tent, backpack, or person in these tent locations. Marijuana is still illegal in Texas as are the other drugs.

    One entrprenuer looks at the ordinance and figures this out…he placed planters with Texas cactus in large pots situated perfectly so as to prevent tents from being set up. Congress Avenue is the main road that leads right up to the state captiol. All the restaurants located on Congress aveneue have brought in their tables and chairs and replaced them with Flowering pots and other gardening items.

    Each owner of every single shop has posted no loitering signs and restrooms for patrons only. Since the homeless cannot set up in the pedestrian traffic lanes….there is no where for the tents to go…..except away.

    • Another side note…..since the shop owners are responsible for the sidewalks to the curb….one entrprising owner washes his sidewalk daily……with a high powered pressure washer. …..that seems to do the trick as well.

  40. Mathius says:

    T minus 19 days.

  41. Dale A Albrecht says:

    https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/elizabeth-warren-wants-transfer-640-billion-student-loan-debt-taxpayers-69761

    With the GI Bill after WWII the government was technically involved with college tuition. But it was designed 1) to keep returning servicemen out of the workplace as the country returned to a “peacetime” economy. 2) repay servicemen for their sacrifices.

    Generally what one spent on tuition was easily affordable by family, work etc and was repaid
    With good jobs. The average tuition and average resulting income ovetlayed.. until 1979/80. Then tuition loans became underwritten by the government and tuition costs and expected income diverged big time. Income .in ’95 the Feds started making direct student loans increasing each year replacing the private market. 2010 the government is pretty much the sole tuition lender and guarantor and tuitions have far exceeded inflation by this market distortion.

    You saw this happen on house insurance along the coast. Government underwrote insurance where most people could not in anyway truly afford premiums if this big ass house was severely damaged every few years. Like building in a flood plain. Since the government stopped underwriting the insurance, more people are exiting areas like the outer banks where they shouldn’t have built anything but a cheap disposable vacation shack

    Storms hadn’t gotten worse nor more frequent. But property losses became exponentially worse.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      The “triad” of disasters for the “ordinary American:

      -College loans from the government (tuition starts where loans leave off)

      -Government Health Care (price fixing and paperwork, paperwork, paperwork)

      -Government mortgages and mortgage Insurance (nobody loses therefore everybody loses)

      As my father once pointed out as car prices rose along with government mandates…..Why do electronics always get cheaper yet cars get more expensive…..government involvement and dictates. The 1970 19 in. zenith color portable I bought when I got home from the Army was $ 413. The 1970 base Nova my wife bought when she started teaching was $ 1,700. I can get a 32 in TV today for less than $ 200 but an equivalent car would be $ 19,000.

  42. Mathius says:

    Let’s talk about non-compete clauses in employment contracts.

    These have become more and more common over the years and are now fairly standard in my industry.

    I certainly understand in cases of, say, “trade secrets” or sales-jobs where a leaving employee might take with them something of value from your company to their new company. I totally get that.

    HOWEVER, I am seeing these more and more for regular Joe’s who would not pose such a threat to the company. What it shakes out – to me, in my mind – is the following:
    A) If I, the employer can stop you working for, say, a year, after leaving, and you need that money to live, then you won’t leave.
    B) You can’t look for a better job if you can’t take it within a reasonable time. Since almost no one is going to hold a position for you for several months, it becomes much harder for employees to find alternative employment.

    In other words: sure, you can leave, but it’s financial suicide.

    Now, I’ve spoken in the past, to my boss about this (I have a 9-mo non-compete).
    My assertion: I have absolutely zero intention of abiding by the clause, and no court on the planet is going to enforce it. I’ll sign, but it’s just pro-forma.
    His assertion: By having employees sign, he has to release us, which means we have to give him advanced notice, which means he has time to fill our jobs for a smoother transition.

    I am sympathetic to his position. It’s rough on a company when an employee with years of institutional memory jumps ship. But employees aren’t slaves, and they have a right to leave. We aren’t property of the company, and NC’s when used in this manner are not about protecting the property of the company, but about stopping employees from leaving. Put another way, it treats the employee as though he, himself, were property of the company.
    And I think that’s an abuse.

    Just curious what y’all think of the subject.

    • This seems to be an issue for the higher paid workers of the world, us poor folks don’t have this problem 😀

      • Yet.

        You don’t have this problem. Yet.

        Admittedly, I have come up in the world, but when I started, only the most senior people and those in sales or with real access to corporate secrets had NC’s. Now, it seems, even the junior ops guys get them.

        We have a year long NC in the contract for the office admin / secretary. In theory, though, again, I think they’re unenforceable, she can’t find another job without sacrificing a year’s salary. There’s no way she can afford that, so there’s theoretically no way for her to leave the company unless the company gives her permission. That’s de facto slavery.

        Even if it’s not a problem for you “poor workers” today, it will be, given the way things have been going. According to the treasury, nearly 20% of jobs required them in 2016.

        And, even if it weren’t, wouldn’t it still be an issue for the way it’s being used for my industry?

        Now, a truly free-market capitalist might say “well then don’t sign that contract, and if enough people balk, then they’ll stop requiring it when they can’t find candidates. Problem solved.” And that might work in a “buyers market” where the average Joe can easily find a job. But in the current economy, good jobs with good pay, and stability, and benefits, are hard to come by, and they seem to be able to slip in the NC’s without too much pushback.

        I would argue that, except in narrow (legitimate) instances such as protection of trade secrets, NC’s should be illegal. (or you should have to pay the employee garden leave for the period of the NC). There’s no reason that this should exist as a cudgel to threaten the financial health of employees to stop them from leaving.

        • It seems to me that you have a confidence problem. You can work freely in another job that is not a competing company without violating the NC. In other words, you want something made illegal because you don’t believe you can work in any other industry other than the one you are in. Maybe you should have did more research in your chosen field before jumping in 😉

          • Here in CA and I believe else where they can not stop you from getting employment in your field of expertise. They can block you from using company trade secrets. The hiring company should make you sign a contract indemnifying them from any liability should you use the other companies trade secrets and other items that fall under nondisclosure agreements.

            This is a way of forcing loyalty from the employee. In the past, loyalty was a 2-way street but with the massive layoffs in the ’80s, this went out the window.

            • “Loyalty” that’s forced isn’t loyalty. It’s coercion.

              It’s not “I stay because I’m loyal.” It’s “I say because leaving would be catastrophic.

              You could imagine the cost of the NC on the employee as a financial amount. If you make 100k / yr and it’s a 1/yr NC, then you lose 100k for leaving. Maybe you can get another job flipping burgers during that time, so you make 20k. Therefore, leaving the firm means sacrificing 80k of earning potential.

              Now just imagine that the NC were written differently. Instead of losing 80k of earning potential when you leave, you just have to take 80k of savings and light it on fire.

              Sure, you can leave your job, but you have to withdraw 80k from your 401k and set it ablaze.

              Well, hell no, you think. I ain’t doing that. So you stay. But is that “loyalty”?

              Imagine a world wherein employees sign contracts stating that, upon leaving, they have to throw away 80k as a “quitting penalty.” Is that a “free market”?

          • I’m a generalist. My skill set is actually fairly portable, but it’s not ENTIRELY portable. And, for many, even that’s not the case. If you’re a neurosurgeon, you can’t just shift to another specialty.

            I could probably go anywhere in the financial services industry, but that would all be covered under the NC as-written.

            I could, say, go work at the Gap, but I can’t earn comparably doing that.

            So it amounts to the same thing.. even if it’s not necessarily full unemployment, it would necessitate underemployment. So, maybe I wouldn’t have to give up 9 months of income.. just 90% of my income for 9 months.

            Either way, the NC operates as a financial penalty to leaving.

            It seems to me that it’s wrong for companies to be able to keep employees working for them at the point of a financial gun. “You work for me, or you don’t work at all!” Employees aren’t chattel.

        • Oh wow…….Mathius. Non compete. I used to have them for executives and sales personnel. I do not any longer. I do have them for independent contractors. Customer lists, rates, and trade secrets is where it applies. They are enforceable and have done so on one occasion and won the suit. As a matter of record, the individual was guilty of civil conspiracy and breach of fudiciary responsibility. The case…..a Vice president in charge of sales. He signed a three year non compete agreement in which he could not approach any one of my customers and could not take my rate structure to a competitor. He did both. He went to work for a competitor…..and took my customer list and rate structure.

          It took a jury 45 minutes to convict him of breach of fudiciary resposnsibility and civil conspiracy. By taking my customer list and rate structure to a competitor that did not have this information and this information was used against me, I was able to prove damages as a direct result. Not only was the competitor complicit, so was the individual…..both the competitor and the individual filed Chapter 11 and personal bankruptcy to avoid the civil penalty of 1.5 million dollars. Under Texas Law, Civil Conspiracy is not covered under bankruptcy and all his assets were filed upon as well as that of the competitor. Shortly after that, the competitor filed chapter 7 and is out of business….the individual’s reputation in the industry was ruined and I have attached his assets…..even the assets he tried to hide in his wifes name.
          —————————————

          That said….I am in favor of NC’s to an extent. Trade secrets, customer lists, rates and financial information………..I have no problem with a clause that prevents them from working in direct competition for three years. So, I am in favor of such to that extent. I have no problem with clauses that allow an employer time to look for a replacement. However, in fairness and the fact that no employee will give 100% during that time period, it is better to give him his severance and let them go.

          ———————————–

          But the average Joe Tent Peg…..just do not sign one. But to make them illegal….NO SIR. But I do fall on the side of…..a NC should be directly related to the three areas I mentioned and not used as a method of control.

          • By the way…..does not having the government make something like this illegal….is having government dictate policy to a private firm?

          • But the average Joe Tent Peg…..just do not sign one.

            The average Joe needs a job and (generally) isn’t in the position to be declining offers.

            I am in favor of NC’s to an extent. Trade secrets, customer lists, rates and financial information…

            That’s fine!

            Though I miiiiigggghhhtttt suggest you should have to pay garden leave. I’m on the fence on this one…

            and not used as a method of control.

            That’s my whole point!

            They’re using it as a method of control rather than to protect themselves. It’s not about protecting the company – nothing I’m going to take is a threat, and even if it were, an agreement could be constructed more narrowly to protect the firm without destroying my ability to earn a living.

            These firms (not just mine) are just trying to make it more dangerous / costly to quit. By doing so, they can retain employees easier, pay them less, treat them worse, and have less risk of them leaving to a competitor. (if you can’t quit, your employer has less incentive to pay you fairly, they also don’t have to deal with hiring/training new employees, etc.).

            does not having the government make something like this illegal….is having government dictate policy to a private firm?

            I suppose it is, but when has that ever stopped me?

            We already make lots of stuff illegal. Why not one more thing?

            • Mathius…..I may be mis-reading you but you seem to say that a “job is owed” to Joe Tentpeg. no one…..owes any body a job…..and requiring a NC is a choice by the prospective employee.

              Never heard the term Garden Leave before…….so pay them for a NC……nope…cant get on board with that one.

              • Mathius says:

                You – absolutely – are misreading me.

                I do not believe anyone is “owed” a job.

                What I AM saying is that Joe is not in the position to decline a job offer. Usually.

                So he’s going to accept onerous terms.

                My WHOLE point is that businesses (especially in my industry as an emerging trend) are using NC’s as a way of throwing up roadblocks to make it harder / more dangerous / more costly to quit. This seems to be (generally) in lieu of providing more pay/benefits. That is, rather than giving people a reason to stay, they’re just making it worse to leave.

                Never heard the term Garden Leave before…….so pay them for a NC……nope…cant get on board with that one.

                Lots of companies do it. Especially when trade secrets are involved.

                It seems to me, generally, on the face of it, that if you’re going to insist I don’t work, that might be fine, but why should you get to insist I can’t earn a living?

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      My former VP was all up in arms because engineers were giving notice. How could they etc etc etc. I knew every one of those people. They were leaving for more stable work environments. Less demanded hours at no additional compensation. In fact it was against policy to record more than 40 hours. I worked 60-80 hours/week for 15 years. But I got paid far better than the engineers so I tolerated it and was single.

      So I sat down with the VP and posed him the question would you lay off 1/4 -1/3 of the engineers because Finance said to as we installed labor saving tools and eficiencies. Only to in 3 months try retiring those engineers as our global market share grew, and we continued inventing new methods to gain efficiency. He said absolutely. It’s in the best interest of the company. So I said then what’s so wrong with the engineers operating in their self interests. That he had no reply to.

      • I do not understand why more mangers do not understand this.

        Employees – like all people – respond to incentives. Why should we exist within a framework wherein employees owe this great loyalty to a company that will happily fire them for the slightest benefit?

        More to the (specific) point, why should we allow companies to deliberately throw up roadblocks which force “loyalty” on employees without any reciprocity? “I can fire you at any time for any reason. But if you quit, it’ll cost you dearly.” What kind of fucked up dystopian capitalistic nightmare is that?

        • So who is actually forcing you to work for a company that has such NC’s?

          • Mathius says:

            The fact that I have bills to pay is what’s forcing people to sign them.

            • In other words, you made some life choices and dont like what those choices have dealt you. Hmmm. While i see your point, i see D13’s as well. Sorry, but i cant help ya.

              • Mathius says:

                It’s a coercive industry practice.

                And you are being deliberately obtuse.

                We abolished the Trucking System for almost this exact same reason.

              • Obtuse? Nah, i see your point and the other sides point (D13). What you are doing for the company requires you do it their way, so the company has a business model that they want to protect.
                You would like the freedom to move to a higher paying job. Nothing wrong with that. Your skills in your chosen profession are valuable, as are a companies business model. Somewhere, both freedom for you and protection for them has become a problem….because of bad actors of the past.
                Nothing obtuse about seeing your situation open mindedly.

              • Mathius says:

        • Just A Citizen says:

          It has NOTHING to do with CAPITALISM.

          It is human nature, unfortunately. A nature we tried to tame with things like morals, principles, and ethics.

          • Mathius says:

            I think this is dystopian capitalism. Not to be confused with normal capitalism-capitalism.

            This is a specific version of capitalism wherein the corporations have “captured” the workers.

            Try to imagine a world where every job comes with a “quitting penalty” of a year’s salary. You signed it when you joined. Free market! Flesh that out in your mind. It’s horrific.

            That’s what’s happening in my industry.

            The businesses have realized that they have to pay people better to retain talent but, rather than doing that, they are actively working to make it harder to leave. We actually got one poor guy fired from his job when my boss called to check his reference and tipped them off to his confidential job search. Just the act of looking (plus my boss’ impulsivity) carried a huge penalty.

            That’s not “here’s a reason to stay,” but “you better stay, or else..”

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      We would consider this propaganda a bit heavy handed today but it is of course quite accurate. Much the same as “Why we Fight” a few years earlier.

      Loved the line about 4 minutes in from the professor:

      “The Nazi’s were not strong enough to change a unified Germany,

      So they split Germany into small groups, they used prejudice”

      Sounds like Alinsky’s rules for radicals…..Today we have the Black America, The immigrant America, The Hispanic America, The evil white male patriarchy America, the triumphant woman America, the gay America, the trans-gender America, the fanatical pro life America, the benevolent pro death America etc.

      “A house divided against itself cannot stand” I wonder just how many, what percentage of high school graduates today have ever heard that quote let alone know who said it and why.

      Ever catch this?

      https://www.google.com/search?q=sinatra+the+house+i+live+in+video&oq=Sinatra%27s+the+house+I+live+in+&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.10214j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

  43. Jerry Nadler: “The question is…Can we develop enough evidence for the people to support impeachment” (or some such comment, same meaning).

    The word “develop” should put this man behind bars for treason. Maybe it is he and Schiff that are working for Russia. Our own modern day Laurel and Hardy are looking more and more like foreign agents trying to undermine our elections. I think it’s time for Trump to ask that they get investigated for Russia Collusion.

  44. Canine Weapon says:

  45. Canine Weapon says:

  46. As the next Crat debates are coming, many are running on the healthcare issue. I’m not sure how their big lie they screamed 12 years ago and turned out to make things more expensive and in many cases, unusable, why would they run on their past failures?

    Someone let me know when the Crats offer something that they can sell, cuz their snake oil just ain’t making it.

  47. We don’t get a post camping trip report?

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Me Too…….. Lets have it.

    • Mathius says:

      The wife “made a mistake” and let the girls sleep over at their grandparents Friday instead. Then she invited some friends over to the pool for Sunday. It’s funny.. she’s really good about staying on top of the calendar, but when it’s something she thinks is stupid, it somehow got missed. Odd.

      So I cancelled her massage and rescheduled it for next weekend.

  48. Just A Citizen says:

    Headed to Salmon, Idaho to visit a dear friend and participate in a game of swat and follow.

    See ya’ll towards the end of the week.

  49. https://therightscoop.com/arizona-police-to-start-pulling-people-over-for-good-driving/

    I cannot state forcefully enough——- THIS iS A HORRIBLE IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Canine Weapon says:

    • Canine Weapon says:

      (2nd attempt)

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Stupid idea. But it does remind me of two episodes of getting stopped by California Highway Patrol in ’69.

      Generally if the SHP wanted traffic to speed up, they’d exceed the speed limit. If they wanted it to slow down, they’d travel noticible below the limit. Nobody dared passing them, thinking their own speedometer may be off.

      But one time, I was driving a unique fully street legal off road. Got pulled over on 101 in Encino. Officer came up, said, nothing wrong but I just wanted to really slow the traffic down. While we just talk, tell me about your car. Served it’s purpose, but kept me from getting to where I needed , to go for about a 1/2 hour.

      Second time was in the same vehicle at Corral Beach in Malibu. Had to get up on route 1 from the access road. He’s sitting right behind me. Glass packs loud exhaust yuck. Immefustely his lights came on. I pulled over. He said, again nothing wrong, I just wanted to tell you we repainted the shoulder as an on-ramp. He was talking to me, but not looking at me. My GF, with a very scanty bikini had his attention. I could see under his reflector sunglasses. So he had his day made nicer and said drive safely now. He obviously got on his radio because before you knew it we had 4 motorcycle officers following us. One at a time, they’d drive by her side, match our speed then beep beep, salute and drive on. And yes she did fill out the suit appropriately in all places.

      • Mathius says:

        Got pulled over on 101 in Encino.

        Your mistake was going to Encino…

        Then again, they’ve got that Emilio’s Presto… this little hole in the wall Italian place with the world’s best chopped salad… oh man… it’s the only thing that could justify hopping the border from Sherman Oaks unless, I guess, you were bleeding from a gunshot wound you received from standing too close to the Encino border, and wanted to use the Encino hospital..

      • Glass packs………………….you just dated yourself…….again.

  50. Interesting tidbit on the Business news………….46% of millenials have help from their parents on the basics. They identified the basics as food, mortgage, cell phone, rent, ect…..(Since when is a cell phone a basic need?) I found this hard to believe, so I broke my own rule and used google. (Like tearing my heart out)…..I am actually shocked at what I found…..and, I might add, do not understand it.

    More than half of Americans (53%) aged 21 to 37 have received financial assistance from a parent, guardian, or family member since turning 21, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index. About 37% receive money monthly, and more than half (59%) receive money a couple times a year. Many are putting this money toward basic needs, both small and significant, like cell phones, groceries and gas, health insurance, and rent.

    Yet, despite these struggles and relying on their parents, 9 in 10 Americans are spending money on things they want, but don’t need, while 4 in 10 are tapping into their savings, and 1 in 8 are neglecting their retirement. A quarter of them are using credit cards or delaying savings in order to afford experiences, like vacations, according to the Country Financial report.

    I guess I will never understand it.

    • Mathius says:

      (Since when is a cell phone a basic need?)

      I’d argue that it is in today’s world. Note that it’s generally (especially for millennials) in lieu of a land-line.

      More than half of Americans (53%) aged 21 to 37 have received financial assistance from a parent, guardian, or family member since turning 21, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index. About 37% receive money monthly, and more than half (59%) receive money a couple times a year. Many are putting this money toward basic needs, both small and significant, like cell phones, groceries and gas, health insurance, and rent.

      I definitely do. My in-laws are very generous.

      We don’t need anything. And the money is fungible, so to say it went this or that is meaningless, but they give us the max annual gift each year and they’ve loaded up our kids’ 529’s, and pay their a bunch of things. They always buy groceries for us whenever they’re out. They gave my wife a credit card to use for gas.

      Not because they have to or, again, because we need it, but because they’re wonderful people who have the means. And they want to help make their daughter and grandchildren’s lives better.

      And I come along for the ride, I guess.

      More than half of Americans (53%) aged 21 to 37 have received financial assistance from a parent, guardian, or family member since turning 21, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index. About 37% receive money monthly, and more than half (59%) receive money a couple times a year. Many are putting this money toward basic needs, both small and significant, like cell phones, groceries and gas, health insurance, and rent.

      Meanwhile, as I’ve spoke about a few times on here, both of my brothers are useless lumps who have never had a real job, and who sponge off my parents.

      I don’t receive a penny from my family (ok, maybe $100 for my birthday and Hanukkah). But both of my siblings are set for life despite never having worked an honest day in their lives.

      I know I’m not entitled to any of my parents’ money. It’s their money to do with what they will, but the fact that they shower it so liberally on my useless clots of brothers (and one of my sisters who is clearly the family favorite) pisses me off to no end.

      More than half of Americans (53%) aged 21 to 37 have received financial assistance from a parent, guardian, or family member since turning 21, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index. About 37% receive money monthly, and more than half (59%) receive money a couple times a year. Many are putting this money toward basic needs, both small and significant, like cell phones, groceries and gas, health insurance, and rent.

      I remember one time when I was 16 or 17 going out to the outlets to get some shirts as a birthday present. My mother took and bought a bunch of button downs for me (I was starting my first job). Very generous! Right? Nothing to sneeze at, I appreciated it. But, in the same trip, she stopped in some purse store and bought my little sister a “just because” gift worth more than all my shirts combined.

      I still fume a bit at the idea that my necessity (work clothes) was a birthday gift, but she was willing to impulsively spend more than that on a luxury item for my sister “just because.”

      My mother has never worked a day in her life either, but it’s her and my father’s money. I get that. It’s not mine. And I have no right to it. I get that. They have every right to spend it however they want. And I get that, too. But still! Come on!

      More than half of Americans (53%) aged 21 to 37 have received financial assistance from a parent, guardian, or family member since turning 21, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index. About 37% receive money monthly, and more than half (59%) receive money a couple times a year. Many are putting this money toward basic needs, both small and significant, like cell phones, groceries and gas, health insurance, and rent.

      My parents gave me $100k loan for a down payment on my first house (since paid back in full). They were even kind enough to charge no interest. Great! Wonderful.

      But, at the same time, by bought my two brothers a total of three condos each in the neighborhood of 500k. My older brother makes a portion of his “living” by renting out two of the condos while living with my parents.

      What the hell?

      I know it’s not my money, so I know I have no “right” to it, and I shouldn’t feel slighted, but I’m sorry, this is total bullshit.

      ::rant complete::

      • I know a woman who’s parents left all their worldly goods to their son, daughter got nothing. Their reason, their daughter had a husband to take care of her. Their son had to take care of his wife and kids. Now one can look at this many ways.I suspect they had more respect and confidence in their daughter and son in law, they were still wrong in my opinion. Broke their daughters heart.

        • Mathius says:

          I have resigned myself to receiving nothing.

          I am entitled to nothing, and that’s what I expect to receive.

          If I get something, so be it. If I get nothing, so be it.

          I don’t need anything.

          But if I get nothing and three of my siblings end up millionaires, I’m going to hire a hit-man out of pure spite.

          —–

          Meanwhile, a conversation with #5 who is now 15..
          Mathius: Are you practicing for your drivers’ licence?
          #5: Yes! I can’t wait.
          Mathius: Have you figured out what kind of car you want?
          #5: ::awkward silence::
          Mathius: Because #4 got a fully loaded Hummer H2 when she started driving..
          #5: Yea, but that was #4, I won’t get that.

          Breaks my heart.

          They’re such sweet little girls, and I know they get faaar more in absolute terms than most kids. But growing up with an order sister who gets treated so much better, and just knowing that your own mother cares less about you than her other children..?

          It’s not that she’s entitled to a new car. But why should her sister get her dream car and she get something mediocre (if anything at all)? I’m tempted to buy both #5 and #6 Corvettes on principle. It’s so f***ed to grow up knowing you’re a second class citizen. The wife was so livid when she heard this, she’d probably go along with it. Hell, she’d probably pick them out and negotiation the bulk deal herself.

          $100 bucks says that, after college, #5 and/or #6 end up living in NY with me.

        • I’ll chime in here….because V !!!! ….. my son has kicked his woman TO THE CURB! Actually, she bailed and left him stuck for the rent….which he has the check stubs to show to afford the lease on his own, but it will be a struggle for him alone til Feb…. so I’ve just returned from a meat sale. I’ll be spending the next hour or so patting some burgers, and wrapping chicken and chops individually for his freezer. And I’ve already mom’d up and washed, folded and matched up at least 15dz pairs of socks for him so he doesn’t have to pay $7 per load to do laundry. 😆

      • Rant accepted. ………………………….but these millenials…..if they had to go out and survive on their own……I offer, they have had no real life training.

        Or, in military terms, they would die in the jungle.

        • Mathius says:

          So, Mr. D13 the Colonel of Texas, Level 70,

          Riddle me this: These kids who would die in the jungle… why would this generation die in the jungle, but not, say, yours?

          I would posit, sir, that the root cause lies with the way they were brought up. Thus, while any individual might be viewed as a failure, that the whole is flawed must be ascribed, sir, to your generation and the one behind yours (whatever that is) for failing them as parents and role models.

          As a parent, I can tell you that my children will NOT be helpless dependas. Why? Because I will parent them better than that. And while some children grow into shitty adults despite the best parenting, for a full generation to do so much ultimately fall to their parents.

          Put another way, I hear older generations constantly bitching about millenials and their “participation trophies.” And I get that complaint. I despise participation trophies. But WHO gave them the trophies in the first place? They didn’t give them to themselves. WHO told them that they were beautiful and unique snowflakes entitled to a world that catered to them? They didn’t do that to themselves.

          If they are a flawed generation, then they are flawed BECAUSE of the failings of their parents.

          Someone raised them to be this way. They didn’t do it to themselves.

          (In case you were thinking of saying something like “they were failed by society” or “government,” I’d point out that their parents’ generation(s) are still responsible for that as well. So whether they failed millenials directly or indirectly, I think they bear ultimate culpability).

          • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

            I cannot agree with that in principle. OUR generation was the beneficiary of the Depression/WW 2 generation. The hippies of Woodstock were spoiled kids who grew up themselves coddled. I cannot tell you just how many times I heard adults my parents age say the following.

            “Johnny, Peggy, Billy, David, Claudine will never have to know the hardship I had to go through. I’ll make sure of that”

            Well that led to being given rather than working for things. This site is unfortunately not typical for the ColonelSKTJACT-RayDale generation. I think most of OUR parents were on the same page. You want it, you work for it. They obviously thought that their hardships taught them something and the least they could do was pass that on.

            So I guess we need to look at what we learned from them and passed on. All my kids in their 30’s to early 40’s now are self sufficient. They do not live above THEIR means. That is not to say their spouses are the same. They have to deal with wives who MAY spend more than they should. Another thing. I was cheap, boy was I cheap. I squeezed pennies till they bled. McDonalds or a Pizza as take-out once a week was a huge treat. Dinner out at a restaurant was an EVENT! My kids do take-out three times a week at least and have no problem blowing the wad on a restaurant where they will order a dinner for a five year old off the adult menu. My cheapness resulted in all four receiving great educations. with their scholarships they were all basically debt free after college. The societal impact really makes them bigger spenders than anything they ever learned at home.

            The other issue, one that should but has not been quantified is the sense of entitlement advertising and society puts into someone’s head. Look at those commercials. Why can’t I max out the Visa Card for that weekend in Aruba? How come I’m stuck driving the Toyota when I want the Porsche? That is a real problem and I suspect the envy it creates is really harmful to the society. My income supposedly puts me in the top 10% which is laughable based on where I live. I, like you am taxed to death. Yet I know many who are envious of what I have. Fully half of what I have now is based on me being cheap back then. But you cannot seem to get that across no matter how hard you try.

            The millennials WANT things, you are NOT a millennial, you are like my kids. Your cohort has done fairly well. Those after you are the ones in real trouble. They have never suffered real hardship, are far removed from the lessons of the depression and WW 2 and are NOT being taught about those things. Even if they were, they have no sense of continuity nor their close relationship in the scheme of things to people three generations before.

            My eldest, the Lt. Colonel (43 next week) , tells me that only 27% of the 18-25 year old’s would be accepted for military service if a draft had to be introduced. the rest are too fat, too stupid, too lazy or too drugged out (legal and illegal). Certainly the parents are partially responsible but society is too.

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              SK. Back in ’75 I was up for a Congressional leadership award. The Admirals asked me of the company, 100 men I lead would I not want on a ship if it was sinking. I stated a number of reasons and cited at a minimum of 25%. Needless to say 2/3 admirals swallowed their dentures. I lost. The dissenting admiral, said I was off by 15%. The number in reality was closer to 40% because at that time that was how many sailors women included did not complete their tour, or were not recommended for reenlustment or in the case of women got pregnant and opted out as soon as they knew.

              When women became integrated on ships a high degree would get pregnant and then be flown out. A ship works up for months to create a team. Vacate billets 9000 miles away requiring replacements does not breed good teams. Especially ones where intregal parts could just opt out.

              Of all my time in service I only knew ONE women who stood every watch, took care of all assigned duties on time with no complaints, no cramps, no pregnancies, and specifically told me she’d miss the evac plane that was to take women out of a combat zone if it came down to it. Missle attacks, airliner shutdowns, mig shootdowns, terrorist bombings, she always stood her watches.

            • Mathius says:

              Certainly the parents are partially responsible but society is too.

              Yes……..

              But WHO is responsible for the shape of society? Certainly not the children growing up in it. Children cannot shape society. They have no authority, no power, no collective bargaining, no union, no voting rights, no representation, no wealth. So who DOES shape society? If society is responsible for messing up these kids, then who is responsible for society?

              If “society” shaped millenials into lazy entitled brats, is it THEIR fault that society was that way?

              Did the kids vote for the politicians who instituted the salient policies? Did the kids make the soccer coach give everyone a participation trophy?

              When you assert that there’s a lot of “entitlement advertising,” sure, I get what you mean. And, sure, I see how that could mess with the millenials’ mindsets. But WHO did the advertising? Who permitted the advertising? Who failed as parents to teach the impressionable child millenials that the advertising was wrong?

              You can’t act as though they raised themselves. They didn’t. They were children. Someone had to raise them. And that someone failed spectacularly.

              • You are partially correct, Mathius……only partially. I know you do not want to hear this because you are part of the greater good generation….you do not have a problem taxing the rich to give to the poor……I have a huge problem with that. This is the type of thinking, in my opinion, that drives the mentality attitude…..the greater good. Once you instill that line of thinking, it becomes a hopeless cause. Welfare, food stamps, housing assistance…..while noble in thought….create the entitlement mentality. It creates a society of entitlement. It actually creates generational poverty.

                You may raise your children correctly but I bet they do not want for things because you buy them. This is not to impugn you, sir, but you have already said that your parents and in laws are very generous. Is this good or bad? I guess that depends on your point of view. My parents could have done the same thing but chose not to because my dad was always of the mind set….get out and earn it. I understand the IRS code of getting money tax free out of an estate but, I wonder, since your in laws do this (and good for you) do you “expect it” and then make plans upon it? If you do, and your children see this, do they expect it?

                Think of a corporation. You are not old enough for this, but in the 60’s and 70’s, companies did things like give safety bonuses and awards. They did things like help with medical things and offered assistance. They gave out bonuses on work……but when a company could not do the bonuses because of an off year, employee attitudes were……….bonuses are a part of wages and, therefore, could not be cut. Other companies did not provide extras and then the laws came in forcing companies to do certain things. You MUST provide disability. You MUST provide vacations….etc etc…..as a condition of employment. This is an entitlement attitude that has become pervasive and morphed over the years.

                This is a societal issue that, and you are correct here, I have not done more to stop this. Most of us work for a living but we are too concerned with our own lives we ignored the movement of the late 60s and 70s….we allowed the greater good thinking,,,,,the entitlement thinkng to creep in and now we are paying for it.

                Here is what I fear……..if it comes to it again…..like WWI and WWII…you will never see the Rosie the Riveters, the plumbers, the mechanics, the street sweepers, the business executives…stepping up. Those days are gone. That mentality of dropping what you are doing and go to war to protect us…..are over. Children are not taught allegiance to flag or country…not anymore. Mathius once made a statment about patriotism….he is wrong…..there is very little left. The progressive movement has none. Obama had none. The Democratic party now…has none.

                But I am old school…. it is how I think and how I have taught my children. I coukd do the same thing and distribute funds up to the IRS maximum and I am sure they would be very grateful….but I think that is not the right thing to do…..it creates dependency or expectations.

                But…..my thoughts only.

              • You may raise your children correctly but I bet they do not want for things because you buy them.

                We have gone to great pains to teach the difference between “wants” and “needs.”

                They have everything they need.

                There are things they want, but do not receive, but your general point is valid. We have given them stuff in great excess. My older daughter must have several hundred dragons in her room. My younger must have a comparable number of Disney princess.

                Generally speaking, 90% have come as rewards for positive behavior. Finish a chapter book, you get a dragon. Be brave at the doctor, get a princess. Get a good report card, get a dragon. Etc.

                The other 10% are because their mother is a sucker.

                Is this good or bad?

                Yes and no.

                I think they have too much stuff. I think there’s far too much focus on material possessions. One of the reasons I’m so keen to get them interested in a more minimal, fundamental activity like wood working or camping.

                But the rewards work magic on young kids’ minds. My two girls are phenomenally well behaved. Though it also helps that I have held the position “we do not negotiate with terrorists” since their birth – at no point in their lives have they ever once gotten what they wanted by having a meltdown or a bad attitude. Their father does not believe in appeasement (exceptions only apply in cases of legitimate injury). While, again, their mother might occasionally be a sucker, she’s pretty solid about this as well. She understands that rewards encourage the relevant behavior. As such, they don’t “act out” because it doesn’t get them what they want. Instead, they act properly, and get rewarded accordingly.

                We have also be clear that any rewards are fully discretionary and that nothing can be “expected.” The surest way to not get a reward is to expect it (unless explicitly promised).

                I worried that the gratification, being too immediate, set them up a lack of long-term focus, so I set them up with a system whereby the can earn “coins” (poker chips) which they can cash in for prizes, but the more they save up, the bigger the prize. And, behold, they have learned the value of savings!

                I understand the IRS code of getting money tax free out of an estate but, I wonder, since your in laws do this (and good for you) do you “expect it” and then make plans upon it? If you do, and your children see this, do they expect it?

                We do “expect” it because they do it each year. Not because of any sense of entitlement. But rather, just like we expect the seasons to change.

                We make no plans based on it, though the funds are often earmarked with the expectation that they be spent for something luxury. They don’t want us just “saving” the money. They are giving us the money to do something with it. So whether we remodel a bathroom, or take the kids on a trip, or buy a swing-set. I always squirrel some into savings, but we honor the spirit of the gift.

                The children know nothing of it. Only that their grandparents are very generous. We will point out “yes, nanya [grandma] bought this,” but the idea is somewhat moot.

                bonuses are a part of wages and, therefore, could not be cut.

                I know the feeling. I work in high finance in an ops role.

                We work for lower wages than our “value” with the expectation that bonuses make up the difference.

                Yes, they’re “discretionary,” but they’re really, really not. Bonuses, in my industry, are just delayed compensation that also has the added bonus of keeping everyone in place until after year-end.

                Now, there IS a true discretionary component to be sure. This would be due to performance. But if my “bonus” is less than 50% of my base, then my boss must be truly displeased with me, or the firm must be bankrupt. It’s different for traders and research, but at least for ops, that’s how it works.

                You are not old enough for this, but in the 60’s and 70’s, companies did things like give safety bonuses and awards. They did things like help with medical things and offered assistance. They gave out bonuses on work

                I had a boss one time (briefly) who got special permission from the company to give out bonuses at his total discretion. He had a budget and it was his to do with what he wanted.

                So what he did was had the company print out a stack of checks of various amounts ($20-100), and he’d randomly distribute them to any worker who did a good job (above and beyond). If you turned in work early and correctly, he’d walk by your desk a few minutes later and slap down a check for fifty bucks. If you helped out a coworker, you’d return to your desk to find $20. If you caught an error that could have cost the company money, you’d find $100 waiting for you.

                It was fascinating, and I loved it. But, at the same time, as time went by, just like you suggest, some people started expecting it. And they’d get annoyed “why didn’t I get..” Some people stepped up, trying to earn larger slices of the pie, and some people hunkered down and felt entitled to “their share.” And thus ended the experiment.

                I coukd do the same thing and distribute funds up to the IRS maximum and I am sure they would be very grateful….but I think that is not the right thing to do…..it creates dependency or expectations.

                As my in-laws would tell you: they’re going to get it anyway. The only differences are (A) how much of it you wind up giving to the government in taxes and (B) that you won’t be around to see them enjoy it.

                But if you’re so concerned about your kids expecting it, you could give it to me. I promise I’d never expect it!

              • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

                You would enjoy discussing all this with my son. You share many values and thoughts but would both benefit from each others ideas.

      • My Dad gave me job doing carpenter work at the age of 13 for $0.50/hr.

        • Well, I must have been high rent then,….I made .75 per hour cutting lawns.

          • and .75 cents would get you into the theater, double feature with cartoon and movie tone news reels…..a large popcorn (refillable) and large drink.

            • Movies were $0.90 and popcorn was a dime but the theater was 12 mi away and no car.

              My salary went up every year but I had to work my tail off. Did that for 9 years. Learned what I did not want to do for the rest of my life which was worth more than the salary.

              • Mathius says:

                First movie I paid for with my own money was $3.00 and was the midnight premier of the Star Wars prequel. I made that money selling cigarettes to the other students in my school.

                Movie was meh, but I had no way of knowing that going in.

                Meanwhile, if I want to take my kids to the movies today, I’m lucky to make it out for under $75.

                Gas, when I started driving, was around a buck.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            God you Texans were pikers.
            From 66-69 I made $25/hr maintaining homes for realtors whose clients had moved already. 4X a month 1 hour each. Usually handled 8. Then also did new landscape contracts. Plus picking all types of fruit. Would buy at double the commercial pickers rates. Sell for $1/20 lbs. Need a quick $50 called a list of customers 1-2 hours.

            My own house I did for free as part of my family obligations. No allowances ever.

            So as a kid I made between between $1K-$2K a month. My 1st job in a business 6 6P/T in ’71 was between $12K-$15K. 2nd official corporate work was $20K in ’74 all expenses paid. if I went to Singapore $60K All expenses, tax free

            • Well, then, I guess we were pikers. In the 60’s and 70’s a good wage was $600 per month until about 1975. If you made $1000 per month, you were doing good….but then I guess it is relative to location. A two bedroom apartment with all bills paid cost $110 per month. Gasoline, in the 60s, was 25 to 35 cents per gallon. Gas wars would reduce the price to 15 cents per gallon. As I said previously, my first car that I paid for was a 1967 Firebird 400…..ran on full leaded ethyl gasoline. But only cost $2,107 bucks…fully loaded with ram air, 4 speed Henke transmission and competition clutch.

              Times have changed. Oh….before McDonalds, there was a chain called Mr. Quick……I remember this because I worked there in college…I was paid $1.40 per hour and all I could eat….burgers cost 20 cents….a full meal (fries and coke) .90 cents. Great for college kids. Ate more burgers (cooked in lard) than I should have. Drowned myself in fries and coke……

        • Starting working the family business during summer of 8th grade, just like the rest of my siblings. 1976 @ $1.80/hr. Took me 30 days to save up enough to buy my first bicycle, a Sears Free Spirit 10 speed, for $76…but I had to borrow $12 from my sister. 😉

          • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

            When I was ten I bought my first bike, a Royce Union three speed English bike for $ 49.95. Years (and I mean years) later, my Dad reminded me in front of my son about how he bought that bike. Mom saved EVERYTHING. I went to her and asked if she had saved my School Savings account bankbook. Of course she had and knew where it was! She pulled it out, I went to the summer of 1956 and Showed Dad the withdrawal of $ 49.95. He was little upset but I reminded him that that lesson, if you want it, save for it, was one of the best lessons he ever could have taught me. By the way, I bought it in a PEP brothers auto supply store across the street from where I lived. My father, before I had my first ride, TOOK HIS! Did the same with my first motorcycle.

            • Yes, the worse thing ever is claiming that one has to live off credit. You do not.

              • Mathius says:

                the worse thing ever

                The worst thing ever?

                Ever?

                Have you ever hand a left turn lane with a green light, and it’s completely open, but you’re trapped behind a line of people going straight, and there’s a gap that’s just barely too small for you to squeeze through, so you sit there watching with inchoate rage while the green left turn arrow turns yellow and then red before the normal light turns green and the car in front of you inches forward to open up the left lane only now it’s too late and you get to the front of the open lane and sit, staring at the red left turn arrow like the eye of a malevolent god, and there’s no cross traffic, so there’s no reason you can’t turn except that one light, and the seconds turn into minutes and hours and days as you can actually feel yourself aging, but then, as the lights begins to turn, a rush of cars coming from the opposite direction barrel through the yellow light, with a semi truck following too closely behind a 2006 Toyota Carolla, and the Carolla stops short for absolutely no reason, and the truck gets stuck in the intersection, blocking your path, but you have a green arrow, so you inch forward anyway, as the light, again, turns mockingly yellow and red. Cars pile up behind the truck as traffic moves in the opposite direction, but the flow prevents you from turning, and there is nothing you can do but wait and wonder where all the traffic came from, was it merely there to spite you? And the light turns yellow and red and again, the intersection is blocked, only this time, there are cars from the cross traffic inching in front of you, perpendicular to your path, and when the cars to your left clear, the car perpendicular in front of you tears off across your path followed by a stream of other vehicles, and now cars appear on your left, blocked because you are sitting in the intersection, and they stare at you angrily, honking, loathing you, seething at you. You look over your shoulder, but cars are stopped at the light, and there is no retreat for you. As the cross traffic light turns red, you creep in behind the last of the cars, only to, again, find yourself blocking the intersection, but at least, now, pointing the correct direction. Now, cars from the oncoming lane which you are blocking inch up to your passenger door as their drivers stare daggers at you. You hear an ominous ticking noise as your air conditioning gives up the ghost and your tires begin to melt into the hot asphalt, time ceases to pass in any discernible fashion and you wonder if you’ve died and gone to limbo. But, eventually, the cars ahead of you inch forward. You are about to follow when you see lights and your heart jumps into your chest the way it always does when you see flashing lights and hear sirens while driving, but this is a fire truck, not a police car. Still, with great difficulty, it worms its way through the intersection and slowly in front of you while the firemen add their hatred of you to he already seething multitude. It takes a minute for them to get by, but they do, eventually, only it took so long, the light has again changed and the cross traffic, creeping closely behind the fire truck, has again filled in the gap and, though there are no cars in the street ahead, the intersection is again blocked by angry motorists. The other cross lane remains at your passenger side, unblinkingly willing you to die a horrible death. The light changes, your way remains blocked, but it cannot be forever. The drivers inch forward, opening a gap and you seize it, rocketing forward on sticky tires through the palpably heat blasted Texas summer onto the wide open straightaway and freedom. Visions of Bullitt spring unbidden to your mind as you grip the wheel and feel yourself merge with the spirit of Steve McQueen until, not half a block further, a police car appears behind you and pulls you over for blocking the intersection.

              • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

                Patience, grasshopper, learn patience.

  51. Dale A Albrecht says:
  52. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I love political cartoons. One picture is worth a thousand words

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I😁
      Has the left ever disavowed Louis Farrakhan and his virulent racism? Or Sharpton

  53. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Cultural Appropriation
    In 1973 Cher performed a new song, “Half Breed,” wearing a feathered headdress. Members of the Native-American community protested saying it was Cultural appropriation, although Cher was 1/16th Cherokee on her mother’s side. The single still manage to sell over 1 million copies and was certified gold.

    And I’ve not heard much outrage by native Americans against Elizabeth Warren

  54. Mathius says:

    T minus 18 days.

  55. Multiple media outlets ran articles on Monday claiming alleged garlic festival shooter Santino William Legan referenced a “neo-Nazi manifesto” before his shooting, even though the book he cited was written in 1890 — 43 years before the Nazis came into existence, let alone any “neo-Nazis” who surfaced decades later.

    Is there ANYTHING that the Liberal media can get correct?

    • Heard a hint of a comment on radio this am that he may have had mental problems. Is this another SSRI case?

      • Who doesn’t have an serotonin issue these days?

        That said, this is one point where the millenials have it right and the older generations (mine included) have it ass-backward. Medications and therapy for mental heath is a good thing, and is hugely stigmatized in society.

        “Ooh, I heard she was in.. [checks over shoulder].. [whispers] therapy.”

        “Oh, no, don’t go play at Timmy’s.. he’s in.. therapy!”

        Millenials seem to have largely ditched that mindset.

        Interesting side-note: a study was recently completed which noted that areas with a higher level of naturally occurring lithium in the ground water (still far below medical dosing levels) suffered less anxiety and depression than those without. Given this, you can probably imagine that once your generations are dead, they’ll start adding lithium the way they add fluoride.

        • You’re purposely missing the point. SSRI’s have been indicated in several of these shooting cases. While not as high a correlation as the gun, it still has a high correlation. But the issue is swept under the rug and not discussed. Why? There are questions about the effectiveness of these drugs. See the book: The Emperor’s New Drugs. While the percentage of people impacted negatively by them to act out in this fashion is low, the consequences of that act are severe.

          • Mathius says:

            Not purposely missing the point. No idea what you’re talking about. It seems you’re suggesting that SSRI’s have a side-effect that causes some small percentage to become extremely violent. Did I get that right?

          • Possibly, and yes, Mathius is seriously missing the point. It isn’t always because these people are taking their meds and going to therapy, it is also when they choose NOT to take their meds that leads to the issues. It’s “take your meds and go on a murder spree or stop taking your meds and go on a murder spree. Maybe those old mental institutions weren’t as bad as some made them out to be.

            • Mathius says:

              It’s “take your meds and go on a murder spree or stop taking your meds and go on a murder spree.

              Well, at a glance, I would agree that there’s probably some intrinsic bias at play here..

              That is, the kind of person to receive medication is the same kind of person who might commit a murder spree.

              So rather than “SSRI’s caused this,” it’s more “SSRI’s failed to stop this.” The later seems far more probable, but as with everything biological, it’s almost certainly a sliding scale. I’m sure as hell not the one to make that call.

              it is also when they choose NOT to take their meds that leads to the issues.

              SSRI’s are very touchy about going off of them. They are veerrrry strict that you need to ease off of them, not just “quit.” So I imagine there’s a good reason for that.

              (At this point, Mathius will recommend the rather mediocre movie Serenity which is the finale to one of the best science fiction series of all time, Firefly. As I know you’ll never actually watch it, the plot boils down to “the government doses the public to make them compliant, but it works too well and 99% become so passive, they stop eating and die. Meanwhile 1% become suuuper psychotic. Rag-tag band of renegades fight to expose the conspiracy.”)

              • soooooooo…..you are going to ease off the Churros and Red Bull?

              • No bias, but concern. Drugs are not always the best answer, but part of the answer when it comes to mental illness. Some people just should be removed from society. This will lead to mistakes. So I ask Mathius, should we take the chance that a few people will be committed that don’t need to be out of caution, or should we just treat them with meds and hope they take them properly and don’t go batshit crazy and go on a murder spree (not all use guns, there are plenty of mass killings by lunatics where other weapons are used).

                Also, not all meds are what’s best for the individual and may work in a different way than intended. Maybe a short term hospitalization during the transition would be wise, without total incarceration.

              • I do plan on watching Serenity. I don’t watch much in the summer, but as the daylight shortens, more time will come 🙂

            • Thank you gman, the transition onto of off of the drugs is the danger period. Unfortunately the connection to shootings and SSRIs is hushed uo because big pharma and the psych industries to not want to stigmatize the mentally ill or to question the treatments. The hippa laws do not help. If the gunman survives, then full disclosure is not allowed. If he is dead, then the authorities do not want to speak ill of the dead. We need a comprehensive public study of the links between these drugs and shootings.

  56. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    By the way, I owe you one Colonel. Several weeks back you explained the significance of placing the three empty shells from the burial salute in the folded flag. I’ve been to several funerals where this was done and each time I asked the “why” question. I got “tradition” for an answer. Not very satisfying. Now I know!

  57. Unbelievable…….wealthy parents transfering guardianship of their children so the children can qualify for government education assistance….not illegal…..but is it ethical?

  58. Dale A Albrecht says:

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  60. Dale A Albrecht says:

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/455346-california-governor-signs-bill-requiring-trump-release-his-tax-returns

    And the B’S continues.

    What I’d like to see is California’s votes for President be excluded. Seeing that they automaticaly register a person to vote when getting a DL and make little to no effort to determine if the person is eligible to vote.

    As a State, who they want to represent them, locally or in State offices, or even in Congress is their business. But President is a different different ballgame

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I’m sure our resident historian, SKT, will remember the running joke in N.Y. about the probable dinner conversation Geraldine Ferraro had with her husband after she announced she’d release their tax returns..
      “You said you’re going to do WHAT!”

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