Thursday, July 27, 2017

He Never Would Have Made "The Apprentice"

Do these people not know that they are working in the White House, and for the President of the United States?  This guy has been in office for only a few days, and it may be the briefest job he's ever held. The Huffington Post sums it up well: Anthony Scaramucci Goes on Crass, Unhinged Rant Against Top White House Aides.  This has almost made the media stop talking about Russia!

Lots 'o Links

For this week's good reading material, visit Betsy's Page, Maggie's Farm, and Larwyn's Linx.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hey, Republicans! Wake Up!

These Republicans had better wake up before it's too late and the Democrats make a comeback in the 2018 elections! The GOP has the power, but they are throwing it all away.  When you didn't come up with a new healthcare plan during Obama's 8 years in office; when you shamefully need an ailing John McCain to fly in just to vote; when Trump treats so poorly members of his own administration, like AG Jeff Sessions, giving the Dems and the media even more ammunition to use against us -- it makes you wonder if they even want to be the majority party at all. The party leaders and advisors should be doing all they can to stop the hemorrhaging stat -- that is, if they truly care enough. Do they really want the Democrats back in power again? It sure sounds like it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tudor Tune

On classical radio today, the announcer described this lovely piece as the most famous song of the Tudor Era.

Monday, July 17, 2017

O.J.? No Way!

I agree with Gregg Jarrett: O.J. Simpson, up for parole, should never be set free. The Brown and Goldman families should make that perfectly clear, just as the families of the Manson victims have done for all these years.  Can you just imagine the media circus and the cheering throngs should he actually walk out of prison? It'll be ten times worse than in 1994!

Old Blog, New Look

Check out American Digest's new look!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wasting Time on Junkies

When I came across Ronald J. Kozar's column titled Opioid, Schmopioid, which is subtitled "It's not an epidemic, and they're not victims", I wanted to kiss my computer screen in relief.  Finally! It's about time people speak bluntly instead of misplacing their sympathy.

What really should outrage people is that because of the abuse of painkillers by reckless, stupid people,  responsible people suffering agony from diseases are being forced to go without the help they desperately need. Why should they be deprived of pain relief just because junkies choose to snort, inject, or gobble down pills despite all the warnings, and then unsurprisingly end up dead?  

The $45 billion dollars the Republicans want to throw away on this self-inflicted problem could be much better off used elsewhere.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lots 'o Links

Catch up on this week's news and scandal with the great posts at Maggie's Farm, Larwyn's Linx, and Betsy's Page!

Bonus: this is what the Daily Mail excels at --  great photography, like these stunning pictures of the Air Force Thunderbirds!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bernie Sanders: A Dangerous Old Socialist

From Hot Air: "Bernie Sanders: This GOP health-care bill could be like nine 9/11s every year. A leftover from yesterday in which Bernie reminds us again that the “climate of hate” moral panic only works against one side. Imagine a Republican senator having a deranged fan who shot up a baseball field full of Democratic congressmen, then turning around a few weeks later and explicitly framing the latest Democratic bill in terms of how many terrorist attacks it’s equivalent to. At best, that would be denounced as grossly irresponsible. At worst, knowing incitement." 

The GOP had better hurry up and pass some sort of Obamacare replacement before we get stuck with a Sanders-style single-payer system!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

"For Family, For Freedom, For Country, and For God"

This morning, I got to see the end of Trump's speech live from Poland, and what I heard was quite moving:

"Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield -- it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital, and demand no less defense, than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested. Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory.

And today as ever, Poland is in our heart, and its people are in that fight. Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph.

So, together, let us all fight like the Poles — for family, for freedom, for country, and for God."

Lots 'o Links

Here is this week's news and scandal courtesy of Betsy's Page, Maggie's Farm, and Larwyn's Linx.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Work Shortage and Work Ethic Shortage

After a hard day at work, nothing infuriates me more than hearing about a topic like this, from the Wall Street Journal: "Get Able-Bodied Americans off the Couch. Nearly 95 million people have removed themselves entirely from the job market."  Peter Cove writes, "America doesn’t have a worker shortage; it has a work shortage. The unemployment rate is at a 15-year low, but only 55% of Americans adults 18 to 64 have full-time jobs. Nearly 95 million people have removed themselves entirely from the job market.  According to demographer Nicholas Eberstadt,  the labor-force participation rate for men 25 to 54 is lower now than it was at the end of the Great Depression.  The welfare state is largely to blame."

How nice.  Why not stigmatize idleness like we used to do? Shame these loafers into working, or else stop their welfare payments. I'd like a good reason why they should be paid to do nothing!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Financing Irresponsibility

Shouldn't saving money be your personal responsibility? And shouldn't you pay the consequences if you don't take responsibility for your own life?

Not anymore! San Francisco is paying people $10 a month to save money.  "With nearly half of Americans lacking enough cash savings to cover even a $400 emergency, the City of San Francisco is trying a new way to get people to save money — paying them to do it. The city is recruiting 1,000 people to participate in a campaign called Saverlife that gives participants $60 if they save $20 a month for six months. Participants link their bank accounts electronically to Saverlife so their savings activity can be monitored. They earn $10 a month in rewards and claim their $60 at the end of six months of continuous saving."

How about any easier solution? You personally make sacrifices, stop wasting money on things you can't afford, work two jobs if you have to, and put some money aside for yourself! If you choose not to, you have nobody to blame but yourself. In the meantime, nobody pays those of us who are responsible!

Made in America

Check out this Popular Mechanics list of interesting items made in each state in the USA.