March 23, 2017 | Posted in General
If you would like to hear the audio version of “The Wednesday Rant” just click the link and scroll down to the clip to listen…and thanks. JSA
March 22, 2017 | Posted in General
Hey kids it’s that time again! Mid-week meltdown…with purpose.
So, Mr. T (not the guy with the Mohawk) promised that Mexico would pay for “The Wall” is now seeking $4.1 billion from our pockets in the form of tax dollars.
Being a solution oriented kind of fella I got a better idea.
It’s not really an original idea-it’s been in use for a long time but I believe its application can accomplish a few things.
1) Building “The Wall” that apparently to 62,984,825 people is a priority and will help them somehow sleep better at night knowing that there will no longer be any illegal immigrants streaming over the border from Mexico, thus creating a sense of “greatness” of sorts.
2) This solution would ensure that those 62,984,825 Americans are forever enshrined in on “The Wall” for centuries to come, when future generations gawk at the expanse of the structure that keeps some people out and other people…in.
3) This solution also helps to ease the burden of the 65,853,516 taxpayers who think “The Wall” is better left as a Pink Floyd song.
4) This solution also re-purposes wasteful government spending, putting it to better use than its presently being spent on. You know, like moving money from feeding the elderly, protecting the environment and that pesky no good National Institutes of Health, programs that have no real results to show for dollars spent according to the guy wearing the big cuffs on the tube insisting that “cuts are compassionate.”
5) I shouldn’t be the guy to sort this stuff out, my best grades in school were lunch and gym-hated math and still do. So, if I can figure this…I should be running for POTUS or something.
Ready for the solution?
SELL BRICKS! RAISE BILLIONS! BUILD A WALL! WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!!!!
Only need to raise $4.5000000000 dollars.
With 62 million 948 thousand 825 votes for “Don The Builder” let’s do a little math.
If each of those voters simply write a check for $750 bucks each-that would generate $4.6500000000 and change (not the kind of change that is really needed in my opinion but I digress) and leave millions on the side to do little things, perhaps brick arch work, some sort of mosaic design or even colored bricks perhaps that spell out “TRUMP” when you look at it spread out over say every other 10 miles of wall. Probably will need some extra coin to keep up with cleaning off the “tagging” and really interesting graffiti that miles of blank brick wall is sure to attract.
But the big get here?
YOUR NAME (OR THAT OF A LOVED ONE) GOES ON A BRICK FOR A MERE $750!
Let’s call the campaign “BRICKS FOR BUCKS!”
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!!!!
I promised to cut back on government spending in places that have little or no return on our tax dollars…so…
All 535 congress members take a 50% cut in pay from $174,000 a year to a mere $87,000 and the other $87,000 goes to bricks with their names on it! That would generate $46,545,000 bucks which is just about 10% of the cost of “The Wall” and for eternity their names (along with yours and any major corporations (like the insurance company execs who used to be taxed- with that money earmarked to subsidize low income Americans under the ACA but under the proposed TrumpCare rollbacks will have those horrible tax cuts restored) to be emblazoned for centuries so our fellow Americans in the future can see your handiwork!
BUT WAIT…I’M NOT DONE CUTTING YET!!!!
How about this? Since all the members of congress have 70% of their health care premiums paid by you and I- what if we remove their “subsidies?” That would generate another $2,337,500 towards bricks! We could also remove 50% of their lifetime pensions that would generate $4.9 million a year-over ten years we are talking some real coin!
BRICKS FOR BUCKS BABY! SINK THE SUBSIDIES! PILLAGE THE PENSIONS!
IN NO TIME AT ALL “THE WALL” WILL BE PAID FOR!
Just not by me.
The day after the election last November I was on a flight from Seattle back to Chicago. Two seats behind me was a contractor from Indiana that made it known to the entire plane that he was going to strike it rich on the back of “The Mexicans” by putting in bids to build “The Wall” and was certain the “The Mexicans” were going to pay for it…all of it because…you know… DJT said so on television over and over and over and over again…except there is just one problem.
“The Mexicans” are not going to pay for it…today…or tomorrow or in the next four years. We are going to “pay for it” in more ways than one. If you think they are…I have bridge you can buy…or swampland in Washington DC. I wonder how that contractor feels about his tax dollars going to pay for “The Wall.”
I have a few friends that both publicly and privately admonish me for not sticking to “life coaching” and other related softer themes than politics. They suggest my time is better spent “bringing people together instead of pushing us apart.”
I’m not a life coach. Sorry to disappoint.
Every morning when I turn on my computer Teddy Roosevelt greets me with his gap toothed grin and this quote:
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
TR had his turn…now it’s mine.
I am well aware of the dynamics that go into politics and that turmoil and upheaval is part of our history-that being said- not just gonna sit by and watch the country I served, love and live in become an endless line of diversions, rhetoric, punch lines and outright unfounded lies without doing what I can to bring all sides together and find common ground…against the ongoing construction of an unseen wall constantly being built by career politicians without calling it the way I see, hear and smell it.
For my friends and foes that voted for Mr. Trump-if you can sit alone in your room and think all that is going on is “Making America Great Again” then I just have one question for you.
Wanna buy a brick?
March 21, 2017 | Posted in General
Coming soon…in downloadable audio format…. (podcast the kids call it.)
March 15, 2017 | Posted in General
I just ate leftover chicken from two nights ago.
It was breaded in the grand tradition of “ Shake & Bake” from those glorious days of yore (when plastic was considered a condiment) but this one was a box deal with a side dish.
Pretty tasty, even a couple days later.
Full disclosure, I also ingested a couple of hard boiled eggs for breakfast. So, I guess you could say that in the last 48 hours, I made a dent in the chicken population. According to NPR (not sure why they would know…but ok) the average American ingests 185 pounds of chicken per year.
That is a lot of bird.
But this rant isn’t about eating chickens but rather putting sweaters on them, something I had no concept of until this morning. I don’t see a chicken and think…”Hey, that bird looks cold, lemme knit a sweater for it.”
I see a chicken and think…gravy.
But it turns out that a grand gaggle of ladies at the Fuller Retirement Home in New England had taken to knitting various items and selling them at a local fair, when Erica Max of the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust noticed their stitching prowess and approached the gals about knitting “chicken jumpers” for the Malaysian birds struggling with the New England winter at the Wakefield Estate.
Wait…what? “Chicken Jumpers?” That sounds like a country rock band I saw once in Tallahassee.
But it turns out the project has proved useful in keeping the chickens nice and warm, as well as giving the seniors a fun way to pass the time.
I guess everyone wins in that one…for now the chickens are safe and toasty…until they get toasted later.
But this week’s offering isn’t really about chickens or nice old gals knitting or why even a chicken would need a sweater.
It’s about what makes something “news worthy.”
Over on MSNBC or CNN or Fox or CNN (oops) you don’t see this kind of story. There it’s about “The Lead” or “The Situation Room” or “The Five” or “The Last Word” or “The Continued Recycling of the Same Shit That Happened Yesterday Until We Are Forced into Submission by Drug Commercials.”
I don’t watch the news. Because there isn’t anything new to watch.
Doesn’t mean I don’t care what is going on…I just care more about my mental well-being than Brian Williams “New Late Night Slot” or Wolf Blitzer repeating the same questions from different angles or Bill O’Reilly bent on making me forget that he got his start on “Inside Edition” and makes sure all his best-sellers are about “killing” someone (Killing Jesus…Killing Patton. Killing Lincoln…Killing Kennedy.)
So, my “landing page” for the past couple of years, upon firing up my trusty dusty Dell is called…”The Good News Network.”
Today I learned that a tortoise saved a bunny’s life and now they are best friends (Tortoise and the Hare….see the irony here?) A McDonalds drive-through worker jumped through the window to save a off duty cop and her kids after she blacked out waiting for her order (I’ve had that happen.) As Trump prepares to chop apart Obama-era fuel standards, China is replacing 70,000 gas guzzling taxis with electric cars, a woman helped a homeless man she drove by on the same corner for three years get a job and a young woman with Downs Syndrome lived her dream of doing a weather forecast on national television.
All of these “headlines” are more like “lifelines” because they are life affirming, don’t have anything to do with politics, unless you consider the chickens wearing sweaters to be a statement of sorts. Perhaps a lobby group of poultry that is hoping to remove the tarnish of Herbert Hoover’s “ a chicken in every pot” promise from 1928 to “ A jumper for every hen.”
But all that aside, it’s important to remember that not everything that begs our attention should get it. Our central nervous system has enough problems trying to decide what is or is not real…that is why millions of people watch “Celebrity Apprentice” and think hosting a reality show qualifies someone for being president.
But I digress.
So, in conclusion, just reminder that a balanced diet isn’t just about what you consume with a fork. No news is…good news. Unless you just start with good news and work up from there.
March 10, 2017 | Posted in General
If you are in the greater Chicagoland area consider yourself invited. JSA