Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tax bill - caught between the devil and the deep blue sea







"Between the devil and the deep blue sea. No words could describe this issue better. And whose ox is going to get gored from this bill? Stay tuned - could be more that you think." 



Now that the House has passed the tax bill (with 13 Republican dissenters and ZERO Democrat votes), and the Senate has its bill out of committee, it is "game on" right after the Thanksgiving Day break. The paper this morning gave a very good breakdown of both bills. Some similarities, yet some stark differences. The question which popped into my mind was quite simple - don't the Republicans in both chambers ever talk? These two bills should look like kissing cousins, if not identical twins.

With Senator Johnson of Wisconsin being a "no" vote when the entire Senate votes on its bill, he did have a valid point. How does he explain to a Wisconsin voter whose taxes went up from this bill how this could be a tax cut (as promised). Somehow telling a person who is going to pay $500 or more due to this new law that the bill was for "the greater good" is not going to cut it. But the thing which really sticks in Johnson's craw is the unfairness of treatment between big corporations and small businesses.

Here is the conundrum that Republicans face going into 2018. Should other Republican Senators join Johnson and jump ship where the bill does not pass the Senate, OR, should both sides dig in their heels so it does not get out of conference committee, the red team will be DOA after the 2018 mid-terms. However, if it passes with the ObamaCare mandate thrown out, if some people end up paying more taxes, or it the tax code becomes more complicated instead of less, stand by for broadsides from the huddled masses. Things could get ugly very quick.

The one thing which has come out so far which I think is laughable is the national debt issue. "This will add $1.5T to the debt in ten years!" Really? How will they know. The mishmash of crap which makes up our growing debt is so convoluted, that this fact might not be knowable. And besides all of which, we recently had a "die off" a species of very rare bird. That would be the Deficit Hawk. Once plentiful, they are now all but non-existent. In short, nobody give a fig about the debt anymore.

This will interesting to watch the next few weeks. Republicans from both the House and Senate will need to be tightrope artists - especially when at home trying to explain this bill. Watching the Paul Ryan town hall meeting was a bit painful. Many attending were not buying what Ryan was selling. Maybe more or this to come.

Between the devil and the deep blue sea? No words could describe this issue better. And whose ox is going to get gored from this bill? Stay tuned - could be more that you think. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

A moral or amoral man (men)?





"Here is the bottom line. Amoral men cannot be the moral arbiters to the nation. I am sorry to say this, but that includes President Trump. We need men who can keep their minds focused and their hands to themselves." 



One would think in a country this size, we would not have trouble finding moral men to lead us in our government. To entertain us. To be our managers in the workplace. I swear, the list of men who have let us down is growing by leaps and bounds. Why? And why is it the men who we thought would be moral (that should be a "Duh") has eclipsed into a list of amoral scoundrels.

Now if the truth be known, I have put my hands on other women in my married life. If you call giving someone a hug putting my hands on them. Once in a great while, if I know someone very, very well, I might even give them a peck on the cheek. But that is a far cry from Al Franken trying to stick his tongue halfway down the throat of some women he was on a USO tour with. I wonder what Franni (Al's wife) thought of that? 

I am sorry. I don't mean to be disrespectful of the departed. But this disrespect of women has been going on since Mary Jo Kopechne. A beautiful young woman in her prime of life somehow drowns while with Teddy Kennedy. And what was Teddy's consequences? Nada. And his brother Jack messing around with Marilyn Monroe - while President. Did I mention that both Jack and Teddy were married when they were fooling around? Or flash forward to the 1980's and 1990's when Bill Clinton had more women that carters has pills. Did I mention Slick Willie was married at the time? And Carlos Danger. The list goes on and on.

When I was just starting in business, the office I worked in was remote from the main factory. A couple times a week, a very attractive executive secretary would walk some papers over to our office. She was so good looking that all male eyes immediately gazed upon her when she walked in the door. Except for one man who had been a Pentecostal missionary prior to working for the company I was at.

One day I asked him why he never looked at that beautiful woman when she came into our office. "I don't want to stumble" he said. "Why open myself up for temptation by having impure thoughts about her?" Very similar to the way Mike Pence thinks. I would hazard a guess than neither the man who sat next to me nor Mike Pence ever grabbed some woman and tried to either grope her or stick a tongue down her throat. 

Here is the bottom line. Amoral men cannot be the moral arbiters to the nation. I am sorry to say this, but that includes President Trump. We need men who can keep their minds focused and their hands to themselves. 

The reckoning will continue on. The mighty will fall. Maybe even a former President. Once it is over, I hope we all have learned a lesson. The temptation of philandering mischief outside of marriage will always be there. It has been there since time began. But moral men can rise above that temptation. And moral men are the ones who can set the moral compass for the nation.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Deep, deep in the land of "What if?"






"So thank you very much Minnesota. We elected idiots to fill our state Constitutional offices which allowed the fraudulent election of an unqualified person to be one of our two Senators." 



Oh boy! It had to come out. With the "reckoning" in full swing, I knew a Democrat would be led out to slaughter. My bet has always been on Clinton. Juanita Broaddrick is still around and looking for her justice. As is Paula Jones, and the list goes on. But our own CFA? (As as aside, many refer to our Junior Senator as CFA for a reason. It stands for "Crazy (bleep) Al". I think the (bleep) can now be filled in with "fondling".

I would like to go back in time for just a bit if you don't mind. Say to 2008, when the most watched election in the nation was happening. This one was actually more important than the Presidential election. The one where our own CFA beat out Norm Coleman by 312 votes. Now let's just say for a minute, "the picture" surfaced before the election. It sure could of. Much of the country, including Minnesota, had just about had it with Clinton's sexual escapades prior to the G. W. Bush years.

We all know that if we factored out all the voter fraud, as well as the DFL "fix", should "the picture" surfaced before the election, Norm might have won by a comfortable margin. How comfortable? Comfortable enough to overcome all the voter fraud and the DFL "fix".

And if CFA never made it to the Senate? GOOD BYE OBAMACARE! It would have been a bad idea, a nightmare, which never would have happened. "The 60th vote" would have been defeated, and sent back to Hollywood where he could cavort with Harvey and the rest of the oversexed movie mongols.

I remember one time before CFA became a politician, he was brutal on President Bush (43). He was asked why he was so hard on the POTUS at that time. His answer (paraphrased) -  "It is so easy. The material is never ending." Well Al - back at ya buddy! From now until you are out of the public spotlight, the Right side of the street (and the argument), has your number! Besides your diaper picture, we are going to hang "the picture" around your neck.

I have a copy of this picture, but chose not to use it. It did not want to go to Blogger nor FB jail for an inappropriate pic on my site. So I chose the diaper pic instead. However, it you want to see the fondle pic, it is not hard to find. 

Al Franken was a flawed politician who in 2008 used the help of a slanted SOS office to mask enough voter fraud to get himself, the "60th vote" elected. My guess? The DFL knew this picture existed, and put it in a box and buried it way out in the wilderness in central North Dakota in January. And it worked. Franken is now in the United States Senate (let that sink in for just a minute), and we have the most hosed up healthcare via ObamaCare than anyone could ever imagine.

One final point about the unintended consequences of electing this buffoon to the Senate. The young lady who does my neuropathy treatment is a single mother. She is young and has a daughter. Not a political person, today she unloaded on me about her struggles with MNSure. And I did not even start that conversation! 

Here is the final kicker. She also told me she has a family friend who moved up on the North Shore to start a small business. Husband, wife and one child. Because of ObamaCare, their health insurance is almost $2,000/month. That is a HUGE expense for a small business trying to make it work.

So thank you very much Minnesota. We elected idiots to fill our state Constitutional offices which allowed the fraudulent election of an unqualified person to be one of our two Senators. And that unqualified person will forever be known as not only "CFA", but also "the 60th vote" to the system which wrecked our healthcare insurance.



  

Danger! Thin ice!





"Now get it right this next time. Remember - like any other job, you guys can all be replaced. In other words, you are on thin ice right now." 


Living in Minnesota for most all of my life, I, like many others, have become accustomed to seeing signs by lakes and ponds this time of year - "Danger! Thin ice!" Of course what that means is even though the ice might look safe, if often times is not. You could break through, go down into the icy water, and then you would have big problems.

Of course my article today has nothing to do with the ice conditions in Minnesota. It has everything to do with the upcoming vote on the Republican (House) tax bill. And then after the Thanksgiving break, the Republican (Senate) tax bill. Okay - I can't keep this in any longer. HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOU GUYS HAVE MUCKED THIS UP SO BADLY?!?!?

Seriously, this was supposed to have been easy peasy. Falling of a log easy. Nope. Had to make it controversial and complicated. The only thing in either the House or Senate bill which made sense was the reduction in our corporate tax rate. After that, it was all downhill.

Ron Johnson (R-WI) is the first Senator to jump ship. His story is the same as many Republicans in the House who hate this bill. "I really would like to get to a yes. But this bill does not really cut taxes". Bingo. How to you go home and sell a lime when it is really a lemon. 

How could we have made this easy? By doing what was promised on the campaign trail. "There is no need for thousands of pages in a cumbersome IRS tax code. Taxes should be easy and fair. One page. Everyone would get some kind of tax cut." Wow! That sounded almost like Reaganomics! But no. Getting a tax cut which would entail paying in more taxes sounds more like, well, Obamaomics.

My advice? Since 2018 will be the first year affected by this plan, scrap what is now on the table. Go back to square one and start again. Have a plan ready for the President to sign by July 1st, and this time give it some teeth. EVERYONE (just like in the 1981 tax plan) gets some kind of tax cut. Shrink the size of government by putting this beast on a bit of a diet. Make this a truly historic bill.

In any event, that is my take. After mucking up the ObamaCare fix and now tax reform, this crowd in Washington really does look like the gang who can't shoot straight. BTW - not just my opinion on that matter. Now get it right this next time. Remember - like any other job, you guys can all be replaced. In other words, you are on thin ice right now. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dreaming of a "Red" Minnesota





"More on this in the months to come. I am tired of losing out to South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. If we have to move, we will. But first - let's turn this state "Red" once again. Then we will see where us seniors play out our end games."


In 1966, I was a junior at Robbinsdale High School. It was my best year at that fine institution. That was also the year the last Republican Attorney General was sworn into office. Let that sink in. I just had my 50 year reunion. The Attorney General's office has been in Democrat hands for over 45 years. With (get ready when I tell you this) 200 lawyers in that office, over the years the Attorney General's office has gone from doing the people's business to doing the party's business.

"Oh, come on Bird! It can't be that bad!" Yes, it really is. But here is the good news. The MN GOP has an excellent candidate for Attorney General this year who can be very Minnesota nice when he needs to be, and very Minnesota tough when he has to be. That man is Doug Wardlow, who has deep Minnesota roots, and a strong sense of justice. And Doug does not believe in putting his thumb on the scale of justice. He only believes in justice being blind to all prejudice and pre-conditions.

What would Minnesota be like with a real Attorney General? Well, for a change we would have a friend in St. Paul who would look after our legal and Constitutional rights. Whoops! Did I say Constitutional? Yes, Doug is a Constitutional type lawyer. Unlike some of the statists who dwell in the swamp of St. Paul, Doug does not believe our Constitution needs to be messed with. In fact, it needs to be guarded with an Aegis type shield.

I am going to let this out and I hope my friends on the Left will not have a fit. We need an Attorney General like Doug who will guard our rights. We need a strong state auditor who will (gasp!) really audit what is important for a change. Then we need a Secretary of State who is not part of the Soros "SOS" plan. Finally, we need a Republican leader (like Jeff Johnson), who will be able to work with these Constitutional officers to right many, many wrongs. 

For years, we have had a government who is "owned". A government who belongs to the DFL and not the people. In 2018, for the first time in a long, long time - how about a "Red" Governor working with "Red" Constitutional officers. Oh - one more thing. A "Red" House and Senate.

More on this in the months to come. I am tired of losing out to South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. If we have to move, we will. But first - let's turn this state "Red" once again. Then we will see where us seniors play out our end games.



Maybe the biggest frontier of them all...





"The revolution in cars will be tied closely to the revolution in battery technology. Changes will be coming, and coming fast. Exciting times are on the horizon. People with prepared minds as this change happens, will do very well."


Years ago, when I worked at Ecolab, I was responsible for the procurement of all electronic devices for the company. One of the biggest items I bought was the wireless tablets the service techs to use when out on calls. Fujitsu Corporation from Japan made the tablets. They needed robust batteries to last all day with numerous stops and changeable weather.

Ecolab had quarterly reviews with Fujitsu. At one of our reviews, I brought up the battery issue. Why Fujitsu could not make a battery which was better than the one they were selling Ecolab. We got into a very good exchange of information (I knew a bit about batteries and capacitors from my time at FMC), but more information was needed. They agreed to fly Fujitsu's battery expert out of Tokyo to attend out next quarterly meeting. We agreed to carve out one entire day just for battery discussions.

As much as I thought I knew about batteries and where the technology was at that time was dwarfed by this gentleman from Japan. He took myself and the rest of the team to school. Fujitsu, like many technology companies, knew there are huge rewards for companies who can make the next leap in battery technology. Fujitsu at that time, was looking to get order(s) of magnitude better with their battery technology. 

If you are looking for stocks to invest in, any company who makes batteries or capacitors might be the right place to park. The developing market for driver-less cars will take batteries - lots and lots of large and robust batteries. There will be a large market for batteries and capacitors to be used in houses which employ the new types of solar collectors. New batteries will be needed for cell phones, which can stay charged for a week or more, no matter how many apps are running at once. 

It is funny. In the paper this morning, the long awaited admission by our government concerning the incredible amount of shale oil we have in this country was revealed. I have known about this for years, thanks to my best man who is in the oil business. The good news - we have hundreds of years of supply of this stuff. The bad news - the market for petrol products will start to as with the new battery powered cars coming to market. 

Yesterday afternoon, I wrote about Bob Lutz. How he believes the next generation of cars (driver-less) is upon us, and the transition is already starting. There was no hesitation in his voice. No if, ands or buts. He was as sure of this new technology as the sun rising in the East tomorrow.

The revolution in cars will be tied closely to the revolution in battery technology. Changes will be coming, and coming fast. Exciting times are on the horizon. People with prepared minds as this change happens, will do very well.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Lutz factor





"If we had a Metropolitan Council who was visionary instead of owned, they would also be able to see this change coming. They would scrap the entire LRT system and get ready for the next huge revolution. But they won't. Why? They are owned."



Bob Lutz, the former chairman of General Motors was on the radio today with some ominous predictions. Predictions about the future of automobile travel. One second please, before I continue - LISTEN UP YOU STATIST TRAIN LOVERS!!!THIS IS MOSTLY FOR YOU!! Anyhow, according to Mr. Lutz, who tends to know a thing or two about the automobile industry, our days of driving cars are coming to an end. For some, sooner rather than later.

The visionary companies are already all over this. When will the change happen? Now, in some parts of the country. Lutz thinks the change will be from now until 30 years from now. After that - all transportation will be driver-less. That would be both urban and rural. Traffic will move faster, and less time will be wasted in traffic. The new cars will be electric and most folks will not own one - only rent time in one.

I know. Someone is going to bring up the fact last week there was an accident with a diver-less bus and a truck. That is true. But the fault was determined to be with the human driver of the truck - not the driver-less vehicle.

By 2022, two things will be happening. First the long dreaded, expensive and very useless Southwest Rail will be online. Just heard some of the local statists talking about that on the news this morning. PLUS (and this is a big one), the shiny new toy in transportation will start to become more and more common in urban settings. Millennials and Gen-X'ers will be dropping train transportation faster than, well, a NASCAR (which will also be going away.

Bob Lutz said mapping is already going on - and going on like crazy. All streets, down to potholes, are being mapped. This change is like a juggernaut. Nobody can stand in its way. Cars which require a human driver will soon only be good for scrap metal. 

If we had a Metropolitan Council who was visionary instead of owned, they would also be able to see this change coming. And be excited about it. They would scrap the entire LRT system and get ready for the next huge revolution. But they won't. Why? They are owned.

The killing game






"We have a deficit of love and compassion, and a surplus of selfishness and sometimes just plain evil. Time to change back to the way we once were America. I don't think this is what our Founders had in mind for us." 



Somehow, somewhere in the past 50 years or so, the trolley has really gone off the tracks. What do I mean by that? When I was a teenager, should a dispute erupt between two young people, the worse case outcome would have been fists to cuffs. However to be truthful, the high school crowd which I ran with chose not to even have it go that far. Most disputes were just handled verbally.

Earlier this week, we had a homicide in the sleepy little town in which I live. Pretty rare to have a crime of that magnitude here. What made this crime particularly bothersome however, is the victim, the perp(s), and the motive. A young man, not even 20 yet, was intentionally run over by one very young adult and two juveniles. Why? They wanted to steal his bag of "weed". So they killed him. Just like that. 

Not thinking of course, that (at a minimum) three families would be ruined or severely damaged by this outcome. Not only do we have a young life snuffed out before it could really get going, we have three young people who are going to face some very serious charges. Life changing charges. Where was the thinking? Where was the moral compass? Is this what they learned at home? In school? In church?

It gets worse, much worse. Yes, I am going to talk about Chicago once again. As of today (thanks to one of the best, most informative sites on the internet - Hey Jackass!), the city of Chicago has had 604 homicides with 564 of them by shooting. And because Hey Jackass! goes into the details of each murder, we know this much - most were young, and most were black on black. And what are the two things that Mayor Rahm is most concerned with? Having his police force more restrained, and fighting Donald Trump on immigration. What does Rahm think about his city leading the nation in murders? Not much. Just stay out of that part of town, and you will be fine.

I don't care if it is one young person being killed in the town I live in, or over 600 killed in Chicago. We have become savages. And please - don't give me that whole gun control crap again. The statistics on members of the NRA who commit gun violence are so small, they look like fly poop in pepper. The gun violence in Chicago on the other hand (for the most part), comes from illegally obtained guns. Bottom line? If you are going to live outside the law, and become an outlaw, then laws will not matter to you. If you want to kill someone, you will use a knife, a baseball bat, a car or an illegally obtained gun.

One thing I have never heard explained is the following - why is it today that disputes can escalate faster than a Roman candle going off on the 4th of July? How we can go from dialogue to gun play in a matter of mere seconds? Have we collectively forgotten that killing is not only against our laws, but also against God's law? Is it the number of broken homes we have? Taking God out of the schools?  Violence on TV and in the movies? What?

All I know is this. I am sick and tired of losing our "seed corn" to both abortion and violent murder. What does that say about us as a society? Well it says this to me. We don't have a gun problem, we have a heart problem. We have a deficit of love and compassion, and a surplus of selfishness and sometimes just plain evil. It is time for us to change America back to the way it once was. I don't think this is what our Founders had in mind. 


Monday, November 13, 2017

Be the man your father wanted you to be





"Its funny. My dad has been gone now for thirteen years. Whatever I do, I still try to do it in a way which would make him proud. If I can be the man my dad wanted me to be, I am good with that. Then the rest just falls into place." 


Okay ladies, this one might be more for men, but I think it is an important message to share with everyone. Yes, the main idea is for boys to grow into men who would make their father's proud. Not only proud, but knowing when your father sees how you act, what you do, how you treat women, he will know the training he gave you as a boy has paid off. 

One of the most humbling things I have been told in my adult life was shortly after my dad had passed. My mother and I were chatting in the apartment we had just moved her into. Out of the blue she looked at me and said, "You know, your father was always proud of you. From the time you were in plays in high school and college, to your time in the Navy, your career, and your family." I was stunned. My dad and I always talked about stuff and chatted, but we never really "got deep". In other words, those were things he shared with his wife, but not with me. 

I know I have made some mistakes and some missteps in my life. My imperfections run deep and wide. But to know that I turned out to be the man my dad wanted me to be, has more value to me than gold. 

One of the things my dad would counsel me on starting when I was very young, was how to treat girls. And later on, how to treat women. My dad was noble, practiced chivalry, and was a gentleman. Not really uncommon in the "greatest generation". I watched my dad with amazement in how he dealt with people. A lover of people, he was always kind and had a very sharp sense of humor. Not a mean sense of humor, just a very funny one. It always put people at ease. 

Why do I think of this now, when I am in my late 60's? For this reason. With all we have been hearing about the tawdry ways some men have been treating women as of late, I think about that nagging question. Is this the way their father's wanted them to be? Would their fathers be proud of them? Are they speaking to other women with the same respect they give to their wives? How about their mothers?

Why is important to have both a mother and father in the home? They both teach us different yet equally important things. Each day as we grow, we model our behavior after something they do. For young boys, the modeling they get from dad is especially important. 

One more thing which is on the other side of the coin. I was blessed to have a great dad. Some are not. We can learn as much from bad behavior as we can from good. Many fine men I have known in my life who grew up in a troubled home told me they made a decision early in life they would not repeat their dad's mistakes. And they didn't.

Its funny. My dad has been gone now for thirteen years. Whatever I do, I still try to do it in a way which would make him proud. If I can be the man my dad wanted me to be, I am good with that. Then the rest just falls into place. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Deep in the land of no grandparents...





"This time around, we need a bowl of hot porridge, not a cup of warm spit. If nothing else, we owe it to the grandparents, especially those stuck in states of blue."



Full time grandparents in the once great state of Minnesota are becoming a scarce commodity. Why? Don't they like their kids and grand kids? I would imagine the answer to that question would be they love them like crazy. But for some reason, the climate in Minnesota is turning very frosty towards the senior citizens who would like to spend their golden years with family and close to our forests and lakes.

Why is this so hard? What is wrong with our lawmakers who cannot see this trend developing? Good questions. I wish I had an answer. The funny thing is that Minnesota has often been referred to by some as the "land of 10,000 treatment centers." Well the biggest abusers in the state work in St. Paul. They are addicted to massive government spending. And who takes the brunt of it? Seniors. They are easy pickings, looked upon as low fruit on the tree.

If this sounds like I am going after Marx Dayton and the DFL, you win the prize - sort of. Many of our Republicans we send to St. Paul go through a metamorphosis from candidate to a spendy member of the legislature. They become "Democrat Light". How so? Take Social Security. The fact we STILL have seniors who will be impacted by paying tax on their Social Security earnings is almost immoral. This last session some seniors will get a break as the Social Security tax is means tested. However, many will not. Wisconsin could figure that out - Minnesota could not.

And now the authors in Washington of the new tax bill are going to take a shotgun approach to teach those heavily taxed states a lesson. The blue states, with their very high state and local taxes, are going to loss those deductions. And trust me, I know the arguments. I have heard them many times. "Why should the people in California pay less federal tax than then people in Texas just because Californians can deduct sky high taxes?" I get it. Trust me, I get it. The problem is, the true believer statists who work in St. Paul (or Sacramento and points beyond), will not change. Their taxes will stay high, and innocent people will get hurt. 

Today in the paper the issue of cabin owners was addressed. How with the new tax bills, any mortgage interest on those cabins will no longer be deductible. However, for those who own cabins in Minnesota, there is another issue also. Many out state counties really soak cabin owners on property tax. Why? They need the revenue. Many counties have very little industry, so they need the revenue coming in from the cabin owners. If that deduction goes out the window, look for the cabin market in Minnesota to turn south faster than snow birds in November.

A good friend of mine called me yesterday and chided me a bit for throwing in with the Democrats. On what? On my criticism of losing the the SALT deduction. Sorry - did not mean to. What I did tell my good friend is simply this - if this tax bill is going to be "historic" like the 1981 Reagan tax bill, then EVERYONE needs to get tax relieve. With this tax bill as it stands right now? I am not feeling it. 

This tax bill is starting to look like the fix for ObamaCare. Slam, bam, thank you (whomever), and here it is. The op/ed in the paper today cautioned the lawmakers to slow down, and get this one right. I could not agree more. This time around, the citizens need a bowl of hot porridge, not a cup of warm spit. If nothing else, we owe it to the grandparents, especially those stuck in states of blue.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The new day of "he said, she said"...





"Going forward, do we want to be like Harvey was with women? Absolutely not! However, being a bit more like Vice President Pence might not be a bad idea." 



Oh my! How the mighty seem to be falling! What we have right now in this country, is a long over due reckoning. However, we need to make sure this reckoning does not turn into a feeding frenzy. Why is that? We need to make sure we don't practice "ready, fire, aim". In other words, if there is an accusation of ANY type of misconduct, we need to make sure this allegation has some proof. Otherwise, this can easily turn into a McCarthyism type of sexual witch hunt.

Just to set the record straight, I am TOTALLY against sexual harassment. Of all kinds, including this new thing called "sexting". As we know, sexual harassment (of all kinds) has been going on for years in Hollywood, the government, business, education, you name it. And to be accused of it without proof, results in the old "she said, he said" conundrum. (Actually in Hollywood, it can also be "he said, he said".) 

I find it very interesting that the Left got all over Mike Pence when he said he would not share a meal with a woman unless his wife was present. The Left thought that was quaint or even Puritanical. I think it was smart. Why? Temptation lurks around every corner. Most men know how to handle it - some don't. Some, like our friend Harvey, abused it to the max. What Mike Pence has done is take any chance of being accused of sexual impropriety out of the picture. Whereas some men like skating on thin ice, Pence likes his ice a mile thick.

The "me too" movement in Hollywood is far from over. The sexual peccadilloes ( and worse) have been going on for decades now. The guilty will continue to be accused by the brave. The mood for forgiveness all the way from Hollywood to Washington is almost non-existent. If there is a shred of evidence against you - you are toast. Your career will be past tense. You reputation will be in tatters, and if the offense was bad enough, you might also serve time.

Men - if you have strayed off the line a bit in the past, learn from it. Know the temptation is always "out there", and what the warning signs are. Treat all women in the workplace with the same honor you treat your wife with. The reckoning for the guilty will be over soon. We need to learn from it. We need to be better because of it.

Going forward, do we want to be like Harvey was with women? Absolutely not! However, being a bit more like Vice President Pence might not be a bad idea. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

SALTing the Grand Old Party...









"As a conservative, I tend to side with the GOP almost exclusively. However, if my family gets hosed on this thing due to a broken promise, that can change in a heartbeat. Does that mean I will side with the DFL? Not hardly. It does mean however, I will side with neither party in the future." 



One of the benefits as you go through life is you get to learn new words or terms. Take SALT for example. I always thought it was that substance your family doctor always tells you to use less of. Or in nuclear treaty negotiations, SALT means Strategic Arms Limitations Talks. But the new one really floors me. It is the term the GOP tax writers are using to describe those dastardly high taxed states like California, New York, and (get ready for it!) ...Minnesota. In this context, SALT mean State And Local Taxes.

Some might look at this article so far and say "So what? I don't give two toots and a holler about that stuff." To that I respond, "Oh, contraire! You should!" Because we have allowed our Commie Governor, Marx Dayton (along with his merry DFL) to jack up our state tax to almost 10%, we are not going to get a tax break from this new tax bill in Washington. Instead, we are going to get to eat a huge excrement sandwich. 

I, like others I know, have looked at what has been revealed so far with this new tax bill. I have done some bunny math to see how much better I will come out once it becomes law. Surprise, surprise! I guess I fall into that 20% of the middle class which is going to have to pay more. Some $500 more. Now, how in the world can that happen when this "historic" middle class tax cut promised everyone some relief? In the tax cut of 1981, we ALL got some kind of tax relief. I don't know who is going to benefit, but it is sure not going to be me.

Now if the truth be told, if I have a healthy year (physically) and the GOP decides NOT to take the state tax deduction away, I will get a little bit of a tax break. During the Reagan years, the first tax break I received was a whopper. It was a life style changer. It allowed my wife and I to buy more, save more, and invest more.

I don't mean to go on and on about this sounding like an old grumble puss - but how in the world could the GOP have mucked this thing up so bad? How? "We can do our taxes on a post card!" Can I call "B.S.!" on that one? By the time this thing gets out of the Senate and the House and conference, while placating everyone, this thing will look like a Rubik's Cube. And who knows if anyone will be better off? What happened to the Flat Tax? The Fair Tax? Something truly historic? This thing is just a pile of goo.

The only thing which would save many of the people in this high SALT state is to follow Senator Roger Chamberlain's suggestion. Get rid of our income tax. Done, finished, gone. Be like South Dakota, Florida, Nevada or Texas. Roger continues to be a true visionary. On the other hand, this making us look like California (thanks to Marx Dayton) is killing us now, more than it ever has before.

As a conservative, I tend to side with the GOP almost exclusively. However, if my family gets hosed on this thing due to a broken promise from the GOP, that can change in a heartbeat. Does that mean I will side with the DFL? Not hardly. It does mean however, I will side with neither party in the future. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Deep in the land of "no message"





"What did we learn from yesterday's elections? Not much really. Blue states elected blue Governors. Blue cities elected blue Mayors. (Yawn)."


Well the minions on the Loony Left are crowing like roosters this morning. At long last! A reputation to Donald Trump! The gears are all oiled up for the 2018 elections. It is going to be landslide for the blue team. And the message is? What? There is no message? Well, there is one message the Democrats are using - we are not Donald Trump, and we will Resist!

So what is the non-message that propelled the Democrats to victory in the very non-red states or cities of Virginia, New Jersey, New York and (gasp!) Minneapolis. The Democrats are for soaking the rich, sanctuary cities, abortion on demand, gun control for law abiding citizens, placating dictators and the edification of public unions. Trump's message which won him the election a year ago today was just about the opposite to all of these.

I got a kick out of watching the vote for Mayor in Minneapolis. A whole gaggle of Lefties, Greenies, and worse, running against each other. Who is ahead? The young lawyer from out east who wants Minneapolis to find its "swagger" again. Huh? What swagger? The ones who wanted to do away with the cops did not make it. The current Mayor did not make it. Even Captain Jack Sparrow (true name!) did not make it. What is the future for the City of Lakes? More of the same. More hollowing. More gentrification. More failed education.

The guy who won in Virginia had a great acceptance speech. He told the masses that Virginia was tired of the hatred, tired of being divided. Did the entire state go into hibernation during the 8 years of Obama? Virginia, which is home to the largest Naval base in the world, suffered under Barack Obama. Obama was no friend to the Navy. Donald Trump on the other hand, is driven to bring our forces up to standards. If Virginians were smart instead of blue Kool aide drinkers, Gillespie would have won in a landslide.

New York re-elected de Blasio for another term. I would have been disappointed in New York if they had not. Why? de Blasio typifies the average New Yorker. Gone are the days of Republican leaders like Fiorello La Guardia and Rudy Giuliani. In today's environment, they would be round pegs in square holes in New York. Nut balls like Dinkins and de Blasio fit in much better. Heck, I don't even think a Democrat like Ed Koch would do well running New York today.

What did we learn from yesterday's elections? Not much really. Blue states elected blue Governors. Blue cities elected blue Mayors. (Yawn). The cabals of Education Minnesota and government school districts garnered enough support from enough sheeple to pass some gargantuan referendums. This will allow the statists to over tax the over taxed by a ton of additional money, destined to spend good money after bad. 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Referendum Day





"A system which teaches facts and critical thinking - not how a kid 'feels' and which bathroom to use. We owe it to our kids to restore sanity - not to continue the insanity. For the children - VOTE NO!"



Referendum day. Not to be confused with Reformation Day in Lutheranism. This is the day school districts across the land parade out a bunch of cute kids, along with their union teachers, begging the voters not to forget the little ones. "Their future might lie in the balance! Vote YES! After all, it is for the children!" Gag me with a spoon.

Today is the day that the government schools try to make the voters forget their formula is not working well. In fact, as had been brought out many times before, where it is broken, it is really broken. And just like Humpty Dumpty, all the money in the world will not put this broken system back together again.

I like to refer to this day as the head and the heart day. The vote YES people, who want the voters to keep throwing good money after bad, want the public to put their minds in neutral. Just think with your hearts. After all, this is for the children. The vote NO people, bury us with statistics which reveal the truth. And what is the truth? More money DOES NOT yield better results. What does? A better system.

The commercials I would like to see (rather than the propaganda put out by union shills like Education Minnesota), would be to expose how little our young people know upon graduation. It is one thing to graduate, it is quite something else to graduate knowing something. I am not being critical of these kids. They are the victims of a failed system. Some of the kids in the inner city are the biggest victims. Many are being failed by the same system which failed their parent(s). The result - generational poverty. 

There is an old saying. If you find yourself in a ditch, stop driving. Find a better way out. Or we can use the definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over the same way expecting different results. Referendums are insanity. It is as simple as that. Referendums are nothing more than feeding the beast. Rather than killing the beast and replacing it with something which makes sense, we are putting money into a system with is beyond repair.

When you vote today, please do vote for the children. Not with more money, but with less. We need a new education system which goes back to yesteryear. A system which teaches facts and critical thinking - not how a kid "feels" and which bathroom to use. We owe it to our kids to restore sanity - not to continue the insanity. For the children - VOTE NO!


Monday, November 6, 2017

A tender- box ready to explode






"Stay tuned in, stay bunkered up, stay alert. Things might be going from warm to hot. Trump is trying like crazy to get our armed forces up to speed up to date after the Obama years."



Ready for this boys and girls? We might be close to a war in the Middle-East. "So what" you might ask? This war (for a change) might not involve the USA. It might be the first war in the Middle East since 1980 (which resulted in a bloody eight year war) which did not involve us. No worries however - that was the first time Saddam used an illegal and immoral chemical agent against an enemy. The next time he used it was against his own people.

The so called "proxy" war between Saudi Arabia and Iran might be ready to drop the word "proxy". The war in Yemen has grown to where more countries nearby are taking sides. But the missile which was aimed at Riyadh might have been the last straw. That really was an act of war. Wait a minute! You mean it was like the Norks shooting a missile over Japan? Yes. Only worse.

So what is the issue? Seems like Lebanon is the culprit for launching he missile towards Saudi. That is, with a little help from Iran. What if Saudi went after Iran "hammer and tong", knowing this is the brief period of time before Iran has nukes. Okay - just an aside for a minute. I know our former President said this new agreement would keep the Iranians from ever getting nukes. It was fashioned like the same one we did with the Norks in the 1990's. How did that work? Just ask the Japanese.

Will this be a good thing or a bad thing if the Saudis and Iranians duke it out? My feeling? If push comes to shove, the Saudis might end up with some strange bedfellows as allies. Who, us? Probably not - unless the landscape changed in a big hurry. The Israelis. They have been chomping at the bit to take care of this festering wound for years. Taking care of things pre-nuke, is a whole lot easier than taking care of it post-nuke.

If we get through 2018 without some kind of big conflict in either North Korea or Iran, it will come close to being a miracle. The ingredients are all there, and all that is needed is a match to set the whole thing on fire.

Some have asked me what I think is going to happen. Stay tuned in, stay bunkered up, stay alert. Things might be going from warm to hot. Trump is trying like crazy to get our armed forces up to speed up to date after the Obama years. And don't think that Russia and China are only going to sit on the sidelines. With the blessings and help of God we can celebrate the new year of 2019. If we can't the world will be in deep do-do.









The new Japanese-American alliance






"As far as Japan is concerned however, this trip is more of the developing bromance between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe." 



President Trump is over in the Land of the Rising Sun visiting one of his new BFF's. That would be Japan and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The talks they will have will center around something we have yet to come to agreement on - the trade imbalance between our two countries. And something on which we have violent agreement on - what to do with the Norks. Of all the places Donald Trump is going to visit on this trip, this stop interests me the most. 


First trade. We have our second biggest trade deficit with the country of Japan. True, it is somewhat paltry at $69B compared to what we have with China, but it still needs to be fixed. We make many things which Japan could use. High value items. One of their biggest imports to us is - you guessed it - cars. Been like that since just about forever. Somehow President Trump needs to convince Abe to pare down this deficit without hurting their economy. The last thing we need to do right now is hurt Japan's economy.

Next the Norks. Prime Minister Abe takes the Nork threat about as serious as a heart attack. After all, the Norks have overflown his territory with missiles - twice. Oh yes - the little chubby kid has also threatened to nuke Tokyo. Now Japan knows that the United States will stand with them should the Norks attack. And Japan has procured some state of the art BMD (Ballistic Missile Defense) items from us for protection. That being said, there has been some talk around the Japanese Diet (Parliament) about changing their Constitution. Changing it to allow Japan to house nuclear weapons on their soil. 

It is ironic that the only country to suffer under the fire and death of nuclear weapons is now this close with the country which used those weapons against them. Strange bedfellows indeed. One of the reasons the Japanese Constitution might be difficult to change is fear. Many Japanese never, ever want their country to go back to what it was prior to World War II. This is a country which seeks peace and prosperity. The people who live in Japan are some of the nicest and most hospitable people I have met in all my travels. To become a member of the nuclear "club" would definitely be a sea change for the good people who call Japan home. 

In any event, this far eastern trip, albeit long, was necessary. Good stops, with a good agenda. I will address my thoughts on the China stop in a subsequent article. That one could produce some fireworks. As far as Japan is concerned however, this trip is more of the developing bromance between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe. And that - is all good.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Deep in the land of Antifa






"Will this be something to take note of, or will this entire issue be 'told by idiots, full of sound and fury, and signifying nothing...'" 


We did something very brave yesterday. We ventured down into the "heart of the beast". Okay - that is better known to some as south Minneapolis. This is the land where Republicans (or should I say conservatives) are not only as rare as hen's teeth, they are more rare that even hens on a farm! It is truly like going into a different land after coming from the northwest burbs.


In any event, I was a bit apprehensive as this was the first day of the nationwide protest against fascism (by other fascists I wondered?). Antifa was going to protest nationwide until Donald J. Trump and his fascist cabinet are driven from office. They want him impeached, or whatever! These protests are not going to stop until Trump and all his cronies are gone.

Well, yesterday was a whole lot of nothing. We traveled into Minneapolis, met our daughter, spent some time and came home early afternoon. No protests, no roads shut down, none of the mayhem which was promised by the leaders. What was the matter? Too cold? Too apathetic? What was it? I was anxious to engage one of these young hoodlums in conversation. Okay - suppose they get rid of Trump. They also want Pence gone. Who would be the President? Hillary? She is rotten to the core? Bernie? How could he get in office? By a junta?

I really don't understand the Resist! movement nor the Antifa group. Trump won the election and he has plenty of checks and balances to keep him from being the dictator the Left fears. In fact, his biggest check and balance comes from his own party. The conservative wing of the Republican party is filled with constitutional fanatics. They raised a huge fuss when Obama skirted the Constitution. They will even be louder if Trump does it. Why? The Right is always harder on their own who strays, then the other side. 

One more thing the Resist! movement and Antifa needs to understand. The center part of the country, what was once known as the silent majority, is not in alignment with anarchy. Not in the least. They may be very distrustful of government when government does not act in accordance with the Constitution, but they are always loyal to the Constitution.

It will be interesting to see where this goes. According to the paper and news sources last week, November 4th was only supposed to be the start of this "revolution". Will this be something to take note of, or will this entire issue be "told by idiots, full of sound and fury, and signifying nothing..." 


Friday, November 3, 2017

Dirty Donna's DNC





"One more thing however - watch your back. Those who have either ratted out or turned on the Clintons had some very strange (and sometimes fatal) things happen to them."



Oh the caterwauling is almost at record levels this morning. There is shock and dismay in the masses. How could she have done such a thing? A person of such a high reputation to "cook the books" for Hillary over Bernie? Or was she just a pawn at the time? What many have suspected may now have been confirmed. The fix was in for Hillary. Bernie never had a chance, no matter what his numbers said. 

Donna Brazile, picked to lead the DNC after Debbie "Blabbermouth" also disgraced herself with favoritism towards Hillary (and the deleted email mess). Now in her newly released book, Donna put much of the blame of the tainting of the DNC squarely on the back of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton machine. Starting in 2015, the Clinton camp had co-opted the entire DNC apparatus. Many in the DNC were now true believers that after the historic election of our first mixed race President, we were now in the doorstep of having our first woman President. What could possibly go wrong? To start with, Bernie Sanders.

Wait a minute! Bernie was not supposed to be a factor! The big maybes were Smoking Joe and maybe ALGORE. Jim Webb and Martin O'Malley were considered light weights not to worry about. But Joe Biden was the real threat should he have decided to run. Even though he is as old as the hills, his numbers stacked up well against Hillary. But this socialist from Vermont with a thick Bronx accent? Really? For some reason, he had traction. Why? He was the Democratic version of Donald Trump. He was an iconoclast where Hillary was the status quo. People were ready for a change.

Truthfully, for the Democrats, this book could not have come out at a worse time. The nut ball who is now running the DNC is having a heck of a time putting together a message - that is, except for "we hate Donald Trump". Besides having no message, the party is in some financial trouble. Plus, now that the master money bundler from Hollywood is in treatment and legal trouble, their money problems are probably not going to get any better. Finding out the DNC is rotten to the core was like pouring gas on a fire.

It is probably good that Donna wrote this book to bring in some revenue. She is finished at CNN as well as the DNC. Like many in the past two or three decades, those who got involved with the Clintons ended up with a fate similar to those who looked at Medusa's head. Not good. 

Good bye Donna - it has been interesting to know you. One more thing however - watch your back. Those who have either ratted out or turned on the Clintons had some very strange (and sometimes fatal) things happen to them. Just saying...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The genius among us






"Buckle up folks - this might be a wild ride. Like anything else in life, the results of the next 20 years will either really enhance our quality of life, or make it a whole lot scarier."  


How smart is smart? In other words, I remember the quip the President made about Rex Tillerson a while back. He wanted to compare IQ tests to see who was smarter. Of course, he was just joking around (I think). I remember when I first heard about having an IQ. I was a young boy and had to take a test to establish my IQ. I remember having it explained to me that 100 was average, 120 was bright, 140 was awesome smart, and 160 and above was uber brilliant (or something like that). 

Anyhow, I was listening to the radio the other day and they were trying to figure out who was (or is) the smartest person in the world. Einstein? Maybe. Hawking? Maybe again. Or would it be Garry Kasparov? Now we are talking. Kasparov's IQ has been measured at between 185 and 190 by one test. However, we was tested again by a battery of egg heads and they found his IQ to be only 135. However, his memory and recall were off the charts.

Anyway, this radio show was talking about an AI futurist who believes when we really get going on maturing the AI process, a much higher IQ might indeed be possible. How high? Really unknown at this time for a variety of reasons. One reason of course, is the AI "thinking" is different than the way that humans think. But given that, this futurist believes a mature AI could have an IQ equal to a human IQ of 10,000. Let that sink in for a second should this be true. Garry Kasparov's IQ of maybe 190 and a machine with an IQ of 10,000.

Maybe this is why Elon Musk is wetting himself just thinking about what AI can do to the human race. Other scientists see a very bright future for AI in the next 20 years. In fact, some believe the Lee Major's Six Million Dollar Man is right around the corner. That's right - we will become part bionic. Bigger, faster, stronger and a whole lot smarter. 

Now this might just be a whole lot of hogwash, or - there might be some truth in it. I read a lot a tech posts on how our nanotechnology is coming. It is screaming along, but does not get much press. We are on the verge of a huge breakthrough in data processing. Much of that will be due to the miniaturization of parts due to nanotechnology. When you combine out prowess in nanotechnology, with our advances in bio-medicine, and then throw in robotics, you have a perfect set of conditions to make bionic people. 

One more thing. Supercomputers are still around and getting faster all the time. China right now has the fastest, but the United States is trying to get the title back. How fast is fast? The speeds are approaching many petaflops per second. a petaflop is one quadrillion operations per second. And there is no end to this rainbow. Our supercomputers are now approaching Skynet fast, if you remember that movie.

In any event, the future is upon us. Some scientists believe we will advance more in the next 20 years than we have in the past 100 years. Buckle up folks - this might be a wild ride.Like anything else in life, the results of the next 20 years will either really enhance our quality of life, or make it a whole lot scarier.