December 7, 2019

It’s officially “car swap weekend” here at the Richard hacienda, where Tracey takes delivery of her 2018 Nissan Murano, I take the 2015 Nissan Maxima as my car, and sis-in-law Tam gets the 1999 Saturn SL2 to give her some well-deserved freedom. Another 2019 goal checked off the list just before the “rolling of the year”. And while this is going on:

The “All Creatures Great and Small” Christmas episode, Merry Gentlemen never fails to help get you in the holiday spirit. Last night we watched it for, like, the 123,097th time and it was just as fun as ever. The late Robert Hardy as Sigfried steals the show.

Sure, the economy is going great guns and the employment numbers are drop-dead great, but all the Democrats talk about is impeachment. Talk about being out of touch.

Every time I see “Slo’ Joe Biden, he looks older than the last time. Democrats, is this really the guy you’re planning on running against Trump? He looks 150 years old and if he’s thin-skinned now, wait ’til Trump gets him on a debate stage. It won’t be pretty, I can tell you that.

If you like weather, you gotta check out Windy.com. It’s fun to see what’s coming your way.

I’m kinda bummed about my Hillary Clinton prediction of a while back – I truly thought she’d be in the race by now. It ticks me off because I’m supposed to be unfathomable in my predictions! That being said, I still believe she will run and be the Democratic nominee, but it will likely take a brokered convention to nominate her. In the end it really doesn’t matter: Democrats know they need a sacrificial lamb for 2020 to get destroyed by Trump in order to regroup and re-brand the Party in advance of 2022 and 2024.

..speaking of aged politicians, why is the Democratic leadership so friggin’ old? You can’t tell me the Party can’t do better than the likes of “Slo’ Joe, “San Fran Nan” Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and Chuck Schumer? My God, these people are awful! As folks who frequent this site know, I’m no fan of Democrats and liberals, but I can’t help but wonder where the younger talent of the Democrats are. Like them or not, it’s the likes of Adam Schiff and “the Squad” who are the future of the Party, and voters ought to be able to have something “unfossilized” to choose from.

Buh Bye.

…were I a Democrat I think my choice would be Andrew Yang. Sure, he’s different and a bit unorthodox, but I think his socialist views are the future of the Party and worth a deeper look. There’s most certainly an undercurrent out there desperate to be freed from the senile used-car salesman.

Agree with the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn here: Dwight Evans deserves to be in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

It’s December, the subscriptions to Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine are cancelled, I have zero desire to watch golf on TV, and equal desire to pick up my clubs. It feels very strange. Normally by this time I’d be starting to get the itch to go play but it seems to be gone. I’ve got a very big decision to make in the next couple of weeks.

You look at this and wonder why more folks just don’t come out and say that LGBTQ activists are a bunch of perverts. These people are pathologically sick and evil beyond words, and I’m not afraid to say it.

…and of course, right on cue, the mainstream media pushes the destruction of marriage by celebrating polyamorous relationships. Here’s my question: is there anything the liberal left doesn’t want to see destroyed in America? The older I get, the more I see these people as demented. I am soooo glad I’m in my sixties so I’m not going to have to deal with this sh*t that much longer.

There’s something about December that makes me want to listen to the music of George Harrison. No question that Lennon and McCartney were the creative driving forces behind The Beatles, but you’ll get argument from me as far as who produced the best stuff after their break-up. George (it doesn’t seem right to refer to him as “Harrison”, does it?) produced a great mix of songs over his solo career and became as unique a slide guitar virtuoso as Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Just a few examples are “Cheer Down”, “Your Love Is Forever”, “Be Here Now”, and “Beautiful Girl”, “Pisces Fish”, and “What Is Life”. And that’s just a few examples!

…for slide guitar technique, compare Harrison’s slide work on the outro to “Cheer Down” and “Isn’t It A Pity” (with Phil Spector’s production) with Gilmour’s work on “One Of These Days”. Two verydifferent styles, but pretty cool nonetheless…

Two great recreations of Pink Floyd’s “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast”, “Rise and Shine” (Gilmour’s steel guitar) and “Morning Glory”.

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December 2, 2019

Get woke, go broke:

When the news recently broke that Chick-fil-A has decided that The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are no longer worthy to receive Chick-fil-A’s funding specifically for espousing the values that Chick-fil-A itself once famously and successfully defended, the nation was shocked.

As the disturbing facts have continued to unfold, it is becoming painfully evident that the company is in the midst of collapsing from within. What the enemies of Chick-fil-A and freedom could not do, Chick-fil-A is rapidly doing to itself.

IRS records show that Chick-fil-A started abandoning S. Truett Cathy’s principles several years ago as it began quietly funding LGBTQ and abortion activists, along with the radical, hateful and divisive Southern Poverty Law Center.

It’s a crying shame that the mainstream media treats this lovely, gracious First Lady with such hatred and vitriol. They’re nothing bunch a bunch of vile, hateful pigs.

Chick-fil-A’s ceasing to fund The Salvation Army is just the final step in declaring which side of the culture war Chick-fil-A is now leaning.

As Salvation Army bells ring this Christmas season in a mighty chorus across the nation on behalf of feeding and assisting the needy, every toll of every bell will cause people to ponder the current sad state of Chick-fil-A.

…In a time when Christian business men and women are routinely attacked and sued for simply living out their faith, the Cathy family has inspired millions with their courage and humility. Now we feel abandoned and hurt.

President Ronald Reagan taught us “personnel is policy.” Today, my earnest prayer is that Dan Cathy will see his way clear to rooting out employees within the company who are destroying its Christian legacy and all that his father worked so hard to build. Since the problem has obviously been festering below the surface for several years, it won’t be easy.

But Dan Cathy can count on his loyal base to again rally to his side if he chooses to do the right thing. It’s not a question of supplying a great product, because everyone knows that Chick-fil-A chicken is delicious. But it’s never been just about the chicken for Chick-fil-A’s most fervent fans.

Love Chick-fil–A but I can tell you they’re off my visit list, like, forever. Companies that give into the LGBTQ activist fascists have no place in my purchasing world.

You read stories like this and you understand just how racist the Democratic Party is. Heaven forbid their slaves reject the idea of public school education while they’re sending their own to private schools. Typical liberal hypocrisy.

Yes, America, this is a tweet from one of your leading Democratic presidential contenders. Do whatever you want, make whatever bad decisions you make, ol’ Joe Taxpayer will come to your rescue. No responsibility. No accountability. What a clown!

Just another reason why I love this president. President Trump not only lives in their heads, but reveals just how utterly inhuman they are. A little give-and-take humor goes a long, long way, folks!

Angela Merkel is nothing more than an alternate universe Hitler. Knowing Germany’s past, she’s playing with fire but seems oblivious to it. You can only push folks so far before they overreact.

Why didn’t I have teachers like this back in Tewksbury Memorial High School? (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Funniest headline of the year: Recently Pardoned Turkey Found Dead After Claiming To Have Dirt On Hillary Clinton. I’d almost believe it to be true!

You know, I watch this band of shrews in action and understand exactly who Roger Waters was writing about when he wrote this Pink Floyd classic.

…speaking of which, this is just the greatest performance of “Comfortably Numb”. It shows just how damned good Pink Floyd was as a band. And why lots of folks pick David Gilmour’s solos on this song the greatest of all time. Why, he’s even better than Steely Dan! (Goodboys /sarc)

There’s something seriously wrong with Joe Biden, and the fact that he’s the Democrats’ front-runner tells you all you need about the ethical and moral bankruptcy of the Party. Stop the embarrassment for your own damned good, for Chrissakes!

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November 29, 2019

Instead of my usual weekend post I figured I’d combine it with a post for “Black Friday”. My Christmas shopping, BTW, is complete – the only thing left is the usual (and fun) last-minute stocking stuffer shopping. So, rather than battle the crowds I will be doing a little work and a little house-cleaning. In the meantime:

Thanksgiving was a pretty low-key affair here at the Richard hacienda, just me and the twins enjoying a nice little dinner. I served it “buffet style”; the days of fancy dinners and elaborate place-settings are long over:

…but it served the purpose and now it’s on to the holiday season.

It’s because he does stuff like this that defines my love and respect for President Trump. He’s always putting the military and this country first. I’m really tired and, yes, now completely intolerant, of liberal, elitist morons who hate this man simply because he’s his own man, a businessman instead of a politician. Is he imperfect, brash, and full of himself? Of course. But he’s doing his job and trolls the mainstream media relentlessly. More importantly, he has singlehandedly taught Republicans how to push back against the liberals and the media elites who have been nothing more than bullies in using their positions and influence to personally destroy those who don’t follow their progressive / liberal / socialist / fascist agendas.

…BTW, how Trump ended up in Afghanistan without anyone knowing is truly a cool thing.

What’s really sad about the Trump presidency is that you have families and friendships being broken over it. To me, it’s completely unfathomable, albeit (knowing the mindset of liberals like I do) not surprising. Tell me, how many families or friendships do you know of that were broken by conservatives simply because someone else might have voted for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? On the other hand, tell me how many families have cut off contact, or people ending friendships simply because someone is a Trump supporter? I’ve lost one very cherished friendship and have had other friendships irreparably harmed simply because I’m an unabashed supporter of the President. And I’m not alone. It used to bother me, but I’ve come around to that I really don’t give a shit anymore.

…I mean, how shallow can someone be? If someone is willing to throw away something as precious as a friendship over something as insignificant (at least in the grand scheme of things) as politics, they can’t have been – I’m being brutally honest here – much of a friend to begin with. True friendship involves respecting the other person for who they are and what they believe – after all, it’s the differences and our own unique personalities that make friendships special. I take mine very seriously: there’s almost nothing I wouldn’t do for my closest friends (and they know who they are!), therefore, it’s personally abhorrent to me to think that others can treat such a cherished thing so carelessly and recklessly. Then again, it’s kinda impossible to keep talking when the other person isn’t interested and obviously has no respect for you or your opinions. When you’re dealing with folks like that, you’re better off just going your separate ways. Screw ’em.

OK, enough of the soapbox.

When the President talks about “fake news” and how corrupt, petty, and incompetent the mainstream media is, Newsweek serves as the poster child. And this is what happens when you’re the poster child.

And speaking of poster children, here is the poster child of “quid pro quos”.

I’m not much of a basketball fan, but the Boston Celtics have become a fun team to follow by distance.

Did you know there are 300,000 Canadian residents in Hong Kong? And yet, not one Canadian flag among the sea of US flags during the latest democracy protests. Under the likes of Justin Trudeau, Canada has become one of the biggest pussies on the world political stage.

…and speaking of pussies.

Looks like I won’t be visiting Chick-fil-A anytime soon. It’s not to denigrate local franchises, which have been known to go above and beyond for their communities, but I choose to where I spend my hard–earned money seriously, and to hear that Chick-fil-A is supporting organizations openly hostile to religious and conservatives causes to kowtow to LGBTQ activists (the biggest group of fascists in the country), well, I got me a new Popeyes up the road.

Dick-head. Makes you wonder what gets between the ears of these clowns. Why can’t you just play football and let your actions speak for themselves? But I guess putting the team over individual accomplishment is just so stifling. And what does this say about his upbringing? Wouldn’t this reflect poorly on his family or upbringing? But I guess that kind of thing doesn’t matter anymore.

The Washington Post should rename itself to the Baghdad Bob Daily.

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November 28, 2019

The things I am most thankful for this year:

* Good health (although those 7 pounds need to come off after the holidays!)
* Living in the greatest country on earth with all the freedoms we take so granted
* Those who serve in our country’s armed forces and those have fought and died over the centuries to protect those cherished freedoms
* My wonderful wife and a great sister-in-law
* Wonderful friends and family (even if they’re far, far away)
* Still having a job
* A great President who puts our country and the welfare of Americans first!

I hope everyone has a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

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November 26, 2019

Again, lotsa space between posts. It’s just been hard with all the work going on and the extracurricular activities going on regarding the house. After we met with our financial advisor back in September we’ve been focusing on our finances and investments – that’s been a lot of work, requiring a lot of research, but I think we’ve gotten ourselves in a pretty good place: at least as good as we’ve ever been. We refinanced our house because it was such a good deal – not only did we reduce our monthly mortgage payment and our interest rate, but we can finally replace the 1999 Saturn with 180K miles on it that is running on fumes (literally!). And work has been pretty tough as of late: there have been layoffs and there’s a new sheriff in town I’m reporting to, so there has been all the usual extra work associated with that kind of upheaval.

But my biggest area of focus these past several months has been on the backyard, finishing up plans that have been in place for literally years. I think it’s safe to say that there isn’t anyone in our neighborhood that can claim a backyard re-do like we have done this year. And we now have as nice a backyard as anyone with our amount of space could ever wish to have. Not only is it inviting, but it’s become a mini-resort in and of itself!

Don’t believe me?

Exhibit A is the backyard looking west towards the patio and the Tiki bar area prior to this year’s renovations:

..and here is what it looks like now. Quite the difference, huh?

The Carvestone surfacing we had done over the pool deck never ceases to amaze me – it looks so great! It’s so very Palm Springs retro you can almost picture Bing, Bob, and Frank tossing back Manhattans. It wasn’t our design; it just goes to show what a good collaboration with a creative consultant can accomplish. And then there’s the new fire pit.

We’ve been wanting to have a fire pit for many years. After all, Arizona winters being what they are perfect for having fires — we don’t get snow or much rain, and the nights are just cool enough to enjoy a nice fire. So I contacted the good folks at Hawkeye Landscaping and did a backyard walkabout with Daniel, who is responsible for collaborating on much what we’ve done. We exchanged a few ideas and we confirmed that the “middle area” between the small yard and the pool deck would be a perfect spot:

We tossed around a couple of ideas, and here is what we came up with – a unique and modern design. To which I added happy flamingo lights to the back cactus to match the ones on the front cactus. Together, it makes a truly intimate and inviting setting:

Oh brother, I can’t tell you how much work it was to move all that rock, lay the new pavers, and then find the right paint to match the blue/gray of the pool deck! But boy, it really came out nice.

…and at night the changes are especially lovely. This is the new view from the back patio:

So that’s what has been going on. I’ll be trying to get back to posting more often. We’ll see how it goes. I may also start trying to post a little more on my Twitter feed as well. But we’ll see how that goes as well.

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November 24, 2019

Been a hellish two weeks. More to come.

Notice anything unusual about the performer(s) in this video? Absolutely awesome.

For my Goodboys friend Patrick (a.k.a, “Dog”), who to this day regrets not seeing Pink Floyd during their 1994 Division Bell tour, here is a decent alternative – just make sure you have the volume turned up high. This “Brit Floyd” band is very legit!

…and their version of “Sheep” totally rocks!

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November 9, 2019

A weekending post as I prepare to leave this lovely fall weather in the Valley of the Sun for something altogether different in Massachusetts next week. But it’s all good — I get to drag my black leather jacket out of the closet!

This is what constitutes for the mainstream media these days. What a bunch of assholes. And they preach to us?

Forget about impeachment – this is what the 2020 election is gonna all be about. Say, how’s that 401K workin’ out for y’all lately?

Lots of folks associate Pink Floyd with long, dreamy psychedelia, but “Dogs” from their Animals is as brash and acerbic as any punk band could have conjured up in 1977. The lyrics speak for themselves:

You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need.
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you’re on the street,
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed.
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight,
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking.

And after a while, you can work on points for style.
Like the club tie, and the firm handshake,
A certain look in the eye and an easy smile.
You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to,
So that when they turn their backs on you,
You’ll get the chance to put the knife in.

You gotta keep one eye looking over your shoulder.
You know it’s going to get harder, and harder, and harder as you
get older.
And in the end you’ll pack up and fly down south,
Hide your head in the sand,
Just another sad old man,
All alone and dying of cancer.

And when you loose control, you’ll reap the harvest you have sown.
And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone.
And it’s too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw
around.
So have a good drown, as you go down, all alone,
Dragged down by the stone.

I gotta admit that I’m a little bit confused.
Sometimes it seems to me as if I’m just being used.
Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise.
If I don’t stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of this
maze?

Deaf, dumb, and blind, you just keep on pretending
That everyone’s expendable and no-one has a real friend.
And it seems to you the thing to do would be to isolate the winner
And everything’s done under the sun,
And you believe at heart, everyone’s a killer.

Who was born in a house full of pain.
Who was trained not to spit in the fan.
Who was told what to do by the man.
Who was broken by trained personnel.
Who was fitted with collar and chain.
Who was given a pat on the back.
Who was breaking away from the pack.
Who was only a stranger at home.
Who was ground down in the end.
Who was found dead on the phone.
Who was dragged down by the stone.

Can’t help but see myself in these lyrics – at my company you have to fend for yourself and be ready to stick the knife in when the corporate dick-heads emerge from the jungle beyond the perimeter. Of course, there’s some truly grunge guitar work by David Gilmour and some equally-fine keyboard work by Rick Wright that hearken back to several years earlier, but it is Roger Waters’ cynical lyrics carry the day. It’s a deep-track classic, not quite as sturdy and memorable as, say, “Sheep” is, but damned fine nonetheless. “Animals” is an album that, like fine wine, gets better over time. It really is one of the Floyd’s best.

Methinks President Trump knows a heckuva lot of what’s coming down the pike, but like the 4D chess player he is in a Chinese Checkers-playing town, he ain’t saying.

Hey Democrats, you want to know what a real quid pro quo is? This.

You know what’s so great about the 2nd amendment to the Constitution? It works when they try to take away your 1st amendment. Tracey and I will be planning on getting our concealed-carry permits once I get back from Massachusetts. I’m sooo ready!

Agree with Candace Owens’ tweet about protecting alleged “whistleblower” Eric Ciarmella’s identity at all cost!

There are some great “Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself” memes out there – it just goes to show just how creative folks are (not to mention just how obsolete the mainstream media has become with its anti-Trump / LGBTQ-activist agendas. This one and this one are two of the better ones.

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November 7, 2019

Been a little hectic around here between work and all kinds of stuff related to finances. Our financial advisor at Edelman Financials gave us a lot to think about given the number of years I have until retirement and we’ve finally been acting on it. It’s a lot of work, but in the long run it will put us in a much better place and ready for the next stage of our lives. There’s also been a lot of activity in the backyard with the installation of our new wood-burning firepit. Plenty of pics to come shortly!

Been reading Andrew Wareham’s “Innocents at War” series about British flyers in World War I. Those who would find books about the emergence of the airplane as a weapon will find this series riveting. And it’s not just about war, it’s about the whole social fabric and culture of British aristocracy unraveling with the changes unlimited war brings.

…I’m on Book 3 already, and am already looking forward to reading his next “Innocents No More” series of books that deal with air technology and World War II.

Promises to be an interesting offseason for the Boston Red Sox. I see them trading Mookie Betts for a suite of younger players to help put them in a good spot for years to come. One thing is for sure: no matter what happens, Manager Alex Cora will be on a very hot seat come the start of next year. If the Sox don’t break out of the gate hot he’ll be the first to go. Anyone who watched the team this year knows they underperformed, including the manager. Like the team, he slept-walked through the season and I can guarantee you John Henry noticed.

…no matter what happens I sure hope they keep Jackie Bradley, Jr. in CF. Sure he’s a streaky player, but you can’t beat what his defense means to the pitching staff.

Election Night 2019 was fairly interesting. Sure, the media will play up the fact that the Dems took control of both houses in Virginia, but the GOP has been weak there for years, polluted with too many establishment politicians. There’s opportunity for a rebirth there, but it will have to start with Trump taking the state in 2020 (something I believe he will do); this will convince a new, younger, and more vibrant generation of GOP activists taking the reins of power from n already-weak establishment.

…speaking of Virginia, you just knew Governor Ralphie “Blackface” Northam would, after spending months in hiding, would be all over CNN and MSNBC saying how Trump has been an embarrassment to the country. Democrats are just soooo predictable!

All things being equal, I still say to keep an eye on Connecticut in 202o; it’s my pick of a state primed to flip from blue to red.

You mean Eric Ciaramella? THAT Eric Ciaramella? Or the other Eric Ciaramella. I just want to make sure we’re talking about the right Eric Ciaramella.

…all the more interesting that Eric Ciarmella’s attorney announced the coup against President Donald Trump in a series of tweets starting in early 2017. Methinks Eric Ciarmella’s attorney is going to become very well known in the next few weeks.

Still haven’t watched any PGA TOUR golf this year, didn’t even know Tiger won a recent tournament. Don’t really care anymore. I let my Golf Digest and GOLF magazine subscriptions run out. I’ll still watch the Masters, of course, but all the professional golfers these days are just so spoiled and so boring to watch.

Why am I not surprised? Get the poor kid against his wacko, abusive mother and let him be a boy!

Why am I not surprised? There are no greater fascist totalitarians in the world than LGBTQ activists. You have to read the story to believe it. Coming to a town near you…

And yes, not only do I believe Jeffrey Epstein was murdered, but I firmly believe it was set up by the Clintons. After all, with “Her Shrillness” on the precipice of announcing her entry into the Democratic presidential race one can’t have loose lips sinking ships.

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October 31, 2019

A few thoughts as the Richard hacienda gets ready for Halloween. We’ve got three bags of candy (KitKats, Snickers, and Reeses) and we’re going to fire up two Tiki torches in the pots by the driveway. I’ll have Pink Floyd’s “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” and “Absolutely Curtains” playing, and we’ll see just how many ghouls and goblins we get!!

…if the neighborhood (and good taste) would allow it, I’d go without clothes to costume myself as one of former California congresswoman Katie Hill’s interns.

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In a battle of wits between President Trump and the New York Times the latter is deemed unarmed. Honestly, folks, what goes for “journalism’ these days is pretty pathetic.

Meet Eric Ciaramella, the so-called “Ukrainian whistleblower”. Of course, those of us who follow Greg Rubini’s Twitter account knew all about this two weeks ago. But I’m not picky who breaks it, as long as the news gets out. And it will.

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Just as I’ve been predicting. Funny how these things tend to start coming into focus, isn’t it?

Headline Tuesday: “Former Bill Clinton adviser: Only one thing is keeping Hillary out of the 2020 race“. Which as it turns out, would be Hillary replacing Joe Biden if the latter were to drop out of the race:

“My feeling is that she wants to,” Morris said. “But she’s hesitant because she realizes the timing is bad. She’s got to wait until Biden drops out because he’s obviously next in line for it, and if he goes away, there’s an opening for her.”

Headline Wednesday” “Joe Biden in Danger of Humiliating Loss in Iowa, Top Democrats Warn“. Talk about “Here’s your hat, why are you leaving?”:

Joe Biden risks a humiliating third- or fourth-place finish in Iowa early next year, according to nearly a dozen senior Democrats in the state who attribute the prospect to what they see as a poorly organized operation that has failed to engage with voters and party leaders.

With fewer than 100 days until the Feb. 3 caucuses, Biden is failing to spend the time with small groups of voters and party officials that Iowans expect and his campaign’s outreach has been largely ineffective, according to 11 senior Democrats in the state. That could send Biden to a crippling loss behind Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, who have highly organized campaigns in Iowa, said the Democrats, most of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly about the campaign.

Look, it’s obvious what’s going on behind the scenes. Regardless of Barack Obama’s heralded status as a president, the fact is he was never a great Democratic fundraiser; he never promoted anything but himself. Alternatively, it’s the Clintons who remain the movers and shakers with the deep-pocket donors sitting on the sidelines just waiting for the word to come to the money-starved Democratic National Committee that help is on the way. So what you’re now seeing is Biden’s continued flaws and weaknesses as a candidate creating a gaping hole big enough for the Wicked With of Chappaqua to ride her broom through. I’ve already laid out the scenario for y’all, the only question is whether or not Biden makes it to Thanksgiving. I say not.

Prediction: watch for some crushing headlines in the next week or so further indicting Biden’s behavior with even more countries besides Ukraine, China, and Romania. Were I a conspiracy theorist, I’d almost believe that President Obama, knowing “Slo’ Joe”‘s predatory instincts for shaking down foreign countries to line both his pockets and those of his sons, gave him free reign, knowing it would all come back to bite him were he to run for president again. Hence, Obama’s reluctance to endorse his candidacy. Now Biden’s campaign – as predicted – is floundering, and where’s Barack? Nowhere to be found, that’s where. You have to give the Clintons credit – when it comes to politics, few – if any – have been as ruthless. If he wasn’t such a pathetic, senile clown one could almost feel sorry for “Slo’ Joe” – he actually believes he’s presidential material.

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I didn’t vote for Arizona senator Kyrsten Sinema but I have to admit I’m pretty happy with her willingness to be her own person and not just blindly tow the Democratic Party line. How do I know she’s got the courage of her own convictions? Red State’s Bonchie observes that left-wing rag Politico isn’t happy with the Senator’s willingness to play nice with the opposition:

A politician who thinks for themselves is oddly refreshing, even if she’s a Democrat. Reportedly, Sinema and Ted Cruz are fairly close, working together on the Commerce Committee. She’s said to spend as much time with Republicans as Democrats. Of course, her voting record, while decidedly more conservative than every other Democrat (including voting for several Trump appointments), is still fairly liberal. Yet, the tact of shunning Washington elitism and seemingly only caring about things that affect her constituents is a lot closer to the original intent of the Senate than the nationalized monstrosity it’s become.

…Politico really doesn’t like that though. Sinema, for all her leans toward moderation, is still a liberal Democrat. That’s not enough these days. You’ve got to set your hair on fire and run around screaming about impeachment to really be part of the club. You also can’t be liked by Republicans at all.

I’m more than willing to cut the senator a break. For one thing, I don’t vote for robots – Democrat or Republican – and have no “litmus test” as to whom I’d vote for. The fact that Sinema is willing to take positions reflective of her constituents (Arizona, after all, being a red-to-purple state) shows both intelligence and guile. She’s also (at least as politicians go) a fox – not Katie Hill caliber, but a fox nevertheless – and the fact she’s not adverse to being her own self is just another reason to like her. She’ll never always – even perhaps often – vote my way, but I do respect the fact she appears to follow the same kind of independent track Arizonans in Washington have always been known for.

…and no, I’m not talking about “Maverick” John McCain – he we was nothing more than a attention-seeking fraud.

Happy Halloween, yall!

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October 29, 2019

I know it has been a while, but click on the links and I’m sure you’ll agree the wait was worth it.

I know I’m sixty-four, but I’m not dead, right? So if disgraced Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill plans on running for election in, oh, say, 2022, and she’s looking for an intern, here’s letting her know The Great White Shank is at her service. 😉

Sure, not everyone likes President Trump, but everyone loves dogs, right? So I’m guessing the Belgian Malimois that helped take down and shake down sleaze-ball terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is gonna get a lot of attention over the next few days. Americans love heroes, and Americans love dogs. And check this video out – what a breed of dog!!

The Babylon Bee is best political satire site out there, bar none. In fact, with headlines like this one has a hard time believing it truly is satire.

See, this is how it’s done. God, my brother Mark would have loved to have watched this. And this. It has such a dreamy quality about it, and you can’t beat the drum fills (which was what Mark was all about)!

…and these guys do such a great job on the Floyd’s “Atom Hear Mother” (one of my all-time favorite pieces) that has to be watched to truly enjoy. I always found the original album – given the technology of the times – to be quite muddy, thus hiding the genius of the composition and vocal arrangements. With this video you can experience it all in great clarity; to watch the vocal performers handle the truly unique and difficult parts is something to behold.

What is it about liberals that want to suck the joy out of everything they hear about or come in touch with? To me, the return of the Tiki bar can only be a good thing, right? Hat tip to all you liberal snowflakes out there: it’s not “cultural appropriation”, it’s something y’all might have heard something about but never experienced it for yourselves: it’s called “having a good time.”

I had to laugh hearing the Democrats and their political operatives in the mainstream media complaining about neither Nancy Pelosi nor Adam Schiff being informed about the al-Baghdadi raid. Honestly, is there anyone out there who truly think these two raving, drooling Trump-haters wouldn’t have breathlessly leaked it to the mainstream media, thereby either putting our soldiers in harms way or causing the mission to be cancelled outright? After all, it’s happened before. What’s different today is that Donald Trump isn’t a fool, he know who the liars and leakers are. How do you think the raid was pulled off without a single leak?

…which is why I’ve always been of the opinion that a lot of what you hear printed in the Washington Post and New York Times quoting “White House officials” are nothing more than planted stories designed to identify the leakers. Donald Trump is playing 4D chess in a town filled with Chinese Checkers players.

How big a hurdle are Democrats facing with independent and centrist Democratic voters in 2020? This big.

Fifty years ago it was Abbey Road. Forty years ago it was Tusk. Truly great albums, (#s 7 and 4, respectively, on my all-time top ten list of greatest albums of all time.

I’m trying my best through my GOP and conservative channels to make the Party leadership realize that coming out strong against this kind of thing is so winner winner it’s chicken dinner. But it just goes to show you just how powerful the LGBTQ lobby is out there. For the life of me I just can’t understand where the feminists are when it comes to this; this is nothing more than perverse, f**ked-up biological males encroaching on women’s sports turf and – at least up to now – getting away with it.

…but it just goes to show the power of the LGBTQ lobby in the mainstream media when you have a situation such as this allowed to the point that it has. It’s more than obvious the mother has more than a few screws loose, so how a jury could not see this as anything but blatant child abuse is beyond me.

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