November 17, 2018

A few items to mark the end of a busy and jam-packed week with a nod to a cool, late-60s Brian Wilson “state of life” Beach Boys tune:

Well first of all, a Windows 10 upgrade from the geniuses at my company’s IT department made my work laptop all but unusable, and it took the better part of two nights on Monday and Tuesday to get my new laptop properly configured and functional. I seemed to be able to get just about everything back except whatever that software is that Microsoft supplies where you get a different picture from around the world every day (something from Microsoft I actually liked). Instead, all I have is the same boring picture of (I think) Cabo San Lucas. If anyone knows what setting or download I need to get let me know. 🙂

We also had a break occur in one of our most ancient landscaping irrigation lines when some kind of a root from somewhere pricked it and turned station #1 into an underground river. It was too deep for me to fix, so a call to the good folks at Hawkeye Landscaping was in order. The bad news is that it was kind of expensive ($170); the good news is that Daniel and I were talking about that long-standing, forever put off, project to install some handsome landscape lighting in the front, and, since for them this is the slow season, he offered to take the cost of the irrigation line fix off the front lighting install, so I think I’m going to work that in before year’s end.

…I’m very sensitive about water issues when they occur around here – I wish everyone was. I’m vested in my company’s employee stock purchase plan and had high hopes of using what I hoped to be a year-end windfall to replace the lawns in the back and on the east side of the house with synthetic lawn. Unfortunately, our Q3 earnings weren’t very good, Wall Street noticed, and our stock price lost 30% of its value in, like, three days. It’ll probably come back, so the replacement of those lawns will just have to wait their turn.

…that whole synth grass industry, BTW, has gone far beyond the crappy indoor/outdoor stuff you find at the bog-box stores – some of the product is very sophisticated and real-looking, and the good stuff has a twenty-year life cycle (meaning I’ll be long gone from here by the time to replace happens). To do both lawns is ~ 5K total, but I figure with the reduced water costs I’ll get a return on my investment in 6-7 years.

…besides, it doesn’t take a genius to see that, outside of some genius coming up with a solution to do large-scale de-salinization in a cost-effective way sometime soon – and very soon (not likely), the explosive growth occurring in the Great American Southwest as this country’s population ages is rapidly making the idea of grass lawns a quaint, archaic, and, inevitably, wasteful vestige of yesteryear. The golf industry, parks and subdivisions, and swimming pools are always going to need their share of water, but for individual homeowners wanting to help in whatever way they can one can easily see which way the wind is blowing.

We did end up getting all our doctor’s appointments in, though.

On Monday the hand specialist took a look at my right hand (I have Depuytren’s Contracture in my right hand, a genetic deformity that is gradually yanking my ring finger downward). The doc said I was an excellent candidate for a treatment he assures me would be very helpful, but we need to first see how much insurance will pay before I get the procedure scheduled.

On Wednesday, I had my physical, and yes, my blood pressure was back to being high (159/90). The doc doesn’t understand why this would happen after never having HBP issues, like, ever, but he prescribed me a low dosage of Lisinopril to try for six weeks to see if it helps. While I understand the need to get my BP down and make my doctor happy, given the fact I’m one of the lucky ones who have never been on anything my entire life, I’m just not willing to give in to old age and hopping on a regular prescribed medicine habit – at least not yet. I’ve got the celery seed my brother Dave suggested and I’ve just started back up at the gym, so here’s what I think I’ll do: since the doc really wants me to get my BP down and see me in the next six weeks I’ll go the medication route first. Then, if that appears to work, I’ll replace taking that with the celery seed for the same period of time and compare results. If that works out, I’ll be ahead of the game.

On Thursday, I had my eye appointment and my doc was very happy to report that my prescription hasn’t changed in two years and there’s no signs of early macular degeneration or cataracts. The drive home in the dusk with my eyes still dilated was kind of interesting (and a little unnerving), but it all worked out OK.

On Friday, I got all my food shopping down for Thanksgiving so I don’t have to go anywhere near a supermarket this weekend. The crazies will be out there, and it’s a guarantee that by Sunday night the local Fry’s will look like a bomb had been set off inside, with gaping holes where the frozen turkeys, stuffing, gravy, aluminum pans, pudding, cream cheese, and cans of green beans typically are. Two houses in our subdivision already have their Christmas lights up – more than a bit early for my taste – but there’s no denying that, with a roaring economy and an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas for the retailers to make hay, everyone is already geared up for that annual orgy of self-indulgence called “the holidays”.

So that was my week. It’s going to be another Chamber of Commerce day out here in the Valley of the Sun with plenty of sun, temperatures in the mid-70s, and light winds, so I’m off to get bunny supplies, hit a bucket of balls, and work on my short game and putting. I’m planning my second round of The Great White Shank’s golf year next weekend so there’s not a moment to lose.

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November 8, 2018

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Lots of surprised faces after Tuesday night’s elections results. I’ll admit that I didn’t expect to see the kind of ticket-splitting we saw all over the place between GOP senate candidates (which, by and large, did well in their respective states) vs. what down-ballot congressional candidates did in their districts. I heard from my GOP party contact earlier today, and the “party line”, so to speak, is that those candidates that aligned themselves with President Trump did much better than those who chose not to. There’s a lot of anger at FOX News calling the House for Democrats with voters standing in line and the polls being open in California. Not sure to what – if any – extent that might depressed turnout (I doubt it made much of a difference) but what FOX did was truly unconscionable.

I’ve sifted through some notes I had been taking throughout the year in anticipation of this post, and frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t consider more the issue of healthcare costs and how it might impact suburban districts (where so many of the GOP’s congressional victims got whacked). But hey, I’m no professional at this kind of thing, so who cares? 🙂 At any rate, with that in mind, here are a few thoughts and comments about the mid-terms in general:

1. There was no blue wave. Sure, the Dems are going to have the House, but what they ended up taking was hardly historic. And, they’ll find out just like the GOP did that’s it’s a lot harder to actually govern than play the role of the resistance. Without a doubt, the Trump rallies prevented an even bigger bloodbath from taking place. And the loss of those three Senate seats is going to hurt the Dems far more than any advantage they might temporarily gain with “San Fran Nan” holding the Speaker’s gavel.

2. There’s little doubt that the blame for the GOP’s loss of the House falls on the shoulders of two RINOs: John McCain and Speaker Paul Ryan, who was useless and nowhere to be found this election cycle. I think Richard Baris is exactly spot on: the inability of the GOP to: a) repeal Obamacare completely (McCain casting the deciding vote), and b) replace it with a suite of innovative, market-based solutions (Ryan’s greatest failure as Speaker) really hurt the GOP.

3. If there’s a silver lining in all this for the GOP, it is that so many worthless RINO congressmen got whacked that the House GOP will now be (like their Senate counterparts) more conservative and more Trumpian. This improves the chances that the Freedom Caucus’s Jim Jordan (and not Ryan’s RINO rooter Kevin McCarthy) will become Minority Leader. Hopefully the GOP understands that they’re going to need someone like Jordan to paint the clear distinctions between his side of the chamber and Pelosi’s.

4. The purge of RINO congressmen also gives the GOP a better opportunity to recruit good, solid conservatives to regain the seats lost last night in 2020. Hey, sometimes you need to take a bit of a licking in order to come back stronger for the next fight.

5. Do not discount the importance of the GOP majority in the Senate being much more conservative as a result of the departures of Tennessee’s Bob Corker and Arizona’s Jeff Flake. First of all, it reduces whatever leverage the Lisa Murkowskis and Susan Collinses of the world have previously had to force PDJT to pick acceptable candidates for the Supreme Court if any new retirements were to be announced. Secondly, it wouldn’t surprise me to see someone like Clarence Thomas use this golden opportunity to announce his retirement and enable the President to pick a younger, just as conservative, replacement.

6. Big winners of the night? Alternate media. I, like tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of others, eschewed the crappy, oh-so-rigid and predictable cable news networks for live broadcasts on YouTube and other venues. Me? I switched between the Internet broadcast hosted by Steve Bannon over at Jim Hoft’s Gateway Pundit site and Styxhexenhammer666’s YouTube channel. For millennial progressives there was Cenk Uygur’s The Young Turks YouTube channel. I can guarantee you when the 2020 election comes around, the audiences for these alternative forms of political broadcasts will be exponentially greater. The cable news networks don’t know it yet (or if they do, they’re not telling), but they’re the walking dead, the equivalent of Ford Falcons whose audiences and influence will be drastically curtailed in just two short years. Things are changing that rapidly.

7. Big losers of the night: media darlings Andrew Gillum, the Venezuelan socialist who lost his race for Florida governor, and dopey “Beto” O’Rourke, he of the $70 mil poured into his campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in Texas, money that could have been far-better spent elsewhere:

In the night’s early bellwether, Ted Cruz won Texas even though skateboarding-and-super-cool Beto spent $70 million trying to beat him. Thank you, thank you Beto. Take a bow, and take a knee. (Texans just love kneeling during the national anthem.) Seventy Million Democrat Dollars poured down the Rio Grande. Imagine the damage that money could have done if spent in other campaigns or secretly flown to Iran to ransom a rug. The Democrats now are the party of The Millionaires — George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer — and, except for the blessed Sheldon Adelson who seems determined, single-handedly if necessary, to counter-balance all of them, that’s where money now crowds politics. And Robert Francis Beto vacuumed in Seventy Million of those George Washingtons while Ted Cruz won.

Barack Obama and Oprah were also particularly stung:

And then, next-door, the Georgia governor race. We have been told that Oprah is God (now that Harvey Weinstein has been anthropomorphized). When Oprah endorses a book, everyone in the country immediately buys it, and four or five people even read it. So there was Oprah, the God who made Obama president. And Obama, her Prophet, campaigned properly alongside her, both for Stacey Abrams, another radical. If it was not the Trump campaign stop in Macon that sealed the deal for Brian Kemp, it was the Obama kiss of death. Out of office for two years, Barack still has not lost the touch, energizing Republicans with memories of the blight. It appears to everyone but Abrams that Kemp held Georgia for the GOP. The public awaits Oprah’s next book recommendation; perhaps Taylor Swift can sing it.

Heh. Indeed.

So what can we expect for the next two years? Well, it’s a virtual guarantee that Democrats will overplay their hand and attempt to ruin President Trump with investigations related to Russia, Judge Kavanaugh, and the President’s taxes and business associations. They’ll have to because that’s what their base of frothing, drooling Feminazis and Hollywood celebrities demands. But all that will end up doing is pissing off centrist Democrats (if there are any left) and independent voters. If the Democrats try to further motivate their base by passing legislation to restore Obamacare regulations and/or tax increases, the Republicans will motivate their base and independents by squashing those initiatives in the Senate. Most folks think there won’t be any major legislation passed in the next two years, but I’m not so sure. Me? I’m guessing Nancy Pelosi may be willing to trade something like DACA for some market-friendly healthcare initiatives and/or deficit reduction measures.

So, it could have been better, but it sure could have been worse. While lots of folks are already ruminating about the 2020 elections and what states Trump might or might not lose or win as a result, keep in mind two things: 1) 2020 is light years away politically, and it’s a virtual lock that the political landscape then will look completely different than it does now, and 2) the Democrats are going to have to pick a candidate. It’s easy to look at last night purely in terms of Donald Trump, but in 2020 there will be a second candidate and a competing political vision for voters to choose between. It’s hard not to the see the Democrats picking someone that represents the far left, because that’s where all the energy in the party is right now. But it’s just way too early to even speculate. It gives me a headache just thinking about it.

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November 6, 2018

Well, it’s here – finally. Election Day 2018. All the cable news network will be pushing out beautiful stages with phrases and logos to make it all sound so important and official. It’s too bad they’re all full of shit to the point where I want to barf. All these talking heads all spouting the same conventional wisdom which means they only know what the major news and cable news networks polls tell them: pollsters who haven’t changed their antiquated methodologies because if they did they know they’d lose all credibility with their friends and families who work at the same damned places. They all eat together and swill chardonnay together at same bars and cocktail parties, they all read the same newspapers and get their news from the same news sources. They live and whore themselves in their elitist, echo chamber bubble, and they still can’t for the life of them believe Hillary Clinton isn’t president.

They’re all so friggin’ smug in their beliefs that they know best, that if only those yahoos who live outside the Beltway or more than twenty miles inland from the coasts were as smart and sophisticated by then, well, they’d see that Donald Trump is Hitler and a racist, sexist totalitarian brute who doesn’t belong in the Oval Office. (Which, as far as I’m concerned, is OK – everyone can think what they want.) The problem is these folks push polls solely and purely in the interests of gaining headlines on the network and cable news shows they all ascribe to in order to further their political agenda. In that way, their just a bunch of lazy cowards. One would have thought that having their reputations shredded after their performance in 2016 they’d know better. But why change when your goal is to put the Republicans and Donald Trump out of business and you’ve got all these media avenues still willing to publish your shit even when they know it’s shit?

The Great White Shank doesn’t do polls. He doesn’t care about polls. He spits on polls (well, not literally!). What he does do is pay attention to trends, the kind of trends you can only discern by using news sources on both sides of the political aisle to detect trends in optimism and pessimism. He stays away from the cable news networks – PERIOD. He knows when he’s being gaslighted and lied to – after all, you can’t bullshit a bull-shitter. You don’t have to read pages and pages of stuff – just pick out your news sources and see what the trends appear to be – like Bob Dylan sang, “you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

The Great White Shank also follows those numbers guys on Twitter who themselves are either numbers guys or who themselves have numbers guys they rely on. Folks like Richard Baris, Florida Guy, and the incomparable Larry Schweikart. Sure, they bend to the conservative side of the aisle, but they don’t put out crap to push their own personal agendas like the pollsters do. If a Republican candidate’s campaign is sucking wind, they’ll not only tell you – more importantly, they’ll tell you why. These guys are not only good, they have a network behind them that eat, sleep, and drink numbers – as in real numbers.

And finally, I have my contact up in the GOP party hierarchy. I won’t ever reveal his/her name, but he/she knows shit like you wouldn’t believe. The info he/she gave me in 2016 helped support the anecdotal evidence I had personally accumulated over time and the trends I had interpreted on my own that Donald Trump was going to beat Hillary Clinton. Not only does he/she know what’s happening on the Republican side, he/she knows what’s going down on the Democrat side as well. For example, I knew that Hillary Clinton wasn’t going to Wisconsin well before others did. And I kept my mouth shut like I was told because everyone was afraid she’d realize how big a mistake she was making. And I knew that Michigan was going to be a surprise. I trust my contact implicitly.

So here’s what I see:
1. The size of the rallies Donald Trump is getting ought to be the #1 political story of the year. And the fact they’re not being covered is a disgrace to the media and everything it is supposed to stand for. Why? Because the midterms are all about voter enthusiasm!! It’s not a presidential election, so folks have to be willing to go the polls. Look at the lines at Trump’s rallies. If folks are willing to stand outside for 8 hours in the hope of getting in, don’t you think they’ll be willing to travel 10-15 minutes and wait in line for an hour to go vote? And, bring their friends with them?

2. African-American support for Donald Trump – especially among black males – appears to be to some degree higher than in 2016. The AA vote is so critical to Democrats, even a small percentage choosing to vote in a midterm election and, worse, to pull the lever for Republicans, ought to frighten the crap out of liberals and Democrats everywhere.

3. The GOP has crushed the early voting all over the place. Typically, it’s the Democrats that push up the numbers in EV, while Republicans tend to get out on Election Day. The fact that the Democrats have lost that advantage this year bodes very well for GOP hopes.

4. The Democrats have no message beyond resisting Trump, hating Trump, and ridiculing Trump. That’s not a message that’s going to get your base out in a midterm election.

5. Most importantly, it’s the tangibles. The Kavanaugh hearings, ANTIFA, the caravan, the endless and countless barbs thrown the way of Republicans and conservatives, and the daily abuse President Trump gets from the media on a daily basis – well, all I can tell you is the natives are restless and are thirsting to send yet another message to the elites and the media just like they did in 2016. “Cold anger” it’s called, and it makes folks willing to crawl over broken glass to vote against the elites so their voice is heard. This is what has the Democrats scared most. And let me tell you, don’t believe what CNN and the Democrats and their political operatives in the mainstream media are saying. They are scared shitless. How else do you explain the likes of Vox’s Ezra Klein already looking for excuses for a Democratic fiasco?

Bottom line: I think I have as good an idea as anyone as to what’s going to happen tomorrow. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think so. So without further adieu here are my predictions:

The Republicans will safely retain the House of Representatives, sending Democrats and the loony left into fits and back to their therapists and parents’ basements. I don’t see the GOP gaining seats – that would be the ultimate of ultimate fiascos for the Democrats. A bunch of folks see the GOP retaining the house with only 5-10 seats to spare; my personal prediction is the GOP loses only four seats. Basically it’s a wash.

The Republicans will expand their lead in the Senate by anywhere from 5-7 seats. My prediction is they’ll have 57 by the end of the night, but it very well could go higher. My personal upset special is John James in Michigan, but it also wouldn’t surprise me to see that corrupt pervert Bob Menendez go down in New Jersey. I would love-love-love to make Geoff Diehl my upset choice over Elizabeth Warren, but we are, after all, talking about the People’s Republic of Massachusetts. So, unfortunately, no soup for you, Geoff.

My states to watch: New Hampshire (which, BTW, with their revised voting requirements will go for Trump in 2020) has a couple of interesting congressional districts that could flip blue to red. Minnesota (which I also believe will go for Trump in 2020) could be very interesting. And, of course, Michigan, which, if it sends John James to the Senate the Democrats could be facing a very long night.

I do believe the sheer size and breadth of the GOP vote is going to shock a lot of people.

We’ll find out if I’m right soon enough.

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November 4, 2018

…continuing on yesterday’s post. More assorted “odds and sods”:

I thought Boston fans were supposed to have class, but judging from what happened during the Red Sox victory parade I guess that’s not the case. What fu**ing idiot would throw cans of beer at a parade? I’d I’m the Red Sox, Pats, Bruins, or Celtics any future victory celebrations get held at Fenway, Foxboro, or the Garden. It’s so sad to see our society can’t get together for large-scale celebrations without having it ruined by a bunch of a**holes. But that’s today’s culture for you.

Today, for me, used to be the worst day of the year when I lived back In Massachusetts (or Kentucky, for the matter). The first day after turning the clocks back. All of a sudden, you’re having to drive home from work in the dark. Talk about feeling that fall is over, bring on the winter, snow, and cold, and a world of light has gone dark. I never had the SAD, but I could sure understand why people got it.

OK, lesson from The Great White Shank: did I, or did I not provide a guide to “what to watch for” leading up to the mid-term elections? If you recall, I posted to watch for three main things: 1) where the national party money was going, 2) the national pollsters and mainstream media tempering enthusiasm about the so-called “blue wave” and Democrats upcoming performance, and 3) where the “big guns” are going to as far as ginning up enthusiasm was concerned.

…so lookee here: on the Democratic side, you have the so-called “celebrity know-it-all and pollster Nate Silver (he of “538” fame basically saying he hasn’t a clue as to what’s going to happen on Tuesday – he’s got his built-in excuse “the pollsters were wrong” all ready to go.
Same with Cornell Belcher. And, all of a sudden you have the mainstream media trying to play it both ways, but headlines aside, they’re saying the same thing: no one really knows what’s going to happen. I know this: seeing Barack Obama pulled out of his retirement to shill for votes in Florida and Georgia ought to tell you a lot.

…what bugs me so much about the Silver and FOX News is their reliance on polls for their talking points. And FOX News is the worst, with the insufferable Chris Stirewalt spewing highlight from FOX’s polls, which were amongst the worst in 2016. Let me ask y’all this: if you care about this kind of thing and research it (as I do), is there anything you see at all out there that has changed in pollsters methodologies since 2016, when they were basically all wrong? They still use past performance and outdated party identification ratios to develop “horse race” headlines. They don’t bother to project changes in current voting patterns based on what happened in 2016.

…for example, they based their polling in 2016 based on what happened in 2014 and were blown out of the water. Now they’re doing the same thing, basing their 2018 voting projections based on what happened in 2014. Here’s what they are missing:

…there are three main flaws in polling these days, and no one basically knows how to fix it: 1) the oversaturation of high-visibility races to the point where people stop responding, thereby missing emerging trends; 2) they put too much reliance on people who have land lines or who answer their phones during the day, thereby missing folks who work for a living or refuse to answer phones displaying numbers they don’t recognize; 3) they miss Trump supporters or voters (two different kinds of folks) who will simply refuse to respond because they despise pollsters and the media, or (this is important), lie to pollsters because they fear retribution of some scale if their support for the President were to ever get out.

…we Trump supporters know what it’s like to be harangued and badgered by those who don’t understand or respect our support for PDJT, and the climate out there is so hostile to us that you have friends, family, or acquaintances who simply can’t handle or fathom your support for the president. In the best of cases it’s just an unhealthy conversation that results in everyone deciding to stay away from talking politics, but we’ve all heard of people losing friends, being cut off from their families, losing their jobs, or even being threatened or suffering physical harm if they dare to express their Trump support in public or on social media.

…so what I’m basically saying is this: don’t be surprised if come Tuesday you feel as if you’re watching a 2016 election night rerun on the cable news networks. They simply cannot – or refuse to – understand that Donald J. Trump is a transformative force in American politics, the most transformative since at least FDR. I’ll have more to say on this in my next post, where yours truly will make his predictions for Tuesday, so let’s just leave it at that.

…Bottom line: if you are basing your life or emotional well-being on what will happen Tuesday based on what the pollsters are telling you this weekend, be warned you just may be in for a rude shock. Because they don’t know. And they know they don’t know.

Enough about politics, a word about my golf game. Have had a couple really good sessions working into my short game and downswing a suggestion given to me by my Goodboys friend Killer while hitting balls back in New Hampshire several weeks ago. I was having trouble with my short game, so he suggested I make sure that when my club makes contact with the ball my shaft is straight down, not leaning one way or the other. And it has been a godsend! Which then got me thinking later on: if that’s the case, shouldn’t it be likewise when hitting all my clubs? So that’s what I have been trying to do: making sure at impact that my arms and shaft are straight. Not only has it resulted in better results with my 5-iron, hybrids, 5-wood and driver, but overall it has helped me to stay on top of the ball, given me a wider swing arc, and slowed down my tempo. Can’t wait for my own golf season to start next weekend (more on that in a upcoming post).

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November 3, 2018

With all the traveling and catch-up work it has been a long, hard week. But it’s the weekend, we’re just days away from the mid-term elections, and I’ll be back on Monday with my predictions. Until then, a few thoughts and comments:

It’s thirteen pounds down on my Eades diet. The weeks 3 & 4 “meat weeks” are over come Tuesday, and I plan to monitor the election returns with fried veal cutlets, crinkle-cut French fries, and a few glasses of Greg Norman’s exquisite Cabernet Merlot. And then after that, I plan on implementing some diet changes and get back to the gym on a regular basis to make sure I never have to do this damned Eades diet ever again. But I have to admit, it works. I expect by Tuesday I’ll have lost the fifteen pounds I set out to lose at the start, and I’ll have lost almost an inch off my waist.

The whole high-blood pressure thing turned out to be much ado about nothing. I went to my doctor, who had a nurse administer my blood pressure test properly and without a machine, and I got 124/80. I went back the next day at around the same time and got a 122/82. I’ll still be getting my blood work done and have my physical in a couple of weeks just to make sure it’s all good (I’ll even bring my little wrist BP tester with me just to see the official comparison). But I think it’s gonna be just fine.

This year I’ll monitor the election voting by following three or four Twitter accounts who, I believe, have the best knowledge about how these elections are going to go. If I watch any cable network, it might be CNN or MSNBC, but only then if it’s official that the GOP has kept the House so I can watch the miserable loons on the left melt down and drown in their own misery. More likely, I won’t watch anything at all: I just find the talking heads on all the cable news shows so boring and so predictable.

Speaking of talking heads, what is it with all the sports events these days? You used to have a play-by-play guy and a color commentator. Now, more often than not, there’s a third analyst in the booth, and at least one other person down on the field. And then with the pre-game and post-game shows you have four or even five or six clowns behind the desk. For what? How many so-called “experts” do you need to tell me about something I just watched with my own eyes? And why stop at five or six? How about nine or ten? Or one hundred and fifty? Would that be enough?

It’s really gotten to the point where they only TV I will watch is Golf Channel and occasionally the MLB Network for baseball or their MLB Tonight show. If I’m going to get my news from somewhere it most definitely won’t be from any of the cable networks, and that includes FOX News. I have my reliable slew of web sites that I get whatever news or coverage I need to know about from, and the rest of it I could care less about.

But I don’t insulate myself with only website content I agree with. In order to see what the liberal left thinks and/or how they get their news, keep my home page at Yahoo!. To watch it every day and its onslaught of negative news having to do with President Trump is to realize just how much of a caricature the left has become. Look, you may not like President Trump – I get it – but to only show content that negatively reflects on him, his administration, and his family is to do a disservice to everyone. I mean, what are they afraid of? That the possibility of Trump doing something – anything – that might be good for the country will harm their brand? That’s hardly a way to present one’s self as an honest dissembler of information.

Speaking of which, I used to religiously follow Matt Drudge’s Drudge Report page, but it seems to me that, more likely than not these days, he’s interested in clicks than anything else.

Well, well – no surprise there. The Democrats are going to rue what they did to Justice Kavanaugh. Americans, by and large, believe in fairness. And what they saw the Democrats and the loony left attempt to do to a man’s reputation purely for the sake of petty, party politics went against everything the Democrats (supposedly) once stood for. I believe the Kavanaugh hearings will be looked at as a game changer – not just as far as the mid-terms are concerned, but as to how Americans view the Democratic Party and the liberal left.

Four weeks to my Vegas weekend and I’m back to monitoring the Vital Vegas blog. Even if I’m not getting ready to visit, the blog is such a hoot because there’s always something going on there: places closing, places opening up, etc. It’s just such a fascinating place and a fascinating place to write about.

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October 30, 2018

Jetting back to Arizona after wrapping up some final transitions work for my dad back in Massachusetts (everything went swimmingly) and he’s very happy in his new digs. Once we got his remaining financial arrangements out of the way it actually got to the point where I started feeling guilty about stopping by his apartment in fear of upsetting his routine. So it feels really good to know that he’s in a great place with a happy and comfortable vibe that that I helped him find and transition into. It just couldn’t have gone more smoothly.

In the meantime:

While late October is a special time in New England with everything decked out and looking like Halloween, you could really feel the window closing in on the golf season. And while there’s a part of me that wishes I could stay there and watch the leaves coming down and the nor’easters roll in to turn everything from fall to late fall, I most certainly won’t miss seeing the days shorten to nothing when the clocks get turned back in a week’s time. There is nothing fun about that.

Congratulations to the World Champion Boston Red Sox! They certainly proved themselves the class of the baseball world this year. Between their 108 regular season wins and the way they played during the post-season, it’s clear the best team won.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and their manager Dave Roberts were a puzzle to me throughout the Series. The problem with National League baseball and having pitchers hit is that you have to fill your roster with role players who might be very versatile during the regular season, but come October you find yourself with a roster of spare parts that have a problem making any sense when it comes time to play the Americans in the World Series. All of a sudden, moves that might seem to have made sense in August and the over-managing one has to do during the first 170+ games don’t quite pan out as you planned. In Roberts’ case, taking Rich Hill out in Game 4 made no sense at all – but that’s what all the dopey analytics and playing the match-ups he’d been successful doing since April will do to you. BoSox manager Alex Cora, on the other hand, managed aggressively throughout the playoff and stayed aggressive throughout. Once he got the Dodgers’ neck under his boot (or, in this case, cleat) he didn’t take it off. And the players bought into that strategy enthusiastically.

Had dinner tonight at the Logan Airport Legal Seafoods restaurant staring at CNN and its closed-captioning for about an hour. I guess you have to expect that in Massachusetts, but I can see what President Trump means about certain media outlets – especially CNN. Every – and I do mean every segment was about Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh to mourn the victims of Saturday’s shootings, and 100% of it was negative. I mean, the guy would never be able to catch a break: he comes to pay his respects, they’re bitching about it. If he didn’t come, you know they’d be hammering him for why he didn’t. And that’s what the President means about “fake news”: if all you’re going to do is relentlessly hammer the guy and his administration no matter what they do, you might be being honest about your political opinion of him, but you are not reporting the news honestly. Only liberals can’t understand the nuance in that.

Ok, that’s enough for now.

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October 29, 2018

If someone wants to stick to their “meat weeks 3 & 4” on the Eades diet you have to plan your meals carefully. It’s amazing how much junk and carbs are on restaurant menus. And breakfast can be tough (at least for me) because I’m not much of an eggs kind of guy. Heck, I’m not even much of a breakfast guy – I’ve always found that eating breakfast makes me feel sluggish for the rest of the day.

But when you’re on the “meat weeks” of the Eades diet you’re job is to eat meat and leafy vegetables throughout the day. So, knowing that the local Tony C’s sports bar where I’ve occasionally met my Goodboys friends in past visits offers a) bowls of chili, and b) sautéed spinach as a side dish, Sunday breakfast was a no-brainer:

It felt strange to have my morning coffee with chili and spinach – especially with all those happy little bottles of alcohol staring me straight in the face (Bloody Mary, anyone?) but I was a trooper and did it. Didn’t even touch the corn chips, which are a no-no. Meeting my Goodboys friends later in the day I had buffalo wings and green beans. Before heading back to Summer Place and calling it a night, I detoured into a Mexican restaurant down the street and ordered a beef nachos portion of ground beef in a bowl and poured a couple of salsas on top of it.

So while you might get a couple of raised eyebrows along the way, it is possible to stick to the Eades diet even while depending on restaurants for your meals. But it will be good to get home and back into a more controlled and regimented environment for the last week of this diet.

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October 26, 2018

Just one more thing loose end to help my dad tie up following his move to senior housing, so I’m heading back East for a fairly quick trip where I hope to see some autumn colors and get the feeling of Halloween before I return to the Valley of the Sun and much better weather. There’s a lot to do and friends to catch up with, so the typical weekending post might not get there.

But just in case…

Let’s see if Rush Limbaugh’s hunch about those phony bomb mailings pan out as he thinks. I’ll tell you, it wouldn’t surprise me – the polls and projected early voting appear to be turning against the Democrats to the point where the whole idea of a “blue wave” is just a dream, and someone is thinking this would be a way to gin up the base:

“In fact, you know, you say these are all deep state players — Soros, Bill and Hillary, Obama and so forth. It is curious. They’re not even on the radar in the midterms when you get down to it, other than they’re trying to get themselves on the radar. But see, that’s the thing. They’re trying to get noticed,” he said. “The Clintons desperately need to be noticed all the time, and Obama is trying to recapture some glory, trying to show everybody he can still move the needle. It isn’t working.”

We shall see soon enough.

The pipe bombs were fake, but this kind of behavior practiced by liberals is the real thing. Nor is this. Fear and intimidation? That’s the liberal left’s game plan for the mid-terms. And you know why? That’s all they have to go with.

Is anyone else amazed at the turnaround the Red Sox bullpen has made during this post-season? I agree with the Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato – at least right now – Nathan Eovaldi is the team’s MVP. Sure he hasn’t pitched a lot of innings, but think about the impact he has made. Alex Cora had spent the entire season trying to find someone – anyone – who would embrace the 8th inning set-up role, and Eovaldi has embraced it with gusto. Which means Joe Kelly and Ryan Brazier can drop into the more comfy (at least for them) 6th-and-7th inning spots and shine, the rejuvenated Craig Kimbrel can do his unhittable closer thing, and – best yet – there are no sightings of Heath Hembree anywhere. The Sox are a very, very dangerous team right now, and they’re playing with such confidence a sweep of the Dodgers is not unthinkable.

Speaking of the Dodgers, L.A.’s pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is a moron. Just another reason to hope the Red Sox can sweep the Dodgers off the face of the earth. You’re in the World Series, dude – embrace the passion, don’t whine and complain about it. It’s not like someone is sending you phony pipe bombs. If you want peace and quiet, take up golf or tennis. Or join the Miami Marlins pitching staff.

I don’t feel one bit sorry for Megyn Kelly. When she first went prime-time at FOX News she was self-deprecating, cute, and entertaining. Then she thought she was going to be the one to take down Donald Trump and her head got too big and she turned into a nasty shrew. I think President Trump got inside her head and messed with it. Don’t believe me?

She’s got only herself to blame. But I guess she’s got ~ $69 million reasons not to feel too bad, I guess.

If I’m the Democratic National Committee, Twitter posts like this, this, and this ought to be sending ice water through my veins.

It’s not a migration, it’s an invasion, bought and paid for by those who wish the worst for this country. Keep ’em the hell out.

Funny how you don’t hear anything about this kind of thing in the mainstream media – especially given their love of the LGBTQEDIURXPIAEIOU etc. etc. agenda. But then again that would go against the narrative pushed by the Democrats and their political operatives in the mainstream media that refugee migration is only peaceful and good.

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October 24, 2018

This storm blew up to our southeast and passed east and north of us the other day. Turns out it produced 60 MPH gusts and 1″ hail. Looked like quite a storm, glad we didn’t get that here! There was also a tornado reported in southeast Arizona.

Same thing happened yesterday, although we didn’t get any rain, but other parts of the Valley sure did.

What a crazy fall season it has been weather-wise. Typically, the heat gods swip the flitch around the second week of October, whereby the temps drop below the 100s for a week or ten day, then the drop into the 80s and the onset of that blissful time of year known as “Arizona winter”. This year, there was no waiting for that – we had the remains of Hurricane Rosa come in as the calendar turned, dropping a couple-two-three inches of rain on us, and left is in the 80s where it has remained since then. Very nice, good for the ground water, even better for the electric bills!

But a crazy fall season it has been, fer shure!

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October 23, 2018

It’s the last day of my “Weeks 1 & 2″ of the Eades diet. I’m down eleven pounds and 3/4” around the waist. Tomorrow it’s on to weeks 3 & 4, called the “meat weeks”. Eat as much beef, chicken, lamb, pork and fish as you’d like with lots of green, leafy vegetables. No more protein shakes.

The World Series starts tonight in Boston. What the heck, I’ll toss caution to the wind and go with Boston in 6.

We’re also two weeks from the mid-terms elections. I’m not 100% ready for a prediction on that just yet. Two weeks is forever in politics and anything could happen, but I’m getting pretty damned close – there are some really interesting dynamics going on below the surface. More on that in a later post.

In the meantime…

OK, I’m going to admit it: I don’t really care what happed to the new saint of the liberal left: Jamal Khashoggi. First of all, they make him sound as if he was a regular contributor to the Washington Post – which he wasn’t. This is a guy who hung around with terrorists and was working hard behind the scenes to undercut the reform movement started in Saudi Arabia by Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But the Democrats and their political operatives in the mainstream media are so desperate to tie something – anything – to Donald Trump that they’ll push the death of a Wahabi-loving, women’s rights hating, Islamic fundamentalist day after day. I’ve got news for the mainstream media: no one cares!.

I can’t yet predict the outcome of that key senate race between Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally here in Arizona – it’s all going to depend on who gets out their base the most. But I’ll say this: Sinema’s campaign is having to deal with a candidate who at heart is as far away from the independent, sober image she’s been trying to portray throughout the campaign. She’s a loon and a walking gaffe machine.

…speaking of loons, in this case I’m going to give Democratic (and rabid, drooling socialist) congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a break here. I understand what she was saying – she simply wants the same “all hands on deck” scope of commitment to combat global warming climate change as the USA did in World War II. I don’t agree with her, obviously, but there are plenty of other things more outlandish things she’s said than this. Besides, I think she’s damned cute.

…and as for leftist loons who used to be cute, as a Vietnam veteran of sorts, Hanoi Jane ought to know. Once a traitorous b*tch, always a traitorous b*tch.

Seems to me if the mainstream media were really so concerned about the lives of journalists, you’d hear more about this horrific story right in our own country. Or, what about south of the border, down Mexico way?

Reminds me of a song

Good – you liberals deface property to make a point, we Republicans and conservatives will just vote to make ours. Let’s see who’s has the most lasting impact.

Headline: Man, 72, ‘stoned to death by monkeys’ in India. One of the commenters at Free Republic made me laugh out loud with this comment:

And we covered it. We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.

I’m still laughing at that one. Very good.

Remember what I said in Saturday’s post about the mid-terms and watching for signs from the mainstream media? Here’s one, and here’s another. And here’s another. Honestly, folks, if these guys weren’t so predictable my blogging job wouldn’t be as easy as it is!

And finally, keep an eye on this story going forward. I think it will be a huge step in restoring common sense to our laws and culture. Of course, watch the “transgender industry” go nuts over it, but that would only make things more fun to watch.

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