December 24, 2019

As you can tell by our Christmas tree, 2019 was a very good year for the Richard household. The work has been incredibly hard, and there have all sorts of twists and turns along the way. But, I’m guessing like most Americans, the economy must be damned good to have that many presents under the tree for just a family of three.

How do I know? Well, all I can say is Wow:

Holiday shopping set records over the weekend, with Super Saturday sales reaching $34.4 billion, the biggest single day in U.S. retail history, according to Customer Growth Partners.

“Paced by the ‘Big Four’ mega-retailers — Walmart, Amazon, Costco and Target — Super Saturday was boosted by the best traffic our team has seen in years,” said Craig Johnson, president of the retail research firm.

Job growth and fatter wallets, along with stronger household finances, have put consumers in a buying mood this season, Johnson said. And more of them are shopping online. As retailers offer improved web platforms, online spending so far this season has accounted for 58% of sales growth from a year earlier, he said.

…but, but, impeachment!!

When this is all you have, there’s really not much more you can say. I wish I could say I feel sorry for her and those like her, but their agony is my joy.

Rest in peace, soldier. President Trump, get us the hell out of there! Enough of our families suffering because of ill-advised foreign adventures. I know this must kill you inside – so let’s get the job done.

Any videos with ducks in it makes me laugh. But this one is especially funny.

…but miniature pigs are pretty entertaining as well.

This is the result of playing the race card when it suits you and caring only about identity politics at election time. Democrats never gave a $hit about African-Americans; they were always a handy voting bloc to have around every November as needed. Articles like this oughta scare the bejeezus out of the DNC. As the President famously said back in 2016 – what have you got to lose?

…maybe that explains this. I can’t believe the Democrats could be this stupid, but I gave up a long time ago associating the liberal political opposition with anything remotely equating to intelligence.

Because Democrats are all about the blue-collar working man, right? Talk about your identity politics pandering! I don’t know who are the geniuses advising the Biden campaign, but between this stunt and this, I’d have to say that they’re well aware “ol’ Blue Collar” Joe has already lost his primary voting contingency (and, oh, BTW, the supposed primary argument for his running in the first place) to Trump. By St. Patrick’s Day Biden’s campaign will be history.

If you want commentary on true polling data – not the “push polling” done by mainstream media outlets – be sure to bookmark Richard Barris. I’ll admit that I thought Hillary would have entered the race by now, but I think Barris is right in saying that Bernie Sanders has the enthusiasm right now. If he chooses (as I believe he will) Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez as his running mate, the Democrats will be frothing all over themselves into an Electoral College wipeout.

…for me, I think Sanders winning the nomination would be a good thing. You see, I want a presidential race painted in broad strokes, with clear lines of difference between the parties and the candidates. American voters ought to have the right to choose between capitalism and Democratic socialism, and I think Sanders best fits that bill. Not to mention the fact that the debates ought to be fun!

What would Christmas be without a great Elvis tune?

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December 23, 2019

The President has it exactly right:

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December 21, 2019

It’s almost Christmas. The sunsets are already starting to get longer, but the mornings will continue to get later for another week. In five days Christmas music will disappear as if it never existed, and Hallmark will start running LGBTQ-friendly Valentine’s Day movies. And the world will go round and round. Who knows? I might even start contemplating things to do with my golf clubs, but I’m not counting on it. In the meantime…

Massive hydrogen peroxide experiment gone hideously bad.

You may not have heard of him, but one of these days the name of Admiral Mike Rogers is going to go down in the annals of the greatest American patriots.

…along those same lines, if you belive ethis story I’ve got some Florida swampland to sell you. Judge Collyer is as dirty as they come, and was an integral part of the conspiracy to deny Donald Trump the presidency and then torpedo his administration.

…but the chickens are all coming home to roost, and next April-May is going to be devastating to the Democrats, a true game-changer in political history.

This is great news. I hate the new LED lights – they’re too damned bright for their supposed wattage. Can’t wait to get my hands on some nice, old-fashioned incandescents.

I think this about sums up the past week in politics:

The left actually thinks Queen Nancy had a good week. She caved to Trump on USMCA, she led her party to a political disastrous impeachment, she put the House in jeopardy by forcing her moderates to vote for said impeachment, then she took her impeachment ball & went home. Great week.

The loony left doesn’t want you to see this video about President Donald Trump. Believe me, it is worth your time.

…and yes, loons, surprise, surprise – he still is your president and will continue to be! Honest to God, you can’t fix ignorance.

Given the news about this, I think this is a great idea!

POTUS Trump should invite Carter Page, George Papadopolous, Roger Stone, General Flynn, all FISA court judges, the “whistleblower”[Eric Ciarmeaala, BTW], Barry Berke’s 8yr old son & Rep Ted Deutch’s family group chat members to the State of the Union. Just to make it realllllllllly awkward.

I get a little uneasy about the Dow getting crazy, but there’s little doubt about the optimism in America right now:

Wow, DOW just topped 28,500. Now just 5.25% from 30,000. Best recession ever.

George Harrison’s “Brainwashed” is a great tune – the lyrics alone are especially timeless given the state of affairs these days:

Brainwashed in our childhood
Brainwashed by the school
Brainwashed by our teachers
And brainwashed by all their rules
Brainwashed by our leaders
By our Kings and Queens
Brainwashed in the open
And brainwashed behind the scenes

God God God
A voice cries in the wilderness
God God God
It was on the longest night
God God God
An eternity of darkness
God God God
Someone turned out the spiritual light

Brainwashed by the Nikkei
Brainwashed by Dow Jones
Brainwashed by the FTSE
Nasdaq and secure loans
Brainwashed us from Brussels
Brainwashed us in Bonn
Brainwashed us in Washington
Westminster in London

God God God
You are the wisdom that we seek
God God God
The lover that we miss
God God God
Your nature is eternity
God God God
Your are Existence, Knowledge, Bliss

The soul does not love, it is love itself
It does not exist, it is existence itself
It does not know, it is knowledge itself
How to Know God

They brainwashed my great uncle
Brainwashed my cousin Bob
They even got my grandma
When she was working for the mob
Brainwash you while you’re sleeping
While in your traffic jam
Brainwash you while you’re weeping
While still a baby in your pram
Brainwashed by the military
Brainwashed under duress
Brainwashed by the media
You’re brainwashed by the press
Brainwashed by computer
Brainwashed by mobile phones
Brainwashed by the satellite
Brainwashed to the bone

God God God
Won’t you lead us through this mess
God God God
From the places of concrete
God God God
Nothing’s worse than ignorance
God God God
I just won’t accept defeat

God God God
Must be something I forgot
God God God
Down on Bullshit Avenue
God God God
If we can only stop the rot
God God God
Wish that you’d brainwash us too

Personally, were it my song I’d add “Brainwashed as a Goodboy”, but that’s just me and the way I’m feeling these days…

Been on a lot of cruises during my time, but never saw anything like this happen. Makes you wonder who the hell is operating these things these days. Just a thought: does this mean the cruise ship commanders had to exchange insurance information?

World gone mad. I find it hard to believe this tory, but you still have to be careful around the LGBTQ activists and their associated political lobby. They’ll go to no ends to make everyone else falls in line with their view of themselves as perfectly normal and not mentally ill and misguided weirdos.

…and speaking of folks who are mentally ill, ol’ “blue collar Joe” Biden is a moron.

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December 20, 2019

…because this is what happens when you’ve wasted three years on your liberal orgasm of self-indulgence. One can only hope that when the GOP takes back the House in 2020 they shove it all right back down your vile, hateful, evil throats. You could at least show some guts and pass your counts to the Senate for consideration but you’re a bunch of losers playing a loser’s deck.

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December 19, 2019

[Ed. note: Is Phil Spector still around? I checked his Wikipedia page and there’s no indication he has, as they say, left this earthy coil, so good for him. And screw Robert Mueller, while we’re at it – he’s the one who should be in prison. But this is what life is like in 2019 America. It’s all about impeaching the President for, like, nothing, and, well, I don’t know what else. Man, do I long for the innocence of 1963 – the year Phil put his holiday gem together. We weren’t surrounded at that time by social media “social justice warriors” and their pathetic daily outrage at anything and everything that offends their LGBTQUVWXYZ, etc. etc. sensibilities. Screw them too.

But I digress.

Merry Christmas, Phil – you got railroaded for a drunken accident by people who hated you for your success and your arrogance, but you’re still a musical hero of mine for the way you changed the way pop music commemorated the season.]

That’s right, cats and chicks of all ages, it’s that time of year again. I know the guy’s still sitting in a prison cell, whacked out, burned out, and for all intents and purposes checked out of society and the rock n’ roll world he was once such an iconic part of. But heck, it is the Christmas season and I know it’s not REALLY Christmas until I slap into my CD player the best damned rock n’ roll Christmas record of all time. Which is (for those of you cats and chicks who may not be hip to these kinds of grooves), Phil Spector’s magnificent “A Christmas Gift For You”.

I know what you’re thinking – that’s just The Great White Shank spoutin’ his “yeah-i-know-he’s-in-jail-for-murder-but-believe-me-Phil-Spector-really-was-a-genius” bull$hit, but in this case you need to give me a break. ‘Cause it’s not just me, it’s a whole range of critics across the media spectrum, from Rolling Stone (who rated it #142 in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time), to bloggers like Hip Christmas and BlogCritics. BC’s praise of the album and its greatness is especially spot-on:

A Christmas Gift For You contains thirteen performances, all captured during that incredible early sixties period when Spector was producing these amazing records. You already know all of the songs, as they have all become tried and true radio staples at Christmas time over the years. Song for song, the wall of sound production — with all of its bells, whistles, and strings — captures all the magic and wonder of Christmas like very little music I can think of. When you hear these songs, it’s like being instantly transported to a kinder, simpler time. It really does feel like Christmas.

In addition to the Ronettes and Crystals classics already mentioned, the standouts here include Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and a version of “White Christmas” so gorgeous you’ll be checking your window for snowflakes. On Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans’ “The Bells of Saint Mary,” the bells and the castanets ring gloriously amid a swirl of gospel-charged backing vocals.

So the thing is, Phil Spector’s recent legal troubles aside, this record just doesn’t sound any different to me. For my money, it’s still the single greatest Christmas record ever made. And tougher sell that it may be these days, it will definitely be on my CD player when the guys and I get together for some Christmas cheer next weekend.

For me, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it.

The album, considered by many to be Spector’s finest piece of collective work (The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby”, The Righteous Brothers’ “(You’ve Lost That) Lovin’ Feelin'”, and, of course, Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” being singular achievements), had a bumpy ride on the road to becoming a much-loved and respected holiday pop classic. Originally recorded during the summer and fall of 1963, it was understandably overlooked in those tragic weeks following the assassination of JFK and then virtually forgotten. It was only until its re-introduction to the public on the Beatles’ Apple Records label in 1971 – at the urging of John Lennon and George Harrison (both of whom utilized Spector on their first post-Beatles’ solo albums following his work on Let It Be) – that the album got radio play and finally earned its long-deserved place in pop music history.

So what exactly is it about A Christmas Gift For You that makes it both a holiday pop classic and a piece of work sufficient enough to warrant recognition among rock’s all-time greatest works? David Sprague, in his review, puts it simply: “[Spector’s] “wall-of-sound” technique is perfectly suited to the music of the season, as he proves with layer upon layer of piano, sleigh bells, buoyant percussion, and, of course, those legendary Spectorsound harmonies.”

True enough, but it’s only after you buy it and crank it up VERY loud that you start to appreciate not just the massive sound Spector lovingly and painstakingly crafted, but the way his session players and musical artists make the most out of the material given them. Here, Spector’s artists The Crystals, The Ronettes, Darlene Love, and Bobby Sheen are simply vocal instruments in the overall mix, working within the material and the arrangements, not overpowering them. Listen closely, and you begin to see how the subtleties within each arrangement illustrate Spector’s respect for both the material and the genre that brought him such fame and respect in his day:

* On “White Christmas”, Darlene Love’s lead is beautifully understated (something virtually unheard of in this post-Whitney armageddon of Britneys and Christinas who sound like wailing alleycats in heat). And listen to how the pianos, basses, and saxes (alto and tenor) underscore the rhythm, and how beautifully they finish the song’s fade-out. Magical.

* On “Frosty The Snowman”, Ronnie Spector takes a harmless children’s tune and turns it into a holiday pop masterpiece. Her earnest vocal is the showpiece here – think ‘Frosty’ meets ‘Be My Baby’, with enough warmth and sweetness to turn ‘the Frostster’ into a puddle of lukewarm H2O. Loved hearing it in that iconic scene in GoodFellas where Jimmy goes nuts with everyone buying expensive stuff after the Lufthansa heist.

* On “The The Bells of St. Mary’s“, Bobby Sheen’s lead is sweet and soulful out in front of a driving rhythm highlighted by chimes and Hal Blaine‘s amazing drumwork on the fade-out. Oh, and that’s Darlene Love doing the “yeah, yeah”‘s towards the end.

* The Crystals’ version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” rejuvenated the classic so much so that the artists as varied as the Jackson 5 (ugh!) and Bruce Springsteen, among others, felt it necessary to pay it homage with their own versions. Listen for how the bells tinkle out Brahms’s Lullaby behind La La Brooks’ spoken intro – talk about attention to detail!

* On “Sleigh Ride” The Ronettes give a big fat wet kiss to Leroy Anderson’s classic arrangement; their now-classic “ring-a-ling-a-ling-a-ding-dong-ding” back-up is pure icing on this sweet holiday confection.

* “Marshmallow World” is a fun piece – dig the opening piano with an absolute ton of echo on it. And listen to how the saxes underscore the piano/guitar rhythm – you’re talkin’ Wall of Sound here, baby! The mix has always sounded a little muddy to me, but I think that’s just the sheer number of musicians playing at the same time – Phil always did his mixing live while the entire ensemble was playing. Darlene Love’s vocal is energetic and playful, a great performance.

* “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”. You don’t get the #2 slot on my Top 10 Christmas list for nothing. Simply put, there is nothing wanting in this recording – the performances are top-notch throughout. Ronnie Spector’s lead is both devilish and sexy, and the arrangement rocks. Listen for the piano fills and the sleighbells workin’ behind the saxes. It almost sounds as if Ronnie is slurring her s’s here (‘kishing’ Santa Claus); I think she’s doing it deliberately so I fall in love with her voice all over again every year at this time.

* On “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, listen for the guitar riff (Tommy Tedesco? Barney Kessel?) that frames the song throughout, a style similar to what Brian Wilson would later employ on The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” a couple of years later. There’s also a piano (and guitar?) doing something funky from the instrumental break onward, but for the life of me I can’t figure out what it is.

* “Winter Wonderland” is a faithful and fun rendition. Listen for those trademark shimmering strings featured throughout – they sound kinda funky to me – and how drummer Hal Blaine absolutely beats the daylights out of his toms on every fill. Darlene Love’s vocal is both soulful and fun. A magnificent arrangement.

* “Parade of The Wooden Soldiers”. OK, listen to how the strings behind The Crystals’ rollicking performance absolutely shimmer like glistening snow, especially behind the trumpet solo in the middle. No one – and I mean NO ONE – could make Christmas pop music like Phil Spector. (If you doubt me, just listen to John & Yoko’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”) Again, Hal Blaine’s drum fills on the fade-out are pretty intense.

* “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”. Arguably the showpiece of the album. If you want a true holiday audio feast, come inside Mr. Spector’s kitchen where everything – including the kitchen sink – has been tossed in here. Shimmering strings and double acoustic bass (how does he get that sound?) create the necessary tension, then horns introduce a TOTALLY PUMPED and unleashed Darlene Love vocal that leaves nothing – and I do mean NOTHING – in the tank. The grand build-up to close the song is classic Spector: layers and layers of guitar, piano, strings, and percussion back the call-and-answer vocals between Love and the backup singers (a seventeen-year-old Cher‘s voice can be clearly heard) until the tension is finally released in a tidal wave of vocal calisthenics, soaring strings, drum fills, and piano arpeggios. Simply put, one of the great pop vocal performances of all time.

* “Here Comes Santa Claus” is anticlimactic following Love’s tour de force, but it’s to Bobby Sheen’s credit that his straight, if understated, reading becomes the showpiece on this song. The trumpet solo in the middle has a ringing, jazzy touch to it which compliments Sheen’s soulful vocal.

What truly makes A Christmas Gift For You such a remarkable achievement is the success Spector achieved in fusing together what was then a radical way of interpreting familiar holiday songs without, as he would write in the album’s liner notes, “losing for a second the feeling of Christmas and without destroying or invading the sensitivity and the beauty that surrounds all of the great Christmas music.” More than anything else, Spector respected the music he was trying to interpret as his own. In the end, this is what makes this work an enduring classic for the ages.

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December 18, 2019

And so the Democrats finally get what they’ve been aching to do since Election Night 2016 – impeach the President. I hope all you Democrats and liberals out there are rejoicing tonight, because this is your high-water mark as far as the whole impeachment saga goes. How do I know? Think about it:

First you had the whole “Russia collusion” thing. Question: did you hear any specific charges related to “Russia collusion” in the Dems’ two articles of impeachment? No.

Then you had the Mueller investigation and subsequent report. Question: did you hear any specific charges related to the Mueller investigation in the Dems’ two articles of impeachment? No.

Then you had the Ukraine phone call. Question: did you hear any specific charges related to the Ukraine call in the Dems’ two articles of impeachment? No.

So what exactly did the Dems impeach him for? As Powerline blog’s Paul Mirengoff (no fan of Trump by any means, BTW) writes:

The historical significance of this event lies mainly in the fact that, until now, no president has been impeached without some allegation in an article of impeachment that he committed a crime. This was also the first impeachment proceeding that had no support in the House from a single member of the president’s party.

Legal scholars disagree as to whether impeachment requires a crime. However, the Constitution provides that impeachment of a president is to be for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” I find it hard to read this language as permitting impeachment in the absence of the two crimes specified or another significant crime.

Moreover, as Ted Cruz pointed out during a discussion at the Heritage Foundation earlier this week, the framers of the Constitution rejected a draft that called for impeachment for “corruption,” as well as a draft that called for it in cases of “maladministration.”

It seems to me that the Democrats have impeached Trump for some combination (as they see it) of corruption and maladministration.

“Abuse of power”? Are you kidding me? In what way, specifically? “Obstruction of Congress”? You mean, by the President exercising his rights to not provide requested information to Congress without a formal impeachment inquiry in place? I mean, seriously – is that the best they could come up with?

I have to think that “San Fran Nan” Pelosi knows her time is up. She’s obviously lost control of her party’s power base. How do I know? The fact that she’s allowed the likes of Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff to manage this fiasco. Think about it, Democrats: these are your powerhouse legislators? An absurdly obese toady and a bug-eyed loon who is as dirty as they come?

Unfortunately for many liberals and Democrats, they’re going to wake up tomorrow absolutely stunned that Donald Trump is still President. And will continue to be. This is how ignorant the Democratic base is: they really think they accomplished something by this charade.

Oh, I do believe the Democrats have accomplished something. No one knows what will happen between now and next November, and I would caution all those conservatives out there that there is still a heckuva long way between now and next November 3. Anything can happen in politics. But because the only cards the Democrats have left in there hands to play – the race card and the impeachment card – that’s not a whole lot for Democrats in red states and swing-voting districts to argue on behalf of their re-elections. The impeachment charade might play well on the cable networks and in liberal strongholds across the country, but compared to the record Donald Trump will be running on, that accounts for bupkis. And right now (and of course things can change) the House will be a bloodbath for Democrats next November.

And regardless of the brave Botoxed face “San Fran Nan” is putting on, I have to think deep down she knows this is a fiasco beyond all imagination — the reality of which will hit the Democrats Thursday morning when everyone realizes that everything that they have focused on and pushed for the last three years has resulted in nothing. Trump is still President, and will continue being President for at least the next eleven months. Oh sure, she’ll likely try to extend the fiasco as long as she can, but how can you on one hand argue that the President deserves to be impeached but then employ delay tactics to keep it out of Mitch McConnell’s hands? She knows she’s trying to make chicken salad out of chickensh*t, but you can only play that game for so long. But she knows there’s no other choice – whether or not the Dems retain the House after next November’s election she knows she’s out – so she’s reduced to playing the role of loyal soldier knowing there are young lions out there just waiting to rip her apart.

I hope it was worth it, Democrats. Because starting tomorrow you’ll have to actually face the reality of life after impeachment. And it won’t be pretty.

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December 14, 2019

I’m actually heading to Las Vegas for (believe it or not) work, but when I come back it’s all Christmas, all the time. There are presents to warp and all kind of stuff to get ready for. In the meantime…

Climate change teen-fab and elitist / leftist human shield Greta Thunberg is nothing but a misguided and exploited twit, someone who makes me want to burn as much wood as I can possibly find in my brandy-new firepit, throwing as much CO2 into the atmosphere as I can manage. She makes me want to take chainsaws to redwoods, machine guns to polar bears, and dump all my old motor oil into every water source I can find. She’s learned well from the Fascist Left; someone who has no interest in rationally and deliberately looking for solutions.

This certainly caused my ears to perk up. Maybe my prediction of a Madame Hillary Stacy Abrams ticket isn’t that far off after all. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been right on this kind of thing, you know…

Oh, to live in Kentucky again. Now this is my kind of judge!

Is there nothing that meat won’t do? As I remember a Montana rancher saying one day, if God didn’t intend man to eat meat then why did he create steak? And the same holds true for bacon. Me? I live for bacon, crispy side, please.

Like father, like son. Hunter Biden is a sleaze ball, and the apple don’t fall too far from the tree.

Good for the Hallmark Channel. Listen, you warped, perverted LGBTQ activists: you want your own pervert Christmas? Create your own movies and run them on Logo or OWN and allow the rest of us enjoy the holiday season without forcing your own personal agendas on the rest of us. Just because you’re screwed up emotionally and sexually doesn’t mean you have the right to impose your views on us. Just as we don’t have the right vice-versa. Live and let live, for gawdsakes!

..and this is more than good, because in the Age of Trump expect to see a whole lot more of this. When the Obama White House encouraged Democrats to punch back twice as hard they never could have imagined Republicans and conservatives finding the courage to do the same. But President Trump is leading the way on this — believe me, when you’re dealing with bullies and the Fascist Left, punching back twice as hard is the only thing they understand.

So sad. The Independence was a beautiful ship. I still to this day get stirred emotionally when I see beautiful aircraft carriers.

I think the Red Sox are making a huge mistake if they trade Jackie Bradley, Jr, but cutting payroll and raising ticket costs is something very few baseball franchises can do and get away with it.

Trump is right: what’s good for the goose…

Personally, what I’d like to see is an extended, marathon six-month impeachment trial in the Senate where everyone – and I do mean everyone involved in the Russia collusion hoax and the FISA court abuses gets called, regardless of Party, and burn the whole damned town down. It won’t happen, of course – there is too much money and too many reputations on the line, but I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to see folks like so-called “whistleblower” (actual political hack and general, overall fraud) Eric Ciaramella and sleazeball extraordinaire Hunter Biden giving testimony and being carried away in chains if they’re found to lie under oath. Drain the Swamp!!

…and that includes those Fusion GPS butt-wipes.

Now, there’s something very interesting going on here. As we all know, Simpson and Fritsch are founders of Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm. That’s what they get paid to do. Their smearing of the Trump campaign was funded by, first, a conservative website and later the DNC. Are they being paid again? If so, who’s paying them? If not, that’d be important to know.

More importantly, however, than all of that is the following: the Mueller report and Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report have shown, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Fusion GPS’s investigation was based on little more than lies, innuendo, and drunken gossip. To a very large degree, Simpson and Fritsch are responsible for the terrible days many Trump campaign advisers have had. They’ve been accused of being Russian agents, the president himself had to explain to his wife that, no, he didn’t let prostitutes pee on a hotel bed in Moscow, and Americans’ trust in their political system has been deeply undermined.

There comes a point where political subterfuge for the sake of pushing one’s political agenda becomes very dangerous. The damage Fusion GPS has done to this country is incalculable.

R.I.P. Danny Aiello. Loved him in Moonstruck.

Congratulations to Boris Johnson and the conservative “Brexits” for their overwhelming victory. Of course, there will now be a “resistance” similar to what happened with American liberals after the 2016 election: liberals, after all, are the poorest losers in the world. But now watch how President Trump uses Brexit to work on exceptional trade deals with the UK, further tossing China’s economy into the dumpster. Good for Boris, good for the UK, screw the Chi-coms.

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December 12, 2019

George Harrison wrote this iconic song around the time of The Beatles’ impending break-up; I find Harrison’s lyrics poignant involving a break-up of a different kind. The song is lovely – the sparseness of the lyrics only adds to its poignancy – and Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” production gives it its’ majestic touch.

Isn’t it a pity
Now, isn’t it a shame
How we break each other’s hearts
And cause each other pain
How we take each other’s love
Without thinking anymore
Forgetting to give back
Isn’t it a pity

Some things take so long
But how do I explain
When not too many people
Can see we’re all the same
And because of all their tears
Their eyes can’t hope to see
The beauty that surrounds them
Isn’t it a pity

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December 10, 2019

Typical shallow, elitist liberal activism – expect someone else to pony up $ for a solution they don’t want to fix themselves. If you’re that riled up about homelessness, why not take real action and band together to invite homeless people to move in with you? You know why? Because deep down they despise the homeless and think they’re better than them. But it’s so much easier to inconvenience yourself for just one night and go back to your warm lodging and kick back with cocktails and slap yourself on the back to “daring to take a stand!”

Not for nothing, but if this sliver of interview isn’t enough for the Trump administration to call everyone’s bluff and enact an executive order for mandatory Voter ID and paper ballots for 2020 federal elections (the various states can do what they wish for all inner-state elections), then I don’t know what is. Talk about being handed the golden goose of opportunity!

Whaddaya you expect? Dude was a rapper, not a nuclear physicist.

Just the latest example of why I have come to believe that Pope Francis is nothing more than an agent of Satan bent on destroying Christianity in the world. He won’t succeed, of course, but it won’t be for his lack of trying!

Slo’ Joe Biden is looking older and more foolish every day. Every time I see that sh*t-eating grin I think he’s assuring me that the $1500 for window tinting added to my used car purchase will save me money in the long run.

We are living in truly historic times. I wonder what the future holds for China? I guarantee you this kind of thing would not be happening had Hillary Clinton be elected president. The people in Hong Kong see President’s Trump’s bullishness on display and they find the courage to respond accordingly.

…which makes me wonder what Iran would be like today had Barack Obama stood behind the massive protests at the time. But he couldn’t, because there was too much money at stake. Which brings me to this thought:

From the very beginning I’ve always suspected this alone was what the whole Russia and Ukraine thing was all about. For who knows how long the federal bureaucracy – involving both parties – has been getting rich off of foreign policy and foreign investments. They all thought the golden goose was going to get even more golden with the mother of all shakedown artists and crime families being elected president, but then that damned outsider and non-politician Donald Trump gets elected and they freak out because everyone in the nation’s intelligence community, State Department, and the mainstream media know damned well their fingerprints were on everything designed to prevent Trump’s election and, ab that, his removal from office. If you want to blame the likes of Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and Jerrold Nadler, fine, but you can bet that there are some very big Republicans who want this impeachment thing to go nowhere, though not for the reasons one might expect. They’re all filthy, their hands are all dirty, and now they’re left with a bag of dog-sh*t called impeachment hanging around their necks.

I truly think they thought that Trump, being a political neophyte, could be tricked into doing something they could actually impeach him for, but, whether he was too street-smart or just politically dumb, he and his campaign and family never fell for it. It was almost like a game of chicken being played for the highest stakes to see which side blinked. Now it’s the Democrats who have blinked and you can bet that, even if they do end up voting for impeachment, the Republicans in the Senate will squash it like a bug lest the President and his team even begin to think of calling witnesses.

Call it the cynic in me, I don’t believe any of them – the President, the Democrats, nor the Republicans. Everyone is now looking to find a way out, and we’ll see just how much the Democrats truly want to pursue this in the days ahead. Everyone is going to be looking to save some kind of face because there are literally trillions of dollars at stake, and I have a sneaky feeling that Ukraine was the main avenue through which influence and money flowed.

…don’t believe me? Don’t you find it curious that it has taken a small, fledging news network to get their hands dirty and do the kind of investigative journalism the big networks and newspapers used to do? I certainly do, but like the whole Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein stories, investigative journalism is dead because of the incestuous relationship between the media and both political parties in Washington.

Call it the “Deep State” or “The Swamp”, but shouldn’t it be at least questioned why what could be the greatest political scandal in perhaps the nation’s history has no takers?

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December 9, 2019

It’s a new work week but I’ve got this George Harrison classic on my mind.

Everyone has choice
When to and not to raise their voices
It’s you that decides
Which way will you turn
While feeling that our love’s not your concern
It’s you that decides

No one around you
Will carry the blame for you
No one around you
Will love you today and throw it all away
Tomorrow when you rise
Another day for you to realize me
Or send me down again

As the days stand up on end
You’ve got me wondering how I lost your friendship
But I see it in your eyes

Though I’m beside you
I can’t carry the blame for you
I may decide to
Get out with your blessing
Where I’ll carry on guessing

How high will you leap
Will you make enough for you to reap it?
Only you’ll arrive
At your own made end
With no one but yourself to be offended
It’s you that decides

As I’ve said, I got some serious thinking to do about certain things going into the new year. The years are getting shorter and one’s time all the more precious.

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