Friday, 19 July 2019

Things I Hate About America

I sat and thought over the Squad and their level of hatred, and tried to think of ten things that I disliked about America, so this is my list:

1.  Potholes.  It's silly to travel around various states, and note the frequency and severe nature of potholes.  Can't we have some national policy to fix them?  Can't we get a cabinet-level agency up and running to resolve this pothole crisis?

2.  TSA agents.  Ever since 9-11, I've had to deal with TSA folks.  Maybe two-thirds of them are capable and intelligent folks....but roughly one-third of them are marginally intelligent and behave like mall-cops.  Every occasion that I transit through an airport, I just sit there....frustrated with this problem, and I hate the experience of traveling in the US.

3.  Hollywood-style Representatives/Senators.  You now see this fake Hollywood-group from DC....almost daily on TV.  Is it really necessary?

4.  Rat-infestation.  The number one problem of LA now?  Rats?  Really?  How the heck did that come to pass?  The talk of the plague returning?  Really?

5.  Cable-TV offering up 200 channels....of which you watch maybe ten of them on a regular basis.  And I'm paying in some way for the 190 other channels....that I never watch?

6.  The NCAA bowl process.  It's obviously corrupted, and run by very evil men with the intent to hold back true champions (like the University of Alabama).

7.  Racists everywhere.  After watching a full hour of MSNBC news, I have the impression that at least 150-million racists exist in America.  In fact, there are Puerto Rican racists, Indian racists, Taiwanese racists, black racists, Mexican racists, Guatemalan racists, Canadian racists, and even racists racists.

8.  The idea that a McDonalds burger bag (basically a regular hamburger, fries, and Coke) will cost around $9.99 eventually, after the $15-an-hour minimum wage deal goes into effect.  It just isn't worth $9.99.  In fact, it's probably not worth $4.99.

9.  There's probably over 400,000 folks in America who are crazy-crazy-enough....that ought to be in a managed facility, and is instead housed under various bridges in the nation.  And we seem to pat ourselves on the back in letting the crazy-crazy squad enjoy the bridge 'house' for a lifestyle.

10.  Finally, I hate the idea that some news guy refers to some ten-man group as a debate...when they get a marginal two-minute period to say something that doesn't make much sense. 

Video Story

Over the past ten-odd days, NBC News went to a great length to find a video, which had footage of Trump with this Epstein guy (noted in the news, and currently sitting in jail because the judge won't issue a release). 

What's odd about this...is that the video comes from almost thirty years ago. 

It's amazing....to consider all the vast investigative journalism that exists with NBC News, and you haven't really seen much of any of this.....for almost twenty years.  Suddenly now?  It shows up?

People sit there in disbelief, and laugh over NBC's great effort, and why they couldn't see anything like this over the Obama period.  So many resources, and they simply sit there....with no instruction or desire to demonstrate their capability, unless it fits the agenda. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

What If CNN Switched Its Format Suddenly?

What if you woke up tomorrow morning, accidentally hit the button for CNN (noting you haven't watched the network more than 30 minutes in the year)....finding the crew in Iceland, and interviewing locals over the installation of a new traffic light, and the overnight report of three gentlemen reporting they saw some Demonic creature over by the harbor?  Would you sit there and watch it for 30 minutes?

What if CNN came up and was doing live interviews with Iowa farmers for six hours, discussing cattle, pumpkins, and the influence of full-moons on their personal lives?

What if CNN came up and had four journalists in an RV crossing Canada and featuring live-over-the air coverage, for three days straight? 

Instead of being the Trump-network.....why not try to be something totally new and different....to get viewers back?

If Everyone Just Went Back 'Home'

It brought up my interest when the chatter came up, and President Trump finally said something to the effect....if you aren't happy here, maybe you ought to go back home.

Some folks are hinged on the term racism, but I'm trying to figure out where this angle fits.

If he did mean it in a racist-way, where exactly would I go?

You see, I have roots that kinda lead back to Kirby Bedon, UK (maybe from 400 years ago).  Prior to that 'adventure'....then my folks were living for around 400 years in the Chester area of England (way over on the western side of the country).

Prior to Chester, we were Norman-folks and got all involved in some invasion angle by our Norman king, and we were connected to the northern coast of France.

But to be honest, we'd only been in Normandy for about two generations, and before that we were Danish folks.   And if you go six to eight generations prior to that, we seem to have some time in the Latvia and Lithuania area.

So if I did get hyped up like the CNN guy suggests I should be.....where exactly was Trump referring me back to?  Kirby Bedon?  Chester?  Normandy?  Denmark?  Latvia?

And with that .7-percent Congo DNA....could I establish some connection to head on back to the homeland of Congo?

But onto the bigger question....if I was referred to this suggestion of Trump....why am I unhappy?  Shouldn't that be the bigger question with the CNN folks?  If Trump isn't racist, and these people are actually unhappy....where does that lead them, or me?

Maybe the bigger question of this whole discussion....why are folks so unhappy?

Trump and Washington State

How hard would it be for Trump to win the state in 2020?

From 2016 results, Hillary was able to take 1.75-million votes....Trump was limited to 1.22-million votes.  The Libertarian guy?  He took 160,000 (roughly 5-percent of the votes).  Normally, you'd go and say it's be awful hard.

So you shift and look at 2020.

Trump would have to and convince half of the Libertarian voters of 2016, to shift over to him (giving him 80,000 of those votes).  It's quiet possible.

Then you gaze at the map.  Hillary won only urbanized counties....the rest of the state (roughly two-thirds of the counties) went to Trump. In the case of five of the Hillary counties.....it was not a blow-out....it was marginally for her. 

Toss in some key advertising....the slant on capitalism versus socialism.....Democrats who left their party in the past two years, I think you could suggest 250,000 votes flipping from 2016 to 2020....over to Trump.  That would bump Trump slightly over the threshold, and show the state as a red-win state.

The last time that happened?  1984, with Reagan. 

But there is one key element since 2004....massive registration and voter turn-out.  There's like an entire era that closed out in 2000, and voter-surge occurred in 2004, and has repeated in 2008, 2012, and 2016. 

So either you go and convince these older Democratic voters to flip their votes, or to stay home (to send a message).

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

No Desire to Win in 2020

Over the past year, I've seen various statements by the news media, the Democratic platform, AOC, Pelosi, and so on.  I've reached the point where I now believe that they really don't want to win in 2020....not the Presidency, the Senate seats, or the House. 

To even suggest a chance at anything.....the party needed to select something that they'd own, and show passage via the system.  At the rate 2019 is going, and the what appears on the early landscape of 2020....there's just nothing much worth talking about.

So I'm suggesting the radical situation....they really don't want to win, and this is about a massive loss which probably leads to a fair number of the 'old' establishment in the party....just retiring after the 2020 election, and leaving politics. 

A rebuilding stage?  Yes...that's what I'm suggesting. 

Alcohol-Free Beer Story

So I tried to make sense out of this two-line story in today's news:

Malaysia (mostly a Muslim country in the Pacific) gave out this warning to Malaysian breweries....NOT to sell/produce alcohol-free beer.  Reason?  The very hint of this....confuses Muslims about whether they can drink it.

I sat there pondering.

Alcohol-free beer, which I've consumed probably two in my life....has ZERO alcohol content.  Yes, it kinda tastes like regular beer, but it's more like a wheat-like taste (maybe like taking wheat bread and throwing it into a blender with a cup of water). 

Calorie-wise?  Most will fall between 40 and 60 calories per bottle (12 ounce). 

Is it totally alcohol-free?  People tend to argue about this point.  Rather than the standard 3-percent alcohol....a fair number of the alcohol-free beers will have .1 to .3 percent alcohol in them.  But lets be honest....a overly ripe banana will have about the same percentage of alcohol (.1 to .3 percent).

So why this warning?  I think it's mostly because some government folks like to worry about you and your morals.