The California Straw Law

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
From The Graduate (1967)

Santa Barbara, California, has become the latest West Coast city to ban the plastic straw and plastic coffee stirrer. Seattle, which in the beginning of July became the first major city in the U.S. to ban plastic straws, fines businesses $250 per offense.

According to the ordinance, violators on their first offense will be given a written warning notice. But for a second offence, straw men and women can face penalties not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months.”

If a waiter or waitress gives your toddler a plastic straw, the restaurant can be fined up to $1,000 and the owner can even face a prison sentence. For using a plastic straw. But smoking pot in public, which can poison your toddler’s mind and make them pretty sick, is perfectly okay.

According to Wikipedia, the first known straws were made by the Sumerians and were used for drinking beer, probably to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that sink to the bottom. The oldest drinking straw in existence, found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C., was a gold tube inlaid with the precious blue stone lapis lazuli. Argentinians and their neighbors have, for several hundred years, used a similar metallic device called a bombilla, for drinking yerba mate tea, that acts as both a straw and a sieve.

In the 1800s, the rye straw came into fashion because it was cheap and soft, but it had an unfortunate tendency to turn to mush in liquid. To address these shortcomings, Marvin C. Stone patented the modern drinking straw, made of paper, in 1888. He came upon the idea while drinking a mint julep on a hot day in Washington, D.C.; the taste of the rye mixed with the drink, giving it a grassy taste, which he found unsatisfactory. He wound paper around a pencil to make a thin tube, slid out the pencil from one end, and applied glue between the strips. He later refined it by building a machine that would coat the outside of the paper with wax to hold it together, so the glue wouldn’t dissolve in bourbon.

Early paper straws had a narrow bore similar to that of the grass stems then in common use. It was common to use two of them, to reduce the effort needed to take each sip. (The cocktail straw, which is sometimes used in pairs, may be derived from such early straws.) Modern plastic straws are made with a larger bore, and only one is needed for ease of drinking.

The modern reason for using a straw is sanitary. Drinking straight from a glass (no matter what it contains) whether in a restaurant or a pub (short for “pubic house”) can lead to the transmission of germs, no matter how well the dishwasher may have cleaned the glasses.

Parents of young children also found the straw useful for teaching young children to drink. The straw made drinking more sanitary and cleaner. Originally, the straws were made of paper. Personal experience showed that the paper straws soon collapsed and we had to call the waiter or waitress for yet another straw.

Along came the plastic straw, reducing, not increasing the waste. Plastic straws were also favored at the time, because in the ecological awareness of the Sixties, the main concern was cutting down trees.

No one is worried anymore about cutting down trees. They’re chopping down trees by the hundreds of acres to install high-density housing everywhere. Trees grow back fairly easily, though. Every single tree in our area had been cut down in our area by the end of the 19th Century. They all grew back. Younger trees are more advantageous; they’re less likely to go down in a storm, unlike their older parents and grandparents.

Plastic straws, on the other hand, last forever, it seems. They don’t dissolve in anything, unfortunately. Coffee stirrers are even tougher. Environmentalists are complaining about the enormous waste and long life of plastic, citing the legendary plastic island, which some have dispelled as a climate change myth.

Here in northern New Jersey, the plastic never even makes it to the garbage. You’ll find the plastic in every gutter, stream, brook, sidewalk, bush, and lawn. Homeowners reluctantly pick the stuff up and throw it away. But they do so with aggrieved reluctance.

Plastic is a legacy of our throw-away society. Someone posted a photo of a family parked on a roadside, enjoying a picnic lunch on folding tables and a chair, out of the back of their station wagon. The caption reads that this was life before fast-food restaurants became popular.

The two biggest plastic perpetrators are the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag and the plastic water bottle. They can also contain soda and other beverages, but water seems to be the main beverage of choice.

Ironically, the water quaffers are also the biggest health nuts. My younger brother is one of them. He’s a big outdoorsman. Loves hiking, camping, caving, mountain biking and so forth. He cares about the environment. My mother, an avid conservationist (and Conservative) in her day, taught us to care about the planet. Yet, he buys four large cartons of bottled water every month.

If he weren’t so huge and muscular, I’d argue the case with him. What are you doing, buying all this plastic that’s going to outlast the universe!? Buy a canteen, for crying out loud! You’re huge. So buy a huge canteen, then. Mostly, he drinks the bottled water around the house. Use a glass, dummy!

We use plastic for all our household and personal hygiene products. This is a good idea. I remember the days of bottled mouthwash and so forth. Very bad for the feet if one breaks. We use plastic to wrap our food. In the olden days, my late companion’s mother used tin cans and glass jars to freeze and store food. The old plastic storage boxes the family used had decayed and mouldered; I had to throw most of them away. But the tin freezer boxes were in good shape. So were her storage jars.

The Ecological Movement was supposed to raise our awareness about the Earth and our environment. But Mr. McGuire was right: the future was in plastics. Big time. Last year, Americans used about 50 billion plastic bottles every year. However, the recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.

Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.

Still, while enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times, of the 260 million tons of plastic the world produces each year, only about 10 percent actually ends up in the Ocean, according to a Greenpeace report. We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.

In 2014, Americans discarded about 33.6 million tons of plastic, but only 9.5 percent of it was recycled and 15 percent was combusted to create electricity or heat.

But climate change reports sometimes contradict one another. Another study states that 63 pounds of plastic packaging, per person, ends up in landfills in the United States every year. Plastic accounts for 16 percent of all municipal solid waste in this country and 50 to 80 percent of the waste littering beaches, oceans, and seabeds. But if you do the math from the other study, that claims Americans throw away 185 pounds of plastic every year, and 63 pounds end up in landfills, then the rest, the other 50 percent – half – winds up on the beach. Or hanging from trees.

What climate changers don’t take into account, in regard to plastic bags, at least, is that people repurpose the plastic bags for everything from general housekeeping, toting lunch to work to general housekeeping and pet scooping. Companies make special puppy-poop bags. But why waste the money – and the plastic – when you have a plastic shopping bag handy?

Climate changers also argue that animals get trapped in plastic bags and die. That they do. My cat got his leg caught in a plastic bag. The noise of him running around trying to escape from it startled the other cat, who proceeded to chase him. The result was one broken cat leg and a broken lamp.

My veterinarian has seen numerous cases of dogs who, smelling the blood from meat products, swallow the shopping whole. The lucky ones are able to pass the bag; the less fortunate strangle on them. The lesson: put the bags away at home and throw them in the garbage when you’re out shopping. Don’t just toss them into the wind when feel like. Kids and teens are the guilty parties in this latter instance. Parents need to step up and teach their kids not to litter.
Fining restaurants for using plastic straws and coffee stirrers is a petty, bureaucratic way to solve the plastic problem. This isn’t a campaign to save the planet or the oceans; it’s a money-making green scheme for bureaucrats to justify their existence on this planet.

Plastic can be recycled 7 to 9 before it is no longer recyclable. Every time paper is recycled the fibers shorten. It is estimated paper can be recycled 4 to 6 times. Glass, steel and aluminum lose no quality during recycling and can be recycled endlessly.

If that’s the case, then the ecologists’ contention that the elements in plastic cannot break down, or takes thousands of years to decompose, is incorrect. One thing that cannot be recycled is money. Consumers should consider that.

Once they throw away money on things like plastic water bottles, they will never get it back. Self-interest always works better than government dictates.

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Published in: on July 25, 2018 at 2:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sign of the Times: New York Daily News at Half Staff

Yesterday, the New York Daily News, which once boasted of the highest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, announced it was cutting its editorial staff in half.

The Daily News now only has a circulation of 441,618 (as of 2016), far behind its metro competitors, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Post, and even Long Island (Melville) Newsday.

The nearly-one hundred year-old newspaper once advertised itself as the “picture newspaper.”  My mother even made the paper, twice:  once, when her father’s boat overturned trying to help another boat in distressed and overturned, and again, when she and her pals went to see Frank Sinatra at his opening show at the Paramount Theater.  There were a lot of screaming teenagers in the picture, but there she was, right in the center.

The New York Daily News was a commuter staple for decades, thanks to its tabloid format which made it easy for subway straphangers and train riders to fold it over, hang on and continue reading.  The Daily News featured some of the best photographers in the business and the most iconic front pages.

The News was also known for its catchy, clever headlines:  “Good Morning, Baghdad.”  “Hell No, I Won’t Go [Saddam Hussein].”  “’Lucky’ Wins’ [Charles Lindbergh]”  There were many, many more; just average headlines that weren’t “iconic” or “historic” but very, very funny.  Probably the most iconic of all their photos was the January 13, 1928 photo of Sing-Sing prisoner Ruth Snyder as she was executed by electric chair.

The New York Daily News was New York City.  Working-class New York City.  My New York City-born parents were staunch readers of the Daily News, although my father also read the Sunday New York Times from cover-to-cover.

Times and populations change, however.  While New York has always been a Democrat city, its demographic has changed.  The working classes left the City a long time ago and fled to the suburbs to escape the crime, the high taxes, and the one-party politics.  They were replaced by increasingly wealthy trust-fund babies who weren’t interested in having families, welfare refugees, and family-chain immigrants.

The Wall Street Journal began to overtake the Daily News for first-place, followed by the more-liberal-than-liberal New York Times.  Whatever Conservative readers were left in the City looked to the New York Post for its news, leaving the Daily News without much of a market.  Long Islanders turned to Long Island (or do they use “Melville” now) Newsday and New Jerseyans, on their second and third generations began to think of themselves as Jersey Guys and Gals and began to subscribe to the New Jersey newspapers (The Record and the rabidly liberal Star-Ledger, if it’s still in business).

What finally did the Daily News in was not politics, although that didn’t help, but technology.  The same technology that put me out of work in 2012 has caught up even with the Daily News’ photographers.  These days, everyone has a cellphone with a camera.  They don’t even need cameras; just the cellphones.  The person on the street can snap a photo and instantly send it to the Daily News or any other paper they care to.  The days of Jimmy Olsen are long gone.

Not everyone knows how to take a good picture.  These days, however, the cellphones are equipped with apps that can tell the amateur how to set the camera so that they don’t even have to keep their eyes open.  The camera will do it all.

For myself, I’m just about at the end off my road as a photographer.  My hips simply won’t cooperate.  My last assignment was a local street fair.  The only available parking was about the distance from the street fair as the length of the fair itself.  I had to sit down twice before I finally reached my car.

The Daily News vows that it will continue to report on the most important news:  “crime, civil justice and public responsibility.”  What the heck do they mean by “civil justice”?   Is that “civil justice” or “social justice.”  If the latter, they’ll lose even more readers.

Newspapers are turning towards all digital media.  The subscription print newspapers have been losing ground to the digital media, so they’re following the crowd.  However, news websites like The Drudge Report and Fox News are free.  Fox has a widely-watched television network which can absorb the costs of their digital media.  Drudge takes headlines from other sources and places them all the links, some with photos, on one page.  Drudge doesn’t need much overhead.

The [Bergen] Record is turning its resources towards more digital publishing.  That switch comes with a price, however.  Since being Northjersey.com was bought out by Gannett, which is in turn owned by USAToday, the Record has already reduced its staff, particularly its photographers.  Its replaced its community editors with professionals who know nothing about the communities they’re supposed to be serving.

The local weekly paper, The Suburban Trends, has undergone such a change that they have taken to serving it up as a freebie to Record subscribers.  In turn, The Record has increased its subscription to $50 per month.  That’s a hefty bit of change.  The newsstand price is $2.  That means the subscription is a little over $600 per year.  The yearly newsstand price, $730.

I canceled my subscription to The Bergen Record.  Since my mother already subscribes to it, our whole family gets to see the paper for that single subscription price.  Even purchasing the paper on weekends only will cost $200 per year.  People are not going to be eager to pay $600 a year to get the state and local news.

Since the Trends abrogated its responsibility to report on community news, local people have been taking to spreading the news themselves via Facebook.  There are Facebook pages for both Bloomingdale and Pompton Lakes.

Of course, the town authorities haven’t taken this lying down.  In Pompton Lakes, they quickly took over the running of one of Pompton Lakes’ Facebook sites, unfriending anyone who criticized them.  New Yorkers, take note.  That’s what will happen if the City or New York state takes control of the New York Daily News.  Reading it will be no more useful than reading the People’s Daily (China’s largest newspaper), with its daily dose of Communism on the front page.

As a fellow photographer (and reporter), I feel badly for the staff of the New York Daily News.  I’ve been there and done that.

Getting buggy-whipped really stinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 24, 2018 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Where Have All the Mailboxes Gone?

My late companion used to frown on the idea of paying bills via the Internet.  He was right to be concerned.

 

However, last month, a mailbox theft ring pulled a multiple town mailbox heist, stealing the mail out of the mailboxes in towns along the northern Route 23 corridor from Wayne to Bloomingdale and Pompton Lakes.

 

I went to mail a bill for my mother at the Bloomingdale Post Office and discovered there was no mailbox, not even in front of the Post Office Building.  My own town’s mailboxes had all disappeared as well.

 

We’d heard about mailbox fraud out in California.  But that’s California – The Illegal Immigrant State.  In all the years we’ve lived here, up until now, we’ve never had to worry about the security of our mailboxes.

 

We’ve had to worry about many things we used to take for granted back when towns like Bloomingdale and Pompton Lakes were safe, suburban communities where everyone knew everyone else.

 

Drugs have been a problem since the Sixties.  The “problem” was confined to the local park and the backlot of the high school.  Eventually, the drugs filtered down to the elementary school playground.  The worst crimes around here were bicycle thefts.

 

In the Nineties, though, illegal immigrants from Mexico began settling here, especially in Butler.  Being suburbanites, none of us went out much at night except maybe for bowling or rehearsal with the community band.  Still, you could feel reasonably.

 

But no longer.  Convenience stores became exchanges for drug paraphernalia.  Unsavory people began hanging out on the street corners at night.  We even began to experience prostitution (the world’s oldest profession, up until that point, kept a discreet, suburban profile).  The streets have come littered with whiskey bottles and heroin packets.  Bicycle peddlers provide door-to-door service.  (That white napkin or bright red soda bottle didn’t wind up on your lawn by accident).\

 

Yet, if we suburbanites raise a ruckus over the decidedly lower quality of life, we’re called “racists” or “nativists.”  Mailbox and ATM thefts are criminal events that are supposed to happen in cities like Newark and Paterson, not on the tree-lined streets of Pompton Lakes.

 

Thanks to this influx of criminals, cars are backed up all day long at the Pompton Lakes Post Office.  Why was I there?  To mail off a voucher for some stock I own to keep the state from seizing it!  The water bill I went to pay for my mother had doubled since the prior month.  I had to explain to her how the governor wants to tax her for her tap-water, in addition to the fees she already pays.  The tax is supposed to help replace our admittedly aging water pipes – and also to pay for some additional Big Brother technology which will monitor our water use even further.

 

The Democrats are threatening us with even further Socialist constraints on the way we live.  Moving out of New Jersey will help.  But I was speaking with someone stationed in South Carolina (to cancel my subscription to The Bergen Record, which propagandizes about how we should welcome illegal alien criminals – and their children – into our communities; they’ve raised the subscription to $50 per month for this garbage).

 

This man said that the cost of living is lower where he’s located.   The annual salary is also lower, but affordable.  The problem is that for that $40,000 a year average, workers must put in 12 hour days.  Back at the insurance company I once worked for, claim representatives put in 12 hour days during catastrophes.  My job was to boost their morale and let them know their hard work was appreciated.

 

If the northern-state Bergen Record is nothing but a propaganda sheet, it’s local counterpart is completely worthless.  That biweekly newspaper used to actually report the community news.  Now it’s more like a bulletin; it reports what is going to happen, but no longer features local worthies giving back to their suburban communities.  They report on the local government news, but that’s about it.  Not even the school kids get a nod, except in the sports section.

 

The newspaper did report on the Pompton Lakes mailbox robbery, but not the fact that the robbery was widespread throughout the reporting area.  You only found out when you tried to drop a letter in a mailbox.

 

Instead of getting rid of the mailboxes, why don’t they try getting rid of the criminals?

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 23, 2018 at 3:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Spy a Whistleblower

USA Today reports that Russian national Maria Butina has been accused by (presumably) the F.B.I. of  working as a “spy” by infiltrating Conservative organizations like the National Rifle Association.

“On Wednesday, a federal magistrate ordered Butina, 29, held without bond, pending trial, where she will face felony charges. The prosecutors claim she was engaged in a campaign as a covert agent for the Kremlin in an attempt to “advance the interests of her home country.”

“The defendant’s covert influence campaign involved substantial planning, international coordination and preparation,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing. “The plan for Butina also required, and she demonstrated a willingness to use deceit in a visa application to move to the United States and bring the ‘plan’ to fruition.”

What “plan”?

The prosecutors claim she was in touch with Russian intelligence operatives and had access to thousands of dollars and “an intention to move the money out of the U.S.”

Out of the United States. To do what?

Butina lived with Paul Erickson of South Dakota, whom USA Today describes as a “former political provocateur. Erickson, who “boasted” of having ties to prominent Conservatives, hadn’t been seen in a few years.

According to USA Today, “Butina founded a gun rights group named Right to Bear Arms. She frequently posted about guns on social media and promoted the right to carry weapons in an interview.

“Saul Anuzis, a former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, told the Washington Post she was ‘like a novelty’ because running a gun rights group in Russia appeared radical.

So, one has to wonder, how does this amount to “spying” on the United States? Judging by this slim account, it sounds like she was giving paid speeches to prominent Conservative groups about the reality of living under Communism or a “Social Democracy,” especially in regard to the right to bear arms and getting ready to go back home, probably to the Ukraine (which Russian considers Russian but the Ukraines regard as Ukrainian) where a civil war which the media is squelching, is being carried out.

Butina’s actual crime, apparently, was against Russia and Communism. During our Tea Party rallies, we had numerous speakers from Communist countries talk about the social and political oppression in those countries; about indoctrination into Marxism from kindergarten forward; about relatives being imprisoned for decades, where they were beaten and tortured, for speaking against Communism.

More recently, a Ukrainian “national” spoke at a Ukraine Independence Day event in Clifton, N.J. (this was before Russia invaded the country, again). She gave a history of the Ukraine, of how farmers were starved off their lands and murdered so Stalin could take over their lands.

The Communists don’t like it when we overturn their revisionist history, either in Russia or here in the United States. Look at the quote from Comey: “Anybody who votes Republican is un-American.” Or is that anti-Socialist or even anti-Marxist.

The article doesn’t say what agency these “prosecutors” represent; just that they’re prosecutors. The headline reads “Prosecutors tell of Russian operative’s history, methods: Alleged spy moved in conservative circles.” It’s going to be my blog topic for today.

Is Butina a Russian “spy” or is she a Russian “whistleblower.” What exactly are they charging here with? The only proof comes from Russian intelligence officials, who want her back. Comey will only be too happy to turn this “troublemaker” over to the Russians, on the grounds she was “influencing” our 2016 presidential election.

How did she “influence” us? By encouraging us to stand up for our Second Amendment rights? To use the “former” Soviet Union as the premier oppressor of “the people”? To speak against Marxism, Communism, and Socialism? To educate American conservatives on the true history of Communism all over the world?

If Comey succeeds in constituting speaking out against these -sims a crime, then we all may be branded “Anti-American” criminals. Today’s high-density housing may become tomorrow’s American gulags.

Published in: on July 20, 2018 at 11:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Which People Are Democrats “For”?

The Democrat National Committee just announced that it’s official campaign slogan for the 2018 mid-term elections is “For the People,” presumably as in the Constitutional “We, the People.”  Or perhaps it’s the Gettysburg Address “government of the people, by the people, and for the people…”

 

Or is it Vladimir Lenin’s working people, “all the working people must enjoy the fruits of their common labor”?  Or this?

 

“People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises.”

 

Or this:

 

“Peaceful surrender of power by the bourgeoisie is possible, if it is convinced that resistance is hopeless and if it prefers to save its skin.”

 

Or this:

 

“Victory will belong only to those who have faith in the people, those who are immersed in the life-giving spring of popular creativity.”

 

Or this:

 

“No mercy for these enemies of the people, the enemies of socialism, the enemies of the working people! War to the death against the rich and their hangers-on, the bourgeois intellectuals; war on the rogues, the idlers and the rowdies!”

 

Whew!  Lenin sure talked a lot about the people.  Those same people, after the 1917 Revolution when Lenin denounced Socialism, rioted against the collectivist system that left them starving because they were not allowed to enjoy the fruits of their labor after all, at least not in the economic sense, and sometimes not even just to feed themselves and their children.

 

So who are these people the Democrats are supposed to be for?

 

It’s certainly not Men.  Obama, the Democrat standard-bearer said the other day that he’s getting tired of Men.  Specifically, the Democrats definitely are not for white men, a dwindling, aging breed who still have enough of the right stuff to stand up for themselves.

 

The Democrats have recently had to disown their biggest supporters, Hollywood men who donated millions of dollars into Democrat coffers.  Seems these Hollywood moguls got their hands caught in the cookie jar.  The Democrats have been forced to choose between two groups of constituents:  Male, Democrat donors or female voters.

 

The rest of the men have been toeing the Liberal line, black and brown-skinned men of every variety.  They needn’t worry about the felonious men sitting in jail for serious crimes; they’re not allowed to vote.  But the Democrats are working on it.

 

The Democrats claim they are not for the wealthy, even though most of them are Limousine Liberals.  They don’t earn their money; they count it as it comes through trust fund accounts and investment portfolios.  They may have to pay capital gains taxes, but that’s what they hire accountants and lawyers for.  They even own large parcels of land which they declare to be “farms” which somehow give them a tax-exemption from property taxes.

 

So they publicly denounce the wealthy as they funnel their own funds into off-shore tax shelters.

 

The Democrats are decidedly not for middle-class taxpayers.  The middle-class taxpayers are certainly not for Democrats.  Just ask any former New Jersey taxpayer how their solidly blue government has worked out for them.   New Jersey Gov. Murphy is even planning to tax – tax, in addition to the already-existent regulatory fees – their tap water.

 

The Democrats are not for small and medium business owners.  Here in New Jersey, the Democrats aren’t for any kind of business, except monkey business.  If you’re not for business owners, you can hardly claim you’re “for” their workers.  Over-tax or unionize the businesses and those businesses will flee the state, leaving the workers unemployed.

 

Who does that leave, then?  Which people are the Democrats for?

 

Minorities, who traditionally vote Democrat.  Millennials snowflakes who have been brainwashed by their Marxist professors and their drug dealers to vote Democrat.  Illegal aliens, who’ve been guaranteed a non-working income if they come here and vote Democrat.  Coming as they do from Marxist, Socialist countries, they’d vote Democrat anyway.

 

Women, particularly college-educated who’ve studied their Greek mythology and learned that in ancient times – really ancient times – men were the chattel and women ruled.  Homosexuals.  Women who want to be men.  Men who want to be women.   Men wanting to be women? That’s just insane.

 

Freaks who don’t want to take their meds, don’t want to be institutionalized where they’d be forced to take their meds, and just don’t want to be normal.  They get their thrills from parading down city streets nude or painted in weird colors, like a 1960s Hippie Volkswagen.  They enjoy unsettling normal people.  They want to stick to us.  Or rather, the Marxists want to stick it to us and the freaks are their willing puppets.

 

Drug users and abusers will vote Democrat.  Nothing like decriminalizing all drug use to foster insanity and brainlessness.  The more stupid voters you can create, the better for the Democrats.  Once they’ve used, even casual pot users don’t realize what’s the matter with what they’re doing.  All they know is they feel cool and it’s not like it’s some addictive drug.  They’re just social weed-whackers.  There are some scientists who would disagree with that statement that there’s no brain damage.  But like the climate change addicts, there’s no arguing with them.  They’ve drunk the Kool-Aid.

 

If you can’t make the world a better place, have a toke and make believe it’s a better place.

 

Then there are the above-mentioned climate change believers.  There are some who earnestly care about the environment and about animals, wildlife and otherwise.  It’s one thing to want to save the polar bears.  It’s another thing to deny the evidence that they’re not actually in any danger, that the photos they’ve cried their hearts out over are a hoax – as is all the evidence produced about climate change.

 

They won’t even believe a former chief presidential meteorologist who stated that the rising ocean levels are from run-off from over-developed coastal areas, not a change in global temperatures.  We’re overbuilding and overpaving, cutting down too many trees and yes, killing too many creatures with weed killers.  If you’re going to show you care about the environment, at least get it right.  You don’t need swimming pools in a state full of lakes.  There’s your waste of water.

 

If you need to water your lawn in July, when there’s the least amount rainfall, maybe you should ask yourself if you’re paying the landscapers too much money to boast of the perfect lawn.  If you really hate yardwork that much, maybe you should buy one of those affordable housing condos the Radicals are hawking.

 

Even the true Environmentalists opposed the development of Federal Hill.  The spokeswoman for the local Sierra Club advocated for just one complete Affordable Housing complex with 100 percent low-income residents.  Otherwise, she said, the developers would keep on building high-density with 80 percent or more affluent renters and only a small percentage of low-income residents.  In that way, the town would never meet its Affordable Housing goal and the builders would go on making a fortune developing our little town into a city and the heck with protecting wildlife and their greenspace.

 

One hundred percent development will eventually mean a one hundred percent vote for the already Democrat Bloomingdale.  Guess how Bloomingdale’s predominantly Democrat town council and mayor voted.  Yeah, left.

 

Those are the “people” the Democrats are for.  The “people” they can buy, cajole, swindle, or mislead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Did Trump Misspeak?

The Republican Establishment since President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and stated he didn’t see any reason why Russia would have meddled in the U.S. elections.

The Establishment Republicans are already preparing the tar and feathers for Trump, while the Democrats increasingly gloat over the possibility of impeaching Trump.

The intelligence community is united in its fury that their boss would undermine them and believe he can’t be trusted with the secrets.  Sounds like the intelligence community is trying to undermine the President of the United States.

John Brennan, a former Communist voter, now head of Trump’s FBI, denounced Trump for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Yet according to the Associated Press, “Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a long-time U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

“Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia’” instead of “why it would,” Trump said of the comments he had made standing alongside Vladimir Putin on Monday’s summit stage in Helsinki.

“That didn’t explain why Trump, who had tweeted a half-dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news conference, waited so long to correct his remarks. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

“He didn’t reverse other statements in which he gave clear credence to Putin’s “extremely strong and powerful” denial of Russian involvement, raised doubts about his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions and advanced discredited conspiracy theories about election meddling.

“He also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia’s destabilizing actions in the U.S. and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries. And he did not address his other problematic statements during a week-long Europe tour, in which he sent the NATO alliance into emergency session and assailed British Prime Minister Theresa May as she was hosting him for an official visit.

“I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” Trump conceded Tuesday. But even then he made a point of adding, “It could be other people also. A lot of people out there. There was no collusion at all.”

Let’s review the first questions Trump was asked in Helsinki:

  1. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did it. Who would you believe (in regard to Russian meddling)?
  2. Would you now with the whole world watching tell President Putin would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you want him to never do it again?

The questioning was obviously a set-up.

Trump answered:  “You have a group set wondering why the FBI never took the server.  Where is the server?  Why was the FBI told to leave the offices of the Democratic National Committee without the server?  Dan Coates and others came to me and said it was the Russians.  I have President Putin, he just said it was not Russia.  I will say, I don’t see any reason why it would be.  I want to see the server.  What happened to Hillary’s e-mails?  33,000 e-mails gone, just gone.  I have great confidence in my intelligence people but…President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

The president also added that Putin made “an incredible offer” to have his own people come to the United States and work with the investigators regarding the 12 Russian hackers.

The political establishment nearly had a stroke over the description of Putin as “strong and powerful.”  The president meant his denial was strong and powerful.  A better communications strategist assisting him would have suggested that “President Putin has emphatically denied any involvement by his government.”

The president is clearly not satisfied with the intelligence agencies’ investigation of the weak charge of “collusion” (which is not a crime).  The Steele dossier turned out to be a Democrat creation.  As the President of the United States, he is within his authority to criticize any agency under his direction, not vice versa.

President Trump had it right the first time in Helsinki.  Without better proof, like Hillary’s server, there is no good reason to suppose the Russians were involved in sabotaging the 2016 Presidential elections.  Both American parties were doing a splendid job themselves.

The Democrats have been leaning ever farther Left in embracing Socialist and Marxist causes all on their own.  They’ve been hand-in-glove with the Russians and the Chinese for decades, i.e. criminalizing support for the Contras in Nicaragua, even as the Russians flew guerrilla fighters from South America to Cuba and on to the Soviet Union, via Scandinavia.

Marxist supporters within Congress successfully defunded the military in the 1960s to ensure America’s defeat in South Viet Nam.   Back in the United States, Marxist activists created turmoil in America’s cities with violent protests over the war, civil rights, and ecology.  The Weathermen, led by Obama’s comrade, Bill Ayers, killed police officers, plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol in Washington, and created strife in universities and colleges, most notably Kent State, which the Media misrepresented as a war protest gone wrong.

Meanwhile, Establishment Republicans have behaved like incoming freshmen during Hell Week, eager to join the popular Marxist fraternity, Kappa Gamma Beta.  They won’t burn the American flag.  But they won’t create a law against it, either.  They might find abortion deplorable.  But, like a business owner who doesn’t want to offend overly-sensitive, female customers, they turn their eyes the other way.  They once knew the truth about pot as the enticement into the larger world of drugs.  But once they took their first toke, they no longer saw anything wrong with it, since technically weed is non-addictive.  “We can quit anytime we want; we just don’t want to.”

The Russians meddled long ago, not so much in our elections, but in our media and our college campuses.  From the 1930s on students, especially those going into education, communications, or political science, were invited to “tour” Russia’s specially built communes, filled with fat and happy peasants sharing the wheat, if not the wealth.  Everyone was happy there.  Everyone knew exactly what they were supposed to say to the gullible Americans.

What Democrats discovered in 2016 is that enough Americans are genuinely opposed to collectivism, the other name for communism.  They don’t want to “share” the wealth.  It’s still pretty much everyone for himself.  Only a small number of people are truly trapped in poverty.  The rest are committing fraud on the American public.

A victory for Donald Trump in 20116 was a defeat for collectivism.  That’s why the Democrats are pushing for the dissolving of ICE and open borders for all illegal aliens.  That’s why they’ve been pursuing the confusing discourse of “Russian meddling” and “Russian collusion” without answering two questions:

Why would the Russians want to help a Republican Capitalist win the election for President of the United States; and

Why would the Russians need to help the Democrats, who’ve been carrying the socialist/collectivist banner since the Soviet Union was created in 1917?  The Democrats chief holidays, Earth Day, May Day, and Cinco de Maio are all the birth dates of notable communists.   Vladimir Lenin (April 22, 1870), “Mother (Mary Harris) Jones, U.S. reformer and labor organizer (May 1, 1830), and Karl Marx (May 5, 1818).  Not to mention “Calamity Jane (Mary Jane Canary)”, May 1, 1852.

What was in it for Russia, all this collusion?  The United States is going down the collective slope in fine style.  Don’t we have freaks parading around the streets of America every June, for the entire month?  Aren’t Marxist immigrants illegally pouring over our borders, ensuring that the Democrats will be elected forever?  Aren’t we building collectivist housing, the future slums of America which their occupants will never own and never be able to will to their children, just like in China?

Aren’t we making books and libraries obsolete?  Aren’t our college students an immature group of permanently infantile blockheads?  Aren’t the younger students as dumb as a box of rocks that can neither read, write nor reckon?  Aren’t they totally ignorant of American history and its exceptional role as leader of the free world, and of its Constitution that makes that freedom possible?  Don’t the college snowflakes violate the First Amendment every single day?  Don’t they spout all the politically correct memes about the environment, capitalism, corporations, and trans-sexuality?

Why, the Democrats are doing a marvelous job destroying the United States of America.  The Russians don’t need to collude with the Republicans against the Democrats?  Why on earth would they?

That’s precisely the question President Trump asked in Helsinki.  He need not have issued a retraction or a clarifying explanation.  Trump has taken Russia to task numerous times since he became president.  He had no need to rake Putin over the coals on this issue because his own intelligence agencies haven’t provided satisfactory answers.

We know exactly what he meant.

 

Published in: on July 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Driving Diversity in Northernmost New Jersey

The road on which my mother lives looks more or less the way it did when we moved there in 1961, that is once the grass had grown in on the new lawns. In those days, husbands and older sons mowed the lawns.  The trees are taller now.  Some have succumbed to storms over the decades.  The driveways are bigger, where once, a household generally only had single car. Today, homeowners hire professional landscapers to turn Knolls Road into a corporate park.

 

Our house and the house across the street, both still in the hands of the original owners, or their children, are the only exceptions. Otherwise, the neighborhood looks the same as it did in the days of JFK.

 

There’s just one thing missing that makes this neighborhood different from what it was in 1961: children.  Nearly every home (including ours) is owned by older people or retirees.  There is precisely one young family in this section, and they only just moved in this summer.

 

In the 1960s, the entire development swarmed with little baby boomers, the progeny of the prolific World War II generation. Every Halloween, children in cheesecloth costumes mobbed the street.  Now, ambling along Knolls Road is more like strolling through a cemetery or a state park on a closed day.

 

The tranquility is soothing. The traffic is generally no heavier than in the past, except in the summer, even given the additional development in what we used to call the Sand Pit.  Very fine homes they are, larger than the 1960s houses, but still retaining the neighborhood’s humble character; no stone castles tower over the split-level homes, banners flapping in the breeze from the ramparts.

 

The reason for the increase in summertime traffic in the reorganization of Bloomingdale’s three schools: two elementary and one middle school.  Bloomingdale evicted the third and fourth graders out of the Martha B. Day School and sent them to the older Samuel R. Donald School.  The middle school, the Walter T. Bergen, houses another group of Pre-K (along with the Day School) and the school board threw all the fifth graders into its noxious adolescent cauldron.

 

Commuters drop their tots off for Pre-K early in the morning, tear back down the road to get to work, then roar back up the road in their SUVs to fetch their younglings home again around dinnertime. They drive at an awful tear; Knolls Road is a very, long and winding road.  The northern section is the only place where an impatient driver can get up any speed before they come upon the “Goat Path” (an S-curve that hugs a cliff on one side and promises a precipitous drop on the other) and Killer Bend, a hairpin turn in the road. Then it’s down Jeffrey/Jeffery Drive, with a steep drop and another intimidating hairpin turn (especially when cars are parked in the street).

 

This means students are being transported all over creation, instead of walking to the neighborhood schools for which the schools were originally designed. The reorganization cannot possibly be a matter of over-crowding.  The Martha B. School was built for our development in 1963, by the developer, in exchange for permission to develop this particular hill.

 

The school was overcrowded before it ever opened its doors. Within a few years, the district had to install permanent trailers to accommodate the extra Baby Boomers.  Originally designed for Kindergarten (part-time, because there were so many of us) through 6th Grade, the town soon had to build a middle school for grades 6 through 8.  Bloomingdale began sending the students from the lower part of town (what locals called “The Flats”) to the Day School instead of the Donald, which they inexplicably closed.

 

Bloomingdale is a large, spread-out town. The homes in our development are modest homes, built when homeowners still cared for their own properties and endeavored to save money on utilities by living in smaller homes that didn’t require as much heat, electricity and water and also saved them money on property taxes.  Somewhat larger homes in the development two hills over, where the Bergen School is, were built in the later Sixties and Seventies.  That school should have been that neighborhood’s school rather than a warehouse for hormone-happy teens.

 

Today, students all must get on the bus, whether they want to or not. The Donald school is back in business.  But the school board has divided up the student population so that only the very youngest are close to home, and not even then, not always.

 

All third and fourth graders now attend the Donald School, a practice many boards of education have taken up. The fifth grade, as I noted before, has been cast down into prepubescent purgatory.  What happened to neighborhood schools?  What happened to keeping the kids close to home?

 

It’s all about “integration.” In our day, the kids from the poorest section of town – the Flats – came from the oldest families, dating back to the time when Bloomingdale was a Dutch colony.  There was only one school – the Donald School.  Then our hill was developed and marketed towards couples who’d moved out of the city to places like Clifton and Lodi, only to find the city problems had followed them there.  Once the Day school opened, the poorest kids were sent there instead of the Donald school, where they had once gone.

 

Bloomingdale was an attractive bedroom community to the fleeing city dwellers. No crime.  Relatively low taxes, and modest, affordable  housing, in the economic, not the political, sense.  No taxpayer funds supported this development.  These were working class families.  This development, being on a hill, was unaffected by the flooding that regularly plagued The Flats.  Plus, the developer was ecologically-minded.  He didn’t believe in clear-cutting lots.  Mom was impressed.

 

There was also one other salient feature of Bloomingdale, which we won’t even attempt to analyze. Not that it mattered, because some of the residents of an entire hue were as contemptibly violent, if not worse, than the repulsive rabble (who are now the bane of all of Westchester County, thanks to the Affordable Housing mandates)  my parents left behind in Yonkers.

 

This Sunday, The Record published an article – or is it really just a political opinion column that wound up on the front page? – about the “problem” of “school segregation” in Northern New Jersey.

 

Are they kidding? Of course this town is “segregated.”  Still, it’s not like the town’s New Jersey scores are in the A-plus category.  Until Common Core was shut down, Bloomingdale had some of the worst scores in suburbia.  In fact, all of this area’s school scores, with the exception of Pequannock and Kinnelon, were “deplorable.”

 

The Flats of Bloomingdale are no longer the abode of the original settlers. Once Federal Hill City is completed, Bloomingdale will be abominably diverse.  That’s the whole point of Affordable Housing; it’s Obama’s War on Suburbia.  Bloomingdale, because of its inauspicious Federal Hill history (the Revolutionary War mutiny, the Iron Door, the Nazis, the Neo-Nazis, the Alliance), was directly in former Pres. Obama’s cross-hairs.  Not for nothing has the town colluded with the quarry owners to blow up Federal Hill.  They’re not just ruining suburbia; they’re obliterating an admittedly peccant period in Bloomingdale’s history.  Irony abounds in mutilating that granite-strewn snake pit (seriously – it was full of snakes until the blasting began, years ago; the snakes found refuge in our yards).

 

Black people didn’t dare move here; certainly not black people with family histories of criminality. Bloomingdale residents weren’t fabulously wealthy; they were merely struggling middle class families like ours –  and didn’t have much to steal in the first place.  All the same, our parents had grown up in New York.  They didn’t need the Media of the day to lecture them about diversity or racism.  They’d seen the cold, hard reality up close and personal.

 

My parents knew Bloomingdale was in the crosshairs of the FBI. My father once showed me a map.  Bloomingdale had a big, red circled X on it.

 

“THAT’S why we moved here,” he said.

 

They were wrong about the crime, though. Some of our more distant neighbors had moved here from Hell’s Kitchen.  They brought Hell’s Kitchen with them and made life at the Martha B. Day School a living hell.

 

What’s worse, the borough teachers, the younger ones at least, were all inured Marxists. Only my first and second grade teachers were Old School.  What good fortune, or I might never have learned to read.  By the time I got into Third Grade, we were loaded up with the likes of Ring Lardner Jr., Carl Foreman, some others whose names I’ve forgotten.  Lardner’s name stands out as the most detestable short story author ever to ruin a child’s appetite for reading.

 

Thanks to Lardner, I came to detest reading. After that, when someone would recommend a book, I’d decline the advice.  I didn’t trust anyone’s taste in literature except that of my parents.  I’d only read what they recommended (or insisted upon).  I only recovered my love of reading when I was in college.

 

So now The Record has resurrected the skeleton of school segregation, rattling away like a hapless student sitting over the back wheels of a school bus. Common Core failed, so now Radicals must find a different path for “diversifying” our suburbs, to ensure that white students experience white shaming on the personal level, at the taxpayers’ expense.

 

The Gen Xers ought to read about the Great Integration Busing of the Seventies. Inevitably, our fairer skinned children came home with lice.  The girls learned more profane methods of cheerleading.  Students added some interesting new words to their vocabularies (if they didn’t already know them, they did not) and innocuous phrases that had been hijacked by street thugs.  They were being shaken down, beaten up, and hooked on drugs.  Suburban parents raided school board meetings.  Thus ended the experiment in busing.

 

Then, the Radicals had the ingenious idea to settle illegal immigrants here. They plunked them down right in the midst of downtown business districts, already struggling against the big stores and auto malls.  Years ago, lice medication was a hard-to-find “commodity” in this area.  Now there are dozens of lice products in our local CVS. Suburban parents are once again horrified at what their children are bringing home – this time, as homework.

 

LBGQTP literature. Sex for kindergartners.  Common Core math.  Pseudo-climate change propaganda.  White privilege shaming lessons.  No wonder the residents on my mother’s road are gentrifying the neighbor, even though the houses and yards are small.  And to think, we once thought the neighborhood would go downscale, not upscale.  It’s the proximity to Routes 287 (only about a mile away, where there’s also the only supermarket in the area), 208, 4 and New York City that sells the property.  On a good day, you can be in your skyscraper in about 30 minutes.

 

The Record decries the state law that states students must attend school in the municipality in which they live.  But the law doesn’t say anything about having to attend the school in their neighborhood.  Bloomingdale is run by Democrats (the Republicans were actually worse) and the town is diversifying with a vengeance.  The school board can’t ship their students to Paterson – yet.  But they can haul them up and down the hills and dales of Bloomingdale.  The local bus company certainly doesn’t object, except on icy days when no bus can even get up Knolls Road, much less the even steeper hill on Rafkind Road and certainly not the corkscrewed Jeffrey Drive.

 

So if you’re a Bloomingdale parent, buckle your kids up because they already have a lengthy bus ride to a school that makes it difficult to learn (according to a parent’s comment on the school website). Even in the Sixties, because the school was built at the far end of our development, some of the smallest fry still had to take a bus to get to the Day school (the school should have been built on Hilltop Terrace instead).

 

They can try to diversify the Martha B. Day School through better busing. Believe it or not, the Donald School is even harder to get to than the Day School; it’s a driving nightmare.  Bring it on, Radicals, if you’ve got the nerve and the four-wheel drive vehicles to pull short, but steep hills.  You’ll never make the grade, at least not in snowy weather and the roads are even worse in West Milford and Ringwood, Passaic County’s two northernmost towns.  Good luck with driving diversity.

 

You should know better than that, Bergen Record.  But I forget; The Record’s new editors and writers aren’t natives of this area, unlike the old staff.  Even the venerable Record was “diversified” a few year ago to pave the way for “diversifying” its readership, to “drive” the agenda.

 

 

Meanwhile, get ready, Northern New Jersey parents, because the Shaming is about to begin.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 16, 2018 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Left Make Spectacles of Themselves – Again

 

If someone used the new facial recognition technology on these rent-a-mobs, they’d probably find the same old faces in London, Berlin, New York, and San Francisco.  Well, maybe not San Francisco, because those people are straight out of some sci-fi horror movie (they borrow some of them from Greenwich Village).

 

They’re paid.  When are people going to realize that?  They’re rentals from the welfare slums and Snowflake University.  These aren’t “real” people.  They don’t represent real people.  Even our Congressional representatives don’t represent real people.

 

They’re people with nothing better to do with their time – than actually work for a living.  “Here,” they’re told, “Here’s a preprinted sign.  Go to Trafalgar Square.  You can’t miss it.  Just look for the Baby Trump blimp.  Or go to Times Square.  You can’t miss it.  There’s a big building in the center with a scroll around the top.”

 

The question is why Conservatives – or at least our Media – pay any attention to it.

 

It’s not like there wasn’t plenty of news today.  Robert Mueller indicted the 12 Russian stooges for “spying” on the 2016 presidential election campaign.  Hillary has to be hugely humiliated to have to go to these lengths to concoct this ridiculous and costly “investigation” into the Trump campaign.  Since the Democrats are running the investigation, how do we know the stooges weren’t actually hired by the Democrats or George Soros to pose as the criminals and take the fall?

 

They have to do something.  After all, they thought Hillary had it in the bag.  They’d ordered the entire victory campaign.  The hotel.  The dinner.  The drinks.  The fireworks.  Everything had to be cancelled at the last minute.  All because Trump got his public speaking act together and won over enough doubters to at least gain the electoral college victory.

 

Yesterday, that reprobate

 

Hillary and Never Trumpers are still pumping hot air into the Old Trump balloon, the rude, vulgar Trump who insulted everyone and always talked about himself.  Even he’s beginning to believe the criticism about him.  He’s starting to stumble again at his rallies.

 

Someone will have to e-mail him privately and remind him that he’s doing great because America is doing great.  Ignore the Never Trumpers and the Radical Leftists.  They’re just a bunch of sore losers who can’t admit that they lost and that Trump is turning out to be a pretty great president.

 

He had tea with the Queen of England.  Some sore losers will make a big deal that she didn’t give him a state dinner on his first visit.  Listen, tea with Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t so bad.  Because it was outside we got to see a great performance by the Queen’s Guard.  They played some stirring marches.  The Queen took our President on a review of the troops.

 

So what if she didn’t give him a state dinner.  The thing is, the world got to see it because they were outside.  If the event had been a state dinner, all we’d see is a bunch of aristocratic stiffs in tuxedos and gowns going into the palace.  We wouldn’t have been able to hear the music or see them dancing later.  Evening dinners are a big bore; trust me, I’ve been to enough of them.

A big kerfuffle arose of Trump’s criticism of British Prime Minister Teresa May over her poor handling of Brexit.  He considers, probably correctly, a poor negotiator.  Trump’s concerns are valid.  If Great Britain gives Brussels too much leeway, the United States will be dragged into their expensive collectivization of Europe.  He probably doesn’t want to see any of our money going to bail out failed states like Greece.

 

But he backtracked some of his more severe criticism, reminding her that it was nothing personal.  Unlike the radicals denouncing him in Trafalgar Square for whom everything is personal.  The Establishment Never-Trumpers still have vivid memories of the pre-Republican Convention Trump but no castigation for the street mobs in London.  They have nothing to say about the violent rhetoric cast in his direction.

 

Queen Elizabeth may have only invited the Trumps to tea.  But Trump’s mother was born in Scotland and he has a golf course there.   The royal family is exceedingly fond of Scotland and anyone who’s equally fond of Scotland is okay in their book.

 

Then, there was that reprobate Peter Strzok, the suspended FBI Assistant Deputy Director, bragging before the House investigation Committee that he was proud of the anti-Trump e-mails that he sent.  You remember Strzok, right?  He’s the guy who sent the anti-Trump e-mails to his lover, Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer at the time.

 

Page wrote to Strzok: “He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok replied: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

 

Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation last year after learning of numerous rabidly anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages that Strzok traded with his then-lover Page.

 

According to Fox News.com, Strzok will likely be fired from the FBI in coming weeks for his disgraceful conduct at the agency, where he worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. He also headed the FBI team that investigated the email scandal surrounding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

 

With such clear evidence of intent, why are our taxpayers’ dollars being wasted investigating the Trump campaign?  Well, because Hillary’s minions are running the investigation, that’s why.  The Democrats are now bragging that they’ve signed up 12 million new voters for the upcoming midterms.  How legal are they?  Not very.  The sooner the Republicans start scouring these voter rolls the better.

 

Trump’s victory has always been clear.  He started out with a solid base of voters fed up with the Establishment Republicans.  His tough-guy persona, went over well with his base.  They loved his vulgar language, his crude mannerisms, his wrestling match style.  He beat at least a dozen other 90-pound weakling contenders.  The only candidates who came close were Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio (who had to be encouraged to fight back, which they did). Marco Rubio later repented of “stooping” to Trump’s level.  Cruz remained silent.  Texas loves Cruz so he had nothing to worry about in terms of career.

 

Came the Fall, Trump knew he had to win over a number of college-educated voters who were on the fence between voting for him or staying home.  So he spent the Fall giving some great speeches.  He crossed his t’s, dotted his I’s, and minded his triplets.  He spoke about the greatness of America and Americans instead of his own greatness.

 

Meanwhile, Hillary’s campaign was floundering.  She was a terrible candidate.  She has a terrible speaking voice, as opposed to Trump’s more resonant tones, had a tendency to screech, and was promising (against her own husband’s advice) to play to the Leftist Radicals and continue ruining the country.  Turns out she was right about the Leftist Radicals.  But they were more attracted to the hoary Bernie Sanders than prison-pantsuit Hillary.

 

The past year and a half we’ve had to suffer the meltdown of Radical Snowflakes and Millennial Never Trumpers grinding their teeth at their loss.  It’s time they grew up and got over it.  Whether they want to admit it or not, Trump gave demonstrably good speeches.  Whether you agreed with him or not, they were, by the book, very good speeches.  One’s disapproval of the message is not a sign that he didn’t give good speeches.

 

You just weren’t listening.  Instead, you plugged your ears, stuck out your tongues and went, “Neener-neener-neener!  I can’t hear you!”

 

Trump won.  Grow up and get over yourselves already.  Meanwhile, can the Conservative media give the rest of us a break and ignore them?  If we want to see a spoiled brat, we’ll watch that Allstate commercial with the Mayhem playing a four year-old ringbearer.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stormy Daniels – Ya Gotta Have A Gimmick

Stormy Daniels, that wildly imaginative sex worker who claims she had an affair with Pres. Donald Trump, is scheduled to appear at a “gentlemen’s” nightclub in Wayne, N.J., sometime in August.  After her appearance there, she’s scheduled to appear on Saturday Night Live.

 

Wait, what?  Wayne?  Our Wayne, here in New Jersey?  Wayne, the home of mini-mansions and mini-malls, has a red-light district?

 

As it happens, it does.  Lace, the gentlemen’s club, is stashed in a run-down area right between Route 80 and 46, next door to the Wayne Division of Motor Vehicles.  The place is a dump.  It was a dump back in the late Seventies when it was one of those creepy “comedy” clubs and the years probably haven’t been kind to it if Stormy Daniels is their star attraction.

 

The way she’s been advertising her “appearance” you’d think she was going to be starring at Minsky’s.

 

The Route 46 corridor is mainly a big box store heaven for consumers.  In the last few years, however, seedier establishments have been setting up shop there, although this building is old.  You’d never notice it, even on the way to have your car inspected.  But before Stormy can take it all off in Wayne, she has to make bail in Ohio first.

 

She was arrested Wednesday night after allowing patrons of a gentleman’s club in Ohio to touch her.

 

Michael Avenatti, Daniel’s attorney claimed the arrest in Columbus, Ohio was “politically motivated” and “reeks of desperation.”

 

“She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage,” Avenatti later tweeted, adding: “They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities.”

 

Daniels had to cancel her Thursday night performance after her arrest and was released on a $6,000 bond around 6 a.m. Thursday.

 

The adult film star will perform two shows Aug. 9 at Lace as part of a national tour. Most recently, she headlined the grand opening of a Washington D.C. club a mile from where Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night.

 

Her lawyer declares the arrest was an act of “desperation.”   For a woman who claims to have “entertained” a man of Donald Trump’s stature to appear in this seedy little club speaks volumes about what kind of “star” she is, even in the world of strip artists.

 

Stormy is on a “national tour.”  In the Broadway show and film, “Gypsy” the strippers tell young Louise (Gypsy Rose Lee) that you have to have a gimmick if you want to make it in burlesque.  One lit up like a Christmas tree, another blew a trump and had a voice like one (she was pretty funny).

 

Apparently, “Stormy” Daniels’ new gimmick is to file a lawsuit against the President of the United States.  She’ll probably have a big draw, especially of Liberals of both persuasions.  Good thing the DMV has a lot of parking, although how these idiots will fit into that relatively tiny building is anybody’s guess.

 

That’s another secret of little stars.  Appear in a small joint and you’ll pack ‘em in and everyone will think you’re something big.

 

 

Published in: on July 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Indiana Jones and The Fountain of Youth

2021.

That’s when the next film in the Indiana Jones franchise will be released, Walt Disney Company announced on Tuesday. That’s two years after the fifth movie was first scheduled to be released.

 

The new delay follows reports last week that the script had not been finished and that a new writer – Jonathan Kasdan, son of Lawrence Kasdan’s who wrote the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, was being brought in to polish it.  Disney did not immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday on the delay.

The film, which will be set 13 years after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (set in 1957), will reunite Ford with director Stephen Spielberg in the “Indiana Jones” franchise created by filmmaker George Lucas, that has grossed nearly $2 billion at the world box office with four films and amassed a global fan base. Disney said in 2016 that it was going ahead with a fifth installment.

Ford, who will be just short of his 79th birthday when the movie comes out, was already pretty wheezy in Crystal Skull.  According to insiders, Indiana Jones was born right around the turn of the 20th Century.  He was about 37 in Raiders of the Lost Ark, which took place in 1936.  The next, fifth, movie, would take place in 1970, two years after Erich van Daniken’s book, “Chariot of the Gods,” came out.

1970 is an interesting time.  Aside from the war in Southeast Asia, breakthroughs were being made in technology, medicine, and science.  The question is whether a hoary Harrison Ford is up to the challenge.

Disney has promised that they won’t kill of Indiana they way they killed off Han Solo.  That probably didn’t go over too well with fans (certainly not this fan) and they’ve learned their lesson.

The thing with action serials is you have to make as many of them as you can while your actors are still young enough to be believable.  George Lucas could have fit in an entire set of stories in between the official prequels and the original Star Wars movie, filling in the blanks on the middle life of villain Darth Vader and the most promising of the three starring characters, Princess Leia, her upbringing and training, her involvement with the Rebellion, and her relationship with her step-father, Bail Organa of Alderaan.

There’s not a whole lot you can tell about Luke or Han.  Well, there could be a whole subset of the adventures of Han and Chewie.  With Luke stuck on a desert farm, the story must revolve around Obi-Wan’s protection of him.  It would be pretty surprising if Darth Vader didn’t realize he had at least one child, and that he would probably find him on Tattooine.

However, Indiana Jones is at issue here and the writers are having trouble writing the story.  Is his age the difficulty?  Or the plot?  Prof. Jones must be retired by 1970.  Some discovery will probably drag him out of retirement.  Is his antagonist the U.S. government – or pseudo-archaeologists ruining the good name of archaeology?

Or do some modern archaeologists find the bones of Indiana Jones?  If the producers don’t get their act together, that may just be what will happen.  They should take a lesson from the delay – and huge mistakes – in making the last trilogy of the Star Wars franchise.

Never mind worrying about what new comic book action film is going to hit the theaters.  Either they believe in Indiana Jones – or they don’t.  What they need to worry about is that the cable television networks don’t run marathons of the Indiana Jones movies just before the release of the new film.  That’s how Han Solo fans wound up with Star Wars fatigue.

They should also do a better of job of researching the market’s desire for swan-song films. Either make the movie as originally scheduled or scrap it.

Harrison Ford isn’t getting any younger.

Indiana Jones and The Fountain of Youth

 

  1. That’s when the next film in the Indiana Jones franchise will be released, Walt Disney Company announced on Tuesday. That’s two years after the fifth movie was first scheduled to be released.

The new delay follows reports last week that the script had not been finished and that a new writer – Jonathan Kasdan, son of Lawrence Kasdan’s who wrote the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, was being brought in to polish it.  Disney did not immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday on the delay.

The film, which will be set 13 years after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (set in 1957), will reunite Ford with director Stephen Spielberg in the “Indiana Jones” franchise created by filmmaker George Lucas, that has grossed nearly $2 billion at the world box office with four films and amassed a global fan base. Disney said in 2016 that it was going ahead with a fifth installment.

Ford, who will be just short of his 79th birthday when the movie comes out, was already pretty wheezy in Crystal Skull.  According to insiders, Indiana Jones was born right around the turn of the 20th Century.  He was about 37 in Raiders of the Lost Ark, which took place in 1936.  The next, fifth, movie, would take place in 1970, two years after Erich van Daniken’s book, “Chariot of the Gods,” came out.

1970 is an interesting time.  Aside from the war in Southeast Asia, breakthroughs were being made in technology, medicine, and science.  The question is whether a hoary Harrison Ford is up to the challenge.

Disney has promised that they won’t kill of Indiana they way they killed off Han Solo.  That probably didn’t go over too well with fans (certainly not this fan) and they’ve learned their lesson.

The thing with action serials is you have to make as many of them as you can while your actors are still young enough to be believable.  George Lucas could have fit in an entire set of stories in between the official prequels and the original Star Wars movie, filling in the blanks on the middle life of villain Darth Vader and the most promising of the three starring characters, Princess Leia, her upbringing and training, her involvement with the Rebellion, and her relationship with her step-father, Bail Organa of Alderaan.

There’s not a whole lot you can tell about Luke or Han.  Well, there could be a whole subset of the adventures of Han and Chewie.  With Luke stuck on a desert farm, the story must revolve around Obi-Wan’s protection of him.  It would be pretty surprising if Darth Vader didn’t realize he had at least one child, and that he would probably find him on Tattooine.

However, Indiana Jones is at issue here and the writers are having trouble writing the story.  Is his age the difficulty?  Or the plot?  Prof. Jones must be retired by 1970.  Some discovery will probably drag him out of retirement.  Is his antagonist the U.S. government – or pseudo-archaeologists ruining the good name of archaeology?

Or do some modern archaeologists find the bones of Indiana Jones?  If the producers don’t get their act together, that may just be what will happen.  They should take a lesson from the delay – and huge mistakes – in making the last trilogy of the Star Wars franchise.

Never mind worrying about what new comic book action film is going to hit the theaters.  Either they believe in Indiana Jones – or they don’t.  What they need to worry about is that the cable television networks don’t run marathons of the Indiana Jones movies just before the release of the new film.  That’s how Han Solo fans wound up with Star Wars fatigue.

They should also do a better of job of researching the market’s desire for swan-song films. Either make the movie as originally scheduled or scrap it.

Harrison Ford isn’t getting any younger.

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