All Hail King Joe 1!

Why do we need a Congress?

I don’t know if you know the exact number of executive orders that King Joe 1 has signed, but here it is. So far, since being POTUS, King Joe 1 has signed 34 Executive Orders and 9 Presidential Memoranda. Most of these within the first 15 days in office. King Joe 1 must have a nuclear powered pen, because a solar powered pen would not work after dark, and King Joe doesn’t stop signing orders for anything!

Do you remember the rioting that took place at Donald Trump’s inauguration? We had unnamed celebrities (Madonna) who claimed that Donald Trump was a white supremist, Nazi, and sociopath. Apparently that was an indication of the liberal plan to ‘bring America together.’ But I digress.

This blog is written to bring about common sense solutions, and attempt to provide common sense topics for thought and discussion. So….I will get back to my first sentence. With King Joe 1 single handedly expanding the ink business with his nuclear powered pen, why do we need Congress? All we need is for him to change everything and control everything, much the same way Adolf Hitler did in Germany. (What does Madonna think of that?) Think of all the money that could be saved if we canned 535 senators and representatives! Additionally, we would save all the money from canning their overpaid, bloated staffs. The perks? We could balance the budget by eliminating congressional perks! More importantly, the quality of television news reporting would be greatly increased if we could keep all of those publicity craving egotists away from a television camera! We would have more success attempting to break heroin addicts from their habits than we would keeping the publicity hogs from a TV camera. But if we got rid of them, we could make a dent in the deficit created by the last Pelosi relief bill, deceivingly referred to as the COVID Relief bill.

What is with this Covid bill? Two trillion dollars, of which less than 10% is actually going for Covid relief. So where is that money going? Honestly, it is difficult to determine. Why? Because much of the proposed pork is hidden with slicked-up names and agencies. Purportedly, there is $150 billion for an underground tram system in Silicon Valley! Really? For that kind of money, you could just rent chauffer driven limousines for anyone going to and from work. An underground tram system buried in a Covid Relief bill? Are they trying to compete with Disneyland? Will the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ or the ‘It’s a Small World’ Disneyland themes be available to make the tram ride more enjoyable? The sad truth is that this project, being it is California, would probably still be over budget. California has a notorious reputation for not being able to bring anything at or under budget. But, alas, Nancy Pelosi and her team of minions are proposing, in this relief bill, to build that tram in her home state. This will all be done at taxpayer expense, of course.

Do you find it interesting that King Joe 1 has signed an executive order opening our southern border? Think about this: A Canadian can not enter the US, even if they have had the Covid vaccination. Conversely, an American cannot enter Canada. But, King Joe 1, in his infinite wisdom, has decided that all of the poor people from Central and South America can enter the US without any type of medical inspection. And, he has decided to halt the construction of the border wall implemented by President Trump. Apparently, every illegal immigrant is disease free and here with only the most honorable intentions. Thus, they begin their path to US citizenship by illegally entering our country.

Have you noticed what has happened to the price of gasoline since King Joe 1 became POTUS? Stopping construction on the Keystone pipeline did not help. Amazingly, construction was halted for environmental reasons, causing the lay-off of 20,000 high paid jobs either directly or indirectly involved with this project. I have bad news for those ‘tree-huggin’ environmentalists. There is no more environmentally safe method of transporting petroleum than through a pipeline. I will guarantee that more petroleum is leaked from train cars and semi-trailers in a week, than will leak from a pipeline in a year! But Warren Buffet does not own the pipeline. He owns Burlington Northern Railroad and he wants to transport all of that oil with his trains. Did I mention that the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ is a major Democrat supporter? Oops! It just slipped out and you know there would be no connection with King Joe’s decision.

As long as we are talking about oil and the energy it provides, I can’t help but discuss those people that believe we should replace all fossil fuels with other sources. I think that idea is great in theory, but it is just that…theory. While you are driving around in your electric powered Tesla, think about this. Where does the electric come from that charges you vehicle? This country has 91 nuclear power reactors that is responsible for 20% of the countries electricity. There are 430 coal fired power plants responsible for 30% of the countries electricity. The biggest amount of US electricity is provided by natural gas electric generators, providing 34%. Wind provides 6% and solar provides 1%. It would take 350 wind turbines to replace one coal fired power plant. Unless there is a nuclear reactor up your butt, we are going to need fossil fuels a little longer.

Here is another discussion point. Why do we still have 5000 National Guardsmen in Washington, D.C? Isn’t it ironic that the politicians in Washington want to take down the border wall and take your guns, while at the time of this writing, Washington is being protected by an impenetrable wire fence and a lot of people with guns. Who do they think is going to attack? St. Patrick’s day is approaching, and those Irishmen can get a little rowdy. But they will only attack the pubs in force. Is this another way of bringing the people together in Washington, D.C? Walls and guns? Are they afraid of another incident, such as occurred on January 6?

And speaking of January 6, I, like many Americans, did not want to see such an event in our nation’s Capitol. The deaths and injuries that resulted are truly tragic, and I do not support violence of any form. But having said that, the events that took place were pretty ‘weenie-wink’ compared to some of the other riots that occurred in other American cities. Portland. Minneapolis. Seattle. Kenosha. Whoever initiated the events in Washington needed to take a page from the Antifa handbook. For instance…where was the fire? No fire. Where was the smashing, grabbing and looting? Nope. None of that. Where were the pre-placed pallets of bricks? None. Tear gas? Molotov cocktails? No and no. And…Congress was allowed to reconvene by 8:00PM that evening! I bet the business owners from the aforementioned cities would have loved being able to return to work 5 hours after the riots began. They only returned to their businesses after the riots were done and their businesses were in shambles. Many will never reopen after losing their livelihoods. But, in another showing of ‘bringing the country together,’ the Democrats determined that all of this was the responsibility of the out-going POTUS, and he needs to be impeached! And, contrary to constitutional law, we want to impeach him after he leaves office. Oh yeah. That is a way to promote healing.

To say that there was much controversy surrounding the outcome of our last election would be a major understatement. Do you know what I would have done were I King Joe 1? I would have gotten on the television, and said this, “Because of the many concerns surrounding mail fraud and computer fraud, I suggest a 30 day moratorium on the election results and direct the FBI and every law enforcement agency to investigate these allegations so that you, the American public, are assured that the democratic election process and my election are secure and accurate.” Did you hear anything that sounded like this? Was the FBI tasked to investigate election fraud allegations? Not that I know of. Any other law enforcement agency? Again. Not that I know of. What we got was a wire wall and the National Guard. I find it interesting, and ironic, that the Department of Justice did not investigate any of the 1500 election fraud sworn affidavit allegations, but the FBI came out in force, like they were on steroids, to investigate the outgoing POTUS and the events surrounding the Capitol riot on January 6.

So let me get this straight. Donald Trump lost the election to King Joe 1, even though he had 11 million+ more votes than he had against Hillary Clinton. And…King Joe 1 got more votes than Barrack Obama ever dreamed of in defeating Trump. Is it now clear for you?

Many of the subjects broached in this blog are indeed bewildering, until you apply my political formula: P + P = M. Power plus prestige equals money. Once you apply that formula to the events of today in politics, the fog begins to clear. Some people will do anything, and I do mean ANYTHING to remain in power. Proof? How do poor politicians become millionaires. The answer? At our expense.

Wake up America, before it is to late.

I AM TIRED!

I am tired! No, I had a good night’s sleep. What I am getting tired about is what is happening to our country. When younger, I was sure we lived in a democracy and I was proud to be American. However, I am not sure about our democracy today! Our political system is fraudulent, filled with power and money hungry politicians, and making decisions that may destroy our way of life. We have faced four years of a president that is trying to make good decisions for this country, but he has faced every possible roadblock to his success. Just think what could have been accomplished had our government focused on governing instead of impeachment, destroying a Supreme Court Justice, the Steele Dossier, the pandemic, and too many destructive paths to mention.

Who is not tired of the pandemic? OMG! As of this writing, a day after the beginning of the new year, there are still so many questions surrounding this pandemic. Like you, I have become really tired about conflicting opinions about how and where it began, and how it is spread. It was not uncommon that people of my age have gotten the flu at least once or twice during their lifetime. Granted, we did not have a fancy name for it, such as COVID 19. It was just called the flu. And….it really made you sick. If you were unfortunate to get the flu, as I was at least twice, you stayed at home. The symptoms were: high temperature, coughing, lung congestion and the general all-around feeling that you had a gigantic body ache. The one thing that did not occur, was that the government did not shut down the economy, or send me money for missing work. Before I go any further, and receive death threats for being an idiot, I want to clarify that I do believe that COVID 19 is a real disease that can cause death, if you are high risk and have underlying conditions or are elderly. But guess what? Many of the other flus that we had did the same thing. Occasionally, a healthy person succumbed, as did many elderly.

I am tired of the draconian measures that have been taken, by the government, to stop the spread of the virus. The one fact I do know, is that it has never been proven that restaurants are ‘super spreaders’ of the disease. Fortunately, Grandma P and I live in a state where the restaurants are allowed to remain open. We try to patronize these restaurants at least twice a week, just to keep them open. Some of these restaurants have suffered hurricane damage as well, so they have suffered a ‘double whammy.’ During our last visit, we were seated so that there was a reasonable distance from other tables, and, as soon as one table was vacated, a masked server sanitized the table and chairs. Common sense was displayed by the restaurant, and by the patrons.

I am really getting tired of politicians that believe that rules and laws are for the electorate, but they are exempt from the rules. While closing down all the restaurants in California, the governor has a multi-thousand dollar meal, paid for by a lobbyist, at a swanky restaurant! Thankfully, the electorate in California are beginning to wake up, and petitioning for his recall. Unfortunately, Gavin Newsom is not the only politician that sees himself as privileged. His aunt, Nancy Pelosi, had a hair appointment in a supposedly closed beauty parlor. All of this was caught on camera. There are other examples of ‘politician privilege’ everywhere, while the general population is regulated and punished for the same behavior.

I am tired and concerned about the amount of foreign influence and money that has corrupted our elections. You don’t believe that foreign governments are not dumping millions, and billions of dollars into our elections? Just look at the upcoming Georgia election for two US senators. There is an estimated $500 million being spent on that campaign. $500 million! If that much is being spent there, how much do you think was spent on the 2020 election? Where did that money originate? I have a pretty good idea that billions of dollars are coming from China…which segues into my next paragraph.

I am tired of the media reporting stories that are 97% negative about Donald Trump and his presidency. Beyond his crass and brass personality, and his seemingly unending tweets, Trump had bushels of accomplishments for the benefit of our country. I can name at least 10 things that his administration accomplished from memory in his four years. (What has Biden accomplished in his political career? Pelosi? Shumer? I rest my case!) The media glorified the Steele dossier. They supported Trump’s impeachment, supposedly because Chuck Shumer had myriads of facts to support his impeachment. Facts that just never seem to appear, but were given more credibility than Moses receiving the ten commandments. The Democrats got nasty and created lies to denigrate and discredit the Trump Supreme Court nominees. The accusation that Brett Cavanaugh was the leader of a ‘teenage gang of rapists,’ was a clear indication of how low in the manure pile the Democrats will shovel. Have you ever wondered who owns these media outlets?

I am tired of social media, supposedly representing open forums, from censoring what is on their social platforms. Hunter Biden issues were censored, because they claimed there wasn’t any proof. Yet, the Steele dossier, and fictitious Shumer accusations against Trump were allowed freely. Unbiased? Not in a million years. And unfortunately, 65% of all Americans get their news from the intranet. This blog is being censored, as the comments on the last three blogs have not been published. A coincidence, since this all began two months before the election?

I am tired (and concerned) that a member of the House Intelligence Committee is still on the committee after having a lengthy affair with a Chinese spy. Nancy Pelosi’s driver was a Chinese spy. How much of our government have the Chinese permeated? There is one sure thing that Donald Trump did accomplish. I’ll explain. The Chinese are a very patient people. They, unlike Americans who require instant satisfaction, play the long-term game. The Western world, led by us consumer-driven Americans, have made China wealthy over the last 50 years. (See the 4/11/2020 blog: Were we in Africa, or Were we in China.) China likes being wealthy. They will use that wealth to rule the world economically, technologically and militarily. They will do all of this without having a “cum by yah’ sing- along at the UN, because they want to rule the world and don’t care one bit about globalization. But unexpectedly, along comes a political surprise by the name of Donald J. Trump. What does Trump do? Well, he passed tax credits which made it economically feasible for American companies to bring their manufacturing jobs back to the US. He drastically lowered the unemployment in America. He lowered the number of people on welfare. When American companies did not respond, he threatened to put tax levies on their goods manufactured outside the US. He renegotiated a more favorable trade agreement with China, (He also did the same with Canada and Mexico.) He did what was right for America! But you know what else he did? He pissed off the Chinese. Now they were not getting as rich as before Trump. They also observed that the US was rebuilding their military. The US is now the only major hurdle between China and world domination, which I suspect may occur within the next 20 years, if we let it! So….in the eyes of the patient Chinese, Trump must go! But at what cost? A few million? A few billion? A trillion dollars? Who owns these media sources? Who owns our politicians? Who would benefit the most from the collapse of the US economy? Who would benefit most with Trump being taken out of office? How many of these questions can be answered with one word: China.

I am really tired that many of our elected officials are so entrenched, that there is no opportunity for new faces advocating new ideas. WE NEED TERM LIMITS. Am I the only person in the United States that wants to know how a poor politician becomes a millionaire? Barrack Obama had a net worth of less than $500 thousand when he ran for president. Today, his net worth is estimated at $135 million! His salary for 8 years as POTUS was $3.2 million before taxes! How did he get to $135 million?

I am tired of the fact that our nation is so self-absorbed, that we, as a people, are too ignorant to recognize that we have enemies in the world. We have become the ‘me first’ individuals, rather than the ‘us together’ country.

I am tired of the fact that we may lose our democracy, because we allowed an election within our country with bushels of ballots being sent in the mail without verification if qualified voters actually received them. We allowed ballots to be counted that could not be substantiated. We allowed ballots to be counted that were post-marked after the election date. We allowed 38 states to count ballots with the use of a computer program that was developed outside the US; whose original purpose was to create ballot fraud, to sway the outcome of elections in foreign countries. Did we just become one of these ‘foreign countries?’ Apparently, some people think so as there are over 1500 sworn affidavits attesting to observing voter fraud. For once, I would like our bureaucracy to meddle in the form of the FBI and the DOJ. What did either do? I believe it was Stalin who said, “It’s not the vote that counts, it’s who counts the votes.”

We, as Americans, have two choices. The first is, how long are we going to tolerate the government at all levels to control our lives. Businesses closed. Schools closed. Churches closed. But you still go to Walmart and Target. I believe that the pandemic has shown bureaucracy gone amok in many areas.

The second decision is for us to recognize the threat that we have to our democracy, and what we need to do about it. We will not have honest and fair elections until some election officials are arrested for being dishonest and unfair. We will not have a fair and honest election until we prohibit, and un-elect those politicians who are taking huge sums of foreign monies to maintain power. That issue would disappear if we had term limits, so that 40 year entrenched politicians would begin to do what is ‘right for America,’ than what is right for a foreign power or lobbyist or themselves.

It is up to you, America! I’m tired. Time for a nap. But please decide what you want. The clock is ticking for us and future generations. The Chinese are patient.

Is This the ‘New Norm?’

Like most people growing up in the middle of the 20th century, I thought my upbringing was ‘normal.’ At the time, both Grandma P and I thought that we were what was called ‘middle class.’ We did not have any more material possessions than anyone else, but we did have everything that was needed to grow and prosper. We each had two loving parents. My farm family always planted a huge garden. That was because my grandmother was raised during the time of the Great Depression, and was damn well bent on the fact that none of us was ever going to starve! When the peas in the garden were ripe, we had peas for two meals a day until they were gone. (Mercifully, we did not have to eat peas for breakfast!) When the lettuce was ripe…same thing. We were subjected to this kind of diet for every vegetable that could not be frozen or canned, throughout the entire summer.

We were raised to respect authority and our elders. It did not matter if that authority was a teacher, preacher or policeman. I received the do as the cop tells you speech’ at an early age. The second part of that speech was that I should not do anything so stupid as to need a policeman’s involvement. You know those things: speeding, drinking, stealing, yada yada. Some of my most serious discipline, as handed out by my father, ‘Big Daddy G,’ was because he heard that I had misbehaved in class. (Amazingly, the husbands of 3 of my 6 elementary school teachers worked with my dad! He never attended parent/teacher conferences. He got reports every frickin’ day!) By today’s standards, my actions would draw a smile. By ‘Big Daddy G’s’ standards, corporal punishment was required! (And received!) Big Daddy G was a strict adherent to black and white. Shady gray was never a part of his color palette. There was no room for compromise as to what was right, and what was wrong, as that line was never allowed to blur.

I recited the Pledge of Allegiance, every day for my entire 12 years of school. We stood at attention, with our hands over our hearts as we were saying it. This is what you did in a small, blue-collar, midwestern community where practically all of your parents and teachers survived the Great Depression and fought in World War II. They were a tough generation to have survived so much. They had no compunction to be ‘soft’ on the children they brought into this world.

For all of us, the ‘baby boomers’, our childhoods were not draconic. We were being parented! Our parents, because of their experiences, imparted their values on us. They also implanted expectations as to what we could become with effort. They never waivered in their love of country or their belief that America was indeed the ‘land of opportunity.’ For all of us that are from this generation, this was ‘normal.’ So what has happened?

Defunding the Police

This past summer has seen destruction and carnage in many of our major cities. Minneapolis, because of the death of George Floyd. Seattle and New York saw rioting and looting. Portland will probably be in the Guinness Book of Records for allowing a riot to go unchecked for over 100 days. Anarchists seized a multi-block area of Seattle that was allowed to go unchecked for over a month. During my youth, these actions would have been unthinkable. During my youth, there would have been swift justice dealt to the perpetrators of these incidents before the loss of property and the loss of life. So what are the responses of the mayor’s of these communities? Well, in Minneapolis, because of the unfortunate death of George Floyd, there has been a movement to defund the police. The George Floyd incident was the excuse given for all of the rioting and destruction that has taken place. So the media has turned the spotlight on the police as being the villains in this surrealistic scenario, followed by the total lack of common sense and action by the mayors and governors of the affected states and cities. I would like to point out that this anti-cop attitude began with our last black President, who stoked the fires of racism by stating, “If I had a son, he would be just like Trayvon Martin.” There you have it. Black thugs are all good. All cops are bad. Is this the new norm?

Media Bias

There was a time in one of my classes when the teacher had us perform a political debate. This particular debate was about the upcoming election between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. My family were all FDR democrats, so I was on the Kennedy side of the equation. I slam-dunked the election debate in our favor by quoting and producing an article that had been printed in the largest major newspaper in our state. (It still is!) Because of the validity attached to that article and because of the status of that newspaper, the Kennedy side won! How much of what you read or see in a newspaper would you believe today? How much of any media source do you believe today?

I very much remember when Richard Nixon resigned as POTUS, because of the Watergate scandal. Do you remember that this whole scandal was exposed because of investigative reporters? Yup. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, both working for the Washington Post, exposed the scandal and brought down a presidency. Ah yes….those were the good old days! So where did these investigative reporters go? Have they not heard of Hunter Biden? The fictitious Steele dossier? The Russian collusion hoax? The politicizing of the FBI and CIA? Benghazi? The Clinton emails? The Clinton Foundation? The Uranium One deal? Holy cow! You cannot shake a stick without hitting on what should be a slam-dunk for getting a bushel of Pulitzer Prizes by exposing liberal maleficence! But sadly, the media is liberal, too. So no real investigative reporting has ever been done on any of these subjects. Is this the new normal?

Social Media Bias

Did you know that 65% of all Americans receive their news on social media? Yup. And considering that in our recent election, the big social media outlets took it upon themselves to block any info concerning Hunter Biden as it relates to his father. They had no problem with the fictitious Steele dossier, or anything that was anti-Trump, but they decided that there was not enough evidence to allow the Hunter Biden story.

So rather than being a conduit for ideas, these large social media outlets have decided to discard the first amendment, and inhibit the free speech provided by our Constitution. Trump has been likened to Hitler, but yet, it is the left, biased media that is exerting dictatorial, discriminate authority…much like Hitler! The new norm?

Antifa and BLM

Call me a racist, but I happen to believe that ‘ALL LIVES MATTER!’ And, yes, that includes black lives as well. If you believe that Black Lives Matter is some sort of civil liberties organization, you had better go on-line and read their website. They are a politically socialistic organization with a huge socialistic agenda. Antifa? Antifa keeps trying to purvey, along with the help of the liberal media, that they are a group fighting fascists in America. Fascists? I am pretty sure we killed most of the Fascist bastards with the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini. I am pretty sure that these fascists are fictitious, much like the Steele dossier, in order to justify their illegal actions. And like BLM, they are attempting to put ‘lipstick on this pig,’ to make it appear as a civil liberties organization. Like BLM, they are not a civil liberties organization. Check them out. So here you have it. Two organizations largely responsible for the destruction of property, businesses and the livelihoods of thousands of Americans trying to pass themselves off as civil liberties organizations. The new normal?

There are a plethora of items that could constitute being the ‘new normal’ from when I was growing up in our great nation. Can we not count our election ballots in one night? In 1960, all ballots were manually counted, and we knew who the POTUS was before we went to sleep. Do we attempt to change our history by destroying buildings and statues that represent our past? Is ‘shaking down’ foreign countries by our politicians and their family members the ‘new normal?’ Do we think our country is so terrible, that we have to take a knee during the national anthem to show our displeasure? Is this the new normal?

I will tell you that as a senior citizen, I am not pleased as to what kind of country we are leaving our children and grandchildren. Even though we did not grow up having the technological marvels that we take for granted today, we had opportunity and a burning desire to improve ourselves. Call me naïve, but I believe I grew up in a better America.

P.S. Ode to Beau

My friend, Beau, recently passed away. Beau was the father of the Bijou Mauler, who was my proof reader for the beginning of my blog. Beau always read and commented on each of my blogs. He also forwarded my blogs to his many friends. I jokingly referred to him as my ‘best disciple.’ He was, without question, my most fervent reader. You are sadly missed, because you were a fantastic person, husband, father, and grandfather. Rest in peace, Beau!!

I LOVE FOOTBALL! I HATE DISRESPECT!

I love football!

I love football so much, that I had credentials to coach football after graduating from college. I played football for 5 years in school. I never played beyond high school, because, as the old saying goes: ‘if you can’t do it, you teach it.’ I fit that mold perfectly.

My uncle was a very good football player. He was so good, he was offered a full scholarship to play football at a Big Ten university. But he wasn’t good enough to avoid fighting in World War II. He lost the ‘life lottery’ because he graduated from high school in June of 1942. There was an insurmountable amount of pressure put on him by the people of our patriotic, small town. “How can you think of going to college to play football, when there is a war going on!” He succumbed to the pressure and enlisted in the Army. After four years in the Army, combat in the jungles of the Pacific theater, war wounds, malaria and dysentery, his college career and playing football ambitions had vanished at war’s end. But he still loved football, and, just as importantly, he got me interested in football. We watched football together.

Now this next sentence may stun some of the readers that know me personally. Until 1961, my uncle and I were Green Bay Packer backers. Yup. We were cheeseheads in abstentia, as we were not natives of Wisconsin. But in 1961, the two closest teams to our state were the Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Now I realize that the Chicago Bears may have been closer than Kansas City geographically, but we never had any love for those Chicago Bears. (Still don’t!) Then it occurred. For us it was bigger than winning a small lottery. (OK. If it was Powerball, that would be a bigger deal!) It ranked with Moses receiving the ten commandments. It was more earthshaking than the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883….we got our own, in-state professional football team! Yup. Our home state got the almost 4 time Super Bowl champion Minnesota Vikings.

My uncle and I were in heaven. We loved the game. We admired the coaching. We cheered on the players, and of course, we had our favorite players. Our first quarterback was a very young Fran Tarkenton. He led our new team to an upset victory in their very first game, over those thugs, the Chicago Bears. I had an opportunity to meet him and get his autograph after his football career had ended. Fran is in the Football Hall of Fame, and was a very, very successful businessman in his own right. Amazingly, our biggest rivalry developed with our former favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. Whenever the Vikings play the Packers, the TV viewership is typically one of the top three viewings during the entire football season.

We also very much enjoyed the pre-game pageantry. What is not to like about bubbly, attractive cheerleaders whipping the hometown crowd into a frenzy. The bands. The singing of the national anthem. The coin flip. It was all very exciting. It was our way of escaping the rigors of everyday life and enjoying the entertainment provided by our favorite sport.

But my uncle and I were not impartial. We watched the Olympics, both summer and winter, beginning with the 1960 Olympics held in Rome, Italy. These Olympic games were the first ones broadcast on TV, and we became Olympic junkies. I still am. We also watched basketball. But my uncle was a hard working farmer, with 14-16 hour days not being uncommon. He had a dairy herd as well as growing crops for feed and crops for cash. It was tough. But when sports were on television, he and I were all over it, as he made time to watch.

So why have I taken time to write about my love of football?

Because, this past weekend, the Minnesota Vikings played the Green Bay Packers in the home opener. Yup. It was the biggest rivalry in our conference being played in the first game. I did something this past weekend that I have not done for over 60 years. I did not turn my TV to football. Specifically, I did not watch the Vikings, or any other team, and have no intention of doing so again for the rest of the season.

Why?

Because changes in our society have permeated my favorite sport where it has slipped from the role of providing me ‘escapism’ and entertainment to becoming something in line with a ‘paid political announcement.’ God knows we have had enough paid political announcements during this election cycle.

The owners of these football franchises are all ga-billionaires. Their two assets are the stadium and the players. The majority of players in the NFL and NBA are black. So, to protect their money stream, they need to appease their players. To cave in to a misguided social convention, the owners and the NFL decided it would be appropriate to play the national anthem and the ‘black national anthem’ at the beginning of all the home opener games.

How did this play out in practically all of the stadiums? Well, all of the players, both black and white, stood for the ‘black national anthem.’ A sure-fire indication of respect for whatever the ‘black national anthem’ is suppose to represent. Then….when the U.S. national anthem was being played, the majority of black players took a knee. At this point, as my blood is beginning to boil, I must say that the only thing that is greater than my love of football, is my hate for anyone that disrespects my country, my flag, and my anthem.

So let me ask this question. How do you expect to gain respect for your race, for whatever cause you represent, or for your ‘black national anthem’, when within 5 minutes you show disrespect for the flag and anthem of the country that so freely allows you to speak and act?

Let me be clear. I, like the majority of white people in this country, AM NOT RACIST! No one cares what black athletes do on their own time, but you polluted my favorite sport by turning it into a ‘low class political campaign ad.’ For the owners of the NFL: Did you think this ‘black national anthem’ was going to eliminate ‘systemic racism’ or possibly fan the flames of racism? Isn’t our country, ‘One nation under God?’ Do you think allowing players to take a knee during the national anthem is just ‘boys being boys?’ The millionaire players and the ga-billionaire owners may have money, but let me point out that you have a noticeable lack of respect and common sense.

There are two separate issues involving the beginning of these football games. Firstly, the owners and players have not done one thing to contribute to protection of this country other than pay your taxes. In the meantime, people fought and died in wars since 1775 to create and preserve this great nation. You disrespect everyone that has paid the ultimate price. You have disrespected soldiers, policemen, firemen and other first responders by taking that symbolic, ‘screw this country’ knee during our anthem. And, ironically, you demand respect for the ‘black national anthem’ and your political beliefs. Stupidity personified!

Secondly, as mentioned, you polluted my escapism and entertainment by injecting your political/societal beliefs into a game. Why do you think people watch and play sports?

I was trying to avoid this subject, but I cannot continue without it. I do not believe in ‘societal racism.’ No one in the U.S has owned a slave or been a slave for at least four generations, probably longer. We continue to hear drivel about ‘slave reparations’ in this country. Really? How about reparations for the families of the 600,000 white guys that died fighting for freeing the slaves? Remember? Those guys fought under the flag that many of these black athletes are disrespecting. Again…ironic.

So let me be perfectly clear to anyone of color that may read this article: I and the greater majority of white people in the United States do not hate you because of your color, we are appalled by your actions. 95% of all blacks are killed by other blacks. Rioting, looting and destruction are not ‘peaceful demonstrations’ and are not protected by the First Amendment. Many of the businesses destroyed in the Minneapolis riots were minority owned businesses! Again, ironic. (Too many ironies in this blog.) Black Lives Matter is not a civil rights organization, but a political organization with a socialist agenda. (Check their website!) Yet, I am referred to as a ‘white supremist’ if I say, ‘all lives matter.’ Now who is promoting racism?

So, I have made the decision that my life will be just fine without any sport that wants to inject political/societal beliefs into the game. Sadly, goodbye professional football or any other sport that disrespects our flag, national anthem, or history.

I subscribe to the Morgan Freeman theory; “racism will disappear when we quit talking about it.” Amen.

We Need To Chose Our Heroes Wisely!

My! I haven’t written a new blog for quite some time. With so many things happening to us personally and throughout the U.S., it has been rather difficult. Firstly, my 10 year old computer died as the result of an untimely meeting with a Covid-19 hammer. Yup. My next door neighbor maliciously beat its brains out before I disposed of it. It was old, and could not recover from the Covid-19 hammer beating. It refused to wear a mask.

My new computer is much smaller, prettier, and much more capable than the 10 year old computer. So, here I am. Tickling the keys on a new, responsive keyboard.

The biggest challenge for me is to decide what to write about. Covid-19? Who in hell is not tired of hearing about that? I do find it interesting that the news reports the deaths, new cases and new hospital covid-19 patients on a scoreboard. You remember what a scoreboard is? Its those things we not longer see, because WE DON’T HAVE ANY SPORTS! Somehow, that scoreboard usually never reports the number of cured cases.

I could write about the upcoming elections. And…once I am done puking, I may do that, too.

How about those peaceful riots that somehow managed to burn and destroy major U.S. cities in the name of racial equality and police brutality. Apparently, our nation hates the police by wanting to defund them, and finds a myriad of ways to justify all of the destruction to businesses, government buildings, parks and statues. In Minneapolis, the mayor and the governor waited 4 days before attempting to end the massive destruction that destroyed/damaged over 500 businesses! But wait….it gets better. After not taking any action, the Governor of Minnesota had the audacity to request funds from FEMA, because he claimed the destruction to Minneapolis was a natural disaster! So Governor, let me help you out about what constitutes a natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster when it hit Mississippi/Louisiana. Hurricane DumAss did not hit Minneapolis, it only hit the state capitol building. Wisely, President Trump refused the funds.

So, I have decided that we need to write not about the obvious, but rather play a game of ‘Who Am I?”

Who Am I?

I served in the U.S military for 33 years. I was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for two years. I was the 24th National Security Advisor. Part of my military career was shaping U.S. counterterrorism strategy for dismantling insurgent networks in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Who Am I?

Who Am I?

I played high school and college sports. I was a hip hop artist. Between 1997 and 2005, I was convicted of eight crimes. I served 4 years in prison for aggravated robbery. I have been arrested nine times and served many months in jail as a result. Most of my jail time was for drugs, theft and robbery. I worked as a bouncer.

OK. For my brilliant readers, you have already figured out that the two individuals are LtG Michael Flynn, and George Floyd. So which of these two individuals is a true hero, and which is not.

Michael Flynn served with distinction is every facet of his life. His military career is impeccable. But Michael made the mistake of being lured into the quagmire of the political arena after military retirement. He resigned his position of National Security Advisor after 22 days on the job. Purportedly, it was because he misled VP Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Unfortunately for Flynn, the government was not done with him, even after his resignation. He became a target in the Mueller investigation. (My previous blogs discuss the validity and motives of that investigation. Investigate all things Trump!) Flynn was set up by an interview with James Comey, As a result of charges, in December 2017, Flynn formalized a deal with Mueller to plead guilty to a felony count of ‘willfully and knowingly’ making false statements to the FBI. He did this because he was facing financial ruination, as his attorney bills exceeded $6 million! In January of this year, (with a new attorney!) Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea. On May 7, the Department of Justice announced that it intended to drop all charges against Flynn. But woefully, politically oriented district judges are not dropping the charges. Common sense would dictate that charges would be dropped that were based on a politically motivated investigation that was founded on false documents and personal malice. It appears Michael Flynn’s legal woes will not be over any time soon. Because of his past, and because of his defense of the United States through military service, would he be considered a hero?

Before anyone gets their undies in a bunch, I want to emphasize that the death of George Floyd was a tragedy. I would say, “All lives matter,” including George Floyd’s, but then I would be branded a racist and white supremist. However, let the facts and history show that George Floyd was no saint. He was a criminal that, on numerous occasions committed criminal activities, often with a weapon. In his youth, he was athletic. He played both football and basketball. At 6’4″ and 235 pounds, with a recent job of being a bouncer, he would be a physical force with which to contend. The Minneapolis police department knew him well and of his criminal history. I am not trying to justify the police procedure during his death, or get into the findings of a drug (fentanyl and methamphetamine) laden autopsy. What I am saying is that the death of this ‘non-saint’, resulted in his being buried in a gold casket, with Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy. His death also triggered some peaceful protests which were well-founded and well attended, but were quickly highjacked by looters, vandals and professional ‘hell raisers,’ which resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars damage in many major U.S. cities. Is he a hero?

So what has been the aftermath for these two individuals?

For Michael Flynn, his footnote to history will be that he was the shortest serving National Security advisor at 22 days. His legal problems are spitefully ongoing. My hope would be that if Trump gets reelected, he would be appointed head of the CIA or the FBI. How ironic that he could head one of the two organizations that were largely responsible for his political downfall and public humiliation. There are rumors he may win a very large settlement because of the maliciousness of the actions and allegations against him. Who would pay? Possibly the U.S. government, even though I think James Comey should pay….on his way to prison for politicizing the FBI. The principle reason for LtG Michael Flynn’s woes? He supported Donald Trump. The deep state leftist government hacks could not allow that.

Following George Floyd’s death, many colleges and universities created scholarships in Floyd’s name. Street artists globally created murals honoring Floyd. Depictions included Floyd as a ghost in Minneapolis, as an angel in Houston, and as a saint weeping blood in Naples, Italy. Many other murals depicting his death have been painted in other major cities throughout the world. He has often been referred to as a ‘hero,’ even though there is not one item in his past that would indicate heroism. Unabashedly, the virtual Democratic convention honored him last night with a memorial. No mention of fallen service men and women. No mention of fallen police and first responders. The Democrats decided to bestow ‘virtual sainthood’ on a person least deserving of the honor.

So, like many of you, I am confused and confounded as to how our country went from castigating a person that protected our country, to honoring a person that was pretty much a career criminal. So here is my question for all of you……what would George Floyd’s footnote to history be if the policeman responsible for his death was black? Would we have even heard of George Floyd? Maybe we would still have heard of it, as the mantra ‘racial inequality’ would have waned in favor of ‘police brutality.’ But, I am convinced that the left wing professional agitators would not have missed the opportunity to do their damage, they just needed a cause. Antifa and BLM needed another cause. The democrats and their left leaning media just cannot get enough mileage when a white policeman kills a black thug.

Are either of these men heroes? I guess that would be for you to decide. Personally, I believe Michael Flynn approaches my idea of a hero. George Flynn, does not.

Rest in peace and God be with you, George. We may not have known who you were if it were not an election year.