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To Investigate or to Legislate. What Will Congress Do?

Grandma P and I just got home ten days ago from a 60 day cruise that went around the Pacific Rim.  It was a marvelous, bucket-list cruise that included Alaska, Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea (North Korea was not conducting excursions that day, or any day!), Viet Nam, the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii.  Whew!  There were to be 22 ports of call, but two were cancelled as we were dodging a typhoon on our way from Alaska to Japan.  There are nothing like 40 foot waves to get your attention on a ship!

Meanwhile, back in the good ole’ US of A, all kinds a ‘goings on’ were occurring.  There were deadly fires taking place in California.  Hurricane Michael, a very late in season hurricane, came ashore just east of Panama City, Florida.  Were we concerned?  Being the eye of that category 5 hurricane came ashore just 59 miles from our house, you could surmise that we were very concerned.  We would have been more concerned if we were not dodging a typhoon at the same time creating the 40′ waves.

The ship did not really have to be concerned about entertaining us for 60 days.  Why?  Because we had the Brett Kavanaugh hearings on three different news channels.  We could watch it on MSNBC, Fox, or the BBC.  As you are aware, the coverage was relentless; almost as relentless as the accusations against Kavanaugh were ridiculous and repulsive.  I am sure that in her mind, Christine Blasey Ford believed something did happen to her.  Without the corroboration of any of her ‘best friends’, the accusations were weak at best.  The whole affair turned beyond ridiculous when the accusation was made that he was the ‘leader of a gang of rapists!’   After 6 FBI background investigations without a blemish?  I don’t think so.   Trust me when I say that I do not enjoy writing about those senatorial proceedings any more than I, and many others, enjoyed watching them.  But the one takeaway from those proceedings that sends a shiver down my spine is the thought that those proceedings, with senators mugging for TV time, with senators posturing to be a presidential nominee, with senators acting as if they are the clowns in a whole new circus firing off ridiculous accusations, that all of this becomes …….the new ‘political reality TV.’  

Oh.  There was one more event that took place during our cruise.  We had the midterm elections.  Was there any drama surrounding that event?  We were not sure who the governor or US senator from Florida would be until almost two weeks after election night.  We got off the ship on November 18, and I believe Ron Desantis and Rick Scott were declared the winners the day before.  (If those damn Russians would quit meddling in our elections, we would have had the results sooner!)  Anyway, after a run-off in Mississippi for senator, and a bucket load of close elections around the country, the end result is that the Republicans picked up two seats in the Senate, and lost about 30 seats in the House of Representatives, giving the Democrats the majority.

So now, dear readers, I have finally gotten to the meat of this blog.  Will our new Congress legislate, or investigate?

I have some suggestions for our Congress if they feel like performing their jobs and decide to  legislate.  Firstly, that caravan of immigrants, that caravan that the media tried to convince us was imaginary, has now appeared at our borders.  Recently, things turned ugly when bottles and rocks were thrown at our border security people.  Not only that, it is confirmed that there are more caravans on the way.  We have all heard different stories as to the composition of these caravans.  The most reliable information for me comes from the Mexican government.  I am skeptical of our media coverage, so the Mexican government has no reason to sugarcoat the caravan composition.  They are reporting that 75% are working age males.  The remaining 25% is divided between women and children.  Less than 5% of these people have a tinge of a case for political asylum.   The Mexican government has offered jobs.  But yet, they decline and keep coming.  The Mexican government has offered ‘political asylum.’  But yet, they decline and keep coming.  The Mexican government in conjunction with our border security people cite that a full 10% of these people have criminal records.  Do you want these people as your neighbors?  If these people are really trying to escape bad countries in the hope of entering our country, why are they carrying the flags of the country they left and not the flag of our country.  To me, this indicates they do not really want to assimilate and contribute to our society as Americans, but abuse our benevolence as immigrants.

So Congress, if you want to listen to the electorate and legislate:  build the wall, establish border security and pass legislation for allowing people to apply for and establish rules for becoming US citizens.  This should apply to new immigrants, and to the ‘dreamers.’

If that sounds like a boring prospect, how about addressing the problem of Russian aggression in the Ukraine and the military build-ups by both Russia and China.  Still boring?  Well, then throw in North Korea and Iran to boot.  That should keep Congress busy for a while.  Our past politicians have failed to address these issues for years and now this has festered into a bigger, global problem.

Here is a thought.  How about establishing voting requirements for elections.  You know.  Simple stuff like being a US citizen to vote in our election.  How about a photo ID to vote?  I know this would inconvenience the average US citizen about 10 minutes to prove they are actually a US citizen, but I believe that the inconvenience is well worth it.  It gores my bull when I think that my vote could be cancelled by someone not remotely eligible to vote in this country.  And with that in mind, Robert Mueller is still, after two years, trying to determine how the Russians influenced the 2016 election.  Let me help you with that Robert.  They didn’t.  After $40 million, you still cannot pinpoint Russian influence on that election.  Yet, I am sure that many non-citizens voted in our election.  The Russians could only dream of affecting our elections as much as states allowing illegals to vote.

Have you heard one item that the Democrats plan for legislation after they control the House of Representatives?  One item?  Anyone?  Naw….me neither.  What I have heard is that they plan to ‘investigate.’  What do they plan to investigate?  Well, they are foaming at the mouth about being able to investigate Donald Trump’s tax returns for the period when his father passed the corporation from himself to Donald.  Considering Fred Trump died in 1999 at the age of 93, and retired from business in the 70’s, that would be one helluva IRS investigation.  How many corporations or individuals keep records for almost 50 years!  But wait!  This investigation would make great ‘political reality TV,’ and maybe, just maybe we could create enough skepticism to get Trump impeached!

Believe it or not, I am OK with the IRS doing an audit on Donald Trump.  Because America is the land of opportunity and fairness, I would want an IRS audit done on each and every member of Congress!  I would want to know how a person gets elected to Congress as a pauper and walks away as a ‘gabillionaire.’  Wouldn’t you want to know?  How is it that Barack Obama is elected POTUS with a net worth less than mine and now has a net worth of $135 million. (Yes. That net worth is more than mine.  But I wrote this blog and what did he do?)  Don’t you want to know?

And, to make this really fair and equitable, as long as the Trump Organization is being audited, I would want the Clinton Foundation audited.  I would want the Uranium One deal investigated.  (I would actually like to see ‘all things Clinton’ investigated!)

I have this nagging feeling that far too many people in this country like and enjoy ‘political realty TV.’  I think that because of some of the candidates that won in the last midterm election.  For example, New York elected a socialist.  Furthermore, a senator from Arizona says it is OK to fight for the enemies of the US such as ISIS.  Are these people really qualified candidates?  Were they the best candidates available?  Or, were they elected to create more dissension and confusion within Congress, thereby creating more opportunities for more ‘political reality TV?’

After watching the Kavanaugh hearings (And the new Murphy Brown show!  But, more on that later.), I hope that ‘political reality TV’ is not the new norm.  If it is, heaven needs to help us through the next two years.

A lesson learned from all of this?  Grandma P and I cannot leave the country for extended periods of time.  It goes to hell in our absence and political programming like Murphy Brown appears on TV, attempting to pass itself off as a comedy.  You failed, and you have been canceled.  Thankfully, good judgement prevailed in that decision.

I am beginning to think that I, too, may be a ‘dreamer.’  I dream that maybe one day, our Congress will legislate, and eventually do what is right for America.  Legislate, not investigate.  GET TO WORK!

My Senses are Degrading….Just Like Our Society!

Gosh Darn It!  There are times when getting older really does suck.  And as I get older, my senses are degrading in acuity.  You remember those five senses from grammar school…sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch.  It appears to me that as my senses are degrading, so are the senses of our society.  (My mind is faltering, too.  But, dammit, I did not have to use Google to remember the five senses!)  Let me provide examples of how I think society’s senses are faltering, much as mine.

Hearing

Have you ever watched an episode of ‘The View?’  That is a daytime show with four very left- leaning women, trying to convince other women to be left-leaning.  Well…admittedly, I have never watched more than 5 minutes of that show, mostly because I am not left-leaning or a woman.  Surprise.  The four primary women on this show are Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, and Sunny Hostin.  This past week, they were mocking the message that Melania Trump produced about defending her husband from a New York op-ed piece.  Sunny Hostin began reading this message in an improvised, not funny-at-all, Melania accent.  Admittedly, one of the other women had the good graces and common sense to tell her to stop.

I am sure than anyone that hears Melania speak, can also hear her accent.  (Did you catch that segue?)  I wonder if they would have mocked her accent if they would have heard her speak the other five languages that she speaks?  Yes, Melania speaks six languages: Slovenian, French, Serbian, German and Italian, and of course, English.  I am willing to bet that she speaks more languages than the other four ladies on The View combined.

Touch

Have there ever been instances in your life that you ‘would not touch with a 10 foot flagpole?’  I know I have, but whenever I have gotten close to a real ’10 foot flag pole’, I was either saluting it or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  During all twelve years of my el-hi education, the day was begun with the Pledge of Allegiance.  If Colin Kaepernick gets close to a ’10 foot flagpole….he takes a knee.

Amazingly, just to show how disrespectful this act is, the Nike corporation has decided to use Colin as the face of their newest ad campaign.  Their reasoning?  They believe that Kaepernick showed ‘bravery and sacrifice’ by taking the knee.  Now I realize that my mind isn’t as sharp as it once was, but I am having one hell of a time equating disrespect for our flag, our national anthem and our country as being ‘brave and sacrificing!’  

I will give Nike the benefit of the doubt about market research in making this decision.  They realized that their target group is younger people, and that virtually anyone over the age of 55 is off their radar.  But you screwed up in your assumptions.  Us ‘over 55’ crowd are parents and grandparents, which means that those grandkids get presents for birthdays and Christmas.  Do you think us older folks, us that recited the Pledge of Allegiance every day,  are going to rush to buy Nike gear for their grandkids?  Not likely.  You may be spot on by targeting the generation that has never had to live through a costly war.  Their perception of ‘sacrifice and bravery’ would be diluted from us who lost friends and relatives in Viet Nam or Korea or World War II or from 9/11.

Nike, you missed the boat.  If you wanted to push the envelope of society, and touch the hearts of a patriotic America, you could have been a trendsetter by choosing someone else.  How about a fire figher who rushed into the World Trade Center, knowing they may die while trying to rescue others?  How about a paraplegic, athletic soldier or Marine that has lost both legs while defending this country rather than denigrating it.  Those military people who have lost their limbs would only take two knees to pray, but never one knee to disrespect this country.   Need a famous athlete, as you have selected in the past?  How about J.J. Watt?  He raised over $47 million for Hurricane Harvey relief.  But I would guess that J.J. Watts, excellent role model like he is, is not ‘edgy’ enough for your campaign.  Peyton Manning would be left out because he has only built a children’s hospital with his own money.

But there is an upside to this whole affair.  In today’s Trump improving economy, even Colin Kaepernick got a job!

Smell

This past week, the New York Times came out with a scathing op-ed piece about the White House and Donald Trump.  The entire article was based upon a ‘high level anonymous source.’  Within the last two weeks, Bob Woodward has published a new book, also very negative about the White House and Donald Trump.  His book is largely based on ‘anonymous sources and hearsay.’  In his book, he has said that, “his anonymous source overheard” a conversation in the White House.

Does anyone ‘smell a rat’ when it comes to ‘anonymous sources and hearsay?’  I don’t know about you, but I am beginning to equate the word ‘anonymous’ with the word, ‘fictitious’  and the word  ‘hearsay with the word, ‘rumor.’  The reason why I ‘smell a rat’  concerning this type of reporting and journalism is that I am wildly skeptical because of the timing.  It has become common in the last few decades, to release negative garbage just prior to an upcoming election, by both parties.  (Okay.  I am biased.  I feel like the liberal media has the edge in the garbage department.)  This year’s midterm election is going to be huge on how the outcome affects the direction of America and the smelly  journalistic garbage campaign is already beginning.  You can certainly be assured that there will be more to follow.

My opinion about ‘anonymous sources’ is that if they feel so strongly about what information they are providing, then they should be courageous enough to identify themselves.  If they are not willing to identify themselves, then they should not disclose their information.  That is the way it would be in the Grandpa T fantasy world.

Sight

One of my fondest memories of growing up was being in, and watching parades.  I would love to see the floats, the bands with their beautiful majorettes, the beauty queens, the classic cars and catching the handfuls of candy that accompanied every parade.

But I have one regret.  I have only seen one circus.  I was probably 5 or 6, and somehow our family got tickets to see the Ringling Brothers circus.  For a young kid, it was magical!

There are advantages to getting old.  For one advantage, I get to watch a whole lot of television.  For one disadvantage, I get to watch a whole lot of television.  With that in mind, I would like to share with you that while watching television this past week, I got to see another circus.  That makes two circuses in my lifetime!   This particular circus was hosted by the Senate Judiciary Committee during its confirmation hearings involving Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  It was obvious from the questioning and from the proceedings that there were more clowns in this circus than Ringling Brothers could ever afford.  Total lack of respect.  Total lack of decorum.  Total dedication to disrupting the proceedings.

I can see that this is what we receive when we load a room with over-inflated egos, posturing to become a presidential candidate.  Eventually, we did get a smattering of what the Supreme Court Justice nominee had to say, but it was secondary to the circus being in town.  After watching this event, I began wishing for two things:  1.  Take the cameras out of the room, because most of these clowns never met a TV camera they didn’t like, and, 2.  Is it too late to change our government to a benevolent dictator so we would not have to watch how crappy our government really operates?  (How did those 70 demonstrators get into that meeting room?  Did they need a pass from one of the senatorial participants?  Just wondering out loud.)

Taste

In late June,  Sarah Sanders and her family were asked to leave before getting a taste of the cuisine at at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.  Bummer.  She was asked to leave by the owner, stating that she was asked to leave because she works for Donald Trump.  The owner then took this personal display of stupidity and disrespect by following Sarah and her family to the next restaurant.

But just like the TV commercials, ‘but wait…there’s more!’  Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative from the California 43rd congressional district took this one step further by stating that, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up.  And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd.  And you push back on them.  And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”  Wow!  Aren’t our elected officials suppose to do what is best for America?  Aren’t they suppose to set an example for Americans?  Heal racial wounds?  Promote a united America?  Well, in this instance, Maxine went out of her way to demonstrate her intolerance and stupidity.

One can only hope that sometime in the near future, Maxine Waters gets a taste of her own medicine and gets thrown out of some facility.  Hopefully that would be the House of Representatives.  Just thinking out loud about the Grandpa T fantasy world.

I still have enough intellectual wits about me to know that my senses are slightly duller as I get older.  My big concern is, ‘Does our society have enough intellectual wits to realize that its senses are dulling, also?’  (And, probably faster than mine!)   America needs to become more cognizant of its ‘senses.’  And in that vein, let’s continue to “Make America Great Again!”

It’s Open Season on Non-Career Politicians in Washington, D.C.!

I will make no bones about it….I supported and voted for Donald Trump.  Why?  Well, after living through the terms of more Presidents than I care to count, I decided that maybe career politicians did not make the best Presidents.  (Okay.  I confess.  Trump makes number 13 during my lifetime!)

In the good old days, many of our Presidents were elected because of having military experience.  During my lifetime, that would have been Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush.  Ten of the thirteen Presidents during my lifetime had some form of military experience.  The three that have not served in the military are: Clinton, Obama and Trump.

So, for the last three that did not have military experience, which were the professional career politicians?  That would be Clinton and Obama.  That leaves just one person left and he was a career businessman as opposed to a career politician, Donald Trump.  And Washington, D.C., the political muck-hole and swamp of the political world cannot tolerate a non-career politician in the Oval Office.  Thus he, and anyone associated with him, have become targets in a political assassination game that the majority of this country finds detestable.

So what were the significant contributions and accomplishments of William Jefferson Clinton, the first non-military experienced president during my lifetime?  He was the Attorney General for the State of Arkansas, before becoming the Governor of Arkansas.  He then became the third youngest POTUS in 1993 and was POTUS until 2001.  In today’s political arena, he would have been considered a moderate. With some of his legislation, by today’s Democratic socialist yardstick, he may have even been considered slightly moderate to conservative!  But Bill also had the distinction of being only the second POTUS to ever be impeached.  (The first POTUS to be impeached was Andrew Johnson.)  Yup.  Bill had an affair with a White House intern and lied about it before congressional committees.  He lied about the affair before the 1996 election, which he won, and was impeached in 1998 after scathing evidence was presented concerning the affair.  Because the Republicans did not want to give Al Gore, the Vice President, presidential exposure and experience before the next election, Bill was allowed to finish out his term.  Bill was a lawyer.  As scandalous as his affair was, it pales in comparison as to what he and his wife have done since his presidency.

Barack Obama had a different career path.  Initially, he was a community organizer.  I am not sure for what organization, but that is what he did.  He served 7 years in the Illinois senate.  He then won election as a U.S. Senator.  Within 150 days after becoming a U.S. Senator, Obama began his campaign to become POTUS.  Amazingly, he won the Democratic nomination for POTUS, defeating the well-entrenched, well-funded Hillary Clinton.  He served as POTUS from 2009 to 2017. He was also a lawyer.  (And, from the day he was inaugurated until the day he left the presidency, his net worth increased 30 times!  Wow! )

Now along comes the billionaire and successful businessman, Donald Trump.  The one big advantage for Trump was that because he was not a career politician, he did not owe his political success to any particular lobby group or voting bloc.  Thus, unlike Clinton and Obama, he could not be controlled by campaign contributors or lobbyists.  He spent half of what Hillary Clinton spent on her campaign.  Hillary was the first politician in the United States to spend over a BILLION dollars on a campaign. The Washington smut machine does not like independent players on its field.  They are considered uncontrollable, and….they can be dangerous because you just never know what they can do.  When I was a teenager, I asked my dad why he voted for John F. Kennedy.  My dad’s reply?  I voted for JFK because “its tough to bribe a millionaire.”  Big Daddy G was ahead of his time without knowing it.  Now Trump is in the same position, except he is a billionaire.

Then, Trump had the audacity to place the best and brightest in his cabinet positions and his advisory positions.  As he was making these selections, I said to Grandma P, “This country could not afford to hire the people that Trump is appointing.”  They were the best and the brightest people that could be gotten.  They were paragons of industry, high level military leaders; and the best at everything.  He made these appointments without having to settle political debts, with one exception.  He even appointed Ben Carson, a former political opponent, to be Director of Housing and Urban Development.  How many people would do that?

But the media and the denizens of the deepest part of the ‘swamp’ reared their ugly heads and wasted no time in doing it.  The new word of the day became the ‘I’ word….impeachment.  And they began using this word before he was inaugurated!   But wait…for impeachment to take place, one would have to commit some impeachable offense.  So, in the truest tradition of fake it or make it up news,  we ended up with the Mueller investigation.  It is difficult to remember that this investigation began to determine the Russian influence and tampering in our last election.  It now has become an extended ‘witch hunt’ into Donald Trump and anyone associated with, or close to Donald Trump.

I am not sure what Paul Manafort is guilty of, but I am sure it was not something that required a 4:00AM arrest at his home, and incarceration without bail.  His arrest, when he answered the door in his underwear, was well recorded and publicized.  How convenient.  Manafort was the former campaign chairman for the Trump campaign.  In the good old days, those being any days before the Obama presidency, Manafort would have been subject to an IRS audit, not a publicized arrest by the FBI.

Some of Trump’s former friends and associates have come under scrutiny because of the Mueller investigation and are pleading guilty and plea bargaining to circumstances that are not really criminal.  Why would they do that?  Well…it is really quite simple.  Once the Justice Department, the IRS or the FBI wants to get into your knickers, they can do it with a battalion of attorneys that are all on the government payroll and at tax payer expense.  The accused, on the other hand, has to pay for a defense out of their own pockets.  With the Mueller investigation now rapidly approaching two years of existence, it is evident to any accused to what lengths our misguided legal system will go to harass.  A lengthy court battle would put most people into financial ruination.  Or, you could get a get out of jail card if you turn on Trump?  You would have to be some kind of person not to take a plea deal and turn on Trump with the alternative being financial ruination.  Our misguided legal/judicial system is using this sentiment to their advantage.  Rather than handling the accused persons with ‘kid gloves,’ they come at them with a sledge hammer.

But now as the skins of the onion are being peeled away, we are learning that this ‘witch hunt’ has been coordinated between three departments within the US Government; Justice, FBI and the CIA.  All of this dependent on a fictitious Fusion GPS dossier that was funded by the Clinton campaign.  If I am reading the tea leaves correctly, John Brennan, former head of the CIA, submitted the Fusion GPS report to the FBI while knowing it was all baloney.  The well entrenched FBI Obamaites/Clintonites could not pass up the opportunity to take this to the mat and received all kinds of judicial support, all the while knowing it was baloney, also.  Remember in an earlier paragraph where I said Trump appointed people without political debt except for one?  That one person would be Jeff Sessions, the current Attorney General .  Sessions was an early Trump supporter, and was rewarded with the appointment.  When the issue of the Mueller investigation gained steam, Sessions recused himself.  Big mistake for him and for Trump.  The now steam-rolling Mueller investigation has proceeded unencumbered because the Attorney General has taken a ‘hands off’ approach to the whole affair and the investigation is in the hands of entrenched ‘Anti-Trumpers.”

The arrogance of some of the key people concerning this investigation is breath taking.  John Brennan, the head CIA ‘spook’, has not found a TV camera he doesn’t like in his jihad to belittle Donald Trump and his presidency.  (Aren’t ‘spooks’ suppose to keep their mouths shut?)  Peter Strzok, the most arrogant piece of beetle dung that is collecting a government paycheck, said in a congressional hearing that, he “knew what was best for Americans.”  This was suppose to justify his nefarious actions and his office affair?  Peter, I know what is best for America today…not having our governmental agencies politically weaponized to influence this nation, favor a political party, or chastise and harass a candidate/elected official.  Brennan was CIA, Strzok was FBI, and Bruce Ohr was at the DOJ.  It was Ohr’s wife that worked at Fusion GPS and submitted the fictitious report that worked its way through all three agencies.  

Why are some of the leaders of these three organizations (and the all-to-willing media) attacking Trump and his associates with such ‘heavy  handedness?’  In football parlance, ‘the best defense is a good offense’ and there is not anyone more offensive than the above mentioned individuals.  They are up to their crooked necks in a highly illegal and treasonous  cabal at the highest levels of our government.

If I had a genie in a lamp and could rub it three times for three wishes (did I mention my genie would look like Sandra Bullock?) I would wish for the following.   Wish one:  Jeff Sessions is replaced by Trey Gowdy as Attorney General. Wish two:  Brennan, Strzok and Ohr all lose their jobs, lose their retirements and have their security clearances stripped.  Wish three:  The legal process will finally investigate that the Clinton money machine and Barack Obama are behind all the ‘Anti-Trump’ machinations taking place in ‘Swampington, D.C.’  One can only hope for justice…finally.  Obama may have only been a community organizer, but he certainly is excellent at organizing resistance.

Who is watching the top policemen (FBI), when its top hierarchy is loaded with crooked cops?

Hopefully, God and the midterm election will save this great nation.

‘BEE a Comedienne!’—‘No Holds BARR-ed!’

Every once in a great while, I decide that I need to take a break from writing a blog about politics and all the political machinations taking place in Washington, D.C.  My last blog, about the value of a college degree in today’s society was one such break.  But then………bam!  Either the media, Hollywood or politics suck me right back into what has now become, the hateful quagmire of our society.

By this time, anyone not living in a cardboard box in Borneo has heard about the totally inappropriate tweet by Roseanne Barr concerning Valerie Jarrett.  Why in God’s green earth Roseanne decided to make this tweet about Valerie Jarrett, I will never know.  Like the other 99% of the people in America, I forgot about Jarrett and who she was until she was brought forward by this tweet.  She was a presidential adviser to  Barrack Obama.  Yup, just like you, my mind did a control, alternate, delete and erased her from my limited, aging memory bank.  Even though Ms. Jarrett is a passionate Liberal politically, she does not appear to be running for any elected office…at least not yet.  Only Roseanne knows why she made her the subject of this tweet.

I am not going to write the verbatim tweet written by Roseanne.  It was inappropriate, needless, and if Roseanne was trying to be funny, she did a 10 story belly flop onto concrete.  What I find way more interesting is the responses to the tweet.  The president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey, immediately….and I do mean ‘immediately’, within hours, cancelled the show.  Channing is the first black person, (and coincidentally she is a woman) to be a president of ABC Entertainment.  The Hollywood social media nabobs came out of the woodwork in support of the ABC decision to cancel the show.  And, as expected, the vast majority supported the decision.

One of the more interesting, and coincidentally one of the first responsive tweets came from Alyssa Milano.  She tweeted, “Thank you, @ABCNetwork for doing the right thing and for showing people that bigotry and racism have consequences.  (So far, so good!  And then?)  Now, if you could only cancel our President for the same reason.  Say what?  Alyssa, you were doing so well with your tweet, and then somehow your mind wandered to the POTUS?  What exactly did you mean when you said ‘cancel our President?’  I am not confused about the fact that you accused the POTUS of bigotry and racism.  Do you know Donald Trump personally?  Are you on his Christmas card list?  Or are you just spewing the liberal blather of name calling, because name calling is the basis of the liberal hatred for Trump and the people that support him; which, coincidentally, is the majority of Americans!

If you have followed the Roseanne incident, you are aware that she has gone to great lengths to apologize to Valerie Jarrett, to ABC, to her cast of Roseanne, and to the world.  She has volunteered to work for free for a limited time and to do free promotional work for ABC,  all with the intent of keeping her show alive.   She has apologized profusely for her lack of judgement in attempting to be comedic, and she realizes her comments were responsible for a whole lot of people losing  their jobs.

ABC on the other hand, now realizes how much money the Rosanne show made and how much they will lose by cancelling the program.    Ahhh….there is nothing more awakening than the reality of the consequences suffered by doing a knee jerk reaction to a tweet.  ABC will lose lots of money and in Hollywood, money is the ultimate ‘god!’  They are actually thinking of continuing the program, using Sara Gilbert as the central character on the show.  What will be the show’s new name?  Roseanne without Roseanne?  I like Sara Gilbert.  I liked her on the original Roseanne.  I liked her as the antagonist to Sheldon Cooper on the ‘Big Bang Theory.’  I do not like her on ‘The View.’  Do you think that politics has had a big part of this whole affair?  I will predict that any version of the Rosanne show without Rosanne Barr is going to tank.  Like her or not….she is the show.

Just when you thought that things cannot get any loonier than this whole incident surrounding Roseanne Barr, along comes a relative unknown named Samantha Bee.  Unknown to the extent that she has a show on TBS called, ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.’  I have never heard of her and never heard of her show.  Her credentials are that she has spent 12 years on Comedy Central, and as a reporter for ‘The Daily Show.’  Well there you have it!  She’s a comedienne, so that makes her preeminently qualified to provide vitriolic political commentary.

What started this little incident was a tweet of Ivanka Trump holding her 2 year old baby boy.  This photo was posted by Ivanka.   But the people that live in the depths of the liberal swamp could not take the picture at face value.  That face value being a mother holding and cuddling her baby.  No..no..no!  It was obviously a picture that decries the fact that illegal immigrant parents are being separated from their illegal immigrant children.  Another ‘leap of logic’ by the liberals that makes Evel Knievel’s leap over the Snake River Canyon look like hopping a curb.  How these people get there, I will never know.

But Samatha Bee, that all caring person on her show decided that the Ivanka Trump’s photo tweet warranted calling Ivanka a “feckless cxxt”.  That particular noun, more than any other noun in the world would set off my late mother with more intensity than a volcano in Hawaii.  She absolutely hated that word and yet here it is….on national television for all to hear.  I cannot find enough proper adjectives to describe this incident:  Disrespectful?  No doubt!  Low class?  Yup!  Inappropriate?  Hell yes!  Politically motivated? Check.

Again, the Hollywood brain trust sprints into action.  This time by the ‘flying nun’ herself, Sally Field.  (Ok, for you younger readers, Ms. Field starred in a TV show called ‘The Flying Nun.  It was during black and white TV.)  Ms. Field tweeted, “I like Samantha Bee a lot, but she is flat wrong to call Ivanka a cxxt. Cxxts are powerful, beautiful, nurturing and honest.”  I am totally confused by her comments.  But I hope that Ms. Field will have an opportunity to meet my mother in the afterlife, because the momma of Grandpa T will kick your ass for being so stupid and vulgar.  Amen.  Samantha Bee will never meet my mother, because if dear old departed mom has seen her show, she will be politicing for Samantha to go straight to the hell for the dumb and vulgar!  Again…amen.

Before you join the Samantha Bee fan club, I would like to share some facts about her before you remit your membership dues.  Samantha Bee was …..tada….born in Canada.  Samantha Bee was…tada….educated in Canada.  And…Samantha Bee is…..tada….a Canadian citizen!  And we’re concerned about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and we give a pass to Canadian meddling?  Where is Fusion GPS with a damaging report on Samatha Bee when you need one?  Has the FBI or CIA put a spy at TBS?

I want to bring forth one more collective incident that is mesmerizing the press as of late.  That being the personal attacks on the women of the White House.  Primarily, these vicious attacks are made on Ivanka, Melania and Sarah Sanders.  We have comedians getting way too personal and way too political with their feeble attempts to be funny.  But they have all forgotten the definition of funny and proceed with their vitriolic slurs, all in the name of entertainment.  Enough already!

In conclusion, I want to bring one matter to your attention.  I believe all women should never use the word ‘sexism’ again.  Ever.  Why do I say that?  Because in doing the research for this blog, one very important fact became evident.  That fact is that………all of the most vile comments, all of the most ignorant comments, all of the most unfounded comments, and all of the most racist comments made against these women……were made by other women!  With few exception, none of the personal attacks against women are done by men.  Men may support comments made by other women about women, but it appears we have become intelligent enough not to initiate those comments.  What happened to the fairer sex?

Women were always the calming, balanced members of our society.  Now it appears that there are many who have joined the quagmire of our society.  Heaven help us!

What is the Value of a College Degree Today?

When I was young, my father, Big Daddy G, never attended one PTA meeting or one parent-teacher conference.  Nope.  Not one.  But Big Daddy G did not have to attend either of these ‘child developmental’ programs.  I was in the unenviable position of having three of my grade school teachers having husbands that worked every day with my dad.  In essence, he attended a parent-teacher conference almost every day, even if it did come second hand through his co-workers.  This worked out very well for Big Daddy G, but not too well for me.  Talk in class?  One week of being grounded.  Do poorly on an assignment?  No need to wait for a report card; one week of being grounded.  Anything I did that was remotely determined to be marginal behavior or performance got to Big Daddy G faster than word travels in the middle of the Congo by drumbeat.  I was the proud recipient of any punishment coming from those drumbeats.  The situation did not improve in high school, either.

My mom, as practically all the moms, attended all the parent-teacher conferences.  In our small town, it was a social event.  My mother bought a new dress for these conferences.  Most of the other moms did the same.  In a small town, with a minimal number of weddings or funerals taking place, these conferences provided the perfect excuse for a new ‘outfit.’

Then something remarkable happened.  I grew up and went away to college at a Big Ten university in the Midwest.  After 50 years, I still remember my two day orientation as if it were yesterday.  The most memorable part was the last hour when we met with our two senior coed escorts at the student union.  Their last comment to our group of 25 incoming freshmen was this: “Look around.  Only 10% of you will graduate from this university.”  Say what?  Did I hear that right?  My thoughts were racing.  Most of these kids came from big city schools that held more kids in a bathroom than I had in my graduating high school class!  I reverted to my high school math.  If 10% of 25 freshmen equates to 2.5 graduates, maybe I could be the .5 graduate!  Made sense to me because most of these 25 freshmen looked pretty gosh darn intelligent.

During my freshmen year, I saw just about every one the members of my orientation class.  My sophomore year?  About half.  By the time I graduated, I had not seen any of those students for over a year.

So what has happened over the last 50 years to higher education?  It is much more expensive, for sure.  But now, my alma mater boasts of a college graduation rate of 65% up from a graduation rate of 41% of just 10 years ago.  I am guessing the 10% graduation rate from 50 years ago is close to accurate.

In my mind, I am questioning whether today’s college freshmen are that much smarter than 50 years ago, or if higher education is falling in line with the Grandpa T rule #2, ‘businesses are in the business of making money.’  If you were to ask my grandchildren, they would tell you that they are much smarter, if you can get them off their devices long enough to converse.  But I believe there has been a lowering of academic standards to receive that degree.   Let us review some statistics and data.

ATHLETES

Look at how much money a college spends on its athletic programs.  Why?   Because winning teams bring in huge monies for athletic event attendance.  I do not need to do research when I say that at least 6 college football coaches are making in excess of $5 million a year.  Usually, their income is higher from endorsements or from ‘sports talk’ programs.  The secondary benefit is that the alumni (and wannabe alumni) always donate and endow more to colleges with winning sports teams.  A third benefit is the royalties on the college branded merchandise.  You know what I mean, the foam fingers proclaiming their team is number one, mugs, hats, t-shirts and sweat shirts, etc.   But what happens to those colleges that do not have winning teams?  Well, the cost of the athletic department is passed down to the students in the form of tuition increases.

What does it take to have winning teams besides a coach.  Well, you need to have winning athletes!  And if you are a 5 star athlete, your ticket is punched.  If Bubba weighs 325 pounds and can run the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds while tearing off car doors with his bare hands, Bubba will be playing tackle on any football team he wants.   And Bubba will have an all inclusive scholarship, with private tutoring and privilege that the average student could only dream of.  But Bubba has been a 5 star student for his entire playing career.  He had marginal grades in high school, but was given a grade high enough to insure he was always eligible.  Now that he is in college, they will tailor a program that may get him a degree…just for him!

Does lowering the standards for Bubba sound like a stretch to reality?  During a recent University of North Carolina scandal, a learning specialist hired to help athletes found that during the period from 2004 to 2012, 60 percent of the 183 members of the football and basketball teams read between fourth and eighth grade levels.  About 10 percent read below a third grade level.  Keep in mind that all of these athletes both graduated from high school and were admitted to college.  Do you think this is just a problem at UNC?

INSTRUCTION

During my college career, I had good instructors and I had bad instructors.  I know that my university attempted to hire professors with ‘distinction.’  Many of them had written books.  One of them had been a member of John Kennedy’s cabinet.  But do well educated people, regardless of their distinction necessarily make for being a good instructor?  After all, during my lifetime I have met people with educational credentials up the wazoo, but would not be able to figure out which way was up if the sun was not shining.  I call them ‘educated idiots,’ because they had absolutely no common sense, and sadly, no teaching charisma.

Would you like your student to attend Harvard law school?  Well if you do, your student would have Laurence Tribe, author of the book, “To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment” as a professor.  On CNN last week, this supposedly brilliant prof said this about the POTUS:  “You can’t be the boy who cried wolf and have a viable impeachment power.  You can’t use it over and over again against the same president.  If you’re going to shoot him, you have to shoot to kill.”  Ah, there it is.  Academic brilliance at its finest…and its stupidest.  That turd would not have floated during my college years.

Or, just to show that your student may have a prof with immense compassion, there is this from an English prof at the California State University in Fresno within an hour after the death of Barbara Bush.  Her name is Randa Jarrar.  She decided to twitter that, “the late Barbara Bush is an ‘amazing racist.’  She went on to say, “happy the witch is dead”…and then crowed that because she had tenure, she’d never be penalized for her ugly comments.  Is this who you want teaching your student?

(As an aside, my instructors at my officer basic course were absolutely top notch.  95% of those instructors were better than my profs at my Big Ten university.)

Do I think a college education is ‘watered down’ since my college years?  Absolutely!  I believe colleges have become more corporate than educational.  They strive to keep up attendance because they cannot receive monies from students that drop out.  Bragging about their high graduation rates makes more sense when they are dealing with a generation of students that are accustomed to getting ‘participation trophies.’  A college degree today appears to have become a participation trophy for many universities.

I believe the quality of instruction has suffered, because profs are not hired as to how well they instruct, but by how ‘distinguished’ they are.  Most of my high school teachers and practically all of my military instructors, were better than my college professors with few exceptions.

After looking at the available degree programs at my alma mater, it becomes evident that some of the degree programs are ‘watered down.’  In other words…a cake walk degree program to keep the student in college, paying tuition.  Inter-college bachelor’s degree program?  Multidisciplinary bachelor’s study program?  Yup.  They are both in the catalog and I have no flippin’ idea what either of them encompass.

Here is what is really missing from a college education today.  Mom and/or dad.  Remember at the beginning I explained how my mom would always attend the parent-teacher conference?  Well, how many colleges have that as a program?  Once I left home, I was on my own.  A novel concept in today’s society, but none the less, my parents had no input into my college career.  I think parents should sit through some of their student’s classes, just to assess the quality of the instruction they are receiving.  I know that if my parents knew that I was receiving instruction from the two professors I quoted, Harvard and California State University administration would have experienced a ‘crap storm without an umbrella.’

My advice?  Be selective about where to attend a college.  Pick a major that produces a career and earning potential.  Pick a school with excellent instructors and not necessarily the school with the most ‘distinguished’ instructors.  Remember that not all people are cut out to go to college.  Skilled labor is needed in our country and does provide for a decent living, so technical schools are essential.  Just hire a plumber or an electrician and get the bill to see how decent that living can be.  Additionally, one-third of all college graduates are in jobs that only require a high school diploma.   Education is expensive.  Use your money wisely.