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How Deep Is That Swamp?

Stop the presses!  Man the ramparts!  Fill the moats!  Double up the manpower on the ‘Clinton Suicide Prevention’ hotline!

Frankly, I am concerned about the psychological condition of the the Hillary Clinton supporters that have now found out that the Russians did not assist Donald Trump on the way to the presidency.  Could Hillary actually have lost the election for other reasons?  I am concerned about the psychological mental imbalance that the 50 million liberal wonks, who are now clutching their teddy bears for comfort,  must now be suffering because of her defeat.  And…..there is even talk that Hillary may indeed have been the person colluding with the Russians!  Could this get any worse?  How could this possibly be?  But never fear.  I, Grandpa T, am going to attempt to talk you down from your precipice of despair.

Let us take a trip down memory lane.  In 1992, the United States elected a POTUS named William Jefferson Clinton.  He was charming.  He received an overwhelming amount of female votes because of his appeal over his competitors.  (George H.W. Bush in 1992,  Bob Dole in 1996)  And, as later proved, he had the morality of a snake.  Yes, Bill decided to take up with a White House intern, and their affair became public.  But , Bill, being the power seeking cur that he was, lied about the affair just prior to the upcoming reelection campaign of 1996.  “I did not have relations with that  woman.”  And, you liberal wonks, decided that your man just could not be lying like a cheap rug, and decided that because ‘boys will be boys’, you reelected him.  Later, Bill was charged with being a sexual predator.  More importantly, he was required to pay, as a result of a court case, damages to one or more of his victims.  But during all of this, while he should have been impeached, his loving wife, Hillary, stood by her man.  And, because a better script could not have been written by the National Enquirer or by Hollywood, she was regarded as the ever dutiful wife.  As her reward for supporting Bill (and to maintain power), Hillary ran, and won a senate seat in a state she never lived in, New York.  Hillary lamented the fact that on the day that they left the White House, they were broke.  Small wonder, because that’s what sexual predator settlements do to your net worth.

I must interject at this point, that in my entire business career, if someone has deplorable morals regarding their personal lives, they very often have these same morals with their business life.  I digress.

Because of book deals and exorbitant speech fees, the Clintons’ made a quick financial recovery.  In 1997, they founded the Clinton Foundation.  This foundation is headquartered in New York City, but any donations funded to the organization go through Canada.  The reason is because Canada has laws protecting the identity of anyone contributing to the foundation, both foreign and domestic.  After being sanitized, the funds are then forwarded to New York.

So, during the same election that George W. Bush was elected in the fall of 2000, Hillary was elected to her first term as a U.S. Senator from New York.  She was reelected in 2006.

Now the presidential election of the fall of 2008 rolls around, and Hillary believes that she is finally going to get her shot at becoming POTUS.  But…no…this upstart named Barrack Obama, a relative unknown politician receives the Democratic nomination.  Why?  Because every political poll at that time showed that she would lose the election, regardless of the Republican challenger.  So the DNC made a bold and desperate move and nominated Obama.  After his win, Obama appointed Hillary as the Secretary of State.  As it turned out, a very nice consolation prize for supporting him during the election campaign.  The Clinton’s kept their fingers in the political power pie!

I have to backtrack and say that for the purposes of intrigue, the next part of this article should be held to last.  It would provide for a dramatic ending.   But for the purposes of accurate chronological portrayal, it needs to be discussed next.

During Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State, somehow the Obama administration decided it would be a wise decision to sell Russia 20% of our enriched uranium reserves.  This occurred in 2010.  Perhaps you have heard about it recently as it is dominating the news?  Now I will admit that in 2010, I wondered, as a concerned citizen, why we would sell enriched uranium to a questionable Russian entity.  Why would Congress allow such a transaction to take place?   Well, part of my wonderment has recently been fulfilled when it was reported that this transaction took place because they bypassed Congress.  A decision of that magnitude, with worldwide implication made without Congressional approval!

So why, dear readers and liberal wonks, was this transaction allowed to take place?  And…more importantly, what did Russia do with that enriched uranium.  Let me assist both the liberal and conservative readers by attempting to talk you off the precipice of despair.  The ‘why’ portion of this ordeal is easy.  It was done for MONEY!  Lots and lots of money!  Some in the form of kickbacks, and some in the form of $140 million contributions from Russia to the Clinton Foundation.  In the meantime,  Bill was receiving exorbitant fees for 20 minute speeches in Russia.  Let me interject that the scab is just now being torn off this wound.  The number of people involved, the members of the past administration involved, and the amount of monies being involved will blow your mind once this has been investigated.  We are talking billions!  And the Clinton’s are in this up to there necks as Hillary was deeply involved in this transaction occurring.

One question not being asked is, ‘what did Russia do with the enriched uranium?‘  Now the official response from this whole can of worms is that they would sell the enriched uranium back to the United States.  Does that make sense?  Why would our country buy back what we already own.  Here is my fear, and for once I hope I am wrong.  What if Russia sold this enriched uranium to Iran?  What if Russia sold it to North Korea.  There are billions of dollars at stake here, and our country delivered $1 billion to Iran, in cash, during the Obama administration.  Would this not be treason of the highest magnitude?  Could Iran or North Korea use our own uranium to attack us or our allies?  If so, there should be people in prison.

Now we get to the 2016 elections.  Hillary’s time has come.  She and the DNC decided to undermine Bernie Sander’s election campaign.  But, what the hell, Hillary deserves to win regardless of the cost.  But the upstart Trump needs a political haircut.  Enter…..Fusion GPS.  Ah yes.  Fusion GPS is a company founded in 2011 in, of all places, Swamp Central, also know as Washington, D.C.  Their primary business is opposition research.  They will research a political opponent for a fee.  One of their first targets?  Mitt Romney.  If they do not find any dirt worthy of a good smear campaign, they will make dirt up.  Then they will hire some down and out reporter or author to submit the recently fertilized dirt to a media source.  There are no shortage of media sources that will publish fiction as fact, especially if it is against a Conservative or against the POTUS.   Of course, the article will be submitted stating that it was thoroughly researched and investigated.

So now, we find out that the Trump dossier, that damning piece of evidence that has triggered all kinds of investigations into Trump’s alleged ties with the Russians, is more fictitious than ‘Alice in Wonderland.’  And who paid the $9 million to Fusion GPS for this great work of fiction?  These guys received their payments from the DNC and the Clinton Campaign Committee.

This little dust-up, much like the enriched uranium scandal, are just beginning to surface.  All kinds of election laws were broken because of this.  And now, we have Robert Mueller and his hired team of 17 attorneys, investigating alleged ties between Trump and Russia, based on a fictitious piece of literature generated by Fusion GPS.  Did I mention that Robert Mueller was Director of the FBI during the Russian uranium purchase?  This investigation is going to cost the taxpayers millions, and who should pay for that?  I think the Clinton’s should pay for the whole damn thing.

Another very disturbing fact that has surfaced during this Fusion GPS affair, is that the CIA  and FBI took this garbage as fact, and consequently were granted wire-tap privileges of Trump because of it.  How frickin’ incompetent are these organizations?  If our two primary intelligence agencies can’t separate fact from fiction, our country is in a world of hurt.

So for my liberal wonks that need to come to a logical, analytical stage of emotional fulfillment as to why Hillary lost the election, grab your teddy bear tighter and let me offer the following:

  1.  Bill and Hillary have always been about money,
  2.  Bill and Hillary have always been about power, because power equates to money.
  3.  Bill and Hillary do not care one bit about average American Joe.  They hob nob with celebrities with money, not the working people in Wisconsin.
  4. Hillary spent over $1 billion on her election campaign.  Where did that money come from?
  5. Lying and declaring ignorance are not uncommon to Bill and Hillary. (Or the DNC.)
  6. Neither have been forthcoming about their personal lives.  Don’t expect anything better in their political lives.
  7. Hillary is not  a likable person.
  8. When in doubt as to the Clinton motivation, refer to 1 and 2.

So in the spirit of easing your troubled minds about Hillary’s loss in the last election, here is my soothing, conciliatory advice for you and your teddy bear, “Sorry.  But your candidate sucked!”

It is obvious from the recent events that draining the swamp is going to take bigger equipment and more equipment.  Many people believe that Donald Trump is brash and unreasonable.  I am beginning to think he has the patience of Job.  If I were him, I would immediately terminate any of the Obama strap hangers that have proven to be incompetent, non-trustworthy, or colluding to halt any progress for his administration or are attempting to cover-up the numerous transgressions of the past administration.  Make America Great Again!

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Polls Are Like Rectums—–Everyone Has One!

True or false.  Recently, there was a poll result posted on an online news agency that said that 50% of the people polled believe that President Trump should be  impeached.  (Cue the Final Jeopardy music, Johnny!)  Time’s up!  Put down your pencils.  The answer is….true.

This got me to thinking.  If I were to conduct a Grandpa T poll with the following question, “What is the name of the  legislative procedure by which Congress votes to remove the POTUS”  I would be safe to bet all the money under Grandma P’s mattress that over half the people in the United States would not know the answer or how to spell the word ‘impeach.’

As you are well aware, there are no shortage of polls.  Everyone has them.  How many times a month do you get that nuisance phone call, expertly disguised by indicating that it is originating in your area code, about all kinds of topics.  Some of my latest calls were about: ‘How satisfied are you with your present bank?’  ‘What is your opinion about abortion?’  (I steer very clear of that particular question, as I think it is more fitting for the female gender.)  ‘Of the following items, which have you heard of or used previously?’  ‘Which company provides you with car insurance?’  ‘Will you answer a few questions about your experience with…..(fill in the blank)’  Those are the easy polls.  Pesky, but easy.  Then we get to the political polls, and that is the topic of this blog.

Whenever you see a political poll, there are certain factors that need to be considered in determining the polls validity.  Here is my list of  ‘common sense’ factors.

  1.  Who is conducting the poll?  There are no shortage of political poll takers.  Fox news conducts polls.  So does ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and just about any other acronym media source.  The written media conduct their own polls.  One of the oldest poll taking organizations is the Gallup Poll.  George Gallup began taking polls during the 1936 election between Franklin Roosevelt and Alf Landon.  A competing poll was taken by The Literary Digest.  The Literary Digest predicted an Alf Landon victory, whereas George Gallup predicted an FDR victory.  Gallup was correct, and his organization is still in business over 80 years later.  The Literary Digest was wrong and immediately went out of business.  Another pioneer in poll taking was Elmo Roper. He predicted three FDR election victories beginning in 1936.  (Interestingly, both Roper and Gallup incorrectly predicted Dewey’s win over Truman in the 1948 election!)  These are some of the most well known political poll takers, but there are numerous political  and private organizations that take polls involving politics.
  2. Why are the polls being conducted?  While many of the polls are being conducted to inform the electorate, would you believe that many polls are being taken to sway the electorate? Unfortunately, it is true.  Oftentimes, polls are released to make an election front-runner look like a shoe-in, and to persuade an ‘undecided voter’ that if you want to back a winner….vote for our candidate.  Do you remember this happening anytime in recent political history?  How many polls did you see before our last presidential election that indicated that Donald Trump was going to be POTUS?  All of the polls indicated that Hillary Clinton was for sure going to be the next POTUS. As the election day approached, I did observe one poll indicating that Hillary was going to win, but now the numbers were within the ‘margin of error.’  The liberal biased media trumpeted the pending Clinton win, and even carried it into election night when the election took a turn for Trump.  I digress.  Polls are also taken to define an underdog in an election.  This is done to gain support through empathy for a candidate.  In conclusion, while some polls are conducted to be informative, many are conducted to sway the opinion of the electorate because of an underlying political agenda.
  3. Where are the polls taken?  If you were a poll taker in the poll that indicated that 50% of the people of the United States think that Donald Trump should be impeached, do you think you may get different answers in Beverly Hills, California versus what you may get in Beverly Hills, Texas? When I see the results of a poll that is absurd, like the Trump impeachment poll, I always find myself questioning as to where that poll was taken.  Was the poll taken in front of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lincoln, Nebraska?  You can bet your rootin’, tootin’ pearl-handled second amendment six-shooters that if an organization is taking a poll for the purposes of political dissuasion or to support their political agenda, they are going to conduct the poll where they expect to find the answers they desire. (Would it be unreasonable to believe that some numbers may be created and fictitious, especially with regard to the biased media?  Possibly fake polls like fake news?)
  4. How many people were canvassed for the poll?  Very few polls actually give the number of respondents to a poll.  Only 10% of the people respond to poll questions!  Because of technology involving communication, 90% of the people do not answer poll questions.  I do not answer any questions on all those pesky calls we receive on our landline.  But many people do not have landlines and there are laws prohibiting robo-calls to mobile phones.  There is a whole ‘poll science’ that evolves around how modern technology has effected poll numbers and poll results. With all of that being said, do you think a poll with 100, 1000, or 100,000 respondents would be more indicative?  Of course, the larger the sampling, the more statistically accurate the poll.
  5. What are the poll questions being asked and how are the results being reported?  Here is exactly how the Trump impeachment 50% poll was reported:  According to the latest poll, 50% of Americans believe that Donald Trump should be impeached.  There was no mention of who conducted the poll.  There was no mention of where the poll was taken.  There was no mention of the number of respondents.  There was no mention of what the question was that got the result.  What if the question was this, ” Do you think Donald Trump should be impeached if we invade Canada?”  I can see getting 50% positive results to that question.  But I would be hard-pressed, without any of the details of this poll that a 50% impeachment of Trump could be obtained.  Could this particular poll be fictitious?  Could it have been published to make the POTUS look bad?  Did someone have a political agenda?

I am afraid we are all the victims of biased media.  Let me offer an imaginary scenario as offered by my neighbor, John the retired cheese-head cop.  John said, “If Donald Trump said he liked puppies, the media would report: Donald Trump hates cats and old dogs.”    This seems like a fair assumption coming from a retired chief of police.

So, in the spirit of this blog, I Grandpa T, am going to conduct my own poll.  I am now a renowned pollster representing the ‘Buttwipe Survey’, or BS for short.

Question #1.  How many believe that people appearing at marches or demonstrations dressed like ninjas should immediately be arrested, handcuffed, castrated, and jailed before they have the opportunity to partake in the demonstration?  (Okay.  Forget about the castration.  That would be sexist in the event that some of the ninjas are women.)

Question #2.  How many believe that all professional athletes be required to stand, with hand over heart, during the National anthem, because they are entertainers and we want to be entertained and if we wanted a political statement, we would attend a political rally?

The results are in!  Of the one person I canvassed, they responded positively to both questions.  (I could have tripled my respondents, but that would require ringing the neighbors doorbell and I am watching golf on the TV.)

Anyway, readers, you are all smart enough to get the idea.  Not very many of these polls are accurate or scrupulous.  Whenever you see a poll, think of the five items that we covered in this blog to determine its validity.  Remember….polls are like rectums, everyone has one.

PS:  This is Labor Day and I want to thank and honor all of those hard working people who have made this a great nation.  I also want to thank my readers, as I have gone over 600,000 unique hits on this blog.

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Don’t ‘Send in the Clowns!’ (The Looney Clowns are Already Here!)

In the last blog I quoted a line from Shakespeare.  In this blog, I am quoting the name of a composition by Stephen Sondheim which he wrote in 1973 for the musical, A Little Night Music.    Do you remember who first recorded ‘Send in the Clowns?’  Many famous musicians have sung it, including Barbra Streisand, Judy Collins and the most famous version on the ‘Simpson’s’ by Krusty the Clown. But the first person to record the song, after it appeared on Broadway, was Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, in 1973.

But I digress.  I have finally decided that what has changed most significantly during my lifetime, and not in a better way, is entertainment.  For the purposes of this blog, specifically ….comedy (thus the clowns).  What constitutes good comedy today, compared to what was good comedy 50 years ago?

Well, one thing that I have noticed, is that somehow, comedians today think they have transformed themselves into mental giants overnight.  In addition, they have taken it upon themselves to routinely inject their political beliefs into their routines.  They do this with malice, with venom, and with a large dose of aggression that certainly was not present in the comedy of my youth.

Everyone knows what comedienne Kathy Griffin has done recently.  She, in the hopes of having her head sculpted into a memorial atop the Hollywood hills, held up a severed, bloody head of Donald Trump, in pure ISIS fashion.   Besides doing this deplorable act, do you know what the most idiotic part is of this whole ordeal?  It was Kathy Griffin’s surprise about the backlash that occurred by her actions.  She thought she would be beloved by the radical left.  She thought she would become the poster girl for Hollywood and its left leaning politics.  She thought she was being funny.  But then the backlash occurred and it took aim where it hurts the Hollywood elite the most….in the pocket book!  Yes, their god is money and once taken away, they lose faith.  In this instance, sponsors began withdrawing their support and as a result, her New Year’s Eve gig with Anderson Cooper was canceled.  Ouch!  But the idiotic Kathy was not done.  She apologized for doing the act, but she did not apologize to the POTUS or his family.  She did not apologize to Baron Trump who was traumatized by seeing his father’s severed head on national television.  Then she decided to strike back by saying that the Trump family are a bunch of bullies and have “broken her” and ruined her career.  Ruined your career?  You are a D level actress/comedian that has pandered sleazy comedy and sleazy events for years and now you think your career is over?  I sure as hell hope so!  What part of this action on your part was funny?

But wait, another intellectual giant has weighed in to defend Kathy Griffin.  That intellectual giant would be none other than Ace Ventura; Jim Carrey himself!  Here is what he said about comedy: “It’s the job of the comedian to cross the line at all times.  That line is not real and if you step out into that spotlight and you’re doing the crazy things that (Trump) is doing, we’re the last line of defense. The comedians are the last voice of truth in this whole thing.”  Nothing is politically motivated in that statement.  (Yeah, right.)  Exactly, Mensa Jim, is that line that has to be crossed at all times? Respect? (check).  Viciousness? (check).  Politically maligned?  (check).  Common Sense?  (check). Entertaining?  (check).  Funny?  (check).  Are these the components of the imaginary line?  If they are, Kathy Griffin, and your dumb-ass comments defending her are definitely over the line!  What’s this B.S. about the ‘last line of defense?’   I am convinced that the last thing you cowardly wienies would do would be to take up arms and defend this country.  You may defend your country club, but not your country.

Unfortunately, Kathy Griffin is not alone on her ‘cross the line’ diatribes and actions.  Stephen Colbert is so far left politically that it is amazing he can stand up straight.  But….Stephen Colbert has an audience and he uses his platform to spew his malicious venom all in the name of comedy.  Here is a part of one of his monologues when he begins ranting about Trump: “Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine.  You have more people marching against you than cancer.  You talk like a sign language gorilla that got hit in the head.  In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”  Granted, I do find humor with the Rogaine part of the monologue, but then he ‘crosses the line.’

Not to be outdone, we have Bill Maher.  While on his HBO program Real Time with New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman on a Friday night, the 61 – year – old made the incest joke about first daughter Ivanka Trump’s relationship with her father President Donald Trump.  He said: “What do you make of Ivanka and her efforts to sort of humanize her father?  We see all this misogyny at Fox News, we see it in Donald Trump himself.  A lot of us thought, Ivanka is gonna be our saving grace.”  Maher then took it a step further and mimicked Ivanka performing a sex act on her father.

Here is my question.  Why are these two disrespectful, constipated at the mouth morons still on television?  Well, I answered the question earlier in this blog.  Money is the god of Hollywood and these two bring in lots more to their respective networks than Kathy Griffin could ever dream about. She was expendable….they, because of their earning potential, are not.  It would be the proper, respectful, action to take to can both of them, but don’t ever expect something proper and respectful to ever come out of Hollywood.

It is obvious that Ace Ventura never watched or followed the comedy of his predecessors.  During my youth, the comics were extremely funny and they did not have to ‘cross any line!’  Grandma P’s favorite comic was Red Skelton.  He was on TV for over 20 years, from 1951 to 1971.  He ended every show with the words, “Good Night and God bless.”  His shows were hilarious as he was also a talented mime.  His most memorable character was Clem Kadiddlehopper.

I had two favorites.  In the early 50’s and 60’s it was Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners.  He was a bus driver in New York (Ralph Kramden) and his next door neighbor was Art Carney (Ed Norton), who played a sewer worker.  Their wives were played by Jane Meadows (Alice) and  Joyce Randolff (Trixie).    His ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes provided for a solid basis in humor.

But, my all time favorite comedy show was the Carol Burnett Show.  It ran continuously from 1967 to 1978.  Her supporting cast included Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Lyle Waggoner, and for a short time, Dick Van Dyke.  The show was made up entirely of skits, and, done before a live audience.  Some of the routines were hilarious.  What made them particularly funny was that oftentimes, there was ad-libing taking place, especially by Tim Conway.  The reactions of the other actors was as funny as the skit itself as they were completely caught off guard by his shenanigans.  I recommend watching the films of this show.  You will see what comedy was meant to be.

There were many other comedians that were extremely funny.  Don Rickles, Ernie Kovac, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno,  Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Phil Silvers, Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, Morey Amsterdam;  these were just some of the funny, humorous comedians of my youth and you know what?  They did not cross any damn line to be funny!  They may have all pushed the envelope on occasion, but they were never disrespectful, crude or vulgar.  They never, ever used their fame for a public political stage.  They knew what their position was in our society, they were there to provide entertainment for the family.  

So the clowns of the present could definitely learn from the clowns of the past.  No one, and I mean no one, is interested in your crude, malicious political commentary.  It is classless humor coming from classless people.

Damn.  I miss the old days of comedy.

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It’s a Shake and Bake Society, Baby!

During my lifetime, I have experienced, and seen, technological revolutions that can only be described as miraculous.  These technological advancements have made life easier and faster.

Let me provide a few examples of some great technological advancements, both big and small.

Do you know when the first TV dinner was created?  Do you remember who created it and what that dinner contained?  The first TV dinner was created in 1953 by the Swanson Company, thus the Swanson TV dinner which is still available today.  That first dinner was designed for a Thanksgiving meal.  It contained turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas and sweet potatoes.  It was packaged in the aluminum tray that was used by airline companies to serve food on their airplanes.   The cooking directions called for 25 minutes in the oven at 425 degrees.  That first meal cost 98 cents, and they sold a whopping 5000 dinners that first year!

What an advancement!  Up until that time, in our house, either Mom or Grandma had to make everything from scratch.  Because we lived on a Midwestern farm, we had animals and a huge garden.  Our Thanksgiving turkey took 7-8 hours to cook.  Oftentimes the bird was stuffed the night before Thanksgiving, placed in the refrigerator, and then someone had to get out of bed by 5:00 AM to place it in the oven in time for dinner.  All rolls and bread were baked from scratch as were the pies. Grandma’s pies were to die for!  All the crusts were made from scratch as was the filling.  No pumpkin pie filling, cherry filling or blueberry filling came from a can.  The pumpkin pie filling came from pumpkins grown in our garden.  The cherries were purchased and pitted.  The blueberries were picked in the summer and frozen until used.  I know all about blueberry picking as my grandmother made me go with her.  For the uninitiated, blueberries grow in low-lying areas and ripen about the same time as the bumper mosquito crop matures.  We had to wear nets over our heads and wear long sleeve shirts even in the summer, so as not to get bitten hundreds of times.  Unfortunately, because of the small size of the blueberries, we could not wear gloves.  Our hands became the ultimate mosquito target and we would spend almost 2 hours picking and swatting, picking and swatting to get enough berries for 3-4 pies.  It was not uncommon for a Thanksgiving feast to take three days of preparation.  Whew! What a difference from 25 minutes at 425 degrees!  (Honestly, our meals were bigger and much better.)

But the food industry was not done.  In 1969, the first TV breakfast meal was made available.  That was followed in 1973 by the Hungry Man Meal.  Do you remember who the first spokesman was for the Hungry Man Meal?  It was Pittsburgh Steeler footballer, Mean Joe Green.

But wait….there’s more!  In 1986, the first microwavable TV dinner was made available because 25% of the American homes had microwave ovens.  Microwave ovens were the next great technological leap for food preparation.  My parents bought me a microwave oven as a Christmas gift in the early 1980s.  It cost almost $500, and it took two men and a boy to lift it from the trunk of a car to my counter top.  After its usefulness as a microwave, it could have been easily converted to a boat anchor!   A BIG boat anchor!

Do you know how many years it was between the first airplane flight and landing the first person on the moon?  The first flight by the Wright brothers was in 1903.  The moon landing?  1969.  Sixty six years between airplane invention and an almost unbelievable space travel accomplishment!

During my lifetime, communication in our house went from having no phone to having a party line phone.  Yes, you could actually pick up the phone and hear your neighbors conversation.  And yes, they could hear your conversations.  Next came the invention of mobile phones.  Those first mobile phones were the size of a brick and weighed about the same as a brick.  Then we went to light-weight small pocket sized phones and now you can have a phone on your wrist!  A wrist phone just like the one Dick Tracy used in the 1930s comic books!  (Okay.  Dick Tracy had a wrist radio.)

When I was in high school and college, we were never allowed to use calculators.  That is because the first pocket calculators cost $250, and not everyone could afford them.  Remember….the minimum wage was $1.00 an hour!  While in high school, we could use slide rules.  Right now, no one under the age of 50 has the slightest idea of what I am talking about.  A slide rule was one step up from an ancient abacus, but multiplication and division could be done on a slide rule.  To show the real advancement of technology, my first pocket calculator cost $250.  When it finally broke, the exact replacement cost $59.99.  When that pocket calculator broke, the exact replacement cost $19.95.

The first computer that I bought in 1991 was a butt-kicking 40 megabytes!  I say it was a butt-kicking computer because all my competitors had 25 megabyte computers.  I was king of the hill.  That computer, monitor and daisy-wheel printer cost me $2200.  I now write this blog on an 8 gigabyte computer that cost me $600 six years ago.  The monitor and printer were extra.  My printer not only prints, but it is capable of scanning, copying, and faxing….if I knew how to set it all up.  The printer cost me less than $150.  In the late 1980s, my old boss bought a fax machine for $2500.  He was bragging about what a great deal he got because he got a free case of fax paper with the machine. Do they even sell fax only machines today?

These are just some of the marvelous technological improvements I have observed during my lifetime.  Just think of all the improvements in the medical field.  Look at the new devices that are a standard feature on an automobile that were unheard of during the 1950s.  GPS?  Back-up cameras?  Alarms?  Many of the new advancements have been for safety, but many of our advancements are popular because they either save time, eliminate work, or provide instantaneous information or instantaneous gratification.  (Who researches using encyclopedias when google and Wikipedia are available.)

But the one thing I have noticed over my lifetime is that people and society have become less patient and tolerant.  People today want instantaneous results.  They want things to happen fast.  They want things to happen faster than getting their food in a short line at a ‘fast food’ restaurant. (What a great belt-busting invention fast food has become!)  I am convinced that some people believe that Rome was built in a day.  The mantra seems to have become, ‘I want it and I want it now.’

Unfortunately, the attitude and mantra of ‘wanting it and wanting it now’ has permeated our expectations as to how our federal government should operate.  I am glad that the ‘First 100 days of the Trump presidency’ have finally passed.  How many times did you hear this:  “Donald Trump’s presidency will be considered a failure if he doesn’t (fill in the blank) within his first 100 days.”   Here were the most popular ‘fill in the blank’ items:  1.  Replace the Affordable Care Act,  2, Have a budget,  3.  Build the wall, and, 4. Provide a tax reform system.  I heard each one of these items, attached to a 100 day timeline, being touted as signifying a failed presidency if not accomplished.  Of course, these notions were mostly advanced by liberal politicians on liberal-leaning media sources. There were more ‘fill in the blank’ items, but these were the biggies.

So here is my advice…..”GET A GRIP AMERICA!”  Rome was not built in a day.  Do you really believe that these major issues, some of them decades old, could be reasonably alleviated in 100 days?  I am glad that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act was defeated early in the Trump presidency. Why?  Because, unlike the original ACA passage that was shoved down the throats of all Americans by the Democratic party without Republican input, this repeal will have the input of both parties.  I would much rather have a ‘good’ bill than a ‘fast’ bill.  But if you want to believe the media hogwash, we wanted a fast bill.

It amazes me that any Democrat would have the cajoles to fault this administration for not having a budget (it was passed recently) when Harry Reid, the Senate Majority leader for 6 years, promised to not have a budget reach the Senate floor as long as he was Senate Majority leader.  The ‘gatekeeper from hell’ kept his word.  Our government ran for 6 years without passing a budget.  (The next time you see a street corner hot dog stand, remember, he probably has a budget!  Our federal government did not.)

I am sure that with a little time, there will be tax reform for both corporations and individuals.  No one seems as concerned about building the big, beautiful wall now that illegal aliens attempting to enter this country has been reduced by over 70%.

But here is where the rubber meets the road; our society seems to have a disconnect between reality and expectation.  Because of our faster than lightning technological advancements and our fast paced society, we begin to believe that all things should be fast.  That may be true in some instances, but certainly not all.  When it comes to governing, I would much prefer ‘slower and better’ than ‘faster and crappy.’

After all, it took my grandmother over 3 hours to make one of her delicious pies from scratch.  She enjoyed making them and we really enjoyed eating them.  Sara Lee would have been easier, but my grandmother would not let us have any of that.  You were the perfect example of ‘slower and better.’   I love you grandma!  You always took care of us.

Happy Mother’s Day.

good-old-days

Were the ‘Good Old Days,’ Really That Good?

Donald Trump presidency…………….D +… Eighty something days!

There are some days when I really, really miss the good old days.  Most people under 30 have not really grasped the concept of the ‘good old days’.  The forty somethings and 50 somethings are just beginning to grasp the ‘good old day’ concept.  But trust me when I say that those of us over sixty years old have not only grasped the ‘good old day’ concept, but we are trying to grasp it so tightly that we have almost choked it to death. (And we enjoy imparting our good old day experiences on the younger generations.)

Our small Midwestern town had a drug store that had a soda fountain.  During my youth, a cherry coke could be purchased for 5 cents.  A Snickers bar was 5 cents.  There was a marshmallow/chocolate candy bar called Valomilk.  It also cost 5 cents, but it had a gimmick.  Inside each wrapper was a small cardboard disk.  Once you collected 30 cardboard disks, you sent them to the manufacturer for ten free Valomilks!  Wow!  So, in about a ten day time span, I purchased and ate thirty Valomilks. Yes….I ate them all myself because I was in my non-sharing, bratty stage of child development.   (I was also hyperactive from all that damn sugar!)  About two weeks later, I received ten free Valomilks delivered in a round cardboard sleeve.  I was in hog heaven!  And….I thought I beat the system.  I figured that if I got ten free Valomilks with the little cardboard disk inside, I would only have to purchase twenty more Valomilks to get the ten free Valomilks again.  It was my nine year old mind’s version of a ponzi scheme regarding candy bars. But, alas, the manufacturer outsmarted me.  There were no cardboard disks in the ten free Valomilks.  I only did that promotion once, as I really liked a Snickers better.

Our small town hardware store provided just about everything.  You not only were able to purchase the traditional hardware materials, but you could also purchase shotgun shells, rifle bullets, dishes, baseball mitts, toys, hot water heaters, stock watering tanks, electric fence materials…..well, you get the idea.  It was much more than just a hardware store.  All of those items mentioned were either purchased by me or my family.  Oh….the simplicity of the ‘good old days.’

I also bought the one and only bike I owned until I was over 40 years old from that hardware store. Purchasing it was simple.  You picked the one you liked from the 12-15 available boys bikes.   That large selection was only available during the spring.  If you waited, you bought your bike from the remaining dregs because they did not restock until the following spring.  Mine was a pretty red and white bike with the conventional one speed.  That one speed being that the faster you peddled, the faster you would go.  If you could afford a three speed bike, you were not only rich, but you would be branded a sissy.!

Grandma P never did have a bicycle.  Her family of six could not afford them.  She got her first bicycle when she was 64 years old.  Even though she knew how to ride, it was terrifying for her to start riding again.  Now she enjoys riding her bicycle and she rides it with confidence.  Our oldest grandson would be surprised about Grandma P never owning a bike.  He got into BMX racing and owns seven bikes!

A trip to the local A&W was  simple, easy and inexpensive.  A small root beer cost 5 cents.  A large root beer was a dime.  A hamburger was a quarter and french fries were an additional 15 cents. More importantly, the food was brought to you by a beautiful female carhop.  The owner of the A&W hired all the cheerleaders during the summer to be his carhops!  Not surprisingly, he sold hundreds of gallons of root beer every year!

The small cone at the local Dairy Queen cost 5 cents.  They had a jumbo cone that cost a quarter, but you really had to like ice cream to be able to finish that cone.  A malted milk cost a quarter and there were many available flavors.  My favorite was blueberry and sometimes an occasional strawberry.  They were delicious.  Occasionally, in order to diversify my calorie laden diet, I would order a sundae rather than a malt.  This also cost a quarter.  My two favorite sundaes were either butterscotch or hot fudge with nuts.

Because our small town was 60 miles from a major city, our choices for radio channels were rather limited.  We had two AM stations that played rock and roll that we were able to receive on our AM only radios.  Our cars only had AM radios.  It was much later before FM made an appearance in our community.  People owning FM radios were either listening to classical music or to PBS offerings. But for us youngsters, AM rock and roll was our choice and where it was at!

Life was much simpler in many other ways.  For instance, we only had three television channels, ABC, NBC and CBS until an independent station took our total to four.  As a result of this, we only had three different sources of news casts.  Each of the major networks had 30 minute time slots, followed by the local channel with another 30 minutes of news, weather and sports.  A total of one hour of news beginning at either 5:30 or 6:00 PM.  There was another half hour of local news, weather and sports at 10:00 PM. (As an aside, the networks went off the air at night and did not come on again until the next morning!  Imagine that…you millennials!)

So why am I writing about all this stuff concerning the good old days?  Firstly, I hope that sometime in the future, my grandkids will actually read my blog.  Secondly, and more importantly, I do believe life was much more simple during the post WWII years than they are today.  This is especially true when it comes to television media and its hundreds of channels.

Did you notice that I began this blog with the ‘Donald Trump presidency……D+ eighty something days.’  Have you followed all the 24/7 news channels that are headlining the following:  Donald Trump, the First 100 days?  The one thing I miss about the good old days was that after a spirited and tiring presidential election….everything seemed to quiet down as  the new president was getting acclimated to his new position and to his new cabinet.  The media took a break.  Not any more!  Do any of you baby boomers remember any other POTUS getting the following and the scrutiny of this President as soon as he took the oath of office?  What happens when the hundredth day arrives?  Is the newest headline going to be:  Donald Trump presidency….the second hundred days?  The first year? The second year?   Do they realize that his term is over 1460 days?  I have watched more White House press conferences since Trump became POTUS than I have for my entire life.  Can’t they hold two a week instead of every day?

Here is the problem and the big difference between the television media today and the television media during the good old days.  Today, we have more 24/7 news channels than we had total channels during my youth. Those news channels need something to broadcast for that 24 hour period.  When we had three total channels, the important issues and highlights were covered, human interest stories were added and that was it…..short, sweet and simple.  That was how we got our news. Today?  Well, today, just to make sure there is enough content to cover a 24 hour period, every issue is covered in depth, and deeper, and deeper, and repeatedly.  Teams of talking heads are assembled to make sure that if one talking head needs to take a breath, another talking head can chime in with a divergent opinion.  This creates dissension, which somehow must equate to ratings.  Then, if there is not enough worthy news to fill a 24/7 news cast, there are two options: either repeat what has been covered or make something up. Unfortunately, I believe more news channels are reverting to ‘make something up.’  I believe the new terminology is ‘fake news’ or ‘false news.’

What would the liberal biased television media report if they did not have Donald Trump?  What acting job would Alec Baldwin have if he could not lampoon Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live? These are almost important issues.

If you have followed my blog, you have surmised that I am a political junkie.  But since the Trump inauguration, I have ‘crossed the Rubicon’ when it comes to the news reporting about politics.  The television media has worn me down.  I find myself turning off the television and watching less and less of what is being reported.  I wish these news channels would just report the news in clear and concise terms.  But if they did that, there would only be about 90 minutes of news to report every day.  And then my dear readers, we would be back to reporting as it was during the ‘good old days.’

Oh well, the good old days are long gone.  I think I will eat my $1.49 Snickers and my $5.00 hamburger.   I’m on my diet so I will have to pass on the $3.50 malted milk.

Tomorrow is Easter.  Never forget the purpose of the holiday.  Much was sacrificed for our salvation. God bless.