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Be Prepared

If Donald Trump is elected President, and he could easily pull it off because the Clinton campaign is in total disarray and Johnson’s campaign just doesn’t have the steam, there will be a revolution in the streets of the United States that will make the February and October Russian Revolutions of 1917/1918 look like popping into a chalk pavement picture in Mary Poppins.

Don’t think so?  Look at what Anonymous has been able to pull off in recent years.  One would hope the american people would take to the streets prior to the damage being done, but that’s not going to happen in any significant numbers.

The people voting for Trump believe that America should be the international schoolyard bully.  That America has the right to go into any country, pillage their resources to maintain a slothful way of life and murder a few thousand people along the way – including our own sons and daughters.

I am certain there are a significant number of people voting for Trump ONLY because of Hillary (and Bill) Clinton’s shenanigans going all the way back to Whitewater.  I’m not pushing Hillary, god knows, but that will be a large block of people.

The people voting for Trump believe America can be made great again – what that really means is that they believe America can have the clock turned back to early 20th century white male dominance in all matters, and that women and minorities should be “put back into their place” as chattel.

The people voting for Trump have no qualms whatsoever about using nuclear arms.  Anywhere.  Against anyone.  Including the US or any allies (if we have any left after November).

Neither candidate carries anything close to the moral compass needed to be the head of state.

It is true that the moral consciousness of the world must recognize the importance of removing injustices and well-founded grievances; but at the same time it must be aroused to the cardinal necessity of honoring sanctity of treaties, of respecting the rights and liberties of others, and of putting an end to acts of international aggression. – FDR

FDR’s words speak to the need of ending terrorism, but they also speak to ANY nation who plays the aggressor. Our glass houses will not withstand much scrutiny.

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. – Confucius 

Haven’t seen much of any of those qualities in our candidates.

The battle has yet to begin.  The race to November is the preamble.

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choose what you believe

now to be fair – I don’t know who “Not Frantz Fanon” is, what his/her/their agenda is or why hide behind the image of a revolutionary leader who died over 50 years ago.  If you are going to propagandize the right (who certainly deserve it in this case if these quotes are all accurate), at least have the balls to be up-front about who you are.

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rotten tomatoes

Between the Grammy huckstering and all the Pontiff pontification, you may have missed this little item – the US and Mexico have cut a trade deal where the price of imported tomatoes will double, and the case of some speciality tomatoes like cherries, the price will soar higher.  The official line is that this will “avert a trade war by halting the re-instigation of anti-dumping investigations.”

Fine.  What it means is that Obama’s Commerce Department has yet again stuck it to the middle class with higher food costs at the expense of making a very very important voting tomatoesblock in Florida of wealthy tomato growers very happy.  And rich.

To quote (either the New York Times or Wall Street Journal – so this comes from both sides of the spin fence):

The Cato Institute’s Daniel Ikenson estimates that winter tomato prices could rise from 41% to 168%, and summer prices 47% to 176%. Specialty tomatoes, such as grape, cherry or heirloom varieties, will see the biggest increases.

In essence, the US has agreed to let Mexico increase the minimum price they charge for tomatoes, called the “price floor”.  I don’t know why it’s called that.  I’m sure some accounting MBA thought it up in order to make it sound important. It’s a minimum price.
Another little sideline – Mexico employes about 350,000 workers in the tomato industry.  I’m sure a few of those folk will be seeing pink slips now that quantity is no longer the issue.

Here is the solution proposed by one blog commenter from California:

How about we all( Mexican And US growers) stop growing so many tomatoes. Let a market be a real market and we wont have to worry minimums.

Yeah. Great.

And from an article in Forbes:

Not only will consumers pay more for foreign and domestically grown tomatoes at the grocery store and for salads and hamburgers at restaurants, but the new price-floor terms provide a strong indication that the specter of uncertainty associated with antidumping administration provides the necessary leverage to induce foreign producers into pricing schemes indistinguishable from collusion and price-fixing.

Get those tomatoes planted early this year….

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the other side

You can’t peruse YouTube  without tripping over one of the countless videos of surprise reunions of returning men and women from recent tours of duty.  Of course they are moving, especially the ones where kids welcome mommy or daddy home.

But what about the people who will never get a reunion?  And what do their kids feel like?  We never see and videos about that do we?  What about the families ripped apart because a son or daughter is not coming home. We just send young men and women to die on foreign soil so companies like Halliburton can make billions “democratizing” these nations.  So we never get to see the man or woman, father, mother, husband, wife left alone because their son,daughter or spouse is not coming home.  Do we just say “I’m sorry” and hope it all goes away? Where is their joy going to come from?

It’s the morning
Soon, he’ll rise
Finds the glasses for his eyes
Aren’t what they used to be
Picks up the clothes
He’s worn so long
On the bureau sits
The picture of a lady
And the mural of a man
Whose been gone for many years

Listening to the children play
Reminds him of the days
Many years ago
Thoughts of a child
That he helped grow
And memory of a letter
Saying, dear Sir
We regret to inform you
Your son will not be coming home

Old man, tell me are there fears
Do you measure life in years
Or is one day all you’ll ever know

The old man walks in Echo Park
From bench to bench he moves
From morning til dark
For the ducks
Some bread he brings
Wonder if he’ll feed them
This time next spring

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don’t i wish

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everything is ass

Were you aware of this?  I wasn’t.  I must have missed the memo somehow.  But it seems to be the case.  As I was entering Wawa this evening a gangly young lad and his friend were leaving and one”bright” youth stated, “these are really salty-ass salt and vinegar chips”.  Hope so.  They wouldn’t be salt and vinegar if they weren’t salty.  As I was leaving the fine establishment another flock of youth was entering, this flock less gangly and more goth-y, the largest of the group mumbling something incoherent about his “shitty-ass band”.  I’m really out of the loop here.  But as I munched on dinner I got to thinking that “ass” is a fairly sturdy all-purpose word and, using these fine examples, could be employed in a variety of ways.

“This is really cold-ass ice cream.”

“That was really great-ass sex.”  Now here is where the land mine strewn English language can run afoul, because you can take that exact same phrase, drop the hyphen, and the meaning shifts from an amorous compliment to something most prized in federal penitentiaries.

Just think how much more interesting the debates would have been had the candidates employed this technique.  Just the education argument alone would have been a blast…

“ROMNEY: … because I’m — I’m so-ass proud of the state that I had the chance to be governor of.” (Hideous grammar aside)
“OBAMA: But that was 10-ass years before you took office.”

“OBAMA: I will stand with Israel if they are attacked. And this is the reason why, working with Israel, we have created the strongest-ass military and intelligence cooperation between our two countries in history.”
“ROMNEY: …Number two, with regards to Iran and the threat of Iran, there’s no question but that a nuclear Iran, a nuclear-ass Iran is unacceptable to America.”

It certainly would have been funnier anyway.

These are the things I think about while sitting in the car eating a sandwich and Tastykake cupcakes, adding un-needed poundage to my big-ass ass.

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more of your tax dollars at work

“The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) is currently developing a centrifuge plant in Piketon, Ohio as the culmination of an R&D program. Estimated project costs have now increased from $1.7 billion in 2007 to $5 billion in 2012. To date, the company has invested a total of $1.95 billion in the project and expects to invest another $2.8 billion to fully fund project development.”

This plant will be used to enrich uranium to be used at nuclear energy plants.

“In December 2009, Moody’s Investor Service downgraded its ratings for USEC to junk grade status citing “expectations of weak credit metrics over the next several years, increased competition and liquidity risks.”  Further, since 2002 USEC has received four consecutive credit downgrades and is now in danger of losing its stock listing in the New York Stock exchange.”

and so…

“Currently, USEC is awaiting Congressional approval of up to $150 million in research, development and demonstration funds which were requested in the President’s FY2013 budget and are now being considered in the highway bill, energy and water appropriations bill, and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).”

and even more stunning….

USEC is in line for a possible $2 BILLION loan, from the Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee program.

So..a company with deep and long-standing financial troubles is waiting to get “bailed  out” with your money.  and my money.

I think we need a massive sign hung from the Capitol Dome that flashes in blinding neon green and white letters…”The Money Store”

on a fun note….with the addition of The Who’s I Can See For Miles, I have hit 1500 songs in my iTunes library.

woo.

hoo.

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