A Question of Priorities

It is most definitely a heart-warming story about the recovery of a mountain hiker on Mount Ranier in Washington state that’s making headline news today. However, I have to seriously question the priority of health officials in that case. Is this “story” even true, or is it “fake news” designed with the intent to give readers a “warm, fuzzy” ray of sunshine during these surrealistically dismal times?

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire – and There is a Lot of Smoke

My Father is now in his 80s, and has lived through only 2 more US presidencies than I have – FDR and Truman. This upcoming election has me in a quandary. I don’t and never did like Donald Trump, but don’t know enough about Joseph Biden to make a sound decision on my vote next month! All I know is, I’ve lived through a dozen changes of the guard and have never been this uncertain about the direction this country is heading!

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George H. W. Bush – End of an Era

Reading Jon Meacham’s Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush a couple of months ago, I was reminded of just how effective George H. W. Bush was as President. He bailed out the national banking system, cleaned up the Exxon Valdez oil spill, strongly condemned the Chinese government over the Tiananmen Square incident, signed the Fair Labor Standards Amendments which raised minimum wage, ended the Dictatorship of drug trafficker Manuel Noriega, brought down the Berlin Wall, ended the Cold War, signed the Clean Air Act, and served justice internationally with his military intervention into the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.

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Caravan of Dreams Nightmares

One of the very first items on President Trump’s agenda when he first took office was to curtail illegal immigration from south of the border by building a “Wall.” Now, halfway through his term, a massive exodus consisting of thousands of refugees, many of them Hondurans, is approaching northward towards the US-Mexico border seeking sanctuary in the good ol’ U.S. of A. It’s like they’re just trying to piss him off!

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When the Solution is Part of the Problem

I have received 3 robocalls on my cell phone within the last hour. My policy for the last several years has been that the cell phone doesn’t get answered unless the incoming caller is identified through the contact list. Looking up these suspected numbers as they dial in reveals that they have been identified at the very top of the search results with “Phone Scam Alert”. Continue reading “When the Solution is Part of the Problem”

“The Post” – Boycott?

This morning, I received a Facebook post from an old compadre of mine down in Texas, suggesting the boycott of Spielberg’s latest film, The Post, presumably for being politically inflammatory. Knowing little about the new release, except that it features Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, I proceeded to Google it and found some interesting results!

The featured items at the top of my initial Google results:

Having not seen the flick yet, perhaps my opinion may be a little premature and even unfounded, but here goes.

Trump has definitely been one thing throughout the first year of his term, and that’s controversial, but he definitely doesn’t need an All the President’s Men to further antagonize him and his administration.

I’m not necessarily “Pro Trump”, I just have to learn to “like it”. Regardless of being a Republican by tradition or whether I “like” our current President or not, it’s just “prudent” to stick with the collective decisions made by one’s peers (consensus). After all, nothing is permanent, is it?

I do like Spielberg, Streep and Hanks, however, and can’t see how this latest work could be anything but entertaining and worthwhile. Anxious to see this one, regardless, or maybe because, of the suggestion to “boycott” it!