Donald “THE” Trump

Can THE Donald Trump win the Presidency? Can he even win the Republican nomination?

I have my doubts.

Why do I doubt?

1. In my opinion, Trump is a flash-in-the-pan kind of guy. It seems like he can do anything as long as it doesn’t take too long. Why do I say that? Because with a personality like Trump seems to have, people A. get tired of the BS and B. over time such a person runs out of new insults and has to begin recycling them. One can only be offensive to the same people for just so long before they quit or take a poke at your nose. ie people get tired of the same old offensive BS, so such a person needs a changing cast of victims to offend.

Offensive people are just that – offensive. To me, it appears that Trump has made a career, and a political campaign, out of being offensive. In politics that kind of stuff is “new” and “different” only for a short time. Then it gets old. When the insults get old, people get tired of listening to them. And too, you run into the “he said that, or something like that, last week.” ie There’s only just so many ways to be offensive until you run into not just bad taste, but REALLY bad taste and people start making faces when you open your mouth – before you say anything. They know what’s coming and they are tired of it. And Trump is running out of victims (currently the other candidates).

Another aspect of the Trump campaign is that I haven’t heard any real ideas for running the country. So of course the question comes up – what would he do if he were President? So far we haven’t a clue. I know – people have voted for such candidates before – look at the votes Barak Obama got and the voting public had no idea what he would do. (Quite a few of us did have a good idea, but no one wanted to listen to us.) Would anyone like to buy a second Pig In A Poke President? Vote for Trump and in my opinion that’s exactly what you’ll get… and voting for Trump you’ll deserve whatever you get.

So… What is my solution to Trump with his ever-running mouth? What are the Republicans to do?

My solution for the Republican Candidates is to do what your mother probably told you to do when you were being insulted by a bully… just ignore him. Run your own campaign, not the campaign he wants you to run, where he is the center of attention. Trump’s “campaign” is typical nasty little boy stuff… and it totally hinges on “LOOK AT ME!” It’s narcissism at its finest. Trump seems to think he is the center of the universe – and so far only Ben Carson, the surgeon who has dealt with a lot of little kids, has failed to buy in to it. Well… and me. I think the best thing the other candidates can do is what their mothers probably told them to do with such a person. Just ignore him and when he stops getting attention he’ll go somewhere else and do something else to get his “fix” of attention.

So hey… Presidential Candidates? STOP FEEDING THE BEAST and in time it will go away!

Of course, the media will still report everything he says and does because it gets them attention. But if/when they figure out no one is clicking on Trump on the internet, when Trump-as-clickbait stops being effective, the media will also abandon him. After all… they have a Presidential Campaign to cover, and if Trump is no longer really part of it… then maybe we can have a real campaign.

As for the “debates” – when the debate sponsors make a rule that interrupting another candidate or the moderator more than say three times gets you expelled, ie when/if he pulls interrupt and dominate tricks, the moderator can toss his buns out the door and let the debate proceed without the little boy in the hallway.

VP Candidate “Chicken Joe” Biden?

I see where “Chicken Joe” is thinking about running for President. Well… he certainly has qualifications to do so, but many voters may not like what he’s qualified to do.

So… I looked up Chicken Joe’s Official White House Bio and a Wiki Bio, and was quite surprised to see that, although he was elected to his freshman term in the Senate in the early ’70s – early enough in fact to be on hand to vote to cut off funding to South VietNam (in 1975, thus voting to cause the US to unilaterally abrogate the Paris Peace Accords, aka the treaty that got the US out of VN), he doesn’t mention his role in stabbing the people of South Vietnam in the back causing them to be overrun by the Communist North.

Since he was elected in time to vote against keeping our commitments to RVN, that means that he was certainly old enough to have enlisted in the military and to actually GO to VietNam… but like so many weak sisters from the Left he chose to go to law school. According to one bio, he received 5 draft deferments while a “student” and was then reclassified due to having had “asthma” as a “teenager”. So… he didn’t go, then when in a position to support our allies in S VN, he chose to turn his back on the people that over 58,000 Americans died to defend.

Yep… Chicken Joe is definitely qualified to be a Politician, but I for one don’t want him to be President of the US. It’s bad enough that the current (ineligible) “president” got elected. I’d really rather not see more of their ilk in the White House.

Rubio is/should be TOAST!!!

“Rubio spoke on how his policies would embrace globalization and technology so that the U.S. can compete globally in the 21st century.”…

“Globalization is real,” Rubio said. “We cannot be satisfied with a country that’s diminished in its prestige and its influence on the global stage.” …

“Rubio has authored a “pro-growth” and “pro-family” tax plan with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would keep the top individual tax rate at 35 percent and eliminate the estate tax, among other things.”…

So… Rubio is a Globalist, pro-mega-rich elitist. Doesn’t seem like someone who is going to help the people much… unless those people he’s helping are the Mega-rich. I guess the rest of us can just sleep in a cardboard box in an alley and be grateful that our betters allow us to scavenge their garbage cans.

But I’m glad of one thing… he’s apparently too stupid to hide what he is until AFTER the election.


Oh! Won’t someone PLEASE save me from this Global Warming!!!

07:00 this morning, July 4th, 2015, the temperature in NW Missouri was 58 degrees F.

If the climate gets any warmer, I’m going to have to start a fire in the wood stove!

I don’t know what the AGW people are smoking, but it MUST be some really really good stuff!!!


Summer-time…. When Mosquitoes Are Hungry…

Like to go outside? Don’t like to be on the menu for mosquitoes? Check out this site.

This site tells you things like what is it about you that mosquitoes find attractive. (No – it’s not your blue eyes or your long eyelashes! ;-D)

It has detailed information on what repellants are effective (and what’s not), and other useful information… such as the information that bug zappers do more harm than good, killing predator species while NOT affecting mosquitoes. In fact, mosquitoes are more attracted to you than to the bug zappers! (I know… “But it’s fun to listen to the ZOT when a bug hits the grid!”) 😀

“Catnip has been noted for years as possessing repellency against mosquitoes.”

Go! Read! Learn! Have a nice summer and stay off the mosquito menu!

Reprint from May 27, 2011

Why do a reprint? ‘Cause I thought it was funny. So now you have to put up with what *I* thought was funny. who knows? Maybe you’ll agree?

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In the Nature of Things

Ink pens are communal creatures. You put them on your desk, and one by one, unobtrusively, they wander off. When the last is gone, you go in search of them and find them in a heap on the dresser, or on the clothes drier, or in the center console of your car. If they had a water cooler, it would make them lots easier to find.

Did you ever wonder why, when someone loses their virginity, they don’t take out a “lost and found” ad in the paper?

The best way to find an extension cord is to 1. not need one, and 2. don’t watch where you’re dragging your feet.

One of the qualifications to be President of the USA is you must be a moron or an idiot, as evidenced by the number of people who think the President is one or the other.

The solution to the gasoline shortage is to change the shape of tires. If they were square, or even octagons or hexagons, we’d drive much less.

Why are there trash cans in paperless offices?

How do people know when you go to sleep, and then call you 5 minutes later?

Why are the boxes full of cords, connectors and other things always the wrong size for the one you need and why does the store that you go to to buy one close 5 minutes after you get there but the door is already locked?

The likelihood of a flashlight’s batteries being dead is directly proportional to your depth of need for a light.

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When An Advanced Degree Isn’t Enough

I recently purchased two books on the subject of Austrian economics. The first was, in my opinion, eminently readable and highly informative.

The second was not.

So while trying to slog my way through the first chapter of the second book it occurred to me that:

If one sets out to write a book on a particular subject there are two prerequisites that must be met. First one must intimately know the subject matter. And second, and most important, one must be capable of writing.

If one has the first, but not the second, no one will be able to tell that the writer has either.

A Radical Idea for Insurance!!!

Okay… so… all the insurance companies will hate me for this. If the people in the government and the people running for government offices claim this plan as “good” and work to make it happen the future of what is now “insurance’ will disappear and it won’t matter.

Presently we have “insurance” of different kinds. If you wish to drive a motor vehicle, you have to have insurance covering various things like you have to pay for insurance for injuries caused by you or your car, physical damages to other vehicles and things, etc. To obtain such you need “automobile insurance” for which you must pay a “premium.”

If you want to get medical care and are not rich, you presently can get “basic care” for “emergencies” whether you have medical insurance or not, but after a few days the hospital can declare you medically “stable” and toss you out the door… UNLESS you have a lot of cash or medical insurance. With the advent of Obama “care” you can now have “insurance” that pays for your medical expenses after they exceed the amount of your “deductable” (which will probably amount to an amount higher than you’d pay for a new car – and which most people cannot afford so since they never pay the “deductable” to the providers, the government never has to pay off on the “insurance” they mandate that you “buy.” (Just figure that it’s a tax, and the government won’t have to pay out on most people’s “insurance.”)

And of course there is now insurance for just about everything that can happen to you in life. Fire insurance. Yep. Mortgage insurance? Yep. And lots of other kinds of “insurance.”

Where do all these kinds of insurance come from and why do they exist?

1. Most people are insecure. In a world where most people are “just getting by” they consider it essential to have a way to hold on to some value even in the face of a personal disaster. (For example a house/apartment fire that burns up everything they own.)

2. Put that together with the fact that due to their insecurity you’ll find that – People are risk-averse. (That means they are afraid of risk!)

In their minds they think that if something CAN happen, it’s a certainty that it WILL happen… sooner or later… to someone… somewhere… and what if it’s THEM? (many people are almost CERTAIN that it will be them.) It doesn’t matter that out of the millions of home owners in the US a miniscule (teeny tiny) percentage will have a fire that destroys their home and the stuff they own. It seems to me that most people will spend their entire lives paying for insurance policies and never, that’s NEVER collecting anything back for a “loss.” And even if they do collect on a loss, over their life spans they will pay in far more than they collect – that’s why insurance companies are so profitable. ie the ODDS of them having to pay out more than they collect are non-existent!!! But the insurance industry spends $millions of dollars convincing people that if it can happen to SOMEONE, that someone will be YOU and gee… what would you do THEN? (Thus you NEED insurance, and the siren song of the insurance industry enlists governments to FORCE you to buy certain kinds of insurance and make them rich, and to be risk-averse.)

Actually, in regard to the things that insurance can pay for, if you lost everything in a fire and had no insurance you’d probably do very well. If you have a job, you’d keep getting to work somehow (a co-worker would maybe give you a ride?) and you’d keep bringing “home” your pay. (Where ever “home” is – staying with relatives for a while or in a cheap motel) So you’d find another place to live so you could start visiting the Meca of America (WalMart) to accumulate more junk just like the junk that burned up… only THIS would be NEW junk – all shiny and spiffy! (But the insurance companies don’t want you to figure that out.)

So… here’s the plan… the alternative to the current MegaScam that’s called the “Insurance Industry”.

The government pays for your losses.


No, it’s not welfare. It’s not Socialism. It’s where you pay in an appropriate percentage of your pay from work/business profits/etc to the

US Insurance for Everything Fund.

It would be like a voluntary tax. But you ONLY pay in if you want to collect in the event of a personal disaster. And there would be NO deductable. The government pays for everything you lost… after adjusting the amount for “wear and tear” (ie you don’t get a new 52″ color TV to replace the 19″ B&W set that burned up.)

And if over a period of time the government fund pays out less than it collects, the people could opt to get a proportionate refund of premiums paid in or leave the excess “on deposit.” If the fund pays out more than it collects, those paying in would have to pay more.

Medical care would be paid at 100% (+/-) of government cost with a nominal fee which could be waived for the indigent and elderly – ie model it on the VA Medical Care system. Hospitals and doctor’s offices would have no “profit” – and pay no taxes. Drug companies would be paid for actual expense (including reasonable R&D) – but not a DIME for “promotions” or advertising. There would be NO middle-man insurance companies!!!

And so on. Along side of the government system could be a “private” system that the rich could use if they wanted to. They would pay 100% of their medical bills and absorb all personal casualty losses from all adverse occurances – ie not a DIME from the government, and no tax deductions for medical costs or losses due to hazards.

And the best part of the plan – you would have an individual account and when you die, your family or relatives (your “beneficiary”) gets an amount equal to the total that you paid in less the amount that you collected in insurance “payments” plus interest. (If the govt paid 4% interest and the going interest rate was 6% or 8%, then the govt recovers plan administration expenses via interest payments.) So if you wanted to pay in more than you had to (see above) – you could look at it as being government sponsored life insurance… you pick the beneficiary.

If you collect more in “insurance” payments over the course of your life, then the govt subsidizes your “insurance” and picks up the bill – which would be a form of what is currently called “welfare”. Of course, your family would get no “life insurance” – but hey… that would be an incentive to work harder to provide something for them after you’re gone.

So… we get rid of the predatory insurance industry, and we can stop worrying about risk and the losses that MIGHT come our way as a result of life happening to us.

And my phone stops ringing and interupting my life with BS and lies.