The Blessing Of The Fleet

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

From the first time man (or woman) tried to go farther than his arms and legs could go, and found some reeds or a log or something that floated on water it was time for blessing of the fleet.  Nowadays it is for recreational purposes and for commercial fisherman (neutral term) to not sink or to find fair havens or better shrimp, fish or crabs.

Blessing of the fleet may seem weird for those who are not religious, but it is not — if you believe there be a god or goddess. One of the better parts of the blessing of the fleet is it won’t hurt, and it might even be good.  And, it is an excuse for those so inclined, it starts the opening of the beer, wine and hard stuff before noon.

A week after the floater lost his fleet, CVN-70, it seems it is still not off the coast of crazy and starved N. Korea.  When I was in the military Korea was a 13 month combat zone.  Later it changed, but right now I am guessing some are looking at making it a short tour combat zone tour again.

Did you notice how fast the senile old man dropped attacking Korea?  Did you notice how fast he has dropped all sorts of things?  Yeah.  He writes an idiotic tweet and drops it a day or so later.  His short term memory seems to be really short.  There seems to be only a couple channels of long term memory too.

It is important for the country to know that this federal government shuts down April 28 midnight unless a couple of R’s change their minds.

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I truly believe that age — if you’re healthy — age is just a number.

— Hugh Hefner, 2006.

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Death is a horrible way to die. WE all go, eventually. Just a day or so ago the oldest person on Earth died at the tender age of one hundred seventeen years.  The news reports she was the last person who was born in the 1800’s.  Stunning to think of all she saw and experienced during those years.

Right now we have a person purposely poking a hot stick at a half together dictator in North Korea.  It is quite likely the dictator is the saner of the two.  Plus two other nasty powers are joining in the fray.  With Russia trying to recover the costs of getting the guy with a dead orange colored rat on his head into the White House, we can guess they are unhappy at his wild acts and may want him removed from power.  With China trying to maintain a safe distance from any nuclear fallout, we know they are not happy with the guy either.

Is there anything to be done to stop the guy?  There is, but it takes some brass gonads by the Congress.  They can stop him.  Will they?  Although not quite one hundred days into the new presidency I am sure there has to be more than one or two republicans and a lot more Republicans ready to yell “STOP”.

How soon will the impeachment start?  I hope before the end of summer.  He and his family, along with their friends will destroy us if left in power too long.  There seems to be an undercurrent with the phrase “treason” in its flow.  That is a very different issue. One which has very different final acts.

The most important thing is none of us want to die too early because the actions of some guy with a dead critter on his head.

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Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge:

it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. — Charles Darwin The Descent of Man

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

During these days, as we start week eleven (or is it fifty), we must endure more going on in a day than took place in a year of the Obama administration.  Rumour, innuendo, facts, false facts and a septic tank full of Russian spies are just what we have to ingest by lunch.  After the White House press briefing all the real reporters need to spend four more hours trying to unwind the spin and present something reasonable a typical American might understand.

This is much faster than what we had to put up with under Nixon.  The vote-loser sitting in the White House, when he is not golfing, is out-lying the previous winner of lies.  Nixon lasted more than one term.  Odds makers are starting to shorten the time for the guy with a dead orange rat on his head.

What can we do?  Besides  #resist?  Other than read up on the Soviet/Russian KGB/SVR/FSB/GRU attacks on the world and America?  Instead of lying awake at night in fear of being deported?

Cutting the cable is more survival than saving a hundred dollars a month.  Putting timers on the television so the power is off during news hours will save replacing broken televisions.  Renewing your Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Sling and whatever else streaming video is very good, and will make them more profitable, plus you can watch almost anything you want, besides the news.

Books can help.  DVD’s really are good because you have no chance of watching or listening to the news.  Vinyl records present great (or bad) music, plus the challenge of storing and cataloging them.  Going for walks and playing with squirrels puts you in touch with nature.

Avoid stress eating.  And, especially do not get sucked into drinking games based on stupid rantings of a loon.

There is much to do that will help reduce anxiety and fear.  Increase your freedom and happiness.  It just takes a little will power.

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We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid

— Benjamin Franklin

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Twenty days and only eighty more to go.  The “first one hundred days” agenda is much like sitting in the mixing bowl with the motor set on HIGH.  What the guy has done in these first days is essentially unheard of in the history of this Union of States and it is making a mess of the kitchen.

Why?  Why would this happen this way.  Many explanations are available.  The most common is that the guy in charge is really not in charge.  In business settings he would be the one to get the deal done.  Think of going to a used car lot.  This guy is the one to get you to sign on the line to buy the third hand Yugo without wheels.  Put him in charge of running something like the greatest economy on Earth and you get horse apples stuck in the gears.

The man has mental issues so severe that he should be under the care of psychiatric professionals and sitting at some home where he can yell at people to stay off the grass.  Many have hazarded an opinion that he has issues easily diagnosed in the DSM V.  Good for them.  Bad for us because the guy is sitting in the White House and making a mess of it.

He thinks he is queen of the hill and that the world must bow to his whims.  What he is finding out is that his dictates can and will be ignored or challenged.  And, he will not win everything, no matter how much he whines like a two year old denied a toy.

The guy lives in a world that only exists in his head and he is running a real world based on that.  His handlers exist in similar alternative worlds and speak his language well.  The rest of us are not invited in and without a Rosetta Stone to use for translations we cannot break through the barriers.

What happens next is a common question, best asked by the minute as the guy goes about destroying the United States as fast as he can.  It seems like he does know that at some point an adult will step in and put the little monster in a playpen with a binkie in his foul mouth.   How much damage will be repairable is another question adults need to ask themselves too.

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O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!

Then I, and you, and all of us fell down,
Whilst bloody treason flourish’d over us

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Act II Scene III
William Shakespeare

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Although the beginning works to attack and destroy drumpf have been designed, it will not be by those who wish him ill that he falls.  He will by his own actions and words be taken down.  A man so mentally frail as to lash out in the manner of a petulant three year old will always be looked down on in an adult world.

I am afraid that our country will be rent apart prior to his removal from office.  When republicans (they do not deserve the respect of a capitol letter) scrap their own love of country and respect for the law to stand behind and uplift the man we can be afraid of them too.  They will follow him to the edge of a deep crevasse from which they either see the truth, or they blind themselves in idolatry and plunge America to it’s death.

Can the Democrats rally enough support to end this folly of idiocy any time before it reaches a terrible destructive climax?  I keep my faith in a handful of Republicans willing to risk ire of the child to save America from his tantrums.  These men and women are true to their beliefs and to a strong country of these United States.  Their actions are imperative to stopping a blunder, to stopping a wrong, to stopping a child who needs to be bundled in a blanket and a pacifier shoved in his mouth.

Will the Republicans and Democrats succeed?  They must, otherwise serious harm will be done to a once great country.

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