If some people didn’t tell you, you’d never know they’d been away on a vacation

Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Can you imagine getting hired for the most difficult job on Earth.  A job so difficult that those who take it age decades in four years, and are beyond any hair coloring after eight years.  A job which requires tremendous diplomatic skills.  From Washington to Obama, the man in this job worked hard, and many played hard or drank hard.

Then the little people of America spoke, or rather voted.  Although they were not many, they were in the best districts to flip an election to the loser.  Some day we will know if they had help from the real nasties of the world.

So, a loser ends up being president.  A man so unready that elephants had severe gut bombs hit them.  A man who still does not know he won.

What do we do now?

Follow the twit’s twitter tweets?  No.  You would probably end up blocked because you would mock the idiot and he does not like that.  Best to just follow several people like KO.  Following others who do follow the senile old man lets you see others who probably would throw their waffle iron through the window when they read certain tweets.

Next, we need to write, call, visit our representatives in the Congress to tell them that the nutso has to be stopped and controlled.  Your representative, whether a fruitcake R or a Dem, needs to know you do not approve of someone who thinks people talking to him are talking on the telephone being in office.  It may be that your representative or senator is thinking the same thing.

One of the most important points is whether or not the guy is actually working.  He spends most of his life not working.  He is on “vacation” right now.  The problem is I am not sure if prior to this afternoon we do not know if he was working.

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Active Duty Pride

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

“Sargent, Bradley, you are no longer fit for duty.  Turn yourself in to the OD (officer of the day) for dishonorable discharge”

“Sir.  Colonel sir.  What is going on? I was fit for duty yesterday.”

“You are a disgrace to your uniform and must be treated as the degenerate you are.”

“Sir. Colonel sir.  Yesterday I was not a degenerate, I was your best troop.”

“Sargent – do not question me.  Your Commander in Chief is very afraid that if you were near him and he grabbed for your pussy he would grab a dick”

“Sir.  I am not a dick”

“Sargent D, the CiC does not know that.  He just wants to know when he grabs a pussy, there is a pussy there.  He does not want to be turned on by a big penis”

“Yes sir. My first name is Dorothy, not D.”

And, so the military gets used to having their buddies discharged because the Commander in Chief, the President of these United States, is afraid of men and women who were born with a brain that was outfitted with the wrong bodies.

What to do?  As an Air Force veteran who is transgender I must be true to my life.  The man has to be impeached.

Trump has gone so far over the line that a real Congress would have impeached him and tossed him and his mob into jail a long time ago.

While the Republicans figure out that they will not be reelected if they stay with the homophobe (he is too stupid to realize transgender has nothing to do with sexual orientation) the rest of America looks at these fools and laugh.  They need to see that telling the president to go to hell is the best way to keep America strong.

How many Transgender patriots have died protecting America?  That is like counting how many angels have died protecting our country.  It is important to understand that being transgender is a forever issue.  We have been around from the start (Revolutionary War). Research and analysis shows trans and gay is common in all life forms.

I can say many of us have offered our lives to protect America. Many in the Seals and Special Forces are trans or gay.  Many of us have died protecting America.  And, many of us will fight for our country, even when the CiC wants to remove us from our desire to protect America.

It is not our bodies or who we are that is important.  What is important is that we are willing to fight all enemies “foreign or domestic”.  If the president is compromised by the Russians, we have to consider that.

Everyone who joins the military has one thing in common: They must swear-in by repeating the enlisted or officer Oath.

The Oath of enlistment is something that every service member must promise and adhere to for his/her entire military career. From the Oath, you can see that you will be defending the Constitution – not a person. Discipline and accepting orders is sworn to. Finally, you vow to face the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) should any disputes arise.

The Oath of Enlistment (for enlisted):

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

The Oath of Office (for officers):

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the _____ (Military Branch) of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

Understand that the UCMJ allows for ignoring orders from the president if those are not legal orders!

The United States military is not a “social” experiment.  We are a team.

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‘From Horse Dung to Car Smog’

Andrew Nikiforuk

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

And now we move from a driver flipping us off to no driver.

I write this while my big kitty sneezes and snorkes in the bedroom.  A cat with summer allergies.

As we spend our days wondering whether or not America should be spelled Америка, much of the bureaucracy continues to function without dear leader.  State agencies are working on how to let driverless cars test and function in the mess which is the U.S. roadway system.

It has reminded me of fifties and sixties optimism of the future – driverless cars.  What was envisioned at the time were various forms of radar and laid-in strips in the roadbed which a magnetic sensor in the vehicle would follow, with the radar providing information for stopping or queuing the vehicles to avoid collision.

The concept of completely autonomous vehicles was an eighties and nineties concept.  Actually, earlier, like in the twenties and thirties, but those concepts were based on technology so far in the future it included flying cars in cities.  The problem has always been the lack of computing power in a package which could be on board the vehicle along with the camera systems to be able to discern between a boulder and a bus.

With the computer hardware and memory issues “solved”, and the “vision” systems now capable of seeing very tiny things in front, side and behind, it became time for the vehicles to get out on their own.  This is once again the speed of computing power change.  What took almost ten years in the eighties to solve, now has been moved from discussion to function in only a couple years.

As we discuss this issue, agencies in states around the District of Columbia, and the rest of the U.S. are working on bringing driverless vehicles on the roads.  This is good.  My Mother is almost blind.  Not having to worry about her driving is great.  Having her be driven to her destination and home again is even better.

Is there an upside to vehicles moving from A to B to C without a driver?

Yes, very good, as it will reduce crashes.  Yes, it will allow those not able to drive to travel.  Yes, it will be fun to sit back and let a vehicle deliver ME somewhere.

Is there a downside to vehicles moving from A to B to C without a driver?

No, it is the nose of the camel under the tent.  Force those wanting to drive to a position that only autonomous vehicles have the right of way.  Or zones or locations (for D.C., think Dupont Circle) where only driverless vehicles would be allowed.

Can these vehicles coexist?  I think so.  But, it will require careful choices by regulators.

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I Always Say Shopping Is Cheaper Than A Psychiatrist

Tammy Faye Bakker

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Although we think there is little going on outside of the small dome on the East end of the Mall, there is much else going on.

How would you save retail shopping?  The malls?  The standalone shops?  The big box stores?  Even grocery stores?

Right now the retail industry is reporting hundreds of thousands of employees being laid off because the stores they worked at are closing.  Big names – gone by the thousands.  Little names – gone.  High end – gone.  Low end – gone.

Online retail is a great thing.  You order, you get it and you are happy.  Shipping costs have dropped a lot, nothing for certain contracts.  Comparison pricing is easy.  Returns are so-so.

Want to try it on before buying?  Retail yes.  Online – good luck.

Has the gaming life changed how we shop?  Game world, nothing is physical.  You experience only what you think you do.  No tactile world.

Retail shopping.  Feeling the weave.  Know the hand.  Know the fit.  Know the smell (yeah, some items of online purchase had an aroma that was rough).  See. Touch. Smell.  Total tactile world.

Where did the original online retailers fail?

Sears, J. C. Penny’s, Wards and several others were the original online retailers.  You had their catalogs in your hands. You compared outfit to outfit in each catalog.  You ordered, and depending on the warehouse, you could have it in a day or two; delivered for a price or even shipping cost to the store.  They sold all brands, including their own.  They had distribution systems and warehouses.  They had trucks to move goods, and they could deliver and install anything. They had total penetration of markets.  And they are failed.  Why?

If I had more time left in my life and wanted a PhD I would explore this issue.  I know the catalog sales side of the retail side did try early in the Internet era to make it work.  Sears went off into a private world which has resulted in its destruction.  J.C. Penny’s brought in a CEO who went nuts into some retail world which failed.  Wards went down in the time before the Internet.

You have to wonder if Sears, or J.C. Penny’s or even Wards would have become the Amazon of today if their leadership had seen a different path than the one they took?  I do think so.  Up to the point when Wards brought out a discount chain it was as dominate as Sears.  Up to the point when Sears brought in someone who destroyed it by mating with K-Mart it was the dominate of all sales.  While those two were failing J.C. Penny’s was doing quite well.  And, just as it might be the queen of sales, it brought in a fruitcake to destroy it.  Right now it is recovering after dumping the nut.  Will Penny’s survive?  Maybe, but it needs to answer the question first posed – how will it survive being an online and retail store?

To add something to the punch bowl. Amazon is opening retail stores.

The reason for the question is because retail has been a backstay of American prosperity from the beginning of our country and is the largest employment segment of the economy.

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Any Man Can Make Mistakes

but only an idiot persists in his error. — Marcus Tuilius Cicero

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

What happens when your leader is run out of a foreign country by people with torches and pitchforks?

If you are from the United States you are thinking “at least he was not around here”.

There is nothing a guy who has a frame of reference the width of his outstretched arms can do to understand what is going on in a world that is outside his fingertips.

He is a man-child (sorry children) who has a problem with understanding anything in any language. He has a short temper and is always looking forward to being slighted.  His need to “pay back” is so strong he will take out his closest relatives.

What we are dealing with is a man who might have an issue with dementia, and is 70 years old, but that is an excuse and the guy does not allow excuses in his “I always win” world.  Now that he is loose, allowed to roam the world and demonstrate he has all the brain cells, firing just as they did when he was a baby, we can expect lots of good stuff.

Nah.

We do not expect him to do good.  Many of us are waiting, wearing out our popcorn machines as we cannot leave to go to the kitchen, for him to deliver his Love Muslims speech, which is written by his friend, the Hate Muslims leader.

Oh, the world stage awaits a loser who only wants to stay in his hotels.  He will be staying in all sorts of hotels.  And, eat all sorts of meals, which are not American junk food.  And, go places he – oh no he won’t land there. It has to be a be hit to his ego to be told “NO” and there is nothing he can do about it.  He refuses to take the tram to the top like all humans do.

Try to figure out the odds.  Air Force One can probably send out his tweets, but what if the flight crew forgets to tell the guy?  Maybe someone tells him he cannot tweet from anywhere other than the U.S.? Considering he is low on the uptake, he might believe them.

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