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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Author: Blue Bronc

Born in Detroit when Truman was president, survived the rest of them. Early on I learned that FDR was the greatest president, which has withstood all attempts to change that image. Democratic Party, flaming liberal, Progressive, equality for all and a believer in we are all human and deserve respect and understanding. College educated, a couple of degrees, a lot of world experience and tons of fun. US Air Force (pre-MRE days). Oil and gas fields, computer rooms and stuff beyond anything I can talk about. It has been quite a life so far. The future is making my retirement boat my home. Dogs, cats and other critters fill my life with happiness. Work pays the bills.

98 thoughts on “I truly believe that age — if you’re healthy — age is just a number.”

  1. bb, “treason”??? aka collusion? you mean what those pesky brits kept trying to tell our spooks last year?

    Published on Apr 17, 2017

    Could Trump possibly have been so foolish?


    raw story: Conspiracy blogger: Carter Page went to Russia with secret recording of Trump asking Putin to hack election

    Conspiracy theorist and national security blogger Louise Mensch asserted that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page took a recording to Russia of Donald Trump personally authorizing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime to hack the 2016 election.

    In a column over the weekend, Mensch alleges that “sources with links to the intelligence community” believe that “Carter Page went to Moscow in early July carrying with him a pre-recorded tape of Donald Trump offering to change American policy if he were to be elected, to make it more favorable to Putin.”

  3. Xrepub — found your email, missed it first time around. Thanks, will post tomorrow.

    BlueB, I’m watching for any signs Trump could cost Republicans elections, such as the GA congressional race going on now. Otherwise, they’ll tow the line.

  4. I think despite the odds Ossoff will win tonight   no runoff
    Ossoff is an example of the Democrats feeder system. Unlike the Kochford types the goopers produce. Ossoff went to Georgetown and is a former congressional aid.

  5. KC,  I hope you’re right, but the numbers that I have seen have been falling short by at least 5 to 7 points. And of course they don’t know much about it, but the media seems to think that if he doesn’t win tonight out right, he won’t likely win in a run off. What I want to know is where is the Democratic money that I want to see supporting his candidacy.

  6. plenty of $$$$$$  8 million

    the key is turn out. I think he makes it

    no voter suppression here – the goops usual tricks won’t work.

  7. Hi Pogo,

    To answer your question from the last thread: he said it in front of an overflowing audience on a stage. One of many marathon appearances that last night before the election. He was out among the voters; he made the effort.

    However repugnant the candidate & message, timing & optics matter.


  8. Good Morning Blue Bronc,

    Reading your Post reminded me of Margaret Neve, who was born in 1792 & died in 1903. As a kid I read about her; the arc of history her life spanned was amazing.

  9. Glad to hear that the dems $$$ are being poured in there – hope they’re going to the ground game as your GOTV post suggests.  Dollars = door knocks = votes.

  10. a lot of that 8 million sent to ga race should be spent on free and easy transportation to polls.  ads, posters, signs and announcements promising availability of buses, taxis, ubers at the ready.  stress we’ll take you there and back if you’ll “just vote” and who cares who you vote for.

  11. April 18, 1906: The San Francisco Earthquake. How would we handle this today? Would wiser building practices prevail?

    Remembering all those who died. So many were incinerated in the resulting fire.

  12. read what the dems are doing instead of speculating on what you think they are doing

    it isn’t just getting your voters to the polls you have to id them first and that it what has been going on.


    I can assure you earthquake building standards are different now although the evidence from the 1989 earthquake showed the freeways weren’t good enough.

  13. kgc, am hoping that tape not only exists but has been scoured, proven pure untouched-up, copied multiple times and is secured in very safe various non- and bi-partisan hands.

    also from that raw story link:

    Mensch writes: “[T]he point is that intelligence sources say that Page, Manafort and Epshteyn, possibly also with Trump, are on tape discussing how Page should carry a recording of Donald Trump to Moscow, offering his bona fides in exchange for Russia’s help hacking the election.”

    “[M]ultiple foreign intelligence services, among them the UK, Germany and Ukraine, have a tape of this; and that finally, in October, the FBI was able to listen to that tape.”

  14. I think Asa Hutchinson has plans to run for pres in 2020 if drumpf’s impeached or 2024 if he isn’t.  Scheduling 8 executions in a month so that one o fthe drugs the state has to use won’t expire?  Seems a little pretextual to me.

  15. from another rawstory story last night: Trump has deep ties to organized crime — federal investigators know it, and the public is catching up

    The evidence of pre-election collusion between Trump and the Russians, while growing, is far from definitive. The evidence on Trump’s organized crime ties is stronger. Says Marshall:

    “If we’d never heard about Russian intelligence hacking of the 2016 election or Carter Page or Paul Manafort or Sergei Kislyak this [Trump’s organized crime connections] would seem like an extraordinarily big deal. And indeed it is an extraordinarily big deal.”

    Chronologically speaking, Trump’s ties to organized crime figures came first. Mutually beneficial transactions dating back to the 1990s led to closer relations in the 2000s and culminated in the contacts during the 2016 campaign. It all began with Russians who wanted to get their money out of the country.

  16. who here had worked on gotv …the whole process  from id to the polls early voting now plays a much bigger role
    do you even know how it works  what % you need to id to predict turnout for your candidate..you don’t want to be randomly turning out voters in a close election

  17. remember this piece last month from newsweek:

    | FBI Director James Comey attempted to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, but Obama administration officials blocked him from doing so, two sources with knowledge of the matter tell Newsweek.

    Well before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) accused the Russian government of tampering with the U.S. election in an October 7 statement, Comey pitched the idea of writing an op-ed about the Russian campaign during a meeting in the White House Situation Room in June or July.

    “He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward. What do people think of this?’” says a source with knowledge of the meeting, which included Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.


    sure would like for a follow-up on that….  who, what, and why not?


  18. Listening to the term “Sanctuary City” being discussed on the radio. Today’s buzzword, target. Every time I hear that phrase I think of Elizabeth Wydville & kids obtaining sanctuary in the Abbey as the Wars of the Roses carried on. We are not unique. History has a train full of tyrants, fools. Just one more stop.


  19. pogo, scotus seems to agree with you

    abc: Supreme Court rejects Arkansas request to move ahead on an inmate’s execution

  20. good one on daily show last night

    Published on Apr 17, 2017

    At the White House Easter Egg Roll, President Trump forgets how the national anthem works, and a Kellyanne Conway interview gets underscored by a fitting soundtrack.

  21. Every vote counts. Reducing people to numbers & samples is scientifically impressive but neglects the most important influence on how one votes: Do you respect me? Do I matter? Exercising the human touch, especially as the last memory you might have of Candidate X or her/his representatives & volunteers, could be the most productive $ spent. This applies to any Party.

  22. Actually the most important influence on how you vote isn’t do I matter but how does the candidate stand on the one issue I care about.could be free legal ferrets

  23. ….President Donald Trump attacked Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a Monday morning tweet calling him a “super liberal” who wants to “protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes.”

    Ossoff shot back with a comment of his own calling the new president “misinformed.”

    “While I’m glad the President is interested in the race, he is misinformed,” Ossoff said, according to Ben Jacobs‏ at The Guardian.

    “I’m focused on bringing fresh leadership, accountability, and bipartisan problem solving to Washington to cut wasteful spending and grow metro Atlanta’s economy into the Silicon Valley of the South,” he continued.

  24. From Slate

    Democrats have poured money into the race; Ossoff has raised a staggering $8.3 million. The DCCC is targeting black voters—about 10 percent of the district’s electorate in presidential races—with an advertisement featuring Samuel L. Jackson. “Remember what happened the last time people stayed home. We got stuck with Trump!” he says, before nodding to his Bible-quoting Pulp Fiction character: “We have to channel the great vengeance and furious anger we have for this administration into votes at the ballot box!” On the ground, volunteers—a great many of them suburban women who have never been politically active before—are knocking on so many doors that even friendly voters complain about overkill.

  25. This is a very timely thread. It is Mom’s 101 st Birthday. It’s just a shame that she didn’t live to see it. Her mother lived to be 100, and Mom hoped to one-up her. sigh

    Happy Birthday, Mom, everywhere you are !

  26. kgc, but what good is all that knocking on doors and all that talking to if the folks cannot get to the polls to vote?  the Atlanta area isn’t the easiest place to get from point a to point b even if  point b is just down the street.  also little old southern ladies (black white or purple, rich or poor) feel safer as well as more valued and respected if they have an escort.  am hoping the dems and the local league of women voters see to it that there are plenty rides available and have watchdogs at the precincts to ward off voter suppression.

  27. really Pat  getting people to the polls in part of gotv…

    get a grip
    on election day –periodically vounteers check to see who has voted then other volunteers go to the homes of their stated voters and ask them if they need ride or any other assistance getting to the polls. that’s what turn out is….

    My brother used to live in this district and he hopes this guy gets elected but he said it would be a first.

    If you have never worked for a campaign on election day I highly recommend it

  28. kgc, sorry not to live up to your high standards. it’s not easy being this stupid…. please allow for my dysfunction.


    btw, looks like a wobbly day on the stock market what with brits’ new election call, French elections, warships steaming towards north korea etc.

  29. Ryan Adams a very hopeful Tweeter published the following complete with his prognosticating very liberal cat Taji

    2018 ■ Hillary runs for Congress ■ Dems take back House ■ Hillary is House Speaker ■ Trump+Pence impeached ■ Hillary is instantly president

  30. I don’t believe the carter page/recording story. trump could more easily and safely send a bellhop from the dark tower to see the russkie Ambassador to the UN, who could beam a secure signal up to the hovering satellite that would bounce it back down to the kremlin.

    No muss, no fuss, no inquisitive TSA alerted by a sweating & gibbering carter page.

  31. On the subject of age, I’ve been claiming 36 for decades now.  This self delusion is so strong that I actually have to compute to remember the actual age of 73 now with some bad back creaking & groaning.  Barring accidents and the totally unexpected, the family average is 85+ so I have a few days left.  The really good side is that most are still mentally intact and driving home to their deathbeds.

    On history, my grandmother (daughter of an officer of the Confederacy) was born in 1880 in a little Texas town founded around a Calvary fort, married in 1900, had nine children at home over 25 year period, was widowed and working in her 50s, and lived to see first man walk on the moon before her death at 89.

  32. Impeachment isn’t enough. Conviction is a necessary part of the removal process. Also, presidential pardons could cause difficulties.

    Political Colloquy

    donald trump : “Oh, pardon me.”

    donald trump : “Sure. You’re pardoned.”

    donald trump : “Thanks a bunj.”

    donald trump : “Yeh, sure. No problem. Yeh know, if it was anyone else, I’da jarged plenty.”

  33. The polling numbers I see puts repugs at about 56% and dems at about 44% in GA 6th, so GOTV will be the deciding factor if Osoff pulls this off. That would be extra sweet, no? And I heard drump’s robo call – god what an awful one.  Sounded like he was reading flash cards.

  34. Right now it’s Ossoff against a bunch of goopers who aren’t obeying the 11th commandment.

    He’s at about 46% (I think it’s higher) and needs to be at 51 – the dems are united the goopers are not.

    I predict (again) that he will do it.  His campaign base is 2000 soccer moms

  35. Based in my genes (and my crappy health insurance policy),  I won’t see 60.

    My friend’s kid saw a rotary phone under a cash register lane several years ago.   “How do you work this kind of phone”? She had to explain why it’s called  “dialing” a telephone.

    RIP Good-Old-Days.

  36. I think Ossoff has been oversold by the mainsprung mouija. If he doesn’t win in this round, he may have an even harder time in the general election. I presume that he has held M!LL!ON$ back for the next attempt.

  37. Ms Cracker, I know almost nothing about clout, but I sure want it to be wrong. The Obamacare win was not enough for me. I need more, I tell you. more, More, MORE !!!

  38. X-R

    My brother the former Georgian says it would be a miracle if Ossoff won.  Well why not?  But he needs to do it now.  Much tougher time against a united gooper front.  I disagree on the money  I hope he spent every damn penny

  39. The upcoming government shutdown and failure of tax reform will somewhat appease my hunger for good news. If king kim war drum and his battalion of sycophants stood too close to a nuclear test accident this afternoon, I’d feel better. Especially, if the ayatollah’s ripuplican guard and all his right wing imams stood too close to an Iranian nuclear test accident tonight.

  40. Much tougher time against a united gooper front. – Ms Cracker

    Well nigh impossible I should think. I also hope he’s put it all on #1 to win. They need to knock on each and every door until someone answers. Shake the hands, pet the dogs, and kiss the babies.

  41. I don’t think they will have anything left at the end of the day.  50+1 that’s all he needs
    The two leading goopers are gross – one is Mr Trumpco and other stole money from abreast cancer charity (or something like that)

  42. Most of the Georgians I know are SoE of Atlanta : in-laws of Sweetie’s late brother, plus his kid and former wives. Their main concern is black people, and they don’t like ’em. They also don’t like unions, ‘feminazis’, and college kids. They like to hang around in boats, so we are able get along, just so no one says anything. They are just fine with Hispanics for some reason.

  43. Nothing left but newt’s seat in congress will be fine, delightful, wondrous, and giddily terrific.

  44. Fighting to keep two polling places open after 7:00 pm due to “broken” & stolen computers.  http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/329213-voting-machines-stolen-pre-georgia-special-election-report

  45. Trump’s low-energy rally crowd in Wisconsin apparently finally got the memo he’s full of shit.

  46. BiD – I first died August 4-5, 1980, from what the nurses told it was a few times.  For some reason, I still had my athletic body which is why I think I survived.  A few months after I went to the exit sign of life and failed to push the door closed, a politician in Ohio never made it back, he stayed room temp.  Now I am looking at my family genes which makes a mid-90’s finale possible.  I am a little wiser, definitely more boring, thus increasing the odds I will make it another twenty-five to thirty years.

    Of interest is that CiC floater never sent the fleet to N. Korea.  Lies, lies and more lies.  I am still waiting to hear more about the Chinese and Russian navies steaming to meet the U.S. fleet.  Both of them have birds in the sky and would know that the fleet was never near Korea.  So were they really under power?  How complicit is the media in failing to let us know the lie?  I give the military some positives for not leaking like the WH sieve.

  47. the hill:

    Democrat Jon Ossoff dismissed concerns Tuesday over the fact that he doesn’t live in the Georgia congressional district in which he’s running for a House seat.

    “I grew up in this district; I grew up in this community — it’s my home. My family is still there,” Ossoff said during an interview on CNN’s “New Day.” 

    Ossoff currently lives just outside Georgia’s 6th Congressional District with his girlfriend, while she is attending medical school. He said that he has been transparent about the fact that he doesn’t live in the district and pledged to move back to the district as soon as his girlfriend finishes school.

  48. patd – strange but true, you do not need live in a district to be the representative.  He has a presence from living there before and still having family there.

  49. Poobah, LOL.  I was driving back from a hearing in an adjacent county and got to hear part of his BS speech to Snap-On.  They might have thought what he was saying was a bit more inspiring if he and first lady/daughter didn’t make their own crap clothes, ties, etc. in Jina.

  50. wapo: The many ways in which Trump’s ‘buy American’ mantra is hypocritical

    President Trump is heading to Wisconsin on Tuesday to tour the manufacturing facility for Snap-On Tools and to sign an executive order billed as “Hire American, Buy American.” A preview of the order described to reporters Monday explains the contours of the second half of that title: Government agencies will be encouraged to give priority to American companies when awarding contracts…..


    In October, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump buildings frequently used imported steel in their manufacture. Trump’s campaign blamed subcontractors for ordering cheaper foreign steel for the projects.

    (Trump has repeatedly trumpeted that his approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline shortly after taking office included a mandate that pipeline projects use only American-manufactured steel. However, since the steel for the pipeline already has been purchased, that won’t apply to Keystone.)

    It’s not just the structure of Trump properties that use foreign-made products. Business Insider reported that the furnishings of the hotels — and even the toiletries — are also often sourced from foreign countries. Ice buckets from Thailand. Headboards from China. Slippers from Hong Kong. Shower gel from Italy.

    It’s worth noting that even the “hire American” part of Trump’s executive order is hypocritical.

    We looked at the reliance of Trump properties on guest-worker visas last year. Since 2013, Trump properties including Mar-a-Lago, Trump Vineyards and Trump National Golf Club have sought to fill more than 500 positions with foreign workers under the H-2A visa program. In total, those positions would have earned almost $1 million a month in salary over their durations.

    In that same interview with ABC in July, Stephanopoulos questioned Trump’s use of foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago — a practice that continued even up to the month before Trump was elected.

    “Well, you know what? I don’t hire the people,” Trump replied. “But if you look at all the other places in Palm Beach, they’re all doing exactly the same thing. And you know why they’re doing that? You know why they’re doing that? Because you can’t get people, George.”

  51. yep Pogo, i think we are approaching the point where the country ignores Trump the same way we pay no attention to local TV car commercials.

  52. About ten years plus ago Snap-On-Tools changed the quality of their tools.  Before the change the tools were smooth, wonderful fit and  balance.  After the change, those became rough (at least rough in Snap-On build).  They were entering the Bush Great Recession/Depression and cut the quality of the tools.  Same as what Sears tools did, except Sears went from “replace with an equal when broken” to store credit.

    Today the guy with a dead orange rat on his head is doing his thing at Kenosha Snap-On I will no longer buy the tools.  From now on it will be other manufacturers.  MAC tools kept their quality.  Auto parts stores are now carrying better quality tools.

    If you buy tools for home projects, sometimes the cheap ones are good, Freight Harbor tools as an example, but if you do more than one project good tools are best.  From experience of having a “good” quality wrench break under stress, I can say buy the best tool you can find for the job.  A twenty dollar wrench may seem expensive, but if you can use it and not strip a bolt head or break your hand, the price is not too high.

    And so we end another political rant.

  53. Maybe the deadbeat just can’t get Americans to work for less than Mexicans, commie Jinese, and Somalians.

  54. Many thanks to those who have submitted posts or sent text by email. Everyone will get posted as they come in. More welcome. This variety of voices is what makes this site special to me.

  55. I still have, and use, a complete set of Proto tools that I started assembling as a teenager. Now, Stanley owns the brand; they’re being sold at a very high price but, amortized over many decades, they are fairly priced–especially when you consider that they don’t screw-up the fittings that you’re working on.

  56. Dems fielding a Georgetown congressional aide in Georgia just stupid after stupid. Will it ever end?

  57. well he’s from the area  grew up in the district family still there and he worked for a liberal georgia member of congress,.    he’s not a senior at Georgetown.

  58. W/48% counted, Ossoff has 55.6%.  It looks like he is headed for a runoff. If he continues on this trajectory, he’ll probably get around 40 – 45%.
    Just my guess.

  59. Apparently USS Carl Vinson carrier group got the memo that Trump is full of shit, not where WH said it’d be.

  60. Word on the ground / NYT folks familiar with the race say they’re expecting 48% for Ossoff and a runoff.

  61. But, at about 50.5%, it all depends on what votes haven’t been counted as of yet.  I’m assuming they’ve counted early voting (assuming they let the African Americans vote early in Georgia), and those precincts that were held open late.  Also whether there’s a 200 to 1 voters to machines in white districts and 1200 to 1 in black.  Bastards!


  62. Trump joins Hamas in congratulating Turkey’s “elected” dictator. What a team!

  63. LOL. CNN reporting that drumpf is “personally invested” in the GA 6th.  So now we know the definition of personally invested for the White House is three tweets and two recorded Robo calls. Boy if that doesn’t do it, I don’t know what does.

  64. Idiot ex congressman Jack Kingston is a political commentator for CNN now? I hope he’s an unpaid political commentator because the guy’s as dumb as a box of hammers.

  65. Just listening to Jon Ossoff addressing his supporters. We’re going looks like about 80% of the vote there’s a 50.3%.  Don’t mean to be catty, but he’s a little bit grandiose. Sounds almost like “Change your apartment, change the world “

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