Charity starts at home

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

The Trump family understands that very well.  Trump started a charity just so others could make his home better.  In fact, it made his life better because he did not have to pay for anything.  He paid for political gain.  He paid for crappy pictures of himself to show at a gaudy place in Florida. He even used it to pay for a political person, Bondi.

Now that New York is helping him by dissolving his little money maker he will have to have someone in his mob find another way to get people to give him money.

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Welcome to the Cafe 80’s, where it’s always morning in America, even in the afternoon.

— Ronald Reagan Video, Waiter in Café 80s

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

After spending most of this year watching media on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix and sites such as YouTube, I am ready to give up cable.   I am even giving up MSNBC now that it is Republican lite and no longer liberal Progressive.  Local television, mainly the news and weather, I can pick up over the air on an antenna.

The world of information has changed significantly during the last fifty years.  Public television was in its infancy then; Julia Child was fantastic, I sat and copied her recipes as she cooked.  There were three major networks and everything was simple.  The news was in the news division and entertainment in the entertainment division.  Newspapers were delivered morning and afternoon. Radio was AM with the FM being like a hobby for some rich people as it had no commercials.

How it has changed during the last twenty years. The internet was improving as the hardware improved.  More people felt comfortable going online.  Websites improved as HTML 4 was released, which was replaced sixteen years later with HTML5.  Information dissemination became easy.

Even more important is the delivery.  Technology has changed television beyond the “boob tube” days when black and white was the norm and color the exception.  Now even the B&W movies are colorized.  The television is part of the home internet system.  It connects to all your devices, and is controlled by your smart phone, which is another computer.  The size of the screen is now as large as one wants, from tablet size to stadium size.

That your television is another computer is important. You can communicate using it and you can receive your media from it.  Keep in mind Back to the Future II, which features a Biff modeled on the lunatic in the White House.  Your television can report back everything in your life to computer systems designed to give you everything you want – based on your life as seen by computer algorithms.

Am I afraid of technology?  No.  But for me I am cautious around technology until I can find out what it is doing.  No spyware microwave oven for me.  I do take care such as not bothering to plug the new television into the internet until I had studied how to keep it from reporting all the movies I watch and the YouTube videos which help me change fuel filters in the truck.

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There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob

— Herodotus

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Having just scanned the various websites I look at each day a common theme is evident.  Many sites have individual pages for opinions. Others are total opinion sites. What I saw in common in the opinion pieces was each demanding that their issues should outrage Americans and make that their top issue.

Two years ago it would have been possible to prioritize outrageous issues.  There was not an outrageous act every twenty minutes from a senile, old man with serious DSM 5 matching symptoms.  Even if he was saying things, it was with minimal impact as he was not in power.  Now, we are having a serious issue trying to keep track of and stay outraged at everything.

Today the horrible person causes direct and indirect results when he says or uses social media to express his hate of one thing or another.  He has no education in anything that makes humans human, so his proclamations are almost always incorrect or inane.

What we Dems have at the moment are so many horrendous issues from the guy that we cannot unite around only one.

Do we go after the outrage de jour? Or, put together a top ten list? Or, focus on one issue that is a top polling issue and forget the misogynist, racist old fool?

His action, or act, is to throw dirty diapers at the wall.  Nothing more.  Come January 3, 2019 I hope at least one chamber of the Congress will bring some level of control on the executive branch.  I think the Dems can do it if they spend the last two weeks focused on one issue such as health care finance and the opponent in the race.

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I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am

— Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Suess

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Life is good.  The weather is less so.  This morning I enjoyed a breakfast of real back country Virginia dry cured ham.  It has been a long time since I enjoyed the tang and enjoyment of eating it.  I have seen the hams in stores over the years, but refused to pay ten or even twenty dollars per pound.  Finally in a small town grocery store the hams I have been looking for were in a bin. Poking around the pile I spotted the price.  A price I knew was realistic, two dollars and twenty-nine cents per pound.  So I picked out one that fit my storage space and I happily paid the price.

What does a decent priced ham have to do with the world?  A lot.  Right now the world has started raising tariffs on American products, and pork products are at the top of the list.  The moron’s ignorant trade war is causing a lot of pain on the farms. We are going to see lots of food prices going down as farmers reduce their animals. Then we will see them rise as shortages happen.

A few farmers are starting to reconsider their vote for and support of the orange one, but not many.  I spend many hours in Virginia and Maryland farm country.  I like to talk to farmers, learn about how they are doing.  This comes naturally as my grand-father was a farmer and I spent much of my early life with farmers.  So when talking to them I have a lot of empathy for their lives.  Being able to discuss crops and livestock breaks many barriers the farmers may have with this big blonde with a real bad voice.

It looks like a drought may be starting on the mid-Atlantic region.  Crops are drying up as the moisture from the heavy May and June rains leaves the soil.  A few farmers had planted corn early and it tasseled and can be harvested for a good price.  Others delayed, and the corn stalks are skinny and without any ears formed. Those might be harvested for turning in to feed.  Seedlings are not growing but are drying up.

The moronic administration is floundering around without a clue about world economics and world trade.  The entire concept of destroying America and returning to the good old days of the nineteen-twenties, of white supremacy and build everything in the U.S.,  is causing bad things to happen, not only to the minority of voters who voted for him, but all of us.  The concept that the world has moved on about one hundred years does not resonate in the alternate universe the White House contingent.

Farming is always a gamble — sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.  It is worse when you have a low intelligence person trying to bully the world and failing at it – like everything else he has touched.

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Excellent Wretch!

Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again. — William Shakespeare, Othello

Melania departing for Asia November 3, 2017

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Just as a way of bringing the sad pace of garbage caused by SFB on a minute by minute pace to reality:  Anyone remember FLOTUS getting a kidney repair done?

A woman who spent many days beyond day surgery in the hospital?  A woman, we were told, who returned to the WH?  A woman without any public face in two weeks?

Gotta wonder what is going on there.  Even a scribbled note from her handlers, smuggled out by a Secret Service agent would be nice.  Some reassurance that she is okay would be nice.

Speculation grows.  Some think cancer. Others, a facelift or tummy tuck. Some think she “fell down” and has other things going on.  Or even that she found a way to grab Barron and flea the U.S. back to Slovenia.

Nothing is being leaked.  That is beyond strange for this administration, it is unheard of.  To me that means something serious happened and it was not just a kidney thing.  Unless some chemical compound did something nasty to her kidneys.

She had her kidney problem hit right after several months of hearing about the virgin Stormy, hints of other women (hundreds?), paying for abortions and the spectacular flame-out of the “Be Best” campaign.  The only time she looked happy was at the extravagant correspondents dinner.

The only information comes from a man who does not and cannot tell the truth about anything.  He told six lies in two minutes during his word salad to the U.S. Naval Academy graduating class.  He averages more lies per hour than most of us do in a year.

Until she shows up and does an in person interview on WRC television station, the Comcast/Universal/NBC station in D.C., I will not believe she had a facelift or a tummy tuck.

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