Hey Mitch…!

CNN: Oct 21  “5 Things” 

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, is not so bullish (on a relief package) and has warned the White House that getting behind a proposal with Dems (Democrat’s)  before the election could badly divide Senate Republicans.”

So there you have it.  Unemployment claims approaching a million, food lines bursting, small businesses struggling, COVID case numbers going straight up… and the leader of the US Senate is worrying about a party divide over package negotiations in the Senate.

Hey Mitch!  How about the people!  Looks like the only person you are representing is yourself !

Washington DC… an absolute &!q#4 hole.

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A very short story…

… and small victories…

The kitchen silverware drawers have separators for knives, forks, spoons, etc., but not for each size of each.  So all forks, notwithstanding the size, go in one section. 

Yesssss !

Recently, he was advised when he offered to put away the eating utensils from the dishwasher, he was no longer permitted to do that as he did not do a good job of stacking them by size.  Yes, he said, he could replace the separators so each size had its own section.  But, he asked, why would he do that?  There are many things he likes to do everyday and that isn’t anywhere near the top of the list!

He says small victories are important!


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Global Scams and Fraud

Many citizens are aware enough to avoid wide spread scams and fraud. This extensive article from the April 2020 AARP Bulletin describes just how sophisticated and global this stuff has become. Many organizations specializing in it sound and look like legitimate well run and organized businesses.

Here is a link to the article:


Stay safe out there!

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Burger Time !

So when your kid, now age 38, works in technology, is a gamer, and nerd, sometimes on the occasions where gifts are given, this is what you get. His brother pitched in too for Dad’s Day.   I”m not complaining… the man cave has some tech in it and this will be a great addition.

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My Friend Harv…

The call on June 4, at 8:15 AM… just may stay with me forever.

He was just such an exceptional human being.  Funny, humble, caring, considerate, patient, kind… I’m not going to finish the list as it is very long.  But what says it all to me is how Harv viewed others, his expression, “You don’t know until you have walked in their shoes.” just says volumes about the guy.

Harv personified the Zellweger phrase from “Cold Mountain”… “youTOOL BOX need help, here I am.”

He was like my other brother.  It did not matter whether it was golf, a party at his place or ours; I was always excited to see Harv.  He brightened my day. He completed my holidays when we were together…so many trips to his place, so many memories, so many events.

HOT RODAnd we talked about opening up a pub with a hot rod theme… it’s probably good that didn’t happen.

Harv hosted such great Thanksgivings; many of us with distant family. Turkey shoots and shots! After each, he would say, never again.  Then he’d host it again next year.

He liked our mutt; always took her out for a dump and short walk.

Bill gave him that state of the art driver for Christmas one year… really worked for him.  Every time he boomed one out there I’d tell him he should send Bill money!

GOLFERSuch a master craftsman… if stuff broken in heaven, he’ll fix it.  I figured that is why he got called. He even fixed the golf cart that a friend used and accidentally take out some neighborhood mailboxes.

I even thought about asking him to fix that congressional shithole in Washington, but that would be asking too much of a good friend.

And so many shots and beers… that was usually the greeting I received. The only thing I was sure of on our sleep-overs, at either house, was what the next morning would bring! The only living being that was physically right was the dog.

His golf game went extremely bad one year so he started to bring a flask… it didn’t’ help.

RAVENSAnd who could never forget the Ravens-Steelers game parties… filled with cheers, and more than occasional vulgarity!

Harv, so lucky to have had time with him!

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Root Causes…

I doubt we’ll see any significant change until some constitutional basics change.  Groups that by broadest definition and behavior, that have now or historically demonstrated a raciest and/or supremacist platform or tendencies, need to be outlawed, eradicated.  They should not be supported under freedom of speech, right to protest, and other amendments or  laws.  As long as the USA’s basic amendments and constitution can be interpreted to support raciest and supremacist behavior, it is not likely we will smother the hate and ugliness in this country.  It is against the law for organizations to discriminate in employment practices however other groups or organizations specifically not covered by law can.  

Quite a dichotomy!  

Further, If law enforcement and judicial departments where held to similar enforceable non-discriminatory standards (much broader than employment practice) and penalized for violations, we just might see the start of genuine “fit for duty” standards in the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections). 

Can the criminal justice system “police” itself ? 

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Hiding Something ????

The argument made by Trump’s attorneys (ongoing in the USA’s supreme court) means, the way they describe it, that Trump or any sitting president couldn’t be investigated or prosecuted while holding the office — no subpoenas, no testimony, no indictments.

Above the law !

Now that just might sound like someone who has something to hide!

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