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An Unholy Trinity?

3 Feb

It’s being billed as  “The Night of Unbelievable Commercials”!

Are we talking about the Superbowl or The Presidential Primaries?

I really do believe it’s getting as though we Americans can’t tell anymore…nor do we seem to care. There’s the media, and the message and the commercials… and they have all become one and the same.

Discuss?

To Have and Have Lots

22 Jan

Here on the East coast of New Jersey winter storm Jonas is about to hit! And what are we humans doing? Food shopping of course! The grocery stores here are so crowded that one would think that we New Jerseyans hadn’t eaten anything in 3 weeks and aren’t expecting to be able to go outside again or get near a food store for 3 more!

After all it’s only going to snow for about 8 to 10 hours and most of that will happen over night when most of us usually do our sleeping. And then we’ll get up and shovel our driveways and the temperature will rise above freezing and…we’ll be free again! Free I say!

But why take chances? There’s nothing like the threat of snow to bring out the gluttony in everyone! What if we are trapped inside of our houses for most of the day and have to eat everything in our cupboards just to keep warm? Then what will we eat tomorrow? Is 10,000 calories enough? 20,000?

What if we humans lived on the planet Venus where it storms all of the time? We’d all be in a perpetual state of food shopping and living in fear of going without cupcakes! Just Imagine how happy grocery chains would be in a place where there was always the threat of bad weather…but it never came?

Now just think about how awful it must be to live in a food desert? You know, one of those places here in America where it is unprofitable to run a supermarket or grocery store because the people there don’t have enough money to shop… until they drop. Grocery chains don’t really care what the weather is like in the inner cities I suppose. And the poor people there must spend a lot of time praying for sunshine… and manna to drop from heaven.

But that’s life here in the states. If you’re not busy indulging in gluttony then you’re probably busy going hungry. Just as long as you’re busy doing something…otherwise the government will probably cut your food stamps again. It’s gonna cost millions and millions of dollars you know, just to plow all of this snow…

So we can go out in our SUVs… and get some more food.

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice…

20 Jan

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Debtor’s Prison

14 Jan

This just in! Total student loan debt in the US has reached 1. 3 TRILLION dollars…and that starts with T, which rhymes with P and that stands for Payments you’ll never finish Paying.

Because according to the Associated Press Americans who are between the ages of 35 to 50 still owe as much money on their student loan debt as new graduates do! Thanks to interest… and not the kind that the bank pays you but rather the kind that you pay to the bank when the bank loans you money from the pile of depositors money that they are not paying interest on to depositors… a college loan is the gift that you keep on paying for!

There is even a website that you can go to now to watch the U.S. student debt rise as it happens in real time… at a rate of $2,726.27 per second!

But Huzzah! The Federal government is stepping in with a plan to cap student borrowers monthly loan payments at 10% of their discretionary income. And since discretionary income is the money you have left after deducting taxes, other mandatory charges, and expenditure on necessary items. (loan payments are now even surpassing groceries as the biggest monthly expense for many households) Which begs the question: Are groceries necessary?

So in any event…you should be repaying that loan…forever! Or at least until you check into that nursing home, at which time the Nursing home and your Alma Mater will have to duke it out to see whose debt trumps whose. Or is that whom? Which rhymes with tomb…

College debt is becoming a veritable debtor’s prison, where you get to stay at home, but only if you can afford one, that is.

So parents, when your kids grow up and start to inquire about college you might want to trot out a new twist on an old phrase…”Ignorance is cheap. ‘Tis folly to be wise!”

 

 

 

 

Cubanadian?

12 Jan

Is the hopeful Republican presidential nominee, Ted Cruz, an American citizen or a Cubanadian? Ted’s father is Cuban and Ted was born in Canada so Donald Trump (who else) thinks that he may not be an American at all. Now even the U.S. Senate is confused because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has recently said that he thinks the Senate “shouldn’t get in the middle of it.”

Get in the middle of what? For goodness sake, U.S. law is pretty clear on this. If your mother is an American citizen then guess what? You are too! And it does not matter where you were born…or your father.

But when you are the party of “making stuff up” and not a party of “facts” then this is what happens: Anyone can believe or say anything because “facts” are simply opinions that a lot of people agree on for no apparent reason.

Republicans are still on the fence about whether or not the President of the United States is an American simply because they really don’t want him to be…and President Obama was actually born in the United States! Whereas Ted Cruz was not! Even though they both have mothers who are American citizens, when you are in the party of “making stuff up” then you have a dilemma because, well you know, facts and laws don’t mean anything.

Actually, when you think about it, Ted Cruz is exactly as much Cuban as he is American. (father Cuban, Mother American) Just as President Obama is exactly as much white as he is black. (father black, mother white)

So perhaps Republicans (and others, to be fair)  should just keep on doing what they always do, judging  everyone by what he or she looks like. So what do you think? Does Ted Cruz look like a Cuban to you?

 

And the Count Continues…

1 Jan

Happy New Year everyone and thank you for visiting my blog once again this year. There are 525,600 minutes in a year and in 2012, I crossed the 30 million mark in minutes spent on Earth

…So that means that as of midnight of the 31st of December this year I will arrive at 31,874,400…but again, who’s counting? Still almost 32 million minutes alive!? Is that an accomplishment or just something that breathing and waking up every day took care of for me? And why does it seem to have flown by so quickly…and keep accelerating all the time? Life in the fourth dimension took forever to move through when I was a child…but now it seems like I’m on the fast track to old age!

Anyway, thanks for slowing yourself down every once in a while and taking the time to visit and read and please keep reading if you will, unless you can thing of a better way to spend your minutes.

In any case, do your best to Spend your time wisely …it may be a crazy and unpredictable world but it still is the only world in town.

I’ll be stepping over the 32 million minute threshold sometime this year and I will try to enjoy every minute of it!

Do your best to enjoy each and every one of your minutes too.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Child’s Play

29 Dec

So this is what is turning out to be a typical day in the United States of America in the year of our lord 2016.

In this land of over 300 million guns, a 12 year old child picks one up (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) and starts to play with it.

A concerned onlooker calls 911 to report his concern about what looks like one of our 300 million citizens waving one of our 300 million guns about and pointing it at other people.

Soon the cops arrive and within 2 seconds gun down the gun pointing child, in this land of 300 million guns, because…

they are fearful for their lives.

And to a Grand Jury, in this land of 300 million guns, in the United States of America, in the year of our lord 2016…

That sounds quite reasonable.

If the police are afraid of an armed citizenry, and our courts all agree with them…then what chance do the rest of us have?

Many American citizens and most of our political leaders believe that, according to the infinite wisdom of our founding fathers, the only answer is…

In the land of 300 million guns…we need at least 300 million and…1 ?

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