An Independent’s dilemma – a frustrated musing

This is a FEEBLE attempt at a fair assessment of the major players in this heated political battle as I struggle to come to a solid decision for November. In the process, I take shots at both of the Big Two (but more at Hillary since the media does such a thorough job with Trump), so there should be a little entertainment for everyone. The opinions/musings are my own and not intended to change anyone’s mind.

Heads up!
–  I probably won’t be saying enough against the one you don’t support,
–  If you like one, I definitely won’t be saying enough,
–  I insult the media repeatedly (all cheer, now),
–  I insult all kinds of groups along the way (be ready),
–  I will make pathetic attempts at humor (that’s all I can muster),
–  the snark rating may run between 9 and 10, at times,
–  and there’s a little rough innuendo, in places.

TRUMP.
I sometimes wonder if he really ran just because he was bored with what he had achieved in his life,  and wanted a new challenge, and then surprised even himself at getting this far. He certainly seems to be coming to a fuller realization of the game he is actually in and is now madly trying to figure out the rules as he goes along. But I don’t know that it matters.

Frankly, he sometimes says things that make my eyes roll hard enough to burn calories. The biggest, for me, among…others…is the wall along the “southern border” idea. That includes Texas. Has anyone taken a good look at that border? Tell me, what do you see? Now, just for starters, who gets control of the water? Maybe he has clarified and I haven’t heard it yet.

Texas border

 

Some people think he would start a war – IClowns at war suppose he could (like many presidents before him), but if we can stop listening to the American media long enough, and seek news sources much farther eastward, we will begin to realize that Russia is playing some extraordinarily dangerous games that our talking heads are keeping VERY mum about. It’s looking like war may happen anyway, with or without our input. Maybe Trump could be a Churchill for us (and HE was a pip! Check out his personal foibles!). Or not. If he hasn’t read “The Art of War” he should. Immediately.

One of his greatest positives is also one of his greatest negatives: He is too WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) to be very good at hiding ulterior motives or past transgressions because he’s not a politician (unlike Hillary…). At least you know what he’s about; just listen closely and completely for yourself and don’t make snap assumptions, or listen to those who do, then decide for yourself.

As I see it, he is so politically uninformed so far, Constitutionally clueless, bombastic and unfiltered that he is an easy target, so the media has a field day – like shooting fish in a barrel, but no one has ever accused them of passing up cheap shots and easy pickings – that’s what bottom feeders do. However, they need to be careful lest this approach backfire, and I think we are beginning to hear a rumble.

Beyond all that, the media blows insignificant things surrounding him out of proportion (surprise, surprise) and doesn’t look at everything in perspective, or even pretend to be actually helpful to the voters, and I become…”annoyed.” Sigh. (Why am I so surprised when muckrakers rake muck?)

HILLARY
I cannot be convinced to vote for her simply because we share the same kind of anatomy. Seriously?!? How vapid must one be to do that? This sort of tripe makes American women look so “blonde,” shallow, and easily-led that it embarrasses me. Yes, there are people I love and respect who find good in her, yet her issues and baggage are there for any honest person who wants to do just a little research, or read the books, or watch the movies, made by those who have – and in the interests of full disclosure, they should. Bluntly, if she was anyone else, she would be out of a job. Or in jail. Or both. And people in high places are even, on video, under oath(!), saying so. If she was Republican she would have run out long ago, but she hasn’t.  Wow. Just, wow. That’s one heck of an elephant.

I agree that she is an experienced politician, but that’s hardly an endorsement, if you think about it. She is a true “carpet-bagger” * (see definition below): her unspoken ends (power) seem to justify whatever means are necessary to achieve it. Mull that over. When I do, it gives me the willies, and I don’t mean her husband.

If it came to war, or preventing it, she seems more likely to bring the war to us by indiscriminately inviting in enemy combatants! Our media is NOT covering what is happening all over Europe because of similar policies. It is truly frightening! If she hasn’t studied Islam in depth, she was unqualified for her office and should have been fired. If she IS as informed as I am (having studied about it and the adherents obsessively for about 6 months), then she is EVIL for her actions and what she is suggesting and should be tried for treason, and that is not hyperbole.

Yet, in spite of the fact that she is a very dangerous political animal (people who cross her, or those close to them, tend to die, in case you didn’t know), I am genuinely concerned about her health. Seriously! I mean it! That’s just me; and if some say that makes me an idiot, so be it. I hadn’t been paying attention for a long time, but the internet is abuzz about it so I couldn’t avoid the topic any more. However, the Copperheadmajor media clearly is NOT concerned because they obviously don’t really care enough about her to even discuss it! It’s their agenda, or of whoever owns THEM, that seems to be driving the silence. I may mistrust her like I would a Copperhead, but even I wouldn’t want to see a snake OR her suffer. (Why not a rattlesnake picture? Rattlesnakes at least give you some warning.)

You know, if the “powers that be” don’t care about the debilitating physical effects that a campaign and presidency would have on her obviously declining health, you have to wonder if they just want a puppet in place. My main concern here is that if she should she win, failing health might allow Billy Boy to become the de facto president, again (in spite of having a VP). There is very little I could say about him that is suitable for polite company, or ANY company for that matter. He is beneath contempt, and I sometimes wonder if the women who think they like him are too young, too stupid, too uninformed, or the kind of fools who are drawn to abusers and cheats, yet think they can “change them.” Bluntly, he’s lowlife hillBilly white trash.

There’s so much in Hillary’s life that the media could have a feeding frenzy (and would, if she wasn’t Democrat, a candidate, female, and a Clinton) if they were truly unbiased and wanted to treat both her and Trump in a professional, even-handed journalistic way (yeah, right), but…they don’t, of course, and I become…”annoyed.”
Again.
Sigh… Again.

ABOUT THEIR SUPPORTERS
Certainly some of Trump’s followers are very passionate (which scares some people), but you can make the same case for some of Hillary’s (which scares other people). I’d say that makes them about equal on that point. However, it honestly seems that neither one has a very large group of hard-core supporters, and maybe a lot of unhappy “undecideds” floating in their general vicinity, so don’t let media camera work fool you. Frankly, if the media didn’t know their names, party affiliations or gender but reported based on character, track record and history, I think the news about this election cycle would be quite different, and a lot more interesting and informative.

I recently saw this post by a Trump supporter, so I think I understand their perspective a bit better:

“We don’t care if the guy swears… or how many times he’s been married…or who he voted for, or what his income tax return shows. We want the problems fixed. Yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care. We know he’s not a racist, or bad to women, or all the other things the liberal media is trying to label him with. We know he’s raised a good family, and that says a lot about him.

The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere and Muslims are openly trying to hurt this country and make the civilized world adjust to them. We want it all fixed!

We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he has changed positions, we don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, and so many of the elected establishment. We don’t care that Rubio, Cruz, Ryan, the Bush’s, and so many other top old and new Republicans refuse to endorse him for their own selfish reasons, and we know what they are. We don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorists, we don’t care that he tried some businesses that didn’t work out.

This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims, where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in, AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED. And TRUMP is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.

We’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic and Republican Party. We’re angry about the Iran deal, the budget, treatment of Israel, military weakness, lobbyists, special interests, overpaid politicians with their self serving bills and back room deals, trade deals, loss of jobs, manipulated economic numbers, businesses fleeing, and even the phoney pay for play Clinton Foundation.

Americans are no longer going to be fooled, and the movement is out to change the direction we’re taking. Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, and all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, he’s flexible, and he’s also not a politician. And he says he’ll fix it. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.

Public service has become elected greed. This may be our only chance to have a non-politician, despite his flaws, try and correct the mess, at least for 4 years. We must take the shot, because the consequences of putting Hillary Clinton in office are frightening. There is a tidal wave happening, and its going to overcome much of what’s happened to this country. You can repost this!”

So here are our “stellar” choices, and one will be our next president:
The viciously venal v****a or the bombastic b**b. (pardon my crude implications)
I struggle to contain my enthusiasm.
Hillary and trump

If I was some angry knee-jerk voter, I might A. refuse to vote, B. do a write-in for ________ (pick a name), or C. vote for a 3rd party candidate. Any of the three choices would, realistically, be a vote FOR the one I like least, so I realize I must try to decide which… will… get… my… vote…

I have a mental image of “sniffing pits” and trying to decide which side smells better, or less worse.
Ewww

It must, therefore, be Door A or Door B, because I will not abdicate my right to vote, or refuse to do so responsibly. So I will take my take my medicine like a man, so to speak, and attempt to choose between the lesser of two weevils. (Desperate times call for desperate humor.)two weevils

May I suggest you do the same?

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“POSTSCRIPTED” ASIDE:
When I began writing this, I intellectually knew there were others who were feeling similarly, but hadn’t really seen much actual news about it. Then I stumbled upon a video that genuinely surprised me! Admittedly it is a small sampling, but it is diverse and their candor was interesting.

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But now for a nostalgic look back at two (sorry, only two) “also-rans”:
Bernie and Ben

Bernie, the old, white, European-descended male, is finally out of the running, but he ran an impressive campaign all the way to the end. You really have to give him credit, especially considering his age, politically incorrect ethnicity, and the near inevitability of succumbing to the Clinton Mafia’s machinations.

He could have died in some “strange accident,” but he was too high-profile, too old and not “politically dangerous” enough for that to happen (those old enough will know what I mean). Besides, Hill’ was hoping to flip his followers, but last I heard many seem to be rejecting his call to support her in spite of her (reluctant) compromises.

His candid support for, yet surprising naïveté about, a failed political ideology is also somewhat appealing in a sweet “support the underdog” kind of way, although I have seen him red-faced and nearly apoplectic in his passion. He’s a true believer in his cause.

His supporters are purists – you have to give them that, but they are, frankly, scary at times. I recently saw a video that showed me the depth of their antipathy towards Hillary. I’m impressed! I haven’t heard Republicans or Conservatives speak so cogently or with such vehement venom at such volume about her. These folks had all their ducks in a row and were firing with great intensity and accuracy! (If Trump had half a lick of sense – or thought like a politician – he could have offered a viable alternative to her. But…)

I guess only disaffected Democrats could get away with saying the things they did without media backlash, but since the news didn’t want to give them ANY platform for their grievances (and never really did) they covered them As Little As Possible. In a way, they have my sympathy.

Ben Carson, a son of a poor, single black mother in Detroit, and a genuine descendent of slave ancestors, could have been a true dark horse. Pardon the double entendre, but I suspect he would have smiled at it because the man was not an easily offended, passive-aggressive, trigger-alert “snowflake,” or a humorless, ranting BLM ideologue. He has a cool head, common sense and a SENSE OF HUMOR – desperately needed these days. However, the political intensity was too great this time for any well-educated, calm, logical, polite person unwilling to play the “race card” to prevail. Yet, had Trump not been running, he might well have been the nominee. Yes, I supported him.

The media tried mightily to dig up dirt on him (that’s what they do) but that was a “fail” because he had already written about his life, warts and all, and then a movie was made! So they resorted to the juvenile tactic of calling him sleepy because of the way his face is made and his thoughtful way of speaking, or pontificating about his lack of political experience (though he would have had the wisdom to surround himself with, and listen to, well-informed advisers who did – unlike a former, inexperienced, half-black candidate). Then they finally flat-out ignored/silenced him into obscurity. Now if he had been a Democrat, someone would have accused them of racism and things might be rather different, today.

Among Conservatives and Republicans, the Christian “you-gotta-be-perfect-or-else” contingent flipped out when it became clear he was a 7th Day Adventist, and his support rapidly dissipated. Seriously? That’s it? They’d prefer Hillary or Bernie or even non-believer/faker Trump? Didn’t they learn anything from the consequences of rejecting Mitt Romney because he was a Mormon? Numbskulls.

What-ev-er…

I am not discussing the other candidates because I honestly didn’t find them sufficiently interesting or compelling.

But here it is, as promised, my feeble attempt at expressing my perspective and frustrations.

We’re toast.
burned toast

God help us…

Unless we listen.
And turn.
And soon.
2 Chronicles 7

  • Carpetbagger
    n.
    A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.
    n. An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.
    (She’s from ARKANSAS, and came to New York State – where I live – for exactly the reasons just defined.)

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“One Night in Bangkok” – video, back story and lyrics

One of my favorite music videos is “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head. The title might raise eyebrows, but it’s not what you think. It is a tale about a world chess tournament in Bangkok and the speaker’s opinion about the location and what goes on outside of the tournament. I am fond of music that tells a story, and this video does it well. (If there are any problems with the video here, just leave a comment and I will do my best to fix it.)

HISTORY / BACK STORY:
The song was originally sung by the British actor and pop-dance singer Murray Head (verses) and Swedish singer and songwriter Anders Glenmark (choruses) on the 1984 concept album for the musical “Chess.” Its music was composed by former ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn K. Ulvaeus, and its lyrics were written by Tim Rice and Ulvaeus.

In the musical for which it was written, it is sung by the former American champion, who lost the previous year to the Russian. He is now in Bangkok as a TV commentator on (some say the referee for) the tournament between the defending Russian champion and a new Russian contender.

Tim Rice was interviewed about “Chess” and they asked about the location. He replied that he had noticed that other major world competitions were held in either the great capitols of the world or big cultural centers, while world chess tournaments seemed to be set in fairly unfashionable places or, at least on first glance, slightly odd places for events of such importance.

His aim was to contrast highbrow intellectual chess culture with the distinctly lowbrow attractions of Bangkok. Thus the American actor mocks those who only come to Bangkok for the sexploitative nightlife and other mundane attractions, looking down on what goes on, for he is there for the beauty of the game. This is shown by at least one double-entendre about Chess compared to the Bangkok nightlife -“I would invite you, but the queens we use would not excite you.” After all, it does seem a rather unusual place to have such a tournament if you understand that, at the time, chess was seen as a metaphor for the Cold War superpower struggle.

LYRICS:
Bangkok, Oriental setting,
and the city don’t know what the city is getting –
the crème de la crème of the chess world,
in a show with everything but Yul Brynner!

Time flies, doesn’t seem a minute
since the Tirolean Spa had the chess boys in it.
All change, don’t you know that when you
play at this level, there’s no ordinary venue.

It’s Iceland,
or the Philippines,
or Hastings,
or, or this place!

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster,
the bars are temples, but the pearls ain’t free.
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister,
and if you’re lucky then the god’s a “she.”
I can feel an angel sliding up to me.

One town’s very like another
when your head’s down over your pieces, brother.

It’s a drag, it’s a bore, it’s really such a pity,
to be looking at the board, not looking at the city!

Whaddya mean?!
Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town…

Tea girls, warm and sweet, (warm, sweet)
some are set up in the Somerset Maugham Suite.

“Get Thai’d!” You’re talking to a tourist
whose every moves are among the purest.
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine!

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble;
not much between despair and ecstasy.
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble;
can’t be too careful with your company.
I can feel the Devil walking next to me.

Siam’s gonna be the witness
to the ultimate test of cerebral fitness.
This grips me more than would
a muddy old river or reclining Buddha!

But thank God, I’m only watching the game, controlling it.

I don’t see you guys rating
the kind of mate I’m contemplating.
I’d let you watch, I would invite you,
but the queens we use would not excite you.

So you’d better go back to your bars…
your temples…your massage parlors…

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster.
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free.
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister,
a little flesh, a little history.
I can feel an angel sliding up to me.

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble;
not much between despair and ecstasy.
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble,
can’t be too careful with your company.
I can feel the Devil walking next to me.

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For anyone who is interested, here is a link to the Musical: Chess, the original recording (audio, not videos, and has more storyline). A different production from the next link.)

This link is to a playlist which is just the music (the Broadway version is different than the original): Chess – Original Broadway Cast

And finally, here is a link to a review of the musical: AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

Aeromobil Flying Car Makes A Majestic Lift-Off

Aeromobil Flying Car Makes A Majestic Lift-Off.

Technology is really advancing quite quickly. Here is an actual flying car!

This is an old post, but this is still pretty cool so I am reposting it. This blog post has more pictures and two YouTube videos about it.

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Online Moon Phase Calendar

Sometimes you just want to know the phase of the moon. Is it waxing (getting larger) or waning (getting smaller)? When will be the full moon exactly? Stop any arguments about whether the moon is full today or not. Or maybe you are planting by the moon and need to keep track of that.

Here is an incredibly cool site with that kind of moon information.

I have created a static image for August 2016 because that image won’t show any other way.

August 2016 moonphase

However, click on the site link and you will see where you can find the moon phase calendar, full moon calendar, and other cool moon information.

Moon Giant website – Today’s moon phase

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Animal road rescues

I am not used to taking pictures of everything I do (my phones have not been particularly “smart” until very recently, in spite of being very technologically savvy – just a rebel), so I missed an opportunity to make this a more interesting post with actual personal shots. I will try to remember in the future, but that omission also had a practical reason, as you will see.

That having been said, it has been unusually dry this year in our part of western New York State (which ordinarily rivals Seattle for cloudiness and rain). Great for sun tanning, I guess, but not so good for animals that live in water.

We recently drove to Medina, NY and on our way back we stopped to rescue (read: remove from the road) two turtles who had left their now-dry creek beds in search of water.

The first was a snapping turtle that only had hard caked mud on its back and not a trace of the usual green moss that grows on them. It was a medium to large-sized one (about a foot in diameter, much like this one) and I quickly went up to it, grabbed its tail and dragged it the rest of the way across the road, which obviously didn’t make it very happy, but better than dying by car. Taking a picture clearly wouldn’t have worked, and my husband is a tech newb.

I didn’t move mine that way. A little to big for this lady to try doing that.

I then tried to goad it into continuing on its way into the brush on that side. This time it was not surprised and had enough energy to tuck in its tail and try to snap at me. Good sign. I hope it found water and didn’t cross back over.

 

The second was a red-eared slider, also coming from the side of the road where the dried up creek was located.

This time I picked it up (it was so dry it didn’t even “wet,” as they usually do) and we drove to where the river was, up a few miles. I wish I could have done that for the snapper, but we don’t drive a pickup truck, which would have been the only way to do that!

Please be careful on the roads this summer. I breaks my heart to see any animal end up as road kill.

 

 

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Geeking out to science music videos!

Arrgghh! Enough politics!

Time to lighten up and have fun with SCIENCE (music videos)! Not boring ones, either.

You don’t even have to pretend to understand, but maybe they’ll impress your friends.

At the very least they will wobble your brain nicely.

So what is your field of battle?

But what are facts if you don’t have love?

Sigh…talk nerdy to me!

Then there’s this…this…whatever. I don’t understand all he’s talking/singing about, but he does it so beautifully! (Maybe he is ze Frenchman?)


Have I blinded you with science?

(Lyrics follow for those who simply MUST know what he is saying – like me)

It’s poetry in motion, she turned her tender eyes to me,
as deep as any ocean, as sweet as any harmony.
Mm, but she blinded me with science,                   “She blinded me with science!”
and failed me in biology.

When I’m dancing close to her,                               “Blinding me with science, science!”
                                                                    “Science!”
I can smell the chemicals.                                         “Blinding me with science, science!”
                                                                    “Science!”                          “Science!”

Mm, but it’s poetry in motion, and when she turned her eyes to me,
as deep as any ocean, as sweet as any harmony.
she blinded me with science,                                   “She blinded me with science!”
and failed me in geometry.

When she’s dancing next to me,                             “Blinding me with science, science!”
                                                                    “Science!”
I can hear machinery!                                                “Blinding me with science, science!”
                                                                    “Science!”

It’s poetry in motion! And now she’s making love to me.
The spheres are in commotion; the elements in harmony.
She blinded me with science,                                   “She blinded me with science!”
and hit me with technology.                                     “Good heavens Miss Sakamoto,
.                                                                               you’re beautiful!”

I…I don’t believe it! There she goes again!
She’s tidied up, and I can’t find anything!
All my tubes and wires, and careful notes, and antiquated notions.

But! It’s poetry in motion, and when she turned her eyes to me –
as deep as any ocean, as sweet as any harmony
Uh, she blinded me with science,                             “She blinded me with, with science!”
She blinded me with…

Songwriters: THOMAS DOLBY, JONATHAN KERR

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But I can’t resist one last song for all those who have ever wondered “What IS love?”

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