03/17/21

Earmarks — Good God, Again?

I am a policy guy. Tell me your policy and I will tell you whether I like it and think it is good for the country. That is my only political yard stick.

I care not whether you are in favor of or opposed to Dr Seuss, but I do want to know whether you support having a border or making the US an uninterrupted continuum that starts in Central America and continues to Montana (or the North Pole). That is policy.

Which brings me to the issue of EARMARKS.

Not this. This is a cattle earmark. Funding earmarks.

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03/17/21

The Big Red Car Returns

The lasts five weeks have been a difficult time in the life of your Big Red Car. We had the Frozen Week wherein the temps went to 8F at night compounded by a loss of electricity and water. It was hard. I toughed it out and found out I am not really as tough as I once was.

Texas is not built for this kind of northern nonsense. It also snowed and we do not have snow plows.

On the heels of that I contracted some viral malady — the docs ruled out COVID (had it in July 2020), Flu A/B, Nile Fever, Ebola, and other maladies. Symptoms were consistent with COVID, but I already had that and I had the antibodies to prove it. Never figured it out.

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03/2/21

Mister Potato Head In Peril

Imagine you live in the greatest nation in the world, a nation whose leaders and deep thinkers are concerned about the gender identity of a plastic toy, Mister Potato Head.

Yes, after seventy years, Mister Potato Head has been dragged into the future stripped of his gender allowing his owner to assign the appropriate gender. This is exactly why we are a great nation. We care about the gender implications of plastic potato heads.

Like most things these days, it is not quite that easy.

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02/13/21

Impeachment Trial Questions That Did Not Make The Cut

We are in day #1278 of Impeachment Trial #2 of Donald Trump as presented by Nancy Pelosi and Netflix with special guest appearances by Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer and their home boys, the US Senate.

Our US Senate Chamber where the action is today.

Yesterday, we were treated to a splendid four hour round of questions in which Senators asked questions of both the House Managers (prosecutors) and the lawyers for former President Donald J Trump (defendant).

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02/12/21

Confucius Speaks With Forked Tongue

Beloved readers, China is spying on us whenever and wherever they can. Even President Biden has recently been heard to say, “China is going to eat our lunch!” This was after his recent chat with President Forever Xi of China.

Comes now the Confucius Institutes — Chinese government funded propaganda operations at American colleges and universities — which once totaled as many as 100 but are now down to 75 as college presidents recognize the danger these Chinese government entities represent.

“Haha, you can trust me. I’m Country Joe Confucius. Howdy!”

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02/11/21

The Economic Splendor of Love — Bumble IPO

There is no more powerful force on planet Earth (Mars is supposed to be the same) than love.

To fall in love, one needs a target of that affection which brings us to Austin By God Texas based Bumble. Bumble (and sister company Badoo) is a “dating app” but, dear reader, it is so much more than that.

Bumble made its public debut today. Here are some interesting facts.

 1. Bumble’s Founder and CEO is Miss Whitney Wolfe Herd, a co-founder of Tinder (Tinder is owned by Match Group which trades at MTCH and is the 800-lbs gorilla in the space, so they thought).

Not every founder wears tee shirts and skinny jeans. Some go upscale glam when they need to. “Hello, Bumblers.”

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02/9/21

Manchin In The Middle

Comes now our 50-50 US Senate with all ties decided by the President of the Senate, the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.

Structurally, the Senate is the “saucer” intended to cool the heat of the House’s passions.

This goes back to an anecdote in which George Washington was having coffee with a newly returned from France Thomas Jefferson.

TJ did not like the idea of a second chamber for legislation. As they enjoyed their coffee, George Washington asked Jefferson why he had poured his steaming hot coffee into his saucer to which TJ replied, “To cool it.” [Did you realize that is how saucers were used?]

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