A Quick Thank You!

I wanted to thank those of you that left comments over the past week. I didn’t mention it here (I rarely do) but my wife and I took some time off to fly into St. Louis to see my Granddaughter in a play she was starring in.

I didn’t take my laptop this time, so I wrote the blogs ahead of time, and didn’t check it until I got home yesterday. I think I responded to all of your comments! Fresh blogs coming tomorrow!!!

Thanks again!!!

A HUGE Thank You!

I’d like to just say that as we head into 2022, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for making 2021’s blog the most successful in the 8 years I’ve been doing this!

This year we had over 32,000 people visit this site and read posts over a quarter of a million times! I find those numbers totally crazy since it doesn’t include any outside readings or visits, like when people reblog the post somewhere else (which is incredibly appreciated!!!), or when they visit twitter or facebook (not capitalized…they don’t deserve capital letters!) and read it posted there.

I started this blog as a rant. It was something for a guy that was retired to do to vent about Bobo Obama, and his childish antics. No one, not even I would have believed it would have gone this far. I’ve never really spent any effort to publicize this except to make it available on fb and twitter. Other than that, it’s all been on you guys and I thank you for that.

So, as we head in 2022, I wish you and yours nothing but happiness, health, wealth, wisdom, and love.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Is Harris The Next Agnew?

Anybody out there old enough to remember Spiro T. Agnew? He was Richard Nixon’s Vice President…well, he WAS until he ran into some legal issues. Apparently accepting bribes isn’t a way to be the best you can be. And in an effort to avoid going to jail for the rest of his life, Agnew had to resign as Vice President as part of his deal to avoid prison. He ended up with three years probation and a $10,000 fine.

Now the question is out there…is K-baby Harris the next Spiro Agnew? Not that she’s been out taking bribes, I don’t think she’s that smart. But could she be the very next Vice President to resign? Including Agnew, it’s only happened four times in our history. But there are rumblings in Washington that Harris may be the next one to add to that list.

Why?

Because she has been a millstone around Joe Biden’s neck. And the last thing Joe Biden needs is any sort of extra baggage to carry around. The guy is a walking/talking bimbo who needs no further embarrassment. Harris has proven herself to be a terrible choice for VP, and everyone in Washington knows it. Hell, everyone in America knows it. With 47% of the nation calling itself Democrat, her approval rating is only 28%!

So, what’s in store for the coming three years of the Biden administration? Here is the skinny so you don’t flip out when it happens. First of all, Republicans would LOVE to see Harris stay as Vice President and Biden to remain as President. That’s because they are going to be very easy to beat in 2024. But Democrats are the ones looking to make a change. And it’s a multi-step process that may or may not take place depending on how and when it takes place.

The first thing that needs to happen is that Harris needs to resign. That’s going to be harder than it sounds because she has to be the one to do it. There really isn’t anything short of impeachment to get her out of the Naval Observatory if she doesn’t want to go. But let’s play the game and say that for the good of her party, she resigns. Next, you’ve got to find a replacement. Here’s where the tricky part comes in. Democrats already have someone in mind. Someone that they could run for president in 2024 if they had to and that person wouldn’t be (at least in their eyes) a total embarrassment.

That person is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Now, there are problems with that. If they succeed in getting rid of Harris in 2022, while Congress is still in control of the Democrats, then the plan will work. If, however, the GOP takes over both or even one house of Congress in 2023, and the Dems waited too long to get rid of Harris, there are problems. See, BOTH houses of Congress need to approve a new Vice President. The last one was Nelson Rockefeller when Gerald Ford became president. That will be a whole lot tougher if Clinton is the nominee and the Republicans control Congress. I don’t think they’ve ever forgiven her for the scandals she was involved in when she was Secretary of State, and running in 2016.

But let’s say she becomes Vice President anyway. Then in 2023, Biden comes down with health issues and resigns. Hillary becomes President, and can run for election as an incumbent. That would make the 2024 election quite possible “Trump v. Clinton – The Rematch”. But the funny thing with that is, how much Chardonnay is available in the country if Clinton should lose to Trump again? It took her five years to sober up after the last loss! Can you imagine the firestorm that would hit New York State if it happened again?

But it would be fun to watch!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Chris Wallace Out At Fox News

It’s been a LONG time coming. Chris Wallace, son of the late Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes fame announced last Sunday that he was leaving Fox News for good, after 18 years. Most recently, Wallace had been the host of Fox News Sunday, a news magazine show that reached it’s heyday when the late/great Tony Snow hosted it. Since then, Fox News Sunday has fallen on hard times with Wallace at the helm. It’s currently the least watched of the four “Sunday talking head shows” with 1.3 million viewers. And that’s on Fox News, as well as on the various Fox affiliates around the country who pick the show up sometime during the day on Sunday.

Let’s call it the way it is, shall we? Chris Wallace was no Mike Wallace. He was always concerned about hitting his breaks on time, and never really did much in the way of exploring topics or getting really hard-hitting interviews. He was probably the most liberal of the Fox News hosts, and wasn’t afraid to show it. Fox news thought highly of him though, and even allowed Wallace to moderate the first presidential debate last year. It was not his shining moment. He did an abysmal job at it and was roundly panned for his efforts.

Frankly, I never knew what Fox News saw in Wallace. I thought he was never well prepared, was one that routinely pitched softballs to liberal guests, and couldn’t hold his own in a spirited debate. He was not a very good interviewer, something I thought would have been a pre-requisite of hosting a Sunday talking head show. Alas, Wallace wanted to be like daddy, except Mike Wallace had talent. Chris Wallace had very little.

So, where is Wallace heading now? Well, he’s off to the CNN streaming site. That’s right, he wasn’t even good enough to make it to the cable news channel’s regular lineup of shows. Instead, he’ll host a show or two on their streaming website. This is akin to going from a major news network to doing a podcast. Even former Clintonista, Dick Morris said, “Chris Wallace is the worst newscaster in history.”

So, it’s with a rather happy heart I tell Chris Wallace to hit the road. Sometimes media is not the job for you. Usually after doing it for 30 years or so, you become good at whatever it is you’re doing. Chris Wallace was the testament that not everything follows that rule.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

You Know What Day It Is, Right?

Oh, come on. If you’ve been a follower of this blog for more than a year, you know I have set aside certain days to talk about something other than politics. Because being a one-trick pony gets to be old rather quickly. And while it’s relatively easy to come up with topics with a buffoon in the White House that doesn’t know where he’s at half the time, and is lying to the American people the other half, sometimes, it’s nice just to step away and talk about something positive.

And that’s what I’m doing today.

See, it was 43 years ago today, in a wintry town in southeastern Michigan that two kids from Ohio University were joined in holy matrimony. Why did they go from southeast Ohio to southeast Michigan for the event? Well, that’s where I was from. And on this day, way back then, the most beautiful woman in the world agreed to be my wife. We’ve been together ever since.

We chose December 3rd because it was my Grandmother’s birthday and her anniversary. We wanted to carry on the tradition. And it was a nice, small intimate celebration. The president of the college up the street from the house I grew up in officiated the ceremony. Her family and my family were there and we ended up going back to my old house for a “reception” afterwards. Then, because both of us were working, we drove back to Athens because we had to be at work the next day.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 43 years. I cannot imagine going through life on this blue marble with anyone but her by my side. She has been my rock, my companion, my best friend, my lobster. Oh, we have fought, but not that often. Maybe once every few years. And we’ve gotten to know each other so well we can both have conversations with the other person and answer for them regardless what the topic is.

To say that our lives turned out exactly like we planned wouldn’t be true. I think it’s turned out better. We’ve been able to tour this country and play golf in every state. We’ve been blessed to have two wonderful kids, and they’ve gotten married to terrific people and have two wonderful kids each. We get to see them way too infrequently, but cherish the time we do. And now, we have the freedom, and the wherewithal to come and go as we please, and do what we want within reason.

So, today, I say, Happy Anniversary to the one person on this planet that knows me better than anyone else! I love you honey! Always have…always will!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Being Thankful

Yes, it’s one of those non-political days. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday of the year. I think it’s because it’s the least commercialized. I’m not bombarded by Santa Claus (at least yet), Easter Bunnies, or the like. Yeah, I have to fight through all the advertising for the Black Friday Christmas sales, but that’s a minor point. I’m happy it’s here because I’m thankful for a lot.

Every year for the past ten years, my kids have brought their families out to the desert. We spend a week together with my Mom, and my sister-in-law, enjoying each others’ company, catching up on what they’ve been doing since we last got together (which was this past summer). We send the parents off on a “date night” to enjoy dinner and a movie while my wife and I get to entertain the kids, who half of them are now into their teenage years. We watch football on Thursday, movies at night, and just spend a lot of time together.

But I’m thankful for a whole lot this year, as well.

I’m thankful that my Mom is feeling better. She fell and broke a hip back in April. At 87 years old, that’s not a good thing. She had surgery immediately and took a few weeks to mend. Oh, she still walks with a bit of a limp, but she’s still with us and strong as an ox.

I’m thankful that I have been able to be retired and do what I want. Not everyone my age can say that. I meet a lot of people out here that are of retirement age and are living with little or no disposable income. We are doing just fine thank you! I’m glad I was able to retire when I did, because my old industry certainly has taken a turn for the worst and isn’t the fun place it used to be when I started working in it back in the 1970’s.

I’m thankful that my term sitting on a Board of Directors is up. As of December 16th, I’m free of the duty, and it’s been seven years of service. I’ve enjoyed it tremendously. I’ve met and worked with people I never would have been able to meet any other way. I’ve been able to host people visiting here from other countries, and I’ve been able to be on TV in China, France, Germany, Japan, and yes, even the US (CBS Sunday Morning). It’s been a fun time, but it’s time others get the chance to sit on that Board!

I’m thankful I’m married to the greatest woman in the world. My wife and I will soon celebrate 43 years of wedded bliss. I can’t imagine going through life without her. She’s my rock. And today is special because 44 years ago today, we got engaged.

I’m thankful God saw fit to let me have two of the greatest kids in the world. Oh, they may have been a handful growing up, but they have become excellent parents, wonderful role models, and just great people. I credit my wife with that.

And finally, I’m thankful for all of you. I started doing this as a release probably seven or eight years ago under a different name. I switched over to Lone Cactus back in 2018, and have been doing this now for just under four years. I’ve heard from thousands of people from all over the world, again, people I never would have, and may never meet in person. In fact, truth be told, I’ve only met probably four or five of the folks that have left comments here throughout the years.

Enjoy the day. With all of the crap going on in the world, take time today to realize you DO have a lot to be thankful. The crap can wait for tomorrow…it’ll still be there!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden Two-Faced Over Rittenhouse Verdict

How can someone say two entirely different things about the same occurrence in a little over an hour and be held credible? That’s one of the big questions I would ask Joe “Brandon” Biden if he would actually answer it, which he wouldn’t. He’d turn around and walk away. Oh, it’s OK to call someone “Fats” during the campaign and challenge them to a push up contest when they disagree with you. But once elected, you just ignore them.

What I’m talking about is the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. The jury of his peers found Rittenhouse Not Guilty on all four of the counts against him. Most people in and around law felt that the prosecution blew the case wide open and basically handed the win to the defense, and though I didn’t watch the trial, what I did see of it, I’d be inclined to agree.

Moments after the verdict was read, Biden was talking to reporters. He said, “I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works. We have to abide by it,” That seems like a pretty cogent and simple statement. And, I think most of us would be in agreement with the president in this case.

However, about an hour later, the communications team at the White House, realizing that Biden had just pissed off most of the Democrats who called Rittenhouse anything but human during the weeks leading up to, and including the trial, issued the following statement from the president. “While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken. I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us,”

Whoa! Wait a second. That’s a far cry from “standing by what the jury has concluded and we have to abide by the jury system”!

This is yet another in a very long line of examples the Joe “Brandon” Biden is out of touch with reality. He’s not in control of the Oval Office, much less the country. If you’re telling me that in the hour it took between statements, he had a change of mind, my answer would simply be, “What mind?” This was a blatant attempt by the liberal socialist snowflakes in the Biden White House to spin the verdict they way they wanted it. Innocent until proven guilty? Not even close. Innocent when found not guilty? Try again.

According to the idiots in the White House, and I would include Joe Biden as one of them at this point, there is no trial by jury. There is only “trial by Democrats”. And if you don’t bow to their wishes, you get slammed, even if you are the President of the United States. Oh, I’m sure there was a hell of a meeting in the Oval after his first comment. And I’m sure Ron Klain had a lot to say about how Biden had just turned his back on 13% of Americans who viewed this as a racial trial. Let me say this…this was not a racial trial. This was a trial of self-defense.

When things don’t go the way Democrats want them to go, they want to change the rules to fit their narrative. That’s exactly what happened in this case. They didn’t get the verdict they wanted, so it became about race. But wait a minute. Wasn’t the guy that was injured in the shooting and not killed, the guy that testified that yes, he charged Rittenhouse before getting shot (in self-defense), wasn’t he white? And the two guys that got killed, Huber and Rosenbaum, they were white too weren’t they? So, how in the world could Rittenhouse’s self-defense be termed “racist”.

Actually, and I probably should do a whole other blog about that, but let’s just say, where the left has accused the right in this country of usurping the word “woke”, I think the left has usurped and over-used the word “racist”. Racism does exist to some extent in this country, and I believe that’s serious. I think they do that word a terrible injustice when they want to call everything and everybody racist. They have turned the word into Jello. Just like the communications team at the White House has done with Joe “Brandon” Biden.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Fight Is On!

There were a lot of folks that wondered aloud if Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) would enter the fray and run for her fourth full term as United States Senator (she assumed the seat in 2002, taking over from her father, Frank Murkowski, who had won the Alaskan race for Governor that year). He then appointed his daughter to take his seat in the US Senate.

Since that time, Murkowski has been anything but complacent and supportive of Republican ideals. She’s been her own independent voice, sometimes voting with Democrats on contentious issues, along with fellow RINO, Susan Collins (R-ME). In 2010, Murkowski actually lost the Republican primary, but won a write-in campaign to win reelection.

This time may be different.

Donald Trump, who won Alaska in 2020 by 10 points over Joe Biden, has endorsed Kelly Tshibaka, a Harvard educated lawyer that worked in Washington, DC for the Justice Department after college. Tshibaka announced her candidacy for the Senate race earlier this year and was quickly endorsed by Donald Trump. She is using most of Trump’s Alaskan campaign officials to help her in her run.

The question becomes, is it time for the Republican party in Alaska to get more conservative? To date, Alaskans have turned their back on the Murkowski rivals and have backed the Ketchikan native in her previous three runs. But Murkowski raised a lot of eyebrows this year when she voted to convict Donald Trump during his impeachment trial. There were seven GOP Senators that sided with the Democrats, but only Murkowski is up for reelection this year. As a result the Alaska Republican Party censored her.

Chairman of the Senate Republican Campaign arm, Rick Scott (R-FL) said that his committee would be supporting Murkowski in her reelection bid because, they always support incumbents in reelections.

So it will come down to a fight between Murkowski, a powerful family in Alaska, and Donald Trump who still holds some sway nationally, and is considering a run for the White House in 2024 against possibly Joe Biden. It now becomes a race to see whether Tshibaka or the 64 year old Murkowski has enough gas in the tank to get across the finish line. Murkowski raised $1.1 million in the last quarter and has $3.2 million in cash on hand. Tshibaka has raised $465,000 in the last quarter and has $295,000 in cash on hand.

Back in June, Change Research did a poll showing Kelly Tshibaka leading a field with 39% of the vote. Democrat, Al Gross had 25%, and Murkowski finished third with 19%. Last year, Alaska changed it’s voting system to a “ranked preference style” whereby the top four candidates in the open primary will advance to the general election in the fall, and voters will rank the four in order of their preference. No other polls have been taken since June for the race.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

“Let’s Go Brandon” Now On Par with “The ‘N’ Word”

Liberal snowflake media is going crazy over what has become a slam at Joe Biden. As you’re well aware, as Biden’s poll numbers have dropped like a 200 pound anchor in a pond, crowds at football games, basketball games, even NASCAR events have started chanting “F**k Joe Biden”. Of course after the Xfinity Race at Talladega a few weeks back, a reporter for NBC commented to Brandon Brown, who won the race, that the fans were shouting “Let’s Go Brandon”. Now, this was either done because she couldn’t hear what they were actually saying, or because she’s quick on her feet and didn’t want to get NBC in trouble for broadcasting profanities. Either way, “Let’s Go Brandon” was introduced to mainstream America.

And it has continued.

In fact, now, you can hear “Let’s Go Brandon” cheered at sporting events and rallies of all kinds just as much as “F**k Joe Biden”, though they mean the same thing. Well, that is until the mainstream liberal snowflake media got wind of it all. They’re outraged!

Liberal companies like Nike, along with the three main broadcast companies, ABC, CBS, and NBC (who started it all), along with CNN and MSNBC have come out against the phrase because they deem it offensive.

Now, I have a problem with this. First and foremost, I could understand if these liberals wanted to put the clamps down on “F**k Joe Biden” because of the profanity involved. However, which of the three words, Let’s…Go…or Brandon is offensive? And now we have swerved into a First Amendment argument.

Who are these liberal snowflakes to be telling me what non-profane words I can use whatever and however I want? Who gave them permission to be censors? As far as I can tell, the only things you cannot scream at the top of your lungs are profanities on television (cable is still OK), and you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. At least, I don’t think the Supreme Court has reversed itself on that one yet.

So, why in the world are people in the media getting all upset about “Let’s Go Brandon”? Yes, it’s a euphemism for something else, but there are tons of those out there. And whoever said that bashing a president is so bad and inappropriate that it needs to be censored? We certainly didn’t hear that when Donald Trump was president. We didn’t hear that when George W. Bush was president. We’ve only heard it when Biden is president. Trump and Bush were hammered daily with what I would consider much worse comments from the media themselves. These self-appointed guardians of the language tore into both presidents like a hungry coyote who just found a scared rabbit.

I think it’s time our country understand what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. Now, I’m not saying that everything people on the right do is right and everything people on the left do is wrong. That isn’t it. I’m saying what is acceptable as far as how people on the left treat people on the right, and how when people on the right respond, those liberals go into an absolute crazy dance. THAT is what I consider unacceptable.

Look, it’s really clear. You either think that the “Let’s Go Brandon” is America’s answer to “Kill Bush” (which there was actually a book about), or you think it’s a cute euphemism for something more vulgar and probably for most people a physical impossibility to perform. Either way, the left’s behavior on this, be it a company like Coca Cola or Nike, or any other liberal brand out there that would go underwater if conservatives would stop buying their product or service; or a national media company, who’s primary job used to be reporting the news, and has become a talking point for leftist snowflake socialists, is absolutely out of line. This is not the way modern Americans should behave and frankly it’s their behavior that I find offensive.

The rest is conversation. And if they want to take away “Let’s Go Brandon” and make it on par with the “N” word, those opposed to the current occupant of the White House will find another way to voice their displeasure until they can do so at the ballot box.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Now For Something A Little Different

Yeah…no politics today. Today is one of a few days a year, I dedicate this blog to someone or something else. I do it at Christmas, and Easter. I do it on Memorial Day. I do it today, and I do it in early December. I do it because it’s personal, and I want the world to know how lucky I am.

Today’s my wife’s birthday.

It may not seem like a big deal, but it is to me. I can’t believe I’ve been married 43 years to this woman. It seems like yesterday. We’ve had one incredible life together. We’ve raised two wonderful kids, and they’ve gone out and raised two wonderful kids each. So, today, I celebrate with her.

I’ll never forget when we were in college. We were dating, and I need to preface this by saying I wasn’t the best boyfriend. I was two-timing…because when I came to college, I had been dating someone. But when I met this lady, all of that went out the window…it just took me a while to realize what she meant to me. Anyway, there I was a million miles away from home, and on my 19th birthday, this wonderful girl went home the weekend before and made me a birthday cake. I still call it the best birthday present I ever got. The fact she went out of her way and gave up a weekend just to do something like that for me was incredible.

And she’s been that way ever since.

She loves to give to others. She’s done that her whole life. She spent a career in long-term care as an activities director. She was one of the best I’ve ever seen back east. And when we moved out here, she wanted to go back to work. Every single place she interviewed at offered her a job. Now, in this particular community, there are like 50 nursing homes. She was so sought after that the last place she worked at were bound and determined that they were going to hire from within, but they ended up splitting the job into two so they could hire my wife.

Even to this day, after she’s been retired for six years, she continues to help others and think of strangers before she thinks of herself. I only wish I could have that kind of compassion! She is truly one of a kind.

So, today, while this is short, I wish her a Happy Birthday. We will celebrate as we always celebrate our birthdays. She will choose where we go out to dinner this evening. And knowing her, she will go for something that she loves but rarely gets. She truly is the most wonderful woman on the planet, and I can’t begin with wish her another 65 years!

Happy Birthday Honey!

Carry on world…and thanks for indulging me…You’re dismissed!