Redefining America

I was in St. Louis recently, and was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal while visiting my daughter’s family. It hit me like a ton of bricks. How many of you remember when the word “gay” meant “happy”? How about when the word “woke” meant you had awaken from sleep? The left it seems, loves to redefine words. And I’ve had some relatively recent experience with this.

While I was on the Board of Directors of a company here in the desert, one of the Board members had a pretty well defined “conflict of interest”. Now, our bylaws actually defined what a conflict of interest was. But rather than use that definition, she tried to foist her own definition onto the rest of the Board so it would appear that she didn’t have a problem. She did. And this is just the example I was personally involved in.

My problem with that, and I said to her at the time was, “Who gave you permission to change the definition?” It was in the bylaws. It was already defined. And it happens more often than you think.

I’ve always believed that the word “marriage” has been defined in the Bible, by God as between a man and a woman. That’s what it says, right? So, who gave people that believe in same-sex marriage the right to say that “marriage” can be between two women, or two men? Or to take it further, between a man and a boy (yes…they’re out there), or a man and his dog, or a woman and her body pillow? If God defined “marriage”, isn’t God the only one that can change that definition?

So, let’s take a look at the word “gender”. When I was growing up there were two, male and female. And you could tell relatively easy by looking at body parts. Males had “outies”. Females had “innies”. Now, depending on who you want to listen to, there are hundreds of genders. I can’t figure out how you come to that number, but that’s what these “experts” are saying. My question is, who gave them permission to redefine the word “gender”? I certainly didn’t do it. I missed the memo asking if it was ok.

And you have another word. “Racist” was always defined as someone that was against people that were of a different race than they were. It didn’t apply to just whites that have some animosity against blacks. It had to do with anyone that had animosity against a race other than their own. And when did everything we do become “racist”?

The same thing can be said about “white superiority”. Nowadays, it doesn’t mean someone that achieves a certain status because they are white. It means you’re white. You don’t have to achieve anything in order to have it because somewhere in the past, one of your relatives did it for you. Now, who gave these folks the permission to make that change. Again, I missed that meeting.

But the one that gets me is the “fluidity” clause that seems to be permeating. Oh, it’s with gender. But it’s spilled over into other things. I’ve seen videos where some little teenage girl says that “Today I woke up 35% female and 65% male, so I want to use the pronoun ‘he/she’.” Huh? And to top that, I saw another video (I’m hoping that it was a spoof) where a girl said that she felt height was fluid. “Today I feel 5 foot 7 inches tall, so that’s how tall I am!”

I told my wife as we were talking about it that since we’ve all heard the adage that “age is a state of mind”, that today I feel 24 years old. I feel like I’m 6 feet 10 inches tall. And I feel that I am a multi-millionaire who plays forward for the Phoenix Suns. Somehow I don’t think it’s going to work when I show up at the Footprint Center and ask where my uniform is!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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!!!

Can Biden Survive?

Rasmussen came out with a rather interesting poll recently. They asked 1,000 registered voters if they thought Joe Biden would be reelected in 2024. The results followed what America feels. It certainly doesn’t follow the mainstream snowflake media!

Here’s what it says.

28% of the respondents think that Joe Biden will be reelected president in 2024. That’s just over a quarter of the respondents. 38% said that if Biden were to run again, he’d lose out to a Republican challenger (no challenger was named). 21% said it was more likely that Biden would resign the presidency prior to the 2024 elections, and 15% said they just weren’t sure.

That’s a pretty amazing survey if you think about it. More people think that Biden will lose in 2024 than think he’ll actually run by 10%. And almost as many people think that he’ll resign, which has only been done once in history, and that is an incredible development when you think about it.

So the question becomes, does Joe Biden risk it and try to run for reelection in 2024? Democrats have already floated the notion of getting others to run against him in a primary. If that were to happen, and say Pete Buttigieg were to go up against Biden, could Biden stand the heat? What if Bernie Sanders, who actually should have been the candidate in 2020, were to decide to run again? That brings the young vote back to the table, but Sanders is 80 years old now. I seriously doubt he is going to be up for a run for the White House in two years. Who else is there? I can’t see anyone with the experience standing in line, especially to oust Biden. Maybe an AOC who doesn’t like Biden in the first place, but I thought her eyes were on Chuck Schumer’s Senate seat.

In the end analysis, we have another poll saying that 52% of the American people like Donald Trump. In the same poll, it shows that Democrats think that Trump supporters are racists. Of course, Democrats think everything and everybody is racist. They’ve overused that phrase so much it’s basically lost all of it’s meaning. And the interesting thing on that account is, the people that are screaming racism, are typically the ones displaying signs of racism.

My, oh my, isn’t it fun to live in the declining age of a civilization?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Gone To The Movies Lately?

No? Well, it’s not a surprise. Most movie houses are having a really hard time in this pandemic-laden environment we are in. In fact, in a recent poll taken by Gallup, 31% of you saw between one and four movies at a theater last year. Only 9% of you saw more than that.

And you, like Joe Biden, can blame COVID for the downturn.

Hollywood has always had this love/hate relationship with the American people. A lot of it has had to do with creativity on the writers, directors, and actors’ parts. But this past year, it was putting a bunch of people in a very enclosed space for up to 2 1/2 hours and paying money to watch stuff on the screen that frankly, just wasn’t that good.

Need proof?

There were 352 movies released last year. 60% of America didn’t visit a movie theater, again, according to Gallup. That means that some 210,000,000 people never bought a movie ticket. That’s gotta hurt, because only 140,000,000 people did. And all but 12,000,000 saw between one and four movies.

Spider Man, No Way Home was the number one box office draw in 2021 with $635.7 million tickets sold nationally. It cost the Disney folks about $200 million to make, not counting the fact they spent an additional $200 million marketing it and tying it into several products. So, Disney cleared $235.7 million on the best grossing movie of the year.

But only 13 movies topped the $100 million mark. Only 64 of the 352 movies made more than $10 million! So, overall, with a few notable exceptions, the movie industry didn’t do very well at all this past year, and that has a lot of the movie executives wondering about the future of their craft.

Basically, if you look at it, the world is coming to the internet. Nowadays the streaming services are releasing first run movies on the same day as they are released in theaters. They’re charging upwards of $20-$30 to watch them, but if you figure that the average movie ticket is now in the $10-$15 range, it makes sense if you’ve got a family of four, to pop your own corn, spend the $20 and watch the movie in the comfort of your own home.

And that is the latest media to start to fold. Newspapers and magazines have already moved to the internet, at least the ones that are smart enough to realize what’s happening. TV stations are realizing that you can stream almost any network or cable channel on the internet. I can sit here in the desert and listen to virtually any radio station in the world with an app called “Radio Garden”. And now, movie theaters are going the way of the dodo. You had to see it coming, right? My wife and I went to see Ghostbusters After Life, which wasn’t a bad movie. There were a total of five people in the theater including the two of us. And the theater only sat maybe 20 total.

It’s a new world out there, and movies are the latest to take it on the chin!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Did You Study For Your Test?

Oh, you’re getting one. In fact, it’s rumored that everyone in your household is going to be getting one. In an effort to keep the focus off of the economy, off of the supply chain problems (which by the way are still out there), off of the southern border crisis, off of the thought of Democrats trying to end the filibuster and take over all voting rights in this country – making it another Venezuela, Biden is going to focus very closely on making sure you’re safe from COVID!

That’s right. Forget the important stuff. You have to be protected from COVID!

Vowing that COVID and Donald Trump are the reasons that this country is in the sad shape it’s in, and not anything that he or his administration has done, Biden is going to be directing the post office to mail out 500,000,000 COVID tests to everyone! So, you, your spouse, your boyfriend/girlfriend, child, and probably pet are going to be getting one soon. It’ll give the United States Postal Service such a boost that they have already asked the people they hire for the extra mail at Christmas time to stay on board to help deliver all of these tests.

Now, these tests actually were being sold for up to $25 each. I know that for a fact because I was sick over Thanksgiving with a cold, but it had a lot of the symptoms of COVID, so my wife and daughter went out and bought a test kit. There were two tests in there and the cost was $25! Yeah, I know, Walmart and Krogers were selling them for $14 (now $19), but it was the day after Thanksgiving at 10pm and CVS was close.

Anyway, at $14 each, just the product, not the mailing charge is $7,000,000,000! That’s seven BILLION! Add an additional $2 per test and you’re at $8 billion for something you probably don’t need. But Biden wants you to have it just in case.

This is yet another flawed plan coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! Rather than waste another $8 billion on something that’s not needed, why don’t we do something smart? Why don’t we fix the supply chain? Why don’t we curb inflation by not spending trillions of dollars on worthless liberal snowflake ideas designed to redistribute wealth? Why don’t we fix our southern border problem?

Democrats see that they are being pushed into a corner, and they know if they don’t fight what America truly wants and needs, they will die as a political entity. So, they are trying everything in their power to ensure that a) Donald Trump isn’t running for president in 2024, where most of them feel he will run roughshod over a haggard and beleaguered Joe Biden; and b) they want you to believe that the whole COVID thing was Trump’s fault, even though it was Fauci and the NIH that funded the whole study of that lab in Wuhan, China. They don’t want you to think of the fact that Biden has overseen more deaths in 2021 than Trump did in 2020, especially after he claimed to “have a plan to fix this”. Remember all of the speeches where Biden said he was going to “shut down the virus, not the economy”? Well, he’s managed to do the reverse!

So, he’s gotta do something. And in a Democrats’ mind that is spend money. Throw enough money at any situation and you’re going to solve it. That is their mantra. That is their motto. It’s too bad we can’t be charging the DNC the cost of these boondoggles when their plans fail!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Inflation Up Again In November

Inflation is now the highest it’s been in 40 years. In November the inflation rate was 6.8%, which was up from October’s rate of 6.2%. You have to go back to 1981 (which was a recession year) to see the type of increasing prices that we are seeing now. And what’s Joe Biden doing about it? He’s saying that this is the “new normal”. When was the last time we saw this? In case you can’t remember, it was when Bobo Obama was the president, and said that the poor economy that America was experiencing was “the new normal”. So, this is the same old play from the sam old playbook.

And what is Biden doing for all of this? Absolutely nothing. People are quitting their jobs at record numbers. Biden says it is because we’re moving up to better jobs. Well, if that were the case, why are there some 10.5 million jobs out there still available? There is some trading up of jobs from minimum wage jobs to better paid jobs. As far as spending, Biden is opening the jobs at the government and is hiring like we’ve never seen in our lifetime. And while Biden touts this as the largest job growth in history, you have to go back to 2017 in order to find the same number of people at work. That’s right. Biden’s economy has erased three years of job growth, and we’re nowhere near where we were when the pandemic hit in March of 2020.

I said a few months ago that from conversations I had with several “money people” I know around the country, their consensus was that the inflation rate for next year (2022) would be between 7-10%. It would rise between 10-13% in 2023 with a likely recession that probably would last at least a year. The reason for the inflation? Unlike Joe Biden, who likes to blame either Donald Trump or COVID for everything, the people that do this stuff for a living tell me it’s because we are printing too much money. That cheapens that dollar because there are more of them out there. These aren’t stupid people either, so I do put some trust in them. Well, let me say this…I put a LOT more trust in them than I do Joe Biden. Biden has convinced me he must have failed every economics course he ever took!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

More Bad News On Jobs

The December Jobs numbers are out. Now, you’ll hear (or have been by the time you read this) that Joe Biden is really happy with the latest jobs numbers. The unemployment rate fell from 4.2% down to 3.9%. Of course, that’s because well over four million people actually QUIT their jobs in December, when every business out there except maybe swimming pool shops are hiring more people for the holiday rush. He’s going to tell you that he’s added so many millions of new jobs since he took office, and the turnaround of jobs and the economy in this country are great!

He’s not telling you the whole story.

The jobs numbers show that once again, we added less than 200,000 jobs in December. It was 199,000. And the reason why the unemployment rate fell added so few jobs is because an awful lot of those people that were unemployed stopped looking for work. See, the true unemployment rate isn’t what gets reported. That’s only the number of people actively looking for work, not the number of people out of work. As someone that is retired, I’m unemployed, but I’m not looking to get a job anytime soon, so I don’t count. I’m ignored in that percentage. That’s the percentage that Biden is claiming is so great.

Now, when you look at the fact that as of this writing, 10.562 million jobs are available in this country, but not filled, you can see why the unemployment numbers are so low. We have more jobs than we do people wanting them. And the reason for that falls squarely on Joe Biden and his administration. They are scaring people from going back to work to keep the COVID thing alive for as long as they can. Remember, never let a crisis go to waste! So, we have all of these jobs, and a bunch of people watching Oprah Winfrey in the afternoons….except I’m puzzled. Her ratings have gone down, not up. Maybe they are switching over the The Price Is Right. I mean, I’d much rather watch Drew Carey than Oprah Winfrey anyday…and he’s in MUCH better shape!

The stock markets are a little worried that we’re heading (heading???) toward a recession because people aren’t going back to work quick enough. Well, the reason for that is two fold. First of all, Biden’s scare tactics on COVID are working, and people who don’t want to get a vaccine, or wear a mask, or go through weekly testing are sitting this one out. Not to mention all of the workers in all of the fields were there are mandates out there that have been fired for not getting vaccinated. Second reason? It’s cheaper to stay at home. With inflation going crazy, people aren’t able to make a decent living. And if you’ve got kids and have to pay for childcare, you’re losing money by going to work. Best to sit on your tookis and get unemployment, however meager it is, than to lose money by gassing up the car every week, and paying a babysitter! Especially if you are in Chicago and the schools have closed down again!

No, it’s not really good news. If you can’t get a half million people back to work each month when you have 10,500,000 plus jobs open and waiting to be filled, you have a problem. And it’s not a little problem, it’s a big problem. And when you have an additional 4,000,000 people quitting their jobs and not moving to something else in December, that only exacerbates the problem.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

How Fate Ruins The Democrats

Oh, I’m not saying that fate is going to do it, but it could happen. There are several scenarios where we wouldn’t have to wait until 2023 before the GOP takes over Congress. Well, that’s not 100% true. It would be the GOP taking over the Senate, but that’s still pretty much the same thing. It would be the death blow to Joe Biden’s presidency!

Here is how it could work.

Let’s say that the pressure on Joe Manchin to cave on his much publicized stand on getting rid of the filibuster gets to him. But rather than cave, Joe decides that he’s going to stop being a Democrat. Maybe he doesn’t join the Republican party, but he becomes an independent that caucuses with the Republicans (it’s rare, but it HAS happened!) So, in that case, the Democrats now have 49 people on their side of the aisle, and with Manchin, the Republicans can count on 51. That means that Mitch McConnell automatically becomes the new Majority Leader and Chuckles Schumer slides to Minority Leader. That can happen at any time.

Actually it has happened in recent history. Back in 2001, Vermont’s Jim Jeffords, who was a Republican got angry at George W. Bush, and decided to become an independent. It was the same situation as today, where the Senate was evenly divided 50/50, and with Jeffords leaving the GOP, it gave the Dems’ the upper hand and Tom Daschle became Majority Leader.

There are other ways as well. Let’s say for instance, and I’m not wishing this on anyone…but let’s say that a Democrat Senator passes away from a heart attack. And for grins and giggles, let’s say that he’s from one of the 37 states that has it in their Constitution that if a Senator or a Representative leaves office, the Governor of that state can replace them. Now, there are only seven of the 37 states that require the Governor to pick someone from the same party as the person leaving Congress, meaning that there are 30 states that give the Governor free reign to choose whomever they want.

As of this coming Saturday, you have nine states that boasts a Republican Governor and at least one Democrat Senator. Virginia Governor-elect, Glenn Younkin takes office on January 15th. So, Virginia, along with Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Georgia, Arizona, Ohio, and Montana all fit the bill. However, Maryland and Arizona have to choose someone from the same party as outlined above.

So, if, going back to our scenario, say, a Bernie Sanders was to pass away suddenly, or get ill and need to be replaced, the Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, could name his replacement, and it could be a Republican. That would sway the balance of power to the GOP.

That would basically put an end to any Biden agenda, any wild spending, any thought of a filibuster rule change, or “packing the court”, at least for the time being. And it may just bring down the price of gasoline, fix the supply chain, help along the southern border before the spring caravans start back up, and start to return America to where it needs to go.

And if it doesn’t happen… we just vote out the scoundrels in November, and start fresh!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Filibuster Rules Change?

Chuckles Schumer realizes he’s in a terrible position. Having just 50 Democrats in the US Senate is like having 10. They really can’t do anything without the Vice President coming along for the ride. And trust me, Schumer realizes that unless you can convince the Senate Parliamentarian that you can use the “budget reconciliation” measure to pass something with only 51 votes, you’re doomed.

Chuckles Schumer is doomed.

So, in typical Democrat style, if they can’t win, they cheat. If they can’t cheat, they change the rules. And that’s the position that Schumer finds himself in today. He can’t win when it comes to what he feels is the most important legislation he’ll deal with this year, which is his voter “rights” legislation. It’s designed to make sure no Democrat anywhere in the country ever loses another election. And it has nothing to do with the budget, so according to the filibuster rules, he needs 60 votes to get it passed. And therein lies the rub.

So, Schumer wants to get rid of the filibuster. Maybe not altogether (though he’d love that), but on this ONE item. Then he could insure that his party could always win their elections because it would make it impossible for Republicans to compete. It’s the ultimate stab. He’s got a problem or two however. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are standing in the way. He still would need 50 votes, plus K-baby Harris to get rid of the filibuster. And he doesn’t have the votes to do that. Manchin has said that the talk has been to do a “carve out”, which is basically an exception to the rule. He’s not in favor of that either.

IF (and it’s a pretty big if) the Democrats are able to finagle the rules to get the filibuster rule changed, they’d be able to get the voting rights issue passed. And that is their ultimate goal prior to the November elections, because it’s the only way they see of keeping Congress under Democrat control. And there is another rub they aren’t seeing.

Let’s call that the Harry Reid Rule.

See, Reid is the guy that decided back when Bobo Obama was president that he was going to have to allow only 51 votes to approve confirmations of everyone except Supreme Court Justices. That meant Bobo could pack the courts. And he did. But what Reid didn’t count on was losing the Senate to Republicans and then they could add to that rule, or should I say take away from that rule. Rather than making 60 votes confirming Supreme Court nominees, they included that in the Reid Rule. Now it only takes 51 votes to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. What helped Reid out in the short term, has allowed the Supreme Court to swing to a 6-3 conservative court. And it allowed Donald Trump to appoint 261 federal judges (in several different courts). By contrast though, Obama appointed 349 federal judges in his eight years.

So, my theory is that if the Democrats are able to somehow change or suspend the rules for the filibuster for their voting rights act, it’s going to be problematic for them when the Republicans take charge again (and they will). First of all, the law will be challenged, and it will have to go to the Supreme Court eventually. It will be found unconstitutional, and voided. But second, it will allow the Republicans to make further inroads and further tear up the Senate. Did the Dems learn their lesson with Harry Reid? All they are doing is causing a short term victory that will at some point be overturned by the Supreme Court.

The best way for the Dems to move forward is to try and play fair. If you can’t do that, you lose. It’s about the only thing that makes any sense. Of course, Democrats don’t make much sense!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Impeach Biden? Please, NO!

Ted Cruz (R-TX) has come out already and said that if the GOP takes over the House of Representatives as is thought this November, one of the first actions that they should do is impeach Joe Biden.

I’m not a fan of that strategy just yet.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I believe that Biden’s lack of enforcing the law on the southern border and allowing all sorts of illegals into our country is certainly an impeachable offense. That’s not the point. The point is that unless there is something very strong going on with the Republican efforts in the Senate that I can’t see, it’s an absolute waste of time.

Think back. Andrew Johnson was impeached way back in 1868. We went from 1868 to 1998, some 130 years later. And since that time, in a span of just 22 years, we’ve seen two more impeachments, none of them have resulted in the removal of a president. And impeaching Joe Biden won’t either.

First of all, all impeaching someone does is get the country thinking that the impeaching party is wasting time and not doing the country’s business. It hurt the Republicans when they impeached Clinton. It hurt the Democrats when they tried to impeach Trump the first time, and it will hurt them again this time (along with the uber-socialist ideas they’ve been trying to get passed). If the GOP were to win the House and try to impeach Biden without a safe number of votes in the Senate (67), then the same thing is going to happen to them.

Joe Biden is actually more valuable to the GOP in the short run sitting in the Oval Office than he is getting impeached and ending his political career in disgrace. He’s going to end his career in disgrace regardless what happens. The whole point is, do you really want K-baby Harris waiting in the wings to take over? She’s going to be worse than Biden because at least she’s lucid and realizes the socialistic antics she’d be making. And unless you can get someone out of office, as would have been the case with Richard Nixon because of Watergate, then you’re wasting time and money. That just doesn’t make sense.

Ted Cruz is wrong on this one. There is no reason to impeach Biden. I go back to the old Mark Twain quote, “When someone is making a fool of themselves, get out of the way and let them finish the job.” The same thing holds true in politics today. Let the Dems’ destroy themselves. So far, they’re doing a good job of it!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!