So, ya think tax reform has a chance?

It is not to unusual to see public votes, say for casino’s or the like to often hit numbers that approach 50-50. Something that happens when you ask a mixed and mostly uninformed citizenry to vote. Rule: The failure of participants to be truly informed on an issue up for vote, will often have the effect of said issue not passing. That’s just the way of things….

Just look at today’s Congress, including both the House and the Senate. Its constituency has evolved into roughly two groups that oppose each other on most every idea or concept. Bills that come before either house can only pass if each is transformed into sort of a ‘meat wagon’ (aka added pork). Such that by the time it ever does get passed, the original intent and benefits to be enjoyed, had become buried by the addition of spurious issues that end up serving only the special interests of a few. (I look at ObamaCare as a prime example of a bill that could have been written on just a few pages, but which ultimately became thousands of pages in length. A document so convoluted and steeped in regulations, that it has become almost impossible for clinics, hospitals and care centers to swallow. A bill that had great intentions, now subjugated to infamy when put to actual use.

So, it is with a sad heart that I can guarantee that not only will any and all healthcare initiatives fail, but that most all new bills coming forward, (via the Republicans) are also doomed. (Just think about it. How many truly meaningful bills have passed in recent decades). When one side is in power, the other side blocks. Forget about the possible benefits to the general public. That’s no longer what’s important! The end result is that a great Republic is hobbled and is now oftentimes only moving forward by Executive Action – the stroke of the President’s pen. And, what little legislation that is passed by Congress, is mostly so full of garbage that it’s a complete joke. Is it any wonder that the approval rating of Congress stands at 15% and is dropping more every day?

The bottom line. Healthcare repeal – forget about it. Immigration reform – no way hose. Tax reform – ain’t gonna happen. What is sure to happen will be increasing chaos. A situation greatly exacerbated by forces that would like to see us fall….

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Stand! The heart of America beats true!

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Random thoughts for October 10!

Jerry the Berry signs yet another great law in California!

bloodCalifornia’s governor, Jerry Brown, on Friday signed a law that lowers the penalty for exposing partners to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor, which includes those who donate blood without informing the center about their HIV status.

“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Sen. Scott Wiener, D.- San Francisco, told The Los Angeles Times.

My question is what sort of slack-jawed, knuckle dragging hairball, living in California actually thinks this would be a step forward? And, do you think anyone who is even partially sane is going to get a blood transfusion in the great snowflake state now? Not me baby!

Food trucks needed!

Food-truck-1-56a7f5ff3df78cf7729b1e19When I attended college, every evening my dorm saw various and sundry food trucks pull up full of all sorts of tasty treats. I really loved those trucks.

Fast forward to the here and now and I think it’s time to get these purveyors of culinary delights back at any an all events, including area businesses like NEC. I would especially enjoy some good old homemade burgers and dogs. Well, maybe next summer that will happen more often. I know that the aldermen of Branson are currently considering just that idea…

My Tacos Supremos!

taco2Speaking of food. it was another rather blasé Tuesday, so… I decided to make up a batch of tacos! When a man gets a hankering, that’s how it goes….

Whenever I throw together these bits of culinary heaven, I insist on using hard shells with lots of crap thrown on top! Yep! That’d be the ticket…

Ingredients:

Taco meat (HB and taco mix)

Hard corn taco shells

Taco mix shredded cheese

Shredded lettuce

Diced tomatoes

Green chilies, chopped

Salsa Ranchera

Preparation:

If you don’t know how to make taco meat, please stay out of the kitchen and away from sharp blades. I prefer 80/20 ground beef mixed with McCormick’s Original Taco mix. Once this is ready, I mount the shells in my little taco holders and then throw on the rest of ingredients with wild abandon! Making tacos is about as easy as ‘cooking’ gets!

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Can the flu vaccine actually give you the flu?

flushot3It was a late day in September, (but early in the 2017-18 flu season) that I made the decision to go get a flu shot. I got it early for the reason that there had been reports of a variant of the swine flu called H2N3 that was quite severe in parts of the southern hemisphere and the thinking was that it was likely to move north with the coming of winter…

So, off to the local Health Department I went where I received the high dose quadrivalent shot that is recommend for us older folks. That was on a Friday and lo and behold, by Sunday morning I awoke with a slightly sore throat. That throat got progressively worse during the day, such that by the time I went to bed, I knew I was in for a tough night. Just the act of swallowing was a real chore. Monday morning dawned and found me the victim of a sleepless night and not in the best of moods. My symptoms now included the aforementioned sore throat, extreme fatigue, painful joints, a cough, runny nose and eyes that hurt whenever I blinked! Swell, I thought. Perhaps it was some kind of reaction to that damn shot….

Monday’s misery stretched into Tuesday and then Wednesday with little let up of symptoms. It was only on the morning of the fifth day that I began to feel a return normal. Quite an ordeal for someone who had not had a cold for much of the past decade! And now, as I’m posting this, my train of thought went something like this.

Possibility one; perhaps the virus in that shot wasn’t properly deactivated… not likely. Possibility two; Since I’d gone to a public health department where people go when they’re sick, maybe the flu was hanging out in the air there too. Finally, possibility three was that the introduction of the flu vaccine temporarily lowered my immune system (which was busy fighting the recently introduced dead flu viruses), and which left me open to catch what ever happened to be circulating in the area!

It was the third possibility that I think was the most likely, and so next year when I trot off to get my shot, I plan to make sure to have enough supplies stored at my place to allow me to not inter react with crowds in public places like grocery stores, banks and bar for a few days while my immune system charges back to normal… Does that sound like a good plan, or am I just being paranoid?

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Liberals scream for more gun controls…

Just hours after the horrific mass killing and wounding of concert goers who were attending a Country Western music festival, the Far Left had already worked themselves into a frenzy, demanding universal background checks, a ban on all semi-automatics among other items of perennial interest. As if that would have stopped a mad man from carrying out his quest for hell on earth.

Here’s the facts; the guns were purchased legally and Stephen Paddock passed all the background checks – See Newsweek!

Mr. Paddock was unknown to the police or the FBI as he had only one parking ticket on his ‘record’. ‘Paddock had no criminal record beyond a routine citation several years ago that was handled in court.’ Excerpt from a CBS story!

What is known is that Mr. Paddock did modify some of the rifles to become fully automatic – which is illegal. Mr. Paddock also clandestinely moved the rifles and the ammo into a hotel room which was also against hotel rules.

Finally, Mr. Paddock did cold-bloodily, and in a manner that exhibited careful planning and which required much work be done, well before the first shot was ever fired…. Something is not right here!

What screams out here, to me, is the fact that no sane man would ever have done such a thing – EVER! And perhaps that is what is wrong with my Nation today. We have a porous or wholly lacking mental health evaluation process for those people who would buy guns or other weapons that can kill! As a matter of fact, I would promote new regulations that would not only require gun owners to pass periodic mental evaluations, but which would expand that effort to include any man or woman or child who desires a driver license! A truck filled with explosives could have done a lot more killing in Vegas and had done so elsewhere in the world! Because, Liberals, you see that mental illness has played a strong role in other mass killings and I would not be surprised to see that in play here!

As an aside; I have to wonder how many of our Congressmen could pass even a rudimentary mental competency test, if one were given ?

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Bull Shoals Bridge Project traffic impacts!

18836887_759021917640779_4273137493439156551_oForsyth MO – After years of delays and planning, a new 10.4 million dollar bridge will be erected right next to one built in 1951 and which is becoming potentially unsafe to handle heavy traffic loads! The construction effort, spearheaded by MODOT, will be actualized by Lehman Construction out of California Missouri. Construction of the bridge along with a 1.4 million dollar roundabout is planned to take eight to nine months and is due to be completed sometime in the fall of 2018. That’s assuming that Mother Nature is agreeable during that period of time!

One of the big concerns is that of motorists and emergency personnel who must cross at this bridge or fave a forty minute detour! And while spokespersons for MODOT have assured everyone that the traffic will flow just fine, I took it upon myself to film ‘crossings’ of the bridge at times of rush hour in the coming months just to keep them honest and the public informed. This first video was taken on September 25, 2017 at about Noon on an otherwise quiet Monday. Others will follow, about a month apart…

 

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My freedom of speech!

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