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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Not Clear . . .

(from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-finance-202/2018/01/18/the-finance-202-trump-is-eager-to-claim-credit-for-apple-moves-but-it-s-a-bit-more-complicated/5a5fa11d30fb0469e88401c2/?utm_term=.ff1cc6d308cb)
". . .The Wall Street Journal’s Tripp Mickle does a careful job parsing the company’s statement: . . . The company previously said it planned $16 billion in capital expenditures world-wide in the fiscal year that ends this September, up from $14.9 billion the previous year. However, Apple doesn’t break out its spending in the U.S., making it difficult to gauge how much of the $30 billion over five years it announced Wednesday is new. . . Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., said Apple’s plans are in line with Trump administration goals, but that it isn’t clear how much of the commitments are new. And he said the company could deliver on those commitments with existing cash flow — without needing to tap cash holdings. . .“It’s a nice number and puts a foot forward in line with where the administration wants to go with adding jobs and building in the U.S.,” he said. But he added, “It’s not clear these investments were impacted in any way by tax reform.”. . . "



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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Look . . .



(From https://www.nbcnews.com/)
". . . Trump says Russia probe 'makes country look very bad'. . . "



. . . prompts more than one response . . .

1.  the proverbial pot calling the proverbial kettle . . .
2.  why didn't NBC ask him WHY????





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Monday, January 29, 2018

Opportunity . . .

. . . knocking . . .



(from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/opportunity)
“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.”
― John F. Kennedy

“Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door.”
― Emily Dickinson

“Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”
― John Burroughs

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
― Francis Bacon

“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.”
― Paulo Coelho,

“We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”
― Thomas A. Edison

“. . . Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door”
― Milton Berle

“Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”
― Abraham Lincoln





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Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Thing . . .

. . . about trains . . .



(https://www.biography.com/people/cornelius-vanderbilt-9515195)
During the Civil War, Vanderbilt donated his fleet's largest ship, aptly named the Vanderbilt, to the Union Navy. By 1864, he had retired from shipping, having amassed nearly $30 million in wealth. At age 70, Vanderbilt turned his attention more closely to railroads, acquiring the New York & Harlem and Hudson Line (which ran along the Erie Canal), and then going after the New York Central Railroad. In a ruthless act during a bitter winter when the Erie Canal was frozen over, he refused to accept Central’s passengers or freight, cutting them off from connections to western cities. Forced to capitulate, the Central Railroad sold Vanderbilt controlling interest, and he eventually consolidated his hold on rail traffic from New York City to Chicago. This new conglomerate revolutionized rail operations by standardizing procedures and timetables, increasing efficiency and decreasing travel and shipment times.


Train

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Flames . . .

(http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/08/opinions/michael-wolff-donald-trump-roundup-opinion/index.html)
[David Love] ". . . Wolff's book resonates because it reinforces if not confirms what many have believed since the 2016 campaign, but more importantly reflects what other journalists have reported and reiterated -- the recklessness, the shady dealings in Trump Tower and the White House, the alleged Russia connection, and a chief executive who not only lacks intellectual curiosity and mental stability, but has lost his senses. . . "Fire and Fury" is no surprise, yet is different. While many reporters informed the public of a fire in the house once Donald Trump became the Republican nominee and then the President, some of them during the campaign chose to take a seat in the burning building and invite us to roast marshmallows. Michael Wolff's book is a call to action. With a loud yell, he warns us of the still-burning conflagration, points to the arsonists, and tells us that if we fail to act, our democratic institutions will go up in flames. . . "





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Friday, January 26, 2018

The Year . . .

. . . of living sloppily . . .
. . . A weekend here, a weekend there, and pretty soon you're talking about months. Trips on alternating weekends to la casa en la playa result in perpetual packing.  At least packing something. A duly designated corner serves the purpose of a staging area for things like a drill; an occasional crockpot and/or panini maker; a bottle (or two or three) of wine; coats, jackets, hats or shoes that make be appropriate for the current forecast and maybe small furniture items, a lamp or a storage box. It may make the local residence a bit more unkempt than previously, but it sure is fun.






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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Can You. . .

. . . ever really have . . .
. . . Too Many Cowboys? . . .



Why don't you grow up
just as fast as you can
All of your innocence
Is a flash in the pan
It's overrated you say
Tryin' to be a nice guy
It's so much easier this way
So why even try
Too many cowboys

Everyone's watching
So you think all the time
Maintain the image
But it's all in your mind
What's so damned special about
Being hard as a nail
Banishing subtlety
Sets yourself up to fail
Too many cowboys

Just too many cowboys
Not quite enough men
Who will listen
Rather learn than
Only just pretend

You wear a big hat
It's a Stetson of course
Chew some tobacco
Take a ride on your horse
You've got some buddies I see
Just a little hard-boiled
They've got some dirt on their hands
They all dabble in oil
Too many cowboys

Can't say you're sorry
Can't say you're wrong
God is on your side
He's been there all along
It doesn't matter to you
If they're hurt or they're dead
You've been above it so long
I'll stick by what I said
too many cowboys

Just too many cowboys
Not quite enough men
Who will listen
Rather learn than
Only just pretend

Get in your big truck
And just drive away
You have no interest
in the things that I say
Nor did you ever
Listen that much at all
You set yourself up
For some big kind of fall
Too many cowboys

And just like a cowboy
Just the kind that you are
Virile and macho
But without a guitar
Into the sunset you rode
And the credits did roll
Not a regret did you feel
But you've taken your toll
Too Many Cowboys

Just too many cowboys
Not quite enough men
Who will listen
Rather learn than
Only just pretend


Too Many Cowboys
©2015 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wonder . . .

. . . WHY Republicans haven’t shown it to the FBI or Justice Department. . .



(fromhttps://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/23/republican-memo-fbi-jerry-nadler-358918)
". . . A parade of GOP lawmakers this week have said the memo confirms misconduct and political bias against President Donald Trump by senior officials at the FBI. Democrats say the memo, which Republicans haven’t shown to the FBI or Justice Department, is an attempt to undermine the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling and any involvement by Trump’s associates. . ."





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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Old . . .

. . . wine in new bottles . . .

. . . well, at least in a new year . . .


Blood Brother
by OHO live at Bourbon Street on the Beach (New Year's Eve 2017 (OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak



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Monday, January 22, 2018

Things That Cross. . .

. . . the mind. . .


. . . Awhile back, when my songwriting was more prolific (by choice- not by inspiration), intentionally for educational purposes, I wrote a song about one of the most frivolous topics of which one could write a song. Simply titled "Butter",  the lyrics rationalized the act of throwing the leftover breakfast toast out on the lawn for the birds. Below is a fragment of the melody of the song, sans lyrics, as it turned out to be, in my view, a catchy tune with much potential for improvisation. . .



Butter Fragment

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dayton . . .

. . . is the funkiest place on earth . . .
-David Webb, president and CEO of the Funk Hall of Fame, Dayton OH


More from Google . . .
"$10 from 10 million people sought to make Dayton funkiest..."
www.daytondailynews.com/...dayton-funkiest-place-earth/XDm5nOFQ42qsBfylISbyz...

"8 Dayton acts you should give a funk about - Dayton.com"
www.dayton.com/what-to-love/8-dayton-funk-bands/

"Funk Carves Out A Groove At The Funk Music Hall Of Fame In Dayton ..."
https://www.npr.org/.../funk-carves-out-a-groove-at-the-funk-music-hall-of-fame-in-ohi...





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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Is This. . .

. . . something you REALLY want to brag about, Mitch?


(https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-insists-he-very-stable-genius-amid-questions-over-mental-n835191)
. . . "From a right-of-center point of view, 2017 was the most consequential in the many years that I've been here in Congress," McConnell said. . .




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Friday, January 19, 2018

False Sense . . .

(from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-trumps-doctor-okay/2018/01/17/0d887f50-fbce-11e7-ad8c-ecbb62019393_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-e%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.404d0acc0244)
". . . (Bandy X. Lee, the Yale Medical School psychiatrist) said the screening test (Rear Adm. Ronny) Jackson gave Trump “gives the public a false sense of reassurance.” Indeed, Donald Trump Jr. used the results of the test in a tweet: “More #winning. 30 out of 30.” . . . She said the test, though useful for detecting Alzheimer’s and the like, indicates little about “his high functioning, his frontal-lobe functioning, that we’re questioning.” To figure out what causes the worrisome traits President Trump exhibits — disordered decision-making, an insatiable need for affirmation, little impulse control, confusion about facts, difficulty foreseeing consequences — you’d need more extensive tests, a psychological exam and an MRI. . . "




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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Idiosyncratic . . .


What do I know about happiness
Do I possess some kind of key
To things that no one else can see

Just as far back as my memory goes
Sometimes it seemed I was alone
Only my point of view and me

As I reflect
Some disconnect
Could be afflicting me
Am I just one
Under the sun
Or am I quite unique

Others speak out very easily
No fear about who may get hurt
By words so hastily dispensed

For some reason I step back away
I hesitate to be so bold as to
Presume some insight gained

As I reflect
Some disconnect
Could be afflicting me
Am I just one
Under the sun
Or am I quite unique


Unique
©2006 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

More Survey . . .

. . . with which I, quite frankly, had a good time . . .




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