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Saturday, March 31, 2018

My Head . . .

. . . or more specifically, the contents therein, provide me with a wealth of entertainment. Musing on the past, present, life, death, the world, the country . . . it's endless.  Today, for some reason, the past took front and center, and monopolized the activities of the grey matter for a portion of the early morning hours. The past and my place in it and the person I was in that place back then would pretty much sum it up. I was timid, unsure. So many personalities come to mind; personalities that I envied for your sheer joy, their fearlessness, their humor and their confidence. Then I wonder, where are they now?  What are they like now?  Are they still joyful, fearless, funny and confident?

GOOGLE? . . .



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Friday, March 30, 2018

High . . .

Road? . . .

(from https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-cozies-saudi-arabia-s-crown-prince-congress-must-push-ncna858471)
". . . In his speech to Arab leaders in May 2017, he said: “We are not here to tell other people how to live,” a statement consistent with his silence on Saudi Arabia’s draconian male guardianship system, and its detention of human rights activists and other critics of the government. Trump also made no mention of the thousands of civilians killed or wounded in the Saudi-led campaign. . . The U.S. should push MBS further — make clear that he won’t be seen as a reformer unless he abolishes the male guardianship, under which every Saudi woman has a male “guardian” who has the authority to make a wide range of critical decisions on her behalf, and releases all men and women still imprisoned for peaceful activism, including those jailed for pushing for women’s equal treatment. . . Trump’s silence on human rights represents a failure to capitalize on the leverage the U.S. has with Saudi Arabia. . . Trump’s silence on human rights represents a failure to capitalize on the leverage the U.S. has with Saudi Arabia.. . ."




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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Reward . . .


(from The Undoing Project: A Friendship That. . . . by Michael Lewis)
". . . Statistics wasn't just boring numbers; it contained ideas that allowed you to glimpse deep truths about human life. "Because we tend to reward others when they do well and punish them when they do badly, and because there is regression to the mean," Danny later wrote, "it is part of the human condition that we are statistically punished for rewarding others and rewarded for punishing them.". . . "




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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Not So Much. . .


. . . a regret, but simply an observation . . .


Things imagined
Things desired
Youth's imagination
From so countless
Directions fired

But life is truly
Not one taken lightly
So gravity inevitably
Exercises its option
Sometimes not so slighly

And dreams
Although good
Must be relegated
Back further in the queue
Relinquishing where it formerly stood

As the end fast approaching
Wants to now get acquainted
and the years have provided
Many lessons to mull
Seems that life is quite good
When you're proud of your choices
But the brain can't help ponder
Each leap and each lull


Heart Purge Two

©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Changes . . .

Free streaming killed the radio monopoly . . .


(https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/media/2018/03/15/radio-giant-iheartmedia-files-chapter-11-bankruptcy/427322002/)
". . . The nation's largest radio station operator, iHeartMedia, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to shed billions of debt it has carried for more than a decade. . . The San Antonio-based company, which has more than 850 radio stations, says it will continue to keep operating after reaching an agreement with creditors for more than $10 billion of its $20 billion in debt. . ."



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Monday, March 26, 2018

THEIR . . .

Problem???!!!!...

(from https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/25/politics/rick-santorum-guns-cnntv/index.html)
". . . "How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that," Santorum said on CNN's "State of the Union.". . ."


IMBECILE!!!

(Not only an imbecilic suggestion, but-) Hey Rick, lets line up all the little Santorums and Santorettes against a wall for the NEXT BIG EVENT and then we'll discuss just WHOSE problem this is!!!!




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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Obviously . . .

. . .  one last, desperate gasp for breath before dying . . .


". . . the NRA posted a short membership-drive video along with a brief message.
"Stand and Fight for our Kids' Safety by Joining NRA," it said. "Today's protests aren't spontaneous. Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.". . . "




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Saturday, March 24, 2018

One More . . .

. . . "good" choice . . .


(from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/us/politics/bolton-cambridge-analyticas-facebook-data.html)
". . . The political action committee founded by John R. Bolton, President Trump’s incoming national security adviser, was one of the earliest customers of Cambridge Analytica, which it hired specifically to develop psychological profiles of voters with data harvested from tens of millions of Facebook profiles, according to former Cambridge employees and company documents. . . Mr. Bolton’s political committee, known as The John Bolton Super PAC, first hired Cambridge in August 2014, months after the political data firm was founded and while it was still harvesting the Facebook data. . . In the two years that followed, Mr. Bolton’s super PAC spent nearly $1.2 million primarily for “survey research,” which is a term that campaigns use for polling, according to campaign finance records. . ."




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Friday, March 23, 2018

Feigning . . .


(from The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. . . by Michael Lewis)
". . . a big part of a consultant's job was to feign total certainty about uncertain things. . . exhibit confidence when in his view, confidence was a sign of fraudulence. . . pretending to know things rather than actually knowing things. . .






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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mentality . . .

. . . of the old west . . .



(Thanks to Duck Baker - from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3484064/Pro-gun-poster-girl-shot-four-year-old-son-driving-Florida-boy-pistol-seat-truck.html)
". . . A high-profile pro-gun activist was shot in the back by her four-year-old son after he found her pistol lying on the back seat of her truck just 24 hours after (s)he boasted about his shooting skills online. . . just a day after she said the youngster would get 'jacked up' before a shooting practice on a page dedicated to her musings on Second Amendment rights. . . On the (her Facebook) profile Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense she wrote: 'Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22'. . . She reportedly believes she has the right to shoot anyone who threatens her family - and plans to teach her offspring the same mentality. . ."


. . . No Thanks!

Too Many Cowboys
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Little . . .

So I said
I've got a roof o'er my head
Some people can't even say the same thing
But it's still not a fact
I can take any comfort in
I want more to make up my legacy
I'm not poorbut everybody's telling me

Money can't buy everything
You've heard it time again
No money can't buy happiness
When will you learn this fact of life my friend

So I said
I've got my very own bed
I don't give it much thought
When I lay down my head
But it's cold and it's lonely
In December on the street
Why do you tell me these kinds of things
I want more of luxuries that wealth can bring

Money can't buy everything
You've heard it time again
No money can't buy happiness
When will you learn this fact of life my friend

I want to be a squire a king a country gentleman
If I can if I can
I want to get respect Ffor what I have
And not for what I am
Just a man just a man

So I said
It's more than daily bread
That I. . . . . . . . 

Money can't buy everything
You've heard it time again
No money can't buy happiness
When will you learn this fact of life my friend



A Little Money

©1994 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I Wanna . . .


(from https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/25/politics/trump-military-parade-veterans-day/index.html)
". . ."The generals would love to do it, I tell you, and so would I,"The President acknowledged, however, that the production would have to come at a "reasonable cost" and said the government is still in preliminary talks about the idea. . . and if we can't, we won't do it. . . "I think it's great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit."




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Monday, March 19, 2018

Sanctity . . .

. . . when life begins and sanctity ends . . .


(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctity_of_Life_Act)
". . . The Sanctity of Life Act . . . would have amended the federal judicial code to remove Supreme Court and district court jurisdiction to review cases arising out of any statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, or practice, or any act interpreting such a measure, on the grounds that such measure: (1) protects the rights of human persons between conception and birth; or (2) prohibits, limits, or regulates the performance of abortions or the provision of public funds, facilities, personnel, or other assistance for abortions. . . "

(from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fiscal-entitlements/u-s-tax-revamp-still-incomplete-as-republicans-eye-social-program-cuts-idUSKBN1E22MD)
". . . “Next year, we’re going to have to get back to entitlement reform,” Ryan said on a radio talk show on Wednesday. . . In Republican parlance, “entitlement” programs mean food stamps, housing assistance, Medicare and Medicaid health insurance for the elderly, poor and disabled, as well as other programs created to assist the needy. . . Republicans will attempt to pay for their tax overhaul . . . by pivoting to seeking cuts in entitlement spending. . . "




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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tweedleedee. . .



John O. Brennan✔
@JohnBrennan
When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will  not destroy America...America will triumph over you.






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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Progress. . .

. . . and the Constitution . . .



(from http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/the-second-amendment-is-no-barrier-to-stricter-gun-laws.html)
". . . (to the) millions across America desiring stricter gun laws . . . the Constitution is no impediment to reform. . . all-out bans on assault-style weapons — the kind accused gunman Nikolas Cruz used in his rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida — are perfectly in harmony with the law as it exists today. No need to wait for a broken Congress or an apathetic president to do something. States and localities can lead the way today. And they have. . . (Antonin) Scalia’s own opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller — his greatest originalist achievement, in the view of many — left ample room for the regulation of firearms. In a passage that has become a thorn in the side of gun-rights enthusiasts, Scalia warned that people shouldn’t read too much into the fundamental right that he had just helped announce. Among other caveats and restrictions, Scalia wrote, “long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms” were still fair game. . . Connecticut, legislators there and in New York sprang to action and passed stringent bans on assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines — The statutory schemes were broad, defining “assault weapons” as any semiautomatic rifle with at least one “military-style feature” — a definition that rendered the arsenal of prohibited weapons decidedly large. In Connecticut, the ban singled out 183 specific firearms by make and model. Court challenges were of no use. Both laws survived judicial scrutiny, and the Supreme Court didn’t bother reviewing the statutes’ constitutionality. In a one-line order, the court refused to add the case to its docket. . . Maryland enacted its own sweeping set of gun-control measures in response to Sandy Hook and other tragedies, declaring that the right to bear arms doesn’t extend to firearms that otherwise belong in the battlefield. “Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protection to the weapons of war that the Heller decision explicitly excluded from such coverage,” . . . the Supreme Court again didn’t bother with the Maryland ban and left the ruling in place. And so it has been for the past decade or so. Over the supplications of the National Rifle Association and others who have implored the court to revisit Heller, the court has refused, time and again, to clarify its contours. Could it be that there’s nothing to clarify? Just last week, the Supreme Court declined an invitation to review a California law that imposes a ten-day waiting period before an individual may purchase a firearm. The justices didn’t explain why the case didn’t interest them — maybe the Parkland school shooting in Florida was on their minds — and so it fell to Justice Clarence Thomas to be the lonesome voice crying out in the wilderness. “The right to keep and bear arms is apparently this Court’s constitutional orphan,” Thomas lamented in a 14-page dissent that not even Justice Neil Gorsuch dared join. “And the lower courts seem to have gotten the message.”. . ."





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Friday, March 16, 2018

Bad . . .

. . . calls



(from https://www.marketwatch.com/story/kudlows-history-of-bad-economic-calls-2018-03-15#false)
". . . (Larry)Kudlow (appointed Director of the National Economic Council by US President Donald Trump) has made some enormous and stupendously bad calls. In the fall of 2007, when the housing and stock markets were collapsing, he downplayed it, writing in National Review that, “Despite all the doom and gloom from the economic pessimistas, the resilient U.S economy continues moving ahead quarter after quarter, year after year, defying dire forecasts and delivering positive growth.” Looking ahead to 2008—when the entire U.S. economy came crashing down and millions of Americans lost their jobs, and banks, automobile makers and mortgage lenders had it be bailed out to the tune of hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars—he said “we are about to enter the seventh consecutive year of the Bush boom.” . . . Anyone who thinks otherwise, he added with flair, “are going to wind up with egg on their faces.”. . . from 1993: “There is no question that President Clinton’s across-the-board tax increases on labor, capital and energy will throw a wet blanket over the recovery and depress the economy’s long-run potential,” Kudlow wrote. What happened next? The U.S. economy began an eight-year expansion, creating 21 million jobs—and the federal budget was balanced. . . Let’s hope that Kudlow’s forecasting skills have improved with age. . ."




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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pre-. . .

. . . on-line dating . . .

To my dearest love
Or current resident
Sending you these lines
To show you how much I care
How can I convey
To you this sentiment
Only you're for me my dearest
Please insert your name on the
Dotted Line

There's no obligation
There's no purchase required
There are over five thousand
Who are qualified
And eligible to win the grand prize
Rules and regulations
Must be read carefully
Entries must be postmarked by the 30th
At quarter to three

Once I made a solemn
Vow to someone I knew
And I thought her vow was also solemn too
But I thought with my heart
And didn't see it through
Not that any lesson
Of great value has been learned
Such experience should teach us something good
Or maybe I enjoy getting burned

It's not a weakness to be
Predisposed toward sharing
I might survive all alone
But I'm just no that daring
Desperate men will take desperate measure
To get what they think that they need


Dotted Line
©1997 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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