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Social Security isn’t…

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…very secure,  and for that you can blame Congress,  which spent excesses on other things instead of leaving it in the pot for the future.   The federal government has trained seniors to use Social Security instead of saving for retirement.  It has always been a bad bet,  and  it still  is.   I figure that for every cent taken from me and supposedly placed in SS,  I have lost about 18 cents,  Thanks a lot you Congressional hogs…

 

 

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February 20, 2020 at 1:15 pm

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Demolition fail…

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This  failed attempt  to bring down a building proves again that it isn’t so much the amount of explosives one uses,  but the placement of them  which matters most.   I can’t tell from the video the location and true sequence of the individual blasts,  but my casual observation is that the puffs of smoke were scattered and not in rapid order.  But never fear  — this is Texas and  Pettigrew Inc will complete the job with a crane and wrecking ball.

 

 

 

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February 19, 2020 at 1:51 pm

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You’re 36 and…

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…your parents were  still paying  for your cell phone?   And you call 911 repeatedly because you think it’s an emergency?   Words fail me…

 

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February 18, 2020 at 1:40 pm

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Presidents’ Day, 2020…

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The Smithsonian  provides us  with some pieces of presidential trivia.   Only two were new to me,  but that didn’t lessen my appreciation.   It meant  more when  it recognized only our first president George Washington.   Since 1971 it has been just a non-specific federal holiday,  although some states still celebrate particular Oval Office occupants.   In my view,  not that many presidents deserve the honor.

You may also be interested in learning about the  descendants of  our former presidents.

UPDATE:  I added a link above and here is one to Jeb  Bush’s plea  for civility,  which seems to ignore the fact that Democrats don’t desire anything approaching civility.

 

 

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February 18, 2020 at 1:19 pm

Trump at Daytona…

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Trump lit up the Daytona 500 yesterday when he and the First Lady were driven  in a lap  around the famed racecourse before he delivered a short speech,  then gave the customary order to start.   The President began with  a fly-by  in Air Force One.   I shudder to think how many different agencies had to sign off on that very low,  very close fly-by.  I’m sure another bunch had to sign off on the Beast being  the pace  car,  which the drivers got a kick out of,  the media,  not so much.

You will never go wrong at a NASCAR event when your speech  calls racing  “pure American glory.”   Trump supporters will also  never mind  your saying that  “no matter who wins,  God,  family,  and country matter most.”   The Trump campaign ad which ran there is a good one.   I think he has the NASCAR voters locked up tight.    Progressives wouldn’t dream of being caught dead at such a tacky,  redneck thing.   It’s one of the few things they haven’t manage to utterly ruin…

Here’s a  longer video of the fly-over,  a shot of our lovely First Lady and some crowd pix.   As the Left whines pathetically, keep in mind nothing the President said was  remotely political.   It was about them,  not him,  and the crowd loved  it.

UPDATE:  Todd Starnes offers the critics  some sage  advice.

UPDATE:  And the rookie driver  whose helmet  Trump signed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm

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Potential mess…

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There is the possibility that the Democratic Party bosses could leverage any of the candidates into the party’s presidential nominee.   It’s complicated,  just as the Democrats like it,  but perfectly plausible, as this  WaPo article explains.  Read it and lay in a good store of popcorn.

 

 

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February 16, 2020 at 2:04 pm

Perennial Girl Scout…

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I grew up out in the country,  so I was fortunate so have access to a Brownie troop,  the younger version of Girl Scouts.  I wasn’t particularly interested in crafts, so I never made it to Girl Scout status,  unlike Veronica “Ronnie” Backenstoe,  who joined at age ten.   She is 98 now,  but still  involved with the Scouts and still  helping sell  the tasty treats.   She gives a lot of credit to the Girl Scouts for helping prepare her for life,  but I suspect she has given the organization back more than she got.

 

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February 15, 2020 at 1:59 pm

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