Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Blue Tsunami

So it's been a while since the last blog.  I've been busy writing but this time I needed complete sentences, correct word usage and punctuation that matched the words I was writing. Not the gibberish I normally hack out in the mornings.

All will be clear soon. 

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Last night golfing in league it was 55 degrees . . . . and the best night yet. When is 15 degrees below normal a good thing.  2 weeks ago rain for 9 holes, last week 25 mph winds and last night a balmy 55.   NO COMPLAINTS, hit a 47 even with a couple of 7s from having to rescue a few balls under pine trees, I hate chipping sideways. 

But the weather will get better for the next days. Getting sunny this afternoon, a little rain tomorrow but Saturday and Sunday will be really nice.  

It will be nice for Door Creek to dry out a little. 

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The Blue Tsunami - Republicans are increasingly worried. A couple of special elections this week has shown that Trump is a sinking ship and Republicans are not jumping off fast enough.

New Hampshire: state House’s 6th Carroll District.  Trump beat Clinton 51-44 in the election but Tuesday Democrat Edie DesMarais defeated Republican Mathew Plache 52 – 48.  But here is the kicker - the last time a Democrat won that district was 103 year ago, 1913.

In New York: 9th Assembly District - Trump defeated Clinton in this district 60 – 37. Tuesday Democrat Christine Pellegrino defeated Republican Thomas Garguilo 58 – 42 - the kicker? Democrat's have NEVER won in that district.    EVER!

Today in Montana it's going to be close but GOP gazillionair Greg Gianforte decided it was the perfect time to play WWF and took down a reporter breakign his glasses.  He is now facing charges and newspapers in Montana are pulling their support.  Even a FOX reporter in the room said  Greg Gianforte had zero reason to take down the reporter.

Remember - 100% of the time the party that is in the White House immediately starts to lose power, sometimes it's a slow decline and sometimes fast but it always happens.

Trump is a cancer for the GOP.

I remember saying Trump was the death of the GOP, then he won and Clinton was the death of the DNC. Well, I think Trump is back to being the death of the GOP.

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Don't get me started on the US fantasy budget proposal which is riddled with accounting "errors" with some numbers being used multiple times.

The main thing is the use of trickle down economics (a proven loser) and thinking that the economy will be hitting 3 and 4% which will pay for everything.    

It's like taking out huge loans because you are looking for a job and you are sure you can get one in the future. There is no way the US can get 3 or 4% growth.  It will never happen for a number of reason.

Oh sure we have had that growth in the 1990s at 5% but we also had a rapidly growing workforce and a rapid gains in productivity.  It's like counting cards in BlackJack. The big gains come during the time when the bad cards leaving the deck. Not when all the bad cards our out of the deck. Same with the economy, the big gains are during these years of massive growth.

NOW - the labor force is slowing as baby boomers retire and productivity which his still strong but not really getting stronger. Plus it's really time for a recession and any small economic downturn will totally blow 3-4% out of the water.  The GOP has to have 10 wonderful years in a row with a massively growing workforce AND a bloom in an already productive productivity.  Ya gotta roll 7s for 10 years in a row.

Not going to happen.

OH - all that money gained to pay for everything the fantasy 3-4% growth will bring?  That same money was used twice in the budget.  So you go shopping with your wife to Pic-N-Save with $50. You both have your own cart with $50 of goods and can't figure out why you can't pay for BOTH carts with your $50.

The $2 TRILLION saved in the budget will pay for the $2 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy AND that same $2 trillion will also pay to balance the budget.

That is what the GOP is trying to do. Is it just being inapt?  Or are they just trying to pull the wool over Americans heads yet again.

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Nashville - The three professional teams making a home in Nashville have won a total of ZERO championships in a combined 52 years.  Have fun in Nashville balderdash - go see a sports team.

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While being a meteorologist was my first choice for a professions being a truck driver was my 2nd (well, to be honest my FIRST choice was to be a fire truck but that had some issues I was not aware of when I was a wee lad).  Being a weather man never happened - I needed two BS degrees and knowing my study habits that was never going to happen but I do love driving.  Driving from North Carolina to Columbus in one day was not a problem last month.

WELL - the annual turnover for long-haul truck drivers is 80%.  EIGHTY PERCENT!  Not the best profession to be in.

Congressional Budget Office came out with their numbers on Trumpcare.  23,000,000 Americans would lose health care coverage in the next 10 years.  Medicaid would be cut by 838 million and people with a lot of money will pay lower taxes.

OH - the healthy will pay lower insurance but the people with pre-existing issues will pay for the healthy to have lower rates so it all evens out.

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Speaking of Columbus - that barbershop moved to next to the comic book shop.  Better location I think. WOW a business actually moving closer to the center of town!!

Lots and lots of good things happening in Columbus under the radar behind the curtains. I'm totally optimistic about Columbus with good, slow, sustained organic growth.  We don't want to be like Sun Prairie that grows so fast the infrastructure AND TAXES can't keep up.

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Survivor crowned it's winner last night.  Great season.  But get this - the winner said he or she (no spoilers) was 90% sure of winning.  Think about holding a secret that you won $1 million from family and friends FOR 9 MONTHS!!  OMG - that would be a nightmare.   You tell anyone and you lose.

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Have a great day and root for the sun - it's coming!!  
   

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Star Trek Discovery

I was asked if I was suffering from mental illness the other day.  I said no, I was actually enjoying it.

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Good news for the Republicans - they got a Special Council to investigate the President.  No really, it is good news for them.

But first - why is this good news for Trump?  Well, he can actually not say anything about his involvement with Russia because there is an ongoing investigation - no comment!!  and he can focus on actual political things instead of blaming everyone else on Twitter.

AND - they might not find anything at all and it would make Trump look like a winner (whic is important to him).

Why is this bad for Trump?  The Russian thing will not go away for a long long time and they could find some very very bad things in a cover-up.

OF COURSE - Trump can always fire the Special Council . . . . that might not look very good but is a very real possibility.  Remember - this is what Nixon did.

Whys is this good for Republicans?  Same as with Trump - they can get back to actual politics (unless Trumps does some more Tweeting) and instead of constantly being asked about Russia they can defer to Special Council.

Why is this bad for Republicans?  - it's not bad.  There is nothing bad about this for them.

Why is this good for Democrats - read why is this bad for Trump.   Also since this will be a long drawn out process it could last to the mid-terms.

Why is this bad for Democrats - The left could have pounded Trump every day for another 2 years and keep this as a headline - now they can't.

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Side note - the co-author of "The Art of the Deal"  has apologized for co-authoring the book and is donating all of his proceeds to charity.

He has also said he really doubts Trump will get impeached - HOWEVER - he says Trump will "resign and claim victory".  Trump is all about winning and losing and he is losing very very bigly at the moment and is looking for ways out of the mess he created.  Trump NEVER wanted to be President in the first place and this is his nightmare.

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OMG - check out the new Star Trek Discover trailer - I will for sure spend $5 a month to view this

https://youtu.be/4dxe_ugmIVM


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Seems AT@T and DIRECT TV are in trouble for bait and switch tactics on bundling phone and TV.

You sign a 2 year deal for a cheap bundle and then they raise the price on you. You cannot cancel without a large fine and you cannot have a lawsuit because in the very tiny letters it says you cannot have lawsuits.

I got that letter and it was only for new customers but I did see that you could not sue them in anyway.

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VERY windy last night in golf.  I was doing fine until the last 4 holes and I started watching the oncoming storm.   ended with 7,7,7,7 for a 52.  sigh. Could not putt and on the last home a 140 7 iron with 160 instead.   Still waiting for a NORMAL night of golf.

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A new Public Policy Polling survey came out and AT THE MOMENT the Democrats lead in the House of Representatives by 49-38

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That HUGE worldwide ransom attack has not been a gold mine for the perps.  They have only netted $50,000 so far from companies that caved in.

 - - - - -going to be a cool rainy Saturday but better Sunday

Cheers


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dark store Theory

Not used to see speed golfers on the course at 7:00 in the morning.  Hit the ball and literally RUN to it.  I need coffee.

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There is a "thing" chain stores are doing to screw the citizens of Wisconsin, particularly  Walgreens, Target and Menards. They are making YOU pay their property taxes through a loophole. Seems this loophole they are exploiting says that their store, in a thriving location, should pay the same taxes as a building in a vacant lot or abandoned store. Instead of playing property tax like everyone else they can pay the property tax of an abandoned store.

So, if Menards owes $700,000 in taxes they can say - look, that big box abandoned store only pays $350,000, that is what we will pay putting the other $350,000 tax burden to the people in that community.

BUT WAIT - it gets better. They can have the community go back a year or two and we will be forced to refund the excess (in their view) of back taxes. Again, at the expense of you and me.

Small ma and pa places don't get this loophole. Only the large corporations get this break (the same ones the GOP is reducing taxes for).  Well, Columbus and other city's are fighting back as there is a bill being proposed to fix this loophole and we are joining the fight.

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Another tricky situation is downtown.  There are some apartments where the building owners are refusing to fix their back stairway, the ONLY way out of their building. In fact, the stairs LITERALLY have rotted and do not even touch the ground. (no really the supporting beams are no longer in contact with mother earth).  Obviously this is a safety concern.

SO - what the heck do you do!  Nothing?  That is not a good plan.  We tried to put pressure on the two dead beat out of town building owners, one has refused to acknowledge there is a problem and the other said he never received the multiple letters that were sent with the drop dead date of doing something.

So - the city could fix the stairs and put the $$ on their property tax but does the city want to get into the remodeling business?  And if we do will it have to be 100% up to code costing 30K and we would probably never get that $$ back?  Or we could evict the tenants but that is not fair to them and will be costly with court orders and so forth.

Plus - "we" would not be evicting the tenants anyway as this would fall on the building owners refusing to fix their problem.  The building owners would have a choice, fix the stairs or lose their tenants. THEIR CHOICE, not OURS.

This can all be seen in City Council so there are no "secrets" that I'm giving out.

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Last night - about 1/2 inch of rain in the few storms we received. No tennis ball size hail like just west of Deforest.

Crummy weekend coming up.  A lot rain and cool all day Saturday and High of 63 and cloudy Sunday. Thunderstorms Wednesday night and high of 58 Friday.  80s the next 2 days.

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Trump attended a the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service a few days ago, a very solemn occasion to be sure. One of the first things he did was to clap and say this was just like one of his campaign rallies.

Seems rather disrespectful if you ask me.

He then promised to support police officers because they supported him “bigly, during his campaign that beat crooked Hillary.

He then congratulated himself for sacrificing his fake comb-over and not wearing a hat, before throwing the hat into the crowd – again behaving like he was at a rally and not at a memorial service.

What an ignorant child.

HEY - I have issues from time to time with the Police but I still respect them.

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OH - lesson learned, don't write a blog when REALLY snarly - tough week last week. Wednesday I learned a LGBT friend tried to commit suicide even though he had talked 4 LGBT individuals from the same fate.  Seems the far right GOP is having an effect on the LGBT community by saying it's OK to hate them.

Then I get a call saying my lawnmower, that I have spend $350 on repairs in the last 3 years, will need $110 MORE repairs to fix the FRONT wheel and be in the shop for another 2 weeks.  

I guarantee you I will not spend another dime on it. GREAT mower . . . when it's wheels are not falling off.  So I'm looking for a BIG sale on lawnmowers so I'll have a back up when this one's wheels fall off again.  $450 in repairs over 3 years?  Geez - I could get a riding mower for that.

I must learn to not wear my emotions on my sleeve.  I need to hide my emotions in a deep dark place where they can stew for a while (a few hours might actually do it).

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OH - I said we were look at rPods campers.  Got a message from a former citizen of Columbus, a Doctor in Montana saying to look into Jayco Humming birds.  Well, those are hard to find but upon further review they are built much better and really the same design inside, just better materials.

Now all we will need is an SUV (or car)that can pull 3500+ pounds such as a 2016 Porsche Panamera that can pull 4,500 pounds.  All I gotta do is convince DJ this is the only car that can do it.

car pictured has no bumper hitch. 
nuff said