#Calexit #DivideAndConquer

 

Would Calexit be a good thing?

A few weeks ago I posted to Facebook, the above article from my favorite blog author, Tim Urban at WaitButWhy. The Wait But Why post lays out some intriguing ideas about California seceding from the rest of the United States. It is worth a read as is the entire blog.

To me Calexit was an interesting idea but nothing more.  I thought of it like many of the recent past calls of other states to secede. For example, As recently as 2012, Texan’s were genuinely chanting, “secede, secede.” The then Texas Governor, Rick Perry said, “If Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.” (FYI: Rick Perry is the current Secretary of Energy)

Well, apparently, this movement actually has some legs. It is now being reported that Russia is (at least partially) behind this attempt to split apart California. Continue reading “#Calexit #DivideAndConquer”

Suspension could prevent a crisis


 

It is time to take drastic measures. Before yesterdays hearing Donald Trump’s approval rating had fallen to his lowest yet. At 37% he has matched Obama’s lowest rating and it took him less then two months of governing to get there. That was before the FBI director, James Comey, confirmed that there is an investigation surrounding the Trump campaign and it’s ties to Russia. Comey also debunked the President’s claims that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. It doesn’t take much common sense to know that Trump’s approval rating will be lower today than it was on Sunday.He and his team are being investigated for possible treasonous activities. It is time for the Democrats, Republicans, media members and most importantly, the People to demand that Trump and Pence suspend themselves from office at least until these investigations are over. Paul Ryan needs Continue reading “Suspension could prevent a crisis”

Vet Yourselves

If the Trump team really was so “unaware” of so many of their teammates colluding with Russia, how can such an amateur group be trusted with national security issues? They couldn’t even vet their own people with the same level of detail a refugee would receive.

Isn’t it slightly more important to vet the people running our country than it is to vet someone just wanting to move here for a better life? Trump and his minions are in a much better position to terrorize and attack America from within than a newly arrived immigrant.

Trump Tweet Watch

Here is this weeks Trump Tweet Watch numbers and chart.  It looks like the President has returned to his twitter account after taking it easy for a couple of weeks and to our delight he became a bit unhinged this weekend.  Trump showed his frustration with a serious of tweets accusing former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower followed by his dislike of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the host of ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’.

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Why eat a nasty Thickburger anyway?

Back in highschool I worked at Hardee’s Restaurant – Home of the Thickburger, Eat Like You Mean it!  

I worked evenings after school and often opened the store at 5:00am on Saturday or Sundays. I made $5.15/hr.  My paychecks were never big but I was able to make a little spending money and save for college.  At my one year review I sat down with the General Manager of the store and she went through my evaluation.  I got good remarks throughout.  At the end of the meeting, I was given a pay raise.  $0.05.  Five cents.  I looked across the fast food booth at her with a look of embarrassment.  I asked her why it was so little considering I was a good worker, always on time, and dependable.  I also told her that I expected it to be a higher amount.  Using my best 16 year old negotiating skills, I said that I was hoping for $0.25/hr.  I ended up with leaving the meeting making $5.25/hr; hey, a ten cent raise was better than a five.  

Currently, Andrew Puzder, the CEO of Hardee’s is looking to become the next Secretary of Labor.  He is bad for workers.  He opposes the minimum wage.  Now, I understand why I was offered such a meager wage increase 16 years ago, however, I probably should be thankful for getting any bump at all.  There is a case against Puzder in Pennsylvania that claims that he was charging his employee’s ten cents per hour to wear his restaurant uniform. He is also bad for women.  He allegedly beat his wife and a video has been making its way around congress that shows Puzder’s wife in disguise talking on “The Oprah Winfrey show.”  The title of the episode is, “High-Class Battered Women.”  Sixty percent of low wage workers are women.  Does anyone really think that Puzder is going to be an advocate or supporter of labor?  

Since leaving Hardee’s, I have rarely paid to eat there.  With the nomination of Andrew Puzder I have and will continue to boycott his restaurants.  There are too many other places to spend money on food for me to give such a horrible person any more of my time and money.  

Vote with your wallet.  Ask yourself, are those cinnamon raisin biscuits worth it?  In my opinion, they are not.  Of course, it is not just Puzder.  If you know that a certain business owner isn’t treating their workers fairly, it is irresponsible to support them and their businesses.  This is supposed to be a “free market.”  There is plenty of competition to choose from.  Let’s start choosing wisely, together.

I think I get it

For me it is not hard to understand that women and minorities had/have to struggle to obtain opportunity.  For me, everything has been available.  Always and Forever. Except for one thing: I have the greatest job in the world because of the women’s suffrage movement.  I thank them for the sacrifices that they made.  Without those voices, protests and demonstrations, I wouldn’t be a stay-at-home-dad.  Of course, there will be people who read this post and think, “A man shouldn’t be at home with the kids!  That guy needs to go get a job.”  Then that same person will turn around and say, “One thing that’s wrong with this country is that we don’t put family first!  We need to get back to our family values!  I vote republican because we are the party of family values.”

For many, yesterdays Women’s March was another step towards progress.  It is one small step closer to perfecting the system.  I stand for Continue reading “I think I get it”

Terraplas

In January 2013 crews worked to protect the National Mall grass.  They knew that a huge crowd would be arriving to watch President Obama be sworn into office again.  It doesn’t take a lot of smarts to know that hundreds of thousands of people walking on a lawn will destroy it.  The solution: Install Terraplas.

Terraplas are plastic sheets that can sit six inches above the grass.  It allows sun and rain to get through it yet is strong enough for people to stand on.  Crews put down thousands of these terraplas sheets across the National Lawn in hopes of saving the grounds.

Today, the Trump administration blasted the media claiming that photos and video of Donald Trump’s inauguration were fake.  The Trump team claims that a record number of people showed up for his inauguration.   Continue reading “Terraplas”

Impressed with Trump? Not me.

Twenty-four months ago my view of Donald Trump was one of dislike.  I didn’t give him much thought but I knew I didn’t like the guy.  I would never have stayed in one of his hotels or golfed at his courses.  My opinion of him was of a con man.  I knew of his bankruptcies and failures.  In my mind he was sexist, crude, a racist and a fraud.   I can honestly say that I thought he was tacky; putting his name on everything and whatnot.  He’s bizarre.  That is why it is hard to wrap my head around him being our President.  I still think all of those things of him and now my impression has gotten even worse.  Why would America elect Biff Tannen to be President?  NewsFlash: Marty McFly isn’t going to be stealing back the Gray’s Sports Almanac and resetting us onto our correct space time continuum. Continue reading “Impressed with Trump? Not me.”