Mike Rowse A voice from New Mexico

14Aug/170

The NFL pundits just can’t get it right

whether it is truly deserved or not the NFL has an image problem when it comes to the way they discipline their players for violation of legal rules. Remember a few years ago when Ray Rice was caught on a hotel security camera knocking out his girlfriend and dragging her by the hair into an elevator? The NFL issued I think a three-game suspension and they were excoriated for not being tough enough on Ray Rice. There were a couple of other subsequent instances regarding domestic abuse that the league was criticized for not being tough enough. Now Ezekial Elliot, the running back for the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended for six games after allegedly being involved in a domestic violence situation prior to becoming an NFL player. And while there is a line of support for the six-game suspension there is also a lot of criticism of the NFL and their handling of the situation.

the supporters of Elliott are saying that he was not charged criminally for any of the incidents that his former girlfriend alleged occurred because the district attorney said that was not enough evidence and it may have been that she fabricated some of the alleged violent meetings. Many are saying that because Elliott was not charged criminally he should not be punished by the NFL. Others are criticizing the NFL for taking a year to investigate the situation before handing out punishment.

Let's make sure we understand a couple of things, the NFL was criticized for rushing to judgment in the Ray Rice situation and other disciplinary hearings. So for them to take a year, which might be on its surface an excessive amount of time, they were trying to be thorough and had to do a deeper investigation because the police and district attorney dropped their investigations apparently and wouldn't share information with the NFL either. And how quickly do people really get to trial in a criminal case? Not very quickly at all; it's not unusual to have a case schedule more than a year after an arrest.

let's also not forget that often in domestic violence situations the victim refuses to cooperate in the criminal investigation which makes the prosecutor's job almost impossible. If there is not independent verifiable and documentable evidence such as videotape then there's almost no way you can prosecute someone successfully when it's a he/she said situation. The credibility of the alleged victim in this case was easily called into question and so the prosecutor decides that it's not likely he will get a verdict in his favor so decides not to pursue the case.

The standard of proof in order to be successful in a civil case or matter, which is what the NFL is dealing with is much lower than that of a criminal case. Look at what happened to O.J. Simpson, he was cleared of charges in the criminal case but found guilty unanimously in the civil case brought by his ex-wife's family. And let's not forget that the NFL is a private business and has the right to hold their employees to a specific standard of behavior in the right to meet out punishment as they see fit. The players union gave the NFL front office staff the ability to be the sole determining of punishment if a player violates league rules.

The NFL has to make money and if they become seen as a Lee that is full of bugs, wife beaters, drug addicts, murderers etc. then they are going to lose viewers and sponsors just like the NBA did 20 years ago. Whether you agree with the punishment meted out Elliott, it doesn't really matter because the NFL has the right to do that.

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14Aug/170

Let me get this straight…

the current atmosphere in America is vitriolic and divisive. Much of that is due to ignorance and I will point that finger directly at many on the left side of the aisle. I will also point to those entrenched in the power structure who use issues like race to divide us and put themselves in power or keep themselves in power. I think what has happened over the weekend in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is representative of what's going on in our country right now.

a neo-Nazi group holds a demonstration in support of their beliefs which the vast majority of people in America regardless of their ethnicity disagree with and find abhorrent. David Duke, one of the leaders of this group, says that he supports Donald Trump and they like much of what Trump is doing. So immediately the powerbrokers and the liberals jump on that and say Donald Trump is a racist bigot who agrees with a bunch of Nazis. It doesn't matter that Donald Trump has come up before and came out again and said in no uncertain terms that he does not support their agenda or their belief system. He has done nothing in his private life as far as his actions to stop give anyone legitimate reason to believe that he's some type of white supremacist. But true to the liberal way of doing things they throw that out there as if it's a fact and a lot of people who are ignorant believe it.

Then that belief or that "fact" is taken to the next level where anyone who supports Donald Trump or voted for Donald Trump must agree with the Nazis as well. Then the left wing, a minority groups such as the race baiters in Black Lives Matter says that the Nazis viewpoints are representative of mainstream white America. This is the type of blanket racist statement that takes away from the real issues that need to be discussed. I've said it before and I'll say it again there is racism in America but is not institutionalized in the way that the left wing claims it is. Our government gives preferential treatment to minority groups and against white men primarily. That in and of itself meets the definition of racism but it's legalized racism against white men. We have given these groups of neo-Nazis and white supremacists a reason to say that America is racist against them.

And of course as has happened so many times over the last year the left wing protesters become violent first. They are the ones that began throwing bottles and rocks at the demonstrators who have a legal right to be there and express their views. That's no different than any other group irregardless of their beliefs. They have a right to free speech and while many of us, most of us for that matter, disagree with what they were saying we will defend their right to congregate and say it. It doesn't mean that we agree with them. What it does mean is that we hold our individual rights dear and realize that these extend to all citizens of the United States.

Now this idiot that takes his car and drives into a group of protesters injuring several and killing one, is just that, an idiot. But what is definitely interesting is that it appears based upon some of his social media posts and other records that he supported Hillary Clinton in the campaign and is very much anti-Donald Trump. Now that may be proven to be in accurate later but right now that's what it appears like. So it makes me wonder if he was even one of the neo-Nazis at all. Maybe he had a different agenda and thought he was running into some of the neo-Nazis rather than the protesters. But the simple fact is this, the vast majority of people in this country do not agree with what he did in any way shape or form no matter what his beliefs were. Yet the left wing is there to tell you that he represents mainstream America.

I find it quite interesting that the people who are calling all white Americans racist, bigots, and supporters of white supremacy and especially calling Donald Trump all of those things because this group supports him are the same ones who failed to call out Barack Obama. That Donald Trump has never made a statement supporting any white supremacist group whatsoever. He has made a number of statements condemning them in their beliefs. However Barack Obama said on several occasions that he supports Louis Farrakhan and the nation of Islam and believes that they have some good ideas that need to be discussed in America. The nation of Islam is a racist group that espouses many beliefs similar to a white supremacist group only they call for black segregation and supremacy. On their webpage in there's statement of what they believe they say that Blacks and whites cannot get along together and should live in separate nations.

There are some simple truths that people are ignoring: if someone says they support me it does not automatically mean that I support them and that extends to our politicians and everyone else equally; neo-Nazis, Nation of Islam, Black lives matter, the new Black Panthers, white separatists, any of these groups that base their belief system upon racism and bigotry do not represent the majority of people in America or the principles upon which this nation was founded; I can support someone with whom I disagree on some issues, it doesn't mean that I agree with them on everything; Finally and most importantly we can and should disagree with each other in a civil manner without calling each other names or engaging in violence.

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3Aug/170

Every now and then a liberal gets it right

As many of you know from these columns or the radio show, I spend a lot of time listening to ESPN radio. I believe that a large portion of ESPN's money problems are due to the increasing inclusion of political talk into the sports shows. Don't get me wrong, there are times when sports have been catalysts for change in society and there are political and societal issues cross over into sports. But at its core, sports is entertainment for the vast majority of the fan base and they use it as an escape from the rest of the world. When their escape becomes too much like the rest of their world, they'll go find something else to watch.

Colin Kaepernick is one of those issues that, at first, may have been something that most people could have used to stimulate discussion about larger, societal issues regarding race relations and police brutality. But because of what I'll call his inability to articulate just what he was protesting, he did not become an icon of change for most Americans, including a large portion of the African American community.

Will Cain is a relatively new host on ESPN radio. I believe he's on a regular show weekend mornings or maybe just Sunday morning and is a frequent fill in host for weekday shows when the regular host is gone. I have listened to him enough to know that he's very into political issues and is a liberal. You can imagine that I don't see eye to eye with him very often but on this day I have to give him credit for understanding the anger most Americans have with Kaepernick's actions.

Cain said that while many Americans did not and would not like Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem, they would have shown more tolerance towards him if he'd been able to articulate a valid reason for his protest. But Kaepernick, like many liberals, spoke in broad generalities saying things like America is a racist country; police are targeting and killing minorities, and blacks are treated as 2nd class citizens in America.

Cain opines that Kaepernick would have garnered more support both inside and outside of football and have suffered less vitriolic criticism if he'd been more specific in expressing his concerns. Pointing out statistics or specific areas where there are problems rather than painting us all as bigots for example. For once a liberal gets it; no one of significance denies that there is racism in America; no one denies that some cops are racist or overly violent; but America itself is not racist, our policies are not racist, cops don't deliberately, as a force, target anyone for arrests. Race is a sensitive issue even under the best of circumstances and when you try to paint an entire demographic as racist or bigoted or anti-anything, then you lose the support of the majority. And that solves nothing.

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3Aug/170

We can take back healthcare…

I was reading an article on a webpage I go to frequently, I think it was freedom outpost, but the author of the article had posted a question on his Facebook page. The question was, “what do we do to fix the health care system in the United States?”. One thing I want to point out is the current debate that is taking place in the public forum is not truly about reformation of healthcare. All of this discussion about Obama care and the solutions to curing the problems that legislation caused as well as the problems that legislation was supposed to fix, are about paying for healthcare. We now have not really had a discussion about resolving any problems in the health care system itself and that is a much deeper discussion that we will not delve into in this article.

Some of the responses to the question were things that we have talked about, such as getting the federal government out of healthcare altogether, establishing a free market system like we used to have, and cracking down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud. But there were also some comments that show there is still a lot of ignorance in the general population.

For example one commentor said that insurance companies should be forced to compete across state lines. Now I am sure there are some insurance companies that use this lack of freedom to do business in multiple states to their advantage, but having been in this industry for a long time I know that the majority of companies do not want to have to go through all of the regulatory processes that are required to be able to enter the market in each individual state. More importantly, they also want to be able to combine small state markets with larger state markets in order to improve actuarial accuracy and to be able to spread losses out over a larger group of insureds. This brings costs down for them because it makes losses and income more predictable and it reduces premiums for the consumer. To say that insurance companies don’t want to be able to compete across state lines is buying into a liberal fallacy.

Another person wanted the federal government to go after big pharmaceutical and hospital companies for the greedy pigs they are. Now certainly these companies can make a lot of money and sometimes we see predatory practices such as we saw with the EpiPen. But while these incidents get a lot of press and create a lot of outrage the bigger problem is the regulatory process that governs the medical industry. Bringing a drug to market for example can take years or even decades and it costs a lot to do the research. Those companies would not engage in the research and bring life saving drugs to market without some guarantees that they’d have a chance earn a return on their investment. You wouldn’t like it if you invented a product and then the day after you began selling it, another company was able to copy you and sell the product for less because they didn’t have the initial investment that you did. Part of the cure to this problem is being able to bring those drugs, treatments, medical equipment, etc. to market sooner by shortening the regulatory process. Several studies have shown that the vast majority of products did not get safer because of additional reviews that are often required by the FDA. That would also make medical care less expensive for us.

Then there’s the complaint that Congress doesn’t have to enroll in Obamacare or they have a health insurance plan that is different than what we are required to have or is available to us. That’s something we’ve talked about for a long, long time. Turns out that may not be exactly true. It appears that federal employees were required to participate in Obamacare but that elected officials and their staff were not eligible for subsidies. Because these employees, many of whom make in excess of $100,000 couldn’t afford insurance in the private market, they complained loudly. Obama issued an executive order that placed staff and elected officials under the federal payroll system which then made them eligible for subsidies and then gave them all a subsidy in excess of 70%. Now you and I don’t qualify for that type of subsidy and most of us make much less than $100,000 a year. There is a lot of misinformation or confusion about this issue, but the simple fact is that elected officials and their staff ARE being treated differently than the average citizen. It also amazes me that our elected officials don’t seem to be able to put 2 & 2 together; if they and their well paid staff can’t afford health insurance premiums, how the heck can the average person?

There are other things we can do to bring down the cost of healthcare, tort reform and making it easier to form groups to band together to purchase insurance but none of these seem to be getting a lot of traction or discussion. I think one of the biggest solutions is putting the consumer back in the equation but those proposals are not getting much discussion either because the big lobbyists would lose money if that happened. We’ve seen examples such as medical clubs that not only reduce costs to the consumer but improve the level of care and access while increasing profits. These work but they don’t make the lobbyists or politicians any money so clubs won’t be part of their solution. That’s why the consumers have to become educated and demand action from our medical providers; let them know we’ll participate if they decide to change their business model.

Essentially, we can get the federal government out of much of the health insurance and health care debate if we just bypass them and take them out of the equation.

2Aug/170

Quick hits

This student loan debt is getting out of hand. I know we have talked about the trillions of dollars sitting out there like a bubble but to bring it home, I know a young man that just graduated from Western New Mexico University with a degree in English. He has $80,000 in student loan debt. I learned English for free. I talked to him all the time and I can understand every word he says. Just another bad business decision.

Jerry Jones said a couple of weeks ago that the Dallas Cowboys organization as a gold standard for player behavior. He said this while they were defending a decision to dismiss Lucky Whitehead from the team after lucky was wrongly accused of shoplifting. Lucky just happens to be a fifth string receiver and special teams player. Interestingly, Ezekiel Elliott, their star running back as a couple of issues pending with the leak that could get him suspended. In fact they have a total of four players currently on suspension and the team has now been fined for the second year in a row for having too many players in the league discipline program. For the second year in a row they’re paying the maximum fine. Maybe Jerry was referring to the gold that he has to turn over to believe because of his players behavior.

I was listening to and about Marxist professor on the Stuart Varney show, I do not remember the professor’s name but they were discussing the situation in Venezuela. This professor said that the collapse of the economic system, political system, and society in general is due to the falling oil prices and not the inherent flaws of socialism. Now we can point to history for a number of examples of socialism failing in countries that had no income from oil. But let’s look at Venezuela specifically and what they did when the price of oil was $100 a barrel. Remember Hugo Chavez took over entire industries, family businesses, family farms and basically destroyed private ownership by the middle class. The collapse we see in Venezuela began when oil prices were high and once again it was Hugo Chavez, his successors, and his cronies that were getting rich. Venezuela didn’t take all of that money from high oil prices and put it into things like hospitals, schools, or any other state program that would help out the poor or the middle class. Even then they had a strong middle class, all of which went away when the Venezuelan government took control of everything. Their current situation has nothing to do with oil prices.

So now we have Democrats and liberal screaming that Pres. Trump’s crackdown on MS13 is racist because the majority of the members of that game are Hispanic. First of all, that is just another attempt to destroy Pres. Trump because if you look at this deeper than the surface you understand that this gang was preying upon Hispanic communities. Everything they did to burglary to extortion to drug dealing was done primarily to the Hispanic community. Margaret Hoover, the grand daughter of former Pres. Herbert Hoover and a self professed Republican said that Pres. Trump unleashing law enforcement on the gang is done only to appease the white racists in America. We know that it has nothing to do with the color of the skin of the gang but the fact that this gang has become the most violent reprehensible move of criminals we have seen in recent history. Is she ignoring the color of the skin or the Heritage for the ethnicity their victims? Of course she is because she doesn’t like Pres. Trump. If the majority of Pres. Trump’s supporters were racist as she and others claim, wouldn’t we want MS 13 to continue murdering Hispanics?

That we have discussed in the past the real reasons for the so-called gender wage gap, which is not a accurate representation of men and women are really treated in the job market. But I was listening to a guy discuss the situation with a tongue in cheek approach. He said there is justification for a gender wage gap. First of all, men are expected to pay every time we take a woman out on the date or are trying to get her into the bedroom. Thus we have to spend more money but it spent on them so they get the benefit anyway. Secondly, for some reason, if they were all on the Titanic together, women and children would get to jump into the lifeboats while the men were left floating in the water hoping that a piece of the ship would come by that they could hold onto until rescuers got done saving the women. So if you want to pay for the date as often as we do and you want to take your chances on a sinking ship, then by all means you should get a equal wage. Remember this was said tongue-in-cheek.

I got to thinking about the sobriety test that officers give you if they suspect you have been drinking and driving. What do things like walking in a straight line, heel to toe, touching your nose with your finger or some of the other antics they put you through have to do with driving? Sure you can tell me or you if you are unstable but does that mean you cannot drive? Why don’t they have a simulator that they put you in and let you drive an obstacle course? If you pass without killing any pedestrians or driving through the police station then you get to drive on home. Wouldn’t that be a more accurate representation of your ability to drive?

I was watching a show about storm chasers in Nebraska and the announcer asked one of them why they drive towards the tornadoes when everyone else is trying to get away? Isn’t it obvious? Have you ever been to Nebraska? I have and let me tell you if I thought a tornado was the quickest way out of the state, I’ve driven towards it also.

27Jul/170

This is the world in which we live

I was listening to Mike & Mike on ESPN radio Thursday morning. They were talking about Atlanta Falcons' wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones is in the news because he lost an earring. Apparently not just any earring either. It was a diamond earring worth $100-150,000. Jones at first said $150K then later reports said $100K. It doesn't matter, it's an expensive earring. Just one earring by the way; not a set.

For me, there are two aspects to this story; first that Julio Jones, one of the best receivers in the NFL is going to be the poster child in upcoming rookie camps when they begin talking about managing your money. I'm not going to look up the stats but we've talked about it before; something like 70% of NFL players are broke within 5 years of leaving the league. Certainly while we focus on the high profile players that make tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, there are a lot more who make several hundred thousand a year. Either way their take home pay isn't as much as you think, after paying their agent and advisors, then federal and state taxes, they are hit for as much as 50% of their check or more.

But I don't care how much you make, if you are spending $100-150,000 on a SINGLE EARRING, something tells me you are not making smart financial decisions that will ensure you have an income in future years. And how much do you want to bet that he didn't have a rider on his insurance policy specifically covering his high dollar jewelry? So now he's out at least $100K not to mention the cost of hiring a dive team to try and find it. He lost the bling while riding a jet ski. Not sure how he expected a dive team to find a tiny earring on a lake/river bottom, but hey, it's his money.

The second point and the one that's more disturbing to me is what Mike Golic & Mike Greenberg said about the incident. They wondered if someone on the dive team actually found the earring and decided to keep it. They also discussed what they would do with the earring if they had found it, knowing full well to whom the jewelry belonged. Both of them opined that they would not only be very tempted to keep the earring and sell it, which most of us probably would ponder that thought. But they both said they would likely keep the earring. Additionally they both said they wouldn't begrudge anyone keeping the earring especially if it would help them pay their bills or if it would improve their lives. Really?!

Mike & Mike acknowledged that keeping the earring would be tantamount to theft, which is correct. But to them, like most liberals, you have to look deeper than just the act and have to look at the motivation. So just like those who support illegal immigration, or James Comey saying Hillary's intent wasn't to break the law, if your heart or motives are pure, then do what you'd like. Unless of course you are a conservative and then if you even jaywalk, you should be hung.

I believe, maybe naively, but I believe the vast majority of citizens would return the earring and condemn anyone who kept it. Even if that's not true, one this is true; our society has fallen so far when we think it's OK to steal from someone just because that person is successful. Never mind all the hard work; never mind the market determined that person's skills were worth the money; never mind that the wealth accumulated by that person creates jobs for others; it's OK to steal from them or charge them more. It's OK to hate them as well.

A society cannot sustain positive growth without collective moral standards that strive to treat all equally; that hold members accountable for their actions, no matter their status in the hierarchy we've created. History has shown us the consequences when we lose our collective morality, when we become lazy, when we erase consequences for anyone. Because you see, God or nature or whatever force you believe runs the universe doesn't lose it's moral compass and will hold us accountable for our actions, whether we do or not.

21Jul/170

More proof we need to drain the swamp…

The Republicans have failed to accomplish much this year despite having the numbers that put them in control of the federal government. Now I am not including Pres. Trump in this criticism because he has done as much as any other president in the first six months of his time in office. Could he be a little more forceful in pushing the political elite to get something accomplished? Probably so but he has taken a step in that direction with his comments regarding letting Obama care in load if Congress can’t get a bill passed. But those are thoughts for another day and another column.

Despite what the liberals in the media, the political elite, or the general population will tell you, Pres. Trump was elected to drain the swamp in Washington DC. I think that is the one common denominator among all of the people who supported Donald Trump, in addition to not liking Hillary Clinton. I don’t know that there was any other one issue, whether it be building a wall, improving the economy, decreasing the size of federal government, or any other big issue that United supporters of Donald Trump more. We are tired of the way our elected officials and bureaucrats in the federal government treat us as serfs.

Clearly it was not going to be an easy job but I don’t think any of us thought that the pushback from the powerbrokers in Washington DC would be this vituperative. (You public school graduates can ask Siri what that means.) I think most of us knew that those on the left side of the aisle would push back as hard as they could against Pres. Trump, that includes those in the media, but the hatred they have shown has gone beyond anything we could have imagined. I don’t think any of us thought that the Republican leadership would fight this hard against Pres. Trump, to the point that they have abrogated their duties and once again failed to deliver upon their own campaign promises.

Every one of them has campaign for example making a promise to repeal Obama care. In fact Republicans voted seven times to pass legislation that would have repealed Obama care sending it to the president’s desk for his signature on a couple of occasions, where it was vetoed. Now that they have the opportunity to present that very same legislation again they don’t have the backbone to do so. It proves once again that it’s not about keeping promises to us but about retaining power and control over us.

But it also goes deeper than that. The media won’t cover this or want to discuss it, but many of us still support Pres. Trump and are really upset with our elected officials in Congress. In fact we are so upset with them that there will be primary challenges for them in 2018 and/or 2020. Many of them could lose those challenges. Or will they? There is no doubt in my mind that many constituents are flooding their elected officials offices with emails, letters, and phone calls expressing their dissatisfaction with the way they have acted over the last six months. But those elected officials are not scared of their constituents. If they were we would have health insurance reform and a tax cut already.

But clearly they are not afraid of being reelected or the wrath of those people they supposedly represent. Some of that could be due to the way the media is portraying us and the bubble in which those in Washington DC live. But I think there’s a bigger reason they are not afraid of being reelected or ousted in the next election. The money people, the lobbyists, the billionaires, corporations are the ones that are really in the years of our elected officials telling them not to listen to us. Those are the people that are pushing our elected officials to ignore their own campaign promises and the clear message we sent to Washington with the election of Donald Trump.

When Trump was elected I said that we had the duty as citizens to ensure that our elected officials adhered to the promises made during their campaigns and his. That we had to be vocal in our support of those promises made to us. There can be no greater example of why the swamp needs to be drained than what we have seen over the last six months. We must be vocal right now in letting our elected officials know we want things to change. But more importantly in 2018 we must elect new representatives who promised to return the power to the people and take it away from the morass that is Washington DC and our political process. The changing of the way things have been done for 40 years will not happen overnight but it will happen if we keep our focus and hold people accountable. Something we have not done in decades.

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17Jul/170

Having a bad day? Let’s brighten it up a bit.

Monday's get a bad rap, somewhat deservedly so, but you don't have to have a bad day just because most of you have to head back to work. You probably had a busy weekend and need a bit of a rest so why not do it at work? Let's make Monday better and ease the sting of going back to the grind by laughing at other people's pain?

a church organist had a very busy day ahead of him; two funerals and a wedding were on the schedule at his church. Of course the wedding was last and when the bride began walking down the aisle, the organist played funeral music rather than the traditional wedding music.

a guy is on an elevator when a very attractive woman gets on as well. She is on her phone and says, "I have to go, there's a really cute guy on the elevator." The guy thinks, "this is going to be my lucky day." Imagine how he felt when the woman turned to him and said sorry for lying but I really needed to get her off the phone, she's annoying.

A girl texted her college boyfriend one evening and said she needed to tell him something important. She told her boyfriend that she felt really bad about cheating. Before she could go on, the boyfriend texted back and said, "I'm so relieved that you were cheating because I've been cheating on you with a girl in the dorm." The girl texts back saying that she had cheated on a math exam not on him. Oops!

A woman was walking down the street when she noticed a man pointing a camera directly at her. She became upset and yelled at him, "did I say you could take a picture of me?" The man replied, "no but could you get out of the way so I can finish taking a picture of my wife and kids?" A bit self-centered art we?

A girl was missing her boyfriend who was out of town on a business trip. She decided to take a hike up a mountain where he had taken her on their first date. She got to the point where they had sat and enjoyed the view, only to find a couple doing the freak nasty in the bushes. She thought she would call her boyfriend to share the experience only to be mortified when she heard his ring tone coming from the bushes. Let that be a lesson to you cheating guys, never take your side girl to the same places you take your main girl.

a recent college graduate got an interview for the job he really wanted. He was so nervous on the date of the interview that he could not eat but was feeling nauseous so decided to grab something just to settle his stomach. His roommate had just made some brownies so he grabbed one on the way out the door. Just about the time he entered the office to begin the interview he started laughing uncontrollably and could not stop. The interview was cut short and it was clear that he would not work in his dream job. When he got home his roommate told him that they were special brownies.

A man and woman had met on a dating site and exchanged emails and messages along with phone calls for about two months before deciding to actually meet and go on a date. The woman was very excited because she had the feeling that this guy might be the one based upon how much they had in common. She scheduled today at the beauty parlor to have her hair and nails done as well as getting that special Brazilian wax job. She arrived at the date looking fantastic and was very happy with the way her date looked as well. Things were going famously until they began to talk about family and realized that they were cousins. Apparently they didn't live in the South as that seemed to be a problem for them.

the girl had been working her new job for about three months when it became time for the company's Christmas party. She had made a few friends at work and noticed that one of the women with whom she worked was being hit upon by an obviously older man. At one point the man left to use the restroom and the woman walked over to her coworker and said they if you need me to I can help you out. The woman asked what she meant to which the girl replied, "that old freaky guy is hitting on you and I thought you might want to get away from him." The coworker replied, "that's my fiancé."

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11Jul/170

Bowl Cut is gaining ground

North Korea has been developing both nuclear weapons and missiles for a long time, with help from China and Russia; but also with the assistance of the United States and its allies. This latest test should worry not only South Korea, Japan, Australia, but the U.S. as well. The missile flew higher and further than any other North Korean missile had as of yet.

The missile, a Hwasong 14 flew far enough to reach Alaska but according to a number of independent intelligence agencies, the missile could be capable of flying over 6000 miles. That would mean it could reach the west coast of the United States. Now while most of us wouldn't mind seeing California's crazy liberals fall off the face of the Earth, we want to be responsible for it; not North Korea. The reason many analysts are concerned is that normally North Korea doesn't test the full capability of it's missiles, neither does any other country for that matter, at least not right away. So if they stick to what they've done in the past, experts think Best Korea's Hwasong could be capable of reaching the mainland. It definitely can reach Alaska and it flew higher than anyone thought it could fly. Bonus: it's also capable of carrying a nuclear warhead!

Is anyone surprised? You shouldn't be. Going back at least to Bill Clinton's presidency, we have continually made agreements with Bowl Cut and before him, his dad to provide them with coal, fuel oil, food and even building generating plants, in exchange for their promise to scrap their missile and nuclear weapons programs. Which not only never happened but Best Korea never even slowed down their development. In fact, they sold much of what we sent to them in order to fund their weapons programs. Talk about ignoring history. And now American's might lose their lives because of it; but that's happened before, hasn't it?

To make matters worse, President Barrack Hussein Obama scrapped our ICBM missile defense systems in order to appease Russia and other countries; proving that we were not a threat to them and we wanted to live in harmony. We still have some short range missile defense programs which work very well. In fact the system in Alaska was tested earlier this week and shot down several short range, low flying missiles. They are now 14-0 in that department. But this system can be used against any ICBM missiles that not only North Korea possesses but those held by China, Russia, Iran... thanks Obama. There's your real legacy.

10Jul/170

Quick hits: where would you like to visit but not live?

I was listening to a radio show and the topic was about travel. The question came up, "where's a place you love to visit but would never want to live there?" It's an interesting question and many of the answers were fairly obvious, New York City, several places in Europe, Mexico and other Central American countries and so on. but one caller had a very unique answer that embarrassed the host but also made the host laugh uncontrollably. This gentleman's answer was, "a vagina". you can completely understand that if you are a guy.

Speaking of listening to radio shows, I was listening to one of the music channels on XM radio and the host was interviewing a band from Europe who had just released a new album and was beginning their first tour in the United States. One of the first questions to the lead singer was where are you from? He said Amsterdam. Not being a radio host myself I understand wanting to make a connection with your guest because it makes for more interesting radio and this host was no different. He said excitedly that he loved Amsterdam and had visited there, especially enjoying their attitudes towards marijuana and prostitution. Unfortunately that did not sit well with this guest. He was indignant and said all Americans are alike when it comes to visiting Amsterdam, all they care about our hookers and weed. He said there is much more to Amsterdam then hookers and weed. The host tried to save the interview but this rock singer continued to denigrate Americans and their stereo typical opinion of Amsterdam. The host finally shot back asking him what's so great about Amsterdam besides those things, is that the transit system that would prompt me to visit Amsterdam? What other attractions are there? The guest said the transit system is pretty good. The host shot back, yet the best thing about that is it takes you to the hookers and the weed. Interview over. That's good radio.

When did we have to start putting up so many warning signs and attaching so many warning labels? I have talked about it before, one of the biggest reasons is the lawsuits from the ambulance chasing attorneys. I've been staying in a hotel for a few days and going up and down the stairs I noticed at every landing there is a sign that says, "caution; slippery when wet". Who doesn't know that floors or stairs become slippery when there's water on them? But again somebody somewhere got sued and now businesses have to spend money on things like this. But it also got me to thinking it's not just the lawyers to blame it's also our education system. Think about this; at some point a mud sucking, bottom feeding attorney had to convince a jury that not only was his client a complete moron, because he didn't understand that stairs are slippery when wet, but the attorney had to convince the jury that most of our population are complete morons who need to be protected from just about everything. You have to blame our education system and our parenting styles for that. That jury and subsequent juries had to believe that most people are not capable of learning after watching someone slip or slipping themselves on its service like that. I'm just saying.

True bravery: what is it? You might say fighting in a war or overcoming your biggest fears but I have another definition for you. Think about a husband arriving home after a long boys night out, especially if his wife wasn't happy with him going out. He walks through the door and she begins yelling at him and beating him with a broom handle. True bravery is the husband still having the backbone to ask, "are you cleaning the house or flying somewhere?"

Watching another riot at the G 20 summit in Hamburg Germany and I started wondering, how is it that these people believe throwing rocks, destroying property, and attacking police are going to bring about peace?