Trump’s First Mistake

President Trump let me down. His attempt to ram-rod a faulty healthcare bill through Congress was terrible. Once upon a time Paul Ryan was my hero, only because he is the only Republican representative in the state of Wisconsin, and because he spent his formative years as a grunt working in Congress. Paul is also a dedicated family man for which I give him much credit. His ploy to get the AHCA approved was probably a good one, but knowing how Congress acts and thinks anytime you approve a plan that requires more than one approval it is dead on arrival. President Reagan made a fatal mistake when he approved the amnesty program during his term. Congress had promised to pass a border wall and immigration reform to follow. Of course we all know that a wall was never even started, nor was immigration reform. Burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me.

No one knows what the final outcome will be, but at least we now have some time to figure it out. Of course the Democrats will lobby hard for a single payer government-run health care system. God forbid we fall for that BS.

Today,  I read about a fire that caused an elevated interstate highway to collapse in Georgia. The first thing that came to mind was how could that be? Concrete and steel are not fuel. In retrospect, my thoughts have been influenced by sixteen years of brainwashing by 911 Truthers that Twin Towers fell because of a government conspiracy, and not by a fire caused by thousands of gallons of burning jet fuel. This current incident shows the Truthers that concrete is affected by major heat. If I were an architect supporting the 911 conspiracy theory who argued that the towers could not have come down because of such a fire, I’d be headed for the underground, I’d grow a beard, I’d dye my hair, I’d change my name, I’d do everything I could to remove the stain of my fallacious support. These are the same kind of smart guys with lots of degrees, and educational letters after their names that are currently espousing man-made global warming because it is the thing to do.

 

Dana Did It To Me Again

A Must ReadMy grand-daughter did it to me again. I often ask what she is reading, and that is where I go wrong, I read what she reads. The latest is “Hunger Games.” I hadn’t heard of this story until the movie came out and splashed the headlines with the ginormous money it took in at the box office. How can that be? Am I so out of touch with reality as to miss such a popular book until a movie comes out about it? I guess I am because quite frankly, I didn’t even know there was a book until the movie.

I watched a trailer on Hunger Games which did not tell me anything about the plot. Another fantasy story, I told myself. That explains why Dana is so excited about it.

I downloaded the book to the Kindle and started the read. Ten hours later I put the damn thing away. I was in total awe. The story line is a natural for a movie. The setting reminded me of the Planet of the Apes. North America has been re-invented by horrible events, and the country does not resemble the USA in any way. Instead it is now a primitive totalitarian state called Panem divided into eleven Districts. The government instituted games to make life more interesting. The premise of the games is definitely savage, and the winner is the last man standing.

The number of characters in the story are all necessary to tell the story. Author Suzanne Collins makes a bunch of unbelievable characters very believable, but she must have sipped some hallucinogenic tea to come up with story. Now, I must go to the movie just to see how Hollywood uses modern technology to convey the far out advanced concepts used in the narrative.

Hunger Games is the first of three books needed to tell the entire story. I have already loaded the second one “Catching the Fire,” to the Kindle for more reading pleasure.

Thanks Dana for another great read.

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