Blog Survey ResultsWell the numbers are in. Of the 130 recipients of the “Blog Posting Alerts” I send out, twenty-one replied that they indeed read the blog. Personally, I know of another dozen or so who did not respond but who, from our conversations, I know also read the blog. And there are those who just don’t reply to surveys, ever. I feel it safe to say that about 40 individuals regularly follow Jackspotpourri and that is not a bad number, about 30% of those who are alerted to each posting.
What's Wrong Around Here!The United States of America is in trouble. It is like a car whose steering wheel is broken. That would be bad enough, but it’s worse because of the fact that its four tires are all flat.
we must elect Democrats to Congress, to State Legislatures and to the Presidency. They, at least, have not made a Faustian deal and sold their souls to the devil in the person of the National Rifle Association for a few dollars and a few votes, and have the interests of the people at heart rather than those of the very wealthiest of Americans. And the best way to elect Democrats at any level in 2018 is for Democratic candidates to demand that their Republican opponents state their position on the President of the United States. Will they acknowledge his incompetence or will they continue to support him? Either response will divide and diminish the Republican vote and enhance Democratic candidates’ chances.
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Doing this without prior negotiations and months of preparation is stupid, handing a two-bit dictator the gift of apparent equivalency with the President of the United States, an act all previous Presidents, regardless of party, have assiduously avoided. He approaches diplomacy like a twelve year old playing a video game. As I said earlier, Trump does not know the difference between campaigning and governing.
Yet his gullible base continues to back him for the reasons stated earlier in this posting.
teachers and other school personal as a means of reducing gun violence? School boards and teachers almost universally
oppose our doing so. Besides the danger
of putting more guns into our schools where they might be misused or fall into
the wrong hands, they know it presents the danger of law enforcement not being
able to distinguish between a “shooter” and a teacher attempting to “shoot back”
at a shooter. Innocent people will be
people ask me why I wear a hat most of the time. Aside from the fact that my dermatologist
advises be to do so because of the intensity of our sub-tropical sun, I do it
from a vanity standpoint. Each remaining
hair on my head retains a feeling of independence and after it is put in
position by a comb and brush makes its own decision as to how to behave. Some turn northward. Others head for the equator.
carrying this idea of arming school personnel further, why are not its
advocates asking that personnel in other “soft targets” be armed as well? Ushers in theatres and sporting events. Baggage handlers in airports. Clergy in houses of worship. Salespeople in shopping malls. Doctors and nurses in hospitals. Drivers
on busses. Ticket takers on commuter
trains. Get the point? Why stop with school personnel? The whole idea is ridiculous and only a way
for legislators to show some fealty to the National Rifle Association which
provides campaign contributions and votes for them.
course, the very best way to reduce gun violence is to ban assault weapons,
which have no place in the civilian world anyway, except for arming killers. But don’t try to explain this to the NRA nor
to chicken-hearted legislators who take money from them.
I can resolve the problem by using a lot of grease on my hair (when younger, I used a product called Brylcreem which my father used and is still around) or generous spraying with hairspray imparting a shellac-like finish to my head. I choose to do neither and instead, when I have a mind to, I imprison my remaining head of hair under the protective cover of a hat.