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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

Journal Archives

Hey, Democrats, you're roasting Howard Schultz when you should be working hard to find a centrist

Mike Allen, the well-wired reporter for Axios, says Democrats are beyond being furious at Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks. Allen is “hearing threats of boycotts and social isolation, attacks on Starbucks, and emotional, insistent lobbying of his advisers.”

The anti-Trump talking heads and liberal consultants are terrified at the mere thought that an “independent centrist” presidential candidate like Schultz would draw some votes from a liberal Democratic nominee running against President Trump in 2020.

Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, goes so far as to say Schultz should “spend this time and money doing something that won’t ruin the world.”

So Schultz, a lifelong Democrat who nonetheless thinks some ideas like excessive debt and the cost of entitlements should be up for debate, has gone overnight from being viewed on the left as an innovative business hero to a partisan piñata.

Superbugs Kill Indias Babies and Pose an Overseas Threat

India’s dreadful sanitation, uncontrolled use of antibiotics and overcrowding coupled with a complete lack of monitoring the problem has created a tsunami of antibiotic resistance that is reaching just about every country in the world,” said Dr. Timothy R. Walsh, a professor of microbiology at Cardiff University.

Indeed, researchers have already found “superbugs” carrying a genetic code first identified in India — NDM1 (or New Delhi metallo-beta lactamase 1) — around the world, including in France, Japan, Oman and the United States.

While far from alone in creating antibiotic resistance, India’s resistant infections have already begun to migrate elsewhere.

Death by Toothpick? Why You Need to Watch What You Swallow

"Oh, no!” my mother-in-law gasped when I started to stick some toothpicks into the plateful of hors d’oeuvres I was arranging. “Please don’t use those things. They’re terribly dangerous.”

Then she told me about the time she attended a party where lots of toothpick-bedecked finger food was served. A few days later, a fellow partygoer developed a bellyache so severe that it sent him to the ER.

X-rays revealed nothing. Doctors were mystified. Sadly, within a week the man developed a raging infection—and he died.

An autopsy revealed the tragic truth, my mother-in-law said. A toothpick had punctured his intestines, setting the stage for the fatal infection.

I've been watching a TV show with a detective who always has a tooth pick in his mouth. This reminds me of an instructor I had for a factory equipment course who told us he used to chew toothpicks, became ill and was finally operated on for a punctured gut.

It does happen, on the occasion...

Europe 'coming apart before our eyes', say 30 top intellectuals

FINALLY, they begin to understa... Wait, "intellectuals?!" Uh-ohh...

Group of historians and writers publish manifesto warning against rise of populism

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Brexit and nationalists look set to make sweeping gains in EU parliamentary elections.

The group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers, including the Guardian, that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”.

“We must now will Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” the document reads. “We must rediscover political voluntarism or accept that resentment, hatred and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.”

They write of their regret that Europe has been “abandoned from across the Channel” – an oblique reference to the drawn-out Brexit process that has arguably brought Anglo-European relations to their lowest point since the second world war.

And they say that unless efforts are made to combat a rising tide of populism, the EU elections will be “the most calamitous that we have ever known: victory for the wreckers; disgrace for those who still believe in the legacy of Erasmus, Dante, Goethe, and Comenius; disdain for intelligence and culture; explosions of xenophobia and antisemitism; disaster."

So, nothing about unlimited importing of terrorists and foreigners who refuse to assimilate and instead seek to diminish the West, just a rehashing of the good ol' days when the Left thought themselves invincible and the Right knew it's place. "Waves of populism" is what these soy-boi Liberals see as the problem...


FORMER WEST VIRGINIA State Sen. Richard Ojeda ended his long-shot presidential bid on Friday. A leader of the state’s teachers strikes last year, Ojeda concluded that the campaign ultimately wasn’t winnable and told his supporters that he could no longer ask people to contribute money to a cause he thought was lost.

“I don’t want to see people send money to a campaign that’s probably not going to get off the ground,” he said in a video he recorded and provided to The Intercept and The Young Turks.

A little bit of Tchaikovsky for your enjoyment (latter half of the 1812 Overture)...

I Plan on Showing Up for my Speech, Based On Your Original Invitation

The White House forged ahead on Tuesday. Pelosi asked, Trump accepted, and now he's indicating that it's his intention to show up and give the speech as planned.

This leaves Pelosi with two bad options: (1) Formally rescind the invitation and try to bar Trump from delivering the annual address inside the House chamber, as has become the longstanding tradition, or (2) back down, then devise some other method of undermining his message.

The first route would represent an escalation of pettiness and an unusual breach of protocol -- neither of which may play terribly well with the public, especially against the backdrop of her staunch refusal to negotiate a compromise. The second route would look like a surrender, and would raise additional dilemmas about how to handle the resulting optics.

If she attends she’ll be stuck sitting there silently with a camera trained on her while Trump blames her and Democrats for the shutdown. And it’ll be personally humiliating for her to have quasi-disinvited Trump from delivering the speech, had her bluff called, and then left with little choice but to dutifully attend and endure the speech anyway. So she probably won’t attend. But if she doesn’t, the empty chair in-frame over Trump’s shoulder while he makes his speech will reinforce all of the points he’s made about Democrats over the past month. They’re the ones who are being stubborn, not him.

I'm doing Walt Disney World Tuesday, but I might get back to the hotel in time for the televised drama...

Come on, Game of Thrones, season 8... pleeeease?...

The "Melania and her magic c**t..." thread went away so FAST, all I got to see was...

"You are not currently serving on a jury."

Opportunity lost...

Honesty is the best policy, or owner-applied karma might bite...

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