Thursday, March 23, 2017

After watching the news,
my problems aren't so bad...


 ~ A Bridgeport resident and former school bus driver got 30 years for pleading guilty for sexual abuse of a child. Letting your kids go to the public swimming pool unattended is not safe anymore…

  ~ It looks like Wise County has its share of recurring Constable problems after one was indicted on multiple felony charges. He hasn’t had his day in court, so I will not pronounce judgment. Albeit, they don’t bring these types of charges if they don’t have significant evidence. It’s not a matter of if you get caught, it’s a matter of when...

I guess the writing was on the wall since the commissioners deputized reserve Constables the week before the indictment went public. That issue was nipped in the bud.

  ~ I’m not a big fan of burn bans, but based on the intelligence level of those who start fires and the plague of wildfires nationwide, I can understand their implementation.

  ~ Would anyone like to guess the number of vehicle accidents county wide this month. I’m looking for a number, not a colorful metaphor…

  ~ Although I don’t do Facebook very often, I have become very weary of adding friends. I don’t want to hurt peoples’ feelings, but I don’t want to be hacked or have my identity duplicated. What a world we live in…

  ~ I thought preachers had a very difficult job since small community congregations tend to want to run their ministry and their life. It looks like school superintendents have similar issues since few people can agree on the way anyone runs a school system. Either way, most of them earn their pay just by appeasing the masses, which is not a small task.

~ I wonder how much revenue the state will receive from fines and fees related to the citations and arrests made from the illegal contraband coming out of Colorado? I'm thinking 10s of millions...is this a low estimate?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Just when I thought I was out...


It’s very difficult for me to imagine being without electricity for a week or two like many up north are currently experiencing. I can tell you one thing, if it ever does happen, I will find a place for a pot belly stove and vent it for indoor use. My propane supply would only last 4 days…

It was reported that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in “profound danger”, that “huge sections of the reef were killed last year by overheated seawater”. Climate change has been blamed. Diving that reef was on my bucket list, but it’s getting moved lower and lower.

It was also reported that 24 million will lose health coverage within 10 years if they replace the ACA. Has anyone calculated how many would be uninsured if health insurance premiums tripled by 2026, because that's the rate it has been increasing for those not subsidized…

When business starts booming, the Fed raises interest rates. Most people are clueless as to what impact this has on the diminishing middle class.

I watched the documentary “Cries From Syria” on HBO the other night. I do not understand why very little has been done about Basha al-Assad, their dictator, and the human rights atrocities. How and why does the world allow a leader to continue genocide, torture, use of chemical weapons on a mass scale?

In the absurd section, an American ally shot down a $200 drone with a $3 million Patriot missile. What does 12 gauge buckshot cost these days?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cupcakes, snowflakes and cake eaters...

Okay, I bought my first “Smart” TV and realized it’s not that smart. A machine this large should be 100 times more powerful than a smart phone or tablet…

Whoever comes up with the technology to bring high speed, wireless internet service to the world by satellite without requiring a special antenna will control the air waves, not to mention make billions the process. Say goodbye to AT&T, Directv and all other wireless communication.

I noticed that Chico ISD put a new bond up for the May election. What got my attention is how they announced to taxpayers the increase in taxes. $4 a month for the average home instead of $50 a year. Ingenuous or deceptive?

So I bought 15 bales of hay to use as organic raised beds in my garden. No bending over, plowing, or hoeing. I plan to use the lawnmower between bales, wish me luck.

It looks like tornado alley has become very active further east. I’m sure Oklahoma is thankful…

I seldom watch regular TV, other than the news, unless recorded so I can fast forward through commercials. Somehow I managed to catch a fantastic ad on TV from the NY Times. At the end, it read, “The truth is hard. The truth is hard to find”. Preach on brother!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How Refreshing!!!
Suffer fools gladly…but
dismiss and expose the dishonest


 ~ What a refreshing message: lie to us, lose your job. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned his position for lying to the Vice President and the public. The Trump administration has covered for employee mistakes, misstatements, conflicts of interests and even breaking the law, but they don’t tolerate being lied to.

If they can’t trust the National Security Advisor to be honest, they have a recipe for disaster, similar to the Iraq invasion.  Flynn would probably still have his job if he had told the truth. Everyone knew that Trump would reevaluate Obama’s sanctions on Russia, it was no secret. 

Who would hire a dishonest man? A company or firm who uses deception for profit…that’s who!

  ~ I smiled Monday when I read the headline, “Federal judge rejects request to block Dakota Access pipeline – for now”. I have to believe that federal judges may be a bit gun shy of the attention they could receive from the POTUS if they go against him. Who wouldn’t be?

  ~ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!  Since flowers don’t cut it anymore at the Crane home, I got Mrs. Crane a deluxe manicure and pedicure for Valentine’s Day.  I decided it's easier and less expensive than enlarging and renovating the dog house.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hi Ho...


 ~ Sorry for not posting very often. I have been extremely busy with work and life, which I have decided to make more of a priority.

 ~ I have enjoyed the weather as of late.  We could use some rain, but it's been nice...and I'm thankful.

 ~ Just for one day I would like to turn on the news and it be free from the drama of the political shakeup in Washington. I know he picked a fight with the MSM, but this is ridiculous. It's like children fighting over the television.

I choose not to be consumed by the drama, so I fast forward through much of it. The hypocrisy that the U.S. Congress displays is appalling. Al Franken calling Betsy DeVoss an amateur is the pot calling the kettle black.

It looks like the establishment doesn't want reform of any kind.  Their pockets get lined when they throw money at problems.  Fixing the problem is not near as profitable, especially if it's someone else's idea. 

Many of our problems with the system would be fixed if lobbying were illegal.  I consider it payola, getting Congress to spend money on special interests and projects.

 ~ “Life is winning again in America,” said Mike Pence at the “March for Life” rally in Washington. Even if taxpayer’s didn’t fund abortions, it’s a very difficult thing to change. I do hope that we will no longer be funding Planned Parenthood. They shouldn’t have much trouble finding private funding since fetal body parts are worth $$$.

Enjoy your week and weekend. Life is much too short and there are no do-overs...

Monday, January 23, 2017

99% of anger is caused by fear....


  ~ I smiled Sunday morning after watching the new press secretary call out journalists and main stream media for their dishonest coverage of the inauguration. I applaud his statement, “There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility of the media to hold Donald Trump accountable, and I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re gonna hold the press accountable as well.

The MSM has dominated and enjoyed the greatest amount of influence over the success of political candidates and elections in this country, until this election. They don’t like him since he did not curry their favor, bypassed them and called them out for their deceitfulness. I foresee a whole new era of news media, one that leftist billionaires don’t control.

The only people who continually tune in to negativity love to feed from hate and discord. Normal people tune it out and don’t spend much time engaging in argument and dissension. Haters only friends are other haters. Blowing up cars is not an act of protest, it’s an act of terrorism.

"To Serve and Protect": that's the purpose of government, on every level. As an American, do you feel safer after everything the Obama administration has done over the last 8 years? Be honest...

 ~ I am profitting from haters and criminals. I invested heavily in Corrections Corp of America after Trump won, it's up 20%.  Obama's agenda included releasing criminals, I am expecting the Trump administration to be less forgiving.  I forsee more prisons. Cleaning up the inner cities will add greatly to prison population.

  ~ The women’s protest in Washington was ridiculous. It was not a women’s protest because they disinvited women’s groups who were pro-life or did not share their liberal values. This was a protest because their candidate, Hillary, didn’t win. I hope the Secret Service crawl up Madonna’s butt and die.

These people don’t have a clue about the problems of ordinary Americans. They promote special rights and privileges of fringe groups and social deviates. Let me assure you, when they stand before the creator, they will tremble, be silenced, humbled and be shown the truth that they refuse to believe. Pray for these fools.

  ~ How ironic that the most “ruling” and “regulating” POTUS in history bestowed the Freedom medal to his VP…

  ~ Congressional members are sure basking in the media attention they are receiving with all the Trump issues. They stand up and shout out for citizens’ rights, until a lobbyist comes by with a check and helps them change their position. Hypocrites, all of them!

Lobbyists are going to have a much more difficult time paying off Trump's cabinet and administration.  They don't need the money!  Like Trump, they want to go down in history for "making America great again".



Monday, January 9, 2017

Shame on conservatives, free enterprise
and rule of law!


 ~ Since the election, President Obama has enacted 145 “Midnight Regulations” at a cost of $21 billion to our economy. Please remind me how great he is and how he’s helping small business succeed. He has enacted more rules and regulations than any President on record. This is how you slow down the new administration.

Whether you agree with these actions or not, this is, by definition, subversion. History will prove his administration an American tragedy. If you look at their record, many Republicans and Democrats alike support his actions, although they may publically condemn them.

  ~ Can you imagine living with Michelle Obama after she leaves the White House? After living with a plethora of assistants and servants, the adjustment to having fewer people follow your instructions and a new do-it-yourself lifestyle will probably not be easy, especially when her kids move out.

  ~ I have flown and checked in a gun before and it was not that big of a deal. I don’t know if I agree that you should be able carry both a gun and ammunition for it as the same time. I’m sure this will change, since most aviation laws are written due to bloodshed.

  ~ Politicians sure don’t like getting hacked. Of course, they condone hacking others in the interest of National Security or any other interests that line up with their own agenda. America spending a fortune spying on others, and even condones being spied on, but if the information becomes public, they are outraged.

Sharing secrets happen all the time, but when someone exposes them to the public, the broadcaster becomes the target of attack, not the criminal behavior they revealed. How hypocritical.

  ~ After watching Mexican Americans protest immigration reform in America, I found myself smiling when I watched the protests in Mexico after they raised gasoline prices 20%. Sorry, but you don’t live in a country that supports evil free enterprise. The voice of the people aren’t heard as loudly there by the politicians either.

  ~ Will Hillary run for New York Mayor? There are several inquiring minds…

  ~ Here’s a story that won’t make the main stream media: “Christians are the Most Persecuted Religious Group in the World”. 90,000 were killed in 2016 for their beliefs, but many prefer to save the seals.

Are liberals more concerned with the rights of criminals than victims' rights?  It seems so... Do you think it's because there are more criminals who are liberals?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Rules? They apply to everyone
except me...


 ~ The New York Times wrote that churches across the nation are ramping up to provide sanctuary for illegal aliens who face deportation under the new administration.

Two things: (1) aiding a person in committing a crime or harboring a fugitive is not a Christian act (Romans 13), but a criminal action; (2) anyone who aids a criminal with breaking the law deserves to face legal consequences.

 ~ As I read about our current President’s farewell address, I find myself thankful he’s leaving the office. He is responsible for the worst state of affairs this country has seen since WWII.

 ~ If you think you have issues with your relationships, get a load at the domestic disturbances in 2016 reported in Wise County as listed by the Wise County Messenger.

'LOVE AND MARRIAGE

Deputies respond to many domestic disturbances involving couples over the course of the year. Here’s a sampling of the issues that led to someone calling police.

April 17 – A female wants her boyfriend’s wife to quit texting her to see if the husband is at her house.

April 28 – A man wanted to ask a deputy about his options regarding divorce.

May 19 – A woman advised her boyfriend threw a shoe at her, striking the back of her head. 

May 29 – A woman was informed by a third party that her boyfriend was burning her clothes. June 1 – A verbal disturbance took place between a man and woman over trust issues. Both had been drinking. The man contacted his mother who came to the house and gave him a ride. 

June 4 – A man reported his husband returned home and threw a birdbath into the front door of the home, breaking the glass. The two males then began a physical altercation in the front yard. 

 June 7 – A male and female got into an argument because the female refused to have sex in the vehicle. The male left the area naked and was unable to be located. 

July 14 – A man said his wife was arguing with him about attending a funeral. 

 Sept. 12 – An argument took place between spouses over pictures being hung on the wall. Parties were separated. 

Sept. 16 – A verbal disturbance took place between husband and wife over child custody and housework. 

Oct. 3 – Spouses got into an argument over how their house would be defended in case an intruder trespassed. The two were separated for the night. 

Oct. 25 – A man reported his ex-girlfriend broke into his home while he was away and stole baby clothes. 

Nov. 15 – A woman said her husband allowed friends to come to their house while she was away. 

 Nov. 19 – A woman said her husband was being passive aggressive and ignoring her on the couch, so she called the sheriff’s office. 

 Dec. 11 – A man reported his wife intentionally turned on the outside water faucet and allowed the water to run for numerous hours. 

Dec. 19 – A woman reported her boyfriend entered her home and destroyed her husband’s television set along with other expensive items in the house. 

Dec. 27 – Husband and wife argued over a family issue. She picked up a small box and threw it at him. The box hit him on the nose. She was arrested for assault by contact and taken to jail.

FAMILY MATTERS

Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, grandparents, grandchildren – we all share bonds with family members. But, from time to time, we’ve all got our issues. 

Feb. 28 – A woman said a verbal disturbance occurred when her grandson tried to hardwire his RV to her house for electricity. 

May 9 – A mother complained that an unknown person tattooed her juvenile son without permission. 

June 2 – Complainant said her stepson had left the house without permission. Prior to the deputy’s arrival, the stepson was located in the backyard on his cell phone. 

June 7 – A mother and daughter got into a verbal argument over the daughter being lazy and not getting a job. 

June 21 – Parents said their daughter was out of control and wanted a deputy to come speak to her. 

June 24 – A father and adult son got into an argument over a flat lawnmower tire. 

July 11 – A verbal disturbance took place between mother and son over him not going to work. 

Aug. 17 – A verbal argument took place between a father and stepson over the placement of a TV. 

Sept. 17 – Complainant reported he was threatened by his stepfather who was chasing him around the property with an ice pick. The stepfather came to jail.'

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Are you ready to play
Cowboys and Terrorists?


 ~ The New York Times reported that the suspect in the deadly truck attack in Berlin had been denied asylum and “A German official said prosecutors had been observing him on suspicion that he was plotting an attack.” Observing him???? He was in their country illegally, why didn’t they go ahead and deport or detain him? One word: incompetence!

The article, if accurate, leads me to believe that government bureaucracies are ineffective, incompetent, sympathetic or just clueless when it come to protecting citizens from terrorists. America needs an old fashion round up and corralling of terrorist suspects here illegally. If they are here illegally, they are, by definition, criminals…their rights should not supersede our safety.

Some things never change. If liberals couldn’t blame others for their failures, they would not be able to continue promoting failed agendas – denial based on justification. Owning our failures is more important than taking credit for our successes, especially when determining a person’s character.

 ~ We aren’t the only country with leaders Tweeting stupid stuff. Pakistan’s defense minister threatened Israel with nuclear war after reading fake news that Israel’s defense minister threatened Pakistan. Aren’t these people paid to research these reports before making official remarks?

 ~ In the idiocy section today, a police union has urged Amazon to remove t-shirts that read “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter” of their online marketplace. Personally, I believe they need to draw a bull’s-eye in the letter “O” to help prove the wearer’s belief.

 ~ A Drexel University professor is catching flack for this Christmas tweet: “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide”. Is this not a borderline threat? Since he’s Caucasian, might I suggest he set the example and start with the man in the mirror.

 ~ Do you think Obama will commute the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich? I believe he’s got a pretty good chance of getting released. How can you convince lawmakers to break the law for you if you hold them accountable for their actions?

 ~ A former Versace employee is suing them for discriminating against blacks. They supposedly had a special code when a black customer entered the store. He was fired two weeks after he was hired and is asking for asking for unpaid wages and damages. His lawsuit should be interesting if it goes to court.

Fifteen years ago, some friends of mine went in Versace while we were at Caesars in Vegas. They were greeted and told they were welcome to browse as long as they were buying and not just looking. After I heard that, I decided I would never darken their doorstep. What I didn’t do is insist they sue the store for discriminating against shoppers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Trumpeteer


 ~ Trump successfully played and worked the media during his campaign. He did the same with Hillary, Democrats and the establishment. To many 'deplorable' Americans, he made them look like corrupt liars. Presently, it looks like he’s playing his haters and detractors. Constant negative criticism is extremely unattractive, that includes all participants, including myself.

  ~ As I listen to the current administration condemn foreign governments for broadcasting fake news into the USA, I find the hypocrisy outrageous. Our own government circulates as much or more fake news of anyone in the world. 90% of our media is controlled by 6 corporations, so it’s not that difficult.

The latest example of this is accusations that Putin and the Russian government helped hack the DNC. How do they cover up their propaganda? They create a distraction by condemning and blaming other countries for what they just did. A very effective tactic since Americans prefer to condemn others instead of looking in the mirror.

BTW, Julian Assange went on Hannity the other night and said that the DNC email hack was actually a leak from inside the DNC itself. Sadly, if he could prove this, no one would really care…

 ~ Why would our President permantly ban drilling oil exploration in the Artic?  Is this just another way of staying dependent on foreign oil and keeping his Middle Eastern buddies rolling in cash?

 ~ Canada is welcoming Syrian refugees into their country by the tens of thousands. So much for the fence idea… France has done this for years, why is no one listening to their outspoken reversal in allowing more in?

  ~ I cease to be amazed at the ingenuity of some Americans. There’s a woman selling positive pregnancy tests for $30 on Craigslist to pay for college. She’s averaging $200 a day. It’s a no-questions-asked arrangement. Blackmail? Extortion? Prank? Wow

Merry Christmas to all, enjoy your families, be blessed.