Bill Cosby and my Mother

Back in the '60's my mother was a salad chef at the Hospitality Motor Inn in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.  This was the place where major show business stars of the day stayed when they were appearing at a theater nearby. Most of them had breakfast in the coffee shop.

My mother was thrilled to meet these show business icons.  She would come home almost every day with autographed pictures and autographed napkins and other memorabilia from the likes of Danny Thomas, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Sammy Davis Jr. and more.  She would become well known to the entertainers and many of them would go into the kitchen to see if she was there, and kid her about here salads or orange juice.

You may have noticed that I said most of them had breakfast in the coffee shop.  One big star of the day never left his hotel room, he always ordered room service.  That was Bill Cosby.  It was rumored that he always had a number of young girls in his room.  One day he walked into the coffee shop and my mother grabbed him and said, "You should be ashamed of yourself, be true to your wife!"

That's why these accusations about Mr. Cosby never really surprised me.  But honestly, to see this giant show business star who represented true American values as Dr. Huxtable in his extremely successful television show, this truly funny stand-up comedian, who's humor was all about family and raising children, to see this man be accused and found guilty of drugging and raping women over years and years, this is one of the most depressing days for me and for America.

Are we in a Civil War?

I don't know who wrote this, but this is scary!

Food for serious thought....

How do civil wars happen?

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can't settle the question through elections because they don't even agree that elections are how you decide who's in charge. That's the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a
countdown to a civil war.

 

The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it's not the first time they've done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn't really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There's a pattern here.

 

What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don't accept the results of any election that they don't win. It means they don't believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

 

That's a civil war.

 

There's no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

 

This isn't dissent. It's not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they're the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don't win, what you want is a dictatorship. Your very own dictatorship.

 

The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it's inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can't scratch his own back without the judge's say so, that's the civil war.

Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that's not the system that runs this country. The Democrats' system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.

 

If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is unlimited. He's a dictator.

 

But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can't do anything. He isn't even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has 'discretion' to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn't even have the 'discretion' to reverse him. That's how the game is played That's how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn't yet won that particular fight.

 

When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren't even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn't allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.

 

The Constitution has something to say about that.

 

Whether it's Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.

 

Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding: Professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can't serve in it if you're not a member. If you haven't been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals. If you aren't in the club. And Trump isn't in the club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren't in the club with him.

 

Now we're seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them. They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down.

 

That's not a free country.

 

It's not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an 'insurance policy' against Trump winning the election. It's not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition. It's not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It's not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn't supposed to win did.

 

Have no doubt, we're in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.

 

More on the School Shooting Tragedy in Florida

       I originally wrote the blog below on February 18th, today March 3rd, 2018 , the current news about this tragedy is even worse.

       Police officers sworn to "Serve and Protect" cowardly stayed outside the school, while children were being gunned down.  Now let me ask you a simple question:  If your child were in that school at the time of the shooting would you have run inside regardless of what the inept sheriff of that county said?  Of course you would, so would have I, even If I didn't have a weapon.

      And how many times does it take for police to investigate a mentally ill young man, who expresses his desire to shoot and kill innocent people, with an arsenal of guns, how many times does it take before someone says, "Hey we better stop this guy before he harms someone!"

      And the tarnished FBI who disregarded the warnings is even more disgraced.  

       So now the gun control idiots want to make it illegal for a person under the age of 21 to buy a rifle.  What happens when a 17 year old joins the army, serves his country for a 3 year enlistment as a soldier in battle, and when released at the age of 20 cannot buy a rifle?  Good question?

      So the bottom line is, for some time now, mentally ill people are no longer cared for, some can and will buy guns and shoot innocent people, and guns should be restricted from law abiding people who want to protect themselves and their families from these mental deranged killers?  

BAN THE GUN!!! IT'S THE GUN'S FAULT!

         The last time I visited my granddaughter’s school I took note of the security systems in place. 

         A huge and high perimeter fence surrounds the campus, there is only one entrance and exit during class time.  You approach the front entrance and you’re on camera. You enter thru a vestibule where you’re on camera and buzzed into the main lobby. 

         There in the main lobby you see the administrative staff behind bullet proof glass, and you're questioned as to your appointment.

         You are then given a security pass to allow you on campus, and oh yes say hello to the Phoenix Police Resource office on campus. (Yes, he's armed, of course.) He’s been there a number of years and the kids love him, why he even acts as an emergency substitute at times, other times he teaches classes about drug abuse and bullying.

         The Paradise Valley School Superintendent James P. Lee sent out an email to all parents on what they are doing to keep our kids safe.  And I believe him.

         “ Throughout the school year, our principals and teachers routinely practice Emergency Response Plan protocols such as fire, lockdown, shelter-in-place and other drills with students. The Emergency Response Plan is reviewed annually and updated. In addition, all schools have a School Emergency Response Team (SERT) that routinely meets to review school safety, which includes conducting two table top exercises.  All employees are required to watch an active shooter video annually”

         So here’s my point what were the authorities in Florida doing to keep their children safe on campus?  Here’s the shocking answer:  Nothing! 

         The school campus where the shooting took place, was easily accessible from the street, just walk right in!  No security procedures at all, just walk right in! And open fire in a gun-free zone! Who’s responsible for this? 

         What were the police doing to keep the kids safe, absolutely nothing, they were called to the Florida shooter’s home over 16 times for suspicion of violent behavior, and did nothing. 

         And the FBI?  What did the FBI do to protect the students?  Nothing.  They got word that the shooter warned he was going to shoot up the school, but his name was a common Spanish name and they thought it didn’t warrant any further “work” to discover who he was! And then, the FBI received a tip with detailed information about the shooter and his plans and the FBI ignored it!

         So then comes the tragedy and what do you hear from the politicians and Media talking heads – BLAME THE GUN! It’s the gun’s fault, ban the guns! 

         Florida Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and a real air-head in my opinion (I saw him once being interviewed on a local Orlando TV Station and the man is a bloviating fool!)

Nelson says it’s the AR-15 that’s the problem. He exclaimed, “It’s not a hunting rifle!”  Huh?

         Question:  What did Senator Nelson do to protect the students? Nothing!  What did the school authorities do to protect the kids?  Nothing!  What did the Florida State Legislature do to protect the kids?  Nothing!

         Do you suppose they are aware of what we do here in Arizona to protect our children?  If so, why are they not doing the same?

         And the media?  Even Fox gets it wrong.  Brett Baier succumbed to the hysteria by proclaiming, “There have been 11 school shootings already this year!”  --A lie.  11 shootings near a school, some at night, others while the school was empty, some where a gun accidently discharged, and two on campus murders. Liberal lie, generated by one of Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun organizations. I, by the way, corrected Baier, via Twitter, and they seemed to have dropped that lie from their coverage.

         And Stuart Varney, my favorite News Anchor on the Fox Business Network, said, “he wouldn’t want his kids to go to school if people (police officers and administrative staff) on campus were armed, it was too dangerous!” Come on Stuart, we've been doing that here in Arizona for many years.  You know there is a real world between the coasts.

         On a morning talk show, I watched and laughed when a talking head said, “You can’t have armed police officers on school campuses, that’s dangerous!”  Believe me, I know from my over 50 years in the News Media, these people are un-informed mental midgets, who’s primary objective is to look good on camera.

         This is all part of that east coast liberal media and political elite who have no idea how to stop this violence.  Except take the easy way out, ban the gun. 

         The solution is to make it extremely difficult for a shooter to get on campus in the first place, and if and when he does, he must be met with deadly force.

         “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun!”   ….The NRA.

         

Hulu goes blank in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl!

         OMG!!!   So there we were watching the most exciting Super Bowl game in history….

         New England’s Tom Brady was making a last-ditch effort to make a miracle and get the ball down the field to tie the 41 – 33 score against the Eagles….

         Could he do it?  He’s done it before………and then what do we see on our screen?  A blank TV screen!  With a message from Hulu…   “game cannot be shown because of rights restrictions!!!”

         You gotta be kidding me!  Frankly, I’ve been getting upset with Hulu lately, a lot of buffering, video freezes, etc.  I’m told You-Tube TV did not have the same problem.  What a mess.  So I had to dump out of the live feed and re-load Hulu to get the game back up and by this time Brady had already been sacked forcing the turnover giving the Eagles possession of the ball.

         This rivals the Heidi Movie/NBC fiasco from some years back. The Heidi Game or sometimes called the Heidi Bowl was in November, 1968 when the Oakland Raiders, beat the New York Jets, after an exciting finish when the Raiders scored two touchdowns in the final minutes 32-29!  HOWEVER….NBC broke away from the game while the Jets were still wining to air the movie HEIDI!

         Hulu is owned by a consortium of the major broadcast networks, come on guys get your act together!! 

 

UPDATE:!!  On Wednesday February 7, 2018, I received this email from HULU: 

 

We Owe You An Apology

We know you waited a whole year for this. You prepped the snacks, picked your team and cranked up some JT. We did too. Your Super Bowl Sunday was everything it should have been, until our last-minute fumble. 

We are investigating what caused this issue to occur for you so that we can make sure it doesn't happen again.

So, to help make it up to you, we will be crediting your account with 1 month of your Hulu with Live TV subscription.*

With the Winter Olympics, March Madness and World Cup coverage coming soon, we want you to stick around because the 2018 year in sports is just beginning. As devoted fans ourselves, rest assured preventing any future tech issues is our top priority.

We appreciate your understanding.
Thank you for choosing Hulu.

 

I love them again!

FROM THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: GOOD NEWS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

CONTACT:

Laura Cilmi, 202.638.8673, lcilmi@alz.org
Alzheimer’s Association media line, 312.335.4078; media@alz.org

RAISE FAMILY CAREGIVERS ACT SIGNED INTO LAW

Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Applaud Congress for Supporting Landmark Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2018 – The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), the Association’s advocacy arm, are celebrating the passage of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. Signed into law today by the president, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act will address the needs of our nation’s family caregivers through the development and implementation of a coordinated national strategy.

Introduced in Congress by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Representatives Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), the RAISE Family Caregivers Act will provide much needed support to family caregivers. The new law directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a national strategy to provide education and training, long-term services and supports, and financial stability and security for caregivers.

“On behalf of the more than 15 million Americans who provide unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, we want to thank Sens. Collins and Baldwin, and Reps. Harper and Castor for their bipartisan support for family caregivers,” said Robert Egge, Alzheimer’s Association Chief Public Policy Officer and AIM Executive Director. “The development of a national strategy will have an immense impact on family caregivers. Enhancing assistance for family caregivers will result in improved caregiver health and well-being and will result in a higher quality of care for their loved ones.”

For millions of Americans caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias the emotional, physical and financial costs can be overwhelming. Caregivers of people with dementia report higher levels of stress, depression and worse health outcomes than those providing care to individuals without dementia. As a result, Alzheimer’s caregivers incurred $10.9 billion in additional health costs last year.

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act also directs HHS to create a Family Caregiving Advisory Council, similar to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Council. Both the

advisory council and The RAISE Family Caregivers Act was closely modeled after the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. The Alzheimer’s Association and AIM have been strong advocates for the RAISE Family Caregivers Act since it was introduced in Congress. Grassroots advocates and staff held thousands of congressional meetings to secure support for the legislation. The Association and AIM will continue to play an active role in the process as HHS works to develop and implement the national strategy.

Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit a lz.org.

Alzheimer’s Impact Movement

The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization working in strategic partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. AIM advocates for policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease, including increased investment in research, improved care and support, and development of approaches to reduce the risk of developing dementia. For more information, visit alzimpact.org 

The Magic Bank Account

 A friend of mine sent this to me:

Bear Bryant, the legendary Alabama football coach, used to carry around in his billfold two slips of paper. On one was written the story about the magic bank account.   This is “why time counts.”

 

The Magic Bank Account    

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your personal use.

However, this prize has rules.  The set of rules are as follow:

  1. Everything that you don’t spend each day will be taken away from you.
  2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
  3. You may only spend it.
  4. Each morning,  upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for the new day.
  5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!”   It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do with your prize?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?   You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew money would be replenished in the morning, right?

Actually, THIS GAME IS REAL.  Shocked ? Yes!   Each of us is already a winner of a much more valuable *PRIZE*.   We just don’t seem to realize it.

The prize is *TIME*

  1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
  2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
  3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
  4. Yesterday is forever gone.
  5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING.

So, WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR 86,400 seconds today?

Those seconds are worth much, much more than the same amount in dollars.  Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!  Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending” your valuable *PRIZE* wisely.

My mother put this statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague in our bedroom 30 years ago. On New Year's Morning when I woke up, the sun was rising and thru the closed curtains, a shaft of sunlight shone upon it. Happy New Year everybody!

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