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?  


         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!



Laura Cilmi, 202.638.8673,
Alzheimer’s Association media line, 312.335.4078;


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

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 

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!


How I cut my cable bill from $400 a month to $125 a month!


So I was getting really upset, every month I noticed my cable bill was going up, and it finally got to the point where it was about 400 dollars – a month!


And I thought, ‘what was I paying for?’  It included something like 300 channels, DVR, record a bunch of shows at the same time, High speed internet service, telephone and home security. Also there were charges for renting the equipment etc, and charges for movies and so on.


And what channels was I watching?  Fox News and Fox Business and an occasional movie, a couple of network shows, and that’s it!


The telephone?  What a joke, since I retired and home all the time, I noticed the only calls coming in on the land-line were telemarketers and scam artists and fund raisers!


So one day I scooped all the equipment up took it into the cable store, and said, “I just don’t want this anymore!”  The very friendly clerk did not ask me why, just re-arranged my service to keep home security and high-speed internet.


So now what do I watch on TV?  Well I bought a “Fire Stick” from Amazon (about 30 bucks) and installed “Hulu Live,” about 40 bucks a month.  Hulu Live has all the networks, the local news shows and movies etc.  Awesome!


No, I don’t get paid for saying this, I pay like everyone else. I  also subscribe to Netflix which I think is also amazing.


And this is a good time for me to make the follow observation,  the Broadcast networks can’t hold a candle to the streaming live services.  From a technical standpoint, you don’t need a DVR or special box to rent, you want to watch a show, you watch it, if it’s live you watch it live, if it’s already been aired you watch it when you want to, you don’t need to schedule a recording.


And the biggest advantage to the streaming channels, the original content is far superior than anything the Broadcast networks can do!  Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale” won all the Emmys last year, awesome show, Ruth and I binged watching it! TNT’s “Good Behavior” is another one.


Netflix?  The stuff Netflix has produced so far will blow you away, “House of Cards,” “Peaky Blinders” “The Punisher” “Frontier” ““Mud Bound” “Godless” and “Bosch” to name just a few.  8 or 9 bucks a month?  What a bargain!


So now I’m trying to get our food bill down, if I can only get everyone to eat just once a week!

We need to go to New York and get some learnen!

So I was watching TV on our boat “Airtime II” and should emphasize that our boat has a broadcast TV antenna, so the only stations I could get are off the air, no cable.


The reason I mention this is because my boat is in San Diego, and there are not a lot of good TV News Operations there, so I was forced to watch, I’m so sorry to say, PBS!


The PBS News hour was on, with Judy Woodruff, and towards the end of the broadcast there was an interview with the authors of “One Nation After Trump.”


The authors E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein were being interviewed and making the case that President Trump is unfit for the office of the president.


So Mr. Ornstein opens up with the following to justify that premise:  The intellectual and educated people, over time, ended up in the large urban areas of the northeast, and Southern California, and the rest of nation, in the middle, who elected Donald Trump are, well, uneducated! Dumb!  Not his exact words, but that’s what he meant.

Did the PBS reporter challenge that statement?  Oh no, he just let it go because that's probably what, he along with the entire PBS news organization, believes.


So I quickly turned the TV off.  Did you know you were dumb?  We who live in the crappy little cow towns of Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and other western cities, need to move to New York and get some learnen!

Why Left Wing Dems hate Donald Trump!

A wise old man once told me a long time ago the difference between successful people and losers. 


He said, losers care and complain about petty things.  For example, they don’t like the paint on the wall of the office, or the computer or copy machine doesn’t live up to their standards. They need more time for lunch, they don’t like the boss’s clothes, etc.


While winners are concerned about the big picture, becoming financially secure, or becoming  wealthy to secure their families, etc.


I once had the occasion to talk to a very successful radio newscaster who worked for probably the biggest and most successful news radio station in Phoenix, Arizona.  The station was about to move into new offices at a new location.  I said, “Hey congratulations on moving into that new office complex.”  And he replied, “Yea, well have you looked at the parking lot?  It sucks!”

Yes I was dumbfounded, why would he care about that? 


You probably have worked with many people who concern themselves with petty things in the work place rather than the big picture, why they are there in the first place?  If you read my book, “It Just  Wasn’t Perfect For Me,” you know my first job paid me 78 bucks a week. My first thought on receiving my first pay check was, ‘How can I make more money?’  So I asked successful people and I was told, “Find a better higher paying job!”  And if you don’t have the skills to do so, get them and move up, so I did.  (Notice no one told me to organize a protest and stand outside the radio station and demand they pay me more money!)


The reason I’m writing this is because I got a little ticked off this morning about a Facebook person who criticized me for praising President Donald Trump’s achievements.  She said, as most extreme liberal people either think or say, that the president hasn’t accomplished anything at all, and she hates him for what he says.


I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately.  The only criticism of the president from the left is for what he says, not for what he’s accomplished!


Here’s what President Donald Trump has accomplished to today’s date:


From “The National Review”: 


 • The Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all hit record highs on This week. The Wilshire 5000 Index calculates that some $3.4 trillion in new wealth has been created since President Trump’s inauguration and $5.4 trillion since his election. Fueled by the reality of deregulation, expectations of lower taxes, and a new tone in Washington that applauds free enterprise rather than excoriate it, the economy is on fire.


• Atop the second quarter’s 3.1 percent increase in real GDP, and 3.0 in 3Q, the New York Federal Reserve Bank predicts that 4Q output will expand by 3.8 percent. This far outpaces the feeble average-annual GDP growth rate of 1.5 percent on President Obama’s watch. Meanwhile, the IMF expects global GDP to rise by 3.5 percent this year. So much for a Trump-inspired “global recession.”


Unemployment is at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low. New unemployment claims in September were at their most modest since 1974. Goldman Sachs on November 20 “lowered our unemployment rate forecast to 3.7 percent by end-2018 and 3.5 percent by end-2019.”


According to the Wall Street powerhouse’s chief economist Jan Hatzius, “Such a scenario would take the U.S. labor market into territory almost never seen outside of a major wartime mobilization.”


• American companies have been expanding operations here rather than shipping jobs overseas. Corning, for instance, announced a $500 million investment in new U.S. production, launching 1,000 positions.


• Foreign firms have been unveiling facilities and creating jobs in America. Insourcing is now a thing. Taiwan’s Foxconn will spend $10 billion on a new Wisconsin electronics plant with 3,000 new employees. During Trump’s recent visit to China, Beijing agreed to invest $84 billion in new energy projects in West Virginia.


• If the Senate cooperates, Santa Claus will deliver $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, including a dream-come-true 43 percent reduction in corporate taxes, from a 35 percent rate to 20 percent, well below the global average of 22.5 percent. This major blow for international competitiveness should turbocharge the economy even further.

Read more at:


And the list of his accomplishments in this article goes on for miles.  BUT The left-wing democrats hate him for what he says and say he should be removed from office! 


How could these people be so sadly informed? 

If you read my earlier blogs about Donald Trump, I don't particularly like him, I wish he would just keep his mouth shut and do his job, but he is what he is, and his supporters accept him for what he is.  To my left wing friends, do you think this is outrageous?  Well let me end with a little true story.

One morning I was sitting in on the morning radio show on KFYI in Phoenix with radio host at the time, Ed Walsh. President Clinton was in office at the time during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  We were talking to left-wing commentator Eleanor Clift now on MSNBC and The Daily Beast.  I asked her, "Arn't you just outraged that President Clinton had sex with a young girl in the oval office?"  And she replied, and these are her exact words, "So the president is a philanderer so what?!!"