Happiness is a dry martini and a good woman … or a bad woman

– George Burns

By Blue Bronc

Anyone notice that politicians are heading to the hoosegow right now?  With the Speaker of the New York legislature in FBI custody, another day comes to an end.  The sad thing is it gives a little more confirmation to my brother and sister-in-law about politicians (except me – a little) that they are all crooks.  At least the crooks are following a long line of tradition.

Sometimes I think of all the fun retiring is, and more importantly, is not.  I was medically retired for about twenty years, then went back to work at the age of sixty.  I am not at all sorry I did.  I am having a ball and enjoying the challenges along with working with kids the age of my children (30s).  This is not “feeling young.”  Oh no. This body has been through a lot over the years. This brain has had a lot of workout over the years too. Significantly it is I am not worn out like my grandparents were when they were sixty-five.

There are many women and men in their mid-sixties who do not need new knees. There are a lot of us who do. There are many veterans who need back repair, some earlier than others; some later than others.  There are many people in this country who worked hard for a living and look forward to retiring at age 65 66. There are many in this country who did not do heavy labor, but are burned out from working in a corporate world that did not let them live.

over65Politicians live long lives; the reasons are still under debate.  This is even true of our Founding Fathers from an age without antibiotics or most vaccines. Look at Ben Franklin, wonderful life, and long lived. Warren and Clinton are in their late sixties. I do believe they will live long and continue to provide much to our lives. Webb? He too is in his late 60’s. The 70’s are the new 40’s?

Is chronological age old, old? It depends. I do not consider, or even think, I am old; even though I am in my mid-sixties. My body will have surgery for new joints and with the newest medications, I will not notice the pain or lack of strength. What meds will Hillary, Warren, Webb and others my age need to have the ability to walk through the Oval Office without assistance or limping?  What meds will they take to avoid old age? Which medications will affect their lives?

It is very nice to have Democratic people willing to run for United States president, especially when they are in the penalty phase time period of Social Security. For you youngsters education, you have to start withdrawing from IRA’s when you are 70 ½. You face penalty by the Social Security Administration when you are after 70 years old.  The good news for our Democratic candidates is they are likely to live to be 80 if they are elected.  But, they still face the same penalties by the SSA.

I am as much for celebrating the lives of our elders as anyone, I get my senior discounts legitimately.  But I would rather find some hot politician in her 50’s than someone who was born when the computer was the size of a large truck and used electron tubes.

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

The Silenced of the Pens

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

By PatD

Will what happened in Paris be swept into history’s  closet and silenced as what happened in Denmark or will good men do something this time?

Like speak up as does Fareed Zakaria in The Washington Post:

“Like so many of the most fanatical and violent aspects of Islamic terrorism today, the idea that Islam requires that insults against the prophet Muhammad be met with violence is a creation of politicians and clerics to serve a political agenda. “

As he points out, the cult of blasphemy is not limited to only one religion nor is violence in its name.  So-called Christians murdering doctors in the name of Christ,  so-called Buddhists killing in the name of Buddha and Hindu “holy” wars are just the current examples.”

Zakaria profoundly notes: “When governments try to curry favor with fanatics, eventually the fanatics take the law into their own hands.”

— Charlie Hebdo Puts Muhammad on Cover of Post-Attack Issue (Wall Street Journal)
— Why some news organizations are publishing covers from Charlie Hebdo (Poynter.org)
— ‘Hacktivist’ group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist websites (The Telegraph)

– PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

“Goodbyes, they often come in waves.”

– Jarod Kintz, “$3.33 (The Title is the Price)”

Blue Bronc
Sen. Barbara Boxer leaving is sad, but also a good thing.  The California Democrat is probably leading her party’s rush out of Congress, the Reps and Senators who have represent the Vietnam Era.  Born in the 40’s and 50’s many of these good representatives of their districts are tiring of the fight, ready to let others battle the crazies.

Will the open seats bring in more Democrats?  Generally I think yes.  Many of those running have never known what a Progressive Congress and Supreme Court looks like.  They have only known the Reagan, Clinton, Bush (I and II) and Obama eras.  That is not good.  They do not have a personal history to look back at as a model for what should be.

Relatives and friends who are older are good to learn from.  Personal experience is much better.  Those from the 40’s and 50’s are Roosevelt experienced, either from his presidency or those who came afterwards.  Progressives, for the most part, desire to make America and the world a better place for all.

The new politicians are needed.  The old wood is getting moldy and soft.  New brass gonads have to take up the fight.  They will make mistakes, but hopefully, they will also not be carrying twenty, thirty or forty plus years of deals and baggage with them.

Here’s who’s poised to fight for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat — SFGate

A Weather Break: The worst thing about the current cold wave: it lets those of weak brains think the climate change to hot is over (again).  Sure my boats have ice on them, but that is temporary, it melts away very soon.  So to those climate deniers, eat my snowy . . .++-

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

Is it time to embrace the 2d Amendment?


We, as a group and a People have agonized over what role the 2d Amendment to our Constitution should play in our very post 18th century lives. It is right that we go through this explorative agony as our propensity to brutality, or lack thereof, is what earns us the right to call ourselves civilized.

Now, I have a question. When will it be time to allow those members of our society who, because of their past or present employment in the public service, to arm themselves in defense of terrorists who have threatened them, as a group, for their service? The threats, of course, when carried out include all those around them.

I don’t have a specific answer. I know because of my mode of transport that I’m somewhat conspicuous. That has concerned me to the extent that I have purchased a serious handgun.

This I know; wherever I am, no matter what the circumstances: if I am caught up in terrorist violence, I will not depart peacefully. I would like to have the comfort of the 2d Amendment at my side.

– Flatus is a Trail Mix Contributor

Be at War with your Vices,

at Peace with your Neighours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. — Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 Poor Richards Almanac.

Blue Bronc

This year struggles to a wonderful end; an end unexpected when the new calendar showed January 1.  But before December 31 is crossed off this old calendar I do need to call a friend to make it complete — renewing friendship is good for the mind and body.

Is January 2015 the first month of 2016?  I think so.  Whatever happened to a few months of campaigning and the election?  It was gone the moment a television camera scanned the first politician to ever stand in front of it.  Once the cable television networks (CNN, most prominently) showed twenty-four hour news, the political world changed again.

dig15Today I sit here wondering why I have not burned out completely.  I am partially done, but then I enjoy the fight which lets me keeps me in it.  Building the resolve necessary to get into 2016 is going to take some doing.  But the box labeled Resolve must be filled as the thought of the United States becoming a failed nation, just as Kansas is now the example of a failed state, is too much to bear.

That box of Resolve needs to be checked more than ever, as at least one Supreme Justice will leave that Republican organization.  That seat and any others will be filled and it must be filled with Progressive judges, women and men, who look to a United States of America and not the Citizen Corporation.

For friends locally and around the world, thank you for another year of sadness, happiness, hilarity, piety, joy and delight.  Next year will be the best year yet.

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?


Question of the day (with a steal from Frank Loesser) to Hillary, Rand, Jeb and others dangling visions of sugar plums before the paparazzi:

Maybe its much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s…?

Give or take a month or two what have your analysts concluded about a too-soon announcement and the short attention span of the American electorate. Not to mention the even shorter nano attention span of the media? Jumping in too early risks ho-hum factor among the voters, as well as opening one up to a longer dirty tricks campaign. But the early pol bird gets the early pac worm, which brings me to …

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When its exactly

…the time that it is right? Which lady will Emily list, or will a gentleman turn her head again? And who gets the invite to the Tea Party that night

Maybe I’m crazy to suppose

… restricted funding will ever be chose(n) and donors with strings exposed.

Ah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Year’s …

Trail Mixers?

– PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

Destination Cuba

Blue Bronc

Dr. Zira: What will he find out there, doctor?
Dr. Zaius: His destiny.
— Planet of the Apes

There are days when the world wants to collapse around itself and yet, it holds in place or rises a little to allow at fast glimpse of a better world.  Obama, and others in unison, forced a little rise of the heavy and often dark world the other day.

The expected response from the usual loud mouths failed to appear.  What has happened is that this is turning in to a significant event, without the screaming and rending of cloth I was awaiting.  One day of sputtering and spittle and now nothing.

Of course, once the blowhards return to the floor there will be speeches of dread and  doom, but that is all.  Will they refuse the ambassador vote?  Most likely, but eventually it will happen, as will the funds to rebuild the embassy.

cubancarThere is one huge cone of silence over the announced and almost announced presidential candidates.  They have nothing to jump on the soap box about.  Cuba has not been a threat to anyone in this hemisphere since the end of the Cuban Missile Crises of 1962.   That was a long time ago, most of those involved are dying off or already compost.  There is little to say that would do anything to rile the extremists.

I expect the rest of the presumptive candidates will find their voice once the polls are complete and interpreted to their desires.  The best known statement is the December 16, 2014, statement by Jeb-Boy Bush, that he wants the embargo strengthened.

Sometime next month there will be a bill in the hopper providing monies for those who abandoned property in Cuba when they fled to the U.S.  That will buy off the Rubios of Little Cuba and they will be quiet.

The final result will be an increase in Cuban marijuana, Maria to many, showing up in the stores of Colorado and all others with legal mj.  That will help the agriculture industry of the island.

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

Jeb Bush: “The Empire Strikes Back”

Nash 2/5

Jeb Bush is now the establishment Republican Presidential candidate for 2016.

If you are a Wall Street banker, a corporate CEO, or any other member of the 1%, you know that the Bush family dynasty represents your interests, exclusively, like a country club or a gated community.

Did someone say Tea Party? Forget about those revolting peasants … they don’t have any MONEY. Jeb may not be able to buy the Presidency, but he can probably buy the primaries.

Quite frankly, the establishment GOP is more than a little tired of the Tea Party crowd. Yes, they need their votes but they don’t need their goofy candidates.

The establishment “empire” is finally striking back, to regain control of the Republican Party.

Speaking of country clubs, here’s Darth Vader playing golf.

— Nash 2.5 is a Trail Mix Contributor