Harvey Gets a Spam Text

This happened before the GOP tax bill passed, but I kept forgetting to post it. I just remembered, so:

“Hi Harvey, I’m ellen r w/ StopTrumpTaxCuts WI. The Senate recently voted to take away our healthcare to give tax breaks to the super rich. Can you call Rep. Sensenbrenner real quick and tell him to vote no? (I’ll send you a script)

I replied:

Hi, Ellen.

I’m super rich and I already told Jim to vote yes.

Sorry about your healthcare, but that’s really your responsibility to pay for, not mine, and I’m glad it won’t be coming out of my pocket anymore.

Send to Kindle

Christmas 2017

The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2

  1. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David
  2. To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
  3. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
  4. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
  5. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
  6. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
  7. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
  8. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
  9. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
  10. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
  11. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Send to Kindle

Unlike Newsweek, It Might Even Be Worth the Dollar He’ll Pay for It

The owner of the National Enquirer may have an opportunity to buy Time magazine.

Hate to see him risk tarnishing his reputation for journalistic integrity like that, though.

[title reference link]

Send to Kindle

Didn’t Someone Write a Song About This?

Shaky ground: California has been struck by 134 tremors along the San Andreas fault in just one week.

I assume caused by SJW foot-stomping over Trump tweets.

[title reference link]

[alternative title reference link]

Send to Kindle

15 Years Later

Remember 10-12-02

Send to Kindle

Trump Wins Again

I think I’m starting to like this President:

Dolphins Owner Steve Ross Now Wants Players To Stand For Anthem, Coach Adam Gase Makes It A Rule

“…[Miami Dolphins owner Steve] Ross, who spoke about 90 minutes before the Dolphins’ 16-10 victory over Tennessee and the national anthem, said President Donald Trump has changed the focus of anthem conversation from social injustice issues to patriotism, so it’s better now for the players to stand.

“He’s changed that whole paradigm of what protest is,” said Ross during his CommUnity Tailgate gathering at Hard Rock Stadium before Sunday’s home opener against Tennessee.

“And I think it’s incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to really stand and really salute the flag.”

[emphasis mine]

Just idly wondering how Jeb Bush would’ve handled this…

And if Hillary’d won, kneeling would be the new standing, anthem-wise.

Send to Kindle

A Good Time to Turn Off Your Phone

A new poll shows that more Hillary voters regret their 2016 vote than Trump voters.

Weird… how’d they manage to interview all those dead people?

Send to Kindle

Best Line Since “We Begin Bombing in Five Minutes”

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.

If you haven’t read Trump’s speech to the UN, give it a shot. I kept waiting for something I objected to, but it never came.

I’d forgotten what it’s like to have a President who speaks favorably of the US and its interests.

[title reference link]

Send to Kindle

No, Kids, You Can’t Have Single-Payer or Ice Cream for Breakfast

Just looking at your faces, I know I’m going to end up the villain here. You want free health care for all and a tasty breakfast everyone can love, and the only thing standing in the way is me saying no. But someone has to be the adult here and say you can’t just do what you want regardless of nutrition or economics.

Now, before you start shouting about how I’m just mean and want poor, sick people to die and breakfast to be bland and boring, consider that maybe — just maybe — I actually have your best interests in mind. I know it’s hard to understand, but you’ll be better, healthier people if you eat something loaded with nutrients and not just sugar and keep free market forces in health care. If we go with what you want, we’re going to end up hyperactive and then crashing and have scarcity in health care resources and a lack of innovation. And yes, I know we set a bad precedent with how I got you Lucky Charms and the ACA, but we really should be trying to progress the other direction toward less government and less sugar in health care and cereal respectively.

And I know the influences I’m working against here. You see the fun clown and Bernie Sanders on TV talking about how great ice cream and socialism are. But while you think clowns and socialists to be entertaining, other people find them vile creatures to be feared — and for good reason. Just look at what socialism has done to Venezuela. And look at what… well, I don’t need to justify my hatred of clowns to you.

Okay, I can tell this is falling on deaf ears. You think I’m just mean. I hate fun. I want to put profits over patients. You might not believe me, but I really do want health care for all and everyone to enjoy breakfast. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about that. There’s no easy solution where you just say eat whatever you want and have any health care you want and it will paid for with other people’s money. If you go that route, you’re going to end up miserable and sick. So I don’t care how much you’re going to scream and yell; because I care for you, I’m putting my foot down and saying, “No.”

What? Don’t just go and ask mom now!

Send to Kindle

Birthday surprise

I have a surprise for Harvey’s birthday today. I’m going to ignore it. I bet Harvey didn’t see that coming!

Instead, I’m going to talk about my daughter. You see, it’s her birthday.

Note: I have several family birthday connections with the IMAO family. Sarah K and I share a birthday. Frank J and my daughter-in-law share a birthday. And Harvey and my daughter share a birthday.

My little girl is living in Manhattan now with her husband and son. Yes, my Little Princess is now a Mom in Manhattan. Oh, how time flies. I still remember being there when she was born, watching that little baby cry her first breaths. Yes, I got to lay eyes on her before her mother did. No, it wasn’t a competition. But I still won.

Anyway, if you’re on Facebook, you may want to wish the Little Princess a happy birthday.

Or not. I mean, it might be a little weird leaving comments to a total stranger, right? And she’s a total stranger to you. But she’ll always be my Little Princess.

Send to Kindle

Cartoon of the Day – Solution


[Michael P. Ramirez]

It seems like nobody wants to solve the problem. The politicians don’t. The voters that return those politicians to office don’t.

Send to Kindle

Remember

One of my favorite paintings before 9/11 was this:

“A young architect looks at his rendering for a building of his design being constructed in the background. Completed in July of 2001, this painting was not in any way inspired or influenced by the events of September 11th, 2001. The twin towers of the World Trade Center were included for their graceful beauty and their immediate recognizability which provides context for the height of the new building under construction.”

After 9/11, I liked it even more for the hope it represented.

Now that the Freedom Tower is done, I feel like, in a way, that hope is realized.

Send to Kindle

Writing a Sequel

Hey everybody. How are things? Everyone hiding from hurricanes?

I’m busy on the Superego sequel — maybe about a quarter done of first draft. And hopefully a number of you got the beta copy of Hellbender for feedback. Looking forward to what people think on that one; thought it was fun, but maybe a little weird.

Anyway, this Superego sequel is my first sequel writing experience. I’m worried I waited a little long (it’s approaching three years since Superego came out), but I guess compared to some authors with two R’s as their middle initial, I’m moving pretty briskly. Still, it’s fun to revisit the characters and also try to correct what I thought were some valid criticisms of the first one.

So, agenda for a sequel:
* Up the stakes — but not too far that you have no where to go for the next sequel
* Further character development while not just repeating character beats from the first
* Make it fun

And now I’m trying to distill what people liked about the first book and make sure that’s in there — while not too much that it gets irritating. Rico can be kind of a fun character, but I’m always worried that his strong personality can get grating with too much of him — which is always a problem when it’s in first person and he’s commenting on everything.

And I’m aiming for a trilogy. I’ve been advised before to set things up as just an ongoing series, but I always think in big stories and having an end point in the future helps me focus things.

I know a lot of times people think sequels aren’t as good as the first one, but they really should be an opportunity to improve because as a writer you start with a good understanding of the characters and can course correct from what you learned writing the first. So what are your favorite sequels? I liked Highlander 2, The Exorcist 2, and Speed 2.

Send to Kindle

You’ll Be Eaten By Space Worms Like the Millennium Falcon

Russian scientists plan to blast dead frozen people into space where they’ll be preserved in secure pods.

That could never happen In America. It’d make Democrat voter registration drives too hard.

Send to Kindle

Why Soulless Capitalism Is the Best System for Helping the Poor

People want their caring to mean something. That’s why a lot of people have big problems with capitalism as it explicitly doesn’t care about people and their well-being. Yet capitalism materially helps an order of magnitude more people than charity or a misguided economic system made with the poor in mind, like socialism. But the reason capitalism is so much better at helping the poor is that it that it actually cares about the poor in a much more concrete way than any other system as it cares about their collective spending power.

Now if you take the poor and the middle class all together, that is a massive amount of spending power — much more so than all rich people together. If you have a business that caters only to the rich — like selling yachts — that’s a niche market. To get insanely rich in capitalism, you need to cater to the poor — you need a Walmart. So many things in capitalism start out just for the rich — flat screen TVs, cellphones, electricity, indoor plumbing — but capitalism dictates you need to figure out how to do those things cheaper so you can sell to everyone if you want to get really really rich. And that’s why the poor in the U.S. have luxuries that the rich from a hundred years ago couldn’t even imagine.

So while charity and socialism say you need to sacrifice to help the poor and in exchange you’ll get a good feeling, capitalism says you can become a millionaire helping the poor. So it’s no wonder why one gets 1000 times more takers. The problem is this is religiously offensive to many people. “It should hurt to help the poor! You shouldn’t gain from it!” So while capitalism has drastically decreased poverty and malnutrition in the world over the last century (all while population has drastically increased), people still rail against it. Because of their pride. People want their intense caring to mean something. But the irony is they don’t actually care about the poor or they’d suck it up and support capitalism. Instead, they choose their pride over the poor.

NOTE: This shouldn’t be seen as a condemnation of charity which I believe to be every person’s duty. It’s just charity is a band-aid, not a cure.

This should be read as a condemnation of socialism, though. It’s awful and it kills people. Leave that turd in the last century.

Send to Kindle