"The most significant threat to our national security is our debt," Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 27,2010

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Worth reading…

Stan's Donuts: A farewell to a shop closed by coronavirus

By Alice Cuddy BBC News

Pls go to: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52663603

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Finger pointing at the Chinese

We open with a question – is the simple repetitive reality of homo sapiens self destructive nonsense always preceded with various forms of finger pointing at others?  We ask you to ponder the question…heck, maybe even answer it…the latter because our media is simply and routinely and consistently now unavailable to even raise basic questions much less seek and offer reasonable factual answers.

If you think the Chinese are destroying us…well sit back because the destination gains closeness by the minute and at least you have id’d the end result – our destination – we the people are on the road of self destruction.

Do the Chinese folks know it…well we have to stop gigglin’ as we ask and answer that question?   Our answer – you can bet every ounce of your large behind that they know exactly what we the people are up to – moving rapidly to – and no they could care less about the finger pointin' – they simply seek our rapid movement to the destination.

Trump is a dope – a ny dope – now a fl dope – but he is dope topped in this race to the destination by a few more higher level dopes bankrupting their home place(s) – states and counties; cities and towns; school, water, energy districts and even the police and fire departments – most all of which were once upon a time overseen and managed producing good accomplishments accomplished by volunteers – good women and men who did it in between working and family raising and saving and paying down needed and repayable debt.   A few other things...obeying good laws...helping the needy...simply grateful to be an American.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A brief message to our (and your) older folks, buddies, friends and family members

"There are reopening scenarios where it could get out of control very quickly," said Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who created the model.

The Bloomberg school in a statement called the report a "preliminary" analysis that should not be used as a forecast.

The White House downplayed the figures on Monday, saying they had not yet been vetted.

"This data is not reflective of any of the modeling done by the task force, or data that the task force has analyzed," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

White House officials have been relying on other models to make decisions on reopening, including one from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and a "cubic model" prepared by Trump adviser and economist Kevin Hassett and the Council of Economic Advisers.

People with knowledge of the "cubic model" say it shows deaths dropping precipitously in May - and plummeting to zero by May 15, where they stay throughout the summer.

Two people with knowledge of the White House task-force discussions said that they had not seen the draft government report, but that they were both fearful cases could rise with many of the states reopening.

The IHME model is now estimating that the United States will see nearly 135,000 deaths by August 1. That number is significantly higher than its estimate on April 17 - 60,308.

IHME's new higher projections "reflect the effect of premature relaxation of restrictions," said its creator, Christopher Murray. "In this era where those mandates being relaxed, people should be aware of the risk of infection is still there."

Relax folks – take it easy – separate a tad (two or three yards) from others – enjoy each other – and let each know how much you care for and love them and how much they mean to you…

Friday, May 1, 2020

AP PHOTOS: Virus-era glimpses of a world without humans


hmmnn...a possible alternative...hmmnn

Pls go to...https://apnews.com/41a34088ee3987b65bd46abda75dd998

When this old guy ponders...possible alternatives...he knows one simple thing for almost sure...aw shucks, have some fun; read a history book or two and perhaps discover a "...simple thing..." or two

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Being fortunate

We – da’fundamentals – are fortunate.   Buddies send us things like the following – sensible brief offerings – not like the stuff we write/publish.  Pls read and enjoy:

Don Meredith, Dallas Cowboy Quarterback, once said: “Coach Tom Landry is such a perfectionist that if he was married to Raquel Welch, he would expect her to cook.”

Harry Neale, professional hockey coach:  “Last year we couldn’t win at home and we were losing on the road.  My failure as a coach was that I couldn’t think of anyplace else to play.”

Reggie Jackson commenting on Tom Seaver: “Blind people come to the ballpark just to listen to him pitch.”

Doug Sanders, professional golfer:  “I’m working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time.  If I can just die after lunch on Tuesday, everything will be perfect.”

Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers pitcher:  “All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, ‘See, there is a fat guy doing great.  Bring me another beer.’”

Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles Dodgers manager:  “I found out that it’s not good to talk about my troubles.  Eighty percent of the people who hear them don’t care and the other twenty percent are glad I’m having them.”

E.J. Holub, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker regarding his twelve knee operations:  “My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget.”

Vic Braden, tennis instructor:  “My theory is that if you buy an ice cream cone and make it hit your mouth, you can learn to play tennis. If you stick it on your forehead, your chances aren’t as good.”

Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback when asked if Tom Landry ever smiles:  “I don’t know. I only played there for nine years.”

John Breen, Houston Oilers:  “We were tipping off our plays. Whenever we broke from the huddle, three backs were laughing and one was pale as a ghost.”

Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after viewing a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons:  “The film looks suspiciously like the game itself.”

Al Hrabosky, major league relief pitcher:  “When I’m on the road, my greatest ambition is to get a standing boo.”

Paul Horning, Green Bay Packers running back on why his marriage ceremony was before noon:  “Because if it didn’t work out, I didn’t want to blow the whole day.”

Lou Holtz, Arkansas football coach:  “I have a lifetime contract. That means I can’t be fired during the third quarter if we’re ahead and moving the ball.”

Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game:  “I won’t know until my barber tells me on Monday.”

Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers:  “I learned a long time ago that ‘minor surgery’ is when they do the operation on someone else, not you.”

George MacIntyre, Vanderbilt football coach surveying the team roster that included 26 freshmen and 25 sophomores:  “Our biggest concern this season will be diaper rash.”

Rick Venturi, Northwestern football coach:  “The only difference between me and General Custer is that I have to watch the films on Sunday.”

And you thought Yogi was the only one whose mind worked this way…