Disastrous Politics

This Afghan withdrawal and the Taliban overrunning the country is a complete fiasco. 

– 20 years of blood and treasure: $2,000,000,000,000, and 2,500 lost US military personal and G-d knows how many casualties (oh, about another 20,000)!

Now complete and utter chaos, and a turnover to terrorism.

Reminiscent of Iran’s overthrow of the Shah and the U.S. hostage crisis for 444 days and when we lost Vietnam and the helicopters frantically evacuating US embassy personnel from the rooftop. 

BTW, what happened to our “Red Lines” on chemical weapons in Syria?

Where are our inherent values and the dependability of who we are and what we stand for?

Now we are once again emboldening Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia. 

Moreover, US Admiral says China is within 6 years of potentially taking Taiwan (guess where most of the computer chips are made and we already have a shortage)!!!

On top of this we have the Delta variant of Covid (and fears of worse coming) for this 1.5 year long pandemic with the CDC mask on again/off again non-sensical guidance. 

Then we have a $1,200,000,000,000 infrastructure bill and a $3,500,000,000,000 social welfare bill in the works to put on top of the US already almost $29,000,000,0000,000 national debt

Any ideas what that will do to the value of the US currency in the world and inflation rearing its ugly head.

I am starting to see a run on food and home stables in the stores again with items sold out.

Consumer confidence is shaking and the stock market is teetering off at a very high precipice. 

Oh, don’t forget the border crisis which is getting out of control again. 

What the F*** is going on here?  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Washington Monument Tall and Proud

Thought this was a pretty picture of the Washington Monument. 

Marble Obelisk that stands tall and proud against the clear blue sky in the nation’s capital

Inspiring and hopeful for the future, if people don’t blow the opportunities for collaboration and progress.  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Motif For The U.S. Economy

This seems like it could be a major theme of the U.S. economy. 

“Buy Now, Pay Later!”

And then…

“Foreclosure”

You can’t borrow infinitely.

It eventually has to be repaid. 

Where will the money come from?  

Print more.

Worth less!  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

He Ain’t Heavy

Reminds me of the song:

“He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother!”

For some reason, I remember the children back in the day (I grew up at the height of the feminist movement) saying instead: “She’s my brother.”

I used to think what the heck did that mean?

20/20 hindsight, but I guess a spoof on gender roles already many moons ago. 

Now I hear identity as he, she, ze/zir.

Either way, the person ain’t heavy.  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Walk Fort Lauderdale Beach

Eleven minute walk along Fort Lauderdale Beach.


Crazy during Spring Break!

This country in between crises letting off steam amidst:

– Multitude inner city shootings

– Racism and violent riots

– Anarchy at the Capitol

– Our sovereign borders being overrun

– Chaotic Covid pandemic

– Ridiculously out-of-control spiraling national debt

– Deteriorating relations with superpowers Russia and China

– Nuclear escalations with Iran and North Korea

– Another horrible election


Who will save this country from itself? 😉


(Credit Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

Art imitates life. 

When we had heroes in the real world there were also superheroes on television, movies, video games, toys, and more. 

But alas leadership in our times has seriously fallen short.

Who is there to really look up to as a model for us to respect and follow? 

It seems like everywhere these days we are confronted by: 

– Failing leadership 

– Poor decision-making

– Party politics

– Obstructionism

– Finger-pointing

– Fraud, waste, and abuse

– Bullying and sexual harassment

– Bribery and kleptocracy

– Big time narcissism 

There are few if any heroes these days!

It’s sad for us as well as for our children.

I hope we see Batman and Superman and other superheroes again: strong in the physical sense but primarily a symbol for strength of character/integrity and for the fight of good over evil in this world. 

The void is painful for our times and is going to impact our near term future as well.  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Going In Circles

One administration comes and another goes. 

The new executive orders and legislations reverse the old ones. 

– Keystone Pipeline

– Travel Ban from potential Terrorist Countries

– Paris Climate Accord

– Membership in World Health Organization

– Deregulation 

– Taxes

As a country, we are (borderline) bipolar!

And like a pendulum, we swing back and forth getting nowhere and driving the rest of the world crazy.

Can’t we actually move forward without the perennial one step forward, one step back nauseating dance we keep doing. 

Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are moving forward and they are not waiting for us to figure out what we actually want and get our national act together to move decisively and definitively forward.  😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

High Kicks Not City Riots

This is when on the Washington D.C. Mall there were high kicks and not riots. 

It was a carefree spot and not a war zone. 

The city wasn’t filled with anger but with hope. 

Politicians weren’t giving each other a kick in the ass every day, but rather reaching across the aisle to try and get something done. 

The country was trying to go forward, but now it’s having trouble keeping up with the problems caused by China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. 

Then we stood tall and wore our colors proud, today we wonder about the crisis of the day and what tomorrow will bring. 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What’s With This Crazy World?

I don’t recognize this world. 

This world has gone to sleep. 

It’s not the world of life I used to know. 

Now fear and isolation pervade about. 

Things aren’t even what they seem or they seem to be what they aren’t. 

Everything is glossed over and black and white are easily substituted. 

There used to be a moral ground and a forward path. 

Now you have to have a stronger faith and inner conviction than ever before. 

To see the light at the end of the tunnel and hope it’s the light we all yearn for.  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)