August 26, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 26, 2016. On Wednesday, Susan and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I took Susan out for lunch at the Pelican Wharf Cajun Grill in Biloxi. We enjoyed a wonderful seafood platter. The grilled oyster was FABULOUS!! We have lived here now for over a year   … and have yet to go to the casino’s: that changed Wednesday. After lunch, we went to the Hard Rock Casino …   it is huge!!! We walked around and looked at the hard rock memorabilia. Then, after a couple of hours   … we both lost $5.00 playing the penny slot machines.

Folks here are a bag full of “Hey!”“How’s you’all doing?”    … very polite and easy going. That may be because almost everyone down here is armed. The State of Mississippi encourages folks to arm themselves. It takes the 2nd Amendment seriously. Today and tomorrow, Mississippi will celebrate a sales tax holiday for guns and ammunition. Today and tomorrow, the Mississippi sales tax of 7% is waived when you buy a gun and ammunition for it.

In other gun related news: (BBC NEWS) — It’s OK to carry a gun but not sex toys at US university. “Students at the University of Texas have been carrying around sex toys in protest at a new state law which allows guns on campus. From 1 August it became legal for students to carry a concealed pistol as long as they have a license. However, campaigners claim it is not legal to carry a sex toy around the university. The woman behind the protest, Jessica Jin, has called the campaign “cocks not glocks”. I thought carrying a “marital aid” was the Constitutionally Protected “penumbra” right to privacy, (Griswold v. Connecticut … the precursor to Roe v. Wade)? Reminds me of my Drill Sergeant in Basic Training, introducing us to an M-16. Holding the M-16, “This is a weapon”   … then grabbing his crotch, “This is a gun”   … “One is for killing … the other for fun!!” Point being? Soldiers carry weapons, not guns. 

Times are a-changing in the prison system! (BBC NEWS) — Ramen noodles ‘are most valuable US prison commodity’, study suggests. “Ramen noodles have overtaken tobacco to become the most valuable commodity in some US prisons, a new study suggests. The research said the shift was a response to a decline in the quantity and quality of food on offer. “Because it is cheap, tasty, and rich in calories, ramen has become so valuable that it is used to exchange for other goods,” said study author Michael Gibson-Light.” Unlike dope, Ramen noodles are extremely difficult to smuggle into prisons … when a body cavity is used. They are also prone to get soggy.

Presidential election news? (CNN) — Top South Korean exec found dead hours before prosecutor questioning. “A top executive at a South Korean company facing a corruption investigation was found dead early Friday just hours before he was due to be questioned by prosecutors. Lee In-won, vice president of the conglomerate Lotte Group, was discovered lying on the ground with a necktie around his throat, according to local police. Police said they suspected he may have hanged himself and fallen to the ground when the necktie broke, but the cause of death hasn’t officially been established.” Rumor has it   … he was due to be questioned about contributions made to the Clinton Foundation. Strange how folks with information about the Clintons   … seem to meet untimely deaths.

So   … Canada is a better place to live? Has a better health care syste? (BBC NEWS) — Canadian couple forced to live apart after 62 years. “An elderly Canadian couple who have been married for 62 years have been forced to live in separate care homes. A photo of Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, and his wife, Anita, 81, went viral after their granddaughter shared their story. Ashley Baryik, 29 said her grandparents have been separated because there is no room for both of them at the same home in Surrey, British Columbia. Mr Gottschalk, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, is on a waiting list to move into the same home as his wife. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Ms Baryik posted a touching image of her “Omi and Opi” wiping away tears as they held hands, adding that it was “the saddest photo I have ever taken.” … “The couple, who have lived apart for eight months, cry every time they are able to see each other, she added.” … The outpouring of support, Ms Baryik said, has been overwhelming, but the family refuses to take donations in order to keep the focus on Canada’s senior care system. “Taking money defeats the purpose for fighting for families who can’t afford privatized beds,” she said. “We want everyone’s focus to be on fixing the system rather than raising money and putting a band-aid on the issue.””  Susan and I have only been together 21 years   … I can not picture, not waking up and seeing her first thing in the morning   … and the last thing at night. I can only imagine how it would feel after 62 years!!

Interesting headline: (BBC NEWS) — Could mouthwash combat gonorrhea? “A gargle a day keeps gonorrhea away” is an unlikely slogan, but researchers believe it could hold some truth. Recent studies have shown people can carry the sexually transmitted infection in their throats for weeks or months without symptoms. And they could spread it to others through unprotected oral sex. So investigators are looking at whether regular mouthwash might help stop the silent spread and experts think it is an idea that is worth exploring. Gonorrhea is a bacterium and it can live in secretions in the throat as well as the penis and vagina and is spread by oral, anal and vaginal sex. The disease – which was common in the first half of the 1900s until the discovery of an effective antibiotic treatment – is seeing a resurgence.” Drug resistant gonorrhea is on the rise: “Antibiotic-resistant cases of the sexually transmitted illness gonorrhea have more than quadrupled in the United States. This new data, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should serve as a warning that “the future of current treatment options may be in jeopardy,” the agency said in a news release issued Thursday.” I suppose an obvious solution? Use mouth wash as a feminine hygiene spray. Kills germs and provides a nice minty odor/smell.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, listening to the evening news and waiting for Susan to come home. Her furry babies are waiting for her, by the door. On the evening news? The earthquake in Italy … and the presidential election campaign sinking to lower levels of nastiness. Most worrisome? The Zika virus may have crossed over into the general population with infected people not displaying any symptoms, causing the CDC to call for testing all blood transfusion blood … something not done since the beginnings of the HIV epidemic. Susan has to work tomorrow. Sunday lunch? Grilled brats, French Fries and a garden salad.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

 

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August 19, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 19, 2016. Biloxi, Mississippi has 8 Casinos: Beau Ridge, IP, Boomtown, Golden Nugget, Palace Casino Resortz, Hard Rock Café, Harrah’s and Treasure Bay. Bay St. Louis, Mississippi has 2: Silver Slipper and Hollywood Casino. D’iberville, Mississippi has 1: Scarlet Pearl. All are within close driving distance of Ft Timmerman. All have world class restaurants, gambling and of course, entertainment. This coming couple of weeks? “Purple Reign”, “Kenny G”, “The Temptations & The Four Tops”, “Kenny Wayne Shepherd”, “BJ Thomas”, “Neil Sedaka”, “Buddy Guy”, “Keith Sweat”, “Trace Adkins”, “Grand Funk Railroad” and “Vince Gill”. Susan and I have been down here now for a little over a year   … and we have yet to go lay on one of the best beaches, (13 blocks from our house), in our United States   … or go to any of the casinos, or take in a show. Isn’t that the way it works in real life? How many times have you gone “sightseeing” features in your home town, that people from out of town, travel to see?

The ridiculous news: (BBC NEWS) — For US Olympians, gold medals come with a hefty tax bill. “She has flipped, tumbled and leapt her way into the hearts of millions over the course of the Olympic games. But when Simone Biles returns home she will be in for not just a major celebration but also a hefty tax bill … American Olympians are subject to a so-called “victory tax” – a tax on both the money they receive from the Olympic committee for winning and on the value of the Olympic medal. US athletes who win a medal at the Rio games will take home the hardware and a cash bonus from the US Olympic Committee. Gold medalists will receive $25,000, silver medalists get $15,000, and bronze winners earn $10,000. Those winnings are taxed as income, the same way Americans are taxed on other prize money, like lottery winnings. Most countries exempt their athletes from these taxes.” So   …   you train and practice 3 – 5 hours a day for 4 years, in order to make the Olympic Team, representing our United States. And when, as a result of your hard work and perseverance   … you win a Gold Metal competing against the best athletes in the world   … your victory is treated like winning a lottery? WINNING A $%#$#%#*& LOTTERY!!!??? Frankly   … I find that offensive as hell   …   and an in your face insult to our Olympic Champions. This needs to change.

I hope there is a special place in hell for animals like this: (CNN) — Abused 4-year-old child tells police her name is ‘Idiot’. “The little girl was abused so badly she had a black eye, dried blood in the corner of her mouth and deep purple bruises all over her body. But it’s what she said when asked her name that’s truly startling. “Idiot.” The girl is only 4. She lived with her mother, Jennifer Denen, and Denen’s live-in boyfriend, Clarence Reed, in a home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Police say she was called an “idiot” so often and for so long that it was the word that sprung to her young mind when a social worker asked her name.” Real tough guy   … beating up a 4 year old! Her injuries? “The girl’s injuries included bruises on her buttocks, her lower back, her leg, police said. She had a blackened eye, a swollen cheek and a bruise on her forehead. She also had scars on her back that had started to heal, indicating the abuse had been going on for a while. In addition to it all, the girl was also severely malnourished, police said.” How can any mother watch her child being abused like this? I would love to spend a couple of hours in a locked room with this POS!! Better yet? I would love to be the person who gets to choose Mr. Reed’s cell mate.

The news about Obamacare this week was not good   … it is proving to be unsustainable   … with Aetna leaving 11 of the 15 States where it currently offers insurance plans. At this rate, Obamacare will go the way of the buffalo. As noted in the cited article: “Whoever is elected would do well to pay attention to the concerns outlined by House Speaker Paul Ryan in “A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America.” Ryan writes in his policy paper that insurance premiums are rising and that certain plans are becoming unaffordable; that many states have been reluctant to expand Medicaid, which was intended to be a factor in the law’s success; that many of the regional co-ops that were created to provide health services have failed, and that others are unsustainable; and that many of the major insurance companies have decided not to provide policies in certain regions of the country. Ryan proposes repealing Obamacare and implementing a new law that would include among its features: expanding consumer-directed health care options; making support for coverage portable; preserving employer-sponsored insurance; purchasing across state lines; and protecting employers’ flexibility to self-insure.”  With the 2017 enrollment period approaching, more insurance companies are expected to bail, and even more are expected to implement massive premium increases. The net effect? It will be cheaper for young, healthy people to pay the penalty, rather than buy insurance. 

And a health news update. (BBC NEWS) — Easy access to online porn is ‘damaging’ men’s health, says NHS therapist. “A top psychosexual therapist is warning about a surge in the number of young men suffering sexual health problems because of online pornography. Angela Gregory says more and more men in their late teens and early 20s are suffering from erectile dysfunction. She puts the blame on people becoming addicted to watching online porn. There are no official figures but she says a lot of the time it is via smartphones and laptops.” A greater problem is the inability to use a keyboard due grossly enlarged hands.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings waiting for Susan to come home from work. Looking forward to a quiet weekend working in the yard. Typical Mississippi weather, showers in the morning or afternoon   … and sunshine the rest of the time   … Oh … and humid!!

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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August 12, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 12, 2016. Susan and I moved to Mississippi, July 18, 2015. Over the past year, I have been surprised by how much lower the cost of living is here, in Pascagoula. Our average utility bill, (water, sewer, trash and gas), is less than $85.00 per month. Electricity, during the summer months, when the air conditioner is constantly running, has never been higher than $150.00. In Holden, Missouri   … during the summer months, (June, July and August), our electric bill was over $350.00 per month   … and our water/sewer bill averaged over $200.00 each month. Over and above that … there was also a trash bill and a gas bill. The Bureau of Economic Analysis started tracking and comparing “purchase power”, (how much you can buy for $100.00), in varying cities and all 50 States. It released it’s annual report July 7, 2016. “Regional Price Parities (RPPs) measure the differences in the price levels of goods and services across states and metropolitan areas for a given year. RPPs are expressed as a percentage of the overall national price level for each year. In 2014, the District of Columbia’s RPP (118.1) was higher than that of any state (table 3). The states with the highest RPPs were Hawaii (116.8), New York (115.7), New Jersey (114.5), and California (112.4). Mississippi (86.7), Arkansas (87.5), Alabama (87.8), South Dakota (88.0), and Kentucky (88.7) had the lowest RPPs among the states. States with high (low) RPPs typically have high (low) price levels for rents. States with RPPs closest to the national average price level were Vermont (101.2), Illinois (100.7), Florida (99.1), Oregon (99.0), and Rhode Island (98.7).”  Bottom line? In Mississippi, $100.00 is worth $115.74, while in Hawaii, $100.00 is worth $85.32. Out of all the States, Mississippi is the least expensive State to live in.

Interesting biological news: (BBC NEWS) — What can killer whales teach us about the menopause? “The menopause is a puzzle for biologists. Why would the female of a species cease to reproduce half way through her life, when natural selection favors characteristics that help an individual’s genes survive? A study of killer whales – one of only two mammals apart from humans to undergo the menopause – is providing clues … Only three known mammals experience the menopause – orcas, short-finned pilot whales and we humans. Even our closest ape cousins, chimpanzees, do not go through it. Their fertility peters out with age and, in the wild, they seldom live beyond childbearing years. But female orcas and women evolved to live long, active, post-reproductive lives.“ Female orcas lose interest in having sex, once menopausal. Male orca’s avoid menopausal females because of their bitchy attitude   … and males continue to breed until their fin wilts. 

And speaking of breeding: (CNN) — US fertility rate falls to lowest on record. “The US fertility rate fell to the lowest point since record keeping started more than a century ago, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … As birth rates increased among women in their 30s and 40s, the rate among teenagers and women in their 20s dropped. Another report by the CDC in January found that the age of mothers rose in the United States. The average age when women had their first child increased from 24.9 in 2000 to 26.3 in 2014. When I was growing up, puberty hit around 11-13 years   … now? “According to a recent study, American girls now begin puberty at an earlier age compared to their mothers. It starts with the early development of breasts, followed by menstruation at about age 9 or 10, says Charles Shubin, MD, director of pediatrics at Mercy Family Care and assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, both in Baltimore.” Interesting   …   that means girls/women, on average, can be sexually active for 16 years without getting pregnant, (26.3 – 9 years). Speaks volumes about sex education and birth control doesn’t it?

In related news? (BBC NEWS) —   Women warned about booming market in period tracker apps. “The market is booming in apps which offer women the chance to monitor the cycles of their monthly periods. There are thought to have been as many as 200m downloads of period tracking apps worldwide. But a leading UK medical royal college has warned that women should not rely on them as a form of contraception.” The apps are a 100% effective form of birth control   … if the device they are running on   … is held firmly between the knees.

And the “what were they thinking” news, (shear stupidity): (BBC NEWS) — Daily Beast removes Olympics Grindr article after backlash. “The Daily Beast says it took “an unprecedented but necessary step” by removing a controversial article from its website on Thursday night. In the article, reporter Nico Hines — a straight, married man — recounted using dating apps like Tinder and the gay-oriented Grindr to meet athletes in the Olympic Village in Rio. Headlined “The Other Olympic Sport In Rio: Swiping,” the article drew angry accusations that Hines had outed gay athletes, whom he didn’t identify by name, with his descriptions of them. Slate slammed the piece as “disgusting and irresponsible,” while author and gay rights activist Dan Savage called for the Olympics to revoke the reporter’s press credentials.” There are 76 nations which have criminalized being gay, with 10 having the death penalty. “Outing” an athlete from one of these nations is a potential death sentence. Is “outing” an athlete really responsible “journalism”?

The reason I am against the death penalty? (BBC NEWS) — North Carolina man freed after 28 years in prison. “A North Carolina man who spent 28 years in prison on murder charges has been released after a judge ruled his trial was unfair. Authorities will now consider whether Johnny Small, 43, should face a second trial in the 1988 murder of Pam Dreher. Judge W Douglas Parsons ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict Small. He also found that during the 1989 trial witnesses lied and police withheld key evidence.” North Carolina is one of 31 States that still have a death penalty, although it has not been carried out in North Carolina since 2006. So   …   how many folks are sitting on death row because “trial witnesses lied and police withheld key evidence?”

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan had a “follow up” appointment with her orthopedic surgeon this afternoon. She is healing well and can use her shoulder again. I had an eye exam follow up at the VA on Tuesday. Due to macular degeneration, the vision in my right eye is deteriorating, the scar tissue makes my vision much less than clear   … and more problematic … I have started having double vision. I have a benign brain tumor, (acoustic neuroma), which may be impacting the eye muscles for my right eye. I had an MRI in February   … another one will be scheduled to check on the tumor’s size.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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August 5, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 5, 2016. Been an interesting week. On Wednesday, I had a sneezing spell and ruptured a vein in my nose. We have all had a nose bleed … it stopped after shoving some TP in to block the bleeding. No big deal. This time, it wasn’t. I shoved TP in to block the bleeding … but that caused the blood to flow back into my sinuses. From there, it backed up into my tear ducts, so my eyes started to bleed and blood built up behind my ear drums. I was going to drive myself to the ER at the VA in Biloxi. I was bleeding heavily. The loss of blood was making me dizzy … so I called Susan to take me. She couldn’t   … so she called her father to take me. By the time he got to the house, I was close to passing out   … so he took me to the ER at our local hospital.

Learned something on Wednesday. A simple nose bleed is fixable by pinching the base of the nose for 10 minutes. If it does not stop, then you have probably burst a vein. Stuffing TP in to stop the bleeding, will not work   … it only floods your sinuses. Home treatment? AFRIN spray, (over the counter). Spray it on a cotton ball and insert it in your nose. It contains “Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride”, a vascular constrictor, (it shrinks blood vessels). If that does not stop the bleeding … GO TO THE ER!!! Once there, they will either cauterize the vein or   … as they did in my case, insert a “Rino-Rocket” into your sinus, (basically a 6″ tampon, with a mesh shell infused with a coagulant, over a rubber bladder). Once inserted, it is inflated to force the mesh shell over the burst vein. Inserting the “Rino-Rocket” and blowing it up … feels like you are giving birth through your nose. Has to remain inserted for 48 hours. I had it removed today at the VA … not as painful as putting it in!! Second lesson learned? You don’t appreciate simple things, (like being able to breath through your nose)   … until you can’t. “Big Yellow Cab”, Joni Mitchell: “You don’t know what you got … ’til it’s gone.”

Obamacare is starting to implode. (BLOOMBERG) — Aetna’s Obamacare Reversal Is Latest Blow to U.S. Health Law. “Aetna Inc., facing more than $300 million in losses from Affordable Care Act health plans this year, may exit Obamacare markets in some states as challenges to the health-care overhaul pile up. While the health insurer has yet to leave any states in which it now sells Obamacare programs, Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said Aetna is evaluating its participation by market and will start making decisions in coming weeks. The company, which covers 838,000 people through Obamacare, is halting a planned expansion of those offerings in new states for next year.”    …   “A Government Accountability Office report released Thursday cautions that four of the 11 surviving non-profit cooperatives that were created as part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act have recorded sub-par enrollment figures and could be in trouble, despite substantial federal start-up loans and grants.” Bottom line? Batten down the hatches   … a SUBSTANTIAL premium increase is coming up for 2017. 

The “isn’t that nice news. (BBC NEWS) — US First Daughter Sasha Obama serves seafood in summer job. “Sasha Obama, daughter of US President Barack Obama, has swapped the comforts of the White House for the counter of a seafood restaurant, US media report. The 15-year-old has taken a summer job serving food at the business in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Sasha, using her full name, Natasha, has been accompanied to the restaurant by a contingent of six secret service agents, the Boston Herald reports … A co-worker told the Herald: “She’s been working downstairs at takeout. We were wondering why there were six people helping this girl, but then we found out who it was.”” Ok. It’s the 1st week in August and school starts again in what? Two weeks? What an astute political move? Should she decide to run for office in the future   … she will be able to claim she was a “working person” … and can also become a viable moving force in the $15.00/hr Minimum Wage Movement. Tell you what. Pay me what they have to pay the six secret service agents assigned to keep her safe   … and I will pay her $20.00/hr … and she won’t even have to leave the White House. 

Interesting hobbies news. (BBC NEWS) — Cat drone inventor works on flying cows. “Dutch inventor has started work on his next project – a cow drone. Bart Jansen is best known for turning his dead cat Orville into a drone. His next flying venture aims to see humans riding on their animals in the sky. “I never know what the next thing is going to be but what I do know is that we’ve wanted to build a helicopter for ourselves,” Mr Jansen said. “One that we can fit in and we have been thinking about designing one that you can sit on and flies.” He wants to make a flying drone cow? That has to be udder nonsense. 

Just got back from having the “Rino-Rocket” removed at the VA   … and sitting here editing these Ramblings while watching the opening Olympics Ceremony. Will be an interesting 17 days. Susan’s step mother’s mother passed away yesterday, (after a long illness)   … so we will be attending a wake and funeral tomorrow morning. I remember reading a book, “How We Die”, by Sherwin B. Nuland. Frankly   … one of the best reads I have ever had. Changed the way I viewed my life. Sunday Lunch and a Movie. Pork Pot Roast, Egg Noodles and Peas. The movie? NONE!!! The football season starts Sunday   … and Susan will be glued to her TV. Me and Football? I would rather watch flies perform un-natural acts on Black Widow Spiders! Admit it!! Wouldn’t you find that more interesting than watching grown men pat each other on the butt?

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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July 29, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 29, 2016.  Watched both the RNC and DNC conventions.  Both parties honestly believe their respective vision for the future is in the best interests of our America   …  and of course, the other’s vision is a total disaster.  Both had a bag full of “a chicken for every pot” language   …  and no explanation of how to do so  …  much less how to pay for it. During the primaries, Sanders’ Camp charged the process was rigged.  Turns out it was. The Democrat establishment was whole heartedly behind Clinton.  As for Bernie? (FOX NEWS)  —  Bernie Sanders leaves the Democratic Party. “The nomination was barely sealed up at the Democratic National Convention before Bernie Sanders, who had campaigned against Hillary Clinton for the party’s nod, went back to being an Independent. Sanders, who considers himself, officially, an Independent in Congress because his views lean further left than the Democratic party’s platform, caucuses with Democrats. But until declaring an intention to run for the presidency in 2015, he had rarely, if ever, identified as a member of the Democratic Party (he’s been in politics since 1979).”  He calls himself a “Democratic Socialist”. His political leanings are a tad to the left of Karl Marx.

And speaking of paying for it? In January 2009, when President Obama took office and with a Democrat Congress controlling the purse strings, the national debt was $10,024,724,896,912.49.  4 years later, in January 2013, it had risen to $16,738,183,526,697.32.  That is a $6.7 TRILLION dollar increase.  In January 2013, Republicans gained control of Congress. In the 3 ½ years since doing so, with Republicans controlling the purse strings, as of July 2016, the national debt has risen to $19,391,704,027,667.12.  That is a $2.65 TRILLION dollar increase.  How was that done?  By limiting COL, (Cost Of Living),  increases for our seniors, reducing the size of our military and curtailing weapon system programs.

In the public interest news: (BBC NEWS)  — Sweden to investigate sex lives. “Sweden is launching a three-year official study of its citizens’ sex lives – the first for 20 years.  Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom said sexual health policy should be guided not just by the problems, but also by the pleasurable aspects of sex. Surveys done by tabloid newspapers suggest Swedes are having less sex, he wrote in the daily Dagens Nyheter. The new study should find out if that is true, and if so why, he said. Stress could be a problem, he said. The study will be conducted by Sweden’s Public Health Agency, with the final report expected in June 2019.”   When the Swedish Chef was quizzed about his sex life   …  “Yerdy, Yerdy …  Yerdy”  was the response  …  as he played with his Meat Balls.

Gardening can be social? (BBC NEWS)  —  Civic pride ‘can help sustain urban biodiversity’. “The establishment of community gardens in inner city areas can boost social and ecological sustainability, suggest researchers. A study found those that produced food were the ones most likely to deliver “win-win” scenarios.  Urban green spaces managed by local people were more likely to be preserved for future generations, they added.  The scientists have created an “allotment of the future” as part of Manchester’s City of Science festival. “The production of food and the degree to which sites were cultivated for food was catalytic for the overall benefits from ecosystem services,” explained Matthew Dennis from the University of Salford’s Ecosystem and Environment Research Centre.”  Of course it can!  Especially if inner city neighbors cooperated to grow the main ingredient in marijuana muffins.

And the “animal husbandry” news? (BBC NEWS)  — English Bulldog health problems prompt cross-breeding call.  “Crossing the English Bulldog with another breed is the best way to ensure its survival, scientists have argued. Due to centuries of selective breeding for physical traits, the Bulldog has become so inbred it cannot be returned to health without an infusion of new bloodlines, a genetic study suggests.  The US researchers say the Olde English Bulldogge, a related breed from America, is a viable candidate.  The study appears in the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.” Being dog lovers, we can attest that this is not just a problem with English Bulldogs. The same can be said for Dachshunds  …  and some small towns in Arkansas.

And the medical news: (BBC NEWS)  —  Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs. “A new class of antibiotics has been discovered by analyzing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, scientists report. Tests reported in the journal Nature found the resulting drug, lugdunin, [Lugdunin is an experimental antibiotic compound, described as a thiazolidine-containing cyclic peptide. It was isolated in 2016 from Staphylococcus lugdunensis bacteria obtained from samples taken from the human nose], could treat superbug infections. The researchers, at the University of Tubingen in Germany, say the human body is an untapped source of new drugs.”  I wonder if this antibiotic can be used to treat “snyphilice” infections?

The health news: (BBC NEWS)  —  Hour’s activity ‘offsets sedentary day’. An hour’s “brisk exercise” each day offsets the risks of early death linked to a desk-bound working life, scientists suggest. The analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet to coincide with the Olympics. Watching TV was found to be worse than sitting at a desk, probably because of associated habits like snacking. Current NHS guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Being inactive is known to increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.  It has been linked to 5.3 million deaths globally a year – compared with 5.1 million linked to smoking.”  I guess  …  being a smoking couch potato is the kiss of death. I could use this information as an excuse to chase Susan around the house for an hour!! 

Sitting here editing these Ramblings   …  my “Little Buddy” on a chair next to me, asleep. GOOD LORD!!!  He just cut a fart that is making my eyes water!!!  Thank God the walls are painted   …  instead of wallpapered!!  It is strong enough that the paper in my legal pad is curling!!  (Reaching up and turning the ceiling fan on high!!)  On the evening news? Full swing coverage of the presidential campaign.  We are all looking at a long, nasty couple of months, that will strain relationships in person and on social media. There are already heated, hateful discussions on Facebook!!

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  As always

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   … and the Editorial Staff)

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