Braveheart 2: Trump Edition

Thursday 31 August 2017 at 6:04 pm

Billy Joel & Guests - Piano Man (Gershwin Prize - November 19, 2014)

Thursday 31 August 2017 at 5:54 pm

wind powered robots

Thursday 31 August 2017 at 5:40 pm

an ode about taxes

Thursday 31 August 2017 at 5:25 pm

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table, at which he's fed.

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Friday 18 August 2017 at 4:49 pm

 The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. Beer required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.
The wheel was invented to get man to the beer and vice versa. These two were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups: 1. Liberals.2. Conservatives.
Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement. Other men who were less skilled at hunting (called 'vegetarians' which was an early human word meaning 'bad hunter') learned to live off the Conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hairdressing.  This was the beginning of the liberal movement.
Some of these liberal men evolved into women. Others became known as "girlie-men." Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that Conservatives provided. Over the years Conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.
Modern Liberals like lite beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting evolutionary side note: many liberal women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most college professors, social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, film makers in Hollywood, group therapists and community organizers are liberals. Liberals meddled in our national pastime and invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.
Conservatives drink real beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are members of the military, big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, engineers, corporate executives, truck drivers, athletes, airline pilots, and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other Conservatives who want to work for a living.
Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when Conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.
Here ends today's lesson in world history. It should be noted that a liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to this post. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be shared immediately to other true believers and to just tick-off more liberals. And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self, I'm going to grab a few beers and grill some steaks.

The Future

Tuesday 18 July 2017 at 4:53 pm

The FUTURE is approaching faster than one can handle. In 1998, Kodak had 170,00 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 5-10 years and, most people won't see it coming.Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore 's law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen again (but much faster) with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3-D printing, agriculture and jobs.
Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution! Welcome to the Exponential Age!

        1. Software   will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

        2. Uber   is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.

        3. Airbnb   is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.

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Wednesday 14 June 2017 at 01:42 am

maureen dowd, an ode

Sunday 11 June 2017 at 2:42 pm

Maureen Dowd Election Therapy from My Basket of Deplorables

The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust. Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion.

This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes. The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the cast. This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants. Here is a short primer for the young protesters.

If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics. The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes. That can be her participation trophy. If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day, fearful of the instruction they were receiving. Not one of the top 50 colleges mandate one semester of Western Civilization. Maybe they should rethink that. Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other “ists.” I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and whining is not good preparation for the coming storm. The liberal media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility. I am reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories prepared for a Trump victory. I watched the networks and cable stations in their midnight meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.” The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this fact. Here is a final word to my Democratic friends.

The election is over. There will not be a do-over. So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons. Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting. And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting. To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts. And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate.

al gore debunked again; we are in a mini ice age

Tuesday 06 June 2017 at 12:56 am

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Balmer Report on Government 2014 nonpartisan

Friday 26 May 2017 at 5:55 pm

Your own words here.

Your own words here.

Steve Balmer, CEO, Microsoft, spent about $10 million (presumably his own money) gathering data with the help of Stanford U, The Wharton School, and Lynchburg College, to make sense out of the measurements and analyses of government performance data.  

The link to the Balmer’s report is: .  The report only contains facts from official government sources and does not attempt to draw conclusions.  Conclusions are left to the reader.

It is a fabulous 57-page report with hundreds of source references. It should be read by all.

It covers the total expenditures (2014) of $5,217,217,757,000 from 90,106 jurisdictions that employ 23,269,407 people [7% of entire population].

My goal is the read the entire report line by line to draw some conclusions as an actuary might.  Keep in mind that I have been a card carrying, dues paying Democrat all my life.  I do test as a libertarian. I am socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I do believe, as the heads of most households do, that we should be generous to our family but we should balance the budget. 

 It will take be a year to complete this analysis.  Here are my beginning notes on stuff I have just read.  JTB: Joseph Thomas Brophy.  I will need help so send me your cogent thoughts to


  1. 1.      Establish Justice and Maintain Domestic Tranquility
  2. 2.      Provide Common Defense
  3. 3.      Promote General Welfare
  4. 4.      Secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and posterity.
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