Monday, August 24, 2015

Is lasting prosperity realistic?

 ~ The economy in China, "It's worse than you think. Whatever you might think, it's worse," Jim Chanos , stock market short seller.

Remember, our stock market is only an economic indicator. We caused the last financial bubble, will China start the next? Does the world economy start with the energy market? The trickle down effect from the fallout of the energy sector may affect everything.

 ~ Old news comment: Karma can be a bitter pill to swallow for Ashley Madison website users (a dating website for married people seeking affairs). Hackers got into their database and now are extorting users offering not publish their information. They want payment in bitcoin. Rather ingenious I thought.

Two Canadian lawfirms have already brought a $578 million class action lawsuit against them. When your reputation is built on keeping secrets, don’t expect to be forgiven if those secrets are leaked.

Note to self, do not put personal information on a website unless you are comfortable with public exposure. This is just another example of how the internet can ruin your life, which in this case doesn’t seem to be a satisfied one.

Which brings me to the question: Has anyone ever had an extramarital affair that did not eventually cause grievous consequences? How any individual can be comfortable with the guilt and regret of lying, cheating and damage it causes is beyond me.

 ~ Megan Fox is divorcing after 5 years of marriage. I would have placed the over and under time frame on that marriage at 42 months. Bearing two children may have prolonged it.

A good marriage takes work, daily. Throw self-serving expectations out the door if you want to maintain a loving, healthy relationship. Peaches and cream are in the courtship, life eventually serves spinach and broccoli on occasion. The grass is seldom greener elsewhere.

~ My random thought of the day.  Could Tourette Syndrome actually be a form of demonic possession? Yes, lunacy could be involved in my thought process.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Email of the week

After a long day on the golf course, I stopped in at Hooter's to see some friends and have some hot Wings and iced tea. 

After being there for a while, one of my friends asked me which waitress I would like to be stuck in an elevator with. 

 I told them "The one who knows how to fix elevators. I'm old, I'm tired, and I pee a lot."

Friday, August 21, 2015

Change, it's the only constant...

New auto safety device

I don’t know how the Liberally Lean Deity does it. Keeping a blog going daily is a beating, especially with commenters who criticize, condemn and continually pronounce judgment. If I posted my true random thoughts daily, I would be crucified.

I paid $2.06 a gallon for gas this week. I don’t know how temporary this will be, but I do know a lot of people are hurting due to the price of oil.

Stock market dropping is puzzling since transportation costs are lower. I suspect it’s due to the devaluation of other currencies (China), giving our dollar more purchasing power.

I expected more civil unrest in Arlington after the LEO shooting, but am pleased to see the #blacklivesmatter groups maintaining civility in our area.

I also noticed where the First Baptist Church of Greenville, SC has allowed ordination of gay and transgender Ministers. I wonder what the Apostle Paul would say and do if he were in America today?

According to the history of Israel in the Holy Bible, when they became more sinful than the surrounding nations, God allowed them to suffer grave consequences. Although patient, he did give them an opportunity to repent. Many times, they killed God’s prophets because they didn’t like the message

The thought crossed my mind that God must be a man. He doesn’t talk much, doesn’t nag and is extremely harsh when punishment is administered. I will probably regret this comment.

About a month ago, dove made a nest in a tree by the back porch. Today there are 2 chicks who barely fit in the nest. I didn't know they multiplied so quickly. It puts an odd twist on my love for them, especially wrapped in bacon on the grill.

Friday, August 14, 2015

We haven't experienced their torture, yet...

I wasn't planning a Friday post until I read an article about ISIS/ISIL below. I could not let it go through the weekend...

 ~ Axis of evil? I didn’t know the Quran condoned and encouraged rape. Yea, sex slavery “sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts”. ISIS uses this as a recruiting tool.

This is one horrific article: sickening! If this doesn’t provoke outrage, we are lost. Save the whales, seals, cats and dogs, but ignore this and allow 12 year old girls to be raped and enslaved? If we recognize ISIS as a state and allow them to function as such, we will be party to torture, terrorism and human rights barbarity.

~ Globalization is probably one of the worst things that has happened to the middle class. American independence has been tossed out the door because it’s more profitable to outsource to a country who doesn’t regulate business and labor as it is here. The change is becoming catastrophic.

 ~ If you haven’t seen the photos of the explosion in China Thursday, you might want to check it out. It was massive! I’m surprised more people weren’t injured or killed.

 ~ Fox News said the power grid in Texas was almost at maximum capacity and that the state had issued a conservation alert until 7 PM. The news anchor said don’t turn off the TV but go turn off some lights and turn up the thermostat a couple of degrees. It’s under 100 outside, get ready for power outages.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Crane political & economic forecast
It's not pretty...

I’m gonna go out on a long limb here and make some very unpopular declarations and predictions:

1. Donald Trump is not a conservative. If elected, it will become obvious.

2. Donald Trump will run Independent if he does not get the Republican nomination.

3. Donald Trump will not beat Hillary if he gets the Republican nomination and will help her get elected if he runs as an Independent.

4. If by some fluke Donald Trump becomes President, every sports hero and famous singer/actor will become a possible future Presidential candidate. Popularity will have become more important than qualifications.

5. If Hillary implodes, Bernie Sanders will get the Democratic nomination. It is no longer necessary to hide socialism and fascism in American politics. He could even be selected as her running mate.

6. Gasoline will go to $5 a gallon by 2018, no matter who is elected. Oil seems to always drop before a major presidential election.

7. Iran will announce they have nuclear weapons by 2019 without Israeli intervention.

8. If a liberal (RINO or Democrat) holds the office of President for the next 8 years, we will see:
A. the completion of creating an entitlement generation

B. public education curriculum will be mandated by the federal government

C. the national debt will go to $40 trillion

D. Civil unrest and terrorism will continue to increase

E. the American workforce will continue to decline

F. healthcare will become socialized medicine

G. Polygamy and pedophilia will become protected sexual preferences

H. the Christian church will suffer widespread persecution

I. our country will be sold off in pieces
Let me be the first to say I hope I'm wrong on all counts. Fundamental change is what we were promised and that's what we're getting. The lines of division have been laid and history has always shown that tyranny prevailed when government became self-serving.

This is not the history our children are being taught. It will not be our government who will solve Americas problems, it will be the people. Until we get past the hate and division being created and encouraged, we will see more bloodshed. We must cure the disease of hate before this country will heal.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

That's what I'm talking about!

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and 
therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, 
generation after generation. Pearl S. Buck

 ~ It looks like the US dollar is getting stronger since China has devalued its currency. Problem with Chinese imports getting cheaper is that Americans have less disposable income to purchase them.

If you don't think the devaluation of our currency has affected the economy and stock market, all one needs to do is look at what happen to the stock market yesterday after the news that China devalued theirs.

 ~ Another warning was just issued that if we don’t approve the Iran deal the US dollar could suffer according to John Kerry. He cited a lack of confidence in US leadership. Sorry John, but that happened quite some time ago. Supporting a terrorist nation in their nuclear ambitions does not promote confidence! 

When we created a world economic crisis over our housing bubble a few years back, we began to show the world our ability to lead. Now that we are alienating our allies and spying on them, I think the lack of confidence has been rightly justified.

 ~ Speaking of supporting terrorism, why would this administration intervene in a lawsuit and try to keep the PLO from having to pay a hefty bond? If the government were to have brought the suit, you could be your sweet bippy there would be a huge bond!

I believe someone's charitable foundation will benefit from this action...

 ~ Arlington should be preparing for a #blacklivesmatter protest very soon. After they fired the officer involved in the shooting, the path has been prepared for civil unrest. I won't be visiting the area in the near future. I wonder what would happen if a white faction of Oath Keepers showed up with guns like they did in Ferguson recently?

A new drug that erases memory? This could be priceless to someone wanting a clear conscience.

 ~ Please forgive me if I don’t celebrate World Breastfeeding Month. I’m thankful there are only 12 months and 365 days in a year. I don’t know how many of these mediocre causes I can tolerate.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Life goes on...
Why does it seem more difficult?

 ~ “Just this past week, Obama admitted that money flowing to Iran from his negotiated deal will be used by Iran to fund terrorism. …If I had told you in 2008 that Barack Obama would negotiate a deal that he acknowledges will fund terrorism, you'd have thought me a conspiracy theorist.” Erick Erickson, Townhall

 ~ When I think of how the USA has overcome adversity over the last two centuries, I believe it was because the people were unified with common goals and beliefs and were willing to make monumental sacrifices to achieve them. We, the people, were led astray on several occasions, but we recovered through our unity. I hope we will one day demonstrate that attribute again.

 ~ The GOP presidential candidates better stop overlooking women in their search for votes. They don’t have to please them, but they better starting including them when sharing concerns for Americans.

 ~ The best opinion and analogy I’ve read this year of our political process is rather sad since I believe it to be true. I wish it weren’t! Thank you Tommyboy for reminding me that “the game is fixed”.

 ~ Since I try to look at both sides of the coin when it comes to our economy and politics, I watched a documentary on Netflix, Inequality For All. It was difficult to keep an open mind due to my ingrained beliefs, but if the numbers are correct, our economy has grown, in part, by reducing the purchasing power (inflation adjusted wages) of the middle class.

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich made some interesting observations in the film. One was that the economy is driven and controlled by the middle class, and that's who has to stand up for themselves. Before you go off on me and accuse me of being a liberal, watch it in its entirety. Try to keep an open mind because its not easy to accept.

 ~ I noticed where the Decatur School District was raising the tax rate to pay for the bond that was passed. I also noticed a billboard when I was driving north on 287 in Jeterville where the Decatur ISD had an ad. I don’t know that I ever saw a billboard ad for an ISD.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Better late than never?

 ~ The US Census Bureau sponsored an event to help workers celebrate Black History Month that turned into an anti-white speech. Our tax dollars are at work helping propagate division and civil unrest.

 ~ A guy applying for a Highway Patrol job admitted during a polygraph that he had sex with minors and filmed it? Three weeks later, they searched his house and found the videos. Although the polygraph was conducted in 2012, he was just sentenced to 20 years.

When they asked him if he had ever committed any criminal offense, did he think his honesty would not have consequences? Obviously not. He’s probably not the sharpest pencil in the drawer.

 ~ This is a very interesting proposed solution to curbing gun violence. You must read it completely before criticism, condemnation or ridicule! I will listen to most viable solutions but am sick of grandstanding political debate.

 ~ The bodies of 2 Japanese mountain climbers were finally identified, 45 years after they were reported missing from their Matterhorn excursion. They were found last September due to the glacier receding.

Can you imagine climbing a mountain and finding the remains of previous climbers? That would sure make me go back over my safety checklist and equipment… 

 ~ I decided not to watch the debate last night even though it was probably the most entertaining program showing. For some reason, I lost interest in circus performers several years ago. I also have all the drama I need in my life presently. Once the field narrows, I will become more interested.

10%. That's how much of what they say which I choose to believe. It may be an enormous over-estimate!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

We can't handle the truth!

We've played nice with evil before...

"President Barack Obama told U.S. Jewish leaders it was likely rockets would fall on Tel Aviv if a nuclear deal with Iran was blocked and military action ensued, one of them said on Wednesday." Reuters 

If you were Israel, which would scare you more? This threat warning from our President or Iran obtaining nuclear weapons?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You don't see this everyday...

Yes, it could be a hoax, but it's a good one!

Whopper of the week:We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.” Barack Obama (I actually heard him say this)

According to most legitimate scientists, climate change has occurred since the earth was formed. We may speed up the process, but I don't believe we have the ability to stop it.

I don’t know which is worse, the greenhouse gas emitted from his mouth or the carbon emissions coming from his jet and entourage…

 ~ Coming in a close second is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, "The Republican Party has lost its moral compass." regarding the GOP’s push to halt Planned Parenthood funding. Pot, Kettle, Black...

Monday, August 3, 2015

Death and dismemberment
Business as usual

Planned Parenthood video
9 Minute mark gets graphic with body parts!
Because half a billion in taxpayer funds is not enough...

 ~ A commenter on the Deity’s blog referenced the term “white Christianity”. I was unaware that liberals classified Christianity by race.

 ~ Can you imagine what Iranians are enduring having to wear all the long, flowing clothing when their heat index is 163 degrees? Makes me feel like a light-weight!

 ~ Nothing promotes trust with our allies like getting caught spying on them. WikiLeaks just released a cache of documents that show the USA has been spying on Japan over the last decade. Who would have thought it?

 ~ 167,000 people signed a petition calling for the pardon of Eric Snowden. The White House recently responded “No”, which I expected. I did think the pot was calling the kettle black with the statement saying he was “running away from the consequences of his actions”.

 ~ I believe the cartoon below is the best description of why Trump is such a popular Presidential candidate. Many people are sick of politicians running the country into the ground, no matter what party they belong to...

Friday, July 31, 2015

What first comes to mind?

Sadly, my first thought was our selection of 
Presidential candidates and Congressional leaders.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Southern landscape could be changing...

Statue of the demon Baphomet

 ~ A Satanic Temple in Detroit unveiled an 8 foot statue of the demon Baphomet they want placed  next to the statue of the 10 Commandments at the Oklahoma statehouse. How many days would the statue go without vandalism before those Okies got out their picks and sledgehammers? My over and under would be 10 days.

The Temple must be pretty well funded since the statue cost $100,000. These aren't atheists, which makes me wonder how their worship is performed...

 ~ What do you consider “vile”? Murder? Rape? Incest? Slavery? The definition seems to be changing with popular culture and conditioning.

 ~ According to the University of New Hampshire, the word "American" could be offensive. Yep, the world is sure changing…

 ~ So how do you get a Republican controlled Congress to give the President the power to negotiate treaties with foreign countries? This article states it took $200 million to get them to sell their vote on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Wall Street provided most of the funding.

 ~ I am convinced that the Executive branch of our Federal government will use the IRS, NSA and EPA to selectively take control of private resources and freedoms. Emails were recently made public where the IRS targeted Tea Party non-profits to “buy time” and slow down their complaints to Congress. Water rights are now targeted by EPA.

These very powerful bureaucracies, controlled by the executive branch of our government, will change freedom as we know it, in order to implement their “Sustainable America” agenda, aka Agenda 21. Although I am an environmentalist and conservationist, I don’t believe our government can effectively implement the solution when they can be paid off to overlook enforcement.

 ~ I can't help but wonder if the Boy Scouts will survive their new policy of accepting gay men in leadership positions? If they do, I anticipate sporadic lawsuits, much like the Catholics are experiencing with the past behavior of their priests.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Nonsensical, I know...

Rolling joints on assembly line...

 ~ The most telling thing about the #BlackLivesMatter agenda is that it seems relevant only when a black person is killed by someone who is not black. This is the most apparent hypocrisy of the movement. The second is pronouncing #AllLivesMatter to be racist.

 ~ Most gunmen seem to go on a shooting spree where their victims are unarmed. Will it be necessary to carry a concealed weapon when we go to the movie theatre? It looks like it may come to that.

 ~ With humans rights at the forefront of the progressive movement, how does Qatar get to host the World Cup when an estimated 4,000 poorly treated immigrant workers will die building the stadium? Yea, I know, money always trumps human life.

 ~ The new era of charting and mapping has reached a new level with this one mapping the proliferation of STD’s across America. One should be cautious when freelancing.

 ~ Could Donald Trump be the Republican Party spoiler? If he’s unable to get the nomination and goes Independent, could make Hillary a shoe-in, similar to what Perot did when Bill was elected? Didn’t Trump support Hillary when she ran against Obama?

 ~ Jeb Bush is promising to curb lobbying and cut the size of government. This will not make him popular with federal employees or Congressional panderers.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to insult a liberal progressive...

After they self-righteously attack your character,
Homey wants to play the game a little different...