When this is over, you will have nothing that you want

Does anyone remember the Prairie home Companion?

It was a very popular radio show done by Garrison Keillor….a little slice of Middle America….down home humor and observations (is it still airing?)…..it seems that this gentleman has something to say to Donald J. Trump in this op-ed…..

The cap does not look good on you, it’s a duffer’s cap, and when you come to the microphone, you look like the warm-up guy, the guy who announces the license number of the car left in the parking lot, doors locked, lights on, motor running. The brim shadows your face, which gives a sinister look, as if you’d come to town to announce the closing of the pulp factory. Your eyes look dead and your scowl does not suggest American greatness so much as American indigestion. Your hair is the wrong color: People don’t want a president to be that shade of blond. You know that now.

Source: When this is over, you will have nothing that you want – Chicago Tribune

I was never a fan of the show….it was a bit too slow for me….but he has done a good job with his op-ed…..

I am shutting it down for the day….let the long weekend begin….may you all have a wonderful time this holiday….we will get it on next week…tah tah…

How Does Your State GDP Match-Up?

In these days of massive tax cuts for governments…..how does your state match-up with other countries……

Amazing how many states have the GDP of third world countries, huh?

Is America still Number One? Depends on which metrics you use. By at least one measure, China’s economy already is the world’s biggest (1). Other criteria still put the U.S. ahead, at least for a few more years.

This map presents another way to gauge the size of the American economy, and one less prone to the ‘declinism’ of the eternal comparison to China.

Source: US States Renamed as Countries with Similar GDPs | Big Think

Ain’t graphics grand?

It Is Always About The Money

Life is strange…but there is one constant…..the pursuit of money……we start wars because of it…..we run for office to gain access to it…..we write books in search of fame and fortune……and that is where I pick up with the news….

A former Navy SEAL who wrote about taking part in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden will have to pay all current and future profits from the book—and possible movie rights—to the government, the AP reports. It’s an amount already exceeding $6.6 million. In addition, Matt Bissonnette, who wrote No Easy Day under a pseudonym in 2012, will have to pay the government $1.3 million to cover its legal fees, according to ABC News. Bissonnette was in trouble for violating non-disclosure agreements he signed when he was a Navy SEAL and not clearing the book with the Defense Department before publishing it. Bissonnette signed the settlement Friday.

As part of the settlement, Bissonnette agreed to make a formal apology. “I acted on the advice of my former attorney, but I now fully recognize that his advice was wrong,” NPR quotes Bissonnette as saying. “It was a serious error that I urge others not to repeat.” In return, the government dismissed other claims against Bissonnette. It also stated what happened “does not discredit Mr. Bissonnette’s military service.” Bissonnette has four years to pay off most of the more than $6.6 million he currently owes the government. But he only has 30 days to pay the government $100,000 he made giving presentations on his experiences.

This douche broke protocol and gets a slap on the wrist……

There are some things that are done by the military that the public just does not need to know…..parts of this situation are apparently still classified…..if that is the case then this is treason and should be punished accordingly.

When I left the military I had to sign the same document….apparently it is not as important as it was in my day….for it was a mandatory jail time and a fine…….

Apparently the lure of lots of cash will make some do anything to achieve it….

I do NOT care who this person is or what he says he has done………This dick should be in prison and ALL cash confiscated.


Reading Is Fundamental

Another Sunday and I would like to post about a subject that is dear to me…..books and reading.

As I grew up my mother and the family made it clear that the only way to move forward in life is with a good education…..After high school I decided to enter the US Army….my mother was disappointed because she wanted me to go to college…..after Vietnam I took my GI Bill and went to and finished college….everyone in the family was proud and happy, especially my mother…..

I gave my daughter a desire for knowledge and she reads constantly and my granddaughter has the desire also even in this age of electronics.

But then it became some sort of anti-American position to be educated…..we are called “apologist” “bleeding hearts” “elitists”….I find the disturbing….because look at any rise to power of a dictator and what are the first people they take out…..the educated……and intellectuals.  I find it disturbing when an education is a minus in society…..but I kinda expect it now that expanding your knowledge is looked down on by some.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  Franklin

“My Alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”  Malcolm X
“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”  Locke
“A closed mind is a dead mind”  GW Watkins

But enough of that……I read about two books a week…no fiction…I have NO time for bullshit…….but now I am told that reading is a good thing…..

Reading books does more than ward off dementia: It also increases your lifespan, according to Yale researchers. In fact, the more time a person spends reading, the less likely they are to die. Researchers asked 3,635 people over 50 about their reading habits, then checked back in after 12 years. They found reading books for up to 3.5 hours per week—or an average of 30 minutes per day—lowered a person’s risk of death by 17%, reports the New York Times. People who read books for more than 3.5 hours per week enjoyed a 23% lower risk of death. Researchers say books encourage “cognitive engagement” and “promote empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence, which are cognitive processes that can lead to greater survival,” per the Guardian.

People who read newspapers and magazines also had a “survival advantage” over people who didn’t read at all, but it was significantly less than with book readers, who were predominantly female, college-educated, and earning a high income. “Books engage the reader’s mind more—providing more cognitive benefit, and therefore increasing the lifespan,” a researcher explains. Overall, 33% of non-readers died after 12 years, compared to 27% of book readers. Book readers also lived two years longer than non-readers on average. “These findings suggest that the benefits of reading books include a longer life in which to read them,” researchers say, per UPI, urging people to pick up a book rather than the remote. (This generation is said to read the most.)

Maybe I will start a podcast….Breakfast And a Book……whatcha think?

Maybe all these mentally challenged conspiracy theorists should try reading a book….they might learn something……but somehow I do not think that is their desire….do you?

Enjoy your day my friends and I will return tomorrow to keep you thinking…..

Food Nazi Speaks

Day breaks on another Saturday and I will try to sit back and enjoy my couple of days away from the desk…..my better half has challenged me to a game of Scrabble……and today is the Gold medal game of Handball, a great sport that combines basketball with water polo without the water and little bit of volleyball thrown in for good measure.

But before all that I must eat…..and speaking of food……

Back in the day I thought I could handle multi-blogs….I had a state blog and a food blog, Food Nazi, as well as IST….it got to be a bit much so I slimmed it down to this blog that gets all my attention…..

Food Nazi?  Yep, I do not appreciate food trends and fads….food should be prepared the way it was intended and that means traditionally.  I have no time for food art….if art is what you are after try a museum…..in food taste is everything.

It is the weekend and I try to post on stuff that has little to do with the day to day posting here just to give my loyal readers something different for a couple of days…….

Today I would like to talk about our health….when you visit the doc you are usually told about your “good cholesterol” count, right?

You can improve that score by eating more olive oil instead of the fatty crap you normally use….and of course since it is healthier it has got to be more costly……but I need to tell my readers….”buyer beware”!

Walk into your kitchen and pick up your bottle of olive oil. You know, that health-promoting nectar of Mediterranean age-defying prowess, lubricant of pasta, the only thing that makes your kale salad palatable? Yeah, that stuff is almost certainly not what you think it is.

That’s because unless you’ve plucked your own olives from your own backyard grove and crushed the fruit and pressed the oil yourself, that slippery substance was likely cut, adulterated, and deceptively labeled before it reached the bottle in your hands. “It’s amazing how many people there are in America who don’t even know what the real thing tastes like,” laments Larry Olmsted, author of the new book Real Food, Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It and our guest on this week’s episode of Bite. “Most oils sold in the United States are fake,” he writes.

Source: Your Olive Oil Is Almost Certainly Fake | Mother Jones

This is why I have 2 olive trees in the orchard…….

Me?  I prefer Tunisian olive oil…it has a distinct flavor and very floral…..Spanish is next on my list……

Hopefully this will be useful to my regulars……

Now that I made you worry….try to go out and have some fun in your life….the weekends are for love and family…..

Bon Appetite my friends….

10,000 And Counting

(Sound the horns……beat the drums….and let the peasants dance)…….

in Saner Thought has reached a milestone……

This will be my 10,000th post on WordPress….that is about 3.5 million words to paper (so to speak)……no wonder my fingers are getting shorter and more stubby…LOL

I would like to thank my readers for their support and their friendship…..it has made this site a labor of love and education…..and the comments have been poignant and well thought out….I could not have planned this if I had tried.

I basically started this site for a storage vessel to save on my hard drive but after about 6 months I decided that it was time for me to come out of writing retirement and as they say, the rest is history.  Plus I thought it would be a good source for my granddaughter back then to get in touch with me and my thoughts after I crap out.

I can only hope that I have another 10,000 in me and the continued support of my loyal regular readers…..

Onward to bigger and better things……

Thank you….Thank you….Thank you….and much love…..Peace out my friends.

(Now a moment of silent reflection)

Give Peace a Chance

Yep the Plastic Ono Band is playing in the background……but it is a valid statement….at least in my mind…..

Since my stint in the Army and experiencing war first hand I have been an anti-War advocate…..even been called a peacenik….but that was many years ago and that term has gone out of fashion….

Look at the MSM they are as pro-war as can be done…..the anti-war people have no chance for their side to be heard in this society…..it is the data these toads get and pass on to the public…..it is pure propaganda no matter how you try to cut it…..

Good data is needed for any debate….without it there is NO debate….

The world has witnessed a historic decline in world peace over the past decade that interrupts the long-term improvements since the Second Word War.

This trend is largely driven by the intensifying conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. Terrorism is at an all-time high, battle deaths from conflict are at a 25-year high, and the number of refugees and displaced people are at a level not seen in sixty years. Notably, the sources for these three dynamics are intertwined and driven by a small number of countries, demonstrating the global repercussions of breakdowns in peacefulness.

Source: How Good Data Can Help Build World Peace — The Future of Conflict — Medium

To illustrate how bad info is passed on to the public…..let’s look at this…..

Two new congressional reports conclude senior military officials skewed information to make it look like the war was going better. The question is why.

Senior officials at U.S. Central Command manipulated intelligence reports, press statements, and congressional testimony to present a more positive outlook on the war against the so-called Islamic State, a House Republican task force concluded in a damning report released Thursday.

The report, written by the members of the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees and the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, confirmed more than a year of reporting by The Daily Beast about problems with CENTCOM analysis of the war against ISIS.

Source: Republicans and Democrats Agree: CENTCOM Cooked ISIS War Intel – The Daily Beast

This is our reality now…..look at the invasion of Iraq in 2003…..predicated on lies…..and little has changed since those days….

The American people are lied to on a daily basis and few attempt to find the real story….and we are now involved in multiple conflicts because of that laziness.

Thanks to that laziness the public mind is managed by the MSM……

Life is complicated; or appears to be. The arguments leading up to last week’s UK referendum on EU membership involved claims and counter-claims concerning trade, economic impacts etc. whereas the real issue at hand is concentrated power: self-determination versus unaccountable technocratic rule. By discussing immigration and framing the debate in terms of fear of the future (untold disasters were promised should people vote to leave the EU), the question of who rules became peripheral to the debate. The complexity of such issues is contrived to deceive.

Daily Pickings has often referred to Edward Bernays and mass manipulation. In this article, Andrew Gavin Marshall explains how education and media evolved as weapons of mass manipulation under the direction of the Rockefeller Foundation. Propaganda quickly became the means to subvert and control the “will of the people”.

Source: Managing the public mind

The MSM refuses to highlight Clinton’s war hawk attitudes…..her siding with the M-IC…..

Yes the public are sheep….sad thing is that they have decided to be just that.