Friday, November 9, 2018

RECIPE FOR LONGEVITY


Before there was low fat
We ate what we ate
The food was quite tasty
And often times great

Our weight was increasing
By an alarming amount
Till someone suggested
We calorie count

So now we eat less
And more sensible foods
And I guess we are healthy
But in terrible moods

So to balance our diet
And make life a treat
We finish our dinner
And then have a sweet

We desire to live long
And always stay thin
But nature’s against us
So I doubt we can win

Cause as we get older
I sadly confess
We rest a bit more
And we exercise less

So to stop your decline
You must hereby commit
Do all in your power
To stay healthy AND fit.

Get up off your butt
And go walk for a while
First a few blocks
Then work up to a mile

Breathe in that fresh air
And look up at the sky
And when you get home
Have a nice piece of pie

Do all I suggest
And may I be bold
To say you’ll stay young
Till the day you are old!

Friday, September 21, 2018

DON'T JUST RESIST, V O T E !!!


Americans are in the fight of their lives and the fight FOR their lives.
Sadly, not enough of them realize what’s happening.

I’m speaking of the slow-motion attack on our Democracy being waged by a political party that has only thing on their mind, total control on the country.

For decades the Republican Party has maintained they want smaller government or at the very least government out of our day to day lives.

They claim to be fiscally conservative and wish to spend less of our tax dollars on unnecessary and wasteful programs, so we can lower our deficit.

They want us to revere their family values and keep them in power so they can protect us from the evil that lurks on our borders. And they say this evil is not just from without but from within as well.

They preach these things not just from the steps of the U S Capitol but broadcast them from various news media on television, cable, radio stations and in print.

They fund and are funded by such organizations with wonderful and innocuous sounding names such as The Heritage Foundation and the American Family Association.
So how can they be the enemy of the America way of life?
Let’s examine each of the above items and understand their agenda.

First the Repubs, also known as the GOP say they want smaller government with officials out of our day to day lives.

Every GOP President since Eisenhower has expanded the reach of government into our lives. Some of the regulations were good and more were bad but just saying they wish to stay out doesn’t make it true. They have been dead set against same sex relationships, let alone marriage since they first learned of its existence.
They have funded ‘Pray the gay away” groups and preach that it is against God’s wishes.
I wonder what our founding fathers, those ‘separation of church and state fellows, would have thought about that.
In the past some GOP righteous and holier than thou people wanted to ban all sex positions other than the missionary position.
How’s that for staying out our bedrooms, let alone our lives!

The second claim is easier to debunk, that they are fiscally conservative.

Again, using Eisenhower as our starting point every Repub President since has raised the deficit while in power. The current moron in the White House is continuing the tradition at a pace never seen before.
And while they claim the Democrats will tax and spend it’s a fact that under every Democratic President during that time frame has lowered the deficit while moving the economy up and correcting many of the incredibly awful and wasteful GOP programs.

One remarkable such fix came not too long ago when President Obama, that hated by the right wing Kenyan born in Hawaii, took the reins of a failing economy with the greatest recession since the stock market crash of 1929 and turned America around to prosperity.
He handed things over to the current moron who has since taken credit for everything his predecessor did without understanding how government and life works.

As for lowering taxes and spending wisely the taxes have only really been lowered for the wealthiest of the land and in order to pay for the well-earned windfall, if you call bribing politicians well earned work, the GOP has ended many social and environmental programs. They consider these quality of life things, such as National Parks or clean air and drinkable water unnecessary for the middle class and poor.
They are also hell bent on getting rid of Social Security and Medicare since their benefactors are incredibly wealthy and don’t need social safety nets.
“Are there no prisons? And the union workhouses, are they still in operation?”
By the way under the GOP “for profit” prisons are thriving and even such do nothing useless Repub appointees such as betsy devos, head of education has a piece of the profit!

When it comes to family values who better to tell us how to live our lives than the party that houses the following pious leaders:
Newt Gingrich, who cheated on each of his first 2 wives with the woman who would become his next one. Is he seeking out number 4? Stay tuned.

Rudolph Giuliani also of 3 wife fame who, by the way hid and got lost underground during the 911 attacks and basically did nothing before or after to help NYC or the nation.

And while there are so many other stellar examples of family values such as Mark Sanford of Appalachian Trail fame,

Or

Larry Craig and his wide stance 

Austin Murphy who only admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock after being videotaped leaving his lover’s home. 

And John Ensign who along with Newt was committing adultery at the same time as they were demanding Bill Clinton leave office over a blow job!

Tim Murphy  the anti-abortionist who asked his lover to abort his child after their extra marital affair. Tim was a noted author who wrote a book about children that won the National Parenting Association’s award. The book explained how to take care of troublesome children.
I guess he left the chapter about aborting them out!

The one creature that comes to mind when thinking about the self-proclaimed family values moniker must be the current disgusting misogynistic pig in the White House who claims to be able to grab women by the pussy and kiss them whenever he feels like it and walk in on naked teens because, why not…
It disgusts me to even type its name so in case you have been living in a cave and for the sake of completeness its initials are djt.

I believe these examples and the so many more I did not list should debunk any ‘family values’ crap spewed by the GOP.

As for protecting us from all evil, aside from the obvious BS fatherly line I believe that is how all dictators started their careers in other countries. It’s easy to point to the ‘them’ of the day and gin up the hate but the GOP used to know how far to take it. The current group has become so obsessed with power that they have no idea how far is too far. They have stirred up the hate so much that gun sales and as a result gun massacres have increased exponentially in America.

Will they admit their wrong doing?
Do birds swim?
Do fish fly?

As for fearing the ‘other’ I believe Franklin Delano Roosevelt said it best: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself! (He had no idea what the Repub Party would become in the future or he would have added an addendum.)

Finally let’s take a look at the Wonderful World of Wordplay.
Here’s a list of the most dangerous enemies from within that all have misleading names.

Heritage Foundation: NOT YOUR HERITAGE!
American Family Association: NOT YOUR FAMILY!
FreedomWorks: BUT NOT FOR YOU!
Family Research Council: AGAIN, NOT YOUR FAMILY!
And finally the one that allowed all the wealthiest of the country to buy an entire political party and make the representatives within it their bitches:
Citizens United: NOT MOST CITIZENS AND CERTAINLY NOT UNITED FOR YOU!

At the start I said we are watching a slow-motion dismantling of our Democracy.
A fine example of that would be the way Mitch McConnell refused to allow a duly elected by a large majority of Americans (something no recent repub can say) to even have his choice for a seat on the Supreme Court be interviewed for the job for an entire year!
He subverted Democracy using the childish and absurd reason that it was the last year of Mr. Obama’s Presidency, so he could ignore his wishes.
In what universe is that the case?
McConnell should have been thrown in jail but instead the bastard was rewarded with votes from the deluded GOP base and a main reason we are living in hell as we speak!
And that is how we ended up with neil gorsuch and not Merrick Garland and it is how we will end up with a second sex offender, brett kavanaugh sitting alongside fellow sex offender clarence long dong thomas FOR LIFE!

Remember that the current president famously said “I love the uneducated!”
Remember this slogan: AN EDUCATED ELECTORATE IS THE REPUB PARTY’S WORST NIGHTMARE!
Read, Learn, Understand!
Do the right thing, do the American thing, VOTE!
And when you exercise that greatest of the great rights we have cast your ballot for the political party that has your back and bring back the Democratic Party so we can save America for all Americans!

NOVEMBER 6, 2018 - NOVEMBER 3, 2020

Thursday, September 6, 2018

MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT GREAT AGAIN!

When it comes to fixing or merely addressing the problems we have in America such as
Healthcare; Poverty; Clean air; Potable water;
Droughts; Floods; Pollution; Infrastructure Repair; Disease etc

Who would you rather listen to for solutions?
The falsifiers of facts
The perpetrators of prevarication
The maligners of the media
The lords of the lies
Or scientists with no agenda other than making the world a better place for all?

No problem was ever solved by ignoring it, hoping it will go away or by blaming others.

Ignoring a weed in your yard ensures it will flourish and eventually take over your garden.

We can no longer ignore the fact that dt and his GOP are ignoring all facts.

If you love your children and want them to have a future in America you must inundate your representatives in Congress, be they red or blue with your feelings.

Send Texts
Letters
Tweets
Make phone calls.
Implore them to stop their partisan slow motion murder of America.

Tell them their first act should be a "NO" vote on Kavanaugh.

Then they must get off their knees and stand up to dt.

They must do the jobs they were elected to do or you will find someone else who will!

Stop being the problem and work towards fixing them or be weeded out this November 6th.

And that's a fact!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

STAY AWAY FROM STERLING NATIONAL BANK



The following story is true.
No names were changed to protect the guilty.
Sorry for the length of this tale of woe but it spans more than one year.

My mother in law (mom) had her money in three banking institutions, Astoria Federal, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and J P Morgan Chase (Chase.)

The main reason for Chase & Astoria accounts were their proximity to her home. Both conveniently had branches within a couple of blocks.

Since she was a sprightly 93 last year we decided we should be able to monitor her accounts for obvious reasons.

I always felt it was a good idea to start consolidating our accounts as we get older since we might forget where one or two were.


Complicating matters was the take-over of Astoria by Sterling National Bank and their decision to run parts of the new the division separately.

So, mom now had 2 small IRA CDs and a checking account at Sterling* and the interest offered on all was an embarrassment, so we decided to start moving all out. The first to move would be the IRAs since at her age she has to take out a required amount every year (RMD.)

My wife has Power of Attorney (POA) for all her mom’s financials, so we drove to the nearest Sterling branch and sat for nearly an hour on a Saturday morning before an officer could see us.

BUT their computers were down, so we could not do a thing except be ready with all the papers to sign and documents to present at a later date.

I went in the next business day with the 16 page POA document and was told the long form POA was not going to be accepted by the Sterling legal team. I had to find and fill out the POA short form!

But they could not give me a blank and my subsequent searches for one were unsuccessful.

The response from the people at Sterling was a frustrating, “Your mom will just have to come into the bank and do it herself.”

But mom left for the Florida portion of her snowbird life before we could straighten this mess out so we now had to wait until her return in April.

Five months later we had a better idea than trying to work with Sterling directly. We had Mom open an IRA account at RBC and asked them to take the Sterling accounts over which they did within a week.

Of course the next time we looked at mom’s Sterling statement we noted they charged her a $15 fee TO TAKE HER OWN MONEY OUT OF HER OWN ACCOUNT!

This was not an early withdrawal fee or a penalty for taking money out of an IRA since it went right into an IRA. And when you are over 71, which by any method of counting 93 is, you are allowed to even close an IRA CD without any penalties, by law!

No, it was merely a BWC (Because We Can) by Sterling.

Sterling was now in the process of fully taking over Astoria and dissolving them into their brand. They must have realized that just charging 93 year old ladies the occasional unfair surcharge or inane fee was not going to be enough for the CEO to buy another yacht so they started laying off ‘redundant’ workers and closing branches.

Of course it was not personal but naturally they were closing the branch my mom used.

That necessitated getting her checking account out of the non-customer friendly bank.

But once again Sterling would not take our 'legal anywhere else in the country' POA so my wife had to go to branch just before they closed with her mom and get herself added as a co-owner of the checking account.

Now all we had to do was wait for her automatic debits and credits to be switched over to her Chase account and we were ready to close out Sterling for good, in more ways than one.

We are now in August, one full year after we started trying to end mom’s relationship with this awful institution.

My wife left work early and we visited our local East Meadow Sterling branch once again.

As soon as we walked in the door we noticed two officers busy with customers, another woman sitting in the back corner alone but talking on the phone and one other officer available.

We told him we needed to close out an account. He told us he couldn’t help and we had to wait for one of the female officers who were both working with other customers.

We sat for 45 minutes before getting very angry and asked the one woman in the corner cubicle if she could help. This woman was on the phone the entire time we were there making doctor’s appointments and taking personal calls.

She said we had to wait  for one of the the ladies to which my wife said, “Is there a bank manager here I can talk to?”

You guessed it, that useless woman WAS the bank manager!

Now both of us were speaking quite loud calling this the worst bank we ever had to deal with etc.

Finally one of the officers took a break from her marathon with her customer and told us she’d be with us in a minute. She also asked what we wanted to do and when she heard we needed to close out an account she said, “Oh, all you have to do is go to one of the tellers and she can take care of that.”

AFTER WAITING ONE HOUR!?! AND WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT FIRST GUY HERE FOR? THE IDIOT WHO TOLD US TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER OFFICER!
By the way that guy left for home a few minutes later so it was obvious why he didn't want to take the time to help us. JERK!

The teller asked all the right questions and while it took 15 more minutes at least she was able to get us the final amount in the account and hand us a check for it.

End of story, right?

OF COURSE NOT, THIS IS STERLING NATIONAL SCREW THE CUSTOMER BANK!

A week later my now 94-year-old mom called me all upset. She just received a letter from Sterling telling her she owed the bank $35.10 DUE TO AN OVERDRAFT!

I asked her if she had possibly written a check on her Sterling account and she reminded me my wife took her checkbook away so that wouldn’t happen.

With no nearby branch for her to go to, and I wouldn’t let her do so even if it was still open I asked her to mail the letter to me.

I took the letter along with the receipts from our last visit to the branch from hell and asked what new fraud were they trying to pull now.

When the officer explained she couldn’t talk to me about this since I wasn’t on the account I nearly lost it!

I explained as calmly as I could that NOBODY IS ON THE ACCOUNT SINCE IT’S BEEN CLOSED!

I also told her I do not want to know anything about the account other than why they are dunning my mom for money she does not owe.

After sitting in the bank for another half hour of my life I will never get back she explained what the charges were for.

When Sterling closes an account, they do so as if as if it’s the day before the action took place. In other words, closing the account after hours on a Thursday and their computers are programmed to make believe it’s Wednesday.

This meant that when the teller told us how much was in the account she was giving us the correct and final amount for Thursday night but Sterling corporate wanted her to give us the Wednesday amount.

So what?

There was 10 cents worth of interest to be added on Thursday and Sterling did not want to give it to the customer.
Name change imminent to Scrooge National Bank?

SO BECAUSE THEY CLAIM TO HAVE GIVEN US 10 CENTS TOO MUCH WE WERE NOW IN AN AUTOMATIC OVER-DRAFT SITUATION WHICH CAUSED THE ABSURD $35 OVER-DRAFT FEE TO BE CHARGED TO A CLOSED ACCOUNT!

If we ignore this Sterling would continue to go after mom until she passed away and probably then go after her estate for the 10 cents and the over-draft fee. And knowing what a crooked corporation this disgusting bank is I'd bet they would be adding interest charges and compounding them so in a year or so we'd owe them around $100!

I’m not certain what caused the officer to waive the $35 while I was sitting there. Perhaps it was my bulging eyes and reddened face but nevertheless she asked the bank manager, who was on the phone talking to another one of her friends, if she could waive the fee. The manager raised her head and when she saw who I was immediately said, “Just do it!”

BUT THEY INSISTED ON THE 10 CENTS!!!!

I PAID THE AMOUNT BECAUSE I JUST WANTED TO GET THE HELL OUT OF SATAN’S BANK AND BE DONE WITH THEM FOREVER.

AND YOU SHOULD TOO!
I tweeted corporate Sterling over and over asking to speak with someone but never got a response. I really did not expect one since they are the worst.

And so all I can say is:
DO NOT EVER BANK WITH THIS MOST AWFUL GROUP OF INCOMPETENT MORONS!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

TIME TO VOTE YOUR OWN BEST INTEREST


According to the play & movie, 1776 Mr. Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island said of the issue of Independence, “Well, in all my years I ain't never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn't be talked about. Hell yeah! I'm for debating anything. Rhode Island says yea!”

While we settled the issue of our Independence long ago we face many other issues that are nevertheless in need of a debate. It’s understandable that partisan politics will be at work on both or even all sides if there are more than two. But we must not be afraid to talk about them in open for all to see.

Some may not seem like the most important thing to spend time on such as, should schools offer more free time or teach sex education or demand teachers carry guns?

I have my beliefs, but I am sure many have opposing views and that’s fine. We can debate and if we listen calmly to all ideas and thoughts we may just come up with a fair and equitable answer.

Let’s examine an issue from the recent past that is sadly still causing divisiveness in our government.

Can anyone deny the fact that in the past many coal miners developed a life-threatening condition commonly known as black lung disease and that many if not all of them eventually died. Can we also agree that those with occupations in the field of, say farming never or rarely came up with this ailment? If so, then it will not take a huge leap of intelligence to conclude that black lung disease should be associated with coal mining.

Once the issue is decided we can then deal with the prevention of the problem. However, continue to refuse the idea that black lung disease has anything to do with coal mining and we are condemning workers in those mines to a painful and unnecessary death.

Why would we do something as inhumane as that?

For one thing there is or was a mother lode of money to be made by the owners of coal mines. It was necessary for the mines to remain open, free and clear of too many regulations that could strangle their profitability. Mine owners knew this all too well. So rather than lose most of their profits they used a portion of them to lobby, or bribe lawmakers into leaving them alone.

This is what’s known as a win-win-lose scenario in which the owners keep most of their profits, our leaders in Congress get large donations for their upcoming campaigns and workers die.

Clearly two of the three factions involved are happy with this outcome. The trick then becomes how do you sell it to the third group?

That’s where ‘dark money’ funded advertising comes in.

First, start by marketing your product as warm and fuzzy and necessary for the American way of life. To wit: Coal gives us ‘clean energy!’ In fact, we only deal in ‘Clean Coal!’

Then you vilify those who are trying to save the workers’ lives as lily livered liberals hell bent on destroying your livelihood, namely your jobs.

Congress could then insidiously allow some small regulation to go into effect and owners could respond by laying off some workers further cementing the idea that regulations demanded by the liberals will in fact ruin your lives.

The effect of this full court press against safety is the workers rallying together to vote against the politicians trying to save their lives. In other words, the people vote against their own best interest!

So let’s go back to the beginning and wonder what would happen if leaders on both sides of the Congressional aisle were to discuss the matter calmly and without partisanship. Suppose they did not allow or could not take money, or if we call it what it really is, bribes from one side of an issue. Scientific fact and medical certainties would enter into the discussion and lives would not be lost. Who knows, the leaders might even realize the future futility of coal mining and come up with ways to retrain some coal miners for work in other industries.

Oh wait, I seem to remember a candidate for President who suggested just that and was destroyed by a partnership of mine owners and their bought and paid for politicians.

There are so many issues we must deal with today that are equally as life threatening but with much further reach such as climate change, which threatens the entire planet.

One side says humans are causing this and points to at least 97% of scientists and experts in the field who agree as proof.

However, the other side agrees with their friends in the fossil fuel industry that the whole matter is a hoax. They, like their brethren in the coal mining fight are happy to close their eyes to the real and present danger of inaction while accepting favors to help them stay in office to do nothing but collect salaries. They realize the odds of climate change affecting their longevity is slim, so they don’t mind kicking this can down the road before they themselves kick the can.

If there is no open debate without partisan factions getting involved, we the people of Earth will continue down the path of destruction.

If the oxymoronic Citizens United rule remains in effect dark money will continue to flow into the coffers of Congressional nay-sayers and do-nothings.

And while the nation’s collective attention is being deflected and occupied 24/7 by the childish rants of a former reality show host and long-time multiple failed businessman our future hangs in the balance.

The following are some of the issues in need of a rational bi-partisan debate in Congress. These, like many others, are being ignored or pushed in one direction by and in favor of ‘Big Business’ and corporate interests by the current GOP majority.


Women’s Rights
Healthcare
Social Security
Environmental Protection
Our Educational System
Immigration Reform
Infrastructure Repair
Real Tax Reform


Any one of the above could spell disaster for a large portion of society.

Sadly, those of us affected do not have the monetary power of a partisan lobbyist to demand action.

But collectively we have something almost as powerful as a bribe and that’s called our vote!

If history has shown us anything it is that one political party has been on the wrong side of every issue noted above.

The only way we can fix the mess they have gotten us into is to remove them from power before it’s too late! We can no longer trust the GOP with our lives.

Let's bid a fond 'Blue Wave' farewell to the Repub Party.

This November and every November from now on use your head and vote your own best interest:
VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A NEW CHORUS LINE


It's July 4th and it is important to remember all the good this country did for its citizens.
There will be marches, parades and fireworks throughout the land celebrating our birth.
But I'd be remiss if I did not point out what is next for the people of our once great land.
And so with the unsolicited help of a Marvin Hamlisch altered standard I offer this new Line for the Chorus:

Kiss your rights goodbye
You voted for a fascist
Now we’ll watch our country die
Cause he’s got a list
And though Dems are pissed
Freedoms will be missed
Kiss your rights goodbye
New SCOTUS will remove them
And no matter how you try
They will all be lost
That is just one cost
Of your stupid vote!
Gone
Women’s rights are gone
Healthcare rights are gone
SCOTUS will ensure that!
Same sex marriage dead
Constitution soon will follow
Get it through your thick-skulled head
We are through
Thanks to you
All our rights are GONE
GOP says GONE
5-4 voted GONE
All our rights are gone!
Kiss your rights goodbye……

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

THE GOOD OLD DAYS


When truth was revered
And falsehoods feared
When voting was fair
Not in disrepair

Never had to explain
What’s a two-cents plain
Or translate what you mean
Ordering egg cream

When we earned a fair wage
When there was no road rage
When the water we’d drink
Had no lead, didn’t stink

Before schools had computers
Or active gun shooters
Our kids could ride bikes
And safely take hikes

When father knew best
And Loretta was young
On our days off we’d rest
And have clean family fun

Our parks were unspoiled still
No place for an oil drill
Picnic woes were lots of ants
Not constant tweets of vicious rants

When our leaders would lead
For OUR good not their greed
And promoted no hate
THEN America was great!

IMMIGRANT CHILD'S PLEDGE

The man-child was so impressed by the apparent respect North Koreans had for their 'Dear Leader' and by how easily Xi & Putin won their elections in their quest to be named Leaders For Life.
He too now wishes to be respected in the same way not realizing that respect is earned and certainly not demanded at the business end of a gun!
Nevertheless the traitor in chief insists the jailed immigrant children, stolen from their families stand and show respect for the American flag.
Perhaps some of the children would like to alter the forced words:

Immigrant children:
Stand up in your cells (No Kneeling) and recite the following:

I pledge allegiance
To the flag
Of the country that doesn't want me
And to the evil man
Who rules in DC
This former great nation
In the eyes of God
With malice
And hatred for all!