Month: October 2018

Rumor has it there is a rush to buy old calendars


Rumor has it that there has been a rush to buy up old calendars in the last two weeks. Prices seem to vary with different years, while twenty and thirty-year-old examples go for close to $100..00 a piece, even recent five and ten-year dates are quite high for something often given away free to customers.

Some enterprising fellow even includes a notebook with hints as to what to write in about where a person might have been on those nights when they were drunk out of their mind. The premium calendar set comes with a selection of different number lead pencils and different ink ballpoint pens.


Pencil manufacturers had been closing down factories since so many people these days have never used anything but a text keyboard.  In specialty shops that are springing up one vendor has been selling the old straight tip wood pens with a small inkwell.

The New York Times Sunday edition is planning a review of the best events to add to an honest Senator’s dates and point out the forty most common mistakes. “The Anachronisms That Can Ruin Your Judicial Appointment”.

Certain Ivy League Universities are expanding their creative writing courses to include courses exploring the things that should never be put on a personal calendar and how to edit events to remove ambiguity, conflicts of interest and incriminating notations.

Charlie Jensen



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The facts are there in the evidence


Photo courtesy Getty Images and NPR


The recently concluded appointment to the USSC filling Merritt Garland’s seat is an affront to anyone who loves our Constitution and a bloody disgrace to whatever few remaining members of Congress still have a conscience.

In some ways the Democrats bear a small portion of the blame as truthfully over several years they did tinker with some of the honored rules and customs of what was once called the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. But the wholesale slaughter of what remained may bring us to an irreconcilable situation, for many liberal members now thirst for revenge. So many Americans have chosen to chant some distorted talking points and ignored the horror that they have committed.

One current mantra that seems to be popular among the right-wingers is to suggest that there has been no evidence presented that would justify further investigation has been that there has been no evidence provided that suggests the Candidate is not qualified.

Well first off the statement of the victim is evidence.

The therapist’s notes are evidence.

The behavior of the nominee, his demeanor, his angry response to legitimate queries is evidence.

His calendars are evidence.

His evasions to avoid answering simple questions one after another show an effort to deceive the committee and apparently hide something is telling evidence.

The sworn statements of two other victim/witnesses.

The book “Wasted” written by Tom Judge is evidence.

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The now about forty (that is 40 !!!) people who have come forward to testify about whatever they saw or personally witnessed is all potential evidence.

And finally, the statements of the politicos who rushed the proceedings through with ungodly fervor and their determination not to call potential witnesses or at least interview them are evidence.

The facts are there in the evidence.

But I do not expect them to bother to honestly evaluate the facts that dwell within the evidence, nor to seek out the evidence that has been concealed by disinterest.

In fact, that very disinterest is a piece of true evidence that partisans simply do not care if they promote a serial rapist, sexual abuser, liar, and binge drinker to the highest lifetime appointment under our Constitution as long as he is their own serial rapist, sexual abuser, liar, and binge drinker.

Good luck sleeping as the truth rolls out.



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A Republic, if you can keep it

Bush Hosts Obama, Former Presidents At White House Luncheon

Photo by Mark Wilson Copyright Getty Images


I couldn’t see any danger when I voted for Dick Nixon, twice, sure he was a bit dodgy and could use a shave, but he’d never betray the country.  A few years later I listened to the Great Communicator and felt that he was a decent enough guy who would never wittingly do real harm, even though I knew he was lying about the Contra Business.

Then along came GHWB, a war veteran, an experienced leader and a family man. At least he could run a short war and get out of the sand dunes.


Bill Clinton arrived, with the baggage from the Arkansas State House.  I did not like him or vote for him,  but after a while, I could see that he was being harassed unfairly, but Bob Dole, another real veteran, would surely repair the damage.

Well, that did not work out, and listening to GHWB’s son was a turning point.  George “W.” did not seem evil, just moderately bumbling, even funny at times, obsessed about WMDs and Cousin Saddam, but I was not yet unduly alarmed.

So I voted for Obama, a quiet, thoughtful man who would definitely put things right again, even if he had been born in Nairobi.  But it appears he was blocked at every turn as long honored rules and traditional customs were cast into history’s dustbin.

Hillary dragged along that same Arkansas baggage, but who would have believed that the stalwart defenders of Freedom,  the Sacred Constitution, and national fiscal responsibility, the “Grand Old Party” would nominate  A Buffoon from Queens, New York, a known serial adulterer, sexual abuser, racist and self-promoting liar, and then swallow all that America, the “City on the Hill”, “Home of the Brave”, Refuge of the poor, the downtrodden, the wretched exiles, the Bearer of the Torch of Liberty, Hope and Mother of Dreams, was known for, to elect a two-bit crooked scam artist who would plunge this great nation closer to the fundamentalist “Gilead-by-the-Sea” that our forefathers tried to avoid.

And now, as Martin Niemöller finally understood, it may be too late, and I am alarmed. Benjamin Franklin, when asked by citizens, what type of government the delegates had created,  is supposed to have said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

The alarm is sounding for all of us.  It is time for true patriots to stand up and be counted.


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