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Monday, September 06, 2021

The Black conservative radio host argued that slavery was legal and slave owners deserve compensation.

Conservative radio host and politician Larry Elder said during a July 18 appearance on Prager University's "The Candace Owens Show," that an argument could be made in favor of reparations for slave owners whose legal "property" was taken from them after the Civil War.

Elder argued that enslaved individuals were legally deemed "property" at the time. He noted that slave owners and their estates are owed compensation for the human property they lost following the end of the Civil War.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration has created a rule that will slam businesses, governments, and schools with monster fines should they require proof of vaccination from members of the public. read more

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

No matter how you may feel about how our departure from Afghanistan was done, you have to give credit to the US Commanding General on the ground during the evacuation, Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, as he was the LAST American soldier to board the LAST military aircraft leaving the Kabul airport. read more

Monday, August 30, 2021

The Pentagon said Monday the U.S. had completed efforts to evacuate its remaining civilians and troops from Afghanistan, effectively ending the longest war in American history.

"I'm here to announce the completion of our mission in Afghanistan," Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie told reporters in a virtual briefing. "The last C-17 took off at 3:29 pm."

The departure of the last U.S. plane from Afghanistan capped a bloody and chaotic end to the conflict. In the war's final weeks, fighting and terror attacks amid the scramble to evacuate thousands of Americans and Afghans left 13 service members and hundreds of civilians dead. The U.S. is not expected to have any diplomatic or military presence in the country after this point, officials said.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

When U.S. Army veteran Daniel Wilkinson started feeling sick last week, he went to the hospital in Bellville, Texas, outside Houston. His health problem wasn't related to COVID-19, but Wilkinson needed advanced care, and with the coronavirus filling up intensive care beds, he couldn't get it in time to save his life. "He loved his country," his mother, Michelle Puget, told "CBS This Morning" lead national correspondent David Begnaud. "He served two deployments in Afghanistan, came home with a Purple Heart, and it was a gallstone that took him out." read more


What a lot of people don't understand is that 'Roe v Wade' wasn't explicitly about abortion. Yes, the case that was being litigated involved whether a doctor could perform an abortion or not, but the ruling applied to the rights of women (actually this would apply to anyone) to confidentially consult with their doctor and that the state had no right to interfere with a medical procedure being done for a medically valid reason. And since medical abortions, which over the years were recorded using various other medical terminology, had been performed when there was a medical reason, it was therefore a legitimate procedure. The court simply said that the state had no right to dictate what is or is not a medically valid reason. That was between the patient and their doctor, and NO one else.

Now for years, the Republican party, while they may have never been a champion of abortion rights, chose to just take no real stance on 'Roe v Wade' one way or the other since it complied with many of the principles traditionally espoused by the GOP. That is, personal privacy, personal responsibility, keeping the government out of the personal affairs of citizens, small government, etc. It wasn't until the Reagan era when the Religious Right went to the Republican party and explained that there was untapped riches to be had if they would simply come out against abortion (along with contraception and sex education). So it was for manna, pure and simple, that the GOP decided that, despite it going against their long held principles, they were going to be champions of the unborn (of course, once that baby was delivered, they were back to their personal responsibility and keeping the government out of the personal affairs of citizens crap).

BTW, some people have noted that overturning 'Roe v Wade' could be akin to killing the Goose that's laying the Golden eggs. Will the pro-life Right continue to pour millions into the coffers of the GOP once they get what they wanted? Of course, they could turn their focus to other 'social issues', like birthright citizenship, integrated schools (hell, for that matter, public education itself), racially mixed marriages, gay rights, Social Security, the ACA, Medicare/Medicaid, the IRS, etc. And if you want to go all out paranoid on this, IF the Supreme Court eventually rules that the Texas approach, making something a civil issue that any citizen can take to court rather than having a state make it criminal, what's to stop hard Right-leaning states from going after a few of those other 'social issues' in a similar manner?

But getting back to the actual 'law' established by 'Roe v Wade', if it's overturned, what does that do for this idea that a person can confidentially consult with their doctor over the types and reasons why they're having a medical procedure? Will people have to sign a government disclosure form whenever they visit their doctor. Now before someone says that will never happen, remember in 'Roe v Wade' when the judges were talking about the 'state', they were being literal since there is nothing in the Constitution which even mentions privacy, let alone medical procedures, the Supreme's explicitly said this applied to the STATES and not the federal government (which again at one time complied with Republican support for state's rights). That's why there has never been any serious attempt to introduce any anti-abortion legislation at the federal level because the courts have always said that this was an issue for the states to manage, and as long as 'Roe v Wade' was the law-of-the-land, a citizen's right to confidentially, when it came to medical procedures, was protected, so there was no need for any sort of 'freedom of choice' legislation at the federal level either.

Anyway, this is a lot more complicated than most people realize.


So far, we've just been supplementing what our son was able to give his one daughter who decided to go back to school a couple of years after graduating. Last year it was tough for him. While he didn't lose his job, he was put on half-pay and was forced to fill in for most all the hourly people which his company furloughed (he's the brand executive for a large nationwide restaurant group) so it was only him and his salaried staff that had to keep the lights on and the food moving. They temporarily closed about half his stores and have only now reopened about half of those, closing the others permanently (he's down to about 35 locations nationwide). So we've covered most all of her tuition last year (she's living at home so that was her only big expense). So far this year, since he's back to full-salary, he says that he can cover it, but we told him that if it gets tight again, that we would pick-up the slake. However, his 16 year old wants to go to school at my old alma mater in Michigan so she's going to need a lot more help in a couple of years. The good news is that I can get her in-state tuition (they live in Texas) because they have a 'legacy program' for children and grandchildren of graduates as well as a chance to some targeted scholarships (I've been a generous donor over the years to my school and they're also in our will, so I do have some leverage up there).

As for our 7-year old granddaughter, it's still early but we've been giving her parents money that they've been putting in school fund for her.

And then there's our great grandchildren, a girl born in November 2019 and soon a boy, due this next month, in September. It's the closest that any of us will have for immortality.


When I retired in January 2016, our goal was to NOT change our lifestyle. We had both worked, although my wife retired in 2009 (she's a bit older than me) and we both maxed-out our 401k contributions when we had the chance (she was covered for less than 10 years while my plan lasted about 20 years), but I also had three defined-benefit pensions which are as rare as hens teeth now days. Since we had separate 401k's, when we rolled them over, they had to go into two separate IRA accounts.

Now we only take a monthly draw from my account and from my wife's, we only take the mandatory minimum disbursement, which she immediately rolls into a self-directed investment account, most of which is in stocks. Between our Social Security checks, my three monthly pensions and the monthly draw from my IRA, we're living basically the same lifestyle that we did before we retired. My wife drives a 3 year old Mercedes C300 and I have a new GMC Terrain. And except for last year, we've taken an extended vacation each year, usually a road trip (we just finished a 22-day, 7654 mile trip to Michigan a couple of weeks ago).

Our house is nearly paid for and currently has about $950K of equity and our combined IRA's are worth around $990K with a few other investments on the side (some collectables including a fair amount of silver). Based on how our investments have been doing, we don't expect to run out of money anytime soon. In fact, we're starting to make sure that our granddaughters (we have five) are benefiting from our situation, with us helping a couple of them with school and seeing that the others are getting help as well, including setting money aside for when they might want to go to school in the future (the two youngest are 7 and 16). My wife and I have been married for 54+ years and we've lived a modest life, invested when we could and it's now paying off.


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