Headlines That Caught My Eye This Morning

Item 1:  Christie ends his anti-Trump crusade

Did he though?  Sure, he may have ended his quixotic run for the presidency, but I seriously doubt he’s ended his anti-Trump crusade.

Item 2:  Hunter Biden Tweaks GOP in the House

Hunter Biden showed up ready to testify in front of Comer’s committee, in case they REALLY wanted to hear what he had to say.  It’s not that he’s afraid to testify — he’s all but volunteered to speak PUBLICLY to anyone who wants to question him.  Where he does have a problem is to testify behind closed doors where Republicans can leak out snippets of his testimony out of context.

HE’s ready to spill everything he has, as long as it’s done out in the open.  Republicans don’t like that idea because they can’t control the narritive.

Item 3:  Mike Johnson urges fellow Republicans to leave him alone on social media

Has that ever worked?  Simply asking Republicans to leave someone alone on social media?

LOL!  If anything, he’s only asking for MORE.

Item 4:  Wealthiest 10% own 93% of stock market

This is news?  Wall Street has always been a rich man’s game.  Oh sure, you might have your entire retirement plan invested stocks and bonds, but it isn’t YOU who is making gobs of money off of YOUR investments, it’s the uber-rich.

The Stock Market is just one indicator in the economy as a whole.  It’ s NOT the main indicator.  If the stock market is doing well, it doesn’t necessarily mean the economy is doing well — just that the rich are doing well.

Item 5:  Amazon Is About to Eat the TV Universe

Amazon is bringing commercials back to your viewing pleasure, joining platforms like Hulu, Paramount, and soon, Netflix.  Why?  Because of the Writers/Actors/Producers strikes that went on this past Spring, Summer, and Fall.  Well, at least that’s part of it.  But that is only part of the picture.

More and more people have “cut the cord” on cable in favor of the cheaper streaming platforms.  We could “binge” whatever series or program we wanted without the inconvenience of having to sit through an ever-increasing number of commercials ranging from penis pills to whatever other ailment big Pharma invented for us to be treated for.  A one-hour program would have 20 minutes of fucking commercials to sit through.

But wait, there’s more!

We don’t have to sit through commercials on Prime, Netflix, Hulu, or any other streaming platform — if we are willing to pay extra.   Pay them not to subject us to commercials.  The question is, are you willing to pay an additional five or ten bucks a month for the privilege  of not being exposed to commercials?

Prime Video is “free”, if you use Amazon Prime for other things, such as shopping and free delivery of goods to your home.  Frankly, Prime Video has been rather lacking in the production department as of late, and I haven’t watched all that much of Prime Video in the past six months or so.  From my observation, it appears that Prime Video has become more of a reseller of other platform’s content than their own lately.

Item 6:  Maine begins paying rent for homeless migrants

Meanwhile, the actual citizens of Maine who cannot afford the high cost of housing has to live in tents?

Here’s an idea:  Let’s first take care of the homeless who were priced out of their own homes first before we start taking on new people.

Item 7:  More Teens Who Use Marijuana Are Suffering From Psychosis

I wasn’t exactly a “Hippie” in the late 1960s and 1970s, but I did smoke pot like most other young people of that time.  I can remember a “four-finger” baggie  (or “lid”) of “dirt weed” going for ten bucks.  Seeds, stems, and yes, even some dirt.  It was rough stuff, but it got you ‘high’, and that’s all that counted.  With Vietnam going on strong, we were also getting more exotic stuff like  ‘hash’, “Thai stick”, and other strains.  I remember when “Hawaiian” was a thing.

The point is, the pot from back then wasn’t all that strong when compared to the stuff out there today.  Pot has been bred and engineered to the point where the THC levels from the “dirt weed” of the 60s and 70s probably averaged around 10-15% THC to what we have now that hovers around 28-31% THC.

THC is a psychoactive chemical.  Psychoactive drugs can and will alter your brain chemistry.  For a kid under the age of 18 years, this can cause some SERIOUS issues to the developing mind.

Item 8:  GOP’s 2024 agenda: Stifle Biden at every turn

What’s different from any of their previous agendas?  I was unaware that there was ANY time an opposing party is willing to make the opposition White House look good.



What In The Hell Did I Just Watch?

Reacher – Amazon Prime

Jack Reacher is a former U.S. Army Military Police Major with extensive investigative and combat experience who now lives as a drifter, traveling from town to town across the United States.

In Season 1, while visiting the (fictional) rural town of Margrave, Georgia, he is arrested for murder. After he is freed, he teams up with two honest police officers, Oscar Finlay and Roscoe Conklin, to investigate a local conspiracy involving corrupt lawmen, politicians, and a wealthy business tycoon and his son.

In Season 2, Reacher is contacted by a former member of his defunct MP unit from New York City when one of their own is murdered under mysterious circumstances. He reassembles his old team to find the murderers and avenge their friend.


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