The weather was supposed to be good for Saturday but cooler, wetter, and windier on Sunday. I had finished doing my bi-weekly run to the Big Box Discount Store and was on my way home.
While waiting in line at one of the traffic lights along US Rte 3, I heard a screech of brakes, an impact, then felt a BANG followed just as quickly by a second, but smaller bang.
Yes, I was involved in a chain reaction accident.
Fortunately I was driving the trusty F150 and it came out of this with nary a scratch, the only signs being a creased rear bumper, and in the front a mangled license plate and damaged fascia on the front bumper. The car in front of me also had minimal damage from what I could see. However, the car behind me was totaled. The fourth car, the one that started the whole thing, was barely scratched with what appeared to be superficial damage to grill and front bumper.
Not a good way to start the weekend. At least no one was injured.
****************I think we can say this is a perfect example of twisted socialist thinking.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is threatening owners of idled factories with arrest unless they start production again.
While he claims they are “trying to destabilize the financially stricken country by exacerbating shortages of goods from foodstuffs to medicines to toilet paper,” one has to wonder whether he realizes that factories can't produce anything if they have neither the raw materials or electrical power needed to run the factories. With factory owners unable to buy the materials needed because they have little or no access to foreign currency, one has to wonder if Maduro truly understands that no matter how much he threatens the owners they can't make anything under those circumstances. Or is he playing to his supporters and hangers on with this rhetoric, knowing the factories are incapable of producing anything?
Either way it makes him and the socialist economics forced upon Venezuela by him and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, look like total failures. Once again we see proof that socialist economics doesn't work, has never worked, and will never work. Of course that won't stop others from trying them again...and again....and again.
****************“We're running an [effin'] casino.”
A tell all book by a congressman opens the doors to proof that what we've believed about Washington DC is true.
The veteran politician lays bare a rotten and corrupt Congress enslaved by lobbyists and interested only in re-election in an anonymous, 65-page manifesto called “The Confessions of Congressman X.”A lot of this also explains why Donald Trump has gained a lot of traction with the American people, stated the congressman.
The House member — a Democrat who is either still in Congress or served sometime over the past two decades — says more time is spent fundraising than reading bills and calls Washington a “sinkhole of leeches.”
The title of one chapter sums up his view of congressional leaders: “Harry Reid’s a Pompous Ass,” he says of the Senate Democratic leader. [We already knew that. - dce]
Voters are described as gullible, know-nothing jerks, while the only people who count are the big donors who pour billions of dollars into lobbying.
“Voters are incredibly ignorant. It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification . . .,” vents Congressman X.
I wish I could believe a lot of this was merely sour grapes, but I know it's not, and that's why we are in the trouble we are.
****************By way of Glenn Reynolds comes The Week In Pictures: False ID Edition from Powerline.
My two favorite: This one and this one.
All of them are pretty good, so head on over and get your fill!
****************Here's one celebrity who isn't drinking any of the of the SJW Kool-aid and spends more than a little time shredding SJW's and liberals in general.
Smashing Pumpkins co-founder , songwriter, guitarist, producer, author, poet, tea shop owner, and pro wrestling mogul [Billy Corgan] went viral Thursday as he took aim at the 2016 presidential race, “social justice warriors,” drones, political correctness, and Bernie, among many other hot topics.And so it begins.
On Thursday, he slammed “socialist” presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and accused liberal activists of infringing on free speech. “The tactics in the social justice warrior movement are to stifle and shut down free speech,” the singer said Thursday during an appearance on Infowars, the online network run by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
****************Blame the parents.
I already do.
****************Isn't it amazing how those who try to convince us there are no differences between men and women change their tune when those differences work in their favor?
Between the whole bathroom kerfuffle, making women register for the draft, or the doing away with single sex organizations on college campuses, it seems the differences appear and disappear depending upon whether it benefits or hurts women.
I wish someone would make up their frickin' minds.
****************David Starr delves into the question “Where have all the retail sales gone?”
His explanation certainly strikes a chord in this household.