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Retired from the State of California. Loving every bit of life!

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Trump has lost my 93 year old Dad.

He is a life long Republican.

He lives in a retirement housing area in Texas and yesterday he told me that he feels that Trump is throwing his aged people to the wolves. And he says this feeling is prevalent in their community. Many of them feel Trump is killing them to save his re-election possibilities.

These are older people in a red state and most are well over 75. Things are probably going this way elsewhere too.

Trumpville's are springing up in cities all across this country.

There are new homeless camps starting up all over the cities in this country. By some measures, homelessness has increased 30 percent in just the last two years. Many programs have been cut or even totally abolished.

So while the wealthy got a huge tax giveaway, the poor got nothing and many have had to resort to homelessness. And if Republicans have their way, it will just get a lot worse.

The odds were against her.

My wife and I feed about eight outdoor cats and I have build four houses for them, made from plastic ice chests with a hole cut out of them for an entrance.

There is a cat who is barely over a year old. When she was a few months old, she would follow me around while I was doing my yard work. She would hop around the yard but keep close to me. She was my favorite outdoor cat.

A month ago, I noticed that she was pregnant. It was starting to show and her nipples were developing. A few days later, we noticed three little newborn kittens inside one of the forts we built for them. Actually it was a modified Igloo house. A bit roomy for cats but several go into it when it is raining. But there were three little kittens non the less, and they looked like they were premature. Preemies. They were there for a few days and then their mom moved them to under a bunch of bushes. Probably a lot safer for them. But we noticed that one had died just before they were moved.

Well, the other day, I was walking toward the front door and noticed a small kitten laying on the ground panting and looking near dead. I got my wife and we carried it into the house. We could she that she needed immediate attention. My wife tried to give it some water while I went and bought some KMR kitty formula and a feeding kit to administer the food. When I got home, my wife would try to feed it some formula. A little at first since we didn't want to force anything. Four weeks had passed since they were born yet this kittens eyes had not opened yet. A normal span for kittens eyes is seven to ten days after birth, but these kittens were preemies. And this kitten was barely hanging on to life.

My wife fed it formula and water several times for the first day but she would barely intake either one. at least she was taking in a little bit. And she had a fairly strong meow for a weak kitten. I was really hoping for her to hang on and make it through. If she did, she would be a special kitten for my wife.

Yesterday afternoon, the second day we had her, "Tinker" wasn't moving. A good check and we saw that she had died. The sweet thing had struggled for weeks and made it this far. It was sad to see that she didn't make it through. For having a kitten for only two days, she made an impact on me. She joins our feline hall of fame. A collection of pictures of our cats for the last thirty years.

She had strength to make it this far and I hoped she would make it all the way but, The odds were against her.
RIP Tinker

I have a new outlook on life after today

Four months ago, I was told that I have the beginning of kidney disease and the Urine Micro-albumin tests showed that. They had been over the threshold for 3 years. but now they were getting higher and he wanted me on meds. Also, two months prior to that, my Optometrist told me that I have the beginning of retinopathy, diabetic blindness. This on top of diabetic neuropathy (numbness) that was half up my leg.

So, after some research, I decided to go ahead and try a high fat, low carb diet. Keto. I also started weekly 2-3 day fasting. At the same time, I took a risk and stopped taking all of my diabetic meds, both metformin and both types of insulin (Humalog and Humalin). My morning glucose readings were 175 or so, a bit high but not terrible as they had been in prior years.

Monday I went in for tests and I told my Doc that I had quit all meds three months prior. And that I had lost 25 pounds. He wasn't real happy about it but strangely, his biggest concern was my high fat diet. I realized that he has to follow guidelines so I told him that I really wanted to go this route and asked him to let me know if any readings were a concern. This lets him off the hook if I keel over, but keeps him in the loop and active as my doctor.

Well, the tests are in. A1C was my lowest in 14 years, 6.6 and it's that high because it counts three months, the first two which had much higher readings. Now my morning reading is 125 and it keeps getting lower with each fast. My goal is a morning reading of 90 or so. 83 would be prime. And all cholesterol readings were normal. Cholesterol=154, HDL=44, LDL=48, Triglycerides=88. White blood count was slightly high but nothing to worry about. ALL other tests were in the normal range.

The new micro-albumin tests for my kidneys show my lowest reading in 5 years and the doc said that I no longer am considered as having kidney disease. And my peripheral neuropathy is nearly gone. Some numbness in the sole and big toe.

These are things that are generally thought of not having any cure. They are considered progressive diseases. Once you have it, it just gets worse and they give you meds to make your trip into early death as comfortable as they can.

Well, they are curable! They are all a result of insulin resistance. The real deadly disease among us. And most people today have it. Some just don't know it yet.

They got it wrong 50 years ago (Ancil Keyes). Most fat is good (not all), it is sugar that can kill you. I am in constant ketosis now, a fat burner instead of a carb burner. I feel better and sharper than ever. Ketones (beta hydroxybutrate) is a better fuel than carbs. I am now actually planning for the next twenty years instead of prepping for death. It is a very wonderful feeling.

Trump vs Harley Davidson - My take from a biker dude

For some reason, most of my biker buddies seem to be Trumpsters. Or more accurately, the one biker that I know and what he can tell me about the others.

Well, my one friend is pissed at Trump for "dissing" Harley Davidson. I don't think he is quite off the band wagon but I never heard him say a bad word about Trump before. I can tell that he is confused that Trump would attack the sacred company and cant quite figure what is up yet. So I will just let the last week simmer for a while and then see where he stands.

When Trump disturbs sacred ground, even his most faithful will abandon him.

American Falangists - Post from 2011

I found this in my email vault this morning. I saved it way back in 2011. I did not write it and found it on a forum at some site. Usually I keep the author when saving things, but this time there is none.
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You've got to stand back and look at the American Falangists in an historical context.

They've been programmed from birth to believe in their nation's exceptional-ism (with a
creepy Christian/Libertarian/Individualist mythology).

In their lifetimes, it's has slowly fallen to pieces, for reasons too numerous to go into
(that would require a modern day Gibbons). They have to believe that their country
is the best in the world, while it turns to shit in front of them. Cognitive Dissonance
ensues.

Adding, insult to injury the 911 attacks, which may or may not have been carried out
by a Muslim fanatic called Osama, were followed only 8 years later by the election of a
President who they believe to be a Muslim, named Obama, who may or may not be a
Hawaiian.

If you wanted to carry out a particularly cruel jest on people who could at best be
described as intellectually incurious, could there have been a better way? It's as if
the U.S. is a giant petri dish, and someone's having a grand old time playing with the
bacteria!

And basically, an already noxious movement has finally snapped, and gone completely
mad. Hence, full-bore lunatics like Beck, as well as the larger cabal of hate-mongers,
mouth-breathers, cock-splinters and useful idiots that populate the electro-magnetic
spectrum of hard right AM radio.

Incapable of following a single line of thought in a logical manner, now you add the
internet, with the array of conspiracy theories - a theory for every belief system (BS).

Shakespeare used to be called "the last refuge of the unbalanced mind". Now, the whole
world is your oyster, if you're coming apart at the seams. Maybe the Earl of Oxford
secretly foretold the 911 attacks in his final sonnet. Did you know that the North Koreans,
in cahoots with Greenpeace, secretly torpedoed the Deepwater Horizon? Etc.....

If you've ever had a close friend or family member or (god forbid) partner suffer from
paranoid delusions (and I've had the misfortune to have enjoyed all three), you'll be
familiar with the way that they twist your every move into YOUR CONSPIRACY
AGAINST THEM. They will invent slights out of the ether, anything to prop up their
paranoid world view. There is nothing that you can say or do, no argument, however
logical (even when you have other witnesses to back you up) that can dissuade them of
the FACT that YOU ARE SECRETLY WORKING TO GET THEM SENT TO JAIL/CHEATING ON
THEM/TRYING TO GET THEM FIRED FROM WORK/ETC.

A swathe of the population - the ones who fall into the "authoritarian follower" class
defined by Bob Altemeyer, are the ones now going into the Twilight Zone. They were
already a mean-spirited bunch of fuckstains - and now they're a batty mean-spirited
bunch of fuckstains.

And as the U.S. continues to slide, they'll only get worse. But don't be scared, because
even though they're batty mean-spirited fuckstains, they're also cowardly batty mean
spirited fuckstains.

They'll huff, and they'll puff, but will they blow your house down?

They'll have to get that kidney transplant first, or find a portable dialysis machine.

If only they had a National Health System...

Good luck with that.

California GOP Representatives vulnerable in Midterms

California Democrats plan on targeting GOP Reps in the midterms, and with DACA being front and center for many, this makes quite a few of these seats vulnerable. California has one fourth (200,000) of the DACA participants and a large Hispanic population in general. Many of the Reps are from the Central Valley where they are representing large Hispanic populations and many of them will have to answer to the voters if they screw the coming votes up.

I read this earlier at some site and then also got this part from an email from Nate Silvers site;

"California where Democrats plan to specifically target nine of the state’s 14 GOP congressional representatives in the 2018 midterms" - FiveThirtyEight.com newsletter.

This got me to thinking that Texas too, should have several GOP districts that could flip. And there have to be other area's open to challenges from Democrats.

It will take some work, but the house looks like it can be flipped. The House is in play for the 2018 midterms.

Early picks for Dem nomination 2020

After watching politics closely this year, more so than ever since I deem a real thread is about, I think I determined my front runners for the 2020 Democratic Nomination. I know it is really early to be making these kinds of guesses since so much can happen over the next three years but here is who I want running. I will keep this in my journal and revisit it in late 2019.

1. Kamala Harris - Yes I am biased since I am in California and have watched her for years now. She will be attacked heavily from the right as they (will) see her to be as big a threat as Hillary. She should at least get her name out there for others to learn about this great woman so that if she doesn't make it, then she will be known for 2024.

2 - Al Franken - I have him pretty much tied with Kamala but I chose her because I think she is the future. Al is a very smart person who has balls and would do great things for this country. I am not sure how he plays with the no party crowd but I think they could go along with him.

3 - Adam Schiff - I really like this guy but I think he would be better for 2024 or 2028. If he continues as well as he has been lately, then maybe 2020 is his time.

4. - Michelle Obama - I doubt she will run but if she does, I would move her to the top of this list in a heartbeat.

Honor roll mentions:
-Cory Booker - He has been rising in my opinion but not quite there yet.
-Gavin Newsom - I like him and voted for him, but it might not quite be his time yet.
-Kirsten Gillibrand - The woman is tenacious and on the right path. She has a future.

The Election. Blame for losing. And USA's future.

All over the internet, you will see blame on why Hillary lost the election. The blame goes to Bernie, Jill Stein, Wasserman-Schultz, the media, etc...

In my opinion, there is only one reason that the election went haywire. It was rigged. Plain and simple, the election was hacked and rigged. As more evidence comes out, I think this gets clearer. Now we find that NO voting machines were checked and it looks like there isn't plans for it either, despite the latest news showing that hacking was going on. Yes, I do believe that the machines themselves were hacked.

This was a stolen election, plain and simple, even more so than 2000. And if we don't do anything about it, which no Republican congressman or leader wants to do, then the future elections will be hacked as well. The US is being destroying and all we voters can do is watch.

the third world war was fought in cyber-space, and the Russians won.
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