The Sarcastic Cynic™

Sarcastic and cynical view of the world.

It’s been a while since I last spoke to you. — March 28, 2019

It’s been a while since I last spoke to you.

What has changed in the United States of America?  Nothing much but yet again another commander-in-chief, who did not serve a minute in the military during the Vietnam War.  This must be a new trend where our presidents have managed to avoid going to Vietnam by being given deferments. One for being an only son still enrolled in a university, and the other for being a rich son who suffered from bone spurs in his foot.  Or was he just a flat-footed, deaf and blind enlistee who was rejected for cause?

vanities i am the swoosh donald trump hair
vanities i am the swoosh donald trump hair

The emergent former Soviet Union is still a partner with the United States, in space and in the Middle East.  The North Koreans are still a thorn in our side, but the rulers of both nations really like each other.  The People’s Republic of China, the P.R.C., is not the super power it claims to be.  The United Kingdom struggles to keep herself in the European Union.  Their subjects voted to get out of being part of it and now find themselves wondering why they accepted a narrow vote for doing so.  The French government and the yellow jackets are holding scrum every weekend.  The Italians are still busy trying to keep the water out of Venice; charging you an extra fee just for using their cutlery while keeping you sitting out in the sidewalk with the pigeons and pedestrians; expecting an additional tip from the clueless, who like lemmings always leave a tip.

In the United States after months of investigating those associated with Donald Trump, we are told by a single man that there was no evidence of collusion with the Russians.  Teflon Donnie T has brainwashed all who work for him.  “There was no collusion.”  There was no Billy Bush and a hot mike between them, when talking  “locker room trash.”  The women did enjoy being pinched and grabbed between the legs by a billionaire.  Not one has been successful in bringing this braggart down to earth.  And Billy Bush is gone.

Replacing him in the limelight is Michael Avenatti who has shown himself to be allegedly guilty of being an extortionist.  Nike did not want to play with Avenati.  Avenati was caught trying to force Nike to pay ransom to the sum of millions of billion of dollars.  He’s been accused of blackmailing the Nike Corporation, who claims itself to be benevolently improving the lives of the youth of the slums.

See: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/sports/michael-avenatti-extortion-nike.html

Boeing is building 737 Max 8-9’s that don’t let the pilots fly it.  Eliminate the anti-stalling system.  Using computer updates is not the answer.  Let pilots fly the 737 and fix the hydraulic valve problem in the aft.  This 737 aircraft family has a history of being too cozy with the FAA.  It’s time to separate them for the good of the travelling public

See: https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-ground-boeing-max-20190313-story.html

Isn’t is ironic or maybe just coincidence that a man who has represented a zaftic woman against Teflon Donnie T, is now finding himself looking at spending a timeout behind shiny steel bars.  Who could be behind this?  The new Don of the world?

In Dallas,Texas the TexRail from DFW to Fort Worth with stops at Grapevine, and other stations along the new train system is up and running. Free rides for a month were enjoyed by all!  Finally a State that knows how to build for the future.

See: https://ridetrinitymetro.org/texrail/

In Florida…it still keeps growing.  Nothing seems to whither in this state.

In Georgia and North Carolina Jim Crow is still alive.  Elections in N.C. were rigged to stop black candidates from winning.  Re-election will be held in a few more months.

See: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2019-03-26/investigators-followed-money-in-tainted-n-carolina-election

In North and South Carolina…all else is  well.  Savannah and Charleston are still quaint cities and no one knows which one is in the south or which is their favorite.

In New York City, the former Borough President of Queens County, is now running to be the District Attorney.  I guess term limits has forced her out. Unfortunately she didn’t have time to clean up the borough while she was in office. See: https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2019/01/10/queens-district-attorney-richard-brown-retirement-not-likely-to-bring-in-flood-of-candidates-to-replace-him

Also the Van Wyck Expressway is worthy of being the mess to avoid, and John F. Kennedy International airport is improving but not succeeding  to impress anyone.

In Albany, the Cuomo’s are still the reigning family and in Staten Island, a family lost its head because of jealousy or just plain idiocy.

In Flushing, Queens the majority is now Asian and in Bayside the same will happen.

In Uniondale, the Coliseum and the Long Island Marriott are still in the way of the seagulls  that pick up the trash left by the fans of the current version of a hockey team.

In Puerto Rico,  and not because of the Teflon Donnie T’s paper towels, the effort to bring back this island nation back to our century is still lagging.  If not for celebrities like Broadway actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and chef José Andrés, https://twitter.com/chefjoseandres, and many luminaries and citizens of the mainland of the US,  would this island be abandoned by all its citizens.  Thankfully this island nation’s future will surpass that of Hispaniola.

In Russia, Vladimir Putin is still revered by all.  He runs unopposed by anyone of his party.  Doesn’t this sound like the Teflon Donnie T of America?  Crimea, the land he took back from Ukraine in a “democratic referendum” is now being fully intergrated into Putin’s Russia, who is defending the “referendum as complying with the principle of self-determination of peoples.[54][55] In July 2015, Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Crimea had been fully integrated into Russia.[56]” Hope they’re happy with their choice of returning to the motherland.

In the UK, Theresa May agrees to to quit of Brexit Deal passes in the U.K. Parliament.

I don’t know much about what these crazy English are doing anymore.

Read the following link to get a better picture.

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/27/707288194/theresa-may-agrees-to-quit-if-brexit-deal-passes-in-uk-parliament

Okay?  I think I need to return back to my present hometown.  The Pinellas Trail is empty of cyclists,  pedestrians, and mountains.  I have not done any serious road training for the next Tour de France.  My tennis elbow is missing me and so will Roland Garros if the French government doesn’t squash the yellow jackets soon.

 

 

 

 

Desultorily, I was enjoying listening to Michele’s playlist during the ride from Dunedin to Safety Harbor … — November 3, 2015

Desultorily, I was enjoying listening to Michele’s playlist during the ride from Dunedin to Safety Harbor …

when Neil Diamond’s voice brought me back to the present.

I find myself torn between two cities on the east coast of the United States of America.  One is Forest Hills, Queens, New York City and the other is in Florida.  I know I can adjust to life in this relatively flat state, but figuring what to do besides my passions, is what is vexing me.  Maybe I’ll take some classes to learn how to cook for real.  Go back to get more ratings.  Return to the air in the capacity of pilot or just bum around the beach watching the women walk by while I read a fascinating book.  Start waxing my skis.  Colorado and its mountains are already beckoning me or Colombia where I spent a few years enjoying life. I’ll have to make up my mind before I decide to seek public office in this town. All the choices are good but I don’t want to continue this desultory existence.

I Am… I Said”

L.A.’s fine, the sun shines most the time
And the feeling is “lay back”
Palm trees grow and rents are low
But you know I keep thinkin’ about
Making my way back

Well I’m New York City born and raised
But nowadays,
I’m lost between two shores
L.A.’s fine, but it ain’t home
New York’s home,
But it ain’t mine no more

“I am”… I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair

“I am”… I cried “I am”… said I
And I am lost and I can’t
Even say why
Leavin’ me lonely still

Did you ever read about a frog
Who dreamed of bein’ a king
And then became one
Well except for the names
And a few other changes
If you talk about me
The story’s the same one

But I got an emptiness deep inside
And I’ve tried
But it won’t let me go
And I’m not a man who likes to swear
But I never cared
For the sound of being alone

“I am”… I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair
“I am”… I cried
“I am”… said I
And I am lost and I can’t
Even say why
“I am”… I said
“I am”… I cried
“I am”… I said

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/neildiamond/iamisaid.html

The Gates in Central Park – the Passion of the Christos — April 3, 2015
A View From the High Line — March 13, 2015
Westminster Dog Show — March 9, 2015
.. Christmas lights — February 21, 2015
Why Did I Think This Was Going to be a Great Game? What Was I Thinking? The Infographic Preview of Super Bowl XLVIII Did Not Lie! — February 2, 2014

Why Did I Think This Was Going to be a Great Game? What Was I Thinking? The Infographic Preview of Super Bowl XLVIII Did Not Lie!

Infographic Preview of Super Bowl XLVIII

The Broncos and the Seahawks were  just 4 hours from #SB48 kickoff, and I thought this match was going to be great.  I should have looked closely.   Statistics do not lie.  Again a Super Bowl disappointed me.  All the hype, the media covering just about every angle.  Even Michael Edward Eagan the Cardinal of New York gave a history lesson about Vince Lombardi, a Brooklyn raised lad who left New York City to make men of boys.  Then just before the game started, Bill O’Reilly finally met Barack Obama in a one-on-one interview.  The president of the United States of America, showing us his beautiful teeth, was able to deftly answer Bill O’Reilly’s questions.  I wonder if all the questions had been pre-screened by the staff at the White House?  This interview, which at times I thought was disrespectful, was also the highlight of the afternoon.  And just before the game started a very poignant reading of our Declaration of Independence, was read by those who have volunteered to defend our principles.  Included with those volunteers were the first responders of the last known terrorist attack on our soil.

The game then started and I thought the receiver was going to let the ball go over his head.  No!  The next play would set things straight.  Peyton Manning was in control, he moved to give another set of  signals and the center hiked the ball.  Obviously the quarterback wasn’t expecting the ball to be hiked.  His eyes bugged out as he watched the ball sail over his head.  The ball ended up in the end zone  in the hands of a Bronco.  The Broncos were going backwards.  A safety was called.  After only 14 seconds of play the score was already…Seahawks 2 Broncos 0. Continue reading

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