Cruz To Mexico!
Music Association: Bob Seger -
-19 degrees F in Minneapolis
What's Cooler Than
Cranking Amps! It is cold out when it is minus 19°
It was so
cold in Minneapolis —°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°my
degrees key got stuck, and it looked like bubbles.
Music Associations: Foreigner -
Cold As Ice & Outkast - Hey Ya
GameStop Games Continue
Wall Street Loses Its
February 1, 2021
say we started a corporation, called it Hopes and Dreams Capital
Investments, Inc. or HADCAP for short.
provides investment services
information for a price. The cliché Time Is Money
has everything to do with the business.
you want the hottest news before it will even effect the stock market,
then you will have to pay a premium. What (you might ask) would
investment news be that has not even effected the market? It is not
really news because nothing has actually happened. It is rumors.
Theories. Lies. If you can afford the premium price, you get a HADCAP
text message about the hot tip that is so hot that it has not yet
caught fire — oxygen hasn't touched it.
you can't afford the steepest price, maybe you can afford the next
level of HADCAP message, the “look
what's happening, you are almost too late”
email. This only happens if enough activity occurs based on the
original, premium news (that was not yet news). By the time the news is
in a newspaper or magazine or on CNBC, the investment ashes are
smoldering and the HADCAP vice-president in charge of tisk-tisking the
general public about what could've happened tells the stories in a
told-you-so voice and mentions the recent lottery numbers for all the
good that does anyone.
That's how Wall Street works.
has been making plans and decisions out in the open, investing
(GME) for a variety of reasons, having little to do with the
fundamentals of a brick-and-mortar retail dinosaur in the age of gaming
downloads. But how much of Wall Street investment advice has anything
to do with the realities of business?!? The market stopped making sense
a long time ago, if it ever had.
investment firms felt obligated to short sell GameStop, betting
against WallStreetBets remaining
invested in GameStop. At this point, the short sellers have generally
lost (had to cover their orders).
takeaway should be amusement. I never started HADCAP and do not give
out investment advice. Editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle had a cartoon
last week showing Reddit clubbing Wall Street using GameStop.
Music Association: Spinners -
Games People Play
Over 400,000 Deaths
Bye - Don
inaugurations of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala Harris could not have
happened fast enough.
The four years of
Bizarro-President Trump are over. Trump politicized the pandemic
and preventative measures. Who would politicize
a pandemic and preventative measures? Only Trump. And his cult.
United States has surpassed 400,000 deaths due to Covid-19, about as
many Americans that died in World War II. Many
of those deaths are on him.
Over half of
people who recover from Covid-19 report lingering
symptoms two and a half months later. Some of those are long-haulers
with severe, unshakable symptoms.
night, Trump pardoned 143 felons, including Steve Bannon, who
was indicted by the Trump Justice Department for defrauding Trump
supporters over a fake Trump wall.
wanted a big military send-off this morning because the military would
have to be there for him, even though he was never
there for them. But the military couldn't be there because it's
defending the Capitol from his cult.
It's the end of
Music Association: Grand Funk
Railroad - Bad Time
January 8, 2021
18 U.S. Code
§ 2384 - Seditious
two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject
to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put
down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to
levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or
by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the
United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of
the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be
fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or
28 CFR § 0.85 (l)
unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to
intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any
segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
United States Constitution - 25th
Amendment (1967) section 4
the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of
the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law
provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the
Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that
the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his
office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and
duties of the office of Acting President...”
Music Association: Natasha
Bedingfield - These Words
Armed Coup At U.S. Capitol
the urging of President Trump, thousands of Trump supporters stormed
the United States Capitol, and armed Trump terrorists broke into the
Capitol using flag poles as battering rams, over-running Capitol
The terrorists raided the U.S. House Of
Representatives and Senate chambers and ransacked desks, that had been
used only minutes before. A Trump terrorist has occupied the office of
Speaker of the House Pelosi.
Governor of Virigina has sent members of the Virginia National Guard to
the District of Columbia. The Governor of Maryland has also sent the
Maryland National Guard.
The D.C. National Guard was
absent. Washington Mall security was absent. All of that was under the
control of the President.
This is a dark day in
United States history.
Trump and crew called Georgia Secretary of State Brad
Raffensperger on Saturday, January 2nd to whine and bully him into
results of the election towards Trump, specifically to “find
won this election by hundreds of thousands of votes. There's no way I
lost Georgia. There's no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.
I'm just going by small numbers when you add them up they're many times
the 11,000. But I won that state by hundreds of thousands of votes.
you think it's possible that they shredded ballots in Fulton County?
Because that's what the rumor is. And also that Dominion took out
machines. That Dominion is really moving fast to get rid of their, uh,
know anything about that? Because that's illegal, right?
Germany: This is
Ryan Germany. No, Dominion has not moved any machinery out of Fulton
Trump: But have they
moved the inner parts of the machines and replaced them with other
Trump: Are you sure,
Germany: I'm sure.
I'm sure, Mr. President.
Trump: What about,
what about the ballots. The shredding of the ballots. Have they been
The only investigation that we have into that — they have not
been shredding any ballots. There was an issue in Cobb County where
they were doing normal office shredding, getting rid of old stuff, and
we investigated that. But this is stuff from, you know, from you know
know. It doesn't pass the smell test because we hear they're
shredding thousands and thousands of ballots and now what
saying, "Oh, we're just cleaning up the office." So I don't think
President, the problem you have with social media, they —
people can say anything.
isn't social media. This is Trump media. It's not social media.
It's really not it's not social media. I don't care about social media.
I couldn't care less. Social media is Big Tech. Big Tech is on your
side. I don't even know why you have a side, because you should want to
have an accurate election. And you're a Republican.
believe that we do have an accurate election.
Trump: So look. All
I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one
more than we have because we won the state.
~ ~ ~
Because most of them are made out to the name Trump. Because these are
people that were scammed when they came in. And we have thousands of
people that have testified or that want to testify when they came in
they were probably going to vote on November 3. And they were told I'm
sorry, you've already been voted for, you've already voted. The women,
men started screaming, No. I proudly voted til November 3. They said,
I'm sorry, but you've already been voted for and you have a ballot and
these people are beside themselves. So they went out and they filled in
a provisional ballot, putting the name Trump on it. And what about that
batch of military ballots that came in. And even though I won the
military by a lot, it was 100 percent Trump. I mean 100 percent Biden.
Do you know about that? A large group of ballots came in. I think it
was to Fulton County and they just happened to be 100 percent for Trump
— for Biden, even though Trump won the military by a lot, you
know, a tremendous amount. But these ballots were 100 percent for
Biden. And, do you know about that? A very substantial number came in,
all for Biden. Does anybody know about it?
~ ~ ~
what are we going to do here folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I
need 11,000 votes. Give me a break. You know, we have that in spades
~ ~ ~
because of what you've done to the president, a lot of people aren't
going out to vote and a lot of Republicans are going to vote negative
because they hate what you did to the president. Okay? They hate it.
And they're going to vote. And you would be respected. Really
respected, if this thing could be straightened out before the election.
You have a big election coming up on Tuesday. And therefore I think
that it is really important that you meet tomorrow and work out on
these numbers. Because I know Brad that if you think we're right, I
think you're going to say, and I'm not looking to blame anybody. I'm
just saying you know, and, you know, under new counts, and under uh,
new views, of the election results, we won the election. You know? It's
very simple. We won the election. As the governors of major states and
the surrounding states said, there is no way you lost Georgia, as the
Georgia politicians say, there is no way, you lost Georgia. Nobody.
Everyone knows I won it by hundreds of thousands of votes. But I'll
tell you it's going to have a big impact on Tuesday if you guys don't
get this thing straightened out fast.
Music Association: Charlie
Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Year in Review & Movie
Review (Spoiler Alert)
first snow of winter in Minnesota, drivers seem to forget how to drive
in snow. They end up in ditches and spinning out. And while it seems
like collective amnesia, it's not.
forget how to drive in the first snow, just some drivers. Taking
arrivals since last winter and adding the new drivers since
winter, you can easily account for all the spin outs and ditch parkers,
without any overall problem of crowd mental deficiency.
don't behave with one mind.
That sums up several
lessons of 2020.
pandemic should not be a political issue. Health care had become a
political issue and President Trump took that to the next level by
Protesters of police violence
inequities are not all alike. Most are nonviolent. A few are only there
for the violence.
President-elect Biden received
more votes in
2020 than any president in the history of the United States. But on the
other hand, President Trump received the second most number of votes in
the history of the United States, despite all that he has done the past
four years. People have their own ways of thinking and not-thinking.
behave without like-mindedness.
I say that not to
just review 2020 but to review Wonder Woman
movies have comic book crowds. They are all alike. Wonder Woman 1984
made cartoons out of male crowds, female crowds, and everybody crowds.
It's my number two pet peeve about movies
female characters, which they also had. The movie was a list of
One of the toughest things to do
like Superman or Wonder Woman is come up with challenging adversaries
without resorting to:
1. lost powers
your character is too powerful, what challenge can the writer create?
response is: don't get me started. There are an infinite number of
things to write about being powerful. I'll ask you something. Have you
ever broken something because it was not made to be strong enough?
Whatever your answer, there. That's part of your story. Women and men
break things all the time. Now imagine being in a confined space with
someone who could easily break everything around you. Oh, I don't know,
let's say it's a fighter jet, and you're the pilot. Wonder Woman was in
a situation just like that, but she didn't break anything. Maybe
because she was already losing some of her powers in a gradual way that
kept all the components of the fighter jet safe from her.
scene could have illustrated the relationship between
from another era and Wonder Woman. They could have learned to fly the
plane together by reading the manual under the seat. He would have
needed some help from her.
There are huge categories
that powerful characters would lack knowledge and experiences in order
to relate to everybody else. Like understanding tired people or
experiencing bad hair days. Those differences could be more interesting
than lost powers.
The big message of the movie was
-- be careful what you wish for. Great. Thanks. Aladdin, Shrek, I Dream Of Jeannie,
already covered that concept. Wonder
Woman 1984 just took reckless wishing to a global level.
magic lasso scenes of the first movie were crowd favorites. By making
ten times more lasso scenes in Wonder
the movie becomes more about the lasso and less about the woman holding
it. While there was nothing wrong with the opening act, other
the queen's focus on her daughter, it was a bit of a repeat of the last
movie. It hardly adds to Diana's background unless the plan is to
slowly tell her origin story over the course of three or four movies,
for a better box set experience.
There is nothing
new about a sequel that doesn't live up to its predecessor. After a favorable
first movie, I didn't think a good second movie would be so
Music Association: Bruce
Springsteen - Tougher Than The Rest
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Christmas Music Musings
Christmas was different. Quieter. Not rushed. It was good. Christmas to
me is not about lawn decorations or about wishing people a Merry
Christmas, because I almost never say that -- it isn't meaningful. It's
more about music, but most Christmas music isn't.
listen to Christmas concerts and wonder about the conductors.
possibilities come to mind. Either they hate
music and want every note to be a tortured mix of tones. Or they cannot
hear and have great
imaginations. Or they love the possibility that one of their students
might just might surpass all these painful melodies to go on to become
a virtuoso or at least popular.
And that's concerts
with tickets that were bought with real money.
in the music industry knows Christmas music has the potential to make
artists rich. That's music history. Every now and then, a song comes
along that adds (right or wrong) to the catalog of most listened to
Ask people if they like Christmas
music, they might say yes.
Ask people if they like
the entire catalog of Christmas songs, they would probably say no.
like Christmas music like I like TV shows -- a la carte. I like some
Christmas music, definitely, selectively, but if you ask a blanket
question: do I like Christmas music yes or no? My answer is no. Too
much of it chants or grates or tries too hard or doesn't try at all.
Earlier this month, I was in a retail store, call it the Red Bulls Eye.
A song was being played. I didn't know it, but I liked it. My mask was
partly covering my ears, but one line in the chorus was, “I've got your back.”
I liked the song. Weirder still, it wasn't a Christmas song.
I went back to that store today, it still wouldn't be playing Christmas
music because nothing stops Christmas music like December 26th. That
makes this a most wonderful time of the year.
Music Association: Andy Williams
- The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Association: Pixar - Soul
In The Dark
fighter jet belonging to Wisconsin crashed into Michigan's Upper
Wisconsin has their own F-16s?!?
was a training exercise at zero twenty-hundred hours. Had it been a
full-fledged attack, Wisconsin would've attacked Michigan's
Block 30 F-16 Viper belonging to the Wisconsin Air National
Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard
in Madison crashed at around 20:00 pm local time on December 8, 2020.
The aircraft went down on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Uh-hmm.
Music Association: Korsakov -
Flight of the Bumblebee
Gifs of Cats and Kittens Part 1
Hennepin Library Edina