Sunday, October 23, 2016


15 days until the election. One week to a bastard combined Council meeting. Fall has arrived with a bang. A sports buff would not know that winter is approaching; we can still watch baseball, it’s the middle of the football season, soccer is still in progress and we have already started the hockey schedule with pro basketball on the ticked starting this week followed in a few weeks with the college game.

This is grocery shopping day and despite the football games on TV that takes precedence over everything including bog writing.

Yesterday our Trump gave his Lincoln Gettysburg Address. Well it was supposed to be a major policy speech, however the scrip went out the window. Instead he ranted on how the election was rigged and berated the media for being against him. He called the stories of his assaulting women as lies and promised that the day after election , that is November 9th he will  be in court to sue each one of them. I suppose he means after he is elected which is a  despots tactic; punish your enemies.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Another morning and once again tempus fugit. Noon lunch engagement and late breakfast leaves no space to write a blog in depth about the subject that is dear to my heart; health care in the 21st century.

Perhaps I will have the opportunity this afternoon or weekend to research the needed data. It is as discouraging as this year’s election.

I did not watch the Al Smith dinner. Instead after my post prandial nap caught up on some needed paper work and part of the ball game. However this article from NBC Today best sums up what I and I am sure most of us missed.

“Al Smith Dinner sums up state of the 2016 campaign

Yes, it was just the charity Al Smith Dinner in New York, but it said so much about the current state of the 2016 campaign -- especially about Donald Trump. As our colleague Steve Kornacki described it on "Today" this morning, you had two unpopular presidential candidates speaking, yet one was much, much worse in his performance. "What began as the expected ribbing of candidates in the midst of a presidential campaign turned to boos as Donald Trump described Hillary Clinton as 'corrupt' and delved into some Wikileaks-based jokes that sounded more like something you'd hear at a Trump rally rather than an annual dinner hosted by the Archdiocese of New York," NBC's Ali Vitali and Monica Alba write about last night's dinner. Folks, it takes a lot of work to get booed at a charity dinner. All of Trump's flaws were on display -- the inability to laugh at himself, his inability to play to a crowd where not everyone is an adoring fan, and his inability to wear a poker face. When you combine Trump's dinner performance with his call to accept the election results IF he wins, it's going to be a long 18 days until Election Day. The Washington Post summed up the dinner this way: "At charity roast, Donald Trump delivered what might as well be a campaign eulogy." Ouch.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Once again up to late this am after watching the debate and Colbert's monologue as well a Kimmel's which I  had taped. I will blog late this afternoon after my must dos. Meantime this Washington Post column says it all.  ( )

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


A last minute scan of the media prior to tonight’s debate can be summed up in  this Rasmussen report:  “Nearly half of voters still say their choice this presidential election will be the lesser of two evils, although Trump supporters feel that way more strongly than Clinton voters do. Fortunately for both major party candidates who have been beset with questions about their honesty and integrity, most voters put their policy positions ahead of their character.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 45% of Likely U.S. Voters consider the choice between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump a choice they are excited about, up slightly from 41% in March. But 48% still say they will be voting for the lesser of two evils, little changed from the 51% who felt that way in the previous survey.”

Here are three opinions on what will be the debates key points:

The New York Times ( )

If we can believe the “Scholastic “ in its survey of students which it has conducted since 1964 and has always predicted the election results Hilary will win in a landslide 55% to Trump’s 38%. Take it for what it is worth but kids tend to reflect what they hear at home.