drink to Bob... 

Ole Bob Dylan has a few folks upset about the commercial he did for Chrysler during the Super Bowl.  Some are saying he's a sellout for doing a TV commercial in the first place because no self-respecting rock and roller would ever sell his soul to corporate America.  By the way...this ain't the first time he has done that!  And others are talking about how he was promoting the idea of "American Made" and yet the car company he's representing, Chrysler, is owned by the foreign car company Fiat.

Well, well, well.  The thing about Bob is that he likes to stir things up.  A lot of his songs are about a point of view or they tell a story....which in turn leads to a public discussion.  One of his early songs that people went round and round on was "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall".  Bob said it was about how it can rain hard sometimes but a lot of people were saying it was about nuclear fallout.  Another song that came out about a decade later was "Hurricane".  It was a story about Reuben Carter, a boxer, who was wrongfully accused of a murder.  The song was about Carter's life but it wasn't a protest song saying free Reuben Carter.  However, the song did bring Carter's situation into the public eye which eventually lead to his release.  Both songs are great songs...just as songs!  And both of them lead to bigger and better things.  
That's what music used to do!

Don't think for a minute that Mr. Dylan wasn't aware of the fact that Chrysler is owned by Fiat.  How could he not!  I'm pretty sure that Bob knows there are still some people listening and as they say in show biz...there's no such thing as bad publicity.  

Bob's in his seventies now and it must feel pretty good to still be able to piss people off!  I'll drink to that...or maybe he just need to send a kid through college!

da folks... 

 
There's this saying...the more you know, the more you realize you know nothing. - Socrates

My Mum and Dad are all of 88 years old.  They live in a small town south of Calgary, Alberta called High River.  If you haven't heard of either one of those places...that's in Canada eh!  This past summer the river flooded.  I don't know whether you can call that ironic or not but the entire town had to be evcauated.  Many people lost everything, buisnesses went out of business, people lost jobs, thousands have extensive damages to deal with, some say they were lucky because their damages weren't so bad and others were as dry as a bone.  It will take millions of dollars to restore everything and nobody knows what the lasting effects on the town are going to be.

My wife and I visited da folks over Xmas this year and it's pretty much still the talk of the town.  Even though it's hockey season again.  The old left winger below and his bride are now getting back to normal as they only had about 3"-4" of water in their basement.  Their repairs were minor compared to some of the neighbors....they were one of the lucky ones. But at the time it was quite a different story.

 
What one has to go thru these days is getting weirder by the minute..."you never know".


makes sense to me... 


Experts point to agriculture as the most promising commercial market for drones because the technology is a perfect fit for large-scale farms and vast rural areas where privacy and safety issues are less of a concern.


do the math... 


Elizabeth Warren had this to say about Social Security...

"This is partly about math," she said, "but it's partly about our values. This is about what kind of a people we are, what kind of a country we are trying to build." It's a country, she asserted, that believes that "fundamentally everyone should be able to retire with dignity."


Elizabeth Warren wants to expand Social Security!  Count me in!!!!!!!!!

Right now anywhere from 50-67% of the folks receiving it today rely upon it as their main source of income.  And she knows that there are 76 million baby boomers starting to retire now!  Some happily some not so happily given the company greed thing and the overall ecomony of the last 5-7 years.  Add the boomers to the twenty million relying on SS right now and you've got something to think about.

Maybe a few less wars, maybe a few less subsidies, maybe a few less special interest groups, maybe a few less yada-yada-yada...you get the idea.

Quite frankly, I didn't realize how close we actually are to making social security the real deal for a lot of people for a very long time.  Why is the talk aways about cutting Social Security so we can fund the latest political emergency that the average Joe will never see the benefits of.  And there's always the next emergency!

This program has worked and is working.  It was a good idea to start it and it appears that history, if given the chance, will prove this idea to be the single best program for the citizens of this country...ever!  With the economic gap between the haves and have not widening Social Security...better not end up being the one that got away! 

P.S. My sister was born in 1955 and according to her see is not a baby boomer.  After a long out-of-body discussion she informed me that she plays for the yuppies.  She's retiring in 3 weeks!  Just shoot me...     

a good idea? 


Climbing up these stairs...well, railroad ties seemed liked not a bad idea for a little exercise.  Boy was I wrooooooonnn...
not right!

 

One side of the top of the hill...
The other side of the top of the hill...
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