The Most Popular Postings on this Site
Monday, June 27th, 2016 | Author:

These are some of the most visited and popular postings on this web site:

Is Greece the “Canary” for Economic Decline?

Aircraft Bone Yard in Tucson

What is Chanukah?

Gardening Experiment with Cucumbers

How to Know if You’re a 21st Century Liberal

Cracked Bicycle Rims

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Those Feeling Compelled To Vote Trump
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 | Author:

Here is another commentary about making the difficult decision:

I oppose much of what Donald Trump has said, but I oppose everything Hillary Clinton has done and wants to do. And what someone says, no matter how objectionable, is less important than what someone does, especially when it’s so objectionable. A personal moral victory won’t suffice when the stakes are so high. As such, I am compelled to vote against Hillary by voting for the only candidate with any chance whatsoever of beating her – Donald Trump.

Source: Why I Now Feel Compelled To Vote For Trump

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Visit to Cincinnati Zoo
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 | Author:

We haven’t been to the Cincinnati Zoo in almost 20 years, so Missy and I decided to make a visit…   The place is fantastic.  The flora and fauna are beautiful, even in late October; And what a deal!   It’s $15/person for adults.  Given that you pay $70 to $100 for places in Orlando such as Seaworld, the value is unbeatable.  Check out some of the ‘action’ photos below:





The one observation that I made prior to the trip was during my search for the Cincinnati Zoo operating hours.  After searching for ‘Cincy Zoo’ on Google, I saw this result (see below)…  If you look closely, you’ll see a 2.9 star rating from Google reviews.  Since I know that the Zoo is considered one of the top 10 in the world, I was a little incredulous.  Thus, I decided to take a closer look at some of the individual reviews.  I quickly discovered that the undeserved rating is the result of wacked-out Leftist trollers who  gave hundreds of 1-star reviews (see a few excerpts below) so they could try to destroy the 140-year-old zoo… evidently because the zoo wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a Gorilla.




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What’s the Worst That can Happen?
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 | Author:

Mark Steyn commenting about the prospects of Hillary in office:

Think of what the last eight years have wrought – Obamacare, a weaponized IRS, six-figure fines for homophobic bakeries – and then pitch America forward to 2024. Picture the most absurd scenario you can concoct – say, a federal transgender-bathroom regime. Oh, no, wait, we’ve already got that.

The left is serious about power, and they don’t waste time. The idea that the most personally corrupt candidate in modern American history will govern as some sort of benign moderate centrist placeholder until the wankers who thought Jeb Bush was a superstar shoo-in come up with their next inspiration is utterly preposterous.

Source: Laws are for the Little People

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Fan Reaction to NFL Player Protests
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 | Author:


In a survey of 1,136 Americans who identified themselves as NFL fans, 29 percent said they are watching fewer NFL games for the following reasons:

  • Protests by Colin Kaepernick and others
  • Lack of opportunity to watch the NFL
  • Lost interest in the NFL
  • Presidential election


October 16, 2016

Here is the latest on TV viewing of NFL games.  It’s hard to say if any of this is a result of player protests…

Maybe it was the Los Angeles Dodgers-Chicago Cubs Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, or The Walking Dead retrospective special ahead of next week’s Season 7 debut. Or maybe it was just NFL exhaustion after the Dallas Cowboys crushed the Green Bay Packers 30-16 earlier in the day, or maybe blame The Simpsons’ annual ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ episode. Whatever it was, Sunday Night Football and NBC had a real problem last night, and it wasn’t Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

According to USA Today, Mr. Kaepernick was loudly booed at the start of the game on Sunday:

Colin Kaepernick was roundly booed by the Buffalo crowd before he took the field for his return as the 49ers starter.


October 8, 2016

From the NASDAQ news site comes this report:

“The National Football League has sent a memo to team owners seeking to ease concerns about the ratings decline that has hit football this fall.  Through the first four weeks of the season, NFL viewership has declined 11%, and among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet, ratings are down 12%.

As for a potential backlash by some viewers angered at players not standing for the national anthem to protest of police brutality, the NFL said it sees no evidence to that being a factor in declining ratings: ‘In fact, our own data shows that the perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016.'”


October 4, 2016

A new article in the Washington Examiner notes that the protests are having an impact on viewers:

“The growing number of player protests at National Football League games, driven by the Black Lives Matter movement and San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has prompted nearly a third of Americans to turn the games off, according to a new survey.

Rasmussen Reports revealed Tuesday that 32 percent of American adults say they are “less likely” to watch a game because of the expanding protests over how blacks are treated, especially by police.”


September 26, 2016

It appears that more people are getting fed-up with these player “demonstrations”:

“After spending a week at work, hearing about the liberalism being forced on their kids at school, having liberalism shoved in their face by their local newspaper and being harangued by TV shows portraying people like them as creeps, a lot of conservative men like to relax by watching sports. Sports is a place where politics shouldn’t even be on the agenda….but IT IS.”

“Forget about rushing for 100 yards and throwing 4 touchdowns in a game; if you really want people to talk about you, just tell everyone about how racist America is and how awful the police are…”


September 23, 2016

From famous basketball coach Bobby Knight, his comments on Kaepernick:

“Were I a teammate, were I the coach, were I the owner, in a situation like that, I’d have gotten rid of the guy…  It’s hard for me to imagine anybody that can fault the opportunities one has in this country. No country in the world provides better opportunities for people that are willing to work, willing to sacrifice and I would’ve had a very difficult time playing with a guy like that, coaching a guy like that, or having him as a teammate.”


September 21, 2016

According to a recent study, there is a supposed drop in viewership of NFL games at this point in the season:

The Eagles-Bears ratings declined by double digits from last year’s Week Two Monday Night Football contest and represents the lowest number since the franchise moved from ABC to ESPN. The NFL experienced drops, albeit smaller ones, for the Sunday slate, too.


September 19, 2016

With these ridiculous positions that they are taking about sports and politics, it appears that the NFL is running scared:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will encourage players to use their voice to promote social change as the demonstrations during the national anthem…

Source: Roger Goodell praises player demonstrations for going from ‘protests to progress’

What social change is Mr. Goodell seeking and expecting?   More public funding for stadiums?  How about introducing socialism into the NFL?  The players and fans should be the owners of the team.

I can’t imagine this support of player’s ‘protesting’ working out for the benefit of the league in the long run.  It leaves a bad taste for the majority of the fans who don’t want to hear about politics with their sports.   I don’t know about others, but I watch for the purity of the game –teamwork, effort, hitting, etc.  Frankly, I don’t care for the commercials, halftime shows, etc.  They’re not going to force me to ingest their extraneous crap.  In fact, I don’t watch football live on TV anymore.   I prefer the edited version where I can watch all the essential plays of the sport/game in under 30 minutes.

This focus on egotism and victimization by overpaid athletes is not very endearing to the people paying for all of it.


September 17, 2016

It makes you wonder.  The NFL fines a player for excessive celebration after scoring a touchdown, yet maintains that players have constitutional rights to ignore the national anthem.    Does anyone else see any hypocrisy here?  Does this just reflect the NFL’s fear of ‘racism-to-explain-everything hate-mongers’?


September 15, 2016

Some early feedback:

Football fans have reacted to the constant player protests and national anthem controversies in a way that the NFL simply can’t miss: They’re not watching.

Source: NFL Players Protest Anthem; Fan Reaction STUNS The League

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Yard Sign Polling to Determine Presidential Winner?
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 | Author:

This past weekend I decided to take a 20-mile bicycle ride meandering around Montgomery County, Ohio to perform an informal survey of support for the presidential candidates…  I counted 35 signs for Trump and 3 for Hillary, so we’ll round it down to an even 10:1 ratio.

It’s important to note that this is in no way a scientific poll.  It reflects my sampling of front yards northwest of Dayton, Ohio near the I-75 to I-70 interchange (see below), which may be a anomalous pocket of a Trump majority.   In addition, it may just be that Trump supporters are much more vociferous in displaying supportive signs in their yards.

I can say that my informal polling in 2012 showed a 2:1 advantage for Romney yard signs, so a greater quantity of signs in suburban Ohio does not necessarily lead to a national victory.  The question becomes: what should we make of a 10:1 advantage of signs for Trump?


I noticed that a writer in the New York Times conducted a much broader version of my escapade.

Over the course of eight days, while traveling some 3,000 miles by motorcycle across the northern United States, I was steadily confronted by presidential yard signs.  I idly recorded those in support of Donald J. Trump until, after the first few days, the number approached 100. I eventually lost count.  Those in support of Hillary Clinton were comparatively easy to keep track of: I traveled nearly 2,500 miles before I saw a single one.  By the end of my trip, I’d spotted a whopping five.

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Modern Driver’s Test
Monday, October 17th, 2016 | Author:

From StrangeCosmos

We’ve all seen it. People change when they get behind the wheel of a car. So now, to profile your personality, here is the special Driving Test…

1: Which part of your car wears out most often?
a: the wiper blades
b: the belts
c: the horn

2: Automatic door locks are good for…
a: security
b: convenience
c: messing with the heads of people trying to get in

3: I hate the rain because…
a: it lowers visibility and makes for less safe conditions
b: I answered (a) to question #1
c: I just washed my car

4: Please select the statement that best describes you.
a: I have never written in the dust on someone’s car
b: I have written “wash me” in the dust on someone’s car
c: I have drawn genitalia in the dust on someone’s car

5: The “bright” setting on your headlights is for…
a: dark, poorly lit roads
b: flashing to get the car ahead to move out of the way
c: revenge!

6: I have enough power in my car stereo system to…
a: get it loud enough to drown out road noise
b: get it headbanging loud for my Metallica CD
c: cause permanent hearing loss to anyone within ten feet

7: How many times have you been pulled over for speeding in the last year?
a: zero or one, because I’m generally a safe driver
b: two or three, because I’ve had some unlucky breaks
c: before or after they took my license away?

8: What hand gesture do you use most while driving?
a: “go ahead”
b: “thank you”
c: “@#!*&%^!”

9: When a bicyclist is next to you, you should…
a: be aware of them
b: speed up and get past them
c: open the door

10: Your rear view mirror is for…
a: watching for approaching cars
b: watching for approaching police cars
c: checking your hair

11: If you are driving and you begin to feel very sleepy, you should…
a: pull off to the side of the road and rest
b: stop at the next convenience mart and get a liter of coffee or Mountain Dew
c: drive faster

12: The Highway Patrol exists to…
a: ensure the safety of all motorists
b: issue as many tickets as possible
c: keep donut shops in business

13: You are supposed to signal a turn or lane change…
a: 50 feet prior
b: 25 feet prior
c: right after you do it

14: If I had a lot of money, I’d spend it on…
a: a minivan
b: a really cool sports car or 4-wheeler
c: bail

15: The best thing about a chauffeured limousine is…
a: I don’t have to drive
b: I can stretch out, relax, and have a drink
c: leaning out the open sunroof and shouting at and/or flashing people

How to score the quiz:

Give yourself one point for every A, two for every B, and three for every C. Tally up the points and consult the list below.

15-24 Points
You’re a good driver. You watch the speed limit, remain calm, and observe not only the rules of the road, but also the etiquette. And since you drive so safely and so politely, you’ll live a long time.
Long enough to decelerate with each passing decade until you’re one of those old people in a big car, going ten miles under the speed limit in the fast lane and pissing all the rest of us off.

25-35 Points
Hey! Joe Average! You’re a decent driver without being boring. You get where you’re going fast without too much danger. In fact, you’re the type of person we all like to ride with. Well, all of us except your mother, because “you’re going too fast! Watch out for that car in front of you! You’re going to kill us all!”

36-45 Points
Remember in driver’s education class when they told us to drive defensively? You’re the reason.

Key Issue for Presidential Election
Sunday, October 16th, 2016 | Author:

This sums up the Presidential election very well:

…the reality of the situation facing Republicans this year: either you join the struggle to keep Hillary and Bill out of the White House or you are helping them to return. Really — it is just that simple.

Source: For Democrats, Words ‘Trump’ Deeds

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Political Humor about the Clintons
Saturday, October 15th, 2016 | Author:

Some good ones from Joe K…



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Making Costly Movies
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Author:

Here is an interesting factoid:

The movie ‘Titanic’ (1997) cost more to make than the actual ship (Titanic) that sank. The movie cost $200 million. The actual costs to construct the ship from 1910 to 1912 were $7.5 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be around $116 million in 1997!

Source: Amazing Fact About Hollywood Movies

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Voting Early in Ohio
Thursday, October 13th, 2016 | Author:

No, not me.  I vote in the more traditional fashion.  Frankly, I think the notion of opening-up voting nearly a month before the election is on par with motor voter registration… One of my friends, who happens to be a a regular recipient of emails from the Democrat National Committee, shared his recent experience that I thought my readers would like to see:

Today was the first day of early voting in Ohio. I decided to go and vote. Since I live in Butler county, I had to go to Hamilton to vote.

When I parked and started to go towards the building, a burly guy approached me. He appeared to be a “graduate” of third grade.  He asked if he could go over the Democrat ballot with me.   I thought “what the heck. I will listen to the guy just to see what he knows”.   Answer- not much. His basic comments were “…in good conscience you can’t vote for Republicans”- inferring they are all bad people. Interestingly Butler county is a very conservative area.

When I got inside the building, I was a bit surprised to see so many people. The line moved quickly. So, there was not much of a wait.

I did not vote for Clinton, but I did vote for Rob Portman for Senator and Warren Davidson for Representative of the 8th district. It was interesting that the down ballot had so many uncontested positions. All of them on the ballot were Republicans. So, my friend in the parking lot apparently was unaware “his guys” were under-represented on the ballot. Walking out, I was listening to the conversation of people around me. The only comments I heard were derogatory comments about Clinton (not a real surprise in Butler county).

As Trump continues his “battle” with just about everyone, it is looking more and more like he is going down big time. Hopefully his banter does not wreck the Republican advantage in the Senate and House. If it does, we will have another four years of very liberal tax and spend polices.

It is a shame that no one seems to care about the Hillary’s e-mails. What I read today contains some pretty damning stuff. Unfortunately Clinton will once again get a pass on this stuff.

Come on November 8th. Lets get this circus over!

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