Friday, February 05, 2016

It Is An Open Secret That The Secret Ballot Is No Secret

It has happened again. I was listening to my radio which is hot to the touch this morning because it won’t stop reporting to me all the important & unimportant information we got out of the Iowa Caucuses & are getting out of the New Hampshire Primary.

Several weeks back I blogged about how the Media attacks anyone who becomes a Front Runner. That Blog Posting was inspired by the brief emergence of Ben Carson as Front Runner. He was certainly made short work of.

Well it’s happing again. This time we have two new poor souls who have dared try & jump up to Front Runner. They are Cruz who was #1 in Iowa & Rubio who was #3 in Iowa.

Rubio rose so fast that the Media has decided to get ahead of the game in case he keeps on keeping on & gets to be #1. It’s called in Media Circles a Preemptive Strike.

The latest hot issue is the Media’s concern that Marko Rubio may have an unseen advantage. Many in the Good Ole USofA are jumping on the Rubio Bandwagon because they still feel badly because our only Irish President was assassinated. They are anxious to vote for another Irish President & they think Marco Rubio is Irish because they think his name is Mark O’Rubio.

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You do remember that I am a Noticer. Here is what I just noticed about what my radio was just shouting at me about. A Talking Head said the following, “We have to go through the voting data & find out why people voted the way they voted”.

How is that possible? It is a Secret Ballot, is it not? We can only know how many voted for this candidate & how many for that candidate but we ought not to be able to know as much detail as the pollsters say they know about the voters.

Two Past Blogs...

Exit Polling

I could understand...

  • 55% say they voted for this guy.
  • 45% say they voted for that guy.

It is the specific, exacting and minute detail that I don't understand...

  • 42% of the white voters, who went to two years of college, who were left-handed carpenters, voted for this guy.
  • 63% of fallen-away Catholics, who have been married three times, where the first and third marriages were to the same person, voted for that guy.
  • 54% of those who voted in the 1992 election, but did not vote in the 1996, nor the 2000 election, but returned to the voting booth in the 2004, 2008 & 2012 elections, voted for this guy.

Oh well, so much for Secret Balloting.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

My Fondest Wish

There is no way to fully unite a country as large as the United States but my fondest wish would be that all of us refuse to answer any questions from any political pollster about anything political. This would drive the politicians absolutely nuts. Think of the positive results that would come out of an I-Ain't-Gonna-Tell-You-Anything America...

It would prevent politicians from tweaking their latest campaign pitch to address how the public reacted to their prior campaign pitch.

They would be forced to tell us what they really plan to do when elected, instead of telling us what they think we want them to do when elected.

It would drive the politicians absolutely nuts.

They would be forced to think out their positions and stick with them and hope for the best.

It would put every polling company out of business.

It would drive the politicians absolutely nuts.

One final tirade ... The silliest one is when we are told the results of a poll done by a Democratic or a Republican Pollster. It is strange how the "results" always come out favoring their party's positions. I guess I could be made to believe the poll did come out in favor of their party's positions but, you will never get me to believe, that any poll that did not favor their party's positions was just not published at all. It's sort of like them saying, "We are going to keep polling the American People until the American People get it right."

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

No, This Country Is Not Out Of Control, Provided This Country Agrees To All Our Nonsensical, Nonnegotiable & Ever Changing Demands

Last year one of the Good Ole USofA’s Institutions of “Higher Learning” was confronted with a list of Nonnegotiable Demands from their Student Body that had the faculty frantically Googling (in the ole days they would have gone to the library) to try & understand what it was that they must give in to...

The president apologize for the university’s “institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latinx racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Middle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism.”

I tried to Google the above paragraph of demands but, as I got to the fourth one, my Smartphone started to get hot & smoke in my hand.

Also, while I was researching material for this blog posting, a popup popped up (it is interesting how popup keep popping up even though the browser’s popup blocker is on guard to prevent popup from popping up) which presented me with the opportunity to take a course described as...

“The Everyday Self Love Course...Free yourself from toxic self-talk and build a daily practice of self-love.”

I feel like Sergeant Schultz on Hogan’s Heroes when he said, “I know nothing!” clip_image002

Since every one of my dear readers is smarter than the Smartfella, I know that you completely understand what all of the above means. Next time we get together, please enlighten me. Until then I will continue to wallow in my own ignorance, since my Smartphone has refused to help me.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Monday, February 01, 2016

What Is Sillier Than Silly … Part 2

In honor of the Iowa Caucuses today I have gone back into my Archives to bring you a Presidential Campaign Silliness from the 2008 Election. Do you think we have progressed past Silly since then. I sure don’t.

We are still mired in nonsense. When your TV is going crazy tonight about Everything Iowa think back to this Blog Posting. Tonight will be Crazy Nuts. It will be all about picking out the Fly Chit from the Pepper. Thank heaven we have the Talking Heads to help us tell the difference.

Some of us own Smart TVs. If you are one of them, I say you ought to get your money back. If your TV were really Smart, it would turn itself off.

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This came from the Associated Press July 8, 2008...

Headline … Pet owners prefer McCain over Obama…
“An AP-Yahoo! News poll found that pet owners favor McCain over Obama 42 percent to 37 percent, with dog owners particularly in McCain's corner.”

Ah come on America! Coverage of our Presidential Elections is many times silly but we have now gone beyond silliness.

Allow me to predict the kind of nonsense we will be subjected to in future elections…

  • People with spaces between their teeth are overwhelmingly in What's His Name's corner.
  • Is it true that What’s His Name once ate an escargot without removing it from its shell?
  • Due to that fact that What's His Name uses Heavy Cream in his coffee is there a danger that, once elected, he will attempt to outlaw Half & Half?

The real bad news is it’s not over when it's over. We in this country are now being subjected to the Unending Presidential Campaign Cycle. You can bet that any day now we will be reading speculation about whom Chelsea Clinton will choose as her running mate and whether that running mate prefers dogs or cats.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Guaranteed To Be Silvact Free

Below is a Blog I sent out 2 years ago. I know you are excited to have the opportunity to read it again (below) but, before you do, I am adding this Gluten Update from Consumer Reports...

Beware Of: Gluten Myths. Unless you are one of just 7% of Americans who have a reaction to gluten, there is no reason to avoid it. In fact, gluten may be good for you, by helping blood pressure and inflammation. Gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthier. Gluten-free foods often have more fat, more sugar and are more expensive than other foods.

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Here Is the Blog from February 2013…

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In America today we are worried about lots of things attacking us. One of our new fears has gotten to be one of our biggest fears…

We Are All Afraid Of Gluten

We lie awake at night hoping that the Gluten that is already in us will not clog something up, make our hearts attack us, stop something from functioning properly or start something like pimples functioning that ought to be lying dormant.

Millions of Americans are now feeling comfortable with themselves because they are on a Gluten Free Diet.

However, research has shown that 87.4% of Americans are on a Gluten free Diet & 72.7% of that 87.4% do not know what Gluten is.

I wonder how much frenzy could be created if someone with a morbid sense of humor made up a mysterious word that sounded like something Americans ought to be worried about and spread fear about all the evils it can do to the human body.

This type of Information Dissemination is one of the “benefits” of the Internet

A word like Silvact ought to do the trick. Who in the heck wants to get all clogged up with Silvact?

Actually it would not be a lie to advertise that your product is Silvact Free because your product is Silvact Free because there is no such thing as Silvact.

Back To Gluten...

The real shock to Glutenless Americans is going to be when National Enquirer reveals that “Gluten Free” does not mean there is no Gluten in there. It only means they just do not charge you for the Gluten that is in there.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Passing Of A Legend

Every time I pass through a checkout line in any darn near any kind of store I see on the Impulse Purchase Rack a huge glamorous picture of Oprah emblazoned on the cover of Oprah Magazine.

I’m sorry to say that the Oprah Federation of All Things Having To Do With Anything & Everything About Oprah has just announced that Oprah Magazine will terminate publication immediately.

They have run out of pictures of The Oprah for the cover.

It’s a sad day indeed.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Is anybody listening to me?

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson announced recently that he is pursuing legislation that will stop the Internal Revenue Service from rehiring employees that it previously fired for poor performance and bad conduct.

Isakson is a co-sponsor on the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2016. His office said the legislation is a response to a recent report that accused the IRS of frequently rehiring employees it had previously fired, including ones whose personnel file was marked “Do Not Rehire”.

The Fella first became aware of this silliness in April of last year. Now, in January of 2016, Congress is still poking holes in the air with their fingers about this silly practice because the IRS continues to say, “What problem?”

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Here is the link to my April 20, 2015 Foolishness...Or Is It? Posting...

http://forii.blogspot.com/2015/04/getting-good-employees-is-easy-all-you.html

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Thursday, January 21, 2016

That Idea Is So Stupid We Just Have To Do It Again!

Once upon a time the Good Ole USofA (actually it was our 9% pproval Rated Congress) decided all breathing Americans “deserved” to have a Home of Their Own, regardless of whether or not they could afford to pay for a Home of Their Own.

The end result was the Financial Crisis of 2008 which led to The Great Recession of 2008. The passing of time has proven we are truly stupid because we are setting ourselves up for what could turn out to be The Great Recession-Part 2.

Why is it we think, if we change the terms we use to describe Silly, it is no longer Silliness?

If we decided that the word “Murder” had too negative a connotation & we changed the Act of Murdering to the Act of Flower Sniffing is the dead person not still dead?

Community Reinvestment Act was a Federal Law passed to “encourage” commercial banks and saving associations to help meet the needs of borrowers in all segments of their communities. Congress passed the Act in 1977 to reduce discriminatory credit practices against low-income neighborhoods, a practice known as Redlining.

The term "Redlining" was coined in the late 1960s by John McKnight, a sociologist and community activist. It refers to the practice of marking a red line on a map to delineate the area where banks would not invest; later the term was applied to discrimination against a particular group of people (usually by race or sex) irrespective of geography.

I certainly agree that it ought to be against the law to deny a mortgage to a person who has worked hard, saved money & accumulated the financial where-with-all to afford to buy a particular house simply because that hard working, money saving & financially sound person is a minority or is of a certain race or is of a certain sex.

I would, however, contend that it is the height of foolishness to give a mortgage to a person who has demonstrated that he cannot afford to pay for that mortgage. This is not helping the going-to-default-for-sure person. This is actually doing a disservice to that person. I am not swayed in this belief by an apologist who says, after the bankruptcy, “Yea but he really enjoyed living in that nice house for 14 months before he went bankrupt”.

Changing Things For The Sake Of Changing Things...

  • The Community Reinvestment Act has evolved into the HomeReady Program.
  • “Subprime” is a word that we all know to be a bad thing (actually most of us only know it is a bad thing but do not know what it means). The Word Changing Department of the Federal Government is changing “Subprime” to “Alternative” Mortgages.

Changing Things In Order To Trick the Folks Back Home (that’s us) Into Thinking That Congress Is Really Doing Something That Is Not Silly...

  • Community Reinvestment was directed at Minorities but HomeReady (aks: DefaultReady) is going to be directed at High-Risk Immigrants.
  • In order to qualify for the mortgage, instead of counting only the income of the person who is signing on the mortgage the HomeReady Program counts the incomes of all persons living in the house (non-borrowers).
  • The Fella wonders if there is going to be an expansion of this law that prevents the non-borrowers from moving out of the house until the mortgage is paid off.
  • To add stupidity to crazy, it is also going to be permissible to count the income of people not living in the house, like the borrower’s parents.
  • What mental midget up in D.C. really thinks that non-borrowers are legally required to pay or will pay anything toward the mortgage?

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What me worry?

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are not going to pay when this all comes tumbling down. They benefited from the Community Reinvestment Act & they are now pushing the HomeReady Program...

CNNMoney reported in 2011, "Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received the biggest federal bailout of the financial crisis. And nearly $100 million of those tax dollars went to lucrative pay packages for top executives, filings show."

Wasn’t this the type on silliness that led to the last housing market collapse? Could it happen again? Sure it could. Do politicians care? It doesn't appear so.

Would politicians kid u?

Smartfella

Lagniappe: Much of the research for this posting was done by Cal Thomas... http://thecitizen.com/opinion-columnists/too-big-fail-sequel