Thursday, January 10, 2019

Question and a history comparison

I will agree with our President that we have an immigration problem.  I don't agree with his WALL solution because America is not a place that tries to solve problems by building walls.

We build POSSIBILITIES and HOPE for people throughout the world by demonstrating that we respect life, liberty and above all
freedom...even though it is not mentioned.

The pursuit of happiness is also very important because "those guys" said so in the Declaration of Independence.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." 


Pursuing happiness has probably turned out to be the most illusive quest that our forefathers (sorry foremothers) mentioned.....mainly because happiness is not only an illusive term but just when you get really happy someone,or something, drops an physical or spiritual anvil on your foot and you become instantly unhappy.   



Keep in mind that NEWS can be the heaviest anvil that any of us receive....and it doesn't always have to be news on a personal basis.  Of course when the news is personal and the information is not positive, then the possibility of finding happiness again any time soon becomes a very real challenge.


Observing our current President and his manner of behavior, both speaking and acting, is one of the major challenges many of us face at this time in American history.  

And I make no bones about it when I say this is a unique time in our 243 year history.


First off, I'M experiencing it and therefore it is extremely important.  Second off, YOU are experiencing it and therefore it becomes doubly important.  And then it goes on and on and on and on and on and 7 billion souls later we have the only time that matters in the history of OUR world.


THIS IS OUR TIME and we either let someone else determine the future for our children and their children 
or 
we make the situation 
better 
by 
doing better.

Is Donald J. Trump the best that America has to offer the world?


(flashback)
Did you think Richard M. Nixon was the best America had to offer in 1972?

If you are someone who voted in the 1972 election than you must have because that dickhead won every state except Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.  I'm proud to say that he didn't win Marin County but sad to say he won 99 percent of all remaining counties in America.

If you are a younger person than you need to study that election and see what happens when the population simply refuses to pay attention.


I compare that election with the one coming in 2020 because we, as a collective, have had a prolonged opportunity to view the personality of our current elected President; similar to how long we viewed Tricky Dick.  (As Vice-President from 1952-1960 and then President from 1968. In 1962, after losing the Governor's race in California, he was completely written off and yet like the phoenix he reappeared big time)


President Trump or "President Biff" as I like to call him, has been in the public eye for multiple decades and before 2016 most of the information regarding him was from a reality (sort of) TV show. 

Previously the news about him pertained to a new marriage or a bankruptcy involving either a casino or a business venture of his doing.

I'll repeat this one more time...

Is Donald J. Trump the best that America has to offer the world?

And trust me when I say our President has a major effect on the entire world because of what America has accomplished in 243 years.

WE ARE THE BAROMETER FOR PROSPERITY AND THAT ELUSIVE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS....AND IT DIDN'T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT.

How we handle the responsibility of being the actual leader of the free world is the real question of the day.

and yes I have to ask it one more time....

IS THAT GUY WITH THE 
FAKE HAIR COLOR 
AND 
FAKE TAN 
AND 
FAKE PERSONALITY 
THE
BEST
AMERICA HAS TO OFFER?

If you say yes then you really don't pay attention and you really don't give a shit about the future of America.

Michael Timothy McAlevey


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Remembering some stuff about 2018 and earlier and then it's today

I turned 21 in February of 1967.  For a long time I thought 1968 was the summer of love but I was wrong....even though I was in love during the summer of 1967 with a beautiful girl from Corona del Mar, California named Leslie.  I had been at San Jose State in the fall of 66 and spring of 67 but all I ever saw was pissed off students tipping over ROTC buses on campus. Things were getting intense across the bay at Berkeley but there was very few indications that massive displays of LOVE were about to break out.

The 1967 and 68 college football seasons were large because of Leslie and another small time player named O.J.Simpson.  (Whatever happened to that guy?)  Leslie was a Pi Phi at USC and in 1968 was runner up to the Homecoming Queen. Her escort to the dance was Al Cowlings (who later would be the primary escort for the other dude mentioned above) and O.J. probably saved me an ass whipping because I got a bit vocal and a tad jealous of how many times Mr. Cowlings was dancing with my babe and "The Juice" pulled me aside and told me to chill because Al would "kill" me.

I chilled.

For the last two years I have been amazed at how people continue to support the current President of the United States. Telling lies and making erroneous comments about multiple facets of daily life just doesn't seem to be a deal breaker with his "people".

I haven't chilled.

I pause and try to consider the worldwide important events of 2018 and tragedy (or something stupid our President did or said) always rises to the top of the list and I'm sure that can be blamed on the summers of 67,68 and 69. (huh?)
Therefore all one needs to do is focus on personal important events in order to find positive results.  Of course the people who had their personal lives shattered by tragedy are having a hard time remembering good times during the last year.

That's one reason I always recommend young people try to find a sports team to root for and if possible find one in each sport and then they will have year long points of diversion from the crap that takes place in a space known as "reality."

Reality can truly suck at times and when it sucks it usually happens without much warning....which always brings me back to one of my favorite quotes by Joseph Campbell.

Participate with joy in the sorrows of the world

it's hard to practice but if you stop and think about it you will see that it might be the only answer to assure that the world events don't kick our ass.

I also realize that one important method of dealing with the world situations 
is to simply not pay attention....but that ball does not bounce on my court......

.......and that brings me once more back our President....
and the reason.....

....I refuse to chill.

It is so hard to accept the reality he creates on a daily basis because like millions of other people I KNOW the guy is an idiot.  I also know because he's made a ton of money in his life that the people who support him don't think he's an idiot....and therein lies the rub.

How much was Nikola Tesla worth when he died?
How much was Gandhi worth when he died?
How much was Einstein worth when he died?
How much was Copernicus worth when he died?
How much was Leonhard Euler worth when he died?
How much was Martin Luther King worth when he died?
How much was Jesus worth when he died?
How much was Elvis worth....oh wait he's still alive...............

How many bankruptcies has Donald J. Trump been involved in?

Should he be respected because of the money he's made?

Is that the most important barometer of how we judge human behavior in the 21st Century?

THE MAN CAN'T FINISH A SENTENCE WITHOUT READING.....

The truth is 
the United States of America has allowed an idiot to run our country and he's doing everything possible to prove this statement correct.

HE'S F**KING UP THE ENVIRONMENT
HE'S F**KING UP FOREIGN RELATIONSHIPS
HE'S F**KING UP TRADE AGREEMENTS

HE'S F**KING UP THE BASIC FABRIC OF WHAT                               AMERICA STANDS FOR

THE ONLY THING HE SEEMS TO BE DOING IS MAKING OUR MILITARY STRONGER THAN IT WAS
AND
IT
WAS ALREADY
THE STRONGEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD
BY
LEAPS
AND
BOUNDS

People that listen to him and support him do not research anything...all they do is listen to him and follow the yellow brick road to 
TrumpOZ.

There will be no chillin on my part in 2019 until the idiot
has moved along....and then we will have to figure out how to
deal
with
Pence....which might be harder because he's an actual politician......

So I stop and reconsider the summers of 68,69,70,71 and 72 which were MY summers of love and I remember how we approached a really really really weird leader by the name of Tricky Dick Nixon.  I'm pretty sure we took it to the streets and then created incredible music and then danced and danced and danced.

Of course not everyone is a good dancer so there was the other types who were busy doing their math homework and figuring out how to operate under a new system.....and yes
a
new
operating
system
was
invented......and we became
connected

And now we are all connected and yet we don't talk to each other anymore except through machines just like the one you are staring at right this very minute.

My NETWORK moment......

GET OFF THIS MACHINE.....DON'T PICK UP YOUR SMART PHONE....DON'T READ THE TWEETS OF AN IDIOT 
AND 
MOST OF ALL
FIND
A
TEAM
TO ROOT FOR DURING THE NFL PAYOFFS
AND
WATCH THE GAMES WITH FRIENDS AND START YOUR NEW YEAR
WITH
LAUGHTER AND HOLLERING AND 
AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU WILL KNOW
EXACTLY
WHO WON AND WHO LOST
and since your team is probably out of the playoffs
why
not
root
for
the
RAMS?

Let's hope 2019 is less Tweets and more 
love just like those summer's we almost remember.

Imagine if Viagra had existed in those days?
America's population would be 500 million instead of 325


Michael Timothy McAlevey



Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas face





                       Merry Christmas 
from 
Isla
and
her
Grandfather




and momma Lily




Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A memory of a special place and time in my life where it snows all winter


  I was hanging out playing beach volleyball in Santa Monica during the summer of 1963. I had just graduated from St. Monica’s High School. The days were full of sand, sun, girls and games and life was good.

Some internal discussions were taking place, behind my back, among various family members and the next thing I knew I was on the road with my mom and her new Hollywood stuntman boyfriend. Apparently he had a friend that owned a resort by Lake Tahoe and they needed help for the summer.
I’ll always remember that first sight of the Echo Lake with the Chalet on the right.
Unfortunately I was sent back down the road to the corral where I was under the tutelage of a mad boozehounded cowboy named Bob….dickhead.
My mom and her boyfriend basically dropped me off with a small bag of clothes and said, “enjoy your summer Tim…we’ll see you in September.”
The boozehound gave me a broom and sent me into the barn and told me to clean up because that’s where I would be living for the next two months.
The upstairs area in the barn looked like the last inhabitants had been a family of creatures.
I started to sweep while wondering how long it would take to walk back to Santa Monica. Cowboy Bob called me down to the corral and told me to go get one of the mules and bring him to the gate.
There were ten very pissed off pack mules just waiting for some goofy kid to walk in and try to put a rope around anyone of them. I grew up around horses and I remember how angry they can be after being ignored for short periods of time. These mules had been ignored since the previous summer and I barely got out of the corral as they came charging at me. I’ll never forget boozehound Bob laughing as I jumped the fence. “I thought you said you had horses?” “These aren’t horses, they are mules and like you they are absolutely nuts.” He told me to get back up in the barn and clean up my room and I told him to take the broom and put it somewhere else……he told me to get the hell out. I walked back to the Chalet and Jorgy listened to my story for about two minutes and said I could stay a few days until I figured out how to get home. He said I had to work for the room and board and to go upstairs and find a bed. I spent the next few days working about 12 hours a day and somebody noticed that I worked hard and Jorgy hired me at $1.25 an hour. I was a general flunky and one of the first jobs was to remove a large tree stump from the stable area. I was paired with a short little dude named Butch Conlan who lived on the lake. It took us a week to unearth that stump and Butch and I have been dear friends from that moment on.
At the end of the summer I sat down with Jorgy and after carefully examining the books he told me that I owed him $37.50. He had a list of every meal and anything that I had gotten from the chalet store. I remember him looking at me and saying….”Well I guess you’ll have to come back next year to work off what you owe me.”
The next summer I came back after passing a certification test and was officially a boat boy for Echo Lake.
The summers of 63, 64 and 65 will never be forgotten and the wonderful memories of Echo are forever etched in my mind.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Fake news

I'm trying to remember the first time I heard the expression FAKE NEWS and since one should give credit where credit is due I'm fairly certain our esteemed leader used it during the campaign of 2016.

OF COURSE there is a history lesson here and it's up to you to do the research.

Fake News

So as you've probably learned by now the term fake news has other names such as propaganda and yellow journalism.

Modern channels of communication have created an entirely new brand of fake news.

Of course for a long period of time in our country there was only print media and unless one made flyers, information was only available through a newspaper....and of course letter writing but that was probably confined to personal matters.

And if you stop and think about it....from 1776 to 1910

THERE WAS ONLY PRINT MEDIA

Books and pamphlets were printed but if anyone wanted actual news  during those years they had to read a newspaper or listen to someone who talked to someone who talked to someone.  By the time the story moved along the information highway of people talking to people the facts generally became something entirely different.

Newsreels appeared in 1910 which could be viewed if one went to movie theaters.

Wikipedia
Created in 1911 by Charles Pathé, this form of film was a staple of the typical North AmericanBritish, and Commonwealthcountries (especially CanadaAustralia, and New Zealand), and throughout European cinema programming schedule from the silent era until the 1960s when television news broadcasting completely supplanted its role. The National Film and Sound Archive in Australia holds the Cinesound Movietone Australian Newsreel Collection, a comprehensive collection of 4,000 newsreel films and documentaries representing news stories covering all major events.

The advent of radio in 1920 opened up an entirely new avenue with which to create fake news


Today the amount of channels for creating information, whether it be true or false, appear to be infinite.

Ok........maybe infinite is a blatant exaggeration very much in line with today's topic but I'm sure you get the point.

Now what you do with that point is either ignore it or expand upon it and perhaps just alter it a little bit here and there until it fits your brand of information storage.

Trump does get credit for making the term fake news......news.

Wikipedia
During and after his presidential campaign and election, Donald Trump popularized the term "fake news" when he used it to describe the negative press coverage of himself.[14][15] In part as a result of Trump's use of the term, the term has come under increasing criticism, and in October 2018 the British government decided that it will no longer use the term because it is "a poorly-defined and misleading term that conflates a variety of false information, from genuine error through to foreign interference in democratic processes."[16]

I salute the British for stepping up and trying to reduce the use of the term but then again the Brits are usually a few steps ahead when it come to civility.  The Canadians and Brits really do have the manners thing down pat.


What is now required of anyone who wishes to be informed is RESEARCH, RESEARCH and more RESEARCH.

If you listen or watch one source you are not informed.

AND THAT MY FRIENDS IS NOT FAKE NEWS
and I shall repeat this very important message.

IF YOU ONLY LISTEN TO
OR WATCH 
ONE SOURCE

YOU

ARE
NOT
INFORMED

It seems we have a tremendous amount of voters in this country who only listen to one source or perhaps don't listen to any source and only watch game shows on television.


Am I feeding you a line of bull or do you actually think I might be right?

I'm not sure how else one would explain that 50 million people still regard our current administration as a viable answer to the betterment of America.

His administration's viewpoint on Climate Change and how they are altering and eliminating the Clean Air and Clean Water initiatives put in place over the last 20 years
should 
be
reason enough to 
say
SYLMF 
(see ya later are the first three words and I'm sure you can figure out the other two)

And in conclusion I give credit to Donald J. Trump for making the term Fake News relevant in today's media frenzy world.

I remember the old adage......"it takes one to know one" 

No one knows fake news better than Mr. Fake News himself.

He is the Master of the genre.

But his policies are detrimental to the health of Americans
and
that's
not
fake news....it's sad news.

Michael Timothy McAlevey







Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Landed on Mars but we can't feed our children in need?

I like the fact the human species safety landed a craft on Mars after traveling 33 million miles.
BUT......
The statistics regarding children that both are homeless, and or go to bed every night hungry, are staggering.

I expect you to research the numbers and see if you don't agree that those statistics are
staggering. 

I'm not sure you believe me if I simply posted the numbers.

I live in Santa Monica, California in case you were wondering.

Everyday when I walk two blocks to get the morning paper I see the same man coming out of the market with multiple baskets FULL of bakery goods ranging from bread to pies and everything in between.
These items are being given to certain groups that hopefully feed the people in need

Nothing over three days can be sold so it's donated.

This only applies to baked goods.

The amount of produce that is discarded is also
staggering.

Is the word staggering starting to grab your attention yet?

Food being wasted in Los Angeles County and children going hungry.
Nationwide the same scenario is taking place.
World wide it is beyond staggering if you read the UN reports.

But the United States of America should not have staggering statistics when it comes to children being hungry.

Do you think our President knows the statistics regarding children that go to bed hungry?

The young adults that work in the Promenade in Santa Monica 
trying to raise funds to feed hungry children 
don't seem sincere....and I'm not sure why.

So much money is given to charities to fight this kind of problem and yet
the
numbers
are
not 
improving.

The attention given to people from third world countries, trying to enter the United States, is the main priority of our current administration.

I simply wish the number one priority was making sure that no child went to bed hungry.

Seems like a natural and logical wish.

Landing on Mars seems pretty cool.
Allowing children to go hungry is so not cool
and
yet......

Call the White House and let them know...and don't tell me you don't know the number!

Michael Timothy McAlevey








Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Just a simple observation

I think that this Thanksgiving has special meaning because it's the first time we've actually had a real turkey living in the White House.

                           HAPPY
                   THANKSGIVING


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11+7=18

Just finished watching the press conference with President "Biff" and besides the actual answers to assorted questions the one thing that stood out was the HOSTILITY.

Has there ever been a more hostile President?

Even Tricky Dick when he was under fire always seemed in control.

This man in the White House just starts name calling the minute someone asks a question that he doesn't like.

The leader of the most powerful country on this planet, simply put is.....an asshole.

The only news team he answers, without a snide remark, is Fox.

BUT
the real truth of yesterday's election is that "Biff" made a difference in those rallies he attended for the important Senate races

I am continually amazed that a large number of American citizens really like HIS personality and I've come to the simple conclusion that the reason is based on one fact.....

....THEY and HE have similar personalities.

I'm quite pleased that the House of Representatives got flipped back to the Democrats.

I'm extremely excited that Beto O'Rourke gave Ted Cruz a scare....and introduced himself to the national political stage.  I'm fairly sure that we haven't heard the last of Beto, and the fact is this might have been his opening salvo for 2012.

As for the Senate races that didn't go well toward letting "Biff" think twice about his run for 2020...all I can say is WTF?

Also this morning I had to hear Mitch McConnell warn the Democrats in the House not to spend time pounding on our President.

Every time Mitch speaks I get a large pain that runs right down my spine and lodges in my butt....and it stays there and constantly reminds me of what politicians shouldn't be like.....and then I recall that he keeps getting elected over and over and over and once more I realize that the people electing him must be just like him.

What does that say for the fine state of Kentucky?

How does a guy like that appeal to ANYBODY?

I get the "Biff" Trump attraction because he is a TV celebrity and people really like fake tans and orange bleached air (even though it's usually reserved for the female gender) and ski goggle eyes, but Mitch is so unappealing that I actually get worried that people in his home state just vote for him because he looks sickly.

Please also note that a man who leads the Senate has 4.4 million people in his state.   We have more people living on Wiltshire Blvd. than his entire state....and he's in charge of speaking for the United States Senate.


The following two facts speak volumes for our current political system:

The President of the United States received 3 million less votes than his opponent
The Speaker of the House has 4 million people in his state.

THESE TWO PEOPLE SPEAK FOR AMERICA on all issues large and small. 

We need a voice that can explain the current insanity sweeping this country.

Reclaiming the House of Representatives is the first step forward.

It's time for the second and third steps.

STOP THE LIAR IN 2020

Michael Timothy McAlevey
  





Thursday, November 1, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November 6 2018

Seriously important day for the direction of America.

AND THOSE WORDS
CANNOT
BE
UNDERSTATED

SERIOUSLY 
IMPORTANT
DAY