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“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” — US General George C. Patton (1885-1945)

“The Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him (her Presbyterian minister father) to vote. The Republicans did.” — Former U.S. Secretary of State and present Stanford provost Condoleezza Rice

“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” — President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

Some have suggested that we have never been so divided; some seem to be skipping over the Civil War.

Having made this necessary clarification, your author is reminded of a quote from an Auburn football fan about the annual Iron Bowl.

“In Alabama, it’s either ‘Roll Tide’ or ‘War Eagle,’ and once you choose, you are branded for life.”

‘You are either for me or you are against me.’ How many times have we heard that quote?

In reality, life is not that simple. It’s not always black and white. As citizens — not subjects — with free will, we don’t have “own” everything that goes along with political orthodoxy. In fact, we don’t need to forever embrace a particular political philosophy.

Having grown up in a Roman Catholic Democratic household in which John F. Kennedy was our family patron saint and Nixon’s first name was “damn,” it seemed that Almost DailyBrett would be relegated to lifelong subordination to the Democratic Party.

“It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low, and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the tax rates.” – President John F. Kennedy, Economic Club of New York, December 1962.

Kennedy’s quote and his strong military “quarantine” against Soviet missiles in Cuba, not the advocacy of a never-ending shutdown of the American economy, serves as a perfect example of the difference between the Democratic party then and the Democratic party now.

No Lightening Bolt Out Of The Sky

“Democrats, when they’re feeling alarmed or mischievous, will often say that Ronald Reagan would not recognize the current Republican Party. I usually respond that John F. Kennedy would not recognize the current Democratic Party, and would never succeed in it.” – Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan

Ronald Reagan didn’t transform your author into a “Reagan Democrat,” but instead a “Reagan Republican.” The Gipper’s celebrated epiphany occurred in 1962. For your author it was 20 years later. With time, Almost DailyBrett has grown to be even more neo-liberal and libertarian.

Buy Low Sell High.

There is a 100 percent correlation with your author leaving the ranks of those an eternal vow of poverty (e.g., political press corps) and joining the ranks of the well-compensated “dark side” (e.g., public relations … press director for the Deukmejian Campaign Committee). As George C. Scott in “Patton” said, “I love it. I love it, so.”

As an aforementioned Catholic your author expected a lightening bolt to strike me out of the sky, falling off the horse on the road to Damascus, and voting for Reagan that first time. As James Brown celebrated: “I Feel Good, So Good … “

Becoming a proud Reagan/Deukmejian Republican does not mean, yours truly buys into each and every policy position on the right side of the aisle. To this very day, Almost DailyBrett can state ex-cathedra, he doesn’t like guns, never did, never will. Bad people with guns, even those playing violent video games, are not good things.

Assault weapons are the worst. George Deukmejian said he saw absolutely no reason why anyone needed an assault weapon. We banned assault weapons in California. The NRA went fruit cake. Almost DailyBrett as press secretary strenuously defended that position; and supports that stance now.

There is no reason to be … predictable.

Voted Against The Clinton Restoration

Four years ago your author voted against the specter of a Clinton Restoration in the White House. Some believe in their hearts today they cast a good vote on behalf of a now increasingly bitter Hillary. There was zero chance of your author making that choice.

At the same, Almost DailyBrett was deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s decided lack of Reagan/Deukmejian political discipline. There was never any doubt about the philosophical direction of Ronald Reagan and George Deukmejian. You could agree with them or not agree with them, but there was no doubt where they stood.

As Reagan said in his last Republican Convention speech in 1992: “Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts.”

Reagan and Deukmejian were eternal optimists, not utopian and decidedly not dystopian.

Your author did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016 (writing in former Speaker Paul Ryan), the first time since the 1980s not supporting the GOP nominee.

Fast forward, Donald Trump is not any more politically disciplined now compared to four years ago (see TMI on Hydroxychloroquine), another self-inflicted public relations damage control fire drill.

Having said that, there is the president’s record including tax and regulatory relief, standing up to China, strengthened border controls, strict constructionalist judicial nominees, increasing military preparedness and no new wars. And let’s not forget the Covid-19 response and the reopening of America’s economy.

Alas, the Democrats have settled on Joe Biden. Not being the hated Trump apparently is good enough for them. Deep down, they really want New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Democrats can’t get what they want. Republicans are getting what they need.

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1894529_1894528_1894518,00.html

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1894529_1894528_1894522,00.html

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/library/convention/chome/nreagan.html

 

 

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” — Matthew 7:3

There are self-anointed coastal elites, who are just better … much better … than the unwashed masses in the fly-over states.

If you don’t believe Almost DailyBrett, just ask them. They will gladly tell you … and everyone else.

They implore that we all choose and practice kindness, but by their attitudes and actions they don’t seem to understand what the word really means.

They are perfectionists, who sit in Ivory Tower judgment of those, “who strive valiantly, who err, who come up short again and again.”

They are morally superior. Their world views are flawless. They are not “deplorable.” They will always place themselves in the upper “basket.”

If they have successfully climbed to the summit of higher moral ground, how come so many of them are so darn angry?

Almost DailyBrett must pause now and ask: ‘Have you ever seen a happy activist?’


Making “Elitism” A Dirty Word

“Being proved wrong has failed to get greens to rethink their doomsday assumptions. Instead, every decade sees predictions that planet has five or ten years left if extreme measures are not taken immediately.” — Joel Kotkin, Chapman University Presidential Fellow and Former Washington Post Bureau Chief

It must be nice to know that even if you’ve been proven wrong, you’re always right … err … always correct.

It gives you the right to go slow in the fast lane because you are driving … you guessed it … a Prius.

Even if their elitist candidate loses, they are somehow still above it all.

“Stupid”people made “stupid” choices. ‘Shouldn’t our votes count more than their votes? It’s only fair.’

Soon we will impeach their president. We will the elect our own president.

Cultural elitism and rightfully attaining the higher moral ground (as the term is defined) pertains to more than mere politics.

How about approved lifestyles?

Cows are solely responsible for the destruction of the Amazon Rain Forest. The only appropriate answer? Enforced Veganism.

Proud to be gluten free and want everyone to know about it? TMI? The world must accommodate and openly sympathize with your glorified maladies.

Even though more than 1 billion people globally lack reliable electricity today in the 21st Century, there are actually leaders of nation states are actually daring to exhibit genuine and justified concern for the economic well being of their own citizens.

“How dare you!”

Only authoritarian states rejecting Capitalism (e.g., economic freedom) can truly wisely embrace Climate Stalinism. Giving the people the choice of protecting the planet and putting food on the table … ? Must suck to be you and hungry.

The chosen few are dedicating their Fridays For Future, and will take control of the other six days per week too … particularly a football Saturday. Elitist spoiled children (redundant?) scolded their respective august Ivy League universities for being “complicit in climate injustice?” Does that mean socialist justice/environmental justice … whatever justice … are the only answers?

What happens to your virtually guaranteed six-figure jobs upon graduation? If you are really opposed to capitalism, wouldn’t you become a 24-7-365 agitator? Didn’t think so.

Almost DailyBrett is totally on-board when it comes to Choosing Kindness. This blog has been a consistent platform for the practice of civility, objectivity and embracing other points of view.

Yes, there are actually people on our one-and-only planet, who do not buy your activist prescriptions let alone ingest your pharmaceuticals. There are times when the cure is worse than the disease.

Can you humor us and actually gaze your eyes downward from your higher moral ground, and realize and appreciate that others may have a different take on the world. And that’s okay.

You are all for celebrating diversity. Right?

Let’s go for it, and add a little kindness too.

Climate Stalinism

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/born-with-a-silver-foot-in-his-mouth/

 

“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. In a most delightful way.” – Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, 1964

Ready for “Single Payer” or “Medicare for All”?

How about a little “quantitative easing”?

Or how about shelling out for the “estate tax”?

Maybe the U.S. will engage in a little “strategic incursion.”

The doctor says, “This won’t hurt; you will feel a little discomfort.”

Run!sanders

From both sides of the socialism vs. capitalism divide and even into the doctor’s office, we seem to be embracing euphemisms to help the medicine go down in a most delightful way.

These are all examples of public relations pros dreaming up euphemisms, translated as a “mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.”

Hmmm … Do you suspect that Senator Bernie Sanders (and others of his ideological ilk) would rather use the terms “Medicare for All” and “Single Payer” as substitutes for nationalization of private health insurance and the subsequent dumping of all HMO, PPO, PLO workers onto the unemployment rolls? (Okay, not the PLO).

Let’s see, UnitedHealth Group has 182,000 employees. Kaiser Permanente has 177,445 workers. Anthem has 51,500; Aetna, 48,800; Cigna, 37,200; Humana, 57,000 …

If “Single Payer” (a.k.a. the government) reigns supreme will private health insurance going bye-bye and all of these workers be heading to the dole? NPR reports that private health insurers would “probably not” be heading into the sunset.

“Probably not?” That’s not reassuring.

Maybe “single payer” is not as benign as the euphemism suggests?

Crank Up the Money Presses

The U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates last month by 250 basis points. Does that mean that “quantitative easing” has come to an end? And what the heck is quantitative easing?

How about revving up the money printing presses to stimulate the economy? Let’s not worry about bothersome inflation.QE

In fact, this euphemism for the easy-way-out is alive in well across the pond as Mario Draghi and the European Central Bank (ECB) are considering just that, a little “monetary stimulus” in March.

And if central banks decide to taper back QE or quantitative easing, then markets in turn may have a “taper tantrum.”

No one wants to hear that central banks are printing money to solve economic problems. That’s where “quantitative easing” comes into play. It’s just that easing.

“Death” vs. “Estate” Tax

One side raises the spectre of the insatiable government imposing taxes while the body is still warm.

The other replies that estates are subject to levies (e.g., the upcoming Paris Hilton tax) long after the deceased has been buried or cremated.

Welcome to yet another “Less Filling, Tastes Great” debate. If you are “pro-choice,” the implication is that others are “anti-choice.” If you are “pro-life,” then the obvious parallel is that others are “anti-life.” If you are “progressive,” then logic would dictate that those who dare to have another point of view are “regressive.”

Why can’t we all get along?

Strategic Incursion

Invasions are just so messy.

They conjure up images of Genghis Khan, Napoleon’s Grand Armee and Hitler’s Panzers.

Even worse are thoughts of rape, pillage and burn.

So why not have a little “strategic incursion” instead with some “boots on the ground?”

Recently, Iraq publicly complained about Turkish “incursions” into Kurdish areas within its borders. Are we talking about an invasion or are we referencing “strategic incursions?”

Almost DailyBrett will make the call: “Incursion” is a much nicer word than “Invasion.”

“A Little Bee Sting”

Catheters are just so wrong.catheter

They are inserted into very narrow openings.

They are supposed to just drop out or cause us to feel a little “discomfort.”

As opposed to blood-curdling pain?

At the risk of venturing into the territory of TMI: No one is ever going to insert another catheter at any time into any part of the corpus of the author of Almost DailyBrett.

“Discomfort” may indeed be the most terrifying euphemism in the English language, yep maybe ever worse than “Single Payer.”

Will a spoonful of sugar help the catheter come out in a most delightful way?

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/22/463976098/debate-sharpens-over-single-payer-health-care-but-what-is-it-exactly

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1bf80430-c03d-11e5-846f-79b0e3d20eaf.html#axzz3y5wjLuTx

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/framing-the-debate-estate-vs-death-tax/

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/09/11/baghdad-condemns-turkish-incursion-into-iraq.html

http://livingwithacatheter.com/catheter-pain/

http://movies.disney.com/mary-poppins

https://www.google.com/#q=euphemism

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-insurance/articles/2013/12/16/top-health-insurance-companies

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eifj45fgii/the-biggest-health-insur/

 

 

Who says there is no such thing as a “free lunch”?

ribsdinner

Just split an entrée with your significant other the night before and there most likely will be plenty left over for lunch for two the following day.

And maybe even a bite or two for Bowser too?

What is it about all of this food? When is enough, enough?

Are restaurants overfeeding us?

Why would Almost DailyBrett pose these questions?

Heading into Husky Stadium on Lake Washington for Oregon’s record 10th straight (and counting) win over Washington last October, I was struck by what one can buy with $250 million.

Four years earlier, Husky Stadium was an old, decrepit and crumbling football stadium with small seats and incredibly narrow aisles. Today, the stadium is much more comfortable with larger seats and wider concourses. Does this upgraded level of comfort just reflect the power of millions of dollars of legal tender or does it signal another trend?

huskystadium

The answer is both. The stadium, even though it sits on a beautiful lake spanned by a floating bridge, needed a facelift and that requires cash. The smaller seats and narrower aisles were judged to be more than adequate way back in the 20th Century, but they do not work now. People are bigger and becoming ever larger. Is this what they mean by upgrading our national “infrastructure”?

How many of us are “normal” weight by using the Body Mass Index (BMI). Try it out: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Mimicking the Spaniards and their appetizing Tapas, there was a small-plate movement (10-inch rather than 12-inch plates) in the trendier parts of America less-than-a-decade ago. And like most well-intentioned campaigns, some stick around and some go by the wayside.

tapas

We are way past the point of being overly concerned about the obesity epidemic in the good ole USofA. Are our restaurants in their never-ending quest to provide “value” to discerning customers in this eternal difficult financial climate, contributing to the expanding waist lines of Americans?

Research indicates that we eat what is put before us, and that is contributing to an obesity epidemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 35.7 percent of Americans are obese including 78 million adults and 12.5 million children. For men in particular, this trend is heading in the wrong direction with 27.5 percent registering as obese in 2000, escalating to 35.5 percent 10 years later. The number of obese women also increased from 33.4 percent in 2000 to 35.8 percent in 2010.

Last month, my relatively new spouse and I visited the Old Town Tortilla Factory in Scottsdale, Arizona, a great place particularly in 87-degree February warmth.

We placed one order of the chipotle baby back ribs with string fries and cole slaw and the waiter was cool enough to waive the divided order charge. Predictably, we could not finish the entrée and had no room for dessert. Alas, there was no Bowser back in our rented condo to devour the remains.

And just this past week, Bates’ Steak House in Eugene, Oregon was the venue for the birthday celebration of the editor in chief of Almost DailyBrett. We ordered one serving John Wayne Cowboy Steak (e.g. marbled 16-ounce rib eye). Fair enough.

The entrée came with soup, salad, potatoes, rice, bacon, blue cheese, tortillas, salsa, beans and the aforementioned 16-ounces of seared steak. For dessert, the choice was either a fancy liquor or a root beer float with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Predictably we needed a Bowser bag. And the left overs, placed in the microwave for two minutes, were more than enough for lunch.

nachos

You may thinking these stories are anecdotal, but they keep on recurring. Walking into a Mexican restaurant, we were told of the grilled chicken nachos appetizer special. We took the plunge. That plate was more than enough for dinner for two…and that turned out to be our dinner.

Admittedly, the vast majority of restaurants fail. The new ones in particular are under tremendous pressure to succeed in this low-margin business. Are they and their entrenched competitors resorting to overfeeding customers in order to stay in business?

And if they are, is this delicious trend contributing to our obesity epidemic?

Writing about food is not for the faint of heart. The editor of Almost DailyBrett still has scars on his back for his commentary about the TMI (Too Much Information) gluten free movement. There are those who care big time about genetically modified food and those who have more important things to do. There are the carnivores, omnivores, herbivores, vegetarians, vegans and countless other (up)-vores.

And regardless of all this attention as to whether coconut oil is actually good for you or not, it all comes down to calories in; calories out. Salad-size plate moderation is a good thing.

Our restaurants should come to this realization as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Plate_Movement

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/739086

http://oldtowntortillafactory.com/

http://www.batessteakhouse.com/

http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Overeating

http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/vegan-gluten-free-elitism-with-coconut-oil-2/

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