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grant228 2017-01-11 06:28:33
Bill, I can appreciate how busy you've been. We've been enviously watching your snowy weather as we currently swelter. We saw the spread of cold weather across North America and Europe. Today has been 40 C+ (104 F) in many states with more days like this predicted. Send us all the snow you like!
 
bill 2017-01-09 17:25:07
Sorry for not checking this blog in some time, Grant. I've been awfully busy with the holidays. First Bloke? That's hilarious!

Happy January! We're off to a cold start to our coldest month but are going to "warm up" into the 40s (F) in the next few days. It's a heat wave!
 
grant228 2017-01-01 08:59:35
Bill and Dave, Happy New Year to all! Your choice of Tim Matheson in the feature biography caught my eye. I was expecting the Aussie Tim Mathieson who is the husband of our only female PM, Julia Gillard. He was known as our "First Bloke"!
 
 
dave 2016-12-25 13:28:47
Thanks Grant, thanks Zen. Merry Christmas to You also
 
zendyk 2016-12-25 03:03:04
Happy Holidays to all!
 
grant228 2016-12-24 19:19:30
BIll and Dave, It's Christmas morning over here and I'm obviously up waiting for others to rise. The sun has crept above some morning cloud on what should be another pleasant summer's day. An early morning dip in the Pacific is in order before opening of presents Merry Christmas to you and your families and may 2017 be safe, peaceful and prosperous.
 
bill 2016-12-24 16:16:57
Grant, I love the new quiz although I am not even going to attempt it. Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!
 
bill 2016-12-24 16:15:43
Merry Christmas from PeopleQuiz!
 
dave 2016-12-22 17:19:04
Grant, Absolutely Roosevelt did re-invigorate the economy and there certainly is a place for social programs. For me though, when it feels like the government keeps getting less efficient and keeps wanting more and more of my money to fix the problem, I don't see that as a long term solution. I see it as something building to a collapse. As for Trump, I don't think we need a repeat of Roosevelt's programs as the situation now is not near as dire as the great depression. He certainly is poised to play the role of loose cannon either way, and what-ever he does. :)
 
grant228 2016-12-21 07:27:51
Dave, now I'm on holidays and have time to read recreationally I'm reading "Eleanor and Franklin - An Extraordinary Marriage" by Hazel Rowley. She cites the many so-called socialist measures Roosevelt implemented to get America back working. It was Roosevelt's vision and drive that managed to get America back to its best and as leader of the world both militarily and industrially. Somehow, I can't see the incoming fellow having the same magic touch!
 
dave 2016-12-20 02:10:45
Grant , absolutely. I didn't mean to imply was solely based on the lack f grain in the end, but in many ways it was the fall of a wealthy society and government that no longer had the financial means to address issues . I'm positive I read the story about the grain aat least as an example of how the government pacified the masses, and finally could no more. They would no longer fight for the empire.
 
grant228 2016-12-16 06:49:48
Dave, I took your advice and went to the authoritative source of Edward Gibbon, he of The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, who cited the fall of the empire to the fact the Romans outsourced their protection to barbarians who didn't have the same zeal as Romans would defending their homeland and to the influence of christianity which made Romans less robust and willing to fight to the death to defend their cherished homeland. He made no mention of free grain.
 
dave 2016-12-14 03:46:30
Grant, read about the end of the Roman Empire. It had been a very wealthy system and began to appease the masses in hard times by providing free grain. In the end however, the government didn't have the means to sustain this technique.
 
bill 2016-12-12 15:31:18
Gang: Please look for a new Christmas challenge quiz each day on the front page! :-)
 
grant228 2016-12-05 10:32:44
Dave, I'm intrigued with your inclusion of the Roman Empire as a socialist system. I thought it was an imperialistic one that overspent, especially on its military and over-stretched its resources and armies. On to your main argument - I'm all for competition as it promotes initiative and healthy growth but a laissez faire approach to the economy will result in an ever-widening gap between the rich and poor. There must be government controls to rein in the excesses.
 
dave 2016-12-04 03:50:08
Grant, There are two sides to every coin. Recall also the fall of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Roman Empire, and I'm sure there are others. Essentially socialist systems that went bankrupt and could not sustain. Free society allows for competition. Somme will fail but some will succeed. :) Just my 2 cents on the subject. Cash infusions such as FDR's are certainly necessary at times, but that is not an example of the engine of the economy in my opinion. It's an example of the engine being in the shop for repairs.
 
grant228 2016-12-03 08:08:33
Bill, I'm surprised someone such as you with a grasp of history has forgotten it was unfettered capitalism that created the Great Depression. It was the government of FDR that gave unemployed Americans hope and respect by providing jobs. I dearly hope your nation does not have to re-learn that lesson.
 
bill 2016-12-02 15:49:04
Time will tell on that Grant. Remember, rich people create jobs, not the government.
 
grant228 2016-12-01 06:58:25
Bill, I know I said no more political comment for a while but it appears your new boy, rather than draining the swamp, is infesting it with even bigger swamp monsters. Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary and Steve Bannon both of Goldman Sachs would indicate that those in the know will continue to flourish. It would appear all those battlers who voted for Trump have been played for mugs! The rich will get richer and the poor can look on.
 
grant228 2016-11-23 07:36:19
Bill, you can delete "for her age". Timeless beauty!
 
bill 2016-11-22 14:45:57
Hey, I thought Bo was older than 60. U R right - she looks great for her age!
 
bill 2016-11-22 14:44:51
Detroit doesn't really dominate here. The rest of the state generally out votes them. But your point is well taken.

Proud of Trump? Don't know if I am nor do I care if I am. My only concern is that he is actually stepping up against the politically correct freaks that have been running the country for a while. For example, illegals are pouring over our border and they are worried about who is using which bathroom. Let's get real for a change!

 
grant228 2016-11-21 06:47:48
Bill, that picture you posted of Bo Derek is a stunner! She looks more gorgeous now than she did in her 10 period. A little wisdom and character mixed with her classic features. A beautiful woman.
 
grant228 2016-11-19 10:35:18
Bill, last political comments for a while. Your argument would be more valid if the same principle was employed in your state elections. Do you, as someone living out of Detroit, have a similar privilege to give your town a voice against the dominance of Detroit? Last question: are you proud to have a man with Trump's character as your nation's leader?
 
bill 2016-11-14 16:24:19
Grant, 10-0 means they are undefeated. Well, they were until this past Saturday when they lost to Iowa. Great game, though.

BTW, I just heard today that Trump will not accept the $400,000 salary that comes with the presidency. Maybe that's a start to show that he's not just taking the job for monetary or political gain.

Yup, candidates win by the Electoral Vote count not the popular vote. This was put in place by our founding fathers. If candidates won via the popular vote, they would simply promise favors to people living in the large population areas - like California and New York. He/she would win 100% of the vote in those places, basically stealing the election and giving the smaller population states no voice in the election at all. In her concession speech, Hillary came out in favor of the electoral college, as have almost all politicians. Al Gore did the same in 2000. It's a sensible system and it works well. Our founding fathers had great forethought!
 
grant228 2016-11-13 02:51:26
Dave, help a novice - what does 10-0 mean? Bill, it's finally dawned on me why I (and a lot of the world) feel unsettled by the election result. America has been the good, big brother of the free world. Just like a big brother, whenever countries were under threat there was always that big brother who'd step in and take control. Your country's cultural influence around the world is another sign of what's mostly good about humanity so you've also been a moral compass for the world. The U S President was the public face to the rest of the world and a sign that there was a calm hand on the tiller, guided by an unspoken sense of morality. Now, with Trump's election, there's a sense of unease and more so sorrow that the big brother is not the character the rest of the world thought him to be. It's not right for the younger siblings to feel sorry for the fellow in which they've invested so much emotional capital.
 
dave 2016-11-12 11:17:24
Big day for Michigan football today. They'll be 10-0 if they can beat Iowa tonight,
 
grant228 2016-11-10 19:16:09
Bill, I hope your optimism is well founded. It's a funny twist of democracy that the winner has fewer people voting for him the the woman he beat. It's also strange that for the first time I feel superior to the incoming president. The men who've held that position (yes, all of them) carried a tangible dignity and aura. If Trump were driving past my house I wouldn't be bothered to look out the window. He's the antithesis of everything that fine office should stand for - all his own work!
 
bill 2016-11-09 15:42:35
Trump wants to protect American sovereignty - protect our borders. People are currently pouring over our southern border and some of them are criminals. They commit crimes against Americans and many Americans have been killed. The border wall will put a stop to this and help save American lives. It will also stop the flow of illegal drugs.

The Obama/Hillary Crime team don't care about our borders. They are happy to let people pour over the border especially if they can find a way to make them voters - and keep their twisted regime intact. Illegals get free health care, groceries, housing - you name it. They're being treated better than our own citizens! This is why Trump says "America first." If people want to come here, fine. But they have to do it legally and they have to be vetted.

Countries who don't have a border with a poor country don't understand. It's easy to stand on the sidelines and condemn our actions when you don't have to deal with it yourself.

He also will help create jobs (he's created thousands of jobs while Hillary has created zero). He will work hard for the people in the inner cities. For decades, Democrats have run our large cities and all that happens is more crime and more poverty. Trump gives them hope. Hillary would have been more of the same.

True, Trump is no angel but he was the only one that had a chance to stop the bleeding (Obama/Hillary and friends) and he did it. We need to take our country back.
 
grant228 2016-11-09 09:51:48
Bill, your country must be in one hell of a state if the majority of voters have opted for the objectionable orange man. At no time in your history has the leadership of your nation been given to such a flawed character. The legends of "I cannot tell a lie" George Washington, Honest Abe Lincoln and "The buck stops here" Harry Truman will now be supplanted by "Grab them by the pussy", "I'm smart because I pay no tax", mocking of the disabled and denigration of the deeds of war heroes. Trump says he wants to make America great again. His election is a gigantic step towards the decline of the American empire. To those living outside America we shake our heads and wonder why.
 



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