Monday, August 14, 2017

Democrats Have Become America's ISIS

The more I watched the events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, and then again at a Patriot And Prayer event in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, the day after Charlottesville event, the more I was convinced that democrats have become America's ISIS.

The democrat party, along with the mainstream media, has clearly made itself known as socialists. Their words, their actions, their fake news, it's all right there for the whole world to see.

Now, I hate white supremacy groups just as much as the next guy. I hate their evil spew of hate. I also hate black supremacy groups, too. Groups like, Black Lives Matter and The Black Panther Party are just two examples. And while I hear many from the socialist party of liberals complain that President Trump hasn't yet come out and denounce these Nazi hate groups and such, my response is, how many times does he have to denounce them? I mean, he has already come out and denounced them. What I haven't seen yet (or heard) is any democrat coming out and denouncing black supremacy groups like The Black Panther Party or Black Lives Matter.

I think my biggest question is, why is it okay for liberals / democrats / socialists to protest white supremacist groups and shut down their first amendment rights but it's not okay to do the same for these black supremacist groups? I don't get it.

I hate all supremacy groups, black and white. But I served in the armed forces to protect the rights of all Americans, and all groups, all of their rights that pertain to the first amendment. Even if I don't like it myself. Even if it's hate speech, it's still free speech and it's all protected by the first amendment of the constitution. However, the only people I see trying to take those rights away from others is the left. The democrats. The socialists. The fascists. The ISIS of America.

What democrats fail to see is, they are now the problem in this country. I have watched them, my whole adult life, go from being a cool group of people who had their extremists (just like the republicans had / have theirs) and they had their middle of the road democrats (just like the republicans had / have theirs) and they somehow turned into this massive hate group that are racist as hell, hateful and very violent. Just pure evil. And while the republicans still have their far right nuts, the democrat party itself became their far left nuts. The whole party is far left. There is no democrat left in the middle.

Whenever I see riots taking place in the streets on TV, violence, destruction of property, or people shutting down others first amendment rights, it's always the democrats doing it. They are always right there in the thick of things, damaging this country. Every time I hear someone say they want to blow up the White House and or burn it down and or kill the president and or his family, it's always the democrats saying it. I have never heard a republican say it except for maybe Ted Nugent or something, but he also quickly apologized. The point is, all of the terrorism taking place in America is done by either ISIS or the democrats.

Which is how I came to the conclusion that democrats have now become America's ISIS.

The democrat party has transformed itself into their very own racist / hate group. And it now appears that they are attacking all other hate groups that are far right in an effort to shut them down yet, they allow their hate groups to continue spewing their hate, and violence. It's almost like they (the democrats) want to be the only legal racist / hate group in America.

That is not why I served in the military. I served in so that all hate groups had the right to spew their hate. I will stand by that statement, too. Even though I do not care for their message.

I'm pretty sure that George Soros, and people like him, are behind these vicious attacks and hate coming from the left. That is so sad. So pathetic. I can't wait until that old socialist / fascist scumbag dies. I really can't. Because the only thing I hate in this world is communists, socialists, terrorists and fascists. So basically, that would mean I hate the far right, and the entire democrat party / democrats.

As an Independent voter, I have also concluded that our next democrat president will turn America into the new Venezuela. I honestly do. If Hillary was president right now, unemployment would be about 10% or worse. Our GDP would have been 1.5% or something instead of the 2.6% in the second quarter of 2017, under President Trump. It's funny how Obama never had a GDP quarter in his entire eight years that was 2.5%

Socialism / fascism does not work. It's about time the democrats learn this. The sooner, the better. But two things are for certain, America can't handle another democrat president and .... if there ever is another democrat president, I hope I am dead.

Oh, and a third thing ..... democrats have become America's ISIS.





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Carroll's Journey: Time Marches On

Said goodbye to an old friend today. And time marches on.

It's been another crazy summer. One filled with everything you can think of. Ups, downs, side to side, wax on and wax off. You name it. And to think, we still have roughly six more weeks left before football kicks off. It ain't over yet. 

My goddaughter is coming over tomorrow to stay for a while during fair time. She will kick things off by spending Thursday night with her friend down the street. I hear they are having a sleep over event for the weekend. However, on Friday afternoon, her and her friend, along with a few others, will be coming to my place to A) Me escort them to the opening day of the fair across the street, and B) They will be spending Friday night, and Saturday night with me. And yes, I am to escort them again on Saturday and Sunday to the fair. lol Lucky me. 

On Sunday night, the mothers and or fathers will be coming to pick them up and take them back home, meanwhile, it will be Kelly and I for the next 10 ten days. I will be taking her with me to Iowa during that time also for a couple of days. She loves to travel. "Anything to get out of Piketon for a while." She says. Haha 

Then she will start preparing for the start of her high school career. She is so excited. I'm excited for her. I told her, "These will be the best four years of your life. Unfortunately, it won't be until you're forty years old before you realize this." 

Time. Marches. On.

This summer began with Kelly and I going to the beach to ride a Ferris wheel. What a week that was. Then a weekend of camping in which I dreaded. First of all, God created houses, electric and air conditioning. Use them! Secondly, I was in a huge tent with Kelly's brother, Boomer, and he and I shared that tent with Kelly and two of her female cousins and three tiny dogs. All told, there was 15 of us. Four tents total, a big RV and a small camper. There were a total of four dogs. I mean, it was fun, sort of, but too many people for me. And too hot also. But I survived the two nights, three days event and was sooooooooooooo happy to get back home. 

I finally broke down and talked to my mother over the phone a few times. After a year of not speaking to her or my younger sister, I just wanted to catch up a little and maybe open that door a little and see what happens. Turns out nothing happened, and it's been a couple of months since we last spoke. Just for the record, love is not all you need for a relationship of any kind. It takes trust and respect, too. It's just too bad that there is a huge lack of those two things between my mother, little sister and I. Because of this, it appears we are no longer family. But all is not lost because I still have Kelly, her brother, her mother and dad. I also have my brothers Dave in Iowa, and Ted in Chillicothe.

My health was looking a bit gloomy at the beginning of the summer, but now feels like I am taking a turn for the better. So that's something positive. And no matter what happens from here on, I still have my optimism for a better future. Kelly keeps me on my toes and certainly keeps things interesting. last week she mentioned something about maybe trying out for cheerleading. 

*GULP*

Time marches on. 




 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Spectrum: Worst Cable Company Ever!

So there I was living life as normal and minding my own business when in the month of March my Cable bill arrived in the mail. It was a little more than what I expected so when I got some time, I decided to call them and inquire about it.

The company is Spectrum. Formerly known as Time-Warner Cable. They were awesome. They were great. They were the best. (TWC that is). I had never had any problems with TWC for the ten years I had them when I first moved into this town. In return, I was never late on a payment. Not once. Always on time and always paid in full.

So when I called, I had no reason to expect that this was going to be the start of me getting greased in bum.

The guy on the phone explained my bill to me and said that one of my promotions expired which is why the bill was higher than usual. As we continued talking, he soon offered me another deal. He said he would cancel my other two promotions and give me a new deal for my internet / phone / cable. When he gave me the new price, I accepted. It was a good deal.

One month later, my bill came in and it was twice the amount that I was quoted a month earlier. Obviously, I called them up to straighten things up. I was now told that the deal I was given the previous month was not a "real deal". That deal never existed. I couldn't believe it! They went back on their word! They gave me a deal then took it right away from me.

THEY LIED!

Worst of all, they were not offering me any new deals. There was no way I was going to pay that amount on that bill. I never agreed to pay what they were charging me. I got so furious that I decided to contact the office of my State Attorney General, Mike DeWine.

After filing a complaint, I was advised by them to try and make contact with Spectrum again and get the issue resolved if at all possible. It was a Friday and they said if no resolution could be found then they would pick up the matter on Monday. So the next day, on Saturday, I reached out to Spectrum. I ended up talking to a supervisor and I explained that while no such promotion was taking place that justified the deal I was offered the previous month, the fact still remained that a customer service rep did indeed offer me that deal and I accepted on good faith. I felt it was the responsibility of the company to honor that deal. If they had a problem with it, they should address the individual who offered me that deal.

We spoke for a good solid hour or more before we came to a resolution. That current bill would be slashed to honor the price I was offered, but going forward I would be allowed to renegotiate a new deal, or disconnect my service. I really didn't want to do it because I felt they should honor their word, but I caved in because I didn't want to make a big issue of it and after all, I'm a pretty nice guy. (I hate that about myself).

The new deal only included phone and cable. They couldn't (or wouldn't) offer me anything good with internet so I turned to another company for my internet needs. No problem.

Ever since, I have been getting offers from Spectrum in the mail for a low price on internet. But I already have a new internet provider. One who came through for me when Spectrum went back on their word and then let me down by not being able to offer me this internet deal when we renegotiated the previous month. Anyhow, I just been throwing those mailers away. I am loyal to those who are loyal to me. Spectrum was not going to be loyal so, you know, I was sticking with my new internet provider.

So with this new "deal" with Spectrum, I was sent a channel box, remote and some cables. I was going from about 50 channels to 114 or so. Turned out that about 45 of those "new" channels were just a replica of other channels I already had. So great, now I got two Disney channels that always show the same shows at the same time. (And so on and so forth).

Not such a great deal after all, right?

I sucked it up and carried on. But there was a slight problem. It would seem when I wanted to change channels, it took this channel box / system about 3 to 5 seconds to go from one channel to the next.

REALLY?!

Channel surfing hell if you ask me. Even if I was on channel 5 and I wanted to check out channel 26, it took 3-5 seconds every time to change. What a drag. But I carried on without another peep.

And when the electric would cut out during a storm for a few minutes or whatever, this box takes like 20 to 30 minutes to "reboot". During this time you can't watch anything on the TV. 

Fast forward to this past Saturday morning. Around 5:30AM. Suddenly, and without warning, my remote was no longer able to change the channels on the box. Nor would the volume adjust work. It couldn't function anything. It was like the remote was dead or something. I tried different batteries but it still wouldn't work. Was it the remote? Was it the box? ..... I didn't know. So I called Spectrum.

After more than an hour trying to resolve the issue, the rep finally said she would put in an order request and I would get a call back around 9AM or so. And sure enough, I did. A different rep called me and informed me that a tech could come out as early as Monday morning between 10AM and 11AM.

What? Are you serious? A wonderful customer like me has to wait 55 hours before a tech can fix my problem? You mean to tell me that I have to go without TV for 55 freaking hours? This is 2017 for Christ's sake and you're telling me that I have to wait 55 hours for a tech?

I quickly refused by telling the lady that if it's going to take 55 hours before my problem can be fixed that she need not worry about fixing it and just send someone out to pick up their equipment because I could fix the problem myself (which I did) inside of an hour and I wouldn't be needing their useless and crappy junk equipment. If that is how they thought of me as a customer then I no longer want to be a good customer for them.

I fixed the problem. I got my cable back without the box. Sure, I'm back to about 50 channels again, but I got the cable I had before the box, back. And sure enough, the tech arrived on Monday morning. He didn't come there to pick up the equipment though, as I requested, he arrived to fix my problem. I told him I didn't want my problem fixed because I already fixed the problem. I just wanted him to collect the equipment. He refused. He said he didn't have a work order to pick up any equipment so therefor, he couldn't pick it up. But he sure as hell wasn't going to fix my problem because 1) I fixed it myself. And 2) The power was out in my area at the time due to a bad transformer so even if I allowed him inside, he still couldn't have fixed anything with the power outage.

When power was finally restored, I called Spectrum and told them they could pick up their equipment. I told them they could pick it up within the next 55 hours, the same time it took them to "service" me. I thought / think that was fair. I told them if they didn't pick it up within the next 55 hours, then I was tossing it in the garbage, where it belongs. So what did they do? They scheduled a pick up for the 20th of July.

I now have the feeling that even if they pick up their equipment, there is a good chance they might try to continue screwing me over because there is a problem with the remote and or the channel box, hence my need to call them in the first place. But they may try and charge me for their broken equipment so, and I just thought of this now as I'm writing, I am going to cancel the equipment pick up order and change it to a "repair" order. Let the tech come and fix my problem, since I'm still a paying customer, then when he leaves, take the box off the TV, place it in a bag and then call for a pick up order. That way, they will get a working box and remote, as I'm unsure why the current remote / box stopped working in the first place.

It's also another way to be a pain in their ass at the same time. lol So I tell you what, stay tuned for a follow up post regarding Spectrum: Worst Cable Company Ever! LMAO

Update: I called and cancelled the equipment pick-up. Turns out they thought by requesting them to pick up the box and remote that I wanted to disconnect my services. That's not what my intentions were / are at all. I did reschedule for a tech to come out and fix the original problem. My plan is, once he does that, and leaves, I will disassemble the box and either put it away somewhere or call Spectrum up on the following Monday and explain to them that I still want them to pick up their equipment, but I don't want to disconnect. I will also request the monthly rental of the equipment be subtracted from my bill. If they refuse, then another complaint I shall file with my State Attorney General. I don't know how it is in other states, but here in Ohio, you don't pay for anything you don't receive. And no one can force you to use "their" equipment or product. This may be how I get them. I will wait and see how many bills they charge me for the equipment - up to about three bills - then report them. But I will call Spectrum in between it all to try and get them to remove the fee voluntarily.

Stay tuned. 


 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

California Gas Tax

California announces that it will be raising state gasoline tax by .12 cents a gallon to take in an extra 5B dollars a year to help fix their infrastructure / highways.

Isn't that what they said the last time they raised the gasoline tax? And did those roads / highways / infrastructure get repaired? .... No, they did not. So, what makes anyone think they will use this 5B a year to repair infrastructure?

Know what I think? I think 2B of the first 5B is going to go to Paris Climate Deal. That's what I think. The rest will end up in the hands of crooked politicians and their cronies. Or maybe going into election / re-election campaigns.

Californians will be lucky if even 1B dollars finds its way into the infrastructure project.

That's what I think. 
 
California has the worst financial situation than probably any other state in the Union. Their situation is so bad that most of the money they get from this gas tax hike is going to go to other needs. Just like it did the last time, and continues to this day. It almost makes me feel bad for the people of California. 
 
Almost. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Democrat Leaders, Media, To Blame For Va. Park Shooting

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, a lone shooter took target practice on a group of republican senators as they practiced for an upcoming baseball game against their democratic rivals in Alexandria, Virginia.

As reports start coming in, we learn that the shooter, name purposely withheld, was into politics and apparently, anti-Trump / republicans. It turns out, he was really against the proposed tax cuts being offered up by President Trump and the republicans. In other words, he appears, to me, to be just another crazy liberal with an ax to grind.

You may not hear this from the mainstream media or any of the democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bernie  Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the like because they are too busy defending their socialist narrative and socialist agenda. But it is these people that I blame for this shooting incident.

I'll explain why. But first, I predicted that this was going to happen. That there was a storm brewing in the form of another "civil war" only, this one would be democrats versus republicans. I also predicted that between 2017 and 2020, this war would escalate from verbal bashing and simple assault to attempted murder and murder itself. I said that this would be a war that would spill real blood out onto our streets. It is my belief that this shooting in Alexandria, Virginia is either the first shot / battle of this war or ... the incident that knocks some sense into our democratic leaders and mainstream liberal media.

Fortunately, nobody has been killed in this incident except for the shooter himself. But three others, House Majority WHIP, Rep. Steve Scalise, and two others, including one police officer, were shot but expected to survive their wounds.

But I digress to the main point of this post. I do blame democratic leaders and the mainstream media for this shooting. I blame the democratic leaders because of their refusal to condemn the protests that turn into riots by their followers / supporters. When I watch these episodes unfold on TV in real time, people destroying buildings and other property, violent assaults acted out by liberal males against elderly and or females that are Trump supporters, and when I see fires being started in the streets by these liberal thugs, and the democratic leaders remain silent, then it's like they themselves are condoning this barbaric behavior.

When these democratic leaders do not speak out against these college students shutting down the republicans when they are scheduled to speak at universities, and deny these people their right to exercise free speech, then it becomes worrisome, and quite bothersome to me. And these leaders, by their silence, are encouraging this kind of anti-American activity.

When the Hollywood socialists come out with their hate speech and rhetoric, calling for the death of our President, and / or his family, and the destruction of the White House, like I have heard come from the mouths and actions of socialist scumbags such as Madonna, Ashley Judd, Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Colbert, and others, and the democratic leaders do not come out and condemn this type of hate speech, then they are supporting it and it leads to what we saw in Alexandria, Virginia.

I also blame the mainstream socialist media for the constant silence to these un-American rhetoric and actions. To the fact they refuse to cover much of these events and call them for what they really are. A protest is not a protest if the protestors end up rioting. Or they go along with the democratic narrative. It's disgusting, and needs to stop. But because of the mainstream media colluding with the democratic party, we now have fascism in America. This fascism / socialist behavior is not only destroying this country, but it's now starting to bring out the really nutty crazy people like this shooter in Alexandria, Virginia, and it's now going to start costing Americans their lives.

When leaders and the media stop defending the first and second amendments, then all hell will break loose. You have to stand up against violence, and hate speech, especially if it's coming from your own party. When democratic leaders (and republican leaders) start turning a blind eye to the evil of their own parties, then eventually, a bloody war will erupt. And if the democratic leaders and the mainstream media continue to go down the silent, and fake news road they are traveling then more horrific shootings are in our future as a country. Pretty soon, more nut-jobs will be coming out of the woodwork on both sides. More people will get shot. More people will get killed.

So I am calling on democratic leaders and the mainstream media to stop all of their nonsense. To stop with their intolerance. To stand up against the hate and violence, coming from their followers and supporters. To stand up against these Hollywood socialists that are throwing fuel on the fire of hate and intolerance. And for the mainstream media to stop with the fake news. And once and for all, stop it with these stupid witch hunts. Because when I see this shooting, I see the future of America. Not just ISIS attacks, but Americans attacking Americans. Democrats versus republicans. I see another "civil war" brewing on the horizon. And if our political leaders and mainstream media do not change their ways and change them quick, many will be hurt and killed in this stupid battle.

As an Independent voter, I will go on record now and say, if it does come down to democrats versus republicans bloody civil war on the streets, I will be fighting with republicans. I will stand up against socialism in its liberal form.

Just saying.

But here's hoping our leaders will get the point. And change their nasty and hateful ways. ALL OF THEM!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Physical Phenomenon - By Carroll Bryant

PHYSICAL PHENOMENON - By Carroll Bryant



You say you always think about me
You know I always think about you
Let's face it, there's no way around it
We spark down lovers avenue

We get in close and it's hard to believe
It gets so difficult for us to even breathe 

Your touch
My touch
Hearts explode from this physical phenomenon 

We kiss
It's too much
Hearts explode from this physical phenomenon 

You feel the feeling all the way
You know I feel it every bit and all the same
It's so electric as it shocks the soul
It's so easy to get used to the happy pain

We hold it close for the fun and the thrill
Setting each other up for some kind of sexy kill

Your touch
My touch
Hearts explode from this physical phenomenon 

We kiss
It's too much
Hearts explode from this physical phenomenon

There's no other way to say it
Maybe in love is what is true
There's no other way to play it
You're in it for me
I'm in it for you, too

You say you always think about me
You know I always think about you
Let's face it, there's no way around it
We spark down lovers avenue

We get in close and it's hard to believe
It gets so difficult for us to even breathe

Your touch
My touch
Hearts explode from this physical phenomenon 

We kiss
It's too much
Hearts explode from this physical phenomenon

Your touch
My touch
Hearts explode from this physical phenomenon 

We kiss
It's too much
Hearts explode from this physical phenomenon

I'm getting too old for this physical phenomenon




Thursday, May 25, 2017

Oracle Of Delphi (The Pythia) - By Carroll Bryant

ORACLE OF DELPHI (THE PYTHIA) - By Carroll Bryant



You're like a dream wrapped inside of a mystery
The power of love that eludes you
Escapes me

The air is so thick and dry
The morning finally arrives
I see you standing there
A princess of the world without a care
Loneliness in your eyes

You carry the torch that makes men cry
And fall to their knees
Like the Oracle of Delphi
So much thunder and lightning from the sky
And filling their needs
Like the Oracle of Delphi

The taste of The Pythia is as sour as the dust that blows in the wind
No heart beats to the thought of you
Punish them

The language we speak is far and forgotten
The knowledge we seek smells so rotten
I see you standing there
A muse to the world without a care
Confusion and the lies

You carry the torch that makes men cry
And fall to their knees
Like the Oracle of Delphi
So much thunder and lightning from the sky
And filling their needs
Like the Oracle of Delphi

You're everything I wanted which is why I ran
Afraid of your kiss and the touch of your hand
Feelings so deep for you, my Diane
Falling for the scent of your precious skin

I see you standing there
A princess of the world without a care
Loneliness in your eyes

You carry the torch that makes men cry
And fall to their knees
Like the Oracle of Delphi
So much thunder and lightning from the sky
And filling their needs
Like the Oracle of Delphi

You carry the torch that makes men cry
And fall to their knees
Like the Oracle of Delphi
So much thunder and lightning from the sky
And filling their needs
Like the Oracle of Delphi

Monday, May 15, 2017

Souls Into Shadows - By Carroll Bryant

SOULS INTO SHADOWS - By Carroll Bryant



They're looking for a body down by the river
Some one died of a broken heart
Took a leap from atop of a bridge
Ripping the world apart

Nobody heard a scream or a yell
Not even a quiet cry out for help
Man or beast, they all find their god
And only time can tell

Lurking in the darkness, a glimmer of a light
Turning souls into shadows that fade into the night
A madman disease that burns in the fire
A token of desire

It feels like I'm falling, but the drop never ends
It feels like I'm living in the zone where we are friends
Maybe this is the time when I lose my mind

They're searching for something to make them all shiver
They never did find that body by the river
The current surely played a huge part
In ripping up the heart

Hear my scream, hear my yell
Listen to the quiet cry out for help
A man of beast suddenly finds his god
At the bottom of her hell

Lurking in the darkness, a glimmer of a light
Turning souls into shadows that fade into the night
A madman disease that burns in the fire
A lost bloom of a flower

It feels like I'm falling, but the drop never ends
It feels like I'm living in the zone where we are friends
Maybe this is the time when I lose my mind

Maybe this is the night that I lose my mind




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fantasy Football: 2017

And hello to everyone today. I just got done drafting my eleven teams this past weekend for fantasy football. As you may recall, last year was such a great season for me. I played 16 teams and all of them made their league playoffs. Thirteen of those teams went on to play in their league championship game and twelve of those teams won their league championship.

Do I expect to repeat that this year? No. I actually don't. And yet, I do. lol

What I mean is, in my heart, I always expect to win, but in reality, well, you know how it goes. You can't win all the time. It would be nice though to do as well again this year as last year. That would be nice. Anyhow, I played a record 16 teams last season and this season, I decided to just go with eleven. I was just going to play ten, but then I figured I wanted to play one of my new teams from last year and I decided on Dak Dynasty, seeing how I am a Dallas Cowboys fan and for as long as Dak Prescott is their quarterback, I will play the Dak Dynasty team. But once he is traded, resigns with another team or retires, I will retire the Dak Dynasty team.

Lets take a look at this years teams!


 I always open every year of Fantasy Football with drafting Piketon first. They were the first team I ever played (2006). In my first year of playing FF, I played just one team to see how I was going to like it. Of course, I loved it and year two and beyond, I have played more teams in more leagues.

Piketon's career record is 80 -62-1. I have won three championships with them and lost a couple. Their playoff record is 8-3.


 Chillicothe has a career record of 73 -64. I have played in four league championships with them, winning two, the last two years back to back in fact. Their playoff record is, 6 - 4.

Some people have asked why I name my teams after the cities and towns that I do. These are places I have been or lived and they hold a special place in my heart so I honor them in this way. The only teams I have played that I never lived or visited are Utah Cougars and London Tigers. (I played both last season). I played those two teams in honor a couple of friends of mine who live in or near those places.


 Columbus has an amazing record of 81 wins- 41 defeats, and - 1 tie.

I have played in 4 league championship games over the years with the Bandits, but only winning one of them.

Their playoff record is, 5 wins and 5 losses.






 The Kingston Kings are 85-31-1 in their career. I started them in 2008. They have been a kick-ass team in the regular season, but have only played in 3 league championships, winning one (2015).

They have qualified for the playoffs every year except one (2011).

Their post-season record is, 4 - 7.




The Scorpions sport a record of, 85 - 43 - 2.

They have played in 5 league championships over the years, winning 3 of them, including back to back championships the past two years.

With 8 playoff wins and 4 losses in their history, they are one of, if not the most, successful team I play.





 Ohio Wildcats clock in with a record of 90 wins, 45 losses and 2 ties. They have won more regular season games total than any other team. They have also won 4 league championships in their history, which is tops among my teams. They have also played in more championship games than any of my other teams, (7). They also have more playoff wins, too (11).

I first played them in 2007, in Yahoo! leagues before moving them to ESPN in 2014.



 Ross County is 85 - 48 - 3 in their history. They are 2 - 1 in league championship games. They sport a playoff record of 6 wins and 4 losses.











Roswell is 85 - 44 - 1 in their career. They have played in five championship games and won two of them. Their playoff record is, 7 wins and 6 defeats.

They're aliens. They're from outer-space. They are also one of  the teams that won a championship last year.





The Santa Fe Eagles court a career record of 65 wins and 46 losses.

I did not play them in 2014 or 2015.

They have played in three championship games (including last season) and won two of them (including last season).

They are 5 - 3 in their playoff history.




Waverly is 61 - 34 in their history, which spans a mere seven years. In this time, they have accumulated 8 playoff wins and two losses. This includes 5 league championship appearances where they won three of them. The only two years they did not appear in the their league championships were 2012 and 2013. Both of those years they failed to make the playoffs. However, the other five years, they made the playoffs and went on to play in their league championship games. They are my most fickle team.



I started Dak Dynasty last year to honor Dak Prescott, the quarterback of my Dallas Cowboys. I had no idea that he would end up starting the year as the starter and would go on to QB the Cowboys into the playoffs. However, this team also did very well, going 9-4 in the regular season and 2 - 0 in the playoffs, winning their league championship game.

I hope for a repeat this year.





And there you go, the eleven teams I am playing this year in Fantasy Football. I can't wait for the season to start. 





Friday, May 5, 2017

Power Of Orion - By Carroll Bryant

POWER OF ORION - By Carroll Bryant



I'm still receiving messages
Which could only mean I'm still in the loop
I still believe in miracles
I bow to the temple of the moon

I'm not fit to be placed inside your silly little box
My vision can only be seen at the Equinox

I'm not talking about living where there isn't no dying
No need to get Sirius if you're not even trying
Put your faith in the outer-space
Maybe then you will find your place
(In the sun)
Be the one who finds the power of Orion

They still own the deepest thought in my mind
Some would claim that's dangerous, and perhaps a curse
I still partake in the rituals
I bow to the stars of the universe

It's not fair to judge me in the middle of the dark
No one cares to be true to another lonely heart

I'm not talking about living where there isn't no dying
No need to get Sirius if you're not even trying
Put your faith in the outer-space
Maybe then you will find your place
(In the sun)
Be the one who finds the power of Orion

The world's aglow, and don't you know
That some goodness can be found
All through the night, and a meteorite
Can come crashing to the ground
So, you have to be strong if you want to belong
To something greater than yourself

I'm still receiving messages
Which could only mean I'm still in the loop
I still believe in miracles
I bow to the temple of the moon

I'm not talking about living where there isn't no dying
No need to get Sirius if you're not even trying
Put your faith in the outer-space
Maybe then you will find your place
(In the sun)
Be the one who finds the power of Orion








Sunday, April 30, 2017

Heal - By Carroll Bryant

HEAL - By Carroll Bryant


This world is living on the edge
Swallowed up by their poverty
I've never seen them this angry

Their hate refuses to go away
It's in the eyes of those who seek
To burn and riot in the streets

It's the opposition they wish to silence
Not using words, but violence

Heal
I have the right to tell you exactly how I feel
But sometimes I forget that 
Your intelligence is limited
Your life is in dire need of a thrill
But sometimes all you really need is to heal

The news is always sad to read
Absorb it from a different view
And it will mean much more to you

Caution is not the way that you take heed
Emotions that are running thin
Don't look now, but here you go again

It's a pain you say that never goes away
Have to find a way to fill the day

Heal
You have the right to live before you're killed
But sometimes it's hard to leave
Politics is how you breed
Your mind's controlled by their daily pill
But what you really need is to heal

I often wonder where it's all coming from
George has a lot of cash to throw around

An evil plot by the bloggers is for fun
And everything falls apart without a sound

It can get so unreal

It's the opposition they wish to silence
Not using words, but violence
 
Heal
I have the right to tell you exactly how I feel
But sometimes I forget that 
Your intelligence is limited
Your life is in dire need of a thrill
But sometimes all you really need is to ...

Heal
You have the right to live before you're killed
But sometimes it's hard to leave
Politics is how you breed
Your mind's controlled by their daily pill
But what you really need is to heal

Your life is in dire need of a thrill
But sometimes all you need is time
Time to rest a wicked mind
Time to figure out how you really feel
Sometimes all you really need is to be healed

Just to heal



 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Make Love - By Carroll Bryant

MAKE LOVE - By Carroll Bryant



Well, I can't think straight half of the time
I can't seem to get you out of my mind
I can't seem to do even the simplest things
I can't even sleep to enjoy the dream

I can't believe that it's this bad
I know what I want is what I can't have
I can't seem to do quite enough
But girl, I can make love
Make love, make love
I need you and all that stuff
Make love

No, I can't drink to get a dizzy head
And I can't remember everything I've said
Meeting you, I can never be sure
I can't do much of anything anymore

I can't believe this is so sad
To know what you want but you can't have
Anything I do is just never enough
But baby, I can make love
Make love, make love
My world's a wreck but what the heck
Make love

People keep running me down in the dumps
I take a licking and I still take my lumps
People keep pushing me far enough
All I want to do with you is baby, make love

No, I can't stop it to save my life
I can't even seem to draw a line
I can't even sing to get the damn blues
I don't know of anything that I can do

I can't believe that it's this bad
I know what I want is what I can't have
I can't seem to do quite enough
But girl, I can make love
Make love, make love
I need you and all that stuff
Make love

I want you and all that junk
Make love



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Carroll Bryant Quote: March, 2017



"Live your life as though somebody else is living it for you."


- Carroll Bryant

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Never Satisfied - By Carroll Bryant

NEVER SATISFIED - By Carroll Bryant



I keep pushing the pedal to the floor
When I feel something missing I keep wishing for more

You can see desperation living in my eyes
There's no consolation for wanting to feel alive

I'm never satisfied
Looking for more love into the night
It's a feeling that I can't deny
I can't fight
I can't hide
I can't change my mind
Never satisfied

There's no remission when you can't find your way
Only subscriptions to the magazines that like to lead you astray

You can feel the temperature rise
There's no relief at the far end of your life

I'm never satisfied
Looking for more love into the night
It's a feeling that I can't deny
I can't fight
I can't hide
I can't change my mind
Never satisfied

You know to knuckle under
She gives you her number
You work so hard to try

It's all for fun
She thinks she's the one
You shake your head, not tonight

Never satisfied
I'm never satisfied
You can feel the temperature rise

I'm never satisfied
Looking for more love into the night
It's a feeling that I can't deny
I can't fight
I can't hide
I can't change my mind
Never satisfied

Running for my life
Never satisfied
Running deep into the night
Never satisfied
Desperate look in my eyes
Never satisfied

I'm never satisfied



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Influences: Franke And The Knockouts

They were not the greatest band in the world by any means, and as short-lived as their career was in music, they had a huge influence on me and my writing. I simply loved their music.

Their biggest hit was their debut song "Sweetheart" off their debut album called, "Franke and The Knockouts". The song peaked at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1981. It was followed up quickly by their second release off the same album, "You're My Girl", which peaked at #27.

I knew the songs, but never bought the album / CD until after I bought their second album, "Below The Belt", a 1982 release. (It was recommended by a friend). I enjoyed each and everyone of the tracks on that album. Their third charted song came from that album called, "Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)". It reached as high as 24 on Billboard's Top 100.

Their third album was released in 1984 called, "Makin' The Point". They released the song "Outrageous" but it did not hit in Billboard's Top 100, even though I thought it was a pretty good album.


In 1999, they would release their fourth album, a collection of their best songs called, "The Sweetheart Collection".

The band was made up of Franke Previte, lead vocalist, co songwriter (and founder). He was with the band from 1980 to 1986.

Leigh Foxx was on bass, and was with the band from 1980 to 1986.

Billy Elworthy was on lead and rhythm guitars, as well as a co-songwriter. He was with the band from 1980 to 1984.

Claude LeHenaff was the drummer from 1980 to 1982.

Blake Levinsohn was the keyboardist and was with the band from 1980 to 1982.

Tommy Ayers was keyboardist and back-up vocals from 1981 to 1986. He was a session musician on the bands debut album, and officially joined the band after the release of the album.

Tico Torres was the drummer from 1982 to 1984.

Bobby Messano was on lead and rhythm guitars, and back-up vocals from 1984 to 1986.

There were other session players that include: Charlie Dominici, who supplied back-up vocals on their debut album. Dominici would go on to front the band, "Dream Theater."

Al Wotten was a session musician (drummer) on their second album, "Below The Belt".

John DeNicola played bass on several demos, including a bonus track on their third album, "Makin' The Point". He also co-wrote the songs, "Hungry Eyes" (sung by Eric Carmen and released in 1987) and "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" (featured in the 1987 film, "Dirty Dancing") with Franke Previte, the original versions of which were recorded during his (DeNicola) tenure with the band but went unreleased, until they both later appeared on "The Sweetheart Collection".


I was fortunate enough to go see them once in concert. Had a great time. It would have been nice if they could have had better success as I always thought they were awesome. They still made a lasting impression on me that I still carry with me today.

The group disbanded in 1986.  

I still have all of their songs / albums / cassettes / CD's. I continue listening to them on a somewhat fairly regular basis. It takes me back to my Navy days in Norfolk, Virginia. Fond memories of a time that I wish would have never ended. Friends and girls that I cherish, and nights that last forever. Everything about my time in the Navy comes back alive when I listen to Franke and The Knockouts. Even a few memories from when I was in / and came back home from Fort Dix when I was enlisted in the Army Reserve.

Great times.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mannequin - By Carroll Bryant

MANNEQUIN - By Carroll Bryant



It means everything
Your eyes looking into mine
I can feel the heat from your breath
It thrills me every time 

Don't say, don't say, don't say no to me
Don't walk away like this or that 
Don't think about leaving me
Don't leave, don't leave

Nothing is nothing 
Your hand is the touch that awakens me
I can feel your heart rip apart
It chills me to the bone

Don't know, don't know, don't know what to do
Don't even think twice, don't even blink
Everything freezes and believe me
Nothing ever changes again

I'm just another mannequin

I captured a merry-go-round
Plastic horses running in the wind
I listen to the sound of another one
As distant as a friend 

Don't cry, don't cry, don't drop the tears
It's a paradox hiding in sin
Don't even think about it
You can never win

Something is something
I've the fastest legs to runaway 
I can sense the end of time
Watch you destroy my brains

Don't know, don't know, don't know what to do
Don't even think twice, don't even blink
Everything freezes and believe me
Nothing ever changes again

I'm just another mannequin

Nothing is nothing 
Your hand is the touch that awakens me
I can feel your heart rip apart
It chills me to the bone

Don't know, don't know, don't know what to do
Don't even think twice, don't even blink
Everything freezes and believe me
Nothing ever changes again

I'm just another mannequin

I'm just another mannequin








Saturday, February 18, 2017

Democrat Hate: Past And Present

Like so many Americans, I, too, am getting very frustrated by what I see on my television screen. So many democrats rioting (under the guise of protesting) and watching them destroy property and start fires in the streets and shutting down other people's right to free speech. It sickens me greatly. To observe so much hatred from so many people for unknown reasons can drive you up the wall. Criminal behavior beyond normal comprehension. I get it. Enough already, right?

Well, sure, however, there is a part of me that tries to always look on the bright side. I mean, let's face it, the democrats have a long history of hate that extends far beyond reasonable measures. When I see their hate in the here and now, since around 2014 to 2017, I think how lucky we are that we're not back in the 1960's or something. Back then, that hate by the democrats was targeted at the African-American community, and the results from that was black people being murdered and killed at a record pace by democrats. They were beating them senseless and hanging them in trees. It was horrible. But that's what democrat hate is all about, taking other people's rights away by any means necessary. Even by murder!

So, yeah, when I see what the democrats are doing with their hate in today's world, I shudder, but for now, at least they are not murdering people. YET!

By yet, I mean, who knows what tomorrow will bring. Hate is a powerful drug that brings about insanity. The manner in which democrats are spewing their hate, it appears to be growing and expanding. Let us not forget that during the campaign for president, outside of many of his rallies, Trump supporters were attacked physically at times. Even after the election, Trump supporters were being attacked. So maybe we are witnessing the evolution of this democrat hate and perhaps, they will soon begin killing people again.

We have already heard some of them, like Madonna, threaten to blow up the White House so, who knows, we could be sliding into history again like back in the 1960's. The only question is, will they (democrats) start targeting black people again? Or will it just be republicans in general, regardless of their skin color? Or gender?

One can only wonder.

This could mean that republicans, or independents like myself that voted for Trump, might want to consider carrying their firearms with them for protection. Let's be honest here, these democrats have a tremendous amount of hate in their hearts. They have shown themselves to be extremely violent when they want to be. It is only wise to protect yourself from these liberal criminals.

So yes, when I see democrats acting in such a violent manner, with disregards towards property, laws, and life, I do become somewhat annoyed and concerned. But when I reflect to the ways democrats used to show their hate in the 1960's, I am grateful that they progressed somewhat slightly. But I also worry for how long? How long before we start to see them reverting back to those days in the 1960's, and how long before they start going on their murderous rampage again?

And who will they target this time?


Sunday, February 12, 2017

William Dampier: The Pirates

William Dampier (baptised 5 September 1651; died March 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's first natural historian, as well as one of the most important British explorers of the period between Sir Walter Raleigh and James Cook.

William Dampier was born at Hymerford House in East Coker, Somerset, in 1651. He was baptised on 5 September, but his precise date of birth is not recorded. He was educated at King's School, Bruton. Dampier sailed on two merchant voyages to Newfoundland and Java before joining the Royal Navy in 1673. He took part in the two Battles of Schooneveld in June of that year.

Dampier's service was cut short by a catastrophic illness, and he returned to England for several months of recuperation. For the next several years he tried his hand at various careers, including plantation management in Jamaica and logging in Mexico, before he eventually joined another sailing expedition.

In 1679, Dampier joined the crew of the buccaneer Captain Bartholomew Sharp on the Spanish Main of Central America, twice visiting the Bay of Campeche, or "Campeachy" as it was then known, on the north coast of Mexico. This led to his first circumnavigation, during which he accompanied a raid across the Isthmus of Darién in Panama and took part in the capture of Spanish ships on the Pacific coast of that isthmus. The pirates then raided Spanish settlements in Peru before returning to the Caribbean.

Dampier made his way to Virginia, where in 1683 he was engaged by the privateer John Cooke. Cooke entered the Pacific via Cape Horn and spent a year raiding Spanish possessions in Peru, the Galápagos Islands, and Mexico. This expedition collected buccaneers and ships as it went along, at one time having a fleet of ten vessels. Cooke died in Mexico, and a new leader, Edward Davis, was elected captain by the crew.

Dampier transferred to the privateer Charles Swan's ship, Cygnet, and on 31 March 1686 they set out across the Pacific to raid the East Indies, calling at Guam and Mindanao. Spanish witnesses saw the predominantly English crew as not only pirates and heretics but also cannibals. Leaving Swan and 36 others behind on Mindanao, the rest of the privateers sailed on to Manila, Poulo Condor, China, the Spice Islands, and New Holland. Contrary to Dampier's later claim that he had not actively participated in actual piratical attacks during this voyage, he was in fact selected in 1687 to command one of the Spanish ships captured by Cygnet's crew off Manila.

On 5 January 1688, Cygnet "anchored two miles from shore in 29 fathoms" on the northwest coast of Australia, near King Sound. Dampier and his ship remained there until March 12, and while the ship was being careened Dampier made notes on the fauna and flora and the indigenous peoples he found there. Among his fellows were a significant number of Spanish sailors, most notably Alonso Ramírez, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Later that year, by agreement, Dampier and two shipmates were marooned on one of the Nicobar Islands. They obtained a small canoe which they modified after first capsizing and then, after surviving a great storm at sea, called at "Acheen" (Aceh) in Sumatra.

Dampier returned to England in 1691 via the Cape of Good Hope, penniless but in possession of his journals. He also had as a source of income a slave known as Prince Jeoly (or Giolo), from Miangas (now Indonesia), who became famous for his tattoos (or "paintings" as they were known at the time). Dampier exhibited Jeoly in London, thereby also generating publicity for a book based on his diaries.

The publication of the book, A New Voyage Round the World, in 1697 was a popular sensation, creating interest at the Admiralty. In 1699, Dampier was given command of the 26-gun warship HMS Roebuck, with a commission from King William III (who had ruled jointly with Queen Mary II until her death in 1694). His mission was to explore the east coast of New Holland, the name given by the Dutch to what is now Australia, and Dampier's intention was to travel there via Cape Horn.

The expedition set out on 14 January 1699, too late in the season to attempt the Horn, so it headed to New Holland via the Cape of Good Hope instead. Following the Dutch route to the Indies, Dampier passed between Dirk Hartog Island and the Western Australian mainland into what he called Shark Bay on 6 August 1699. He landed and began producing the first known detailed record of Australian flora and fauna. The botanical drawings that were made are believed to be by his clerk, James Brand. Dampier then followed the coast north-east, reaching the Dampier Archipelago and Lagrange Bay, just south of what is now called Roebuck Bay, all the while recording and collecting specimens, including many shells. From there he bore northward for Timor. Then he sailed east and on 3 December 1699 rounded New Guinea, which he passed to the north. He traced the south-eastern coasts of New Hanover, New Ireland and New Britain, charting the Dampier Strait between these islands (now the Bismarck Archipelago) and New Guinea. En route, he paused to collect specimens such as giant clams.

By this time, Roebuck was in such bad condition that Dampier was forced to abandon his plan to examine the east coast of New Holland while less than a hundred miles from it. In danger of sinking, he attempted to make the return voyage to England, but the ship foundered at Ascension Island on 21 February 1701. While anchored offshore the ship began to take on more water and the carpenter could do nothing with the worm-eaten planking. As a result, the vessel had to be run aground. Dampier's crew was marooned there for five weeks before being picked up on 3 April by an East Indiaman and returned home in August 1701.

Although many papers were lost with the Roebuck, Dampier was able to save some new charts of coastlines, and his record of trade winds and currents in the seas around Australia and New Guinea. He also preserved a few of his specimens. In 2001, the wreck of the Roebuck was located in Clarence Bay, Ascension Island, by a team from the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Because of his widespread influence, and also because so little exists that can now be linked to him, it has been argued that the remains of his ship and the objects still at the site on Ascension Island – while the property of Britain and subject to the island government's management – are actually the shared maritime heritage of those parts of the world first visited or described by him. His account of the expedition was published as A Voyage to New Holland in 1703.

On his return from the Roebuck expedition, Dampier was court-martialled for cruelty. On the outward voyage, Dampier had his lieutenant, George Fisher, removed from the ship and jailed in Brazil. Fisher returned to England and complained about his treatment to the Admiralty. Dampier aggressively defended his conduct, but he was found guilty, docked his pay for the voyage, and dismissed from the Royal Navy.

The War of the Spanish Succession had broken out in 1701, and English privateers were being readied to act against French and Spanish interests. Dampier was appointed commander of the 26-gun ship St George, with a crew of 120 men. They were joined by the 16-gun Cinque Ports with 63 men, and sailed on 11 September 1703 from Kinsale, Ireland. The two ships made a storm-tossed passage round Cape Horn, arriving at the Juan Fernández Islands off the coast of Chile in February 1704. While watering and provisioning there, they sighted a heavily armed French merchantman, which they engaged in a seven-hour battle but were driven off.

Dampier succeeded in capturing a number of small Spanish ships along the coast of Peru, but released them after removing only a fraction of their cargoes because he believed they "would be a hindrance to his greater designs." The greater design he had in mind was a raid on Santa María, a town on the Gulf of Panama rumoured to hold stockpiles of gold from nearby mines. When the force of seamen he led against the town met with unexpectedly strong resistance, however, he withdrew. In May 1704, the Cinque Ports separated from St George and, after putting Alexander Selkirk ashore alone on an island for complaining about the vessel's seaworthiness, sank off the coast of what is today Colombia. Some of its crew survived being shipwrecked but were made prisoners of the Spanish.

It was now left to the St George to make an attempt on the Manila galleon, the main object of the expedition. The ship was sighted on 6 December 1704, probably the Nuestra Señora del Rosario. It was caught unprepared and had not run out its guns. But while Dampier and his officers argued over the best way to mount an attack, the galleon got its guns loaded and the battle was joined. St George soon found itself out-sized by the galleon's 18- and 24-pounders, and, suffering serious damage, they were forced to break off the attack.

The failure to capture the Spanish galleon completed the break-up of the expedition. Dampier, with about thirty men, stayed in St George, while the rest of the crew took a captured barque across the Pacific to Amboyna in the Dutch settlements. The undermanned and worm-damaged St George had to be abandoned on the coast of Peru. He and his remaining men embarked in a Spanish prize for the East Indies, where they were thrown into prison as pirates by their supposed allies the Dutch but later released. Now without a ship, Dampier made his way back to England at the end of 1707.

In 1708, Dampier was engaged to serve on the privateer Duke, not as captain but as sailing master. The Duke beat its way into the South Pacific Ocean round Cape Horn in consort with a second ship, the Duchess. Commanded by Woodes Rogers, this voyage was more successful: Selkirk was rescued on 2 February 1709, and the expedition amassed £147,975 (equivalent to £19.9 million today) worth of plundered goods. Most of that came from the capture of a Spanish galleon, the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación y Desengaño, along the coast of Mexico in December 1709.

In January 1710, Dampier crossed the Pacific in the Duke, accompanied by the Duchess and two prizes. They stopped at Guam before arriving in Batavia. Following a refit at Horn Island (near Batavia) and the sale of one of their prize ships, they sailed for the Cape of Good Hope where they remained for more than three months awaiting a convoy. They left the Cape in company with 25 Dutch and English ships, with Dampier now serving as sailing master of the Encarnación. After a further delay at the Texel, they dropped anchor at the Thames in London on 14 October 1711.
Dampier may not have lived to receive all of his share of the expedition's gains. He died in the Parish of St Stephen Coleman Street, London. The exact date and circumstances of his death, and his final resting place, are all unknown. His will was proven on 23 March 1715, and it is generally assumed he died earlier that month, but this is not known with any certainty. His estate was almost £2,000 in debt.






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Monday, February 6, 2017

Donald Trump Is "MY" President

I remember the first time I was eligible to finally vote. I think everyone remembers that. I was so excited. However, as excited as I was, the man I voted for was not "MY" president. It was my mothers president. I voted for Ronald Reagan's re-election. I wasn't quite old enough to vote for him the first time around.

My mother was a huge Reagan fan. He was her second "MY" president. Her first "MY" president was JFK. It was also her first time she ever voted. Her third "MY" president was Bill Clinton. Donald Trump is her fourth "MY" president.

Lucky her.

Like I said, even though I voted for Reagan, he wasn't "MY" president. I merely voted for him because of my mother. I was also registered as an Independent.

After that, I skipped the next election. Even though George H. W Bush won, I wasn't inspired by either candidate. And then came Bill Clinton. I was not a huge fan of 'Willy'. My mother was. Instead, I was inspired by Ross Perot. Old Ross was my first "MY" candidate, but because he ended up losing to Bill Clinton, he never made it to becoming "MY" president.

When it was time for Bill's re-election, I ended up voting for him. First off, he didn't do anything to fuck up anything, except sign the NAFTA trade agreement, which I later determined to be horrible for the future of America. (Which turned out to be true.) That action would later cause me to doubt the democrat party.

Second, he came through my hometown, Chillicothe, Ohio, by train. He held a campaign speech where the "Fiesta" drive-in used to be. A drive-in that my mother used to take us kids often during the summers. I got to watch many Elvis Presley movies on that gigantic outdoor screen. It was also where I saw "Exorcist" for the first time.

But, I was there to hear his speech, shake his hand and since my mother was crazy for Willy, I voted for his re-election. But make no mistake, I liked him a little, he still wasn't "MY" president. When Bill was done, it came down to Al Gore and George W. Bush, I passed. Neither was winning me over. For Gore, he basically had no chance of my vote anyway because he was a democrat, and by this point, I learned the truth about democrats. (They are socialists.)

There is nothing American about being a socialist.

I also stayed away from the voting machines with George's re-election.


Then came Obama. I sat out his two elections, as I was not sure about him the first time around. I remained quiet and three years later, determined he was a big suck ass and thus, he began to earn the nickname, Obamatard. (That's what I call him now-days.)

He did great bringing the country together during his first campaign, and throughout the first couple of years, but after the killing of Usama Bin Laudin, it was all down-hill after that. His socialist agenda more than shined through and that was a huge turn-off for me. But after the IRS targeting of republicans, and no one was held accountable for it, and then the Benghazi murders and Hillary Clinton, then secy of state, blamed it on a video when we all knew, and later found out through Wikileaks, that it was terrorists, well, it wasn't long before Obama became Obamatard to me. I think it finally came when he lied about his health care law. 1) Keep your plan. (Lie) 2) Keep your doctor (Lie) 3) Smaller deductibles (Lie) 4) Smaller premiums (Lie) - You get the drift.

But there are so many more reasons why Obamatard earned the nickname, Obamatard.

Then came 2015, and suddenly, the candidates were mounting for the GOP primary. Everyone knew the golden boy was Jeb Bush. I myself was eyeing John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. Then something amazing happened. Trump tossed his name into the mix. The evening he announced he was running for president, and he gave his speech, I was hooked. "Build a wall?" I said out loud, "Count me  in!"

That was when Donald Trump became "MY" president. And finally! I felt that American pride so many have spoken of so many times before. I do believe it was the first time I ever felt it.

I have long since stopped celebrating the 4th of July. With democrats destroying my country and its freedom(s), I no longer felt it was worth celebrating because thanks to the democrats, we have lost many of our freedoms in America since the day I was born. Their stupid war on tobacco is just one of many examples.

Donald Trump is the only one who can fix this broken America. This divided America. (Thanks Obamatard.) And I knew he was the only one who could have any chance of surviving the hate attack the GOP candidate was going to receive by the hate group known as the democrat party. (Now I call them a terrorist organization.)

I was right.

And now he is President Trump. The universe is righting itself as we live and breathe. Not only did Trump WIN / EARN the presidency, but the GOP took over and kept the majority of the House and Senate. As well as gaining an advantage with governor's by the rate of 31 to 19. And because of the continued hate, violence, bullying and intimidation of the democrat party, I am hopeful it will remain like this for quite some time to come.

The continued violence and intolerance of the democrats, along with their evil hate, tells me that Donald Trump was the right choice and will continue to keep democrats on the losing end of mid term elections, and beyond. That's just fine with me. I may have been an Independent that leaned left when I was young, but now I am an Independent that leans anti-democrat party, PERIOD!

Their protests / riots have pushed me to ensure I do everything I can to keep democrats (and get them) out of office at every level. By any means. Especially after John Lewis, a man who got the crap beat out of him by white racist democrats, then joined them after he recovered from his wounds, called Trump "not a legitimate president". John Lewis made a career in politics ensuring that the black community would be uneducated, unemployed and living off that government cheese, and living in poverty. That is not a hero to me, or an icon. He is really an "Uncle Tom".

But Donald J. Trump is "MY" president, and I know he will make America great again. I also hope that his presidency destroys the evil democrat party. There is nothing American about socialism.

NOTHING!