Fruit Flies like a Banana

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana, which is exactly why a will is a dead giveaway because if you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed. Speaking of which, I wrote a book about poltergeists and it’s flying off the shelves. I wrote another book about time travel because when a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

Politics is on everyone’s mind these days. Remember, in a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes.

My wife complains a lot, but with her marriage she got a new name and a dress when the guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered. Honestly, when my friend’s wife saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.

Since marriage, I’m stuck with a debt and I can’t budge it. You see, a lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine. Lord knows food is expensive these days; a boiled egg is hard to beat. Budgeting is all about how you shop. When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.

My problem is I have a photographic memory which was never developed. My daddy always said, those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end. I needed some acupuncture and found a jab well done. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

So goes a day in the life of a Boyd.

Hope he Fails?

Do you hope that he will fail?

The question is a smokescreen. He’s the president. Fairly elected despite the Russians.

People aren’t wanting him to fail. They worry he may totally blow it to the detriment to you, me and the country.

They worry he might totally blow it, and that would be really scary.

 

Why you should blog

It was my wife’s idea. One evening she thought to start a blog on WordPress. She even came up with a great domain name: USAviewpoint.com. Needs work still.

She has a lot of ideas and wants to express herself. That’s the point of a blog, isn’t it?

So I started my own, too.

Living in wild sociopolitical times seemed an appropriate time to launch RationalThinking101.com.
Expressing myself daily helps me to share my thoughts and cross-post on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. 

Ups and Downs of WordPress

The way I see it, WordPress has it’s ups and downs. If you just want to blog and get some quick thoughts up, it’s easy, and the way to go.

Oh, but the theme business is a business. When you set up a WordPress site on WordPress.com, you have to choose a “theme.” A theme controls the look and feel of your site, and allows customization. So it’s cool with a click of a mouse you can change the theme of your site and therefore the whole appearance, and to some degree, how it behaves.

Now here’s the rub. All the “good” themes cost money. Big money.

Now here’s the rub. All the “good” themes cost money. Big money. We’re talking in the $60 range, a lot for your little blog. Or you can opt for a premium membership for $10 a month, wherein the themes are free, but in a year you’re paying $120, which is twice what the theme cost in the first place.

So for now, I’m sticking with the crappy little free themes they have. And if you see this site change from time to time, it’s because I probably changed the theme.

So is it Really a Ban or Not?

Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s press secretary, previously said it was a ban. Trump said even today it was a ban, but oh wait… Today Sean Spicer says it isn’t a ban.

If anything it’s embarrassing and looks of incompetence. 

When members of the press tried to ask why both he and the President had both repeatedly used the word “ban” and now deny that it’s a ban, Mr. Spicer walked out of the room and took no further questions. 

So is it a ban or not?

And the answer is yes and no. 

Clearly it is not a ban on all Muslims entering the country since the countries with the largest Muslim population were not included. Countries like Saudi Arabia, India.

According to Wikipedia:

“The largest Muslim population in a country is in Indonesia, a nation home to 12.7% of the world’s Muslims, followed by Pakistan (11.0%), and India (10.9%). About 20% of Muslims live in Arab countries.”

None of these countries were included in the ban.

But the six countries that are included in the ban are places to were ISIS tends to flee. And you heard it here first. 

So yes it’s a ban, but strictly speaking not a ban just because someone is Muslim. 

Is Fracking Good or Bad?

Light your water on fire from fracking

I’m not an expert, but it seems to me fracking is really a bad thing. At least judging by all the evidence I can find. Both anecdotally and scientifically there are a lot of bad things that seem to happen as a result of fracking.

Bill Nye the science guy on fracking.

As you can see I’m interspersing my paragraphs here with various links to indicate the nature of fracking.

There are of course more than one side to this argument. Otherwise the Republicans and especially Donald wouldn’t be all gung-ho about it. Oh wait, they might be anyway. Another discussion perhaps.

In any case, I think it’s pretty obvious that we’re screwing up the Earth with fracking and we’d better look for other alternatives.

Oh wait, President Trump removed any mention of alternative and clean energy from the White House website. Wonder why?

What it’s like 

I was born in New Jersey, I live in Texas. In between I lived on 3 Continents and traveled to 37 countries. So I don’t think where I was born influences my thoughts so much as my exposure to many cultures, religious beliefs and peoples around the globe.

In my youth I was Conservative Republican and now I would call myself a liberal Democrat except that I don’t agree with everything that the Democratic party represents. I think for myself. I watch the news, I read the papers, I listen to whichever president is in office, vote in local and national elections, and make up my own mind.

For reasons I fail to comprehend, I seem to take the opposite political view held by most of my neighbors and co-workers.

In fact my wife and I voted for different presidential candidates in the last election! Yet we’re happily married but see the political landscape differently.