So, When was America Great?

ASD00059_1You know the Trump hat, the one that says “Make America Great Again”? This implies that America was once great, but no longer is, and the Trump supporters wish to either return to that time or make the present be like that time.

But when was that? Let’s do some math, kids. This will be Fun. The youngest Trump supporters would be 18, because you cannot vote before then. The oldest would be, let’s say, 100. You could probably find a few older, but not enough to make a statistical difference. The 18-year olds could not possibly think anything before 2010 could be the Great time, since they are too young. Besides, that would have been during Obama’s time, and they surely would not consider that time Great.

The 100-year olds were born in 1917, and their first awareness of America’s greatness could hardly have been before about 1930, when they were 13. So we have a window of time from 1930 to 2010 when this period of America’s Greatness had to be, the one that they wish to return to.

Some of this time can easily be removed. There is near universal agreement that the Great Depression, while it has “Great” in the name, was not an America Great time. And WW II, Korea, and Vietnam were not great times for soldiers and their families.

So when was it? The ’50’s? I was around then, and I remember polio being a scourge. In the ’60’s, the Hippies rose and most conservatives would rather bite a hunk our of their arm than approve of that lifestyle.

Jobs come to mind,. A lot of Trump supporters seemed to be angry because their high-paying, low-skilled jobs are gone. The jobs that created a vibrant middle-class after WW II, like steelworkers and auto assembly plant workers, are mostly gone, replaced by robots or moved overseas to cheap labor. Unions had a lot to do with those jobs paying well, and Unions have lost their mojo.

Maybe it’s the changes in society that they do not agree with but have no idea how to stop, and a feeling that they are being consumed by the rising tide of gays, non-white immigrants, multi-gendered folk, and atheists that are speaking out.

Because I think (and I’m sure there are those here who will correct me if I’m wrong) that white men, particularly old ones, are worried that they are losing power and control. The power and control that they have had in America since the Revolutionary War. And even though it doesn’t show up in politics, where the vast majority are still in that demographic, they know the flood is coming.

In any case, I don’t know when that time of America’s Greatness was, the one that they want to return to. Can anyone tell me? The other night on late-night TV, the host was interviewing children. He asked when America was great. One little girl said, “It’s always been great.” But if you accept that, it makes the Trump hat wrong. And we know the hat would not lie.

Are You Afraid Yet?


No buyers remorse yet? No wondering just what the Hell you have done? Is it worth it to get back at your tormentors by destroying the Country? Well, then you are ready for the Lunatic Ride.

Losing your health insurance? Hope you don’t get sick!

Is somebody investigating you? Fire their ass!

Is somebody making fun of you, laughing at your smug Gollum face? Lock ’em up!

Are comedians joking about your smallness? Get the FCC on them!

I hope you are just as happy when they come for you.

Let’s Talk About Prostate …


… Exams. Specifically, what they call Digital Rectal Examinations (DRE). These are done by “Doctors” for many reasons, to both male and female patients. But for some reason the females do not complain about it as much as the males do. Or at least I don’t hear them complain as much. Although, I have to say, there are not very many females I am familiar enough with to receive comments about medical procedures. So, in fairness, I should say that maybe they do complain as much, I just don’t hear them.

The process is simple, and well-known to most adults. The Prober has the Probee get into some posture that allows anal access and then inserts a (lubricated and gloved) finger into the anus to feel around. After a short time, the finger is withdrawn and the Prober advises the Probee to wipe the grease from their posterior.

It is not typically an onerous procedure. Unpleasant but not uncomfortable. Unless the Prober has Large Fingers. I have switched doctors because they had large diameter fingers, and when I am in doctor selection mode, I try to judge their finger size remotely. For example, females normally have smaller hands than males, so you increase your odds of a small finger by choosing one of them. But that is no guarantee. Just as woman may have large hands, men can have small hands (witness the current President, who, I might add parenthetically, is going to have us all bending over. No grease, no glove. BOHICA). And the bios of the physicians never say anything about relative finger size. That is at least as important as which languages they speak.

But that’s not why I called this meeting. I used to think that the DRE’s (speaking of that, KP in the military has a job called DRO – Dining Room Orderly – but that is an entirely different thing) were unnecessary procedures, used to make more money for the Prober during a physical. Now, I am not so sure. You see, in addition to feeling for tumors and rectal abscesses and fissures and such, it also allows the doctor to determine if an enlarged prostate is causing peeing problems. You need to pee.

So I advise you to put up with DRE’s even though they are not Fun. I am trying to convince myself of that.

New Book


I have published my latest opus on Smashwords. It is titled Different Drum. It is an entertaining romp through the espionage and terrorism genre and has a surprise in the  chewy nougat center.

It costs more than my normal ebook. The reason for the increase is that my creative well is running dry and I need to make more than the normal $30 or so a year I earn in royalties. No one so far has knocked down my door to make a movie out of one of my books.

I have also put in on Amazon but they say it might take 72 hours to become active. If you simply cannot wait, try the Smashwords edition, which ought to be active in less time.

I have to go now to deal with a cheating roof cleaner that seems to be insane. I wonder if Stephen King has to put up with that?

Breakfast Chicken


Why has chicken never caught on as a breakfast food? There is pig in every form from pork chop to sausage, even a few cuts of beef. But the poor chicken, beloved in many other food formats, has missed the breakfast boat. Is it because we prefer something greasy and fat laden early in the morning?

Sure, you hear of chicken and waffles. But that is not normally available. And that has fried chicken, not steamed or roasted. Maybe that’s the answer. Chicken is bland, pale and white. Nearly tasteless. Filling maybe, but not like good old bacon or a small T-bone steak.

The same applies to turkey, a larger relative of the chicken. Turkey and eggs? Bah.