Spent several hours yesterday working with Sloan. A lot of catching up to do.
Interestingly, Sloan has been helping me 20 years. Lori cutting my hair 25 years, Tammy doing my nails 15 years, and Anna taking care of the house 22 years.
I should start giving out gold watches.
Stopped at Publix after Sloan left. Noticed something that occurs without question every holiday season. Supermarkets raise their prices. Most specials not anything people would buy. Generally, the non-sellers.
In a tweet this past week, Trump commented that “…..Nancy’s teeth were falling out of her mouth.”
In retaliation, Pelosi should comment on Trump’s hair. She won’t, of course. Too much class.
Trump’s hair does deserve comment, however. It is unique. Special.
In 2017, Michael Wolff published the book “Fire and Fury: Inside Trump’s White House.” He commented that Trump’s hair was a feat of engineering. What was his secret?
He wrote that Trump’s styling secrets were revealed to him by none other than daughter Ivanka.
The President’s hair was described as an absolutely clean plate – a contained island after scalp – reduction surgery – surrounding a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray. Color is from Just for Men. The longer left on, the darker it gets.
Interesting information recently became available. More Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals. For the first time since the early 1900’s.
The trend reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say they want.
Death in nursing homes has also declined.
Betsy McNair lived in Belle Haven, Virginia. Her father Robert was 83. He died at home 6 weeks after learning he had lung cancer.
Betsy kept her Dad at home and the family took care of him till the end.
Regarding the experience Betsy said, “I made him exactly what he wanted to eat, whenever he wanted it. He had a scotch every night, he had a very high quality of life. If he woke at 2 o’clock in the morning and wanted to have coffee and pie, that’s what we did.”
Death at home cared for by family I find a strange experience. Families are falling apart. Many dysfunctional. Easier to dump Mom or Dad into a nursing home.
The values of the boomer generation are not reflective of the care Betsy provided her Dad.
A strange situation out there. One requiring explanation at some point. Involves a U.S. Space Force. The proposed budget for 2020 allocates money for a Space Force.
U.S. Air Force Lt. General Steven L. Kwast was in the center of pushing for a U.S. Space Force. He recently retired. Actually, he was “forced out” of the service.
Prior thereto, Kwast was considered to be first in line to command the Pentagon’s budding space force.
Outer Space is the next major battlefield. It is thought the U.S. military and industrial complex may have already developed next generation technologies. Kwast believes such could change the aerospace field and human civilization forever. Science fiction is becoming a reality.
China in the space field with both feet. Way ahead of the U.S.
The military issued a gag order on space related issues. For some reason, Kwast nevertheless spoke out. He was prematurely relieved of his command duties and blacklisted for promotion. Resulted in his retirement 9/1/19.
Several weeks after “retiring,” Kwast spoke at Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. He said, “The power of space will change world power forever.” He cited China was already involved big time. China already had a “Space Navy.” Space destroyers and battleships.
Kwast was concerned China was getting the “high ground first.” If China gets further ahead, it will be hard to replace them as # 1 in space. Kwast described the situation as “curtains” for the U.S. should such occur.
I have a question. Why was Kwast “fired?”
On this day in 1773, the Boston Tea Party. A significant day in American history.
Colonists were irritated by Great Britain imposing taxes on them without their consent. Things had reached the boiling stage.
Colonists formed the Sons of Liberty. A “don’t screw with us group.” They wanted to send a message to the King: No taxation without representation. They did so by dumping tea from British boats into the ocean.
Several years later, Patrick Henry would say, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”
Are U.S. investors wearing rose colored glasses? Lis Shalert, Chief Investment Officer of Wealth Management, thinks so.
Generally, strong market performance is based on a vibrant economy and robust corporate profits. The increases in the stock market are not so based.
She claims the “up” stock market is driven by Fed rate cuts and “expectations” for improvement in trade tensions, not strong economic growth.
She also believes manufacturing is in recession and corporate profits in decline..
U.S. stocks today look very expensive relative to earnings.
Investor optimism is misplaced. There is a growing wedge between reality and investor expectations. She basis such conclusion on economic treaties worsening, the U.S. consumer may not be as strong as expected, and the labor market could weaken.
Shalert points out that stock valuations are high at a time when the odds for disappointment are rising.
She believes the U.S. is vulnerable.
Today is monday. Dueling Bartenders tonight. Then a hearty meal at Antonia’s or La Trattoria.
Enjoy your day!