Sixteen Tons. Tennessee Ford. I Owe My Soul To The Company Store.

A great song. Fifty plus years ago.

Delete the word “owe”. Add in its place “sold.” Now reads I Sold My Soul To The Company Store.

A day or two ago I write Senator Chuck Grassley had sucked on the public tit too long. Thirty six years. Today, Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch. Elected to the Senate for 40 years. The longest sitting Republican Senator.

He joins Grassley. Hatch has sucked on the public tit too long.

I have always admired Hatch. We got old together. He is 82 or 84.

A stand up guy in the past. Generally fighting for the right. Politics be damned. Relatively silent the past few years.

This past week, Hatch came out of the woodwork. No longer sitting quiet. Now an outspoken supporter of the Senate tax bill. I found it strange. He even shared his “poor” upbringing. Described himself as part of the lower middle class. Not poor. Try a level or two down. That is poor!

Two days ago, Hatch got to fly on Air Force One. With President Trump. Probably the first time in years he has been on Air Force One.

They headed to Hatch’s home state. Utah. There Trump removed “monuments designations” from two protected natural areas. Two million acres. He hailed Hatch. Hatch hailed Trump.

By his action, Trump opened 2 million acres to development. Commercial development. Like coal.

Coal is yesterday. No one seems to realize it, except Trump. Maybe Hatch.

Whatever, Hatch got a big share of Utah land open to eventual waste. In the process may have picked up some local glory.

Time to go, Senator. Forty years too long. Your values have changed.

I came across a quote yesterday: “Time to retire Senator…..when pedophilia is acceptable, you no longer represent our country.”

Together with Trump, Hatch is supporting the election of Alabama’s Moore.

I discussed Hatch and Grassley last night on my podcast show. The thrust…..They have sucked on the public tit too long.

Watched Syracuse/Connecticut last night following my show. Syracuse won 72-63. Syracuse played well early on. Had a 17 point lead at one time. Played Connecticut even in the second half.

Going to be a tough Syracuse year.

The game was part of the Jimmy V Classic. Purpose to raise money for cancer research. Dick Vitale spoke at half time. Introduced three young boys who are cancer survivors. Thus far. Their stories sad. Their smiles beautiful. The message send dollars so we can some day beat cancer.

George Mira. Fifty  plus years ago a University of Miami football star and 1962 All-American. Professional ball followed. He now resides in Coral Gables.

Mira a Key Wester early on. Born in Key West January 11, 1942. Played football at Key West High School.

Trump screwing things up again. Bad judgments on his part.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate stood trial for murder of a young lady in San Francisco. After a lengthy trial, he was acquitted last week.

As far as I am concerned, the jury spoke. It is the American way.

Apparently Trump was not satisfied. Thought justice not done. Attorney General Sessions and other federal officials announced two federal indictments. One for possession of a firearm, the other being an immigrant in possession of a firearm.

Zarate a non-white immigrant.

What else was to be expected!

The other involves Trump and Jerusalem.

It has been advised Trump will announce tomorrow that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and that in due course he would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Trump a trouble maker. Does not know when to leave well enough alone.

Enjoy your day!


  1. A half-dozen female senators on Wednesday called on Sen. Al Franken to resign in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations.

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was the first of Franken’s fellow Senate Democrats to call for his resignation and was quickly followed by Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire Patty Murray of Washington and Kamala Harris of California.

    • I agree with you Lou. Tremendous how the Democrats in congress have stood up to this and do the right thing with Conyers and now Franken. Such a contrast to what the republicans have done with their crooked or shameful congress people. I mean what a difference. Democrats forcing Franken out while on the same day Kelly Conway boasts about Trumps tremendous moral standards. Democrat Conyers is leaving under pressure and republican Farenthold was given a pass by the republican ethics committee and says he’ll pay the taxpayer money he misappropriated to pay off a sex harassment suit back (let’s see if he really does that). Big difference in how the two sides handle things. Looks like the Democrats want to clean up government and make it good again and the republicans want to run with the scum they already have. There are big differences in how things are handled within our government not everybody is bad and it all seems so one sided

  2. Lou – yes, consciously moral Democrats doing the right thing, even though Senator hasn’t actually been charged or convicted of anything. Thanks for pointing that out, especially in light of the Republican approach of not just doing nothing, but actually protecting, promoting and funding their similarly (and worse) accused legislators. The contrast is alarming isn’t it “Lou” (sarcasm Patrick)

    • thanks for all the updates pat, really helpful. any chance you’d know the color shirt he might be weraung during his resignation speaches?

      • Wearing a blue shirt with a purple tie, Minnesota Democrat, Al Franken announced his eminent resignation stating:

        “I am proud that during my time the senate I have used my time to be a champion of women and that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside everyday.”

        • decency prevails, at least with part of our legislature. That makes it Democrats doing the right thing 2 to 0 vs Republicans. I guess the party that has long wanted to be call the party of the moral majority can once again be seen as just plain scumbags.

  3. Patrick – No, No, No! Ex Judge Roy Moore will be in Washington. He’s from Alabama and wouldn’t ever be allowed to live, or even visit, Minnesota. Minnesota is primarily a progressive state and would likely require he register as a pedophile predator.

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