Slate Wiping Time

By PatD

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders — one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started — may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.” — Mitt Romney

Has the time come to pass the torch? Not just juice up the grand old party with geritol tweets and flash mobs of tech-savvy geezers but revamp and revitalize it with fresh untired, untried blood? Same goes for others in the game.

But who are these next generation Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Indies? From under what rock, upon what mountain top do we find them or are they already among us yet to be anointed and taken seriously as leaders?

Should Mitt’s admonition be ignored by our experienced pols and as Pete Seeger sings:

As sleep dims my vision, I say to myself
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?
But nations are warring and business is vexed
So I’ll stick around to see what happens next

– PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

Happiness is a dry martini and a good woman … or a bad woman

– George Burns

By Blue Bronc

Anyone notice that politicians are heading to the hoosegow right now?  With the Speaker of the New York legislature in FBI custody, another day comes to an end.  The sad thing is it gives a little more confirmation to my brother and sister-in-law about politicians (except me – a little) that they are all crooks.  At least the crooks are following a long line of tradition.

Sometimes I think of all the fun retiring is, and more importantly, is not.  I was medically retired for about twenty years, then went back to work at the age of sixty.  I am not at all sorry I did.  I am having a ball and enjoying the challenges along with working with kids the age of my children (30s).  This is not “feeling young.”  Oh no. This body has been through a lot over the years. This brain has had a lot of workout over the years too. Significantly it is I am not worn out like my grandparents were when they were sixty-five.

There are many women and men in their mid-sixties who do not need new knees. There are a lot of us who do. There are many veterans who need back repair, some earlier than others; some later than others.  There are many people in this country who worked hard for a living and look forward to retiring at age 65 66. There are many in this country who did not do heavy labor, but are burned out from working in a corporate world that did not let them live.

over65Politicians live long lives; the reasons are still under debate.  This is even true of our Founding Fathers from an age without antibiotics or most vaccines. Look at Ben Franklin, wonderful life, and long lived. Warren and Clinton are in their late sixties. I do believe they will live long and continue to provide much to our lives. Webb? He too is in his late 60’s. The 70’s are the new 40’s?

Is chronological age old, old? It depends. I do not consider, or even think, I am old; even though I am in my mid-sixties. My body will have surgery for new joints and with the newest medications, I will not notice the pain or lack of strength. What meds will Hillary, Warren, Webb and others my age need to have the ability to walk through the Oval Office without assistance or limping?  What meds will they take to avoid old age? Which medications will affect their lives?

It is very nice to have Democratic people willing to run for United States president, especially when they are in the penalty phase time period of Social Security. For you youngsters education, you have to start withdrawing from IRA’s when you are 70 ½. You face penalty by the Social Security Administration when you are after 70 years old.  The good news for our Democratic candidates is they are likely to live to be 80 if they are elected.  But, they still face the same penalties by the SSA.

I am as much for celebrating the lives of our elders as anyone, I get my senior discounts legitimately.  But I would rather find some hot politician in her 50’s than someone who was born when the computer was the size of a large truck and used electron tubes.

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

The Silenced of the Pens

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

By PatD

Will what happened in Paris be swept into history’s  closet and silenced as what happened in Denmark or will good men do something this time?

Like speak up as does Fareed Zakaria in The Washington Post:

“Like so many of the most fanatical and violent aspects of Islamic terrorism today, the idea that Islam requires that insults against the prophet Muhammad be met with violence is a creation of politicians and clerics to serve a political agenda. “

As he points out, the cult of blasphemy is not limited to only one religion nor is violence in its name.  So-called Christians murdering doctors in the name of Christ,  so-called Buddhists killing in the name of Buddha and Hindu “holy” wars are just the current examples.”

Zakaria profoundly notes: “When governments try to curry favor with fanatics, eventually the fanatics take the law into their own hands.”

— Charlie Hebdo Puts Muhammad on Cover of Post-Attack Issue (Wall Street Journal)
— Why some news organizations are publishing covers from Charlie Hebdo (
— ‘Hacktivist’ group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist websites (The Telegraph)

– PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

“Goodbyes, they often come in waves.”

– Jarod Kintz, “$3.33 (The Title is the Price)”

Blue Bronc
Sen. Barbara Boxer leaving is sad, but also a good thing.  The California Democrat is probably leading her party’s rush out of Congress, the Reps and Senators who have represent the Vietnam Era.  Born in the 40’s and 50’s many of these good representatives of their districts are tiring of the fight, ready to let others battle the crazies.

Will the open seats bring in more Democrats?  Generally I think yes.  Many of those running have never known what a Progressive Congress and Supreme Court looks like.  They have only known the Reagan, Clinton, Bush (I and II) and Obama eras.  That is not good.  They do not have a personal history to look back at as a model for what should be.

Relatives and friends who are older are good to learn from.  Personal experience is much better.  Those from the 40’s and 50’s are Roosevelt experienced, either from his presidency or those who came afterwards.  Progressives, for the most part, desire to make America and the world a better place for all.

The new politicians are needed.  The old wood is getting moldy and soft.  New brass gonads have to take up the fight.  They will make mistakes, but hopefully, they will also not be carrying twenty, thirty or forty plus years of deals and baggage with them.

Here’s who’s poised to fight for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat — SFGate

A Weather Break: The worst thing about the current cold wave: it lets those of weak brains think the climate change to hot is over (again).  Sure my boats have ice on them, but that is temporary, it melts away very soon.  So to those climate deniers, eat my snowy . . .++-

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

Is it time to embrace the 2d Amendment?


We, as a group and a People have agonized over what role the 2d Amendment to our Constitution should play in our very post 18th century lives. It is right that we go through this explorative agony as our propensity to brutality, or lack thereof, is what earns us the right to call ourselves civilized.

Now, I have a question. When will it be time to allow those members of our society who, because of their past or present employment in the public service, to arm themselves in defense of terrorists who have threatened them, as a group, for their service? The threats, of course, when carried out include all those around them.

I don’t have a specific answer. I know because of my mode of transport that I’m somewhat conspicuous. That has concerned me to the extent that I have purchased a serious handgun.

This I know; wherever I am, no matter what the circumstances: if I am caught up in terrorist violence, I will not depart peacefully. I would like to have the comfort of the 2d Amendment at my side.

– Flatus is a Trail Mix Contributor

Into The Fray

Craig Crawford

Below is the announcement. I’ve crossed over. Why? Because I know and respect Jim Webb as someone who will wake up every morning trying to find a better life for working people and small business owners who’ve been hammered by economic elites — and forgotten by both parties.  I also trust his belief in avoiding the dangers of ill-conceived foreign intervention that has cost us so much in blood and treasure.

What this means for our little corner of the “internets” I cannot know. I’d like nothing to change. Our free and open discussions go on, even if you post an unkind word about my man Jim.

In the end, Jim might decide not to run. So far this is just an exploratory committee to see if the support and resources are out there for his message of dependable and positive change for Americans left behind.

I’ll be posting thoughts, images and video from the campaign trail if this goes forward. It could be fun. We’re just trying to save America.


For Immediate Release
January 2, 2015

Webb Exploratory Committee Announces Hiring of Craig Crawford as Communications Director

The Jim Webb Exploratory Committee today announced the hiring of Craig Crawford as Communications Director. Media inquiries about the committee, including requests for interviews, should be directed to Craig at

Craig Crawford is a veteran Washington journalist. He has covered the nation’s capital since 1989 for a variety of publications and broadcasters. During his career Craig has worked for CBS News, MSNBC, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, and The Hotline. His first job in Washington was as Bureau Chief for The Orlando Sentinel, his hometown newspaper.

Craig has worked on both sides of the media and politics world. Before journalism he worked in three Democratic presidential campaigns: Jimmy Carter, John Glenn, and Walter Mondale.

Craig has lived in Washington, DC, since 1989 with his partner, David Blank, Deputy Communications Director, Alliance for Retired Americans. They were married in April, 2013.