Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. Mr. Donald John Trump was born in Queens, New York, June 14th 1946. His birth date would make him a Gemini, astrologically speaking. In the Chinese Zodiac he was born in the Year of the Dog". Not that any of that makes any difference.
Trump's Mother, Mary Anne MacLeod (Trump), was Scottish by birth, his Father, Fredrick Christ Trump, was of German extraction. The elder Trump was also a developer and landlord, and his son Donald became part of the family business. However, his focus was in high dollar Manhattan, versus his father's interests in Queens, the Bronx, etc. Frederick was controversial much like his son Donald. the elder Trump was accused of war profiteering during world war two. He was also accused of racial leasing policies aimed at keeping black folks out of his developments. In fact he was tried on this charge, yet both sides declared victory. Knowing a little bit about this, it looks to me like Fred clearly lost this battle. After all, Fredrick Trump was required to study the Fair Housing Act extensively by order of the court.
The phrase "California Dreaming" can mean a whole lot of things. Here we'll we'll point out some of them, as well as point out that California really isn't much of a dream any longer. It's more of a nightmare, a horror show of Hollywood proportions.
California Dreaming's Genesis
Per Wikipedia, the phrase starts in 1849, and is similar in a way to the phrase "The American dream," except with the American Dream you work hard, but a home, preferably with some acreage, prosper and die, and leave it all behind for your heirs.
Wikipedia: "California Dream is the psychological motivation to gain fast wealth or fame in a new land. As a result of the California Gold Rush after 1849, California's name became indelibly connected with the Gold Rush, and fast success in a new world became known as the "California Dream.""
So, it short, California was a novel Get Rich Quick scheme, or the idea of that anyway. Many did, and many others did not. So, what you're dreaming of is quick money in your coin purse. However, California had much more to offer than just material wealth.
There is Beauty Everywhere
Majestic beauty abounds. Zip on over to Bishop, or Big Pine, or Mammoth, or Laguna Beach, or San Francisco, or San Diego. The point is, North or south, one cannot escape the beauty. There so much it almost makes you want to puke. There also enough ugly to make the beauty even more beautiful. It's sort of like the good looking man or woman hitting the bars with their somewhat homely friend as their wing-man/woman. It makes the better looking one look even better. And you know what? If you don't know who you homely wing-person is, I got some bad news for you... It's you.
Well, Hemet, that rings a bell, but it has beauty if you know where to look. Nearly the whole of Los Angeles is pretty ugly, what with the vagrants, and Skid Row, not to mention the constant, 24 hour a day traffic. Oh, and bad roads a-plenty. Riverside is an ugly town, with traffic and smog, even in these, the days of "clean, but expensive" fuel. Oh, gas prices are scary ugly. Sunset Blvd is plenty ugly, with aging grace that has become morbidly unattractive. Oh, and did I mention traffic? Ever drive through Hollywood? Ugh.
It was different "back in the day"
While back in the day it was smoggier, sure, back when leaded gasoline was king (you didn't so much sharpen your pencil as you would wave in the air to gain a new tip), it was far simpler. I'm making it up about the pencil thing. Oil fields and orange groves abounded. "Oil fields, oh the horror! All the dangerous chemicals blah blah blah..." Calm your tits. the only danger in the fields was the oil men running you off, or crashing your bike being stupid. Orange groves though, that's where the demons lived. You could spend all day in the oil fields, but God forbid you venture into the groves. No one did. Ever.
Back in the day there were two Rush Hours. Morning rush, going to work, and evening rush, going home. And it was more or less an hour. Now if you leave Orange County for Riverside, or LA to OC, you're a dead man if you leave any later than 12:30 PM. Seriously. Why is that?
California is Mismanaged
California has been so badly managed, and I don't mean just the current crop of politicians locally, or in Sacramento, or even rhe current representatives and senators in Washington DC. Yes, they are culpable, but they certainly aren't the only ones. This mismanagement has been on going since before the resurrection of Governor Brown, before Arnold the Governator. It's been going on since the first iteration of Brown in the 1970's. Shoot, since even his FATHER was governor! That's where the state started it's slow slide into the sea of craziness.
What can be done?
Well, under single party domination, not much. It does not matter if you have a right wing or left wing dominated government if that one wing controls it all, because you lose all checks and balances. Any ideology that creates a super-majority can, and does, lead to ruin.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton
Currently this state is in the hands of the liberal cabal led by Edmund Brown. Yeah, he calls himself Jerry, just as Alphonse Capon called himself Al. There's nothing inherently wrong with liberalism, so long as it is tempered and kept in check. Recycling, a liberal idea. Clean air, trumpeted by liberals. However we have swung too far on the pendulum, and without a swing back, we are in danger of tipping into anarchy, and bankruptcy.
You see, those in power in this state really believe that which they say, what they spout, even if they do occasionally prove to be hypocritical. Many talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. Not all liberals do that. A good liberal friend of mine was so concerned about the drought that he only showered once or twice a week. Icky, but I do admire one who walks the walk too.
1st and foremost, they must fear us, the people
Sacramento has forgotten that it, they, work for us, the people. They raise taxes as if THEY were earning it, or printing it, as if it was theirs and theirs alone. They forget that we, the workers, EARN the money they take for their projects. Do I want a folly of a bullet train from LA to the Bay area? No. I will never use it, but if by chance I must travel up there, and back here, I'll fly, or drive. I want my roads fixed, and I want it done with the money I, and you, have already been paying in state taxes for that very reason for years. Not with new taxes to replenish that which Sacrament has already spent!
They must fear for their jobs, their very livelihoods. You see, if you're making money off the public's tit, it ought not be a full time career anyway. Just like DC ought to have term limits on EVERYONE, so should California political offices.
We the People are Citizens
Listen and you'll hear Sacramento talk about immigrants an awful lot, lumping those who come to our country legally with those who come here illegally. They do this to ensure future voters within their party, to strengthen their super majority. If I were a legal immigrant who did everything right, I'd be offended at this lumping together.
"But it's racist to discriminate against our southern neighbors". Why is that? They discriminate against their southern neighbors. The point is, come here, by all means, but do so legally. If you do it illegally, you have broken the law, right off the bat. Do it legally, and I'll welcome you to the fabric our our nation with a brotherly hug.
What's that saying? Those with no regards for the little things will have no regards for the large. If that's not a saying, well, maybe it should be.
Wow, I went off topic, lol, back to California dreaming.
California dreaming was also a song by the Mamas & The Papas. As seen at...
California dreaming was also the hopes and dreams of all the multitudes who came to Hollywood looking to be the next star, the majority of which left again with nothing but broken dreams. Ah, old Hollywood, a topic for another time.
But wait a second.
If we don't straighten California out, we will all be like those hordes of people who walked away disillusioned, with broken dreams and shattered hopes from Hollywood, both back in the day, and now.
Just before Christmas, someone said to me "Watch, day after Christmas the Valentines day sh*t will be puked all over the insides of the stores, just watch". While /I didn't disagree, I thought there would be a few day lag between two monstrous commercial events, but they were right. By the 26th, Cupid had vomited copious volumes of Valentines day stuff. Everywhere.
A quick note and a call to action!
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So about this Valentines Day Post
It's the end of the year, and while I was not planning on writing a blog to close the year out, one had been bouncing around my head for a couple days. I have written so many blog articles this past year, most for work, some for my own private giggles, and you know what? I have found that despite my claims that I only have so many words and articles in me, I actually have a lot more when inspired! So here I am, closing an okay year out with my weird hobby of scribbling thoughts.
So my thoughts...
Ever since my Christmas post and my New Years post (I am an admin here, by the way) something has been bothering my, and I really could not put my finger on it until part way through today. Here we are, staring down the new year. People look at New Year's as a new beginning, rightfully so, even if it is an artificial demarcation between one year and the rest. Did you know that in Roman times the new year started in March?
Anyway, like New Year's, Christmas is full of artificial good will and cheer, a load of bologna . I see the fights in shopping lines, the cross people cutting others off in traffic, ther racing to the checkstand to beat others.
And what of Valentines Day? Ah yes, to have "someone special" to share it with. To share a kiss with said person, much like midnight on New Year's day.
There are others too...
On big sounding days that many take for granted, there's no shortage. However, there are goofy "holidays" which are otherwise called National Days, like National Pizza Day (which ought to be a holiday, in my opinion). January 3rd is National Festival of Sleep Day, and also Humiliation Day. January 4th is National Trivia day. Nope, I'm not making it up! January 4th? National Bird Day and National Whip Cream Day. What about National Nose Picking Day? Okay, I made that one up. I think.
Then there's the serious ones, like Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. Often confused among people, Memorial Day is the day we honor people who lost their lives in the service of our nation, and Veteran's Day is when we honor those who served our nation.
The Point is...
The point is that you MAY honor those fallen any day you like, or EVERY day if you like. You can honor those who served Each and Every day. As to Christmas, you can show that spirit all year long if you like. Goodwill and cheer are free, baby, and you can give that stuff away ALL. YEAR. LONG!
Celebrating a new beginning as you would on New Year's Day? You can scream and holler about a new beginning Each Day You Wake Up!
And Valentines Day, how about we show our significant other that we love them daily? Or is that a bit much? "But mister writer guy, I don't have anyone to share that with..." Well then, you'll be a sad sack come Valentines day, won't you? But once you do bag a babe or bae, or whatever the heck they call it today, you can, with my permission, be shot with cupids arrow daily!
You see, it's all contrived.
Supply and demand, and stocking up for sales is what it's all about. I don't think Memorial day has been commercialized out yet, but give it time, they, the marketers, will figure something out. Nothing is sacred in sales. Nothing. 4th of July? You can celebrate independence from Great Britain whenever you want, but setting a date for this marketing event fulfills the cycle of earn, advertise, sell/buy, repeat. Oh, sure, there are still a great many people who honor these special days in the spirit intended, but less each year.
So when you journey down to the local Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, and see they myriad of products for sale for the Next Big Holiday Event, But for the record, and to steer away from the cynical, Valentines Day was names after Saint Valentine.
Bishop Valentine was born and lived in Interamna and while on a temporary stay in Rome he was imprisoned, tortured, and martyred there on February 14, 269"
Why, you ask? Roman Emperor Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome so as to keep his army strong. Those wacky Romans, I'll tell ya. Valentinus, Valentines proper name, wasn't having any of that. "By golly, if the young'uns wanna get hitched and get it on, knockin' boots and all that, I'mma gonna marry 'em, dadgummit." Okay, to be fair, he probably didn't sound all Appalachian. He was Roman, after all. It just sounds like a better story to me, the writer.
Anyhoo, Claudius was none-too-happy about this, what with his authority usurped and all, and, well, Valentinus lost his head.
Valentines Day isn't just for a smooch and a quicky, it is also to honor this man who saw love as the greater of all human activities. He saw it as inspired by God, and as being far more important than the dictates of an emperor. He knew he'd be punished for it, and that performing these weedings could end his life, but this man did it anyway. Love is greater than all.
And right he was. Now if we can just hold on on the commercial aspects of it all for, oh, I duuno, a week or two?
Welcome to the Friendslr Social Network! Here we will fill you in on what Friendslr is, why it is, and what it's mission is. Actually, there is no real mission, per se, so we can largely ignore that with a few sentences, as, for the most part, the What and Why's covers all that. Furthermore, what it isn't helps to inform and define Friendslr.com as well.
First, let's talk social networks.
The original social network was MySpace. you remember that place, right? Tom would be your first friend, what with his white T-shirt, turned towards the camera smiling in front of his computer desk. What ever happened to Tom? Or for that matter, MySpace? Oh, it's still around, and is a good cautionary tale for why You Don't Fix Something Which Is Not Broken! Oh, sure, there were social network type things pre-MySpace, forums and such. I remember some entity called Trumpet, or something, on Compuserve, which was a live 24 hour chat area. CB, I think it was called. I was a member, and I spent a good many hours chatting with these folks, gosh, so much great humor. Seems a good many of those folks were programmers, and some were "beneficial hackers." They would break into others servers and re-write poorly written code. Yep, a buncha entertaining geeks. Also, in a way, the recently discontinued AOL AIM was a quasi social network, but circliong back, the original one one was MySpace.
While MySpace Floundered...
In June of 2009, Facebook blew past MySpace in total users, a really good indicator of popularity, and never looked back. MySpace made a lot of bad decisions, and Facebook capitalized. Simple. As. That. In July of 2006, MySpace was far ahead of both Google and Yahoo Mail as the most visited, popular site. Period.
Facebook Perfected social Networking
While MySpace create the concept of the social network, Facebook perfected the same. A clear vision, and concise direction at Facebook, and huge mistakes by MySpace enabled Facebook to rule the social networking landscape.
Google Gets Into The Act
Google does a lot of stuff really well. In a way, Google has a similar story to Facebook. They are both second generation iterations of first generation successes. MySpace led to Facebook doing it better, Yahoo led to Google also doing it better. And while sitting and watching Facebook grow from the sidelines, someone at Google maybe thought, "Wait a minute, these guys are getting big! Big is our thing, this Facebook site could threaten us in terms of internet domination!" Either that, or they thought, "Hells bells, we can do this social network thing better, we'll do it different, with 'circles' instead of friends lists, and call it Google Plus. Shoot, we, like, OWN the internet, what could go wrong?" Well, mon frere, a lot could. Just because you're good at some things does not mean you're good at all things. See this article: Why Does Google Plus Exist
Okay, I'll be frank here: (hi Frank!) I do not understand Twitter. Yes, I have several accounts, I nearly never use them. If you're reading this, you can obviously tell that I have much to say. I cannot do that in 140 characters. That would be, from the beginning of this article: "Welcome to the Friendslr Social Network! Here we will fill you in on what Friendslr is, why it is, and what it's mission is. Actually, there". That's barely a SNEEZE when it comes to conveying an idea!!! One cannot convey much in so little space. Earlier today I read a report of a semi famous crime, and browsed through one of the criminals tweets, from before jail, to before the crime. What a load of nonsensical blather! Still, Twitter is an incredibly successful venture, so obviously expressing micro-thoughts is pretty popular. On the other hand, long, say, 300 word Facebook posts are, oh, I dunno...ANNOYING!
A Gazillion Others
There are a whole slew of other social networks on the internet today, like this one, Friendslr.com. Many of them deliberately copy Facebook, I mean literally. They run on software touted as Facebook clone software. Google it, you'll see. We at Friendslr explored all sorts of software, whole package website solutions, as well as CMS and blog platform solutions. We liked exactly none of them completely. OSSN was neat, but no, WordPress gave us great blogging tools, but clunky social networking. Many of our other sites run WordPress, and as a blogging solution, it is far and away the best. As a matter of fact, I am writing this article on one of our WordPress sites, and will transfer it into Friendslr when the article is done. We tried Jomsocial running atop Joomla, that was not a good fit either. Now we have a solid site that runs quickly, and does everything we want it to for the most part.
How Is Friendslr social Network different?
Well, for the most part, it isn't. There are a lot of languishing social netwroks in the world today, and I have every reason to suspect Friendslr will be one of those too. However, we have a plan, and if the plan is right, and is executed correctly, maybe we'll garner 1/10th a percent the traffic the big boys do, and we're content with that.
As to how it is different, stick around and see, We are planning on releasing articles of interest regularly, and invite you, the user/reader to join in. Comment, write your own articles, become published, and as importantly, become a part of something new, something growing. You see, when I was thinking of leaving my Compuserve cronies, I mentioned it in the group. Kini-shakeNbake (Hi Jennifer!) exclaimed "No, you can't do that! You're of the movers and shakers!" Bright kid, but wrong on that, I thought at the time. It's about the user experience, not the individuals, although the individuals provide the experience, I learned later.
So hang with us a while, sit a spell
I'm Steve, the Admin, the creator of Friendslr.com social Network, or more accurately, compiler of it. We're happy to have you visit, join, contribute, whatever. I will friend each one of you, a la Tom, but one critical difference is, I'm an old guy, and I want what we all want: to have fun online. I want this to be a safe and fun place. so enjoy. The cost to smile is exactly the same as using Friendslr: Nothing. Thank you for existing! And thank you for sharing.