Gotta Love the Chutzpah

Tonight, I was in the middle of a conversation with my best pal in NYC when the phone went dead. Apparently, she was experiencing the annual summertime black-out and then I read this on Twitter:

I guess this is what they call a New York moment. After being trapped on the F (train) for an hour because of the power outage I emerged to see dark restaurants & traffic lights, civilians directing traffic, & an evacuated Carnegie Hall concert happening in the street. #nyc #Blackout

I’ll never forget the time I returned to NYC 2 weeks after 9/11. A group of friends had organized to pass out food, beverages and directions for medical attention to the FDNY and asked me to join them. It was an honor and a privilege to participate so of course I flew up to help. The city never ceases to amaze me. Somebody will knock you over in the street fighting to get your cab, but when the going gets tough, the tough become the most compassionate people in the world. I miss that.

In the meantime, Mayor Bill was campaigning in Iowa and was indecisive about returning to the city. All I can say is God Bless NYC for having the smarts to elect Rudy Giuliani before 9/11.

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The True Definition of Diversity in America

Bear with me y’all; I’m experiencing severe culture shock here in No FL.

Let me just say right off the bat; I love native Northern Floridians! They have been unbelievably helpful and shown exemplary skills in building our home and designing our landscape.

I’m just spouting off here because my new landscaper who hires only Americans and was wearing a MAGA t-shirt, made sure I was happy with their work and called me ma’am. Price? Cheaper than Naples and I own 3x the acreage I did there.

God Bless America. Correction: God Bless Americans.

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American Icons

Since it is July 4, I would be remiss for failing to acknowledge the death of one of America’s greatest “car guys,” Lee Iacocca. He died on the 2nd and it saddened me not only because I grew up in the Detroit area, but his accomplishments were many: the Mustang, the minivan, and the rescue of Chrysler. He was a charismatic promoter (see his Chrysler commercials) but also an innovator with great leadership skills. He clashed with the infamous Whiz Kids headed by everybody’s favorite liar Robert McNamara and lost the fight at Ford.

My mother bought one of the first 1964 Mustangs in bright red with bucket seats. I instantly became the coolest kid on the block and insisted she drive me around everywhere. 🙂

Lido will be missed. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

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Three Cheers for Small Entrepreneurs!!!

Today I ventured out into my new neighborhood to get a manicure. This will sound unbelievably trite to every male on this site, but I promise there is a bigger point to be made here. (And if you’ve ever read my comments, you know I always have one!)

I asked around for recommendations and begrudgingly took the advice of a young female construction worker who had helped build my house. “My bad” but it was a salon run by a large Vietnamese family and I had visions of all those cheap places I went to in NYC and ended up with nail infections.

As a business owner myself, I have never been more impressed. The salon was huge, looked like it belonged on Rodeo Drive, was packed and fully staffed. Ok, I thought, this all looks clean and modern, but what about the skill sets? My 25 year old nail tech from Hanoi offered me almost 500 shades of color and suggested a technology I had never seen before (don’t laugh). It took over an hour but cost what I paid in SW Florida for a basic and it lasts 3 weeks. My nails look great!

I also noticed that the owners were quite cognizant of time management without compromising quality.

I left thinking these were people who really hustled and made it a point to stay ahead of a very competitive industry. I have lived everywhere and never seen a small business operate so efficiently and offer so many options. They’ve truly taken the most innocuous of businesses and built a small empire.

I love to see this happen.

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Living in America

I finally felt at home in my own country today.

I had electricians, plumbers, picture hangers (with an unbelievable laser technology) and the guys who installed my big screen TV and gas fireplace over today to check up on their work to see if we were happy.

My husband and I have been delighted with our new home and we weren’t shy about expressing our ebullience. Truly, you get what you give.

They were all so proud of their work and our house and our reaction to it, it made my day. MAGA!

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Everyday Observations

As my husband and I are traveling back and forth between our two homes, I rely upon my favorite Chinese delivery restaurant in Naples because nearly all of our kitchen utensils are in Amelia Island as we will be officially moving on Saturday.

I’ve never become more proficient with chopsticks. 🙂

Tonight, I ordered my favorite menu- dim sum, kung pao chicken/shrimp and sauteed green beans.This is a minor thing but our regular delivery boy who is Romanian showed up this evening and hugged me and said:

“I’ll miss you and your endless American friendliness and generosity. You are lucky to have been born here.”

Let’s remember this y’all.

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A Warrior Class of Their Own

This is the title of a recent article I read in the Washington Examiner on the Green Berets, the U.S. Army’s most elite fighting force. Recently and rightfully so, the Navy SEALs have received quite a bit of attention particularly after the release of Clint Eastwood’s powerful film American Sniper.

This article further documented the continuous growth and innovation of our military and it made me proud, so I am anxious to share:

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/a-warrior-class-of-their-own

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What role, if any, does your morality play in your political choices?

This was a question posed by Susan Quinn of Ricochet and I thought it was a good one. If I was able to answer over there, this would be my response:

There are varying degrees of morality as our legal system certainly defines:
1. Murder: 1st degree, 2nd degree, premeditated and manslaughter
2. Rape: nonconsensual and statutory

Two examples: Clinton violated both examples of rape. DJT was a player. Not condoning the Don but I see no pathology here as I did with WJC.

Barack Obama was, in my honest opinion worse than immoral; he was amoral. He was resentful of the U.S. and highly influenced by his absentee father to hamper democracy, liberty and capitalism. And it is this that I consider the most unconscionable act of all.

Do not run for Leader of the Free World if you plot to undermine it. That’s what political monsters such as Hugo Chavez do.

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The Best and the Worst

Here’s a compilation of the five best and the five worst presidents in U.S. history. These lists were compiled from varying different sources from both MSM and historians and because they bore such striking similarities, I chose to use them as a starting point.

The best:
1. Lincoln
2. Washington
3. FDR
4. Teddy Roosevelt
5. Eisenhower

Personal commentary:
1. No to FDR whose New Deal laid the groundwork for the mess we’re in today and his reluctance to enter WWII earlier (despite the isolationist sentiment in the country) and his naivete about Stalin. Even his good ally Churchill claimed “what he lacked in intellect, he made up in character.” My response? You need both.
2.Teddy Roosevelt made the list mainly due to his personality and personal popularity and his dedication to environmentalism. NBD.

Shockingly missing?
1. Reagan (who came in 9th)
2. Calvin Coolidge

On to the worst:
1. John Tyler
2. Warren G. harding
3. Franklin Pierce
3. Andrew Johnson
5. James Buchanan

Personal commentary:
1. Not sure Pierce deserved #3 because in the 18 months before inauguration he lost all three sons and his wife to dementia.(Lincoln survived similar tragedies but this is one of the reasons he is consistently ranked #1.)
2. Obama is ranked as our 13th best and Clinton at #15. There is no reason to mention to this crowd why such rankings constitute a travesty of intellectual judgment.
3. BTW, where is Carter?

Perhaps both lists should have been expanded. Members, please contribute your lists and commentary especially, you MLR. This is your specialty!

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The Power and the Arrogance of the PC Movement

It’s official: politically correct behavior and outrage “against the man” has permeated even the pharmaceutical business.

I attempted to refill a minor anti-inflammatory prescription at a NY pharmacy where it is actually produced and thus less expensive.This was at the suggestion of my derm who called it in and I’ve had it shipped to Florida at considerable savings.

Yesterday I called in a refill and the acting pharmacist insisted my refill was for a different amount (50 v. 100 grams) and had been changed by my doctor here. Of course I knew this was nonsense because I’ve been going to the same derm for 20 years and she wouldn’t make such a random decision without consulting her patient.

One thing led to another over the phone; this pharmacist got heated and started cursing in Arabic. I responded: “I can’t understand a word you’re saying. You do know you’re dealing with American patients?”

Wowser! He went off on me with “I’m an American citizen same as you, blah, blah, blah” and then proceeded to tell me the drug was out of stock with no ETA and I should find another pharmacy. Hung up the phone.

I only repeat such a trivial story as an example of how the “trickle down theory” that Reagan espoused has truly changed course and become a warped weapon to use against native born Americans (and I’m not referring to Indian tribes.)

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God Save the Queen, Indeed

Prince Charles and Camilla make history in Cuba — BBC News

Say what? Quite unbelievable that Wales has no clue who pays for those $8,000 dollar Brioni suits and $400 dollar Zegna ties.

We have plenty of our own problems in this country, but I am shocked and appalled at the lack of discretion from our special friends. Obama I could understand because he hates America and all principles of democracy.

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The Decline and Fall of the WH Correspondent’s Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ dinner, enthusiastically called “nerd prom” for years by Washington journalists looking for champagne and selfies, is sobering up, with next week’s gala drawing few celebrities, no president, and now no press secretary.

As if to rub in the lost luster of the event, instead of the usual comedian, a historian will serve as the “entertainment.”

President Trump, snubbing the dinner a third time to host a rally, diverted top aides from the gala, while a faction within the White House Correspondents’ Association nixed the comedy routine, resulting in the least glitzy gathering in decades

Don’t you just love it??? I’m especially delighted that the Donald is doing a rally the same night that will be sure to dominate the ratings.

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Yeager: An Autobiography

I’m 100 pages into this book and I’d like to thank the member who recommended it. Tom Wolfe didn’t quite do General Yeager justice; he was and still is (I imagine) one wild coyote. This is the quote he chose for the back of the book:

“I don’t deny that I was damned good. If there is such a thing as ‘the best,’ I was at least one of the title contenders. I’ve had a full life and enjoyed just about every damned minute of it because that’s how I lived.”

I highly encourage all members to buy this book; it is raw, exciting and unbelievably impressive. His natural born talents- dexterity and an understanding of math and engineering from a very young age are fascinating. We’ve all seen the movie Top Gun but Yeager gives an authentic insight into the culture of fighter pilots.

What an American!

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