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OLDSTERS ARE COOL!

BRYCE ON LIFE

– The wit and wisdom of our seniors.

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It’s cool to be an oldster. You really do not appreciate it until you reach your sixties when your offspring are grown up and in the work force. People look at you differently, thinking you are past your prime and should be retired. It’s kind of like, “Okay Old Man, sit in the corner, eat your cookie, and we’ll take it from here.”

I have a problem with this as I still have a few dances left on my card.

Young people do not believe you can keep up with the pace of today, that you possess knowledge from a by-gone era that is no longer applicable. It disturbs them greatly when you demonstrate you know how to use their technology, not just as well but better than they do. The young people also think you dress funny, especially when you wear a suit and tie, and that you cannot comprehend the jargon, entertainment, or customs of today. They are particularly mystified when you say or do something politically incorrect and it doesn’t seem to bother you.

What oldsters lack in the customs, vernacular and technology of the day, they make up for in hutzpah, guile, and bravado. Their values may be different than the youngsters, but their experiences make them resourceful and a fountain of information. Even better, they have developed a sense of humor laced with wisdom. To illustrate, I have assembled a Youtube! playlist featuring the wit and wisdom of oldsters, which you can access HERE. Some of these stories are funny, some poignant, and others simply entertaining. The intent of is to give young people a glimpse into the mind of the oldsters, how they think, what they have learned, and their perspective on life. From it, you should be able to glean the mindset of oldsters, that they are not obsolete and want to prove their worth.

As for you oldsters out there, you’ll love this immensely.

These essays remind me of the story of two bulls, one old and one young, who were standing on a hill overlooking a herd of cattle. Being a bit impetuous, the young bull said to his elder, “How about we charge down the hill, snort loudly, and make love to a couple of cows?” The old bull replied, “I have a better idea; let’s quietly sneak down the back of this hill, slip around from behind, and get the whole herd.”

The message from these video clips is simple: Giving up is the ultimate tragedy. As long as we have a breath to breath, we need to demonstrate our worth, otherwise it is time to pack it in.

Mark Twain summed it up in terms of how young people perceive oldsters: “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

Then again, Mark Twain was an oldster when he made this observation.

P.S. – Congratulations to 65 year old trainer Bob Baffer and 52 year old jockey Mike Smith on winning the Triple Crown aboard Justify.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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TRUMP: SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– And why it upsets Democrats.

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From June 8th-14th, we witnessed something special, something that doesn’t occur too often, an American president traveling the globe to bring about peace and prosperity for not only our country but the world as well. This was unlike other presidential trips in that a new type of president was making the rounds, Donald “The Energizer Bunny” Trump, representing a clever negotiator with boundless energy. Not only was he willing to go to bat for the American people, but he also represented the interests of many others around the globe including Europe, Japan, China, even Russia. As if his negotiations didn’t keep him busy enough, he kept us informed by frequently Tweeting his thoughts.

The first stop for Mr. Trump was the G-7 meeting in Canada where the trade imbalance between the United States and other countries took center stage. Here, the president suggested dropping all tariffs completely, something that was spurned by the other G-7 members. In particular, Canadian PM Trudeau showed his true colors by claiming foul by the president after his departure. This proved he is not a legitimate FRIEND of the United States.

Prior American administrations spoiled other countries by allowing tariffs to exist uncontested, thereby causing our massive TRADE DEFICIT. The president made it clear: the party is over. As Mr. Trump said in his closing remarks, “We’re The Piggy Bank That Everybody’s Robbing.” Unless the tariffs disappear altogether, thereby enabling true free trade, the United States will likely invoke their own.

In turn, the Democrats and Main Stream Media (MSM) warned of the dangers of a trade war, giving the impression they are more concerned with the financial well-being of foreign workers as opposed to American.

The next stop was Singapore where the president met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula. Their meeting was brief but resulted in a four-part statement agreeing to establish new relations between the two countries, work towards a lasting peace between north and south, work toward denuclearization of the north, and recover the remains of POW/MIA from the Korean War.

Ever the consummate builder/developer, Mr. Trump produced a special VIDEO showing the benefits of peace to the Korean leader. This video demonstrated the president’s in-depth knowledge of North Korea, as well as his salesmanship.

The President said Kim Jong Un was eager to move forward on this agreement and was already starting the process of destroying his rockets and nuclear build-up. In return, the United States temporarily suspended further military exercises with South Korea. In addition, no new sanctions would be added, but existing sanctions would remain in place until progress is made towards the agreement.

They also discussed human rights violations but didn’t commit to a policy at this time. Instead, they saw this brief meeting as an important first step and further talks would address such concerns. However, the biggest problem, denuclearization, which is of major concern to American safety and security, was addressed.

A lot was accomplished in a brief four hour summit. Yet again, the Democrats and Main Stream Media refused to give their stamp of approval and labeled it a “bust” instead, claiming Kim Jong Un was somehow the real winner at the summit. They conveniently overlooked President Trump’s “Big Stick” approach which brought the Korean Chairman to the table. Teddy Roosevelt, who was the originator of the “Big Stick” approach, would have likely used the same tactic for both Korea and the G-7.

The third newsworthy event was the release of the Inspector General’s REPORT reviewing the actions of the FBI and Department of Justice in advance of the 2016 election. The 568 page report essentially noted ethics violations tarnishing the reputation of the FBI and Department of Justice. To quote from the report:

“Nonetheless, when one senior FBI official, Strzok, who was helping to lead the Russia investigation at the time, conveys in a text message to another senior FBI official, Page, ‘No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it’ in response to her question ‘[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!’, it is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects. This is antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice.”

Regarding then-Director James Comey’s role in the 2016 investigation, the report states: “While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and Department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the Department as fair administrators of justice.”

The report obviously vindicates President Trump firing Mr. Comey on May 9, 2017, as well as confirming suspicions of improper behavior by FBI investigators. J. Edgar Hoover should be spinning in his grave.

Interestingly, on the day the report was released, the Democrats had a full court press trying to refute it. I personally received press releases from the Left before the report was even publicly released. The television news media poo-poohed the report in an attempt to minimize damage.

Conclusion

As if this week wasn’t difficult enough, Mr. Trump had to bear the weight of Democrats and the Main Stream Media taunting and berating his every move like sore losers. The criticism was so loud, he should receive the Noble Peace Prize simply for fighting them.

The Left has become unglued over the president’s success, causing such people as actor Robert DeNiro to frequently drop the F-bomb on the president at the recent Tony Awards. In reality, celebrities like DeNiro are doing the GOP a favor as their crass language and rude behavior only strengthens the resolve of the Republicans to turn out the vote. It is also a turnoff to independent voters which Democrats desperately need in November.

Remarkably, the Left openly yearns for the economy to crumble and the country to slip into a recession so the President cannot be re-elected in 2020. Whereas the President offers an approach based on capitalism with fewer taxes and smaller government, which has led to our current era of prosperity, the Left offers a socialist agenda with higher taxes and bloated government, an approach which failed under President Obama.

Democrats possess a “glass half empty” mentality as opposed to “half full.” They are genuinely hoping for the economy to fail, for Korean peace talks to fall apart, and the trade talks to crumble. Translation: they want a failed economy, high unemployment, war in Korea, and foreign governments to gouge American taxpayers, for if the president succeeds, they know they will fail in November. They simply have no alternative proposals to offer American voters other than to “Stop Trump.” Instead, they besmirch the president’s character hoping voters will follow suit. The only problem is the voters are not buying into their argument and see the president’s efforts in a positive light. The desperation by the Left as expressed herein means one thing; this is the beginning of the end of the Progressive grip on the Democrats (which I now like to refer to as “The Regressives”).

While prospects for the future dimmed for Democrats this week, Republican candidates supporting Mr. Trump gained traction by winning key primaries on Tuesday, the 12th, including South Carolina, Nevada, and Virginia. So much for the “Never Trumpers.”

Yes, June 8th-14th will likely go down in the history books as a turning point in America; where we moved away from a reactive management style to a proactive one.

As for the president, not bad for a man who just celebrated his 72nd birthday on Thursday. One nice present was given to him by Norway’s governing Progress Party, a nomination for the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, making him eligible for next year’s award, something the press didn’t want you to know.

As to the upcoming midterm elections, all I can say is, “Game-Set-Match.”

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Explanations

Former President Bill Clinton who we refer to affectionately here, as HisBubbaness was asked about his past behavior, in light of the #Metoo Movement and he said.

“I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will, how much you can crowd their space, make them miserable at work.”

And we thought that was kind of interesting even if the rest of the Mass Hysteria didn’t.  Because we always thought that doing things to people against their will violated the penal code.  But what do we know?  We’ve been wrong before.  We could be again.

And of course we could not miss the huge moment or, should we say UUUGGGEEE moment, since we are NYUGE, when President the Donald Himself shook hands with one of our buddies Kim Jung-un, as they signed the historic peace agreement.  While most of the Mass Hysteria has sat open mouthed at the off again on again, I will bomb you, no we will bomb you, negotiations that have gone back and forth for the last year, we knew what the fly in the ointment was.  It was Chuck-E-Cheese.  As readers of this column know, Kim Jung-un and President the Donald Himself had agreed on a Mc Donald’s, a Taco Bell, a KFC and even an Appleby’s, for Kim Jung-un.  But King Jung-un was holding out for a Chuck-E-Cheese as well.  And tough negotiator that he is, Kim Jung-un got it.  The rest is history.

Of course leave it to us, to have to explain what happened with J. Edgar Comey.  The Inspector Generals’ report referred in an obtuse way about the “insubordination” involving J. Edgar Comey.  Specifically in his handling of the HerHillaryness emails found on Huma Aberdin’s computer.  Forget all the double talk.  What was going on was, J. Edgar Comey thought HerHillaryness was going to win the election.  That’s why he paid no mind to the emails on Huma’s computer.  It’s called kissing the boss’s ass.  Or in this case the boss to be HerHillaryness’s, ass.  What must have happened a few days before the election was somebody showed J. Edgar Comey polls that showed The Donald Himself was going to win the election.  So J. Edgar Comey promptly opened up the investigation into HerHillaryness’s emails once again.  J. Edgar Comey was trying to kiss the ass of one Donald John Trump.  Is that a crime?

Dicens simile factum est

Pro Bono Publico

DO THE DEMOCRATS TRULY HATE THE PRESIDENT?

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Or is it the Republicans they truly hate?

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This is part of an on-going series I have been writing regarding how Democrats think and the tactics they are using going into the 2018 midterm elections.

True, the November elections primarily address Congressional races, but the Democrats have put President Trump in their cross-hairs as the focal point for the election. Basically, they want to use election day as a referendum of his policies and decisions. If the Democrats regain control of either chamber of Congress, they believe they will have a chance in the 2020 presidential election.

Their approach is simple but inflammatory, linking all GOP congressmen to the president thereby implying the candidate is evil simply because he/she happens to be in the president’s party. This tactic has caused some Republicans to campaign in fear, believing their association with the president is a liability. Instead, they should portray it as an asset and stand behind the president, particularly in terms of the country’s expanding economy.

Not surprising, the Democrats portray the president as an evil, insensitive ogre, which explains why they claim he is a racist, even though there is no evidence to show he is. It is simply politics at its most distasteful. For example, just a few years ago, Rev. Jesse Jackson applauded Trump’s business programs for making life better for the black community. He also thanked Mr. Trump for meeting with him when Jackson ran for president years ago. Today, Rev. Jackson regularly blasts the president accusing him of being a racist.

Today, the Democrats malign the president every chance they get, even going so far as to suggest his impeachment. This adversarial relationship began from the outset of his presidency. It wasn’t so much about Mr. Trump winning the election as it was to their shock and disbelief their candidate lost. By doing so, the “resistance” movement was born to try and thwart every action by the president, be it in Congress or on the streets.

Do the Democrat elders truly hate President Trump, the person? Aside from losing to him in 2016, the answer is No. To prove it, let’s suppose for a moment the president changed his persona to satisfy the Left; that he stopped Tweeting, acted more “presidential,” befriended the press, and began to adopt some of the positions of the Democrats. Even if he did all this, thereby blending into the Washington establishment, the Democrats would still be calling for his head. The point is, they hate the president, not because of who he is, but the party he belongs to. If any of the other 16 Republicans had won the nomination and election, his or her head would be on the chopping block. The biggest difference between President Trump and the other Republican candidates though is the president is willing to fight back, which irks the Democrats and media.

I find it rather amusing when the Democrats lament, “Why can’t he be more like Bush?” (meaning more presidential). This is laughable as the Left maligned President Bush as an idiot, and too incompetent to perform his job. So much so, you may recall Mr. Bush went into seclusion throughout the years of the Obama Administration.

Also consider how much Vice President Mike Pence is portrayed as evil and incompetent by the Democrats and the media, just because he was the running mate of the president. It is simple “guilt by association.” He has been ridiculed for his faith and the fact he has been loyal to President Trump. Members of the Trump family are also portrayed as ogres by the Left.

No, the Democrats do not truly hate President Trump. They may be green with envy for the successes he has had, but deep down they do not hate him personally; it’s all an act. The reality is they hate all Republicans and consider them a threat to their socialist agenda.

As I’ve maintained all along, the Democrats are desperate and will go to any length to win in November, regardless if it is legal or not. As long as the Republicans keep improving the economy and security, they will likely win in the Fall. My only concern for the hatred spawned by party elders is that their followers take it seriously and pose a dangerous threat to all Republicans, not just the president.

Just remember, using hate as a political weapon is what carried Adolph Hitler and the Nazis to power, as well as Benito Mussolini and the Italian Fascists, and hopefully we will all remember what happened after that.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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THE LOSS OF A “GOOD” FRIEND

BRYCE ON LIFE

– We should relish those who make life more bearable for all of us.

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I guess I am now of the age where one starts to see their friends slip away, be it old school chums or others. For example, I recently experienced the passing of a good friend, Ro Ambrose, who lost a valiant fight to breast cancer, a disease she had been fighting for approximately fifteen years. This one hurt, not just because she was a dear friend, but for other reasons.

I have known Ro and her family for about twenty years, starting with the softball fields of Palm Harbor where I used to coach in Little League. Ro had never played the game in her youth but fell in love with the sport through her daughters. So much so, when I suggested starting an adult co-ed team she was the first to sign-on. We called ourselves “Chico’s Bail Bonds,” named after the original “Bad News Bears.” Our team gelled from the time we first took the field. We were competitive, but were mostly looking for an outlet to let off some steam after work and get some exercise. We also enjoyed libations and a little Karaoke afterwards. During the game we would distract the opposing team by cooking brats with peppers and onions in our dugout, which turned out to be a rather shrewd maneuver.

Although Ro never played softball before, we watched her improve her batting average, going from .364 to an impressive .462. She took batting practice every chance she could, was always early to the field on game day, but her trademark was to run out every hit and base on balls, much like Pete Rose. She just loved the game.

Ro possessed a great sense of humor and her laugh was infectious. So much so, everyone wanted to make her laugh. She was also an excellent cook, but more importantly she cared deeply about people and was always willing to help anyone in their hour of need. She was gracious, classy, hardworking, thoughtful and very kind. As we both worked in the Information Technology field, we would bounce technical issues against each other from time to time. She was proud of and hopelessly devoted to her husband, daughters, and grandchildren.

When she first contracted her disease she was determined not to let it stop her. Ro possessed an indomitable spirit. When asked, she would candidly tell you what her condition was and where she stood in her treatment, but she was more interested in the welfare of others. It was like, “Okay I’ve got this, I’m dealing with it, now let’s move along.” I never heard her complain about anything or anyone, least of all her condition.

Over the years we drifted apart, but now and then one of us would pick up the phone and call the other, and it seemed like it was just yesterday. If you were ever having a down day, you gave Ro a call and she would pick your spirits up. She was very inspirational in this regard.

I guess the reason Ro’s passing really hurts is that she was one of those rare pearls you seldom find in life. We now live in an age of immoral behavior, cutthroat business tactics, and a general disrespect for the human spirit. What we read in the news can turn the best of us into a pessimist. So, when we meet someone like Ro, who was the personification of goodness, we realize how lucky we were to have known such a person. So when that person is gone, it hurts, a lot.

I am certain there are other Ro Ambroses out there, so maybe it’s time to rekindle our relationship and let them know how much we appreciate them. As for me, I’ll miss her laugh, her thoughtfulness, and her heart of gold. Alas.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Faces of Compassion, Faces of Hate

Three years ago, when I had my first gallbladder attack, the attending urgent-care doctor advised I’d self-diagnosed correctly and that gallbladder surgery would be a simple thing.  “They pop them out in the morning and send you home in the afternoon,” she explained.  She strongly urged I consider having it done.  Well, maybe that’s true for many with the modern techniques of laparoscopic surgery, but when my time came recently to actually undergo the procedure, it was anything but simple.  And my stay in the hospital was a whole week.

It was a Sunday evening and I was drinking a second cup of coffee while watching 60 Minutes when I first became aware of the pain.  I recognized it right away as gallbladder related, but at first it seemed rather mild.  Nevertheless, as the evening wore on, it intensified, and by midnight I could hardly breathe.  It somewhat subsided later, but the next morning I went to the nearby urgent-care clinic and from there was referred to the hospital ER.  The pain remained constant and I’d begun showing signs of jaundice.

After admission to the hospital Monday evening, tests galore were scheduled for the next morning—a sonogram, an MRI, extensive blood work—and I was hooked up to an IV and given morphine.  It appeared I had a severe duct blockage, precipitating pancreatitis.  All this as an array of different faces paraded around me: doctors, nurses, aids, assorted attendants.  And soon an odd phenomenon began to manifest itself—extremely vivid dreams.  Of faces!

Several weeks before, I’d viewed the PBS series on the Vietnam War and found it to be personally most unsettling.  I’d served in Vietnam in 1969 as a Red Cross man, and watching the battle scenes on the screen night after night resurfaced images for me I thought I’d buried for good long ago.  Mainly the faces of the troops I’d assisted and the Asians I’d encountered every day.

Following the showing of the series, I’d had the occasion at a Kansas Authors Club meeting of hearing one of the prominently featured veterans in many of the production’s scenes read his writing, the Marine and poet John Musgrave.  After the other attendees had departed, he and I shared experiences and emotions privately only those who “had been there” would understand.  It was a catharsis, yet it haunted me.

And so in the dim light of the hospital room, with the tubes attached, the medication, the frequent rousing from sleep by the aids to check vitals, the overall restless discomfort and strangeness, I commenced seeing faces in my sleep.  The faces of soldiers spilling out their anguish to me.  I was back in Vietnam!  You’re slopping through the goddamn muck and jungle steam when they spring the f’ing ambush.  The point man goes down, a bullet through the neck just above his flak jacket, his blood flecking your face.  And there—for a shattered second of eternity—there the shooter is, his face just above the tall grass, only yards away, sighting his AK.  Sweaty, smudged, adrenaline-pumped face.  Just like you, doing what he’s been trained to do.  The bastard is going to kill you.

The night nurse comes in and introduces herself.  She’s worried about my pain.  She keeps reassuring me I could have oxycodone if I wanted it.  She has three children and loves being a mom.  And obviously loves her patients too, and being a nurse, a face that’s the very definition of angel-like compassion and nurturance.

The next day the internist looks over my chart.  His face is serious, focused.  “We’re going to figure out exactly what we’re dealing with here,” he says, “and then we’re going to get you fixed up.”  The next thing I know I’m being wheeled to an MRI with the tech’s young face beside me as he pushes me along, gently reassuring me there’s sufficient clearance in the device that it’s not going to precipitate claustrophobia.  “We’re all about the comfort of our patients,” his youthful voice declares.

That evening on the TV news, I saw the reports of upheaval in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians throwing rocks and fiery objects through the smoke at the IDF troops.  A closeup shot of one face, partly concealed with a scarf, revealed the unremitting hatred in the eyes, burning with white-hot heat, emanating from the depths of the soul.  I kept thinking, when will it ever end?

By the next afternoon, the blockage had passed and liver functions were returning to normal.  The surgeon came in to discuss my case.  It turned out he was a former Marine, and soon we were exchanging war experiences.  He had a jovial but caring demeanor and suggested that, although I was now on the mend, it might be well to schedule surgery and remove the gallbladder as this incident might recur at any time.  We scheduled an operation for the next morning.

That night in my dreamy state, the faces returned in full measure.  Drifting before my mind’s eye, distorted and grotesque, hollow and sardonic—something like a collection of drama masks.  I felt more awe at their strangeness than revulsion or fear.  Just a thing to be endured like the tubes, tape and needles.

Coming back from the anesthesia the next afternoon took some doing.  Groggy head, queasy stomach and the inability to void on my own ruled the recovery.  Since it’s been said that a positive attitude and a sense of humor are great aids in healing, I tried to engage in both.  While being catheterized, I joked with the aid that this procedure was woman’s way of getting back at men for their deflowering women.  She laughed heartily.  And when the task was completed, she remained awhile offering insights about her own gallbladder removal, giving me encouragement with a wink and a pat on the arm.

When the urinary problem didn’t resolve in the next two days, they inserted a Foley, gave me instructions, and released me.  While being wheeled down the hall in a wheelchair and to my car by an older African-American lady, I was holding two vases of flowers in my lap, and I joked with those I passed by that I’d just won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes.  Standing by my Chevy I told my helper that she was the most beautiful “Uber driver” I’d ever encountered.  She beamed and exclaimed, “That’s the nicest thing anybody ever said to me!”  Hers was the last face I saw upon my departure.  And it was smiling.

THE DEMOCRATS: A PARTY AT WAR WITH ITSELF

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– There are two faces in the party, with one side in control (and desperate).

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Contrary to popular opinion, No, I do not believe all Democrats are evil. I have known a lot of them over the years, engaged in meaningful arguments with them, and have enjoyed their company. Over the years I have discovered the party has a Jekyll and Hyde personality with moderates representing Dr. Jekyll and Progressives representing Mr. Hyde. It is this latter group I have a problem with and consider a genuine threat to our nation. As to the others, I see them as honest, hard-working citizens interested in fairness, equality and the American way of life. Progressives want to change it all.

Just as the Republicans have moderates and conservatives, the Democrats are not of one mind either. Control of the party though has slipped away from the moderates and given to the Progressives starting with the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. Some would say, it started years ago with FDR and perpetuated by JFK, LBJ, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, but the truth is, liberalism has changed over the years to become much more aggressive. So much so, today’s Progressive Democrats make people like JFK and LBJ seem like conservatives.

The differences between the two factions are noticeable:

* Whereas Progressives abhor capitalism, believing it is designed to only benefit the rich, moderates understand the need to make an honest buck and earn your way through life.

* Progressives believe socialism is the path for the future, that the wealth should be redistributed; moderates understand not everybody wins and simply wants a fair wage.

* Progressives will go to any length to gain votes, regardless if it is legal or not; moderates believe in the rule of law and believes the current electoral system is fine.

* Progressives believe the Constitution is antiquated and needs to be completely rewritten; moderates believe it is basically fine, but some portions should be re-examined.

* Progressives want to abolish all guns; moderates, especially those in rural areas, understand the need to protect one’s property and lives.

* Progressives believe everyone else is a racist; moderates know better.

* Progressives believe in open borders; moderates see it as a threat to their livelihood and safety.

* Progressives believe America should “lead from behind”; moderates know America must maintain its role as leader of the free world.

* Progressives believe in changing school curriculum to minimize history and government; moderates want to understand how the government works.

* Progressives reject anyone of the Christian faith; moderates tolerate them because they also believe in Deity.

* Progressives offer token respect to patriotic symbols; moderates are proud to have served their country.

With the Progressives controlling the party, moderates know they must play ball or else, which explains why many severed their connection to the party in 2016 feeling it had abandoned them. In Congress, the Democrats are tightly controlled by Progressives like New York Senator Chuck Schumer, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA). Other Congressmen, such as Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), tend to be more moderate, yet are tightly controlled by party elders, thereby rendering them impotent.

It was in 2004 when Progressives seized control of their party and rule it to this very day. However, with the defeat of the Democrats in 2010, 2014, and the presidential election of 2016, the Progressives are now in a panic mode as they approach the 2018 midterms. This election is less about which party will control the Congress, and more about who will control their own party. Should the Democrats lose in November, control of the party will likely be wrestled away from the Progressives and returned to moderate rule.

The Progressives remain defiant. To illustrate, the web site for the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) denotes their attitude towards traditional party politics, “For decades, the Democratic Party declined as its leadership catered to corporations and the elite while neglecting working Americans. PDA is rebuilding the Party from the grassroots up, energizing and organizing progressives across America.”

Another web site, Transform the Party, represents a grassroots movement to organize Progressives and set them to work. Their mission states, “Our Revolution will reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the ‘political revolution.’ Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.”

In other words, the Progressive agenda now borders on fanaticism which may be appealing to the left wing of the Democrats, but is a turnoff to middle America and explains why the party has been losing seats.

Historically, the political pendulum has swung back and forth between Republicans and Democrats, but now the Progressives want to put America on a new ideological course. No, this is most definitely not the party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Jack Kennedy or even Bill Clinton. The Progressives want to institute a major overhaul of the underpinnings of America as we know it today. Their rhetoric is visceral and their determination is great. Frankly, middle America is scared of their radical policies and see it as destabilizing the country. Americans still remember how Communism failed in Russia, as it is in Cuba, and are currently watching Socialism destroy Venezuela, all of which scares them about the Democrats. Without a legitimate plan that is palatable to the whole country, not just the party, the Democrats will likely lose in November. Only then will the influence of the Progressives begin to wane and the party will have to chart a new course.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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HOMEFRONT COOKING – BOOK REVIEW

BRYCE ON BOOKS

– A culinary delight for our men and women in uniform.

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During my lifetime, I have read a considerable number of books pertaining to history, including the military, but I recently came across something for veterans and those currently serving in uniform, a combination cookbook and memoir dedicated to our men and women in the service. It is 240 pages of recipes and interesting military tales from our veterans. Titled “Homefront Cooking,” it is written as a labor of love by authors Tracey Enerson Wood, Carol Van Drie, Mary Elizabeth Riffle, as well as over 50 contributors (including yours truly).

The authors solicited favorite recipes and stories from our vets. Some of the recipes are elaborate, some simple, yet all are delicious. In my case, I described my father’s military career during World War II where he had the unusual distinction of serving in both the Army and the Navy at the same time. I included one of his favorite dishes, lovingly called “Slop,” based on the fare he had while undergoing flight training in Laredo, Texas. The recipe was rather simple and economical, yet something we relished as a quick family meal.

The book contains recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner and dessert. The photos included make all the entrees look simply scrumptious. The stories accompanying the recipes are both humorous and heart-warming. The authors have done an outstanding job assembling a publication that would be cherished by anyone in uniform. Their goal is to honor veterans, while preserving moments of personal history before they are forgotten. It is worth noting, all of the authors’ profits will be donated to military service organizations. This specifically includes The Robert Irvine Foundation. Chef Irvine is perhaps best known for his highly rated TV show, “Restaurant: Impossible” on the Food Network and actively supports the troops.

The book comes in two forms: Hardbound for $24.83, and in eBook form (NOOK Book and Kindle; prices vary).

Here are the details:
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 8, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1510728708
ISBN-13: 978-1510728707
For info, see their Twitter account: @HomeFrontCkBk
Or on Facebook

The book is available from:
Skyhorse Publishing
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

For questions or to organize a book signing, contact the authors at: homefrontcooking4vets@gmail.com

This is a great gift idea for anyone who has served in the military, both in terms of the recipes and the stories.

Thank you ladies for your hard work in putting this altogether, and thanks for the memories.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Eruptions

The USGS that is the United States Geological Society says do not roast marsh mellows over the molten lava that is flowing out of Hawaii’s very active volcano known as Kilauea.  The USGS says the marsh mellows will not taste good when roasted over molten lava.  Now the USGS did offer up this bit of information in response to a question asked by a curious Hawaiian, who was watching the molten lava flow slowly down his street.  So it’s not like they issued this directive without provocation.  But still we think a better answer from the USGS would have been, run.

And the TV show Rosanne was cancelled after its star Roseanne, Tweeted out racist comments.  We’re sort of puzzled by this as it seems Hollyweird is forgetting the lessons of the past.  What they used to do when a star acted up is just replace them.  They could just get another actor and call her Rosanne like they did with ‘Three’s Company’ or ‘Bewitched’ when they got rid of the actors, from those shows.  And, if ABC didn’t think that would work, as the audience identifies Rosanne Barr as the Rosanne the show’s named after too much, they could just have her killed off.  And, they could have used some tried and true things from the past, like a helicopter falling on the character’s head a la Charlie Sheen.  Or just have a regular helicopter crash like they did on M.A.S.H.  In the case of Rosanne, she could have had a heart attack.  That would also have been a good way to send a message about obesity.  A lot of people might have gone on a diet after that.  Come to think of it, this might have been a real missed opportunity here.

Now in the past Hollyweird would dump the offending actor when they asked for more money or were too whacked on drugs to keep working but the paradigm would hold up real well with racist rants too.  With the old way, ABC could have gotten rid of Rosanne, kept the show and all the advertising dollars that come with it.  Of course, if they went with the character dies routine, they’d have to give the show a new name like ‘John’ after John Goodman the Dad in the show.  If the ‘John’ sounded too much like a bathroom or a guy who solicits sex, they could go with ‘The Connors’ which is the last name of the family in the show.  If the new names confused the audience too much and they lost some viewers, they could just call it, The Show Formerly Known as Rosanne.

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THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS OF THE DEMOCRATS

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Without a viable platform, what else can they do?

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The Democrats are desperate. Regardless of what the Main Stream Media says, they are losing ground to the Republicans going into the 2018 midterm elections. We have discussed how the MEDIA twists the facts in their favor and the steps taken by the Democrats to change VOTING regulations, both of which hit below-the-belt. This desperation hints at the power struggle going on within the party itself with the progressive’s trying to retain control. If they lose in November, they’ll likely lose in 2020 and forfeit control of the party.

The latest sign of distress is represented by the Democrat’s recent calls for “Draining the Swamp,” a slogan coined by President Trump. Since they have no policies of substance to sell to the American public, other than to reverse the actions of the president, they are setting down a smoke screen to confuse and mislead voters, a little slight of hand if you will.

The truth is, the Democrats have already been branded as an integral part of the swamp by the president, so it is unlikely anyone will buy into their argument other than their own constituents. This is just the point; instead of offering viable proposals to help the economy, protect our borders, and secure the safety of the country, they are doing nothing more than “smoke and mirrors.” Even their new theme of “A Better Deal for Our Democracy,” stems from an earlier time (Teddy Roosevelt invented the “Square Deal” and Franklin Roosevelt introduced the “New Deal”). However, the “Better Deal” lacks substance, leaving the Democrats without a legitimate platform to run on. This is why they will lose.

Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter represented his platform, a lot of which he delivered on, but not everything, such as a proposal for Congressional term limits. Nonetheless, his “contract” was much more substantive than the “Better Deal” of the Democrats. This is what the American voters are looking for, but will not get from the Democrats. Instead, they will get smoke and mirrors. Their mantra may be appealing to their own party, but certainly not to Republicans. More importantly, they are offering Independents no compelling reason to vote for their party.

So, why the smoke screen? What are they trying to hide? Frankly, it’s the economy which is now booming under Republican control. President Trump’s approach to lowering taxes and reducing regulations is putting more money in the pockets of Americans and reducing unemployment. It is this approach which runs contrary to the Democrats who want higher taxes and bigger government. This explains why they will never admit the economy has improved and why Rep. Nancy Pelosi demeans it as just “crumbs.” The Trump approach promotes capitalism, and the Democrats want to promote socialism. It’s a shame young people do not comprehend the differences between the two, which the Democrats are counting on going into November.

One last thing; time and again, the party talks about America as a Democracy, something which it most certainly is not, and I get tired of hearing this. It is a “Republic” meaning we elect representatives to vote and act on our behalf. In a true Democracy, the public would vote on everything. We do not, which is what we elect representatives to do for us. The Democrats’ excessive use of the word makes me wonder if anyone in the party truly understands how our government works. I guess this explains why they do not understand or appreciate such things as the Electoral College.

Until such time as the Democrats get serious and quit trying to deceive American voters, they will continue to lose. Yes, they should be worried. Their ship is sinking and instead of fixing the hole or manning the life boats, they are content re-arranging the deck chairs.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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