Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016


You will not be punished FOR your anger. You will be punished BY your anger.

Rich or Poor?

A rich man is content with what he has; a poor man accumulates and is never satisfied.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

After the Election...

This Election has been hard on all of us...If you Won: Don't Gloat. If you Lost: Don't Despair. Please treat others the way you want to be treated. We can all practice a little more kindness, courtesy and patience in our lives. GOD BLESS AMERICA! Always My Very Best, Ronald

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


I hate the term "crazy"...I prefer "Happy  with Benefits!"

Election Day...Send in the Clowns? They're Already Here!!!

Brazil tests literacy of clown elected to Congress


SAO PAULO – Grumpy the clown won election in a laugher, getting more votes than any other candidate for Brazil's Congress. Now he has to prove that he can read and write.
The Sao Paulo Electoral Court held a closed-door exam for the clown turned congressman-elect on Thursday to determine if he meets a constitutional mandate that federal lawmakers be literate.
Francisco Silva became famous as Tiririca — "Grumpy" in Portuguese — and received about 1.3 million votes, nearly twice as many as the next-highest vote-getter in last month's congressional elections.
His campaign videos drew millions of viewers on the Internet, with slogans such as "It can't get any worse" and "What does a federal deputy do? Truly, I don't know. But vote for me and you'll find out."
But a less humorous element emerged during the campaign: Allegations that Silva, like 10 percent of Brazilians, is illiterate. Judge Aloisio Silveira ruled that there were discrepancies between the handwriting on Silva's application to run for Congress and that on the document in which he swears he can read and write and in autographs he gave to fans.
He ordered that Silva must demonstrate that he can read and write.
Silva has attributed the discrepancies to the fact that his wife helped him write his application because he has trouble holding a pen firmly between his thumb and index finger.
Following Thursday's test, the president of the electoral court, Judge Walter de Almeida Guilherme, told reporters that Silva "read and wrote" during the exam, but did not give more details.
A final ruling is not expected before Friday, according a court spokeswoman who declined to be quoted by name due to departmental rules.
Last month, Vladimir Porfirio, spokesman for Silva's political party, said the campaign is "ready to prove the rigorous legality of his candidacy."
If Silva is barred from office, the votes he received will be declared invalid and a complex formula will be used to redistribute the congressional seats at stake.
Brazil's 513-seat lower house is filled using a proportional representation system that allocates seats to parties according to the total number of votes their candidates win, so successful candidates can sometimes pull several allies into office.

Speaking of McVotes...

McDonald’s Workers Are Told Whom to Vote for

    WASHINGTON — When workers in a McDonald’s restaurant in Canton, Ohio, opened their paychecks this month, they found a pamphlet urging them to vote for the Republican candidates for governor, Senate and Congress, or possibly face financial repercussions.
    The pamphlet appeared calculated to intimidate workers into voting for Republican candidates by making a direct reference to their wages and benefits, said Allen Schulman, a Democrat who is president of the Canton City Council and said he obtained a copy of the pamphlet on Wednesday.
    The pamphlet said: “If the right people are elected, we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above the current levels. If others are elected, we will not.”
    It then named three Republican candidates after stating, “The following candidates are the ones we believe will help our business move forward.”
    The store’s owner, Paul Siegfried, did not return a call for comment, but a spokesman for McDonald’s USA, the parent company, said: “It was an unfortunately lapse in judgment on Mr. Siegfried’s part. He’s disappointed with himself.”
    The spokesman, Joe Woods, e-mailed a statement on Mr. Siegfried’s behalf. “For those that I have offended, I sincerely apologize,” the statement said.
    Mr. Woods said Mr. Siegfried’s action did not represent the policy of McDonald’s.
    Mr. Schulman, who is a lawyer, said that distribution of the pamphlet — which was printed on a McDonald’s letterhead — violates a 1953 Ohio statute that prohibits political material from being attached to wage envelopes. He declined to comment on how he got a copy, or who gave it to him, but said it was distributed to employees within the past week.
    He said he had forwarded a copy to the authorities in Canton, requesting that they investigate.
    Joe Martuccio, the law director for the city of Canton, said by telephone on Friday he was in the process of determining whether the distribution occurred within city limits and whether he had the authority to investigate.
    “We have to determine the facts first,” he said.
    The incident came as liberal voting-rights groups expressed concern that conservative complaints about fraudulent voting would lead to a reduced turnout on Election Day. Some Tea Party members have announced plans to question voters at the polls whom they suspect of being ineligible.
    The incident also highlighted how fraught politics have become just days before the midterm elections in Ohio, a key battleground state, where incumbent Democrats are struggling for their survival.


    "Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other."--Oscar Ameringer