Senator Joe Donnelly Tried; State of Indiana Voters Demonstrate Poor Decision-Making Skills

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after the U.S. Treasury Department announced that government borrowing this year will be $1.34 trillion, more than double the amount from 2017. The Department expects to issue $425 billion in debt from October through December covering a widening budget gap caused “primarily” by the 2017 McConnell-Ryan tax law. This marks the highest level of borrowing since 2010, when the country was still emerging from the Great Recession.

Donnelly said, “Last year, Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan pushed through an irresponsible and partisan tax law that exploded our deficit to benefit the wealthy and big corporations. Now, they want to pay for it by cutting Medicare and Social Security, which more than one million Hoosier seniors depend upon. We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our seniors, and I’ll continue opposing any effort that jeopardizes the benefits they have earned.”

Earlier this month, in an interview on Bloomberg TV, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed concern about the deficit and then called for ‘reforms’ to entitlements including Medicare and Social Security, matching comments from House Speaker Paul Ryan last December.

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According to data from the Treasury Department, the budget deficit widened to $779 billion for the 2018 fiscal year, which ended September 30. That matches data from earlier this year, when analysis from the CBO projected that the federal budget deficit would reach $1 trillion by 2020, two years earlier than previously expected, and that federal debt will rise to nearly 100% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2028, which would be the highest debt level since just after World War II. According to the CBO, these adjustments are due “primarily” to the partisan McConnell-Ryan tax law from late 2017.

Donnelly has repeatedly introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment, which would ensure responsible budgeting, while also protecting working- and middle-class families, seniors, and the economy. It would exempt the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds so long as they remain solvent.


Geaux Irish and Color-Me-Cardinal . . . Rematch Ahead 9-29-18 . . . The Feast Day of Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (may none of the student-athletes be injured)


Stephen Wright Quotes

Go ahead and stimulate evening conversation and laughs with some of these:

Funny Steven Wright Quotes

1 – I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2 – Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back.
3 – Half the people you know are below average.
4 – 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5 – 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6 – A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 – A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8 – If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
9 – All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
10 – The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11 – I almost had a psychic girlfriend, ….. But she left me before we met.
12 – OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
13 – How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
14 – If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15 – Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 – When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
17 – Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
18 – Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
19 – I intend to live forever … So far, so good.
20 – If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21 – Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
22 – What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
23 – My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”
24 – Why do psychics have to ask you for your name
25 – If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 – A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 – Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
28 – The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
29 – To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30 – The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
31 – The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
32 – The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
33 – Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.
34 – If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
35 – If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?



can’t anyone find ANGER funny?!?


Seventh Part: A Psychoanalytic Retrospective of an Ex-Lover

People used to say I looked like Robert Redford or Jon Voight when I was a college chum. No one thought my ex- resembled nor sung like Barbra.


The Way We Were as college buddies sort of held up for two decades before falling apart in a divorce; the similarities to the movie romance end there.


Part IV in a Series: Psychoanalytic Analysis of a Major Life-Changing Event [that of my ex-lover]

May Day ’18:

Why do people take ‘the defense’ of decisions they make? If other’s opinions are acceptable – if not right or way wrong – why do those who could use advice become offended and defensive?

It is a natural, if not psycho phenomenon, to take on ‘defense mechanisms’ in order to justify or rationalize. It is natural in that by adopting a ‘defense mechanism’ it protects one’s mind from harm, for better or for worse. I learned this simple stuff as an undergraduate Psychology major at Indiana University – where incidentally, I met my daughter’s mother. After about five years of up-and-down courtship, we were lawfully married for more than 26 years.

The reasons we got married are not the same rational reasons Americans take on marriage these days. What we had in-common drifted over the years prompting a great idea to split up despite the consequences. To me, money did not matter. That perspective worked to my ex-spouses future benefit.

What was neat is that we birthed a wonderful daughter and resumed a Christian relationship. Unfortunately, I am the only one who regularly celebrates my Christianity. That is probably the most difficult issue remaining for me; the fact that my ex-lover married a Republican (she has been a life-long Democrat and I am in the Green Party) atheist. Her faith was so strong a decade ago that my friends gave her the nickname ‘Church Lady.’

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Thones of Angels Praising God Playing Harps

   Mores, morality, judgments, values, principles, and our life goals and missions change when we ditch the importance of integrating religion into our lives. Being good stewards of the earth is a religious concept. I agree with Pope Francis I that one can have a spiritual life without being a Catholic. Regardless, I seriously considered the priesthood after my first and only divorce.

Being a child of my parents’ divorce and having five step-sisters, I believe, gives me a rich perspective of divorce, marriage, and remarriage. I can accept what is written in the Bible, too. Belief in these writings is one thing, not to believe in God in any sort of fashion ain’t a good thing for atheists or children or others who are looking for fine role models.

My Roman Catholic mother received a lot of counseling from a priest at the University of Notre Dame prior to her divorce and ended up re-marrying another ‘excommunicated’ Catholic who worked at N.D.

Despite it all, I feel I had a relatively mentally healthy childhood and adulthood. Nowadays given circumstances like my own, divorced people can get married in the Catholic Church.

Unfortunately, my ex-lover of over thirty years in unable to try to understand all this Roman Catholic dogma. Again, her ‘defense mechanisms’ kick in.

I value being able to receive sanctifying grace by receiving the sacraments of communion and confession regularly and taking the Sacrament of the Healing of the Sick whenever necessary… in my life, I have received what used to be called ‘the last rites’ four times during the last three years.

– to be continued –

– (Check out our other web-blogs for the first three parts of this series of articles)

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Pompano (fish) Available Wild in the (formerly) Great State of Indiana and Along Florida’s Atlantic Coast



There are several fish species in the genera Trachinotus that are marketed as pompano. The name pompano has long been used broadly to refer to many different species within this large family of fish called jacks (Carangidae). Pompano became popular in the United States primarily because of the domestic sport and commercial fishery along the coast of Florida for Trachinotus carolinus. This species is the most expensive and preferred due to its wonderful flavor, texture and fat content. This species of pompano is highly valued as a food fish both commercially and recreationally.

Note: Good Music to eat fish . . .


Today much of our domestic demand for this species is met by whole frozen Golden Pompano, Trachinotus auratus/blochii, (sometimes referred to as Golden Permit) which is imported from Asia where it is farm raised in sea cages. This imported Pompano is a close match to the eating quality of the much sought after native U.S. pompano carolinus species. Most of the domestic pompano is sold in the fresh market at much higher prices than this imported whole frozen Golden Pompano which primarily comes from China. However, the availability of this imported pompano satisfies a demand for frozen product that the domestic pompano fishery simply cannot meet.

Both Trachinotus species are thin, silver-colored fish with gold on the belly and a deep body. Their flesh is white, delicate, and has pleasing oil content. These two pompano species grow to about two pounds and 18 inches long.
Domestically, larger fish are filleted while smaller fish are usually offered in whole cleaned pan ready form. Smaller fish are better eating than the larger ones. The imported Golden Pompano helps fill the demand for these smaller 1-2# sized whole fish when domestic fresh pompano is unavailable or too high in price. There has, and continues to be, significant restrictions on both the commercial and recreational harvests of pompano in order to protect the U.S. domestic resource. Sea Port’s imported farmed raised Golden Pompano assists in lessening the pressure on this popular U.S. wild fishery

Within the diverse pompano (jack) family, there is a very large species (Trachinotus falcatus) that gets as large as fifty pounds. Its scientific common name is Permit. Whenever two pound or larger fillets or whole pompano over three pounds are offered in the marketplace, they are most likely from this much larger pompano (Permit) and should be priced much lower than the smaller pompano due its lower quality of meat (drier/coarser).

Pompano are excellent broiled, oven baked, or pan fried, but there is a substantial tradition of cooking them in pouches by baking them and using complex sauces. It is highly esteemed as a food fish. The delicacy and quality of the flesh, however, should be able to stand on its own with simple preparation and cooking.

As a broad general rule of thumb, always choose whole pompano that are two pounds or less in size. This will help assure you are most likely getting the most desirable pompanos from this large and diverse family of jacks (Carangidae).


Just a Thought from a Dude who Studied History for 25 Years in IN: A Reflection on Republican History – Avoiding a Constitutional Crisis, Preserving the USA Republic, and Fostering World Peace

Hoosiers do not want to die in war or by natural causes before the 2020 presidential election.

Besides, the Chinese outnumber us by about one billion to 10 million people and the Russian and Syrian governments haven’t done many nice acts for humanity during the last 50 years.

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Could the Republican Party do the U.S. and the world a favor?

May we take a lesson from history?

It was done during the 1970’s.

In the name of the party of Abraham Lincoln and by the grace of God, can it happen again?

(1) The Speaker of the House of Representatives changed prior to the mid-term election of 1974, with a presidential election looming in 1976.

(2) The dishonorable Vice President (Spiro Agnew / like Mike Pence) was replaced.

(3) The sitting President (RMN) resigned with some dignity and many accomplishments.

(4) The Vice President (Gerald Ford) seamlessly assumed the Presidency.

(5) A respectable Vice President (former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller) was selected.

(6) The U. S. House of Representatives democratically elected a new Speaker of the House (who follows the VP as next in-line to succeed the President of the United States of America (POTUS)).

Given the…

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