Connecting food with people who don’t have enough

I am so upset seeing TV images of farmers and food producers seemingly having no choice but to be destroying food here in the US when on the same news broadcasts we hear people don’t have enough food and are in charity food lines right in our own country. What I find so disconcerting is that we, as the self-professed “greatest economy in the history of the world” can’t find a way to connect food we can’t sell commercially — for whatever reason — with people who need food to survive. If I see ONE. MORE. STORY. about thousands of gallons of milk being disposed of, or thousands of animals being unnecessarily euthanized because the processing plants are closed or operating under diminished capacity, or truckloads of potatoes being dumped into landfills or buried, my head’s gonna explode! Un-freaking-believable!

Sadly, I have very little confidence left that elected officials will act in the best interest of ‘we the people.’ What’s worse, those in power aren’t feeling the pain of this madness… NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST. Did you notice that I didn’t call out any political party? That’s because they’re ALL culpable…culpable for not being willing to compromise on ANYTHING in earnest! WTH is wrong with our country that we can’t do better than that?!? Angry? You BET I’m angry!

Disclosure: Thanks to a dear cruise industry friend, Bruce Nierenberg, who wrote something similar to this on LinkedIn.

Terry’s Lament

I am a 71-year-old African American. I am a conservative-leaning Independent, mostly because I’ve always been leery of our government’s ability to effectively manage the dollars entrusted to their care. In my lifetime, I’ve voted for candidates from both major political parties because I’ve always believed in voting for the person, not the party. I am pro-life but accept Roe vs Wade as settled law.

I offer that preamble because of what I’m about to say. We are at a precarious point in our society and our very lives, and the haggling that I witness in the US Congress is disgusting and an absolute disgrace. All the rambling and scrambling in both houses is costing valuable time and lives and perhaps we should put THEIR paychecks on hold until they come up with a workable solution…FAST!

If Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, says “we’re close to an agreement,” that’s good. I have no problem with there being “oversight” to any money provided to large corporations. These organizations employ hundreds of thousands of employees and to say they don’t deserve help is preposterous. The money is crafted as loans that have to be repaid. I also have no issues with the extension of federal unemployment benefits for four months, because the “rubber meets the road” with the employees themselves, and these folks need valuable funds to cover losses that could span across months. This is far more meaningful than a one or two-time check. Schumer calls it “unemployment insurance on steroids.” I agree, and people deserve this consideration. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has offered no objection to this approach, and it would seem that at least the Senate is headed in the right direction.

Where I get serious heartburn is when the discussion shifts over to the House of Representatives. Suddenly, the bills under consideration are getting loaded with all kinds of caveats, demands and pet projects that have nothing, repeat, NOTHING to do with the intent of this legislation. To look up and find 1400 pages, in which are buried things like:

  • Aid to the Election Assistance Commission
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Overreaching “Green New Deal” provisions
  • Ambiguous Diversity pressures imposed on corporations

…and others that even NPR referred to as “…their own wish list of items they couldn’t pass through the normal process,” is infuriating! THIS IS NOT NORMAL and the House (specifically House Leader Nancy Pelosi) needs to get these pork provisions OUT of the House bill and deal with them as the separate issues they are – especially at a time like this!

It is time for all of Congress to start behaving as if they really understand the gravity of our situation. The health of our nation – both physically and economically – depends on it. Listen to what I said, BOTH houses of congress from BOTH parties need to step up and DO THE RIGHT THING!

Here endeth the lesson!

Let’s close this sucker out and move on to 2017!

Sorry I haven’t posted here much this year. Certainly not for lack of desire, but my business (firstimpressionsvideo.com) was VERY busy and between shooting, editing and freelancing, the year moved right on by! So since I don’t have my own year-end comments, I will share those of one of the greatest satirists of our time: Dave Barry. Dave has contributed his writing to The Miami Herald for many years, in addition to his many books, and I had the pleasure of meeting Dave when I lived in Miami. He’s rip-roarin’ funny, but usually dead on point at the same time, and here are Dave’s thoughts, in his “2016 Year In Review.” Take note that no one is spared…everyone is fair game for Dave’s pen!

Enjoy, and have a happy and prosperous–and healthy–2017!

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article123321019.html

Special Guest Blogger!

Greetings, everyone crazy enough to read my blog! And for those that do–or have–I apologize that I haven’t posted in over a half year. My video business keeps me plenty busy these days and I write a blog there, too, so that’s where all my content’s been going.

That said, I want to acknowledge another accomplished writer in the household: my wife–also known as “The Fetching Mrs. Wall.” She just published a post on her blog, “The Feral Cat Blog” that really speaks to the madness that seems to permeate all of society right now–and it’s really both disgusting and disillusioning as to where we are as a country and where we might be heading. I invite you to have a read and if you like it, please comment either here or on her blog. If you disagree, please be civil…we have enough incivility to go around.

https://theferalcatblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/i-know-you-dont-like-this/

~TRW

A true comedic genius is gone

A few days ago, we lost Sid Caesar; arguably one of the most brilliant funnymen of his era. I am a baby-boomer and today we lost one of our generation’s sharpest, wittiest, most indelible comic talents: Harold Ramis. Just think of all the movies this guy touched–either as actor, writer, director, or producer, and on a number of occasions, Ramis held multiple roles. Now think about the one-liners and catch phrases we ALL remember from these movies, and there’s no wonder we will miss Harold Ramis!! Thanks, Harold…you made us laugh–a lot!

I guess the sky is really NOT falling!

So here we are at Sequestration Day (as my friend Steven says, he wishes this word would be removed from the language [right along with ‘comprehensive’ and ‘package’]), and all we’re hearing about is the pain that will be inflicted on society. Has anyone heard about the PAY CUTS that will inflict members of Congress if this happens? **sounds of crickets chirping** No? Didn’t think so. And for the record, this goes for both sides of the aisle…plenty of accountability to go around on this one!

I also notice that as of 9:15am here in California, the stock market is actually in positive territory! At this point, I don’t sense that anyone is taking this whole thing seriously…not consumers, not the stock market, and certainly not anyone in Washington DC.

#SMH

Musings of the last few days

I’ve been away for a while…actually, a long while. And in that time, I lost one job and started a new one; this time, my own! In late December, I actually started a video production company: First Impressions Video, and have been devoting quite a bit of time to it. I am also doing online marketing consulting, having spent the last dozen or so years in and around that space. The consequence is that I won’t be  posting here as often, and you may see a subtle shift towards more online marketing-related subject matter. That said, here are a few  recent observations, for your consideration:

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So I go out to get the mail today and what is lying in the driveway? My new YELLOW PAGES! Just what we need…another 300 page paper doorstop. Hey YP publishers, it’s time to stop killing trees! I did an online marketing presentation about a year ago and I asked the audience if, by a show of hands, they: a) had a current YP, b) knew where it was, and c) actually used it in the last year. The only hands that went up were from people over 40, and most of them were quite a ways “north” of 40!!

Headline today from The Daily Online Examiner:  “Microsoft Takes Aim At Google, Says Gmail Invades Privacy.” Please tell me no one is surprised by THAT revelation?!?!

LinkedIn, you need to get your act together! Yesterday, I got two ‘connection’ invites: one from a long-time friend with whom I’m already connected; the other from a total stranger. Both of these invites were sent to an email address that is NOT associated with my LinkedIn profile. It’s hard to determine to what extent these two accounts have been hacked or compromised—especially since they’re blasting invites to email accounts that LinkedIn doesn’t (or sure as hell shouldn’t!) even know. Take heed in how you are handling our profile information, or your relevance will suffer as a result!

HEY FACEBOOK…STOP SERVING “SUGGESTED PAGE(S)” ON MY NEWS FEED!!! It’s not bad enough that you’ve got these stupid things–90% of which are neither relevant nor applicable–running down the right rail, now you’re inserting them into our feeds! Yes, I know…it’s your sandbox and we’re just playing in it, but at least do a better job of this. Too much stockholder pressure?? Just sayin’!

IMHO–two words that should be stricken from the Washington DC lexicon: “comprehensive” and “package.” And they should never, EVER be used together in a sentence! If you hear them used together by any politician or government bureaucrat, lookout…your pocket’s about to get picked–again! Irrespective of party, by the way!

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That’s it…I’m done. Y’all have a great rest-of-the-week!

‘Dr. Bloomberg’ steps in to limit size of sugary drinks

Man, I am just NOT comfortable with Mayor Bloomberg’s stand on this! We’re already hearing the rhetoric about how we banned smoking, and curtailed other unhealthy activities, but this puts us on an already slippery slope! The government(s)–federal, state and municipal–are in our pockets, and now they’re wanting to get onto our dinner plates and into our drinking glasses. We do have an obesity problem, but we’ve got to find a better way. Pass this kind of legislation, and what’s next? I don’t even want to think about that! When I consider the overarching dietary problems that are indeed real, it continues to beg the question: will we ever see personal responsibility return? Or will we become a culture of lemmings just waiting for the nanny state to take care of us, ’cause we can’t–or won’t–take care of ourselves?

Just sayin’!

Out.

What’s next, (former) Senator Edwards?

“John Edwards ‘not guilty’ on one count; mistrial declared on remaining charges.” I guess the village is about to get its idiot back! Now I guess the only question is: when will we start hearing about the jurors’ book deals…movie deals…etc. And no doubt John-boy will probably be doing the same…probably not too much left for him in the legal profession, I would imagine. Talk show?