Daily Archives: December 21, 2018

Tell Me Again Why We Are Wasting Billions Of Dollars On A Border Wall?

While on the campaign trail, candidates often make promises about what they will do when they get into office. Many of these promises fall by the wayside once the election is over and winner of the election starts his or her job in the position that they were elected into.

You know who is threatening a government shutdown if he does not get the $5.7 billion dollars that he says is needed to build the border wall he promised during the election.Β  While the House Of Representatives approved the funding, the Senate is expected to deny the funding.

As usual, he says one thing that suits him at the time. Then he turns around and says something else. First he said during the meeting with Senators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he would take the blame for the shutdown if he didn’t get funding for the wall. Now he says that he will blame the Democrats for the shutdown.

From my perspective, this is a colossal waste of money. There is so much we can do with $5.7 billion dollars. There are roads and school buildings that need to be kept up. We can use that money to keep Medicaid going and to ensure that there is money to fund SNAP.Β  Or even, provide the funds needed to repair the buildings under the NYCHA system.

On a another note, the environmental damage to the area that they are proposing to build the wall on could be catastrophic.

So tell me again, why we are wasting billions of dollars on a border wall?

P.S. If someone wants to use their own money to donate to the building and upkeep of the wall, that is their choice. But do not use my tax dollars to do so.

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Flashback Friday- Loser (2000)

Who one has as a college roommate is often a toss-up. On one hand, this roommate can become your lifelong friend. On the other hand, this person can also be your worst nightmare.

In the 2000 movie, Loser, Paul (Jason Biggs) has just started college in New York City. Originally from upstate New York, Paul is on scholarship and must keep his grades up. But his roommates brand him as a loser because he is not there to party all the time. Then he meets Dora (Mena Suvari). Dora is having both financial and romantic troubles. She needs to pay for school and is also having an affair with their arrogant literature professor, Edward Alcott (Greg Kinnear). After Dora passes out after being slipped drugs at a party, Paul helps her to recover. They become friends and Paul’s feelings for Dora quickly develop. Will Dora return his feelings and will Paul be able to ditch his destructive roommates?

Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, the critics were not kind to the film. However, from my perspective, I have to disagree with the critics. Yes, the film has its idiotic moments, but the message of the film is that nice people who work hard succeed while those who party all the time and take advantage of others are doomed to fail. While the message overall is a little too preachy, it works for the film.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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Flashback Friday-Fixer Upper (2013-2018)

The home buying process is not an easy one. Thankfully, there are a spate of home buying and renovation shows to help the home buyer with the home buying process.

Fixer Upper has been a staple of HGTV’s lineup from the time it premiered in 2013 until its final episode that aired earlier this year.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are a married couple whose business is home renovation. Each episode, a new couple is moving into the Waco, Texas area. After the couple is presented with three possible choices, they make a decision and the renovation process begins. Chip works on the renovation end of the process and Joanna works on the design end of the process. By the end of the episode, the couple is presented with their new home.

Fixer Upper is one of those shows that is surprisingly addictive. Chip and Joanna are both charming and real as they proceed with the home buying and renovation process. While it’s sad that the series ended in April, all good thing must come to an end at some point.

I recommend it.

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