b&p_logo_with_chocThose of you who read me regularly know that I live in Medellin, Colombia. Let me tell you some stuff about down here you might not see in your news up there. First the peace talks are stalled which means another of president Santos deadlines has passed and nothing will change. While he has been talking to the Farc the other rebel force the ELN has been busy recruiting members of the Farc that don’t want to work for a living. Not only that the criminal elements in the Farc controlled areas are also expanding their control. Here’s another little fact Colombia has at least three mosquito born diseases that have reached minor epidemic proportions. There way of controlling the problem is to spray nasty shit and remove standing water. One thing they don’t do is get some dam screens and put them in the windows. And here’s another thing this country is going through an energy crisis right now basically because they’re so dependent on coal and hydro electric plants for energy. This is in a country that has abundant sun and wind. For whatever the reason ( and we know it’s money) this country has done nothing in the way of promoting Solar or wind power as an alternative. They would rather charge surcharges to those who really can’t afford it. A sound a little like the energy companies in America doesn’t it? This is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

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JUST TO MAKE YOU SMILE

March 16, 2016

indexWell I’ve been under the weather for a week or so couple that with the complete lack of anything humorous in the news and you have the reasons for no posts. I really miss people like George Carlin. I think would have been the only person who could find humor in the political situation now. So I guess I’ll try to give you all a little chuckle or to. Let’s talk about age: do you know a seventy year old man’s definition of being able to multi function? It’s being able to piss and fart at the same time. Do you remember when you were young and you’d come home kick of your shorts across the room so they would lend on the closet doorknob and now you’re just grateful you remembered to wear shorts. A good thing is if you’ve been out late and spent all your money all you have to do is flag down a cop and say “ Officer I’m lost and don’t remember where I live” now that will get you a ride to the station where you can get a cup of coffee and call home. Also now if you forget an anniversary or birthday nobody will get mad they’ll just think you’re getting forgetful in your old age. When you’re old you don’t have tuck in your shirt or wear socks. Remember those hot dates where you took the lady home and watched a porn movie then tried to duplicate everything you saw. Now your date is snoring by the time you figure out how to turn the DVD player on. Well I hope I brought a smile to your face I’m going to see if I can find my way out of my office and get some prune juice in the kitchen. This is Flounder saying (I didn’t write this stuff) CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

imagesIt’s Super Tuesday where a lot of primary voting is done to see who the candidates are going to be. I personally have never met a person who has voted in a primary even when I was in politics. Primaries are more smoke filled back room politics then they are an excise in expression of the Democratic process. In Iowa and several other states they have what they call caucus’s where the candidates have to convince a few party representatives that they should be the man. That locks in the delegates who are going to the convention to vote for that person on at least the first ballot regardless of their feeling s about him or her. If they don’t get the nomination on the first ballot, something that rarely happens, then it’s back to backroom politics. We may have the best country in the world but that does mean it doesn’t need some improving. The only time there is a willingness to change is if it’s going to benefit the party of some faction within that party. If you’re an old guy like me, I’m 70; you’ve seen opportunities for the poor or low income people evaporate. There’s an old song by Jay and the Americans titled only in America. In is the line “Only in America can a guy from anywhere go to sleep a pauper and wake up to be a millionaire Only in America can a kid without a cent get a break and maybe grow up to be President”. Unfortunately that is largely untrue now. We are truly in the age of money talks and bull shit walks. The wealthy, which wouldn’t be wealthy if it wasn’t for the rest of us, now control our destiny. Now that really sucks and I’ve succeeded in depressing myself. This is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.