Whenever You See A Photo Like This, We’ve Just Been Screwed . . . . Again

March 22, 2018

This caption could say “We got away with it again.”

Whenever you see a photo like this with Senate Majority Leader McConnell & UpChuck Schumer (Senate Minority Leader) yucking it up together, you know we’ve just been screwed again.

They’re from opposing parties, but all they care about is the fact that the latest Omnibus Bill they’ve signed makes government much bigger and more powerful, gives them more of our money to spend and will cost us taxpayer-guys a lot for generations to come.

This is understandable from the Dims (not a typo!), but we used to think the Republicans were better than that. But what am I talking about, they’ve been right along with the Dims screwing us for a long time. The birth of the Tea Party started with Rick Santelli’s epic rant on CNBC in 2009 spurred on by Obama’s mortgage relief plan.

FYI here’s what our dirty rotten spineless Republicans are up to (hat-tip Mark Levin) in cahoots with the Dimocrats:

1)  Republicans are scheming to put in place a massive internet sales tax scheme

2)  Republicans are preparing to fully fund Planned Parenthood

3)  Republicans are preparing to extend Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty (DACA)

4)  Republicans are preparing to bailout insurance companies under Obamacare to the tune of $3Billion

5)   Republicans are preparing to advance more gun control measures

6)  Your Republican Congress is going to revive the Import/Export Bank which is Corporate welfare for multimillion dollar companies with taxpayer money

7)  Is preparing to give hundreds of millions of dollars for a tunnel to connect NY to NJ

8)  Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader is preparing to pull off a long sought earmark to further empower the National Senatorial Committee who’s moneys are used by McConnell to defeat conservative candidates running against establishment RINOs such as he did with Chris McDaniel who ran against Thad Cochran who has just announced he will resign due to health problems (80 yrs old).

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Louise Slaughter Died Yesterday. She Was 88 Years Old. She Was A Sitting US Representative

March 17, 2018

No disrespect meant but, really? Didn’t this lady have better things to do? She fell one day and died a week later. She had served in Congress for more than 3 decades and in local politics before that. That’s too long. At eighty-eight she should have been enjoying her golden years, spending time with family and grand-kids or enjoying hobbies, not serving in Congress!

The Special Election to replace Representative Trent Franks who resigned after it came to be known he pressured a staff member to be a surrogate for he and his wife who apparently could not have children cost Arizona taxpayers $3.5 million. One California Assemblyman’s decision to vacate his seat early cost Fresno County taxpayers a half-million dollars – enough to pay for four sheriff deputies! Special elections are held all the time, but taxpayers having to foot the bill for a Representative or Senator who dies in office after being there way too long is just another good reason for term limits.

This is another promise candidate Trump made that I hope he keeps! There are many ways to drain the swamp. Term limits is one of them. But don’t fool yourselves Congress will never vote for term limits. It will have to be done through an Article V Convention of States.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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The Incomparable “Completo”

February 27, 2018

I’ve been all over the salads (ensaladas) here in Chile and it’s been great. Avocados are in season and they aren’t shy about it loading up their salads with them.

This mixed salad came with a whole avocado filled with shrimp, hearts of palm, tomatoes and a side of roasted nuts.

You never get the choice of dressings like Italian, Ranch or French, which is ok with me. Those are all loaded up with calories & artificial flavors anyway. No here you get olive oil and a lime cut in half. So good!

But what we did for lunch today is no doubt on the other end of the healthy scale. I’m talking about the Chilean “completo”, Chile’s favorite snack or fast food, a hot dog with the works. We’ve seem them advertised a lot and on many menus and honestly they do look good, though a little different from what were used to at home.

Entire families sit down in a restaurant and all order various renditions of the completo with papas fritas (French fries). All versions have diced tomatoes on top. Many also have what they call “smashed palta” which is guacamole and most are topped off with a big squirt of mayonnaise.

So I guess we go back to more healthy eating when we get home. But that’s what traveling is all about right? Many new & different things to experience and I for one, would never have missed the completo!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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I Am The Queen!

February 26, 2018

It started as a joke when we noticed a hotel in Valparaiso named “Hotel La Reina Victoria” down by the port. It was built in 1899 and soon thereafter (1906) destroyed in an 8.2 earthquake. It sits right on the Plaza Sotomayor and was named for Queen Victoria in England.

I started kidding Mickey that I was the queen and of course, my every wish & whim should be met (where to eat, the day’s activities, etc.). Then today at a sort of crafts market a few Metro stops away in Santiago, I spotted this cute, touristy refrigerator magnet and had to have it.

I am the Queen!

Sort if corny but it will be a good remembrance of our trip to Chile and it meets the “easy to pack” requirement!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Some Items You’ll Regret Not Packing On Your Trip To Chile

February 25, 2018

Don’t forget the small toiletries & medicaments we all routinely use at home for space or weight concerns. Yes, we travel light, but how much can these things weigh??

I recall paying around $15.00 for extra-strength aspirin in Italy and something equally outrageous for some decongestants.

Though I rarely get sick at home, the last 3 times we’ve traveled I’ve been hit with various maladies. In Thailand a year ago I caught a cold that peaked on the exact day of my all-day cooking class and could not even enjoy the wonderful dishes we were preparing.

My fellow Thailand cooking classmates

On our X-country road trip (Seattle to Detroit) last fall I ended up in Urgent Care with acute bronchitis & a doozy of a sinus infection. And as luck would have it in Valparaiso?  I caught another bug.

Apparently I’m clumsy too (Near Face-Plant in Santiago), tripping and falling and constantly bumping into things. Of course the distractions are everywhere, and you rarely find a level sidewalk or street. Mickey is constantly rescuing me, but not always successfully.

Pricey Band-aids and antibacterial salve

A banged up shin from an iron foot-rest on a barstool (yep drinking can be dangerous!) left me bloody. Two days later I ran into a round metal stantion (one of several) at La Plaza de Armas and opened another bleeding gash! The Band-aids & salve for those mishaps totaled almost $37.00! Hard to believe I know, so be forewarned there aren’t any Target or Wal-Mart stores around for these seemingly ordinary items, pack a few with you!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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The ‘Ascensores’ Of Valparaiso

February 24, 2018

The word ‘ascensor’ in Spanish is elevator but they really aren’t elevators, they’re funicular railways that go up and down the many hills (cerros) of Valparaiso. At one time there were as many as 26 functioning funicular railways. As of 2013 there were eight still in use.

They’re old and they’re steep, but they save you a lot of stairs or just plain old “billy-goat” grunt work to get where you’re going. One which we used a lot to get up and down from the neighborhood (Cerro Alegre) where  our hotel was, according the plaque at the foot of it, opened in 1902 and it looked like it!

A little riding with her father

The car you ride in holds about 8 or nine people, locals & tourists alike. It’s a counter balance thing, so there’s always a car coming up at the same time you’re descending. There’s a big wheel pulling the cables and you can’t help but wonder how strong those cables are.

The fare for a ride up or down is the same, 100 pesos per person. That’s about 16c US and believe me you’d gladly pay a lot more!

Aloha Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Valparaiso, Chile -Colorful City Of A Million Stairs

February 21, 2018

Valparaiso is often compared to San Francisco and after having just spent a week there I can see the comparison. Both are sea-coast towns on the Pacific Ocean with lots of good seafood. Both are known for their artsy-fartsy feel and both have a lot of very steep roads.

But “Valpo” as some refer to the Chilean city (pop ~250,000), is way more hilly than San Francisco and must have a million stairs.The artsy part of artsy-fartsy is everywhere with some of the most colorful street art seen anywhere. They paint most any broad, flat surface as well as many of the stairways, the houses or whatever suits their fancy.

A mural across the road from our hotel

The view from the lanai of our hotel

The city itself is one big beautiful pallet.

It’s always interesting, but what goes down must go back up and after a week here you are either dead of a coronary or much stronger for it. We are stronger but will not miss the endless stair climbing and steep streets.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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