Many Millennials still live at home

*The Census Bureau reported that latest figures show 31 percent of Millennials live at home with their parents vs 27% who live with their spouse. The Millennials are those folks between 18 and 34 years of age.*

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I think these numbers are incredible. Why can’t these Millennials cut the umbilical cord.

In addition, the numbers break down as follows 35 percent of the men are still with their parents vs 29 percent of the women.

I believe the fact that they grew up in an atmosphere where they got a trophy for being on the team, not winning, damaged them seriously.

It is a fact that these kids are burdened with $1.3 trillion in student debt. Also, the Obamacare law permits them to remain on their parents’ insurance till age 25.

Student debt is no small consideration. The $1.3 trillion exceeds the amount of car loans or mortgage loans out there.

What do you think?

Tony

Our Gunslinger – President Trump

I love riding my bike every day. I experience a wonderful physical pleasure pressing down on the pedals and feeling myself flying across the path. In addition, I am very happy that bike riding has also helped me to attain a level of good health higher than I ever enjoyed in my life. Those are the physical things. Very important to me. There are also other aspects of riding that I enjoy very much. I can’t tell you how many times that I have pedaled across the pavement and found myself bouncing around ideas for a blog post. Ideas connect, I do some phrasing and by the time I get home it is like I can dictate the post from my head.

This is one of those posts. I love John Fogerty and his wonderful upbeat music. Here is one he performed about ten years ago during the last administration.

*I grew up in the ’40’s. As kids we went to the movies on Saturday and saw double features of cowboy movies. Lots of gunslingers. There is something archetypal about them. A loner, quiet, deadly, mysterious, a scary guy.* Continue reading

Sing, Sing, Sing

*Another seminal song in my musical upbringing is the famous Sing, Sing, Sing, written and performed by Louis Prima. I probably heard it at home on the radio because my father was a fan of Prima who had recorded it in March 1936. I became more aware of the song in my later years after hearing the Benny Goodman version at his famous 1938 Carnegie Hall jazz concert.*

Louis Prima version 1937

Of course, to my unsophisticated ear, the most stunning performance on the piece was the pulsing, primal Gene Krupa drum solo. It wasn’t till I was older that I got into appreciating the wonderful Benny Goodman clarinet work as well.

Here is what Wikipedia has to offer on the song: In their 1966 book Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya: The Story Of Jazz As Told By The Men Who Made It, music critics Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff quote Goodman as saying, “‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ (which we started doing back at the Palomar on our second trip there in 1936) was a big thing, and no one-nighter was complete without it.” Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall jazz concert was different from the commercial release and from subsequent performances with the Goodman band. The personnel of the Goodman band for the Carnegie Hall concert were the same as in the 1937 recording session, except Vernon Brown replaced Murray McEachern on trombone, and Babe Russin replaced Vido Musso on tenor sax.

12 Min Version From Carnegie Hall 1938

I wanted to include this last one because seeing two other artists add their interpretation to it adds a further level of enjoyment. And, who doesn’t love Fred and Ginger?

Tony

President Bill Clinton on U.S. immigration policy – CSPAN

*This superb excerpt from a speech by President Bill Clinton lasts less than two minutes. Don’t miss it.* 

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Syrian survivor thanks President Trump on CNN

*Here is an interview by Brooke Baldwin of CNN. The interviewee is Kassem Eid, a survivor of the 2013 Syrian chemical attack. He was brought to CNN to express his anxiety about the Syrian innocents. Baldwin brought Kassem back to CNN to try and frame a narrative about President Trump’s airstrike in Syria, but being unwilling to accept Syrian refugees. CNN did not expect the candor it got from this survivor.*

Tony

 

Laura Ingraham discusses Susan Rice

*Ms. Ingraham gives a superb analysis of the Susan Rice revelations and what they mean to the country. Remember, Susan Rice is the person who lied to the American people about Benghazi being a result of a video.*

Tony