Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Money laundering, slush fund, or legitimate sales? You decide.


At it again...all for you.


by Angela K. Durden
The Most Brilliant Woman in the World
Business writer.  Songwriter.  Protecting creator's copyrights. 


In The Washington Times online edition of June 18, 2019, in a front page article (wrapping to A6) is an article entitled "Obama shuns unwritten rules for ex-presidents". 

Included were numbers very high up in the stratosphere for Barack's and Michelle's post-presidential paydays from writing books, giving speeches, and making deals with Netflix and Spotify for content creation. 

I've been in the book business for many years and there's one thing I know for certain: Books by presidents and presidents' wives do not make a profit. I know this because their books end up being sold at book remainder shows where they are measured by the pound and put in large cardboard boxes that you then see at stores selling groceries and pharmacy items, and on sale shelves at bookstores for a few dollars each.

Another little secret you may not know is that the term sold (as in retail sales) is often switched out for the other word distributed. This is to hype marketing efforts.  

For instance, it is said that Michelle Obama's book "Becoming" sold 10 million copies between November 13, 2018, and March 31, 2019. The sales figures were called remarkable. Does that figure include print, e-book, and audio book? It is not made clear. However, I have other issues with these numbers.

First, I do not believe that 10 million copies were printed of the 448-page book. That's a big book. It costs money to print, bind, store, fulfill, ship, manage returns, and do the bookkeeping. I would like to see that warehouse.   

But let's just say that 10 million were printed. Were they printed all at one time, or did they sell out and have to go back to press? I doubt it, otherwise that would've been mentioned because that's a big deal. So, does that mean they were sold to one reader at a time? Ten million is a lot of books, so let's do the math. 

Nov 13, 2018 to end of March 2019 = 138 days

That means each day 72,464 individuals had to purchase the book in order to say that 10 million copies sold. That is 1449 in each state each day. Were they driving to bookstores? Buying online? 

Therefore, let's say that if 10 million were printed, then 10 million may have been distributed to book stores, but I double guar-O-damn-tee-ya 10 million did not sell. 

So the question then comes up: How does any publishing company, including one as large as the Crown Publishing Group and Random House 2018 merger made, make any money on such a deal as this? They have huge overhead and are looking to cut costs and they go and make such a deal as this? What else is involved? Are they getting a fee for serving as her speaker bureau? 

I'm calling their numbers bogus. It has happened before that publishing houses, production companies, etc., are used as the middle-men in payoffs or curry favor between politicians and other countries or businesses. So, the current Obama deals going on: Are they money laundering, slush funds, or legitimate sales? You decide.

In any case, I say...

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

The machine is out of control.


At it again...all for you.


by Angela K. Durden
The Most Brilliant Woman in the World
Business writer.  Songwriter.  Protecting creator's copyrights. 


Comrade Lenin lay on his deathbed, one side of his mouth drooping, uncontrollable. The other side barely able to speak. But speak he did and said, "The machine is out of control."

Can you imagine working your whole life to make a great thing happen and realizing on your deathbed that the very things you put in place would be the undoing, the downfall, of your dream?

Note: I do not feel sorry for Lenin. Nor do I feel sorry for the entrenched P-HWPCLDRSFCs* when they view the uncontrollable upstarts invading their parties. Democrats and RINOs are surely saying the machine is out of control. The stable foundation of their careers is rocked. Their hard-worked-for retirement payoffs are threatened. They are the butts of jokes so truthful that, when denied by them, we point and say "The jokes just write themselves, folks."

The old saying has never been more true of them: If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything. And thus the young upstarts walked through a hole of the old guard's making to steal the old guard's thunder. Not their vision, no, because there's never been a vision to steal. 

Do not be mistaken: Hate of an enemy is an emotion, not a vision. Emotion ebbs and flows and waxes and wanes. Emotion is a comet streaking across the sky, all flash and bang and spectacle but goes nowhere and does nothing except may destroy should it actually make contact.

But a vision. Wow. 

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore.
A vision is the constant North Star around which all rotates. Donald Trump has a vision. He rotates around it in a constant orbit, never losing sight of what must be done. 

Democrats and RINOs and others driven by pure emotion do not understand constant orbit or vision. They have as their rallying cry "Me! Me! Me!" Everything is right and nothing is wrong...except what they don't agree with. 

They embrace Evil, and destroy Good. They march in the streets to kill the unborn human child and march in those same streets to save a pregnant dog from euthanasia because "the dog is innocent".

In this country, the United States, the comets have been streaking across the sky for years with the support of outlets of FLOTSAM**. Thus, those who watch the many news shows and read the many newspapers and news magazines showing those comets are prone to believe those comets are the majority. 

They are not the majority. 

They may be loudest. They may be most garish. They may get a lot of attention. They may have their very own freak show. 

But contrary to what Ol' Hill and The Gang and the Young Upstarts think, they are not in the majority. The majority — folks like me and maybe you — quietly go about doing right and fighting Evil and being good. So quietly they may think we are powerless.

The Gang and the Young Upstarts are wrong. And we will find them laying on their deathbeds saying, "The machine is out of control." When the machine in uncontrollable, it dies. 





P-HWPCDLRSFC is Pussy-Hat Wearing Politically Correct Democrat Liberal RINO Socialist Fascist Commies
** FLOTSAM means For Liberal Opinion That is Serious and Actually Matters

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Make Your Camper's Week - Friday

by Kim D.

It's Friday - one more full day for your camper as Saturday is usually coming home day.  Enjoy!

 HEY BAILEY,

WOW! TIME DOES FLY – ONE MORE DAY UNTIL YOU COME HOME.  HAVE YOU SENT US A LETTER YET? I TOLD MOM TO CHECK THE MAIL. I’LL REMIND HER LATER TO CHECK ONE MORE TIME.

WELL THE COWIE WARS HAVE CONTINUED AND WE HAVE SOME BAD NEWS.  YESTERDAY, WE FOUGHT PRETTY HARD OVER IT AND IT’S PRETTY MUCH TRASH NOW.  

WHEN YOU GET HOME, YOU NEED TO CALL CHICK FIL A AND ORDER TWO MORE PLEASE. HERE’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AGAIN BEFORE IT WAS RIPPED IN TWO

BUT – SURPRISE – LOOK AT THE COVER OF THIS NOTECARD – I HAVE REINFORCEMENTS NOW – MOM ADOPTED THREE MORE WESTIES! 

JUST KIDDING BEAU.

AHEM JACKIE, YOU WISH YOU DID HAVE HELP YA LOSER (HEH – HEH). 

ANYWAY, HOPE YOU HAD A FUN WEEK AT CAMP – HOPE ALL YOUR CABIN MATES & COUNSELORS WERE GREAT. 

SEE YOU TOMORROW – BEAU AND JACKIE.

JACKIE PS: SEE IF YOU CAN SNEAK HOME A BURGER OR TWO.

BEAU PPS: WHY DON’T THEY MAKE BOYKIN SPANIEL NOTE CARDS – THAT’S NOT FAIR.

JACKIE PPPS: IF NO BURGERS, HOT DOGS WORK JUST FINE 😊

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Make Your Camper's Week - Thursday

Kim D.

It's Thursday! 


Oh man! Mom said that I had to stay in my crate this morning until I wrote you a letter. Can you believe it? I sure as heck am not going to spend a lot of time on this one! Well, I have been prepared for just such an “emergency” with my fill-in-the-blank letter … so here goes. I’ll just put an “X” in front of my answers and I’ll be done in no time!

Dear Bailey,

Yesterday was a ___boring, ___exciting, ___wonderful, ___splendid, ___magnificent, _X__messed up day. Well, it all started when _ X __I woke up, ___I tripped on your Nintendo Switch, ___ Dad yelled at me, ___Mom yelled at me, ___the sun came up.

Well, anyways, after I woke up, I ___went to the bathroom, __ X _tripped on your Nintendo Switch and broke it, ___thought about chasing squirrels. Then I ___ ate, ___ chewed on my tail, ___ chased Jackie, __ X _ got the Chick Fil A Cowie.

It was then getting to be _ X __ naptime, ___ lunchtime, ___ midnight so I ___went to my crate, ­­­_ X __ jumped on the couch. When I got there, I found out that _ X __ Mom was already there, ___ no one else was there,

But things got better. Instead of napping, I ___ chased Jackie ___ tried to fix your Nintendo Switch, __ X _ chewed Cowie’s tail (du-uh!).  Anyways, later on, I ___ate lunch, ___ate a doggie snack, ___ napped in my crate, _ X __found $10 you dropped on the floor (I guess). With all that loot, I decided to spend it on  ___V bucks, ___ bones, _ X __ bacon.

You’re probably wondering about the weather. Well, yesterday it was ___sunny,     ___ X __ raining all day, ___cloudy, ___sort of cold, ___better than at your camp!
Well, that’s about it. When I think of you, I think about ___how much I miss you, ___how much I don’t like writing letters, _ X __how much fun you must be having.

Love,
___Your favorite dog, ___your very best dog, _ X __ Cowie Stealer.



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Make Your Camper's Week - Wednesday

Kim D.

It's Hump Day now - I know my son will be excited to receive his next letter - Enjoy Wednesday.



HEY BAILEY,

OK, BEAU SERIOUSLY NEEDS HELP.  HE’S OBSESSED WITH MY COW. YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME . . .


. . . EVERYTIME HE SEES ME PLAYING WITH COWIE, HE TAKES IT AWAY.
SINCE THIS IS CRITICAL, I LOOKED UP CHICK FIL A’S NUMBER –



BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE MOM’S CELL PHONE.  CAN YOU HELP A PUP OUT WHEN YOU GET HOME? I NEED ANOTHER COW WITH EARS!


HAVE YOU WRITTEN ME A LETTER YET – (LOOK AT THE PICTURE ON THE NOTECARD AND PICTURE ME SAYIN DIS.)


MUCH LUV,

JACKIE

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Make Your Camper's Week - Tuesday

Kim D.

Continuing from yesterday, today our son will receive this card and continuation of dog tales.  This is a more interactive one - like Mad Libs which our kid loves.


Dear (camper’s name ___________) ,

This is a special letter – and it’s just for you! It’s a little silly and it’s a lot made up. I hope you enjoy this and have a great time at camp!


As we always say, it’s a lot more fun to be at camp than to be at home. But all sorts of crazy things happened here this week! Yesterday it rained (animal) ___________s and (animal) ____________s. With so much rain, it didn’t look like we’d be able to play (favorite sport) ____________outside. So instead we just sat at (place) ___________ and spent a little time (indoor activity) ________________ .

It looked like it was going to be OK until (person) _____________ came over to say that their car was stuck in the (something messy) _________________ . Of course we went outside and tried to remove it from the (something outdoors) _________________ but it just wouldn’t (verb) ______________ !

I was not (an emotion) _____________ at all but then I started to (verb) _____________ . That’s when (person) ______________ came over to ask what was wrong. I started to spin around faster and faster. What was happening? Suddenly I heard my alarm clock ringing and I woke up to a sunny day. It was all a dream!


Ha, Ha – save this letter and bring it home filled out.  Hope you have a great Tuesday!  Beau.

PS – Yeah, I would like a new Chick Fil A cow – Jackie has one.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Make Your Camper's Week - Monday

by Kim D.

If you have a young camper in your family, sending daily notes can brighten his or her day and can help ward off any homesickness.  This year our 9 year old is going to two week-long camps, I did this last year and it was a big hit with my son, his counselors, and all his cabin mates.  My inspiration is our dogs, Beau and Jackie, and coming up with some conflict that runs throughout the week. Enjoy Monday's note below.



HEY BAILEY,

REMEMBER HOW WE SENT YOU LETTERS EACH DAY LAST TIME YOU WENT TO CAMP? WELL, THIS YEAR BEAU AND I EXPECT ONE – LOOK INSIDE YOUR NOTEBOOK AND YOU WILL FIND A NOTE TO SEND US.  WE EXPECT A FULL REPORT OF . . .

  • WHAT THE FOOD IS LIKE
  • HOW MANY SQUIRRELS YOU’VE SEEN
  • ARE THERE ANY COOL TOYS AT CAMP LIKE BALLS, SQUEAKY TOYS, STICKS, OR BONES?

HOW DO YOU LIKE THE NOTECARDS MOM FOUND?  REMEMBER WHEN I LOOKED LIKE THE PICTURE ON THIS CARD? IT’S BEEN A YEAR AND A HALF OF GOOD TIMES WITH YOU SO FAR.

SO, WHAT DID YOU DO YESTERDAY NIGHT? CAMPFIRE? MARSHMELLOWS? THIS MORNING DAD TOOK US FOR A WALK.  IT WAS TONS OF FUN AS USUAL – SAW A BUNCH OF SQUIRRELS BUT COULDN’T CATCH A ONE .

DO YOU REMEMBER THAT CHICK FIL A TOY? THE ONE WITH NO EARS AND TONS OF SLOBBER?  IT’S MINE, RIGHT? 

BEAU TRIES TO TAKE IT WHENEVER I FIND IT TO PLAY AND IT’S STARTING TO IRRITATE ME A BIT.  IF YOU SEE ANOTHER CHICK FIL A WHILE YOU ARE GONE, SEE IF THEY HAVE ANOTHER. I’D RATHER HAVE A NEW ONE AND LET HIM HAVE THIS RATTY, EARLESS ONE 😊

OK, SMELL YOU LATER – I’VE GOT A NAP TO TAKE,

MUCH LUV,

JACKIE

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rocker's Wail



by Angela K. Durden
The Most Brilliant Woman in the World
Business writer.  Songwriter.  Protecting creator's copyrights. 

Surrounded as I am here in Decatur/Atlanta by Pussy-Hat Wearing Politically Correct Liberal Democrat RINO Socialist Fascist Commie Social Justice Warrior-types who are #RadicallyShatbitCwazy, I wrote this song to help me stay in touch with the balance that brings sanity.

I think you might like it.



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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Leave America's Favorite Chicken Sandwich Alone!

By Kim D.

It's time to stop chicken sandwich bigotry.  Chick-fil-A has been under attack ever since it's CEO Dan Cathy expressed support for "traditional marriage" and upset a large portion of the LGBTQIA community. Perhaps at the time the outrage was understandable with the same-sex marriage issue on four state ballots but to continue the hate over a company that has always been rooted in traditional, biblical values is ridiculous.

Same-sex marriage is the law now. Period. The chicken sandwich can no longer hurt anyone so if the outrage continues, it's just an excuse to continue pulling the victim card where no actual harm exists. Yet, the war on Chick-fil-A continues - right here in Texas where the liberal majority in charge of San Antonio are taking votes to shut the company's doors in popular locations, like the San Antonio airport.

City officials aren't talking about how to improve the economy, much like Houston did with it's gender neutral public restroom debacle. No they are spinning their wheels to appease those who simply don't like a business rooted in Christian values - the worse kind of bigotry because it could strip franchise owners of their businesses and employees of jobs, not to mention the public of a delicious chicken sandwich.

Despite all the backlash and protest, Chick-fil-A has steadily risen in the fast-food market and now sits comfortably among America's top 3 favorites.  

"She Who Runs Away" Trashes Fox News in Defense of Her Town Hall Dismissal

by Kim D.

Fauxacahontas Senator Elizabeth Warren won't do a Fox News town hall.  This is her reason:

FYI signing the petition only gives the Warren campaign your email address and takes you to a page to donate. It would be a more honest and courageous thing to tweet that doing a Fox News town hall doesn't benefit Warren at all with her democrat, primary base. 

To deflect criticism of a press attack (the kind that are screeched whenever President Trump denies a question from the fake news outlets), Warren further tweets:


And she goes on and on in defense of her position reiterating that Fox News hosts are bigots, racists and liars:

It didn't take long for Twitter to remind Senator Warren of her own special blend of bigotry, racism and outright lies:



There's tons more . . . but you get the idea.  Senator She Who Runs Away isn't fooling the majority of us. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Shaking My Damn Head


At it again...all for you.


by Angela K. Durden
The Most Brilliant Woman in the World
Business writer.  Songwriter.  Protecting creator's copyrights. 


I have a neighbor with a dog. Contrary to community law, the dog is always out without a leash. The neighbor doesn't seem to know how to use one. I say, "doesn't seem to know how" because several times each day I hear her screaming:

"I told you to get in here. Damn it! Git yo ass in here. I said now."

The dog always listens...eventually, though often the woman can be seen chasing after him through her yard and mine where it comes to do its business before it scoots out of her way. Then she screams again, this time more angry than before.

The thing is, she's received letters from the Board of the HOA warning her of coming fines. Does she listen? I can always tell when she gets a letter because she'll take the dog out on a leash. A leash she put on when the dog was inside and contained. So, it's not like she doesn't know how to use one. 

In any case, every day I'm shaking my damn head because of the negativity with which she lives. Angry. Screaming. Chasing. And for what? I don't get it. So, what's her problem?

Bad memory? Her way of "sticking it to the man"? Could be. I frankly do not know her problem. 

Another neighbor, though, that takes her dog out without a leash, now I know what her problem is: She's an anarchist and terrorist if not an outright Commie. She's already sued the HOA for a problem that was clearly the unit owner's responsibility and that the owner handled in a timely fashion. She called the police on me one time and told them I was a prostitute. Oh, yeah. I took care of that. She walks around the neighborhood smiling at people and talking loud about their business. She gets phone numbers and calls people to "inform" on others for things that are not wrong nor are her business.

That's right. She's a renter. Not a homeowner. Yet she believes and acts as if she has all the rights of an owner yet, conveniently, none of the duties. In other words, she is a Lenin, Khrushchev, Putin, and Stalin wannabe. She knows best for everybody and everybody better toe the damn line she sets or else by Marx and Engles she'll make your life hell. 

But I was the first to stand up to her and she did like all good little Commies do: She ramped up the terror. And who stood up to her again? That would be me. 

Shaking my damn head...again. 


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Friday, April 19, 2019

If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.


At it again...all for you.


by Angela K. Durden
The Most Brilliant Woman in the World
Business writer.  Songwriter.  Protecting creator's copyrights. 


Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., or Snoop Dogg, is a rapper, singer, record producer, television personality, entrepreneur, father, actor, and social justice warrior turned whiny-butt.

He was born in 1971 which, when one looks back, was the apex of Free Love and Make Peace Not War and taking trips around the bay with Timothy Leary. 

In any case, as I wrote about here in November of 2017, Calvin needed help with his lyrics. His album at the time was called "Make America Crip Again", or MACA, which cover featured white feet sticking out from a sheet-covered body laying on a gurney in a morgue. Those white feet had a toe tag marked TRUMP. A music video at the time also sported Snoop Dogg shooting dead a man dressed to look like a clown Trump. [You will also remember Kathy "I Ain't Getting Booked No More" Griffin holding the bloody severed head of Trump in what she called an artsy photo shoot. Lots of things like that were going around at the time.]

Back to Snoop. His album was hailed as brilliant and masterfully topical and brave and an awesome freedom of expression of the outrage of Da Black Man. 

Yes, that album came out one year after the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency and Snoop was still complaining about it. But here it is two and a half years after the election and what do we have? We have Snoop (and a few other tough rapper types including tattoo-covered druggie Justin Bieber) turning into a whiny-butt when he called for the firing of Laura Ingraham, a Fox Channel show host because...

YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS...

Because Laura was insensitive about her reporting on the death of Nipsey Hussle, son of an Eritrean immigrant who somehow managed to have gunfire around him too often. How was Laura insensitive? She made fun of a song he had something to do with. 

Did Laura Ingraham make a video showing herself shooting a clown Nipsey?

No.

Did Laura have herself pictured with Nipsey's body covered in a white sheet with a toe tag hanging off his foot saying HUSSLE?

No.

Did Laura pull out a bloody severed head that looked like Nipsey and wave it around?

No.

That's right. No. She did something far worse: She giggled at the lyrics of a song. 

The P-HWPCLDRSFCs* went mad and FLOTSAM** echoed the outrage. How dare the white witch-with-a-b insult their newest Black savior? 

Well, Snoo...I mean, Calvin...down here in the South we have a saying and it goes like this: 

If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.


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