Wednesday, April 14, 2021

30 years!



Over-achieving in marriage came naturally!   I expected I would.  It just took longer than I had anticipated to get married!  

Thankful she agreed to partner on the greatest 30 years of my life.

What an amazing person I met in Cancun 32 years ago! 



Monday, April 05, 2021

CBS Journalism

CBS has some real winners yesterday.

First, it was  Hunter Biden in the morning.  Then, 60 Minutes in the evening, which seemingly out of the blue, was a political hit piece on Ron DeSantis knowing that he could run for POTUS. 

Followed by a story on the person running the Ford Foundation who only makes grants to address inequality.  Making sure to mention, of course, that he is black and gay as if that is the most important qualification instead of his intelligence, level of caring or leadership skills.

Good work CBS, you embody all that is wrong with the media.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

From where I sit, briefly speaking.................

Have you ever seen an eagle sitting on a branch with it's mouth open to the heavens waiting on a rabbit to drop in? No. Those big, beautiful, majestic eagles I love to watch, whether Golden or Bald, scratch and claw for every meal they get their entire life, and in that scratching and clawing they are provided for.

Humans tend to think we can get our life, our health, our marriage, our children, our career, our giving, our key relationships and other areas of our life to a certain place without scratching and clawing.  If you listen to the liberal goons in government you would think it is the governments role to make everyone fat and happy and successful and rich and retired and healthy without anyone doing the work.   

It's not going to happen.   I haven't known anyone beyond immaturity that doesn't know what I am talking about.

Work is good, for every person in the world.

I love to work.

You see, I have everything I ever prayed for and am focused on living a life that I don’t need a vacation from.  Trading for a living is one of the greatest accomplishments in my life.  It gives me total freedom and control of my time.  When people learn how to make money with money, they will never trade time for money.

There are many reasons why I love trading. At the top of the list is that every day requires me to be the best version of myself I can be.

I am not a victim of the market or a victim of anything or anyone. I control my trading. I alone am responsible for my P&L. The market can’t hurt me nor can it help me.  I control what the market does to my portfolio because I control what is in my portfolio.  Long or short, it's my responsibility.  

I am somewhat amazed at how little Americans know about managing their own finances and investments.   Schools don't teach the basics, students don't care to learn, that's obvious.  If we gave every person on the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation where I grew up $1,000,000 today it wouldn't have changed a thing in 5 years.  The people who have little today would have little then.  Same at Crow, same at White Earth, same at Hopi, same at Yankton.  It's the basics they don't have and I learned long ago, unfortunately there is no money in education.  It's poor pay for time.  There was no serious money in educating tribal councils and playing politics and no money in educating students.  

To me wealth doesn't actually require a vast horde of money, real wealth is freedom and control of one's life.

The most important attributes of human capital don't require money;  determination, self-discipline, organization, a voracious appetite for knowledge and work, an insatiable curiosity, a generous heart, a knack for friendship and the purposeful pursuit of your goals, these are the tools to acquiring real wealth through work. 

But those attributes take work.  And it's in dam short supply in America today.  




Hunter Biden

 "My dad was vice president of the United States. There's literally nothing, as a young man or as a full grown adult, that my father in some way hasn't had influence over."

— Hunter Biden, in an interview with ABC News

Thanks to Daddy’s political connections, Hunter Biden has amassed quite the prestigious resume after, like his father, graduating at the bottom of his Yale law school class:

*in 1996, he took position at MBNA, a major contributor to his father’s political campaign, where he rose to V.P.

*in 2001, he left to serve at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, focusing on ecommerce for the Clinton Administration

*Biden then became a DC lobbyist, co-founding the firm Oldsker, Biden, & Belair.

*In 2006, he was appointed by Pres. Bush to a five-year term on the board of directors of Amtrak.  He was the board’s Vice Chairman until 2009, when his father became V.P.

He has also been the CEO of Paradigm Global advisors, an international hedge fund he bought with Uncle Jim, launched an international consultancy company named Seneca Global Advisors, co-founded the investment and advisory firm Rosemount Seneca Partners, the venture capital firm Eudora Global, was board chairman of the U.S. division of the UN’s World Food Programme, and served on the board of Burisma Holding, the largest producer of natural gas in the Ukraine.

Yet, by his own admissions, Hunter Biden started drinking at age 8, was a raging alcoholic by 14, busted for cocaine at 18, and spent most of his adult life until 2019 in a haze of drug, booze, and sex addiction as he stumbled from one rehab to another.

He is the poster child for why every drop of the DC Cabal Swamp needs to be drained.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

March 26

 March 26, 1999

 

I am honored to say a few words about my mother on my family’s behalf.

 

In this memorial celebration, we want to thank all of you who came today for the time you are giving and for sharing your memories of Betty Parisian,

 

who was wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law and grandmother to us. 

 

For the last 8 years I have occasionally wondered what I might say at Mom’s memorial service.  I have imagined some fine tributes to this woman, who  

was not only my mother, but also best friend, and personal mentor. 

 

Naturally, now that the time is here, words do not satisfy the challenge.

 

Mom, today we gather not only to mourn the loss of your life in this world but also to celebrate your “going on ahead” to a better place.              

 

We know that you were taken from us before we would have liked.  But we know the distinct privilege of having you at all.  Still, our days will

seem empty and small.

Betty was the anchor of our family.  She had good intellect, depth of character and strength.  She tried to keep us on the right road.  She made her love for us obvious.  She always wanted us to try to do the right thing and to do our best.  The Golden Rule of trying to treat others, as you would want them to treat you was her mantra.   But you leave us with much more, Mom, much more.  You leave us with the irrepressible and undeniable feeling of warmth and love.

 

Love that was demonstrated time and time again throughout your life, to all those who knew you a little, to all those who knew you a lot.

 

A small woman, who was, as she often said, “tough as nails”, Betty was a fighter in her own right. Most important, Betty was a fighter who never quit. 

 

She didn’t quit, when at age 4 she had her first heart operation at the Mayo Clinic. For most of her life she would never quit when attacking a tough crossword puzzle often far into the night.  She never quit in making every house we lived in across the High Plains a home that anyone would be proud to live in.

 

She didn’t quit in 1975 after receiving a new heart valve. A decade ago she would never quit, as many of you know, when faced with tiny problems in her passion of sewing such beautiful quilts.

 

In January of 1991, quitting wasn’t her style when she fought so hard for life after such a powerful stroke and surgical ordeal. But Mom, your very best was always most evident at home.  As a mother and wife, you weathered your share of trials and tribulations.  And because of the way you handled yourself during your life, you represented to us, all that is good in this world. 

 

Your heart, never quit, when it came to your family and to your friends.

 

In many ways we lost our Mom that cold winter day in 1991, just as we lost her last week. We are grateful for all she was to us, and we celebrate her passing into our heavenly Fathers hands and out of the discomfort and pain of recent years that she was in. We are so grateful for the wonderful caregivers that became such an important part of mothers life.

 

So too we are grateful for the example set by her husband.  A man in whom I am equally proud: a man who looked out for Betty’s interests in such a diligent fashion during such trying circumstances.  Dad, you are a man among men, and we know that with a twinkle in her eye, Mother thanks you from Heaven above.  As well, I thank my great sister, Nancy Kaehler, and her family.  You were always there, through thick and thin, always doing your best for Mom in the way in which it had to be done. So too I thank moms brother, Don, for stepping up when needed.  His help was important in allowing Dad to get some much-needed rest during those long agonizing 

weeks at Abbott Northwestern. Finally, I want to thank my wife, Pam, for understanding my hurt and pain these last 8 years and who, listened to Mom on the telephone on the night before her operation in 1991 say these last words, “ if something bad happens to me, take good care of my son”.  Pam, I thank you for understanding and taking such good care of your family.    

 

Our family has often talked of mom’s premonition to be in serious danger when this last heart surgery took place.  Her vision that something terrible would happen to her was in retrospect 20/20.  Mom, you always knew what was going on.  You were always on the ball.  You always had it figured out.

 

It is a tribute to your level-headedness and strength that you always thought of others no matter what obstacles you faced yourself.  It is a trait that we  

hope will be carried on to your four beautiful grandchildren.

 

I would like to end by thanking God for the small mercies he has shown over the last 8 years.  As mother many times said,  “ be thankful, for things could always be much worse”.  In so many ways Mom, we were fortunate to have you with us these past few years.  Only the Creator knows why bad things happen to good people.

 

 

Today, Mom, we all know you look straight to us from heaven above.  We know you soar with the angels.  You will remain an enormous influence on us left behind.  And so today, Mom, we honor you and grieve for you. 

 

Tomorrow we will miss you.  As you walk in harmony and peace you are at last, one with the earth, a blessing for us all.

 

Forever Mom, forever, we will love and remember you.  Give your Mom and Dad, Gramma Dora and Grandpa Walt a big kiss for us.  We hope to join you in heaven in our own way, in our own time.  We love you dearly, Mom. 


May the Lord be with you.   

Friday, March 19, 2021

April 1, 2021. America is the fool...................

Let me be the first to say...........

Happy April Fools Day, Joe Biden!

This day was made for you Big Guy!   

Try to wake up and go get 'em Champ!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Oh yea baby..............

If they have a higher net worth than you stop giving or even thinking about giving unsolicited financial advice.

Do this.

Take out a pen and paper and try to learn something and study it.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Mitch McConnell is toast!

Former President Trump has issued the following statement following his Senate acquittal (emphasis ours):

I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth.

My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.

Our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms.

It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.

This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.

I also want to convey my gratitude to the millions of decent, hardworking, law-abiding, God-and-Country loving citizens who have bravely supported these important principles in these very difficult and challenging times.

Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!

We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.

Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

We remain one People, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it's our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come.

May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.

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