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211  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: December 09, 2017, 05:24:09 PM
Some people in Israel believe that the "Palestinians" can go live in Jordan.

Meanwhile, things have improved for Israel since Arafat died, and Saddam is gone now, in many ways things have improved for Israel. And modern technology is helping to give Israel a better sense of safety.

Now Israel is protected by the Iron Dome system...


If I was a "Palestinian" I would want to have a good life, and I would want to have a family, and I would want my family to have good lives, and I would live wherever I could make that possible. Even as a Californian I would love to go live in Italy, so it is along the same lines, if I was a Palestinian I would go live in Jordan, or Italy, or Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, or Costa Rica, or the Philippines, or Australia, or maybe France, or somewhere. I would not just sit there and suffer, I would move to someplace where I could have a better life. 

Jordan needs to continue to welcome the Palestinians. Israel is already small, and Israel should not be any smaller. There are plenty of places where the Palestinians can live in peace and prosperity.


Tony V.
212  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: December 09, 2017, 05:59:29 AM
Bambu, declining someone a job based on their sex is not allowed in the USA...

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is all about equal employment opportunity...

And then we have the Civil Rights Act of 1968 that guarantees fair housing opportunities...

And for instance, when you apply for a job at Universal Studios you do not have to answer the questions about your race, etc, etc, etc. When a Japanese company owned Universal, they had to hire all races, they were not allowed to only hire Asians, etc.

Although, there are apartment buildings in East Hollywood where the apartments are for women only, and there are group homes for men only, etc. And there are gyms for women only, etc.

I believe that women should be paid the same as men as well. Equal pay for equal work. When you are hiring truck drivers, you need to give the women an equal shot at getting the job, and the women need to be paid the same as the men. And male and female nurses need to be paid the same, etc.

Anyhow, Bambu, you are supposed to give everyone an equal opportunity in the USA, and companies like Universal have to give everyone an equal opportunity, men and women both. They could never just stop hiring men.


Tony V.
213  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: December 07, 2017, 08:03:42 PM
These guys want to mine coal, Tony

Maybe Ivanka Trump, and Dolly Parton, and others, can talk some sense into them. The coal mining jobs are not coming back, and they need to train for the jobs of the future.


Tony V.
214  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: December 07, 2017, 06:11:23 PM
On the issue of unemployed coal mine workers...

We can put a tariff on imported oil to pay to train the coal mine workers to do the jobs of the future, such as making solar panels, and wind power generators, etc.

We do not want to put a tax on the local, native oil, because that would hurt the USA, but what we can do is to put tariffs on the oil from the Middle East, etc, and use some of the money from the imported oil tariffs to train the workers in the coal areas to do the jobs of the future, and we need to give them business loans to create the companies of the future, etc.

The coal jobs will not return, and we need to train the coal workers for the jobs of the future.

The coal mine workers can help to build solar panels for Puerto Rico, and for Texas and Louisiana, etc, as those areas rebuild they need to go green and use clean energy, such as wind, hydro, geothermal, solar, etc, etc, etc, and the former coal workers can help to build the solar panels for them, etc, they should get tax breaks for buying American products as they rebuild.


Tony V.
215  Arts / Celebreality / Re: Celebreality on: December 07, 2017, 02:24:20 PM
I had a great dream last night, I dreamed that I met Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, I dreamed that all of my friends put in a good word for me, and they told her that she had to meet me, and so we met, and we got along great, we hit it off instantly, and then we were riding in the backseat of a car, someone else was driving the car and we were in the back seat, and we were getting along great, but then she told me that she was getting married to someone else the next day, and she said that she wished that she had met me sooner, so I told her to kiss me and see how it is, and so we kissed, and it was great, but then she said that she was still going to marry the other guy, and I told her that we got along great and just imagine in three months how great we would get along, if it was so great instantly, just imagine how close we would become over time, and I told her that somehow I knew we were meant to be together, and I awoke from my dream while I was trying to talk her out of marrying the other guy, and I was trying to talk her into being with me.

It was a great dream. My friends set us up, and we got along great. I just had to talk her out of marrying the other guy. It was like in a movie. 

In real life, she is single, with a small child, Raphael. She was here in Southern California recently and some gossip columnists were saying that she was dating Brad Pitt, but she said that she is not dating Brad Pitt. So she is single, and available. I want to date her.


Tony V.
216  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: December 06, 2017, 07:58:11 AM
Some say that religion is the opium for the masses, but now the masses are on real opium. It would be better if we had more religion, and less opium.

Our country is in sad shape, all of the jobs went to China, and then our nation was flooded with drugs. In the 80's it was cocaine, then meth, etc, and now everyone is on pharmaceutical drugs. 

One thing that I remember about when Russia got their freedom, no one in Russia knew how to do anything, they were used to being unemployed and drunk on vodka, they had a hard time learning capitalism. Some people in Russia even wanted to go back to communism because they did not know how to earn money. Freedom is great if you know how to earn money, but no one likes to be unemployed and hungry, or even worse to watch your children go hungry. Being able to earn honest money is an important part of freedom.

And a job is about more than just being occupied, you can take pride in your work, and you need to earn enough money to enjoy life and to support your family comfortably, etc. For a man it is important to be able to make money, the same way that it is important for a woman to have children, it is important for a man to be able to take care of his family. And it is sad when the fathers are taken out of the picture, when the women get government money and they no longer need the man, that is part of what is wrong with America right now, too many children are growing up without fathers, and the men do not know the joy and pride of being able to work and take care of their families. 

Also of note, is that we need real jobs, we need to create stuff, we cannot all work for the tax payers as cops and firefighters and school teachers, etc, we need real jobs that pay taxes to support all of those jobs of people who work for the tax payers. You cannot have everyone working for the tax payers while no one works to pay the taxes to support those jobs. And the best paying jobs with the best benefits should not be the jobs working for the tax payers, the best jobs should be in the private sector. 

Real religion can help, and Christians are taught good work ethics. And people need to demand that we bring the good jobs back. Jobs such as building automobiles in Van Nuys, California, those were good jobs, we need to bring those jobs back. We can build electric cars in Van Nuys, etc. We also need to fight to keep and grow our entertainment industry in California, etc. Another important aspect of business and creating jobs is the issue of finance, and giving people business loans to start businesses, you can have the greatest ideas in the world but without the money to back up your ideas and to make them happen then you cannot do anything. On the issue of drugs, there is the good old fashioned "Just Say No" approach, and we need to better educate the public about drugs, and doctors need to prescribe the non-narcotic pain pills, etc, and the opiates should only be for extreme cases. 

On the issue of heroin, our enemies are sending it to us, so that should tell you something. Our enemies are selling heroin to our people, and then they are using the money to fight against us in Afghanistan, etc. We need to get the people of Afghanistan to grow cotton instead of poppy, and we need to take the economy in Afghanistan away from our enemies, and we need to give the economy to the good people of Afghanistan. They need a whole new economy in Afghanistan, and the bad guys need to get poor, while the good guys get wealthy.

And we need to support good worker rights globally, and labor unions globally, like we did with Solidarity in Poland, and by doing so we will help the world economy, and workers around the world will buy American products when they can afford to buy American products. Workers cannot buy our products if they are all poor. Slave labor hurts everyone. By helping others to be paid fair and treated well, we help ourselves. 


Tony V. 
217  Books / History / Re: American History on: December 06, 2017, 07:01:02 AM
My Father's side of my family lived in Oregon, there is a cemetery in Oregon where my Father is buried where I have ancestors going back to the 1800's. 

There is a book, "Rankin Crow and the Oregon Country," which tells some of the history of Oregon, and some of my family members are mentioned in the book.


Tony V. 
218  Books / History / Re: American History on: December 05, 2017, 08:50:21 PM
Here is my family tree on my Mother's side, my Father was from Oregon...

Okay here it is started with my Grandfather Cole, and my Grandmother Jeanne Cole, on my Mother's side...

Willard Lester Cole
Born June 30, 1919
Born in Mena, Arkansas
Died in Lancaster, California
Died in November, 1969
Buried in San Bernardino

William Cevus Cole - Willard's Father
Died 1948
Mena, Arkansas

Mary Etta Scott - Willard's Mother
Died May, 1953
Mena, Arkansas


Jennie Amalia Massey
Born April 3, 1922
Born in Canfield,  Colorado
Died February 14, 1990
Died in Lancaster, California
Brother Art Massey
Sister Juanita Massey

Arthur M. Massey - Jennie's Father
Born on October 1, 1898
Born in Littleton, Colorado
Died January 1970
Died in Los Angeles, California

Thelma Grace Wolff - Jennie's Mother
Born February 8, 1899
Born in La Junta, Colorado
Died January 7, 1969
Died in San Bernardino
Brother Argus Henry Wolff

William Henry Wolff - Thelma's Father
Born 1857
Born in Carrolton, Kentucky
Died 1907
Died in Denver, Colorado

Amalia Argus - Thelma's Mother
Born 1861
Born in Madison, Indiana
Died August 4, 1930
Died in Denver, Colorado.


That is all that I have, I want to pay someone to help me to learn more about my family tree, and I want to do a DNA test. I think that I am part French, with some Native American, and Greek, and others, and maybe Italian.

I want to learn more.

And I think that my Great Grandfather was Chief of Police for Denver, Colorado, at one time, etc.


Tony V.
219  International / Western Europe / Re: Western Europe on: December 04, 2017, 01:01:46 AM
If you are looking for a cheap vacation, in a great historical location, then I recommend a trip to Rome, Italy.

First of all, you will need to buy your plane ticket, and I recommend using Flight Centre, they will get you the lowest airfare guaranteed...


And then a great hotel for a low price is the Hotel Ivanhoe on Via Urbana, by the Saint Louis College of Music, and by the Church of Saint Lawrence...


The hotel is in the historic center of Rome, and everything is close by, and they have subways, trains, and buses, for further travel. To get to the Ivanhoe Hotel from the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport after you arrive, you can ride the train from the airport to Termini Station, and then it is a short distance to the hotel, easily walking distance but it depends on the amount of luggage that you have to carry. To get to the Vatican from the Ivanhoe Hotel, you just get on the subway, and you can get to the Vatican on the subway system. You can also get to Cinecitta on the subway system, etc.

And that area has many great places to eat and drink, etc. It is a great area.

Here is the Google Street Map of the street where I lived for six weeks in Rome, Italy, the Ivanhoe Hotel is on that street, Via Urbana...

I lived right across the street from the Saint Louis College of Music.

You can have a great vacation which you will remember for your whole life, while spending very little money. 


Tony V. 
220  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: December 04, 2017, 12:13:51 AM
A neighbor recommended a small Swedish film by the name of "A Man Called Ove" (2015)...

I will have to check it out.


Tony V.
221  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: December 03, 2017, 09:12:29 PM
The Asians love Los Angeles...

Go green, ride the Metro...
Bring a thermos of Irish coffee, and enjoy the ride.
And right by Union Station in Los Angeles is Olvera Street, which has the best margaritas, and great Mexican food.
Soon we will have high speed trains, but right now the Metro is pretty cool, it is a way for people get out of their cars and pollute less, and you can enjoy the train.

And the Asian commercial for the Metro is cool.
Tony V.
222  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: December 03, 2017, 06:30:05 PM
There is no need to find out who is stronger in the world, and the USA and China are allies, and the USA and the Flying Tigers protected China from Japan during World War II, and the USA and MacArthur helped the Philippines against Japan as well. And the USA is now friends and allies with Japan too.

And the Chinese and Japanese are spending huge amounts of money in the USA, and they are even developing some formerly very poor areas, such as building high rise buildings in Skid Row in Los Angeles, soon there will no longer be a Skid Row, they are redeveloping the area and they are allocating money to help the former inhabitants of Skid Row with relocation and housing and medical and social needs, etc. 


They built towering new cities in China. Now they're trying it in downtown Los Angeles


We need to set high building standards, so that the new buildings are safe from fires and from earthquakes, etc, and we need to set beautification standards, etc. We need to make good deals before we allow them to build, we can negotiate good deals for our cities, etc, once the buildings are built then it is too late to negotiate. And as we build new buildings such as post offices, etc, then we need to spend the money to build really nice post offices, etc, and we can get the Chinese investors to help to pay for beautiful new post offices, etc. And we can get nice street landscaping with trees and plants and benches to sit on, etc, even statues and fountains, etc.

The owner of my apartment complex where I live is from Taiwan, his name is "Bing," and he was named after Bing Crosby, he loves the USA. Investors from Taiwan are welcome here. 

And even the Australians can build here in the USA if they want, I recommend that the Australians open a movie studio in Anaheim. Smiley

Certainly we need to support good human rights in the world, and we need to support freedom and democracy, but meanwhile we can try to get along peacefully while we work towards creating a better planet.


Tony V.
223  Books / History / Re: American History on: December 03, 2017, 04:05:46 AM
Henry David Thoreau, early American philosopher...


Tony V.
224  Science and Technology / Business and Technology / Re: Business and Technology on: December 02, 2017, 04:24:59 PM
Tesla builds world's largest battery in Australian outback


Tesla Turns On World’s Largest Battery In Australia


Puerto Rico needs to go with clean energy as they rebuild Puerto Rico, and Elon Musk can help them.


Tony V.
225  Home and Garden / Food Matters / Re: Food Matters on: December 01, 2017, 09:27:33 PM
I just saw on the television news that fish is good for your eyes, and they said that cheese is healthy, so you need to eat fish tacos with cheese and salsa with guacamole, and it is a healthy meal. And you can feed your whole neighborhood on one day of deep sea fishing for fish such as Mahi Mahi, for fish tacos for everyone. We threw parties with fish tacos here...

Here is a video of a song that my friend Jon's band did here at my apartment complex for the mahi mahi taco party....

Never Too Late


Tony V.
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