©2016 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee
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Great Expectations for Christmas
It happens every year. In retrospect, it never fails to amaze me how many great expectations are well, expected to crystallize magically in the months, weeks, and days leading up to Christmas, the greatest commercial holiday of the year. Tension grows; it is the great annual spending binge.
That might also explain the horror of the rapid melt-down back to reality in mid-January.
The 'holiday' demands the newest and the trendiest, candy-cane dreams, games, phones, gadgets, tools appliances, and cars. Presents. Endless Gifts. The more expensive the better. Problem? For most families, that perfect Christmas is thousands of dollars away from reality and the paltry pennies in the all-too thin bank account.
On sale is the hype of the season. Cost is seemingly irrelevant. Endless novel devices, computers, multi-thousand-dollar home appliances, 'all compatible with the iPhone,' hot technology and new cars —are advertised and promoted as perfect must-have gift to be chosen ever so thoughtfully, wrapped-up in huge red ribbons and delivered by Santa himself. Down the chimney. Easily-achieved and financed presents will meet the insatiable great expectations of the expecting. Maybe.
Great Expectations —and a Big Melt-down?
Great expectations include friendly commercial advice that you must hurry! and save $1000.00 buying this or that even though today's economics and reality dictate that most struggling families can't afford—in any scenario—to buy that must-have, wonderful device — even if the total price delivered was only $1000.00.
But Wait...there's always a way..."Why can't you buy it?"
Wait, sir...we can make that $99.95 —or how about ten bucks. A week? A month? You choose. In the 'unrealistic' world of commerce, creative ways to resolve impossible credit, meet great expectations, fulfill dreams—do the impossible. Let's work together to resolve credit issues, we'll create the ultimate "tailor your purchase" plan at the price YOU want to pay.
Let us get you even further in debt ... let us place dreams of gifts under the tree and that new car covered with big red ribbons out in the driveway, your choice...hell, why not, she'll understand, sir, buy that new pickup truck, for a Christmas present, sir, it's only $72,000.00, sir, that's only $880.00 a month for the next 84 months...plus delivery plus tax..."Why can't you buy it?" Doh....In a real life incident, unbelievably, an eager but surprisingly pushy, inexperienced sales person asked that very question. "You should feel guilty about not buying your wife thatnew car for Christmas, sir, she is worth it isn't she?" Let us widen the snare further...
The Melt-down to Reality
Melting down ever closer to reality, maybe that $10.00/per gift self-imposed limit for the single-parent mom with two kids pushed the economic"limit" for dinner down to mac and cheese...or in Ontario, skimmed the outrageous electric bill, —but, you say, commerce has the solution for you? We give in. There's always a sale. Boxing Day Bonanza. Or The Week After Sale. You get the idea. Great expectations are seldom achieved.
Back in reality, single mom sighs and desperately drags the toddlers along to visit the food bank and stops at the Lottery Ticket Office, where a budget-killing $6.00 ticket returns dreams of cool millions and beating the odds and poverty itself. How promising.
The big melt-down of great expectations, even hope itself is stirred into the gummy mac and cheese bubbling on the stove... Nothing changed last year, nothing will change this year. Clearly, for the disenfranchised — some things may never change, even in the richest countries on earth.
Anyone want to disconnect from reality yet? Regardless of the unacceptable status quo...
Here at Incomingbytes.com we remain optimistic and wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a wonderful holiday and a Happy, Prosperous New Year. Happy 2017 and all that. Make a New Years Resolution to get A lucky lottery ticket. Hope suggests there's always next year....Let's go for it.
Is that Incoming I hear?
©2016 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee
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Let's Comment: It's Going to be a Wicked Challenge to Catch Up...
As ordinary people we're busy. All the time. I have to admit we find it difficult to catch up with the world at the best of times. It can be a humbling experience, but is it really becoming that difficult ? Yes. And why, you ask? Why keep up? We're about to find out. To attempt to catch up might be more likely. Let's settle for that...
a) Donald Trump got Elected to be President of the United States
Let's get right to the untrained elephant in the room. He's the most unexpected President-elect in history; therefore, as observers, let's sit back, go with the flow and watch Donald the TV star rev mightily to catch up with, and derail, the rotten and smoking political machine. What are the odds, you ask...
Let us not be uncouth and call Donald a guaranteed Fascist or dictator. At least not yet. Let's give the man a chance. He'll live gloriously in Trump Tower with Melania the beautiful fashionista. Ivanka the pretty, smart daughter will take care of his business, and the boys will beg off to hunt trophies in Africa while he struggles to drain the highly odoriferous political swamp growing giant la-la -Liberal lily pads in front of the White House. —That all being part of his promise to make America great again, naturally.
What WILL Donald Trump, President-elect do?
Trump will build walls to Mexico, build bridges to Putin's Russia. Chase disloyal but employable deplorables out of hiding right to job heaven. Chasten Hillary, kill NAFTA, the TPP and catch up in the dragnet other unsuitable deals, practice isolationism in Trump Tower, attempt to make jobs flow back home, and rightfully so. He will undo Obama's flawed health care fiasco. For the better, we hope. Trump will vet immigrants and escort illegals out of the U.S. of A. personally. (Let's comment!....If he can find them. And catch them. And doesn't need them for votes.)
That is all conveniently scheduled; that is if Hillary the corrupt, sore loser doesn't whine and cause too many ballot recounts and upset the celebrating Trump wagon. Or further encourage her followers to riot, loot and plunder. And tweet and whine everyone to death. (Let's comment: —And make flower-children from Californi-yay! and other Liberal states want to secede from the Union and go where no other states have gone before. Perhaps to join Canada. (One by one they'll go, in droves. They'll line up at the Canadian border. 'Take a number, boys, we'll be right with'ya. ' Won't that be fun? ) But I digress...
The Great Unexpected!
I, writer of this blog, have to admit I was almost surprised. Here we thought it was more likely Trump -supporter-types would be out in the streets raising hell whilst screeching "Rigged! Rigged!" With the unreliable, tainted media coverage of the election, we didn't expect the reverse. Or so much damned whining. It seems
Americans Democrats are indeed becoming great again—at whining. Take an aspirin and stifle it, Edith.
(Here it is, let's comment; We say 'you voted, you got what you voted for, Donald won, so there, stop whining and get on with it, that ought to do it, catch up with that will'ya?" And, smack your foreheads too, reality counts. For the record, if the USSR can fragment, so can the U.S. of A. Just sayin'.....)
Meantime, up north there, y'know, up there...(here) in —Canada, yeah, the home of free and universal health care, that's the place...
Trudeau's International Catch up Policy on Human Rights
That big bottle of red 'catch up' sits north of the border. Where all disillusioned Yanks
apparently want to go to flee the supposed, unsettling #TrumpdisasterIntheMaking. Apparently some disillusioned Yanks really are scared and are now wannabe Canadians. Good for them, air's better, food's better, universal health care, but...you may have to wait a bit in the lineup...at the border.
Yes, be aware that Prime Minister Trudeau up here is pretty busy taking selfies, cracking mirrors and cell-phones, rapidly shattering the pop
-ular rock star image he once had . Unfortunately his dilly-dallying agenda and parade attendance has been putting off business, destroying delaying his inherited career and credibility too. ( Let's comment: Hello out there...what else is new for politicians? Why would Canadians expect otherwise, since those flash-in-the-pan "different, sunny" promises have been obliterated and clearly demonstrated he is out of touch with regular Canadians?)
Justin Trudeau has now demonstrated he is trendy, perhaps more dangerously brash, inexperienced and out of style than Donald Trump under the 'nice hair'. (Let's comment: He has broken political promises, 'been double-speak diplomatically -dishonest,' decided to pay lip service only to human rights by approving a billion-dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and studiously avoided real issues and questions from Canadians. He has wandered around Europe, Africa, and other fine venues like a sweaty student in an expensive tax-payer-funded version of the Amazing Race.)
What DOES Justin, the Selfie-Made PM of Canada Actually Do?
We 're glad you asked. Justin got right to it. Justin approved billion-dollar sales to Saudi Arabia in spite of their dastardly human rights record, approved an unwanted gas terminal in B.C. in an environmentally-critical location. He lied about "wise decisions" and then approved unwanted crude oil pipelines to export crude oil and expand the oil sands, destroying any chance of a near-future conversion to CLEAN technology. He signed the unwanted CETA agreement which enables foreign nationals and corporate interests to screw Canada's future with billions of dollars worth of lawsuits at the expense of all Canadians.
He grins at the ladies, takes selfies, appointed ever more Senators to the corrupt, useless, redundant dinosaur Senate which Canadians no longer trust in, believe, or need. He promised electoral reform, but that's not likely to happen since Canadians actually want to make that decision by referendum. (Let's comment: No comment, all this occurs whilst he leaps tall buildings and taking ga-ga selfies with giggling persons.)
Justin managed to enrage millions of Canadians without half trying, but somehow, SOMEHOW, he also now insists upon also offending sovereign nations with his pushy, sweaty, gender-oriented 'let's all catch up to
Canada's Justin's' global LGTQ gender-agenda ' —under the guise of being the Saviour the world has been waiting for, the great and wise teacher spreading wise lessons on sexuality and human rights. (Let's Comment: Let us not comment further upon the personality and apparent obsession behind this same old, same old delusional 'governance'.)
Sorry, Justin, but in both observation and reality, most of the world isn't ready to shelve centuries-old traditions, morals and ideas to catch up with, accept, or adopt anyone's personal,trendy and controversial agenda. Eye-brow lifting, rolling eyes, and foot-dragging and even out-right indignant refusal may be experienced out there in the real world whilst you are attempting to sell philosophical ideas. Shall we list a few? Governance by popular selfie. Prime Ministers, dignitaries, and officials prancing about in gay parades. Manipulating society in third world countries without being invited. Legitimizing anal intercourse made essential by holding up same-sex marriages up as equality. ( Let's comment: Even if YOU (correctly or incorrectly) call any or all of the above 'human rights' to African and other conservative nations, such representations are clearly insulting and disrespectful of their culture and sovereignty. Cultural sensitivity is absent. But above all, none of it quite seems to cut the mustard as statesmanlike leadership. )
Because of International reactions observed, we have reason to believe African countries still consider themselves sovereign nations, with sovereign jurisdiction over their own cultures, social practices , laws, definitions of institutions of marriage, human rights, wrongs, preferences, and remain entitled to their historical warts.
( Let's comment: Surely, as such, Justin—they, too, are entitled to choose their own culture, interpretation of human rights, morality, definitions of relationships, family life, cultural complications, and other issues. Perhaps you recall "someone" years ago saying(paraphrased) "The government should not be in the bedrooms of the nation" ? It now may be more appropriate to say in 'sunny ways style' "get the hell out of the bedrooms of the world." )
We offer an earth-shattering idea...it may be simply observed that it may be inherently smarter to M.Y.O.B. in foreign nations. You are supposed to be representing ALL Canadians. ( Let's comment: How about "Concentrate on the good and proper governance of Canada instead. Do Canadian stuff." There ya go....Take care of Canadians and Canadian concerns. See to the well-being of all Canadians including, and particularly, First Nations peoples. Start respecting First Nations, our own indigenous peoples, and STOP with the social manipulation. There, that ought to help, and ....and by the way...)
c) More News For You, Justin: The Whole World was not Weeping for Fidel
R.I.P. Fidel Castro, with all polite and due respect...
—But P.M. Justin (J.T.) proclaimed to the world how wonderful the late Fidel Castro was
or perhaps, may have seemed, back in the days ...er...maybe when Justin was a boy. Justin the P.M. offered tears of condolence on behalf of all Canadians. For the great and wonderful Fidel.
Pierre Trudeau, dear old dad, (Mr. Fuddle-Duddle himself, we fondly recall,) was a close family friend of Castro. We got that; Pierre, and Justin too, just like dad—admired Castro. Yes, that Castro, the 'some say wonderful' —but for the official record, a stubborn and murderous dictator. A suppressor of free speech, murderer and jailer of those "nasty, unacceptable protesters", vocal critics and legal opposition. The disappearance of innocent, impoverished people. No matter...
Tears and praise for a man who almost precipitated a globe-sized nuclear holocaust.
( Let's comment: Oh, my, Bucky-diddle-do.... Justin, your polite eulogy enraged the global world of the informed , too—without even half trying....Go figure.)
And then... Fidel the Enigma...
Let us pose a question...it may be uncomfortable. As ever-curious observers of humanity and brainwashed by fine capitalists, we DO have to wonder how the hated/despised/beloved el Commandante, —el Dictator, —Fidel the man—ever managed to offer free education and free health care to his people on the little island of Cuba. With A tiny socialist economy. Circa 1950's technology. Old cars. In spite of aging technology, aging infrastructure, threats, blockades, sanctions , non-cooperation, isolation, extreme political objections by the most powerful and intimidating nation on earth.
(Let's comment: Just how DID he manage that? Could it be that the lack of 'greedy corporate interests' might suggest a key to understanding? Here at Incomingbytes, We can hear the ideological screams and capitalist indignation all the way from the USA, but in the interest of fairness, we believe an honest answer is required, so answer, already, if you dare.
That success, above all, —galled and plagued ten U.S. capitalist presidents. Presidents he endlessly and laughingly out-played, out-smarted, out-maneuvered, out-ran, and out-lasted. An amazing race —whether you personally loved or hated Fidel (and his other 'notorious antics, saviour status and historical atrocities') or not.
( Let's comment: Interestingly, glorious readers— you must decide and answer that question for yourselves. Or at least acknowledge the enigma, the thorn in the right butt-cheek of the now precariously over-inflated, greedy ideology called North American capitalism.)
We are compelled to ask: Can Trudeau be redeemed after such a reckless start for this 'career'— or has he already spent and clearly confirmed his true colours? (Let's Comment: We prefer to avoid suggesting a response to this question, unlike the trendy and now somewhat untrustworthy media, which would attempt to pollute the fertile minds of readers with outrageous commercialism, lies reckless reporting, false news stories, and pre-spun 'half-true news'. Funny, but sad. )
The Trudeau M.O.
Unfortunately, the Trudeau m.o. is clearly a one-tracked interest in hypocrisy, trendy ideas for social manipulation, inclusion and tolerance —even of questionable elements of society however distasteful and unwanted. At whatever cost. Pushing a gender-dominated, feckless, politically-correct Liberal, and frankly, a now-revealed as dishonest agenda .
We may as well include in that M.O. the outrageous approval of unwanted pipelines, a considerable sell-out of the environment and humanity itself, the potential sell-out of sovereignty over Canadian resources, environment regulations and infrastructure ownership to greedy, reckless, domineering, profiteering, and merciless foreign interests including Communist China.
(Let's Comment: Redemption for J.T. may not be quite at hand, it seems. )
Oh Well... Dear Readers...meantime...Catch up on your sleep ...
Let us hope there are only three years (or fewer) of political charades and grinning ga-ga selfies remaining in Canada, and the end in sight for this questionable and demonstrated , misleading dishonesty, (
Let's comment: Forget not the stupidity , incredibly bad judgement and incompetence. )
— I say the whole circus is enough make Canadians of every ilk migrate or secede from Canada itself, or at least catch up on some well-deserved shut-eye... "just thinking out loud"...
*Update: A 'must-read'...
Trudeau, when asked the big question about Fidel, replied in an off-script, blank, curt, confused, entrapped, then distinctively crabby manner —and finally admitted Castro was a dictator. "Yes!" he finally blurted. ....No wonder he was so crabby, being no longer able to justify
a free holiday to Cuba and all...
(Let's Comment: Canadians ALL —must recognize that political gaffes and dishonesty are the norm, and like wooden stakes for vampires, are inevitably driven through the heart of flashy one-term political careers...nice hair or not. Canadian karma, we suspect...)
Did we catch up? Nope. Not by a long shot....(Let's comment: We're gone... Who knows, maybe we'll catch up with'ya at the coffee-shop...Relax, take a selfie...)
Is that Incoming I hear?
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