If Trump were Mermaids or Aliens

Watch a GOP politician still spouting the company line on election fraud–someone deep into the abyss like a Mo Brooks talking to Lou Dobbs, for example–and ask yourself this question: If you replaced the word “Trump” with “aliens” or “mermaid” or “Ronald Reagan”–would this person clearly be identified as suffering a psychotic episode live on TV. The fundamental nature of the truth of what they are saying would remain effectively unchanged and yet, because they are claiming Trump won instead of mermaids…how are they NOT still suffering a psychotic episode?

The absolutely unbelievable privilege these people enjoy–yet pretend they are denied–actually now extends to the point of demonstrably exhibiting recurring psychotic behavior that would get you or me tossed into a psych ward in a heartbeat and nobody even bothers to question that it IS symptomatic of a serious short-term (let’s hope) psychotic disorder. It’s almost as if because they are an elected politician, we’re not even ALLOWED to suggest what would be plainly obvious to everyone if they were homeless.

Well, guess what: claiming Trump won the election at this point is absolutely just as psychotic and delusional as walking around with your hand inside your shirt claiming to be Napoleon. Two things are demonstrably, irrefutably untrue–and recognized by the overwhelming majority of the population as being so–yet by virtue of the fact that your very own psychosis has been used to convince millions of other weak and gullible minds of its veracity and reject a long litany of judicial mandates insisting otherwise, somehow insisting upon one is obviously psychotic, but insisting upon the other is absolutely not?

I’m wrong, please, show me how. Show me the difference.

Living Room Decorating Ideas

When it comes to living room decorating ideas, you want to focus most strongly on creating an unambiguous personality that reflects the individuality of the household residents. Engaging the talents of a professional interior decorator can easily result in a living room that looks like something out of a design magazine, but the decor may fail to reflect your own character. Creating a decorating scheme for your living room that contains that spark of personality while also hitting all the primary elements involved in effective design can be a difficult proposition. The goal is to integrate each of the individual parts into a coherent whole. This goal of living room decorating is often easier conceptualized than done.

Make Your Living Room Decor Pleasing to You
Successful living room decorating avoids the ambition of recreating an interior design scheme you admire in a magazine or book or on a TV show. Begin by focusing on what elements of decor would be most pleasing to you. If that means a living room decorated in a simple and subtle monochromatic color scheme, then so be it. If you will be most pleased with a living room that virtually explodes with vivid colors and a combination of contrasting textures, then go for it.

Remember Interior Decorating Rules
Rules may not be the most specifically correct word, but interior decorating is historically based on a set agenda of principles that, when followed, help to achieve that integration you should seek. While decorating rules do apply quite significantly when creating a living room that is enjoyable to guests as well as household residents, you don’t want to sacrifice personality just to achieve a design aspect such as proportion or scale. Work the rules that guide decorating into your plan for developing a well defined personality. These rules incorporate effective use of color, a proper sense of scale, the creation of a rhythmic atmosphere, subtle yet imaginative utilization of repetition and a dramatic exploitation of proportion.

Creating a Focal Point for Living Room Decorating
Decorating a living room should ideally begin with the creation of a focal point around which the design will center. Some living rooms are already equipped with a natural choice for the focal point while others will require the introduction of this element as part of the design planning stage. Examples of organic focal points for the living room include a painting, a fireplace, an aesthetically pleasing rug, oversized windows or a central piece of furniture. These are also good ideas for when you need to introduce a focal point. The strategy should revolve around placement of the rest of the decor so that they complement the focal point. A focal point on the wall of your living room would necessitate situating furniture in such a way that the decoration could be enjoyed. A focal point like a furnishing or rug should guide you in the selection of colors to be used either as complementary or contrasting decorative elements.


Make Creative Use of Living Room Walls
Decorating your living room almost always means utilizing a rather expansive amount of wall surface. Decorating living room walls actually provides an extraordinary opportunity for imaginative utilization into your design for a reflective personality. Think in terms of introducing wall coverings that extend well beyond mere paint or wallpaper. Options for integrating living room walls into your overall design that creates a sense of character include paneling, rough texture like stucco, beading, tapestries, mirrors, metal, murals, artworks and built in storage spaces. Another way to make the wall come alive as part of your living room decorating plans is to address each wall individually. You can do this by painting just one wall a bold color. A creative method for lending a small living room the illusion of being larger is to either paint or apply paper with a pattern that provides a sense of forced perspective that will succeed in giving the entire room a greater sense of space.


5 Reasons to Consider Changing Your Will

Reasons to change your will are multiple in number and diverse in nature. Obviously, if you are an 85 year old man who has just married a 22 year old girl, you will want to change your will for one reason or another before you become an 85 year old man who never lived to reach 86. Bad marriages, jerky offspring and friendly waiters aside, you might want to consider changing your will for any of the following reasons.

Spousal Death
The death of a spouse is most definitely a time to consider changing your will. Just keep in mind that it may not be the best idea to change that will in the first few weeks or even months following the passage from this life to the next. You will be emotionally fragile and more subject to manipulation by those with a vested interest in seeing you change your will.

Divorce
A kind of death that can sometimes be even more emotionally upsetting should also key you into making changes to your will. The legal status of divorce in almost all cases mandates an automatic revocation of any proviso in the will that relates to the former spouse. Upon a divorce, in addition to making sure your former husband or wife can’t get their hands on the Porsche, you should look into setting up some trusts for your kids in case you happen to expire before they reach maturity. Any trust already in place that positions the spouse that was as the trustee or, especially, the beneficiary, should become a thing of interest.

Marriage
You don’t have to be some 85 year old man marrying that 22 year old girl for wedded bliss to affect the status of your will. When you get married, you want to make sure that you have provided for the new spouse rather than taking a powder from mortality with an intestate status.

Remarriage
A prenuptial agreement isn’t as crazy or unromantic as it once was. Okay, it is unromantic, but not crazy. A second or third or fourth marriage automatically complicates issues related to your will simply by virtue of quantity. New spouses can mean combined families with stepkids that must be taken into consideration. Kids that went off with your spouse and that you only seen once a year may come to mean less to you than your new spouse’s kids who seem to genuinely enjoy your company. It may result in bad feelings and contesting of the will, but there is certainly no law that says biological kids have to get a better deal in the will than adopted kids. If you are planning on leaving a little something to the spouse who was, then making a will that specifies this should definitely not be something you leave as an issue to blindside the current spouse. Do that and you can almost guarantee infighting that will place a blight upon what you had hoped would go much more smoothly.


Moving to a New State
Laws regarding wills vary from one state to another. What you hoped to accomplish with your will in Kansas may not be what results if you die in Nevada. A change of scenery may also result in a change of possessions. When you lived in Kansas, you probably didn’t have a boat to leave to someone, but if you moved to Florida that is something that could most definitely have changed.


Vitamins and Minerals Recommendations for Golfing, Running and Racquet Sports

Athletes have special needs and requirements when it comes to vitamins and minerals that normal people don’t have. That is to say, that other people don’t have. The best method of making sure that those who engage in sports, athletic events and recreation is start with a multivitamin with chelated minerals. On top of that multivitamin, specific sports and athletic events require more specific supplements.

Golfers

Vitamin and mineral choices for golfers hitting the links every weekend or so need to come with the potential for keeping up your energy while allowing you to avoid the stress of golfing so that you can successfully reduce the stress you experience in the other parts of your life. In the case of golfers, this actually does mean a multivitamin, but one with time released chelated minerals. Look on the nutrition facts label for bioflavonoids, rutin, rose hips and, of course, Vitamin C. Another choice to lend energy that allows you to fully enjoy the stress release mechanism of going golfing is to supplement with a B Complex vitamin with zinc.

Runners and Joggers

Nutritional needs focusing on vitamins and minerals for those who jog or run must focus on the fact that the act of running burns up glucose before it gets around to burning up fat in order to produce energy. In addition to the multivitamin with chelated minerals, runners want to make sure they get plenty of antioxidants that help to stem off the reaction of free radicals. Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E and selenium. Add in a stress B complex with zinc. If you don’t already make wheat term a regular part of your diet, you should immediately make plans to add it. Wheat germ contains octacosonal which is a compound that just may increase your endurance and facilitate oxygen utilization. Runners and joggers should look for their vitamin intake in carbohydrates like fruit, protein-rich sources like poultry and fish and fats like nuts.

Racquet Sports

Tennis and racquetball require a substantial output of energy, great endurance, muscular strength, coordination and sharp eyesight. Even the most advanced of multivitamins can’t provide all that. This means you must supplement freely to your daily multivitamin intake. Add two doses of a stress B complex to your diet. The addition of calcium can help protect your bones from injury. Some evidence points to vitamin E as helping to improve athletic performance such as improving muscle strength as well as stamina. The ability of your body to recycle vitamin C is also improved by adding vitamin E to your diet.


Everything’s Gone Green: Tips and Hints on Using Green Paint in Your Interior Decorating Scheme

Choosing to paint an interior room in green starts with choosing a specific hue, tone or shade. Go to your local Lowe’s, Walmart, Home Depot or Sherwin Williams and you will be presented with a number of increasingly ridiculous synonyms for green colors, but essentially they all fall into one of four categories: pale and yellow greens, midtone greens, deep greens and jewel greens. From these four overarching categories you can choose a number of very creatively named specific greens. Once you’ve chosen the shade of green that suits your purpose, it’s time to put one of the following tips and hints about painting with green to work.

Green Equals Nature

The decision to paint an interior room or object green almost invariably means lending it a natural aspect. Take a look outside almost any room in which you find yourself right now and the dominant color you are likely to see is green. Green is the color of grass, leaves, shrubbery, plants and pretty blonde girls. Green automatically infuses a room with a sense of intractable connection to the world outside. Don’t deny green its tenacious desire to become part of the world around it regardless of how abstruse or bizarre a shade of green you pick from the available palette.

Mixed Greens

Choosing to paint interiors with shades of green should be stimulated by a look at how greens work in the real world. To put it bluntly: there is no single, specific green beyond the walls of your house. Take a walk through the closest natural pathway before putting green to work in your interior paint palette. Notice how dark greens mix with light greens. Take a few minutes to really study how the different shades of green work together to create an overall effect. Now head back inside and look over what you’ve got to work with. You’ve got walls, trim, floors, ceilings and objects. Think of ways you can put a variety of different shades of green to work to recreate that elegant mixing of shades to give each object its due while ending up with a strong, dominant overall effect of pure Platonic greenness.

Green and Brown

Choosing to paint an interior in green allows you to introduce brown with a certain level of confidence. Choosing to stick with brown can often be a headache because it just doesn’t have the pop you may be looking for. Combining green and brown helps to bring in the natural feel of the outdoors to your interior. Brown can be introduced into a green painted room via wood, fabrics, wallpaper or brown paint itself.

Put the Lime in the Coconut

Sure, as of 2011 lime green is a hot color to be found just about everywhere. That will change. You can count on it. Lime green may look stylish during the time of Obama, but when the first African American President is just a memory, you may wish your decision to go with lime green was also a memory. Lime green at any time represents a certain kind of daring decorative choice that can work fine for the audacious. For the rest of you, you can tame the unwanted effect of going with lime green in your interior decorating choice with smart and effective additions of white, red and wood. Tread lightly with the lime and make sure you’ve got enough of both the interior and exterior of the coconut.

Dark Green

Dark green can be just as daring and bold a decorative choice for interior painting as lime green. This is especially true if you choose to paint your walls or other large surfaces dark green. Darkness envelopes a room more easily than you might imagine. The introduction of sufficient lighting to a dark green painted room can actually have the effect of making the green look less than lustrous. A good way to manage the darkness inside a dark green painted room is through the addition of reflective surfaces. Make sure that your room painted in dark green has mirrors, artwork behind glass, chrome or other types of surfaces that can reflect light to lighten the load of the tone.


Bass Fishing Tips: Crawfish, Plastic Worms, Smallmouth Habitats and Catching the Big One

Bass fishing tips are swell to learn, but a pain the butt to keep track of. So many different tricks and techniques have proven efficient and effective to somebody somewhere that they will swear their little secret is the Holy Grail to reeling in the biggest bass in the water. Some bass fishing tips are applicable to just about any conditions, whereas other tips are only good for certain types of bass or certain kinds of fishing. The best thing to do is keep a bass fishing tip log into which you write all the hints and secrets you come across. You never know when you might be fishing for bass that calls for just that one specific piece of advice.

Bass Fishing with Crawfish
Fishing for bass with a bucketful of crawfish in the boat is a game of wait and see. The preferred methods for hooking crawfish for bass fishing are to fix that hook right through the eyes or to find the meatiest part of the tail and stick the hook there. The important bass fishing tip at play here is to refrain from injury since the entire enterprise of bass fishing with crawfish is dependent upon some lively action of your bait. Casting with crawfish is best accomplished with an overhand softball lob directed toward whatever structure in the water you have set your eyes on as a bass gathering spot. Take a tip from Fountains of Wayne and allow the crawfish to sink to the bottom before taking up the slack so that you give just the slightest little bow to the line.

Bass Fishing with Plastic Worms
The strategy for reeling in bass when using plastic worms as your bait is to exploit the predatory instincts of your prey. Here is a very useful bass fishing tip you should make sure you’ve got written in your tips journal: the clearer the water in which you are fishing for bass, the better you can exploit their reliance on vision to find their food. This means you should choose plastic worms in clear water that are the most realistic and natural in appearance. The best bet is to adopt translucence as your bass fishing bait style of choice. Grab a handful of plastic worms colored blue, green and smoky in appearance with a touch of metal that can reflect light enough to draw the bass’ attention. Increase your odds of success by using a scented worm or applying a scent to your bait that enhances the authenticity of the location.

Catching the Big Bass
Just about every lake contains one or more famous bass that are so big they qualify as definite trophies and you will likely hear a number of bass fishing tips from veterans who swear they landed the big fish briefly. You may not actually want to reel these guys in unless you are a local because you may upset those who’ve grown attached to the local lake celebrity. The best technique for finding the biggest and baddest bass in a lake is to use large crankbaits or spinnerbaits that take their sweet time. Take the approach of engaging in a very disciplined and precise presentation in which you ensure completely coverage with all your lures through a series of casts.

Where to Find Smallmouth Bass

Locating smallmouth bass is a fishing tip that you will hear a lot about and one that will change according to the specifics of the location. Bridge pilings sunk into deep water are usually an active habitat for smallmouth bass. When fishing for bass in rivers and streams, look for a gravel bar that is fairly decent in size and you will likely be rewarded with a population of smallmouth species all the way from spring through autumn. Bass fishing tips for the smallmouth varieties can clearly vary depending on the precise geography of the area, but a general tip that applies to just about all smallmouth fishing is to look for a place in the water where the current is broken by some kind of structure. In addition to pilings and gravel beds, you should keep an eye out for rocks, islands and sharp bluffs.


Ideas, Advice and Tips for Outdoor Landscaping with Plants

One of the most creative and exciting elements to landscaping is the addition of plants to your design. Flowers, trees, shrubs, ground cover and grasses can all be integrated into your overall landscaping scheme. The difficulty is in knowing which plants to choose to achieve the most successful landscaping result possible. With so many options to choose from, it pays to work out ahead of time what you expect to achieve from the addition of plants to your design.

Water Features

A landscaping design that includes a water feature will need to include appropriate aquatic plants. These are plants that can thrive either in the water or on the ground that surrounds the water. A pond where the water’s depth is deep can benefit greatly from the addition of a variety of water lilies. Use water irises or water poppies in shallower water or if your landscaping scheme includes a bog garden.

ANNUALS

Annuals are plants that can lend your landscape some vivid coloring throughout the summer months. These landscaping plants are also quite versatile as they can be used in plans ranging from formal gardens to hanging baskets. Another advantage of introducing annuals is the sheer number available from which to choose. Among the more popular annuals are marigolds, impatiens, petunias and geraniums.

PERENNIALS

Perennials are flowers that return from the death grip of winter to grow back from the same roots the following spring and for many springs thereafter. Perennials have a much longer life span than annuals and also carry the advantage of requiring less maintenance. The key landscaping point to consider when choosing perennials is that these flowers don’t all bloom at the same time like with annuals, meaning your landscape will transform every few weeks as the flowers vary in their blooming timing. Popular perennials include periwinkle, hosta, bellflower and pink carnation.

SHRUBS

Landscaping that requires bordering or hedging is best accomplished by using shrubs. Shrubs can lend your landscape color, form and some are even capable of producing fruit. Evergreen shrubs can provide color and shapes to your yard throughout the year while deciduous shrubs will lose their leaves in the fall and can create a dramatic appearance in the winter when bare limbs are blanketed by snow.

GROUND COVERS

Ground covers are an effective plant for a landscape that is troubled by the inability to support a beautiful lawn. Heavily shaded areas that won’t allow enough sunlight to produce a thick lawn is another good choice for the use of ground covers. Choices for a steep slope include bougainvillea and junipers. Lawns suffering from lack of adequate water supply can benefit from planting germander and cotoneasters. A landscape characterized by an overabundance of shade should include English ivy or dead nettle.

SUCCULENTS AND CACTI

If you are going for the specific landscaping theme of a Southwestern look, then your plant choices should focus on cacti and succulents. Arid climates are ideal for these plants that are available in a wide range of shapes, colors and sizes. Choices among succulents and cacti range from purple prickly pear to saguaro to golden hedgehog.