The View From The Golden Dome

Views on the week's events plus some of mine.

Les Berman Weekly 6-15 Washington Stupidity, Dodge Dart, Best Dogs as Pets, Health and much more…

I had to laugh at some total stupidity that was coming out of…. guess where… of course.. Washington. A reporter on CBS Radio was quoting a congressman who was I think,  a member of the NSA – the National Security Agency – oversight committee. I think that this is the Congressional committee that is supposed to supervise the activities of the NSA. And the NSA is the group that collected the phone data from the providers like Verizon, Google, ATT etc.


Personally, I don’t care who listens to what I have to say on the phone. I don’t think that anything I do or say could possibly compromise the safety of anyone in the country, or the country itself. I do understand the concern that this disclosure could alert the bad guys. But really, most of these bad guys are lacking some gray matter anyway. The brains behind the major operations are hiding under a rock somewhere far far away. But the guy who blew the whistle didn’t tell me anything I hadn’t assumed anyway.


So back to what the congressman said, and I’ll paraphrase of course … ” I wanted to get into the meeting so I can read the legislation that we passed”. My comments to that congressman – your ass is fired you bleeping idiot. You represent everything that is wrong with our political system. You’re in it for the money because you certainly aren’t doing it to help anyone. I hope your constituents vote you out of office.


Meanwhile, a more mundane observation. The other day. I saw a mid 1960’s Dodge Dart. For those of you who don’t remember, that was known to be a compact car. My dad was a Chrysler fan. He would not buy a Ford product because of Henry Ford’s virulent anti-semitism, and he just didn’t like General Motors products. I wonder how he would have handled the Kia’s, Hyundai’s etc.


So the story continues… a little nostalgia. I came home from school and there was a canary yellow Dodge Dart 2 door hardtop in the garage. That was the car that I had to share with my mother and my brother. My mother smoked like a chimney. And never emptied the ashtray. I did. It was so gross. I think in the 60’s everyone smoked. Perhaps it was leftover from WWII. It was pretty cool because that car was about half the size of my dad’s Chrysler. This was a compact car !


The white Dodge Dart that I saw the other day was the same body style as ours was. The only difference is that the 60’s edition today would be considered a full size car. The one I saw was huge ! Have we changed that much. I guess we have. Then I thought about a Smart Car or the little Fiat 500. Either of those cars would have fit in the trunk of the Dodge Dart, and probably would have had room for a table and chairs.

But that yellow Dart was pretty cool !


But not as cool as a dog! Nothing is better than a dog. And here is a list of the top ten family dogs according to someone else. #10 is a Vizsla followed by the Irish Setter and the miniature Schnauzer (this dog is THE best). Then comes the Cocker Spaniel and the Pug. #5 is the Beagle, aka Snoopy and the Collie, aka Lassie. #3 is the Newfoundland and #2 is the Labrador Retriever. My brother has had Labs for more than 30 years but I remember his first one best. And taking the #1 spot is the Golden Retriever. This is not my list. If you don’t like it, woof your comments elsewhere please !


Health and wellness – this is definitely the strongest growth opportunity today. Watch your email next week for some accurate and interesting insight to the business.

Happy Father’s, Uncle’s, Grandfather’s, Cousin’s or Wannabee Dad’s Day !!

Have a better week !



Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Jirble: To pour out (a liquid) with an unsteady hand: as, he jirbles out a dram —

Curglaff: The shock felt in bathing when one first plunges into the cold water — John Jamieson’s Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808

Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist — Kacirk

Tyromancy: Divining by the coagulation of cheese — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk


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June 23, 2013 - Posted by | general interest, real estate, stuff | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Dec 1997 a puppy was thrown over the wall into our backyard. Scared stiff, crying and finally screaming until my kids went and found him. Naturally, we kept him and named him “Blackie”. Cute little guy who kept on growing until he reached 70 lbs! Those who know figure he was a lab/shepherd mix, plus Akita and Lord knows what else. He was a wonderful family dog, but he meant something different to each member of the family. He was my #1 dog. Friends would explain to their kids who they were visiting by telling them “We are going to visit Blackie”. Love, Wendy

    Comment by Readings | June 23, 2013 | Reply

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