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Tom's birthday is February 15

Politics or Profit?

I see Tim Allen is still whining about his show Last Man Standing being cancelled because of his conservative political beliefs.

I don’t work in the television industry but I know that politics is not the key factor in a show being renewed or cancelled. Networks must be profitable if they are to exist. If a show isn’t profitable, it gets cancelled, no matter what the political affiliation of its star.

I don’t have knowledge of the profit/loss statement for your show, but I bet if it were profitable, it would have been renewed by ABC or picked up by another network, cable station or streaming service.

A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem

There’s a lot of talk nowadays about freedom of speech and the NFL and people who protest. It seems to me that there’s a simple solution to this problem.
Here’s the first amendment to the US Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
By adding just four words, we can clarify what is apparently a confusing statement:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech — except at sporting events — or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
All we have to do is change the Constitution, which is probably a relatively easy thing to do.
You’re welcome.

President Trump Had a Busy Month

In the last four weeks, President Drumpf (the CEO President who, according to President Drumpf, knows more about business than anybody else):
Fires Reince Priebus
Hires John Kelly
Hires “The Mooch”
Fires “The Mooch”
Hires fourth communications director
Publicly shames AG Sessions
“Repeal and replace” fails
Shames Republicans who voted against it
Tweets transgender military ban
Gets political in Boy Scout speech
Makes up Boy Scout leader call
Makes up Mexican President call
Thanks Putin for expelling Americans
Begrudgingly signs Russia sanctions, then blasts Congress for it
Condemns, then endorses anonymous White House leaks
Encourages cops to rough up suspects
Publicly shames Mitch McConnell
Embraces unpassable immigration plan
Threatens North Korea with nukes
Tells Guam it’ll help tourism
Bannon says no military option
Threatens Venezuela
Blames “both sides” in Charlottesville
Denounces white supremacists
Back to blaming both sides
Says “fine people” at Nazi rally
Shames CEOs who ditch business councils
Two business councils disband
Retweets right-wing conspiracy theorist
Considers Sheriff Arpaio pardon
Promotes his Charlottesville winery
Pushes myth during terror attack
Receives condemnations from:
Democrats
Republicans
The last two Republican Presidents
World leaders
Allies
His own staff
And the Pope.
(Thanks to CNN for compiling the list. Good job, Real News!)

Why Drumpf?

A while ago, Donald Trump trashed Jon Stewart for changing his name from Jonathan Leibowitz so it wouldn’t sound so Jewish.
John Oliver, an old friend of Stewart’s, did some digging and discovered that a while ago, Donald Trump’s ancestors changed their name from Drumpf to Trump so it wouldn’t sound so … well, you get the picture.

My New Mantra

My name is Tom Greensmith and I do not live in Donald Drumpf’s America.

I live in California, a state that believes in a woman’s right to choose, a fair minimum wage, gender income equality, gay rights and common sense gun control.

We respect all people. We celebrate diversity and believe that rational immigration policies nurture the rich fabric of our civilization.

We believe that man causes climate change and that it is man’s responsibility to prevent pollution.

We happen to have a progressive, Democratic Governor, Senate and House.

This is why we are projected to have a $10 billion budget surplus by June 2018. (The previous governor, a Republican, left office with a $42 billion budget deficit.)

This is why the economy of California is the largest in the United States and possibly the sixth largest economy in the world.

This is why recreational marijuana is as legal as drinking alcohol.

I live in California and I’m so happy to be here.