So before I get into the "meat" of this week's Blog it's important to know (for you surfers) that we had another week of surf. And although there's still NO surfing in Hampton's North Beach (The WALL) out of respect for Chief Sawyer and the HPD, there was surf elsewhere. Here's more proof of that. This photo was taken within an hour's drive from where I sit here in Hampton, NH. Because, this is primarily a SURF BLOG my first and foremost info will be about surfing. Yeah I jump around to different subject matters, but at the end of the day, most of you are here because of the surf pics and video. And that's what I intend to do week after week.
However, there are times when I have to switch gears and rant a little.
It should come to no surprise by now at just how I feel about our current POTUS. And I make no qualms about how I feel about him. But it's important for you all to know, that you would be dead wrong, if you thought that I was left wing liberal. And you would be equally dead wrong, if you thought that I was a right wing conservative. I am neither. I am not a Democrat, and I am not a Republican. I am a strong Independent. And I have said this many times before, but it needs repeating.
I no longer drink from the well of either party. I drink from the well of truth.
And here’s my truth. I became a Democrat after serving in the Vietnam War under Richard Nixon. Then I became a Republican after Jimmy Carter was president. And finally, I became an Independent after Trump ran for president in 2016. I want you to know, that I voted for McCain when he ran against Obama. I also voted for Romney when he ran against Obama. But I will tell you right here and now, that I would gladly take 4 more years of Obama, than to have another month of the current POTUS. Yes you read that right.
FOUR MORE YEARS of Obama over one more month of 45.
That’s how strong my feelings are. My dislike for Trump is easy to understand. The things he said about John McCain were unforgivable "He's not a hero OK. He was a hero because he was captured. I like people who were not captured OK." This from a man who got FIVE DRAFT Deferments that kept him from going to Vietnam. Bone spurs? I guess golfing does not affect his bone spurs? The things he said to Billy Bush on Hollywood Access about "grabbing women by the pussy." The terrible things he said about presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, "look at that face" and what he said about FOX reporter Megyn Kelly's "blood coming out of her wherever. "
These are the actual words of the President of the United States.
I have heard and seen enough of him to know what kind of man he really is. And he’s the kind of man that I would NOT want my children or grandchildren to become. I think he’s a pathological liar, a cheating husband, a sexist, abusive, a bully, a massive ego maniac, embarrassing, moronic, a total con artist, a buffoon of colossal proportions, completely laughable, and too many other non- flattering attributes that I don’t have space for. Honestly, I could go on forever writing descriptions of him that would be 100% accurate.
Is it just me, or does his signature remind you of the graph that the needle makes from the Lie Detector machine when someone is lying? I know you
see it. Look, I've lost a few friends over this guy. And others who disagree.
I just hope we can all agree to disagree.
The truth is the world has never seen anyone quite like him before. The president of the United States of America is the laughing stock of the world. And he doesn't even see it. Which makes him even more pathetic than he already is. He’s oblivious to his own buffoonery.
And this latest "LYSOL" snafu has once again prompted me to write about him. If you haven't heard his latest absurdity, then you need to Google it and read about it. This photo? He's pointing to where his "Metrics are located."
He should point towards his ass because that's where he talks out of.
This latest blunder has the country up in arms again. It's like he can't help himself. Lester Holt said it best, when he said on his Friday news show, "The president was wondering out loud." Wondering out loud? Let me tell you, I get into so much trouble at home when I "wonder out loud." But I'm at home. It's just me and my wife. I'm not facing the world on LIVE TV saying stupid shit. If you're the president of the United States, YOU DON'T WONDER OUT LOUD.
You read from the teleprompter, that someone (with common sense and not NONSENSE) wrote something for you to say, to keep you from saying the stupid shit that you do!
STICK TO THE SCRIPT YOU FREAKING IDIOT!
This is all true. I didn't make this up. He actually said this. I watched him and once again, I felt ill knowing that the rest of the world was watching too. I mean talk about embarrassing moments.
This is the moment when he said those words (that he can't take back again) and you can see the look on Dr Deborah Birx's face. She's stunned. And somewhere poor Dr Fauci just threw up.
Here's a closer look for you all. This is TOTAL INSANITY.
And can I just say that it must be incredibly frustrating for him. Up until this COVID-19 he was riding high on the economy. He was virtually guaranteed
to get re-elected. Now? Well all bets are off. The economy is in a serious nose dive with no signs of recovering.
And while this COVID-19 is not his fault, he was at fault for his lack of preparation for it. He dropped the ball. He made light of it, he said it would be over like the flu. He kept up a constant facade of he was on "Top of it". Not to worry. That nobody is doing what he's doing.
Always bragging about himself. It's always about him. Like I said, he didn't cause the virus, but he fumbled the ball at the worst opportune time.
I wouldn't wish this on anyone. And I feel bad that it happened on his watch. But this is his. He owns it. He's the captain of the ship. And before any of you think I want to see him fail, you would once again be wrong. I may not like him, but I LOVE our country. I fought for our country. If the POTUS fails, we all fail.
If only he had some humility and compassion. I'd feel different about him.
But what's the old saying "A Tiger doesn't change his stripes." And I'm afraid that's 100% true of 45. He's not going to change. Not for you. Not for me. Not for Melania. Not for anyone. I'll continue to say a prayer for all of us. And yes, I'll say one for him. Because he needs it more than we do.
As of today there are some 60 something deaths in all of NH. There are 10 to 19 cases in Hampton but no deaths that I'm aware of. It's worth mentioning that most of the deaths are from elderly patients. Over 65 and mostly 80 and above. As we all know, one death is too many. Things are worse in Massachusetts and even worse in NYC. It will be awhile before things get back to normal (if they ever will).
And speaking of NOT normal. Rob "GRONK" Gronkowski has joined up with his QB Tom TB12 Brady to play for the Bucs? Say what? It's shit like this that makes me think that I'm living in a real Twilight Zone episode.
Tom Brady and GRONK are playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
See? The world really has gone CRAZY!
Now that's just not right. I want to wake up and have all this insanity be gone.
Click on the image below to check out all the DRIVING FORCE Podcast
of yours truly. Listen to my first ever Podcast with Host Chase Rosa from Hampton, NH. I thought he did a good job with this. Put it this way, I told him some things that I've never told anyone publicly.
I think you'll find this podcast, and all of the other Podcasts he's done a great way to spend (kill) time, especially now with this whole COVID-19 Lockdown mode we're all in. And I just love the whole Rosa family.
"Social Distancing, Not Drinking Clorox, and Surfing Heals All Wounds."
This is Mackey surfing the wall some 12 years ago. Thank God I have so many of Ed's pics. He will be a feature as long as I live and write this Blog every week.
Photo by Ed O'Connell
*Click the photo above to see a larger version of Ed's Pic.
Now for Some Local, National and International News
Well this could be BIG or even BIGLY news if this is correct.
Kim Jong Un is rumored to be dead, according to a Hong Kong broadcast network, while a Japanese magazine is reporting that North Korea’s rocket man is in a vegetative state after he underwent heart surgery earlier this month.
A vice director of HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television, a Beijing-backed broadcast network in Hong Kong, claimed that Kim was dead, citing a “very solid source.” Her post on the Chinese messaging app Weibo has been shared widely on social media, according to a report in the International
Other unconfirmed reports, attributed to senior party sources in Beijing, said an operation to insert a stent went wrong because the surgeon’s hands were shaking so badly. I'm guessing that poor surgeon has either been executed, or is being tortured
as we read this.
The real question is, will 45 attend the service if there is one?
What's this? new uniforms for the Patriots? I don't know about you guys but I've just about had it with all the changes going on down in Foxboro. Can we please just take a break?
Both my son and my brother hate these new uniforms. Me?
I'll wait to see how the team does before I cast my vote.
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ESM (Eastern Surf Magazine) using a READY MAG format did the Best of Ralph's Pic. And while they couldn't possibly use everything thing I've ever done, they did manage to put up some 50 pics of mine, plus two videos. And I was truly humbled by their intro. Mez said some nice things about me. CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO SEE THE WHOLE Spread.
DUE TO COVID-19 The FATHERS and SONS Movie
HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO
FATHER'S DAY 2021.
(Unless we're all wiped out by COVID-19)
(Same thing...it's all pending on COVID-19)
Look "FOR LOVE AND WAVES" sometime in the near future.
All hinging on the COVID-19 and when it all ends. It will be an all original soundtrack. And this all original concept of couples who surf will be fun. Married couples. Single couples. Gay couples.
Lovers who surf together. From SURF FREE OR DIE and RALPH'S PIC OF THE WEEK.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO SEE THE TRAILER.
The TRAILER was posted on Valentines Day
February 14th, 2020. Get the significance?
GRANITE GIRLS and The RIVER WOMEN from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.
NOW AVAILABLE on VIMEO ON DEMAND. You have spoken and I have listened. You don't have a DVD player so I made it available Online. Watch it on your Smart TV, your computer, or your cellphone! I can't make this any easier my friends. Unless of course I hand deliver to each and every
one of you.
KSM Photoshop of the Week
Well would you look at this. Ole Khaliddy is taking the advice from 45 and has volunteered to spray some of the inmates down in GITMO. Damn you Khaliddy that shit is gonna cause more damage to your fellow terrorists than help them. You know what? On second thought, go on and spray your friends. Make sure you get some in their food too!
And so my friends, please take advantage of this weekly photo shop of the mastermind who planned 9-11 and resulted in the deaths of 3,000 innocent civilians by KSM (Khalid Sheik Mohammed).
*Note to self -must pick up a case of CLOROX at Home Depot this week.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stan Bocko May 7th, 2010!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jay Gould May 7th, 2020!
HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY Leah Grondin Piersiak May 8th, 2020!
HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY Gabby Fatello LeBreck May 9th, 2020!
RIP Kate Keefe's cousin from COVID-19
RIP Karen Evans 100 year old Aunt
HEAL QUICKLY Jacko Keefe and Johnny Meehan!
PLEASE Keep longtime NH Surfer Greg Smith in your Prayers.
Congrats to Dee and Gary Ritchie on the birth of their new grandson Jameson Woody. Mom Jessie is doing good and Marine dad Ryan is the proudest Marine on his base.
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