Sunday, October 5, 2014

Touching Base and Welcome To Autumn


Because we haven't posted in a while, I thought it might be a good idea to add some things. First, we'll post something I just put on Facebook, and I hope you enjoy it. Below, we also intend to say something about Radio (hint: I'm in favor of it).

But first, that post (it's long).

When I was a child, my dad introduced me to the adult writing of H. Allen Smith. Smith was a humorist whose career went back to the late 1920s, but he was very popular during and after World War II. He was friends with Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, and a bunch of other famous folks. He wrote books with titles like, "Life in a Putty Knife Factory," and "Low Man on the Totem Pole." He also wrote a couple of novels, one of which was made into a movie, "Rhubarb," about a cat who ended up owning a  baseball team.

One of Smith's friends and mentors was a writer with whom most modern people are unfamiliar, H.L. Mencken. Mencken lived his whole life and wrote/reported in Baltimore. He also wrote a couple of books on the American use of English. He also covered the Scopes trial and if you ever saw the film, "Inherit The Wind," Mencken was the basis for the reporter character played by Gene Kelly.

Last night, I had a bit of trouble sleeping and I read the Daily Beast on my phone. As it happens, they excerpted a book that's just out, which has Mencken's writing about a major fire that hit Baltimore (in 1904, if I remember correctly) and took out about a square mile of its downtown. The writing was an absolutely delightful read and if you have a few minutes, you might still be able to catch it at the Beast.

If any of you have familiarity with Mencken or Smith, I'd love to hear your recollections, and I fully realize that I'm likely whistling in the dark. That said, I hope you read an enjoy the Mencken piece.


One of the reasons I haven't posted, is because I haven't been "on the air" for several months, since, went off (I'm still not aware of why that happened, but I'm reasonably sure it was nothing I said).

I looked into a couple of Internet radio networks, and have pretty much settled on, but we had some technical issues to resolve, and we did that, except I still haven't had time to test what a guest phone call would sound like.

Time really is the issue. I started an additional business earlier this year, and I'm happy to say it's taken off pretty well. But it's kept me busy. Hopefully we'll do the test and be on-air again soon. Watch here for announcements.

Thanks for your attention, and we'll see you on the radio.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Radio and More


Hello Anyone. I'm reading a biography of Earl Warren, called "Chief Justice." It's a really good and interesting work by an author named Cray. Though Warren was an interesting guy, the biography is a medium to read a lot about American history, particularly that of California.

Warren was governor for three terms and had been Attorney General. He was so popular that - though a Republican - when running for re-election, he received the nominations of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

He was also friendly with most Republicans and most Democrats both during his political and judicial careers. Imagine that happening today. Good book.


For anyone who's interested, we've been off the air for a while now, but not for too much longer. Though I've written on my Facebook page ( about this, has bitten the dust, so we had to find a new Internet network. We were trying and the tech support people are great, but the system's a bit klunky (guests and callers, for example, have to go to the website for the show, while it's on, register their number and THEN call in - sheesh!). So we're looking for (and think we've found) a new home. Watch this space (as well as Facebook and Twitter, if you'd care to follow us ; for Twitter, I'm @jeffbushman1 - the last character is the number one as a digit).

You Don't Have to Use Facebook or Twitter

I spend at least once a week on each of these services, and they're great. However, not everyone has either or wants to follow someone, so here's the deal. Beginning now, I'm going to be copying my entries to a word processing doc, then moving them to this blog.

So if you're already reading this (and I'm talking to both of you, now), you can continue to do so every week or so, and you won't have missed anything from the Facebook and Twitter feeds, except - sometimes - some of the context.

Speaking of Which....Trivia

A trivia question I gave to my Facebook friends was the following:

William Henry Harrison was the first U.S. president to die in office. His VP took over as provided for in the constitution. Who became John Tyler's Vice President? 

The answer's a bit further down, so you won't be tempted. Control yourself!!!

Sometimes, It Just Feels Good

The other day, in my process serving business (if you're in AZ, I had a chance to do something honest and moral or to choose short-term economic self-interest. 

Since I'm telling the story, you know which I chose (please don't submit your guess; there's no prize), but because of having dealt with some people of questionable morality, for a long time, it felt good to do the right thing. As it turns out, it appears to have worked to my advantage, but it really didn't matter, since it felt so good to be able to make the right choice, before I knew it would help me. This doesn't make me a saint, just lucky.

And the reality is that before I knew the result, it just felt good to be straightforward. May I recommend that?

Citibank Pays $7 Billion

OK, Citibank paid the US government $7 billion to settle civil claims that would have been the subject of a suit by the Attorney General's office, for the bank's participation in fraudulent marketing of mortgage-backed securities that helped create the 2008 financial crisis.

The settlement tells us a couple of things.

First it suggests that Citibank is one of those institutions that needs to be broken up into smaller pieces. If it can afford to fork over $7 Billion, it's too big. The only reason it's TOO big is that it and the other "too big" banks could be part of the next financial crisis and the banks really are too big to be allowed to fail since that would severely damage the economy.

If banks were smaller, those with problems could be allowed to fail and not take the economy with them. It's happened already and the banks were bailed out by you and me, through our government. If they were broken up, that wouldn't be required to save the economy, as it was the last time.

The other thing the settlement suggests is that the bank feared the ultimate penalty could've been larger. That indicates they were really dirty in the mortgage crisis.

Trivia Answer

The answer is that John Tyler didn't have a VP. Until after JFK was killed and Johnson served without a vice president, no one gave serious consideration to the constitution's failure to fill such a vacancy. Then, a constitutional amendment was passed that provided for a new veep to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate. The first one to be so appointed? Gerald Ford, but you already knew that.

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We'll see you on the radio. I don't know quite when, but we will. Really.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Radio, Egypt, etc.

Welcome Back. You may not have been gone, but it's been crazy here, and some things have been developing, so.....


First, the bad news. For reasons I don't know (but I'd be thrilled to speculate), appears to have gone south, disappeared, etc. So the show I've been doing there is likewise disappeared. I've been doing that show 3 Wednesdays a month for about 3 years, so I'm disappointed. We've had some great interviews and a lot of fun.

You can hear the podcasts of those broadcasts at two places. One is the old GBR site, for as long as it stays up. Also, please try: and listen. We'll be doing some original podcasts that we'll put there, too, but for now, new original broadcasts and podcasts will be available at (and this is the good news):
and you can likely click on that and get there (otherwise select it and copy it and paste it into your browser's URL address space). Otherwise, with some additional delay, the podcasts will be available at the posthaven site.

We did a sample show this evening, which didn't have an interview and only had me for 45 minutes. If you can stand that, you're welcome to listen. Next week, I believe we're going to schedule the lovely Alicia Bushman as our guest.

Next week's live program is scheduled for 9PM Eastern on Wednesday.


The country recently went through a revolution, an election, then a coup, and I think I've been in favor of all of them when each occurred. The military government that took over, however, has now jailed 3 Al-Jazeera reporters. I'm not a journalist as such, but I know they have to be free to do their jobs, and fearing arrest doesn't allow for that.

If you'd like to see Egypt become more democratic and/or you'd like to see reporters be out of jail, following is a letter I wrote, from which you can get the address and write your own letter, if mine presents you with any usable ideas.

But please write to the Egyptian ambassador to urge the release of the reporters.

At the end of the letter, this post will be over. Thanks and I'll see you on the radio.
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Court
Washington, DC 20008

Re: Al-Jazeera Reporters

To the Honorable Ambassador:

I am a very concerned American. Your new government recently arrested and has now convicted three journalists who were working for Al-Jazeera. I understand that your country has issues with that organization, and so do I.

I also understand that your government believes that these reporters and their organization were predisposed to favor the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, a group for which I also have no sympathy.

That said, jailing journalists for their reporting is wrong.

I'm given to understand that such an act by your government is contrary to your country's constitution. But whether or not that's the case, it's still wrong, and I urge you to release these reporters, now. The rest of the world will salute your country for doing so.

Failing to release them will cause much of the world, particularly in the west, to view your new government in an unfavorable light. I'm concerned, in particular, with the economic viability of your country, which has done so much for peace, should that occur. So let me repeat my request and suggestion: let these reporters go.

Thank you.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Clean Thoughts On A Dirty Wall

Old TV For Free

Tonight we watched an episode of St. Elsewhere, which was a TV series that was on in the 80s. I love the theme music and I really enjoyed the series. We watched it on (not HuluPlus).

We cut the cord about 3-4 years ago and haven't had cable, satellite, or a digitally capable TV since then. We don't watch much of anything, but on the occasions we want to, we have a bunch of tapes and DVDs (e.g., collection of Hitchock films) and we've recently been accessing stuff on the 'Net.

Among the things that are available for no dough (my favorite price) are that series, Lou Grant, Perry Mason, lots of stuff from, including a whole bunch of American Masters episodes and Nova. With all of the stuff in those collections and all the stuff available free, unless you watch TV every night, it's hard to imagine the need to be hooked into cable and/or satellite anymore.

Or maybe I'm just a cheapskate.

Rice vs. Meat - Cost

I recently had a conversation about health and weight loss (the subject of the book I'm writing) with a woman I didn't really know. She said she couldn't afford to eat healthy food, which is much more expensive than unhealthy food.

I explained that's not true. As an example I pointed out that a pound of hamburger which costs around $2-3.00 shrinks when you cook it, so you pay even more per cooked pound and it gives a limited feeling of fullness. Rice on the other hand, costs about 80 cents a pound, and due to the water you cook it in, it expands when  you cook it, giving a greater feeling of fullness (though I don't suggest eating plain rice by itself). "I'm not going to argue with you," she said. "I know I'm right."

Tough to argue with logic like that.


This Wednesday, our show at won't be on. It's our one "dark" week per month. But we'll be on, the following Wednesday with the famous Alicia Bushman. That's 4/23, at 9PM Eastern. If you'd like to hear past shows, including last week's which was our interview with a naturopathic doctor, go to


This week's question: In what African country is the President the son of the that country's first president? The answer in a moment. But first, if you'd like to help support this page and our radio program, the next time you want to go to Amazon to search for something, go through the banner that appears at the top of this page. If you buy something, they'll pay us a little, and it won't cost you any extra. If you don't buy something, no harm-no foul.

The answer: Kenya. Uhuru Kenyata is the son of the country's first president, Jomo Kenyatta.

Hasta Tarde

We'll leave you now, and we'll see you on the radio.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I'm Back Again


We're scheduled for a return of our show after 2 weeks off on but the site was down through today. If you can't get the show 4/2/14 at 9PM Eastern, listen to some of our older shows at, anytime.

Also, we're on Stitcher. If you have Stitcher on your smart phone, just search under Bushman, and you can hear our program.

Tomorrow night, if the network's back up, we're supposed to talk to Dr. Jake Psenka about sublingual allergy treatment, so try to tune in.

By the way, if you've never tuned in, our show usually has an interview in the second half hour, before which we spend the first part of the show with a (hopefully) humorous reading of headlines in the news, then a somewhat serious explanation of those items. We follow that up with celebrity birthdays and This Week in History. We sometimes ask and answer trivia questions, as well.


We're working on a book about health and weight loss. It should be ready in a few months and available at Amazon as an e-book. As are our others.

Issue: Alabama's Wrongful Imprisonment Financial Cap

Recently, Glen Ford (not the actor) was released from prison in Alabama after spending 18 years on Death Row. It turns out the state acknowledges he's not guilty.

That's great, though I'm sure Mr. Ford wishes it had happened about 17 years earlier, at least. He can now sue the state for reimbursement for his lost years, but the state has a law limiting such recoveries to $25,000. That's just a bit over a grand a year for a crime he didn't commit. Clearly it was the state's fault that he served that time.

What kind of state or what kind of people would allow the passing of a law that says we don't care if we were negligent. We don't care if we stole 18 years out of your life. We'll give you about a grand a year if you catch us in that mistake before we kill you?


Trivia Question

We asked and answered this question on a recent episode of our radio program. Who was the first U.S. president to take office on the death of the previous president? No cheating. We'll give the answer in a minute.


We recently read (or re-read?) The Gatehouse by Nelson DeMille. It was a sequel to The Gold Coast. Without giving anything away, it's partly the story of the protagonist trying to re-unite with his ex-wife, from whom he was divorced after she killed her extramarital lover, who was the protagonist's legal client and a member of the Mafia.

In spite of that stupid sounding plot outline, it's a really good book. Many thanks to my friend Rick Penn for first turning me on to Nelson DeMille. I hope I've done the same for you.

Trivia Answer

It was John Tyler. He was the VP to William Henry Harrison, who got sick on inauguration day and lingered for a month before making like a frog (croaking). Harrison, because of a battle he'd won in the Indian Wars, was known as Tippecanoe (the name of the battle), so the campaign slogan had been Tippecanoe and Tyler too. Not much worse than I Like Ike or Nixon's The One, or All The Way With LBJ.


That's it for this entry. We'll try to post more regularly and in the meantime, we'll see you on the radio.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Quick Program Note

Our Quick Program Note

There isn't one tonight. We were scheduled for our program to go on tonight (see previous post), and for some reason, I couldn't raise our producer. I assume there's a problem either caused by a storm or our server, or some combo, but I haven't heard anything yet.

The program was scheduled to be dark next Wednesday and on Christmas night, so we'll be off 3 weeks and return January 1, 2014, assuming all goes well. As they say, Watch This Space.

I'll see you on the radio.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Inter-Holiday Edition

This edition of the blog is being written between Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) on the one hand, and Christmas and Kwanzaa on the other. We'll talk about the latter, in a bit but a few other matters, first.


Our show will arrive on Wednesday, barring tech glitches or my death (though I suppose the latter could be described as one of the former). We start at 9PM Eastern, and about half-way through our guest will appear. This week, it's Steve Lyttleton, described in an earlier post. He's a friend and former co-worker of mine (we are both former bill collectors - eek!).

Steve and I will discuss politics and disagreements we have, as part of my effort to prove that you can disagree with someone in a civil manner - unless you're in Congress. It should be interesting if only for that reason. Among the things we may be discussing is guns, abortion, and Obamacare's misnomers.

As a side note, if you're reading this after December 11, you can hear the podcast of this and all of our earlier episodes. If you're listening live, tune in to and if you're seeking the podcasts (playable on your computer, smartphone, etc.), you just need to add the slash and my name: /JeffBushman

Some of our earlier interviews are really interesting, thanks to the guests.

On January 1, while you're recovering from the night before, join us in the evening at that same Bat Time, to hear me talk about the importance of starting your own business, whether you're in a great job or you're unemployed, or in a crummy job. You can start a lot of businesses for little or no money, and you can start earning money from them while you're still working for someone else. And your own business will give you a fall-back position in the event that something happens to your existing fabulous job (or maybe your not-so-fabulous job). I won't be trying to sell you anything but the idea. In fact I don't have anything I could sell you, except for my books and on that subject, please see below. But with regard to the program, none of my books deal with starting your own biz, so tune in for info without the "mercial."

We'll be dark (in case anyone isn't familiar with that expression, that means we won't be doing a live show) on two successive Wednesdays. That would be December 18 and December 25. I can't imagine anyone wanting to hear our kind of show on Christmas night, even if you're burned out by the holiday by that time, and the 18th is our usual "dark" third Wednesday.

Reaching Us

There are a few ways to make contact with us about this blog, the radio show, my books, etc. First, you can e-mail me at

You can also call and leave a message at 206-339-5905. Whether e-mailing, or leaving a voice mail message, tell me anything you wish to. If you want to appear on the radio show and would be available when we do the show, please leave me a phone number. If you leave the voice mail and would like an e-mail response, leave an e-mail address please.

A Few Words on Obamacare

First, as Steve Lyttleton (see above) reminded me yesterday, the Affordable Care Act is not a healthcare law; it's a healthcare financing law.

That said, what I think Republicans are really afraid of is the kind of reaction there was to Social Security and that of some people in states where the system is working. The system is working really well where there are state exchanges, such as Kentucky and California. The national exchange hasn't been as smooth, obviously.

The reaction to Social Security and other New Deal initiatives, however, was a generation of Democratic dominance in the White House and in Congress. In Kentucky, recently, a man walked into an office of the state where they were doing Obamacare registration. He said he has a wife and 5 kids and needed health insurance. He asked if they could help him. They took his info and told him that he could get coverage for himself and his family, and due to his low income and the fact that his wife doesn't work outside the home, he would receive the coverage free. He said that he guessed that from now on he was going to be a Democrat.

We can agree that his thought process might have been a little simplistic, but THAT is what the GOP is really afraid of, i.e., that people will get health insurance, will like it, and will credit the president and his party.

I also wanted to add that we've been in the process of signing up for our family, through the so-called "federal" exchange, because our governor is a Neanderthal. It's been cumbersome, but it looks like they're on the verge of getting it right and I think we'll be signed up by next week.

It's the holiday season. If you're inclined to order gifts for friends, relatives or yourself, before you visit Amazon, directly, please come to this blog and click on the Amazon banner. If you go to the Amazon site through ours and end up buying something, they put some change in our pocket and don't take any extra from yours.

And if you order this year, I can promise that they won't deliver your products using drones.

This year.

Did I Mention My Column?

If your child is looking over your shoulder, you may wish to shield her/his eyes at this point.

I don't know if you know it, but I write a monthly column in a local lifestyle magazine, Scottsdale Health ( The subject is sex and is called The Scottsdale Sexpert. I didn't name the column. But if you'd like, please take a look. Also, some of the early columns are collected in one of my books, listed below, Amusing Sex, Funny Sex.

Trivia Questions

People don't realize the importance of trivia. And if they do, would that make them or the idea oxymoronic? Your guess is as good as mine, except when it comes to the following questions, because I already know the answers, which means my guess isn't really a guess. On the other hand, a tree falling in a forest when there's no one there to hear it, DOES make a sound. The answers appear well below this portion of the blog, so you won't be tempted to peek. Alternatively, if you're going to peak, please don't make too much noise.

1. Who was the presidential aspirant for the Democratic who became well-known for wearing brief swimming trunks and referring to Bill Clinton as a "pander bear?"

2. Name the only two brothers who served at the same time in the U.S. Senate.

3. During California Governor Jerry Brown's first two terms in office, who was his Lieutenant Governor?

4. What was the product for which President Carter's brother became well-known?

5. Besides George Washington, who was the first president who had not served as V.P.?

Books in Review

I've recently read a couple of books I want to share with you.

Two of them are from the same author, and one's from an author with whom you may not be familiar. In the latter category is Linwood Barclay and the book, the second one of his that I've read, is called Lone Wolf. Similar to an author whose work we've reviewed here previously, Harlan Coben, Barclay writes with great humor (Good Humor is in another category we don't touch upon here) and he can weave a suspense/mystery/thriller with the best of them.

The book starts with the protagonist learning that his father is missing and may have been eaten by a bear. The authorities ask him to come and identify the possible remains.

The story ends up involving some additional killing, a right-wing nut case group and a good deal of suspense and page-turning.

Barclay's written several books and if the others are anywhere nearly as good as the two I've read (and as you might have guessed, I currently can't recall the name of the other one), you could do a lot worse than picking up one or more of his works.

The same thing is true of the other author who's now become (perhaps) overly well-known. I refer to Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series of novels. In the book, Echo Burning, Reacher is hitch-hiking across Texas and is picked up by a woman who doesn't know him, but immediately wants to hire him to kill her husband.

Reacher refuses, but does agree to go to work for a brief time on the ranch belonging to her husband's family, and later thinks that perhaps he should have taken the first job. The husband's in prison for unrelated reasons and the woman's told Reacher that she's been getting beaten by him for several years. Child is a master at weaving plots in and out, and bringing the suspense to a fever pitch.

That's also evident in the other work of his, called Persuader. The title comes initially from a type of pistol, but also refers to how he sees himself. He gets hired, sort of, to help find a government agent who's gone missing and whose work was "unofficial." While in the process, he discovers that the primary party behind a crime ring is a guy that Reacher thought he'd killed a number of years earlier. He wants to complete that act and - as you know if you've read any of the Reacher books - plot twists and action proceed accordingly.

Speaking of Books...

As some of you know, I've written three (plus a pamphlet-sized short). With the exception of the pamphlet which details how to cure acne, and sells for 99 cents, each of the other full-length efforts sells as an e-book for $2.99.

I don't recommend the acne pamphlet as a holiday gift, but each of the others might be a good choice. YOU DON'T NEED A SPECIAL READER to read Kindle-format e-books. You can download a free app to your smartphone or a free Kindle reader to your Mac or PC and you can read Kindle books on either.

As it happens, there are also some public domain books (e.g., Alice in Wonderland) that you can download free after you download that app/program.

The books include The Mobile Millionaire, suitable for the would-be investor on your gift list. It's a guide to investment in mobile homes. Also, Amusing Sex, Funny Sex, which we briefly discussed earlier in this post, is a compilation of the columns on that subject that I write for a local lifestyle magazine, here in Arizona. Finally, there's a mystery novel for the mystery fans in your life: Bobby's Been Shot. In brief, the novel details the attempt to solve a 20-year-old murder that may be connected to the murder of Robert Kennedy. The links appear below. The lynx is a big cat.

Additionally (unfortunately, it won't be ready for this holiday season) is a book on good health connected to weight loss. Naturally, I'll announce here, and everywhere else, when that becomes available. My tentative next project involves a biography of a little-known president.

Acne Cure:
War on Xmas

I'd prefer, due to the length of this post, to save this until next time, but that may be after the holiday, so we'll cover it now.

Some conservative commentators have talked last year and this one, about the supposed War on Christmas. They say that those advocating political correctness have pushed stores, merchants, and others to wish everyone "Happy Holidays" when they should be saying "Merry Christmas."

If that's a War on Christmas, I want to sign up with the Revolutionaries.

This isn't a Christian nation. Our constitution says that the government cannot favor or discriminate against particular religions. And we weren't founded by Christians, either. The majority of our founders were Deists, not Christians. Although our founding documents refer to a Creator, nowhere do they talk about God or Jesus or Mohammed, etc.

We are a country that firmly established (see the Federalist Papers if you have any doubt) that religion and government should be and are separate from each other.

While no one is suggesting that the government's behind this supposed war (though some will find a way to blame Obama, I suppose), many are suggesting that Christmas should be substituted for all references to "the holidays."

Really? When you tell me Merry Christmas, I appreciate your good wishes, but they also carry a level of presumptuousness. You're assuming that I'm Christian. Whether I am Christian or I'm a member of another faith or of no faith, that's bloody obnoxious. Your religion is none of my business and vice versa. Your pushing your religion on me, as the old saying goes, is like persuading someone of the beauty of music by hitting her over the head with a violin.

To those who say Merry Christmas wishes have nothing to do with religion, my response is that they either don't understand English very well or they have a poor knowledge of Christianity (same with Christmas trees).

So, if in order to win your favor by allowing you to presume you know about my religious beliefs, or the lack of them, I'll do without your favor.

But you can do me a favor. Have a nice holiday. Or don't. It's your choice and as I said, it's none of my business. If you feel differently, it could cause a war.

Trivia Answers

1. Senator Paul Tsongas from Maryland, who has since died.

2. Robert Kennedy of New York and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Though Robert was the older of the two, when he was elected to the Senate, the younger brother had more experience in that body.

3. Republican Mike Curb. Curb was a record producer and created the group, The Mike Curb Congregation, which was several years before he became Lt. Governor, and well before another Hollywood celebrity would become governor of that state.

4. Billy Beer

5. James Madison. Jefferson served under Adams, to the displeasure of both, and Adams was the veep under Washington. Madison, of course - and as you knew - was our 4th president.

Adios Muchachitos

That's it for this edition, thankfully (it's much too long, but there's something for everyone). In the meantime, I'll see you on the radio.