Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

These are the dog days of summer and man and beast are at the mercy of the sweltering heat. The A/C in my car sucks, and in the summer I usually drive with the windows rolled down.

My pooch, Mandy, is my constant companion, and she loves to ride shotgun with me. I always roll the windows down when she rides we me, even in the winter, the look on her face as she sticks her head out the window, is the picture of contentment.

When I`m running errands with Mandy in the summer, I always roll the windows down, even when I make a quick stop at a convenience store. Mandy is more precious to me than anything that a thief can snatch from my vehicle, because I left the windows open.

Before you leave your dog in a hot automobile there are two things that you need to remember:


It takes only six minutes for your pooch to die in a hot car, but it takes only a second to lower the windows.

“If a dog`s internal temperature goes above 41°C (105.8°F) it is at risk of heatstroke, which only 50% of dogs survive. Some breeds are more susceptible than others – large dogs, dogs with short faces such as bulldogs and boxers, and overweight or long-coated dogs are most at risk – but every dog has the potential to suffer from heatstroke. It doesn`t have to be boiling hot for this to happen either – when it`s 22°C, (71.6°F) outside, the inside of a car can easily reach 47°C within an hour(116.6°F).”


Dogs can`t sweat, let me repeat that, dogs can`t sweat.

“In humans, sweating is primarily a means of thermoregulation, which is achieved by the water-rich secretion of the eccrine glands. Maximum sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2-4 liters per hour or 10-14 liters per day (10-15 g/min·m2), but is less in children prior to puberty.[3][4][5] Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect due to evaporative cooling. Hence, in hot weather, or when the individual`s muscles heat up due to exertion, more sweat is produced.”


Imagine taking a jog in the heat of summer and not being able to sweat, even the healthiest athlete in the world would pass out from heat exhaustion after a few minutes.

A dog is man`s best friend, they provide us with companionship, protect our lives and property, and slobber us with love. The least we can do for them is to never leave them in a hot car without the windows rolled down.

Most of my readers are responsible dog owners and they would never leave their faithful pets in a hot car, but if you see a dog locked in a hot vehicle, call the police immediately, and break the damn window.

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Sean Spicer’s New Book ‘The Briefing’ a Colossal Failure

“`He is a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow.`

That`s how Sean Spicer lovingly describes his former boss in his new book, “The Briefing,” according to a copy obtained by the Guardian.”

Market Watch

Sean Spicer was mercilessly ridiculed during his short stint as the White House Press Secretary, nevertheless he sought to parlay his brief tenure as Trump`s lying lackey into a career as a cable news talking head and as an author.

CNN, MSNBC and every other legitimate news outlet flat-out turned him down, why would they besmirch their reputation by hiring a lying sack of crap?

Even Fox News home to conspiracy theorists, right-wing nutjobs and assorted assholes refused to offer Spicer a contract, although he frequently appears as an analyst.

Spicer`s career as an author thus far is an unmitigated disaster, his new book, “The Briefing” debuted in 20,0000th place on Amazon`s book chart. I could self-publish a book about Trump`s sphincter-like mouth and it would sell more copies.

Trump isn`t a beautiful mythical figure like a unicorn, he`s a flying pig shitting over a rainbow, and at the end of his rainbow is a faux-gold pot of steaming manure.

There should be no room on TV, indeed in polite society for any former member of the corrupt and racist Trump administration. Sean Spicer can ride his unicorn to an asylum, that`s where he belongs.

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Donald Trump’s European Visit Was an Unmitigated Disaster

Category 5 Hurricane Donald Trump has wreaked devastation on Europe, and on Monday he will arrive in Helsinki, Finland for a summit with Russian Federation president-for-life Vladimir Putin.

Putin will welcome his American comrade with open arms, Trump has done more to achieve Russian objectives than all of the Russian intelligence agencies combined. Helping Trump win the election is the most successful intelligence operation in world history. When Trump dies his final resting place should be in a mausoleum right next to Lenin`s in Red Square.

Trump`s European visit was an unmitigated disaster for America`s reputation and for our relationships with our most valued and trusted allies.

Trump`s first stop was in Brussels, Belgium for the NATO alliance summit. Trump treated the 70-year-old alliance that prevented the Soviet Union from devouring Europe, and has been a bulwark against international terrorism with contempt and disdain. Trump presided over the gathering as if he was a Mafia Godfather lambasting his underbosses for failing to give him his proper share.

At the NATO summit Trump accused Germany of being captive to Russia; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in East Berlin under Russian occupation, vigorously defended herself against Trump`s false charges.

It took a lot of chutzpah for Trump to accuse Germany of being captive to Russia considering he owes his election victory to Putin. If anyone is captive to Putin it`s Trump, he has failed to speak out against Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and he hasn`t criticized Putin for his intervention in Syria or for capturing Ukrainian territory by military force.

Trump`s next stop was England where he ridiculed UK Prime Minister Theresa May`s Brexit strategy and praised Boris Johnson was had just resigned from her cabinet over Brexit. With a friend like Trump, who stabs May in the back when she`s at her most vulnerable, who needs enemies?

Imagine the Sex Pistols in the late 70`s playing a gig at the Salt Lake Temple, that`s how much devastation Trump`s European visit caused.

I`m sure Trump will enjoy his bonding session with fellow autocrat Putin, their plan of destroying America`s international reputation, weakening the European Union and diminishing NATO`s effectiveness is working to perfection.

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Chimera the Cat with a Human Face: Video

Cat ladies are notorious for anthropomorphizing their pampered kitties, who doesn`t know a cat owner who says something like: Butterball`s left ear just twitched, that means she wants to watch the Jerry Springer show. Usually she like to watch documentaries on the History Channel or one of the cable news networks, but Springer is her guilty pleasure.

I have two cats and I spoil them to death, but I`m under no illusion that they possess human traits. A cat has a fixed expression, and it`s difficult for me to ascribe to it human characteristics. I can tell when my pets are mad, because they will express their anger by hissing or scratching me, but I really don`t think they consider any specific show Must-watch TV.

The ancient Egyptians went further than your modern-day cat lady, they considered felines deities. Cats aren`t human or divine, they are wonderful and loving animals, and I recommend that everyone adopt a kitten from an animal shelter.

However, Chimera, a two-month-old Main Coon Cat`s face resembles a human face. If Chimera looked at me and hissed when Donald Trump was on the TV, I would wonder if she was telling me that she disagreed with the president`s immigration policy.

Watch this video and tell me that you dont agree with me that Chimera is a sentient creature capable of analytical thinking:

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Twitter Purges Site of Suspicious Accounts

“Twitter users across the globe may see a drop in their followers this week as the social media platform purges the site of suspicious accounts.”

U.S. News and World Report

America is a classless society, we don`t have a religious caste system like India or a social class system like England. When we apply for a job our prospective employer doesn`t care if our ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, or if our parents are members of an exclusive golf resort. Ideally any employer will be concerned only with our education, experience, wisdom and skills.

However in this digital age any employer would be derelict in his duties if he didn`t investigate our social media profile. Whenever I apply for a job I assume that I will be googled and that my Twitter and Facebook accounts will be scrutinized.

A social media presence is more important than a social pedigree or financial success or lack thereof, and it`s incumbent upon us to ensure that there`s nothing negative on our social media sites.

I`m not quite an anal-retentive as Millennials in regularly updating my social media accounts, but for a Baby Boomer I have an impressive presence on the Internet. I have published political essays online since 1998, and thousands of my articles, for good or ill, are available online for anyone to read. I also have a Twitter feed, a Facebook page and a Linkedin account.

I was dismayed this morning when I checked my Twitter feed and discovered that I had lost about two hundred followers. Even though I take Twitter`s word that they were purging the site of suspicious accounts, i.e. trolls and bots, I still feel like I just checked my checking account and discovered that I have $200 less than I expected.

But I`m probably not as shocked as celebrities who have millions of fake accounts, for example a survey has shown that more than a quarter of Trump`s followers are not real people. I just hope that Twitter purged the accounts of celebrities as thoroughly as they did those of regular folks.

My precipitous drop in Twitter followers was a slap on the face, if you enjoy reading my essays I hope you will empathize with me, and follow me on Twitter.

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Adorable Grandpa Records Himself Instead of Marriage Proposal

“Getting engaged can be overwhelming for both the person popping the question and the one getting the ring, which is why many couples ask someone to document the proposal.

For one New Mexico man, that someone was an adorable grandfather he met on a train. And one thing is for sure… the moment was memorable.

The grandfather`s name is John Hart, and he accidentally recorded the whole thing in selfie mode.

That means he only captured his own thrilled reaction to the picturesque proposal.”


It`s axiomatic that old people don`t know Jack about technology, they don`t know a WI-FI hotspot from a burning blister on their butt.

I can`t believe a millennial wanker handed an iPhone to an old codger and asked him to record a marriage proposal, he might as well have handed him a freaking blender.

As sure as night follows day the old coot screwed things up, he recorded the memorable event in selfie mode. That means he captured his own reaction, and adorable as it was, the couple would have beaten the sweetness out of him if another (much younger) person hadn`t recorded the proposal.

Believe it or not, back in the day the old geezer was a photographer in the Navy, and he probably took some great photographs of naval battles during the Civil War, but he sure as hell doesn`t know how to use a cellphone camera.

Moral of this story: By all means include the elderly in important events in your life, but for the love of God don`t ask them to do anything with technology that involves anything more modern than a rotary phone.

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Donald Trump Is Not My President!

The phrase “President Donald Trump” is an oxymoron, and many journalists, commentators and bloggers refuse to describe him in such terms. In fact, a substantial number of Americans don`t consider Trump their president, and they refuse to legitimize his administration in any way.

This is not simply a case of sour grapes over losing the election, Trump is uniquely unqualified, morally, ethically and intellectually to be president of the greatest democracy in history. Expecting patriotic Americans to accept the legitimacy of the Trump administration is akin to expecting Roman Catholics to accept Richard Dawkins as the Pope or Iranians to recognize Cardi B as their new Supreme Leader.

Something went horribly wrong on November 8, 2016, in a multiverse with an infinite number of universes ours is the only world where Trump won the presidential election. Even if you don`t believe in the multiverse theory of quantum physics or a sadistic deity who delights in playing practical jokes, you know there`s something rotten in Denmark.

So what does it mean in practical terms for a journalist or blogger not to accept the validity of the Trump administration? It means that we shouldn`t treat Trump as if he were an Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan or even a George W. Bush. Cable new networks shouldn`t broadcast his campaign speeches live, his tweets shouldn`t be parsed as if they were Shakespeare sonnets, and the White House press conferences, presided over by lying sycophant Sarah Huckabee Sanders, shouldn`t be telecast.

Donald Trump is a clown, buffoon, ignoramus and bully, and the racist bastard doesn`t deserve our respect. To hell with the argument that he deserves the benefit of the doubts that accrue to his office, he is an aberration and an abomination, and it`s incumbent upon patriots to dedicate their lives to get rid of him by any means necessary.

“Impeach Trump” shouldn`t just be the cry of leftist radicals, this chant should be heard everywhere, from the smallest rural towns to our greatest cities.

Not My President! Not now! Never!

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Donald Trump is Right, Elizabeth Warren Should Take a DNA Test to Prove She’s Native American

During a campaign-style speech at a Montana rally Donald Trump once again ridiculed one of his favorite punching bags, Senator Elizabeth Warren:

“I`m gonna get one of those kits and in the middle of the debate when she proclaims that she`s of Indian heritage, because her mother says she has high cheekbones, that`s her only evidence that her mother said she has high cheekbones. We will take that little kit, and say, but we have to do it gently because we`re in the #MeToo generation, so we have to do it very gently. And we will very gently take that kit and we will slowly toss it hoping it doesn`t hit her and injure her arm, even though it probably only weighs two ounces.”

Trump the showman goaded Warren into taking a DNA test, vowing to give a million dollars to her favorite charity if the test proved she was an “Indian.”

No liberal worth his salt is going to rationalize Trump`s gratuitous dig at the #MeToo movement, especially coming from a serial pussy grabber. But we shouldn`t reflexively disagree with everything that Trump says, even a broken clock is right twice a day, and even a jackass sometimes speaks the truth.

Elizabeth Warren claimed Native American status at Harvard to advance her career, and as a minority I find that deeply offensive and frankly unforgivable. Warren hasn`t presented a shred of evidence that she`s of Native American descent, and from all appearances she`s as white as Snow White. Having high cheekbones and two bucks won`t get her a cup of coffee at Starbucks, and it won`t convince anyone that she has Cherokee blood flowing in her veins.

Democrats shouldn`t give Warren a pass because she`s a classic liberal, cultural appropriation in its most extreme form is an abomination, and in this one instance I will make common ground with Trump, and demand that she take a DNA test.

I call on my white liberal friends to join me in holding Warren accountable for her words and actions. If she doesn`t prove that she`s part Native American by taking a DNA test she should be anathema to the Democratic Party.

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Donald Trump Isn’t a Macho Man, He’s a Petulant Toddler

The toxic masculinity of conservatives is having a corrosive effect not just on politics, but on society at large. How can we convince our children they shouldn`t curse when they see Trump uttering profanities with abandon?

Republicans regard Donald Trump as the epitome of masculinity, they believe his bellicose rhetoric has earned the respect of our allies and enemies, and they point to North Korea as exhibit number one. They argue that Kim Jong-un would never have agreed to a peace summit if their Masculine Messiah hadn`t intimidated him into acquiescence by calling him “Little Rocket Man” and “sick puppy.”

The fact is that Jong-un didn`t agree to peace talks because of Trump`s macho words or tough sanctions, he intuited that Trump has built up expectations so high that even if the Singapore summit produced nothing but vague promises and flowery rhetoric, the president had painted himself into a corner and would pronounce the summit a bigly victory.

Indeed that`s exactly what happened, Trump is just the latest American president rolled by the North Korean dynasty. North Korea is upgrading a major nuclear research facility despite Trump`s claim that Jong Un has vowed to disarm, according to new satellite images. To add insult to injury right after Mike Pompeo has described the latest round of talks as “productive and in good faith,” the North Koreans accused the Americans of acting like gangsters.

Trump`s manly demeanor and coarse language has resulted in the coarsening of public discourse, and it`s made America the laughingstock of the world.

Masculinity doesn`t mean that you curse like a sailor and act like a bully, it means that you disarm your enemy with facts and eloquence, and you treat everyone with respect.

Donald Trump isn`t a macho man, he`s a petulant toddler, and on the same day we impeach and remove him from office he will become an irrelevant and cranky loser.

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Donald Trump Thrives Delivering Campaign Speeches

It`s been three years since Donald Trump descended the gold escalator at Trump Tower to deliver his presidential announcement speech in which he described Mexican immigrants as racist. Trump`s speeches during the presidential campaign were must-watch TV, it was intoxicating watching an Elmer Gantry working a partisan crowd.

Trump`s stump speeches were aired on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, the blowhard shyster was ratings gold, and the cable news outlets covered him as if he were Jesus Christ on his 2nd Coming Tour.

Left-leaning CNN and MSNBC no longer cover Trump`s addresses from beginning to end, they only play snippets that expose him as a moron. Fox News, which behaves as a propaganda arm for the White House, still airs his orations in full.

Ostensibly Trump makes speeches in support of a GOP politician who is running for re-election in November, but he barley mentions the candidate, and he spends almost all of the time bragging about his so-called accomplishments.

But why is Trump still delivering campaign-style speeches almost two years into his term? What is the point of a Trump rally in 2018? His shtick is well-worn and tired: he walks out to the stage to Lee Greenwood and departs inexplicably to “You Can`t Always Get What You Want.” In between there are lies, insults and incomprehensible blather punctuated by chants of “Lock her up!” and “Build the wall!”

It`s a mystery what audiences get out of Trump`s tired routine, but it`s manifest what he gets out of it. Trump is a narcissist and megalomaniac who needs adulation as much as he needs oxygen. When Trump delivers a speech he knows that he will be treated like a rock star, and that his idiotic comments will be covered extensively by the cable news networks.

The Trump rally is a mainstay of his administration, unfortunately we will be subjected to them right through the final month of his first term.

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