Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Review

My wife bought a Bowflex Max Trainer M5 a couple of years ago that we had in the basement and rarely used.  I retired a few months ago and started a new workout routine that involves this machine and I really loved it.  It is a great concept and produces excellent results.

After about 35 total lifetime uses, over the weekend it started to make some obnoxious noises so I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and diagnosed the ‘area’ of the noise without a fix. Online, I found a lot of frustrated users who had the same noise issue and no fix. I called customer service but they don’t work on weekends so I waited until they were open.

Today I re-read the owner’s manual and called Nautilus Customer Care. What a nightmare!

1 (800) NAUTILUS (628–8458)

To make a very long story short, after successfully navigating their tedious voice commands, the technician I finally reached basically had me take the entire machine apart – which by the way is incredibly difficult to do.

After about three hours of ridiculous disassembly, the woman on the phone said that I may need some new parts and Bowflex could mail them to me – for $150 plus shipping – and we could try that.  “Try?” I said. The technician said she wasn’t sure that mailing me new parts would solve the problem – but she did say that is what we should try next.

I asked her, “What if that doesn’t work?” and she said, “Well, there isn’t anything else we can do because your warranty has expired.”

Anyway, you get the point. While putting the thing back together I discovered it is much more difficult than taking it apart.

SOOOOO… my advice to anyone thinking of purchasing one of these machines is – DON’T! 

Go to the gym if you have access to one and use that equipment. Run if you don’t have a gym. That’s what I’m going to do now.

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The Make America Great Again Tax Plan

Every responsible American Citizen knows that the United States federal government spends too much money and has a tax system that is out of control. Any rational person knows that before you can develop a spending plan to pay your bills, you have to know what your revenue is going to be. Except of course in Washington D.C. where somehow the Republicans in Congress have convinced Americans through the media that the opposite is true. Republicans said they needed to pass a budget first – a.k.a. spending plan – which they did last week before telling us the details of their major tax reform plan. That should be a big red flag for everyone to expect business as usual in Washington Establishment Heaven after the GOP makes its announcement tomorrow.

The U.S. “Business and People” Tax Reform Proposal

Our current tax system is complex and incentivizes powerful special interest groups. The U.S. tax system today funds a government that is out of control. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives say they will release their new tax plan to the public this week. The House Ways and Means Committee is slated to release its tax bill on Wednesday and then the games begin.

Like it or not, the window is closing to fix the fiscal troubles in the United States. American Citizens have one opportunity now to point the nation in a better direction by first reforming the tax system and then fixing government spending that is spiraling out of control.

Here is a bold tax reform proposal – simplified – that keeps the current progressive system of taxation that politicians want and enriches all lower and middle income working families and small businesses.  This proposal improves business investment, strengthens Social Security, incentivizes retirement savings and will trigger massive economic growth while supporting better government oversight and reform by improving Whistle-blower protections.

Tax Simplification 

  • two filing statuses -businesses and people- for all income, dividends, rents and capital gains.
  • two filing options for people – individual (I) / family (F).
  • eliminate all federal tax deductions and incentives and penalties for businesses and people.
  • eliminate all federal inheritance taxes for people.
  • eliminate the IRS and automate all business and people tax collection requirements.
  • modernize compliance methods and penalties for tax evasion and fraud. 

For businesses, permanently enact the following:

  • eliminate all federal taxes for the first $25,000 of business income, dividends, rents and capital gains.
  • reduce the top federal ‘business tax’ rate to 15 percent of total earnings over a billion dollars. Bracket business income to incentivize small business formation and entrepreneurship by not taxing the first $50,000 of earnings.
  • allow the depreciation of all business capital expenditures in the year in which they occur.
  • eliminate all federal government ‘incentives’ and special interest tax ‘breaks’ and leave those options to the states to implement as a tool to compete for businesses. In other words, eliminate all business central planning in Washington D.C. and allow the states to offer incentives – not politicians in Washington D.C. The federal tax system should be an equal opportunity playing field for businesses while funding our nation’s needs.
  • eliminate the national minimum wage.
  • eliminate the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • make other adjustments as needed to implement this framework.

For people, permanently enact the following:

Individual Brackets

  • eliminate all federal taxes for the first $25,000 (I) / $50,000 (F) of income, dividends, rents and capital gains.
  • tax at 15 percent income, dividends, rents and capital gains over $25,000 (I) / $50,000 (F).
  • tax at 20 percent income, dividends, rents and capital gains over $50,000 (I) / $100,000 (F).
  • tax at 30 percent income, dividends, rents and capital gains over $100,000 (I) /$200,000 (F).
  • tax at 35 percent income, dividends, rents and capital gains over $200,000 (I) /$400,000 (F).
  • index all tax brackets for inflation every two years.

Social Security / Medicare 

  • eliminate the taxable earnings cap for Social Security to apply the same tax treatment to Social Security that now applies to Medicare.
  • exclude all dividends, rents and capital gains from Social Security and Medicare taxes.
  • keep the earnings caps for calculation of Social Security benefits.
  • exclude all social security retirement pensions from federal taxes.
  • automatically calculate and adjust Social Security COLAs every two years on anniversaries of start date vs. annually.

Retirement Savings

  • eliminate all tax penalties for early withdrawals of retirement savings accounts (IRA’s, 401k’s, etc).
  • tax early withdrawal amounts from retirement savings accounts as income, dividends, rents and capital gains in the year in which a withdrawal is made.
  • eliminate all taxes on withdrawals from all retirement and other savings or investment accounts after full current social security eligibility – currently 67 years old – begins.
  • make other adjustments as needed to implement this framework.

Government Accountability and Reform

Exclude from taxation all money spent by individuals for legal fees and medical expenses incurred after disclosing information which the employee reasonably believes evidences a violation of any law, rule, or regulation; or gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, or an abuse of authority, if such disclosure by the employee is not specifically prohibited by law and if such information is not specifically required by Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or the conduct of foreign affairs.  Also, eliminate from federal taxation the sum of any monies received by individuals who blow the whistle for back pay, compensatory and punitive damages.

Examples: 

All business and individuals will pay flat rate taxes for Social Security, Medicare and pay all applicable State and Local Taxes in addition to federal taxes.

For annual federal taxes:


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $25,000 = $0 in federal taxes (0%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $25,000 = $0 in federal taxes (0%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $50,000 = $0 in federal taxes (0%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $50,000 = $3,750 in federal taxes (7.5%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $50,000 = $3,750 in federal taxes (7.5%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $100,000 = $7,500 in federal taxes (7.5%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $100,000 = $11,250 in federal taxes (11.25%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $100,000 = $13,750 in federal taxes (13.75%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $200,000 = $27,500 in federal taxes (13.75%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $200,000 = $26,250 in federal taxes (13.125%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $200,000 = $43,750 in federal taxes (21.875%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $400,000 = $87,500 in federal taxes (21.875%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $400,000 = $56,250 in federal taxes (14.06%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $400,000 = $113,750 in federal taxes (28.44%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $800,000 = $227,500 in federal taxes (28.44%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $1,000,000 = $146,250 in federal taxes (14.625%)

Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $5,000,000 = $746,250 in federal taxes (14.925%)

Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $10,000,000 = $1,496,250 in federal taxes (14.9625%)

Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $20,000,000 = $2,992,500 in federal taxes (14.9625%)

Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $1,000,000,001 = $150,000,000 in federal taxes (15%)


This plan will significantly strengthen financial security for our poor, middle class and retirees while incentivizing businesses to hire and pay people more. It is just an idea, but I think it can serve as a point of reference from which “We The People” need to start engaging each other and our politicians in Washington D.C.

Now, for the rest of you who may disagree with this plan for no other reason than because you are one of our “special citizens,” you may return to kneeling during the national anthem and screaming helplessly at the sky. This is a conversation for adult Citizens who want to solve real problems in our world. It is not a discussion about made up problems that politicians and celebrities alike have brainwashed you into believing while wearing your tin foil mainstream media-reception hat and staring at your phones.

For the rest of us, I think we need to stop waiting for politicians in Washington to tell us what they are going to do, and we need to start telling them what they need to do. Republicans had eight years to come up with a tax proposal and just like health care, we’re still waiting for them to tell us what it is. The Democrats – who are just haters – have no plan. They never have, and probably never will.

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University of Florida President Hoping for Violence to Build Movement

Warning to Readers: This article is satire – a parody on fake news. A sense of humor is advised.


GAINESVILLE – University of Florida President Kent Fuchs said he wants Richard B. Spencer’s speech today to spark violence that will gain sympathy for the Marxist Leftard movement Fuchs represents.

Fuchs warned that he and his supporters will thrive on any confrontation brought by the gangs of leftist protesters he has incited at UF. He said his army of leftard students hope to provoke the same violent clashes that broke out during an August rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead.

“Now, for the first time in the history of our nation, racist college students and the NFL are coming together to deny Mr. Spencer his constitutional rights and accuse white people of racism,” Fuchs said. “We’re coming to our campus today with the intentions of creating riots and destruction with the goal that everyone in this country adopt our view of the world or be called a racist.” He went on to say in a celebratory tone that “This is a media bonanza for us!”  

When asked why Mr. Spencer should be silenced, Fuhs responded, “Well, I have to admit that I never actually listened to any of Mr. Spencer’s speeches or read his blog, but CNN and MSNBC are reporting that he is a racist so that’s good enough for me.”

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Buyers from Hell

I have bought and sold many homes in my life, the most recent a fabulous waterfront property on Lake of the Woods in Virginia where for nearly 11 years we had the most wonderful neighbors and made the best of friends. We absolutely loved living on the lake and we will miss everyone we knew there!

When I was asked, however, to compare my home selling experience at Lake of the Woods with the many homes I have bought and sold in my life, I responded that I would rather be tortured with a high voltage cattle prod shoved up my ass than to have to sell another waterfront home at Lake of the Woods. The entire “selling” experience was cruel and unusual punishment.

Now that the sale is finally complete and recorded and paid, I think the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr are appropriate to describe how we feel today:

“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

Have a great winter everyone, and remember – if you are thinking about selling waterfront property at Lake of the Woods in Virginia – consider torturing yourself repeatedly with a high voltage cattle prod first. Then you will be prepared for all the pain and suffering and torture that lies ahead.

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Confederate Pride

For all the historical revisionists in our country today who want to erase our nation’s history, you can kiss my confederate-heritage ass and here is why:

My great-grandfather was Landon Brame Edwards (1845 – 1910). He was educated at Randolph-Macon College. At age 18, he left college and enlisted in Drewry’s Company, Virginia Artillery, and served the Confederate States of America until the end of the Civil War. After the war, my great-grandfather attended Richmond Medical College and New York University, where he received his M.D. in 1867.

Dr. Edwards became editor of the Virginia Medical Monthly and secretary of the Medical Society of Virginia, of which he was a founding member. He was an intern in the Charity Hospital on Blackwell’s Island and then assistant physician at the hospital for nervous diseases at Lake Mahopac, New York. He engaged in practice in 1868 at Lynchburg, Virginia, and two years later was active in establishing the Medical Society of Virginia.

In 1871, he married Nancy Pettyjohn Rucker (1849 – 1912) – my great-grandmother – who is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Founded in 1890, the DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. My great-grandparents gave birth to my grandfather, Landon Beirne Edwards in 1887, who married Kathleen Caughy Edwards (1890 – 1970). Her father, my other great-grandfather – was Charles M. Caughy who in 1893 was appointed by President Cleveland to be the United States Consul to Messina, Sicily, where he remained for 14 years. He transferred to be Consul to Milan, where he served until his return to the United States just before his death in 1913. My grandfather and grandmother gave birth to my father Alfred Caughy Edwards in 1922 who married my mother and gave birth to me. I have two sons and a granddaughter who inherit this heritage from me.

I am proud of my heritage, and to be an American who served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. My father served in WWII. My grandfather in WWI. My great-grandfather in the Civil War, and my great-great-great-grandfather in the American Revolution. That is a history to be proud of my friends and it is something I will never let anyone take away.

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Labor Triangle

Workers Just Got Screwed

Two Trump nominees quietly advanced out of committee this week in the U.S. Senate.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that the Senate committee voted to advance the nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

If confirmed, the powerful labor board will consist of two anti-worker Republicans, two pro-union Democrats and the current NLRB Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra.

Miscimarra is a violent anti-worker Republican who retaliated against a whistleblower at his agency a few days after his appointment by President Trump.

Inside the power triangle of “Labor” in the United States there are company bosses, union bosses, and the peasants. With this new Labor Board, it is the American worker that is going to get screwed.

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