Friday, December 12, 2014

Can I Write A Shorter Blog? Hell no I can't! Here's Ten Things Of Thankful ... again!

Lighting up a cigarette, I sit back and contemplate about the kind and generous readers of this blog.

See, someone really does value you as a human being!

Lately, views have been way up, but comments have dropped drastically.  I know I'm strange, but I'd rather have it the other way around!
 So, what's my conclusion?  

I'm either tackling topics that are way too controversial for the average reader and I'm pissing a lot of people off, people are afraid to comment amid controversy, or people have just got better things to do than comment.

Perhaps it's a combination of the things.

I've tried to make my posts interesting, but in doing so, have somewhat narrowed the comedy and sarcasm down to afterthoughts.  Possibly, I've been so concerned about getting a message across that I've lost my sense of sarcastic humor!

The message is the medium is the massage ... 
unless you're in a Sweet Cherry's massage parlor.
(Then, you have Trixie's magic fingers!)
Once she gets out of jail!

No, I'm still the ass I've always been, but I've gotten more real as of late.  Instead of looking at controversy and stupidity and making fun of it, I have been putting on the boxing gloves and attempting to battle it ... and validate my actions while doing so.  My posts have become active instead of passive.  

Put 'em up ... Put 'em up!
For one to comment on an active posting, they generally either agree or disagree strongly.  On a passive posting, they don't have to be worried that their words may be taken out of context and may alienate their friends.  Thus, a silent "Goodbye" is the safest and easiest route to travel.

In addition, my blogs have become novels of sorts, at least for blogs.  The average Internet reader has an interest span of about 5 minutes.  Unless you're a speed reader (as I am) there's no way you've been able to read what I've written in that time allotment.  So, interest flies away, as does your reading, just about the time you get to the good stuff.

I really wanted that good stuff pie, 
but I've already had a piece of cake with strawberries!

So, in addition to shortening my writing, I must step away from the madness of the battle and become an observer once again.  That is, if I hope to ever see people commenting again.  There is reality all around, and many of us grow tired of the same old things being re-hashed day after day.  We see the circles that take place, the ignorance that rules, and desire to turn our backs away as we get to the point of having more than we can swallow.

We can only eat so much at the all you can eat buffet!
(Anyone remember Bromo-Fizzies?  Eurrrp!)

So, in the future, I vow to shortening up the beginning dialogue, keeping it more humorous / sarcastic in nature, and allowing you to finish in hopefully 5 minutes or less.

Do me a favor and take a speed reading course, please!

After all that, it is now time for TEN THINGS OF THANKFUL!!!!!  As we are getting close to Christmas, I may do a TTOT of true gratitude, and break the style I've presented for quite sometime.  I may look at the little things life has to offer and express my inner feelings about them.  Or, I might just surprise everyone and show that being an ass isn't necessarily a 24/7 job.

No one comes to my blog for that stuff.  
Lets get down to the dirt!

This week I'm thankful for:
While you're there, be sure to take a lot of pictures of
the great scenic tour you can take.  You'll spend
hours andhours showing these to your friends
 over and over again!

1)  Queens, New York.  Queens has become the number one vacation destination in the United States.  Queens offers a restored beach, plenty of shopping stops, and all the Greek food you can eat, as well as other types when you tire of Greek.  

I have lived in New York, but never have traveled to Queens.  It just didn't seem to be on the agenda, especially when I discovered Christopher Walken, Nancy Reagan and Howard Stern were from there.  I personally see no way that any major city could be the number one tourist destination, as most of the city dwellers do their best to get out of the city for their vacations!  But, who am I to argue with the Queens Chamber of Commerce?  (Raise too much commotion and we'll all be arrested and sentenced to view endless re-runs of Christopher Walken in Peter Pan!)
Now, tell me you didn't see a bunch of these
fighting the Empire's walkers in the beginning of
Star War's Empire Strikes Back!

2)  Real Life Laser Cannons.  The U.S. Navy, fresh over its negative publicity last week when female officers were filmed taking showers aboard a submarine, decided to blow that report out of the water this week by demonstrating its first laser cannon aboard a U.S. combat vessel.  Concentrated energy bursts cost less than pennies to the dollar in comparison of regular shells and ammunition.  

My God, people!  Instead of Star Wars, we have SEA WARS!!! 
R2D2 is a giant sized can of Starkist Tuna!!!!   

I can see next week's headlines:


(Find a moral in that Mr. Peabody!)

I'll answer all questions as soon as I wake up and
tell you a story about a man name
Rip Van Winkle!
3)  Senator Carl Levin.  A revelation is heard in Washington!  Senator Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, let it be known this week that the nation may have been misled into attacking Iraq by the Bush Administration!  In this statement of delayed intelligence, the senator states that the head of the hijackers may not have met with an Iraqi Intelligence Officer in Europe, as this officer was in the United States at the time.  Of course, this was the incident that the Bush clan based their "let's go to war with Iraq" campaign.

Let's see, none of the hijackers were Iraqi,  Oops!   None had any allegiance with any Iraqi liaison.  Oops!  And, as we all know by now, the chemical weapons were all a hoax presented by the one "inside" man the Bush tribe based everything else on.  Still, it was essential we go to war there.

Nice to see you're finally catching up with everyone else, senator.  
You're only about 11 or 12 years behind!  
See what happens when you fall asleep during a session of Congress 
and no one wakes you up!  

4)  Ebola.  What ever happened to this disease/ virus/ world ending plague?  Wasn't everyone running scared and forecasting thousands of deaths in every country in the world a month or so ago?  Then, Ferguson protests/ riots gained all the attention and Ebola was forgotten about!  

(Damn, the next time the news agencies start broadcasting doom and gloom stories, maybe we should remember every news story has shelf life.  After the expiration date, it will no longer be of any importance!  By the way, isn't it funny how Ferguson has been omitted for newscasts this week?  Guess that one's expired, too!)

If military personnel went to prison because of
this, why aren't politicians and CIA personnel
going to jail for what they've done?
5)  CIA Torture.  Please, don't try to feed us tales that the United States isn't guilty of torture tactics when your own report state otherwise.  Bush knew it was happening, Obama got information about where to find Osama Bin Laden from these tactics, and Congress knew they were paying outside agencies to perform these torture techniques.  We, the American public, are no so dumb as to believe otherwise.  (Well, not all of us anyway.)

Still, Obama tells us that we're not like this.  "Hey, Mr. President, we are exactly like this, as we've proven time and time again."  The only reason we're not being brought to trial by an international tribune is that we've proclaimed terrorists not to be official soldiers of war, so the rules of war don't apply!  Leave it to the land of lawyers to find a loophole.

True, our folks and citizens of our allies are getting their heads chopped off, literally.  But, haven't we always proclaimed that we'd never resort to those tactics as we will not sink to their level?  (Please, boys and girls, don't believe what the government tells you.  They've gotten damn good at lying.  They've had lots and lots of practice, and make enough money they don't have to worry about Santa's list!  BTW, Santa is reported missing as during his last visit to Congress he asked several politicians if they were good or bad this year.  There are some things we can only assume.)

6)  Bobbie Barnett Hancock.  Bobbie will take the award for the greatest procrastinator this week.  (Ah, a woman after my own heart!)  After her mother died in 1994, Bobbie stored the body in a casket in a storage locker facility.  It was her wish to send the body back to be buried in Alabama, but never got around to it.  Of course, this was only discovered when Bobbie put off paying rent at the storage facility and the casket and body were found by it's new owners.  (Can you imagine their faces when they opened the casket and found her?  "Holy shit!  Honey, could this be King Tut's wife Queen Butt?")

How could anyone put this off for as long as Bobbie did?  Damn, someone needs to help her remember "The Hearse Song" and get her to bury her mother.

7)  U.S. Government Budget.  The politicians are at it again!  Cut funding for anything good for the people and allow anything good for big business and Washington politics.  In the $1.1T Bill to be considered are the following idiocies, and a whole lot more.
  1. Under the bill, campaign donors could contribute up to $1.6 million dollars each into political parties.  Currently, the limit is $194,400.  Whoever said politicians weren't in it for the money?  Of course, over a million dollar increase per donor would help the common man's power to get more and more things they needed ... not!   Whatever the donors want, the donors will get and the hell with the common man.  Not really much of a change, is it?
  2. Let's give $21 million dollars to fix the leaky dome of the capitol. Now, my roof didn't cost anywhere that close to fix, did yours?  Since we are allowing all the illegal immigrants a home in our country, why not hire a few of their roofing crews to fix the dome for a small fragment of that and put the rest into school lunch programs.  (Oops, sorry, that would make too much damn sense!  I forgot the roofing crews they hire get the same $324 hammers that the military purchases.)
  3. Did I mention school lunches?  Yeppers, I did.  This bill would ease whole grain requirements and suspend the lower sodium rules.  There's nothing like taking care of our youth in a crappy manner when money is to be made by the manufacturers that supply the lunches, is there?
  4. Allows some pension plans to cut back on the amounts retirees were promised.  Sounds like the government and big business, doesn't it?  Work your ass off for them for a lifetime and then get screwed by them in the end.  Makes one recognize the true meaning of their threat, "We own your ass so you will do what we say!"

Nothing like liars, cheats and thieves to control your future income, is there?  This is your government at work ... to make money and an American Dream for themselves and Big Business.  For you ... well, how well do you take people giving you the bird?
8)  Christmas Scam.  (I actually have gotten these emails a couple of times so be wary.  They are out there!)  If you receive an email inviting you to have your child receive a letter from Santa DON'T DO IT!!!   Turns out not only will you be charged $19.99 for the letter, your credit card info will then be used to tap out your limit!.  Millions of dollars have already been lost, so don't find yourself wondering why you did something so stupid.  

If you want your child to receive a letter from Santa, write a letter, take them to a mall where Santa's at, and when they get off his lap, give them the envelope and tell them that Santa's elves brought it to you while the kids were on his lap!  (However, if you're just dying to have your credit cards drained of all monetary resources, simply send you credit card information to the address of this blog, and I'll be happy to take it.  I've really been wanting the complete Batman Blu-ray television series of the 60's, so I'll be awaiting that info!)

9)  Flu Shots.  Forget 'em this year!  There's a new strain of flu virus that is not at all put off by any of the drugs in the flu shots you'd be getting.  Unless you wish to make the CVS Liquor Stores ... oops, pharmacies, and other drug stores rich, spend your money on orange juice and chicken soup.  They'll do you just as much good.  Or, just get drunk like the rest of us.  You'll never even know you're sick!
I Am Iron Man!!!
Anybody seen a big snake?

10)  Eaten Alive By An Anaconda ... Not!   About a month ago, I wrote a piece on how a man was preparing himself to be eaten alive by an anaconda. I stated that it couldn't be done as the constriction would be too great for him to survive, and how his shoulders would be too wide for the snake to stretch his mouth around.

Well, this was the week that television land presented us with the program.  As predicted, the snake could barely get its mouth around his head, and the constriction strength proved too great for the publicity seeker to withstand.  

For those of you that thought I didn't know (even though I've had 30 years of working with snakes experience) what I was talking about, I forgive you.  Besides, I've probably already given you enough crap about it, so I'll be kind.

(Don't worry, this condition is only temporary.  After Santa decides if I'm a good or bad boy, I'll get back to my sarcastic ass personality.  I'm just waiting to see if he'll really bring me a Lexus or Infinity for Christmas.  That is, if he makes an appearance at all after questioning members of Congress!)

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Well, here we are again.  After stating I was going to attempt to write a shorter post, I have to admit I once again failed.  I appreciate your staying power.  Please comment below if you're not too worn out.

Many Thanks!


**One last note.  I know some of you that read these pieces on your phones can't see the videos I put in.  For some reason, that happens on Blogger, or so I've been told.  If I could do something about it I would.  All I can say is, "Sorry!"

Friday, December 5, 2014

Peter Pan, Cosby, Crocodiles, and Racism ... Ten Things of Thankful Returns

See ALL TTofT Post Here!!!!!
Okay, so I've been away for a couple of weeks.

I know, you never missed me.

Work obligations, physical malady, and mental conflict were the reasons, just in case you were wondering.

Yeah, I'm going for the multiple reasons here.  No need to be selfish.

End of month work obligations are always a pressure nightmare.  Last month, there seemed to be no answers, regardless of how much effort was made.  

I've developed bone spurs in my shoulder.  These created an inflammation of muscles between the shoulder and neck, which would have made a masochistic individual filled with glee.

The mental conflict?  This one's going to get you.

After all my writings to end racism and put the blame for the Ferguson incident where it belonged, I was called a word that really bothered me.  A person that proclaims himself to be a liberal called me a "racist".  

See, I wasn't aware that today's society looks at the word "thugs" as strictly being black.

(Talk about racism!  Claiming a word to be only for one race is so indicative 
of that in itself!  Some people, who need to check out world history,
have been listening to too much rap music for their educational needs.
It's time to look at life with an open mind instead of a closed one!)  

I grew up with stories of the thugs of the thirties (Bonnie & Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly, Pretty Boy Floyd, etc.).  The movies of the fifties, as well as television programming, called anyone that didn't respect the rights of others and used violence to get what they wanted a "thug".  Most of the time, they were members of a major gang that worked for a notorious leader.
Thugs ("thugees") in action.

I surmise (whether right or wrong), that "thug" is a derivative of "Thugee".  The "Thugees" were a group that traveled throughout India for six centuries.  They would gain the trust of other travelers and then use their own special technique of strangling them while they slept.  Finally, when that deed was done, they would rob them and move on.

One might see the correlation if they would open their eyes, instead of wearing blinders and looking for someone to label.

The old expression "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" had to be recalled many times in the last week.  Memories of arguing with my father about the rights all men deserved, marching for civil rights in Klan filled Indianapolis in the early 70's, and all the relationships and "best friends" I've acquired over the years, and to this day, that just happened to be black, Hispanic, and other, didn't give credence to the proclamation of racism made.  The accusation just didn't stand up.

So, I had to sit back and analyze the situation after eliminating the anger emotions brought.

  • Are there people in the world that are so blind with hatred that they're simply looking for someone to label?  
  • Are they so consumed by their emotions that they refuse to see facts and only look for excuses?  
  • Have they completely foregone the concept of common sense and look to put themselves on a pedestal to sate their self righteous ego of being right?

Unfortunately, I came up with "Yes" as an answer.

FBI Report / Press Release
(May 12, 2014)
The FBI released a report on May 12th of this year.  It stated that in 2013, only 27 police officers were felonious killed in the line of duty.

Only 27.

Seven were killed in ambushes, five answering disturbance calls, and five in tactical situations.  Three more were killed investigating suspicious circumstances, three during routine traffic stops, and three more responding to robberies in progress.  And the leftover officer was killed as a result of investigative activity.

How many people that perform your career choice were killed doing their jobs last year?

We are seeing protests of police killing citizens.  Shootings, strangulation's, and other violent forms of enforcement are becoming more and more the norm.  The violence demonstrated against society is becoming the norm of those that enforce the laws against such said violence.

Only 27.

Oh, and last year's "officers dead" report was positive in that it showed a drop from the 44 killed in 2012.  Perhaps the violence and lack of tolerance the police are exhibiting is having a result.  Sad, but true.

Maybe running from the police and fighting with the police isn't a good idea.  
Thugs: (clockwise) Bonnie & Clyde, John Dillinger,
Machine Gun Kelly, & Pretty Boy Floyd.

Now, I don't personally care for the police.  I will admit to calling them "pigs" many times in my youth.  Long hair immediately brought their attention to you in the early 70's.  We were profiled as drug users, activists, and trouble makers.  Looking back, that description was fairly accurate even though we didn't care for it at the time.

Late in my military time, I became a member of the ship's Master At Arms force and wore a badge.  I considered it a good way to play the game and get to do things others (with reputations) couldn't get away with.  It worked!  Still, there was a time or two I was put into situations that forced me to perform in a manner my obligations required, instead of how I truly believed inside.  The badge just wasn't for me!

In the 80's, I had another shock.  It took a long time for me to get over the fact that a friend had joined the police force in a small Alabama town.  To see him in his uniform, gun dangling at his side, seemed somewhat hypocritical as he was one of the most devout Christians I'd ever known.  Butch looked at it as a way to help people in need ... not to bully.  Still, I saw the strain of the pressures an officer goes  through have a negative affect on his attitude and mannerisms.

Are there police officers that go too far?  Of course there are.  These should be prosecuted as they've forgotten the laws they are sworn to enforce.  There are also those that simply freak out when a situation gets out of hand.  They should seek other employment.

Have the police ever got it right?
This cartoon from 1898 doesn't seem like it.
There are good cops and bad cops.  Generally, they're are late to the scene of crimes, accept some crimes as "Oh, they happen this time of the year" and come on strong because they feel that's the only way people will listen to them.  Some even use the badge to get back at others as they themselves were picked on by bullies in school. That's why one should be smart enough not to do anything rash when dealing with them.  That's common sense.

Sad thing is, we live in a society where people are beginning to think illegal activity is acceptable, and law enforcement isn't.  We have people going back in time looking at many of the Old West lawmakers as being criminals, instead of law enforcers.  Hard times require hard individuals.  They got the job done regardless.  Standards have to be recognized as this is not a perfect world, but one filled with violence and disrespect for the law and those whose job it is to enforce it..

"Thugs" are as I described above.  They can be any color ... it doesn't matter.  If you can't live by the rules society lays down, then you are going to die sooner or later, either by someone on the street that is meaner and smarter than you, or by a police officer attempting to enforce the laws society dictates.  

Yeah, we're coming to the days of Judge Dredd, as police officers are beginning to realize that even though it may be honorable to die in the line of duty, it's still dying.  That is something they're planning on avoiding at any cost.  Be wary.

Only 27.

Now the question that's being asked so frequently, "Did he deserve to die?"  My answer is , "Possibly not, but I don't know.  I wasn't there to witness it.  Were you?"  

Unless one is present at the actual event, one cannot say if the suspect warranted fatal reprimand. (And, it's amazing how many false witnesses show up to an event that has drawn publicity attempting to throw the weight to their side of the issue.) 

It's Survival Of The Fittest In The Streets.
We are not animals, but acting from emotions, 
instead of fact, makes us no better than them.
When did the ability to reason leave society?
I, personally, don't feel as though anyone deserves to die without first being tried in a court of law.  However, events take place that require immediate decision making.  To the thugs and to the police, the streets are under the "survival of the fittest" law.  It's simply a matter of who walks away afterwards.

So, when I say I hold no sorrow for a thug of any color that dies while breaking the law, I'm not being cruel or racist, I'm simply saying that you brought your death upon yourself.  If your parents didn't teach you how to be an honest, working member of society and you feel theft, intimidation, and violence are the answer, then violence may indeed be your fate.  Not in the way you intended, but in the way society has mandated.

Ending the evil starts at home with proper teaching or right and wrong concepts.

That is not a liberal or conservative opinion that is narrowed by the blinders some wear.  It is not a racist opinion to be labeled as some feel the need to tag.  It is simply a fact of life.  It has been for centuries, and will be for centuries yet to come as long as we have those that break the law and those that enforce the law.  The only differences now are that since so few know and respect the difference between right and wrong, the masses will protest, and you're sure to have every act broadcasted as the television news agencies love sensationalizing any story that will draw ratings.  Yes, we are living in a dismal time where society continues to blame others instead of looking at themselves for the answers!

If Charles Manson and group were tried today, there would be protests 
because Manson came from a drug using, single parent home.  
We're becoming a society of excuse makers and blame shifters.

Remember, justice would never be questioned if someone didn't break the law.  And, if you live in a high crime area, be aware the police are more apt to be paranoid, as they are doing everything they can to lower their chance of becoming one of those labeled "killed in the line of duty".  Wouldn't you?

Racist?  Me?

Take Off Your Blinders And See All Around!
No, I hate to disappoint my accuser, but that label just doesn't fit.  I'm just one that doesn't wear blinders and looks at all people as members of only one race, the human race.  One that sees the world for what it is instead of what one's fantasies envision it to be.  A person that sees through the name calling and label tagging that is done by the ignorant, or fantasy envisioned.  Not perfect, but not blind to reality.  Able to look at all sides of an argument without preconceived judgments and allow facts to shine and emotions to stay where they belong.  

Grow up, children.  As long as division is the goal and labels are tossed around, working together as one force can never occur.  Communication, compromise, and understanding will work wonders if you will give it a try.  

Isn't that why we, 
as members of the HUMAN RACE, 
have a brain?

Now that my "rant" (I prefer to think of them as "clearing the air of El Toro defecation".) is done, let's take a look at the things I am thankful of this week.

(*I know, I get more and more long winded.  I'm just testing your stamina.  
Careful, I'll warn you in advance, there may be a test at the end of class!)

This week, I'm thankful for:

1)  O-Bam-Bam-A-Care.  Look out children, there's a 5% increase in premiums coming next year!  Nothing like "affordable" health care becoming even less affordable, is there?  What the hell, his term is on the downhill.  So what if you can't afford a doctor.  He doesn't need your vote next time anyway!

Bill Cosby.  (Since it seems to be
the thing to show pictures of
the accused in a younger,
more innocent setting, here's one
of Bill from 1969.  Now, is that
the jacket of a rapist, or
is that the jacket of a rapist?)
2)  Bill Cosby.  Remember the first Cosby show in the late 60's or the cartoons of the Cosby Kids?  How about episodes of I Spy?  If you're not that old do you remember the Cosby Show of the 80's?  Now, are you ready for the Cosby Porn series?

Bill is now being accused of bringing women home, giving them a mickey, and then raping them.  Seems he did it to about a million or so women, or so they claim.

I'm so tired of today's vigilante justice mentality of "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" that I could regurgitate Jello.  Suddenly, all these women are proclaiming they were drugged and raped.  Did he?  Who knows?  (I wasn't there, were you?)   If so, let the courts bring him to justice.  (I bet you won't see Cosby being shot if the police arrest him.  Any takers?)

3)  Charles Barkley.  I wonder if Charles has been reading my blog.  He said, almost word for word, what I've been saying since the Ferguson rioting started.  I've never liked his basketball analysis, but perhaps he's not as dumb as previously thought.  Then again, he did go to Auburn University.  (I had to say that as my wife is a die hard Alabama fan.)

4)  Crocodile Kills Ball Retriever.  In Johannesburg, South Africa, a man was killed while retrieving golf balls.  Wading in waist high water, a crocodile grabbed him and decided to take him bye bye.  (Another example of not thinking by being in croc infested waters t begin with! Aren't human beings wonderful!)  The body was later found with only teeth marks on it and no mutilation.  (Guess he tasted as bad as he putted.)
Sailors are known for this stuff.  Aboard a ship,
there is no girlfriend to visit at the end of the day.
Doesn't the Navy realize you get what
you advertise you want.  It's that simple!

5)  Unfit Sailor Behavior.  Three female officers aboard a U.S. Navy submarine found themselves on film.  Problem was, the films displayed them as they were taking showers.  The Navy is filing the incident under "violations of privacy" policies, while the women want it to be filed under the more serious "sexual" policies.  (Makes one wonder what they were actually doing in the shower, doesn't it.)  

Let's be real. At one time in history, it was said the Navy cooks added saltpeter to keep sailors from getting erections while at sea.  Put a group of men on a sub for six months and you're going to have something like this happen, if not worse.  It was bad enough being at sea and not having a female around. But, to increase temptation by putting women aboard a ship filled with horny sailors that haven't seen their girlfriends or wives for months is going beyond the human ability to tolerate and restrain!  Being in the battlefield is one thing, but being confined inside a sub for six months is another.  (Come on, Navy, stop the torture!  If the Department of Defense and Pentagon wasn't led by those that required Viagra to get it up, they'd have seen this coming long in advance!)

6)  Kia Rio, Jeep Compass & Nissan Versa.  Americans bought these cars by the thousands hoping to save money on gas and have a dependable ride.  They've now listed these three at the top of the "Least Liked" cars sold.  Make up your mind, America!  You get what you pay for, and with those selections, you don't get much.  Then again, Americans tend to live in a fantasy world in many areas.  (Cars purchased is just another area of stupidity they'd rather blame on the manufacturers than their own common sense, or lack thereof.  Duhhhhhh!)
Hell yes I was a party girl!  Where's the
party?  Why, up on the roof, of course!
And, "Yes", they are real!

7)  Jenna Bush Hager admits to playing around.  The daughter of George W. Bush admits to playing around (kissing) with her boyfriend atop the White House roof while her father was in office.  (Guess she figured since dad was screwing around at trying to be a President, she could screw around, too!)  With all the security cameras around, I'm sure the Secret Service got an eyeful.  (I'm betting her videos will come out about the same time as Cosby releases his X-Rated series.)

8)  Peter Pan LIve.  Hate viewers filled the Internet Thursday evening after viewing this show.  Many admit to being bored, hating the off key singing, and poor acting as their reasons to speak.  Others wondered why it wasn't on earlier for the kids to watch.  

Folks, this was "PETER PAN", not "CATS!"  You have a girl playing the main role of Peter (That just seems wrong.  You don't mention a girl and peter in the same sentence unless you're reviewing a porn film.), a man with a heavy Queens accent playing Captain Hook (Like all pirates were from New York City!  Pittsburgh is pissed!), and stoned stage crew members operating the wires.  What the hell did you expect for free?  By the way, there's a little thing on your remote that will change the channel, or haven't you learned that, yet?  (You should've watched the basketball game on ESPN.  TCU played their hearts out!)

9)  Jake Owen.  Country star Jake Owen cut off his long locks the other day.  (God, this is news?  That and $4.50 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.  Hurry, the prices may be going up!)

What do you mean we don't get a check?
You promised!
10)  Nazis On Social Security
 Yes, our government has been paying Nazis Social Security benefits.  It seems as though they offered them to bribe the Nazis to leave the country, and have been paying them for years.  They have finally voted in Congress to take away these benefits.

So, let me get this straight.  War criminals were paid Social Security benefits by our government to leave the country.  Why the hell didn't we just prosecute them?  Is it that it costs more to keep a person in jail than they'd receive in SS benefits?  Or, are we just a weak ass country that is afraid to open old wounds and bring them to justice?  

I know, let's use them as live dummies at the police academies throughout the United States.  That way, improper techniques used in detaining suspects can be fully explained by live (or dead) examples!  (There are things in our world that just don't make any sense.  Remember, these are the people representing you in government office!  Kind of makes you all warm inside, doesn't it?)

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Well, if you stuck with me all the way through this one, I congratulate you.  I recognize it was way too long for many, but your patience will pay off.  How?  Well, you've done so well I decided that you didn't need to take a test, as I warned about above!

See, aren't you the lucky one?


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri ... A riot a day keeps intelligence away!

There was rioting in Ferguson, Missouri last night.  

Of course, many of those rioting were not from Ferguson, but they decided not to wait on the Black Friday specials and get their Christmas presents for free.

What timing!  

Some thought that it was a fire sale.  Trouble was, they grabbed all the merchandise out of the stores first and then started the fires.

Someone should teach them the difference.

Protesting has been a way of the world for centuries.  I hope it never comes to an end.  It is a way for voices to be heard, opinions given the opportunity to be formed, and forces governments to enact changes.

However, the advance threats of, "You either indict this police officer or we're gonna riot" are not protests.  They're demands.  Demands that were based upon so many falsehoods and fantasies that Walter Mitty would have a difficult time understanding them.

Still, there are some who desire violence.  Usually, they are those that have something to gain by the rioting.  Theft of merchandise, public notoriety, and even wealth gained from rebuilding could all be reasons to incite the crowds.  It cannot be vengeance, for they rioted in the neighborhood the shooting took place, instead of the area of the wealthy.  It has to be financial gain.

But, also, it has to be a total disrespect of one's brother.  If you're mad at City Hall, you simply don't attack the homes and businesses of those that stand with you.  That's foolish, disrespectful, and just simply downright ignorant!

And, yet, the rioting will continue.  No, last night's will not be the last.  Those that have no other obligations will find the time to stir things up and continue probably tonight, tomorrow night, and well into the future.  

Extremists love these activities.  White extremists feel as though they are indicative of the blacks inability to rationally think and blend into society as violence is common to all of their race.  Black extremists use them as the "Race Card" and continue to play the "White Society Is Evil To All Blacks" game, accuse every white police officer in the world of abuse, and think anyone that looks at both sides of the issue is a racist.

Both White and Black Extremists are ignorant, racist, and so emotional in their beliefs that they cannot listen or understand the other side.  We should put them all in a cage and let them fight it out to the death.  Then, whichever group survives that battle, gun them all down mercilessly.

Maybe then, the rest of us can live our lives in peace and harmony.

See, most people don't steal from convenience stores or attack police officers.  Personally, I don't care for the police as they get to the scene of the crime way too late and become defensive when questioned.  There are officers who were bullied in school and now use their badge to bully others.  

The Gestapo?  The KGB?  The TSA?  Anyone in authority is going to be pushed time and time again.  You have to leave "who you are" at home and become "what will control the masses" when the badge goes on.  If it were fun, all of us would want to do it.  

But, we don't.  We underpay them, avoid them, and tell them to do their jobs.  We call them names, hold them in contempt, and expand upon stories when discussing them.  We do our best to make them the bad guys for picking up our kids who are breaking the law and take them to jail for discipline.  Discipline they never got at home.

And, whose fault is that?

Ferguson, you have two options.  The first would be to continue upon your path and ruin your sons and daughters.  You are providing the role models for your children.  True, you may have come home last night with a new LED Television, but remember, your home may be the next one broken into and personal goods stolen.  And, it may be either your neighbor's kids or your own doing it if they follow your queue.  

Option Two would be to surprise everyone and stop the violence.  Work for harmony in a peaceful manner, making efforts to blend society instead of segregating it.  Work for a world where color doesn't matter.  After all, colors are only different shades of mankind.  

Key word: Mankind.

All of society needs to stop looking for excuses and blaming others for their woes.  The military has provided many a means to escape the ghettos of the world and mind.  Continuing education assists one in seeing that blame is only an excuse for failure, and not a reason for success.

Take the night off, Ferguson.  Tonight and every night spend at home with your family, teaching right from wrong, common sense techniques, and the basics of loving your brothers.  It may be the start of something new.  Something that can make your city a better place to live.  A place to be safe, raise kids, and prosper.

Take tonight and every night off, Ferguson.

Take the night off!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cat O' Nine Tails, Wendy's Chili and Pink Floyd ... The Dark Side Of The Mind

Today is the day I'm supposed to post my Ten Things Of Thankful for the week.

I haven't written a thing.

Some wonder if I ever do.

To those people I say, "Do you?"

This has been an extremely slow news week, as far as stupid people are concerned.  Oh, Putin's putting on a show by bringing his battleships to an international World Summit conference in Australia, but that's a minor thing for him.  Almost not worth mentioning.  

The U.S. Congress is experiencing growing pains after the past elections.  They've even had to call in a professional to measure all new members for their white hats and black hats that they'll be switching out from time to time as society's Hunger Games continue in the country's diminishing middle class households.  "Yee-Haw!!!"

And a Winter snowstorm has already hit the Central United States.  It was going to happen sooner or later, so big deal.  Just something else for the press to sensationalize about.

So, the question is, "What the Hell do I write about today???"

Damned if I know!

So, let's just ramble and see if something happens to take place.  If it does, fantastic.  If it doesn't, well, I can always just not join in this week.  But, then I would have to face the fury and wrath of Lizzi and her band of murdering page riders, and I might never see the light of day again.

Of course, I could leap away from them to another page.  "Ha!"  
Lizzi's Cat O' Nine Tails

But, being as tenacious as Lizzi is, I'm sure she'd find me, flay me with her cat 'o nine tails, soak my wounds in the saltiest brine she could locate, and tie me in the hot desert sun to be munched on by vultures seeking sustenance.  I'd watch them pluck away at my flesh until one would happen to discover the wondrous taste of my eyeballs.  And, with those being gone, I could no longer watch the feast, nor see Lizzi laughing with eternal delight in the background, wine glass in hand, and feet being massaged by all of her tribe, one at a time ... of course.

After all of that, she'd recall my spirit and with a binding spell, paste me to a keyboard with instructions to "... come up with something worth reading."

"Worth reading?" I'd reply. "Since when did I ever write something worth reading?"

Lizzi would then realize the truth of the words spoken, slowly turn around to her tribe and with her shoulders hung in defeat, take herself and all her followers to another page to destroy someone else in a similar non creative state.  I'd be left, pasted to a keyboard, alone in the vast emptiness of my page, wondering if I should start typing, or simply allow myself to pass on, becoming just another page that needed updating without anyone ever hitting the Enter button.

So, anyway, let's see if I can find anything worth being thankful for this week.

1)  Sports on TV.  Yes, I'm indeed thankful for sports on TV.  Now, I'm not a great sports fan that can recite stats and talk about all the different team players of the decades.  But, years ago I found that if I wanted to be left alone for the evening, all I'd have to do would be to turn on a college basketball or football game, and my wife would go into another room to watch her shows.  Having been an only child for the first 13 years of my life, this time alone meant the world to me.  

However, over the years, her interests have grown and now she'll sit right there and watch the games with me ... much to my dismay.  However, there are benefits to her being in the same room, especially when she gets up to get something to drink. Often, I con her into getting me something while she's up by saying something loving like, "Hey, bitch, while you're up bring me a Diet Coke."  It's amazing what a person will do simply to keep from arguing when the score is close and time short in the game!

2)   Nestle's Hot Cocoa Mix.  If you have any age on you, I'm sure you remember, 

Nestles makes the very best.  

This sugar free concoction is one of the few benefits that my workplace has to offer.  Savory sweet with 0 Calories from fat make this delicious powder from the envelope something to yearn for when over brewed coffee is the norm.  I often wish I could find a way to keep all of the powder mixed in the hot water, but alas, some of it finds its way to the bottom of the cup and creates a bog of muck so thick that the Hulk would get mired down if he attempted to trod through it.  I have to admit, the muck is good for catching pesky flies, though.

3)  Liberals.  Oh, those liberals.  I'm offended, we're offended, everyone is offended, don't say this, don't say that, politicians can be our saviors, we know what's right for your state, you have no idea what's right for our state, People are good, guns and cigarettes are bad.  Minority rules, says the Constitution, as we've never lived in a democracy ... only a republic, change the name of the Washington Redskins, Obama is God, lawyers are always right, God Bless Our America!   (You gotta love 'em!)

4)  Conservatives.  Oh, those conservatives.  I'm offended, we're offended, everyone is offended, don't say this, don't say that, politicians can be our saviors, we know what's right for our state, you have no idea what's right for your state, People are bad, guns and cigarettes are good.  Majority rules says the Constitution as we've never lived in a Communistic state but a democracy, never change the name of the Washington Redskins, all Republicans are God, lawyers are always wrong unless they're Republican lawyers, and God Bless Our America!   
(You gotta love 'em!)

5)  Common Sense.  Look at all the selfish liberal and conservative dumb asses fighting over crap that doesn't matter.  If everyone would mind their own business and learn how to tolerate others, we might just find a way to get along.  Compromise is the key as no one deserves to have anything their way and their way only.  We live in a country that provides more freedom than any other, but won't stay that way for long if we continue the course we're on.  The more that is restricted will soon restrict freedom from standing.

Big government is only there because we allow it, not because it's needed.  See through the smokescreens they lay and observe what is really going on in Washington, D.C. between the special interest groups filling the pockets of politicians, and the $10,000 a plate dinners.  Oh, the games the politicians play!  

If we started accepting personal accountability for the actions of ourselves and those in our care, we might just find that kids can't be raised by television and video games.  They need instruction, guidance, and quality time to properly mature.  We'd understand that only God is God and no one else comes close, if you believe in God in the first place.  And, "No", lawyers can't destroy religion.  They can only do their best to hide it when no one stands up and provides resistance.  

Get rid of the "I" in your life and start recognizing the power of the "We".  Otherwise, "I" will soon be no more when the governments and big business start herding us as cattle.  Remember, the goal is to first divide and then conquer.  Labeling yourself a liberal or conservative is only the first stage of your demise and their strength.  

But, of course, you'd have to have common sense to understand these thoughts.  

Wouldn't that be nice?
Like, you couldn't guess this was a
long sleeve t-shirt, could you?

6)  Long Sleeve T-Shirts.  A fantastic invention that should be a staple in every person's wardrobe.  Nothing like an extra layer of clothing to hold in the body heat when you're sitting in a cold middle class living room, eating your cold can of Pork & Beans, because mandated medical insurance rates and shrinking middle class wages cause you to be unable to pay your electric bill.  They'll also become standard apparel when your area becomes one of many District 13's, so named after the chapter of bankruptcy you're forced to file.  (Nothing like optimism for the weekend, is there?)
And, in case you couldn't
figure it out, this is a picture
of Wendy's chili!  

7)  Wendy's Chili.  I know that it's made out of greasy leftover hamburgers from the day before, and that it's added to existing chili all day instead of being made fresh.  Still, buck for buck, a small Wendy's Chili for $1.79 is one hell of a bargain in today's world, especially if you've got an allergy to white enriched flour. Devour two of these and you can enjoy that much desired evening alone later as no one will be able to stay in the same room with you without a clothespin on their nose!  Plus, if you wait a few hours, you can recognize another benefit it provides as you'll be saving big money on laxatives!  They should call it the 

"Wendy's Three In One Chili ... 
For the Menage a Trois In You!"

8)   Pink Floyd's "The Endless River".  For months I've awaited this CD.  It was stated that it was simply done from reworking outtakes from a previous CD, and adding vocals to only two of the 18 songs.  Still, my addiction to Pink Floyd and the acid strewn memories of things that happened in my life in the late 60's and early 70's while their "Dark Side Of The Moon" album was playing told me that excitement would be worthy of such a masterpiece. 

 "Ehhhh, it's okay."  Nice instrumentals, but overall, not something I'd get myself all hot and bothered about.  Seems like Pink Floyd is like all the other artists that have been around too long in that they've all been around too long.  Think I'll go and listen to "Dark Side Of The Moon" again.  

Anyone got an extra hit of acid?

9)  Gotham.  In case you haven't seen it, Gotham is a television show on Fox that precedes Batman's days as Batman in Gotham City.  No, Penguin isn't Danny DeVito in a fat man body suit, but rather a slender young man with aspirations of becoming the crime overlord.  Will Smith's wife has the same idea, while a young Inspector Gordan still believes that right is right and wrong is wrong, naive to say the least.  It definitely takes strong liberties with the Batman legend, but it's better than watching Dancing With The Stars week after week.  Besides, Barbara Gordan is HOT!!!

10.  The End.  Finally, I'm thankful that this post is coming to an end!  Damn, this one was a struggle without the week in news helping me out.  Hopefully, zombies will take over Philly, vampires will invade Baton Rouge, and common sense will overcome the vacancy of the minds in Washington, D.C., giving me a much easier post to write next week.  

So, until then,