Thursday, September 17, 2015

Naked and Afraid, Wendy's, and Carly and Hillary Jello Fight! Yes, It's Time for Ten Things Of Thankful!!

Just in case you missed it, Amanda Knox has been found innocent.

The highest of the Italian courts declared that her initial trial had basically been a sham and that there was absolutely no proof that she had any part in the killing that took place.

Her fifteen minutes of fame are now over.  She will go back to living a life outside of the spotlight until "Dancing With The Stars", or some other menial television show decides to offer her thousands of dollars to appear as a contestant.

What do you want to guess it's not 

"Naked and Afraid?"

In case you haven't seen "Naked and Afraid", here's the basic premise.  Put a man and a woman in a survival situation with minimal survival chance.  Take away all their clothes, give them one tool each to use (fire starter, machete, etc.) and leave them in the wilderness for 21 days.  If they're still there at the end of that time period, they can proclaim themselves survivalists and be proud that they lost 20-30 pounds each during the event.

No, none of the contestants has ever taken their Richard Simmons calorie cards as a survival tool.  They all complain about the hunger they suffer through as finding food is usually a task few do well at accomplishing.

Can you imagine being Amanda Knox's partner on the show and seeing her pull out a razor sharp machete?  Now, children, can you say, "Deja Vu?"

Remember, no body remains make murder hard to prosecute!  Just hope that she's a vegetarian!

Speaking of food, let's discuss the latest rule practiced by some of our wonderful eating establishments.

The other morning, I traveled the 200+ miles to my father's home in Indiana.  I started the trip at a convenience store where I purchased a large coffee.  I partook of this drink along the route, finding I still had a little left when I pulled into a Wendy's restaurant in Bloomington, Indiana.  I looked for a place to throw my cup but found that Wendy's has removed all outside trash receptacles.  

Ordering a Diet Coke and a chicken wrap, I asked the Keeper of the Drive Up Window if she would mind throwing away my cup to make room for the drink I had purchased.  I was informed that because of "food contamination" rules, they couldn't do that.  

I said, "Oh, you're good enough to allow me to contaminate my car with your cup, but you
can't toss my cup in a trash can?"

"Sorry, sir, rules are rules!"

"I understand.  You're allowed to handle money, which has been proven to be the dirtiest item one can handle, and then handle food, but you can't throw away my cup."

"Sorry, sir, rules are rules!"

So, being the asshole I am, I took my order, proceeded forward one car length, stopped my car, opened the door, and set the cup of coffee on the ground before driving off!

.  I have rules, too!  

Screw with me and I'll screw with you!

I bet they threw it in a trash can when they picked up the lot that day.

Remind me not to stop at Wendy's again.

It's a dangerous game they're playing.  Hell, they don't know that I'm not Amanda Knox in disguise just awaiting the chance to unsheathe my machete!

"HAHAHAHAHAHA .... I've FOUND the BEEF!!!!!!"

Anyway, it's time for

Ten Things Of Thankful!
Join Ten Things Of Thankful HERE!!!
This week, I'm thankful for ...

1)  .... a Chinese surgeon 
"Hell, I think I turned out just fine!"
and an Italian surgeon have confirmed that they will perform the first head transplant surgery at Harbin Medical University in China.  Having never been attempted, they hope for immediate success.  

Or, at least they're hoping that their efforts provide something better than the previous secret attempts that no one would ever take credit for.

Well, at least no one in the Republican Party would ever take credit for.

Or, would they?

2)  ... Consumer Reports has listed the Chrysler 200, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, The Lexus NX Crossover, and the Kia Sedona to be the three worst cars in the market.  

Lexus, Kia, and Land Rover contest this listing, while Chrysler simply states, 
"Hell, at least we're at the top of someone's list!"

3)  ... Donald Trump was blasted by a Latino crowd after a political rally in Dallas, Texas this week.  The disagreement was voiced over his statements concerning the "sending back to Mexico" the illegal aliens, and how drugs, crime, and rapists were much of what was coming into the states.

Let's be real, the Latino vote is a Democratic one, for the most part.  
Obama thrived on it during the last election, and Hillary plans on doing 
the same in the next one.  (She'd email you about it but seems to have 
trouble emailing anything these days.)  Personally, I see the Latinos as
 a hard working group that isn't afraid to get their hands dirty for their pay.  
There are several other groups already in the United States that should take
 lessons from them instead of hanging out at the Post Office awaiting 
government checks every month.

Besides, what American city couldn't use another quality restaurant?

Got any hot sauce?

4)  ... El Nino's possibly going to lead to more snakebites.  Seems that the heat it will bring the serpents closer to humans in search of their prey (rats, mice, etc.).  Thus, more people will get bit.  Some accidentally and some through foolishness.  

Seems like the weather is bringing more than raindrops on the head 
and showers bringing flowers that bloom in May, doesn't it?

5)  ... "Dancing With The Stars" began its 21st season on television Monday Night.


6) ... a Texas teenager that brought a bomb to school ... or so the school officials thought.  Actually, turns out the officials bombed big time as it was only a clock that he had put together.  The police also bombed as they put the 14-year-old in handcuffs and took him to jail.

There are times fear leads people to do things they later regret.  Obviously, it was better for the officials to end up eating crow in the name of safety first, rather than to try validating why hundreds of children were blown up by a bomb.  (And, just this week, an ISIS violence  influenced 15-year-old Danish girl was sentenced as her and her male Iraqi friend, Mohammed Bakhtiar Abdullah, stabbed her mother over 20 times!) 

Still, Obama wants to make it up to this kid and offer him a visit to the White House.  

Sure, let's reward stupidity!

What am I saying?  Let's look even further into this matter.  

Terrorism is everywhere and people are afraid.  We are at war with a Muslim force that wouldn't hesitate one second to send a suicide bomber into a school.  So, if you were a Muslim, wouldn't common sense tell you not to parade around with a "Make Your Own Clock" kit that resembled a bomb?  

That's right, common sense isn't common!

And, now this stupid kid (who should have finished all these "make your own" kits by age 9 or 10) is being rewarded for his inability to exhibit common sense, as many, who also lack the common sense to calculate human reactions, think he was mistreated.  Hell, he's lucky someone didn't shoot his ass thinking he really was a terrorist!  

Someone sit the offended public and the kid down, 
explain the values of common sense and thinking 
about what you're doing before you do it, 
and buy the kid a wristwatch!
(Talk about some Mickey Mouse B.S.     Geeeeesh!)

7)  ... Twinkle, Twinkle, little star, shooting near and farting far ...  

 WHAT???   Yes, shooting stars may not be what you think they are.  NASA scientists have stated that when the astronauts aboard the space station orbiting the Earth take a dump, it's got to go somewhere.  Out the chute with the poop and into space it does fly. If it happens to enter Earth's atmosphere then it's a quick "Flame On, Flame Out" as it burns up.

So, for all you romantic lovers stargazing, remember, wishing upon a star from afar may keep you from feeling the poo from the crew.  Just put the top up in the convertible (or close the moonroof) and you'll be fine... except for maybe taco and burrito night!  

Makes you wonder what urine turns into, doesn't it?

"Did someone say something about 
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head a little earlier?"

8) ...  the typical American family's income dropped to $53,657 last year.  (I might add that bankruptcies continue to rise as more and more credit card companies find that people cannot pay the 29.99% rate they conveniently charge when family funds are at their lowest.)  This was the fifth year in a row that income levels either dropped or were stagnant.  

This is sure to bring a big laugh at the upcoming Republican and Democrat
 $10,000 a plate campaign dinners.  After all, getting rid of the middle class 
seems to be working quite well for all of them!

9)  ... Carly Fiorina, candidate for president on the Republican ticket, seemed to win a debate among other candidates this week aired on CNN.  (I missed it ... intentionally,  I might add.)

I say let's end all the bull right now, put Hillary and Carly in bikinis and 
have them fight for the presidency in a swimming pool of either Jello or mud. 
 We could do the same thing with Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, but that 
might scare viewers away even faster than Hillary in a bikini!
Actually, I take that back.  Hillary would be scarier!

(Okay, I'm expecting the chauvinistic statements 
on that one so don't hold back!)

10) ... a Florida woman who was arrested this week after attempting to stab a deputy with a sword!  Later, police found several rooms filled with over 3,500 bladed weapons.  This is one time that decorating abilities weren't as sharp as the accessories within!

All we've heard for years is gun control, gun control, gun control.  Here's a 
lady that obviously didn't trust the government from not taking away her guns. 
 So, instead, she has enough knives, swords, spears, machetes, and 
other stabbing weapons to take care of two zombie apocalypses!  

Like I've said for years, it's not the gun that kills, 
it's the person that pulls the trigger,
or, in this case, stabs the hardest!  

Get the point?

11)  ... 15 Presidential candidates, past and present, have admitted to trying marijuana at least once in their lives. These admissions seem to be the thing to do these days as taxes from pot sales in Colorado actually surpassed alcohol taxes this year.

   What I want to know is who still does it, 
where they get their weed from, 
and if any of them have ever had an acid trip flashback!   

That's the one I'm voting for!

I can see it now ... 

"Hey Dude, there's a lot of names and buttons on this machine. 
 I just want to vote for the doper.  
Close the curtain and I'll light one up!   
Wow, dude......"

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Well, that's going to do it for another edition.
Hope you found something above to smile about.
I should've stopped at 10, but I forgot ... wow, man!

My smiles have been deleted this week by some
unprofessional events I've endured, but won't go 
into detail over. Hopefully, your comments will
assist in bringing them back.

Till Next Time ...



  1. Your prediction that Amanda will be on DWTS made me laugh. I never gave it a thought until you mentioned it, but you're right!

    The lack of trashcans is getting on my nerves. Our janitor at school/church took away all of the outside trash cans because people kept putting a bunch of their household trash in them. Seriously, a few doofuses' actions mean I have no place to put the trash from the kids' after-school snack when we stop to play at the playground.

    1. Hey, Christine. Thanks for stopping in again!

      The DWTS connection is always on the lookout for someone to stir up the pot a little. I figure Amanda might as well join the mix. lol

      The trash can disappearances are going too far. Pretty soon, more and more people will simply start tossing it on the street again. Of course, then the cities and everyone will jump on the bandwagon and put out more trash cans. Funny how these things usually go in cycles. :)

      Sincerely appreciate your comments! Many thanks!

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    1. Hey,Val. Good to see you again! Thanks for stopping in!

  3. Oh the first part had me laughing and i throughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed right up to wendy's. I however vehemently disagree with number six.

    That being said I have missed reading your Ten Things of Thankful I have not been that great at reading them let alone doing them and getting them out.

    1. Thanks for coming round again! Always good to see you here.

      I knew number six would hit some the way it hit you. Sorry, but this is one place we can agree to disagree. In times of war, people must be aware of how other people view them ... right or wrong. In WWII, American Japanese were put into concentration camps within the continental boundary simply for looking Japanese. Racial profiling? Very much so! If all was well in the world and we didn't have to worry about terrorism then I'd say this was all wrong. However, this is not the case. We are fighting an enemy that uses every dastardly manner to achieve their goals. So, are people afraid? Yes, they are.

      I once had a situation take place and asked a chief of police if I should carry a gun. He said, "Yes. If you have one, you'll at least be around to face the consequences. If you don't, you may not be around at all."

      That is the same philosophy used by the teachers. If it looks like a bomb, you don't go to make sure. You may end up mush on the ceiling, if there's a ceiling left. You report it, let the authorities do their thing, and then you can apologize if necessary.

      Is it right for a black to know walking in certain sections of a redneck Southern town at night could land them in jail or worse? Is it right for a white to know that driving in certain areas of a city at night could put them in the target for police officers looking for drug buyers or prostitution seekers? No is the answer in both situations. If you think about the results, you might not get yourself into trouble. That's common sense.

      So, the teenager has to be aware of how people see him, be it right or wrong. and not put himself into a situation he doesn't want to be in. Again, it may not be right in a perfect world, but right now, the world it far from perfect.

      But remember, it's only my opinion. :)

      I'm really glad you stopped in. Please don't ever hesitate to comment whether it's something with which you agree or disagree. I love getting the feedback! Many Thanks!

  4. I mentioned El Nino made my list, too, but I didn't mention snakes. So much for "raining cats and dogs!"

    1. Kristi, so very good to see you!

      I'll definitely check out your list later today or tomorrow. Am at work right now and barely have time to comment. Oh, and remember what they say about "Great Minds". :)

      Many Thanks!

  5. #7 is very in, it's not disturbing that you wrote it, it is disturbing that that happens...ewwww!!! Also, I agree...I don't know why they call it common sense because it isn't very common. I live in the Boston area and there was a 2 year old found on a beach in June and no one knew who she was (Baby was actually on national news). There was a media blitz on tv, social media, billboards...everywhere. Well, they identified her yesterday (RIP Bella) and the neighbors of the child who hasn't been around for 3 months DIDN'T SAY A WORD!!!! the news...picture everywhere...little girl neighbor missing at same time. Common sense is not common.

    1. Kim! Thanks so much for stopping in!

      #7 bothered me, too. I keep thinking about grilling out and what could be landing on the chops! "Yum, Yum for the Tum, Tum!!"

      I heard about the child and was shocked about it. People take no accountability for their actions anymore. It's like, "If I don't say anything then I don't have to worry about someone asking be questions." Almost makes you wonder if they might not have been hiding something, doesn't it?

      The dumbing down of America is indeed going strong and common sense is quickly losing ground to stupidity and "Huffpost" mentality. I would like to believe things will change soon, but as the government is now setting what the children will study in school, I think we're in for even more trouble in the future.

      Stop by anytime! You're always welcome. Many thanks!

  6. I just have to say thank you for first making me laugh, second making me shake my head and thirdly for giving me a headache ok I could do without the headache but can't have everything the way I want it

    1. Hey, Jo-Anne, thanks for dropping by!

      Sorry about the headache! Don't know what section did that to you (hope it wasn't the raindrops on the head), but I do go to the extremes at times with the edginess. If I didn't, I'd be sounding like everyone else! :) Then, why would anyone read my stuff?

      I tend to look at things the way they are instead of the way we wish they'd be. In doing so, I hope to shock people into seeing that all is not well, nor politically correct in our world no matter how hard they wish it to be. And, if I can do so by providing a few smiles and laughs along the way, then I feel good about it.

      I do really appreciate you taking the time to read and enjoy. It means a lot. Many Thanks!

  7. I never could understand the appeal of shows like "Naked and Afraid", but if there is a Bad Ink marathon on, I'm hooked for the day.

    1. Vanessa, good to see you here!

      As much as I hate to admit it, I have watched a season or two of Naked and Afraid. The survival part is pretty standard regardless of the characters, but the study in psychological strength varies with the players and will at times surprise you. Unfortunately, I've never heard of Bad Ink. I will make it a point to check it out now for sure.

      Again, thanks for commenting and stopping in. Greatly appreciated!

  8. So perhaps that boy should have thought things through a little better, but he probably won't make the same move twice.
    So much fear, warranted or not, but that's not that boy's problem. If he is intelligent and inventive, and could be on the way to doing great things with his life, so what if the president wants to invite him to come to the White House? Why should that bother you? The president is being encouraging and we are trying to strive for a better and more patient and positive world, at least some of us.
    I understand and appreciate your goal to sound edgy with your writing, but just my thought on the matter.

    1. Kerry, thanks so much for commenting!

      Let me attempt to answer your question.

      Why did the school get blasted for following the guidelines set to protect all children? What if it had been a bomb and had exploded, killing say 100 kids. Wouldn't the public be screaming about how the school could ever let anything that even resembled a bomb on their premises?

      Why didn't the parents of the child suggest that he clear bringing the project with his teacher first?

      Why would a teenager, not consider what his actions might instigate? A teenager is no virgin racial profiling in today's world. Could he have thought it cool to make this look like a bomb? Could this be a way to gain his 15 minutes of fame? Stranger things have taken place.

      Or, is he simply totally naive, and had no idea that people would look at it and say, "Walks like a duck, works like a duck, it must be a duck!"

      Building a clock is no grandiose feat. Most of those kits are for kids much younger. When I worked at Radio Shack in college, I sold many to preteens.

      All in all, there's just something not right about this whole situation to me. It really seems like a set up by the press, or a political set up to stir up the pot and give the candidates (and President) something to debate and use to their benefits. We all know that politicians, regardless of their rank or party, are not above this.

      I was hoping that someone would mention this before I had to, but alas, none have.

      As far as creating a more patient and positive world, I'm all for it. But, only if we address the real problems.

      The truth lies in the fact that politicians and big business will use anything they can to distract us from things that really matter by keeping us occupied with the little things.

      1) ISIS is making billions of dollars from the sale of illegal oil and gas prices have dropped dramatically. Oil companies are getting a kickback somewhere.
      2) Homeless are evicted from cities, the middle class is being eliminated, our higher paying working class jobs have traveled overseas. $10,000 a plate campaign dinners are being held continuously, yet, people are starving just blocks away.
      3) Clinton, Bush, and Obama were all great presidents, and yet, the same old problems are still the same as they've been for years, except for the national debt.
      4) NSA is building the largest security complex ever designed in Utah, emails and social media postings are scrutinized, and our personal freedoms are greatly being restricted.
      5) Executions are becoming more barbaric, more suicide bombings are taking place, and we are killing our planet with prehistoric conservation laws.

      And, we concern ourselves with an African lion being shot, blaming a flag for the act of a racist bastard, and a kid that didn't have the sense to understand that if you make something that looks like a bomb, others may see it as exactly that.

      So, he goes to the White House and hits the news with his visit. Next week, a teacher in another city has another student that brings in a clock that looks like a bomb.

      They think, "I don't want to have to go through what those other teachers did for reporting it. It's probably not a bomb anyway."

      And two hundred kids lie dead.

      I think that is why it bothers me.

      It sets a dangerous precedent.

      Sorry for the rant. Please do not take this as a personal attack. It is honestly not meant to be that at all.

      I really do appreciate you expressing your feelings. As I said in a comment earlier, I love the feedback and the comments and don't want to run anyone off. I respect your opinion.

      I used to think that if I could take a person's mind off of their problems for just a few seconds every day by making them laugh, that I could make the world a better and more positive place.

      I still live by that thought. With age comes patience. But, also comes the understanding that some things never change if truth is hidden.

      Seriously, please come back again!

      Many Thanks!

  9. Your renditions of thankfuls always make me grin. :) Just wanted to stop by and say hi!
    For some reason I totally just thought of you being asked to be an contestant on Dancing with the Stars. I dare you to dream about THAT tonight. HAHAHA

    1. Hey CC, sorry I'm late. End of month business was crazy this month. Really glad you stopped in!

      I could never handle being a contestant on DWTS. Holding a gorgeous young woman in my arms would simply be too much for my ticker to handle. Besides, the thought of Bruno stripping me down with his eyes every week is the last thing I could take. lol

      Many Thanks!

  10. Great to hear that your mind is as sharp as ever, Richard. I might not agree with all of your proclamations, but they are always interesting and provocative. Best wishes from the UK, (where we have more than our fair share of TV dross).

    1. Hey, Gary! Been meaning to get to your blog and comment. Actually read it the other day, but I hate trying to comment using an I-Phone.

      I've never thought of myself as the "ultimate answer" type of blogger, simply one that wants people to start thinking. By providing alternative options to what's been sensationalized, I hopefully stir enough emotions to get the old brain moving in a different direction and out of the "herd" patterns so many don't even realize they're following.

      Stay well, my friend. Many Thanks!

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