Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Demon Cat, Donald Trump, Erin Andrews and TTOT!

For those of you that have followed me for years, you'll remember I once did a series of horror/comedy posts following the lives of "Gabriela: The Demon Cat."

They were a break from the humor posts I was writing at the time. (*You can still find many of these either on, or in my other pages here entitled "Previously Published on Hubpages.")  The scrutiny I incurred on Hubpages with these posts, and the restrictions there against creative writers versus encyclopedia copiers, led to my decision to never again publish any of my material there.

However, I miss the ability to make a person smile in one moment, and shirk back in horror the next.  I've considered going back and completely rewriting the "Gabriella" series, expanding each storyline and providing descriptions that Hubpages limited me from doing, and putting it out in book form.

Gabriela loves the idea!  In fact, she's gotten fatter, more loving, and much wiser over the years she's spent with me.  Her once thin and muscular body has grown into a smaller version of my wife ... hourglass figure that allowed the sands of time to gather around the bottom.  Her wit has sharpened, as have her claws.  Combining the two, she has become very dangerous with which to argue.

Why, just the other day, her and I were talking ...

"When you gonna write another story about me?"

"When are you going to give me something worthy to write about?"

"What do you mean?  I gave you the complete stories before.  
Don't you think you could use that head of yours 
for something besides eating?"

"From the looks of your waistline, you've been doing more 
of your share of that than I!"

"Keep that crap up and I'll remind you who has the claws in this family.  
You'll wake up one morning and see me down at your crotch 
asking you if you're gonna enjoy being a eunuch!"

"Who brought out the bitch in you today?"

"I just think it's time you wrote another story about me.  My fan mail 
has slowed down, the samples of kitty snacks have almost stopped 
coming in, and all I see you doing is writing bullshit articles about 
politicians and the end of the good times in America.  You're like 
The Big Bang Theory without the "Big" or the "Bang"
 ... and that's my theory!"

"Babe, it just seems like horror stories are a dime a dozen these days.  
It's all been done before.  You may have been the original, but there's
 been twenty-five thousand pass that way since."

"I can do porn."

"Absolutely not!"

"Make it a love story?"

"Bestiality is not my thing."

"Not that, how about a "Lady and the Tramp" type story only with cats?"

"Why not just do another James Bond story and title it the name of 

the Bond Girl in Goldfinger ... "Pussy(cat) Galore?  With the size 

of your tummy, it would fit perfectly!"

"Your pillow is about to become my litter box ... again!"

"Let me think about things and we'll see.  
In fact, I may ask my readers in my next post what they think."

And that is just what I'm doing now.  

If you'd like to see another Gabriela story, please state so in the comments below.  It will please her, and probably keep my pillow from being used as a litter box ... again!  

Oh, and just in case you've never read one of her stories, look at the top of the page and you'll see the tabs for parts one and two of her series.  Give one a shot (remembering they were edited and shortened for Hubpages) and then make your mind up.  You just may find yourself enjoying them!

And, without further ado, let's go on to this week's 


This Week I'm Thankful For ...

1)  ... our favorite politician wannabe, Donald Trump.  
Well, this week Donald made statement of what he wanted in a running mate for his Vice President.  

"I want someone who could help me with government. So, most likely that would be a political person."

Damn, isn't that what we need for president?

In addition, former Mexican President Vincente Fox as stated that "... he was not going to pay for the f**kin' wall" Trump wants to build along the U.S. / Mexico border.  Of course, Trump took offense to that and demanded an apology.  

It's not clear what the ex president's reply actually was, but it's imagined to have began with an "F", also.

2) ... Republican Party stupidity.  Okay, here's how the story goes ...
A Supreme Court judge dies.  The Republicans say they won't act on any candidate for the job, wanting to ensure one of their own get selected after Obama leaves office.  Obama, holding a strong hand, decides to nominate a Republican Governor, Brian Sandoval, for the job just to call their bluff.  The Republicans, whose stand means more than the idea of getting one of their own on the court, get with Sandoval and he rejects the nomination.  So, even though they were going to achieve their long term goal, they couldn't get over the fact that they had made a statement that was going to make them all look stupid.  

Obama is laughing his ass off right now.

When the Republicans figure out what they did, they'll be crying.

And, these, my friends, are the people you elected to handle your affairs.

I think we should all be crying.

3)  ... Academy Awards Protests.  The Rev. Al Sharpton, called a "civilrights activist" by some and a "race card player and spotlight chaser" by others, will lead protests in Hollywood preceding the Academy Awards.  

The co-sponsor of this protest is MSNBC.  The protests will concern the lack of black actors nominated for awards this year.

Wait a minute, what's going on here.  Since when did affirmative action come to Hollywood?  I've nothing against members of any race being nominated, but let's be real, these awards are not to be given to just anyone because they're of a certain race.  Hell, if that's the case, why not make one award for Blacks, one for Native Americans, one for immigrants of European descent, one for Hispanics, one for Eskimos, and if there's anything left over, give the scraps to a white.  

The 1970's were filled with employers having to fill positions with unqualified employees simply to meet the demands of government percentages.  This did nothing but confirm racist feelings that some races could handle the jobs and others couldn't.  It didn't matter that some groups had been provided training for the positions and others hadn't.  Employers felt forced to hire the unqualified because of the demands of government.  

The animosity it created widened the race gap instead of erasing it.  

When we marched for equality in the 1960's and early '70's, it was to provide equal opportunity in life to all.  This didn't mean you automatically got anything because you were one color or the other.  It meant you did the work and excelled at what you did because you put in the time and effort to do so.

Even the Hollywood branch of the NAACP is against these protests.  They, instead, want to work with the academy to ensure all are given an equal chance that is based on their performances, not color.

Al Sharpton is not a favorite person of mine.  He tends to magnify and instigate in order to promote himself, and then leaves everyone else holding the bag.  MSNBC is in it strictly for the ratings, there is no doubt.  Perhaps they should rename themselves the "Al Sharpton News Network" and be done with it.

I am.

4)  ... Halliburton to cut 5,000 jobs.  Blaming crude oil prices, Dick Cheney's retirement funder, Halliburton, will be cutting about 8% of its workforce.

Okay, let's be real.  Americans losing jobs is not good.  However, 
Halliburton has a history of doing things that make its shareholders 
millions and screwing everyone else.

Remember, Halliburton was Dick Cheney's baby before he left(?) 
to become Bush's Vice President.  

Remember, Halliburton was the company that had a non-compete 
contract with the government to be the only supply source corporation
 for the servicemen and women during the war in the Middle East.  

Remember, Halliburton cost the American taxpayers billions of dollars 
as they took over jobs held by servicemen, who were experts at them,
 and triple charged for the replacements.  This included radiomen, 
cooks, supply specialists, and other ratings.  In addition, Halliburton 
was known for sending $70,000 Escalades to the auto graveyard and
 buying new ones instead of simply repairing the others for simple 
problems such as belts, hoses, and minor engine repairs.  And,
they even overcharged our servicemen there. (i.e. 6-pack of 
Coca Cola for $6.00).

"Halliburton, raping the taxpayers of America one way or another."

I'd like to see the whole damn company go under.

5) ... the Most Interesting Man In The World has legal problems.  The talent agency for the well known beer spokesman are suing him for over $2 million that they say he still owes them for his 2014-2016 earnings.  Jonathan Goldsmith, the Dos Equis character, has filed a countersuit, claiming his manager opened his mouth and ruined his contract.  

So, we have another boring court battle.  That should just about do it for the "Most Interesting Man In The World" commercials.  

I'm awaiting the 
"Most Interesting Woman In The World" series, 
which could be a whole lot juicier!

6)  ... McDonald's makes customers mad.  The promotional "2 for $2" menu has ended at McDonalds.  Now, they've taken a lesson from Arby's and have raised the stakes.  It's now "2 for $5" menu time!  This means customers will have to fork over $3 more at every visit.  

Okay, so, who in their right mind worries about McDonalds?  You know the food's not good for you.  If you eat there more than once a month, you're an addict that needs rehab.  So, why worry about it?

Why?  Because first McDonald's had their "Dollar" menu, then they changed it to their "Dollar and More" menu, then to the promotions mentioned above.  There's no consistency in their pricing and act like they can do whatever they want whenever they want.

Solution:  Don't eat at McDonalds.  
Sooner or later, they'll get the hint.  
Or, didn't you ever see "Supersize Me?"

7)  ... Virginia votes to keep police officers names secret.  Senate Bill 552 classifies the names of police officers as personal information.  It's goal is to protect police officers and their families from the criminal element when the officers are off duty.

This is a smart move by the Senate, but has already drawn the wrath and 
fury of the American Civil Liberties Union.  They feel as though keeping 
the officer's name secret is just another step closer 
to becoming a police state.

They may be right.  I'm wishy washy on this topic.  I've been a badge 
wearer when in the military and recognize what life and death 
situations can take place.  Yet, I've been a victim of bad police 
practices back in the early '70's, and feel like you must have 
some way of controlling the bad police officers that get 
through the system and make it to the streets.

Police have one of the toughest jobs in the world.  Split second 
decisions, violence when you least expect it, and public 
criticism on every phone video.  No career choice has such 
pressure, such a history of substance abuse, 
and such a background of suicides.  

Criminals in the United States have forced the hands of law 
enforcement.  A consistent lack of respect demonstrated by 
today's youth coupled with today's lack of value of human life, 
make enforcing the law tougher than ever before.  

So, with all of this under consideration, should the names 
of police officers be kept secret?

Let's look at one example.  You're a police officer confronting a 
known violent offender.  He puts down his gun, all the time stating 
that he knows your name and will have his "boys" take care of your
 family because you're arresting him.  He has a history of vengeance 
on the street and you know your family will be in danger.  No one 
else is around.  Do you shoot him dead and keep your family safe 
or do you arrest him and put your family in jeopardy?

If he didn't know your name, your family would be safe and 
there'd be no question, would there?

See what I mean?

8) ... Erin Andrews sues Nashville Marriott for $75 Million.  Erin says she suffered severe emotional stress and strain and has to find her smile again.  So, she's suing the Nashville Marriott because one of their employees told a photographer (who just happened to take a nude photo of her through her peephole and post it on the Internet when he couldn't find any buyers for the photo) in which room she was staying several years ago.

Folks, $75 Million for a nude photo is $74 Million more than Penthouse
 Magazine offered Jessica Hahn and dozens of others over the years.  
I have no doubt she suffered a severe degree of stress over it, 
but not $75 Million dollars worth.

Erin is playing the game and hoping to come out a winner.  She switched
 from ESPN to FOX Sports for a higher salary, became part of the 
announcing team on Dancing With The Stars, got the photographer 
put in jail for a couple of years, and now wants more cash ... 
all since the photo hit the web!

Oh, well, I guess she sees that her supposed beauty is dwindling 
at age 37 and needs to cash in on it while she can.

I just need to make a room reservation in Nashville and find a willing 
photographer to go to jail for a couple of years.  When he gets out, 
we'd split the $75 Million and both live like kings
 the rest of our lives.  

Thanks for the idea, Erin!

I just found my smile, too!

9) ... the St Louis Archdiocese has urged Catholics not to support the Girl Scouts.  Supposedly, the Girl Scouts are now associated with homosexuality, abortion, support of contraceptives, and transgenders.  So, the St. Louis archdiocese has urged its members to avoid any type of support ... including the purchase of Girl Scout Cookies.

Okay, before you think I'm going after Catholics two weeks in a row, 
let me clear the air.  I am not doing that at all.  In fact, I'm going to 
side with the archdiocese this time.

Oh, I understand homosexuality, abortion and support of contraceptives. 
 I have no fear of any of those ideas or concepts.

However, I will admit a fault in my being as far as accepting 
the idea of a transgender.

I apologize for that to any transgender.

Perhaps it is my upbringing ... my environmental conditioning ... 
my conditioned response that has been challenged over the years 
to accept this somewhat extreme state of being.  No matter how much 
I know people are different and I should accept them for what they are, 
I admit, transgender behavior tends to be very difficult for me to grasp.

Obviously, the archdiocese feels the same.

The idea of a transgender Girl Scout scares the hell out of me.  
I envision this 6'8", 300 pound, unshaven ex football player coming 
to my door wearing a Girl Scout outfit and asking how many 
boxes of cookies I want to order ... 100 or 200.

I might feel somewhat threatened.  I might wonder, 
"Has anyone ever purchased $9000 worth of Girl Scout Cookies before?"

And, I don't even like chocolate mints.

10) ... over 50,000 child safety seats recalled.  Makers of the Evenflo Transitions 3-In-1 Combination Booster Seat have announced a major recall as it has been found that children can loosen up the harness holding them in if they are used in the forward facing mode.  A simple remedy kit has been offered by the company to avoid this from occurring.

However, the wearing of child sized 
strait jackets has been questioned
 by some parents.

And, that's it for this week's 
Ten Things Of Thankful!!!

Hope you enjoyed!



  1. On our drive between school and our house, there are 2 McDonald's. The number of people who line up to buy that crap is mind-boggling. The line for the drive-thru is almost always out to the street. What is so good at McDonalds that people will leave home 20 minutes earlier than they have to in order to get it?
    I am all for keeping policemen's names secret. My dad was a policeman, and our name was never in the phone book for the very reason you stated. I remember having exit strategies, in case someone my dad arrested came after us. Now, with the internet, the fear of such a thing is even worse. Law enforcement keeps getting more and more difficult. Scarier and scarier.

    1. Hey, Christine, really good to see you this week.

      I honestly can't find the good at McDonald's. About the only thing I can stomach is their breakfast burritos, and that's only with heavy hot sauce added. The last hamburgers I got there were lousy. I did try their cheap chicken sandwich one night last month when they were 2 for $2. Heavy mayo and wilted lettuce helped to cover up the taste of the processed chicken patty ... than goodness!

      I'm with you on the policemen's names, even though I do worry about us becoming more of a police state everyday. Then, I sit back and ask why it's happening. With all the violence and "I don't care about anyone but myself" attitudes, the understanding is pretty clear. I was single when I wore the badge, but still was somewhat paranoid (realistic?) about watching my back even when I wasn't in uniform. I'm happy I didn't have to put my family through the same.

      Love your comments! Many Thanks!

  2. I wouldn't ever be in law enforcement: the conflict-averse side of me wouldn't have it. But I have often wondered in awe how difficult that job must be and for not very much pay. To have a lot of power like that, too, is a scary thought in the wrong hands. And yes, I think they all should keep names secret and/or have code names or something.
    Onto the other stuff: the greed in folks these days is staggering. I hadn't heard of Erin's lawsuit, but jeez! Then, the lawsuit for the Dos Equis guy? Sheesh! And the Escalades going to the auto grave? Yikes!
    I hope we figure ourselves out soon or this planet is going to annihilate us...
    I'm Miss Optimistic over here, aren't I? lol

    1. Hey, Cindy, glad you could make it here! (I'm turning red with embarrassment as I still have your email about your last post in my unopened list. Just no damn time these days to turn around.)

      I saw the power of the badge go to several individuals heads. It made the small guy feel tough and important. I never used mine that way. I've always been of the belief you catch more flies with sugar. There are those you deal with that you have to get a little tough with as they see it as a battle to prove they're superior and resist your requests. That's a part of it I never cared for and why I never carried it beyond the military.

      Greed is way out of control in our nations of sue crazy people. I don't see an end to it as it seems to be the only opportunity the little man has to acquire a sizable amount of money anymore. Sad that opportunity has to be based on such a sick evil.

      Optimism? What's that? lol Seriously, that's something I have to deal with constantly while writing this stuff. Sometimes I just sit back and shake my head over the negative and extreme world in which we reside. I wonder if we wouldn't be better off living in the wild away from all of society's influences. Then, I remember that I don't have to worry about getting a rash from grabbing a leaf from the wrong type of bush after defecating and thank society for Charmin. :)

      Good to see you again! Many Thanks!

  3. PS - Glad Gabriella is alive and well. She's always been rather devious, hasn't she? Hehe

    1. Gabriela has been my demon cat for years. She's learned that being spoiled and loving attention is much better than ordering us around all the time. Still, she has her moments. lol

  4. Without the Big or the Bang and that's my theory! Oh, my gosh. I will be laughing about that all day!
    As for the presidential race I am far too frightened to laugh about that right now.

    1. Hey, May, good to see you!

      You never know what words of wisdom may pass through the lips of my Demon Cat, Gabriela. She's quite a handful, especially since she's gained so much weight. I tried to take a recent picture of her, but had to stand so far back to get her all in the frame that she looked like an open can of black shoe polish! You ought to read a few of the Demon Cat stories when you get a chance. They're all fairly short and you can enjoy her wit all the more.

      Presidential race? It's more like a slaughterhouse I'm afraid. The glue factory is using up the all the good steeds and leaving only the sway backs to take office. I'll probably vote for the Green Party Candidate again, just like I did last election. They're probably the only ones that really believe in what they're telling the American public.

      Appreciate you stopping in! Many Thanks!

  5. Im all in on this week... anonimity is a big one with me... trump/ argh... yes a demonic kitty story would be quite welcome...I am in awe of those who can write any fiction... and Im sure the demon cat would say it is fiction...right?

    1. Hello, my wonderful friend, Ivy. If the world was filled with people with hearts like yours, I'd have nothing to write about! :)

      If you get a chance, please stop in and read my Demon Cat series. I think you'll really like it as I try to mix in humor with the horror. Most are more like the old Twilight Zone episodes and are very short. Let me know what you think of them.

      You take care of yourself and keep smiling! Many Thanks!

  6. Oh my what to say, this made me smile and giggle a bit and generally feel good so for that I thank you.

    1. Jo Anne, really good to see you here!

      If it did as you say, it did as intended. I appreciate it greatly! Oh, and so does Gabriela. Many thanks!

  7. I remember Gabriela's shenanigans from days of old! Let's have another! Perhaps she could find her way to a Marriott hotel and emasculate a presidential candidate whilst being caught on camera by one of those criminal youths!

    The presidential elections seem farcical, they really do, and it's disappointing because it seems to be bringing out the worst in Americans, and the worst in publicity for the states, which is never a good thing.

    I think your visions of transgender could do with some updating, but I admit it's a hazy area altogether, though I think if I were born in the wrong sex of body, I'd appreciate the chance to be included in activities which were meant for whichever gender I felt I was. I wouldn't be surprised if, in the end 'girl' and 'boy' organisations were phased out, and the powers that be just realised that kids CAN, in fact, be friends, whatever their gender identity.

    1. Hey, Sis, nice to see you again!

      Gabriela has other plans, right now. She hates all politicians, as to I, and doesn't want to waste her claw efforts on them. Besides, sooner or later they all become eunuchs on their own! lol

      The transgender topic is difficult for me to write about. This is the first time I've ever tackled it. I don't disagree with anything you've said, and know that it is the correct way to feel. Yet, something deep inside of me fights accepting it as an alternative lifestyle. I've nothing against them, but like I tried so hard to say, it must be deep within because of past teachings that hold on, even though I know they are against the tolerance I preach. It is a true inner conflict with which I deal. Hope you can understand.

      Many Thanks!

  8. Your elections tis year are a crazy freak show I'm afraid, but thanks for always letting me know all the interesting stories going on in the US.
    I know the idea of someone being born into the wrong body seems odd to you, to me, to most people who are honest about it, but just imagine what those people living it must be going through. It's always fear that is behind the misunderstanding and the unwillingness to even try, but we must keep trying or we are doomed to ignorance and hate.
    Hope you and your cat have a lovely week.

    1. Hey Kerry! Thanks for coming back!

      This is perhaps the "sickest" group of candidates that have ever run for office, not that many of the others have been much better in the past. I'd love to ignore it completely, but the material it provides can't be shunned.

      I completely understand what you're saying about transgenders. I've tried my whole life to be open and understanding of others unlike myself, and have succeeded for the most part. And, even though I recognize my feelings are wrong, they are deeply rooted within. There is no fear or hate, just an unanswered question of "how it can be?" and "God's plan". I don't condemn them, nor would I attack them, but I do have a hard time accepting them into my comfort zone. It may be the way I was brought up or the teachings I received. And, it is so much against the tolerance I preach that I feel guilty. Yet, the feelings still reside within.

      Oh, and along with myself, Gabriela wants you to have a great week, too! Many thanks!

  9. I firmly believe policemen and teachers should always have their names kept private and numbers unlisted.
    Is that Erin Andrews thing seriously still making news cycles? Wow.
    Trump and the Republicans? I can't even. It makes me ill.
    I would definitely love a Gabriela story or more as would my Three Rotten Cats. From what you have here, it sounds as though they would get along swimmingly.

    1. Lisa, thanks for dropping by!

      I hadn't thought about adding teachers to the "no name" list, but it's an exceptional idea! There's always an idiot that thinks a teacher has a vendetta against them. But, the way it is, a child can go to the teacher's house and shoot them without endangering others that would be present if the shooting took place at school! (I know, what a twisted way of looking at things. I've been hanging around Gabriela too long.)

      It's a slow news week, that's why Erin is news again. Otherwise, she'd be at the bottom of a page somewhere. lol

      Gabriela is getting a strong showing of affirmatives. I wonder how many actually read her other stories. They're a little more shocking that one would imagine.

      Good to see you! Many thanks!