Bluntness

I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Monday, June 26, 2017

A day like any other?

Well, today is Monday and it's my first day of work this week, but then I have tomorrow off, and then I get to work for another 3 days, and then another day off.  This is how life is in Retail.  It's worse if you're in management, I know.  They have some overnights coming up, all of them, for overhead bay maintenance - that's when you get on an Order Picker or Electric Ladder and lift yourself up into the overhead to see what's hiding up there.  I no longer have to do that, which makes me soooo happy.
The Supreme Court is to let loose with some rulings today, which should be interesting.
Oh, and the Health Care debate is going to be heating up.  In a sad sort of way I'm hoping that the GOP gets the votes and passes this hate festival.  You know that when the Koch brothers say it doesn't go far enough when it comes to dismantling medicaid millions upon millions of people are going to be hurt.  Maybe when Conservatives have to start spending their own hard earned dollars in order to keep Granny in the nursing home they will learn.  Of course, the Do Nothing Party will most likely keep doing what they don't do best and do nothing.
I did another 48 minutes of cardio this AM - interesting how, when you're speeding along and your heart beating about about 95% max, odd things seem to pop into your head... well, they pop into mine at least.  Like this morning I started thinking about religion and wondered what if Jesus was not whom everybody thinks he was, I mean in the Jewish faith he's a wise man, maybe a prophet, and I think the same thing holds true in the Muslim faith.  But what if he was actually more like the embodiment of Brahman?   Of course my endorphins were pinging in and out of my little gray cells like little rockets at the time, still this might be one of those imponderables.


Maybe it's a good thing I only do cardio every other day.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Numbering of Days

So, my Sunday morning workout at Planet Fitness went well.  Sunday mornings are fairly empty, especially at 6:30 AM.. even more so if you're there just for the weights.  I don't know why it is some people think Sunday mornings are a good day to sleep in... I never get to sleep in, dogs, you know.  Big dogs that jump around on the bed at 5 in the morning because their little bladders are full.
There's not a lot of news on Sunday morning either.  Mostly what's posted are the leftovers from Saturday.  Even the Idiot in the White House seems to think that Sunday morning is a good time to lay down his phone for at least a half hour or so.
Of course the Idiot's plan to repeal the ACA and replace it with Trumpcare is... for lack of a better word, failing.  At last count there were at least 5 Republican Senators who were going to vote nay, and even if they do manage to get something passed, then it's got to go back to the House for approval.  Or, as I understand it, they work in tandem, some sort of joint session.  Either way, this thing is going to tank just like everything else the GOP works on, in fact for them it seems as though failure is the only option.
Let's be honest here, if the Idiot weren't signing Executive Orders on a regular basis, this administration would be accomplishing far less than I do with my morning bowel movement.
Evidently one of my flooring associates had a death in the family, his sister-in-law died and he told somebody, nobody really knows just who, that he was going to be taking bereavement leave (3 days).  Of course nothing was put into the system and his first day he was listed as a 'no call, no show,' and when they called him to find out what was going on, he was... where ever... and explained the situation.  Without knowing he was going to be off, we were very short handed.  He was a kitchen designer with a problem until 2 weeks ago.  His problem was that he was designing kitchens that weren't selling, which is why he's now in Flooring.  He's not happy.  I think his days are numbered.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Chew on this

So, yesterday was my day off and, for the most part, it rained: showers and thunderstorms; which means a lot of what I had planned to to outside just did not get done.
I went to visit my Mom and while we were talking about my nephew and his girlfriend (they're having a baby) she said, "oh, but they're so young, but then I was young when I had David, and he turned out all right," at which point I said "Mom, I'm David," and she looked at me and said "oh."  My sister and I laughed about it later, at least I know she thinks I turned out all right.
And I had my teeth cleaned yesterday, unfortunately by Dr. Marinak, he's old, and fat, and retired, and die hard Republican who loves the Idiot in the White House.  Dr. Marinak is also an Idiot, and that' is only the 2nd time in the 12 years I've been going there that he's actually checked my teeth, usually it's Dr. Glossnar who's very good and, wisely enough, non-political.  To show you how much of an Idiot Dr. Marinak is, he asked "so, how much Home Depot stock do you have in your portfolio, it's doing really well?"  Responding that I didn't have any Home Depot stock in my 'portfolio' he burst out with "why not, I have it in mine."  See what I mean, Idiot.
And I also heard the news from Carrier yesterday, you know, the furnace and air conditioning company the Idiot bragged about?  Remember?  Keeping jobs in the USA?  Well, the layoffs there are starting on July 20.  That's right, Carrier is not keeping jobs and hiring for new jobs, they're laying off workers and sending jobs to Mexico where the minimum wage is $3.99 an hour. Boy, I'll bet you're glad that you don't work for Carrier, or Ford, or GM, since they all seem to be preparing to lay off workers.


Oh, and in case you didn't know, the Senate has released their Health Care plan.  They're cutting a lot, and (surprise, surprise) also giving a tax cut to the wealthy.  Oh, and it's not like they really believe in 'trickle down economics,' the tax cuts are more of a 'I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine' campaign funding issue.  You know?  If you give a rich guy a tax break the odds are quite high he's going to contribute quite a bit to your re-election campaign.  He wants to keep you in office, and in return, you're going to have to give him another tax break.  I'm sure Dr. Marinak is a very good example.  He's not satisfied with having Home Depot stock in his portfolio, he wants his taxes to be as Republican low as possible.  It is his money, you know.  He should be able to decide how his taxes are spent.  People should be able to use his tax dollars in order to get decent health care.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Outnumbering the Idiots

Here is an interesting article in Brookings regarding these past few elections.  I was pretty much aware that Democrats outnumber Republicans.  My take is that if more Democrats hadn't believed the polls that Hillary was going to win, and had gone out and voted, we wouldn't have the Idiot in the White House.  More racists and haters went out to vote for their Supreme Idiot while a lot of levelheaded, humans paid the price of an assumption.  Even if you think your candidate is a sure shot, go out and vote.  And if you're one of those fools who stayed home because you didn't like either candidate?  Well, look at what's sitting in the Oval Office.
On this side customer service Hell, about a month ago I sold 3 expense roller blinds to a contractor (think $990 plus tax).  While I was on vacation, he returned them, saying that I had ordered the wrong color.  I checked yesterday and... you guessed it, Bali shipped the correct color, a light gray.  Did this contractor re-order them in a darker gray?  That's what you would think he'd do, right?  I mean, we've had customers where the wrong color has been shipped, or the color doesn't work for them, and they always re-order... but not this contractor.  He took his credit.  Was the color off that much?  Most likely not.  What probably happened was that his client looked at the blinds and said "You spent almost $1000 on these!"
The Hoodie Guys were not at the gym this morning, so maybe they don't have a regular workout schedule.  You know, just show up every now and then hoping to, maybe impress people.  And the best App for the gym seems to be something called Gym Timer which costs either $6 or $8, and it's a recurring charge.  Oh, and you have to use PayPal.  I don't use PayPal.  I sent the designers an email telling them this, adding that I only use my Amex or my Visa for Internet purchases.  Their response was that "we're looking into adding other forms of payment."  Translation:  Not in the near future, which means I'm not going to buy it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Halfway through the Overture

Well, the 99 cent eliptical app works - I did 47 minutes this AM burning off 513 calories.  Wonderful.
Regarding yesterday's election - in retail we say that a win is a win, no matter how small - and Karen Handel won by 9702 votes, or about 3.7%.  Checking out a number of election maps this morning, I saw that those districts giving her the win are those which are dyed deep red, and always have been.  Except for one lone district towards the southeast, they are all located in the north and northwest corners, what I like to think of as hill country.
There were a number of problems with this run-off election, with perhaps the biggest being the amount of media pressure those voters were put under.  There is no better way to make voters dig in their heals then to pin them down with thumbscrews, oh, and spend $50 million dollars.  Those 2 things alone kept this election from being fair.  Anyone who thought that the Idiot's supporters, especially ones so steeped in scarlet, were suddenly going to throw their hands up in the air wailing "mea culpa, mea culpa," should have dosed themselves with a little common sense.  In spite of all of the smoke swirling around this administration, the Idiot's supporters are going to need to get a little toasted before they start to see the light of day.  They flames are going to need to be right at their toes before they realize that their house is on fire.  Don't worry, this will happen.


Until something goes wrong in a big way, his supporters are going to cling to their fantasy.  Even though most of us looking at this administration see corruption, they don't.  Way back when W was in the White House, we had 9/11 and his approval rating wen through the roof, it didn't take long, however, for it to start to fall.  The Idiot's approval rating is already low, believe me, it will drop.  Patience is a virtue.  Sit back and wait, we're not even halfway through the Overture.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hoodies and Brookings

So, I went to the gym early this morning.  I've been looking for an app for my Fenex 3 HR that will let me track my routine and so far... nada.  Sure, some of them try and come off as masterpieces of workout software, but mostly they're just timers: you press a button to start the set and then press the same button to stop the set.  You can get pretty much the same thing for your phone, but when I'm at the gym my phone is in my car.  I hate carrying shit around in my hands, let alone keying in data between each set of hammer curls.  What a pain in the ass.
The hoodie guys were there this AM.  There's usually a different group there everyday.  Today there were 4 of them with their hoodies up: 4 of them, all regulars, 3 looking fit and 1 whom I shall say was... irregular.  They stay together, taking turns on the equipment, not talking, just standing there in their hoodies.  There's one who occasionally pulls his hoodie back but doesn't look around when it does so, just stands there momentarily, as though he's giving you a few seconds to admire the view.
Brookings had an interesting article yesterday regarding the life span of middle aged whites in certain areas of the country.  They are not handling globalization well at all, the end result being they are dying off from alcoholism, drug addiction, obesity, and just terribly bad health.  What was particularly striking was that, even though this was not brought up, those counties and states where these issues are really bad supported the Idiot in the White House.  Not that I should have been too surprised when I looked at the maps and saw this was happening almost exclusively in Idiotland.  While some people may disagree with me, I say that this is an outstanding example of how evolution works.  Survival of the fittest, those least likely to adapt will die off.  They get old, they get fat, they lose their teeth, and blame someone else for their misfortune.  They applaud when the Idiot talks about an apprentice program without understanding the first step is up to them - they have no idea what initiative is, let alone using it as a springboard to a better life.  They like to point fingers.


Tomorrow I'm back at the cardio.  I did get a new app for that... 99 cents, which may be all it's worth.  I'll find out won't I?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bend over Buddy

So, here it is Monday, and after working for one day I have another day off, not that I wasn't at the store.  I had breakfast with my brother at Denny's, which is only about 500 yards from the store, so I dropped in to pick up some air filters for the furnace (Central Air), a red pot for one of my many Aloe  Plants, as well as a rose bush which has since been planted along side the house.
My brother is both a devout Christian and a Republican who voted for the Idiot in the White House.  There is a lot he doesn't understand.  Education is difficult.  I started off with a simple axiom, one every individual having an interest in politics needs to remember:

A popular  president can move the country's political needle towards either the Liberal Left or the Conservative Right.  An unpopular president will always move it in the opposite direction.

This is something politicians totally fail to grasp, especially Conservative Politicians.  Getting a president into the Oval Office through the Electoral College doesn't give a party Carte Blanche to begin forcing a Conservative Agenda on the Nation.  If they want to get a majority of the country behind their politics, they're agenda, they need to improve their Approval Rating.  You can not force a Centrist, or an Independent voter to become Conservative.  When the Democrats are in the White House  their language is geared towards a wide variety of groups, the Republicans always gear their language to a smaller, more narrow minded base.  Where the Democrats ask "what can we do for you?" Republicans say "Shut up, we're in charge."  At least that's the first thing they usually say.  The second command out of their mouths is "Bend over Buddy."  They are only concerned with making their base happy, and no one else.
Will people like my brother ever see things differently?  Most likely not, that would entail re-evaluating his belief system.  He would need to question his very concept of the truth. Ironically enough, my brother has 6 children, Noah's the only Conservative, Nick is non-political, Adam's a Libertarian, Natilie, Gordon, and Jessica, and their respective spouses, are all Liberals.  His family is a great example of my axiom.  This is life.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Trumps little world

For some odd reason I thought that today we were supposed to hit a high temp in the low to mid 80's and turned off the Central A/C before I went to the gym; that way I could leave the back door open and the dogs could run around in the back yard.  Wrong.  I got back around 7, checked my phone for messages and to sync with the Garmin Connect and saw that the temp was already up at 77 F and was aiming to hit 90.  The back door got shut real fast and the A/C turned back on real fast.
And if you think the fun and games at the White House have been screw of extraordinaire you might want to fasten your seat belts.  We may end up with a Cluster Fuck of Catastrophic proportions... for the GOP.  Everything seems to be hinging on whether the Idiot fires Rosenstein.  Either way the investigation is going to continue, canning the Deputy Attorney General will only exacerbate the situation in a most explosive way.  You see, the Idiot is a small minded man incapable of seeing the much, much larger picture.  In his world his hands are massive, in the real world, they're not.  In his world he thinks great thoughts, in the real world, his blustery verbosity fails to camouflage a total lack of comprehension.  In the Idiot's world gathering sycophants around a table and having them laud him with praises is laudable, in the real world?  Simply laughable.  He's going to try and fire everybody who doesn't kiss his ass because in his world that's his privilege.  This is why the Idiot doesn't know the difference between himself and a dictator, and why he believes dictators are strong leaders:  In his mind they are CEO's.  Which is why this whole Russia thing is going to cut off his nads.  In his little world he would have no problem with using another CEO to further his own ambitions, or another company.  I have no doubt that when he was told the Ruskies could help him win the presidency he said, "we ain't started yet?" because in his little mind there was nothing wrong with that which is also why everybody associated with his administration is now hiring lawyers.  In the end we're going to find out that just about everybody involved with his campaign new what was going on... except for Kelley Conway, most likely because no one felt they needed to tell the bimbo in the room what was really going on.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Foolhardiness

So, this is the last day, the 5th day of my 5 days off, a mini-vacation so to speak.  In August I will have 9 days off... in a row.
Yesterday, while I was doing my 30 minutes on the Eliptical, I spent some time thinking about Otto Warmbier.  I feel really bad for that young man.  I feel terrible for his parents, knowing that this is all they have left of their son.  And this whole thing is the result of foolhardiness and bad decisions.  Back when he was first arrested by North Korea I thought he'd been part of a school trip - that was actually not the case, he was traveling alone in Northern China.  While there, he saw an advertisement by a company called "Young Pioneer Tours" for the trip your parents don't want you to take.  He signed up for the tour which was a terrible mistake, a really, really bad decision on his part.  Now I don't know about you, but everything I know about North Korea shrieks loudly, "stay away."  I can't think of one, singly good reason why anyone in their right mind would want to go there.  While in Pyongyang, Otto was arrested.  The North Koreans claim he committed a "crime against the state" by stealing a sign, his parents say he was framed.  Would a young man, foolish enough to take a trip to North Korea, attempt to steal a sign?  Possibly.  Or would the North Koreans try and frame such a young man?  That's also quite possible.  Let's be honest here, Otto would have been a great propaganda tool for the North Koreans.  Their foreign prisoners show up on video feeds on what seems to be a fairly regular basis, and those prisoners are always claiming their treatment is good, and the North Koreans aren't that bad.
The North Koreans say Otto's condition is the result of botulism and sleeping pills.  I did some research: you can die from botulism poisoning.


You can also die from an overdose of sleeping pills.
In his current state he is no longer an asset to the North Koreans, they are cold hearted monsters after all, which is why, I suspect he was sent home.  So, what happened to Otto?  We will never, ever know.  We all make foolish decisions in our lives.  We all have those moments when we look back and say to ourselves "woah, that was stupid."  Foolhardiness should never have such a terrible cost.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Where There's Smoke

So this is my 4th day off out of 5 in a row.  I was going to take Big Seig along with me to Home Depot to pick out a replacement shrub for the front yard but didn't because they were calling for rain - good thing, Home Depot didn't have what I was looking for, so I went to Lowe's, they didn't have what I was looking for either.  Shit.  I'm zeroing in on buy a smoke bush, which is actually more like a small tree, and nobody seems to be carrying them locally.


I may have to order it from some place online.  
Also, I guess the Idiot in the White House has Tweeted infor regarding the investigation into his firing of Comey,.. which is funny, because I guess this is just one of many investigations that are now Ongoing, which is rather humorous, to say the least.
Just because there happens to be so much smoke, well, that doesn't mean they're going to find anything burning.  Seeing that Mike Pence has also now chosen to hire a private counsel, one that has connections to both the Iran Contra investigation, as well as the Watergate investigation, isn't exactly the kind of declaration of innocence you would expect from our Crazy Christian VP, is it?  Of course, maybe he's just covering all of his bases.  Just in case, you know, he may actually be a little bit on the guilty side.  That would be funny, too.  Conservative corruption is not new.  Smoking guns seem to always turn up, in fact there seems to be another Deep Throat around every corner.
I also get a good laugh at the Administration's expense on their complaints about leakers.  Maybe someone should tell these morons that this problem wouldn't exist if they didn't have anything worth leaking.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blood on the Ax

So, I have a blister on my left hand, right below the middle finger, the result of digging out a 20 year old lilac bush from the corner of my front yard.  In the 5 days I have off, that was one of my main goals.  And like all things blistery, I suspected I was growing one as I hacked away at the roots with my 20 lb, heavy duty pick.  When I looked down and saw there was blood on the ax, I knew I'd be reaching for the band-aids and Neosporin shortly.
And in case your wondering, the blood on my ax was much more real than that on the ax Newt Gingrich sought to grind yesterday.  Every member of Congress was bending over backwards except for this horse's ass who blamed the Democrats, on Fox News, a right wing propaganda channel that  no longer claims to be fair and balanced. Yesterday, when there was serious bipartisan concern, numb nut Newt started spitting out turds, no doubt to get himself some attention.  What a loser.  And this morning, as I glanced through the comments by some of my Navy buddies who are lost in the school of conservative foolhardiness, I could see that he was not alone.  They all have their little axes to grind.


And, of course, there was so much brouhaha going on about the shooting, many failed to notice that the Washington Post noted that evidently there is an ongoing investigation of the Idiot in the White House.  Of course, it's the big news today.  Obstruction of Justice.  Happy Birthday Idiot.  And, as you might expect, he started chopping away on Twitter.
Anyway, I think that tomorrow morning Big Seig and I will head over to Home Depot and pick out something to plant where the lilac bush once grew - something that's not going to grow too big, or too wide, like maybe a shrub.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Failure of Megyn Kelly & Tax Cuts

So, I see Megyn Kelly has an interview coming up on Father's Day... ho, ho, ho, and lots of people are upset because her subject is none other than Alex Jones, performance artist and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire.  I don't see why they're upset, I mean, no one ever said she was astute, or smart, or intelligent.  Her interview with Putin was panned by everybody except, perhaps, the Idiot in the White House, because the questions she asked were mousy, intending to reveal absolutely nothing.  She gave him a stage on which he got to show America that he wasn't at all a dictator who had corrupted the Russian Constitution in order to stay in power for 17 years.  There were no questions about opposition party candidates disappearing, or being jailed, or even assassinated.  In fact, I was surprised she didn't try and get him to say, "don't worry, be happy," in English for a 2nd time.
And now she's going to do the same thing with Alex Jones.  While people don't expect her to eviscerate him, they would like to see him bleed a little truth... and that's never going to happen.  He's going to survive unscathed because no pointed questions will be asked.  She's not going to try and pin him down or pry open his phoniness.  That's not her game.  If you watch, you're going to see a cookies and milk interview and nothing more.  You see, for Megyn Kelly the truth isn't in the details, it never has been.  For her, truth comes in the size of her paycheck.
And then there was this interesting article about the failure of Tax Cuts.  One of the major planks of Conservative philosophy is that tax breaks grow the economy.  Trickle down, you know?  Except they never work... ever.  Companies and people don't reinvest, they bank the breaks and cuts and call it profit.  A large percentage goes into bonuses because it's considered revenue.  Of course, don't tell a conservative that, they'll call you a liar.  Conservatives love their tax cuts, of course, they also like Megyn Kelly, most likely for the same reason that Roger Ailes liked her.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Origins and Idiocies

Okay, so here it is Tuesday, my first legal day off in a 5 day stretch, and it's hot outside.  Some have been saying we've been having a heat wave, but they're wrong, this is nothing but a warm spell - a heat wave is when the temperature is in the mid to upper 90's (F) and runs for 7 or more days.  Tomorrow the temperature is going to be lower and I can get at the yard work which needs to be done.
The big news yesterday was at E3.  UbiSoft announced "Assassin's Creed - Origins."  The setting is ancient Egypt - think pristine pyramids, date palms for days, and hungry crocodiles. And, of course, I did put a pre-order in, which means I'm going to have to take off on 10-27-17.



A bit of irony from yesterday was that Dave, a friend from my Navy Days sent out an email about 15 minutes after I did my post announcing that the USS Constellation, which was decommissioned a while back, has been almost completely dismantled for scrap iron.  Recycled.  Everything ends up getting recycled - that's why we have history. 
And yesterday, the Idiot in the White House gathered his cabinet around him and said  "Never has there been a president, with few exceptions - case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle - who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we've done."  Yeah, that's right.  He said that.  My Mom has Vascular Dementia and she's not nearly as delusional as he is.  Perhaps the time has come to prepare for the GOP wake because this Idiot has staked it through the heart.




Monday, June 12, 2017

In the Navy

Well, I'm sitting here waiting for my phone to arrive - it wasn't supposed to be here until Wednesday but then yesterday afternoon I got an email telling me it had been upgraded to "3 day shipping," so I called work and told them I'd be late.  However, if I wait too long, I'm going to call off completely.  I've got the time on the books.
A few years ago, because I was in the Navy, on an air craft carrier (USS Constellation), and in Vietnam, I joined something on Facebook called The Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club.  This is where other sailors with the same history as I post pics from those days long gone by.  This morning one my 'shipmates' posted a pic looking out into the hanger bay towards the aft end of the ship and I thought I'd post it here since most people have absolutely no idea just how big an air craft carrier is (so huge it would make the Idiot's head spin).


That's right, there's a van parked in the hanger bay - it was used by the Shore Patrol when we were in Subic Bay.  And, of course, you can see planes there because that's where the Airdales performed maintenance.  On the left hand side, about half way back, you can see a fire wall.  A long, long time ago, I lost a hard contact lens just forward of that fire wall, never to be found again.


And this is what it looked like when they were taking aircraft from the hanger bay up to the flight deck.  The above picture is from the USS Ticonderoga, which was rather small compared to the USS Constellation, which was the largest, non-nuclear air craft carrier ever built.

This is my ship pulling into San Diego after a 10 month tour of WestPac.


Now ain't that grand!  Can you see me up on the flight deck in my dress whites waving?


Sunday, June 11, 2017

New phone

So, I'm getting a new phone.  Nine months ago I was also in the market for a new phone, looking for a replacement for my aging S4.  Back then I looked at a lot of reviews for many different makes, a minor adventure in pointlessness; no matter who was publishing the review, it was most likely written by a fanboy (or girl).  There is no neutrality.  The negatives are always minor since no one wants to actually dissuade from avoiding one specific phone.  I ended up choosing an LG which turned out to not be a very good fit, which is why, 9 moths later, I'm getting a new phone.  One my biggest complaints was not being able to adjust the screen sensitivity.  You have no idea how many apps I accidentally turned on while putting the phone back into my pocket.  Talk about draining your battery fast.
And in case anybody is wondering, iphones don't even enter the picture.  I have never been what I call and 'applehead,' an individual infatuated with Apple.  Now, I don't discriminate, in fact I have several friends who are 'appleheads.'  Brandon, for example, talks to Siri all of the time.  He's always asking his phone questions, mostly, I think, because the first time Siri answered back he experienced some sort of mini-rapture.  Another example is the HR woman in my store who switched from an iphone to a Galaxy for... oh, 4 days, and then went back to an iphone.  When I asked her why she said, "oh, it was just too complicated."
Anyway, I ordered an S8 - it should be here on Wednesday.  Orchid Gray.  You see, I like things that are complicated, well, that's not exactly true, I don't find Samsung phones complicated.
Also, certain other phones weren't even in consideration.  Anything related to, or using Microsoft was out of the picture; not android compatible.


Well, I'm off today and I've got a ton of outside chores to get done before the temps creak in the low 90's.  

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fall Out Boy / another Trumpcapade

I spent 33 minutes on the elliptical this morning with Fall Out Boy - it was a bit crowded, but fun.  Back in 2006 Fall Out Boy looked like this:


Now they look like this:


Needless to say, their music has gone from Pop / Indie to Alternative - this is called maturing.  They have a new album coming out in September - "Maniac" and I'm sure it will be great.
On the 'funny side of life,' I saw that the Idiot in the White House has volunteered to testify before the Senate and be '100%' honest.  Get Out!  Do you have any idea how funny this would be?  I mean, be serious.  This butter head couldn't tell the truth if his political career depended on it.. oh, it would.  Picture it, peppered with hard balls from the Left and lobbed slow pitches from the Right.  Can you even imagine him being put on the spot, and staying seated, not walking out?  Not in the least.  The things that would come out of his mouth.  That would be so great.  Of course, it's all bluster just to keep the Trumplodite hoards in check, he knows it will never happen.
We can only hope!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Trump & May, losers in arms

So, something funny happened yesterday in the UK - Theresa May and her Conservative Cronies' plans to cement their power ran into a bit of a sledge hammer.  The voting public not only humiliated her, they proved that her approach to Brexit was anything but satisfactory.  I'd like to say she is the female counterpoint to our Idiot in the White House, but I don't know if she's quite that... stupid.  What is it about Conservatives that keeps them from comprehending they need to deal with a majority of the people?  We had James Comey testify yesterday, and even though only the public bit was televised, he made the Idiot in the White House look bad.  And no Republican stood to defend him.  Remember, the general viewing audience got to see a portion of his testimony.  We didn't get to see the real juicy bits, which is probably why no one stood up to defend the Idiot.  They all know now.  As for Theresa May?  Well, she's going to have to bend over and kiss somebody on the ass in order to form a coalition government, which means her party is not going to be calling the shots.
As for the Idiot in the White House?  His supporters are still staying loyal to him, to a certain degree, but as time moves on, they will continue to drift away, once again become silent.  In fact the latest Quinnipac Poll has his approval rating down around 34%... and that was prior to yesterday's smack back by Comey.  I'm sure that future polls will be even lower.  The GOP isn't running scared yet, but they don't seem inclined to put their wagons in a defensive circle around the Idiot.  This is life when you're a loser.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Trump does the LImbo

A long, long time ago, when the Idiot in the White House was still a young man, a dance craze called "The Limbo Rock" swept across the country.  Who would have known way back then that Chubby Checker was singing prophecy in regards to every presidents administration.   You see, there's this stick out there called "Approval Ratings"  and every president needs to dance under it.  That's right, they do "The Limbo Rock."  In the past 50 years or so, for Democratic Presidents that bar has gotten a little low, but there's never been much doubt of their dancing under it.   However, the Idiot's ratings keep going down, down, down, which means his bar keeps getting lower, and lower, and lower, and he's an old, fat guy, so I suspect he's about as low as he can go.  He may think he's dancing around reality by Tweeting his lies and deceitfully pandering to his supporters, but that's nothing more than a smoke screen.  And the same truth goes for the Republican Party, their bar is also going lower, and lower and lower.  Another truth is that when they fall they're going to blame someone else, they always do.  GOP loyalists will say it was the guys holding the bar, you know, they are the ones to blame.  It's their fault.  Of course, we know the truth.


And with Comey's testimony today, well, I suspect that bar is going to get quite a bit lower.  Won't be long now before the Idiot starts sacrificing people, forcing them to dance under the bar of justice.  Like any good Republican he'll be pointing fingers saying "It's his fault!" or "It's her fault!"  Standard behavior for the Idiot in the White House.






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Back to Chris Pine

Well, it's wet Wednesday here in Central PA - cold and rainy, so damp I turned the heat back on, we're only supposed to get up in the mid 60's F both today and tomorrow.
I had off yesterday after working 4 days and the morning was busy.  I'm a morning person so I try and get as much as possible done before noon - at that point I begin to go into my relaxed state, pondering the imponderables, thinking how nice it would be to have a part-time gig on "American Gods," and laughing at the Idiot in the White House.
I did go see "Wonder Woman" last night, really like it.  Chris Pine and Gal Gadot  have a nice chemistry.  There's humor as they get to know each other which juxtaposes very nicely against the seriously dramatic backdrop of World War 1, the War to End All Wars.  The Cruelty of Man and his Gods takes center stage and the message of their love / hate relationship is not always happy.  I will admit I did find a bit of seeing Chris Pine....


actually, quite a bit of Chris Pine.
And, of course, the cluster fuck surrounding the Idiot in the White House just keeps getting messier and messier.  How about that bigot, homophobic Sessions offering to resign?  And that NSA leaker who provided concrete documentation on Russian hacking in regard to last year's election.  Talk about clarification, now, not only does the NSA know how deep Putin's fingers were into the presidential vote, so does the rest of free thinking America.  Notice that I say 'free thinking.'  That's because still quite a few of the Idiot's supporters are still mesmerized by the Idiot's bullshit.  All the while the Republican held House and Senate are working diligently to crystallize some demonstrable hatred for the majority of America; they know their days are numbered.
Enough of this, let's get back to Chris Pine.  Did you know he has this pool scene...

Monday, June 5, 2017

ISIS Failure and Trump's deep state of...

There was a massive turnout for the Ariane Grande concert in remembrance and for the benefit of the Manchester victims and survivors, and I doubt if it got much airplay in those crazy Muslim countries that love their extremism.  Let's be honest here, those 50,000 people said "fuck you. terrorists."  I think that's pretty much the definition of failure.  Sure there is that momentary moment of shock, but than the masses come together and say "fuck you, terrorists."  And just the other day they foisted something on London Bridge and there was that 'holy crap' moment, but 3 terrorists died and since then 12 have been arrested, with more arrests to come.  I'll bet that's not going to make one of their crazy recruitment videos, now is it?  In fact, the only place these crazies seem to be a success is in the Middle East and Africa - very where else they are the poster children for failure.
There was also an interesting article in The Hill this AM about the Deep State - does it exist or is it a fabrication of the Far Right?  Personally, I suspect that there might have always been a bit of a Deep State in existence and most, I again suspect, it worked in conjunction with the White House, not as a separate entity.  Now, however, we have an Idiot in the White House who doesn't like the Intelligence Community, mostly because they realize he's an Idiot, and also because they don't tell him what he wants to hear, oh, and of course, they realize that Russia is not our friend.  Nor has he been on friendly terms with the Joint Chiefs of Staff - and I'd be willing to be those 2 groups are talking to each other.  And I'd also be willing to be that there's a constant stream of piss on Steve Bannon. a loser who no doubt thought that his whispers in the Idiot's ear would reshape the country into is vision.

They are not behind this asshole
Or it could be that the Deep State is nothing more than that cesspool of stupidity in which the Idiot is constantly finding himself - and that's a deep state of shit.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dog toys / Trump the Pimp

Well of course it's Sunday and I have to work, something I do almost every Sunday.. except next Sunday, a day I'm scheduled off.  Not that it matters to me.  Religion is not a priority in my life.  My dogs are, though, and they got new toys yesterday - I ordered them from Amazon which is much cheaper than buying them from one of your chain Pet Stores.  They got 4, two for each dog, not that it matters to them.  Each one's most favorite toy happens to be the one in the other dog's mouth.  If Big Seig has the purple, squeaking squirrel, then Lily thinks that's her bestest toy in the world and needs to have it, and if Lily has the lime green squeaky worm, well.. you guessed it, that's the one Big Seig wants.  Last night when I went to bed the dogs were all ready there, with the moose, the squirrel, the worm and the purple / pink octopus with the rattling tendrils.  Lucky me.  Of course I didn't know about the worm and the squirrel at first because Big Seig was laying on them.  He did that so Lily couldn't get them.
Something terrible happened in London yesterday.  I feel really sorry for those people.  They're dealing with a very small group of individuals who totally fail to realize that the terror they believe they are creating is in reality building on the racial hatred for a larger group of people.  Every time they commit one these heinous crimes, the anger towards them grows.  This is how it works.
I feel sorry for us in this country because the Idiot in the White House is going to use every one of these incidents to pimp his hatred.  In fact, I don't know if you've noticed, but the Idiot pimps a lot of shit.  Remember back, right after the election, when he was pimping all those "jobs" he was saving?  Remember Ford?  How he saved 500 jobs from going to Mexico?  Well, now, Ford is starting to lay-off workers because they're not selling enough cars - he ain't pimping that news, is he?  He also pimps a lot of fake news, bits and pieces of bullshit his supporters swallow like candy.  I guess he's got 3 of his rallies scheduled to pimp his bullshit.
This is how it goes.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Don't Worry, Be Happy?

This country will be in deep shit if we even remotely believe that "The Vlad" was being serious when he uttered those words (in English, no less) yesterday.  He likes the Idiot - every dictator needs their lackey fool.  And you know there were Idiot supporters who heard him and nudged themselves jovially in the ribs and grinned, saying "Hey, that Vlad guy?  He ain't so bad."  Right.  They know nothing about Russia, or how The Vlad has managed to get that countries constitution changed in order to stay  in power (a legalized dictator) for 17 years.  They don't know how that country has been in a recession for over 17 years and "The Vlad" as done nothing to help the situation, or that people who oppose him tend to disappear or die.  "He's a nice guy," they say.  They think he wants to be friends, best buddies, our BFF.  And they are so damn stupid.
Right now the US is the most powerful nation on the planet, something which makes The Vlad sweat with jealousy.  His envy is almost palpable, and if given the chance, The Idiot in the White House will play into his hands, be his eager tool, he wants to emulate his idol, no matter what the costs.


I didn't read everything The Vlad said yesterday at a 3 hour forum, but the excerpts I did read were tainted with subterfuge intended to guide some Americans into a guilt trip; we are the culprits.  A high school student could have hacked the DNC.  It was American hackers trying to make Russia look bad.  Obama may have made decisions without getting all relevant data. Trump is wiser.  Holy Shit!  Very subtly, The Vlad tried to reinforce the idea the that We Are The Problem.
No.  We are not the problem.  We are the solution to the problem.  We are a Democracy dealing with the temporary flatulence of The Idiot in the White House, and as such, he too will pass much to the dismay of The Vlad.  I do not doubt that at some point Americans will toss his very words back into his face:  Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Of Idiots and Dictators

So, I didn't write anything yesterday because it was one of those days, starting at 0531 when my Mom called me from Manor Car to tell me I needed to get her out of there.  She has vascular dementia and it ranges from mild to moderate and it was not on the mild side yesterday morning.  Physically, she's fine so they're sending he back to Graysonview today.
And, of course, the Idiot in the White House pulled the U.S. out of the the Paris Climate Agreement - if that was a surprise to anyone, well they need to re-evaluate their perception of the Idiot.  He is now, and has never been a Team Player.  The Idiot wants to be in charge.. of everything.  Hence trade agreements are out because he believes he is shrewder and wiser and more capable of negotiating than anyone else.  He believes his deals are the best.. even though historically, with what?  Three bankruptcies, he's been pretty much a failure.  But then he's always seen bankruptcy as a 'wise choice' when it comes to reneging on contracts which makes him pretty much of a failure.  And, of course, after yesterday, most of the world is looking at him thinking "what a fucking idiot."  Everybody except Vladimir Putin, who complimented the Idiot.
The Idiot in the White house doesn't understand that Putin is running his own "make Russia great again" campaign, and for that to happen we need to be taken out of the number one spot.  That's right, we need to be moved down the ladder to at least 3rd place, maybe 4, behind India.  In fact, Putin wants us to be knocked out of the competition completely, he wants America to be a fourth rate country, a big, lumbering buffoon of a nation, toothless and declawed and harmless.  Bloomberg had an interesting article this AM where the Dictator in the Kremlin almost came right out and admitted Russian hackers were working hard to get the Idiot elected; it's to his advantage we have a fool leading our country into disarray.  This whole game is to make Russia Great Again.  Amusingly enough, the Dictator has done little to help the Russian economy, evidently they've been in recession for almost 20 years - of course, he's gotten wealthy and that's all that counts.
As for the Idiot in the White House?  I would not be too surprised if his adventure in politics doesn't come to an abrupt ending shortly.  The Russia thing, you know?  Not that he personally, actively incited Russian involvement, more than likely the Idiot became aware of it and chose to take advantage of it the same way, say.. a bad businessman might try and take advantage of a hostile takeover, of course that would make the Idiot a crook as well.. and.. let's be honest, most of us have known that for some time.  His days are numbered and he doesn't understand at all because he sees himself as a CEO and immune.  He may be angered that a majority of Americans can't stand him, some even hate him, but remains unfazed because the idea that they might soon remove him from office doesn't even register in his consciousness; employees don't fire their CEO.  This Idiot doesn't know the difference between a President and a Dictator and so has sealed his own fate.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What's in a Word?

Holy Crap!  It's raining again today!  This is almost like living in Seattle... or Tacoma, I know, I lived there for a year back when my ship was in Bremerton dry dock.
And, of course, the world is questioning the Idiot's latest Tweet:  Covfefe.  It could be an anagram for 'Coffee' with a typo.  Or, it could be an acronym, though I don't know if the Idiot has that much... intelligence.  I mean, if the last 4 letters stood for "Fuck Everybody, Fuck Everybody," well, then maybe I might believe this was the case.  Let's be perfectly honest here, I'm sure those two words pop out if his mouth on a regular basis.  And this whole thing is funny and not in an endearing, humorous sort of way either.  This is just one more example that helps to define his idiocy; just another target for people to aim at, and boy their slings and arrows were ready.  This was one of the best I've seen, guy named Jackson Dame came up with this.


I do have to admit that one does make me laugh out loud.
Evidently the Tweet was deleted early this AM.  Soon after another Tweet took its place, questioning whether people could decipher 'covfefe.'  And sadly, there are those few supporters of his out there who are desperately wanting to believe this was his way of mocking the media.  Delusional, aren't they?
Oh, and I guess Flynn is going to start cooperating, beginning to hand over documents.  I suspect he sees the writing on the wall.
And while I'd thought I'd seen everything, until I saw this:  both Putin and the Idiot blaming the Democrats for fake news.  This, in itself, is most likely fake news, but that doesn't mean it isn't funny.  You know?  Putin coming to the Idiot's rescue, so to speak.  Simply Hysterical.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Canary in a coal mine

Holy Crap!  I slept in this morning, not getting up until 0630 and now I'm racing to get things done in time to go to work.
On my Mom - she was moved to another room because she was arguing and yelling at her roommate.  If you don't cater to her, you're always going to be on her shit list; this is how it's always been.  Evidently her dementia is accelerating, she was telling people this AM that she only had one son and he was dead; maybe that's why she always looks so surprised when I walk into her room.
One of the fun things I did yesterday was watch the 6 plus hours of the Paris-Roubaix cycling race from April - on an off, mind you.  It was great!  I'm a Cannondale fan so it was nice to see one of my team on the podium.
And what about the racist Republicans down in Texas?  Don't they make your canaries sing?  Or maybe I should say die.  Miners took canaries as a warning sign with them into mines since gas would kill them first and yesterday they'd have been dropping like flies.  Can you believe that one of those GOP morons called ICE because of protesters?  The asshole's name was Rihaldi.  What was supposed to be a racists celebratory photo op with the Republicans clapping each other on the racists backs has turned into a national embarrassment for the GOP.  Oh, sure, the racists who voted for the Idiot are no doubt jumping around doing their yippy skippy dance, but their numbers are shrinking.
Oh, and one of the Idiot's communications directors abruptly quit yesterday - he's getting his ass off of that sinking ship.
What we really need to do is clear that stinking crowd out completely and start standing up to the Ruskies!
What final note.  I was talking to my friend Betsy last evening and she believes that Trump is the "abomination of desolation."  Not being the religious type, I asked her what that was.  She explained that he is the sign of the 'end of times..' ie "the anti-Christ."  Gimme a break.  I did a little research and evidently quite a number of people have been identified as being the "abomination of desolation," including Barack Obama,  Pope Ratzenberger (?) the current Pope, George W. Bush... and, well, the list goes on and on.  Now, while I believe the Idiot is, by all accounts, an abomination, I know he will be out of office long before he desolates the US... and our allies.  While Republican canaries are starting to die all over the place, every body else's are starting to sing!

Monday, May 29, 2017

What's in a name?

Well here it is Memorial Day, in the entire store I'm probably the only not schedule to work and... it's raining.  That's right.  I had planned to do some yard work, but...  I guess I'll have to do stuff inside, like maybe do laundry.  I was supposed to go to the movies but that's been moved until Thursday.
This is the day we're supposed to be giving thanks to those who have served in the military.  For those who don't know, I was in the Navy.  Actually, I'm considered a Vietnam Vet, even though my boots never touched ground in Vietnam.  Here's a blurry, old picture of my grandmother Lily and me in my sailor suit.


She was born Lily Granger (granddaughter of a little, ginger Irishman) and married Levi Daubert.  For years everybody thought Daubert was German, that my great, great, great grandfather had come to this country from Germany, after a brief stop in Holland. until my uncle took the Northern Lebanon High School Band to perform in the Rose Ball parade.  Everybody gathered around their television screens to watch the band play on National TV, and everybody was truly shocked when they pronounced his last name D'aubert.  Of course everybody scrambled, believing the announcer had been wrong... but he wasn't.  Turns out my great, great, great grandfather had migrated from France, first to Holland, and then to America.  I am part French! and Irish!  and a lot of German.
Back when 'W,' the last Republican Idiot to corrupt the White House, wanted to take the world into Iraq and the French said "no," my conservative parents started to denigrate the French, until I reminded them that We... Part of Our Bloodline... our Lineage, hailed from France, something I am very proud of; the French pretty much helped save our asses during the Revolution... we owe them a lot.  
My Boxer, Lily, is named after my grandmother, and when I registered her with the AKC I used the French pronunciation.  She is Lillian D'Aubert.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Foul Ball

Well, the Idiot is coming back to Washington.  He's claiming to have hit a home run - not so at all, more like a foul ball.  His supporters, however are happy, but then they didn't see the Idiot curtsy to the Saudi King; conservative media didn't report on that.  While the majority of the world saw those pictures of he and the Pope as bad press for the Idiot, his Evangelical supporters, most of whom really don't like Catholics in really huge way, saw things differently.  They saw a triumphant president standing next to a Pope who looked as though he'd just been read the riot act.  Perception is everything, you know.  Just to remind you, these people are the enemy.  You and I watched the Idiot shove his way through a crowd to put himself center stage, and then preen like a very, very over the hill porn star.  They watched as their leader demonstrated American superiority, making sure he stood above all of those smaller, European leaders.
Except, they pretty much treated the Idiot like white trash, a man who's caused so much pain and suffering in his life without caring.  Except for his minority group, most saw a fool.  I'm sure Moscow saw someone they believe they already got hooked.  They don't understand Putin sees the Idiot as the home run, hitting the Idiot out of the park means taking the US out of the game.  And that's what Putin really wants.  Of course, his Idiot followers don't realize this... because that would mean he's nothing more than a Ruskie pawn, an easy pitch to the losers who voted him into office.


Of course, now that the Idiot's back, the Russian shit is going to once again over whelm his administration.  That stink is continuing to grow, and grow.  And this is going to be so bad the Idiot's not even going to be able to bunt his way on to first base.  Heads will start to roll as he begins to realize the only way out of this is for a sacrifice play... except he doesn't realize there isn't anybody on base.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jane (and her vagina) has left the building

Permanently.  For those who don't know, Jane (not her real name) was a 77 year old cashier who I managed until this past February.  About a year ago she'd had some sort of surgery to keep her sagging genitals from... well... falling out.  She was rude to associates on a daily basis because she felt she was entitled to treat them in what ever manner she deemed fit.  Oh, and she was a rabid supporter of the Idiot in the White House, even taking time off from work to go see him when he was campaigning in Harrisburg.  In other words, she felt empowered to tell everybody else what to do... and always rudely.  Once, after she had barked an order at a Hardware Associate, I'd told her that she needs to be a bit more polite and ask, not demand.  Her response was "I never ask."
And yesterday, a little before 1 PM, she was escorted from the building.  No loss.
And just like her, I have no doubt, the Idiot in the White House will be escorted from the building... unless of course he runs away first.  Historically, that seems to be his "modus operandi."  In the past, when his bad decision making has caught up with him, he's filed for bankruptcy.  During the campaign he claimed that this proved how smart he was.  Horse shit.  Only fools like Jane believed him.  There are a lot of fools in this country.  Not so in Europe, they realize he's a bumblehead.  There was an interesting article in the LA Times this AM.  Very few were even slightly impressed.



Since I am no longer a manager, I was not privy to the reasons for Jane's termination, though whispers have said customer complaints were increasing to almost a daily level, which is precisely the same issue the Idiot has, terrible customer service.  It is totally beyond his ken to realize that we, the American People, are his customers, and that's all of us, not just that shrinking minority who voted for him.  The one lesson the Idiot failed to learn from all of his bankruptcies was that they do not wipe his slate clean.  His bad judgments have ruined people financially.  His inability to learn from past mistakes has led others to one hardship after another.  At 70 he is way, way too old to start learning.  As a result he will end up being removed from office, only the 2nd president in our history to get himself walked out the door.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Donald Trump - toilet demon

So, Montana stayed red.. no surprise there.  I wasn't expecting to see a change in what would have to be classified as a rural state in which the population is overwhelmingly white.  Georgia, however, will be different.  And wait until North Carolina votes now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the GOP gerrymandering in that state was completely unconstitutional.  Why is it that Republicans seem to hate people of color?  Do you have any idea how many times they've been taken to court because of their illegal laws regarding voting?  Texas just got a smack back because their voting laws were written to intentionally discriminate.  This discrimination was aimed at a very large voting block of non-white, Spanish speaking people.  Of course, we should have expected they would try something like this, the Texas turn out for the Idiot in the White House was really, really huge, what with him promising that Wall of his.  Except now it looks like there isn't going to be a Wall - sorry racists.
Oh, and you know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words?  What about that snap of the Pope standing next to the Idiot... or any one of the videos that people are watching.  His facial expressions say everything.  It's obvious that he's thinking "I can't believe I'm standing next to the Shit Demon from "Dogma."


There was another funny video making the rounds in which the Idiot pushed aside the Prime Minister from Montenegro in order to make sure his egoness was center stage for a photo-op... and the whole world got to see him preen. And I don't think the GOP has any idea how terrible that looks, that the rest of world saw that little shove and thought... 'what an asshole.'  To be perfectly honest, I believe the Shit Demon probably has better manners."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Idiots unbound!

For those who didn't know, trying to survive on a minimum wage, putting food on the table and making sure there is a roof over your head is just a 'state of mind?'  At least that what Ben Carson believes.  That's right, poverty is a state of mind.  Have you ever heard anything more delusional?
Something truly monstrous happened in Manchester, UK, and the Idiot in the White House tweeted that the word monster was too good for the terrorist, that 'loser' was better....  Got that?   When a terrorist detonates himself in order to kill innocent children he's not a monster... he's a loser.  Well, now we know just how far down the stupid spectrum the Idiot is located.
Body slams anybody?  Those crazy conservatives are really coming unstrung!  In Montana this Republican candidate is beginning to body slam reporters who question him about... oh, little things like the GOP Healthcare failed plan.  Nice, huh?  They are fraying at the ends.  You see, the American people are telling them they are wrong, and... well... how can that be?  Don't that make you laugh?
And the Hell Hole that most of the world calls Brussels is not happy that the the Idiot is in town.  For those who don't remember, the first time he flew over Harrisburg, PA he said we looked like a war zone.  So, it seems as though the Idiot feels an inherent need to characterize people and  places with names because... well they demonstrate his superior intelligence.  Of course, that's why the most popular adjective used to describe him is Idiot... oh wait, that's a noun, but then he will never know the difference.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Messiah Village Fail

So, the past 2 days were my weekend and I had so much I planned to accomplish and... well, that didn't happen.  They are ready to move my Mom out of the hospital, however they want her to go where she can have soft core rehab.  So, we're sitting there my brother's crazy christian wife says "I don't see why we don't send her to Messiah Village." Now, I have a big problem with Messiah.  They are the only facility that require you to fill out at financial application.  That's right.  Even if you're only going there for 2 weeks of Rehab, they need to know how much money you have in the bank, how much is in your 401K, what annuities you have, if there are any investment accounts, as well as your monthly income.  Also, they need to know if these are owned individually or jointly.  Oh, and don't forget, they're Christian.  Right.  They're out to make money.  There is even a sentence that states "I represent the resources listed above are and will remain available for payment of services I may receive at Messiah Village."  See what I mean?  They will reject you if your finances don't meet their requirements.  They are not Christian.
We're going to go with Manor Care.  They actually accepted my Mom yesterday afternoon without any questions about her finances, all we're waiting on is the transportation.


I suspect that my brother and sister-in-law are not happy.  This is life.  She was already looking dismal yesterday when I reminded her that my Sister would not want to drive the distance.  Actually, my sister-in-law lost the battle when she said that the day before my Mom had mentioned twice about her desire to go to Messiah Village.  My Mom has dementia.  I have little patience for a phony Christian who lies.  And tomorrow, I have another meeting at 8:30 in the morning.  Yippie skippie.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Idiot... and the Orb of Doom!

Well, it looks like the Idiot not only wants to have impressively low approval ratings, we find out that being President of the United States is only part of his ambition.  What he really wants to be, more than anything else, is Emperor of the World.  He'd originally set his sights on being 'King' of the World, but James Cameron already has his name plate on that door, so he's going to have to settle for Emperor.  This means (drum roll please) he's going to have to invade the Marvel Cinematic Universe!  And I understand Disney already has a working title:  "The Idiot... and the Orb of Doom!"


Which means the Idiot is going to have to fight, and lose, to The Avengers, as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy!  Stand back Conservatives!  Your evil plans will be foiled and smashed asunder by a shirtless Chris Evans and a shirtless Chris Platt!  Holy Crap!  The Idiot's going to get dunked by a double Chris, super charged, super hero, twin pack of six pack abs!  This is going to be huge!  really, really huge!  I can't even begin to imagine what ticket sales are going to be like.
Of course, this is all make believe, but then that's where the Idiot, as well as most Conservatives and Republicans live; out of touch, and out of mind, inhabiting a planet easily grasped in the Idiot's tiny, tiny hands.  Reality is a far flung universe to them.
Unfortunately, there will be no teaser to a sequel halfway through the credits at the end of this one.  This doesn't mean there isn't going to be a sequel, we're talking about the GOP here, they're going to keep repeating their same shitty message to an ever dwindling crowd, just like Michael Bay and his shitty Transformer movies.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bow commoner, Bow

So, the Idiot met the Saudi King.  Fox news shows the handshake, they don't show the bow, or as some are calling it, the curtsy.  Call it want you want, he bowed his head then did a little dip, or maybe you want to call it a booty drop, which is totally acceptable when you remember how hugely impressed he is with strong leaders, and let's be honest here, the King of Saudi Arabia is about as authoritarian as you can get.  What makes this even funnier is that prior to the Idiot's dip, someone said, "Bow commoner, bow before the King," in Arabic.  Don't you love the 'commoner' bit?  Let's face it, the Idiot's about as common as lower case letters can get.
And I think it's funny how the Conservatives heaped criticism after criticism on Obama while totally failing to point out that there guy did the very same thing.  The Washington Post, a conservative media outlet (whom the Idiot hates because of their honesty) does a pretty good comparison.  But then we know crazy conservatives will never, ever acknowledge how screwed up they are.


Next stop on the journey?  Israel, where I understand that his suite is going to be bomb proof.  As I'd said before, the security for the Idiot's visit is going to nearly bankrupt smaller countries, like Israel, and Italy.  
Well, it's off to work.  For some of you this maybe Sunday, but for me?  It's Friday... again; off Monday and Tuesday.  They will be my last 2 days off in a row for the next 2 weeks - Memorial always screws up days off, though I'm not schedule to work the actual holiday.  Go figure.
 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

With Billion Dollar Friends Like These

So, the Idiot is in Saudi Arabia, home of the holiest of Muslim sites - Mecca.  There were, I believe, 2 Saudis involved in the 9/11 Terrorist attack and the country has been known to have been sponsoring terror groups for years.  And this very Muslim country was not on the banned list.  Doesn't that make you go hhhmmmm?  Obama wasn't to keen on the Saudis because he knew they were more interested in buying arms then they were in fighting extremism.  Of course with the Idiot all they had to do was wave a fist full of green backs, buckos, you know?  "Arms Deals" is the magic phrase for the Idiot, as it is for all Republicans, for them, nothing beats making money.
I understand the Saudis are preparing to fork over $100 billion for helicopters and missile defense systems, and most like a whole laundry list of other weapon related merchandise.  Woah!  someone in the good ol' USA is going to make mucho grande millions.  That's right.  The munitions manufactures have always been high donors for the GOP.  A long time ago, when we were involved in a little skirmish we called Vietnam, the vast majority of the country was anti-war... not, however, those who were making the bombs and the bullets.  They were making money hand over fist. not the people who were actually in the assembly lines, nope, they just got their everyday paycheck with a little Overtime now and then.  It was the big guys who were making the money, the CEO's, the Chairmen of the Boards, the ones who donate heavily to the Conservative Party.  And it looks like they're going to make a lot of money again!
Of course, he's only in Saudi Arabia for 2 days, after that he's going to have to go to Israel, whom he betrayed to the Russians.  Holy Crap!  I just got this vision of Judas in my head.  What if the Idiot tries to kiss Netanyahu on the cheek!  Wouldn't that be like sooooo perfect?


Especially after laughing it up with the Muslims in Saudi Arabia?  And for those who didn't know, this whole Muslim 'ban' had nothing to do with Terrorism and everything to do with giving the haters of his base a cherished little something to call their own.  And I suspect that his loyalty to any one country is tenuous at best, unless, of course you're Vlad, the impaler of Democracy.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sit on it and spin

So, my Mom is back in the hospital... again.  We went, oh... 3 weeks this time.  And there's nothing wrong with her besides old age, and dementia.  She actually called 911 herself because she thought the people at Graysonview were too slow.  She's in a regular hospital room rather than ICU, or CCU since there's nothing really wrong, and they'll run a battery of tests looking for something other than the dementia.  When I saw her on Wednesday she said "the only thing I really miss was having to give up all of my dogs to come here (Graysonview).  She didn't have dogs, she had a fat cat.  This is how it goes.
On the light side of politics, I saw saw this article this AM regarding our Vice President, and found it very telling.  Sounds a lot like the GOP is not going to circle their wagons around the Idiot.  The fact that they're saying the Vice Idiot was kept in the dark?  Well, isn't that the kind of shit you put out when you think Plan B might be the only viable option left on the table?  It's kind of like subliminal messaging the rabid, core Idiot supporters that it's a good possibility that a change might be coming.
Oh, and Joe Lieberman for AG?  Give me a break!  Now, this might piss some people off, but at 75 old Joe is way, way too old.  Even in his prime he was never the brightest crayon in the box, now he's even worse.  In fact, it seems to me that the Idiot trying to stack the deck with another clown.


And, of course, the Idiot is leaving tomorrow for a Middle Eastern, European Vacation.  I bet he's expecting to get souvenirs.  He is, more likely to be disappointed.  He has already started changing his itinerary.  He was supposed to speak at Masada, but now that's off because they won't let him land his helicopter on the top.  He doesn't want to land at the base and take the tram up like other presidents have done because... he's special.  And you know they're all going to smirk when he walks into the G7 conference, and laugh at him behind his back.  He's going to want to take charge, and they will, no doubt, tell him to sit on it and spin.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Truth about GOP Porn.

Okay, so the light didn't get completely installed in my kitchen yesterday.  It's big, about 16" square, and I have almost 10 foot ceilings which means I needed to use my 8 foot ladder to rest it on while I did the wiring.  You know, the 8 foot ladder I gave away a couple of years ago because I never thought I'd need it again.  I do have a 4 foot ladder, but this light is just a bit too big.  This means that tomorrow, before I leave work, I'll pick up another 8 foot ladder.
Oh, and in case you didn't know, there's a 'witch hunt' going on, at least that's what the Idiot in the White House is calling the "independent council."  Someone really needs to sit this loser down and remind him that every time there is a Democrat in the White the GOP is caught up in a continuous 'witch hunt.'  And they never let it go.  Here's a outstanding example:  this morning while looking at Facebook, I saw someone had posted a picture of Bill Clinton and brought up Vince Forster.  Yeah, that's right, conservatives are still peddling shit about something that happened what? Twenty four years ago?  Actually what they really need to do is to stop masturbating with this Clinton hate.  The Idiot played this at every rally and they oohed and aahed, and shrieked and moaned every time he said "lock her up," which is, I guess, about as close to verbal frotage as you can get.  They love it, you know, all of those neurotransmitters humping their little Clinton hate receptors.

I was going to use a GIF but realized it was too much like GOP porn
Anyway, since I can't finish hanging the kitchen light, I went out and did some yard work until it got to hot.  Right now it's around 92 F.  It was hot yesterday as well.  Next week it's supposed to be cooler.  Can't wait.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bad, Bad Republican Karma

Karma has always been working against the Republicans, the Conservatives, the Tea Party, what ever name they want to give themselves.  This is an historical fact.  Mostly this is because they totally refuse to see themselves as the Grand Old Party.  Even when someone tells them they're not so grand their arrogance sidelines any chance of comprehension.  They truly believed that Reagan's landslide win made their shit a perfumey and that they could do what they want... and we ended up with the Iran Contra Affair.  And then George H. Bush swept that shit under the carpet, of course he only managed one term because their trickle down, Reaganomics were falling apart.  That was all bad karma.
And then we had George W who got into the White House on a technicality.  Right off the bat their bad karma started smacking, not only them, but America as well. We started a war in the Middle East over phony weapons of mass destruction, and then weekly color coded terror threats to terrify Americans into voting W in for a 2nd term... and then we got the worst recession in American History.  All of this happened while they were in the White House.
What happened when Clinton was in the White House?  The 'Dot Coms' hit and everybody made oodles and oodles of money... except Republican states... bad Karma.
And now we have the Idiot in the White House... holy smackarinis!  Let's talk about bad Karma! Ever since the Idiot got in through a technicality, the GOP has had so many stinky racing stripes in their tighty whities they're starting to call it a pattern... and, well, it is, a pattern called Bad Karma.  And, just as they always do, they're trying to point the finger at anyone but themselves.  In fact, pointing fingers is the only thing they've ever excelled at, so much so that it has become the defining characteristic of credibility in any and all opposing voices.


Anyway, this is my Saturday so I'm going to try and do weekend stuff.  Yeah, you know, like mow the grass.  And I want to try and hang a new ceiling light in my kitchen.  We shall see.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Idiots abound

And not only in the White House.  We have them here in Central PA.  Here are some examples:
Two nights ago a couple tried to return some paint.  You see they'd bought it over a month ago planning or repainting their house and, over the past 4 weeks, ended up changing their minds.  When the manager told them we were not going to return $450 in paint they grew furious... and dropped the name of our competitor.  For those who don't know, our competitor has a store less than 1/4 mile away and customers think that spitting out that little name is going to make us cave... no way.  We hear it daily.
I'm serious.  Yesterday morning I'm talking to a customer on the phone who's moved past Idiocy 101 into his 2nd semester.  He's hemming and hawing about the carpet, and then says "Lowe's is coming out to measure tomorrow, they're going to do it for $400 less."  That's his way of telling me he wants me to take money off his already cheap carpet.  He thinks he's a smooth operator.  My response?  "Okay, let me know if you change your mind."  That got me a few moments of silence before he finally said he'd let me know.
Then last evening, about 20 minutes before the end of my shift, I took a walk down to our Returns Desk to see if anything needed to be put away.  And, as I'm walking by our A/C display a customer stops me.


This is Idiot #3.  He asked me if we were going to be bringing out any more units.  I glanced over and saw that we had about 15 different sizes of A/C units there, and it was packed out full - it's been cool and rainy here so there hasn't been much of a demand. So I say to this gentleman "I don't know, that's a Seasonal / Appliance product.  We may have some more in the back.  I can get an associate to help you."  Now, I don't know what he wanted me to say, but my answer was not what he was expecting.  And, I kid you not, the first words that came out of his mouth were "Well, than I guess I'm going to have to go to Lowe's." To which I said "okay," at which point he began muttering about my lack of customer service skills.  He muttered all of the way out the front door, not loudly, but constantly.
So many Idiots seem to have this air of entitlement about themselves, a 'you need to give me what I want' attitude.  They neither listen, nor do they try and understand.  It's almost as though they think understanding diminishes them in some way.  And in every one of the instances above you could replace the customer with the Idiot in the White House... no difference.  Idiots seem to be abounding around us and for too long we've been catering to them rather than tell them to shut up.  Maybe it's time we changed.