Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Colin Kaepernick

I've sat and watched for the past day or two.....this NFL episode breweing with the San Fran quaterback who won't stand for the national anthem.....mostly because it's going against black folks.

Some folks want to bring up that we are talking about a two-star marginally capable quarterback....Colin Kaepernick.  I would say that for the price involved.....his yearly pay scale as the back-up quarterback....he's worth the money but not the hassle.

His argument?  Things that represent America.....are negative.  It's slanted against minorities.  So, his stand....to represent his argument is to avoid standing for the anthem.

For a coach....it's a pretty dismal thing to have players on some social agenda.  Imagine if you had forty players on the team, and each one had a separate agenda and you continually found yourself trying to explain why this guy advocates this or slams that.

In this case....if I were the coach and the player was hyped up to sit during the national anthem.....I'd do the simplest thing possible....remove all seating from the sidelines....for the entire game.  Make every player stand.  If players aren't happy about it.....trade or release them.  If I were the opposing teams?  Every time that Kaepernick came on the field.....I'd play the national anthem.

By the end of this season.....I think Kaepernick will have moved on and found that no team in the NFL wants some social agenda player like himself on their team.  He's one of those guys that might want to review other career options.  

The Threat of Leaving

It always amazes in election years....that people come up and say that if so-and-so wins.....they are moving to Canada or some foreign country.

Prior to the Bush-Gore election....you just didn't have this type of stupid threat made by people.  Now?  You probably get at least forty VIP or entertainment folks who make the threat....usually if the Republican wins.  It's rare that some idiot Republican vows to leave the US if the Democrat wins.

My brother brought it up this week.....Barbra Streisand vowed to move to Australia if Trump wins.  My question originally with this.....has she ever been to Australia?  I mean....maybe around Sydney...seventy-five percent of folks are liberal-types and hyped on social stuff.....but once you leave town and head out into other regions.....most of Australia in my humble opinion is kinda conservative....like mid-west US.

Do these people ever research where they say they are going?  Maybe they made a trip there in the 1990s and remember the place fondly.

Did any of those folks who talked of going to Canada ever go?  As far as I know.....no one ever left.

No one ever says they will move to Mexico or Ireland or Argentina.....don't know why.

I came up last night and thought of this new idea.....a TV show based on some idiot who made the threat to leave the US, and actually ends up in some imaginary Central American country.....which they thought was paradise (by the description on the brochure) and it turned out to be some minor-league dictatorship.  It'd be a four-year show....which the guy would eventually have to be rescued....by the US Marines led by the guy who forced him into leaving.

My suggestion to folks who want to make such a threat.....you'd best know this country that you say you will be heading off to very well.....because if you get there and discover they are hyped-up conservatives to the max.....well, that will be a big problem.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Oregon fair generates buzz

Oregon fair generates buzz with 1st legal pot display in US | WTOP

Interesting piece from WTOP.  Oregon fair will display legal pot.  Twenty years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine something like this.

Friday, 26 August 2016

What My Resume Might Say

I sat this past week on the topic of resumes, and simple experiences.  I am retired for the most part....and it shouldn't even enter into my mind.  But I sat and contemplated all of the various skills or crafts that I got dragged into....in my life:

- Farm craft (this is the level where you are allowed to operate the tractor, herd cows, cultivate, and haul hay without supervision)
- Snow removal (with one hour of orientation, I became a snow removal guy....even if I was from Alabama and had never seen more than one inch up until that moment of orientation).
- Concrete and asphalt
- Heavy equipment operator (Sarge gives you eight minutes of his time on X, Y and Z vehicles, then he signs you off.  I was qualified on a fire-truck once....which made no sense)
- Graphic arts (I've built probably 5,000 slides over my entire life)
- Librarian
- Analyst (you end explaining a forty-page problem in two minutes to some guy who has to make a decision on something that he has no knowledge about)
- Purchaser (you either help the idiot spend money, or you manage their credit card enough to ensure no one goes to jail)
- Lawn maintenance (the AF ensured I had lots of training in this art)
- Presentations (I basically gave speeches)
- Trainer
- Planner (you step in to plan what shouldn't have to be planned, or when emergencies occur that need people focused on the right outcome)
- Property manager (you make sure that things aren't lost, even when they appear to be)
- Building manager (you call the electrican or plumber, and ensure that things work like they should)
- Instructor
- Watch guy (you basically sit and wait for something to happen)
- Manager
- Sand-bag technician (you fill bags.....lots of bags....then stack them)
- Fork-lift operator
- Bus-driver
- Snack operation manager (you basically decide how the Coke-Pepsi-diet drink ratio works with an office of 30 people)
- Editor
- Child-behavior analyst (that's what you call a guy who has to ensure Lt's grow up and become real leaders)
- Base beautification technician (you paint rocks, trim hedges, and fake people out with 2-star landscaping efforts)
- Computer expert (you walk around with 300 3x5 cards of marginally useful information but know what cables to check, or how to reboot a computer, or know what the E42 error is on a HP laserjet printer).

At the end of all of this....the best you can say is that I was a multi-task guy who carried around 30,000 3x5 cards in my pocket.

Blacks and the Past Eight Years

Over the past couple of days....the White House has attempted to put out a theme that blacks in America are better off now.....than prior to 2008 (the Bush years).  It's mostly because Trump says.....nothing much has happened over the past eight years....so why continue to vote for the Democrats if you didn't get nothing or improve.

It is a legit discussion.

If you were a black kid from a family that had some enthusiasm for college or some trade-craft.....I agree, you probably did pretty well, and it's a success story to some degree.  I won't say it matters who was President.....just that for the last eight years....in your case, you did well.

If you were a black kid from a low-income family.....no enthusiasm for college or some trade-craft....no money....no real hope.....then you are at the same level as your dad was twenty years ago.  If you were lucky....you flip burgers for someone, or do some kind of lawn maintenance job for the city.  Maybe you sell some great meth.  

I don't buy that there's any real difference between Republican or Democratic idiots who act as President.  You can go back over thirty years, and the only real change was the low-income jobs that Ronald Reagan brought along to most small communities.  The NAFTA gimmick?  It more or less destroyed jobs for the lesser people in America and other than pumping gas, cleaning toilets, flipping burgers, or driving long-haul trucks.....about a million Americans are sitting around and frustrated about reality in the nation today.

The idea of twisting the health care act into some massive benefit to the black community?  Ask most people what they paid in 2008, and what they pay today, and see how they view the gimmick.  I doubt that you find that many people who are happy about what happened.

Here's the thing.....what the black community needs is some access to trade-craftsman schools....NOT colleges.  They need a trade that opens the door toward employment.  Then they need real jobs, which are might be gained if NAFTA is dumped.  If you could find some candidate who could take a hundred unemployed black kids....ages 18 to 25.....and offer up some entry-level trade-craft situations for fifty-percent of them.....we'd all be better off.  People would have a real life.....buy a car.....buy a house eventually.....pay taxes.....and be part of some bigger community.

I won't say the past eight years were zeroed-out years for the black community.....but I think most just sat there and kept waiting for for some 4th quarter repair-job.....that just never came.  Their guy.....with all the hopes pinned on him.....simply couldn't deliver much more than a good acting job.

This Trump option?  It's a crazy idea....but let's be honest....who is going to create jobs that have nothing to do with massive taxation and government funded jobs which don't really do much down the line except create more taxation to pay for the jobs?  I won't say the Trump option is sane or the best idea.....but if you only have two options.....maybe for some kinda of crazy job creation....Trump might make sense.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Captain Kirk "White Paper"

This week, the science guys have come up and got all pumped up about a planet that make be like the Earth and fairly near.....well.....near enough that we might be talking about a space trip out to this planet (unmanned very likely) in about twenty-five to thirty years. The big talk is.....it just be have life on it and we'd start to prove or disprove some things.

So, you have to pull out the Captain Kirk text-book and start some assumptions.

Any ship we send.....will be told to orbit far out....search for radio and TV signals and approach the planet with extreme caution.

The minute you learn that there is life.....how do you approach?  Or do you skip that step and simply retreat?

If you learn they have nukes and have used them in the past.....will you make any attempt to send a 'message'?

When your ship comes back to Earth, with all this data over life existing there.....intelligent life.....possibly threatening life.....then what?  Will you even allow the returning team to return to Earth and explain what they found?

Suppose you land there and find some primitive culture of man existing....in the midst a dinosaur era.  Will you go and help them wipe out the dinosaurs as part of the "good-Earth" agenda?

If you land and find the culture more or less in the technology era of 1912.....will you land and declare yourself as some friend to their culture?

My guess is that NASA has ten guys on the payroll....all PhD types.....and all thinking about how stuff like this can be handled.  It's probably not a very happy group.  They know that you are simply asking for trouble....no matter what folks you find.....even if these are cave-men or 6th century-thinking folks.  Do you give them penicillin?  Do you hand them a copy of Shakespeare?  Do you lecture them on poker and how to play it?  Do you demonstrate baseball?  Do you mention Hillary and her email woes?

What if the natives of the new planet see you as a "God" and worship you?  Does our Roger Ramjet astronaut guy then say that he'll come back in five years and bring other "Gods" with him?

If you do make the decision to kill off 300,000 dangerous dinosaurs on this new planet.....will it get you in trouble back on Earth?  Will some court lawyer drag you into some mess because of decision on a planet half-way across the universe?

If our astronaut guy strikes up a relationship with cave-gal Jane there and has some kids with her.....will it cause some trouble with NASA?

I'm guessing there is a 3,000 page paper sitting there at NASA with the countless number of scenarios and how each should be handled.  Frankly, it'd likely scare the crap out of most PhD guys to think at this level and worry about the impact of things down the line.

"Throwback" 2016

Back around 2010, I had this chance to try "Throwback" Mountain Dew.  It was the original recipe....made with real sugar.  For those who don't remember the original drink....at some point in the very late 1970s to early 80s....sugar became fairly expensive....so our drink folks decided to flip over to high fructose corn syrup, which was cheaper.  It was almost as good as the original drink (at least in my humble opinion).

I sat there on a Sunday afternoon and sipped the "Throwback" Mountain Dew in a large glass with crushed ice.  It was refreshing, and stimulating.  It was the way that Mountain Dew ought to taste.

This week, I came to this odd feeling with the 2016 Presidential election.....that Donald Trump is the "Throwback" candidate from the 1960s and 1970s.

To be honest, if you look at the whole primary....you had fifteen-odd characters who were modern-day Republicans and in some weird fashion....a majority of voters deemed them to be "fake" in conservative way.  Trump?  He was talking like some 1960s Republican (even before Reagan).

We've concluded the primary business and the convention, and what you see on a daily basis is a "Throwback" guy talking in some fashion that reminds people (at least those over the age of fifty) of some period of time when you didn't have all this fakeness in politics.  Oh I admit....Trump might be fake in the end.....but the whole system has gotten so screwed up.....that most everything is fake now.
CNN? Fake.  Washington Post?  Fake.  New York Times?  Fake.  Fox News?  Fake.

Things are so fake now, that we watch the Kardashians do fake stuff on TV and consider it to be authentic entertainment.  We watch the History Channel with fake Amish Mafia Show give us a couple of guys in beards who seem to be acting like Amish guys and we believe it.

Is this what the whole campaign year is about?  Simply "Throwback"?  Maybe.  But considering all the options.....it's probably something we can accept for a couple of years.