Sunday, 29 November 2015

The German Hot-Dog Warmer

I get in Saturday's mail....these various sales leaflets.....for the upcoming Christmas season.

In an electronics brochure.....there's this wurstchen (a German hot-dog) cooker.

Now, I looked at this for several minutes.  It basically takes two German style hot-dogs.....grills them in some fashion for roughly five minutes (at a limited heat) and then pops them up like a toaster.

Price?  399.95 Euro (480 dollars roughly).

Yeah, it's got a clock and a timer.....and it comes in a fancy wood crate (appeals to the rough and ready guy).

The thing is.....would you pay $480 for a hot-dog warmer? I mean....at Wal-Mart or Piggly Wiggly.....you could probably get a plain regular one without any clock to it....for maybe $29.

Now, I admit.....it is German-made.  It's high-quality.  It probably would still be around with weekly usage.....even twenty years from now.  But would you pay $480 for it?

I brought this up to my wife as a potential Christmas gift.  It didn't go well.  She mentioned that she's got a high cost German stove, with a high-cost German pot, which I can fill with German water....to cook up my German-style hot-dogs (wurstchen).  Why should I waste 399.95 Euro on this?

I would be curious to know how many guys will buy this and if the company only made twelve of these for sales across Germany.

The sad thing....if you ponder upon this long enough.....is that there was some engineer who had the job of designing and testing this.  A graduate of some fancy engineering school.....with some fancy designation upon the end of his name.  He probably wasted nine-hundred man-hours designing this and it's a quarter of his entire resume.  You might be standing there one day and have this guy in front of you.....then you (HR) realize....he's the crazy guy who made the German $480 hot-dog warmer.  The question is....would you hire this guy?

Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Drone Pilot Story

There was an interesting piece in the LA Times today.....covering the Air Force, contractors, and the requirement for more drone pilots.

So, the Air Force has come to agree that they have a problem in getting and maintaining enough qualified drone pilots.

You might ask why.  

Around twenty years ago when this drone thing was first being discussed, it was decided that these were all high-value items and thus you needed an officer to fly them.  One might admit that if city street-sweepers had a cost-value of $2 million, and the Air Force bought a dozen of them.....they'd have Captains piloting the city street-sweeper.

Then they said that you had to be a graduate of flight school and thus a 'real' pilot to fly the drone.  So if you were in the school and you came to the point where they handed out airframes and assignments....you fell into three groups.  The first being the happy group with fighters.  The second group were the cargo or recon plane jobs, which were somewhat happy individiuals.  The third group was the drone group, where no one was very happy.

Being a drone pilot meant you were going to Vegas for three years.  It meant that you'd be sitting in a cubicle and monitoring a flight that might take fifteen-plus hours, then you'd walk out and try to assemble a somewhat normal life in the Vegas culture.  I should note....on top of the drone duty, the AF always tried to find other duties to ensure your administrative side of life was hectic and full of papers to be written.

The only positive thing was that at the end of a drone tour....you got this really juicy assignment somewhere for three years.....possibly even a career-enhancement job which guaranteed early promotion.  Then, they might come to you after the juicy period, and offer a drone deal again.....since you had the certifications, and offer you a chance to drone for three years, and then get that heavily desired DC job which would guarantee you another promotion.

For a decade, drone-burn-out has been discussed in open forums and people readily agree that it's a problem now to recruit and keep Air Force pilots under this issue.

So, contracting companies stood up and said.....if you pay us X, we will provide a drone pilot force.

What they look for are simply people with a pilot background that meet the contract specifications.  No one cares if the guy is 30 pounds overweight.  No one cares if the pilot is a guy who wears Scottish Kilts or a ladies high heels.  No one cares if the contracted drone pilot is HIV-positive.  No one cares if the drone pilot is a trans-lady-guy.  That's the thing about contracting out this job.....you just want someone to show up at 3AM, get into a lounge seat for sixteen hours, and fly a mission from some air conditioned room on the base north of Vegas.  Administrative duties for the contracted pilots?  No....none.

Naturally, this drew negativity....hiring out.

The Air Force said.....fine.....they'd hire for the Reaper drones....which are recon only.....not capable of firing missiles.  The contractors wouldn't pinpoint targets (lasering) or push the button for the missile.

All of this got military lawyers upset to some degree.....they still say that the contractors are part of a "kill chain" and you just can't use civilians for that purpose.  There's that law which says you as a civilian cannot be part of an armed conflict.

It's ok to cook chow food in a war zone, or repair trucks, or erect tents.  Once you cross the line into the killing zone.....it's 'bad'.

Part of this problem of a drone pilot shortage....is the Air Force's own fault.  If the Army ran the program.....it'd be a warrant-officer program where guys with a year of college would be professional drone-pilots.  They wouldn't be dragged around with deals being laid on the table.....year after year....and they'd probably own permanent homes in Vegas, with a three-year tour every couple of years to Italy or Germany to chill out.  The Army would figure out some way to only fly four or five missions a month, and most folks would be happy with the deal.  The Air Force got rid of warrant-officers back in the late 1950s.....saying they just were a hindrance.

There are probably 300,000 kids in America who are 'game-happy' and computer geeks.  If you went up to a eighteen-year-old kid and just said.....here's this deal.  You go through a simulator pilot school for two months....we certify you......then you drone with us for five years while we pay for two classes each semester and pay you $40,000 a year to live in Vegas....then you'd get several thousand volunteers each year.  You end the five-year deal with a degree and walk out out the door happy.  The Air Force could make some deal like this but then they'd have to admit that any idiot could fly the drone with a little bit of training, and they'd hate to admit that in public.

So, settle back and watch how this unfolds.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Seat Innovation

Innovation is running absolute overdrive presently.

I noticed in auto news today that there's new seat technology developed....called 'Active Wellness'.  What it generally does is monitor you the "sitter" in terms of your physical way and your mental status.

Now, you'd likely pause here and ask some questions.

The seat is checking your heart rate, your respiration rate and analyzing those to compare against your expected stress level.  Based on your standards (I'm assuming there is some input that you have to make into the system about your body, etc)....it'll come back with a massage function or heat/cool function and lessen your stress.

The big draw?  If you look sleepy on bio-standards....it'll do something to wake you up.  All of this.....without really touching your skin.....attaching electrodes.....or putting some kind of copper wearing on your head.

My brother would look at this and probably ask if there is an electrical volt charge somewhere involved.....if you did nod off......and wanting to personally measure the charge himself (but avoid being the sittee).  It'd be one of those lab-like experiments like you do at Auburn when the professor is not around to ensure safety compliance.

All of this comes from rocket scientists (actual NASA engineers) withing with Ohio State University and some PhD type folks at Stanford University.

The thing is.....once they perfect this gadget.....why limit it to just car seats?  Why not install it in some upscale office chairs as well.....or your riding lawn-mower seat.....or even your tractor seat.

You get all frustrated with the boss?  The seat registers this and suddenly turns on some Beach Boy tunes.....hits a fan in the corner.....then flashes some trailer trash gal's pictures across the screen.....to get your mind off the frustration.

You get frustrated with the wife at home while operating the tractor?  It'll flip on 'Ring of Fire' by Johnny Cash and flash some video across the screen on the tractor TV of Green Acres and you start grinning.

There will be hardcore guys standing there....saying it's their right to be natural and not be affected by some fancy gadgets like this.  They probably refer to themselves as the Mennonite-2015 version who refuse to advance past this point.

I'll bet somewhere in the mix of innovation....there's some guy standing there and wiring up the measurements device to detect when you pass gas and recommend some type of action.....or if your NCAA team lost over the weekend and try to comfort you in some way as you drive to work on a Monday.

It is a bold new world that is coming.

Monday, 23 November 2015

NPR in 2015

The Washington Post wrote up an article over the weekend.....concerning National Public Radio (NPR).  The jest of this is that listeners are 'dying-out'.  Over the past decade NPR has come to realize that it's losing listeners.....mostly because older and enthusiastic listeners are not being replaced by younger and enthusiastic listeners.   There is some fear that they will cross some mythical line and find Congressional funding to be lessen at some point down the road (at least a decade away).

Around 1971, I was one of those who eagerly found the NPR station in my region of rural Alabama, tuning into a station that carried jazz, opera, and classical music.  They carried readings from Hemingway and Steinbeck, and had intellectual conversations once in a while.  For a kid from rural surroundings, it was a worthy vehicle.

At some point in the 1980s.....they trimmed back on jazz, opera, and classical music......flipping to more news and political commentary.  By the mid-1990s.....they went turbo on political stuff and news.....with almost no jazz, opera or classical music anymore.  A handful of entertainment shows sat around and made the format worthwhile.

Around twelve years ago, I reached a point where I was generally laughing over the political news and couldn't really take them as a serious journalist forum.

For a 18-year-old today?  It's hard to figure what a younger individual would get out of NPR.  They avoid entertainment news like it's the plague.  They rarely cover sports other than some 1,000 word essay over the Brooklyn Dodgers or the old Yankees of the 1950s.  Anything related to the modern culture of some kid?  Forget it.

At some point, you just come to sense that NPR will have to go and re-invent itself.....going back to the old format of the 1970s and 1980s.....which will confuse half the crowd of listeners that they have today.

Sadly, you can only generate roughly twelve minutes a day of real political news before you reach a point where there's nothing worth discussing.  The term.....'overkill' starts to make your journalistic talents marginal and amusing.  It's the same problem that CNN suffers from today.....there's just not enough news to fill an hour and keep viewers interested....so you start talking about two-headed cows or page six of some farm legislative bill that concerns Texas cotton farmers.

Maybe NPR will figure a way to survive, but I suspect they've got about five years at best before someone starts talking budget cuts and how they fit into some future operations situation.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Being Fake Southern

I noticed in the news this morning that someone was there in Memphis to attend the rally for Hillary, and noticed her fake-but-realistic southern accent.

Forty years ago....having a southern accent was a negative thing and people tended to lose it as they migrated out of the south.  These are people who learned a neutral accent.

Developing a fake accent?  It's hard to do this in some accurate fashion.  I've seen Bill Clinton at work and Bill simply shifts back and forth.  He never really lost his accent....he just coupled his southern accent with some neutral words, and continued on.  As much as you consider Bill a national guy.....he's a southerner when it comes to speech.

One of the worst southern accents I've heard over the past two decades is President Obama.  When he's shifted over and tries to deliver some speech....using the fake southern accent.....he comes off looking foolish.  I tend to think the same thing with Hillary because she'll get two or three sentences into some speech.....then revert back to neutral talk for a sentence or two, then revert back to southern chat.

Years ago, I came back to Alabama for a visit and was going to buy some updated clothing (something that I rarely do) and went to a men's shop near the town where I grew up.  I was about half-way through this sizing and selection process when this fifty-year-old gal came up to offer help.  The accent was about 200-percent of the typical average southern accent that I was used to.  I actually had to stand there for about ten seconds....trying to analyze the words and translate these in my mind.

After that experience, I came to realize there are probably a dozen different southern levels.  I brought this up one day with someone in the office who grew up in the region around Savannah, Georgia.  They had gone 'neutral' years ago but could readily shift back to Savannah-twang.  With thirty seconds of Savannah dialog....I had to admit that I barely understood half of what he said.

In the case of Hillary's speech....she's trying to infer to the crowd that she's one of them.  The fakeness of the deal?  Well.....most people would sit there and just shake their head.  If they wanted one of the "them" as President.....they would have run one of their own people with the real accent for the office of President.

How desperate are we to hear the fake southern accent and get all hyped up over the accent?  That's the thing.  If you sat and asked a hundred southerners about this.....they generally have this image in their mind of some 'carpetbagger' (that's an 1800's term for a fraudulent political figure whose come to town to tell them their woes and how only they can fix the problems at hand).  

Any chance that Trump will use a fake southern accent?  No.  That's something you can bet on.

I'm not really against the Hillary southern accent presentation.....if she thinks it'll help her, then fine.  But I suspect that people will just walk out of the arena after hearing the speech and keep thinking.....man, it just wasn't that good of a fake accent.

I'm waiting for the help-desk guru's to dream up their newest gimmick for Indian-help desk technicians when you call them up.....using a southern accent and dialog.....trying to make Americans feel charmed and ultra-comfortable with the repair or technical support.

Bottom line?  We are a crazy society where fraudulent accents seem to matter.  And being fake-southern seems to matter in this little world.

Chancellor Talk

For some reason, the University of Missouri continues to be in the news.  You'd think by now that they'd burned up most national interest.....but apparently there is still more trouble.

Late Friday.....the university governing body met and had this discussion.  It was over the way that they will handle the decision process of who will become the next chancellor, and the president at the other campus in Columbia.  If you remember the details....both gentlemen handed in their resignations.

This Board met and allowed student input.  So students came forward and said they want input into the decision process.....something that no university in the US has ever allowed.  They weren't finished.....they also wanted improvements on non-white students, and better treatment of graduate students (higher stipends, more affordable housing, paternity and maternity leave, and adequate health care).

The Board?  It's made up of eight members.....two women, six men.  All appointed by the governor.  I looked over their 'resumes' via the university site.  These are all highly educated people.....people with professions, and a long list of accomplishments.

It's hard to imagine that you'd turn a Chancellor-recruitment episode into a very open process where it's more than eight people deciding upon the next guy.  The last thing on Earth you'd do.....is allow thirty-odd thousand college students to be part of the process.  In a matter of weeks, you could turn the university into some large forum of frustrated people who think they "own" the university.

The curious thing that might step up next.....is that the state assembly or legislature wants to be part of the recruitment episode......then the general public of Missouri.

Generally, when you recruit some Chancellor.....you want some individual who has had past experience and demonstrated himself or herself as competent.

Why limit this process to only the Chancellor?  Why not open the door for the football coach, the basketball coach, etc.....to be student-participation as well?  Why not open the door and allow the students to pick professors to be fired or hired?

There's a reason why you want some sixty-year-old people to be on a board and to be responsible for the actions required.  If you turn this process into a circus.....parents will recognize that, and voice concern that their kids are going to a marginal two-star university.  By summer of next year, the new freshman group on the list to attend in the fall might be only seventy-percent of what is expected.  A lot of students don't realize the negativity that can be attached to a university has consequences.

There's been talk since the day that the Chancellor resigned....that the students had this idea over their "insider" (Micheal Middleton), who is now acting as the temporary Chancellor until the board determines the full replacement.  There is a suggestion that the students just want the Board to rubber-stamp Middleton as the permanent guy and avoid any review of outside possibilities.  The issue will be pay structure, and Middleton might come up to ask for a twenty-five percent pay increase over what they paid the last guy, and that won't work......unless of course, the students jerk people around to demand it.

For some reason, I just don't have much faith that this University of Missouri episode will come to a successful conclusion.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Little Pill

It's one of those odd stories that came up today....from the Washington Post.

So, there is this drug which has been noticed in the Syrian civil war.  Capagon.

It's a major amphetamine drug.  Normally, you'd buy it (illegally) for a price of $5 to $20, each.  It was developed by the Germans in the early 1960s.  I won't say it's connected back to the Nazis but there's probably a discovery related before the war ended.

The drug got introduced into the Syrian conflict.  But there's this odd history behind the drug....back five or six years ago, the consumer side of the drug had several layers but roughly one-third of the world production of this amphetamine would go to Saudi Arabia.  Seven tons, say the Post.

It's gotten to such a bad situation that almost 50,000 Saudi guys end up in some drug rehab in an average year.

So I looked at the side effect or usage deal.  Basically, you end up thinking you've got super-strength, lots of stamina and go for hours and hours charged up.  Then, you start a downward trend.

The doctors who handle this stuff admit it's pretty dangerous on the side effects.....brain damage and psychosis.  Guys tend to use the pill....burn up energy...miss eating....start losing weight.....go back to the pill.....and in some weird cycle....you end up with some thin-slim guy all juiced up and on a fake-energy high.

No one says much over how long you can continue at this rate, but I'd take a humble guess that you might last six to twelve months before you've got issues that are detrimental to your health.

So, this brings me to this odd observation.  You take a 100,000 charged up guys.....deliver them into the Syrian War for ISIS, and as the months roll by....your force is dissolving month by month.  Somewhere between the 12th and 24th month......you'd have to go back and do a recruiting cycle to bring fresh guys in, and then send the remaining guys into one last battle where they don't return....mostly because you know they've got major brain damage and psychosis.

In a way, they are burning through the enthusiasm and recruits, and not showing anything in return.

These guys in Paris?  Well, no one has said much about tests or autopsy results (it's too early).  But it might well provide some answers to how guys get so charged up and enthusiastic......using a drug to make it possible.  

An agenda surrounded by dopers?  Well, it's best not to bring this up....it'd just worry people even more.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Thing About Privilege

For a number of months, I've been coming across this new term that widely used on the internet...."white privilege".

I sat down today and spent a couple of hours reading over the term, the definition, and the 'fad' that exists over it.

In simple terms.....it's when a western culture (never an eastern culture)....has privileges which have been generated and it is believed that these privileges are not as widely enjoyed or gained by the non-white members of the same western culture.

These all revolve around cultural values that do exist or in some cases....simply exist in the mind (the ability to buy, the ability to move, the ability to speak freely, the ability to play, the ability to work, etc).

The problem is...."X privilege" has been around for a hundred thousand years.  When Urg walked over the hill and found some nicer territory there, but there was this lesser tribe who seemed volatile.....Urg just used his 'privilege' and some of his guys to establish ownership.  They did this in Africa....Asia.....Europe....the Americas....etc.

"X privilege" existed in Europe when Rome set up its empire and boasted of it's strength. Rome used X privilege to drag the bulk of Rome toward commerce, trade, communication and innovation.

"X privilege" was used in the North Sea region for several hundred years and established successful cultures, vast trade routes, apprenticeship, study, and refinement of society.

"X privilege" has been used over and over.  The real question here to ask....what speed brake do you intend to use and who is in charge of limiting the behavior or speed of "X privilege"?

Will we be shuffling brilliant and stupid professors around.....hoping that the new formula will reverse X and Y privilege?

Will we be taxing successful companies run by X privilege members and rewarding Y privilege members, and who is the guy in charge to determine this?

Finally.....I'll offer this simplistic advice.  If you are in the heart of some concrete 'jungle' where nothing is working.....pack up a bag and leave.  If you are in the midst of a school with loser teachers who've lost their respect and their will to teach.....pack up a bag and leave.  If you've signed up with some stupid college and contemplating debt of $80,000 on your butt with a worthless degree....pack up a bag and leave.  Don't let someone run your decision-making ability.....you ought to be able to ask stupid questions and get simple answers.

Life isn't about a path that came with a 12-color map, a $99-compass, and a travel-guide who seems to be lacking in common sense and luster but seems to know how to avoid bad stumbles.  Do something.....but don't just stand there waiting.

If you are waiting for 'White  Privilege to be replaced....don't worry, it always gets replaced by another brand or style or variety of privilege.  The thing is....you may not like that one either.

Teen Vogue

I sat this morning....reading through terrorist updates and some guy posted something...attributing it to 'Teen Vogue'.

I sat there in a daze.....thinking what the heck is this.  It is a two-page piece written about the backlash against Syrian refugees since the Paris attack and how it's so (SO) unfair.  It does mention the evil Republican senator Rand Paul (everyone knows that Rand is evil anyway)....because he's trying to front a bill to halt the flow of the poor Syrian guys coming into the US.

"Irrational" gets mentioned and a couple of various words/comments that would be used for this brief article.

The thing that gets me.....Vogue (the big magazine) usually fronts itself on glamour, fashion, trends, health, and women's issues.  Teen Vogue is mostly read by 13-to-16 year old girls and is mostly written with younger women in mind.

Political topics?  Up until this point, I would have laughed when someone suggested that Teen Vogue might be used politically.  Sadly, I've been proven wrong.

Oddly, Teen Vogue didn't open the article up to comments.....probably because a number of outsiders would have gone negative and said something bad about the slant of the article.

This gets me to this odd trend now existing....where teens are getting topics and prospectives that were non-existent twenty years ago.  You almost have to stand there over a thirteen-year-old kid and discuss incompetence, political BS, international affairs, and corrupt news media practices.  You have to explain to the kid that there people sitting there and manipulating with your mind, and you have to get wise, see the deceptions, and be strong against stupidity.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Safe-Spaces

This past week....the term "safe-space" got brought up.....in relation to the University of Missouri.

I had to look up the word or phrase....to understand what it meant.  So, it tends to mean a place where you'd go at the college.....a positive place....where people will be there to offer teacher, educational institution or other students.....who do not tolerate hate speech, disagreement, harassment or violence of any type.  In simple words.....this safe-place is where everyone will think, talk, ponder, image, assume, comprehend, feel, and discourse....just like you.

Amazing?

The hint by folks who describe this is that it's typically where you'd go if you were lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or "other".  The 'other' ended up being added and it includes Blacks, but not whites, Asians, Mexicans, Latinos, Chinese, or Puerto Ricans.....unless you were gay or such.

I sat and thought about this.  Usually, when I was in the Air Force, this was the barracks.  You'd go back.....open up a beer, and talk to like-minded people.  Conversations would usually go the full length......NCAA football, 'lifers', trailer-trash queens, beers, life on the farm, inner-city Detroit, TV shows, disco being dead, car batteries, women showing too much cleavage, ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, the best chow-hall food, booze mixtures, cheap hotels that people had stayed in, world politics, and women's boxing.

My brother would say his safe-space is a storm cellar....yet to be built but will be a practical space when the big tornado hits.  He'll probably admit it'll have a small fridge and shelter two six-packs of PBR and some beef-jerky.

Some other folks would say their safe-space is some place where their wife can't find them....day or night.

A handful of folks will admit their safe-space is a local bar, with 1970s music in the background, a trailer-tramp gal with a halter top who shows up on Tuesday nights to talk about UFOs, and an unlimited bucket of peanuts.

I pondered upon this safe-space deal and what these punk kids were going there and talking about.  I get the impression that they aren't that sure about what is going on and this is mostly to talk to people to get pumped up and feel sure about their criticism of the school.

Personally, if I were the father of one of these kids.....paying $25,000 a year.....I'd be in the car and going down to pick up Junior or Wanda.....insisting that I won't waste $25,000 on some safe-space university or some club pretending this will achieve something positive in life.

Eventually, someone will figure out that safe-spaces are mostly bogus, or just a place to chill out.  Then they will rig up fancy commercialized safe-spaces.....where you can sip beer or booze.....paying a price of course....and get professional advice from some bartender while in the safe-space.

Monday, 16 November 2015

An Alabama Standoff

It's hard to say what will happen after Alabama's governor Bentley announced that the state won't be accepting any of the Syrians that the President intends to "deliver".

The statement was read late on Sunday evening and no one from the White House has said much.

My humble guess is that the President's team will say "fine" and just substitute Iraqis for the Syrians and proceed ahead.

Alabama might come back and say....we meant any and all refugees, period.

Then you'd start to have one folks call....a Mexican standoff.  This is usually where two Mexicans meet, argue, pull pistols, and then neither will back down or negotiate.

Might the Feds cut funding and try to intimidate Alabama?  Well, they could try some deal like this....cutting highway funding.  Alabama would just go through the court system and ask where in the current law do they get special punishment for refusing refugees?  The answer?  It's not there.

No one has said much over where or how many.  I noted from the news that for the next twelve months....there was talk of 10,000 Syrians being brought to the US and spread between the fifty states.  An educated guess would be Alabama's share to be around 200-to-400.

It would be curious where in Bama that this crew would be resettled.  We don't really have any urban centers currently with Muslims.  There might be a handful in Birmingham and Huntsville.  Knowing how stupid the federal guys are.....they might try to push the whole four hundred into one small community on the north side of Birmingham....where crime and threats are a daily thing.  Or they might be stupid enough to pick an area which has a large segment of KKK members.

Most Syrians who came into Germany were looking for highly urbanized areas.  They were a bit disenchanted when they wound up in rural areas where it's mostly cattle, tractors, and trees.  My humble guess is that Alabama would be fitting that type of landscape and no one would be very happy over this.

The one thing one might say for shock for the Syrians is that virtually everyone in Alabama carries a pistol or rifle in the truck.  On any given day at some Dairy Queen or Piggy Wiggly.....you could ask folks visiting if they have a weapon nearby and around seventy-percent will grin and just not say much.

I'll wait and see how the President's plan works and how Alabama slides around this.  Maybe there's some offering on the table to convince the state to overlook the situation, and avoid the Mexican standoff.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

That One Religion

Generally, if you have Buddhists around Hindus....there's not much of a problem.

Generally, if you have Buddhists living around Sikhs....there's not much of a problem.

Generally, if you have Hindus around Christians.....there's not much of a problem.

Generally, if you have Hindus around Jews....there's not much of a problem.

Generally, if you have Shintos around Christians.....there's not much of a problem.

Go through Jews, Atheists, Baha'is and Sikhs into one neighborhood, there's not much of a problem.

Go throw Buddhists, Christians and Hindus into one town, there's not much of a problem.

You reach a point with this logic game where you finally come to one particular religion, and the fact that it has problems with 99-percent of all other religions existing.  You try to ask why, but for some reason.....the smart intellectual guy on CNN or MSNBC can't really answer it.  He grins a good bit but he just can't answer why one particular religion can't function or survive around other groups without hostility coming up.

Oh, it used to be true around the early 1600s where Catholics and Protestants were capable of killing a thousand people in one day in central Europe.....over the hostility between the two.  Eventually, they wiped out enough people.....that their brand-name ended up changing.  People lost faith in both religions and asked enough stupid questions to end the conflict.

There is a good debate topic here.....if people were willing to ask stupid questions and get the right people to answer the questions.  

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Talking over the University of Missouri

There's been some talk this past week over increasing student demonstrations and demands.....which may flow a great deal further than the University of Missouri.....where a Nazi-swastika made of feces got black students all disturbed and eventually only ended as the football team threatened not to play and the University President resigned.  There in the great moment of peace....as black students met on the campus lawn.....a circle developed to keep news media and reporters from the center area where black students were drawn into (white students in support of the agenda were told to stay out because they weren't black), and "decompression" occurred.

I pondered over the "decompression" comment....wondering if this was a drug decompression, an alcohol decompression, an oxygen decompression, a hallucinatory decompression, a fake decompression, or perhaps a non-existent decompression-story that just never was existing.

As for the future of more student demonstrations?  If you follow the news media, there's talk of twenty different campus episodes unfolding over the next month.....each with the agenda of getting action and having people fired.

I have no doubt that through the first couple of episodes....it'll go the same way.  A thousand students at the college will march and demonstrate.  The football team will threaten not to play.  Professors will get in the middle and pretend they are friends of the victim crowd.

At some point, one college president will stand up and say 'no'.

It'll be a curious episode that occurs quickly and with different factors at work.

He'll call the football players into a room....one by one.....then put the scholarship paperwork in front of them and say they have twenty-four hours to get 'right' or be let go.  No uniform, no play, no support, no NFL potential, no tuition coverage, no room and board, and zero potential that some other college will accept them for their team.

He'll call the football coach in and let him know that if he's supporting the strike kids.....he's gone.  And the odds of hooking up with another college?  Zero percent.

He'll call the professors into his office and let them know that they have one single agenda on the campus.....to teach.  Anything other than that.....is a fireable offense.  They are state employees and have a need to support the state rules..

He'll face each kid who threatens to demonstrate and let them know that this will be the last semester at the college.....they need to find a new and fresh place to hang out in the future.  Any act of violence?  He'll bring them over to the county for property destruction charges and just let the state handle the punks.

In a matter of seven days....this guy will shut down the demonstration in remarkable fashion.  After that point, other colleges will act the same, and the whole thing will fall apart in a matter of two or three months.

Just my humble opinion.

Hillary at the Convention

It's not worth a big discussion....but it did get brought up this week.  The AP (Associated Press) sat down and asked about 'superdelegates' to the Democratic Convention.

Most people, if you ask them....have no idea what a superdelegate is.  When you look at the total head count of folks inside of the arena when they gather for the Convention.....there's roughly 5,554 folks who have a vote.  Naturally, you would assume they are all part of the primary system.  Well....no.

You need 2,778 to win the Convention episode.  Roughly half of the 5,554 folks will come there as undeclared people.....associated with the primary votes or states.  These are VIP related votes and can vote anyway they desire.

The AP sat down and canvased a fair number of the Superdelegates......367 total folks.  Out of this group.....Bernie Sanders got endorsed by eight people.

If you do the math, this means that Hillary logically has gotten 96-percent of the Superdelegates locked up and fixed for her.

So, for the fifty primary states....Hillary has to win three states at best (even small states like Delaware, North Dakota and Hawaii) to win the Convention.  Bernie could take forty-five states with absolute wins, and it won't matter.....Hillary wins at the Convention.

Even if you use the likely scenarios that Bernie will possibly win twenty states in the primary.....it simply doesn't matter.  The Convention deal and the Superdelegates make this all a worthless gimmick.

The Republicans?  Well, yeah, they have Superdelegates as well.  They were supposed to be there and help Jeb cross the line with twenty-odd state wins (under the scenario that existed six months ago).  Now?  Jeb is running a marginal campaign....probably can't win more than three states at best and it would be a huge embarrassment for the Convention to suddenly throw up every Superdelegate and the three state delegates up, and push Jeb across the line.  No one would take the Republicans serious any more and everyone would laugh over why the primary even needs to be conducted.

All of this leads one to question why bother with primaries and state elections.  Just let the insiders put their guy up and go through some theater-like games to make people think it's all 'real'.  On the plus side here?  You can go ahead and bet money now that Hillary will be the one sitting there in November of 2016....running for the Democrats.  Even if she only wins three primaries....she will be the pick.

Friday, 13 November 2015

The VW $1000 Offer

I noticed this week that Volkswagen offered $1,000 gift cards for VW diesel owners.....to accept as pay-back on this terrible and misfortune scandal.

No one much has indicated that they've accepted the cards.  You have until the end of April of 2016....before this deal runs out.

My guess is that they might find six people out of the eleven-million 'world' diesel owners.....who might accept the card deal.

By the time that they've mandated that you have to come in and get the software update, there will be hundreds of lawyers across the US who have become VW scandal specialists.  A nice threat type of letter will go to VW-USA and it's corporate headquaters.  My hunch is that they will all ask for either a brand-new car or $100,000 in damages.  VW will laugh, and then find that court-episode by court-episode will make this impossible to handle.

The cheapest way to fix this is to simply give everyone a chance to drive that VW diesel into the franchise and swap for a brand-new car of $25,000 value.  It'll take the lawyers out of the mess and be the simplest way of fixing this quickly.  What happens to the old car?  Be creative, but I wouldn't allow it to stay in the US....I'd move it to Brazil or Argentina and just hope that there's a used car market there.

The Crazy Story

This morning, I noted there's this news item out of New York City.  Being from Bama, I have this appreciation of New York City.

The City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is going to release a report where they indicate via research and polling efforts.....they've determined that one out of five New York City folks....are mentally "crazy", deranged, having psychological disorders, dippy, batty, moonstruck, or flaky.

So you do the math.....8.4 million folks living there, and you come to a minimum of 1.5 million who've got an issue.

The thing that bothers me about this is that New York is trying it's best to outdo Alabama for "crazies".  Everyone knows.....that Alabama has more crazies than any other state.  My humble guess is that for each three adults.....we maintain a 33-percent average....meaning one in three Alabama folks are plain crazy.

My brother would cite personal evidence from attending college in the state, conversations with co-workers, and noting personal observations from the local region......agreeing that it's pretty near a 33-percent craziness level.

The thing is about Alabama craziness......we have different categories.

We have NCAA-crazy....where 40,000 state residents are willing to break into a fist-fight if you insult their team or their level of play from last weekend's game.

We have satan-crazy....where 16,000 people are charged up on religion and believe satan might be a living character and possible the guy in front of them at the gas station.

We have engineer-crazy.....where a guy has a garage lab set up and spending $20,000 a year to develop a watermelon cannon that would fire rapid shots and up to six miles.

We have Republican-crazy.....where you keep saying Republican moral stuff, but cheat on the wife daily, have a same-sex liaison situation, gamble constantly, drink bourbon throughout the day, use meth, and voted for President Obama twice.

We have Democrat-crazy.....where you talk like a Democrat twenty hours out of the day, but you tend to freak people out by quoting Reagan constantly, and support the NRA.

We have meth-crazy.....where you do enough meth to marry some gal over the weekend but you can't remember who was or what she looked like.

We have people-who-are-touched-crazy.....who claim they worked for the CIA, knew Castro, and flew fighter jets in Vietnam.

We have other-people-who-are-touched-crazy....who say they saw Jesus over the weekend, and he convinced them to have a second wife, and burn down the house.

Generally, we don't say much when in the company of such crazies.....we try to respect them and give them as much freedom as possible.  They might be neighbors, friends, relatives, or fellow-church-members.  They might be psycho.....but friendly-psycho.

So, when you read this news item and get all worried about that many crazy folks in New York City....don't worry, the best they can do is number two, and Bama will forever have a majority of crazies around.  This is not a case where some fraudulent NCAA bowl committee can rearrange things and bypass us as number one.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

If You Could Offer Them "Pie", Would They Eat It?

After looking over the University of Missouri episode....with the feces Nazi swastika.....and the vast reaction by a bunch of 'kids'....it's time to pause and ponder.

Since this hyped group of kids are all proactive and very 'socialized'.....I asked myself....what if a political party came up and offered the following as a platform?

- Undertaking a government requirement to establish all citizens the right to adequate employment opportunities and an adequate living standard.

- The needs of the overall community should outweigh the needs of the individual.

- The commercial runnings of the nation should be regulated in such a way, that profits of the rich or corporate nature.....should be shared and distributed to the citizens....not by the wealthy or elite.

- The welfare of the senior citizens should be attended to by the government, who will ensure a provision exists for their "protection".

- The nation will ensure regulations exist to control state and federal property to the degree required, which will be determined by the highest authority of the government. If necessary, confiscation of excess property or wealth will be exercised, for the greater good of the community.

- Interest rates and mortgage situations will be regulated by the government to ensure the lowest possible financial requirement upon the citizens.

- A national farming bill/law will be pushed to help improve and comfort the rural farming environment and ensure national food requirements are met, with good cheap prices for everyone in the market.

- Rent control and regulation will be exercised as necessary, to prevent profits.

- Regulation will be created to prevent speculation of land and property.

- The federal government will work to ensure the culture of all ethnic groups of society is respected and honored.

- The science of citizenship will be developed and exercised as appropriately viewed by the community, state and federal government. This science will be developed into common teaching requirements and utilized for lesson plans as necessary.

- Children with skill and capability, no matter what class of their parents, shall be educated at the cost of the government, no matter where they live or what the eventual higher education will cost. In essence, free college for all.

- It will be the absolute priority of the nation to help raise the standards of national health by providing adequate hospitals, clinics, doctors, nurses, and care.

- It will be the national cause to help stop and hinder unnecessary juvenile labor.

- It will be a national priority to help increase physical fitness and dietary requirements of the public, to help make society at large better and healthier. Regulation will be utilized as much as necessary. - The overall goal of the nation.....will be the common good....before the individual good. The nation will stand against materialistic spirits which create unfair wealth and class divisions.

Sounds pretty good for hyped-up students at the University of Missouri?

Then you might ask....where did these reform ideas come from?  The summer of 1932.....they were introduced by the Nationalist Socialist Party of Germany....the Nazis.  It was the platform for the November election.

Yeah.....as much as they fear the symbol and the threat of Nazis....their attention is drawn to the features of the group.

Odd?  Yeah......but I doubt if anyone will notice that.

The Thing About Jobs

There are probably a hundred-odd jobs that I just wouldn't care to work or participate in.

I realized years ago....I had no cooking talents, and it would have been terrible to inflect myself and my cooking abilities upon starving people.

I never cared much for art.  I can tell you the difference crappy art and fine art, but if you asked me to define such-and-such style....that's just not me.

I probably shouldn't ever be hired at a customer service desk because I'm a bit cynical and might tell some customer the truth.....something they probably couldn't bear to hear.

I probably shouldn't be a bartender because as guys or gals sat there in a drunken state and wanted some optimistic guy to discuss their problems.....I'd be jerking them around and telling them to get a life and stop drinking so much.

So, I come to the job of campus or college security guy.  They actually refer to this now as campus police although it's questionable if they fit into the same 'club'.

I look over at the way that this Mizzou university deal (University of Missouri) Nazi swastika episode unfolded.  I actually sat down and read the police report.

The campus cop gets a call at 2:12 AM.  It's the janitorial service guy from some building.  The cop writes up a short commentary.  It lists a third guy as the 'victim'.  I sat there for several minutes....trying to envision this Nazi swastika written in feces on some campus bathroom wall in the dorm, and how there's a victim involved.

Victims have to exist, but how would you fit into this situation?

The cop doesn't say how the guy got the status of victim.....maybe it's required in a report.....maybe you have to have a victim in every crime report, otherwise, how could it be a crime?

The cop notes that he showed up....entered the co-ed bathroom...up on the third floor, and did see a small Nazi swastika on the wall.  Now, it's curious....apparently he never took a picture.  It would have helped people assimilate the information.  Maybe we are only talking about a four-inch by four-inch feces produced Nazi swastika.  Or maybe this was a big one.....being forty-four inches by forty-four inches.

Typically, a swastika must be drawn in a movement style going clock-wise.  If it's not clock-wise, it's not really a Nazi swastika.  The cop never says much and you have to wonder about this one single detail.

So, then the cop finishes up his episode and returns to the station on campus....to write this one single report.  No one says much about what happened the next day.  Did the report get read by the campus chancellor?  Did they rush to form a committee to assign blame?  Did they fail to rush to form a committee to assign blame?  Was the feces from a male or female?  All of these questions are left for you to ponder.

Behind all of this....you have to wonder....if you'd been the clean-up guy there and thinking about implications....wouldn't it have been better to just dump some cleaner over the mess and just wipe it clean without calling the cops?

Being a campus cop would be near the bottom of the list for jobs in my case, and the dorm clean-up guy job would be near the bottom as well.  But the activist job here?  Taking a one-star minor episode of a feces-produced Nazi swastika on some stupid dorm wall and getting 20,000 students all disturbed, and producing NOT a single Jewish student within the protest group?  Oh, that's a job that I'd like.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Are People More Stupid Than They Used to Be?

Typically, this is a question that you'd ask at a Alabama bar-b-q and to be thrown out to several individuals who claim some rural-intellectual status.  Some will admit they attended some state university for six months before they discovered the instructor was actually a third-cousin of Einstein (so they claim).  Some might even say speak up that they know sixty different math equations that relate to some electrical charge but then admit they don't know much about some Chaucer-guy from English literature or how the Sun radiates the Earth.  And a handful through farming will claim enough common sense to make up for four Einstein-guys and their limitations.

There is some basic belief by brilliant people and journalists that we've surged ahead over the past fifty years and have lots of smart people around today.

Generally, ever since the mid 1980s....I've gone with the philosophy that being able to assemble information, determine values from the information, prioritize, and come to a basic summary which explains the best choice.....is the key point where you can grin and admit you are more smart than stupid.

The rest of this book-smart stuff?  Worthless.

I've sat through sixty odd university-related classes via University of Maryland, Louisiana Tech, two community colleges, and the Air Force.  I came to realize after reading a fairly deep summary of Greek tutors from over two thousand years ago....that education alone doesn't really do much.  You need to have some ability take that information and make use of it or rationalize the big picture.

In this way, my answer is that most people probably are more stupid today....than what existed decades ago.  Oh, they may have some certificate and claim to have finished such-and-such university....but beyond that....there's no comprehension.

The brighter crowd?  The engineer brings in the formulas and relates them to his work.  The scientist with an analytical view will be able to gauge what he sees and bring some solution to a problem.  The analyst with some respect for questions will ask enough until there's nothing left in front of him except an answer.

We live in a stimulating age....where kids are hauled off from high school to a university....pay down $10,000 to $30,000 a year and get some status in life of being smarter.  So far, no one much goes to challenge that behavior and we've developed this to a national stage....where kids graduate from such-and-such school....must be offered $80,000 a year for a master's degree but their measurement in wit or brightness would equal some Chinese seventh-grader.  It's bad enough now that we have headhunters, who only specialize in people in this position....helping to find idiots in companies, who will hire new fresh idiots out of graduate school.

The eventuality?  We probably will eventually produce enough stupid people to tell us that we need more smart people, but can't really identify the ways from which you'd produce such people.  That's when you know we've gotten pretty screwed up.

The Market Price of a Degree

In recent days with the Missouri University in the news....the topic of a degree and it's rate of appraisal comes to mind, and makes one want to ponder.

If you went to the University of Missouri.....you'd pay roughly $21,000 a year for tuition and board.  Fees and beer-money would add up to another $6,000 a year.....so one single year costs dad or junior roughly $27,000.  Figure four years, and it's $108,000 that will be spent on this piece of paper in the end.

So, then you question yourself....what exactly did you buy for $108,000?

My dad would have sat and done the numbers to tell you this added up to twenty-odd tons of screws and bolts.  My brother would tell you it'd be enough cattle feed to handle five years with X number of cattle.  My wife would tell you it's the equivalent of 3,375 cartons of cigarettes prior to her quitting smoking or today as a non-smoker she'd tell you that it'd get eighteen four-star vacations with a full booze-bar and world-class accommodations.  I'd probably tell you that it's enough to buy off several Alabama representatives and ensure the passage of some stupid casino bill which is guaranteed to fail in court after passage.

The thing is....this certificate has some value related to the real world.

But there's this odd thing.  You could have an engineers degree from one single college for the $108,000 and you might be highly recruited and sought.  Across town, there's another university with the same engineers degree, and oddly these people holding this certificate are not called upon or recruited.

Why?  Well, you start to find that their instructor and professors at the lesser college are not regarded as winners or competent.  You spend four years in these classes....getting a marginal degree with negligible value.

The $108,000?  After a while, you come to realize that you might end up as a car rental shop manager for the rest of your life.....because there's no value to the four years of stupid classes you attended.

So I look over at the University of Missouri.  There's accusations of racism....there's accusations of politics....there's the potential of student strikes or football player work stoppage, and it would start to turn in my mind that the value of their degree isn't the same as it was a year ago.  If I showed up at some potential employer and they just looked at my degree and it didn't measure up to a similar degree from the University of Oregon.....well, what exactly did I spend the $108,000 upon?

Somewhere out there.....there's probably a thousand parents this week.....looking over their Randy or Darcy.....and this university deal with the University of Missouri.  The parents are questioning this sum of money and trying to talk sense into that kid about moving to the University of Kansas or maybe Auburn University.  The kid can't understand any of this, and questions dad's motives.  Dad tries to act wise, but frankly.....he just wants to make this simple.....there's this funny smell with this university, and you don't want to spend $108,000 on a Ford Pinto degree.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Kids Do Stupid Things

Kids do stupid things.  Kids do mindless deeds.  Kids do feats of foolishness.  And kids achieve moronic creations.

They do it in their youth while attending high school, and they do it while attending college or university.

So up in Missouri.....at the University of Missouri....some stupid kids decided to put up a Nazi swastika in feces (yeah, it's hard to imagine this in real life) on the wall of a male public bathroom on one single floor.  Back in April...some kid performed a similar act and was judged guilty to public property damage....getting a two-probation period.

This time around, some political activists have decided to use the event and attempt to get the university chancellor to leave.  To make their point, all of the black members (I would assume there are no Jewish members) of the college football team are banding together and saying they won't play anymore while the college president remains.  The coach?  He has decided to side with the players.

The chancellor?  He's said that an investigation is ongoing with who might have done the Nazi swastika in feces on the bathroom wall.

The general view?  It's an odd group.

You'd think that the Jewish kids of the university would be the ones up in arms.  Somehow, the mostly black contingent of students have used this as some symbol for their cause.

A fair number of people (I've looked across the internet) have said that if the football players on scholarship won't come out to practice on Monday, or the Coach himself.....then fire the coach....open the door to walk-on's and dismiss the scholarship players from their deal with the college.

The problem I see here is that even if the chancellor left.....a new guy arrives (perhaps even a black guy), and within a month....some other idiot will paint up a Nazi swastika in feces on another bathroom wall.  Then what?  Fire this guy too?

Some people have suggested it's time to trim back the football mentality at the school and dump the whole program.....going to plain honest old-fashioned university classes.

The problem is.....there are 35,000 students who attend the University of Missouri.  For any idiot, or professor, or football coach to assume that one single chancellor can control the general day-to-day stupidity of 35,000 punk kids, and forge them into young adults.....it's comical and almost deceitful to suggest such behavior can be accomplished by one single adult.

If you had gone back to Paris....in the early days of the 1230s when the university atmosphere was fresh and just starting to reach some level of maturity.....the head of the school would have been handling at best 500 to 1,000 students.  To suggest to him that a university in the future would reach 35,000?  He'd start laughing because of the weekend brawls, sword fights, and continual bad behavior by his students.

I'd give the football team a day to think over their actions, and on Tuesday of this week.....I'd just call up the coach and say this season is finished and we don't need your talents or skills any longer.  Then I'd go and hint to each member of the team that their scholarship package will be terminated in five days, and they need to find other accommodations and payment methods to cover school.  The kids who threaten to walk out of classes?  I'd let them know via a registered letter to their parents or themselves....that unexcused absences will result in a failure within the class....meaning you need to repeat this class next semester, with no refund for this class.  I'd let the teachers know that if class attendance dwindled or student numbers lessened.....I'd find instructors that weren't required, and let them go.

It is comical in a way.....the way that some political action group used this to make some point.  Sadly, kids aren't smart enough to realize that.



Sunday, 8 November 2015

How Gender Will Overtake Reality

This is what will eventually happen in the new world of transgender confusion.

Karl will watch some documentary while in the second grade which suggests that feelings can occur and you could be switched.  So Karl's mama will have him examined and eventually lead to Karl wearing girl's clothing to school and identifying himself as Lisa.

Somewhere along the end of the third grade, Lisa will watch some documentary at the school and realize there's some confusion in her mind, and a special doctor from Nashville will suggest returning Lisa to Karl's body.

Eight weeks into the fifth grade, Karl rediscovers his issues, and gets a new doctor from Memphis to get him into Lisa, but version 2.0 which means hormone treatments.

Lisa wakes up in the seventh grade to feeling manly in different ways, and mama has found a new doctor in Atlanta who helps her retreat from these odd feelings and return to being Karl version 2.0 who is a bit male and a bit female.

Karl 2.0 wakes up in the ninth grade to find all kinds of issues raging within himself and a new doctor from Mobile thinks it's time to have surgical procedures done and give Karl woman-like options.  During the summer break, Karl 2.0 becomes Ingrid....the trans-gender boy-girl.

Ingrid enters the tenth grade as the rage of social demands.  Ingrid finds that both boys and girls are interested in the physical details of the body.  In fact, there's some much stuff going on.....that he/she is really confused, and a new doctor from Chicago enters the scene.  It's decided that it's all too much for Ingrid and it's best to revert back to Wanda but version 2.0.

Wanda 2.0 lasts for about five months, where in the midst of the eleventh grade....finds herself suffering serious frustrations and hostility.  A doctor from Austin gets involved and says there's some hormone imbalance.  For the sake of mental health, the doctor reverts Wanda 2.0 back into Karl 1.0 and tries to make this all real simple.

Karl 1.0 graduates from high school....joins the Army....spends twenty years as Karl 1.0, and then retires to have an operation done to revert back to Ingrid, the trans-gender.

It is fortunate for us....that so many marvelous and talented doctors exist, and are ready to help us become whatever we desire in life.  Hopefully, we never go beyond the three genders.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Carson and the Pyramids

I noticed this week that Doctor Carson got into trouble for discussing his thinking over the purpose the Egyptian Pyramids.

One must note that within the US news media team, there are ten thousand things that you need to have some platform or standing upon.  Some include:

- Do you believe Elvis is really dead?
- Do you believe that Disneyland is an evil corporation?
- Do you believe in witches?
- Do you believe in trailer-park tramps being able to recover from their status in life?
- Do you believe that aliens do visit Earth?
- Do you believe in genies, like the Muslim guys do?
- Do you believe that automatic transmissions are better than stick-shift?
- Do you agree with the NCAA bowl process?
- Do you believe that pancakes are better than waffles?
- Do you believe a person should have the right to burn leaves in their front yard?
- Do you believe President Obama is a Muslim?

Do you vote for a President with such beliefs?  The news media would prefer you turn your processes across many difference questions.

As for Doctor Carson's belief in the Pyramids being used for grain?  You can't prove it....but you can't disprove it.  Go talk to any Egyptian expert and they will simply say that they think (without much concrete evidence) that it's a grave or monument.  But they aren't 100-percent sure.

Me?  I think they built the Pyramids as a tourist trap and knew 4,000 years ago that it'd pay off eventually in a big way.  People go out there today and funnel several thousand dollars into the Egyptian economy.....just to spend two weeks walking around and looking at old stuff. It's effective and works.

Marine Hillary?

At some point in 1975, Hillary Clinton (well, this was before Bill and the marriage) got this stupid idea.  She would go down at the age of twenty-five and try to sign up with the Marines.  Bill on a couple of occasions tells the story as well....but says it was the Army.

None of this would matter but this story over Doctor Carson came out, and some folks decided it was time to bring up the Hillary story once again.

On the truth scale?  No one is sure.  Some folks think that it might have happened and she was intending to look at the JAG service of the Marines, to be a military lawyer for a couple of years.  Some folks think she was merely testing the military to see if they would even talk to her as a woman.

My humble opinion?

Well....here's what I think.  Hillary and Bill during this time period of the early 70's were smoking a fair amount of marijuana.  I think on some weekend cycle of heavy smoking....she came out of the haze with some crazy idea of joining the Marines.  She probably did a hit or two early on a Monday morning and still in this dazed condition....walked into the Marine recruiter station.

The Marine officer talked over options to a dazed Ms Rodhem.  Maybe toward the end of the speech and interview....the Marine hinted that some drug test would be required, and that the Marines were definitely anti-drug....anti-marijuana....and if she ever tested positive, she'd be kicked out of the Marines with a bad record.

A dazed Ms Rodhem went back home....had a wine or two....came to her senses, and realized that if you went into the Marines....you couldn't smoke marijuana on a regular basis.  Plus, it probably bothered her that you had to wear a uniform....do push-ups....agree to shoot people that were the enemy of the nation....and eat chow hall food when deployed.

Reality....not politics....brought Ms Rodhem to realize she wasn't made for the Marines.  Course, maybe it was all just some fake memory from a heavy weekend of huffing marijuana and just imagined completely, with Bill's interpretation being Army and Hillary's interpretation being Marines.  Maybe they were just laying in some Arkansas cornfield and doing some pretty heavy stuff. Luckily, it wasn't some hallucination of being picked up by aliens and probed.

It's just another reason why you have to stay clean and pure.....sticking with buttermilk, spring water and only pure tobacco in your system.

Art Story

This week, I noticed a school district decision made out on the west coast.  Some history teacher had given the class a work-project (for seventh graders)....which had a vocabulary worksheet.  This topic was Islam.  So, there were the missing words and you needed to fill in the missing words, and draw something related to them.  Naturally, one missing word was Muhammad, and to wrap up the project.....you needed to draw something that related to Muhammad.

If you follow Muslim theatrics, things get all tense when someone sees an image of any kind.....related to Muhammad.  It could be a stick-man....a random image of a guy in a turban....or just some slim figure standing on the side of a hill.  It doesn't matter....ALL is forbidden.

Some parent got disturbed by the project for their kid.....complaining. So the district superintendent in this rural area of California.....Action-Agua Dulce is the school district....announced that no religious figure of any type....even Jesus or some Egyptian sun-god....are forbidden in all school projects.

I sat and thought about this....pondering.

Naturally, when I went to school....art was a four-letter word for the most part and our chief accomplishments were badly drawn horses, hills that looked remarkably like boobs, and cars that had absolute maximum aerodynamics.  By the sixth grade, art was done and we never had to discuss or demonstrate our marginal talents.  Drawing some religious figure?  To be honest, most of us saw drawing as a useless skill.

The problem I see is that some twelve-year old kid might take to drawing every conceivable religious figure.....from Moses to the angel Gabriel,maybe even drawing God as some black Elvis Presley-like character.  Then he'd sit and draw Muhammad, and five Islamic kids in the class would freak out and declare jihad against this twelve-year old kid.  Five or six Latino kids would come to the artist-kid's defense, and then a couple of redneck kids would align with the artist-kid.....and you'd end up with some massive fight in the middle of some sixth-grade class with cops called and religious warfare declared.

In some ways, it's amusing that you end up using Islamic rules or standards for non-Islamic people.  The school can put limits on the teachers and the material they use in class.  Beyond that....if the art instructor is not clear about what you can or can't draw.....some kid will draw Muhammad just to get a reaction.  It'll freak out people and create a scene where Dad gets called to come down to the school because Woody draw a stick figure and claimed it was Muhammad. Dad will sit there at the director's desk, and reach a point where he asks...."Just how stupid are you really?"  Fists will fly and cops will come to sort the two apart.

If you ask me.....it'll turn into a mess as we continue on.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The Gun Tax Idea

I noticed some Democratic Congressmen put up a bill to introduce a $100 tax on all guns sold in the US. The deal?  It's referred to as reducing gun violence.....at least by the title on the bill.

The potential passage?  Almost zero percent.  From the south, there are probably a dozen-odd Representatives who either won't vote, or will vote against it.

How would the $100 on each gun sales affect gun violence?  Well....it's intended to go into a pot and be used for mental help after shootings.  It wouldn't exactly lessen gun violence....it'd simply get some mental health guy in the middle to explain things.

A logical guy would ask if hammers, baseball bats, and knives would also be taxed at a $100 per item because they cause violent death on a routine basis.  Well, the folks in charge of drafting this bill just wanted to settle up with guns.  I think their opinion is that relatives or friends of a guy beaten to death with a hammer or baseball bat.....probably don't need help.  It's discrimination to think this....but it's the logic of our times.

What ought to be used to change people?  Make up a simple drug test.....you want a gun....you have to go down to some clinic in town and give some precious body fluids and a week later the results come up.  On some prescription pill which the doctor didn't prescribe?  Fine.....but no gun.  On crack?  No gun.  On marijuana?  No gun.

In fact, I think this would work so well....that I'd extend it to police to take on a monthly basis, and probably like all political figures....especially mayors and governors....to take as well.

Naturally, no Democrat would write such a bill and they would quickly condemn it for getting in the personal business of individuals....which oddly....is the same comment from gun owners for the stupid gun tax idea.

Monday, 2 November 2015

My Day

I started phase two of the German language class today.  There were two unusual episodes that occurred, and I made a serious mental note about.

First, we got a new instructor.....some 40-ish gal, who walked in wearing a wool blouse-thing, a wool-sweater, a wool skirt, and wool underhose.  I admit....it is fairly cold and around 38-degrees outside in the morning.  So, it makes some logical sense although in my entire life....I've never seen someone go to this maximum extent of wool.  She was probably charging up 10 watts of static electricity every minute as she walked around the room.  I was in some fear that she'd come over and put the finger on me with some high velocity electrical static discharge.

The second thing is....and I'm used to students in the class with a constant need to check their Facebook or email messages.  Out of 19 students in the class....at least fifteen do it on a continual basis.  But here was this wool lady (the instructor) and she pulls out some smart-phone, and puts right at the edge of the instructor's desk.  Then you can time her....about every ten minutes....she was looking at SMS messages and such.  Course, maybe she's got some guy or gal, and stuff like that is important.  But it's just odd how times have changed and even instructors are shuffling between the class and messages.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Attire Story

I read a particular blog from an Alabama site about once a week.  They do a four-star job on local events, happenings, crime, etc....on one particular area.  To be kind of honest, based on their writing skills and charming intellect.....I often get the impression that they aren't from around Bama, and are some transplant from New York City or Chicago.

This week....their forum discussion was about a county clerk official (elected) who had flipped from one party (Democrat) to another (Republican).  Typically in Alabama, this usually hints that the party apparatus in the county or state has given up on the person and will put another person up.....or it means that the new party has offered up some cash for your campaign, if you just flip over.

For some reason, this blogger had decided that this warranted a question or two, and had gone down to the county court house.  They'd gone through the metal detector and then wandered around to the right office....to find some front desk gal standing there and noting that such-and-such county clerk just wasn't there today.

Then.....there's this description of this moment....with the front desk gal, and a Steinbeck-like description.....noting an "attire or lack of attire problem".

Attire or lack of attire problem?

Yeah, but they end the paragraph and simply move on.

This leaves me in some state of dazed imagination.  Was the front desk gal wearing a tube-top two sizes too small?  Was the front desk gal wearing a ultra-short skirt?  Was the front desk gal wearing some fancy transparent silky blouse like those you buy in New York City?    Did the front desk gal have the top four buttons of her six button blouse undone (I noticed such dress behavior at a Detroit airport stand once)?  Was the front desk gal wearing a mini-skirt with fishnet stockings (like those Paris models wear)?  Was the front desk gal wearing a halter top but no bra?  Was the front desk gal wearing six-inch high heels?

Well....you just don't know.

Someone can sit there and write this fantastic simple sentence, and leave you sitting there for minutes, hours and even days....wondering....well, what the heck was this front desk gal at the county court house wearing or not wearing?

Hemingway would have written an entire chapter describing some slutty ensemble, with a fancy French-made garter-belt, a special blouse made only in Venice, and the sultry button arrangement on the blouse being undone.  You would have been amazed at the scene described and fantasized about it for days.

In this case.....well....you just don't know.

Personally, if I were in Alabama....or just visiting the state.....I'd have to go down to the county court house and just wander around to find this office and ask for the front desk gal....just to see what the heck they wear for attire.  Maybe it is floozy or harlot related....maybe it's just a plain Sears blouse that's two sizes too small.

At least, that would answer the attire question.