Be Prepared

If Donald Trump is elected President, and he could easily pull it off because the Clinton campaign is in total disarray and Johnson’s campaign just doesn’t have the steam, there will be a revolution in the streets of the United States that will make the February and October Russian Revolutions of 1917/1918 look like popping into a chalk pavement picture in Mary Poppins.

Don’t think so?  Look at what Anonymous has been able to pull off in recent years.  One would hope the american people would take to the streets prior to the damage being done, but that’s not going to happen in any significant numbers.

The people voting for Trump believe that America should be the international schoolyard bully.  That America has the right to go into any country, pillage their resources to maintain a slothful way of life and murder a few thousand people along the way – including our own sons and daughters.

I am certain there are a significant number of people voting for Trump ONLY because of Hillary (and Bill) Clinton’s shenanigans going all the way back to Whitewater.  I’m not pushing Hillary, god knows, but that will be a large block of people.

The people voting for Trump believe America can be made great again – what that really means is that they believe America can have the clock turned back to early 20th century white male dominance in all matters, and that women and minorities should be “put back into their place” as chattel.

The people voting for Trump have no qualms whatsoever about using nuclear arms.  Anywhere.  Against anyone.  Including the US or any allies (if we have any left after November).

Neither candidate carries anything close to the moral compass needed to be the head of state.

It is true that the moral consciousness of the world must recognize the importance of removing injustices and well-founded grievances; but at the same time it must be aroused to the cardinal necessity of honoring sanctity of treaties, of respecting the rights and liberties of others, and of putting an end to acts of international aggression. – FDR

FDR’s words speak to the need of ending terrorism, but they also speak to ANY nation who plays the aggressor. Our glass houses will not withstand much scrutiny.

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. – Confucius 

Haven’t seen much of any of those qualities in our candidates.

The battle has yet to begin.  The race to November is the preamble.

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Good point

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What has happened to Apple???

Jesus.  I switched from windows to OS X years ago because of reliability and OS excellence.  Now, on top of getting as many security updates as windows, every single release has dumb glitches.   Additionally, trying to get help has become a PITA.

Example – new 12.5 version of iTunes for iMac.  The shuffle buttons won’t appear, even if turning shuffle on and off in the controls menu and restarting the app.  So I head for the community boards to see if this is a widespread issue, and I get…

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It’s a small detail I know, but avoiding this type of runaround is why I switched in the first place – it rarely happened because the software releases were largely bug-free and coded to a higher standard than windows could ever achieve. Disappointed.

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Twisted Ties Book Signing !!!!

This Sunday September 11th, 11 AM – 4 PM

Bekky’s Village Workshop, Peddler’s Village – Lahaska, PA

Come out and say Hi.  I’ll sign any existing copies and will have plenty of new copies if you do not have yours yet!

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Deep dive

I’m in the midst of writing my second book and it’s bringing up some old but heavy shit.

Where the first book was fiction, this one is non-fiction, a journey through care giving a loved one battling cancer.  In examining some of my beliefs and reactions through the process, I’ve gone back to examine how those beliefs and opinions were formed, which takes me back a long ways – to the age of two. I remember as if it were yesterday, a fall foto_westfield_101958_OakAve_Jimmy_front lawnOctober day in 1958.  My father was burning leaves (allowed back then) and Mom was doing whatever she was doing, one of those things being taking pictures of the 23 month old brat sitting on the steps playing with the carved pumpkin and sitting on the lawn watching dad burn leaves.  He wore a black and white plaid peacoat and brown lace up work boots that looked more like army issue that fashionable, utilitarian footwear.

At one point my Mom went back inside and Dad walked back to the garage, out of my sight, to get something.  He wasn’t gone but a minute or two, but I will never forget the feeling of loneliness and abandonment that washed over me, as if some invisible shroud of sadness drifted in and covered me.  Sitting there on the grass between two giant maples, feeling like there was not a soul left in the world. I was two what did I know?  Eventually these feelings would lead to all sorts of nonsense in later years, primarily paralyzing panic attacks that plagued my into adulthood.

I’ve done enough therapy to know where all this comes from and it’s not something I hold on to or get angry about, it’s just an old video tape I can put back on the shelf, realizing that it has no power – that was then, this is now.

This things I do for art’s sake…

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And Now For etc etc etc

Some people get impeached, some get fired.  Others get RIF’d – which is the PC term for getting your ass kicked out of the door.  Some even give a couple weeks notice.  I did none of the above.

I quit.

Handed in my stuff and walked out.  I figured it was that or have totally inappropriate breakdown. Who needs that?  It was not done with hysterics or emotion or ranting and raving or anything destructive. I was very calm in turning in my gear to HR and saying “See ya!”

I-Quit-My-Job-1Ballsy move you ask?  Why yes it is.  Certainly not without risks and trapdoors, but life is nothing without a little adventure.  The Mrs. would debate that point but I assured her that there are many variations to peanut butter and jelly that can be employed and that I had it on good assurance that both dogs will willingly share their kibble – to a point.

There is always a plan B, of course.  I was able to reserve a top-flight GE Refrigerator box at  the local appliance store, complete with intact top and bottom covers and heavy inserts for stability.

 

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Ask Steve

As some of you may know, the past couple years have been a bit of a journey, acting as caregiver to the Mrs. who has been treated for brain cancer (she’s doing quite well – coming up on a year of remission).  Part of this journey has had me exposed to the Mrs. daytime TV addictions; primary being Days of Our Lives at 1 pm EST.  Following that these days is The Steve Harvey Show, a talk show that veers between copying Dr. Phil and the standard talk show fare.  There is a segment of the show entitled “Ask Steve” where members of the audience ask Steve to help them with their personal quirks and foibles.

Today the questioner was a woman whose issue was “cussing”.  She wanted Steve to tell her what words to use instead of cuss words.  She couldn’t think of any.  Now my unscientific research estimates around 200,000 words, plus or minus 50%, in our goofy language but this poor soul could not figure out good replacement words to use.

This is why Steve Harvey is hosting the show and not me.  Steve has parlayed what started as a stand-up career into a multi-dimensional existence in sitcoms, game shows and talk shows.  He is loved by millions and I certainly do not begrudge his success.  Smart dude.  But if I were hosting the show and this woman asked that question, my response would be to have Chuck Norris come on stage and shove this woman’s face through chicken wire.

Since this sort of behavior is frowned upon, I will take the high road and offer some alternative suggestions.  Of course she never said which cuss words she was saying so I’ll have to make some assumptions here:

Crap………….tinfoil
Damn………..peaches
(I could probably stop right here because I doubt this woman ventured into expletives any stronger as these first two, but as a public service I will press on)

Ass……………wankle rotary engine
shit……………yogurt
fuck…………..fuck (let’s face it, no other word really captures the right spirit)

Hopefully Steve’s staff presented this woman with her own personalized copy of Carlin’s Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.

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