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Odds and Ends, Random Neuron Madness on a Monday

1. It seems we finally received around an inch of the white stuff today. The weather guessers were forecasting anywhere from 3-5 inches. Once again proving you can have a job which pays good money, requiring you to be correct only 20-50 percent of the time.

2. The latest news (at around 1pm this afternoon) is the Grand Jury for the shooting in Ferguson MO has reached a decision …when this will be released to the general public is anyones guess. If the media spin is to be believed (yeah, right), the protesters, rioters, looters, their fellow travelers, and any who enable same, will be ready to give us a hot time in the boarded up town tonight! (Or, perhaps tomorrow?) Oh, wait perhaps this might give the more cautious ones cause to refrain…

Get your popcorn ready kids.

3. And let’s close out this bit of randomness, with a comment or two.

Some of this is perhaps a bit dated…but I have been away from the keyboard for a bit.

If the owner of a professional sports franchise wants to name his team “The (Washington) Redskins”, or the “Peter Puffers”, that should be his choice, and his choice alone. The State, assorted victims groups, and or those with agenda(s) of their own, should just shut the hell up. If the public at large finds it objectionable they have the right to “vote with their feet/pocketbook”. Vacant stands, low viewership ratings, and the like will either cause him to rethink the necessitate for the current name…or he may continue on with same knowing he is not going to be making any money off of same (or perhaps not as much money as he would like).

The same is true for any business.

I liked smoking in bars. It seemed like a very logical place to do so. If I had the money, time, and opportunity, I would have had a bar, and there would have been smoking allowed. If you don’t like it (smoking), and I understand there are many reasons for not wanting to be around same, that’s fine. But you wouldn’t see me “turning off the smoking lamp” anytime soon. Rather than banning the use of tobacco products in bars and restaurants, here’s a thought, let the market decide. If I can’t get enough patrons for my establishment, then I will face the same choices the Washington Redskins fella would above.

The State needs to be out of the “bandaging the buttheart by enacting idiotic lows”. It was never about the children, or second hand smoke. It was (always) about control, and or increasing revenue for the State. This is as true (give em time, they will figure out a way to pressure the Redskin’s owner into changing their name) with the Redskins kerfuffle as it was with the smoking. Hey, just give the LGBT community a bit of time, and you may see them attacking Green Bay in much the same manner. (At least when you put “Fudge” in front of my teams name, it sounds like a candy.)

Crossposted at League of Outlaw Bloggers

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Veteran’s Day …

… “Thank You For Your Service”.

For those who have served, it seems we hear these words a lot more often than in decades past. For those currently serving, recently (honorably) discharged, or recently retired, these words are more familiar, something often said since at least the first Gulf War.

There was a time, some thirty years ago, or longer, these words were not heard at all. Instead, often times if a civilian happened to notice you were in the military, you would have been greeted with words of another sort. “Baby killer”, “Imperialist”, “War Monger”, are just a few which come to mind. There were others.

The more nuanced response, perhaps from “friends”, family members, or other acquaintances, would evolve into a “discussion” centering around “Why”. “Why would someone of your character, intelligence, talents, chose to embrace (for however long a time) military service?” “Were you not aware of all the other educational opportunities available (to someone like you)?” Or (particularly if it was currently, a Republican administration in the White House), “How can you serve under such a ‘regime’?” As if the President was specifically ordering me (or your fellow military member) to commit some heinous crime in his name.

To be clear, we are not talking about those who had honest questions. (What is it like on a ship at sea? What is the training like? Can an Officer really make you do anything, if he gives you an order to do so?) There are many aspects of life in the military which those who haven’t served would not have any real idea what it was like… or perhaps would base their assumptions on what they have seen on a tv show or movie. So legitimate questions were never a concern, and not what I am trying to address here.

So, forgive this ol’ retired Sailor, if I find at least some of those who offer a “Thank you for your service”, to perhaps being a bit disingenuous. From the various media talking heads, political figures and bureaucrats, right on down to some of those folks in our respective villages, cities, and towns. Would they be saying this at all, if it wasn’t the “politically correct” thing to do?

After all, most of these folks would see the military shrunk to little or nothing, if they had any direct choice in the matter. They would have no problem with voting in individuals who have little or no respect to that which all members of the military repeatedly swear an oath of allegiance to…the Constitution of the United States. And how many are, in their heart of hearts, of a like mind to that expressed in Kipling’s little ditty?
Indeed, the current administration, even while sending troops hither and yon, has exhibited little more than contempt for the health and welfare of those currently serving, let alone for those who have honorably gone before.

I guess I am still a little gun shy when a “Thank you for your service.” is sent in my direction. Don’t know if I blush anymore when hearing it, but it still gives one pause. Hell, I was just doing my job (hopefully, to the best of my ability). Wasn’t really expecting any thanks. Just the chance, when the time came, to be allowed to assimilate back into (the civilian) society, and have that which was promised (by the government) upon honorable completion of service, delivered.

If you really want to thank a vet…donate time to any of the many charitable organizations out there. Failing that, send em a buck or two, so they can continue to do the fine work they do, for those who have served or are currently serving. (The USO, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society, just to name a few.) This is the kind of thing which really says thank you…thank you for your service.

Finally, to those I have served with, and those whose paths have crossed with mine via the internet, that have…or are serving…hope today, Veteran’s Day, was one in which you were able to spend time remembering shipmates, brothers-in-arms, fellow aircrew, along with friends and family members who have worn the uniform. And if possible, have let them know they are not forgotten.

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Rear Admiral Facing Politically Correct Time Bomb

There have been posts here, over the years, discussing the rampant rise of “political correctness”, social engineering, and other bits of stupidity which have been rammed down the throats selectively inserted into the fabric of our military. For the most part, I look at it as it pertains to the Navy. This time, it goes beyond my favorite sea going service. Due to the fact, a number of selected individuals from all branches attend the “school” where the following took place, it has the potential to effect all branches to some degree or another.

“The school where bomb technicians from all branches of the U.S. military learn their craft has been ordered to remove the unofficial motto “Initial Success or Total Failure” from its classroom walls.
Rear Adm. Michael Tillotson told school leaders this month that the motto could be viewed as disrespectful (emphasis mine – ed) to the hundreds of Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians who have died in the line of duty.
“The motto itself holds potential insensitivities and implies that our fallen and wounded EOD Warriors have somehow failed,” Tillotson, who is based in Norfolk, Va., said in a memo to the Florida school.”

Source: AP article as posted at Military Times

Let me understand this…a senior Navy Officer, a Rear Admiral (O-6/7 depending if “lower” or “upper”) no less, is … oh how shall I put it… emotionally distraught someone might take the meaning and intent of the school’s motto, the wrong way. And heaven forbid we would not want anyones feelings hurt! Why, that would be insensitive, uncouth, unbecoming, non-compassionate, gauche even!!! And we can’t have that!

There is an upside to this, to the extent many current and former (retired, or otherwise back in the civilian world) EOD personnel, have taken exception the our overly sensitive Rear Admiral. You can visit their a href=”″>facebook page. Check em out.

Someone might want to remind the Rear Admiral of the old adage “The Rear Admiral’s rear, is the Vice Admirals vice!”, as this could be a major concern should someone further up the food chain decides Tillotson may have gone just a tad too far. I’m not getting my hopes up, but sometimes things do have a way of working out, and it strikes me that the EOD community, because of the nature of their work, and the well of good will and respect they have earned through out all branches of the military, may prompt this bit of pc insanity to be turned ’round in short order.

If you read the comments at the Military Times article along with those at the facebook site, along with a number of other news articles out there, you will find most, if not all, EOD personnel and or their families, who comment are against this change. And have never been offended or incensed over the motto. It appears the only one to take exception to it, would be our Admiral of the Rear…err, Rear Admiral (sometimes one does get that ass backwards, so to speak). Perhaps if he had followed the wisdom inherent in the motto, this would not have blown up in his face.


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“Make Mine Freedom”

The following was done better than 50 years ago or so. Wonder if we would be in the state we are in now if the ideas behind this little cartoon were still being taught in High School civics classes. Err…wait a sec, they don’t have civics class in High School any more, do they.

Hope you enjoyed it. If you did, pass it on, to friends, family, and especially the kids. If you did not, well, watch it again, until you do get some sort of idea about what it is trying to tell you.

Tip o the “Squid Lid” to In the Middle of the Right and Evil Robot Soapbox for reminding me about this.

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Indian Summer Melancholy (part 2)

Growing up in the 50’s, 60’s, and to some extent, the 70’s, was a lot more straight forward. Political correctness was only beginning to scratch the surface of the national conscience, and at least in the 50’s and (early) 60’s things were a lot more black and white. “States of grey” were not the norm, and “a nuance” was considered to be one sixteenth of a pound, not a particular way to shade ones stance. At least that was the way things were, here in the northern reaches of “The Land o Lincoln”.

Anyhow, one of the things which was a sure sign of Fall’s arrival … no, I am not talking about the lack of seeing the Cubs in any post season playoffs, or the Bears winning more than 2 or 3 of their first 6 or 7 games … came via the Chicago Tribune’s Sunday Magazine supplement. It was a tradition of the Tribune to publish the following on the advent of Indian Summer. As I no longer live in the immediate Chicagoland area, or regularly buy the Tribune, I have no idea if they still do so. But to the best of my recollection, they stopped presenting it. (“Rumor has it”, they stopped publishing same, due to their succumbing to the ravages of political correctness. Thou shall not cast a disparaging light on “The Noble Savage ™ © “.)

So, as the leaves in our little hamlet turn from green to various hues of red, orange, and yellow; temperatures falling into the 40’s (or lower) at night, and with hot apple cider being a most fitting reward after corralling wayward leafs into piles, which once ignited, smolder with the smokey scent of Fall…

John T. McCutcheon
Chicago Tribune
September 30, 1907

Yep, sonny this is sure enough Injun summer. Don’t know what that is, I reckon, do you?  Well, that’s when all the homesick Injuns come back to play; You know, a long time ago, long afore yer granddaddy was born even, there used to be heaps of Injuns around here—thousands—millions, I reckon, far as that’s concerned. Reg’lar sure ‘nough Injuns—none o’ yer cigar store Injuns, not much. They wuz all around here—right here where you’re standin’. Don’t be skeered—hain’t none around here now, leastways no live ones. They been gone this many a year.

They all went away and died, so they ain’t no more left.

But every year, ‘long about now, they all come back, leastways their sperrits do. They’re here now. You can see ’em off across the fields. Look real hard. See that kind o’ hazy misty look out yonder? Well, them’s Injuns—Injun sperrits marchin’ along an’ dancin’ in the sunlight. That’s what makes that kind o’ haze that’s everywhere—it’s jest the sperrits of the Injuns all come back. They’re all around us now.

See off yonder; see them tepees? They kind o’ look like corn shocks from here, but them’s Injun tents, sure as you’re a foot high. See ’em now? Sure, I knowed you could. Smell that smoky sort o’ smell in the air? That’s the campfires a-burnin’ and their pipes a-goin’.

Lots o’ people say it’s just leaves burnin’, but it ain’t. It’s the campfires, an’ th’ Injuns are hoppin’ ’round ’em t’beat the old Harry.
You jest come out here tonight when the moon is hangin’ over the hill off yonder an’ the harvest fields is all swimmin’ in the moonlight, an’ you can see the Injuns and the tepees jest as plain as kin be. You can, eh? I knowed you would after a little while.

Jever notice how the leaves turn red ’bout this time o’ year? That’s jest another sign o’ redskins. That’s when an old Injun sperrit gits tired dancin’ an’ goes up an’ squats on a leaf t’rest. Why I kin hear ’em rustlin’ an’ whisper in’ an’ creepin’ ’round among the leaves all the time; an’ ever’ once’n a while a leaf gives way under some fat old Injun ghost and comes floatin’ down to the ground. See—here’s one now. See how red it is? That’s the war paint rubbed off’n an Injun ghost, sure’s you’re born.

Purty soon all the Injuns’ll go marchin’ away agin, back to the happy huntin’ ground, but next year you’ll see ’em troopin’ back—th’ sky jest hazy with ’em and their campfires smolderin’ away jest like they are now.


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Marriage and Civil Unions

Had a friend on facebook post one of those memes which make their rounds on an almost daily basis. This particular one was concerning “same sex marriage”.

So let me get this straight…………Kelsey Grammer can end a 15 yr marriage by phone, Larry King can be on divorce #9, Britney Spears had a 55 hour marriage, Jesse James and Tiger Woods, while married, were having sex with EVERYONE, 53% of Americans get divorced and 30-60% cheat on their spouses. Yet, same-sex marriage is going to destroy the institution of marriage? Really? Re-post if you find this ironic.

They are missing the real point behind all this. That there should be a legal option for any couple (same sex, oposite sex, or “other”) to have the same legal standing/”rights”, is NOT a problem with the majority of Americans, regardless of political views or affiliations. This includes financial obligations/rights/status, medical obligations/rights/status, and legal issues (contractual, and otherwise). Personally, I don’t care what, if anything, that goes on behind closed doors with this “couple” is any of my business. And if they want to be acknowledged as an “official” couple, it would seem a “Civil Union” is just the ticket.

The real issue is one of control, and of broad based acceptance of a given life style (be it GLTG, poly___ …fill in the blank, or something else), vice mere tolerance, by society at large. In gaining the status of being “married”, any of these groups/individuals are able to claim (if so desired) a societal justification for their chosen life style/actions. The “institution of marriage” is in disarray. Attacked both from within and without. It has gone through changes, the ease of divorce, for example. But that is the institution, and not the rite or sacrament. There is a difference. The institution is the societal fabric in which “the essence” resides. The rite or sacrament, is the essence. And for the most part, barring a tweak here or there, the rites or sacraments have remained as they always have.

Like it or not, marriage is either considered a “rite” or “sacrament” conferred on a couple by the religion of their choice. As it stands right now, none of the mainstream religions fully endorse and or allow for anything other than one man and one women to be bound together in the bond of “holy matrimony”.

The only reason (at all) that the “State” is involved is to insure all legal statutes have been observed (parties have met the legal age requirements, medical issues, legal issues ).

Again, all the above legal issues, and a couple more, can be addressed by allowing for “Civil Unions”. And as the state already allows for Justices of the Peace, and other dually appointed “agents of the state”, to perform “civil marriages” … unions sanctioned by the state, but not necessarily by any given religion … this agency is already in place. To this end perhaps all unions preformed by the state should be more properly called “Civil Unions”, getting the State out of the business of officiating marriages entirely. And returning this back solely to the religious side of the house.

If you want to be married, perhaps forming your own “religion”, or following, and insure the tenants of your new found faith allow for the inclusion of same sex partners in your marriage rite. But to usurp the word, and by extension, the rite of marriage, which begs the issue of churches sooner or later being forced to marry any and all who come to their respective doors, is at best little more than being childish by those who demand this happen. And suggests there is more at play here than merely being allowed the same status and rights accorded to those who are currently allowed the formal rite/sacrament of marriage.

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Pat Condell’s latest, in his continuing attempt to shine the light of truth on the roaches of Islam.

Have another post in the works, perhaps it will see the light of day, in the next day or so, family events and work permitting. In the meantime, thought you all would find the following most informative.

Pat Condell is a passonate man, and he knows a malignancy when he sees one.

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