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The Thing That Most Annoys Me

controlI’m disabled.  No, that’s not it.

This is not a label I wear well.  My leg disability onset when I was 12 (Legg Perthes – wiki) and other ‘issues’ have been added to the list as I have aged.  (arthritis, diabetes, lymphoma, skin cancer).

I spent most of my adult life labeling myself as NOT disabled, and refusing such aids as a built-up shoe (which I now wear, aka ‘Ed Sullivan’-the really big shoe*).

I used to jog, work out, lift weights.  I ran the city police obstacle course.  Back and mobility issues now preclude such things.

In the past year my lower back/hip began causing me chronic pain, largely due to one leg being 3 inches shorter than the other.  My doctor expressed surprise I’d not really had any back issues until now.  And prescribed me exercises and additional pain meds. (Yea!)

And with diabetic neuropathy, walking, standing or even sitting can be painful.

I’m NOT looking for sympathy or pity.

But, I do wish to share with you my most common, frustrating annoyance.

As my right hip is fused, I cannot bend forward, or even lean very much.  This makes sitting (as at the dinner table) sometimes painful.

AND MESSY!

It’s amazing how much food can fall off a fork and into one’s lap (or more correctly, one’s belly)!

My dinner partner can lean forward and errant food can gently fall onto her plate, or the napkin in her lap.  But me?

NOO-OOO!

There are even times the belly is too far and it’s hit’s my chest!

At an Italian restaurant, my shirt sometimes resembles a bad guy in the movies, with 5 hits center mass.

And I look like a complete slob – which I am not.

I spend an inordinate amount of money on stain remover – or place the napkins on my entire torso, like some bumpkin at the Mayberry diner.

Yes, I have a multitude of chronic conditions, but this is my most annoying.

I guess I’m grateful.

 

*ask your parents if you don’t get the reference or the joke

D’UH! (How DOES One Say D’UH in Hebrew?)

One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sadly, a leader in the European Jewish community  NAMED COOPER (ironically), disagrees.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that while guns could help Jews defend themselves against an individual attack, only authorities can protect them against a mass attack like those carried out in France.

“As to personally being armed, such a move could help when a Jewish person is threatened by thugs, but won’t help if G-d forbid, Charlie-type terror attacks are launched,” Cooper said.

And, of course, the ever more anti-Semitic Europe will continue to debate this, while not only the Jewish community, but most Europeans, are unable to defend themselves against crime or terror.

Except, of course, the Swiss!

While France, in response to the recent attacks, pushes for MORE gun control laws!

D’UH, indeed.

h/t Firehand

Predicting The Future

zenerGrowing up, doing magic tricks, and such, I always liked things akin, like parapsychology and ESP.  Sadly, I never had the ability to actually ‘see’ in my mind’s eye anything, or to predict the future.

scrying

H.(erbert) L.(Lewis) Mencken, a certifiable curmudgeon and seer ahead of his time, was obviously different.  He said this in The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920…

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.  On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and 
the White House will
 be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”

As the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wasn’t even born until August 4, 1961, and Mencken died January 29, 1956, HOW COULD HE HAVE KNOWN?

Cue the Twilight Zone theme….

h/t Boyd and Donna

 

Ethical Holder?

Courtesy of Firehand:

I very much doubt include ethics; if they did, he could’ve should’ve done this* years ago.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without evidence that a crime occurred.

Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.
So why now?  Probably one of or both of these:
1: he’s leaving office, and figures his rep could use some(well, a LOT of) polishing, and
2: The policy will touch policing and local budgets in every state. Since 2001, about 7,600 of the nation’s 18,000 police departments and task forces have participated in Equitable Sharing. For hundreds of police departments and sheriff’s offices, the seizure proceeds accounted for 20 percent or more of their annual budgets in recent years.

The action comes at a time when police are already angry about remarks that Holder and President Obama made after the controversial police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. Some have accused them of being “anti-cop.”
Nice twofer, isn’t it?  He can paint himself as ‘protecting civil rights and overreach by LE’ and at the same time whack at the budget of agencies.

Mind you, if the bastards hadn’t been abusing this in the first place, actually planning parts of their budgets based on it, they wouldn’t have to worry about this.

Timing is everything.  –  Guffaw

Opinions Have Consequences

Back when I worked @ TMCCC, I befriended a guy I’ll call Batman.  Why Batman?  Well, he liked the Batman persona, dressed as him for Halloween and even his license plate was DRKNITE.

And he was something like 30 years of age.

He was one of the few ‘company’ friends who came and visited me in the hospital, after the accident.  He brought me a stuffed Marvin the Martian.  I still have it.  I honor his kindness.

Then, Life separated us; he went to Australia, and I did not.

Years later, I discovered he had repatriated, and we became friends on Facebook.  And made noises about getting together for lunch, or a drink.

Then, he started posting on FB about the nasty Second Amendment, and how none of us should be able to possess firearms.  Obviously, his couple of  years as a faux-Aussie took it’s toll.

I tried to dissuade him, first by posting about Our Constitutional freedoms, then, more directly in debate.  But to no avail.  He kept posting vile ideas about us being forced to give up our Rights.  Me giving up mine.

So, I unfriended him.  It was all I could do.

Now comes another foreign-influenced man, an actor, Liam Neeson.  From Ireland, I believe.

Of late, he been making popular movies regarding his wife (and/or daughter) being kidnapped.  And he rescuing them – being some-kind of agent/operative, and all.

Then this news story appears:

Speaking at the ‘Taken 3′ press conference in Dubai on Monday, the Irish-born star of ‘Schindler’s List’, who once again plays Bryan Mills in the final film of the trilogy, responded to a question about the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris last week, which he linked to gun violence in the US.

“There are too many fucking guns out there, especially in America,” said the 62-year-old. “I think the population is, like, 320 million? There are over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a fucking disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”

Reported by the Washington Post, Neeson added that there is a distinction between the violence of the movies and reality.

He said: “A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it’s fantasy. It’s in the movies, you know? I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and all the rest of it, you know what I mean? It doesn’t mean they’re all going to go out and go, ‘Yeah, let’s get a gun!’”

Now, I’m all about the First Amendment, too, but, just like with Batman, I can take action.  We were not friends on Facebook (so I couldn’t unfriend him) but I can not support him by refusing to see-rent-buy his movies.

It was all I could do.

Fortunately, some others stand with me:

PARA USA, the company that rented the guns used by Neeson in “Taken 3″ (2014), his latest action film, has responded to the movie star’s recent anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment remarks by stating publicly that they will no longer be providing the weapons for his cinematic fantasy roles.

There is strength in numbers. people!

Listen up, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King and your ilk.  I’m not against YOUR rights – why are you against mine?

h/t Never Yet Melted, HuffPo

Cleaning House(?)

cleaning frenchNot exactly Spring cleaning (still being Winter, and all) and not my house (as I rent a room) but I’m speaking of the blog.

As I’m approaching another year as a blogger (aka ersatz writer, copy thief, waster-of-time) I’m looking at my blog roll (The Usual Suspects), and trying to decide who to keep, who to add, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.  Some folks are simply no longer blogging.

Also, is anyone missing?  What about those blogfriends™ who list Guffaw in AZ in their blogrolls, but I don’t list them in mine?

Is anything missing?  Serious, thoughtful commentary?  Intellect?  Blazing retorts?  Nudes? (Remember Rule 5!)

What would YOU like to see?  More politics, stories of governmental abuses, gun stuff, libertarian stuff, investigation/security stories?  (Remembering the final decision is up to me, regardless).  🙂

PLEASE let me know, especially if you have been kind enough to list me, but I’ve neglected listing you…

Duty?

NY Post:

Throughout the city, precincts are being ordered to hand up to borough commanders “activity sheets” indicating the number of arrests and summonses per shift, sources told The Post.

Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses,” one union source said.

“This is the same practice that caused officers to be labeled racist and abusers of power.”

More @ Resister In The Rockies

So, that tired meme about cops not having a quota of summonses (“I can write as many as I want!”) has been laid to rest in NYC.  Quantity, not Quality seems to be the order of the day.

There was a time, when law enforcement was about enforcing the law, NOT generating revenue or creating numbers to justify budgets.  Not unlike news organizations pandering to bring in an audience for the advertisers, instead of just reporting the news.  (If it bleeds, it leads!)

I’m a capitalist.  I’m all about the profit motive.  Free enterprise.  But some people need to focus on their duty, not their dollar!

h/t Free North Carolina

“I’m A Prepper – He’s A Prepper…!”

OH!  A PREPPER!

I misheard…:-)

Mad Ogre recently expounded upon the concept, not just of being a prepper, but of being a dark prepper.

In part:

c/o Uprising USA.
Here’s the plan.
1.  Secure your HQ.
2.  Secure your local area.
3.  Secure your People.  Your Friends, Family, Loved ones… Those that may need help.  Elderly, Young, Infirm.  Make sure everyone is okay and has what they need to survive.
Now here’s where it gets gnarly…
4.  Secure additional assets and supplies to insure longevity.  Food, Medicines, other supplies and equipment.

Now comes the Dark part.

Now where I differ from the truly Dark, is that I would not use force on those that have the assets we’d be looking for.   Force would be only to defend.   This is all pretty clearly laid out in Uprising USA.  Moving further, in Uprising UK, there is a scene where assets were taken unknowingly from another survivor who hid when they came to get it.  When it was discovered that someone had a claim of ownership to the property, the person was fairly and justly compensated for what had been taken and an amiable conclusion was reached.

So really, maybe, I am not a Dark Prepper.  Just a humble procurer of that which sustains life… an amicable prepper.  A beneficent prepper.  A Magnanimous prepper…(end)

Are YOU prepping (in any sense of the word?)  Are you a DARK prepper?  How far are you willing to go to secure sustainability for you and your family and friends?

Or is this all just largely a mental exercise masturbation, a self-stroking cycle of like-minded folk, who like to play in the netherworld of TEOTWAWKI*?

Or is this about reasonableness?  Preparedness?  For natural disaster, fire, earthquake, hurricane?

And perhaps even extreme political disaster – like the monetary system failing and/or martial law being imposed?

Civil war?

As for me, I cannot afford to prep, much.  I was once – during Y2K.  The lady I was seeing, and her son had supplies, and arms.  And security.  And nothing happened.

Since that time, I’ve become disabled, and had to sell stuff.  And some of it was stolen.

But, I do have a couple firearms, and ammunition.  I figure that’s a good start.

The question remains, am I a DARK PREPPER?

The future will tell.

 

*TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It

 

A Humble Remembrance

A loyal and (sometimes) vocal follower of this tiny blog pointed me in a direction I’d somehow overlooked, in local history:

35 years later, we should remember fallen firefighter

Ed Gaiki

Ed Gaiki

Ed Gaiki.

I’d not heard or thought of his name in many years.  Thirty-five years ago, I was still living in this town, before I got married and a year later bought a house with the wife and moved to ‘the big city’.

(excerpted from the above link)

Ed was the only firefighter to die in the line of duty in this town’s firefighting service in it’s history.

…As they arrived, smoke was rising from the roof of the Jumbo Bagel Deli, at the end of the strip center.

Within five minutes of the call, Gaicki and eight other firefighters would go into building to search for people and the source of the smoke. Within 15 minutes, the roof collapsed, flaming wood pancaking down onto the nine firefighters.

Deputy Chief Gary Ells, the only remaining active firefighter who was there that night, was one of those trapped. Four of the men got out quickly. News reports at the time describe how four others, including then-Capt. Ells, had to crawl through the building, beneath the remnants of the flaming roof, eventually having to share an air tank before they were rescued.

One man didn’t make it out alive.  (January 15, 1980)

He was 27 years old.

A memorial service on the anniversary of his death will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Gaicki Park, 5616 South McClintock Drive. (January 15, 2015)

“… I think it’s also important to keep the story alive as a reminder to the rest of us, of the men and women who serve us every day and sometimes pay dearly for it.”  – Deputy Chief Gary Els

Since that time, much personal history has passed.  We had a daughter, got divorced, lost the house, and our daughter passed away.  And I never got to go into ‘public service’, as I had wanted.  I probably didn’t remember, as I’d been just married two weeks before (January 1).

Regardless, we should always remember those who gave their all, whether in the armed services, police or the fire departments.  We owe them that measure, minimally.

Thanks, Ed.

h/t The Arizona Republic, KM

A Response To The French Terrorist Attacks

And to the hundreds thousands of others…(in part)

First all, a little more self-confidence in your own culture and civilization is a must. Right now. Stop apologizing for existing. Stop acting like the West invented all the evils of millennia in the past 4 centuries. And that the West has contributed ZERO good in that time. We are the ‘Best Civilization EVAH!’ Sure it’s subjective, but we all gotta get on board with that.  (New Jovian Thunderbolt)

As I oft intone, you should go to the link and see the whole essay.

I believe in The United States, warts and all.  Western Europe, not so much.  There are myriad reasons our ancestors left their shores to come here.

There are reports of massive Jewish emigration from Paris in recent days, and of Sharia Law Zones in Britain and Paris where even the police don’t wish to go.  And of parts of Europe where Registration of Jews has begun again!

Sadly, the Islamic Experience is much more spotty, when it comes to evolving as a culture.  They still subjugate women, and the fundamentalists despise those unlike themselves.  There are exceptions – the moderate Muslims who have been protecting Christians in Egypt and those who have protected Jews in Morocco.

And the king of Jordan, a direct descendant of Mohammad, marching with the forty thousand in Paris.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.  –  George Santayana

I don’t need a twisted cross to see the handwriting on the wall.

twisted

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…