I LOVE getting a quality massage! (I’m writing here of a medically-authorized version, you dirty guys!)
I began getting them in the 80’s, when I could afford them. I saw an add for a local shop and thought “What the hell, why not?”
I think the place was called Kneaderbodies.
The experience was transformative.
From then on, every few months, I’d count my pennies and come up with the $30 (+ tip).
Then, I lost the home the wife and I shared, and it became cost prohibitive for a while…
Fast-forward to the 00’s. I’d bought another home and got settled in. My daughter and wife were no longer around. Then, I remembered my massages of yore. Sadly, Kneaderbodies had moved, and I didn’t know to where!
I spent many a Saturday visiting a local indoor swap meet, because I liked the atmosphere. It was very carnivalesque, snack foods and crappy junk and factory seconds for sale. Along with retailers who were on their way up (or down).
There was some Asian dude giving massages to people (with their clothes loosened, but still on). He also taught gung-fu and did acupuncture. Turns out he had been a doctor in China, but couldn’t get certified here in the States. I saw him give acupuncture to a guy who had an injured shoulder. Couldn’t raise his arm past his waist. After 45 minutes of acupuncture, he had full range of motion without pain!
This caught my interest, although I had no reason for acupuncture.
So, I opted to try a massage. 55 minutes for $52.00 (?!) or something like that…
Deep-tissue Chinese massage. Quite painful as applied, but afterward…
I explained I was diabetic, and as such had chronic neuropathy in my legs, feet and hands. Sometimes it was all I could do to drive there and walk in from the parking lot.
And hour later I could leave with NO PAIN! And I was not on any pain meds at the time!
I usually left there and went to my favorite gun store to hang out for a few hours. On my feet!
Sadly, my financial status changed again, and I could no longer afford massage. I lost my second house, and moved even farther away. I saw in local news the indoor swap mart had closed.
I did locate Xi, who now has his own storefront, studio and school! Sadly, if I don’t want to get a massage from one of his employees or students @ $60, I must pay $125 for his services!
The price of success?
Back to counting my pennies…
A massive anti-deportation infrastructure has emerged to try to protect illegal immigrants from President Trump’s crackdown, with advocacy groups coaching potential deportees on how to massage encounters with police, and lawyers and judges working to shield them from charges that would make them priorities for deportation.
A video released Monday by a coalition of advocates instructs illegal immigrants not to open the door to federal agents, what proof to demand if they are being arrested and what to say if accosted outside their homes.
Meanwhile, attorneys are working to lower charges from some illegal immigrant criminals, hoping to blunt their crimes so they don’t show up as high-priority deportation targets.
The latest instance was in California, where an immigrant from India was accused of abusing his wife. The Santa Clara prosecutor told The Daily Beast that he reduced a felony assault charge to a felony accessory after the fact charge in order to spare the man a sentence that would have made him a deportation risk.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions lashed out at the prosecutor last week, calling his action a perversion of the criminal justice system.
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(A video released Monday by a coalition of advocates instructs illegal immigrants not to open the door to federal agents, what proof to demand if they are being arrested and what to say if accosted outside their homes.)
Wouldn’t it be nice if all persons here legally, alien and citizen alike, had such advice and protection?
What does this cost? Who is paying for it? Qui bono? (Who benefits?)
The silent majority is an unspecified large group of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by U.S. President Richard Nixon in a November 3, 1969, speech in which he said, “And so tonight—to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans—I ask for your support.” In this usage it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, and who did not participate in public discourse. Nixon along with many others saw this group of Middle Americans as being overshadowed in the media by the more vocal minority. (Wikipedia)
I believe we have seen the Silent Majority become silent no longer. Not by taking to the streets, blocking freeways, burning buildings and other crimes, but by simply voting.
Making a statement they have had enough of the Fabian, Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Progressive, One-World “it takes a village” crap that The United States has been spoon fed for more than a century.
As posted by Irish (sent in by Murray. (I have no idea if it was correctly attributed to Paul Genova or not)
By Paul Genova—You Created Us
I haven’t said too much about this election since the start, but this is how I feel.
I notice that many of you are not graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact, you seem to be posting ever more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump.
Some of you are apparently triggered because you are posting how sick you feel about the results.
How did this happen you may ask? It’s simple
– You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.
– You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.
– You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.
– You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.
– You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.
– You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.
– You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.
– You created “us” when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors.
– You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.
– You created “us” when you attacked our flag.
– You created “us” when you took God out of our schools.
– You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.
– You created “us” when you began to emasculate men.
– You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft.
– You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.
– You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.
– You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.
– “You” created “us” the silent majority.
– You created “us” when you began murdering innocent law enforcement officers.
– You created “us” when you took a knee, or stayed seated or didn’t remove your hat during our National Anthem.
And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.
And we did it with ballots, not bullets.
With ballots, not riots.
With ballots, not looting.
With ballots, not blocking traffic.
With ballots, not fires, except the one you started inside of “us”.
“YOU” created “US”.
It really is that simple. You democrats have only yourselves to blame.
Now, I may quibble with a couple of the tenets previously expressed, but I ‘get’ the gist. The majority of folks who are simply trying to live their lives, go to work, raise their children, love their family and friends have decided they have had enough of unnecessary governmental overreach and intrusion. And decided to take action.
And the Left doesn’t know how to react – because they didn’t win, as they expected. And they are not big on introspection and correction – they just react.
As spoiled children.
(But don’t print or reveal anything untoward whilst so doing…)
(from Brock Townsend)
I think that we’ve got to reign in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime. And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people. . . . carrying guns in public places. . . .” — Hillary Clinton, May 6, 2016 at the National Council for Behavioral Health
Surprise! A new report that was recently unveiled proves that the liberal fear of gun owners is completely and utterly unfounded.
The report, which was titled, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016,” covered a number of gun issues including the rise in gun ownership and the connection between gun owners and crime. While the entire report is well worth reading, there was one section in particular that is catching the attention of many 2nd Amendment advocates. The study examined data from Texas and Florida, two states that most accurately reflect the nation at large, and found that concealed carry holders are not just less likely to commit a crime than their fellow citizens, but they’re even less like to commit crime than police officers!
Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at one-sixth of the rate at which police officers are convicted.
The study also found other important correlations between American gun ownership and crime.
Yeah, the very ill candidate is wrong again. Who knew?
(from Brock Townsend)
A Black Lives Matter activist who was part of the Ferguson riots posted a visual guide to urban riot wear in both English and Arabic on Twitter.
The tweet is significant because it was posted by Ashley Yates, who uses the handle @BrownBlaze on Twitter. Yates is a prominent protest organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement who is an advocate for violence. The Guardian quoted her in 2014 during her involvement with the Ferguson protest:
Yeah, I’m sure this means nothing. Pay no attention to the protester in the hoodie – to pay attention would undoubtedly be racist or in-the-very-least religious discrimination!
The other day I was playing with settings in WordPress, thinking about making some stylistic changes to the GiA blog.
And I hit a wrong key. Or something…
FIRST, I saw my blog, with pictures of carrots instead of cacti! Then, I noticed many of the staples of my blog page missing.
And I had to get to a doctor’s appointment!
SO, I posted a hurried apology and left.
And late that night, I was able to get GiA reconfigured back to her former glory – well, about 85% of it.
WHAT A PITA!
As to the next part – do I bother to tweak it back to the original, or do I just go ahead and move on to my ‘improvements’?
Who knows? I’ll figure it out.
We get what we pay for! 😛
from Activist Post, in part…
No card reader, no PIN pad, no touch-screen display — how you bank at your ATM could drastically change in the not-so-distant future. Citigroup is testing an automated teller machine made by Canton, Ohio-based Diebold that relies on your smartphone and perhaps an eye scan to dispense your cash.
Diebold’s so-called “Irving” system works like this: Let’s say you want to get $100 from your ATM.Instead of taking your bank card with you, you schedule your withdrawal ahead of time on your phone via your bank’s mobile app. When you walk up to the screenless machine, it identifies you in one of several ways: Near Field Communication (NFC, the same type of technology used in Apple Pay’s mobile payment service), QR Code (for Quick Response Code, a machine-readable bar code that’s been used extensively in Japan) or biometrics (scanning your iris, a technique that’s considered far more fail-safe than fingerprints as a form of ID).The machine then spits out the cash and you go on your merry way.
Diebold said the entire transaction could be completed in less than 10 seconds. The new system is more secure than traditional ATMs, in part because you wouldn’t need a card and wouldn’t have to punch in a PIN, the company said.
“Our latest concepts embody a new era of banking and put the user experience at the top of the pyramid to connect consumers with their money when and how they see fit,” Frank Natoli, Diebold executive vice president, self-service technology, said in a press release.
I predicted this probably 10 years ago, when I was a senior credit card fraud investigator. Of course, I also predicted as persons were being taken at gunpoint to ATMs to have their accounts forcibly emptied, this new security technology would allow the robber to bypass the middle man. By removing digits or eyes for them to obtain access at their leisure.
Don’t believe it’ll happen? Just wait…
Back-in-the-day, in a previous lifetime, I was married. And, ‘the wife’ and I, like most young married folk, were poor.
NOT living on the street-out-of-dumpsters poor, but we weren’t yuppies…
And we spent much of our free time off together window shopping. We would adjourn to one of the nicer malls and walk around, people watching, and looking agog at the clean, shiny goods in the various stores.
Most ALL of which we couldn’t afford. It was cheap entertainment.
Now, here it is 35-ish years later. I’m divorced (although my ex-wife lives about 1/4 mile N.E. of me, and we remain friends). And walking long distances on tiled concrete is not something my legs and feet tolerate very well.
SO, as with many other things, I ‘live’ on the Internet!
Now, the nice thing about this (aside from wearing boxer shorts whist ‘window shopping’) are the myriad of shopping locations – Amazon, EBay, L.L.Bean, Brownells, Duluth Trading, Dillon Reloading.
But wait, there’s MORE! (as they intone on late night TV).
WERD and UNCRATE
and DUDE I WANT THAT! 🙂
Now I don’t know which came first – and I really don’t care (nor do I receive anything from them, FTC!), but these carbon copies of each other are wonderful merchants who market to MEN (and like-minded women) all manner of things through their respective retailers.
Subcategories in Uncrate
Subcategories in Werd
Just what every guy with spare funds needs to fritter about a weekend afternoon, purchasing everything from ecofriendly toothbrushes and razors, to rye whiskey and SUVs!
Or, if you are like me, just windows shops…
♫ Everything that’s old is new again! ♫
Except it wasn’t.
After I shot Bob’s (the former PI, gun store manager) Heckler & Koch 91, I knew I had to have one!
It took me over 10 years to acquire one. And it definitely wasn’t a G3 (the select-fire version). It wasn’t even really a Heckler & Koch 91 (the semiautomatic version).
She was a PTR91 (H&K parts, except a domestically-produced receiver, to comply with the spurious, unconstitutional and misnamed Assault Weapons Ban).
The good news is she shot similarly. Functioned exactly the same. And took same foreign parts. Expensive German-made H&K parts.
(Wait a minute – maybe this was the BAD news?)
I remember purchasing some different furniture and a sling for her at a gun show. At premium, President Clinton inspired prices! Fortunately, there were bazillions of cheap magazines.
The bad news was I could never afford the case lot prices for ammunition.
Which meant she was never shot very much.
AND, she was a PITA to clean and re-lube, for a neophyte like me.
Of course, she was stolen in the safe with the others. That’s what I get for deciding I liked rifles, too!
Remember the various political entities demanding something-in-the-area of $15.00 per hour, as a minimum wage?
Well, burger-flippers, chew in THIS:
The U.S. House will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between August 1 and November 12, which means that based on their $174,000 annual salary, lawmakers will earn $608 an hour during those days in the nation’s capital.
That figure was calculated by liberal activist Ralph Nader, assuming 10-hour workdays. He sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner on Monday, writing: “While millions of Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives seem to have no problem working less and less for more and more.”
The House took a five-week vacation from Washington on August 1 and returned on September 8.
After two four-day workweeks, members left Washington again on September 18 and are not due to return until November 12 for a lame-duck session following the midterm elections.
Their hourly wage for the eight days is several times the hourly compensation of anesthesiologists, one of the country’s highest-paid professions at an average of $113 an hour, The Hill reported.
The Senate took the same break in August and also worked just two weeks in September before leaving to campaign for the elections.
Legislators and their aides argue that time spent in Washington constitutes only part of their job, and they also spend considerable time meeting with and serving constituents in their home districts and states, The Hill noted.
But Nader said in an interview: “You are paid by the taxpayer to work in Congress at least a 40-hour week. If you want to do anything back home after that, that’s discretionary time. They don’t pay you to campaign for your re-election.”
Even when they are in Washington, lawmakers devote much time to non-legislative matters. After the 2012 elections, new members of Congress were reportedly advised to set aside four hours a day for fundraising phone calls during their 10-hour workday.
Nader’s letter comes in the wake of a Gallup poll showing that in August just 13 percent of Americans approved of the way Congress is handling its job, while 83 percent disapproved — and 53 percent said they “strongly disapprove.”
The last time Congress’ approval rating was over 50 percent in a Gallup poll was in April 2003, at 58 percent, during President George W. Bush’s first term.
The approval rating stood at 84 percent in October 2001, immediately following the 9/11 attacks.
Now, I’m not normally one to agree with Mr. Nader on anything, but, most congresscritters actually work part-time, and spend the rest of the time traveling to-and-from their constituencies or running for reelection.
$15.00 an hour sounds about right for them. For the one day a week they actually work for us! (And, of course, working for us is a misnomer. They work for themselves and lobbyists. Personally, I’d like to see them all be voted out and replaced with folks who start removing current laws, rather than passing more! – Guffaw)
h/t Free North Carolina