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Starbucks And Politics

pequodsI like Starbucks.

They are not my favorite, but they are close by.

And being near a university, there are many pretty people to watch – some of them college girls!  :-)

They are overpriced, and the stores are filled with students and hipsters, but the ones I sometimes visit are clean, well stocked, and the staff is attentive.

As far as that goes.

messageNow comes the producers of corporate messaging, trying to imbue us with the idea that Starbucks supports inclusion, racial equality, and fairness.  Except for White people.  They, by the wearing of their very pink skin, are racist.

Almost simultaneously with this message being promoted by handouts and scrawling cryptic racial messages on their overpriced cups came ‘news’ across the Internet that Starbucks is anti-Semitic!  (I wonder if this was planned?)

It seems there are numerous and ubiquitous stores throughout the Middle East in Arab countries, but the six lone stores in Israel have been closed by corporate edict!

It certainly must be because they are anti-Semitic.  Right?

A quick Internet search determined that Hebrew doesn’t necessarily mean he brews coffee.  The Israelis like their tea.  And Starbucks, being of a profit-making mind, decided to close the stores as they weren’t producing.

As they have been in the Arab (coffee-drinking) nations.

Of course, it was only a year or two ago that Starbucks encouraged legal firearms possession in locales where doing so was legal – then reversed their decision and said it didn’t support such action in their stores.

Perhaps they should keep their corporate minds on their coffee and not my politics!?

Of course, I still carry discretely, wherever.

Sometimes, caffeinated.

(FTC – Starbucks gives me nothing!  Get your own coffee!)

Twenty Years Ago, Today

(Truly, I cannot believe it’s been Twenty Years!)

There are things that are good to remember; things bad to remember; and things important to remember.

The crummy part of all this is sometimes my brain is not too good at discerning which is which, or what goes with what.

My character (being flawed and neurotic as it is) has a tendency to default to the bad.

A shrink, I’m certain, would say it’s all about low self esteem, negative messages from childhood, etc.  The reasons don’t matter.

Twenty years ago, today was the accident in which our daughter Molly was killed.

I was driving – this makes me ultimately responsible, as I was The Dad.  The Protector.  The fact the other driver ran the red light while speeding is of no consequence.

I carry a sidearm.  I’ve done so for 41 years.  Long before I even met Molly’s mother, I chose to do whatever I could to protect myself and my family and friends.  It’s a roll I haven’t taken lightly.

And I took my assignment as Protector even more seriously when I became a father.  It’s what father’s are supposed to do!

We were making a left turn from 44th Street, East onto Thomas Road.  A little after 1 PM.  Going to Monkey Wards after an earlier visit to Famous Footwear @ 20th St. and Camelback.  Saturday’s with 12 year old daughters meant shopping!  The signal didn’t have a left turn arrow back then.  It was just like in the movies – in the midst of completing the turn, I sensed something was wrong.  Based on the estimated speed of the other car, we were pushed across the intersection in about one-tenth of a second.

And many lives changed forever.

I’ve no memory regarding what happened next.  Nothing to recall on the witness stand months later.  I was told I regained consciousness enough to give my estranged wife’s phone number to the ambulance guy, when I was asked if there was anyone he could call.

I had early drugged hospital memories of being on board a ship(!)  Not enough consciousness to ask why I was on a ship.  Turned out, with one (now re-inflated) collapsed lung and the other half filled with fluid, County Hospital had me on a pneumatic bed which kept hissing and rolling, to keep fluids from settling in my damaged lungs.  Ribs pushed into a lung.  Broken collar bone.  Broken arm.   Tube up the nose, and IV morphine/ativan drip.

My sister, wife and friends were there, being supportive and keeping loving watch as much as they could.  Not wanting to answer the obvious question:  Where was Molly?

In my few awake moments, I remember asking about the funeral, desperately wanting to be well enough to attend.

My wife was told Sunday morning there had not been any brain activity, and had the courage to disconnect life support.  Had our roles been reversed, I don’t think I would have had the bravery.  I am forever grateful to her for this.  A number of folks benefited from her decision.

The funeral was that following Tuesday.  I was largely unconscious in ICU at County for another two weeks.

Thank God.

Ultimately, after being moved to Good Sam, being given Tylenol in lieu of the morphine/ativan drip (!) and weeks in the regular hospital and rehab, I was able to walk and breathe again.

I was deeply depressed and pretty much just counting the days.

Until I could pay my respects.

That came weeks later.

I’ll say it again, as long as I take breath  –  Tell your family and friends you love them, right now!

Because you may never get another chance.

AND be an organ donor.

I try to remember the good times.  The IMPORTANT ONES.  It’s what has kept me alive for the past twenty years.

My thanks to all of you, family and friends, for holding me up, until I could stand on my own.

(Commentary has been turned off – I know how you all feel.  Thanks, again.)

Logan’s Run

Gotcha!

farrahNOT the ubiquitous sci-fi movie classic from the 70’s, with Farah Fawcett.  Sorry.

(Just to show I don’t just go after leftist weasels.  I go after weasels from the right side of the aisle, as well ! – Guffaw)

How did Senate Republicans violate the Logan Act? Well they did that by being war mongers. But more specifically, when 47 members of Congress signed onto a letter that was sent to Iranian officials in an attempt to undermine the peace deal with Iran, they clearly violated the act — and also all committed felonies. According to Cornell University, the act reads:

“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

You should go and read the whole essay.  Republicans do just as many illegal acts as Democrats.  It’s actually kind of surprising, with Democrats controling most of the media, that this isn’t being more trumpeted(!)

Of course, based on so many other actions, it does appear Democrats don’t know the law!

(This doesn’t mean I agree with most actions of the current administration, but even a broken clock is right twice in seven years!  :-))

h/t Doc in Yuma

Goose = Gander?

David Petraeus will plead guilty in u.s. district court (criminal side) for the same thing hillary clinton has done …………….from JJ

hillary clinton has violated the law, and jeopardized the security of the united states of america in the way she has handled diplomatic information over her private email.   she has place classified material on her own server, using her own email  ….  any competent operative could have accessed it, and lord knows the world is full of talented computer people.
well, former 4-star general of the army and head of the central intelligence agency, david pretraeus has tendered a signed plea agreement in the u.s. dist. court for the western district of north carolina for the exact offense committed by clinton.
in short, he put classified information where it didn’t belong.
 
and, hillary clinton put classified information where it didn’t belong.
if david pretraeus is to be hung out to dry, then hillary clinton should be hung out to dry.  pretraeus provided information to someone to whom it should not have been given.   by definition, when clinton put classified information into her own computer server, she did the exact thing.
she should be prosecuted.
JJ (as posted in Theo Spark)
So, yesterday, Secretary Clinton apologized and explained, saying (not under oath) she didn’t post anything of a secure nature, BUT, she deleted all personal emails, lest they fall into the wrong hands (the press).
Something smells here, people.
As to the apology, I’m reminded of the old saw that the sooner the miscreant politician apologizes and takes responsibility, the sooner the ‘problem’ fades away.  JFK took immediate public responsibility for the Bay of Pigs.  And the public largely forgot about it.  Nixon tried to cover up Watergate – and see where that got HIM!

Familiarity Breeds Qualification, Right?

From my friend Old NFO (in part)

In a news conference, Deanna Favre announced she will be the starting Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers football team next season.

Deanna asserts that she is qualified to be the starting QB because she had spent 16 years married to Brett while he played QB for the Packers – even though she has actually never played football at any level from grade school up, never ran the offense of any team, nor ever played the game.

During this period of time, she became familiar with the definition of a corner blitz, the nickel package, man-to-man coverage, so she is now completely comfortable with all the other terminology involving the Packers offense. A survey of Packers fans shows 50% of those polled supported the move.

Does this sound idiotic and unbelievable … or familiar to you?

Hillary Clinton makes the same claims as to why she is qualified to be the President of the United States and 50% of Democrats polled agree.

She has never run a city, county, or state during her “career” as being Bill Clinton’s wife. When told Hillary Clinton has experience because she has 8 years in the White House. My immediate thought was, “So does the pastry chef, and the person who picks up dog shit from the White House Lawn” (…)

Of course, you should go and read Old NFO’s whole essay!

I had a supervisor at TMCCC for a number of years, who claimed to be able to analyze our personal problems and offer solutions.

Her qualifications?

She had been married to a clinical psychologist for 20 years (before their acrimonious divorce)!

She had a college degree, but not in psychology or counseling.

I wonder what proximity has to do with actual qualification?  Perhaps if you are an amoeba?

So, a woman who was fired from her job as a Watergate committee lawyer for legal and ethical violations magically becomes a U.S. Senator (from New York (being an Arkansan, and all!) then U. S. Secretary of State.  After some years as a schlock lawyer.  Her only qualification is she was married to a serial rapist, who happened to squirm his way into The Presidency.

And, of course, she is a woman, making her as qualified as the current President, who was voted in because he was Black!  (He, too, also has a questionable and inexperienced background).

Qualification by Proximity!  It’s all the rage.

U. California Students Remove Offensive American Flag From ‘Inclusive’ Space!

flag 2The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted Tuesday to remove all flags, including American flags, from an inclusive space on campus because of their offensive nature.

The bill, R50-70, was authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara, and accuses all flags, especially, the American flag, of being “symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.”

“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracY.”   

“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy,” the bill reads.

The legislation argues that flags may be interpreted differently; the American flag, for example, can represent “American exceptionalism and superiority,” as well as oppression.

SERIOUSLY?
I’m certain use of English language as a standard, as well a mention of the Judeo-Christian foundations of this Constitutional Republic are also banned.  And mention of the Constitution and the Republic, as well!
I’ll keep saying it - POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WILL BE THE PROXIMATE DOWNFALL OF THIS NATION!
(If I were mobile, and had the means, I’d be hanging around the campus with as many American Flags as possible.  Equating The American Standard with those of other nations or ideologies on this nation’s soil and institutions, is ludicrous!)
h/t Brock Townsend
This Just In (from Facebook)

The Star-Spangled Banner will once again wave at the University of California, Irvine, after student government leaders nixed a bid to ban the American flag from a campus lobby.

Members of the executive cabinet of the Associated Students of UC Irvine met Saturday in an emergency session to reverse the flag ban.

Truth IS Stranger Than Fiction

And certainly more disturbing!

Long-time readers of my blog may recall my mentioning the television show Chicago PD, wherein the fictional detectives of the CPD Intelligence Squad sometimes sequester persons they have arrested detained kidnapped and subject them to torture to obtain information to convict them, and/or locate other crimes/criminals.

Certainly not in accordance with current civilian criminal law procedures.  Do we remember Escobedo?  Miranda?

I pooh-poohed the program, another in the long list of shows from the Law & Order producers, as highly fictionalized.

Hopefully.

Then comes this news…

Yesterday (March 1, 2015), ABC7 Chicago released a fact sheet from the Chicago Police Department on the Homan Square facility. There have been recent claims that the police department is operating a “secretive facility in Homan Square on Chicago’s West Side where criminal suspects are denied basic rights.” The Chicago Police Department is denying any alleged abuse of suspects, saying the lack of signage on the building is because Homan Square is the “base of operations for officers working undercover assignments.”Source: http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/03/02/secret-facility-in-chicago-where-criminals-are-being-tortured-without-due-process/?utm_source=glennbeck&utm_medium=contentcopy_link
REALLY?  Our own little Lubyanka Prison in America’s Heartland?
Of course, I’m certain everything is on the up-and-up with this facility, and that there are no other such places in New York or Los Angeles.  Or Middle America U.S.A. (sarcasm)
Let’s see.  We have ‘Star Chamber’ courts (FISA courts).  Persons can be detained without knowing where they are, or access to legal counsel, and subjected to extra-legal interrogation techniques.  Apparently now at both the federal and state levels.  We can be molested while traveling to determine if we are impaired, or our citizenship status, or if we possess any kind of weapon. (Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol).
And now THIS!
DOES ANYONE SEE A PROBLEM WITH THIS TREND, ‘CAUSE I DO!
h/t Glenn Beck

“Everything That Is Not Licensed Is FORBIDDEN”

or verboten!

In Massachusetts:

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts rules that a stun gun is a “dangerous and unusual” weapon, and thus not protected by the Second Amendment, so banning them is fine.

Given that police are issued tasers, I’d say that qualifies as “in common use”  (Say Uncle)

minutemenFunny.  I seem to remember a bunch of guys named Adams, Hancock and Revere who were all BOSTONIANS!

I wonder what THEY would say regarding how their State has devolved into The Land of Petty Power and Control?

RE:  The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts…

MASSHOLES!

Say WHAT?

aka ¿Que?

Federal Judge Says No Second Amendment Right To Own Firearms

Federal Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, an Obama appointee, said in a decision on Thursday that the Second Amendment does not apply to firearms.

You should really go and read the whole thing.  Bring your airsick bag.

The judge is an Obama appointee.

Quelle surprise.

Let’s see…The President of The United States, who was previously titled as a ‘Constitutional Law Professor’ (spits at the incredulity), appoints a like-minded sycophant to the bench, who doles out ridiculous tripe like this to further the progressive agenda of civilian disarmament.

I know The President’s school records are sealed.  (This from the most open administration, ever!)  Have any of his former students come forward to explain that while he was left-of-center, he taught about Separation of Powers, limitations on the Executive, and reverence for the U.S. Constitution?

Or was he so good that he produced 100% sycophancy?

I wonder how this judge ever made it through grade school, much less college and law school!

h/t  Maddened Fowl

To Inoculate, Or NOT To Inoculate…

vaccineTHAT is the question!

I recognize the need for public health policy.  Knowledge of germ theory and sanitation throughout the public is paramount in this regard.  But, as a libertarian (small L), I question the efficacy and efficiency of government-mandated measures to stave off disease.

Where does the public need trump private beliefs?  Religion?

My maternal grandmother passed in 1919 due to the Worldwide Spanish influenza epidemic.  Who knows how many lives could have been saved had a vaccine been available?

As a child in the 50’s, I contracted just about every ‘children’s’ malady known – measles, mumps, chicken pox (2X – yeah, I know, not supposed to happen!), whooping cough.  It’s amazing I didn’t get polio, considering.  I did participate in the nationwide polio vaccine distribution in the 1960’s.

Fast-forward to today.  There is an ubiquitous meme (I’m certain fueled by the anti-corporation profit, ‘natural’ folks) that vaccines are laden with poisonous chemicals, and that in spite of their possible benefit, these chemicals cause autism in a percentage of growing children.

As a result, there is a minority of folks who have kept their children from being vaccinated.  The incidence of measles, whooping cough and other maladies are on the rise, when previously they were essentially eradicated.

And, as with the polio vaccine, there is a small percentage of folks who develop diseases from the vaccine.  An ‘acceptable’ percentage we are told.

Should parents be required to vaccinate their children by government mandate?  Even though there is a small chance they will become ill?

There was a recent court case wherein parents were forced to have their daughter given chemotherapy, even though they believed in not administering such a medication.  Of course, her cancer wasn’t contagious.

This is a complex issue, in my view.  The rights of the individual versus the power of the State.

New Poll: Americans Want Mandatory Vaccines

What do you guys think?

h/t Refdesk, Newsweek

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