Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What the Hell is Wrong With us Here in America?

I wonder if our biggest problem is not someone, else, some other nation, it is us.

The older I get, I wonder if we really want what we are asking for?

In the last day, the U.S. Army chose the winner of the new handgun contract.

12 different pistols were submitted.

Including offering from The Czech Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and the USA.

The closest American company to the contract was Smith and Wesson M&P.  The M&P was selected as the new sidearm for the Texas DPS a couple of years ago until in training, Texas Troopers discovered the pistol was just, well, not dependable.

Smith & Wesson made it to the finals only because it was an American pistol.....but the Army discovered what the DPS did...it was unreliable.

Who is going to receive the contract?

Swiss-German Sig. With their P320. Not my first choice, but I ain't the Army. ( The gun will be manufactured in New Hampshire, but the profits will go to Zurich.)

Makes you wonder, why someone in this nation can't make something like this...Colt, Ruger, Browning, Remington didn't even attempt to enter the contest.

Russian Roulette

I was reminded of "The Deer Hunter" in which the Viet Cong forced the American soldier's to play Russian Roulette in a form of gambling last night.

I have been sleeping in the Lazy-Boy so I can breathe the last week and generally, I go to sleep with some movie on....and wake up with something else totally on.

Last night, I realized TV in general has just " Jumped the Shark."

Two nights ago I went to sleep with a movie on and I wake with a nasty mouthed midget ( Sorry Sommer) on introducing comics telling the worst dirty jokes I have ever heard. None of them funny. I lasted 5 minutes. It reminded me of a UIL Region trip we took one year in which a student ( a salutatorian) was in the back of the bus telling dirty jokes....I am pretty sure she didn't know we could hear....be careful folks, teachers have " radar type bat ears."

Last night a I wake up and a drop dead gorgeous lady is making some sort of a an introduction into a microphone.

It's the Adult Video Awards.

I could not find the remote quick enough...

I felt like Cpl. Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich ( Christopher Walken) in the movie " The Deer Hunter." ( Never forget in the last scene you literally wanted to turn away...I went to my Renaissance and Reformation class the Monday after I had seen the movie and the Professor had also seen the movie, and Dr. MacDonald stated...." Man, I had to turn away."  BTW- you must watch the movie, one of the all time greats, Christopher Walken, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep....the movie has a 51 minute wedding Russian Orthodox wedding in it....the movie wins 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Walken wins Best Supporting actor...) 

But, I digress....

I gotta learn to turn off the TV before I go to bed.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Words that are Now Okay...And Men Don't be Afraid

I am sometimes amazed at how stuff changes in my lifetime and you will be too.

Sometimes the change is for the the "good" and sometimes you wonder???

I watched a bit of of the "Women's March" this weekend. Just a little. I got on a new channel and was so sick I did not want to get up and find the remote.

On many of the signs at the march, was the word " PUSSY."

And no, we are not talking about cats or a form of a willow.

When I was a teen, in college, the word was used by guys hoping for it, knowing good and well, that it " wasn't going to happen."

And the signs were shown on both conservative and liberal media outlets.

I assume this is now an acceptable word in our vocabulary.

I probably will never use it as I am not a teenage boy or a college kid, and I now wonder how it will be used on TV programs now.

Second, I was amazed at the women who were marching on Saturday were doing so because they had had ( past tense) a husband or boyfriend who broke up/ divorced them because the woman had made more more than them.

Damn...

My wife has always made more money that me.

If she had not done so, I literally could not have supported us on a teacher's pay.

It's kinda nice being a " kept man."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Quick Blog...

Quick blog this morning. I got the flu, a bad cold, some sort of something. Sick as a damn dog. Sick all night.

Today is the swearing in of a new US President. We do this every 4 years. I don't feel well, and I doubt I watch the inauguration....I've not watched one since 1992.

Four years from now we will do it one more time.

Sadly it has been a while since the nation has been this divided, and while many of you think it will turn out alright, or are excited about the change, there are just as many people worried.

So today if you will take a moment to pray for, think about the nation.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

State of Texas...Taking Care of Your Kids?

If the State ofTexas decides to do this, they will join the company of two other states......Califonia and Hawaii.

There seems to be bi-partisan support in the Texas Legislature to raise the age at which tobacco, cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, etc. can be bought to 21 years old adults.

Once again, at this time only Hawaii and California have this as a law.

Maybe it is just me, but I have always thought if you are old enough to join the U.S Army, U.S. Navy,  U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard....old enough to fight and died for this country, old enough to vote, you should be old enough  to smoke, dip, and yes, buy alcohol.

If we are going to make rules about people who can vote, join the military, then we need to make the voting age 21 once again, and the age to join the military also 21. ( To make the voting age 21 again, the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would need to be repealed.)

The views on tobacco have changed dramatically since I was in high school. In high school in the 70s there was a smoking area, and students openly carried tobacco products in their shirt pockets and would place packs of cigarettes on their desk while taking notes or doing other school related work.

I remember finding Justin Hickey smoking in the Senior Boy's rest room and because it was my first year at BHS, and another teacher had sent me into the bathroom to check, I felt compelled to send Justin to see Mr. Hicks. That was one of the times I felt bad about sending someone to the office. Justin had never given me a second's trouble, and was doing his best to graduate in a couple of months....yet he wound up in " The Box" as it was known in those days. ( AKA SAC or ISS in modern terminology )


So, once again, something to watch in the current session in Austin.

F*ck USPS

So, with our trouble with the Subaru, I noticed that Vladimir, the Russian who came out for the Outback on Monday had a jumper product called " Jump and Carry." It is a 12 volt power supply and jump starter.

A little pricey, but if the tow truck driver is using it, well, use what the pros use. And that baby is going in the Outback.

I ordered one on Amazon Tuesday morning, and went cheap on the shipping as the business offered " Free Shipping." And I was to expect it Jan. 23-25.

Last night, Weds., at 5pm, the Fedex truck driver lady knocked on the side kitchen door and left it on the porch.

It had shipped from Kansas City in one day.....

Why can't the post office get their act together like this?

I had to hunt and find my blood pressure medication, which was shipped from Tucson, AZ...it was 12 days late. The post office had sent it to St. Paul, Minnesota. I should have had Gusa go down to the post office and pick it up for me. ( I had some from an old prescription that luckily I found, but I was down to ONE tablet of those.)

One day from Kansas City to Orange. I am impressed. I will order tools from them again.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

So, I Thought I Was Doing...So Good.....

So, I made the bad mistake of going into the world of New England clothes.....and for about 3 years, I stayed out of trouble.

Trad dress. Oxford Cut Button Down shirts, khaki pants, Harris tweed coats....and I was able to hang in there for a while with the snobs.

I quoted Proust, John Henry Newman, Kant....I am not just a "pretty face." ( at one time the Baptist seminaries did some actual teaching,  didn't become an arm of the Neo-Calvinist movement, and did more Jesus than politics.)

Anyway, apparently talking about wearing a Charleston Tuxedo, ( Blue Blazer, OCBD shirt, khaki pants, and a bow tie)  and wearing cowboy boots with a dress shirt are a no-no...

But the coup de grĂ¢ce ( the killing blow) was me talking about knowing folks who went to..."GADS".....people who went to college at the University of Texas, Texas A&M, LSU....apparently to these people, you were low if you went to Cornell...or Boston College....or NYU...

I hate to know what they'd say if they knew I went to poor old 'pitiful' Lamar.

So, banned for life once again....