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What is it about nice people that attract total idiots?Nice people are martyrs. Idiots are evangelists.


Friday, July 22, 2016

The rampant stupidity of being

I have spent a lot of time on this vacation dealing with stupidity.  Stupid maps, stupid road construction.  There was a lot of stupid about the RNC convention too.  We have our alleged leaders playing grade school tricks on each other, while we their minions compete to be just as stupid.  I have seen Donald Trump accused of being ready to exterminate the black race and vaporize all foreigners.  I have seen Hillary Clinton accused of wanting to abort every baby and confiscate every gun.

In the mean time, we have even stupider people who think their "God" given main goal in life is to kill others, starting with those farthest from agreeing with them and working their way to the right-handed man fighting the left handed man for whatever's left.  Of course, the latest example is the deal in Munich, where either a hairy skinhead or a patriotic Muslim shouted some combination of, "Allah Akbar!  F the Turks!" and killed a bunch of people whose main crime was wanting a Big Mac.  (Or groß Mac, if you like.)  And even in this welter of tragedy, stupidity raised its hoary head.

I made the mistake of pointing out that stupidity to somebody on Twitter who says the reason people are dying in Germany is that Syrians are failing to dodge US bombs over there.  In fact, this person's logic almost had me until they brought up that we "kill millions and support oppressive dictators."  Um, excuse me, are we not trying to help rebels trying to bring DOWN that oppressive dictator?  In fact, another gentleman pointed out that the Russians and Chinese were going out of their way to ASSIST that same dictator- and it's not like Russia is dodging "innocent civilians" either- but it is, we were told, all the west's fault and we should "read our history, it's common knowledge."

Frankly I am a little tired of people who get their information from just a few ideologically very similar sources telling me I don't know what I'm talking about.  Just sayin'.

Just moments ago, this end of the conversation occurred:

THEM: (Not giving out names) (directed at person I was debating) Don't reason with them, these people don't care, don't you see it? THEY ARE THE ENEMY

ME: I'm nobody's enemy.  Never lifted a gun to you.  Wish we could both raise kids in the sun. Problem?

THEM: (Edited for cleanliness) Chris, if you're wondering why Muslims don't give a f*** about your dead, that's why, f***face

Like I said, no names, but let's have a look at our furious friend's profile:

I'm a Front-end Web developer, UI/UX Designer, Interactive Designer,
IT Guy and SEO Expert.
Trying to make the web a better place.

Uh huh.  Odds on being an ISIS web hacker?  Anyway, it has gotten me more activity on Twitter than I've ever had- about 20 likes when I told the first person that I would be more than happy to step away from Syria and let them kill each other.  At a certain point, we have to say, why are we wasting time on these people?  Those of you that are so opposed to Trump's stance on refugees, tell me WHY would you want any of these people here?  You can give them all the kindness in the world, but unless we replace all American flags with Crescent and stars, and replace all churches and gay bars with mosques, the Muslims over there are not going to be happy, and they are NOT going to come here and live a peaceful life.

And that is NOT saying there are not peaceful Muslims, Muslims who are sick to death of terrorism.  People that realize that there is NO difference between the Muslim killer in Nice and the possibly German whackjob in Munich.  For example:

There is no us & them in this war. It's humanity vs heartless barbarians. All extremist are same.


They are killing linking the most beloved thing in my life,The Islam, with their animal desires .. I hope they burn in Hell.


Just the fact that one human being can watch another die in cold blood brings shame to our species.

But still the BIG news is Obama made a joke in his statement on the attack, and Hillary is taking a walk instead of flying to Europe to "monitor the situation."   I reacted to several people making political hay on this as well.  For every right-winger thinking Hillary was not doing enough "monitoring" because she has the gall to be out exercising when it happened, you have left wingers saying that Trump inspires people like the "alleged skinhead" who allegedly did this.

And the sad thing?  EVERYONE is talking about how we should live in harmony.  Overcome the divisions and work together.  But you look in the mirror and tell me- do you want the change that comes with YOUR part in that overcoming?  Or just want it on YOUR terms?

I know I want it on MY terms.  And God help all of you if I get my hands on the Tesseract... BWA-HA-HA-HA!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

And a bit of M10 music

As promised, on vacation the M10 goes on.  And this week, we kick off with the 100th song to hit the M10!

And that song belongs to Australia's Castlecomer, and their third hit on the M10 comes in at #10...

Castlecomer is one of 2 bands on this week's list that have yet to release an lp- the other is last week's band at the top, the Pom Poms.

Our #9 this week is a second debut, and we go back to 2004 for it.  Actually, I go back to the recent A to Z of li'l ol' me blog hop, and the favorite song of Guille Castillo of the Quiet Laughter blog.  It's from R.E.M.s lp Around The Sun, and it's a classic of theirs...

The song at #8 is prolly a bit tired of getting pushed about.  It debuted at #8, got shoved back to #9, and is back at eight...

...Two Door Cinema Club and the bizarre ad-fest Are We Ready? (Wreck).

This is a big week for country music, as there are two from the genre on the chart once again this week.  At #7, climbing three spots....

Maren Morris BS's her way up to the 7-slot with Drunk Girls Don't Cry.

You'll prolly notice this is a bad week for former #1s, as both Tangerine and case/lang/veirs drop off this week.  And it could be a rough one next week, as two songs by bands on this week's chart look to debut next week!  One of those bands....

...the Monkees, drop 2 to #6 with You Bring The Summer.

The top five has an oddity- three songs that start with the letter F!

The first of those, moving up three to #5...

...Basia Bulat's Fool.

The second F'er is a tune that has slowly been fighting its way into the upper reaches, pausing this week after an exhausting battle for #4....

...First Date by Plume Of Feathers!

Next up, by the other band looking at having a new song in next week's countdown...

...the Pom Poms drop to #3 with Betty.

At number two was a tune without an album- until this week...

...when Agnes Obel released her new lp called The Glass Citizen.  The lead single, Familiar, slides up a notch into the number two slot.

And, at number one...

When last we saw this act, they had another hit on the M10.  And the video was a masterpiece of heartwarming.  Home in the country, on the farm.  Holiday dinner, a soldier's coming home.  It celebrated the strength and courage of our servicemen, and the love and innocence of home.  A world we'd all be much better off in than the politics and hate, the debate over which lives matter. And imagine, from a pair of Canadians!

This time, however, they hit with a fun party song, a rowdy number that becomes the M10's first number one!  Moving up one notch into the top slot...

Johnathan and Drew Scott with Let The Night Shine In!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you enjoyed, see ya next week on Time Machine!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Vacation- Fast forward to toledo

When last we left off, we finished Sunday with a stop out at the kids' place...

Which involved "lazy man's cornhole"- sitting in a chair with a board in front of you, pitching them at the board in front of the other guy.  Of course, then KC proceeded to tack on "drink after every point" which prolly wasn't a great idea.

Later, we went for a walk around the pond across the road, which will be starring in "an addition coming soon".

Monday was pretty much douchingtoned with the Impala problem, which we will get to in a moment.  The only noteworthy activity was a trip to the bark park, at which Scrappy was a tad grumpy and got to leave early...

Here we meet Gypsy.

Gyspy wanted to run and play, and old boy didn't have running on the agenda, so his mom decided to leave- Gypsy ran to us for permission to stay.

Then another doggie came who WOULD run around, so Gypsy got to stay.  But this dog wanted to roughhouse Scrappy, and Boofus was being a butt.

So that doggie sadly walked off and Scrappy was chastised by us and we left.  Of course, his mood wasn't helped when Gypsy jumped off our bench and into the middle of his back, but I think the non-fixed-ness of the other dog was his main beef.

So that brings us to the car, where one problem (a shorted-out sensor) led to the discovery of a bigger problem (a tie-rod end going out, explaining the odd squeak I'd been hearing on turns), all of which led to a $500 bill (with needed oil change), which for some reason the CU has put a hold on (which I will have to ask them about tomorrow), which put a dent in my ability to overdraft today (which cast a slight pall on the activities you will now hear about).

And now, the trip to Toledo!

This was by far the quickest trip we'd ever made- until a confusing bunch of road construction caused a major mess-up.  Long story short, We had to cross the river twice (there and back) in order to complete our trip, at the same bridge.  What occurred, thanks to a collision of factor of which I wasn't exactly faultless, but certainly not the only one to blame (thank you construction, plus Google maps), was that we crossed the river FOUR times- and only one of those crossings was at the RIGHT place.  Even then, we got to our destination only a little later than we originally figured (which was amazing considering how much time we spent lodged in the Buttcrack of Toledo).

The bar at Tony's- not tonight, please!

The line- not near so bad as last year.

The only two remaining ACTUAL buns- signed by Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale

It was at the gift shop we first learned something was amiss with my account; but it didn't stop Grandpa from getting something for the NextGen Martin:

Next stop was Maumee Bay State Park, which was awesome for me.  I prolly quadrupled my lifetime amount of time in water to the horizon!

It was safe, if a tad green... and bathtub warm!

And yes, I soon divested shirt glasses, and hat.

Laurie is too sweet for the water- she had to stay out or she'd dissolve...

Then we went to there Nature center.  The building itself was closed- on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday?- but we took a tour of their boardwalk, which puts Ft Wayne's Eagle Marsh to shame, Bobby G!  And we no more started than...

A doe and three fawns- so friendly and unconcerned that we, another lady, and three little kids failed to scare them off.

There was a feeding station right against the building, just past the end of the boardwalk.  The fawns were happy playing at the pond's edge, but Mom got lunch.

At this point, she was BARELY ten feet from us.  Never even stomped at us!

The rest of the boardwalk was cool, too!

At the boardwalk exit, near the Lodge.  Rooms are up to $348... I guess I need a bigger lottery win than the $5 I got from the free ticket I got at the BTE concert!

As for the rental Cruze- I really liked the cruise control on it, changing the speed from the wheel.  I also found out we had Sirius XM- which meant I got to listen to a REAL alternative station on the way home.  No offense (nod nod, wink wink) to Ft Wayne's 99.5, but when you have a REAL rotation, you sound better. (99.5's rotation:  Out of 100 songs, 60 are 3 repeats of the oldest 20 out of the top twenty-five; 12 are former number ones; about 15 will be the Green Day catalogue; 10 will be the remainder of the top 25, with "new music" announced in front of each for the first 3 months; and the other three are the "wow, how did they manage to sneak THAT in?" songs.

So that's the story for the day... tomorrow, the return of the car, along with a trip to the Credit Union to see WTH is going on there.