The summer heat makes opinions and thoughts bubble up……let’s see if they are over cooked….
As you age you will notice more often that some old and useless items have an intense emotional value that exceeds all rendering. In our breakfast nook there is a special built-in mail box, bulletin board, black board and mail box covering one wall. We had it added special when we re-modeled over 30 years ago. Then one of the kids used a wood burning tool and wrote everyone’s name above the mail box slots, even one for Mom and Dad. Messages, congratulations, notices, team schedules and take out restaurants graced the bulletin board and the black board held comments from the ridiculous to the sublime over the years. The mail boxes were for their letters and school papers and then there was the general small storage box right above each name for whatever small items they wanted to store there. Toys, jewelry and birthday and Christmas cards have been there along with every other matter under the Sun. It is merely a collection of cedar wood and nails. It won’t go with us when we move. It hasn’t been really used for years now because the youngest is 37 but no matter. I will miss the family wall cabinet and mail box. It reflected lives lived.
Here is the best compromise on the immigration debate–allow the illegal aliens to have permanent resident status but never citizenship. If they really came here for work, money and opportunity then such move will allow that goal to be met. Same with the kids. Never citizenship. We all have to suffer for bad decisions of our parents. There is nothing special about illegal aliens to justify a more sympathetic attitude.
Another anniversary of the end of the active fighting on the Korean War. Those poor guys had a rotten hand from the git go. The first of the no-win wars. In fact the spin doctors for Truman were active then and abetted by the compliant liberal press. They insisted that it was in fact a “police action”. Damned if the NYT and others of that ilk didn’t report it that way with a straight face. Before the first year was done the front had moved back and forth several times and then settled down pretty much along the 38th parallel where it remained for over two long years before the cease fire that remains in place. It would have been nice for the American people to know that Truman didn’t intend to do anything to achieve even a hint of victory. He held up that facade of making an effort until he left in ’53 and then Ike mercifully put and end to it.
The guy in the White House makes a protest of “phony scandals”. Such an old but still effective political and propaganda tool. Simply re-label an event or transaction or program to your liking and if the press will report it that way–viola!, you have just diverted the attention of a sizable portion of the population that only follows reality shows and headlines but never dares look at facts to support their position whatever it may be. Don’t take my word for it read the master of the art–Goebbels. His diary should be required reading for journalists and marketing majors. Most people rarely look beyond their own feet and the next step. They wouldn’t see a mushroom cloud on the horizon until told to look out the window by CNN.
Anthony Weiner. That is the lead up and the punch line. Of course there is also the international implications of the situation. I mean if Huma and Anthony can co-exist maybe there is hope for the Palestinians and the Israelis. We should just make sure there a plenty of porn sites in operation across borders in that area. Wouldn’t this be a truly new low even for New York if he were to win? And if you know anything about New York politics that reaches down to some pretty subterranean depths.
Two young men demonstrated their ability to hack into the control systems of the modern cars last week. They can make your car stop, accelerate, turn either direction or turn off the engine in addition to other minor nuisances. With the proliferation of computer controls and electronics this should come as no shock but it is nevertheless very scary. Apparently when the car manufacturers turned to computers and electronics they didn’t think about anyone hacking into the systems. First they tell we’ll have driverless cars soon and now before that is ready to launch they inform us that some pimply-faced 18 year-old can grab my steering wheel from miles away. Imagine the havoc a couple of those jerks could cause during afternoon rush hour in your town be controlling just a handful of cars on the major freeways. On top of this latest concern we have to face the reality of the Government, boo, hiss, being able to track your every move in your car. Hell, are cars going to be worth it soon? Be lots of folks who will like the latest in the mechanical engineering but will be wanting to retrofit and take out the computer control systems and GPS signaling devices and those black boxes. Naturally, such people who don’t want their cars tracked or controlled by others will be on a suspect list by the NSA as potential bad guys. You’ll need a horse and buggy for privacy in the near future.
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