This posting just might be the finest contemporary piece of work in decades. It is long. Stay with it, please.
May 15, 2016
Obama’s Bathroom Decree Unburdens Us All From Reality
5/15/2016 12:01:00 AM - Derek Hunter
Hi, I’m Derek Hunter and I’m a straight, white male. I’m 6 feet 5 inches tall, have brown hair and two different color eyes. At least, that’s how I actually am. But thanks to an insane group of pandering, division-loving progressive leftists, I am now free to claim to be, or “identify” in the current socially acceptable parlance, as anything I want.
It’s good to know the president has enough free time to worry about such things as people’s right to use whichever bathroom they want. I was afraid he’d be bogged down with the fight against ISIS or his sputtering, failed economy. Nope.
Since instructing the Justice Department, which also finds itself unburdened by pesky job-related obligations such as investigating Fast and Furious, the IRS being sicced on Americans because of their political beliefs, or the timely conclusion of looking into a former secretary of state treating classified material like junk mail, is finally addressing the civil rights issue of our time.
Since the administration has decreed public schools can’t deny anyone’s “right” to use any facility – bathroom, shower, sports team – simply because of the fact of their biology, lest they risk losing federal funding, gym class is going to be a lot of fun when hormone-raging guys realize they’re one meaningless, un-disprovable, non-binding declaration away from showering with cheerleaders. Oh, to be 16 again.
This is the world Barack Obama and the Democratic Party is constructing for us – the denial of basic biology. Someone more cynical than I might point out the disconnect between those who’ve morphed “climate change” into a religion through the deification of science now denying the undeniable scientific fact that some people have “innies,” while others have “outies.”
Mocking euphemisms aside, females of our species have two “X” chromosomes and males have an “X” and a “Y.” This fact is not in dispute. What it means in terms of which bathroom to use is.
I don’t care how you live your life – if you want to be a productive member of society or a worthless junkie, knock yourself out. Just don’t ask me to subsidize or cheer your choices, and I’ll extend the same courtesy to you. That is no longer permissible in 2016.
The problem isn’t transgendered people using either bathroom; they’ve been around a long time and rarely have been noticed (unless they’ve always been holding it). If you’re a man who lives as a woman and uses the women’s bathroom, you’ve probably never been stopped. There’s no one outside public restrooms with a clipboard and velvet rope frisking you before you enter, and most people don’t pay attention to others going in and out of bathrooms. That’s not the issue. The issue is the people who do pay attention to who goes in and out of bathrooms.
In a nation of 330 million people, there are quite a few sick people out there who don’t simply subscribe to the “live and let live” philosophy. If a pervert gets off on being in the ladies room while women do their business he’d be arrested. If some sicko wants to be around young girls doing whatever women do in there, he would be arrested. What the Justice Department is doing is offering each and every one of them cover now.
Since being transgendered is undefined, all these perverts can simply claim they’re transgender, and suddenly every dad of an 11-year-old girl is a bigot.
In short, the Obama administration is offering cover to any weirdo with a bathroom fetish. And it’s using your tax dollars to enforce it.
There is an upside. If the federal government is going to impose this nebulous standard on schools under the Civil Rights Act, it won’t be able to deny the same rights to prisoners. So if you’re a man facing any sort of federal prison term, declare yourself trans and…well, you can do the math.
There literally would be no justification for gender-segregated prisons if the Civil Rights Act were applied this way. The state can’t justify discrimination anywhere, especially when they’re “fighting” the exact same kind of it elsewhere.
In fact, why stop there? If the federal government is going to negate the fact of biology when it comes to public restroom usage, it can’t use it anywhere. If gender can be ignored, why can’t other biological facts be ignored?
They are, actually.
Remember Rachel Dolezal? The white woman who “identifies” as black? That’s just an accepted part of life now. As is Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s lie about being Native American.
Rather than being shunned for their proven lies, Dolezal was rewarded with a book deal; Warren not only got a Senate seat out of the deal, but the media praise her every utterance and urge her to join the Democratic ticket as vice presidential candidate.
And here we are, being ourselves like suckers.
Perhaps we should all claim to “identify” as whatever will best help us at any given moment. Jam the system. If government is going to demand gender is whatever you want it to be at any given time, game on.
Applying for college? Claim every ethnicity and gender, go after every dime of scholarship available to everyone. All you have to do is “identify” as such. Who are they to judge?
A lot of people, myself included, have pets we jokingly refer to as our children. Who’s to say we’re joking? I don’t have kids yet, for all I know the way I feel about my pets is exactly how parents feel about their kids – hello tax deduction! The government can’t tell me I’m wrong; it’s how I feel on the inside.
There is literally no end to the possibilities, and by the standard set by the Obama administration on gender in public schools, no way to disprove any of it. Everyone is free to be anything, which means we’re all everything or nothing.
Thanks to this asinine ruling by this administration, we’re all free to ignore what we are and declare ourselves whatever we want to be, whenever it suits our needs. It’s stupid, it’s crazy, but apparently it’s our civil right. I just don’t know how we missed it for all these years.
"We have a solemn obligation," Obama said, "not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war and secure the peace."
In that spirit, here are some of those numbers.
—2,499 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq so far under President Obama, according to the independent Iraq Coalition Casualty Count.
—Of those, 1,906 have been killed in and around Afghanistan, and 593 in Iraq.
—Under Obama, the United States has been at war for 2,687 days. That's longer than under George W. Bush — or any other U.S. president, for that matter.
It seems like years since I wrote a story about Ten Mile Lake, slightly north of Hackensack, Minnesota(pop 208). The actual time frame has been four. The last visit was when my neighbors pontoon boat slid off its moorings and was headed for the middle of the lake. I, either with great courage or magnificent stupidity snagged it slightly the dock before damage could be done.
I opened the place up last night. It's more than boring to be "Up North" by myself. The Queen couldn't make it with me but she'll be here before the loons dispatch their chicks to, most likely, the clutches of a Bald Eagle.
I did, however, bring a dear friend. I've never written about him before. We met on a golf driving range six years ago. He's eleven years younger than I. Youngsters seem to gravitate to old guys. I don't know why but I'll take it.
His first name is Jeffery. He's six foot six inches in height. Did I mention he's very, very buff physically; a rock solid 237 lbs. and as he says, handsome, debonair and full of b.s.? And he's so funny he should have his own comedy show. Think Charles Barkley and that's my buddy, Jeff, except he would never be considered 'the Round Mound of Rebound'. To pique your interest he played basketball for Dick 'Awesome Baby' Vitale.
Jeff isn't much of a fisherman but he tries. He told me he was going to fish off my dock. I suggested he'd have more luck on The Great Salt Lake. What do I know? On his first cast be caught a bass and it was a keeper.
Prior to my trip up north a class reunion of the Class of '64 oldsters met outside Omaha. There were ten of us trying to act like twenty-five year olds. Most likely it was I who led the immature parade but who cares. The Queen wasn't around to witness my shenanigans and she's the only one who counts----except for God and maybe the Pope.
I live and die by the computer. On the second day in Nebraska my computer died, or so I thought. I plugged in the power cord and got nothing. For two days I cursed and screamed and yelled. Finally, one of my classmates plugged in the cord again and something didn't seem quite right. I always thought my power cord had two inserts and a prong. After 48 hours I came to the realization I was trying to power the computer with my CPAP cord.
One of the guys related a story about his days in Abu Dhabi. It seems those folks wanted to build and upscale, top of the rung golf course. http://www.adgolfclub.com/The national bird of the country is the falcon(maybe). Anyway, after completion of the multi-million dollar golf course someone(probably a goat herder) noticed the butt end of the bird was facing Mecca so the entire course had to be torn down and reconstructed.
This is probably why the price of our gas has shot up.
When bluesman B.B. King died last year, he bequeathed to the world a body of work spanning six decades that brought joy and comfort to millions. The crooner of "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Sweet Sixteen" transformed American music, inspiring such rockers as Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Buddy Guy. King was 89 when he succumbed to congestive heart failure in his Las Vegas home and died peacefully in his sleep on May 14, 2015
Her Majesty and I had a couple over for dinner a few weeks ago. They are hardcore Southern Baptists. Actually, a number of years ago they started, by themselves, what is now the largest congregational Baptist church in Dublin, Ohio. Sometimes, it's difficult being with them because they constantly quote the Bible verbatim. Personally, I have trouble quoting the Ten Commandments and I consider myself a very devout practicing Roman Catholic..
Mostly, when we have company for dinner I listen. This night I made a statement causing more conversation than I expected; much more.
I asked, "Would you rather be liked or loved? What the heck. I was only trying to start a conversation. The Queen jumped on the statement and has been peppering me with questions since.
I'm not about to let you know my feelings on the subject. Think about it, though.
Evidently, I opened the proverbial can of worms and now every time the Queen and I visit family and friends she brings it up.
As I said, I was only trying to be a part of the conversation.
Barbara” (the feminine name this delusional mentally ill man chose to create the illusion that he’s a woman) Satin has been, get this, chosen by Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships.
Barbara Satin is an Air Force veteran and currently serves as Assistant Faith Work Director for The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She is a member of the United Church of Christ.
Satin served as the first openly transgender member of the UCC’s executive council. She was involved in the UCC’s 2003 decision to affirm the inclusion of transgender people in the full life and ministry of the United Church of Christ.
So, Obama, the Christian, has legitimized the United Church of Christ.
A University of Michigan study has concluded that white preschool and kindergarten kids frequently believe that a person’s skin color can change over time, and that they can be black people when they grow up.
Todays destruction of the airplane that took the lives of 66 souls was not Islamic terrorism. It was due to some people who were having a bad day. It's kind of like the Ft. Hood massacre. Did you forget? I do believe Mr. Obama referred to it as workplace violence. And you moronic liberals swallowed it hook, line and nigh crawler.
Check out this chick. Her name is Carolyn Finney. She started out as an actress but left the profession because she was-----a loser.
Then she got an environmental job with the US government as an environmental expert which makes her a real loser.
According to Finney Black people do not visit our national park systems because they are afraid of trees. Yes, trees. These harmless green leafs, firms, and prickly things remind them of the days when they were lynched on, what else, trees.
But there are some areas that the federal government should not leave and should address and address strongly. One of these areas is the problem of illegal immigration. After years of neglect, this administration has taken a strong stand to stiffen the protection of our borders. We are increasing border controls by 50 percent. We are increasing inspections to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants. And tonight, I announce I will sign an executive order to deny federal contracts to businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
Our good friends from Olathe, Kansas spent the last two nights with us. They have a grandchild in Columbus and when they visit we put them up. Don't go thinking we run a free bed and breakfast.
Our grandchildren reside in Olathe so when we see them we stay in their home.
The plan is genius especially when one considers the price of motels these days along with breakfast, lunch and dinner prices. Some of you may ask, "Why don't we just stay with our children" That's valid except who wants Grandma and Grandpa hanging around when the kids are getting ready for school or having their parents drive them to and fro for their myriad of activities. My children and grandchildren like us but we've learned to stay out of their way for the sake of maintaining their sanity.
Anyway, this morning, we were talking about how we, as seniors, seem to have more and more of those moments. The ones when we can't remember the name of a street on which we lived for thirty years or names of movies we loved. It goes like this: MJH "I saw the best movie I've ever seen in my life last month". Then our guest will say, "Wow, tell me the name of it". And I'll respond with, "Um-um, I forget".
My question is if we have so many 'random thoughts' why can't we remember four or five?
As an example:
The number does not just refer to your conscious thoughts. Just typing that last sentence was a long series of thoughts, including tapping the keys and spelling the words - during which I also noted a squeaking noise, decided I liked a song that was playing, and glanced at the clock. And there is a whole lot more thinking going on beneath the surface. As it turns out, 70,000 is a very conservative number compared to the 600,000+ possible thoughts a person can have each day, which works out to 10 thoughts every second.
Read the scientific formula at the site below (click the "every-thought" link on the homepage) http://www.aesthetic-machinery...
Furthermore, I wonder if the thoughts we have when we sleep(dreams) count. If so, them I have to be way over 100,000 in 24 hour period. *Clavin: attributed to Cliff Clavin from the TV Show, Cheers, for his command of useless trivia.
A week ago I penned a piece on what I stated what the world's greatest food blog. I also mentioned I didn't know squat about food and cooking. I need to come clean. I was giving a plug to my buddy of sixty years in order to inspire some of you to read it.
Well, last Sunday I read his post. It was about a bistro in Kansas City called The Roasterie. Not only does Stevie know grub he writes in a way that says, "Aren't you happy you read my blog? I'm very good at my craft and more interesting than television". And he is. Visit his site. He's a pro. http://grandpacooks.blogspot.com/
'Each Sunday in the summer The Roasterie, a Kansas City coffee roaster, that services espresso bars, coffee houses, fine restaurants, high end grocers and coffee lovers everywhere holds a food truck brunch in their parking lot on 27th St. just off of Southwest Boulevard. Their iconic logo, a DC-3 is mounted over their building and looks as if has just taken off from the lot. Of course they have their own truck selling fine coffee. There are also a number of other food trucks selling everything from hamburgers, to BBQ, to Italian fare. There is also a live performer, making the whole experience a fun way to spend a Sunday morning in KC. Food trucks are quite a tradition here and have spawned some of the best restaurants in town, when the chef's popularity exceeds the truck's capacity.
Today I sampled another Kansas City icon. Burnt end BBQ. The famous food writer and humorist Calvin Trillin, who grew up in Kansas City, first sang the praises of "burnt edges of the brisket" in his famous love letter to Kansas City BBQ, which was published in Playboy magazine in 1972. These burned edges were simply chopped off the brisket by the counterman at the famous Arthur Bryant's, and shoved over to the side of the counter in a pile. Anyone that wanted them could take some and pile them on white bread and smother them in sauce, as they were in fact somewhat burned and sometimes dry. Kansas City BBQ restaurants took full advantage of the article and soon almost every restaurant in town was serving what became "Burnt Ends". Originally Burnt Ends were the crisp and charred pieces cut from the fattier corners of the brisket after it was smoked. Most pit masters today produce their Burnt Ends using either part of or the entire brisket. Brisket consists of two muscles separated by a layer of fat. The larger leaner muscle is called the flat. On top of the flat is a smaller fattier muscle called the point. Most restaurants today smoke the entire brisket and then remove the point from the flat. The point is returned to the smoker to char it and then it is chopped into pieces to become the Burnt End. Still other BBQ joints use the entire brisket, chop it all up and proclaim it to be Burnt Ends. Regardless of method there are some very delicious end results. Next time you are in Kansas City give Burnt Ends a try. You won't regret it'.
(much of the info provided here on brisket and the process came directly from www.eater.com published by Bonjwing Lee)
One last mention about transgendered bathrooms then it's on to bigger and better things like the Chicago Cubs.
Long, long before the current administration threw it's full weight behind suing company owners for refusing to make wedding cakes for gays there are aspects of this subject we should consider. What came first, gays or the wedding cake?
How long have transgendered folks been around? I'm no authority on the subject so I'll speculate it dates back to prehistoric man. Let's say a guy was crawling around on all fours around 2 million B.C.
He has an inferiority complex and doesn't understand what it takes to be a male. He likes to be dominated.
What's there left to do but pine for his own? So he does. He shaves his body, rubs some mud under his eyes creating a sexy liner and places a frond across his shoulder to provide the come hither look.
Do you think, as long as we've had communal bathrooms, guys dressing up as women and relieving themselves in the female commode didn't occur? If you say "Yes" then reconsider. Some guys have been craving to be girls since the advent of the dress, a wig and make-up. And do you know why? It's because they're friggin' weirdo's, that's why. And when they did go into a female bathroom nobody noticed because they didn't want to look like real men.
The last time I checked the rooms listed as 'Lassie' on the front door didn't have urinals so the guy in a pantsuit is required to go into a stall and shut the door. If they don't and another female sees them they'll get the stink eye.
If they do the ultimate in one of these rooms(show off their manhood) chances are close to 99% he/she will be found out and subsequently thrashed by a barrage raging knuckles and rightly so.
On the other hand, if a female dresses as a guy and enters a restroom with 'Lads' on the door and exposes herself I can't imagine any 'normal' guy not running out into the hallway and shouting, "Hey, you guys, hurry up and get in here. This is so cool and kinky". It'd be the fantastic bar for months on end.
So, there you have it. Pshaw to transgendered bathrooms. They are nothing more than a political issue from our leader to divert attention away from his failed action in foreign policy, domestic policy and the economy.
What came first, a liberal, a loser, a transgendered, an egg or the chicken? Or, are they one in the same?
A few weeks ago I made the promise to exclude the discussion of politics from this blog. It makes sense from personal standpoint because I was becoming a blithering idiot. By excluding myself from the political process I removed myself from the media and the constant discussion of Trump and Hillary in the upcoming election.
What I did not promise to do is expose one of these candidates, Hillary, for what she is; the worst person in a dress since Mata Hari? Then I went on the internet to check out the most evil women in the world-all-time.
Most all of these villains, as you might imagine, were involved in serial murders, dirt bags who exterminated Jews in WWII concentration camps or members of Renaissance European royalty who made war on those who desired to over the thrones.
It is now that I will expose Hillary Clinton as the most evil and wretched person in history. The sad aspect of this election is there are potentially millions of voters age 30 and younger who are unfamiliar with her actions from Watergate to present. Most of these Millennial children could care less. I find it my duty to tickle their brain by asking questions about their potential leader.
How many citizens are aware, as a lawyer on the Watergate Commission, she was fired by her Democrat employer for being untrustworthy and a liar? This was her first job and it's been all downhill from there.
But, you may ask, has she murdered anyone? I'm not privy to that information but she might be responsible for a slew of unexplained deaths over the years. It's called the Clinton body count http://www.zpub.com/un/un-bc-body.html and they are to numerous to mention. If you don't believe me then question Vince Foster. Oh wait, you can't because he died under circumstances in which his supposed suicide is not only implausible but factually impossible.
I've maintained all along that Hill's emails will not bring her down. It's going to be 'play for pay' monies given to the Clinton Foundation; cash given to the Clinton's for favors while the 'She-Witch' was Secretary of State.
Let me explain how the Clinton Foundation works. They have convinced the world that their organization provides help and services to underdeveloped nations. They take money from foreign leaders and corrupt nations in return for government contracts.
I did some research on nonprofits to ascertain their credibility and came up with the following:
"Some nonprofits may have quite a bit of overhead, but according to the charity ratings site, if they are spending more than 33.3% of their total budget on overhead, the organization is simply not meeting its mission",
These people are PT Barnum in 21st century clothes. 'A sucker born every minute' is their mantra. There is no explanation for their behavior except greed. God help us all if she takes over the Oval Office.
Sally Miller is one of Bill Clinton's former lovers from the Arkansas days. The women has decided to write an expose' on the lives of Bill and Hill in regard to their sex and coke habits. Hillary detested Bill's brother, Roger, but she put up with him because he was her drug source. As for Bill his arousals began when he watched Hillary with her lesbian lovers. Then he joined to make it a threesome.
Bernie protesters(or paid Soros communists) were out in force in New York City yesterday. This time these knuckle heads want the government to increase taxes on the rich and businesses.
A couple of items for thought struck this Physical Educators mind. First, the more money the government receives from the people the more is wasted on ridiculous projects. There's a book called The Pig Book published every year as an illustration.
Secondly, big business creates jobs. It invests money, the owners money. The owners take a chance on successful operations. Besides, most of the businesses in the US are privately owned; almost 80%.
My ex-boss was a very wealthy man. He invented a product without government help. He grew the business from five to over two hundred employees by the time he retired four years ago. He paid high school graduates $17.00 and hour with benefits to learn a skill. He offered them incentives to attend colleges to pursue a degree. He took a chance. Did I mention the federal government had absolutely nothing to do with his success. As we grew the cost of the product decreased. We could afford to because we had fourteen competitors but held 72% of the world market.
Finally, why is it protestors, liberals, socialists don't understand that when taxes are raised on business the price of the product to the consumer also rises? So, the feds are calling for every "worker" to receive a minimum wage of $15.00. Do I really need to explain this?
Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” -- even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com.
Clinton’s presence aboard Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727 on 11 occasions has been reported, but flight logs show the number is more than double that, and trips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including “Tatiana.” The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.
“Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile,” said Conchita Sarnoff, of the Washington, D.C. based non-profit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, and author of a book on the Epstein case called "TrafficKing." “Why would a former president associate with a man like that?”
Maybe this is the reason the old horn dog looks like he's been rode hard and put away wet. The boy doesn't look at all good from a physical standpoint. The chickens always come home to roost.
Isis, a failed foreign policy, racial divide brought on by the Obama administration, an economy that is so pitiful it's beyond explanation.
And what is the most important issue on the table from the White House? Seriously, it must be so embarrassing being a liberal.
"The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final regulation Friday that will pressure health insurers to cover sex change operations, which could then be subsidized by taxpayers through Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare".
We, the taxpayers, are expected to pay for vaginal and penal transformations for a minimal percentage of the population.
I addition. the White House has now stated that schools not providing transgendered bathrooms, all across the nation, will lose federal funding. It's laughable. All of this nonsense for .3 of one percent. This bodes the question of why every parent doesn't send their kids to the parochial schools.
If you voted for Obama how far is your rear end up you rectum?
President Obama’s Twitter account, which is run by his "Organizing for Action" staff, follows 636,000 accounts. Many of them you might expect: Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry. Even Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg don't really raise an eyebrow. But several accounts on the presidential follow list fit a different theme: Asa Akira, a porn star who has 653,000 followers and, in her Twitter bio, states "I have an award-winning asshole." Joanna Angel (390,000 followers), who describes herself as a "multiple award winning punk porno princess;" Penthouse Pet Of The Year Nikki Benz (808,000 followers); and Ashley Steel (138,000 followers), who writes that she is a "Porn Star, Doggy mama, Happiness Junkie, XXX Model, Buddhist, & Total nerd." http://www.fastcompany.com/3059861/why-does-president-obamas-twitter-account-follow-porn-stars
Marc Mezvinsky, son-in-law of Bill and Hillary, has refused to apologize to investors - despite losing nearly $25 million of their money in a gamble on the Greek economy.
Those investors include wealthy Clinton family supporters, some of whom have contributed campaign money to either Bill or Hillary. Mezvinsky persuaded clients to pour cash into the struggling European country in the hope it would bounce back and deliver massive profits.
When Daily Mail Online asked Mezvinsky - outside his $10 million Manhattan apartment - he refused to discuss the Greek tragedy.
Marc's father Edward Mezvinsky, pleaded guilty to 31 charges of felony fraud in 2001 and spent five years in federal prison. He admitted scamming his friends and family out of $10 million in a Ponzi scheme.
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation reveals that Bill and Hillary Clinton received at least $100 million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic presidential candidate Hillary’s claim she can carry out independent Middle East policies.
Whew! It's more than tiring thinking about what lies ahead. I don't know about you but I used to get excited about planning for and taking trips. The key phrase here is, 'used to be'.
I've been around long enough to know traveling is exhausting and that's what I expect. I'll be leaving for Cincinnati next Wednesday to see my grandchildren for the day then spend an overnight.
Early on Thursday the Ford Taurus heads west to Burlington, Iowa located on the Mississippi River sixty miles south of the Quad-Cities USA. A good friend and member of the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame will be my host. We resurrected a long time friendship after forty years.
Three days later its onto Ashland, Nebraska. Every couple of years members of the Boone High School Class of 64' get together for a get together. It's three days of golf and jokes. My suggestion for this year is no discussion of politics. It's either that or I exit early.
On the 26th I'll motor to the Minneapolis airport to pick up my Dublin buddy. From there we head out to my Minnesota lake home. I've never mentioned Jeff in a column before. He's a riot. He looks like and has the same hilarious personality as Charles Barkley except he's not nearly as rotund.
Jeff played basketball in college for ESPN's Dick Vitale and has the stories about that dude to make your hair incinerate.
Going to the lake, Ten Mile Lake, provides it's own source of enthusiasm for fishing. It's quite often disappointing. I think, after a long winter under the ice, the fish decided to take their own vacation. That's usually the way it works out.
After being in Minnesota for a week we'll head on over to Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. A dear friend lives on a golf course so we'll warm up our creaky bodies a few times trying not to embarrass ourselves.
On June 6, God willing, we'll be back in Ohio. Hopefully, there will be some tales to relate; good ones.
If not, you now know the itinerary. After reading this I'm already exhausted.
Most likely, one percent of Americans caught the Charlie Rose Show on PBS this past week. He's that popular.
In the event you didn't Charlie had on three guests; speechwriters for Obama. The conversation got around to ObamaCare and the line about, "If you like your insurance provider you can keep your insurance provider".
In a 41 second span the truth came out. The lying Obama writers started laughing at how they had hoodwinked the American public.
In past years I've written about my affinity for fine food. In my case it's referred to as comfort food. In order for me to prepare the delicious delicacy I need a bowl, spoon and microwave. Her Majesty was babysitting the grandchildren last week-end so I took the opportunity to fill my stomach with the most delicious of them all.
Take two cans of Hormel turkey chili and pour into a bowl. Ladle it with a half sweet onion, diced. Cover said ingredients with shredded cheese and microwave until it bubbles. After that enjoy one of the finest foods God created.
One of my very best friends, finally, has created a food blog. His first publication was on May 11. I would have thought he'd have done it years ago. His progression as a master chef is remarkable. I can remember the days when he'd take a cooked hot dog, wrap a slice of Wonder Bread around it and shove the entire item in his mouth. Not any more. He makes Julia Childs look like the guy in Man vs. Food---almost.
He probably doesn't know until he reads this post how much I admire his skill. Last fall we were with he, his wife, along with another couple for an evening of wine and food.
I always watch his mannerisms as he drinks and eats. He'll take a sip of vino then say, "Jan, this reminds me of the wine we tasted at the bistro on the Champs Elysees in in 1978. Then he'll take a bite of his entrée, usually with a furrowed brow, and utter, "I'm trying to figure out the spices used in cooking this steak". "I think they are grown in Singapore on the windward side of Mount Whatever".
The guy's incredible. Women love guys like this, too. He exposes his feminine side which isn't all that bad as long as he stays out of their bathrooms.
Who would have thought a Boone, Iowa boy could become the next great French chef but it could happen.
Once again political correctness has overridden common sense. The country is all ginchy about toilets, who goes in, who's in there and what we can expect.
LGBT transgendered bathrooms should not be the issue. A month ago I was with my ten year old granddaughter in Arizona. She had to use the restroom so I stood outside waiting for her. I did take a quick peek to see if she was all alone. Let's face it. Every right minded thinking person, men especially, are wondering if a perv is going to flash a schlong.
MJH does have an answer to the issue. Why do we need LGBT restrooms? Why make these people special? Don't they wish to be treated as human beings equal to and on a par with humanity?
Ten years ago the Queen and I made a trip to France. I needed to relieve myself and headed for the nearest john. To my surprise I saw a women heading into a stall. Zounds! They have unisex restrooms. If the Frogs can do it why can't we?
Unisex restrooms vs. LGBT restrooms: Why is it only me who can come up with these tidbits?
Everyone, men and women, police each other. We can eliminate urinals which men use as receptacles for cigarette butts and keep the floors clean from the drip, drip, drip from you know what.
Oregon’s state government released a set of guidelines for schools Thursday informing educators that students must be allowed to use whatever locker rooms they want and play on opposite-sex sports teams as long as they say it reflects their chosen gender identity.
Not only that, but if the student doesn’t want his or her parents to know, teachers don’t have to tell them.
My apology for quoting from the movie Forrest Gump in this post but it's the first thought entering my mind.
There was a news story today, a replay from the Limbaugh Show of last week. Rush stated that thirty state attorney generals, all Democrats, were combining to initiate legal action regarding those private citizens who speak out publically against the bogus global warming argument.
What they desire is to incarcerate(put in jail for liberals) private citizens for speaking against GW.
Can you believe, can anyone believe, that this is what our nation has come to? Nearly eight years ago when Obama called for Hope and Change this is what we get----and if Hillary's elected there will be more to come.
Since Al Gore is the guru of global warming I thought it'd be nice to give a snippet of what he did in college; a very prestigious Harvard. It's a wonder he isn't laughed off the stage.
"Gore's undergraduate transcript from Harvard is riddled with C's, including a C-minus in introductory economics, a D in one science course, and a C-plus in another. "In his sophomore year at Harvard," the Post reported, "Gore's grades were lower than any semester recorded on Bush's transcript from Yale." Moreover, Gore's graduate school record - consistently glossed over by the press - is nothing short of shameful. In 1971, Gore enrolled in Vanderbilt Divinity School where, according to Bill Turque, author of "Inventing Al Gore," he received F's in five of the eight classes he took over the course of three semesters. Not surprisingly, Gore did not receive a degree from the divinity school. Nor did Gore graduate from Vanderbilt Law School, where he enrolled for a brief time and received his fair share of C's. (Bush went on to earn an MBA from Harvard)". http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/763182/posts
And this is the person Leonardo di Caprio idolizes. It's no wonder Hollywood is filled with vacuous morons and Mr. Gore's brain is a vacuum..
You folks know how much I detest writing about politics in these dark days so I won't. Sadly, what I about to tell you is nothing but doom and gloom.
A former friend is constantly on Facebook writing glop such as, "Thank you, Mr. President, for what you've done.
Truth be told the poorer classes in society are doing quite well. You would too if you received freebies that totaled $50K a year for doing nothing. The wealthy upper classes aren't suffering, either. Thank God for solid stock investments.
It's the middle class, the great unwashed, who are suffering. According to economists these people haven't received a raise in 15 years. Yet, the staple products for them have skyrocketed.
The latest statistics tell the truth. 94,440,000 people are out of work. Job growth for the month of April was at 160,000. The Obama administration hasn't seen a 3% job growth since he took office. In the event you don't know 3% is an average growth rate.
What the hell is the matter with people who think all is peanuts and candy in this country?
It almost slipped my mind. Call it a long term senior moment. Last Easter we visited my daughter and her family in Scottsdale. Except for the three hour time difference and the expense involved in staying there it's a good place to be.
One Tuesday my six year old grandson and I wanted to escape for lunch. His favorite venue is Burger King. Don't ask me why it just is.
BK has recently come out with a menu featuring a hot dog on a bun, chili on top and two squiggly lines of cheese on top of that. The lad chose this along with fries and a soft drink.
Dear old Grandpa wasn't feeling hungry for all the glop so I asked the waitress if she'd eliminate the dog, bun and cheese then provide a bowl of chili.
Are you ready for this? She said, "We don't have chili". I countered with, "Of course you do. It comes on the hot dog. What I'd like is a cup of chili but eliminate the rest of the stuff".
She came back with, "We're not allowed to do that. It's against the rules"
If anyone there can explain this line of reasoning please dial 1-800- EatMe and give Burger King a clue about having it my way.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the world in which we live.
The Obama Justice Department has issued a new edict. From now on and henceforth forever more it will be against the law to refer to people as felons or convicts. According to our leaders it might hurt their feelings as they are reintegrated back into society. (I'm serious as a heart attack about this). Evidently, calling convicted crooks and thugs is a blatant form of bullying.
Anyway, this got me to thinking about a story in the news that came out of Shawano, Wisconsin. If a child under 18 is charged with bullying their parents receive one warning from the police. If there is a second instance of bullying the parents can be fined up to $641. Plover and Monona, Wisconsin also have these laws. All communities have populations under 10,000 but Monona doesn't count because it's an island surrounded by the Union of Soviet Madison. I would imagine the higher the population the less likely it is for the police to have bullying high on their list of serious crime. If you visited the South Side of Chicago serving a parent with a fine for their child's bully tactics just might be a qualifier for a bullet in the brain.
My first take on the Shawano thingy was to write it off. Kids need to learn to deal with bullying. Then, with mind changed, it might be a good idea. As a kid I was never really bullied. Oh sure, there was a 'Big Kid' named Buddy Stumbo who went around terrorizing us so we stayed out of his way. Buddy stayed on the north side of the Chicago Northwestern RR tracks and we smart guys stayed south.
I was larger for my size as a youngster so I wasn't often intimidated. Little did the other kids know I had an alligator mouth and a hummingbird butt or I'd have been picked on constantly.
In reality bullying is a crock of garbage. I suspect parents are most responsible for what these punks or punkettes do to other kids either by omission or commission.
Girls can be brutal, of course and the social media only enhances bullying. It must be terrifying for a 13-year old young go to go into the shower when she can't even wear a bra meant for a second grader.
Then there are texts and photos and Lord knows what and before one knows it the poor child commits suicide. Trust me. I happens more than one thinks.
Teachers need to be observant of bullying, too. In all my years of teaching I would submit men are more adept at handling bullies than their female counterparts. Only two women I can recall, Ruth Huermann and Joan DeVrieze both at Davenport Assumption High School were not at all intimidated by the naughty, obnoxious ones. Most of the time, in dealing with bullies, I'd get a rap on my classroom door, an explanation of the situation, then an exhortation for me to do something about it. Have you noticed how many female administrators there are in our educational system, primary through university? Have you also noticed how uncontrollable many of these institutions have become? I rest my case.
New York City's communist Mayor, Bill Di Blasio has struck a blow for the good guys and he doesn't know it--------yet.
Chick fil A is opening a restaurant in The Queens*. It's the first one ever.
Anyway, the Mayor announced that nobody should eat in the establishment because they believe in one man, one woman in marriage. In other words, the eatery is anti-LGBT(I always get those letters mixed up). In the olden days it was so much easier calling them queers.
What Mr. Di Blasio has done is assure Chick fil A of a gangbuster first day of sales and then some. Who could ever forget Mayor Rahm Emmanuel from Chicago uttering the same ban because 'The Chick' folks didn't share Chicago values. I was in Chicago the day of the mandated boycott.
Cars were lined up from the parking lot all the way to Davenport, Iowa.
* For liberals The Queens is one borough that makes up NYC. There are five in all. For example, Manhattan is a borough as is Brooklyn.
Hillary's been campaigning in West Virginia the past few days. One community, Logan, has told her to stay away. It's no surprise to me. Logan is located in the southwestern part of WV and is coal country.
A month ago, on video, Hill stated, "When I'm President I'm going to shut down the coal industry and put the miners out of work".
Today, the old bag told the world and those coal miners in person she was taken in out of context.
Not to worry, folks. She'll still received a slug of votes.
Well, isn't this interesting. 75% of Trump supporters are either high school graduates or didn't quite make it through grade twelve. It's almost like they're all Democrats.
As Casey Stengel said, "If you don't believe me you can look it up".
Actress Jennifer Anniston was recently selected the most beautiful women in the world. Seriously?
The Queen is better looking than Ms. Anniston and she has 29 years on her. I don't recall the publication who made the choice. It could have been Dufus magazine.
You can name me Mr. Excitement. Jack Nicklaus's Memorial golf tournament takes place the end of this month. We've decided to rent out our condo to a couple of the golfers. Let's hope they're willing to fork over big cash for the digs as if it matters. We all know Her Majesty has made plans for the rent money.
Every day I go to the golf course and throw up on myself. Every afternoon I come home and get on the internet to tips. What a waste of time. My son in law says I have paralysis by analysis. He's correct.
Four years ago I was a decent golfer. Two years ago my Wisconsin buddy told me he couldn't believe how bad I'd gotten. It didn't bother me at all. I woke up at 3 am, went to his garage, and let all the air out of his tires.
My cousin turns 59 this Sunday. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Did I mention she's absolutely drop dead gorgeous, inside and out. If she wasn't married and a relative I just might hit on her.
Despite breathless coverage of Venezuela's vanishing supply of condoms, toilet paper, and beer, perhaps the country's most debilitating shortage has been that of food, which appears to be a motivating factor for growing anti-government sentiment.
"I want the recall because I don't have food," one woman told Venezuelan commentary site Contrapunto, referring to a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro that has so far reportedly drawn more than a million signatures in support.
"We want out of this agony, there is too much need in the streets," another woman told Contrapunto. "We have much pressure because there is no food and every day we have to ask ourselves what we are going to eat."
Famed author, Elmore Leonard, wrote a book titled, 'Fire In The Hole' The film presentation of Justified was based on his book. Leonard said if you can say it in five years why write ten?
Kurt Vonnegut is a man of short words. He once worked for Sports Illustrated before becoming a novelist but was fired after turning in a one-sentence feature on an equestrian event that read, "The horse jumped over the f---ing fence".
Luckily for us, Vonnegut went on to bigger and better things.