07 August 2012

What's So Important About Today...
Well, it's NOT my 60th birthday, so it can't be that, but there are some very interesting things that occurred today.
But first, let's take a peek at some other things...
*** Gabby Douglas failed to medal in the uneven parallel bars...but she's got nothing to feel THAT bad about - she's pretty much guaranteed millions of $$$ in endorsements, and that should help out with burgeoning costs for her training (not ALL athletes are rich folks).
The USA dropped behind China again in overall medals (only by ONE) and Russia slipped past Great Britain to place THIRD (by two medals) overall.
Here's the link to the lowdown:
And THIS article REALLY cheesed me the hell off:
People took to "social media" to CRITICIZE Gabby Douglas' HAIR...gimme a damn break, people!
Leave the kid ALONE, and leave her hair ALONE.
This is the result when dumbass people with more time than intelligence get their primate paws on an iPhone and get to texting.
As the author of the article said: "Shame on them"...indeed.
*** I want to take a moment to give ALL those in the "lame-stream media" a lesson in PROPER pronunciation.
We've been hearing and reading about the ex-military man, a hate group follower, and neo-Nazi bassist that went into a Sikh temple and shot six worshipers dead, including the temple leader, but so many reporters do NOT know how to PRONOUNCE the ethnic word...SIKH.
I keep hearing it said as though it were SICK, when in fact, it's SUPPOSED to be said like SEEK...with me so far?
Some reporters DO get it right, but not enough.
Cripes, just watch the original Star Trek episode SPACE SEED to hear the PROPER pronunciation...!
Khan Noonian Singh was a SIKH (say it...SEEK).
Here's a WIKI on it:
(and this is worth reading)
And for God's sake, DON'T confuse the Sikhs with MUSLIMS...that's like comparing APPLES to say...AARDVARKS!
Sikhs wear TURBANS...Muslims wear tablecloths...I mean KEFFIYEHS, which can be worn AS a turban, but usually is wound about the head LOOSELY...just so's you all know.
Sikhs aren't out to kill everyone else in the world, either...they actually fight on OUR side...in the GOOD GUYS ARMIES, especially Britain, and have a remarkable history during WW2...and even long before that.
So remember...it's SEEK...not SICK.
The only SICK people are those who are ILL...
(and these media college grads are supposed to be "professionals" ?)
*** Okay, so today is 7 August...what's the big deal, you say?
It's time for some HISTORY, boys and girls, because too many folks say not much happened in August.
Well, TODAY happens to be the day when in:
1782George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.
1789 – The United States Department of War is established.
1791 – United States troops destroy the Miami town of Kenapacomaqua near the site of present-day Logansport, Indiana in the Northwest Indian War.
1794 – U.S. President George Washington invokes the Militia Acts of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
1909Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California.
1942 – World War II: the Battle of Guadalcanal begins – United States Marines initiate the first American offensive of the war with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
1947Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America. (great book)
1955Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan.
1966 – Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
1976 – Viking program: Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars.
1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of.
1998 – The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.
And after all that (and some more stuff that also happened) the world has NEVER been the same since...
But we never hear about these things today...do we?
So now you know...the REST of the story.
*** Lastly today, we keep hearing about all forms of control..government control. gun control, birth control, calorie control, blood pressure control, cruise control, remote control...what-EVER control.
Does anyone stop to think that what is REALLY needed is good old SELF-CONTROL???
I mean, wouldn't THAT alone negate so many of those OTHER forms of control being shoved down our throats and up our...alimentary canals?
Ben Franklin noted that we should pursue "Everything in moderation - nothing to excess", and that must surely mean more than the meals and drink we partake, correct?
Quaintly enough it's SELF control that keeps ALL of us from becoming raging homicidal maniacs every damn day, isn't it?
Unfortunately, some folks can't "resist the urge", and give in to their basal instincts.
Why we, as a nation...as a people cannot condone more vociferously the fact they we ALL need more self control in our own lives is beyond me.
Perhaps it's the lack of RELIGION in many lives, or rather, the SUPPRESSION of religion by the leftists that's causing the angst.
Whatever the case, again we find that we need to return to our roots, and if that means being based in all things of a Biblical nature (as so many of our founding fathers believed), then it might be worth a shot...again.
Everything can be good for you and everything can be bad for you...it all depends on the QUANTITY that you chase after, rather than the QUALITY of that which you embrace.
Let that be your guide today as well as tomorrow.
Be well, be informed, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America


CWMartin said...

Bob, it ain't only the reporters. If you watched the presser yesterday, that boring, long winded federal attorney-in-charge did it over and over. Geez, do these people out there realize there are pages on the internet that will tell them HOW to pronounce it? They don't even have to use a dictionary any more (good thing for most of them).

Laurie told me about the hair thing a few days ago. My response was pretty much word-for-word the same as yours. Who comes up with this stuff?

Always kinda wanted to read Kon-Tiki but never got a round tuit. And Love Canal always made me wonder how you got radiation UP THERE. Just a poor name for a place IMHO.

Bob G. said...

Regarding the whole SIKH thing...goes to show that all you REALLY need to know about life CAN be had by watching STAR TREK...LOL!

Kon Tiki was a real good read (in later elementary school) and the movie from 1950 isn't bad.
(well, it's almost a documentary)

There is a NEW version due out around 24 Aug this year.

Makes you wonder how such people can summon ALL that courage to undetrake such a journey...and survive.
Heyerdahl was one of a kind...very remarkable, much like Cousteau..but Thor stayed ON THE SURFACE of th4e ocean.

Hey, thanks for dropping on by today to comment.
Much appreciated.

You stay safe up there.