07 August 2013

Humpday Happenings...
To quote that wonderful Geico commercial...
"Guess what day it is? Guess...what...day IT...IS?"
Initially, I thought the commercial lame ('cause the 2 guys at the end REALLY aren't playing the guitar and mandolin), but that camel and CGI mouth movements with the voice...are PRICELESS!
Yes, it's..."Hump-DAYYYYYYYY....YEAH!"
Today's Hoosierland weather is a bit on the "close" side today, which means that old humidity is back (already got our A/C on), and temps will top out in the lower 80s. There is a chance of some showers and some of them could be severe in nature (aren't that ALL "in nature"?)
I've never found any thunderstorms OUTSIDE of nature, and NO, fartin' in the shower doesn't count!
With THAT having been said, let's see what on the agenda today, shall we?
*** First up, the Motto of the Week, aka WHO SAID THAT?
"The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do."
This might prove rather elusive a person to name, as he is rarely mentioned, if ever.
But I think you might find it a challenge to guess, if you know where to find a clue.
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the sweat-shop...
*** As is promised by yours truly, it's time once again for:
Bobby G's This Day in August History!
August 7 - 1794 - President Washington invokes the Militia Act of 1792 to suopress the Whiskey Rebellion in Western PA.
 - 1927 - The Peace Bridge opens between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
 - 1942 - The Battle of Guadalcanal begins.
 - 1947 - Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft, KON-TIKI smashes into the reefs at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands, after a 101-day journey covering 4,300 miles, proving that pre-historic people could have traveled from South America.
 - 1957 - The Lincoln Memorial replaces the "wheat" on the back of the U.S. penny
 - 1964 - The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution is passed, upping America's "ante" and military footprint in the war in Vietnam.
 - 1966 - The race riots occur in Lansing, MI.
And those are just a few of the high points...so Who says nothing happens in AUGUST, hmm?
Moving on...
*** I was watching that video of that beat-down of a WHITE teen by THREE BLACK TEENS on a school bus and wondering WHERE is these so-called "racial leaders" NOW?
Here's a link to the story with video (warning, it IS graphic):
Personally, I find it appalling that a boy would be attacked so viciously by some thugs just BECAUSE he DID NOT want to buy and POT from the three blacks, and also reported them to school authorities the day prior. The victim was 13 years old, whole the thugs were 15 years old...and obviously had difficulty finding a belt to hold their damn saggy pants the hell up.
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Maybe if these three had real FATHERS around, they could use that belt on their asses to whip some sense into them, so they wouldn't behave in such a reprehensible manner, and then give the belts to the teens to hold the pants up...as clothiers had designed.
This whole "anything goes" crap is despicable, and it's almost always perpetrated by blacks, first on other blacks, and then, when they can;t find any of those around, turn to whites or other raced people to promote the violence.
That's NOT how you build BETTER RACE RELATIONS, people!
And NO interest "charges"!
But you won;t hear one damn word from the Revs Sharpton or Jackson...or even Tavis Smiley or Professor Eric Dyson...no, sir.
They probably view THIS attack as a form of perverse "retribution:" for the Trayvon Martin verdict.
Cripes, the victim should be getting a damn MEDAL and SCHOLARSHIP for having the courage to report drug activity at his school, and not be on the receiving end of a broken arm and numerous bruises.
At least this link provides some closure with battery and robbery charges:
Doesn't seem like all the programs that have been in place to HELP young black "youts" is working all that well for some...wonder WHY that is?
Be interesting to see what these thugs have for a "home-life"...bet it's a house with a "baby'mama" and a "boyfriend of the week", complete with loud music thumping as often as possible, and most likely drug or alcohol abuse.
*** And that brings me to another point...
You ALL know how much I find rap or hip-hop "music" appalling, right?
Well, I have good reason, and I want you all to think on this...
When was the last time YOU heard anyone whistling any rap song, hmm?
ANY other genre of music CAN be whistled..from country, to rock, to oldies, to jazz, and even classical (I like Beethoven's 5th symphony myself...LOL), but most all of today's urban pop music cannot be whistled along with in ANY human form.
Go ahead...try it...I dare 'ya.
Kinda HARD to whistle a damn thumping 4-4 drum beat, isn't it?
And even IF you can find a bar of two that has for real musical NOTES attached to it, it's all repetitive anyway, so you're bored after 10 seconds of it.
Anyone walking around whistling Nelly?
Whisle to THIS?
Or Fifty Cent?
Or even L'il Wayne?
Hell no...because you simply CAN'T.
Now, to ME...whistling falls into TWO categories:
1) Real music
2) Bird calls
If you can't whistle something that falls into either one, it's NOT nusic, and it is probably NOT a bird call. (unlike a cat-call or a wolf-call)
I rest my case...LOL.
And I'm NOT just wetting my whistle, blowing the whistle, whistling in the dark, whistling up a wind, or whistling Dixie (although that's a nice ditty)...!
*** Lastly today, isn't life complex ENOUGH without all the garbage that we're forced to endure?
I'd have to say YES!
I've said before that we're like Stretch Armstrong - being pulled in every direction...and for what purpose?
It's to DISTRACT us...keep our "eyes off the prize", as it were.
If we're busy looking someplace else, it's easy for the wrong folks to pull something over on us, isn't it?
What we need to do is concentrate in what is important to each of us, and focus on that.
And with so many different people with different minds, we should be able to cover damn near everything, because we can't ALL be focused on the exact same thing...that is where diversity really makes up for it's shortcomings.
I feel we can prevail in any situation we encounter, and not because of who or what we are, but for who and what we can BECOME.
Every day is another opportunity...take advantage of it.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


John DuMond said...

Good point on whistling and rap. I'd never thought of that.

I have no idea about that quote. I don't necessarily agree with it though. I'm longing to be younger, but I seem to have no ability to make that happen. ;)

Bob G. said...

John D.:
I hadn't thought about rap and whistling until a couple DAYS ago...talk about a "late bloom" of displaced reason...LOL.

And I tend to look at ABILITY in two ways...
We've got the abilities we HAVE realized, and the abilities we have YET to realize.

But we DO have to long to apply the realization...another aspect of personal "choice", I suppose.

I hear 'ya on the younger gig...I also lack that particular ability...LOL.

Hey, thanks for rolling up today to comment.

Stay safe out there.

CWMartin said...

I won't lie, I cheated and found out who said your quote. After chasing down many bunny trails of this man's thoughts and what he was involved in, my head started to hurt. So I return to the quote, wondering if he ever included the addendum:"...but the Adversary sure gives you longings for stuff you do not need"?

Bob G. said...

Brother, is THAT ever the truth...
Guess that whole "idle mind" gives us all reason to pause and consider much.

Wants versus Needs...gets us every time, IF we're not careful.

Excellent call.

Thanks for stopping by today to comment.

Stay safe up there.