Now, if you really liked yesterday's weather, you're in for a treat...another day like Sunday.
Our Hoosierland weather will have sunny skies, temps around the low 70s and no precipitation.
That's sure to make life's difficulties easier to take, hmm?
In the meantime, let's get that nice comforting morning drink poured as we set off into another one of our 24-hour long excursions into that curious thing we call life, shall we?
*** First off of the shoe rack today is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
September 21 -
---Today is NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY
---It's also WORLD ALZHEIMER'S DAY
AWARENESS...we're not saying the world HAS Alzheimer's, although that alone might solve some of the world's ills)
---And, it's the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
NOT be killing one another)
Break out the tie-dyes, you tree-huggers.
*** Next up, I'm very surprised that we didn't have someone shot over the weekend.
WAS trending along those lines in recent weeks...shoot someone on Friday, report it Saturday and release information a few days after that...the typical method we're seeing. Didn't even hear about a stabbing, and to me, that seemed odd, because "the natives" were a bit on the restless side (as they tend to get a couple weeks into their monthly welfare recharge. The middle of the month seems to be most active for these mooks.
Hell, I didn't even hear of any armed robberies, but that's not to say we didn't have crime...we ALWAYS have crime.
But, we shouldn't fear...these people will no doubt recover from their slothfulness and be active soon enough (oh, joy).
*** Next, as predicted, Sec. of State John Kerry (aka Herman Munster) stated (yesterday) that the USA will take in an ADDITIONAL 30K refugees from Syria.
|And he LIES real well, too.|
That should bring the initial number we were quoted, which was 30K (and later found out to be ACTUALLY 70K to around ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND. Sure doesn't look like 30K to me (and there are more on the way. Final tally might be 200K!
Now, whose bright idea was this, and why do we HAVE to be so damn altruistic for people that have no desire to fight for their own freedom?
We're certainly not France in the late 1700s, are we? And who is going to vet these people coming in, to make sure THEY are not part of a greater threat?
How will this impact our schools, our society, and our security in days and years to come?
Yeah, that might be quite a jump, but the potential is there, make NO mistake.
*** Next up, I wanted to put a link to an article in today's paper about "teaching authority" to children, but, as usual, when I try to FIND the online copy, it's NOT THERE.
But, I did (finally) find a source link, so here it is:
I love the first sentence: "A child's natural response to the proper presentation of authority is obedience."
The article does a nice job of laying the groundwork for obedience, which was something my parents were keen when I was growing up.
And their answers were similar to the ones mentioned in the column.
Six "steps" are mentioned, and they are:
1) Do not bend over and get down to the child's level, for that signifies a "pleading posture".
2) Use the fewest words possible (it's okay to be terse)
3) Do not explain yourself - that stimulates argument (and kids pick up on this more tha you know)
4) If a child wants an explanation, say "Because I SAID SO". (always worked with me)
5) Do not end an instruction with "OK?" You are giving direction and not a suggestion.
6) After giving the instruction, turn and walk away.Standing there invites push-back.
Sound advice, if you ask me...and it must have worked, because I have no problem with authority, as long as that authority does not abuse it's privilege IN that authority and doesn't demand something that goes against my principles and values.
*** Next, The Johnny Appleseed Festival seemed to be a success, in spite of some rainy weather on Saturday.
|And NO "hard" cider...|
Oh, well, there is always NEXT year, right?
*** Next up, Al Sharpton is due in our city tonight, and we're not hearing much about it, but you can rest assured the media will cover it, for what that's worth.
|Don't you point at ME, "rev"...|
Pay your damn taxes, Al, and stop looking for trouble where there isn't any.
*** Next, and on a lighter note...had a blast watching all he DOCTOR WHO episodes being aired this weekend on BBC America channel.
Should be a good reason to want to see THIS Saturday get here with dispatch.
|Just touch these two wires together...|
Sure, the effects could be considered "cheesy" by today's standards, but it's cool to revisit.
*** Last back to the sock drawer...Authority takes MANY shapes, and most of them are good, provisionally-speaking.
We need it to maintain a level of order, whether it's in our society, our family, or on the job.
We need authority as a learning tool - to teach those who don't comprehend it to better (and fully) understand it and WHY we need it.
And, as with most anything in life, it starts from WITHIN each of us.
|ALL parts to authority.|
If we are raised with a good idea of what ethical behavior and morality are, then we are better able to become our own authority - to keep ourselves 'in line" as it were.
When we ask ourselves questions about how we make decisions, we usually have an answer, based on the authorities that have been teaching us throughout life.
And decision-making queries pop up thousands of times per day for ALL of us...that's a pretty hefty weight to bear, but many times, we don't even give it that second thought. We decide, than act.
Most every time, we can make that good choice, too.
But, when authority breaks down, or is never properly engaged in our lives, the inevitable shit happens...and we are the hapless recipients.
Without people being authoritative as we grow up and develop into adulthood, we never come to realize the importance of such a principle.
And, as can be expected, our prisons are full of such people.
TO authority, basically in the form of anti-law-enforcement rhetoric, and that's a path that any society should never choose to walk down. It fosters a sense of anarchy, and with that a breakdown of those values that initially made our nation.
We also have to be wary of anything done for it's OWN sake...there has to be a reason...a purpose and not some knee-jerk response.
Like I'm find of saying...we can ALWAYS do better, and we should always try, because life is too short and too precious to waste.
Stay SAFE out there, America.