28 July 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
We're closing in on the end of the week as well as the end of the month.
Won't be long before school starts back up and it gets cooler outside.
(talk about a "two-fer" in the GODSEND department, hmm?)
Our Hoosierland weather today brings us some partly sunny skies, temps topping out around the 87-degree range and increasing humidity (there got the sinuses). is supposed to be moving in by the afternoon and into this evening. Not gonna need to water stuff.
So let's get that morning drink poured a we set about seeing what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the runway is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference".
This was spoken by someone you may or may not remember, Bess Myerson (July 14 1924 - December 14 2014), and she was an American politician, model and television actress who was crowned Miss America in 1945.
At the time of her death, she was the ONLY Jewish Miss America.
And here is her WIKI:
She was a regular on the game show "I've Got A Secret", and was a familiar face on TV during the 50s and 60s, appearing in several commericials.
Biographer Susan Dworkin called Myerson "in the Jewish community, the most famous pretty girl since queen Esther". Can't argue with that.
Not bad for a girl born in the Bronx.
She was rather statuesque, as she stood 5'10" tall with "luxurious brown hair". She was persuaded to enter the Miss New York pageant and won, even though she thought it embarrassing. She moved on to the Miss America pageant that year, partly motivated by the scholarship money, which she would use to fund her college education (she also wanted to buy a Steinway piano).
She played music composed by Gershwin in the talent competition.
Several sponsors left the pageant due to antisemitism, but Bess stayed the course and won, in spite of being "urged" to use a pseudonym that sounded less Jewish.
She was a prominent figure in the Koch administration in NYC, but it was not without controversy. She was tried on bribery charges by (then U.S. attorney) Rudy Giuliani, but was acquitted of all charges. It was called the "Bess Mess".
Myerson was married twice and divorced twice, with one daughter from each marriage (both named Barbara).
She was also arrested for shoplifting in S. Williamsport, PA back in 1988, pled guilty and paid a fine (upstate PA used to be that way - fines rather than jail time).
Bess survived ovarian cancer in the 70s, and a mild stroke in 1981, from which she made a full recovery.
She moved to Florida in 2002 and later to California, where she passed away at the age of 90.
Not a perfect life to be sure, but compared to others these days, it was still pretty tame.
*** Next, we bring you our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JULY 28 -
(hats off to a brave bunch of Americans of color who helped tame the west)
(hopefully, you've take care of that already)
(have one on me...or several, but hold the onions)
*** Next up, I finally got pictures of the "stray" cat that's been frequenting the "Fortress".
"Can I come live with you? You seem nice."
It's a cutie, and I wish there was a practical way to keep it, as it wants to come in the house.
That leads me to believe that it was (at one time) a house cat.
"I'm gonna adopt this backdoor step".
It sure doesn't act feral in any manner. It's really quite friendly, and loves to cozy up to you.
Hard to get pictures that way.
Might have to resort to a humane "capture" and call Animal Care and Control for pickup.
I'm sure it will be adoptable.
"How did you know I was hungry?"
My heart saddens to see such a nice animal have to fend outside because someone didn't have the desire to take care of it any longer. Makes you wonder how those people treat their children...or their fellow man.
*** Next, I thankfully did not watch the propagandist programming (aka the DNC) last evening. I will confess that I (unfortunately) caught the last of our whiner-in-chief's lip-flapping, as he ran LONG (typical democrat: speak a lot - say little), and I damn near upchucked in my underwear!
A "match" made in HADES.
He was in full-on "campaign mode"...reminded me of all those other Marxists and fascists in the history newsreels.
I will give him credit for being able to take a load of bullshit, and make it APPEAR to be a bed of roses.
(it still stinks the same, however).
And much of the American people buy INTO this garbage. That astounds me to no end.
But let Trump make a totally SARCASTIC statement (regarding Russia  hacking to find Clinton's deleted emails), and you'd think the world was ending, thanks to the drive-by media.
Such a double standard when it comes to FAIR coverage.
What a bunch of sideshow freaks. Where's my cotton candy?
*** Next up, and in keeping with garnering the "sympathy vote", there's this story:
The "play on the heart-strings" tactic.
Sure, parade a victim (of some notoriety) of a shooting on national TV...make every gun owner appear to be some heinous, homicidal maniac. Not gonna work on me, sorry.
Go after the PERPS, and NOT the guns. That's how you deal with this societal bane.
Not any mention of the THOUSANDS shot in Chicago by violent minority GANG members , was there?
And, by all means, take on the cops, too. After all, all of them wake up every morning, strap on the service pistol and say in the mirror "today, I'm gonna kill me some unarmed citizens".
What the hell are you libtards smoking, anyway?
Put down the damn mood-altering pharmaceuticals and get with some reality for a change. YOU people really piss me the hell off with your chronic lies and PCBS.
Guns are not the CAUSE of the violence any more than cars are responsible for highway deaths, or flies responsible for garbage.
It's the P-E-O-P-L-E using them that is the cause...THEIR violent tendencies, brought about by not being given more free stuff, and not wanting to be a productive member of our society.
Wake the f*ck up, you morons.
(whew...talk about raising one's BP early on)
*** Last back to the hangar...I get weary of trying to figure out some people.
Wifey hears me use the term "my brain hurts", and it's true.
It's my homage to Monty Python.
We used to be a society of truth-seekers, and that was ingrained in us from little on up.
We were taught at home, and in our schools to  question something if we didn't know or wanted an answer.
Seemed to work okay for us, and those who came before us.
After that, the bottom fell out of the common sense bucket.
People started to grow comfortable with whatever they were told, and as a result, questioned less and less, believing more falsehood than truth, until lies became the standard by which most anything was measured.
THEY'RE used to the smell.
The better the lie, the more likely it was to be accepted, and more readily, too.
Make it SOUND good, and folks will believe anything you tell them. Sounds JUST like the Nazis back in the 1930s.
But, since I've paid attention in history class, I KNOW about such things from the past, and have come to know what to listen and look for should it come around again (as many things do over time).
When we don't learn FROM history, we are bound to repeat I...,it just comes packaged a bit differently, as times change. And that's the big thing here.
Time does change things, while people inherently never change.
Technology changes things most assuredly, and not always in the manner to which it should be applied.
The people using it don't change.
We're told to want change...that it's good. Well, if you have soiled undies then change IS good.
Just say "NO".
But change for change sake, without reason or purpose plays into the hands of evil.
And God knows we've got that in abundance already, so why seek more?
I say take some time to LEARN what's being said - what we're being told.
Learn the meaning of the WORDS spoken, and not the "tone" of the speaker.
And above all, dissect the CONTEXT of what you hear or read. See if what you think is what you know.
See if it's right and true...and helps rather than hurts all of us.
Such things build what we call character, and that's something a lot more of our country's people should be chasing after, instead of the latest fad...or rhetoric.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

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