85 thoughts on “Perspectives

  1. I guess I’ve changed my mind on this. On the positive side of it, since these people are camping in front of a store that means they aren’t spending the time engaging in criminal activity. These folks are actually patriots. They are supporting our economy while staying on the right side of the law.

  2. 4 Dooood says:
    November 21, 2013 at 7:30 am
    I guess I’ve changed my mind on this. On the positive side of it, since these people are camping in front of a store that means they aren’t spending the time engaging in criminal activity. These folks are actually patriots. They are supporting our economy while staying on the right side of the law.

    People exercising their God given right to be an idiot.

    I’m all for it.

    Makes ’em easier to identify.

    But hey, technically they’re not shopping on Thanksgiving.

    They’re in a tent on the sidewalk on Thanksgiving waiting for the store to open the day after. So, they’re not communists or anything.

  3. People exercising their God given right to be an idiot.

    I’m all for it.

    Makes ‘em easier to identify.

    It’d be really nice if, in their everyday lives, we could force them to wear giant placards around their necks with a big red “I”. Guess that might be a tad heavy-handed though.

  4. #5 – Another GREAT tune Sarge!

    And I answered your ‘Duane trivia’ last night

    #81 – Awesome Sarge!

    …….that was either a shot glass – or one of Duane’s original Coricidin bottles…….

    OH!™…………didja know yet another disciple/student of Duane’s slide-a-bilities?

    Joe Walsh!

  5. 9 Katfish says:
    November 21, 2013 at 8:26 am
    #5 – Another GREAT tune Sarge!

    And I answered your ‘Duane trivia’ last night

    #

    81 – Awesome Sarge!

    …….that was either a shot glass – or one of Duane’s original Coricidin bottles…….

    OH!™…………didja know yet another disciple/student of Duane’s slide-a-bilities?

    Joe Walsh!

    Yah, I think it was a Coricidin bottle. I remember I had a buddy in the Army who was a fairly accomplished acoustic guitar player, and had never really listen to the Allman Brothers. Somebody popped Eat a Peach onto the turn table. After that, he was bugging people to see if they had any small bottles in their kit so he could play slide like that, finally settling on a brown pill bottle that fit his finger right. somebody told him the Coricidin thing and he spent two days going through all the drug stores in Lawton looking for one.

  6. #3 SD
    Super Dave proves his nickname once again. Me, I was going for reflections at the water’s edge, but I couldn’t quite make that work.

  7. #10 – Yep – there’s a bunch of fairly recent youtube’s of Joe Walsh – he gives a very thorough guitar tutorial (axe set up & tuning + some slide technique) at the main ‘Gibson’ joint in England – Joe dedicated the tutorial to Les Paul (R.I.P.)……….he shared his learning from Duane story – Joe was using a pc of tubular brass (as glass is easy to break when traveling)

    OH™ – and as of 2009 Joe Walsh is actually Ringo Starr’s Brother-in-Law (married Barbara Bach’s younger sister)

  8. Nobody I can think of, especially not me, are arguing their right to do so but I think this is a sign that people are losing the meaning of the holidays and to recognize their true blessings.

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – Want to be first in line for those doorbuster specials on Black Friday? You may already be too late.

    Campers have already been lining up outside some big box retailers, hoping to cash in on holiday bargains.

    Campers Already Staking Out Black Friday Bargains

  9. It’d be really nice if, in their everyday lives, we could force them to wear giant placards around their necks with a big red “I”. Guess that might be a tad heavy-handed though.

    Here’s your sign. 🙂

  10. We lost the original intent of pretty much all the holidays in Amerika long ago.

    I think “we” as a whole have retained it by and large. Growing up family get togethers were very common and shopping was secondary, at least for thanksgiving. Prayer was always included for thanksgiving dinner, which we usually had at my aunt’s house. Though I will not argue that there has been a steady erosion from the original meaning of the holidays, especially over past several decades.

  11. Soemone on FB was asking how She-Jack keeps getting reelected, and I looked up the latest census data available for the 18th district. There was one surprise.

    Census data for She-Jack’s district shows 45% white and 40% black. However, 39% of the total population also report themselves as hispanic, and 29% of the district report themselves as Mexican country of origin. Thus 64% of the “whites” are actually Mexican hispanics. Now simply living in the district does not mean that you vote for SJL, or even vote at all, and I’m not even sure if the census reports any difference between citizens and illegals.

    Data from: http://www.census.gov/fastfacts/ for Texas 18th congressional district

    I’ll have to pay attention after she is reelected in 2014 to see if the reported vote totals break out hispanic votes.

  12. Sage advice from Drew M. over at AoSHQ.

    Each day seems to bring a new polling low for Obama and a new disaster for ObamaCare. The GOP is seeing a corresponding rise in the polls. From this morning’s NRO Morning Jolt.

    “Loyalty prevails among partisans, but among independents, 42 percent trust the Democratic Party more when it comes to handling healthcare compared with 58 percent who trust the Republican Party more.”

    Unfortunately some will see this is as a signal the GOP needs to offer an alternative approach to ObamaCare. People who publicly advocate this course of action should be locked in a basement until after the 2014 elections.

    snip

    Right now the GOP is standing firmly with the maximum number of people possible. Once they start talking about hard policy options with potential downsides (as all policy choices have for some), you start to peal away part of the existing number of ObamaCare opponents/GOP supporters. Nothing tangible has been won against ObamaCare yet, this is not the time to start forcing people to begin making choices again. They are choosing to hate Obama and ObamaCare, the GOP should let them do it in peace. Don’t fall into the trap that just because people don’t like ObamaCare they will like the GOP alternatives.

    Yes, the Democrats will say “they don’t have a plan!” So? The retort is simple, “Our plan is to undo the damage that Democrats have done with their unworkable scheme to take your health insurance away from you. We will fight to make sure you are once again able to have an insurance plan you like and keep the doctors you trust. We stand with you in your desire to be free from the incompetents in Washington who can’t even make a website work but think they know better than you what’s right for you and your family!”.

    In your conversations you might also want to add in something to the effect that “We tried to stop or delay this turkey, and the Preezy decided he didn’t want to negotiate, so he shut down the government.”

  13. Good morning Hamsters. Warmish 71 and kinda humid at 6, now breezy and 76 with condensation still clinging to the concrete. Waiting for the rain this afternoon.

    Regarding the opening picture, wonder if the toppled tree will suddenly start speaking as does the latest Geico ad tree asking for a little help, and is anybody there? 🙂

  14. What country do you live in?

    The United States of America. “Have” is the opperative imperfect verb. It’s been there and is there though has vastly diminished. You know the meaning of the holidays, so do I, so do just about everyone blogging here. This is true throughout the country but materialism and self indulgences hare rapidly overtaking this true meaning. Groups like Hollywood and all their Santa Clause movies have been long gone but not the country as a whole.

  15. To note, I’m not opposed to Santa Clause movies, especially the classic claymations, but since that’s about all that is produced nowadays it’s clear where Hollywood’s learned to place its faith. This, by the way, is what I absolutely love most about Charlie Brown’s Christmas show. Charles schultz insisted the inclusion of scripture into that episode despite the ire of the corporate funders.

  16. 35 texanadian says:
    November 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Senate has gone nuclear and removed filibuster 60 vote rule.

    Cool.

    That means we can repeal Obamacare with 51 votes.

  17. That means we can repeal Obamacare with 51 votes.

    Rule change prolly only applies to non-USSC Fed judges. Even if it doesn’t and ACA is repealed, Bronco would veto it.

    What’s likelier is that after the 2014 elections, confirmations are gonna be tons more difficult because R’s are likely to be the majority. Karma can be a very harsh mistress.

  18. Numerous pundits are claiming Reid did this to get the R’s and the MSM in a tizzy, distracting from Obamacare blow-by-blow screwups.

  19. I agree it was probably done as a distraction, but it’s a desperate ploy.

    The Obamacare pain isn’t going away, and this maneuver makes ’em look like bullies. The hard core win-at-all costs Dems will love this, but the bleeding hearts don’t like bullies.

    I’m trying not to get too hopeful, but these next elections are looking better and better.

  20. What’s likelier is that after the 2014 elections, confirmations are gonna be tons more difficult because R’s are likely to be the majority. Karma can be a very harsh mistress.

    ‘Twas my meaning. Scary Harry done opened up Pandora’s Box. Unless Obamacare improves to a point where it doesn’t look like a hot steaming pile of monkey dung in the next 9 months, the Pubbies are going to have a majority in the Senate after the elections.

    There’s all sorts of things they can do with that now that Harry done what he did. I have a feeling a lot of what McConnell has been doing lately has been of the “Don’t throw me into that briar patch Brer Fox!” variety.

    McConnell certainly has his moments. Maybe its b/c he’s up for reelection, but his response was purty durn good.

  21. 40 mharper42 says:
    November 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Numerous pundits are claiming Reid did this to get the R’s and the MSM in a tizzy, distracting from Obamacare blow-by-blow screwups.

    If you read Drew M’s analysis, you see that he’s congratulating McConnell on his response—mainly because he made this all about Obamacare. Everything is about Obamacare now.

  22. Will there be some showdowns on TV with D’s flipping their wigs over whether it can still be called ObamaCare? Will the MSM still call it ObamaCare? Will crowds at basketball games greet Bronco by chanting something like “ObamaCare, ObamaCare, Hell No, we won’t go” ?

  23. 45 mharper42 says:
    November 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Will there be some showdowns on TV with D’s flipping their wigs over whether it can still be called ObamaCare?

    Well, if you look at this poll, you’ll find out why they’ve stopped calling it “Obamacare”

    I’m getting scared now. Is it possible to die from too much schadenfrued?

  24. Sarge #44;

    Everything is about Obamacare now.

    You’re correct. I remember one of the oposing viewpoints to universal healthcare is that once it’s established government then becomes forever bogged down in debating it to decide how to improve it. We’re seeing that right now.

  25. I’m busy looking at phone options for Mom. She only gets $60/month, and we were told that she’s going to have to shoulder more of her Medicare costs. So I have to shop for phone plans and see what I have to do to get MedB for her.

  26. Yet another piece of good new for the Book of Mormon:

    Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/11/131120-science-native-american-people-migration-siberia-genetics/

    Although the dating is still way off to fit the Book of Mormon story, the mere fact that a new discovery purports a “significant minority” of Native Americans came from Middle Eastern origins fits extremely well with the Book of Mormon account of the ancient americas.

    My two favorite posts here are a) “Still way too early for the Lehites, but it does show it was possible for Lehi to have done it.” – Sometimessaint; and b) “It also means that any evidence of European DNA in American genetics can not be ignored by claiming that it results from recent introduction by the Spanish conquest.” – pousenll

    Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

  27. Calling it the Affordable Care Act may hurt them worse.

    It’s better than calling it the “We Screwed You Big Time Care Act”.

  28. TT #51;

    I’m busy looking at phone options for Mom. She only gets $60/month, and we were told that she’s going to have to shoulder more of her Medicare costs. So I have to shop for phone plans and see what I have to do to get MedB for her.

    Could your mother use a prepaid plan or share with your plan?

  29. I’m considering prepaid plans. I really like the phone she has now – it’s a Jitterbug, with a really big display and a very simplified menu. there’s a gasket around the earpiece to help filter out background noise, which is useful – in the past, hallway noise at the nursing home has interfered with her phone calls. It doesn’t have a prepaid plan with it, though.

    My phone is run through our business account, so that makes it a little difficult to justify putting my 70+ hard of hearing and dang near blind mother in the nursing home on the account.

  30. #53 Darren

    Calling it the Affordable Care Act may hurt them worse.

    It’s better than calling it the “We Screwed You Big Time Care Act”.

    Or the “We wanted you dependent on us forever Act”

  31. Shannon;

    This new phone gets Amber Alerts.
    Scared the helloutta me.

    LOL! I just got an ambert alert on my phone and the alarm scared me too. About two minutes after I got mine, the custodian in my room got the same alert on her phone. 🙂

  32. Tedtam;

    One option would cost you a bit but at least it could help your mother. That is to get a new phone account, as cheap as possible, and add our mother to that plan. You can talk to official reps of your chosen service provider and ask what they have available that would be similar to your mother’s own device which help her.

  33. From FB:

    Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

    2007 winning entry, Texas A&M University – most appropriate definition of a contemporary term.

    Gig ’em!

  34. About damn time.

    “Knockout Game” Player Shot By Concealed Carry Permittee

    Townhall reported on the “knockout” game last week, and now one participant is learning that trying to knock random people unconscious with a single punch could have dangerous consequences.

    Marvell Weaver, a 17 year old from Michigan, attempted to “knock out” a man at a Lansing bus stop. Unbeknownst to Weaver, the man was a legal concealed carry permittee and was carrying a gun at the time.

    After approaching the man and “shoving something” into his side, Weaver was shot twice and survived. He has been sentenced to a year in jail.

    Weaver claims that this was his six or seventh attempt at knocking someone out, and says that his arrest is a “lesson learned.” He said he usually played the game when he was “bored” and usually under the influence of drugs. He was inspired by seeing knockout game videos on the internet.

    And the author’s conclusion:

    This game is a troubling sign of the decay of society. Growing up in Maine, I was bored quite a bit as a teenager—although instead of knocking people out, I took up crocheting. I suggest Weaver’s buddies pursue something similar.

    🙂

  35. which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

    /Brings a tear to Boncrusher’s eye. 😉

  36. (Bold mine):

    What would a cashier say if an older male customer told her he wants to buy the contraceptive Plan B pill for a 15-year-old girl who doesn’t want to take it?

    Answer: “Nobody’s gonna know.”

    Students for Life of America has just released a video entitled “Expose Plan B, Part Two” in which two actors, playing an older man and a female minor, shop for the dangerous contraceptive. In the clip, the actor walks into drugstores like CVS and Rite-Aid and asks the employees questions like, “Does it dissolve?,” “Is there a way to make sure she takes it?,” “My girlfriend, she’s 15, I’m older, I’m 33, so I don’t want her parents to know about this, so I’m not gonna get carded, right?”

    Gooooood grief!!!

    Despite the man’s obviously sinister intentions, the employees allow and even encourage him to purchase the pills.

    Katie warned about the dangers of making Plan B available to young girls without any parental consent back in April and, after Students for Life released their first “Expose Plan B” video, Christine lamented how the pill was easier to acquire than cold medicine.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2013/11/21/exposed-employees-let-man-buy-plan-b-for-minor-he-admits-he-wants-to-rape-n1750953

  37. According to this report linked in my #63, the knock out attempt ocurred in Feburary and the thing Marvell Weaver jammed in his intended victim’s side was a taser which did not work. The intended victim was also a dad waiting for a school bus to drop off his 6 year old girl.

    I really do hope Weaver learned a lesson.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/21/thugs-picked-the-wrong-dad-to-target-for-shameful-knockout-game-hes-a-concealed-carry-permit-holder-and-he-used-it/

  38. I could get an Obamaphone through Assurance Wireless. It will give her a free phone and 250 minutes a month (which would take care of her needs), but it really rankles to even think about it. But with only $60/month and having to buy clothes, toiletry items, snacks (she can’t go without her snacks!), her Magnificat magazine (devotional/spiritual), word puzzle books to keep her mind active, her MedB, and her occasional other item such as earbuds, it might be the best option.

    The hair on the back of my neck is going up.

    The family gives her money for her birthday and stuff, but most of us are on tight budgets as well and I hate to make it obligatory. The wrangling over who gives how much and how often — well, just look at the Christmas issue and you can imagine what it could turn into.

    I’m going to look into joining her into AMAC, Generation America, or the American Seniors Association. They might be able to get her a good price on the Medicare B and/or a phone.

    /back to punching on the keyboard….

  39. Tedtam

    I’m considering prepaid plans.

    If you are not planning to make a pant load of calls and just need talk seriously consider tracfone. I make at best 400 minutes of calls a year. So the phone and 600 minutes to be used in 365 days cost me about $110. No monthly prepaid bills, coverage is better here in the sticks than BSue’s high priced business phone. Run out of minutes/time? Just get what you need.

  40. They have some flip phones with big buttons etc. My Mom shares the one i have and has no problem. As with everything there is a small learning curve but nothing that cannot be overcome.

    What i like is NO 30+ dollar a month phone fee. I got the minutes and they are good till I use them up or the one year period is up.

  41. Sarge

    I get 400 mins a month from Virgin Mobile on a cheapo Kyocera phone for $22.50 a month.

    and that is okay if you use those minute monthly. i don’t. But that is a good price. Is the coverage good?

  42. The $60/month that Mom gets is what the nursing home has to legally allow her to keep. When Mom gets her Social Security check, I write a check to them for all but $60 of that amount. They provide her nursing, food, board, and one shower a week for the rest of the amount.

  43. Her Jitterbug phone has a plan for 50 minutes/month for $18.82 after taxes, and I can buy 200 add-on minutes for $34.99. That should take care of most of her phone needs. She usually goes between 50-70 minutes a month. Her unused monthly minutes roll over to the next 2 months. Under that plan, she won’t have many rollover minutes, but then it lets her kids buy her minutes for birthdays/holidays. Since she doesn’t have room for much of anything, that’s a practical gift that doesn’t cost much.

    Right now, between rollover minutes and add-ons already purchased, she has 355 minutes for the upcoming holidays.

  44. BIL is now eating solid food, so I guess the swallower is working. One more milestone on the road to recovery.

  45. Sarge

    I get 400 mins a month from Virgin Mobile on a cheapo Kyocera phone for $22.50 a month.

    and that is okay if you use those minute monthly. i don’t. But that is a good price. Is the coverage good?

    You know how on CSI and all them cop shows they take the dead guy’s phone and see who’s been calling him and who he’s been calling so they can get a list of possible suspects? If I’m ever kilt, the only suspects are going to be my son and Significant Other unless its after the odd occasion that I get a call from work or my mother. I have yet to used all the minutes. Coverage is OK as long as I’m in metropolitan areas and within about 20 miles of an Interstate. But TT’s Mom ain’t gonna be hiking the Appalachian Trail, so I ‘spect it will work for her.

    is that $22 price before or after all the taxes and fees?

    Yep. Taxes, fees, and all other such stuff. Also got some text minutes and there’s sumsuch kilobittles of data, too, but I don’t text and tell folks not to text me and I do all my data omn the laptop and notebook. I’ve got an unlimited 4G hotspot that costs me $57.00 a month for that.

  46. I found a deal on a Tracfone – a $10 basic phone and double minutes for life. So if I buy 60 minutes, I get 120. They have a 50 minute deal for $10.

    That should take care of Mom without a problem.

  47. So is it ok to call those “playing” the “Knockout Game” subhuman?

    I think they’re more like the first wave of volunteers to enlist in OSatanama’s civilian national security force that will be just strong, just as funded and just as evil as Hitler’s Gestapo.

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