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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mind=Blown

You know, if I had duct tape or a little lift, my boobs would be toward the sky and I would appear thinner instead of looking like I am pregnant when I tuck my boobs in my pants. I should not resemble a donut eating cop only in disguise as an old woman fighting gravity. Do you know when I Google "fat politician" that Chris Christie comes up in all sorts of images. How rude is that? I almost felt sorry for the guy. I think he is losing weight because he was told that no one would elect a fat president. Growing older isn't what it's cracked up to be. And why can't I be one of those girls with no boobs so I am always perky?


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And speaking of Christie, I chuckled at him telling a heckler to sit down and shut up..LIKE.A.BOSS. That's right, Mushmouth, you been TOLD. I liked his follow up explanations and offers to the man as well. It's about time someone just gave it out there and shoots straight even if it comes across as abrasive or blunt.

Does it boggle your mind that Kaci Hickox is on a government standoff over a quarantine that just seems like common sense and routine to me? I can't help but think she isn't out for the good of the whole thing, but to make a historical moment, gain some fame, OR just be an overall difficult woman. It feels like Ruby Ridge without guns, but with germ warfare. I know that is extreme, but let me tell you...I. DON'T.GET.IT.    It's not imprisonment, it's a precaution. I commend all those who fight the good fight, but then you have to know the protocols when you come back. It's elementary.


Do you find it amusing Obama had this big hoopla speech last night and said a lot about nothing? Oh, except the peeps are heroes and more Ebola is coming to the US. Duh. Tell me something I don't know. He told me NOTHING but FLUFF.

Make.A.Effing.Decision.And.Stand.By.It. I am so frustrated. Put protocols into place. Abide or suffer. That's my rules. Yes, they are all heroes and I admire and commend anyone assigned or volunteering to fight humanitarian efforts, world epidemics, wars, etc. My heart goes out there. But when you come home, you have protocols if you have been exposed to things for the safety of yourself and others. It's not prison. I'll show you prison. Actually prison is probably a cakewalk compared to a quarantine. NO! I am joking. Quarantine is not punishment. It is just procedure. And the President said nothing. I watched the television FOREVER waiting to him to say something about protocol and slam down the gavel. Peshaw. I decided I would read it online later. And still NOTHING!!!

Weenies.

Speaking of weenies...My daughter has been coming home eating everything in sight like a gluttonous teenager and my first reaction last night was Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot. This was before the horrible reflex catastrophe. I asked her why she was like this and was she eating her school lunch. Do you know what she said," Mom, we don't get much to eat at school anymore. It's because of Obama. Michelle Obama." I snorted water out my nose. Ok. Here is my question...Is that her conclusion drawn from the new lunch program? Or is she hearing that from school administrators? 

Mind=Blown. 



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mishap At The Harry Potter House

Moose is hogging the bed. He comforts me.

Bug came up to me in attempts to scare the wits out of me. In instinct, I reacted. Nice strike to Bug's face. I sit in anticipation of tomorrow's visit from the Popo. She cried and then we laughed. I am not sure if I broke her nose.

I asked her what she learned. She cried. I said, "That your old slow mom still has super secret Ninja skills and you should not attempt to sneak up on her?"

She cry laughed, "yeah."

I feel so small. Is it possible to be the size of minutia?

Slopping Hogs

Facebook is full of fun.

Why? Because I can poke little things out there to stir up the masses.

For instance, I have several friends who are very far left wingers. I'm a middle ground player but they might think of me as a right winger...or maybe not. Several of my friends have been posting things about Sarah Palin and making fun of her if she decides to run for President in 2016. I would not even support the issue. I don't dislike her as a person-I don't know her- I just don't think she has a head for running our nation. I would go hunting and fishing or jogging with her any day...but support her in running our country...no way.

So anydebate, her friends were putting jabs out there which were only nasty comments and slides rather than really getting to the meat and potatoes of the whole thing. Sure, they think she is a wing nut, but they were just being mean rather than talking about the political issues a candidate needs to tackle and what she lacked or had knowledge of. They were going on and on as if she had the support and nomination. So...I said she would not have the backing and no one wants to support a losing candidate. I was told I was wrong and had it all backwards, that it was like a nut shell game. I agreed with the fact that no one wants to back a NOT winning candidate.

What do we know about Palin? History tells a lot, although people can change. The problem is if it is genuine. Behavior. Experience. Knowledge of foreign politics. I guess I think of her as a television commentator and I can't take her seriously as a Presidential candidate. I wonder how many people cringe when she speaks on some topics they believe she has no to little understanding. I may have a different view of her than some. I have read her books, I researched a lot of her political views and platforms when she was a running mate with John McCain. Everything she did was not all bad and the media did and still does pick on her or inaccurately portrays some things. She definitely is a soccer mom type who hunts and fishes. This part of her sent out sympathy from me because would they view a woman from an isolated town in Wyoming much the same if she changed her own tires, killed her dinner, and fished for appetizers out of a stream. Accent? Of course if you don't sound like a dry news anchor, you will be made fun of and isn't it funny how southern politicians with thick drawls get a slide, but Alaskans don't? Is it because she comes from a land so different that they aren't REALLY classified with the rest of the 48? What if she plucked raspberries from her garden? Oh, my! A woman Presidential candidate who can cook, clean, ride a horse on the range, and fixes hot dog! Tell me it isn't so! I guess one thing you have to give her credit for...she and her family got publicly flogged and they kept fighting back. Yes, I have a little respect for that. I don't think she is the right material for politics. 

Another friend of mine and of hers posted that according to the logic "here", that if Hillary was any kind of woman, there would be no need for Monica Lewinski. That got me rolling...spit coffee all over the place.

I think it is pointless to argue with these folks or even post my thoughts about the matter because a Republican trying to voice themselves or attempting to have a sounding box on a left wing post is grounds for stoning. I'm sure the same is true in reverse. And people are so steadfast in their ways even if you agree with them...if you are of the other side...it has to be a strategy ploy.

When Democrats are calling someone a "wing nut" or "crazy" perhaps it isn't the best atmosphere to have a serious debate and I should just leave it alone. But I can't help it! I think they taunt me.  I did not even put my two cents in what I think of evil Hillary and why would anyone support a mean woman like that who would not bat twice to play dirty pool politics... OK. I will stop. But I can't! I have grounds for my views and I have back door experiences during the Clinton presidency. And Hillary was already president once, she shouldn't get to play in the sandbox twice. Ok. Enough with the puns.

It's just like the cop haters on news feeds. I have to put my little jabs of common sense out there. It is amazing how many likes you get when you make sense. There is a smile and a warming of the heart. I just got validated! So what if there are only 26 "common sensers" and 1,345,657 "haters" on a page?It's a movement! I should have been a hippie.

On the slamming of Palin, I followed up with the fact that I stood by my ground I didn't think Sarah Palin would get nominated because the majority of Republicans do not support her as a presidential candidate and all this is obvious after the last fiasco. It is how I feel. I think they need some prime meat in the stew, otherwise the Republicans are all going to be tossed out the window as slop for hogs.


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So here is a list in no particular order except I believe it was designed by a Democrat because they are in no particular sensical hierarchy except for HILLARY CLINTON IS ON THE TOP LINE in their row. Puhlease. Might I just say, could we confuse people any more with the names like Rand Paul and Paul Ryan? Is the last the first or the first the last. Yikes. What were their parents thinking?

So do any of these look good? Which ones are you watching?

Are you sick of politics yet? We still have 2 more years of this!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

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It is raining here today. Ugh. I needed to mow the rest of my lawn. Lord Farquaad mowed my front lawn and I thanked him. What a sweet dude! He said, "I was hoping you wouldn't give me heck and I'm sorry if I made you mad, but I thought I might as well since I was on a roll! You shovel snow for me and do so much in the winter that I thought I could mow that grass." It warmed my heart.

Something new I experienced from living in the "big" city is the big sucker thing machine vehicle for leaves. You know, a person could be sucked up into that thing. It looks like a giant night crawler. It's crazy. I never had those in the country. Besides, in Wyoming, the wind just blew them away. Who raked?


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Dialogue with Lutheran minister was wonderful...off to the worship service on Sunday where I will later talk about youth opportunities. Maybe it will redirect my yoot's attitude.

Yes, I must repair the barn windows before winter. I am in a rush now. I am going to make Bug help me. She will roll her eyes and be difficult to which I will respond with a proper brooming or something. Are all mothers viewed by teenage daughters to be witches?

It's just me. I know. I am an anomaly.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Buggles

ME: UGGHHHGHGHGH! 9*Y#R)Y%)#*$P

POSSUM: [run scurry]

ME: [stomp, stomp, stomp]

open door to house.

ME: BUUUUGG!

BUG: What?

ME: You broke the windows in the barn.

BUG: No I didn't.

INSTANT PISSED OFF MOTHAH. NO MENTIRAS.

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ME: Yes, you did. Do not lie. You broke the windows while playing volleyball in the barn.

BUG: They were like that when I got here.

ME: I am going to so beat you. Look. Look outside.

BUG: There is no glass inside the barn so I didn't break it.

ABOUT TO THROW THE KID IN JUVIE.

ME: You are just digging yourself a hole by continual lying. We have talked about this.

BUG: Well, they were old. I cleaned it up.

ME: I can't even talk right now. Go do some laundry, dishes, and pretend to be Cinderella while I cool down.

BUG: Why?

ME: Because it is not a good day for me to go to jail.

BUG: OK. Got it.

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)*^#%)*#&$#*$)@#*&_@#(*$&)@#$      Isn't type cursing so great? I'm still mad. More mad about the lies. I wonder if I could get Bubba soap hand me downs from prison to wash her mouth out. Nah. She would get diseases. But...I could tell her that is where I got it. Nah. That would be a lie, too.

#)*$^)#*&$)*#@&$)@*#$&*&#)$*&(*#      It isn't real cursing if it's symbols, right?

Quandary

Quandary: a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.

Thank you for all the responses so far on Swiss Cheese. It has been enlightening to get every one's input and thoughts. Here are some things for me to clarify about myself since I think I left holes or questions. First, may I say, I have inquired with a pastor at an ELCA Lutheran church nearby. I am also involved in a dialogue with my current minister. Bug and I have thought perhaps we might continue to go to adult Bible study (Wednesdays) at the current church and help out in the activities when needed, but progress toward the other for youth opportunities and worship. It's a thought. Bug is the only yoot at our current church. Plus, I guess we are used to communion every Sunday, the Lord's Prayer, Nicene Creed, Apostle's creed, sharing the peace, confirmation classes, and other church activities. We miss those things.

A) It's funny how when I was first a cop, I never lied. I never even omitted things to anyone. I had a lieutenant tell me I would never make it as a cop if I didn't use the tricks of the trade. I defied his orders for a long time. He was right, actually. I was ineffective with the bigger thugs. Then, I viewed it as an act. I was an actor going into the interview room and the one who played the game the best won. That was literally ineffective as well. In 2003, I found my way to being a very effective interrogator and interviewer. I did lie sometimes. Sometimes I used props like face videos, audios, or evidence which really wasn't found in order to sway the bad guys' thoughts and often it would be effective in getting a confession. Did I feel good about it? No, not at first. Later, it didn't bother me. I don't think that is a good thing. I think it posed a conflict with me, but I just kept keeping on. I put a lot of bad guys in jail. We also saved a lot of children. In that sense, I can only ask God's forgiveness. Is that wrong to celebrate those achievements, knowing how they were accomplished? I did nothing illegal. I did nothing wrong in eyes of the court. However, was it against God's law? Yes. 

B) Halloween-American Octoberfest.  Thank you, Russian Bear. That is how I have tried to describe things to the pastor, but he disagrees. It has ended up with him heated and angry and me deflated, Bug sad. I guess that is how it goes.

C) When I talked about politics in church, I should have expanded. I attend Bible study once in a while and I go there to study the Bible, the book. Often, it gets interrupted for their views of election favorites, judging only on the candidates Christian background and bringing up other world political topics. Now, some of this is just going to cross over because of Christian organizational efforts around the world and the conflict in the middle east. ISIS has been brought up every time. I can live with that. What wears on me is when I walk away from Bible study with no discussion or study on the book itself. This is something I am bringing up to the minister. I have tried in the past, but there are a couple that just go off on tangents and you can't stop them. Bless their hearts.

D) As far as gay rights. I don't think we exclude them from church if we are to love our neighbor. I also think condemning them loudly by pounding on the podium is awful and hateful toward them. Why would they attend church? At one time it was classified as deviant behavior by modern medicine and has since been taken out of that definition.   I love my gay friends. I also believe in the Bible. Yet, how can I do both? They are who they are. So here is the dilemma--you can't change a gay person's sexual orientation. That is who they are. It is God's place to judge. So if you preach to them every Sunday to try to "fix" them or "change them", you are going to completely alienate them. What do you do? 

E) Criminals in church, sex offenders in youth groups.  I don't advocate for any sins-big or small. However, we cannot exclude the people who sin from church. That is why they are there. They bring in homeless people and people fresh out of jail and do not preach to them every Sunday about crime, alcoholism, or whatnot. Sure, some specifics get brought up from time to time when it applies to the sermon or the story in the Bible. I just think you alienate someone when EVERY sermon targets that particular sin. It's like every sermon lately has been to denounce Halloween. That is why we didn't go last Sunday. I didn't want to hear it again. Maybe I'm wrong about that. 

F) I actually persuaded my church to protect the children and itself from liability during youth activities, VBS, and church camps, that they should do background checks on chaperones and teachers. They did not hesitate. I was proud of this. I also did some training with them so it would not appear to be offensive to any parishioner. No one disagreed and all was and has been well. 

G) Confirmation classes. I want Bug to go through confirmation classes and she has been asking about that and youth activities. If she is embracing those things, I don't want to deprive her of it. I want to give her the opportunities which our current church does not have. 

H) The water into wine thingy with the minister. This is something I don't agree with his interpretation. I also agree Jesus would not lead us to sin. I don't think drunkenness is good at all. I also do not have a problem with the minister not drinking any alcohol. It just gave me a sinking feeling that the story in the Bible was changed to fit someone's belief and not really how God intended or at least how I was brought up and how I learned the same story. Maybe I am also wrong about that. 

The other stuff is work mixing in with my Christian beliefs. I am really getting worn down on being politically correct to the point that we allow foreign students to disrespect the American flag or don't take action when they do things that are illegal or display dangerous behavior. That is the cop and the Christian in me. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Swiss Cheese

I've been having a rough time of sorts lately and I am getting hit by all sides.

I have many questions.

If you have stuck around here long enough, you would know I am a Christian. I belong to the E.L.C.A. Lutheran church. After moving away from Wyoming, I have attended a nondenominational church which is fundamental Christian. I did this in hopes of going to a church close to home since ELCA was a farther drive and I am upper poor. So below are my dilemmas.

Here goes. I am ready for some rock and roll. Let the opinions fly!

I believe in treating all people with respect and dignity...all walks of life.  If you permeate that Golden Rule by treating me like crap, I might treat you as you treat me. I have friends who are Muslim, Jewish, gay, black, white, yellow, red, purple, green, Republican, Democrat, American and foreign.

My steadfast heart of rights is being challenged in this church and I feel I might need a separation. Bug is also questioning things. We feel we are constantly being preached to and degraded. Below is the basis to this...

1) Leviticus. Several times, the minister will preach about being gay and how sinful it is. In Levitcus, gays were slain. Obviously, this is a conflicting moral dilemma. Do we kill people because they are gay? It's a hate crime in most states and a murder in all of them.

I believe a sin is a sin, no matter how big or little. I don't agree with everyone's life choices, lifestyles, religious beliefs, moral decisions, immoral decisions, political platforms...etc. I am sure there are several people who do not agree with me either. BUT...it doesn't mean I condemn them for it. It also doesn't mean I won't fight for what I think is right. I guess I was forced to be Switzerland in so many instances in law enforcement, that I became the country and I look at things through a different lens. At the same time, police often made judgments. What is right and what is wrong? And why? Or were we just called peacemakers and all that judgy stuff goes out the window?

Blessed is the peacemaker.

2)Shall not eat meat which is unclean. This is in reference to pork. My family are pig farmers for Pete's sake. Which one of us is going to give up bacon? Isn't it true pork is acceptable protein in most instances. I do know many Jews and Muslims who refuse to eat anything with pork. I also know at work, we have to provide vegan and pork free alternatives to honor all religious and personal choices. I asked this question of the change in the fact that many Christians eat pork and posed it in church and got, "I don't know."

3)Thou shall not lie. Police lie and use trickery all the time in law enforcement in order to find truth and fight evil. Well??? Is this not sinful?

4)Halloween. I love Halloween and not because I practice Paganism or demonic resurrection or black magic. It's a secular holiday and I was raised it was just a costume party of treats and games. I do know the extent of all the history in Celtic and German culture, Pagans, and Christian Reformation of the day. I am so worn out by it being brought up every Sunday as "the devil's holiday" and the fact if you attend any haunted houses, corn mazes, or decorate...you are the devil's spawn and condemned. In fact, this topic was so predominant in church, several of the congregation were getting up raising their hands to the sky and yelling "amen" each time the minister said Christians who "practice" Halloween and believe it is harmless are rudely mistaken and sin. Now, are there those kids who vandalize and use the holiday for mischief and evil? Yes. Is it the norm? I don't think so. I think most adults make it a costume party. The minister also went on to talk about how adults use the holiday for a drinking fest. Well, getting drunk is not good for anyone. Have I done it before? Yes. In my college youth and some of my cop days, I drank too much. I have a very different view of it now.

(5) I like The Walking Dead and sometimes I like to watch horror flicks. It does not mean I practice nor condone evil, black magic, or summoning the dead. Yikes. Apparently, I am being frowned upon by this entertainment viewing.

(6)All political parties aside...we are not talking of my liberal conservative thoughts or my conservative liberal thoughts. These are things in my heart. If we want to delve in politics...we will be here all day.

(7) Oh, and in one sermon, the minister suggested that when Jesus turned water into wine, it was actually grape juice and that when it wasn't consumed fast enough, it went rancid and fermented, thus, became a drink of evil. He goes on and on how evil drinking alcohol is and he goes on and on how he has never drank a drop of alcohol. He even suggested one drink leads to drunkenness.

I'm starting to believe I don't belong here, although I love many of the parishioners and they are kind people.

It's funny how many people have brought up the fact if Democrats are liberals, they are non-Christian and if you are Christian you are Republican. SUCH A mis-statement. This makes me angry. Don't go there.

But if  a sin is a sin, why are Christians weighing so hard on gay legislation? Because of the Bible? Why is it OK to eat pork now? Aren't we to love one another...love thy neighbor? Why is it OK for cops to use trickery or lie to fight evil and do good?

It might be argued both ways...(1) it is a civil rights violation and what does it hurt those who do not believe? (2) just because I support gay rights does not mean I practice their lifestyle. I just think all should be treated equal. Call me a gay lover. Yep. I love gays because they are my neighbor. I bet they don't condone all my sins, but treat me as a human with equal rights. (3) I don't understand the Muslims and all their beliefs, but I don't think they should be made to eat pork. I don't think Christians should be killed because of their beliefs here or there or any country.

I also see a lot of problems in the international realm with other cultures condemning Americans, but taking advantage of our educational system. And why are they here? Why would you get a college degree from people you despise? And why do we take their money? Why do we allow them to disrespect our flag? Why do we work so hard not to offend anyone? Ok. Getting way far off the mark.

Here is another issue. I truly loved being involved in the church activities and attending because of the tranquility, peaceful worship, and singing. Now I fear it has turned into a political platform every time I attend. It also feels I get drilled for not being in church every Sunday and Wednesday.

Maybe I need to suck up the gas bill and go find an E.L.C. A. Lutheran church.

And so we sit here, missing morning church, debating on whether or not to attend this evening or go seek out a new church. Maybe I secretly hope for world peace.

Can anyone help me make sense of these questions without hating on Christians or hating on others? In other words...a reasonable voice from Switzerland? Ok. You know me. I'll take all views. Hopefully I can make sense of the confliction in my heart and in my head.

Friday, October 24, 2014

PIGGLE Post

Marathon Revamp Week 1 has proved to be a hum dinger. I feel energized, however, going into a race tomorrow. It should be a beautiful fall day and the course is through the woods and over the hill to grandmother's house. I have not weighed myself yet, so I am not sure if any weight loss has occurred. This week I incorporated a lot of Pilates which I enjoy, but they don't like me. I'm a bull in a china closet, but perhaps I will get more graceful as we go.

Bug was in a great mood today and my morning started off the right way. Moose, however, was a PIGGLE. That is the word for the day. He put his face in his dish and scarfed down his food while growling and turning circles, guarding his gold from humans. He did the same thing with his water. I'm not sure if he thought he was in prison and he had to eat fast and defend himself against the thugs. It was strange. When Otis was alive, they used to compete and I had to separate them. Perhaps, Otis was in the room in spirit, taunting him.

New near south word of the day: knowingk-spelled: k-n-o-w-i-n-g, having knowledge.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You Don't Know Your Words

ME: Uncle Alex is working in the field. Combining beans. The harvest is later there than here this year.

BUG: Speak right. It's COLUMN-BINE, Mom. Not COM-BINE. You sound like you don't finish your words. You don't know your words!

ME: It's COMBINE. COMBINE. COMBINE. Columbine is a flower or a school in Colorado.

BUG: NO IT ISN'T. It's a tractor which cuts crops.

ME: Whatever. What are you, two? Google it.

BUG: YOU ARE IMPOSSIBLE.


Yes, I stooped to their level. I was so childish!!!!!

Deck The Halls

I'm starting to feel my age.

Oh, not by the working out thingy because that has always made me feel 25 right after the workout and 80 the day after.

This is what I want for Christmas:

Oregon Scientific Weather Station-Cabela's

I'm pretty sure this is something my 95 year old grandfather would think is pretty cool. I know my dad would have jumped for joy if he had gotten this for Christmas.


Garmin Forerunner GPS watch and tracker-Amazon

Not sure anyone I know would think this watch is pretty cool. 

Now in all seriousness, to me, Christmas is all about being with family and the magic of the time and its Christian meaning. I love electronics and big televisions but I just can't justify anyone spending that. 

The holiday season is not about these nice items above. 


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One of the nicest things that happened to me recently was the computer guy at work told me if I trade him some of my trail mix (THANK YOU, MOM!) he will come fix my Sony TV which went out a year ago. 

Or how about the good Sheriff Mike who fixed some things around the house for me and only accepted a home cooked meal. 

See...now that is what it is all about.

We don't do extravagant big things for gifts and these two things would be considered as such. It's about sharing, love, and giving (not necessarily gifts). I already have my Coats for Kids done and a canned food drive where I donated a little. I helped out at the church fund raiser for the Veteran's Homeless Shelter and Vocational Rehab place. Bug always loves to help the fire department with Toys for Tots. I like this too. However, I get so distracted!

I'm going to do my annual goodie baking and taking cookies to Lord Farquaad. Fruit and nut basket to Sheriff Mike-to ward off his sweet tooth which is a deadly combo for him. 

My good friends, Nola and Charlie, always take care of me and Bug and invite us for Thanksgiving. We have been adopted into their family and they are amazing people.  I have made them some homeade salsa, breads, and cakes on occasion. Do you know how awesome it is to have someone take you in when you have no one here to celebrate with and they make you part of their family? It is beyond..."warms my heart."

I bet the people who asked me this question thought I would say a clothing gift card or something girly. 

So anyway, I joined in on the retail circus of bringing the holidays out too soon this year. 

Notice my answer to the Christmas question was not World Peace. I'm not into pageants for Pete's Sake. And how about all that world chaos right now? God Bless the Canadians. 

As for my lovelies who asked what I wanted for Christmas...good thing I didn't tell them I could always use some target load shotgun shells for trap. 

Jingle bells, shotgun shells...

There is no hope for me.

Maybe someday I will be a true princess. 

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What do you want for Christmas? Are you going to volunteer or donate to charity?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dumb and Dummer

When did I become the woman my husband (for the record, number 1) never wanted?

It's a question I know the answer to and most often I don't even think about it anymore. His mother will tell me the same thing as do my friends. Was it because he felt I was more successful than he was in law enforcement? I don't know. That's what his friends and some of his family say.  Not that he wasn't outstanding, because he was an exemplary peace officer until he destroyed his career.

He didn't like the fact we were equals and he took it as a competition. I did not.

Running through a career like an overachiever and a bulldozer is just who I am. Ramrodder. Nobody likes those kind, except a prosecutor when  you bring them good cases and put away the bad guy.

I think it was too much.  I was also gone too much which had a factor on the marriage and being a good mother. He did not treat me right even before those days when I was just a mousy college graduate without a pot to piss in. This is all in the books and has been on the blog many times, so if you are a regular reader, this comes at no surprise.

It's been 6 years since I kicked him out. October 10. Magic date when I broke and could not take the bullshit. Although he told me on September 13, my birthday, he was done...he thought he was going to live in the house until the papers were final. Nope.

So who gives a shit? Not me. It's just a reflection on the past.

I am now Gladys Nightstone (street cred name)  or Gertrude Applebottom ( the name my child thinks I should go by)---a different person. She asked me how I could have told people I was Gladys when my name plate clearly had my real name. I told sometimes people would not even realize it and others would point it out.

BUG: What would you say when they saw your real name?

ME: I told them cops were the same as convenience store clerks or fast food helpers and used fake names because bad guys were always trying to threaten our family.

BUG: Mom, that is dumb.

ME: Bad guys are dumber. Besides, you have to have some fun in the world.

She giggled.

That was a long conversation today. Shortly thereafter she bolted to her room.

The room.

It's a crutch.

How do you take away a teenager's room?

I can't banish her to that place anymore. She likes it.

Do you think teenagers are smart enough for reverse psychology?

Perhaps I sent her there too much in the old days and now she is going to show me.

"Ryn & Son" is no longer a symbol of a family bond, it is a mother movement.

The problem is making up for lost time with the Bug. Many times I feel I am losing ground and the kid classifies me as the MOMster. We certainly aren't the Robertsons.

All I can do is keep plugging on.

One day, I will get her to like to be in the same room as I am for more than 13.58 minutes.

                                                            Photo credit: babble.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dicktionary Challenge

Hellllerrrr~!   Warning---this is not a post my mother should read!

                                        Photo Credit: Fargo, titled-The Nose Knows

Tomorrow is double duty of workouts at work. Then church. Then run. It's overkill. The next day is rest. Let's see what happens to the old bones. Actually, I am looking forward to it. It's like I'm in training or 29.

In the meantime, I have learned some new near south words. Yes, it's the language of love. I am all about being fluent in several language. I seem to be excellent at street slang. I can really stump them. I'm also eloquent with some native tongues.

So without further ado...

feeshing: spelled f-i-s-h-i-n-g--the sport of using a rod and reel to catch a pond dweller mostly for a dinner entrée.

nutsacking: spelled n-u-t-s-a-c-k-i-n-g--(1)the sport of taking your opponent out by tackling and buttheading the nut area. (2) Any shot to the nut sack.

boe: spelled b-o-w-l--a round basin used as a container.

impour  rent: spelled i-m-p-o-r-t-a-n-t (one word)--of great significance like a redneck's dog, truck, or beer.

Let me tell you about a terrible story. I am ashamed. However,  if I say it out loud as a confession, I can then repent.

Bug was mouthy today after work and called her mother a bad word (butthead) twice after I banished her to her room to clean the pigsty whilst taking her phone away. I reacted just as my mother had back in 1979 and grabbed the fancy bar soap off the sink, proceeded to grab Bug and rub the soap in her mouth, making sure to get chunks on her teeth. I don't think it has as much effect as Kirk's Castle, the kind my mom used because it was lavender with poppy seed. If the cops come, I am totally saying it was just as good as frickin' desert. She responded to my actions:

BUG: Oh, good! Give me some more! I like soap! {giggle}

I did as was requested. She laughed again.

ME: Hold on! I will go get the bar soap from the shower that I used on my butt.

BUG: MOM!!!! [screeching and running] You can't do that! [stops running]Hey. You use liquid soap in the shower.

Later after she ate her desert soap and suffered in time out, she joined me downstairs to watch Dancing With The Stars.

ME: Oh. I don't like it. Too jerky. They are slow. They need to speed it up.

BUG: Mom! Shh. The judges like it.

ME: Well, what do they know? They tried to recruit me on the show as a judge but I had to turn them down. I had too many commitments.

BUG: Mom, that is not true. That is bull!

ME: CHILD! Words. Did you learn nothing upstairs? Must I don my soap again?

And even later, I was busy with a project.

BUG: Mom, what are you doing with that stuff?

ME: Oh, it's a prize from my blog. I am just waiting for a couple things and the package will be complete.

BUG: Is the person going to like those things?

Mwahhahahahaha!

Yes, Commchick is going to LURVE it!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Turn Up The HEAT


The HEAT is on...

I wonder what they call former cops? The FROST?

MARATHON REVAMP WEEK 1: This Monday is proving to be a test of the week to come. Marathon training has been turned up a notch and changed. Our schedule is off schedule or on a new schedule with a little shake up. Our coach says our plan was too routine. So now we threw in some random. I am also adding a couple evening workout classes since the Bug is finished with volleyball season. They won their county junior high tournament.

YAY, Bug!


In unrelated news, I learned some more near south words:

lidtard: spelled l-e-o-t-a-r-d, "a close-fitting one-piece garment, made of a stretchy fabric, that covers a person's body from the shoulders to the top of the thighs, worn by dancers or people exercising indoors" -Google dictionary

First, do you know how hard it is to track a conversation with someone inserting "lidtard"? I was like, What? What?...like a thousand times. She used it in a sentence so I couldn't ask for that context, but later had to phone a friend and have her describe the item. It was like "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" charades. 

cinnamonamon: spelled c-i-n-n-a-m-o-n, " a spice". 

This word is frequently mispronounced in drawl states. 

buttes: spelled b-o-o-t-s: a type of footwear often worn by cowboys

I am convinced people that wear buttes are city slickers and have really, really strong legs.

drawl: spelled d-r-a-w, used differently than the last time. Used in a sentence: How do you drawl your gun fast? My response: Uh...I do not talk to my gun. Maybe you should watch Full Metal Jacket. 

Hollerween: spelled H-a-l-l-o-w-e-e-n, a secular holiday. I was really scared about this because I have learned folks in the near south believe Halloween is the devil's birthday or something. Most often it is condemned in many areas and amongst the Christian locals. I am not going to debate this as each to his own. However, when people start talking about Hollerween, I wondered if it was a yelling contest. When asked who I was going to be for Hollerween, I was like...I don't know? That yodeler girl from the Swiss Alps? I got frown lines from my audience. 

So, there you go. My Monday.



Friday, October 17, 2014

So You Think You Can Take Me?

I see lights and sirens in my future accompanied by frumpy Department of Family Services workers pounding at the front door of the Harry Potter House.

Garage cleaning afforded me some new finds. They were old, but had been stored so long they were new.

Bug has been sassy and toting quite the attitude. It is irritating my every last nerve. She happened upon my boxing gloves and pads and did the inevitable. Yes, she challenged her mother.

My response: "So you think you can take me?"

She smiled a big smile and said, "Bring it."

Yep.

I am going to jail.

We proceeded to "BRING IT" and she lost. She did, however, get one good swing into my crotch.Do you know how much it hurts to get hit in the vagina?

 I returned fire, cringing and wincing the entire time, hunched over with squeezed thighs.

After it was all said in done, I pummeled the little monster. I felt good about it. No regrets. Mommy gave an ass whoop down on the kid. It made me powerful.

She agreed that now she might need boxing lessons as well as some martial arts and informed me I need to go a quarter speed.

No mercy for the kid. This is life. Do you think we are going to do it at half speed?

About those marks?

Yes, we both had them. ON OUR HEADS.



                                             Photo credit: Shape Magazine

Yeah. I look EXACTLY like this woman only blond.

I know what you are thinking-What the hell is she thinking? What the hell is she doing? Has she lost her mind?

It's a new parenting method.

Just try and bring the PoPo to my house. Do it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DONUT you know?

Y'all always speed...is that just because or just policy? Mr. G

Usually I did drive about 5 over the speed limit when I was going to a non-emergency call. When I had to pee at the last minute, I would drive very fast or drop trow out in the outskirts of town behind sagebrush.

Any call which came out as one that was not an emergency (Code 3) call but could possibly escalate (such as a domestic verbally escalating with threats) as such I went about 10 over. There were times I went code across town and when I was within ear shot of a business burglary or armed robbery in progress, you shut down the lights and sirens, go fast and stealth. Many citizens did not understand the process of being effective. They often would complain we should go the speed limit unless it was a life threatening emergency. Or they said if they don't have lights and sirens, they should not go fast. How effective and safe are you if you pull up on scene announcing your whereabouts and presence?

Now...I won't say there are not those who abuse their power, because there are. I will say sometimes we got called off a hot call and shut it down and looked like we were going fast to get donuts or to get through a red light. It is just not the case. Much more goes on behind the wheel and the radio than the public realizes at times.

If an officer is patrolling an area, they should go the speed limit or slower. There are also times they should get out of the car and walk the beat.

Here is my question for you to ponder...if you called us and need the police do you want me to get there or take my time? Yes, I am partially being a smart ass here.

Here's the other end of the stick...officers should be cautious and use due diligence for safety. They should also not be asshats and not abuse this power.

But DAYUM it's fun to slide to a stop in the middle of a good bar fight!

Does level of irritation impact citations? Vandy J

Well, the general answer is sometimes. Across the board, I have seen officers have a real problem with this and wear their asshole on their heads. I never trained any of my rookies that way. Now we used to joke around that people should be nice to the PoPo so we don't target them or be extra mean. I despise officers who target people out of spite or personal issues. Well, except if it is a "chimo" (child molester) or serial killer -target away.

Most often (not perfect, mind you), I tried to distance myself from my irritation and the irritation of the future ticket winner and/or warning recipient and not let it influence my decision. Because as an officer, you must be fair and also uphold the law. You must also give discretion in your decisions and I have warned criminals just as much as the good guys.

Officers have to automatically learn how to compartmentalize their own emotions or irritations and be fair. There became a point in my career in which I was no longer sensitive to being irritated by a person's behavior, only amused.

How much of a difference (if any) are you making on the streets "chasing the radio" (as per command staff politics) instead of doing more active patrols as a preventive measure? Bob G.

Not much. You have your shiny moments of glory like saving a baby with CPR or shoveling a person's sidewalk or preventing someone from getting killed. Police are mostly reactive and not proactive. As much as any department would like to think they are all cool and that they "tote ma goats", claiming they are proactive. Reality is they are not. There were and are times cops can be proactive, but on days you are chasing calls...there just is no way for that unless you happen to deter a robber while grabbing a coffee at the convenience store on your break.

There are programs which try to parade as proactive such as DARE, Youth Diversion, and some community interactions such as Box With A Cop, Shop With A Cop, Bicycle Safety Weeks, and other events. Does that make them proactive or just involved and active with the community? This is more toward improving image and favorable standing with the community. Perhaps if we can reach even 1 kid, that is proactive, I guess. Sometimes presence is proactive, sometimes it is a program like Neighborhood watch, cameras, or some type of community action program. I think proactive street work is on every cops' wish list.

Hmm...is that a hidden gun or are you just happy to see me? A Non A Moose

I believe in secrecy. You will never know if I am packing or not. You should just think I always am.

In this day and age, where it seems like so many people don't care for the police, what do you think motivates people to want to go into this line of work? Officer Tex

For me it was problem solving and the dynamic component to law enforcement. Every day is new and different and I love a mystery. I wanted to do something great and whatever assignment I was in, I wanted to lead by example. All of it fascinated me.

The standard answer today from a new officer might be the excitement, adrenaline highs, and the "I want to protect and serve" BS the young ones will tell you. I honestly think there are so many who are delusional about cop work because of television and once they get into the uniform they get a rude awakening. I also think some like the power and control and "chick magnet" factor they think they have with a uniform. It being a total superficial ego booster.  Sick to say, but there are many who have that in the back of their mind. "Oh being a cop is cool."

What do I have to say about that? Being a cop is only cool if you are the right kind of cop and take pride in your duty. It takes a certain type of person to be able to carry it out for a career stint and not just make "tryouts" only to fail the team later.

And some new officers learn the hard way the difference between "duty" and "doody."

I wish I could say they like to help people or feel they are able to make a difference by doing some community problem solving. I just didn't get that from the new generation.

Yet, despite that negative branch, there are many great officers out there and some will make it a career of helping and protecting people and fighting crime. Reducing crime on a proactive basis is the key. You can't be concerned with what the public thinks of you unless you have thin skin. In that case, seek life elsewhere and be in a safe office.

Donuts or muffins? Old NFO

Donuts. Donuts. Donuts.

Duh. I know that was a set up.

And not just any donuts from any store. Why? Because I am a connoisseur and a princess! They have to made fresh from a mom and pop bakery. Concannon's here is the most divine donuts made by a family bakery I have ever tasted in my LIFE! My daughter agrees. I mean "to die for" goodness. They are amazing! [slobbering right now and sad they are not on my food plan]

On a traffic stop, does the driver's attitude toward an officer make a big difference as to whether or not they get a ticket or just a warning? Commchick

Bluntly speaking, Fargo will tell you she never gave a shit about the driver's attitude. I could knock down the 'tude with some swift words of wisdom or let anything roll off my back. I have seen others get their turkey feathers ruffled. I liked the challenge. Challenge me with your attitudes! I dare you!

So, answer for me is NO. Answer for some others is YES.

So it's been two weeks. Who is the lucky winner? Anonymous.

Anonymous asked the question yesterday and drum roll.....

....the lucky winner picked out of a hat by the Bug is COMMCHICK! 
 Please email me, Commchick, mailing information. I will tell you all the books are not here until next week, so you can choose a split shipment or one shipment with an extra surprise which I will post tomorrow. You have to decide today. If you decide split shipment (mail what is here now and the others next week) then the extra surprise will go to another reader. Basically, it is a bribe to save me on shipping. LMAO.



The Bear Facts

The Russian Bear left a few questions to taunt me and you with yesterday on The Unusual Suspects.

I had to answer. I can't leave everyone wondering what I think and hurting their heads over these ideas...


Well, MommaFargo, you gonna run? Start out local. Maybe go for State Representative? You can get the Law and Order crowd; be an advocate for working women. You know the issues from first hand experience. Is it your calling?

Let me have Madea, my Cabinet Advisor answer this one for me:

HELL.TO.THE.NO. 


Absent running yourself, what will you do this election cycle to advance your ideas?

Well, I could do two things. Vote boycott to show my protest and not participate in our government demise like a true hippy (I would be posing as a hippy, however) or vote all the incumbents out on my ballot or take an educated and informed vote? Hmmm. That's all I got. Or I could do one of those and run my mouth, as usual.

For that matter, what will any of you readers do to help steer the country in the direction you think it should go?

Yeah, what The Russian Bear asked...answer that, peeps!

Post a sign in your lawn?
You know, The Harry Potter House does not have political clutter. It is Switzerland. Actually, no one has approached me to put up signs. One person left a bag of mailers and stickers on my door knob. I think they are intimidated by my house, thinking it is haunted and the WHO LIVES THERE ANYWAY of an atmosphere scares them off. I have not seen any big campaigns around here. I think Indiana has lazy politicians. I have been reading about them in the news.

Write letters to your current representatives?

Great idea! I have done this in the past. Once, I received a very detailed answer, probably signed with a stamp, but I felt it made it's way to my Senator. Once, I received an award from the same Senator for victim's services and he even said he was so impressed by the recommendation letter, he presented the engraved crystal award himself and gave me a follow up letter. I have it framed. Another letter I sent to the OTHER Senator...probably went into the shred pile and was made into fire bricks for the homeless.

Please do something other than comment on the Internet. Take the frustration you feel and direct it towards making a difference.

I agree, Yuri. I think we all need to take some positive action toward fixing our country. Even if we do little things or big things...positive action for change! I think that might be stolen from a political sign.

What are you willing to do to have your voice heard? 

Oh, I have run naked through the streets screaming with a bullhorn to rise up the people before. At 3:47 AM when everyone was sleeping and I runned really fast. Ok. Maybe I was in uniform and talking to a hostage taker in the 90's. That really didn't have any political merit, but it shows the extent I am willing to go.

On another note, I have many voices in my head and we come up with some great ideas. I thought Frank, Mary, Angus, and Delilah told Lola, Gladys, and Kathryn the way it is and they were heard.

In all seriousness, this is a good question. I am willing to get out of my comfort zone and talk to my representatives via phone, letter, or personal visit. INDY is close, so it is cheap for me to do so. Local government here is a complete befuddled mess. It's WORSE than our federal government.  I am about to go VOCAL on all of them. They might be shell shocked.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Unusual Suspects

If you have been following along with my post with The Russian Bear, you will be ready for our solutions. We have now dubbed ourselves as the US front political advisors. I'm sure no one is listening, but we amuse ourselves with our brainstorming. Brace yourselves. We might not be politically correct nor publicly favorable. We also might throw in a little unorthodox with a little common sense.

Here we go...

NUMBER 1:

RB) Ebola and enterovirus d68: Close the borders.  Quarantine all new arrivalsThink Ellis Island...maybe use Guantanamo.. Fix the family/trafficking loophole in the immigration laws, and enforce them.  I'd steal an idea from one of Tom Clancy's books, and have our immigration and trade laws be reciprocal to other nations. 

MF) [gasping] Yuri, you didn't say CLOSE THE BORDERS, did you? [frantically running around in disbelief] 

I like the thought of the island. Is the island us or the infected?  I would go one step further. Close the borders to incoming traffic from those who have had travels to infected countries and close it tighter when the epidemic becomes more world wide and spreads. I would not even quarantine any new arrivals, because they aren't getting to our soil. Other countries would have to screen their passengers coming to our soil and then abide by our rules or no go. It sounds harsh. It has nothing to do with what color or nationality someone is, but where they've been or what they have been exposed to. Then I would dump a ton of money into developing treatment and cures. Ship it out to where it needs to go and keep a good supply on hand. 

I will have to say BRAVO to the good survivor who is donating his blood for transfusions in hopes his antibodies will fight off ebola for the infected persons. They are doing this in West Africa as well. It is sometimes working and only if there is a blood match. Bring on the O + and - peeps. 

Causing a world panic and uproar? You bet it would. Do I care? Nope. It's about containment and helping the world combat this problem before it is out of control.

Here we go...http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/15/texas-health-officials-say-second-healthcare-worker-at-dallas-hospital-tests/.

This brings up many questions I had before this article came about. ER waiting rooms? Exposure prior to positive results? Hazardous waste? Are the homes able to be decontaminated?

I feel like I'm in The Walking Dead as a reluctant cast member.

NUMBER 2:

RB) ISIS:  Employ the Phil Robertson doctrine: Convert or die.  Let's have an honest Crusade funded by the Vatican with a privateer armed force.

MF) Brilliant, Yuri. I don't think I can even top that or add to it, except add in a little Fargoism: Let's go! Let's get active. Let's do it! [picture me on the sidelines with pom poms-wait maybe don't do that]

I think Obama is sitting on his hands and the world is rocking in their chairs looking at the screen saying, come on, man! How much is enough before you bring down the strong arm of the US? In Coffeypot's view: let's throw a little Dick Cheney out there and scare 'em. How about bringing out some of these generals out of retirement and make the most brilliant war committee. 

It's time to bring down the hammer. 

RB) Elections: Voter ID mandatory...If you have to prove identity to receive state issued benefits, fly on a plane, buy liquor and Newports, it is no burden to show that same ID to Vote.

MF) Exactly. Duh to those who don't think this is important. Even the homeless have IDs. What's the big deal? Why are we so soft on the most important voice America has-VOTING? I know why. It's not as easy to cheat if you have to be accountable. Can't skew the numbers so much if you have a name and ID to every vote. ID necessary for voting.Talk about common sense. Next you will tell us it has to be a legitimate ID. Peshaw.

RB) Domestic spending: End federal entitlements.  Just end 'em.  Close all non-essential government departments/positions. (I.e. if your office was closed during the last shutdown as being deemed non-essential, then your department is just that non-essential and may be closed permanently.)  End baseline budgeting.  Start from zero each year and justify your budget.

MF) Yuri, I like your points. I will take a different BUT similar twist on this. The welfare system is our biggest sucking chest wound. Reform it. It sucks money, it sucks life, it sucks productivity and growth in America. Give benefits where absolutely needed and force people to work their way off the system in a time frame like it is supposed to work. You have to have penalties. You have to have accountability. You have to cut off the baby from his mother's ta-tas. Ok that was a little graphic. Sorry. 

Another gaping injury? SSI. It's there for a very good reason and it is too easy to get. IT ISN'T WORKING!  I know hundreds of people who have abused the system to get it and many who really need it and get denied. Whisky-tango-foxtrot. The easiest way to get SSI? Chronic back problem or substance abuse. Pitiful. 

Gut the system, make it right.

RB) Monetary policy: End qualitative easing, fix fed rate to 2% permanently.  No more free money.  End the crony capitalism being practiced by the Feds. (Solyndra anyone?)

MF) I agree. Wasteful spending: It. Does. Not. Belong. In. The. Government. PERIOD. Run it like a private business. OH...no way...everyone screams! Oh, yes, yes I am a think tank, currently think that way and have for years. Reality check. It's time to get one.

I'm going to add in some legislative REFORM. OH, I am sure by far this is the most difficult thing to reform. They need to throw out useless bills and "FEEL GOOD" projects. Get down to brass tacks. I don't like how the legislature can piggy back a little paragraph of crap onto a law change just to kill a good bill or even amend a bill talking about substance with a fluff paragraph of cronyism spending. It is BULLSHIT.  

Problem is? Who is in charge of creating new bills, laws? Congress. They can't police themselves. Who's going to do it? You have the President and the judicial system. ALL BROKEN. My final answer: Save yourselves! Ok. That was a little dramatic. 

I think it is time to buckle down and simplify. If not...maybe the collapse of America is the only thing to right a wrong. Scary. 

Now...time to recruit Daryl Dixon on my team. I think I need to look like Carol fancy pants.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR IDEAS? 

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Hasty Team

I asked The Russian Bear to wager some discussion on some uprising topics and answer a handful of political and controversial questions. If you don't like controversy and politics...look away! 

I hate to think someone is not interested in their country or world events, but some peeps would rather share recipes and soccer stories. I'm OK with that, too. 

If you don't like politics, why not? Controversy and politics go together like peas and carrots. If you don't like politics, we have a variety of other topics on here. 

But TODAY...it's bringing the political goodness out of the bag. You know the drill...Yuri is in red, I am in blue. Fire away any comments, concerns, discussions, questions.

This was all inspired by Team Peanut Oil...

1. What do you think of the newest release about US Intelligence leaks. Are these people committing treason and espionage for money? Have they lost their minds? What is their angle?


I don't know if these leakers are whistle blowers or just useful idiots.  I'm not surprised to learn that our intelligence agencies spy on our allies or on U.S. Citizens.  The Patriot Act was in-acted with good intentions, and I am not surprised that it has been abused.  It would take a lot of integrity and character to not abuse the powers granted through the Patriot Act.

There needs to be an accounting.  If only there was a profession whose job it was to find out facts and report them to the public.

I tend to agree. What concerns me is why anyone would commit treason. I believe the payoff appeals to their greed side. Otherwise, what is the big hype about? I think, too, the ability to spy is powerful and I would not be surprised as to what extent our government goes to. They are accountable to no one. So on that note, are the whistle blowers necessary for a checks and balances? Is it treason? Is it making the US accountable by exposing their operations? I can't think any of it is good for our security.

2. What do you think of mixing Jimmy Carter and Dick Cheney together for foreign policy matters? Who would you like to see as a foreign policy advisor if you could choose anyone?

I can appreciate Jimmy Carter as a man of moral principle, but I disagree with his politics. Dick Cheney has the right ideas.  If we could use Dick's ideas with Jimmy's conscience, the result could have a middle of the road appeal that could garner broad based support.  Would the CIC listen?  No. He's a better foreign policy advisor than his foreign policy advisors. 

 I'd like John Bolton and Condoleezza Rice to be my advisors.  

I like Condoleezza Rice. Never was a fan of Jimmy only because I think he was a lukewarm president. Dick...well, I like the fact he isn't afraid and he is tough as nails and scared the beJesus out of our enemies. However, is because he is a terrible shot when hunting quail or is it because he is ruthless and not afraid of pissing someone off? Not sure he was always honest. I went to a wilderness first aid class with his niece. She was a doll of a person.  I think he is not favored among the public and would be shunned from ever entering political office again.




I don't know any others I would like or even put in the LIKE category. She about wraps it up for me. The question is, would Obama use anyone's advise? I think he just runs rogue.  

3. What is your take on Penetta? Is he a straight shooter? Is he going to be the next to resign?

Panetta is already out and hawking his new book.  I think he's straight enough to recognize what a disaster the lack of world leadership by the US has been.  I don't think he'll bring any answers though, he'll be looking to see what profits him best. A product of Clintonion pragmatism, if you will.

I think he is a sell out. I am sure he can realize a sinking ship when he is on it and is trying to distance himself and gain profit on his new ventures after this presidency. 

4. Is our government castle falling brick by brick? Economic forecasts?

The facade is still there, the interior is rotting.  The leadership may change and a new face put on it, but the entrenched bureaus still grow.  It's only a question of whether we go full speed, or three-quarters speed to collapse.  In terms of economic forecasts, it will get worse before it gets better.  (Lois Lerner and John Corzine are still free--no justice, no confidence in the market, no confidence in the impartiality of government.)

The joke is put everything into Goldman-Sachs, cause Goldman Sachs is the government, and they're the biggest too-big-to-fail concern going.

Our country is a mess. My question for the next presidency: You can't put lipstick on a pig. What now?

5. What do you foresee in 2016? Hillary? Mitt Romney? Who would be your presidential pick?

In 2016, Hillary is assumed to be the presumptive nominee on the Democratic ticket, same as 2008, and that didn't work out for her then and I don't think it will work out for her this time.  Not sure who will rise to the front, but if any of those tell-all books are accurate, Obama is not going to put his machine to work for her.

If I were to pick a Republican candidate, as a homeschooling Catholic, then it would be Santorum.  I also like Herman Cain, but he's damaged goods as well.  I foresee a nasty and divisive primary for the Republican ticket, and a huge battle for the soul of the Republican party.  I'm just gonna keep plugging for the most conservative candidate I can find and enforcement of Voter ID.

I think Hillary is getting groomed. I wish I could say it was a poodle do, but it is groomed as the Democrat nominee. Will they pick her in the end or is the Clinton reign finished? Who knows, but will they throw out the Femme FATAL (play on words intended) as their best progressive candidate and then pick an Elmer Fudd?  

The way the Democrats roar out their candidate hype and pick nominees reminds me of the joke we played as kids...want this candy bar-PSYCHE! In her case, it is funny. I'm OK with take backs.

You would think at their age, they would just retire in the Hampton's. 

The Queen of Darkness comes to mind as a character reference for Hillary, or Cruella De Vil. Wait! Snidley Whiplash! 

Doesn't she have a fake plastic smile? I actually don't think it is because of plastic surgery. I just think she has to force it. 

On a fashion note, she must have gotten a stylist at some point but she in 2013-14, she still tends to go back to her roots: frumpy and dumpy. OK. You can tell I just don't like the woman.

On the Republican ticket...I HAVE NO FLIPPIN' IDEA. Come on, get some good candidates out there! Maybe they should go pick a transient-one of those intelligent ones who just walked away from life- off the street, clean 'em up, and parade him or her as their fearless GOP leader. I would go for that. 

6. What do you think about Ferguson, Missouri? Are they holding out to announce the findings of the investigation because they are worried about a new set of rioting? Will Officer Wilson go into hiding? WITSEC? :)

From the factual details released (All entrance wounds on the front of the body: officer treated for facial injury),  it sounds like a justified shoot.  There is a lot of political pressure on this case.  My gut is that there will not be a criminal indictment of Wilson, but he'll have to start over some where else.  If Holder were not resigning, I'd expect a broad federal suit against the entire department for their "racist" policies that have violated citizens rights.  Pure political show.  

The mob in Ferguson doesn't seem concerned about actual justice, just a certain outcome that fits their worldview.

I think you are correct. The Ferguson department whether wrong or right in their handling of this crisis will be examples of policy for years to come.

I have no idea how Wilson may return to duty and/or have a normal life. Will he be plagued every where he goes? Maybe so and unjustly so if it is a justified shooting. I have a tendency to think it is going to come out in the wash as a justified shoot just because they are taking SOOOOOO long in giving an investigation conclusion. "Delaying the inevitable." 

The Ferguson mob are comprised of lost souls with no purpose but to spread hate and discontent for something the do not have any rational basis or merit. They have judged before all the facts are evident or evaluated. It has also created a Hollywood surge of distrust. Even some celebrities are showing up on site to protest. What boobs! 

Once again, in our "perfect little world" ALL the cops are bad now. It's like a never ending fight for fairness. Guilty until proven innocent. I might be a little sour on public opinion. 

Wow. Me mostly agreed. I didn't even play the devil's advocate. 

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What do you think? Add your two cents in the comments below and we will get in the convo. 

Yuri, here are some more questions for you and commentors...

We armchair quarterback most topics, of course. 

What are some solutions to these issues or ideas you would impose on the forefront before political disaster (foreign policy, elections, Ferguson) takes over and all good common sense goes out the window?