It’s a New World That’s Coming

By the spring of 1969 I had two more classes to take to fulfill my requirements. I needed to take public speaking and a literature elective. Public speaking was required of all students seeking a career in teaching. I was so fearful of it I put it off till the very end. Turned out I feared for not, I loved it.

The literature class I decided on was Science Fiction Literature. Both classes were summer classes and I quickly learned that Catholic nuns went to school in the summer and they were serious about getting all the As. The other lesson was that literature teachers who are serious fans of Sci-Fi also take summer classes.

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Gun Store

ONLY ONE GUN STORE: There’s only one place to officially buy guns in Mexico, and it’s on a military base. Yet gun violence is on the rise in the country. So where are the guns coming from? Mexico’s northern neighbor. An estimated 580 weapons illegally move from the U.S. to Mexico every day. Compare that to the 38 guns that the country’s sole gun store sells every day.

Another Ambien Story

I’ve taken Ambien for years to help me go to sleep. Sleep was never a problem until a couple of back to back surgeries about ten years ago. As many of you know, Ambien has side effects that include sleep walking. We’ve talked about this before and many of you Ambien users have such stories to share.

Anyway, couple of months ago I decided to try something different and my doctor wrote me a script for Lunesta.  While it did put me to sleep it left such a horrible aftertaste in my mouth that I just had to give it up and go back to Ambien. So here’s my latest Ambien story.

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The Hardened School House

I attended Greenfield schools from 1st grade trough graduation. After 10 years away I returned as a member of the teaching staff in 1970, retiring in 1996. Except for 1 year teaching at a California high school, Greenfield is all I ever knew.

Greenfield schools, by design, are very open. There are many buildings and lots of exterior doors. In my 38 years of being on that campus as either a student or a teacher I can only recall two instances of a potential violent threat. I remember a student in the elementary grades building a bomb and placing it under a teacher’s desk. I don’t remember if the bomb was real or how knowledge of it was learned.

The second occasion took place immediately outside my classroom door when a student shot himself in the torso. At no time were other students in danger. The firearm was immediately sequestered and the student attended to.

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Cuba, Fly at Your Own Risk

If you’ve followed the news you are aware that a Boeing 737, operated by a Cuban airline, crashed leaving 111 dead. Not too long after the crash I started to wonder how a Cuban airline acquired an American made passenger plane.

The US has maintained strict embargoes on selling any American products to Cuba since the late 1950s. These embargoes are what accounts for the wild assortment of 1950s era American automobiles seen all over the streets of Havana. The ingenious mechanics of Cuba have kept these classics running despite not being able to  import spare parts from America.

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The Dumbing Down of His Tweets

The following quote was taken from the Boston Globe. If true it doesn’t say much about Trump or his followers. I don’t know which came first, Trump’s inability to spell and his poor use of grammar or, his Twitter staff deliberately dumbing down his tweets to increase his appeal to the Kool-Aid crowd. Neither speaks highly of the man and/or his administration.

White House staffers who compose tweets for President Trump’s Twitter feed often add grammatical errors and an abundance of exclamation points to mimic him more realistically, The Boston Globe reports. Two people familiar with the process told the Globe that some of Trump’s staffers believe the error-laden tweets boost the president’s standing among his supporters by making him seem more relatable. The key features the aides use to replicate the president’s writing style include an overuse of the exclamation point, capitalization of random words, and fragmented, loosely connected ideas, according to the report. Staffers generally include three to four sample tweets in a memo to the president any time they want him to comment on a specific topic, sources told the Globe.”

BJs vs. Pussy Grabbing, They Ain’t the Same

My wife and I were watching Rachel Maddow last evening and most of the segments had to do with the ever growing list of potential legal problems for Trump. At some point in the program I had to hit the pause button and let off some steam.

One of the major news is Trump’s affair with, and attempt to cover up, Stormy Daniels. He’s admitted paying her to keep quiet and we know he paid another woman $150,000 to keep quiet about their long-term affair. Stormy’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, says he is now vetting two more women who claim to have had affairs with the Donald. Trump is well-known for his adulterous affairs and maybe better known for admitting he felt empowered to grab women’s pussies. Throughout his life Trump has appeared to have been obsessed with women and sex. He once told Howard Stern that avoiding acquiring a sexually transmitted disease was his equivalent of serving in Vietnam.

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What I Learned in 48 Minutes

It’s been 48 minutes since I began listening to and reading the morning news. Here’s what’s made an impression:

  1. Former CIA director, John Brennan, summed up Trump’s policy making style as, “fire, aim, ready.”
  2. The Democratic Congressman from the Youngstown, Ohio area says his district has lost 2,700 auto related jobs since Trump took office.
  3. Sixty-six percent of Americans have annual earnings of $40,000 or less. In other words, Trump economics has done nothing to improve the living standard of two-thirds of the nation.
  4. China is losing too many jobs, they need our help.

I haven’t a clue how long this list would be if I’d waited till bedtime to write it.

Whatever became of “America First: or, “China is raping our country”?

 

More on Barns

Couple of days ago I posted an “aside” about the relatively high number of weddings that are held in barns. Over the years there have been a number of area farmers who have employed their barns for non-agricultural purposes. Back in the 80s a fellow named Black had a party barn north of Greenfield. I went to a number of class reunions there.  A Hillsboro veterinarian converted his old barn into a music venue and had a band fire up about every Saturday night.

This photo of a Missouri barn was submitted by Virginia Sulcebarger, a MHS grad who keeps in touch via CGS. She wonders if any fine weddings were once held here?

Old barns, however, are quickly becoming things of the past. They were built for a time when farmers didn’t have huge machines and just needed a barn to store hay and provide shelter for their animals. A modern combine just won’t fit so old barns have been either left to crumple or be replaced with a modern metal pole barn.

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Is What We Have Here a Quid pro Quo?

A couple of days ago Americans woke to the surprising news that Trump had ordered the Commerce Department to work with the Chinese government and help save the Chinese phone manufacturer, ZTE. At stake is the loss of 75,000 Chinese jobs and Trump thinks this is, “too many Chinese jobs.”

After all the pre and post campaign anti Chinese screaming Trump engaged in, how could this be happening? Whatever became of America First?

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It’s Missing? WTF?

When I started college in the mid 1960s I decided I’d give accounting a try. After a couple of courses I discovered I had no propensity for the subject. I test drove a couple of other business courses before deciding I might be better suited for art and politics.

With this in mind you can imagine how stupefied I was in learning last evening that the US Department of Defense can’t account for $21 trillion dollars. Yeah, that’s trillion with a “T”.

Putting some perspective on this number just let me say that the entire federal government budget for 2017 was just a little over $4 trillion. The entire national debt is $19 trillion. It is estimated that the gross national product for the United States in 2018 will amount to $20 trillion. So, the DOD is missing more than the value of all goods and services produced in America during the current year.

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The Ever Widening Black Lagoon

Needing his ego scratched, Trump headed back to a comfortable red state last evening to suck in the love of his suckers. He continued to ensure his love struck followers that the wall is going up and the swamp is getting drained. The truth is that the wall is going nowhere and the swamp is getting wider and deeper. Trump’s administration is increasingly viewed as one of the most corrupt in decades. Here are but a few tales from the Black Lagoon. 

  • Trump has been accused of using his money to silence charges of adulterous sexual adventures.

  • Trump is being sued for using his position as president to enrich his personal wealth.

  • Trump is a compulsive liar. Politifact has demonstrated that only 31% of Trump’s statements are true while 61% of what he says is either mostly false, false, or terribly false.

  • Speaking of lies… Sarah Huckabee Sanders, according to Politifact, lies 100% of the time. 75% of her statements are false and the remaining 25% are “pants on fire” false.

  • Trump has filled his cabinet with creatures from the Dark Lagoon. Tom Price, Steve Mnuchin, Ben Carson, and Ryan Zinke are just a few of cabinet leaders and Trump appointees who have been accused of living high off the taxpayer’s dollar.

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