May 27

Day 19,612

Looking for the TPS reports , with the new covers… and my lack of flair.

So, I’m a little pissed off now, after getting into a confrontation with some self-righteous piece of shit about Christianity. Damn… it pisses me off and I want to unload, but I’m going to contain myself.

My faith is my faith. I try not to push it on anybody else. I’m not even comfortable praying in front of others, because that’s what the Pharisees did to show to the world how pious they were.

And then the conversation begins.

I’m not always real comfortable talking about my faith. There’s always some asshole that wants to twist the conversation around to support some bullshit political point of view, and I just want to tell them to take their point of view and shove it right up their ass. After they hit a dead end, keep on pushing.

My perspective on God and the Universe is mine, and mine alone. Some might think I’ve got my shit together a little bit, some others might think that I’m some fringe heretic worthy of being stoned to death in a public square.

My faith is my faith. I try to treat people the right way. Simple enough.

Peace y’all.

May 26

Day 19,611

“All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall” – Pink Floyd

So, it’s Friday, May 26, 2017. Looks like the Washington Post is going to have another breaking overnight story about this administration.

Yeah… they’ve got their scapegoat.

Just watch. Soon the entire Trump family is going to turn on Kushner, and he’ll get blamed for everything from Flynn’s Turkish government contract to the crabgrass in Central Park.

And Steve Bannon’s Breitbart-reading entourage is going to go apeshit over this.

And Putin is going to giggle his little, malicious, Keebler elf ass off.

Damn, how did we let this happen?

Easy.

There has been enough hatred for Hillary Clinton by some sectors of our society that they invited the Russians into the game.

Our electoral process is pretty screwed up. Corporations have the same voice as a person, with unlimited resources. Campaigns start the day after the inauguration. Style is so much more important than substance. Overpromise, underdeliver, blame the other guy when your plans go awry.

Well, Trump, I’ll be interested to see how you hang this on the Obama administration.

Oh, and it will happen. I have no doubt in my mind that this bunch of amateurs will start blaming everyone and everything in site to dodge taking responsibility for this mess.

I pray for the United States.

And I pray that this event unites the people of this country towards a common goal.

Peace, y’all.

May 25

Day 19,610

Just saw Shaquille O’Neill’s right foot on national television. I really didn’t need to see that.

There are any number of things that I have seen and likely will see in my life that, in the end, I’m going to wish I hadn’t seen.

I guess it’s safe to say that there are going to be any number of things I’ve heard, things I’ve touched, things I’ve smelled and tested that I wish I hadn’t.

This is the kind of thing I think about for a few minutes, then likely never think about again.

I guess that’s as good a reason as any to chronicle things in a journal.

That, and someday I’ll have grandchildren that will read my stuff, then proclaim to other gathered family members, “Grampa was kind of weird, wasn’t he?”.

Yes, he was, honey.

And he liked to play guitar, too. Now, go out to whatever music source/video player that you have in your time and look up Eric Johnson playing “Cliffs of Dover”.

Then work your way through Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Buckethead, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and a list too long to mention here.

OK, Gary Moore performing “Still Got the Blues”.

More later, that’s enough for now.

Peace, y’all

May 24

Day 19,609

Time to throw a few quick words on the page, with the goal of satisfying my writing commitment for the day. Get this thing wrapped up before my wife wakes up… she slumbers gently on the couch after a long day, which included shots for our baby girl, Freya. I have a feeling Freya will not be very enthusiastic to see the vet next time she’s due to go.

Once again, another new day with bad news for the Trump administration. Looks like the Attorney General, Jess Sessions, left a couple of interactions out of his security clearance application. I’m sure it’s a simple coincidence that the contacts he failed to mention were with Russian governmental representatives.

It’s becoming a running joke. Subpoenaed documents are being refused from Flynn and Comey. More testimony has to come down soon to help us point things one way or the other. I’m pretty confident that things are not going to go in the direction Trump wants it to go, but I have a feeling that there are going to be multiple twists, turns, and surprises as the facts are revealed in this situation.

(But meanwhile, back in Lawrence, Kansas, the KU basketball fans are happy that Svi is coming back for his senior year)

I’ll take whatever good news I can get.

Peace, y’all.

May 23

Day 19,608

It’s rather bizarre when people question your patriotism.

I’m rather proud to be an American. I may not be as overt about it as some others I know, but I know where I was born, I know where I was raised, and how I was raised, and I believe I was born in one of the most incredible countries in world history. American children are raised to believe that the USA is the greatest country on Earth. But, here’s the thing – I know kids in Canada, Australia, India, Lithuania, and a hundred other countries are taught the same thing. In the case of the US, there’s a little bit of economic superiority, jingoism, and John Wayne that seeps into the material of the US, like an acrylic filling the spalted maple.

So, yeah… it kinda pisses me off.

I love my country.

I want what’s best for my country and my fellow citizens.

You can bet that if an economic policy were to come up that would benefit 1% of enacted, and would otherwise help 99% of not enacted, I would choose the option that would hep the most people.

The US is at a bit of a crossroads. The 1% has their guy in the White House, and with his new budget, he has squarely placed the benefits of the 1% over that of everyone else.

Might be time for a little pushback.

Then again, he might have to worry more about the pushback from more direct sources.

May 22

Day 19,607

It’s a Monday here in Leawood, and I’m wrapping up the first day of my Unified Communications class. As I open up my console, I’m surprised to notice the number of failed login attempts. It’s quite a surprise, as I guess my blog has become quite the target for those with malicious intent.

Over sixteen thousand attempted logins.

That’s pretty impressive.

I wonder what is inspiring so many to hack my little blog?

The number one cause is pretty obvious – it’s on the internet.

Number two ought to be fairly obvious as well – I’m a bit outspoken when it comes to my disdain for the current US administration.  Like many, I’m of the opinion that Trump is an unqualified (proven) fraud (proven) that received tacit help from foreign agents with the sole intent of throwing the US elections of 2016 his way (once again, proven).

I can’t help wonder how many eastern European hackers are spinning up fake twitter accounts on a daily basis to throw their support towards the Cheeto Messiah.

All in all, I guess I should take it as a compliment that so many want to hack this particular blog. I’m nobody special, really. I’m just a guy that supports democracy and thinks all citizens should have a voice, even those that deny the truth on a daily basis.

A day of reckoning is coming. Agents of Chaos know a little bit about karma, and she’s angry.

Peace, y’all.

May 21

Day 19,606

I’m beginning to understand why the first ten amendments to the Constitution are presented in the order in which they are.

The First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Pretty straightforward. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press.

The Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

There has been a lot of discussion of late, centered around this administration, encouraging a change in laws so that journalists can be jailed for their comments and stories.

It makes me want to laugh.

This is the shit that banana republics are built on.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to pay close attention to this, as this administration desires greater influence over the information presented to the public.

It’s not going to work, in fact, it’s more likely to do more damage than good.

But, hey, the way this administration is going, they might be rallying their supporters to take up their second amendment rights in order to stifle the first amendment rights of the rest of us.

Sadly, this seems to be within the realm of possibility.

Peace, y’all.

May 20

Day 19,605

There’s an old expression that goes, “Never get into an argument with an idiot. They’ll drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience”.

Let me tell you, folks, the Dunning-Kruger effect is in full bloom in the United States these days.

For those that don’t know, DKE, is, at its most basic form, the idea that some folks are so oblivious to their own incompetence that it’s a waste of time to try and teach them otherwise.

I should correct myself. That wasn’t the most basic form.

You can’t fix stupid.

Any number of my acquaintances are listening and reading, staying on top of current events, and are starting to come around to the idea that maybe Trump isn’t the leader they were hoping for. It’s the constant whining and the perpetual references to the election that might be nudging them in that direction. The hints of the biggest scandal in US history might be a contributing factor.

I had a conversation with a victim of DKE the other day. I tried to provide him evidence that Trump was in trouble, and I used the May 9 Lester Holt interview as evidence of some of Trump’s shortcomings, pointing out that Trump’s statements regarding the firing of FBI Director Comey were problematic – you don’t fire somebody then admit that the Russia investigation was on your mind. To even the most casual observer, that brings into the conversation obstruction of justice as motivation for Comey’s firing.

The guy acted like he didn’t understand English.

I’ve got a bet with this guy. One year from today, if Trump is cleared of wrongdoing. I owe him a bottle. If the inquiry is still going on, it’s a stalemate for another year. If Trump is impeached or otherwise out of office in another year, I win the bet.

Bets are for booze. I’ll let Trump’s prospects stock my bar.

My luck, he’ll send me gin.

In reality, I don’t expect the guy to hold up his end of the bet when the time comes. He’ll manufacture some excuse or reason, then he’ll talk about the lack of honor progressives have, and how Trump’s army of supporters will be armed mobs in the streets rallying for their whiny, orange messiah.

In the meantime, make mine a Manhattan. Rye if you have it.

Peace, y’all.

May 20

Day 19,604

Dammit, dammit, dammit!

I got caught up with personal stuff yesterday, wrapping up my class, taking care of bills, doing my side gig, and taking care of the family.

I didn’t post.

I’m rather angry with myself right now.

It was late when I got home from the peripheral stuff, and it just slipped my mind.

Time to get back in the saddle, put my nose to the grindstone, and keep my feet moving… and work in a few other cliches.

The world is moving at such speed right now, with everything, the scandal, the controversy, surrounding Trump. It’s a slow-motion train wreck, and I’m having a hard time turning my head away. It’s a type of moral obscenity, and I’m surprised at the voracity that some of his supporters are displaying, hanging on to the lies, still believing that this is all a set-up deal, and that can be a bit frightening.

One trumper I spoke with yesterday believed this will end with an armed conflict. A civil war created on a bonfire of lies. How many people might end up losing their lives because they chose to believe the wrong news sources?

This whole mess disturbs me to no end. I’ll get an update out later today to get my post total right.

Peace, y’all.

May 18

Day 19,603

I was reading a little bit about Trump’s background, and one aspect of him that stands out rather prominently is his avoidance of alcohol.

Wine was good enough for Jesus. Apparently, for the Cheeto Messiah, he’s waiting for something better.

So, my recommendation to Trump is that he start drinking. It will give him not only an excuse for his erratic behavior, but also a reason as to why he can’t remember it.

Donnie Two Scoops, you’re not as seasoned a drinker as I am, so I think you should start with frosty ice cream based drink, maybe a Brandy Alexander, then move on to frozen drinks that lack the dairy, a pina colada or a margarita. You’ll have to learn to look over the names of these two drinks, just look at them as drinks with work visas and you’ll find a way to justify their presence in America like an underpaid Polish housekeeper.

After that, you’ll need to acquire a taste for beer. Start with a blue-collar domestic (Pabst Blue Ribbon, Coors, Heileman’s Old Style), then, over time, work up to micros. When you can handle a beer over 60 IBU’s, come see me for a departure into my favorite styles, Belgian Farm Ales and Saisons.

When your testicles descend, we can graduate to bourbons, ryes, and single-malt scotch.

Yeah, we might be waiting awhile.

Peace, y’all

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