Things Are Pretty Good … No Really.

The wind is out of the south, like a blast furnace has suddenly fired up on the north side of Dallas and it has all blown an ill wind to my side of town.Hot here, and it is heating up as summer approaches. It was so hot here today, I saw a dog chasing a cat, and they both were walking.

Which just reminded me, only a few days and it will be July.The wheat is in, time to kick back, a holiday.Watermelon, potato salad, fried dead cluckers, and the Fourth of July, an American tradition.

Unfortunately it also brings another year of Oklahoma idiot news reports of dumb-bells blowing up tomato’s and assorted large items of fruit to point out the dangers of fireworks.Mini-documentary Videos of Okies buying the stuff, and then having the Oklahoma City Fire Marshall confiscate it when they cross the county line, happens every year.So you tell me, has there ever been documented proof of anyone “actually eating a sparkler?”

Give me a break.

A 21 year old tanning salon operator in Connecticut has been arrested and given two years probation for taking photo’s of teenagers in a tanning salon thru a ceiling tile in the roof.He did this with a cellphone (reach out, reach out, and bug somebody!), he told the judge that he was up there crawling in the overhead, using his cellphone as a light, to inspect wiring.(Yeah I know, and they walk amongst us, and they also procreate.)

Checking the wiring?Uh huh, sure.That is like, “in case of a water landing, your seat cushion will become a floatation device.”I believed that one too.

In case you’re interested, there is a way where you can figure out if you are living next to one of these perverts.You just go to . After you type in your address, it pinpoints all the people close to your home that have been convicted of ANY felonies. Then you just click on the red pins/balloons on the map and it gives you the offenders name, age, and felony offense.

And don’t go typing my address in there that is not funny, and yes, the “pictures at the Post Office” have come down.

Trucking companies in Arizona are saying that thieves are stealing diesel fuel out of the trucks while the drivers are sleeping with “high volume pump devices.”This was formerly known as a garden hose back in the old days, now as we are in the 21st Century this has been changed to “high volume devices.”Here is a novel idea, buy some locking gas caps.Yawn.

My Daddy used to say on the annual trek back to Oklahoma in the 50’s and 60’s.He said he could always tell when he was getting close to Oklahoma.The wife would get bitchy, the kids started fighting in the car, and he had the urge to siphon some gas.

Back in the good ol’ days, eh?

The news tonight was the same old crap … 81.5% of the people you ask will tell you “We are on the wrong track, and things is bad man, really bad.”The public mood in this country is like a carton of eight day old milk left out on the kitchen counter, kind of sour right now.With the high price of gasoline, this debacle in Afghanistn and Pakistan, people are not all that upbeat.I believe the exact quote I heard last was something about “going to hell in a hand-basket?”

Unemployment isn’t all that bad, 5.5% that isn’t terrible, not good, but not terrible.Living standards from a historical viewpoint are the best they have been in recent years, things are, believe it or not, pretty good.But when you turn on the television, “the sky is falling … the sky is falling” and the mood is mostly somber.  I have been kind of concerned about it myself.(Some guy just the other day sent me an email that said, I sure wish you would stop whining about all this ______ .)

It occured to me, “if the news ever gets brighter, we are going to be in trouble.”  There is truly going to be a void in America (one of these days).Who am I going to blame for Global Warming, then there is the terrorism thing (that mostly did not happen but it could, any time now, according to the government), instability in the oil producing countries, oops, excuse me, “the middle east.”This invasion thing, supporting Israel, and/or pillaging the resources of the planet on an untold scale.

What I am going to do, if the news does a turn around, and everything is all of a sudden …. good?  Where will be my simplistic worldview of things then?

Luckily for me, my very own Charlie Sheen star is on the horizon and it is shining down on me.


4 thoughts on “Things Are Pretty Good … No Really.

  1. You got folks out there in Oklahoma BLOWING UP DEFENSELESS TOMATOES??? Ship ’em to me, I’ll set ’em straight!

    The nerve of some folks…

    Hi Kelsi, looks you are back online, good for you.

    How many bucks did it cost you (U.S. Dollars hahahaha).

    Yes, it is annual right of summer the yearly “fireworks will kill you thing” that they substitute for real news, I guess it does serve a public service.

    Kind of like the annual no fuel for summer reports, the no fuel to heat your house back east items in late fall and please, do not forget, the ever present, daily on-going the airlines are not running on time again issues…

    Last week in Alaska, they (Safeway and some other store) gave 5 tons of tomato’s to be disposed of, I believe it was in Anchorage, but I am not sure (don’t quote me on that). They say the caribou and the moose, animals love the stuff, and it doesn’t seem to bother them.

    We had a brief hiatus on that for awhile, but are back to eating them again. I had thought it was because the people who were picking them didn’t have restroom facilities in the field and that is how the salmonella spread, turns out I was wrong on that too.

    Hasn’t been a good week for being right … Now excuse me, I am going to go back into the kitchen and stick my head in the oven!



  2. Er uh, you are incorrect Don, when you state that “([Bush] pulled us out of the Kyoto Treaty). Sorry, but that is not the case.
    From Wikipedia, on the topic of the “Kyoto Protocol”:

    On July 25, 1997, before the Kyoto Protocol was finalized, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed by a 95–0 vote the Byrd-Hagel Resolution (S. Res. 98), which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or “would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States”. On November 12, 1998, Vice President Gore symbolically signed the protocol. Both Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman indicated that the protocol would not be acted upon in the Senate until there was participation by the developing nations. The Clinton Administration never submitted the protocol to the Senate for ratification.

    End quote.

    Let’s get our stories straight, what ya say? The history is available for anyone to look up, including “this invasion thing”. That is beneath you, sir.

    Most of the time I don’t make a “post” out of a comment, but today I will make an exception to that rule.

    I guess I could have put it this way. “Is Bush perceived or considered to be the one who pulled us out of the Kyoto Protocol?” Because that is the way I saw it, he is not a friend of the environment, on his watch, science has been changed to reflect a policy that is clearly detrimental to the survival and well being of the planet we live on.

    But as you and wikipedia have pointed out, I kind of missed the mark on this. So I guess I kind of dropped the ball on that one, I stand corrected and thank you for it.

    I will try to do better next time, but in this case, (fortunately for us) there isn’t going to be a next time. His day in the sun is over … He is heading south to the Lone Star State.

    Mr. Bush in most circles is considered the President who gave us the war in Iraq (possibly two of them, I believe the second one or the first one is called “the forgotten war” I will look it up), torture, secret prisons in Europe, Gitmo Cuba (these are the ones we know about), and wholesale degradation of International Law.

    Mr. Bush and his band of followers have tarnished our image throughout the world and certainly haven’t given us much to be proud of lately. This could be why Obama is seen to be a slight amelioration for our country and our present image.

    As for “the invasion thing.” Let me see, weapons of mass destruction … None found. Links to Al Quaida, again, none found. Purchasing atomic materials from Africa ….. well you know that one too don’tcha. We could debate it for days, but it isn’t going to “change MY mind”

    Often for me, this character flaw I seem to have been born with, presents me with problems from time to time. I know what I think and I say it, sometimes to the absolute glee of others and to some, utter discontent.

    I am not perfect and do not claim to be. As for any of this being “beneath me” well, that is debatable.

    I could have said …. Both Bush and Cheney should have been charged with crimes against the Constitution of the United States and the people they represent, and they should have been impeached for it. This is just a comment, take it for what it is, “but I know a lame duck when I see one.”

    Now that would be beneath me.

    You win some and you lose some, most of the time. I do the best with what I have and that is about all I can say on this. My barn having burned to the ground, I can now clearly see the moon.

    Thanks for stoppin’ by LM and thanks for the correction.



  3. In 2002 Bush dismissed a report commissioned by his own administration that said global warming was being caused by human activity. Maybe he was trying to tell us that reports from his administration should not be believed. Too bad so many missed the point.

    In 2005 Bush said the Kyoto Treaty would have wrecked the U. S. Economy. In the same interview he said dependence on Middle East Oil was a national security problem.

    In 2008 we have a globe that has warmed so much that for the first time in human history, the North Pole may totally break apart this very summer due to melting. The economy is wrecked anyway, and we are more dependent on Middle East oil than ever before. Where is the leadership? Where is the statesmanship? Where are the oil profits? Oh, wait. We know where they went.

    This might be why I had “perceived him (Bush) to have been the one to pull us out” certainly a lot of it implying that in the media. I am not infallible, I do make mistakes, this is not an exact science.


  4. Don, what I meant by “that’s beneath you, sir”, is this:
    You are a skilled wordsmith (no pun intended), and utilize both flair and style in your posts.
    Calling the Iraq war, or any war, that invasion thing, is laziness to someone of your talent.

    However: since you brought it up, President Bush went to the United Nations, so did Secretary Colin Powell, to urge that body to condemn Iraq and Saddam for ignoring UN sanctions, to which Saddam agreed in 1992~!!, as his conditions of surrender in the first Iraq war.
    That wonderful and wise body, the UN gave it’s unanimous support to the second invasion.
    Yes, there was faulty intelligence; no WMDs and inaccurate reports of uranium purchases… But that same intelligence was supported by every nation which also read it.
    And I dare say, that President Don Smith would’ve done the same thing, with the same faulty information.


    I don’t see how anyone who writes 36,000 words per month on average could be considered lazy.

    This page is written on a “Grammar School Level” and there is a reason for that.

    Reading military intelligence and “cherry picking intelligence” are two distinct and different things.

    But that same intelligence was supported by every nation which also read it.

    Not so.

    He was told “before hand” what it was, and they chose to ignore it. That is on the record.

    Don Smith can never be President, he smoked dope in the sixties and he inhaled.



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