Just Be American …

The staff at Creative Endeavors held a meeting this morning to see what we would find to talk about. Several interesting subjects were brought up, but we finally just handed a dart to the monkey and turned his chair towards the dart board and let him rip!

This is what you will get.

Found a virus on my machine this morning, all you have to do is tippy-toe around the net and you are going to pick up something. I just don’t understand why people who are so infinitely smart, have to be so dog-gone malicious.  Spam is up too.

“Spam is most definitely much more than a nuisance; it’s a very real and fast-growing threat.”  Spam is showing no signs of slowing down, although the opposite can be said of those receiving messages. America leads the pack and the country with the least, seems to be Germany.

Usually a pretty good indicator that you have a bug is the fact that your machine will start to slow down.  (If you happen to notice an erection on your CPU, well, shame on you)  When your machine slows down, you have a problem.  This occurs while you are surfing, unknown to you, websites were installing malware.  Some 8% of the total spam are phishing e-mails – messages that pose as a trustworthy source as a way of getting sensitive information such as user-names, passwords and bank account details.

Fourth of July coming up, pulled out Old Glory and hung it off the front porch this morning.

It is important that you take pride in your country (what is left of it anyway). Think about your options: You could be living in a third world country, a locked-down communist gulag or closed off world such as Korea.

Worse yet, you could be residing in a Red state and find yourself a Liberal, I get that one right?

You may oppose offshore oil drilling, the inheritance tax, or the demise of the spotted oil, but take time today, to appreciate what it is that you have.  You are living in the one of the best countries in the world.

I like what Erma Bombeck had to say about it.

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

~ Erma Bombeck

A few notes from Mr. English Only Person ….. Houma, Louisana, Terrehonne Parish school officials are considering a policy to require commencement speeches be spoken in English. The proposal comes after cousins Hue and Cindy Vo delivered part of their commencement address in Vietnamese last month.

Cindy Vo, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, spoke about high-school memories, friends and the future. Then Ms. Vo, 18, recited a sentence in Vietnamese dedicated to her parents, as they watched. She told classmates that the line, roughly translated, was a command to always be your own person.

She speaks “One Line” in her native tongue and now they want a total ban on language other than English?  We just go overboard on this too often any more, give me a break.

My Union paper has a piece in it this month on language, because some members got ticked off because the paper used the word “Afro-American” in a headline.  Black Enterprise magazine supports an Afro-American History, and Genealogical Society, a well respected newspaper in Baltimore is called the “Afro-American” and the University of Virginia has Afro-American studies.

First it was colored and that changed to Negro’s, and then it was blacks, then it changed to Afro-American and then it went to African American and on and on add nausea um. What is it going to be next year? If you are born in America … It seems to me you are NOT African anything, sorry.

You are an American.

Then you have Mexicans, Latino’s, Chicano, Mexican-American, illegals, immigrants … Getting where you need a program just to keep up with this garbage.

I am native born, you can call me “Angry Taxpaying White Guy.”

There is so much to be said these days about the progression in society of modern journalism.  Surely they are by giving us all these whacked out definitions (from the uneducated) doing us a mis-service.   They like to think it keeps us in touch with the pulse of our society.  It could be entirely possible that a man who sat around and read nothing at all, would be better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

All of this language trash-talking is nothing more than propitiating the masses.  It divides us, complicates matters, and really serves no valid point.  Like my Daddy used to say … I don’t give a rat’s a** what you call me … Just don’t call me late for supper.

What is the big deal?

Seems the only thing people want to do these days is go around and make a mountain out of a molehill. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just gather around the table, sit under the flag this fourth, and just be … “Americans” … United As One.


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 Felonspy.com . 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.