Sunday, December 14, 2014

Laugh Out Loud LOL

I wonder who came up with the LOL for 'laugh out loud' we so often see on the internet. Someone had to be the first. Personally, I've tended to shy away from its usage. I mean, who wants to go along with the crowd. For me the writing of LOL is akin to a teacher signing a students high school yearbook with only a signature instead of an adjoining personal note. As an example, "Bill, you're a fine you man and I'll always remember you, Mr. MJ Hawkeye". That's a train load of coal better than, "MJ Hawkeye".

In last nights news there was an article about the University of Notre Dame's women's basketball team led by Coach Muffet McGraw, LOL. They took the floor to play a game and the Lady Irish were sporting t-shirts reading, "I can't breathe". This seems to have become a national trend even though anyone with a lick of sense knows it would be physically impossible to say, "I can't breathe", while in a chokehold. Using the phrase for "I can't breathe" at a basketball game is like a Texan screaming, "Remember the Alamo" while changing a car tire. That is, unless they are all physically having a lack of oxygen flow.

There are all kinds of exclamations to be used in times of stress and confusion mostly brought on by the media in times of war and turmoil. Examples of which would be: "Remember the Maine" and "Never forget Pearl Harbor". So, "Hands up, don't shoot" and "I can't breathe" are today what "Remember Kent State" was to yesteryear. By the way, how many of you recall Kent State?

Therefore, I've come to an executive decision. For the first time in my life, yesterday, I used the initials LOL in an email. I cringed when I did it because, like the high school yearbook analogy, I much prefer writing, "I laughed out loud". I've decided that from now on and in sympathy with the contemporary leanings of America I will place the initials, ICB, for "I can't breathe", at the conclusion of each and every blog piece, every email, any speech given or comment made to a citizen on the street. I will not have the words stenciled on clothing. I have to draw the line somewhere. In other words, I am applying meaningless and nonsensical initials to any utterance.

However, I do want my children and grandchildren to be proud of their old man. It's important I be considered a leader and respected citizen of Dublin, Ohio and, as the sun rises in the east, I will continue with the ICB initials until the next great social movement is upon us all. Hopefully, it involves the Cubs getting to the World Series which comes out to GCG or "Go Cubs Go". ICB

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Foot In Mouth Disease

Representative Steve Cohen(Dem(of course)-Tenn.) came up with this gem during an interview:

"
The 65-year-old politician explained that he’s not really a big football guy … but keeps up with Peyton and Eli Manning … and knows the following thing to be 100% true:
“Eli and Peyton DON’T DO sexual assault against people … other than their wives.”

And these people want to be our representatives.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Would You Rather Have Natural Child Birth Or An Episiotomy

In scanning the Davenport, Iowa Quad-Cities Times this morning one particular article caught my eye. At my age I can relate, sort of, to college students and their beliefs. Growing up is difficult for all of us as illustrated by one college students action.

"As Augustana College sophomore Kamille Brashear slowly got up from the floor, she cupped her face in her hands and uttered a soft sigh of relief.
“I can’t breathe,” she let out numerous times as she wiped tears from her face.
Brashear had to rush to her next class, but for seven minutes, the Oak Park, Ill., native joined about 60 students, faculty and staff members in a staged silent “die-in” demonstration Thursday on the Rock Island campus". http://qctimes.com/news/local/education/augustana-stages-die-in-protest-on-campus/article_471cac5a-2733-59ae-8c04-ce7d010edb73.html

Here we go, another protest, another die-in on a college campus which will succeed in what? Remember the song, "War, what is it good for? And the answer was, "Absolutely nuthin"!

I know Augustana College. It lies below the hill from Rock Island Alleman High School in Illinois. Furthermore, the college is flanked by the railroad tracks of the Rock Island Railroad line and is a mile or so from the banks of the Mississippi River.

Poor, poor Kamille Brashear. The 19 year old child is performing an act of futility before she rushes off to grab her daily Starbucks. I hope she feels better because her 'seven minute die-in' will not bring about meaningful change in laws or sympathy for perceived persecutions against Blacks in America.

It's Friday. Augustana has a very good basketball team this year. This week they defeated the Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater ranked number one in the country in Division III. We should take a poll next week to see who remembers these events: Augustana basketball or Kamille Brashear's 'die in'.

I'm going to dig back into my memory file and repeat thoughts from a blog piece from my college years at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My post high school years took place between 1964-68. If you are clueless about that period take a few minutes and google the times. Take a quick overview of what was occurring as far as wars, domestic violence, college campuses, etc. Trust me when I write, "I can't breathe" has the significance of a pimple on a gnats butt compared to the mayhem of the 1960's.

What I didn't understand at the time was how kids in their late teens and early twenties, wearing green pea coats and sandals, knew so much about what was going on in America and the world. I couldn't comprehend how supposed learned adults would want to pay attention to what they thought. I'd never bought a loaf of bread in my life so what did I know. My existence depended on the ability of my parents to pay my tuition money. Oh, I got odd jobs but those were mostly done to buy beer money. So, at the time, why did I, a kid from Central Iowa, feel I had the right to protest the problems in the world when I didn't know how to separate whites from colors at the local laundromat.

Poor Kamille. She's eight years into wearing a bra and now she's an expert on what's right and wrong in the country. "Kamille, I applaud you for exerting your right to protest". I wonder if, twenty years from now, when you're married with children getting ready to go off to their own college, will your
protest make you cringe. Will you think to yourself, "In the big scheme of life was I a clueless know nothing child manipulated by do-gooder socialist college professors"?

This is a life experience for Kamille as it is for her partners in protesting and that's good. But, putting experiences in perspective, my guess is down the road the 'breathing' sensation will pale in comparison when it comes to the decision of should she have a natural birth or an episiotomy.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

More Proof: Liberals Are Insane

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D., Calif.) told MSNBC’s Craig Melvin that the CIA should “absolutely” issue an apology to terrorists after Tuesday’s release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation techniques.
Speier said she was “shocked” by the report and said “that is not what this country is about. We have got to shut this down.” http://freebeacon.com/national-security/dem-rep-cia-should-apologize-for-the-agencys-response-to-911/