August 21, 2014

Fanning the flames

It is now widely reported that the police officer that shot Michael Brown, had been seriously injured prior to the shooting.
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com.
“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.” 
That kind of changes things, now doesn't it?

Not, apparently, for Attorney General Eric Holder, who met with the family of Michael Brown and told reporters of traffic stops from his own past, that he is certain were some sort of racial profiling and intentional humiliation.

Holder also ordered that Michael Brown's body undergo a third autopsy, because two just isn't enough, and allowing the family to bury the body sooner rather than later, doesn't keep the race hate at an acceptable level.

I don't have all the facts, I don't know all the players, but one thing is certain.  Our government is encouraging the violence in Ferguson.  They are taking deliberate steps, making inflammatory statements, and putting on a show that they know will only fan the flames.

August 20, 2014

Back to School

Yesterday I helped Boom move back to college.  Though she is a junior, this is the first semester that she has been granted privileges that most college freshman take for granted.  Boom is in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, which is a military-style college experience within the confines of an otherwise 'normal' university.  Cadets earn various privileges by class year and junior year she is finally allowed to have dorm furnishings like a rug, refrigerator, microwave, and television.

Wouldn't you know it, the first year she can have all of these things, she is also moved to the third floor of her dorm building.  Sheesh, that extra flight of stairs hurt.

We got an early start, but College Station, Texas, is hot and humid at nearly any hour in August.  And, 'The Quad', which is home to the 12 dorms that house 2,600 cadets, has no immediately adjacent parking.  And, Boom's dorm is smack in the middle, so no matter where you start from, it is a hike.

I am moving a bit slower this morning, but am glad to have helped her get settled in.  A co-worker with grown children told me that his daughters always wanted help moving to college, but with his boys, they loaded up the car and waved goodbye.  I feel better knowing that she is settled, has fresh sheets on her bed, and a stocked mini-fridge, with mostly healthy food, to start off her school year.  I think that mental picture gives me more peace of mind for the next 9 months, rather than wishing her the best as she pulls down the drive, as I am picturing a bare mattress and a beer pong table.

August 18, 2014

FOD

Golf Count: 32 on the year for a grand total of 189.

Not to get stuck on Ferguson, but it is the easiest domestic target for the day.

I can't imagine what the protesters hope to accomplish, but I have a sneaking suspicion that, like all petulant children that act out because they haven't figured out a more productive behavior, they are doing it for the attention.

If the media weren't there with cameras trained on them, if Al Sharpton and local ethnic leaders weren't fanning the flames, don't you think they would have grown tired by now?

Think about those two components; the media and black cultural 'leaders'.  Who could be a better peacemaker, than the first black president with an administration that unquestionably controls the media?

Instead of golfing and biking around the Vineyard, instead of putting on a show and returning to Washington to take a meeting with Eric Holder, perhaps the president should exercise his might (don't laugh) and call in a few favors with the media.  He could make a few phone calls to Sharpton and the rest, asking them to lay off.  He could get a few of his celebrity friends to exercise their star power, which, unfortunately seems to influence the sort that are protesting in Ferguson - but, at this point, whatever works to get them to stop committing assault by cop.

How many past presidents, in times of localized unrest, quietly and resolutely used their position to calm the waters?  There were many, in a variety of situations, and with a variety of outcomes, but they did take action.  They did it without public outcry, they did it behind the scenes, without need for accolades or attention.

August 15, 2014

Ferguson Idiots

Don't let the post title fool you into thinking I am taking a side, there are plenty of idiots in Ferguson, Missouri, on both sides of the street.

The idea that local police forces have military-style weapons, and have them trained on their citizens is disturbing.

The idea that a community would rise up and act in ways that justify the use of military-style weapons is equally disturbing.

I have no call to argue the issues, the death, or the response that brings us to where we are today.  The jury is out on that until FACTS are known - which may be never, as convoluted as the situation has become.

The idiots I prefer to call out are on the 'protester' side of the street.  I don't mind you protesting.  If you have weapons, Molotov cocktails, smoke bombs - then you are justifying the very actions you are protesting.  Even still, those aren't the idiots I am speaking of.

It is the people with their kids (and pets).

From here.
A violent protest is no place for you to bring your child.  I don't care if it started out peaceful, there has been constant violence since Saturday, you should know better.  When you are standing, child on hip, in the middle of a street, facing a wall of riot police, with protest slogans written on your child's flesh...you should go to jail for placing that child in danger.  There is no cure for that level of stupid.

August 14, 2014

Shark Week

When did Shark Week become a thing?  And is it really just a once a year thing?  It seems like I hear commercials for it two or three times a year.  I am aware that some channel (Discovery, maybe?) features shark shows every now and again.  I am aware that they call it 'Shark Week'.  But when did it become such a thing?

More importantly, when will it stop being a thing?

I love my children.  I love educational television, which is always better than any reality or animated alternative.  But I am growing quite tired of the shark trivia. "Mom, did you know...", followed by some bit of shark information that I could have gone my entire life not knowing, and still die happily.

Sure, sharks are interesting, cool, fierce.  But, I am not a marine biologist.  I generally dislike animals that can eat me.  A trip to the aquarium every few years is about all the shark I need.  Perhaps it is because I was a child when Jaws came out.  And, like any responsible parent of the 70's, mine took me to see it.  I am sure it was intended to be a lesson in water safety or something.  It left an impression.  I can still picture the theater, and the very seats we sat in, nearly 40 years later.

Enough with Shark Week.  When is Beer Week?

August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

I won't write a monologue about suicide, or the torments of creative types.  The media and seemingly everyone on Facebook and Twitter have that covered.

I just want to join the thousands, perhaps millions of people, that today are thinking about how many emotions they felt watching Robin Williams.  Was there a character he didn't, or couldn't, portray?  Mork, Garp, John Keating, Genie.  He was a Julliard trained actor, he did Shakespeare and he did Disney.  And he did everything in between.  He did all of it exceptionally well.

Even things that the public, or the media, would characterize as a box office failure, displayed talent and genius.

I hate that he is gone.

August 11, 2014

FOD

Sorry for the late FOD post, just following the president's lead on punctuality.

This week, prior to the president's departure for a Martha's Vineyard vacation, the most transparent administration in the history of the world, did this:

From White House Dossier
"At 11:18 am, the pool was brought to the windows outside the Oval Office for a photo spray. It lasted 10 seconds.
We spotted the president sitting at his desk, talking on the phone – his left hand to his left ear. He briefly fiddled with his pen. Several aides were sitting on the couches. The pool has requested a list but the pool did spot Tony Blinken, deputy national security adviser."
That's right, the press pool was allowed to press their noses against one windowed door, outside of the Oval Office, to snap a picture of the president pretending to be on the phone.  This photo:
WTH?  These are White House reporters.  People that have the security clearance needed to enter the WH every single day.  They couldn't be escorted inside the damn office to get a photo?  This is little more than a thinly veiled attempt by Obama's aides, to make it seem as if the Narcissist in Chief is actually attempting to do something resembling his job.
No worries, he quickly made his way to the Vineyard, dumped off the luggage and hit the links within 30 minutes of his arrival.  That makes the 28th round this year, 185th of his presidency.  He is totally going to blow my estimate of 200 rounds during 2 terms out of the water.