The Ghosts of Christmas Presents Past

I want you all to think of all the toys you ever got.  For Christmas, for your birthday, or whatever.

You may not recall receiving some of your earliest toys as gifts or even playing with them, but there's a good chance you remember the toys themselves.  Perhaps they were handed down to a younger brother, sister, or cousin, or maybe they just got stashed away in a attic or basement and your mother mentioned that they once belonged to you.  Whether you remember actually playing with them or not, chances are that the last time you remember seeing them, they were in perfectly usable condition.  Baby toys are the most durable of all toys.  Often such toys are saved for children of the next generation.

Now, I want you to think about your favorite toy you ever had.  Chances are:

  • It wasn't anything like the toys in the pictures above.
  • It wasn't a baby toy.
  • You received near the end of the period of your life in which you played with toys.
  • It was relatively expensive.
  • It was relatively complex.
My favorite toy I ever received was a remote controlled cane like the ones used in shipyards.

That thing was awesome.  It gave me weeks of enjoyment, but alas, one by one, the buttons on the remote controller started to fail.  By Easter, it was useless.  I couldn't bear to throw it away.  Not right away anyway.  That summer, my mom took care of the sad deed for me.  It was kind of like burying a pet.

All of this is just my long winded saying that complexity and durability are inversely related.

Well duh, who doesn't know that?

Ooooh, it's been along time since we've heard from you, Mr. Liberal who speaks in italics, and this isn't even a political subject.

Anyway, I sure that almost everyone is aware of it.  I just don't think that most people appreciate it.

Mark my words, the computers, the internet, cell phones are not going to be around forever, and most of you reading this will live to see it happen.

How is it going to happen?  I don't know.  There are dozens of possibilities.  This post I saw at The Real Revo (Great blog except for they don't like Trump) explains one possibility.

Another possibility is (what I feel is) the certain upcoming financial collapse, as either the cause or result of it.

My point is that we all must start becoming for whatever may happen, NOW.  By the time you can do so without everyone calling you crazy, it will be too late.

I don't know where they come from, but they sure do come

Cuddling kittens can kill you, warn scientists

Bettina Strenske / Alamy Stock Phot
Scientists found the scope and impact of a potentially deadly cat-borne disease was wider than they thought CREDIT: BETTINA STRENSKE / ALAMY STOCK PHOT
Cuddling a kitten may always make you feel better - but it could be dangerous to your health, according to experts.
Doctors from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US conducted a large-scale survey of the cat-borne bacterial disease cat scratch fever.   < Da na na!

Why are the streets littered with dead dogs?

Photo credit: Cambodian Restaurant Supply

This is really becoming a nuisance.  I can't even walk out my door without tripping over all the dead dogs.  Dead dogs for as far as the eye can see.  It's even more of an inconvenience when I'm driving my car, swerving around all the dog carcasses in the streets.  I can't help but hit a few here and there.  What a mess!

I'm starting to become concerned for their survival as a species.  What's happening?  It's simple: Virtually EVERYTHING is toxic to dogs.  Don't believe me?  See here.

Better stick to just giving your dog bones, Right?  Wrong!
source: The Telegraph

Give the dog a bone? Vets warn pet owners not to do it

For generations of pet owners feeding bones to their dogs has seemed as natural and healthy as letting them run free across fields and meadows.
But vets are now warning people not to give their dog a bone, because it could kill them.
The PDSA veterinary charity has issued the warning after its vets and nurses reported seeing dozens of dogs suffering from damage to their digestive tracts and blockages caused by bone splinters or larger pieces.
The advice appears to run counter to many dog owners’ assumption that their pets benefit from chewing on raw or cooked bones as a way of absorbing calcium and other nutrients and cleaning their teeth.
But Rebecca Ashman, a senior vet with the PDSA, Britain’s leading veterinary charity, said: “We don’t recommend bones as treats because unfortunately our vets and nurses regularly see dogs with digestive tract damage and blockages caused by splinters or larger pieces of bone being swallowed and becoming stuck.”
Red more.  Don't you dare!
Having been a farmer, I lost confidence in the judgment of vets in general, long, long ago.  Just look at this again:
Rebecca Ashman, a senior vet with the PDSA, Britain’s leading veterinary charity, said: “We don’t recommend bones as treats because unfortunately our vets and nurses regularly see dogs with digestive tract damage and blockages caused by splinters or larger pieces of bone being swallowed and becoming stuck.”
Using Rebecca's logic, no one should ever take their dog for a walk either, since there have been occasions when people and the dogs they were walking have been hit by cars, fallen off of cliffs, hit by lightning, etc.
People have been giving dogs bones for 10,000 years and now some vets are trying to tell us that its a bad idea?  Given the choice between trusting a practice that has existed since before recorded history or some crazy idea that some vets just came up with, I got to go with the 10,000 years crowd.
Oh, and by the way, the streets are NOT littered with dead dogs.  That fact alone should give you the confidence to go on giving your dog exactly what you (and all other normal people) have been giving dogs all long.

Not a civil war.

Pushing out foreign invaders does not constitute a civil war. 
source: The Sun

AN ISLAM expert has warned of a civil war across Europe as more young Muslims are being increasingly radicalised.

Professor Gilles Kepel, from the Sciences Po in Paris, claims a growing number of Muslims with poor job prospects are forming a “Jihad Generation” to continue to commit acts of terror across Europe.
Eventually, Europeans will have enough of this shit. 
It happened in the 1400's, and it will happen again. 
Financing Columbus wasn't the only thing King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella did.
Check your history books.

Weewee? Oui! Oui!

Paris is a post-apocalyptic hellhole of public urination and litter. Hurrah for the incivility brigade

Johnnie Dorman Rocks!

Hey there!

I just got back from Vegas!  I'd tell you all about it, even post pictures, but I'm sure you all hate hearing about other people's trips as much as I do, plus my "A" and "2" keys still don't work. I figured out how to get by, using my on screen keyboard, but it's a big pain it the ass.

Anyway, did you ever get verbally attacked by someone who is so far out in left field, that you consider their assault, a compliment?

Check out the comment I received on one of my posts from way back when, while I was away.  You might want to read the entire post too.  It's one of my favorites. I reprinted the first part of it below.  Click here to read entire post, liberal weenie, Johnnie Dorman's comment, and my response.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Red Flags and Spider Bikes

I was the last of four children in my family.  There’s plenty of old black and white photographs of my older sisters, and even a few of my brother, but by the time I came along, my parents had pretty much “been there, done that” with the kids' pictures thing.  My family was too cheap to buy anything like a home movie camera, and consumer video cameras had not been invented yet, so there’s almost no record of my childhood existence.  All I have is my memories.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  I consider myself lucky, because I realized what I just wrote in the preceding paragraph, when I was still quite young. That encouraged me to commit as much of my life experience as I could to memory.  I remember thinking to myself, “Now remember this, you’ll appreciate that you did someday.”  I remember how I was feeling at particular times, 30, even 40 years ago and more.

I remember how I viewed the world when I was young.  I lacked the knowledge and experience that I have now, but I also wasn’t the least bit jaded, bitter, or disappointed.  My evaluation of most things was based more upon whatever instincts I had at the time than anything else.  I did a lot of thinking when I was young, probably much more than most other kids.  I’d often ride my bike or walk my dog to some secluded place with a good view, to ponder whatever issues I may have been interested in at the time.  

By the way, this is my idea of what a bike should look like...

...and this is my idea of how they should be used and who should be using them.  Kids on an empty neighborhood street...

This wasn’t me, but it just as well could have been.  I kicked ass.

...not adults impeding traffic on a highway.  Here’s what should happen to them:

Every motorist's fantasy. Luckily for the grown men playing with children's toys on a public highway, they were all wearing their faggy little helmets, so none of them got hurt.

What will they say if it becomes undeniable?

It's one thing to deny something that is singular and involves you and you alone.  In such a cases, it usually becomes  matter of "your word against theirs".  Chances are, your word will win out, unless there is a mountain of evidence against you.

It's quite another thing to deny something that has come up several times in the past, is an issue at this very moment, and could very well be even worse in the near future.

The mainstream media is taking a big risk in categorically denying that Hillary has any health problems.  I'm not a doctor, but I have seen some people's health deteriorate incredibly rapidly.  I'm not saying that Hillary is ill, but I'm not saying that is not outside the realm of possibility either.

What is the MSM going to say if Hillary's health does start to go rapidly downhill? - That they didn't know what they were talking about last week, but they do now?

If her health does obviously begin to fail, Trump should start to really turn up the heat on the issue.  Predictably, the MSM will accuse Trump of being mean.  Trump could then respond, "What are you talking about?  A few days ago, you were telling everyone that she was just fine."

What would the MSM say then?