Midweek Musings: Weeds & Weather

After the small heat wave of last week, the weather has returned to the cool-but-dry pattern set near the middle of May. I suppose the fires in the B.C. area of Canuckistan aren’t helping matters much; the air quality in Seattle has been suffering for some time, due to those. I’m hoping that the clouds and haze clear up by the time the eclipse occurs! That will be a spectacular phenomenon to witness if the weather cooperates.

The yardwork and gardening is pretty much completed for this year; we cleared away branches from the trees and trimmed the shrubberies along the fence-line. When the burn-ban is lifted, we’ll have a nice little bonfire.

The bamboo is thick and healthy and ready for transplanting! We’re going to move some to the fence-line dividing our property from the one next door to create a natural privacy screen. After being empty for so long, it appears that it is finally being fixed up for selling. Unwanted neighbors, like unwelcome weeds, are in the foreseeable future.

Speaking of weeds, quite a number had to be removed from under the front deck. They were making themselves at home, out of sight! It’s a good thing we’re getting the weatherization of the house done; the hubster located the weeds when he was inspecting the crawl-space and saw where they were encroaching. Culling one’s garden of weeds every so often ensures the healthy growth of the plants and flowers that have been planted and tended to. When pests intrude, it is best to get rid of them with as little fuss and muss as possible, no?

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The roof will be done this coming weekend, which will be the last bit of necessary repairs for this year. We’ll be able to budget for a cross-country trip in 2019 or 2020, which allows me to focus more on writing and getting my excerpts out there to reputable and respected publishers. Research, research, and more research! I’m even considering doing the NaNoWriMo thing again this year: I enjoyed the challenge of it, and it sparked a few more ideas for future stories. Anything that keeps my creativity flowing is worthwhile!

Monday Music: March Came In Like A…

So, the old saying goes that “March roars in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” I suppose that’s true for much of the country, but here in my particular part of the Pacific Northwest, it came in like a lamb. That being said, the weekend weather was interesting, to say the least! A bit of thunder and lightning rolled through on Saturday, combined with flurries of hail, a bit of rain, and then some snow. It was snowing about a half-hour ago, and the forecast indicates that snow is possible through the end of the week. Old Man Winter is clinging on for dear life with his deathly-cold grip – but, winter’s end is nigh! The Vernal Equinox approaches, as does Ostara. In celebratory anticipation of the oncoming change of the seasons, here’s a bit of music for this Monday. I made my selections as random as the current weather patterns are…can you tell? Later, ‘gators!

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Lamby here

The lion was lazy, but eventually woke up!
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Stormy Weather…Stormy Thoughts…

It’s stormy here. The rain has been non-stop for a few days now, and the wind has picked up considerably. I like stormy weather, though…especially when it seems to match my mood. I feel tempestuous again – hurt and angry and irritated and annoyed and tired all at once. Ugly emotions that randomly surface like bloated bodies from the dank mulch at the bottom of a lake. Feeling this way for no reason at all, and yet for every reason under the sun…pick something and I’m sure I can find something to snark about. I hate feeling this way…but I love it at the same time. Go figure.

Monday Musings…31 August 2015

This weekend has been quite eventful, weatherwise! From the Pacific Northwest, to Hawai’i and the Gulf states; from the Bahamas, to the ‘Greater Antilles’ and the ‘West Indies’ …it has been windy, wet, wild and deadly. We didn’t lose power here on the coast, but some of the cities near Puget Sound did.

President Obama is in my home state of Alaska on a 3-day trip, and this part of it makes my heart sing – he plans to restore the name of Mount Denali. From Al-Jazeera:

President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska.

By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one,” Obama is wading into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio. Alaskans have informally called the 20,320-foot mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name evoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term.

“With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The announcement came as Obama prepared to depart early Monday on a three-day visit to Alaska, becoming the first sitting president to travel north of the Arctic Circle. As part of his visit, Obama is attempting to show solidarity with Alaska Natives, and planned to hold a round-table session with a group of Alaska Natives just after arriving Monday in Anchorage.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who had pushed legislation for years to change the name, said Alaskans were “honored” to recognize the mountain as Denali — a change in tone for the Alaska Republican, who had spoken out against Obama’s energy policies in anticipation of his visit to her state.

I was born in the state of Washington, where I currently reside, but I consider myself an Alaskan. My family moved there when I was 3 years of age, and my schooling and formative years were spent there – I moved to the “lower 48” in my 20s. So many memories, though – good, bad, ugly and indifferent. I met my first husband there. My son was born there. I’ve “driven” the Alaska Marine Highway. We’ve been through Yukon Territory, driving along the Al-Can (Alaska / Canada) Highway. Moose and mosquitoes, wolves and bear, salmon and sea lions. Living on a boat. Deer carcass hanging in a smokehouse…fresh venison on the table. Totem poles. Dancing and singing in a longhouse.

I know that climate change exists. The Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau looked vastly changed in July of 2012, horribly shrunken and dirty-looking compared to its gleaming splendor when I first saw it on a trip with the Girl Scouts in August of 1978. Back then, it was huge…the cold air that blew from it was amazing to feel. Massive, icy edifice. There were no chunks of it floating in the waters nearby, then. The pictures I took of it in 2012 clearly show how much recession has occurred…and that saddens me.

I’ll close with the song that always played on the radio during the midnight sign-off – “Alaska’s Flag,” the state song. Here are the lyrics, if you want to sing along.

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Eight stars of gold on a field of blue – Alaska’s flag, may it mean to you
The blue of the sea, the evening sky – the mountain lakes and the flow’rs nearby
The gold of the early sourdough’s dream – the precious gold of the hills and streams
The gleam of the stars in the northern sky – The Bear, The Dipper, and shining high
The great North Star with its steady light, o’er land and sea a beacon bright
Alaska’s Flag to Alaskans dear…the symbol flag of the Last Frontier.

 

No Rain…

Credit: nwnewsnetwork.org

It’s overcast here today, as it was yesterday. My family members swelter in the heat in Seattle, Tacoma, and Federal Way; here on the coast, there are many clouds, but no rain. It’s been moist in the morning, but the fire danger is still high everywhere. Even more frustrating are the people who claim that there is no environmental emergency – they are as irritating and short-sighted as the arseholes who claim that racism doesn’t exist. *SIGH*

Anyway, I just wanted to say that even though it’s Monday, I’m happy that I’m accepted by some. Those who understand me, even a little bit, are treasured. I feel like the ‘Bee Girl’ in the following video, for multiple reasons…but not in a bad way!

Last post from me for today…promise! More tomorrow, though – so stay tuned!

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Random February Ramblings…February 2014

It’s a nice, relaxing day – I was doing some work around the house and took a break, so I figured I’d jot down some random thoughts and upcoming topics. It is high noon and “beer-thirty,” so wander with me a while, won’t you?

First off, it is February, which has been designated as “African-American History Month” or just “Black History Month.” I am working on a long post about that, which will be published by the end of the month since I’m still doing some research – but it will be worth the wait!

February means that spring is just around the corner…well, actually, that depends on your location! Here in the Pacific Northwestern corner of the USA, it’s been positively balmy and mild. Sure, we’ve had a little bit of blustery weather and a couple of decent snowfalls (snow on the coastal beaches is beautiful, by the way), but nothing compared to the deep freeze back east and in the deep south, or the storms hammering the UK and other parts of Europe! We have some clouds moving in at the moment, due to a system coming in off of the Pacific Ocean, but the sun was shining beautifully this morning and flowers are starting to bloom on some of the bushes. I love it when the wind kicks up and I can hear the ocean roaring when I open the windows or doors! It will be a wet spring and a beautiful summer, from what I can see. If the wind and rain keep kicking up, I have a feeling that March will roar in like a lion!

Injustice, again, in the state of Florida – isn’t it sad to not be surprised by bullshit like that? A panel of stupid people deadlocked on whether or not Michael Dunn of Jacksonville, Florida, acted in self-defense when he murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Remember, Mr. Dunn was the instigator when he walked up to that Dodge Durango in that parking area and demanded that the teenagers inside turn down their music. Mr. Dunn lied when he said that the youths had a gun. He fired 10 rounds in all, 9 directly into the vehicle – the 10th shot was fired AFTER HE STEPPED OUT OF HIS OWN CAR AS THE SUV WAS IN MOTION. There should have been no question that he was guilty on all five counts, but morons in this country believe that when a Black person is murdered, that person must have brought it on themselves – regardless of the situation. Just like Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Oscar Grant III, Renisha McBride, Marshall Coulter…the list goes on. It is virtually impossible for Black people to get true justice in this country. We are constantly and consistently vilified, dehumanized, minimized, and marginalized – it’s disgusting. This idiotic comment from this Al-Jazeera article says it all:

“Clay Hickman
NEW
5 days ago
 
Michael Dunn is another idiot that has abused the right to self-defense. I will use deadly force when my family is threatened but I KNOW what a real threat is. A bunch of wanna be teenage thugs with their ground pounding thug music is NOT a threat. I’m white and listen to rap and hip-hop but I don’t turn it up loud enough to piss off everybody in the area. Teach young black men to respect everybody, white, black, men, women, and themselves.”

…note how the commenter states that only “young black men” need to “respect everybody” but no other group is given the same directive – also, the telling usage of the term ‘thug’ illustrates the hateful stereotypes the ‘concern troll’ has chosen to use to demonstrate how ‘inclusive’ and ‘progressive’ they are…FUCK that racist nonsense!

More needs to be done about addressing that issue, not spouting off ridiculous, phony statistics about crime rates and so-called “Black-on-white crimes.” In fact, there is some new online movement of whites who claim that there is an upsurge in ‘retaliatory crimes’ where Black people are randomly attacking whites anywhere and everywhere. There is some WordPress site called ‘Violence Against Whites – the fallen’, which I have no intention of linking here whatsoever, but it is easy to find! Talk about recycled bullshit – there is plenty there.

No, I see the reality so I see otherwise – I mean, the white guy who got shot in the movie theatre in Florida was murdered by another white guy, who happened to be a retired police captain, over a fucking TEXT MESSAGE and THROWN POPCORN. I’m shaking my fucking head over that one…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. On a side note, I’ve been working on a post about guns and concealed weapons permits, since I recently obtained my CPLs. Stay tuned for that one to be published!

I’ll be glad when Putin’s Bazaar of Bigotry the Olympics is over – the Winter Olympics might as well be called the “All-White Games” or “Nazis on Ice,” no? Oh, sure, there is a smattering of darker-hued individuals this time around, including the ever-present Jamaican bobsled team that inspired the crappy movie “Cool Runnings.” Remember the sister from France who was a dynamite figure skater? Reports on her always had a negative tone to them – she would be described as “arrogant” or “cold” on a regular basis, while her talent was minimized. The women’s U.S. bobsled team has some Black female participants, and one of the male U.S. speed-skaters is Black. Funny how people find a reason to dismiss Black athletes who participate in cold-weather sports! Speaking of the Olympics, everyone knows that these games were bought and paid for by Putin. Russian corruption is notorious, so why are people acting surprised over the shoddy conditions of hotels and other facilities? Newsflash, people: just because a country is all-white, doesn’t mean that it’s superior, progressive, or ‘safe’ – Eastern Europe and a majority of the former S.S.R.s are some of the most backwards, crime-ridden, dangerous places on earth. I mean, all you have to do is take a look at what’s going on in Kiev, Ukraine right now to see what those people are like!

Winged Twilight in Morrowind

Subject switch: My husband and I purchased The Elder Scrolls: Anthology; it contains all of the Elder Scrolls games, including Skyrim, and all expansions of all of them. I love the maps that came with the set! They’re always nicely detailed, making it easy to follow the roads between the towns. I always like taking the scenic route so I can get my skills up by fighting monsters or assisting NPCs, and oftentimes, you can find interesting things along the way. Anyway, trying to play the first two installments was tedious at best – they are Arena and Daggerfall, respectively. After fumbling around with them and getting killed by rats, we have been pleasantly surprised by Morrowind, which is Elder Scrolls III. Even though the graphics are dated (similar to Half-Life), the game has enough challenges and puzzles to keep us as entertained as Skyrim has – it will be interesting to see what Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is like! I’d forgotten how intensively and extensively detailed certain things were, particularly in the spellcasting department – needing to have certain reagents and equipment on your person for alchemical needs, for example. Gamewise, the graphics made a quantum leap between Daggerfall and Morrowind, so seeing the shift between Oblivion and Skyrim will be the final comparison. On a final note, I’m pleased to see that the Redguard character has been dark-skinned from the beginning of the series…it is definitely the first game I’ve played that has the option of being a darker-skinned person, with realistic skin-tones. It would be nice to have more variety of hairstyles, though – especially longer dreadlocks or Afros for the women!

Trophy Room screenshot from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Hearthfire

I’m looking forward to seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson hosting the new Cosmos – I used to watch it back when Carl Sagan hosted it on PBS; I hope that it doesn’t get bastardized by FOX, but I’m certain that Mr. Tyson will do an excellent job…he’s brilliant!

Last but not least, I was saddened to hear of the death of yet another DEVO member, Mr. Bob Casale. He joins fellow bandmate Alan Meyers, who passed away in June of 2013. Rest in peace, good sir…the music you made kept me moderately sane during my ‘teens-ages.’ The link about Mr. Meyers has my five favourite DEVO songs in it, so enjoy them while you research the band and their contributions to the socio-political music scene.

Bob Casale: 14 July 1952 – 17 February 2014

1st Post 2014!!! ** UPDATED **

Belated blessings, greetings, and Happy New Year to my dear readers! It may appear that I dropped the ball and neglected to do a post for the Winter Solstice AND the New Year; in fact, I was enjoying my honeymoon and decided to disconnect from the ‘Inter-webs’ for a time. I am enjoying the Seahawks standings in the NFL immensely and have re-discovered a certain long-running British series, so I have plenty to talk about besides the bullshit of politics and pop culture. Without further ado, let’s get started and get the ball rolling again!

First off, my fiancée and I tied the knot in December – I started 2014 as a married woman! The wedding was a small, intimate affair which was attended by a few select family members – it was perfect. Who says you need a huge, chaotic service with 100+ guests, a champagne fountain, open bar and catering? How anyone can stay sane putting together something lavish and over-the-top is beyond me. Just the little thing we threw together was mildly stress-inducing, but we pulled it off!

Our honeymoon was delightful, especially since we didn’t need to travel far from home and get stuck in an overcrowded airport somewhere. The deep freeze that has slammed most of the USA has left the West Coast virtually untouched, as usual. We got a little bit of snow during the first week of December, and have had some frozen mornings when it’s been clear and cloudless overnight, but nothing close to the blizzards and 20-below temperatures of, say, Chicago or New York City. Amazing that our hummingbirds are still around – seeing them zipping about when there was snow on the ground was pretty amazing! They are surprisingly tough and resilient little critters. Speaking of critters, the deer wander through on a semi-regular basis, and we have seen a ring-tailed masked bandit make a few nocturnal visits. We’ve dubbed him “Sir Fluffy-pants” and have marveled at how stealthy and careful he is – he sets off the motion-detector lights once in a while, but not every time he skulks through the yard. I love our local wildlife! We also blasted into the New Year with a nice volley of fireworks – and we still have some left to shoot off on July 4th, but we will buy more before that date rolls around.

James LaRue Avery: 27 November 1945 – 31 December 2013

I was saddened to hear of the death of James Avery, the gentleman who played ‘Uncle Phil’ on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I used to watch that show on a regular basis…I’d almost forgotten that Will Smith was enjoyable before he got sucked into the cult of Scientology! Go figure…there was a Fresh Prince marathon on the Centric channel a few days after the news, so I tuned in to a few episodes for a bit of nostalgia. I finally found a channel that has repeats of Bernie Mac and Girlfriends – I absolutely LOVE those shows! Rest in peace, Mr. Avery…you join the ages.

Speaking of great shows, I was in despair over the limited fare that has taken over the BBC channel. Used to be that I could find hilarious episodes of Mr. Bean, Absolutely Fabulous, The Young Ones, and One Foot in the Grave, just to name a few. Now there’s tripe that must appeal to AmeriKKKan audiences, such as James May’s Man Lab, Top Gear, the Graham Norton Show, and endless Star Trek: TNG repeats. Don’t get me wrong; I like Star Trek but have pretty much seen every single episode, so it’s just gotten old. Not to mention, the things about it that annoyed me when it first came out are more glaring and irritating to me now that I’m paying more attention! Anyway, there was a Doctor Who marathon on between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – I’d forgotten how much I love that show! I watched it off and on during my ‘teens-ages’ because it would be shown on PBS from time to time. It had obvious appeal to a fan of the original Twilight Zone and Outer Limits series, which could be seen on Nick at Nite from time to time.

Segueing from the small screen to the large: We finally saw The Desolation of Smaug at a small, local theatre and had a great time – I look forward to the final installment, but still feel that plenty of justice could have been done by making it a single, 4-hour movie. At any rate, I’d forgotten that a movie experience can be enjoyable when there are less than 15 people in the seats, spread out so nobody is interfering with anyone else. The trailers for upcoming movies continue to show why I only see one film per year, if any! Ye gawds…mindless dreck such as a sequel for 300 – really?!? Or how about Devil’s Due, which seems to be an infinitesimally re-written and re-titled remake of Rosemary’s Baby. Holly-white hasn’t had a new idea in decades, but people still lap up the shite and call it sugar. Go figure!

Speaking of consuming fecal matter, self-hating psychotic Dennis Rodman continues to smooch the ass-cheeks of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Looks like Dennis was tapping into his inner Marilyn Monroe when he sang ‘Happy Birthday’! No surprise there…whatever diseases he caught from all those white-trash cunts, on top of all the drugs he’s done over the years, have finally taken their toll. Perhaps young Jong-Un will put him out of his misery! Deon Cole, one of the writers on the Conan show, had a great take on ‘the Worm’…check it out!

Conan O’Brien: Deon Cole on Dennis Rodman

Finally, to the story that made nationwide (and possibly international) headlines: ‘Rocky Mountain High’ has a new meaning, now that Colorado became the first state in the USA to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. My home state of Washington is supposedly going to do the same thing in late spring or early summer, so we’ll see about any so-called ‘pot tourists’ passing through. It would be a better crowd than the usual, local tweakers!

Well, that’s it for my first post of 2014. I have a bit of playoff fever and am ready to see a big game between my Seahawks and the Saints later today. They met earlier in the season and the ‘Hawks put a walloping on the Saints; I have a feeling that today’s game will be well-played and hard-fought on both sides, and the score will be a bit less lopsided…Seahawks by 10 points would be my wager, if I bet on sporting events!

** UPDATE **

My Seahawks were victorious over the Saints! Final score: 23 – 15…I fell within my own 10-point spread estimation! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself – anyway, the NFC Championship game will be in Seattle on Sunday, where the San Francisco 49ers will face the ‘Hawks and the thunder of the “12th Man” at ‘the Clink!’ This will be a game for the ages…I can’t wait!

Time for some tunes – enjoy!

U2 – “New Year’s Day

Slade – “Here’s to the New Year

Renaissance – “Northern Lights

Full Moon…Free-flowing Thoughts

The moon is exerting its pull on the tides…time for some random, free-flowing thoughts!     😀

Tomorrow is the first of October – I’m still amazed at how swiftly this year has flown by. It’s been busy and fun, for the most part – now it’s time to settle in for the winter. The weather here has been mild and nice, with no rain for a while…it’s been very pleasant! We’re heading to the coast in the next week to do some beach-combing and oyster-feasting; the Kumamotos are in season and it’s time to sample some on the half-shell. I absolutely LOVE oysters! So tasty…the Yaquina Bay ones are nice, too. I enjoy seafood in general, but shellfish in particular…lobster, clams, prawns, oysters, crab, and crawdads are at the top of the list! The colder months are the ones when the shellfish are in season, so it’s time to gorge! I love to cook, and I regularly experiment with different herbs and ingredients – fresh produce and good meats are the key staples for a good meal. I’m a hunter-gatherer who avoids fast-food ‘restaurants’ and the MREs sold in grocery stores to the general population. I’ll go to farmer’s markets; or, better yet, go directly to the farm itself! I like to see how they are growing their crops and raising their animals – the way people do or don’t care for things can speak volumes.

It’s always seemed obvious to me that adding hormones to foods, and ‘genetically modifying’ crops, can only lead to disaster – and it has, unsurprisingly. You have kids suffering from obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Lack of exercise is an important factor, for sure – but all of those harmful additives exacerbate that issue. If you aren’t educated about the food you consume, then you’re not going to be aware of the problems that can spring up from doing so. Just look at the issues with what is going on with this ‘super ragweed’ springing up in parts of the country. It seems that some of the pesticide-resistant plants cross-pollinated with genetically modified crops, creating a fast-growing, hard-to-kill plant with awful pollen that is a nightmare for people with pulmonary problems. But the signs of pesticides in nature have been documented for decades: from DDT in the food chain causing the eggs of raptors to be brittle, to frogs in Minnesota lakes having multiple limbs. It’s nothing new. If you think about it, just look at the suffixes of certain words if they are listed as ingredients in any product you might put in (or on) your body. Personally, I feel that if it ends in –ide then it is generally harmful (i.e. monoxide, dioxide, cyanide, thalidomide, peroxide); the same can be said for the suffix –ane (i.e. methane, butane, propane, octane). The suffix –ose tends to denote a sugar (i.e. fructose, sucrose, lactose), although cellulose is a wood fiber and I’m not certain how sugars factor into it, LOL! The suffix -gen denotes a beneficial substance or by-product (i.e. oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, antigen). High-quality soaps, lotions, and hair products don’t need a long list of unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredients – it’s just common sense. You don’t need constant access to a laboratory specializing in microbiology to have control over what you eat! Seriously, I’ve seen some people who were beyond obsessed with food. I knew one female who ordered nearly EVERYTHING she ate from some online ‘organic’ store or another. The thing that would puzzle me was the fact that she never really looked at the ingredients in what she ordered, she just took at face value what the store’s website claimed the ingredients were. I always thought that she would be the type of person who would belive that something was healthy or low-carb if it had the words ‘diet’ or ‘lite’ on the label. “Yeah, Charlie, I just ordered some diet chicken fat and I think I’ll top it off with some Ex-Lax Lite!”     😆

As election day draws near, I have one final thing to say about politics and voting. I despise the political process, with all of the mud-slinging and personal nastiness coming from supposed ‘news sources’ which claim to be unbiased, and secretly-funded ‘super-PACs’ which allow the wealthy, who believe that they are being picked-on and singled-out, to pay for slick, glossy attack ads that pander to the mindless sheeple who already have their small minds made up. Voting, however, I take VERY seriously. I take it seriously enough that I registered to vote the day I turned 18 years of age. It’s serious because my people only got the right to vote not long before I was born – 10 or 12 years, give or take. My people were killed when they stood up for the right to vote. My people have died fighting for the right to vote. Even today, laws are being passed to disenfranchise voters and prevent them from engaging in that right that they, as an American citizen, automatically have. So, some people may think that I squander my vote, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I registered as an independent voter, but because of the teabaggers I consider myself ‘politically unaffiliated’. I will always cast my vote for the person who I feel will do the right thing for this country and ALL of her citizens – not just a select few! I’ve heard so many white people proclaiming their support for Ron Paul (STILL) and that they plan on voting for him. When they ask me, in a challenging manner, who I will vote for, I always say: “Frank Zappa and Alfred E. Neuman.” That’s basically my polite way of saying “none-ya”, as in “None-ya fucking BUSINESS who I’m voting for!” There are reasons for those curtains in the voting booths, and the ‘secured, privacy envelope’ that others mail in! Sheesh…people are really dense at times. I tend to wonder about people who exhort non-white people to not vote – it seems a tad suspicious to me. After all, who benefits the most if brown-skinned people stay home and don’t vote? You gotta question people who don’t seem to have your best interests at heart, and we know that some of the worst enemies of PoC are…other PoC! It’s amazing.

I adjusted the security and spam settings here on my blog, because I’ve seen some profiles out there which appear to be bad duplicates of legitimate bloggers. I have no problems letting people post, but if they seem to be spamming or hijacking my blog then I’ll keep a closer eye on them. When one’s postings don’t seem to be consistent, and their nickname doesn’t match, it seems a bit fishy to me. Writing styles don’t change that drastically! Also, with moderating the posts I’m allowed to see IP addresses and other information – so if that doesn’t add up, you can bet a poster will be blocked! I don’t have time for that nonsense…there are plenty of blogs out there that allow bored trolls free reign and access, so feel free to roam over there – talk to me when you want to have a decent conversation, or if you have an interesting blog or post that you might want to share. Keep in mind, though, that I don’t post links or videos in my comment section, so just tell me who or what to Google, LMFAO!     😎

Time for some tunes…enjoy.

Yes: “Leave It”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M9JE9R9ld4

Yes: “Hold On”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsKgR4hugVw

Crash Test Dummies: “Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIbcqgXh5-4

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