Sunday, May 20, 2018

I still don't understand Republican Voters.

Today, Steve Lucas and I ate breakfast together, as we do most Sundays. We talk about American politics as compared to our Buddhist views on things. (E.G. gun violence, the take over of the Republican Party by Libertarian extremists, Trump's latest ignorant remark or action, political morons in the news, etc.) and we aren't real quiet about our feelings. (We don't speak in hushed tones to make people more comfortable.) Today I was wearing my Science Fiction t-shirt, like the graphic below.
About halfway through breakfast, some older (than us, even, I know!) guy came over to our table as he was leaving, and said, "I want you to know, I'm a Republican and I am not rich." It occurred to me that he said this as if it was a genetic thing he couldn't alter, and didn't seem to realize that the fact that his party didn't care about him, was making our point.

It reminded me of my mother. Her father was a Republican and so she was a Republican, the same way that one day, in our car, she said, "We are Methodists." as if it were a genetic thing we had no choice in.
I hear the same thing from other people and as I argue with myself about things like whether or not to register as an Independent rather than a Democrat, I know the choice I make is because of the real issues, not the made up ones like Abortion that always comes up at election time but you would think by now the Republican voters, like Democratic voters are about equality now have resigned ourselves to understand that the DNC has been taken over by that party's corporate stooges, that call themselves "establishment" Democrats (which is basically undercover Republicans) are never going to try to confront the issues that really matter, like equality for all, male and female, every race and religion or education instead of military spending for the sake of profit to the military contractors, or even racial equality when the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964 when everything should have changed but instead started prison overpopulation and the banks screwing us again with no penalties, and just, as the Kennedys all have said, equal opportunity in the way of environmental issues and opportunity for all.

Republican Politicians always run on issues like Abortion, knowing they aren't going to change the public's mind about the issue since 75 percent of the country is FOR Roe v Wade and safe abortions, but people still vote for that.
They run on, "These liberal motherf**kers are coming to get your guns" when there is absolutely NO EVIDENCE OF THAT.
They also run on religion based dog whistle politics that Rupert Murdoch's father invented like "Family Values" which stands for "Christian White People". All of that is part of the Southern Strategy that any progressive people and all conservatives, also, should have read by now on Wikipedia.
To these people, being a Republican is like a religion and they all worship at the feet of whoever they think is their next savior, (reminding me slightly of the followers of Jim Jones in Guyana) only to be disappointed time and again as history points out that the latest king failed them, usually about the time that the Freedom Of Information Act causes the real truth to be known by all of the general public.
It reminds me of the people who still think they are hypoglycemic after the doctors that invented that test, were compelled to come on television 20 plus years ago and admit they made the whole thing up, the tests were bogus, if you took the 12 hour test you were kind of hypoglycemic but if you took the 24 hour test, you were really hypoglycemic (they did this by having you fast so your blood sugar was low, not rocket science). Sorry if you just found this out here.
The thing that occurred to me is that these people say they are for the same things I believe in, but then vote for the people who legislate just the opposite way. Like the toothless redneck in the movie, "Welfare Queen", who stands in the doorway of his shambles of a shack and when asked,"Republican Policies have never worked for you, why do you keep voting for them?" His answer was so simple and stupid at the same time. "Well, they might, SOMEDAY!"
What it really comes down to is this, they just don't want to admit that maybe they were wrong about some things.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Posting again about Facebook

Here is the situation. Facebook let's people get offended by a picture of a man's bulge in his pants which ISN'T NUDITY but then some racist can call someone a black piece of shit and that is not against policy.  WTF?  I am blocked from Facebook for three days AND I DON'T CARE.  Facebook has become a rightwing diatribe that only allows people who call themselves conservative, which translates to idiots who have no critical thinking skills. I can point to profiles on there where there are people who say racially offensive posts and go on and on lying about "liberals and Democrats" as if we can't read. They live in a world of crap and information vacuum and Mark Zuckerberg evidently thinks that is okay. Screw him and screw everyone on there who is offended by something humorous instead of racial hatred.
So, if this offends you,

and racist content doesn't then please stay away from me because you and I are living in a different reality and yours isn't touching it's feet all the way on the ground. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Las Vegas Shooter Stories (plural)

The right wing blogosphere spin machine keeps trying to quickly blame someone who they feel is a threat to their ideology and finances. So, this post details all the idiocy we have been listening to on the Las Vegas Shooter. Yesterday, some blogger pretending to be a news source made it obvious to me that I would have to wait a couple days to see all this ironed out successfully. He actually spelled the name of the location Los Vegas, like Los Angeles. (SMH)
So, here I go:
Do you remember the notes that supposedly were left behind in the Las Vegas shooter's room?  Last night that was a big story according to some people. He was supposedly a Christian zealot who wrote "Jesus Saves.  Everyone needs to repent."
Today we get this from the following REAL news story: "...Police have not released a motive for the attack and did not immediately call the shooting a terrorism incident. Las Vegas Metropolitan Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Stephen Paddock did not leave behind any notes or indications as to why he attacked the concertgoers."
Also, after having read that he was 'radicalized by ISIS', we today find, "...We have to establish what his motivation is first," Lombardo said when responding to a question about why the shooting hasn't been labeled a terrorism incident. "There are motivating factors associated with terrorism other than a distraught person just intending to cause mass casualty. Before we label with that, it will be a matter of process." That came from the actual police investigating the shooting, not a blogger.
Also, I heard he had as many as 7 rifles in his room. Today, we find, "...Lombardo said Paddock had 10 rifles and had been staying in his room since Thursday."
This one I find troubling, from the same Newsweek story, "...
Paddock was using the ID of Marilou Danley, his roommate, whom police at first were calling a person of interest in the investigation. But Lombardo said that police had located Danley outside the United States and that she was not thought to have been involved in the attack."
So, someone in the police department, only after seeing the woman outside of the U.S., realized she wasn't the man in the shooter's room? Some real detective work there. How does that work?
Summation: What I realized long ago is that people unfortunately try to be the first one to report something. Some people intentionally try to spin everything to fit their political agenda, but so many are inaccurately just saying ANYTHING, only for the purpose of being the first to report something, so they hear a rumor that was based on conjecture, not fact, don't check sources or any real evidence with any real investigators and that is why we had so many stupidly inaccurate stories about this mass shooting yesterday.
Someone from CNN actually got themselves fired for speculating that since he he shot country and western fans, who were mostly Republican voters who elect people that vote against anti gun violence and sensible background checks, and have voted to allow the mentally ill to own firearms, then, she didn't feel any sympathy for them.
And so MY TAKE IS: "Loose lips need to be ignored because they usually come from loose sources like loose brains."  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rag's Real Chicken & Waffles In Youngtown, AZ

I am doing something different for me tonight. I am reviewing a restaurant owned by someone who I just met. I want to first say that I have no ill feelings towards anyone I am mentioning here. As far as my qualifications go, to judge chicken, I grew up in the same area as the Harmon family whose restaurants Harmon's Kentucky Fried Chicken (Mr. Harmon was Colonel Sanders' partner.) I have eaten at "Pan's Diner" in Los Angeles and visited the "chicken wings with anything" restaurants in East L.A. near Compton and Hawthorne.
I like Chicken and Waffles, that mixture of salty and sweet together is always welcome on my pallet.
I have eaten at "Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe", on E Jefferson St. in Phoenix. I have met Larry White (Whose nickname is LoLo.), and he is Mrs. White's grandson, at LOLO'S Chicken and Waffles, and have eaten at both the 1220 S Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ location and the LOLO'S Chicken and Waffles, 3133 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ.  
I am not here to throw dispersions on anyone, simply to inform the public of a less famous place, which I ate at tonight, that I think most chicken connoisseurs will immediately love, if they try it. It isn't so far off the beaten path so as to be unattainable, but it isn't located where most Phoenicians don't drive past daily or even weekly, but I think you will start, if you try their food. 
First, the location is named "Rag's Real Chicken and Waffles" (all you can eat buffet). It is located at 12242 N. 111th Avenue, in Youngtown, AZ. 
There is live music. Tonight there was an excellent quality keyboard player, named Billy Frederick. The sign brags of Blues music, live, on Friday nights. The owner comes out to the tables and greets everyone personally, making sure all are satisfied. He is proud of providing excellent quality food at a reasonable price with live music and a relaxed family atmosphere. Tonight, 9/14/2017, I ate chicken and waffles, with a side of mac & cheese (which I must add was the most tender noodles and flavorful cheese that I have EVER tried, ever, in that simple dish) and a side of baked beans (I could taste little pieces of bacon in them), both excellent.
The Price? picture all that for two people (myself and a female friend) including large drinks, came out to less than $40 with tax. I almost felt like I was eating at Ken's (Rags') home, there is that much personal service.
I was really satisfied, because I can eat a bit and I couldn't finish my chicken breast that came with my waffle. The waffles are excellent and the syrup is, also.
The Rags House Platter - 4 pieces of chicken (1 leg, 1 thigh, 1 breast, and 1 wing), 4 chicken strips, 8 rib bones, 4 whole fillets of fish, 12 pieces of shrimp, choice of 2 sides, loaf of bread, and 2 liters of soda - is $50 and all of the other nine plates are between 7 and 13 dollars. There are senior discounts and an all you can eat buffet for $10. Free coffee and tea for seniors (55 and up).
I would and AM recommending this for my friends.
I told him I was going to write a review of the place, I was immediately inspired to, as the food is that good. The breading on the chicken is excellent, equal to the quality of the fish batter at "Brad's Fish and Chips" at 23rd Ave. and W. Bethany Home Road. Not the same thing but what I mean to say is that it had the non-greasy, crispy goodness and golden brown texture and taste because of what that excellent breading qualifies for and NO overpowering spices, just nicely thin breading over non-greasy chicken that went down fast. I suggest that you let it set a bit when it gets to the table because my friend and I both noticed it was served hot, right from the deep frier. 
But, as to the QUANTITY (size) of the chicken breasts, my friend and I both had to take half of our chicken breasts home. I can put away some food (I weigh around 200 lbs. and I like to eat.) and that was too much for me for one sitting. Those of you who can appreciate a good sized meal will like this place. One more thing, they even deliver!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ACTUAL Global Responsibility

Recently, I went to a small seminar on the "Runaway Income Inequality" that has been rampant in the United States for so long, that was sponsored by the CWA. (The Communications Workers of America union represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.) 
These are some other considerations that I want you to look at, in conjunction with that, thanks.
I have a concept for you to consider. This is real and not a hypothetical situation.
Think about this. We have an opioid problem in the United States.
Opium poppies are a thriving business in the country of Afghanistan. When we invaded, we decided to continue to let them grow them, as growing other crops (cotton or wheat) would interfere (compete) with United States interests,
The only idea congress (The same people who deny science and facts, in most cases.) had for controlling the problem is to make the people who do the drugs responsibly (like the doctor prescribed) suffer for everyone who takes them illegally. Changing their dosage amounts, prescription count (number of pills per prescription), and limiting how they can buy them legally from the pharmacy.
Mass punishment doesn't work because the main people who overdosed were taking them illegally, to begin with. I had an old friend who is no longer with us, whose case I will use without using his name.
Example: Someone who is depressed buys a semi illegal shoebox full of Oxycontin (causing great guilt and more depression) over the internet (If they are sued, the company in the islands can use the excuse that what they did was legal where they live.) and one day decides that it isn't enough and since his life sucks, he needs more and more, and eventually he falls asleep for good. His breathing gets too shallow, chest muscles won't let him inhale enough, heart muscles stop pumping, and he is found dead from (the official cause of death in the paper) heart failure.
I contend that "business considerations first" is an attitude that we, who in America, must stop worrying about, because, WE, since the 1980s, have been told that we are now living in a global economy.
(Remember all those speeches from George Bush and Dick Cheney about "living in a post 9/11 economy" that were excuses for prices going up while money and jobs kept going away?)
SO:
That is total bullshit in the United States
BECAUSE:
In order for that to work, everything must be equal all over the world. That will only happen with these considerations.
A) Prices will have to come down and become equal world wide, B) wages will have to go up to be commensurate with the cost of living, and C) certain people will no longer get to keep most of the money.
ACTUAL EQUALITY MEANS EVERYONE.
That, my friends, is part of global responsibility that the Dalai Llama speaks of.
That IS global, NOT exclusivist, elitist economics, as our government propaganda forces, including the pro-business, regressive news organisations, tell us. (We all know who they are.)
The rest of it entails two other major factors.
1) Peace around the world (no room for racism and xenophobia) and 2) (the last but most important, because without this, nothing else will matter) the global climate change initiative must be joined and adhered to. Being at peace without poverty will mean we also have to have some considerations like clean water to drink and fresh clean air to breathe. We can't eat or breathe some rich guy's money in the end. Neither can he.
Thanks, and have a nice day.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

HOW TO Convert YouTube Music to MP3 Files To Save On Your Computer

Hi Folks,
I decided to do a How To instructional page on converting YouTube music to MP3 files. Knowing how to do that allows you to have access to free music that you otherwise would have to buy on a CD. All you need is internet access and your computer. I use a Windows 10 desktop.
I would suggest that, if you want to save the files for being mobile, that you use an MP3 player with a USB connection or a USB drive. You can insert headphones into an MP3 player to listen or plug the USB drive into a computer or laptop to listen using music software like Windows Media Player. 
BUT you can save them to a file on your computer, if you prefer. MP3s are perfect since they are small files, memory wise, so one can save hundreds, maybe thousands, on an 8GB USB drive.

Let's get started. 
First you have to do the hard part. Go to YouTube.com and select which song you want to convert and save first. Scroll down the page until you see the SHARE 'bent arrow' icon 
Share Icon
Now, click on the word Share.

Next, right click on the highlighted URL in the Share window. Select "copy". 

Note: there are several YouTube to MP3 converters out there for free, but I suggest you use what I consider the safest and easiest, entitled "LISTENTOYOUTUBE.COM" at http://www.listentoyoutube.com/ ,  

(I am not campaigning for them but I will suggest that once in a while you donate to their site to keep them in business and free. Several sites are no longer free because NO ONE was giving them money to stay in business anymore.)

Next, in the search window that says, Paste The YouTube URL Here, click paste. 
Hit the blue button that says GO and when the page changes, it will say, 

"Conversion complete. Your file is being prepared for download..." and will have the link say, "CLICK HERE to get your Download Link" and so, do that. 

Now, when the "Save As" page comes up, decide which file, thumb drive, or disk to save the music file to. Go ahead and collect yourself a library, using this method over and over. You might want to print out these instructions so you can do it whenever you want. 

Congratulations! You are now an MP3 geek/professional. You can save music for friends and family and anyone who isn't up on the latest way to save music. Buy extra USB drives and save whole libraries for someone you care about. Enjoy! 





Saturday, December 3, 2016

My Experience With A Group Home in Arizona

No one would check into a group home just to write an article but since I was there and saw it all, why not?
I don't know anyone who says the words "group home" without shuddering a little bit inside. None of them are how a person should want to live. Most clients are people who have NOWHERE else to go and no one to help them, some because heartless family members don't realize the severity of the loneliness and neglect experienced in there by human beings struggling to feel control over their lives after an illness or accident. There is one in Phoenix where the owners bought it from some well meaning people and stripped anything good from it and replaced it with furniture that is painful and incompetent/unskilled help. I was unfortunately tricked into going to one of those instead of being able to go home by a "case manager" at Life Center of Paradise Valley physical rehabilitation center. A man who used to be the owner of the place now refers clients there. The staff is great at providing tiny meals and getting people in bed on time. Only one person who works there as a "care giver" speaks English and the other ONE care giver is there as a friend of the owner. Neither has a car and can drive to go get food, supplies, and incidentals like smoke alarm batteries. The beds have no mattresses, only box springs. Making old, broken, crippled bodies lie on the coil springs reinjures these clients every night. This is designed to make their recovery time last longer and therefore bring the owners more money in insurance and self pay. But it isn't good for the clients. The owners (the owner and his wife) are idiots who have no idea how to run a group home. They bought it as a business investment and so run it on a shoestring budget without any thought towards the comfort of clients. 
The owner walked into my room while I was naked and trying to get dressed and wouldn't leave while babbling and asking my about my "paperwork" as if I worked there and handled that. One of the care givers asked me later why I didn't call the police. 
The owner and his wife walked into the living room of the house one day, turned on what I can only think of as 'the African version of MTV',(so loud that two of the clients were practically crying while holding their hands over their ears) and started doing a somewhat sexually provocative dance, in the middle of the room, with no regard for the clients. This isn't good business practice or patient care. 
I was one of eight people there. My room was next to the washer and drier which sometimes were run at day or night, and had a smoke alarm with a burned out battery, chirping 24/7 and they expected me to sleep like that. 
I have tried to call there to get some of my property back and still haven't managed to get anyone to answer the phone. You tell me, does anyone deserve to have to live like that, especiall seniors, and at least one of them a veteran who should be at the V.A.?
They call themselves Sunnyside Assisted Living Home LLC,at 2615 E. Vista Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85032. 
Assisted living implies that nurses, competent care givers, and other staff are there to provide Long Term Care facility management instead of this bunch of crap. If you call the main number for contact at 480 264 6870, you get the previous owner, ROMAN (pronounced RO-MAUN) , and he is obviously still in place to give the place an semblance of respect that they don't deserve.
I was told (by Anne Marie at the "Living Center of Paradise Valley")that this place had physical therapy and should have known when I asked, that when I asked about that and Roman kept repeating the same mantra, "Sir, this is $800 a month and you won't find anything cheaper." and he wouldn't answer my question that I should have gone directly to home from the rehabilitation center. Anne Marie kept insisting that I needed something in the way of this group home, since my condo had stairs. This was stupid, as I climbed the stair with supervision 2 weeks later with minimal supervision. 
When I asked Roman how to contact the house directly he gave me the number (602)626-8257. and when I called there, I got an error recorded message that said, "The customer you are trying to call is not in service at this time."
I would like to add that Life Care Center of Paradise Valley and John C. Lincoln Hospital gave me the best of care considering my injury.