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?)
That is total bullshit in the United States
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.
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!