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Tomorrow, I Shall Wear Green
Tomorrow, I shall wear green.
Red is what these women want you to wear in support of their protest.
Green is on the far opposite of the color wheel from Red.
I shall wear green because:
I do not support this foolishness.
I do not support this perversion of The First Amendment.
I do not support Hypocrisy and Double Standards.
I do not support humiliation of half the population on the basis of genetics.
I do not support the notion of superiority of half the population on the basis of genetics, either.
I do not support the use of harsh language to label, and silence, opposition.
I do not support the continual marching for rights already obtained.
I do not support badly spun statistics which are used to lie.
I do not support perpetuated lies, even after they have been proven wrong.
I do not support rewarding a person for their own bad choices.
Tomorrow, I shall wear green:
To distinguish myself from the rabble roused by inflammatory language,
To show that the Sisters of the Womb do not hav
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Breakfast at Bambi's
Bambi’s Brew House and Bakery is located two blocks from the “offices” of the Crystal Continuum Enforcement Agency. Because of the proximity to the portal, the staff has gotten used to seeing denizens from other dimensions, and didn’t bat an eye at the appearance of Boone. On the other hand, Boone wasn’t sure what to make of the staff. For instance, the hostess seemed very much to a cocker spaniel to him.
As a matter of fact, she is a cocker spaniel. Standing at one-and-one-half meters tall, Pradassa is best described as a bundle of energy. Never one to stand still, her curly-haired ears were almost always flopping one direction or another. If they were still, it was probably because she was giving someone a hug. Of course, her ears weren’t the only part of her that flopped, but she seemed to have an aversion to anything resembling a corset, girdle, or support hose. This floppy bundle of energy came bounding from the office towards both Boone and Jack.
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From the Student
From the Student
I was there at the start.
I watched you go through the classes,
-----helped with the reports,
----------collected supplies,
---------------and dressed as a “special guest” occasionally.
I was ecstatic when you got the degree.
I helped prepare the resumes,
-----heard the reports on the interviews,
----------waited for phone calls,
---------------and celebrated when the job came
We joyfully set up the classroom.
I volunteered for the classroom,
-----sorted and graded papers,
----------helped calculate grades,
---------------and cleaned up at the end of the day.
I always said I would be okay as long as you didn’t treat me like one of your students.
Well,
I’m not okay.
Your teaching was not in vain.
I did learn quite a bit from you.
I learned patience,
-----I had to endure long talks with you so my behavior could be corrected.
I learned cleanliness,
-----the house was never clean enough for you.
I learned longsuffering,
-----no matter how much pain I wa
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Somehow I feel a need to say something about yesterday's news. The only reason this particular shooting made the news is because a U.S. Congressperson was shot. Once again, we're going to hear about how we need to control guns, about the safety of our Representatives, and the dreaed "homegrown terrorists".
Here, let me address the last one first. The guy that did the shooting was not affiliated with any particular group that wants "credit" for the shooting. His motivation was not to strike fear in the populace, but rather to seek some version of vengeance. As such, he was (seeing as he's dead by his own hand) just a nut job with a firearm. The morbidly good news is that he won't be able to do this sort of thing again. Let's shut down the "terror" angle, okay?
About gun control, all jokes aside, I have only one thing to say: there is no need for more laws to control guns. Trust me, we have enough. The people that want to own fire arms fall into one of two categories. They are either law-abiding citizens that understand the freedom and responsibilities the Second Amendment guarantees, or they are criminals that are wanting a weapon to harm another person. We don't need to worry about the first group, which is the overwhelming majority of "gun owners". The second group, on the other hand, is what we need to better equip ourselves to detect and prevent from getting armed.
No, we don't have a problem with guns in America. A gun is just a tool. A very dangerous tool, but a tool nonetheless. The problem is when people choose to use a tool to harm others. In retrospect, some of these astonishing shooting rampages could have been headed off. There are usually signs that a person is not completely right in the head. In other cases, we should be aware of individuals that would preach in the streets, actual or virtual, actions that would harm the government. People that show a tendency towards cruelty, towards anti-social behavior, or towards anti-governmental institutions should be watched very closely. Unfortunately, the popular goddess Tolerance forbids such assessments and allows potential lunatics to be armed. If I were to say America has a problem, it's with a lack of awareness and provision for mental health. We have become too "tolerant" of potential problems.
Now, I know I'm just a pudgy statistician in his forties, but here's what I'd think about doing, were I a US Representative for Tennessee: I'd find me a platoon of some of the biggest "Bubbas" I could find, men who love God, America, Freedom, and Family. We would dress them in blue jeans, work boots, conspicuous and filled firearm holsters, and shirts that show off their muscular arms. These guys could "intercept" anyone that threatens myself or my staff, and would be quick to subdue any of those that "resist". I can already hear some "Progressives" complaining about having "thugs" as a protection squad. If these guys could protect me from the same fate as Ms. Giffords, I'd say it's worth the expense of creating a few jobs for people that I represent. Besides, the Democrats could always hire "ganstas" from their constituencies...
I had something very disturbing happen to me yesterday. I am used to being called pretty rough names on the Internet. Simply put, I am somewhere on the 3/4 to the right on the "conservative/liberal" scale, not quite far right, but not near the center either. I am used to being called a bigot, a fascist, a misogynist, and several other "-ists", too! Since those are common "sledgehammer words" used in the ad hominum attacks, I have developed a form of a callus against them. Most of them, to tell the truth, don't really apply, and the ones that do, do so only marginally. Yesterday, however, a person (whom I assume to be female) decided to dial up the insult by including a "four-letter-word".
Let me tell you what I think of people that regularly use vulgar language. I think they are pitiable individuals who need to upgrade their vocabulary. As I had mentioned earlier this week, the popular all-purpose vulgar words for "woman" are all about sex, which shows the priorities of the Lower Class. I, personally, don't feel a need to express myself with such language, since I consider myself more creative than that. Most people who meet me in person seem to instinctively censor their language, aware of my disapproval. So you can imagine my shock to be called a "misogynist sh*theel" on a Facebook post.
Maybe that doesn't seem that bad to you, but that was a shock to me. Emotionally, this felt like a complete stranger wandered into my home during a large gathering of my friends, shouted "Hey everyone, look!", removed their trousers, and left a huge, steaming, smelly pile on the living room rug. Now, this is my Facebook page, my Internet home. (Yeah, I post here, too, but it's not home.) To defend my territory, I retorted that she would "understand heels, as she needs to overcome her desire to wear steel-toed stilettos or hob-nailed heels to attempt to destroy anything that looks like a testicle. Until then, she is not mature enough to talk with the adults." I suspect her to be under the age of 22, as her response included something about being an adult. My parting shot was to ask how heavy the chip on her shoulder actually was.
Under normal circumstances, I could have let this idiot hang herself. The difference here is that she hit a spot that I was unaware was still sore. I could have decided to become a misogynist. There have been enough women who have mistreated me. However, I am reminded also of the great women (who actually are "of color", so stuff your "racist" in your ear!) that I work with. I also interact with other, classy women at the church I attend, and notice that most females I run across in public are just people. To call me misogynist is similar to trying to convince me the sky is a deep shade of green.
You might have noticed that I have not called this person by name, even though I could. First of all, I am not sure that the on the account used to insult me was the same as the person actually doing the typing. Secondly, even if it was that person, I am not sure that they need to be shamed publicly, or they would care. On the other hand, based on how she reacted to my calling her a child, I think she'd find it a reward that I spoke about her misdeeds. As I noted in the title, I should learn not to feed the trolls. At least, if I must feed the trolls, make sure their dragons to which to feed them...
No, I have no plans to be in Manchester, TN over this weekend. Why do you ask?
It's almost Memorial Day in America. That's a day we are supposed to set aside to remember those who have lost their lives in battle for America. Yes, that also includes the less popular battles like Iraq, Afghanistan, Viet Nam, and the War of Northern Aggression. It's also the unofficial start of Summer, or, as we in Nashville call it, Tourist Season.

May also is the end of most school years. Now, it's been over a decade and a half since I was in school, and over two decades since I earned my B.S. in Mathematics, so I can definitely expect that things have changed. I have already attended two different high school graduation celebrations, and have a third to go to on Saturday. The big point of these celebrations is to mark the transition for the graduate. We may debate the graduate's being an adult, but we all can agree that they are no longer a child. That's why I did a bit of a double take when I heard of parents brawling at a high school graduation in Memphis, TN. Really, ladies, this is all about the kids, and possibly the parental pride.

On the other hand, I have also heard two different stories about college graduation ceremonies being interrupted because of the keynote speaker. I was a bit shocked to hear about the mess at Bethune-Carthage, where students and other attendees decided to show out in protest against Nancy DeVos. Now, I may not like the current Secretary of Education, but I'm not going to be rude to her, like the students that stood up and turned their backs toward her. Likewise, it was both rude and self-centered of the "family members" shouting from the audience. It takes a very high opinion of one's self to feel that any comment they shout will have any affect on other people. It's all about time and place, people. There is a time and place for political protests, but this occasion was neither.
That is why I have to give massive props to VP Mike Pence for what he did at Notre Dame, yesterday. As students began walking out just as he was to begin speaking, he did exactly one thing: nothing. He didn't lose his place, he didn't change his message, and most importantly, he didn't acknowledge the students showing out. According to the interruption of my morning weather report, they were protesting "immigration policy". To borrow from Grandbubba, "What does that have to do with the price of beans in China?" Once again, this was rude, not only to Governor Pence, but also to all the friends and family that had come to see these graduates cross the stage. I also noticed in the footage of the student's leaving that many were wearing cords and stoles, marking them as having earned academic honors or membership in honor societies.

To address this behavior fully: 1) Graduation Exercises are optional. You don't have to walk the stage, and you don't have to endure the speech of a keynote speaker you disagree with, especially one that has been announced beforehand. On the other hand, the ability to keep your peace while a person you disagree with is speaking is a mark of maturity. (You know, that stuff adults are supposed to have!) 2) Police officers are often called "peace officers", not because they are quasi-military personnel in peacetimes, but because they are charged with "keeping the peace". To protest like this can also be called "disturbing the peace", and can  be punished by the loss of freedom, and can later hinder you when you are trying to make a living, like adults do. It would be justice for Notre Dame to add to the transcripts of these "protesters" a note mentioning their "misbehavior during commencement exercises resulting in the delaying of awarding the degree." Of course, so would the revocation of the "honors" the cords and stoles represent.

To all current and future college/university students, I have a bit of wisdom. High School was a laboratory situation, where mistakes have very limited consequences, thanks to the rigid controls. Post-Secondary Institutions are also laboratory experiences, though with considerably less control. Mistakes on this level are less sheltered, but also have less severe consequences. I would encourage students to explore, experiment, and make mistakes on this level, for the lessened consequences. The flip side to this coin is that the rewards are still relatively easy to acquire for "success" on this level. I caution against attempting certain stunts that could get one fired, or worse, outside the walls of a college campus.

I would also advise that one learn to "go with the flow", a third option to "Fight or Flight". You will only be in this phase of your life for a short period of time. The institution has been there a very long time before you got there, and will be there still after you leave. Considering the relative sizes of the institution and yourself, maybe it would be better for you to conform to the school, rather than to self-centeredly demand that the school change to benefit you. Keep in mind that once you have decided a hill is worth dying on, your "death" becomes a possible outcome. I would be curious to see, in a few years, what happened to the named students from this school year's crop of stories about campus protests. Did they get jobs in the "mainstream" or are they working for peanuts on the fringe of society? Did their "protesting" in school affect their ability to get hired? Are they still "protesting" today, or has their position or ability to do so changed?

Oh yeah, and to the class of 2017: Congratulations, you are now officially "Unemployed".
Roller-Coaster ride over the past few weeks in Bunatia. That is probably the best way to express my feelings. Over this past month, I have filed a Title VI complaint against a governmental entity, demanded a proper hearing regarding my paycheck, and have made a mess of my gastronomy.
:flagus: For you non-Americans, Title VI refers to the sixth portion of the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Under Title VI, no governmental entity is allowed to refuse services or otherwise mistreat people on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and several other "uncontrollable" attributes. Because of the treatment from Child Support Services, I finally pieced together the roundabout way they had denied me a service that they claimed was my "right." Not to get into details, the person I spoke to gave me one set of instructions while a different person gave my former spouse a different set of instructions with the intention of avoiding doing the work. (Of course, my former wife would benefit from the job not being done!) I don't know if the complaint did anything, but I received a call yesterday that implied they had figured out how to the job without my former spouse's cooperation. The end result won't take effect for a couple of months, but that's better than nothing, right?
:dollarus: Meanwhile, I have a hearing tomorrow regarding the Income Withholding Order (IWO) that has been slapped on my paycheck. Child Support Services in my home State actually has the statutory authority (That means it's in the State law books.) to take the "domestic support" payments directly from my after-tax earnings. Now this wouldn't be a big deal except for three things: 1) It completely ignores the wishes of the earner, who might have been faithfully paying support, and the payee, who may not want this process. 2) It bypasses "due process", creating a situation of "Involuntary Servitude". 3) The latest "insult to injury" is that my employer has decided to offset the cost of processing an IWO by charging the employee a $5 "child support fee" each paycheck!
Let me back up and explain those things a bit better. The first point is that it ignores the wishes of the earner and payee. In my case, I have finally emerged from Chapter 13 bankruptcy. As part of the plan, I agreed for the trustee to grab up a large chunk of my "disposable income", which is better known as my "net" or "after-tax" income.  I agreed to that plan, partially because the frustration I was feeling at the time I filed needed to be soothed, and I was sold on the ease. So, what is the difference, here? I was not offered the option of "automatic payments" for my child support. I just received a notice in the mail telling me that the IWO is in effect, and I can apply for a hearing to have it removed. Let me get one thing straight: I have no problem paying my fair share. Notice those first two words in bold? The IWO, in my case, is a violation of my desire to be the one making the payment. The third word, "fair", is also important, but not an appropriate subject for the IWO hearing.
Secondly, this bypassed "due process". I was not informed of the intention to file such and order, with the opportunity to present my case to not have such and order. No, It was placed on me with no warning. By taking from me my earnings, I find myself in a position of "Involuntary Servitude". Okay, let's properly name our garden tools, here: It's a version of slavery. In fact, it bears a strong resemblance to the 19th century practice of renting out skilled slaves, like blacksmiths, carpenters, or stonemasons. In that arrangement, the slave did the work and the master got the pay.
Without the third point, I would not have worried about whether I had the IWO or not. I mean, I had already set up a system of direct deposit and ACH to get the money to CSS before they decided to "cut out the middleman". However, I have a problem with the idea of charging an employee a fee to process the IWO that was placed on him. It's not like the IWO was something they requested, it was ordered on him. I am surprised that there is that much of a burden for any employer to fulfill the requirements of an IWO. However, I work for a very large employer, and it's quite possible that there are a lot of people that have had their paychecks garnished. That being said, it's a bit foolhardy to see your employee's paychecks as a revenue stream to reclaim administrative costs. No, such costs are part of the cost of labor for your business/non-profit/government. To start to pull from your employee's pay such costs would be an encouragement for such employees to decide to find employment elsewhere.
Since it's already been brought up, and will be used in their defense, allow me to answer the obvious retort: "Well, they're your kids, you should be supporting them." To which I will reply:
"This is not about the children.
The children is a nice handle to use to yank heartstrings, but it is not about the children.
This is about punishing another person and making sure that a person suffers.
This is about shaming a person for what is out of their control.
This is about power to control the behavior of other people.
This is about greed and getting something for nothing.
This is about abuse, which is reprehensible in the first place, but to abuse in the name of the children makes it all the more reprehensible."

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Somehow I feel a need to say something about yesterday's news. The only reason this particular shooting made the news is because a U.S. Congressperson was shot. Once again, we're going to hear about how we need to control guns, about the safety of our Representatives, and the dreaed "homegrown terrorists".
Here, let me address the last one first. The guy that did the shooting was not affiliated with any particular group that wants "credit" for the shooting. His motivation was not to strike fear in the populace, but rather to seek some version of vengeance. As such, he was (seeing as he's dead by his own hand) just a nut job with a firearm. The morbidly good news is that he won't be able to do this sort of thing again. Let's shut down the "terror" angle, okay?
About gun control, all jokes aside, I have only one thing to say: there is no need for more laws to control guns. Trust me, we have enough. The people that want to own fire arms fall into one of two categories. They are either law-abiding citizens that understand the freedom and responsibilities the Second Amendment guarantees, or they are criminals that are wanting a weapon to harm another person. We don't need to worry about the first group, which is the overwhelming majority of "gun owners". The second group, on the other hand, is what we need to better equip ourselves to detect and prevent from getting armed.
No, we don't have a problem with guns in America. A gun is just a tool. A very dangerous tool, but a tool nonetheless. The problem is when people choose to use a tool to harm others. In retrospect, some of these astonishing shooting rampages could have been headed off. There are usually signs that a person is not completely right in the head. In other cases, we should be aware of individuals that would preach in the streets, actual or virtual, actions that would harm the government. People that show a tendency towards cruelty, towards anti-social behavior, or towards anti-governmental institutions should be watched very closely. Unfortunately, the popular goddess Tolerance forbids such assessments and allows potential lunatics to be armed. If I were to say America has a problem, it's with a lack of awareness and provision for mental health. We have become too "tolerant" of potential problems.
Now, I know I'm just a pudgy statistician in his forties, but here's what I'd think about doing, were I a US Representative for Tennessee: I'd find me a platoon of some of the biggest "Bubbas" I could find, men who love God, America, Freedom, and Family. We would dress them in blue jeans, work boots, conspicuous and filled firearm holsters, and shirts that show off their muscular arms. These guys could "intercept" anyone that threatens myself or my staff, and would be quick to subdue any of those that "resist". I can already hear some "Progressives" complaining about having "thugs" as a protection squad. If these guys could protect me from the same fate as Ms. Giffords, I'd say it's worth the expense of creating a few jobs for people that I represent. Besides, the Democrats could always hire "ganstas" from their constituencies...

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Hang in there, my friend. I'm sending hugs and good wishes to you for a brighter tomorrow. Please take care of yourself.
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Well hello there good sir Bunaroo. Thanks for the surprise watch months ago.

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