How To Cure Jolly Floggin’

Yep, the weekend and time for some silly stuff…….what is life without a little humor?

First, something I thought about while researching the other day…….For the life of me I cannot see the point of a circle!  Think about it.

Now…………… Sriracha?  I am sick of this crap!  Just as I was sick of the crap it replaced….Buffalo Sauce……you want hot then man up and eat Harissa……that should have you begging for ice cream…..

Now to the grits and the gravy of day’s post……..it is a bit personal….I do not usually do personal….but what the hell we are all friends, right?……

I recall when I discovered what to do with the horribly big erection in the morning…….all I had to do was get a hold of myself and……Flog my Jolly!

Then it became almost mandatory to do so……surely there was a cure for that compulsion……VIOLA!  There was and you will not believe what it was…….

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes sure are tasty, crunchy, and a great cure for masturbation. Sorry, the last bit’s not true—but it’s partly why John Harvey Kellogg and his brother invented the cereal back in 1878, Real Clear Science reports. An outspoken surgeon, writer, and medical chief at Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, Kellogg abstained from sex and warned against the alleged dangers of masturbation. Such dangers included insanity, impotence, epilepsy, acne, poor posture, and blindness, in Kellogg’s view. Among his tips: Avoid all “exciting and irritating food,” wrote the Seventh Day Adventist. “A man that lives on pork, fine-flour bread, rich pies and cakes, and condiments, drinks tea and coffee and uses tobacco, might as well try to fly as to be chaste in thought.”

He also invented a few grain breakfast cereals “as healthy, ready-to-eat anti-masturbatory morning meals,” reports Mental Floss. Brother Will, who managed the sanitarium’s books, helped him invent corn flakes but wanted sugar on them to help them sell—an addition John refused to accept. Meanwhile, John suggested more severe anti-masturbatory practices, like running a wire through boys’ foreskins to curb erections and burning the clitoris with carbolic acid to keep girls’ fingers away. Today we know the health benefits of self-love, like reduced depression, lowered prostate-cancer risk, and a better immune system, the Conversation notes.

There you have it…..the next time you get the urge to flog your jolly just pour yourself a bowl of corn flakes and relax……..the urge will dissipate……

AHHHHHH………….I feel better already!

Mainstream Media–A Chuq Observation

Weekend arrives and I need to take a few days to myself…..that is away from the lunacy known as the news…….

I know I give my readers my opinions everyday rain or shine……and a guess we could call them observations……but this time I am talking about my observation on society and the people that attempt to function within its constraints……

Today it is the Mainstream Media that will take the hit.

I am a news junkie….have been so since early days of my life…….I was an avid reader (still am) and that was where the news and views came from back in the day…..then CNN came about and in the beginning was an adequate source for news.  Now with the 24 hour news cycle the news has become a mish mash of crap packaged as news.

Then massive corporations started buying up the news organizations……..eventually ratings became more important than truth and facts.  The quality of the news that Americans got every day began to decline.  And the decline is not finished ……….it gets worse every day.

Then came Reality TV…..pathetic entertainment for mindless fools.  These are packaged as some sort of real life story when actually it is scripted entertainment…….the only difference is they are paid less then the SAG members and that is what it is all about……profits.

For instance just last week Turkey entered into the fight against ISIS and the lead story on MSNBC was Tom Brady and Deflate-gate…….that one incident made me think of something we talked about in a political philosophy course I had years ago……

………in the mass media there is a tendency to avoid the unpopular and unconventional and to draw on ‘values and assumptions which are most valuable and most widely legitimated’

……..the issue of media portrayals of violence in terms of whether such portrayals have served ‘to legitimize the forces of law and order, build consent for the extension of coercive state regulation and de-legitimate outsiders and dissidents’. ‘They have thus examined the impact of the mass media in situations where mediated communications are powerfully supported by other institutions such as the police, judiciary and schools… The power of the media is thus portrayed as that of renewing, amplifying and extending the existing predispositions that constitute the dominant culture, not in creating them

Those were observations of Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci………his observations were made while he was in prison in the 1920’s………appears some Marxists were not as whacked out as has been claimed……huh?

The whole “fair and balanced” lie is nothing more than a marketing tool with no foot in reality.

The news is NO longer the news but rather a source of entertainment and that does NO service to the people that depend on this service for accuracy and truth……

Mass Shootings

Just a little something to think about on this Monday morning…….

Since about 1990 NRA has had a full court press to save our “gun rights”…….and the enablers at the GOP have been pushing more and more “gun rights”….you know kinda like open carry, easier acquisition, shoot first laws. etc etc……..

In case you were wondering….how have the mass shootings fair during this full court press by NRA………now with the most recent mass shooting in Louisiana got me asking a question…..is it just me or are these incidents become commonplace?

Take a look at the graphic below and ask yourself if there is a correlation here……

 

Does anyone else think that these shootings are occurring way to often?

It’s the worst kind of synchronicity: A website that tracks mass shootings in the US had logged 203 through Wednesday. It hasn’t caught up with last night’s rampage in a Louisiana theater, but when it does, that will be No. 204—and yesterday was the 204th day of the year, notes the Washington Post. The Mass Shooting Tracker is a crowd-sourced tool from an anti-gun forum at Reddit called Guns Are Cool, and it defines “mass shooting” as incident in which at least four people were shot. Not all of the incidents resulted in deaths.

A post at Quartz digs in a little deeper to the numbers and finds that 40 of 50 states have had at least one such mass shooting this year, with New York (16), California (14), Florida (14), Texas (12), and Georgia (12) at the top of the list. In its coverage, the Post quotes a barb from the Economist, written after the Charleston church massacre, that has been in wide circulation of late: “Those who live in America, or visit it, might do best to regard [mass shootings] the way one regards air pollution in China: an endemic local health hazard which, for deep-rooted cultural, social, economic and political reasons, the country is incapable of addressing. This may, however, be a bit unfair. China seems to be making progress on pollution.”

Sad that a great society has come to this!

Domestic Terrorism Or Hate Crime?

Predictably we have yet another gun related incident……..this time in Tennessee and the FBI is investigating the deaths of 4 Marines as an act of domestic terrorism.

My question is why is the attack in Tennessee domestic terrorism and the attack in South Carolina is being investigated as a hate crime?

The horrific shooting in Tennessee caused the deaths of 4 Marines and 1 sailor is in the hospital (now dead) and the shooter is dead.  The media is in the middle of regurgitated every scrap of information they can find on the shooter…..but his motive is unknown….why?  The shooter is dead……unlike the shooter in South Carolina.

The shooting in South Carolina has been covered from the race angle……which quickly deteriorated into a conversation on the Confederate flag and its place in history……….as I have stated South Carolina shootings and deaths are a hate crime according to the FBI……I have no problem with that but why is it not also an act of domestic violence?  I am sure that there is no law that says the investigation cannot go in two directions……

Meanwhile back to Tennessee, Chattanooga to be exact, the shooter attacked two location and killed 4 people…..now the FBI has decided that it was an act of domestic terrorism.  Unfortunately the killer is dead and we cannot ask him of his motivations….all we have is speculation.

My problem is the domestic terrorism thing…..why is Tennessee domestic terrorism and South Carolina not?  Both attacks were with a gun and people died.

Does it have something to do with race…..race of the attacker?  A boy did the killing in South Carolina and a Kuwaiti did the killing in Tennessee.  Is it that a white boy is incapable of committing an act of terrorism?  So he is a psychopath but not a terrorist, right?

Maybe it is in the name…..if Dylann Roof had been named Daood al-Rauf then he would be a terrorist.

I ask again…..what makes one an act of domestic terrorism and the other a hate crime?

When The Going Gets Tough…The Tough Go………

I will be going light on my head today…….a couple of days of relaxation…….

Today is a Federal holiday……..we will be celebrating the Declaration of Independence this weekend…….and like every other event we have had a warning of the possibility of some sort of terrorist activity……

For the past couple of days the media has been reporting that there is a chance that terrorists could strike out at the US…….ISIS has issued a note for their followers to do “something calamitous”……to strike at the infidels.  And as usual that means the US…….

But while the government is giving this info to the media it is also saying something else……..

While conceding there is no specific threat, nor evidence of any ongoing plot, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are both issuing warnings about terrorist plots on the Fourth of July, and Rep. Michael McCaul (R – TX) predicted several “small scare ISIS attacks” that day.

Did you notice that there is NO evidence of a pending attack?

If ISIS is keen to attack US assets, there are much more convenient targets in the Middle East, particularly with the Pentagon sending a number of ground troops to the outskirts of Ramadi for “training” operations, meaning US forces are just a stone’s throw from a major, ISIS-held city.

As for attacks on US soil, there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason why ISIS might want to launch such an attack now, particularly with US officials doing a good job of terrorizing themselves about the mere thought of such attacks.

Here is where I have my problem…….what is the purpose of these warnings?  A warning?  Maybe fear?

After they issue the warning and the media dutifully helps spread the word, irrespective of evidence, we are told to not let this warning stop us from enjoying our holiday…..because if we are afraid to go out and spend money then the terrorists have won (remember hearing that after 9/11?)

Again…..what is the purpose of reporting this “imaginary” attack if we are to go out and walk into the middle of it?  How does this exercise make us safer?  We are warned just about every holiday of some possible attack or terrorist activity……why?  Is it just CYA for the toads in government?

Few Americans care…..that is until there is an attack then they will blame everybody from the president to the dude that delivers your pizza……..all these warning are nothing more than an exercise in stupidity……

Please be careful and go enjoy yourself……you deserve a break!

 

 

Happy 4th

We Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July…..so for that reason I will take a couple of days and spend some time with my lady, my family and most of all my granddaughter, who by the way won a diploma as a history “rock star”,  their title not mine,  in the 6th grade………proud, proud, proud………

I will not write for these days unless the world burst into flames or a meteor decides to visit……..And if you and your family are driving this holiday weekend please be careful……….

The Fourth of July weekend is always a relatively dangerous one for drivers, but this year’s may be particularly bad. The National Safety Council predicts 409 deaths and 49,500 injuries on the roads between 6pm tomorrow and 11:59 pm Sunday, the highest projected numbers for the holiday weekend since 2008. One reason is that traffic has generally been increasing in recent years as the US emerges from the recession. But also, the Fourth falls on a Saturday, and weekend holidays tend to result in more cars on the road and more drinking, reports NBC News.

Indeed, 41% of vehicular deaths on the Fourth involve blood-alcohol concentrations over the legal limit, per an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report cited previously by the LA Times. The NSC offers the usual list of safety tips on everything from seat belts to cell phones and adds that parents should avoid the temptation to loosen up too much in regard to their teens’ driving habits. “Drivers always need to be vigilant, but this weekend, focus on the safety of your family,” says the agency’s chief in a statement

I wish all my readers and commenters a very nice and safe day…..enjoy the time with family, fun and food……..cold beer and brats!

I will return in rare form on Monday……….have some fun people!