Closing Thought–28Nov18

The midterms from Mississippi….who cares right?

I live there so I f*cking care!

There has been a back and forth for the office of US Senator from Mississippi….a racist white broad or a black guy with deep ties to DC….I said when the run-off was announced that Hyde-Smith would win no matter what her mouth did……and I was correct……

Mississippi failed to deliver the Democrats an Alabama-style upset in the last race of the 2018 midterms. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy and will serve the remaining two years of Sen. Thad Cochran’s term. She is the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi, the Clarion-Ledger reports. If Espy had won, he would have been the first African-American the state had elected to Congress since 1874, and the first Democratic senator elected in the state since 1982. The victory in the runoff gives Republicans control of 53 out of 100 seats in the Senate. Hyde-Smith had been widely expected to win, though the GOP had to pump funds into the state as the race narrowed in ts final weeks.

Hyde-Smith stuck to a strategy of appealing to President Trump’s core voters—and was rewarded for it, ABC reports. The president appeared at two of her rallies Monday night and she personally thanked him at her victory party Tuesday. “Mr. President, and I just talked to him so I know he’s watching, thank you so much for everything,” she said. The victory follows a divisive campaign that led to several corporate donors asking Hyde-Smith to return their donations, the AP reports. Hyde-Smith was recorded joking about attending a public hanging, and talking about making it “more difficult” for “liberal folks” to vote. (She accused Espy of using the hanging remarks as a “weapon.”)

Espy gave a good fight….but in Mississippi is will NEVER be enough to change the the minds of the racist folk that have a lock hold on government….the “good old boy” network is firmly in control……

A good fight will never be enough in Mississippi.

I listen to the victory speech…..and I laughed my ass off….what a pack of bullshit!

“Mississippi you know my heart and my mind”  yes they do and the vote shows they know exactly what she is….

“It was never about me it was about Mississippi”…..it is never about the state and everything about keeping power centered in the hands of the few racist old bastards that remain.

This vote guaranteed two things….a black man will never be good enough and the state will remain at the bottom of every list of good things.  PERIOD!

Sorry if that offends.

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Another “You Can’t Fix Stupid”

Sunday in the garden…..the weather has finally gotten cooler and stays there…..I have eaten the last of the tomatoes from the garden….what to do?  What to do?  Time to write about an affliction that strikes every second or so….STUPIDITY!

I could write about the present day political system but that is too easy…..no I would like to write about individuals that have their heads firmly up their butts before they act.

I live in Mississippi and use to think that stupid was unique to my state…I was mistaken….but for instance….about 25 years ago we had a Summer Festival that had cook-offs, rides, music and a helicopter ride around the harbor and along the beach.

A local resident was hammered out of his mind and went of the chopper ride when he landed and the chopper was idling waiting for the next passenger this drunkard was so stoked that he was yelling and jumped up with his arms above his head…..you guessed it the chopper blades removed 3 fingers…..his reaction was “my fingers looked like little trumpets”……you guessed it again….the chopper ride was eliminated for the next festival.

I have written on several occasions about “stupid” acts by my fellow Mississippians……(you really need to read these to see just what I am going on about)……

https://lobotero.com/2012/01/28/you-really-cannot-fix-stupid/

https://lobotero.com/2012/09/30/dancing-naked/

Like I have written previously……the stupid in Mississippi are not alone…..

Reminder to self: When setting up booby traps in your home, make sure you don’t accidentally set them off yourself. One North Carolina man failed to heed that advice and ended up getting shot Monday morning, the Gaston Gazette reports. Police say Edwin Smith, 68, had rigged a shotgun facing his back door. After going outside to feed squirrels around 11:30am, he opened the door and the gun fired, hitting him in the right arm. It’s not clear whether he forgot about the booby trap or if the trap malfunctioned. Either way, “I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” a captain with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office says.

“I blew my arm off,” Smith can be heard saying in a 911 call obtained by WCNC. First responders, who went through the home carefully to make sure there were no other booby traps, found him severely wounded but alert, and he was transferred to a hospital in nearby Shelby. One of his neighbors says Smith “stood up for our neighborhood when drugs and bad people started moving in,” and WCNC also has a photo of a large sign on Smith’s property warning “crack heads, meth heads, heroin users, drug dealers,” “anyone doing criminal activity,” and “illegal aliens” to “stay the hell out & off this private road.” (A pot farmer was done in by his own booby trap.)

All I can say…..”You Can’t Fix Stupid”!

I gonna sit and watch the garden grow…..with silver bells, cockle shells and a bunch of damn weeds…LOL

Have A Day……Be Well, Be Safe…….

The POW Experience

AS a wonk on history and foreign policy especially on conflicts around the world….my granddaughter came to me and ask if there were any WW2 POWs in the US….if not where were they held.

She had watched the Hitler Channel with her father and saw all the German troops that had surrendered at Tunisia in 1943….her brain wanted to know where all these people were held since the war was still raging around Europe and other locations.

I told her that many were sent to the US and that there were even some held here in Mississippi…..okay she wanted to know where….so I did what I always do…I dropped some history on her….

Just about 60 miles up Highway 49 is Camp Shelby, today it is a training site for the Reserves and the Seabees but during WW2 it was a POW camp…..it held prisoners from the Africa Corps…….

World War II was truly a world war. All of the major countries and a large number of small nations were drawn into the fight. Even countries that tried to remain neutral found themselves in the conflict either by conquest or by being in the path of the campaigns of the major powers. For example, in 1940, more than a year before the United States entered the war, the major powers — Britain, Italy, and Germany — fought important battles in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya in North Africa.

Not until November 1942, almost a year after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, did American forces enter the fight in North Africa. U.S. forces made amphibious landings at the North African cities of Casablanca, Oran, and Algiers. German and Italian forces in Libya were then caught in a vise — Americans advanced from the west along the North African coast to Tunisia while British troops advanced from the east out of Egypt. The Germans and Italians had to defend on two fronts — the British front on the east and the American front on the west. (See the maps on the left.)

http://www.mshistorynow.mdah.ms.gov/articles/233/german-prisoners-of-war-in-mississippi-1943-1946

After we talked about this situation I got to thinking…where else in the US were German POWs held?

So I went into full research mode and came up with a simple answer….

Internment camps themselves were a new concept for the U.S. government. Sure, there had been forcible relocations of Native Americans for centuries prior to World War II, but none of those horrific crimes involved strategically removing American citizens and their families from one area of the country to another until a war ended (when the removed citizens would then – in theory – be allowed to return home). The Roosevelt administration eventually created three types of camps for prisoners: temporary camps, internment camps, and detention centers. The detention centers, run by the Department of Justice, housed the most suspicious prisoners, and it is the detention centers that deserve the most focus. So, without further ado, here are the ten harshest WWII prison camps in the U.S.:

https://www.realclearhistory.com/articles/2018/07/20/ten_world_war_ii_prison_camps_in_america.html

The old professor hopes that this answered any question that my reader has about this subject……

I love it when my granddaughter visits!

Trying To Reason With The Hurricane Season–2018

Every year the residents of the Gulf Coast wait for the news of the upcoming hurricane season…..a report on what we can expect to be the “norm”…..not a big deal for most Americans but those that live on the Gulf Coast have had too many disasters to ignore the predictions…..

We wait so that we can plan out our year with supplies, escape routes, etc…….everything we will need to keep our families safe in case another Katrina is waiting to crap on the Gulf Coast……

The 2018 forecast is out….it could be revised before the start of the season on 01June……..

It may seem like we just said goodbye to Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but the new hurricane season is near its official start of June 1. With that, Colorado State University is out with its annual Atlantic forecast, and the season looks to be a little busier than usual, reports the Weather Channel:

  • 3 big ones: The forecast calls for 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes among those seven. All are above the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.
  • Last year: We ended up with 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes. (The latter means category 3 and up.)
  • 2 factors: The Washington Post notes that CSU will update its forecast on the eve of the season, and the story explains that the development of El Nino (or lack thereof) and surface temperatures in the North Atlantic could play big roles in determining how severe the new season is.

Now we must wait for the first to approach and make our plans from there……

That is it for today and the garden awaits…..be well, be safe…….chuq

Closing Thought–08Mar18

The season of gun violence is upon us….since the beginning of the year there has been at least 2 dozen school shootings……my state has joined the growing list……

A student was fatally shot Wednesday at an Alabama high school, AL.com reports. The Birmingham City School system says the shooting happened during dismissal at Huffman High School. Two students and an employee were injured. One student is in critical but stable condition; the other died on the way to the hospital. According to the AP, police identified the dead student as a 17-year-old girl. Police initially described the shooting as “accidental,” though details are scarce, WVTM reports. “I was just hoping my baby was OK, that everybody was OK,” says one mother whose daughter was stuck inside the school when it was locked down. “I was nervous. This is so sad.”

Meanwhile, authorities in Mississippi are investigating a shooting Wednesday on the Jackson State University campus, Mississippi News Now reports. According to the Jackson Clarion Ledger, a student was shot in the leg inside a dorm and is expected to recover. One dorm resident says the student accidentally shot himself, though police haven’t confirmed that and the student hasn’t been forthcoming with details.

And I believe the first law on gun control has been passed in Florida…..it awaits the signature of the governor…..

Three weeks after a school shooting in Parkland left 17 dead, Florida lawmakers passed the state’s first gun-control legislation in over 20 years, USA Today reports. According to the AP, the bill passed Wednesday raises the legal age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and institutes a three-day waiting period on all gun sales. It also allows schools to arm some personnel, as long as they’ve completed law-enforcement training and their district is on board. Other portions of the bill ban bump stocks, create mental health programs for schools, and more. The legislation passed the House 67-50 with mixed support from both Republicans and Democrats. It narrowly passed the Senate on Monday, Reuters reports.

The bill includes some of the measures advocated for by survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but left out one major demand: a ban on assault-style weapons of the kind used in the shooting. However, the dads of two Parkland victims supported the bill, saying it got enough right to be worth passing. The legislation will become law in 15 days unless vetoed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who hasn’t revealed whether or not he’ll do so. He has said in the past he doesn’t support arming teachers.

Arming school employees is a lame attempt to appear to be responsible……the age thing is a pretty good idea….the waiting period is another pretty good idea…..

These days there are two things that we bloggers can write about without much thought…..the antics of the Trump White House and gun violence…..shall we move on?

Oh well….time to flip off the MSM and call it a day….TTFN….chuq

Closing Thought–08Feb18

After many decades of social activism there is one problem that could have been eliminated but there was never any seriousness to do so…..poverty.

And the poverty that irks me the most is child poverty……and the fact that it still exist is indefensible…..

The Trump administration’s proposals on the annual budget, the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and restructuring of the tax system all point to a sad and even tragic conclusion. The poor will be poorer, dilapidated towns will continue to crumble, and crime will rise; but worst of all, our underprivileged children will be weaker, suffering from a lack of medical care and malnutrition with little or no prospect for better and brighter tomorrows.

The state of poverty in the United States, particularly among children, is abhorrent and scandalous, putting America, the richest and most powerful country in the world, in a shameful light. Successive American administrations are guilty of outrageous negligence toward poor children and have inflicted incalculable damage to millions who continue to suffer, causing a tremendous loss of human resources and productivity to the country.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/child-poverty-in-america-is-indefensible_us_59f21fabe4b06acda25f485c

I wish that I could have help end child poverty but all my hard work did little……sad to say that all everyone’s hard work has done little to eliminate the scourge of poverty.

Bye now…..until tomorrow……be safe, be well…..chuq

Closing Thought–02Feb18

I live in the great state of Mississippi, the Magnolia State, the home of the blues….birthplace of Bo Didley, Elvis Presley and many other great musicians……

I have pointed out of the years that Mississippi seems to always be at the top of everything bad and the bottom of everything good….for instance Mississippi is the most littered state…the top state for diabetes…so on and so on….

And we can add one more issue to the worst list……Mississippi is the least educated state……

A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet Hub, which puts those two at the bottom. Here are the top five in each category, with a score out of 100, based on quality of education and the educational attainment of adults 25 and older:

Most educated (with score out 100):

  1. Massachusetts: 82
  2. Maryland: 76.5
  3. Connecticut: 72
  4. Vermont: 71
  5. Colorado: 70

Least educated:

  1. Mississippi: 21
  2. West Virginia: 22
  3. Louisiana: 23
  4. Arkansas: 27
  5. Alabama: 31

Click for the full list or see the US cities with the best job prospects.

The 5 worse states have Repub government for all 3 units of government….a perfect illustration of how unimportant education is to the GOP.

Peace Out my friends…..chuq