Closing Thought–18Jul17

What Do Intelligent People Do?

My daughter is always giving my granddaughter a hard time about staying up late and the condition of her room (if she is anything like her mother then it is a total mess)……granddaughter in retaliation for all the grief her mother was giving her she found this article on-line….

Highly intelligent people often tend to shift their view on the world differently from the average IQ people. This shift includes their unconventional thinking, acting and approaches to situations. What scientists have managed to find

Source: Science Confirms: Intelligent People Go To Bed Late, Leave A Mess Everywhere, And Use Bad Language

Of course her mother had to ring me up and bend my ear…..after letting her rant…I said….”Are you mad because of what your daughter has done or are you mad that it is something you could have used on me?”


Apparently the conversation was over…..that was fun……

Everyone enjoy the rest of your day…..I shall return tomorrow with a whole bag of stuff.  chuq

Long Live The “Crapper”!

A Summer’s Saturday and I am dealing with the heat and the humidity by doing what I do best…..sitting in the A/C sipping wine and thinking about my mortality.

As per my tradition I will post something other than the newsy crap that invades my thoughts during the week.

Today a post on my “Oval Office”….the place I go to think and do a satisfying activity…..better known in vulgar circles as the “Crapper”.

Remember years ago some had the bright idea  to save water by converting all toilets to a 3.5 gallon tank from the traditional 5…the original flushed perfectly and the new models took 2 sometimes 3 flushes to clean it out.  Where was the savings in this idea?

Before I go any further…where did the term “Crapper” originate?

Some say it is from the inventor of the flush toilet….John Crapper.

Well sports fans…that was a LIE!

Thomas Crapper (1836-1910) did exist, and was a plumber, and is, in fact, credited with improving the functionality of the early flush toilet (or “privy,” or “water closet,” as it was then called). But he did not, contrary to popular lore, invent the pseudo-eponymous bathroom appliance from scratch.

Credit for inventing the toilet goes to 16th-century courtier Sir John Harington, who not only came up with the idea but installed an early working prototype in the palace of Queen Elizabeth I, his godmother. Harington, a noted wit, entitled his description of the device “A New Discourse of a Stale Subject.”

It consisted of a large pan (“stools pot”) with a seat, the contents of which could be flushed out, down a pipe and into a cesspool below with water from a cistern or holding tank above. Except for the turning of a handle to initiate the flush, gravity did all the work.

Now that I have given credit where credit is due……

Now on to the meat of the post… seems that another inventor has an idea to re-design the toilet……

Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that’s waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone. Lina Zeldovich travels to Madagascar to witness the start of a lavatorial revolution.


As she describes her new toilet in the soft Malagasy language – and Loowatt’s manager Anselme Andriamahavita translates – I discern the word tsara in the string of unfamiliar sounds. By now I’ve learned that tsara means ‘well’, as in wellbeing and healthy. Rartjarasoaniony switched to the new toilet because it’s cleaner and safer than her outhouse. “My family of four uses it, and so do my three tenants who rent the next house over – it’s included in the rent,” she says. “Even my son can use it,” she adds, echoing worries of all Malagasy mothers, terrified that their young children may one day fall into a pit and literally drown in shit.

Source: Reinventing the toilet | Mosaic

At least this one would truly save on water consumption…..not like the last big toilet innovation.

Time to put the PC to sleep and enjoy a restful day and some good wine and cheese….have a good day and see you tomorrow….chuq

Closing Thought–14Jun17

Keep It Flyin’!

Today is the 242nd birthday of the US Army…….

On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress passed the following resolution:
Resolved, That six companies of expert riflemen [sic], be immediately raised in Pennsylvania, two in Maryland, and two in Virginia; … [and] that each company, as soon as completed [sic], shall march and join the army near Boston, to be there employed as light infantry, under the command of the chief Officer in that army.
With this resolution, the Continental Congress adopted the New England Army of Observation, making it a “continental” army — a united colonial fighting force — that could represent all 13 colonies with the addition of the troops from the three middle colonies. The Continental Army thus became America’s first national institution.

Know the history of the US Army………

Source: The History Reader – A History Blog from St. Martins Press

Today is Flag Day and since none of the “patriotic” toads on the Right will acknowledge the day it falls to me, a no account lib, according to them…..and since most of the “patriots” that fly the flag do not do it properly….I thought I would help with a refresher course…..

The article below has a short vid on the proper display….maybe it would help if it is watched before attempting to show their “patriotism”…….

The first celebration of the U.S. Flag’s birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. However, it is believed that the first annual recognition of the flag’s birthday dates back to 1885 when school teacher, BJ Cigrand, first organized a group of Wisconsin school children to observe June 14 – the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes as the Flag’s Birthday. Cigrand, now known as the ‘Father of Flag Day,’ continued to publically advocate the observance of June 14 as the flag’s ‘birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’ for years.

Just a few years later the efforts of another school teacher, George Balch, led to the formal observance of ‘Flag Day’ on June 14 by the New York State Board of Education. Over the following years as many as 36 state and local governments began adopted the annual observance. For over 30 years Flag Day remained a state and local celebration.

In 1916, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 became a nationally observed event by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson. However, it was not designated as National Flag Day until August 3rd, 1949, when an Act of Congress designated June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Source: Flag Day & Flag Etiquette |

For the full code please read……

Source: The U.S. Flag Code: Proper Flag Etiquette |

Have a great day……tomorrow’s stuff is in the making….chuq

Wine: Nectar Of The Gods

Sunday and it is raining cats and dogs outside….how do I know?  I just stepped in a poodle.

I will admit it I am a wine snob.  Very little is as good as a glass of superb wine….maybe with some fruit, nuts and cheese…….or a great steak.

Back in the 70’s I was manger of a pub and wine was becoming popular so I decided the best thing to do was learn all I could….I took several different wine tasting courses which is good because it teaches one how to evaluate the wine you will be drinking…..and I my case serving.

You learn about color, aroma, and taste….not all wines are similar each has distinct characteristics.  First, you hold glass up to light and look at the color….then swirl wine around a half filled glass and then check the aroma and make note…..finally take a sip toll wine around in mouth then either swallow or spit it out now draw air into mouth and taste…..

There is one Australian red wine (name withheld for I am not a paid reviewer) that has good color…aroma is like a barnyard and the taste is soapy…..then there is a Spanish red wine that has excellent color…..aroma is crisp and the taste is smooth and pleasing….

Wine is the perfect beverage.  But red goes with red and white goes with white…..anything different and it is just gosh.  Bubbly wine is for kids not adults…….except for champagne or cava

Wine glasses should be unadorned, no cut glass, and if I had my way (be thankful I do not) wine tasting would be a required course before one buys wine…never buy wine because the label is “pretty” or has a cute name…..and try different wines from different countries and regions.

If you buy wine in a box then chances are you are a wino!

I see disturbing trends in wine….flavored and wine in a box…just a few of things that make me shudder…..and these Millennials are killing the wine experience….a real bummer.

People need to just stop FREAKING OUT over that crazy notion that Millennials are killing wine. Take a deep breath (the downward facing dog pose might help) and think about this for a moment. Millennials are just like every generation before them. The only difference is they are one rung up on the evolutionary ladder. And, oh my god, that is scaring the crap out of people.

The headlines are daunting, I know:

“Millennials Are Changing the Way We Drink Wine”

“Millennials Love Sparkling”

“Millennials, Social Media and the Death of Wine Wisdom”

“Millennials Drive US Wine Consumption”

“Millennials Rewrite Rules for Wine Industry”

Source: Are Millennials Killing Wine? An exposé. | Quench Magazine

What are they…12 years old?

As you can imagine I do NOT agree with the premise of the article……the wine experience is steeped in tradition and it should stay there…..some of their mixtures would be better served in the cauldron of the 3 witches of MacBeth….than put into a glass.

Here’s an idea…..give the Millennials there own section in the store…..stock it with flavored beer, Gummi vitamins and their horrendous wine concoctions….

Time for me to drop everything and get a glass of Bordeaux, it has been breathing for about 30 minutes, and watch the rain.

Have a great day and enjoy your time with family and friends….chuq

Boredom Has A Price

It is Saturday and the Syrian missile strike is winding down in the media….the “Big Bang” in Afghanistan is still newsworthy (for now)……of course there is North Korea which is , well, North Korea……now they are ramping up for the mid-terms in 2018….beginning with the special elections to replace all those unfortunates that joined the Trump admin from the Congress.

So keeping with my tradition I will post on anything other than what the media is fixating on……

My early years were full of indecision and confusion and a loss of direction…like most young adults……after 2 and half years in Vietnam I was released from the Army and turned lose on society…..unfortunately my job in the Army had NO civilian equivalent.

Life in America after Vietnam was a boring mess…..I drifted from job to job and all the while I was missing the adrenaline high from my days in combat…American society in the 1970’s was a boring mess after combat….most everything was pretentious and ego driven.  Nothing I did offered any challenge….I was bored out of my mind.

Finally I decided that if I could not find the high that I needed in American society I would do the next best thing……I considered joining the French Foreign Legion….believe it or not it still exist and still a place a person can go to outrun his past… questions asked.

I read this article about the unit is what made me think about my youthful decision…..

What comes to mind when you think of the French Foreign Legion? Most likely men struggling through the desert in heavy blue coats and white peaked caps. Men who joined up after a lifetime of crime, fighting valiantly, then leaving the Legion to become tough, faceless mercenaries trading on their background, or else dying in the mud of Dien Bien Phu as the last choppers leave for La Belle France.

The reality is different. In its first version, the Legion was seen as a rough mercenary force that guaranteed immunity from criminal prosecution, as well as a new life and French citizenship. In its second incarnation, the Legion became a sort of substitute family. Now in its third, the official image of the Legion is of an elite fighting force, to be compared with the British SAS or the US Navy Seals. Today, legionnaires are much more than a band of mere ‘expendables’.

Source: Why young men queue up to die in the French Foreign Legion | Aeon Essays

The answer your next question…NO!  I did not join the “Legion”…after much thought and agonizing days…I decided to return to college and get my degrees in International Relations and Conflict Management…..a wiser choice on my part.  This decision afforded me a chance to travel and out run the boredom.

Well that is a look into the life of chuq….time for me to shut down the keyboard and enjoy the weekend…..hopefully you will do the same… well, be safe……chuq

Random Thoughts For A Saturday

The Name Game:  A Rant From An Angered Mind (Caution:  Very vitriolic)

Has anyone else noticed just how far into Right field the bloggers have become?  Reminds me of The Borg from Star Trek-TNG…a collective mind….one gets an thought and passes it on to the Hive and drones go from there….

I recall back in the day….last year…..when anyone that was vocal was deemed a “liberal” was an apologist….if anything was said in favor of Obama was an excuse for a socialist (none would recognize a socialist if they bit them in the ass) takeover of the country….anyone else remember those days?

But my fave stuff is the attacks on “facts”…..they attack anything they do not agree with with some vague theory of what is a fact and how do we know it is…..then they turn around make a statement and say it is “fact”….usually followed by “trust me on this”…..(there is a name for this)……

A few words about ignorance…..”Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”  Or “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

How long did these “people” call liberals socialists?  And now they are all butt hurt when someone calls them and/or their new master a fascist…they fall back on the only weapon they have….the Godwin Law…..(there is a name for that)……

Now we have a new wizard holding his staff of power (take that any way you damn well please)….and the bigoted little fascists in waiting have come out from under their rocks and defended everything that this prez does or says….but that is just good reporting on their part…they see no similarity in what they are doing and what they accused others of doing for 8 years (probably more)…..there is a name for that also (and you damn well know its name)…….

Then there is the numerous vacations and golfing outings that our past leader had…it was a wealth of stupidity by the lunatic Right (which is  now in control)….and yet after 10 days on the job Trump needed a vacay….and what about his son’s trip to Uruguay that cost the tax payers $97,000…not a word of protest.

What about the ACA?  Ever noticed that the ones that protest it are the ones that did not need it?  Some of them are well off or they get free medical care at a VA because the got a paper cut when serving in downtown LA and that cut got infected and now they suck off the government tit….but yet they despise people that use the government for subsistence… there is word coming out about the “replace” part of the chant and it is a secret…..(there is a name for them and you damn well know what it is)……

Ever noticed that the micro-cephalic d/bags are the same as their new master…egotistical, bigoted, phobic and ….(you pick the rest of the description)…..these are the same toads that wrap themselves in the Constitution and then allow a slug to violate it at every opportunity.

It is going to be a long 4 years and there will be a wealth of Rightie babbling…spreading their hate and their vile at every opportunity.  I was a critic of Clinton (Bubba not wifey) and of GW and then of Obama and if any of these mental midgets think I will back off because this emperor in waiting got elected then they are sadly mistaken….

Just an observation–when a Rightie ends with “move nothing to see here” it means that their participation in a conversation is over…..or when they say “trust me on this” it means “F” You….. “I believe therefore I am right”.

Under normal situations I would offer up an apology for my crudeness….in this case…I WILL NOT!  They have deserved everything I have said and so much more….don’t get me wrong…..I do not dislike opposing thoughts…just those thoughts that come from a lunatic chatter mill…the ones that are one dimensional and change with the crowd……

My weekend begins…I will sleep well this night…..thanx for all the visits and the new followers your participation is appreciated….be safe, be well……it’s coffee time!  chuq

Closing Thought–15Nov16

I thought I would try something new here on IST…..I will give a short summation of what I observed for the day….if it don’t work then I will move on……

I have writing this blog for about 10 years and in 2008 I observed that Obama was not the “change and hope” that voters were looking for (check the archives if you doubt my word) and I feel the same about a Donald Trump president.

So far he is backing off some of his campaign promises and NO one on the Right is concerned that they were lied to for their vote.  Instead most are fixated on the protests…as if nothing matters when it comes to Trump.

It is beginning to look like the main driver of the election was hate…..turn Americans against Americans….there is NO push back on his re-nigging on campaign promises….hate is still being spouted wrapped in the American flag…..but now it is aimed at protesters.

So far nothing I have seen coming out of the Trump transition would lead me to believe anything else.

I will agree that we need to move on……Trump was elected just like Obama was….do not slip into the hateful crap that the Right spewed for 8 years.

If Trump is a pragmatic person then we must give him a chance…..with that said….we MUST STAY vigilant.

On a closing note–I am thinking about bringing back the Assie Award, an award that I gave up in 2012 for there was little interest in it….but this election has proved that it could be a popular post for IST.