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…..no 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…..be 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…..now 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.

Thoughts Without Posts–2013–#3

Once again I have made more notes than I have ideas for posts so keeping if my tradition I am posting the ones that did not make it into a full blown post…….

1–This is as sick as the teacher that got 30 days in jail for raping a student…..

An Iowa pastor who was arrested on 60 counts of suspected sexual exploitation of minors got zero jail time.

The pastor, Brent Girouex, believed that praying while having sex with the boys would cure them of being gay.  He’s admitted to having sex with four boys, but at least eight have come forward.

Girouex attempt to cure one boy between 25 and 100 times.

2–Did you know that Pope Gregory III (731-741) was born in Syria……..

3–The Voyager 1 has officially become the first man-made object to cross out of the solar system and into interstellar space—no, really this time. After a series of mistaken and controversial reports, NASA today published a study concluding that the probe definitively crossed the threshold of charged particles and magnetic fields that marks the edge of the Sun’s influence sometime last August, Space.com reports. Researchers figured that out based on measurements Voyager recorded from a recent solar eruption. “We literally jumped out of our seats,” the lead researcher says. “Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science,” NASA’s science chief boasted in a statement. “Perhaps some future deep-space explorers will catch up with Voyager, our first interstellar envoy, and reflect on how this intrepid spacecraft helped enable their future.”

4–whatever happened to those ads for “restless leg syndrome” and the meds for it?

5–Here is an idea—-Google is getting involved in life and we could use thgeir help….they have a driver-less car, Google glasses, etc…….do you think that their Brainiacs could come uo with an adequate algorithm for productive Congress?

6–Who will be the next major celebrity meltdown?  Beiber or Cyrus?

7– If you hear a dull roar, it’s probably just the collective scream of science buffs the world over. NASA’s Curiosity rover has found water in Mars’ soil, and the BBC describes it as a “surprising amount.” The find occurred at the hands of Curiosity, which scooped up a bit of dirt, heated it to 1535 degrees Fahrenheit, and found about 2% of that soil, by weight, was H2O, bound to other minerals. The news came from a series of five papers published in Science yesterday, and it’s knowledge future astronauts can make real use of. “If you think about a cubic foot of this dirt and you just heat it a little bit—a few hundred degrees—you’ll actually get off about two pints of water—like two water bottles you’d take to the gym,” explains Curiosity researcher Laurie Leshin. And it’s not just the amount, but the extent, that’s interesting: “This dirt on Mars … seems to be about the same everywhere you go,” says Leshin, meaning those astronauts could “quite easily extract water from almost anywhere.” But Gizmodo shares a bit of a buzzkill. “We didn’t find evidence of organic molecules in the soil. So, this doesn’t have a very big bearing on the life on Mars discussion,” Leshin explains. And the Guardian has a warning for those future visitors: The soil they’d be exposed to also contains perchlorate, which hinders thyroid function.

8–If this was the UK we could dissolve a dysfunctional Congress and start over….maybe we should consider a change……..

9–I had rather hear 1000 Miley Cyrus stories than one more piece of crap about the royals and that darn baby!

My daughter always sez…..”must be Hell inside your mind”……….she has no idea…….

All this is from my mind to yours…….

You Have Got To Be Good At Something

Most of my regular visitors know that I live in a state of denial….Mississippi!

We are the most obese, most religious, most conservative, the poorest….in other words Mississippi is at the top of most worst lists and the bottom of most best lists…..I just found out that Mississippi spends the most time on porn sites we average 20 minutes a day and our most popular search word for these sights is “teens”…..a great day for the state……

And then there was this story about the state of Mississippi…….

It’s the stuff of, well, nightmares. Two absolutely massive alligators caught in Mississippi within just hours of each other. On Sunday in the Mississippi River, a 13 ft, 5.5 inch long, 723 lbs alligator was caught. That team of five hunters said they thought it was the Loch Ness Monster at first. (Via WBBH) And just hours later — a 13 ft., 4.5 inch alligator weighing 727 lbs. It was that hunter’s very first catch. (Via NBC) “He broke all the lines we could get in him. Finally got a snare on him … all in all probably took us four hours to actually catch him from the time we saw him.” (Via WLBT) So, that second gator now holds the record for being the largest alligator ever caught by a Mississippi hunter. It was previously 697.5 lbs. And, alligator hunting season is still well underway so…expect…more nightmares soon. (The Clarion-Ledger) The record for longest gator caught by hunters in the state still stands — 13ft 6.5 inches long.

There you have it……..does this create an air of coolness….would you want to visit?

Thoughts Without Posts–2013–#3

Just a few days away from the mind numbing international situations and the babble of idiots on the campaign trial……

Once again I have made enough notes to choke a small horse….sadly some could not become posts and that is why I have these posts so the rest of the blogsphere can see just how a mind works……

1–I love it when FOX trots out their experts……..this one was a medical expert……

A Fox News medical expert on Tuesday argued that President Barack Obama’s administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men “only have the prostate,” while women “have the breasts, they have the ovaries.”

“Look, it’s not bias, I’m not saying this as a man,” Fox News Medical A-Team contributor Dr. David Samadi told the hosts of Fox & Friends. “They go through a lot of preventive screenings, they give birth, they have the whole mammogram, the Pap smear. Guys, we don’t like to go to doctors, right? Seventy percent of health care decisions are made by women. In my own practice, I see it’s the women who bring the guys, who say, go get screened.”

You gotta feel sorry for a moron.

2–I remember when there was one flavor of vodka—VODKA.

3–There was a time in the world when beer tasted like …..of all things BEER!

4–North Carolina has been in the news many times this year…..first it is their war on women and then their war on the voter….but this one is just plain silly……

A bill that could send women to prison for going topless in public appears headed for approval by the North Carolina legislature.

The Republican-backed bill headed to a floor vote in the House would amend the state’s indecent exposure law to expand the legal definition of “private parts” to explicitly include “the nipple, or any portion of the areola, or the female breast.”

Depending on whether such exposure is judged to be “for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire,” the woman could be charged with a felony, punishable by up to six months in prison for first-time offenders. More mundane exposure would be a misdemeanor meriting up to 30 days in jail.

Co-sponsor Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that her bill was triggered by topless rallies promoting women’s equity that were held during the last two years in Asheville. Though her district is more than a two-hour drive from Asheville, Brown said her constituents are concerned whether the topless protests are legal.

5–Remember Newtown?  Remember all those gun nuts screaming that the government was trying to form a registry of gun owners, remember that?  Will guess what?  There is a list!

The National Rifle Association has frightened Americans about the prospect of a federal registry of firearm owners, but the NRA itself has secretly created a database with information from tens of millions of Americans who do not hold a membership.

The NRA has spent years secretly collecting information about gun owners from state and local offices and has built the country’s largest privately held database of current, former and prospective gun owners, according to a BuzzFeed report.

News of the NRA’s database is particularly surprising, since the pro-gun agency heavily protested the idea of a federal gun registry after the Newtown massacre led to debates on increased background checks. Even though 91 percent of Americans supported universal background checks, lawmakers were unable to push such an initiative through Congress. At the time, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre instilled a widespread fear that universal background checks would lead to a national registry of gun owners, which critics said could lead to taxes on guns or confiscation.

Is that acceptable?  This is just as bad as anything the government would do……..but it will go unchallenged……why?  It is the NRA and they do NOTHING wrong!

6–There was a time when a 5 o’clock shadow was a bad thing.

7–I ask this one almost every time and have yet to get a reasonable answer……so I try again.  Why do so many women want to be blonde?

Thoughts Without Posts–2013 #2

Finally, my two days of mental cleansing……leaving the silliness and the absurdities that is politics behind…….

Every day I make hundreds of notes and some are lucky enough to make it into posts….then there are others that just do not hold the fascination and I opt out making them into posts…….and that brings us to this post……

1–Why do so many women want to be blonde?

2–Where is sharia law a threat to US citizens?  Is not forced living by christian religious law the same thing?

3–GOP is trying hard to make real change impossible and in doing so they making it inevitable.

4–Is it me or is reality TV becoming more and more white trash?

5–“a test for a moral society is how it treats its children”…….the US is failing.

6–If you follow the POPE on Twitter then you will do less time in Purgatory……

7–politicians and diapers need changing often and for the same reason…….

8–Let’s be honest….the GOP wants to appear to be moving on immigration without doing anything……

9–Who decided that Khaki was the universal color of geek-dom?

10-Who decided that orange would be the international color of decaf?

11-Is there a correlation on the amount of endorphins in the brain and the loss of reason?

12-Difference between dumb and stupid…..dumb ain’t funny…..Lewis Black.

My mind will not shut down….it is always calculating or formulating so there are thoughts written everywhere……stay tuned…..more to come…..