Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Off The Grid For Awhile

I'll be in and out of here due to a few projects I'm attempting to finish. Details will follow in the future. I'm sorry if I sound mysterious, but I don't want to jinx myself. If you care to take a guess as to what Mildred is up to, I'd love to read your guesses.  Plus I want to start volunteering at Democratic Headquarters (if they'll have me).


Sunday, December 01, 2019

A Good Idea?

Remember when people used to talk to each other? While technology may be a wonderful thing, it has created a generation of people who either do not want to or can't interact with each other because they simply don't know how. I don't know how many times I've been out in public and have witnessed groups of young people sitting together texting away on their phones instead of engaging each other in conversation and laughing out loud instead of texting "lol". What have we become? Do we no longer need human contact? Do we no longer need to gaze into each other's eyes?

When my children were young occasionally we would have no television/ computer/videogame days and yes, at first it caused great wailing and gnashing of teeth, but it didn't take long for the family to adjust to those days of intimate bonding. We played board games. We played cards. We played outside. We went to the beach. We found other things to do, but more importantly whatever we decided to do we did it TOGETHER.

My daughter, as an adult made a decision not to ever get cable or satellite television . When my grandson was young the first thing he would do whenever he would come for a visit was to find the cartoon network. What a treat that was for him. Yes, he played video games and had a computer, but he didn't spend countless hours watching television. In fact, in later years when I would mention some television show on TV that I thought he might like a lot of times he truly didn't know the show. I have to admit it was almost refreshing, but I always would whisper in his ear and tell him he needed to "binge" a season or two of shows like Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy just so when his friends at school would talk about shows they were watching, he'd be in the loop. I was that "bad" Nana!  He even developed a liking for That 70's Show. I thought that was a riot because he did that on his own.

BTW...Happy 21st Birthday, Nathan! I love you!

A few years ago I questioned him about why he's not on Facebook and he's just not interested in it. Hallelujah! I have to say I'm proud of him because I think it's a wise decision on his part. I think Facebook has become ultra intrusive in so many people's private data and has also become a vehicle for propaganda to unwittingly to get spread around by uninformed "nitwits."  My apologies if you're one of those nitwits...If you are, FACT CHECK FIRST, before you share and spread lies with the rest of Facebook. Thanks!

Now on to the good stuff...
If this doesn't warm the cockles of your heart, nothing will! [lol]



MARENGO, Iowa (KCRG/Gray News) - ‘No phone, new friends Fridays’ is a new tradition at Iowa Valley Junior-Senior High School in Marengo. Principal Janet Behrens started it this year.


[Students take part in No phone, new friends Friday]

She said she noticed students at the school with their heads down, looking at their phones. Instead, she wanted them to look at each other, and learn face-to-face communication skills.

Students like junior Page Weick say they're seeing a difference. “Everybody enjoys it,” Weick said.

Students get a colored card when they walk in the cafeteria that tells them at which table to sit. The tables also have conversation starters.

“I think it's fun, I like doing it,” said Sahara Kanke, a freshman.

It's also a no-phone zone.

“Every little thing helps in this day and age with all of the things that you have going on, all the pressures that they have with social media. It's nice to see them take a break from all that,” Behrens said.

It took students a couple of weeks to get used to the idea.

“When it first started, I didn't want to do it at all,” Kanke explained.

“At the all-school assembly on the first day of school, there was a little bit of like, ‘No way, she's not really going to do that,'” Behrens said.

“Conversation is one of the most human, and humanizing things that we can do,” said Nathan Hodges, who teaches communication studies at Coe College.

He has an assignment where students go on a 24-hour tech detox, showing the importance of human connection in a digital age.

“You learn how to listen to people. You learn how to empathize with them,” he said.

Students said they think a phone-free lunch hour, spent talking with new friends, is helping their school to become a kinder place.

“People are more nice to each other now because they got to know each other at lunch,” Kanke said.

“I think people have a lot more respect for others,” Weick said.

Copyright 2019 KCRG via Gray Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Read the original version of this article at kcrg.com.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

I've hunted far and wide for these award winning Thanksgiving memes...
Enjoy!




 It isn't official until you're unfriended on Facebook!


Uh Oh! Don't bend over!


Seriously! Unless you eat an old shoe, road kill or lasagna don't post a picture.


I think Ron White's safe!


Sound Familiar?


See what happens when you make a mistake?

This has always been one of my favorites.


Any Breaking Bad fans out there?
OMG! Yes! Jesse, cook away!


This is just wrong!


I think I'll say this one as thanks at my table!


I want a drunk Uncle!!!


Oh no! Did I really go there? Sorry Detroit!

Start the Winefest!


I have a feeling my family will be looking my way....lol


OMG! Unfortunately we don't have much of that in my family. 
Can we borrow some from someone else's family?

NICE!

Remember NO POLITICS!

NOT ME!
I cook!
I don't do dishes!
Yeah right!
I've been trying this one for years...


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Weekly Updates

1st update: Tara's pathology report came back showing that her tumor was cancer. The vet said the margins were narrow, but they got all the mass. That type of tumor is usually from vaccines and they will follow her along and do more research to try to find out which vaccine was responsible. I got Tara Christmas Eve 2008 and she has been strictly an indoor cat since. I had her spayed right after I got her and she had all her initial shots and she kept up with her shots for a few years. When my first vet went out of business a few years ago because he had health problems, I changed to the vet I use now so Tara hasn't had any vaccinations since then. My current vet isolated her when they did her surgery so she wouldn't be around other animals. She's doing well and her incision is healing well. I have to bring her back Thursday to have her stitches removed. She's going to hate me for that!

2nd update: When I first discovered that my blog was linked to some porn site thanks to that troll who was obsessed with promoting some wannabe British cum dumpster actress I thought changing my setting to prevent anonymous commenters would solve the problem. I also found out that I needed to delete all his comments he left. Everyday I've checked my traffic sources, but I'm still linked to that porn site so I'm changing my settings back to how they were originally. I'll battle the trolls and the spammers how I did before. I know the troll has gone to many of your blogs and I wish there was something that could be done to stop him, but I don't think there is. He's a just a little maggot and we're going to have to do what people do with maggots. Squash them the best way we can.

3rd update: I'm having an allergy attack from hell. I don't know what's culprit, but whatever it is has done a real number on me. A couple of days ago it hit full force and POW I am crying and my nose is like a faucet..drip...drip...drip. I have to put tissue or paper towel up my nose to plug it up so it won't leak all over the place. I've taken Flonase nasal spray and Claritan and nothing seems to work. This morning it seems a little better so far. At least I'm not sneezing and crying and dripping all over the place. Whatever it is, it's bothering my dogs, too. Maybe we're allergic to each other!

4th update: Son Ichabod turned 41 yesterday. Wasn't he just a little boy yesterday? I had the family [Ichabod, Mini-me & Mini-me's hubby, my Grandson, Mother Picasso, Son Igor, Martha (she's my partner in crime), and the 5 animules-Tara, Digger, Fenway, B.A. and Libby] over for dinner, birthday cake, ice cream and gifts. Ichabod's wife is a traveling nurse and is in New Hampshire right now and couldn't attend. :(

Sunday Song from a non-believer:


Friday, November 15, 2019

A Wild Ride At The Fair

One of the highlights of summer as a child was when the fair would come to town. I thought it was wonderful when I was old enough to go in a group of friends without adult supervision. Of course this meant that shenanigans were going to take place. Since my father was a firefighter my family always got free passes into the fair, but from the time I started going without adult supervision it was a rite of passage to go under the fence to get into the fair. Kids will be kids and Mildred will definitely be Mildred. That's just the way it is and always will be.

The Bangor State Fair I'm sure wasn't any different than any other state fair of that era or so I thought. There were were rides, games, food and tucked at the back of the fair were the plethora of side shows. The rides made me hurl because I have motion sickness so unless I was coerced heavily and shamed into it by my friends to go on them I avoided the rides like they were the Bubonic plague. For me, it was the side shows that always fascinated me. The weirder the better I liked them! The barkers stood outside tempting people to come inside to see the oddities or to see the half naked dancing women. Of course, there was always a line of men waiting to see those luscious dancing women. We never thought they were very luscious, but what did we know? That didn't interest us! We always just sashayed by as if we were the real hot stuff and then we'd giggle like only little girls could do.

I'd been away for a few years, but when I was 18 I returned home for a visit. That was when I got an eye opening experience regarding the Bangor State Fair. My brother, Brian and his significant other, Rose asked me if I wanted to join them at the fair one evening. Other than maybe running into someone I hadn't seen in years, I couldn't think of anything that could be new about the fair, but since I didn't have anything else to do I accepted their invitation. So off we went to the fair... It all seemed too familiar. The smells. The lights. The sounds. Even the faces of the people I didn't know. We walked around and I have to admit I was disappointed I didn't run into anyone I knew...not one person!

Then we came to the sideshows. The men were outside doing their usual spiel, but then one caught our attention. He was hollering something about his show being for brave men and liberated women. He looked at my brother and said that he'd let Rose and me in for free if Brian paid for his own admission. Before we knew it we were inside the huge tent standing before a stage along with maybe 30 or so other people. As I slowly looked around, I discovered Rose and I were the only women in there. As the music started, a scantily dressed dancer came out on stage and with in less than a minute she was completely naked. My mouth dropped open! Can she do that? Is that legal?

I was at the Bangor State Fair I told myself as I looked around the dimly lit tent to make sure there wasn't anyone there I knew. I thought the police were going to come busting in at any second. As the dancer made her way around the stage she crouched down into a crab walk and started offering the people along the perimeter of the stage the opportunity to sample her wares (perform oral sex on her). When she got to my brother, she said, "You want some, honey?"

My brother responded as if someone has asked him if he wanted a donut. He told her that he already had some of his own and tilted his head towards Rose. She then made her way towards me and I had this OMG look on my face that gave her my answer as I just put my hand up as sign that I was okay without  "a taste." She just smiled at me and gave me a wink as she made her way around the stage. I'll never forget this older man on the other side on the stage who grabbed ahold of the cheeks of her ass and pulled her to him as he dove into her like he was at a pie eating contest. You could hear him slurping away over the music until "security" broke it up. By that time the song ended and we filed out of the tent. All I kept thinking was now everyone I grew up with will be lined up outside waiting to see me... I wanted to kick my brother because he thought it was hilarious that Rose and I had no idea what happened inside those sideshow tents. Call me naïve, but I guess I never in my wildest dreams ever imagined anything like that actually happened in Bangor Maine. Note to oneself: paybacks are hell!

I heard that the police shut that stuff down finally. I guess they weren't being paid off enough or something. Anyway, all I kept thinking about was all the times as a kid when I used to walk by those sideshows. I wonder if that sort of thing was going on then and the song that was playing that night as she "danced" is burnt into my memory for all time... Now, no matter where I am if I happen to hear that song I think of that "wild ride” at the Bangor State Fair.

I can picture every move that a man could make
Getting lost in her lovin' is your first mistake
Sundown you better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin' again


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Stand With Me

The Tsunami Starts Here!

Educate yourself and vote for the person who reflects your values and who stands up for YOU. Never say that your vote doesn't matter because it does! EVERY vote matters! Vote for change! YOU are the change! Change starts from within each of us. So be the change! The change happens with your vote. Stand united! Create the BLUE TSUNAMI 2020!

Look at how divided this country has become under the Trump administration. From the time Trump came on the scene spewing his hatred about Mexicans being murderers and rapists to denigrating our own news and intelligence agencies and belittling anyone who opposes him, he has changed how a president functions, how a president physically looks, how a president speaks and how a president interacts with the rest of the world. We no longer are respected or trusted by our allies. We are laughed at, we are ridiculed and we are no longer the America that we used to be. Trump screams "Make America Great Again," yet he's slowly destroying everything this country has ever been. We are no longer the America that we were when we were a children or when our children were children. Our president chooses to emulate dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un. He chooses to distance us from our allies. Trump chooses to bring America to its knees, but we are not on our knees to pray. We're slowly being weakened. We're slowly being crippled. From our knees, we see the world from a different vantage point and from that vantage point the world sees us much differently also.

  • I want to know when exactly did our news agencies became the FAKE news?
  • I want to know when exactly did our intelligence agencies became untrustworthy and unreliable?
  • I want to know when exactly did the Democrats become so despicable that they warranted being belittled with juvenile nicknames and were deemed as vile creatures and held in such contempt?
  • I want to know when exactly such a blind eye was turned to the egregious and obvious offenses Trump has done and if offenses have set a precedent for future presidents to follow?

Ask yourself this question: if George Bush (either one) or Barack Obama did any of the many things Donald Trump has done what do you think the American people and/or the Congress would have done? Let's back up a bit....how about John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan? Or Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt? Can you imagine any of those presidents acting or talking like Trump? How supportive would the Congress have been to any of those presidents if they had acted like Trump? So where is the battle cry to get this immoral reprobate out of the White House? Why has every Republican suddenly drunk the Trump flavored Kool-Aid and is okay with anything and everything Trump does? Are we really going to give him our full blessing and a pass on this?

I know we live in a different time than we did 50 or 60 years ago, but that doesn't mean we don't need to have someone who can lead us into a future we can look forward to having. I want to be inspired! I don't want Russian influence in my American way of life. I like my freedom. I like being able to say that our president is a FAKE president and our first lady is a farce compared to our last first lady. In fact, such a farce that she had to plagiarize a speech that she gave. And who did she pick to plagiarize? Bingo! Michelle Obama. Can you imagine what would have happened if Michelle Obama had plagiarized someone? OMG! The whole Republican party would have had a stroke. Can you imagine what would have happened if Barack Obama had said he liked to grab women by the pussy? OMG! That one I won't even go into because it's too crazy to even think about. If Obama or any other president had done even a fraction of the unscrupulous things Trump has done there would have been a battle cry so deafening to get them out of office we'd all be deaf! But with Trump his base sees that he's done no wrong. He's perfect! He's an+ upstanding family man who pays his taxes and doesn't cheat on his wife and of course, he's a good Christian who attends church every Sunday. He works hard and always pays his bills on time. Everyone wants to be like Donald. Just ask Donald! One last thing...he's a great golfer!


Here's a list of a few of the "changes" Trump has made while he's been in office:
(please read each one slowly and think about the impact that each one has had on the country)


THE ECONOMY

  • Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deal would have established a trade partnership between the United States and countries on the Pacific Rim.
  • Revoked a rule that expanded the number of people who could earn overtime pay.
  • Reversal of a rule that would mandate that oil and gas companies report payments to foreign governments. The Securities and Exchange Commission will no longer receive this information.
  • Ended limits on the ability of states to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits.
  • Revoked an executive order that mandated compliance by contractors with laws protecting women in the workplace. Prior to the 2014 order, a report found that companies with federal contracts worth millions of dollars had scores of violations of labor and civil rights laws.  From a Chicago Tribune article, Trump administration halts Obama-era rule to shrink the gender wage gap:

The Obama-era rule, which did not require congressional approval, would have given the EEOC more reach in its efforts to investigate firms with glaring pay disparities.
Starting next year, companies with more than 100 employees and federal contractors with at least 50 would have had to report more detailed salary data to the EEOC on a form they already annually submit to the agency.If the numbers revealed that a business paid, say, male sales employees far more than their female counterparts, the EEOC could choose to look into the matter and perhaps launch a discrimination lawsuit.
As of today, only large federal contractors provide such data to the government. Earlier this year, the Department of Labor took the technology giant Google to court for what the government called “extreme” pay disparities between men and women at the company. (The case is ongoing .)

  • Repeal of a rule allowing states to create retirement savings plans for private-sector workers.
  • Cancelled a rule mandating that financial advisers act in the best interests of their clients.
  • Repeal of a bill that mandated that employers maintain records of workplace injuries.
  • Killed a rule mandating that government contractors disclose past violations of labor law.

THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

  • Rescinded an Obama effort to reduce mandatory sentences. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered that prosecutors seek the most stringent penalties possible in criminal cases.
  • Cancelled a phase-out of the use of private prisons.
  • Reversed a ban on civil forfeiture. Law enforcement officials are now once again able to seize assets from suspects who haven’t been convicted of any crime.
  • Reversed the government’s position on a voter ID law in Texas. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department argued that the law had discriminatory intent. Under Sessions, Justice withdrew that complaint. On Wednesday, a federal court threw out the law.
  • Reviewed Justice Department efforts to address problematic police departments. An effort to address concerns in the Baltimore Police Department was delayed.

THE ENVIRONMENT
  • Withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.
  • Blocked the Clean Power Plan. The plan implemented under Obama focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
  • Ended a study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining. The process involves blasting away the tops of hills and mountains to get at coal seams under the surface.
  • Rescinded a rule mandating that rising sea levels be considered when building public infrastructure in flood-prone areas.
  • Reversed an Obama ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic.
  • Reviewed the status of national monuments for possible reversal. In April, Trump signed an executive order ordering a review of monuments added in the past 20 years, opening up the possibility that some areas previously set aside would have that status revoked.
  • Withdrew a rule regulating fracking on public land.
  • Rejected a proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The month after this decision, a group of farmworkers were sickened by exposure to the chemical.
  • Reversed a ban on plastic bottles at national parks.
  • Repealed a ban on lead bullets. The bullets were banned under Obama because the lead can poison wildlife.
  • Rescinded a limit on the number of sea animals that can be trapped or killed in fishing nets.
  • Delayed and potentially rolled back automotive fuel efficiency standards.
  • Repealed the Waters of the United States rule. This rule expanded the definition of water bodies that were protected by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Ended a rule banning dumping waste from mining into streams.
  • Reversed a rule banning hunting bears and wolves. The ban applied to federal refuges in Alaska and prohibited hunting predators using certain methods.
  • Repealed a rule that would have centralized federal land management.
  • Removed a bike-sharing station at the White House.

FOREIGN POLICY AND IMMIGRATION

  • Cut the number of migrants and refugees allowed from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
  • Repealed a rule allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military.
  • Rolled back of Obama’s outreach to the Cuban government.
  • Ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program. DAPA extended protections for some immigrant parents whose children were citizens of or residents in the United States.
  • (He plans to reverse DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – is an American immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in June 2012. DACA allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.)

EDUCATION

  • Rolled back school lunch standards championed by Michelle Obama.
  • Withdrew federal protections for transgender students in schools. Under the rule approved by Obama, transgender students could use school bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identities.
  • Reversed a rule that mandated how achievement is measured in schools.
  • Repealed a rule mandating certain requirements for teacher-preparation programs.

OTHER AREAS

  • Halted or cancelled hundreds of other minor regulatory actions.
  • Revoked a ban on denying funding for Planned Parenthood at the state level.
  • Repealed a rule mandating that Internet service providers seek permission before selling personal information.
  • Reversed a rule that would ban gun sales to those deemed “mentally defective” by the government.
  • Slow or nonexistent staffing at the Senate-confirmed and management level across administration agencies.
  • Repealed a rule mandating consolidation of transit planning authorities.
  • Ended the declaration of June as Pride Month and the practice of recognizing the end of Ramadan with an iftar dinner.
  • Cancelled public reporting on visitors to the White House and other online data.

VOTE FOR CHANGE! 
VOTE BLUE!
LET THE WAVE START WITH YOU!