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KDaddy’s General Observations: Aaron Rodgers

Okay, the football world was either shocked or tickled pink to hear that last year’s MVP got benched due to violations of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Yep, I was tickled pink because I don’t like the guy even though I do recognize his skills. I read the article that talked about Aaron’s side of this story and, wow, if I didn’t have a good opinion about the guy as a player, his spin on this didn’t help much.

Then again, this whole anti-vaxx thing is… disturbing. A lot of people don’t understand the science behind the vaccine and stubbornly don’t want to know anything about it and if there’s something I know about humans, it’s that they can be scared to death about stuff they don’t understand. I know for myself, I wasn’t in a hurry to be vaccinated, not because I had any fears about the vaccine itself but I know something about both the science and what it takes to get any drug approved and on the market and since they kinda/sorta rushed to get this out – and they had to – well, hmm, there could be some issues but I still got vaccinated because I’m smack dab in the middle of the group that can be highly susceptible to getting the virus and the worse could happen.

I’m not surprised that Aaron is one of those people who thinks that the rules don’t apply to him. One of the things I don’t like about him as a player is he’s arrogant and is of a mind that being the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers is all about him and more so when he fucks up, it’s always someone else’s fault other than his own. Like, there was a rumor that their previous coach had gotten fired because Aaron wanted him gone… then it was revealed that, yep, that’s exactly what happened. I know that when I heard about it, the first thing I thought was why would the Packers organization get rid of a coach who proved he can run a winning team and had, in fact, won a couple of Super Bowls?

Okay, that season, the Packers sucked and that makes me just as happy as it does when the Dallas Cowboys bite the big one. Their dismal season, however and to me, wasn’t about bad coaching as much as it was Aaron having a lot of bad games and, really, just the team as a whole having a “bad hair season.” It’s to be expected if you know anything about football… but Aaron, well, he seems to be of a different mind about things.

On the one hand, I get it. That level of arrogance and just being cocky can be the fuel to drive his ability to play the game and, yeah, shit, as well as he has proven he can. He is very good at what he does and he knows it… but he’s not humble about it and that, for me and a lot of other people, makes him an asshole of the highest order.

And he didn’t do himself any favors by blatantly ignoring the protocols that the NFL established and the players’ association also signed off on. Then his “explanation” for why he dissed the rules, in a weird way, makes sense: He doesn’t have to take the vaccine if he doesn’t want to but the NFL protocols do include what unvaccinated players have to do to be in compliance… and Aaron is of a mind that those rules don’t apply to him which, at least to me, implies that he thinks he’s above the game, too.

That the league is going to hit his wallet hard for this makes me happy since, um, I don’t like the guy all that much but, yeah, any player who blatantly disregards the established protocol should have their bank account lowered… and a lot. There’s some investigation taking place to determine how often and badly Aaron violated the league rules and if it’s proven that he violated the rules a lot, not only will his wallet get hit, he could be suspended. And, on general principle, he should be suspended for repeated violations and more so when the NFL is quick to suspend players for other off or on-field violations of league rules.

Ah, but he’s a superstar quarterback. MVP a few times and has those pretty rings, too. As this started making the rounds in sport media, I got to thinking about the many times on my job where the powers that be laid down the law and that we all had to toe the line and without exception… and the many times I personally thought it was bullshit and, yeah, I ain’t doing that because I don’t have to… and did it anyway because, hmm, I not only liked my job, I needed to keep it and whatever objections I had were minor when compared to the possibility of getting black marks in my personnel folder or summarily dismissed for cause… and the cause being my not complying with the rules as established. Yep, doing my job? About as arrogant as I can manage to be because I know that I am very damned good at what I do and the people I worked for knew it because, if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be working there at all. So, as such, I understand the arrogant and cocky attitude and also understand that this gets… misinterpreted because it’s really about being highly confident in your ability to do whatever it is you do but also understanding that even the best have bad days and, if so, um, it’s usually not management’s fault. You accept the blame for having a bad day at work and just move on and, yeah, even if it is management’s fault that your work day sucked donkey dicks.

You can fuss with me about this but it’s not COVID-19 that scares me the most: It’s the people who aren’t vaccinated that scare me. I understand their resistance… and I don’t. I don’t understand why anyone would want to take the risk of, one, getting infected and, two, passing it on to someone else. No, wait – I do understand it; there are some people who just believe that nothing’s going to happen to them so there’s no need to be vaccinated and, yep, all the people who are scared shitless because they don’t know what’s in the vaccine. Shit, I wanted to know… so I went to the company’s website and read about what’s in the vaccine and the technology used to create it. Was… surprised to learn that the science used to create this vaccine isn’t something new but, you know, being a science nerd myself, I understood the science behind mRNA and that there is no actual COVID virus, alive or dead, in this vaccine. mRNA, simply, “teaches” the body to fight the virus should one be exposed to it – the ‘m’ means “messenger.” It is a kind of gene therapy but not one that fucks with one’s genetic composition other than, again, to teach it that if, after vaccination, if it “sees” the virus, kill the shit out of it.

Okay. People have been vaccinated and still gotten sick. It happens and has happened with other vaccines. Along the same lines of how a woman can take birth control and still get pregnant or you can get a flu shot and still get the flu. Shit still happens since these things aren’t ever 100% effective and it stands to reason that it wouldn’t be since we’re all different and, yeah, sometimes, it’s not gonna work as expected. Shit… I got a pneumonia shot today and, honestly? I didn’t want to even though I know that, quite a few years ago, I somehow managed to get pneumonia and that was pretty fucked up since it took me over a month to get over it but the really bad part was knowing that if you get pneumonia once, you’re very susceptible to getting it again… and I don’t ever want to have to go through that again so, yeah, I got the vaccine even though there’s no real guarantee that I won’t get pneumonia… but there’s a greater chance that I won’t.

Again, I hesitated to get vaccinated because I needed more information and I went to the source to get it. I hear the stuff other people are saying about why they’re not gonna get vaccinated up to and including the possibility that the US Government is using this vaccine scare to implant microchips in everyone so they can track and control people which, according to what religious stuff you believe, ties right into the beginning of the world ending catastrophically. I hear people getting seriously pissy about their right not to be vaccinated and that’s all well and good… but do they have the right to put others at risk?

Apparently, they think they do and so does the future Hall of Famer, Aaron Rodgers, MVP quarterback for the famed Green Bay Packers. I watched the game they played Sunday night… and they lost and badly so which does, in fact, speak to how well they play when Aaron’s under center and being the team’s leader and motivating the offense and defense to give 200% every time they go out there and, as such, I can understand why he’d be unhappy when the team has a bad hair day and like they did last night. He’s not going to be happy about that loss and, for me, it begs the question of whether or not they would have won if this asshole hadn’t gotten benched for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. I think they would have, by the way, but since they didn’t, it makes what he’s being accused of even more pointed and in ways that have nothing to do with football and topped off with it being reported that he – and like a lot of other people – are very misinformed about much of what’s going on with this damned virus.

And I sit back and take notice of this… and shake my head. People are seeing the push to be vaccinated as a violation of their rights and it really does make me ask, even rhetorically, why this is “more important” than the very real possibility of getting the virus and either getting horribly sick or dying and, yeah, passing it along to everyone you might come in contact with since some of this people won’t even wear a mask.

As far as Aaron’s punishment for violating league rules, I hope they hit his wallet real hard and I do hope they suspend him, not because I can’t stand the guy – and I can’t – but he’s gotta be made to understand that the protocols apply to everyone on every team and he’s not above those protocols. The team will likely get slapped with some heavy fines and other things like draft choices; the latest thing I read talked about other teams being fined as much as $500,000 for violations and while that might be a drop in the bucket for a professional football team, whew, that’s a lot of money… but there’s no amount of money that can justify putting yourself and other people at risk just because you don’t want to take the vaccine and more so when the reason why you won’t do it is due to misinformation.

I got the vaccine. All I got out of it was stuck in the arm and having to deal with a sore and stiff arm. Better safe than sorry. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and I didn’t get it. Not even of a mind to put my lady at risk because I’m being stubborn or even stupid about not getting the vaccine; that’s just heinously reprehensible as far as I’m concerned and, yeah, it plucks my nerve to see a guy who a lot of people admire and look up to getting himself and his team in trouble… and all because he believes he has justifiable reasons for the rules not applying to him.

Way to set a good example, Aaron. Way to not let your celebrity lend itself to encouraging people to get vaccinated because shit usually happens when you don’t believe it will. No wonder so many fans of the game see you as an arrogant asshole despite your mastery of the game and, yeah, in part, why your team took an “L” last night because you should have been doing your goddamned job but chose to wind up not doing it because you think you didn’t have to abide by the rules and it doesn’t say much about whatever you think about your teammates and the other members of the Packers organization by taking the risk of infecting them… and you might have done so already. One of his game checks comes to $66,900 – that’s more money than a lot of people make in a year. I’d love it if the league not only garnished his game checks, they suspend him without pay even to make an example out of him.

He has the right to not get vaccinated… but he’s not so large and in charge that he has the right to violate the league rules with impunity. But, alas, because he’s Aaron Rodgers, he won’t get bitch-slapped like a lesser player might be…

 
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Posted by on 8 November 2021 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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Kdaddy’s General Observations: It’s Electric!

I’ve been reading a lot of stuff about electric vehicles. Been seeing an increase of commercials on TV touting them and they’re becoming quite the thing and more so when there’s a lot of focus on climate change and one of the many things we’re trying to do about this.

According to an article I just read, electric vehicles are going to be one of those landmark game-changers that will have a major impact all over the world as countries are approaching governmental mandates that must be met in the next 19-20 years. It’s going to impact jobs and many other employment sectors but the thing that has me feeling a bit uptight is where is the electricity gonna come from to charge these new vehicles?

I’ve been reading books that “feature” electric vehicles and even driverless transports; in one book, the main character was hustling to get somewhere in his electric vehicle and it was mentioned that the road surface itself used a form of inductive charging and not all that different from when I put my iPhone on its charging pad… and I thought, “Hmm… that’s interesting!” Another book I read had locals looking at the main character like he was some kind of weirdo because he was driving a car with – gasp – an internal combustion engine and the general thought was that the main character was one of monetary influence since the reliance on fossil fuels had long since gone by the wayside. Not exactly illegal but as strange as it might be to see a horse and buggy on today’s interstate highways.

One commercial was touting the features of a company’s new electric vehicle and showing someone at a charging station, all smiles; another – and with the same woman, I think – was being “shady” by accepting a gas card from her parents when, apparently, her card didn’t really need it. More hybrid than all-electric but, still. An article I read the other day was talking about the cost of “fuel” for both gas-powered engines and electric ones and, wow, the numbers say that it costs more to charge an electric car than it does a gas-powered car over a specific distance as well as pointing out a lack of commercial charging stations, the fees that might be charged to use one and, of course, what charges would be involved for residential charging stations and, apparently, there are two types of residential stations and that got my attention because one of the things I think about regarding this is that I live in an apartment complex so if I were to own an electric vehicle – and they cost more than the “average” mid-sized car – um, where the hell am I gonna plug it in? The article talking about costs also mentioned that it’s recommended that some of these new cars coming out not be charged beyond 80% of its capacity and that it could, in some situations, take up to 20 hours to recharge one of these electric puppies.

Yet another article made mention that electric vehicles have a lower “miles per gallon” rating than similarly sized gas-powered cars and, again, that you can find a gas station almost anywhere… but not commercial charging stations all that much. That same article pointed out that electric vehicles cost a lot more than the gas-powered vehicles they will be replacing. Today’s article talked about the lack of parts needed in the electric powertrain versus the gas-fueled powertrain – something like 17 parts for the electric and well over 400 for gasoline engines/transmissions. That means less servicing and probably repairs which is going to have a major impact on places that service cars and the people trained to fix them. They did say that there will continue to be a need for someone to change tires and windshield wipers, though.

Yet another article talked about the current infrastructure for electricity delivery and spoke to the grid, as it stands today, being inadequate to handle residential car charging and, yep, again, how much it might cost per kilowatt hour. I thought that stuff like this explained the premise of hybrid cars when you try to put all of this information together because having an electric car is going to help the environment a lot but could be an expensive “paperweight” if you’re not able to drive them all that much and because you can’t be sure – at this point – that you can find a charging station or have one installed where you live and like everything that runs on batteries, no electricity, no power.

Driving around here, I’ve yet to see a commercial charging station although I’d suppose that the many gas stations in the area could include them but makes me wonder what that would do to the price of using one, let alone what kind of strain it would put on our local grid that hasn’t been all that reliable; that by itself isn’t “something new” given how shitty the grid’s infrastructure has been reported to be along with rising costs per kilowatt hour just to keep the lights on in your home.

Cityman works for a concern whose focus is on sustainable clean energy like solar power as well as updating the current power delivery infrastructure and utility companies to provide that clean, sustainable energy at reasonable and affordable prices. We talk about this topic at times and where electric cars and trucks are concerned and what it’s costing people to own them and what utility companies are doing to push back against these necessary changes while doing everything they can to keep their fingers in the electric pie as homes and businesses are going all solar and removing themselves from the existing grid; why buy power from the local electric company when you can, essentially, be your own power company?

He’s very knowledgeable about this but I like to ask him about stuff from a consumer’s point of view, like, what would owning an electric car do to make my electric bill bigger than it already is. I agree with him that solar and wind power generation is the way to go and I understand that he’s looking at a much bigger picture than, as a consumer, I’d be looking at; solar and wind power ain’t gonna help much if/when electric utilities are going to charge more to provide and deliver cleaner and more sustainable power and now it comes down to that thing where having electrically powered vehicles will be good for the environment… but maybe not so much for one’s bank account.

I dunno. This is one of those things where science fiction is becoming science fact. Again, I’ve read so many books where electrically powered vehicles were the preferred method of transportation. I don’t recall authors ever really mentioning having to recharge those vehicles or anyone worrying about being low on charge. Quiet, efficient, and environmentally friendly and some even with a tiny – read microscopic – nuclear power source that makes having to put a vehicle on a charger a non-issue. I remember reading a lot of those books and thinking, yeah, that ain’t gonna happen any time soon… and now it’s happening. Not even close to the stuff I’ve been reading for decades but close enough for government work where we get away from our great reliance on fossil fuel sources and because we really do need to do this to address the climate issues. But just as I tend to do when talking about this stuff with Cityman, I wonder what it’s gonna cost and, for now, the price is pretty high… but all new technology tends to be pricey and sometimes prohibitively so.

I guess we’ll see how all of this eventually shakes out…

 
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Posted by on 24 October 2021 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Only in California

I had to write this before it slipped my mind. I was looking at my online newsfeeds when my eye caught a blurb about California passing a law and making it illegal to remove a condom during sex without the other person’s permissions, aka, stealthing… and California is the first and only state with this law now on the books.

I saw the blurb and my curiosity made me read it and as I thought, “Stealthing? What the fuck is that?” Then I read it and thought, “Oh, okay…” I’d heard of it before; I’d heard women putting the word out on some dude who was fucking them with a condom and everything’s going good and the next thing she knew, she could feel his cum blasting into her and it dawns on her that somewhere along the line, he removed the condom and she wasn’t aware that he had… and, yeah, she was beyond being pissed off that he did.

Admittedly, I’d not heard of such a thing “a whole lot.” Now, I’ve used condoms having sex with people and I’ve had them ask me to take it off… and I don’t remember ever asking them if I could take it off and I sure as fuck wouldn’t do something as heinous as having one on, screwing them, and then just ripping it off and being all raw up in them. I’ve broken them and, um, have had them come off in there and the sex just stops to take care of such things… but to just take it off and not tell the other person that you’re doing that and if it’s okay? Ugh.

I’d guess that in the state of California, stealthing is a major problem and one that caused them to make a law against it. It’s the crime/offense of sexual assault, according to the article and someone perpetrating this offense can be sued in civil court. Here’s the link to one such article so you can read it for yourself: https://www.npr.org/2021/10/07/1040160313/california-stealthing-nonconsensual-condom-removal

I understand what they said about why they passed this law… didn’t know it was that much of a “thing,” though. The article cited a BBC show where some dude stealthed the woman he was having sex with and the NPR article said something about this being hyped in pop culture and making me think that, perhaps, my pop culture knowledge is sorely lacking or it just might be lacking because I don’t live in California… and Californians, without offense, well, they do some pretty “weird” stuff that other states probably don’t even know about and I often have fun teasing the shit out of my protege over. However, this isn’t a laughing matter… and I will be asking him what he knows about this as he follows California politics fairly closely.

 
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Posted by on 8 October 2021 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: The Shot

I was scrolling through Facebook and saw someone had posted some shit about us wanting to get back to normal so bad that we’re willing to get a shot and we don’t know what’s in it… and my first thought was, “Well, if you can read, you can find out what’s in it.”

My second thought was about folks who post dumb shit like this being able to understand how the mRNA vaccines work even if they read it. I’ll admit that I was leery about taking the vaccine when it first came out, not because of what it was made of but because they were rushing to get a vaccine made and distributed… and those things normally takes years to create, produce, and distribute with lots of clinical trials before they’re even approved.

In days gone by, they made vaccines by taking the live vaccine and “dissecting” it to weaken it and get only the parts that would trigger the body’s immune response and like giving you “the flu” so you [hopefully] don’t get the flu. I suppose that people losing their shit about the COVID vaccines were/are thinking that this old way of producing vaccines was being used but if they had bothered to go to the producing companies’ website and read about it – instead of getting on Facebook and acting scared, they would have seen that there is no “watered down” Covid-19 viruses being used.

mRNA, or memory RNA, is cutting edge shit that I’m thinking isn’t all that different from a type of gene therapy. I got my first Moderna shot a while back and went and read how the vaccine works and what’s in it and the nerd in me said, “This is some cool shit! It teaches the cells to resist Covid and once injected, what one cell “learns” they all learn once it spreads through your body.”

Sure… side effects and stuff but there are few drugs made that don’t have them and the only thing I noticed after my first shot was my arm wasn’t as sore as I expected; I got some booster shots a couple of years or so ago and my arms hurt so bad and like nothing I’d felt since getting vaccinated in the service… and that shit had me in tears me bawling like a baby.

I was worried that my PKD – poly cystic kidney disease – might give me problems if I got the vaccine but a recent visit to my nephrologist saw him asking me if I’d been vaccinated yet so I’m thinking that if he thought it was going to be a problem, he would have told me not to get it. My vascular surgeon, who I saw not long after, asked me what I was waiting for, not that the vaccine was gonna mess with my implanted devices but he knows about my kidneys because he was the one who told me about them in the first place.

I trust both of those guys so I got the vaccine, then got the second shot even though the pharmacist said that it might be”bad” because it’s a heavier load. I had prepared myself to feel some kind of way after the second shot… and all I felt was a sorer arm than the first time and a pretty interesting looking bruise I got because he moved the needle while injecting me.

I understand why so many people are leery about the vaccines but some people on Facebook is just being stupid. You wanna know what’s in it? Go to the site and read about it and you can even ask them questions, which makes more sense to me than spreading more fear about being vaccinated or, as I read, someone yapping about the vaccine being fake and it was really the government injecting microchips into everyone for some nefarious purpose.

And while I can now go without wearing a mask, um, nope – the mask stays on when I go out and more so when they’re saying that here’s a chance that one can catch the virus and pass it on without being sick – because they’ve been vaccinated. But the main reason is not knowing who hasn’t been vaccinated and running around without a mask because, I dunno, they’re just being contrary or don’t believe this virus – and the newer Delta variant – ain’t gonna affect them or whatever they’re thinking.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Delta is here and starting to spread and experts say it’s doing so like chicken pox did and since I had that back in the day, let’s just say that I’m glad that I’ve been vaccinated. Still, there’s not a day where I don’t seen some… idiot on Facebook talking about their right to refuse the vaccine a d they don’t have to wear a mask if they don’t want to and, yeah, that former President Trump was right when he said the virus was no big deal… even though he caught it and found out it was very real.

I’m thinking that if you’re not going to be part of the solution, do everyone a favor and stop being part of the problem and keep your fears to yourself. I’m in that age group where weakened immune systems tend to happen with age and many of us are living with pre-existing conditions and I got vaccinated with no ill effects. But one of the things I read was those with good levels of vitamin D had stronger immune systems and I’ve been taking vitamin D for a long time and every day. Maybe that was “enough” to keep me safe but why take chances?

I can understand someone who is medically advised not to get the vaccine,,which makes sense. But they’re starting to see how bad Delta is for those who haven’t been vaccinated and the latest reports are saying that Delta is having a field day with the unvaccinated and the number of people infected with Delta is growing.

Can’t take the vaccine ain’t the same as won’t take it. If you won’t take it because you don’t know what’s in it, go to the maker’s website and read about that and if you have questions, ask them and if you’re not sure if you’re healthy enough to be vaccinated, a visit to,a doctor might be in order. Hell, when I saw my doctor earlier this year, that was the first thing he asked me… and then asked why I hadn’t gotten it already.

Given that travel restrictions are being put into place, like on cruise ships, and you have to show your vaccination card as proof, yeah, that’s a good reason to get it since you never know when a travel opportunity might arise and just wearing a mask isn’t enough. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

I have my card – do you? Had the shots and I’m fine and dandy and so is everyone else in my family who has gotten the vaccine. I can’t help but think that those idiots on Facebook and other social media who post the shit I’ve been seeing will sing a different tune if they catch the Delta variant…

 
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Posted by on 3 August 2021 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Dear WordPress…

I do not like what you’ve done to the PC version’s desktop.

 
 

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Kdaddy’s General Observations: That Supreme Court Nonsense

I was swiping through Twitter late last night and saw where someone had tweeted about the confirmation hearing taking place and the topic was whether or not this new and proposed Justice was going to do her best to overturn all of the LGBTQ+ rulings previously made by the court. The fact that she appeared to give a bunch of non-answers was expected but also maybe a tiny bit bothersome because the LGBTQ+ community has fought a long and hard battle to wrest back their human rights and to put and end to the discrimination against anyone who isn’t straight.

Then I thought, “Yeah… like the Supreme Court can really stop anyone from being not so straight…” Sure, they could – and with this proposed Justice’s input – overturn it all and set sexuality issues back to the 1960s or thereabouts and once more paving the way for even more discrimination and hatred than is still remaining. I don’t know about y’all but I tend to see the hypocrisy involved given that the Constitution, supposedly, grants everyone the right to the pursuit of happiness and all that…

And we act and behave as if what is really being said that you do have the right to the pursuit of happiness… as long as you are pursuing happiness the way we say you’re supposed to… and that means being heterosexual. Then again, I suppose that since we had – maybe still have – laws against being anything but straight, it takes another law to make not being straight legal even though those who might discriminate still have the right to discriminate and would continue to do so no matter what the law – and the court’s ruling – said about it.

Even if the court – and with this woman’s input and alleged Trump fanaticism – were to repeal everything concerning LGBTQ+ stuff, all it’s going to do is wind up back in court again and maybe with greater overtones of human rights violations and right along with our right to the pursuit of happiness and as given by the same Constitution the Supreme Court is duty-bound to uphold. I’m kinda/sorta paying attention to all this riffing about her appointment and the allegations of “court packing” and it’s gotten me thinking – and not for the first time – whether any of the Justices are as… neutral as their remit says they should be and by that I mean that their personal thoughts on things brought before the court should not ever get involved; they should only and always be about the Constitution and the law and nothing but that.

It still amazes me that we’re still riffing about Roe v. Wade and the ongoing battle to overturn it or otherwise invalidate it; it’s like a lot women have been saying and asking: Don’t they have a right to decide what happens to their body? Um, apparently, there are still those who think they don’t and this is one of those things that I’d really and seriously like for you to think about and ask yourself why this is still being so hotly debated when there isn’t a reason to. If a woman doesn’t want to have a baby, she doesn’t want to have a baby but apparently we’re still stuck back in the past and with that mindset that it’s a woman’s job to have babies and a lot of them and whether it’s detrimental to them or not.

Again, you’d think that we’d be smarter and wiser than that by now, huh? On the issue of sexuality, is this insane or what? We know that not everyone is straight and that not everyone wants to be or, yeah, is going to remain straight if they don’t wanna be. You would think that all the court has to do is to say that even in this, it is a right that all Americans have and it is very damned illegal to discriminate in these things – and that’s the end of that.

Except, it isn’t. It serves no purpose to America to take a gigantic step backwards in this except to continue with a pattern of behavior that’s long since been proven to be wrong and contradicts our rights as citizens of this country and, really, we know to be morally wrong to discriminate against anyone because of race, creed, and now, sexuality. On paper, this is not who we are as a nation… but the truth has always been that we discriminate because we actually have the right to do this – that would be the First Amendment and the part that guarantees free speech.

Of course, there’s a lot of bitching about this confirmation hearing taking place at all when those idiots on Capitol Hill should be working at getting a new stimulus package put together and approved. What I understand, though, is the system is actually working the way it’s supposed to work… it’s just a thing that we kinda don’t need it to work at this moment and in the face of more important shit facing America at this time. The court has worked shorthanded before and I, for one, don’t really see it as a hinderance if we waited until the election has been settled to appoint a new Justice – and the court went back into session and as it always has: On the first Monday in October so they are open for business and as they should be.

I question whether a nominee’s political views should have anything to do with it; it shouldn’t matter what political party they belong to – and if they even belong to one – their sole focus is supposed to be only on constitutional law and without any weight given to the political party whatever president belonged to when they were appointed and confirmed. The laws currently in place are in place because those nine people who sit on the bench said it was constitutional for them to be in place… and now we’re getting our panties in a bunch because the insane clown posse that is Congress has some people who think that this one woman somehow has the power to change the minds of eight other people and convince them that what they know and have ruled to be constitutional really isn’t so much?

What you’d think would be of greater concern is whether or not she can be as impartial as she’s supposed to be and can uphold the law at this level. That some judges are judges because a political candidate owes them a favor is something that I always thought sucked dog ass but it also stands to reason – kind of – that if you don’t have the ability to be able to keep your personal feelings and other affiliations out of things, then you have no business sitting on any bench at any level.

I did, just the same, liked it when she said that she will not be used as a pawn; whether she really meant that or not remains to be seen but one does have to ask what it is about her that the president appointed her over all the other judges who could be elevated to the highest court in the land? Why her? Is it because she’s a woman and she’s to replace a woman who was very highly respected, not only here at home but around the world as well? Given who nominated her, well, yeah – I allow that it makes her instantly suspect but, as one of the people on the judiciary committee overseeing the confirmation asked, “Why are we doing this now and pushing it through when we have more important issues that have to be addressed and dealt with?”

I’ll admit that I wanna know the answer to that, too, and just like I wanna know what her stance on things LGBTQ+ has to do with this when the law does say what it does about this already. I somehow get the impression that Congress isn’t asking the right questions but they might get around to asking them and there’s no telling what the FBI is going to turn up as they dig into her background and take a very close look alongside the Justice Department at her cases and decisions; to that end, I gotta say that if you’ve never had the FBI checking you out, you probably don’t have an idea of how deep they dig and right down to some things you’d probably not want to be made public… or wanting the FBI to find out.

I guess we’ll see how her confirmation turns out and if she makes it past this part, we’ll see what happens when she takes her place on the bench…

 
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Posted by on 14 October 2020 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Political Insanity

I’ve been voting since I turned 18 and I’ve seen a lot of political madness over all this time… and nothing like I’ve been seeing today and with the 2020 elections growing closer. We are a house divided and nothing divides us more than politics; I can remember when politicking was… fighting fair, to put it that way, and with candidates putting more focus on convincing voters that they were, in deed and in fact, the right person to hold an office and with little in the way of digging up dirt on the other candidates…

Then I saw it all change and political candidates were more focused on digging up all the dirt they could and kinda/sorta just paying lip service to about why they should be the candidate to get voted into an office. Lots of truths mixed in with even more lies; even more stuff being taken out of context or otherwise misconstrued, not to really prove that one person was the better choice but to totally and completely assassinate the character of whomever was vying for the office.

Nothing seems to make us more insane than when it’s time to elect officials – any officials – for public office. The ongoing rift and dirty tactics between Republicans and Democrats has gotten so much worse and now that it’s become evident that foreign influences are – and probably always has been – involved in how we govern ourselves, my god… what the fuck is going on here? As I’ve written before, there are a lot of people I personally know who are expressing political views and to the point where I really don’t know who they are any longer. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t check Facebook or Twitter and see the insanity going on over this upcoming election and to the point where not only are people unfriending each other, whole families and friends are at war over things.

I’ve seen so much spin doctoring that it makes me dizzy; I see the direction Trump’s campaign has been going in as well as his antics and other behaviors that still has me wondering how he got elected in the first place. I’ve seen it written that this man is, hands down, the worst president this country has ever had and so much that he makes George Bush Jr. look like a stellar example of a good president. What amazes the shit out of me is that it’s been proven that this president not only knew of the dangers of COVID-19 and before it reached our shores, he choose not to do or say anything about it and has continued to downplay how terribly serious this has proven to be… and, yes, I’m wondering how he got “cured” of contracting the virus that is still sickening and/or killing not only Americans but people across the world.

It appalls me that there are so many people who believe that he’s been doing such a good job as president when there’s so much evidence that says that, bluntly, he sucks at being president and, even better, there are a lot of members of the GOP and RNC who, now, thinks it was a very bad idea to do whatever they did to get him into office and it’s clear that the country is suffering behind his indifference.

I’ve known about Joe Biden for a long time since he has represented my home state for that long time. I’ve met him, talked to him and, coincidentally, I happened to be at the hospital to have dinner with my mom who worked there when his family was brought in after the horrific car accident. Yeah… Joe is a character and then some and, yeah, he can be an embarrassment at times because he just isn’t known for having much of a filter in place… but I don’t know about other Delawareans, but I can’t say much in a bad way about his record as a politician and someone who spent decades representing us. He wasn’t always right… but he wasn’t always wrong. Our proudest moment, as Delawareans, was when he was selected to be vice-president and even then, um, Joe was still being Joe and if I can’t say anything else about the man, he is consistent.

Would he be the best choice to be president and the de facto leader of the free world? Maybe.. and maybe not. If you listen to and believe some Republicans, he’s the worst choice ever and in our history… and I’m having a hard time imagining how he could be or do any worse that the guy currently sitting in the Oval Office – and I’m not saying that because I’m a Democrat or because Joe is okay with me:

No: This is my intelligence trying to get a grip on this mess and everything that I’ve been seeing and hearing over Mr. Trump’s time in office is screaming at me and saying that to believe he’s been the “greatest president ever” means something is very wrong with me. I’m not gonna say that he hasn’t done good things while in office… but I’m of a mind that this country just might not do or be as well as it can be if he gets elected to serve another four years. Not with his attitude; not with his rather callous approach to the hot-button topics we’ve been going through – and we’re going through them because even he admitted to not giving the pandemic any real or serious importance… because he didn’t think it was important or, as it’s being suggested, he just didn’t give a fuck about it.

I don’t know about y’all but I’m thinking this is a problem. I sit and look at stuff about what the polls are saying but given that Mr. Trump got into office and in a way that, in my memory, only happened once before (but I’ve been told it’s actually happened twice before): The person who won the popular vote hands down didn’t become president. The last time, well, before the last time, we saw Al Gore run away with the popular vote even with some hanky-panky happening in Florida confusing things – and he didn’t become president. Then we saw it happen again: Hillary Clinton had the popular vote in the bag… but the Electoral College decided otherwise and she didn’t win.

And some people, at least from what I read today, are thinking that history is about to repeat itself again and back-to-back at that… and it seems to be scaring a lot of political experts and, I think, for good reason. We’ve learned that our political system is very broken and badly so; we even acknowledge that we seriously need to do some shit in order to fix it… and all we’ve done is talked about fixing it.

Still, what I’ve been seeing from people I know and who are on either side of the political fence, dear lord… what has gotten into them that they are more than willing and able to let their political views and beliefs destroy friendships and families? I read something written on Facebook from a very dear friend against Biden… and putting a very dizzying spin on something that Joe said way back when he was a mere US Senator and on a topic that, today, has no relevancy that I’m aware of since what she was losing her mind over was relevant decades ago. I sit and read – and with great sorrow at times – her going off the deep end with her views which, yeah, is her right but, at least to me, without the great intelligence I thought I knew she had and employed. She must’ve had written something that made Facebook fact-check it, found it to be false, and not only deleted it but told her that it was deleted… and she lost her shit over it.

I really did wonder why and more so when Facebook, in particular, went out of their way to make it clear that any fake news or unproven facts would be summarily deleted. She went on an unbelievable rampage about her freedom of speech rights being violated when, um, yeah – all Americans have that right to say whatever the fuck they want to… but that doesn’t mean that everyone is gonna find out that they said or even accept it.

I thought I knew her… and I really don’t. I see other people who continue to rabidly believe shit that valid sources keep proving to be untrue and, fuck me: I don’t know what kind of drugs or whatever these folks are on but I know I don’t want to be subjected to whatever it is that is making them, well, insane. This whole political situation is more polarizing than talking about sex and religion normally are and, of course, politics has always been one of those things that’s best left out of conversations.

When my beloved mother was alive, whew – she’d often be totally bent out of shape because her husband – a real fan of Donald Trump – would just keep fucking with her about how he believed in Trump and even I thought some of it was just him pushing her buttons since I knew – we all knew – that my mom was a very confirmed Democrat. What made this worse, at least from where I was sitting, was listening to him blaming Obama for my mom’s illness and blaming political entities for not providing her the care she most definitely deserved. I was in the room with him not too long after my mom came back from having life-saving surgery – and a surgery she shouldn’t have survived at all…

And he was almost yelling that she wasn’t getting the best possible care because of political considerations and, again, Obama was somehow directly responsible. I thought I knew this guy and I’ve known him for a very damned long time… and found out that I really didn’t know him at all, not if he believe that Donald Trump was going to make my mother any better than she could be. And he believed it more than he believed the science of medicine that was being explained to him.

That day in her room? I have never wanted to kick someone’s ass as much as I did his at that time. I couldn’t – and didn’t – understand why his politics seem to be more important that the fact that my mother – his wife – could have died on the table or before she even got on the table or even why he thought the government could do something about it. He’d disagree with what the doctor was telling him and, again, believed that the doctor’s political affiliations had something to do with it. The man was straight up losing whatever mind he had and despite how he was ranting and raving about politics, I really did understand that this was just him being very and seriously worried about her health and continued existence.

But, damn; is it just me or did everyone pretty much lose their minds once Mr. Trump took office? I have never seen the kind of shit I’m seeing before and I’ve seen quite a few very heated contests for office from local to the presidency. Shit… we had a county executive get stung by the FBI, removed from office and sent to prison… and he got out, ran for the office again… and fucking won! Anyone remember the mayor of Washington, DC? He got stung and outed for a lot of “evil” shit done in office, was removed, did a little time. got out, ran for the office again.. and he fucking won and against all odds and even common sense.

But this shit we’re seeing now? Like I said, I’ve never seen anything even close to this. I’ve never seen people be so polarized than they are right now; there’s a man sitting in the office that a whole lot of people, if they didn’t know it before, knows that he’s an asshole and the worst kind of asshole and, no – this isn’t my politics talking; this is what I’ve been reading and hearing from others. I know and even kinda accept that there are some things a sitting president will know about at it will be determined and decided that the American people, well, they don’t need to know about it and there hasn’t been a president who hasn’t been “guilty” of this and, yes, sometimes, it has cost the lives of those in the military and we’ve never really done a whole lot for those who have put their lives on the line – and have made the ultimate sacrifice and because of some political crap.

COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it – or knew it – and we now know that our president knew about it… and did nothing; he is still acting like this is no big deal to him. He’s fired a lot of people who didn’t agree with his views or plans; he’s castrated the organizations whose job is it to not only prevent this shit from happening but who’s supposed to do something about it. He really did tell people that we didn’t have to wear masks if we didn’t want to and against the expert advice given him that said that, yeah – mask up if you don’t wanna get sick.

Even his fellow Republicans are very unhappy about the way he’s been dealing with this… and if that doesn’t tell voters something, I don’t know what would. Him fighting with Congress and specifically Nancy Peloski? Actually nothing unusual about that since she’s a Democrat and in Congress, the war between Democrats and Republicans have always taken place and just the way shit happens in those hallowed halls… but even this business as usual thing has gotten out of control.

Do I think that Joe Biden can right the ship? I really don’t… what I do know is that if he wins the election, he’s going to have one seriously hell of a mess to clean up and even that isn’t all that unusual: Every president who has held the office has left a big, smelly, pile of shit for his replacement to deal with – just part of the job. Politics aside, I think no matter how the election goes, we are in deep trouble…

And our lives, as Americans, will never be the same ever again. I do not believe that political ideology is going to do a damned thing to restore or better our way of life. Republicans have always had their idea of how shit should be and Democrats historically have an opposing view of those ideas. We lose our collective minds over left wing versus right wing shit and we put so much importance on these disparate points of views that we’ve lost sight of what we should be doing: Doing the best we can do for each other and regardless to politics and more so when there’s a virus that’s still running wild and unchecked and killing us…

And Nero appears to be fiddling while Rome burns and I’m having a very hard time trying to understand why any sitting president would do such a thing – and then think they’re doing what’s right. And, yeah – if this had happened on Obama’s watch and he behaved in this manner, you bet your ass I wouldn’t say he was doing a good job… because he wouldn’t be. I wouldn’t dare to tell anyone how they should vote and I can easily sit here and think about stuff that’s both good and bad about both men fighting for the office.

I am officially worried… and everyone should be. Politics, such as they are, aren’t going to fix shit and our government has been historically and glacially slow when it comes to seeing to the well-being of the the people who votes any of them into office. Congress seems to be more worried about shit that affects them personally than they are in doing the job they were elected to do – to represent the people who voted them into office and to speak for us. Oh… they’re speaking alright… and some of the shit they’re talking about and going about doing is disturbing and more so now than any other time I can remember.

I was told, lo those many years ago, that if you don’t vote, you really don’t matter. I have, over all this time, listened to people bitching, moaning, and complaining about elected officials not doing shit the way they’re supposed to and, as such, going out of their way to not cast their vote and believing that it won’t ever make a difference. A lot of people sacrificed their very lives so that we could be able to vote and to insure that our right to do so is, can, and will forever be upheld. Maybe my vote – which has already been casted – won’t make much of a difference when it’s all said and done… but I voted… because it’s my right to and I’d take a very dim view of myself if I didn’t exercise that right that so many sacrificed so much to make sure I had. If none of my candidates win, it won’t be because I didn’t vote.

I’ll leave you with this to consider:

“Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design. They are enabled to fathom it with common counsel, and to oppose it with united strength. Whereas, when they lie dispersed, without concert, order, or discipline, communication is uncertain, counsel difficult, and resistance impracticable. Where men are not acquainted with each other’s principles, nor experienced in each other’s talents, nor at all practised in their mutual habitudes and dispositions by joint efforts in business; no personal confidence, no friendship, no common interest, subsisting among them; it is evidently impossible that they can act a public part with uniformity, perseverance, or efficacy. In a connection, the most inconsiderable man, by adding to the weight of the whole, has his value, and his use; out of it, the greatest talents are wholly unserviceable to the public. No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours, are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

–Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents 82-83 (1770) in: Select Works of Edmund Burke, vol. 1, p. 146 (Liberty Fund ed. 1999).

This is the long version of this: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I think it’s appropriate in this context and, yeah, if you think or otherwise believe that the “wrong” person is holding an elected office they shouldn’t have, it’s not because of how people voted – it’s because they didn’t vote.

No matter how this cluster fuck of an election turns out, go vote. Be that good man or woman who chooses to do something rather than to do nothing.

PS: If anyone is of a mind to give me some shit about what I’ve written, don’t bother wasting your time doing it; I really and truly do not give a fuck about political affiliations and I’m not even that rooted in whatever I think about politics. Your objections are guaranteed to fall on deaf ears and no matter who you are supporting… or not. I expect to get flamed and I just want y’all to know that I’m fire-proof because none of this shit is worth getting pissed off about and it sure as fuck ain’t worth alienating anyone over.

 
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Posted by on 12 October 2020 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Current Affairs

The US continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. The politicians in DC are running around like chickens with their heads cut off and the President, well, shit – what is he doing other than trying to shut down Twitter? I know some pretty rabid Republicans who think that their boy is doing one hell of a good job during this crisis but I think some of them really do know that it sure doesn’t look like he’s doing much of anything other than making everyone else think he’s insane.

Two totally senseless killings and one by a police officer. Protests over this one that have spread to other countries. Rioting. Looting. Local authorities trying to settle things down and not having much success because it’s pretty damned hard for cooler heads to prevail given the reason why all of this is happening and, oh, yeah, there’s this virus that is still running rampant that scientists can’t seem to make up their mind what it’s doing, how it’s doing it, and whether or not it’s gonna keep on doing whatever the fuck it’s doing in the foreseeable future.

The race is on to find something that can, hopefully, stop the spread and even if they do manage to find something that’s gonna get the job done – and not cause any other health issues, how is it gonna be distributed to everyone? What’s it gonna cost to get it? What about all the people running around who aren’t gonna take such a medication?

And the thing I keep thinking is that Rome is burning… and Nero is blithely fiddling away.

There isn’t a moment of my day where I don’t see another TV commercial about being alone together or how there is now a new normal and one that, apparently, we’re gonna have to get used to while being stuck inside and, for many, being subjected to cabin fever and having a hard time coping with it. Many of the commercials I see want you to buy a new car, get started on your spring/summer home projects and a lot of other things and letting you know that despite the ongoing pandemic, if ya want to buy something, lots of online and curbside services are now available that are contact-free.

Domino’s cracks me up with their “nobody touches your pizza after it comes out of the oven” thing… doesn’t tell you that no one touches it before it goes in the oven unless it’s implied that whoever made it was gloved and masked.

Politicians are losing their fucking minds because they know that we need to do something about the economy; we need to get people back to working and making money so they can spend money, collect taxes, you know, all the stuff we were doing before the pandemic changed everyone’s way of life. Do we open up? Partially open up? Back in DC, Nero cut the funding of the one organization whose job it is to combat infectious diseases, not only here at home but worldwide. I know we’ve been in a “do more with less” frame of mind about a lot of things but for this one? Less ain’t gonna cut it and any kind of R&D costs money to do and more so when, um, you know, it would be nice if y’all could…

Hurry the fuck up and do something about this pandemic shit.

I only go out when I have to… but when I do? Whole lot of people walking around without masks and some with a mask… around their neck. I go to the supermarket, which has markings all over the floor and even directional arrows turning the aisles into one-way streets… and no one is paying them any attention but, then again, when you have a shitload of people in the market trying to buy food, that staying six feet apart thing kinda goes out the window.

Just when you think the world couldn’t get any crazier, you find out that it can. And I’ve been sitting here wondering what the fuck is going on and trying to make sense of this. Early on in the pandemic, I had the thought that the coronavirus was airborne; I mean, it had to be given how the way it was spreading and more so when it was reported – last week, as I recall – that a family that was quarantined was diagnosed with having the virus. Now, how did that happen?

I got to thinking about the mask thing and everyone being told that cloth masks were okay but even I know a little something about viruses and that they can easily pass through a bandana and other types of materials that aren’t specifically designed to keep viruses from getting in or out. Lots of talk about the survivability of the virus on different surfaces and this one seems to be able to hang out on surfaces longer than what’s considered to be usual or “normal.”

Whatever the fuck that means these days. Conflicting reports on whether or not this was really a bioweapon that was deliberately unleashed or something that was being studied and “accidentally” got out of containment. Everyone’s pointing a finger at China, who is saying they didn’t do it but apparently that’s where patient zero was found.

Crazy numbers seen every damned day about the number of infections and in places where, in the early going, had none; saw a news report of some place that has zero coronavirus infections while there are infections being reported in South American countries… how did that happen? No one seems to know. Now we’re being told that a second round of infections can be expected this fall and some sources have said that this shit could very well keep going into 2021. The scary part isn’t that this damned virus is in the wild and, seemingly, mutating – it’s that no one seems to know how it’s doing what it’s doing and, importantly, how to get rid of it.

Congress is doing their usual cluster fuck thing over stimulus packages and people are becoming outraged because there’s a lot of stimulus money going to places that, perhaps, it shouldn’t be going. Read something yesterday where it was reported that some people were getting tens of thousands of stimulus dollars… while many other people are only getting $1,200 and that doesn’t even account for the untold number of people who don’t qualify for this… which makes me wonder who thought having the IRS deal with this was a good idea… and why they did.

The “new normal” is… scary. Just a little while ago, someone from the UK wrote a post where, apparently, if there are two or more people in a private place, they could be fined fifty British Pounds Sterling and the fines will be doubled for every repeat offense… and I’m wondering how in the hell the UK authorities are going to enforce this change in their quarantine laws.

Facebook. Oh, my God. I wish y’all could see my feeds and the stuff being said about current events! Posts being removed because of fact checking; “news” stories being posted from places that, at least to me, may not be legitimate or even verified news sources. I’ve seen more shit being said about President Obama since this shit storm got started than I did when he was in office and one “news source” places the blame on him for what’s taking place right now.

Wait… what?

The Rabid Republicans are having a field day praising Donald Trump and one of my Facebook friends actually said that the governors of all 50 states are the ones responsible for the current mess we find ourselves in and, get this, enslaving each and every one of us. I had asked her if she really believed this and one of her friends started giving me some shit about what’s going on here in my home state… and he doesn’t live here. He thinks that because he lived here 16 years ago, he knows what’s going on here right now and, hmm, somehow, I don’t… even though I get emails from our governor several times a day about what he’s doing and, oh, yeah, I’ve lived here all of my life.

Then, I guess, to take the sting off of what I said to him about this, he called me a young man… only to find out that I’m older than he is. I wasn’t offended but it’s just another of many instances of how fucked up a lot of people can see a situation and, in the this instance, based upon political affiliation which, I dunno, has and carries more weight that what can be readily and easily seen.

And through it all, Nero seems to still be fiddling and even distancing himself from the strife the country is currently facing. A news story yesterday asked why he hasn’t addressed the nation as a whole to inform America about what’s being done and all that and, yeah, I’m kinda wondering that myself and more so when information coming out of DC is all over the place. Whether the truth of things gets told, well, it is DC after all but it seems to me that if he wants America to know that he’s all over this problem like a bad habit and handling it, well, what he’s doing – or reported to be doing and depending on who you wanna believe – isn’t what I’d call encouraging.

Last night, Cityman told me that while he was out running, it was suggested that he get his ass home because a curfew was in effect and he seemed to be a bit pissy about that but it’s been clear to me that he hasn’t been handling the quarantine very well… but a lot of people aren’t. He wasn’t happy about being told to go home and I thought that he was lucky that he didn’t get arrested for a curfew violation… and I thought that he’d probably be – or should be – worried about getting arrested. I would be but, of course, that’s me. I started to point out to him something he had told me, that being, where he lives instructed the citizens to only be out for necessary reasons, like an emergency, buying food, stuff like that and I don’t think going for a run counts as being a necessary reason.

Then again, there are lot of people who just don’t believe that the new rules apply to them and maybe don’t even think they’re gonna get sick or that there’s no chance that they could potentially make someone sick since, um, when you’re running, you’re breathing.

Clearly, we aren’t doing well in “these trying times,” another phrase I keep hearing on TV that’s really starting to get on my nerves because unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, that these are trying times is pretty fucking obvious. If the way we’re being made to live is going to be the new normal, I’m thinking that this is going to take a lot longer for people to adjust to than what’s being thought or even proposed.

Because it’s pretty hard for a social animal like humans are to not be social.

Thus endeth the rant.

 
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Posted by on 2 June 2020 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Shaving

Ah… I remember that I couldn’t wait to be grown up enough to shave! I’d watch my father shave with great curiosity as he’d lather up and put razor to face – those double-edge chumps that came in a thingy you needed to slide out with your thumb and into the razor that then needed to be adjusted to a number. I didn’t know why he used that kind of razor since I knew his father had a collection of straight razors that were works of art and granddad always used a straight razor to shave.

I remember my father changing to Magic Shaving Powder… and, oh, my god, did that stuff stink! It would smell up the whole apartment! I found it weird that instead of using one of the many – and different – razors he had, he shaved with a butter knife! Weird, stinky, but oddly cool. One day, I stood off to the side and watched him use a new kind of Magic Shaving Powder – it said, “Hot” on the label. Dad mixed it up – stank even worse than the other stuff did – and he pasted it on his face…

And started whooping and hollering and dancing around like he was on fire! I was laughing my ass off at my cool-assed dad not being so cool. I later learned that the hot shaving powder contained an exothermic chemical that got hot when exposed to water; you need heat to not only soften the skin but to “tenderize” facial hair to get a smooth and cut-free shave.

Dad didn’t like the fact I found his antics amusing. Still, man – I couldn’t wait to shave! Puberty hit me really early and I was growing hair everywhere; I went from having peach fuzz on my face to having a very noticeable mustache and sideburn and by the time I turned 13, yeah – I needed to shave and with great anticipation and a bit of trepidation, I got geared up to shave…

And learned to hate shaving. I’d learned that a styptic pencil wasn’t the kind of pencil you could write with – and that lesson came with a sore backside, by the way. I used to think it was funny to see my father walking around after shaving with little pieces of toilet paper stuck to his face…

That shit ain’t even funny. What made shit worse for me was that getting my beard to fully grow in was taking its own sweet time and, as I was told, the more I shaved, the more the hair would eventually grow in… but, yeah, it really doesn’t work like that – but that’s not the point. I was shaving so I could have those porkchop sideburns that were all the rage in the 70’s and I’ll even admit that I thought they looked good on me although, when I saw an old picture of myself sporting those sideburns, I found myself rolling my eyes and laughing at myself.

I really hated shaving. I hated nicking myself, feeling my face on fire afterward – then making it worse slapping on aftershave which I learned – the hard way – was more alcohol than anything else. My senior picture is one that shows me totally shaved… and thanks to a visit to my grandfather in Virginia who gave me a raft of shit for having the nerve to show up at his home and not be cleanly shaved – and made me shave and, believe me, that was a man you did not ever want to get on his wrong side.

I didn’t like my senior picture then… still don’t like it. Joined the service… had to shave; got into the workforce… had to shave. Tried using an electric shaver once… and my face looked and felt like someone had taken a cheese grater to my face and to make matters worse, I was one of those Black men who suffered from ingrown hairs and I learned quickly how to take a needle and ease the hairs out before they turned into cysts that I’d often wind up having surgically removed.

Did I mention how much I fucking hate shaving? Being the rather analytical critter I tend to be, I wondered why shaving was so much of a problem – was it the shaving cream or the razor… or a combination of both? Over the intervening years, I’d tried all sorts of creams and gels, just about every razor that existed – except straight razors because those fuckers scared the shit out of me – and while I would have good, clean, and cut-free shaves, eh, that wasn’t always the case. One “advantage” I had was that I didn’t get that five o’clock shadow thing; it still takes a few days after shaving before my shadow shows up so my saving grace was that unlike a lot of men, I didn’t have to shave every day or, as some guys had to, twice a day.

I’ve been told that I look kinda nice with a full beard and I’d probably stick with it… if it didn’t make my face itch and get so unruly that I look like a wild man. I’d trim it down to get that five o’clock shadow look that, on some men, looks really sexy and once I started shaving my head – funny story about that – well, made sense to shave both head and face.

Still didn’t change the fact that I hate shaving… but, yeah, I still shave because in the summer, well, for me, being all hairy like that isn’t fun to sweat and get all itchy and the like. I’d gone with Shick’s five-bladed razor and Gillette’s gel shaving stuff but, damn it, I’d still get irritation, ingrown hairs, some cysts that were a bitch to get rid of and nicks galore, which gets interesting because I take Plavix – a blood thinner. Sometimes I’d cut myself and didn’t even know it and look in the mirror and, yep and oh, shit – I’m bleeding! Or my baby will tell me that I was or I’d go to rub my face and feel crusty blood on my face.

I fucking hate shaving… but I also don’t like looking scruffy. I decided that something had to change so I switched from the Gillette gel I’d been using for years to something new: Cremo. I mean, this stuff couldn’t be any worse than everything else I’ve tried and the biggest draw for me was that the tube had a 90-day supply and it actually costs less than the gel I was buying. The first time I shaved with Cremo – and the sandalwood scented one, I noticed two things.

One was that shit smelled really good… and the other was that it made sliding the razor over my face damned near effortless – and that was using a blade that, admittedly, I’d been using way past it’s “sharpness date” because those things are prohibitively expensive. I’d seen stuff about the Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s and while even my son-in-law put in a few good words about… one of them – I forget which one – I was on the fence about joining one even though I kept telling myself that it would probably be more cost effective.

So I broke down and, thanks to an ad I saw on Facebook, hooked myself up with a razor named Defender – and because they had a nice introductory price and, compared to other new-age razors I’d been seeing, a different approach to blade spacing – and the makers of this razor highly recommended Cremo as the shaving medium of choice. So, as much as I hate shaving, I gave this razor a shot – even bought some extra blades for it, you know, just in case it did live up to the advertised hype.

I, um, I kinda like shaving now… and I really do think the Cremo is the real reason why. It comes in different scents and I had the sandalwood scent… then turned around and order more sandalwood and their sage and citrus scented stuff which gives me 270 days of stuff to shave with because you really don’t need to slather on a whole lot of it. And then got “pissed” because when my shipment arrived, I discovered they have one they call Bourbon and Oak… and my, does it smell heavenly and, yeah, even though I don’t – and won’t – need more any time soon, I’m gonna get that bourbon and oak one anyway.

The new razor is actually nice because it doesn’t clog up and rinses clean and, yeah, I’ve let my beard grow out some so I can make it get clogged up – and it hasn’t. The Cremo? I don’t know what to tell you about it but its maker says it’s impossibly slick – and it is and the cool thing about it is that if I need to go over a spot I think I missed, all I have to do is wet my fingers a little and rub – and “like magic” there’s more slick stuff between my face and the razor.

With this new combination, I’ve only nicked myself once – and that was my fault all the way. I have not had a single ingrown hair and I can shave every other day instead of maybe once or twice a week because it’s really comfortable; no nicks, no tugging or scraping to irritate my skin. I actually find myself waking up and hoping that I have to shave! Okay, even though I knew what the sage and citrus smelled like – definitely took a whiff of it when I got it – I switched from the sandalwood I had originally bought at the supermarket (which gives me about two and a half tubes of it) to the sage and citrus, not because it was going to make shaving any different… but I love the way it smells on me.

I’ve found myself wishing that I had learned about this Cremo stuff before I actually did. I’m not gonna say that the new razor doesn’t also make a difference but, again, outside of that one nick, no cuts, no scrapes; no tugging, no irritation; no ingrown hairs… and Cremo just smells heavenly and isn’t as messy as using a foam or gel. The makers say a little goes a long way and they weren’t lying about that. They say you only need about an almond-size amount… and I use less than that.

The only thing that would make this better would be someone coming up with a razor blade that stayed sharp longer. I haven’t tried shaving my head with this new combo – that’ll be the real test and especially for the razor since I learned that because the texture of the hair on my head – and what hair I have left – is very different from the hair on my face and, as such, using other razors were only good for one or two good shaves before giving up the ghost. I haven’t shaved my head yet… because it’s fucking cold outside but come the summer heat, oh, yeah, it’ll get done and I’m hoping it’s going to keep being a good experience and the new razor will be equal to the task.

This might sound like a rousing testimony for Cremo and the Defender razor… and it really isn’t. It’s just something that crossed my mind… after I shaved today and because I can still smell sage and citrus on me… but I’m sure as fuck gonna get that bourbon and oak and as soon as I can make it happen.

 
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Posted by on 10 April 2020 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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COVID-19

I’ve seen some crazy shit in my time, from martial law enforced after Dr. King was assassinated to the day 9/11 happened as well as the many times people lost their mind every time the weather weenies said was gonna snow.

This coronavirus shit tops it all. We’ve had Ebola outbreaks, avian flu, SARS, MERS, even bad cases of the flu… and no one reacted to these things like they have been over the last week or so. States of emergency being declared across the country. The NBA and NHL has suspended their seasons… and with their respective playoffs coming up. March Madness, well, there’s a new March Madness going on that has nothing to do with NCAA basketball.

On Facebook, a lot of folks are having fun with the insane run on toilet paper and hand sanitizer… while others are getting all biblical and talking about Judgement Day and quoting the Book of Revelations, conspiracy theories going to bed and airlines actually slashing prices to get people to fly when a lot of people are quarantining themselves and before their local government does it. And the media, gods, they must be in heaven with all the reports about COVID-19; you know that this shot has gotten really crazy when The Weather Channel is talking about this virus and parts of the country getting whacked by tornadoes seem to be a secondary concern.

What the fuck is going on? And why? Went shopping today; the market usually has a Purel sheet dispenser as you come into the market but today? They had two… and one of them was very empty. The trash can for used sheets was overflowing onto the floor and people were still trying to stuff their used sheet in it – and the floor was littered with used sheets. We looked to the right… and all of the checkout lanes were jammed packed with people and I saw some of them with hand sanitizer, Lysol, huge packs of paper towels… and we saw one guy with an armful of frozen pizzas.

COVID-19 has arrived in my home state… and it’s insane. I’ve been getting emails from places I deal with online assuring me that they’re doing everything they can to fight the spread of the virus and our governor has declared a state of emergency – but only to activate special services and to activate the National Guard. So far, no schools,businesses, and state offices have been ordered closed but I’m wondering if this step is going to be the next one that’ll be announced.

The federal government seems to be running around like headless chickens; the current POTUS is on Twitter talking about fake news and, from what I’ve seen, just talking out of his ass and in the totally clueless fashion he’s displayed throughout his administration. I have no idea what the CDC is doing, oh, like figuring out a way to make this shit go away and you know the shit is bad when it’s now being reported that doctors and nurses are testing positive for the coronavirus.

Wall Street is shitting its pants and I saw something about Washington authorizing a shitload of money to help Wall Street through their downward tumble… and I’m wondering if it crossed anyone’s mind in DC that this money would be put to better use developing something to keep more people from dying from this virus and to help those who are sick – clearly, their priorities are a bit fucked up.

And I’m fairly sure that during this… financial crisis, somebody’s getting rich or richer because the market is drowning. I saw a question on Twitter asking if the election was gonna be canceled, making me wonder if we’ve ever had a national election canceled before. The political crazies are having a field day, from blaming Trump to blaming every Democrat they can point a finger at.

Insanity… and like I’ve never seen before.

 
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Posted by on 13 March 2020 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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