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KDaddy’s General Observations: The Dallas Cowboys

I am a fan of the NFL and there are a few teams that I like and they’re “my team” like the Miami Dolphins to name one. Like a lot of people, I’m not and never have been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and their arrogant position that they are “America’s Team.”

Having said that – and being honest – you just had to acknowledge that the way they’d execute on both side of the ball was damned good and they won a lot… which make one not like them. So I recognized the workmanship the team displayed… and I still don’t like them and ever will. Sunday, they played the team that used to be the Washington Redskins and when these two division rivals meet, it’s usually epic because they just don’t like each other… or anyone else in the NFC East.

These four teams play each other and you can expect carnage and it makes for exciting football… but that hit on Andy Dalton was pretty shitty but, honestly, not unexpected. But that’s not really got me to write about this: It’s something I did yesterday that I’ve never done before and that was to pay attention to the Shannon and Skip show because Skip, a ride and die Cowboys fan from way back had some pretty harsh shit to day about that game and America’s Team.

Okay. My beloved Dolphins haven’t done well over the years and since they won back to back Superbowls and their only real and remaining claim to fame is that they’re still the only team to go totally undefeated. I’ve heard and, yep, even said some things about their fall from grace and glory… but to hear Skip talking at length about his beloved Cowboys? It was painful to listen to… because he was right about everything he was saying and my “prejudice” against the team had nothing to do with it.

They haven’t made the playoffs in years and despite having some very good players and, let’s say, questionable coaching decisions. They made what even I thought was a good decision to bring in Mike McCarthy who Green Bay inexplicably sent packing. I knew – and as those close to me who are rabid – uh, faithful Cowboys fans also knew was that this coaching change was gonna work even though some retooling would be necessary – but they had the players with the skill to make it work.

And it wasn’t working. Then Dak Prescott, who got franchise tagged, suffered a horrific season ending injury trying to put the offense on its shoulders and get them to playing the kind of football they knew how to play. Enter Andy Dalton, an off-season acquisition that even some Cowboys fans questioned but it just makes sense for any team to,have their starter as well as an experienced backup and in case of what happened to Dak.

Then, during the middle of yet another poorly played game, Dalton suffers a “dirty” hit and gets knocked out of the game and both Skip and Shannon were wondering why the Cowboys did nothing. Skip said that they gave up; not just for that game but for the rest of the season. Now, you’d think that my not being a fan of that team, it would make me “happy” to see America’s Team falling flat on their faces and along with the other teams in the division… but it didn’t.

Skip’s examination of things was scathing and it was a very serious indictment against what is, on paper, a very good professional football team. I’m not of fan of theirs… but what Skip had to say made me wince and, of course, Shannon didn’t make Cowboys fans feel any better because, from what I’ve heard, he and Skip don’t always or usually agree on things concerning the NFL… but on this show, they were in agreement.

Fact is, the entire NFC East just sucks and that’s kinda unusual. You know shit is really fucked yo with then Eagles, who also,have some serious issues, is leading the division with a 2-4-1 record. Let’s not even mention that in the last few seasons, Dallas had been leading the division and on their way to the playoffs for the first time in a long time, only to have those same Eagles come back and crush their playoff hopes and they even had the “nerve” to go all the way and win it all.

The whole division is the laughing stock of the league… and Dallas, with their better stable of players is leading the league in their inability to play winning football. Skip said – and I felt it hurt him to say it – that their game against the equally crappy Eagles, well, the Eagles will destroy Dallas, not because the Eagles are really the “better team” but because the Dallas Cowboys have given up.

Normally, this would be about the time where I’d be giving my son-in-law, who is also a long time Cowboys fan, the business about how shitty his team is playing and, yeah, rubbing it in that my Dolphins, currently at 3-3, have a better record and have been, on the whole, playing better football. There’s none of the “joy” to be found as we “bash” each other’s team (but also saying good things, too) because like Skip, he’d be the among the first to admit that America’s Team, the way they’ve been playing, probably couldn’t beat the current NCAA champions… or any Division I or II or even IIa school.

So I’m not gonna give him any shit about it. The NY Jets have yet to win a game… and they’re not being tarred and feathered as… viciously as the Cowboys are. Shit… even the Cleveland Browns, who were the perennial worst team in the league, well, they’re not doing bad at all and doing so without any real big name players although they did lose OBJ to a season ending injury.

All kinds of stuff going on with the NFL that’s making this season… interesting, to be nice about it and the #1 question on everyone’s mind is what the fuck is up with the Dallas Cowboys? Shannon, like it or not, said it right: You hurt our player like that and with a dirty hit? Oh, it’s on and even if it doesn’t start a fight – and it normally would – such a thing is often a wake up call and one that makes the team play much better football and, often, coming back to exact the perfect “revenge” and win the game.

Dallas didn’t even try. The refs did the right thing by ejecting the guy and hustling him off the field and while Shannon was going in about going after the guy or, shit, doing the same thing to one of Washington’s players, Skip felt it was a moot point and no need for retaliation and, yeah, I agree with that… it’s just that if you know anything about how they play football within the NFC East, well, that’s not how they roll and some payback would be given and expected.

Cooler heads will prevail and this is good… but, again, hearing such a scathing indictment against the Cowboys was hard to listen to even for someone like me who never liked the team to begin with. and, I’m thinking, even harder for all the ride and die Cowboys fans to admit to to see them just roll over and give up.

I guess we’ll see which way the wind is blowing when they play the Eagles and another team they have a great and fierce rivalry with and, again, more so when the Eagles have a habit of consistently being able to crush all of the Cowboys’ playoff hopes and dreams. Perhaps Skip will be proven wrong and the Cowboys will rally behind their rookie QB and I really do hope they’re scrambling to find someone with more experience to back up Andy Dalton and more so if he’s gonna miss this game because of the concussion protocols.

 
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Posted by on 28 October 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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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: Political Animals

I rarely get involved in political discussions. I’m a life-long registered Democrat and have not missed a chance to do my civic duty and vote and, yeah, sometimes, the best candidate – in my mind – is sometimes a Republican, not because of their party affiliation but they have the best “credentials” for the job at hand.

I was checking Facebook last night and my feed is overflowing with discussions about Trump’s impeachment… and some of the stuff I saw was pretty vicious and I’ve seen a side of some of those Facebook friends I actually know that, wow, I mean, who knew that they could go from being really cool to rabid, foaming at the mouth, political animals?

Okay, this is what I know: Presidents of the United States often do some shit they shouldn’t do or, at the very least, is legally questionable. Famously – or, rather, infamously – Bill Clinton got impeached for getting his dick sucked by someone who wasn’t his wife. He didn’t get removed from office but, okay, Congress felt he did something wrong enough to be impeached.

The system, believe it or not, worked the way it’s supposed to. Enter Donald Trump…

You know, I thought that the second George Bush to sit in the Oval Office was one of the “worst” presidents ever and, well, my mind has been changed about that one given how our current president has been behaving and in light of the things he’s being accused of doing that Congress has deemed to be illegal and, hmm, for only the third time in our history, a sitting POTUS has been impeached and is facing removal from office.

Not going to be impeached – has been impeached. Republicans are having the expected hissy fit and pointing the finger at Democrats and saying all kinds of shit – but there’s nothing really new about this factional in-fighting, is there? Those really rabid and foaming at the mouth Republicans that are, wow, friends of mine on Facebook are losing their minds, flinging shit at Democrats and standing by someone who, according to Congress and, specifically, the House of Representatives, has fucked up big time and has been called onto the carpet.

They impeached him – the system continues to work the way it was designed to. The House is a mixture of political parties although, okay, sure – the Speaker of the House is a Democrat and a much despised one but as a body, they voted to impeach the president. Now the Senate has the duty to put him on trial and, holy shit… the Republicans, who apparently control the Senate, are doing everything they can to throw wrenches in the proceedings which, I guess, makes sense given that the president – who has been impeached – is a fellow Republican. Evidence is being excluded, potential witnesses being bullied, all sorts of not-so-cool shit and, oh, yeah, this president is on social media and behaving in ways that reminds me of the many hood rats I see on social media – and this is not a good thing seeing the leader of the free world ranting and raving like he’s lost his mind.

One of the foaming at the mouth Republicans on Facebook is someone I know very well and, yeah – I had biblical and very carnal knowledge of her. She is one of the smartest women I’ve ever met as well as one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever met and when I see what she has to say about what’s going on, well, I’m shocked but, then again, not so much because I do happen to know how passionate she can be about things.

It is really something to sit back and watch how people are reacting to these events. Late last year, my mother almost lost her life and had to undergo some very serious surgery to keep her here with us. Her husband, who was understandably upset over what was going on with her, got to ranting and raving over the way the hospital staff was dealing with my mom… and blaming Donald Trump for her plight and that the surgeon in charge of her case was deliberately mishandling her care because, “obviously,” the doctor was following Trump’s orders and, you know, like this doctor – who saved my mother’s life when she should have died – is a Republican and knew my mom is a Democrat and one who had to be “eliminated.”

I’m not kidding about this at all. That my step-father would get to foaming at the mouth in this way – and because Donald Trump is sitting in the Oval Office – just blew me away because, frankly, I’d never seen him behave in this manner. At one point, I asked him what the hell did Donald Trump have to do with Mom’s dissected aorta… and he looked at me like I was the one who didn’t understand Trump’s involvement in this.

Even my protege and friend has been going off the deep end over Trump’s presidency and I’ve seen some foam on his mouth, too… and I’m just dumbfounded over his reactions and to the point that, during his last rant about Trump, I actually told him I didn’t want to hear anymore about it and that’s not something I normally do.

Politics have always brought out the worst sides of people but what’s going on now has me slack-jawed and wondering what the fuck is going on. From the beginning, the Trump presidency has been… suspect and all manners of foul play has been thrown out there and more so since it’s not all that often that someone running for the office gets their ass kicked in the popular vote… but wins the election anyway.

The last time that happened, um, the person who won was a Republican. Sure, some shady shit was suspected and an investigation was kicked off and, okay, yeah, some shady shit seemed to have happened but nothing was done about it and even some proposed reforms in the Electoral College were put on the table but never enacted. Still, President Bush didn’t get called on the carpet before Congress, even when it was proven that he lied to Congress so he could start a war in the Middle East.

Democrats were shitting their pants over that and the Republicans were like, “Nothing to see here – he didn’t do anything wrong!” But what the current president is reported to have done makes what Bush did seem like a traffic violation (although lying to Congress is a very, very bad thing) and, well, yeah – he’s got to answer for it and as our laws say he has to. Republicans are up in arms and claiming that Democrats are just hating on this president who has done so much good for the country and has done nothing wrong or illegal.

I’m thinking that if this was true, hmm, what’s going on right now wouldn’t be going on at all, would it? It’s being reported that no POTUS that has been impeached has been removed from office and some talking head even brought up Richard Nixon who was told to, “Resign or be prosecuted…” and “Tricky Dick” chose to resign rather than to be impeached and removed from office. Why? Because he did some illegal shit and got caught.

Bill Clinton did some… immoral shit and got caught. It’s being bandied about that Barack Obama did some illegal shit, too… except if he did, um, he didn’t get caught doing it and Congress didn’t even start riffing about impeaching him (that I know of).

Mr. Trump? Yep – he allegedly has done some illegal shit that even include obstruction of justice and Congress is doing their job for a change and calling him on the carpet to answer for it. His impeachment is now a foregone conclusion – it’s happened even if the foaming at the mouth Republicans believe it should have never happened. The Senate, controlled by the Republican Party, appears to be cock-blocking like never before. They can’t stop the trial from happening – the law says that since Trump has been impeached, the trial has to happen and it’s already being said that the end result will be that Trump will not be removed from office even if, again, the other two presidents were impeached but not removed.

I’ve never seen such polarizing political behavior before in my life. I’m seeing, again, people I know personally on social media showing me a side of them I wasn’t aware of… and it all makes me wonder what the fuck is going on and kinda worried about the fate of the United States of America since the whole fucking world is watching this debacle.

What do I think? I think the system is working like it’s supposed to and if there is enough evidence for the House of Representatives to impeach a sitting president, yeah, that’s some fucked up shit for this to happen and, yes, I’d say the same thing if the sitting president was a Democrat. Did I think Clinton should have been impeached for getting a blow job? No… but Congress did and he got impeached.

The system worked to perfection. The system is working in this current political cluster fuck, too. The people – and in the form of the House of Representatives – has called for action to be taken against this president and after the expected hemming and hawing and political in-fighting, action was taken. How this turns out is anyone’s guess but I’m just wondering why all the people losing their minds over this just doesn’t settle down and let the system work the way it’s supposed to.

It’s wishful thinking on my part, I know but I sleep easier at night because I trust the system more than I trust either political party so now it’s just a matter of waiting to see what happens next. Will the Senate trial determine that he has to be removed from office or will they, as they’ve done two other times, not remove an impeached president?

News at 11, I guess.

 
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Posted by on 23 January 2020 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Amazing… or A Potential Problem?

https://jennysdatingadvice.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/5-reason-why-sex-dolls-are-amazing/

If you click on the above link, you’ll see Jenny’s blog about sex dolls, what she has to say about them, and even some pictures (and she even provides a link to a site for them).

About the time she published this, someone on Twitter posted – and in reference to this – that men will fuck anything with a hole which is, um, yeah, a guy thing… but we’re guys and if I have to explain that to you, don’t hold your breath. Anyway…

I was impressed at how life-like this new crop of sex dolls look and, according to Jenny, if you can think of a woman you like, there’s a doll that’ll match your thoughts. Jenny regaled readers with five reasons she thinks sex dolls are amazing and I’ll admit that her reasoning makes sense… but that was the second thought that popped into my head when I was reading what she wrote.

The first thing was, “Would women be okay with their guy getting a sex doll… or would unimaginable hell break out? Hmm, I wonder what other women think about this?”

Jenny’s positivity about these dolls notwithstanding, my first thought is I’m thinking women aren’t gonna be all that positive about it… then I started thinking about in what ways all holy hell would break out… and I started getting a headache.

As men, we kinda/sorta know how women can be about sex; we know that if we’re even thinking about having sex with another woman, eh, that’s not going to go over well with her if she’s aware that we are or even suspects that we are – and even if we aren’t but that is what it is. My headache producing thought were along the lines of maybe women would not be fond of being replaced by an inanimate object and especially one that could be crafted to look in every way that the real woman isn’t.

Jenny said that this, in her mind, isn’t cheating… and I’m wondering if it could, in fact, be seen as cheating even though the gal homey is having sex with isn’t alive. Man… I’m still thinking that a guy who buys one of these is, first, gonna have a hard time hiding it from his woman and when she finds it – not if she does – well, it’s gonna suck to be him and that’s being nice about it.

It’s funny. Women like that we want to screw them… and don’t like that we want to. In a relationship thing, well, if girlfriend ain’t of a mind to give up the booty, you just ain’t getting any and don’t you even think about getting it from some other homewrecking bitch! Which begs the question of whether one of these new-fangled sex dolls can potentially be a homewrecker?

Yeah, my gut feeling is that it could be. I can hear knives being sharpened to think, “Well, what guy wouldn’t love to have a “woman” who would never say no to sex… and because she can’t talk… because while she may be anatomically correct, she’s not a living, breathing, woman. I can almost feel men cringing as they read that last sentence as they think, sure, that would work… but knowing that their ass would most certainly be grass if they were foolish enough to buy one.

I’m thinking single guys would have an easier time of it except, hmm, if they bring a real woman home for sex, he’d better have his doll buried somewhere it can’t be found without tearing the whole place apart.

My aching head said, “Stop thinking about this clusterfuck and accept that chances are some dude in a relationship buying one of these dolls will get his ass shredded like confetti when his lady found out that she’s been “replaced” as the object of his lust.”

But the reality is I don’t know how women would react to such a thing. Would they be… relieved that homeboy has found another outlet for his non-stop lust… or would they get totally bent out of shape and if so, why would they get bent out of shape?

Well, that last one is almost too easy to figure out and it’s possible (albeit very damned unlikely) that a woman would be relieved that her guy isn’t hounding her 24/7 for some pussy and especially when she’s not feeling it. I mean, some men get a lot of grief from their ladies because they masturbate so I can imagine that among those kinds of ladies, yeah, they’re really not gonna be happy about their guy masturbating with a doll and let alone one that just might look “better” or different than they look.

Oh, yeah – I can hear it now when a guy’s sex doll gets discovered, girlfriend gets a good look at it, and she’s asking him, “I’m not good enough for you? You don’t – and never, apparently – like the way I look?” “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” will, I think, get seriously redefined and not in good ways.

I remember reading an article about the sex dolls that can be found in Japan; the Japanese have a way with things robotic that is downright scary and there was a lot of fuss about those very life-like sex toys winding up in the United States and more so if the Japanese figured out a way to make them not be prohibitively expensive and as they were at the time the article was written. I read another article not too long after that first one where a guy with the financial means didn’t just buy one toy – he bought several of them and, when looking at the picture of his, ah, acquisitions, you’d have to look closely to tell that the women he had sitting with him weren’t real, living, breathing women.

Yeah… the Japanese have mad skills like that. As I recall, the pushback was immediate and homey was getting hate mail by the truckload and being told how morally bankrupt and low he was for buying sex dolls and with the clear intent to replace the real thing in his bed… and, yeah, most of the grief he got was from women.

As I also recall, the poor dude tried to defend himself and his choices and while I didn’t see anything else written about this guy, I’m thinking that trying to defend his reasoning didn’t pass muster.

Yet another article came out trying to put a positive spin on it by saying that chances are good that the number of sex crimes against women would either go down or just go away if men were to be able to avail themselves of such a doll, that women would feel less pressure to “put out,” wouldn’t be overly concerned about accidental pregnancies, STDs, and other things that women worry about when it comes to sex and, if I remember correctly, the article even said that women who aren’t fans of oral and/or anal sex might have their minds and feelings eased if their guy could avail himself of these highly sought after sex acts… and she wasn’t involved or being pressured to do them.

Probably more like wishful thinking and, again, I don’t really know – maybe some women would see this as a good thing for them but I’m thinking those gals would be very much in the minority and, yeah, other women would think there’s something very wrong with them that they’d allow their man to even think about getting one.

With guys basically being guys, yeah, I can easily imagine homey spending more time banging his hi-tech and very life-like sex doll more than he would the real thing. I think the “reality” is that these dolls “just facilitate” another way for men to masturbate… I’m just also thinking that some women wouldn’t see it this way and would be highly offended.

I had a friend who went through a very ugly divorce because – get this – his wife caught him jerking off one day. He said that she said that he had no reason whatsoever to be jerking off even though, in his defense – and such as it was – he said that he told her that he was jerking off because she never wanted to have sex when he wanted to and other means of avoiding sex with him.

I’m listening to this and thought, “That’s insane…” but, yeah, some women are like that and just as some men lose their minds to find out that their woman is getting herself off – and without him being involved. I thought about this poor slob and thought, holy shit, if he had one of these new sex dolls and his wife knew about it or caught him screwing it, shit, he might not have lived to wind up in divorce court.

Yeah, kinda extreme but methinks you might get the gist of this. We masturbate and not always because we have to – we just want to because, hmm, it feels good and, yup, we even do it when we’re getting all the pussy we want because, um, it still feels good. We can go old-school and use our hands but even guys have toys they can use to masturbate with, like the Fleshlight, or the “pocket pussy,” a fake vagina with just enough substance to hold most cocks and the sticky contents of his nuts when busted. I’ve seen sex toys for guys where they can buy just, um, the bottom half that contains a butt and a coochie but maybe key thing is it’s faceless.

And now there’s a new thing on the block: Dolls that are not only anatomically correct but come in whatever way a guy would want it to look and feel. Holy shit.

Holy. Shit. Am I the only one who thinks this could be more of a bad thing than a good one and given the ongoing war between men and women over sex?

You decide and you’re all invited to read Jenny’s writing and chime in with your thoughts and feelings about it.

 
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Posted by on 13 November 2019 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame

This isn’t really a movie review but more of a vehicle to get to the main thing. If you’ve seen both movies, wow! I’m no stranger to Thanos, having read more comics books than “a little bit” in my day and in my opinion, Josh Brolin’s portrayal of this insane Titan is just epic, not to mention the CGI magic they used to make the Thanos you see on the screen look like Josh, facial expressions and all.

In Infinity War, Thanos and his army mows through the Avengers to get the Mind Stone and, well, they got their asses handed to them – it did make me wonder how Thanos would have fared against a pissed-off Superman – but I kinda digress.

He does “The Snap” and, as promised, wiped half of all life out of existence and for me, that “tear-jerking” moment was the scene where Peter Parker/Spiderman was going away and Tony Stark/Iron Man could do nothing but watch it happen.

Yeah… that sucked… because I really like Spiderman. But you know this wasn’t going to end like this so when Endgame was being advertised, I don’t know about anyone else but I couldn’t wait to see how the endgame plays out.

Opening scenes of Endgame; Hawkeye is teaching his daughter how to shoot while the rest of the family enjoys a picnic; at one point, he turns around to say something to his daughter… and she’s gone and so’s the rest of his family, victims of The Snap.

Well, the movie goes on and it’s on and, well, fat Thor was just too funny but I understood why – he had a chance to end Thanos but instead of “going for the head” – and as Thanos told him – he buried Stormbringer into Thanos’ chest and in that moment, I had said to myself, “That was a mistake…” so, yeah, even a god can feel the effects of having really and seriously fucked up.

Some good shit in this movie, some funny moments, time travel and after the Time Heist, Professor Hulk dons the new Infinity Gauntlet and does “The Snap” to bring back everyone that got snapped out of existence by Thanos.

Tear-jerking moment: Going after the Soul Stone and once again seeing the Red Skull; those familiar with the Captain America comics knows who this is and when I saw him in Infinity War, I said, “Oh… so that’s what happened to him!” Anyway, a soul for a soul… and I almost cried when Clint/Hawkeye was gonna sacrifice himself – but Natasha/Black Widow wasn’t hearing any of it and she does sacrifice herself for the greater good.

Yeah…that sucked.

Eventually we get to the final battle; Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America are pretty much getting their asses kicked – again – by Thanos; he beats Cap down, says he’s gonna enjoy destroying our stubborn little planet but instead of staying down, Cap gets up and looks left… to see portals opening up all over the place – the calvary, led by Dr. Strange, has arrived and I liked the look on Thanos’ face; apparently – and I guess – he never gave any thought about his Snap – or the one he did in another time – had gotten undone or, as I said to myself at that moment, “Where the fuck did all these Indians come from?”

“Avengers… assemble!” And it’s on after Dr. Strange asks, “Is this everyone?” and the guy says, “What? You wanted more?”

Ass-kicking all over the place; the Scarlet Witch – a woman very seriously scorned – has Thanos in her grasp, he calls to rain fire – devastation all over the place; Captain Marvel shows up; the Infinity Gauntlet is being passed around like a hot potato but, yeah, Thanos finally gets his hands on it, uses the Power Stone to bitch-slap Captain Marvel – and he had to because girlfriend was getting ready to end him.

Dr. Strange looks at Tony, holds up one finger… and I thought, “Oh, shit… no.” Okay, in the comics, Tony Stark does die but you see the moment when Tony realizes what that one finger means. Grabs the gauntlet, gets bitch-slapped and Thanos says, “I am inevitable…” – a line he stole from his future self, by the way, you know, the one who lost his head to Thor – snaps his fingers… and I loved the look on his face when nothing happens… then the look on his face to see Tony sporting all six stones.

Now, YouTube post-movie shit revealed that Robert Downy, Jr., did not want to do that “I am Iron Man…” scene and had to be convinced to do it but, if you remember the first Iron Man movie, that’s what he said after that press conference and, well, it was fitting even if some folks – and RDJ – didn’t think so.

Tony snaps… and Thanos’ army ceases to exist and Thanos just kinda sits down with that, “Damn!” look on his face before he, too, ceases to exist. About damned time… but the cost had me all choked up; Tony is dying and, really he was dead the moment he took the stones; Friday says, “Life signs critical…” and now we finally get to the thing that made me write this: The music played as I watched Tony Stark die – again, because I’ve watched this movie four times so far:

“The Real Hero.” Alan Silvestri, an award-winning composer and who did the soundtrack for Infinity Wars, returns to do the soundtrack for this movie but this piece had that lump in my throat, eyes starting to water because it is such a beautiful piece of music… and the musician/songwriter in me sat in awe at how Silvestri came up with this piece; I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have written it.

So you know I went on Apple Music and downloaded “The Real Hero” and spent quite a bit of time listening to it over and over. Of the entire soundtrack, it’s the best song and some reviews I managed to find for the soundtrack says pretty much the same thing. It is powerful, sad but hopeful at the same time and, well, just a brilliant piece of music written by Silvestri and performed by the world-famous London Symphony Orchestra.

I sat and listened to every nuance of the song and I could even imagine myself in the orchestra and feeling the power of the song as “we” performed it and it is a very moving piece of music and one that, if I read it correctly, is up for some awards at some point.

Sometimes, it’s not the movie that is – or can be – the highlight of things; sometimes, it’s one song. How’s the rest of the soundtrack? I dunno… didn’t listen to it except to “spot check” certain songs to find the one I really wanted to hear.

One “funny” thing about this. One review of the entire soundtrack I read said that “The Real Hero” was the rat… and I thought, “What rat?” – then remembered the mentioned rat was the one in Scott Lang’s/Ant Man’s van, which somehow wound up in a storage facility. The rat’s inside the van, crawls across the control panel and activates it, bringing back Scott from the quantum realm so, okay, I guess that rat was kinda heroic in that sense since, um, had it not did what it did, nothing seen in Endgame would have happened.

But I think that “The Real Hero” – Tony Stark – is more appropriate as someone who realizes that in order to save lives – the entire universe, as it turns out – he must give up his own – the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one. The rat? Okay, he did good but my hero in this movie is the guy who gave up everything and didn’t hesitate to do it.

Another funny thing. In yet more YouTube armchair quarterbacking, pundits were asking, “What happened to Tony’s body? Is he really and truly dead?” Some asked why the Infinity Stones/Gauntlet didn’t kill those heroes who were handling it while trying to keep it away from Thanos and my thought was that they weren’t trying to use it so it didn’t get reactivated with all that awesome power.

Some were saying that this was RDJ’s graceful exit from the Marvel Comic Universe but, yeah, anyone familiar with the MCU knows that things aren’t always as they appear to be. Me, I’m thinking that if Professor Hulk was right about the stones being mostly gamma radiation – and said radiation almost killed Thanos and the Hulk and Thor, a god with lightning running through his veins, wasn’t fit to do the snap – um, a “mere mortal” like Tony Stark wasn’t going to survive – and he didn’t.

Or did he? Maybe… probably not… but I still very much love “The Real Hero” as a piece of music.

 
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Posted by on 3 September 2019 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Probably Jinxing Myself

I think I might be because it seems as if the spammers are either on vacation or have taken the summer off. I’ve gotten used to checking for comments and seeing that spam item in single or, sometimes, double digits but for the last month or so – nada.

No spam. I laughed to myself – when I noticed the absence of spam – when I thought that with either the heatwaves or flash floods that have been bitch-slapping the US, maybe they’re too overheated – or too busy treading water – to be stupidly spamming a blogging site.

When you get into a routine, things that alter that routine tend to get your attention and in these spam-free moments, I tend to feel like I’ve forgotten something when I’m shutting WordPress down and going on about my day. Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy that they’re taking a break and it’s my fervent wish that they all take a very extended break for the next decade or so.

The thing that gets me is how/why spammers try to trick people into clicking on links that will, most likely, give them lots of grief, expose themselves to all kinds of mischief – stuff like that. Some spammers are disingenuous in that they don’t even try to disguise their spam as something that might be legit… while others do try to make bloggers think that a legit comment has somehow been “misfiled” as spam on their blog.

Then again, I have an advantage that most people don’t – my sub-speciality in my career was antivirus, antispam, and malware and how to prevent the users in the company from clicking on something that, at the least, would get them a very stern talking to by some folks they don’t really want to talk to.

Yet, a lot of people fall victim to spammers and while you don’t have to be a trained expert in this stuff there are some things you can do like, with your email, be aware of who would be sending you an email about something; if you see an email from someone you don’t know, don’t open it. Some email programs will not only show you the sender’s name but their email address – and if you don’t have an email program that’ll show you this, get one that does. I get a lot of “notices” from “Amazon…” and the first indication that it’s spam is it shows up in an email account that’s not connected to my Amazon account. My Outlook mail program shows me the sender’s name and email address and, well, since I know what Amazon’s email addresses look like, it’s easy as pie to send the spam to junk mail.

Or sometimes I’ll get an email from someone I know… but I’m not expecting them to be emailing me for anything or any reason. One look at the body of the unexpected email usually reveals a bunch of links that, just by looking at them, tells me this ain’t a legit email – and it gets deleted or if there’s a bogus name@domain in place, off to junk mail it goes.

About Outlook for a moment, if I may. It’s a program I’ve been using ever since Microsoft created it and in it’s current incarnation, it’s not only on my computer but on my iPhone and iPad; what the version on my computer knows, the apps also know. I can tag something as spam on my iPad… and the version on my computer knows it, too; there are items we call whitelists and blacklists; whitelists are approved things, blacklists are, well, unapproved and the apps share both of the lists that are on my computer. That means I don’t have to bother with creating different lists for my devices and I only have one email program to be concerned with – I don’t use the built-in mail app that Apple provides… because I don’t trust it.

While there are a ton of email programs out there and some good ones, I stick with the one I know the best and one I’ve worked with personally and professionally for a very long time. To that end, use what works best for you and Outlook is just the one that, after checking out a slew of other programs and apps, is the one that works best for me.

Here on WordPress, we all rely on their Askimet program to handle spam and by and large, it does a good job even though it really doesn’t stop the spam from winding up in your Spam bin and it, like so many other programs, doesn’t always get it right; I’ve had comments from legit WordPress users wind up in the spam folder but, okay, I expect this because no one has come up with a 100% foolproof way of keeping spam out of your sight.

I’m thinking that as the weather starts to cool down and kinda/sorta stay that way as fall approaches, the spammers will be back; the counter on my spam folder will get back to work and report those single and double digit instances of spam and my daily WordPress routine will get back to normal, as weird as that might sound. I’ll see how much spam I’ve accumulated and shake my head at how much of a waste of time it is – don’t spammers have anything better to do? It’s like they don’t know how spam filters work or they think they’re smart and crafty enough to fool a spam filter when, um, no, not really.

They’ll be back and like I said, I’ve probably jinxed myself by writing about those annoying spammers…

 
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Posted by on 24 August 2019 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: An Update

So I retyped the blog written on my iPad and I’m glad I did – I’m ashamed at how many typos and other errors I made so I got to correct them (although I did see one I missed).

I contacted support and I’m waiting to hear back from them on this matter… and that post is still trying to get back into draft status and the update keep failing. I might have to uninstall the app and reinstall it – that usually works when apps have a bad hair day.

We’ll see. The post is now available for your viewing pleasure…

 
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Posted by on 19 August 2019 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: I Am Pissed!

The other day, I wrote what I thought was a damned good scribble using WordPress on my iPad. When I went to do my categories and tags, hmm, where are they? This thing ain’t acting as expected but, okay, I gotta write this before it evaporates from my conscious thoughts.

So I’m pecking away on the virtual keyboard and it’s not making me happy – it never does – because it can’t keep up with how fast I can type and that damned autocorrect function is making shit harder than it has to be and, by the way, turning it off just makes it worse. The thoughts are flowing from my brain to my fingers and I get my head emptied about what I wanted to write about… but I still have those housekeeping things to do… and I can’t do them.

Shit. Fuck.

So I save the draft and go to my computer to bring up WordPress and do what I gotta do – and something I’ve done a few times… except, the saved draft isn’t showing up – it’s like I never wrote it and I’m thinking something is very wrong. I go get my iPad, open the app, look in drafts and, yep, there it is, just sitting there waiting to be published but it’s not reflected in the WordPress that’s open in my browser.

What the fuck is going on? Now, I gotta reach out to the support people; I don’t know if what I’m seeing is an app error or, perhaps, something screwy going on with my iPad but I really need to find out why the post I wrote is “saved” on my iPad but my web thingy doesn’t know about it.

And I just hate this shit. It seriously fucks up the way I tend to scribble because the things that are on my mind at the time I’m ready to write them might not hang around for too long and, yeah, I do expect the fucking app to behave as it’s been behaving – and like it’s supposed to.

I’m going to get my iPad and look to make sure the draft is still there… and I won’t be surprised if it’s vanished from there as well… and I will be even more pissed than I am right now.

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Posted by on 19 August 2019 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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KDaddy’s General Observations: Crop Tops for Men

Into my daily routine on the computer, open my browser after checking email and scan my MSN home page for anything of interest when, scrolling down, I see a picture of a guy (and a Black guy, specifically) modeling a black tube-top looking thingy, sleeveless and airing out his navel… and I had to check this out to see why someone was saying that this is now a cool thing for men.

I click on the link and, apparently, some company called ASOS is (again?) trying to make things that you’d normally see women wear vogue and cool for men to wear; the article included Twitter comments and by the tone of those comments, um, there were some very unhappy folks who had this get their attention.

Here’s the URL for the article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/crop-tops-for-men-are-a-thing-now-—-and-were-not-sure-how-to-feel/ar-AAC9AIn

I guess it was like a year or so ago when I saw an article (or something) about dresses for men and they were being modeled by – again – Black men and I recall the explosion of comments on Facebook and Twitter about this and none of it was what I’d call nice.

And, apparently, this crop top thing falls into the not-so-nice comment area as well. The author wrote that back in the 1980s, male joggers were running around wearing crop tops and shorts that were so short that if they weren’t wearing underwear or a jock under them, it could be a rather embarrassing run; I thought back to the 80s and said, yep, I remember those short shorts… don’t quite remember ever seeing male joggers wearing crop tops – but I guess that depended on where you lived.

I’m sitting here, looking at the pictures of this guy modeling various crop tops and I recalled quite a few moments where I’d seen effeminate gay men wearing such articles of clothing and reveling in being able to shamelessly show everyone their belly button and, hopefully, their crafted six-pack abs so, no, it’s not like guys didn’t wear them but I wouldn’t call it a thing… unless you wanna consider that it was a thing for some gay men. It started to get a little confusing at this point in my mind and more so since I’m sitting here reading this article… wearing a “wife-beater” T-shirt (I dislike that term, by the way) that exposes the tats I have on my arms but my navel is under cover.

I asked myself if I could see myself wearing such a piece of clothing or any of the others illustrated in the article… and I couldn’t see it any more than I could see myself wearing one of those “stylish” dresses I mentioned earlier in this scribble. I’m not gonna say that they don’t look comfortable – or wouldn’t be comfortable on some really hot and steamy days that are on the way in my part of the country but, nope, I’m thinking that if I wanted everyone to see my navel, I’d just take my shirt off.

I wouldn’t even be so “macho” as to say men shouldn’t wear stuff like that because if a dude wants to, he’s got a right to effect any style he cares to and just because I wouldn’t do it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done… but I also think that some guys who get into sporting these crop tops might find themselves defending their sexuality since, as mentioned, I can remember a lot of very gay men wearing them.

What doesn’t make much sense to me since I’m not a clothes horse or a “slave” to trendy clothing is why this ASOS company is pushing this to be a thing. I don’t know about anywhere else in the country, but here in the East, there are a lot of establishments and other places where local law says it’s illegal to be there and sagging – having your pants down so far and showing everyone your underwear, a style a lot of guys are into…

Even when they find out what the origin of that style was and what it signified, namely, a sign/signal created in a prison somewhere that told the other guys that the dude with the sagging pants was available to have sex with and, um, the sexuality of the guy with the sagging pants was, let’s say, undeniably obvious. Yet, I don’t think I can go anywhere and not see guys of all ages and races going around sagging and it seems to me that the longer this trend has been around, the lower those pants seem to get and to the point where I’ve seen guys sagging so much I wonder why they bothered to put pants on in the first place.

In any of this, to each his own. Will these crop top thingies become all the rage in men’s wear? If I go out the next time and I see guys sporting them, I’ll let you know but I think that like those male dresses that made such a fuss some time ago, I don’t think guys are gonna do a wholesale jump on this particular bandwagon and I hope that ASOS hasn’t sunk a lot of money into trying to get this trend to be trendy.

I did try to imagine myself wearing a crop top… and my brain waved papers threatening legal action at me – then shut down for a moment in protest. Hell, I can remember what it took for me to wear the T-shirt I have on now; the “wife-beater” doesn’t have the most sterling of origins, you know, given the name commonly used for them. Still, here in the East and in the summer, the heat and humidity can convince you that wearing a T-shirt with a crew neck and sleeves might not literally be the coolest thing you could wear on a hot, steamy day, that and, um, jeez, you just never seem to be able to keep the underarms of those T-shirts nice and pristine between sweat stains and those impossible to remove deodorant spots that turns a nice soft material into razor blades under your arms, let alone how embarrassing it is to remove your shirt, say, at the doctor’s office and see how ineffective your laundry detergent is… or how persistent the anti-wetness part of your deodorant really is.

Still, I could go outside right now wearing this T-shirt (which is a pretty blue, by the way) and no one would give me a second look… but I’m thinking that if I went outside wearing one of those crop tops, I’d probably get a lot of attention that I’m sure I wouldn’t want. Don’t get me wrong; when it comes to modesty, I don’t have a whole lot of it, to be truthful; I’d go outside without my T-shirt and not give a fuck what anyone thought or said but, no, not doing the crop top thing and fashion be damned.

I might not look silly to others but I’d feel pretty silly wearing something that, historically, has been something more suited for and even appropriate for women – and there you have the rub, huh? Image, after all, is everything, even for old dudes like me.

 
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Posted by on 31 May 2019 in KDaddy's General Observations

 

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