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Blog: Winston

Mega rant: I'm feeling angry, sad, sardonic and fearful. Does a fish know it's wet? Does the fish realize it's filtering it's own waste, and all of the other fish's waste through it's gills? Of course not. It's just a fish. Does the average person realize the crap that they "swim"...
You know that trope that it’s impossible to just drive by a car wreck and not look? Sure, it’s sick, and morally questionable, but everyone does it. It’s just human nature. That can be the only reason that I like watching the Democratic Debates. It’s like the typical smoldering wreck on...
I grew up a few miles north of a suburb of San Francisco called Berkley. They have this little college there, maybe you've heard of it. It was kind of a big deal in the 60's and 70's. Berkley was famous for this thing called the "Free Speech Movement". If that doesn't ring a bell with you...
My wife and I had to drive down to Oregon to pick up our son and other cadets from their Leadership Academy. My boy is exhausted. A ton of physical activity and sleep deprivation rank high on the curriculum. He's up and about now, having earned his feeling of accomplishment. I just can't...
My wife and I checked out some properties today. We don't have an agent yet, this trip was just to get an idea of what we are looking at in-person. I mean, looking at stuff on-line doesn't cut it. At least not for me. The first property was larger, and the agency said it had special...
It would be hyperbole to say that I "hate" where I am now. There's a lot of positives to our neighborhood: Close to the grocery store, public transportation and public safety (fire & police). Traffic ain't bad, even though people drive faster now (and / or, I'm just getting older). When we...
A few days ago, a Chicago Cubs player hit a foul ball that connected with a young child. The player (Almora) was visibly shaken, but honestly was just doing his job. You know who wasn't doing their job? The kid's parents. OOOOOH! Winston is parent-shaming! Yep. Someone has to. I'm...
I just had another one of those time-travel moments. Not a real head-screw like Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse 5. Just a step back. I was in that bar in Okinawa Japan, circa 1987. Karaoke was a big deal back in-the-day, and Japan was the birthplace. A handful of old drunk guys in sloppy...
I don't know how many of you saw this little turd deposited in our societal punchbowl: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/sat-to-give-students-adversity-score-to-capture-social-and-economic-background/ar-AABrwix?li=BBnb7Kz No, this wasn't posted on The Onion. It was in The Wall Street...
I've always seen that phrase masquerading as a refuge for the shallow minded and dismissive. When someone in your life dies, the impulse for most people is to tell you that your loved one is "...in a better place" now. This paper-thin logic assumes two unproveable points: Where we are now...
I've received two lessons in this topic in the last month: Once from a historical re-enactor at Mount Vernon, then again last night at the Navy Ball. It must mean that I was meant to share my new-found knowledge(?) I'm sure most folks have heard of the word "grog", and know it has some...
After the parade, my daughter and I decided to look for a bite. We saw some food trucks the day before, and began searching the streets around The National Mall. We figured out later that because of the Cherry Blossom Festival the city had erected a bunch of no-parking zones and kicked them...
It always makes me feel like I'm a Tribute from some outlying District when I arrive. The flagrant opulence and power. You never see President Snow, though... It was my second trip to Washington D.C. The first was four years ago, so see my daughter perform in the annual Cherry Blossom...
After talking with the new guy at work, I had kind of an epiphany. I was training Ron in the weekend procedures, and we had some down-time. We're about the same age, and despite different backgrounds, Ron and I have a similar outlook socially and politically. So talking to him was a bit like...
I didn't even know it was a thing. A couple days ago, there was this thing they called "Earth Hour". If you're not "aware", the deal is for all you virtue signaling peeps to turn your lights out for an hour to show "...solidarity with the planet..." or some such nonsense. At first, I was...
I spend some time on other forums, focusing on outdoor activates such as camping, shooing, an homesteading. I'm an unapologetic Survivalist, and I enjoy listening to others' ideas regarding self sufficiency and the off-grid lifestyle. Discussions regarding the best non GMO crops rarely get...
(no news recap this week, just a thought to share) My daughter got into watching House of Cards, with Kevin Spacey. (SPOILER) She's at the point where his character was killed off, which she was looking forward to. Funny, even though we know they are characters, it's hard to leave the sins...
Pretty busy news week. Again, in no particular order... Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the INF (Intermediate Nuclear Forces) Agreement. In case you missed it, the Russian military has been busy developing a whole new series of nuclear weapons, and Putin has been deploying them. Acting as...
Let's be honest. No one likes Donald Trump. His coarse, arrogant, braggadocios, unapologetic, genital grabbing, bloviating 'tude is enough to make anyone cringe. And when I say no one likes him, yes, even most conservatives, The man is a cheap populist, without the depth of Huey Long...
A lot of stuff flying under the radar this week. US Sec. of State Mike Pompeo is on a Middle East tour. The way US policy changes so often, he's obviously in those countries to reassure them. If I was him, I'd simply say: "If you don't like our current policy, don't worry! Tomorrow, it...

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