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  1. Piece of Mindlessness

    Don't mess with my Marine Corps.

    For those that don't understand The Corps' mission, it's real simple: We hurt people and break things. Period.
    Sure, there's all kinds of secondary logistical and political considerations. That's stuff for the pin-heads to work out.

    No, there's a beauty and simplicity to what a Marine does. Those that don't know, often confuse the straight-forward nature of our mission with simple-mindedness.
    Nothing could be farther from ...
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  2. What's Next?

    Hopefully, I'm wrong.

    There's that old saying about a million monkeys and a million typewriters eventually producing a sonnet by Shakespeare. These evil creeps indiscriminately killing girls and folks out for a stroll are just the beginning. The people with that kind of pathological thought process want more pain, bloodshed and fear. Through sheer luck, and perseverance, they'll probably get it.

    Here's the rub: Everyone is conditioned for what they are exposed to. ...
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  3. Ignorance and Arrogance

    I haven't had time to read some authors I wanted, so I've watched a couple of their video lectures on Youtube.
    I watched lectures by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. All brilliant men, excellent communicators and, above all, rhetorical sledgehammers.
    They were also completely condescending, oafish arrogant jerks.

    I understand their impatience with folks of faith. I really do get it. I mean, they spell out their case very well. I myself have little ...
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  4. Morlocks and Eloi

    That scene in the 1996 movie "Ransom" haunts me. The bad-cop, played by Gary Sinese explains how society has broken down along the lines of H.G. Wells future in "The Time Machine". According to Sinese's character, we're all either Morlocks or Eloi now.
    For those of you unfamiliar with the literary reference, we're either Wolves or Sheep. I've struggled with this.

    The fact is, I don't want to believe it. But reality is an ugly mistress. Everywhere I look, ...
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  5. The Darkness Before More Darkness (profanity)

    I just have to do this "stream of consciousness" style...

    I was talking to Travis at work. He was having a better than normal day. That IED in Afghanistan fucked him up some, but he gets by. Day by day.
    Last night he was in Seattle, at a Social Distortion concert. He had to pass all the teen girls leaving their Panic At The Disco concert as he left.
    The Ferry ride home wasn't bad, he told me. The only problem was he was hungry, and the food on the ferry at ...
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  6. That Guy

    We had some moronic, mandatory Federal training this week. The instructor tried her best (considering the vapid, insipid material she had to work with).
    One thing the instructor did to "break the ice" was ask each person to introduce themselves and tell the class something interesting about them. I gave up the boring fact that I make my own beer (just interesting enough, but not crossing the TMI threshold). Some guy behind me, though, just had to Jump The Shark:

    "My ...
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  7. The Burger Half-Eaten

    My father-in-law is getting better. He is old, and sick, but he chose to live. He kept fighting.

    Many would look at him, and write him off. My family did wonder if it was "his time". But we respected HIS wishes. He did not want to die.

    After his massive infection, and loss of 1/4 of his body weight, Jim stopped eating. What he did choke down, he threw-up. Our marvelous "Obama Care" system only took about a month to run the tests to discover the ...
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  8. Close Enough

    I am nearly sick. Physically ill. Most people have the emotional depth and maturity of a potted plant.

    Why is it OK for people to become flippant when they hear that an old person is near death?
    Tell someone a parent is ill. Usually the first question is "why?', but the second is invariably "How old are they?" If a person is at or past a predetermined age, there is a big sigh. Perhaps a nod, or a shrug. The context, the hidden message is "It's OK that ...
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  9. Need

    Just a minor rant:

    Does anyone in the "developed world" have a true understanding of the concept of a 'need'?

    There is so much unhappiness, because people WANT what they do not have. The problem is that they lie to themselves and say that they NEED something.

    Let me cut right to it. If you are totally alone, destitute, with no hope of improvement... you can be happy. If you choose to be. Stop looking at others as some kind of ridiculous, masochistic ...
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  10. Death

    Persons just slightly younger than me often bemoan losing a grandparent. I lost my last grandparent (my grandmother) over 25 years ago.
    Both of my parents died before my 50th birthday.

    it's like I can hardly remember having an elder to look up to. Guidance. Re-assurance. I feel like I've been on my own for a long time. I feel old.

    My In-Laws serve as surrogates. Tales of post WW2 Europe: Germany bombed-out... The Marshall Plan and Eisenhower's austerity... ...
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  11. Two Mintes of Hate

    Everyone wants to be right. Factually, morally, correct. There's a certain contentment with being right. And it often degrades into smugness.
    Of course, if you are right, someone else is wrong. Now, They are The Other.
    Since They are wrong, they are less than you. Derogatory labels are flung about such as "uninformed", "closed-minded" and "bigoted". Those that are wrong are not only factually in error, but they are morally dangerous. They are a threat ...
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  12. Civil War (couple 'o bad words)

    First off, I like my job. I enjoy getting out of that cramped, stuffy storage basement into the crisp air of the loading dock. I zip along on our forklift, breathing in deep the damp ocean breeze. I occasionally stop, and wave at some "cubicle monkey" starting their day hours after mine. We're on the same team. Mostly.

    But my workspace is cramped. Too cramped. We all know it, and have complained about it. It's so bad, it is a safety hazard. The desk jockeys upstairs ...
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  13. Chicken Little Grow Up

    I'm not young anymore, and I never remember when we all got along. In fact, we never had.

    But now, it's all "the world is going to end" bull feces. Get over it, and your over emotional self. Set down your torch, throwing rock and inane, worthless protest sign. Your outrage and tantrums will change nothing. It's mental masturbation. And it's making you blind.

    Because if you open your eyes, there is good news.

    Many of you want to have it both ...
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  14. Keep Your Head Down

    I'm all full of pessimistic Doom and Gloom on a normal day. But for everyone in The U.S., November 8th may be a good day to call in sick. And maybe the next day or two after that.

    This has been an emotional, contentious time and it will only boil over after half of the nation doesn't get their candidate elected. Things won't be bad in the suburbs or countryside, but for God's sake, I'd avoid every major city for a day or two. At the very least, you're looking at city centers and ...
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  15. Broken Spring

    That digital vomit known as Wikileaks just spewed forth an other tasty tidbit.

    A Hillary Clinton adviser was upset at the "backwardness" of The Catholic Church, and lamented that they were not more progressive (i.e. in-line with liberal Democratic policies).
    The advisor thought there needed to be a "Catholic Spring", akin to that "Arab Spring", that went so well (sarcasm).

    Disclaimer: I'm not Catholic. I don't like their doctrine, ...
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  16. Physical and Fiscal

    First off: It nuts me up that so many people get these mixed up.
    Now, a bit on each:

    A majority of the folks I work with are aged between 40 and 60 years. A higher than average number of them are physically messed-up. It's not like I'm violating anyone's HIPAA rights in knowing this. At a casual glance I see canes, orthopedic shoes, leg splints and smell the fragrance of Ben Gay. Most of my co-workers are retired military, now working on their second retirement. Their previous ...
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  17. Simple

    So, that new Samsung 7 just ignites during charging? You couldn't wait to get THAT? Now, you have to wait in line to get a less incendiary model.
    And, just what was wrong with your previous phone?

    Probably nothing. Most folks today just have to have the newest, "best" of everything. Since every human consumer with a net worth over $1,000 Dollars now owns major appliances, vehicles and $30k in debt, they must be sold MORE. OMG! Even water has to have stuff added ...
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  18. "Round The Homestead

    The garden was a bit over-run with weeds, but I was able to thin them out so the vegetables could breath. We had a bunch of carrots, but I keep having a problem with the potatoes (small, few in quantity, but edible). The peppers are flavorful, but not too spicy (chopped and roasted on nachos last night). My wife chopped and blanched the carrots for future use, after we sampled a few of course. Fresh veggies from the garden are tough to beat. We've got more out there to harvest and preserve. ...
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  19. Not So Bright

    (I may have hit on this before, but it bears repeating)

    Have you seen these cool ads for the ultra bright flashlights? They tout how you can use them as a defensive tool to "blind an attacker"?

    This is a dangerous bunch of BS.

    In a dark environment (like, your house at night), it's true that any bright light will disorient someone. The fact is, however, the light reflected off your walls will also affect your night vision. Is the attacker alone? ...
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  20. Husky Band Day

    Yesterday I chaperoned my son's band to the University of Washington. The University was hosting what they called "Husky Band Day", where they invite dozens of Puget Sound area high school bands to play with their college band. It was fun, but exhausting. We, by far, had the largest band with 140 students. Luckily, the kids self-manage well and they need minimum supervision.
    The total amount of musicians on the field was over 3,000. I could lie and say how well they played, ...
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  21. The End of Evolution

    Just waxing philosophical, with more thoughts than facts. I remember the old George Carlin bit about The Earth "wanting" plastic bags. That's why we evolved (or were evolved) by Earth / Gaia. Now that The Earth has the plastic bags it needs, it no longer has any use for us. Bye-bye.

    That's what always got me about the ultra-left socialist green types. We're supposed to "save the planet"... for whom? Odds are we'll go out in a blaze of glory in the next few ...
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  22. Vacation!

    Visited relatives down in Northern California last month. Miss the people, the place... not so much. It has it's charms, like the majesty of The Redwoods and the coolness of The City (SF). Saw our Giants play The Athletics.

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    On the way back north, we stopped by Lassen Volcanic National Park. That place never disappoints. ...
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  23. That Happened?

    This week was so bad, in so many ways, part of me just wants to think none of it happened.

    Orlando, Florida? I can't, and won't say any more about that.

    Two cops killed by a terrorist in their Paris suburb home? While their three year old child watched? Not in a sane universe.

    A member of British Parliament killed by a Neo Nazi? Seriously?

    A bunch of Israelis killed by Palestinians in a market? OK, I believe this one. I just wish it wasn't ...
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  24. Too Comfortable

    This new job is almost exactly what I expected. And that's a problem.

    I'm so used to being lied to, abused, mislead and generally mistreated by my former employers. It's usually subtle, causing a stress build-up and general crappy quality of life.

    However, this job is almost too good.
    I'm never forced to work overtime. I earn a copious amount of time off AND I can actually use it! We all get three hours of paid time to work out during the week. I'm treated ...
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  25. Haves / Have Nots

    My wife read a story detailing how one of Obama's kids is going to Harvard, or some such snooty school. American Royalty. Hillary's kid is set for life, with all their connections. And we all know about the Bush oligarchy. But they all work so hard for those perks, right? Right.

    Meanwhile, here on Earth, the cops grace us with their presence. My son does some snooping, and finds out that the police are concerned about someone sleeping in a van. On private property. With the ...
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