Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked! So, maybe not. Did you really expect the grand jury to send Police officer Darren Wilson to trial for killing Michael Brown Jr.?
Nah- wasn't going to happen. I don't know the details. I'm sure we will get them soon, but at this time I shall reserve my opinion.
As for the ass-holes who took this opportunity to burn down buildings, to loot, to shoot, to have a good old time. You are still assholes no matter what. Opportunistic thugs who did not give one damn for Brown. You just wanted to behave like cretins.
Now you can go home. Take a break. Feast over your stolen items until another life is taken.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Funny, not so haha, I do read quite a bit but never have read any of the Narnia books written by, C. S. Lewis. By accident I tuned into 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' on the talky box yesterday. It was pretty good. Good enough to keep my interest, although extremely long. I think Tilda Swinton as the Queen of Narnia helped to keep me enchanted. She was wickedly awesome. The kids were fine and nothing like animated animals who speak the King's English to round out the drama. There is violence, oh yes. Santa gives the four children weapons to use for the coming war of wars. Yet, since the story was written during the second war, the reality of true violence surrounded children. Perhaps Lewis' books, with it's good/bad take on the morality of war helped ease a child's fear.
Anyway, back to Narnia. I liked the movie but not sure I'd get the whole Narnia series of books to read. Then again, I might. Advice is welcome.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Mom and dad rarely laid their hands on us when we crossed the line. I only remember dad spanking me once (undeservedly!) and mom on occasion, although her spankings were laughable. Still, it was degrading. It hurt the psyche. My ex-husband and I had different disciplinary tactics as well. He grew up in a family that believed in the paddle, switch, hand, whatever was around, so spankings were given, until he went too far one day and left black and blue marks on our daughter's bum. I told him if he ever disciplined her in that way again... He stopped. I was a yeller, which wasn't much better. We grew up in an era where spankings were acceptable means of teaching a child from right and wrong. It certainly is easier to instill fear into a child by using psychical force rather than talking it out with the child.
How messed up we were.
Adrian Peterson feels remorse for beating his child with a switch. I believe him. Sometimes you just don't realize how awful your learned behavior is until you see it from another's perspective.
What Peterson did was brutal. It makes me cringe to look at the photos of his child after he had been beaten. What could a four year old child have done to deserve that? The answer is obvious. Peterson loves his son, I do believe that.
So, he will pay the price. He has been punished. And like the new way of child rearing, he will get a time out.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
In my town there is a war amongst the Native Americans and me. For years building a casino where the old Dairyland Greyhound track had been has been on the gambling table. It's all up to Walker, I believe for a final decision, although, I do believe the citizens of this town voted NO! several times to stop the madness.
I do not want them kind in my neighborhood. I ain't talking Indian. I'm talking about the ne'r do wells, the greedy, the poor who think they are gonna beat the house.
Let me inform you folks- you will NEVER beat the house. That's the way it works and has always worked. Greedy people. Bored people. Old people. Poor people hoping for the big pay off. Shysters, com men, the mob.... That's who will mingle.
Yeah, it will create some jobs. Or, will it? I'm guessing most employees will be brought in from Con University.
I want this issue to go away. Can't we have something nice come our way, like a toy company? I have nothing against our Native Americans. They deserve boatloads of money, but not at the expense of the low income dreamer, and that is who will be sitting in front of a rigged machine, dropping coin after coin on a hopeless future.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
WTF!!!??? Is this some diabolical experiment to see whether women of the world will cross the line into anarchy? Would I if this is this is true?
Manufacturers warn that the world may soon run out of chocolate
Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, two of the world's largest chocolate makers, say that's the path we're headed down. They cite a perfect storm of factors: Less cocoa is being produced as more and more people are devouring chocolate.
In 2013, consumers ate about 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than was produced, The Washington Post reports, and that deficit could go up to 1 million metric tons by 2020. The Ivory Coast and Ghana produce more than 70 percent of the world's cacao beans, and both countries are experiencing dry weather that limits growth. To make things worse, a fungal disease called frosty pod has destroyed 30 to 40 percent of global cocoa production.
The world's appetite for chocolate isn't going away, and some countries, like China, are starting to consume more and more of the sweet treat. Dark chocolate is also rising in popularity, and that takes much more cocoa to create. Although researchers are trying to create trees that can produce more cacao beans than traditional trees, there's one catch: Chocolate made through this process loses its delicious taste. The only solution is to buy in bulk now and hide your stash where no one can find it.
- - Catherine Garcia