Sunday, September 23, 2018

Something else that yanks my chain

Used to be, some bloggers wrote "prolly" instead of "probably," for some reason those bloggers deciding to write the way people talk. Not me. In all my life, I've never said "prolly."

The not-word now in vogue is "M-kay." That somehow makes people "feel" special, I guess. "OK" or "Okay" are so plebeian or something.

So, bloggers and responders who use "M-Kay," I will admit you are special as soon as you prove admission to the short bus.

(SHORT BUS: "Generally, the short bus is a smaller version of a regular school bus that carries mentally challenged students to school.")

Google downtown

Studying Google town pictures is an education.

Take for instance a picture of downtown Freedom, Okla., population around 300. You got the usual high school, a couple of churches, board-clad buildings the city council or business association decided would make the town more Western-like, when councils and associations a few decades past decided downtown looked too country and needed sprucing up a little.

Anyway, one street-level picture has a couple of ol’ boys sitting on a bench in front of a hardware store. A red Dodge pickup is parked in front of the store. The street and sidewalk are dusty, as, most likely, they always are in Freedom. It’s in that part of Oklahoma, almost in Kansas and not far from the Texas Panhandle. Both these ol’ boys are wearing faded jeans, probably Wranglers, since they look like working men. One wears a red and white checker shirt, a red gimme cap and slip-on canvas shoes. The other man wears a gray pullover shirt and brown boots. Both have tanned arms, and you know there’s only one way to get a tan in Freedom, and that is by staying out in the sun.

On the left side of the picture is Cimarron Saloon. Freedom is on the banks of the Cimarron River, so the saloon’s name certainly is not out of order.

Just looking at the picture, you don’t know if the men are talking things over before going into the hardware store, or if they’re waiting for the saloon to open.

You can see the Google photo car reflected in the hardware store windows. It looks like a Thunderbird.

I’ll give those two ol’ boys the benefit of the doubt and say they’re fixing to go into the hardware store.

Here is a link to Freedom:

Victor Martinez, baseball player

Victor Martinez retired from Major League Baseball on Saturday. Martinez played 16 years in MLB – eight-plus with the Indians, one-plus with the Red Sox and the last seven with the Tigers.

Martinez was an All Star five times. He retired with a .295 lifetime batting average, 246 home runs and 1,178 runs batted in.

His last at bat, in the bottom of the first inning, Martinez hit a slow roller to the second baseman. He ran for all he was worth and beat the throw. An infield hit at 40 years old and his last at bat.

Some players have hit a home run in their last at bat and then trotted around the bases.

Martinez worked for his last hit. He ran it out, never slowing down until he was past first base.

Martinez looks like a baseball player. He wears his uniform socks high, the way a baseball player should. Martinez does not wear his uniform with the trouser cuffs below his ankles or below his shoes.

My daughter would like Martinez’s style of play. She says, “A player who wears his uniform the proper way, he plays baseball right. Those others, I want to tell them. ‘It’s a baseball uniform, not a track warmup suit.’”

She’s right. A player who wears his uniform right, he hustles. You won’t see those players lollygagging on an infield ground ball. Those players run out every ball.

Watch the Astros big three – Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer. Those players wear a proper uniform, and they hustle.

The Yankees big guy, Aaron Judge, wears his uniform properly. And he hustles.

Maybe high-socks players will set an example for the track warmup suit players. Maybe more players will play like Victor Martinez.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Russian countryside

“Some say time goes by at a different pace there.”

I wouldn’t mind an MT-LB in the back yard.

Poland, Czech Republic back Hungary in EU fight

Bulgaria likely to support Hungary.

"Following the EU’s plenary session, many politicians have raised concerns about launching Article Seven. The Deputy Speaker of the Czech Parliament, Petr Fiala, explained how the procedure could spur growing mistrust among member states.
"The deputy chief whip of CDU and CSU in Bundestag, Arnold Vaatz, also warned that the procedure could trigger a dangerous trend in which Central and Eastern countries start to discuss how to turn their backs on Europe without incurring a huge financial loss. Zbigniew Ziobro, Justice Minister of Poland, stated that his country will support Hungary under any and all circumstances.
"Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babis, proclaimed that The Czech government stands behind Viktor Orbán after the European Parliament voted to sanction the country for flouting EU rules.
“'This nonsense just ushers negative sentiment into the European Union,' Babis told online news website Parlamentni Listy when asked about the vote, 'so, I stand behind Orbán. We are allies,'” he added.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The philosophy of the European Union in one sentence

“(M)member states are free to organise their judicial systems in a way that they see fit, but there are some minimum standards that have to be complied with.”

Statement from European Network of Councils for the Judiciary after removing the voting rights of the Polish Judiciary Council.

And a majority of European Union states will decide the “minimum standards” other states must approve.

The Union has no power, other than to bluster and bluff and threaten not to let the “other kids” into the tree house. The Union will not expel any member state, lest others demand, “Me, too!”

Just remember, the European Union was formed so Germany and France could do anything they bloody well wanted.

And, unlike its newest members, the original Union States had not lived for almost 50 years under the thumb and heel of Soviet Russia.

The EU’s judicial council decision is tied in with the Union’s insistence that Europe become Moslem majority within the next few years. Poland, Hungary and Austria are fighting the Muslim invasion because the people remember their history, when armies of Islam invaded and occupied much of Central Europe. Western Europe has no such memory.

Over-protective parents raise dumb kids

Why college students don’t vote absentee? They don’t know where to buy a postage stamp

“Vote or die.” Unless, it’s too hard to find a stamp.

A Fairfax County focus group this summer found many college students who have gotten an absentee ballot simply fail to send it back because a U.S. Postal Service stamp seems to be a foreign concept to them.

“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Lisa Connors with the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs said.

“That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across.”

The focus group included college interns from across numerous county departments.

“They all agreed that they knew lots of people who did not send in their ballots because it was too much of a hassle or they didn’t know where to get a stamp,” Connors said.

“Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited conversation about ‘Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn’t send theirs in because they didn’t have a stamp.’”

Hey, I know! Drop social justice classes and choose-a-gender workshops and have mandatory “How Life Really Works.”