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This is a little rant, a little social commentary, and it is not completely nice. I am not talking about specific people, or naming names, so if you see yourself in anything I write here, I am probably not writing about you. If I am writing about you, don't worry. No one knows you and even if they do they probably already know about what I am writing about because people, friends and family, are terrible gossips. Me, I just write about things to complete strangers who could not possibly care enough to find out who you are. After they read it they'll more than likely forget about and possibly un-friend me here and on other sites out of disgust or boredom, or both.

*small smile*

I've FB-friended a lot of relatives that I have not seen or heard from for most of my life. I have memories and assumptions about some of those folks, their character and social leanings, but I've been surprised (and shocked) that most of them seem to be Trump Supporters.

Yes, I know that some of my LiveJournal friends are Trump Supporters too. I don't care. I am not one of those who has to have everyone I know in life or on social media be of similar mindset to me. I can be friends with completely incomprehensible people without too much trouble. *grin*

It's really my eldest sister who wanted to connect with estranged family members and extended family members that got my friend-request queue filled. It wasn't me. I am of the belief that if we have not talked in 30 years, there's probably a reason we have not talked or communicated in 30 years - be that a interest reason or feudal reason, or complete disinterest in that person or their family. The thing that really made me start accepting friend requests and trying to connect with these family members was to connect the younger family members with their various unknown relatives;

I've told others, and I am sure they thought that I was being funny, but I was being dead serious, that everyone should know who they are related to by blood and how close or far that blood relationship goes. One needs to know that so that one morning (or a month of mornings after) you won't find out that the person you've slept with (or are sleeping with) is a close cousin or previously unknown sibling.

Anyhoo. So, I've found that most of my long-lost relatives are Trump supporters. Some are closet-minded racists - meaning that they don't know that they are racists, probably because they occasionally talk to a person of another race without calling them niggers or spades or spics or jungle bunnies or hebs or other names that you can read up on at The Racial Slur Database.

Did I offend you with the above statement? I wasn't talking specifically about my new friendly family members, but people in general in modern American Society and people who I've been finding more of in my life than I ever realized possible. I AM sorry if I said a word you don't like hearing (or reading) but I hear words I don't like every single day. Poverty is one. Homeless is another. And terms like "worthless person", "socially unacceptable", and "Obama was scum but George W. Bush was simply misunderstood or misguided", those are a few of the many I hear often enough that set my teeth on edge and my mouth twitching at the side.

I recently had a family member tell me that they've been banned from their nearby Family/Dollar/Lot Store. It seems that they were not feeling well, were sick, so they went to the store and they parked at the curb outside rather than get a parking space. They were feeling rotten, after all! They were just running in and out so would not be there long, because as we all know that excuse is good enough. Inside the store the two young women (one white, one black, both too young to be in charge) who worked there were standing in the aisle in the way and not doing anything, like their job.

Longish story short, the clerks told my family member that they could not park where they parked, family member said they've been doing it for years and the old staff didn't mind, so the clerks said we mind and we are here now so you can't park there anymore, and that started an argument which lead to said family member saying something along the lines of "I'm not standing here listening to your black lip!" (or something similar);

So family member gets home, feels outraged and justified, and called the main Family/Dollar/Lot Store support line to complain about those 2 girls. The family member was honest with them (very) and told them about the "black" comment, but that it was not usual for them to make that kind of comment, but they are sick and not feeling well and was upset, but it wasn't how they really think or feel, and that they spend a lot of money in that store, and so on and so forth. In the end the customer support and the regional manager said that the store ban was not being removed and that was that. Unfair, don't you think?

*sighs*

See, I've got a problem with the kind of people who say Obama instead of Barack Obama, or President Obama, but when they speak about Bush they say George W. Bush or President Bush. "I don't like Obama. Never did. But George W. Bush, he was flawed, but a better President than Obama was from start to end." That's a racist statement from start to end, even if you don't understand that.

I voted in the last election for the Green Party, not because I really wanted to, but I was not and never would and never will Vote for scum like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. They are the same person, just one wears a dress and lies a lot better than the other one. The she had a lot more practice than the he, plus she's lawyer. The orange one, well, he's just a fool who got daddy's money and managed not to lose it all and then got himself his own TV show that he produced on his own and cast himself to be the star of.

He's like Paris Hilton, just not as pretty, and probably not as smart. ;P

This is a good post, ain't it! I've probably offended most of my family and most of the people reading this from start to go to this point. That's a banner day, let me tell you!

You know, people say that they want truth in journalism, truth in government, truth in their business dealings and in their personal life. Nah, most of you don't want truth, you want someone to say what you want to hear, how you want to hear it. I've said often in the past that I don't DO politically correct, but that's a completely lie;

This post and similar that I've written are not even CLOSE to how I wanted to say it. I edited, I changed, I softened, I couched, I... politically corrected. I always seem to do that because I really don't want to offended anybody, but I've found that I can't please everyone and someone always reads or takes something the wrong way, or the right way but their thinking process is wrong, so, they're offended. You can't win. If you can win, then you are probably not saying anything and should write a commercial for and about Epsom Salt.

Social Media is media in a society, not social as in nice and friendly and social. It's not and never was. Facebook was created so that some college guys could chat up girls. It was not about connecting to long lost friends and family. It wasn't about posting pictures of your kids, it was about your fit college age daughter posting snaps of herself in a bikini and dorks drooling and later dribbling over those snaps. Those Facebook creator guys figured they could invite the ones they liked (thought were hot) on that social media platform out to a party, get them loaded, then take them home, bang 'em fast, then send them home on a bus. A fantasy, sure, because no sober or drunk hot girl ever wanted to sleep with Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Edwuardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, or Chris Hughes - at least not before they got richer and famous. Famous was more important than rich. In fact, Facebook was not Facebook originally, it was Facemash.

On FaceMash they placed two people's profile photos next to each other and asked other users to vote and choose the 'hotter' person. Mark Zuckerberg hacked the "facebooks" site Harvard maintained to help students identify each other and used the images to populate his Facemash website. Hacked. Robbed. Stole. Used without permission of the school or the people whose photos he grabbed.

Long story short, Facebook later came into existence (had to change the name otherwise Zucky would have gotten sued pants-less if he had tried to turn Facemash into a for-profit business after all of his past computer crimes and photo thefts). It became a world changer, Mark Zuckerberg got filthy rich - but he never did manage to get any hotter votes on Facemash than any photo he put up against his own.

Anyone who has seen the partially fictional movie "The Social Network" has seen a politically correct movie. It might not seem like it, but it is. The words, the terms, how the founders of Facebook talked, were more akin to what Donald Trump said in his locker room talks than anything said in this movie. You can't find the truth even in a movie that is supposed to be an unauthorized biography of the truth.

Social Media is not about the truth. It's not about being social, not anymore. In the early days sites like LiveJournal were about unvarnished truth, but even here it has changed to lightly padded (or fully couched) truth. When I talk about truth I am talking about considered, thought of, analyzed, truth, not impulse statements and postings. Uneducated and racist and bigoted people mostly own those kind of comments, but actually so does most of the general public when I come to think about it. It comes in the form of angry support for whatever post got their panties into a twist.

It's like when that grandmother said a few years ago that she and her disfigured granddaughter were asked to Leave KFC because the disfigured face of the kid was disturbing the other patrons. Everyone on Social Media went nuts. People were protesting that KFC online and off and even at other KFC stores around the country. Shocking stuff! That poor grandmother and her poor little granddaughter! Shameless of KFC to do that.

But, err, it turns out that the grandmother made it all up. No one at that KFC had asked her to take the kid out of a store, and in fact they were never at that store, or any KFC on that day. I guess she was looking for money from good hearted givers on the Internet to fund her GoFundMe account, and possibly compassion money from KFC and other companies (which she got, by the way) because they needed it. They needed money for that little girl because they had not been able to sue anyone over the poor little girl being attacked by 3 large dogs.

It turns out the little girl was attacked and disfigured by granddaddy's very own 3 Pit Bulls. Can't sue granddaddy, now could they? Better to get it from a big company with deep pockets and put the onus also onto some 9-5 workers who can find another job somewhere after losing theirs. It's a white lie for a good cause, so no harm, no foul.

In the end they got over $100,000 in donations and free surgeries from some nice fair-minded surgeons. The workers at the KFC stores, well, they got nothing but the bitter and the bile for months online after having done nothing worse than going to work that day.

Social Media is not social, or fair, or righteous, and in fact it is anti-social. Sitting across from somebody, seeing them in real time and real life, that's social. Even writing letters and mailing them is more social than social media. Making the occasional phone call is more social than social media. Thinking about somebody for more than a few minutes is more social than clicking the like button on a shared link that you never actually read in full is more social than social media.

If you've read down this far, I'm impressed. I probably lost most of the readers early on, even before the racist words I used came onto the screen. People can't read much these days without filler pictures, it seems. The others I lost when I posted those nasty words because most people can't think beyond the impulse reaction. The knee-jerk of the mind is something usually only a nice person or a well educated person can get beyond easily. I am a nice person, but not that nice. Thank God I am well educated otherwise I'd probably be banned from every social media site out there. *grin*

I've found that in the last 5-10 years nothing I post or write or comment on is safe from impulse comments, misreading, and just trolling nastiness for no reason by people who have too much time on their hands. The time they spend reading and writing on social media could be better spent reading and expanding knowledge, their notions and outlook, opinion (informed), and studies on reading comprehension. If something you read on social media pisses you off enough to immediately comment on it, chances are 99 times out of 100, you are the kind of person who should not be on social media. You are not social enough. ;P

Perhaps I am not as open to other people's thoughts and opinions as I thought I was. Perhaps I am writing this long and at times potentially offensive to many different person or persons post because I kind of want those who get offended by it to unfriend me from whatever social media places I am on. It could be. Or, perhaps I am doing what I've always done: Writing what I think and feel and am hoping for a good exchange of thoughts, ideas, opinions, dialog, and discussion. If you believe it is more the former of this paragraph, then you might just want to unfriend me. If you believe it to be closer to the latter, then I think we are on the same page. If not on the same page, perhaps looking at the same book, or at least we are at a similar looking library in the same State in the same Country. Give or take.

*smiles*

Opinions are only good if those opinions are based on information, research, details, and truth. Opinions based on emotion or feelings, those are worthless opinions. If something makes you mad, calm down, give it some time, think about it, and then comment on it. If you can't do that then you deserve the social media we now have. You cannot complain about it.

Why did I mention Trump before? Because I don't like him? Yes, but also because so many of the people I am connected with, family and not, who support Trump and say bad things about Liberals (with a capital L) make me steam. They complain about people getting what they can't. They want everyone to get off social aid, now! They hate food stamps, Medicaid and Medicare, hate the affordable care act, and even seem to hate Social Security. Oh, but they really hate Liberals of any kind. Hate 'um!

The thing is, err, Liberal laws are what allows you write those comments on Facebook or other social media. Liberals are also the reason you own your own business, or own your own house, and can buy from any store, not just the company store. It's why you can vote and be just a renter, because before only landowners could vote. Before you start yelling about everything Liberals have done or are doing, you should research first. You put Trump into office and the first thing he wants to do is remove the freedom for you to post what you've posting on the Internet. That's some dumb thinking, people. Dumb.

As for social aid and Social Security, just shut about it. Shut up about it until you tell your mother, father, sister, or any relative to stop accepting it and then pick up the bill for it yourself, with or without other relatives helping out. Support them fully and I'll listen to anything you have to say. Make them give back the Social Security, disability payments, food stamps, and medical coverage. You pick up those bills and you will have my undivided attention and respect. Otherwise, you're full of shit.

Facebook is not free. You are posting and using it every single day and not paying a penny for it. It's Social Media, but it's also Socialism Media. You are getting it for free but it's costing someone else money. It's charity. You are not reading and clicking on every ad you see on it. You are not. Neither am I. You want social aid and social benefits to end, then lets start by actually charging money to access Social Media Sites.

People who vote and think against their own self-interest, not really realizing they are doing it, seem to be the majority in America these days. A relative of mine (who is for some unfathomable reason a Trump supporter) is on Social Security Disability and SSI, and needs it. That person gets Food Stamps, is on Medicare and Medicaid under the affordable care act which pays for the myriad of prescriptions, doctor appointments, and surgeries, and emergency room visits and ambulances. They also get help with heating and electric bills, both through government programs and charities. Without all that, without that social aid and charitable aid, that person would be dead right now. They'd be dead or their kids and relatives would be broke and financially hurting. They are not hurting and said person is not dead, so those who are not hurting need to shut up or put up.

Hmm! You know, for the most part, the above is me too. And my father. Without Social Security he'd be a homeless, penniless, car-less, 83 year old man. Me, I'd be dead - especially after my heart attack. Without Medicaid and the affordable care act I'd be gone, or homeless, or dead, or trying to turn tricks behind the 7-11 for food and rent money. I don't think I'd make much. Do you? If you do, I have a bridge for sale. ;)

Social Media is open and free to even those who can't seem to understand where their liberty and rights come from, or are, or are not. Social Media is not social, it's just media, and media has become a bad word because of them and their mindless pursuit of... what, I can't say. Neither can they - at least not clearly or coherently.

For the record, I wrote this because I am going to start writing again. One of the reasons I am writing again is because I am tired of being misquoted and paraphrased by friends and family (mostly family). They relate what I said (often right in front of me) but in a completely different way and in a completely different context than I said it or related. I am dead tired of that. When I say something I want it heard, read, and reported, exactly how I said it, why it said it, and even if I said it. My words tend to have substance or humor, or both. Paraphrasing is just talking about something you thought you heard, but didn't really, because you were not paying proper attention. That's not socially acceptable. *wink*

So, I am writing again here in my blog, my diary, and giving it to everyone from the horse's mouth, or another orifice. You choose which one that is. ;)

Mark

Paperless and proofless

All of these companies, from my cable provider to my credit card company, from utility services to even my apartment complex. are all bugging people to "go green!" and "go paperless!" but it's all a crock. They are doing it to save themselves money on printing and postage, and also to get tax credits, but you and me are not saving a penny on it. WE go green at completely our own cost and hassle.

It is a hassle to have everything electronic. Sure, on some things you can import and export for Quicken or whatever, but for most things, not. You also don't have paper proof for court or for reference later unless you've printed them out (which defeats the going green thing). I've noticed more and more there is less available retention of data by the these companies, at least what YOU can see and access from your account. If you want something that's not in the "last 90 days" or whenever of past payment/history, they will provide it for you, sure, but only for a price.

Not that paper billing is perfect. I've noticed in the last 10-15 years that more and more letters arrive without postage/date marks on them. The letter inside might say that it was written on January 1st, 2017 but it was not posted/delivered until the 22nd of that month. Without a postage mark you can't prove that you got notice after the "pay by" or "do this by this date".

Little things like that, small things, little erosions, things that we don't see and don't notice, that benefit big companies and the government (I notice a lot of mail from government agencies that has no postage mark) and put us, when we need it, at higher expense and time when it comes to documentation - I see things like that mounting little by little on a daily basis.

We are sheep and the shepherd, well, he's standing behind us with his pants down.

Life has been interesting...

Well, I'm still alive. *chuckle*

I've been keeping a low profile this last year because of all the political things going on. I don't read about any of it if I can help it, and shy away from commenting too. It stresses me out too much and usually some kind of flame war erupts because someone didn't read the whole comment and took offense at... their own stupidity and lack of education. *grin*

So, you see, better I not write comments or replies, at least on certain topics. ;P

I've gotten healthier, I've lost 75 pounds so far, I've changed my diet completely, and am exercising daily (sometimes more than once a day), and have been attempting to keep stress far from me. Sometimes I win that battle, sometimes I lose it - mostly due to family.

I did take a driving trip with my nephew to the Dallas/Fort Worth Area to visit another nephew and his family back in July. We had a good time. Then, we drove down for Thanksgiving (with my sister along this time). That trip had it's good elements and also a lot of bad elements, but I won't get into that. Suffice to say I will never take a trip with my sister again. LOL

However, we did see a lot of other relatives that I have never seen, or can't remember having ever met. That was nice. They were nice people. :)

Ah well. Life in a nutshell, with me being the nut, of course. ;)

Chat at you all soon.

:)

Another good Omelet - with Goat Cheese

Omelette-aubergine-501.jpg2 Large Eggs (or 1 full egg and 2 egg whites)
1/2 cup of Pico De Gallo (plain not saucy)
2 Chopped Large Mushrooms
1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon goat cheese (or 2 of the crumbled type)
Olive Oil


Pico de gallo (PEE/koh theh GAH/yoh): In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo, also called salsa fresca, is a fresh, uncooked salad made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, fresh serranos, salt, and key lime juice. Kroger has a plain version in the produce aisle (Kroger Renaissance Food Group - Rfg Foods) that is not saucy and is perfect for this recipe. Walmart stocks a brand that is very saucy and is not great for cooking with.

I use Joan of Arc brand goat cheese that is available at Kroger. They have many different flavor varieties to choose from.

Goat Cheese

Directions:

Preheat a saute or omelet pan to just over medium (setting 6) while you are dicing up the veggies. Add the mushrooms to the pan. Add olive oil (1-2 tablespoons), coat, then add the Pico de gallo and saute for 6-8 min. In the last 2 minutes add the goat cheese to the pan and mix it in with the mushrooms and veggies.

Remove the veggies to a bowl and then pour the eggs into the pan. When the eggs are mostly done add the Mozzarella cheese to the top to one side. When the cheese begins to melt add the veggie mix on top and gently fold. Let it sizzle for 30 seconds and give it some light presses with a spatula. Transfer to a plate.

Done.

It is very tasty! :)

Don't let Trump scare you towards Hillary

Please don't let the Donald Trump caucus wins scare you into voting for Hillary Clinton to stop his crazy train from making it all the way to the white house. Vote for Bernie Sanders. Hillary is as bad as Trump is, but keeps it to herself. Don't forget that it was Bill Clinton who advised Donald Trump to run for President. I am sure Bill didn't know Trump would get this far but both Clinton's figured that any disruption in the GOP would benefit Hillary's campaign.

I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. Never. I will write-in Bernie Sanders if he doesn't get the nomination. I do not trust the DNC anymore to make sure the person we want is nominated. I will not be forced into voting for Hillary just to make sure Trump doesn't get into office.

If Trump does somehow win, shame on America. I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. I will not choose between two evils. I will always vote for who I believe is needed for the country. I will not be blackmailed by fear and loathing.

I will not.

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Overstepping Family Members

For those of you who do not know, I live with my 82-year-old father. I've lived with him for a long long long time. Sometimes I feel I've always lived with him. *sighs*

When I had my heart attack and was in the hospital for 6 days my father took it upon himself to go into my room and throw out my cigarettes, my ashtray, my perfectly good blanket, and also gathered up all the clothes I had in a basket and took those clothes to... not to a laundromat service... but to a dry cleaner.

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The ellipsis above (times 3) is my reaction to all of this when I got home. What followed was me yelling quite a bit. My father has always done this kind of thing but I thought I broke him of that years ago. He used to gather up my clothes and take them to be dry cleaned when I was out to work or out of town... then present me with the bill. Most of my clothes, the vast majority of what I wear, are not dry clean only clothes. It used to drive me mad, let me tell you!

This time he tossed out my cigarettes and ashtray. That ticked me off. He tossed out a blanket I had for many years that was in perfect condition and replaced it with a completely different new comforter, which I don't care for. It is not a blanket, it is a comforter. Not the same thing at all.

The clothes he took to the dry cleaner were mostly pants that I had put in a basket because I needed to have them repaired. The other things he took the dry cleaner were basic shirts, tee-shirts, and sweat pants. Sweat pants! $79 dollars in dry cleaning and the bill was presented to me. I told him it was his treat because I was not going to pay for something I never asked him to take in.

I also made him give me the $20 for the cigarettes. I should have had him take the comforter back and give me the money for the blanket and ashtray, but those were both old so I can't do more than complain.

I know he thought he was doing me a favor, but to me it was not a favor. It was an intrusion. He used to do this kind of thing all the time and me and my family have had to pay the price. Oh, when he had money he used to do some things like this and never ask for money. Now that he is on a fixed income he wants that money for doing something you never asked him for. Like borrowing my or my sister's car and noticing there is a problem with 2 or more tires and deciding on his own to have them replaced and then presenting you with the bill and putting his hand out for the money.

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You know how to break people like that of the habit? Refuse to pay them. It won't stop them from going into your area and looking around, but it will stop them from doing too much that will cost you money. It is an intrusion, not a favor. It is a busy-body thing, not a favor. It is unwanted and unasked for help that is not help at all, nor a favor.

*sighs*

If you are one of this kind of person, you are not appreciated. Don't do anything without asking the person first. We might smile with gritted teeth and thank you, but behind that smile we are fuming. We don't appreciate it and actually hate it. If we wanted it done we'd have done it ourselves or asked for that help. We never asked for it. Don't do, touch, move, or take, anything, ever. Ever!

Ah. Well. Steam blown for now.

;P

Cardio Rehab

I went to the first appointment for Cardio Rehab yesterday. It was mostly paperwork. There was a six minute walking test, but no other exercise. All factors were good for me to start, but I cannot begin until after I see my cardiologist next week. Once he does all the tests to make sure the stents are working I can begin the process;

I have had body pains, back and muscle issues, and pin-point pains that need to be assessed and analyzed first. It might be the stents, might be my heart, or it could be side-effects of all the medications I am on causing these body issues. It might be subconscious anxiety. It is hard to tell, let me tell you! ;P

I will just have to wait and see.

I have quit caffeine. It might be withdrawal from that. I have been a life-long heavy coffee drinker, the all-day-long kind of fellow. That could be part of my problems, but how can one tell for sure. Only my doctor can tell me and I have to wait for that.

*chuckle*

Ah. Life. Getting older sometimes sucks.

;)

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Bernie Sanders 2016

All things will not suddenly change for the better if Bernie Sanders gets elected President. He will have to fight for 4-8 years against other politicians and the Republican majority you folks put into power. He will have to scratch and dig for everything he wants and what most of what WE seem to really want. There will be no "suddenly" about it. Electing Bernie Sanders will be just the beginning of a long fight that will take both terms of office and the following President to enact and for the change most of us seem to want. It will be just the start. Please remember that if and when Bernie Sanders is elected President. There is no "magical pill" to fix all of our problems in this country.

Me, I want Bernie Sanders to win. I also want Elizabeth Warren as VP the first 2 terms and have her elected as President after Bernie's time as President is over. We need someone like him in office now and also we need serious changes in the DNC. We need them. Our kids need them for the future. We need major social change now before it is far too late.


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