…”this is MY opinion”…

A personal POLITICAL RANT. Read ON or exit NOW!…You’ve been warned.
In today’s screwed-up Political World too many people think “if you don’t agree with or think like ME then YOU’RE WRONG”! LEFT (DemocRAT/Socialist) or RIGHT (Republican) WING, LIBERTARIAN, INDEPENDENTS (just want to stop someone else) it really doesn’t matter but “YOU’RE WRONG”! Right!…
As for me well I lean more Republican than anything. I have been known to vote for an occasional DemocRAT in my time but they have far & few between. And most of’en end up runnin’ as a DemocRAT cause they know they can’t beat The Republican Candidate but feel they offer more that the other DemocRATic Candidates do. I will not Vote by markin’ the PARTY BOX at the top of a Ballot. I will sit there, how ever long it takes, to go thru each race bracket & vote for the Candidate I want to represent me. And like I’ve said ” I have been known to occasionally vote for a DemocRAT”.
Hum-m-m-m…interesting…from Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV):

2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.
As for me personally “I don’t really hold Politicians in a high position”. I refer to ’em on a regular basis as “Liars, Thieves, & Crooks”. There may have been ONE but I don’t recall who it MIGHT have been to come out of Office with less Personal Wealth than they went in with. Very few exit without attaining the ranks of Millionaire Status. Most, by far, exit as Multi-Millionaires. They are famous for Passin’ Laws & Bills that affect the General Population/Voters that put them in office. But make sure to leave a clause in them that, of course Deletes Them, their families, & staffs. Why? Go figure…
The DemocRATs: “as a DemocRAT, I accepted the outcome of the referendum” (ahh-hahaha).  I have been told by more than one person (one of whom I respect very much) “I/we didn’t leave the DemocRATic Party…they left Me/Us”. I wonder if that was why Senator Richard Shelby “Flip – Flopped” from a DemocRAT to a Republician? Oh I’m sure there are some “Ole Yellow Dog DemocRATs” still out there. Those that would vote for ANYONE put on a ballot (say “A Yellow Dog”!). One of my Grandfathers was one of ’em. Just hangin’ on to the Old Party Standards. But…for the most part Today’s DemocRATs/Liberals are more Socialist & transitionin’ that direction more each day . Yeah yeah…deny, deny, deny!
The Republicans: “a person advocating or supporting republican government”. Oh I know there are some I just couldn’t vote for. They are commonly refereed to now days as “RINOS”! Most of them know/knew they are/were too Conservative to be a DemocRAT, too Liberal to be a Republican, & just too Confused to be an Independent or Libertarian.
Then there are The Libertarians: “a person who believes in the doctrine of free will”. Are just too full of themselves they just can’t seem to commit to either Major Parties Platform because Certain Planks just don’t FIT them. They will vote for “The Man” & know, for the most part, the Independents “don’t stand a chance in Hell of winnin'” a major race.
Our form of Government is a Republic (“a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch”). It is NOT a Democracy (“the practice or principles of social equality”). As set up by our Forefathers in The Constitution. But most folks don’t understand that.
Please understand these are my thoughts, opinions, & positions. Do I consider myself 100% right? No but it’s the way I feel. Just as YOU think you’re RIGHT & others are WRONG. Fat chance! The difference is I can & will admit it & YOU/Most WON’T! You/Most immediately deflect to another topic hopin’ to best another in an on goin’ debate/argument where there are rarely ever winners. It’s just your opinion – vs – someone else’s. Well, this is MY opinion!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>



…”Ole Stink Eye”…

Day Three (3) of this week finds My Bride & I both recoupin’.
Monday I was noticin’ both of (yes MY Big) Ears havin’ that sound when they’re retain’ fluid behind the ear drums. Kinda like the sound of water sloshin’ around in yer ole head when ya lean over. So My Bride tells me, through her broken voice as she suddenly has lost hers, that I need to go see the Dr soon. Well Tuesday mornin’ I was there when his office opened. They worked me in quickly. Turns out I have both of my ears with internal infections & a Chest X-ray confirmed a chest full of congestion. So I shucked my drawers & took Two (2) in the ole butt to jump start my healin’. One on each side. Also had Two (2) Rx’s called in to follow up on my healin’. Then off to “The Ham” I go to have lunch with some ole wrench benders I used to work with.
To make the day even better, My Bride called me on my way back to “The Big Pell”, in her broken voice to ask me to pick up a Rx for her. She checked with one of the Docs she worked with about her watterin’ eyes!  He said “Yep you got a case of “Ole Stink Eye” (Pink Eye) goin’ there”. So I get home with all our new meds for the day & we start “Playin Doctor”! But not like we used to in the Ole Days. So today we’re on the mend together tryin’ to get over The Humps on “Hump Day” of all days! Ain’t that a Kick In The Butt!
I just gotta make sure every time I get near My Bride I wash my hands so I don’t end up with “Ole Stink Eye”! Y’all go enjoy “National Nothing Day”…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”just expressin’ my thoughts”…

Today Is The Day! The CFB Playoff Game Is Here. The University Of Alabama -vs- Clemson University! The questions I keep hearin’ are “WHY is it bein’ played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California”? & “Why is it on a Monday so late at night”?
Apparently “The CFB Board Of Detractors (Iggiots)” missed the possible effects this game could have on the area of Santa Clara, CA. Lets consider the “Carbon Foot Print” that those Ole Left Coast Freaks is always bitchin’ bout!  Can you say “Additional Smog” & “the Residual Effects on The Eco System”? How bout the possibility of additional “Plastic Straws” that might just find their way into the Ocean & Cloggin’ some Ole Turtles Nose? Do I hear “Today’s Special – Turtle Soup”?…Hum-m-m? Oh…I’m sure they have already been calculatin’ all those MILLIONS of $$$$ that they could gain from this event. Maybe they could help some of those “California Homeless” to get off of the Streets, to hide them from the view of the incomin’ Foot Ball Fans. And…possibly they could spend some of that “Wind Fall” to hire additional “Poop Scoopers” to clean up the streets & sidewalks. Nobody likes steppin’ in POO! Oh-h-h & do those BCS Iggiots realize that the “Golden Bear State” is the site of numerous, let me repeat NUMEROUS, {{{{{ EARTH QUAKES ! }}}}} annually? Do those CFB Iggiots realize what they’re exposin’ all those Citizens & Fans in that Stadium to?…Damn!
To put it simply, so those CFB Iggiots can understand it, IN ADDITION to all of the “Good, Good, Good Vibrations” from all of the additional Pedestrian, Taxi, Bus, Plane, possibly Train /Rail Traffic, & all of the Jumpin’, Stompin’ of Feet, Loud/Obnoxious Cheerin’, & those BANDS  hammerin’ out all that noise in the Stadium penetratin’ down to those {{{{{ TECTONIC PLATES ! }}}}} just what effect might that pose? Hum-m-m… I wonder what them Rector Scales might record (member down in LS WHO!!! )?
Oh…let me mention just one other small issue those CFB Iggiots might have over looked. There will be a Hurd of Pachyderms chasin’ a Pack of Scraggly Lookin’ Cats around on that turf for a “Full 60 Minutes” (member that 1 second?) each tryin’ to possess that inflated Hawg Skin. Now THAT might just add some additional “Good, Good, Good Vibrations”! And where do ya think’em will tramsmit down to? Yep! Right on down to’em ole {{{{{ TECTONIC PLATES ! }}}}}…Hum-m-m…
I hope my ramblin’s here ain’t upset them CFB Iggiots too much. I wuz just expressin’ my thoughts. I’ll close now simply sayin’  “I hope’em Ole Pachyderms, of mine, bring home #18”!…{{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}…”Hold’em Hook:!…..BG>


I’ve been sittin’ around this mornin’ listenin’ to The News, Sippin’ down a Pot-O-Joe, & feelin’ the effects of some Cold Medicine as I’m battelin’ a “Head Cold”. It’s amazin’ to listen to a Politician, regardless of “The Party” they associate with. Wow I just described them usin’ a PC phrase! Stick a camera in their face & a microphone up to their mouth & there’s no tellin’ what they will spew out. To me it really doesn’t matter. I look at a Career Politician as kind of “A Hybrid”. You know a Cross Breed. I relate them to Cockroachs & Rats. I found some minimal definitions I’ve listed below. Think about it! They all bring nothin’ but disease, sickness, death, & financial ruin to everything/everyone they touch. Well except for themselves. They all seem to find Financial Gold Mines for themselves & most become Millionaires or Multiple Millionaires. They [Politicians, Cockroaches, & Rats] have been around since the beginnin’ of time. The even allowed ROME TO FALL!

Career Politician (Liar, Thief, Crook)

Essentially, a career politician is an individual who has never worked outside the political arena, or who has worked in politics for a period significantly greater than that spent working in an outside field. This term usually has a negative connotation, and therefore is not generally used to describe oneself…wiseGEEK
Cockroach (Insect)
Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea, which also includes termites. About 30 cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habitats. About four species are well known as pests. The cockroaches are an ancient group, datin’ back at least as far as the Carboniferous period, some 320 million years ago…Wikipedia
Rats (Rodent)
Creatures of destruction. “Rat-effing” (substituted word) is an American slang term for political sabotage or dirty tricks. It was first brought to public attention by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their non-fiction book All the President’s Men (1974).

The main things I like about President Trump is #1) he was a Billionaire before he got elected so he’s not searchin’ personal financial gains; #2) he’s not a Career Politician; #3) he has ALL of The Career Politicians in “The Swamp”, in the words from a Elvis song,”All Shook Up”; #4) the Skeletons in the Career Politicians closets are rattlin’ so loud it’s damn near deafening. And yet NO BODY WANTS TO PROSECUTE  ANYBODY because they’re afraid Their Skeletons might get released for us all to see.
We know “GITMO” has plenty of space to warehouse them since Obama basically emptied it out.
Well enough of my Political Ranting for today…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>


…”Tis’s The Holidays”…

The Yule Tide Logs are cut & stacked in the wood piles close to the fireplaces across this land. Christmas Trees are either already up, as ours is, or will be purchased soon & that task will be completed. Adults are either thinkin’ of “that Special Gift for that Special Person”. Others have already purchased’em & are trying to get’em wrapped before the nosy folks go to snoopin’ around to find out what they’re gettin’. As for the Children, well they’re addin’ last minute items to their list before they stick’em in the mail marked North Pole! Yeah…even the Older Kids that are convinced Santa doesn’t exist. But they still want to cover all their bases just in-case. As for us Delinquent Adults, well this one anyway, is gettin’ the Bar re-stocked after it got raided over the GOBBLE GOBBLE Holiday get together. But hey…Ti’s The Holidays…..BG>


…” My game is FAR from over”…

Most all of today I’ve found myself down in “The Cave” enjoyin’ some things on TV. Man shows while my Bride is upstairs watchin’ “Chick Flicks”. I can hear the “Cold Beer over in the Mini Frig” wishin’ me a “Happy Birthday”. Before too long I’m sure I’ll enjoy a few of’em, cause I wouldn’t want to hurt their feelin’s, as I reminisce the path in life that has lead me to where I am. I can feel the English Teachers I’ve known thru the years cringin’ over my choice of words knowin’ they tried but I failed to learn properly. Oh well such is life…
Today I have been overwhelmed by “Well Wishers” on line & phone calls. It really makes me feel good knowin’ I hasn’t Pissed Off as many folks as I thought I may have over the past year. Or else they just hide it well. Anyway, thank you ALL for your thoughts (good, bad, sarcastic, or otherwise). They do mean a lot to this NOW Sixty Seven (67) Year Old Man/Boy! Some of you/we have even recalled some past experiences we shared, many of which need to be kept on “The Down Low” & laughin’ the whole time, through the Decades/Ages/Years. Y’all share a part of my heart & mind as they continue to beat & recall life. Some more than others! Yeah, you know who you are…
Last night there were Twelve (12) of us, Family & Extended Family, who went out to an early Dinner/Supper. We do it annually to celebrate December Birthdays. There are Four (4) among us born in December. Last night we went to Costa’s Mediterranean on Lorna Rd in Hoover, AL. Thank-goodness “The Protesters” weren’t out. We enjoyed a wonderful meal together, shared stories & “Fairy Lies”, & then exchanged some Birthday Presents. All in just two (2) hours time. My how it flew by…It’s always good to be with Family at such celebrations.
I hope for all of you, out there readin’ this, that you too are as happy as I am for where your path has taken YOU. Some I’m sure were rougher that others. I hope My game is FAR from over cause I’m enjoyin’ life, each day differently, what ever it brings. As I say so often “I’m truly a Blessed Man”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”They TOO have Pride & want your Respect”…

Today, December 3, 2018 is “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”.
This is somethin’ I was close to growin’ up. Many who knew my Mother never knew she was “Blind in one eye since the age of five (5) years old”. It was due to the results of a Drunk Driver crossin’ the center line & hittin’ the family car. That was in 1935. The Drunk, if I remember survived with minor injuries. There were several minor injuries in my Grandparents car as well. But there was a sever eye injury to my Mother. Glass cut the Pupil of her Right Eye! They/The Dr’s were able to save the eye but not the the vision in it. From that day on she saw the world in a different light. I can’t speak about her years growin’ up. After that accident, from the tales I heard, it didn’t slow her down. I can’t say how old I was when it really dawned on me that my Mother was blind in one eye. But once I did know it was scary to realize JUST how GOOD she COULD see out of her Left/remainin’ eye. Never once did I ever her complain about the loss or lack of vision from that eye. Lookin’ at her face to face you couldn’t tell she was blind on the Right side unless you knew just exactly what to look for. Now there were tale tale signs when she didn’t fell well or was having a Migraine Headache. Then her right eye would tend to cross but as she got to feelin’ better all would look fine. When she was in her late 60’s and was told she would require Cataract Surgery at some point & as that time got near she begain to fear it. She had a fear of possibly losin’ ALL sight from a mistake or not being able to have all of the Cataract removed & her sight slowly dwindle away. Thank God the surgery, when it came, was a success!
Some that know me know that I lost my Father at an early age, 20 months of age. My Mother met a man, many years later, who eventually became my Step-Father when I was eleven (11) yrs old. This man only had one Arm. As children do my brother & I asked questions but quickly accepted him. He lost his left arm, while in the US Army durin’ WWII, due do to injuries. {{{{{ SALUTE ! }}}}}. Durin’ our life together, he passed in 2002, I never heard him complain about the loss of that arm or the inability to be able to do/accomplish things. And those that knew him will agree with me. This man climbed 40 ft ladders & did painting & electrical work up that high. Without safety ropes! Daddy could drive a “Stick Shift” as well as anyone with two (2) Arms/Hands & even better than many! I’ve seen him remove & install Automatic Transmissions from underneath a car, by himself with one Arm/Hand. He taught children in our family, & of friends, how to tie their shoes with just ONE HAND! He told thousands of TALES to children that would ask “what happened to your arm”? One of the best memories about his arm was from one on my nephews who hadn’t see him in a while. He was still very young. On a visit to our house, as he entered the front door, he made his way quickly to Daddy, grabbed his short sleeved shirt sleeve, looked up into it & said “Paw Paw, It ain’t growed a bit”! The mind of a child…For me, from the age of 7 years old (1958) until he passed in 2002 there was only one thing I personally know of that Daddy couldn’t do. I doubt the average person would ever think of it. So, I’ll tell you! HE COULD NOT BUTTON HIS RIGHT SHIRT SLEEVE once he got his shirt on. Your wrist just wasn’t designed to bend that far under. You try it some time! His hand was too large to fit thru a buttoned sleeve.
Everyone I personally have come in contact with, & there have been many, that have some sort of Disability want to do all they can for themselves. It’s usually people without Disabilities that fell THEY need to HELP the Disabled without their permission. Trust me, when they want YOUR help, they’ll let you know. Like “Here Boy hold this while I hit it [with a sledge hammer]”. They TOO have Pride & want your Respect. Show them some…”Hold’em Hook!”…..BG>