Tuesday, August 21, 2012

They Say "A Man Works From Sun To Sun But...

...A Woman's Work Is Never Done." Well, if that is true then just start calling me Mrs. instead of Mister. Man, have I been busy with dishes, laundry, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning up toilets, letting the dogs out (thus more cleaning up toilets) mowing the lawn, tending the vegetable garden, vacuuming, prepping and gun cleaning. Now really, while I do all those things, I have not been all that busy. I tend to be the lazy type but I have been cleaning guns a lot lately. With me having to work three days this week, I guess it is making gun cleaning seem like more of a chore than usual because it is harder to fit it in.

For instance, I cleaned my Ruger Mark II and my Romanian WASR AK-47 today. The Ruger took all of 8 to 10 minutes. I actually remembered how to take it down and put it back together without looking at the manual, probably for the first time ever. Perhaps me having made a couple of videos, in the past couple of days, on how to disassemble and reassemble it finally had it sink into my little gray cells. Te AK probably took me about 45 minutes. I gave it a thorough cleaning except for the trigger group which I do not always remove for cleaning. When I got the AK reassembled, I did a function check, rested it on my lap a second and what seemed like a flow of puppy pee came out of it. I actually took it apart to see if somehow I had left a cleaning patch soaked in Gunziilla inside the gas tube or not. nope, nothing in there, I must have just soaked it too much, did not think I had done so, but got wet enough to convince me that is just what I had done.

Just my luck, that meant more cleaning. I had to throw those pants and my shirt into the washer, need the pants tomnorrow for work, so I grabbed whatever other colored wash was lying around in the hamper, and on the floor in my son's room, and threw it all in the washer. Seems the wash day is never done and if I figured it out right I have been working more than sun to sun. Did I happen to mention, you can just start calling me Mrs. instead of Mister! Gotta go, I have to feed the puppy and then let the dogs out before I head to work.

All the best,
Glenn B

Why Does The Media Insist On Ruining Good Video?

For the life of me I do not understand why the media, at least major media news reporting, insists on ruing great video by placing banners across the bottom of the screen?

For example, watch the accompanying video, supposedly of a shark feeding frenzy. Most, or at least much, of which takes place on the lower part of the shot, the same part the view of which is obstructed by a media implanted banner.

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

If you watch closely though, you will see at least one shark that leaps completely out of the water chasing what I expect are bluefish.

 All the best,
Glenn B

Hey Politicians - Want To Stay Out Of Trouble - Just Answer The Question

We have all heard it. A politician is asked a question, maybe in a debate by another politician, maybe a question from a constituent, maybe one from a reporter - then he or she goes off on a tangent an gives an answer that covers everything but the question that was asked. I am sick of it, I hate it when they do it, it is a product of bureaucracy and society and I suppose we have to live with it. So it is nice, at least for me, to see politicians, who repeatedly resort to both doubletalk and doublespeak, wind up with egg on their faces when they do it. This goes across all political lines for me. For instance, I have been rather gleeful watching the latest mouthpiece as he struggles to overcome the mistake he made when he decided to go off on a bit of a tangent and not give a direct answer to a question asked of him on the subject of abortion. I am, of course, referring to Missouri Republican Senatorial candidate Todd Akin.

He was being interviewed by a news show host, about his stand on abortion. Apparently, he opposes it, and he was asked a pretty simple and straightforward question, in essence what did he think about using abortion to end pregnancies caused by rape. Instead of having integrity and courage relative to his convictions, instead of giving a direct and truthful answer and saying something like: 'I don't believe that abortion should be used to terminate any pregnancy because I believe that life is sacred and believe that a fetus is a life', he starts blabbing about what he says doctors say. That was something along the lines that a woman's body can sort of shut down to prevent a pregnancy during cases of "legitimate rape".  Not only did he not answer the question directly - by not immediately giving his stance outright but instead he told us what doctors supposedly say. In his answer, he also wound up using a totally inappropriate word to describe a rape when he said the words "legitimate rape". Tell me, when in Hades did rape ever become legitimized? I am pretty sure he meant in real cases of rape, as opposed to a woman falsely claiming rape but why bring any of that up when it had absolutely nothing to do with giving a direct answer to the question that was asked.

All the had to do to stay out of trouble was to actually stand up for and express what he truly believed about abortion being wrong (I think that is his belief but it is kind of hard to tell listening to him explain it). Had he done so, he probably would have remained in the lead in his election race. Now, other politicians in his own party are asking him to step down and get out of the race. I think the only person who wants him to remain in the race is his opponent. Who can blame her, she is running against a dimwit and is bound to win if he opens his mouth again about how he feels on the issues.

Guys like this loose lipped linguist (you saw/heard that first here) could easily stay out of trouble by answering the question asked instead of trying to sidestep it with doubletalk and doublespeak and I really wish they would just start using straight talk and give direct clear and concise answers to the questions asked of them. Then again, politics would be nowhere nearly as entertaining if not for twits like him.

All the best,
Glenn  B


Phyllis Diller (pictured with Bob Hope probably in Vietnam circa 1966), gone at age 95. Heck, I always thought she was old, probably because when I started watching her on television, I was about 7 or 8 and she was in her mid 40s (the forties are ancient to kids that young). She was a comedy icon. She really was the funniest woman I have ever seen and she will be missed. I grew up with her. I don't remember all the shows I saw her in but there were many, including: The Phyllis Diller Show, The Red Skelton Hour, The Merv Griffin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show (with Jack Parr), The Tonight Show (with Johnny Carson), The Jackie Gleason Show, I've Got A Secret, The Art Linkletter Show, What's My Line, The Mark Douglas Show, The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, Hollywood Squares, The Bob Hope Show, Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, The David Frost Show, Love American Style, The Flip Wilson Show, and one and on and on. Those were just in the 1960's through the early 70's and include the many more shows referred to when I said "and on and on" all also in that time frame. Her film credits are humongous, they go from the 1950s through the current decade, in fact up until 2011. Her television series/show filmography can be seen here.  She also starred in some movies such as Boy Did I Get A Wrong Number and Eight On The Lam, both with Bob Hope. She made me laugh many, many, many times and for that I will always be grateful to her.


All the best,
Glenn B