Scattershot…Covering a wide range in a random way; indiscriminate:

Yeah, that is a pretty good title for what I am offering for your perusal today. I don’t have any one thing that is standing out in my mind right now. What I have is a bunch of random thoughts on several subjects that by themselves might make a good subject. BUT, I am not feeling that kind of focus today, so you get to have me point my Remington 870 brain, loaded with buckshot, into this offering. In the very beginning, I said that while this blog would be mostly sports-centric (is that even a word?), I would skip around to other subjects that piqued my interest, or I liked, or really pissed me off. So get ready to feel like the cat who had to chase the light from a red laser pointer all around the room, and sorry, but I will not be providing refreshments when I am done. Here we go…

 First up is the subject of the flash mob of bikers who over the weekend in NYC, decided that they would secure their 15-minutes of You Tube fame by swarming an SUV with a family inside that was driving along the West Side Highway. Everyone knows the story by now, so no recap from me. Before you read this next sentence, understand that I have been riding motorcycles for many years, and I will continue to do so. I submit, unashamedly, that the bikers who got run over got what they deserved, and it should have happened to all of them who participated in this. So far, two arrests have been made, and I hope that there are many more to come. Does anyone remember the gangs of youths in NYC in the early 1980s? You remember the youths that were ‘wilding’, which is loosely defined as when a band of youths, generally poor and black (but not exclusively…), roam the streets looking for trouble? This trouble generally includes assault, robbery, and vandalism (Urban Dictionary). These youths (read: animals) were the rapists of the Central Park Jogger. Now you remember, right? Other youths who were practicing the same behavior, were swarming around young girls in New York City’s swimming pools, and sexually assaulting them.  I hope that you who are reading this (assuming that you still are reading this), are as outraged and disgusted by this as I am. I seem to ask this on a weekly basis, but what the hell is wrong with today’s society?!? Where does this shit stop?? I am sure that as more digging around reveals more clues about what happened, the story may change to some degree, but the basics will remain the same, and they are these…There were some punks on motorcycles who needed to find some kicks, so on a busy NYC parkway, they boxed in an SUV with an innocent, terrified family inside. Some ‘unfortunate’ things occurred. Some of the punks had to pay the piper. These assholes deserved it. End of story…

Batting second today, from Washington D.C., is the partial government shutdown. I think that this nation would be better served if we threw every member of the House and the Senate, along with this mockery of a President, out on their collective asses, and went out to a local schoolyard and got a bunch of 2nd and 3rd graders to run things. They would be a hell of a lot better than what is supposedly representing WE THE PEOPLE currently. King Obama says that the American People deserve better than this, and that congress didn’t do its job. NO SHIT! We DO deserve better than this, and congress is too busy in-fighting to get anything done. Collectively, I do not believe that they are capable of ordering a pizza, much less lead a nation. There seems to be a lot of talking and a dearth of listening. What makes this even worse is that while 800,000 government employees are being furloughed and not getting paid, the Senators, Congressmen, all King Obama’s horse’s asses and all King Obama’s yes men, are still getting paid! I don’t know about any of you, but I find this to be absolutely OUTRAGEOUS! I understand about how the leaders are paid from a different funding stream than the rank and file, blah, blah, blah, but even though it is the law, isn’t it somehow wrong? If you went to your job, and were horrible at your job, and you didn’t get anything done, wouldn’t you expect to be fired? I would! But yet, our elected leaders get to keep their poorly done jobs, and keep drawing a paycheck, which by the way, is almost $3,300.00 per week! The average American worker makes roughly $830.00 per week. What is wrong with this picture? Why is it the common man who suffers, while the electorate plays political chess? Why do WE THE PEOPLE allow this? Oh, and those 800,000 furloughed government workers is just the surface level. If you think it through, you will see that the effects of the shutdown on the National Workforce run much deeper. I won’t spell it out, because all of my readers are above average smart, and exhibit remarkable insight and common sense, and are better looking, and…I want to point out that I have not blamed a particular political party any more than the other. They are all culpable in this travesty. There is no degree of right and wrong here. I am listening to the talking heads do what they do, and they probably need to call ‘Mea Culpa’s R Us’, because they are very quickly running out of stock on them. As far as excuses go, they will never run out of those, just as they will never run out of hot air. Please understand that this is not about the farce of Obamacare, or debt ceilings, or troop withdrawals’, or even Second Amendment issues. It is about a completely dysfunctional Washington that should be looked upon as a national humiliation. The other nations of the world are laughing at us right now, and I don’t blame them one bit. The American people…WE THE PEOPLE, did not sign up for this. To quote our own Declaration of Independence, ‘That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…’ I hope that this makes us think and remember at election time. We put them in, and we can take them out. It is up to us…WE THE PEOPLE.

  Do you want to have your mind blown? Just think about how truly massive our Universe is, in real miles. One light year (the distance light travels in one year) is 5,878,625,373,000,000,000,000 miles! WHAT?!? That is a lot of oil changes on the family sedan! A planet (with a strange plasma-water like liquid) was very recently discovered that is roughly 40 light years away from Earth. I would say ’do the math’, but I am not buying aspirin for anyone today. And how big is the Universe in light years? I have looked at several sources, and they all point to basically the same thing…There is an edge to what we are able to see and could ever possibly see in the universe. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. That’s top speed in this universe—nothing can go faster—but it’s relatively slow compared to the distances to be traveled. The nearest big galaxy to our Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy, is two million light-years away. The most distant galaxies we can now see are 10 or 12 billion light-years away. We could never see a galaxy that is farther away in light travel time than the universe is old—an estimated 14 billion or so years. Thus, we are surrounded by a “horizon” that we cannot look beyond—a horizon set by the distance that light can travel over the age of the universe. (Source: PBS / NOVA). If you ever start to feel all big and bad about yourself, just contemplate that. I prefer to think about how omnipotent and awesome God is, in all of His creation.

 Of course, I couldn’t let this go without a sports quip or two. The Pittsburgh Pirates won their first playoff game since 1992. I am happy for them and for the fans of the Bucs. You have waited a long time to celebrate something. Go ahead. We will wait. Next up for you? The St. Louis Cardinals, who incidentally were tied with the Boston Red Sox for the best record in baseball this year. Also, the NHL season is finally underway! For us hockey fans, it is a big deal. For everyone else, you have the MLB Playoffs, the NFL, and NBA training camps opening.  AND we have Oktoberfest! It is a great time of year to be a sports fan…


 Speaking of Oktobetfest, do you know the reason that it even exists? Take a minute. Give up? Ok, here it is…Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I. His marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen was celebrated in Bavaria. On October 17, five days after the marriage, a large fest was held in front of the Sendlinger Tor, one of the gates leading to Munich.  Included in the festivities were horse races that became an Oktoberfest custom lasting until 1938.  In 1811 an agricultural fair was added and by 1818 beer pubs were included along with performers. So, if you thought that it had to do with the harvest, or that the pretzels were ripe, you would be wrong, Meine Lieben.

 Let’s see what else…Did you see where Lindsay Vonn got caught at some concert making out with somebody not named Tiger Woods?  Is it wrong? Yes. Is it poetic justice? Karma? Absolutely…And get this! Sinead O’Connor…yes, she of the shaved head, is giving career advice to the out-of-control, perversely twerking (pertwerking?) Miley Cyrus! The much tattooed Irish songstress woman who ripped a picture of Pope John Paul II in half during a performance on Saturday Night Live is giving the Hannah Montana gone-bad, advice on how to behave! Ain’t life sweet?

Auf wiedersehen bis zum nachsten Mal! (Good bye until next time!)



2 thoughts on “Scattershot…

  1. I enjoying people expressing their opinions as long as it’s not one sided. Karma is a revelation. I remember the Collibine gang, mostly white and uneducated that killed kids, also the rich white kid that killed 22 kids in
    Connecticut, also the crazy white kid in the movie theater killing people, should I go on with the rich and white kids (gangs and thugs) that just kill up people and have been doing it for years but their rich daddy and and mammies get them off. White people committ crimes also and more than any of race of people why won’t you talk about that and stop single out one group. White people stole a whole country and still robbing it blind. They are the gang of theives, murderers and hypocrites .

    • Obviously, you did not read the disclaimer that I put in my post…Let me restate it for you. I said ‘Does anyone remember the gangs of youths in NYC in the early 1980s? You remember the youths that were ‘wilding’, which is loosely defined as when a band of youths, generally poor and black (but not exclusively…), roam the streets looking for trouble? This trouble generally includes assault, robbery, and vandalism (Urban Dictionary). I did not single out anyone.

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