Middle of the Week Motes

Does anyone care: As per tradition, Barack Obama has closed out the year with his annual picks of his favorite songs. I don’t know whose tradition this is, but not at my house. I really just don’t care what he listens to.

Speaking of music; Congratulations to Dolly Parton who just received 3 new certificates from Guinness World Records. The 75-year-old singing legend recently set two new records: most decades on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female with seven and most Number One hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female with 25. Dolly also beat her existing record for most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist with 109 hits. I can say from personal experience, she is the warm, kind, and friendly person she is made out to be. Way to go Dolly.

Probably: Am I the only one that finds it just a bit “ironic” that Jeffrey Rambo is on the “National Targeting Center”, a secretive division of Customs and Border Protection? And trying to intimidate journalists? Okay, maybe not ironic, but certainly comment worthy.

Whhaatt? : Chicago, Illinois – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square hosted a “drag queen prayer hour” for children last weekend. According to the Lutheran church’s Facebook post, “Seminarian Aaron Musser” preached in drag to children as part of “a dress rehearsal for joy.” Also known as grooming. The pictures show children around 5-7 years old. Now why the hell they allow a “Seminarian”, (a student in a seminary especially of the Roman Catholic Church) to teach/preach in drag to young children is beyond me.

Daaammmnnnn: Enraged monkeys have killed 250 dogs in an Indian district by dragging them to the top of buildings and trees and dropping them. Panic-stricken residents have also come under attack and say the acts of animal violence have been carried out ‘in revenge’ after a pack of dogs killed one of the monkeys’ infants. Pictures in Indian media appeared to confirm the attacks. In one, a monkey can be seen on a roof carrying a puppy to the edge of a building. Clearly not content with the extermination of the dogs, monkeys are now said to be going after young children. School children are reportedly being attacked by the monkeys, creating a further sense of panic among the villagers.   UPDATE: The Officials with the forest department from the Beed district of Maharashtra state said the monkeys were trapped on Sunday and released in their natural habitat. It appears that only two monkeys were involved in the dog killing. I bet they were “mom and dad” of the infant. And you thought revenge was only a human trait.

Need a couple of bucks: The U.S. government just offered a $5 million reward to anyone with information that could lead to the capture of each of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera’s sons. Commonly known as Los Chapitos, the men are infamous for their brash and ostentatious behavior and displays on social media. One of them—Ovidio Guzmán López—was captured but released by the Mexican government in 2019 in an incident that proved a national embarrassment for the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The announcement from the Biden administration came on the heels of a similar bounty placed on the head of El Chapo’s brother, Aureliano Guzmán Loera aka Guano, and the tripling of the reward for his former Sinaloa Cartel partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada to $15 million. Nope, all my Mexican contacts are way too old, just like me. I’ll leave this one to the younger guys.

Where can I find one????

A Gingerbread Cookie Dragon. Where can I find one, or ten.

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