Sunday Rant – D T I

3 Aug 22

German-born musical genius, Richard Wagner, revolutionized music in Europe, particularly opera, during the Nineteenth Century. His contribution to the Art can hardly be overstated.

He did all this while, for most of his life avoiding the “political mainstream,” and he thus found himself in exile much of the time, and otherwise continuously reviled, harassed, and pursued by police and creditors alike!

As with most geniuses, “fitting-in” was probably impossible, and did not interest him in any event!

Since sometime in 2014, Vlad P appropriated Wagner’s name for his private army of ruthless mercenaries, which he uses to enforce (with unchecked violence) his agenda around the world, routinely engaging in atrocities his “regular army” is seldom accused of. There is no official oversight, nor any species of accountability.

Richard Wagner and his works were greatly admired by both Hitler and Stalin, which is where the connection probably comes from.

The “Wagner Group” is basically a resurrection of the NKVD!

Active in Africa, Ukraine, and other places, the Wagners’ (whose very existence is nonchalantly denied by Vlad P) reputation for gratuitous terror inflicted upon non-combatants and “political outsiders” rivals that of the ancient Assyrians!

The Wagners have no regard for international borders, since they don’t officially exist!

There is scant doubt that Wagners will continue to be used to ruthlessly subjugate all of Eastern Europe and much of Africa.

They are of course, individually expendable, and no record of casualties, no record of any kind, is ever maintained, at least that anyone knows of.

The Wagners represent an ominous trend in geo-politics:

Atrocity and subsequent denial

This is the way political agendas will be remorselessly enforced, at least by Russians, probably for the rest of our lifetimes!

“Protection” will continue to be a cruel joke!

/John

It used to be “mercenaries”, and it was an ugly word after 60’s and 70’s Africa.Now the are “civilian military contractors”. Make no mistake, Denard and Horare were no angels, but the Wagner Group takes it to a whole new level of evil.

Saturday Story

Watch The Movie

At one time there were five movie theaters in Waikiki. The biggest and best known was the Waikiki #3 on Kalakaua.

It had a huge open area in the front with a fish pond full of koi and a water fountain. The walls of the pond were filled with small plagues engraved with replica signatures from the movie stars that had been in the movies shown there.

Inside there was a church style pipe organ on a platform that raised and lowered the organ between shows for many many years and was played expertly by the late Johnny deMello. During the 40’s it was part of many radio shows coming from Hawaii.

Inside the roof of the actual theater was painted with clouds and star constellations were projected on the ceiling during intermissions. There were actual palm trees and banana plants growing against the side walls.

For many of the years I walked foot beat, the manager was “Buck” Richards. Mr. Richards could have doubled for the late Duke Kahanamoku. He was tall, well built, with skin the bronze color of Hawaiian “Alii”. The entire time I knew him he had the most beautiful head of snow-white hair. It was for people like Buck that the word “gentleman” was coined as he was a gentleman in every sense of the word.

During the years I walked the foot beat, I would often escort Mr. Richards and the night deposit bag to the bank a short distance away. If I couldn’t be there, or was off, I would ask one of the other beat men to make the walk. It was only a block or so, but why tempt fate.

It was the opening week of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, the original with Newman and Redford. It was one of those weeks when my days off were in the middle so my first wife, Maura, and I decided it probably wouldn’t be too crowded, so we went to see it at the Waikiki Theater number 3.

We couldn’t have been more wrong. The front area around the pond was packed and there was a line down the stairs and onto the sidewalk.

We walked up to the ticket booth, and I had just about decided to skip the whole thing when the girl in the booth called out to me.

I turned and greeted her, then told her we’d come back when it wasn’t as crowded. She asked me to wait a minute and picked up the house phone to the manager’s office. After a very short conversation she turned and told us to go up to the front door and Mr. Richards would meet us.

We climbed the stairs, walked past the koi pond and all the people standing in line, and just as we started up the last few stairs the exit doors flew open and Buck Richards stepped out. He was dressed, as always, in a dark suit, spotless white shirt, and had a matching tie and breast pocket hanky.

Holding the doors open wide he open his arms in welcome and in a big voice greeted us with; “Alooooohha. So glad you’re here. Come in, come in”. As he ushered us inside, he was giving his undivided attention to us and none of the surrounding crowd.

You can be sure this gathered a lot of hard, surprised and just plain puzzled looks from the crowd standing there.

We were allowed to choose our seats before the doors were opened so we continued getting looks and questioning stares as the rest of the crowd came in.

Nobody said anything to us directly until Maura went to the concession stand about 30 minutes into the film. While she was standing there a young woman approached and asked;

“Who are you?”

Maura, not really knowing how to answer replied; “Why?”

“Well”, the young woman explained. “We were standing in line when you and your boyfriend…”

“Husband”, Maura corrected.

“Of course, husband”, she continued.” You both walk past everyone in line, the manager opens the doors to greet you both and let you in. Who are you?”

The girl attending the concession stand at that time was the same girl that had been in the ticket booth. At this point she decides to head off any problems.

“Excuse me ma’am”, she spoke up. “Have you been watching the movie?” said the counter girl.

 “Well, of course I have”, came a kind of snotty response.

“Maybe you should watch a little closer.”

Turning to Maura she topped it all off by sliding our refreshments across the counter and said,” It’s on the management. It’s really nice to meet you.” She turned to the other woman she asked “And what can I get you?”

Without saying anymore Maura took our snacks and got back into the theater before the young woman spotted the big grin on her face.

I don’t know if that woman ever spotted me in the movie I was never in, but I bet she wasted a lot of time trying. Maura and I waited a few minutes into the next showing before leaving.

I hate autograph seekers.

It’s Aloha Friday,Motes For The Beach

A good date night movie: “Purple Hearts” is currently the most popular movie on Netflix, according to the streaming service’s public ranking system. The romantic drama tells the story of a struggling musician and a Marine who agree to marry strictly for military benefits but find themselves falling in love for real. We watched it last week and it was really kind of enjoyable. Like I said, a good date night movie.

Splitting hairs: I love how the facts checkers can rule something “mostly true”. Isn’t that like “partially false”?  So, if I say Barrack Obama is our first black gay president, isn’t that “mostly true”? So, does it matter which part is true or false for it to be “mostly true”? If it’s a semi-automatic rifle, I can still call it a “weapon of war” because it looks like an automatic rifle? I’m so confused.

It’s happened before: Ivana Hrynkiw, a journalist for Alabama-based news outlet “AL.com”, traveled to Atmore on Thursday to cover the execution of death row inmate Joe Nathan James Jr., but prison officials told her when she arrived that she couldn’t view the execution because her skirt was too short. A dress code posted on line for prison visitors says that “all dresses, skirts, and pants shall extend below the knee (females only).” Reminds me of an incident in the late 70’s when a Honolulu Public Defender was sent home to change into “more court appropriate attire.” Yeah, that went over like a….well, it didn’t go well.

I agree, just not the way she’d think: Joy Behar told her co-hosts on Tuesday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View” that President Joe Biden is like the actor Liam Neeson in the 2008 action film “Taken” while discussing the killing of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan. Neeson has had the same stunt double since 1999, Mark Vanselow. So, I agree in that they are both hypocritical, both need someone to write a good script, and they’re both  lousy actors.

Just a note: I do enjoy “The Mayans” tv show. Yes, it’s unrealistic and not really about bikers, I know. Did you know you can buy season 1-2-4 in dvd but you can’t find season 3? Not Amazon, e-bay, Best Buy, all don’t seem to have season 3. Huh? Wonder why.

Priorities mixed up; Calipornia Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency in response to the monkeypox virus. There have been 827 reported cases. Now in 2021 fentanyl accounted for 3,946 deaths and 16,537 E D visits, but that’s nothing to worry about, yet. 

No evidence needed: The Russian Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Ukraine’s Azov Regiment a terrorist organization banned in Russia, a designation that may expose Ukrainian prisoners of war held by Moscow to terrorism charges. Azov, which played a key part in the defense of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, has been repeatedly portrayed by Russian officials and state media as a Nazi formation allegedly committing atrocities against Ukraine’s civilians. No evidence has surfaced to back up these assertions. No evidence is needed now, it’s all guilt by accusation.

Staying in town this weekend. Might just share some good Irish whiskey with some friends. You never know.

The Weekend Is Right Over There, Thursday Motes

Oh please, don’t do it: Prime (Amazon) has decided to destroy another cult movie by remaking “Road House”.   The new take follows a former UFC fighter ( Jake Gyllenhaal) who takes a job as a bouncer at a rough-and-tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys, but soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise. No No No.

Does anybody really think Trevor Noah is actually funny? I didn’t think so.

 Travesty of justice: January 6 defendant Guy Reffitt, an oil worker from Texas, was sentenced on Monday to more than seven years in prison for attending the January 6 protests in Washington DC. Reffitt did not engage in any violence. He did not enter the US Capitol. The FBI wired up his son and sent him into their home to record his dad talking smack. The FBI used the recordings to prosecute the oil worker. The Soviet Union was also famous for turning children against their parents. The term “cooperating defendants,”  means other people sell you out while walking away from their own actions. Reffitt will serve the longest prison term handed down to date to any defendant connected to January 6th — And he committed NO VIOLENCE and he DID NOT ENTER the US Capitol. America should weep.

Failure in the victim selection process: Surveillance from the Norco Market & Liquor in Norco, California, captured the moment the elderly owner shot at a would-be robber in the early hours of Sunday.The footage shows the masked male suspect entering the store with an AR-15-style rifle shortly before 3 a.m. and pointing it directly at the 80-year-old store owner behind the counter. In the footage, the assailant is heard repeatedly telling the owner to put his “hands in the air,” but he is ignored by the owner. The owner instead grabbed his own shotgun from behind the counter area and fired a single shot at the suspect, hitting him in the arm. The suspect immediately started screaming hysterically and ran out of the store, yelling to another armed suspect, “He shot my arm off! He shot my arm off”. Yep, for every action there are rewards, and in this case, consequences. Ain’t that right Lefty?

Movie of the week in a headline: “ Prosecutor Who Got Defendant Pregnant Wants To Be a Judge”. Yeah, No.

Credit where credit is due: Eighty-nine-year-old dancer Penny Starr Sr. surprised Simon Cowell and the other judges with a stars-and-striptease on “AGT.” Starr, whose real name is Janet Gaynor and is from Palm Bay, Florida, told the judges that she got her start when she ran away with the circus and eventually learned burlesque dancing there. She said she used to have breakfast with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. when she worked at the Flamingo in Las Vegas back in the day. Eighty-nine years old and still dancing. Wow.

A Sad Good-Bye: Vin Scully, who was celebrated for his mastery of the graceful phrase and his gift for storytelling during the 67 summers he served as the announcer for Dodgers baseball games, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94. His death was announced by the Los Angeles Dodgers. It has been a pleasure to listen to his voice announcing one of the great loves in my life, baseball. His joy and talent will be missed. Hre now sits at the Table of Heroes.

Go F yourself: firearm manufacturer Smith & Wesson refused to provide the House Committee on Oversight and Reform panel with information about its revenue and business tactics. The committee is demanding documents about the company’s manufacture and sale of AR-15-style assault weapons. Smith & Wesson refused to disclose this information voluntarily. Come on, this isn’t a committee about anything, it’s a witch hunt looking for someone, other than the real villain, to burn at the stake.

Gas in Honolulu 8/2. Down .04 cents a gallon. Wow, that Biden economy is great. Wait, it was up $4.00? Never mind.

What are you paying?

Wednesday Motes, ‘Cause it’s Wednesday, Bro’

It’s an age thing: At 75 I was looking forward to retiring. Now, not so much. As a cancer survivor my spouse requires daily medications, that we will no longer be able to afford. About 17% of Hawaii is 62 and above. Daily drugs are a major part of those lives. The problem?  No Medicare/Medicaid coverage is available for medications.  You have to have “supplemental medical coverage”. And on a “fixed” income, it could be the difference between mortgage or meals. So Hawaii Senatorial and Congressional candidates, how about looking out or your constituents for a change? Spend some of that tax $ on a drug plan for the elderly. Just a suggestion, from a voter.

Speaking of politics in Hawaii: This season we’re being told who not to vote for and why some candidates are such horrible people they should be run out of town. Yes sir, let the mudslinging begin in earnest.

I got an old man’s GPS. Not only does it tell me how to get there, it also reminds me why I went.

For those too young to remember: It was thirty years ago this month that the DOJ entrapped Randy Weaver for his Christian beliefs, killed his dog, son, and wife, and shot Weaver and his friend. While living in Iowa, Weaver learned it was illegal to homeschool his children independently, so he moved his family to a cabin in remote Idaho, Ruby Ridge. Gus Magisano befriended Weaver. Magisano was a fed. What the feds really wanted was an informant. Weaver refused; he was no “snitch.” With facts withheld, a grand jury indicted Weaver. Before this exercise in “justice” was over, people died, including a wife clutching an infant at the moment she was shot. Weaver was not a “White Supremacist”, nor was he planning to overthrow the government. Weaver, charged with first-degree murder, though he never fired a shot at anyone, faced the death penalty. Weaver was found not guilty on all counts except minor charges for failing to appear. No one has been held accountable. And our government, under the Uncle Joe regime, is seemingly even further out of control. Know your friends. And your enemy.

Scared me white: “Michelle Obama 2024: Her Real Life Story and Plan for Power.” A movie by filmmaker Joel Gilbert.  It builds toward his thesis that Michelle has been planning for running for president, and that the Democrats now know she is the only person who can lock down the black vote for them, and who is popular enough with the general public to make an election victory plausible. And that scare’s the hell out of me. Check “americanthinker.com” for more info.

My bologna has a first name: Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), (rhymes with bologna) has repeatedly shown how ignorant she is regarding firearms, their nomenclature, and their uses. Don’t confuse her with facts, her mind is made up. How come I can’t sue Ford? They made the car that was driven by a drunk driver that killed my sisters boy-friends third cousin’s brother-in-law. Ford should have known someone would drive drunk. It’s their fault. Show me the $$$$.

Somethings backwards: Inflation and crime have gotten so bad in NYC that even cheap meat like Spam has to be locked up. “I’ve never seen that before!” one cashier laughed while using a magnet to remove a can of Spam from its cage. The cashier was among the employees, tourists and store regulars stunned that the iconic blue-and-yellow cans are now being kept under lock-and-key. It’s a sad state of affairs when the Spam is locked up, and the criminals aren’t. 

For get this last weekend playlist. It was Vol. 3, “Ryman Country Homecoming”. Crystal Gayle, Lori Morgan, Dan Seals, Waylon and Willie, and 14 others. Done in 1999, it was a group of country greats, just sitting around playing for each other. If you are like me, and prefer the older country music, it is the very best, of the best.

Unheralded Tuesday Motes

At least he knows football: Last week Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard used his Tuesday press conference to criticize an 18-year-old American’s ability to walk into a gun store and “buy an AK-15 automatic weapon.” Ballard said, “I’m not anti-gun, but I’m anti-military style weapons. It blows my mind the way that an 18-year-old kid can walk in and buy an AK-15 automatic weapon,” Okay, maybe you’re not “anti-gun”. You are, like so many others, unaware of firearms, the state laws surrounding those firearms, national firearms laws, and the fact that your comment is 100% fuxxed up. SDASTFU. Go out play with a ball somewhere. (And I’m not gonna make a “Colt’s comment.)

No fries please: An Australian airport fined a traveler 2,664 Australian dollars, or about $1,874, after several McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches were discovered in their luggage. The two egg and sausage McMuffins and a ham croissant were identified by a biosecurity detector dog at Darwin Airport last week. The unnamed passenger was on a trip from Bali to Australia. The individual was fined only a few days after Australian authorities tightened security measures to address an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Bali.

Good news: There are more tigers in the wild than everyone thought. Almost 40% more tigers. The estimate is now 5,500+  tigers in the wild. Hoorayy.

Magic bullet: A Texas man who shot a woman in the neck was killed Saturday when the bullet also hit him, police said. Investigators believe the man, Byron Redmon, 26, shot the woman in the neck, but the “bullet then exited and hit Redmon in the leg.” Redmon died at the hospital. The condition of the woman, who has not been identified, is unknown. Okay, I’m going to have to follow up on this one. That seems like an awful lot of extra travel from the bullet. Well, except for JFK .

Poor victim selection: A woman with a concealed carry license shot at a group of males who pointed a gun at her as they attempted to steal her car in Chicago last week . Four to five males were trying to break into a parked car in the 1100 block of East 52nd Street in Hyde Park at 7:58 p.m. Friday, police told the station.According to her statement, the 34-year-old woman who owns the car confronted the group, after which one of them pulled a gun and pointed it at her. With that, the woman fired her own gun at the group and hit one of the would-be thieves, a 13-year-old male, police told the station. This shows poor victim choice for the would-be thieves. However, the injured boy also violated one of Farnam’s rules for life, “Don’t hang around stupid people.”

Crappy News Network: Early last week, CNN wrote an ugly, baseless trash piece titled “An ‘imposter Christianity’ is threatening American democracy” that argued American Christianity is being overrun by radical “white Christian nationalists” and supported that premise with far-left thinkers and biased New York Times best-sellers. Horseshxt. I didn’t see any “white Christian nationalists” burning buildings, destroying property, and sending cops to the hospital. Those were BLACK AND WHITE UNCHRISTIAN THUGS, acting under a false flag of “black live matter/antifa” and should be treated with contempt and jail sentences.

Magnum Monday Motes

Before we start talking about: “Is this a recession?” or such, I think the first thing we need to do is define the word “definition”. If we have proper definition, it will be easier to define where we are in the process. Or something.

Psyco chicks, we’ve all known one: “Christie Louise Jones Had a Masterplan to Get Back at Her Ex-Boyfriend Who Recently Broke Up With Her; She Planned on Burning Down His House to Show Him She Was The Boss, But She Made One Crucial Mistake…She Burned Down Wrong Home”. The homeowner was alarmed by a different neighbor, who witnessed the 49-year-old’s alleged efforts to start a fire at the house. Jones managed to set the porch on fire with bundles of wood and oil before the homeowner got outside. In an attempt to put out the fire, the homeowner looked for a garden hose that was sealed off by the woman with a flex seal, police said. He also found burning wood next to a propane bottle. Authorities charged Jones with felony first-degree arson, assault with a deadly weapon and larceny of an animal. I read the article several times but there was no explanation of the last charge.

Leader of the pack: Japanese officials announced Wednesday that they killed a monkey after it was determined that the monkey was behind several of the many reported attacks in the area, amid a local crisis of primates attacking citizens. As of Tuesday, the number of reported attacks was at 49 and rising. Now they have to wait until the monkeys choose a new leader.,

A sad Good-Bye: Tony Dow, the actor who personified the role of America’s big brother as the elder sibling Wally Cleaver on the TV classic sitcom Leave It to Beaver, died two days after it was announced. He was 77 and had been battling cancer. The first announcement was a mistake, but it was just a matter of time. Dow pivoted to become a noted and successful sculptor in his later years. In the early 2000s, Dow began to devote his energies full time to creating artworks, developing a style using burl wood found in the hills around his home to sculpt abstract designs that he would then bronze. He was one of three United States sculptors chosen for the 2008 Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition at the Louvre. Dow was an outspoken advocate for people suffering from depression and chronicled his own struggles with the disease in a series of self-help videos. His talents, and his compassion will be missed.

Justice delayed: Darrell Brooks Jr., the Wisconsin man accused of driving a car through a Christmas parade last November fatally striking six and injuring dozens, pleaded not guilty to 77 counts, including six felony homicide charges. Brooks, 39 faces up to life in prison if convicted. It is also alleged that on Nov. 21, Brooks beat the mother of his child for failing to bail him out of jail for an arrest earlier in the month — for breaking her leg by running her over with the same car. Still no trial date. Justice denied.

How to run a war: Days after Moscow launched its bloody war on Ukraine, a Russian cargo plane stood on a Khartoum runway, a strip of tarmac surrounded by red-orange sand. The aircraft’s manifest stated it was loaded with cookies. Sudan rarely, if ever, exports cookies. Ultimately, however, the officials decided to board the plane.Inside the hold, colorful boxes of cookies stretched out before them. Hidden just beneath were wooden crates of Sudan’s most precious resource. Gold. Roughly one ton of it.Or about $55,000,000 dollars worth today. This incident is one of at least 16 known Russian gold smuggling flights out of Sudan, Africa’s third largest producer of the precious metal, over the last year and a half. So how do you finance your war, by stealing gold from somebody else. And again, the “Wagner Group” name figures predominantly. A quasi-mercenary group with close ties to Vlad.

Sunday Rant – DTI

From our friend John Farnam at Defense Training International.

26 July 22

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied”. Otto Von Bismarck

The invariable method used by socialists (Democrats) when confronting bad news is abject denial, then self-justification.

After continuously denying rapidly-escalating inflation, the JRB Administration now assures us that inflation is a good thing, because we Americans need to be punished for our great national sin of individual liberty and freedom.

After continuously denying the escalating crisis of violent crime in virtually every metro area, we’re now told we deserve violent crime, because we haven’t been nice enough to violent criminals.

After being told we don’t “need” guns, Democrats de-fund our police, release violent criminals (immediately), close jails!

In view of the foregoing, some of us might get the crazy idea that Democrats really like ecumenical lawlessness, squalor, filth, stagnation, because they unfailingly, relentlessly work in that direction- currently with great success!

One would think, with a record like that, Democrats would be precipitously voted out of power, but I’m not sure, as a nation, we’re even capable of holding a legitimate election any more!

Our last one didn’t inspire much confidence!

“A basal suspicion (and simultaneous distrust) of government and of all politicians, is both healthy and essential in a free republic”.Newman

/John

**Additional information: On 7/29 I received an e-mail from John and DTI. DTI quips are suspended from Farcebook due to “content”. I don’t FB so it won’t bother me. I will continue to think oiutside thee party lines and continue to follow others that do so. If you want to get the DTI quips go to> http://eepurl.com/gV41nH (It’s free.) **


Saturday Story

I’ve done a lot of things I’ll have to answer for in the end.

Some Kind Of Hero

Some things have become ingrained I guess. In 2003 or 2004, Julie and I visited my Mom in Las Vegas.

I had another back surgery in ’99 and was still using a cane to walk. Not a lot, but sometimes.

Mom had taken us to Lake Meade to show how much the lake had fallen due to the many years of drought. You could read the water levels on the surrounding cliffs and there was a whole lot of boat dock with very little water under it. Probably 80-90 feet of dock was just barely floating.

Then it seemed to get deep pretty fast. It went from 2-3 feet to 6-10 feet deep in a matter12-15 foot in distance.

And everywhere you looked there were fish around the dock, ducks on the water, and people feeding both. Adults, children of all ages, were walking up and down the length of the dock throwing crackers, cookies, and anything else to watch the fish try to beat the ducks to the food. It was kinda funny.

The long drive in the front seat of Mom’s mini-van had given me some problems so the dock walk was good at stretching my legs and back.

As we were walking a family group caught my eye. The mother was 7-8 months pregnant, there was a 3-4 year old girl feeding the ducks, and a 4-5 year old boy feeding the fish.

The boy was bending over, not squatting and that’s when I noticed there was no bottom rail where the family was standing.

I stopped and was about to say something when the boy toppled into the water, head first, and he went right under.

The little girl would be a danger if she tried to help, way too young to know what happened and mother was way too pregnant to do anything. Besides, the mother was wiping the little girl’s nose and nobody was watching the boy.

The boy’s head broke the water, he took a big gulp that was part air but mostly water, and went down again.

There was no thought or decision, I dropped straight on my stomach, drove both arms into the water, and just barely caught hold of the boy’s hands. If I had tried to kneel or just use one hand, I don’t think I would have gotten a hold of him.

Again, without kneeling or raising to my feet, I jerked him up and out of the water and onto the dock where he promptly puked out a gutful of water, duck shit, and fish crap, and let out a wail of “Mommy, my socks are wet”. Mommy looks up, she hadn’t even seen he was in the water. Now she starts screaming “what happened? What happened?” My mother makes the snarky comment, “Don’t worry, my son was here to pull him out.”

Julie knelt by the woman, told her what happened and that he was OK.

I stood up and felt a “pop” in my back, and then the pain. Before anything else happened I suggested she have him checked because the water looked pretty bad and he probably swallowed some. The mother continued drying him off, ignored me, and sent the girl to “Go get your father”. The little girl took off at a sprint and I suggested we go back to the car. Julie and my Mom looked at me so I said “I blew my back I’m gonna be in some real pain, pretty soon.” They nodded and we began to slowly walk back to the car. Slowly, because I was already being racked with back spasms and wasn’t all that sure I’d make it to the car.

Daddy and little girl, and another child still in diapers walked past us without a glance.

Both my Mom and Julie, for once, agreed the parents were jerks and should maybe watch TV instead of making more kids than they can watch.

Me, I went home, took a handful of pain killers, and woke up the next day.

Some hero, didn’t even go out feasting.

Traveling Friday Motes

Yesterday it was cute monkeys: Today it’s a young female walrus that has chosen Norway’s capital Oslo as her holiday destination for 2022. Onlookers spotted the marine mammal clambering onto boats – which often look like they are about to capsize under her not inconsiderable 600kg (94 stone) heft – to nap in the sun. Nicknamed Freya after the Norse goddess of love, she has become something of a celebrity in the country. Her presence has caused concern among some. One kayaker described a “scary encounter” with the animal when it came too close to his vessel, local media report. Another boy fell into the water near the walrus when he was paddle-boarding and had to be rescued by a jet ski.

Finally: The trial for a commercial truck driver charged with causing the deaths in 2019 of seven members of a Marine motorcycle club will open Tuesday, more than three years after the crash in northern New Hampshire. Zhukovskyy himself told police that he had used both heroin and cocaine that morning, but that he was “fine and OK to drive” later that evening. His lawyers have argued an independent analysis showed one of the motorcyclists who died was drunk and was the one who hit the truck and caused the crash. So, it as the bikers that caused the accident, not him being fuxxed up. Special place in Hell for you pal.

A set of cojones: The Secret Service alleges a Waipahu man used counterfeit checks to go on a spending spree, that included trying to buy a Land Rover and post bail for three people at OCCC. Man, trying to use forged checks for bail. Oh, trying to by a new Land Rover. All in all, checks were a little over $400,000.  Give the guy credit for the try.

Suspicions confirmed: Respected scientific institute Polish Academy of Sciences (PASIFIC) has officially classified cats as an “invasive alien species,” according to the Associated Press. Anybody that has ever been owned by a cat will tell you “invasive alien species,”is better than that obnoxious azzhole cat.

They didn’t have any duct tape: Federal, state and county authorities responded to a radio call Monday from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management employee who reported a man was walking along a gravel road and setting fires, in the forest some 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass. Three local residents located the suspect walking on the road near the fires and detained him. The suspect became very combative with the three residents and had to be tied to a tree to subdue him.,” Ward said in a statement. “An ambulance crew was asked to respond due to some injuries that the suspect apparently received from “falling down”.

Belated Birthday: Happy Birthday (7/27) to television writer, producer and visionary Norman Lear, 100 years old. Norman’s decades in TV have been nothing short of brilliant … working on the “Colgate Comedy Hour” with legends back in the day before moving to classics like “Sanford and Son,” “All in the Family,” and “The Jeffersons.”Everything he touched turned to gold — he’s even picked up 6 Emmys for his work over the years as he pushed the boundaries of TV, incorporating controversial topics like abortion, mental health, and sexuality into his shows. Well done Sir. Well done.

Headed to Hilo this weekend. Usual stuff, lawn, dog, hedge, and wife. Maybe not in that order.