Gleanings From The Passing Scene…(Politically Uncorrected)

Alfred_E__NeumannOur weekly accumulation of likely and unlikely reality presented for your evaluation, confusion and amusement or just so you can feel that your were right all along…

The ‘Knockout Game’ nailed a cyclist. More in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. How long do you suppose it will be before extra points will reward inflicting more elaborate damage?

A new attachment will equip anybody’s cellphone camera for taking pictures in the dark. Perhaps you should be less interested in using this than in who else will be using it?

The price of electricity reached a record high in October, up some 42% in a decade. We should be grateful that as the government assures us, there is little or no inflation and we should be even happier that the Feds in Washington are doing their best to kill the use of coal for generating electric power…it’s fhe cheapest source.

Re electric power, the Feds have fined an electric windfarm some $1 M for killing 14 american eagles that tried to migrate through the windmills. This is the first such fine, though far from the first batch of dead birds. Maybe we’d best get used to spiraling electricity costs…you know who ends up paying for such things.

The U.N. is pushing the protection of online privacy per reports; the U.S. is said to oppose the protection program…might have to scrap billions in NSA, CIA and FBI buildings, gear and personnel?

A really unpleasant question is washing ashore at the Capitol building, where great effort is going into ignoring it. How are the Social Security payments of present retirees and the oncoming flood of baby boomer retirements going to be funded? The present Social Security fund is in deficit already and the boomers are just starting to hit. These can be funded only so long as the deficit spending can continue…and increase. (Reality check!)

Not to worry about money we guess; clearly the government folks don’t. A batch of them, now that it’s cold out, are jetting to the Caribbean at taxpayer expense. Who do they think they are, anyway…Congress?

A couple’s 11 year old boy was found handcuffed to their porch, with a dead chicken around his neck; needless to say generating a fuss. (The chicken’s presence, not the dead bird itself.)At risk of adding to said fuss, we can summon images of 11 year old boy behavior that might support the sentence, except perhaps for the handcuffs. But we know it was perfectly appropriate no matter what anyone says; the woman is a Department of Social Services employee…

The world’s largest and most expensive ever carrier, the brand new USS Gerald R. Ford, has slid down the ways into the sea. The U.S. Navy is now the proud daddy of the world’s largest, most expensive missile  target. Who on earth can compete with that?

The GOP closed the gap in voter preference polling; it arrived at parity with the Dems at 39% each.  Unfortunately if you are a Republican and more unfortunately if you are a Democrat, this new political equality was arrived at by Democratic decline, not by GOP improvement in voter esteem…

The operators of the 911 emergency service reported a call from a man who rang up to complain of the loud snoring of his sex partner in bed.

And finally, England’s Prince Charles this last Thursday, became eligible for his retirement pension. A storybook case of making a career of awaiting a career. Perhaps he should have chosen a mother who was a mere mortal? In any event, he managed somehow to qualify for a pension without ever working at his intended job, which is a sort of accomplishment. We think.

His Highness served as our dessert; we hope you have enjoyed the repast…

 

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About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much)
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8 Responses to Gleanings From The Passing Scene…(Politically Uncorrected)

  1. the unit says:

    We had a publication given us once a week in grammar school (’48-early ’50’s) called the “Weekly Reader.” It was a fun part of the week, don’t remember what day, probably middle of the week as no time in life passes more slowly than those years. And the distribution could have just been a local education decision, not national Dept. of Education thingy. Now Sunday I get my weekly reader, still fun, still educational, still entertaining.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Thank you! I too enjoyed a weekly reader in grade school as a highlight of the week…perhaps my early inoculation with news reading.

      • the unit says:

        Ah, those were the days. Inoculations on the Gulf Coast included tetanus and typhoid fever shots. We went as a family…I’ll never forget the nurse telling me…”take it first, the needle is sharper and hurts less for the first one than for the others.” Funny now I know. However, back then nurses reused and sharpened needles. So do I have some Arkansas Stone grit in my bod? Might be where stand my grit comes from. 🙂

      • Jack Curtis says:

        Yeah…and in the service, if the corpsman didn’t like your attitude, he might tap the needle on the table a couple of times before he stuck it in you…

  2. James Teague says:

    I read somewhere that this carrier will have a laser beam defense weapon. I don’t see that listed in the link article. Seems an appropriate place for one. China and India still think carriers should be increased in their inventory. Extends their power projection over poorer nations.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      I’ve an impression from somewhere that the laser beam weapon project has a way to go before becoming useful. Military developments seem to take longer than initially planned almost every time, I guess. I think you’re right on the mark about carriers: Projecting power seems to be the point, not fighting serious opponents. The US appears to have some 13 of the things… I guess some are getting old and going out of service. But my big question: Where will our government find the money to fund continuation of these policies on the present scale?

  3. James Teague says:

    Got a wheelbarrow handy?

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