I Don’t Understand…

You know…. There is sooooo much hate speech out there…  I don’t understand. I understand different points of view. I understand healthy, vigorous disagreement.  That’s ok. That’s how it’s supposed to work, but, I do not understand ugly, low level hate speech. Photos of Ms Obama ‘holding’ ( it’s photoshopped in) a sign that says  ‘Biden touched my penis’.  That’s just cheap, low class crap.  Someone couldn’t get their idea across w/out something like this…. That’s sad…

Same w/ someone making fun of the president’s hair, or hands…. C’mon…. Though I disagree with 95% of what he says and does, I do not think attacks like that are the way to go…  Parody is fine, but you can go to far… ‘Well, he goes to far’… you say… Yeah, but, I think America should not lie on their bellies, or go as low as someone else, to make a point…  It’s ‘ well, so are you’… thinking….

Disagree… That’s good…. Cheap shots…. No… I expect better of you, America…. Or is that your imitation of Prewar Europe… ?


Food For Thought

So, here in the cornfields. in our little town, we have a grocery store crisis brewing. For almost a hundred years, we had several little independent grocers, of which, two, which became Hilander, and Loglis, were the two largest. Both were locally owned til 10 or so years, ago. Then, the family who owned Hilander, wanted to retire. The chain, Kroger bought them. Ok, not bad for the first year, then service and selection plummeted like an Acapulco cliff diver. As best I can recall ( it gets confusing) Loglis were sold in the same manner, to Schnucks, out of St. Louis. A couple years later, Kroger sold the Hilander chain to Schnucks, who now owned the bulk of supermarkets/grocery stores in town. Enter more Acapulco cliff diving of service and selection.
A year or so ago, a Meijers decided to come to town. We have a Woodman’s, from Wi, here, and it’s a pretty good place to shop, but not as handy as the several aforementioned stores. With the Meijers monster coming to our part of the cornfields, Schnucks, displaying their amazing lack of business ability, started closing the stores they had recently acquired.
First, the one in our neighborhood, which, had, in the last four or five years, turned into a store straight out of the ‘hood. Not a good place to go. Along with that, they cut back every employees hours to part time, thus cutting pay and benefits. They are now in the process of closing every other store in town. More than half a dozen in an area of 200, 000 people.
In a brilliant stroke of business sense, Schnucks has managed to destroy a century of local business, unemploy hundreds, and remove any local grocery stores from around the entire city…

Thanks, Schnucks, for your brilliant business strategy, and, dedication to community…. We really appreciate it…

Not this year…


so, last week, I was doing my dog & pony show, here @ work. A very sincere show, btw, for a tour group of prospective customers.  Later, the sales rep came back, and told me that I was the best salesman that the Co. has.  Whoa, that was unexpected.  Nice.

Today, I was informed that I am not up to snuff enough to receive a raise this year. “If you received one last year, you won’t receive one this year”.  Well, don’t think that didn’t inspire me….  I don’t understand.  I’m here constantly. I really care about the quality of the product, and that the customer receives what he needs & ordered. I work through lunch, and long hours.

Short of offering up my wife for carnal pleasures for management on a weekend retreat, I am not sure what I can do to increase my stature, or pay…

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. . .


well, Solstice is just a couple days away.  For the last month or so, the birds, the sun, and us, have been up earlier and earlier.  I love this time of year.  It’s like a rejuvination or recharging of the soul.  Faster, longer, brighter days are on the horizon for the next month or two.  Then, it starts that long slide into winter.   Out of the two seasons we have here, this is my favorite.  

Get out and enjoy it!

What the hell is wrong with you people?

I just finished reading the story in the NY Times about the men who crashed an SUV into the gate @ the Glasgow airport. . .

” A witness to the attack said on
BBC television that one of the car’s occupants had been ablaze from
head to foot, and as he struggled with the police, “was throwing
punches and shouting ‘Allah, Allah.’ ”

What the hell is wrong with you people? Every religion has their zealots, or members to the extremist side of the belief system, but, it seems to us common everyday folks in the Midwest that it’s a bit outta hand.   What kind of religion dictates that someone who isn’t a member of their forced fraternity must be killed.  Sounds a bit paranoid to me.  You want to be Muslim, great! you want to be Hindu, fine. You want to be whatever, ok.   But seriously, I really don’t give a rat’s ass, as they say, or care.  Really I don’t. But, to force other people to either join, or die, is such a wimpy ass way to go about gaining converts.   “My god/goddess has a bigger stick than yours”, is not really the way to convince others to want to become a member. . .

  I feel sorry for you, taking innocent lives for your religion.  I think you a group of small minded, short sighted, mean, men, who obviously have some sort of phallic metaphor displacement. 

  There is a very special place in hell, where, 16 vestal virgins are going to beat your ass mercilessly for being so fucking stupid and cruel to the innocent of the world.

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