Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rogue US Border Control

Before I get on my soap box today, a small update on my recent, and ongoing health issues.  It turns out that along with being a celiac, am also have Hashimoto's Disease. 
Hopefully, they can get it under control and I can go back to being able to be active for more than 4 hours a day, down from my previous 6.....sigh.



On the 25th of February a citizen of the United States was held for hours by the Border Control for having a "Muslim" name.  This is beyond the pale horrid.  It states quite clearly on ones passport where the holder was born.  This man was born in Pennsylvania in 1972, and says so on his passport.  Our country has come to this under cheetolini, a country of rampant racism, xenophobia, and the demonizing of the Press.  

The only reason this detainment made the news is because this happened to the son of a very famous man, Muhammad Ali Jr.  How many other people, who were born in the USA with a US passport, but having a "suspicious" name have been held for hours before they were released?  Unless they go to the Press to complain, and the Press decides to print their story, we will never know.

cheetolini has unleashed the hounds of hate again.  These hate hounds have been hiding in plain sight since the beginning of our country, and how much of it is xenophobia and how much of it is guilt?  Guilt?  Yes, plain and simple, guilt.  Why else do people hate Native Americans?  While some of the deaths of Native Americans wasn't on purpose, virgin immune systems exposed to virulent European diseases, the vast majority of it was nothing short of ethnic cleansing to give the Europeans "Lebensraum".

Pass forward this guilt onto a new ethnic group, Black Americans.  That guilt underlies most of the racism in my opinion.  We all KNOW that humans shouldn't be bought and sold.  Whenever someone attempts to explain away a wrong by pointing to pages in the bible, its clear they need a "moral authority scapegoat".  

"Jesus never spoke against slavery"  The old testament says.....   If the only moral high ground you have to stand upon is a bronze age mystical book that has been re-written untold times while never being updated for current conditions, its time to toss that book out of the area of being a basis for morals.

Ok, so Ali Jr is detained for the crime of being: black, Muslim and having a suspect name.  What on earth did Mem Fox 


do to be detained for hours by the Border Control?  She's white, female and from Australia.  How does that raise any flags?   Could it be a children's book she wrote, about how Australian's come from every corner of the globe and the Border Control didn't like that message?


She contacted the Australian Embassy in the US and the American one when she arrived home.  An apology was issued, but how many more cases are there of the Border Control targeting innocent travelers on the basis of "Keeping American Safe"?  This has got to stop and I'd love it to see Ali Jr to take the Border Control and cheetolini to court over the matter.  And I'd love it even more to have the Australian government to speak out against the illegal detaining of Mem Fox.  

Our current government is trampling our constitution, and the GOP is complaisant as long as they hold the reins of power.  The DNC has been asleep at the switch since ousting Howard Dean from the DNC chair.  Where this will lead worries me, as I don't see a happy ending anytime soon.  The extreme right distrusts not only the media but also the State Department, the CIA and the NSA has been hamstrung to the point where they hare powerless to do anything but leak.  The FBI lost all credence with me over the 7th hour EMAILS!! of Hillary's.  It's telling that out of all of Obama's picks only Comey kept his position under, and I do mean UNDER cheetolini.

 

article about Ali, Jr...http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/25/customs-alis-son-wasnt-detained-because-hes-muslim/98419924/

article about Fox...https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/25/australian-childrens-author-mem-fox-detained-by-us-border-control-i-sobbed-like-a-baby
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

cheetolini is a full stop 45 (failure)

 I read this over at Joemygod.com today and thought I'd share.

Some people are saying that we should give Donald Trump a chance, that we should "work together" with him because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." This is my response:
•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years...
•I will not "work together" to build a wall.
•I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims.
•I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, no matter how bad they might have been, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy.
•I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1%.
•I will not "work together" to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
•I will not "work together" to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies.
•I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
•I will not "work together" to sell American lands to companies which then despoil those lands.
•I will not "work together" to enable the killing in any way of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.
•I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone.
•I will not "work together" to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.
•I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
•I will not "work together" to slash funding for education.
•I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
•I will not "work together" to allow torture and "black op" prison sites.
•I will not "work together" to "take their oil."
•I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
•I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage.
•I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.
•I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
•I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
•I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
•I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics.
•I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention.
•I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
•I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it.
•I will not "work together" to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
•I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual "pre-existing condition."
•I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression.
•I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny.
•I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
•I will not "work together" with Donald Trump or anyone who supports him, because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.

This is the line, and I am drawing it.
•I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.
•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN for what's really so dangerous about Donald Trump, his friends and the Big Lie they spin to the world:
That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is anything more than nothing... When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.
#RESIST

~Mike Harnisch

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Explainations

Hello to any one who is still listening to me.  I know that I have been gone a very long while, and here are the reasons why.....

If you remember the last time I wrote I mentioned about some health issues?  By the time they tracked down the issue, allergy to drinking or eating things from plastic containers, I had lost the ability to focus my right eye, was unable to hold a thought in my head for more than about 15 minutes and was mostly at home where I could hobble to the bathroom as it affected my legs as well.  Got rid of the plastic and like magic, it all cleared up!  And thankfully, I can focus my right eye normally again.

After the plastic allergy was sorted TH and I began the great house hunt.  We spent hours each week viewing houses, sifting thru the houses our realtor sent us and looking at the offerings from a company that is only in a few markets, Opendoor.com. We found great houses that we lost in a bidding wars, that we didn't like the HOA rules, or the road noise was terrible, and houses that were just downright weird.

Partly we are unwilling to use our savings on a house in these uncertain times.  We have even explored leaving the country due to fears of what #45 is going to do.

Tonight I read that the Intelligence service has begun to withhold intel from the Oval Office due to worry about Russian leaks.  What happened to our country?

My name is Biki Honko and I am addicted to online news.  Since cheetolini (#45) has been elected I can't stay off the news sites.  I travel from one to another and then make the rounds again.  I hang out at Joemygod.com a great deal, as the snarky comments help me feel that we might get thru this alive....hopefully.



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Sorry I've been gone for so long, been having some health issues, coupled with moving yet again and now looking for a home to buy.


Monday, September 19, 2016

T-10 days

We got the rv buttoned up and it's ready for its long winter sleep, and are now in a residential hotel.  Living in the RV was very enjoyable even with the teeny living space.  Now that I have access to fast internet, here's the long awaited pictures of our wee trailer.  I adored living in it, and if it wasn't for having 3 storage units filled with furniture, books, pictures, dishes and mementos that we can't bear to part with we'd be happy to live in one full time.  I never really understood the allure before, but I sure do now.  Living as a turtle does, carrying one's house along on life's journey is a wonderful thing indeed.





We fly out of here for Hawaii on the 29th, for 2 days in the sun. Then on October 1st, we zoom into the unknown world of tackling a foreign country, one where we don't speak the language!  We have a phrase book on my phone, and have a few well practiced phrases.  Please, thank you, yes, so sorry, hello, good day and good bye.  We can order brown tea, " chiro ocha kudasai", so if I do indeed get brave enough to eat out we have my allergy cards printed out and ready to go.  While traveling on trains and subways holds no fears for me, the buses scare me to pieces.  When we were their before I would just write the kanji for the street or town on my hand and used that to navigate, but buses seem trickier one must know the bus route and when to transfer....sigh   But hopefully we will quickly get that sorted as we need to ride a bus from our house into Kyoto.  Luckily the Japanese are very organized with their mass transit and the buses, trains and subways all share the same station, so moving between transit modes is easy.

  There seems to be so much to do between now and then, and yet not much left to do.  As the days creep closer to T-day, [travel day] I'm beginning to feel a mite anxious and worried about the entire trip.

After spending hours trying out blog names for our travel blog, all the "good" ones were taken.  But then just as I was getting tired of that game an idea popped into my head and it wasn't taken!  w00t!

Here is our new blog addy, it is still blank at this time, I need to sit down and write the first post.

http://wanderingsourdoughs.blogspot.com/

Ok, and now we come to the tricky part of my post.  I'd love for y'all to travel Japan with us, and would love hearing your comments, however....  Anyone who reads my blog knows I'm closeted and don't see that changing anytime soon.  We are giving the blog addy to the kids and that's where my worry begins.  If they follow the commenters back they will find out who I am, and truly am not wanting to deal with that.  I'll leave anonymous commenting available, and thats really the only way I can see how to keep my secret identity safe and allow my friends here to comment.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Stolen!

Read this over at ravager619.wordpress.com, who stole it from Anne Marie, who stole it from......

1. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?  Well, sorta kinda?  If we had of had a daughter, TH wanted her middle name to be Renee, but a daughter wasn't in our cards, thankfully.  When I changed my name I decided to pick Renee to be my middle name.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?   Last week, when 2nd son told us he didn't want us to move, and wanted us to buy the property down the street from him so we could be close.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yeah, its spiky and sloppy and totally me.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Pastrami!

5. DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS? Yep, 4.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS?  Well why wouldn't I be?  We like to do the same things!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?  It's hard for me to not be sarcastic.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?   Yep!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?   F**k NO!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?  Before the celiac diagnosis Captain Crunch.  Yes really!  I no longer eat cereal, unless rice krispie treats count?

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?  No.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE STRONG?  Physically? No.  Emotionally, hellz yeah.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?   Strawberry, but it has to be actually made with strawberries.

4. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?  It depends, sometimes it's their shoes, for others it could be their hair, or face or their demeanor.

5. RED OR PINK?   I'd rather not wear either, but if need be, red.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?  My wrong gender.

17. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW?   Black with teal socks.

18. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?  Black bean and corn salad, bbq ribs and potatoes.

19. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?   I'm not at the moment, as TH is reading.

20. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?  Orange

21. FAVORITE SMELL?  Babies!

22. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO?  TH

23. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?  NFL

24. HAIR COLOR THAT’S REAL?  My hair started going grey at 23, and I've been coloring it ever since.  I have zero idea what color it is under the dye.

25. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?  No.

26. FAVORITE FOOD?  Toast!

27. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?  Never EVER scary movies!  EVER!!!

28. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?  Star Trek Beyond.  And loved every single moment!

29. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?  Black

30. SUMMER OR WINTER?  Summer!!!

31. HUGS OR KISSES?  Both!

32. FAVORITE SWEET FOOD?  Carmel popcorn!!!

33. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?  "Assault with a Deadly Lie: A Nick Hoffman Novel of Suspense"  by Lev Raphael


34. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?  Mouse pad??

35. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST?  A few episodes of Darkwing Duck

36. FAVORITE SOUND?  Its a toss up between wind ruffling leaves with birds singing.....or a finely tuned muscle car.

37. ROLLING STONES or BEATLES?  Beatles!!! 

38. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE TRAVELED?  Antigua

39. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?  Connecting with children, but especially babies.

40. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?  Indianapolis Indiana













Friday, September 2, 2016

Indecision

This summer has been fantastic!  We are about 1/2 mile from one of our sons.  We live between his work and his home, and he has dropped by quite often on his way home from work!!!  We see the grand son, and have watched him many times.  The son with the evil being wife has come around and we go over and visit with him and girls while she's at work.  And the other Alaskan son has had us over for dinner and have gone camping with TH andwe have just hung out together.

I'm having so much fun the idea of moving back to Arizona has lost its shine. 

However,  it was 39 this morning, fall is here and winter wont be far behind.

All my fabulous friends live in Arizona. 

Volunteering at the library has really made me feel useful again, and every day is a delight to go to "work".

It gets DARK in the winter.  Think winter twilight for the day "light".  If it's a clear day, there will often be an hour of sunny sunshine.  But by December and January, that is only a memory...

Sigh. 

TH has left it up to me if we move or stay.  The only thing he has to say on the subject is how much healthier I am in Arizona.

Damn, damn, damn.  I nver do get the easy decisions to make, do I?