Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hero's entry 17.5.2


Today's entry finds our super hero battling the evil forces of house remodeling.  Fighting timelines, delivery schedules, and the dreaded countertop measuring of doom and despair.  While the fight wages on our superhero has been noticing a reduction in the force.  This reduction is plaguing our hero in lack of energy and motivation.  Wanting nothing more than to retreat to the comforts of his fortress of pages, and comfy cushions.

Day after endless day our hero drags thru his days becoming weaker and weaker, but battling onward!  And then, the page finally loaded and an answer became crystal clear.  The evil minions of home remodeling had found the kryptonite, the heel as it were, the evil beast tree palo verde who is home to my arch nemesis.




Now on the surface this tree seems mild mannered, even decorative.  But hidden within the millions of lovely yellow flowers lies a heart of pure and utter devastation, pollen.  Pollen, you query?  Yes! Pollen!  This pollen is known to only a few as Emperor Destruct-o.  

 She has the power to infiltrate all forms of barriers, without the slightest effort.  What looks nothing more than a pretty yellow carpet, hides a sinister heart of a black hole of pure evil.  


The wind swirls the flowers across the landscape, and if you watch closely enough, and focus purely upon the flowers you will see her form briefly.  Blink and she is gone, leaving only the impression of flowers dancing in the wind.

My stalwart companion Dr. Beaker has been busy mixing ever stronger potions trying to root out these evil invaders.  Will he succeed?  Only time will tell!  Stay tuned for more of this continuing story.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Whoopeeee!



We found a perfectly lovely house, way out of my driving comfort zone, it's about 30 minutes from where I volunteer at the library.  However, it ticked all the other boxes, and the back yard is filled with birds and lizards and without the constant drone of traffic.  The really cool bit, we truly weren't even looking.  Opendoor sends me emails about new houses and I'd been deleting them after the debacle of the other house.  But for some unknown reason, my thumb didn't swipe trash, but open.  We saw the pictures, loved the house, drove out to see it and fell in love, 20 days later, the house is ours!!!!!

And now comes the fun bit, making the house ours!


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.