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Sssooo..........It Is What It Is

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Here in the Castle Rock, when I'm not working, I watch the local news on the local (Portland, Oregon) stations—Affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. They all give about the same News, Weather, and Sports, and I rotate. They have more than the news in common, which brings me to my main point.
The news staff and personalities are being infiltrated by the younger generation. That happens with EVERY generation, and I know that. I also know that I am no longer the “target demographic” of anything, local news included. Here's the rub…..I'm weary of location news reporters starting sentences with “Sssooo”, and then proceeding. I'm weary of every tragedy being “Literally Horrific”.
I understand that these folks speak like that to one another, but in generations past, by the time they became TV personalities, they had learned a more traditional manner of speaking.
Try as I might, I cannot recall previous reporters using Valley-Girl speak, or punctuating sentences with…

The Giant Asian Hornet

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Yep.....One more thing I could have gone all day without knowing about--The Giant Asian Hornet.  Two inches in length, a three inch wingspan, and a quarter inch stinger.


Foreign Language Ads

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I play Microsoft card games on the computer pretty much every day. If I felt guilty about it, it would be a guilty pleasure. I get some ads with the card games because I'm a cheap bastard and won't pay to eliminate the ads.
I told you that so I could tell you this: Of late, the ads have been speckled with Spanish language ads. I'm not bi-lingual. Never claimed to be.
So, if I'm going to get Spanish language ads, I want some inclusiveness. Give me the occasional Russian language ad….Or Korean…..Or French…..Or Greek…..Or something else I can't understand. I'm just sayin'……….

Everywhere In The USA.....

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.....except the NFL, the NBA, and the Oakland A's.
36 U.S. Code § 301 - National Anthem
(a)Designation.—
The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
(b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
(1)when the flag is displayed—
(A)
individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
(B)
members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
(C)
all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(2)
when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if…

Baseball Thoughts

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Just a couple of thoughts about America's favorite pastime (and mine)--Baseball.
1) If the Baseball Hall of Fame really is meant to enshrine the best major league players, then Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, and Roger Clemens (among others) belong there. If, on the other hand, the Hall is meant to happily thank above average players who have otherwise led pristine lives, then leave those named players out. While you're at it, however, you'll need to cleanse the Hall of some existing members for being something other than model citizens. Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth come immediately to mind.
2) What with just about every play being subject to video review, and machine called balls and strikes on the horizon, why not just eliminate all the field umpires? Perhaps one could be retained to make balk calls, but nothing else is really needed at this point.
3) The length of games is still an issue. The only solution that I can see is to change the number of innings per ga…

Put Up Yer Dukes, Ya' Wussie

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Do you, like me, wonder what happened to manhood in America?
I recently read an article re-printed by Blue Lives Matter that ran down a Portland, Oregon Home Depot employee. He heard a woman screaming for help in the parking lot—she was trying to get help for what she called out as a kidnapping. Our Home Depot Employee called 911 and followed the dispatchers instructions—Follow the kidnapper and continue to report facts until the police arrived. That's what he did, leaving the Home Depot property for about 10 minutes. For his efforts, Home Depot fired him. They have since offered him his job back (which he declined) due to bad press.
Just a recent example of the wussification of the American Male.
Same thing in baseball. No more home plate collisions Too dangerous. No more “take-out” slides at second. Somebody might be get hurt.
It goes on and on. School-boys in the second and third grade punished for drawing pictures of handguns.
Here's where I'm pretty c…

Phonics

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Phonics doesn't even start with an “F”.
It's shit like this that makes space aliens fly right by Earth without stopping to give us the cure for cancer.