My Friend Harv…

The call on June 4, at 8:15 AM… just may stay with me forever.

He was just such an exceptional human being.  Funny, humble, caring, considerate, patient, kind… I’m not going to finish the list as it is very long.  But what says it all to me is how Harv viewed others, his expression, “You don’t know until you have walked in their shoes.” just says volumes about the guy.

Harv personified the Zellweger phrase from “Cold Mountain”… “youTOOL BOX need help, here I am.”

He was like my other brother.  It did not matter whether it was golf, a party at his place or ours; I was always excited to see Harv.  He brightened my day. He completed my holidays when we were together…so many trips to his place, so many memories, so many events.

HOT RODAnd we talked about opening up a pub with a hot rod theme… it’s probably good that didn’t happen.

Harv hosted such great Thanksgivings; many of us with distant family. Turkey shoots and shots! After each, he would say, never again.  Then he’d host it again next year.

He liked our mutt; always took her out for a dump and short walk.

Bill gave him that state of the art driver for Christmas one year… really worked for him.  Every time he boomed one out there I’d tell him he should send Bill money!

GOLFERSuch a master craftsman… if stuff broken in heaven, he’ll fix it.  I figured that is why he got called. He even fixed the golf cart that a friend used and accidentally take out some neighborhood mailboxes.

I even thought about asking him to fix that congressional shithole in Washington, but that would be asking too much of a good friend.

And so many shots and beers… that was usually the greeting I received. The only thing I was sure of on our sleep-overs, at either house, was what the next morning would bring! The only living being that was physically right was the dog.

His golf game went extremely bad one year so he started to bring a flask… it didn’t’ help.

RAVENSAnd who could never forget the Ravens-Steelers game parties… filled with cheers, and more than occasional vulgarity!

Harv, so lucky to have had time with him!

***** S&E *****

 

Root Causes…

I doubt we’ll see any significant change until some constitutional basics change.  Groups that by broadest definition and behavior, that have now or historically demonstrated a raciest and/or supremacist platform or tendencies, need to be outlawed, eradicated.  They should not be supported under freedom of speech, right to protest, and other amendments or  laws.  As long as the USA’s basic amendments and constitution can be interpreted to support raciest and supremacist behavior, it is not likely we will smother the hate and ugliness in this country.  It is against the law for organizations to discriminate in employment practices however other groups or organizations specifically not covered by law can.  

Quite a dichotomy!  

Further, If law enforcement and judicial departments where held to similar enforceable non-discriminatory standards (much broader than employment practice) and penalized for violations, we just might see the start of genuine “fit for duty” standards in the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections). 

Can the criminal justice system “police” itself ? 

***** S&E *****

Hiding Something ????

The argument made by Trump’s attorneys (ongoing in the USA’s supreme court) means, the way they describe it, that Trump or any sitting president couldn’t be investigated or prosecuted while holding the office — no subpoenas, no testimony, no indictments.

Above the law !


Now that just might sound like someone who has something to hide!

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Can you imagine…

Can  you imagine…a black man is murdered while jogging on a Glynn County, Brunswick City, neighborhood street; two armed, white, former law enforcement officers shot and killed the 25 year old man in broad daylight; the victim was not armed;  it was 10 weeks before local law enforcement officials acted at all; then it was only do to local/national outrage; two local district attorneys recuse themselves from the case prior to state investigators stepping in; it only took 36 hours for the state to indict the two for murder; the state of Georgia has no hate crime laws. Can you imagine having the trial venue in Glynn County, or the state of Georgia for that matter?  Can you imagine…!

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Log Entry No. 91: Driving School

Edie Thompson would scare the ghost out of you if you were riding in her van’s passenger seat. Most of the neighbors experienced this multiple times. They now refuse to ride with her, all offering to drive if the group is headed to a card game, a round of domino’s, or an afternoon of Mahjong. The driving situation has been building over the years. So as April Fool’s day approached, it offered a grand opportunity that could not be missed. So the letter below, logo and all, was sent to Edie.

Edie’s husband was warned in advanced. He picked up the mail from the street mail box and set it on the kitchen counter. He was there when Edie opened the letter. As she read, she was heading toward boil. He had to leave the room when the vulgarity started, not to expose the prank by laughter.

Edie actually called the phone contact number in the letter only to be told there was no such driving program for seniors. She was not happy! Her husband hours later, broke the news to Edie advising her to look at the date on the letter. There was an immediate search for the author.

April 1

Law Enforcement Services Section Education, Division of Senior Roadway Program, 4235 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4235.

Dear Ms. Thompson,

Our Traffic Division Section records indicate that you have received multiple warnings, in lieu of citations, for various vehicle operating violations over the course of the last 18 months.

Although citations and fines were not issued, our division remains concerned with senior citizen vehicle operating safety and tracks non-citation events.

Our purpose here is not to highlight driving errors but to take a preventative approach to a safer future for driving seniors. To that end, you have been selected to participate in a driver’s safety course to be held in May each year. You have several options as to attendance dates so please visit our website at http://www.dps.seniorsafety.gov/ed . There you will find options as to dates and times for you to schedule your 3-day driver’s education class at your convenience. Please note that attendance is mandatory, per ncdot reg no 324.23 sec 2, pg 2, p4.

Your cooperation is expected and appreciated.

T.H. Sizemore, Administrator

Human Resources, 919-716-3800

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Facts, Fact Checkers, and Out Right Lies …

Just when you thought you had a reliable place to ago to check on what you suspect is, for example, a political exaggeration…

From the Heritage Foundation (a 2 minute read): https://www.heritage.org/public-opinion/commentary/the-facts-about-fact-checkers

It is a “posting” from 2018, but I’m thinking it remains very accurate today.

What lead to this blog entry? I enjoy reading CNN’s “5 Things”, an email that I receive to start my day, just to see, “Whatsup”. This morning, April 20th, I find this:

President Trump said testing is a local problem that the federal government shouldn’t be handling. He also said the country was testing “millions” per day when the actual number is around 150,000 per day. 

I did not fact check it… I had a feeling I didn’t need to…!

And this from the “Independent”, April 2019

Now, on his 801st day, the count stands at 9,451, according to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker’s database that analyses, categories, and tracks every suspect statement the president utters.

9,451 suspect statements… and that was a year ago!

If all this is just half right… !

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Incredible…

I find it incredible, but maybe I would say not so surprising, to see how many people and organizations are stepping up to help in so many ways.

A volunteer nurse wearing a mask tends to homeless individuals 

There are many.  Personal donations, financial and services assistance from corporations, and public displays of support for front line workers who are at the highest risk. And, personal time donated to support many activities to help those in need. And professional athletes, actors, and musicians helping to shrink the space caused by social distances. Just some efforts that are very visible and just keep coming. 

And, even support from some countries who are other than our allies…

Incredible….

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