Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nuisance Calls

Every single day, I get a robo-call from a group called "Cardmember Services".  They assure me they can lower the interest rate on all my credit cards.  I only have one credit card, thank you very much, and the interest rate doesn't bother me very much because I pay the card off every month.

For a while, I was getting TWO calls from the same annoying outfit. One started with "This is a very important message about your credit cards."  And the other was more personal.  It went, "This is Bridget from Cardmember Services."  She promised to lower the interest rate on my credit cards, too. 

I e-mailed the FCC and complained, and they replied that all they could do was add my complaint to all the others they are getting.  They went on to say that my telephone company COULD do something about it if they only would.  But, apparently, Cox doesn't want to be bothered. 

There has to be some way to stop these calls.  In the meantime, I have decided to let the calls go to a real person so I can tell her (usually a female) that I want the calls to stop.  Oh, I know it won't do any good.  They just cut me off.  But, why shoudn't I annoy them right back, right? 

I suggest that anyone else who gets these calls do the same.  It's actually quite satisfying, even if it is an exercise in futility.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

President The Donald?

I try, I really do, to watch the Republican debates. Otherwise, how will I be able to make fun of them, but I have to tell you, I find them less than compelling. Actually, I have the same problem with the Democrats, but at least I agree with them most of the time.  Every time the Presidential elections roll around, I think, "OK, this year, I'm going to suffer through the debates and every time, I come away realizing that the candidates haven't said anything of substance.  It's just carp, carp, carp about the other party, and no real information.

The only difference between the two is when the Republicans say what they're going to do, you know they have no intention of doing anything. It's just blah, blah, blah, Hillary, blah, blah, blah, Benghazi, blah, blah, blah, e-mails, blah, blah, blah, private server, for shame! In the end, it's always much ado about nothing, because, you know what?  In the end, Hillary will be proven "innocent" of all the accusations and tsk-tsk-ing.

So, once again, I tried to watch the Republican debate on CNN. I lasted about 45 minutes, which is the outer limit of my patience with fools. 

According to Jim Hightower, Donald Trump is a figment of his own imagination. I say he's a legend in his own mind.  But, usually, he is worth a few giggles.  But, last night, he seemed kind of flat. Maybe he was on his version of good behavior, but he wasn't his usual entertaining self. Maybe, he just didn't think the other candidates were much competition for him.

Carly Fiorina, who has never succeeded at anything she has tried in her adult life, constantly tried to interrupt everyone.  Someone finally called her on it, and I thought, "HA! Take that, bitch!" and stuck out my tongue, which wasn't very grown-up of me, but then, there weren't any real grown-ups in that crowd.  I found her speaking style annoying.  She's going to have to do something about her ssssss's.

Marco Rubio, full of boyish charm, tried his hand at humor, making a joke about the drought and how he brought his own water, yuk, yuk.  It went over like a lead balloon. 

At one point, they let Mike Huckabee loose with his "war on Christians" spiel. But, after that, they pretty much ignored him.  He'll drop out early in the game, but not before Iowa and New Hampshire, because he's not through crusading, yet. Maybe he hasn't collected enough money to get him through the next few years. That house has to be expensive to maintain.

Rand Paul managed to sound sensible a time or two, or maybe it was just in comparison to the rest of the clowns.  Maybe when you know you have no chance of winning, you can feel free to say what you really think.

Jeb! thinks Margaret Thatcher should be the woman on our ten-dollar bill.  Hey, Jeb!  I kind of think the first woman to appear on our currency should be an American.  But, that's just me. He made a bit of a fool of himself by insisting that Donald Trump apologize to his wife for the things he has said about Mexican immigrants. As if THAT was gonna happen.

I can't talk any more about the debate, because I changed the channel before my head exploded.

I only have one more thing to say about the debates, all of them. I don't think the networks should be sponsoring them. It may not be a conflict of interest, but I have a problem with the ethics of the  networks inserting themselves into the mix.  I think the media should step back and observe and report. Sponsoring the debates and participating in them puts them too close. So there.

Stay tuned.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Ignorant People Irritate Me

People like that ignorant little Clerk in Kentucky just irritate me no end.  And, the people who are taking up for her ought to be ashamed of themselves, because they know better. 

Her lawyers and the Religious Rights group that are encouraging her in her case have her convinced that she is above the law.  And, they have told her that the governor of the State of Kentucky should defy the Supreme Court and allow her to continue in her job and deny the rights of gays because she disapproves of their lifestyle on her skewed religious beliefs. .

I's astonishing how many people actually believe the states can somehow overrule the Federal Government and the U.S. Supreme Court, just because they disagree with the rulings handed down, according to their so-called religious beliefs. 

Here's a woman who only got religion about two years ago, after a lifetime of slutting around, two children out of wedlock and four marriages.  How would she have felt if some County Clerk had told her she couldn't have had second marriage license because their religion taught them that marriage is for life, and anything past the first marriage is adultery, or something equally silly? She would have squealed like a stuck pig and tried to find a lawyer to force that clerk to do his/her job. That's what. At least, at that point, she would be on the right side of the law.

And,don't get me started on the very UN-reverend Mike Huckabee.  Here's a man who wants to be President of the United States, saying his religion makes him above the law. He'd be perfectly happy to reign over a Theocracy.  That man, and people like him, are dangerous.

The rest of the Republicans who are either supporting (albeit weakly) Kim Davis in her "cause" are just as bad.  In this, and other issues, the Republicans are appealing to the lowest common denominator in this country.  They had better be careful what they wish for.

Stay tuned. 


Thursday, September 03, 2015

Hillalry! Oh, Dear Me.

I really, really, really want to live to see a woman become President of the United States.  But, as I have said before, I'm not sure Hillary! is the one. 

It's not that I don't think she's qualified.  I do.  I think she is far more qualified than any of the Republican clowns who are running.  And, she has done a great job as Secretary of State.  There's no doubt she works hard at whatever endeavor she chooses.

But, when I think of having to endure another year watching the Republicans unjustly accusing her of everything under the sun, I don't think I can stand it. And, then, when she wins, we'll have to listen to the constant carping for the next four or eight years.  We've had enough of that with President Obama. Of course, most of it with him was pure racism, but with Hillary! it's going to be Benghazi, which didn't amount to any wrong-doing on her part, and failing that, there will be  those silly e-mails, which won't amount to a hill of beans, and failing that, they'll start in on the Clinton Foundation and bring up all of Bill's short-comings,blah, blah, blah. And, if all that fails, they can attack her for simply being a woman. And, don't think the Republicans are above that.

Are we really ready?  Things would be so much easier with "Uncle" Joe or maybe we should "feel the Bern."  Let's face it, they are much more likeable and full of good humor. Bless her heart, Hillary! is just deadly serious and she comes across as not very likeable, no matter how many times her close friends assure us that she is a warm, even funny, lady. 

Well, I'll vote for whichever Democrat is nominated.  But, I'd sure love to have four or eight years of relative calm.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Who Says The Local News Is Dull?

In response to National Topless Day, the powers that be in Springfield, MO have passed a "Nipple" Law, making it OK to go topless as long as the nipples are covered.  The law applies to women only. Clearly, this is a violation of that pesky First Amendment.

It's also silly, if you ask me.

Stay tuned.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Beware the Asians

Jeb! is lurking in the neighborhood of the border between the USA and Mexico. He went there to explain that the immigration problem isn't due to the Mexicans, it's those pesky Asians who are causing the problems.

He's supposed to be the smart one in the family, but he is sounding more and more like his brother George W. and his father George H.W.  The ability to open mouth and insert foot appears to run in the family.

It's gonna get better. Somebody make the popcorn.

Stay tuned. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Mind Like An Unmade Bed

The title has often been used to describe me, and as I get older it becomes a more and more accurate description. It's not that I don't WANT to blog, it's just that I can't seem to organize my thoughts into a post that makes sense.  But, I'm going to try, once again, because I am opinionated and because my kids are tired of listening to me bitch. So, if there's still someone out there who wants to read it, I'm back.  Who knows for how long?  With election season coming on strong, I should have plenty to say, if I can just keep it together enough to be coherent.

Donal Trump.  What can I say?  He's the media's darling right now, and if they try hard enough, they can probably make him the candidate. And, boy howdy, do the Republicans deserve it!  It has been observed that one of the reasons he is so far ahead in the polls at this point is because there are so many other candidates even crazier than he is. Personally, I think 1.) the serious voters are not yet paying attention and 2.) the ones who are engaging want desperately to "send a message" that they're tire of the same old retreads running for office. The only problem with that is, if they are sending that message, they're going to have to back it up by either not voting at all or voting for the guy they think is an "outsider" and this time around, it's Trump. It doesn't make a a lot of sense to complain about a candidate and then turn around and vote for him/her.

Hillary Clinton.  Oh, dear. Here we go again.  I really would like to see a woman elected President during my lifetime.  I'm just not sure she's the one. Just thinking about all the abuse she's going to have to take, and we are going to have to listen to,  for the next year makes me feel sick.   She will have to endure all the baggage from her husband's "scandals", and she will have "scandals" of her own with which to contend.

Benghazi hasn't worked out very well for the opposing party, but I'll bet we'll have to live through it again before it's all over.  Right now, they're busily trumping up (no pun intended) accusations about her e-mails from her private server while she was Secretary of State.  Good grief, people! Get a life! It's not as though other people in government have never had their own servers.  And, it's not as though the Government servers are particularly secure.  The point is they haven't found any classified material in the e-mails they have already picked apart, and I'm guessing, chances are they won't. Something that is classified now, but wasn't back then doesn't count. They can't very well nail her retroactively. Now we know why Romney took all of his hard drives out back and destroyed them.

I'm going to get around to the other candidates pretty soon, I hope, but right now, I'll just ask:  Is anybody feeling the Bern?

Stay tuned.