Category Archives: Commentary

Patronage

There are many things we are not required to do including not putting a flag out for American Holidays. We do these things though by choice, patronage, respect, citizenship, and solidarity for our country! After all that is why we are a democracy and not North Korea. Heck I even remember my citizenship badge in the Boy Scouts! It would come to think though that we would teach the value of patronage and why we should be thankful to be an American in our schools and thankful for the quality of life we have because we are Americans. Showing respect is just a way of being thankful, respect a value of which ideally should be taught at home but then that is another topic!

School board chair calls Trump ‘bonafide idiot,’ tells students they don’t have to stand for pledge
Nov 22, 2017 11:31 am

“A Democratic school board chairman in Virginia is drawing attention after he called Republican President Donald Trump a “bonafide [sic] idiot” and made it clear that students and employees are free to not stand for the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.”

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http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/22/school-board-chair-calls-trump-bonafide-idiot-tells-students-they-dont-have-to-stand-for-pledge

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Needle Drop Off Boxes in Communities

Needle Drop Off Box S. Powell Ave & Sullivant Ave

What a waste of taxpayers money! Shame on Columbus City Council! As if a drug user is going to be so conscientious (as in conscious) to take the time and walk to one of these boxes! It’s classic enabling and not solving the problem. Again a “feel good” band-aid that our city officials thought would solve our drug problem.

And don’t say it’s just a metal box. Look at this picture: the box is new, has a lock on it, was set on a poured concrete foundation, and oh yes, we have to pay someone to empty it! Total waste of money that I would have rather seen going into the real issue of shutting down the drug dealers infesting our streets!

#EnablingDrugUsers
#WasteTaxPayersDollars
#WasteCityResources
#WasteOfMoney
#HeroinEpidemic

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Commentary

Jeez, I truly detest ANYONE that takes fentanyl or sells it. You are the lowest of low lifes and I truly have no empathy for your addiction problem or economic situation – rot in hell!

http://nbc4i.com/2017/11/09/police-warn-to-wipe-down-shopping-carts-but-not-because-of-germs/

Police warn to wipe down shopping carts, but not because of germs
By WFLA STAFF
Published: November 9, 2017, 8:52 am Updated: November 9, 2017, 10:18 am


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LEACHVILLE, AR (WFLA) — Police are advising shoppers to take a simple extra step that could save your life.
The next time you’re hauling a cart around the store, be sure to wipe down the handles first.
One police department is recommending this to the public, but it’s not because of germs reason we’re all thinking.
They say if you skip using a wipe, that can usually be found at the front of most stores, it could be deadly.
The department said drugs such as fentanyl or a similar substance can enter into your system from contact with your hands.
Exposure to fentanyl can be extremely dangerous, especially for children. In September a 12-year-old  Columbus boy died after coming into contact with the drug.

The advice comes from the Leachville Police Department’s Facebook page.
Below is the full post from the LPD:

Chris Hoyt, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado hospital to KUSA that while one milligram of fentanyl in its powder form is enough to cause an overdose, the chances of a person coming in contact with the drug in a space like a grocery store are very slim.
“If you just happen to walk by them, it’s very, very, very unlikely that you’re going to get sick that way,” Hoyt said.
Lt. Scott Reed from the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Unit tells WKYC, if someone had enough fentanyl in their system to the point where it would transfer from their skin, they would probably be unconscious or dead. Reed says they would probably be too high to get out of their car, grab a cart, and go shopping.

Grab a wipe and at least stay healthy.

$185k to help immigrants in the City of Columbus

Jeez, our Columbus City Council going to fork out $185,000 to help fund legal issues of undocumented immigrants in the City of Columbus. Again band-aid money to cover an issue that has been going on for decades because of our country’s poor immigration policy enforcement and only becoming an issue now because our current President has the balls to say and do something about it. The rules were very clear when undocumented people came into our country and took advantage of having children in our country relying on the laxness of our enforcement policy that they would be able to stay permanently just because they had children in our country. Come on politicians take the money and instead campaign to find a way to allow these undocumented parents to become citizens of our country providing they are working and are contributing members of our society and did not or have not ran from the law in our country or theirs. THEN make our immigration policy clear and stop any new undocumented people coming into our country for whatever reason.

As a country we cannot continue to offer welfare, food, shelter to EVERY person in the world. We as a country even though we may want to cannot sustain this. It needs to stop! We have enough citizens in our own country in need of food, shelter, education, and other forms of assistance and they struggle and compete daily and our actually given secondary status so many of our undocumented people will receive this assistance. Again it needs to stop! Let these undocumented people seek financial assistance for their legal defense from members of their own community, churches, and organizations that have specialized and continue to specialize in bringing in immigrants both documented and undocumented and then washing their hands of their well being citing that it is now the state and government’s responsibility to take over.

Personally I’d rather see this money going towards our current heroin epidemic by funding additional law enforcement to combat the drug dealers.

http://radio.wosu.org/post/columbus-city-council-will-create-undocumented-immigrant-legal-fund#stream/0

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Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat – We have to check our kid’s candy bags after trick or treat night to be sure there is no tampered candy and now parents have to go to the State registered sex offender’s website to look for sex offenders in the area to be sure their kids do not come a knocking on those doors. Seems trick or treat has become a thing of the past and is no longer safe or palatable today.

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Happy Catholic Italian-American Day!

Someone wished me a Happy Indigenous People’s day yesterday. Yes, Columbus Day is the day commemorating the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, largely as a result of intense lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic fraternal organization. So really, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American Catholic heritage.

Myself I was taught in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America as that is how the history books portrayed him back then.

Myself I would be offended if I was an indigenous person and wished a Happy Indigenous People’s day because from that perspective, that was the day that my lands and culture was assimilated into a European culture which happened to be mostly “white”.

So renaming a federal holiday honoring a person who made that achievement of crossing an ocean and “discovering” a new land to a holiday honoring that one’s lands and culture was forever changed seems would be a day I would not want to celebrate.

Perhaps we should just remove the holiday since many of us, myself included, are not Catholic nor Italian-American. Or perhaps we should rename the holiday to what it really is Happy Catholic Italian-American Day!

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Pontiac Grand Prix Varoom noise!

Took my car in to find out why car makes a varoom nice while driving. Thought something to do with my muffler under the car so was anticipating about $300 worth of repair work. Turns out muffler system is fine however there is a clamp that keeps the muffler from moving around under the heat shield. $36 dollars which looks like I could have done that myself if I could have ran to the store and put the part on while the car was still on the rack.

I wanted the opportunity to look under the car so this was great. Turns out my oil pan that I had replaced in April is leaking around the gasket so guess Frank’s Discount Tire, 910 E Main St, Lexington, SC 29072 didn’t do such a great job in putting the new one on. Definitely will look into that on my next road trip to SC.

Additionally appears the seal on my transmission pan is leaking as well. I’m sure that won’t be cheap to fix as it is near the oil pan which wasn’t cheap to repair either because of a major structure bar next to it.

All that I can understand and grasp but then Midas wanted to tell me that I needed Front wheel bearing/hubs – Remove & Replace Left & Front Wheel Bearings or Wheel Hub and Tie Rod &/or both on the front wheels. All this I had done back in April 2012 and April 2014 both at Midas locations – one where I’m at now and the other in Columbia, SC. Was told driving and wear and tear caused this. Seems strange and most concerning to me because of the frequency I’ve had this done already and the fact that I don’t have the $800 + to have this done even when they offered me zero interest for 6 months on my Midas credit card that they were excited to reopen for me. Guy said I really needed this done before my road trip to South Carolina that my vehicle wouldn’t be safe to drive.

From what I understand when the bearings go bad on a wheel it makes a grinding or roaring noise from the tire area. I recall hearing that in the past when I had this done but not on this occasion. We’ll see what new sounds I hear once they fix that muffler clamp!

Then said I needed new brake pads in the rear for another $150+ which I thought I had also done recently at Haydocy (will be calling them later to see when I did have that last done).

Glad I have a Dad to talk to about this as he felt this was a bit much to constantly have to be having this done. We both agree that perhaps it’s time for a new car. 109850 miles and climbing. A great car that perhaps is reaching the stage where the maintenance cost is exceeding the cost of a new monthly car payment.

I HATE taking my car in for car repair no matter where I go as I never know what I really need vs. what I should be needing. Wish I had an honest personal mechanic that I could pay to keep my car running even if I paid that person a retainer.

[Update] The clamp that I waited hours for at the Midas shop did not resolve the issue of the varoom noise!

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