Category Archives: Commentary

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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09/20/10

GUN CONTROL?

GUN CONTROL? The Las Vegas Death Toll Happens Every MONTH In Chicago

“And yet Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, right up there with New York and Los Angeles…”

Go ahead and restrict guns and then tell me how that is going to prevent a deranged resourceful mind from killing. Shall I dare say: “It’s not rocket science”?

When there is a will there is a way and all of us have experienced being resourceful enough in getting what we want. A deranged mind finding a way to secure a gun whether highly regulated or not will find a way. And besides it would take decades for the effect of gun control to have any effect, as most guns are passed down from generation to generation and/or sold on the street like Tide currency.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/21868/las-vegas-death-toll-happens-monthly-gun-free-joseph-curl

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A monument a statue

This was on a Classic Cartoons feature on Netflix and I found it really interesting that it was prefaced before the cartoons in the feature. It got me to think about this whole monuments/statue issue and find it is very much related.

A monument is a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a famous or notable person or event. What adjective you use to describe it is solely your interpretation and deciding to tear down monuments for reasons based on our sensibilities today defeats the purpose of that monument no matter how you look at it.

The strength of our Nation was built on the taking advantage of others. In fact every country has done this and it is practiced to this day in the business world. It’s not right but it has happened and continues to happen. At the end of the day it’s not about what statue we allow to remain up but rather how we educate our society and our children as to what is considered right and acceptable. And let’s not forget that what we deem today as right and acceptable may just be the opposite decades from now. We tend to forget our sensibilities of right and wrong are driven by the society we live in so condemning what we have done in our past based on our sensibilities today is flawed. We have to understand why it was done, how it impacted the society then and what we can learn from that going forward in formulating what we consider an acceptable society today.

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DACA – To End

It’s about time a current President makes our Congress work for what they were elected to do instead of spending their time raising money for their personal agenda. I hope our Congress realizes though that our DACA young people (yes OUR young people) thru no fault of their own in being in our country, are contributing members of our country and hopefully some allowances will be made to allow them to stay. BUT, however, close that damn door and Congress GET OFF YOUR BUTTS and FINALLY make a solid and fair immigration policy that has been avoided for decades now in fear of not being popular among their constituents.

Our country was founded on immigration and in order to sustain our country we will need to continue to allow immigration into our country BUT we do not need ILLEGAL immigration going forward in any form. Yes, we as a country have the right and should have the right to choose who we allow to come into our country permanently.

DACA

DACA – We should not penalize these now adults holding jobs, owning homes, raising families, productive members of our country just because their parents brought them illegally into our country. Former President Obama was compassionate and realized the value these people have since contributed to our country when he passed the executive order allowing them to stay.

But we must not forget the wording of this order and that it does specifically state deferred action for a period of two years subject to renewal and does not provide lawful status.

As usual and typical of our government we do things half ass and although our former President had good intentions he only prolonged the inevitable.

What Is DACA:

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.