Musings From the Bench 10/27 Edition

musings from the bench-2This week’s edition is going to be a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Years ago celebrities made PSAs about voting called ‘Rock the Vote’. Young people registered in record numbers. But now “The Five’ show on Fox News Channel is discouraging young women from taking rock the votepart in the midterm elections because ‘young women don’t share the same life experiences as older women and should just go back to playing around on Tinder and’ It seems that unless you’ve done ‘adult stuff like paying bills you won’t be able to cast an informed vote.’

?????????????????????????Are you kidding me? That this ridiculous statement came out of the mouth of Kimberly Guilfoyle the show’s co-host leads me to believe that everyone at Fox News Channel has taken leave of their senses. There was a time in this country when no woman had a right to vote and I don’t want to see a backslide to that century again. It’s too difficult climbing that mountain and so easy to slide back down to the bottom. If Kimberly and her bosses are so afraid that young women won’t vote for ‘the right candidate’ because of the axiom that with age comes wisdom, they should remember what Oscar Wilde said, “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”



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Tom Brady has done it again.. The mother of two has come out and said moms should put themselves first, before their children, and drew some controversy her way.  Comparing mothering and the instructions on what to do on an airplane in the event of an emergency, specifically the part where the attendant tells you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then the child, she interprets this to mean if you take care of yourself first you’ll be in a better position to take care of everyone else. Now I don’t really care for Mrs. Brady but I find myself agreeing with her on this one. As the saying goes, ‘if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.’



thursday night football cbsThe Great Experiment on CBS has come to an end. I’m talking about Thursday Night Football on CBS. I, for one, am going to miss it. True, the first few games were mismatches to the point of blowouts but there were some close games towards the end of the run on CBS. Now the rest of the Thursday night games will go back to being shown exclusively on cable’s NFL Network. Still, wanting to see the entire seasons worth of Thursday night games isn’t incentive enough to come up with the extra scratch to pay for NFL Network. Especially when it’s only the games I’d be interested in seeing.

The other upsetting aspect of the end to Thursday Night Football on CBS is that the regular season is already half over. Scary.


Speaking of scary, Halloween is just around the corner. Back in the Pagan days, Octoberhalloween 31st was considered the most magical night of the year. A time when the veil between this world and the Otherworld was the thinnest allowing the dead to return to the living if they wished for one night only. Also called All Hallows Eve, then Hallow E’en to the Halloween we use today, it’s a night of glowing jack-o-lanterns, bobbing for apples, tricks or treats, and dressing in costume.   But there are those who want to see an end to Halloween believing it encourages children to lie by disguising themselves and going around demanding they be given things for free or they will trick you, thereby causing harm to the individual who doesn’t give into their demands. They believe it sets a precedent for them to expect to be handed whatever it is they want when they get older without paying for it. Either these people weren’t allowed to go trick or treating as children or they went and only got lumps of coal.


Some monsters don’t look like monsters at all. They look like the rest of us ordinary folk but they’re monsters nonetheless. One such monster is 34-year old Jason Gendron of Pittfield, MA. He was arrested and charged with, and plead guilty to, 16 counts sexual exploitation of minors by producing and possessing child pornography.

According to the US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, between May 13, 2011 and August 24, 2012 this monster produced 16 files of child pornography.

Most of the video files on his computer were of him having ‘sexually explicit conduct’ with two, three, eight and thirteen-years old girls as well as other files of child pornography.

I don’t have any idea how a grown-ass man of 34 could look at a toddler and think she wants to have sex with him. My imagination just isn’t that good. But according to his plea agreement he will be spending 40 to 50 years behind bars followed by 10 years of supervised release. He also agreed to pay restitution to the girls in the videos and forfeit his computer media. He faces a $250,000 fine on each count. So that’s $4,000,000 in fines. Unless he has an offshore account somewhere, I don’t think those fines will get paid.

Kudos to the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations along with the Pittsfield Police Department for bringing this sick bastard to justice. I just wish the many articles I read and Google searches I did about Jason Gendron age 34 of Pittsfield, MA had produced a picture of what this monster looks like so we could all see the newest face of evil.


How would you like to own your own plushie of the Ebola virus?

Giant Microbes,Inc. based in Stamford, CT makes plush toys of every microscopic organism that are a million times the real size from the black death to the enterovirus. And now the Ebola virus which has become ‘the T-Rex of microbes’. A portion of the proceeds will be given to Ebola crisis organizations. But don’t rush to their website just yet. Seems everything Ebola–including the small Ebola doll $9.95, the Gigantic Ebola doll  $29.95, and the Ebola Petri dish toy $14.95–are all sold out. You could, of course add this to your wishlist at the site, but there’s no telling just how long the wait could be.

The company promotes their product as gag gifts that also have educational value. So, what do you think….you in?ebola plushieThanks for reading Musings From the Bench 10/27 Edition. Until next time.










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About Jane Gray 58 Articles
Born in the '50s, grew up in the '60s, got married in the '70s. Gave birth in the '80s and started collecting social security in 2013. My time is my own and I don't mind sharing my opinions on everything with everybody. I hate injustice, the truth is easier to remember than a lie. I like the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the New York Mets, and that English futbol team from Liverpool.


  1. I’ll pass on the plushie… the things people come up with to sell… and more to the point, the things that peeps will buy… land o goshen

  2. mommy, mommy… can you buy me the flu plushie to go with my pneumonia and E coli plushies… pleaseeeeee…

  3. Kid is going to go to school and say he has Ebola. “What did you do this weekend little Johnny? I got Ebola!!”

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