WTF 10/7… thoughts from a dangerous mind…

 

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Time for some personal thoughts… yeah, more personal than usual…  from this dangerous mind that I sometiems let roam about this wild and crazy world a tad too freely…

A little stream of consciousness this week…

Something a little bit different from what I normally do… just got some stuff on my mind that I needs to be saying… Ya know my brain is full and I need a timeout to empty some room for other stuff to get inside and mingle around the old gray matter… and neurons…and synapses…

Plus, I just wanna talk about something I saw last week that truly I find rare these days and wish it weren’t so… rare… that is… it’s a good thing…

Inside of a dangerous mind & sometimes vicious memory…

joe1NYPD don’t got quotas???

About three weeks ago I went to Yankee game and drove down to the Stadium…  I hadn’t seen a game since the old Stadium closed and my sense of direction on how to get down to the place that Jeter built was a tad on the rusty side…  I zagged when I should’ve zigged and found myself headed in unfamiliar territory.

Eventually, I found myself on I95… a road I hate travelling on, but, it was at least headed down towards the Bronx and the Stadium. Then, of course, it happened… backup all the way from the George Washington Bridge and bumper to bumper parking lot right on I95. Time was of no concern because we… my cousin and me… had decided to head on down early to see if we could catch some batting practice balls.  But, sitting in that parking lot on what’s supposed to be an expressway and dealing with all the frustrated assholes around us cutting in and out of traffic trying to get one more vehicle ahead of everyone else was driving us nuts… Ernie said… “Whyn’t ya take the next exit?”ticketing

So I did… we had to deal with the craziness that can sometimes be the stop and go of the streets of NYC but being an old cab driver I could adapt.

As I edged up to a light that had just turned green Ernie said watch the cop pulling out of the lot… I gave it no never mind but soon heard an otherworldly voice telling me to pull over to the curb.

nypd-quota-scandalLong story short… the cop asked me if I had a good reason for not wearing a seat belt and I wound up getting a ticket.

Damn NYPD pulled me over for not wearing a seat belt… $50 ticket and $88 court costs. Costs were more than the damn ticket. All the crime in NYC and they’re pulling peeps over for no seat belts?!? And they say there ain’t no quotas in NYC? Bullshit…

About the minimum wage and living in the real world…

Still say until costs are reined in it won’t matter how much an hour a person makes… and for prices to come down… businesses need need to take less profits and contribute more.minimum wage 2

I am talking big business not the mom and pop stores or the local hardware store, gas stations, etc…

How come at one point the major reason for most price increases for goods & services was that fuel costs were too high and prices had to be adjusted accordingly? Now that the cost of fuel is a lot lower, prices have yet to be readjusted down and in some cases have continued to rise.corporate-profits-and-wages

How come certain industries/businesses… Big Pharm, e.g… have realized multi-billions in profits and medicine costs are still rising and some meds for certain diseases are costing folks thousands of dollars, if not more?

Look at the banking industry… oil… etc… they need to take less profits and feed more money into the system.

FedUps with the fuel surcharges….

gas prices down...
gas prices down…

And get this… as I was driving into work the other morning (10/6) I hear on the radio that FedEx and UPS are raising their fuel surcharges despite the fact that fuel prices have gone down and appear to be staying down for the foreseeable future…

The reason they established those damn fuel cost surcharges was because fuel prices were so damn high…

Now that they are so damn low they are raising their surcharges again?

...UPS & FedEx raise fuel surcharges
…UPS & FedEx raise fuel surcharges

Anyone explain that one to me?

Their logic is because peeps and businesses are sending larger and heavier packages so it… okay stop … if ya’ll wanna raise the prices on shipping rates for shipping stuff then fucking just say so… don’t lie and say we need to use extra fuel to carry all the heavier packages being sent hither and thither and that means we gots to raise the fuel surcharges higher… because, frankly… that is some really pure and unmitigated bullshit.

We have met the enemy & it ain’t him, babe…

Wednesday (9/30) I witnessed something rarely seen anymore… at least in my experience it isn’t… I saw somebody doing an extraordinary and beautiful thing…

I was driving down White Plains Road in my hometown of Trumbull (CT) and suddenly the Jeep in front of me stopped right in the middle of the two lanes of traffic heading northerly…

Me.. I said WTF?! Then the driver got out… a thirty something or so guy… I looked ahead and some old man was standing in the middle of the road on the double white lines that separate traffic going north and south.

“Oh…” says I…  “Good, the younger guy is going over to help get the older guy across the street and out of harm’s way.”

Then the thirty something guy starts stooping down and every so often is picking something up.

“Hmmm…” says I “Wonder what the fuck that’s all about?”

He does this quite often…  until he finally he gets to the old man; takes him by the arm and leads him over to the side of the road where the old man’s car is parked with his flashers on. Then, the younger dude stoops down and picks up more stuff…

He then hands all the stuff he had picked up and gives it to the old man… its freaking money.

One Good DeedThen the light bulb goes on… there’s a bank right across from us… the old man must of went to the drive-up window; got some cash; drove back onto the street; left his window open and somehow the money blew out the car window. Then an angel came along and saved his ass from getting run down by traffic as well as retrieving his money.

Wanna know something else? Another miracle also happened… all of us behind him and his angel… none of us beeped our horns or tried to go around the two of them until the old man was safely on the side of the road.

Yes, Virginia, there are still good people on this earth… I know because I witnessed it happen on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015…

There is still hope for us after all… We have met the enemy and it ain’t all of us.

Secretly conservative; hiding behind a liberal facade?

Ya’ll know I usually take the stance that killing is just bad juju… no matter what… most killing is usally not the best thing that can happen to reconcile differences… be it war.. an argument between some wife and husband gone real bad… someone pissed off at getting cut off on the road… terrorism… some individual deranged and crazy mind gone south … gang banging turf battles… drug related shit gone bad…SPQRWallp-FORUM(RBM)ss

Pick your poison.

Yet, recently I been going through my library of books and I find myself rereading stuff like Tom Clancy…  or David Baldacci… or John Sandford…

In all their books there is whole lot of killing and maiming other not so nice stuff.

SandfordNow, I can justify the Sandford stuff because its about crime and how the criminal gets caught but even the hero… (anti-hero?)…  in most of his novels… Lucas Davenport… is a tad on the tilted  side of things when it comes to the dispensing out of justice…

The point is I find myself reading stuff that goes against my personal grain and  primarily deals with a whole lot of killing  and just wonder about the craziness of it all… that someone who says… professes… to be all peace, love and nonviolence finds his brain immersed into so much killing, maiming and spying and warring and stuff…  in fact, Clancy’s books… his logic is usually in total opposition to my logic… politically and most time nonpolitically thinking-wise.

Just kinda weird why I lean towards that type of escapism in my choice of books.

Any pop-shrinks wanna take a crack at analyzing that?

Say Whaaaat????

Saw this while checking the NYDN online version of its newspaper…

“To Alex Rodruguez, Yankees CC Sabathia is all aces…”

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“Alex Rodriguez should have been all smiles Monday as he discussed his long-awaited retur nt othe postseason, Instead he was serious and eve na bit somber as he talked about CC Sabathias…”

The story is about CC Sabathia’s choice to deal with his problem with alcohol by entering a rehab and missing the playoffs… but… if ya’ll will notice… the headline (in bold above) reads… “Rodruguez” as in Ro-“drug”-uez… accident or some snarky copyeditor’s commentary?

I’ll leave it to ya’ll’s discerning minds.

Stupid criminal mind tricks NYC style…

News item from Tuesday’s NYDN…

Cops from the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force saw some men unloading cartons from an 18 wheeler into a U-Haul Truck and a cargo van parked across the street from a supermarket at about 1:30 in the morning. With their interest piqued the cops got closer to check things out and were gob smacked with the smell of marijuana. The cops arrested 6 men and recovered the 3,000 pounds of herb which the Queens DA office said was worth $3.5 million as well as about $300,000 in cash.

Weed was stacked 6-feet high inside 18-wheeler & loaded into 2 vans
Weed was stacked 6-feet high inside 18-wheeler & loaded into 2 vans

Word to anyone thinking of going into the wholesale pot distribution business… when receiving massive quantities of weed and making a transfer from one vehicle to some other vehicles.. do not unload and load the illegal substance out on the street during obviously non-business hours… like early a.m. just past midnight… thereby saying “Hey cops we be doing something illegal so come on over and bust our asses.”

Instead rent a warehouse… ya’ll got the cash if ya be dealing in weight like a ton and half of pot… how much could it cost any way considering the investment you be making…

Either that or maybe ya’ll prefer facing charges of criminal pot possession in the first degree and maybe doing and five and a half years in prison.

Hmmm… rent a warehouse or 5 ½ years in stir…

What’s it gonna be big spender?

Where’s this killing gonna be done? … out on Highway 61…

Saw this in the NYDN the other day, too… Sad…

On Saturday (10/3), an 11-year-old boy in Tennessee shot and killed his next door neighbor, an 8-year-old girl, over an argument about a puppy… children killing children… babies…

Over a damn puppy…8 year old killed

The boy got his father’s 12-gauge shotgun from an unlocked closet… used it to fire at the girl from inside his home… the shotgun blast hit her in the chest… she died after being transported to a hospital…

Seems there was some possible history of the girl being maybe bullied by the boy when her family first moved into the community… so…  when the boy wanted to pet the young girl’s puppy… she laughed and said “No”…

And, for that, the boy believed he needed to go get his father’s loaded, with obviously no locked trigger guard, 12 gauge and blow that little girl away…

Why in the hell does a supposedly grown up and “responsible” man leave a gun… any gun… in a place where anyone can get to it… that is incomprehensible to me.12-guage

And no one noticed that this boy had some damn anger issues before this?

Sounds like a lot of people dropped the ball here…

And… I hate to point a finger, especially since I don’t know all the facts… but…  I gotta start with the boy’s parents if I be looking to see where that ball started to be dropped…

Time… time… time has come today…

The father of the dude that killed those students and teachers at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg (Oregon) blames his son’s classroom massacre on… Guns.

Ian Mercer told CNN , “If Chris had not been able to get a hold of 13 guns, it wouldn’t have happened…” He then adds, “You don’t see these kinds of mass shootings all over the world on a consistent basis like you do in the United States. So somebody has to ask the question, how is it so easy to get all these guns? How is it so easy?…I’m a firm believer that you don’t buy guns, you don’t buy guns, you don’t buy guns.”

Mercer also said he had no idea how his 26-year-old son managed to stockpile an arsenal…  all of which was purchased legally…  in the apartment he shared with his mother.

Media reports have revealed that the mother was an outspoken gun lover, who collected weapons and let her son use them without supervision and feared any restrictions on gun use.

Mercer told CNN… “It has to change, it has to change. How can it not? Even people that believe in the right to bear arms, you know, what right do you have to take peoples’ lives? That’s what guns are: The killers. It’s as simple as that.”

Once more… time has come for change to be, so, when is it gonna happen???

Stop, look & think…

In LA, a man tossed a 40-ounce beer bottle through the back window of a police car and as the back window shattered the cops, thinking they were under attack, jumped out of the car and shot and killed the man…

The man didn’t have any weapons on him… according to a police spokesperson.

This is a tragedy… but…  I gotta say this… and, I ain’t trying to belittle or minimize anything that happened here… after all a life is gone and it can’t be taken back… other lives are now irrevocably  changed, too… and… they may be repaired but at what cost…  but, I gotta say this…

…People… ya’ll gotta think before doing stuff that is simply not very smart and may have some deadly repercussions that ya’ll might have never thought about…

Me? If,  I were one of the cops in that car… I might have reacted the same way… can’t say I wouldn’t…

And, that’s being real as far as I see it…

A final word…

All we… us folks who want gun control… are asking is some common sense rules with any laws enacted regarding gun control… and…

…I ain’t here to try and interpret the 2nd amendment and I ain’t here to stop responsible peeps from having guns.

Nope… I am not.

Some people like to hunt and they should be able to do that… some people want guns for other reasons and whether those reasons are valid or not it’s not for me to judge.

But, what I do want is peeps whose brains are fried and addled not to be able to get around guns that can be used to kill other folks.

I do want anyone who wants to possess a gun to go through an educational class, or classes, and pass that class with flying colors… nothing less than an A-.

I do want peeps to be educated on gun safety and then be required to sign a promissory note that they will keep any and all of their weapons under lock and key unless it is on their person (legally with a license) or being transported by them.

I want gun control laws that make it mandatory that not just anybody can get their hands on weapons.

All of this won’t stop all gun trafficking nor prevent all people who shouldn’t have access to guns from getting them, but, it would be a big help towards minimizing the possibilities of guns falling into the wrong hands… as well as eliminating the stupid way we allow people to buy and get licenses for guns in many states now.

Keep your so-called 2nd amendment rights, but, make sure I have the only right that I really give a fuck about… which is to live in my world without any fear…

And, that especially includes of being gunned down by someone who has a gun that shouldn’t have one.

See… ya’ll are right… guns don’t kill people… people with guns kill people… and I want laws that prevent the wrong people from getting that gun that could off my ass… at the very least… to make it real hard for someone to murder me because it was just too easy to get a gun when it shouldn’t have been that way.

Is that too much to want or ask for?

Oh, God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
Abe says, “Man you must be puttin’ me on”
God says, “No”, Abe say “What?”
God say “You can do what you want Abe but
The next time you see me comin’ you better run”

Well Abe said, “Where do you want this killin’ done?”
God say, “Out on Highway 61”

(Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Lyrics)

Some more Bramhall cartoons…

…from the last five days or so…

 

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This weeks gratuitous pictures…

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Shanina Shaik (24) is a model from Australia… shanina-shaik-photos-16

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Another thousand words…

 

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  1. Good blog.

    Hell yes NYPD has quotas. Considering I was recently pulled over for not having my lights on because my windshield wipers were on and it was in the damn day time, and let go with a warning for “breaking” a law that I never even heard of in my 15 years as a driver and has never been pulled over for before.

  2. Joe, another winning post.

    1) Your opening political cartoon reminds me of a story told about Claire Booth Luce (the wife of the publishing magnate). After she converted to Catholicism, she was always bubbling over with enthusiasm for her new faith. Once while traveling she was seen talking with the Pope — or so the story goes. A friend edged up to see if the conversation could be overheard. It was just ending but the Pope was overheard saying, “But you don’t understand, Mrs. Luce. I am already Catholic.”

    2) I have previously post to this site my belief that all “rights” are restricted when they come into conflict with the rights of others. As my brother puts it, “I have no problems with your rights as long as they don’t hurt anyone.” And firearm rights are not the issue unless and until they come into conflict with my — or anyone’s — right to continue to exist.

    It is not that there is a vast conspiracy out there to take people’s guns away. But the best way to lose a right is to not use it responsibility. Many firearm owners are responsible, but unfortunately not enough. And those that are will suffer the loss of that right unless they join the rest of us in educating the irresponsible gun owners what responsibility is.

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