Sunday, May 17, 2015

If you don't have anything good to say...

There's a saying, "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say nothing at all".  Sometimes that might be good advice and this frame of thought may partially account for my absence in posting.  (A contributing explanation is that I've found other things to occupy my time such as reading David McCullough's, "The Path Between the Seas" and other activities).  Regardless, I am well aware that sometimes the views expressed on "My Turn Quips" are not the politically correct rubble that is so often postulated ad nauseam elsewhere.  This post will more closely approximate a rant of miscellaneous thoughts.

"Black Lives Matter" - yes, I get it and I believe it.  I also believe that cops lives matter, too.  I am troubled that all black fatalities are being lumped into this movement.  I think the acquittal of George Zimmerman was a gross miscarriage of justice.  Zimmerman was not "law enforcement" and in fact professional EMS services advised him not to follow; he didn't "stand his ground;" he encroached and victimized the ground of another.  Ferguson, Missouri is not the same thing.  Michael Brown was most responsible for Michael Brown's demise.  Just because someone is unarmed does not mean cops should have to operate on a "fair fight" mentality - cops should not have to wrestle with uncooperative suspects.   Yes, I believe every citizen needs to cooperate to a reasonable degree with law enforcement and if they flee or fight it should be a their peril and not at the peril of those trying to enforce the law.  This is not an endorsement of excessive force.  I am supportive of peaceful protesting.  Some seem confused as to what peaceful protesting is.  The yellow media has seen fit to provide many opportunities to view what peaceful protesting isn't - no, throwing objects at police is not peaceful protesting; neither is dancing on the top of a police car while breaking out the windows with an orange traffic cone and neither is looting and burning your neighborhood.  I think we have been too tolerant of this behavior.  I would favor shooting of rioters and looters - that's right, if you're in the midst of hurling a brick at a cop, they should be able to shoot you; if you are looting your neighborhood store, the owner or police should be able to shoot you...

Before I move my vent from social political topics, let me add how tired I am of these "stop smoking" commercials... oh, excuse me it is "smoking cessation...".  Yes, I get it; smoking's bad... and I don't smoke and probably won't start.  I'd like to know how much public money is being spent on this campaign.  And yes, I also get that public money also gets spent to pay for the devastating health impact of smoking - so with all this "public" money being spent, I wonder where all that cigarette tax money is going.  New York sure does take its share from smokers...

Excuse me, I just needed to take a break to get a coffee and donut... and to stick my hand in a toilet.  Yes, throughout the week my loving family often reminds me of the things that aren't my business, but it appears that when it comes to a toilet that won't stop running, that is my business.  In fairness, I would rather know than not know (this goes for many of those things that aren't my business, too).

A couple of my offspring have been getting on my nerves a tad.  I never wanted to be one of those parents that constantly begin a conversation by saying, "When I was your age...".  Let me tell you, things were much different for me - in a nutshell, I grew up on a dairy farm; it was nothing like the suburban life of my kids.  I have a 16 year old - no driver's permit.  It drives me crazy!  In my day, you went for your permit the day that you turned 16 (or the next business day if your birthday fell on a weekend or holiday).  A driver's license meant more opportunities and a step toward much desired independence.  In fairness, I fully understand the difference.  For my suburban 16 year old, a driver's license means risk and more stress and in a pure cost-benefit analysis I don't believe he sees a substantial benefit as his transportation needs as he sees them are already met.

I also have a 20 year old daughter who has just finished her second year of college.  She's a terrific student and did very well academically.  She was hoping for an internship, but as that saying goes "hope is not an action plan".  In fairness, she is pursuing a major (research / biology) where there are not a lot of opportunities for a meaningful internship (research generally wants post graduate students for internships).  (And I will remark that transportation is an issue because she does not have a driver's license).  That being said, she is now left with a couple months of summer break... and the upcoming bill for her return to college.  Dear old dad would like to see her get in gear and get a job.  Yes, I appreciate it won't be her dream job... and by the way I haven't just talked the talk; I also walked the walk... in addition to working on the family farm, I also worked at a Burger King then enlisted in the Army for college money and worked at Stewart's as well as the college book store (while also doing Army Reserves) to put myself through college...

Speaking of Burger King, recently the food service workers in the Albany area protested for a $15.00 per hour wage.  Four words come to mind:  "Are you bullshitting me?"  I empathize with low wage earners, but to mandate this amount seems a bit too much.  There are many holding semi-professional positions with college degrees who are not making $15.00 per hour.   (My stint working in human services quickly comes to mind).  There is a reason these jobs are commonly referred to as entry level positions.  Generally these tend to be transient jobs to either provide income until you are able to move up to something better or as a source of supplemental income.  If you choose to make a career out of a low paying job, that is your choice... On a bright note, at least our food service workers protested peacefully (which likely explains the scant media coverage).  Who knows maybe my daughter can land one of these $15.00 food service positions...

Yes, sometimes if you don't have anything good to say it is better to say nothing and then again sometimes if you don't have anything good to say, post it on your blog!