Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Truth and Questions From the Cab #6 With Rule 5

There are a lot of things going on the in world and country and a good bit of it is really a pretty big deal. Wars and rumors of wars and what to do all about it seems to be the biggest thing right now....World Cup and the IRS "scandal?" Not so much.

1. Sheila Jackson Lee has not uttered very much dumbassery of late that I am aware of. No matter. She is a dumbass and nothing can be done about it.

2. The World Cup is in full swing and one hopes the crew from the U.S. does well but it is somehow just not becoming of an American to really give it too much thought.

3. The College World Series is far more interesting than the kickball that is being played way down south of the border.

4. Somehow one gets the feeling that all these children that have suddenly shown up on our southern border have been led here by the false impressions that they are just free to come on in. They will be of course. This country just won't turn them back or send them away. Wonder where folk got the impression that it was just A OK and Jim Dandy to send their children north. You know the answer to that don't you? I think you do.

5. The IRS "scandal" sure is making the news. Wonder what is going on with all that? Not like we didn't know they were a bunch of scumbags at that agency or anything. Is anyone surprised they are now "under investigation?" Or something.

6. The scandal at the Veterans Administration is another thing entirely. Most Vets who have had dealings with any VA medical facility (yours truly included) know that there is a good deal of red tape and a certain amount of incompetence in the administrative depts, but who among us knew that it had reached the point where they may actually be harming (yes killing) Vets by default? That is a travesty and the IRS thing pales in comparison.  Someone probably needs some jail time from both of these esteemed agencies.

7. It has been reported that some folk working at the IRS actually receive a bonus just like some in the private sector. In government service at any level there should never be any type of monetary bonus whatsoever. Or do you disagree?

8. There is a very real concept called, in some circles, balance of power. George I understood this perhaps by leaving Saddam just enough of a military force to be at least somewhat of a counter to Iran. George II should have taken this lesson to heart.

9. Who do we root for in the now combined Syrian/Iraq civil war? Certainly won't be these ISIL (ISIS) folks. Not the other Mohammedan "rebels" either. This whole mess is rather complicated and really should have no bearing on what we do here other than the fact that the very complex conflict may raise the price of a gallon of gasoline. If that starts to occur well then someone will have to be bombed. Won't they? Who though? As a friend of mine says "it doesn't really matter who because they are all the same" Hmmmm..

10. If we do strike the Mohammedans of ISIL will that somehow be helpful to the Iranians? Now that would be a conundrum of sorts. Wouldn't it?

11. Would it be prudent to support the Kurds somehow to keep the Islamists at bay? I don't know.  Do you?

12. Shouldn't we tell (our friends) the Saudis and other such folk that it is time to quit supporting these Islamist types or just perhaps someone might feel the need to just declare the oil riches and resources in their environs "ours?"

13. Isn't Hezbollah (Hisbullah, Hesbullah, whatever) on the side that is fighting against these ISIL and other assorted Sunni groups? Don't we owe those fine folk a little payback? If we attacked the Sunni Islamists, would we be helping these slimy bastards? Perhaps my friend is right after all.

14. Assad and Company over in Syria are some evil folk to be sure, but have you noticed that his forces were not in a position or really not all that interested in challenging Israel conventionally. Of course they used their proxy (the aforementioned Hezbollah) to annoy the Israelis but that is really all they could do. Whoever comes to power next in the new Syrian/Iraqi "Caliphate" won't be in a position to attack Israel either. That won't stop them though. Attack they will once they consolidate power in the region. Oh the "Free Syrian Army" which is supposedly supported by the West won't be winning here and will likely fade away (if they are lucky) as the Islamists become more dominant.

15. Doesn't it seem silly when our current POTUS and our SecState comment on things that "need to be done" in this sad part of the world? This area has slipped from any control by anyone and the events will play out as they will play out. Our political leadership looks just stupid making any comment what so ever.

16. Ukraine has been put a bit on the back burner a bit by the various "news" organizations. The issue hasn't ended however and it has potential to spin out of control. Certainly there will be further statements forthcoming from our administration on the matter. Perhaps another line in the sand or sanction or something.

17. It was perhaps a dangerous blunder to allow the small Baltic States membership into NATO. It would be a further blunder to invite Moldova, Georgia, or even Finland. One thing about Soviets though, they are fearful likely of pushing Finland around. Not that anyone in Moscow has made mention of Finland of late. Not officially.

20. I heard that Secretary of State of the United States, one John Kerry, has chided the Iraqi government for letting their border situation get out of control. Now that is funny. Damned if Kerry shouldn't share a stage with Dumbass Sheila Jackson Lee with his act.

21. Why does spell check flag "Islamist" as if it is not a real word or something? 

Enough of all this talk of the continuing war(s) in the sad lands, corrupt govt entities, and idiotic political personages. Please enjoy some Rule 5. Back for another appearance is the lovely and talented Brenda Song. Now this is one pretty woman and there is no dispute.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Truth and Questions From The Cab #5 with Rule 5

Time is short today so let's just get right to it.

1. Dumbass Sheila Jackson Lee is a dumbass. Nothing can be done.

2. There seems to be a lot of blabber and bother about the prisoner exchange. Some folks happy. Some not. The footage of the release was pretty interesting though and no doubt. Other than that? Not much of a story really...Unless it turns out we implanted some microchips somewhere in the various Taliban commanders frame's. Perhaps even some sort of exploding kind (of course it can be done. We sent people to the moon didn't we?) Now that would be a news story. A news story worth watching.

3. Why does the current POTUS call the Taliban the "Tollybon?" Why does he call Pakistan "Pockeeston?" Hasn't anyone told him that the way things are pronounced in this country is just the way things are pronounced?

4. When in a job interview and one finds the early thirty something lad in charge is arrogant, knows nothing about the chemical trucking business, explains to one how crappy his current traffic people are, and then explains that his background is in the soft drink industry, it is probably best to not laugh out loud. Further is is not going to win one any kudos when one points out that it is obvious the problems with his terminal are likely not his people but him. Still awaiting the phone call informing me of my imminent hiring..Guess I'll be toiling away for a bit longer with my current bottom of the barrel firm. Or not.

5. Some folks down this hyar way brought their long guns into a local restaurant. Well it was a Chili's so restaurant may be a bit of a stretch...No matter. The point was to promote "gun rights" or some such. All they did was look foolish and perhaps even caused harm. Even the NRA folk are saying that was a stupid move.

6. Never should you let a statist fool you. These mass shootings that have happened of late give joy to many of those on the extreme left. They want them to continue and have no sympathy for any victims despite their very public blubbering. Crocodile tears at best. Some might even wish these things to continue as it helps their cause (they believe) in ultimately disarming the populace. Just a guess mind but you know I'm right. Don't you? I think you do.

7. Vlad Putin doesn't much like one H. Clinton. Does he? He might even fear her a bit. Perhaps might even think that Clinton can't possibly be as pusillanimous as the current POTUS. Speculation of course..

8. Red China may have bitten off more than she can chew now that many nations in the region seem to be flirting with each other. Kind of the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" type of thing? Probably.

9. The Clear Lake area of Houston has more Soviets in it than the NHL. NASA should clear out the pasty, spidery looking, spying bastards. Area liquor stores and those young (and not so young) ladies in "evening secretary" business might find themselves battling a recession of sorts, but that is something we will just have to live with I guess.

10. This week alone one friend had a stroke (thankfully mild if there is such a thing), another discovered he has very high blood sugar (we will be taking him out of the truck, what he will do now for work is anyone's' guess), and yet another is likely to have part of his leg lopped off (due to diabetes of course). Damn. All the aforementioned are in their early fifties. Is that when it begins?

11. My child wants to try a Turkish coffee. Why? I don't know. Could be worse for certain. Pretty sure I will drink both of course after that first sip and leave the establishment with a hair tingling caffeine buzz. A Turkish coffee is, like cunnilingus, an acquired taste. Might take a time or two to get used to but one of life's simpler but finer pleasures.

12. Is selling furniture an honorable profession? I could start tomorrow. It is good to know people in high places. Missed the "Memorial Day Sales" but what the hey...

Enough. Duty calls on a Sunday morning with another (possible) leaking trailer. My firm has a stellar IT dept but half the trailer fleet is out of service. Some is downright dangerous. Odd priorities. Better not tell the "Texas Hammer" legal group. .
How bout some Rule 5. Random Tarts anyone?