Peace on Earth on the Courthouse Square

Christmas sometimes takes a nasty turn. A particular group sets up a nativity scene emblazoned with “Peace on Earth” on the courthouse square. Another group objects and the onslaught of righteous indignation begins.

Why is it necessary to go through this exercise year after year? This is a losing proposition. It is a tug of war with no winners.

For the record, I believe in separation of church and state, but if one group is granted an exception, why not all? The holiday season encompasses Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Bodhi, Yule and probably some other occasion I haven’t heard about. The community is comprised of people who support all of these beliefs.

Aside from the prospect of a blazingly, unattractive holiday display what’s the worst thing that could happen? The vision would go away in a few weeks and things would simmer down to normal.

Isn’t the commonality of all of these beliefs peace, kindness, love, sharing and brotherhood? Brotherhood always comes up short in commemorating these occasions.

Practicing the spirit of the season is a better demonstration of these ideals than arguing over whose icon is sitting on the courthouse lawn.

Mary Margaret has an entirely different take.

Radio Talk Show Hosts and Bottom Feeders

Most successful radio talk show hosts are bullies and bottom feeders whose audiences consist of unemployed mud wrestlers.

Our local bottom feeder is an arch conservative radical right winger, whose political views veer to the right of the John Birch Society. The guy is a mega jackass.

Avoiding his daily radio rant of Limbaugese hype is a no-brainer, but he appears on a weekly Sunday morning political program that I enjoy……except for his segment.

He appears with other journalists who present different points of view; when you can hear them. The guy is a jerk. He talks over other speakers interrupting them and is generally obnoxious.

He is especially condescending to a female journalist who is smart, has an impressive background and is an informed contributor. She is polite, attentive and never interrupts him while he is presenting his views.

When it is her turn to present her view, he turns red in the face, his eyes protrude. He looks like a big old bottom feeding catfish floundering on a trot line. He sputters and spews, talks over her, effectively drowning out her comments.

His obnoxious behavior overshadows any credibility for his position on the issues.

Why is it creeps like him get a free pass due to the grace and good manners of others?

For once, I’d love to see the woman dump her sense of political correctness and tolerance for abuse.

I wish she’d slap him ’til he’s as limp as a sock monkey. A shot of pepper spray, right in the kisser might slow down his staccato, rapid-fire venom.

I don’t know how she feels about Tasers, but if she decides to go there, I’ll post her bail.

Mary Margaret has some thoughts about political correctness.



Hondas, Freckles and Other Crazy Stuff

I wonder...........

I wonder………..

I find myself wondering about all sorts of crazy stuff. For Instance:

Do all cars look like Hondas?

The other day I was driving behind this really hot looking car that looked just like my Honda. I felt rather smug that my auto still looked classy in spite of joining the auto equivalent of AARP membership. Inching closer, I discovered a sleek Jaguar had replaced the top heavy “H” insignia. Clearly the people at Jaguar knocked off my Honda. Accustomed to being at the knockoff end rather than designer end, I treated the Honda to a hot wax job at the drive-thru car wash.

Where are the kids with freckles?

Do freckles present at birth or do they arrive later? I can’t remember the last time I saw a freckled faced tot. Is it because kids are stuck inside with video games? Are kids with freckles an endangered species? A million years from now will archaeologist be thrilled to discover rare freckled homo sapiens?

What happened to ordinary pooches?

Dogs have joined the Kardashians as social media personalities. Now we have such distinguished species as Azawakhs (imagine a book titled “Old Azawakhs”), the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and the Chinook. Collies and hound dogs have fallen by the wayside as signature pets. Who dreams up new dog breeds anyway? What happens if a breeder creates an Edsel counterpart? Seems to me shelters are running over with ordinary animals.

National wear your pajamas to work day

Now this sounds like the best day ever. I think people would be more productive if they could wear pajamas to work. Why is it women who should never wear leggings, especially without a tent to cover, are the ones who do?  Pajamas are the perfect solution. No more camel toe at the water cooler. Why is it the HR rep. never chastises women who  push the envelope by wearing revealing leggings to work? Eliminate ugly. Bring on the pajamas.

Girls Names you don’t hear

Today, no one names a girl Thelma, Rhoda, Donna or Helen. In 2014, would anyone go to a movie titled “Thelma and Louise”?  When do names become obsolete? At what point does a name become dated? What do you do if you are mid-life and stuck with a moniker whose shelf life has expired?

What kind of crazy stuff do you wonder about?