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All KINDS of stuff. Mostly ideas... politics, science, religion, fishing, food ....stuff that your mom told you wasnt polite to discuss.

44th Topic - What a Tool!

 Look at us with our opposable thumbs!  Aint we something??

From the lever to the inclined plane on up to CNC machines, mankind in general is pretty good with machines and tools.  I in particular have had a long and pleasant relationship to machines.  My dad was quite handy and exposed me pretty early to Erector sets and the like.  I eventually fell in love with the electricity side of machines, but I have a deep admiration for anything that does its job simply and well.
I remember reading something by Kurt Vonnegut where he describes an Indian (as in India) holiday where we honor those things that serve us well and make our lives a little less toilsome.  Houswives would put a flower or 2 on their vaccuum cleaner, or folks would festtoon their scooter or bicycle with something gay (as in bright and happy).  It turns out, I dont think there actually is such a holiday.
Too bad.  Its not the worst idea in the world.
The other day, I broke the wooden handle on a iron rake that I often use, particularly to stir the firepit whern I burn brush.  This was the same rake my father in law used to stir the firepit when he owned the house I currently reside in.  It would be easier and almost the same cost to buy a new rake, but I just couldnt do it.  A new ash (hopefully borrer free) handle was purchased.  I then discovered that I owned three (thats right.  dont ask) similar rakes and I resigned myself to return the handle.  I wasnt happy about it and I still have the steel head that I cant bring myself to toss.
My lawn tractor is named Phred, and is almost 30 years old.  His full name is Pred II and my father in law bought him to replace Phred the 1st.  When we moved out to "Lake Country" my wife wanted (among other things) a John Deer cap.  I told her I would gladly get her one once she earned it by leaning to run Phred (despite Phred being a Simplicity).  She now proudly wears her cap whenever she mows, and we both talk about Phred like he's a member of the family.  He's gone thu a busted axle, a PTO rebuild and I cant count how many oil changes and blade sharpenings.  Sometime in the future (fairly soon, I think), it wont be worth fixing him any more.   It will be a bittersweet day when Phred III joins our family.
Not all tools are worth respectful treatment.  There are a lot of crappy tools out there, and many come from a outfit called Harbor Freight.  Ive heard it said you should always buy the best tool you can afford.  I think to make a absolute statement like that is nonsense.  My theory is if you need a tool to use only occasionally (at the very most), its fine to buy a cheap tool made by our Chineese neighbors and friends.  Ive bought stuff that has held up amazingly well, and Ive bought stuff that disintegrated after the one job I needed it for.   I have a drill press from HF that has served me VERY will for about 25 years that Im emotionally (Platonically) attached to. 
Thru a long series of events, Im ready to get rid of an old rickety wodden lader that came with the 1st house I bought almost 35 years ago.  The owner was maybe 80.  I cant bear putting it in the garbage so I put it by the road, hoping someone will stop and give it a good home (or at least a ride).
(it looks so lonely)

So what is it with our attachment to tools?
Or is it just me. and I should start looking for a 12 step program?

43rd Topic - The Glory of the Stars and Bars

 Im sickened by what happened in Charlseton.

Im also sickened by the reluctance of some to call this a racist hate crime, as if we're somehow past all that (or something).

Im also sickened by the continued attempt of some to preserve some reverence for the confederate battle flag:   medium.com/@thejohnprice/yes-you-re-a-racist-and-a-traitor-6c4bb12c5b63.

I could not have said it better myself.

42nd Topic - Malaise. Godwin.

!!!!!!! May 4th - Important Update !!!!!!
The hardcopy of the Mukwonago Cheif Sunday supplement that is craftily inserted into my Sunday Milwaukee Journal sometimes has a very breif "Burst from the Blogs" mentioning one of us blowhards.
Yesterday it said (something like) "Mike Garber talks about the resurgence of Hitler".

I laughed pretty hard.

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42nd Topic - Malaise. Godwin

The malaise that has hit this blog is interresting; everyone has seem to have gone "radio silent".  At first I thought it was just me, and then I realized, (almost) all my fellow blowhards have been either hushed up by the Illuminatti, or have just drifted away in a hissy fit of malaise and ennui.  As for myself, I havent heard from the Illuminatti in years, so it must've been the latter.

If it wasnt for Cynthia Acosta Luksich and her food column, we'd all starve.

That said, Id like to reflect on the resurgance of Hitler.  Yes, that Hitler.
Former Lt. (and currently scary) Gen. Jerry Boykin, when speaking on 3/17/2015 about Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance said: “This SOGI nonsense is an example of exactly what they’re trying to do us,” Boykin said. “They’re trying to put us in a situation where we’re going to lose our businesses, where we’re going to be forced to accept what Adolf Hitler forced the church to accept in Germany in 1937.”
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, when speaking about "Liberals" on 3/20/2015 said: "People call them left-wing loons, Bill O’Reilly calls them, political correct crowd, orthodox liberal opinion. You say, ‘what are they famous for?’ They’ve killed 63 million of their own children. 63 million. More than Hitler.."
On 2/26/2015 enlightened talk show host Ken Matthews said about Obama suporters: "Oh my gosh hes doing it again, hes comparing Barack Obama to Hitler." Not at all. What I'm comparing is, I'm comparing people in 2015 who nod in agreement and believe the government are as if worse, from a gullibility standpoint, than the people who ignored the train cars.
Burt Ferias, founder of something called Holy Fire Ministries said on 1/30/2015 "In 1933 Hitler said, “If I can separate the youth of Germany from their parents I will conquer this nation.” He started a movement called “The Brown Shirts” in which 100,000 youth stood in Berlin with their right hand raised and screaming. “Hitler, we are yours!” Imagine our youth pledging that kind of allegiance to King Jesus!"
Presidential hopeful Alan Keyes told host Rick Wiles on 12/8/2014 that while the government should follow God’s laws, Obama wants to become God and appoint himself Führer: “We are not, as citizens, always supposed to be trying to lift up some Fuhrer the way the Germans thought. Führer was their word for leader. They wanted to lift up some Führer who would dictate to their country the way Obama is trying to do now and tell us what to do.”
The Discovery Institute and many Christian righters have long tried to blame evolution for Adolf Hitler. They now have a movie darwintohitler.com, so I guess thats proof, isnt it?
In 2010, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman compared efforts to do away with a tax break loophole that favored hedge funds, to Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939. 
The list goes on and on. And on and on.
The internet has, in addition to the cat videos, helped us illuminate human behavior and communication habits, one of which has been formulated into a thing called Godwin's Law that is (from wikipedia):
"...  an Internet adage asserting that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1"
There is also a corrolary that states:
"... once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress."
The reason should be obvious.  Its hard to grasp the horror that (the real) Hitler unleashed upon the world, but someone saying you cant discriminate against that gay couple is not on any slippery slope to anything, much less a world wide horror.

41st Topic - I am Charlie

(edited 4:15pm 1/9) 

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