The Beginning....

The Beginning....
When William Least Heat-Moon toured the country many years ago, his steed, if you will, was a van that he named Ghost Dancing. His journey of America was 13,000 miles. His book is Blue Highways, A Journey Into America. My steed will be a Subaru WRX. My travels will be, what in the past were called, the blue highways of Virginia. Years ago, maps showed secondary roads in blue. Yes, the ones less traveled.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Yes, I Have a New Car!

Yes, I know, the blue car was just a little over a year old and had less than 4,000 miles. That's 4,000! Obviously, the traveling part of  Blue Highways of Virginia hasn't panned out so far. I hope that by this time next year I will have driven more than 4,000 miles. Time will tell. I'll give this project another chance until it's tossed on the ash heap of my failed adventures and projects.

Though I may well add more later. Here's the shortened version. I got an OK Internet price from Steve Montgomery. I then asked Steve how much trade-in I would get for the blue car. I described the car and said, No, I don't want to bring it by. 


Yes, mine is orange and I'm sure my life will now be so much better! Photo courtesy Subaru.
Steve turned me over to Chris Brennan. Chris, after receiving the VIN for the blue car immediately made me an offer. It was a heck of an offer. I got to the dealership within an hour or so, Chris drove my car around the lot and said that he would give me what he quoted. Dang! I drove one of their cars a few miles. There was an orange one arriving within a couple days and that's the one I drove away with today.

If you want a Subaru and are reasonably close to RK Subaru in Virginia Beach, take a look at their Website and send Steve a note and tell him what you're interested in. I need to mention that Subaru, as a company, has had huge increases in their sales for several years and RK (or any dealer, for that matter) may well not have exactly what you want in stock. So, keep that in mind. You might have to wait a few days. This sort of sums up my sales experience with RK. Oh, don't want to leave out Jarrett Lawfer. Yes, he's the young man who is the F&I guy who you have to see. He's the person who goes over all the paper work and such. Hey, he might even ask you if want an extended warranty or something. Anyway, he was delightful and surely no hassle and I thoroughly enjoyed spending a few minutes with him.

EDIT: If you buy a car from RK, tell them you want Jarret to process your "paper work."

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I Want to be Your Friend....Sure!

I just read on CNN that a man is going to visit his 700-plus friends. Yes, his Facebook friends.
I joined Facebook, I believe May 22nd, a couple of years ago. I learned that someone was soliciting cartoons of Mohammed. Yep, that Mohammed. As I best remember, this was in protest of all of the violent events that happened after a cartoon was published in a Danish (I think) newspaper.

Well, I had to join in-order to see the cartoons, and, yes, I did join.

Pretty soon, as if by magic I'm getting emails and such saying so-and-so wants to be my friend.

No, I'm not naive enough to think they really want to be my friend. You know, the old saying, A friend is someone who will help you move. A "real friend" is someone who will help you bury the bodies. Yes, I knew they didn't want to be that kind of friend.

I don't remember clicking on anything that would make someone my friend; however, the next thing is my Facebook place is being bombarded with photos, notes, and requests to be friends. And, then, I think they started sending out requests to be friends of friends of friends. Dang! Anyway, I am no longer a Facebook kind of guy; in fact, I don't guess that I ever was. I was able to disengage or something, though it didn't seem that I had actually quit. You know, get rid of the site as if I'd never been there. Dang, I think once you sign up they have you forever. Sort of the digital equivalent of making a pact with the Devil.

BTW, the pup you see in the snap is not my friend. In fact, she's an albatross in a dog costume. I often say, the proof that there is a god is this dog. Yep, she's a triflin' ass mutt that god sent to aggravate me. Of course, she does have her moments when she's pretty nice and tries to be a good pal. Though, admittedly, they are infrequent.

Edit: BTW, I'm the one with the glasses.
                                                                                                             

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Yes, Another Go Nowhere Adventure!

Yes, it's amazing. Time flies whether you're having fun or not. This adventure started early 2011 and was short-lived. This video will sort of set the stage, if you will, for my brief adventure with my Casita travel trailer. I drove to Texas and picked-up the trailer from the manufacturer.

Unforgettably, my timing was poor. The first night I spent in the trailer (first time in any trailer) it was well below 20 degrees. And, then the ice storm hit. And, my 28 day adventure began.
                                                              

If you're interested, I have 28 videos about my trip.

Here's a link to the Casita factory. They make really cool trailers. Though this is obviously a small trailer, there is an amazing amount of storage. There are more than a few people who are living in these trailers full-time. And, some with a dog or two. They are light weight, tow easily, and the exterior is basically maintenance free. I would have liked to have had an enclosed shower stall; however, I lived on a boat for about four years with a similar shower arrangement.  There was surely plenty of room for my needs. With two people, you'd better like each other...a lot! Or, bring a bunch of booze along.

If you're interested in more information, give Harald Clemens a call at 1-800-442-9986. He is a delightful and honest gentleman and will not try and sell you stuff you don't need.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Change of Pace. A Story From a Few Years Ago...........

From time-to-time over the years he thought back to the event that happened some 60 years ago. The event itself was still fixed in his memory, but it was truly a little fuzzy because of the passage of time.

He could remember the chronology of the events that happened that Saturday, though the images were surely not distinct or sharply in focus.

The day started off not any different from many of his Saturdays. He got on the Trailways bus a couple of blocks from his home and soon watched the scenery go by as the bus headed for the city. Forty minutes later, he stepped off the bus and headed to the first motorcycle shop he would visit.

He'd, much to his mother's displeasure, been obsessed with motorcycles since he'd briefly had a motor scooter a year or so before. It was a Sears Allstate model that he'd just about lived on. Riding everywhere, of course this back in the day when no one wore helmets or any kind of protective gear. Kids just jumped on them and rode off. Yes, they got banged-up and bruised but that was the nature of it all. Guess you could say Darwin was monitoring them.

He loved looking at the BSAs, Triumphs, Ariels, AJSs, and Nortons. Occasionally, one of the shop owners would give him a brochure and that would really make his day.

He day-dreamed about when he'd get one and be clothed in black leather. A black leather jacket with a million zippers. Jeans. And, heavy black engineer-type boots. And, most likely some black gloves. 

He grabbed a hot dog, checked the movie schedule and soon was sitting in the darkened theater watching the first of two cowboy movies. Several hours later, after watching two movies, ten cartoons, and several installments of two serials, he came out of the theater blinking in the sun.

At the magazine shop he bought a motorcycle magazine and was soon seated on the bus, browsing the magazine.
He knew someone had sat down next to him but continued reading. As the bus backed out of the bay, he looked to his side and there sat one of the most beautiful women he'd ever seen. And, she was sitting next to him. She had medium length black hair and her lips were covered with the brightest of red lipstick. At first he felt a little faint, though wasn't sure why.


"Hi. How far are you going?"
"Ahh, well, ahh, I'm going out near the base."
"Good, so am I. It's nice to have some company," she said, as she smiled.

As he came through the front door, his mom said, "Johnny, how was your day?"
"Pretty good, Mom."
"What did you do?"
"Oh, you know, the usual. Went to the motorcycle shops. Wow, there were some great motorcycles and I finally got to see an Ariel Square Four."
His mom, smiled. "How were the movies?"
"Pretty good."
"What did you have for lunch, a hot dog, I guess?"
"Yes, Ma'am, I did have a hot dog."
"Well, sounds like you had a pretty good day."
Johnny perked up, "Oh, yeah. I met the nicest lady on the bus ride home."
"Oh."
"Yeah, she's kinda lonely, you know, her husband's out to sea."
"Hmmm."
"She wants me to come over and watch TV with her."
"Oh?"
"Yeah, look at this," he said, passing his magazine to his mom. "See, she wrote her phone number on my magazine. She didn't have a pen, she had to write it using her lipstick."
"I see," his mom said.

For the next couple of weeks Johnny searched frantically for his magazine. He never did understand how it vanished so quickly.

Edit: Johnny, BTW, was 14 or 15. And, he may still be looking for the magazine.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

So-called Dr. Oz, Seemingly Kicked-Off Oprah's Radio Station.





                             

This is amazing.  Here are some quotes from the article.           

"Oz then also claimed that his show is not a medical one. "We very purposely, on the logo, have ‘Oz' as the middle, and the ‘Doctor' is actually up in the little bar for a reason," he said in a TV interview. "I want folks to realize that I'm a doctor, and I'm coming into their lives to be supportive of them. But it's not a medical show." 

Let me see if I understand this. You're a doctor. You have a TV program where you give advice on losing weight, diets, supplements, how to stay healthy, and various types of treatments, but it's not a medical program. Sure, makes sense.

This is what HBO's John Oliver had to say.

"Let’s be clear: The First Amendment protects Americans against government censorship, and that’s it. It does not guarantee you the right to simultaneously hold a faculty position at a prestigious private university and make misleading claims on a TV show.It absolutely protects you to say whatever you like on it, just as it protects my right to say what I think about you on mine, which is this: 

You are the worst person in scrubs who has ever been on television—and I’m including Katherine Heigl in that. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to be worse than Katherine Heigl? You are also the admittedly handsome ringmaster of a middling mid-afternoon snake-oil dispensary and it says something that even when you do a show with seven fake models of human feces, the biggest piece of shit on the stage has his name in the title."

Dang, Mr. Oliver, tell us what you really think.

Here's a link to the article.

EDIT:  Folks, do something good for yourselves. Watch this video by John Oliver. If you watch this video and ever buy another supplement.... Actually, I think I'm wasting my time, here. But anyway, here's the link. It covers not only OZ but our so-called law makers who receive money from the supplement makers and so on. Yes, regular old corruption but this can surely be dangerous to your health. Yes, there's a video on this page.

Who in the Hell Would Want to Takeover Texas!

OK, I'm not going to spend much time on this. Here's some text from a CNN article.  


"Amid unfounded, Internet-fueled rumors that U.S. Special Operations Forces might be trying to take over parts of the southwest, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas State Guard forces under his control to keep an eye on the U.S. military during a large upcoming training exercise.
The exercise is called Jade Helm 15.
"It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed," Abbott said in an April 28 letter to Major Gen. Gerald "Jake" Betty, commander of the guard.  
Abbott ordered the guard to "monitor" the eight week-long exercise which begins in July and ends in September, across seven states. In Texas, Utah and New Mexico most of the training will take place on private land. In Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, much of it will take place on military installations."
Here's a link to the CNN article.
Yes, from the state that has given us Ted Cruz and Rick Perry....oh, yeah, almost forgot, and former-president Bush.
Actually, maybe we should consider putting a fence around Texas to keep them all in one place.


EDIT: May 10, 2015. Here are excerpts and here's the complete opinion piece from CNN.

"A suspiciously sane former state lawmaker, Todd Smith, a Republican, wrote the governor to tell him that his "pandering to idiots" had made him "livid." Although Smith served 16 years in the Texas House, he seems to have salvaged a troubling intelligence. He told Gov. Abbott, "I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my governor doesn't have the backbone to stand up to those who do. I'm not sure which is worse."

"But be not afraid, America. We are Texans. We will resist logic and intelligence to the very end."

Monday, May 4, 2015

Did You Watch the Big Fight? Mayweather (the wife beater) and Pacquiao? What Did it Cost You?

Yes, I watched it. And, it didn't cost much. Actually, it cost me nothing. Nothing? Yes,
nothing.

I saw an interview of a fellow who he and his son came from South Africa, yes, to see the fight. He paid $88,000 for two tickets. Was mentioned that there was a ticket offered for $300,000. No, I do not know whether it was sold. I think there were several pay-for-for-view options. One was $100. Also, reported that the hotels had raised their rates 500%.

OK, yes, you're on the edge of your seat.... George, how did you watch it for free? I haven't watched TV in years (maybe a topic for another time). OK, I watched the fight on Stopstream. My pal Eddie found this place many years ago. It seems you can watch just about every sporting event in the world. Yes, even the ones that are pay-for-view.
Well, maybe some of the answers.... 
OK, one or two?

Actually, watching on my computer, I'm sure I had a better view of the fight than you folks who jetted to Vegas, paid five times the regular price for a room, and paid no telling how much for a seat.

And, so it goes.......

Friday, April 17, 2015

Finally, Someone is Bringing Attention to so-called, Dr. Oz. He's Truly a Threat to Public Safety! He May Be America's Doctor, but he Sure Ain't Mine!


The following letter speaks for itself.


Lee Goldman, M.D.
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
Columbia University
Dear Dr. Goldman:
I am writing to you on behalf of myself and the undersigned colleagues below, all of whom are distinguished physicians.
We are surprised and dismayed that Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons would permit Dr. Mehmet Oz to occupy a faculty appointment, let alone a senior administrative position in the Department of Surgery.
As described here and here, as well as in other publications, Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops. Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.
Thus, Dr. Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgments [sic] about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both. Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz's presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.
Sincerely yours,
Henry I. Miller, M.D.
Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy
& Public Policy
Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Scott W. Atlas, M.D.
David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Jack Fisher, M.D.
Professor of Surgery (emeritus)
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Shelley Fleet, M.D.
Anesthesiologist
Longwood, FL
Gordon N. Gill, M.D.
Dean (emeritus) of Translational Medicine
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Michael H. Mellon, M.D.
Pediatric Allergist
San Diego, CA
GIlbert Ross, M.D.
President (Acting) and Executive Director
American Council on Science and Health
New York, NY
Samuel Schneider, M.D.
Psychiatrist
Princeton, NJ
Glenn Swogger Jr. M.D.
Director of the Will Menninger Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences (retired)
The Menninger Foundation
Topeka, KS
Joel E. Tepper, M.D.
Hector MacLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research
Dept of Radiation Oncology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC
Though all major news organizations are reporting on this, the letter here is from the Washington Post.

Here's CNN's report.
Sadly folks, many so-called prestigious medical schools are now bringing in so-called complementaryalternative, and the latest, integrative medicine.  It's all bullshit! When something works, it's simple, it's called medicine. When something doesn't work, it's called something other than medicine. Let the buyer beware!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Yes, I Bought Another Ukulele...... What Can I Say?

Where to start? OK, I'll readily admit it, I'm talent-less! Yes, I have no talent. Well, at least

no musical talent. And, possibly, none at all.

When I was six I took accordion lessons. The accordion is in the attic. I might be able to play one or two simple songs. Who knows?

When I was a kid many of us had harmonicas. Usually, a Hohner Marine Brand. Over the years I've tried to learn to play the harmonica. OK, yes, I can play basic songs. I now have about 20 harmonicas, including one custom, And, yes, a bunch of harmonica books, But, can I actually play a harmonica? Maybe a little..... But, haven't practiced in a while.

About eight years or so ago, I got interested in ukuleles. Can't remember exactly what drew me to them. Well, I think the only four strings may have been part of it. Also, it seemed most folks said that you could be playing actual songs with little practice. In fact, there are many YouTube videos that claim you can play hundreds, if not thousands, of songs by learning just three chords. As I best remember, my first uke was a Fluke or Flea manufactured by Flea Market Music.

I then started looking  around and, thankfully and fortunately, found Michael Aratani. Yes, he had an eBay store. He was known as Music Guy Mic (MGM). What a delightful fellow. And, after meeting Mike (on the phone) my uke buying started with a vengeance (a story for another time). OK, I have nine ukes. Can you ever have too many ukes????? I ended-up with several of what I think folks call the three Ks. Mike was always there with sage advice. Several times I'd see a really cool looking uke and call Mike. He often told me not to buy the latest cool uke I'd found. He'd tell me that I had far better ukes already. He was always patient with my beginner questions and always steered me in the right direction. Thank you, Mike.


A week or so ago, I dug out my ukes after having rarely played them for years. And, I tried to contact Mike and sadly learned that he'd died at age 55. Yes, I knew he'd been battling a serious illness.

Here is an amazing tribute to Music Guy Mic.

I also learned that there is a special ukulele to honor Mike. And, I just couldn't resist and, as I type this, the great folks at theukulelesite.com will soon be getting my uke ready for shipping. The set-up procedure they use is amazing. And, Andrew granted my request to have Joel set-up my uke.

I just can't imagine a better place to buy a ukulele. They have everything on their site: comparisons, information about types of wood used for ukuleles, strings, sizes of ukes, instructions about how to play...well, everything you need.

Buy a uke. It's (almost) guaranteed to put a smile on your face and can give you a lifetime of pleasure.

Some people think a ukulele is nothing more than a kids' toy. That is far from the truth. To give you an idea of what a ukulele is capable of take a look herehere, here,  and here.

Edit: Uke arrived today, April 16, 2015. Amazingly, the folks at HMS for purchases over $400 ship free FedEx two days. I like my uke...perfectly setup and ready to go. Now, if I can just figure out to to play these things....

Friday, February 27, 2015

Yard Angel II to the Rescue!




Yard Angel II (Jackie) is my delightful next-door
neighbor. Jackie, her husband Kevin, and Jackie's mom Linda look after me. Well, you know... Check-up on me from time to time. Jackie keeps my walk clean of snow.



The Yard Angel moniker started with Jackie's sister Erin, many years ago. I nicknamed Erin
Yard Angel after she started taking care of my yard. And, yes, then Erin moved away and Jackie took over for her; hence, Yard Angel II.

And, yes folks, we actually get a little snow in Virginia. This was the result of about 6". 

NOTE: All 'snaps' taken from my front porch.










Yard Angel's House.....


My neighbor's house across the way...



Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Post From Another of My Blogs-Originally Posted March 13, 2013.

I have ten or so posts that I have started. Tonight, for some reason that I can't quite fathom, I wanted to post something. I looked at the ones that I've started and saved and decided I would look at old ones that are posted on other of my blogs. Here's the one I chose.

Ah, Tomorrow is Easter...Prayers to You???

Well, have been meaning to post this comment for some time. Decided Easter might be appropriate. So, here's what I want to know about Christians and their praying...

I follow our local online newspaper and for many of the articles read the comments. So here are the type of comments I'm wondering about.

There will be a death and the comments will go something like this: Prayers with you, I'll pray for you, You will be in my prayers, Prayers out to you, and so on.

OK, someone is killed in an accident, here's what I want  to know...who are you praying to and what are you praying (for)?

Yes, I'm fumbling around here. Let me try again.

I would imagine that most Christians believe that their god is all powerful, knows everything, can do anything, can cause healings, can perform miracles, and so on. OK, now if that's the case that your god is all powerful and controls everything, why in the heck are you praying?

Back to the accident. A good person, in fact a good Christian person, is killed in an auto accident. Now, if you believe your god controls everything and makes everything happen, it would seem like he wanted that person dead or it wouldn't have happened. With me, so far?

Of course, I would imagine some Christians may counter with god doesn't control everything. Ah, well, how does he decide what he controls? Well, he works in mysterious ways. That's a good one.

DON'T MENTION  FREE WILL! I'll have my pup track you down.

OK, if he's not running the show and is not all powerful, then what's the deal? He's not powerful enough to stop a car accident but he's powerful enough to put you in hell? Dang, it seems like it'd be easier to stop an accident than put someone in hell...

Well, this article or rant  is not going as I expected. OK, back to the basics.

A person is murdered, "Prayers to the family." OK, when you get down on your knees what do you pray? please make sure this person goes to heaven (hasn't that already been decided?). Pray that they have a nice trip? Pray that they get first class and not economy? Pray that they aren't held up in some type of purgatory? Pray that they get a waterside view in their new condo in heaven? What are you praying (for)?

You know, again...yes, sometimes we learn by rote. The guy who in your mind is in charge is the guy who caused the accident or allowed it to happen or who just doesn't care enough to be concerned about it at all and you're praying to him for what?

Now, the bible says your prayers will be answered. Obviously, that's not true. Are we back to god works in mysterious ways? Or, he only answers prayers that are worthy. Worthy, what is there, some type of commission that meets and votes on what's worthy and what's not?

One of the best ones I've heard, is that you should pray for god's will to be done. Good one. The most powerful guy around and we need to pray that his will be done. That'd be like me praying that Babe Ruth will let me help him learn to hit more home runs. 

Now, is a prayer merely a means of communication or is there something more to it than that? You pray so that god can know what you want? A means of communication... Well, if he knows everything he knows what you'll be praying about. So, why bother? For instance, you have a loved one who is ill...surely this powerful god knows that when you pray you'll be praying that he'll heal your loved-one. Or maybe prayer is something about accumulating a Green Stamp type of rewards. You know, for every hour of prayer you have XXX of heaven or prayer chips accumulated.

Yeah, like a heavenly bank account. In fact, that'd be another religious or heavenly scam. Lets's see, you'd go to your corner preacher, "I want my loved one to be cured."


"Well, yes, god and I understand that; however, you need to pray for 1732 hours plus give me $2775 in small bills."


Folks, not sure what you guys are looking for or trying to accomplish, but prayer ain't gonna get it for you. See the photo/snap on this page. You folks are looking in the wrong place and trying the wrong things. You keep praying and there is absolutely no evidence that a prayer has ever been answered. None. After no telling how many years of millions of people praying  and you think you are so special that this so-called god of yours is going to answer your prayer?


And, to add to it all you guys are going to church tomorrow to praise Jesus or something. So, how does the fable go? God allowed his only son to be crucified so that your sins are forgiven or something...and this so-called god resurrected his son. Wow, the god who is so powerful that he can kill his son so we can sin with impunity and then resurrect his son... If I've got this story even half-right, I'd say your god ain't real smart if he couldn't have figured out a better way to go about this.


Why couldn't he have just flapped him arms and spun some kind of miracle so our sins would be forgiven...while being in a bar and having a beer with his son? He really had to kill his son? Isn't that being a little overly dramatic?


Well, in the end, I am thankful and pray every day that I don't have to believe any of that bullshit.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ladies, Do You Get Your Privates Steamed? More Great Medical Advice From Hollywood!

This is the latest medical advice from Hollywood.  OK, ladies, is this what you've been
Sorry Mark,  this is the best I could do.
waiting for? Yes, Gwyneth Paltrow gets her privates steamed and is crazy about it. Actually, this can be an educational moment.


Here's the link to the steaming.  Now, take a minute and read all the great things that can be accomplished by merely getting your privates steamed. Sounds pretty good. In fact, it's a wonder they didn't say it'd take a few points off your golf game and add points to your IQ.  Now read the following statement.

The above statement have (sic) not been evaluated by the FDA. The above product/service is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases or conditions.

Yes, they tell you how great it is and everything it can do...then tell you it's not intended to do anything.

Here's some of the other "bullshit" they have to offer.  Folks, just take a couple of minutes and read. Bullshit statement after bullshit statement. Yes, and look at the so-called credentials.

I guess I could sum this up by saying, that if you're seeking medical advice, please talk with your doctor. If you want to be an actress....well, maybe you would talk to one of Hollywood's actress/medical advisers.

Yes, this is poorly written. I apologize.

EDIT: About fives years ago, I covered this on one of my YouTube videos. No, you truly don't want the link. Trust me.....

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Don't Be Stupid! Get Your Kids Vaccinated!

Measles
RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION: The Code of Virginia allows a child an exemption from receiving immunizations required for school attendance if the student or the student’s parent/guardian submits an affidavit to the school’s admitting official stating that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the student’s religious tenets or practices. Any student entering school must submit this affidavit on a CERTIFICATE OF RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION (Form CRE-1), which may be obtained at any local health department, school division superintendent’s office or local department of social services. Ref. Code of Virginia § 22.1-271.2, C (i).

Sadly, Virginia, as do many states, allow parents to skip vaccinations for religious reasonsTerrific. 

You believe in myths and superstitions and therefor it's OK to say no to vaccinations. Does your Bible actually tell you to not use vaccinations? Hmmm, did ole God just whisper in your ear? How do you religious people come up with this crap. Folks, it's 2015 for cryin' out loud. How long are you going to allow yourselves to be shackled by what, at best, are not well-written or imaginative doggone fairy tales!

Jenny McCarthy...Yes, borrowed  from Playboy. Hmmm... I'm not exactly sure why this is relevant. Well, I do mention  her name.  OK, I'll blame this on Mark!


Who do you rely on for medical advice? Go to your chiropractor? Great! Your naturopath? Homeopath? Oh, maybe your astrologer? Or, maybe you rely on Jenny McCarthy? Suzanne Somers? Dr. Oz? or Oprah?

Sometimes, there's just no fixing stupid.

EDIT: I asked my pal, Mark, to look at this before I posted. He said, It's OK, just make Jenny McCarthy's photo larger... OK, Mark. It's larger.

Mark, also provided this link about how vaccines cause autism.

BTW, if I thought my mom could see this, I wouldn't have that awful photo or the above link.....

EDIT: January 30, 2015

 Now over 90 cases of measles reported. Some pediatricians have stopped seeing children who haven't been vaccinated.

Here's an article from CBS news.

Another article from MIC.COM. Please read.

Larry Wilmore,  on Jenny McCarthy.

EDIT: January 31, 2015    Just watched a segment on CNN. Two MDs. One for vaccinations and the other saying we don't need them. Just let the kids get measles. This so-called doctor mentioned chiropractic. What the hell is going on out here????? Chiropractic!!!

This doctor  will no longer treat children who aren't vaccinated.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Do You Know These People? If Not, You Should.....


Who and what do you rely on for information and advice?

What do you mean, George?

Simple, when trying to gather information and evidence, learn about, or make a decision about religion, a so-called alternative 'medical' treatment, astrology, whether to use your chiropractor as your 'primary care doctor, which Reiki master to use, whether to rely on a psychic when making life-changing decisions, and so on, what do you do?

Here are some folks and places where you should seek help:

Pat Condell,  can pretty much answer all of your religious questions.

Dr. Barrett's Quackwatch has tons of information about so-called alternative medicine, chiropractors, and all of the bogus treatments out there. 

Dr. Andy Lewis, a British physician, has Quackometer. In addition to the articles he writes, he also has the Quackometer. Enter a name or website address and the Quackometer will evaluate it for you. 

Christopher Hitchens,  sadly is no longer with us. The world lost one of the greatest intellects, ever. He's written many books and engaged in hundreds of debates.


Orac  is a surgeon specializing in breast cancer. He spends much of his free time ferreting-out the quacks and charlatans who prey on the uninformed and gullible. Yeah, you know the ones.

Harriett A. Hall, MD, is a retired family physician and former Air Force flight surgeon. She writes about medicine, quackery, critical thinking, and so on. She's a great writer and there's tons of information on her site.

Give Tim Minchin  ten minutes and he'll explain just about everything you need to know about so-called alternative medicine, psychics, and such. And, it's funny.... Do yourself a favor.

You surely don't go to chiropractors, do you? It was dreamed-up in 1895 by a grocer who had no medical training. He spoke of innate intelligence and vitalism. He said just about any illness could be fixed by crackin' your back. He said that there are vetebral subluxations that can be fixed, by yes, crackin' your back. OK, let's say adjust. Since 1895 chiropractors have been adjusting to fix the vertebral subluxations. The only problem is, there isn't such a thing.

Want to learn about evolution, biology, science, and god(s)? Richard Dawkins might be able to help you.

Think your psychic, astrologer, energy healer is the real deal? Mr. Randi will give them $1,000,000. Yes, all they have to do is prove they're the real deal. Mr. Randi has been traveling the world for 3o years testing these folks. And, he still has his million dollars.

So, Aunt Sue pisses away a few bucks a week with her fortune teller, What's the harm? Hazel visits her chiropractor a couple of times a month, What's the harm?  Francis gets advice from her astrologer every month or so, What's the harm?  Helen sees a naturopath, they're real doctors, aren't they? What's the harm? Well, folks if you think all these people and their treatments and advice, for lack of better words, are always benign with no harmful or serious consequences, take a look here and find out for yourself. 

Dara O Briain, the most energetic and brilliant comedian I've ever seen. And, he skewers the "New Age" whack jobs. Do yourself a favor and watch this video.

This actually took quite a while to look-up these links and type out these few words. 


Well, for you doubters, remember Who has approved my website.  Yes, the Man upstairs. You think I'm wrong? Hmmm, suppose I'm not. What will He think if you don't follow these links?