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Rolling Dung Balls

What should I write about in this week’s blog? I look at a blank page and I have many thoughts going through my head. There is much in the news and you can read it for yourself. I do not need to rehash the thoughts and comments of those that are more qualified than me in doing so. I also have been away for a couple of weeks and there is a lot to comment about. But, do you want to read about that? I don’t think so. As I grow older, I let a lot of things go simply because either it doesn’t interest me, doesn’t concern me or both. I realize political things that seem as not concerning to me really does, eventually.

I’ll give an example. Here, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, medical personnel on the military bases are losing their jobs because of the cuts to military cutback issues. I am enrolled with the Veteran Healthcare System and I wonder. I wonder what effect will the cuts have on me and people like me? How many other areas are affected? If I must seek medical care, will there be an overload because of cutbacks elsewhere? This is the dung ball rolling downhill.

Every entitlement I have, as well as others, is slowly being eroded and, someday, will amount to nothing. That dung ball is rolled along by the dung beetle in the White House. I am one of the grains of sand that is rolled up in the dung ball. I didn’t start the ball rolling and I don’t know where the dung ball come from. I just got caught up in it, along with so many others. There are other grains of sand laughing, thinking they will not be caught up in a dung ball, not realizing there are other dung balls. Look out because the path of the next dung ball may come your way.

There is a lot of dung out there and there are many dung beetles to push the dung your way. To the beetle, you are just a grain of sand the will either be pushed aside or run over. The beetle does not care about you and only want you out of the way so it can continue doing its job. Rolling dung. The saying is, ‘you are what you eat’. In this metaphor, “roll’. The person in the White House, and the people that are for him and work with him are all dung beetles and ‘we the people’ are all grains of sand.

How can the grains of sand be a force that stop the beetle? Simple. Work as one, band together and be the wall of resistance that the beetle cannot roll the dung ball over. He will either go around, if the wall is not too wide, or give up. That mean, either we, as a united front, be that wall that want a just democracy or perish from this democracy by being rolled up in the dung ball that is pushed by the dung beetles. The choice is ours. Not me. Not you. All of us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the taste and smell of the dung ball. I don’t eat dung and I don’t like the beetles that roll it.

 

Women And Equality

I will gently touch a subject that have many twists and turns. I will lightly touch on women that want equality in all fields that men usually have. Fields that, all my life, have excluded women for several reasons. Most reasons were not to brashly exclude women but was to protect the gentle woman. I agree that some jobs women can do. I agree women can probably do as good as a man or better than a man. I will only explore a tiny portion of the situation.

A friend and I was talking and somehow the comment arose about the many females working and very few men. We were talking about stores, restaurants, gas stations, etc.  I wanted to know where the males were. My friend stated that the men were, maybe, home while the female made the money and took care of them. The same can be said about the country.

For many years, in the military, women sewed clothes, cooked and nursed. Women slowly got other jobs. Here in the modern era, women loudly protested and received jobs other than combat related. Women loudly protested again and received jobs closer to combat duties. They did well. None have been captured by the enemy (I shiver thinking about what they would have to endure). There are many situations that I would not want a woman involved in. That is only one situation. They are now in combat roles. On the ground, at sea, in the air.

Look at sports. There is an NFL referee. There are women sports announcers, writers and analysts, just to name a few positions. There are women amateur football teams, but they want to play with the men, against the men. This is also true in other sports. I would allow them to play against each other, but not against the professional men’s team. That would be like an NFL team playing against a high school team.

I am not against women equity. I am looking at what is happening and what could be. The world is messed up. Men are becoming weaker. Doing much less than they used to. Women are doing more. It has become a situation where, sometimes, I wonder if it is a woman or man doing a job. By that I mean years ago I could see someone from a distance, and I could tell you if the person was male or female. It is difficult today. I can be close, wondering if I should use a male or female pronoun, he or she. Men dress as women. Women dress as men. Hair styles are something to behold. Many are wanting gender transformation. Many are on the ‘down-low’. Be quiet when you speak about them or find yourself in court. They would love to sue you.

Women can not do everything a man can. A man can not do everything a woman can. They were both made differently. Their body functions are different. Medically, they are treated differently because, internally, they are different. I am not saying women should be paid differently. I am not saying jobs should be doled out differently. I am saying men and women should understand that they are different. They should understand they can not always do what the other does. It does not mean there is an attempt to hold a woman down or a man down, it means there are things one or the other will have difficulty accomplishing. This is not inequity, it’s common sense.

This piece could and should go further, however, it would be a book. I am sure, even then, much would be missed. I believe women should be equal to men. However, for certain jobs, there are things that must be separated. Not all women can do everything. Not all men can do everything. That is a fact.

 

Smoking Rules

There have been fights and arguments over smoking for many years. Whether it is someone’s right to tell, not ask a person(s), not to smoke, where to smoke, when to smoke and/or how bad smoke is to their body, or, on the other hand, a person(s) have a right to affect their body and smoke I believe is the smoker’s business. This argument goes both ways, have many variables and cross many lines, clear and hidden. I will only touch on it lightly.

Imperial Plaza have been going through this for a few years and, I hate to say this, will see no end to the controversy. Brookdale, who leased Imperial Plaza in the past, was to give clear guidance and areas in which to smoke to the residents last year. They never did proceed in the actions (I am guessing) because they knew for a long time they were leaving and they would let the new administration handle the volatile situation. Now the new guidelines are in effect with many people ready to carry the fight to full war.

I see both sides, I know that both sides have fanatics, I can agree with some of what both sides want. I used to be a supervisor, mediating many disagreements, seeing what both sides want while trying to prevent total war between the parties. Because of the smoking bans, cigarette companies have moved from states that put undue pressure on them, their source of money and extra taxes on them. However, the populace should look at, feel for and understand the smokers that are caught in the middle of it all.

First and foremost, like the non-smoker, smokers have rights also. The way things are set in the USA, smokers don’t have any rights except to be able to buy cigarettes when they reach a certain age. Then they are greatly taxed for buying the legal weed and layered with many legal issues in order to smoke the legal weed. They are told the over taxation goes toward the over burdened medical system in order to care for the health problems that smoking brings upon the human body. Okay, then don’t allow the nonsmoker benefit from the program, let that money take care the smoker.

Then, the smoker is put out in the rain, cold, boiling hot sun, humid air and placed yards away from everyone. If a nonsmoker happen to come near, smell the smoker and complain, the smoker is moved even further or told not to smoke, even though the nonsmoker could have walked around or gone in a different direction. To me, the smoker do not have rights.

Somerby have done just that. They have banned smoking in many areas and to be able to smoke the resident have a long walk to get to the area, if the resident is not lucky enough to live in the nearest building. I am a cigar smoker and I have a few days left before I am completely moved to another community. I will not have to do the things residents here does. I am one of the lucky ones. Maybe these rules/laws will effect me a few years from now but at this time I will not be under the strict laws that have come about.

The nonsmokers do not have to go out into the rain, sun, wind, cold, snow, etc. to do what they have a right to do under the laws that were passed by our elected officials. The smoker, as far as I see, does not have the same rights and they are not only over taxed (and the nonsmoker benefit from that) but shunned worst than our pets. I see both sides and feel for both sides. All I have to say is I am moving at the right time and I am sure more will do the same, I have heard rumors. Neither side want to bend (give a little) but in order to have peace and tranquility the sides must.

After I wrote the part about peace and tranquility an incident happened that shows that there are people that do not want peace. Three or four people were sitting around smoking and talking, enjoying the afternoon. A person that live two buildings away came over to confront the smokers, called the police to the Imperial Plaza property but refused to lodge a formal complaint. True, they were illegally smoking, however, they were not in her area of domicile nor were they bothering other people. All I can say now is GOOD LUCK people at Imperial Plaza. My wife and I are out of here!