The Wall That Heals

This moving display will be here in Michigan. And I will be there!
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 125 3265 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan 48855 from 8/23/18 to 8/26/18

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National Anthem?! Really?

I don’t usually cringe when the National Anthem is sung but …… I will make an exception for this rendition. WTF was that?! Fergie, I believe the meth is still affecting your thought processes.

via Tuesday Nite Funny: Cat reacts to Fergie singing National Anthem

What’s up with February 2 and Punxsutawney Phil?

February 2 has a variety of significance going all the way back to pre-Roman times

Pre-Roman Times

The ancient solar calender – Ancient cultures such as the Neolithic (Stone Age) people who build Newgrange in Ireland aligned their monuments to the major solar events, the Winter Solstice, the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. The solar year was further divided to mark the half way points between the major solar events giving the cross quarter days of ImbolcBeltaneLughnasadh and Samhain.

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Newgrange entry

Festival of Lights

Many people believe that some of Candlemas’ activities stem from pagan observances such as Imbolc, a Gaelic festival, or the Roman feast of Lupercalia. Candles in early times not only were a light source were thought to protect against plague, illness and famine.

I those times it was known as the “Festival of Lights“. It was celebrated as the mid-point of winter. Halfway between the winter solstice, the shortest day.  and the summer equinox , where day and night are even. It was the celebration of the increased strength of the life-giving sun as winter gives way to spring.

Enter the Christians

Candlemas – Festival of the Candles

This is the oldest feast in the Christian church. Candles were important at the time and very symbolic to Christians. They are symbolic of the days before Jesus when the world was in the Dark. Jesus is known to them as the “Light of the World” and lit candles remind them of this.

This day is where all of the candles to be used during  the coming year are gathered in the church and blessed giving the name – Festival Day / Mass of the Candles.

At home all the candles are lit.

Presentation of Christ in the Temple

A secondary significance for Christians is a traditional celebration of the ritual purification of Mary forty days after the birth of Jesus, being presented in the temple in Jerusalem. Because of this, tradition also says manger scenes should not be put away until Candlemas, which is the last feast of the Christmas cycle.

Now for the Folklore

Early folklore believed that this day predicted the weather for the rest of the winter. A bright sunny day meant there was more winter to come, a a cloudy,wet and stormy day meant that the worst of winter was over.

The German proverb is the the concept that was brought to America and perpetuated by these German immigrants that settled in the Pennsylvania area.

The badger peeps out of his hole on Candlemas Day, and, if he finds snow ,walks abroad, but if he sees sun shining he draws back into his hole.”

In America the woodchuck / ground hog has been substituted for the badger.

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So there we have  Punxsutawney Phil!

Facebook is totally jacked up!

Let me say this about that

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After a short time away from Facebook on a voluntary decision, because of it’s toxic and annoying quagmire of crap. I left Twitter a year or so ago for the same reason. I went back on Facebook to connect with my few friends that I do have online. I got a new profile using a throwaway email to avoid the endless emails on status. Then I used my cats pic as an ID photo. It was good for a few days. But for some reason I got locked out. And when I was asked for a photo to verify my account I did something silly and sent them a real photo of me.

You guessed it! They didn’t match! Apparently I am using a false ID and impersonating someone else. Really?! Frickin genius! So because of that I am locked and will probably not unlock it and if they are smart enough to figure out that the cat photo is not me then I will more than likely be deleting it. Again!

So … to my friends on Facebook, if you are looking for me don’t bother! I am not going back there again! I will be using WordPress to write and they will be accessible through my site.

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“Hollywierd” continues to implode! Nice!

And black hole of revelations is now expanded to suck in other venues. Even the hallowed halls of the government establishments are being taken in!

But is it real?

Let me say this about that. As the black hole of fallout from the Harvey Weinstein accusations continues to expand into all the nooks and crannies of America I am both pleased and concerned at the same time.

The Pleased Part

I am pleased to see that with the “conversation”, as they say, started the seemingly endless train of accusations continues. And sadly it, for the most part, has been simply confirmation of the already “suspected” seedy undercurrent in both Hollywierd and government venues.

While the perpetrators are being called out one by one, the most entertaining sidebars are the comments from the perpetrators associates about how they knew about it and should have said or done something. Really?! All of a sudden you get a conscience. Good I guess. More likely simply covering their own asses by voicing faux concern. Unfortunately up to that point they are guilty of collusion. Just as bad!

While most of the accused initially feign innocence, they later fold as the facts pile up. Some others have even gone so far as to admit to the accusations and, in my opinion, sign their own professional death warrant. Good riddance!

A variety of repercussions have come to be. Offers have been rescinded, programing and/or tours cancelled, endorsements and sponsors bail outs just to name a few. And this hits these people right where it hurts the most. In the wallet. Not saying that their reputation is trashed but the money is what they cherish the most.

To those that are in public office the danger is also catastrophic. The seedy undercurrent of politics gets its much needed exposure. Not like we didn’t already get an up-close look in the Kennedy and Clinton scandals! Now political entities are being called out and having to do a political tap dance in an attempt to somehow play it down. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.

An unpredictable but welcome movement to help “drain the swamp”!


THE ACCUSED – not a total list but you get the drift!
Entertainment

  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Ben Afleck
  • Roy Price
  • Bob Weinstein
  • James Toback
  • Chris Savino
  • Roman Polanski
  • Rick Najera
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Jeremy Piven
  • Brett Radner
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Steven Seagal
  • Ed Westwick
  • George Takai
  • Mark Schwahn
  • Andy Dick
  • Gary Goddard
  • David Guillod
  • Andrew Kreisberg
  • Tom Sizemore
  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • Matthew Weiner

Media

  • David Blain – magician
  • R. Kelly – rapper
  • Ethan Kath – musician
  • Marilyn Manson -musician
  • Ken Baker – news
  • Louis CK – comedian
  • Benny Medina
  • Mark Halperin – news
  • John Besh – celebrity chef
  • Michael Oreskes – news
  • Lockhart Steele – news

Politics

  • Former President Bill Clinton
  • Former President George HW Bush
  • President Donald Trump
  • Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore
  • Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota

But is it real?

This Is The Concerned Part

Some deserve it but some don’t

My concern is that just like every other hash tag de jour campaign[ #metoo ] there will be an immense piling on by “weaponized” individuals that, for whatever reason, have an ax to grind with someone. And feel the need to act on it. So a simple accusation, however false, will reverberate throughout the web quickly in the digital age. The damage will be substantial. Even if they are proven false the damage is done. Another note is that a large part of these allegations are in excess of 20 years! While I am not saying that they are in any way less traumatizing, it does make for a tough defense. Both intentional and effective.

And some of the allegations are inane, like having your backside touched during a group photo or placing a hand on the knee of someone during casual conversation, really throws the whole accusation scenario into a tailspin. Welcome to human interaction. Many of the actions accusations are far more egregious and are noteworthy. But some being presented now that the movement is in full swing are, in my opinion, highly questionable and suspect.