Category Archives: Rant

Just some old fart bitching about stuff.

One Of Those Days

You ever have one of those days where the dog wakes you up like normal, but this time you just don’t want to get out of bed? Where nothing matters? You just don’t seem to have the energy to care about anything? Yeah, that’s me today.


I am normally a morning person. As soon as our German Shepherd climbs up and lays down between us in the bad and wakes me up with whining kisses, I am ready to go. I am happiest in the morning, full of energy and ready to go, much to my wife’s (and other’s) chagrin.
However this morning, I did not want to get up. I kept rolling over with sand filled eyes, petting Miss Mina in the hopes that she would quiet down and let me lay there. I finally stumbled out of bed feeling like I was hung over and had worked out way too much, (I never work out, by the way) almost falling down the stairs, blindly lurching to the back door to let the dogs out.


I came so close to overfilling my cup of tea that the liquid beaded on top, held from spilling over from surface tension, thinking about absolutely nothing, a complete blank of a few seconds of time that seemed so much longer.


I sit down and read the news and browse the web as is my custom, normally paying attention and trying to glean facts from media hype, trying to develop a rational picture from the insensible 180 degree lying garbage the self serving waste of a meat sack in chief is spewing today, his campaign speeches disguised as COVID-19 updates, the over dramatic, buzzword, trigger phrase filled ‘facts’ that the news outlets are divulging, and the actual facts the people doing the actual work are allowed to let us know.

However today, I just can’t bring myself to focus, to care at all. Today I am just going though the motions. My eyes hurt. My eyes are ‘filled with sand’. My head is a dull numbness, my ears muted like my feelings and thoughts.

9/11

Every year on this date I wake up with a feeling of sadness. I watch the news with dread. I remember thinking, at first, that it was a viral trailer for an action movie. Then tears, sobbing, and anger.

We must never forget, but we must also move forward. We cannot give those who perpetrated this cowardly act of terror the satisfaction of knowing that they accomplished their insidious goal.

Always remember, never forget.

CNN Anchor Challenges Congresswoman To Substantiate Obamacare Criticism, Hilarity Ensues | ThinkProgress

CNN Anchor Challenges Congresswoman To Substantiate Obamacare Criticism, Hilarity Ensues | ThinkProgress.

I think the GOP is on a desperate hunt, still trying to win in the eyes of the public. They are doing no good for the country, only themselves. This is a contest, about them winning, not about doing good for the American people.

That being said, I think the reverse is also becoming true about the Democrats. They are no on the attack, beating the loser while they are down.

This is an example of just that. Try listening to this broadcast with an open mind, and putting aside vehement bias to a winner or loser.

What the Anchor states is true. The website doesn’t ask for any information that is covered by HIPAA. However, HIPAA goes deeper than the surface than the Anchor scratched.

The Congresswoman, is visibly flustered and on the defensive from the very start of the clip. If she had been calm, she may have better stated and explained what I believe her concern is: Data security and privacy by the third parties who are handling the website transactions, and the data warehouses that the information will be stored in.

Having worked in IT for over 20 years, most recently as a document data coordinator for a mortgage servicing company, I understand her concerns.

We dealt with hundreds of thousands of documents containing credit card numbers, financial information, social security numbers, and much, much more information that could easily be taken and destroy the life of a person or family. Daily. 7 million documents, over 2 terabytes of personal data. At one time I had an entire 2 terabyte portable drive on my desk here at home that may have contained YOUR information. You, the reader.

HIPAA covers the data that will be transferred between insurance providers, third party billing services, and medical institutions/professionals. This information will most likely go through a central clearing house for routing.

This is a valid concern, although not as dramatic and trumped up as the GOP are making it out to be. They are making a mountain out of a molehill in order to use this as a tool to win, rather than actually being concerned about the privacy of our data.

It needs to be said that while we are correct in the fact that they are currently doing the country more harm than good in a desperate witch hunt for ways to win, the other side needs to still think before acting out in the same erroneous manner as the GOP.

Or, here is a thought: Why not drop the partisanship and do what is good for the American people? For the country as a whole? Not just use that excuse as a tool to curry favor.

Approval Not Needed

I know I am different. I see the world differently. I know I am odd, I am hard to like or get along with. Dr. Seuss said: “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” I am loved by those who have taken the time to know me and not be judgmental at my idiosyncrasies. Those who place too much value on looks, physical attributes, or have a reversed moral compass, kindly fuck off. I know who I am, and I am happy.

I am who I am.

The ‘Occupy’ Movement

It amuses me to watch the monkey suited morons, the media pundits try to label the Occupy movement. Is it left or right wing?  Is it Democrat or Republican?  What is the message? It seems the media whores must label it to sell the story.  It keeps them in suits, ties, hair gel and makeup.

The truth is, there is no label.  It is Democrat and Republican, it is left and right, gay or straight, it is We, The People.

We have become tired of the 1% who will stop at nothing to ensure they have money and power. The ones who live off us.  Who use loopholes rather than pay.  The ones without scruples who will jail a man for copyright infringement for years, but let a child rapist walk free.  The ones who charge us for EVERYTHING they can such as use of an ATM.

There is no message.  Take notice arrogant, greedy, unscrupulous power mongers who have turned this once majestic country into a ridiculed 2nd tier shadow of glory.  Your time is over.  This is the beginning of the end for you.

We, the people, wish to return our great nation to what it once was.  A beacon in a dark world, hope and freedom. We wish to once again be able to say “United States of America” with pride.

We are the 99%.

‘Baby’ Died Today

There was a neighborhood cat our friends across the street called "Baby". They were teaching her about the house so to be able to bring her in during the winter. De-clawed, spayed, left outside by her owner who didn’t want her anymore.

Today, one of the arrogant Titusville elite was doing about 50mph in our 25mph neighborhood, and hit Baby.  A blow to the head that popped her eyeball out into the street. Baby, whom we were petting last night, tried to meow during the 15 minutes of agonizing, twitching pain it took her to die. Our neighbors and I rushed her to the vet, still twitching in the box, covered in blood, as my daughter cried.

It was too late.

The driver?  Too in a hurry, too arrogant, too stupid, or too worried about his/herself to stop.  Probably on the phone. Just kept on speeding away.

There are MANY children in this neighborhood.  There are two new little toddlers one house over across the street. This could have just as easily been one of them. 

You are nothing. A lowlife, puff chested Peacock.  Until you have compassion, respect for the law, our community and things around you, you will be looked down upon, whispered about, and despised. Sad that you won’t notice or care how people really think about you, as long as you can continue to put on airs and show people how much you matter in Titusville, how important you think you are.

You, and others like you, people that speed in our streets, park the wrong way, feel that you always have the right to go first, law or decency be damned, you have ruined this beautiful community. More so than the meth users and drug addicts that have appeared in recent years.