Sunday, April 24, 2016

Reckless Operation Causes Road Rage!

     I was involved in two Road Rage incidences in one day! First, in my defense, I had “Drivers’ Education” and Drivers’ Training in High School and, I have been driving since the age of 15 ½ years old and, I have been on the “Information Superhighway” since 1995. The reason that I mention this is because, I am probably separated by one maybe two generations for you my readers.

     Let me tell you about what caused my first Road Rage incidence, to do that, I have to explain a little about my upbringing as a child. Adults always did as adults do, they told risqué jokes, cursed and swore but, us as kids had better not been caught “Lookin’ in Grown Folks mouth” and, the best way to get bashed in the mouth was to repeat something that you heard an adult say; “Whup-up” was the sound that my mother’s hand made as she backhanded me across my lips, “Where did you get that from?” she would ask; after the second time, I dared not answer, “I heard you say it.”

     Back to the first incidence which occurred on the “Information Superhighway”; a close-close family member had gotten on Social Media and made a posting. Some hours later, I saw the “message” and exploded into a rant where I noted, contradicted and corrected every line of the statement that he posted and hit “Enter”. Time passed – maybe three minutes; my cell phone starts to ring, it was my son.

     He was a riling ball of anger/embarrassment/sorrow; he told me that his posting was “only” the words of some other Rapper’s song and was not about our relationship. He told me that I had gone too far in exposing the “Dirty Laundry” which contradicted the words that he had “Co-opted” in his posting. I told him that the "Reckless Operation" of his keyboard made me look bad and that he should not be putting other peoples’ words in his mouth or on paper without giving proper credit; it could be taken out of context. He asked that I call him before I post messages (LOL).

     Now for my second incident of the day, less than three blocks from my driveway as I exited the Interstate highway 75 south, a large black woman with fake hair sewn onto her head driving a Chevy Suburban thought she could Bogart her way into the turning lane in front on me; nope, her options were to yield to me or run into my vehicle. She got pissed and we exchanged insults and, I invited her to run into my car if she wanted to and, I also told her, “That if I did something she didn’t like, she should make my nose bleed!” I was ready “to go there” if she had gotten out of that truck and put herself in a man’s place.

     My body is too old for all that but, my mind has not caught up yet.  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fundamental Values, Where Are They Now?

            In the earliest of times when humans first banded together as Tribes, Civilizations and Societies, there were "Fundamental Values" and if you will, rules and laws that were made in the best interest of the group.  It benefits society as a whole when concepts like, "Don't bear false witness, don't lie, steal, kill, commit adultery" and the such were enforced and the negative behavior was punishable by the rules of the group.

            Over the period of thousands of years, our societies has evolved and expanded to the point that what were once accepted "Fundamental values” are nothing more than suggestions and accommodations to groups or those who tend to not want to be social or follow accepted mores.

            For example, there is a school of thought that says, "Kids don't need two parents to grow up socially healthy manner" and, there are hundred of thousands of single women having babies by invetro-fertilization or, serial impregnators who father children but do not stay around to parent them.  Today's child is influenced more by electronic media; videos, Social Networking, Music than by parenting or education at school. 

            There is no such thing as discipline in schools, let's say that some little miscreant curses out the teacher so, what happens?  He gets suspended and falls behind in his class work.  I would have suggested dealing with it in the "Old Fashion Manner" using "The board of Education" across the seat of his pants.  That seemed to work for the children of the 40's, 50's and 60's.  However, in this day and age, there is no corporal punishment and as a parent, you are held in fear by CPS if you look at your kid too hard.

            This is my take on what should be done: Corporal punishment should be allowed in school, I believe that it should be phased in over 3 or 4 years with all parents given the knowledge that if Little Johnnie breaks the rules, he is going to get swatted on the backside.  The three to four year lead in time gives new parents time to condition themselves and their children before sending them to school.

            I am not advocating "Child Abuse" but, look at what a whole lot of "Spare-the-rod" has gotten us; school shooting and other associated anti-social acts committed by kids who could have been turned around before they grew unmanageable.  As parents, we are responsible for what we unleashed into the world at the age that they turn 18.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk – and then get on Social Media and mention how you could have prevented the deaths of three people.

CINCINNATI -- Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick told WCPO Monday he does not want to comment about statements he made that revealed he was with the driver of a fatal wrong-way crash hours before it happened.
"I just want to show his family respect right now," Kirkpatrick said. "Everybody took (what I said) and ran with it. Just right now, I don’t need to say too much more.”

Kirkpatrick tweeted Friday he knew rapper Kory Wilson had been drinking and couldn't drive before police said Wilson caused a fatal wrong-way crash on I-75.
Kirkpatrick wrote he was hanging out with Wilson not long before the rapper, according to police, went the wrong way on northbound I-75. A subsequent crash killed Wilson and a Fairfield couple returning home after visiting family in Kentucky.
"I just want y'all to know that was my friend that got killed last night. And I was with him and I knew he was drinking and didn't stop him," Kirkpatrick tweeted Friday.
As we have seen recently in the case of Pittsburgh television station WTAE-TV News Anchor Wendy Bell, she was fired for comments made on her Facebook Page; as a “De-Facto Representative” by reason of his employment, Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick should be held to the same standards.

We have all heard the rhetorical question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Well, based upon Mr. Kirkpatrick’s statement, “Yes, ‘he should have been his brother’s keeper.’” There are two bereaved families who could wonder if Mr. Kirkpatrick was an Accessory-before-the–act and at least partially responsible in the wrongful deaths of three people.

Perhaps, this is something the legal system should be involved in.