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Thursday, August 28, 2014

O M G!!!!!!!!!!!

The Rogue Speaks:

A New Jersey couple, visiting Bullets and Burgers (a tourist attraction in northern Arizona) decided it would be fun if they videoed their 9 year old daughter firing an Uzi sub-machine gun.  The girl lost control of the weapon and accidentally shot the instructor in the head while the parents were filming the lesson.  The instructor died instantly.  WHAT WERE THESE IDIOT PARENTS THINKING????

Guns have no place in the hands of children, and this little girl will carry in her mind the image of what occurred for the rest of her life.  Those parents made a fatal error in judgement  when they encouraged their little girl, in her gray shirt and pink shorts,  to fire that weapon.

I am wondering how this incident will change the lives in that family.  Do they own guns? Is that the reason that they decided to stop at Bullets and Burgers?  What will happen when they get back to New Jersey and people ask them about their family vacation??  Will they show them that video????

"Look, Harry!  Let's stop here so little Susie
can shoot a machine gun!  It will be a great
video to show the folks back home!"
Several years ago, a 7 year old boy died while firing a Uzi.  The recoil from the powerful weapon struck him in the chest.  It's just another example of ignorant parents making fatal decisions that cost a life.
Is it just my imagination, or are people in this country getting dumber by the minute??
Now skip on over to Jenny's and read some happy posts!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


The Rogue Speaks:

Things have seriously gotten out of hand in Ferguson, Missouri.  First, an unarmed bully thief robs a convenience store (caught on tape), several times.   Then he runs out into traffic with cigars in his hand, and is shot FIVE OR SIX TIMES by a police officer, who knows NOTHING about the robbery, and who receives a commendation for the shooting.

Then the black citizens of Ferguson begin to picket in large numbers.  In the midst of those picketers are worthless scum criminals who are using the picketers as shields.  These people are coming to Missouri from as far away as California, and New York!  The police, who are using retired military equipment that make them think they are actually soldiers, start a war with the picketers who are (hopefully) unknowingly sheltering the evil worthless scum in their midst.

Angry young black men who are tired of their worthless lives begin throwing rocks and looting stores, and throwing Molotov cocktails at the police.  Do they really think that this will earn them a place in the sun???

The poor State Patrol Captain, who has been put in charge of resolving this outrageous war, spends most of his time trying to soothe the picketers who have been fired on with rubber bullets by the police, while the real miscreants hide in the crowd.

Captain!  Send those picketers HOME!!!  Tell them to go home and STAY THERE, until the real perps can be caught and jailed!  Who cares if they think they just might miss something, or just might end up on t.v.!  MAKE THEM GO HOME!! It's the safest place for them to be!!!

Then, make those would-be soldiers store their silly arsenal of used military items, and round up the criminals, using the weapons that they were issued when they joined the force. JUST DON'T SHOOT UNARMED PEOPLE!!  Use tasers--remember them??

In the meantime,  I have heard, from a totally outrageous source, that Israel, who is in the midst of fighting a war with Hamas terrorists (who are using their own people as human shields), has people in Ferguson, training the police.  OMG!! Like they have time for that!!!!!


This concludes my offering for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday.  Please click on the link to read more offerings.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


The Rogue Speaks:

Well, I certainly didn't know it!!! July 29th was National Lipstick Day.  I wonder who dreamed that up!  Cover Girl? Revlon? Clinique?  Whatever!  So in honor of this belated auspicious occasion, I give you...

It is 5000 years ago, and two women are sitting in their stall at the outdoor market in Sumeria.   "Look!" one cries to the other.  "That man has crushed gemstones on his lips and eyelids!"  The other woman stares in amazement. "Well, I never....!"

It wasn't until a couple of thousand years later that the women in another ancient civilization began to apply red tint to their lips, but the mixture they used to brighten them proved to be toxic, so that idea quickly went by the boards.

In the 16th century, Elizabeth I, also know as The Virgin Queen, began coloring her lips bright red.  It then became fashionable for the wealthy women to do likewise.  Actresses were not allowed to wear makeup, but their male counterparts were.

In the 19th century, women were allowed to use makeup, but only if it did not appear to be obvious.  Most of the lip colorings contained a dangerous amount of lead, and women were warned not to use it.    The Sears catalogue began to sell rouge for the lips and cheeks in the late 1890's.

In 1915, Maurice Levy invented the metal cylinder in which to house lipstick, which was made with deer tallow, castor oil, beeswax, and a coloring agent, usually carmine dye.

The bases for lipstick changed over the years, and during WW II, lipstick was hard to come by, because petroleum and castor oil were very scarce.  So now you know that the famous illustration of Rosie, The Riveter was probably touched up!!

The word "lipstick" came into being in the late 1800's.  In 1926, Charles F. Lummis, of the Los Angeles Times, wrote, "Most of us know as much of history as a pig does of lipsticks."  In 1946, writer Stella Gibbons wrote of  one of her characters who visited a hair salon. She had her hair washed by a technician called Susan, who had a face like a very young pig that had managed to get hold of a lipstick.
In 1980 an article in the Quad-City Herald, Jan 31, a writer commented that "you can clean up a pig, put a ribbon in its tail, spray it with perfume, but it is still a pig."  I'm sure that made Miss Piggy shudder!
In an advertisement in May 2002, Charles Schwab ran an ad that slammed another brokerage firm's conflicts of interest by showing one of the firm's sales managers telling his crew, ""Let's put some lipstick on this pig!," indicating that the stock that was recommended was really worthless, but they could dress it up and sell it off.
The idea of "putting lipstick on a pig" is a phrase common in the car sales industry.  Wash it, give it a new coat of paint, and sell it for full price!  Ron Lyons, a t.v. personality, when asked to support raising money for the renovation of Candlestick Park, scoffed, "That would be like putting lipstick on a pig!"
Not too long ago, the phrase came into use in the political arena (Ah, you knew it!! Eventually it would come around to politics!!!).  Victoria Clarke, Assistant Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld, wrote a book titled "Lipstick on a Pig: Winning In the No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game."  The gist? You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.
John Kerry used that phrase in 2004, as did VP Dick Cheney, that same year.  John McCain used it in 2007.  Even the late Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the scumbag John Edwards, used it when speaking of John McCain.
John Boehner also used that worn-out phrase this past April, when speaking to reporters concerning the Republican fundraising efforts.  Said, Boehner, "There's no other way to put it.  There's no use putting lipstick on a pig."  John! If you ever needed to come up with something original, my God, man!  Now's the time!!!  Naturally, my plea falls on deaf ears, and that is just as it should be.
Here's one more use of the word "lipstick" that really set my teeth on edge.  Remember Sara Palin--  the beauty queen who never learned anything in school except how to balance books on her head and smile without creating wrinkles?  One of her actually memorable lines was in the form of a question.  "What's the difference between a soccer mom and a pit bull?  Lipstick!"  Sarah, Sarah, Sarah! My youngest son played soccer at 8 on a Saturday morning!  Do you actually think I took the time to paint my face before throwing him in the car and driving to the soccer field?  Get over yourself!  I didn't give a rat's ass how I looked as long as my son was having fun with his friends.
Yes, I have lipstick, and yes I use it--whenever I remember to put it on.  "Put on a little lipstick," my mother used to tell me.  Even Rod reminds me when we are in the car, going out  for an unplanned dinner .  I do have lipstick in my purse, but I have to admit that every time I open that tube, I am amazed that red dust doesn't fall in my lap.
My idea of the perfect lipstick is one that you put on in the morning and then have to scrub off at night with Lava soap.  As a matter of fact, I just ordered a "semi-permanent" lip stain today.  I will use it under my City Lips lip plumper (which actually works, by the way.)
About 5 years ago, I complained to my dermatologist that I no longer had any seriously visible lips.  Know what he said?  "Get over it! You're old!" Yes, I am! And I am opinionated, but I am also passionate.
I hope you have enjoyed my history of lipstick, with commentary.   Now please go to my sweet friend Jenny's blog and read the other entries.  They are ALWAYS good!


K is for Kinda

The Rogue Speaks:

I am such an idiot!  I spent all evening writing my "L" post and then realized that this is a "K" week!  Sooooo, I am publishing a post that I wrote in January.  I have a lot on my plate this week and next, so you are just going to bear with me, and accept this re-do.  If you have already read it and commented, please do not think that you have to comment again.  I am just taking up space here to CMA until next week's "L" post.  Thanks, blogging pals!!

It's kinda sad that after major incidents that cripple cities and put lives at risk, the
heads of state and local governments think that saying, "I take full responsibility," or "I'm sorry that this happened on my watch," will make everything o.k., at least until
the next time it happens.  In 2010, a major winter storm crippled Atlanta.  It was a complete and total mess!  After the fact, the people in charge apologized, saying that they had learned a great deal during that event, and measures had been put in place so that it would never happen again.  Oh, really????   What happened to all those "measures?"  Did the dog eat their homework?????

It's kinda scary that a politician would threaten to throw someone over a banister a couple of stories down onto a marble floor, and then say, " Sorry!  We'll do lunch soon."  Does lunch make it o.k.? Nooooo, I don't think so.  Frankly, I wouldn't be caught dead having lunch with someone like that!!!  Really!!!!

What is wrong with people these days!!!!!!  They seem to think they can say and do (or NOT do) whatever they want to, and apologizing on national television makes everything o.k.  Well, at least until the next time it happens.  If those politicians were people for whom I had voted to represent me, I can tell you now, they would never get my vote again.  I expect leaders to set a good example, and lately that just hasn't happened.

I'm kinda mad, so rather than risk saying something for which I would have to apologize on national blogland, I suggest that you head on over to Jenny's and read  some nice, friendly posts for Alphabe-Thursday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


The Rogue Speaks:

I thought I would give you all a break from my political and religious rants, so sit yourself down with a cup of java, and read all about it!!

A very long time ago, around the 9th century, some shepherds in Ethiopia noticed that their sheep became very frisky and playful after nibbling the berries of a certain plant. It was a coffee plant, and those sheep were getting a buzz from the caffeine! The popularity of eating coffee berries began to spread to Egypt, and in the fifteenth century Persia, Turkey and northern Africa were getting that caffeine buzz.

"Coffee" used to be called qahwa, the old Arab word for wine. It was a black drink made from the juice of the coffee berry. Muslims were forbidden to drink alcohol, but were allowed to drink coffee because it kept them awake during their nightly prayers. I guess it kept them from falling asleep in church!!

The coffee trees planted by the Arabs are the parents of most of the coffee plants in the world today. Pretty soon, everyone was drinking coffee! And all because of those sheep.

In the 17th century coffee trees could be found in Java, in the Dutch West Indies, and it is still grown there today, on coffee "estates." Java is also where kopi luwak comes from. It is the most expensive coffee in the world! You don't want to know how they clean the coffee berries to get the beans, because you would never drink another cup of kopi luwak (if you could afford to buy some, that is!).

Remember Juan Valdez? Ah, I can still see him, with his donkey, bringing coffee beans down from the mountains of Brazil! Most of the world's coffee actually comes from Brazil, but over 50 countries along the equator grow coffee. You would think that by now Juan could afford a Jeep Cherokee to bring those beans down, and give that donkey a rest!

In Turkey, bridegrooms used to make a promise during the wedding to always provide their new wives with coffee, otherwise it was "grounds" for divorce. Rod is not a Turk, but for the last 29 years he has faithfully provided me with coffee! What a guy!

You know how in westerns, the cowboys sit around the campfire drinking coffee out of tin cups? Want to know how they made that coffee? They put the ground coffee in a sock, and put it in the coffee pot with cold water. When the water was heated over the fire, the coffee was ready!! I don't know if they used a clean sock or not.

The inspiration for this post came from Java, Lizzy's mother, who is pictured above. Thank you, Java, for giving us such a sweet little girl to love.

Thanks, also, to Jenny and her Alphabe-Thursday. You really should to go her blog and check out the other entries. They're always good!!!

I must confess that this is not a brand new post, but one I wrote in 2010.  It's still interesting, though, yes?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Isis, and ISIS

The Rogue Speaks:

Sweet, loving Isis was a goddess in the Ancient Egyptian religion.  She was also worshipped in the Greco-Roman world.  Isis was the ideal mother and wife, and a friend of the downtrodden.  Even the wealthy aristocrats prayed to Isis, and she always listened.
The name Isis means "Throne."  Her headdress is a throne.  The pharaoh was her "child" and she provided the throne on which he sat.  Isis married her brother, Osiris (not gonna happen today, is it!!)  They had a baby, Horus.  Osiris was murdered by Set, his own brother, and Isis used her magic to resurrect him from the dead long enough to conceive Horus, even though she had to collect all his body parts first.
Egyptians believed that the Nile River flooded because of the tears of sorrow Isis wept for her beloved Osiris. This belief continued until paganism was suppressed in the Christian era.  The popular paintings of Horus nursing became a Christian theme, with Mary nursing the infant Jesus.
The kind and gentle Isis helped anyone she could, and still managed to keep the house clean and provide hardy meals for her family.  It would never enter her mind to kill or harm anyone!!
It is now 2014, and another ISIS appears on the scene.  Unfortunately this is not the good and kind ISIS, but a terrorist group with the same name.  The ISIS you have been hearing about in the news is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  It is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (the eastern Mediterranean), or ISIL. It is an active jihadist militant group in Iraq and Syria, and it is trying to be the "religious" authority of all Muslims.  To be fair, there are also other world-wide religious groups who feel that their way is the only way, and that anyone who does not follow their teachings is doomed.

          So I'm not showing them!!
Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, who died in 1792 was the first modern Islamic fundamentalist and extremist, and ISIS is known for its "Wahhabist" interpretation of Islam.  Osama bin Laden came from Saudi Arabia, and was known to be a Wahhabi ( Please don't confuse the word with "Wasabi," which is a wonderful spicy condiment from Japan!  Hahahaha!!).  Mulammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab claimed that many Muslims were not true Muslims because they did not follow the strict teachings.  This is significant, because it is forbidden for one Muslim to kill another, but in the Wahhabist's skewed and sick interpretation of the Koran, if someone is not a "true" Muslim, then killing them is just fine and dandy! Many uneducated people believe that the Koran instructs the followers to kill the "infidels."  I kind of equate this with those who bomb abortion clinics, and kill innocent people simply because they think differently about abortion.  Do you get my drift?
ISIS does not regard their religion as just one school of thought--they believe it is the only way, and nothing else counts.  Does this sound familiar??
That's my "I" post for AlphabeThursday, so head over to Jenny's where " the "I's" have it!!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

H is for Hamas

The Rogue Speaks:

It's Alphabe-Thursday, and this week we are again back in the Middle East.

Who did it?  Who killed those Israeli teens?  Was it Hamas? Israel, the United States, Canada, the European Union, Jordan, Egypt, and Japan have classified Hamas as a Terrorist group, while Iran, Russia, Turkey, China, and many nations in the Arab world have not.

Hamas was founded in 1987 as part of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  As we know, MUSLIMS are a strong RELIGIOUS sect, along with CHRISTIANS, and HEBREWS. So if Hamas is part of a religious sect, just what is it about their Muslim religion that makes it o.k. to kill innocent  people?  Is there ANY religion on earth that condones killing of innocents? Hmm!  Not really! But they all do it!  What makes it o.k. for Muslims to kill innocent people? Can  Hebrews  kill innocent people?  Is it justified for Christians to kill?

Oops!  I almost forgot about the Catholics!  The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition was established in 1478 by Catholic monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon, and Isabelle of Castile.  The purpose was clearly to convert Jews and Muslims to Catholocism.

The Inquisition did not end until the 19th century!  The last person to be EXECUTED  by the Inquisition on July 26, 1826, was Cayetano Ripoli, who had been the  Inquisition's  General Secretary in 1789.  He was hanged in Valencia for having taught deist principles.  As you know, the Founding Fathers, who wrote the Constitution of the United States, were largely made up of deists.  Yeah, I know that a lot of people don't believe that, but if you are not afraid of the truth, I encourage you to do a little investigating!

I could have made this another "H" post, but "Hahaha" isn't much of a post.

I welcome your response.

Now, go over to Jenny's blog and read the other entries!!