Monday, February 19, 2018

4 Year Degrees at a 2 Year Price

Know what I'd love to see? Though it'll never happen. I'd like to see the community college concept extended to four year degrees.

I went to a community college (CCAC Boyce '95), So I know what they are and how they work. They provide a no-frills basic 2 year college experience for the commuter student who just wants to go to school, go to class, and move on.

No dormitories, no dining halls, not much in the way of student life. No frats or sororities. Some athletics, but  not an all encompassing  program like at, say, Pitt or  Penn State.

Not a bunch of extras that tack unnecessary expenses on to students bills.

I would like to see community colleges offer 4 year degrees. It would save students a ton of money. A 4 year degree from a community college would cost a fraction of what the same degree would cost at a traditional college.

Now a 4 year degree from a CCAC wouldn't have the prestige or cachet of a credential from a Pitt, Penn State, or RMU. But if the schools offered a strong academically sound education that can give students the tools they need to enter the workforce, how important really is the name atop the sheepskin?

I've been thinking on and off about this subject since my CCAC days.  The regular four year schools would have a fit. They'd never allow this to happen. But I think the idea has some semblance of merit. #JustSayin

The Day I Met Mister Rogers

50 years ago today, Mister Rogers Neighborhood aired for the first time.

True story.  I was working the stage door of the Benedum Center back in the '90s. And apparently, Fred Rogers was filming a segment that showed him entering the Benedum thru the stage door. So he comes walking past the security desk and I lose it.

Now working the stage door, I saw all sorts of local and national celebrities, and my thing was that if they spoke to me, I spoke back but I didn't go looking for autographs or anything like that. Had to be professional. 

Although I became a fan of Chita Rivera because she was very nice to me when she came into town to do 'Kiss of the Spider-Woman.'  I do not have similar feelings for Jerry Lewis, but that's another story for another time. 

Aaanyway, Mr. Rogers comes blitzing past. I didn't say anything and after him comes David Newell, better known as Mr. McFeely. I say hello, he answers back, very nice guy, and he asks me, out of the blue, if I'd like to speak to Mr. Rogers. Of, course! I said.

A few minutes later, Fred Rogers stops at the security desk, shakes my hand and talks for a few seconds. I about fell out, I was tongue tied and didn't dare ask him for an autograph.  I did not want to waste the man's time. 

Long story short, he was in person exactly as he was on TV. Very nice, soft spoken, a true gentleman. I'll never forget that day. It's Mister Roger's World and we're just living in it.

#ABeautifulDayInTheNeighborhood #JustSayin

Sunday, February 18, 2018

What do we really require of our Citizens?

Can anyone tell me what a citizen's duty is to this country?

About the only obligation a citizen  has in the US, that I can see,  correct me if I'm wrong, is to pay taxes. And some of the schemes people come up with to avoid that are mind-boggling.

We don't require our citizens to vote and depending on the election, I've seen as little as 10% vote in a special election and less than half in a primary or general election.

What about serving on a jury? You should hear some of the excuses I hear from people wanting to be excused from jury duty. The last time I got a jury summons was in the late 2000's. I got picked for a three day trial, did my service, got my $27 and went my merry way. Haven't gotten a summons since. If I get one, I'll appear and go thru the process because I believe that is one of the duties of a citizen.

We don't require our citizens to perform national service, military or otherwise.  We don't really require a hell of a lot of our citizens.

Which is quite ironic given all the hoops we make potential citizens jump thru to become citizens. I wonder how many natives could pass the citizenship test? I bet less than half.  Americans aren't exactly the most read of people when it comes to our institutions.

I just wonder sometimes why we make such a stink about immigration when frankly, there really isn't all that to being a citizen here. Like I said, correct me if I'm wrong.  #JustSayin

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Which God--The Reprise

I always see these memes that say the country went into the shitter when we 'took God out of the schools,' Ostensibly, this means that if we put God back into the schools, everything will be all right.

Problem is, which God should we put back? The God of the Abrahamic faiths? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam),  The Hindu pantheon? The myriad of gods of the Buddhist and Shinto faiths?  The various gods of different tribal groups in Africa and South American jungles? Let's go old school and bring back the ancient Greek and Roman gods. Maybe go up North and check out the Norse deities. Or, what the hell, we're in the United States, let's go with the God of American Exceptionalism. 

Why don't we just bring them all back and let the kids pick and choose. And while we're at it, if we have to bring back gods, we also give the assorted devil's, demons and denizens of the underworld equal access.

  We can't just go with ONE God. What about the kids who don't believe in him, her, it, whatever? We can't let them be left out.

Inclusiveness is the order of the day.

And what about the weird kid who worships the blob of gum stuck to his shoe, Wrig-Lee? Doesn't his choice of savior warrant some attention?

  I don't get it, someone enlighten me on which God should go back into the public schools to put the kiddies back on to the straight and narrow, so they won't be wanting to kill each other with the crap-ton of guns we have in this country. #JustSayin

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Problem isn't the gun...

The problem isn't the gun. Guns are tools. They have no soul, no ethics, no sense of right or wrong.

A gun is merely a set of mechanical parts put together to do one thing. Fire a bullet.

A gun can be used to put meat on your table. It can be used to defend your home against a robber. It can be used to kill in cold blood. A gun is really no different than a hammer. A hammer can drive a nail into a piece of wood. It can also be used to cave someone's skull in.

A gun can be used for good or evil. The gun does not make the decision to put meat on a table or to kill someone in cold blood. The person wielding the gun makes that decision.

As much of a hard on America has with guns, take them away, people will still find ways to kill each other. Guns make the act of killing a little easier, but humans will always find a way of killing their fellow man, if they want to badly enough.

The important thing is to keep the gun out of the hands of those who will use it to kill. Probably won't stop them from killing though. If a person wants to kill badly enough, they'll use a gun, a hammer, a tire iron, a baseball bat, or any number of things that can be pressed into service to end life. And I don't see people wanting to make hammers, tire irons, and baseball bats illegal.

I'm not some gun nut who has an NRA shrine in my back yard. I don't even own a gun. But I have any number of things within arm's length, I can use to kill someone. None of which are illegal to own or use as they are intended. 

The decision to kill rests with every person. Whether they use a gun or not, makes no difference. #JustSayin

The Benefits of Being Off the Market

I'm actually kind of happy I'm off the market in terms of dating.

Saves me a boat load of money. I can come and go as I please. I don't have to leave whenever my significant other decides to go.

I don't have to dress to impress. I don't have to be dragged to boring  events to meet with her friends, who most likely will gossip about me being totally unsuited for her, and with  whom I would rather stuff my head into a wood chipper than spend five minutes with. 

And any woman who ends up getting into a relationship with me will most likely be disappointed with who she ended up with and will either break up with me or cheat on me.

So I save myself a bunch of heartache and drama as well. It's all about living life with as few hassles as possible, kids. #JustSayin

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dreamers and what to do with them.

I hear a lot of back and forth about the whole DACA situation. And while I get the attitude that they are here 'illegally' and should be sent back to the country they came from. A country they know little about.

I tend to believe that children should not be held accountable for the actions of their parents.  They had no control of their situation, they were brought here without their consent. I believe they should be given an opportunity to get their citizenship, maybe a kind of one-time situation where the current crop of Dreamers are processed and then after they're taken care of, then shut off the tap. 

I know that there are Dreamers who are making a positive effect on the country, working honorably in all sorts of fields, especially those who've joined the military. In a time when less than half of one percent of Americans are serving, and people who were born and raised here make copious excuses for not joining, for a person to put their life on the line for a country that is not their's, even if it's the only country they know, takes a special amount of courage and deserves a special amount of respect. Courage that is often not found in native citizens who talk a big game about 'Murica getting its badass on, but won't back up their words with actions. 

As far as I'm concerned, any Dreamer who puts on this country's uniform and serves honorably should get citizenship at the same time they get their DD214. #JustSayin

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Lord Cheeto needs his ego stroked

So Lord Cheeto wants to emulate Little Rocket Man by having a 'Grand Military Parade' down Pennsylvania Ave. Having marched in more than a few parades and formations, I can state definitively that most military people resent being trotted out like show ponies for a President to stroke his hard-on while fantasizing about how great he thinks he is.

Memorial Day/July 4th/Veterans Day parades, we're proud to march. But to satisfy some shitbird's ego with pointless patriotic theater? That's f*****g UNSAT! Excuse my French, kids, this situation really frosts my cupcakes.

Trump would be better thought of if he took the money he wants to spend on this Mark One, Mod One Goatf**k and used it on real problems affecting our AD MilPers and vets. Like why so many AD MilPers and vets are killing themselves, like why we have vets who put their lives on the line for this country who end up homeless and mentally destroyed. Why our female MilPers are enduring sexual harrassment and assault. And why the hell are we still dicking around in Iraq and Afghanistan?    Not even 9am as I write this and I need some alcohol!!  #JustSayin

Monday, February 05, 2018

I'm not your guy...

Simple guidelines for any female ladies of the opposite sex who are interested in dating me.

In a word.... DON'T!

If you looking for a guy you can dress up and show off to your girlfriends crowing about what a hot stud you landed, I'm not your guy.

If you're looking for a guy who'll take you to the hip cool night spots, clubs, eateries, concerts, and sporting events so you can see and be seen, I'm not your guy.

If you're looking for a guy whom you can talk about the coolest new movies and TV shows, I'm not your guy.

If you're looking for a guy who dresses like a GQ model, drives a hot car, and looks like a million bucks in new money, I'm not your guy. 

If you're looking for a guy that'll help you unleash your inner social butterfly, I'm not your guy. 

However...if you're looking for a guy who'll treat you like a lady, be your close friend/confidant/drinking buddy/someone to shoot the shit with/a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board, a distinterested party to vent, unload, and bounce stuff off...I'm your guy.

If you're looking for a guy that'll answer your phone call at 3 am every night for a week because you need consoling when your puppy died, I'm your guy.

If you need a guy to help you find your keys outside your house in the pouring rain,  I'm your guy.

If you need a guy who’ll blow off his plans to come out to help you drown your sorrows and offer a listening non-judging ear after your supposedly hot date crashed and burned, I'm your guy.

If you don't care how your guy looks, dresses, how he gets around, how he gets down, whether he can hold a semi-intelligent conversation and is a master at self-deprecation... I'm your guy.

In short if you want a date, I'm not your guy.

But if you're looking for a friend...I'm your guy. #JustSayin