Father’s Day

These are the jokes people

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there. My dad passed away 32 years ago and I rarely think of my dad in a way that makes me feel sad. I do enjoy making everybody else uncomfortable by posting dumb memes but that’s about the extent of it.

My thoughts seems to turn to how I did and am doing as a father. I think all parents probably have some regrets and I’m not different. I was 17 years old when Jessie was born and as such, I really had no idea what I was doing; we were kids having kids.

I regret not being more present and appreciating the special moments of Jessie’s childhood. I spent too much time and energy trying to hang out with my friends.

My dad and I… 1975’ish I’d say

I regret not being more established in my career to provide better for our family back then. We were on every form of public assistance there was and we really struggled at first. These things can be excused because we were idiot kids having kids; our brains weren’t even fully developed at 17 years old.

I regret the way Jessie’s Mom and I split up. That was a traumatic experience and I wish I would have did that better. I was just so caught up in my own head and my own life and feelings and I didn’t realize how much my actions could affect Jessie.

Jessie and I – 1994

Jessie and I have a pretty great relationship now. I’m in a great position with my career and finically that I’m able to help out now in really meaningful ways and I’m really proud of the woman and mother that my little Jessie has turned into.

Jessie and I 2013 at the Nashville Zoo

James Comey described as “insubordinate” in DOJ inspector general’s report – CBS News

A long-awaited report by the Justice Department inspector general on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation by the FBI and Justice Department is expected to focus on former FBI chief James Comey and the decisions he made during the course of the Clinton investigation, CBS News’ Paula Reid reports.

The findings, which are slated to be released Thursday afternoon, describe Comey as “insubordinate” while also criticizing then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch for weak leadership, Reid also reports.

I’ve often thought that Comey had a screw loose. He just seems kind of unstable or something. The way he went on his book tour and the comments he was making isn’t the comments of somebody who is measured and trustworthy as he’s trying to be portrayed as by the left.

I mean his decision to do the press conference during the election seemed weird to me.

So, I had a heart attack

Yep. I had a heart attack on April 23rd, 2018.

I woke up at 2am on April 23rd with my chest kind of feeling weird and having an achy feeling in my shoulders and back. Mostly, I was just uncomfortable when I first woke up. On the pain scale of 1-10, I would have put it around a 2 or 3? It felt like a body ache but in my shoulders and back mostly. The first episode lasted about 3-4 minutes. I woke up, used the bathroom, took some ibuprofen and was just taking some deep breaths when it passed. I went back to sleep and didn’t have anymore issues during the night.

In the morning, I woke up, went to work, stopped by BK for my normal breakfast (2 bacon egg and cheese croissants and a medium Dr Pepper) that I had almost every morning for the past couple months. As I was walking into work, I had another episode that was very similar to the first. I walked in and rode the escalator up with the heart attack in progress. By the time I got to the top of the escalator, it had passed. I worked all day without incident and got home a bit after 5pm. At this time, more serious episodes started to come on and I knew I was in trouble. I certainly couldn’t just ignore it as I was at home alone and I didn’t want to wake up at 1am with a serious episode happening and nobody there to help me. With that in mind, I decided to get dressed and call 911. By the time I was dressed, the episode had passed so I drove myself up to the ER. I’d say the episodes were spiking into the 5 range on the pain scale now.

At the ER triage room, they had me hooked up to machines and were listening to me but they said the machine tests were inconclusive. They took me to a trauma room and that’s when I got more worried as the trauma room is where people with gun shot wounds go. More doctors were coming and listening to my chest and getting me hooked up to more machines and still, the tests were inconclusive. They said they wanted to go take a look because even though the tests were inconclusive, the symptoms I was describing sounded like a heart attacked. I was nervous about this but I agreed.

In the cath lab, they gave me some medicine to help me relax and then made an incision in my wrist and tried to go in that way. Because of my anatomy, they couldn’t get the cath to my heart so they had to go in through my groin area – after a nice shave! This part of the experience was pretty mild. I was just laying on a table and there were monitors and I could see what they were doing. After about 20 minutes of feeling very chill and relaxed, they were done and said yeah, you had a 100% blockage in the LAD; the widow maker. We put a stent in and you’re good as new. I remember feeling very…. 😑

Yeah well you should still get the fuck off my lawn.

My dad had his first heart attack at 56 then died at 61 with another so I beat him by 12 years; awesome. It’s weird to think about that too because he lived life hard. I remember he was a heavy smoker and drank a lot. I’ve not lived the best life – obviously – but I’ve been cycling pretty regular for 4-5 years now. I wonder how much that offset the severity of my heart attack? Other than my bicycle riding, I’m pretty sedentary as I work in IT as a SharePoint Engineer at Bridgestone. I spend 8 hours a day sitting at my desk, doing awesome shit with SharePoint.

Anyhoo, I was in ICU for one day then on the regular floor for two days. I was put on more medication than I care to admit (7 pills a day). Some of them will be forever; aspirin and blood thinner for the stent. The others though, I can possibly come off of if I can get my health in order.

During my stay, I had many people come to visit and that made me feel pretty good. I had work friends coming to visit – Antwon, Phillepa and even my manager, Randy! That was awesome. My old manager, Scott and another guy, Rob from CCA came by to visit too!  Jessie came to visit all the way from Crossville and she brought a surprise, my best friend David came to visit! That was really cool!

Special shout out to Jen who came up as I was in the ER and the cath lab. Even though we’re separated, she still came up and visited several times during my stay.

Really special shout out to Amanda who really helped me a lot. She made sure I had everything I needed and spent a lot of time with me and took me home and made sure I was setup at home.

My doctors have cleared me to resume all my normal activities and I feel better than ever. The damage to my heart was minimal and they believe that my heart can get back to normal. I’ve been back on the bike for a few weeks now and I’ve really felt great. I guess it’s amazing that your cardio vascular system works better when you don’t have a clogged artery! I wonder how much this affected my bike trip out west last year as I was really struggling. I thought it was just because I was out of shape – and I was – but I imagine this had to contribute as well. I’m just so glad this didn’t happen while I was out there!


Re: Trump is a bully who thought Canada was weak. He was wrong about us | Jen Gerson | Opinion

“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,” said Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade advisor, on Fox News Sunday.

What he was referring to was a stock standard press conference in which Trudeau referenced Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, noted “Canadians did not take it lightly”, said labelling the country a national security threat was “kind of insulting” to Canadians who have lost daughters and sons alongside Americans in Afghanistan, and reiterated his plans for retaliatory tariffs on symbolic American products like bourbon and pickled gherkins.

It was a mild response. Canada’s unwillingness to utterly cave to the demands of the Americans, however, was enough to set off a presidential temper tantrum. Trump refused to endorse the G7 communique he had just agreed to, Navarro called him “bad faith Justin” and relations have plummeted to their lowest point in decades.

I’m so embarrassed by POTUS. 😑😑😑

Re: Why Lower Broadway Isn’t Closed to Traffic (when it should be)

There are no signs that often congested, sometimes chaotic Lower Broadway will close to traffic anytime soon, despite persistent chatter about the prospects of Nashville following the lead of other cities with concentrated entertainment districts. Honky-tonk owners say closing the street to east-west traffic would hurt business and lead to more crime, though some favor more closures on weekend nights.

I often talk about this idea… closing downtown below 5th to traffic on the weekends. I don’t quite understand the “lead to more crime” thing… that just doesn’t make any sense to me.

“We would fight that tooth and nail until the end of time to make sure that does not happen to Lower Broadway. The second that happened you would start seeing the whole street start to diminish. It would be devastating to our tourism and what we’ve built as an iconic environment,” said Brenda Sanderson, owner of several Lower Broadway honky-tonks including Second Fiddle and Nashville Crossroads.

What? How would it diminish tourism? Do you think people are pulling up in their cars and parking in front of your business now? Give me a break. People are already parking blocks away and walking to the honky tonks. The traffic on lower broadway now is cabs and people cruising through to see the sights.

“It was horrible for the businesses on the street because what happens is you lose control of that safety factor that is so important to all of us,” Sanderson said.

Re: Supreme Court Upholds Ohio’s Purge of Voting Rolls

The court ruled that a state may kick people off the rolls if they skip a few elections and fail to respond to a notice from state election officials. The vote was 5 to 4, with the more conservative justices in the majority.

This is probably one of the biggest reason why it matter who the President is. Do we think it should be harder for people to vote? I know it’s part of the conservative, dogmatic narrative that voter fraud is a huge issue in our country but it’s just not.

A Reuters study in 2016 found that at least 144,000 people were removed from the voting rolls in recent years in Ohio’s three largest counties, which are home to Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus.

“Voters have been struck from the rolls in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods at roughly twice the rate as in Republican neighborhoods,” the study found. “Neighborhoods that have a high proportion of poor, African-American residents are hit the hardest.”


Re: President Trump cancels Eagles’ visit to White House – ProFootballTalk

President Donald Trump issued a statement canceling the trip, citing the national anthem as the reason.“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow,” the statement reads. “They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.”

You know what honors our great country and the men and women who have died fighting it’s wars? People exercising the rights that those soldiers actually died for; freedom. They didn’t die for a flag or an anthem.

Source: President Trump cancels Eagles’ visit to White House – ProFootballTalk

Re: Trump’s Lawyers, in Confidential Memo, Argue to Head Off a Historic Subpoena

Mr. Trump’s lawyers fear that if he answers questions, either voluntarily or in front of a grand jury, he risks exposing himself to accusations of lying to investigators, a potential crime or impeachable offense.

Hahaha yeah no shit! Blabbermouth Don lies so much I’m not sure he knows when he’s doing it. If they get him talking while sworn in, it’s inevitable he’ll purger himself.

Witch Hunt Hoax?!? Oh come on Blabbermouth Don… I feel like we can improve on that! How about Lying-Hillary-Is-At-Fault-Fake-Witch-Hunt-Hoax??

The rights false equivalency


I’m honestly trying to understand how this is the same as Barr calling Valerie Jarrett an ape. “Moderate” conservatives seem to think it’s the same though and it’s because the liberal, MSM bias!

I wonder if conservative even know of the weird way that Trump was talking about his daughter (I’d date her!) or how he was seen with his hand on her hip and such… I dunno, probably just awkward TV stuff but uuuugh. That’s the reference Bee is making. She’s not telling Ivanka to do that completely in a vacuum.

Edited to add:

Re: U.S. hits E.U., Canada and Mexico with steel, aluminum tariffs, sparking trade war

The Trump administration on Thursday slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, firing the first shot in a trade war that could see American consumers pay more for everything from canned soup to cars.

I’m curious but do conservatives support this? What’s the point? Is this a thing were he’s imposing tariffs then he’ll rescind them in order to renegotiate things? Dumb.

The good thing about this is that the next president can just undo it all. /sigh