On this 4th, we’re as divided as ever

I’ve not been feeling celebratory on this Independence Day. Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve really cared about the 4th. It’s mostly just been an exercise in frustration as we try to get ourselves close enough for a good viewing spot of the Nashville fireworks display.

I’m not proud of our country. I’m not proud of our President. I’m not proud of the people who elected the President.

I want our country to be such so that everybody wants to stand for the anthem and the principles our country stands for. I have a distain for those who would try to shame people into standing when the country doesn’t work as well for a significant percent of our country. Women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, minority rights and environmental protections are under attack by this administration. He’s dismantling the institutions from the inside and it concerns me greatly.

Only 19% of the total population voted for Trump. Let that sink in for a minute. Our country is making a dramatic turn to the right because 19% of the population wants it that way.

I anticipate people will say imagine how conservatives felt during Obama’s terms and they think this is just politics as normal. I think that’s a false equivalency. Conservatives seem to think that giving other groups equal rights, somehow takes away from their rights. If looked at through a certain lens I can understand. Kim Davis is unable to use her official government office to deny gay couples a marriage license because of her religion for instance. They say religious freedom is under assault. It’s not but you don’t get to use religious freedom to withhold rights from others.

Our country survived a civil war but it’s under assault from within now by a narcissistic, small minded, unprincipled man who has no regard or understanding of our countries principles. You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t feel like celebrating that.

Re: Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban 

WASHINGTON — President Trump acted lawfully in imposing limits on travel from several predominantly Muslim nations, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s conservatives in the majority.

Emphasis mine.

Isn’t it really cool how a minority of our country – the people who elected POTUS45 – is getting what it wants against the will of the majority?

Isn’t it cool how the Republican Congress was able to postpone a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee?

Trump trash talks restaurant that booted Sanders – ABC News

Trump, in a Monday morning tweet, said that The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia “should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders.”

What? Trump does this all the time and reminds me of dudes who respond to women rejecting them by calling them sluts or fat. Sad. (lol)

Re: Trump rescinds Obama policy protecting oceans

President Trump is repealing a controversial executive order drafted by former President Obama that was meant to protect the Great Lakes and the oceans bordering the United States.

I don’t think anybody is surprised by this shit. Yeah, POTUS45 is a giant piece of shit, awful human being but it’s par for the course.

I think a big take-away that the next Democrat/Progressive/Liberal President is that they can’t rule by executive order. You have to work with Congress to get shit done and pass laws because otherwise the asshole coming after can just undo all the shit (good or otherwise) you’ve done.

Even if the Congress is a Republican one and their only concern is obstruction, you still have to try to work with them and publicize the shit out of the fact that they’re being obstructionists.


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.