Goodbye Adam West

This weekend Adam West passed on and with his passing he took the best part of television with him…The Caped Crusader!

It was West’s rendition of Batman that made me want to be Batman when I was a child.  Alas, I only got to be Batman on Halloween but it was a start to a life love of the 1966 version of Batman that I held all other incarnations too.

Who could forget Shark Repellent?

Or the Bat-tusi?

He was 100% West!  The best Batman ever has died 😦

FOS Project: John & Molly’s

This weekend we were took time to visit Air Victory Museum.  It was fun.  it’s a small Museum in Lumberton, NJ.  Totally worth the visit.

After our visit I used Trip Advisor to find a good place to have lunch.  John and Molly’s was rate #1 for the area.

 

 

It didn’t disappoint.  The portions were huge.  The food was good and best of all they had French Onion Soup on the menu.

This FOS was super tasty.  I’m always excited when I see a place has prime rib on the menu because they tend to have the best FOS.  This soup was super awesome!  I was prepared to move it to the #1 FOS I’ve ever had.  I now think it’s tied for # with the Rio Station in Wildwood, NJ.

Check out John & Molly’s for some tasty foods!

PRIDE

Pride is even more important this year than any other year.  It is important because the leaders of the USA are anti-LGBTQ.  President Donald J. Trump would do anything the Freedom Caucus wanted because he lacks conviction on any matter and is easily manipulated because he is weak.  He is weak because he is led by his own insecurities.  Vice-President Mike Pence would have us living in 1950’s America.  Where McCarthyism ran wild and women had very little respect from men.  He in his own words says he refuses to be in a room with other women whom are not his wife.  Apparently he doesn’t trust his manly urges to cheat or assault women.  Thus telling the world…he too is a weak man.

These men are afraid that associating themselves with the LGBTQ community will make them seem less manly.  So how do they handle it?  Well they ignore our right to exist and fight to destroy all the protections that we as the LGBTQ community need from people like…well like them.

This year PRIDE is so much more to our community.  We will not go back.  We are proud of the people we’ve become.  No more closets, abuse, verbal assaults, physical assaults or having our rights removed because the fact is we are Americans too.

Memorial Day – Remembering

Memorial Day isn’t really a day about parades and picnics.  It’s about remembering those service persons who fought for the idea of freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice.  People like SSG Larry S. Pierce.

SSG Pierce was awarded the CMH.  He was only 24 when he lost his life to protect his fellow soldiers.  Thank you SSG Pierce and his family.  America owes you a debt of gratitude.

In my town the local Post sponsors a parade, picnic and Memorial which includes reading the list of fallen from Our Town.  Remembering our heroes.





I’m proud of Our Town.

FOSP: Yard House

It’s been a while since I’ve had French Onion Soup.  Which, in general, makes me sad.  This weekend we went to Yard House for the first time.  They had FOSP so of course I had to get it.
The portion was a little small but the presentation was nice.  It used good bread and was packed with flavor.  This one placed high on my FOSP meter.  Give it a try if you are there!

Snowy Fridays

Yesterday was 63 degrees.  Today it’s Snowing.  Oh March, you are a funny bunny.

I was hoping to get a picture of the cows in the snow but they were too busy eating.

This was the best I could do.  I did catch the hundred or so geese who stopped in the field until the storm moves on.

It’s really pretty.  The roads are wet but clear and this storm won’t be cumbersome.  All in all…not a bad way to begin the weekend!

Elizabeth Barrett Browning – My Kate

The world is an angry place these days.  I needed some beauty even if it is bathed in sadness.  Ms. Browning, I thank ye.

My Kate.

She was not as pretty as women I know,

And yet all your best made of sunshine and snow

Drop to shade, melt to nought in the long-trodden ways,

While she’s still remembered on warm and cold days—

My Kate.

Her air had a meaning, her movements a grace;

You turned from the fairest to gaze on her face:

And when you had once seen her forehead and mouth,

You saw as distinctly her soul and her truth—

My Kate.

Such a blue inner light from her eyelids outbroke,

You looked at her silence and fancied she spoke:

When she did, so peculiar yet soft was the tone,

Though the loudest spoke also, you heard her alone—

My Kate.

I doubt if she said to you much that could act

As a thought or suggestion: she did not attract

In the sense of the brilliant or wise: I infer

’T was her thinking of others made you think of her—

My Kate.

She never found fault with you, never implied

Your wrong by her right; and yet men at her side

Grew nobler, girls purer, as through the whole town

The children were gladder that pulled at her gown—

My Kate.

None knelt at her feet confessed lovers in thrall;

They knelt more to God than they used,—that was all:

If you praised her as charming, some asked what you meant,

But the charm of her presence was felt when she went—

My Kate.

The weak and the gentle, the ribald and rude,

She took as she found them, and did them all good;

It always was so with her—see what you have!

She has made the grass greener even here . . . with her grave—

My Kate.

My dear one!—when thou wast alive with the rest,

I held thee the sweetest and loved thee the best:

And now thou art dead, shall I not take thy part

As thy smiles used to do for thyself, my sweet Heart—

My Kate?

Remember Martin Niemöller Words

Martin Niemoller gave us a poem that has been modernized and used a lot since the rise of Reality TV Star turned POTUS Donald Trump.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

This is important because it was true for him and many others during Nazi rule.  America is a far divide from the Fascist state of WWII Nazis, however, it could easily be guided there by the white supremacists advising the President right now.  Steven Bannon and Steve Miller are by their own admissions pro-white and anti-anything not white.  They’ve spoken and written about their predilections so this isn’t something one can just deny.  Although, there are those who believe the Holocaust was just made up.  These people are also believe the Bible is the word of God.  They deny any and all empirical proof and data to the contrary to their belief system.

That brings me to Caitlyn Jenner.  She is the self appointed voice of the Transgender community.  Ms. Jenner supported Mr. Trump during his election.  Touting his attributes of fiscal conservancy.  This week Mr. Trump along with white power man, Jeff Sessions, AG of USA, turned the tied of equality in America with the reversal of Transgender rights.  She offered this little gem for all of the Transgendered children in our country affected by this new wave of hate.

“I have a message for the trans kids of America. You are winning. I know it doesn’t feel that way today or every day, but you _ are _ winning. You are going to keep on winning so much you’re going to get sick of winning. Very soon, we’ll win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to happen with bipartisan support.”

They are winning with no help from you Ms. Jenner.  You’ve faced very little struggle with your Transition.  People who have faced the odds like Jazz Jennings and faced the mean spirited, backwards minded, pretending-to-be-Christian people.  She has fought many difficult battles and continues to fight for Transgendered Youth in not only our country but the world.

Now that there is a potential of being affected by Mr. Trump and his Cabinet’s Transphobia and Misogyny you have something inspirational to say.  I wish you luck Ms. Jenner on your journey but beware of Mr. Niemoller’s words…they are coming back again.  HATE can’t be disguised.

President’s Day

Monday, February 20, 2017 we will celebrate President’s Day in America.  This year I actually thought about what that meant to me and our nation.  Right now in the USA we are polarized by political ideology.

This will be a diatribe.  You’ve been warned.

Right now in America we are led by fear.  A man with no political experience got his base (white people) out in numbers to win the Electoral College Vote.  He lost the popular vote by over 2 million votes.  The largest loss of popular vote by a President.  He ran as the Anti-Establishment.  Americans were/are tired of Congress and Washington in general not working (97 days last year), not doing the people’s business but rather paying lip serve to the masses while doing the work of the Lobbyists who spend large amounts of money for those Congressional Votes.

Our President, Mr. Trump comes off as the inexperienced person we all knew he was/is…this much either side would agree on.  Instead of being strong, he rants on Twitter like a self obsessed teenager who is forced to do their homework.

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Mr. President, the issue isn’t who leaked the uncomfortable information about Mike Flynn and Russia but what was said by Mike Flynn to Russian Emissaries.  The Administration doesn’t think that last part to be important to the American People.  How do you expect the people of America are safe when underhanded deals are made?

I feel like nothing has changed with the Election of Donald J. Trump as President.  His supporters have said…”Give him a chance” or “It’s only been three weeks”.  Why?  Every other President has faced obstacles in their first few weeks on the job.  The difference, for me, is that they chose people they thought would enhance their personal vision of their office.  Mr. Trump put Billionaires and Millionaire “friends” in positions of power with little or no experience with how Washington politics works.  I wish them luck.

Mr. Trump wants less regulation of Wall Street.  Small reminder, it was these folks who gave us subprime, banks too big to fail, the 2008 Great Recession and basically caused the shrinking of the Middle Class.  We got to foot the bill for their careless GREED (TARP) and lost our retirement savings.  They all got big bonus’ and zero interest loans.

Mr. Trump wants to repeal major aspects of the EPA.  This organization is in charge of regulating our water and air.  I suggest that perhaps the President and his friends in Washington be served water from Flint, Michigan.  This might give them a firsthand account as to the need for the EPA and perhaps more not less EPA agents.  I’m old enough to remember the Super Fund Clean up projects and the lawsuits from towns and cities who had clusters of deaths due to illegal dumping of chemicals by Corporations.  Pollution kills…in case you didn’t know Mr. President.

One of my favorite Presidents is James Madison.  He, like President Washington, had great concerns about the corrupting nature of the power the President holds.  His words are ageless.

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“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”, James Madison

“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”, James Madison

“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”, James Madison

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”, James Madison

Let us not forget that last one when the only news the President is comfortable with us hearing comes from Breitbart or Fox News.

Mr. Trump is President, I can only hope he starts to act more Presidential…you know for the good of America.

Happy President’s Day!

Niko Stopped By

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Nor’Easter Niko stopped by yesterday.  It is extremely cold still and Niko blew most of the snow into one big pile from the gale force winds he was providing.  All in all, it could have been far worse and even though I didn’t get a snow day I got out of work early.  So Yay me!

Tomorrow starts a small warm up.  Come on 47 degrees!!