Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If Not Now, when...?

I don’t even know where to begin.

The Captain has been preoccupied with other matters of recent, but I have been keeping up with the news.

And my heart aches!

This post was going to be rant about the recent rash of white people calling the cops on black people doing normal, everyday activities.

     -A family having a cook-out in a public park.
     -Two guys waiting for others to join them in a Starbuck’s.
     -A man wearing socks in a community swimming pool.
     -A little girl selling cold water on the sidewalk on a hot day.
     -An eleven-year-old boy on his first day delivering newspapers.
     -A man lounging at the pool in the apartment complex where he has lived for more than a year.

In the same vein, a Puerto Rican woman was verbally assaulted in a park by a white man for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it.

“If you’re American you should wear an American Flag!” 

Captain’s Note #1: Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States; Puerto Ricans are American citizens. 

Captain’s Note #2: The U.S. Flag Code specifically says wearing the American Flag is an offense.

And all the white guy’s ugliness was recorded as a park police officer stood by doing nothing.

Don’t y’all have anything better to do than stick your racist noses into other peoples’ business?

People have argued that such behavior is nothing new, that it is simply being video-recorded now.

Somehow that doesn’t make the Captain feel better.

But then the President of the United States of America met with the President of Russia, and that changed everything.

Russia has long been the enemy of the United States.

The Captain grew up during the Cold War. I am familiar with the rhetoric between the nations, the threat that the Soviet Union would annihilate the U.S., and the promise of “Mutually Assured Destruction” that somehow maintained an uneasy peace as the nuclear stockpiles of both countries grew to an absurd level.

The break-up of the Soviet Union eased some of that tension, but the election of Vladimir Putin, a lieutenant colonel in the former KGB, to Russia’s highest office renewed those tensions. And with accusations of Russian meddling in the U.S. elections in 2016, it has become very clear that Russia is not our friend.

But all of that seems lost on Trumpf. He has pissed of our historic allies in Europe and he and Putin are acting like best buddies.

It boggles the Captain’s mind that Trumpf and Putin were allowed to meet together in private – as Trumpf did with Kim Jong-Un a couple months ago. There is no record of what they discussed; we must simply take their word.

After the summit with the North Korean leader, Trumpf declared that the world was safe from a North Korean nuclear threat. The next day we learned North Korea was ramping up its nuclear capabilities not dismantling them.

Yesterday, following the summit with Putin, Trumpf announced that America and Russia are on better terms now than we have ever been. The Captain shudders to think what the new day will bring.

But in that press conference, Putin denied Russian interference in the 2016 American election and Trumpf, despite conclusive evidence to the contrary, stood with Putin and put down the U.S. intelligence community and the Mueller investigation.

Continuing his theme of destroying the credibility of our government agencies, he sided with Putin over:

     -the CIA
     -the Office of the Director of National Intelligence 
     -the FBI 
     -the National Security Agency 
     -the Justice Department 
     -the House Intelligence Committee 
     -the Senate Intelligence Committee 
     -the other ten U.S. intelligence agencies who signed their agreement

“He said they weren’t involved, and I believe him.” 

Are you fuckin' kidding me!?!

Both Republican and Democrat leaders immediately began ripping into Trumpf – some even calling his remarks “treasonous”!

Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke out against Trumpf’s comments.

But will he do anything about it?

I doubt it.

By the way, if the Captain has heard correctly, the new tariffs President Trumpf has levied on China will cause the price of his MAGA hats to double!

*Now available in Russian!

Mates, it has become quite clear to the Captain that no one with the power to stop this idiot president of ours has the wit or will to do so. The only way to stop this horrible, horrible chapter in our nation’s history is at the election booth in November.

Get informed. Then vote! Let the Republican Party know they have abdicated their responsibilities these past two years and that is unacceptable. They must go!

Mates, right at this moment, the Captain is afraid.

This is no longer about Hillary’s emails.

This is about the heart and soul of our nation. 

And if you are half the American Patriot you claim to be, you need to step up and do something. 


Before it is too late.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Search Continues

The search for the First Mate's kayak continues.

A week ago, the Captain was driving into town and passed a pawn shop. Sitting out front was a pink kayak.

It was one of the stolen kayaks, belonging to a good friend. The police were called and the kayak was retrieved.

A name and address were given by the person who pawned the boat, but the police officer found it to be a bogus address.

But the Captain, determined to break this case wide open (four kayaks and a dinghy were stolen in all), continued to search. In addition to online "For Sale or Trade" sites, I began searching pawn shops across the area.

No luck so far, but the Captain is stubborn. I haven't given up.

But I was surprised at other things found on the "For Sale or Trade" sites.

This would be a good deal if I had a Mustang missing the passenger side headlight!
No words...
And at $10 for more than a terabyte of hard drive, the seller made a point to say he will not reduce the price!
This pirate has perhaps over-estimated the value of his treasure.
Then there are the begs...

And this guy...

A "fart fan"...?
But the Captain was intrigued by boats for sale. For example, this one is a real beauty.

And at such a great price! 

Or is it?

Yes, those are engine parts laying on the deck.

"Engine needs work."

More like "Boat needs engine."

The Captain is not interested...!

Then this one popped up, which brought a tear to the Captain's eye.

The Captain looked at this boat last year. The seller was asking $4,500. I asked him to meet me at the lake for a test-run. When I arrived, there were a couple others there also interested in buying her.

And the seller was about 100 yards off shore scrambling to get her running.

The throttle cable had come loose.

A quick look around the interior led me to conclude she had not been taken care of, and I wasn't up for that much of a fixer-upper. I walked away.

But someone bought her, because the most recent ad is under another name.

The Captain wanted to send her a sympathy note.

And the price has dropped from $4,500 to $2,500... no, wait. Reduced to $2,200...

Today the seller listed her again as "Sale Pending".

And the beat goes on...

By the way, if you are out on the lake and happen to see the First Mate's kayak, call me!