September 23, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 23, 2016. On Wednesday, Susan had her day off and we were invited to go out on the Gulf by one of the Pharmacists she works with.   So, Susan and I, the Pharmacist, her husband and three children road out to an island on their boat. We were 7 miles off shore and spent the afternoon enjoying fried chicken and playing on the beach. It was just the 7 of us. Wonderful company in an absolutely beautiful place/environment!!

Had a VA Eye Clinic consult today, to get the results from the MRI taken last Thursday. I have double vision and there was concern that my acoustic neuroma had grown and was impacting my right optic nerve. So   … the good news? My acoustic neuroma is marginally bigger, slowly pinching off my ability to hear in my right ear, but not impacting any other part of my brain. The MRI showed the scar tissue from the stroke I had a couple of years ago. The bad news? The double vision was caused by a series of mini-strokes which impacted my optic nerve. I am at risk for more unless they can get my hypertension under control. An average blood pressure of 160/105 is a stroke waiting to happen. I also got a flu and pneumonia shot.

Speaking of Flue Shots! (BBC NEWS) — Bird flu poses threat to penguins – scientists. “Scientists are warning of new threats to penguins on Antarctica from diseases spread by migratory birds. A modern strain of bird flu has been found in penguins living on the snowy continent, although it does not seem to be making them ill. Conservationists say penguins need better protection through monitoring for new diseases and safeguarding their breeding and fishing grounds. Bird flu is an infectious disease of poultry and wild birds. Scientists found an unusual strain of bird flu among penguins on Antarctica a few years ago. A second strain has now been discovered, suggesting viruses are reaching the continent more often than previously thought.” There is nothing more pitiful than a Penguin with a bad case of the flu. Trying to blow their little beaks   … in vain!

Good news for the male of our species. (BBC NEWS) — Watching films releases ‘natural painkiller’. “Watching a tear jerking film helps in social bonding, say researchers. The finding could explain our attraction to dramatic works of fiction – even if they make us cry. Experiments by an Oxford University team suggest tragic films and other dramatic works trigger a rush of feel-good chemicals known as endorphins. This acts as a natural painkiller and helps us bond with the people around us, they report in the Royal Society journal Open Science.” Why good news? You can watch “Chick Flicks” with your Lady, and not writhe in pain. “Natural Selection” at it’s finest.

And the “archeology news”. (BBC NEWS) —   Anglo-Saxon ‘palace’ found at Rendlesham near Sutton Hoo site. “Archaeologists believe they have found a lost Anglo-Saxon royal palace near one of Britain’s best known finds. Archaeologists have been studying an area at Rendlesham, about four miles (6km) from the Sutton Hoo burial site. Faye Minter, project co-coordinator, said the remains of a 23m (75ft) by 9m (30ft) structure could have once been a royal hall or palace. And she said it was “likely” there are “other royal burial sites” like Sutton Hoo dotted along the River Deben. The hall find, said Ms Minter, of Suffolk County Council’s archaeological unit, might be the same “palace” referred to by the Venerable Bede in the 8th Century.” When you consider the Romans conquered Briton in 43 AD, (and never did conquer the Anglo-Saxons)   …   and it was the Normans who took out the Anglo-Saxons, in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD.   … it should come as no surprise that there are numerous “royal burial sites”   … not to mention   … how many burial sites in general?

And the not so funny news: (BBC NEWS) — Lurking clown arrested in Kentucky woods near apartments. “Kentucky police have arrested a man dressed as a clown lurking in a wooded area amid a wave of clown reports in at least six US states. Jonathan Martin, 20, was charged with wearing a mask in a public place and disorderly conduct in Middlesboro. He was found at about 0100 EST (0600 GMT) on Friday in “full clown costume” and mask crouching among trees by an apartment complex, according to police. Recent reports of clowns trying to lure children into woods have sparked alarm. Police have warned individuals against dressing up in clown costumes, adding it could lead to criminal charges. “Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others,” police in nearby Barbourville, Kentucky, said in a statement online. “While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal.” What’s with the weird clowns scare? When I was growing up   … clowns were kid friendly, Now, you have folks dressing up as clowns to terrorize folks? I would invoke “TrumpLaw”   … the ability and right to shoot terrorist CLOWNS, on sight. Perfectly legal, since “clowns” are not a protected minority class. 

Susan is home. Her “babies” curled around her   … I would have to fight for room!! Me? Watching the evening news: ABC, NBC and CBS. The focus? The differences in how folks protested in Oklahoma and North Carolina. In Oklahoma   … peaceful dissent. In North Carolina, like Ferguson … thugs, using this tragedy to do their Christmas Shopping. Destroying businesses, and the jobs they provide, in the community. Black run businesses. So   … when will Black Folks realize   … it isn’t White Folks cleaning their plow … it is other Black Folks. It is other Black Folks, not cops, (look at the stats … Black on Black killings)   … killing their children.

You know, I remain, just a dumb old country lawyer, from Missouri, now living in Mississippi … sharing his observations. Our total utility bill, gas, water, sewer, trash … $103.00. Electric? With the air conditioner running 24/7 …   $175.00   …

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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September 16, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 16, 2016. Late post, short Ramblings. Had two VA appointments this week. I started having double vision a couple of months ago and there is a possibility that my Acoustic Neuroma, (a benign brain tumor, warped around my right auditory nerve), may have grown and has started infringing on my right eye muscles. Will have the results of the MRI next Friday. Not much else to share.

Looking for a daily driver? (CNN MONEY) — You can now buy a real D-Day tank. “If your SUV is no longer tough enough, don’t worry. You can now buy a genuine World War II tank. A collection of 120 vehicles, including tanks, armored cars, motorcycles and warplanes, is going under the hammer in France on Sunday. Auction house Artcurial said each of the vehicles played a role in key moments of the war, from the D-Day landings and the battle of Normandy to the liberation of Paris. Hundreds of other military artifacts, including helmets, uniforms and other equipment, are also being auctioned. The centerpiece of the auction will be a M4 Sherman tank, expected to fetch up to $440,000. The vehicle, which is in working order, was one of the tanks used in the battle for Paris in August 1944.” The up side? You never have to worry about traffic   …   no doubt, everyone will get out of your way. Course the down side? Really poor gas mileage. It has a 175 gallon tank which gives it a 120 mile range. That’s .68 miles per gallon.

And the “sign of the times” news: (CNN) — CVS to sell heroin overdose antidote in 20 more states.   “CVS said it will stock the heroin overdose antidote Narcan in Ohio pharmacies next month, the first of 20 states where it plans to expand sales this year. CVS (CVS) is already stocking Narcan in its stores in 15 other states. This is the latest indication that heroin and other opioid drugs have gone mainstream across America. Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is a nasal spray used to reverse the effects of opioids in the event of overdose. Opioids include not just heroin but also methadone and widely used and highly addictive prescription painkillers like oxycodone, codeine, fentanyl and morphine. Narcan is a prescription drug, but CVS is going to provide it to patients without an individual prescription in states where that is permitted by state law. Customers have to ask the pharmacist for the drug, which can be purchased in a two-dose package for $40 to $50.” I have mixed feelings about being able to buy heroin overdose meds at a pharmacy. Obviously, you want to save lives   … but isn’t this a form of enabling substance abuse?

Your tax dollars at work: Congress buying an aircraft the military does not need nor want!! Washington (CNN) —  US Air Force grounds F-35 fighter jets. “The US Air Force said Friday it has grounded 10 of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, just over a month after they were declared “combat ready.” The decision affecting the most expensive weapons system ever was made “due to the discovery of peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fuel tanks,” the Air Force said in a statement, describing the action as a temporary pause in flight operations.” The faulty cooling lines affected a total of 57 aircraft, the statement said. Only 15 of those planes had been fielded with the remainder still on the production line and will be fixed there.” Our elected representatives justify spending money, we don’t have, for things we don’t need   … to keep folks employed, in a job, that has to end … when the last plane is built. Job security? Makes no sense to me.

Way beyond time … to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Chicken breasts are marinating, for Sunday’s meal. Susan does not have to work tomorrow. I remain nicotine free. She continues to smoke!

Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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September 9, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 9, 2016. Sunday will be the 15 anniversary of the 9/11 attack. Just as our parents can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing, December 7, 1941, (the attack on Pearl Harbor)   … our generation will remember September 11, 2001. I remember … it was a Tuesday morning … a little after 8:00am   … I was looking at and answering Email, when Susan came in and said a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers in New York.   We both went and sat in front of the TV   …   and watched in horror   …   as the second plane hit the other tower. Like most Americans, we stayed glued to the TV the next couple of days. 3,000 Americans were murdered that day. On the evening of September 11, 2002 I wrote the following Ramblings:

“Greets and Huggers. The evening of 9/11/2002. Sorry, but rereading this post, guess my “rambling” is pretty rambling tonight. Was emotionally difficult to write: was having all these different thoughts … and feelings. Would appreciate your feedback: affirmation that maybe I’m not the only one feeling the pain of   …. ? Had a hard time going to work today. Sat here this morning … at 6:30am … read the paper and remembered.

It’s been a year. I watched the videos, the pictures … and heard survivors accounts. It made me cry  … to see the widows and widowers’ talk about their loved ones … the babies that have been born … by Moms who have lost their partners … babies who will never know their Dads. It makes me angry. It makes me question my faith. How could a Just God allow this to happen? How could an All Powerful and Just God allow the murder of over a million Jews, or a million Cambodians … or … or … or … how long is this list? How long do we have a written record?

I remember Susan and I … watching … in real time … the rape of innocents: the rape of our innocence. We sat, like you … and watched in horror, the second plane strike the tower. We watched folks like you and I … react in horror … and, with them, we felt the fear … the pain. We marveled at the pure courage of our Police Officers and Firefighters and folks like you and I … becoming heroes … not for fame … not for fortune … but simply because it was the “right” thing to do. Not in defense of some great ideal … but simply … to help the person next to them. Remember the images of plain folks helping each other down the stairwells of The Towers? Remember the look on the face of the Firefighter … who was fighting his way UP the stairwell: no fear. Remember the interview with his family. You and I cried and mourned with them. And with that came the realization that the noblest part of our humanity … is our God given ability … to confront our baser instincts, our fears … and do what we must … not for ourselves … but for those standing next to us. “No greater love ……”

Last night I watched “Dateline” and saw the stories of survivors, their courage … and those that were lost … the impact on their families. What an incredible waste. What a crime against humanity by persons who hoped to do what? Make Americans’ sympathetic to their “cause”. They did not, nor do they have a clue what America and Americans are really about. They did nothing but, as Admiral Yamamoto noted after “Pearl Harbor” ….. “awake a sleeping giant “. We argue and squabble among ourselves … like the giant diverse family we are … like the brothers and sisters we are … BUT, attack me or my brother or sister and you will have the whole American family doing their best to “put a boot up your a*s,” (in the words of Toby Keith)  … and we will. To the enemies of goodness, love and tolerance for the dignity of all persons, male or female … <smiling> … I promise … “Red, White and Blue” … will have new meaning for you.

On 9/11, “Let’s Roll” became the anthem of common persons put in the position of confronting evil. They did … and saved countless lives by sacrificing their own. Heroes! The phrase “Let’s Roll” is painted on the bodies of our warplanes   … it has become the battle cry of a Nation committed to confronting evil and injustice. It has become a prayer. “Let’s Roll!!!” This “sleeping giant” has rolled over the “Taliban” … this “sleeping giant” … will confront and defeat the remaining vestiges of tyranny … of intolerance … and the enemies of human Free Expression. Justice and Goodness, ultimately, does prevail. The likes of Hitler, Stalin, Tojo and Pol-Pot, et. al. and what they stood for, were ultimately damned to the dung heap of human disgust: their very names reviled … defeated by ordinary, honorable persons, of good will: a testament to the human spirit. You and I live in a society which is a synthesis of the very best that every society on this Earth has to offer. But … as human beings … we individually and as a society remain a work in progress. We will evolve to fulfill our potential.

I looked at the flags flying everywhere today. The “Stars and Bars” … the stars, initially for our Thirteen Colonies … and now the 50 States. The 13 stripes for our Thirteen Colonies … the Red Bar for the blood that was shed  … the White Bar for our purity of purpose … and the Blue Bar for the valor it took to make our Founding Father’s dream … a reality. I marvel at the number of persons who have followed “Old Glory” into battle to preserve the liberties, of their family, friends and neighbors. Isn’t that what “Old Glory” symbolizes? Freedom? The willingness of ordinary persons, Americans, like you and I … to stand our ground against those that seek to enslave our “free will”. Isn’t “free will” ….. Gods’ ultimate gift to us all?

Sitting here tonight … so grateful to our men and women in uniform … most citizen soldiers … folks, willing to die for their family, friends, community … for our America … willing to die for you and I. I want to make sure … when they ETS, (return home to their families and become civilians again after serving our country) … they do not have some person walk up to them and say “Welcome home, Baby Burner”. You and I will not let that happen, (as it did to some of us) … this is a different time … this is a different America. We have evolved and grown as a family.

I never read my “Friday Night Ramblings” to Susan, (hehehe … she was really surprised at our family reunion at the Lodge … when confronted with some of my “ramblings”) … but this “Ramblings” I wanted to share with her. (She just gave me a hug and a kiss and we just held each other for a while.) This “Ramblings”, I want to share with you because you are the only folks, solo and small firm lawyers, who can ensure that the freedoms we enjoy … are the freedoms our men and women in uniform return home to. We are the guardians of our system of justice.

Tonight, I do not apologize if my “Ramblings” offend. This is what I believe. I respect and will defend your right to dissent. I hope you will accept a Warm Brotherly Hug from Susan and I, from Ft. Timmerman.”

14 years and 2 on going wars later, (Afghanistan and Iraq)   …   what has changed?

KarlT

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September 2, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 2, 2016. Hard for me to believe Colin Kaepernick. the 49 Quarterback who refuses to respect “Old Glory” during the singing of our national anthem, remains in the news. During practice he wore socks depicting pigs wearing police uniforms and during the opening ceremony for Thursday nights game, rather than stand, hand over heart   … he knelt. His reasoning? “… he would refuse to stand during the song because he will not “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”  I stand when the national anthem is played, out of respect for a flag, that I have seen too many times draped over the coffin of one of our men and women in uniform   … a flag I have seen folded by the honor guard … a flag, once folded, presented to a grieving parent, child or spouse. Mr. Kaepernick has an absolute right to express his opinion   … a right defended by the persons he disrespects. The United States does not oppress black people and people of color. Some Individuals, a minority in positions of power   … oppress   … and can sure as hell be held accountable, when they do! As a nation, we have discrimination laws imposing civil and criminal liability   … “Affirmative Action Programs” are alive and well   …  as are college entrance “quotas”. Ignorance is fixable with education. Stupid is to the bone.

In other race news: (CNN NEWS) — Georgetown to offer slave descendants preferential admission status. “In an effort to acknowledge its ties to slavery, Georgetown University will offer the descendants of nearly 300 slaves preferential treatment in its admissions process. In 1838, the school sold 272 slaves who were working on plantations in southern Maryland to pay down its debts. Now, the school said it will give the descendants of those slaves “the same consideration we give members of the Georgetown community” when they apply … Along with the admissions treatment, the school will create a memorial to honor the 272 enslaved people and also rename two buildings that were named after the presidents who facilitated the 1838 sale.” So what’s the next push? The descendants of former slave owners be forced to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves? Actually, there is a push by some for that. Makes about as much sense to me, as the descendants of slaves being forced to pay the descendants of Union Soldiers   … for freeing them.

Weiner news? (CNN) — Pamela Anderson’s anti-porn piece panned. “Pamela Anderson’s call to kick porn is not being received well. The former Playboy model and unwitting porn star (via a stolen sex video of her and now ex-husband Tommy Lee) has coauthored a Wall Street Journal opinion piece about the dangers of pornography. Anderson shares the byline with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on the piece titled “Take the Pledge: No More Indulging Porn.” The opinion piece is framed by the latest alleged sexting scandal involving former US Rep. Anthony Weiner.”   The definition of “pornography” has come a long way since, Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964): “The most famous opinion from Jacobellis, however, was Justice Potter Stewart’s concurrence, holding that the Constitution protected all obscenity except “hard-core pornography.” Stewart wrote, “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.” Even now, there is no real definitive definition. That said, there is a bunch of smut available   …   most off of the Internet.

Medical marijuana: (CNN NEWS) — How the retired QB is trying to save the NFL with medical marijuana. “Jake Plummer stands in a grassy meadow on a breezy spring afternoon, a Rocky Mountain peak framing his backdrop. He poses heroically, if just a little self-consciously, for yet another medical marijuana-related photo shoot. The dramatic setting and dramatic pose demand a dramatic pronouncement … The meadow Plummer stands in is behind a laboratory tucked into a nondescript corporate campus in Boulder, Colorado. The laboratory transforms cannabis and hemp into products that—according to preliminary research and a host of testimonials—can do everything from relieve pain to prevent seizures to, just maybe, repair a damaged brain. Plummer is a leading advocate for the medical marijuana movement. But despite the rugged setting of his photo shoot, he is hardly a lone voice in the wilderness. Players such as former Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe and Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan now stand beside him. So do the mothers of young children whose lives were saved by cannabis-derived chemicals. And former players coping with the debilitating aftermath of their NFL careers. They want the NFL to relax its hard-line stance on cannabis in all its forms and support research into medical marijuana’s potential as a neuroprotectant, a substance that can protect (or even repair) a damaged brain.” Ah Yes!! Doesn’t the Obama Administration continue to classify it as a Class I drug? Didn’t a California Court just rule that using medical marijuana disqualifies you from owning a firearm?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings waiting for Susan to come home. Her furry babies by the door waiting for her. On the evening news? Hurricane Hermine working it’s way up the East coast. Really glad it tracked East of us. Scientists have discovered the oldest physical evidence of life on earth, in Greenland — fossils that date back 3.7 billion years. And the last Accordion Repair man in New York City is retiring. Susan doesn’t have to work tomorrow, so we will work around the house. It is slowly becoming a “home”!! Picked up 3 dozen tamales today   … made by a Mexican lady   … they are to die for!!

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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August 26, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 26, 2016. On Wednesday, Susan and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I took Susan out for lunch at the Pelican Wharf Cajun Grill in Biloxi. We enjoyed a wonderful seafood platter. The grilled oyster was FABULOUS!! We have lived here now for over a year   … and have yet to go to the casino’s: that changed Wednesday. After lunch, we went to the Hard Rock Casino …   it is huge!!! We walked around and looked at the hard rock memorabilia. Then, after a couple of hours   … we both lost $5.00 playing the penny slot machines.

Folks here are a bag full of “Hey!”“How’s you’all doing?”    … very polite and easy going. That may be because almost everyone down here is armed. The State of Mississippi encourages folks to arm themselves. It takes the 2nd Amendment seriously. Today and tomorrow, Mississippi will celebrate a sales tax holiday for guns and ammunition. Today and tomorrow, the Mississippi sales tax of 7% is waived when you buy a gun and ammunition for it.

In other gun related news: (BBC NEWS) — It’s OK to carry a gun but not sex toys at US university. “Students at the University of Texas have been carrying around sex toys in protest at a new state law which allows guns on campus. From 1 August it became legal for students to carry a concealed pistol as long as they have a license. However, campaigners claim it is not legal to carry a sex toy around the university. The woman behind the protest, Jessica Jin, has called the campaign “cocks not glocks”. I thought carrying a “marital aid” was the Constitutionally Protected “penumbra” right to privacy, (Griswold v. Connecticut … the precursor to Roe v. Wade)? Reminds me of my Drill Sergeant in Basic Training, introducing us to an M-16. Holding the M-16, “This is a weapon”   … then grabbing his crotch, “This is a gun”   … “One is for killing … the other for fun!!” Point being? Soldiers carry weapons, not guns. 

Times are a-changing in the prison system! (BBC NEWS) — Ramen noodles ‘are most valuable US prison commodity’, study suggests. “Ramen noodles have overtaken tobacco to become the most valuable commodity in some US prisons, a new study suggests. The research said the shift was a response to a decline in the quantity and quality of food on offer. “Because it is cheap, tasty, and rich in calories, ramen has become so valuable that it is used to exchange for other goods,” said study author Michael Gibson-Light.” Unlike dope, Ramen noodles are extremely difficult to smuggle into prisons … when a body cavity is used. They are also prone to get soggy.

Presidential election news? (CNN) — Top South Korean exec found dead hours before prosecutor questioning. “A top executive at a South Korean company facing a corruption investigation was found dead early Friday just hours before he was due to be questioned by prosecutors. Lee In-won, vice president of the conglomerate Lotte Group, was discovered lying on the ground with a necktie around his throat, according to local police. Police said they suspected he may have hanged himself and fallen to the ground when the necktie broke, but the cause of death hasn’t officially been established.” Rumor has it   … he was due to be questioned about contributions made to the Clinton Foundation. Strange how folks with information about the Clintons   … seem to meet untimely deaths.

So   … Canada is a better place to live? Has a better health care syste? (BBC NEWS) — Canadian couple forced to live apart after 62 years. “An elderly Canadian couple who have been married for 62 years have been forced to live in separate care homes. A photo of Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, and his wife, Anita, 81, went viral after their granddaughter shared their story. Ashley Baryik, 29 said her grandparents have been separated because there is no room for both of them at the same home in Surrey, British Columbia. Mr Gottschalk, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, is on a waiting list to move into the same home as his wife. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Ms Baryik posted a touching image of her “Omi and Opi” wiping away tears as they held hands, adding that it was “the saddest photo I have ever taken.” … “The couple, who have lived apart for eight months, cry every time they are able to see each other, she added.” … The outpouring of support, Ms Baryik said, has been overwhelming, but the family refuses to take donations in order to keep the focus on Canada’s senior care system. “Taking money defeats the purpose for fighting for families who can’t afford privatized beds,” she said. “We want everyone’s focus to be on fixing the system rather than raising money and putting a band-aid on the issue.””  Susan and I have only been together 21 years   … I can not picture, not waking up and seeing her first thing in the morning   … and the last thing at night. I can only imagine how it would feel after 62 years!!

Interesting headline: (BBC NEWS) — Could mouthwash combat gonorrhea? “A gargle a day keeps gonorrhea away” is an unlikely slogan, but researchers believe it could hold some truth. Recent studies have shown people can carry the sexually transmitted infection in their throats for weeks or months without symptoms. And they could spread it to others through unprotected oral sex. So investigators are looking at whether regular mouthwash might help stop the silent spread and experts think it is an idea that is worth exploring. Gonorrhea is a bacterium and it can live in secretions in the throat as well as the penis and vagina and is spread by oral, anal and vaginal sex. The disease – which was common in the first half of the 1900s until the discovery of an effective antibiotic treatment – is seeing a resurgence.” Drug resistant gonorrhea is on the rise: “Antibiotic-resistant cases of the sexually transmitted illness gonorrhea have more than quadrupled in the United States. This new data, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should serve as a warning that “the future of current treatment options may be in jeopardy,” the agency said in a news release issued Thursday.” I suppose an obvious solution? Use mouth wash as a feminine hygiene spray. Kills germs and provides a nice minty odor/smell.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, listening to the evening news and waiting for Susan to come home. Her furry babies are waiting for her, by the door. On the evening news? The earthquake in Italy … and the presidential election campaign sinking to lower levels of nastiness. Most worrisome? The Zika virus may have crossed over into the general population with infected people not displaying any symptoms, causing the CDC to call for testing all blood transfusion blood … something not done since the beginnings of the HIV epidemic. Susan has to work tomorrow. Sunday lunch? Grilled brats, French Fries and a garden salad.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

 

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