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)