Ireland

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A documentary.....a good one

I love a good documentary. The subject almost doesn't matter. It can be sports, environmental, historic, whatever. I like em all.

My daughter Erin, who is my main supplier when I need a documentary fix, turned me on to CitizenFour, the film about Edward Snowden and his leaking of NSA documents. I followed this story from afar as it was taking place in real time, I think that may have been about the time I gave up cable news for Lent, so I didn't know the gory details.

I highly recommend this film. Well, if you still think that our governing body still has one ethical bone left in that body, then don't watch this film, because you will come away very very angry, like I did.

Let me be clear. I love the United States. I love my State. I love my house, but about midway through this film I thought to myself, "I'm out of here. I'm moving to Europe. I can't stand the lies and the secrecy." About 10 minutes after I had that revelation, Edward Snowden looked at the reporter who was there, from the UK, and said, "oh, you think the NSA is bad? The GCAQ is much worse than the NSA when it comes to spying on it's citizens. Well, so much for moving to Europe.

We all know big brother is watching, right? That's sort of common knowledge, but I seriously did not know it was too the extent it was. The vast numbers of U.S. citizens being watched and listened to is mind boggling. Drones, cell phones, house phones, credit card purchases, the internet. It's crazy.

And drones?? Don't get me started. Snowden said that when he was working for the NSA, he, and every other employee with a certain clearance, had computers on their desk. On the desktop of these computers were real time video feeds, of drones, all over the world, just watching. Thousands of them. Like youtube thumbnails, all they had to do was choose one, and they could see what the drones were looking at. Some drones just circling, round and round, for hours....even days. On my desktop I have the weather. NSA employees had spy cameras. And they denied it.

Snowden said that not only will something you said on the internet be seen, if the NSA searches a particular word of phrase, but typed words like "terror", "Terrorist", "kidnap", etc will be zipped to a NSA computer geek, without them even searching for it.

That just blows my mind. (terrorist) Nothing is sacred. What I hated most about the documentary ( terror) is the way the government officials, NSA big wigs, and President Obama himself, looked right into the camera, and denied everything!! (kidnap) They can't deny it. Snowden had the documents. (liar-liar-pants on fire) (kidnapping terrorists).

When ever someone would say to me, "Big brother is watching" I would always retort with, I have nothing to hide, let them look. My mindset has changed. I'm pissed and I want to leave. But it seems there is no place to go.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Boating,Flying and Biking.

Had some pretty crazy photos to show you today
on the boat
but that will have to wait until the company imposed social media ban
is lifted.

It's under review.

Not really.

So, unless Delta has a social media ban I don't know about...


**
I peeked in on the Oscars tonight and saw Lady Gaga
singing songs from the Sound of Music.

I thought I was tripping.

Actually I thought she did quite well,
but my eyes kept drifting to all the ink on her body.

The flowing white gown just didn't go with the anchor
that was branded on her left side.
Maybe it's just me.

I thought Julie Andrews looked better then Lady Gaga,
and she has about 100 years on her.
**
I contacted a an old friend the other day who I saw on FB.
He used to be a cook on one of the  tugs I sailed on.
We were buddies.
This was in 1993.

He lives close by and is newly married.
He left the boats in 1995 and today is involved in Real Estate.
I haven't seen him since.
He looks different today.
Clean cut.
Back when I sailed with him, he visited our house one time.
He drove up on his Harley motorcycle
with his pony tail flapping in the wind while wearing leather chaps.

When I think of that day I visualize him standing with my wife in the kitchen,
in his long hair and biker duds
as they perused our spice cabinet and talked about making bread.

That visual brings a smile to my face.

I have plans to see him when I get home.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Social media

It's always something!!

I used to love posting photos of the boat I work on, on this little bog. It gave me an excuse to play with my camera, and it provided me with a tool to share with all the land-lovers out there, a glimpse into a world many people know nothing about.

It was fun.

It seems that little hobby of mine must come to a halt. My employer, who shall remain nameless, because they want to remain nameless on the internet, has instituted a new rule, a social media rule. Basically we are no longer permitted to post photos of our boat on a social media site.

I always have posted photos that would do nothing but shed a positive light on our company and it's employees. ( accept that time our cook burned the crab cakes )But that is no longer permitted. Also, we were told to remove any photos that are currently on line. I've been posting photos on my blog since 2008. I have a lot of work to do.

So, all evidence that I work on a boat shall be removed, even photos that I posted 1, 2, 3 years ago, before I worked for this company and before our new social media rule was in place.

So, for the record, I will no longer post photos on here of any company boat, dock or employee, and as soon as I figure out how to delete photos from my blog and from my Facebook page, I will immediately take care of that. I tried to figure out how to do that today, and I just couldn't figure it out, but as soon as I can, I will delete all photos from any social media site I am on.
It's just so confusing, but I will continue to try to figure that out.

In the meantime......




BIRDS








Saturday, January 3, 2015

Appreciation

In my many travels throughout the year
when I see military personnel in uniform at the airport,
I often go up to them
and thank them for their service.

I feel these days
I should be doing the same thing
when I see police officers
in the streets.

Is this world we live in
crazy or what?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas trees and drywall dust.


As you can see
The New London Pennsylvania Finucane's
are ready for Santa.

We have our 3 girls 
and their 3 guys descending upon us
for the Holiday's.

The house will be full of people
and laughter
and stories
and food
and
fun.

So
why did we just decide
today,
to begin
demolition on our master bath
on Monday?

This Monday.

Why not?
It will make a crazy week
just a little bit crazier.

Here's hoping you all have a crazy great week.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Down time.

My wife is working.

Rosie and I were discussing the possibility of going to the Mall

vs

going on Amazon.


We chose Amazon.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Top Chef

"It's all about the presentation,"

I chide my fellow crew members

as they jam their hand into a bag of chips

before jamming that same hand into their mouth.

A simple 3 cheese sandwich on rye
nestles up next to two
of my special dipping sauces.

Simple things.

Nothing says Christmas like a 3 cheese sandwich.


We are not savages.

My fellow crew members are convinced I'm nuts.

***

Christmas time is here.
Time to spend quality moments with family and friends
and friends of families
and friends of friends
and
"White Christmas"
and jingle bells
and
stockings and gifts
and cheese sandwiches
and trees and lights and tinsel
and tinsel all over the house.

Let the stress begin!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Almost there.....

Heading down the Mississippi
towards the Gulf of Mexico,
then a 2 day trip to Houston
when I will then start counting the days
till I get off this boat.
I need to get home.

I have a Christmas tree to decorate.

Have a great weekend !!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Protest correctly please.

Do you know who the happiest person is in the world tonight because of the protest going on as we speak, in Times Square over the Eric Garner decision? The Mayor of Ferguson.

Now, I don't know what happened that terrible night in Ferguson, other than the fact that a child was killed. Did Michael Brown attack the cop? Was he an innocent victim, another statistic from the result   of a another rogue cop flexing a bit too much? I don't know. There wasn't a video of the shooting.

There was a video when Eric Garner was apprehended by 5 N.Y. cops. As they say, the tape don't lie.
I'm not surprised at all by the outcry I'm witnessing on CNN, the thousands of people protesting in the streets around Times Square. ( I'll get back to that subject in a minute. )

Eric Garner was murdered by a N.Y. police officer. I saw it. I sat there and watched it. Just like I know if a team scores a touchdown, because I'm watching the tape replay. As sure as I am that the Philadelphia Eagles are in first place, that cop killed a guy. They say the choke hold, which killed Eric Garner, has been disallowed in that police force for some time. Then other idiots chime in and say, no, the choke hold with your elbow pointing DOWN is outlawed, the choke hold with your elbow pointing UP is ok. Seriously. How about asking Eric Garner's wife what her feelings are on the "Elbow UP technique.

I don't give a rats ass what Eric Garner was saying to the cops that made them think it was ok to jump him, and then KILL HIM. Since Eric Garner was not pointing a gun at that cop, there is absolutely no reason what so ever for that cop to have MURDERED HIM. 

Eric Garner wasn't selling crack. He was selling single cigarettes to smokers who think the $15 a pack price tag is a bit high, $10 of that being taxes that help pay the salary of the cop who killed Eric Garner.

Now, to my rant on the protesters in New York. Last night as I watched I thought to myself, ok, this is good. A truly peaceful protest, these New Yorkers are going to show the folks in Ferguson, who looted their own stores, how to do a protest. 
That was until I turned on the news tonight. First thing I see is protesters being arrested. And hey people, it ain't the cops fault. Yes, we have the right to protest peacefully. No, we don't have the right to shut down major highways. We just don't. If the police say, "You can't walk down this street, but you can walk down these others streets, then go walk down those others streets. To many young people don't fully grasp the concept of a peaceful protest.

The people who were being arrested tonight, were young people sitting down in front of cars, on a road that the cops wanted to keep open to traffic. Sitting down in the road and singing? Laying in front of cars? They SHOULD be arrested. Some think that PEACEFULLY PROTESTING means I CAN DO WHAT EVER THE HECK I WANT. Hey, stupid people, NO IT DOESN'T. Enjoy your jail time.

On a lighter note

Our Charlie Brown tree on our boat looks awesome.





Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Some thoughts....just because.

Endless chatter on TV about the possibility
of Hilary Clinton running for President.

As sure as I am putting up a Christmas tree this year
Hilary Clinton will be running for President in 2016.
So there.

Louis Head, Michael Brown's Stepfather,
issued a statement about his angry reaction to the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson.
He obviously disagreed with the decision
when he chanted, "Burn this bitch down......burn this bitch down."
What followed was the citizens of Ferguson
burning their own town down. 
Hmmmm, maybe they should have thought that through a bit more.
Reading the apology Louis Head issued to the media today ....
as sure as I am putting up a Christmas tree this year,
that dude didn't write one word of that statement.

Martin Luthur King once said,
"Riot is the language of the unheard."
I'm a big MLK fan, but I disagree in this case.
No matter what decision the Grand Jury was going to make in Ferguson,
those citizens were going to riot.
They were primed.
They were not "unheard"
they were stupid.

Charles Barkley was interviewed on CNN today.
The subject being Ferguson, race and a host of other hot topics.
As sure as I am putting up a Christmas tree this year
Charles Barkley made more sense and spoke more honestly in a one hour interview
than all the politicians who have been puking verbiage in front of camera's
while visiting Ferguson over the past weeks.

Almost forgot,
the "experts" say
every blog post should be accompanied by a photo.

Here's some applesauce. 


Happy Hump Day