Charlottesville’s Web

Saturday afternoon, I turned the TV on, and I thought I had been transported to 1968 with what I was seeing. Protesters were clashing with each other in a near riot, if not one. A little later, one of the "Antifa" protesters was run over and killed by a rival who drove his car into a crowd.

I certainly don't think all of this is funny. Kind of pathetic all the way around if you ask me. The white nationalists crowd seemed to forget the Civil War ended over a century and a half ago, and I will never be a supporter of anything promoting so-called "white power" or anything pro-Nazi.

It's a lot easier just letting people live and let live.

That being said, I think the social justice warriors could be a bit smarter picking their fights. Why acknowledge the presence of that scum when you SJW's could have ignored it and rised above it? Plus, the media hyped things out of proportion, making such incidents an inevitable moment once it all began two days ago.

Hopefully, we've seen the last of these types of clashes. This one was rather disgraceful, and a reminder that there's a lot of hate out there to go around, even in 2017. I hope this isn't the start of something, I truly do.

Flashback: “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell

On Tuesday, country and pop singer Glen Campbell passed away at the age of 81. His last years as a performer were well chronicled in a documentary, where Glen was shown fighting the memory loss that came with Alzheimer's disease, the illness I know of from it claiming my maternal grandfather in 1985 and grandmother in 1994.

Glen had two songs, this and "Southern Nights" two years later, that would top both the Top 40 and country charts. He was one of scores of artists from that era that were successful in both realms, so I guess there wasn't a lot of difference between the two types of music as consumers saw it back then.

He also acted in several movies and TV shows, including appearing with John Wayne in the 1969 film True Grit where Wayne plays a marshal named Rooster Cogburn in the first of two appearances in that role, the later coming in 1975. There's that year again.

When I mentioned his passing on my Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, it was mentioned that "Rhinestone Cowboy" was the first song one of my friends had remembered. I can still see the 45 my parents copy of the song, spinning on a record player with the red Capitol record label. And as long as I can remember that, he won't be forgotten.

The Start Menu Hot Mess

Maybe this is happening to some of you, but my Windows 10 computer has been acting up lately.  Not the entire computer, but the Windows 10 operating system itself has gone a bit wonky on me.

When I try and hit the start button (the windows logo on the left of the taskbar if set on the bottom of the screen), occasionally nothing would happen. So, as anyone can do, I consulted the oracles of both Google and YouTube. I tried many of the possible solutions, but for my particular problem, but none of them worked.

I remembered that there were some programs out there that offer a Windows 7-type environment for the Windows 10 computer, and I'd rather have a start menu that functions as opposed to an unreliable one. So, I downloaded a program called Classic Shell, and voila, the problem has gone away.

Maybe sometimes, you have to go back to get to the future.

Acosta vs. Miller

I thought I would post, without much comment, last week's spat between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and White House adviser Stephen Miller without much commentary, other than an exhibit of the dysfunctional relationship the current President has with the media.

As I said on Twitter right after it happened:

Hopefully both sides can remember their civility in the future. It's not helpful to the country.

Unangered Mangement

One of the biggest flaws in my life is my inability to nip things in the bud, to set things straight when someone takes advantage of a situation.

I don't know when this all began. I just think when someone does this, two things come to mind. First, why is it my responsibility to fix things. Second, what will happen when I do? What will the consequences be?

I never have thought it was a bad idea to stay out of the way when a conflict arises, but I'm also beginning to think that constantly doing so only gets you closer to a conflict you can't get out of.

Case in point: someone in my life will ask the same questions over and over again. When I answer the same way, and point out when I had answered the same question, oh boy! It seems that it becomes my fault when others don't listen.

Maybe the key is not to talk so much, but hey, I'm already a "quiet" person. Sometimes you can't go lower than a basement.