its_the_stupidity_stupid-293x307I write this blog in the hope that there is intelligent life out there somewhere but every time Jeff goes on line and I see what constitutes news headlines I want to throw up. I don’t know the statistics on what is a neighborhood but I do know no one care what happens outside it unless it concerns an entertainment celeb or a sports one. Take Jeff’s wife for instance if he asks a question during the news about something in Bogota she’ll say she wasn’t paying attention but if it concerns Medellin no talking during the story. And it breaks down even further if it’s from an area not close to where we live. This is not just about Colombia in the US even though they have national news casts people aren’t that concerned with what happens in Utah if they live in New York. In New York City people don’t really worry about what’s going on I Buffalo unless it will interfere with vacation plans. The same philosophy applies to presidential elections. The US uses a system where the popular vote only means something in certain states because they all don’t have the same number of Electoral votes. So candidates don’t spend time or energy in small states. And then because people don’t think it matters they will elect a candidate based on his personality rather than his ability to lead. In other countries it’s about influence and money you promise poor people just about anything then do nothing and blame it on the opposition. Someday, not in my lifetime, maybe the human race will be able to find leadership that is hones and will improve the world but I Doubt it. This is Flounder (glad I’m a cat) saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia.

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IGNORANCE

January 30, 2014

nothing-in-the-world-is-more-dangerous-than-sincere-ignorance-and-conscientious-stupidityIgnorance is alive and well at the meeting of South American leaders in Venezuela this week. I find it amazing that the leaders with the most influence come from countries whose economy is weak. Santos of Colombia might think he hot shit but Maduro and others have more power. Why because they have more control of their countries. They all complain about American spying well let’s take a look at this. Did America spy on them probably have they used the same technology to spy on their own people? Oh yes and it goes back a long time there just jealous that they don’t have access to the technology the NSA does. In Colombia if it hadn’t been for the use of available phone taping knowledge Pablo Escobar would still be running his drug empire. Maduro isn’t the first Venezuelan to spy on his people Chavez was an expert at it. Richard Nixon in the US listen to everybody as did J Edgar Hoover the cross dressing head of the FBI. No, eavesdropping or spying on our neighbor is not new it’s been around as long as man has and will continue to be so. The objections come when one is dumb enough to get caught doing it. Some of the leaders of these countries actually believe the US is the only one spying on them. Hello you’re in Cuba aren’t you? Don’t you think old Fidel is listening to you have sex with you wife. Well maybe it is true what you don’t know can’t hurt you or ignorance is bliss whatever this is Flounder saying CIAO from Colombia

FACT OR FICTION

January 29, 2014

Sexy-Bikini-Swimsuit-Lady-Swimwear-Women-BIKINI-Beachwear-Top-quality-Swimwear-SWIMWEAR-100-satisfaction-FREE-ShippingThe picture above has nothing to do with the post today I just wanted to get your attention. Now for today’s post we’re going to talk about fact versus fiction. Jeff has just read an article which states that the famous lawman Elliot Ness might not have been all he is calmed to be. Now Jeff feels that a lot of lawmen back in the day up to maybe the sixties were given more credit than they were due. Let’s look at Ness he was going after the Chicago Mob which include Al Capone as the most famous. During this time the crooks were being portrayed almost in a Robin Hood manner they were the heroes battling the government’s unfair laws especially prohibition as well as some unpopular tax laws. Some like John Dillinger would give a little to the poor in the country side to help encourage the myth that they were really nice guys fighting the unfair bankers and insurance people. I have no delusions about legendary law officers such as Bat Masterson, Wild Bill Hickok, Ness, the Pinkertons, or Melvin Purvis. I think to some degree they were just as bad as the people they chased. So what you choose to believe as fact or fiction is entirely up to you and as always this is food for thought and discussion. This is Founder saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia.

ROBOTS

January 28, 2014

terminator-robot-soldierHave you read about the Pentagon wanting to develop robot soldiers? That would be the worst thing that could happen it’s bad enough that there are commanders that have no problem ordering humans into places they may never come back from now you want to take whatever compassion and restraint that might be there and remove it. Could you imagine not having to worry about human life and you could just send these guys and not worry. There would be less reason and restraint to keep world war three from happening. I’ve met a military officers, that if all they had to do was point at robots and say go they would not hesitate to do so. They would have to worry about casualties causing public uproar and causing withdrawals from battle zones. The minute you impersonalize war you have condemned the human race to constant war and you will eventually have a Terminator scenario on your hands. Dam I’m so glad I’m a cat and don’t have to deal withal that shit this is Flounder saying CIAO from Colombia.

THE NEED TO THINK AHEAD.

January 24, 2014

Cedula-de-Extranjeria-OK for those that don’t know we live as residents in Medellin Colombia and the country issues to all foreign and its own citizens a Id card called a Cedula. It is essentially a national photo ID. You need it to use a credit card rent an apartment or just about any legal document you might sign. Well Jeff’s is set to expire in March as is his Visa and they will have to travel to Bogota to renew. Now Jeff wanted to go at the end of Dec or the Beginning of Jan. his wife says no we’ll go in February. Which of course is typical of Colombians they wait until the last possible moment to do anything they hate making plans for next week. Which brings me to the point of this post Colombians lack of a since of urgency or advance planning is what is holding this country back. They let a few wealthy individuals tell what they need and when they need it. The two more successful countries in South America Brazil and Argentina have that since of urgency about them and forward thinking. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still a ruling calls of people in those countries it just means that there thinking has allowed for more progress. Colombia is needs the anti drug money the US sends and is deeply concerned that if the peace process is successful the money will stop. All this brings us back to the point that the people aren’t planning ahead. The rich are only thinking about themselves and the poor are just getting along and are in no hurry to improve the life. Now I’m not saying that’s a really bad thing because progress is not always great. But without some forward thinking on the part of the poor this country will eventually become a fiefdom for a small percentage of rich people and then all hope could be lost. But as I say what the hell do I know I’m just a cat this is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia.

MISC

January 23, 2014

miscellaneous_coverWe don’t really have a topic for today so we’re just going to ramble on for awhile. First up Justin Bieber got arrested for drag racing and being drunk he another one of those stars that get rich young and thinks he can do anything without worrying about the consequences. After all OJ Simpson got away with murder. Then a Vatican bank official already in trouble gets busted for money laundering. People with money seem to think there not like the rest of us. Some Japanese pitcher got a contract from the NY Yankees for 155 million dollars to throw pitch, which is like playing catch when we were young. He gets that and they want to cut teachers’ salaries some where it all went wrong and we lost our perspective or if you like conspiracies you can read Orwell’s 1984 or watch Roller Ball to see how they use our love of sport to divert attention from the real world. You I’m about 71 years old in human years and Jeff is 68 and we never fail to get surprised by the stupidity of people, buts that’s a topic for another day. The northern US is freezing so the anti global warming people are out again, but they should look at last year which was the warmest in modern history for the planet. Jeff is almost finished with his next book he would have been done already but he’s addicted to playing solitaire on the computer and posting stupid pics on Facebook. Well I’m done, didn’t have much to begin with, this is Flounder saying CIAO from Colombia

IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME

January 22, 2014

Dre-Skull-First-Time-608x608I decided today to act as if this is the first time you’ve read this blog; simple because one I think there might be some new readers out there and two I got nothing else to talk about today. This blog was supposed to be about me in the beginning and my adventures moving from New Jersey to Medellin Colombia from a cat’s perspective. But after living here for a year and a half there’s not too much new happening we’ve all sort of fell in to a routine. We didn’t even go to the famous river Christmas lights this year. So what do Jeff and I write about now? Whatever we feel like some days we’ll take on American or Colombian politics or some news maybe a human interest story. Other days Jeff just goes off on a rant and there’s not much I can do about that. So I hope those of you who are long standing followers will continue to be so and those that are reading this for the first time will enjoy hearing about things from a cat’s perspective. This Flounder, that my name by the way a very handsome tuxedo cat, saying CIAO fro Medellin Colombia.

Success1Right after Woodstock a new trend began to take place in the US, and no I don’t mean free sex. The trend was the disrespect music and later motion picture had for fans. You know fans the people that made them what they were and without them, despite what some of them might think, they would be just like the rest of us struggling to get by. The first one that Jeff was personally involved with was Sly and the Family Stone who before Woodstock might get paid 5000 dollars for a concert but after Woodstock demanded 35,000 dollars a show and would decide he didn’t want to show up or would be to stoned to perform. Ramey Lewis was another after the success of his Jazz version of Hang on Sloopy Jeff and his friends had a front row table to see him at the Village Gate in New York City, but guess what he was a no show, this one didn’t turn out that bad as Thelonious Monk appeared in his place. Unfortunately for Mister Lewis his career went back to ordinary after that. In today’s entertainment world you have super stars like Rihanna and Beyonce that seem to think fans are just a necessary evil. You have people that are dependent on fans who disrespect them all the time. I understand that people resent the intrusion into their lives but if they didn’t want the acclaim maybe they should have been an accountant, not that’s a bad thing, but you’re not going to have people crying if you don’t show up for a concert. Hey I don’t have to worry about that Jeff worships me as all cat owners do to their cats after all CATS RULE this is his Majesty Flounder saying CIAO from Colombia.

SCHOOL DAYS

January 20, 2014

1003177_10151887409256398_586382691_nToday is Hari’s our grandsons first day of pre-school now I don’t know about you guys but when I was a kid you didn’t star school until at least 41/2 years old and you went to kindergarten now this poor kid has to get up at the crack of dawn and go to school at the tender age of 31/2 and he now has about eighteen more years of school and then work for the rest of his life. How many of you remember the first day of school and how did you feel. If I knew what laid in store for me when I was born I think I would have stayed in the womb and not come out till I was retirement age. I think humans who tell you life is great are not talking about work their talking about their vacations. I for one am so glad I’m a cat I mean I start out retired what do I have to do other than scratch my ears, eat and poop after I’m born. I don’t have to look forward to 50 or 60 years of working so I can buy things I don’t need. Aw I really feel bad for you humans LOL this is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia

FRIDAY

January 17, 2014

Friday-2Well yesterday was Jeff’s birthday and the fat boy went out and OD on chocolate ice cream, and he wants to know why I call him fats. He got birthday wishes from all his friends and relatives and that was cool. He went for the ice cream with Hader, John, Vanessa, and Ruby with of course Hari. Hari was very upset there was no cake he said Birthdays are supposed to be ice cream and cake not just ice cream. Hari starts preschool on Monday and we feel sorry for John and Vanessa because waking Hari up at 10 o’clock and getting him to take a shower is like trying to reanimate the dead. For preschool he has to be there Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 I think and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:15. Hopefully he’ll like school then it will be easier to get him up. Fats hated school because he was one bored and 2 bullied because at ten years old he was over 6foot 2 and 200 lbs only the muscle hadn’t caught up with the fat yet. The week end is coming Jeff plans on lying low and that’s my normal routine hopefully they’ll but the football games on down here otherwise I’ll have to deal with an unhappy Jeff. Time to go this is Flounder saying CIAO from Colombia.