MIndfulness Meditation

One of the tenets of any meditation is the “no judgement” rule.
Your thoughts come and go but you don’t judge them. You observer them as thoughts and let them pass on through.

Ideally mindfulness helps you to become less judgmental all around.

And perhaps, this is just an observation, but I keep hearing derision….do you?

The segment featured Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), a so-called “rock star among mindfulness evangelists” who earmarked nearly $1 million to teach mindfulness to preschool students in his district. The $982,000 project provided deep breathing exercises, and “Peace Corners” for kids in Youngstown, Ohio.

Ryan said he practices mindfulness on the House Budget Committee and hosts weekly meditation sessions for members and staff. No Republicans attend.

Seriously, what does that mean, “No Republicans attend”? Does it mean they don’t meditate? No. Does it mean they are busy with other things? Maybe? Who the hell knows. I hear judgement in that sentence.

Another Study

These always crack me up…..Draw conclusions FIRST and then do a study.
Study Proves High Heels do have Power over Men

WOW!!! With all the women wearing high heels you’d think we’d be running the world with a headline like that…..
Let’s dig a little deeper (don’t worry we never go too far)

The study found if a woman drops a glove on the street while wearing heels, she’s almost 50 percent more likely to have a man fetch it for her than if she’s wearing flats.

“Power” over men? OR….is it that men are gentlemen who realize that a woman in heels will have a harder time bending over to fetch that glove?

Another finding: A woman wearing heels is twice as likely to persuade men to stop and answer survey questions on the street.

“Power” over men? OR…..is it that men are more likely to speak with a woman in heels vs flats because there’s a good chance the woman in flats’ surgery will be all about what a woman hating pig the man is?

And finally….

And a high-heeled woman in a bar waits half the time to get picked up by a man, compared to when her heel is nearer to the ground.

“Power” over men? OR…..lets rate your chances of getting laid…is the woman in heels more or less likely to be easier than the woman in flats?

Da Police

Let’s be clear…..I am prejudiced. Against Boulderites. Their sanctimonious ways keep me out of their town. Sadly I am in their county. So this article with the title
Bouler Police Grapple with Racial Disparity in Arrests
gave me a little chuckle this morning.

Apparently in Boulder the % of people arrested who are black is greater than the percentage of people who are black in town.

According to a recent analysis by USA Today, Boulder had the second-highest disparity in the frequency of arrests for blacks and non-blacks in the state of Colorado between 2011 and 2012.

Then you have the back and forth with university folks doubting that black people commit more crime and the police insisting they don’t profile and they even have a more diverse force than the actual population.

David Harris, the law professor, said in the wake of national events, all police departments should be self-evaluating.

“They should be asking, ‘What are we not doing that we could be to build relationships with all of the people in our town?’ ‘Are we causing friction we are not even aware of?'”

……………
Harris said one of the reasons the situation in Ferguson became hostile is the local police department did not have prior relationships with the black community.

“They had virtually no relationship with the African American community, no real partners in that community,” Harris said. “They had nobody they could turn to, nobody in that community who supported police. They just did not know how to handle it, who to talk to about the facts. Their response was blind to the context of the community.”

To that end, Testa said his department is focused on being a part of the community so it knows about issues and needs of every population. The department holds citizen police academies, appoints liaisons for different communities and tries to get officers out in the city to interact with residents.

“We continually reach out to really all populations within our city,” Testa said. “You have to get officers out of the cars and get them personal contact. You have to build relationships.”

So, it only happened in Ferguson because there was no relationship. It won’t happen in Boulder because the police reach out to “all the populations within the city”……
Yet “all populations” mean upper middle class to rich white liberals.

Boulder is a place which has basically outlawed simple poverty. Oh, you can live on the streets, but not in a cheap home. You can have a bunch of roommates, but you can’t use your porch. You can smoke in the basement of your own home that you own, but not in the alley. You can take care of dogs/cats/elk but you can’t remove a nasty old chicken shed from your yard. Add on? HAHAHAHA Build a cabin? HAHAHAHA Use your mineral rights? hahahahaha Begging is ok, but only where people don’t congregate.

Is there institutionalized racism in Boulder? I don’t know…..but there is certainly institutionalized poor-ism there. What will save Boulder from Ferguson’s fate? People have too much money in Boulder to go out and loot and pillage their neighbor’s businesses. If they couldn’t get their latte in the morning because it burned down…..then you would see rioting.

Confession

I, an upper middle class white woman, shopped on Thanksgiving evening at Walmart and bought a silly looking and inexpensive entry level, portable hot tub and am very happy about it.

Social just warrior? Not me. Some times…..many times…..you want something cheap.
The only reason to boycott Walmart is if you disagree with their might is right tactics of negotiating with suppliers, not their wages, nor their prices, nor their profit margin or their success.

I have no idea how many people shopping that evening were poor, but I do know that everyone I spoke with was incredibly happy about the deals they were getting. Most in line were bragging about what they found, while others who heard would run off to get one too.

There’s no sign of it here in Magnolia, Ark., but the boycott season is upon us, and graduates of Princeton and Bryn Mawr are demanding “justice” from Wal-Mart, which is not in the justice business but in the groceries, clothes, and car-batteries business. It is easy to scoff, but I am ready to start taking the social-justice warriors’ insipid rhetoric seriously — as soon as two things happen: First, I want to hear from the Wal-Mart-protesting riffraff a definition of “justice” that is something that does not boil down to “I Get What I Want, Irrespective of Other Concerns.”

Hope you all had a fun weekend….now back to work!

Friday, Friday, Friday

This story on Sharyl Attkisson ought to be the big story of the day. Nothing to do with immigration, everything to do with the reign in DC.

In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA).

But it’s Friday, so a couple of photos from my walk this morning.
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Anyone know what this is? When I search “weasel in Longmont”, I just get the Tasty Weasel Taphouse…..I think I have plans tonight…..DSCN0253

Yearly Rant on Everyone Else Determining what Everyone Else Should Do on Thanksgiving

Matt Walsh thinks you ought to be deported if you shop on Thanksgiving. Why? Because there ought to be a day that no one shops. Maybe he could decree that day on Tuesday instead of Thanksgiving.

But then we can go deeper still, and talk about the value of tradition and family, and whether our obsession with consuming products and merchandise has made it harder for us to appreciate both of those things. So I don’t know if you’ll follow me on this one or not, but I feel very strongly about it. We should be able to cool it for one day — just one day — and enjoy something that isn’t sold on a rack at Target.

As in ALL reasons that people want to make rules for your life Matt has determined that you ARE to have a nice Thanksgiving at home with your family, giving thanks. It doesn’t matter what sort of family you have, how far away you live from them, whether you’ve just moved to a new location, whether you really aren’t fond of people at all, you WILL have a nice Thanksgiving surrounded by people, just not shoppers.

Oh and by the way, you MUST celebrate this sacred day on Thursday next week. Even though you can earn double time and a half, you are NOT to eat your big meal of thanksgiving on Friday or on Wednesday, it MUST be Thursday else we deport you.

Oh – but wait, we do have exceptions. Hospitals, police, gas stations (going to grandmother’s house you know), hotels, and those servants who are to serve the food at Matt’s elitist abode where he gets to decree what you are to do on Thanksgiving day itself. Grocery stores? How about that…when you’ve forgotten the milk, should they be open? Or just the gas station groceries? I’m not real clear on the line. Something to do with consumerism. So I suppose we ought to shut down the internet lest anyone peruse a new coat there. Restaurants are probably ok for those people who can’t cook. But what about McDonalds? Should people be allowed to eat a Big Mac on Thanksgiving?

Let me know.

UPDATE: I need to ht Maggie’s Farm

And as long as I’m here….broadcasters still should work and provide entertainment, football players, those involved in the Macy’s day parade. It’s just your form of entertainment that is verboten. Shopping. No can do. You have consumed enough already.

Weight Gain

This article cracked me up:

A new Arizona State study is generating a lot of talk on the subject of why some (most in the study) women gain weight after starting an exercise regimen.

This after noting the women’s eating habits were normal and didn’t change during the study.

Conclusion…..If after a month you’ve gained weight, exercise more. !

“So the takeaway is, if you want to use exercise to lose weight, get on the bathroom scales after a month, and if you’re not losing weight, look at the rest of your life — make sure you’re not eating more [or] sitting too much and you might actually succeed in losing weight,” she says.

Singles Day?

Who knew. November 11 in China is “Singles Day” – 11/11 (get it?)

And what’s more the day tops Black Friday in retail sales! Leading me to wonder – who’s buying who what? After looking at Wikipedia, I still don’t know. Party supplies, games, what else?

But, far be it from me to let a holiday pass me buy (tee hee) and not buy an appropriate present. Perhaps this year it will be a new warm coat to celebrate the real holiday (Veteran’s Day) at the parade in freezing temperatures without a warm arm around my shoulders! LOL