One Way or Another

The Supreme Court extremist justices are hypocrites, as they decided that since the Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, that they had the right to overturn a woman’s right to get an abortion.  The thing is that there are several provisions that do guarantee certain rights and they are already in the Constitution, and these are deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition.  The fundamental rights of Americans have been protected over the last two centuries through the security of the Bill of Rights and the democratic system of government that allows constituents to stand up and fight for their rights when necessary.  Although most of the amendments in the Bill of Rights are specific on the federal government’s responsibilities, there are a few that leave power in the hands of the people and the Supreme Court.  The Ninth Amendment covers privacy, liberty, and a woman’s reproductive choices, and the Supreme Court should start doing their job and protecting our rights.  The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a fundamental right to privacy that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose whether to have an abortion.

They are a bunch of hypocrites, as this decision was completely inconsistent with what the Trump appointed justices (Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh) had to say during their confirmation hearings.  With this new ruling, every State can force every pregnant woman to bring her pregnancy to term, no matter what the cost is to her, as these anti-abortion laws will put female sexuality under strict and brutal state control.  Women will no longer be able to make decisions on what they think is right, as the State will have total control over every woman’s body and how she can live her life.  Something must be done about this injustice.

Cat Gagging

It is like there is something stuck in Bogey’s throat, but she is not throwing up.  She is going to the Vet on Friday, but in the meantime, I am rubbing Vaseline on her lips, which seems to be doing the trick.  Since she is not spitting out any hairballs, I am worried about her, because she goes into these coughing fits at least several times every day.  Something is irritating her, and I hope that the Vet is able to figure out the underlying problem.  I read that a persistent cough may be an indication of a respiratory infection or asthma.  It is kind of scarry watching her belly move uncontrollably up and down while she is chocking, as none of the other cats are doing any this, but Bogey has always been sort of an oddball.  She spends a lot of time all by herself and she loves looking out of the window when she is not sleeping.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.

Three Things

I am not writing this post to petition your sympathy, as my issues are of little importance, which seem trivial and you might call them petty, but some crazy things are happening.  First the refrigerator stopped making ice, which I use a lot in my drinks and now I have to make my own cubes, which is much more inconvenient than using the automatic ice maker.  The repairman will be here on Wednesday, so I won’t have to wait much longer for that.  A bigger problem is with the kitchen sink which started leaking over the weekend and I had to stop using it.  A kitchen is so much less when it doesn’t have a sink, so I called the plumber over here to take a look at it.  He said the old faucet was shot, so I had to go out and get a new one and he will be back later to install it.  I did mention three things and the third is these headaches that I just started getting.  I have lived my whole life relatively headache free, but now I seem to be getting them every other day, ever since I had that problem with my tooth.  I think that I may be grinding my teeth at night and that is why I am getting these headaches now.  I do have a dentist appointment at the end of July, but I am not sure that I can hold out that long.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve and for Di’s Three Things Challenge #986 where the prompt words are Petty, Petition and Crazy.

Alexa is Stupid

I bought these two Wiz smart lights that said they were compatible with Alexa, but I could not get them working, which makes me sound stupid.  I looked for instructions on how to get them to communicate with Alexa and I ended up on the Amazon site where this representative told me that she would have an expert call me.  A guy from California called and he told me to download this software that would give him access to my computer, which I dad and he got in.  He said that some of my drivers had stopped working and that was what was preventing me from configuring my Alexa App on my computer, so my Echo Show could control the lights.  He told me that he could fix this and give me a 5-year contract for $150, which I declined.  He then said that he could give me a special deal offering me the same term for just $100, which I also declined.

I paid $20 for the two lights, and I certainly was not going to pay another $100 just to get them working.  The thing that I don’t understand is why Alexa can’t have her own internal App and then I wouldn’t need an App on my phone or my computer.  If Alexa were just built to be a bit smarter to begin with, then I wouldn’t be having so many problems with her.  Alexa can do a lot of things and supposedly she can make our lives easier, but to get her to do anything special, you have to have the Alexa App installed on another device.  It gets very frustrating when a smart assistant is too stupid to get things done, that she is supposed to do.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.

This Sucks

I am not happy with what is going on with McDonald’s and them discontinuing their service of the all-day breakfast at all locations, without consulting me.  This decision was drastic and sudden and sometimes I want a sausage McGriddle in the middle of the day, instead of a hamburger.  They actually stopped doing this in March of 2020, but I just found out today.  McDonald’s is the closest fast-food joint to where I live, making it the most convenient one for me.  They claim that this improves their service, but I hope that after this pandemic ends that they will bring back the all-day breakfast menu.  OK, they contain 550 calories, but the Sausage Egg and Cheese McGriddle breakfast sandwich features a sizzling hot sausage, a fluffy folded egg, melty American cheese between two soft, warm griddle cakes that taste like sweet maple syrup, and they are very savory.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.

Rude Hosts

I have stopped participating in writing challenges where the host makes no acknowledgement about my writing.  It is their challenge, so they can run it anyway that they choose, but I do think that they should show some consideration to everyone who responds to their challenge.  I have also stopped writing in challenges where the hosts have remarked that my posts were inappropriate, so eff them and it is their loss.  I understand that not every blogger is retired like I am, and that they have normal lives, that don’t revolve around WordPress, so it might take time to get back to everyone.  If I write more than three times in response to a particular challenge and I do not get recognized for my effort, I will drop that challenge like a hot potato.  Most of the hosts here are very considerate and how much effort does it actually take to hit the like button and say something about what somebody has written for the challenge that you are hosting.  If you don’t have the time to do that, then I feel that you should not be hosting any challenges, as you are being disrespectful.  I don’t think that I am asking for much.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.

Time To Complain

This happened a few weeks back where WordPress changed the way that they sent their notifications to me, making everything more difficult.  This seems to be a common theme with WordPress, as they enjoy changing things around and most of the time it ends up being worse.  I have no clue why they keep trying to fix things that aren’t broke, but some hot shot programmer must have convinced them that this would be better.  I host two different challenges here on WordPress, the ever-popular Song Lyric Sunday and the much more insignificant Thursday Inspiration, but I enjoy doing both of these challenges.  The old notifications that I got when anyone created a pingback to my posts, allowed me to click on a link that led me directly to the post of the person who responded.  Now it is al F’d up, and I have to go to my original post and scroll down to find their link and then click on that to see their post.  I have not complained to the Happiness Engineers as of yet but having to do extra steps really sucks.  I am wondering if any of the other bloggers that host challenges are experiencing the same problems that I am.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.

Short On Time

I had an appointment with the Urologist this morning and she says that I am not emptying my bladder enough after reviewing an ultrasound that the nurse did.  She prescribed me something for the urinary retention issue and she said that if this works, I may be able to sleep through the whole night without having to wakeup to go to the bathroom.  Sorry if this is TMI, but I didn’t have anything else to post about today.  I went to the endodontist yesterday and I had a root canal operation.  It didn’t hurt because I opted for the nitrous oxide, but he said that my crown was cracked and I am thinking that he is the one that cracked it.  They make you sign all of these papers, which I guess prevents them from getting lawsuits and who reads them any.  I check the box that says, “I agree” and then I sign.  I had spaghetti for dinner last night and I chewed my food on the other side of my mouth, but when I was done, it felt like my crown was lose.  When I touched it with my finger, it fell off.  My dentist made me an appointment for 3 PM today and she said that it would take 2 hours for her to make me a new crown and install it, which is good.  I have had a freakin headache all day long, but such is life.

I will leave you with a song by this Danish singer and rhythm guitarist Michelle Birkballe doing her original song ‘Rock This Party’.

Renewed My Subscription

I contacted WordPress because there was a lot of chatter going on yesterday about WordPress canceling the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCommerce plans.  They wrote back to me and said that the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCom plans are not being discontinued.  The Pro plan has been introduced in addition to these plans and is currently only available for the FREE sites.  I will be here for at least another year.

Allergic Reactions

I thought this was over when I figured that eating peanuts was causing my reactions.  I had two reactions this week, mild ones, but still annoying enough to make me take Benadryl again.  I had this Snickers creamer, which I put in my coffee on Saturday and then I got a reaction, stupid me Snickers has peanuts.  I dumped that creamer, but today I got another reaction after eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast.  The cereal was Honey Nut Cheerios and I saw that it has almonds and again I felt like a jerk.  If I don’t narrow this allergy down to being caused by nuts, then I will probably be sent to a lab where this will be worked out.  I threw out the Cheerios and I am going to have to be much more careful with the products that I buy.

I didn’t want to write a complaining post today, but it was the easiest thing that I could write today, especially with me working on my V is for Video A-Z piece that took me all day to finish.  It is sort of a historic approach of the Music Video, starting with the bouncing red ball and going up to YouTube that we have today.  Just W, X, Y and maybe Z, if I don’t see many more of those Russian tanks that were all over the news a while ago.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.