ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On 08/22/2014, in General, Media, personal, by Vox AZ

Why the backlash against the Ice Bucket Challenge?

It amazes me the number of people smugly condemning the #ALSicebucketchallenge, especially when most of them clearly have no understanding of what it is – and certainly can’t be bothered to watch one, or read about them, to get the truth.

It isn’t about “narcissism”, it is a fun gimmick that promotes awareness AND fundraising. ($53 million so far) With that amazing boost in capital, The ALS Association can fund not only research, but offer even more help & support to those affected by the disease. That is awesome. Why in the world would you want to dump your negativity on something so positive?

Also irritating (at least to me) are they people who posted cryptic statuses (“black lace”, “pink” – as in the color of their bra, for breast cancer awareness, or “I like it on the counter”, “I like it near the door” – as in where they leave their purse, for ??? awareness) and figured that was activism, but somehow the viral sensation that has resulted in such generosity is “just self-aggrandizing millennials”. Hogwash. The demographic is much larger than that and the money is coming in. Even if it were just a bunch of selfie-taking kids, who cares – it is still working.

I have friends who have lost, and friends who are losing, loved ones to this awful disease. In their honor I did the challenge – which also involves donating money – and in their honor I ask that you consider doing the same. If ALS is not a cause that speaks to you, make that donation to a charity that does.

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Anniversary 11

I have been much less prolific in recent years, but I am still here. All my archives are still intact. So I’ve got that going for me…



Some Gave All

On 05/26/2014, in military, R.I.P., USA, videos, by Vox AZ

It’s Magic, You Know

On 04/28/2014, in Media, politics, by Vox AZ

By now I am sure you have heard all you care to about Donald Sterling and his comments.

I’ve heard them – or, most of them anyway. They may have released an even longer longer recording. Bear in mind, he was having a private discussion with his “girlfriend”. She recorded him without his knowledge or consent, and released the tape to a shock site precisely to embarrass him. His words may be reprehensible, but her action is illegal.

AND…(now, I could be completely wrong about this, but…)

Who was in the picture that supposedly started this whole thing? Magic Johnson

Who was the first to tweet his disgust and get the outrage ball rolling? Magic Johnson

Who, it has now been revealed, has a “group of billionaire investors lined up” to purchase the embattled team? Magic Johnson

Seems just a bit too convenient to me.

Clearly, Sterling has made comments in the past that lead the gold-digger to know she could push his buttons. Clearly, she started recording and trying to push those buttons for a reason. I imagine she was disappointed he never really lost his temper, and if he said “the word” I didn’t hear it on the tape. But, she took what she had right to TMZ because she knew they would pay, and she knew it would damage Sterling.

And she likely knew her “friend” Magic Johnson wanted a way to buy an NBA team that would not otherwise be on the market.

I have no idea what is in Donald Sterling’s heart. I don’t work with or for him. However, if those that do are surprised by this recording, he obviously never behaved in a racist way toward them. If he has previously behaved in a racist way toward members of his team or staff, they should not be surprised to hear his words.

And no one should be surprised that you can’t trust a skanky chick who is with you for your money.

(For all men: If a woman is repeatedly asking you questions that seem specifically geared toward getting you to say something you wouldn’t want broadcast – shut up. If that woman is only there for your bank account, why are you even talking to her in the first place? LOL)

UPDATE: When I first heard the tape, I thought it sounded like he was bothered that people would think she was stepping out on him. I just saw a transcript that supports that, he is telling her he knows she is a slut & he is fine with that – as long as she doesn’t broadcast it.

“It bothers me that you’re broadcasting that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to? Also, you can sleep with black people. You can bring them in. You can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that and not to bring them to my games.”

He definitely says a lot of other stupid stuff on there, but I think his initial problem with her was that she was showing the world she wasn’t committed to him (as if the world couldn’t have guessed that)


Don’t Cook Your Dog

On 04/13/2014, in animals, AZ, education, Law, peeves, Phoenix, by Vox AZ

I had plans today to run by the library and pick up a couple of things I had on hold. I got sidetracked and was just lollygagging in general most of the morning, so went much later than I intended. Thankfully. Because I saved a dog from being cooked.

Temperature Chart Dogs in CarsAs I was leaving, I glanced in the car next to me and saw a dog pop up. In the car, alone, in the middle of an unshaded parking lot, at the hottest part of the day. He was climbing on & over the seats, then trying to get under the dash, or under the steering wheel. Just looking for anywhere to get out of the heat in general. Had I not been right there, at just that time, and looked over during one of the moments he showed his fuzzy face, he might have gone unnoticed.

I ran back in the library to tell them about it, thinking they could at least find the owner. I told the guy at the counter and he said, “Our parking lot?” I told him, yes, it was their lot across the roadway. He then says, “Oh, that’s the mall parking lot, not ours” OK. A) I don’t think the dog cares who the f***’s parking lot he is cooking in B) There is nothing else there. It may be the mall’s lot, but there is no mall nearby.

I go back out and call the police, mainly hoping to have permission to smash the window and get him out (I may or may not have considered bringing him home where someone would actually care for him) The dispatcher tells me he has never heard of a Buick Verano (really, that matters – and I am looking RIGHT AT THE LABEL)

The library security guard comes over and says, “well, the window is cracked a little” Sure, that quarter-inch is bound to make him feel better WHILE HE IS COOKING. When the police drive up, she gets very upset with me because “this is a mall matter” Really – THE MALL ISN’T DOING ANYTHING. After the officer starts looking for the dog, I don’t think he believed me since the dog was hiding – oh, there he is – the library chick says, “I guess I can do a call out to see if they are in the library” Gee, why didn’t I think of that *grumblegrumble*

Police officer starts trying to push the windows down, and asking how long it has been there. I don’t know, but I do know I have been out there for less than 10 minutes, not locked in my car, able to get a slight breeze, and I am sweating. Dog is panting furiously and drooling at this point. (According to this article, the interior of the car was likely at least 120° at that point)

Another officer pulls up. They start discussing breaking in to the car and whether animal control is coming. I am about to say, “Can we get the dog out first and worry about the other logistics later?” when library lady comes out with the car’s owner. He is huge. Like Quinton Aaron huge. I am glad the police were there when he came out, because I had plans to yell at him and that wasn’t happening (’cause HUGE)

First officer says, “You can’t do that” Guy says. “What?”, Officer, “Leave your dog in the car” Guy, “I know my dog is in the car, he’s my dog, I can do what I want” and starts moving in on the cop.

Cop says, “Step back”, guy gets lippy. Cop says, “You don’t need to get in my face” ….

I’ve seen enough episodes of cops to know I do NOT want to be around there anymore. I am now reasonably certain the dog will be freed – and I am not sticking around in close proximity to pissed of giants & cops with Tasers. So I left.

I now wonder if I should just have moved away & waited in case they wanted a statement, though the situation was pretty clear.

Once again, I will remind you all. YOUR DOG DOESN’T NEED TO GO WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO. He would rather be home without you than cooking in a parking lot – without you. Leave them home.

I can’t imagine any set of errands that would require you to have your dog along, especially on a Sunday (not like you had to take him for a veterinary appointment) But of all the stops you can maybe, possibly weasel out an excuse for as necessary & quick, the library doesn’t even register.

You would think here in Phoenix, it would be painfully obvious how hot your car gets in the summer – we’ve all suffered burned legs from hot seats, and driving with oven mitts really does seem reasonable sometimes. Apparently, though, there are moronic holdouts as the number of cooked pets – and CHILDREN – every year illustrates. So this is a reminder. Don’t leave living things in your car!