West Virginia files suit against Catholic Diocese

Well men, women, boys and girls – it’s getting interesting for the old Catholic church. Seems they can’t keep burying the fact that priests in nearly every diocese are abusing kids.

You may have remembered I posted about Cardinal George Pell – now here’s the thing about Cardinals they are the Princes of the church. Seriously. It’s one step from there to being the Pope.

So the Republican Attorney General in West Virginia has filed a civil suit against the local diocese there. 

I’m hoping the time is up for the Catholic church. You can see little by little the armor being dinged and instead of remaining resolute, it’s severely denting credibility and ability to attract adherents to the church. Good.

Now let me be clear, I left Catholicism some 30+ years ago. I know the gig was up just through studies. Plus I didn’t respect a clerical collar. I understood the purpose of the uniform and knew that it was for intimidation not to mark a holy man. And what did I go to well atheism. I don’t need to get up early on a Sunday morning and tithe 10 or 15 percent of my income to the men of the church.

Two Amateur Radio things

First – my FCC license expired back in April and I was fretting about what to do. You see I hold a amateur Extra class license and ragging rights I did the 20WPM code test element 1C.

Well color me surprised to find the call I’ve had since they started the vanity program began – they no longer charge $10 for the privilege. You just electronically file the form 605. Luckily I was in the grace period. In case you’re wondering what call is, I’m KD1S.

The other thing I did yet another handheld radio. This time I got the Anytone AT-D878UV. It is a dual-band analog and DMR radio. For $238 I got the radio, charging kit, programming cable and software and a $50 credit toward classes on BridgeCom. Because I note here in the Metro Atlanta area there’s literal shit ton of DMR radio. Can’t wait – the radio is nice, has bluetooth connectivity, even a GPS module in it. For the price you can’t go wrong.


Customs and Border Protection agents get their asses handed to them.

Oh this is delightful. I mean come on, when I started reading the article I said to myself this has to be a 4th Amendment violation. Sure enough.

Go read it here. The link was on Facebook from the ACLU – non-existent deity bless them. They don’t get thanked enough for their protecting us from constitutional abuses.

One thing – now it’s completely voluntary. I’m waiting for TSA to get their asses handed to them too because the searches and shit, that’s unconstitutional too. I mean come on what part of the 4th did the assholes at TSA not understand. And besides, there are better ways to protect flights. Despite the wishes of the Petulant Man Child in Chief aka the President. I don’t even want to invoke that assholes name.

I commented on the FB post that I’d like to go through and just throw them the finger/bird/.whatever and then comment “In Trappist circles that is known as I am the one in charge. ” I mean it is voluntary right? Because in my book respect goes two ways.

First Week at the new job

So I did my first week. Just getting to know everyone right now. One of the guys is named Turner and he and I have great discussions on various topics.

Of course not a full week but Monday through Wednesday. Have today and tomorrow off.

Finally registered in the security system on Wednesday – hallelujah. Now just waiting for my own laptop.

Notes on Public Transit

So as you may be aware we no longer reside in the northeast. Instead we’re now in the southeast, Atlanta area to be specific.

Now transit systems – I do like MARTA. The buses and subways are clean as all hell. It amazes me then that the shithole that is the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority aka RIPTA can’t get it right. Even the trains – they don’t grind into stations like those on the MBTA.

Plus the bus drivers I get a strong they don’t give a shit read. It’s quite amazing.

A gotcha moment today

So today we were having a long discussion with a certain Ambassador and a certain fact emerged. Said Ambassador said he was sometimes known as a know it all.

And I deployed “You know the old saw, those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do.”

It was funny as all hell.

Weather in 30313 Atlanta

So I’ve experience weather in a few places, like Rhode Island, Massachusetts and even places like Maine, New Hampshire, Florida etc.

We’ve been in the Atlanta area for six months now. And I will say it will be sunny and warm and then suddenly the sky will open up and dump torrential rain on you before dissipating and drying out a few hours later. This seems to be a common thing between Georgia and Florida. Just that say Atlanta has drainage infrastructure so it’s not too bad.

Today’s weather – it was sunny and about 85F and then around 3PM the sky darkened and a torrential rain fell upon the ground. Now at 7:30PM (That’s 19:30 hours for we 24 hour types) the ground and everything are mostly dried out. Nice!

On Cursing

So apparently there’s a rule here where we cannot cuss out another party. But here’s the thing, when I cuss at something it is almost never another person, but a group, policy or what have you.

With that in mind I was thinking of curses I know in other languages. Such as in Italian and Spanish. Va Funcuolo (Go fuck yourself) Capo di Merde (Shithead in Italian) Cabeza de merde (Same thing in Spanish) But one Spanish curse that tickles me is apparently there’s a rule here where we cannot cuss out another party. But here’s the thing, when I cuss at something it is almost never another person, but a group, policy or what have you.

With that in mind I was thinking of curses I know in other languages. Such as in Italian and Spanish. Va Funcuolo (Go fuck yourself) Capo di Merde (Shithead in Italian) Cabeza de merde (Same thing in Spanish) But one Spanish curse that tickles me is Espero que te jodas por un pez which translates to I hope you get fucked by a fish.

And the weather in beautiful Atlanta – torrential downpour right now. No wonder it’s all green and blooming flowers on trees.