Replacement for his royal highness….

Ya’ know, this has gone too far. Now he wants us to call him; “Your royal highness”! Impeachment is too good for him and if we let the democrats in this forum in charge of it, well you know how that goes, it will take forever.

I propose we just look for a replacement, and I have just the puppets in mind that will fill the bill nicely. They once stared on a segment of MTV and now they say they are ready to come out of retirement! Isn’t that great?... [Read More]

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“Like Getting Jello to Move:” A Day with Kindergarten

I was going through pre-Ricochet writing on FB, when longer pieces were posted in the form of “Memos.” I found this item from 2010, and although I may have posted it before, I thought a reprise would be fun. Note: My experience with this age group was much improved later, due to a new teacher and other factors.

Yep, that’s what a sympathetic school faculty member said when she saw me with that group. “I don’t envy you. It’s like getting jello to move.” And when I thought about it, I realized that you almost couldn’t say it any better. It was hard to do ANYTHING with that group–walk in a quiet line to the playground, do a worksheet, get everyone to the rug, get out scissors for the next stage of an activity, play bingo at lower than ninety decibels.... [Read More]

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FBI warns about smart TV

FBI warns about smart TVs being ‘gateways for hackers’
Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, the FBI is dishing out advice on how to keep your home’s tech safe.

I thought this was all a crazy con job, considering the recent reports about the FBI.... [Read More]

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Curmudgeonry in the 21st Century

Most definitions of the word are done by people who are not curmudgeons, so therefore have little to no significance in reality.

Mark Twain may have been the best example. A person with experience and insight and little patience to gloss over the silliness most people accept. To most, this comes off as “grumpy , ill tempered old man”. What else could be expected from the safe spaces, participation trophy crowd? (Female Curmudgeonry has a very different persona but shares the outcomes described here.)... [Read More]

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Giving a Tele-Monster, a taste of his own medicine.

Hello Ratburgers!

Most of you know I hate “tele-monsters” with a passion that is unequaled.

I’ve subscribed to NOMOROBO.com  for my home phone and they take care of 99% of the “tele-monsters”. But there was that single ring before NOMOROBO would pick up the line and then disconnect the “tele-monster”. So I found a “First Ring Eliminator” on Amazon and installed that. Now I don’t hear that annoying first ring. (It’s unfortunately not available right now.)

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Almajiri

I recently learned a new word. We already were familiar with “madrassa,” which is an Islamic school. An “Almajiri” is also an Islamic school. The word comes from Nigeria and specifically refers to a boarding school. Almajiris are in the news because the Nigerian military recently raided a number of schools.

This has been building up for months. President Buhari spoke against the Almajirai in speeches in June and July. There was a fanfare that quickly faltered in August, about some reforms in government schools.

But for a month now, Nigeria has been rocked by raids on private schools, almajirai, and the exposure led to additional raids, with some school owners, headmasters and teachers arrested, and other owners, headmasters and teachers on the run. It turned out that stolen children were being hidden in several almajirai, kept as slaves in shackles, and, in some cases, subjected to rape in addition to beatings.

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Bringing back our girls

No, not those girls from Chibok.   At least 150 of those girls have never been heard from.

This was 22 girls who were freed by the Nigerian military, along with 125 boys, from a “school” where they were imprisoned hostages.

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